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Galen Marek
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The Secret Apprentice, codenamed Starkiller, named Galen Marek was a Human apprentice of the Sith Lord, Darth Vader. When Darth Vader found him on Kashyyyk, he then was taken to be trained, by Vader, for many years to hunt down any Jedi that were found to have survived Order 66. With the help of a droid named PROXY and a group of pilots. Vader also hoped to eventually use his Apprentice to help overthrow Palpatine one day. But it was revealed in The Force Unleashed that Vader never planned to use him to overthrow Palpatine when he first found him until later on.

Early LifeEdit

Galen Marek, born on Kashyyyk during Order 66, was the son of the Jedi, Kento Marek. Couple of years later Darth Vader accompanied the Imperial Fleet in invading the Wookiee homeworld, because rumors abound that there is a rogue Jedi who is fighting in defense of the Wookiees. After battling his way through an army of Wookiees, Vader eventually made his way to, his home finding Galen's father. Kento, in an attempt to protect the planet and his young son, from Vader's grasp, engaged the Sith Lord. Kento, lost the duel and is then killed by a Force choke by Vader. During the battle however, it became apparent that Galen was powerful in the ways of the Force. Powerful enough that, rather than allow his officers and stormtroopers to kill the young boy, Vader murdered them to protect the boy.

Now in Vader's hands, the young boy is taught in the ways of the Sith, is raised as Vader's secret apprentice, sent on dangerous missions by his dark master in order to test his abilities, and given the codename of "Starkiller".

Vader's ApprenticeEdit

The Search for KotaEdit

For his first mission, Galen is sent out to the Nar Shaddaa shipyard to locate and kill an ex-Jedi General named Rahm Kota. Before taking off for his mission, Galen is introduced to his new pilot of the Rogue Shadow, Juno Eclipse. The two, along with PROXY, took off for the shipyard, and ran into a space battle immediately after dropping out of hyperspace. Galen is dropped off within the TIE Fighter Construction Facility where Kota is hiding, and fights his way through Kota's Troopers and Stormtroopers alike. When Galen finally reached Kota, the two fought and Galen eventually emerged victorious, sending Kota hurtling towards the planet and leaving him for dead. Before returning to his master, Galen took Kota's lightsaber per Vader's orders.

First Mission to the Jedi TempleEdit

After Starkiller defeated Rahm Kota at the TIE fighter construction facility, Darth Vader sent his apprentice to the ruins of the Jedi Temple in order to prepare for his next mission. Within it, his presence activated the Holocron of the long-dead Sith Lord, Darth Desolous. Leeching off of Marek's fear, Desolous began his attack, wielding a cortosis shield and a red lightsaber. Starkiller successfully fended off the Sith's lightsaber blows and used Force lightning to send the Sith reeling. Near defeat, Desolous made a final attempt at destroying Marek, and failed. Starkiller then used the Force to hurl Desolous' Sith Holocron towards the main statue at the top of the hall, and up along the statue’s surface. The Holocron was then cast down from the statue’s face and hurled into the stone floor. With a final pull of the Force, the giant statue of Palpatine came crumbling down on the hologram of the ancient Sith Lord, defeating him and ending the Trials program.

Mission to Raxus PrimeEdit

After defeating Kota, Galen's next mission was to the junk-world of Raxus Prime where he was to find and kill the insane Jedi, Kazdan Paratus. He fights through the hoards of Rodian scavengers and junk droids before he reached the tower of the makeshift Jedi Temple Paratus constructed. The crazed Jedi Master, determined to protect the mannequins of fallen Jedi Masters, fights against Galen, who eventually defeats him.

Second Mission to the Jedi TempleEdit

After Starkiller assassinated the deranged Jedi master Kazdan Paratus on Raxus Prime, Darth Vader sent his apprentice to the Jedi Temple once more. While Darth Sidious had ordered the library's protection during Operation: Knightfall, the Jedi protecting the four main wings of the Archives brought down the ceiling in the central atrium and a few of the archive's wings. It was within one of the damaged wings that Starkiller encountered an incarnation of the ancient Sith Lady, Darth Phobos. Engaging each other in lightsaber combat, Phobos often changed her appearance to that of one of the few people Starkiller cared for, Captain Juno Eclipse, believing that would hold him back. However, the young Sith apprentice was unrestrained by the illusion, and savagely battled the Sith apparition. Hurling busts and holobooks around towards his opponent, Starkiller eventually pushed the Sith illusionist through four bookcases. Wounded, Phobos once again attempted her disguise in order to spare her defeat. Not fooled by the image before him, Starkiller stabbed Phobos through her back.

The Last of the Jedi MastersEdit

Before they could confront the Emperor, Vader tells Galen that he must defeat someone more powerful than the other Jedi, Shaak Ti. On Felucia, she is training an army of Felucian Force-users. When she spots the Rogue Shadow, she tells her Zabrak Padawan Maris Brood to hide while she lures the assassin to the place of sacrifice, the enormous sarlacc's nest. But even her strength and communion with the sarlacc are no match for Galen. Before she dies, Shaak Ti warns him that the Sith always betray one another.


Galen returns to the Executor, where he learns that the Emperor's fleet had arrived. But Vader had not lured him - his spies had followed Galen from Felucia. Without warning, Vader stabs Galen in the chest as Palpatine tells him to kill his apprentice. The Emperor, watching the former apprentice's supposed death through PROXY, enjoys seeing Galen getting beat up, saying, "Yes! Kill him, Lord Vader!" After thrashing the powerful Dark Jedi around, despite his pleas that they could defeat him together, Vader throws Galen out the window. Vader later dispatched a droid to recover his body.


Galen later wakes up on Vader's science vessel, the Empirical, his wounds treated and healed. Through PROXY, Vader tells Galen to distract the Emperor's spies by gathering the Empire's enemies. After cutting his transmission, PROXY tells Galen that he had programmed the Empirical to crash into the nearby sun. Despite the holodroid's pleas, Galen saves Juno, who was imprisoned and branded a traitor.

Tracking KotaEdit

Remembering that Kota said he'd be in his future, Galen tracks him from Nar Shaddaa to Ziost eventually finding him — blind, doubtful of the Empire's fall, and drunk in the vapor room on Cloud City. Galen urges the former General to help him, as they escape the Imperials looking for them.

Contact on KashyyykEdit

Kota said he had a contact who had been feeding him information on Imperial targets but he required that Galen find something on Kashyyyk. Galen goes down to the planet, where he finds an old hut which seems vaguely familiar. He encounters a vision, in which his father said he never wanted this for him. Galen then rescue Princess Leia Organa, who was being kept prisoner by Captain Ozzik Sturn. She refuses to leave until the skyhook is destroyed. Galen goes on to destroy the skyhook and kills Ozzik Sturn who attempts to kill Galen in his personal AT-KT.

Third Mission to the Jedi TempleEdit

After Marek’s master, Darth Vader, killed and resurrected him, Starkiller felt compelled by the Force to return to the Temple a final time to finish the Trials. Winding through the High Council quarter, the Sith apprentice made his way to the lobby of the High Council Tower and entered the ancient turbolift that would transport him to the summit chamber. When the turbolift stopped and emptied into the Council Chambers, Starkiller gazed upon his next adversary; a robed Jedi, yet another opponent selected from the Trials program's memory bank. Using the Force and other techniques to subdue the Jedi phantom, Marek eventually pulled the Trials' ghost down and impaled him with his saber. Before the program cut out, the Jedi revealed itself to be Kento Marek, Galen's father.

Return to FeluciaEdit

Kota said that because he was of no use to Bail Organa, he went looking for Shaak Ti. Galen then returns to Felucia, where the Empire had been battling its inhabitants, who have turned to the dark side, and studying the Sarlacc. Galen is able to locate Bail, who was being held prisoner by Maris, who plans to use him to buy leniency from the Empire. Galen defeats Maris and her pet bull rancor, holding her at his mercy. She pleads with him to let her go, promising to turn her back on the dark side. Galen lets her go; when Bail challenges his mercy, Galen replies that Maris will have to live with her choices for the rest of her life.

Back to RaxusEdit

Organa says that to rally other dissidents, they need to show that the Empire is weak. Vader suggests destroying the Star Destroyer construction yard over Raxus Prime. Upon trying to make contact with the planet's sentient computer core, PROXY's mind is immediately taken over and finally attempts to fulfill his programming by killing Galen, but the apprentice defeats him. But after using the ore cannon to destroy the construction yard, one of the Destroyers came crashing down through the atmosphere. Kota tells Galen to use the Force to bring the Destroyer crashing down. After he does so, PROXY is found, his mind restored, and regretfully informs Galen that he no longer recalls his primary function.

Rescue of Garm Bel IblisEdit

After destroying the shipyard above Raxus Prime, Marek traveled to Cloud City to find Senator Bel Iblis. With his assistance along with Bail Organa's, there would be enough people to help in the creation of a resistance against the Galactic Empire's rule. Upon reaching Cloud City, which was still under construction at the time, Marek encountered the administrator of the floating platform, which was Lobot. He informed the cyborg that master Rahm Kota had sent him to meet with the senator. However, Lobot informed him that the senator was unavailable, as he attempted to negotiate with a criminal gang led by Chop'aa Notimo, who's mercenaries were assaulting the city. Mounting the Basilisk war droid, Chop'aa fought Marek and after a long battle the droid was defeated when Galen used the Force to send it crashing into the ground. From the flames, Notimo's helmet rolled out and he came charging at Starkiller ready to kill him. After a lengthy battle, Galen slashed his lightsaber across Chop'aa, thus killing him. Now that Chop'aa was dead, Starkiller came before Bel Iblis and told him that he was safe. Galen attempted to inform Garm that Rahm Kota sent him, but Bel Iblis was already aware of this and knew of his plans for a rebellion. When Starkiller asked the senator if he was with them, Garm replied by stating that he had spoke out against the Emperor too many times, which resulted in Palpatine issuing death warrants against him and his family. He then said that he was of course going to join Marek and told him to meet him with Bail Organa in order to discuss their next move.

The Corellian TreatyEdit

On Corellia, Bail, Mon Mothma and Garm Bel Iblis gather to form a Rebellion to take down the Empire. But as soon as the Alliance is declared, the Empire strikes, capturing the Senators and Kota. Vader then reveals to Galen that he had been using him and that he had never intended to kill Palpatine with him. He attempts to kill his apprentice but PROXY, disguised as Obi-Wan Kenobi, saves him, at the cost of his own life. Galen, whom Vader presumed dead, was picked up by Juno. He realizes that Vader only wanted to draw out the Empire's enemies.

Rescuing the RebelsEdit

Through the Force and his knowledge that the Rebels were going to be executed by Palpatine, Galen and Juno go to the incomplete Death Star to rescue Kota, Mon Mothma, Garm Bel Iblis, and Bail Organa. After being discovered by Palpatine, Vader is sent to take care of Galen. They duel, leaving Vader injured and with damaged armor. Kota, after a failed attempt to attack the Emperor, is struck with Force lightning, and Galen intervenes. He defeats Palpatine in a duel, but decides not to kill him; Palpatine, as in his duel with Windu, is feigning defeat. To save the Alliance from Palpatine as they escape, Galen sacrifices himself. Later, the Alliance is formed formally, and they decide to use Galen's family crest as their symbol.

Alternative EndingEdit

Star Wars The Force Unleashed: Ultimate Sith EditionEdit

At the 2009 San Diego Comic-Con, LucasArts announced an Ultimate Sith Edition expansion for The Force Unleashed, available only to the 360, PS3, PC, and Mac platforms. It includes all of the missions from the original game, plus three bonus missions. Of those three missions, all can be downloaded to the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of the original game.

In this ending Starkiller decides to finish the injured Vader instead of helping Kota who's being tortured with Force lightning by the Emperor. After a final confrontation Marek manages take his revenge by stabing the Sith Lord through the chest.

Returning to Palpatine, he found Kota lying at the feet of the Dark Lord, charred from Sith lightning. Palpatine decreed that Marek's final test was to kill Rahm Kota, thus severing all his ties to the Jedi. Instead, Marek turned to attack the Emperor. Palpatine deflected the attack easily, and said he had foreseen the attack. He threw Marek through the observation window. Marek saw the bodies of Bail Organa and the other rebel leaders. Juno Eclipse attempted to save Marek with the Rogue Shadow. Palpatine gripped the ship with the Force, and with Juno Eclipse still inside the ship, he threw it on top of Marek. The last thing Marek saw was darkness. The next thing Starkiller saw as he woke up was the Emperor, standing over him. He was on an operating table. Starkiller looked down at his hands. To his horror, they matched the vision he had at the Jedi Temple. He had been clad in his own suit of life support armor. And so, Lord Starkiller was born.

The first mission in this new setting consists of Marek being sent to Tatooine to find information regarding the stolen Death Star plans. Carving his way through numerous Jawas and Tusken Raiders, Marek breaks into Jabba's palace and cuts down numerous thugs in an effort to gain a meeting with the crime lord. His destructive spree impresses Jabba, and he agrees to meet with Marek. Marek inquires about two droids; a protocol droid and an astromech droid; who are thought to hold the plans. Jabba initially denies any knowledge of these droids, but a foolish blunder on the part of his current translator droid gives away his deception.

Enraged by this latest development, Jabba drops Marek into the Rancor pit. However, Marek kills the Rancor and escapes through the palace incinerator, encountering a salvaged and hobbled PROXY along the way. PROXY helps Marek bypass the garbage disposal security, allowing him to escape to the Palace hangar, where he is confronted by Boba Fett, who is looking to collect on the bounty on Marek's head. The two engage in a lengthy battle, but Marek ultimately prevails when he telekinetically throws one of Fett's rockets back at him, apparently killing the bounty hunter. Following the information inadvertently revealed by Jabba's translator, Marek travels to Mos Eisley and storms in on Docking Bay 94 just as the droids, accompanied by Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi are boarding the Millennium Falcon. Kenobi remains in the bay to confront Marek, who is gleeful at the thought of finally destroying the "real Obi-Wan Kenobi", having spent a great deal of his training under Vader battling PROXY's combat module of the Jedi.

After a lengthy lightsaber duel with Kenobi, Marek finally cuts down the Jedi. However, before he can board the Falcon, he is suddenly attacked by Kenobi's Force ghost. After another lengthy duel, Marek manages to vanquish the spirit, just as the Millennium Falcon is taking off. Leaping onto the hull, he manages to plant a tracking node before falling off.

Although Marek was successful in planting the homing device on the hull of the Millennium Falcon, the Death Star was still destroyed by the Rebels. After the battle, the ghost of Obi-Wan began tutoring Luke in the ways of the Force. Years later Marek tracked down Luke Skywalker and the rest of the Rebels to Hoth. After dispatching a snowspeeder with his lightsaber and exiting his AT-AT, Marek began his attack on Echo Base. Captain Keenah - who was to act as Starkiller’s attack group liaison - planned an infiltration route for the Sith Lord to enter Echo Base via ice caverns adjacent to the base. The caverns were infested with wampas, who Starkiller dispatched with ease. As ice columns the Sith Lord had been jumping across started to collapse, Captain Keenah contacted Starkiller on his comlink to inform him of the cavern's instability and admitted that the most likely cause was the walker invasion force. Although the captain claimed the mistake to be unintentional and Starkiller was unharmed from the experience, the Sith Lord reached out with the Force to strangle the captain for his failure. Lieutenant Marsen was next in line as Starkiller's liaison and attempted to aid the Sith Lord throughout the rest of the invasion.

The ice caverns adjoined to the Rebel base and presumably to prevent Wampas and other attacks from the cave, the Rebels had set up a sentry auto turret defense. The defense was inadequate to Starkiller. After Starkiller destroyed a generator, shutting down the door shield, Rebel troops came to investigate the disturbance, but were utterly outclassed. Starkiller continued to push his way into the base violently slaughtering all Rebels as well as many wampas which entered the base during the battle. Lieutenant Marsen contacted Starkiller about the presence of a group of Rebels ahead of his location that likely had an officer with them - he was not incorrect, and Starkiller had finally found the young force-user he was after. Upon confronting Luke alone, Starkiller revealed the truth about Luke's father in an attempt to infuriate and confuse him, although he denied it. Despite the surrounding turmoil of the invasion, Luke kept his cool in the lightsaber and force duel that followed. Luke even tried to turn Marek away from the dark side by telling him he could sense the good in him, but his attempts in all respects failed and Luke was forced to let three wampas out of containment to cover his escape. This did not distract Starkiller for long, and Starkiller continued to make his way through the base to trap Skywalker.

When Marek disabled the force field generator protecting the Millennium Falcon in the Echo Base hangar, the blast doors were closed to protect the ship as well as Princess Leia. Starkiller attempted to force open the doors with the Force, but Skywalker was waiting for him and Force pushed him away, stepped through, and resealed the doors behind him. Luke claimed he would not run away from Starkiller or his own destiny. Another duel ensued, this time as the hangar was engulfed in fighting between Rebel and Imperial soldiers. Starkiller overpowered and continued to humiliate Luke, drawing Luke toward the Dark Side. As snowtroopers ran up to capture Skywalker, he tapped into the passionate forces of the Dark Side to defeat them and was reinvigorated for battle against Starkiller. Skywalker began using red Force lightning, wild lightsaber attacks, and boasting that even though Obi-Wan could not defeat Marek, he could. Although Luke's powers were very aggressive and damaging, Starkiller absorbed his opponent's powerful lightning into his lightsaber and launched it back at him throughout the battle and bested him in lightsaber combat. Marek threw Luke into the path of an outbound T-47 Snowspeeder. Luke then charged at him and after a series of strikes, Marek stripped Luke of his lightsaber and used it to cut the bearer's right hand. As Marek readied for a final stab, the blast doors protecting the Millennium Falcon opened behind him and the ship shot off through the hangar, ready to escape the planet. Starkiller reacted quickly and withdrew from his attack to catch the ship with the Force. Marek told Luke that he could only save his friends with the power of the Dark Side of the Force and the now-fallen Jedi quickly obliged by shooting force lightning out again. Marek then blocked it with his lightsaber and pushed back the lightning to him. Although Luke had succeeded in distracting Marek with the attack, allowing the Millennium Falcon to escape, he was beaten and had embraced the power of the dark side. Marek then congratulated Luke and addressed him as his new apprentice. Luke angrily then looked up to his new master, his eyes and teeth yellow as a result of using the Dark Side.

Other versionsEdit

PS2, Wii, and PSP versionsEdit

These versions are slightly different as they include some additional levels in the Jedi Temple and on Cloud City. The biggest difference is the location of Rahm Kota, who is found on Nar Shaddaa instead of Bespin.

Nintendo DS and cellphone versionsEdit

The Nintendo DS version, developed by N-space, follows the plot of the Playstation 3's and Xbox 360's versions very closely. However, it doesn't include Garm Bel Iblis and Mon Mothma. Other differences include Ozzik Sturn piloting an AT-RT instead of an AT-KT and Trandoshans protecting him.

The cellphone version, The Force Unleashed Mobile, developed by THQ Wireless, does not allow the player to control Starkiller's movements. Instead, he must weave the patterns of numbers appearing above the enemies' heads to make them disappear. Starkiller can also use Force push, Force drain, Mind trick, telekinesis and Force lightning by weaving certain patterns. The plot loosely follows that of the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 versions with some major differences. Rahm Kota is completely absent from the plot after his first encounter with Starkiller. Instead, after Starkiller is resurrected, Vader immediately dispatches him to Kashyyyk to liberate Organa. Having been rescued, the Princess sends Starkiller to liberate several Wookiees, one of whom is a local leader. After he completes his objective, Organa dispatches Starkiller to infiltrate an Imperial prison and set free more Wookiees. Inside the prison, Starkiller faces off against an Imperial commander equipped with a lightwhip and kills him. Later, instead of sending Starkiller to Raxus Prime in order to show the Empire's weakness, Vader sends him to destroy the TIE fighter construction facility above Nar Shaddaa where he confronted Kota.

THQ developed two more versions of the game; one for the N-Gage service for Nokia smartphones and another for the Apple iPhone and iPod touch. Both versions utilize the same combat system as the mobile game, but have 3-D graphics. In these versions, Starkiller rescues Organa from a group of escorting stormtroopers in the forest of Kashyyyk. Not willing to leave while the planet's population is enslaved, Organa sends Starkiller to liberate Wookiees from a nearby prison compound. After he has set the slaves free, Starkiller faces off against an electrostaff-wielding Sturn inside the prison. The captain is also assisted by two AT-STs. Starkiller, however, manages to push the AT-STs out of the prison building and closes the doors through which they have come. When Sturn charges him with the electrostaff, Starkiller kills him with a discharge of Force lightning.

Additionally, in these versions, Starkiller's initiation to the status of Vader's apprentice takes place on the Death Star instead of the Executor, and the duel with Maris Brood occurs inside the wreckage of a starship. Like in the cell phone version, Starkiller goes to the TIE fighter construction site instead of Raxus Prime. There, after destroying the core, he duels a Shadow Guard. Also, Vader does not kill Starkiller aboard the Executor; instead, when the Rebels have been rallied, he tells him to go to the Death Star to confront the Emperor. There, Marek discovers that Vader has betrayed him and duels his master. They fight through the Death Star, eventually reaching the Emperor's throne room. There, Marek uses the Force to collapse a nearby Star Destroyer into the Death Star, thus creating a distraction for the Imperial troops stationed inside and allowing Bail Organa and the other Rebels—who are unidentified in these versions—to reach the Rogue Shadow and escape. After their escape, Marek tells Vader that without him he will never be free and deactivates his lightsaber, and Vader deals a mortal blow.

Behind the ScenesEdit

  • The robes that Galen wears are very similar to those of Darth Revan's.
  • Sam Witwer voiced Galen and lent his facial features to the character of the Secret Apprentice.
  • The Secret Apprentice does have a name: Galen Marek he is also known as Starkiller.
  • Representatives of LucasArts state that, even though the Secret Apprentice is the apprentice of Darth Vader, he is not a Sith. The representatives hinted that there are some kind of shackles around his wrist that Vader apparently uses to control him.
  • Starkiller appears as a guest character in the non-Star Wars game Soulcalibur IV.


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