- "There is danger here."
- ―Bhasu Ruuq
Bhasu Ruuq was a male Yuuzhan Vong warrior at the time of the Yuuzhan Vong War. On the former New Republic capital world of Coruscant, renamed "Yuuzhan'tar," Ruuq was assigned to watch over a shaper damutek, a laboratory where shapers—Yuuzhan Vong bioengineers—worked to improve the technology of the species. In 29 ABY, however, Ruuq was killed by one of the very shapers he was guarding, Nen Yim, when the scientist was willingly abducted by Jedi Knights, who spirited her offworld.
- "My apologies."
- ―Nen Yim, before killing Bhasu Ruuq
On Yuuzhan'tar, the planet once known as Coruscant, the warrior Bhasu Ruuq was tasked with guarding a shaper damutek in the shadow of the citadel of the ruler of the Yuuzhan Vong, Supreme Overlord Shimrra Jamaane. The damutek, a series of organic buildings making up a walled compound, was heavily guarded, as the shapers—Yuuzhan Vong scientists and bioengineers—who worked inside were carrying out work of the utmost secrecy, vital for the progress of the war, which was then being waged against the defenders of the galaxy that the Yuuzhan Vong had invaded three years previously. Bhasu Ruuq, by 29 ABY, had been performing his duties guarding the damutek and its occupants long enough to know, and to have developed an attraction for, Master Shaper Nen Yim, the leading scientist. That year, in the final months of the Yuuzhan Vong War, the damutek was attacked by a pair of Jedi Knights. Having infiltrated the compound with the help of rebellious Shamed Ones—members of the oppressed Yuuzhan Vong underclass—the two Jedi gained access to the laboratories.
Ruuq defended the damutek along with the other warriors stationed there, but he and seven of his fellows were soon forced back into one of the innermost chambers of the compounds by their attackers. Already present in the room, however, was Master Shaper Nen Yim. Concerned for the safety of his charge, Ruuq turned from the fight with the rapidly advancing Jedi to advise the shaper to flee. Yim did not flee, but instead apologized to Ruuq, before using a weapon concealed in her modified shaper hand to impale the warrior through the eye. Ruuq died instantly, and Yim went on to aid the two Jedi—Tahiri Veila and Corran Horn—in defeating the remaining five warriors. Unbeknownst to Ruuq, Yim had arranged for her own abduction, as she desired to escape Yuuzhan'tar in order to carry out investigations into the living planet Zonama Sekot. Ruuq's mortal wound was subsequently disguised as having been inflicted by a lightsaber blade, the end result being that the warrior appeared to have died at the hands of a Jedi, rather than a fellow Yuuzhan Vong.
Personality and traits
- "Master Yim, flee."
- ―Bhasu Ruuq
Quiet for a warrior, at least in the opinion of Nen Yim, and attracted to a member of another caste, even though liaisons between different castes were forbidden, Rhasu Ruuq was nevertheless capable, tasked with guarding one of the most significant locations in the Yuuzhan Vong empire. Before continuing his fight against the Jedi, Ruuq attempted to ensure the safety of Master Shaper Yim, but was unsuspecting of her true agenda.
Behind the scenes
Bhasu Ruuq's brief appearance in Greg Keyes' The New Jedi Order: The Final Prophecy ends with his death, an event that signifies Nen Yim's commitment to escaping her duties and essential captivity on Yuuzhan'tar, and dedicating herself to securing the future of her species. Ruuq later received an entry in The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia in 2008.
- The New Jedi Order: The Final Prophecy (First appearance)
Notes and references
- Using the text of The New Jedi Order: The Unifying Force, it is possible to place the Recapture of Coruscant nineteen days after the start of the novel, and the Battle of Esfandia (and thus the end of The New Jedi Order: Force Heretic III: Reunion) two months prior to the start of The Unifying Force. The Recapture of Coruscant occurs in 64:6 per The Essential Atlas, and by working backwards, at the very least the Battle of Esfandia must fall in 29 ABY. The Final Prophecy also places its events as more than two years after the Battle of Coruscant, which occurs in 62:4. Thus, The Final Prophecy, which occurs between Reunion and The Unifying Force, must fall in 29 ABY, despite The Essential Reader's Companion's placement of it in 28 ABY.
- The New Jedi Order: The Final Prophecy