Mind-witches were a humanoid vampire-like species who used Force illusions to fool their victims. They had intense psychic abilities that they could augment with unique stone columns. These unique near-Humans possessed potent mental abilities which they would use to probe the mind of other beings and see their desires. Once this was done, they developed a relationship with the individual at which point they developed a psychic link with the person. Through this link, they would create illusionary environments which were highly desirable to the individual. This was done with only one purpose in mind; to leech the mental life energies of the person to replenish their own. Though they were usually powerful telepaths, some well skilled mind witches could also develop telekinetic powers.
By the time of the Galactic Civil War, mind-witches were all but extinct. They were present in many tales around the galaxy, but their existence was thought to be a myth. The last known mind-witch was S'ybll, who tried to seduce Luke Skywalker. However, he was able to break through her illusions and escape. S'ybll died when Luke drew his lightsaber to him and accidentally stabbed her.
Behind the scenesEdit
In The Essential Reader's Companion, the reference guide contains a dramatis personae for The Life of Luke Skywalker and lists S'ybll as "S’ybll, mind witch (human female)". This seems to imply that mind-witches are a Force-based organization instead of a species. However, The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia states that "mind-witches" were a humanoid species with psychic abilities. S'ybll's long life and unique ability to drain energy from individuals to maintain her youth would seem to imply that The Essential Reader's Companion is in error on this point.
- The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia
- The Essential Reader's Companion
- "Everything You Always Wanted to Know about the Nightsisters but Were Afraid to Ask"—Star Wars Insider 122