"Karsim, Naja, Eckerd… that whole squad has simply vanished."
―Sergeant Rusk[src]

Eckerd was a soldier who served in the Republic Army during the Great Galactic War between the Galactic Republic and the Sith Empire. Eckerd was later recruited into the black ops program of the Republic Special Forces Division as part of the assassination squad known as the Surgeons, though the squad was imprisoned by the Republic on the planet Berrun after it started hunting the families of enemy targets.


"They were good soldiers. Far better than any of the others I've had under my command."
―Sergeant Rusk[src]

A soldier in the Republic Army during the Great Galactic War with the Sith Empire,[1] Eckerd[3] served in a squad under the command of the Chagrian Sergeant Fideltin Rusk, and its first mission was to free several Republic prisoners-of-war from an Imperial outpost. However, intelligence on the mission was incorrect, forcing the squad to fight through more enemy forces than it expected. Despite its disadvantage, the squad was able to rescue all of the prisoners and escape with heavy injuries, without a single fatality.[1] In the years following that mission, Eckerd was among the squad members who were recruited into the Republic Special Forces Division's black ops program, and the squad—which included fellow veterans Karsim and Naja—was tasked with the assassination of Imperial leaders by General Elin Garza. The squad, which became known as the "Surgeons," soon began to go after its targets' families. Eckerd and the others were arrested by the Republic for war crimes and imprisoned in a detention center on the planet Berrun with life sentences.[2]

Personality and traitsEdit

"Good soldiers know what acceptable targets are. This wouldn't have happened on my watch."
―Sergeant Rusk[src]

A loyal soldier, Eckerd's time in the Special Forces black ops program turned the trooper into a killer who no longer respected the moral code of warfare. Sergeant Rusk was disturbed to learn that his former squad mates had crossed the line and targeted women and children, and he was disappointed that Eckerd and the others—whom he had considered the best soldiers to ever serve under him—had changed so much.[2]

Behind the scenesEdit

Eckerd was first mentioned by the Jedi Knight companion character Fideltin Rusk in Star Wars: The Old Republic, a 2011 video game released by BioWare and LucasArts. While Rusk's squad is first mentioned in the conversation "Bad Intel,"[1] Karsim, Naja, and Eckerd are not named until the conversation "Vanished,"[3] and the later conversation "The Surgeons" reveals their fate and imprisonment, though none of the conversations specify the soldiers' species or gender.[2]


Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 SWTOR mini Star Wars: The Old Republic—Conversation with Sergeant Rusk: "Bad Intel"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 SWTOR mini Star Wars: The Old Republic—Conversation with Sergeant Rusk: "The Surgeons"
  3. 3.0 3.1 SWTOR mini Star Wars: The Old Republic—Conversation with Sergeant Rusk: "Vanished"
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