Star Wars ABCs is a fun 26-part series that partners Star Wars with your ABCs to introduce you to characters, droids, places, and creatures from every era of the franchise, including the newest venture into a galaxy far, far away — The High Republic.
B is for Bell Zettifar
Bell Zettifar was a human male born in 250BBY during the High Republic era. The Jedi Order identified him as Force sensitive at the age of 3, and he was taken to the Jedi Temple on Coruscant where he was eventually chosen to apprentice to the legendary Twi’lek Jedi Master Loden Greatstorm, a Jedi known for his unconventional teaching style. As a Padawan of the Jedi Order, the young Zettifar wore traditional Jedi robes, a tunic with the symbol of the Order embossed on the front, a utility belt with various pouches for equipment, a golden belt buckle featuring the symbol of the Order, a green sash under the belt, brown boots, and wore his hair styled as locs. Like most human Jedi, Bell has grown a Padawan braid as a symbol of his rank within the Order. The young Padawan wields a lightsaber comprised of a standard cylindrical metal hilt with a flared emitter and green blade.
The Jedi Order forbade its members from forming attachments and holding possessions, due to the ability of those actions and emotions to lead its members to experience fear and greed, emotions of the dark side of the Force. Zettifar was perilously close to crossing that line by naming his favorite Jedi Vector ship “Nova” (he loves to fly), and by keeping a charhound as a pet at the Jedi outpost on Elphrona, and giving it the name “Ember”. The young Padawan was aware that his actions were not in line with the Jedi Order’s rules, but he found a way to skirt around them, at least in his own head anyway.
When Bell Zettifar closed his eyes and opened his spirit to the Force, it appeared to him as flaming light. Sometimes these flames were a small sea of sparks and embers, always at least as bright as a candle flame. Other times those flames surged into a blazing inferno as bright as a sun, so bright that he was afraid he might just go blind. But the Force didn’t blind him — it was his ally, and always chased away the shadows when he opened himself to it.
During the Great Disaster, Zettifar and his master aided the citizens of the Hetzal System, even though they only had 80 minutes until the planet was to be obliterated by objects exciting hyperspace. As part of his never-ending Jedi training under his master, the young Padawan was forced to jump out of his Vector starfighter and attempt to safely descend to the ground using the Force. While unsuccessful in reaching the group safely without his master’s aid, Zettifar was successful in helping many of the citizens evacuate on ships that were being denied to them.
In the aftermath of the Great Disaster, Zettifar and Greatstorm traveled to a Jedi outpost on the planet Elphrona were they were stationed with Jedi Knight Indeera Stokes and Jedi Master Porter Engle. It was here that the master and apprentice had their first encounter with the dreaded Nihil, who were kidnapping local farmers to ransom as blackmail. During the fighting Zettifar was separated from his master while the pair were attempting to board the Nihil raider’s ship, and while half of the family was recovered, one member, along with Loden Greatstorm, were assumed to have been killed while the Nihil ship attempted to exit the atmosphere for the safety of space.
Following the tragedy on Elphrona and with Loden Greatstorm missing and presumed dead, Bell Zettifar was apprenticed to Jedi Knight Indeera Stokes. While he did not share this openly with others, Zettifar refused to believe his master was dead and hoped to find and rescue him.
You can follow Jedi Padawan Bell Zettifar on his adventures in the new High Republic publishing initiative, beginning with Light of the Jedi by Charles Soule and the young readers book The Great Jedi Rescue by Cavan Scott.
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