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Kal Skirata, sometimes called Kal'buir (Mando'a for "Papa Kal") by the clone commandos that he trained, was a Mandalorian instructor for clone commandos in the Grand Army of the Republic. The armor he wore was colored a dull sand brown.
Life as a MandalorianEdit
As a boy, he was orphaned by war and adopted into a Mandalorian clan by Munin Skirata. Kal's three-sided knife was all he could salvage from his father's body. When Munin found the young Kal, the first thing Kal did was attack Munin with his knife. Munin adopted Kal in a very Mandalorian fashion, and gave him the name Kal, meaning knife in Mando'a. His careers included being a mercenary, bounty hunter, bodyguard, assassin, and debt collector, along with many other tough jobs.
He married a non-Mandalorian, Ilippi, whom he had three children with. However, she could not understand his Mandalorian ways or accept his long absences, so she eventually left him, taking their children with her. A few years before Kamino, his ankle was shredded by a Verpine shatter gun. The injury would later become a grievance for the rest of his career.
When Jango Fett was recruiting the Cuy'val Dar, Kal was one of the first names on the list. He and Jango went back a long way, and had an up and down relationship. Kal was a very aggressive Mandalorian traditionalist and was devoted to the welfare of his troops.
Eight years before the Battle of Geonosis, Kal was brought to Kamino when he answered Jango Fett's call for clone trainers. He was disgusted with the Kaminoans' arrogance and indifferent attitude toward the "processing"—killing—of children. He first met the Nulls when the Kaminoan technicians considered them failures and had to be destroyed. He became sympathetic to the clones, and took the Nulls under his wing, giving them names and training them specifically. The Nulls were very fond of Kal, and would only answer and be commanded by him.
Shortly after the Battle of Geonosis, when Kal's contract as a Cuy'val Dar was finally over, Kal had to be placed in custody to help calm down the Null ARCs, but he helped on the condition that he would be re-enlisted in the Grand Army of the Republic.
He disliked many of the things that the Kaminoans did to the clones, and was deeply disturbed by the treatment of his "boys". He was able to smuggle in treats and other restricted things for the clones, and wanted them to embrace their Mandalorian heritage. He also hated living on the water world of Kamino, as it made his shattered ankle play up.
- Star Wars: Republic Commando (First mentioned)