Apprentice Illiana Duran

Name Illiana Duran

Position Jedi Apprentice

Rank Apprentice


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Vital Statistics

Gender Female
Species Mirialan
Age 24
Allegiance jedi
Specialism Guardian

Possessions

Weapons 1 single bladed lightsaber with cyan coloured blade, Black WESTAR-55 Heavy Blaster, 3 smoke grenades
Equipment BD-7, BD-Unit Droid who had belonged to her master and had been accompanying her to the arctic world of Ilum when Order 66 occurred and now they are bonded in their grief and determination to prevail.

Other gear includes:
Data pad
Holographic communicator
Underwater Breathing Apparatus
Slicer Kit
Utility belt
Black leather effect jacket and boots
Light, cream coloured clothing
Rucksack, containing jedi robe, food supplies, spare parts for her lightsaber and droid

Physical Appearance

Height 5'4"
Weight 130lbs
Hair Color Black
Eye Color Hazel
Physical Description Short in stature and with a fragile body frame, Illiana Duran is the epitome of the phrase “appearances can be deceptive”. Agile and nimble, she is physically fit and very athletic which has enabled her to master the lightsaber combat form of Soresu; high maneuverability being an asset in the forms focus on defence. Beneath her black, leather jacket the young Mirialan dresses in cream and black sleeveless tops and comfortable brown pants that allow her to maintain maximum maneuverability in any situation. Sewn into the lining of her jacket is a type of shoulder holster for her lightsaber, the weight of the device (which is still actually quite lightweight due to the parts involved in its construction) helps the jacket to stay closed even when not zipped up and also enables the weapon to remain concealed. But, with a simple hand gesture and the use of the force, the saber can be in Illiana’s hand, or through the gut of an enemy in a nanosecond.

Described by many as having a beautiful, classy and elegant look to the way she presents herself, her distinctive green skin smooth and imperfection free. In honor of her Mirialan heritage, and as a symbol of her achievements in her ascent to Jedi status, Illiana has a number of black tattoos on her face in strategic locations, the most recent being those beneath her eyes which she had done as a way of immortalising those Mirialans in the Jedi Order who would never be remembered following the recent wars. To accompany her feminine charm, the young Jedi has a rather quiet, sultry voice that can draw people in and calm even the most tense of situations.

Personality & Traits

General Overview Serene and placid on the surface, Illiana is a very calming individual and for some, that can come across as a weakness, but to underestimate her is folly. Like most Jedi, Illiana favours conversation and diplomacy over physical confrontation, but she is a more than capable strategist and tactician, having led countless troopers into battle during the Mandalorian Wars, both alongside her Master and independently as she grew in prominence. She has had to contend with some of the most intense, passionate emotions she has ever experienced in recent times, on more than one occasion in these dark times, she has questioned her devotion to the Jedi way.

Charming and easy to get on with, Illiana is fiercely loyal to her friends and family and her biggest regret in life is not being able to give her life in order to save that of her Chalactan master, Jedi Master Rimi Urdila. It is a regret she has struggled to come to terms with, but one she is starting to accept that she would have been foolish to act on.
Strengths & Weaknesses Strengths: Like many of her brethren, Illiana is a very spiritual person with a deep belief system rooted around her understanding of the force and its role in connecting all living things in the universe. Brought up to believe that every action taken would eventually contribute to one's overarching destiny, a type of karma if you will, Illiana rarely acted without great consideration and concern for the outcome.

Illiana is a talented pilot, having flown in countless missions against the Separatist armies, but she is also a more than adept field commander, having spent significant time under the tutelage of her Master, and putting her learning into practice by commanding several missions herself.

Kind and caring, Illiana is more than willing to simply listen to a person’s woes and be there to support them. Compassion, as she was always taught, was a trait to be commended.

She considers herself to be an expert duelist in the form of Soresu, but she is equally as formidable with a blaster, having taught herself to use the primitive weapon in recent years and in times where the use of her lightsaber would get her into significant difficulties.

Weaknesses: She still struggles to forgive herself for not being with her Master at the Jedi Temple when it was attacked. It is something she continues to have nightmares about, even six years after the Purge.

Whilst she was considered to be a competent duelist, she has never had to test herself against a lightsaber wielding foe intent on killing her, so it is uncertain as to how competent she actually is.

She is more of a theorist and a tactician and struggles with practical, hands on activities such as repairing her fighter, or her droid, and has had to work really hard to even teach herself the ability to understand the language of her droid.

Despite being easy to get on with, Illiana has little in the way of a sense of humour and struggles to grasp jokes and pranks, though less people tend to play pranks on her these days.
Ambitions Illiana has a sole purpose in life, to make contact with other force users and Jedi and try to establish a way to bring down the Empire. Stopping short of seeking revenge, which would place her on the less than favourable path to the dark side, she seeks redemption for what she sees as her own failings.
Hobbies & Interests Illiana likes to swim, so when she is certain that she is safe to do so, she will delight in taking the time to glide through a lake or river, or even just float there, staring into the sky above.

Being Mirialan, she is deep into her religious and spiritual beliefs which requires her to spend time every day meditating.

Learned Skills

Lightsaber Forms Illiana considers herself to be a master of the Soresu form of lightsaber combat which utilizes motions that occur very close to the body, in an attempt to achieve near-total protection and expend as little energy as possible while executing moves. The form fits her physical form perfectly as it stresses the need for quick reflexes and fast positional transition, in order to overcome the rapidity with which a blaster can be fired. This technique minimises the body's exposure, making a well-trained practitioner nearly invincible. The form also requires the individual to have patience and stamina as they prepare for prolonged battles where they would often observe and learn as much as possible about an opponent's technique while engaged in combat.

In stark contrast to her preferred form of lightsaber combat, Illiana is also a student of Djem So which was the creation of a group of Form III masters who felt that Soresu was too passive a form. It addressed the shortcomings of Form III, in which a Jedi Master could maintain a prolonged defense but was likewise unable to overcome a skilled opponent. Utilizing a combination of blocks and parries, a Djem So user maintained a proper foundation of defense against both ranged and melee attacks. While a Soresu user stayed on the defensive and only counterattacked when necessary or when an opening appeared in the opponent's defense, a Djem So practitioner was not as passive. Immediately after defending against an opponent's strike, a Djem So stylist followed with an attack of their own, bringing the force of the opponent's own blow against them and seeking to dominate the duel. Djem So placed a heavy focus on brute strength and pure power, with wide, powerful strikes and parries followed immediately by a counterattack.

As a Mirialan, Illiana is often very in tune with her surrounding environment and thus, mastering the Sokan principle of lightsaber combat was only natural to her.
Force Powers -Absorption
-Breath Control [Passive]
-Core Force Powers
-Force Awareness [Passive]
-Force Persuasion
-Precognition [Passive]
-Rapid Burst
-Speed Rush

Skills Being Learned

Skills Approved by Jedi Council/Dark Council Learning (or will when she has a teacher again):
-Battle Meditation
-Force Repulse
-Saber throw

Personal History

History Prior to the Jedi Civil War (Pre-3960BBY) Born on the world of Mirial, Illiana was the third of five siblings to be born to her parents. As with a lot of Mirialan’s, the family were force sensitive and deeply religious and spiritual, but it was clear very early on that Illiana was far more connected to ‘the Force’ than the rest of her family, which led to the child being identified by the Jedi as strong enough in the force to start Jedi training and she was taken to the Jedi Temple on Coruscant, where she would begin her training as a youngling. For her family, it was a bittersweet moment; they were absolutely delighted to have a Jedi in their family, but the likelihood was very slim that they would ever see their daughter or sister again.

On Coruscant, Illiana was put into a clan with which she spent nearly all of her time, living together and training together under the tutelage of Grand Master Kodesh Bomesha (and other Jedi at the temple). During these formative years, the youngling began to hone her sensitivity in the force . Whilst she struggled to grasp some of the powers attributed to the Jedi at first, it was clear that her precognition abilities were superior to most in her clan, which gave her an edge in their training, especially when dueling. It was because of her ability in dueling lessons that she began to stand out in the crowd and caught the eye of visiting Master Rimi Urdila just before the Gathering ceremony. Urdila was on Coruscant after a period off world with his first Padawan, Lorik Ankim. Both were called in to do some guest lessons with the clans and during the session on dueling, Illiana was the first to step up and show her ability against the Padawan. Whilst she was ultimately bested, as to be expected when in ‘combat’ with someone who had ten years more experience, the youngling performed admirably. Whilst they remained on the planet, Urdila and his Padawan took the youngling under their wing and spent time getting to know her abilities. Although she didn’t know it at the time, Urdila had already decided that she would become his next Padawan, providing she passed the Gathering (and his first Padawan passed his upcoming trials).

Several weeks later, the youngling clan were taken to the Arctic world of Ilum where Grand Master Kodesh Bomesha presented the children with their first task on the way to becoming a Padawan - the Gathering. There, she was presented with the challenge of a lifetime, to track down the kyber crystal that would be needed to make her first lightsaber. Before she could find the crystal, however, she would have to face her darkest fears. During her journey through the labyrinth of the Ilum caves, she was alarmed to hear the screams of one of the other younglings. Running to the child’s aide, she found her friend, Qiren-Vos-Del, who had fallen onto a ledge several feet below the main ice shelf of the cavern. Below her friend, a three hundred foot drop, and very nearly certain death. With her friend’s life hanging in the balance, and using her strong connection to the force, Illiana tried to use her powers of force telekinesis to help pull Qiren towards her, and towards ultimate safety. Qiren too used all of the power she could muster but it soon became clear, however, that the stress of the situation was taking its toll on the 9 year-olds and as hard as they tried, they just couldn’t hold on for long enough. Illiana desperately reached out at the last second to grab hold of Qiren, but to no avail. She was left to watch and weep as her friend fell into the darkness below, with piercing screams echoing through the cavern. With darkness falling and the door to the cave freezing ever more, the heartbroken youngling was forced to move on, or risk being sealed in the caves. She pulled herself to her feet and was about to walk away when a glistening object caught her eye. Across what she had believed to be an endless pit, the blue light of the crystal illuminated an ice shelf some distance away. Had it been this that Qiren had been reaching for?

Faced with going back empty handed, having failed to save her friend and gain her crystal, the youngling knew she had to at least try, if not for herself, but for Qiren too. Illiana had always been very athletic even without the aid of the force, her small stature had seen to that, and she had often been able to jump great distances, but this was a stretch, even for her. Still, she backed up a large distance and then, with deep breaths and closed eyes she began sprinting towards the edge of the precipice. At the last second, and when it appeared she would disappear into the same darkness that Qiren had, her eyes sprung open and the youngling pounced, jumping through the air. As she closed the gap, she could feel herself almost running out of steam, but with the thought of her friend’s demise in her mind, she pushed one last time and finally tumbled onto the ice ledge with just centimeters to spare. When she brushed herself off, she looked back across the ravene until a whistling sort of sound drew her attention back to the crystal just a few feet away. She took a few tentative steps forward and reached out for the crystal that had called to her from across the distance. As soon as she had plucked it from the ice, the cave walls around her began to shake, clumps of ice falling from the roof above until an opening formed, an opening just big enough for her to climb through. And there was light at the end of the tunnel.

The farther she climbed, the brighter the light became until finally, she emerged back in the main cavern where Master Kodesh Bomesha and the other younglings were gathered. She wept as she recounted the tragedy of the cave to her Master, only for him to remind her, in true Kodesh Bomesha fashion, that the Caves tested the younglings in ways they had never been tested before. And sure enough, Qiren-Vos-Del emerged from her own tunnel into the cavern and revealed how, instead of falling to her death, she had in fact fallen into a large lake of ice-cold water, at the bottom of which she had found her own crystal. She had only obtained her crystal when she had overcome her own fear of drowning. Under Kodesh Bomesha’s wise counsel, it became clear that Illiana’s test had been to overcome her intense fear of loss and to learn that no matter what she faced, she could go on if she only persevered and pushed herself.

Illiana spent most of the journey back to Coruscant resting, mentally exhausted from her trial, but not too exhausted to complete her task of assembling her lightsaber. Upon completion, and activating it for the first time, the blade that appeared was a brilliant emerald colour that mesmerised her for several moments. Lighter in colour than the sabers she had trained with in the Temple, the entire device also felt lighter to the touch, moving in her hands as if it weighed no more than a feather. When she eventually deactivated it and attached the shining hilt to her belt, the youngling felt such a feeling of accomplishment that, for a while at least, she forgot what was to come - the time of choosing.

In the weeks that followed, Illiana watched as youngling after youngling was chosen to become the Padawan of Knight and Master alike, and the young Mirialan began to lose hope. As with most Mirialan’s, she assumed she was waiting for a Mirialan Master to come and claim her, as was tradition with her people, but the truth was different. Instead, almost three weeks since the time of her gathering, Illiana was summoned to the garden’s of the Jedi Temple where she was greeted by the familiar face of Master Urdila, only he was without his Padawan this time, accompanied by only his droid, a BD-Unit droid called BD-7. Urdila explained to her that he had earmarked her as his apprentice the very first time he had met her, but had had to wait for his Padawan to take on his own trials, which had happened only a day previously. He also told how he had explained to the other Jedi who were waiting to select their Padawans how he was certain that he was the one to take Illiana’s training to the next level, how he had seen their meeting as a premonition in the Force. The story made Illiana feel so special, so important and, most importantly, it made her feel like she could achieve anything under the Jedi Master’s guidance. Thus began six years of training as her Master’s apprentice.

Her training took an unusual turn six years later when her Master received a summons to divert to the planet Quesh to aid in the liberation of Master Arkin Sham and his apprentice, Mul'ha. Whilst Master Urdila deemed the Padawan too young to join him in the ensuing battle, along with countless other Jedi, he trusted her with staying in orbit with their transport, and a dozen other Padawans who had been left by their Master’s in much the same way. As one of the oldest Padawans in the group, she took charge and did her best to distract the young Jedi until, out of nowhere, dozens of Republic Attack Ships dropped out of hyperspace and surrounded the planet. Grand Master Kodesh Bomesha himself made contact with the transport that Padawan Duran was commanding and ordered the Padawan to retreat to safety aboard one of the Attack ships and await the return of her Master. Following her old Master’s orders, the Padawan took the transport to the Attack Ship Victory and there, she waited. Several hours passed until finally, a battle weary Master Urdila returned and explained what had gone on. He recounted the tale of battle to his Padawan and revealed that it was now official; the Republic was at war with the Mandalorians.

Thus began a three year end to the conflict, during which time General Urdila and Commander Duran were put in command of the 2nd Airborne Company, a part of the Third Systems Army led by General Suresh. The 2nd Airborne fought in battles across the galaxy, with the Cruiser Victory their base ship for the duration of the conflict. General Urdila and Commander Duran would often join the troopers in battle, which helped the Padawan get quite an education, specifically helping her to hone her mastery of the lightsaber form of Soresu. Towards the end of the conflict, Commander Duran began to take on more responsibility, and went from commanding squads during missions, to commanding entire missions herself. At one point, she was only second behind Mul'ha, for the number of missions she had commanded. As space battles became more prominent, the young Padawan proved herself to be as able a pilot as the specialist Troopers under her command, no doubt making use of the force to aid her in her piloting.

In the final weeks of the war, the 2nd Airborne Company, Master Urdila and Padawan Duran joined the Battle of Yerbana. During the battle, in which the 2nd Airborne fought valiantly, Illiana was, for the first time, injured in battle, and her lightsaber damaged beyond repair in an explosion caused by Mandalorian bombs. When the battle was done, and the Padawan healed, Master Urdila gave his apprentice permission to travel to Ilum for the first time in a decade to begin the process of constructing her new lightsaber, while he returned to the Temple to aid the Council in seeing out the rest of the war. Accompanying her on the journey, BD-7 stayed tuned in to events in the last days of the war, often urging the Padawan to be quick in her work so they could join their Master in the final battles to come.

Faced with yet more trials in the search for her second kyber crystal, the Padawan performed admirably compared with the challenges she faced a decade earlier, taking ownership of her crystal with relative ease this time. She opted to remain on the planet's surface whilst constructing her new saber, making the most of several spare parts gifted to her by her master, joining them with parts salvaged from her first saber to make it an infusion that honoured both of their Jedi weapons. When she ignited the blade, she was as mesmerised as she had been when she first activated her original saber, only this time the weapon had a brilliant cyan coloured blade compared to the emerald colour of before - the fact it was identical in colour to that of her master was not lost on her as the prepared to journey back to Coruscant.