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{{Quote|This is crazy... A blind man and a fool, against the Empire...|Rahm Kota to Starkiller|Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (video game)}}
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A '''skirmish''' in [[Cloud City/Legends|Cloud City]] on the [[Planet/Legends|planet]] [[Bespin/Legends|Bespin]] occurred in [[2 BBY/Legends|2 BBY]] between the [[Imperial Military/Legends|armed forces]] of the [[Galactic Empire/Legends|Galactic Empire]] and [[Galen Marek|Starkiller]], the [[Sith apprentice/Legends|secret apprentice]] and [[Sith assassin|personal assassin]] of the [[Sith Lord/Legends|Sith Lord]] [[Anakin Skywalker/Legends|Darth Vader]]. Before Starkiller's arrival on Cloud City, his [[Sith Master/Legends|master]] ordered him to create an [[Alliance to Restore the Republic/Legends|army]] that would fight the Empire for control of the [[The galaxy/Legends|galaxy]]. Once [[Palpatine/Legends|Darth Sidious]], the [[Dark Lord of the Sith/Legends|Dark Lord of the Sith]] who was publicly known as the [[Galactic Emperor/Legends|Emperor]] Palpatine, became sufficiently distracted by the [[Alliance to Restore the Republic/Legends|rebellion]], Vader assured Starkiller that they would both assassinate Sidious before usurping control over the Empire.
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[[Battle aboard the Empirical|Shortly after]] Starkiller began his mission, he decided to search for an ally who could provide him with the contacts and resources that were required to build an army of rebels and dissidents. His choice fell on [[Jedi General/Legends|General]] [[Rahm Kota]], a [[Jedi/Legends|Jedi]] fugitive whom Starkiller [[Battle of the TIE Fighter Construction Facility|severely injured]] on a [[TIE Fighter Construction Facility]] above [[Nar Shaddaa/Legends|Nar Shaddaa]]. The apprentice eventually tracked Kota to Cloud City, only to discover that the Jedi had fallen into extreme alcoholism out of despair. Starkiller also learned that Kota had lost his sight; his eyes had been burned by [[Rahm Kota's lightsaber|his own]] [[Lightsaber/Legends|lightsaber]] during his [[Lightsaber duel/Legends|duel]] with Starkiller above Nar Shaddaa.
   
{{Quote|This is crazy, a blind man and a fool, against the Empire.|Rahm Kota to Starkiller|Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (video game)}}
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As Starkiller attempted to persuade the drunken Jedi to fight the Empire once more, a group of [[Stormtrooper/Legends|stormtroopers]] entered the [[Cantina/Legends|cantina]] and located their target&mdash;Rahm Kota. As a result, Starkiller had to fight Imperial [[Soldier/Legends|soldiers]] throughout much of the city; he was also forced to protect Kota, especially due to the general's intoxicated and depressed state of mind. Although Starkiller defeated the Imperial garrison, including a member of the [[Emperor's Shadow Guard]], Kota still regarded resistance against the Empire and its "infinite" army as a futile course of action. Nevertheless, Starkiller still convinced Kota to provide the contacts that he needed to begin a galactic-wide rebellion.
   
Following [[Galen Marek|Starkiller]]'s escape from the doomed ship ''[[Empirical]]'', [[Darth Vader]]'s [[apprentice]] was assigned a new mission: to unite a group of [[Alliance to Restore the Republic|rebels and dissidents]] to wage war against [[Emperor]] [[Palpatine]]. Starkiller determined that to do this, he would need assistance from a [[Jedi]], and so he conducted a search for [[Rahm Kota]], who survived his [[Battle of the TIE Fighter Construction Facility|encounter]] with Starkiller over [[Nar Shaddaa]]. After finding Kota in a bar in [[Cloud City]] on [[Bespin]], Imperial forces tracked Kota and Starkiller and a '''skirmish''' erupted between the Jedi and [[stormtrooper]]s.
 
 
==Prelude==
 
==Prelude==
[[File:Kotadrunk2.jpg|thumb|left|Former Jedi General Rahm Kota, now a defeated blind drunk.]]
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{{Quote|We need to rally the Emperor's enemies, and I need to find someone who can teach me the things Vader couldn't.|Starkiller to Juno Eclipse|Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (video game)}}
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[[File:Kotadrunk2.jpg|thumb|left|250px|Former Jedi General Rahm Kota, now a defeated blind drunk.]]
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[[Galen Marek|Starkiller's]] search for [[Rahm Kota]] took him across the [[The galaxy/Legends|galaxy]], from the [[Jedi/Legends|Jedi's]] last sighting on [[Nar Shaddaa/Legends|Nar Shaddaa]] to the ancient [[Sith/Legends|Sith]] [[Planet/Legends|world]] [[Ziost/Legends|Ziost]]. From there, he tracked Kota to [[Bespin/Legends|Bespin]]. As a result of his [[Battle of the TIE Fighter Construction Facility|defeat and blinding]] by Starkiller, Kota gave up his struggle against the [[Galactic Empire/Legends|Galactic Empire]] and turned to alcoholism in order to suppress his jaded state of mind. But after Starkiller intercepted an Imperial transmission that Kota had been found, and that the Empire dispatched one of its most dangerous agents to retrieve him, he was forced to rush to Bespin. When he found the former [[Jedi General/Legends|Jedi General]] in the [[Vapor Room]], a local [[Cantina/Legends|cantina]] in [[Cloud City/Legends|Cloud City]] Kota was half-passed out and extremely intoxicated. Hence, he was uncooperative and insistent on being left alone.<ref name="TFUn" />
   
{{Quote|We need to rally the Emperor's enemies and I need to find someone who can teach me the things Vader couldn't...|Galen Marek to Juno Eclipse|Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (video game)}}
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==The skirmish==
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{{Quote|Nobody fights the Empire and wins, boy. Not even a Jedi!|Rahm Kota to Starkiller|The Force Unleashed (novel)}}
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Starkiller, who masqueraded as a Jedi at the time, attempted to reason with the unkempt general, but a group of [[Stormtrooper/Legends|stormtroopers]] discovered their location with the assistance of [[Ugnaught/Legends|Ugnaught]] informants.<ref name="TFUn" /><ref name="fug" /> For the first time, Starkiller actively fought Imperial troops as an enemy of the Empire. In his previous assignments, he usually killed Imperials to eliminate potential witnesses.<ref name="TFUcb">[[Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (comic)|''Star Wars: The Force Unleashed'' comic]]</ref>
   
After [[Anakin Skywalker|Darth Vader]] apparently killed his [[Sith apprentice]] in order to avoid destruction at the hands of his own [[Sith master|master]], [[Galactic Emperor|Emperor]] [[Palpatine]], Starkiller's body was [[2 BBY|recovered]] by one of Darth Vader's [[droids]]. Galen was then resurrected and given [[Battle aboard the Empirical|the mission of escaping from the]] [[Empirical]] and keep low while seeking out the means to create a [[Alliance to Restore the Republic|Rebel Alliance]] against the ruler of the Galactic Empire.{{Ref|<ref name="fug">''[[Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (video game)|Star Wars: The Force Unleashed]]''</ref>}}
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While Kota hid under the table, Starkiller drew his [[Rahm Kota's lightsaber|new lightsaber]] and attacked and prioritized the heavily armed and armored [[Uggernaught]]s. He disabled one with [[Telekinesis/Legends|telekinesis]] and overloaded the other Uggernaught's electrical systems, which thus killed the [[Pilot/Legends|pilot]] and scattering the stormtroopers. During the fight, Starkiller felt as though his efforts were constrained by the need to avoid harming innocent bystanders, but only to preserve his facade as a Jedi. Despite the engagement with Imperial forces, he still intended to use his original landing site to extract Kota.<ref name="TFUn" /> He then contacted [[Juno Eclipse]] confirming he had Rahm Kota, and that they needed to get an immediate extraction from the Vapor Room.<ref name="fug" />
   
Taking the [[Rogue Shadow]] along with [[Juno Eclipse]] and [[PROXY]], the group sought out [[Jedi General|General]] [[Rahm Kota]]. After six standard months, he followed the defeated [[Jedi]]'s trail to [[Cloud City]] on [[Bespin]].{{Ref|<ref name="fug">''[[Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (video game)|Star Wars: The Force Unleashed]]''</ref>}}
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As Kota began to follow the apprentice in his inebriated state, Starkiller hoped that the Jedi could look after himself, but was ultimately forced to protect him. After cutting through the [[Vapor Room]] storeroom, Starkiller attacked the nearby squad. As he dragged Kota along the series of corridors to the Vapor Room's supply dock, Starkiller expected to meet a heavy Imperial presence, but was unconcerned as he planned to board the ''[[Rogue Shadow]]'' via [[Force Jump]]. His plan, however, was countered by the arrival of an [[Emperor's Shadow Guard|Imperial Shadow Guard]] at the docks. As Starkiller eliminated the Guard's stormtrooper escort with [[Form III/Legends|blast-deflections]], he warned Juno to stay away from the loading dock. Hence, the new extraction point was redirected to the shipping balloon dock where the ''Rogue Shadow'' would await the apprentice's return.<ref name="TFUn" />
   
==The skirmish==
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While Starkiller engaged the guardsman, Kota retreated from the fight and sought an alternate escape route. This allowed Starkiller to drop his pretense as a Jedi in order to draw on the power of the [[Dark side of the Force/Legends|dark side]] of [[The Force/Legends|the Force]]. He first blasted the guard back with a telekinetic surge, which was followed by a [[Force lightning/Legends|Force lightning]] attack. Starkiller ultimately won the subsequent energy struggle before he forced the guardsman off the side of the dock.<ref name="TFUn" />
{{Quote|Nobody fights the Empire and wins, boy. Not even a Jedi!|Rahm Kota to Starkiller.|Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (video game)}}
 
   
After searching through the various establishments, Galen discovered Kota within a bar and awoke the former general who was now blinded after his [[Battle of the TIE Fighter Construction Facility|defeat]] above [[Nar Shaddaa]]. Not apparently aware that it was Starkiller he was talking to, he told the stranger that no one was capable of fighting the Empire and winning. It was then that [[Ugnaughts]] directed a squad to [[Stormtroopers]] to Kota's location, forcing Galen to fight the Imperial troops while protecting Kota at the same time.{{Ref|<ref name="fug">''[[Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (video game)|Star Wars: The Force Unleashed]]''</ref>}}
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As he made his way to the balloon dock, while hoping that Kota managed to survive on his own, Starkiller was puzzled over the Shadow Guard's identity and affiliation. He eventually deduced him to be a servant of Emperor [[Palpatine/Legends|Palpatine]] rather than [[Anakin Skywalker/Legends|Darth Vader]], whom he initially confused the guardsman with due to their similar appearances. After he effortlessly dispensed with the Imperial forces in his path, he was attacked by yet another guardsman. This one was more able than the first, though Starkiller ultimately defeated him as well. Once he arrived at the dock, he found it crowded with stormtroopers and Uggernaughts, led by two Shadow Guardsmen.<ref name="TFUn" />
   
Calling Juno for her to pick them up, Starkiller escorted Kota through various corridors in the floating city in order to reach the landing pad while fighting Stormtroopers in his path. He also came into conflict with the [[Imperial Senate Guard]] who were dispatched to kill Kota. However, despite reaching the landing pads, Marek was informed by Juno that there were Imperial forces everywhere preventing her from landing. They agreed instead to meet on an adjacent platform. His attempts at protecting Kota grew only more difficult as the Ugnaughts were aiding the Imperial forces and deployed their [[Uggernaught]]'s to fight Starkiller.{{Ref|<ref name="fug">''[[Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (video game)|Star Wars: The Force Unleashed]]''</ref>}}
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During the fight, Starkiller's connection to the Force deepened, and he fought on pure reflex. Stormtroopers were thrown off of the dock or into each other, and Starkiller even brought a heavy freight down from one of the shipping balloons above. When his opponents regrouped, Starkiller telekinetically seized an entire shipping balloon and sent it crashing down onto them.<ref name="TFUn" /> They then promptly cleared out most of the Imperial soldiers, including Imperial dropships before trying to disembark.<ref name="fug" />
   
[[File:Marek vs ESG.jpg|thumb|left|Marek confronting the Shadow Guard.]]
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As they made their way to the ''Rogue Shadow'', however, a ''Lambda''-class T-4a Shuttle arrived at the landing pad next to the extraction point, with eight stormtroopers and yet another Shadow Guard disembarking. Marek and the Shadow Guard then proceeded to enter an intense duel via both Force abilities and lightsaber combat. Ultimately, Marek prevailed, with the Shadow Guard promptly being forced into a headlock, then swept him around and threw him into the air before blasting him with Force lightning and then having him fall to the ground, where Marek finished him off by impaling him with his lightsaber. As he stood in triumph, Kota appeared.<ref name="fug" />
 
Upon clearing the landing pad of Imperial troops, a [[Lambda-class T-4a shuttle]] arrived with fresh reinforcements. Once the door opened, a squad of Stormtroopers descended from the ramp and behind them was a member of the [[Emperor's Shadow Guard]]. The two grappled, but Marek managed to gain the upper hand and catapult the guard into the air, and fired [[force lightning]] at him. Paralyzed, Marek finished the guard off with his lightsaber.{{Ref|<ref name="fug">''[[Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (video game)|Star Wars: The Force Unleashed]]''</ref>}}
 
   
 
==Aftermath==
 
==Aftermath==
{{Quote|It's a fool's errand, boy. The Emperor's army is infinite. You'll eventually be killed... or worse. And nothing will have changed.|Rahm Kota to Starkiller|Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (video game)}}
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{{Dialogue|Rahm Kota|It's a fool's errand, boy. The Emperor's army is infinite. You'll eventually be killed&mdash;or worse. And nothing will have changed.|Starkiller|But wouldn't you rather die on your feet than drown in some cantina?|attr=Rahm Kota and Starkiller|src=Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (video game)}}
   
After defeating this foe and the Imperial forces, Starkiller was told by by Kota that fighting the Empire was pointless as no matter what they did they would be killed or suffer a worse fate, with nothing changing [[the galaxy]]. An adamant Starkiller, however, asked the drunken Rahm Kota if he would rather die fighting or live miserably in a cantina. Kota seemed unconvinced but did say that he had a contact in the [[Imperial Senate]] that could require a skilled fighter. He then asked where Starkiller's ship was at which point the Rogue Shadow arrived to take them off Bespin.
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Kota was unimpressed by Starkiller's victory; his defeat at Nar Shaddaa left him with a pessimistic view of the galaxy. Thus, he asserted that victory was ultimately impossible to achieve because of the "infinite army" that enforced Palpatine's Empire. But after Starkiller appealed to his warrior sense of honor, Kota agreed to be of partial help to the apprentice's cause. He confided in Starkiller that he had a contact in the [[Imperial Senate/Legends|Imperial Senate]] who could use the assistance of a [[Force-sensitive/Legends|Force-sensitive]] warrior, especially one who was eager to fight the Empire.<ref name="TFUn" /> Shortly after being extracted by the ''Rogue Shadow'', Starkiller felt drawn to the [[Jedi Temple]], which thus caused him to return to [[Coruscant/Legends|Coruscant]] for a [[Starkiller's Trial of the Spirit|third time]].<ref name="fug" />
 
Kota agreed to help Galen to create an Alliance and assigned him to [[Mission to Kashyyyk (Great Jedi Purge)|rescue]] [[Prince|Princess]] [[Leia Organa Solo|Leia Organa]] on [[Kashyyyk]].
 
   
 
==Behind the scenes==
 
==Behind the scenes==
This mission does not appear in the PS2, PSP, or Wii versions of the game, with the search for Kota being instead on [[Nar Shaddaa]] in a cantina called [[The Undertow]] with only one Shadow Guard, many stormtroopers and "bar scum" to fight.
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This mission does not appear in the PS2, PSP, or Wii versions of the game, with the search for Kota being instead on [[Nar Shaddaa/Legends|Nar Shaddaa]] in a cantina called [[The Undertow]] with only one Shadow Guard, many stormtroopers and "bar scum" to fight. On a related note, in the game, Marek only fought against one shadow guard, while in the novelization, he fought against four of them.
In the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions, Kota is armed with a blue lightsaber, which he is seen with in the next two levels
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In the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions, Kota is armed with a blue lightsaber.<ref name="fug" />
   
 
==Appearances==
 
==Appearances==
*[[The Force Unleashed (novel)|''The Force Unleashed'' novel]] {{1st}}
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*[[The Force Unleashed (novel)|''The Force Unleashed'' novel]] {{1st}}
*[[Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (comic)|''The Force Unleashed'' comic]] {{Flash}}
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*[[Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (comic)|''The Force Unleashed'' comic]] {{Flash}}
 
*[[Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (video game)|''The Force Unleashed'' video game]]
 
*[[Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (video game)|''The Force Unleashed'' video game]]
==References==
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==Sources==
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*''[[Star Wars: The Ultimate Visual Guide: Updated and Expanded]]'' {{Imo}}
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*''[[The Essential Reader's Companion]]''
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"This is crazy... A blind man and a fool, against the Empire..."
―Rahm Kota to Starkiller[src]

A skirmish in Cloud City on the planet Bespin occurred in 2 BBY between the armed forces of the Galactic Empire and Starkiller, the secret apprentice and personal assassin of the Sith Lord Darth Vader. Before Starkiller's arrival on Cloud City, his master ordered him to create an army that would fight the Empire for control of the galaxy. Once Darth Sidious, the Dark Lord of the Sith who was publicly known as the Emperor Palpatine, became sufficiently distracted by the rebellion, Vader assured Starkiller that they would both assassinate Sidious before usurping control over the Empire.

Shortly after Starkiller began his mission, he decided to search for an ally who could provide him with the contacts and resources that were required to build an army of rebels and dissidents. His choice fell on General Rahm Kota, a Jedi fugitive whom Starkiller severely injured on a TIE Fighter Construction Facility above Nar Shaddaa. The apprentice eventually tracked Kota to Cloud City, only to discover that the Jedi had fallen into extreme alcoholism out of despair. Starkiller also learned that Kota had lost his sight; his eyes had been burned by his own lightsaber during his duel with Starkiller above Nar Shaddaa.

As Starkiller attempted to persuade the drunken Jedi to fight the Empire once more, a group of stormtroopers entered the cantina and located their target—Rahm Kota. As a result, Starkiller had to fight Imperial soldiers throughout much of the city; he was also forced to protect Kota, especially due to the general's intoxicated and depressed state of mind. Although Starkiller defeated the Imperial garrison, including a member of the Emperor's Shadow Guard, Kota still regarded resistance against the Empire and its "infinite" army as a futile course of action. Nevertheless, Starkiller still convinced Kota to provide the contacts that he needed to begin a galactic-wide rebellion.

Prelude

"We need to rally the Emperor's enemies, and I need to find someone who can teach me the things Vader couldn't."
―Starkiller to Juno Eclipse[src]
Kotadrunk2

Former Jedi General Rahm Kota, now a defeated blind drunk.

Starkiller's search for Rahm Kota took him across the galaxy, from the Jedi's last sighting on Nar Shaddaa to the ancient Sith world Ziost. From there, he tracked Kota to Bespin. As a result of his defeat and blinding by Starkiller, Kota gave up his struggle against the Galactic Empire and turned to alcoholism in order to suppress his jaded state of mind. But after Starkiller intercepted an Imperial transmission that Kota had been found, and that the Empire dispatched one of its most dangerous agents to retrieve him, he was forced to rush to Bespin. When he found the former Jedi General in the Vapor Room, a local cantina in Cloud City Kota was half-passed out and extremely intoxicated. Hence, he was uncooperative and insistent on being left alone.[2]

The skirmish

"Nobody fights the Empire and wins, boy. Not even a Jedi!"
―Rahm Kota to Starkiller[src]

Starkiller, who masqueraded as a Jedi at the time, attempted to reason with the unkempt general, but a group of stormtroopers discovered their location with the assistance of Ugnaught informants.[2][1] For the first time, Starkiller actively fought Imperial troops as an enemy of the Empire. In his previous assignments, he usually killed Imperials to eliminate potential witnesses.[3]

While Kota hid under the table, Starkiller drew his new lightsaber and attacked and prioritized the heavily armed and armored Uggernaughts. He disabled one with telekinesis and overloaded the other Uggernaught's electrical systems, which thus killed the pilot and scattering the stormtroopers. During the fight, Starkiller felt as though his efforts were constrained by the need to avoid harming innocent bystanders, but only to preserve his facade as a Jedi. Despite the engagement with Imperial forces, he still intended to use his original landing site to extract Kota.[2] He then contacted Juno Eclipse confirming he had Rahm Kota, and that they needed to get an immediate extraction from the Vapor Room.[1]

As Kota began to follow the apprentice in his inebriated state, Starkiller hoped that the Jedi could look after himself, but was ultimately forced to protect him. After cutting through the Vapor Room storeroom, Starkiller attacked the nearby squad. As he dragged Kota along the series of corridors to the Vapor Room's supply dock, Starkiller expected to meet a heavy Imperial presence, but was unconcerned as he planned to board the Rogue Shadow via Force Jump. His plan, however, was countered by the arrival of an Imperial Shadow Guard at the docks. As Starkiller eliminated the Guard's stormtrooper escort with blast-deflections, he warned Juno to stay away from the loading dock. Hence, the new extraction point was redirected to the shipping balloon dock where the Rogue Shadow would await the apprentice's return.[2]

While Starkiller engaged the guardsman, Kota retreated from the fight and sought an alternate escape route. This allowed Starkiller to drop his pretense as a Jedi in order to draw on the power of the dark side of the Force. He first blasted the guard back with a telekinetic surge, which was followed by a Force lightning attack. Starkiller ultimately won the subsequent energy struggle before he forced the guardsman off the side of the dock.[2]

As he made his way to the balloon dock, while hoping that Kota managed to survive on his own, Starkiller was puzzled over the Shadow Guard's identity and affiliation. He eventually deduced him to be a servant of Emperor Palpatine rather than Darth Vader, whom he initially confused the guardsman with due to their similar appearances. After he effortlessly dispensed with the Imperial forces in his path, he was attacked by yet another guardsman. This one was more able than the first, though Starkiller ultimately defeated him as well. Once he arrived at the dock, he found it crowded with stormtroopers and Uggernaughts, led by two Shadow Guardsmen.[2]

During the fight, Starkiller's connection to the Force deepened, and he fought on pure reflex. Stormtroopers were thrown off of the dock or into each other, and Starkiller even brought a heavy freight down from one of the shipping balloons above. When his opponents regrouped, Starkiller telekinetically seized an entire shipping balloon and sent it crashing down onto them.[2] They then promptly cleared out most of the Imperial soldiers, including Imperial dropships before trying to disembark.[1]

As they made their way to the Rogue Shadow, however, a Lambda-class T-4a Shuttle arrived at the landing pad next to the extraction point, with eight stormtroopers and yet another Shadow Guard disembarking. Marek and the Shadow Guard then proceeded to enter an intense duel via both Force abilities and lightsaber combat. Ultimately, Marek prevailed, with the Shadow Guard promptly being forced into a headlock, then swept him around and threw him into the air before blasting him with Force lightning and then having him fall to the ground, where Marek finished him off by impaling him with his lightsaber. As he stood in triumph, Kota appeared.[1]

Aftermath

Rahm Kota: "It's a fool's errand, boy. The Emperor's army is infinite. You'll eventually be killed—or worse. And nothing will have changed."
Starkiller: "But wouldn't you rather die on your feet than drown in some cantina?"
―Rahm Kota and Starkiller[src]

Kota was unimpressed by Starkiller's victory; his defeat at Nar Shaddaa left him with a pessimistic view of the galaxy. Thus, he asserted that victory was ultimately impossible to achieve because of the "infinite army" that enforced Palpatine's Empire. But after Starkiller appealed to his warrior sense of honor, Kota agreed to be of partial help to the apprentice's cause. He confided in Starkiller that he had a contact in the Imperial Senate who could use the assistance of a Force-sensitive warrior, especially one who was eager to fight the Empire.[2] Shortly after being extracted by the Rogue Shadow, Starkiller felt drawn to the Jedi Temple, which thus caused him to return to Coruscant for a third time.[1]

Behind the scenes

This mission does not appear in the PS2, PSP, or Wii versions of the game, with the search for Kota being instead on Nar Shaddaa in a cantina called The Undertow with only one Shadow Guard, many stormtroopers and "bar scum" to fight. On a related note, in the game, Marek only fought against one shadow guard, while in the novelization, he fought against four of them.

In the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions, Kota is armed with a blue lightsaber.[1]

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