- "My first loyalty is to the Empire."
"Nonsense. Your first loyalty is—and probably always has been—to yourself."
- ―Nyna Calixte and Roan Fel
Morrigan Corde was a Human female who served as an Imperial Intelligence agent before and during the Sith–Imperial War and later a Moff in the Moff High Council of the new Galactic Empire around 137 ABY under the persona of Nyna Calixte. While out in the field, she had a chance meeting with Kol Skywalker, a member of the Jedi Council. The pair fell in love, married and had a son, Cade. However, claiming that the Empire recalled her back into service, Morrigan left her new family when Cade was still a toddler. Shortly afterward, she abandoned her true identity for approximately two decades, assuming the persona of Nyna Calixte.
As Calixte, Corde became the Director of Imperial Intelligence, and was later appointed a Moff. She entered into a marriage with fellow Moff Rulf Yage, and they had a daughter, Gunn. However, the marriage would prove to be short lived, and Calixte entered into an affair with another Moff, the more powerful Morlish Veed.
When the One Sith approached the Empire in 128 ABY offering to help in the Empire's war against the Galactic Federation of Free Alliances, they did so through Calixte. She manipulated the other Moffs into accepting the Sith's offer, then plotted with Veed to place him on the Imperial throne. However, her plan was foiled when Darth Krayt claimed the throne for himself.
In 137 ABY, she "reactivated" her Morrigan Corde persona to help keep Cade Skywalker from being turned to the dark side of the Force by the Sith. She also began to feed information to Roan Fel to undermine the Sith efforts to enforce their absolute rule throughout the galaxy and win back Fel's trust.
- 1 Biography
- 2 Personality and traits
- 3 Equipment
- 4 Behind the scenes
- 5 Appearances
- 6 Sources
- 7 Notes and references
- "Morrigan, I'm a Jedi—I can feel your emotions. You're torn between going and staying. Why not stay with me—and our son?"
"And do what?! Go with you to Ossus?! Be Cade's mommy?! Do you think the other Jedi would let me raise Cade?! He's a Skywalker! Heir to a great name—and he'll be just as trapped by it as you are, Kol! Kol, look—our meeting was an accident. I regret nothing of our time together, especially not Cade. But we have different paths to follow. Mine lies with the Empire. And Cade is better off going with you to Ossus."
"Cade's asleep. Do you want to say good-bye to him before you leave?"
"If I looked at him, I couldn't leave. Good-bye, Kol."
- ―Kol Skywalker and Morrigan Corde
Prior to the Sith–Imperial War, Corde operated under her true identity of Morrigan Corde and was employed as an Imperial Intelligence agent. While out in the field, she met and fell in love with Kol Skywalker, a member of the Jedi Council. After being paired together on a mission, the pair secretly married, with Kol's brother Nat being one of the very few people that knew about the marriage. Kol and Corde had a son, Cade, and Corde spent around two years away from her Imperial Intelligence job to raise him. During this time, Imperial Intelligence had considered Corde as missing in action, and she eventually felt trapped in her new role as the non-Force-sensitive mother to a Skywalker child. Corde believed that she had a different path to follow than that of Kol and the Jedi, and she felt that by her continuing her military career, she was doing the right thing. In the face of objections from Kol, Corde decided that leaving her husband and young son was what was required of her. Shortly after returning to Imperial Intelligence in 117 ABY, Morrigan Corde retired from the field, and she would not operate under the identity again until 137 ABY.
As "Nyna Calixte", another identity, she rose rapidly through the ranks of Imperial Intelligence, eventually becoming the head of the department. At some point she was also appointed to the position of Moff, although some of her colleagues on the Council of Moffs insinuated that she had not earned the honor through merit alone. Also around this time, she married and later divorced her fellow Moff Rulf Yage, and together they had a daughter, Gunn. Nyna had very little to do with Gunn's upbringing, and Gunn despised her mother for leaving her and her father and entering into an affair with Morlish Veed, an affair that Calixte hoped would benefit her politically.
In 126 ABY, Nyna was aboard a Star Destroyer above the planet Wayland. At the same time, a damaged shuttle carrying Kol Skywalker, his son Cade, Jedi Knight Wolf Sazen and the Vong Master Shaper Nei Rin fled the planet after an attack caused by the sabotage of the Ossus Project, which had turned Wayland's inhabitants into Vongspawn. Calixte's Star Destroyer rescued the vessel and the former lovers met again. Though Skywalker did not betray Nyna's former identity, he asked him if she'd want to speak to Cade. She nonetheless refused to talk to her son, even though he had not recognized her.
The Sith-Imperial War
- "Your plots, your betrayals, your desire for control—had you Force ability, you might have made a good Sith—under Darth Sidious."
- ―Darth Maladi to Nyna Calixte
When the One Sith first approached the Galactic Empire in an effort to aid them in their war against the Galactic Alliance, they did so through her. The Sith had engineered the war in an attempt to destabilize the galaxy, after sabotaging the Ossus Project and using the lingering hatred many still felt against the Yuuzhan Vong for their invasion over one hundred years ago to shift the blame. The Empire declared war against both the Galactic Alliance and the Jedi, and when the Sith approached the Empire with their help, Calixte manipulated the other Moffs into allying with the Sith behind Emperor Roan Fel's back. Appealing to the Moffs' greed for power, she then secured their cooperation and received the approval of the Moffs to join the war on their side.
In 130 ABY, Fel discovered the extent of the Sith conspiracy, and realized that Calixte was behind it. After angrily confronting her and almost killing her with his lightsaber, he backed down only when he received a communication from Morlish Veed that the Galactic Alliance had surrendered. Shortly after accepting the surrender of the Galactic Alliance, Roan Fel stated that he wanted to send a diplomatic mission to the Jedi on Ossus, with the intent of persuading them to join the Empire. When Rulf Yage and Darth Nihl instead led an attack on the Jedi, Calixte expressed her disapproval to Darth Maladi, stating that the attack had gone off without the approval or knowledge of both the Emperor and the other Moffs.
Confident that the Jedi massacre would provide a cause to depose Fel as Emperor, Calixte and Veed celebrated what they thought was Veed's imminent promotion at his apartment. However, Calixte was suspicious of the Sith's motives, although she did not share these suspicions with Veed. Calixte then took it upon herself to sneak over to Roan Fel's quarters and informed him that it would be in his best interest to flee. When Fel questioned why she was helping him, she informed him that she knew that Darth Krayt was going to install himself as Emperor, and that Fel's survival was in the interests of both her and Fel. Fel reluctantly agreed and sent a decoy in his place, secretly making his escape with Imperial Knight Antares Draco at his side.
Once Darth Krayt had installed himself on the throne after killing Roan Fel's double, he sent Maladi to Calixte's quarters to get the Moff to explain herself, since she had advised the Sith that Fel would be present. Calixte said that the Sith underestimated Fel, and that they needed both her and Veed to keep the other Moffs united. Maladi relented, but stated that although Calixte could keep Imperial Intelligence largely unchanged, she now had to report to Maladi.
The search for her son
- "I'm Morrigan Corde. Imperial agent. Like you, I've been assigned to find Skywalker. If you hadn't tried to kill me before, I could have told you that and saved us both the time and trouble."
- ―Morrigan Corde, to Jor Torlin
In 137 ABY, she attended the torture session of the captured Jedi Hosk Trey'lis in Darth Maladi's laboratory. After witnessing Maladi torturing the Jedi in order to get information on a bounty hunter named Cade, Calixte received orders from Maladi to locate the bounty hunter. Calixte queried Maladi on the Sith's interests in locating and capturing Cade. However, Maladi, unaware that Calixte was also Morrigan Corde, offered no answers other than it was Darth Krayt's order and should not be questioned. After Calixte pointed out that she needed all available info to do her job properly, Maladi offered up the fact that Cade was a Skywalker.
Armed with this piece of information, Calixte returned to her quarters and had a discussion with Veed regarding Cade's importance. They decided that they would try and get to him first, in order to use him as a pawn against the Sith. For this purpose, she "hired" Morrigan Corde, as she did not trust any of Maladi's agents. After viewing one of Calixte's security cam feeds from a gambling haven called the Wheel, they discovered that the Wheel was Cade's last known location.
Using her true name again, Morrigan Corde traveled to the Wheel and encountered Jor Torlin, an agent of Maladi's sent by Sith Intelligence. Corde set up a brawl to test his mettle and helped him defeat his assailants. In repayment, Torlin turned on her, but not before she sprayed him with a knockout gas, rendering him unconscious. Calixte then proceeded to carry Torlin back to his ship, the Raider.
Reaching the ship, Corde told the Wheel's security that Torlin was overserved. Apparently satisfied with the explanation, they let the pair on board. Corde then proceeded to tie the still-unconscious Torlin to a chair and familiarize herself with the ship and its weapons. When Torlin woke up, she berated him for trying to kill her, and then proceeded to threaten to kill him. After Torlin called her bluff, the pair reluctantly formed a partnership. They discussed possible locations that Skywalker might have gone, and since he was no longer on the Wheel, Corde suggested they take care of some other business while they were there.
When Torlin expressed surprise that there was other business to take care of, Corde again berated him for not seeing the bigger picture. She explained that there were two shuttles parked at the Wheel: one belonged to Admiral Gar Stazi of the Galactic Alliance, and the other was a ship that had defected to Roan Fel's faction of the Empire. After pointing out that Stazi and Mingo Bovark, Fel's emissary, were discussing an alliance, she suggested breaking up the negotiations, but to do it in a way that made it seem like both parties were going to blame the other. Torlin then proposed using several Command Override Limpet Droids on the Imperial vessel, and once they were attached, the pair overrode the commands of the Imperial shuttle from Torlin's ship and shot at the Galactic Alliance shuttle. The incident was a success: Stazi blamed Bovark for the incident, and the Imperials loyal to Fel were banned from ever setting foot on the Wheel. Once they had ended the potential alliance, Calixte and Torlin resumed their mission to find Cade Skywalker.
The pair traveled to Ossus, with Corde saying it was more likely he was there instead of their other potential destination, Hapes. Upon reaching Ossus, Torlin decided that it was time to end their collaboration. When he tried to shoot Corde, she released a nerve toxin from an ampule she had implanted in his body while he was under the effect of the gas on the Wheel, killing him. After watching a hologram of her and Kol, she decided to leave Cade alone, unable to bear the thought of seeing him again.
- "Everything I've gotten from my sources…from the other Moffs…suggests that Skywalker is on Coruscant. If the Sith have called off the chase, they must have him."
- ―Nyna Calixte, to Morlish Veed
Back in her Calixte persona, she contacted the Feeorin pirate Rav and arranged to capture Cade's friends Deliah Blue and Jariah Syn, in order to interrogate them regarding Cade's whereabouts. After Rav had turned the pair over to her, she used an interrogator droid on Blue and Syn when they refused to divulge anything about Cade. Realizing that she could not gain anything more from the duo, Calixte turned the pair over to the Sith.
Following this, Calixte was present at a gathering of the Moff Council where she was instructed by Maladi to call off the search for Cade Skywalker. Upon inquiring why, Maladi simply advised Calixte that it was not her concern anymore. After the meeting, Calixte eventually learned from Rulf Yage that Gunn was among those who spotted Cade's ship on Coruscant. Believing that her daughter might hold some key information about Skywalker, Calixte interrupted a private dinner between Gunn and Rulf. After receiving a cold welcome from both her daughter and former lover, Calixte questioned Gunn on what she had seen during the pursuit of Skywalker's ship—combining Gunn's testimony with what she already knew, Calixte was able to deduce that Cade was on Coruscant and had been captured by the Sith.
Realizing the importance of the information she had learned, Calixte shared this information with her current lover, Morlish Veed. Believing that he could use Skywalker as a pawn against the Sith, Veed promptly hired Morrigan Corde to remove Cade from the Sith Temple and bring him into Veed's custody. Preserving her alternate identity, Calixte, as Corde, sneaked into Veed's room later that night and demanded two things: that he turn over to her the three dozen Yuuzhan Vong thud bugs that the Imperials recently confiscated from the criminal organization known as Black Sun, and to pull his Predator-class fighter off the Temple on her signal. After Veed made some unwanted sexual advances toward her, he agreed to her demands, thus giving Corde room to leave.
Following her encounter at Veed's apartment, Corde managed to locate Deliah Blue and Jariah Syn at Rik's Cantina, located in the undercity of Coruscant. Syn and Blue were freed from the Sith Temple by Cade, who promised to pledge himself to the Sith and their teachings in exchange for their freedom. At the moment Corde walked in, Blue and Syn were locked in an argument with rival smugglers Kee and Chak over the fate of Cade's ship, the Mynock, and its possible use in rescuing Cade from the Sith. Upon overhearing Blue exclaim to the other three smugglers that she wasn't leaving Coruscant until they rescued Cade, Corde interrupted the group of smugglers and insisted that she had a plan to rescue him from the Sith.
Managing to bribe the cantina's owner into silence, Corde presented her plan to the four smugglers present. During the course of the conversation, Corde advised them that Cade was her son—Syn, however, refused to believe her. Nevertheless, Chak was able to confirm that the holo she presented to the group, which displayed herself with Kol Skywalker and a young Cade, was in fact real. Upon this discovery, Corde received the grudging support from the four smugglers. With her plan to rescue Cade starting to take shape, Corde advised the group to fly to the coordinates she had specified and wait.
Back in her Calixte persona, she found out that Veed was going to deliver the thud bugs to Corde personally. However, Calixte accused Veed of being attracted to Corde, and she stated that she was going to make the delivery to Corde herself.
Later on, as Corde, she delivered the thud bugs to the Mynock and tasked Syn and Kee with modifying them, requesting that some be made to act as spy cameras. The rest were to act as "boom bugs", which were bugs with explosives attached to them. Once the pair had completed their task, Calixte disguised herself as a Sith, and managed to infiltrate the Sith Temple in order to plant the bugs in an effort to track Cade. Three weeks after the bugs were planted, one of the spy bugs located Corde's query.
Corde tasked Syn with three specific jobs: first, he was to key a specific spy bug to follow Cade; second, Syn was to place another spy bug outside Krayt's chambers; lastly, he was to move all of the boom bugs near a hangar at the Sith Temple. The plan was to proceed once Cade was near a window or some other accessible spot; at that point, they would then attempt their rescue. When Cade was spotted to be on the move by one of Syn's spy bugs, Calixte ordered the rescue team to get into position. The spy bug in question had recorded Cade being captured and brought to Darth Krayt's chambers by Darth Talon, who suspected he was just pretending to follow the Sith teachings. After being confronted about his lack of loyalty to the Sith by Krayt, Cade then engaged Darth Talon, Darth Nihl, and eventually Darth Krayt himself, in lightsaber combat.
After Corde ordered the Mynock to position itself near the window of Krayt's room at the Sith Temple, she ordered Syn to use the boom bugs to blow up the Sith hangar in order to create a diversion. Using a rocket pack to fly up to the window near Krayt's chambers, Corde shot Darth Krayt in the back as he was dueling Cade Skywalker. Cade took this opportunity to escape, with Jariah Syn catching him as he jumped out the window. With Cade on board the Mynock, Corde had a short conversation with him via a comlink, in which she told him that she was his mother and that she would not answer any questions he may have. She did, however, make one request of him: to run as far away as possible. Corde proceeded to state that she had an alternate escape route, and used her rocket pack to fly away.
- ―Nyna Calixte, viewing an old holo of herself with Kol and Cade Skywalker
Back at Calixte's apartment, Veed discussed with her the reports of Cade's escape from the Sith Temple and the Sith's anger because of it. During the conversation, Veed noticed the choker that Calixte wore in her Corde guise lying on a table and asked Calixte about it. Calixte replied that it was a "family heirloom," and took it from him.
The pair then made plans to order in some food, but she insisted they do so later, and at his place. Veed then took his leave, and after Calixte got prepared, she activated the choker and viewed the Skywalker family holo that emerged, telling her son to run.
A turning tide
- "It's time for dear Gunner to step up her career and use her black-ops training."
- ―Nyna Calixte
Some time later, Emperor Krayt and his most trusted Sith Lords - Darths Wyyrlok, Stryfe, Maladi and Talon - departed for Had Abbadon. After arriving, they were ambushed by a group of Jedi and Imperial Knights led by Cade Skywalker. The fight resulted in Krayt's death, but at the hands of Darth Wyyrlok, not the Jedi. When the Sith returned to Coruscant, Lord Wyyrlok announced Krayt had been placed in stasis on Korriban after suffering severe injuries and that Wyyrlok would rule the Empire as Regent. Calixte discussed the situation with Veed, and the two Moffs decided to uncover the truth concerning Krayt. While Veed was summoned to a meeting with Lord Wyyrlok, Calixte told him that she would be absent while trying to find a way to infiltrate Korriban, which had been declared off limits to all non-Sith. Calixte told her lover to listen to Wyyrlok, but not to agree to anything until she returned to discuss it.
In a plan to put her daughter's black ops training to the test, Corde, as Calixte, sent her daughter Gunn Yage to Tatooine to meet with Nieve Gromia, Moff of the Arkanis sector, who had been tasked with stopping a series of pirate attacks on Imperial shipments. Black Sun pirates had been stealing Imperial shipments in the sector for months, but lately Cade Skywalker and his crew began to interfere and take the cargo for themselves, upsetting a deal that was secretly struck between Gromia and Lun Rask, Black Sun's Vigo in the Arkanis sector.
Calixte informed her daughter that she would have Morrigan Corde as backup, and that Corde would meet up with her on Tatooine. When Yage met with Moff Gromia, the latter was surprised to learn that Corde had reappeared after so many years. Upon viewing recent intelligence provided to her by Gromia, Yage identified the ship that had been preying on the shipments and named its captain. Gromia ordered Yage to infiltrate Mos Eisley and capture Cade, but in secret Gromia contacted Rask, prompting him to send three assassins to hunt down both Yage and Skywalker.
Yage succeeded in capturing Cade. However, when Morrigan Corde arrived, Yage informed her that she reported to Gromia first, per regulations. Corde pointed out that the regulations did not apply to covert ops. She warned her daughter that Gromia's constant failures indicated a leak to Black Sun who would kill Yage, but the younger woman replied that she had the situation under control.
Later that night, Corde found Syn, who had been chased off by an angry Twi'lek for flirting with his wife by pretending to be a Jedi. She enlisted his help to track Cade and Gunn. However, their search was delayed by a sandstorm, forcing them to take cover in a cave. While Syn was willing to wait it out, Corde pointed out the possibility that Cade might have been killed. Syn assured her that he and Cade had been through worse. As the two talked, she asked Syn if he had ever thought about joining the Empire.
When the storm cleared, the pair located Cade and Gunn at an abandoned moisture farm, where they were attacked by the Black Sun assassins: a Blood Carver named Ku Vrat and Nakia and Sint Yoru, an Anzati couple. Calixte engaged Ku Vrat but he struck her to the ground. Before Vrat could kill Corde, she fired a poison dart into his neck. Deciding that his foe should die along with himself, Vrat once again knocked Calixte to the ground. Before he could deliver the finishing blow, he was struck by Syn's Vong bugs, which killed him. Meanwhile, Cade and Gunn killed Sint Yoru and captured Nakia. Corde and Yage engaged in a discussion until the older woman slapped Yage and told her that evidence pointed towards Gromia, who had already been involved in a corruption scandal, being the informant. Afterwards, Yage confronted Gromia, though the situation ended with the Moff dead.
Meanwhile, Corde, Cade and Syn took the Anzat One, Nakia and Sint's starship, and went after Rask, who operated from a station on the planet Kaer. On the way there, Cade confronted his mother for abandoning him and his father. Corde admitted that she had known of the Sith manipulation behind the war but didn't anticipate that they would attack Ossus. She also admitted that she loved both Kol and Cade.
As the Anzat One arrived at Rask's base, they forced Nakia to dock the ship; Corde told the Anzat that she had been injected with a poison while in stasis and that Corde would give her the antidote if she cooperated. Cade confronted Rask at lightsaber point, forcing the Houk into a deal to steal from the rest of the Vigos. However, Corde shot Rask, causing Cade to turn on his mother and Force choke her, even though she argued that Rask was lying and wouldn't allow them to leave the station. Cade then unleashed Force lightning at her, as he had promised he wouldn't kill the Vigo. As Corde tried to reason with Cade saying she was his mother, he kept attacking her, full of anger for her abandonment. Corde's life was then saved by the intervention of Syn. The more calmed Cade ordered his mother to leave. As Cade and Syn left on the Anzat One, Nakia begged Corde for the antidote; Corde complied and gave her a vial, with a content of true poison.
- "You're now a Sith tool, Morlish"
- ―Moff Calixte to Regent Veed
Back on Coruscant, Nyna learned that, against her advice, Veed had accepted Wyyrlok's offer to be made Regent of the Empire, though still under the authority of the Chagrian Sith Lord, which made him the public face of the Empire and the one to answer for any potential atrocity committed by the Sith.
At a meeting with the Moff Council, Nyna learned of the implementation of Operation: Thunderstroke and that Veed's sources—Sith, not Calixte—had informed him of a spy loyal to the deposed Emperor Fel. At his office Calixte approached Veed and criticized him for accepting the title of Regent without consulting her. Veed then lashed out at a surprised Calixte, telling her that they were never equals, and that he was only using her until her usefulness ran out.
Though Veed ordered Nyna to remain on Coruscant, she nonetheless infiltrated the Pellaeon-class Star Destroyer War Hammer, disguised as an Imperial Navy officer. As the vessel prepared to make its way to Agamar to capture Roan Fel at a meeting with representatives of the Jedi Order, Nyna left the ship aboard a starship alongside a cargo drop programmed for Wayland, where she hadn't been to since before the Sith-Imperial War. As there was no one registered for the drop site and she was unable to relay a message to Emperor Fel without it being detected by Rulf Yage, commanding officer of the War Hammer, she decided to make her way to Agamar to save the Emperor.
Once on Agamar orbit, and unable to reach Emperor Fel, Calixte decided to land far from the meeting so as to avoid being attacked. She bought the hat, cloak and mount from a farmer and told him to hide her ship. As the First Sith Imperial Strikeforce prepared their space attack and the Jedi agreed to cooperate with Fel, Calixte reached her goal, only to be fired upon by the Imperial Knights. Fel recognized her and ordered his Knights to stop firing. Surrounded by lightsabers, Calixte immediately warned the others that the Sith knew of the meeting and had sent a strike force to capture Fel.
Calixte managed to reach the assembly, but her warning came too late: the Sith arrived soon after she did and attacked the Jedi and Imperial Knights. Moff Calixte joined the fight on the side of Emperor Fel and drew a blaster to defend herself from the marauding Sith Lords. The encounter ended in Roan Fel's escape, but the Sith managed to capture Princess Marasiah Fel.
Calixte later returned to Coruscant, where she witnessed Darth Havok taking Princess Fel from Veed's hands and the latter argument between Veed and her ex-husband about how Operation: Thunderstroke had failed. When Yage left, Veed questioned her about her previous whereabouts. She lied, saying she had been in the Undercity of Coruscant looking for information on Krayt's supposed death. Veed gave her a new assignment: find the traitor who warned Fel of the trap. Calixte, apparently amused by this assignment, said she'd give it her highest priority.
The spy is exposed
- "I know you are Roan Fel's spy. You're a traitor to the Empire -- and to me!"
- ―Morlish Veed
Sometime after being assigned to find the traitor, Morlish almost found out about Calixte's double life when he discovered her reminiscing about her past in the middle of the night. He scolded her and told her to return to bed.
Calixte was present with Veed in the throne room of the Sith Temple when Darth Krayt, having resurrected, returned to Coruscant to reclaim his throne from Darth Wyyrlok. Krayt and Wyyrlok proceeded to engage in a fierce duel, in which Krayt was victorious. With himself fit again to rule the Empire, Krayt dismissed Veed as Regent, but allowed him to resume his position as Grand Admiral. Krayt then announced his plan to bring war to the galaxy.
Spying on Emperor Krayt and Grand Admiral Veed, Calixte learned that the Dark Lord had sensed the presence of Roan Fel's spy through the Force and witnessed Veed being ordered to find the spy under threat of death. This prompted Nyna to plan her escape and contact Cade, telling him to meet her at the Wheel in three days.
Calixte's identity as Fel's spy was soon discovered by Veed, thanks to Veed's own spy on Bastion: Master Hogrum Chalk. Under the pretense of celebrating he had discovered Konrad Rus was Fel's spy, Veed interrupted Calixte in her apartment as she prepared to leave Coruscant. Veed poured some Merenzane Gold unto a pair of glasses and gave one to her. She quickly discovered she had been given poison and attacked Veed. Nyna took a blaster from her bag while Veed took one from his boot. They shot at each other, and Calixte fell over the edge of her apartment's landing platform. Afterward, Veed reported Calixte's treachery and execution to Moff Yage.
- "I... am here to... make amends, if I can. To... clear the air... between us... before I die."
- ―Morrigan to her son Cade
However, as she was falling to a certain death, Calixte took her jetpack from her bag and escaped without being seen by Veed. She made her way to the Raider, which was still in her possession, and cured the blaster wounds she had sustained with bacta patches. However, she had no antidote for the poison. Despite the poison's effects, Nyna made her way to the Wheel and to the safe house she had told Cade they would meet. Without being under her Morrigan Corde identity, she was quickly subdued by Syn and Blue, who still remembered how she had tortured and given them to the Sith. However, she was released after she produced the Skywalker family holo she kept and Cade confirmed her identity, sensing the truth through the Force. She offered Cade the names and locations of several Sith for him to eliminate. Even though she told Cade that despite her many lies, her love for him and her father were real, Cade refused to heal her, as the only person he had saved without going to the dark side was Blue, whom he loved, unlike Corde.
At that moment, Kol Skywalker appeared as a Force ghost, asking Cade to heal Calixte for him. After a short discussion, Cade relented and tried, though he kept remembering the abandonment the two had suffered because of Nyna. Kol then told his son to forgive his mother and let go of his anger towards her, and then told Corde, despite the fact that the latter couldn't hear him, that he had forgiven her and that he loved her. Soon after, Cade succeeded in healing his mother and, tearful, told her he forgave her.
Hours later, and back in her Morrigan Corde identity, Nyna joined the Mynock crew, and witnessed a short duel between her son and Emperor Krayt's Hand, Darth Talon, during which the Sith Lady revealed she had left "a gift" for Cade: a carbonite-frozen Antares Draco. After being unfrozen, the Imperial Knight confessed he had revealed the location of the Hidden Temple to the Sith.
Aboard the Mynock, Corde travelled to Taivas with her son and his friends, and participated in the defense of the Temple against the Sith Imperial forces. As several Sith-Imperial starfighters attacked the Mynock, Corde scanned their ship-to-ship chatter, and learned that one of the enemy pilots was her daughter, whom she refused to shoot.
Later after the battle on Taivas, Corde revealed herself still alive to her daughter and Rulf Yage. She then explained to him the truth about herself and said she didn't expect forgivness. Rulf said that the discussion should be saved for another time but was for the moments just happy she was alive.
Meanwhile, as the leadership of the Sith Empire believed her dead, her position as Director of Imperial Intelligence was given to Moff Fehlaaur'aitel'loro, who reported that Calixte had left the organization in shambles.
Morrigan joined the strike team her son led to Coruscant, where she helped destroy the planet's defenses. As the allied fleet jumped into the system and a battle broke out, Morrigan located Veed and shot him in the back. Wounded, Veed was surprized to see Morrigan there, and Morrigan finished him off after saying Nyna Calixte sends her regards.
Cade later found Morrigan after successfully finishing Krayt, and asked to use her ship so he could fly Krayt's body into Coruscant's sun to ensure that Krayt couldn't return this time. Morrigan was devastated, but allowed Cade to take the ship. She also gave her son the holo of their family, asking him to tell Kol that she loved him when they met again.
However, Cade chose to eject from the ship after talking to the spirit of his ancestor, the famous Jedi Grand Master Luke Skywalker, and deciding to hope that Krayt hadn't placed his spirit in him, which turned out to be correct. Morrigan later told Syn and Blue to find Cade since the holo she gave him also had a tracker in it. They followed the signal and managed to find Cade, who was now free to live his life now that his destiny had been fulfilled.
Personality and traits
- "Won't apologize for... who I am... what I've done. Told... too many lies. Lived... more. But there are two truths... in my life. I loved your father and... whatever you may think... however it seems... I love you."
- ―Morrigan Corde to her son, Cade Skywalker
Nyna Calixte exhibited astute political acumen, and was seen by many as manipulative. Indeed, Darth Maladi noted that if she was Force-sensitive, her manipulative personality would have made her a good Sith under Darth Sidious. Calixte was cold and calculating, with a ruthlessness that was matched only by her ambition. She was the one who manipulated the Moff Council into allying with the Sith, and was seen as the person behind Morlish Veed's political ambitions to become Emperor. However, knowing that Darth Krayt was going to assume the throne, she was also the person who warned Emperor Roan Fel about the coup in 130 ABY, thus betraying the Sith. She also displayed a lack of trust towards both the Sith, especially Darth Maladi, and her own lover, Morlish Veed. Calixte's former brother-in-law, Nat Skywalker, noted that she was extremely secretive about herself.
Her fierce, calculating intelligence made her one of the most dangerous people in the galaxy and a match even for the Sith. She was the one who realized that Darth Krayt was going to seize power for himself and she therefore warned Emperor Fel about the upcoming coup against him. This makes her the true instigator of the conflict that followed in which she also played a great role. She spent the next seven years trying to overthrow the Sith and even tried to save Emperor Fel when she learnt he was in danger.
Calixte/Corde refused to let anyone get close to her emotionally, and that extended to her relationship with her children. She had little to no part in her daughter Gunn's upbringing, with Gunn's father, Rulf, being her primary caregiver. For her part, Gunn despised her mother, even going so far as to call her a "nasty old rancor." Her relationship with her son Cade was practically non-existent, having left him and his father, Kol, when Cade was around two years old. However, when she found out that Cade had survived the Massacre at Ossus and was being sought after by the Sith, she reactivated her Morrigan Corde persona for the sole purpose of rescuing him. Because the sight of him would threaten to overtake her emotions, she refused to be near him both times she had located him. Cade, for his part, assumed his mother was long dead, and was shocked to discover otherwise. As for her relationship with Kol Skywalker, she has proven to have fallen in love with him, reasoning that, despite her personality, he still loved her. Whether she truly loved Rulf Yage is unknown, but she did tell him the truth about herself and said she didn't expect his forgiveness for what she had done, meaning she at least hoped to make things right between them.
By her own admission, Corde had some success in shielding her thoughts from Force users. In her guise as Corde, she exhibited knowledge of hand-to-hand combat when she helped Jor Torlin defeat the thugs on the Wheel. Working as an intelligence agent, Calixte was multilingual, capable of understanding Bocce, Huttese, High Galactic, Gran, and Twi'leki, in addition to Basic.
As Morrigan Corde, she had two distinguishing pieces of equipment; the first being her communication devices, and the second being her choker containing the holo of her family. Her comm devices were small, flat, circular white patches located on her face, and there were two of them: one under her left eye, and the other on her chin. The patch on her left cheek had a line attached to her left ear, and the one on her chin had a line attached to her bottom lip.
Morrigan wore the choker around her neck, and she often displayed the contents when she was alone. However, she did show the holo to Cade's associates when they doubted her claim as to being Cade's mother. Although the holo was dismissed as fake by Jariah Syn, Chak confirmed the holo was real, having worked around the Jedi Temple on Ossus around the time period the holo was taken.
She also kept a blaster and a jetpack concealed within one of her bags. Thanks to this, she survived an assassination attempt by her former lover, Morlish Veed.
Behind the scenes
Morrigan Corde and Nyna Calixte were created by John Ostrander and Jan Duursema, and were first mentioned in Star Wars: Legacy 0. She made her first in-universe appearance as Nyna Calixte in the first issue of Stars Wars: Legacy, but did not make her first appearance as Morrigan Corde until Legacy 9. Jan Duursema has said Calixte's full name is pronounced Nine-uh Kalix-tay, and that Morrigan Corde's last name is pronounced "Cord". Corde was thought to be a totally separate character from Nyna Calixte until the release of Legacy 19. Jan Duursema commented that they had deliberately not left any clues or hints as to their common identity. The final scene of the issue, in which both characters are revealed to be the same person at Calixte's apartment, was written in a way so that the reader is the only person privy to the secret. Author John Ostrander later confirmed in a forum post that Nyna and Morrigan are the same person, but it remained unclear which persona was the "real" one, until the release of the two previews on Dark Horse's website that confirmed the Corde persona as being the true identity.
During Corde's first appearance in the Trust Issues arc, her eyes were colored blue, but in all later appearances they were colored green. Jan Duursema has stated that the blue eye color was a coloring mistake.
Duursema has unofficially estimated the character's age as "about forty," giving a birth date of c. 97 ABY.
- Legacy 8
- Legacy 1 (First appearance)
- Legacy 9
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- Legacy 17
- Legacy 18
- Legacy 19 (First identified as Morrigan Corde)
- Legacy 24 (In flashback(s))
- Legacy 35
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- Legacy 42 (Mentioned only)
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- Legacy—War 1
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- Legacy—War 3
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- Legacy—War 5
- Legacy—War 6
- Star Wars: Legacy 0 (First mentioned)
- "The Art of War"—Star Wars Insider 89 (Picture only)
- Star Wars: Panel to Panel Volume 2: Expanding the Universe
- Star Wars: Legacy 0½
- "Blaster"—Star Wars Insider 101
- The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia
- Legacy Era Campaign Guide
- "Ask Lobot"—Star Wars Insider 118
- "Blaster"—Star Wars Insider 121
Notes and references
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- Star Wars: Legacy 0
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- Legacy—War 1
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- Legacy Era Campaign Guide
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- The New Essential Guide to Characters