- "Shiak is 'stabbing.' Jedi tradition holds that shiak is an honorable method of inflicting serious injury because it causes the least visible injury to the opponent's body."
- ―Cin Drallig
In lightsaber combat, shiak was the act of stabbing an opponent and was considered relatively honorable by the Jedi. Jedi usually stabbed in the leg or arm. However, Sith preferred stabbing opponents through the chest or the stomach, often guaranteeing certain death to the unfortunate victim.
Shiak was featured several times during the duel on board Korriban's orbital security station between Sith Inquisitor Vindican, his apprentice Malgus and Jedi Master Kao Cen Darach and his Padawan, Satele Shan. Vindican attempted to impale Darach in the face, but the Zabrak Jedi easily dodged the Inquisitor's strike. Later, Darach, fighting the two Sith single-handedly, incapacitated Vindican by activating the second blade of Shan's saberstaff through the Sith's abdomen.
The Mandalorian Scientist Demagol and his Zeltron daughter, Chantique, both received a shiak strike from Exar Kun's double-bladed lightsaber during the Mandalorian Wars. This was a result of the latter attempting to attack the former, who grabbed the lightsaber to defend himself but mistakenly activated both ends of it, impaling and killing them both.
During a skirmish on Tython, Darth Zannah applied shiak against the Echani Jedi Master Raskta Lsu from behind, ending the Jedi's life. In that same battle, Johun Othone died at Zannah's hands in a similar manner when she drove her lightsaber through his chest after he was injured by Zannah's master.
Darth Maul used shiak when he stabbed Jedi Master Siolo Ur Manka. He used it again on Qui-Gon Jinn during their duel on Naboo.. Maul performed shiak again on Finn Ertay from behind during the Clone Wars when the two dueled and again on Sabo over Florrum. The Sith Lord executed Satine Kryze with a shiak strike by pulling her onto the Darksaber with the Force.
Shiak was used by Anakin Skywalker. He killed a T'surr slave trader named Krayn by stabbing him through the chest. He also applied this technique to Tal Merrik from behind, a turncoat senator working for Death Watch who was trying to hold Satine Kryze hostage.The Jedi Knight also applied this technique to kill the powerful Force-wielder known as the Son from behind and his Father and again on several Zygerrians during the Battle of Kadavo.
Obi-Wan Kenobi attempted to use shiak on Durge during the Battle of Muunilinst, but failed due to the durable nature of Durge's species. He also used the technique against B1 battle droids on Christophsis, in addition to numerous other battles during the Clone Wars. On two occasions, he used sai cha in conjunction with shiak on two battle droids, one aboard the Saak'ak and one during the mission to rescue Even Piell from the Citadel.
Shiak was used by Asajj Ventress when she impaled Jedi Master Fay from behind. She used it again on Senate Commando Faro Argyus when he tried to take all the credit for the rescue of Nute Gunray.. She also applied this technique with a Force Choke to Clone Recon Commando Colt during the Battle of Kamino and again on the Bounty Hunter Oked on Tatooine after Battle of Dathomir.
Count Dooku applied shiak to kill his former friend Lorian Nod, who tried to prevent his escape on Null.. He also tried to use shiak on Asajj Ventress during the Showdown at Toydaria, but she redirected it with the Force and he instead stabbed a pipe. He later impaled Gungan Minister Rish Loo during the Skirmish on Naboo. He used shiak on the Pike Syndicate's Minister Lom Pyke during Mission to Oba Diah.
General Grievous "rewarded" Gha Nachkt's finding of Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker's astromech droid R2-D2 and cracking his never-been-erased memory banks by impaling him through the back. He also used it on the Nightsister Daka during the Battle of Dathomir. During the Battle of Coruscant, he used it to devastating effect several times slaying Jedi opponents Roron Corobb, B'ink Utrila, Pablo-Jill, and L'lacielo Sageon.
The Ming Po Tryla received a shiak strike from the Death Watch's leader, Secret Mandalore Pre Vizsla, for attempting to kill Ming Po's Grandfather Chieftain Pieter during the first skirmish on Carlac.
Darth Sidious used this maneuver to kill Nightbrother Savage Opress during their duel on Mandalore and on Jedi Master Agen Kolar shortly before fatally slashing Saesee Tiin, when a team of Jedi Masters went to arrest him.
During and after the Great Jedi Purge, Darth Vader used shiak multiple times. During Vader's attack on the Jedi Temple in 19 BBY, his first Jedi victim was Gatekeeper Jurokk by igniting his lightsaber through Jurokk's head. He also murdered Chief Librarian Jocasta Nu by lifting her into the air and impaling her through the chest. Shortly afterwards, in the hidden passageways underneath the Temple, he killed Sha Koon in a similar manner. Grand Master Yoda used shiak to slay several clone troopers in the Jedi Temple. An unidentified clone trooper of the 501st legion was killed in this manner as well when the diminutive Master hurled his saber at him and it impaled him through the chest. Later that year, when he assailed a secret meeting of surviving Jedi, the first to die by his blade was the Jedi Knight Sia-Lan Wezz, having been impaled by the Dark Lord; he then sliced off her hand as she fell dead. Vader also ended the life of Jedi Master Hylon when he impaled him through the chest atop Mount Dijandi on Otavon XII. Jedi Padawan Drake Lo'gaan was also stabbed through the chest by Darth Vader, though unlike Hylon, Lo'gaan survived the blow. Also, shortly after the Battle of Yavin in 0 ABY, Vader again applied shiak in a battle against a hyenax pack on the planet of Vaal, where he stabbed one of the attacking animals through its skull.
The simulacrum of Darth Phobos was defeated by Galen Marek stabbing her in the back. Marek himself was impaled by Darth Vader on the bridge of the Executor when Darth Sidious "discovered" him and was then flung into space. He would survive the betrayal, though he spent six months on the Empirical recovering.
Shiak was used by Jaina Solo to defeat Yuuzhan Vong Warmaster Tsavong Lah, killing him by running her lightsaber through his neck during the Battle of Ebaq. Thirteen years later, she used it again on her brother, Jacen Solo, by then Darth Caedus, impaling him through the abdomen when she ambushed him during their final duel. Caedus survived the blow, however.
Shiak was used by Darth Krayt, when he impaled the Imperial Knight Mohrgan Fel through the chest during his raid on the Imperial Palace. He used it again on his former adviser, Darth Wyyrlok, during a battle for control of the One Sith. Krayt himself was a victim of two shiak strikes. The first time this happened, he was stabbed through his upper back by Imperial Knight Azlyn Rae when she and her allies attempted to assassinate him, though it failed to kill him. Later, he was fatally impaled through the chest by Cade Skywalker during their final showdown.
Imperial Knight Antares Draco skewered Emperor Roan Fel from behind when he attempted to release a sample of Omega Red on Coruscant, fulfilling his oath to kill his Emperor if he fell to the dark side and could not be redeemed.
Behind the scenes
Originally, Shaak Ti was going to be killed in Revenge of the Sith by General Grievous when he held a lightsaber behind her heart and ignited it, killing her. However, this scene was deleted from the film and Shaak Ti was later killed by Galen Marek on Felucia, making it non-canon.
In the video game Star Wars: Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy, the player, if he or she stays on the light side, can stab any opponent in the game. However, if a player chooses to turn to the dark side, Jaden Korr kills Rosh Penin by shiak. After Jaden leaves, Kyle enters and finds Rosh who is severely injured, who says he was sorry that both of Kyle's students had failed him. Before Rosh dies, Kyle assures him that he had become a Jedi.
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- Star Wars Galaxies Trading Card Game – Squadrons Over Corellia (Card: Shiak) (backup link)
- Star Wars Galaxies Trading Card Game – Squadrons Over Corellia (Card: Shiak Jung Ma) (backup link)
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