Nayama Bindo

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Nayama Bindo is a fictional Sith developed by BioWare for the role-playing game Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. Before being trained in the ways of the Force, she served the Ukatis monarchy as an airwoman. She helped enforced the blockade implementing the Ukatis monarchy's decreed embargo of outside goods.

Jedi Padawan Jolee Bindo attempted to run the blockade in order to much needed supplies to the staving Ukatis populace. 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, Jolee went into self-imposed exile.

Commentary from Jolee[edit]

Jolee

Upon meeting her [Nayama], I knew right away that she was strong in the Force. That's why she was able to shoot me down.

Nayama was a marvel of a woman. Fiery, determined, smart… she dragged me to the capital and foiled three of my attempts to escape prison. Oh, and that body…

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

Needless to say I eventually won her [Nayama] over. That was after I kidnapped her upon being broken out of the Ukatis prison, mind you. But uh, that's another story entirely.

At any rate, I wanted to train her in the Jedi way. The Council refused my request, naturally. I was still a Padawan at the time.

I was an experienced Padawan, surely… but not yet ready to be a full Jedi and certainly not ready to train another. Especially not one so old as my wife.

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

Nayama was intrigued by the idea of becoming a Jedi. She liked the idea of power too much, perhaps, but I certainly didn't see that at the time.

I believed in her and trained her in secret. I ignored her willful nature… I loved her too much to see fault in her.

And she loved me, too. I know she did. At the time, our love was a shared bliss… better than anything I had known before or since.

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

Nayama was inspired by Exar's promises of a new Golden Age. She wanted to join him.

She came to me, pleading with me to throw aside what she called the decrepit trappings of the Jedi… to join her in Exar's war.

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

So she [Nayama] had fallen to the dark side?

Jolee

I… hadn't thought so. Not right then. I was too proud to believe that of her. I had trained her myself... I loved her.

I pleaded with her to reconsider, to think about all that she was throwing away… to think about what she would become.

She would have none of it. Finally, in frustration, she attacked me. She drew her lightsaber and attempted to strike me down.

It was a scene being repeated everywhere throughout the galaxy. Pupil against master. In my case… it was a long and terrible battle, but I defeated her.

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

I had her [Nayama] at my mercy, disarmed and defenseless. She looked up at me and she knew… she knew I couldn't do it.

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

But I should have [slew Nayama]. Sometimes I convince myself otherwise… but it's no use. She had fallen to the dark side when she raised her saber against me.

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

But I should have [slew Nayama]. Sometimes I convince myself otherwise… but it's no use. She had fallen to the dark side when she raised her saber against me.

I think she [Nayama] truly fell the moment she raised up her saber against me. I have played that instant in my head… so many times.

Sometimes I convince myself that I couldn't have done otherwise… that I couldn't have seen that she had truly fallen to the dark side. But, yes, I was a fool.

And I let her go. To my shame, she went on to kill many Jedi during the war until she, herself, was slain in the final battle.

I grieved for her death, inevitable as it was, even as the Jedi Council put me on trial for my actions once the war was over.

— The player and Jolee Bindo, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
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.

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

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