First posted 5/31/2005
For those of you who don't know, The Dark Forces / Jedi Knight series
follows the adventures of Imperial soldier turned mercenary turned Jedi,
Kyle Katarn, and his partner (and lover) Jan Ors, as they slaughter
armies of stormtroopers and various other Imperial and Sith badguys.
Dark Forces was the first real FPS for the Star Wars universe, which
told the story of Kyle working as a Rebel mercenary and destroying the
Imperial Dark Trooper project. Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II (the best
game in the series, IMO) followed Kyle as he learned about his father's
death and his destiny to become a Jedi. The next game was Jedi Knight
II: Jedi Outcast, which told of Kyle's troubles with the Jedi Order and
hardly advanced the story in any real way. Then there was Jedi Academy,
which I don't count as a valid entry in the series, personally.
8T88: "Dark Jedi."
These are some of the Dark Jedi
characters from the original Jedi Knight (Dark Forces II). They are Yun,
Jerec, Boc, and Sariss. Jerec and Sariss are, strangely enough, the only
Dark Jedi with two-syllable names...
"I had the pleasure of taking your father's head, and thrusting it on a
SPIKE for all to see!"
And here's Maw. The Jedi master Rahn cut off his legs in a lightsaber
fight, so he was forced to use this repulsorlift-diaper to fly around. Heh.
After crashing the Moldy Crow in the Valley of the Jedi, Kyle Katarn is
Boc approaches and smashes his lightsaber (actually Rahn's lightsaber, the
one Kyle's father left for him).
"Not so distinctive now, is it? Hehehehe..."
In a strange bout of intelligence, the Dark Jedi actually decide to kill
Kyle Katarn while he's helpless. So Sariss approaches to make the final
Of course, the Dark Jedi named Yun, whom Kyle spared earlier, protects
But Yun is no match for Sariss. As Rahn says, "Of all the Dark Jedi I have
met, Sariss is the one I can say... I fear." Though actually, she's not
that hard to beat. Heh. But Yun stinks anyway, so what can you expect?
Yun: "He is a Jedi... He deserves a battle... Ungh!" *dies*
"Powerful in both the mental and physical arenas of the Force, she is a
master, a perfectionist, quiet and reserved." - Rahn
"I cannot abide this creature named Boc. He is one of the few that
actually uses two lightsabers in battle!" - Rahn
You can tell that Rahn was an old guy... these days every little twerp
uses two lightsabers. That's EU for you.
"His heavy brow overshadows the empty recesses that normally embrace eyes.
Jerec has the uncanny ability to overshadow one's connection to the
Force... like a dark cloud. A deep, empowering grasp of your will is what
you need." - Rahn
Jerec: "You cannot defeat me!"
But of course, Kyle does. Once he has Jerec down and disarmed, Jerec tells
him to finish it.
"Don't forget, I was the one who killed your father."
However, our goody-goody hero, Kyle, tosses Jerec his lightsaber.
And of course Jerec takes it and attacks.
And of course he doesn't win. At least Kyle doesn't give him two chances.
One strike and you're out.
No, I didn't make a whole bunch of JK2 characters. Just a Shadowtrooper and
two Reborn. I never liked Jedi Outcast as much as JK1, and the badguys (Desann
and Tavion) were kinda dumb. Well, their personalities weren't that bad (Desann
was kind of cool, in a way), but they looked stupid. Desann looked like the
new Godzilla mixed with Barney and Tavion just looked ridiculous. And why
were they both purple? On a side note, I was actually pleased Kyle spared
Tavion's life. But then she comes right back in the sequel, looking even
freakier, and tries to fight the Jedi AGAIN? Are these games just trying to
teach kids that redemption is impossible or something? Heh. That's part of
the reason I don't consider JA a valid "JK3."
A JK2 fight. I must admit, the lightsaber fights in JK2 were extremely fun,
though they got old fast because there were way too many of them. I also
didn't like the fact that Kyle had a blue lightsaber (he should have kept
Yun's yellow one. It was more unique), but whatever.
Just for your entertainment, here is my original Kyle minifig from 1999 or
so, along with a terrible little model of the Moldy Crow, his ship in Jedi
Knight (before it was replaced by the lame "Raven's Claw" in JK2).