- "She was aided by Carth Onasi, a decorated war hero of the Republic and a legendary soldier. During the Mandalore Wars he was honored many times for his bravery."
- ―Saul Karath
Carth Onasi, nicknamed Fleet, was a famous Human male soldier and an expert pilot born in 3994 BBY on the planet Telos IV, where he would later start a family with his wife, Morgana; they had a son they named Dustil. He served in the Republic Naval Starfighter Corps, fighting for the Galactic Republic he loved above all else in such conflicts as the Mandalorian Wars against expanding Mandalorian clans, earning several honors for his bravery during combat. During the war, Onasi served under Admiral Saul Karath, who would become his greatest ally and mentor. After the war ended, Onasi planned to leave the Navy and return to Telos to be with his family.
However, such plans were put to an end when war heroes Revan and Malak, two Jedi who had decided to fight in the war, turned on the Republic, becoming Sith Lords while taking many Jedi that had followed him to war and the Republic soldiers who served under them with them when they created a Sith Empire that would oppose the Republic. During that conflict, Telos was attacked by Karath—who bombed the planet from his flagship, Leviathan, until it was made completely uninhabitable so he could prove his loyalty to the Sith. The orbital bombardment killed Morgana while Dustil, being Force-sensitive, was abducted by the Sith so he could be trained as a Dark Jedi. Onasi swore to seek revenge against Karath for the death of his family and the destruction of his homeworld; he would hold that grudge for three years.
At that time, 3956 BBY, Onasi played a crucial role in the search for the Star Forge, the Sith's super-productive space factory that continually fed their fleet new ships. He was stationed aboard the Hammerhead-class cruiser Endar Spire over the planet Taris when it was attacked by the Sith, now lead by Malak after he had usurped control from Revan. The former leader was then reprogrammed by the Jedi and made to forget his time as both a Jedi and a Sith before being placed in the Republic's armed forces aboard the Spire, where he met Onasi as the two were both fleeing the doomed ship. They temporarily settled on Taris while searching for Jedi Knight Bastila Shan, the only other person known to have survived the attack on the Endar Spire.
After finding her, the three fled Taris and Onasi would serve as the pilot of the Ebon Hawk, their personal starship, transporting the trio and a growing group of allies across the galaxy as they searched for Star Maps that would lead them to the Star Forge, a mission given to them by the Jedi Council. As they traveled through the stars, Onasi was able to both find his son, who was then turned from the Sith ways by Revan and his father, as well as enact his revenge upon Karath, whom the group killed aboard the Leviathan. Once the Star Forge was located and destroyed during the Battle of Rakata Prime, Onasi was made an admiral in the Republic Navy, taking a leading role in the effort to help the Republic recover in the wake of the two subsequent wars. To this end, Onasi would later defend Telos from another Sith attack during another conflict that would stem from the Jedi Civil War Revan and Malak began almost a decade before.
- "I'm not a warrior, I'm a soldier. There's a difference. Warriors attack and conquer, they prey on the weak. Soldiers defend and protect the innocent—usually from warriors."
- ―Carth Onasi to Canderous Ordo
Carth Onasi, nicknamed Fleet, lived on his homeworld of Telos IV, a planet in the Outer Rim, with his wife, Morgana, and son, Dustil. He served in the planetary militia and later in the Republic Navy, where one of his first posts was in an orbital watch station over the planet Serroco.
In 3964 BBY, he served aboard the Inexpugnable-class tactical command ship Courageous as a helmsman and was promoted to Lieutenant. At this point he was widely referred to by a pilot nickname, Fleet. He participated in several battles, including the Battles of Vanquo and Serroco, where he met the fugitive Padawan Zayne Carrick, disguised as a janitor named Shad Camper.
The pair would later meet up again when "Shad Camper" stowed aboard Onasi's cargo ship. Carrick asked Onasi to bring him to Admiral Saul Karath due to a vision he had had of the Mandalorians attacking Serroco. At first, Onasi believed him to be a lunatic. After Carrick then demonstrated that he was in fact a Jedi, Onasi agreed to take him to Karath, though admitted they might get themselves killed for interrupting the admiral during battle preparations.
Onasi brought him to Admiral Karath on the bridge of the Courageous. Karath was impressed with Onasi, not for returning Shad Camper, but for bringing him the fugitive Zayne Carrick. As Carrick protested his innocence of the Padawan Massacre of Taris, Karath ordered Onasi to inform the Revanchists, Jedi who decided to fight in the Mandalorian Wars, of Carrick's capture. Instead, Onasi attempted to contact a Jedi named Squint, whom Carrick said could prove his innocence. Despite being unable to make contact with Squint who was on a mission elsewhere, and so with his doubts as to Carrick's innocence, Onasi nevertheless believed his story of the vision of the destruction of the Stereb cities. As such, Onasi contacted seventeen cities on the planets surface to set off tornado alarms—hoping to drive anyone into underground shelters. Sure enough, Carrick's vision came true when the Mandalorians launched nuclear missiles and killed billions on Serroco.
When Carrick was sealed in a cell, Onasi paid him a visit and informed him of the possibility of survival on the surface. However, the Courageous came under attack by the Mandalorians. While the rest of the crew was ordered to evacuate, Onasi, Admiral Karath and other Republic forces made their stand on the vessel as Mandalorian shock troopers boarded it. Backed into the brig, Karath ordered for Zayne Carrick's cell to opened to acquire his lightsaber, to cut into the cargo bays. However, his lightsaber was kept on board Onasi's ship, the Deadweight. Carrick had been prying out the bolts on the walls with the Force for several days and escaped, meeting Onasi aboard the ship. Karath reluctantly took Carrick with them as they fled the Courageous on the Deadweight.
Shortly after escaping from the Mandalorians, the Deadweight received a transmission from Eejee, Arkoh Adasca's servant, requesting Karath's presence at a meeting aboard the Arkanian Legacy. After being informed about the exogorths, Karath quickly redirected the ship to the Legacy. Onasi accompanied Karath, Morris, and Carrick onto Adasca's ship, and was just as shocked as his superiors at the arrival of Mandalore the Ultimate, leader of the Mandalorians.
Disgusted at what he witnessed, as the exogorths were tested before Saul Karath and Mandalore the Ultimate, Carth Onasi excused himself to the Deadweight. However, Onasi only visited it to grab Zayne Carrick's gear and lightsaber. Onasi returned his gear to Carrick when he discovered Lucien Draay and him standing about a piles of broken HK-24 units. Carrick came up with a plan stop Adasca. The plan would trick Mandalore the Ultimate into thinking Adasca had lured him into a trap. Carrick, disguised as a Mandalorian, shoved Onasi upon their return to the observatory, creating a distraction for Carrick to get close enough to Mandalore and Adasca. Lucien revealed himself and with the thought that Adasca betrayed him, Mandalore and his warriors opened fire on the Jedi and Adasca's HK-24 units. During the brawl, the elderly scientist, Gorman Vandrayk, seized control of the exogorths and plunged them into the Arkanian Legacy observatory, killing Arkoh Adasca. Onasi, Carrick and the Jedi managed to escape although Mandalore had also escaped to his shuttle. During the fight, Saul Karath was injured and needed to be carried back to the Deadweight, Morvis commanded Onasi to take Carrick. However, Onasi did not view Carrick as an enemy and allowed him to go free, bidding him farewell. Karath, Onasi, and Morvis successfully escaped the crumbling ship in the Deadweight and later reported to the Republic on the events on the Legacy.
Despite the successful escape, Onasi was removed from his bridge post for "losing" Zayne Carrick on the Arkanian Legacy. He was reassigned to the Lance Squadron, whose Aurek fighters were preventing Carrick from reaching Coruscant several months later. When Moomo Williwaw—the ship Carrick was on—entered Coruscant space, the squadron moved to intercept. Onasi demanded the ship to identify itself only to find that "Shad Camper" was indeed on board. Not being able to let Zayne escape again, he commanded the squadron to intercept the intruder. When they chased the Williwaw to the Swiftsure, Onasi's wingmate noticed that the Deadweight was flying away. He allowed his supply carrier to go, knowing that Zayne was on it. Despite letting Carrick escape once more, Onasi redeemed his post on the bridge of Swiftsure and was present for the capture of the Gladiator.
Onasi continued to serve with the Republic forces fighting alongside the Revanchists for the remainder of the war, which eventually began to turn in the Republic's favor. The Republic and its Jedi allies eventually ended the conflict when Mandalore the Ultimate was slain and the majority of the Mandalorian forces were destroyed during the final battle of the war. While the Revanchists pursued the remaining Mandalorians into parts unknown, Onasi and the Republic forces returned home, hailed as heroes for their role in protecting the Republic.
Jedi Civil War
- "I… could have stopped him. I could have stopped it all."
- ―Carth Onasi speaking of Saul Karath
Shortly after the conclusion of the Mandalorian Wars, the former Republic hero Revan returned with a Sith armada to battle the Republic. Soon the legions of Sith forces were joined by traitorous Republic servicemen; among these defectors one name stood out to Onasi from the rest: Admiral Saul Karath.
Onasi viewed Saul as a mentor and hero and so he was devastated when, in a test of his Sith allegiance, Revan's apprentice Darth Malak, who was previously Squint, ordered Saul to bomb Telos, due to its strategic significance to the Republic. Upon hearing the news, Onasi rushed back to his home planet but was too late to save his wife, who died in his arms. To add to his emotional pain, his son had disappeared, and though Onasi searched for him, he eventually came to the conclusion that Dustil was dead. These events deeply affected Onasi, who from that point onwards, resolved never to trust anybody, lest he suffer betrayal again. He swore that if he ever had the opportunity, he would kill Saul Karath for what he had done.
Onasi eventually found himself on board the Endar Spire as mostly an advisor, carrying Bastila Shan, a Jedi whose abilities were vital to the success of the war effort. However, the ship was attacked and boarded by Sith forces over the Outer Rim world of Taris. When Bastila and the remainder of the crew abandoned ship, Onasi remained behind to wait for and help survivors; however, there remained only one lone Republic soldier. The pair then took the last escape pod and crash-landed onto the planet below.
The other soldier was in fact Revan, though mentally reprogrammed by the Jedi Council and using a different name. Revan was knocked out in the escape pod's rough landing, and Onasi had to care for him for some time before he recovered consciousness. When Revan came around, they began exploring Taris, searching for information concerning Bastila's whereabouts. They learned of other escape pods that had crashed in the Undercity, and struck a bargain with Gadon Thek, the leader of the Hidden Beks swoop gang.
Successfully rescuing Bastila, as well as picking up a street urchin known as Mission Vao and a Wookiee named Zaalbar, the group worked to find a way off-planet, which came in the form of the starship known as the Ebon Hawk. The Ebon Hawk was held by local crime lord Davik Kang, and the group recruited the aid of the Mandalorian Canderous Ordo to steal it. They also required clearance codes to escape from Taris, and so three of the group broke into the local Sith base and obtained the codes. Retrieving the remaining members, they made it past the Sith blockade and escaped Taris.
Upon their escape from the Sith bombardment of Taris, Onasi became pilot of the newly-acquired Ebon Hawk, which the group then used to reach the Jedi Enclave on Dantooine. As Bastila discussed the matter of their Force-sensitive companion with the Dantooine Council, Onasi expressed his disgruntlement with being "left out of the loop". Eventually it was decided to train Revan, who had no knowledge of his former identity, as a Jedi. Shortly afterwards, the Council gave Bastila and the new Jedi Padawan an assignment to discover the location of the Star Forge—an assignment Onasi begrudgingly assisted them with, despite feeling he could be doing more good on the front lines.
The journey for the Star Forge took the crew of the Ebon Hawk to the planets Tatooine, Kashyyyk, Manaan and Korriban. On these four planets, the group searched for ancient artifacts known as Star Maps. Onasi grew suspicious of Revan's presence with them, wondering why the Jedi Council would send a neophyte Padawan along with them on their quest. Onasi eventually demanded that Revan tell him what the Jedi Council had told him—something Bastila refused herself to do. Revan did inform Onasi of the Force bond he and Bastila shared. However, Onasi did not believe that was the only reason why Revan was with them—still unaware of Revan's true identity as the former Dark Lord, the true reason behind Revan's presence.
- "I've fought Saul for years, now, and if I ever catch up to him… he will regret what he's done. He will regret it."
- ―Carth Onasi speaking of Saul Karath
Eventually the ever-growing group was seized by the Leviathan, Saul Karath's vessel. At last, Onasi found himself face to face with the admiral, yet a force-cage barred his path to revenge. Karath interrogated the group, and tortured all of them when Revan refused to divulge any information. Faced with unfaltering resistance, Karath eventually gave up and left them in their cages–but not before giving them all a strong dose of "Sith mercy".
The resourceful team soon escaped imprisonment with the assistance of a decoy member of the party, and Onasi, Revan, and Bastila set out to free the Ebon Hawk from the docking bay. On the bridge, they faced Saul Karath, allowing Onasi to finally exact his revenge, though Revan counseled him to avoid giving in to his hatred. Regardless, Karath was mortally wounded, and in his final moments, revealed a horrible truth to Onasi: that his mysterious companion was none other than the amnesiac Revan, former Dark Lord of the Sith. Furious, Onasi reluctantly accepted the judgment of the other party members to continue the quest, but still watched Revan, whom he had recently began to trust and consider a comrade, for any sign of a fall. Eventually, he admitted that while he wanted to blame Revan for his losses, he could not bring himself to hate him. Onasi confessed that he had exacted his revenge when Saul Karath was killed, but it did not bring him peace. He then offered Revan his loyalty, along with a promise that, if necessary, he would save Revan from himself.
During their travels, Onasi also encountered his lost son, Dustil, on the Sith planet of Korriban. He was again forced to confront his hatred of the Sith when it was revealed that his son had joined them, blaming his father for failing to protect the family. After finding proof that the Sith had lied to Dustil about the death of a classmate, Revan and Onasi were finally able to convince the boy of the evils of the Sith, and Carth was proud when his son abandoned the dark side. Dustil told his father that he would meet him on Telos later, and there they could begin to repair their relationship.
The Star Forge
- "You make it sound so easy. Just fly over and boom. One less Star Forge in the universe…"
- ―Mission Vao to Carth Onasi
After finding Star Maps on Dantooine, Tatooine, Kashyyyk, Manaan, and Korriban, Revan's crew followed the combined coordinates to the location of the Star Forge. Onasi sent word to the Republic fleet, but before they could prepare a plan of attack, a disruptor field around the planet that the Star Forge was orbiting brought the Ebon Hawk crashing down toward the planet's surface.
Onasi managed to land the ship on a beach, but its stabilizers were badly damaged. While Revan, Juhani, and Jolee Bindo set off to disable the disruptor field, Onasi made repairs to the Ebon Hawk. When the three Jedi returned, Onasi was shocked to learn that Bastila had fallen to the dark side, but was relieved that Revan remained loyal to the Jedi and the Republic. With renewed determination, the crew set off for the Star Forge.
Onasi played a role in the battle that erupted next, as the Republic fleet arrived to attack the Star Forge. Amidst the chaos, Onasi docked the Ebon Hawk on the Sith factory, allowing Revan to defeat Darth Malak and redeem Bastila, who used her battle meditation to turn the tide of the battle in the Republic's favor. He then piloted the ship and all of its crew off the factory, just before the Republic fleet sent it crashing into the sun below.
The recovering Republic
- "I am aware of the situation, Lieutenant. I do not intend to lose Telos twice!"
- ―Carth Onasi during the Battle of Telos IV
Some time after playing a part in the Battle of Rakata Prime, Onasi was made an admiral in the Republic Navy. As Revan departed for the Unknown Regions to defeat a growing threat to the Republic, he tasked Onasi with keeping the Republic strong. Onasi would later be involved in bringing Meetra Surik back into known space aboard the Harbinger, and having her transported to Telos with the greatest urgency. When Surik was "detained" at Citadel Station until the Sojourn arrived but left for the planet surface, Onasi told Grenn that the Republic only wanted to observe Surik, not detain her.
Onasi was later forced to carry out his orders, and also to face up to his past, as the Sith attacked Telos for a second time; this time under the command of Darth Nihilus. Onasi swore that he would not see Telos devastated again as he led the Republic fleet into combat and successfully fended off the fleet. Soon after the battle, Onasi requested an audience with the hero of the battle, Surik, who had sabotaged the Sith flagship Ravager and killed Nihilus. Wishing Surik a safe journey, he asked her to look for Revan in the Unknown Regions, and, should she find Revan, to pass along a short message: "Simply tell him that Admiral Onasi is following his orders."
Approximately three centuries later, during the time of the Cold War, Onasi was featured in a holorecord of the Mandalorian Wars that was created by the Kel Dor Jedi Master Gnost-Dural. By that time, Onasi was long dead, and Tatooine was one of three planets rumored to be his final resting place. A holostatue of Onasi was erected in the Leisure Garden section of the Axial Park in the Coronet City on Corellia, along with the statues of Revan and his other companions in memory of their deeds.
Personality and traits
- "I'm just a soldier; I go where the fleet Admirals tell me to. I follow my orders and I do my duty."
- ―Carth Onasi
Carth Onasi's foremost trait was his loyalty and heroism, a dedication to the Republic and its ideals he held above everything else. A very close second was his family, who were "everything" to him. Years later, he faithfully followed Revan's orders to serve the Republic, even though he had not heard anything from Revan since their adventure years before.
While Carth despised Malak and the Sith for turning to the dark side and betraying the Republic, he especially hated the non-Force-sensitive soldiers who defected. Because the dark side had nothing to do with their choices, he believed they were worse than the Sith and deserved no mercy.
Because his loyalty towards Saul Karath was answered by such devastating betrayal, he had begun to expect the worst from everyone. It was only with great patience on Revan's part that he was able to gain Onasi's trust. In the end, Revan proved to be Onasi's ultimate test. He had little choice but to trust the very person he blamed above even Saul for the destruction of Telos and the troubles of his beloved Republic. When Revan made the final choice to turn away from the dark side, no one was happier to hear it than Onasi.
After the destruction of Telos, Onasi believed he had nothing left and devoted himself to the fleet, claiming that "Hunting Saul was my only purpose." However, after killing his nemesis, Onasi found that he was still not at peace with himself and his past. Even when he discovered his companion's true identity as Revan, he found himself unable to hate him, taking it upon himself to act as Revan's conscience and as the voice of the Republic. This forgiveness was, in the end, what finally brought him peace.
Onasi was a dedicated soldier and a cunning tactician, able to efficiently and expertly handle a variety of weapons, but blaster pistols were his specialty. He was a quick draw, and also skilled in dual weapon fighting.
Trask Ulgo described Onasi as "one of the Republic's best pilots." During his travels with Revan, Onasi proved his skill in flying when he flew the Ebon Hawk across the galaxy. Close encounters that demonstrated his skill included piloting the Ebon Hawk out of the Sith orbital bombardment of Taris, landing the Hawk safely on the surface of Lehon when its stabilizers were fried, and penetrating the Sith fleet surrounding the Star Forge with only a light starfighter escort. Onasi also demonstrated some mechanical aptitude, as when he pinpointed the problems with the Hawk after the Lehon landing and later repaired the ship.
Onasi wore a light brown jacket, along with dark brown pants and black boots. He wore a brown blaster holster strapped to his right hip. Later, during the First Jedi Purge, he wore a red and white heavy armor suit.
Onasi carried a personal blaster pistol based on an Arkanian design, upgraded with more modular Republic technology. It bore his family symbol, making it immediately recognizable. He also carried a second blaster pistol, but unlike his primary weapon, it was a standard Republic model.
In her journeys, Meetra Surik came in possession of a blaster pistol that bore the Onasi family symbol. It is likely that Onasi lost the pistol sometime after his adventures with Revan, although it is also possible that this was simply a replica, or a weapon belonging to some other member of the Onasi family.
Behind the scenes
Carth Onasi was created for the 2003 video game Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, in which he serves as a playable character. Onasi was written by David Gaider in the first game, and was voiced by Raphael Sbarge in both the game and its 2004 sequel, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords. Prior to Sbarge's casting, Carth was voiced by Mark Meer in an early build demo of the game. In the games, his name is misspelled as "Carth Onassi" in the player-character's dialogue texts. Onasi is later mentioned in the in-game Codex for the video game Star Wars: The Old Republic, and the 2012 reference guide Star Wars: The Old Republic Encyclopedia identified Tatooine as one of Onasi's possible resting places. A game update for The Old Republic later made Onasi's outfit available for purchase by players through the game's Cartel Market system. Onasi, along with Zaalbar, Bastila Shan, Canderous Ordo, and Mission Vao, was inspired by James Ohlen's work on roleplaying campaigns for West End Games.
Depending on the player's choices, several different outcomes are possible in Knights of the Old Republic. If the player, as Revan, decides to re-assume the title of Dark Lord of the Sith via the non-canonical ending of the game, Onasi, outnumbered, flees when he is told. Consequently, he does not appear in the sequel if the player says that Revan followed the dark side, and is instead replaced by Admiral Cede.
Just as the male Revan can engage in a romantic sub-plot with Bastila, the female Revan can with Onasi, and if the player sets Revan as a light-sided female in The Sith Lords, then Onasi will express his feelings for Revan to Meetra Surik, the game's primary player character. The character of Darth Traya will also comment that "it would have helped had she made him understand, but a hero of the Republic, no matter how brave, cannot understand war as Revan did."
Additionally, Onasi originally had alternate lines for his devastation in finding out who Revan is if the player is female and has romanced Onasi up to that point. If the player has both romanced Onasi and turned to the dark side, then the player will have the option of killing Onasi herself or have Bastila finish it. In a cut-scene that did not make it to the final game, Revan had a third option to kill Bastila and die aboard the Star Forge with Onasi. It was not placed in the final version because the developers did not have enough time to finish it for the game. However, these features can be returned to the game through modding.
Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords
- "Mockery: Oh Master, I do not trust you! I cannot trust you, or anyone ever again!"
- ―HK-47's mockery of Carth
If Revan is set as light side, and a male Surik is played, then Mical is established as reporting directly to Onasi. In cut content of the game however, if Surik is a female, then later in the game, Mical would report to Onasi, again revealing that he has found that which hunts the Jedi and informing Onasi of the impending attack on Telos.
According to John Jackson Miller, author of the Knights of the Old Republic comic series, a bearded man in a helmet depicted on the bridge of the Courageous in the series' eighth issue was not actually meant to be Onasi. Artist Dustin Weaver was not told to draw anyone specific, so he based the man's appearance on Miller himself. However, the writer now considers it the first appearance of Onasi in the comic series. Onasi later went on to play a large role in several of the series' story arcs.
Miller has also said that, of the secondary characters originating in the two Knights of the Old Republic video games, Onasi was the one that he enjoyed writing the most, especially concerning the "big-brother/kid-brother dynamic" during Onasi's scenes with Zayne Carrick.
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