"We've been such fools. Tarnis—he's a Sith!"
―Jonkan[src]

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[src]

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."
―Jonkan[src]

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 SWTOR mini.png STAR WARS: The Old Republic - Question ! :) - Page 3 on The Old Republic's official website (backup link) places Star Wars: The Old Republic about ten to twelve years after the signing of the Treaty of Coruscant, which is dated to 3653 BBY by Star Wars: The Old Republic Encyclopedia. The Old Republic—The Lost Suns 2 takes place ten years after the treaty, one week after the mission to Nar Shaddaa, and around the time of the SpecForce Incident. Since the mission and the incident are respectively part of Act I of the Jedi Knight and Republic Trooper's storylines, and the Trooper's Act I occurs concurrent to Act I of the Smuggler storyline, the general events of Act I for all classes can be assumed to occur in 3643 BBY. The Prologue for each class immediately precedes Act I, and Act III for all classes begins with the start of the Galactic War, which Star Wars: The Old Republic Encyclopedia places around 3640 BBY. Assuming that in-universe chronology of the Star Wars: The Old Republic events roughly aligns with the release of story content in real-life as with SWTOR mini.png Forums: Dear Story Team, What Year Are We Currently In? on The Old Republic's official website (backup link), the Act III Epilogue must take place near the end of 3640 BBY since it was the chronologically latest story of the The Old Republic base game, which was released toward the end of 2011. Therefore, assuming that The Old Republic takes place over the course of three years per the former of the two aforementioned swtor.com posts, Act I takes place near the end of 3643 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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