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"She was a great Jedi Master; brave, compassionate, disciplined."
Kanan Jarrus[src]

Luminara Unduli was a Mirialan female Jedi Master during the final days of the Jedi Order. She commanded the 41st Elite Corps of the Grand Army of the Republic, and was the master of Padawan Barriss Offee. Together, they fought in numerous battlefields of the Clone Wars, before Offee turned against the Jedi Order and bombed the Jedi Temple.

At the end of the war, Unduli fought in the battle on Kashyyyk. She was arrested and executed after Supreme Chancellor Sheev Palpatine issued Order 66 and destroyed the Jedi Order. The Galactic Empire would later use her bones to attract Jedi into traps to kill any remaining Jedi that survived order 66. One such trap was laid for Kanan Jarrus and the crew of the Ghost, who believed Unduli was alive and being imprisoned on Stygeon Prime. They mounted a rescue mission, only to discover that it was a trap by the Grand Inquisitor. The rebels escaped with the knowledge that Unduli was dead and spread the word to dispell the ruse.

BiographyEdit

Before the Separatist Crisis, Unduli took on a Padawan, Barriss Offee.[3] Following an assassination attempt on Naboo Senator Padmé Amidala, she attended a meeting between the Jedi Council and Supreme Chancellor Sheev Palpatine about the possibility of war between the Republic and the Separatists under Count Dooku..[5]

Clone WarsEdit

Battle of GeonosisEdit

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Unduli during the Battle of Geonosis

When it became apparent that a full-fledged military conflict between the Galactic Republic and the Confederacy of Independent Systems would occur, Obi-Wan Kenobi was captured by the Confederacy on Geonosis, and Unduli and her Padawan joined Master Mace Windu's quickly launched rescue mission.[5]

Housed within the packed arena were Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker, and Senator Padmé Amidala, who were to be tried and executed by the Confederacy leaders assembled on the world. As over two hundred Jedi crept into the arena, they ignited their lightsabers in challenge to Count Dooku, the leader of the Confederacy, who was personally overseeing the planned execution. A heated but short battle followed; over half of the assembled Jedi Knights fell in battle before the arrival of Grand Master Yoda, accompanied by the newly-created Grand Army of the Republic in several gunships. By this time, Master Unduli and several other survivors had made their way to the center of the circle and were easily able to board a gunship out of the arena.[5]

Duel with VentressEdit

"This assassin, I've… I've never faced an adversary like her. I should have listened to your advice."
―Unduli to Ahsoka Tano, now knowing Asajj Ventress' capabilities — Gnome-speakernotesListen (file info)[src]

Later on, Unduli traveled to Rodia to escort captured Viceroy Nute Gunray to Coruscant for trial. The Jedi Master was joined by Anakin Skywalker's Padawan, Ahsoka Tano. Aboard the Venator-class Star Destroyer Tranquility, Unduli spearheaded the interrogations of the viceroy, whose denial of information cost Tano her patience. The Padawan threatened Gunray with her lightsaber, and though Unduli scolded the Padawan for using fear as a weapon, the viceroy agreed to "negotiate." Before any information could be gleaned, the Tranquility was attacked by Asajj Ventress and a battle droid squad, who had arrived to rescue Gunray.[6]

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Unduli facing Asajj Ventress

After Unduli and Clone Commander CC-1004, nicknamed "Gree," managed to destroy the army of super battle droids, the Jedi Master sensed that Tano was in danger and rushed to meet with her. Unduli arrived to assist the Padawan in confronting Ventress, who was cornered. However, while "surrendering," Ventress activated thermal detonators that she had planted in the Star Destroyer's reactor room, crippling the cruiser, and escaped to the ravaged engine room. Although Tano offered to help, noting her past run-ins with Ventress and stating that the assassin was "too powerful for any one Jedi," Unduli unwisely pursued the assassin on her own, leaving Tano to guard Gunray.[6]

Finding and engaging Ventress in lightsaber combat, Unduli was hampered by a wound to the left eye early in the battle and was eventually trapped beneath several pipes the Dark Acolyte collapsed on her from the ceiling. As Ventress moved to deal the killing blow, the Jedi Master was saved by the timely arrival of Tano, who had decided to disobey her orders in the interest of helping Unduli. The Mirialan accepted the Padawan's help for the continuing duel, but in the end, Ventress escaped with Senate Commando Captain Argyus, who had defected to the Separatists and freed Gunray from Republic custody. Unduli and Tano transmitted the signal of the Republic cruiser that the Separatists had used to escape the Tranquility to Jedi Master Kit Fisto,[6] who tracked Gunray to the third moon of Vassek.[7] Unduli apologized to Tano for not taking her advice before the Padawan departed to rendezvous with her own Master.[6]

Return to GeonosisEdit

"Gentlemen, if you are quite finished, we have a battle to begin."
―Luminara Unduli to Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker — Gnome-speakernotesListen (file info)[src]

Luminara was later sent to Geonosis to help Masters Ki-Adi-Mundi and Obi-Wan Kenobi destroy Poggle the Lesser's new droid foundry there.[8] Along with her Padawan, Barriss Offee, she joined Anakin Skywalker and Ahsoka Tano in the storming of the droid factory. While she and Skywalker acted as diversions, the two Padawans Offee and Tano made their way through the vast underground catacombs to destroy the factory, not before Ahsoka contacted them explaining that they wouldn't be able to make it shortly before detonating the explosives. After learning that the two Padawans were still alive stuck under a the rubble, Unduli and Skywalker used the force to lift the rubble. [9]

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Luminara prepares to pursue Poggle on Geonosis

Following this, Unduli went in search of Poggle the Lesser, who had retreated into the catacombs of an ancient temple. While she and a trooper searched the temple, a sandstorm prohibited reinforcements from reaching their positions. While communicating with Masters Kenobi and Mundi via hologram, Unduli's clone trooper was killed by the undead hordes of the mysterious Hive Queen Karina the Great. Having been knocked unconscious and captured, the Jedi Master was taken before Karina. Jedi Kenobi and Skywalker came to her rescue; they were not far off when Luminara regained consciousness and wrestled her way out of the zombies' reach. Realizing what they were up against, she contacted Kenobi to warn him not to come after her, but was cut off as the zombies overwhelmed her. The Jedi disregarded her warnings and continued their search until they came upon Karina's abode, where they found Luminara in an energy trap for her to be infested with brain worms. With Kenobi and Commander Cody delaying the zombies and the Queen, Skywalker freed Unduli and the two captured Poggle. Cody and his troops shot down the cave support, burying the Queen and taking Poggle prisoner.[9]

Death and legacyEdit

"Yes, I'm afraid Master Luminara died with the Republic, but her bones continue to serve the Empire, luring the last Jedi to their ends."
―The Grand Inquisitor[src]

By the end of the war, Unduli served alongside Yoda, Republic forces, and Wookiee warriors during a battle on the Wookiee homeworld of Kashyyyk. During the battle, Supreme Chancellor Sheev Palpatine issued Order 66, a command ordering all clone troopers to kill their Jedi commanders.[10] Unduli evaded the fate that many of her fellow Jedi had,[2] though for years it was believed she had been shot down by her troops on Kashyyyk.[3] In actuality, Unduli had been taken into custody by the Empire.[2] The Jedi Order was destroyed, and Palpatine declared himself Emperor and transformed the Republic into the Galactic Empire.[10] After a short time in the prison known as the Spire on Stygeon Prime, she was executed in her cell in the presence of the Grand Inquisitor, who then held her remains for future purposes of the Empire.[11]

Luminara's Remains

Unduli's remains, held in the Spire

After her death, rumors began to spread that Unduli had survived the Clone Wars and was still alive, with those rumors existing as late as fourteen years after the war ended. In reality, the Empire used Unduli's remains to lure Jedi survivors into traps so they could be killed. One such trap was laid by the Inquisitor fourteen years after the war, with Unduli's remains still held in the Spire. In an attempt to trick Jedi survivor Kanan Jarrus and the rebel crew of the Ghost into a trap, former Imperial Senator Gall Trayvis, a secret operative of the Empire, 'hacked' a HoloNet News transmission to proclaim that Unduli was being held in the Stygeon system. Jarrus and the crew determined that they would mount a rescue mission to save Unduli. Jarrus, who remembered Unduli as a compassionate and capable Jedi, especially wanted to find her as he believed she would be a better teacher for his apprentice, Ezra Bridger, than he had been.[2]

The rebels infiltrated the Spire, with Jarrus and Bridger leading the search for the Jedi Master. They found the cell she appeared to be held in, where they saw a physical manifestation of her. Jarrus could sense her presence, but something about it felt wrong. Her physical manifestation (in reality a hologram) soon disappeared into a case on the wall, which contained Unduli's desiccating remains. It was at that moment that the Inquisitor revealed himself and attempted to kill the two Jedi, but the rebels were able to escape. The experience nonetheless helped teach Jarrus that he could train Bridger himself. Having survived the Inquisitor's trap, Jarrus resolved to spread the word that Luminara was dead and news of her imprisonment was being used as bait for exiled Jedi.[2] During Jarrus's vision during his 2nd visit to Lothal's Jedi Temple, a vision of Unduli's lightsaber was present in the Jedi Temple's dojo.[12]

Behind the scenesEdit

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Mary Oyaya in costume as Luminara while on set during the filming of Attack of the Clones

Luminara Unduli was played by Mary Oyaya in Attack of the Clones and Fay David in Revenge of the Sith. She was voiced by Olivia d'Abo in Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Unduli was originally to have been depicted in Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith being killed as part of Order 66, but this scene was cut along with the deaths of Bariss Offee and Shaak Ti. Unused footage from Attack of the Clones was going to be used for this appearance.[13]

Luminara made her first appearance in the newly established canon after the Disney acquisition of Lucasfilm in "Rise of the Old Masters", the third episode of Star Wars Rebels, in which her canonical fate following Order 66 was revealed. She had no speaking part, though she did appear as both a hologram to Kanan Jarrus and Ezra Bridger and as a corpse. [2]

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