- "Unity wins war, gentlemen."
- ―Shaak Ti
Shaak Ti ( pronounced /ʃɑk ti/) was a Force-sensitive Togruta female Jedi Master who served as one of the final members of the Jedi High Council before the Great Jedi Purge. Considered to be among the wisest in the Jedi Order, Ti was a skilled teacher and combatant and was a devoted believer in the ways of the Jedi. During the Clone Wars, a galaxy-wide conflict between the Galactic Republic and Confederacy of Independent Systems, Ti took part in the pivotal battles of Geonosis, Kamino, and Coruscant as a Jedi General in the Grand Army of the Republic.
Early in the Clone Wars, Ti was chosen by the Jedi Council to represent the Republic on Kamino, where she personally oversaw the training and development of clone forces on the planet. While in this role, she acted as a close mentor and protector to the clone army, additionally serving as the commanding officer of the garrison stationed on-world. Her compassion for the clones clashed with the Kaminoan's cold view of them as products, and for much of her time on Kamino, Ti had a strained relationship with the Kaminoan government. Late in the war, Ti became entangled in a conspiracy surrounding the origin of a mysterious inhibitor biochip implanted in every clone. As she attempted to root out these secrets from rogue ARC trooper Fives, the Kaminoan leadership worked to keep her from discovering their complicity and true purpose. Despite her efforts to the contrary, Ti was unable to help Fives as he suffered a mental collapse at the Kaminoan's hands, and his secrets died with him.
As the war dragged on, Ti and the Jedi Council became increasingly concerned about the mystery of the Dark Lord of the Sith, who they believed had engineered the war and played a role in the origin of the clone armies. Though they devoted much time to discovering their identity and motives, Ti and her fellow Jedi were unable to learn who the shadowy figure was. In the final days of the war, however, Supreme Chancellor Palpatine of the Republic revealed himself as the Sith Lord Darth Sidious and enacted the Great Jedi Purge to wipe out the Jedi once and for all, using the clones' inhibitor chips to turn the Republic's armies against the Order. Ti, who was stationed on the Republic capital Coruscant at the time, was slain at the hands of newly christened Sith Lord Darth Vader as he and his forces laid siege to the Jedi Temple.
Shaak Ti was born on the planet Shili, the homeworld of the Togruta species, in the galaxy's Expansion Region. Identified at a young age as a Force-sensitive individual, Ti was sent to join the Jedi Order on Coruscant, the capital of the Galactic Republic. Like all her fellow Jedi, Ti began as an initiate before becoming a Padawan, and eventually rose to become a Jedi Knight. Eventually, she was recognized as one of the most powerful members of the Order and was bestowed with the title of Jedi Master.
By the time of the Clone Wars, Ti was chosen to join the Jedi High Council, the ruling body of the Jedi Order. Ti was given the seat held by Master Yaddle, who had elected to step down from the council and take a less active role in Jedi affairs. Ti was one of two new members of the Council inducted between the Invasion of Naboo in 32 BBY and the Clone Wars in 22 BBY, along with Master Coleman Trebor, who had replaced Master Yarael Poof. At some point in that decade, Ti was involved in a complicated incident on Naran-Shiv with Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi and his Padawan, Anakin Skywalker.
Onset of the Clone Wars
The road to war
In 24 BBY, the Galactic Republic became embroiled in a crisis with a mass exodus of member systems to the nascent Confederacy of Independent Systems, a new government formed by former Jedi and the firebrand Count of Serenno, Dooku. By 22 BBY, the rise in the number the Separatists led the Republic Senate to debate the creation of a proper military to combat an impending war. Because the Jedi were intertwined with the Republic, the Jedi Council sent Jedi Knights to maintain the peace as talk of conflict grew. The Council entered negotiations with the Republic's leader, Supreme Chancellor Palpatine, in an effort to stall any Senate vote to create a military force. However, a series of assassination attempts on Senator Padmé Amidala of Naboo would lead the Council on a twisted path to the start of the war. An opponent of the Military Creation Act, Amidala was twice the victim of attempted assassinations by a bounty hunter and his accomplice.
Ti and the Council assigned Obi-Wan Kenobi to track the bounty hunter down and find out who they were working for and gave Anakin Skywalker the duty of protecting Amidala as she was discreetly relocated from Coruscant to her homeworld. Master Ti was present in the Jedi Temple Archives as Kenobi conducted his research into a lead involving a weapon from the planet Kamino. After arriving at Kamino sometime later, Kenobi made the startling discovery that a clone army was in production by the Kaminoan government. To his surprise, the Kaminoan Prime Minister, Lama Su, alleged that the army had been ordered by a deceased member of the Jedi Council, Sifo-Dyas. Kenobi also learned that the template for the army was the bounty hunter he was searching for, Jango Fett. Fett, however, informed Kenobi that he had been hired by a man called Tyrannus, not Sifo-Dyas.
After following Fett to Geonosis, Kenobi uncovered the droid foundries of the Confederacy on the planet, where Dooku and several Separatist leaders were building their own army of droids before being taken captive. Kenobi reported his findings to Skywalker and Amidala, who sent his transmission to Coruscant from where they were on nearby Tatooine. Skywalker and Amidala traveled to Geonosis in an attempt to rescue Kenobi but were captured themselves. The confirmation that the Separatists had formed their own army spurred the Senate to grant Chancellor Palpatine emergency powers to bypass a vote on the Military Creation Act and instead directly commission the use of the clone army from the Kaminoans. Knowing that war was inevitable, Jedi Grand Master Yoda departed for Kamino to see the new army for himself, while Master Mace Windu, another member of the High Council, prepared the Jedi to go to Geonosis.
Battle of Geonosis
Shaak Ti was among the group of over 200 Jedi assembled by Windu to free Kenobi, Skywalker, and Amidala from execution in the Petranaki Arena on Geonosis. Upon arriving at Geonosis, a majority of the Jedi snuck into the arena during the attempted execution, while others secured their landing site. Ti was among the Jedi who infiltrated the arena and, alongside Master Luminara Unduli, hid and waited for the right moment to intervene. Standing on a balcony far above the arena pit was Count Dooku and the other Confederate leaders, as well as Jango Fett.
After the trio of prisoners managed to escape death at the hands of the Geonosians' execution beasts, an acklay, nexu, and reek, they were surrounded by a large number of droidekas. Before Dooku gave the order to have them killed, however, Windu confronted the former Jedi. Windu's move to arrest Dooku was the signal for the Jedi to act, and the Jedi throughout the arena began igniting their lightsabers, revealing themselves. Ti and Unduli simultaneously ignited their lightsabers and quickly joined the battle as Dooku unleashed hordes of battle droids to counterattack.
The Jedi Order's lack of recent combat experience and the sheer volume of battle droids overwhelmed the strike team, many of whom died as survivors were forced to abandon their positions in the stands and descend to the arena floor. The Separatists were not without casualties, however, and Jango Fett was killed during the fighting. The Jedi were quickly surrounded and suffered severe casualties, and the few Jedi who survived the onslaught, including Ti, formed a circle in the center of the arena as they went on the defensive. Dooku paused the droid assault to offer the remaining Jedi the chance for a surrender, but Windu resoundingly refused.
As Dooku ordered his army to finish off those left, however, Master Yoda suddenly arrived with the first waves of the Grand Army of the Republic. Yoda had a number of LAAT/i gunships form a perimeter around the survivors while the droids began firing once again. Ti, Unduli, and Master Saesee Tiin boarded one of the gunships and were quickly airlifted out of the arena and taken to the front lines of the larger planetary battle, where the Grand Army was engaging the Separatist forces in an improvised and hasty conflict. At the front lines, Ti was among the Jedi who led the assault on the Separatist core ships as the Confederate leaders were attempting to retreat. Ti fought alongside Windu on the battlefront, cutting down droids and helping the clones push the Separatist armies back. Despite having air superiority, the Republic failed to enact a tangible orbital blockade, allowing for a full Separatist retreat despite the destruction of several core ships. With the retreat of the Separatist forces, the Battle of Geonosis came to a close.
Though the Jedi and Republic achieved a victory of sorts, it came at the cost of a majority of the Jedi strike team and the failure to end the burgeoning war in a single stroke. Shortly following the clash on Geonosis, Separatist forces established footholds on various worlds across the Outer Rim. Seeking to ascertain what purpose the Confederacy had in establishing a presence on Hissrich, Ti and the Council assigned Windu and a covert team of Jedi to the planet to investigate. In the weeks after the battle, the Clone Wars erupted across the galaxy, and the Galactic Senate passed the Jedi Military Integration Act, which formally established the Jedi as officers in the Grand Army of the Republic. As a member of the High Council and a Jedi Master, Ti was among the Jedi given the title of Jedi General.
Deployment to Kamino
Clone training initiative
- "I am a Jedi, where the individual and the group are one and the same—much like you clones."
"Which is why Fives and I are looking out for each other."
"As individuals, but not as a group. You are where you need to be. Solve your problems as a whole, not as individuals. I have decided to allow you and the rest of your squad to take the test again tomorrow."
- ―Shaak Ti and Echo
At the start of the war, Ti was sent to represent the Jedi and the Republic on Kamino and to oversee the cloning initiative. As the Republic's representative on Kamino, General Ti was given various responsibilities, from being a military commander to a diplomat. As the supervisor of the clone program, Ti watched over and helped train clone forces for combat, which she was aided in by two bounty hunters contracted by the Republic, Master Chief Bric and El-Les. Ti and the two hunters conducted training exercises for cadet squads and graduated them when they were ready for deployment. Early on, Ti became a protector for the clones under her supervision as someone they looked up to and respected. Her compassion for them was countered by the need to produce capable soldiers, and she often fell between the unsympathetic Bric and the caring El-Les on matters relating to the clones' training.
Another of Ti's duties was the coordination of Kamino's defenses, which included a defensive orbital blockade and a local garrison stationed on-world, of which she was the commanding officer. In addition to the garrison, Ti was the commander in charge of the Kamino security force. She also worked closely alongside the Kaminoan government and represented the Republic's interests in meetings with Prime Minister Lama Su. Ti also worked closely with his administrative aide, Taun We, and Nala Se, the Chief Medical Scientist who had played a key role in the creation of the clone armies. General Ti's compassion for the clones as individuals contrasted greatly with the Kaminoan's cold view of them as products, which caused tension between her and the Kaminoan government as she protested their inhumane recommendations for treatment. At some point, Ti flew her Eta-2 Actis-class light interceptor while on Kamino.
One clone training group, Domino Squad, was ineffective in following protocol and working as a team. Ti, Bric, and El-Les presided over their pre-graduation exercises in the Citadel Challenge. Following one such failed exercise, Bric implied that the group were "rejects," and should be demoted to sanitation detail. El-Les was more sympathetic and wanted Domino Squad to continue training. Ti, although disagreeing with his sentiment, agreed with Bric that the squad was not ready for combat. She ended the test and requested that maintenance clone 99 send a cleaning crew to the training ground.
Ti later conversed with the Kaminoan Prime Minister, Lama Su, on the squad's ineffectiveness. Su recommended that the Republic find another donor for the cloning process, believing that the squad's failure was a genetic malfunction. He suggested rejecting the squad, by means of termination, an idea Ti strongly opposed. Su ultimately left the final decision of their consequence up to Ti as she was in charge of training. The squad failed their graduation testing, and despite Bric's opposition El-Les sent a request to Ti asking she allow the squad to retake the test. She was later approached by two members of Domino Squad, CT-5555, "Fives," and CT-1409, "Echo," who asked for a transfer to another squad. Sensing their stress, Ti disapproved of their plea and told them that when in battle, they should fight as a group, not as individuals. She told them that she had decided to allow them to retake the test.
In the early stages of their final exercise, the squad worked as a team and managed to proceed further than they had before. Upon reaching the citadel, however, they realized that the ascension cables needed to scale it were missing. Bric revealed that he had removed them in hopes that they would fail. El-Les protested that Ti end the test because Bric's actions made it unfair, but she denied his request, stating that adversity would be a constant in war and that the Separatists wouldn't play fair either. Despite Bric's efforts, the squad managed to overcome their disability and complete the test by scaling the tower using the wall-mounted turrets. Having successfully proven themselves and passed their final exercise, Ti graduated them to the Grand Army of the Republic.
Battle of Kamino
- "The droids are spread thin. We must press our offensive now!"
- ―Shaak Ti
After the Republic intercepted a message between Separatist General Grievous and assassin Asajj Ventress discussing a planned attack on Kamino, Ti began coordinating forces on the planet to defend against the imminent attack. Kenobi and Skywalker were assigned to join the defenses with reinforcements, and Ti and Su met them when they landed at Tipoca City. Ti welcomed the pair to Kamino while Su expressed doubt that an attack would take place, as he believed that the Republic blockade was far too strong. A Separatist fleet soon arrived and engaged the blockade. As the two fleets began to clash, Ti monitored the progress of the battle from Tipoca City's control room alongside Kenobi, Su, Captain Rex, and Commander Cody. She noted that the Separatist fleet was not large enough to defeat the blockade, and ordered Skywalker to lead the Republic's fighters in assaulting the enemy. Several Munificent-class star frigates were destroyed protecting Grievous' flagship, with their debris crashing in the ocean near Tipoca City. Ti pointed out the unusual tactic to Kenobi. Kenobi became concerned that the battle was too easy, and left Ti and the others to investigate the wreckage in the ocean beneath the city. He discovered AQ-series battle droids assembling Trident-class assault ships underwater but was unable to warn the city before the droids began their assault.
Ti continued to monitor the battle with Su as Grievous and his forces joined in on the ground battle. When the control room came under assault by several Aqua droids, Ti quickly dispatched them and contacted the other Jedi, warning that the attacking droids were spread thin throughout the city and that the Republic needed to press their counterattack quickly. While Kenobi engaged Grievous and Skywalker hunted down Ventress, who attempted to steal a genetic sample of the clone's DNA, Ti led the clone troopers in pushing the droids back to Tipoca City's main hangar. As the remaining aqua droids were rounded up and destroyed, Ti contacted Cody to inform him of the progress made. The clone forces were soon able to corner Ventress, though she managed to escape with Grievous on an escape pod without the DNA.
Serving the Council
When the Jedi received a nearly 2,000-year-old distress code, Ti and the Council sent Kenobi, Skywalker, and his Padawan, Ahsoka Tano, to the Chrelythiumn system, where they were to investigate the signal and rendezvous with a star cruiser helmed by Rex. Despite having the correct coordinates, the three Jedi could not find the other ship and became trapped in an otherworldly plane. They later managed to leave and complete their rendezvous. Sometime later, while in the face of a Separatist invasion, the Togrutan governor of Kiros decided to negotiate with Dooku, knowing that Republic aid would arrive too late. Kenobi and Skywalker arrived with their entourages, only to discover that the Togrutan colonists were relocated by the Separatists. When Ti and the Council learned of this, they dispatched Kenobi, Skywalker, Tano, and Rex with finding the colonists and rescuing them.
Not long after it was discovered that Dooku and criminal mastermind Moralo Eval had a plot to kidnap Palpatine at the Festival of Light on Naboo, Ti and the rest of the Council arranged for Kenobi to go undercover as bounty hunter Rako Hardeen to stop Eval and Dooku from succeeding. Ti attended the faux funeral of Kenobi, standing alongside Windu and Satine Kryze of Mandalore. She later attended a meeting held by Windu, where he discussed the security being put in place during the festival. The Council's plan was a success, and the Chancellor came out unscathed. When the Separatists invaded Onderon and replaced its king, Ramsis Dendup, with their own, Sanjay Rash, a small group of Dendup's followers rebelled against the new monarch. They reached out to the Council, asking for support. Ti and her fellow Council members were wary, as the rebel's fight did not involve the Republic, and sending aid would earn the Jedi scrutiny from the Senate. Nonetheless, the Council sent Kenobi, Skywalker, Tano, and Rex to train the rebels in secret.
Following the bombing of the Jedi Temple hangar, Ti and the Council met to discuss who the culprit could be. Windu entertained the idea that the bomber could be a rogue Jedi, and assigned Skywalker and Tano to investigate. Their investigation led to the arrest of Letta Turmond, who had fed nano-droid explosives to her unwitting husband, a worker in the Temple. Ti later attended the funeral for the six Jedi killed in the bombing. Following the services, Ti and the Council met to listen to Kenobi's report on the Separatist activity on Saleucami. His report was cut short by Admiral Wilhuff Tarkin, who told those present of Turmond's request to speak to Tano. Tano met with the prisoner, and in a startling turn of events, Turmond was killed and Tano was on the run, blamed for her murder. Ti attended the Council meeting in which Tarkin accused Tano of masterminding the attack, causing Ti to exchange a shocked look with Kit Fisto.
After Tano's capture, Tarkin requested that the Council expel Tano from the Order so that a military trial could take place, free of what he believed to be a bias among the Jedi. Fearing that a refusal would be seen as an act of sedition, the Council reluctantly agreed. Ti was one of the judges during Tano's trial in the Chamber of Judgment, where the young Padawan was expelled from the Jedi Order and stripped of her ranks within the Grand Army of the Republic. Skywalker ultimately proved Tano's innocence, revealing that it was Padawan Barriss Offee who had become disillusioned with the Order, gave Turmond the nano-droids, and framed Tano for it all. The Council apologized to Tano and offered her a chance to rejoin, though she refused and left the Jedi Order.
- "I can't believe Fives would try to assassinate the Chancellor."
"The Kaminoans feel a virus corrupted his inhibitor chip, which has led to this behavior. ARC Trooper Fives feels he is the victim of a plot, Separatist or otherwise."
- ―Anakin Skywalker and Shaak Ti discuss Five's breakdown
Following clone trooper Tup's breakdown during the Battle of Ringo Vinda, in which he killed Jedi General Tiplar, he was sent to Kamino for an examination. He was accompanied by Rex and Fives, whom Ti, still stationed on the ocean world, met with shortly after their arrival. As they accompanied the sedated Tup to an examination room, Ti informed Rex that he was needed back on the battlefront and sent Fives for an examination, as he was close with Tup and any information gathered would be beneficial to the investigation. Ti and Kaminoan doctor Nala Se then began their testing on Tup. Se conducted a hyper test, a practice Ti was not fond of. During the tests, Tup began shaking violently, which a concerned Fives noticed from the neighboring examination room. Ti shuttered the viewing window between rooms so that Fives would not panic. The tests yielded nothing, and Se's readings showed him to be in perfect health. Ti suggested that they missed something and asked if he was conscious only for Tup to look at her and violently mutter "kill the Jedi" before Se sedated him. Ti and Se were at a loss and the two had no answers.
The medical droid AZI-3 suggested a phase 5 atomic scan be performed on Tup, in order to find the source of his breakdown. Se claimed that the scan could kill him, and instead suggested that they terminate the clone and do an autopsy on his body, as she believed that the cause of his behavior was a virus. Ti instead believed that the cause was mental, suggesting that the Separatists had brainwashed him during his time at Ringo Vinda. Each decided to speak with their respective peers on what they should do next. While Se conversed with Lama Su, Ti contacted the Jedi Council on Coruscant to discuss the issue. Ti told them of the situation and backed up her theory of brainwashing with the fact that Tup had gone missing for five rotations while on Ringo Vinda prior to murdering Master Tiplar. The Council told her to bring the clone back to the Jedi Temple, where they would examine him through the Force.
Ti was then alerted to an invader alarm on Kamino which she found had been triggered by Fives, who, along with AZI-3, had run the atomic scan against orders. They had located and extracted a tumor which they believed to be the cause of Tup's behavior. Tup soon died muttering that he was "free of the nightmares." Ti and Se contacted Supreme Chancellor Sheev Palpatine and told him about the situation. Ti requested that she be able to continue testing on the tumor at the Jedi Temple, but the Chancellor told her to bring the data to the Grand Republic Medical Facility on Coruscant. Se agreed with Palpatine's suggestion, and the outnumbered Ti informed the Chancellor that she would do as he asked. Later on, Ti and Se met with Fives in his examination room. Ti told Fives about the Chancellor's orders and explained that the investigation was better left to medical professionals, inquisitively adding that there was much they didn't know about the tumor yet before placing it in a case. Se stated her opinion that Fives' actions kept them from learning more about the tumor, which irked the clone. The two began arguing over the situation before Ti stopped them. With their arguing settled, Ti told the two that she had arranged for the tumor and all the data gathered to be sent to the Jedi Temple. The outraged Se tried to dissuade the Jedi Master, but Ti simply told Se that her word was final. Ti told Fives that he had one last physical to pass before he would be returned to duty.
Before she could leave for Coruscant, however, Ti was alerted that Fives and AZI-3 were attempting to escape. Ti and Se led a squad of clones to a hangar, where they chased after the fleeing duo. The group couldn't reach Fives and AZI-3 in time, and they watched from the hangar as the two fugitives left in an escape pod. Ti ordered that the pod be tracked so they could bring them in alive. Unbeknownst to Ti, Fives and AZI-3 had not planned to escape, but to create a diversion so they could investigate Tup's death and the origin of the tumor in secret. In the central control room, Ti and Se continued their search. Ti told Se that she had a feeling that they were searching in the wrong place. She was soon informed that there had been strange activity in the Genetic Records Hall and that someone was accessing the Jango Fett template data. Ti ordered that the room be evacuated quietly, and immediately left with a group of clones and Se to investigate. Ti's suspicions turned out to be true and they found Fives and AZI-3 in the Records Hall. Ti, Se, and the clones gave chase once again, but the two renegades escaped into the emergency flooding system. Back in the control center, Ti correctly surmised that Fives and AZI-3 weren't planning to escape, but rather that they were researching something, she just didn't know what. She later saw Se quietly leaving the command center and followed her with a squad of clone troopers. She arrived at the Embryo Room in time to see Fives holding a blaster to Se's head, and told him to surrender as she ignited her lightsaber.
Fives told her how he, assisted by AZI-3, discovered that the tumor had been bio-engineered and suspected a larger plot to be the cause of Tup's actions. The duo had also discovered that all troopers, including Fives, had been implanted with the same organic inhibitor chip, which had malfunctioned in Tup. Ti asked for an explanation of why Tup's had degraded, but Fives told her that it didn't matter and that the entire Republic army could be compromised unless the chips were removed. Se claimed that the chips had been placed to inhibit aggressive behavior and that Tup's malfunction was an isolated incident, as well as that removing the chip caused Tup to die. When he told them that he had removed his own chip, Se claimed that Fives was a threat and should be terminated. Fives was angered by the suggestion and told Se that she had no right to treat him like hardware, to which Se stated that the clones were merely the property of the Kaminoans. At this remark, Ti interjected on Fives' behalf, saying that the clones were technically the property of the Republic and invoking Jedi authority once more to insist that Fives be sent to the Chancellor for investigation, rather than let him be terminated by the doctor. Se countered that he was not part of the Chancellor's initial request, but Ti remained sturdy in sending him to Coruscant. Fives thanked her for believing in him, to which Ti replied that she was only doing what was right.
Ti led Fives, as well as Se, to the Grand Republic Medical Facility on Coruscant. As they approached Coruscant, however, Se drugged Fives behind Ti's back, making the clone paranoid and aggressive. Upon arrival, they were greeted by Mas Amedda, who led them inside to the Chancellor. The Chancellor greeted Ti as Fives was put on an examination table. Ti gave the chips to the Chancellor and Se explained what they were. He asked whether or not a virus was the sure cause of the decay in Tup's chip, to which Se said that they only knew that the chip had failed and that Fives was now a threat after removing his own. Fives insisted to the Chancellor that the Kaminoans were covering something up about the chips and that if not, he and Tup were victims of a Separatist plot. Se again argued that a virus was responsible and that Fives should be terminated. The Chancellor requested that Ti and Se wait outside while he talked with Fives. Ti protested, but the Chancellor assured her that he and Fives would be safe. As she was meditating outside, Ti heard blaster fire and opened the door to see Fives disarming the Chancellor and his security. Fives began to aim his weapon at the Chancellor, but Ti used the Force to stop him. The Chancellor claimed that Fives had tried to assassinate him. While Ti was helping the Chancellor up, Fives ran out of the room and down a staircase. She chased after the fleeing clone and jumped down the staircase to the medical bay. She ordered that the blast doors be closed, but Fives managed to make it through in time.
Ti met with Masters Plo Koon, Yoda, Windu, and Skywalker and told them about Fives' actions. Skywalker, whose legion Fives belonged to, expressed disbelief upon hearing that he had tried to assassinate the Chancellor. Ti told them that the Kaminoans believed that a virus had caused the clones' inhibitor chip to malfunction, resulting in this behavior, while Fives believed that he was the victim of a conspiracy. Windu informed the Jedi that the Chancellor had been moved to his senate quarters and that all security and clone forces on Coruscant were ordered to join the manhunt for Fives. He added that the Jedi were not asked to take part in the search, something those present found odd. Windu suggested that they lead an undercover investigation to find if any plot involving the clones existed, which Skywalker volunteered to do. Ti warned him to be cautious, as the removal of the chip might have changed Fives. Shortly after being found by Skywalker and Rex, the unstable and neurotic Fives was killed by Commander Fox as he attempted to reveal what he had learned about the chips' true purpose.
Ti, along with Skywalker, Windu, and Yoda, met with the Chancellor later, where he gave his own explanation of the clones' breakdown. Palpatine told the Jedi that his investigation had led him to believe that a parasite native to Ringo Vinda had caused the chips to malfunction, and that an inoculation for it had been developed which would be administered to the clones. Ti and Skywalker remained silent during the meeting, listening as Yoda and Windu accepted the words of the Chancellor, who ensured that nothing more would be made of the situation and that their attention be redirected to the war.
Soon after, Palpatine informed the Jedi Council of Queen Julia of Bardotta's request for Jar Jar Binks to assist her after the disappearance of several Dagoyan Masters. Ti, along with the rest of the Council, discussed the matter, ultimately deciding that Binks should not go alone, leading to Windu's decision to accompany him.
The unending war
Secrets of the Sith
After receiving a decades-old distress call from the lost ship of Sifo-Dyas, the Jedi Council sent Master Koon to investigate. After confirming the ship as Sifo-Dyas', the Council chose to investigate the matter deeper. Ti was present when Skywalker and Kenobi gave a report of their mission to Oba Diah, where they were confronted by Dooku. They had learned the startling realization that Dooku and Tyranus, the man who helped Sifo-Dyas order the clone army, were one and the same. Dooku had, under the name Tyranus, enlisted Jango Fett to be the template for the clone army Sifo-Dyas had ordered and paid the Pykes on Oba Diah to kill Sifo-Dyas by shooting down his ship. Ti and the Council chose to keep this revelation secret, knowing that belief in the war effort would disintegrate if the public knew that the Sith had a secret connection to the army and that they had no reason to doubt the clones' loyalty at the time. Yoda lamented that the Council would have to play along with the Dark Lord of the Sith's games until they could unravel their web and learn their intentions.
Shortly after the Council's investigation of Sifo-Dyas' death, Yoda began hearing the voice of long-dead Jedi Qui-Gon Jinn during meditation. Ti and the Council met to discuss the revelations surrounding Dooku, specifically the idea that Dooku was not the Sith Lord they had been searching for and merely an apprentice. When asked his opinion during the meeting, Yoda told them that he was deep in thought and had not been listening. The Council was confused by the Grand Master's strange behavior, and Ti looked to Oppo Rancisis and Kit Fisto with concern. Sometime later Yoda called a meeting to tell the Council what had been troubling him and requested that they join him in meditating to see if they could hear the voice as well. Ti joined the rest of the Council in meditation at the center of the room, where she placed her hand on Ki-Adi-Mundi and knelt. Despite remaining in a state of meditation for the duration of an entire day, their efforts proved fruitless as not one of the Jedi present heard the voice. As Fisto helped Ti up, Yoda walked away from the other Jedi in disillusionment. Mundi proposed that Yoda had been deceived by the Sith, which Kenobi argued against despite Yoda's agreement. Yoda later heard Jinn's voice again and was told to travel to Dagobah to find the answers he sought. While on Dagobah, he experienced a harrowing vision in which Ti was impaled by Anakin Skywalker's lightsaber while meditating.
Ti, alongside many Jedi both dead and alive, later appeared in another of Yoda's visions as he walked through the Valley of Extinction in the mysterious Wellspring of Life. Ti was seen conversing with Barriss Offee and Adi Gallia. The former was imprisoned on Coruscant and the latter was killed during a skirmish on Florrum. All Jedi present gathered underneath the Great Tree, where Yoda realized that these events were an illusion, calling out Jinn and Gallia as being deceased, and Dooku as being a traitor. The illusions, including Ti, were lifted into the sky and the vision was ended.
Following the death of the Jedi Tu-Anh on Utapau, Kenobi and Skywalker discovered that the Separatists were secretly transporting a massive kyber crystal to Serenno. Ti was present during Kenobi's report of the situation, listening as Yoda ordered him to keep the crystal out of Separatist hands. The subsequent mission led to the crystal's destruction by the Jedi. Ti sat among her fellow masters when Skywalker and Kenobi reported their actions to the council. The Jedi learned from Yoda that kyber crystals like the one on Utapau had once powered ancient superweapons constructed by the Sith and that the mysterious Dark Lord of the Sith might one day discover another giant kyber crystal and craft a new superweapon.
The disciples of the dark side
- "With all due respect, Master Windu, Vos has been in a unique position. For a time, he convinced Dooku that he was on the count's side—that he could be trusted. He's learned so much, and reported it all to us. Going forward, we can use that knowledge as we strategize."
"I agree, but Vos doesn't have to be in the field."
"But if he is there, he will be able to react immediately with any knowledge he has that we don't. I feel he is ready to be sent on a more delicate mission."
- ―Obi-Wan Kenobi, Mace Windu, and Shaak Ti talk about Quinlan Vos
Almost three standard years since the Clone Wars had begun, the Confederacy set its sights on the Mid Rim planet Mahranee. A distress call from the planet led to intervention from Jedi General Chubor, but his forces were unable to prevent a Separatist takeover. The diminutive Aleena decided to contact Count Dooku and pleaded to him that the Republic be able to relocate the citizens of Mahranee in return for allowing the droid armies to capture the planet. Chubor transmitted their conversation to the Jedi Council but Dooku, aware of this, chose to blame the Jedi for the billions of casualties the war had already claimed, then proceeded to decimate Chubor's fleet, killing thousands, including both Republic forces and Mahran refugees. In the High Council chamber on Coruscant, Master Ti and her fellow Council members solemnly watched a hologram of the atrocity.
A silence fell once the recording ended, and the Council meeting became tense as the Jedi grappled with the mass killing, and a gravely disturbed Windu suggested to his fellows that a covert operation to assassinate Dooku would bring about a swift end to the conflict. Master Kenobi immediately objected, but Windu continued and pressed the Jedi to consider his option, reasoning that if they didn't change their tactics, Dooku would continue to slaughter innocents, and the war would continue without end. Windu's proposal left the Council shaken, and Ti, though calm, expressed sorrow in her expression. Ti and the others watched as Yoda stood from his seat and walked to a window, who dejectedly agreed that they had to stop Dooku before it was too late. After consideration, the Council decided to assign maverick Jedi Master Quinlan Vos to the assassination of Count Dooku.
Vos partnered with Asajj Ventress, who, by then, had been abandoned by Dooku and was living as a bounty bunter, to teach him and help him accomplish his task. While the two trained together, Vos cut off contact with the Jedi Council and continued with his own plan forward. He and Ventress were unsuccessful, however, in their attempt to kill Dooku on Raxus Secundus, and Vos was taken captive. A rescue attempt by Ventress and a group of bounty hunters failed and, over the next several months, rumors of a mysterious Confederate officer dubbed "Admiral Enigma" began emerging, and the Council realized that the mysterious person could be Vos.
Ventress was contacted by Master Kenobi and Knight Akar-Deshu, who were seeking to find out what had happened to Vos, and they convinced her to go to the Jedi Temple and speak before the Council. At the time, Ti was in a meeting with Masters Yoda, Windu, Koon, and Mundi in the Council chambers. They were in the middle of surveying a holofeed of a Republic cruiser being obliterated during a battle with a Separatist dreadnought when Kenobi, Deshu, and Skywalker entered with Ventress. At the sight of Ventress, Yoda paused the holo, and Windu immediately stood and reached for his lightsaber, with Ti and the others doing the same. When Windu threatened her with arrest, Kenobi informed the group that he had assured Ventress that he had promised her sanctuary inside the Temple. Ti and the others looked to Yoda, who thanked Ventress for her help and told her that the Council had several questions for her. Though Windu and Koon showed distrust of her, Kenobi facilitated calmness, and the Council began questioning the former Sith acolyte.
At the Council's inquiry, Ventress confirmed their suspicions that she and Vos had become lovers and that she had taught him to embrace the dark side solely as a means of killing Dooku. Despite her attempts to explain herself, Windu argued that she had corrupted Vos, but she fired back that he would never have gone to her unless the Council hadn't sent him on his mission. An uncomfortable silence fell before the Council finished their questioning and Yoda sent the Jedi Knights and Ventress outside so the Council members could speak alone. The Council briefly considered their options and decided that they had to trust Ventress' word and try to atone for their mistakes by returning Vos to the Jedi. The Council authorized a rescue mission, and Ventress, with help from Kenobi and Skywalker, was able to free Vos from captivity in Dooku's palace on Serenno. After his rescue, however, Ventress began warning the Jedi that Vos was still under the influence of the dark side.
For the next month, the Council granted Vos small missions to perform while he healed from his wounds. At the end of that time, the Council convened to discuss what to do with him further. Kenobi advised that they interpret Ventress' accusations against Vos as her way of dealing with his rejection of her for the Jedi, and opined to the Council that they allow Vos to take on larger missions. Ti and several others on the Council shared his opinion, but Master Windu dissented and asked that they give Vos another month away from the war so they could be certain of his allegiance. Kenobi told Windu that, by allowing Vos to engage in the war effort, they could utilize his knowledge of Confederate tactics from his time as Admiral Enigma to strategize. Windu agreed but argued that Vos didn't have to be in the field for them to do so. Ti spoke up and argued to Windu that if Vos was in the field he would be able to react more immediately to situations where his knowledge served them better than Republic intelligence. She added that she felt he was ready to be sent on a more delicate mission. At Ti's argument, Windu conceded to the will of the Council, and Vos was brought in to be informed of his new duties.
With his higher responsibilities, Vos was placed on missions to small Separatist storage facilities and listening posts, but each led to growing suspicion of his loyalty, as every outpost seemed to have been abandoned by the Separatists before Republic forces arrived. Suspecting that Ventress was right and that Vos was indeed a traitor, the Council decided to send him to assassinate Dooku once more. He recruited Ventress again, and they traveled to Christophsis to carry out their mission. Ventress was proven right in her belief that he was still under the influence of the dark side but sacrificed herself at the hands of Dooku in order to redeem him. Vos was ultimately allowed to rejoin the Order, and he returned Ventress' body to her homeworld of Dathomir.
Battle of Coruscant
- "Grievous has attacked the capitol."
"What about the Chancellor?"
"Shaak Ti has been sent to protect him, but Master Windu has lost contact with her."
- ―Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker
In the final months of the war, a Republic victory seemed close at hand. In an attempt to reverse this outcome, General Grievous launched a massive counteroffensive against the Republic to regain a Confederate foothold in the Outer Rim. In this campaign, Republic and Confederate forces were spread across the Outer Rim in a series of clashes named the Outer Rim Sieges. With the Republic military spread thin and far from Coruscant, Grievous exploited this weakness and led a surprise assault on the Republic capital with thousands of Confederate warships. Ti, who was stationed on Coruscant, was ordered to protect Chancellor Palpatine during the battle and was aided by Jedi Knight Roron Corobb and layers of security forces.
Ti and Corobb were dispatched to Palpatine's apartments to escort him out of his quarters, but the Chancellor dismissed their concerns and refused to flee in the face of the attack. Grievous himself then appeared, having traveled to the planet's surface to kidnap the Chancellor. Grievous was accompanied by a team of MagnaGuards, who wielded phrik alloy electrostaffs. Ti and Corrob dueled Grievous in Palpatine's quarters. Ti had been in contact with Master Windu as the battle commenced, but lost contact with him while protecting the Chancellor. Grievous easily cut through the Chancellor's security force as well as Corobb, all of whom fell to the General's blades while defending Palpatine. With all but Ti dead, Grievous advanced to confront her. Using both her lightsaber and a MagnaGuard electrostaff, Ti, the last line of defense for the Chancellor, dueled with the General.
Grievous managed to get the upper hand by electrocuting Ti with electrified cables, which knocked her unconscious. Grievous ensnared Ti in the cables, then took her lightsaber to add to his collection. With Ti incapacitated and the rest of Palpatine's security dead, Grievous fled with the captive Chancellor to his flagship, the Invisible Hand. As a result of his lost communication with Ti, Windu reached out to Kenobi and Skywalker, who were in the process of negotiating a Republic Siege of Mandalore. The two were not only able to successfully rescue the Chancellor, but their rescue mission led to the death of Count Dooku at Skywalker's hands. With Dooku dead and Republic reinforcements overwhelming his fleet, Grievous and his armada retreated from Coruscant in a major loss.
End of the war and death
Following the Separatist's loss on Coruscant, Grievous was named the Confederacy's new Head of State. The Council, upon learning of this, made his capture their highest priority in order to end the war. Palpatine, who the Council already strongly distrusted, took it upon himself to appoint Skywalker to the Council. With little option, the Council agreed but refused to grant him the rank of Master, infuriating the young Jedi. The Council had only agreed in order to spy on the Chancellor through Skywalker. Ti was not present during these events but did attend the meeting where Skywalker informed the Council that Republic Intelligence had located Grievous on Utapau. Skywalker volunteered to lead the mission but was replaced by Kenobi at Windu and Mundi's urging. These events strained the relationship between not only the Council and the Chancellor, but also Skywalker.
Soon after the Battle of Coruscant, it was discovered that Palpatine, revealed to be the true Dark Lord of the Sith, Darth Sidious, had been manipulating the Republic and the Jedi. Sidious was the mastermind behind the creation of both the clone and droid armies, as well as Dooku's Sith mentor. After Sidious revealed to Skywalker his true identity, Windu gathered together Fisto, Tiin, and Agen Kolar to arrest the Supreme Chancellor for his crimes. Sidious killed Windu's team in quick succession, with Windu falling shortly thereafter courtesy of Skywalker's betrayal. With the promise of saving those he loved from dying, Sidious turned Skywalker to the dark side of the Force. He enacted Order 66, which used the clones' inhibitor chips to turn them against the Jedi. As the Jedi spread across the galaxy were being massacred, the temple was attacked by Skywalker, newly christened Darth Vader, aided by the 501st clone legion. Ti recorded a message on a holocron urging whoever found the message to continue the legacy of the Force, and not to let the Purge be the end of the Jedi. As she meditated during the attack, Ti was murdered by Vader, in accordance with Yoda's visions.
- "Don't let this be the end of the Jedi."
- ―The message Ti recorded on a holocron before her death
Despite only owning it for a short period of time before his death at the hands of Kenobi on Utapau, Ti's lightsaber was among the most prized in Grievous' collection. During the onset of the Battle of Utapau, he used the saber during a brief bout with Kenobi, but it was lost when the hand wielding it was cut off by the Jedi.
Shortly after the Battle of Fortress Vader in 12 BBY, Vader entered a portal constructed by Darth Momin to resurrect his deceased wife, Padmé Amidala. While walking through and experiencing various illusions, he entered one where several Jedi, dead and alive, including Ti, confronted him. One by one, Vader destroyed the illusions, impaling both Ti and Koon simultaneously as the words "Let the past die" resounded in his mind.
At some point following Order 66, the holocron Ti used shortly before her death became part of Grakkus the Hutt's vast collection of Jedi artifacts on Nar Shaddaa. Sometime between 0 ABY and 1 ABY, Vader's son Luke Skywalker was kidnapped by Grakkus after a series of skirmishes in the streets of Nar Shadaa, during which he brandished his father's former lightsaber and revealed his intention of sneaking into the old Jedi Temple on Coruscant. Skywalker awoke in the Hutt's palace, where the Hutt showed him a holocron. Knowing that Skywalker must have had some connection to the Force, Grakkus ordered that he open the holocron. While under pressure from the Hutt, he opened several holocrons in the room, among which was Ti's. Luke listened to her recorded plea before once again facing the Hutt. In 4 ABY, Luke, by then a Jedi Knight, helped redeem Vader and end Sidious' rule over the galaxy. In the years afterward, Luke began researching and rediscovering the history of the long-dead and forgotten Jedi Order. During his search for knowledge, he learned of Ti's life and role in the Clone Wars and later chronicled her history in a personal journal he entitled The Secrets of the Jedi.
Personality and traits
- "Are you suggesting we just…cast off the Domino Squad? They're living beings. Not objects."
- ―Shaak Ti, to Lama Su
Shaak Ti was a female Togruta with dark grayish-blue eyes and red skin. Around her eyes were large white markings, a pigmentation unique to Ti. She had a jeweled headdress adorning her face that lay along the border between her face and her montrals, which along with her lekku were marked by gray stripes. Ti's colorful features were a hereditary pattern evolved by Togruta to confuse the predators of their homeworld, Shili. Ti was regarded as wise and patient, and a devoted believer in the ways of the Jedi. According to Luke Skywalker, Ti was likely given the assignment to oversee the training of clones because she excelled as both a teacher and a combatant. The lessons she passed onto the clones proved to be far more effective than she imagined. During her deployment to Kamino, she often struggled to balance the need to produce capable soldiers for the war effort and her compassion for the clones, which was made all the more difficult by her power struggle with the Kaminoan leadership. Ti didn't see the clones as battlefield assets, but as individuals full of potential. Despite her feelings for the clones, however, she could be tough on her students in order to bring the best out of them. Though she was a hard judge of capability and expected the best from the clones, she was not callous like some of her peers on Kamino.
As a member of the Jedi High Council, Ti took part in many important meetings alongside the greatest Jedi in the Order. She held a seat on the Council from her inception following Master Yaddle's retirement to her death during the siege of the Jedi Temple. She often remained silent during meetings, showing emotion though calm expressions, though she sometimes interjected into conversations to voice her opinion on a matter. At the meeting wherein the Council debated Quinlan Vos' loyalty, Ti sided with Obi-Wan in his trust in Vos, saying that the Council could discern his loyalty by allowing him to take on smaller assignments. Ti's commitment to the Jedi made her willing to act against the orders of others, for instance arranging for the data on Tup's breakdown and subsequent investigation be sent to the Jedi Temple before the Republic Medical Facility, which went against the direct command of the Supreme Chancellor.
Ti was noted by Fives to be a helping and caring individual, valuing the lives of the clones not as objects but as people. This often led to conflict with the Kaminoans, who regarded them as property. She openly opposed the Kaminoan's preferred methods of handling clones, such as hyper tests and termination, as well their mistreatment of the soldiers. The Kaminoans in turn criticized Ti and the Jedi, citing their compassion and creative thinking as poor influences on the clones. Ti had a particularly difficult relationship with Doctor Nala Se, who had little regard for her moral and spiritual beliefs. Although the two had some respect for each other, their relationship quickly soured as they tried to track down the rogue Fives. Despite the need to keep the situation professional, Ti stood up for Fives against Se where she could, disputing her baseless claims and trying to ease Fives whenever Se would instigate him. Ti became increasingly suspicious of Se as they worked together during the crisis, and even though Fives' behavior and discoveries deeply troubled her, Ti decided to invoke her authority over Se to allow Fives a chance to present his findings to the Chancellor. When Fives thanked her for what she had done for him, Ti told him that she had made the decision not because she believed in either side, but because it was the right thing to do.
When the Jedi Temple came under siege by Vader and his clone forces, Ti accepted that the Order would not prevail that night and, instead of fighting, attempted to preserve what knowledge she could by recording a message on a holocron, urging its future finder to continue the Jedi way.
Powers and abilities
As a Force-sensitive, Ti was skilled in using telekinesis during battle. During the Battle of Kamino, she used telekinesis to lift two aqua droids and slam them into two other droids hard enough to destroy all four. Ti used the Force to disarm Fives as he was about to assassinate Palpatine, and while chasing after the rogue clone, performed a Force jump to catch up, leaping easily over a large crowd. As a Togruta, Ti's hollow montrals allowed her to sense the movement of objects around them. This echolocation, which could reach up to 82 feet, paired with her natural Force abilities allowed Ti to be very perceptive of her surroundings. Because of her increased spatial awareness, she was exceptional at group combat as she was not hindered by the complexity of movements.
Ti's martial capabilities were also enough to ensure her survival during the Battle of Geonosis, an engagement that saw the deaths of nearly 200 Jedi. She had the skill to wield two melee weapons at once as she, at one point during the Battle of Coruscant, wielded both her lightsaber and an electrostaff. In addition to her combat skills, Ti was also a capable pilot.
As the overseer of clone training on Kamino, Ti demonstrated an affinity for teaching, with a specialty in combat instruction. She was also well-adept in leadership roles and had experience working as a diplomat.
Ti wielded a blue lightsaber, using it throughout the Clone Wars until it was stolen by Grievous during the Battle of Coruscant. The saber's hilt was 26.60 centimeters in length and was crafted from copper and durasteel. Like many of her fellow Jedi in the Clone Wars, Ti was the owner of an Eta-2 Actis-class light interceptor.
Although she commonly wore a standard Jedi robe, underneath she wore a traditional Togruta dress comprising of a flowing brown skirt and an intricately designed scarf and tabard, along with a sleeveless brown undershirt accompanied by matching sleeves that stretched from her shoulders to her wrists. At some point later in the Clone Wars, she acquired a wrist comm with a similar design to her tabard.
Behind the scenes
Shaak Ti was created by concept artists Dermot Power and Iain McCaig, who designed her as a Jedi with a rubicund complexion and an intricately patterned and layered brocade for use in Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones.
Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith
- "Each time I was on set it took four hours to prepare my character. The entire costume was heavy, with a long tail, two horns, and a long skirt. It was hard to move! But I'm very happy that I had a chance to play this cool character. I'm proud to be a Jedi Master."
- ―Orli Shoshan on portraying Shaak Ti
Shaak Ti was played by Israeli actress and model Orli Shoshan in Attack of the Clones. Ti is seen throughout the film as a background character and has no speaking lines. Shoshan was offered the part while living in Sydney, Australia. She was a former member of the Israeli Army, but despite her previous training in martial arts the bulky costume made it tricky for her to perform melee combat. Shoshan had filmed several scenes as Ti for Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith, but they were cut from the final product. In the only scene in Revenge of the Sith that features Ti, that being a short cameo at a Jedi Council meeting, she is portrayed by Maria Brill, a member of the Visual Effects department. Both Shoshan and Brill were uncredited for their roles in Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, respectively.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars
- "As an actress and voice-over artist, these are my favorite kinds of jobs because I get to put a foot in both worlds. It's a gift. I get to play a wonderful role but I'm not subjected to the hours of make-up that would be required to become Shaak Ti."
- ―Tasia Valenza on voicing Shaak Ti
She was voiced by Tasia Valenza in Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Valenza notes that Ti was written for the show to have an "accent with a Spanish flavor," something with an "exotic flair." For the role, Valenza, who usually records in her closet, recorded in a studio with the other actors. Ti first appeared in the Season Three episode "Clone Cadets" as a supporting character, and was featured in a similar role in the following episode, "ARC Troopers." Valenza reprised her role as Ti for the Season Six episodes "Conspiracy," "Fugitive," and "Orders," where Ti is featured again in a major supporting role. Ti was a recurring minor character throughout the show following the third season, appearing in silent cameos in Seasons Four and Five with a slightly more substantial role in Season Six. Ti does not appear in any episode of Season Seven, though a short clip from the Season 5 episode "The Wrong Jedi" featuring Ti is used in the flashback sequence of "Gone with a Trace." She is, however, mentioned by name in the episode "Old Friends Not Forgotten," which makes reference to her fight with Grievous during the Battle of Coruscant.
Deleted scenes and canonical fate
In the final edit of Revenge of the Sith, most of the footage featuring Shaak Ti was cut, including two possible death scenes for her. In one, she is captured by General Grievous and taken aboard the Invisible Hand. When Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi make it aboard the ship they find a strangely despondent Ti sitting at the feet of Grievous, stating that she is sorry for failing him before Grievous stabs and kills her in front of the two Jedi. In another deleted scene of Episode III, which takes place during the Jedi Purge, Ti is meditating when she feels the presence of Vader and asks what he wants, believing him to still identify as Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker. Vader then stabs and kills her. The scene exists as "Anakin kills Shaak Ti" animatic and is part of the deleted scenes released on the Blu-ray in 2011. Ti's canonical death was finally confirmed as being killed by Darth Vader while meditating during Order 66 in the 2016 reference book Star Wars: Galactic Atlas.