- "However powerful, Vader is one, and we are many. No more debate. No more 'reflection.' No need of planning. Our prey comes to us. When he is dead, the Emperor will be crippled and know fear. And the galaxy will know the Jedi live."
- ―Shadday Potkin
Shadday Potkin was a female Human Jedi Master who served the Jedi Order and the Galactic Republic as a General during the Clone Wars. She would survive the war and the dissolution of the Order, only to be executed by Darth Vader in the following months.
A Force-sensitive Human, Shadday Potkin was trained in the ways of the Force by the Jedi Order. Attaining the rank of Jedi Master, Potkin had constructed a lightsaber to wield during her services to the Order. When the Clone Wars erupted between the Republic and the Confederacy of Independent Systems, Master Potkin took up the rank of General in the Grand Army of the Republic and began sitting in on strategy reports at the Coruscant Jedi Temple.
When the Supreme Chancellor of the Republic, Palpatine issued Contingency Order 66 to the Grand Army, the clone troopers dutifully turned their blasters on the Jedi leaders. Potkin managed to evade execution and returned to Coruscant where she saw the Temple in ruins and her Jedi comrades slain. While on the capital world, Master Potkin discovered that Palpatine, the man who ordered the dissolution of the Order and the new Galactic Emperor, was indeed the Dark Lord of the Sith the Order had been hunting.
Leaving Coruscant and going to ground, Master Potkin concocted a scheme to entrap Palpatine's Sith apprentice, Darth Vader. Calling a conclave on the planet Kessel, Master Potkin's meeting would be held in an abandoned spice mine. As her peers showed up under the pretense that they would discuss the future of the Order, it became quite clear to all that Master Potkin was actually manipulating them for her own obsessive purpose. As her target, Darth Vader, stormed the complex and headed to Potkin's planned ambush, the other Jedi ignited their lightsabers in preparation of the surprise attack.
Numbering eight, Potkin and her allies attacked Vader. Armed with a rare cortosis blade, Potkin was able to deactivate the Sith Lord's crimson-bladed weapon after he cut down Jedi Sia-Lan Wezz. Believing that she had the upper hand, Potkin's victory was quickly cut short when Vader simply grabbed her by the neck and snapped the woman's spine. Caught up in Potkin's plan, all six of the other Jedi present were killed.
Potkin was an extremely arrogant woman, believing that she and other fellow Jedi would be able to conquer Vader despite the fact that he had already killed more Jedi by himself. In addition, she was naïve and self-absorbed enough to discount the fact that Vader was extremely powerful in the Force as well as the fact that he had far superior strength, leading to her death in her pride.
Behind the scenes
- Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith (First appearance)
- Republic 80
- Star Wars: Purge (First identified as Shadday Potkin)
- Dressing a Galaxy: The Costumes of Star Wars
- The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia
- "Rogues Gallery: The Last Stand of the Jedi!" – Star Wars Insider 137