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"War is intolerable. We have been deceived into thinking that we must be a part of it. I say the moment we committed to fighting, we already lost."
―Duchess Satine Kryze — (audio) Listen (file info)[src]

Satine Kryze was a Mandalorian human female duchess and the pacifistic leader of the New Mandalorians and the planet Mandalore during the waning years of the Galactic Republic. Ambitious and powerful, she longed to move Mandalore and its people past its violent warrior history. Her goals mired her in controversy throughout her leadership, facing opposition from conservative terrorist groups such as Death Watch. As the Republic's stability became threatened by the pan-galactic Clone Wars, Kryze attempted in vain to keep Mandalore out of the conflict, ultimately falling victim to the forces that conspired to take her down.

Early into her rule over Mandalore, Kryze was forced to deal with an insurgency that cost an immense loss of life, leading her to align with the New Mandalorian movement and become a staunch pacifist. Kryze led Mandalore through reconstruction, helping Mandalore rebuild into a peaceful society. Her actions continued to face opposition from insurgent groups, most actively the terrorist group Death Watch, among whose members was Kryze's sister Bo-Katan. While Mandalore maintained its peace and prospered under Kryze, the Republic began to fracture and entered war with the Confederacy of Independent Systems. Kryze chose not to choose a side in the conflict, making sure that Mandalore was neutral and becoming the leader of the Council of Neutral Systems. This move earned Kryze criticism from both the Republic and Confederacy, the latter of whom was backing Death Watch. The war brought to light corruption in many of those Kryze knew, but also brought her and her close friend Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi together to deal with the crises.

As the war raged on, Death Watch became affiliated with the rogue Sith Lord Maul and his apprentice Savage Opress, who brought together several crime families to aid them in defeating Kryze once and for all. Known as the Shadow Collective, Maul led Death Watch leader Pre Vizsla and their militia to Mandalore's capital, tearing through the streets and causing chaos. Vizsla managed to shift support away from Kryze in order to stop the violence, and a defeated Kryze gave in. Kryze was deposed and arrested, though infighting among Death Watch brought about the death of Vizsla by Maul's hand as well as the defection of Bo-Katan. Bo-Katan freed Kryze from prison, and the two reconciled in order to find a way to rid Mandalore of Maul. The rescue was short-lived, though before her recapture Kryze was able to contact Kenobi on Coruscant. Maul, having a lust for revenge against Kenobi for an incident from years earlier, murdered the captive Kryze in front of the Jedi. Kryze died in Kenobi's arms, proclaiming her love for her friend as her government lay in ruin and Mandalore's era of peace and pacifism ended.

Biography[edit | edit source]

Early life[edit | edit source]

"I remember a time when Jedi were not generals, but peacekeepers."
―Satine Kryze — (audio) Listen (file info)[src]

Duchess Satine Kryze.

Born on the Outer Rim world of Kalevala, Satine Kryze was the sister of Bo-Katan, and the two shared a nephew named Korkie Kryze, with whom Satine was very close.[10][3] Sometime prior to the blockade of Naboo,[11] Satine became the Duchess of Mandalore. She rapidly aligned her government with the ideals of the New Mandalorian movement. The New Mandalorians wished to break with Mandalore's brutal past and adopt a more peaceful attitude towards other systems. This was in stark opposition to more conservative-minded individuals on Mandalore who sought to preserve the old ways and continue the Mandalorian custom of waging war for the glory of their world.[12]

Eventually, an insurgency developed against Satine's rule, leading to a civil war for control of Mandalore. The conflict grew so large that it eventually required the intervention of the Jedi Order. The Jedi Council sent Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn and his apprentice, Obi-Wan Kenobi, to Mandalore[12] to protect the young duchess from her enemies.[11] The insurgents sent bounty hunters after Satine to eliminate her, forcing the two Jedi to remove the duchess from Mandalore for her own protection. They remained on the run with no certainties about what the next day would bring for nearly a year. At some point, they were attacked by a swarm of venom-mites on Draboon, and Obi-Wan carried Satine to safety. Unfortunately, the chivalric act was tarnished somewhat as the Padawan accidentally fell and dropped her unceremoniously, leaving her with a permanent scar from the fall. During this time, Satine and Obi-Wan began to fall in love and develop feelings for one another.[12]

Eventually, the uprising was defeated, and Satine was allowed to return to Mandalore. The death toll wrought by the war was immense, and the young duchess was left with the difficult task of rebuilding her world. Obi-Wan's commitment to the Order ended their relationship, and he left to continue his Jedi training despite his feelings for her. Both were left heartbroken by their separation, and Kenobi later admitted that, had Satine asked him to stay, he would have left the Jedi Order for her.[12] Kenobi's master Jinn later brought up his relationship with Satine in the months prior to the Invasion of Naboo, while the two were reading over taxation bills submitted to the Galactic Senate as Jinn was suspicious that something was going on with them.[13]

Rebuilding Mandalore[edit | edit source]

"A civil war killed most of Satine's people, hence her aversion to violence. When she returned, she took on the difficult task of rebuilding her world alone."
―Obi-Wan Kenobi talking to Anakin Skywalker about Satine's past[src]

After Kenobi and Jinn left Mandalore, Satine gradually rebuilt following the damages caused by the war. The considerable number of deaths had left Satine with a fierce hatred of violence, and she became a staunch pacifist. She reformed her government with several Ministers, a cabinet which was led by a Prime Minister.[14] By the time of the Clone Wars, the position was occupied by Almec. Under her rule, Mandalore prospered and turned into a modern and peaceful society. However, Satine's reforms were actively opposed by a group of conservatives known as the Death Watch, which formed from the last remaining insurgents of the civil war. These insurgents had been banished to the Mandalorian moon of Concordia, where they secretly rebuilt their strength to overthrow the duchess and reclaim Mandalore. Aware of the Death Watch's activities, Satine assigned several officials she trusted, such as Prime Minister Almec and Concordia Governor Pre Vizsla, to investigate and root out the movement.[6]

The Clone Wars[edit | edit source]

"But why target me?"
"You lead the Council of Neutral Systems, thus you threaten the Separatists' goals. Take it as a compliment. Someone very powerful is working towards your downfall."
―Satine Kryze and Pre Vizsla — (audio) Listen (file info)[src]

Kryze as Duchess in the Senate

When the Clone Wars erupted between the Galactic Republic and the Confederacy of Independent Systems, many worlds were forced to choose sides. However, Satine made sure that Mandalore was neutral and continued to prosper. She then became leader[6] of the Council of Neutral Systems, a Galactic Senate conglomerate[15] of 1,500 star systems who wished to stay out of the conflict. However, rumors that Satine was building an army to fight for the Separatists, and a terrorist attack on a Jedi Cruiser by a man wearing Mandalorian armor, forced the Jedi Council to send Obi-Wan Kenobi to investigate.[6]

Reassuring Kenobi[edit | edit source]

"Every one of my people is as trustworthy as I am."
―Duchess Satine Kryze to Obi-Wan Kenobi[src]

Receiving Kenobi in the throne room of the Sundari palace, Satine, Prime Minister Almec and Senator Tal Merrik assured Kenobi that they had nothing to do with that attack. Satine then accompanied Kenobi on tour of Sundari, telling him of a group called Death Watch. During their walk, a bomb went off at the Memorial Shrine. Satine and Kenobi found the symbol of Death Watch that had been left by the bomber. Satine and Kenobi were then confronted by the bomber, but watched as he committed suicide. Satine comforted him as he died.[6]

Satine shows Obi-Wan through Sundari.

Satine then accompanied Kenobi and the bomber's body to Concordia to meet with its governor, Pre Vizsla. Satine allowed Kenobi to investigate the mines to see if they were inactive while she had dinner with Vizsla. However, she was then contacted by Kenobi, who had been captured by the Death Watch. Satine went to the mine, where she rescued Kenobi from the Death Watch.[6]

As they made their escape, Satine and Kenobi were confronted by more Death Watch soldiers. She threw a rock at one, allowing Kenobi to defeat one of the soldiers. Satine then watched as Kenobi confronted the leader, who revealed himself to be Governor Vizsla. After Kenobi defeated Vizsla, he and Satine escaped before their rockets found them. Satine soon spoke with Almec and Merrik about the Death Watch.[6]

She refused to believe that the Death Watch was being backed by the Separatists. Satine was still in favor of keeping Mandalore out of the war, despite Kenobi's concerns.[6]

Aboard the Coronet[edit | edit source]

"I'll take care of this, Obi-Wan. You, go find your girlfriend."
"Yes, right .… No! Anakin! She's not my…"
―Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi — (audio) Listen (file info)[src]

Satine then had to travel to the Senate to discuss her place in the war, departing Mandalore aboard her personal vessel Coronet. She invited several senators to accompany her on the aircraft, including the representative of her own homeworld, Tal Merrick of Kalevala. Kin Robb, herself a member of the Council of Neutral Systems, Onaconda Farr and Orn Free Taa were the other dignitaries. The ship also played host to Kenobi's former Padawan, Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker, and a small detachment of clone troopers who were to act as additional security during the voyage. However, she and Kenobi argued over the ethics of getting involved in war until Merrik suggested they go to dinner. The dinner was interrupted by an attack by an assassin probe and its probe killers. Whilst the other senators struggled to keep the droids away from them, Satine stood back to back with Kenobi and defended herself expertly with a small but powerful droid deactivator, justifying it by stating that despite being a pacifist, she was willing and able to defend herself.[12]

Kenobi protects Satine once again.

After the probes were defeated, Satine objected to Kenobi's use of a single probe killer in exposing the traitor. When the last spider tried to attack Satine, she was saved when Kenobi destroyed the last probe. Unfortunately, Satine was then held hostage by her former advisor and now traitor, Merrik. Satine watched as Merrik murdered the captain and his bridge crew, calling him a horrid monster. When Merrik contacted the Separatist Alliance, boarding ships were sent, and dozens of droids flooded the decks. As Satine and Merrik made their way to the boarding ships, Kenobi arrived to rescue her. However, Merrik rigged the ship to blow. As Merrik prepared to board, Satine confessed that she had always loved Kenobi since they first met. Though Kenobi did not think it was the time, he too confessed that he would have left the Jedi Order if she had asked him to. As Merrik was disgusted by this, Satine called him a slug, drove her heel into his foot and took his gun, remarking that "Slugs are so often trod upon." However, Merrik said that he would still win without Satine, saying he would blow up the ship and kill all aboard. Satine held him at gunpoint as Merrik taunted her, stating that if she did shoot him, then she would undermine every pacifist ideal she held dear. Confident in his victory, Merrick dared either of them to strike and prove themselves a cold-blooded killer. Skywalker, however, killed Merrik before he pushed the button. Satine arrived safely back on Coruscant and bid farewell to Kenobi.[12]

Defending Mandalore's neutrality[edit | edit source]

"War is intolerable. We have been deceived into thinking that we must be a part of it. I say the moment we committed to fighting, we already lost."
―Duchess Satine Kryze, to the Galactic Senate — (audio) Listen (file info)[src]

When Satine arrived at the Senate, she was soon informed of the Republic's plans to send troops in order to stop the Death Watch. She was also shocked by Deputy Minister Jerec's support for the Republic plans and his assassination by Death Watch. Satine was outraged at this and opposed the idea, since it would not only take away Mandalore's independence but make them a target of the Separatists. While traveling back to the Senate, an assassin for Death Watch sabotaged Satine's ship, killing her drive, Aramis. The duchess narrowly escaped with her life.[9]

Duchess Kryze on Coruscant

At last, Kryze safely arrived back at the Senate, where she conferred with Palpatine. When the meeting finished, Satine stormed away from a comforting Obi-Wan before being informed by Senator Padmé Amidala that the Senate had passed the order of sending troops to Mandalore. Frightened and horrified, Kryze then heard of her friend, Davu Golec in the Ministry of Intelligence having a hologram capable of swaying the senate. This led her to the lower levels of Coruscant, where her friend gave her the hologram. The Death Watch assassin promptly murdered Golec and framed her of the crime.[9]

On the run[edit | edit source]

"If you see this woman, report her to local authorities."
―A clone trooper talking about Satine[src]

Kryze accused of murdering her friend

Satine, now a fugitive, contacted Obi-Wan Kenobi and instructed him that the hologram must be presented to the Senate. Kenobi came to her aid and discussed what should be done. The assassin sent by Death Watch then attacked the duo before being fought off by Kenobi. Kryze quickly gave Kenobi the hologram, and he dashed to the Senate, ready for Amidala to present the transmission to the Senators. When Padmé Amidala presented the hologram to the Senate, Kryze was released from any charges and returned to Mandalore, but not before saying her thanks and goodbye to her Jedi hero, Obi-Wan Kenobi.[9]

Satine surrenders herself to the authorities

Not long after her ordeal, Satine was present in the senate chamber for a speech made by Senator Padmé Amidala in opposition to a bill which would increase military spending at the expense of social services. Amidala's speech, a touching and passionate defense of basic social amenities which suffered as a result of the war, received rousing support from many of those present, including Satine.[16]

Black Market Crisis[edit | edit source]

"I know our decision to stay neutral has caused distress in the Senate. But for many here, the fallout from your war has been so much."
―Duchess Satine, to Padmé Amidala[src]

While Senator Amidala visited Sundari on a diplomatic mission, the two uncovered the terrifying truth of corruption lying deep within the market. They found a group of smugglers led by the Moogan Tee Va, who had inadvertently poisoned a shipment of tea with slabin. After uncovering and arresting the leadership behind this, Satine had the warehouse used in the operation burned to the ground as a warning and an example of what fate corruption would meet on Mandalore.[14]

Corruption in Almec[edit | edit source]

"You must know by now that I didn't bring you here just to teach. I knew something was amiss, but I had no one to trust. I thought if I brought a Jedi, especially a friend of Senator Amidala's, we could solve this mystery together."
―Satine, to Ahsoka Tano[src]

As Padmé left. Satine asked whether a Jedi could come and teach Mandalore's children of the terror of corruption.[14] Padmé sent her friend, the Jedi Padawan Ahsoka Tano, to teach the children. While Ahsoka taught the class of children, including Kryze's nephew, Korkie, they uncovered the terrifying truth of Prime Minister Almec's betrayal and deep corruption.[10]

Prime Minister Almec tries to force a false confession from Satine.

Almec, one step ahead of the youths, had his personal guards arrest Satine in an attempt to force her to sign a confession of her being corrupt. Several of the duchess' personal guards were slain attempting to protect her, and she was subjected to brutal shocks from a shock collar in an attempt to make her sign. When the duchess spat that she would die before she signed the confession, Almec tried a different approach in the form of subjecting her nephew Korkie to the collar instead. Luckily, Tano arrived and fought off Almec. Satine then retook the upper hand and sentenced Almec to prison for corruption and treason.[10]

The death of Onaconda Farr[edit | edit source]

Later in the war, Kryze attended the funeral of the Rodian Senator Onaconda Farr, who had been assassinated by his aide Lolo Purs.[17] Farr had been a member of the Council of Neutral Systems alongside Satine[12] as well as a close friend and mentor to Padmé. Flanked by two Journeyman Protector guards, Kryze solemnly listened to a eulogy spoken by another of Farr's Rodian aides — Silood. After the eulogy, the mourners watched silently as Farr's body was loaded onto a Consular-class cruiser and ferried back to his homeworld Rodia.[17]

Obi-Wan Kenobi's fake death[edit | edit source]

The Duchess attends Kenobi's fake funeral.

In 20 BBY,[18] Obi-Wan Kenobi purportedly perished at the hands of the bounty hunter Rako Hardeen. A funeral for the fallen Jedi Master was hosted in the Jedi Temple on Coruscant. The funeral was attended by many of Kenobi's friends and comrades, including Satine. During the procession, Satine, who was stood next to Amidala, Tano, and Jedi Master Plo Koon, was utterly distraught at the apparent death of the man she loved.[19] Unbeknownst to those outside of the Jedi High Council, Kenobi had survived his encounter with Hardeen and was impersonating the assassin in the hopes of bringing a plot to assassinate Supreme Chancellor Sheev Palpatine to the light. Upon completing his mission, Obi-Wan's survival was made public.[20]

Fall of Mandalore[edit | edit source]

"Listen, Duchess. Do you hear the people? They cry out for change. Your weak-minded rule of Mandalore is at an end. The resurrection of our warrior past is about to begin!"
―Pre Vizsla to Satine Kryze[src]
Rise of the Shadow Collective[edit | edit source]

Death Watch, despite having been in exile after their exposure on Concordia and abandoned by the Confederacy, still wished to topple Satine's government. They encountered the renegade Sith Lord Maul and his apprentice Savage Opress, both of whom has been on a spree of chaos across the Outer Rim and recently escaped from a fight with Obi-Wan. Pre Vizsla helped Maul and Opress recover from their injuries, and the two Sith soon created an alliance with Death Watch against Kenobi and Kryze. Vizsla wanted to take on Kryze directly, but Maul took over his plans and decided to build a larger alliance with several crime syndicates, including Black Sun, the Pykes, and the Hutts. Maul also altered the plan to take into account the over two thousand neutral systems under Kryze and Mandalore's affiliation. With their criminal alliance, the Shadow Collective, intact, Maul and Viszla began preparations to overthrow Satine.[21]

Attack on Sundari[edit | edit source]
"Join me and let us defend Mandalore against these criminals. We need action, not pacifism."
"Do not listen to him! His war will cause the end of Mandalore as we know it!"
"We are under attack! There is no time for discussion!"
―Vizsla confronts Satine in front of the crowds[src]

Pre Vizsla confronts Satine in Sundari

The Shadow Collective's forces soon arrived to Sundari, first attacking the shipping docks. Their plan was to undermine Satine's rule by sowing chaos and destruction across the city, only for Death Watch to enter the fray and "rescue" the people of Sundari from the criminals. Satine was informed of the attacks by Armatan. Satine believed that Death Watch was behind the sudden violence, but was told that it was a crime syndicate acting alone. Vizsla's plan was successful almost immediately, with Sundari's law enforcement unable to fend off the numbers of the Shadow Collective and the people demanding that Satine take action. Maul's army began their assaults on the inner city as Satine addressed a crowd outside the palace. Satine asked the people to remain calm and reassured her constituents that the attackers were merely thugs. Her attempt at easing the crowd was innefective, and just as she finished speaking, Pre Vizsla and two other members of Death Watch arrived. Vizsla called out Satine in front of the crowd, telling the people that Satine had led them to ruin. Satine questioned him on whether or not he was behind the attacks, but he replied that he was not. He turned to the crowd and told them that he had a solution to ridding the city of the gangsters. Vizsla told the people that they were at war and that siding with him was necessary to win it, adding that Satine's pacifism has failed. Satine tried to dispel Vizsla's claims, tellin the crowd that his "war" would lead to the end of Mandalore as they knew it. Vizsla once again used his passionate rhetoric with the crowd, telling them how they needed to take action. As he lifted from the ground on a jetpack, he said that the name Mandalore should strike fear into the hearts of the gangsters. The crowd began chanting his name, and a distraught Satine was left to watch her peaceful citizens turn their support to Vizsla.[22]

With the people looking to Death Watch for help, Maul and Vizsla began the next stage of their plan. Death Watch started countering Maul's forces, "arresting" the leaders of the crime families. The chanting of Vizsla's name only grew louder, and Vizsla himself entered the palace to confront Satine. The desolate Duchess did not try to stop him, knowing that her support had dwindled to a loyal few. Once Vizsla and his warriors entered the throne room, Satine's guards drew their weapons as they did. Satine told her guards to stand down, standing strong in her desire to not be provoked to violence. Vizsla told Satine that the people wanted change and that her rule of Mandalore was at an end. Vizsla had his men arrest Satine and her remaining advisors. At a speech to the crowds outside the palace, Satine's sister Bo-Katan told the people that Satine and her fellow leaders had fled, then presented the "captured" leaders of the Shadow Collective as proof of Death Watch's strength while Vizsla had himself named the new prime minister.[22]

Deposed[edit | edit source]
"Duchess, Pre Vizsla and his men have entered the palace. Should we stop them?"
"How can we? The people are on their side now."
―Armatan and Satine[src]

In prison, Satine was held in a cell adjacent to Almec, who was still incarcerated for his crimes. Satine tried to compel the guards walking past her cell that Mandalore was heading towards its destruction, though the only response she got was from Almec. Almec snidely inquired whether or not she was in for a visit or if peace had betrayed her. Satine lamented that peace only existed in the mind of the faithful. Almec replied that faith had been the greatest disappointment to her, but Satine countered that it only disappointed when it was broken, citing his actions as prime minister as having betrayed the trust of both her and the people. Almec told her that she herself had betrayed her trust, saying that his actions were made because he believed she had led the people to destitution. He claimed that what he did, despite being illegal, was what kept her in power. The powerless Satine told him that it was an error of judgement, that corruption was not the answer to the sacrifices the people made for their freedom. Almec simply joked that Satine should enjoy her freedom, adding that she had plenty of time to tell him all about it.[22]

Meanwhile, Vizsla betrayed Maul. Vizsla revealed that he had no plan on following through with the plan of expanding to the other neutral systems, then had the Sith Lord arrested. With Maul in custody, Vizsla addressed a crowd outside the palace, telling them that Satine had abandoned the people and that her pacifistic ideology only encouraged aggression. Using Maul as an example, Vizsla told the crowd that his actions were the consequences of pacifism. Maul and Savage were brought to prison, where they easily broke out and searched the cells for someone who would help them in retaking Mandalore from Vizsla. Maul approached Satine's call and asked whether or not she was the former Duchess. Satine asked what he wanted with her, though he simply stated that he would have a use for her in time. He told her that he wanted to know where the other leaders of Mandalore were being held. Satine remarked that he should have known, given that many had either sided with Vizsla or been killed. She told Maul that all there was left was she and Almec, who Maul approached next. Maul asked Almec what his position in government he formerly was, and the ex-prime minister responded. Satine tried to reason with Maul that Almec was not to be trusted, citing his crimes to try and dissuade the Zabrak. Savage told Satine to be quite, and Maul revealed his new plan to overthrow Vizsla to Almec. Maul planned on challenging Vizsla to a duel, knowing that as a warrior he would not refuse. Almec was freed by the Sith Lords, his place now secured as Vizzla's successor, leaving Satine alone to lament Mandalore's fall. Maul, Savage, and Almec then left for the palace, where Vizsla accepted Maul's challenge. Maul defeated the Death Watch leader, who accepted that Maul had earned his place by winning. Maul brutally beheaded Vizsla then claimed the Darksaber and his place as ruler. Bo-Katan and a small group of Death Watch, distraught by Vizsla's death, refused to accept Maul's claim and fled the palace.[22]

Reunion, rescue, and recapture[edit | edit source]

Korkie and Bo-Katan free Satine from prison

With Vizsla dead, Almec became the public face of the Mandalorian government. He addressed a large crowd, where he falsely claimed that Satine had murdered Vizsla and was under arrest for it. The crowd supported Almec despite his past crimes, and Maul had begun building his steps towards a large criminal empire.[22] As Maul began settle into his new power, a small group of Satine's loyal followers mounted a rescue attempt. Korkie came to Satine's cell with Bo-Katan, who had decided to reconcile with her estranged sister to rid Mandalore of Maul. Satine, hopeful, told her that there was once a time when they weren't enemies, adding that that time could come again. Satine, Korkie, and Bo-Katan escaped the prison, where they were picked up by Lagos, Soniee, and Amis, as well as some of Bo-Katan's warriors. Satine asked Korkie for his comlink, knowing that contacting the Jedi Council was their only option. Korkie told her that they wouldn't have a signal unless they left the city, as all frequencies were being jammed. Satine told Korkie's classmates that they were taking a major risk in trying to free her, and the group boarded an airspeeder to escape. They were quickly followed by Maul's forces, who Bo-Katan and her warriors left to deal with. One of Maul's soldiers hit the airspeeder, causing it to crash just as they reached the outer layer of the city. Satine activated the comlink as her rescuers were taken down. She asked that the message be given to Obi-Wan, telling him that she had lost Mandalore and that Almec was in power. As she was surrounded, she again asked Obi-Wan for his help before being arrested once more.[3]

At the Jedi Temple on Coruscant, Jedi Masters Yoda and Ki-Adi-Mundi called Obi-Wan to a private meeting to show him Satine's message. Obi-Wan was denied his request to help, the reason being that Death Watch was no longer part of the Confederacy and that Mandalore had repeatedly made it's neutrality clear. Kenobi, wanting to help his friend, decided to break orders and go to Mandalore in secret. Meanwhile, Almec informed Maul of Satine's transmission, though all Maul did was muse how her actions had been part of his plan for her and Kenobi.[3]

Obi-Wan arrived to Sundari in disguise, stealing the armor of one of Maul's soldiers and infiltrating the city with ease. He made his way to the prison and opened the door to Satine's cell. Satine unknowingly believed that it was one of Maul's followers and snidely asked if he was there to do more of his master's bidding. Obi-Wan took off his helmet and told Satine that he does his own bidding, and the two shared a hug. Obi-Wan told her that the Jedi and Republic would not be of any help, and the two entered the elevator to the exit of the prison. A member of Maul's Mandalorian soldiers boarded the elevator as well and questioned if there was a prison transfer, but was knocked out by Kenobi before he could figure out what was happening. They got on a speeder and quickly made their way to the landing dock where Kenobi had parked his ship, closely followed by a large group of Maul's warriors as well as Maul and Opress, who wanted to see Kenobi taken in themselves. Once aboard his ship, Satine told Obi-Wan that they needed to contact her sister, and he asked who she was. As they attempted to lift off, the ship began to malfunction and explode from blasterfire. Satine and Obi-Wan were flung from the ship to the ground below, where Kenobi used the force to lift a large piece of metal off of the unconscious Satine. Maul confronted Obi-Wan as Opress picked up Satine, and the two were carried off to the palace.[3]

Death[edit | edit source]
"Remember my dear Obi-Wan, I loved you always... I always will."
―Satine's last words to Kenobi[src]

Satine dies in Obi-Wan Kenobi's arms.

Kryze and Kenobi were brought before Maul in the Sundari throne room, where Satine was made to kneel beside the throne. Having bested and executed Pre Vizsla in honorable combat, Maul was now the secret leader of the Mandalorian people. Maul taunted Kenobi, lifting and choking Satine with the Force while Obi-Wan watched unable to help. Preying on the Jedi's dark emotions, Maul hoped to see his old adversary break. Satine, still under Maul's grasp, begged Obi-Wan to not listen to the Sith Lord's words, only to be silenced by Savage Opress. Obi-Wan assured Maul that the Sith could kill him, but his resolve would never be broken.[3]

Kenobi tried to identify with Maul, bringing up the Sith Lord's horrific past, which angered the Sith Lord. Maul remarked that the perfect tool for his vengeance was now available to him, and that he could finally watch the Jedi Master suffer as he had. Drawing the Darksaber, Maul pulled Satine towards him with the Force and impaled the Duchess as Obi-Wan watched in despair. As Maul dropped the Duchess' dying body to the floor, Kenobi rushed to her side. Holding the side of his face, Satine professed her unyielding love for Obi-Wan in her dying breath, passing away in his arms.[3]

Legacy[edit | edit source]

The new Mandalore[edit | edit source]

Neutral no more[edit | edit source]
"Maul's influence on Mandalore is destroying my people! He murdered their leader, my sister. I thought she meant something to you."
"She did, and still does. But I cannot let my feelings cloud my judgement."
―Bo-Katan tries to convince Obi-Wan to help her retake Mandalore[src]

After Satine's murder, Obi-Wan was sent to prison by Maul, who hoped that Obi-Wan would break under his misery with Satine's death. As he was being transported to prison, his escort was intercepted by Bo-Katan. Bo-Katan helped Obi-Wan escape Sundari, which had fallen into civil war as the remains of Death Watch shattered over Maul's rule. Bo-Katan hoped that Obi-Wan would inform the Republic of Maul's actions on Mandalore. As he was preparing to leave, Obi-Wan came to the realization that Bo-Katan was Satine's sister, and he apologized for her loss as they parted ways.[3] Maul's rule was briefly usurped by his former Sith master Darth Sidious, though Maul managed to regain his position nearing the end of the Clone Wars. Bo-Katan and her Nite Owls began tracking Maul's movements, eventually coming into contact with Ahsoka Tano, at that point no longer a Jedi, who herself had discovered of Maul's return to Mandalore. Together, Bo-Katan and Ahsoka managed to contact Obi-Wan and Anakin. They arranged a meeting to discuss sending Republic aid to help Bo-Katan. At the meeting, Obi-Wan was reluctant to commit to sending aid, continuously stating that they would need the approval of the Jedi Council. His unwillingness angered Bo-Katan, who reminded Obi-Wan of what Maul had done to Mandalore. Bo petulantly referenced Obi-Wan and Satine's relationship, pointing out that she thought Satine meant something to Obi-Wan. Kenobi remained stagnant in not committing to helping Bo-Katan, but told her that Satine still meant something to him, though he added that he wasn't going to let his feelings for her cloud his judgement. As he left to consult the Council, Bo angrily told Ahsoka that asking for help was a waste of time.[23]

With some quick negotiations, Ahsoka managed to secure a division of clone troopers to take to Mandalore to help Bo-Katan oust Maul. They managed to enter the city with relative ease, quickly taking strides to take hold of the city. Almec was defeated and arrested by Bo-Katan during the battle, though Maul remained elusive.[23] Almec was later assassinated by Maul's warrior Gar Saxon, and soon after Maul's warriors were defeated by Bo-Katan and Ahsoka's forces.[24] Ahsoka herself managed to capture Maul, who was placed in an ancient holding capsule. Ahsoka, upon seeing the device, questioned whether or not Satine had outlawed such devices, which Bo-Katan says she had. With Maul imprisoned and the Shadow Collective fragmented, it seemed that Mandalore could rise again with Bo-Katan as their new leader, leading the Mandalorian people into a new era just as Satine had.[25]

Sister begets Sister[edit | edit source]
"I accept this sword for my sister, for my clan, and for all of Mandalore."
―Bo-Katan accepts the mantle of Mand'alor in honor of her sister[src]

Just as Mandalore was freed from Maul's grip, the Republic finally crumbled after years of fracturing. Supreme Chancellor Palpatine declared himself Emperor and reorganized the Republic into the Galactic Empire. The Jedi were nearly wiped out, leaving survivors such as Obi-Wan, Ahsoka, and the escaped Maul as fugitives.[25] Using the clones left on Mandalore, the Empire began an occupation of the planet, which led Bo-Katan and several other warrior groups to refuse to acquiesce to the Empire's rule.[8] With Bo-Katan no longer recognized as the ruler of Mandalore, Gar Saxon took the mantle of leader as Imperial Viceroy.[26]

Years before the early rebellion against the Galactic Empire, a young cadet at the Imperial Academy of Mandalore named Sabine Wren developed a superweapon that became the Arc Pulse Generator. Wren nicknamed the weapon "the Duchess" after Satine. She developed the weapon to target beskar alloy used in Mandalorian armor and disintegrate the soldier inside, taking it as a challenge to her abilities since beskar was widely regarded as indestructible. After finding out that the Empire not only had weaponized her design but tested it on her people, Sabine was horrified. She sabotaged the original prototype and destroyed the remaining plans but then found out the Empire was able to recreate it.[8]

In 1 BBY, Sabine, who had acquired the Darksaber from Maul during a previous mission,[27] began searching for someone worthy enough to take the sword and assume the title of Mand'alor after the death of Gar Saxon. Bo-Katan at first refused to accept the saber, seeing her failure to lead the Mandalorian people after the Siege of Mandalore as the prime example of why she was not worthy. Despite her refusal, Bo-Katan continued working with Sabine and her clan, as well as her rebel crew, to begin resisting the Empire on Mandalore. Their work was brought to a halt with the news that the Empire had recreated the Arc Pulse Generator and had begun using it on members of Clan Wren in battle. Bo-Katan was disgusted that the weapon had been named after Satine, viewing it as an insult to her late sister's memory. Bo-Katan and Sabine managed to destroy the weapon, after which several Mandalorian clans reassured Bo-Katan that they were willing to follow her as their leader. Bo-Katan decided to accept the Darksaber and become the Mandalorian's leader once again, rallying support against the Empire in the name of her sister.[8]

Continued remembrance[edit | edit source]

"I lost someone important to me. And I understand anger in a way I never have."
―Obi-Wan speaks with Anakin shortly after Satine's death[src]

Shortly after Satine's death, Obi-Wan met with Anakin, who asked him what had happened on Mandalore. Though his words came with a struggle, Kenobi admitted that he had lost "someone important" to him. He also revealed that he had felt anger in a way he never had before because of Satine's death.[28] Later in the war, Obi-Wan questioned Anakin about the nature of his connection to Senator Amidala. Hoping to get Anakin to open up about his feelings, Obi-Wan resonated with his former student, reminding him that he had harbored feelings for Kryze prior to her untimely demise.[29]

In the years prior to the Battle of Yavin, Maul had under his possession a painting of Satine which he kept in the Nightsister lair on Dathomir. Maul kept the painting as part of a large collection of items from his life, among them the Darksaber. By 2 BBY, the painting was heavily defaced and placed in a shrine for the Darksaber. That same year, Maul lured young rebel Ezra Bridger, one of Sabine's crew, to Dathomir in order to find the location of the exiled Obi-Wan from the young boy. Ezra briefly explored Maul's lair, where he saw Satine's painting and looked at it for a moment. Maul growled at him to get away from the shrine, and the two began a ritual to find the location of Obi-Wan.[27] Maul later managed to track down Obi-Wan on Tatooine, where he was defeated by the Jedi Master during a brief lightsaber duel. Despite all he had done to his enemy, Maul was comforted in his final moments by Obi-Wan.[30]

At some point after her death, the Drearian Defense Conglomerate named a model of its Defender sporting blaster pistol after the late Duchess, the Satine's Lament. One of these was put to good use by the daughter of Kryze's friend Amidala, Leia Organa.[31]

In 0 BBY, while talking with the Force spirit of Qui-Gon Jinn, Kenobi blamed himself for having failed every person he truly loved, such as Kryze, but Jinn comforted him by reassuring that the responsibility for his failure was Jinn's own for not having completed Kenobi's training.[32]

Personality and traits[edit | edit source]

"For generations, my ancestors fought proudly as warriors against the Jedi. Now, that woman tarnishes the very name Mandalorian. Defend her if you will!"
―Pre Vizsla, to Obi-Wan Kenobi — (audio) Listen (file info)[src]

The burden of peace cost Duchess Satine everything.

Satine Kryze was 1.77 meters tall and had blond hair, blue eyes, and pale skin.[4] Although an ally of the Republic, she was primarily focused on the governing of her people.[33] Kryze was a staunch pacifist who believed that the very concept of "fighting for peace" was an unacceptable contradiction. Her beliefs came from her experiences during the civil war which killed most of her people during the early days of her reign. The harrowing experience led her to invoke a strong course of pacifism once the war ended, leading her people through a period of peace and prosperity that Mandalore had never before experienced. Kryze was so devoted to her ideals that she was willing to die for them, and she opposed Mandalore's entry into the Clone Wars, advocating a position of neutrality. Despite her commitment to peace, Kryze always carried a deactivator with her, claiming that her pacifist views didn't stop her from defending herself.

Kryze was very kind toward her people and was distraught when dozens of Mandalorian citizens were killed due to the attacks of Savage Opress and Maul; however, despite her kindness, Satine had turned strict after the uprising. When she was appointed as the Duchess of Mandalore, Satine turned to pacifism and exhibited these traits throughout the Clone Wars. She believed strongly in her pacifist views, as shown when she fought for her rights in the Old Republic's Senate. Kryze was strong willed and ambitious for Mandalore. She constantly believed in a bright future for her planet.

Skills and abilities[edit | edit source]

Satine riding a Mandalorian speeder bike

Satine was a strong-willed and gifted politician, shown as she held her own in the Senate, where she was cross-examined by Public Speaker Mas Amedda. Kryze was gifted at public speaking and showed strength in the field of analyzing her surroundings. Though she greatly disliked the idea of violence, she could fight fairly well, as she fought off a Death Watch soldier in a matter of seconds, each of whom were peerless warriors in their own right. Kryze could evidently fly aircraft; when Obi-Wan Kenobi attempted to save her from Mandalore, she was ready to take control of the ship, but did not have time. Also, as shown while aboard the Coronet, Satine could use a deactivator as she fought alongside Obi-Wan Kenobi. Despite her obvious fighting ability, Kryze abhorred violence, as shown when she had the opportunity to kill Tal Merrik. Kryze was also very intelligent and resourceful as shown when she was able to correctly program the controls in the mines to release Kenobi.[6]

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

"I think characters are interesting when you care about what they do and where they're going. Satine's place in the Star Wars universe definitely has strong roots in the story because of her past with Obi-Wan, but she can also stand on her own as a character so that you want to see what she'll do next. That's what drew me to her."
―Anna Graves on the character of Satine[src]

Satine Kryze first appeared in "The Mandalore Plot," the twelfth episode of the second season of the animated television series Star Wars: The Clone Wars. The episode was directed by Kyle Dunlevy, written by Melinda Hsu and Drew Z. Greenberg,[6] and first aired on January 29, 2010.[34] "The Mandalore Plot" was the first in a trilogy of episodes, which also included "Voyage of Temptation"[12] and "Duchess of Mandalore."[9] Initially, "Voyage of Temptation" was the only planned episode of the trilogy, however, George Lucas and Dave Filoni decided to expand upon the character of Satine and the Mandalore story-arc, leading to the development of the "The Mandalore Plot" and "Duchess of Mandalore."[35]

The idea to give Obi-Wan Kenobi a romantic interest in The Clone Wars came from story editor Henry Gilroy. From the conception of the character the team behind the show always intended to have Satine killed off.[36] Satine's design was based off of unused concept art of Queen Padmé Amidala for Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace illustrated by Iain McCaig.[37] She was inspired by Cate Blanchett, particularly her performance as Queen Elizabeth I, whom she portrayed in Elizabeth and Elizabeth: The Golden Age. Henry Gilroy, who came up with her name, denied she was named after Nicole Kidman's character in Moulin Rouge!, who was the love interest of Ewan McGregor's character. Dave Filoni said he did not realize that initially, and said, "I still wanna question Gilroy about that, because I'm like, 'Come on, really? I mean, out of all the names, really?' It's pretty weird, I'll give you that."[38]

In The Clone Wars, Satine was voiced by Anna Graves.[6] Graves was drawn to the character because, despite her deep connection to the story of Obi-Wan Kenobi, Satine stood out to Graves as someone who wasn't reliant on the narrative of another character to shine. Although initially unaware of the history and culture of the Mandalorians, Graves educated herself upon landing the role. By the time of recording, Graves understood the importance of her role and was "excited to speak in the Concordian dialect." Following Filoni's direction, Graves tried to deliver some of Satine's speeches with the same gravitas as Blanchett's performance as Elizabeth I. She also used the bickering relationship between Princess Leia Organa and Han Solo in Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back as a basis for her voice work, wanting the character of Satine to challenge Obi-Wan as much as Organa challenged Solo.[35]

Early plans of the Star Wars Rebels episode "Twin Suns" featured Maul experiencing visions of both Kryze and Savage Opress before facing Obi-Wan Kenobi on Tatooine.[39]

In her entry in the Encyclopedia, Satine's homeworld was listed as being Mandalore.[4] However, Tal Merrik's entry correctly lists her homeworld as Kalevala.[1]

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Sources[edit | edit source]

Notes and references[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 StarWars-DatabankII.png Tal Merrik in the Databank (backup link)
  2. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Lawless"
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 StarWars.com Encyclopedia Duchess Satine Kryze in the Encyclopedia (content now obsolete; backup link)
  5. StarWars-DatabankII.png Duchess Satine Kryze in the Databank (backup link)
  6. 6.00 6.01 6.02 6.03 6.04 6.05 6.06 6.07 6.08 6.09 6.10 6.11 6.12 TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Mandalore Plot"
  7. StarWars.com Rebels Recon: Inside "The Mystery of Chopper Base" on StarWars.com (backup link)
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Star Wars Rebels: Heroes of Mandalore
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Duchess of Mandalore"
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Academy"
  11. 11.0 11.1 Star Wars: The Complete Visual Dictionary, New Edition
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 12.5 12.6 12.7 TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Voyage of Temptation"
  13. Queen's Peril
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Corruption"
  15. Rise of the Separatists
  16. TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Pursuit of Peace"
  17. 17.0 17.1 TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Senate Murders"
  18. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas places the Battle of Mon Cala and the skirmish in Theed to 20 BBY. As "Deception" takes place in between these two events according to StarWars.com Star Wars: The Clone Wars Chronological Episode Order on StarWars.com (backup link), this episode must also take place in 20 BBY.
  19. TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Deception"
  20. TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Crisis on Naboo"
  21. TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Eminence"
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 22.3 22.4 TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Shades of Reason"
  23. 23.0 23.1 TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Old Friends Not Forgotten"
  24. TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Phantom Apprentice"
  25. 25.0 25.1 TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Shattered"
  26. Rebels-mini-logo.png Star Wars Rebels – "Legacy of Mandalore"
  27. 27.0 27.1 Rebels-mini-logo.png Star Wars Rebels – "Visions and Voices"
  28. "Kenobi's Shadow"—The Clone Wars: Stories of Light and Dark
  29. TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Rise of Clovis"
  30. Rebels-mini-logo.png Star Wars Rebels – "Twin Suns"
  31. Ultimate Star Wars
  32. "Master and Apprentice"—From a Certain Point of View
  33. Star Wars: The Visual Encyclopedia
  34. StarWars.com The Clone Wars Episode Guide: The Mandalore Plot on StarWars.com (content now obsolete; backup link)
  35. 35.0 35.1 SWInsider.png "The Duchess and the Jedi"—Star Wars Insider 117
  36. StarWars.com "The Lawless" Episode Guide - The Clone Wars on StarWars.com (backup link)
  37. Star Wars: Are You Ready for the Mandalorians?. IGN (2010-01-28). Archived from the original on May 19, 2020. Retrieved on January 25, 2016.
  38. StarWars.com SWCO 2017: 11 Things We Learned from Dave Filoni and Pablo Hidalgo's "Animated Origins and Unexpected Fates" Panel on StarWars.com (backup link)
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