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The masked juggernaut of a villain in Jedi: Fallen Order has a glance which can be acquainted to followers of Star Wars comics. She’s the Second Sister, one of many Inquisitors tasked with looking down surviving Jedi within the days after the Emperor initiated Order 66.
Her first look in Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith #19 by Charles Soule and Giuseppe Camuncoli launched the Second Sister to the order of Jedi hunters already established by the Rebels animated sequence. While comedian closely focuses on the genesis of Darth Vader and his citadel on Mustafar, we additionally get to see the early days of the Inquisitorius in addition to a mission wherein the Inquisitors steal a Force-sensitive little one.
Throughout the comedian, Darth Vader is proven attacking and executing Inquisitors, who’ve a camaraderie between each other and are inquisitive about their chief. Like the Jedi Order he left, Vader forbids attachment between his Force-strong underlings. The Second Sister seems solely briefly, standing beside the Grand Inquisitor. She witnesses Vader attacking her brethren, however doesn’t rise up for them.
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This strategy to violence isn’t uncommon for an Inquisitor. The Inquisitors first appeared in Rebels as Force-sensitive foils to the Jedi Kanan Jarrus and his apprentice, Ezra Bridger. Where Kanan and Ezra have been principally alone towards the galaxy, the Inquisitors have been organized into squads of Jedi-killers. Lead by the Grand Inquisitor, every had a quantity as an alternative of a reputation. There isn’t any clear indication to this point that the numbers point out rank or ability, though the Grand Inquisitor was the primary of Vader’s troopers chosen to hunt Kanan in Rebels season one. The Seventh Sister and Sixth Brother observe within the Grand Inquisitor’s footsteps after Kanan defeats their chief.
The Inquisitors work as a unit, every outfitted with double-bladed spinning lightsabers, higher referred to as “Inquisitor lightsabers,” and are relentless of their pursuit of sunshine aspect Force customers. They fill roughly the identical function because the Legends timeline’s Dark Jedi, however much less cultish and extra organized, fueled by a singular mission.
So the place does the Second Sister match into all of this? In the reference e book, The Dark Side by Tricia Barr, the Second Sister is described as “a vindictive and devious warrior, [she] was animated by a ferocious hatred in the direction of the Jedi Order, which had profoundly deceived her.” (Note that this can be a Google translation because the e book was printed in French.) Because of her historical past with the Jedi, some consider that the Second Sister was initially Barriss Offee, a Jedi who betrayed the Order.
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That identify ought to sound acquainted to followers of The Clone Wars. Formerly a valiant and dependable Jedi padawan, Offee turned disillusioned with the Jedi as a result of her perception that that they had instigated the Clone Wars and that the Republic was doomed to fall. Convinced that the Jedi needed to be stopped, Offee bombed the Jedi Temple. Anakin Skywalker’s personal padawan, Ahsoka Tano, was framed for the crime at first, however Offee ultimately confessed and was arrested. The character’s destiny following her arrest stays a thriller.
One factor is for positive: if the Second Sister really is Barriss Offee, her arrest and certain excommunication from the Jedi Order supplies a transparent path for the previous padawan to turn into the Second Sister, now a pupil of the darkish aspect led by the armored killing machine as soon as referred to as Anakin. Offee’s presence in Jedi: Fallen Order would definitely elevate the sport’s story into one thing really particular for followers of the bigger Star Wars universe. The chance of this situation is dependent upon how a lot time Respawn Entertainment desires to spend recapping Offee’s background earlier than the Jedi Purge.
Judging from the Jedi: Fallen Order trailer, the Second Sister will deliver all her aggression down on younger Order 66 survivor Cal Kestis, who’s pressured to dwell a life as a fugitive whereas unlocking his true potential as a Force consumer. Whoever the Second Sister seems to be — or possibly she actually simply is a brand new acolyte of the darkish aspect who loves killing Jedi — she’ll doubtless show to be a serious risk for Cal, who by no means accomplished his coaching. We’ll have to attend to see extra of the Second Sister, together with extra gameplay footage that fleshes out her skills. For now, it seems that she would be the recreation’s main antagonist, a darkish Force consumer who is aware of precisely how one can exploit a Jedi’s weaknesses.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is out on Nov. 15 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.
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Megan Crouse writes about Star Wars and popular culture for StarWars.com, Star Wars Insider, and Den of Geek. Read extra of her work right here. Find her on Twitter @blogfullofwords.