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Duel at the Valley Of The Jedi by wraithdt Duel at the Valley Of The Jedi by wraithdt
Hi guys! This is a new set of 12 artworks I did for the new Star Wars Essential Reader's Companion. Although the dateline for this book was a lot tighter it nevertheless was an enjoyable and rewarding experience.

As with the last book I will be posting them in the order of sequence as it appears in the Reader's Companion. Enjoy!

Kyle Katarn and Jerec duke it out at the Valley of the Jedi in Ruusan. This scene is from one of my favorite Star Wars game franchises, Dark Forces. Though I have to admit that Dark Forces II: Jedi Knight is the only one in the series I've not actually played through. Nevertheless I do find it baffling that Kyle was able to defeat Jerec even after he was imbued with the power of many Jedis. I know gameplay factor had alot to do with this but perhaps there's a canon explanation of how Kyle Katarn overcame the supposedly "invincible" Sith that I'm not aware of.

Copyright of Lucasfilm Ltd.
Published by Del Rey, an imprint of Random House Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc.

You can get the book here >> [link]
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TacoWrath Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014  Student General Artist
This is the best Dark Forces II art I have ever seen.
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T2JD Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014
I love it
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Makeamukero Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014
I like the colors!
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LordRadim Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Jerec nice good :)
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michaelhardcore13 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
cool!
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thebingbang Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
you did this one?!? One of my all time faves!!!! That duel!!!! Man, I want them to redo that game with new graphics! 
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LittleFoxStudio Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
One of my very favourite character, now removed from the canon universe. Though Lucas probably didn't even know these games exist.
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msd92 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014
A Kyle Katarn drawing?

Why the fuck have I been wasting my time on reddit for...

*Change homepage to DeviantArt*
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nekrosith Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've played all games and actually I declared a Star Wars fan because of this game (DF 2: JK)
Awesome art, you should draw a Dark Trooper against Kyle Katarn in his Blade Runner outfit, I mean, Dark Forces 1 outfit lol :D
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ninjawerr Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Professional Writer
inpresive indeed but there is a clerical error, you see Katarns saber is blue
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Mennisian Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014
He had 3 sabers, the first was green, the second yellow, an the last was blue. Sorry bad eng.
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ninjawerr Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Professional Writer
Thanks for the corection
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pokeman122 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013
This piece is probably one of the most impressive things I saw on DeviantArt. :D

And the Jedi Knight game is great too. It would be great to see a remake of it, maybe with the Source Engine. But it's just wishful thinking.
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Majestic-MSFC Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is some awesome work it was a great game in it's day. 
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Karlch Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ouu. Best :) I like it :)
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FrostyWaters Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013
Kyle beat him because he's Kyle, nuff said.
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DARTHTURDER12 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013
HEY JEREC WENT DOWN LIKE A BEAST
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XizerTheGrey Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013
He did not beg. Have to admire him for that.
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DARTHTURDER12 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013
a true dark jedi till the end
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XizerTheGrey Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013
Indeed
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DARTHTURDER12 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013
indeed
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FrostyWaters Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013
Lol
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DARTHTURDER12 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013
I =3
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FrostyWaters Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013
I back
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Ragnarok6664 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sure the most played game back in the day ;) splendid piece
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AnAspieInPoland Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, according to wookiepedia, Kyle used the power called 'Wall of Light' to cut Jerec off the Force pernamently - Just like Nomi Sunrider did to Ulic Qel-Droma. But what makes it even more baffling is when did he learn how to cast such power? Nowhere ingame is he ever seen studying anything.
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2Scribble Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013
The entire Valley is full of the spirits of Jedi Masters and Sith Lords - DEAD Jedi Masters and Sith Lords- most of them were insane, but some were capable of distributing knowledge how and when they chose if their spirits were calmed enough. Just like when Kyle accidentally created a spear of liquid force energy when Sith spirits started to overcome him, some of the Jedi spirits imparted the knowledge Kyle needed to defeat Jerec. Up until then he WAS being beaten - it's why the book is so cool.

That's how Kyle restored his knowledge and training with the force so quickly when he returned to the Valley during JKO - the residual energy and knowledge makes the valley particularly dangerous to Force Users because (even with the spirits either released, dispersed or asleep) that knowledge is still there... waiting
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XizerTheGrey Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013
As I recall the Light side spirits were freed after the battle while the shredded souls of the Sith Lords energy remained and that's what Desann and Later Tavion leached from it, leaving the Valley completely empty eventually.
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2Scribble Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013
All the spirits were freed after the valley was cleansed - but the force energy and residual imprint left there was almost limitless. The final battle of the valley had only a few hundred sith but Lord Hoth brought thousands of Jedi. That much knowledge - that much energy - could never truly be destroyed. Plus, as we saw in the NJO, it was still a 'need to know basis' area - suggesting that the force signature on the planet was still 'alive' and strong
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XizerTheGrey Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013
Was always surprised that the Valley was kind of forgotten, I must have missed the NJO mention of it.
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2Scribble Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013
You didn't - it was retconned as being kept under a need to know basis by Luke and several other Jedi out of respect (and partial fear of creating another reborn crisis) in one of the reference books. It's 'part' in the NJO didn't even reach three paragraphs :P but you know how that works lol
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XizerTheGrey Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013
Kind of like the Entire Empire of the Hand buildup and then all we get is two squadrons...
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2Scribble Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013
Pretty much
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ArtTraveller77 Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, loving how you did this. That boss battle feels 10x more epic.
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TarktheBarbarian Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013
This is epic man :D
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Promus-Kaa Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw, it's too bad you used the "pointy" lightsaber tip instead of the traditional "rounded" end.
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thelastdisciple Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is the best piece of Kyle Katarn artwork in a long long time.
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newcmv-x Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
AWESOMENESS I GOT A BRAINER.
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rex7on Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012
WOW !!! this is the best picture with kyle katarn that i ever seen omg ! nice job
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XizerTheGrey Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012
He used a technique to temporarily cut Jerec off from he Force, since Jerec was only drawing from the valley's power he was weakened considerably for a time and then bested by Katarn.
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Tenkan-47 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Epic!

Very well illustrated. I feel sorry for the people who didn't play this wonderful game.
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XizerTheGrey Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012
Jerec was my favorite EU Dark Jedi, this is an incredible artwork! Well done!
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reader1 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012
this is was one of my favorite games when i was young
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swtor627 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012
Friggin..... PERFECT
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Doug-R32 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
maybe katarn is just really strong?
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LazyRayFinkle Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012
Excellent! You are excellent!
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AnAngeliq Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012
:worship: congrats, this is wonderful
finally, a true kyle katarn fan art
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LittleFoxStudio Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
If I may ask, how long did such a piece take you to complete?
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martixy Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012
That was one of my FAVOURITE games back then. Actually it still is. And I still play it.

I mean wow... Thank you for this pic!
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da-parrot-masta Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Dark forces is my favorite star wars series..reallly with they would become a movie. Dark forces 2 is legitly the hardest game I've ever played. I was suprised that i actually beat it. took me a long time though, the last battle wiht jerec is the worst. Hes so OP, and he jumps around EVERYWHERE. its a fun game though.
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