"Jang lived in service, however misguided, and acted by the star of her principles, however incomplete. By that judging, how many lives are better?"
―Count Dooku[src]

Jang Li-Li was a female Human Jedi Knight who served as a Jedi General during the Clone Wars. In her youth, she was trained by many Masters at the Jedi Temple, Dooku being one of them. Li-Li died when her ship was destroyed by the Confederate-allied Dark Jedi Asajj Ventress, who later scoured the debris and found Li-Li's severed hand still clutching her lightsaber's charred handle. Ventress took Li-Li's remains and lightsaber to Count Dooku, now the Head of State of the Confederacy. Dooku mourned her passing and sent Li-Li's lightsaber to Jedi Grand Master Yoda with a concealed holorecorder. In the holographic message, Dooku asked to meet with Yoda on the planet Vjun to discuss a ceasefire to the war.

Biography[edit | edit source]

"There wasn't much left of the ship, Master. The Force was strong, and I hit the reactor chamber with my first shot."
―Asajj Ventress, on Li-Li's ship[src]

The female Human Jang Li-Li was a Jedi Knight who lived during the waning years of the Galactic Republic. She underwent training in the Jedi Temple on the planet Coruscant during her youth. Her first assigned responsibility as a Jedi was a diplomatic mission to Sevarcos, for which she first sought advice from her mentor, Jedi Master Dooku—considered to be one of the strongest and wisest Jedi of the Order—before going.[1]

During the Clone Wars, the Jedi were tasked with leading the clone troopers of the Grand Army of the Republic, and Li-Li served as a Jedi General. Shortly before leaving the Temple on a mission, Li-Li shared kitchen duties with her colleague, Maks Leem. It was the last time Li-Li would ever spend inside the Temple, as she was soon killed by the Confederate-allied Dark Jedi Asajj Ventress. While Li-Li was flying her ship deep in space, her ship's reactor chamber was shot by Ventress, causing it to explode. Seeking to collect a trophy from what would be the sixteenth Jedi she had killed, Ventress spent hours searching the debris field and was able to find Li-Li's severed hand clutching her partially destroyed lightsaber handle. Ventress took the hand and lightsaber to Count Dooku, who was now the leader of the Confederacy. Dooku himself was sad when he learned of Li-Li's passing, recollecting her image as a striking woman with a lot of potential,[1] as well as one of the many students he helped train during his time in the Jedi Order.[2] He sent the remains of Li-Li's lightsaber to the Jedi Order's Grand Master, Yoda, along with a hidden holorecording asking his former Master to meet with him on the planet Vjun to discuss a ceasefire to the war.[1]

Personality and traits[edit | edit source]

"The Council was sending her on her first diplomatic mission…to Sevarcos, I think it was. She came to ask my advice. She had striking eyes, very gray and steady."
―Count Dooku[src]

Dooku remembered Jang Li-Li as an attractive young woman, with striking and steady gray eyes. When she was young, Li-Li had a carefree attitude, and was excited and happy at the thought of being able to create rainbows using a plant mister. After becoming a Jedi Knight, Li-Li crafted a lightsaber containing a blue crystal. Moments before her death, Li-Li's first reaction was to grab her lightsaber. Ventress later commented on how unusual this was and attributed it to the Jedi's instinctive habit.[1]

Jang Li-Li also had a sense of humor. On her last stay at the Temple, she was assigned to kitchen duty with Jedi Maks Leem. While picking vegetables for the evening dinner, Li-Li made light of their duty by jokingly asking Leem whether shelling Antarian peas using the Force would be considered an abuse of power.[1]

Powers and abilities[edit | edit source]

"I remember thinking she would do well."
―Count Dooku, on Jang Li-Li's first mission on her own[src]

Trained as a Jedi since her youth at the Jedi Temple on Coruscant, Jang Li-Li was fully capable of utilizing the Force. Even on her first diplomatic mission, she managed to make an impression on Dooku, who at the time was considered to be one of the most exceptional Jedi in existence. He believed that Li-Li had great potential and would do well as a Jedi. Amongst other things, Li-Li was also an accomplished pilot.[1]

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

Jang Li-Li was a character created by author Sean Stewart for the 2004 novel Yoda: Dark Rendezvous. To date, Yoda: Dark Rendezvous is the only Star Wars novel in which Li-Li has been mentioned.

According to Li-Li's entry in The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, published in 2008, she accompanied Jedi Master Jai Maruk on a mission to Vjun to investigate the buildup of Separatist forces in the sector. In the novel, however, Maruk's debriefing report to the Jedi High Council stated that he was alone in his mission. This article assumes that the novel version is correct, since Li-Li's encyclopedia entry also stated that she was captured by Asajj Ventress and later engaged the Dark Jedi in single combat, whereas in the novel, only Maruk fought and was later captured by Ventress, and Li-Li was killed when Ventress vaporized her ship.

In Yoda: Dark Rendezvous, Dooku remembered Li-Li as having gray eyes, while Maks Leem recalled that she had almond-colored eyes.

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