The House of Marek was a Human family known to contain at least three Force-sensitive members, beginning with Jedi Knight Kento Marek, and his wife, Mallie Marek. Both Kento and Mallie were raised and trained within the Jedi Order prior to their self-imposed exile during the Clone Wars. Through the two the Jedi, the family produced Galen Marek, one of the most powerful Force-wielders in galactic history. Unlike his parents, however, Galen served as an unofficial member of the Sith Order. Under the codename Starkiller, he served as the secret apprentice of the Sith Lord Darth Vader until his redemption and death in the year 2 BBY. As the last scion of the House of Marek, Galen's passing brought an end to the Marek bloodline.
The most visible sign of the family's enduring legacy was its personal crest, which became the official emblem of the Alliance to Restore the Republic. The crest also served as the official symbol of the Alliance's successor states, including the Alliance of Free Planets and the Second Galactic Republic. The crest also symbolized the New Jedi Order. A variation of the crest was also used as the emblem of the Galactic Federation of Free Alliances.
However, the family would live on in a sense through a variety of clones that were engineered within the Timira City Cloning Facility of the planet Kamino. Utilizing Galen Marek's corpse as a genetic template, Darth Vader painstakingly endeavored to create a more powerful version of his late disciple. Out of the numerous genetic failures, including a rogue clone who escaped from Kamino, a single perfect clone emerged and succeeded in accomplishing what all of his precursors had failed at—purging himself of the influence of Galen Marek's memories.
- "The blood of a true Jedi, my blood, runs in your veins."
- ―Kento Marek to his son Galen, regarding the Marek family's strong connection to the Force
The first known member of the family was Kento Marek, a member of the Jedi Order who fathered a son, Galen, with his wife, Mallie, also a Jedi. Kento met Mallie were both serving as Jedi officers in the Grand Army of the Republic during the Clone Wars when they first met. Despite the Jedi Code's restrictions against attachments and emotional bonds, the two fell in love. After marrying in secret, the two discreetly left the Jedi Order to start a new life together.
After exiling themselves and traveling from system to system, Kento and Mallie became fugitives—along with rest of their former Jedi comrades—once Order 66 had been issued. As the Galactic Empire executed a systematic exterminationof the remaining Jedi, the Marek family sought to create a safe haven for themselves on Kashyyyk. Upon their arrival, they were welcomed by the native Wookiees who were sympathetic to the persecuted Jedi Order, thus allowing the Mareks to establish a more permanent home on the Wookiee homeworld.
The House of Marek lived on Kashyyyk for roughly ten years. During their time on the Wookiee homeworld, Mallie became pregnant and gave birth to Galen Marek—a prodigy of the Force. Even at a very young age, Galen was abnormally strong in the Force, far more powerful than both of his parents. Not long after Galen's birth, Mallie was killed by Trandoshan slavers and mercenaries while protecting a group of Wookiees. At some point during the Great Jedi Purge, while Galen was still a young child, the Sith Lord Darth Vader personally oversaw an Imperial assault on Kashyyyk after learning of the Jedi presence on the planet. Kento made his last stand in front of his hut, but was ultimately slain in front of his son by the Dark Lord.
Upon discovering Kento's son, Darth Vader was genuinely shocked that a child could possess an immensely powerful connection to the Force at such a young age, much like himself in the past. After a moment of hesitation, Vader took the boy into his custody and secretly trained him as a Sith apprentice, thus violating the Rule of Two. Galen, known only to a select few by the codename "Starkiller," overcame one brutal trial after another in order to perfect his role as Vader's personal assassin. At the same time, his childhood memories became repressed and ultimately forgotten as he became increasingly immersed within the dark side of the Force.
As Starkiller, the young "Sith" aspirant executed many assassination missions for his Master over the years, which eventually led to Jedi targets such as Rahm Kota, Kazdan Paratus and Shaak Ti. But his steadfast loyalty was eventually rewarded with Vader's treachery after Darth Sidious, publicly known as Emperor Palpatine, "discovered" Starkiller's existence. Upon learning that his "death" was faked in order to deceive the Emperor, Starkiller remained loyal to Vader while carrying out his greatest task—the formation of the Rebel Alliance. Even though the mission caused him to develop certain doubts about himself and his Master, Starkiller remained dedicated to his belief in the ultimate goal that he had long since been prepared for; to become a true Sith Lord upon the Emperor's death.
His faith in Vader was again misplaced when the Dark Lord betrayed him for a second time after Starkiller succeeded in bringing the Empire's most significant enemies together on Corellia. Enraged at yet another betrayal, Starkiller dropped his codename in favor of his birth name, Galen Marek, which he rediscovered from repressed memories during his last mission for Vader. Galen's eventual conversion to the Jedi way and the light side of the Force was made possible by certain factors—Vader's betrayals, his remembrance of certain moments in his forgotten life on Kashyyyk, and mostly his growing affection for Juno Eclipse.
Galen's liberation from his role as Vader's secret apprentice would not last long. In an attempt to rescue the Alliance leaders from execution, he journeyed to the incomplete Death Star and confronted his former master. Darth Vader ultimately proved to be no match for his younger and more powerful disciple. Although he was initially tempted to kill Vader and take his place at Sidious's side, Galen chose to reject the darkness and fought the Emperor for the lives of his allies. In a selfless act of sacrifice, Galen Marek surrendered his own life to provide the Alliance leaders with enough time to escape from the Death Star, thus ending Kento Marek's bloodline with the death of the last scion of the Marek family.
Marek's sacrifice not only ensured the survival of the Rebellion's founders, but also inspired other dissidents to take up arms against the seemingly invincible Galactic Empire. At the behest of Leia Organa, an Imperial senator from Alderaan, the Marek family crest was converted into the Alliance Starbird; a symbol of hope for countless Rebels to rally around in their struggle against the Empire.
However, the Marek bloodline was ultimately preserved in an unnatural way, ironically by Darth Vader and his attempts to engineer a perfect genetic replica of his former apprentice. After Galen Marek's death, Darth Vader brought the body to Kamino and stored it within the Timira City Cloning Facility where he endeavored to create a more powerful and obedient version of his dead apprentice. The cloning process initially yielded a variety of aberrant clones, both physically deformed and psychologically deranged. Other clones were said to have progressed far in their training, only to be undermined in the end by the imprinted memories of their clone template.
Despite the fact that many clones amounted to nothing more than genetic failures, one clone in particular progressed far enough in his trials in order to cause Vader to hope that the clone would be the first stable version of Marek. Unfortunately, the clone could not overcome the imprinted memories of his proginetor, which also happened to be a common side effect of the cloning process that the other clones suffered from. Although he showed little reluctance to destroy the Rebel Alliance or even Rahm Kota, he absolutely could not bring himself to kill Juno Eclipse, and thus left Vader's side to find her. He was subsequently known as "Starkiller," Marek's former codename, though the clone refused to use either the birth name of codename of his template since both belonged to a different man.
Unknown to the renegade clone, however, Vader had also given his attention to another clone who stood out amongst all of the others. This clone also exhibited the same imprinted memories as his counterpart but unlike his clone brethren, he was able to hold his template's memories as separate from his own personal experience. The clone ultimately proved to be the most successful attempt to clone Marek in Vader's eyes, to the point where Vader finally showed him the dead body of Galen Marek, thus revealing to the clone what he already knew to be true—that he was indeed a clone and the real Starkiller was dead. Near the end of his training, the clone assured Vader that he was no longer burdened by the memories of Marek's life. He proved this to Vader when he struck down a holodroid in the image of Juno Eclipse and stated how he felt hate for Marek's weaknesses, disgust for Marek's failings, and pride for rising above them, much to Vader's approval.
Kento Marek--+--Mallie Marek | Galen Marek | +---------------------+---------------------+ | | | Starkiller (clone) Dark Apprentice (clone) Various failed clones
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