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Indiana Bridger, around the beginning of the Vong War. Art by Josh Parker.

Indiana Bridger is the commanding officer of New Republic forces in the Kartuiin Sector and nominal commander of the Aurora Force for the past nineteen years.

Brief

Indiana Bridger is a decorated veteran of the now-defunct Corellian Security Force and still holds the rank of Detective. She joined the Aurora Force after the death of her parents, being the last Bridger to leave Corellia since the Galactic Civil War began. She has one brother, Slate, and three cousins, Nylan Bridger, Karinlyyn Bridger, and Tag Rendar.

Indy joined the Aurora Force in its infancy and inside its first year of operations had become the commanding officer of the unit. She is approximately thirty-eight standard years old and stands 5’7″ with green eyes and short brown hair. Her permanent residence is on Xenen, in the Kartuiin Sector, and she holds an MD earned at Xenen University Medical School. Her ultimate rank is Admiral and she is the highest ranking military officer stationed in the Kartuiin Sector.

Brief Biography (up to 9 years ABY)

Born the daughter of Corellian Security officer Davil Bridger and his wife, Renegade Kaslin, Indiana Renegade Bridger was the younger of two children. She and her elder brother, Slate Bridger, grew up ignorant of their rich heritage in the Force, knowing only that their grandmother and grandfather had served with distinction in the Clone Wars. She was born and raised in a quiet neighborhood in Coronet City, not far from the precinct where her father started his CorSec career. Both of the Bridger children seemed poised to enter the “family business” of working for Corellian Security up until the death of Alderaan, when her brother disappeared abruptly. It would later be learned that he had run away and joined the Rebellion.

Indy remained on Corellia, following her father into the Corellian Security Force. During her secondary education, her abilities as a slicer became known to CorSec, landing her early entry into the police force as an analyst. She spent several years as a counterterrorism specialist with CorSec before she started to do field operations, often working with her father. She rose to the rank of detective before she left the service, shortly before CorSec was converted into the Public Safety Service.

Shortly after the death of Emperor Palpatine, Bridger’s parents were killed–her father in service to Corellian Security; her mother as an unintended casualty of Davil Bridger’s work. Suddenly alone and unprepared for it, Indiana found herself lost and confused. Shortly before his death, her father had revealed to her the true history of her family: she was the granddaughter of two old Jedi lines, and their legacy lived in her. It had never been intended that she would have to deal with this new knowledge alone.

Within six months of her parents’ deaths, Indiana Bridger was recruited into the New Republic Military by childhood friend and cousin Tag Rendar, an agent with New Republic Intelligence. Indiana was assigned to the fledgling Aurora Force under Torin Qel-Droma. Her service began at Lantare, a somewhat disasterous operation that saw the death of the unit’s medic, Carilla Shay, and the near-death of several others, including Stephen Baron. It was also on this mission that she met her future husband, Michael Bullian, a pilot with a knack for getting himself into sticky situations (and often out again). They would marry shortly after this first mission after a brief courtship and go on to have a large family.

Indiana quickly rose through the ranks of the Aurora Force and inside of a year had become the executive officer and later the commanding officer of the unit. She remains in that position currently, though the unit has expanded greatly. She is the only officer of the early command staff still in service to the unit (in some cases, to the New Republic at large).

For most of her life, Indiana has had a strange relationship with her Force abilities. A gifted Healer, for a long time she refused to train as a Jedi or use her abilities at all. After the birth of her children, however, she realized that it would be important for her to be able to wield the Force properly–if only to protect her family, especially from the machinations of her father-in-law, Thomas Bullian.

As of the Thrawn debacle, Indiana Bridger’s current posting was at Xenen, where Aurora Force was and still is based. She was nominally in command of all New Republic forces in the Kartuiin Sector, though that had been made official at the time. She commanded the Aurora Force and associated elements and strove to wrest control of the Kartuiin Sector away from the Imperial forces serving under Tiras Variner and Torvin Taylor.

Vong War Era

During the Vong War, Indiana Bridger has been promoted to the commander of all New Republic Forces in the Kartuiin Sector, which is under the political control of the recently elected Tegan Dargan-Cannele. She continues to reside on Xenen, where she has raised her family. Many of her children have entered the New Republic Armed Forces, including sons Davil and Michael Jr. and daughter Mary.

Beyond her military service, Indy trained her cousin’s son, Chase, as a Jedi Healer, and pulls the occasional rotation at the base hospital at Shay. She has won the respect and admiration of those who serve under her command, which is likely why the whispers and rumors about her husband’s infidelities are not spoken among the forces in the Kartuiin Sector.

Shay Memorial remains her seat of command.

Miscellany

In real life, Indy is a graduate student at Oakland University finishing her Masters of Arts in History. She is among the founding members of the Aurora Force.

Indy’s theme: “Admiral and Commander” by Bear McCreary

Currently a military advisor to her husband, the governor of Conceli VIII, in earlier days, Robyn was the leader of a resistance movement of political prisoners on Conceli IX, sent there to keep her father, then a senator on Conceli VIII, in line.

Biography

Born approximately nine years before the Battle of Yavin, Robyn is the daughter of Lachlan Hoode and his wife, Corde. She was born on Coruscant, not her parents’ homeworld of Conceli VIII, at a time when her father was studying law and working as an aide to Senator Mira Kanteri, who represented the Kartuiin Sector to the Imperial Senate at the time. Lachlan would remain on-planet for another twelve years, though after the dissolution of the Senate he sent his family home, to Conceli VIII.

Up until her fifteenth birthday, Robyn’s life was almost idyllic. She and her younger brother Cardrew attended public schools in Conceli VIII’s capital. Lachlan’s return from Coruscant was followed shortly thereafter by his election to a seat in the Senate of Conceli VIII and his experience soon won him the Speaker’s seat. A bright, energetic girl, Robyn was the apple of her father’s eye; this was no secret to his enemies on the Imperial-held world.

 Lachlan’s tendency to promote the interests of Conceli VIII before those of the Empire made him quite a few powerful enemies, both at home and in the sector at large.  In order to control the maverick, powerful senator, the Empire removed Robyn from her home and her family and sent her to Conceli IX, which the Empire used as a prison for political prisoners and “prisoners of conscience.”

Molly Losoda

Molly is the elder of twin girls born to Dalsuna Losoda and Tag Rendar approximately eight years after the Battle of Yavin. She was recruited at sixteen into New Republic Intelligence and assigned to Sector 27, a region her mother once commanded for Intelligence.

 

Biography

The second child of New Republic officers Dalsuna Losoda and Tag Rendar, Molly was born on Xenen, the location of her mother’s posting at the time. She was raised largely on Xenen in close contact with her extended family including the Bridger clan. Her cousins were more like brothers to her during her youth and this has persisted as they all approach and enter adulthood.

In the wake of the death of her “uncle,” Jaq Pellman, Molly and her siblings witnessed their mother become increasingly withdrawn for a time leading up to the birth of the youngest Losoda, Jaq. The event had a deeper effect on Corsem, Molly’s older brother, than it did on either her or her twin sister, Linda.

Molly earned high marks in school and displays the same Force talents possessed by her parents, though she chooses to use hers rarely, often only in relation to her work.

 

Physical description

Molly wears her dark brown hair short. She is taller than her mother, standing approximately 5’4″ and has indigo eyes. She has a lean, athletic build suited to fieldwork with Intelligence.

 

Service Record

Recruited approximately one year before the beginning of conflicts with the Vong, Molly had been assigned to monitor activity of organized crime syndicates in the Kartuiin Sector by Colonel Alek Cannele. Her training for this particular sort of mission came from Carmen Cannele, the Colonel’s sister. Her cover was blown on Wayfarer station and she was extracted by Captain Cay Bel Iblis and Xander Drake. Her cover identity comprimised, Molly was reassigned to liaise aboard the Legacy as their shipboard intelligence officer. This remains her current assignment.

 

Karinlyyn Bridger Kel-Solan is a special agent attached to Sector 27, though she is largely retired to her home on Xenen, having dedicated herself for the last ten years to raising her children.

 

Biography

Born nine years before the Battle of Yavin, Karinlyyn is the younger child of Mikhail and Nadia Bridger, the baby sister of Nylan Bridger. At the age of three, Karinlyyn disappeared from Corellia with her mother, a scientist studying wormholes and related phenomena. She reappeared several years after the Battle of Endor as a young woman, clearly with extensive military and intelligence training. Soon after, she entered an on-again, off-again romantic relationship with Trystan Kel-Solan, who fathered both of her sons, Trystan Chase and Mackenzie. She eventually married Kel-Solan’s twin, Jarod, with whom she had twin daughters. She resides on Xenen, near the rest of her family and Shay Military Base.

 

Physical description

Karinlyyn is a lean, athletic woman in her mid thirties with dark blonde hair and gray-green eyes. She stands approximately 5’6.5″ and is known for the speed of her reaction to physical threats, which has been honed to a fine edge over the years.

Service record

Her service with New Republic Intelligence has largely been a classified affair, though some of her projects are known to elements of the Aurora Force. Among these projects is the running R&D operation aboard the Silent Prayer, which she continues to monitor. The coordinator of the projects there, Sony Samsung, answers directly to her.

Her psychic abilities seem to go beyond the Force; she has been utilized in the past to aid in the questioning of individuals resistant to the Force.

Karinlyyn is also openly a member of the Auyn and is the only Warmistress extant in the order at this time. It is unknown who, exactly, her students have been, though her fighting style has been inherited by several indviduals over the years, including her cousin, Arilyn Bullian.

 

Warmistress’ Wisdom

Sayings of the Auyun warmistress

“I have never believed that death is something we should go quietly into. When death comes to take me, I’m going to be fighting it, and go out kicking and screaming.”

“Sometimes what you want to do and what you have to do are different. Sometimes, they’re the same without you even realizing it. Either way, what’s more important? Yeah. That’s what I thought you’d say. Either way, you’re wrong.”

“They tell me I have a bad attitude. Sometimes, a bad attitude is the only thing that’ll get the job done. Sometimes you have to walk on some people. Sometimes you have to do things they don’t like. So remember, kids—sometimes, you need vinegar more than honey.”

“I’ve spent more than half my life dealing with unknowns—it’s a staple of existence for a lot of people who’ve been in this line of work. The trick of it is this—you can’t let those unknowns get the better of you. That’s the key. Watch, learn, and above all, maintain an upper hand. Always. Of course, the biggest trick of all is making sure that the upper hand doesn’t have its way with you.”

“One thing that keeps you alive is the realization that nothing—nothing—is ever exactly as it appears to be.”

“We are far, far more than the sum of our experiences. We are the sum total of the impact of the experiences of our teachers, our leaders, our parents and friends, of the trials we’ve lived through and the bottomless well of emotions we all feel.”

 

Les Wyler

Full name: Marcus Leslye Wyler IV (Les)

Rank: Civilian

Species: Human

Homeworld: Atad

Age: 15

Height: 5’8″

Build: Average

Hair color: Dark brown, shoulder length

Eyes: Hazel

Relatives: Son of Mark and Janet Wyler, one younger sister, Asya Wyler, and an uncle, Trevvik Wyler

Skills: Jedi Knight; enjoys building intricate ship models from scratch

Les was yet a toddler when his parents began to suspect that he was Force-sensitive. At times he would know when things were about to happen; sometimes he read their dreams. He didn’t understand that he was different – he thought everyone was like him. Mark and Janet’s suspicions were confirmed at a tragic point in their lives that could have turned out far worse than it did. The Raven was sabotaged and destroyed while Mark was en route back to Xenen. Les was with him, and as the ship began erupting in explosions, was sent to the escape pod while Mark tried to salvage his beloved ship. As more bombs went off and it was apparent the Raven was doomed, he made a run for the pod, but wasn’t able to make it in time. Without understanding how he did it, Les got Mark into the escape pod by just thinking about it real hard, but the trouble wasn’t over. Landing on a hostile planet, they were met by a greeting party unsympathetic to the badly wounded pilot. When they began taking their hatred out on his father, Les grew angry and attacked them in the same way that he’d saved his father – with his thoughts, making the ringleader think he was on fire. It was during this distraction that Trevvik came by in the Malady, took care of their assailants, and rescued the pair. Frightened by the power demonstrated by his son, Mark turned to Jinx Katarn for help. Realizing the child was indeed in tune with the Force and ought to begin his training as soon as possible, he offered to take him on as Padawan.

For years he went back and forth between Atad, where his parents had retired, and Xenen, where his Jinx was headquartered, to be trained by the Master. By age 15, he was deemed ready to face the trials and become a Jedi Knight. His family made the trip to Xenen to witness the ceremony, but something came up, and Jinx performed the ceremony hastily and was gone before they even arrived, leaving them all wondering why and where he’d gone. All too soon it was time to tell his friends goodbye and go back home, yet unknowing why his master had abandoned him. He was especially distraught with his absence upon receiving a vision about Asya that greatly disturbed him. After the Vong attacked Xenen, he thought he understood its meaning – send Asya away from Xenen, send her somewhere where she’ll be safe, and the vision wouldn’t come true. But it turned out the opposite was true, that he should’ve encouraged his parents not to do the logical thing, but to keep her with them, on Xenen. Then she’d probably still be alive today…he blamed himself for her death. Feeling betrayed by Jinx and toyed with by the Force, in failing his first test as a Jedi Knight, he wondered if he was perhaps too young, or unworthy of the title. Filled with anger with everything and everyone, especially himself, he returned to the castle in which he’d been trained, and in the seclusion of one of the sparring rooms, unleashed that anger, opening himself to the darkness swelling within him. Afterwards it scared him that he’d done that, and backed off from the Force altogether until he could pull himself together and figure out where he stood.

 

Trevvik Wyler

Rank: Civilian, pirate. Former Captain with the Aurora Force

Homeworld: Alderaan

Age: 50’s

Younger brother of Mark Wyler.

Trevvik was a rebel from an early age, his restless nature causing trouble in the family until he ran away with unsavory characters at the age of 15. During an ill-fated smuggling run, pirates attacked the spice traders he’d taken up with, and he ended up joining the pirates. He led a rough and tumultuous life for many years, until bounty hunters finally caught up with them and he and the surviving members of his band were thrown into Limbkatar, a prison hell where the worst of creatures were abandoned to rot. It was in this horrible place that, in addition to developing claustrophobia that would plague him for the rest of his days, he came to realize that he’d made a mess of his life and hoped to steal a second chance. Proving that no prison could hold him, he banded with other inmates and staged a successful escape. Once he’d reacquired his Firespray “Malady,” he searched out his brother, Mark Wyler, who he thought might guide him to better paths. Bitter over Trevvik’s past disregard for his family, among other things, he was reluctant to accept him back for a very long time. In the mean time, he threw in his lot with the AF, turning his loyalty to a “neurotic, rule obsessed, and unpleasant” commander in the AF, Alex Grentarii, dubbing him “Cap.” Eventually settled in with the AF and was given a commission.

Even after most of his friends and family had retired following the fall of the Empire, Trevvik remained in the New Republic Military, mainly to stay out of trouble, though trouble seemed to follow him wherever he went. He lost his mentor and best friend Alex when a Dark Jedi named Amanda Lance killed him, yet he pressed on, knowing not what else to do.

Shortly before the Vong’s initial attack, Alex resurfaced, back from the dead – and so did Amanda. Alex was much changed, as was Amanda – yet Trevvik still hated her, until Alex told him to let it go, that things were different now. In fact, Alex and Amanda were soon engaged. In spite of having his best friend back from the dead, he felt more alone than ever.

Bringing his nephew back to Xenen for his final training and trials before becoming a Jedi Knight, he remembered the companionship of family, which was, he felt, all he had left. Then Mark, Jan, and Asya returned to Xenen after a long absence, and he felt more at home than ever. In spite of the judgment he still saw in his brother’s eyes, he dreaded the day when they would all leave to go home, maybe for good. He gave a thought to retiring, himself. Then, out of the blue, the Vong entered the picture, turning lives everywhere upside down. They hit hard then faded back, the promise of more to come lingering in the air.

When it was decided that Asya should be sent home to deliver a message to their people of the impending danger (and put her up in a place of safety until it could be decided what as a family they would do), Trevvik offered to transport her in the Malady, as the Stormcrow sustained damage during the battle that essentially grounded her. Along the way they were sucked out of hyperspace as they happened upon a Vong force, the sudden stop throwing Trevvik off his feet. When he came to, Asya was on her own, trying to pilot a craft that was nearly disabled. He hid her away and fought with the hideous beings that dared enter his ship, killing one, but being bitten on the arm by one of their amphistaffs, faded from consciousness. When he came to, he was adrift, and very ill. With all the strength he could muster, he reached up and punched the panic button, which automatically sent him back to Xenen. In the end, he kept his life but lost his arm, and learned that Asya was gone. He didn’t know what was worse, his own grief and guilt, or the daggers shot at him through his own brother’s eyes. But grief and guilt he never hung on to for long – he’d learned to let go of such weighty things a long time ago. Yet he couldn’t bear his brother’s accusation. Like replacing the lost Raven with the Stormcrow, he wanted to find some way of making it up to him, but a life is a hard thing to replace. Alex stood between them and tried to bridge their differences, but the gulf had grown too wide. This hurt Trevvik so badly that when Mark began to come around, Trevvik rejected his pleas of reconciliation. Though this drove Mark deeper into despair, Trevvik turned his back, until he witnessed him one day try to bury the Stormcrow full speed into the drink. With his help he got him out of that situation, and there was good blood between them for the first time since either of them could remember. But it was too late to convince Alex, who had had it with the both of them, throwing up his hands and taking off for places unknown.

Taken by the urge to seek revenge for both Asya and the loss of his arm, Trevvik joined forces, at the invitation of some of his old cronies, with a newly formed band of former pirates and roughians, likeminded in their purpose of hunting the Vong. Turning in his resignation to Janet Wyler, he bid her and his brother a fond farewell, and left to undertake his new occupation.

 

Janet Skyy, around the beginning of the Vong War. Art by Josh Parker.

Rank: General

Homeworld: Atad

Age: 50

Wife of Mark Wyler; mother of Les Wyler and Asya Wyler.

Janet was only an infant when her mother was taken by a plague that decimated the population of her home planet – a plague that mysteriously coincided with an Imperial takeover of the world shortly thereafter. Thus she was raised solely by her father in a solitary existence, until running away as a teen to join the local Imperial force in hopes of ‘seeing the galaxy.’ Exhibiting an exceptional natural talent for marksmanship and possessing a steadiness in both head and hand, she ended up training as a sniper for the Imperial Special Forces. It was when she was ordered to eliminate a native government official of her homeworld, someone she knew to be a good man and effective leader of her people, that she began to reevaluate her father’s reservations about the Imperial presence on their world and question her own loyalties. When she refused and deserted, her father was arrested. He was executed before she could effect his rescue. From then on it was her quest to make the Empire pay at every available opportunity. This led her to defect to the Rebel cause, where she eventually came to lead the Katarn Commandos in the RSCD.

Janet served for several years as commander of Eclipse Wing in the Aurora Force following her stint with the Katarn Commandos. It was during those years that she fell in love with Mark Wyler, her pilot from way back in the early days of the Katarns. They married and had two children, a son and daughter, Les and Asya.

After the New Republic’s victory against the Empire, the Wylers retired to the peace of her home planet Atad. They did little traveling in the years leading up to the Vong war, save for Les, who was shuttled back and forth by Mark’s brother Trevvik Wyler, to Xenen for his Jedi training with Jinx Katarn. The family was on a rare outing to Xenen to attend Les’ knighting ceremony when the Vong initiated their attack on the galaxy. Again swept into a war, Janet was anxious to get back into uniform and face headon this new threat to the peace and security that had been so hard won. But Mark was reluctant, regretting the passing of their lives of quiet and serenity, and feeling that his better days had passed. So Janet waited, allowing Mark the time to come to the realization that there really was no other choice. In the mean time, it was decided that Asya should go back home bearing a message for the reclusive Atadians of the new danger facing the galaxy, admonishing them to prepare for the worst. Trevvik took the task of her transport upon himself, but there was trouble along the way. He returned alone, badly wounded, his ship barely holding together. Asya’s cam was recovered, revealing the awful truth: they’d been attacked by the Vong, Asya killed and carried away. Devastated, Mark tossed all his reservations and not only agreed to Janet’s reenlistment, but accepted a commission for himself as well.

 

Mark Wyler

Mark Wyler, with his famous pipe.

Rank: Civilian

Homeworld: Alderaan

Age: 60

Husband of Janet Skyy; father of Les Wyler and Asya Wyler; brother of Trevvik Wyler.

Pilot of the YT-2400 Raven, Mark is a brilliant engineer and inventor that would have taken him far if he hadn’t been so shy and, at times, absent-minded. He was on Coruscant on business when Alderaan was visited by the Empire. Falling into despair upon losing his wife and young daughter as well as homeworld, life carried on. He found himself doing little things here and there to help the Rebellion along, in memory of the world and the people he’d lost. This led to his capture along with a group of engineers caught in the act of sabotage. A rescue team sent for them was his first brush with the Katarn Commandos, led by Janet Skyy. Losing their boarding vessel in the process, Mark obliged them in their departure with the Raven. Impressed by his piloting skills, and being short a ship and pilot, they offered him the spot. Mark, surreptitiously impressed by the Katarn Leader, accepted.

His infatuation for the commando he kept to himself, seeing that another and more worthy suitor had his eye on her, a Jedi Knight named Jinx Katarn. But even after Jinx removed himself from the picture to pursue some special Jedi mission, fearing rejection, he maintained a mere friendship with Janet. This continued as they moved on to the Aurora Force, carrying on as always – flying missions, and being there for her always, whenever she needed a friend. But this all changed after the Ketaris mission, when she became deathly ill, and he felt he might lose her without revealing to her how much he loved her. This he did at last, and to both his surprise and hers, found she felt the same for him. They were married soon afterwards, and their joy was complete with the birth of their two children, Les and Asya.

Mark Wyler

Asya was still young when the war between the Empire and the Rebellion came to an end, bringing them to a new chapter of their lives, happily moving on to the serenity of Janet’s home planet Atad. These years were the happiest of his life, the life he’d always dreamed of. He spent his days enjoying his family, sketching out plans for his inventions in his study, working with Les in the workshop, taking Asya for joyrides in the Stormcrow, and spending long, lazy hours just sitting around with his wife and admiring all the wonderful days Atad seemed to have a monopoly on.

All this was shattered when they were at the wrong place at the wrong time. They’d just wrapped up a rare appearance on Xenen, where they’d taken time off of their retirement to attend Les’ knighting ceremony (which they’d missed as Jinx performed it in a hurry and left before they even got there), when strange stone ships showed up and started blasting at everything with molten fireballs. In spite of Trevvik’s pleas for him to keep going and hype back home, Mark turned the Stormcrow around and joined the battle. It turned out to be a hit and fade, and left among the smoke and rubble and burned-out ships, was the dilemma of what they ought to do now. Mark was devastated as he realized that their lives were about to take a turn away from the peaceful lives they’d built for themselves, that the peace that had been so highly paid for had been done away with by these invaders from outside the galaxy. It was very hard for him to let go.

While wavering in indecision, it was agreed upon that Asya should return to Atad with a message to be prepared should the Vong venture their way. They would be warned, and Asya would be out of harm’s way, at least for the time being. Employing his brother Trevvik and the Malady to the task, as the Stormcrow had suffered too much damage to make the trip, they sent her on her way. But she didn’t make it. Attacked by the Vong along the way, a holo taken by Asya herself detailed her horrible end. Yet Trevvik survived. Devastated and furious, Mark immediately accepted a commission for himself and for his wife. Unable to bring himself to forgive his brother for what happened, and bringing up again the destruction of the Raven and other past offenses, Janet and Alex Grentarii tried to intervene, tried to get them to stop fighting. It wasn’t until, crushed beneath the weight of grief and despair, Mark found himself aiming the Stormcrow at a Xenen ocean at full throttle, that he came to himself. With Trevvik’s aid he was able to right the ship in the nick of time, and the two of them called that even and put the past behind them.

 

Jinx Katarn

Jinx Katarn in the Yuuzhan Vong era. Image by Josh Parker.

Jinx Katarn is a former Rear Admiral in the New Republic and a Jedi Master, wandering the galaxy looking to help those not fortunate enough to be able to defend themselves. He is driven by a long-time hero complex, always looking to jump in and be the savior for little else than self-elation.

 

Character Information
Name: Jeir Katarn
Known Aliases: Jinx Katarn, Jinx
Age: 59
Height: 1.9 m
Weight: 104.3 kg

Early History

Birth

Jeir Katarn was born on Coruscant, the child of Kayiin Mirdala and Morgan Katarn. Kayiin was a Mandalorian woman that had established a successful personal security business on Coruscant, aimed at protecting Senators and their interests, and met Morgan during a rescue operation on the planet Sulon. Under the Sullustan Senator’s employ, a small group of individuals representing the Alliance to Restore the Republic were to meet with the Senator on Sullust to discuss supporting the rebel efforts. Morgan Katarn was a member of this group.

Kayiin oversaw the transfer of personnel herself, which was ambushed by Imperial operatives. Kayiin and Morgan survived the crash of their shuttle on Sulon, where she chose to lay low for some time before returning to Coruscant. Though complicated by Morgan’s recently deceased Wife, Patricia, and his four year old son Kyle, she and Morgan developed a romantic relationship. Several months later they parted ways–she wanted Morgan to come with her to Coruscant, and Morgan wanted her to stay and help the rebellion’s effort. It was obvious to her that he was far from being over the tragic death of his Wife, and made the decision easy for him.

Upon return to Coruscant, Kayiin resumed control of her business through “hostile negotiations” and not long after discovered she was pregnant. She decided it was not proper for a Mandalorian woman to begging Morgan to come and raise there child together, so she instead left him a single message letting him know of the child growing in her womb.

Childhood

Jeir grew up in a sort of hybrid state, somewhere between the lines of being the son of a Mandalorian and forced upon teachings of a scholar. Kayiin wanted the best for her son and while she taught him how to take care of himself, she also hoped by keeping him in Academy after Academy he could rise to become something more than she had ever been. Kayiin had become disillusioned with fighting over the years, seeing firsthand on several occasions what was happening in this new war growing around them.

Jeir grew up resenting his Mother despite her efforts. For one, she would never explain why he had the surname of Katarn while she had a proper Mandalorian surname. Second, he grew angry about being sent off to schools for an entire year and then spending little more than a month with her before being sent off again. The schools became more and more corrupted by Imperial propaganda, to the point of creating “career paths.” An option only for the most promising students, like himself, he saw the true intent as clear as day–they would turn him into an Imperial Officer, whether he wanted to or not.

While suggestive at the best of attempts, Jeir had convinced himself he had done everything he could to try and reason with Kayiin. He finally came to the conclusion that he could rely on no one but himself, Jeir ran away and fled from the high rises of Coruscant to the underworld.

Self-Employment

While the irony of his choices did not occur to him until much later in life, Jeir went from being on the fast track to becoming an Imperial Officer to being little more than a thug and hired gun. He got into a small swoop gang that enjoyed raiding the entertainment districts, working his way up while learning how to fight and look out for himself. He took on the name “Jinx” down there, knowing Kayiin would be looking for him. Jinx started out losing almost every fight he got into, fourteen now, and over time started winning all of them. When Kayiin came close to getting a hold of him, he would leave that gang and join another. He grew quite the reputation by his seventeenth birthday as being the most ruthless of fighters in the under city.

Shortly before his eighteenth birthday Jinx received an offer to collect a bounty on a rival gang member. He accepted, completed the bounty with chilling efficiency, and found what he perceived as his “true calling.” He used a large chunk of his earnings to purchase an old Corellian Engineering Corporation YT-2400 transport, refitting the junker with the earnings he made with dozens of bounties he collected while keeping the ship a secret from his fellow gang members…there was no honor among the group, only a common interest that could shift quickly to taking his prize given the chance.

Taking a final, massive bounty to take out his own gang Jinx accepted and completed the bounty. Inviting the entire gang to see his ship–something none of them could pass up, seeing nothing but opportunity for themselves–he sealed them inside of the disabled transport and used a nerve gas to kill the all. One massive paycheck put into the final piece of his ship–a working hyperdrive–and Jinx had his ticket off the planet.

Grown Up

Bounty Hunter

Jinx quickly made a name for himself as a Bounty Hunter in a galaxy full of imitators. Little did he know his connection to the Force was growing on it’s own–as it did for anyone sensitive to the Force–and he was getting several major advantages that only grew over time. Soon enough he was known in many circles as the quickest and most efficient hire available, though he wasn’t known for being reliable enough to bring a bounty back alive and it was common knowledge he only went after the “criminal type.”

It was not long before he had the luxury of choosing between multiple bounties. He was nowhere new the level of infamy that Boba Fett was, which actually brought him more lucrative offers that could only be done by the low-key type of hunters. He amassed a small fortune, not only through the bounties themselves but seizing estates and assets of targets. If he was able to do it, he would take on small time warlords or gang leaders, slave rings, spice dealers…anyone that would be sitting on top of a small fortune in itself. Jinx would complete the bounty, wipe out the second in command and often third in command, then bring in Bay’rinn–his partner and talented slicer–to seize their credits for themselves. He would hire locals to loot their homes and bases of operation, taking a quarter of the proceeds for himself as well.

Eventually the need for money was surpassed by the thrill of the hunt. Jinx married Bay’rinn and they settled down on a large lot of land on Corellia, in the outskirts of Kor Vella. There Jinx made one of the first mistakes he had made since running with the gangs on Coruscant…he made his home his base of operations. While the fact wasn’t advertised, several clients visited him there and the same circles that knew how well-worth he was for his price also now knew where he and his Wife lived.

Jinx took his first bounty from the Rebel Alliance not long after the Empire had obliterated their base on Hoth, assassinating a Grand Moff near the galaxy core. It proved to be a remarkable test of the limits of Jinx’s abilities (and growing powers), soon heading home successful. Not long after his return, however, the Empire retaliated and Bay’rinn was burned alive inside their home. Jinx fought his way free of the assault and vowed revenge on the Empire.

The Officer

Jinx Katarn, rebel pilot. Image by Josh Parker.

Jinx enlisted in the Rebel Alliance not long before the Battle of Endor, leading a group of commandos responsible for hitting major supply lines for the Imperial war effort. He used his contacts and resources from his former career to full advantage and help win the war of attrition on many battlefronts. After the Battle of Endor Jinx was reassigned to the Rebel Squadrons, a special task force that ran autonomously from the main Rebel–and later New Republic–fleets. He started out there in the Commando Division, where one of his first missions was a long-term find & destroy objective against a major slave trading ring that encompassed an entire quadrant of the Outer Rim territories. The mission came to a somewhat lackluster ending when they found and shut down the command center of the ring, freeing several dozen female Twi’lek sex slaves. Jinx spent time with one in particular, Sienn, then parting ways a few days later as the unit moved on to their next assignment.

He would later fill additional positions in the Renegade Fleet and Intrepid Battle Group as a pilot, as the primary nature of the Rebel Squadrons saw it’s member filling multiple billets in the many internal organizations (called fleets). For a short time he oversaw the creation of a special joint Squadron-Platoon unit called “Draco,” which had specialized pilots that were capable of space & ground operations. The versatility of the unit brought many unique missions, though it eventually proved difficult to maintain and was dissolved.

Jedi Knight

Jinx Katarn, Jedi Knight. Art by Josh Parker

Jedi training for Jinx was given to him by Master Rek’paar, a Jedi Master that had escaped the Great Jedi Purge and disguised himself as a small-time smuggler in the farthest reaches of the Outer Rim. Master Rek’paar followed alongside Jinx during his duties, instructing him and guiding him in the ways of the Force while teaching him about Jedi culture in the Old Republic. Though trying to leave his opinion out of his teachings, it was no secret he had disagreed with many of the rules the Jedi had come to live by over the many centuries…Masters only teaching a single Padawan, discouragement for Jedi to have families and offspring, and many others.

Through meditation Jinx learned of his relationship to the famous Kyle Katarn, his half brother, and established a personal–though infrequent–relationship with the man. He had the opportunity to meet several high-profile members of the New Republic through his brother, though Master Rek’paar preferred to keep his presence hidden from them during said visits. The only explanation Jinx had ever received was “they have already made their own minds up about the Force, son.” Three years after his training had begun, Jinx was Knighted and shortly after Master Rek’paar disappeared. He never heard of his former Master again.

Not unlike his bounty hunting career, Jinx made quite the name himself as one of the few Jedi in the New Republic. He tended to disagree and almost resent Luke Skywalker, who spoke with anyone that showed promise as a force-sensitive, thanks in no small part to his former Master. He distrusted the man and felt he had a narrow view of the galaxy and the Jedi’s return to it. With a rising number of Force Sensitive individuals in the Rebel Squadron’s ranks, however, he spent a short time opening a small academy to try and instruct others how to control their abilities.

Jinx took on a long-term operation to train a group of locals and run a resistance effort there against an Imperial outpost. The New Republic was stretched thin at the time and couldn’t support a build up of troops in the area, so the solution had come to training the locals how to defend themselves. The mission started off poorly, Jinx’s long-time transport–the YT-2400 Storm–crashing into the ocean and killing his entire crew and rendering the months of supplies and weapons useless.

The locals took Jinx in and nursed him back to health, and as promised he taught them how to fight and led them in an assault on the Imperial Outpost. The fight took on a new meaning though when a Dark Jedi was found waiting for them on the flight deck of the outpost. Jinx fought back wave after wave of Stormtroopers to buy his assault force time to take the Outpost, and then took on the Dark Jedi himself. Ultimately the wear of the previous fight got the better of him, and Jinx died by his opponent’s blade as it rammed through his chest.

When the assault was over and the Imperials defeated, Jinx’s body was nowhere to be found.

Jinx Katarn, the Clone

It would seem that the Force had decided it was not done with Jinx Katarn, however, or at least that was what he believed when he emerged from a cloning chamber over a year later. The Rebel Squadrons had received a tip about illegal cloning facilities on a backwater planet, sent in a strike force led by Slate Mallar which found the cloning facility and was shocked to find the only clone occupying a chamber was Jinx.

An explanation as to who had cloned him, or how he managed to retain every memory and habit from jinx Katarn was never explained. Jinx himself believes his essence in the Force had transferred into the new body, for some unknown fate that lay ahead of him. Regardless, while he was debriefed multiple times by every intelligence agency and Jedi known to the galaxy–the same conclusion everyone came to was that it was, indeed, Jinx Katarn.

Jinx formed a stronger relationship with his half-brother Kyle and his then-pupil, Mara Jade, whom Jinx grew a secret crush on. Feelings were far from ever being returned though, and Jinx disappeared shortly after to further his own training and control over the Force. He had shown a unique ability to manipulate the elements, specifically wind and water, and decided he would try to fine-tune that control as it may prove a decisive advantage over potential opponents in the future.

His career in the New Republic shifted primarily to Aurora Force over time, running more and more missions with elite Commando unit. While he missed the piloting mission that had come with his multiple billets in the Rebel Squadrons, Jinx began to realize how much more he could do on the ground with his lightsaber in hand and chose to pave the way there as best he could. This is the point in history where he began to develop his “hero complex,” where he developed the bad habit of jumping into the middle of a firefight to do little more than save his comrades from being shot at. While it was appreciated in the extreme cases, it was also somewhat annoying in others. The Commandos had a habit of enjoying the kills they tallied, and he was taking all the kills.

Jinx developed a romantic relationship that had been growing for years with a fellow Commando, Janet Skyy. Though destined to be short-lived, the relationship flared up to some tangible during an under cover operation and for some time he felt he had found true happiness once again in his life. Given their many experiences with danger together their relationship started as if it had been going on for ages, which he would never quite feel again with another woman.

Jinx vs. Hammer – Round One

If Jinx was asked who the most difficult opponent he had ever faced was, his likely answer would be “Hammer.”

Hammer, hidden behind a face mask, had hunted Jedi for years during the great purge and after, proudly maintaining a large collection of lightsabers as trophies. As such, he had trained his body hard to fight against Jedi, and though he swore up until his death he held no talent in the Force Jinx always believed deep down the other had to have had some kind of connection…perhaps as consolation for how badly beaten he was during their first encounter.

Hammer had set out to destroy Aurora Force through tainting their appearance with propaganda via the HoloNet, which had been extremely successful in turning the local population against them. Jinx and Janet learned of where he had been broadcasting his taunts to the task force, infiltrating his base of operations in Jinx’s transport and working their way up to the top levels of the building. Formulating a clever plan, they drew Hammer to the rooftops and got him talking–as he loved to do–about his grand plan. The one obvious Hammer had was boasting of his own grandeur, and as he laughed and boasted about his plot to destroy Aurora Force small holocams recorded him and showed the confrontation live using his own broadcasting equipment over the HoloNet.

His plan crushed instantly, Hammer and Jinx started an intense battle with their lightsabers. Though he got a couple of strikes in and a surprise crack on Hammer’s mask, Hammer thoroughly pounded on Jinx and after crushing nearly all of his bones turned his attention to Janet. Jinx caught his attention with an explosive device, using the last of his strength to put up a force shield around himself as the charge tore apart the rooftop and sent Hammer running away. Jinx flew off the side of the roof, saved by the quick thinking of Janet who dove off the rooftop to save him, firing a grappling hook through his shoulder and slowing the pair down enough to not die when they hit the ground below.

Recovery was slow and delicate at best for Jinx. His body would eventually recover, though his mind would never be the same again. Everyone seemed to know that, though Janet was especially sensitive to the situation.

Exodus

Jinx working on his YT-2400 Storm's Revenge. Image by Josh Parker.

Jinx left Aurora Force and the New Republic with no warning, heading out on a self-imposed exile. At first he had no idea why he had felt the need to get away, though over time he chose to believe it was to further his own powers. Revenge burned like fire in his blood for Hammer, and he feared that if he were to face the man again he would ultimately lose whether or not he actually defeated the man.

At first he fled to the StarForge station, a traveling space station hidden among an asteroid field that specialized in modifying starships in all manners–legal and illegal–for their clients. Jinx had taken a bounty for a Duros mechanic there in exchange for services performed on his YT-2400 earlier on in his bounty hunting career, and upon his return found the station just as he remembered it. He convinced the station’s managers that they needed changes in their security–which they did–and was hired to oversee a massive rebuilding effort on the station to increase security measures. With protest, they disagreed with the need for increasing their space-based defenses though they allowed him free reign with the station’s internal defenses. Over several months he developed a relationship with a communications officer on the station, Cherity Jenrikk, and the two hastily married a year after he had left the Republic behind.

StarForge station was attacked not longer after the wedding by a pirating outfit, the possibility of owning the station and the infamous mechanics with it too great of a target to pass up. They broke through what little space defenses there were quickly, though halted trying to get into the station and were eventually wiped out completely. Several battleships and a Nebulon-B frigate now patrol the StarForge station’s perimeter, guns bristling all over them.

Word reached Jinx that his Mother had been killed on the job, which brought him back to Coruscant–now under the New Republic’s control–for the first time since he had fled it as a teenager. She had left a large fortune behind for him in credits alone, and he liquidated her other assets and invested them into multiple high-risk markets as a gamble to earn a ten-fold return on them. His mother’s personal assistant, Kindarin Chiin’Tal, helped him through the process and the two quickly became friends.

Realizing the potential to become a great Jedi in Kindarin, Jinx took him as his Padawan learner and setting out to do some good in the galaxy. Through Kindarin Jinx learned of many of his own flaws as a Jedi, both in training and ideology, and the two grew a bond through the Force he had never known before. The two left StarForge station on regular missions to help small populations out, wiping out small crime rings and learning how to fight together all at once. The relationship grew more and more important for Jinx, who came to think of Kindarin as a little brother.

Upon one return trip to StarForge they found Cherity had been abducted quietly from the station. Kindarin received a secret transmission from an alien, Knishaarik, who told the young apprentice where he might be found. Jinx learned of the message not long after Kindarin had taken off and pursued. Kindarin arrived well ahead of his master to learn Knishaarik was a lightsaber-wielding Force user of some kind himself and the two fought, Cherity being killed in the process and the fight being interrupted by Jinx’s arrival. Knishaarik told Jinx it was not his fight, though the two blades clashed and Jinx was quickly overwhelming the other. Knishaarik activated explosives that he had rigged throughout his hidden temple, escaping in the chaos that followed.

Kindarin left Jinx after the conflict, and for a few years Jinx became something of a hermit wandering the galaxy while seeking more knowledge about the Jedi Order of the Old Republic. While he knew that Palpatine had worked hard to erase any records of the Jedi, Jinx understood the absurdity of truly cleansing an entire galaxy in only a couple of decades of an order that had been around for thousands of years. He did not learn as much as he had hoped, but Jinx did learn much more about the old ways than he had through Master Rek’paar and most of it without the negative commentary his Master had on his tongue. Jinx took on a small crew to run his transport with him, taking the odd bounty here and there is the money was right and the target bad enough, though this was more to keep the crew happy than for financial benefit…he had billions of credits now through his inheritance, investments and interest alone…far more than he would ever spend.

Knishaarik contacted Jinx three years after Cherity’s death, inviting him to an unpopulated planet Jinx had not heard of before. Jinx arrived in the system and his YT-2400 was mortally wounded by a series of mines floating in orbit, riding the transport as close as he could to the coordinates Knishaarik had left for him and forced to ditch the ship–the only true home he had–in the ocean along with it’s crew. Alone again, he set out on foot to find answers. Little did Jinx know at the time that Knishaarik had also brought Kindarin there and when Jinx stumbled upon the two in a fierce lightsaber battle he intervened. Anger swept over Jinx as he fought Knishaarik back, who was doing little more than deflecting blows and refused to fight back for an unknown reason. The battle led to Knishaarik being thrown across a small riverbank by Jinx, and before he was able to recover his lightsaber he was pinned by Jinx’s own aqua-colored blade.

It was then Knishaarik explained that he was a Guardian of the Force, meant to protect the essence of the Force and destroy those who would abuse or taint it with their negative energies. He told Jinx that Kindarin had been the one who killed Kayiin, having not known Jinx even existed and thinking he would be the sole proprietor of her fortunes. On top of that, his former Padawan had been in an affair with Cherity and the two were going to run off together…Knishaarik’s initial contact to them had stopped them just days before their plans. Jinx, not wanting to believe him, killed for the first time as a Jedi in cold blood…he had wanted the flow of truth spewing from the alien’s mouth to stop, and yet as his blade ended the others life it also brought the weight of truth to his words. He had not lied, Jinx knew.

As such Jinx hunted Kindarin down in the woods, who had been making a mad dash to the old Z-95 Headhunter he had stashed away, and they fought. Kindarin knew he wouldn’t be the victor in a fight, breaking off in the heat of their lightsabers clashing to bury his blade in the power plant of the starfighter. The ship exploded and Kindarin tried to crawl to some kind of cover in the brush, Jinx coming up behind him and smashing his skull in with the hilt of his lightsaber. The act was savage and dark, though Jinx was well-convinced he would live out the remainder of his life on the planet alone and justified it as such. He spent months traveling the surface, meditating and reflecting on his place in the Force and the words Knishaarik had given him.

After being stranded for nearly five months Jinx found the ruins of a temple, and inside found what had been a Jedi temple. By the small size he judged not very many students had been instructed there, and soon found lessons left behind by the temple’s former caretakers telling of the “Guardians of the Force,” as Knishaarik had called himself. It was a secret order of Jedi–unsanctioned by the Jedi Order proper–that acted as a sort of internal affairs. They found those who dabbled in the teachings of the dark side or abused their powers for self-gain, and killed them. The idea was interesting and the more Jinx meditated on their purpose he realized the necessity of it. He followed the teachings left behind in their holocrons, learning how to become sensitive to the thoughts of those around him and their intentions. He would practice at first by reaching out to minds back at the StarForge station he knew, then moving on to touch those of his comrades back on Xenen.

A year after his crash, Jinx flew away from the planet in one of the many Jedi starfighters that were stationed in the temple and returned to Xenen, having sensed Hammer’s presence.

Guardian of the Force

Jinx hanging upside down. Art by Josh Parker

Jinx’s return to Xenen and his confrontation with Hammer was somewhat quick. Out of a sense of duty he later abandoned he reported in to Vice Admiral Indiana Bridger, quickly realizing that had been a bad idea (he was technically a deserter, after all) and after an uncomfortable reunion with Janet and her husband Mark Wyler he made his way through the city in his Jedi starfighter to Hammer’s command center. The fight was quick, Jinx more than prepared this time as a fully trained Jedi Master and he quickly ended the fight and threw the corpse of Hammer out a window to watch him fall. Janet walked in on the speech Jinx gave to Hammer before killing him, talking of the Guardians of the Force, and he was forced to ask her to keep the issue quiet.

He returned to Indy and cleared up the deserter status after several discussions with New Republic Intelligence, then building himself a small castle into the mountainside overlooking the base and more distant city beyond it. Inside he built several hidden rooms, some for training and others for storing the many treasures he had found in his travels…these rooms were hidden to anyone that did not know they were there, and even once known about only a Force user could open them with the internal mechanisms built away from eyes or hands. He built a special room, shielded and reinforced enough to be inside of a bank which served as his trophy room for the abusers of the Force he would kill. Kindarin’s lightsaber was placed proudly in the first slot, follow by Hammer’s.

Jinx filled several display cases with lightsabers over the years, meditating for weeks at a time before finding his next target. A half-trained Jedi that liked to use the Force to force himself upon women, a serial killer, dark side users…he was surprised how many there were out there waiting to be found. Occasionally he would find a chance for salvation in some of them and let them go, though he paid special attention through the Force to these ones and more often than not he paid them a second–and final–visit. He took on a more lighthearted outlook on the Force as a whole, having come that far thinking the worst a Jedi could do was give in to anger or fear and now understanding there was so much more than that. Those feelings, left unchecked, were merely the gateway into the behaviors of those he now hunted.

A New Hope

Though somewhat awkward to Jinx at first–given the history–Jinx accepted the training of Janet & Mark’s son, Les Wyler. As Master Rek’paar had been with him, Jinx was a serious and unforgiving Master…firm but fair, as his former Master had always said to him. The training regimen was intense, dawn to dusk they trained his agility and lightsaber skills and into the late night worked on mediation and focusing exercises. Jinx was amazed at how quickly Les took to the training and absorbed the lessons, which he came to the conclusion were a direct result of the boy essentially being a clean slate for him to work with. Unlike himself, having killed hundreds of beings as a bounty hunter and formed heavy opinions of his own…or Kindarin, who was already tainted with the seeds of the dark side…Les was open to new ideas, learning them and making them his own.

Sooner rather than later, Jinx felt Les was ready to be promoted to a full Jedi Knight. The two would still work together side by side for many years as Les still had much to learn about practical application in combat, however Jinx was of the opinion that Knighting him would give him a boost of self-confidence and purpose that a Padawan could not truly have on their own. Janet, Mark and their daughter Asya Wyler were invited to the Knighting ceremony, plans were made and everything seemed to be going perfectly.

One morning Jinx received a message from the planet Ryloth, a woman calling herself Sienn asking him to come see her immediately. It took him some time to realize who it was–a good eighteen years having passed–though once he did he knew he had delayed too long. He cut the Knighting ceremony short with Les, then racing off of Xenen to Ryloth. There he discovered the call had been made in distress, and fought his way through a underground den of slavers and spice dealers to find Sienn on her deathbed with a beaten-up young girl beside her. Sienn explained the girl, Kiiara Katarn, was his daughter before passing away. Jinx carried Kiiara out of the den and away from Ryloth.

He nursed her back to health and began training her as a Jedi, her potential in the Force far greater than Jinx’s ever would be. She took to the training quickly, especially the lightsaber training and she adopted the use of twin lightsabers much to his surprise. He purchased a Corellian Engineering VCX-820 hot off of the assembly lines, taking it on her maiden voyage straight to StarForge station. Chidee was ecstatic about the opportunity to modify the new transport, and the new family continued her aggressive training. Jinx felt now he had reached peace with his inner self and the Force, and dropped the nickname of Jinx and return to his proper birth name. Jeir learned of calls for help to local mercenaries coming from the Braxant sector–which was under control of the Imperial Remnant–and traveled there to the Ill’iare system with Kiiara in their unnamed transport.

There was a small resistance effort in the Ill’iare system against a group of Imperial Warlords, the people trying to free themselves of the tyrannical rule. While Jeir had hoped they would petition for membership into the New Republic, he half expected them to rejoin the Imperial Remnant after they won the war. The Warlords had formerly been under the command of the sector’s Grand Moff, then making a run for this system with half of the Moff’s former fleet when he was executed for treason and replaced. As the system posed little to no advantage and presented a heavy loss of assets, the Remnant had left the Warlords alone. Jeir put the call out for mercenaries to help with the effort, screening backgrounds heavily before accepting a select few of them. He was paying from his private fortune for all of the weaponry, supplies and gear and would be signing the paychecks for the mercs as well.

Jeir found particular interest in a Mandalorian mercenary, Kal’or Kutin, who had a long history of fighting for the underdog and was known for his morals on the battlefield. Kal’or, Jeir, and Kiiara bonded well and became something of a family within themselves, and Kal’or oversaw the training of the resistance fighters as well as combat and espionage training for Kiiara.

Jeir was last seen leaving the Ill’iare system with Kiiara and Kal’or on his transport, heading for Xenen.

Behind the Scenes

Jinx Katarn was the name for a character made by Josh Parker, used to join the Rebel Squadrons in March of 1997. Jinx (and Jeir) he took from a character in an original story, and for the surname he had been playing a lot of game Dark Forces at the time and–not able think of an original name at the time–adopted Katarn from Kyle Katarn. Unfortunately, Josh got very involved in the gaming club and soon the interactive stories and was known as Jinx Katarn, so when it came to actually fleshing the character’s story out he had to find a way to explain the Katarn last name. Looking back, he wishes he had just chosen to take the road of “same last name, no relation” instead.

Josh joined the Marine Corps infantry in February of 1999, and convinced by his recruiter he would be off fighting in foreign wars for his life thought he wouldn’t be around ever again to write his character…and so killed him off in a series of short stories (the conclusion of which was Jinx Katarn’s death at the Imperial Outpost by the Dark Jedi). After he was stationed at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, things settled down and he wrote his return as a clone about eighteen months after Jinx’s death.

The entire storyline of Kindarin & Cherity came from a fan film Josh had started filming in Hawaii, which ended up only being 75% completed before his enlistment was up and he was sent back to the mainland. Unable to film pickup shots with either the actors or locations, the film was a total loss and adapted as additional backstory for a large period of time away from active duty.

The character has had a long history of coming and going from active duty since in Aurora Force, originally due to military obligations (deployments) and then just due to the crazy ways of life. In the story, these turn out to be small “self discovery” periods of exile Jinx sends himself out on.

Real Life

Josh Parker…born July 5th, 1978. Proud husband and parent of two, working as a 3D Artist in the video game industry.

You can visit his online portfolio, Reverse Halo, to see examples of his work and learn more about him.

 

Or maybe it was just how he was; the lone warrior, Horatius at the bridge. He really believed in the ethos of the warrior, the philosphy of the knight, sans peur, sans reproche. And he had made his troops belive in it too, by his shining vision and his intensity and his belief. And that shining vision had sustained them. And maybe this was the cost.

-When the Devil Dances, by John Ringo
Carlos DeLong is currently the commanding officer of the Golgan System Defence Force (GDF). He is the son of Timothy and Amanda DeLong, brother of Robert DeLong and Rachel DeLong, and nephew of Jaq Pellman.

Biography

From Lynne to Ithor

Carlos DeLong was born on the Outer Rim world of Lynne, in the year 14 BBY, to Timothy and Amanda DeLong. This was some seven years after the end of the Clone Wars, and the reorganization of the (Old) Republic into the Galactic Empire. The Rebellion was in full swing. Not that young Carlos was in any way cognizant of such high and lofty matters, the concerns of a baby being somewhat more base than that.

Little of note occured during his early years. He received his ring (see below) at birth, and the majority of his early years were spent training as a Guardian alongside his younger sister, Rachel. His instructers were his parents and Robert, as well as Jaq Pellman; though the later could teach him little about the Force, he had much to teach his nephews and niece regarding the arts of stealth and spywork. Carlos took well to such instruction.

All such instruction ended in the year 3 ABY, bare weeks before the battle of Hoth. Thomas Bullian, once a Jedi Knight and family friend, betrayed them to the Empire and led an attack on Lynne. He purposed to seize the rings belong to Carlos and Rachel, the only ones which would consent to be taken by force.

They held for a long time, but neither Robert nor Jaq were there to aid them, and the Lynne authories had their own problems. The battle proved hopeless. In response, Timothy and Amanda mind-blocked Carlos and Rachel, and then used an Aing-Tii technique to… send them away. Carlos was sent to another old friend, a Rebel operative named Chryson Shynar, at the time “vacationing” on Ithor, while Rachel was to go to a Rebel operative named Tyler Backlaw, on Sullust.

Chryson did not recognize Carlos at first; it had been a long while since he’d visited Lynne, and Carlos had been but a boy that time, not seventeen. However he realized who Carlos was soon enough, and made good to spirit him away from Ithor before they drew any more attention. Along the way they were joined by Peregrine, the AI “piloting” a ship known as the Peregrine’s Claw. The Claw was actually belonged to the DeLong family; Peregrine had escaped Lynne and had managed to track down Chyrson, knowing that Carlos had gone to him. The Claw ever after served as Carlos’ personnal ship.

Much of his activties between his arrival on Ithor and when he joined the Aurora Force are classified. He was soon “apprenticed” to Jaq Pellman, who kept up the charade of not knowing who Carlos was, and served in Rebel – later New Republic – Intelligence. What is know for certain about those times is that he was involved in the botched attempt to convince Cho’dai General Chin Takashi to defect from the Empire.

The Minos Cluster

He was recruited into the Aurora Expeditionary Force by Torin Qel-Droma, whom he knew from his own short-lived service in the Rebel Squadrons Commando Division (RSCD). He served in the AF throughout two campaigns, from Minos Cluster Campaign and the… interesting… first mission to Lantare, to the Kartuiin campaign and the final battle above Kartuiin itself.

It was in the Aurora Force that he met his best friend, Indiana Bridger, and the woman who would become his wife, Janice Osren. During the mission to Lyccos II he reunited with his sister, Rachel DeLong, who had been sent to that world instead of Sullust by what is assumed to be the direct intervention of the Force. They also rescued Alain Maranthos, a friend of Rachel’s, who had been kidnapped and enteched into a modified Phase III Dark Trooper by Imperial Admiral Tiras Variner.

Golgan III

He was badly wounded, after the Lyccos II mission, when a group of Dark Jedi under command of Thomas Bullian (naming himself Darth Ispa), attacked theImladris with intent to abduct Davil Bullian, son of Indiana Bridger and Mike Bullian. The Dark Jedi escaped with the boy, but a then-comatose Carlos was able to use the Force to direct Mike on where to go; by some strange mechanic, he was fully aware of who he was while unconcious. Once recovered, and no longer able to remember his past, Carlos took the Claw and left the Imladris for the Ashkhelhon system, the place where the Dark Jedi had taken Davil, in hope to find some answers of his own [3]. There he encountered – and defeated – another Dark Jedi. He also discovered a small holo of his family; not much, but it was a start.

They were jumped by pirates on the way back to Minos. Damaged, the Claw was forced to land on an Imperial-held world: Golgan III. There he joined up with an underground resistance movement, and helped to expose the truth of what the Empire had done on that world [[4]]. With the Empire driven off, and the formation of the GDF from a pair of captured Star Destroyers, Carlos departed Golgan III, and returned to the AF.

However, he maintained contact with Golgan III, especially with Vran Diesato and Sarah Rossech. Those contacts turned to the AF’s advantage on many occaions, such as when the Imladris suffered ambush and needed place to settle down for repairs.

From Xenen to Vormari

Towards the end of the campaign in the Minos Cluster, as a result of a serious of missions intended to rescue comrade Troy Nexus, Carlos was taken captive by Darth Ispa and associated forces. However, he managed to send his ring away with Indiana Bridger, denying the would-be Sith Lord the prize he’d long sought. Carlos was imprissoned on Odysseus, and thus missed the initial fight for Xenen. He was soon rescued, however, in a daring raid which not only saw him reunited with his brother, Robert, but also led to him adopting a son, Jonathan Playbird, aged six.

Despite missing the battle of Xenen, he was present for the battle of Concelli IX. He nearly suffered a breakdown during the fight, due to flashbacks to Odysseus. However he managed to hold himself together long enough to take part in the final battle which drove the Empire off that world. He was severly injured during the course of that battle, and spent the entirity of the ‘Great Concelli VIII Charlie Foxtrot’ in a bacta tank; Rachel, however, was square in the middle of it.

He spent several weeks after the Concelli mission on extended leave, rampaging throughout the backwoods of Xenen with his family. They returned to active duty in time for a training mission to Coruscant, which quickly turned serious when a group of terrorists took over an embassy. During the counter mission, Carlos encountered a man, Cosmo Rathon, who had known his father. Rathon died in the rescue attempt, but lived long enough to tell Carlos his father’s name.

After the training-mission-gone-wrong, he again took an extended leave of absence, this time to accompany Indy on search for Mike, who’d decided to go walkabout. Their search took them to such places as Yaga Minor, where Carlos put an old Barabel contact of his on the hunt. During a stop off at Golgan III they learned that Xenen had sufferend an attack by unknown forces. This turned out to be an indiginous pro-Imperial group, coordinating with Admiral Variner and the rest of the Sector’s remaining Imperial forces. They returned to find Xenen nominally under control of the Empire, awaiting the arrival of the Imperial fleet.

The Empire was driven off – again – after a fierce battle, successful in part due to the timely arrival of the GDF.

Thereafter, the AF was assigned to a strike against the Imperial world Ketaris, in support of the New Republic’s fight against Grand Admiral Thrawn. Again, Carlos missed the majority of this battle, having been kidnapped by the Grand Admiral’s own forces the night prior. Thrawn wished for Carlos to join his efforts at uniting the galaxy; he even attempted a bribe, the price being the location of Carlos’ parents. Being at heart a political libertarian, Carlos refused the offer. Thrawn ordered the datapad containing the location of his parents placed outside his cell, as enticement.

He managed to escape the Chimaera upon her arrival at Ketaris, with the timely aid of Jaq Pellman, Tag Rendar, and Rachel DeLong.

He took the datapad with him.

The victory at Ketaris, however, was marred by the betrayal of Walex Partija, and the apparent death of AFCO Indiana Bridger. For a time this left Carlos and Derik Bel Iblis in joint command of the AF, until Indy recovered and declared herself alive again.

For a time after Ketaris, the Kartuiin sector fell quiet: the AF was to guard New Republic holdings against any resurgent assault by the Empire, while the Imperial forces were quite content to hold back until Thrawn’s offensive concluded. In that time of quiet, Carlos finally asked Janice to marry him [5].

Batchelor and Batchelorette parties soon followed. Indy declared herself alive at Janice’s party, but just to the AF and not the galaxy at large. Much fun was had by all, and Carlos attempted to act the part of a lordly and imperious Grand Admiral.

The wedding itself was a matter of fair pomp and circumstance; such were the customs of Janice’s homeworld: practically simple, but very formal and ritualistic. The happy couple soon excused themselves from the festivities; no one really begrudged it.

Forty-eight hours later, Hiram Ishaki, Raize Yeven, and Zane Kolost returned to Tiras Variner. Bare days after that, Variner turned them loose on Norvid V.

The honeymoon was cut rather short.

In response, the AF staged a daring raid against Variner’s staging area around Vormari III. It was, as they say, a famous victory, involving not only ship-to-ship combat but boarding actions as well.

AF losses included the Iron Whip and (seemingly) Derik Bel Iblis.

Back to Lynne

AF losses at Vormari were severe, due to in part to Darth Ispa using the Force to enhance the Imperial forces’ coordination. Carlos, having confirmed the information taken from Thrawn regarding his parents’ location, offered up a plan to draw Ispa out in the open and kill him.

He would take the AF’s Jedi compliment and carry them to a world with no name, a wold upon which Darth Ispa held his parents. They would rescue Timothy and Amanda DeLong, and in so doing draw Ispa into a trap.

The plan was agreed, and they took the Dashan to the world with no name… and his family was made whole again. He was made whole again, for his memories as well as his family were finally restored.

Shortly thereafter he was taken down a notch when his mother decided to entertain his friends by telling stories from when he was five.

They travelled to Lynne, and returned to their home, an enclave built inside a great mountain. There Carlos, Rachel, Timothy, and Amanda retrieved their lightsabers. And there Darth Ispa – Thomas Bullian – met them in battle. Carlos fought him, but Ispa cut away his left hand and ran him through.

While Timothy dueled – and killed – Ispa, Rachel, Indy, and Amanda quickly transported Carlos – and the other wounded – back to the Dashan. The doctors did what they could, and then dunked him in a bacta tank and hoped for the best. While unconcious, Carlos had a vision [6] of things which were, are, and are to come. The vision involved math, and something called a chili dog.

What he understoond of it was the choice he had to make. In so understanding he chose, and awoke back to life, to his wife and friends and family.

The Vong War

Towards the end of the Kartuiin Campaign, Janice died from complications related to a genetic defect. Jaq Pellman to was killed, aboard the SSD Insidiousduring the final battle of the campaign. As a result of all of this, Carlos resigned his comission with the AF and left the Kartuiin Sector, and travelled with his adopted son to Golgan III and there signed on with the GDF.

In wake of the Caamas Document Crisis, in the year 19 ABY, Golgan III withdrew it’s petition for admittance to the New Republic and opted to remain an independant, if allied, system. Carlos, by then having replaced Vran Diesato as GDFCO, supported this decision. Rachel did not take well to this, and the two haven’t spoken since.

Then the Vong came.

 

Behind the Scenes

Character Theme – Sophia, by the Cruxshadows