The Old Republic
There are currently four main characters I play in The Old Republic.
- Kalab (Trooper/Commando)
- Kalan (Bounty Hunter/Mercenary)
- Jalan (Jedi Consular/Sage)
- Labakk (Jedi Knight/Guardian)
Doaba Guerfel, Corellia
Kal Abakk (Kalab) is the son of Jaren Abakk (deceased), a Republic soldier and Julia Abakk (deceased), a weaponsmith. Jaren Abakk was killed in the line of duty when Kal was only 3 years old, so he didn't know his father well. His mother, Julia, raised Kal on her own, eventually leaving Corellia to open up a repair shop on Kashyyyk.
While on Kashyyyk, Julia befriended a group of Wookiees, and quickly learned of the hardships they had suffered. She smuggled food and weapons to them whenever she could. One day some Wookiees came under attack from a group of Czerka-hired thugs and defeated the attackers. An investigation of the scene showed that the Wookiees had outside weapons, which were traced back to Julia. Some Czerka thugs tracked her down and killed her. Kal, then 9 years old, was away, playing with some of his Wookiee friends at the time.
When the Wookiees learned what had happened, they quickly took Kal deep into the forest to protect him. They found that Kal had no other relatives, so they raised him as best as they could. Although they were not obligated by a Life Debt, they did feel it was their duty to protect the boy until he was an adult, as a way of honoring Julia's kindness towards them.
As Kal grew, the Wookiees taught him about technology and how to survive in the harsh forests of Kashyyyk. He learned how to fight and the importance of honor and helping others. Kal saw how Wookiees were treated and harbored a deep hatred of slavery, a passion that still burns deep inside him to this day.
When Kal was an adult, he left Kashyyyk, taking the lessons he had learned with him. He had learned some repair skills from his mother, and had a fascination with weapons (he was extremely fond of Wookiee bowcasters), but not enough to make a living at it. He decided to put his fighting skills to the test and found odd jobs doing security work.
One day the group was given a job to run security for a secret shipment, which turned out to be a slave. Kal was furious and freed the slave, which prevented him from getting any other work. Nobody wanted to hire security that couldn't be counted on to do the job. The security group sent a bounty hunter after him, but Kal was able to defeat him. The security company was too cheap to hire another bounty hunter, so they just blacklisted Kal and left it at that.
Kal spent a lot of time thinking about how he could put his skills to good use and make a difference in the galaxy. As the war with the Sith Empire grew, the holo-news coverage showed how the Empire enslaved entire races to serve their purposes. Kal knew right then what he could do to make a difference, and signed up to serve in the army of the Republic. It was in the military that he got the name Kalab, a shortened version of his first and last name combined. He will answer to either Kal or Kalab.
He has proven himself an excellent soldier, though he occasionally disobeys an order if it conflicts with his sense of honor or the ideals of the Republic. He always takes time to help people whenever he can, much as his mother had done. He hopes his efforts will bring peace to the galaxy and protect those who cannot protect themselves.
Himself, though usually takes contracts for the Sith Empire
Bounty Hunter (Mercenary)
Kalan Mereel was second child of Karden Mereel and Lelli Mereel, both tough mercenaries in their own right. Growing up on the harsh world of Mandalore, Kalan learned early that life was far from fair. He was a strong-willed and independent child and showed little fear. His childhood toys included guns with the power packs removed and a small kad, a sword made of Mandalorian iron.
In traditional Mandalorian manner, when Kalan was 8 years old, his father began taking him into the field and teaching him about fighting and survival. Karden was extremely tough on Kalan, working him to exhaustion in his drills and demanding perfection. At the same time, he was a loving parent, a classic example of how a Mandolorian father should be, though some said he was a little too tough on his son.
Kalan never resented his father for the tough training, because even at that early age, he saw how hard life was on Mandalore and wanted to prove he could handle it. He also had a fascination with fighting, so all the drills, tough as they were, interested him greatly. He took great pleasure at out-performing children several years older than him.
As Kalan grew, he quickly gained a reputation as a no-nonsense fighter, often accompanying his father on assignments. When Kalan was 14, one of the leaders of clan Mereel suggested that Kalan stay behind on a particular mission because it was extremely dangerous. The elder said it out of genuine concern, including several of the other younger fighters, as well. Kalan did not take the suggestion well and snuck aboard the drop ship, determined to prove himself.
As the battle wore on, Kalan snuck off the ship in search of battle. The same leader who had suggested he stay behind was surrounded by five enemies, and Kalan rushed in to help him, the thrill of battle overtaking him. He surprised the first enemy and killed him by stabbing him in the neck with his kad. One of other enemies stopped to see what had happened, and the elder shot him. Kalan rushed one of the remaining enemies, who was twice his size, and the man promptly knocked Kalan flat on his back.
The enemy knelt over him, taunting him, calling him a little boy and other insults. It didn't take long before Kalan just snapped and drove his head up into the enemy's face, breaking the man's jaw. In the split second of shock, Kalan fired a blaster bolt at point-blank range into the man's face, shattering the skull and sending teeth flying everywhere. He looked around and saw that the elder had defeated the remaining enemies and was staring at Kalan, finally bursting into laughter, yelling a Mandalorian congratulation of, "Kandosii!"
"You should have seen him," the elder said after the battle, talking to Kalan's father, "the kid had just felled a man twice his size, he had brains splattered all over his face, and a few of the shabuir's teeth stuck in his hair and he didn't even flinch. That boy's an ori'beskaryc" (ori'beskaryc = hard case, extremely tough)
Kalan's reputation as a mercenary grew even more as he got older and he began taking difficult missions for the Empire. He has no allegiance to the Sith, but they pay well, so that's good enough for Kalan. He thrives on destruction and loves nothing more than devastating an enemy and crushing his objective. He can often be arrogant and cruel, but he always gets the job done, making him an excellent bounty hunter. His face bears the scars of hundreds of battles, and he shows no signs of stopping any time soon.
Jedi Consular (Sage)
Orbital Shipyard 88, Fondor
Jalan Santiila is the child of Larte and Mika Santilla, both shipyard workers at the Fondor Shipyards. Jalan's parents worked hard and lived a very modest lifestyle, as their jobs did not pay well. To make ends meet, Mika continued to work well into the last days of her pregnancy, and Jalan was born during one of her work shifts.
It didn't take long for Larta and Mika to realize that their son was a little different, though they had no idea that Jalan was Force sensitive. Objects in Jalan's nursery would randomly move, even though Jalan was still an infant and nobody had entered the room. It didn't take long before a Jedi, who was on a mission at one of the shipyards, sensed a strong Force presence nearby. After several tests, the Jedi confirmed that Jalan was indeed Force sensitive and convinced Jalan's parents that their child should be taken to the Jedi Temple and trained. It broke their hearts to see their child go, but they knew he would have a much better life with the Jedi than anything they could provide with their meager living.
Although Jalan was strong with the Force, his training progressed slowly. There were several times where he was almost dismissed from the Jedi ranks, but the Council always insisted that he stay. He proved an adequate Padawan, but seemed to lack focus. His apathy nearly ended with tragic results during one mission, where several civilians almost died due to his inability to apply his Force techniques correctly. This incident proved a turning point in Jalan's training, and his desire to help others (along with a good dose of guilt) ignited a fire within him.
Jalan threw himself into his training and made rapid progress in skills he had largely ignored until that point. He impressed his teachers with his dedication and proved himself capable on several solo missions. He eventually progressed through the ranks to become a Jedi Master.
Jalan is characterized by his gentle nature and a driving desire to help others. He uses his Force abilities to help others and to protect allies in a fight.
Jedi Knight (Guardian)
Clan Nalo compound, Iridonia
Labakk Nalo was born to Barak Nalo and Kalee Nalo, who really had no desire for a child. They treated Labakk more as a pet than a child, giving him little attention or love.
Labakk grew up bitter and angry, often lashing out at other children. It didn't take long for the children to give Labakk a wide bearth, because he was rather odd and able to hurt them without even touching them. During a trip into the Capital City, Labakk was about to strike out with what he called his "mind power," when he was "blocked". A man in a brown robe approached Labakk's parents and told them that their child should be trained as a Jedi. Labakk's parents didn't hesitate for a moment, glad to be rid of the child.
The Council was initially against training Labakk, citing the generic excuse that he was too old, but even more importantly, the child was full of anger and greed. His rescuer made a compelling argument that Labakk was a product of his upbringing, and that proper training could straighten him out. The Council reluctantly agreed to train the boy.
Labakk soaked up his training, often exceeding the lessons being taught. He showed a remarkable desire to protect others, an unexpected tendency given his past habits of harming others. His master began to train him to be a Jedi Guardian, showing Labakk the skills and lightsaber forms that best suited that. His master was so impressed that he became blind to Labakk's growing arrogance and greed. Labakk became adept at hiding his true intentions, but would often take the most direct, and at times, cruel, methods to accomplish his goals.
The Council also seemed oblivious to the growing darkness in Labakk. Master Satele had her suspicions, but kept them to herself, knowing that the Jedi needed all the powerful knights it could get for the war. Labakk continued to grow in power and took every opportunity to turn missions to his own advantage, often extorting or threatening those who got in his way. He was able to handle the most difficult missions, so the Council often turned a blind eye to his methods. Master Satele rebuked him several times, but nothing more was ever done.
Labakk continues to fight as a dedicated Jedi Knight, but is quick to resort to whatever means are needed to accomplish his goals. His encounters with the Sith have piqued his curiosity in the Dark Side of the Force, and he has secretly studied its mysteries, hoping to gain new powers.