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Kenth Hamner
Biographical information
Homeworld

Corellia

Physical description
Species

Human

Gender

Male

Height

"Tall"

Hair color

Gray

Skin color

Light

Chronological and political information
Era(s)
Affiliation
Known masters

Luke Skywalker

Known apprentices

Izal Waz

"Jedi are bound by a great many duties, often contradictory."
―Kenth Hamner

Kenth Hamner was a Human male Jedi Master in the New Jedi Order, and later its acting Grand Master. He was known for his aristocratic features and calm, passive demeanor. He was a member of the Jedi High Council and in 43 ABY became the acting Grand Master of the Jedi Order, replacing the exiled Luke Skywalker.

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Biography

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Early life

Kenth Hamner was born into a wealthy family on Corellia. He served in the New Republic Defense Force, reaching the rank of colonel before resigning his commission to accept Jedi training from Luke Skywalker. Some time after he completed his training, Kenth served a salted nerfloaf to his Arcona student Izal Waz. By doing so, he unwittingly sent his apprentice into a salt addiction that threw him off his Jedi path.

The Yuuzhan Vong War

During the Yuuzhan Vong War, Kenth was the official liaison officer between the New Republic military and the Jedi. Hamner was often left in charge of Jedi affairs whenever Luke Skywalker was otherwise occupied. As the war neared its second year, his status as a liaison with the New Republic alerted him to an arrest warrant placed by Borsk Fey'lya, which was aimed at keeping Luke and his wife, Mara, under house arrest. Kenth told Luke that Borsk believed that the Jedi had become a liability to the tenuous cease-fire agreement between the New Republic and the Yuuzhan Vong.

Some four years into the war, Master Hamner was appointed to the Galactic Alliance High Council, and later was part of the New Jedi Order's Masters' Council. His opinion was highly respected.

During the Battle of Yuuzhan'tar, Kenth was one of six Jedi strike team members sent to the surface to rally the Shamed Ones and help to overthrow Supreme Overlord Shimrra once and for all.

The Dark Nest Crisis

After the war had ended, Hamner was one of many Jedi who believed that the Order was answerable to the Galactic Alliance government, and should serve its interests before any others. Kenth was concerned with the actions of the Jedi Knights in the border wars between the Chiss and Killiks. Kenth would go on to lead a Jedi squadron on the attack on the Gorog nest ship.

Second Galactic Civil War

Kenth was one of the many Jedi present at Mara Jade's funeral on Coruscant and along with Corran Horn, believed that it was a necessary step in Luke's mending process. After Han and Leia Organa Solo had been forced to flee the Jedi Temple, Kenth and Corran approached fellow Master Saba Sebatyne to give the eulogy, since she had been Mara's friend, and had known her better than the other masters. Kenth, along with fellow Master Kyle Katarn, expressed overt disapproval of Jacen Solo's presence at the funeral. After the eulogy, Kenth thanked everyone for helping the Jedi Order to celebrate Mara's life, and asked them to keep her example in mind during the difficult days ahead. During the Battle of Kuat, Hamner commanded Dark Sword squadron until the Jedi Order left the battle to go to Kashyyyk. After the Attack on Ossus, Kenth most likely traveled with all of the other Jedi to Endor, and later to Shedu Maad. After the Jedi opted to remove Darth Caedus from power, Kenth, along with the rest of the Council, agreed that Jaina Solo was best suited to take down her brother.

Acting Grand Master of the Order

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Acting Grand Master Kenth Hamner

Following the death of Caedus and the rise of the new Chief of State Natasi Daala, relations between the Alliance and the Jedi Order reached a breaking point. Chief Daala began to doubt Master Skywalker's ability to lead the Jedi and resented their policy for self-policing; something she felt that Caedus' brief but destructive reign proved they were unable to do. As such, Daala had Skywalker arrested for dereliction of duty; in exchange for his freedom, Skywalker was forced into exile and forbidden to involve himself in Jedi affairs.[1]

With Skywalker exiled, a new head of the Order was required and Master Hamner was appointed to the position of acting Grand Master of the Jedi Order and leader of the Jedi High Council.[1] Hamner proved somewhat willing to appease Chief Daala and agreed to her demands that each active Jedi be assigned an observer, handpicked by the Chief of State's office, who would accompany them on operational duty. However, this law was stopped thanks to legal action taken by the New Jedi Order's lawyer, Nawara Ven.

While Hamner's politics were to appease Daala's government, he unofficially sanctioned Jaina Solo's creation of a covert organization to undermine Daala's attempts to take control of the Jedi Order. It was named Darkmeld. Jaina and Hamner did not inform the other Masters of Darkmeld's existence however. When Seff Hellin was captured by the resisting Jedi, Daala sent Captain Oric Harfard of Galactic Alliance Security to arrest Hellin whom they believed was at the Jedi Temple. Hamner truthfully denied knowing where Hellin was as Jaina hadn't kept him in the loop.

After Jysella Horn came down with the same madness as her brother and Hellin, and Natua Wan's capture by Darkmeld, journalist Javis Tyrr found the location of Hellin and Wan's prison within the Jedi Temple. Daala and a troup of GAS officers arrived at the Temple to confront Hamner. The Acting Grand Master confirmed that they were holding Hellin and Wan and that given the Jedi's policy of self-policying, they were in their rights. Daala agreed to leave the two mad Jedi in Hamner's jurisdiction, however, Hamner, Solo, Cilghal and Tekli (who where working for Darkmeld) were forced to publicly apologize for their actions and turn over all the Jedi working for Darkmeld.

When Cilghal refused to turn over mad Jedi Bazel Warv and Yaqeel Saav'etu to GAS officers, despite their warrant, Hamner tried to convince her to honor the warrant. Cilghal refused and brought the affair before the Council. There, Jaina Solo informed them that the GA was using Mandalorians to try and rival the Jedi. Hamner, who learned that Jagged Fel, an ally of the Jedi, had withheld this information, barred him from coming into the Temple. The Council, with Hamner's reluctant approval, sanctioned a massive media coup against Daala and decided not to honor the warrant for the arrest of the mad Jedi.

Hamner assigned Han and Leia Solo to evacuating Hellin, Wan, Warv and Saav'etu to the Jedi Academy on Shedu Maad which was out of Daala's jurisdiction. After a short battle with Mandalorians, they succeeded. The media strike was totally successful and Daala was publicly humiliated. Many started to view the Jedi more sympathetically and a wave of public discontent followed.

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This article uses material from the "Kenth Hamner" article on the Starwars wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

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