Tu'lan was born to the noble House of Debraki, an offshoot of the more widely known House Rakiirn, which was founded in ancient times by Darth Rhaka, a noted visionary and military leader. Indeed, both houses still celebrate days that are alledged to be the aniversary of Darth Rhaka's victories, though scholars have debated the accuracy of the supposed dates.
The name "Debraki" is thought to be a corruption of "Dzu'Rakiirn," which would signify the joining of House Rakiirn with another house which, at the time, would have been of about equal power. It is widely thought that this would have been House Dzuyan, however records from this period are difficult to come by and the line of Dzuyan was wiped out several hundred years ago during an internal conflict.
In more recent history, Debraki remained a minor House that never-the-less produced a good number of Sith for the Empire, several of whom rose to positions of some note. The fortunes of the House have risen and fallen over the years, however it is presently at it's lowest ebb to date following the execution of Lord Qa'yidz, who had previously been the head of the House. His children and the majority of his grandchildren were also arrested, some followed his fate, others were quickly married off and firmly attached to other Houses and some remain unaccounted for to this day.
The story so far...
Tu'lan is first seen as an Acolyte on Korriban, struggling with her trials. A chance encounter with a Sith she takes to be another Acolyte leads to her venting her frustrations with a system she abides by and believes in yet feels is unfair and constraining. The Sith reveals himself to be Lord Sareth and, fearing retribution for her words, she kneels before him. Instead, he takes her as his Apprentice.
As Lord Sareth's Apprentie, Tu'lan is introduced to Lord Kolph and his wife, Isa'bella, along with another Apprentice, Than'so of House Sciriato. Tu'lan and Than'so train together and a rivalry is quickly established. Later he introduces her to Apprentice Liracen, who she learns is in a relationship with Lord Sareth. Their conversation is, however, interrupted by the arrival of Darth Silex, Liracen's Master, who chastises Liracen for tarrying and summons her to continue with her training. Tu'lan is impressed by the Darth's authority and command of those around him.
Lord Sareth trains Tu'lan over several weeks and then announces that he must present her to his own Master to confirm her Apprenticeship, and it is revealed that Darth Silex is also Lord Sareth's Master. They meet formally aboard his monsterous ship, the Lamprey.
The possibility of a romance between Tu'lan and Darth Silex emerges, however she is concerned about the significant difference in power between them and, on Sareth's advice, attempts to force Silex into a position where he must work to woo her. Through Than'so, she meets Ultarius Utharr, another Pureblood Apprentice of noble birth (and whose elder brother, Lord Zerrak Utharr happens to be a powerful ally of Silex's). Ultarius seems genuinely taken with Tu'lan and the pair are soon regularly seen in public together.
The ruse works, arousing Silex's jealousy, and, against the background of a series of battles with the Republic (led by a Jedi called Varin), Tu'lan is able to negociate a favourable marriage agreement between them. One of the terms is that it must be kept a secret until she has gained her Lordship, at which point they will wed.
Meanwhile, Zerrak Utharr has noticed his brother's interest in Tu'lan and summons her, apparantly to assess whether she would be a suitable consort for Ultarius. Realising her blunder, she plays down the relationship, not wishing to anger Lord Utharr in the future when the wedding contract must be announced.
Over the following months Tu'lan discovers that she is pregnant with Silex's child and the need for her to gain her Lordship intensifies. The rivalry between Lord Sareth and Darth Silex becomes apparant. Silex views his apprentice as weak and soft, while Sareth considers Silex to be an overbearing bully. Tu'lan discovers that Silex is also seeing Liracen (who he has now raised to Lordship) and this becomes something of a sticking point. Tu'lan encourages Sareth to seek to marry Liracen so as to remove her from the situation, however Silex makes it clear that he is not willing to give her up so easily.
Tu'lan tries another approach, seeking to persuade him that while Sareth and Liracen are romantically involved, they will always make the other one weak, something he half believed already. She encourages him to kill one of them in order to salvage the other, thinking that Sareth is the more valuable of the two to him. She is shocked when he tells her that it is otherwise, that Lord Liracen is crutial to his plans. She argues with him bitterly, not wishing to condemn her Master to death at Silex's hands. Eventually she persuades him to allow her to attempt to draw Sareth more fully to the Dark Side. If she is successful, then he may live. In exchange she offers Silex terms that he must abide by if he means to keep both her and Liracen, threatening to leave him, taking his unborn child with her if he does not comply. They come to an agreement.
Tu'lan struggles to convince Sareth that he should use his anger and hate to make him stronger. She becomes distressed as he continues to refuse to do this, and apologises to her Master as she feels responsible for planting the idea of killing him in Silex's mind, however will not tell him what the apology is over. They speak instead of the strife between Sareth and Silex. Sareth, knowing of her relationship with Silex (though not of the pregnancy), promises her that he will not make her choose between the two of them, between her Master and her lover. She leaves the conversation in tears.
After a planetside battle with the Republic, Liracen and Tu'lan arrive back at the Lamprey sooner than expected and discover Silex having just suffered a mortal wound at Sareth's hand. Both women rush to Silex's side, Liracen to heal him, Tu'lan to defend him. Sareth begs Liracen to leave Silex and come to him. She says that she must heal Silex first and then she will join him, but Sareth insists she must join him now, if she loves him as she says he does. Liracen refuses to leave Silex and Tu'lan threatens to have her Master arrested for the attack on Silex. Ultimately, Sareth leaves the Lamprey alone. Both Liracen and Tu'lan try to contact him afterwards, but without gaining any response. They realise that he has abandoned both his fiance and his apprentice. Silex claims Tu'lan as his own apprentice and urges her to forget Sareth. He was weak and his views were heretical.
Silex, Liracen and Tu'lan command the Lamprey between them, and Silex decides that it is time to announce his engagement to Tu'lan. A party is planned where he intends to show off his wealth and power. He has been victorius in a number of battles, is wealthy, successful and secure and it seems that they have every reason to celebrate that they will be starting a family together.
The engagement party is well attended, but the night comes to an adbrupt end when Silex is arrested for the murder of another Sith. Over the next week Tu'lan discovers that Silex has indeed killed the Sith who had been responsible for his own mother's death and, worse, said Sith was a favoured servant of one of the Dark Council. Silex's death seems certain and Tu'lan's carefully laid plans come crumbling down. From his prison cell, Silex whispers to Tu'lan that he wishes their unborn child to be named after his mother if it is a girl.
Tu'lan tries to make any plans for her future now and is approached by Lord Utharr, offering her a place as his apprentice. It seems that she might marry Ulterius afterall. As Silex's next of kin she stands to inherit much of his wealth. Jagan, the last of Silex's apprentices promises to protect her, and also offers her marriage. She refuses all offers.
On the day of the execution, Silex stages an elaborate escape with the assistance of Liracen. The pair of them leave aboard the Lamprey to live in exile together. Tu'lan is at first left behind, but, not having been entirely ignorant of his plans, seeks out a message he has arranged to have left for her, in which there are co-ordinates.
Tu'lan flies out to the co-ordinates given, with Jagan as a stowaway. She was expecting one final meeting with Silex, but is surprised to encounter the Lamprey directly. She boards, and quickly finds the situation little to her liking. She and Silex argue and she threatens to leave. Silex will not allow her, and Jagan reveals himself to defend her, but Silex defeats him and imprisons him.
Silex plans to travel to the Unknown Regions and create a new civilisation of which he would be Emperor and Tu'lan and Liracen would be his Emperesses. Tu'lan is not at all pleased that he intends to marry Liracen as well and many arguements ensue as they cross the Galaxy, escaping Imperial justice.
Finally Tu'lan decides that she wants to return home, that she is unhappy with how Silex is treating her and wants no part of his brave new world. She decides to demand her safe return of him, but if he refuses he she decides (after much soul searching) that she will contact Imperial forces herself and reveal his location. However, when she challenges him, he uses sorcery on her mind to make her wish to stay with him.
Finally, the Lamprey is attacked by both Imperial and Republic forces. The Lamprey is initially victorius and many prisoners are taken, including almost all the friends Tu'lan had previously made. Silex decides that they must all be executed, but when it comes to it, Sareth reappears, using his technical knowledge to sabotage the Lamprey and free the prisoners. A battle ensued during which Tu'lan fought her old Master. Ultimately, Silex is slain by Varin and Orias, and the sorceries that he was using to control both Tu'lan and Liracen (among others) are lifted.
Tu'lan is the last to leave Silex's body, and claims his onehanded sabrehilt as her own amid much outpouring of emotion. Jagan carries her from the scene.
The Lamprey is left to crash into the gas giant, Kril'dor, Silex's body still aboard.
As Tu'lan and Liracen were both subjected to mental control, they are not deemed to be accountable for their actions. A great many others had been similarly affected, including one of Lord Utharr's apprentices and if they were to be held accountable, then so would all the others. Still, they are closely watched.
Tu'lan mourns in private, Silex having been declared Anathema, and turns her attention to her studies. She must be sure she is seen as a good and loyal citizen of the Empire, all the while nursing the hatred and pain she has been left with in Silex's wake, not to mention facing the challenge of bringing up a child on her own.