Starlight was born on Nal Hutta to Luri Kzak, an
impoverished prostitute who did the only thing she could
to get by. She was never sure who little Tycho’s father
was, obviously being one of her customers. Tycho was
born as, and spent the first fourteen years of his life
as Tycho Kzak, a young ruffian who was more than
familiar with the shady streets.
Tycho did what he had to to
get by. He had not only himself, but his mother to care
for, who became sick when he was eight years old. He
began to do jobs for one of the local cartels, mostly
running errands and doing what was needed to get a few
creds here and there.
When he was ten years
old, Tycho killed his first man. He’d taken to carrying
a holdout pistol. The man thought he’d be easy enough
prey to rape, and received a blaster bolt in the face
for his trouble. It left Tycho distraught for a few
days, but his life had already been hard enough by that
time that he recovered quickly enough. It was something
that has stuck with him through his entire life,
After that point, he
began to get *other* jobs. Word had gotten back to
someone in his cartel that he was a kid who could pull
the trigger and keep on ticking. At his age, they
figured he’d make the perfect assassin. Who would see it
coming? For him, it was usually as simple as walking up
to his target, who would dismiss him as just another
street rat, and shooting them.
By the time his mother
died, he’d killed enough people to be able to get them
into a nicer place, so she could be comfortable on her
deathbed. Tycho never regretted his life of crime for
that one reason. It was a small mercy in his mother’s
life of pain and degradation.
After her death, Tycho
had no emotional ties to ground him, and he fell into
the life of crime hard. By the time he was fourteen,
Tycho Starlight had been born, and he was already making
a reputation for himself. Tycho Starlight was a man who
got things done, they said. Few people connected the
dots and knew that he was just a boy named Tycho Kzak.
One day, however, one of the goons of a different Hutt
gang found out.
He was dragged before the
rival Hutt, and was bound for the rancor pit, when a
Mandalorian bounty hunter named Odell Darr attacked. He
slew Bargna the Hutt and the entire room full of guards
and mercs. It was over so quickly that Tycho hardly knew
what had happened. When it was all said and done, Tycho
was holding a blaster he’d picked up during the fight.
He and Darr stood with guns trained on each other. For
quite a while there was silence, then Odell took off his
helmet and told the boy, “You have courage.”
After that point, Odell
Darr took the kid under his wing. The training was
brutal and the Mandalorian was relentless in driving his
lessons home, and Tycho spent most of his time beaten
up, aching and bleeding. For years he couldn’t so much
as touch Odell in their sparring matches. Day in and out
he learned to fight, to use blasters, to hunt prey. He
learned little of Mandalorian culture, as it wasn’t his
business to know, but he did learn to fight like one.
Eventually he began to assist the man on his hunts,
until one day he was tested by doing a few hunts on his
In the end, Odell finally
decided he had no more to teach Tycho. The boy had
become a young man, and in his early twenties he set out
on his own to make a name for himself. The name Tycho
Starlight became known in certain circles all across the
galaxy. He was known for always delivering on a job,
though his methods were far more brutal than most.
After a good fourteen
years of working alone, he found himself on a mission
for a Hutt that required him to capture a woman who had
wronged the Hutt. Once he found her and heard her story,
he realized that the woman had done nothing but escape
from slavery. Surprising even himself, he freed her and
helped her hide from the evil Hutt. After that, he
received a black mark on his head, along with a small
Having been rejected by
the guild after his little snafu, Tycho decided to team
up with a group that could help him get other odd jobs.
He worked aboard the Crimson Moon freighter for two
years before he suddenly developed a connection to the
Force. Shortly afterward, he brutally executed a man for
raping a child slave. Despite the justification for his
actions, his methods frightened his allies, and he was
soon persona non grata among them.
Since that time, he has
been searching for a purpose in life while trying to
learn and understand the Force.