|Race||Mirialan and Arkanian|
|Affiliation||The Guardians of the Whills|
|Prior Affiliation||Golan Technologies, Trade Federation|
Born on Year -51, Paul Luz is a Mirialan, retired from a long career with the Avance Coalition and then the Trade Federation. In his retirement he has given himself to the preservation of Force-relate artifacts with The Guardians of the Whills.
Growing Up on Ando
The Luz family had been on Ando for as long as anyone could recount, building and repairing weapons in the Baragwin fashion for the seemingly endless Aqualish clan wars. They specialized in decorative and ceremonial weapons, but often took whatever contracts were available. Growing up, Paul was revolted by the carnage his family's trade enabled, but because they had to move around often the family could never afford the fare to reinvent themselves offworld. When Paul became the head of the family they settled in a jungle compound away from most of the fighting, but it too was soon raided by a young warlord who took Paul and the other survivors captive, hoping to enslave them and use their skills. The remaining Luz's overtook their captors on the long trip back to the warlord's village. They took control of the sail barge, flew it to a nearby air field, and begged the first pilot they found to take them anywhere as refugees. That pilot, a Duros named Mark Antioch agreed, and took them to Duro. There many of Paul's family were able to find work in the shipyards or were hired to move elsewhere and build weapons for Corsec or the Galactic Empire. Paul, however, purchased tickets to Avance Coalition space - the Yushan Sector, determined to find work with Golan Technologies like Antioch. On the trip, Paul met Cally McKnight, who was also relocating there and hoping to find work.
Paul was soon taken under the wing of Golan's Director, Adrian Kilstar, who taught Paul much about mass production, sales, logistics, and the sport hunting industry. He found new life and vigor in his old age. Paul quickly rose up the ranks to head up the sales department. After getting acquainted with some of the other citizens around the holonet and on business trips, he decided to look up Mark Antioch again. At first, all he could find was that he no longer worked for Golan. He found his official file and records, but they left off mysteriously. There was no record of his being fired or quitting. After a few months of tireless searching, he found out that Mark had had some type of breakdown while on a delivery, and had developed what they are calling the Lost Soul Syndrome. The symptoms were serious, though not exactly terminal. The body would remain functioning, but vegetative. Mark was only biologically alive. As they could not locate any family, and Mark showed no signs of recovery, another friend of Mark’s gave Paul some of his personal affects: a few firearms, a Golan-commemorative saber, and a robe. Paul treasures these to this day.
That friend, Shor Urra, soon joined Krey Merr as they took the reigns of Golan Technologies after Kilstar's retirement. Under their leadership Paul was able to stretch his skills and diversify his interests. In addition to processing sales, Paul was charged with negotiating sales treaties with the Trade Federation as well as setting up many promotional events and competitions for the sportsmen of the Avance Coalition and projecting what new markets Golan might expand into. It was an exciting time which required Paul to explore the fields of economics, politics, and ecology. He began to watch these issues closely and write in editorials for the Avance News Network and was eventually brought on as a reporter, serving under Editor-in-Chief Insurik Damask. The Directorship of Urra and Merr proved to be temporary as both of them returned to their previous business ventures once a replacement was decided upon by Golan's owner. Much to Paul's surprise, he was asked to accept a co-directorship alongside the shady largely absent Director Vincent Kail.
Under Paul's leadership sales were moved to be managed exclusively by the Trade Federation Marketplace as partnerships through the Galactic Concordiate brought the Federation and the Coalition closer. Paul also rebooted former-Director Kilstar's program of producing foreign goods for the Avance markets. His proudest achievement, however, came after a group of university students were attacked by poachers while studying the wildlife on one of Golan's planets. To ensure that nothing like that would happen again Paul formed the Golan Counter-poaching Division, or CPD. They were hand-selected elite security officers assigned to patrol the wilderness of Golan-managed space protecting sportsmen, researchers, and wildlife by eliminating poachers and pirates. He was surprised to find a familiar name among the applicant pool for the head of the CPD, and quickly appointed Cally McKnight as the Division's first captain. In another twist of fate, following criminal allegations Insurik Damask was forced to step down from the ANN, and Paul was elected the new Editor-in-Chief where he focused stories on galactic politics and economics, addressed overlooked public problems, and raised up the valor of everyday working sentients from around Avance.
Paul's dual roles and Director of Golan Technologies and Editor-in-Chief of the ANN opened him up to many new worlds and reawakened his sense of curiosity. What began as smaller articles and investigations for the paper ended up as much larger research projects, and Paul was encouraged to present them to the Scholar's Guild, a nonpartisan group for academics and researchers to share their findings. His first presentation was on the Duros High House Reformation. This research took him to the surface of Duro, where he witnessed first hand what he heard about in stories. The land was in ruin. He vowed to become an even stronger disciple and advocate for the truth and an end to violence. Shortly after that he became friends with several Jawa Scholars and was soon fascinated by their rich and overlooked history, culture, their stories, and their language. The Jawas seemed similar to the Duros in many ways to him. Taking a leave of absence from Golan for a short while he joined his new friends on a journey into Tatooine where he studied their language and way of life. He then found himself called to investigate newly uncovered Jawa ruins in the Dune Sea, and published his results in his award-winning piece "The Bene Alissimama." Paul would also go on to publish the official public report on Operation Deep Helm, where the Mindabaal League and the Avance Coalition rescued Jandur from economic collapse and defended it from the Bothan Media Services. This report, too, would win him several awards.
The Great Merge, Elyssia, and the Trade Federation
The Avance Coalition, like many governments, was slowly beginning to get back on its feet after the Galactic Recession. Its large infrastructure was hard to maintain after the necessary cuts to several programs and departments, and many were worried that Avance's lifespan was growing shorter. Paul became an early supporter of a merge between Avance and a compatible ally, and he was very pleased when the Trade Federation was announced as the potential partner. He used his last article for the ANN to plea his case to the people of Avance that a merge was the best move forward for everyone. The story did much to move public sentiment, and the 'Great Merge' was soon approved by a slim majority of the elite. Arklari Clise, owner of Golan Technologies and leader of House Vigihan which governed much of Golan's space, was among those who voted against the merge. Clise soon announced his plans to hold Golan and Vigihan territory back from the merge and to form its own government. Although Paul was a vocal supporter of the merge, he remained at Golan Technologies and was very active on the ground floor of what would soon become the Kingdom of Elysia. He was appointed their head of culture and was able to get his former co-Director Kail a job as head of the provisional Elysian navy. Shortly after the coronation of King Clise, however, Paul caught wind of some policies and business practices he did not approve of and after much consideration submitted his resignation from Golan and his duties to the Kingdom.
The Trade Federation was quick to offer Paul a position within their Department of Trade, where he was placed under the tutelage of Acting-Director Ted Winner with the intention of grooming Paul to manage the Southern Hub for the Federation Marketplace which was being constructed. Paul began to draw up all kinds of plans for the expansion of trade in the newly merged southern Federation territories, or the former Avance Coalition. While his work was fulfilling, he missed his former colleagues at Golan Technologies. His previous private pilot managed to join him soon at the Federation, but soon was transferred to the Department of Logistics as a freight pilot. Cally McKnight, his old friend, had chosen to stay with the CPD and aid in its transition into the ground force of the Kingdom.
Later that year, the Viceroy announced that Paul had been selected to serve as the Regional Governor of the Federation's Zuma Region which consisted of three former-Avance sectors. Around this time he was also brought on board to the Ledger, the Federation's news service, where he covered the trial of his former employer, Insurik Damask, and the surprising announcement of massive reclamation on the Forest Moon. As Governor he began touring the region, meeting with local leaders, and putting together a list of tasks and priorities to best serve the people. Under Paul's leadership the Federation-controlled planet's of Bakura all received state-of-the-art space defense systems, and Paul's advocacy moved his citizens need to the top of the lists for the various departments responsible for economic and civil development. During this time countless jobs were also brought to the Zuma sector when Centurion Arms relocated its headquarters and industry center there.
However, as productivity grew, so did the lists of tasks needed to be accomplished at the same time and Paul quickly became overwhelmed. Sensing the strain, the Federation Directorate offered Paul the chance to step down and receive a transfer back to the Department of Trade, where his particular skills and experience would be better used. Paul worked briefly for Centurion Arms and then Haven Corporation, the Federation's nationalized recycling conglomerate, before finally retiring.
During his time with the Federation, Paul was approached by Dr.Con Semper for assistance in a project. Semper was part Arkanian -an extinct race- and had long been attempting to revive his people's linage through genetic experimentation and retrieve its way of life. Semper taught Paul the basics of genetics and cloning, and Paul was assigned to supervise construction and development as House Arkoh was formed. Paul assisted Semper in the early stages of the Arkanian-Offshoot program, which led to the perfection of the Semper Procedure. During this time, Semper recognized Paul's sensitivity to the Force, and began to train him as a Force user. Semper took Paul along on his travels to recover Force-related artifacts. Paul soon took to the academic study of the Force and Force cultures, and Semper appointed Paul as the supervisor of Arkoh's cultural office, library, and religious institutions. Paul assumed leadership in Semper's absence shortly before the House program was ended by the Trade Federation. No longer officially supported by the Federation, Arkoh's settlements in Trade Federation space remain vibrant centers of life for the Arkanian offshoots that live there. Paul oversees the program, but has turned over most direct administration to local officials. Paul continues the genetic therapies and cloning at Eren Research Installation and is building even more deep space settlements to expand the project.
Disease and Rebirth
During Year 17, Paul noticed himself feeling ill chronically, accompanied by feelings of weakness, acute pain, and an overall sense of 'uncenteredness.' At the urging of his closest friends and advisers Paul checked himself into Eren Research Installation - home of House Arkoh's premiere medical facility- and he was formally diagnosed with a violent strain of the Metamorphosis Plague. Paul's body was resisting the incorporation and domination of the newly introduced genetic material, and the instability caused his body to wage war on itself. It appeared that the invasive genetic code was for the Mirialan species, and though resilient it did not look like the virus had the strength to overcome Paul's dominant Baragwin genetics. The medical scientists predicted that if left unchecked the strain would prove lethal. In a rush to stabilize his condition the team of scientists and doctors decided to try a gene therapy they had recently came up with. Arkanian-derived DNA would be introduced into Paul's system in hopes that it might fill the gaps or areas of tension that were contributing to his prolonged state of limbo and illness. After two months of careful treatment Paul was discharged as a Mirialan-Arkanian Offshoot. He later discovered that the Arkanian genetics used in his treatment was donated by Con Semper.
No longer on the payroll of the Trade Federation, Paul has given himself to his passion projects. In Year 20, Paul associated himself with the Guardians of the Whills after a moving visit to the Temple of Kyber on Camden. Paul remained on Camden, learning from the Guardians and eventually serving as its chief archivist and one of its premier scholars. All this came crashing down when the New Republic fell. As what was left of the Galactic Alliance and Republic forces struggled to liberate the former-Republic territory, fear swept over the remote, Outer Rim systems like Camden that had long been sympathetic to The Resistance and would now be defenseless if the Imperial Union decided to invade. Paul and other Guardians quickly began cataloguing and evacuating the countless relics and treasures that filled the temple and its holy city along with any citizens of Camden that wanted to leave. The last transports arrived at the deep space rendezvous just before the system was invaded and the planet and temple surrendered. Paul had always been neutral in the civil war, but seeing the Imperial Union endanger a holy site like the Kyber Temple radicalized him, and he began to work closely with the Resistance first in evacuating and resettling their citizens and assets, and then by accepting a post in their news and propaganda operation.
Around that time, Paul reconnected with his friend and mentor Con Semper. Semper had been using the cloning technology they had perfected with House Arkoh to assist in Ternion Corps mission of reproducing clones from the Grand Army of the Republic. Seeing an opportunity to contribute to the fight against the Empire, Paul helped fund the cloning operations and hired several squads himself to further their training and equip his personal fleet to carry out missions for the Resistance.
Paul has amassed many artifacts in his travels and studies.
Protosaber- Protosabers were early forms of lightsabers. Their hilts were connected to external powerpacks worn on the users belt or back. Paul acquired during an exploration of a Jedi temple on Arkania. He refurbished it, and uses it as his own today.
Belt of Jedi Master Bodo Baas- This belt is purported to have once been owned by Jedi master Bodo Baas, of Clone Wars fame. It was gifted to Paul by Con Semper upon the completion of Paul's apprenticeship.
Jedi Temple Guard Mask -these masks were worn by those Jedi tasked with the defense of Jedi temples. While the were most associated with the temple on Coruscant, guards were also stationed at other important Jedi sites around the galaxy. Paul acquired this mask from a Clone Wars veteran who had taken it as a trophy following the Jedi purge at the war's end.
Kyber Crystal Shard -This shard of blue Kyber crystal was given to Paul when he was accepted into the Blue Path by the Guardians of the Whills. It serves to aid in his mediation, and allow him access to several restricted areas of the Guardians temples.
Jedi Texts- This collection of Jedi texts was discovered by Vir Calder when he returned to the galaxy from the unknown regions in Year 19. He gifted the texts to Paul, who has been working on deciphering them and their hidden wisdom.
Register of the Whills -This tome, embossed with tiny kyber crystals, contains a record of the names and adventures of members of the Guardians of the Whills since their inception. It also contains reports of their discoveries and the locations of protected sacred sites.
Journal of the Whills -This book contains an illuminated copy of the core teachings of the Guardians of the Whills along with a collection of mantras, prayers, and rituals used by the Guardians.
Altisian Jedi Tome' -A book discovered on an abandoned Defender-class cruiser, where Con Semper rediscovered the legacy of the Altisian Jedi Order. This book, once translated, described their history and core beliefs.
Scroll of Darth Zannah- This contains instruction for how to mask one's presence in the Force. It was given to Paul by Semper while on an expedition to Korriban.
Tome of Sith Alchemy Incantations- This tome was gifted to Paul upon completion of his apprenticeship to Con Semper and contains spells used in Sith alchemy rituals. Paul has been unable to determine the text's date, but it is very ancient.
Book of the Sith- An book of Sith teaching and rituals by an unknown and ancient author discovered in a temple on Bianquaros.
Sith Throne- Paul bought this off an antiquities dealer at the Jawa Swap Meet who simply through it was an ancient piece of furniture. While it was been shown to be a Sith-related object from around 1000-2000 years ago, Paul has not yet discovered its exact origins.
The Tether Stone- also purchased from Travis, this mysterious crystalline formation converts matter to dark matter. Because of its many unknown and dangerous properties it is kept locked away in a repository.
House Arkoh Belt -This belt was acquired by the Reclamation Corp on a trip to Arkania. It is believed to date back to the golden era of the original House Arkoh. Paul wears it acting as the head of the reconstituted house.
Mysterious Book -A mysterious book written in an unknown language on an unknown subject. Paul believes it to be related to the Rakata, or another lost civilization, but nothing has been definitively proven yet.
Sagosh Data Core- This data core was once used in Sagosh war droids.
Sagosh War Droid Head- The head of a legendary Sagosh war droid.
Defunct Rakatan Power Generator- One of the Relics of Rakatan Empire in Paul's collection. Although it no longer functions, Paul hopes to glean information from its design.
Rakatan Energy Pillar- One of the Relics of Rakatan Empire in Paul's collection.
Jobreth Relic- This red, six-sided star has a purple Jabiimite crystal in its center. It was discovered on one of the Jobreth islands on Jabiim, though Paul has been unable to deduce much more from it.
Jabiimite Pendant - This pendant of Jabiimite crystal, acquired on an expedition to Jabiim, is generally believed to be a symbol of great wealth or influence. Little is known about who may have wore it before.