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Ulic Qel-Droma

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Highly variable, basically from issue to issue. His journey from the Light Side, to the Dark Side, to No Side, and finally back to the Light make it impossible to generalize. One thing's clear, though: this is one of the most powerful Force users, ever.

Odan-Urr's "wall of Light" technique.

Also, fear. Anger. Hate. Suffering. C'mon, you've seen Star Wars.

Ulic Qel-Droma began his life with Force as a Jedi, having been discovered at a young age, along with his brother, Cay, to be extremely Force sensitive. Following an apparently successful mission to restore peace to Onderon, he entered into a romantic relationship with Nomi Sunrider. For a time (which has not, to date, been fully delimited), Ulic, Cay, Nomi and the Twi'lek Tott Doneeta formed an effective and amiable fighting team.

When it became apparent that the events described in Tales of the Jedi, volumes 1 and 2, might be related to a rise in Sith activities, however, he hatched a dangerous plan. Ambitious and highly-confident, he purposed, over the objections of brother Cay Quel-Droma and many others, to "pretend" to become a Sith so he could gain valuable intel on Sith operations during The Sith War. Ultimately, this failed, as he really did fall to the Dark Side. It is debatable, however, whether this was truly his "choice", though, as he was injected with a Sith poison immediately prior to killing Satal Keto in anger, the very event which made him fall.

Whatever the case, he was fallen, and pursuing membership in the Sith for his own purposes, rather than those of the Jedi Council. He openly challenged Exar Kun for leadership of the Sith, and might have won the ensuing lightsaber battle, had not the spirits of dead Dark Lords not interceded and simply named Kun the winner. Thereafter, Kun became the ruling Dark Lord, and Qel-Droma, his apprentice. During this time, his love for Sunrider faded, replaced by a self-serving lust for Aleema, cousin of Satal Keto--the man he had originally killed in anger. She was a powerful royal, able to marshall forces enough to join with Kun's (and the reigning Mandalore), and begin what would be known as The Sith War.

During this conflict, Qel-Droma's atrocities in the name of the Sith Empire were legion, but effective. What began to unravel, however, was his relationship with Aleema. Being herself ambitious, she made a move to replace him as Apprentice, by betraying him to the Jedi. He was caught, and forced to stand trial in the Republic for treason. During the trail, however, he was rescued by Exar Kun, and returned to the Sith Empire to exact his revenge on Aleema. She, along with the planet Ossus, were destroyed, when he tricked her into using her Force abilities, knowing that the consequences would be to set off a supernova.

Meanwhile, having come so close to getting his brother back to the Republic, even if in chains, Cay Qel-Droma repurposed himself to rescuing Ulic from the Sith. With Nomi Sunrider's help, he found and pleaded with his brother to recall his Light Side teachings. As a "reward" for his concern, Cay was summarily executed by his brother's Dark Side rage.

Nomi Sunrider, always a master of the more arcane aspects of the Force, immediately imprisoned him in a wall of Light, having recently been instructed in this ability by Jedi Master Odan-Urr. This made him Force-insensitive, and he could, more-or-less instantly, see the errors of his ways.

He thus returned to the Republic to lead a battlegroup back to Yavin 4, where they could now destroy Exar Kun and the Sith Empire, dooming them to what would be almost 3000 years of inactivity.

Ulic, though, would have to live with the pain of his Dark Side activities, even as he searched for a way back to some connection with the Force.

Image notes:
To the right, you'll see one of the more iconic images of Ulic, taken from the very first Tales of the Jedi. However, this is him under the influence of the Light Side. As a Dark Side user, he tended to wear an all-black costume, highly reminiscent of Darth Vader's, sans helmet and life support system.


First Appearance: Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi (1993) #1

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Issue Appearances:
Star Wars Galaxy Magazine (1994)

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (2006)
Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi (1993)
Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi - Dark Lords of the Sith (1994)
Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi - Redemption (1998)
Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi - The Freedon Nadd Uprising (1994)
Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi - The Sith War (1995)

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Brotherhood of the Sith
Jedi Order (Old)

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