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Golden Age of the Sith
A young, Force-sensitive hyperspace explorer. Along with her brother she attempts to chart new lanes of hyperspace, a very dangerous but potentially lucrative job. Unfortunately, they've fallen on hard times and their last-ditch effort results in them discovering Korriban.
- Ace Pilot: Being a hyperspace explorer requires a good deal of skill.
- Action Girl: Although she doesn't have formal Jedi training, she does hold her own with a lightsaber in battle.
- Cassandra Truth: Nobody but Empress Teta is willing to listen to her warnings about the impending invasion. Granted, she was on the run from the law when she left in the first place.
- Hot-Blooded: Apart from being a hyperspace explorer (an insanely risky business), she's brash and impulsive and doesn't look before leaping.
- Refusal of the Call: She and her brother could have been Jedi, but they preferred to be hyperspace explorers.
- Unwitting Instigator Of Dloom: Naga Sadow allows her to escape so he can track her ship back to the Republic.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: She thinks that most people are as sincere as she is and is dangerously Genre Blind about the Sith.
Jori's brother. When they're captured by the Sith, Gav is separated and unable to return with her to the Republic. He winds up siding with the Sith and is taken as an apprentice by Naga Sadow, although he doesn't seem to actually fall to the dark side. He ends up fighting his sister when they meet again.
- Ace Pilot: Like his sister.
- Big Brother Instinct: Part of why he stays with the Sith, believing that he'll be able to protect Jori that way.
- My God, What Have I Done?: He realizes that he's working for the bad guys when Aarba spits in his face and the Massassi soldiers kill him for it.
- Obliviously Evil: He actually commands part of Naga Sadow's forces and leads an attack on Cinnagar, but he doesn't realize that the Sith are the bad guys until he witnesses the destruction firsthand.
- The Pollyanna: He's always convinced that the next hyperspace run will bring riches even though none of them have before. Even when he and Jori are locked up by the Sith, Gav says it could be worse.
- Redemption Equals Death: He turns against Naga Sadow and gives Jori instructions on how to stop the Sith, but he falls into a fatal trap by Naga Sadow and his last words are a goodbye to Jori.
- Too Dumb to Live: It's hard not to want to strangle Gav when it literally takes his kindly hutt friend being gruesomely slaughtered in front of him to realize he's on the wrong side, when Naga hasn't even been trying to conceal the fact he was a bloodthirsty nutjob in front of him. Also, trusting Naga Sadow to board his crippled flagship was an idiotic move of epic proportions.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: He's even more idealistic than Jori is, being the more optimistic of the two of them and unable to see how bad the Sith are. Naga Sadow openly gloats about wanting 'fresh blood' and tricks Gav into blowing up Ludo Kressh's flagship and Gav still doesn't get it. He also thinks it's a great idea to board Naga's crippled flagship when Naga asks for a 'chat' with him.
A Sith Lord who, after Marka Ragnos' death, became one of the two pretenders to the title of Dark Lord of the Sith. He believes that the Sith Empire has grown decadent and wants new conquests.
- Big Bad: Of "Golden Age of the Sith" and "Fall of the Sith Empire"
- The Chessmaster: The cover of issue 1 of "Fall of the Sith Empire" is him controlling puppets of Gav and Jori.
- General Failure: Yes, Naga, it's a brilliant idea to entrust the invasion of one of the most important targets to a guy who isn't a Sith, has no battle experience, and has no idea you're actually the bad guy. Even this aside, the way Naga manages to lose literally every battle in the war is sort of impressive.
- Manipulative Bastard: He pretends to be a friend of Gav and Jori so they'll reveal the location of Republic planets.
- Sorcerous Overlord: Uses Sith Sorcery and Battle Meditation to push his Sith forces to victory, to make illusions of his troops and ships that confuse and frighten Republic forces, then uses Sith Sorcery to blow up a star when shit hits the fan and he has to pick up sticks and leave. He can pull a rabbit out of his hat and that would be less shocking and surprising than the stuff he pulls with his Sith magics. He'd practically own Hogwarts if he went there........
- Villain Protagonist: Much of the story of "Golden Age" and "Fall" is told from his perspective.
A Sith Lord, and the other pretender to the title of Dark Lord of the Sith after Marka Ragnos' death. He believes that the Sith Empire should be kept as it is, and avoid conquering new worlds. Turns out he was right.
- The Cassandra: Ludo is basically completely, one hundred percent right about Naga being the worst thing for the Sith Empire.
- The Rival: To Naga Sadow.
- Undying Loyalty: For a Sith, the guy worships the ground Marka Ragnos, the previous dark lord, walked on.
Knights Of The Old Republic
Introduced in "The Saga of Nomi Sunrider," Nomi begins as a Jedi widow who reluctantly undergoes training to protect herself and her young daughter. She has the rare gift of Battle Meditation, which she uses to turn enemy forces against each other. Eventually, she overcomes her misgivings to become one of the Jedi Order's greatest Knights.
- Action Mom: There is more than one battle where she's actually carrying Vima around.
- Bare Your Midriff: Her outfit while training under Thon. She switches to more typical Jedi garb later on.
- Barrier Warrior: Her Battle Meditation. She can also lead the Jedi in creating a literal barrier known as the "Wall of Light." Unlike the typical Barrier Warrior, she's quite good in a normal fight as well.
- Character Development: She goes from a housewife uninterested in her Force potential to the head of the Jedi Order.
- Chekhov's Skill: While she's learning about her Battle Meditation, she's told that it can be used to cut someone off from the Force. She uses this on Ulic Qel-Droma after he kills his brother.
- Determined Widow: Her husband Andur is killed by thugs. She responds (with the encouragement of his ghost) by becoming a Jedi.
- Distress Ball: She gets knocked out through Force combat just as Ulic is walking by so he can be impressed by the "beautiful fallen Jedi."
- Does Not Like Lightsabers: Mainly because she doesn't like the thought of having to kill people, but she learns to accept it.
- The Hero: Of "The Saga of Nomi Sunrider." She's also a Deuteragonist in the Great Sith Wars.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: She continually refuses her husband's offer to train her in the Force before his death.
- Lady of War: Especially during the Great Sith Wars.
- Laser-Guided Karma: Inflicts this on Ulic by cutting him off from the Force.
- Mama Bear: She first picks up a lightsaber to defend Vima.
- Older and Wiser: In "Redemption," she's become the respected Head of the Jedi Order.
- Parents as People: Her duties as a Jedi leave her little time to devote to Vima, causing a rift between them.
- Refused The Call: She tried to do this, not wanting the life of a warrior, but she comes to accept it.
The Tchuukthai Jedi whom Andur intended to apprentice himself under. He lives on the desolate planet Ambria, where he confined its infestation of dark side energy to a single lake. Despite his bestial appearance, he's a cunning and wise teacher and one of the most formidable Jedi of the age.
- All There in the Manual: Most of his backstory, including how he became a Jedi and how he cleansed Ambria.
- Badass Grandpa: Insofar as his age can be determined—he appears to be quite old, but he's the only Jedi shown to survive Kun's plot to have apprentices murder their masters.
- Omnidisciplinary Scientist: The Jedi version. Name a skill; he's probably a master of it.
- Secret Test of Character: Allows himself to be captured by Bogga the Hutt's thugs in order to force Nomi to use the lightsaber again.
- Starfish Aliens: He resembles a triceratops without the horns. Nomi doesn't realize he's sentient at first. He does have opposable thumbs on his front feet and the ability to use a lightsaber, though he typically just uses his body if the Force itself isn't enough in combat.
- Translator Microbes: He uses the Force to translate his language directly into other Force Sensitives' minds.
- Wounded Gazelle Gambit: How he beat the dark side. After a drawn-out Force battle, he swam out into the lake and let the spirits take him over. Then he trapped them in the water.
Master Arca Jeth
Arca Jeth is a Jedi Master who oversees the sector containing Onderon while he trains the Qel-Droma brothers and Tott Doneeta. Though renowned for his wisdom, he misjudges how much his apprentices can handle and is caught off-guard by the strength of the Naddists on Onderon.
- Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: When he's killed at the Conclave at Deneba, his body becomes one with the Force.
- Badass Grandpa: He can rip apart Krath war droids with little effort. Also pretty much ended the Beast Wars just by showing up.
- The Beastmaster: He's able to tame a drexl, a giant flying beast.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: Suffers this when captured by King Ommin.
- Master of Illusion: Which he uses for the purpose of teaching his students Onderonian history.
- The Mentor: He teaches the Qel-Dromas and Tott Doneeta.
- Obi-Wan Moment: He saves Ulic from being killed by a Krath droid, but it distracts him long enough for another one to kill him.
- Sink-or-Swim Mentor: Sending your pupils to solve an ancient ethnic conflict would be difficult enough, but he expected them to handle the Dark Side without even telling them that it was a thing. (He admits that the second part was expecting a bit too much.)
- Spirit Advisor: In "Redemption", his spirit speaks to Ulic entreating him not to just let himself die in the snow, because there's still some good left for him to do.
Arca Jeth's favorite apprentice and Cay's brother. Although he's an excellent fighter and a good man, he's also impulsive and somewhat arrogant, on top of being quick to anger. After a certain tragedy, Ulic's plan to infiltrate the Krath from within quickly becomes a genuine fall to the Dark Side. He also strikes up a romance with Nomi Sunrider during the Great Sith Wars.
- Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: He becomes one with the Force when he dies.
- The Atoner: In "Redemption."
- Batman Gambit: How he defeats Sylvar. He realizes that she's making the same mistakes he did, so he disarms his lightsaber and stands down, he gives Sylvar a choice. Kill him when he's unarmed or let go of her rage. Sylvar realizes that for all her hatred she can't bring herself to strike a defenseless man and stops.
- Brought Down to Normal: Nomi strips him of the Force for his crimes.
- Changed My Mind, Kid: When Vima goes to him for training, he chucks her out of his crumbling fortress. Then he realizes he chucked her out into a blizzard and goes back to find her.
- Death Seeker: Becomes one for a while after killing his brother and having the Force stripped from him. Arca Jeth tells him to live.
- The Dragon: To Exar Kun. When the two of them attack Ossus, it's Ulic who the hero characters end up facing—only when he's defeated do they have a way to the Big Bad. Of course, that way is open because Ulic turns back and tells them where to go.
- Fake Defector: He advocates doing this to bring down the Krath rather than a costly military offensive, though most of the Jedi rightly predict that this will be Tempting Fate in a big way.
- Fallen Hero: Admittedly, Sith injections helped a lot, but he was already getting dangerously close to the dark side.
- Fearless Fool: Tott criticizes him for being one.
- In the Blood: His mother was a Jedi Master, as revealed by a companion book.
- More Than Mind Control: Sith poison intensified his feelings of anger, but he was headed that way anyhow after Arca's death.
- My God, What Have I Done?: After killing his brother Cay, serving as the Heel Realization that brings him back from the dark side.
- Revenge: His fall to the dark side is fueled by his anger over Arca Jeth dying.
- Second Love: He's this for Nomi. It's noteworthy that their having a relationship plays no part in his fall, in contrast to many other Jedi-Jedi romances.
- Sheathe Your Sword: How he defeats Sylvar in "Redemption."
- Villainous B.S.O.D.: After he kills Cay, he freaks out and basically shuts down for the next ten years.
- Younger Than They Look: In "Redemption." Years of guilt, travel, and self-imposed exile will do that.
Ulic Qel-Droma's brother and fellow apprentice of Arca Jeth. Cay is very idealistic and shares a strong bond with Ulic, and it's very hard for him to accept Ulic's fall. He's also a close friend to Nomi and very good with machines.
- Ace Pilot: One of his skills, though Ulic shoots him down (non-fatally) on Ossus.
- An Arm and a Leg: Quickly has an arm cut off during the Naddist uprising.
- Artificial Arm: He replaces it almost as fast by grabbing one off of a nearby droid. And then loses that in a duel with Ulic.
- Cain and Abel: He becomes the Abel after his brother turns to the Dark Side and even dies for it.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: Ulic cradles Cay's body after killing him in a lightsaber duel.
- Gadgeteer Genius: He's got a habit of tinkering with mechanics and builds himself a prosthetic droid arm very soon after his real one gets chopped off.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: He's a Jedi Knight and persists in believing that there's still good in his brother, even defending Ulic at his trial when the rest of the Jedi have given up.
- "I Know You Are in There Somewhere" Fight: He has one with Ulic on Ossus. He turns out to be right, but only posthumously.
- In the Blood: Supplementary materials reveal that his mother was a Jedi Master.
- Nice Guy: There's no Sibling Rivalry here.
- The Pollyanna: During the Beast Wars. He's surprisingly upbeat about losing his arm and starts work on a new one as soon as the bleeding is stopped. His optimism fades as the conflict continues, though.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: Ulic is hot-blooded and energetic. Cay is more cautious and observant. Also stays on the light side when Ulic falls.
Arca Jeth's third apprentice. Unlike the Qel-Dromas, Doneeta usually has his head on straight.
- Ace Pilot: Does the flying when he and the Qel-Dromas go to Iziz.
- Ascended Extra: He's more than a Mauve Shirt in the Great Sith Wars, but he becomes a much more important character in "Redemption."
- Big Damn Heroes: Twice in "Redemption," first by saving a Twi'lek village from a heat storm, then by saving Vima from falling into the sun.
- Fantastic Racism: Sometimes discriminated against on the basis of being non-human.
- Figure It Out Yourself: Tells Sylvar she has to face her anger on her own after he's disturbed by her actions on a blood hunt.
- Friend to All Living Things: During his training, he develops a Force-assisted affinity with animals.
- The Grotesque: In "Redemption," his face is horribly scarred by a heat storm on Ryloth.
- Older and Wiser: In "Redemption."
- Punctuation Shaker: His Twi'lek name is Tottdon'eeta.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Tends to be the calmer Blue to whomever he's paired with. Initially it's with the Qel-Droma brothers on Onderon, and later it's Sylvar in "Redemption".
- Speaks Fluent Animal: It proves to be a great help in the jungles of Onderon. He's able to become an "honorary boma."
A Cathar who trains under Master Vodo Sisok-Baas, along with her mate Crado and Exar Kun. Both of them turn to the dark side and become her enemies during the Great Sith War, leaving her angry and bitter.
- Action Girl: A very effective combatant.
- Big Damn Heroes: She meets Nomi Sunrider after rescuing her daughter Vima from a war droid.
- Broken Bird: By the end of the war, she's lost her master and her mate, leaving her with a great deal of grief and bitterness.
- The Berserker: She edges close to this territory, particularly when she gets the claws out.
- Cat Folk: Though Cathar are bipedal, they have distinctly feline characteristics: fur, ears, noses.
- Depending on the Artist: She goes from a cat-like humanoid to a biped lion and back again.
- Happily Married: To Crado until he becomes a follower of Exar Kun.
- Hot-Blooded: Surprisingly enough, she's a hot-blooded Jedi. This later puts her in danger of falling to the dark side.
- Not So Different: Her reasons for going after Ulic are pretty much identical to Ulic's motivation for murdering Satal. It's when Ulic forces her to realize this that she finally lets go of her anger.
- Revenge: After the war's end, she fixates on bringing Ulic Qel-Droma to punishment, even though he wasn't directly responsible. Even more ironic is the fact that her motivation (as well as her excuses) are pretty much identical to Ulic's own quest for revenge against Satal Keto.
- He Who Fights Monsters: Her quest to bring "justice" to Ulic for serving the Sith and (indirectly) killing her mate Crado brings her towards the dark side.
The daughter of Nomi and Andur Sunrider. She's a very young child when the Great Sith War breaks out and spends her time with Jedi Masters, knights, and battles. Ten years later, she's ready to train as a Jedi herself, but has a hard time getting enough of her mother's time to do it.
- Ascended Extra: She's basically the Tagalong Kid in the Great Sith Wars, but becomes one of the main characters in "Redemption."
- Bratty Teenage Daughter: Acts out and does reckless things (like jumping into a mining pod she had no training for) because she feels ignored by her mother and the other Jedi. Once she has an attentive teacher, she takes it very seriously.
- Coming-of-Age Story: "Redemption" is this for her.
- Disappeared Dad: She still wonders what her father, Andur, was like.
- Foreshadowing: During the Great Sith War arc, all the Jedi Masters she meets say that she has tremendous Force potential.
- Gut Feeling: Comes with the territory. She's able to pick the one ship that knows where Ulic is, to say nothing of the fact that she decided Ulic should be her teacher in the first place.
- In the Blood: Being a Jedi.
- Take a Third Option: Vima can never hold her mother's attention long enough to get Jedi training, so she goes to the man condemned as a traitor by most of the Order.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Ulic initially mistakes her for Nomi.
- Wise Beyond Their Years: She decides to seek out Ulic Qel-Droma as her master and seems to be the only person among the Jedi who remembers that Ulic had once been a hero to them.
- When You Coming Home, Mom?: Her mother spends most of her time managing the Order and continually puts off Vima's training, so Vima looks for her own master.
Vodo Sisok-Baas' most powerful and worrying apprentice. From the start, he was obsessed with gaining more knowledge, particularly knowledge about the Sith. He seeks out the ghost of Freedon Nadd and soon builds an army to lead against the Republic.
- And I Must Scream: His disembodied spirit is trapped in Yavin IV's ruins for four thousand years.
- Big Bad: Of the Great Sith Wars.
- Courtroom Antics: When he breaks Ulic out of his trial on Coruscant. Not that "dozens of Masssassi warriors and mind control" is a typical legal loophole.
- Deceptive Disciple: Towards Vodo Siosk-Baas and then Freedon Nadd, both of whom he kills eventually.
- Face–Heel Turn: Although he's only just on the good side to start, so he doesn't exactly turn far. Before he fell properly he was probably more of a Token Evil Teammate.
- Fantastic Racism: Often sneered at Sylvar and Crado, professing humans to be superior.
- The Fighting Narcissist: He is very proud of his fighting prowess and considers himself to be the best swordsman in the galaxy (and to be fair, he is at the very least a serious contender for this).
- Gadgeteer Genius: He personally designed his own double-bladed lightsaber and his particular version is a unique and highly sophisticated piece of equipment, having numerous pre-set alternate blade lengths that can be changed with the flick of a switch even in the midst of combat, can be easily used as a single-blade, and the handle itself deceptively small so that it can be wielded more easily and it's nature as a duel-bladed weapon can be hidden.
- Jerkass: Even as a Jedi he's arrogant and rude.
- Master of Illusion: He discovers a talent for Sith sorcery, which is the ability to make illusions manifest, which he uses to deceive and torment his enemies.
- Master Swordsman: He is the self-professed Greatest Lightsaber Duellist in the Galaxy, and while this is obviously a case of Kun having a gigantic ego, it is true that he is at least one of the best the Jedi have ever produced, taking Form VI Niman Lightsaber combat to it's absolute pinnacle and engaging and defeating numerous high-level Jedi throughout his story, including his own master twice.
- Mind Control: He gets good at this.
- Obviously Evil: In part because Ambition Is Evil for a Jedi—the racism against his fellow apprentices, and being highly eager to learn about the Sith, it's clear early on that he's going to fall.
- The Paragon Always Rebels: When he turns to the dark side, he entices a good number of Jedi into joining him and killing their own masters.
- Predecessor Villain: To the Knights of the Old Republic video game and its related media, as the conflict in that game resulted from the fallout from the Mandalorian Wars, which were in turn part of the fallout from Exar's own Great Sith War.
- Sorcerous Overlord: He possessed an incredibly wide range of Dark Side abilities including the ability to cast powerful illusions, control minds and create monsters, and he was in possession of powerful Sith artefacts. He ruled his nascent Sith empire with an iron fist from the moon of Yavin IV.
- Training from Hell: Freedon Nadd's spirit collapsed a building on Exar just to make sure he would commit to the dark side.
A rotten fruit on Empress Teta's family tree. Bored with being aristocrats, he and his cousin start dabbling in "Sith magic" and set themselves up as warlords, heading up a cult they call the Krath. Although he has ambitions of conquest, Satal is no match for a real Dark Jedi.
- Bad Boss: He uses the Force to hypnotize his fighter pilots and make them do suicide runs on the Republic ships.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: He injects Ulic with a poison that makes him susceptible to the dark side's influence. A few issues later, Ulic has outclassed Satal enough that Aleema transfers her loyalty to Ulic, and the Ulic kills Satal, which makes him a perfect ally for Exar Kun.
- If You're So Evil, Eat This Kitten: He tries to test Ulic by ordering him to execute Nomi Sunrider. When he intercepts Ulic's message to her, he orders Ulic killed.
- Karmic Death: Sends an assassin after Ulic. Ulic quickly kills Satal.
- Master Poisoner: He makes Sith alchemy and poisons his specialty.
- Self-Made Orphan: He dunks his father in carbonite and hangs him up as a wall decoration, a la Han Solo.
- Smug Snake: He wants to conquer the galaxy, but he's really not in the same league as Ulic and Exar.
- Wicked Cultured: Being an heir to the throne, this comes naturally.
- Yellow Peril: Depending on the Artist, he and Aleema are given Asian facial characteristics and even outright yellow skin.
Satal's cousin and co-founder of the Krath. She shares his extremely nasty personality and ambition and is even more eager than he is to learn the secrets of the Sith.
- Black Magic: Her Force powers are presented like this, being referred to as "sorcery."
- Evil Gloating: She really enjoys lording her powers over everyone.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: She's tricked into being killed by the sun-destroying device that was her idea.
- Kick the Dog: The awful things she does to her mentor.
- Manipulative Bitch: She manipulates Ulic by staging an assassination attempt for him to "save" her from. She was also well-aware that he was The Mole and didn't tell Satal because she thought it would be a fun challenge.
- Master of Illusion: She specializes in creating images of hideous monsters and ships with the Force in order to distract her enemies, although there are some instances where it seems like what she creates has the power to inflict physical harm.
- Smug Snake: Like her cousin, she vastly overestimates her abilities. Exar Kun tosses her aside like a rag doll when he shows up.
- The Starscream: During the invasion of Coruscant, she betrays Ulic so she can be the sole ruler of the Krath.
- Unholy Matrimony: She and Ulic become lovers.
- The Vamp: To Ulic.
Mandalore the Indomitable
Leader of the Mandalorians. Became an ally of Exar Kun and Ulic Qel-Droma after being defeated by the latter in a duel.
- I Gave My Word: To always serve Ulic.
- Predecessor Villain: He inspired a successor, Mandalore the Ultimate, to launch the Mandalorian Wars that in turn set the stage for Knights of the Old Republic and its sequels.
- Proud Warrior Race Guy: As one would expect from a Mandalorian.
- Undying Loyalty: To Ulic.