this man was believed to have been one of the many Jedi Knights who roamed the galaxy during the decades leading up to the Clone Wars. A former soldier, Darca served as a mercenary for hire many years before the Battle of Naboo, until he abandoned that role when he met his future wife, Teril. Darca later claimed that Teril's love saved him. They looked forward to becoming parents, but Teril died during childbirth, leaving Darca to raise his son Neas alone. The two men became the best of friends. Then, one day shortly after the Battle of Naboo, a Jedi Knight crashlanded on Nyl's land. The dying Jedi explained that he had been transporting a prisoner to Coruscant, a prisoner known as the Dark Jedi, Lycan. Lycan escaped and tried to gain access to Nyl's home. Young Neas managed to shoot the Dark Jedi in the face, but Lycan killed the boy in retaliation. Darca returned home to find Neas' lifeless body on the floor. Lycan escaped again, and Nyl spent two days burying his son before setting out on a mission of vengeance to hunt down and destroy Lycan. He took the dead Jedi's lightsaber, and assumed the role of a rogue Jedi to give him a measure of respect. On the first world he reached during his search, he thwarted the capture of a young boy who had been implicated in the kidnapping of Samuel's daughter, Leddar. Samuel, the leader of the remote outpost, agreed to drop any charges against Nyl, so long as he helped locate his daughter and bring the kidnappers to justice. In exchange for Darca's help, Samuel agreed to also provide information on the Dark Jedi Lycan, whom Darca had been searching for. Darca managed to locate Royce, who had kidnapped Leddar, and discovered the truth behind Samuel's relationship with Royce. After ensuring that they wouldn't kill each other, Darca left Samuel to contemplate his actions and set out for Molavar, where Royce claimed that Lycan was heading. When his ship was shot down while en route to Molavar, Darca was caught up in the machinations of Jaren and her brother, Ament. After bringing the two fugitives to justice, he finally reached Molavar, where he discovered he was five days behind Lycan. However, Lycan was still on the planet, and Nyl could see the end of his mission. After helping Byrom and Ensa ensure their safety in the desert, Nyl finally confronted Lycan. The larger Dark Jedi beat Darca physically through the Force, causing broken ribs and other internal injuries before Darca could recover enough to make his own attack. As he crawled into a mine, Darca lined the entrance with landmines, an idea he had obtained by Byrom. As Lycan claimed victory, Darca set off the charges, bringing the ceiling of the cave down on Lycan's head and killing him. Upon surviving the encounter, Darca had a vision of Teril and Neas, in which they implored him to never give up his new-found quest to make things right in the galaxy. Darca cdidn't consider himself a Jedi Knight - he'd never felt the Force flowing through him - but he resolved to make things as right as he could in the galaxy.