Name: Monx’entis’acaran (Xentis – Pronounced ‘Zen-tis’)
Like all Chiss, Xentis is easily recognisable by his blue complexion and piercing blood-red eyes. He is short and lean (about 5’8 in height), resembling a small tree that would easily be blown away by a storm. His hair is long, unkept and dark blue. His jawline is the most prominent aspect of his features and gives him almost a serpentine posture.
Upon returning to Known Space, Xentis returned to the traditional dark brown and black Jedi Order robes. However, his legs are protected by dull grey light armour.
Xentis carries a traditional single-bladed lightsaber. Based upon a design he had memorised from the archives, Xentis built the blade to be functional but also to be noticeable when he moved in public. The hilt has become worn over time; its hue now dull like old durasteel. It rests comfortably in a two-handed grip but Xentis has grown fond of wielding the weapon one-handed while he carries another tool in his off-hand and the hilt compliments this style, just small enough for Xentis to hold with one hand.
The blade itself is the traditional Jedi blue.
In his belt Xentis carries a small pouch of credits, a rebreather mask, a comlink and blaster packs. In addition to his lightsaber; which is hooked onto his belt, there is also a blaster in a holster on the adjacent side.
However, he also carries a small satchel that contains a week’s supply of rations, a pair of extra boots and macrobinoculars.
As a new-born baby, Xentis was found alone on the doorstep to the Jedi Temple; surprisingly many children are deposited here but few ever remain within its walls due to being judged to hold no Force sensitivity. Xentis, while barely registering as a Force sensitive, proved a curiosity since his species were not known to the Order. As a result, a decision was made to train him in the ways of the Jedi. However, even simple matters such as naming the child proved difficult, it was Yoda himself who reached into the Force to sense a name for the young orphan.
The young Chiss was raised in the Temple along with all the other children his age. However, he was quickly judged to be extremely ill-equipped to perform even the small feats in the Force that his contemporaries were capable of. Telekinesis, for example, cost the boy an incredible amount of effort. However, Xentis excelled when it came to matters grounded in the physical; logic puzzles, exercises in memory and in analysis, this was where his strengths seemed to lie. In addition, it appeared that the boy had great skill, not with telepathy, but with closing off his mind to any telepathic probing or invasion. With time, he learned to use this skill to muffle his presence in the Force, becoming difficult for his fellow apprentices to pinpoint him from a group of others.
When it became time for the apprentices to learn their how to engage in physical combat in preparation for the lightsaber; Xentis demonstrated a strong lack of conformity. He was seemingly incapable of remembering or retaining specific physical techniques. However, his strength lay in improvisation; using his body in innovative and unorthodox manners.
Xentis built his lightsaber during this period of his life. As apprentices Jedi were made to build their lightsabers under the careful supervision of the masters in the temple. The crystal that Xentis used for his weapon was (like the majority of the crystals that Jedi used) native to Coruscant, growing in the catacombs of the Jedi Temple. His weapon fit comfortably in his hand and, while it would receive many modifications and changes to the hilt in later years, worked well enough for Xentis to use.
A full year before the beginning of the Clone Wars, on his 17th birthday, Xentis became the padawan of a Jedi Knight called Ardak Rial. Rial worked in the Outer Core regions of space, mainly tracking down pirates and enforcing the law in the lawless areas of society. Xentis travelled with him and began his training under his new master.
Barely a month into his training, Xentis was with Rial as the two Jedi chased a cartel of weapons providers. The pirates had provided weapons to a small-time crime lord in Rial’s jurisdiction who had then used the high-powered weapons to eradicate local opposition. The cartel, desperate and fearing the wrath of the Jedi, took their ship into the Unknown Regions of space. Determined to capture his quarry, Rial (and by extension Xentis) pursued. However, upon trying to jump to hyperspace, both ships suddenly found themselves in an unknown asteroid field. Here the pirates decided to turn and fight; they damaged a good portion of the Jedi ship before being destroyed themselves. Unfortunately, the damage to Rial’s ship not only meant that the ship itself was unfit for travel, but Rial was killed also leaving Xentis alone in an unknown region of space.
After a few hours of drifting, having activated his ship’s emergency beacon, Xentis was contacted by a local patrol ship. Upon activating the viewscreen, Xentis was astonished to see a member of his own species on the other channel. The patrol identified itself as part of the Chiss Ascendancy and insisted on transporting Xentis to a nearby planet.
After arriving and explaining his purpose in the region of space, Xentis was allowed to study the species and learn more about its culture. Deciding against contacting the Jedi straightaway, Xentis applied for permission to travel to the home planet of the Chiss. The local authorities allowed his request with one condition. He had impressed them with his explanation of the Jedi and their role as peacekeepers and so, after he had visited the planet, they requested that Xentis would return and enrol with the local law enforcement. Xentis agreed and, after returning from the main hub of the Ascendancy, became a deputised member of the local law enforcement.
Xentis remained in Chiss space throughout the Clone Wars; he did not reside on one planet forever but became, in essence, what his master had been in Republic space; a wandering officer of the law. However, without any further training in the ways of the Force, Xentis was forced to rely on the teachings that he already knew whilst becoming even more grounded in the physical realm. His experience at deflecting blaster bolts did improve, however, and he began to carry a blaster also. Xentis became adept at seeing patterns in events and people; seeing solutions to problems very easily. However, he found himself unwilling or unable to accept certain random happenings and coincidences which led to both danger and embarrassment during his career.
Yet, there came a moment; one small and inconsequential moment when everything changed. Xentis was in transit, travelling from one planet to another when the Force came to him more powerfully than ever before. The historians of the Empire would later come to call this specific day: ‘Empire Day’. Others, however, would know what its true significance was; the moment in time when the Jedi were eradicated. Xentis, of course, knew nothing of this, (the Chiss were in an isolationist society, barely even trading with the outside) he merely felt that something was terribly wrong. After checking with his contacts in Chiss space that nothing was greatly amiss there, his thoughts went to the Republic and to the Jedi. If something had happened, he reasoned, it was his duty to find out.
Gaining berth on a trading ship that would take him to the Outer Rim, Xentis then travelled to the Core Worlds where he discovered what had happened over the decades that he had been missing. He learned of the Clone Wars and the purge of the Jedi. Xentis was distraught by the news; even with his long absence from known space, he had done his best to act as a Jedi, to find that they were all gone caused him more pain than he had ever known. Fleeing from the situation, Xentis returned to Chiss space and resumed his duties there.
For the next few years Xentis remained in Chiss space but began to make contacts in the Empire. Though their culture remained as isolationist as ever; as a species the Chiss were no longer entirely unknown, there were even rumours that Chiss were rising through the ranks in the Imperial military. This allowed Xentis to make reliable contacts in the Empire who wouldn't be suspicious by his very appearance. As such he was alerted to the existence of a rebellion that appeared to be growing. Xentis prepared himself to travel to the Outer Rim again where he planned to do reconnaissance of this ‘Rebel Alliance’ and see if they were the force he had in mind to overthrow the Empire, for such was now his goal.
As he boarded a transport to Tantive V in the Kwymar sector of the Outer Rim; news came on all channels of the destruction of the Death Star. Xentis’ mind was made up; he would find and assist these rebels.