- "Jedi Master Sifo-Dyas is still a leading member of the Jedi Council, is he not?"
- ―Lama Su, to Obi-Wan Kenobi
Sifo-Dyas was a human male Jedi Master from Minashee who commissioned the Kaminoans' creation of the Grand Army of the Republic over a decade before the Clone Wars. A Jedi from the Cassandran Worlds, Sifo-Dyas was gifted with the power of foresight, and he earned a seat on the Jedi High Council prior to the Invasion of Naboo. When he foresaw a coming war that would ravage the galaxy, he believed that the Galactic Republic would require an army if it were to prevail. Yet, his peers on the Jedi Council rejected his notions, leading to his removal from the Council. Nevertheless, he pursued his ideas in secret and contacted the Kaminoan cloners, purporting to have the authorization of the Council and the Galactic Senate to raise an army for the Republic. In doing so, he unknowingly entered the crosshairs of the Sith, who set out to assume control of his cloning project.
Around the time of the Invasion of Naboo, Supreme Chancellor Finis Valorum requested Sifo-Dyas conduct clandestine negotiations with the Pyke Syndicate, and he headed for Oba Diah with Valorum's personal aide, Silman. However, the Sith Lord Darth Tyranus hired the Pykes to target Sifo-Dyas's T-6 shuttle, and they shot down his ship over the Oba Diah moon. Sifo-Dyas died in the resulting crash, but Silman survived and was taken prisoner by the Pykes. Consequently, Tyranus and his Sith Master, Darth Sidious, funded Sifo-Dyas's army of clone troopers, hired the bounty hunter Jango Fett to serve as a genetic template, instructed the Kaminoan cloners to add Order 66 to the clones' control chips (which Sifo-Dyas originally intended to be a safeguard against any treacherous orders given to clones), and manipulated the Jedi Order into taking command of the army when the Clone Wars erupted. It was not until years later that the Jedi began to unravel the Sith's conspiracy and unearthed the details of Sifo-Dyas's demise.
- "Prior to the blockade of Naboo, Sifo-Dyas sat on this Council until we judged his ideas to be too extreme."
- ―Mace Windu
Hailing from Minashee in the Cassandran Worlds, was the son of a fisherman. Discovered by the Jedi Order as an infant by the Jedi Master Mayoda, Sifo-Dyas would eventually be placed into the Hawkbat Clan (under the direction of Tera Sinube) where he became close friends with Dooku from Serenno.
During their time as initiates, they and their youngling clan joined several other Jedi on a trip to Serenno for a celebration. While encapsulated by the festivities young Sifo-Dyas bumped into Grand Master Yoda, causing the other Masters, including Tera Sinube and Yula Braylon to rush to the elder Jedi's aid with concern. Despite this Yoda insisted Sifo-Dyas has learned from his mistake, and the boy promised to be more careful in the future.
Later, while the Masters where busy demonstrating various lightsaber stances, Dooku ran off after seeing a young girl he thought he recognized. Sifo-Dyas eventually found his friend and the girl, Dooku's sister Jenza, buried under the rubble of the Great Assembly after it collapsed during a groundquake. While the Masters lifted the rubble off of them he tried to comfort his friend. Upon arriving back on Coruscant, Sifo-Dyas was present when his Dooku received a box containing a communicator, which allowed him to correspond with his sister over the following decades.
At some point Sifo-Dyas discovered the journal of Klias Teradine, which revealed the existence of the Bogan Collection in the Jedi Archives, with this secret he convinced Dooku to help him break in. Together, they used sand levitation to get past the magnetic lock, allowing them to view the vault of forbidden artifacts linked to the dark side of the Force.
Upon completing the Initiate Trials, Sifo-Dyas participated in the Padawan Tournament where younglings would compete against each other in combat in order to attract prospective masters. Sifo-Dyas came up against Dooku, who defeated him blindfolded and with one arm behind his back.
Sifo-Dyas later became the Padawan apprentice to Lene Kostana and during his time as a Padawan, had a Force vision of the Protobranch Solar storm before the event had even occurred circa 85 BBY. Sifo-Dyas also accompanied his master on missions to recover Sith relics. On one occasion, they infiltrated a smuggler ring on Karazak, following their supply runs to track down artifacts on the black market. However, the Presagers of Hakotei led them into an ambush on Asusto. On another occasion around 84 BBY, the pair were accompanied by Dooku to track down a relic on Hakotei, resulting in Kostana's brief capture by a dark side sect.
Eventually he was knighted, and later became a Jedi Master and a leading member of the Jedi High Council, the governing body of the Order, in the last decades of the Galactic Republic. However, some time prior to the Invasion of Naboo, tensions arose between Sifo-Dyas and his fellow councilors. Foreseeing an upcoming full-scale conflict, he started advocating for the creation of an army for the Republic. The rest of the High Council deemed his ideas too extreme, and Sifo-Dyas was removed from his position. Even though the other Jedi had rejected his project, he found a way to carry it out without their consent. Sifo-Dyas contacted the Kaminoans, who were reputed for their clone hatcheries, and secretly commissioned them to grow a clone army for the Republic, which he pretended was a request of the Galactic Senate.
Some time later, Master Sifo-Dyas was sent on a secret mission by Finis Valorum, the Supreme Chancellor of the Republic, who asked him to deal with the Pyke Syndicate. Valorum also asked his personal aide, Silman, to accompany the Jedi on his way to the planet Oba Diah, where the Pykes were headquartered. However, Sifo-Dyas was never able to complete the Chancellor's mission, as the High Council called him to deal with another conflict: on Felucia, a skirmish had broken out between the local tribes, and Sifo-Dyas was assigned to quell the conflict. As a consequence, both Sifo-Dyas and Silman were diverted to Felucia aboard T-6 shuttle 77519.
Death over the Oba Diah moonEdit
- "Tyranus wanted Sifo-Dyas dead. The Pykes were well paid to shoot down his ship. However, any man that is willing to pay to have a Jedi killed is dangerous and unpredictable."
- ―Lom Pyke
However, neither man would ever reach their destination. For the Sith Lord Darth Sidious had learned of Sifo-Dyas's army and wished to take control of the project in the course of his plot to bring down the Jedi and the Republic. Dooku, who had since left the Jedi Order and apprenticed himself to Sidious under the title of Darth Tyranus, paid the Pyke syndicate to destroy Sifo-Dyas's shuttle. Since the syndicate wished to gain an advantage over rival crime families, and Dooku's substantial offer would allow them to do just that, they accepted and shot down Sifo-Dyas' shuttle over the Oba Diah moon. After inspecting the wreckage, they turned over the Jedi Master's corpse to Tyranus as proof that the deed was done. While Sifo-Dyas had died in the crash, Silman was still alive when the Pykes inspected the wreckage. They decided to keep the Chancellor's aide locked up in their prison as insurance against future action by Tyranus, recognizing that anyone who would pay to have a Jedi assassinated was exceedingly dangerous.
- "They said Master Sifo-Dyas placed an order for a clone army at the request of the Senate almost ten years ago. I was under the impression that he was killed before that."
- ―Obi-Wan Kenobi
Ten years after the Jedi Master's death, the army he had commissioned was discovered by Obi-Wan Kenobi, a Jedi Knight who was investigating on Kamino following the murder of the bounty hunter Zam Wesell by a mysterious colleague of hers, Jango Fett. To his great surprise, Kenobi was greeted by Taun We, a Kaminoan, as if they had been expecting his visit. Prime Minister Lama Su then informed the Jedi of the existence and progress of the clone army ordered by Sifo-Dyas some ten years ago. Although Kenobi had no knowledge of the army, he feigned that his trip to Kamino was in fact an official visit by the Order to inspect the army. He bluffed his way into the heart of the hatcheries, and was introduced to the original source of the clones, which was none other than Jango Fett. As soon as he took his leave of the Kaminoans, Kenobi contacted the High Council and told them of the clone army and how Sifo-Dyas was supposed to have commissioned it. The Council members however, had no more knowledge of the army than Kenobi did, though they did inform Kenobi that whoever had ordered the army had not received the sanction of the Council. Ultimately, Sifo-Dyas' clone army ended up being used at the behest of the Republic, and the conflict between the Separatists and the Republic was named "the Clone Wars" after it.
In 19 BBY, the last year of the Clone Wars, a Jedi mission led by Plo Koon and Commander Wolffe found a lightsaber belonging to the long-dead Sifo-Dyas on Oba Diah's moon. This unexpected discovery prompted Yoda, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Anakin Skywalker to investigate his decade-old disappearance. Meanwhile, Tyranus' master, the mysterious Darth Sidious, was furious to discover that the Jedi were investigating the loose end that was Sifo-Dyas. He ordered Tyranus to clean up his affairs before it was too late.
As part of the Sith illusions created by Darth Sidious and Darth Tyranus' ritual, Sifo-Dyas appeared to Yoda on Moraband. His phantom was being tortured, bound by electricity. The specter begged Yoda to release him, offering in exchange the identity of the Sith Lord. However, Yoda saw through him with his Sith eyes and refused the offer, causing him to merge into Sidious.
At the end of the war, Sifo-Dyas's clone army was commissioned by Chancellor Palpatine, who finally unveiled himself as Darth Sidious, to turn against the Jedi Order, initiating the Jedi Purge, which saw the death of several Jedi Masters. In an ironic twist of fate, unknownwingly manipulated by the Sith Lords, Sifo-Dyas contributed to the destruction of the Jedi in his effort to save the Order.
Behind the scenesEdit
In early drafts of Attack of the Clones, the name of the Jedi who contacted the Kaminoans was Sido-Dyas, and was originally a false identity for Darth Sidious—Obi-Wan Kenobi claimed to have never heard of him, and Mace Windu confirmed no Jedi of that name existed. The spelling "Sifo-Dyas" appears in one draft as a typing error that Lucas preferred to the original name; thus the scenario of the Jedi's identity was rewritten. Additionally, the Jedi Master's name was changed in the Portuguese translation to Zaifo-Vias, since his original name sounded much like "se fodias," a vulgar expression in Brazil.
His backstory was originally promised by George Lucas to be revealed in Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith. However, once Lucas refocused the film's story to center on Anakin, he was forced to cut several plot points related to Attack of the Clones, including Sifo-Dyas' backstory. It wasn't until "The Lost One", a sixth season episode of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, that the character was given a canonical background. He was voiced by Paul Nakauchi for his appearance as a hallucination in the episode "Sacrifice".
- Star Wars: The Prequel Trilogy – A Graphic Novel (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars: Force Arena (Mentioned only)
- Dooku: Jedi Lost
- Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones (First mentioned)
- Attack of the Clones Read-Along Storybook and CD (Indirect mention only)
- Jedi of the Republic – Mace Windu, Part I (Indirectly mentioned only; in the opening crawl)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Conspiracy" (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Fugitive" (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Lost One" (First appearance) (Appears in hologram)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Voices" (Appears as a hologram in a flashback)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Sacrifice" (Vision to Yoda)
- Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith 14: Burning Seas, Part II (Mentioned only) (In Aurebesh text)
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 Dooku: Jedi Lost
- ↑ 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Lost One"
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones
- ↑ Ultimate Star Wars
- ↑ Star Wars: Galactic Atlas
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Sacrifice"
- ↑ Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
- ↑ Attack of the Clones draft script, URL accessed on September 6, 2007
- ↑ http://pt.starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Zaifo-Vias#Nos_bastidores
- ↑ Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones DVD commentary
- ↑ Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith DVD commentary