by Carl Brown
edited by Patrick Stutzman
|Born on the Outer Rim world of Dantooine, Kyle Pantrakahs was named after the acclaimed New Republic war hero Kyle Katarn. He was proud of bearing the name of the Imperial-turned-Jedi, and from childhood, resolved to be a Jedi himself. His parents, both Rebel veterans (His father Logan had worked as a spy and his mother Jael had flown with Green Squadron,) had settled deep in the wilderness of the virtually uninhabited planet to hide from agents of the Imperial Remnants who still pursued Logan. They taught their son the history of the Jedi and the Old Republic from birth. Self-taught in his Force abilities until age twelve, he left his homeworld by hitching a ride with a group of smugglers, and eventually found his way to Luke Skywalker’s Jedi Academy on Yavin 4. While at the Academy, he not only learned the ways of the Force, but also how to fly starships with the help of his friend Miko Reglia. Kyle was an eager student, but missed his parents, whom he had promised to return to once his Jedi training was completed.
Four years later, as Kyle was coming close to attaining Jedi Knight level, the Yuuzhan Vong invasion began. His homeworld was one of the first planets to fall to the Vong, but, mindful of what the future would bring, his parents had already left as the Republic stopped the initial Vong onslaught.
As Logan and Jael fled Dantooine for the then-safe Core Worlds, the freighter they traveled on was attacked and boarded by the Peace Brigade. The terrorists demanded for any Jedi or people who had connections to one be turned over, lest all the passengers be shot. Logan and Jael gave themselves up to protect their fellow refugees, but as soon as they did, they were murdered in cold blood and the Peace Brigadiers killed the other passengers anyway.
Kyle had left Yavin 4 in an A-wing and flown to Corellia, where he was supposed to meet his parents. After hearing the news of his homeworld’s fall and his parents’ murders, Kyle was consumed by a despairing rage. He retreated to seclusion in the swamplands of Naboo. And there, as the dark side powerfully assailed him, he fell under the menacing presence of the slain Sith Darth Maul.
Constructing a double-bladed lightsaber and copying the evil warrior’s fighting style, Kyle, like Kyp Durron before him, vowed a loyal apprenticeship to a long-dead Sith and swore he would somehow, someday, destroy the Yuuzhan Vong and exact complete vengeance from the Peace Brigade.
Armed with his new double weapon and what seemed immeasurable new power, Kyle left the swamps and tracked down a contingent of Peace Brigadiers in hiding on the Twi’lek homeworld of Ryloth. He fell upon the group of some 100 beings, attacking with his full fury coursing through him. As he mercilessly struck down the terrorists, he didn’t even notice he had freed a prisoner they were holding. She happened to be a Jedi by the name of Mariah Kray-Sal. She stared in horror and amazement Kyle struck down one of her former captors, who didn’t even have a nanosecond to show his surprise as the “hilt” of the lightsaber ignited in his face.
After only five minutes of battle, all 100 Peace Brigadiers were slain.
Feeling the overwhelming dark side presence running through Kyle, Mariah recovered her blue lightsaber and stood on guard. Kyle flailed at her but then suddenly collapsed as a searing pain burnt through his whole body.
He saw a vision of himself, fighting and driving back a large group of Yuuzhan Vong warriors, and then, as the leader of the band fell, he stood and took his place. He was becoming something even more ruthless than the Vong and even more treasonous than the Peace Brigade. He was betraying himself, the Force, and all those who had loved him.
Tortured by remorse, Kyle struggled to drive the dark side away. He almost died when it took its final toll as it left him. Mariah brought him to a secret location in the caves of the stony Ryloth wilderness, where he gradually recovered his strength and completely purged was left of the dark side within himself.
Kyle kept his double lightsaber, but changed its power crystals, so the once-scarlet blades now glow green, in remembrance of the rolling woodlands and pastures of his beloved planet. Now, the style and the weapon of Darth Maul fights for the light side.
Mariah and Kyle became like brother and sister and they recently joined forces with Kyle’s hero, a dream come true for the young man. Together, they work with Captain Katarn to develop new tactics against the Yuuzhan Vong invaders and to bring the members of the Peace Brigade to justice.
Name: Kyle Pantrakahs
Force Points: 0; Dark Side Points: 4
* - Kyle Pantrakahs has constructed his own lightsaber