Vaklu

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Vaklu is a fictional Onderonian noble, general, war hero, and nationalist contender to the Onderonian royal throne developed by Obsidian Entertainment for the role-playing game Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords. Vaklu was a cousin to Queen Talia of the planet Onderon. He led the native Onderonian resistance against the Mandalorians who conquered and occupied Onderon during the Mandalorian Wars. Vaklu opposed Talia's attempt to integrate Onderon into the Old Republic and eventually sought to supplant her as monarch with the aid of Darth Nihilus.

When Vaklu began to regret his alliance with Nihilus, he sought the aid of the Jedi Exile (the player) instead. The player can then choose to aid Vaklu or oppose him. If the player sides with Vaklu, Vaklu overthrows Talia and betrays Nihilus. He even aids in the player's efforts to defend the Republican planet Telos from Nihilus (possibly in order to obtain more credibility and leverage during with the Republic in order to have his reign over Onderon recognized by the Republic).

Quotes from Vaklu[edit]

Vaklu

Change is a painful process. A price must be paid. But Onderon will have a new destiny, one larger than you [Talia] can imagine.

— Vaklu, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords

When aided by the player[edit]

Vaklu

Do you require anything else? I understand that we've asked you to take tremendous risks, for a cause that isn't your own. I will make good on payment.

Player

When I win this war for you, I want you to hand your Force sensitives over to me.

Vaklu

What do you mean?

Player

They will need an education. Would you ask the Jedi to do that now?

For training. They will protect Onderon from Jedi meddling. And be loyal to me.

Vaklu

The Jedi would twist them to the Republic's way of thinking. I can see your point.

That could be useful. And regardless their other alternative is the Jedi, which is unacceptable.

Vaklu

This will be arranged for you. I presume that this is sufficient payment for your assistance.

— Vaklu and the player, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords
Vaklu

My plan is to divide my forces. My main body has Sith soldiers and their Masters. Also it has many beasts that somehow the Sith control.

I am going to take that body and assault the Royal Palace head on. The casualties will be extreme, but we will break through. And also weaken the Sith tremendously.

— Vaklu and the player, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords
Vaklu

The Sith are very powerful, but it is apparent that they reply on the Force too much. Their knowledge of warfare and tactics is weak.

Their arrogance is their greatest weakness. We will severely diminish their strength by the time we get to the palace.

My troops should be able to hold them off until you [the player] arrive[s]. Their army must be destroyed, otherwise they would forever be a threat to Onderon.

— Vaklu, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords
Vaklu

And now it is done. Her [Talia's] sacrifice was necessary to ensure our future.

— Vaklu, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords
Vaklu

This could not have happened without you. You will be given everything I promised you.

I risked a great deal by asking for your assistance, as you did in helping. Your reward will be well-earned.

Player

Why did you ask me for help?

Vaklu

Because I had faith in you.

I know who you are… You are the last of the Jedi, haunted by the Exchange, the Sith, and the Hutt-spawn knows who else.

They've thrown everything they have to capture and kill you, but you cannot be stopped. If anyone could save us from our fate… it was you.

After we've secured the city, and that will take time, you will always be welcomed here. If the Republic hunts you down as a price of your ambition, this place will be a haven for.

I will never forget what you have done this day.

— Vaklu and the player, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords

When opposed and defeated by the player[edit]

Vaklu

You've won… the battle, Talia… But your reign won't be an easy one. The Republic is a sinking ship. And you're too attached to it.

— Vaklu, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords

Commentaries about Vaklu[edit]

Commentary from Canderous Ordo[edit]

Canderous

We should try to get General Vaklu on our side. He has a shrewd mind and is far more fit for command.

Queen Talia is young and too idealistic. A veteran leader is what this planet needs and would make a better ally.

— Canderous Ordo, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords
Canderous

Vaklu is no fool. Whatever our past disagreements, he'll recognize the value of an alliance between us.

— Canderous Ordo, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords
Canderous

Valku is a political animal, but he has never backed out of a deal. The Sith must have changed their arrangement substantially for him to consider betraying them.

We can trust his offer. He's far more capable than Queen Talia is, I think allying with him is the best course.

— Canderous Ordo, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords

Onderon's fate under a victorious King Vaklu[edit]

Kreia

Vaklu shall have a short reign, but Onderon's independence shall persist.

As he fought the Mandalorians, his triumph over the Republic shall serve to preserve Onderon against the rest of the galaxy, and Onderon shall maintain its customs, its lore, its history. Its identity.

And most of all, its victory shall give Onderon strength, so that the horrors of the Sith War and the Mandalorian Wars will not soon come to its surface again.

— Kreia, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords

Onderon's fate under a victorious Queen Talia[edit]

Kreia

Queen Talia shall have a long reign, much good will come of it. She will, as she has, rule wisely and well.

Onderon shall remain in the Republic, and the world shall prosper, though its people shall, over time, lose their customs in the ocean of the Republic and become the people of Onderon no longer.

— Kreia, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords

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