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"I believe the old alliance can again be what it once was. You would only have to pledge your clan's allegiance to the Separatists' cause. We could certainly use the powers of the Nightsisters against the Jedi."
"Such a generous offer, Count. But our loyalty is reserved for only each other."
―Count Dooku and Mother Talzin[src]

The Nightsisters were a clan and an order[4] of magick-wielding females who lived on Dathomir, a planet bathed in dark energies.[5] These Dark side users were able to perform their arcane magicks by tapping into the magical ichor that flowed from the depths of their planet.[6]

HistoryEdit

The Nightsisters' clan developed on the mysterious planet of Dathomir. Since power was at its most potent on their home planet, they rarely ventured off-world during the height of the Galactic Republic. However, this changed when a sister named Talzin became the clan's Mother. During this time, Talzin worked alongside the Sith Lord, Darth Sidious, who ultimately betrayed Talzin and took her son Darth Maul from her.[7] At the time of the Clone Wars, Talzin began to sell her sisters' services as mercenaries to the galaxy's wealthy citizens.[4]

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Asajj Ventress returns home.

At some point in the years leading up to the Clone Wars, the clan was forced to give up the young Asajj Ventress to the Siniteen criminal Hal'Sted as insurance for protection. Ventress would later return to her people after being betrayed by Count Dooku, seeking their help for revenge against her former master.[2] After their first attmept's failure, the Nightsisters then used the Nightbrother, Savage Opress, as a instrument to destroy Dooku. They use their magic to increase his size, rage, and power.[8] However,Their scheme would earn them the ire of Dooku, who would later dispatch General Grievous to Dathomir in retaliation. The Nightsisters were massacred during the battle, with Ventress and Talzin being the sole known survivors.[1]

While Ventress pursued a path as a bounty hunter[9], Mother Talzin continued to live in seclusion in the Nightsisters' ruined fortress, where she helped heal the broken body and mind of her son, Darth Maul.[10] She then orchestrated the kidnapping of Bardottan Queen Julia to make her more powereful than the Jedi and the Sith. However, she failed when Jedi master Windu and Representative Binks foiled her plans and she disappeared.[11] Maul and Talzin conspired to eliminate Darth Sidious and Dooku, but Talzin was killed in the eventual confrontation.[12] Meanwhile, Ventress joined Quinlan Vos in one final assassination attempt against Count Dooku, but was killed by the Count while protecting Vos.[13] By the Galactic Civil War, Shelish was the sole known surviving Nightsister.[3]

Religion and philosophyEdit

"Nightsisters know the dark side better than anyone. We grow up steeped in it, but we can use it as a tool and stay ourselves—unlike the Sith. That balance is what you must learn."
―Asajj Ventress to Quinlan Vos[src]

By tapping into the magical ichor that flowed from Dathomir's depths, the witches could harness a power[6] they referred to as "magick."[5] The most powerful of the Nightsisters could use that ichor to summon objects out of the thin air[8], transform people into ghostly versions of their true forms[2], or even reanimate the dead.[1]

Society and cultureEdit

The Nightsisters of Dathomir lived in the seclusion of a stone fortress that bordered dense swamplands.[6] A matriarchal society, the coven of sisters lived apart from the men of Dathomir, the Nightbrothers, whose only use was to serve the sisters as servants and breeders.[5]

Young women aspiring to join the ranks of the Nightsisters first had to use the Dark side to subdue a powerful, strong-willed creature living in the depths of the pools in the village known as the Sleeper, and bring back a part of its body. The harvested remains would then be converted into the Water of Life, a major component of Nightsister magicks. Any initiate who gave into their fear, such as Talia's twin sister, would be dragged down into the depths and killed.[13]

The Nightsisters mummified their dead before placing them in pods of animal skin decorated with tassels, which were hung on structures made of branches, bones, animal skins and shells. Their graveyards mimicked the configuration of the plant life seen on Dathomir, with its crooked trees burdened by large, cocoon-like fruits.[14]

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