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The Nightsister lair, also known as the Nightsister fortress, was a stone fortress located on the planet Dathomir which served as the lair for the Force-sensitive Nightsisters. After the massacre of the Nightsisters at the Battle of Dathomir, the fortress was left unattended until it was taken up as a base by Maul during the Imperial Era.


The lair was a stone building built into the side of a mountain.[2] The village inside was a group of scattered stone structures. Pools inside were filled with water vital to Nightsister rituals.[3]


Clone Wars[]

After Asajj Ventress survived Dooku's assassination attempt on her at Sullust, she returned to Dathomir and landed outside of the fortress. She was then taken to the village and received treatment from Mother Talzin and her Nightsisters and launched an assassination attempt against the Count.[1]

Shortly after this, Dooku arrived at the village to accept Talzin's offer of a new assassin/apprentice. However, Talzin used the offer to actually plan to kill Dooku. Ventress then left to find a worthy Nightbrother to be her tool. Ventress then returned with Savage Opress, who was transformed into a monstrous warrior. The other Nightsisters then brought in his brother, Feral, and ordered Savage to kill him. Following his actions, Savage was then taken to Dooku.[6]

Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi and Knight Anakin Skywalker then came to the fortress, where Talzin revealed the name and the location of the Nightbrother they sought. Following the Jedi's meeting, Savage returned to the village, where Talzin healed him and sent him on a quest to find his brother Maul.[7]

Ventress then returned and was baptized and inducted into the Nightsisters. However, Dooku and Sidious then sent General Grievous to wipe out the Nightsisters. At first, Ventress, the Nightsisters, and Old Daka's Army of the Dead, were able to hold out against Grievous's horde. Talzin, in a Hidden Cave, then used her magick to torture Dooku, threatening to kill him if he did not stop the attack. Grievous, following the green mist, then stopped Daka's and Talzin's magic. Though the Nightsisters were destroyed and their fortress was in ruins, Talzin and Ventress survived.[4]

Talzin remained in the ruined village and monitored Savage Opress's progress in his quest using her magicks.[8] He returned with Maul not long after and Talzin led the two brothers to the altar, where she used her magick and parts of Super Battle Droids to repair Maul's broken mind and body. Talzin vanished afterward[9]

A few months before the end of the war Asajj Ventress brought Quinlan Vos to Dathomir to teach him the ways of the dark side, believing it would help him in their mission to assassinate Dooku. She led the Jedi Master into the decrepit village during a training duel, then tasked him with killing the Sleeper creature that resided in the waters of the village. Vos was able to do so with some difficulty. Their mission failed, and Ventress ultimately sacrificed herself to save Vos. Her body was returned to the waters of the village where she was baptized and was greeted by the voices of her dead sisters.[2]

Age of the Empire[]

Maul and Ezra in the Nightsister lair

Following the establishment of the Galactic Empire, Maul had taken residence in the Nightsisters' former lair, where he amassed an entire collection of memorabilia from his time during the Clone Wars including the Darksaber and a portrait of the Duchess Satine Kryze. Maul ultimately sought to discover the location of his old nemesis Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi by recovering the last fragments of the holocron's visions from Ezra's mind. Maul brought Ezra into his lair after the latter agreed to travel with him to Dathomir to protect the location of Chopper Base.[5]

When Ezra noticed the Darksaber, Maul reprimanded him for touching it and told him that his Mandalorian friend Sabine Wren could better explain the artifact's history. In a ritual to complete their shared vision, Maul and Ezra drank a magick potion that caused their eyes to turn bright green and shoot beams of light into a cloud. As a result, Maul learned that Kenobi was hiding on a planet with twin suns. Ezra learned that Kenobi held the key to destroying the Sith. Following the ritual, the spirits of fallen Nightsisters emerged to demand that the two pay the price of flesh and blood.[5]

Maul and Ezra to to fend of Sabine and Kanan

Maul and Ezra attempted to flee but Kanan Jarrus and Sabine then entered the cave, having tracked Ezra's wrist comm. Following a gunfight, the spirits possessed Kanan and Sabine's bodies. The possessed Kanan and Sabine then proceeded to attacked Maul and Ezra. However, they managed to reach the cave's entrance. Since the altar was the source of their power, the spirits were unable to leave the cave. Having accomplished his objective, Maul then made preparations to leave on his ship Nightbrother and offered to take Ezra as his Sith apprentice. However, Ezra refused to abandon his friends and the two parted company.[5]

Ezra returned to the cave to exorcise his friends. He encountered Sabine and managed to exorcise her by pushing her outside, causing the spirit to leave her. Ezra then found Kanan sitting on top of the altar. He then offered to trade his body in return for the Nightsister spirits releasing Kanan's body. The spirits agreed on the condition that Ezra best Kanan in combat. After defeating Kanan, the spirits released him. Ezra then used the Darksaber and his green lightsaber to destroy the altar; vanishing the spirits. Later, Ezra told Kanan and Sabine that Kenobi held the key to destroying the Sith. After resolving to stop Maul from killing Kenobi, Sabine took the Darksaber, an ancient Mandalorian weapon.[5]


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