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Octa Ramis
Biographical information
Homeworld

Chandrila[1]

Physical description
Species

Human[2]

Gender

Female[2]

Hair color

Dark[3]

Chronological and political information
Era(s)
Affiliation
Known masters
Known apprentices

Seha Dorvald[3]

"I heard about a few hotheaded Jedi who take, shall we say, a very proactive approach to the Peace Brigade."
"What if they do? Who cares what happens to those Sith-spawned cowards? Jedi for Jedi—I've no quarrel with that!"
―Kyp's Dozen member Ian Rim and Octa Ramis on the proactive nature of some Jedi active during the Yuuzhan Vong War

Octa Ramis was a female Human Jedi, originally from the planet Chandrila. Found to be Force-sensitive, Ramis joined the Jedi Order that had been established by Luke Skywalker. Trained to knighthood by Kam and Tionne Solusar, Ramis fought in the Yuuzhan Vong War, a galaxy-spanning conflict between the major galactic powers and the invading extra-galactic Yuuzhan Vong. Early in the war, Ramis lost two of her closest companions; her former lover Miko Reglia, and the Twi'lek Jedi Daeshara'cor. Supportive of Jedi Master Kyp Durron's stance that the Jedi should take a proactive role in the conflict, Ramis was on the front lines of the war, serving at several major battles that included the battle of Mon Calamari and both battles of Coruscant.

Following the war, Ramis was elevated to the rank of Jedi Master. She served the Order with diligence throughout the Dark Nest Crisis, which saw the insectoid Killik colonies wage war against the Chiss Ascendancy and, later, the Galactic Federation of Free Alliances. She participated in the rescue of Master Skywalker and his wife, Mara Jade Skywalker, from a Killik nest on the moon Kr in the Gyuel system alongside several other Jedi Masters during the conflict. Master Ramis continued to serve the Order during the Second Galactic Civil War, being a member of the Jedi Coalition that opposed Jacen Solo's usurping of the Galactic Alliance until he was finally deposed by his own sister. At some point, she was appointed to a position on the Jedi Masters' Council. In 43 ABY, Ramis took on Seha Dorvald as an apprentice. During this time, Ramis played a part in the capture of Valin Horn, son of Jedi Master Corran Horn, who was suffering from a mental breakdown. She also volunteered to be the focus of a holo-documentary that was hoped to show the Jedi in a more positive light.

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Early life

Octa Ramis was a female Human born on the planet Chandrila in the Core Worlds, but spent the majority of her life on high-gravity worlds where she built up her physical strength.[1] Identified as a Force-sensitive individual, Ramis attended the Jedi Praxeum on Yavin 4,[2] where she was initially instructed by the Jedi Masters Kam and Tionne Solusar[4] before being apprenticed to Kam Solusar on a one-to-one basis.[6] At the academy, Ramis became romantically involved with another student, Miko Reglia.[2] Sometime prior to 25 ABY,[7] Ramis graduated and attained the rank of Jedi Knight. Although a few within the Order—including Tionne Solusar—believed that Ramis and Reglia had ended their relationship after graduating, the pair were able to meet up again several times. Ramis also worked together with the Twi'lek Jedi Daeshara'cor for several missions, and the two became close friends.[2]

The Yuuzhan Vong War

The defense of Ithor

"That's pure madness. We're their best hope, and they won't have us working with them? It makes zero sense for them to do that. Then again, if that's how the government's thinking, being free of them might not be a bad thing."
―Octa Ramis on New Republic limitations on the Jedi
Miko Reglia

In 25 ABY, Ramis attended a memorial service for Reglia, who had been killed on Helska IV by the Yuuzhan Vong—a species of extra-galactic warriors intent on conquering the galaxy. He was the first Jedi casualty of the conflict that was later known as the Yuuzhan Vong War. As the invasion progressed, Master Luke Skywalker called a meeting of all active Jedi shortly after the Battle of Dantooine. Held in the Jedi Temple on Coruscant, Ramis was among the participants. A supporter of Kyp Durron's stance that the Force was a tool that should be used to defeat the Yuuzhan Vong, and that the Order should be taking a more aggressive stance in opposing the invasion, she was shocked at the New Republic's decision to not sanction Jedi missions within the invasion corridor. She was assigned a mission by Master Skywalker to assist in the war effort, but it was not one with an aggressive mandate.[2]

Before leaving on her assignment, Ramis assisted Daeshara'cor in searching through the records archive for information on superweapons, using her skill with computers to erase the search logs. The Twi'lek Jedi had endured slavery in her childhood, and had never let go of her hatred of slavers. With the news that the Yuuzhan Vong were taking slaves and implanting them with surge coral to do their bidding, she transferred her hatred to the invaders, and sought to destroy them by any means necessary. To this end, she hoped to find another forgotten superweapon hidden away somewhere. Ramis, however, was unaware that a computer program designed by Anakin Solo to track search requests was also running on the academy's databases. The goal was to see what information was accessed by Jedi after receiving assignments so that future mission plans would include all relevant data. Unaware of the program's existence, Ramis did not delete her searches from its records. Correlation of the data by Solo and his aunt, Master Mara Jade Skywalker, revealed the search requests and Daeshara'cor was stopped before she could do anything harmful either to herself or others.[2]

Following the successful extraction of a reconnaissance mission to the planet Garqi, Ramis was one of the two dozen Jedi assembled to defend Ithor, homeworld of the Ithorians. During the mission to Garqi, Jedi Knight Corran Horn had discovered that the pollen of the Bafforr tree triggered an allergic reaction in the Vonduun crab armor worn by the Yuuzhan Vong that contracted the living organism and crushed the wearer inside. Despite attempting to disguise the source of the infectious agent, it soon became clear that the Yuuzhan Vong were aware that the plant was native to Ithor and were preparing to assault the world. A joint New Republic and Imperial Remnant force, assisted by the Jedi, prepared to defend the planet.[2]

Prior to the battle, the Jedi convened aboard the Tafanda Bay, an Ithorian Herdship in orbit of Ithor. In a ceremony presided over by High Priest Relal Towron, each Jedi was required to renounce a part of themselves—in effect "pruning" aspects of themselves in order to become closer to the Mother Jungle. Ithorian tradition and customs dictated that this ceremony was required for any individuals wishing to set foot on the surface of Ithor. Ramis declared that mourning for Reglia had blinded her to many things, and that it was time to lay him to rest. She participated in the defense of the planet; during the battle, an accord was reached between Corran Horn and the commander of the Yuuzhan Vong forces, Shedao Shai, where the two engaged in single combat to decide the fate of the world. Although Horn won the duel and slew Shai, the Yuuzhan Vong's second in command, Deign Lian, launched a bacterial weapon at the planet. The bacteria began consuming the planet's animal and plant life, rendering it a lifeless husk. Battle between the defenders and the Yuuzhan Vong fleet was rejoined; during the engagement, the Yuuzhan Vong flagship, Legacy of Torment took crippling hits and plunged toward the surface of Ithor. The descent ignited the atmosphere, which in turn immolated the planet.[2]

Holding back the night

"Jedi for Jedi!"
―Octa Ramis supports Kyp Durron's view that Jedi should be proactive during the Yuuzhan Vong War

As the war progressed, the New Republic and Jedi suffered defeat after defeat. Eventually, the Yuuzhan Vong offered the galaxy at large a deal—they would cease their invasion, ending their conquest with the capture of Duro, if the Jedi were handed over to them. With anti-Jedi sentiment reaching new heights, several Jedi fell prey to those who wished to appease the Yuuzhan Vong. In the wake of this turn of events, Master Skywalker called another meeting of Jedi. Ramis attended, though the anguish over Reglia she had lain aside had been replaced by grief for the loss of Daeshara'cor during the Battle of Ithor. She vocally supported Master Durron's stance that the Jedi had to look after their own as the galaxy at large turned against them.[8] As the war continued, Master Skywalker established a High Council to better coordinate the Jedi.[9] Despite being denied forming such a body immediately prior to the outbreak of hostilities by the New Republic's Advisory Council,[7] Skywalker now felt it was necessary. Ramis was a member of the Council alongside several other Knights and Masters.[9]

Kyp Durron; Jedi Master, commander of Kyp's Dozen and vocal proponent of Jedi involvement in the war.

Two years into the war, Ramis joined with Kyp's Dozen, a group of starfighter pilots led by Master Durron. The only other Jedi in the squadron, the Dozen fought at Coruscant when it was conquered by the Yuuzhan Vong. Towards the end of the days-long battle, the Dozen were assigned to protect a ship carrying Jedi scientists, including Danni Quee who had recently developed a method of jamming the Yuuzhan Vong's Yammosk war coordinators, which had the ability to efficiently coordinate their coralskippers. Ramis commanded a flight in the squadron, with three other pilots under her command. Emerging from hyperspace into the battle zone, the Dozen hooked up with the corvette carrying the scientists and their battered escort. Ramis led her pilots into combat with Yuuzhan Vong coralskippers, engaging a larger-than-normal enemy fighter that was intent on striking at the corvette. The coralskipper's dovin basal—which generated artificial singularities similar to black holes as a form of defense—resisted the standard tactic of stutter-firing low powered laser shots to overtax them, forcing Master Durron to seek another way of destroying it. Taking control of the hulk of a freighter destroyed by the Yuuzhan Vong using the Force, he sent it hurtling towards the coralskipper while other members of the Dozen made sure it held its course. Ramis, who had been reassigned to defend the corvette, watched as Durron's tactic cost the lives of three pilots under his command. Appalled that his actions had cost the lives of so many pilots, she deserted his command and led the last two remaining members of the Dozen towards the small Jedi fleet. Harried by coralskippers, her wingmen were killed as she secured the area around the corvette. In this she was aided by Quee, who activated a Yammosk-jammer, confusing the enemy fighters. Ramis regrouped with the Jedi fleet, the only other survivor of the Dozen alongside Durron.[10]

Ramis continued to serve on the front lines during the war,[11] and was present on Mon Calamari in 29 ABY for a meeting called by Master Kenth Hamner to discuss the lack of communication with Master Skywalker, who had traveled into the Unknown Regions to search for the fabled living planet of Zonama Sekot. The belief was that Zonama Sekot held the key to defeating the invaders, and Skywalker had assembled a group of Jedi to discover the location of the planet. The mission was aided by the Imperial Remnant, who had provided support ships and personnel. Ramis advised sending a ship to contact Skywalker's group and ascertain their situation. Ramis was still on Mon Calamari when the Yuuzhan Vong moved against the planet. With Master Durron on an assignment to the planet Caluula, Ramis led the reformed Dozen into combat against the Yuuzhan Vong. The battle was a victory for the combined Allied forces defending the world, as the Yuuzhan Vong withdrew from the engagement although their fleet was nearing the planet of Mon Calamari itself. Their sudden reversal surprised the commanders of the defending fleets, who feared that it was a part of a plan to assault fleet elements stationed in other parts of the galaxy.[5]

War's end

"This day has been years in the making. What we do from this moment forward will test our fealty to the Force in a way that the Jedi haven't been tested in more than a generation. Be mindful that we are not the purveyors of conflict and inequity, but the guardians of peace and justice. Above all, we want what the Force wants, no matter where that leads us. If some of us are not seen again today, that does not mean that our actions will have been in vain or will not be remembered."
―Luke Skywalker to the assembled Jedi on Zonama Sekot prior to the Second Battle of Coruscant
Zonama Sekot

The cause of the Yuuzhan Vong's withdrawal from Mon Calamari was soon revealed; Zonama Sekot had traveled to the Coruscant system after being persuaded by Master Skywalker to assist in ending the war. The planet was a seed of the Yuuzhan Vong's original homeworld, Yuuzhan'tar. It was hoped that this revelation would be enough to end the conflict as Sekot, the living intelligence of the world, was willing to allow the Yuuzhan Vong to settle on the surface. Skywalker called all available Jedi to the planet, assuring them that it would be safe to travel to the Coruscant system despite the presence of a large Yuuzhan Vong fleet orbiting Coruscant itself. Ramis joined many of her fellow Jedi on the surface, where Skywalker explained the importance of Zonama Sekot to the Yuuzhan Vong. The world featured strongly in the Yuuzhan Vong religion, and its sudden reappearance was seen as an omen of defeat. Conversely, the Shamed Ones, the lowest caste of Yuuzhan Vong society, saw the planet as a holy, sacred place, that was the key to their redemption. Its arrival triggered a rebellion on Coruscant, which the Yuuzhan Vong now called Yuuzhan'tar.[5]

Zonama Sekot agreed to fashion living ships for the Jedi, and Ramis, along with several other Jedi such as Kyp Durron, Corran Horn, Kyle Katarn and Saba Sebatyne, underwent a special ceremony. Ramis and the other Jedi were led over a bridge and through a lamina-surfaced tunnel into a series of concealed courtyards. Required to adhere to a special diet, each candidate wore sashed robes and necklaces and listened to a series of litanies chanted by Magister Jabitha Hal, leader of the Ferroan[5] and Langhesi[12] communities that called Zonama Sekot home. Each Jedi then bonded with their seed-partners, living organisms that would grow to become their new vessels. Ramis bonded with two of the seed-partners, which were then removed and taken away to be converted into a living ship by the cybernetic Jentari.[5]

Several days after the bonding ceremony, Ramis' ship was complete and was delivered to a landing platform on a canyon rim for inspection. Ramis circled the craft in awe, noting that the features of the ship included plasma weapons and a gravitic drive system that were patterned after those on a Yuuzhan Vong coralskipper. As the Jedi continued their inspection, Skywalker received word from Booster Terrik—commander of the Errant Venture and Corran Horn's father-in-law—that a Yuuzhan Vong battle group was en route to the planet. An Alliance force was already engaged with the Yuuzhan Vong at the outer planet of Muscave, and the ships had been detached from that formation to assault Zonama Sekot. Those like Ramis who had been bonded to living ships were to immediately take to the air and get acquainted with flying them in preparation to defend the planet. Before taking off, an impromptu ceremony was held where each Jedi ignited their lightsabers and held them aloft, gathered around Master Skywalker. As the Jedi angled the blades inward, Skywalker gave a quick speech to unite those gathered for the tasks they were to perform.[5]

Ramis and Kyle Katarn at the Conclave on Zonama Sekot.

The handful of Jedi-piloted vessels engaged Yuuzhan Vong coralskippers in the skies above Zonama Sekot. The presence of living vessels much like their own confused the Yuuzhan Vong a great deal, and the yammosks had difficulty in differentiating friend from foe due to the similar organic nature of the ships. Some of the Jedi had difficultly in controlling their craft; as living organisms, each craft had to get to "know" its pilot, effectively bonding with them. While some Jedi had no difficulty in letting go of their egos, others found it harder and their ships were not as responsive as they should have been, sometimes even refusing to fire on the enemy. In time, however, the bonding process smoothed out and the Jedi pilots defended the world in earnest. As the battle in the Coruscant system intensified, the focus of the engagement shifted toward the orbit of Zonama Sekot itself. Heavy fighting between the Alliance and Yuuzhan Vong threatened the world, and the presence of a ship infected with Alpha Red—a bio-engineered disease created through a joint effort between the Chiss Ascendancy and the Galactic Alliance's Alpha Red agency that targeted Yuuzhan Vong organisms—was en route to the planet. Sekot, however, wanted only to welcome the Yuuzhan Vong home. The living intelligence had used the Jedi piloted ships to defend the planet long enough to ready its other line of defense—specially designed starfighters capable of grappling enemy vessels. Sekot grounded the Jedi fighters, then used the grapplers to bring Alliance and Yuuzhan Vong ships alike down to the surface. Ramis, along with the other Jedi pilots, were witness to the first act of a Yuuzhan Vong surrender on the surface after four coralskipper pilots were forcibly brought down. Sekot also dealt with the Alpha Red-infected ship by using the grapplers to send it out of the planet's atmosphere before it could transmit the agent to the planet's organisms.[5]

With the death of the Yuuzhan Vong's Supreme Overlord, Shimrra Jamaane at the hands of Master Skywalker during the battle, the Yuuzhan Vong surrendered unconditionally to the allied forces. They accepted disarmament and repatriation to Zonama Sekot where they began to build a new society that was not based on warfare. As Zonama Sekot prepared to welcome its new residents, Master Skywalker called a conclave of all Jedi to lay out his vision for the future of the Jedi Order. Ramis attended the gathering where Skywalker urged each of them to look inside of themselves and see how best each of them could serve the Force, and ultimately themselves. Four days later, many of the Jedi, including Ramis, had left Zonama Sekot to either search for lost friends or return to their homeworlds.[5]

The Dark Nest Crisis

Raynar Thul, in his role as leader of the Killik Colony, UnuThul

Sometime between the end of the Yuuzhan Vong War and 35 BBY, Ramis was elevated to the rank of Jedi Master. In her new position, she served on the informal Masters' Council, a collection of Jedi Masters who convened at need to oversee the Order and the role it played in galactic affairs. During the Dark Nest Crisis—a series of conflicts between the insectoid Killik colonies, the Chiss Ascendancy, and the Galactic Alliance—Ramis was one of several Masters who gathered at the Jedi's new headquarters on Ossus to study the effect that the Colony's conscious Will, which was directed by former Jedi Raynar Thul, was having on several Jedi Knights who had become Joiners. Joiners were individuals who had been "absorbed" into a Killik nest, linking them to the species' hive mind, and allowing the controlling Will to dominate their actions in accordance with the policy and goals of the Colony. It soon became clear that a secret "Dark Nest", known as Gorog, was also directing the Killik colonies much like an unconscious mind. Where Raynar Thul's influence, who styled himself as UnuThul and led the Killiks, made the various nests benevolent and respectful of all life, the Dark Nest was under the influence of the Dark Jedi Lomi Plo. Both Thul and Plo, along with another Dark Jedi named Welk, had crashed onto one of the Colony's worlds during the Yuuzhan Vong War after escaping from the Baanu Rass aboard the Tachyon Flier following a Jedi mission to the worldship during the height of the conflict. They were absorbed into the Colony as Joiners, but their strength in the Force soon allowed them to dominate and influence the insectoid species. The Dark Nest was pushing the Killiks into war with the Chiss, which in turn threatened to pull the Galactic Alliance into the conflict. The Jedi resolved to end the conflict by neutralizing the Dark Nest.[13]

As a protracted conflict in the Gyuel system between the Chiss and Killiks heated up, the Jedi located the Dark Nest on Kr, a moon in the system, by tracking the Jedi Knight Alema Rar to it. Rar, unlike her fellow Knights who had become Joiners with the Taat nest, had joined with the Gorog nest. While the Masters Skywalker infiltrated the nest in their StealthX fighters, Ramis joined Masters Durron, Katarn and Sebatyne aboard the Millennium Falcon, along with Han Solo and Leia Organa Solo. When contact was lost with the Skywalkers, the Millennium Falcon delivered the Masters, along with four YVH 5 Bugcruncher war droids, as a rescue team to extract the two Jedi Masters. The Masters and droids fought their way through the Gorog nest, slaying many Killiks intent on killing them. Meanwhile, Skywalker dueled with the Dark Jedi Welk. Skywalker won the duel, just as the rescue team reached his location. The Masters then attended to the Dark Nest's nursery, where Killik larvae were feeding on captured Chiss prisoners, and released several captives who were still alive. Thul, now aware of the existence of the Dark Nest, agreed to withdraw from the Gyuel system and relocate the Killik nests to newly discovered planets in the Utegetu Nebula.[13]

However, the Dark Nest, under Plo's control, reasserted itself and led the Killiks once more into confrontations with the Chiss, and the Galactic Alliance. Eventually, Jedi Grand Master Skywalker tasked the Order with stopping the threat of the Killiks. In an assault conducted with fleet elements of the Galactic Alliance under the command of Grand Admiral Gilad Pellaeon, Skywalker ended the Killik threat by killing Plo in a duel, and removing Thul from the Colony by force. Thul was later incarcerated at the Jedi Temple on Ossus in the hopes that he could be rehabilitated.[14]

Second Galactic Civil War

In 40 ABY, rising tensions between the Galactic Alliance and one of its member states, Corellia, threatened to blossom into armed conflict. The Corellians, unhappy at restrictive Alliance regulations governing the size of their planetary defense fleet, began to hold back their tax and military contributions while continuing to enjoy the benefits of the Alliance's economic infrastructure. An attempt by the Alliance to bring Corellia back into line sparked an all-out war.[15] Corellia soon gained allies and formed a Confederation to stand against the Alliance.[16] Although the Jedi Order had been involved in the war since its beginning,[15] one of their number, the Jedi Knight Jacen Solo took a leading role in the conflict, first by becoming the head of the Galactic Alliance Guard—a secret police organization formed to combat the rise of Corellian terrorist cells operating on Coruscant—[17] and then as Co-Chief of State of the Alliance following a military coup.[18]

The funeral of Master Mara Jade Skywalker.

Unbeknownst to the Jedi Order, Solo had fallen under the influence of Lumiya, a member of the Sith, and was gradually falling to the dark side of the Force. His fall was eventually revealed to Master Jade Skywalker through information from her son, Ben Skywalker, who was Solo's informal apprentice. This revelation led to a duel on the planet Kavan where Solo killed Jade Skywalker.[18] Hiding his involvement in her death, he allowed the Jedi to believe that Lumiya had been responsible for her death. Jade Skywalker's body was returned to Coruscant, where a formal funeral was held.[19] Ramis attended the ceremony, standing with the Order's other masters upon a raised dais, and witnessed Jade Skywalker's body becoming one with the Force.[20]

Shortly after the funeral, Grand Master Skywalker withdrew Jedi support from the Alliance after Solo—who had taken on the mantle of Darth Caedus—took the Jedi Academy on Ossus hostage by garrisoning it with Galactic Alliance Guard troops. Although Caedus threatened to have the Jedi on Ossus killed and the Jedi Temple on Coruscant destroyed if Skywalker did not support him, the Grand Master was unwilling to allow the Order to be pushed any further. Forming the Jedi Coalition—a loose alliance of organizations and individuals dedicated to stopping the war—[19] the Jedi Order regrouped on the forest moon of Endor where they established a secret outpost.[4]

Ramis was one of several Masters—along with Masters Skywalker, Durron, Katarn, Cilghal, Sebatyne and Horn—who met on the landing platform at the top of the outpost to discuss how to deal with Caedus. During the discussion, where Durron proposed a neutralize-or-capture mission, the Masters engaged in a free-for-all practice lightsaber duel. Ramis, who was keeping her feelings over the recent near-fatal woundings of the Masters Solusar on Ossus in check through rigid self-control, chose to hand her lightsaber to Master Sebatyne to use while she herself used telekinesis to bring stones and rocks up from the forest floor and send them through the assembled Masters as they fought. As the discussion of the mission progressed, Durron brought up a young Jedi candidate, Seha Dorvald, who he intended to act as a guide through Coruscant's undercity. However, she had been sponsored to the Academy by Caedus, and passed on information to him about the Temple. Following the attack on Ossus, and the evacuation of the Jedi Temple on Coruscant, Dorvald came forward willingly and confessed to her behavior. After questioning Dorvald, the Masters, while acknowledging that she had done wrong, realized that it was only out of a misplaced sense of loyalty to the man that had brought her to the Jedi. Skywalker sanctioned the mission, with Master Katarn leading it. The mission, while well planned and executed, was a failure, costing the life of a Jedi team member, and resulting in the serious wounding of Master Katarn.[4]

Eventually, the Jedi Coalition, in concert with the Hapes Consortium, faced off against Caedus and a Galactic Alliance fleet in an engagement near Shedu Maad in the Transitory Mists. The Jedi Order stormed the Anakin Solo, capturing the vessel while Caedus dueled his twin sister, Jaina. The outcome was a victory for the Coalition as they captured the Anakin Solo, and Caedus was slain. In the aftermath, former Imperial admiral and warlord, Natasi Daala, was installed as Chief-of-State of the Galactic Alliance.[21]

A fresh crisis

Following the resolution of the war, Ramis took on Seha Dorvald as her apprentice. In 43 ABY, Jedi Knight Valin Horn, son of Master Corran Horn, underwent a mental breakdown, believing that his parents and fellow Jedi had been replaced with identical-looking impostors. Despite being held in the Temple's infirmary on Coruscant, he subsequently escaped and went on the run. However, Master Cilghal had implanted a tracking device under Horn's skin, allowing him to be tracked. Ramis and Dorvald were part of the Jedi force assigned to locate him and bring him back to the Temple. On Dorvald's advice, they staked out the Senate Building as the apprentice felt that Horn might be thinking like an animal due to his mental state. Three years previously, Dorvald and Horn had been on the mission to assassinate Jacen Solo when it was clear that he had taken up the Sith mantle of Darth Caedus. During the mission, they had used Coruscant's undercity to move around and execute their plan, and Dorvald reasoned that Horn might use the knowledge he gained to his advantage, either to steal a vehicle to escape the planet, or to take a politician hostage. Ramis approved of Dorvald's logic, and the pair took up position within the plaza in front of the Senate Building, watching a tracker attuned to the device located under Horn's skin. As they waited, Horn approached the plaza, proving Dorvald's theory correct. Ramis congratulated her apprentice for her insight, and ordered her to inform the other Jedi searching for Horn that they had located him.[3]

Galactic Alliance Chief of State Natasi Daala

Horn had incapacitated Enneth Holkin, the protocol aide to Corellian co-Chief of State Denjax Teppler, stealing his clothes and identity cards to gain access to the Senate Building. However, Holkin had triggered his panic ring during the assault, alerting security in the Senate Building to the fact that he was in distress. Security personnel immediately identified Horn's presence in a secured corridor where he had no business being, and initiated a security lockdown of the Senate Building as per Chief of State Daala's standing orders. Daala, as part of a campaign to crack down on the perceived arrogance and high-mindedness of the Jedi Order—specifically the fact that they seemed accountable to no one and considered themselves above the law that they claimed to serve—had issued specific orders to deal with renegade Jedi in the wake of Darth Caedus' reign as ruler of the Galactic Alliance. Ramis and Dorvald approached the Senate Building, where the Master attempted to gain access to the building by using a mind trick on the female security guard. Unfortunately for Ramis, the security guard was not weak minded, and resisted all attempts at persuasion. Frustrated, Ramis turned to Dorvald, who was using the Force to sense Horn's feelings. Despite getting a sense of his intentions, she could not accurately track him. Ramis melded with her apprentice, getting a sense of Horn's Force presence. She felt him make a decision about taking two vehicles; while wondering how he would accomplish that, a shuttle with Kuati markings smashed through a closed portal one hundred meters above them. As the shuttle crashed to the permacrete plaza, Ramis heard the distinctive whine of an X-wing's repulsors. Sensing that Horn was making his escape in a starfighter, she used a combination of Force speed and a telekinetic push from Dorvald to launch herself into the air.[3]

Ramis intercepted Horn's fighter as it slowly emerged from the makeshift opening, slamming into the fuselage on the starboard side and clinging to the nose. She attempted to destroy the cockpit canopy's latch with her lightsaber, but—forced to use her off hand—Ramis only left a scar on the transparisteel. As she tried again, Horn anticipated her move, goosing the thrusters of the fighter to throw her strike off. Although Ramis managed to penetrate the canopy, punching holes in both sides of the cover, it failed to strike the latch. As Horn cleared the perimeter of the hole, he engaged the fighter's engines and started to rise into Coruscant's sky. Ramis realized that Horn intended to take the fighter up high then shake her off, resulting in a plummet to the ground that killed her. She tried to strike the canopy once more with her lightsaber, but it bounced off as she could get no leverage or strength behind the blow. As Horn shook her off, Ramis fell towards the ground. Deactivating her lightsaber and clipping it to her belt to ensure that no innocent passerby was caught by the weapon's fall, she prepared herself for the impact. As Ramis neared the ground, Dorvald caught her with the Force; although Ramis hit the ground hard and lost consciousness, it was not a fatal impact. Although she was very sore and suspected that she had a concussion, Ramis complimented her apprentice on the catch. Dorvald was worried that they had failed to catch Horn, but Ramis pointed out that they had flushed him from hiding. Since he was airborne, the tracker implanted in him could work better, and the fact that Ramis had broken the cockpit seal on his fighter meant that he could not escape into space. Eventually, Horn was recaptured by the other Jedi teams that Ramis had alerted earlier.[3]

Rising tensions

With the galaxy recovering from the war that Darth Caedus had perpetrated, Chief of State Daala sought to bring someone to justice to answer for his crimes. In the end, she ordered the Galactic Alliance justice system to prosecute Grand Master Skywalker for failing in his duty as head of the Jedi Order to prevent Jacen Solo's moral degradation. Rather than have the Jedi Order exposed to scrutiny for their actions during the war, Skywalker agreed terms with Daala to be exiled from Coruscant, and to relinquish control of the Order to Master Kenth Hamner. Skywalker was to have no formal contact with the Order for a period of ten years, unless he could provide undeniable proof and solid reasoning as to why Solo's transformation into Caedus had not been his fault, and to enact safeguards within the Order to stop other Jedi falling to the same fate. Ramis attended a meeting of the Jedi Masters' Council, where Skywalker officially stepped down as Grand Master and appointed Hamner in his place. She later attended the farewell ceremony for Skywalker as he prepared to leave Coruscant, alongside many other Jedi, as well as the companions and comrades that Skywalker had amassed over the years. The day after Skywalker's departure, Ramis attended another meeting of the Council, held in the Masters' Chamber. Hamner, in an attempt to demystify the Order and increase sympathy and support for the Jedi, had agreed to allow a documentary crew to follow a Master on assignments. When he called for volunteers, Master Ramis offered herself as the subject after Master Sebatyne commented that any film crew following her would probably make a documentary that was too violent for children to watch.[3]

Ramis remained on Coruscant, and was present at a meeting of the Jedi Masters that was called by Master Hamner after Jysella Horn, sister of Valin Horn, experienced a similar mental breakdown. Jysella Horn had escaped the Jedi Temple, fleeing into the precinct surrounding the building where she had injured several civilians and the Ramoan Jedi Knight Bazel Warv. Her antics were caught on holocam by the journalist, Javis Tyrr, and she was subsequently stunned and arrested by Galactic Alliance security before the Jedi could detain her. Ramis, along with the other Masters present, expressed her surprise that Chief of State Daala had refused Hamner's request for an immediate meeting with her, instead agreeing to one in three days time.[22]

Shortly after Jysella Horn's incarceration, Jedi Knight Natua Wan developed the same mental breakdown as the Horn siblings while escorting the Solo family at the Coruscant Livestock Exchange and Exhibition. After a brief struggle, she was captured, but the entire incident was recorded by Javis Tyrr. Daala—who had also became aware that the Jedi were holding Knight Seff Hellin, who was also suffering from the same malady—went to the Jedi Temple to demand that the two Knights be handed over to Galactic Alliance security so that they could be frozen in carbonite. This method of imprisonment had been used on Valin Horn, and Jysella Horn was due to undergo the same treatment. Master Ramis joined several other Masters in confronting the Chief of State at the entrance to the temple.[22]

Personality and traits

"Once upon a time, I had more than a crush on a Jedi. He was tortured by the Yuuzhan Vong, then drowned in freezing water fighting them. Should I have stopped loving? Caring? Being attracted?"
―Octa Ramis, referring to Miko Reglia

Octa Ramis was a passionate Jedi who often displayed her emotional state openly. In love with fellow Jedi Miko Reglia, Ramis was grief stricken by his death at the hands of the Yuuzhan Vong. Although she not did not show it at Reglia's memorial service, she was angry at the Vong for taking him from her, and sought to make them pay for what they had done. However, she came to realize that the pain blinded her from her responsibilities as a Jedi, and let go of her grief shortly before the Battle of Ithor.[2] She still loved him, and would remember him fondly sixteen years later in a conversation with her apprentice, Seha Dorvald.[3] Ramis was deeply affected by the injuries that her former instructors, Kam and Tionne Solusar had suffered at the hands of Galactic Alliance personnel on Ossus during the Second Galactic Civil War. She kept her emotions on the matter in check with rigid self-control.[4]

During the Yuuzhan Vong War, Ramis was supportive of Jedi taking a proactive stance against the invaders, and believed that the Jedi Order should look after its own interests as the galaxy at large turned against them.[10] While she often supported Kyp Durron's philosophy,[2] her experiences with him during the Fall of Coruscant soured her view of both him and his beliefs.[10]

Ramis was a competent Jedi instructor, willing to take on Seha Dorvald despite the latter being older than most apprentices at her skill level. She knew when to reprimand her apprentice and when to offer congratulations, and allowed Dorvald to take the lead when staking out possible locations that Valin Horn might go to after his escape from the Jedi Temple. She trusted Dorvald, and shared several personal secrets with her, including a former crush she had held on Han Solo in her youth.[3]

Powers and abilities

"I hate good guards. They're the most inconvenient thing in the universe."
―Octa Ramis following an unsuccessful attempt to influence a security guard.

Octa Ramis was a fully trained Jedi in service to Luke Skywalker's Jedi Order. She was skilled with the use of lightsaber,[2] although she could not use it as effectively in her off hand. Ramis was able to use the Force to enhance her speed,[3] and she was capable of using telekinesis to good effect, demonstrating the ability to lift multiple objects at a time and direct them on ballistic courses.[4] Ramis could also use the Force to influence weak-minded individuals, although ones with strong wills were able to resist her suggestions.[3]

In addition to her Jedi abilities, Ramis was also skilled in using computer systems, and could erase evidence of file searches without leaving a trace.[2] She was also a competent pilot, flying with Kyp's Dozen during the Yuuzhan Vong War, and even leading them during the Battle of Mon Calamari. Her skill as a pilot was also evident when she was chosen by seed-partners on Zonama Sekot, and had a living ship crafted specially for her to use in defense of the planet.[5]

Behind the scenes

Octa Ramis was introduced in 2000's Dark Tide II: Ruin, a novel in The New Jedi Order series by Michael A. Stackpole. Ramis was featured sporadically throughout the rest of the series, and gained appearances in one installment of the Dark Nest Trilogy, and one in the Legacy of the Force series. She has since featured in the first two novels of the Fate of the Jedi series, Outcast and Omen.

Appearances

Sources

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Who's Who in the New Jedi Order
  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 Dark Tide II: Ruin
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 3.9 Outcast
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 4.8 Fury
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.7 5.8 The Unifying Force
  6. The New Essential Guide to Characters (Under Kam Solusar's entry)
  7. 7.0 7.1 Vector Prime
  8. Edge of Victory I: Conquest
  9. 9.0 9.1 The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Dark Journey
  11. Force Heretic I: Remnant
  12. Rogue Planet
  13. 13.0 13.1 Dark Nest I: The Joiner King
  14. Dark Nest III: The Swarm War
  15. 15.0 15.1 Betrayal
  16. Exile
  17. Bloodlines
  18. 18.0 18.1 Sacrifice
  19. 19.0 19.1 Inferno
  20. Jedi vs. Sith: The Essential Guide to the Force
  21. Invincible
  22. 22.0 22.1 Omen

External links


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

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