"We've been such fools. Tarnis—he's a Sith!"

Jonkan was a Human male scientist who worked on the planet Coruscant during the Cold War with the Sith Empire. A member of the Republic superweapon initiative, a weapons development project, Jonkan was a member of the design team for the Planet Prison superweapon, but his superior, Doctor Tarnis, betrayed and killed the rest of the team before stealing the weapon. While Jonkan survived the attack by Tarnis, who was actually a Sith Lord, the mortally-wounded scientist managed to help a Jedi Knight track down Tarnis before his death.

Biography[edit | edit source]

"Tarnis tricked us. Said you Jedi were going to shut the project down. Told us to bring the Planet Prison here. Keep it safe. Thought we were saving the Republic. We brought Tarnis the prototype. He turned on us. Killed everyone."

Jonkan was fatally injured by Tarnis' attack.

A Human male, Jonkan worked as a scientist for the Republic superweapon initiative, the Galactic Republic's superweapon development project, and was part of the five-man research team for the Planet Prison weapon on the Republic capital of Coruscant during the Cold War with the Sith Empire.[2] In 3643 BBY,[1] Jonkan's superior, Doctor Eli Tarnis, told the researchers that the Jedi were planning on shutting down the project, and Tarnis convinced his subordinates to bring him the prototype deep in the territory of the paramilitary Justicars' Brigade.[2]

However, once they arrived, Tarnis revealed himself to be a Sith Lord and brutally murdered the researchers before escaping with the prototype. Jonkan was the only one still alive when a Jedi Knight and the Padawan Kira Carsen arrived, and Jonkan struggled to tell the Jedi everything that had happened. When the Knight offered to take the scientist to a medcenter, Jonkan refused, saying there was no time, and told the Jedi to track the Planet Prison by its heat signature. Since the weapon needed time to build up power, Jonkan urged the pair to destroy the weapon and save Coruscant. Thanks to Jonkan, the Knight was able to locate Tarnis and the weapon in the ruins of the Jedi Temple.[2]

Personality and traits[edit | edit source]

"Never meant to hurt anyone. Please, Tarnis took the Planet Prison. You have to stop him."

Dark-skinned with brown eyes, Jonkan had gray hair by the time of the Cold War. The man was an intelligent scientist, but he trusted his superior, Tarnis, enough to believe that the Jedi would shut down the Planet Prison project. While dying, Jonkan felt that the safety of Coruscant and the Republic was more important than his own life, and he used his last moments to help the Jedi find the stolen weapon.[2]

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

Jonkan first appeared in Star Wars: The Old Republic, a video game released by BioWare and LucasArts in 2011, during the Jedi Knight-class mission "Tracking Down the Traitor." Jonkan starts the next mission in the storyline, "Race to the Ruins," by informing the player how to locate Tarnis.[2]

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Notes and references[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Using comments and information from The Old Republic—The Lost Suns 2, The Old Republic: Annihilation, SWInsider.png "The Last Battle of Colonel Jace Malcom"—Star Wars Insider 137, and SWTOR mini.png Forums: Dear Story Team, What Year Are We Currently In? on The Old Republic's official website (backup link), it is possible to place the events of the Prologue and Act I for all classes in Star Wars: The Old Republic in 3643 BBY, the general events of Act II in 3642 BBY, and the events of Act III for all classes in 3641 BBY.
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 SWTOR mini.png Star Wars: The Old Republic—Jedi Knight Mission: "Tracking Down the Traitor" on Coruscant
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