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A male individual fathered a Kaleesh son named Qymaen jai Sheelal. He trained his son to fire a slugthrower and recognized his potential as a marksman and his high intelligence. Sheelal later changed his name to Grievous and became a cyborg after a shuttle crash around 24 BBY, carving a mask for himself that resembled his father's death mask.


Grievous carved a mask to resemble his father's death mask.

The Kaleesh Qymaen jai Sheelal was raised during the brutal period of the Huk War, where the Yam'rii species—derogatorily called the Huk—invaded Sheelal's homeworld Kalee. Sheelal's father encouraged his son's anger against the Yam'rii by teaching him to fire a slug-rifle with great precision. He discovered his son's intellect and marksmanship in the process, and the young Kaleesh had already killed forty Yam'rii by the time he turned eight years old, his military prowess growing to a point where his own people considered him a demigod.[1]

Another Kaleesh warrior named Ronderu lij Kummar fought by Sheelal's side and was rumored to have been his half-sister. Her death in battle drove Sheelal to bury his grief by taking the name Grievous while also expanding his family by taking ten wives and fathering thirty children, making his own father a grandfather. At some point prior to the shuttle crash that led to Grievous becoming a cyborg[1] around 24 BBY,[2] his father had a death mask. Grievous was initially unsatisfied with his new soulless cybernetic face, so he carved an armorplast mask that resembled his father's mask and had it grafted onto his alloy skull.[1]

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Grievous's father encouraged his son's anger against the Yam'rii by teaching him to fire a rifle and observed his intellectual and marksmanship abilities.[1]

Behind the scenes[]

Grievous's father was mentioned in "Unknown Soldier: The Story of General Grievous," an article written by Abel G. Peña and published in the eighty-sixth issue of Star Wars Insider,[1] published on February 13, 2006.[3]


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