Star Wars: A Wayward Eye
Grand Master of the Jedi Order Kyp Durron
Kyp Durron, a polarizing figure in galactic history, was both a leading Jedi Master in Luke Skywalker’s New Jedi Order and a man responsible for the deaths of millions during his anti-Imperial rampage in 11 ABY. Incarcerated in the spice mines of Kessel by the Galactic Empire at an early age, Durron’s deep anger against his captors was easily exploited by the spirit of Dark Lord of the Sith Exar Kun, once Han Solo rescued the young Force-sensitive and took him to Luke Skywalker’s Jedi Praxeum on Yavin 4. Under Kun’s guidance, Durron stole the Sun Crusher superweapon and embarked upon a vendetta, destroying several Imperial targets and unwittingly killing his own brother Zeth in the process. Only once Kun’s influence had been banished did Durron begin a long quest for absolution which led him to become Skywalker’s most talented pupil and one of the first Jedi Masters of the New Jedi Order.
Despite Durron’s reformation, his desire to repent for his actions manifested itself in a high-profile campaign against smugglers in the Outer Rim Territories as part of a philosophy of direct action against those whom he perceived as wrong-doers. When the extragalactic Yuuzhan Vong species invaded the galaxy in 25 ABY, Durron was one of the first to meet the threat, losing his apprentice, Miko Reglia, and many other fellow Jedi in the opening months of the war. His policy of aggressive action was enhanced in the face of the Yuuzhan Vong menace and Durron began leading like-minded Jedi to war, against the wishes of Skywalker. Following further losses, Durron briefly took Jaina Solo as his apprentice and was later reconciled with Skywalker following Galactic Alliance Chief of State Cal Omas’ creation of the High Council, upon which both men had seats. Durron saw the war through to its conclusion and remained one of Skywalker’s leading advisors on the newly formed Jedi High Council.
In 35 ABY, when a border conflict between the Chiss Ascendancy and the insectoid Killik species flared out of control, a group of younger Jedi departed to fight on behalf of the Killiks, provoking Chief of State Omas to attempt to gain more control over the Jedi Order. Durron, as the proponent of the philosophy that Jedi should follow the guidance of the Force rather than the policies of the reigning government, stridently opposed Omas, upholding his principles throughout the course of the conflict. The Jedi Master later found himself fighting the Galactic Alliance directly during the Second Galactic Civil War, when Jaina Solo’s twin brother Jacen Solo took control of the government and attempted to impose Sith rule upon the galaxy as Darth Caedus. Following Jacen Solo’s defeat, the galaxy entered into a period of reformation under the direction of Chief of State Natasi Daala, one of Durron’s former Imperial enemies. Daala’s policies included attempts to curb the autonomy of the Jedi Order, which Durron weathered alongside the emerging threat of a mysterious Force psychosis.