Galen Marek

    Character » Galen Marek appears in 9 issues.

    The son of two Jedi, Galen Marek was a Sith apprentice of Darth Vader who was sent out to hunt enemies of the Empire. Galen turned his back on the dark side after being betrayed by his master. It was his change of heart that gave hope to the Rebel Alliance.

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    Vader Discover The Child Galen
    Vader Discover The Child Galen

    On an Empire mission to Kashyyyk to kill the remaining Jedi, Darth Vader hunted the Jedi known as Kento Marek. They battled for a while and Vader got the upper hand. As he held Kento in a force choke his lightsaber suddenly flew out of his hand and into the hands of a small boy. Vader then killed Kento in front of him and a few imperials who targeted the boy. Vader took the child back with him and trained him in secrecy in a plan to overthrow the Emperor.

    Some years later Vader knighted the boy named Galen and gave him his first mission. Galen then met up with his holodroid, PROXY who's main objective was to kill him one day, Starkiller has accepted that and uses him to train. They went to their assigned ship and met the captain, Juno Eclipse.

    Major Story Arcs

    Force Unleashed

    Rahm vs. Starkiller
    Rahm vs. Starkiller

    Under the alias Starkiller, Galen began his first Jedi hunting mission. His target was a former clone war General, Rahm Kota. Juno flew them to the space station Kota and his militia was invading. He fought his way through both Kota's and imperial forces before reaching Kota himself. During the duel Kota used the force to detatch the space station and sent them both hurtling towards the planet Bespin. As the battle continued Kota tripped and Galen locked lightsabers with him and Kota foretold of a vision, in which Vader no longer being his master and was shocked to forsee himself being Galen's master. Unintrested in his vision, Starkiller forced Kota's own lightsaber into his eyes, blinding him. He then through him off the station and Kota fell from the air to the planet Bespin, supposedly killing him.


    Shaak vs. Starkiller
    Shaak vs. Starkiller

    Starkiller went to Felucia to hunt down Jedi Master Shaak Ti. She saw his ship and realized it was an assassian and told her own apprentice, Maris Brood, to hide in the Rancor Graveyard. Starkiller dueled Shaak Ti and defeated her. Before she died, she tried to convince him to pull away from the dark side. Angered by this Starkiller stated he will never betray his master (Vader). Saddned by this comment, Shaak Ti warns Starkiller that the Sith always betray each other before plunging herself into the Sarlac pit, dying.

    Starkiller returned to a message from Vader via Proxy and was told it was time to face the Emperor. Starkiller journeyed to the Super Star Destroyer Executor only to be stabbed threw the back by Vader. Vader then says that the Emperor's spies had followed him. Palpatine ordered Vader to kill Galen, Vader obeying, threw him across the ship and plunged him out a window into deep space.

    Galen woke up 6 months later strapped to a a table while a droid repaired him. Vader approached him and told him that he had "killed" Galen, to trick the Emperor. Although angered, Galen listened and asked for his next mission. Vader stated that Galen must assemble an army of rebels to distract the Emperor. He ordered Galen to severe all ties to his past and find his own path. Vader then turned into PROXY, showing that it not Vader but only a message. Galen escaped the ship he was on and rescued a captured Juno.

    They all returned to the ship and set a course for Cloud City, Bespin. Galen realizing that Kota's vision was true went searching for him hoping he was still alive. Some month's later, he found Rahm Kota, drunken, beaten, and in raggy clothes at a bar in Cloud City with a rag over his eyes. Galen said he required his connections and knowledge to fighting the Empire. Kota argued that since he lost his sight he is no jedi. Galen argued he doesnt need his sight, just his mind. They escaped an imperial attack on the bar and returned to the ship with PROXY and Juno. Kota told him to go to Kashyyyk in order to rescue something that was very important to his contact (who had also smuggled Kota to Cloud City).

    Galen went to Kashyyk and saw a hut with a crest that seemed to be familiar to him. He walked into the hut and saw the spirit of his father, Galen was in utter shock. The spirit told Galen that he never wanted this life for him, and he walked away. Galen chased after him but the spirit faded away. He then continued on Kashyyyk and fought many stormtroopers along the way. He then came face to face with the captured Princess of Alderaan, Leia Organa. She believed he was an assassian until he told her Kota was with him. She demanded he rescue the imprisoned Wookies and destroy the Skyhook that was transporting them. He agreed and destroyed the skyhook and killed Captain Ozzik Sturn who attacked Marek in a customized AT-KT, stating he always wanted to hunt a Jedi.

    When Galen returned to the ship he orederd Kota to tell him who the girl was. Kota explained that that was Leia Organa, the daughter of Bail Organa. When Galen asked if he could speak with him, Kota said he couldnt. Angered Galen argued how he just risked his life to save his daughter, and Kota told him that he didnt know where he was. He explained that Bail had first asked Kota to save his daughter and Kota refused, so Bail went to find another jedi, Shaak Ti, on Felucia and never returned.

    Galen went to Felucia again to find Senator Organa. He found him in the graveyard of the Rancor, only to realize

    Galen is one of the most powerful force users in the galaxy.
    Galen is one of the most powerful force users in the galaxy.

    that the person to capture him was a fallen Jedi named Maris Brood. Galen killed a Bull Rancor that Brood had to attack him and defeated Brood herself. With Galen holding his lightsaber above her, she made a plea for him to spare her life, she explained how Shaak Ti had "abandoned" her in the graveyard. She promises to turn her back on the Dark Side and she fled.

    Kota and Galen then approached the Senator with their plan of creating a rebel army to fight the Empire. A little frightned by the idea Senator Organa agreed to help and said he might know some senators that will help. Galen contacted Vader via PROXY for the first time in possibly a year. Vader told Galen to destroy a shipyard that is creating star destroyers on Raxus Prime to send a rebel message to the Empire. PROXY turns off the hologram and Juno walked into the room. She was angry that after all that Vader had done to them, Galen was still loyal. He told her to set a course to Raxus Prime. She said that he needs to find out where loyalties really lie, and takes him to Raxus prime.

    He fights both imperials and Raxus dwellers and makes it to the shipyard. He is then attacked by what he thought was a Imperial Shadow Guard but it turned out to be PROXY. PROXY told him that his combat computer told him it was the best time to attack Star Killer and complete his primary programming. The two duel as PROXY changes forms every couple of moments. Galen orders PROXY to stop because he knows all of his techniques. PROXY claims he has one form that Galen has never seen, and took the form of the Sith Lord Darth Maul. Galen defeated him by stabbing PROXY with his own sabers and continues on destroying the shipyard. He looks into the sky and sees a completed Star Destroyer ship and imperial tie fighters coming for him. Galen doesnt know what to do, but Kota tells him to use the force to rip the enormous Star Destroyer out of the sky. Galen thinks he is crazy but Kota reassures him he can do it. Galen summons all his strength and sends the ship crashing to Raxus Prime, barely surviving the crash. Galen emerges from the rubble and sees PROXY get up as well. PROXY tells him to leave him here because his primary program had been deleted somehow. Galen finds this humorous and takes PROXY back aboard the ship.

    Galen sends another message to Vader telling him of his success. He then meets on the mountains of Corellia with the other Senators and the newly reformed Kota and officially declared a rebellion. At that moment Vader, with an army of Snow troopers, assualted the base and kidnapped the senators and Kota. Galen yelled at Vader and asked what he was doing. Vader told him he was only a pawn in the Emperor's and his plans. Revealing he never really was going to overthrow the Emperor, he just wanted Galen to root out the rebels. Angry Galen attacked Vader but was defeated and left hanging on a cliff. Before Vader could strike him down, PROXY disguised as Obi-Wan Kenobi, attacked Vader but was defeated almost immediatly. When Vader looked back to the cliff, and Galen was gone. After Vader, the Snowtroopers, and the kidnapped Senators left, Juno flew the ship and saved Galen. He decided he was finished with the Dark Side and told her he was going after Vader.

    Galen was dropped off at the Death Star and traveled through the laser chasams and almost made it to the throne room. Darth Vader then appears and the second duel. Galen gets the upper hand, knocks off Vader's helmet and blasts him into the throne room. The Emperor sees Vader fly through the room and starts to realise Galen's talents. But as the Emperor tries to turn Starkiller to the Dark Side, Master Kota grabs Palpatine's lightsaber and attacks him. The Emperor easily detains him and starts to shock him. Galen is then left with a choice: help kota and attack the Emperor or kill Vader and join the Dark Side.

    The Emperor and Starkiller engage in a Force Lock.
    The Emperor and Starkiller engage in a Force Lock.

    Galen attacks the Emperor and some of his Royal Guards, but seemingly gets the upper hand. Galen has his lightsaber to Palpatine's throat, ready to strike him down. but Kota tells him not to kill him. Galen argues and tells him he must die, Kota tells him he musn't strike him down in anger else he will turn back to the Dark Side. He agrees and tells Kota to gather the Senators and get to the ship. As he tells him Palpatine shocks Kota. Galen deflects and tells them to leave. Galen and the Emperor engage in a Force Lock and cause a gigantic explosion. When the dust has cleared, Vader stands over the motionless Galen Marek. The Emperor walks over and tells Vader that the boy was supposed to root out the rebels not give them hope. Darth Vader replies by saying he will find the Rebels and hunt them down.

    Back on Kashyyyk the senators and Kota go to the hut of the Marek family. Leia dusts off a table and reveals the Rebel Alliance's symbol of hope. The same crest that Galen saw on Kashyyyk, the Marek family crest.

    Outside the hut Juno looks up at the stars and Kota comes up to her. She asks if he actually knew who Galen was, if he knew that Galen was the person who blinded him and tried to kill him. Kota said that he actually did know, and helped him because he saw a part of Galen that could lead to his redemption; his love for Juno.

    Alternate Versions

    Force Unleashed - Ultimate Sith Edition

    Starkiller's dark transformation.
    Starkiller's dark transformation.

    If the Apprentice chooses to kill Vader, he engages in one last duel with him and finally kills him. Starkiller then takes Vader's lightsabre as a trophy and approaches the Emperor as his new apprentice. Then the Emperor speaks of how Vader was a "broken shadow of his former self", and gives Starkiller one final test, to kill the helpless Rahm Kota. Starkiller almost does the deed, but suddenly attacks the Emperor instead, however, the Emperor appeared to know that Starkiller would betray him, and so he was prepared to fight. After a sabre lock, the Emperor tells Starkiller how he has doomed himself and his friends, and then slams him into the wall with force lightning. Inconvieniently, the Rogue Shadow hovers outside the Death Star's window and the Emperor telekinetically grabs the ship and throws it into Starkiller.

    Hours later, Starkiller awakes on a reconstruction table, (very much similar to the one that Darth Vader was on when his suit was constructed with in Episode III). Starkiller then realizes he has gained some armor of his own, and also realizes that he has been heavily injured in the Rogue Shadow's crash. The Emperor then says how Starkiller had such promise and that his injuries were his own undoing. However, the Emperor says that Starkiller can remain his apprentice until he can find a new, more powerful one to replace him. Starkiller reluctantly agrees as his painful operation continues.

    Eventually, Starkiller remains to be the Emperor's apprentice (presumably forever) and he is given the same titles Darth

    Lord Starkiller
    Lord Starkiller

    Vader possessed as the Emperor's apprentice. Starkiller however, takes part in more physical activities than Vader did, and continues to hunt down key Rebel figures and other important people.

    Soon, Starkiller takes up Vader's role in the "New Hope" storyline, as he is sent to Tatooine, since the Death Star plans have been stolen by R2-D2 and C-3PO. Starkiller tracks the droids to Tatooine and seeks help from Jabba the Hutt, so that his spies can look for the 2 droids. However, Jabba instead offers Starkiller a chance to be a bounty hunter after seeing his uncanny killing abilities. Starkiller refuses and inists that Jabba helps him find the droids. After Jabba lies about not having seen the droids, Starkiller finds out that they are in Mos Eisley, but Jabba sends him into the Rancor Pitt to be eaten. But Starkiller manages to kill the Rancor and escape Jabba's palace. But before he leaves, Boba Fett comes to attack Starkiller, saying that Jabba has put a bounty on his head worth a plentyful price. But Boba fails to accomplish his mission as Starkiller kills him with his own missile. Finally, Starkiller escapes the palace and heads for Mos Eisley.

    Obi-Wan vs. Starkiller
    Obi-Wan vs. Starkiller

    After finding the Millenium Falcon, Starkiller almosts gets the droids but is stopped by Ben Kenobi. Starkiller, pleased to finally meet the real Obi-Wan Kenobi, engages in a duel with him. Starkiller quickly kills Kenobi though and once again almost gets the droids, but Ben Kenobi's spirit tries to hold off Starkiller again so that the Falcon may have a chance of escape. Starkiller yet again destorys Kenobi though with lightning. Having failed to get the Death Star plans, Starkiller plants a tracker on the Falcon so that he may track the droids.

    Luke vs. Starkiller
    Luke vs. Starkiller

    Later (In the "Empire Strikes Back" timeline), the Empire discover a sheild generator on the ice planet Hoth, so Starkiller and an army of Imperial Snowtroopers are sent to Echo Base to destroy it. However, Starkiller is also sent to find Luke Skywalker (who has been trained by Obi-Wan's spirit) and kill him. But after travelling through Echo Base, Luke and Starkiller engage in a duel, but do not end up killing each other. Starkiller ends up revealing to Luke that Darth Vader was his father and not the heroic Jedi what Ben Kenobi had told him of. Luke at first doesn't believe him but soon angrily accepts the truth. Then, after another duel, Starkiller almost kills Luke and he reveals to him that he he killed his father. Luke, now angrier than ever, is at the verge of darkness. Then, the Millenium Falcon tries to leave Echo Base, but Starkiller telekinetically holds it in the air. Luke has a chance to save his friends, but Starkiller says the only way Luke can save his friends is to join the dark side and use his new powers. Luke then gives in and joins the dark side, and uses his telekinesis to angrily attack Starkiller. Then, Starkiller rises and congratulates Luke on his decision, and makes him his apprentice. Luke then looks up with his eyes now turned red and yellow because of his fall to the dark side.

    Powers and Abilities

    Galen was trained from childhood by Darth Vader to become an incredibly powerful Force User and was so powerful that he was considered to be one of the most powerful Force users to have ever lived. His powerful abilities allowed him to accomplish incredible (and destructive) feats such as using the Force to guide a falling Star Destroyer to his desired direction. He was also a master of numerous lightsaber styles, defeating countless enemies with ease, some of which were former Jedi Masters and was able to duel Vader on equal terms.

    While he was trained in the basic techniques of all seven classical styles of lightsaber combat, Galen specialized in Shien,Soresu and Juyo with his emphasis on the reverse grip implying Shien was the style he had the most familiarity.

    Force Powers

    • Force Push
    • Force Choke
    • Force Lightning
    • Force Grip
    • Force Mind Trick
    • Saber Throw
    • Force Repulse
    • Seeing the Future
    • Force Fury
    • Force Build
    • Force Healing
    • Force Leap
    • Force Dash
    • Force Shield
    • Force Teleport


    The Force Unleashed

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    "The Sith always betray one another. . . . I'm sure you'll learn that soon enough." The overthrow of the Republic is complete. The Separatist forces have been smashed, the Jedi Council nearly decimated, and the rest of the Order all but destroyed. Now absolute power rests in the iron fist of Darth Sidious-the cunning Sith lord better known as the former Senator, now Emperor, Palpatine. But more remains to be done. Pockets of resistance in the galaxy must still be defeated and missing Jedi accounted for . . . and dealt with. These crucial tasks fall to the Emperor's ruthless enforcer, Darth Vader. In turn, the Dark Lord has groomed a lethal apprentice entrusted with a top-secret mission: to comb the galaxy and dispatch the last of his masters' enemies, thereby punctuating the dark side's victory with the Jedi's doom. Since childhood, Vader's nameless agent has known only the cold, mercenary creed of the Sith. His past is a void; his present, the carrying out of his deadly orders. But his future beckons like a glistening black jewel with the ultimate promise: to stand beside the only father he has ever known, with the galaxy at their feet. It is a destiny he can realize only by rising to the greatest challenge of his discipleship: destroying Emperor Palpatine. The apprentice's journeys will take him across the far reaches of the galaxy, from the Wookiee homeworld of Kashyyyk to the junkyard planet of Raxus Prime. On these missions, the young Sith acolyte will forge an unlikely alliance with a ruined Jedi Master seeking redemption and wrestle with forbidden feelings for his beautiful comrade, Juno Eclipse. And he will be tested as never before-by shattering revelations that strike at the very heart of all he believes and stir within him long-forgotten hopes of reclaiming his name . . . and changing his destiny.
    • Written by: Sean Williams
    • Published by: Del Rey

    The Force Unleashed II

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    As ruthless apprentice to Darth Vader, Starkiller was mercilessly schooled in the ways of the dark side, commanded to exterminate the last of the purged Jedi Order, and groomed for the ultimate Sith power play: assassination of the Emperor. He served without question, killed without remorse, and lost his heart without warning to beautiful Imperial fighter pilot Juno Eclipse, never suspecting that he was just a tool in the schemes of his masters--until it was too late to escape their lethal betrayal. Juno mourned Starkiller as dead...but now he is back, purged of all memories and programmed to kill. And as fate brings Juno and Starkiller closer to reuniting, with Darth Vader determined not to lose his assassin a second time, they will both have to make a stand. The prize is freedom. The punishment for failing will be eternal enslavement to the dark side of the Force...
    Written by:Sean Williams
    Published by:Del Rey

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