Yuthura Ban

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Yuthura Ban is a fictional Sith Twi'lek from the planet Sleheyron developed by BioWare for the role-playing game Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. The Hutts dominated Yuthura's home-world, and she had to serve Omeesh the Hutt as a slave. Yuthura stabbed the drunken Omeesh and escaped from Sleheyron. The Jedi found and trained her as an apprentice.

Yuthura sought to free her people from bondage and grew impatient with Jedi inaction and restrain. As a result, she joined the Sith and became an apprentice of Uthar Wynn. She worked as a instructor at the Sith Academy on Korriban, where Uthar served as headmaster.

Yuthura seeks to supplant Uthar as master of the Academy and offers to aid the player in exchange for assistance in her plot. Yuthura and Uthar eventually confront each other, and the player may choice to aide either or challenge the both of them. If the Yuthura and the player slay Uthar together, Yuthura will attempt to slay the player afterwards. After slaying Uthar and defeating Yuthura in combat, the player may either spare Yuthara or slay her as well.

If the player spares Yuthara, then the player can allow Yuthura to become master of the master or persuade Yuthura to rethink her path in life. If the player persuades Yuthura to rethink her life, she will return to the Jedi and learn the value of serenity and harmony.

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Background[edit]

Yuthura

As I said, I was originally a slave to one of the Hutts. The Hutts control everything on Sleheyron, and a slave is nothing to them.

I was determined not to be "nothing". One night when the drunken worm [Omeesh] had me alone in his chambers I stabbed him and escaped the compound.

I stole onto a cargo ship and was not discovered by the crew until they reached the next system. They left me for dead on a desolate planetoid, alone… but that was fine by me. I was glad to be anywhere other than Sleheyron.

It was not luck that I was eventually rescued, of course. The Force was strong with me, though I didn't know that at the time. Not until the Jedi told me, that is.

— Yuthura Ban, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
Yuthura

I never progressed beyond Padawan. I had discipline, but no peace… and after my treatment at the hands of the Hutts there was little room in me for the ways of the Jedi.

— Yuthura Ban, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
Yuthura

I wanted to use the Force to free the other slaves I knew, to fight for what I knew was right. The Jedi restrained me until I couldn't stand it any more.

They claim the dark side is evil, but that isn't so. Sometimes anger and hatred are deserved and right. Sometimes things change because of it.

— Yuthura Ban, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
Player

But has anything changed?

Yuthura

No… not yet. But my anger has not diminished, nor my desire to see change. The more time I spend with the Sith the more I am certain that one day I will be able to fight as I must.

— The player and Yuthura Ban, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
Player Tell me why you tried to kill me, first.
Yuthura

I had no choice. You… reminded me too much of a time before I became a Sith. I… didn't want to think about that.

— The player and Yuthura Ban, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

Sith ways[edit]

Yuthura

We wield ultimate power, my friend. To be a Sith is to taste freedom and to know victory. Nothing is as glorious as bending the Force to your will.

— Yuthura Ban, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
Yuthura

We make no apologies for the weak. If you cannot clench your fist and know when the moment comes to strike, there is no place for you amongst us.

Of those who come to train, those who are weak return home. If they are both weak and foolish, they die… but it was their choice to come.

— Yuthura Ban, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
Yuthura

[Jedi are] [h]ide-bound relics who burden themselves with tradition and with the protection of the weak and ungrateful. They are pitiful and misguided.

Why would you take a gift as glorious as the Force and squander it? Weaken yourself deliberately and shackle yourself to outdated mores? Our gift has made us superior. It is our rightful place to rule. How can any deny that? Yet the Jedi do so… and call us "evil" because we do not.

— Yuthura Ban, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
Yuthura

Is the sarkath beast who dominates his jungle evil? The tuk'ata who leaps on the squellbug for the kill? These are things of nature, of the universe.

We are no different from this. The Force is part of the universe, part of the same laws. We were gifted to set us above the rest… to deny nature is foolish.

— Yuthura Ban, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
Yuthura

It is the Jedi who serve the Force… trying to discern its wishes like frightened old men staring at the stars. The Force serves *us*.

We shape it to our will. We are its master. The Jedi deny their darkness, but we revel in it, we allow it to fuel our strength.

— Yuthura Ban, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
Yuthura

"Corruption" is a word the pitiful use to describe the natural longing for power that they deny. "Evil" is a word trumpeted by the weak to ease their heart.

— Yuthura Ban, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
Yuthura

Malak is the strongest of us, and the strongest always rules… at least until one who is stronger can take it from him.

That is our way: survival of the fittest. You are always on guard, always lean for the kill. We promote it, for through this the Sith are stronger.

— Yuthura Ban, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
Player You [Sith] kill each other?
Yuthura

If a Sith has proven to be weak… and if the time is right. The Force rewards the cunning and the mighty. Step up to the challenge if you dare… or turn tail and run.

— The player and Yuthura Ban, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
Yuthura

We could learn much about the history of the ancient Sith… why they were on Korriban and why they left. Perhaps we could learn more about the origin of the Force, itself. With that knowledge could come great power.

— Yuthura Ban, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

Peace is a lie, there is only passion[edit]

Yuthura

The Jedi would have you believe that peace is a desirable goal. That peace of the spirit is the way the Force is mastered, that a lack of conflict betters man.

We know different. It is our passion… our hate and our desire… that fuels the Force. It is conflict that improves the lot of civilization and single being both.

Conflict forces one to better oneself. It forces change, growth, adaption… evolution… or death. These are not our laws, but the universe's. Without conflict you have only stagnation.

— Yuthura Ban, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

Through passion, I gain strength[edit]

Yuthura

What fuels your power with the Force but your passion? The stronger, darker emotions. Anger, hatred, fear… these passions empower us.

— Yuthura Ban, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
Yuthura

Love is more dangerous than all those things. Love leads to anger and hatred more often that not… but it also leads to mercy, which is far worse. That, however, is a lesson for another time.

— Yuthura Ban, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
Yuthura

What keeps even the most rudimentary creature alive? Fear to run, anger to fight… without it a creature would most surely die.

— Yuthura Ban, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
Yuthura

We are far more than them [rudimentary creatures], perhaps, but in some ways we are little different. To think us creatures beyond the need of simple passions is a delusion.

— Yuthura Ban, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
Yuthura

The Force gives us all power, even the Jedi. It is our mastery of our passion that gives us the strength they lack.

— Yuthura Ban, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

Through strength, I gain power[edit]

Yuthura

It is our goal to be stronger, to achieve our potential and not rest upon our laurels. We are the seekers, not the shepherds.

— Yuthura Ban, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
Yuthura

The stronger you become in the Force, the more power you will achieve. But always must you fight for your power.

Without strife, your victory has no meaning. Without strife, you do not advance. Without strife, there is only stagnation.

— Yuthura Ban, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

Through power, I gain victory[edit]

Yuthura

How many sorts of victories can you imagine? Peaceful victory? Victory by sacrifice? A truce, an achievement?

Unless the victory is achieved by demonstrating that your power is superior, it is only an illusion. Temporary at best. We seek more.

— Yuthura Ban, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

Through victory, my chains are broken[edit]

Yuthura

This… has been argued over, and often. The chains represent our restrictions, both those placed upon us and those we place upon ourselves.

Ultimately the goal of any Sith is to free herself from such restrictions. In a way, it is so we may do whatever we wish… but it is much more than that.

One who has freed themselves from all restrictions has reached perfection. Their potential fulfilled. Perfect strength, perfect power, perfect destiny. Imagine it.

That is our ideal, at any rate. It is said in Sith legend that the "Sith'ari"… the perfect being… will one day lead us. But perhaps that is just a legend.

— Yuthura Ban, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
Yuthura

I… wonder what a being would be like. The legends say the Sith'ari will destroy us… and make us stronger than ever.

But perhaps that is just a legend. Perfection is… a goal, I think, rather than a state of being. The Jedi would argue that, no doubt.

— Yuthura Ban, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

The Force shall free me[edit]

Yuthura

The Force is our servant and our master. Our teacher and our companion. A weapon and a tool.

Know it and you know the universe. Master it and you master the universe. Strive for perfection and the Force shall reward you.

— Yuthura Ban, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

If the player turns Yuthura towards the light side[edit]

Yuthura

All the things I wanted to do, all the wrongs I wanted to right… I haven't done any of it. They just get farther and farther from my mind.

All I've cared about is power and… and myself. This isn't the person I was.

— Yuthura Ban, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
Yuthura

You told me I should rethink my path, and I did. You were right.

You are the one who suggested I rethink my path. And I have… and you were right.

It's been very hard to let go of all those thoughts… about power and strength and victory. I don't know if I'll ever be completely free of them.

The real irony is that, despite what the Sith Code says, I've never felt more free. I think I might… be able to find a little peace here. Finally.

— Yuthura Ban, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
Yuthura

My old master said he would start exercises with me again… slowly, when I was ready. He said my experience with the dark side could make me a very wise Jedi.

There is no emotion; there is peace.
There is no ignorance; there is knowledge.
There is no passion; there is serenity.
There is no chaos; there is harmony.
There is no death; there is the Force.

Those words never held such resonance for me until I returned. I'd… like some serenity, some harmony. Wouldn't you?

— Yuthura Ban, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
Yuthura

You know, I'd forgotten all about that [seeking to combat slavery] until I spoke to you about it on Korriban. Strange, considering my hate for them [slavers] is what made me leave the Jedi.

I think… I think I've got to help myself, first, before I can help anyone else.

Maybe once that happens, I can work with the Jedi to make a difference. They may work slowly, but they do make a difference, don't they?

— Yuthura Ban, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
Yuthura

I may not be able to change everything at once like I wanted to… but it would feel good to really help someone, for a change.

Maybe that's a reason to change. Maybe that's a reason to stay [with the Jedi]. I… I guess I'll see.

— Yuthura Ban, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

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