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"Savage. Savage Opress."
"Mother?"
"He is on Toydaria."
―Mother Talzin uses the crystal ball to locate Savage Opress on Obi-Wan Kenobi's behalf[src]

The Nightsister crystal ball, also referred to as Mother Talzin's crystal ball, was an artifact created and used by Mother Talzin, the leader of the Nightsisters of Dathomir. Talzin was able to craft the crystal ball due to the Nightsisters' unique connection to the Force. During the Clone Wars, the Nightsister crystal ball allowed Talzin to see visions of the future, as well as determine the location of individuals.

With the conclusion of the Clone Wars, the Nightsister crystal ball eventually came into the possession of Mother Talzin's son, the Nightbrother and former Sith Lord Maul. By the year 2 BBY, Maul kept the crystal ball within the Nightsister lair on Dathomir along with other items of past importance to him.

DescriptionEdit

"You have a brother."
"A brother? But all of my kin were killed."
"Not all of them. He lives in the Outer Rim in exile. You will find him."
―Using the crystal ball, Mother Talzin reveals Darth Maul's image to Savage Opress[src]

The Nightsister[2] crystal ball[5] was a spherical object with varying degrees of orange coloration. It was kept within the Nightsister lair on the planet Dathomir, held up by a small, gray pedestal that sat upon a table.[1]

The crystal ball was handcrafted by Mother Talzin,[2] leader of the Nightsisters during the Clone Wars,[7] who managed to create it due to the Nightsisters' ability to tap into deep areas of the Force almost entirely unknown to those trained in the ways of the Jedi and Sith. The Nightsister crystal ball could be used to see visions[8] of the future[2] or to locate certain individuals, such as the Nightbrothers Savage Opress and Darth Maul. When locating Opress and Maul, the crystal ball showcased images of them.[6]

HistoryEdit

Mother Talzin's machinationsEdit

Savage crystal ball

Mother Talzin uses her crystal ball to ascertain Savage Opress's location.

The Nightsisters of Dathomir made use of crystal balls that allowed them to peer into the future. One of these crystal balls was handcrafted by Mother Talzin[2] by the year 20 BBY.[3] Talzin kept the artifact atop a table within the Nightsister lair on Dathomir, and it was present when Separatist leader and Sith Lord Count Dooku visited the witch during the Clone Wars to discuss taking a new apprentice for himself. That apprentice soon became Savage Opress,[1] one of Talzin's sons[9] who, unbeknownst to Dooku, was merely an instrument in a plot by the Nightsisters to assassinate the count.[1]

After Opress's existence became known to the Jedi Order, Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi and Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker traveled to Dathomir and met with Talzin to learn the Nightbrother's location. Manipulating her crystal ball, the witch moved her hands around the artifact and repeated Opress's name, discovering that he was on Toydaria, which she revealed to the two Jedi.[6]

Darth Maul returnsEdit

"These are artifacts from my past, from a time when my power was almost absolute."
―Maul discusses his trove of items, including the Nightsister crystal ball[src]
DarthMaul-WOTM

Darth Maul's image appears in the crystal ball.

Opress engaged the Jedi on Toydaria before returning to Dooku's ship in space over the planet. There, Opress revealed his true allegiance and dueled Dooku but was forced to flee. The now former Sith apprentice returned to Talzin on Dathomir, telling her that he was not powerful enough to defeat all his foes. She comforted Opress, informing him that there was still someone who could teach him:[6] another of her sons[10] and a brother of Opress, the Sith Lord Darth Maul,[6] who was thought to have died on Naboo several years earlier.[1] As Maul's image appeared in the crystal ball, Talzin sent Opress to find his brother, who was currently residing in the Outer Rim[6] on the planet Lotho Minor.[11]

Although he did find Maul, Opress perished during a duel with Maul's former Sith Master, Darth Sidious, on Mandalore[12] in the year 19 BBY.[13] Despite further run-ins with Sidious[14] and the Jedi,[10] Maul survived the Clone Wars, but he became stranded on the Sith world Malachor. After escaping Malachor,[15] Maul eventually returned to his home of Dathomir, where he kept many items of past importance to him within the now-deserted Nightsister lair. Among these items was the Nightsister crystal ball, which was present when Maul brought the Jedi Padawan Ezra Bridger to the lair[4] in the year 2 BBY.[16]

Behind the scenesEdit

The Nightsister crystal ball was created for the Lucasfilm Animation television series Star Wars: The Clone Wars, first appearing in the third-season episode "Monster,"[17] which aired on January 14, 2011.[18] Subsequent appearances came in the following episode, "Witches of the Mist,"[6] and the fourth-season[19] episode "Brothers."[11] Star Wars Rebels, Lucasfilm Animation's follow-up series to Star Wars: The Clone Wars, featured the crystal ball in the[4] third-season[20] episode "Visions and Voices."[4]

Not named in any of the aforementioned episodes, the artifact was identified as "Mother Talzin's crystal ball" in the Star Wars: The Clone Wars The Complete Season Three home-video release,[5] which came out on October 18, 2011.[21] The reference book Ultimate Star Wars, published on April 28, 2015,[22] later referenced the "Nightsister crystal ball."[2]

AppearancesEdit

SourcesEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Monster"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Ultimate Star Wars
  3. 3.0 3.1 Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates the events of the Star Wars: The Clone Wars episode "Monster," which includes the first chronological appearance of the Nightsister crystal ball, to the year 20 BBY, thereby providing the latest possible date for its creation.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels – "Visions and Voices"
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Star Wars: The Clone Wars The Complete Season Three — Jedi Temple Archives: "Witches of the Mist"
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Witches of the Mist"
  7. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Nightsisters"
  8. StarWars-DatabankII Nightsister Crystal Ball in the Databank (backup link)
  9. Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know
  10. 10.0 10.1 Darth Maul—Son of Dathomir, Part Three
  11. 11.0 11.1 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Brothers"
  12. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Lawless"
  13. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas
  14. Darth Maul—Son of Dathomir, Part Four
  15. Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels – "Twilight of the Apprentice"
  16. The events of the Star Wars Rebels episode "Visions and Voices," which includes Maul's possession of the Nightsister crystal ball, take place after Star Wars Rebels: Steps Into Shadow, the first-known episode to take place in the second year before the Battle of Yavin. As such, Maul's trip to Dathomir with Ezra Bridger can be deduced to take place in 2 BBY. For more information, see Wookieepedia's Timeline of Star Wars Rebels Events.
  17. SWCustom-2011 "Monster" Episode Guide - The Clone Wars on StarWars.com (archived original articlebackup link)
  18. Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Episode Guide
  19. SWCustom-2011 "Brothers" Episode Guide - The Clone Wars on StarWars.com (archived original articlebackup link)
  20. SWCustom-2011 Visions and Voices Episode Guide on StarWars.com (backup link)
  21. SWicon The Clone Wars Season 3 on Blu-Ray and DVD This October on StarWars.com (content now obsolete; backup link)
  22. DK-Logo Ultimate Star Wars on Dorling Kindersley's official website (backup link)
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