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Kul Teska
Biographical information
Died

c. 22 BBY,[1] Behpour[2]

Physical description
Species

Skakoan[2]

Gender

Male[2]

Skin color

Green[2]

Cybernetics

Enhanced Skakoan pressure suit[2]

Chronological and political information
Era(s)

Rise of the Empire era[2]

Affiliation
"My name is Kul Teska. And what I want, you don't have. But I'll settle on seeing the looks on your faces as your precious Clones die."
―Kul Teska to Obi-Wan Kenobi

Kul Teska was a Skakoan male mercenary active during the Clone Wars between the Galactic Republic and the Confederacy of Independent Systems. Before he took a criminal's path, Teska was a respected scientist in the Techno Union. However, an accident with his pressure suit left Teska disfigured and forced him to leave the Union. With the help of his knowledge in the field of cybernetics, Teska rebuilt his pressure suit, equipping it with a variety of weapons, and became a gun-for-hire. All the while, Kul Teska continued his own experiments with gravity and began construction of the Gravitic polarization beam, a superweapon with enough firepower to collapse a star. Teska's experiments soon attracted the attention of Count Dooku, the leader of the Confederacy. During the Clone Wars, Teska came into Dooku's service and was provided with a Techno Union laboratory on the planet of Behpour in the Naboo system, where the Skakoan continued the development of his weapon.

By around 22 BBY, the Gravitic beam was complete, and its integral part, the Gravitic Core, was to be delivered to Behpour on a Munificent-class star frigate. However, the crate containing the Core was stolen over the planet of Alzoc III by the Duros bounty hunter Cad Bane. Hoping to track the Core by the power signature it radiated, Teska assaulted the Republic space station Juma 9 in order to use its scanners. Having located the part on the planet Ryloth, Teska was confronted by two Jedi Masters inside the station, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Plo Koon. The Skakoan managed to evade the two and headed for Ryloth. There, he met Cad Bane, who had been taken into custody by Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker and Padawan Ahsoka Tano and was being escorted to his starship, The Sleight of Hand with the crate.

After a skirmish with the two Jedi and two clone troopers, CS-2207 and CC-7567, Teska reclaimed the part and stole Bane's transport in order to reach Behpour. When Teska had reached his base, the Republic Senator Padmé Amidala arrived at the planet, investigating rumors of a Separatist presence in the system. Teska captured the Senator and held her hostage. Soon, following a message delivered by Amidala, the Republic forces assaulted Behpour. Skywalker and Tano infiltrated the base, and Skakoan ordered them to surrender or he would kill the captive Senator. The two Jedi, however, rescued Amidala and engaged Kul Teska in battle in the Gravitic polarization beam's core room, while the beam itself built up its power to collapse the Naboo star. Teska was killed, and Amidala sabotaged the beam, making it destroy itself and the entire base.

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Biography

Kul Teska in his enhanced pressure suit
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Early life

"Unlike General Grievous, I have no interest in trophies."
―Kul Teska

The Skakoan male Kul Teska was a scientist in the Techno Union. He was especially knowledgeable in cybernetics and was considered one of the Union's most brilliant minds. However, an accident occurred with his pressure suit, which left his body damaged beyond repair. Ashamed of his disfiguration, Teska left the Techno Union to focus on his personal experiments with gravity and began developing the Gravitic polarization beam, a powerful superweapon capable of collapsing a star. In addition to his research, Teska—using his knowledge of cybernetics—rebuilt his suit, equipping it with a vast array of weapons, and became a mercenary. Eventually, Teska's reputation in that field rivaled the likes of the Duros bounty hunter Cad Bane, and his research in gravity technology captured the attention of the leader of the Confederacy of Independent Systems, Count Dooku.[3]

Theft and Juma 9

"You and this station are finished, Jedi!"
―Kul Teska to Obi-Wan Kenobi and Plo-Koon

During the Clone Wars between the Confederacy and the Galactic Republic, Dooku hired Teska and let him continue his research in a Techno Union base on the planet Behpour in the Naboo system.[2] In around 22 BBY,[1] the Gravitic polarization beam was finished and ready for testing, and two duplicates of its crucial part, the Gravitic Core, were to be delivered to Behpour on a Munificent-class star frigate. However, Cad Bane infiltrated the frigate in orbit over the planet Alzoc III and stole one of the crates containing the Core. To cover his tracks, Bane made the other crate explode, destroying the starship that was carrying it; the frigate crashed on Alzoc III and created a gravitational anomaly. In order to recover the stolen part, Teska devised a plan to trace the Core by the unique energy signature it radiated. To do that, the Skakoan initiated an attack on the Republic space station Juma 9, which possessed a powerful radar suited for such a purpose. Separatist droid forces under Teska's command fought against clone troopers stationed at Juma 9, and Teska also had the entire station, including escape pods, rigged with explosives. As the battle continued, Teska himself infiltrated the station's communications room and initiated a radar search for the Core. He soon discovered that the Core was located on the planet Ryloth, where the remnants of the Separatist army were still fighting the Republic.[2]

Kul Teska triggers the explosives.

Teska contacted Dooku, requesting the remaining droid forces on the planet to distract the Republic while he retrieved the weapon core. As Teska prepared to leave, however, he was confronted by Plo Koon and Obi-Wan Kenobi, two Jedi Masters who happened to be at the station at the time of the Skakoan's attack. Igniting their lightsabers, Kenobi and Koon told Teska that they were placing him under arrest, but he ordered them not to move and demonstrated his remote detonator that was linked to the explosives. The Jedi complied and lowered their weapons, but Teska—stating that they were no fun—triggered the explosives anyway and fled farther into the station with his rocket boosters, saluting his adversaries in mid-air. Eventually, Kenobi and Koon caught up with Kul Teska, cornered him inside one of the station's chambers and sealed the only door so he could not escape. Teska was not willing to give up easily and once again demonstrated his detonator, threatening to destroy the escape pods, which the clone troopers were using to escape from the exploding station.[2]

At that moment, however, Teska's attention was distracted by a sound of explosion, and this allowed Kenobi to Force-push the detonator out of the Skakoan's hands. In response, Teska attacked the two Jedi using his vast arsenal of weapons. After a lengthy battle, he was defeated and thrown into a glass window; the glass shattered and broke, leaving Juma 9 open to the vacuum of space. Teska was almost sucked out of the station, but managed to cling with his hand onto the edge. The vacuum also moved Teska's fallen remote detonator, and it flew toward him. The Skakoan tried to reach for it, but Kenobi threw his lightsaber at the detonator, slicing it in half. Koon then threw his own weapon at a nearby control panel, and an emergency blast door came down; Teska let go of his grasp and was sucked outside the station. His suit allowed him to survive the vacuum, and he veered off toward Ryloth, leaving Kenobi and Plo Koon stranded on the station without their weapons, which had also been sucked outside.[2]

Reclaiming the Core

"Bane? Ha ha ha. Forgive my surprise. I didn't think even you were foolish enough to steal from me."
"Pity you didn't go down with the ship, Teska."
―Kul Teska and Cad Bane upon their meeting on Ryloth
Teska faces off against Skywalker and Tano on Ryloth.

On Ryloth, Teska found the Gravitic Core still in the possession of Cad Bane, who had been taken into custody by Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker and his Padawan Ahsoka Tano. The two Jedi and Bane were on their way to Bane's Telgorn dropship The Sleight of Hand, which they hoped to use to fly from Ryloth and secure the Core on behalf of the Republic. Teska ambushed them, emerging from a pile of wreckage surrounding Bane's starship and, after exchanging insults with the Duros, ordered him to return the Core; Teska then gripped the crate containing the Core with his built-in grappling hook and pulled it over to him. Skywalker, however, stated that the Core was not Bane's to give and threw the crate into Bane's ship with the Force. Bane then tried to leave the scene, but Tano trapped him under a slab of metal.[2]

Teska attacked the Jedi and, after a brief skirmish, he managed to trap them inside an energy field. At that moment, two clone troopers, CS-2207 and CC-7567, arrived and engaged the Skakoan. After a shootout with the clones, Teska decided that it was the time to retreat and activated the force field; the field began to shrink, threatening to crush the two Jedi inside. Teska then gave the clones a choice: either pursue him or rescue Skywalker and Tano. The clones chose the latter option, and Teska boarded The Sleight of Hand, leaving Ryloth and making his way to Behpour, where he planned to use the Gravitic beam to collapse the Naboo star. Meanwhile, Senator Padmé Amidala, following the rumors of a Separatist presence in the Naboo system, infiltrated Behpour and located the Techno Union base there. She was soon captured, but had managed to deliver a message to the Jedi beforehand.[2]

Death on Behpour

"No one messes with Cad Bane."
"A lone gunman."
―Cad Bane and Kul Teska, as the former exacts his revenge

Following Amidala's message and the links they had managed to uncover on Juma 9, the Jedi initiated an assault on Behpour, hoping to destroy Teska's superweapon and free the Senator. When Skywalker and Tano had infiltrated the Techno Union base, Teska contacted them over the comm system and told them to surrender to him, or he would kill Amidala. Skywalker seemingly complied and went to Teska, who had tied Amidala in the Gravitic beam's core room and was keeping her hanging from the roof there. When Skywalker arrived, the Skakoan ordered him to surrender his lightsaber—which Teska wanted to study—and told the Jedi not to use any "tricks." After Skywalker gave him his weapon, Teska placed it on his belt and proceeded to tell Skywalker that he considered his surrender to be an act of cowardice. Teska told the Jedi that he would normally suspect a trick, but in Teska's opinion, Skywalker was out of options this time. However, Teska then noticed Skywalker glimpsing behind his back and looked back. He saw Ahsoka Tano, who had been trying to move Amidala to safety with the Force while Teska was conversing with Skywalker.[2]

Kul Teska's last moments.

Enraged, the Skakoan shot at Tano with his quad cannon, but she deflected all his shots with the lightsaber. At the same time, Skywalker leaped forward, grabbed Amidala and moved her to safety, sending her to try to sabotage Teska's weapon. Moreover, Tano Force-pulled Skywalker's lightsaber from Teska's belt and threw it back to her Master; both Jedi then confronted the Skakoan. As their duel moved closer to the room's central platform, the superweapon's firing system was initiated and the Gravitic beam began to power up for its devastating shot. At this moment, Cad Bane—who had managed to escape from the Jedi on Ryloth and had made his way to Behpour—appeared in the room[2] and fired at Teska's rocket boosters, stranding the Skakoan on the room's central platform.[4]

Having exacted his revenge on the Skakoan, Bane walked away from the scene. Nevertheless, Kul Teska was certain that he would be victorious and continued attacking Skywalker and Tano from the central platform until he was defeated and thrown into the Gravitic beam itself. Shattered by the beam's power, Teska's pressure suit malfunctioned, and the Skakoan died; his last words were that the Jedi had already lost. Amidala, however, had managed to sabotage the beam. Instead of collapsing the Naboo sun, it destroyed the Behpour laboratory, moments after the Jedi and the Senator had evacuated from it in Skywalker's G9 Rigger freighter Twilight.[2]

Personality and traits

"I am unbeatable!"
―Kul Teska

Kul Teska was a highly intelligent, creative and driven individual. A renewed scientist, Teska possessed a natural talent in cybernetics; one that allowed him to build his modified pressure suit.[3] As a mercenary, Teska was known for his ruthlessness and excessive methods.[5] Teska was also arrogant[2] and had a brash attitude with a short fuse. He was not intimidated by anyone[3] and believed no foe, clone or Jedi, could match his strength. He often stated that he was unbeatable and considered Cad Bane's attempt to steal the Gravitic Core from him foolish. During battle, Teska would often taunt his opponents, stating that their cause was hopeless and they would soon be dead, as well as diminishing the Jedi's skills with the Force and their faith in the clone army.[2]

However, if an opponent gained an upper hand, Teska did admit his prowess to a certain extent. Both Anakin Skywalker and Ahsoka Tano found this trait annoying and believed that Teska was talking too much. Kul Teska was not afraid of mass slaughter, and he was intent on destroying the escape pods and killing the clones on Juma 9 and collapsing the Naboo sun, which would have had catastrophic effects on the entire Naboo system. He did not possess an interest in any kind of trophies like the Separatist General Grievous. However, Teska always wanted to examine a Jedi lightsaber. He was self-confident, believing that Skywalker was out of options on Behpour. The Skakoan considered Skywalker's surrender to be a display of cowardice, only to find out that the Jedi had in fact tricked him.[2]

Equipment

"He's resourceful, I'll give him that."
―Obi-Wan Kenobi
Teska's quad-arm cannon

Kul Teska's pressure suit was equipped with a variety of weaponry and tools. The suit itself allowed Teska to survive the vacuum of space. It was outfitted with rocket boosters, allowing Teska to hover in air and even fly; a technique he often used in battle. Teska's right arm was outfitted with a rotary quad blaster cannon and a grappling hook. Two rocket launchers were mounted on the suit's shoulders, and a powerful laser beam weapon was located in its chest. Teska was also capable of creating a shockwave that threw all opponents off of him. The defensive systems of the suit included a shield generator, which created an energy shield, protecting Teska from enemy fire.[2]

The suit, however, was prone to malfunction, although Teska was capable of quickly fixing it, even during battle. The boosters in particular were not very reliable, as they malfunctioned when Bane fired at them. In addition to those built into his suit, Teska also used other mechanisms. During the battle on Juma 9, he made use of explosives, which he had planted throughout the station. On Ryloth, Teska trapped Skywalker and Tano inside an energy field with the help of a portable generator.[2]

Behind the scenes

Kul Teska was created as an antagonist for the 2009 video game Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Republic Heroes and was voiced by Troy Baker.[2] The game, developed by Krome Studios and published by LucasArts, serves as a tie-in to Star Wars: The Clone Wars television series. According to the game's assistant producer Chris Lee, the creation of Teska's character was a collaborative effort between Krome Studios, LucasArts and Lucasfilm Animation and was aimed at creating a unique and intriguing new villain for the The Clone Wars universe. The production team envisioned Teska as a classic villain, albeit the one with his own reasons.[3] The developers hoped to create a character that players could love and hate at the same time, a character surrounded by mystery which would draw interest in finding out more about him.[6]

Teska's fight against Skywalker, Tano, and the clones on Ryloth is omitted from the PlayStation Portable version of the game, where Teska retreats aboard the Sleight of Hand right after Skywalker throws the Gravitic Core there.

Nintendo DS edition

Teska was also featured in the Nintendo DS edition of Republic Heroes, developed by Lucasfilm Animation Singapore. As revealed in the final cutscene, this version of the game is intended to serve as a prequel of sorts to all other versions of Republic Heroes. In it, while preparing a retreat from Ryloth, the Confederacy plans to destroy the city in which they are based with bombers. The Republic tries to prevent the massacre, but finds itself unable to contact the fleet and request assistance because of a Separatist tower-mounted jamming device in that city. To this end, Jedi Master Mace Windu infiltrates the city and reaches the top of the tower with the device. Kul Teska suddenly appears, trying to prevent Windu from destroying the jammer. After a short battle, Windu manages to defeat the Skakoan by deflecting his blaster shots back at him with the lightsaber; Teska is forced to retreat, and Windu destroys the jamming device.

Later in the game, General Grievous attempts to overthrow Count Dooku by acquiring a biological superweapon on the planet Mustafar. His plan fails and the Jedi manage to defeat the droid General, forcing him to flee back to the Separatists. Finding out about his treachery, Dooku spares Grievous, stating that the Jedi's preoccupation with Grievous's rebellion gave him time to develop his own weapon on Behpour, hinting at Teska's development of the Gravitic beam. The overall Nintendo DS's storyline, however, is rather confusing and contradictory in nature, and incorporating it would require too much speculation. Because of this, this article assumes that the events portrayed in the NDS version are non-canon.

Appearances

  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Republic Heroes (First appearance)

Sources

  • StarWars.com Star Wars The Clone Wars: Republic Heroes Coming This September on StarWars.com (backup link on Archive.org) (First mentioned)
  •  Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Republic Heroes Holonet News on LucasArts.com
  •  Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Republic Heroes holocomm transmissions on LucasArts.com
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Republic Heroes Game Q&A: Cad Bane
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Republic Heroes Game Q&A: Kul Teska
  • LucasArts Discusses Clone Wars Republic Heroes
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Republic Heroes Prima Official Game Guide

Notes and references

Wookieepedia has a collection of images related to Kul Teska.
  1. 1.0 1.1 Star Wars: The Clone Wars novelization
  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 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 2.16 2.17 2.18 2.19 2.20 2.21 Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Republic Heroes
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Republic Heroes Game Q&A: Kul Teska
  4. Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Republic Heroes Prima Official Game Guide
  5. Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Republic Heroes (Databank)
  6. LucasArts Discusses Clone Wars Republic Heroes

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