Since I’m presently making a push to get a couple more characters through the Eternal Throne expansion for Star Wars: The Old Republic, I thought I’d look at another of my characters over there. This entry for the List has its origins, somewhat, in the predecessor of SWTOR. Well, it’s MMORPG predecessor, anyway-Star Wars Galaxies. During a break I was taking from that game just after the Combat Upgrade, I made a character named Idievak Bialar, who was a much different sort of character than my Ranger on my main server. That character directly inspired the creation of my Jedi Knight, Idievak, in SWTOR.
It’s true that I have no shame in reusing names sometimes. I could say that the SWTOR version is an ancestor of the SWG version, but I prefer to think of it this way: just because they share a same first name means nothing. How many people in the state you live in are named “John”? I simply see Idievak as something similar. It’s easy to get away with things like first names; it’s the last names that are trickier, and I never established one for the Jedi Idievak-so I’m free and clear of having to deal with any ancestry issues.
I knew from the start that I wasn’t going to mess with the Dark Side; this was a true-blue Jedi Knight, strong in the Force and Light Side all the way! I did hem and haw about what advanced class to use, but eventually went with the Sentinel and the dual lightsabers. The other big choice I had to look for was the idea of romance; as was indicated early on in the Jedi storyline on Tython, romantic attachments are a no-no, at least as far as a pair of Jedi Masters there were concerned. This led to a big question mark with an early companion, Kira, who is a romanceable companion for the Knight. Well, everyone needs one vice, right? Of course, since Idievak’s gone along the Knights of the Fallen Empire and Knights of the Eternal Throne storylines, Kira’s been missing in action along with a large percentage of the former flames of the character classes. That hasn’t kept Idievak from doing the right thing all through the Zakuul story, where he definitely kept an antagonistic relationship with his unwanted head-guest. It probably shouldn’t be a surprise what decisions he made at the end of the Eternal Throne, being my third character to complete that arc.
In spite of my insistence that Idievak isn’t actually related to the SWG version, I certainly crafted his appearance to have some similarities-a darker skinned Zabrak, although he lacks facial tatooos. As an early character, he tended to go back and forth on his outfit until I got some “orange gear” which could slot mods; it wasn’t a bad look, but it really popped once color dyes became available. A white-and-red dye gave him what I consider his signature look. Lightsaber blade colors remained blue for a time, but thanks to a hypercrate of gamble-packs I’d picked up (I had so bloody much cartel coins that I HAD to spend them on something!), I acquired some crit-enhanced white/blue crystals, and their look was suitably impressive enough to me to use them-particularly since this character was the one to whom the collection item was bound, so he could replicate heaps of bound crystals for use by him and his companions (well, nowadays, the only thing they’d get out of it is color, but that’s progress for you).
Ultimately, I was extremely happy with the character’s final look, and how he dealt with the class story and succeeding content. And now that the war is back on between the Republic and the Empire (c’mon, you gotta know which side Idievak chose to support), things are only gong to keep busy for a Jedi in the Eternal Alliance.