NAME: Kian Karr
RANK: Jedi Master
SPECIES: Kel Dor
AGE: around 60
WEIGHT: 185 lbs
EYES: Light Grey
SKIN: Light brownish-orange
DISTINGUISHING MARKS: Scars across his left eye from a training session and along his mouth from injuries received during the Republic invasion of Empress Teta. His left arm was also lost in a fight with a Dark Jedi and he now has a prosthetic arm made to appear as if it were real.
FORCE SENSITIVE: Yes.
STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES:
+ Stoic: Kian is hard to anger
+ Patient and Calm
+ Skilled with a lightsaber (Form V)
+ Jedi Shadow: Good at clandestine work
+/- Kel Dor perspective: Kian, like many of his species, tends to see things in black and white
- Paranoid: Kian, as a Jedi Shadow, tends to be overly cautious
- Specialized: Kian, as a Jedi Shadow, has a narrow focus in his force abilities, leaving him less skilled in certain areas (e.g., healing)
- Getting older - while still a fierce fighter, Kian is not a young man anymore!
PERSONALITY: Kian was a member of the Baran Do sages and as such has learned to respect the structure of authority. Additionally, the sages taught Kian the benefit of calm, peaceful consideration of options before making a decision. Additionally, Kian is very reserved, remaining quiet and learning from situations around him. He often has the appearance of an observer rather than a participant, as he prefers to have as much information as possible before making a decision. Kian is also relatively stoic and does not often express emotion. Additionally, he has difficulty understanding the emotions of others, especially other species, and as such often misinterprets what others are feeling. Kian's time pursuing the Jedi Shadow path has taught him to be always cautious to the point of paranoia. For those who know Kian well, however, they quickly come to realize that while he appears stoical and emotionless (partly a side-effect of the mask) Kian is actually a rather jovial man with a dry sense of humor.
Kian Karr was born on Dorin in the capital city of Dor’shan to Nia Karr. Nia and Kian were all the family Kian knew for the first few years of his life. When he was 6 years old, a Baran Do sage witnessed Kian playing in his yard, lifting stones in the air with the force. The Sage took him into training among the Baran Do and Kian was with the order throughout his childhood and young adulthood. Among the Baran Do, Kian spent long hours meditating and learning the telekinetic abilities of the order. He also spent vasts amount of time in the Baran Do Library, studying the famous Kel Dor Jedi Plo Koon and Gnost Dural, both of whom became his heros.
When Kian was 17 years old, he married Aria Earn. Aria and Kian had met for the first time when he was 6 years old, prior to his joining the Baran Do. Kian had taken shelter in her families home when a particularly nasty storm had hit. They were teen sweethearts and when they both turned 17, they were married. Three years later, Aria told Kian she was pregnant. The child, named Plo after the Jedi Master Kian had idolized as a boy, came early. Aria died due to complications of the premature birth. Plo Karr lived for three days before dying. Kian's abandonment of Dorin was the result of the pain he felt associated with the memories of the loss of his family.
Kian wandered the galaxy for a year before making his way to the Jedi. The peace that Kian had begun to find in his travels was further solidified and enhanced by the training at the Jedi Academies. Kian was selected by Talon Vosra for training and Kian officially began his work as a Jedi.
Under Master Vosra’s tutelage, Kian began to learn the ways of the Jedi and walk the path of a Jedi Sentinel. Kian was an active padawan, learning all he could both at the academies and abroad. Kian and Master Vosra had only been working together for a short time when the One Sith invaded Carida and Kian was forced to help defend the plateau before the city. Kian fought alongside his master as well as his first friend at the academy, Tugoro Taidarious. While Kian had experienced the force with the Baran Do, this was Kian’s first taste of combat and he was both disgusted by the needless killing of the One Sith and humbled by watching soldiers willinging sacrificing everything to defend the citizens they fought for.
Kian didn’t gain much of a rest after the battle of Carida, as he was present at the Republic’s invasion of Empress Teta. Here Kian faced the true enemy of the Jedi for the first time - The Sith. Kian faced off with a Sith Knight he later learned was Darth Banshee. Kian, while at first holding his own, was greatly weakened by the crushing of his antiox mask. Overpowered by the Sith’s use of the force, Kian was thrown through a wall where he sustained several broken ribs. Hope had seemed lost, but then he had felt the touch of the Jedi Grandmaster Kiskla Grayson’s mind and it had calmed Kian and instilled in him the willpower to fight on. He had then faced off with Darth Veles, a skilled Sith Lord who only failed to destroy Kian because he lacked the ability to use the force. The battle ended in a draw, when Kian decided it was more important to save his friend’s life rather than press the attack.
While recovering from his injuries on Empress Teta, Kian was present to defend the Ossus Academy from the One Sith assault which lead to the capture of a Sith Holocron. Kian witnessed, for the first time, the horrific powers of the One Sith as they used Sith magic to corrupt the minds of many younglings, driving them into feral beasts. This was the first time Kian squared off with Darth Hauntruss, a Sith Lord and the one who had corrupted the younglings. Their battle didn’t last long, as the Sith succeeded in capturing the holocron they had come for.
Due to the progression of his training and his experiences gained at Carida, Empress Teta, and the attack on Ossus, Master Vosra nominated Kian for Knighthood. It was one of the proudest moments of Kian’s life and he was humbled to join the ranks as a full fledged Jedi. Kian had little time to celebrate however, as he was present for the defense of Alderaan. There Kian was introduced to the beasts of war that the One Sith brought to battle. Kian was impotent to stop the destruction of the medical center that he was charged with defending, but he and his first apprentice, Ellain Hadrin, escaped unscathed from the battle.
Kian was also present at the counter-invasion of Alderaan, where the Republic attempted to drive the One Sith from their newly conquered world. Here Kian would fight alongside Anarya Drast and his friend Tugoro Taidarious once more (the trio had been involved in the defense of Ossus together). Kian would also make several new friends in the invasion. He would witness the fighting skills of Veino Garn, whom he would later go on to train with. Additionally, this was where Kian would first become acquainted with Corvus Raaf, a padawan who had become injured in the early fighting. Under the command of the Countess of Báthory, Vong and Voxyn had reigned down on the Republic forces and while Kian and a unit of military commandos had succeeded in killing several Voxyn, the Republic was once more defeated.
It was also around this time that Kian began to put in the work to become a Jedi Shadows. The Jedi Shadows were a secretive sect of Jedi Sentinels (and occasionally Consulars) who specialized in stealth. They were tasked with hunting down and destroying darkside relics, as well as combating the Sith at every available turn. With the absence of Master Vosra from the Order (on a self-proclaimed exile), Kian was forced to piece together the Jedi Shadows, who had all but vanished from the Order. Kian slowly built the Shadows back up, establishing a secure Enclave on Ossus and recruiting from the most promising of students.
In this time, Kian began to develop a close friendship with Jedi Corvus Raaf and Kana Truden. Both Jedi were already close friends, and Kian was amazed by the skill and determination that both showed. As they worked together on various missions and fought together on various campaigns, Kian woud come to trust Kana and Corvus enough that they would be the first people off of Dorin whom Kian would confide in about his wife Aria and son Plo.
Kian’s work with the Jedi Shadows did not go unnoticed. Within a short time of taking over the role, Kian was elevated to the rank of Jedi Master and he officially became the Master of the Shadows. It was a time consuming task, but one that Kian wouldn’t allow to separate him from his other duties. Kian began to teach more at the academies and received a well needed break from direct military actions. The only exception being the assault on Zeltros. Kian was present and defended the Palace from assault. Fighting against Ceran Moerelle, Kian had managed to cut off the soldier’s arm before he managed to escape. Later Kian helped in the evacuation of the royal family.
In his travels, Kian come across a young force-sensitive man on Coruscant by the name of Varus Shatterstar. Varus showed great potential in the force and with some convincing, Kian talked him into joining the Jedi Order. Varus would be the first apprentice that Kian would see raised to Knighthood. While Kian was very proud of Varus, he continued to fear for the young man, who was overly hard on himself and always pushed himself to perfection.
Later, Kian came across a Jedi Padawan named James Mathison who had a vast amount of non-traditional training and Kian took him on as an apprentice as well. James had come from a variety of training areas, some of which were in direct conflict with the roles of a Jedi, but he was determined to learn the Jedi ways and Kian was happy to oblige. His skills would prove useful in the Battle of Manaan, where Varus, James, and Kian all served. Trying in vain to stop the One Sith from destroying the Kolto facility, Kian failed not only to defend the facility but also to save the Progenitor, whom the One Sith killed. It was on Manaan that the Jedi Grandmaster Kiskla Grayson was captured by the One Sith.
Jedi Council Member
Shortly after Manaan, with the loss of the Grandmaster, the Jedi Council was established once more, having been abolished by Master Grayson years before. To Kian’s surprise, he found himself a member of the newly established Jedi Council alongside his close friend Corvus Raaf, Jedi Master Phylis Alince, Aaralyn Gyndar, and Jedi Knight Ryan Korr.
While a Council member, Kian continued to take on Jedi Padawans. There was Roshki Belawiiks, a less than eager student who Kian had decided had the makings of a Jedi Shadow. Padawan Belawiiks was an unorthodox student, but one that Kian dedicated himself to training in the ways of the Jedi, despite her resistance. Together Kian and Roshki investigated and uncovered information that brought down Caid Centurion as the head of the Republic military at the bequest of the Jedi Grandmaster during Roshki’s initial Shadow training. Ayden Quell and Elizie Adasca were the next students that Kian took on, both showed the makings of Jedi Shadows. Ayden with his background as an investigator and Elizie with her command of the force and dedication to the Jedi Code.
Several years passed as Kian continued his work with his students and the Shadows. After a time, the Jedi Council agreed that they had waited long enough and Jedi Master Corvus Raaf was appointed as the new Grandmaster of the Jedi Order. Kian was very pleased to see his friend achieve that rank and could think of no better replacement. Then vast amounts of people vanished. Kian awoke one day in a dark, terrible place. Smoke and blood were the two words that described it best. They would come to call this place the Netherworld. Escape was achieved, but at a price. Kian escaped the Netherworld through a portal of blood that drove him mad with rage, causing him to kill a group of Vong in rage. Kian now carries the guilt and shame of this, as well as the image of his dead wife, Aria, whose spectre he saw in the Netherworld.
The Corellian Confederation - Green Jedi order
Kian vanished. For a long time the Jedi Master was MIA have secreted himself away on a Jedi Shadow mission. What kept Kian away for so long is known only to the aging Jedi himself, but when he returned to the fold what discovered saddened him. The Galactic Alliance was gone and any remnants of the Republic with it. Kian, on the advice of fellow Jedi, made his way to Corellia where he joined with the Green Jedi Order. Once more Kian set out to do the work of a Jedi Shadow, hunting down and destroying Sith and Dark Jedi.
Edited by Kian Karr, 26 July 2019 - 11:09 AM.