FALL OF THE REPUBLIC
Barriss Offee came of age during the Clone Wars, seeing the reality of war -- and all that it did to the Jedi and the galaxy -- firsthand. In an important mission on Geonosis, Barriss and Ahsoka Tano covertly entered the planet’s droid factory with one goal: to destroy it. Ever studious, Barriss memorized all 200 junctions in the Geonosian’s underground catacombs. She led the way, using her lightsaber to cut a passageway into the maze, and bravely sliced into a super tank after a skirmish with guards and droids. When all seemed lost, the two Padawans were willing to sacrifice themselves to destroy the reactor. They ultimately accomplished their mission and survived the blast, returning to their Masters and proving to be able warriors.
In the aftermath of their mission, Barriss and Ahsoka were next charged with transporting medical supplies to Dantooine. Parasitic brain worms, however, had infested their shuttle, turning several clones into mindless killing machines. Attempting to save their clone friends and themselves, the Padawans split up, with Ahsoka trying to contact others for help and Barriss looking to disable the ship’s thrusters. But things did not go according to plan: Offee walked into a trap and was infected. When the two friends next met, Barriss fiercely attacked Ahsoka, and they dueled. Ahsoka managed to escape long enough to contact her Master, Anakin Skywalker, and learn that extreme cold would weaken the brain worms. Desperate to stop the creatures, she ruptured the craft’s cooling system, releasing frigid air throughout the starship. The possessed Barriss attacked Ahsoka once more, the brain worm grotesquely emerging from her mouth. Finally, the starship was boarded by a Republic ship -- with Master Kit Fisto discovering the still forms of Ahsoka and Barriss covered in frost. They were saved, and Barriss and the other infected clones completely recovered.
As the Clone Wars continued, many citizens came to see the Jedi not as peacekeepers, but as enablers of war. Protests were often held throughout the galaxy and on Coruscant, until finally, the Jedi Temple was bombed in an act of terrorism. Someone framed Ahsoka Tano for the crime, causing the Padawan to flee from custody in an effort to clear her name. All along the way, Barriss was there to help her friend, leading Ahsoka to different clues and places -- until Anakin Skywalker discovered the truth. It was Barriss herself who orchestrated the bombing and framed Ahsoka. Anakin dueled Barriss on Coruscant, and eventually placed her under arrest. Brought before a military tribunal led by Governor Tarkin, she admitted her guilt, but held steadfast in her belief that the Jedi and Republic had lost their way.
A green-skinned Mirialan, Luminara Unduli served the Jedi Order during the final years of the Galactic Republic, and trained the capable Padawan Barriss Offee. A no-nonsense Jedi Master, Luminara fought in Clone Wars battles such as Geonosis and Kashyyyk, and was thought to have perished during Order 66. In reality, she’d been taken into Imperial custody and executed, with holographic transmissions of her captivity used as bait to capture fugitive Jedi.
Instantly recognizable by its distinctive crown of five spires, the Jedi Temple was the home of the Jedi Order on Coruscant. Part school and part monastery, the Jedi Temple was the central hub for all Jedi activities in the galaxy. When Supreme Chancellor Palpatine enacted Order 66, clone troops led by the newly risen Darth Vader attacked the temple, massacring its inhabitants and leaving the structure badly damaged. With the Empire triumphant, the Jedi Temple’s spires still rose into the Coruscant skies. But the building was now the Imperial Palace, home to the Sith Lord who had destroyed the Jedi.
A harsh rocky world less than a parsec away from Tatooine, Geonosis is a ringed planet beyond the borders of the Galactic Republic. Its uninviting surface is made up of harsh, rocky desert, and the creatures that evolved on Geonosis are well equipped to survive in the brutal environment. The most advanced lifeform are the Geonosians, sentient insectoids that inhabit towering spire-hives. The Geonosians maintain large factories for the production of droids and weapons for the Separatist cause in the Clone Wars. After the Clone Wars, the Empire chose Geonosis as the construction site of the first Death Star, restricting travel to the system and sterilizing the planet’s surface.
The secret leader of the Geonosians, Karina dwelled in the catacombs beneath the Progate Temple, laying eggs, controlling an army of Geonosian drones, and giving orders to public Geonosian leaders such as Poggle the Lesser. When Poggle fled to the Temple, the Jedi followed and discovered Karina, who had captured Luminara Unduli—and now sought control of Jedi Knights.