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Sifo-Dyas was a male Human Jedi Master who served the Jedi Order during the last decades of the Galactic Republic. When the Sith were revealed to have returned during the Invasion of Naboo in 32 BBY, Master Sifo-Dyas secretly commissioned the creation of a clone army, placing an order with the Kaminoan government before he was murdered by his friend, Count Dooku.
A Force-sensitive Human from the Cassandran Worlds, Sifo-Dyas was raised by the Jedi Order and taught the ways of the Force at the Coruscant Jedi Temple. Attaining the rank of Jedi Master after constructing a blue-bladed lightsaber, Sifo-Dyas became a close friend of Master Dooku and the two were often seen in public together. Master Sifo-Dyas was a Jedi quite gifted with precognition.
In 52 BBY, Master Sifo-Dyas accompanied Dooku, Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn, and Jedi High Council member Jocasta Nu to a meeting on the world of Serenno. After four hours of endless debate, a brief recess was called, and the Jedi were confronted by Damask Holdings magister Hego Damask, in reality, the Dark Lord of the Sith Darth Plagueis. Damask aired his concerns for the future of the Republic, and both Dooku and Sifo-Dyas responded to this with their own concerns. Sifo-Dyas was quite stern with his answers and reluctant to agree with what both Dooku and Damask seemed to agree on. Sometime after, Sifo-Dyas and Dooku were present at the Senate Building and met Senator Palpatine of Naboo, in reality, Damask's Sith apprentice Darth Sidious.
As his friend Dooku grew disenchanted with the Jedi and the Senate, Sifo-Dyas grew concerned. He became convinced that very dark times were ahead, but the Jedi Council paid little heed to his warnings. In 32 BBY, a gathering was hosted by Supreme Chancellor Finis Valorum on Coruscant. Sifo-Dyas was in attendance alongside Jedi Yoda, Mace Windu, Adi Gallia, and Jorus C'baoth. Once again, Hego Damask approached Sifo-Dyas, and once more he openly admitted that a growing darkness was approaching, as he stated to the Jedi twenty years before on Serenno. Sifo-Dyas agreed to Damask's claim and Damask informed him of cloners on Kamino that could grow an army and hold it in reserve until it was needed. The Jedi Master was at first skeptical of this, but was persuaded to think about it.
That same year, Dooku resigned from the Jedi Order after seventy years of service. Before he parted ways with his old friend, Sifo-Dyas said that if Dooku was planning to instigate dissent, he would be one step ahead of him. Following the Battle of Theed, Dooku fell to the dark side of the Force and became the apprentice of Darth Sidious. It was at this time that Sifo-Dyas approached the Kaminoans and requested a clone army for the Republic. With the funds provided by Damask Holdings despite the fact that Hego Damask recently died, Sifo-Dyas paid the Kaminoans. But little did he know that Sidious and Dooku had learned of this and ensured the steps to his demise. Erasing all records of Kamino from the Jedi Archives, the final test provided to Dooku was to murder his old friend. By executing the man, Dooku would gain full control of the project for the Sith, using Sifo-Dyas as a cover.
Around that time, Sifo-Dyas was sent by Supreme Chancellor Finis Valorum on a secret mission to deal with the Pyke Syndicate on the moon Oba Diah. However, the Jedi Master was never able to complete that mission, as the Jedi Council called him to deal with a tribal conflict on Felucia instead. Valorum's personal assistant, Silman, who was already present at Sifo-Dyas' side on on Oba Diah, was also diverted to Felucia. However, the two men never reached their destination. The Pykes, who wished to gain an advantage over rival crime families, had struck a deal with Dooku, now a Sith Lord using the alias of Tyranus. At Dooku's behest, the Pykes shot down Sifo-Dyas' Jedi T-6 shuttle 77519 over the Oba Diah. As proof of their deal fulfilled, the criminals recovered the Jedi's corpse from the wreckage and turned it over to Tyranus.
However, the official records of the Galactic Republic on Sifo-Dyas—classified as "File 127456"—stated that the Jedi Master perished while trying to negotiate a peace between several tribes on the world of Felucia, adding that he was aboard a shuttle that crashed on the planet's surface. The records went on to say that his body was eventually removed by the Felucians, who treated it in accordance to their customs, providing an explanation as to why the body was never found. At any rate, Sifo-Dyas' file stipulated that "much of the information surrounding his death [remained] confidential under the Office of the Chancellor," although "further investigation in the matter [might] be authorized at a future date.
Instead of disposing of the body, Dooku preserved his old friend's body in a cryogenic hibernation capsule for years until the InterGalactic Banking Clan initiated their plan to turn the Kaleesh warlord, General Qymaen jai Sheelal, into a great cyborg supreme strategist. Transfusing Sifo-Dyas' blood into the veins of the cyborg, Grievous would go on to become the Supreme Commander of the Confederacy of Independent Systems' droid army. Once Grievous' transformation into a cyborg had been successfully completed, Dooku gave him the very special gift of Master Sifo-Dyas' own lightsaber.
When Jedi Obi-Wan Kenobi traveled to Kamino to investigate the source of the saberdart that silenced Senator Padmé Amidala's attempted killer Zam Wesell, the Kaminoan Prime Minister Lama Su informed Kenobi that Sifo-Dyas had ordered the creation of a clone army on Kamino at the request of the Senate, in order to help the Galactic Republic. Realizing that a discrepancy in the timeline may exist, Master Kenobi contacted the High Council and revealed the existence of the army.
In 22 BBY, Sifo-Dyas' army was eventually revealed and used at the behest of the Galactic Republic. Three years later, it would be used to destroy the Jedi Order in accordance with a Sith plot a millennium in the making.
As part of the Sith illusions on Moriband, orchestrated by Darth Sidious and Darth Tyrannus, Sifo-Dyas appeared tortured and bound to electricity, begging Yoda to release him. However, Yoda saw through him with his Sith eyes, causing him to merge into Sidious.
Behind the scenesEdit
In early drafts of Attack of the Clones, the name of the Jedi who contacted the Kaminoans was Sido-Dyas, pointing to a likely early conceptual connection to Darth Sidious. However, interestingly, "Sifo-Dyas" appears in one place, apparently as a typing mistake (as the D and F letters are located next to each other on a QWERTY keyboard) that Lucas later preferred to the original name.
The character's name was changed to Zaifo-Vias in Brazil. The original name is phonetically similar to a vulgar expletive in Brazilian Portuguese, so this was done to prevent confusion.
The first visual appearance of Sifo-Dyas was in The Eyes of Revolution comic featured in Star Wars: Visionaries. The story was written and drawn by ILM concept artist Warren Fu and as a little easter egg, or inside joke, Fu used himself for the face of the Jedi Master. Artist Chris Trevas noticed Fu's likeness in the comic while doing research for his own illustration of Sifo-Dyas in Jedi vs. Sith: The Essential Guide to the Force. For the sake of continuity, and respect for a fellow artist, Trevas contacted Fu to reprise his role for the Jedi vs. Sith illustration as well.
On April 30th, 2013 a new clip showing a piece of an arc of the "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" bonus content shows Plo Koon and his clones looking for a ship wreckage and an old lightsaber inside. It's confirmed that this arc will unveil more details about Sifo-Dyas's last moments of his life.
- Star Wars: Darth Plagueis
- The Eyes of Revolution (First appearance)
- Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones novel (Mentioned only)
- Boba Fett: The Fight to Survive (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones junior novel (Mentioned only)
- Episode II: Attack of the Clones Movie Storybook (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones PhotoComic (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones 2 (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Conspiracy" (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Fugitive" (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Lost One" (Appears in hologram)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Voices" (Appears as a hologram in a flashback)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Sacrifice (episode)" (Appears as a hallucination)
- Labyrinth of Evil (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith junior novel (Mentioned only)
- Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader (Mentioned only)
- The Life and Legend of Obi-Wan Kenobi (Mentioned only)
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ The Essential Guide to Warfare
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Jedi vs. Sith: The Essential Guide to the Force
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 The Eyes of Revolution
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Lost One"
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Sacrifice (episode)"
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 Attack of the Clones draft script, URL accessed on September 6, 2007
- ↑ Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones DVD commentary
- ↑ DEL REY Internet newsletter, December 2007, URL accessed on May 14, 2008
- ↑ 'Clone Wars' still has life in the 'Star Wars' universe on USA Today
- Sifo-Dyas on Wikipedia