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Atris was a Jedi Master and Jedi historian who sat on the High Council during the Mandalorian Wars and the Jedi Civil War. She was deeply committed to the Order and was a fierce adherent of the Jedi Code. But Atris's faith in the righteousness of the Jedi wavered when her personal hero (who would later be known as the Jedi Exile) turned her back on the Council and joined the Revanchists in the Mandalorian Wars. Atris chose not to go to war, but this decision left her bitter and conflicted.

When the Exile returned to face the Council's judgment, Atris was the first to condemn her, suggesting that the Exile had fallen to the dark side just as Revan had. Over time, Atris grew to hate the Exile for complicating her black-and-white view of the Jedi, the Sith, and the Force.

After the Jedi Civil War, in the wake of the First Jedi Purge, Atris called a conclave on Katarr in an attempt to find the threat that was stalking the Jedi. She then leaked knowledge of the conclave's existence in the hopes of drawing out the Sith. She succeeded, but with dire consequences; Darth Nihilus devastated the surface of the planet, wiping out all life on Katarr, including the Jedi gathered there.

Atris remained in seclusion, surrounding herself with Handmaidens who could not feel the Force. She planned to rebuild the Jedi order, and established a Jedi Academy in the old irrigation system on Telos IV. However, she was heavily influenced by the many Sith holocrons she had collected in her efforts to find and understand the Sith. The holocrons fed her bitterness, and she slowly and quietly fell to the dark side.

After a final confrontation on Telos, the Exile convinced Atris to turn away from the dark side. Atris then remained on the planet to await the judgment of the new Jedi Council.

Biography

The Mandalorian Wars

"We all have our heroes. And when we watch them fall, we die inside. She made a choice once… and I did not."
―Atris[src]

By the time of the Mandalorian Wars, Atris had achieved the rank of Jedi Master[3] and become a member of the Jedi High Council. When the war erupted, the Galactic Republic came to the Jedi for aid. However, Atris resisted the call to protect the inhabitants of the Outer Rim Territories, instead staunchly defending the council's decision to meditate and reflect before taking action.[4]

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Atris, sitting on the Jedi High Council in 3,963 BBY.

Many Jedi did not understand how the council could sit idly while innocents died, and the order was split when two Jedi Knights, Revan and Alek Squinquargesimus, chose to leave the order and go to war. Many followed them, including a Jedi who would later come to be known as the Jedi Exile. Atris had held strong feelings for the Exile, viewing her as something of a hero. When she left the order to join the war, rejecting everything that Atris believed in, Atris felt personally betrayed.[5]

After the wars ended, only one of the Jedi who had followed Revan to war returned to face the council: the Jedi Exile.[6] She stood before them as an echo in the Force, having cut herself off from it after the final battle at Malachor V.[7] The Exile was so defiant, so certain of the rightness of her actions that she caused Atris to doubt herself. Atris wanted to punish the Exile for this, and became convinced that the Exile had fallen to the dark side along with all of the others who had followed Revan. She felt that exile was a lenient punishment for the Jedi Exile's betrayal, and believed that the Exile would only join Revan again if she was free. The other masters warned her to be mindful of her feelings, but Atris insisted that the Exile ought to have died at Malachor V, because the masters when she stood before them, it was if she was already dead.[5]

Atris kept the Exile's lightsaber after the trial, carrying it with her always. Even many years later, she insisted that the council was right to be cautious. But deep down, she continued to question the actions of the council, the Exile, and herself.[5]

First Jedi Purge

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Atris, Mistress of the Archives.

After the Jedi Civil War, the Jedi order's numbers continued to diminish. Atris rallied a secret Jedi convocation on Katarr, a colony world of the Miraluka, where the threat could be assessed and the future of the order discussed.[8] The conclave was not truly secret, however, as Atris herself had leaked information in hopes of drawing out the Sith so they could be fought. Unfortunately, she greatly underestimated their strength. The Sith did arrive, in the form of Darth Nihilus (the lord of hunger), who proved to be too powerful for the Jedi. Through the Force, he devoured all life on the planet, including the Jedi and Miraluka (with the single exception of Visas Marr who he later took as his apprentice). Atris, having not attended the conclave, survived, along with a handful of other masters who went into hiding.[9]

Atris took refuge under a polar ice cap on the planet Telos IV, where she began to build a secret Jedi academy in an old irrigation system. Here she hid most of the Jedi's most valuable artifacts and resources, including many Sith holocrons.[6]

She sought to remedy what she saw as a fundamental flaw of the Jedi Order: the lack of any mechanism to prevent Jedi from falling to the dark side, and repeatedly wreaking havoc on the galaxy. To that end, she trained a group of half-sisters, specially equipped and trained to resist Force powers and if necessary, use their Echani combat skills to subdue wayward Jedi. Atris planned to eventually rebuild the Jedi Order, but she (like Ulic Qel-Droma) greatly overestimated her own ability to resist the dark side, becoming corrupted by delving into the forbidden knowledge of her collection of Sith holocrons.[10]

Reunion with the Jedi Exile

"I did not expect to see you again after the day of your sentencing. I thought you had taken the exile's path wandering the galaxy. And yet you have returned. Why?."
―Atris, to the Jedi Exile[src]

In 3,951 BBY, the Jedi Exile and her companions landed on Telos IV, having narrowly escaped the destruction of the Peragus Mining Facility at Peragus II.[6] Upon hearing that the Telos Security Force held the Exile and her party under house arrest for their suspected involvement in the explosion of the mining facility, Atris desired to uncover the cause of the explosion, knowing that the consequences of its loss would be tremendous. Therefore, she sent one of her handmaidens, by the name of Brianna, to steal their ship, the Ebon Hawk, as well as T3-M4 who, fortunately for her, was on board. The ship and droid were dissected for information, though little of value was actually found.[11]

The Exile, meanwhile, upon discovering the loss of her ship, managed to trace the Ebon Hawk to the polar plateau where Atris's academy was hidden.[11] Once she found her way inside, Atris had the Exile's companions placed in Force cages while the handmaidens brought the Exile before her to be questioned. Not long before this, Atris had discovered the Exile's identity, and was surprised at the revelation—she had not believed she would ever see her again.[12]

At first she hoped that the Exile had returned to admit that the council had been right and to face up to her crimes, but that was not the case. The Exile's presence stirred unpleasant feelings which Atris had all but forgotten, and hoped lost. These feelings showed themselves when she accused the Exile of walking the dark path, when Atris's words were the ones that sounded bitter and resentful.[5] In fact, she was so angry about what the Exile did that she refused to believe the Exile meant to help others in the Mandalorian Wars, and simply went off for the adventure and the excitement of battle.

"You sought adventure. You hungered for battle. You couldn't wait to follow Revan to war."
―Atris, to the Jedi Exile[src]
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A holorecord of Atris at the Jedi Exile's trial.

Atris continued to berate the Exile by blaming her for the destruction of Peragus II. She was shocked to learn the Sith were behind it, and even more shocked when she learned the Sith were hunting the Exile. She reluctantly accepted the Exile's offer of help in defeating them, and instructed her to gather other Jedi on Dantooine so that action could be taken and a council could be had.[4]

After departing Telos IV, the Exile discovered that T3-M4 had downloaded Atris's archives. It seemed that Atris had kept a holo record of the Exile's trial, as well as a list of the remaining Jedi Masters—despite her claim that she was the "last of the Jedi." As T3 had been able to slice into the historian's files and copy them, locating the Jedi Masters for Atris's proposed meeting proved easier.[11]

As Atris privately sought desperately to understand the Exile's motives, which was part of the reason for her keeping of the holocrons, she clung even more desperately to her perfect view of the Jedi. However, in light of the Exile's choices, she knew that either she or the Council was wrong. Though she placed the Exile in the wrong, it only made her more unsettled, as, inwardly, she respected the Exile's choice.[5] It built up a pressure that finally exploded when Kreia coerced Atris into ceasing her self-denials and accepting her new dark persona.[13]

Kreia realized that Atris was walking down the path to the dark side, and, knowing this, she informed her former student, Darth Nihilus, of the Jedi academy on Telos. Darth Nihilus subsequently attacked Telos, believing that he could feed on the Force-users there. Kreia concluded that since he would find only Atris on the planet, he would destroy her and then die of starvation. Kreia was especially proud of this plan because it would eliminate two major threats to the galaxy in one stroke. However, things did not go as planned.[14]

When the Exile returned, following Kreia, Atris clashed with the Exile in a lightsaber duel, and was defeated. The Exile, however, spared her life. This action was something Atris believed the Exile would never have done. However, it eventually led her down the path to redemption. But she also chose exile for her crimes.[15] She was held captive in her sanctum until judged by Mical and a new Jedi Council.[16]

Personality and traits

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Atris was extremely dedicated to the Jedi Order, and believed in their righteousness to the point of arrogance and fanaticism much like Bastila Shan.[4] She was impatient with dissenters, and took accusations against the Jedi very personally. When many Jedi left the order to follow Revan to war, Atris was eager to write them all off as traitors and Sith, even the Jedi Exile after she returned to face the council.[6]

During the Dark Wars, Atris became reclusive, and obsessed with preserving what she could of the Jedi legacy, including the Sith relics which would ultimately lead her down the path to the dark side.[5][13] She was bitter and untrusting, surrounding herself with Echani warriors trained to resist the Force. Though she claimed to be building a Jedi Academy, she made no efforts to bring Force-sensitives to train.[10] In fact, despite knowing the locations of the remaining Jedi Masters, she made no attempt to contact them, and none of them knew that she was still alive.[11]

Atris wore an all-white variation of the traditional robes of a Jedi historian.[6]

Powers and abilities

As a Jedi Master, Atris was a powerful Force user, and was proficient in lightsaber combat. She was particularly talented with the Force Breach and Droid Disable powers. After her fall to the dark side, she proved to be proficient in dark side Force powers as well, including Force Choke, Force Drain, Force Horror, Force lightning, and Force Plague .[15]

Behind the scenes

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Atris's portrait from the game files.

Atris is voiced by Elizabeth Rider.[6] "Atris" is an anagram of "Taris," a planet from the first KotOR game.[17] However, the name is more likely to be derived from Trias, a character in Planescape: Torment, Chris Avellone's earlier RPG project.[18] It is also possible that the name is derived from the Latin "atris", an adjective literally translating as "of the dark <insert modified noun here>", implying her levels of corruption throughout the game.

In the Champions of the Force miniature set, the Jedi Guardian figure resembles Atris, though Atris is never identified as a Guardian at any time. In fact, she is classified as a Jedi Consular in the game files.[19] In promotional material for KotOR II, she is represented as the personification of the light side of the Force;[20] an analogue to Darth Nihilus, although the two never interact within the game. This is ironic, as Atris has embraced various levels of dark side corruption throughout the narrative.[6]

There is some argument that Atris could be a second Darth Traya. Though the ending where Atris completely becomes Darth Traya was cut (see below), the Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords: Prima Official Game Guide still has Atris as Darth Traya, even though it follows the final version of the game plot with Kreia as the final opponent.[21] Additionally, Kreia says this to Atris: "But there must always be a Darth Traya, one that holds the knowledge of betrayal. Who has been betrayed in their heart, and will betray in turn." This can be taken as Kreia giving the title of Darth Traya to Atris, who betrays the Handmaidens, the Exile, and the Republic, after having been betrayed by the Exile when she left to join the Mandalorian Wars.[13]

Appearance

It is presumed by many fans that, judging by her physical appearance, Atris is a member of the Echani, like her handmaidens.[6] Her Jedi historian robes are also very similar in design to Jocasta Nu's, another Jedi librarian, the difference being that Atris wears white, while Jocasta wears yellow and black.[6][22]

The face "skin" used for Atris is nearly equal to the one used for the PHFC06 female Exile ("blonde platinum girl with the bun").[6]

Alternate choices

In the game, if the main character (the Jedi Exile) is set as a male, some discussion with the Last Handmaiden (Brianna) reveals that Atris may have harbored feelings for the Exile, and the Exile's decision to leave the Jedi for the Mandalorian Wars was in fact the trigger for her eventual fall to the dark side. This further justifies the bitterness of her attitude when she first meets the Exile earlier in the game.[23]

With a male Exile, Atris privately orders Brianna to stow away on the Ebon Hawk, presumably to spy on the Exile. And when the other five Handmaidens discover their sister missing, Atris lied to them, saying that Brianna had willingly left with the Exile for reasons that weren't known to her, making it seem that Brianna had voluntarily renounced her oath.

In addition to redeeming Atris after their battle, the player has an opportunity to kill Atris, or to leave her at the mercy of the Sith holocrons.[15]

Cut content

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Atris's dark-robed model.

There is some indication that Atris was originally planned to be the player's party member at some point, most probably after Kreia's departure for Malachor V. For example, the name of her appearance set is "Party_NPC_Atris". An unused party member portrait for Atris is also present in the game files. Furthermore, she is the most prominent figure in promotional material for the game, comparable to Bastila Shan in the first game. Bastila was a party member and played a major role in the plot, whereas Atris's role is relatively small.[6]

Should the Jedi Exile be a male, Brianna would not simply join the Exile out of belief that Atris may have been wrong but rather that Atris had personally sent her to watch the Exile and study him and to make sure that he does not contact the Sith.[6]

Originally, the Disciple Mical would not only be a spy for Admiral Carth Onasi or Admiral Cede but also for Atris. En route to Telos shortly after the Exile's confrontation with the Jedi Masters in the Jedi Enclave, the Disciple would contact Atris and inform her of the Sith's pending attack.[6]

Originally, when the Exile returns to Dantooine to confront the Jedi Masters at the rebuilt Jedi Enclave, a party member was to note Atris was not present at the meeting and ask why she was not there. This party member would then figure out that both Atris and Kreia had been corrupted by the Dark Side.

Cut content from her dialog with Kreia indicates that Atris's fall involved Kreia making references to Telos, and how twice the choices of the Jedi had marked the planet for destruction, first by Revan as Telos was to host the Jedi and their lore in the avenue of a sudden attack, then by Darth Nihilus because Atris chose to hide there.[6]

During the Exile's battle with Atris, at some point, Atris would use her (the Exile's) own lightsaber against the Exile, claiming it is not hers to wield anymore.

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Concept artwork of Atris battling Darth Sion.

Originally, the light side and dark side endings differed from each other more significantly than in the final game. One possible ending featured Kreia's redemption and Atris's total shift to the dark side, which culminated in the scene where Atris attacked the player wearing a black robe and claimed that she, not Kreia, was Darth Traya. Her dark side model remained in the PC version of the game and can appear in the main menu if the CurSithLord option is set to 1 in swkotor2.ini. An Action Replay mod is needed to view it on the Xbox.[6]

Later on, the dark side model of Atris (see above) was planned to be put in the final game for the confrontation with Atris, but it was removed a few weeks before the game was released, with the reason that the presence of the dark side model was confusing the game testers.[6]

Errors

There is an error in the Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords: Prima Official Game Guide, which shows a picture of Atris fighting Darth Nihilus in the black robes pictured above (in addition, the same information lists Atris as Darth Traya).[21] In a misprint on the Star Wars: The Ultimate Visual Guide on page 27 it says the Handmaiden Brianna; the picture above is Atris and not Brianna.[24]

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Notes and references

  1. Knights of the Old Republic Campaign Guide
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords
  3. Chronicles of the Old Republic
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords when Exile is speaking to Atris while her partners are incarcerated
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords after Exile leaves after speaking to her while her partners are locked up
  6. 6.00 6.01 6.02 6.03 6.04 6.05 6.06 6.07 6.08 6.09 6.10 6.11 6.12 6.13 6.14 6.15 Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords
  7. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords at the Dantooine council
  8. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords while the Exile speaks to Visas
  9. Chronicles of the Old Republic
  10. 10.0 10.1 Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords said while Exile is speaking to a Handmaiden sister
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords told to the Exile by T3-M4
  12. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords upon arriving at the Telosian academy
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords when Kreia speaks to Atris while in her meditation chamber
  14. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords while the Exile was on Telos after the Dantooine Jedi council
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords during and after the fight with Atris
  16. Knights of the Old Republic Campaign Guide
  17. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
  18. Planescape: Torment
  19. Star Wars Miniatures: Champions of the Force
  20. Gamespot's gallery of official The Sith Lords wallpapers
  21. 21.0 21.1 Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords: Prima Official Game Guide
  22. Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
  23. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords during the male Exile's dialogue with Brianna on the Ebon Hawk
  24. Star Wars: The Ultimate Visual Guide
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