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"To cheat death is a power only one has achieved, but, if we work together, I know we can discover the secret."
―Darth Sidious, to Anakin Skywalker[src]

Upon his death, Darth Sidious' spirit persisted in a clone body.

Immortality was a state in which a living being could live without ever dying. Darth Plagueis, a Sith Lord in the years prior to the Clone Wars, lusted for immortality. According to his apprentice, Darth Sidious, Plagueis manipulated the midi-chlorians to both create life and seek immortality. Those who followed the light side of the Force and had the appropriate training could achieve a form of immortality by retaining their consciousness after their physical deaths. Qui-Gon Jinn rediscovered this ability and, in turn, taught Yoda and his apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi how to attain it. The redeemed Anakin Skywalker accomplished the state of immortality, as well, likewise his children, Luke Skywalker and Leia Skywalker Organa Solo, years later.

Darth Sidious was able to cheat his upcoming death by transferring his spirit into a clone body while falling into the reactor core of the second Death Star. He later sought to prolong his existence by futilely manipulating his grandchild Rey into killing him so he could live further by possessing her body.

Techniques[edit | edit source]

Cheating death[edit | edit source]

"The dark side of the Force is a pathway to many abilities some consider to be unnatural."
―Darth Sidious, to Kylo Ren[src]

In 19 BBY, having completed his plan to turn Anakin Skywalker to the dark side of the Force, Darth Sidious claimed his late master Darth Plagueis to have gained the ability to cheat death and to preserve the lives of the ones he loved by influencing midi-chlorians. Regardless, Sidious stated that his master was slain in his sleep after the knowledge was passed on to his apprentice. Finally, however, he retracted that statement and admitted he had attained the deceased Plagueis' knowledge, insisting that it could be discovered if Skywalker and he work together.[1]

While Sidious shared the Tragedy of Darth Plagueis with Skywalker, he asserted that the dark side of the Force could provide one with abilities deemed by some as contrary with nature.[1] He maintained that stance in 35 ABY shortly after the broadcast revealing his forthcoming revenge to the galaxy.[2]

In addition to Plagueis' skills, allegedly enabling him to save people from death, a method existed via which a given Force-sensitive was able to resuscitate another. The individuals wielding that skill included the Father—who resurrected Ahsoka Tano by extracting his daughter's living energy[3]—and Ben Solo, who resurrected Rey, his co-participant in the dyad of the Force, at the cost of his own life.[2]

Force spirits[edit | edit source]

"You can't win, Darth. If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine."
―Obi-Wan Kenobi to Darth Vader, shortly prior to his transformation into a spirit[src]

Force spirits of Jedi took a bluish glow.

Every living being became one with the Force during the process of dying.[1] Once transformed from the living into the cosmic Force, the majority of them lost their consciousnesses and sentience, with only a handful gaining the ability to preserve both their self-awareness and physical appearance, occasionally manifested in the form of bluish Force spirits. The Jedi did not consider it as possible to the final days of the Republic.[4]

The first Jedi known to gain immortality was Qui-Gon Jinn, to whom the knowledge upon the technique was relayed by an individual referred to as the Shaman of the Whills.[5] However, due to his training remaining incomplete when the Jedi master was killed, his body did not vanish as did those of his followers,[6] and Jinn himself was not capable of manifesting a spirit body, in spite of a few visions[5] experienced in the Clone Wars, which some believed to be his post-mortem manifestation in fact.[7]

Foreseeing Yoda's relevant role in training the one who would preserve the balance of the Force, Jinn communicated with the Jedi Master during the final days of the Clone Wars and instructed him on his way to the Force planet, where he was supposed to undergo the preliminary training, supervised by the Force Priestesses, five entities who had accomplished immortality beforehand.[8] With Yoda's suitability proven, Jinn promised to conduct the training onward.[4] Yoda himself passed on the knowledge to Obi-Wan Kenobi and taught him to communicate with Jinn.[1] Both Yoda and Kenobi were soon among a handful of survivors after the Jedi Order was destroyed and both preserved their consciousness in 0 ABY and 4 ABY, respectively, dying after the supervision of Luke Skywalker's training.[9][10] In 4 ABY, Anakin Skywalker, the Chosen One, who had once fallen to the dark side and declared himself as Darth Vader, was redeemed and his spirit soon joined those of Yoda and Kenobi, appeared to Luke on Endor.[10]

Luke Skywalker was another Jedi who gained immortality, and his body disappeared in 34 ABY once he pledged himself to the Force after relinquishing his connection to it before,[11] so that he was able to manifest his spirit in front of Rey the following year. That manifestation coincided with Leia Skywalker Organa Solo's death, whose body retained its physical form during her actual death and did not disappear until her son's corpse did.[2]

The cases of individuals whose bodies vanished also included the Father (Mortis)[7] and Ben Solo. The latter could communicate with living beings, and his co-participant in the dyad of the Force, Rey, could hear his voice while observing his perishing.[12]

Nightsisters' magic[edit | edit source]

A Nightsister Zombie

Via certain aspects of the dark side combined with their mystical magic, the Nightsisters were known to manifest as greenish phantoms in their post-mortem existence. In 19 BBY, while Asajj Ventress' body was being buried on Dathomir, they could be heard whispering and murmuring something to one another.[13] During the Imperial Era, Maul allied with their spirits via his promise to provide them with physical bodies to serve as new vessels. In return, they consented to merge his mind with that of Ezra Bridger, and when the ritual was complete, the ghosts possessed Kanan Jarrus and Sabine Wren, even though Ezra Bridger eventually liberated them by fracturing the altar, as they could only appear within a short distance from it.[14]

In addition, the Nightsisters could arrange a special ritual to resuscitate the dead in the form of zombies.[15]

Existence in artifacts[edit | edit source]

Presence was a Sith known to retain a facet of her presence in the holocron once belonging to her. In the Imperial Era, she spoke to Ezra Bridger that way for a couple of times.[16][17]

Passing of will[edit | edit source]

After Kanan Jarrus died, his will was onward conveyed by a Loth-wolf identifying with the name Dume.[18] Inside the World Between Worlds, Ahsoka Tano soon stated that contacting living beings through animals was not impossible.[19]

Clone body[edit | edit source]

"And now the power of two restores the one true Emperor."
―Sidious, before absorbing the Force-dyad energy shared by Rey and Ben Solo[src]

In the fear of his incoming death, Darth Sidious ordered that an exact clone of his body be engineered as a new vessel for his spirit. Thus, once thrown down a shaft onboard of the Death Star II, he transmitted his awareness to the clone, leaving the original body falling down for a certain destruction.[12]

Aware of the new body's imperfection, Sidious sought another vessel to host his spirit. When a clone of him parented a child, he enjoined that the girl be brought to him so he could pass on to her body. However, the hunter Ochi, tasked with that mission, failed to localize her and died without attaining he place. Sidious renewed his plan in 35 ABY, though, futilely encouraging Rey to kill him for all the Sith living in him to pass on to her. Regardless, the clone body was ultimately restored to a powerful version through the extracting of the power shared Rey and Ben Solo as a dyad in the Force.[2]

Embodiment of past individuals[edit | edit source]

"Every Jedi who ever lived lives in you."
―Qui-Gon Jinn's voices, to Rey[src]

Rey clashed the Emperor believing that every Jedi of the past existed in her.

Between the years 34 and 35 ABY, Rey underwent training by Leia Organa, which provided her with a method to muster the past Jedi's spirits to assist her in bringing an end to the First Order. Shortly before the eventual clash between her and her grandfather, she invoked those spirits to succor her in exploiting her inner power to overcome the clone. Shortly before his death, Palpatine claimed to be all the Sith.[2]

Others[edit | edit source]

The starbird of legend was said to be immortal, able to renew itself in the heart of a nova when it was believed to be dead.[20]

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