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

Avar Kriss was a human female Jedi Master of the Jedi Order during the time of the High Republic. Noble and selfless, Kriss was an inspiration to many of her fellow Jedi. She served on the Starlight Beacon, a space station on the frontier of the galaxy. Kriss was heavily involved in the aftermath of the hyperspace catastrophe known as the Great Disaster, coordinating the effort to protect the Hetzal system from hyperspace anomalies.

Biography[edit | edit source]

Jedi of the frontier[edit | edit source]

Born around 262 BBY,[1] during the time of the High Republic, Avar Kriss was taken into the Jedi Order as a child, brought to the Jedi Temple on the Republic capital world of Coruscant.[5] As a Padawan, she developed a strong connection with fellow trainees Stellan Gios and Elzar Mann,[6] the latter of whom would become her closest friend in the Order.[5]

Inseparable from Gios and Mann during their years of training, Kriss ascended through the Order, attaining the rank of Jedi Knight, and eventually, Jedi Master. Kriss often worked with Gios and Mann[5] on the occasion that their assignments coincided.[7] During her time as a Jedi, Kriss worked within the frontier of the galaxy.[2] She accomplished many great deeds, which fascinated younger Jedi such as Keeve Trennis.[7]

The Great Disaster[edit | edit source]

Conclave at Starlight[edit | edit source]

"Pleased to meet you."
"Likewise. Thank you for your work. This place is incredible."
―Joss Adren and Avar Kriss, aboard the Starlight Beacon[src]

The Starlight Beacon, where Kriss was stationed prior to the Great Disaster

In 232 BBY,[1] Kriss was present aboard the Starlight Beacon space station for a Jedi and Republic conclave to commemorate the station's completion[5] several weeks before it was to come fully online.[8] Shai Tennem, the overseer of the project[5] and station administrator,[8] insisted on showing the visitors every element of its construction,[5] giving a tour of the station to Kriss and the other dignitaries, including several other Jedi and Admiral Pevel Kronara of the Republic Defense Coalition,[8] which delayed their scheduled departure.[5] While on the tour, they encountered the contractors Joss and Pikka Adren, who Tennem introduced to the dignitaries. Joss Adren greeted the Jedi, and Kriss responded, thanking the Adrens for their work on the station. The tour group moved on, subsequently departing the station aboard the Republic Emissary-class cruiser Third Horizon,[8] the vessel commanded by Admiral Kronara.[5]

At the same time, the Great Disaster, a catastrophe involving the destruction of the freighter Legacy Run while in hyperspace, saw the Hetzal system come under threat from hyperspace debris, and the Republic received a distress signal sent by Minister Zeffren Ecka. Due to the delay caused by Tennem, the Third Horizon, in transit[5] back to Coruscant with Kriss and the Jedi dignitaries aboard,[8] was close enough to provide assistance, and was used to dispatch a combined Jedi and Republic rescue effort. The Third Horizon was diverted to the Hetzal system, and Kronara ceded control of the effort to the Jedi, with Kriss being placed in command of the operation.[5]

Hetzal rescue effort[edit | edit source]

"We still have to do everything we came here to do—keep the fragments from destroying Hetzal—but now there's something else. The anomalies I have indicated here contain living beings. This is no longer just about saving the worlds of this system."
―Avar Kriss[src]

As the Third Horizon made its way to the Hetzal system, Kriss sent a message to Minister Ecka on the planet Hetzal Prime, informing the inhabitants of the system of the rescue effort. The Third Horizon arrived in the system, and its complement of Jedi Vectors and Republic Longbeams were dispatched from the cruiser. On the cruiser's bridge, Kriss studied a projection of the Hetzal system and the assets she controlled. Kriss proceeded to float a meter above the deck of the Third Horizon's bridge, reaching out to the Force to act as the point of connection for the Jedi in the system. She maintained a clear picture of the events through both the Force and the chatter of the officers aboard the Third Horizon.[5]

While coordinating the rescue effort, Kriss received a sense from the Jedi Knight Te'Ami, piloting a Vector above the Fruited Moon of Hetzal, and used the Force to understand Te'Ami's message: that the debris contained living beings. Reaching out across the system, Kriss located ten such pieces of debris and indicated them aboard the display screen on the Third Horizon that showed the rescue effort's status. She informed Admiral Kronara and the Republic crew of their new objective, intending to save both the Hetzalians and those trapped within the debris. As the Republic crew attempted to plan rescue missions, Kriss returned to the Force, sending the message to the Jedi.[5] Kriss eventually became known as the "Hero of Hetzal."[9]

Aftermath[edit | edit source]

"It is your path we must discuss, Master Kriss. The Council has convened and—"
"Master Vetar, I am honored, but like Yoda—"
"Avar, we are not offering you a place on the Council…we are offering you the Beacon. Starlight needs a marshal…and that marshal is you."
―Vetar and Avar Kriss[src]

Knighting of Keeve Trennis

Following the Great Disaster, Kriss returned to the Starlight Beacon. Aboard the station, she spoke with the Jedi Estala Maru, asking if he was able to locate Master Sskeer, who had recently been involved in a battle against the Nihil at Kur. Maru informed her that he could not, and Kriss expressed concern over Sskeer, having been unable to hear him within the Force. Kriss was approached by Grand Masters Yoda and Veter, who she had not expected to arrive quickly at the Beacon. Veter brought up the discussion of Kriss' future path, and Kriss assumed the Grand Master was offering her a place on the Jedi High Council, which she refused. However, Veter informed her that the Grand Masters were not intending to offer her a place on the Council. Veter instead offered Kriss the position of marshal of the Starlight Beacon, surprising Kriss with the proposal.[10]

Kriss later accompanied Sskeer and his Padawan, Keeve Trennis, alongside the Kotabi Jedi twins Ceret and Terec, to a damaged cruiser that was left drifting in deep space after a Nihil attack. Before entering the derelict cruiser, Kriss spoke with Trennis. Shortly after the arrival of the Jedi, Sskeer was attacked by one of the Nihil.[11]

Legacy[edit | edit source]

"Hello searcher. I will guide you on your way."
―Avar Kriss via hologram[src]

Hennix opened a holocron revealing a hologram of Avar Kriss

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. At the Jedi Temple of Luke Skywalker, Hennix, one of Skywalker's students, opened the holocron, viewing the holographic message left by Kriss.[4]

Personality and traits[edit | edit source]

"But I will say that every one of those lives is as important as any life on this world or any other. We must begin by believing it is possible to save everyone. If the will of the Force is otherwise, so be it, but I will not accept the idea of abandoning them without trying."
―Avar Kriss, during the effort to save Hetzal[src]

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.[2]

During the rescue mission in the Hetzal system, Kriss was disturbed by the urgency of Te'Ami's message regarding the beings trapped within the debris, but quickly calmed her emotions and regained focus. Though the effort had been complicated, Kriss saw the lives of those in the debris as important as any other. She refused to accept the idea of abandoning the beings without attempting to save them, and felt it would be achieved by believing it was possible to do so.[5] When Kriss was unable to hear Sskeer within the Force, she believed he was holding something back. She did not wish for a place on the Jedi Council, intending to follow a different path, but was taken by surprise when Grand Master Veter offered her control of the Starlight Beacon.[10]

Kriss had shoulder-length[5] blonde hair, brown eyes, and light skin.[3]

Powers and abilities[edit | edit source]

As a Force-sensitive Jedi Master, Kriss had a strong ability to wield the Force. She viewed the Force like music, hearing the song of life and death and able to sing to it in return. Kriss possessed the ability to detect the natural bonds between other Force-users and strengthen them, acting similar to a communications network. While the skill was rare among the Jedi, it was inexact and best used to transmit locations and sensations, though words or images occasionally came through unbidden. Kriss could also use the Force with precision: in order to aid her focus, Kriss could fold her hair into a complex knot known as a mandala with her telekinesis.[5]

She could also use the Force to float, as she demonstrated aboard the Third Horizon upon arriving in the Hetzal system. Kriss was additionally skilled in the usage of her lightsaber.[5]

Equipment[edit | edit source]

Kriss wielded a green-bladed[10] lightsaber, composed of a cylinder of silver-white electrum. The lightsaber featured a crossguard at one end and a spiraling incised line of seastone along its length that served as both an ornament and a grip. She possessed a set of ceremonial, ornamental garments that included a simple white tunic, ornamented in gold, underneath a long white cape that was secured by a golden buckle in the shape of the symbol of the Jedi Order. The buckle could be pressed to release the cape in situations where it would serve as a distraction.[5] She wore a gold circlet on her forehead, as well as brown boots.[12] Kriss also utilized a separate set of mission attire, which included protective gear, a lightsaber holster, and wrist-guards that featured a removable comlink.[9]

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

"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[9] 2021[13] Star Wars: The High Republic multimedia project, set to feature in the novel The High Republic: Light of the Jedi,[9] written by Charles Soule.[3] The character was first depicted, albeit unidentified, through a holocron in a flashback within The Rise of Kylo Ren 3, a comic written by Soule, illustrated by Will Sliney, and published by Marvel Comics[4] on February 12, 2020.[14] After the reveal of Star Wars: The High Republic, Soule confirmed that the character seen on the cover of Light of the Jedi had featured in the comic, providing Kriss's name,[15] which was used in a StarWars.com article published on April 2, 2020 that detailed several Jedi characters of the High Republic project.[7]

Kriss was created to exemplify the Jedi at their peak during the time of the High Republic[9] and was an instance of the project's opportunity to explore how the Jedi viewed the Force in a different era.[16] Soule felt that Kriss's ability to hear other Jedi through the song of the Force was a good way to bring numerous character viewpoints together in one place.[17] As a musician, Soule enjoyed being able to write about the Force in a way that was personally meaningful through developing Kriss.[18] Concept art of Avar Kriss in both temple and mission attire was created by Diogo Saito.[12]

Appearances[edit | edit source]

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Notes and references[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 The High Republic: Light of the Jedi establishes that Avar Kriss was around thirty years old at the time of the novel, which is set shortly after the completion of the Starlight Beacon. The Star Wars Book places the launch of the Starlight Station to 232 years before the events of Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope. As Star Wars: Galactic Atlas states that A New Hope begins in 0 BBY, the launch of the station must have occurred in 232 BBY, and Kriss must have been born around 262 BBY.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 StarWars-DatabankII.png Avar Kriss in the Databank (backup link)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 StarWars.com Lucasfilm to Launch Star Wars: The High Republic Publishing Campaign in 2020 on StarWars.com (backup link)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 The Rise of Kylo Ren 3
  5. 5.00 5.01 5.02 5.03 5.04 5.05 5.06 5.07 5.08 5.09 5.10 5.11 5.12 5.13 5.14 5.15 5.16 The High Republic: Light of the Jedi
  6. Star Wars: The Lightsaber Collection
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 StarWars.com Inside Star Wars: The High Republic: Meet the Jedi Knights and Masters on StarWars.com (backup link)
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 SWInsider.png "Starlight: Part One - Go Together"—Star Wars Insider 199
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 StarWars.com Inside Star Wars: The High Republic: Meet the Jedi Knights and Masters, Part 2 on StarWars.com (backup link)
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 The High Republic 1
  11. StarWars.com Jedi Master Sskeer Returns in Marvel's Star Wars: The High Republic #2 – Exclusive Preview on StarWars.com (backup link)
  12. 12.0 12.1 StarWars.com Star Wars: The High Republic on StarWars.com (backup link)
  13. StarWars.com Star Wars: The High Republic Sees Revised Release Dates on StarWars.com (backup link)
  14. MarvelLogo.svg Star Wars: The Rise of Kylo Ren (2019) #3 on Marvel Comics' official website (backup link)
  15. TwitterLogo.svg Charles Soule (@CharlesSoule) on Twitter: "That’s Avar Kriss." (screenshot)
  16. StarWars.com The Makers of Star Wars: The High Republic: Charles Soule on Light of the Jedi on StarWars.com (backup link)
  17. Keane, Sean (2020-12-17). Star Wars: The High Republic gives us the Jedi superheroes we need. CNET. Archived from the original on December 30, 2020. Retrieved on December 30, 2020.
  18. Celestino, Mike (2020-12-17). Interview – "Star Wars: The High Republic" Authors Discuss the Ambitious New Lucasfilm Publishing Project. Laughing Place. Archived from the original on December 30, 2020. Retrieved on December 30, 2020.

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