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"I led him to you. Let me make it right."
"That is not your responsibility. I will mend this old wound."
―Ezra Bridger and Obi-Wan Kenobi on fighting Maul.[src]

In the year 2 BBY, the Jedi Padawan Ezra Bridger and the C1-series astromech droid Chopper went on a mission to stop the former Sith and Nightbrother Maul from locating the Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi on the planet Tatooine. Unknown to Ezra, Maul had lured him here with the intent of using him to draw Kenobi out of hiding. After being attacked by Tusken Raiders, Ezra and Chopper found themselves lost in the deserts of Tatooine. They were rescued by Master Kenobi, who instructed them to escape from Tatooine. Maul then fought Kenobi but was defeated and killed by the Jedi Master.

PreludeEdit

"If we don't find Master Kenobi before Maul—"
"There won't be any way to stop the Sith."
―Kanan Jarrus and Ezra Bridger[src]

The Dathomirian Darth Maul was abducted in his childhood by the Sith Lord Darth Sidious, who trained him as his Sith apprentice during the last decades of the Galactic Republic.[5] After being bisected by the Jedi Padawan Obi-Wan Kenobi[6], Maul was cast away by Darth Sidious. After being rescued by his brother Savage Opress, Maul sought revenge against his old adversary Kenobi for nearly killing him and causing him to lose his place in the Sith during the Clone Wars.[7]

Maul established the Shadow Collective and briefly took control of the planet Mandalore.[8] However, Darth Sidious, his new apprentice Count Dooku, and the Confederacy of Independent Systems killed Savage Opress[9] and destroyed the Shadow Collective. Maul escaped the Sith and was forced into hiding again.[10] After escaping the former Padawan Ahsoka Tano[11], Maul ended up on the ancient Sith world of Malachor. He sought to enter the Malachor Sith temple which he believed held a Sith holocron that held the kep to destroying the Sith.[5]

In 3 BBY, Maul encountered the young Jedi rebel Ezra Bridger on Malachor and sought to recruit the boy as his apprentice.[5] After obtaining the Sith holocron and Ezra's Jedi master Kanan Jarrus' holocron, Maul and Ezra underwent a ritual in which the former learnt that his old adversary Kenobi still lived. Following another encounter with Ezra on Dathomir, Maul and Ezra learnt that Kenobi was hiding on a world with twin suns.[1]

Following the Jedi Purge, Kenobi had settled on Tatooine to hide from the Galactic Empire and to protect Luke Skywalker, the son of the former Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker.[12] Kenobi had vowed to watch over the younger Skywalker until he came of age. Unaware of his ancestry, Luke lived on the Lars moisture farm with his uncle Owen Lars and his aunt Beru Whitesun Lars. While Ezra and Maul believed that Kenobi held the key to destroying the Sith, in truth Skywalker was the one who had been mentioned in the holocrons[1]

The missionEdit

Maul's ruseEdit

Maul eventually made his way to the planet Tatooine but found himself lost in the planet's deserts and unable to find Kenobi. Out of desperation, the former Sith used a fragment of the Malachor Sith holocron to lure Ezra to Tatooine. Despite the objections of Ezra's mentors Kanan and Hera Syndulla, the young Jedi stole a RZ-1T trainer and traveled to Tatooine with the C1-series astromech droid Chopper. Upon landing, Ezra discovered the Sith holocron fragment and realized that Maul had lured them into a trap.[1]

The two found themselves under attack from a band of Tusken Raiders who destroyed their starship. Maul then slew the Tusken Raiders before leaving Ezra and Chopper to fend for themselves inside the canyon. At daybreak, Ezra and Chopper reached the entrance of the ridge. After some debating, Ezra was influenced by an apparition of Maul to travel into the desert. Using the holocrons as a beacon, Ezra believed that Maul was hiding in the desert. The two rebels then entered a sandstorm and were tormented by the heat, sand, and wind.[1]

Chopper eventually broke down as his power cells drained. Succumbing to heat exhaustion, Ezra was tormented by apparitions of Maul. The two exhausted rebels were eventually found by Master Kenobi, who brought them to his camp. Kenobi recharged Chopper's power cells and allowed Ezra to rest. At nightfall, Ezra awoke to find himself and Chopper in the company of Master Kenobi. Ezra conversed with Kenobi, who revealed that Maul had used the holocrons to lure him to Tatooine. After some discussion, Kenobi reassured Ezra that the Jedi Master was able to handle Maul on his own.[1]

Settling scoresEdit

"Look what has become of you. A rat in the desert."
"Look what I've risen above."
―Maul and Obi-Wan Kenobi[src]

Shortly later, Maul arrived to finished his vendetta with Master Kenobi. Kenobi instructed Ezra and Chopper to leave on a dewback which led to Maul's ship Nightbrother. After a brief verbal exchange, the two drew their blades. After flashing their lightsabers and sizing each other, Maul charged at Master Kenobi. After clashing for a few seconds, Kenobi bisected Maul's lightsaber with his blade and then inflicted a lethal wound to his chest.[1]

As Maul fell, Kenobi propped up his fallen adversary. The two reconciled and the dying Maul asked Kenobi if he was living on Tatooine because he was protecting the Chosen One. After Kenobi confirmed that this was the case, Maul vowed that the Chosen One would avenge both of them before passing away. The person that Kenobi was protecting was Luke, who was the son of the Chosen One Anakin Skywalker. Out of respect and pity for his enemy, Kenobi closed the fallen Dark Sider's eyes and sat beside him beneath two of Tatooine's moons.[1]

AftermathEdit

"Tell me...is it the Chosen One?"
"He is."
"He will avenge us."
―Maul and Obi-Wan Kenobi's last words, referencing Luke Skywalker[src]

Following the events on Tatooine, Ezra and Chopper returned to Chopper Base on the planet Atollon. There, he apologized to Kanan and Hera for leaving them on an errant mission. Ezra realized that his true place was with the Phoenix Squadron, which was planning to attack Lothal. Meanwhile, Kenobi visited the Lars moisture farm from afar where he watched Luke Skywalker answering his aunt Beru's call.[1]

Prior to the Battle of Yavin, Kenobi would instruct Luke Skywalker in the ways of the Jedi before sacrificing himself at the hands of Darth Vader[13], Anakin's Sith persona.[14] The younger Skywalker would play an important role in the Alliance to Restore the Republic and convincing his father Anakin to turn back to the light side and restore balance to the Force.[15] Following the Galactic Civil War, Skywalker would later attempt to rebuild the Jedi Order.[16]

Behind the scenesEdit

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Maul and Kenobi rematch in "Old Wounds".

The mission to Tatooine made its first appearance in the Star Wars Rebels third season episode "Twin Suns", which premiered on Disney XD on March 18, 2017.[1] In the Star Wars Legends continuity, a comic entitled "Old Wounds" depicted a similar encounter between Darth Maul and Obi-Wan Kenobi in which Maul was killed by Luke Skywalker's uncle Owen Lars.[17] In the episode, Kenobi calls Maul an "old wound," a possible reference to the comic.[1] Prior to "Twin Suns," the "Old Wounds" storyline was referenced in Star Wars: Galactic Defense, a video game which illustrated a gray-haired Kenobi and a resurrected Maul on Tatooine for a limited-time event.[18]

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