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"There is one lesson you've yet to learn. How to become one with the Force!"
―Cin Drallig to Darth Vader[8]

Cin Drallig was a legendary[9] Force-sensitive Human male Jedi Master of the Jedi Order who served as Battlemaster[1] and head of security[3] at the Coruscant Jedi Temple during the waning days of the Galactic Republic. He met his end at the hands of Darth Vader during Operation: Knightfall, during Order 66.


Early years and rise[]

Cin Drallig

The Human male Cin Drallig was born on Lavisar.[1][2] Like most Jedi of the era, it can be surmised that Drallig was brought to the Jedi Temple soon after being discovered to be Force-sensitive and sorted into an Initiate clan for group instruction in the Jedi academy. Here, he would have trained until he graduated the academy and was selected by a Jedi Master as a Padawan. Eventually, Drallig passed the Jedi Trials and was made a Jedi Knight by the High Council.

Later on in his career, Drallig began his servitude as a lightsaber instructor, in keeping with the Jedi custom of passing on their special knowledge to the next generation[3]—especially seeing as Drallig possessed true talent as a swordsman.[8] Over his career, Drallig taught the basics of Forms I through VI to thousands of students, including such stars-to-be as Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker.[1][5] In 31 BBY, one of Master Drallig's classes on the seven forms of lightsaber combat was recorded on the Great Holocron.[10]

At some point, Drallig was introduced to the contentious and troublesome Padawan Serra Keto. Serra's defiant ways had nearly gotten her expelled from the Order on more than one occasion, and her Jedi Masters were exasperated. Envisioning the great Jedi she had the potential to become, Master Drallig took young Serra as his Padawan and helped her find her center. Under Drallig's guidance, Serra's understanding of the Force and her lightsaber skills blossomed, inspiring a strong bond of devotion between student and Master. Though it never entirely disappeared, Keto's rebelliousness eventually subsided,[9] and she went on to become Master Drallig's most accomplished apprentice.[8]

After many years of service and attaining the rank of Jedi Master[3][9][8] (no earlier than 31 BBY),[10] Drallig was elected Battlemaster[2] (or swordmaster),[4] making him the leading lightsaber combat instructor in the Temple.[2] Though it smacked of disrespect, Drallig earned the unflattering nickname of "the Troll" among the Order.[1][2][3][5]

Clone Wars[]

Drallig guards the Jedi Temple during a rally.

During the time of the galaxy-spanning Clone Wars, Drallig was tasked with protecting the Jedi Temple. As head of security there, he spent most of his time in the Temple, patrolling its corridors and pathways. His position also put him in charge of the Jedi Temple Guard and their assignments.[3][11] As the Clone Wars continued to unfold, Drallig grew particularly concerned with the growing hostility towards the Jedi from Republic citizens.[11]

Stationed on Coruscant,[1] Drallig made his home deep within the Jedi Temple.[9] Despite his diligent watch on security, however, intrusions into the Temple did happen, such as when bounty hunter Cad Bane stole a Jedi holocron from a restricted vault and got away.[3][12]

Around 20 BBY,[13] two years into the war, the Jedi Temple hangar was the site of a shocking terrorist bombing that cost numerous lives, prompting Cin Drallig to keep an especially close watch on the Temple's perimeter.[3] A throng of protestors—family and friends of workers killed in the explosion—gathered at the steps of the Temple to criticize the Jedi's involvement in the war. Flanked by two members of the Jedi Temple Guard, Drallig stood before the masses when Anakin Skywalker showed a hologram of a suspect, Jackar Bowmani, to the Jedi Master, which was seen by Bowmani's wife Letta Turmond.[14] Master Drallig admired young Skywalker's assertiveness in solving the alarming case,[3] but was most concerned at how vulnerable the Order had become, and how the image of the Jedi as benevolent protectors had become much too fragile.

In addition to his responsibilities as head of security, Drallig still found the time to teach lightsaber combat, as indeed the ongoing war placed emphasis on Padawans' combat training in favor of other abilities.[6] After the death of fellow Jedi Mierme Unill, Unill's Padawan, Zett Jukassa was informally assigned to Master Drallig, awaiting reassignment.[6] Under Drallig's tutelage, Jukassa became capable as a swordsman by the age of 10, in 19 BBY.[1]

Order 66[]

Drallig instructed Whie Malreaux and Bene in lightsaber use.

In 19 BBY, when the Order 66 go-ahead was given and Anakin Skywalker—now the newly christened Darth Vader—led the 501st Legion in a raid against the Jedi Temple, Drallig's skills marked him as a priority target for elimination by the Sith Lord himself.[1] Though Jedi Masters Shaak Ti and Jurokk directed the Temple's defense the night of Order 66,[5] Drallig nonetheless played a major part that fateful night. He was in the process of giving lightsaber lessons to teenage Padawans Bene and Whie Malreaux when the Sith Lord began his murderous rampage.[15] Deep within the Jedi Temple he prepared for Vader's coming,[8] directing such Jedi as Olana Chion in the Temple's defense.[16]

Engaging the clones alongside Serra Keto, Drallig's efforts proved initially successful, as he managed to penetrate the occupying forces' upper level defenses. As Vader was alerted to this, however, he went on a hunt for his former lightsaber instructor. Entering Drallig's territory, Vader discovered what carnage had been wrought there, with dead clones and the signs of battle being everywhere. Before Drallig could move against the Dark Lord, however, Serra Keto confronted Vader on her own, and was slain.[8]

As Drallig rushed into the room, he witnessed Keto fall to the Sith Lord.[8] Engaging Vader in the Temple training hall[1][8][17] along with two of his students, Bene and Whie Malreaux, they were nonetheless unable to defeat the Dark Lord. Vader outclassed both Padawans, choking Bene with one hand while he dueled Drallig with the other.[7][18][19]

Drallig himself ultimately proved unable to defeat a raging Sith Lord in combat.[2] After the demise of the Padawans, the Battlemaster went into a short exchange of lightsaber strikes with Vader before he was hacked down from shoulder to torso. He could only look on in shock and fall to the ground, where he shortly died.[20] The incident was recorded by Temple security camera TR4-121.[1]

Drallig's body was later found by Grand Master Yoda and Master Obi-Wan Kenobi, who had returned to the Temple to reset the emergency beacon to warn all surviving Jedi to flee into exile. The discovery caused Kenobi great grief, having considered the Battlemaster a friend.[5] Kenobi and Yoda also watched the security recording of the Battlemaster's fatal last duel.[18]

With the Order nearly extinct overnight, the newly emerged Galactic Empire needed to cover up the true reasons for the execution of the Republic's peacekeepers. On behest of Emperor Palpatine, Sate Pestage compiled official reasons for each Jedi's death. Incident report #890-I, filed by Commander CC-1119, contained Master Drallig's certificate of death, while Pestage reported to the public that the Battlemaster had been "killed in combat against Imperial agents."[1]


Cin Drallig's legacy was passed down by those Jedi who survived to train others, including Master Kenobi's training of Luke Skywalker.[21]

While still adjusting to his life-supporting armor, Darth Vader often reflected upon the actions that had brought him to such a state. One of his clearer memories was that of crossing blades with Master Drallig, his former lightsaber instructor, the night of Order 66.[22]

Drallig's recorded knowledge of the seven forms, made in 31 BBY, was found in the Great Holocron by the New Jedi Order, along with another of his recordings on the marks of contact.[10]

Personality and traits[]

Cin Drallig was an esteemed Jedi Master, possessing both great skill as a swordsman and a calmness of mind and spirit. Described as patient, focused, and directed, and representing the tenets of the Jedi Order in their purest form, he had given himself over completely to the will of the living Force. Despite his great reputation as a warrior, his humbleness of character was such that he dedicated his life to training countless Padawans in the art of the lightsaber, leading by example and instilling in his students a sense of the Order's values and beliefs. Where several other Masters had failed, Drallig was also the only one insightful enough to see the great potential of rebellious Padawan Serra Keto, and reach through to her to make that potential become reality.[9]

In his recording on the Great Holocron, Drallig presented some personal views on the matter of lightsaber combat. In the wake of death caused by Aurra Sing and Darth Maul, and unlike some Jedi Masters, Cin Drallig refused to dismiss the study of Form II as impractical. He remained cautiously neutral regarding Form V, taking the side of neither proponent nor detractor, but emphasizing the need for such an offensive form to be used only with the proper intention of preserving peace. He also conceded that Form VI being the standard form of the Jedi Order did not mark it as the most worthy of study, but in general the most practical. As for cho mok, Master Drallig discouraged its use unless the student possessed enough knowledge of the opponent's physiology, so as to not accidentally kill. Master Drallig further stated that a Jedi should not hesitate to use any combat technique to kill a Sith Lord, not even sai tok. He stressed that the student's mindset must be that of defeating the danger the Sith pose, not to wish utter destruction upon them.[10]

Powers and abilities[]

"Who taught you to fight like this? Was it Cin Drallig? He died like a squealing Gosfamling."
―Darth Vader, while luring captured Agricultural Corps members to the dark side[23]

Cin Drallig was a most capable lightsaber duelist.

Cin Drallig's lightsaber instructor was none other than Master Yoda himself,[2][5] and known for having outstanding talents as a duelist, Drallig became an incredibly skilled swordsman, gaining the rank of Battlemaster of the Order, due to his exceptional prowess in lightsaber combat.[8]

By the time of the Clone Wars, Master Drallig was old[5] but his age did not hamper his abilities, as he remained one of the Jedi's top swordsmen,[1] his skills described as being "nearly unparalleled."[9] Drallig's skill was such that it was the conviction of Count Dooku that the renowned combatant General Grievous would be no match for the Battlemaster, should they ever face off against one another.[24]

Drallig had developed his own unique style of lightsaber combat, calling upon the Force to enhance his speed and relying on unconventional and unpredictable movements.

Drallig had mastered all seven forms of lightsaber combat and his understanding and knowledge of each form was outstanding enough that he was considered the most prolific lightsaber instructor in the Temple, second only to Yoda himself. He was able to effectively train thousands of students in the use of the Forms I to VI,[1] displaying consummate knowledge of the theory of each form, making thorough comments on each forms strengths and weaknesses. Drallig was also one of the few Jedi to achieve mastery over the Juyo variant of Form VII but in addition to fully understanding the style's weaknesses and strengths, he was also aware of how dangerous it was due to its aggressiveness and potentially exposing the user to the dark side, hence his caution towards who he would entrust it to. For example, Anakin Skywalker, as a Padawan, lamented the fact that Master Drallig wouldn't let him study Form VII.[25]

Being the Temple's finest swordmaster at the time of Darth Vader's raid on the Jedi Temple,[4][26] Cin Drallig's swordsmanship proved to be great enough to kill off many of the Clones that attacked him and Darth Vader saw the need for he himself to personally fight him. However, for all of his skill, Drallig was no match for the Dark Lord, being cut down in a short exchange as he tried to defend his students. By killing Master Drallig and his apprentice, Serra Keto, Vader had successfully removed one of the Temple's last hopes.[8]

Although his nearly unprecedented mastery of lightsaber combat was his strongest trait, Cin Drallig also proved to be very powerful and accomplished in the use of the Force, displaying high levels of mastery over many Force powers when he fought Vader. He was considerably adept in the use of Force speed, capable of moving fast enough to be invisible to human's eye and often applied it to overwhelm his opponents.[8]

Drallig was also a highly competent leader, being the leader of the security guards of the Jedi Temple during the Clone Wars. Drallig's leadership skills was shown by how he led the remaining Jedi when Operation: Knightfall began to battle the Clones, although he was met with defeat.

Behind the scenes[]

In Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith, Cin Drallig was played by Nick Gillard, who was the stunt coordinator on all three films of the prequel trilogy. In the Revenge of the Sith video game, the character has Nick Gillard's likeness but is voiced by Tom Kane.

The name "Cin Drallig" comes from reversing Nick Gillard's name, only removing the "k" in "Nick."

In the novels Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Dark Nest II: The Unseen Queen, Cin Drallig is killed in the Room of a Thousand Fountains (not the Temple training hall), where a large group of younglings were being protected by several Padawans. When Vader arrived in the greenhouse, he cut down Whie Malreaux and another teenage Padawan before quickly overwhelming Drallig and hacking through his shoulder. With Drallig and the older Padawans dead, the remaining children were quickly cut down by blaster fire. When Yoda and Obi-Wan later find Drallig's body, Yoda comments that Drallig would not abandon his young students.[5]

In the film, he is visible only briefly in a holographic recording, but he has a larger role in the video game. In the PS2 version, Cin Drallig managed to knock Vader down, but Vader killed him soon after by impaling him via a lightsaber throw, while in the GBA version, Vader triumphed over Drallig. The duel also takes place in the training room above and on the terrace outside the Room of a Thousand Fountains. According to Keeper of the Holocron Leland Chee, Drallig's death as it appears in the game is non-canon. Also, in the film, Drallig has dark blond hair, but in the video game, he has white hair. He is also wearing a different costume.[8][27]

In the video-game adaptation, Cin appears as character in Duel Mode. When the players both select Cin, one of them controls a seemingly dark-side version of him: dark robes, darker hair and a red lightsaber.[8]

As Kit Fisto's lightsaber hilt was a favorite of Nick Gillard, Cin Drallig's lightsaber hilt resembles Fisto's.[source?] Based on behind-the-scenes materials, the lightsaber blade was originally to be rotoscoped in yellow. However, George Lucas would only allow either blue or green as the color of any regular Jedi's lightsaber blade. With the exception of Samuel L. Jackson's violet lightsaber blade he used as Mace Windu, Lucas would go no further with other colors. Nick Gillard chose green;[source?] however, in a promotional image, Drallig is shown with a blue lightsaber by mistake.

He may appear in the Star Wars: The Force Unleashed novel as one of PROXY's training modules, but the LucasArts team has not confirmed this.

In the Star Wars Miniatures set Champions of the Force, the Jedi Weapon Master character resembles Cin Drallig.[28]

For the production of the Star Wars: The Clone Wars fifth-season episode "Sabotage," a clay maquette of Drallig's head was made by Darren Marshall.[29] In the episode, he was voiced by Robin Atkin Downes.



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Notes and references[]

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 1.18 1.19 1.20 1.21 1.22 1.23 SWInsider.png "Order 66: Destroy All Jedi" – Star Wars Insider 87
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, Vol. I, p. 205 ("Drallig, Cin")
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 3.9 StarWars.com Encyclopedia Cin Drallig in the Encyclopedia (content now obsolete; backup link)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Star Wars Character Encyclopedia
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.7 5.8 Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith novelization
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Databank title.png Jukassa, Zett in the Databank (content now obsolete; backup link)
  7. 7.0 7.1 The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, Vol. I, p. 70 ("Bene")
  8. 8.00 8.01 8.02 8.03 8.04 8.05 8.06 8.07 8.08 8.09 8.10 8.11 8.12 Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith video game
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 Episode III: Revenge of the Sith: Prima Official Game Guide
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 Jedi vs. Sith: The Essential Guide to the Force
  11. 11.0 11.1 StarWars.com Encyclopedia Jedi Temple Guard in the Encyclopedia (content now obsolete; backup link)
  12. TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Holocron Heist"
  13. Darth Maul—Death Sentence 1
  14. TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Sabotage"
  15. The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, Vol. II, p. 282 ("Malreaux, Whie")
  16. Databank title.png Chion, Olana in the Databank (content now obsolete; backup link)
  17. Star Wars Chronicles: The Prequels
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
  19. Databank title.png Bene in the Databank (content now obsolete; backup link)
  20. Dark Nest II: The Unseen Queen
  21. Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope
  22. Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader
  23. Evasive Action: Recruitment
  24. Labyrinth of Evil
  25. 25.0 25.1 25.2 The Jedi Path: A Manual for Students of the Force
  26. Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith: The Visual Dictionary
  27. StarWars.com Holocron continuity database questions on StarWars.com Message Boards. Posted by Tasty Taste on November 01, 2006 at 12:47 PM. (content now obsolete; backup link)
  28. WizardsoftheCoast.png "Champions of the Force Preview 3 - Jedi Weapon Master and Kashyyyk Trooper" on Wizards.com (content now obsolete; backup link)
  29. StarWars.com "Sabotage" - The Clone Wars Episode Guide on StarWars.com (backup link)