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Battle of Koros Major[1]


Battle of Coruscant[1]


Battle of Primus Goluud[2]

Battle of Kirrek

Great Hyperspace War[1]


5,000 BBY[1]




Victory for Koros forces[2][3]


Koros Army[1]

Sith Empire[1]

  • Almost the entire Sith invasion force[2]
"How can we fight against such an enemy?"
"How do we fight against any enemy? With the Force, to the best of our abilities."
―Odan-Urr and Ooroo during the Battle of Kirrek

The Battle of Kirrek was a sortie fought during the Great Hyperspace War in 5,000 BBY. During Dark Lord of the Sith Naga Sadow's invasion of the Galactic Republic, part of his fleet was brought to the Koros system, in an effort to conquer the system. With a battle for the system certainly forthcoming, Empress Teta, ruler of the Koros system, appointed a man named Llaban to command the forces on Kirrek. Llaban had previously led an army of rebels and pirates in opposition to Teta's efforts to unify the system just a short time earlier. Llaban was told to re-gather his army, and along with the support of Teta's forces, Llaban was given the services of two Jedi, Draethos scholar Odan-Urr and Celegian Jedi Master Ooroo, as well as prisoners from the nearby colony world of Ronika.

The Sith force initially seemed unstoppable, and Kirrek's defenders were sent into a retreat while Odan-Urr's usage of battle meditation did not seem to have any effect. Finally, Master Ooroo formulated a plan and entered the fray. As a Celegian, Ooroo required a tank filled with cyanogen gas to exist in an oxygen-rich environment, his own native gas being lethal to oxygen-breathers; Ooroo shattered his tank and released the gas, which allowed the wind to carry it towards the invaders. The tactic worked to great success, drastically thinning the numbers of the Sith force. Soon afterward, the prisoners from Ronika arrived to replenish Llaban's forces, and led a charge into the heart of the Sith invaders. Although Ooroo perished due to the destruction of his cyanogen tank, Llaban and his forces were victorious in the Battle of Kirrek.



"Prepare for the fight of your lives! The battle for Kirrek has begun!"
―An unidentified member of Llaban's army
Llaban, commander of the Kirrek forces

In 5,000 BBY, two hyperspace explorers, Gav and Jori Daragon, on the run from creditors on Koros Major, fled into the Unknown Regions in their ship Starbreaker 12.[4] There they discovered the long-isolated Sith Empire, which was in the midst of a power struggle between two Sith Lords, the expansionist Naga Sadow and the politically conservative Ludo Kressh.[5] In the middle of a battle with Kressh, Sadow allowed Jori Daragon to escape back to Galactic Republic space in the Starbreaker 12, although not before attaching a tracking device to the ship's hull.[6] Daragon returned to Koros Major, where she warned Empress Teta, ruler of the seven unified worlds of the Koros system, about the Sith threat. Although the Galactic Senate did not believe these forebodings, Sadow amassed a war fleet and entered Republic space not long after.[7] The conflict that was later termed the Great Hyperspace War was ignited, with Sadow launching a full-scale attack on the Republic capital of Coruscant.[1]

Teta soon began preparing for war, as a large part of the Sith force led by now-Sith apprentice Gav Daragon had gathered in the Koros system. In a meeting in Teta's palace, Teta appointed Llaban, a military commander, to gather his former army and lead them against the Sith on Kirrek. Llaban had earlier led a ragtag army of rebels and pirates in opposition to Teta's efforts to unify the Koros system. Teta was impressed with the ferocity with which Llaban's rebels fought in the Koros Unification Wars and granted his request for amnesty. Also, Teta promised to bolster Llaban's forces with prisoners from the nearby prison world of Ronika. Additionally, two Jedi, the Draethos scholar Odan-Urr and his Celegian Master Ooroo, arrived to fight by their side. Llaban soon returned to Kirrek and gathered his army, and began final preparations for the battle to come.[1]

The battle

"Kirrek defenders stand back. Get to shelter. Let me deal with these invaders!"
Ooroo releases cyanogen gas during the Battle of Kirrek

Llaban based his defenses around a citadel, reinforcing his positions with trenches and sharpened stakes. Finally, the Sith fleet launched their dropships containing the ground forces, which included large amounts of Massassi warriors and Sith war behemoths.[1] Although Llaban's forces fought valiantly against the Sith advance, the Sith force initially appeared too numerous to stop. Aided by the Sith fleet's bombarding of the planet from orbit, the Sith forced Llaban's armies to move steadily backwards. To turn the tide of the battle, Odan-Urr attempted to use an exotic Force technique called battle meditation as he had while commanding Teta's forces on Kirrek during the Unification Wars. Odan-Urr hoped it would raise the spirits of Kirrek's defenders while simultaneously lowering the morale of the Sith. The battle meditation did not affect the single-minded fury of the Massassi warriors, however. With Kirrek's defenders calling for the Jedi to enter the fray, Odan-Urr believed all hope for victory was lost.[2]

With the Sith forces advancing, Master Ooroo left his position at Odan-Urr's side and went onto the battlefield. As a Celegian, Ooroo required a tank filled with cyanogen gas of his homeworld to survive in an oxygen-rich atmosphere. While oxygen was toxic to the Celegian, cyanogen gas was equally toxic to oxygen-breathers, and Ooroo planned to use this to his advantage. Now amidst the chaos of the battle, the Jedi Master cracked several apertures in his cyanogen tank, allowing the favorable winds to blow the dense gas into the heart of the Sith forces. This strategy worked to great success, as the gas caused many Massassi warriors to collapse and die, their skin itself having turned a light green due to cyanogen poisoning. Even though their chances at victory were dimming, the Sith continued to charge. Finally, more ships appeared in the Kirrek sky; although they were at first believed to carry more invaders, it was soon realized that the ships bore Empress Teta's insignia. The prisoners from Ronika had finally arrived, giving Llaban's forces new and fresh strength. With the released prisoners fighting at their side, Kirrek's defenders stopped their retreat and began to advance. The Sith warriors were forced to flee back to their ships, and the Battle of Kirrek had been won by Llaban's forces.[2]


Ooroo becomes one with the Force after the Battle of Kirrek
"Goodbye, Master…"
―Odan-Urr bids farewell to the dying Ooroo

The defeat apparent on the faces of the Sith was overshadowed by the grief of Odan-Urr at the death of his Master, Ooroo. As the Celegian laid dying near the shattered remains of his cyanogen tank, Ooroo predicted that Odan-Urr would grow old and die among his precious scrolls and books, as one of the most ancient Jedi ever.[2] This prophecy later proved true, as Odan-Urr died over a thousand years later in the Great Jedi Library on the planet Ossus,[8] the most ancient Jedi of his time.[9] The defeat of the Sith on Kirrek, along with Teta's victory at the Battle of Koros Major and the Republic victory on Coruscant, effectively ended any Sith hope of conquering the Republic. Naga Sadow and the Sith fled back to Sith space and were finally defeated by Teta at the Second Battle of Korriban. Naga Sadow was forced to fake his death and eventually went into hiding on the faraway moon of Yavin 4.[10]

Behind the scenes

The Battle of Kirrek was an event that appeared in Tales of the Jedi: The Fall of the Sith Empire, a story arc of the Tales of the Jedi comic book series, written by Kevin J. Anderson and released in 1996. The lead-up to the battle was mostly featured in the arc's third issue, First Encounter, with the actual events of the battle occurring in the fourth issue, The Dogs of War. In addition to these appearances, the battle was referenced in the opening page of the fifth issue, End of an Empire. In these appearances, the battle was illustrated by Dario Carrasco, Jr.[1]


  • Lost Tribe of the Sith: Precipice (Mentioned only)
  • Crosscurrent (Mentioned only)
  • Tales of the Jedi: The Fall of the Sith Empire 3: First Encounter (First appearance)
  • Tales of the Jedi: The Fall of the Sith Empire 4: The Dogs of War
  • Tales of the Jedi: The Fall of the Sith Empire 5: End of an Empire (Mentioned only)
  • Abyss (Mentioned only)


Notes and references

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 1.18 Tales of the Jedi: The Fall of the Sith Empire 3: First Encounter
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 Tales of the Jedi: The Fall of the Sith Empire 4: The Dogs of War
  3. The New Essential Chronology
  4. Tales of the Jedi: The Golden Age of the Sith 1: Into the Unknown
  5. Tales of the Jedi: The Golden Age of the Sith 2: Funeral for a Dark Lord
  6. Tales of the Jedi: The Golden Age of the Sith 5: The Flight of Starbreaker 12
  7. Tales of the Jedi: The Fall of the Sith Empire 2: Forces in Collision
  8. Tales of the Jedi: The Sith War 1: Edge of the Whirlwind
  9. Jedi vs. Sith: The Essential Guide to the Force
  10. Tales of the Jedi: The Fall of the Sith Empire 5: End of an Empire

External links

Great Hyperspace War
(5,000 BBY4,990 BBY)
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(ca. 4,800 BBY)

Battles of the Great Hyperspace War
Coruscant · Koros Major · Kirrek · Primus Goluud · First Korriban · Second Korriban
Related topics and articles

Jori Daragon · Ludo Kressh · Memit Nadill · Odan-Urr · Naga Sadow · Sith Empire · Sith species


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