Name: Jenaraa Cadenza (Jen-ah-rah)
Alias/Titles: The Hero Of Tython*
Class: Jedi Knight/Sentinel
Home Planet: Dromund Kaas
Marital Status: Married
Relatives: Dr Archiban Kimble (Husband) Adaraa (twin sister) Jyo’castor’laeda (adopted sister) Cad’kreon’iyrah (adopted brother)
Distinctive Features: Jenaraa’s white eyes and white hair are striking and unusual, and have been the root of some superstitious rumours about her origins.
Jenaraa was born on Dromund Kaas into a prestigious household and was raised along with her twin sister Adaraa. The twins never really got along, despite their parents’ best efforts. Jenaraa was mean and spiteful toward her sister, who was always the more sensitive twin. Their behaviour divided their parents’ opinions, and tension grew.
When Jenaraa’s mother attempted a power play by killing the daughter of a more prominent Sith Lord, she was punished by being forced to give up one of her own daughters to the family. Jenaraa was her mother’s favourite, and knowing this, she tormented Adaraa, teasing her incessantly about the fact she was leaving. Little did Jenaraa know that her father had other plans – he refused to let his wife give up Adaraa and instead took Jenaraa to Csilla, where he planned to leave her with a friend until it was safe to consider bringing her home. Things did not go as planned as he was followed, and he had to abandon Jenaraa to her fate on the freezing world.
Jenaraa would then be discovered by a Chiss family who took her in and raised her alongside their own children, Jocasta and Kreon. Jenaraa adapted quickly to the cold, unfamiliar world and adopted the Chiss language and culture. Despite getting on well with her adoptive family, Jenaraa possessed an icy demeanour and treated everyone coldly. She demonstrated cruel behaviour even at a very young age, and when her new family re-located to Coruscant, her parents sent her to the Jedi order in the hope that they could curb her behaviour.
Jenaraa trained with the Jedi but she continued to be cold and calculating, much to the disappointment of her Masters. Her fall to the Dark Side was inevitable.
With the exception of Jocasta and her family, Doc is the only person who seems to have gotten past Jenaraa’s icy exterior. Jenaraa longs to go home to the Empire someday but knows that her husband would be unlikely to follow, and so she keeps her true desires locked away until the time is right.
Designing Jenaraa was so much fun, and I think it’s the eyes that really make it work. I decided I wanted to do another Jedi Knight playthrough (a few years after my very first one!) and I wanted it to be very different, so I knew she was realistically going to be a Grey Jedi at the very least. She ended up being far more Dark Side than expected and that suited me just fine. What really surprised me about her playthrough was how much fun I had with her romancing Doc. They were so perfect for eachother, and it was a romance I had not completed before (Auryyn and Doc was a definite no-no!) and I was pleasantly surprised. The romance was funny and sweet, and sometimes utterly ridiculous, but it was enjoyable to experience with the right character. Playing a Dark Side Knight was incredibly jarring and every decision felt incredibly “wrong”, but it’s effectiveness in making me feel that way made me want to carry on. If only Jenaraa’s sister had ended up in the Republic instead…she would have fit in perfectly. Jenaraa had the toughest act to follow, as Auryyn is my main and only Knight, (and my fave ofc!) but I’m glad that she was the toon that broke my “no other Knights” rule.
*I asterisked this as my alternative universe canon is still a work in progress, and I’m still deciding what’s-what (hence the vague references to plot points etc, love interests notwithstanding!)
As always, if you’ve made it this far, thanks for reading!