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Empatojayos Brand

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Empatojayos Brand was a Jedi Knight during the waning days of the Old Republic. Brand was apprenticed to Jedi Master Yoda. Empatojayos was very aggressive and vain, but he overcame his personality flaws to become a full fledged Jedi Knight. He managed to survive the Great Jedi Purge but at the cost of being severely injured by Darth Vader in a ship battle, which sent him hurtling through a gas nebula near Nar Shadaa. However the Ganathans saved him and made him their king. He proved a good choice, administering a progressive and popular agenda.

In his salvation, he not only got a new title, he also got a substantially altered body. Because the fight with Vader had left him nearly mortally wounded, much of his body had to be replaced with mechanical parts. His torso was placed into a bulbous metal shell that moved via repulsorlifts. Lightsaber blades were integrated into at least one of his arm prostheses.

He returned from his self-imposed exile when the Solos, fleeing from bounty hunters, stumbled upon his hidden world, and informed him that Vader was long gone. Brand decided that he should aid Luke in his attempts to restore the Jedi Order; he proved instrumental during the events of Dark Empire in defeating Dark Siders on New Alderaan. Empatojayos died on Onderon when he sacrificed himself to save the baby Anakin Solo from being filled with the essence and mind of the Emperor's clone, Empatojayos intercepted Palpatine's spirit preventing the Emperor from taking power from young Anakin Solo . His soul connected to Palpatine's, he died with him, freeing the galaxy from the Emperor's reign forever.

In short then, Brand is a kind of anti-Vader. A Jedi who became half-machine, half political-instrument--but used these life changes to have his faith in the Light Side strengthened, rather than shattered. In the end, depending on how seriously you view Empire's End as a part of the overall STAR WARS saga, he finished the job that Vader botched in Return of the Jedi. Of course, since this would make him, ultimately, the one to finally restore balance to the Force, some use his key role in the final disposition of the Emperor to demonstrate how the works that feature him must be seen as apocryphal. Others would contend that, because Vader is responsible for Brand's rebirth as a cyborg, that his involvement with the death of the resurrected Emperor is is a kind of fight-by-proxy between two reflections of Skywalker and Sidious, and thus consistent with the prophecy of Episode I. No matter which side you take, though, Brand is a controversial figure in the Expanded Universe and is indicative of the kind of problems that can occur when the ending of a timeline is written before the beginning.

It should be noted that Brand's history has apparently been retconned in the light of the prequels. Though his major appearances all occurred in works written prior to 1999, his life as a Jedi in the Clone Wars has since been rewritten so as to make Yaddle, and not Yoda, his Master. He's also been given a friendship with Bultar Swan. Neither character existed when the two major works in which he appears, Dark Empire II and Empire's End, were written.

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Issue Appearances:
Star Wars Handbook (1998)

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Galactic Republic (New)
Galactic Republic (Old)
Jedi Order (New)
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Rebel Alliance

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