When I first joined you, Skywalker, it was because of my hatred for the Empire. But now... Now I fight for the future of my people. I see now that the Kaleesh cannot be isolated from the galaxy. We must cooperate with other species, and I would be honored to represent my people in your new government.
—Suleym naj Bi'Skar, telling Luke Skywalker of his reflections on himself and his people
Suleym naj Bi'skar, known as Uleym to non-Kaleesh, was a Kaleesh male who, at various points in his life, was a warrior of his people, a soldier in the army of the Confederacy of Independent Systems - under the command of his fellow Kaleesh, former mentor and personal hero, Grievous - a galaxy-renowned bounty hunter, a member of the Alliance to Restore the Republic, the New Republic and the Galactic Federation of Free Alliances, and his people's Senator in the New Republic Senate. By the end of his life, he was a veteran of many wars, from the Huk War to the Galactic Civil War, through to the Yuuzhan Vong War.
Born during the Huk War, which saw the Kaleesh fighting for their survival as a species against the Yam'rii, also known as the Huk, Bi'Skar learned almost from birth to fight and kill, becoming proficient in the use of the Shoni spear. During the war, Bi'Skar met both Ronderu lij Kummar and Qymaen jai Sheelal and Bi'Skar swore an oath of loyalty to him after the death of Kummar as a way of showing support and friendship. Sheelal dismissed the sentiments but recognised the importance of having a highly-skilled ally who would fight for him.
After Sheelal was rebuilt as the terrifying cyborg Grievous, Bi'Skar kept his oath of loyalty and worked as an enforcer for the InterGalactic Banking Clan based on Muunilist, for whom Grievous was also working. Bi'Skar's warrior past and his employment with the Banking Clan ensured that when San Hill, the Clan's chairman, pledged his support to the Sith Lord Darth Tyranus and his Separatist movement, Bi'Skar would serve as part of the army of the Confederacy during the Clone Wars.
During the war, Bi'Skar rose through the ranks to become a major in the Seperatist Droid Army, commanded first by the Chiss Sev'rance Tann and later by Grievous, who proved to be an extremely able commander. Bi'Skar himself was able to demostrate his tactical ability on many occasions and became feared and respected by the forces of the Grand Army of the Republic. At some point before the end of the Clone Wars, however, Bi'Skar deserted from the Droid Army and became a free-lance bounty hunter.
As a bounty hunter, Bi'Skar was noted for two things: His efficiency and his refusal to take a contract from the Galactic Empire. This often meant that he missed out on the most lucrative bounties, but Bi'Skar always maintained that he was a bounty hunter in order to fight and kill rather than to earn credits. Gradually, Bi'Skar's reputation grew. This, coupled with his well-known hatred of the Empire, caused the Rebel Alliance to approach him for recruitment. Though Bi'Skar had no love for the Alliance, his hatred of the Empire was greater and he agreed to fight for the Rebellion.
During the Galactic Civil War, Bi'Skar fought in many battles, including the First Battle of Tatooine and the Battle of Zaloriis. After the disastrous Battle of Derra IV Bi'Skar left the Alliance, feeling that he had picked the losing side. However, at some point after the Battle of Hoth, Bi'Skar returned to the Alliance. Before, during and after Endor, Bi'Skar remained with the Alliance, and later the New Republic, until the liberation of Coruscant in 6 ABY. Originally intending to return to bounty hunting, Bi'Skar was persuaded to remain with the new government in order to represent the interests of the Kaleesh. Learning from the past, and not wishing to see his people isolated and friendless as they had been during the Huk War, Bi'Skar agreed.
Nearly two decades passed before Bi'Skar experienced battle again. In 25 ABY, the Yuuzhan Vong invaded the galaxy. Bi'Skar devoted all of his efforts to fighting the invaders, even resigning his Senatorial office to take a more hands-on role in the war. Often fighting on the front lines, Bi'Skar was wounded several times, recovering on one occassion only after an extended period inside a bacta tank. In 28 ABY, Bi'Skar led a force to recapture his homeworld, a task they succeeded in. The following year, however, Bi'Skar was killed during the final battle of the war. After his death he became a deity of the Kaleesh, revered as the greatest force for progress their race had ever known.
Early Life and the Huk War
Suleym naj Bi'Skar was born on the jungle world of Kalee forty-five years before the Battle of Yavin, during the Kaleesh's war with the Yam'rii, an aggresively expansionist and warlike insectoid species from the planet Huk. Almost from birth, Bi'Skar was taught to hate and fight the Yam'rii, who because of the name of their planet came to be known simply as the Huk. The word Huk, because of the intense hatred that the Kaleesh species a whole felt for the Yam'rii, entered the Kaleesh language and meant 'soulless bug'. Because of this, Bi'Skar would for the rest of his life use 'Huk' as a general insult.
As a young Kaleesh, Bi'Skar revered the great warriors of his people, especially Qymaen jai Sheelal, said to be the finest Kaleesh rifleman ever to live, and Sheelal's close friend and possible lover Ronderu lij Kummar, the finest user of the Lig sword the Kaleesh had ever produced. Bi'Skar, knowing he would never become as renowned as his two heroes using either the Lig sword or the Slugthrower rifle, devoted his efforts to mastering the Shoni spear, and by the age of ten had over one-hundred Huk kills to his name. While this was nothing compared to either Sheelal or Kummar, it did mark Bi'Skar out as exceptional among the majority of the Kaleesh and in 34 BBY he joined the Kolkpravis, a group of the most elite of Kalee's warriors, of which Sheelal and Kummar were also members. However, not long afterwards, Kummar was killed by the Huk.
Following this, Qymaen jai Sheelal became deeply depressed with heartbreak and Bi'Skar, in a show of attempted friendship and support, made the legendary warrior an oath of loyalty, promising that he would fight alongside him for as long as they both lived. Sheelal, though privately disdainful of the sentiments behind the oath and wanting no friendship with anyone, least of all someone he deemed as nothing more than an upstart boy with delusions of grandeur, accepted the oath as he recognised the benefits of having a skilled - and expendable - ally. However, he never agreed to admit Bi'Skar into his personal elite, something that Bi'Skar always felt very hurt and bitter about. It was around this time that Sheelal reinvented himself as 'Grievous', the embodiment of hate, pain, fury and terror, and led the Kaleesh, Bi'Skar included, to the brink of victory against the Huk who, in desperation and fear, turned to the Galactic Republic and the Jedi Order for assistance. The Republic and the Jedi answered the call and the Kaleesh, betrayed by their former allies, were swiftly driven back. Harsh penalties were enforced upon for the Kaleesh for Grievous's actions during the final few months of the war and Kalee was plunged into poverty.
Serving San Hill and Sith Lords
I want to work for you. "
" Why should I take you on? "
" I'm like Grievous, but whole. You wouldn't have to pay for another expensive cybernetic procedure.
—Suleym naj Bi'Skar convinces San Hill to employ him
Several years after the end of the Huk War, both Grievous and Bi'Skar were involved in a catastrophic shuttle crash, from which they were the only two survivors. However, the InterGalactic Banking Clan, under the leadership of the Muun San Hill, found Grievous and rebuilt his broken body as a terrifying cyborg based off the Krath war droid. Bi'Skar, whom the Banking Clan had at first presumed dead at the crash site, offered his services to Hill as an enforcer. Hill was hesitant at first, but when Bi'Skar pointed out that he was as good as Grievous but would be less expensive, Hill accepted and Bi'Skar joined the Banking Clan's army of enforcers, quickly becoming one of the most valued, second only to Grievous. San Hill quickly realised that it was their Kaleesh nature that made them such intimidating and skillful opponents, and he agreed that the Banking Clan would pay off Kalee's debt, so that the Kaleesh would be able to help fight on the side of the Clan in the war that San Hill knew was coming.
Some years after beginning his employment with the Banking Clan, Bi'Skar was introduced to the Sith Lord Darth Tyranus, also known as Count Dooku who promised Bi'Skar that the Republic and the Jedi would be severely punished for their betrayal and, as Dooku termed it, 'rape' of the Kaleesh. By now, Bi'Skar had grown to harbour a burnign hatred for the Republic, the Jedi Order and, above all, former-Supreme Chancellor Finis Valorum, who had presided over the Republic's response to the Huk's requests for assistance and the peace terms imposed on the Kaleesh. Dooku, under orders from his mysterious master, tasked Bi'Skar with assassinating Valorum, who had begun to undermine his successor, Supreme Chancellor Palptine. Unbeknownst to Bi'Skar, Palpatine was, in fact, the Sith Lord Darth Sidious, Dooku's master. However, when Bi'Skar asked why the undermining of Palpatine's power was a bad thing, Dooku told him a lie about Palpatine being a weak Chancellor and an ideal opponent when war came. Bi'Skar believed the Sith Lord and immediately began preparations to kill Valorum.
However, Bi'Skar failed and Valorum survived the attempt. Bi'Skar himself only narrowly escpaed with his life, having to kill several Jedi and members of the Coruscant Security Force to survive. San Hill and Dooku, though displeased, did not write Bi'Skar off as a failure, recognising the extreme difficulty of the mission and the skill of the young Kaleesh. Even so, Bi'Skar was rarely tasked with such important assignments again until the outbreak of the Clone Wars.
So many Republic troops and Jedi, just waiting to fall to my spear and blaster. Kalee will be avenged!
—Bi'Skar's feelings on the outbreak of the Clone Wars
In 22 BBY, after a prolonged period of deterioration for the Republic, the Clone Wars broke out across the galaxy. Bi'Skar, along with Grievous, was present at the first battle between the Grand Army of the Republic and the Seperatist Droid Army. The Kaleesh and the cyborg ensured that their existence remained a secret, killing any and all Jedi and clone troopers that came across them. This was the start of a three year period in which the two were colleagues as well as fellow warriors and Bi'Skar, coming into his element as a fighter and commander, earned Grievous's begrudging respect.
One month after Geonosis the Chiss Supreme Commander of the Droid Armies and leader of the Dark Acolytes, Sev'rance Tann, was killed by the Jedi Master Echuu Shen-Jon. This elevated Grievous to the rank of Supreme Commander, and through his well-known association and comradeship with the cyborg, Bi'Skar received a promotion to the rank of captain. This promotion would, in turn, open the way for Bi'Skar to receive many more promotions throughout the brief but extremely bloody Clone Wars.
Subjugation of Duro
However, it would not be until after the Battle of Duro, almost two years after Geonosis, that Bi'Skar became truly well-known and infamous throughout the galaxy as an officer of the Confederacy. During the battle, the Seperatist forces, led by Grievous, managed to win a quick and decisive victory over the Republic. After the battle Grievous tasked Bi'Skar with remaining behind on Duro and ensuring the total subjugation of the planet. This task entailed crushing the resistance that would, in Grievous's thinking, inevitably spring up. The cyborg was proven right when just two weeks after Grievous's departure from the planet, an organised resistance movement sprung up and began to challenge the Confederacy's domination of the planet.
Bi'Skar, determined not to fail Grievous, ruthlessly, relentlessly and brutally hunted down the members of the Resistance, using spies to infiltrate their ranks and learn the names of their leadership. One by one, these leaders were either executed or assassinated and eventually, the Resistance fell apart as its members fought among themselves to determine who should lead them. Finally, Bi'Skar discovered the location of the Resistance's headquarters, stormed it with hundreds of battle droids, and slaughtered everyone he found there. Approximately 95% of the Duros Resistance fell to Bi'Skar and the Separatist garrison during the six months after the planet's initial conquest, forcing the rest of the Duros into terrified submission.
The Republic Strikes Back
However, soon after the completion of Duro's subjugation, the Separatist advance towards the Deep Core worlds ground to a halt and the Republic launched an enormous counter-attack in the form of the Outer Rim Sieges. The Jedi, especially Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker, led the Republic to victory after victory as the droid armies were pushed back. While the Separatists were able to win some battles during this time, the tide of the war had definitely turned, and even the tactics and strategies of Grievous could not completely reverse it.
It was at this time that Bi'Skar began to have his first doubts about Dooku, Grievous and the entire Separatist cause. The increasing likelihood that the Confederacy would meet defeat, coupled with Grievous's repeated failure to stem the tide of the Republic's advance and Dooku's failure to win more worlds over to the side of the Separatists, led Bi'Skar to harbour secret disquiet about the Confederacy and the war as a whole. However, it would not be until the final days of the war that he acted upon these feelings.
Eight months before the end of the war, Bi'Skar fought the Jedi Knight Reman Caren on the planet of Manaan, where the Republic and the Confederacy had come to blows over the water planet's kolto, a healing agent that, while seen as inferior to bacta, was still in demand during the war due to its cheap price and the rarity of bacta. Bi'Skar, commander of the Separatist forces tasked with conquering the planet, masqueraded as one of Dooku's Dark Acolytes in order to lure the Jedi to battle. Caren took the bait, and as the battle raged around them, the two fought a vicious lightsaber duel. Caren quickly sensed that Bi'Skar was not Force-sensetive and, succumbing to arrogance, believed that the Kaleesh would not pose much of a challenge. Bi'Skar had, however, fought Jedi before and had been given some training in lightsaber combat by Grievous, who in turn had received training from Dooku. Eventually, Bi'Skar was able to triumph over Caren who, in shock and humiliation, allowed the Kaleesh to kill him. With their commander gone and their morale all but destroyed, the Republic forces on Manaan surrendered and the planet fell to the Confederacy, one of the few victories the Separatists enjoyed at this late stage in the conflict.
Six months after the Battle of Manaan, Bi'Skar questioned San Hill as to the true nature of the war. Hill initially refused to tell his Kaleesh enforcer anything, but after threats of violence were made by Bi'Skar, Hill confessed that the war was being fought so that the secretive Order of the Sith Lords would succeed in their millenium old goals of overthrowing the Republic and destroying the Jedi Order. Despite Bi'Skar's deep hatred for both the Republic and the Jedi, he had no desire to be any further manipulated by the Dark Lord of the Sith, whom he learned from San Hill was the mysterious Darth Sidious. Abandoning his oath of loyalty to Grievous, as well as his duties as a major of the Droid Army, Bi'Skar deserted from the Separatist military and sought a new career path: that of a free-lance bounty hunter.
I've got a bounty that'll make us both very rich."
"I'm not in this for the credits, Fett. I'm a bounty hunter for the battle."
"Then you'll want this job.
—Boba Fett convinces Suleym naj Bi'Skar to take a contract
After leaving San Hill on Muunilist, having forced the Muun to promise that he would spread the rumour that Bi'Skar had been killed in action, Bi'Skar headed first for Nar Shaddaa, where he joined the Bounty Hunters' Guild and took his first few contracts, all of which ended in success for the Kaleesh. This early success for a newcomer to the bounty hunting scene quickly attracted the attention of the incredibly young, but nonetheless effective, Mandalorian bounty hunter Boba Fett. Fett came to Bi'Skar with a proposition: a one-time partnership in order to collect on a bounty that would make both of them rich. Bi'Skar told Fett that his concern was not credits, but the battle that the more difficult contracts inevitably offered. Fett, respecting this view as it correlated with his own Mandalorian heritage, informed Bi'Skar that the contract in question would involve a lot of combat. Bi'Skar, after consideration, agreed to work with Fett.
The contract with Boba Fett transpired to be from Jabba Desilijic Tiure, one of the galaxy's most powerful crimelords. By now, the Clone Wars had ended, the Jedi Order had been destroyed and the Galactic Empire had replaced the Galactic Republic. Bi'Skar, seeing the Empire as simply the Republic under a different name, made it his personal policy never to accept a contract from the Empire.
Jabba, impressed by Bi'Skar's rapid rise from obscutiy to relative fame and fortune, offered Bi'Skar and Fett a bounty of half a million credits each if they could find and assassinate the Talortai Jedi Master Kolri Ayn, who had survived the execution of Order 66 at the end of the Clone Wars and had since been making difficulties for Jabba's operations on Tatooine in a desperate attempt to retain the Jedi ideal of justice. Fett and Bi'Skar accepted the contract and traveled to Tatooine in order to kill Ayn, whom they found in a cantina in Anchorhead, one of several small towns dotted about Tatooine's enormous, planet-spanning Dune Sea. Ayn, a highly-skilled Jedi, sensed their intent and led the two bounty hunters on a chase out across the Dune Sea, near to the Great Pit of Carkoon and into the Jundland Wastes, where the two bounty hunters were able to trap Ayn in a canyon. Cornered, Ayn fought desperately, seriously injuring Bi'Skar. But Fett used his jetpack to gain a height advantage over the Talortai and killed him. Fett and Bi'Skar took Ayn's lightsaber back to Jabba and were rewarded with the promised sum.
In the years after his mission with Boba Fett, Bi'Skar accepted more and more contracts, succeeding on the vast majority of them. Approving of the Bounty Hunters' Guild, he stuck rigidly to the Hunters' Code. This more often that not put him at odds with his one-time partner, Boba Fett, who dismissed both the Guild and the Code as restrictive and dearly sought to destroy both. Regardless, Bi'Skar's reputation as a bounty hunter grew quickly and by 5 BBY, he was counted among the best hunters in the galaxy. However, his hatred for the Empire was also well-known, and his personal policy of never taking an Imperial contract often meant that he missed out on the most lucrative jobs and Bi'Skar's financial situation often fluctuated between possessing immense wealth and being all but penniless. His flow of jobs began to dry up as the Galactic Empire tightened its grip on the galaxy and crushed most of the minor crimelords and syndicates. Eventually, Bi'Skar had only a few potential employers left, such as Jabba or the Hutt's great rival, Tyber Zann.
Recruited by the Rebel Alliance
I care nothing for your Rebel Alliance, Princess. But I hate the Empire with all my being.
—Suleym naj Bi'Skar, to Leia Organa of Alderaan on his reasons for joining the Alliance to Restore the Republic
In 1 BBY, Bi'Skar was approached while at Cloud City, on the planet Bespin, by a man he knew to be Bail Prestor Organa, who until recently had been the representative of the planet Alderaan in the Imperial Senate. An event had occurred the year before that the Imperial propaganda machine had been unable to entirely silence news of, and Bi'Skar had learned that Oragana, along with several others, had formally and publicly declared war against the Empire in an act of open rebellion, the first of its kind since the Geonosian Gizor Dellso had attempted to fight the Empire with his own private army of Confederacy battle droids. Bi'Skar, however, did not think that Organa's rebellion would meet with any greater success, as Dellso had been quickly and brutally crushed by Vader's Fist, just one of the hundreds of legions that made up the seemingly infinite Imperial Army. Organa, however, confided in Bi'Skar that the Rebel Alliance counted several Jedi among its numbers. Bi'Skar's hatred of the Jedi had abated somewhat in the nearly two decades since the end of the Clone Wars and by now it was not hatred but rather apathy as to whether Emperor Palpatine and Darth Vader managed to eradicate them all or not. Even so, the news that the Jedi had put their faith in this new rebellion encouraged Bi'Skar, and he agreed to join the Alliance to Restore the Republic, if no other reason than to fight against the Empire that he hated so fiercely and to be able to die a warrior's death on the battlefield.
Infiltrating the Infernal
Only months after being recruited into the Alliance by Bail Organa, Bi'Skar found himself fighting in several battles against the Empire. On worlds as diverse as Tatooine, Thyferra and Kashyyyk. However, it would be Bi'Skar's efforts during the Second Battle of Atzerri that would make his name known and respected by both the Alliance and Imperial militaries.
During the space battle, Bi'Skar piloted one of the Alliance's many T-65 X-wing starfighters, succeeding in shooting down several Imperial TIE/In fighters before leading a small taskforce towards the Infernal, one of the Empire's first Imperial II-class Star Destroyers. Dispatching the few stormtroopers guarding the hangar bay, Bi'Skar and his fellow Rebels disguised themselves in their uniforms and proceeded to move through the ship, covertly sabotaging its vital systems. They were only caught when faced with one of Emperor Palpatine's Dark Side Adepts, who succeeded in killing all but three of the Rebel strike team. Bi'Skar, using his experience from the Clone Wars, in which he had killed several Jedi, was able to hold his own in battle with the Adept, allowing the other two members of the team to kill him. This feat was then followed by the survivors' successful escape from the ship as it came under fire from the Rebel fleet. Finally, Bi'Skar and his team were able to return to one of the Rebel ships before the by-now defeated Rebel fleet jumped to hyperspace to escape from the Imperials.
Even though the battle had ended in defeat for the Rebels, Bi'Skar and his team's efforts were recognised by the Alliance. Mon Mothma presented each of them with medals for bravery, posthumously in the case of those who had been killed by the Adept, and Bi'Skar was promoted to the rank of lieutenant by former-Moff Kalast, who had defected to the Alliance almost a year previously, and for whom the Imperials had come at Atzerri. Kalast, however, was captured and executed by the Empire shortly afterwards. Despite this, Kalast's efforts had resulted in the Alliance learning of the Emperor's Death Star, an enormous battle station with the power to destroy a planet.
Leaving the Alliance
Everything's got worse since Skywalker destroyed that battle station! Look at what happened at Derra IV! The Alliance is doomed, and I want no part of it!
—Suleym naj Bi'Skar leaves the Rebel Alliance
Not long after Kalast's death, the Alliance manged to destroy the Death Star, demoralising the forces of the Empire and causing the Emperor and Darth Vader to begin to take the Rebellion very seriously. This new attitude by the two Sith Lords, coupled with their infinite resources and iron will, resulted in the Rebellion beginning to suffer defeat after defeat at the Empire's hands, despite the Death Star's destruction and the death of Wilhuff Tarkin, who had been aboard the station. The ferocity of the Empire's retribution and the disastrous effects that it had on the Alliance's morale only worsened the situation.
Just as he had done during the Clone Wars when it had seemed as though the Confederacy of Independent Systems would inevitably lose the conflict, Bi'Skar began to have thoughts about leaving the Alliance almost immediately after the Battle of Sarapin, which had been a crushing defeat for the Rebellion, with nearly all Rebel forces on the planet being captured or killed. However, he was put off leaving immediately by the events of the Battle of Maridun, which saw only ten per cent of the Imperial forces on the planet escape alive.
As the months and years passed, however, Imperial victories became increasingly frequent. After the Battle of Derra IV, in which the Alliance suffered a catastrophic defeat, Bi'Skar declared that the Rebellion's situation had been deteriorating ever since Yavin and that he no longer wanted to be part of what he viewed as a failed uprising. Leaving the Alliance's base on the ice world of Hoth, he returned to Kalee in order to reconnect with his roots and restart his bounty hunting career.
A Mysterious Employer
Here to kill me? "
"Here to rescue you."
"Who sent you?"
—Rahm Kota is found by Bi'Skar
Soon after leaving the Alliance, Bi'Skar learned of yet another defeat dealt to the Rebels on Hoth, and felt secure in his decision to leave. He began to work as a bounty hunter again, his reputation not having waned significantly since he had joined the Alliance three years previously. His contractors still did not include the Empire but the emergence of the Alliance meant that smaller crime lords were rising and falling at a rate unparalleled in galactic history as their worlds were liberated from the Empire. Their credits funded Bi'Skar during the few months between his leaving the Alliance and his receiving a contract from a mysterious client.
Soon after the Subjugation of Bespin, Bi'Skar was approached on Nal Hutta by a droid claiming to represent the interests of a Mr. Aure Besh. The droid made it clear that this was a psuedonym but told Bi'Skar that its programming forbade it from relaying its owner's real name. Regardless, Bi'Skar asked it to tell him what the job was and was told, to his surprise, that he was to find and rescue Rahm Kota, one of the earliest members of the Alliance who had gone missing shortly before the Battle of Yavin.