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Ulic Qel-Droma
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"The Force will set me free,"- Excerpt from the Sith Code

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Actor: David Scott Gordon (Tales of the Jedi Audio Dramatization), John Cygan (Dark Lords of the Sith Audio Dramatization)
Species: Human
Sex: Male
Weapon of Choice: Lightsaber (Red Blade, Formerly Green Blade)
Occupation: Dark Lord of the Sith, Former Jedi
Approximate Height: 5 ft. 9 in.
Homeworld: Alderaan
Ulic Qel-Droma was a confident young man from Alderaan. Many saw this confidence as arrogance, but he was pure of heart and purpose. His mother was a respected Jedi Knight but although Ulic and his brother, Cay, showed high aptitude for the Force, she refused to train them, feeling she was too emotionally close. Instead, she sent them to be trained by Jedi Master Arca Jeth on Arkania. They joined the Twi'lek Tott Doneeta as his apprentices and learned the ways of the Force. They learned fast and were soon sent on their first mission: to stop the civil war engulfing the Onderon system. Only a few hours after landing, they had to fight off a squad of Beast Rider Commandoes. However, they learned that the Beast Riders wished peice with the city dwellers and the royal family were wielders of the dark side. They uncovered more dark secrets about the capital city of Iziz. Eventually, Arca Jeth came to Onderon to see why his apprentices hadn't come back yet. He discovered they were find before solving the crisis. He told them they had failed, but later admitted he had made an error in judgement. A few years later, the three were full Jedi Knights, being proclamed as such after the death of their master. When two Jedi Knights, Satal Keto and his cousin Aleena were seduced by the dark side of the Force, they were dispatched to the Tetan system to deal with them. But, Aleena used her Sith powers to influence Qel-Droma during the battle over the planet, causing a staggering loss by the Republic. During the battle, Ulic was seriously injured by flying shrapnel. Nomi Sunrider, a Jedi Knight that had been sent with him, nursed him back to health, eventually developing a Florence Nightengale Complex, falling in love with him. After he had healed, they regrouped on Deneba to discuss the new threat. They decided to send Ulic to infiltrate Aleena's organization, the Krath. He was uneasy with the Krath's ruthless ways of killing innocents. One of these, a local carbonite trader, lashed out at Aleena while she was trying to kill him. Not wanting to blow his cover, Ulic killed the would be assassin. Aleena was enamored with him, but Satal was much less trusting. Keto took him captive and tortured him, infecting his blood stream with Sith poison that could only be purged by totally abandoning the dark side. Nomi Sunrider was sent to discover what became of Qel-Droma, blowing his cover. His mind poisoned by Aleema, his cover blown by the one he thought loved him, and his body poisoned by Sith alchemy, he gave himself over to the dark side, killing Satal Keto. Aleema continued to lead him down the dark path, giving him a Sith amulet that focused his dark side power. When the Jedi attacked Cinnagar, Ulic came face to face with Cay and Nomi again. They urged him to come back to the light, but he refused, brandishing his amulet like a weapon. When the battle was over, Cay had to be subdued by fellow Jedi to stop him away from Ulic, the Order turning their backs on him. As the Jedi departed, a stranger, flanked by two Massassi bodyguards entered the Krath's stronghold. He introduced himself as Exar Kun, a former Jedi, now a Sith initiate. He had come to destroy Qel-Droma, the only dark sider as strong as Exar. They engaged in a vicious lightsaber duel. During the duel, the Sith amulets that they both wore, summoned forth an ancient Sith spirit, who proclaimed Kun the new Dark Lord of the Sith, and Qel-Droma as his apprentice. Ulic was also emblazened with a Sith tattoo on his forehead. Together, they launched the Great Sith War. 6 months later, Ulic and Aleema were the warlords of the Empress Teta System. However, their rule was contested by an upstart nomad leader, Mandalore. Mandalore challenged Ulic to a duel, the winner earning command of the others troops. Ulic's skill payed off and he gained a large army. With his legions of warriors, he struck the heart of the Republic, the planet Coruscant. However, the Jedi captured him. Exar came to his apprentice's rescue before he was executed. During the battle in the Cron Cluster, Aleema sacrificed herself to cause several of the swollen stars in the Cluser to go super nova, sending deadly shockwaves towards the Jedi world of Ossus. the Jedi scrambled to evacuate the planet. Ulic and Exar made use of the chaos to go to Ossus and pilfer Jedi artifacts. Cay Qel-Droma confronted his brother and they dueled each other. Cay was no match and Ulic killed him. Shocked at his own inhumanity, Ulic didn't even try to defend as Nomi Sunrider used her opening to strip Qel-Droma of his Force Sensitivity. Seeking to redeem himself, Ulic told the Republic military where Kun operated out of: Yavin 4. A fleet of Republic ships and a Jedi taskforce led by the famous Jedi Knights Revan and Malak. For the next decade he reflected on his actions. He then hired a spacer named Hoggon to take him to Rhen Var to live the rest of his life. Meanwhile, the rebelious teenage daughter of Nomi Sunrider tracked down Ulic, asking him to train her as a Jedi. He initially refused, the girl being a reminder of his past crimes. She eventually wore him down and, although his own connection to the Force was severed, he was able to teach the girl how to build a lightsaber and the philosophy of the Jedi. Vima also taught Ulic to love life again. With their lightsabers, they carved a statue in salute to Arca Jeth and Vima's father, Andur Sunrider. When Nomi came to get her daughter back, she realized Ulic was a changed man. This realization was confirmed when a Cathar Jedi named Sylvan came to kill him for revenge for her mate, who'd died in the Great Sith War. The two dueled, but Ulic put down his weapon, saying that revenge was not something a Jedi would pursue. Sylvan also saw the light and lay down her saber. Shortly afterwards, however, Qel-Droma was killed. Hoggon had realized who Ulic really was and killed him in what he believed was an act of heroism.

Appears in: Tales of the Jedi, Tales of the Jedi Companion, Tales of the Jedi: Dark Lords of the Sith, Tales of the Jedi: The Freedon Nadd Uprising, Tales of the Jedi: Redemption, Tales of the Jedi: The Sith War