is a fictional character in the Star Wars Expanded Universe
Becoming a Sith
Nadd is introduced in Tales of the Jedi: Knights of the Old Republic
as a Jedi
student, trained at the Jedi Temple
some 4,400 years before Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
. He is amazingly strong in the Force
, but he nevertheless fails his first true test, when he is told by the Jedi Masters at Ossus that he would not receive his promotion to Jedi Knight.
Enraged with their decision, Freedon Nadd strikes down his Master, Matta Tremayne. Nadd then succumbs to the teachings of the Sith
and becomes proficient in the use of dark side
magic. Believing that he would never be more than a Sith acolyte, since there could only be one Dark Lord at a time, he flees to the jungle moon of Yavin IV
, led on by the Force.
Searching for the Sith, Nadd is drawn to Yavin IV by rumours of the planet's strong connection with the dark side. There, he encounters deceased Sith Lord Naga Sadow
, who had used a technique to suspend bodily animation and enter a coma
on the moon at the end of the Great Hyperspace War
(portrayed in Tales of the Jedi
storyline of the same name). Sadow awakes, and begins training Nadd, gifting him with Sith artifacts. Eventually, Nadd seeks to conquer and claim the Sith throne for himself.
After collecting many Sith artifacts from the Sith planet Korriban
, Freedon Nadd goes to Onderon
, where he teaches the planet's inhabitants about Sith lore and magic, hoping to establish his own Sith Empire
. Legends spread of Nadd using Sith magic to singlehandedly repel the Beast Riders time and time again. This legend spreads down through generations on Onderon and Nadd became somewhat of a god, worshipped for defeating the "wild beasts and aborigines
Beyond the Grave
When Nadd dies, he preserves his soul
inside one of the ancient Sith artifacts he had earlier discovered on Korriban (this artifact would be encased in a sarcophagus
, protected deep within the palace catacombs), and his spirit extends its influence from beyond the grave.
In Tales of the Jedi: The Freedon Nadd Uprising, King Ommin of Onderon, a direct descendant of Freedon Nadd and his dark side followers, sparks a series of revolts to exterminate the Beast Riders and the other outsiders, criminals and exiles of Iziz, the capital. Ommin names the revolts in his ancestor's honor. This uprising was short-lived, however, as Jedi Master Arca Jeth and his taskforce are brought in to put down the threat. Ommin dies at the hand of Ulic Qel-Droma.
A New Apprentice
In Tales of the Jedi: Dark Lords of the Sith
, the exiled Jedi acolyte Exar Kun
discovers the Sith artifacts and falls under the sway of Nadd's evil spirit, which leads Kun to Korriban and then to Yavin IV. On Korriban, the cunning spirit leads Kun deep into one of the Sith Lord's tombs and triggers a cave-in, trapping him. He then manifests to Kun, telling him that to survive Kun must embrace the dark side. Kun accepts the offer and becomes a Sith Lord. Nadd intends to use Kun to further his own progression in the dark side and find the Sith Amulets hidden on the moon. While doing so, Kun, now bearer of the amulets, becomes more powerful than his master's spirit could control. Kun takes complete control of the ancient Massassi
race on Yavin IV and utterly exterminates Nadd's spirit in the process.
- Tom Veitch, Chris Gossett, Janine Johnston, David Roach (1994). Knights of the Old Republic. trade paperback, ISBN 1-56971-020-1.
- Tom Veitch, Tony Akins, Dennis Rodier (1997). The Freedon Nadd Uprising. trade paperback, ISBN 1-56971-307-3.
- Kevin J. Anderson, Tom Veitch, Chris Gossett, Art Wetherell Dark Lords of the Sith. trade paperback, ISBN 1-56971-095-3.
- Bill Slavicsek, J. D. Wiker (2001). The Dark Side Sourcebook. 1st printing, Wizards of the Coast. ISBN 0-7869-1849-7.
- Daniel Wallace, Michael Sutfin (2002). The New Essential Guide to Characters. 1st edition, ISBN 0-345-44900-2.