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Nomi Sunrider

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While she eventually becomes a Jedi Master, with all the skills you'd expect of one, she is known principally for her use of the Battle Meditation skill. Fans of the videogame, Knights of the Old Republic will be familiar with this specialization, but movie-only fans may need to know that BM allows the user to influence the events of an entire battlefield. She can either lend her moral support to her own side, giving each warrior that little rush of adrenaline or good fortune that can nudge them to victory. Or she can inspire fear or disrupt the concentration of the other side, causing them to just fall short.

Existing in a time where romantic love was not forbidden to a Jedi, Sunrider's life as a Jedi is framed by her love of two men. When we first meet her, her husband, a Jedi, falls in battle. Knowing that she is indpendently strong in the Force, he urges her to pursue training with his dying breath. She obeys, and begins the arduous path, despite having just given birth to a child. She's thus one of the few widows and mothers to ever be shown to undergo Jedi training. She is shown to be initially reluctant to use a lightsaber in personal combat, which perhaps explains why she develops the more generalized Force Meditation skill.

As her life as a Jedi continues, however, she gains greater confidence with the lightsaber, and becomes quite accomplished with the weapon.

Still, it is the mental, rather than physical, aspects of the Force that dominate her destiny. When she falls in love with Ulic Qel-Droma, a fellow Jedi who falls to (and possibly returns from) the Dark Side, she is therefore shown to be doubly affected. The loss of the individual is bad enough, but the, in original trilogy terms, "disturbance in the Force" is palpable to her. Instead of succumbing to the pain, however, she uses the event of Droma's turn, along with the earlier pain of her husband's death, to motivate her to becoming possibly the greatest Jedi of her generation.

Image note:
Sunrider is, unfortunately, very inconsistently drawn. Pictured to the right is perhaps her most "iconic" image, a painting done for the Dark Lords of the Sith series. At various times, however, her hairstyle, weight, and height have been quite different. The main elements of consistency have been her hair color (always a variation of red), and her Jedi robes, which are some shade of green.


First Appearance: Dark Horse Comics (1992) #7

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Issue Appearances:
Dark Horse Comics (1992)
Star Wars Galaxy Magazine (1994)
Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi - Dark Lords of the Sith (1994)
Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi - Knights of The Old Republic (1993)
Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi - Redemption (1998)
Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi - The Freedon Nadd Uprising (1994)
Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi - The Sith War (1995)

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Galactic Republic (Old)
Jedi Order (Old)

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