codenamed Starkiller (also known as the "The
Apprentice") is a disciple of Darth Vader,
who saw Starkiller's potential as a Force-user and trained him personally.
Starkiller's Soul Calibur IV storyline is as follows: As a covert operative, the Apprentice undertook many missions, but one
mission stood out from the rest. He was instructed to investigate an anomaly - a gate to another dimension
- and without hesitation, he entered the
Soul Calibur universe.
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, Galen Marek is an
extremely powerful force-wielder who lived during the era of the Galactic
Empire, Marek originated from the Wookiee home planet of Kashyyyk as the sole
offspring of two Jedi Knights - Mallie and Kento Marek - who deserted the Jedi
Order during the Clone Wars. Following the death of his mother, the young
Marek's father was killed in battle by Darth Vader. Though only a child, Marek
possessed an exceptionally strong connection to the Force that the Dark Lord
of the Sith sought to exploit.
Thus, Darth Vader
abducted Marek in order to train the orphan in the ways of the Sith Order.
Although the Sith were limited to only two members at any given time, Vader
nonetheless trained Marek as a secret apprentice during his own apprenticeship
to Darth Sidious, the Sith Lord who ruled the galaxy as Emperor Palpatine. The
physical and psychological trauma of Vader's unforgiving training regimen
resulted in Marek's immersion within the dark side of the Force as his Master
intended. With his childhood memories suppressed and his original identity
forgotten, Marek only knew himself as the Dark Lord's apprentice; a Sith
assassin who operated under the codename "Starkiller" and a living
weapon to be deployed against the enemies of Darth Vader.