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"Where do I go if I want to get socked in the jaw?"
―Even Piell[2]

Even Piell, a Force-sensitive Lannik male, was a Jedi Master who served as a senior member of the Jedi High Council in the final decades of the Galactic Republic Era. A native of the politically unstable planet Lannik, the battle-hardened Piell was regarded as brusque and bellicose and was renowned as a warrior and swordsman. Despite his small stature and gruffness, Piell was a larger-than-life and empathetic figure, traits he gained in part by revisiting his troubled homeworld, during which he lost his eye to terrorists. Piell believed that all beings were his kin and that it was his duty as a Jedi to help anyone in need. Inspired by the Lannik people, Piell was one of the Jedi's major advocates for younger generations and those at risk and considered himself far more in tune with common people and the Living Force than his peers.

Prior to the Clone Wars, Piell served as a Councillor during the Defense of Kwenn, during which he led a project that restarted funding for the local school system, and later served during the Invasion of Naboo and the Separatist Crisis, which resulted in the outbreak of the Clone Wars between the Republic and its splinter state, the Confederacy of Independent Systems. Piell was among the Jedi involved in the First Battle of Geonosis, after which he was given the formal rank of Jedi General within the newly-commissioned Republic Military. A reliable asset to the Jedi, Piell carried out many of the Clone Wars' most sensitive missions and was attributed with protecting Republic territories and information alongside Captain Wilhuff Tarkin. As the war carried on, Piell and Tarkin discovered the coordinates for the Nexus Route, information that could prove disastrous in Separatist hands because of the route's direct connection to the Republic capital planet Coruscant.

As the custodians of the Nexus Route coordinates, Piell and Tarkin's fleet group was targeted by Separatist forces, and while under attack they purged the data from their Star Destroyer and each memorized half of the coordinates as a safeguard in case either broke under interrogation. Upon his capture, Piell, Tarkin, and what remained of their crew were taken to the Separatists's maximum-security Citadel prison complex on Lola Sayu. The Republic launched a covert rescue operation led by the Jedi Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker, and Ahsoka Tano, who managed to free Piell and Tarkin but were trapped on the planet's surface by prison warden Osi Sobeck's forces. While fleeing the Citadel to reach a designated rendezvous point with a Republic extraction team, the group was hunted by a pack of anoobas dispatched by Sobeck, and Piell was fatally mauled by one of the creatures. Piell revealed his half of the Nexus Route coordinates to Tano before dying from his injuries.

Biography[]

Early life[]

"[...] We ain't at a different level. Least, we ain't supposed to be. We're like anyone else."
―Even Piell, on the Jedi Order[2]
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Piell's face was heavily scarred in a fight with terrorists on his homeworld.

Even Piell was born on the[2] Mid Rim planet Lannik, the homeworld of the Lannik species,[10] during the late Republic Era.[2] Lannik had a long history of war and,[11] at the time of Piell's birth, was in a state of constant political unrest. Piell's innate The Force sensitivity was identified when he was a youngling, and it was eventually brought to the attention of the Jedi Order, a monastic religious order of Force-sensitives based on the Core Worlds planet Coruscant. When the Jedi offered to raise Piell as they did other Force-sensitive children, his parents readily sent him away, and in his later life, Piell speculated that they may have believed they had done right by sending him away from a life of struggle on Lannik. Although Piell was young when he left his homeworld,[2] he was older than most Jedi Initiates were when taken to the Jedi Temple on Coruscant. As a result, Piell did not have any training as an infant and had a relatively late start to his tutelage compared to his peers.[12]

As a Jedi trainee, Piell continued to differ from his companions in the Order, and even amid the mix of species and cultures at the Temple, he retained traits of his homeworld, speaking more bluntly and colloquially than others his age. When he moved to the Padawan stage of his learning, Piell took part in efforts to help troubled civilians, and from such missions, he learned a practical sense of how suffering manifested in society. While young, Piell wanted to return to his homeworld, and he was eventually able to make the trip when he was older. During his first return to Lannik, Piell's consciousness was changed, and seeing himself in the hard, suffering faces he had lived apart from gave him a new understanding of his purpose as a Jedi.[2] At some point while on Lannik, Piell had a confrontation with terrorists,[13] supposedly the Red Iaro.[14] Despite winning the battle,[15] he lost an eye and had extensive scarring on his face,[2] wounds he viewed as a badge of honor.[1]

Defense of Kwenn[]

A call to action[]

"Between pirates and taxes, the Ootmian route is out of favor. Traffic at the Kwenn Space Station is down; I suspect the same for the planet below. Corporations leave, then the people. That's what Master Qui-Gon saw."
"You missed a step. We leave. Then the people leave. Qui-Gon's not the only one who’s witnessed it. I've seen people flocking toward the Core on that route the whole time I've been on Yitabo."
―Adi Gallia and Even Piell[2]
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During Jedi Council meetings, Even Piell often sat next to Master Yaddle (pictured).

By 33 BBY,[16] Piell had risen to the status of Jedi Master and had been granted a seat on the Jedi High Council, the Jedi Order's governing body.[2] Piell had one of the Council's long-term seats and often sat near Master Yaddle.[11] Despite his position among the Order's leaders, Piell continued to take field missions and perform diplomatic roles for the Galactic Republic,[2] a democratic union based on Coruscant that governed much of the galaxy and had a long history with the Jedi,[3] even though he had a disdain for politicians.[2] In 33 BBY,[16] Piell answered a request by Supreme Chancellor Finis Valorum and the Galactic Senate calling for Jedi intervention in a conflict on the Mid Rim world Yitabo between two agricultural corporations and the local civilian government. Although unexcited by the assignment, Piell accepted the task because he was already in the area and knew some of the people involved. While on Yitabo, Piell took notice of the number of people leaving the Mid Rim for the Core Worlds via the Ootmian route.[2]

While Piell was on Yitabo, he appeared at Council meetings infrequently. For one such meeting, he could only attend for the final part of the agenda, in which Master Qui-Gon Jinn was to address the Council about a recent mission. Piell joined the meeting holographically at the same time Jinn entered the High Council chamber on Coruscant, and the Master of the Order, Mace Windu, addressed Piell before allowing Jinn to speak. At Windu's questioning, Piell informed the Council what his task on Yitabo was, leaving Windu and Master Ki-Adi-Mundi surprised that the Senate had sent a High Council member to settle a small dispute. After talking with Piell, Windu turned to Jinn and allowed him to speak before the Council. Jinn opened by mentioning that Piell was already in the region he wanted to discuss with the Council, then segued into how the string of recent Jedi outpost closures in the Mid Rim had made life for the locals more difficult.[2]

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Master Piell supported a call from Qui-Gon Jinn (pictured) for the Council to reconnect with the Living Force.

Jinn mentioned that the closures created a revolving chain of events in which corporations relocate, the region loses political power in the Senate, and then people begin immigrating elsewhere. Master Depa Billaba, who was investigating pirate disturbances in the Slice, confirmed Jinn's testimony and stated that even the young were affected, at which Piell pointed out that an entire generation was at risk in the area. Jinn continued his address and slowly made his point clearer: the Jedi Council had become detached from the everyday aspects of the Living Force in favor of larger-scale efforts on behalf of the Republic. Though his comments received initial opposition from some Council members, including Masters Windu, Oppo Rancisis, and Saesee Tiin, Piell voiced his support of Jinn's notion. When Master Adi Gallia mournfully stated that the Council did not have time to deal with everyday beings because they were on a different level, Piell countered that the Jedi were not supposed to be different from everyone else.[2]

Gallia responded to Piell that the Council had worlds of responsibilities before them, after which Jinn continued. Qui-Gon expressed his belief that the citizens of the galaxy thought little of the Jedi because the Jedi had not engaged with them, to further opposition from Windu and others, but found another supporter in Yaddle. Jinn finished his talk by asking the Council to find a way to reconnect with those the Order served by individually helping people in need, then left the chamber. Though Mundi and Tiin remained skeptical of Jinn's claims, Windu voiced his opinion that Jinn was correct about the Council's disconnect and stagnation, to which Yaddle and Master Depa Billaba agreed. Just then, Gallia interrupted and stated that she had just received the year's final list of suggestions regarding Jedi assets from the Chancellor's office. Piell snidely commented that the list was as "final as a politician's promise" but earned a hand wave from Windu, who told Gallia to continue.[2]

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Even Piell was one of twelve members of the Jedi High Council, the governing body of the Jedi Order.

Gallia read from a Jedi-conducted study of outposts that could be shuttered to allow Jedi to divert their resources into areas where the Chancellor's office and the Senate were likely to require future Jedi aid. Among the list of unfrequented outposts on desolate worlds was Sanctuary Mount, a nearly two-hundred-year-old outpost on Kwenn. When Gallia named Kwenn, the Council members went silent in shock. Piell immediately pointed out Sanctuary Mount's longevity, and others began reminiscing about Kwenn and the outpost. Windu asked Gallia how Kwenn had changed to the point the outpost was unsustainable, and she pointed out that traffic to the Kwenn Space Station had slowed due to piracy and corporate taxes along the Ootmian route, leaving the planet economically challenged. Piell cut in that Gallia had missed a step, that the Jedi had left Kwenn behind first, adding that he had seen people leaving the Slice for the Core while on Yitabo.[2]

Realizing the opportunity before the Council, Windu suggested that the twelve Jedi Masters travel to Kwenn to oversee a public commemoration of the anniversary of the outpost's founding. Windu's idea, formed in response to Jinn's prompt, was that the Council could engage with the people of Kwenn while identifying the artifacts the Order would retrieve from Sanctuary Mount in case of closure. As the Council debated whether the trip was viable, Master Plo Koon brought up the logistics of supplying enough provisions for a group of twelve, but Piell waved away his concerns by reminding his colleagues that he was on Yitabo, which served as the larder for surrounding worlds and could stock up on necessary food there. Despite the initial trepidation, all the Councillors present were in agreement that a ceremony on Kwenn would be beneficial, both for the planet and for themselves.[2]

Finding trouble[]

"Is this where you keep the violence?"
"What are you on about?"
"I'm in from offworld, and I've got a few days before my meeting. I wanna see where the trouble is."
"You've come to the right place. Essafa Key is the island that houses several of the local schools."
"Why is that trouble?"
"Because the kids aren't in them. They've been running wild, harassing people and businesses."
―Even Piell and a truant officer[2]

At Master Windu's insistence, the twelve Council members agreed that it would be best if they arrived on Kwenn at their individual convenience instead of coordinating altogether. After gathering up provisions and loading them onto a Limulus-class courier, Piell made the short trip to Kwenn. Before bringing the supplies to the Sanctuary Mount, Piell decided to get a headstart on Qui-Gon's challenge to help citizens and took a speeder bus to Essafa Key, home to the Gem Cities' educational district. At a tourist information station near the bus stop, Piell asked the adviser stationed there where to go to get "socked in the jaw," hoping to learn where to find troubled sections of the population. Piell's directness confused the adviser. When asked to clarify, Piell repeated the question and asked where the rough part of Essafa Key was, but the adviser dismissed him and walked away. Before leaving in turn, Piell yelled at the guide, sarcastically thanking him for his help.[2]

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Upon arriving at Kwenn, Master Piell decided to go to Essafa Key to find someone in need.

Leaving the information station, Piell decided to head towards the oceanside, remembering an adage from his Padawan days that he could usually find trouble near a waterfront. While halfway there, however, Piell heard a commotion down a side street and saw a patrol officer ignoring it. Asking about the disturbance, Piell explained that he was seeking out troubled people, and the officer informed him that Essafa Key housed the local school system. At Piell's inquiry, the officer further stated that the schools were the source of Essafa Key's troubles because the children had been running wild instead of attending classes. Piell suggested they hire a truant officer, but the patrolman revealed that he was the truant officer and removed his badge, quitting his job on the spot. Taking the badge from the former officer and pinning it on his tunic, Piell decided to investigate the noises and walked towards the plaza down the street.[2]

In the plaza, Piell noticed several graffiti-covered buildings engraved with markings that showed they had been built during the Grand Renewal of Kwenn. As Piell chuckled at the derogatory graffiti, he was suddenly approached by a dozen or more raggedly dressed youths. A young Twi'lek stepped forward and asked if Piell was admiring his handiwork, and Piell responded by joking about the boy misspelling "poodoo." Piell questioned the Twi'lek about the target of the graffiti, who he realized was a teacher, and learned that the teacher no longer worked after being thrown out a window. Piell decided to build a rapport with the children, first by laughing alongside them when they laughed about the former teacher, then by joking that school was good for the Twi'lek, Hadaro, since his name was painted on several buildings. Hadaro remained aloof, however, and four of his companions flanked Piell, who reacted mildly and remarked that the children thought they could push him around because of his size.[2]

At Hadaro's command, the children swarmed Piell and lifted him from the ground, which he allowed them to do since he was in no danger. As the children carried Piell around the corner and down an alley, he heard one call to have the Jedi Master put in a trash compactor, but another assured him that the compactors were full and did not work. Recognizing that a pipe spanning the space between the buildings was part of the fire suppression system, Piell reached out with the Force and snapped it in half, resulting in an explosion of white foam. The children dropped Piell and ran for cover, allowing Piell to run back into the plaza while a group of pursuers slipped on the foam. In the plaza, a larger group of children had amassed, attracted by the chaos, and Piell swiftly bounded over them and landed on a plinth where statues once stood. Safe for a moment, Piell removed his soaked robe to wring it out, revealing his lightsaber in the process. Seeing the weapon, Hadaro exclaimed that Piell was not a Jedi.[2]

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While escaping his young pursuers, Piell revealed his lightsaber, which excited the curious children.

The sight of Piell's lightsaber excited the crowd, and several children wondered aloud why a Jedi had come to Essafa Key. Just then, a chime sounded from across the quad, and Piell told the children to go inside and take a lunch break. To Piell's dismay, Hadaro explained that the Mercantile Guild-operated school's lunch program lost funding when Rendili Hyperworks stopped subsidizing it, a result of the recent population decline. Realizing that the children were, in part, acting out of hunger, Piell contacted his droid co-pilot and requested a pick-up. Hadaro mockingly asked if Piell was calling for backup, but the Jedi responded by asking if he had classes, which Hadaro denied, stating that many no longer met. Soon, Piell's Limulus courier arrived, and Piell guided his droid to land on the plinth. Calculating that he had enough food at the minimum for the children present, Piell unlatched the cargo hold and began unloading the provisions from Yitabo.[2]

As he tossed food into the crowd, Piell asked Hadaro if the students had learned about the Jedi while in school. When Hadaro replied that they had not, Piell announced to the crowd that he would answer any questions they had about the Jedi once every child had something to eat. Smiling at the children's enthusiastic response, Piell told them that if anyone asked, they were having class outside. Over the following days, Piell began organizing activities and outings for the children, substituting an improvised and creative alternative for the shuttered school system. During this time, Piell received a call for help from Master Eeth Koth, who had arrived and had begun work in the Sanctuary Mount archives. Piell offered to send a group of children to aid Koth, but Koth declined. Piell also received a modified speeder bus from Masters Koon and Tiin, who had started aiding Kwikhaul, a local taxi company on Zyboh Key, which Piell used to shuttle his students to other islands.[2]

Temporary schoolmaster[]

"I'm not sure it should be incumbent upon children to work for a corporation to get fed."
"All I know is they love to paint and draw. They were gonna do it somewhere. I suggested here. This morning, we were over by the Mercantile Guild headquarters—they run the schools on Essafa, or are supposed to. We were planting trees."
"Botany class."
―Yaddle and Even Piell[2]

Armed with the speeder bus provided by Masters Koon and Tiin, as well as several bikes repaired by the children, Piell began organizing trips to other islands, where he held informal "classes" meant to give the children a creative outlet while beautifying the environment. On the morning of the day Master Yaddle arrived on Kwenn, Piell began the day with a "class" at the Mercantile Guild headquarters, where the children planted trees, which was followed by an "art class" at the Rendili Hyperworks factory on Addoa Key, an industrial island that suffered from lax regulations and disrepair. There, he permitted the children to paint the large walls that enclosed the factory. Having already gained the attention of Kwenn Holofeed, in part because Hadaro had attempted to paint their studio on a previous night, Piell invited a press team to the factory grounds to cover his work, believing public knowledge of his work would pressure Rendili to continue funding the school districts.[2]

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Piell convinced Master Yaddle (pictured) to take his place speaking with journalists from the Kwenn Holofeed.

When Master Yaddle arrived on Kwenn, she contacted Piell for help acquiring transportation. Piell sent a Rodian child to deliver Yaddle a speeder bike, simultaneously inviting her to join him on Addoa Key, where he hoped she would take his place in front of the Kwenn Holofeed cameras. When Yaddle arrived, Piell enthusiastically welcomed her to "art class" and introduced her to his project. Because she was among the last High Councillors to arrive at Kwenn, Piell also informed her of what the other Masters were doing on the islands. Piell also explained the economic situation concerning the education system but found that Yaddle was unhappy about Piell's attempts to restart the former system, in which the children were forced to rely on the Rendili corporation for basic necessities. Though he shared her concerns, Piell reasoned that allowing the children to paint on the factory walls gave them an alternative to illegal activities.[2]

At that moment, the reporters from Kwenn Holofeed arrived, and Piell asked Yaddle if she would speak with them since his appearance would be off-putting. Though she was surprised, Yaddle was understanding when Piell told her why he had not asked her directly, as he was afraid she would have suggested they consult other Councillors. Accepting that she was the best spokesbeing the Council had to offer, Yaddle approached the reporters and, speaking with a holofeed engineer for Remember Kwenn host Reezingrom Abbayav, began discussing the Jedi Council's purpose for visiting Kwenn. The impromptu press conference Piell had garnered outside Rendili Hyperworks brought him and Master Yaddle increased reach, with Yaddle becoming the Council's unofficial spokesperson in a series of interviews and Piell gaining a hundred new students. Concerned about the unstable home lives of many of his schoolchildren, Piell decided to start a food drive.[2]

Late one evening, Piell and Yaddle decided to visit Master Koth on Kinnawah Key, where he was busy organizing a number of texts from the Sanctuary Mount that had ended up in the Lamplighter Boutique antique store. When Piell and Yaddle entered the store, they were met by the owner's wife, Pogee Shrag, and several Shrag's boolah kits, which crawled over the two Jedi. Shrag showed the two inside, and Yaddle thanked her for her hospitality and complimented her boolahs. Piell, annoyed by two boolah kits hanging off his ears, remarked that he could use the creatures in a soup for his food drive, which earned him a reprimand from Yaddle but a laugh from Shrag. Koth led the two inside a courtyard and asked why they had come to Kinnawah Key since they had their own work elsewhere. Piell replied that his schoolchildren had to go home at the end of each day, and despite their troubled home lives, it was a better alternative to keeping them out at dangerous times.[2]

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Together with Yaddle, Piell offered to help Master Eeth Koth (pictured) organize Jedi records so their colleague could have time to himself.

Koth was happy that Piell and Yaddle had both answered Qui-Gon's challenge, but both questioned Koth about how he felt about his work digging through the outpost archives. Though Koth tried denying his dissatisfaction, Piell and Yaddle saw through his façade and offered to help. Despite Koth's hesitation to let them help, Piell began looking at the piles of datapads, which he noted were mostly dull, minor texts that would put his students to sleep. Yaddle reasoned that she and Piell could share Koth's duties, and the Zabrak relented and told them to begin managing the shorter stacks, given their diminutive heights. Yaddle then dismissed Koth, and Piell ordered him to go out and see Kwenn. Though Koth started to object, he smiled and thanked Piell and Yaddle for their help instead. Thanks to Piell and Yaddle's intervention, Koth left the Lamplighter Boutique and spent a night on Kinnawah Key as a tourist.[2]

A few days later, as the bicentennial commemoration neared, information about an alleged pirate attack reached the Council. While Piell had been occupied with his schoolchildren, several of his colleagues had been engaged in dealing with criminal activity on the islands and in the space around Kwenn, and Master Depa Billaba informed the Council that she had discovered local pirate leader Zilastra's plan to attack Kwenn, and more specifically the Councillors themselves, during the celebration. When Yoda asked for evidence, Master Windu added that recent observations revealed sudden ceasefires between several pirate groups. Recalling what information he knew about the pirate activity, Piell asked why the pirate gangs would follow Zilastra's Riftwalkers, the newest of the group, and Billaba explained that Zilastra had decapitated the leadership of the rival gangs. Concerned about potential danger, Adi Gallia and Yaddle called for the bicentennial to be canceled.[2]

Master Rancisis and Piell both spoke out against canceling the festivities. When Gallia and Yaddle again argued that the danger was too great, Ki-Adi-Mundi and Yarael Poof pointed out that no matter what the Council decided, their intel pointed to a pirate uprising taking place against both the Jedi and the local civil authority. As the Council discussed their prospects, it became clear that the bicentennial had already been compromised by Zilastra's underlings. Yoda and Gallia described an attack on an arena manager and an Ithorian leaving the venue, who Billaba realized was Zilastra's bomb maker Tokchi. Taking charge, Billaba announced that she knew what Zilastra had planned and that the Council had to take her head-on. Billaba told her peers that they had to present the appearance that nothing had changed and continue with the celebrations as initially planned.[2]

Battle at the Bicentennial[]

"Let's keep them away from the arena."
"Right. What's funny?"
"My medical droid back on Coruscant would love this. We're declaring war on dessert!"
―Even Piell and Eeth Koth, as they charge into battle[2]

Following Master Billaba's plan, Piell and the rest of the Council continued planning for the bicentennial. Amid final preparations on the day of the celebration, Piell decided to hire about a dozen of his children, including Hadaro, as ushers for the evening. Piell brought them to the Gala Key Arena aboard several speeders, where they joined Masters Yoda, Yaddle, Poof, Rancisis, and Koth. Seeing Piell and the children enter, Poof joked that it was too early for a parade, and Piell informed his peers that the children with him would serve as ushers for the festivities, with more joining the following day. After Piell introduced Hadaro, the Twi'lek boy criticized the arena decorations and told Piell that there were art supplies still in the speeders. To Rancisis' horror, Piell agreed with Hadaro's suggestion that the children paint a mural on the base of the dais. Though Rancisis argued the children could paint outside instead, Piell replied that it looked like rain.[2]

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Master Eeth Koth trusted Piell and asked for advice when given intel by Inisa.

After Piell sent his students to retrieve their supplies, Koth became concerned by a notification on his comlink while Yaddle reentered the arena, accompanied by Morna. Koth briefly left to consult his caller, who he referred to as a woman he knew. When he returned, he looked around furtively before approaching Piell and asking for advice. Koth led Piell to the edge of the stage. After conferring quietly for a few moments, Koth turned to the other Councillors and asked for him and Piell to be excused, and Piell added that it would take a while. In private, Koth revealed that he had met a member of the Poisoned Blades gang, Inisa, who tipped him on several plots the local pirate gangs were planning with Zilastra. When Piell learned that the Blades and the Filthy Creds were plotting to disguise themselves as food vendors working for the Tasty Comet Frozen Confection Company, he insisted on being involved with thwarting their plan.[2]

Later that night, Piell and Koth struck the Tasty Comet warehouse just after the gangs had loaded up their street carts, which were outfitted with blasters and grenades. After removing the weapons, the Jedi put locks on the hovercarts. Coinciding with the Council's plans to continue the celebration and stop the pirate insurgency, Piell and Koth left the hovercarts in the warehouse so the disguised gang members would take to the streets. Aided by the inclement storm, the Council wanted to ensure no civilians were on the streets of Gala Key and ordered that any would-be attendees from other islands remain in their homes to watch the bicentennial while nearby residents would be allowed inside the arena. Empty tents would be set up to throw off the pirate gangs by creating the illusion that civilians were watching inside them to avoid the storm, meaning the only beings on the streets of Gala Key during the celebration would be those affiliated with Zilastra.[2]

The next day, Piell and the Council, minus Billaba, attended the first ceremony marking the bicentennial. After announcing that attendees should shelter from the storm, Masters Rancisis and Yoda gave opening comments. Having learned from Billaba that the bomb Zilastra planted in the arena was activated by the phrase "The Jedi stand with you," Yoda ended his speech by rewording it as "With you, the Jedi stand," foiling Zilastra's immediate plan of bombing the arena. Enraged, Zilastra attempted to infiltrate the arena but was stopped by Billaba. Zilastra revealed that the phrase was also a signal for her pirate groups to begin their attack, and the Council quickly sprung into action. While the rest of the Council dealt with the imminent insurgency in other areas, Piell and Koth left the arena and headed to Tasty Comet hovercart-lined streets, where the would-be vendors struggled to remove the locks. Together, they approached a Gotal vendor trying to open his cart.[2]

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During the Defense of Kwenn, Even Piell helped thwart a plot to disguise pirates as street vendors.

Piell and Koth teased the Gotal, first by mockingly asking for Tasty Comets, then by commenting on the pirate's struggle to open the hovercart. Piell used his lightsaber to destroy the lock, revealing he was a Jedi. The Gotal hurriedly reached into his cart for a blaster, only to find it was empty. Piell smirked and told the Gotal that he and Koth had removed the weapons from the carts. Taken aback, the pirate pulled a blaster out of his uniform. Aiming it at the Jedi, the pirate moved toward a sealed viewing tent behind him. When he opened the tent, he found it empty, prompting Piell and Koth to explain how the Council had evacuated nearby civilians and thwarted the Blades' and Creds' plan. The Gotal raised his weapon, but Piell and Koth jointly used the Force, throwing him to the ground and knocking him senseless. The pirate's hat fell off, revealing the markings of a Staved Skull pirate. Noticing the altercation, at least a dozen other pirates disguised as vendors drew their weapons and turned to the Jedi.[2]

Reactivating his lightsaber, Piell told Koth that they had to keep the pirates away from the arena, and both advanced toward the oncoming gang. Piell laughed as they charged, joking that his medical droid on Coruscant would love that the two were "declaring war on dessert." As Piell and Koth battled the pirates, Master Koon began organizing his Kwikhaul employees to rescue civilians trapped in the arena and the surrounding area. Coordinating with them, Koon dispatched drivers to Piell and Koth, who were traveling to hot spots of pirate activity on the island. Later, Piell and Koth were joined by Yoda and Yaddle in fighting Zilastra's pirate horde. As the defense of Kwenn continued, the Jedi began clearing the battlegrounds and assisting Kwenn's law enforcement in capturing the remaining pirates, whose attacks had been broken up and were now scattered. Though the planned pirate insurgency was nearly over, however, Zilastra's whereabouts were unknown.[2]

Departure[]

"I'm late."
"Late is good. Late means you're going."
"Yeah, why not? We had a deal. And you've shown us all that some of the other ways to make a living on this planet don't work out so well."
"I'm just glad you all kept everyone inside the arena during the battle. I'm sure it was tempting to peek outside."
"Oh, no. We were all watching on our datapads."
"[Laughs] The smart way to see a fight. Get inside before I remember I'm the truant officer."
―Hadaro and Even Piell[2]

While the Jedi continued their work on the ground, they received a report that a repuslorlift skiff was climbing the Sanctuary Mount, and the Council realized that Zilastra was planning on attacking the Jedi outpost, where the Council had taken the suitcase bomb originally planted in the arena. Master Billaba set out to stop Zilastra, but her attempt failed. Narrowly escaping on her skiff, which plummetted towards the sea, Zilastra successfully set off the explosive and destroyed the outpost. Zilastra's half-functioning skiff was able to cushion her fall into the ocean, where she was found unconscious by rescue teams alerted by Master Tiin and brought to the shores of the Windward Chain. Curious to learn Zilastra's intentions, Piell and the rest of the Council went to the beach to speak with her. After a set of medical droids tended to the Nautolan pirate, who regained consciousness, Billaba placed her in handcuffs. Rancisis asked why Zilastra held a vendetta against the Jedi, and Zilastra explained that the Order had taken her friends in as younglings while leaving her behind.[2]

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When confronting Zilastra, Piell and the Council learned her vendetta against the Jedi was started by Master Sifo-Dyas (pictures).

When Gallia asked when the Jedi had sought out her friends, Zilastra informed the Council that it had happened over thirty years prior when a Jedi had arrived at her orphanage. Windu asked who this Jedi was, and to the Council's shock, Zilastra stated that it was Master Sifo-Dyas, a former member of the Council controversial among the Order. Windu told Zilastra that Sifo-Dyas had been heavily focused on the Order's future, which Koth explained meant he had urgently tried to bring potential younglings into the Order. Piell added that Sifo-Dyas was too urgent as a Seeker as if he believed the Republic would fail if the Order didn't expand rapidly. To Zilastra's bewilderment, the Jedi Masters revealed that Sifo-Dyas had broken protocol with his recruitment tactics and was no longer the Council. Taking pity on Zilastra, Billaba apologized to the pirate for the Order's failure to take her into account as a child but admonished her for her actions before Yoda ordered a team of constables to take her away.[2]

In the aftermath of the defense of Kwenn and Zilastra's arrest, the Council decided it would not rebuild the destroyed outpost but replace it with a new brazier, which they announced in a press conference broadcast by Morna and her news team. As the Jedi wrapped up their revitalization efforts on Kwenn and prepared to leave, Piell saw several of his works come to fruition after the publicity the Jedi's actions had gained. The Mercantile Guild had resumed funding the school system, while Rendili Hyperworks restarted its lunch program on Essafa Key. Though still uncomfortable with how Kwenn's education operated and upset he could not solve the deeper issue of schools subsidized by corporations, he decided it was more important to ensure the children were alright in the short term. While walking across the quad on Essafa Key, Piell saw that the children were inside the school buildings instead of loitering outside them.[2]

Piell saw Hadaro running across the plaza, and the boy stopped in front of the Jedi Master. Piell asked if Hadaro was running from someone, but the Twi'lek nodded to the school building and stated he was late for class. Piell replied that being late was good because being late meant that Hadaro was going, to which the teen shrugged and said that he was fulfilling their deal before adding that Piell had shown him that falling down a criminal path did not work out well. Shaking Hadaro's hand, Piell thanked Hadaro for his help during the bicentennial since Hadaro and the other older children had kept civilians inside the arena during the fighting. When Piell commented that it must have been tempting to peek outside at the battle, Hadaro told him that he and the other children were watching the fight from their datapads, which made Piell laugh. Saying goodbye, Piell told Hadaro to head inside before he remembered he was the truant officer.[2]

The Naboo Crisis[]

In 32 BBY,[3] taxation disputes in the Outer Rim Territories resulted in open military conflict. Protesting Chancellor Valorum's tax reform policies, including the Galactic Senate's passing of Prop 31-814D, which stripped it of its exploitative control of Outer Rim trade zones, the Trade Federation blockaded the planet Naboo.[17] The Jedi Council was kept informed about the Federation's activities before the blockade by Master Gallia[18] and afterward maintained an interest in ending the dispute. Chancellor Valorum and the Council authorized Master Jinn and his Padawan, Obi-Wan Kenobi, to negotiate with the Federation's leader, Viceroy Nute Gunray. Their efforts faltered when the Federation launched an all-out invasion of Naboo, forcing the two Jedi to remove Queen Padmé Amidala from the planet and bring her to Coruscant to speak before the Senate.[7] After the invasion went through, Piell led several vital missions on behalf of the Republic, protecting the government's interests from Nute Gunray's greedy grasp.[19]

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Piell and the Jedi Council assess Anakin Skywalker.

Before arriving on Coruscant, the malfunction of Amidala's starship forced Jinn to stop on Tatooine, where he found a young boy, Anakin Skywalker, who he believed to be the prophesied Chosen One, the one who would bring balance to the Force by destroying the Sith, the ancient enemies of the Jedi. Jinn also encountered a mysterious warrior he suspected to be a Sith Lord and, once on Coruscant, brought this information before the Council. Piell was present in the Jedi Council Chamber when Jinn and Kenobi informed them of the possible Sith warrior, who Jinn noted was highly trained in the Jedi arts. Despite initial disbelief, the Council elected to devote its resources to uncovering the warrior's identity. At Master Yoda's inquiry, Jinn revealed what he believed about Skywalker, that the boy was conceived by the midi-chlorians as the Chosen One. Accepting Jinn's request that Skywalker train as a Jedi, Yoda and Windu decided the Council would test Skywalker themselves before any final decision was made.[7]

Piell was later present with the full Council to test Skywalker's Force-sensitivity. Although the results of Skywalker's viewscreen test showed the boy's power, the Council was indecisive about his future, given his age and deep attachment to his mother.[7] Piell was among those on the Council who voted against allowing Skywalker to begin his training[15] despite having been older than most when he joined the Order.[2] The Council ultimately decided that Skywalker could prove susceptible to the dark side of the Force and informed Jinn that they had rejected the boy, but Jinn decided to train Skywalker regardless. The Council contentiously reversed its decision when Jinn was slain by the warrior, identified as the Sith Lord Darth Maul, when helping the Naboo repel the Trade Federation forces. Following Jinn's dying wish, the Council agreed to allow Kenobi to train Skywalker. With other Councillors, Piell traveled to Naboo to attend Jinn's funeral and later observed the victory parade in Theed, standing on the steps of the Royal Palace to watch the festivities.[7]

The Clone Wars[]

First Battle of Geonosis[]

"I will take what Jedi we have left to Geonosis and help Obi-Wan."
―Mace Windu, to Yoda[20]
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Despite their efforts to maintain peace, Piell and the Council were unable to prevent the start of the Clone Wars.

In 24 BBY, after years of political turmoil, the Republic became embroiled in a crisis over the burgeoning Separatist movement, spearheaded by Count Dooku of Serenno, a former Jedi, who formed the Confederacy of Independent Systems to rival the Republic as a central galactic government. By 22 BBY,[3] the growing influence of the Separatists led to debate over the need to create a proper military to combat an impending war, forcing the Jedi to enter talks with Supreme Chancellor Sheev Palpatine, hoping to maintain peace and stall a Senate vote on the Military Creation Act. A series of assassination attempts on Senator Padmé Amidala, formerly the Queen of Naboo and an opponent of the Military Creation Act, would lead the Council down the path to war. Master Piell and the Council assigned Obi-Wan Kenobi to track down the bounty hunter suspected of arranging the attempts on Amidala's life and ordered Anakin Skywalker to protect the senator, who was discreetly relocated from Coruscant to Naboo.[20]

Kenobi's investigation brought him to the extragalactic planet Kamino, where he made the startling discovery that a clone army was being produced by the Kaminoan government for the Republic. To Kenobi's surprise, Kaminoan Prime Minister Lama Su alleged that the army had been ordered by Master Sifo-Dyas, who had been dead for ten years. Kenobi also learned that the template for the army was the bounty hunter he was searching for, Jango Fett, who only added to the mystery by claiming to have never met Sifo-Dyas. After following Fett to the planet Geonosis, Kenobi discovered the Confederacy's droid foundries, where Dooku and other Separatist leaders were building a massive droid army. Before being taken prisoner, Kenobi sent a transmission to Coruscant about his findings, and the confirmation that the Separatists had formed an army spurred the Senate to grant Chancellor Palpatine emergency powers to commission the clone army from the Kaminoans to fight the inevitable war.[20]

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During the fighting in the arena, Piell became separated from the other Jedi survivors, who were surrounded by the droid army.

Piell was selected to join a team[8] of over 200 Jedi[21]assembled by Master Windu to rescue Kenobi, as well as Skywalker and Amidala, who had failed in their own attempt to rescue him, from execution on Geonosis. In addition, the team, the largest deployment of Jedi since the High Republic Era,[22] was dispatched to investigate Kenobi's reports of organized Separatist militarization and end the potential war in its infancy. Upon arriving at Geonosis, most of the assault team infiltrated the Petranaki Arena while the rest secured their landing site. In the arena, the Jedi hid and waited for Windu's signal to reveal themselves.[22] Far above the arena pit, Dooku, Fett, and other Confederate leaders watched as three Geonosian execution beasts, an acklay, nexu, and reek, fought the prisoners. After Kenobi, Skywalker, and Amidala managed to evade the creatures, they were surrounded by a contingent of droidekas. Before Dooku gave the order to kill them, Windu revealed himself and confronted the former Jedi.[20]

When Windu moved to arrest Dooku, the Jedi stationed in the arena ignited their lightsabers in kind, leading Dooku to unleash hordes of battle droids to counterattack.[20] In the resulting clash between the assault team and the Separatist Droid Army, the outnumbered assault team began taking heavy casualties, and Piell witnessed the deaths of many companions and friends. While a small group of Jedi, including several Council members, were surrounded by droids in the arena pit, Piell became separated from the rest. Piell was only able to survive due to the timely intervention of Master Yoda, who arrived with the newly deployed Grand Army of the Republic.[14] The surviving Jedi and the new clone armies quickly organized an attack on the Confederate forces, which were in full retreat. Despite their efforts, the Jedi's improvised and rushed strategy, as well as the failure to establish a proper orbital blockade, allowed the Separatists to achieve a full retreat.[22]

Capture and imprisonment[]

"So you have the coordinates for the Nexus Route?"
"I got them all right. Half of them, anyway. My captain's got the other half. I erased the computers when we were boarded and had both of us memorize part of the intel. That way, if somehow I cracked, the information would be useless to them without the other half."
―Anakin Skywalker and Even Piell[23]
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During the Clone Wars, General Piell served alongside Captain Wilhuff Tarkin on some of the war's most sensitive missions.

Despite ostensibly winning the First Battle of Geonosis, the Republic's failure to stop the Confederate retreat marked the beginning of the Clone Wars, bringing the Separatist Crisis to an end.[22] In the weeks after the battle, the war spread quickly across the galaxy, and the Jedi Order faced uncertainty over what role it would play in the conflict. After a bombing in the Zarra, the capital city of Cato Neimoidia, Kenobi, recently promoted to the rank of Jedi Master and made a permanent member of the High Council after the death of Coleman Trebor on Geonosis, was sent to investigate the matter on behalf of the Republic. In the aftermath of his mission, Kenobi contacted the Council and presented Master Piell and the rest with a chronological recap of the events, including the public emergence of Count Dooku's apprentice and assassin, Asajj Ventress. The results of Kenobi's investigation spurred Chancellor Palpatine and the Senate to pass the Jedi Military Integration Act, formally establishing the Jedi as officers in the Republic Military.[24]

As a Jedi Master and member of the High Council,[4] Piell was given the rank of Jedi General[25] and command over a fleet group.[9] Among those serving under Piell was Captain Wilhuff Tarkin, a former member of the Republic Judicial Forces whose cruiser was assigned to the flotilla.[25] Though never introduced, Piell had heard of Tarkin[14] in 33 BBY[26] during the disastrous Eriadu Conference, when Tarkin had served as the Governor of Eriadu. Because of the Council's failures during the incident,[14] as well as his own conviction that the Jedi were unequipped for military leadership,[25] Tarkin did not think highly of the Order but respected and maintained a professional relationship with Piell,[14] under whom Tarkin served as Fleet Commander.[9] Always a reliable asset to the Jedi Order, Piell was tasked with carrying out many of the Clone Wars' most sensitive missions, and he and Tarkin were attributed with regularly protecting Republic territories and information.[6]

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Even Piell faces off against several super battle droids shortly before he is captured.

In 20 BBY,[3] one year and nine months into the war,[27] Piell and Tarkin were dispatched to investigate a rumored hyperspace route[25] that connected Republic territory in the Core Worlds, including Coruscant, to Separatist-held space in the Outer Rim. Believing that control over the Nexus Route, as it was known, could tip the scales in the stagnating Clone Wars, the Republic sought to discover its location before the Separatists, who could launch a devastating attack on Coruscant with access to the route.[23] Despite the peril their secret mission entailed, Piell and Tarkin successfully recovered the information. While on patrol[14] during the return voyage, Piell's Venator-class Star Destroyer was ambushed by a Confederate fleet consisting of two Munificent-class frigates and a Providence-class Dreadnought that aimed to capture the Jedi Master. Caught by surprise, Piell's flagship was trapped, and the Separatist fleet launched droid starfighters and fired relentlessly on the Venator.[23]

To safeguard the Nexus Route coordinates, Piell erased his ship's computers, but not before ensuring that he and Tarkin each memorized half of the intel; that way, if either he or Tarkin broke under interrogation or torture, the recovered information would be useless without the other half. As Piell and his crew watched the space assault from the bridge, the Separatist forces boarded the cruiser. Piell easily dispatched four B2 super battle droids, but the arrival of three droidekas forced him to surrender himself and his crew.[23] Though they initially assumed only Piell knew the coordinates,[14] the Separatists took Tarkin and at least four clone Naval officers captive as well. The prisoners were transported to the Confederate-controlled planet Lola Sayu, where they were imprisoned in the maximum-security Citadel complex, notorious for its reputation of impenetrability and history of holding rogue Jedi.[23]

Rescue and recapture[]

Kenobi: "Master Piell, are you all right?"
Piell: "Obi-Wan, what took you guys so long?"
Skywalker: "At least your sense of humor is still intact."
Piell: "It takes more than they got to break me, young Skywalker."
―Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker free Even Piell from his containment field[23]

In the Citadel, Piell, Tarkin, and the clone officers were imprisoned under the supervision of the sadistic prison warden, Osi Sobeck. Tasked by Count Dooku himself with obtaining the Nexus Route coordinates from Piell, Sobeck decided to hold Piell in a separate cell from the officers. On Sobeck's orders, Piell was suspended above the floor by a containment field.[23] Over the next several weeks,[25] Piell was tortured repeatedly by an EV-series medical droid and her four BX-series commando assistants. Piell refused to break despite the harsh conditions, including repeated electrocution with an electrostaff. In the meantime, the Republic learned of Piell's capture, and the Jedi quickly organized a rescue operation to extract Piell before the Separatists could learn the Nexus Route coordinates. Led by Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker, a team consisting of soldiers from the 212th Attack Battalion and the 501st Legion, as well as Skywalker's Padawan Ahsoka Tano, set out for Lola Sayu.[23]

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Master Piell is rescued from his cell by Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker.

Piell was being tortured in his cell when the rescue team arrived at Lola Sayu and infiltrated the Citadel, but they alerted Sobeck in the process. After several rounds of electrocution, the EV-series droid tried to proposition Piell, stating that the pain would stop once he gave up the information. Still reeking from the shock, Piell remained strong and replied that no droid could break him. Telling Piell to "say goodbye to [his] one good eye," the droid prepared to impale Piell's remaining eye with a needle when the rescue team reached the cell. After Captain Rex and ARC Troopers Echo and Fives destroyed the five droids in the room, Skywalker, Kenobi, and Tano entered while the rest of the team secured the hallway. Skywalker used his lightsaber to destroy the containment field generator, and Kenobi caught Piell before he could fall to the ground. Seeing his Jedi rescuers, Piell jokingly asked what had taken them so long, then proudly told Skywalker it would take more than the Citadel to break him.[23]

When Skywalker asked if Piell had the Nexus Route coordinates, Piell informed the team that he only had half the information and Captain Tarkin had the other half. Upon learning that Piell's officers were also being held prisoner, Kenobi and Skywalker revised their plan to incorporate their rescue. While the team made their way to the other cell blocks, Sobeck sent a squad of commando droids to intercept them. Given back his recovered lightsaber by Kenobi, Piell helped destroy the droids. Sobeck, watching the proceedings from his command center, activated the magnetized ceiling, sending the team's weapons and Skywalker, propelled by his mechanical arm, upwards. Another squad of commandos arrived shortly after, and Sobeck warned the group through the intercom that they would be his prisoners for a long time. With Kenobi and Tano, Piell pushed at the oncoming commando droids using the Force, only to find they were magnetized to the floor.[23]

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Piell and the rescue team defend themselves against Osi Sobeck's forces.

While the Jedi below continued pushing against the droids, Skywalker managed to reach his lightsaber and slice through the magnet components in the ceiling. Recovering their weapons, Piell and the rescue team made quick work of the droids. With Sobeck on their trail, the group rushed to the cellblock, where they freed Tarkin and the other officers. Seeing Piell, Tarkin remarked that he did not believe he would ever see him again, and Piell introduced the captain to Kenobi and Skywalker. Speaking to the two, Tarkin inquired what their escape plan was, pointing out that if Sobeck had locked down the facility, there would be at least ten squads on their way to stop them. Kenobi proposed splitting the team in half, with one group under his command and another under Skywalker's. Kenobi believed this plan would allow at least one group to find an escape route while keeping Piell and Tarkin separate so that if either group were captured, the Nexus Route intel would be incomplete.[23]

Though Tarkin protested Kenobi's plan, arguing that keeping the group whole would give them a better chance of safeguarding the information, Piell agreed with Obi-Wan. Piell told Tarkin to go with Skywalker while he would go with Kenobi, and the captain relented. While Skywalker's team left to escape the Citadel from its underground tunnels, Piell and Kenobi's team headed for the upper levels to create a distraction. As the group ran through the facility, the clones placed explosives along the hallways. After Kenobi detonated the bombs, rocking the entire Citadel tower,[23] he, Piell, and the clones hid in the ventilation shafts to avoid detection by Sobeck's droid forces. Coordinating an escape plan with R2-D2 and his squadron of reprogrammed battle droids, who were piloting the rescue team's shuttle, Kenobi led Piell and the others to a shaft that would bring them to the rear landing platform for pickup. If timed correctly, the shuttle would pick up Skywalker's group from a nearby pipeline exit.[28]

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Osi Sobeck threatens to execute the clone soldiers if Piell refuses to give up his half of the Nexus Route coordinates.

While the group climbed up the ventilation shaft, Commander Cody ran into a Separatist probe droid, which attempted to flee. Handily leaping from level to level, Piell caught up with the droid and sliced it in half with his lightsaber before falling back down to the team below. Kenobi yelled to Piell to ask if he had taken out the droid, but Piell looked upward, noticing the security doors beginning to close on each level. Kenobi warned the team to move out of the way, and he was cut off from the rest of the group when the door closed underneath him. Piell was also isolated by the closing doors but cut through to the others with his lightsaber, notifying Kenobi that one of his soldiers had been crushed. Re-igniting his lightsaber, Piell told Obi-Wan that they had some cutting to do. Piell and Kenobi cut their way through the remainder of the ventilation shaft, then led the clones down another series of paths to the landing pad, where they saw the Republic's stolen shuttle but no sign of R2.[28]

Believing they could be walking into a trap, Piell, Kenobi, and the clones used ascension cables to reach a platform below the landing pad. When Kenobi attempted to contact Skywalker, he instead heard Sobeck, who revealed that he had predicted the team's movements. Suddenly, several turrets came online and aimed at Piell and the others, and a squad of commando droids, droidekas, and an LM-432 crab droid surrounded them. The group was brought to the command center at the peak of the Citadel, where Sobeck ordered Piell to give him his half of the information, or else he would start executing the clones. Piell refused, telling Sobeck that he and all his men would die to protect the intel. Sobeck laughed at Piell and then shot one of Kenobi's soldiers point-blank, killing him. Before Sobeck could execute another clone, the tactical droid K2-B4 informed him that Skywalker's team had been located. Sobeck ordered his droids to take Piell, Kenobi, and the surviving clones to interrogation to be tortured.[28]

Flight from the Citadel[]

"We'll need to hold out until the Council sends a ship."
"Not a problem. We've beat them once, we'll beat them again."
―Captain Rex and Even Piell[28]
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Intercepted by R2-D2's droid squadron, Piell and the other prisoners escape custody and head to the landing platform.

While Piell and Kenobi's group was being escorted to the prison block, they were intercepted by R2-D2 and his droid squad, who had learned of their capture from a computer terminal in the facility. R2-D2's second-in-command, OOM-10, convinced the droid escort to transfer the prisoners to the squad. Freed from their binders, the group returned to the rear landing pad, where they found a detachment of battle droids guarding the shuttle. OOM-10 attempted to cover the escape by claiming the prisoners were being transported to an outpost at Point Tarron, but the ruse did not fool the guards, who replied that there was no outpost there. Piell shared a look of concern with Kenobi, but R2 and OOM-10 insisted that they had orders to board the shuttle. The droid guards briefly relented but, while letting the group pass, were notified by K2-B4 that the prisoners were escaping with the aid of reprogrammed battle droids. Kenobi activated his lightsaber and cut one of the droids down, and OOM-10 shot the other.[28]

Their escape compromised, the group ran for cover as four manned turrets surrounding the landing pad began firing at them. Piell, Kenobi, and two of Piell's clone officers hid behind one stack of shipping crates while the rest of the team split behind two others. One of R2-D2's droids was downed in the chaos, and a unit of Separatist battle droids, including two crab droids, entered the landing zone. While Piell and Kenobi's group was taking cover, Skywalker and his team arrived from the rear of the landing pad, having carried out Plan B after the shuttle failed to arrive at their pickup. With no foreseeable solution to the problem, Tarkin suggested the group launch a frontal assault against the oncoming droids and retake the shuttle. Kenobi reminded him of the turrets, which would destroy the ship. Before they reached a decision, Skywalker pointed out an incoming trio of STAP vehicles, which opened fire on Piell and the rest. After evading the blasterfire, the four Jedi ignited their lightsabers and prepared to deflect the second volley.[28]

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Piell, hanging onto Skywalker's back, defends him from a droid-piloted STAP following them.

When the STAPs closed in during their second run, Piell jumped onto Skywalker's shoulders before using him to launch himself higher above the ground, where he sliced through one of the STAPs and their droid pilot. Taking a cue from Piell, Skywalker jumped into the air and took control of another STAP. When the third STAP tried shooting Skywalker down, Anakin flew close to the ground, allowing Piell to leap into the air and catch onto him. Hanging off Skywalker's back, Piell used his lightsaber to deflect the blasterfire back to the STAP, which exploded. Meanwhile, a squadron of commando droids entered the landing pad, one of which the droids went to control one of the turrets. ARC Trooper Echo notified Skywalker of this, and Skywalker piloted the STAP towards the turret. Both opened fire, but the commando droid was able to hit the STAP first, sending Piell and Skywalker hurtling toward the ground. Echo tried to board the shuttle, but the commando droid fired at the ship, destroying it.[28]

With the explosion of their craft and Echo's apparent death, Piell and the strike team were forced to escape into the cave system underneath the Citadel. Resorting to a final contingency plan, Kenobi and Skywalker contacted the Jedi Temple on Coruscant. Upon hearing of the shuttle's destruction, Masters Koon and Tiin immediately prepared to muster a much larger rescue operation and transmitted a rendezvous point to the group. In the caves, Captain Rex told the group that they would have to hold out until the Republic ship arrived. Piell responded with resolve, stating it would not be a problem for them. Fives replied that the Lola Sayu landscape would be difficult to cross, but the group remained committed and began the trek to the rendezvous point.[28] During the hike, their route was compromised by Sobeck's droid forces, who were on patrol of the region. After evading notice and finding a clear spot, Tano asked what the team's next move would be.[29]

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After evading Sobeck's droid patrols, Piell and his fellow Jedi discuss their next move.

Kenobi stated they had to contact the Council to see when the rescue would take place. Piell insisted on handling it himself, and R2-D2 established contact with Masters Windu and Yoda. Windu commented that it was good to see Piell alive, and Piell informed his old friend that their route had been compromised and Sobeck's droids were closing in. Windu replied that Koon's fleet was already en route. Yoda added that LAAT gunships would head to the surface to evacuate the group, but the rescue had a limited window of opportunity. After the briefing ended, a trio of commando droids arrived and opened fire. Rex and Fives were able to take the droids out, and the group continued on their journey. After leaving the caves, the group ended up on the edge of a cliff face, where Sobeck's droids began boxing them in. While R2 and his squad held off the oncoming droids, Piell and the others used ascension cables to descend the cliffs to the lava riverbank below.[29]

Despite their effort, the Separatist droids decimated R2's squad. One droid fired at the cables, snapping one and sending two clones, including one of Piell's officers, to their deaths. The surviving group escaped into another cave opening, which led further down the river. After ensuring they were clear, Kenobi and Piell led the group out of the caves and back into the open.[29] Emboldened in his belief that the Jedi could not handle military strategy,[25] Tarkin asked what the strike team would do if Koon's gunships did not arrive. Annoyed by Tarkin's demeanor, Piell responded that Tarkin would not have to worry about that as long as he kept moving. Shortly after, Piell heard the howls of a pack of anooba hounds that Sobeck had unleashed and remarked that they were going to have company. As they continued walking, Skywalker told Tarkin that it was a poor career choice to argue with Piell, but Tarkin dismissed his concern by stating that he could stand by his principles since he was in Chancellor Palpatine's favor.[29]

Death[]

"Listen to me carefully, child. The information, I need you to deliver it back to the Jedi Council."
"I should find Anakin or Obi-Wan. They need to hear this."
"No. You must listen."
"But I wasn't assigned to the team. I lied just so I could be a part of the mission."
"Whether you were meant to be on this mission or not, you are now the most important part of it. Remember this...and see to it that the information I'm about to give you is revealed to no one but the Jedi Council."
―Even Piell and Ahsoka Tano, as the former dies[29]
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Piell gives Ahsoka the information, shortly before his death.

As the group continued their trek, the howls were becoming louder, and Piell realized that if the creatures had caught their scent, they would lead the droids right to the fugitives. He suggested that if they got Sobeck's forces to pass them by, they could surprise attack them from behind. Skywalker, Kenobi, and R2 volunteered to continue forward to distract the hounds and the droids, and Piell directed the rest of the survivors to follow him into the caves. Piell's plan worked, and the anoobas followed Skywalker and Kenobi's scent right past the rest of the group. While following the anooba hounds, however, they were ambushed by two crab droids, which killed one of Piell's two remaining clone officers. After using his lightsaber to destroy one of the droids, Piell ordered the rest of the strike team to continue moving while he and Tano took care of the droids. As Tarkin and the clones fled to Kenobi and Skywalker's position, Piell and Tano engaged the crab droids. Using his leaping abilities and stature to evade blasterfire, Piell was able to slice straight through one of the droids.[29]

Soon, Piell and Tano had destroyed the remaining two. While plunging his lightsaber into one, however, Piell failed to notice an anooba stalking the cliff above. The hound pounced and attacked him. Grabbing hold of Piell's neck with his teeth, the anooba lifted him and slammed him back onto the ground before Tano intervened. Standing between the Piell and the anooba, Tano used the Force to launch the hound over the cliff. Distraught by Piell's condition, Tano went to get help, but Piell ordered her to stay and told her he would give her his information about the Nexus Route and that she had to deliver it directly to the Jedi Council. Despite his pleas, Tano suggested finding Kenobi or Skywalker before revealing that she had lied to be a part of the mission. The dying Piell dismissed her worries, telling her she was now the most important part of the mission. In his final moments, Piell gave Ahsoka his half of the intel before dying from his injuries.[29]

Legacy[]

After his death, Tano brought his body to the rest of the group, saying he died honorably. Skywalker asked about the information and Tano said she had it and that he told her before he died.[29]

Later, his body was wrapped up and Kenobi told everyone to take a moment to honor him and told them that they had to move on afterwards because he would've wanted them to complete the mission. Kenobi and Skywalker used the Force to put Piell's body into the lava. It fell down a lava-fall and it burned shortly thereafter.[29]

Personality and traits[]

Even Piell had a distinguishing scar on his face, which rendered his left eye useless. He was known too for being "brusque and bellicose."[25][1]

Piell was intelligent as he cleverly committed half of the information on the Nexus Route to memory while having his Captain, Wilhuff Tarkin, memorize the other half. Piell sometimes disagreed with Tarkin,[23] who harbored certain doubts about the Jedi and their abilities,[28] and their relationship was slightly tense at times.[29][23] When Tarkin inquired as to what they would do if they did not find the Republic forces at the rendezvous point, Piell brusquely told him to just keep moving, leading Skywalker to advise Tarkin not to try to argue with the diminutive Jedi Master.[29] Unlike Tarkin, who meant for his half of the information to reach Supreme Chancellor Palpatine, Piell intended for his part of the intelligence to be disclosed only to the Jedi High Council.[29] While being interrogated in the Citadel, Piell refused to surrender his information on the Nexus Route to a mere interrogator droid.[23] When faced with Osi Sobeck himself, who threatened to start killing his men if he refused to divulge the information, Piell believed that all of them, including the threatened clones, were prepared to die to protect the information for the Republic.[28]

On the brink of death, Piell willingly gave up his information on the Nexus Route to Ahsoka Tano so it would reach the Jedi. Even after hearing Tano admit her lie on being part of his rescue mission, Piell believed even if she was assigned to rescue him, the Padawan now had to become vital in delivering the Nexus Route coordinates to the Republic.[29]

Powers and abilities[]

Piell was a battle-hardened Jedi and a great warrior, always willing to charge into battle and highly skilled with a lightsaber.[8] According to Wilhuff Tarkin, who had served under Piell's command during the Clone Wars, the Lannik excelled in lightsaber combat. However, according also to Tarkin, a renowned military strategist, Piell's tactical skills were somewhat subpar.[25]

Piell benefitted from enhanced hearing due to his species' large ears. He was also revered for his courage and telekinetic powers.[1]

Equipment[]

As a member of the Jedi Order, Piell wielded a lightsaber, but due to his diminutive stature, he required a shoto lightsaber. Like Master Yoda, Piell utilized a half-sized shoto considerably shorter than the standard lightsaber length, a practical acknowledgment of the different combat styles needed to accommodate his height. The hilt of Piell's lightsaber gleamed with a chrome-like sheen, and the plasma energy blade emitted burned green.[30] Where some Jedi wore distinctive cultural attire,[15] Piell wore standard Jedi robes[11] and was also the owner of a medical droid he kept stationed on Coruscant.[2]

Behind the scenes[]

NotEvenPiell

Human Jedi in Even Piell's place

In the 2015 reference book Ultimate Star Wars, Even Piell's species was mistakenly identified as Zabrak.[8] Piell was portrayed by Michaela Cottrell in Star Wars Episode I The Phantom Menace and Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones and was voiced by Blair Bess in Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series.

"A Jedi Tale," a 2021 short story published in Star Wars Galactic Storybook, depicts the Jedi High Council as it appears in Star Wars Episode I The Phantom Menace. However, in the adaptation Even Piell was replaced by a human Jedi.[31]

Appearances[]

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Notes and references[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 2.16 2.17 2.18 2.19 2.20 2.21 2.22 2.23 2.24 2.25 2.26 2.27 2.28 2.29 2.30 2.31 2.32 2.33 2.34 2.35 2.36 2.37 2.38 2.39 2.40 2.41 2.42 2.43 2.44 2.45 2.46 The Living Force
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Star Wars: Timelines
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 StarWars-DatabankII Even Piell in the Databank (backup link)
  5. Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Character Encyclopedia - Join the Battle!
  6. 6.0 6.1 Topps logo 2015 Topps Star Wars Chrome Perspectives: Jedi vs. Sith – Jedi Temple Archives (Card: Even Piell) (backup link)
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 7.7 7.8 7.9 Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Ultimate Star Wars
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Helmet Collection logo small Star Wars Helmet Collection 45 (Databank A-Z: Aliens)
  10. Star Wars: The Force Awakens Beginner Game
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Star Wars Character Encyclopedia: Updated and Expanded
  12. Topps logo 2015 Topps Star Wars Chrome Perspectives: Jedi vs. Sith – Sith Information Guide (Card: Even Piell) (backup link)
  13. Build the Millennium Falcon Star Wars: Build the Millennium Falcon 75 (Guide to the Galaxy: Lola Sayu and the Citadel)
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 14.4 14.5 14.6 AltayaCite "Ezra Bridger and Other Users of the Force" — Star Wars Encyclopedia
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 Star Wars Jedi Pocket Expert
  16. 16.0 16.1 SWInsider "Launchpad" — Star Wars Insider 224 dates the events of The Living Force to a year prior to Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace, which equates to 33 BBY per Star Wars: Timelines.
  17. SWInsider "A Certain Point of View" — Star Wars Insider 200
  18. AltayaCite "Ahsoka Tano and Other Users of the Force" — Star Wars Encyclopedia
  19. Topps logo 2017 Topps Star Wars Galactic Files Reborn (Card: TPM-22 - Even Piell) (backup link)
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 20.3 20.4 Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones
  21. Star Wars: The Complete Visual Dictionary, New Edition
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 22.3 Star Wars: Battles that Changed the Galaxy
  23. 23.00 23.01 23.02 23.03 23.04 23.05 23.06 23.07 23.08 23.09 23.10 23.11 23.12 23.13 23.14 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars — "The Citadel"
  24. Brotherhood
  25. 25.0 25.1 25.2 25.3 25.4 25.5 25.6 25.7 Tarkin
  26. SWInsider "A Certain Point of View" — Star Wars Insider 200 states that the Eriadu trade summit took place 33 years prior to the events of Star Wars Episode IV A New Hope, which corresponds to 33 BBY according to Star Wars: Timelines.
  27. Tarkin establishes that the Battle of Lola Sayu takes place a year after the Battle of Murkhana, which in turn happens nine months after the First Battle of Geonosis, meaning the Battle of Lola Sayu takes place a year and nine months into the Clone Wars.
  28. 28.0 28.1 28.2 28.3 28.4 28.5 28.6 28.7 28.8 28.9 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars — "Counterattack"
  29. 29.00 29.01 29.02 29.03 29.04 29.05 29.06 29.07 29.08 29.09 29.10 29.11 29.12 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars — "Citadel Rescue"
  30. Star Wars: The Lightsaber Collection
  31. "A Jedi Tale" — Star Wars Galactic Storybook


The Jedi High Council (32 BBY)
Yoda Mace Windu Ki-Adi-Mundi
Plo Koon Saesee Tiin Even Piell
Yarael Poof Oppo Rancisis Yaddle
Eeth Koth Adi Gallia Depa Billaba
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The Jedi High Council (22 BBY)
Yoda Mace Windu Ki-Adi-Mundi
Plo Koon Saesee Tiin Even Piell
Coleman Trebor
Obi-Wan Kenobi
Oppo Rancisis Shaak Ti
Eeth Koth Adi Gallia Depa Billaba and Kit Fisto
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The Jedi High Council (20 BBY)
Yoda Mace Windu Ki-Adi-Mundi
Plo Koon Saesee Tiin Even Piell
Kit Fisto Oppo Rancisis Shaak Ti
Eeth Koth Adi Gallia Obi-Wan Kenobi
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