The Iron Dawn
Irulan D'Elaine Vendalion
Human Jedi Knight
Irulan D’Elaine Vendalion: Female Human Jedi Guardian 7; Init 2 Dex); Defense 6 class, 9/1/19-20, Lightsaber); SQ Deflect (attack -4), Deflect (defense 6, Jump+6, Knowledge (streetwise)7.Force Skills: Battlemind+13, Empathy+10, Force Defense+10, Heal Another+10, Heal Self+10, Move Object+7.Feats: Alter, Control, Exotic Weapon Proficiency (Lightsaber), Force Sensitive, Knight Defense, Lightsaber Defense, Mind Trick, Sense, Weapon Finesse (Lightsaber), Weapon Group Proficiency (blaster pistols), Weapon Group Proficiency (simple weapons).Force Feats: Alter, Control, Knight Defense, Lightsaber Defense, Mind Trick, Sense.
Torin Vendalion was only nineteen years old when he became a Jedi Master. Wise beyond his years, the Jedi Council’s decision to promote him was unanimous. His training complete, Torin left Coruscant, and returned to his family home of Corellia, to the riverside city of Tyrenna.
One day, only a year after his appointment to the post of Master, Torin was visiting the Skids, the rough district of Tyrenna. As he walked down one of the narrow streets, he suddenly heard the sound of blasterfire coming from a building a block away. He approached cautiously, and watched as a group of gang members left the building, turning down a side alleyway.
Once they had left, Torin made his way into the apartment building. As he entered the hallway, he saw that the door on the left had been smashed open, and hung ajar. Torin stepped inside. On the floor lay the body of a young man, who held a blaster pistol in one hand. Behind him, at the foot of a stairway, a lovely woman with red hair lay in a pool of blood. The man appeared to have died protecting her.
As Torin took in the awful scene, he suddenly heard a noise, like a very faint cry. It was coming from the back wall. He ran over to the wall, and after a moment, discovered a secret panel in the woodwork. Torin pulled it open, and found himself staring into the face of a baby girl, less than two years old. Her small, pale face was framed with an unkempt tangle of red hair, and her wide green eyes looked at him with great interest.
While Torin stared in surprise, the sounds of blasterfire from down the street quickly brought him to his senses. Grabbing the child, he covered her with his cloak, and left the scene of her parents’ death.
From that day on, Torin raised the little girl as his own. He brought her to his home in the town of Bela Vistal, nestled in the southeast mountains of the planet. Torin gave the child the name of his mother, who had herself died in childbirth. By the time she’d reached the age of five, Torin realized that Irulan was sensitive to the Force, and he began to train her as a Jedi. She spent her days in training and meditation, but whenever she had free time, Irulan would take to the hills around Bela Vistal. The endless forests and mist-covered plains filled her with awe and wonder. But most of all, she loved to climb the towering mountains, and look out to the sun rising over the distant eastern sea. What lies in the lands beyond the sea? she often wondered, with a thrill of longing.
Yet she never desired to leave Bela Vistal, because Torin was everything to her. He was her Jedi master, but also the only father she had ever known. He was fiercely protective, and his goodness and compassion constantly surrounded her. He taught her not only the lightsaber, but also kindness, virtue, and love – which he said was most important of all. Her life with him in Bela Vistal was idyllic.
But when she was 15 years old, that world was shattered. One night, a group of armed men broke into their home, whom she would later discover were members of the Black Sun crime syndicate. In the few seconds he had before they reached him, Torin used the Force to create a powerful shield around Irulan. That done, he reached for his lightsaber, but was too late. Irulan watched helplessly as her master was stabbed through the heart in front of her. Then, unable to penetrate the shield wall, the men left. Not long after they had gone, the shield wore off, and Irulan rushed to her master’s side, cradling his head in her arms as he died.
With nowhere else to go, Irulan went to Coruscant, hoping to go to the Jedi and find out who was responsible for her master’s death. . .