- "This Allya was a rogue Jedi, the Old Republic did not want to execute her, so the Jedi exiled her, hoping that given time she would turn away from the dark side."
- ―Luke Skywalker
Allya was a female Human rogue Jedi Knight of the Old Republic. She was expelled from the Jedi Order and exiled to a penal colony on Dathomir. Encountering the other former exiles, she used the planet's strong life energy to teach the colony's women to master the Force. These women became the Witches of Dathomir and Allya was their founder.
As a Force-sensitive woman, Allya trained with the Jedi Order and eventually obtained the rank of Jedi Knight. However, approximately around 600 BBY, she deviated from the orthodox Jedi path and became a fallen Jedi. The Jedi Council, who rarely executed offenders, hoped that primitive isolation would force Allya to reflect on her Masters' teachings and return to the light. Since Dathomir, with its savage and rugged forests, had long served as a penal colony for some of the Galactic Republic's worst criminals, the Council choose to banish her there.
Upon her arrival at Dathomir, Allya discovered the planet's inhabitants who were the descendants of Human warriors and droid engineers incarcerated by the extinct Paecian Empire. Allya used the Force to tame feral rancors and subjugate the prisoners, as well as any other desperate life forms. Once in command she established a matriarchal society with a genetic Force component and where men had little to no power. In time Allya had many daughters and taught each one, along with other women, the ways of the Force.
This new society filled with clans of female rancor tamers who used totems and incantations to generate their "magic" became known as the Witches of Dathomir. It was not until the birth of her granddaughters that Allya saw the error of her ways: she had turned her own sons into slaves and taught her daughters how to use the Force to achieve power. Using her strong influence over her offsprings, she spent the rest of her days instructing her daughters in the ways of the light side. Before her death, to ensure her daughters practiced their magic in a safe and sane manner, Allya wrote The Book of Law which she based off the Jedi Code. The Witches of Dathomir never learned that the magic they used was actually the Force.
On their very first visit to Dathomir in 8 ABY, witch Teneniel Djo told Allya's story to Jedi Luke Skywalker and Hapan Prince Isolder. Twenty-eight years later, Teneniel and Isolder's granddaughter, Chume'da Allana, would become Allya's partial namesake.
- Restraint (Indirect mention only)
- The Last Jedi (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided (Mentioned only)
- The Courtship of Princess Leia (First mentioned)
- Cracken's Threat Dossier
- The Essential Guide to Planets and Moons
- The Essential Chronology
- Power of the Jedi Sourcebook
- The New Essential Chronology
- Geonosis and the Outer Rim Worlds
- The Official Star Wars Fact File 139 (DAT3-4, Dathomir)
- Roleplaying Game: Saga Edition Core Rulebook
- Jedi vs. Sith: The Essential Guide to the Force
- The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, Vol. I, p. 24 ("Allya")
- The Essential Atlas
- "Everything You Always Wanted to Know about the Nightsisters but Were Afraid to Ask"—Star Wars Insider 122
- Book of Sith: Secrets from the Dark Side
Notes and references
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 The Courtship of Princess Leia
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 The Essential Chronology
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 The New Essential Chronology
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 The Essential Guide to Planets and Moons
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 The Essential Atlas
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 Jedi vs. Sith: The Essential Guide to the Force
- ↑ Cracken's Threat Dossier
- ↑ The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia