CHARACTER NAME: Jai Kell
Hair color: Red-brown
Eye color: Brown
Skin color: Tan
Brawling Parry: 4D+2
Vehicle Blasters: 4D+1
Starfighter Piloting: 5D+1
Starship Gunnery: 5D
Space Transports: 4D+1
Repulsorlift Operation: 4D+2
Starfighter Repair: 3D+1
First Aid: 4D
EQUIPMENT: 50 Credits
Blaster Pistol 4D
FORCE SENSITIVE: N
FORCE POINTS: 1
DARK SIDE POINTS: 0
CHARACTER POINTS: 6
Description: Jai Kell was a male human cadet at the Academy for Young Imperials on Lothal fifteen years after the rise of the Galactic Empire. He was known to have a mother, who also lived on Lothal. During his time at the Imperial Academy, he was a member of Unit Aurek which was part of squad LRC077. Kell had an amicable relationship with Zare Leonis and Pandak Symes but did not get along with Nazhros Oleg. While Kell was Force-sensitive, he was unaware of his Force powers that allowed him to excel in his Academy training.
Later, Unit Aurek was joined by Dev Morgan, who was actually the Force-sensitive rebel and Jedi-in-training Ezra Bridger. Ezra was on a mission to steal a decoder from Imperial Headquarters which contained the location of a kyber crystal shipment. Due to their enhanced physical abilities, Kell and Morgan attracted the attention of the Grand Inquisitor, who ran a secret program known as Project Harvester which identified Force-sensitive individuals. After Bridger learned that the Inquisitor was coming, he and Leonis persuaded a reluctant Kell to escape the Imperial Academy. The Spectres then arranged for Kell and his mother to go into hiding.
Four years later, Jai, now a member of Ryder Azadi's Lothal resistance, encountered the Spectres once again. They had been sent to Lothal by Rebel Alliance leader Mon Mothma in response to a message from Ryder about a new TIE Defender the Empire was developing on the planet. Jai helped Ezra and Sabine Wren avoid detection and arrest, and later helped the Spectres escape the occupied Jhothal through its sewer system. He later helped recover the hyperdrive of the stolen TIE/D Defender Elite prototype, and assisted in destroying the air defenses placed to defend the Imperial Armory Complex.
Jai Kell was born and raised on the planet Lothal during the Age of the Empire. During his childhood, he and his family visited Pretor Flats one winter and regarded it as a beautiful place. While he still had a mother, Kell's father had died two years before he had enrolled at the Academy for Young Imperials in Lothal's Capital City. The Academy for Young Imperials was a junior one-year academy that prepared Imperial cadets for training at more specialized senior academies which prepared cadets for a career with the Stormtroopers, the Imperial Army, and the Imperial Navy respectively. Jai joined the Empire with the hope of seeing the wider galaxy and reaching a top rank in the Galactic Empire.
During his time at the Imperial Academy, Jai was assigned to Unit Aurek, a four-member cell within the cadet squad LRC077. He befriended his fellow Aurek members Zare Leonis and Pandak Symes. However, Jai had an acrimonious relationship with Nazhros Oleg, who was disliked by the other cadets for being selfish and a bully. Unknown to Jai or the other cadets, Leonis was a rebel sympathizer who had infiltrated the Academy to find his missing sister Dhara Leonis, who had disappeared during a field exercise the previous year. Throughout their two-week orientation, Jai and his fellow cadets participated in frequent running drills and field exercises under the supervision of Sergeant Currahee and Lieutenant Chiron. Like his fellow cadets, Jai regarded Currahee as a "witch" because of her fiery temper and even nicknamed her "Curry". Jai also thought that Lieutenant Chiron was "inhuman" due to his incredible running stamina.
One night, while their fellow cadet Symes was sleeping, Jai caught Oleg "borrowing" Symes' chance cube from his footlocker. When Oleg alleged that Symes had gained the cube by cheating during a game, Jai responded that Symes was not a cheater; prompting Oleg to return the stolen cube. Jai then turned to chat with Leonis about their personal backgrounds. After learning that Leonis was a recent migrant who had been born offworld, Jai asked Oleg where he had come from. Oleg revealed that he had come from the Outer Rim colony world of Eufornis Minor, and added that his ambition was to make it to a senior academy so that he did not have to return to Lothal again, which he dismissed as a "dirtball". Cool-minded, Jai did not take insult at his homeworld being disparaged and instead commented that the seniors would have to wait.
The following morning, Jai and his fellow cadets were woken up by Sergeant Currahee, who did a footlocker inspection. The tough-minded Currahee found infractions with the entire Unit Aurek and reprimanded Kell and Leonis for leaving dirt on their boots. As punishment, she issued all the cadets in the unit three demerits each. Later that day, Jai's fellow cadet Symes found himself falling behind the other cadets and was regularly berated by Sergeant Currahee. When Leonis attempted to help Symes, Jai tried to advise him that he couldn't since it was not his responsibility.
As the Orientation period progressed, Jai and his fellow cadets were issued with helmets and E-11 blaster rifles, standard Imperial Military equipment. Near the end of the orientation phase, Jai and his fellow Unit Aurek cadets took part in a training exercise which involved the cadets deploying from a Sentinel-class landing craft into a lake. After disembarking, Jai and the rest of Unit Aurek had to reassemble their rifles before embarking on an obstacle course to reach a pre-set destination. While navigating through the obstacle course, the cadets had to avoid being hit by trainers with their blasters set on stun mode.
For the obstacle course, Jai and Symes elected Leonis as their leader, overruling Oleg, who had coveted that position for himself. Under Leonis' leadership, Unit Aurek proceeded forward in wedge formation with Jai and Oleg flanking Leonis on the right. The four cadets also worked together to knock out a trainer, with Jai and Oleg distracting him so that Leonis could sting him with his blaster. Learning that the trainers held the high ground, Leonis ordered his fellow unit members to switch to file formation. This tactic work and Unit Aurek succeeded in achieving their objective. However, Symes experienced a nervous breakdown and Leonis attempted to help him. Shortly later, the exercise ended, which marked an end to the orientation phase. While Symes decided to withdraw from the Academy, Jai, along with Leonis and Oleg, decided to continue their training.
Personality and traits
Jai Kell was an amicable and good-natured cadet who got on well with his peers. He had a good sense of humor and tended to avoid getting embroiled in arguments. When another cadet, Nazhros Oleg, described his homeworld Lothal as a "dirtball", Kell merely changed the topic and went to bed. Kell also coped with the harsh training regiment at the Academy for Young Imperials by finding things to poke fun at. On one occasion, he joked that the drill sergeant Currahee lived on blaster gas and molten carbonite. Physically fit and agile, Kell was also Force-sensitive but was unaware of this fact until his encounter with Dev Morgan.
A loyal Imperial citizen, Jai had joined the Academy with the hope of becoming an Imperial Military officer. He also wanted to see the galaxy, and admired the Galactic Empire for rebuilding civilization and defeating the Separatists. Jai also regarded the Empire as a positive force in the galaxy which stopped corruption and made the galaxy a safe place by fighting slavers and pirates. In addition, he welcomed the employment opportunities that the Empire had brought to his homeworld of Lothal. While Kell was initially disbelieving of Zare Leonis and Dev Morgan's reports about the Grand Inquisitor, he came to accept their arguments after Leonis recounted his sister Dhara's disappearance under suspicious circumstances. Jai was also very fond of his mother, since his father had died sometime prior, and it was realizing that he would never see her again that made him agree to escape the Academy.