FALL OF THE REPUBLIC
Ahsoka Tano was discovered by Plo Koon at the age of three and accepted into the Jedi Order. When she was 14, Jedi Master Yoda granted Ahsoka the rank of Padawan and apprenticed her to Anakin Skywalker, a powerful if reckless Jedi Knight. Anakin initially bristled at the idea of having an apprentice, and their early interactions were playfully contentious; he called her “Snips” for her witty retorts, and Ahsoka called him “Skyguy.” But their relationship began to grow, and Anakin gained a newfound respect for Ahsoka when she creatively destroyed a Separatist shield generator, saving his life in the process.
Over the course of the Clone Wars, Ahsoka experienced many ups and downs, heartbreaks, and triumphs. She successfully fought beside Clone Captain Rex, saving him and fending off General Grievous, a notorious Jedi killer. But she also made costly mistakes. During her first stint as commander, Ahsoka disobeyed a direct order to retreat; as a result, most of her fighter squadron was wiped out. She learned a valuable lesson in responsibility and the need to follow orders. Later, while on guard duty at the Jedi Archives, Ahsoka encountered the legendary bounty hunter Cad Bane. Bane successfully stole a holocron, but Ahsoka was able to expose his accomplice, the shape-shifting Cato Parasitti, and she and Anakin eventually recovered the artifact.
Growing up during the Clone Wars, Ahsoka also learned about the complexities of politics as well as attraction. On Raxus, she met young Separtist Lux Bonteri. Through Lux, Ahsoka came to realize that Separatists are not a uniform enemy; many have valid reasons for wanting to break away from the Republic. She also developed feelings for him that were complicated by her Jedi vows to deny attachment of any kind.
As the war continued, Ahsoka emerged more mature and became a true leader. Taken captive by Trandoshans to be hunted for sport, she successfully led a revolt, her inventiveness and rebellious attitude clearly coming from the influence of Anakin Skywalker. Later, she escorted a group of younglings to Ilum, where they underwent a Jedi rite of passage called the Gathering: constructing one’s first lightsaber. And it was Ahsoka who saved and watched over the younglings when things went wrong.
Ahsoka’s fate and life as a Jedi took an unexpected turn when she was framed for the murderous bombing of the Jedi Temple. The evidence against her was strong and she fled, desperate to clear her name. Ahsoka was eventually captured, and the Council stripped the young Jedi of her Padawan status and expelled her from the Jedi Order. Anakin, however, never stopped believing in his apprentice’s innocence and uncovered the truth: Jedi Bariss Offee, Ahsoka’s friend, was behind it all. Ahsoka was acquitted but rejected an offer to return to the Jedi Order, choosing to take a new path into the future.
Discovered as a slave on Tatooine by Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker had the potential to become one of the most powerful Jedi ever, and was believed by some to be the prophesied Chosen One who would bring balance to the Force. A hero of the Clone Wars, Anakin was caring and compassionate, but also had a fear of loss that would prove to be his downfall.
A Kel Dor from Dorin, Plo Koon was among the wisest members of the Jedi Order, respected for his level-headed analysis of events and unflappable calm. Deeply concerned for life in all its myriad forms, Plo was especially devoted to protecting the clones under his command. He shared a special bond with Ahsoka Tano, whom he’d brought to the Jedi Order as a toddler. One of many victims of Order 66, Master Plo died at Cato Neimoidia when his wingmen shot down his starfighter.
Clone Captain Rex served the Republic during the Clone Wars, often taking orders from Anakin Skywalker and Ahsoka Tano. He viewed military service as an honor, and he always completed his mission. Fond of using two blaster pistols at the same time, Rex customized his armor with distinctive blue markings. His loyalty to the Republic and his Jedi Generals was absolute, but even this dedicated veteran soldier found himself plagued by doubts as the Clone Wars claimed more lives and brought ruin to more worlds.
The son of Separatist Senator Mina Bonteri, Lux was young, idealistic, and skeptical of the aims of the Republic and the Jedi Knights. His father was a fervent supporter of the Separatists, and was killed by clone troopers on Aargonar. Lux did not know what to make of Ahsoka Tano and her visit to Separatist space. After a failed peace overture begun by Mina extended to the Republic, Lux’s mother died, assassinated on Count Dooku’s orders. After making an ill-fated effort to avenge her by killing Dooku, Lux joined the anti-Separatist resistance on his homeworld of Onderon. After the rebels defeated the Separatists, Lux became Onderon’s Republic Senator.
An assassin trained in the ways of the dark side by Count Dooku, Asajj Ventress yearned to be considered a true Sith, but such status wasn't allowed under the Sith's Rule of Two. Ventress fought with twin red-bladed lightsabers, and clashed with Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker many times. But her destiny would not lie with the Sith. After Dooku rejected her as his apprentice and tried to kill her, Ventress returned to her roots as a Nightsister, made a living as a bounty hunter, and – in the strangest twist of all – rediscovered the way of the light that she’d rejected long ago as a Jedi Padawan.