- "Thank you for believing in me, General."
"It is not a matter of belief, Fives. It is simply the right thing to do."
- ―Fives and Shaak Ti
Shaak Ti, a Force-sensitive Togruta female, was a Jedi Master and member of the Jedi High Council in the waning years of the Galactic Republic. During the Clone Wars, Ti took part in the battles of Geonosis, Kamino, and Coruscant. In addition to her role as a General for the Grand Army of the Republic, she personally oversaw the training and development of clone forces on Kamino. As she meditated during the attack on the Jedi Temple, she was killed by Darth Vader, the fallen Jedi Anakin Skywalker.
Shaak Ti was born on the planet Shili in 59 BBY. She joined the Jedi Order, and at some point following the Battle of Naboo, gained a seat on the Jedi High Council, taking the place of Master Yaddle.
Road to warEdit
The Galactic Republic was in a state of turmoil during this time, as the Secessionist Movement, led by former Jedi Count Dooku, threatened the stability of the Republic. The Secessionist Movement led to debate over the creation of a military force to combat an impending war. After the attempted assassination of Naboo's senator Padmé Amidala, Ti and the other members of the Jedi Council assigned Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi to investigate the assassin behind the attacks on the senator while his Padawan Anakin Skywalker protected the senator. Kenobi's investigation led to Kamino, where he learned that the deceased Jedi Master Sifo-Dyas had, years earlier, secretly ordered a clone army from the Kaminoans with the help of a man named Tyranus. Kenobi, while following Amidala's would-be assassin, was captured by Dooku on Geonosis. The Jedi Council was informed of his peril by Skywalker and Amidala, who unsuccessfully attempted to rescue Kenobi, leading to their capture.
The Clone WarsEdit
Battle of GeonosisEdit
Ti participated in the Battle of Geonosis, the conflict that sparked the Clone Wars between the Republic and the Separatist Alliance. As a participant, she was a member of the Jedi assault team assembled by fellow Jedi Council member Mace Windu to rescue Kenobi, Skywalker, and Amidala from being executed by the Separatists. The Jedi strike team was quickly overwhelmed, with only a small group left standing, including Ti. The Droid Army was ready to end the survivors when Grand Master Yoda arrived with the newly deployed Grand Army of the Republic. With the clone's help, the Jedi successfully rescued the trio and won the ensuing battle.
Overseeing clone training and Domino SquadEdit
- "I am a Jedi, where the individual and the group are one and the same—much like you clones."
"Which is why Fives and I are looking out for each other."
"As individuals, but not as a group. You are where you need to be. Solve your problems as a whole, not as individuals. I have decided to allow you and the rest of your squad to take the test again tomorrow."
- ―Shaak Ti and Echo
Early in the war, Ti was assigned to Kamino in order to oversee the production and training of new clone troopers at the primary cloning facilities in Tipoca City. She, along with paid bounty hunters Bric and El-Les, were tasked with conducting training exercises. One clone training group, Domino Squad, was ineffective in following protocol and working as a team. Following one such failed exercise, Bric implied that the group were "rejects", and should be demoted to sanitation detail. El-Les was more sympathetic, and wanted Domino Squad to continue training. Ti conversed with the Kaminoan Prime Minister, Lama Su, on what the clones' consequence should be. Su suggested rejecting the squad, by means of termination, an idea Ti opposed. Su ultimately left the final decision to Ti. She was approached by two members of Domino Squad, CT-5555, "Fives", and CT-1409, "Echo", who asked for transfer to another squad. Ti disapproved of their plea and told them that, when in battle, they should fight as a group, not as individuals. With that, Ti allowed Domino Squad to face one more challenge. Domino Squad successfully completed it, and Ti graduated them to the Grand Army of the Republic.
Battle of KaminoEdit
- "The droids are spread thin. We must press our offensive now!"
- ―Shaak Ti
After the Republic intercepted a message between General Grievous and Asajj Ventress discussing a planned attack on Kamino, Ti and Su greeted Kenobi and Skywalker when they arrived in Tipoca City with reinforcements. A Separatist fleet soon arrived and engaged the Republic blockade that defended Kamino. Ti monitored the progress of the battle from Tipoca City's control room alongside Kenobi, Su, Captain Rex and Commander Cody. She noted that the Separatist fleet was not large enough to defeat the blockade, and ordered Skywalker to lead the Republic's fighters in assaulting the enemy. Several Munificent-class star frigates were destroyed protecting Grievous' flagship, with their debris crashing in the ocean near Tipoca City. Kenobi became concerned that the battle was too easy, and left Ti and the others to investigate the wreckage. He discovered Aqua droids assembling Trident-class assault ships underwater, but was unable to warn the city before the droids began their assault.
When the control room came under assault by several Aqua droids, Ti quickly dispatched them and contacted the other Jedi, noting the attacking droids were spread thin throughout the city and that the Republic needed to press their counterattack quickly. While Kenobi engaged Grievous and Skywalker hunted down Ventress, who attempted to steal a genetic sample of the clone's DNA, Ti led the clone troopers in pushing the droids back to Tipoca City's main hangar, contacting Cody to inform him on the progress of the battle. The remaining droids were soon destroyed and the Separatist fleet retreated, although both Grievous and Ventress managed to escape.
Bombing of the Temple and Trial of Ahsoka TanoEdit
Ti was later present during the funeral of the six Jedi killed during the bombing of the Jedi Temple hangar. She also attended the Council meeting in which Admiral Wilhuff Tarkin accused Padawan Ahsoka Tano of masterminding the attack, causing Ti to exchange a shocked look with Jedi Master Kit Fisto.
After the capture of Ahsoka Tano, Ti was also present during Tano's trial in the Chamber of Judgment, where Tano was expelled from the Jedi Order and stripped of her ranks within the Grand Army of the Republic.
Toward the end of the war, Ti oversaw the testing and investigation of clone trooper "Tup," who had seemingly gone rogue and killed Jedi Master Tiplar during a battle on Ringo Vinda. She oversaw the Kaminoan doctor Nala Se's test on Tup, which yielded nothing, and sent "Fives", a friend of Tup's, for examination.
The medical droid AZI-3 suggested a phase 5 atomic scan on Tup. Se claimed that the scan could kill him, and instead they should terminate the clone and do an autopsy on his body, as she believed that the cause of his behavior was a virus. Ti instead believed that the cause was mental. Ti contacted the Jedi Council on Coruscant to discuss the issue, and they told her to bring the clone back to the Jedi Temple.
Ti was then alerted to an invader alarm on Kamino which she found had been triggered by Fives, who, along with AZI-3, had run an atomic scan on Tup and extracted a tumor which he believed to be the cause of Tup's behavior. Tup soon died muttering that he was "free of the nightmares". Ti and Se contacted Supreme Chancellor Sheev Palpatine and told them about the situation. The Chancellor told them to bring the data to the Grand Republic Medical Facility on Coruscant. Ti however, invoking her authority, decided to take the data to the Jedi first—much to the protest of Se—and told Fives that one last test would be conducted on him before he could return to duty.
Before she could leave, Ti was alerted that Fives was attempting to escape. She gave chase but was unable to catch them before they left in an escape pod. As they attempted to track him down, Ti felt that they were searching in the wrong place. Her suspicion turned out to be true when she learned that someone was accessing the Jango Fett template data. Ti, along with several troopers and Se, discovered that it was indeed Fives and AZI-3. They gave chase but, again, were unable to capture them. Ti realized that they were researching something and weren't planning to escape. She later saw Se quietly leaving the command center and followed her with a squad of clone troopers. She arrived in time to see Fives holding a blaster to Se and told him to surrender.
She learned that Fives, assisted by AZI-3, had discovered that the tumor had been bio-engineered and had suspected a larger plot to be the cause of Tup's actions. The duo had also discovered that all troopers, including Fives, had been implanted with the same organic inhibitor chip. Se claimed that the chip had been placed to inhibit aggressive behavior, while Fives told Ti that the chip's malfunction in Tup had caused him to lose his mind. When he told them that he had removed his chip, Se claimed that Fives was now a threat and should be terminated.Ti again invoked Jedi authority, insisting that both Fives and the chips be sent to the Supreme Chancellor for investigation, rather than let the troopers be terminated by the Kaminoans. Fives thanked her for trusting him, to which Ti replied that she was only doing what was right. Ti led Fives, as well as Se, to the Supreme Chancellor on Coruscant. Fives insisted to the Chancellor that the chips should be removed from the clones, while Se still claimed that he was a threat. The Chancellor then requested Ti and Se to wait outside while he talked with Fives. As Ti was mediating outside, she heard blaster fire and opened the door to see Fives disarming the Chancellor and his security. Fives began to aim his weapon at the Chancellor, but Ti used the Force to stop him. The Chancellor claimed that Fives had tried to assassinate him. Fives ran out of the room and down a staircase. Ti chased after the fleeing clone, and jumped down the staircase to the medical bay. She ordered that the blast doors be closed, but Fives managed to make it through in time.
Ti met with Master Plo Koon, Yoda, Windu and Skywalker and told them about Fives' actions. Skywalker, whose legion Fives belonged to, expressed disbelief upon hearing that he had tried to assassinate the Chancellor. Ti told them that the Kaminoans believed that a virus had caused the clones' inhibitor chip to malfunction, resulting in this behavior, while Fives believed that he was the victim of a conspiracy. Windu then said that Fives should be captured alive to uncover if there was any conspiracy. Skywalker said that he would bring Fives in with the help of Rex. Ti warned him to be cautious, as the removal of the chip might have changed Fives.
Ti was present later when the Chancellor told the Jedi that his investigation had led him to believe that a parasite native to Ringo Vinda, had caused the chips to malfunction, and that an inoculation for it had been developed which would be administered to the clones.
Crisis on BardottaEdit
Palpatine informed the Jedi Council of Queen Julia of Bardotta's request for Jar Jar Binks to assist her after the disappearance of several Dagoyan Masters. Ti, along with the rest of the council, discussed the matter, ultimately deciding that Binks should not go alone, leading to Windu's decision to accompany Binks.
After receiving a decades-old distress call from the lost ship of Sifo-Dyas, the Jedi Council sent Koon to investigate. After confirming the ship as Sifo-Dyas', the council chose to investigate the matter deeper. Ti was present when Skywalker and Kenobi gave a report of their mission to Oba Diah, where they were confronted by Dooku. They had also gave a startling realization that Dooku and Tyranus, the man who helped Sifo-Dyas order the clone army, were one and the same. Ti and her fellow council members chose to keep this revelation secret, as support in the war effort would disintegrate if the public knew that the Sith had a secret connection to the army.
Ti was present at a Jedi High Council meeting in which the members expressed concern over Yoda's health. Ti, along with the other Council members, meditated with Yoda in an effort to hear a voice Yoda claimed to have heard, the voice belonging to Qui-Gon Jinn. The meditation proved fruitless. Ti later appeared to Yoda in a vision on Dagobah, in which she was impaled by Anakin Skywalker's lightsaber while meditating.
Crisis on UtapauEdit
Following the death of the Jedi Tu-Anh on Utapau, Kenobi and Skywalker discovered that the Separatists were secretly transporting a massive kyber crystal to Serenno. Ti was present during Kenobi's report of the situation, listening as Yoda ordered him to keep the crystal out of Separatist hands. The subsequent mission led to the crystal's destruction by the Jedi. Ti sat among her fellow masters when Skywalker and Kenobi reported their actions to the council. The Jedi learned from Yoda that kyber crystals like the one on Utapau had once powered ancient superweapons constructed by the Sith, and that the mysterious Darth Sidious might one day discover another giant kyber crystal and craft a new superweapon.[source?]
Plot to assassinate DookuEdit
Ti was present at the Jedi Council meeting where it was suggested that assassinating Dooku could help end the war. After careful consideration, the council chose to send Quinlan Vos. Vos, alongside Dooku's former assassin, Asajj Ventress, trained to take down Dooku. The plan didn't work, as Vos was captured and Ventress narrowly escaped. Following a failed attempt to free Vos and the revelation that he was Dooku's new apprentice, Ventress was brought before the council. All except Yoda raised their lightsabers in response to Ventress' appearance. With the Jedi's help, Vos was freed. Windu wanted to keep him away from the war effort, as Vos posed a threat to the Republic, due to his knowledge of both Republic and Separatist information and his ties with Dooku. Both Obi-Wan Kenobi and Ti spoke against this, saying that his knowledge would aid the Republic, and they should give him smaller assignments until he was deemed ready to rejoin the war at hand.
The Battle of CoruscantEdit
Towards the end of the war, the Separatist Alliance staged a massive invasion of Coruscant. The battle, however, was a ruse to slip Grievous onto the surface of the planet to kidnap Palpatine. After making his way through, and subsequently killing, several clone forces and the Jedi Roron Corobb, Grievous met up with Ti, who tried to prevent him from reaching the Chancellor. She failed, as Grievous knocked her unconscious with electrified cables. Grievous took her lightsaber, and successfully captured the Chancellor, transporting him to the Separatist flagship Invisible Hand.
Attack on the Jedi Temple and deathEdit
On the night the temple was attacked by Darth Vader, the fallen Jedi Anakin Skywalker, Ti recorded a message on a holocron, urging whoever found the message to continue the legacy of the Force, and not to let the Purge be the end of the Jedi. As she meditated during the attack, Ti was killed by Vader.
- "Whoever is seeing this… it's up to you now. Don't let our deaths have been in vain. Don't let this be the end of the Jedi."
- ―A holocron of Shaak Ti
Many years after Order 66, Ti's holocron was found by Skywalker's son, Luke Skywalker, in Grakkus the Hutt's collection of Jedi artifacts on Nar Shaddaa. At Grakkus' urging, he opened several holocrons, and witnessed Ti's message.
Powers and abilitiesEdit
Shaak Ti was skilled in using telekinesis during battle. During the Battle of Kamino, she used telekinesis to lift two Aqua droids and slam them into two other droids hard enough to destroy all four. Her martial capabilities were also great enough to ensure her survival during the Battle of Geonosis, an engagement which saw the deaths of nearly 200 Jedi.
As the overseer of clone training on Kamino, Ti demonstrated an affinity for teaching.
Behind the scenesEdit
Shaak Ti was created by concept artists Dermot Power and Iain McCaig, who designed her as a Jedi with rubicund complexion as well with her intricately patterned and layered brocade for use in Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones. She was played by Orli Shoshan in Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith. She was voiced by Tasia Valenza in Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
In the final edit of Revenge of the Sith, most of the footage featuring Shaak Ti was cut, including two possible death scenes for her. In one, she is captured by General Grievous along Chancellor Palpatine, as she was assigned to protect the Chancellor. As they explore the Invisible Hand, Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi find a strangely despondent Ti sitting at the feet of Grievous, stating that she is sorry for failing him before Grievous stabs and kills her in front of Kenobi and Skywalker. It was later planned to have the Star Wars Legends character Tsui Choi fill her seat at the Jedi High Council, as seen in the film's set diary. However, the character was spared after the deletion of the scene and was thus featured in a later scene.
In another scene which takes place during the Jedi Purge, Shaak Ti is meditating when she feels the presence of Vader and asks what he wants. Vader then stabs and kills her. The scene exists as "Anakin kills Shaak Ti" animatic and is part of the deleted scenes released on the Blu-ray in 2011. While debated for a long time which of these two death scenes was to be considered canonical, her canonical death was finally confirmed as being killed by Darth Vader during Order 66, in the 2016 reference book Star Wars: Galactic Atlas.
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Ultimate Star Wars
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Star Wars: Card Trader
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Star Wars: Galactic Atlas
- ↑ 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 4.12 Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Clone Cadets"
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "ARC Troopers"
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "To Catch a Jedi"
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Wrong Jedi"
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 9.2 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Conspiracy"
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 10.2 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Fugitive"
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Orders"
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Disappeared, Part I"
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Lost One"
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Voices"
- ↑ Dark Disciple
- ↑ Star Wars Lightsabers: A Guide to Weapons of the Force
- ↑ 17.0 17.1
- ↑ Star Wars 9: Showdown on the Smuggler's Moon, Part II
- ↑ 19.0 19.1 19.2 19.3
- ↑ Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
- ↑ 22.0 22.1 Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace
- ↑ Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith