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"I would never consider myself an artist, but more a critic, perhaps."
―Veris Hydan[src]

Veris Hydan was a human male who served as an adviser to Emperor Palpatine with the title of minister. Although he was not sensitive to the Force, Hydan was a scholar of Jedi and Sith lore and history. Upon the discovery of a Jedi Temple on Lothal, the minister was charged with overseeing its excavation and unlocking its mysteries, specifically on discovering an entrance into the World Between Worlds.

During the excavation, Hydan encountered the disguised rebel infiltrators Sabine Wren and Ezra Bridger. Though Ezra managed to escape into a portal which led to the World Between Worlds, Hydan's forces managed to detain Sabine. He attempted to use Sabine's knowledge of art to decipher the mural of the Mortis gods, the gateway to the World Between Worlds. However, Sabine managed to escape due to the help of her rebel comrades. After Ezra and Sabine closed the portal, Hydan fell into a chasm to his death, when the Lothal Jedi Temple sunk into the ground.

Biography[edit | edit source]

Excavating the Temple[edit | edit source]

Hydan reports on the progress of the excavation to the Emperor.

Veris Hydan was an Imperial Minister[4] from the planet[6] Ossus[1] who served as an adviser to Emperor Palpatine. He was a scholar of Jedi and Sith history and lore. Following the discovery of the Lothal Jedi Temple in 0 BBY, Hydan was placed in charge of leading the excavation of the Temple and deciphering its mysteries.[4] The excavation site employed many Mining Guild personnel and was heavily guarded by Imperial stormtroopers, scout troopers, and death troopers. Minister Hydan and the Emperor were interested in accessing the "Gateway",[5] which led to a realm known as the World Between Worlds.[3]

To avoid erasing any evidence critical to understanding the "Gateway", Minister Hydan issued orders that no personnel were allowed to touch any objects excavated from the temple. The Imperial excavation project attracted the attention of the Spectres rebel cell including the Jedi Ezra Bridger, the Padawan of the late Jedi Knight Kanan Jarrus. Disguised as scout troopers, Ezra and Sabine infiltrated the excavation site. Unaware they were rebels, Minister Hydan stumbled upon the two examining art and chastised them for tampering with the objects. After learning that the Emperor wanted to contact him, Minister Hydan departed and left the death trooper commander to deal with the two scout troopers.[5]

Inside the Mobile command center, Minister Hydan informed the Emperor that the excavation had reached the roots of the temple and uncovered a painting of the Mortis gods, which was reminiscent of art and iconography found at the former Jedi Temple on Coruscant. Hydan believed that the painting was the key to unlocking the "Gateway." The Emperor told Hydan that he sensed a great disturbance in the Force and opined that the death of Kanan had altered the fate of Lothal. Vowing to control the conduit between the living and the dead, the Emperor ordered Hydan to hasten his efforts.[5]

Interrogating Sabine[edit | edit source]

Hydan uncovers a picture of the Mortis gods

Unknown to Hydan, his conversation was being tapped by the Spectres, whose droid Chopper had rerouted the Imperial transmission. Acting on this information, Ezra and Sabine began to unlock the painting of the Mortis gods, which was the "Gateway". Though Sabine was taken away for questioning by a group of stormtroopers, Ezra managed to unlock the "Gateway" by touching the Daughter's hand. Meanwhile, the stormtroopers brought Sabine into Hydan's office for questioning. After identifying Sabine as a rebel spy, Minister Hydan ordered that the camp be locked down because an intruder was on the loose. Minister Hydan, several troopers, and the captive Sabine arrived at the "Gateway" but were unable to stop Ezra from entering the portal. A stormtrooper tried to follow but the portal sealed.[5]

In response, Hydan had Sabine brought into his mobile command center for questioning. Recognizing Sabine as the talented Mandalorian rebel artist, Hydan attempted to flatter her. When Hydan asked Sabine how she and Ezra had entered the portal, the Mandalorian refused to cooperate. Hydan then mocked Ezra's master Kanan, prompting Sabine to tell him that he was a pawn of the Emperor. Hydan countered that his power was a reflection of the Emperor's might. When Sabine mocked the Emperor for failing to unlock the "Gateway", Hydan claimed that Ezra was not safe inside the World Between Worlds and that the Emperor would eventually find him. Hydan then told Sabine that the "Gateway" was a pathway to time and that whoever controlled it controlled the universe.[3]

Continuing his interrogation, Hydan told Sabine about the "Mortis gods", a family of three powerful beings known as the Father, Daughter, and the Son. When Hydan asked about the differences in their depiction on the Temple and Lothal mural, Sabine feigned ignorance. Hydan then warned her not to mistake his "pleasant demeanor" for weakness and observed that the positions of the Loth wolves, Daughter's head, and Father's hand had changed since Ezra's arrival. When Sabine defiantly taunted him, Hydan ordered one of the death troopers to strike her across the head with his rifle butt.[3]

Last stand on Lothal[edit | edit source]

After reasserting his authority, Hydan and Sabine then discussed the painting of the Mortis gods. They concluded that the Daughter opened the portal while the Son closed it. Before they could continue further, Hera activated one of the thrusters beneath the mobile command center, causing the structure to rise and fall on its back. Sabine managed to escape with her fellow Spectres and headed towards the painting. They were joined by Ezra, who had escaped the Emperor's clutches and encountered Ahsoka inside the World Between Worlds. Ezra convinced his fellow Spectres including Sabine to help him seal the portal.[3]

Hydan arrived with several Imperial troops but the rebels managed to escape on a Mining Guild excavation driller. The sealing of the portal caused the Lothal Jedi Temple to collapse on itself. As the temple sunk into the ground in a blinding flash, Hydan lamented that the knowledge contained in the Temple would be lost. He then fell into a chasm, killing him.[3]

Personality and traits[edit | edit source]

Hydan and his death troopers

Veris Hydan was a human man with light skin and blue eyes. He wore a dark headgear and robes.[5] Hydan was a scholar of Jedi and Sith history and lore. Due to his expertise in those topics, he was made in charge of the excavation of the Lothal Jedi Temple. Unlike his Sith master, he was not Force-sensitive.[4] Hydan considered himself an art critic and used these skills to investigate the painting of the Mortis gods, which he discerned was a portal to the World Between Worlds.[3]

Hydan managed the excavation of the Lothal Jedi Temple with an iron grip and issued strict orders that no personnel were allowed to touch any of the artifacts, to avoid erasing evidence. Hydan was an astute man who quickly discerned that Sabine Wren was a rebel infiltrator.[5] He was also a philosophical man who preferred to use words and flattery rather than force when questioning Sabine. However, Hydan was still prepared to use force against a defiant Sabine and ordered a death trooper to strike her with his rifle butt.[3]

Hydan recognized that whoever controlled the World Between Worlds also controlled time and the fate of the universe. Hydan was a loyal servant of the Emperor and considered his own power to be a reflection of the Emperor's might. Hydan was distraught when the Spectres denied the Emperor access to the World Between Worlds and believed that the Emperor's fate was lost.[3]

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

Vaneé, the character who was to fill Hydan's part in Rebels originally

Veris Hydan first appeared in "Wolves and a Door" and "A World Between Worlds," back-to-back episodes in the fourth season of the canon animated television show Star Wars Rebels. The episodes aired in 2018, and Hydan was voiced by guest star Malcolm McDowell.[5][3]

At Dragon Con 2018, Rebels showrunner Dave Filoni revealed that Hydan was actually created by Henry Gilroy for the show's third season, where he was supposed to have a bigger presence and be the mystical villain to the Jedi characters. Gilroy envisioned Hydan with an archaeological background who worked for the Emperor. His role would be that of scouring the galaxy for Jedi Temples, erasing them yet extracting secrets from them.[7]

In earlier versions of the story for "Wolves and a Door," Hydan was intended to be Vaneé, Darth Vader's attendant from the 2016 Star Wars Anthology film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, but it was decided to make Hydan a new, separate character, although his design was still inspired by the one of the advisers who crowded around Vader and the Emperor.[8] For the episodes, Hydan's character model was created by Luke Harrington.[9]

In "Wolves and a Door" and "A World Between Worlds," Hydan was only identified by his surname.[5][3] The name "Veris" was first used in the corresponding episode guides and Databank entry posted on following the episodes' broadcast.[4]

Appearances[edit | edit source]

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Notes and references[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Ultimate Star Wars, New Edition
  2. The epilogue of "Family Reunion – and Farewell" occurs after the end of the Galactic Civil War, which Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates to 5 ABY, so the epilogue must take place during or after that year. "A World Between Worlds" occurs prior to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which Galactic Atlas dates to 0 BBY, so it must take place during or prior to that year. "A World Between Worlds" takes place between "Wolves and a Door" and "Family Reunion – and Farewell"'s epilogue, which Star Wars: Women of the Galaxy establishes there is a five year gap between. Therefore, "A World Between Worlds" must take place in 0 BBY.
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 Rebels-mini-logo.png Star Wars Rebels – "A World Between Worlds"
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 StarWars-DatabankII.png Veris Hydan in the Databank (backup link)
  5. 5.00 5.01 5.02 5.03 5.04 5.05 5.06 5.07 5.08 5.09 5.10 5.11 Rebels-mini-logo.png Star Wars Rebels – "Wolves and a Door"
  6. Star Wars: Complete Locations
  7. Highlights of the 'Star Wars' Animation Panels at Dragon Con 2018. TWG. (2018-09-08). Archived from the original on February 14, 2020. Retrieved on January 19, 2019.
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