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"Collectors should keep an eye out for statues of the Four Sages of Dwartii—Sistros, Braata, Faya, and Yanjun [sic]—the ancient philosophers and lawmakers who influenced the earliest laws in the Galactic Republic."
―Eloc Throno, Traveler's Guide to Batuu[2]

Yanjon Zelmar was a member of the Four Sages of Dwartii, controversial lawgiver-philosophers who influenced the Galactic Republic's early laws. A millennium after the founding of the Republic, a bronzium statue of Zelmar stood outside the door to Supreme Chancellor Sheev Palpatine's private office.


Yanjon Zelmar[3] was one of the controversial Four Sages of Dwartii, ancient lawgivers and philosophers from the planet Dwartii in the Inner Rim.[1] After the Old Republic was ousted from the[4] galactic[5] capital of Coruscant[4] and the Sith Order reigned over the galaxy, statues were made of Zelmar and the other Sages: Sistros Nevet, Braata Danlos, and Faya Rodemos.[3]

Statues of Yanjon Zelmar and Faya Rodemos were kept outside the private office of Chancellor Palpatine.

The Republic, aided by the Jedi Order, defeated the Sith[4] in 1032 BBY,[6] marking what was believed to be the latter's extinction.[7] As a result of their decisive victory, the Republic not only returned to power on Coruscant and made it their capital once more, but also re-formed into the Galactic Republic[4] that same year.[6] The Four Sages, Zelmar included, influenced the politics of the early Galactic Republic,[1] as well as its first laws.[8]

Republic Supreme Chancellor Sheev Palpatine—in truth the Sith Lord Darth Sidious—had large bronzium statues of both Zelmar and Faya Rodemos positioned on either side of the door to his private office on Coruscant[9] by 19 BBY.[10] Slightly smaller statues of the Sages were placed along the hallway to Palpatine's quarters.[1] In his guide book for the planet Batuu, Traveler's Guide to Batuu, historian Eloc Throno encouraged collectors to keep an eye out for[2] a series of statuettes depicting Zelmar and the other Four Sages of Dwartii possessed by the[1] Ithorian antiques dealer Dok-Ondar.[2] The statuettes were put up for sale at Dok-Ondar's shop, the Den of Antiquities,[1] in 34 ABY.[11] In both collections, Zelmar's statue showcased the Sage as wearing a hooded robe, over which was a large hat.[3][12]

Behind the scenes[]

"Gert [Stevens, concept artist] did two new statues."
―Production Designer Gavin Bocquet, on Stevens designing the Yanjon Zelmar and Faya Rodemos statues for Revenge of the Sith[13]

Concept sketches of Yanjon Zelmar and Faya Rodemos' statues by Gert Stevens

Yanjon Zelmar first appeared, albeit as a statue, in the 2005 prequel trilogy film, Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith.[12] Sketches of Zelmar's as well as Faya Rodemos' statues were drawn by Gert Stevens, a concept artist for the film.[13] In the new Star Wars canon, Zelmar's first name was given in the 2016 reference book Star Wars: Complete Locations, in a portion detailing locations from Revenge of the Sith.[9] Kerrie Dougherty originally authored that section for the 2005 Star Wars Legends reference book of the same name, which also marked the origin of "Yanjon" in Legends.[14] In both editions of Complete Locations, however, Zelmar's statue is mistakenly identified as being Sistros Nevet's.[9][14]

In 2019,[15] the surname "Zelmar" was assigned to Yanjon through the Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge–themed land[3] at Disneyland Park and Disney's Hollywood Studios.[15] At one of the land's retail locations, Dok-Ondar's Den of Antiquities, Zelmar's full name is labeled on a box containing small statues of Zelmar and Nevet, which can be purchased by guests.[3] The 2020 reference book Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge: Traveler's Guide to Batuu, written by Cole Horton, misspells Zelmar's first name as "Yanjun."[2]

The non-canon 2019 book Journey to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: Search & Find depicts a statuette of Zelmar—alongside other curios—present at the[16] Forbidden Valley of Pasaana[17] while First Order Supreme Leader Kylo Ren and the Knights of Ren hunted the Resistance there[16] in 35 ABY,[18] during the First Order-Resistance War.[16]



Notes and references[]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 StarWars.com Star Wars Inside Intel: The Four Sages of Dwartii on StarWars.com (article) (backup link)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge: Traveler's Guide to Batuu
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 GalaxysEdgeLogoMini.png Star Wars: Galaxy's EdgeDok-Ondar's Den of Antiquities
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Star Wars Propaganda: A History of Persuasive Art in the Galaxy
  5. StarWars-DatabankII.png Coruscant in the Databank (backup link)
  6. 6.0 6.1 The Star Wars Book places both the supposed destruction of the Sith—which occurred at the end of the Jedi-Sith War according to Star Wars Propaganda: A History of Persuasive Art in the Galaxy—and the restoration of the Galactic Republic to 1,032 years before the events of Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, which corresponds to 1032 BBY per Star Wars: Galactic Atlas.
  7. Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace
  8. Star Wars: The Visual Encyclopedia
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Star Wars: Complete Locations, 2016 edition
  10. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates the events of Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith, which includes the appearance of Yanjon Zelmar's statue, to 19 BBY.
  11. The events of Dok-Ondar's Den of Antiquities within Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge take place in 34 ABY per the reasoning here.
  12. 12.0 12.1 Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
  13. 13.0 13.1 The Art of Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
  14. 14.0 14.1 Star Wars: Complete Locations, 2005 edition
  15. 15.0 15.1 D23 logo.png Creatures, Droids, and Aliens: Meet the Fantastical Figures of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge on D23.com (backup link)
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 Journey to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: Search & Find
  17. Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker
  18. Journey to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: Search & Find depicts Kylo Ren searching for the Resistance on Pasaana, an event also shown in Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: The Visual Dictionary dates the events of The Rise of Skywalker as taking place one year after the Starkiller Incident. As Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates the Incident to 34 ABY, the events of The Rise of Skywalker, and therefore Ren's visit to Pasaana in The Rise of Skywalker: Search & Find, take place in 35 ABY.