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Warning! This page contains MAJOR spoilers from The High Republic: Light of the Jedi. Caution is advised.

"Hello, searcher. I will guide you on your way."
―Avar Kriss' message in the holocron[src]

Avar Kriss, known as the "Hero of Hetzal," was a human female Jedi Master of the Jedi Order during the time of the High Republic. She served on the Starlight Beacon, a space station on the frontier of the galaxy. Noble and selfless, Kriss was an inspiration to many of her fellow Jedi.


In the time of the High Republic, Kriss served as a Jedi Master of the Jedi Order. She ascended through the order alongside Stellan Gios, who Kriss worked with on the occasion that their assignments coincided. During her time as a Jedi, Kriss worked within the frontier of the galaxy, stationed on the Starlight Beacon space station. She achieved many great accomplishments, which fascinated younger Jedi, such as Keeve Trennis.[1] At some point, Kriss became known as the "Hero of Hetzal."[4]

Kriss was recorded in an interactive hologram that was stored within a Jedi holocron. In the holocron, Kriss greeted future viewers of the message, offering to guide them. During his attempt to restore the Jedi Order, the Jedi Master Luke Skywalker recovered the holocron. Hennix, one of Skywalker's students, opened the holocron, viewing the holographic message left by Kriss.[3]

Personality and traitsEdit


Avar Kriss in her mission attire.

Avar Kriss was a noble example of a Jedi, and an inspiration for those who worked with her, always trying to see the good in both people and situations. She was compassionate rather than dogmatic, and was ready to sacrifice herself above others if necessary. Life on the frontier of the galaxy and the challenges that it brought invigorated Kriss.[1]

Kriss had blonde hair, brown eyes and light skin.[2]


As a Jedi, Kriss wielded a green-bladed lightsaber and wore white robes and a gold cape. She wore brown boots and gloves with her robes, as a well as a circlet on her forehead.[1] Kriss possessed a separate set of mission attire, which included protective gear, a lightsaber holster, and wrist-guards that featured a removable comlink.[4]

Behind the scenesEdit

"She's a wise and compassionate Jedi Master who plays a major role in the Great Disaster that opens the story."
Michael Siglain, on Avar Kriss[src]

Avar Kriss was created for the upcoming 2021 novel The High Republic: Light of the Jedi, written by Charles Soule[2][5] as part of the Star Wars: The High Republic multimedia project.[2] The character was first depicted, albeit unidentified, through a holocron in The Rise of Kylo Ren 3, a comic written by Soule, illustrated by Will Sliney, and published by Marvel Comics[3] on February 12, 2020.[6]

After the reveal of Star Wars: The High Republic,[2] Soule confirmed that the character seen on the cover of Light of the Jedi was the same character shown in the comic, and provided Kriss's name[7] which was later used in a article that detailed several Jedi characters of the publishing event.[1]


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