Jolee Bindo

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Jolee Bindo is a fictional Gray Jedi[note 1] developed by BioWare for the role-playing game Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic.

Jolee Bindo sought to smuggle supplies through the blockade enforcing Ukatis' self-imposed embargo of outside good, and Ukatis airwoman Nayama shot down Jolee's vessel and captured him. Jolee recognized Nayama's sensitivity to the Force and attributed his capture to that sensitivity. Jolee was eventually broken out of prison, and he took Nayama with him.

Nayama was initially taken as a hostage, but Nayama and Jolee eventually fell in love with each other. Jolee sought to have the Jedi train her in the ways of the Force, but the Jedi Council rejected the proposal. Jolee then trained Nayama in secret, although he was still a Padawan. Jolee and Nayama eventually married.

Later, Nayama wished to join Exar Kun and his Sith Brotherhood and sought to have Jolee join along with her. Jolee refused Nayama's enticements, and Nayama attacked Jolee. They dueled, and Jolee defeated her. Jolee couldn't bring himself to kill his wife, so he let her flee. Nayama would continue fighting as a Sith and slay many Jedi until she herself perished in battle.

The Jedi Council tried Jolee for his actions and found him innocent and deserving of compassion. They even sought him to promote him to full Jedi. Nevertheless, Jolee couldn't forgive himself, even if the Jedi could. Thus, Jedi went into self-imposed exile.

Jolee and his spacecraft eventually crashed on the Wookiee home-world of Kashyyyk. Jolee settled there as a hermit and befriended the native Wookiees, including Rwookrrorro chieftain Freyyr.

Several years later, the player encountered Jolee during player's expedition to find Freyyr and Kashyyyk's Star Map. Jolee joined Revan's quest for the Star Forge and journeyed to the Rakatan home-world of Lehon, where Revan had to choose between Jedi and Sith.

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Jolee

I had trained Nayama against their [the Jedi Council's] wishes. I had failed to kill her when I had the chance, and she went on to kill others.

Not to mention that I had remained a Padawan throughout the war. A formality, perhaps, but with the trial it had to be decided if I was worthy to become a Jedi at all.

It [the trial] was a travesty, of course. I told you that even the Jedi were capable of great injustices, didn't I?

— Jolee Bindo, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
Jolee

They found me innocent.

Even though I… deserved every punishment and more… they let me go. Mitigating circumstances, they said. I deserved compassion, they said.

They said I had learned wisdom the hard way. For all I had done during the war, they wished to raise me to full Jedi status at long last.

That… that was when the Jedi left me. That was when they failed me.

— Jolee Bindo, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

Love[edit]

Jolee

The Jedi, with their damnable sense of over-caution, would tell you love is something to avoid. Thankfully, anyone who's even partially alive knows that's not true.

— Jolee Bindo, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
Jolee

Love doesn't lead to the dark side. Passion can lead to rage and fear, and can be controlled... but passion is not the same thing as love.

Controlling your passions while being in love… that's what they should teach you to beware. But love, itself, will save you… not condemn you.

— Jolee Bindo, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
Jolee

I wouldn't listen too closely… I'm no authority on anything. I just think that the greatest things in life shouldn't be avoided because they come with a few complications.

Love causes pain, certainly. Inevitably love is going to lead to as much sorrow and regret as it does joy. I suppose there are perfect, eternal loves out there… but I haven't seen any.

How you deal with the bad part of love is what determines your character, what determines the dark side's hold over you.

— Jolee Bindo, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
Jolee

A life without risk is boring. Is that how you want to live? You want love, you've got to fight for it.

— Jolee Bindo, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
Jolee

I'll tell you one thing: sometimes, no matter how hard you try, you and the one you love simply aren't meant to be together.

The trick is to know when that is, to know when it's time to fight and when it's time to part ways.

— Jolee Bindo, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

Gray Jedi[edit]

Jolee

I follow the Jedi Way and use the Force, don't I? That makes me a Jedi last time I checked.

But the order, itself, the Jedi Council and so forth… no, I'm not a part of that and haven't been for a long time. And good riddance, I say!

— Jolee Bindo, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
Jolee

A rogue, am I? You speak as if there must be something wrong with me, like not being part of the order makes me a criminal.

You know what I hate? Well… you know, lots of things, really. But I'm old and easily annoyed. But that's beside the point. What I *really* hate are how most people view the Jedi.

Everyone thinks the Jedi are perfect, that they can do no wrong. They think the Jedi Council is completely incapable of injustice.

— Jolee Bindo, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
Bastila

I know you have… issues… with the Order. But you are a Jedi, Jolee. You command the Force. Without the guidance of the Council how can you avoid falling to the dark side?

Jolee

Well, I've managed to avoid it the last 20 years or so. Besides, light side, dark side: they don't mean the same to me as they do to you. I don't see in absolutes.

— Bastila Shan and Jolee Bindo, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
Jolee

I want to stop Malak as much as anyone. But I don't have to join the Order to do it. Look at Carth, or Canderous. They're with us in this quest, but they aren't Jedi.

The capacity for good or evil, like the Force itself, is in all living creatures. And belonging to the Jedi Order, or the Sith, or any group, won't change what you are at your core.

— Bastila Shan and Jolee Bindo, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

Notes[edit]

  1. Obsidian Entertainment (2004). Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords. LucasArts. Gray Jedi are those who, though having completed the teachings of the Jedi, operate independently and outside of the Jedi Council. They are typically seen as misguided, though they have not necessarily succumbed to the dark side.

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