Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith Chapter XI: On the Jedi Council
On the Jedi Council
The darkening clouds outside the Council chamber are symbolic of the coming storm that will soon threaten the Republic, and the inner turmoil of Anakin himself. The literal storm continues throughout the next few scenes, with its progress developed by ILM to correspond to the timing of each scene.
The Jedi High Council at this point in the film consists of eleven members, handily making room for Anakin's new appointment, although the absent Shaak Ti will later sit on the Council while Yoda and Obi-Wan are away on their respective missions. The Council roster at this time is, running clockwise from the entrance:
- Stass Allie (seen later in the hologram on Kashyyyk)
- Shaak Ti (seen later in the hologram on Kashyyyk)
- Kit Fisto
- Saesee Tiin
- Coleman Kcaj
- Anakin Skywalker
- Agen Kolar
- Obi-Wan Kenobi
- Ki-Adi-Mundi (currently on Mygeeto)
- Mace Windu
- Plo Koon (currently aboard Venator-class Star Destroyer Courageous in the Ywllandr system
Coleman Kcaj was originally known as Sweitt Concorkill, although prior to this, it was believed this Councilor was the Ongree Jedi Pablo-Jill, seen briefly in Episode II. However, the Jill model was altered sufficiently enough to warrant the creation of a new character, and the name Sweitt Concorkill was later used to identify an Ongree Senator. The fate of Kcaj following Order 66 is currently unknown.
Obi-Wan joined the Council approximately six months prior to Episode III, and constructed a new lightsaber to commemorate his ascension to the rank of Jedi Master. This is the weapon he will carry with him until his death some nineteen years later.
The decision was made early in production that several Councilors would not be returning for Episode III: Depa Billaba, Oppo Rancisis and Even Piell were listed as "JEDI NOT IN EPISODE III", with their fates to be decided in Expanded Universe material. Thus far, however, only Oppo's death has been chronicled (slain by Sora Bulq on Saleucami in Republic: The Siege of Saleucami) while Depa remains in a coma induced by the events of Shatterpoint, and Even's whereabouts remain unknown.
Tsui Choi, an Aleena Jedi who first appeared in Star Wars: Acts of War, was set to join the Council roster in Episode III, though he was rejected in favour of Shaak Ti after it was decided she would not be killed onboard the Invisible Hand in the opening scenes. Tsui survived Order 66, though was shot down by stormtroopers on Kessel in Star Wars: Purge. Bultar Swan also meets her fate in this comic. She was slated to appear in Episode III, though apparently actress Mimi Daraphet only had a makeup test and costume fitting, and did not film any scenes.
The composition and arrangement of the High Council has varied from source to source. Following is a run down of the complete Council roster reflecting replacements and seating arrangements:
- Depa Billaba's seat was taken by Obi-Wan Kenobi upon his appointment to the Council, though taken by Stass Allie prior to the Battle of Kashyyyk.
- Eeth Koth's seat was taken by Agen Kolar during the Clone Wars, although it should be noted that Kolar's appearance in the cartoon is more evocative of Eeth Koth, implying that the animators intended the character to be Koth. Prior to the Battle of Kashyyyk, Shaak Ti and Agen have swapped seats.
- Yarael Poof was replaced by Coleman Trebor following his death in Star Wars: Zam Wesell. Trebor was subsequently replaced by Kit Fisto for the duration of the Clone Wars.
- Adi Gallia sat on the Council until her death at the hands of Grievous on Boz Pity, at which point her seat was taken by Saesee Tiin, whose seat Obi-Wan now occupied.
- Oppo Rancisis sat on the Council until his death at the hands of Sora Bulq on Saleucami, at which point Coleman Kcaj took his place. Note that the novelization states Obi-Wan took Rancisis's seat.
- Even Piell, currently MIA, was replaced by Anakin Skywalker. His seat was already empty prior to Anakin's appointment.
- Yaddle was replaced by Shaak Ti following her death on Mawan in Jedi Quest 6: The Shadow Trap. Ti held this seat at least up until Anakin's Knighthood, then she and Agen Kolar swapped seats at some point prior to the Battle of Kashyyyk.
- Saesee Tiin took Adi Gallia's seat following her death, and his original seat was taken by Obi-Wan Kenobi.
- Finally, the only Jedi to remain with the Council throughout the prequels, and remain in the same seats, are Ki-Adi-Mundi, Yoda, Mace Windu and Plo Koon.
- Note that Republic 61: Dead Ends, presents a very different Council roster, incongruous with those presented elsewhere. The Jedi that can be seen are Agen Kolar, Yarael Poof (who died several years prior), Depa Billaba (currently in a coma), Yoda, Mace Windu, Oppo Rancisis, Coleman Trebor and an unknown Jedi, all in the incorrect seats as per Episodes II and III.
The notion that it is an outrage to be on the Council and not hold the rank of Master initially contradicted earlier Expanded Universe sources that stated Ki-Adi-Mundi was only a Jedi Knight when he became a Councilor. However, it was later explained that the Cerean was in the process of becoming a Master at that point, and presumably his promotion took some time.
The fight for control of Kashyyyk has been ongoing for some time, and has appeared in various sources. Negotiations between Wookiee King Grakchawwaa and the Separatists broke down in Deep Forest, a story found in Star Wars: Visionaries; a Separatist invasion army is uncovered by Wookiees Tarkov and Jaccoba in Clone Wars Chapter 22; Delta Squad's clone commandos were inserted into Kashyyyk in the Republic Commando game, and completed their mission just as the main attack began; Chewbacca's exploits are chronicled further in Descent, a story in Clone Wars Adventures volume 4; a battle on a costal region of Kashyyyk can be played in Star Wars Battlefront, while the attack on Kachirho features in its sequel; the mini-movie LEGO Star Wars: Revenge of the Brick features a non-canonical battle above and on Kashyyyk during the Clone Wars. Additionally, Qui-Gon Jinn aided the Wookiees repel a Trade Federation scout force on the colony moon of Alaris Prime prior to Episode I in Galactic Battlegrounds, and the moon was targeted early in the Clone Wars by Sev'Rance Tann in Galactic Battlegrounds: Clone Campaigns, and again by both the Dark Reaper, and, later, a Separatist invasion force in The Clone Wars videogame.
The Republic cannot afford to lose the Kashyyyk system as it is located near a major trade route on the Mid Rim, and is home to an important navigation and communication relay station. Further, the Claatuvac Guild has been responsible for mapping the Galaxy's hyperspace routes, and is said to hold secret knowledge of dormant hyperspace routes that could give the Separatists control over galactic trade.
Yoda's good relations with the Wookiees extend back during several previous incidents where Yoda acted as negotiator between the Wookiees and their neighbours and enemies, the Trandoshans. For his efforts, Yoda was awarded the title of "Defender of the Home Tree", and was considered to be a member of the honour families of many Wookiee leaders
- "May the Force be with us all"
- — Mace Windu
Another variation on the classic line. Mace has previously said, "May the Force be with you" in Episode I.
- ↑ Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith DVD Commentary (35:23)
- ↑ Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith novelization (Matthew Woodring Stover, 2005), p196 (hardcover)
- ↑ The Official Site: Set Diaries: The Aptly-Named Jedi-Not-Appearing-In-This-Film
- ↑ The Official Site: Set Diaries: Separatists & Swan
- ↑ Star Wars: Clone Wars Chapter 21 (2005)
- ↑ Star Wars: Clone Wars Chapter 21 (2005)
- ↑ Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (Matthew Woodring Stover, 2005), p201 (hardcover)
- ↑ Star Wars.com Blogs: Keeper of the Holocron's Blog: Jedi High Council Roster
- ↑ Star Wars: Complete Locations (2005), p108-109 - "Kashyyyk"
- ↑ Star Wars: Complete Locations (2005), p109 - "Kashyyyk"