"Polvin wasn't impervious to the dark side."
―Even Piell[src]

Polvin Kut was a Jedi Master who lived nearly two centuries before the onset of the Clone Wars. Along with his Padawan, Yaddle, Kut was called upon to deliver the colonies of the planet Koba from the clutches of an Advozse warmonger named Tulak. Kut's mission was betrayed by spies prior to his arrival, and he fell victim to ambush as soon as he and Yaddle made it to Koba. In the midst of the battle, Kut gave in to his hatred for Tulak—the man who had murdered his family decades earlier—and surrendered himself to the dark side of the Force. His judgment impaired, Kut was swiftly overwhelmed by the warlord's forces and killed.


Mission to KobaEdit

"Over two hundred years ago, the Jedi Knight, Polvin Kut was summoned to liberate the colonies from the Advozse warlock, Tulak."
―Even Piell[src]

Polvin Kut was a Human male Master of the Jedi Order who lived more than 200 years before the onset of the Clone Wars.[1] Kut was the Master of Yaddle, a female member of a rare and long-lived species.[2] Kut instilled in his Padawan lessons that would stick with her for many years.[1]


Polvin Kut is killed by Advozsese warriors.

Polvin Kut's family was murdered by an Advozse warlord named Tulak. The Jedi spent decades chasing him, allowing the dark side of the Force to slowly fuel his desire for revenge. Kut eventually tracked Tulak to the planet Koba, where the warlord had enslaved the native people. Tulak's oppression forced the dissident colonists to send a request to Kut for assistance. However, several of the Jedi's contacts were actually spies for Tulak, and they passed knowledge of Kut's proposed intervention to their leader, who planned to lure Kut into a trap.[1]

Kut brought Yaddle with him to Koba, where, upon their arrival, they were ambushed by Advozsec forces led by Tulak himself. Sight of the warlord immediately stimulated Kut's hatred for his family's killer, and the Jedi Master embraced the dark side, which in turn corrupted his judgment with a desperate need for vengeance. Though he and Yaddle fought against insurmountable odds, Polvin Kut was swiftly cut down on a bridge over the Koban Gorge by Tulak's warriors. Yaddle was immediately taken into custody by Tulak, who imprisoned her in a pit after intense torture and interrogation.[1]


"Even the monument bridge where Polvin Kut lost his life was reconstructed and named for Yaddle's Jedi Master."
―Even Piell[src]

Polvin Kut's memorial bridge

Polvin Kut's death left Yaddle without a Master, and her Jedi training thus incomplete. In her years of solitude as Tulak's captive, she relived the teachings of her late Master, through which she manage to train herself into Knighthood. Tulak eventually abandoned Koba and, after more than a century of incarceration, Yaddle was freed. She stayed on Koba to help the natives rebuild the planet that Kut had originally come to save. With Yaddle's help, Koban society was nursed back into prosperity. The Kobans also restored the bridge where Kut had fallen and christened it a monument in his honor, one complete with support columns fashioned in the Jedi Master's likeness. However, it was destroyed yet again when Kalut, the son of Polvin's nemesis, arrived to terrorize the Koba natives in his father's name. Yaddle subsequently defeated Kalut in combat, and his death effectively eliminated generations of Advozse-imposed tyranny, thus completing her Master's work.[1]

Personality and traitsEdit

"Revenge clouded his judgment—his reactions—and he paid the price that day in the Koban Gorge."
―Even Piell[src]

Polvin and Yaddle in battle on Koba

Polvin Kut was a fair-skinned man with brown eyes and brown hair that he wore braided and bound in a topknot with the braids hanging past his shoulders. He clad himself in traditional Jedi robes and wielded an orange-bladed lightsaber in combat. Kut was a Jedi Master who readily raised his weapon in battle for those who suffered under the heel of Tulak on Koba. However, the murder of his family at Tulak's behest began a slow descent to the dark side of the Force for Kut. He was eventually consumed by his hatred for the warlord, and ultimately died as a result. Prior to his death, Kut taught his Padawan, Yaddle, lessons that remained with her for years and formed the foundation by which she was able to successfully train herself in the Jedi arts. The citizens of Koba recognized Kut for his valor posthumously and immortalized him with the reconstruction of the bridge on which he had fallen.[1]

Behind the scenesEdit

Polvin Kut first appeared in author Dean Motter's "Yaddle's Tale: The One Below", which was featured in the fifth issue of Star Wars Tales. It was later compiled into a trade paperback version, Star Wars Tales Volume 2. Plausible stories in Star Wars Tales 120 were initially considered S-canon until referenced in a non-Tales source, at which point the subject matter was elevated to C-canon.[3] Following the release of Star Wars Tales 5 in the year 2000, Kut received mention in 2002's Power of the Jedi Sourcebook, thus raising his status to C-canon.[4] He was subsequently mentioned in's Databank, The Official Star Wars Fact File 105, and The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, all under entries concerning his Padawan, Yaddle.[2][5][6]


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