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.
THE DARK TIMES
While she no longer identified as a Jedi, Ahsoka Tano went into hiding following Order 66. She constructed new lightsabers, both with blades of white due to her non-affiliation, and remained on the periphery until the rebellion against the Empire. Then, Tano became Fulcrum: an intel agent with her identity a secret to all but those with the highest of clearances.
Tano's destiny would change, however, when she was called in to help the Ghost crew escape from Mustafar space. Here she met two Jedi -- Kanan Jarrus and Ezra Bridger -- and shortly following the encounter, Tano was present during a deadly aerial clash with a mysterious Sith Lord. Ahsoka, reaching out through the Force, connected with the dark side wielder -- a connection that made her lose consciousness.
Tano accompanied the Ghost crew on several missions, including battles with the Seventh Sister and Fifth Brother Inquisitors, whom she handled with relative ease. But fate would lead Tano to a greater confrontation: one with the Sith Lord she encountered in Mustafar space. It was Darth Vader, now revealed to be her former Master. They battled atop the Sith Temple on Malachor, with Tano delivering a strike square across his mask. The scarred face beneath looked like Anakin, but the man she knew was gone. They struck swords once more as the Temple collapsed around them.