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Section of Site: Characters D6Belongs to Faction: The First OrderSubtype: Non-Player CharacterEra: Post EmpireCanon: Yes

Name: Kylo Ren / Ben Solo
Homeworld: Chandrila
Born: 5 ABY, Chandrila
Died: 35 ABY, Exegol
Species: Human (Chandrilan)
Gender: Male
Height: 1.89 meters
Mass: 89 kilograms
Hair color: Black
Eye color: Brown
Skin color: Light
Move: 10

        Brawling Parry: 5D+2
        Dodge: 7D+1
        Lightsaber: 8D+1
        Melee Combat: 5D+2
        Melee Parry: 5D+1
        Command: 5D+2
        Search: 3D
        Sneak: 4D
        Persuasion 4D+1
        Intimidation: 8D
        Languages: 3D+2
        Scholar (Jedi Lore): 5D+1
        Scholar (Sith Lore): 6D+2
        Survival: 4D
        Tactics: 6D
        Willpower: 8D
        Brawling: 6D
        Climbing/Jumping: 4D+2
        Astrogation: 5D
        Repulsorlift Operations: 4D+2
        Space Transports: 4D+1
        Starfighter Piloting: 7D+1
        Starship Gunnery: 6D+1
        Computer Programming/Repair: 4D+2
        Lightsaber Repair: 4D+2
        Repulsorlift Transports Repair: 4D
        Space Transports Repair: 4D

Control: 11D+2
        Absorb/Dissipate Energy, Accelerate Healing, Concentration, Contort/Escape, Control Pain, Emptiness, Enhance Attribute, Hibernation Trance, Rage, Resist Stun

Sense: 9D+2
        Combat Sense, Danger Sense, Life Detection, Life Sense, Magnify Senses, Sense Force

Alter: 10D+1

Control and Sense
        Lightsaber Combat

Control and Alter
        Aura of Uneasiness, Inflict Pain

Control, Sense and Alter
        Affect Mind, Projected Fighting, Telekinetic Kill

Sense and Alter
        Lesser Force Shield,

        This is a sample of the powers that Kylo Ren had, he could also hold blaster bolts in the air for a considerable time, it is unknown if this was an effect of Telekinesis as some believed, or a separate power he had been taught.

        CREDITS - N/A (has unlimited access to First Order resources)
                Tri-Bladed Lightsaber (red) (5D, +1D to lightsaber parry)
                Sith Robes and Breath Mask


Description: Ben Solo was a Force-sensitive human male who, after falling to the dark side of the Force, eventually renounced his adopted persona of Kylo Ren and was redeemed. At the height of his power, Ren reigned over the galaxy as Supreme Leader of the First Order and commanded the loyalty of the Knights of Ren as the master of their order. The Force was strong with Ren; in addition to his Jedi training and knowledge of arcane dark side lore, the bloodline of the most powerful Jedi and Sith flowed through his veins. While his immersion in both sides' teachings and the desperation to escape his past transformed Ren into the embodiment of conflict, it was through discord that he derived power, using his emotions to channel anger into strength. Ultimately, Ren was determined to extinguish the light side within himself and destroy the last remnants of the Jedi Order, fulfilling the legacy of his grandfather, the Sith Lord Darth Vader.

A dark warrior with a mysterious past, the man who became known as the "Jedi Killer" was born on the planet Chandrila in 5 ABY, when the New Republic defeated the Galactic Empire. The son of General Han Solo and Princess Leia Organa, Solo learned the ways of the Force from his uncle, Jedi Master Luke Skywalker. After the destruction of the new generation of Jedi, Solo renounced his family and assumed the identity of Kylo Ren, becoming a First Order warlord and the apprentice of Supreme Leader Snoke. During his descent into darkness, Ren ordered the massacre of civilians and murdered of his own father, but the act of patricide failed to end his inner turmoil. Believing he was destined to rule the galaxy, Ren assassinated Snoke and usurped the position of Supreme Leader, seizing both military and political control of the First Order.

Though sworn enemies, Ren and the Jedi apprentice Rey formed a prophesied dyad in the Force, and therefore bound together through a unique bond. Their conflict came to a head in 35 ABY with the return of the Sith Lord Darth Sidious, who urged Ren to destroy Rey and become the new Emperor. His compassion for the former scavenger, however, as well as the death of his mother and the memory of his father, killed the persona of Kylo Ren and restored his identity as Ben Solo. After the battle on Exegol, Solo sacrificed himself to revive Rey, and the two shared a kiss before he died, ending the Skywalker bloodline.

Personality and traits

Ben Solo
Ben Solo was a human male who stood at 1.89 meters and weighed 89 kilograms. He had black hair, brown eyes, and light skin. As a child, Ben's eyes appeared ancient to his father. From Han's perspective, it was as though his son had been waiting for a millennium just to be born.

Even prior to his descent, however, Ben Solo nonetheless had deep-seated insecurities rooted from Han Solo and Leia Organa's neglect in raising him. He also believed that his parents thought he was disturbed, having overheard their conversations about him and his perceived lack of control over his innate Force abilities when he was still a child. As a result, he interpreted his mother's decision to send him away for Jedi training as her way of abandoning him.

The expectations of being a Skywalker—the nephew of the last Jedi and the grandson of a prophesied Chosen One—weighed heavily on Solo. Being named after legends only fueled his insecurity, causing Solo to hate his full name. He felt as though everyone wanted him to be like his namesake, Obi-Wan "Ben" Kenobi, even though he had never met the famous Jedi. Moreover, Solo knew that the surname he inherited from his father was an invented name, adding to his belief that his family's legacy was built on a lie.

As a young apprentice training to become a Jedi, Solo regarded his uncle Skywalker with great esteem. Though he harbored misgivings about his mentor's teaching methods, in Solo's view Skywalker was an amazing teacher and a legendary Jedi Master. He recognized his master's strength and knowledge with the Force, having learned much under Skywalker's tutelage. Despite the boredom that Solo tried to cope with on some of their missions together, he shared his uncle's enthusiasm for discovering ancient Jedi relics. Solo was particularly interested in ancient Jedi weapons; on one occasion he marveled at a lightsaber rifle. In private, he lamented how Skywalker hoarded such treasures by storing them away in his temple, never to be used.

Seeing his uncle standing over him with an ignited lightsaber had a profound impact on Solo's psyche. For Solo, it was an unspeakable betrayal that confirmed every worst fear he had about his family. Overcome with anger and confusion, he believed his uncle would have murdered him in his sleep. The experience also left him disillusioned with the Jedi way, which Solo now viewed as a lie that his life had been wasted on. When the temple was destroyed Solo tried in vain to help his fellow students. As he surveyed the burning ruins and the bodies scattered around him, Solo was left in a state of shock, expressing how he never wanted this outcome and blaming himself for it. His initial remorse was suppressed by the voice in his head, which convinced Solo that he was not to blame, but Skywalker and the Jedi were.

After renouncing the Jedi way, Solo no longer felt obliged to hold back his power, having known he was more powerful than any of Skywalker's other apprentices. As far as Solo was concerned, the notion that the others were his equal was a facade fabricated by his uncle. In reality, he was the prize pupil in temple, greater than all of the students combined and, in his mind, even more powerful than Skywalker himself. In his desire to put the Jedi behind him forever, he was willing to inflict harm on the apprentices who tried to stop him from leaving, although even he was momentarily surprised by the extent to which he hurt them with the Force. Though at the time he believed that Skywalker had died by his hand, Solo was not ready to kill his former peers, and so he settled for disabling their starship using the expert piloting skills for which both his father and uncle were known throughout the galaxy for.

While he initially considered returning to his mother, Solo ultimately resolved to seek out Snoke, whom he regarded as the only friend he had left. Snoke, in turn, used the situation to further discredit Skywalker in Solo's eyes, convincing the boy that his youth had been wasted learning the ways of the Jedi.

Kylo Ren
Kylo Ren was the embodiment of conflict. The dark warrior, whose blood flowed with the legacy of some of the most powerful Jedi and Sith in galactic history, represented a focal point between the dark side and the light, a balance that made him a target of Supreme Leader Snoke so Ren's powers could be used to further the ambitions of the First Order. His fall to the dark side suppressed the boy who had once been named Ben Solo, a name that the Supreme Leader decreed could never be spoken in the First Order.

Despite his feelings of desertion, Ren did not hate his parents. Although the act of patricide led Rey—who did not understand the dark warrior's motive for killing his father—to believe that Ren loathed Han, Ren confessed that it was not hatred which had caused him to strike down the elder Solo. Whereas he struggled against his conscience to take the life of his father, he could not bring himself to commit matricide. Indeed, as demonstrated in his trial on Dagobah, the vision of his parents caused Ren's hate to stem from the rush he felt upon fighting the image of Luke Skywalker.

As Kylo Ren, he strove to bury his past, though the painful experiences and emotions from his youth were nonetheless something he could channel in order to further his own power. He ultimately hoped to build an immunity to the light, and to succeed where Darth Vader failed. Although he intended to adhere fully to the dark side's teachings, he did ultimately have reservations to what he deemed to be unnecessary casualties, as evidenced by his speaking out against the ordered destruction of the Ileenium system before being outvoted by Snoke. After the Battle of Starkiller Base, Ren reflected on his duel with Rey and how she regarded him as a "monster." By then, he too saw himself as such.

Like Vader before him, Ren believed it was his destiny to rule over the weaker beings of the galaxy. He idolized his grandfather, but only the darkness that was Darth Vader—not the light of Anakin Skywalker. To Ren and the Supreme Leader, it was not poor strategy or arrogance that brought about the fall of the Galactic Empire: it was the sentimentality Vader held for his son, Luke Skywalker, which led to the Sith Lord's redemption; a foolish error in judgment and a momentary lapse in an otherwise great life. Ren believed that if Vader had not succumbed to the light, the Empire would have prevailed. Although Ren admired Vader, he remained torn by the conflict from within and, therefore, afraid of never attaining the strength his grandfather possessed. He kept a shrine to Vader in his personal chambers aboard the Finalizer, with the charred remains of the Sith Lord's helmet that had been recovered from his funeral pyre on Endor, as both a monument to the dark side's powers and its weakness. He also kept a table of ashes made from the remains of his enemies.

Similar to his father, Han Solo, Ren had a sarcastic sense of humor. During the attack on Tuanul, he told Lor San Tekka that the latter was "so right" just before decapitating him, in reference to the old man's claim that Ren could not escape the truth about his heritage. Ren's sarcasm was also evident during the interrogation of Poe Dameron, whom the dark warrior asked if he was "comfortable." Shortly afterward, Ren posed a rhetorical question to General Hux in regards to the reliability of First Order stormtroopers, only to answer his own query by denouncing all of them as potential traitors.

Though Ren feared the light and knew he had to avoid Vader's sentimentality, the Supreme Leader nonetheless encouraged him to use the heritage of both the light and the dark, which only furthered Ren's inner conflict. He studied both the skills of the Jedi and arcane dark side lore, contradictory teachings that gave him his power through discord. These teachings made the often angry dark warrior, one whose great temper was honed to be a weapon of the First Order, the archetype of a new kind of dark-side user that filled the void left behind when the Sith were destroyed during the Battle of Endor.

Ren struggled to control his temper, yet often failed in his efforts when dealing with setbacks or criticism, resulting in devastating tantrums such as the destruction of computer terminals as well as his interrogation chamber. His tantrums appeared to have been common enough that any nearby stormtrooper avoided the area he was currently destroying. He struggled to keep his temper in check while listening to Snoke's disparaging remarks, only to feel the dark side rising within him to the point where he was physically unable to keep it contained, causing him to take a defiant stand against Snoke until his master subdued him with the Force. Once dismissed, however, Ren unleashed the dark side in the form of a violent outburst of emotion, destroying his helmet and damaging the elevator in the process. In addition to his temperament, Ren was known for his lack of patience.

When confronted by his father, Ren struggled to overcome his conflict while Han appealed to the boy he named Ben Solo. Plagued by self-doubt, he did not know if he could bring himself to sacrifice his own father. Ultimately, Ren was desperate to end the conflicts that caused him so much pain, and therefore, he chose to murder his father, believing Han's death would free him from his emotional attachments. But this act of patricide did not cause Ren to grow stronger in the dark side. Instead, he felt weaker and remained at war with himself, becoming even more emotionally unstable than before.

Ren was furious when his master derided him as weak and sentimental—a child in a mask, unworthy of Darth Vader's legacy. Though enraged and desperate to prove his worth to Snoke, Ren soon found himself re-evaluating his life and his place in the First Order. A lifetime spent living in the shadows of powerful mentors fostered in Ren a need to determine his own destiny and discover his own path. Castigated by Snoke, Ren questioned the gifts given to him by his master, recognizing them as cages and leashes designed to keep him obedient under the Supreme Leader's rule. After killing Snoke and usurping his throne, Ren finally gained the freedom and power he coveted as an apprentice, and yet still felt shackled to a fate he was only beginning to understand. As the new Supreme Leader, Ren jealously guarded his independence and was unwilling to serve another master, having sacrificed far too much to be subservient. As such, he felt no indebtedness to Darth Sidious or the Sith Eternal cultists, for they were but a means to an end.

Ren often kept his face covered with a mask modeled on the battle gear of the Knights of Ren. His mask projected and amplified his voice in a deeper way, and his robes were a remnant of his training with the Supreme Leader and became singed from many battles. These elements combined to make Ren an intimidating presence as he boldly stepped onto the battlefield, where he sometimes arrived after victory was secured, yet he had no fear of battle. He boldly strode into battle, confident in his powers and his purpose. After usurping the title of Supreme Leader, Ren decided to wear his mask once more, now feeling that he was a Knight of Ren on his own terms. The reforged helmet was symbolic of Ren's growth as an individual—its fused shards mirrored the breaking and rebuilding of Ren's identity.

Relationship with Rey
Ren was puzzled by the strange connection he felt with Rey during their first encounter. He was also surprised by her ability to read his mind while he probed hers, which allowed her to sense Ren's thoughts as well as his inner conflict and doubts. To Ren's surprise, Rey evoked feelings of compassion within him, according to Snoke, who decried his apprentice's sentimentality as a form of weakness. Ren denied his master's accusations, unable to comprehend how he could feel anything except hatred for an enemy of the First Order. Nevertheless, he offered to make Rey his apprentice after gauging her raw strength in the Force. Even after she defeated him, Ren was preoccupied by what he sensed from her; that their destinies were somehow intertwined. From that point forward, much of Ren's churning emotions were about Rey.

His emotional state became even more intense as their Force-bond grew stronger; to Rey's surprise, Ren no longer bothered trying to hide his pain and misery from her. He allowed Rey to confide in him and reassured her that she was not alone. Later, as Rey lay at the mercy of Snoke, all of Ren's doubts gave way to a newfound sense of purpose and determination—he knew what he had to do. Instead of executing Rey as his master commanded, Ren resolved to kill Snoke and take his place with Rey at his side. Though at the time he believed Rey's origins were irrelevant, and even told her as much, Ren reassured her that she still meant something to him. He envisioned himself and Rey ruling together as the architects of a new galactic order, but her refusal caused Ren to feel betrayed and he vowed to destroy Rey along with everyone else who opposed him. However, as soon as Ren saw Rey again through their bond, he was unable to revel in his triumph despite the way he overthrew his master, all but destroyed his mother's movement and struck down Luke Skywalker.

Ben Solo reborn
Following the death of his mother, the revelation of Darth Sidious as the true mastermind behind everything and Rey saving his life, Ren became conflicted once more between his identity as Kylo Ren and his identity as Ben Solo. Confronted by the memory of his father, Ren was forced to face this conflict with Han insisting that Kylo Ren was dead and Ben Solo was alive. Han urged his son that while Leia was now dead, which caused Ren to think it was too late to go back, everything she believed in and fought for was not lost. In a mirror of his final moments with his father, Ren was forced to make a difficult choice but did not know if he had the strength to do while his father reassured him. In that moment, he threw away Kylo Ren's lightsaber and became Ben Solo once more, mirroring the transformation of Darth Vader back into Anakin Skywalker. As Ben, he proved himself to be a selfless individual who came to Rey's rescue against the Knights of Ren that he had once commanded and threw himself into danger against Sidious to protect the galaxy and most importantly, Rey. Ben's final selfless act was to sacrifice himself to revive Rey, thereby redeeming himself at the end of his life. When Rey awoke to see that Ben had saved her life she kissed Ben and shortly after Ben died, becoming one with the Force.

Powers and abilities

Force powers

The heir to the Skywalker bloodline, Ben Solo was gifted with immense power, raw and untamed, a fact which did not go unnoticed by either Luke Skywalker or Snoke. Yet whereas Skywalker feared his nephew's power to a degree, Snoke was intrigued by the young Solo's potential to become a Jedi of limitless power. The Supreme Leader, therefore, conspired to bring that power into his service at the expense of the resurgent Jedi Order. After becoming Kylo Ren, Skywalker's fallen apprentice was tasked with destroying any remnants of the Jedi, including his own uncle, whose attempt to restore the Jedi Order was thwarted when Ren betrayed him and the other Jedi students. Ren wanted to be as powerful as Darth Vader, who began the elimination of the Jedi at the end of the Clone Wars, but was afraid he would not be as strong as the Sith Lord once was. Though not yet at the heights of his grandfather's or his uncle's power, Ren's raw strength still gave him powerful abilities with the Force and in combat. It also augmented his physical strength by considerable degree, making Ren capable of crushing the Emperor's wayfinder with his bare hand. Additionally, he was able to leap across great distances to an even greater extent than Rey.

The dark side that flowed through Ren made him a nearly unstoppable force, and he was exceptionally skilled in telekinetic attacks and defenses. He notably used this to send Rey flying against a tree and to pull Dopheld Mitaka by the neck to his hand, as well as to hold him up with one hand while still pulling them with the Force. When defending himself from Skywalker the night his master came close to murdering him, Ren was able to telekinetically collapse an entire hut on Luke while keeping it from harming him and clashing blades with Skywalker at the same time. He was proficient enough to use telekinetic halts in combat, which notably allowed him to freeze the motion of a target, allowing him to immobilize and restrain people, to hold a blaster bolt midair for over a minute, and to block a lightsaber blade with the Force. He was also able to manipulate the movements of living beings, which allowed him to force Rey to point her blaster at the floor as he simultaneously froze her in place. By the time he arrived on Batuu, Ren's proficiency in telekinesis allowed him to crush a person's larynxes—an ability used by his grandfather before him—as he demonstrated on a subordinate at the Black Spire Outpost.

Ren displayed remarkable durability and a tolerance for pain, having survived a long ranged blast from Chewbacca's bowcaster. His natural ability with the Force allowed him to contain the blast and minimize the damage it caused, thereby preventing the resultant wound from being fatal. Although Ren sustained severe injury, he only briefly doubled over in pain, despite the weapon being able to kill armored stormtroopers instantly on impact. He could also cut ahead of Rey and FN-2187 in this state, demonstrating remarkable speed. Even after being injured, Ren was still very formidable, showing great prowess in an acrobatic and offensive form of lightsaber combat in his duel against FN-2187, a former stormtrooper with specialized training, fairly quickly besting him, although not before he got cut in the shoulder. He even utilized his wound to further hone his power in the dark side by punching himself directly on the wound, hard enough to spurt out blood.

Lightsaber abilities
Ren, who pulled from the teachings of the light and the dark to hone his power, possessed superb skills in lightsaber combat. He put his talented fighting skills in combat to use when he annihilated most of his uncle's students. His destruction of Skywalker's new generation of Jedi earned him the nickname of "Jedi Killer" amongst the First Order ranks, and his abilities with a lightsaber were what ultimately prevented the art of lightsaber combat from returning to prominence as he eliminated the remnants of the Jedi. Ren's own lightsaber reflected his skills in designing one; while its crude appearance suggested construction by an inexperienced hand, its partially exposed inner workings allowed for easy modifications and upkeep. Although Ren was capable of repairing his lightsaber, he preferred its unstable, volatile nature. In combat Ren typically utilized his lightsaber in the standard grip form, but he was also proficient in the unorthodox reverse grip.

With his proficiency in the art of lightsaber combat, Ren could fight outnumbered and prevail against multiple adversaries. He fought alongside Rey against the Elite Praetorian Guard until they were separated, forcing Ren to fight four guardsmen on his own. He killed two Praetorians with his crossguard lightsaber and, using a dead guard's vibro-voulge as an improvised weapon in conjunction with his saber, demonstrated his ability in the art of Jar'Kai while defeating a third guard. Though he was outmaneuvered by the fourth and final Praetorian, Ren survived by stabbing the guardsman through the face with Rey's lightsaber. He later fought against the Knights of Ren after reclaiming his identity as Ben Solo, who was outnumbered and briefly outmatched by the Knights. Once armed with his grandfather's lightsaber, however, Solo bested all six Knights on his own, resulting in their deaths at the hand of their former master.

Ren's loss to Rey—a girl unfamiliar with the lightsaber—was an isolated case according to his master Snoke, who believed his apprentice lost because he was unbalanced by the murder of his father. Despite defeating Ren, Rey felt his strength in the dark side and knew that he was only getting stronger. Luke Skywalker even regarded his nephew Ren as a strong adversary who was far more powerful than Rey. As they fought once more on the ruins of the Death Star, Ren overpowered Rey moments before she managed capitalize on his distraction by Organa's death.

Ren was also skilled in the art of defense; notwithstanding his earlier defeat by Rey, Ren succeeded in parrying all of her attacks with a lightsaber during their last duel. he was even adept at avoiding close range melee attacks while unarmed, as he demonstrated by dodging Rey's lightsaber several times before activating his own saber.

Other skills
Ren was an excellent pilot, having inherited the piloting skills of both his grandfather and father, Anakin Skywalker and Han Solo, respectively. Utilizing his personal TIE/vn space superiority fighter, Ren led the First Order's initial attack on the Resistance fleet. He was able to evade the Raddus' defenses and destroy the vessel's starfighter hangar, owing to his own talents as a pilot. However, Ren was never satisfied with the speed and responsiveness of his craft and pushed the First Order engineers to outdo their best efforts. Ren modified his TIE whisper's astrogational systems to accept Darth Vader's wayfinder as a signal source, and the ancient device sent out binary signals that the ship's hyperdrive interpreted as jump coordinates.

Ren also excelled in interrogation, as he could telepathically invade the minds of his prisoners and psychologically torture them into revealing withheld information. His abilities also allowed him to render opponents unconscious without harming them, as he did to Rey on Takodana, causing her to fall asleep with a wave of his hand so he could capture her without resistance.

Although Snoke was capable of probing his apprentice's mind, Ren was able to deceive his master into believing that he intended to kill Rey when, in fact, his actual target was Snoke himself. Specifically, he used his master's reliance on reading his every thought, twisting it to his advantage and ultimately outmaneuvering the Supreme Leader.

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