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Neb Ka’zels

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Homeworld: Öetrago

Species: Ithorian

Biography

Neb is a young ithorian, raised by a small, old group of worshippers of Mother Jungle on the planet Öetrago. His parents don’t play a large role in his life – they are smugglers, who spent most of their time off-planet. That’s why they asked the local priests to take care of him. From that point on, he was living with other young ithorians at the temple. They all were raised as they were meant be the next generation of priests on their home planet.

He had a joyful time there – he made some friends and even developed a great relationship with one of his mentors, Vonnuvi. She always told and even sang stories to the young ones, usually about distant lands, and especially their previous homeworld, Ithor, Mother Jungle, which was destroyed a long time ago. Neb and the others were amazed by these legends, so it was easy for them to study about flowers, plants, and other living things from Ithor. They were provided with any goods, they had access to ancient ithorian relics, texts, art pieces, and all these sorts of things. In fact, they were meant to examine them – and the priests were answering their questions willingly.

Neb really enjoyed being there with his friends – and he was very much interested in the history of Ithor as well. However, the knowledge came at a cost: they were basically locked down from the outer world – they never ever had the chance to travel to other planets, even though their teachers were traveling across the galaxy. It was forbidden to leave the temple at night, and at specific hours of the day. Some left, as they grew older, some were taken out by their parents to do something more useful, but Neb stayed there for years. He had no other place to go – it’s been more than two years since he heard anything from his parents. And by the time he was 10, he noticed that Vonnuvi became less and less passionate, and her stories faded away as time went by.

One day, when she was the last adult priest in that particular temple, Neb asked her why are others leaving the community. Vonnuvi then told him the last story of Ithor: ever since the planet became burnout and bleak, there is a small number of priests, who proclaim that Ithor will once be fruitful again. She told him, that the temple’s leaders were such people. But this is a message which is hard to have faith in – in a galaxy, where everyone wants to forget their pasts, and go forward. There are only a few, who still seek to see the whole picture.

When Neb asked her who are these people, Vonnuvi told him about the Jedi, who may seem to not know Mother Jungle, but they know the Force – which is even greater. Vonnuvi told him that she can send him to the Jedi Temple – there is really no more reason for him to stay at Öetrago.

Neb was hesitating because he loved Vonnuvi, but finally accepted her offer – he made a promise to visit Ithor in the future and thanked Vonnuvi for all her help she gave him through the years. And that’s how he got here, with the help of a few friends.