Salix Tarandus is wandering the stars in search of a Jedi Master,
one who will be able to make him a Knight. He knows that the time
draws near when he must return to Ber'Kana and free his people.
He is traveling with Elyssa Rue and B'sye Achtere, forming a kind
of quasi-family of students, all trained at one time or another
by Gerkan Bendoya. Salix is now trying to keep Elyssa from B'sye's
Salix met Torykh Sharr on Ber'kana, Salix's home planet. Torykh
had been assigned to assassinate the High Council Governor, thus
creating enough conflict for the Empire to win the favor of the
ruling classes. However, Torykh experienced a change of heart when
he realized what was going to happen to the young monks, and took
it upon himself to help rescue Salix's friend from public humiliation
and disfigurement. In the escape, Torykh and Salix were discovered
by Tobit and Odyynrah who, in their desire to show off for their
boss Boreus Sam, smuggled the pair off the planet.
Salix spent his time following the rogues around like a lost child,
attempting to find his place in the galaxy. It was then that he
had a run-in with a bounty hunter. In a desperate move, Salix tried
to grab the mob boss Sam only to have his horn disintegrated by
an errant blaster bolt. He was nearly killed in the process. In
classic assassin style, the other members of the group avenged their
fallen compatriot and dragged his hulking carcass off the premises.
When Salix came to, he was severely disturbed by having lost a horn.
He became distant and aggressive, and began to pull his own weight.
He began to show his potential as a hero, but lacked the training
to realize this potential. When Salix found himself actively participating
in the extermination of a species for personal gain, he admonished
the group for their actions and spent the next flight in a deep
soul search. The group was vastly different from how it began; Tobit
was dead, Odyynrah had left, and a few new travelers had joined
the group. None of these newcomers knew Salix very well, nor did
they respect him very much. Salix was an outcast again. But Torykh
was still his friend, and would not find him in disfavor. In fact,
they had taught each other much, having such varied origins. But
no one told Salix about the Jedi until he discovered he ought to
become one. Gerkan Bendoya at last showed him the true power Salix
had, the power of the Force.
Salix crammed for his confrontation with B'sye Achtere, a demonically
insane Jedi bent on destroying Salix and Gerkan. Salix managed to
survive the attack long enough for B'sye to mistake his own leg
for a potential target. Salix bid a fond but hasty farewell to the
odd assortment of travelers that hardly knew him for what he truly
was. At this point Gerkan whisked Salix away to an undisclosed destination
to train him in the proper manner. Salix trained Jedi under Gerkan's
watchful eye, a Jedi Master of unknown origins. For nearly a year
Salix learned to harness the force, becoming more in tune with himself
and the galaxy around him. Training was difficult, however, due
to Bendoya's failing health. Gerkan's abilities as a Jedi Master
had always been limited, and it showed in his slow training methods.
(It is also questionable whether or not Gerkan ever really achieved
the level of Master in any officiality.) Despite this, Salix was
deeply saddened when Gerkan, on his deathbed, gave Salix his final
words of advice.
Salix spent some time alone, wandering the nearby systems in search
of another Jedi Master, or at least a Knight, in order to fulfill
his destiny. He began to assemble a sketchy history of his former
Master's life, including the name of his only other living (?) student,
Elyssa Rue. He began to search her out, figuring that the more experienced
Jedi could aid him in his quest to become a Knight and to learn
more about his Master's life. However, it was she who found him,
and they instantly connected. Elyssa became Salix's tutor and guide,
and Salix became Elyssa's dedicated guardian, both physically and
spiritually. Elyssa's relationship with Gerkan had ended in bitterness,
and Salix found himself constantly at odds with her darker side.
He became her anchor to the Light Side of the Force. They decided
to seek out a Jedi Master together.
Instead, Salix and Elyssa found B'sye Achtere, the Jedi who nearly
killed himself with his own lightsaber. He had recovered (mostly)
and was mobile with the aid of a cybernetic leg. B'sye had changed
in more ways, however. He had been consumed by his hatred and anger-
consumed by the Dark Side, and this had caused his madness. During
his recovery he came to realize his mistake, and was pulled from
the brink of oblivion. This required a lot of explaining at the
end of two lightsabers...