Community Highlight: Kirbus
This month, I finally went rogue and spoke to one of our Jedi roleplayers on the Darth Malgus server! Kirbus is a long-time roleplayer on Star Wars: The Old Republic, and is also known for community coordination and story writing. Some say he even moonlights as a composer - you can check out the rumours of that in this thread. :D
Kirbus was a complete sweetheart to talk to and was very patient with many extended deadlines and my bad memory. His interview is definitely worth a read and I encourage anyone who gets the chance to say hello and get to know him in the game as well.
Read on for his Q&A, and to see some more awesome art.
Who is your main character, and what is their story?
My main character is currently a Jedi Master by the name of Kirbus Vaos. Kirbus is currently a clan leader, and the Battlemaster and member of the Lost Praxeum Council. The Lost Praxeum is the Jedi Enclave of which he has been a member since passing his initiate trials at the Temple on Tython, shortly after the outbreak of the Second Great Galactic War (Just after the cold war).
The entirety of his story I don’t believe has ever been told to any other RP’er. There are many characters with pieces of the backstory, but none to my knowledge have the whole story - so I believe this is what journalists call a ‘scoop’, yes?...
Kirbus was born on the planet of Ryloth, an usual place of birth for a Human. But Kirbus is in fact not entirely Human - he is the son of a Human father and a hybrid Echani mother, making Kirbus a quarter Echani in genetic makeup. Even with this information, the boy and his family were obviously not native to the Twi’lek homeworld. As a boy, Kirbus was schooled by his parents, both of whom carried an usually high standard of education - but being a young boy at the time, nothing seemed out of the ordinary to the lonely child. Both of his parents made a living out of a charitable organisation that sought to end slavery on Ryloth, which often brought with it dangerous situations involving slavers, other criminals and the Hutt Cartel. Kirbus was largely shielded to these situations by his parents, who were well aware of the dangers of their work, but it caused the boy to be passed from safe place to safe place, and often with people he did not know well, and often he was unsure if he would ever see his parents again. It is during this time, that Kirbus began to develop his trademark introverted personality, content to spend time entirely by himself and it is also around this time that he discovered the power that lay dormant inside of him - the power of the Force.
Unbeknown to the now thirteen year old boy at the time, not all was as it seemed with his parents also. Their high standard of education, the way they treated Kirbus emotionally, the way they taught him skills and knowledge that would go beyond that of a normal education - all of these things seemed normal to him, with no way of making another comparison. His power in the Force, by now a thing he was keenly aware but not in control of, was also not strange to him. He had seen the power before, manifested in both of his parents. For Kirbus was the son of ‘failed’ Jedi. Two people who had decided later on in their lives to not pursue the life of a Jedi Knight, having found and fell in love with each other as students.
Willingly let go by the Jedi Council, but as is so often encouraged to use what they had learned for the good of others, Kirbus’ parents kept his birth a secret from the order. They did not want their son to be trained, to be asked to protect the Republic, perhaps at the sacrifice of his own life. But the Force has a destiny for all, and sometimes, that destiny is inescapable.
On his thirteenth birthday, Kirbus and his parents were involved in a speeder accident, later discovered by the young man to be ‘staged’ through sabotage by a local slaver ring. Kirbus, by luck or the will of the Force, was flung from the vehicle as it crashed. But his parents were not so lucky. Trapped in their seats, flames engulfed the speeder. Aware of his power in the Force, but having not been trained as per his parent’s wishes, he could do nothing but struggle and fail to lift the canopy that kept his parents trapped. Orphaned at thirteen, and now truly alone, Kirbus spiraled into depression. He was forced to take a courier job, running holo-messages and packages around the capital of Lessu to feed himself. As time went on and on, the depression, the anger and the fear began to have its effects on Kirbus. Falling deeper into his power in the force, but not in a controlled manner, the lure of the darkside began to lick at his heels. Again, by luck, or the will of the Force, Kirbus was tasked to carry a package to a wandering Jedi Watchman who immediately felt the signs of a boy sensitive to the Force, who was becoming a danger to himself and others.
Unaware of the Jedi Order, having never been told about it, Kirbus flung himself at the first thing he recognised in the Jedi. The Force. To him, it reminded him of his parents, and around the Jedi, he felt more relaxed as if he was around them once again. Being taken back to Tython changed the now sixteen year old. Being around others like himself, caused him to become quite attached to the Jedi way, never knowing that this was a life he was kept from by his parents until later. After discovering his lineage as a young Jedi Knight, Kirbus quickly grew the opinion that despite his parents wishes, they would be proud of his choices. They would respect the will of the Force.
Rising through his studies, Kirbus had largely an average Jedi education until it was time to join the Lost Praxeum. Here, he was taught by Jedi that he considered to be the best. Jedi Masters such as Emoral Heliolite, whom he would later study with personally as a protege, Alen Stanic, Rasheke Mobius, Harabec Weathers and more. Kirbus took lessons from most all of the Jedi around him, amalgamating theories and lessons with his own thoughts to become truly a product of the society and atmosphere around him. Taken padawan by Jedi Knight Trister Kratog, Kirbus served as a loyal student, eventually passing his Jedi trials to be Knighted as a Jedi Knight of the Republic - succeeding in a life his parents could not live, in a family that was not his blood.
Serving as a Jedi Knight for some years, his powers in the Force, his knowledge and reputation grew so that he was considered for a placement upon the Enclave council of the Lost Praxeum. Shortly after his first appointment however, the Eternal Empire struck their blow to the Republic. The Lost Praxeum was caught up in the initial excursions, swept aside by the Eternal Empire. Staying behind upon the Praxeum Ship the RSS Deliverance, Kirbus ensured the escape of his fellow Jedi, along with a small group of other Jedi. With the choice of a blind hyperspace jump, or death, the group plunged into the unknown. Spending five years struggling on the crippled ship, alongside other Jedi and his now mentor Master Emoral Heliolite, Kirbus saw opportunity to return to what he had done as a boy. To study, reflection, training. In this time, having been taught personally by Master Heliolite, Kirbus expanded upon his knowledge in the Force and especially the lightsaber. When the Lost Praxeum returned and reformed, Kirbus was elected to its reformed Council.
After more time of service and guidance, during which he took a padawan and trained her to Knighthood, as well as guiding an initiate clan through their trials, Kirbus was eventually elevated to the rank of Master, taking on the empty Battlemaster position vacated by his mentor shortly before. Now the Jedi Master trains and serves the Enclave of which he is part, the Jedi who he considers family, and most importantly to him: The Force.
((There are about five years worth of RP stories in here, but I notice it getting rather long!! :/))