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Yarael Poof was a male Quermian Jedi Master who served on the Jedi High Council during the final years of the Galactic Republic. Both an expert practitioner of Jedi mind tricks and illusions and a skilled diplomat and teacher, Poof witnessed the reemergence of the Jedi's ancient enemy, the Sith, and the discovery of the Chosen One, Anakin Skywalker, who was prophesied to bring balance to the Force. He perished on a mission shortly before the beginning of the Clone Wars and was replaced on the Council by the Vurk Jedi Master Coleman Trebor.

Biography[edit | edit source]

Early career[edit | edit source]

Originally from[1] the Outer Rim[5] world of Quermia, Yarael Poof was a revered Jedi Master who served on the Jedi High Council during the final years of the Galactic Republic.[1] A celebrated diplomat and teacher, he was the most senior of the four Quermians enrolled in the Jedi Order during the Invasion of Naboo.[6]

Serving the Jedi Council[edit | edit source]

Mace Windu: "We want to discuss your next assignment. The planet Ontotho has newly joined the Republic, opening up trade opportunities that were previously off-limits. The Ontothon government has entered into an agreement with the Daa Corporation to begin exploration of a recently uncovered temple."
Eno Cordova: "A Jedi temple?"
Yarael Poof: "No. We believe it to be Ontothon in origin. But the local constabulary requested a Republic presence."
―Mace Windu, Eno Cordova, and Yarael Poof discuss Cordova's mission to Nameel[src]

Poof was present when the Council discussed the outcome of Padawan Cere Junda's and Jedi Master Eno Cordova's mission to Nameel. The Council realized that Junda had been provoked during the battle and erupted chaos. As a result, the Council briefed the duo, on their assignment to help the Daa Corporation explore a recently uncovered temple on the planet Ontotho. When Cordova asked if it was a Jedi temple, the Quermian explained that, while the temple was not thought to be Jedi in origin but Ontothon, they were being sent in place of a division of Republic troops that had been redirected to help with evacuations in the Bunka system when its star began to collapse.[7]

Poof observes the evaluation of Anakin Skywalker.

Shortly before the Battle of Naboo, Poof was in attendance when Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn came before the Council with news that the Sith, the ancient enemies of the Jedi Order, had resurfaced. He later observed Jedi Master Mace Windu evaluate the Force abilities of Anakin Skywalker, a nine-year-old boy from the planet Tatooine whom Jinn had discovered to be Force-sensitive and believed to be the Chosen One, a being who was prophesied to bring balance to the Force. Although the child was strong in the Force, the Council denied Skywalker entrance into the Order as they found his deep emotional attachments troubling and believed that he was too old for training. The Council reversed their decision, however, after Jinn was slain by the Sith Lord Darth Maul on Naboo, allowing Skywalker to become the Padawan of Jinn's former apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi, per Jinn's dying wish.[4]

Death and legacy[edit | edit source]

Poof sat on the council until he perished[8] on a mission[9] shortly before the beginning of the Clone Wars.[8] He was replaced on the Council by the Vurk Jedi Master Coleman Trebor.[2] Shortly after the Battle of Fortress Vader, Vader entered a portal constructed by Darth Momin to resurrect his wife Padmé Amidala. While walking through visions, he encountered Poof along with many Jedi with their lightsabers ready to battle him. However, Vader killed all the illusions and chopped off Poof's head as the words "Let the past die" resounded in his mind.[10]

Personality and traits[edit | edit source]

Yarael Poof was a male Quermian[1] who stood at 2.64 meters tall[3] and had pasty white skin and red eyes.[4] Like other members of his species, Poof possessed two sets of arms and two brains,[1] one in his head and the other in his chest.[11]

Poof was regarded as a noble thinker among the Jedi High Council.[9] However, although appearing as a serene thinker among the Council members, Poof also had a mischievous side and enjoyed playing mind tricks on colleagues.[2]

Powers and abilities[edit | edit source]

Skilled in teaching and diplomacy,[6] Poof was an expert practitioner of illusions and Jedi mind tricks,[11] which he could use to bring conflicts to a decisive end. He was also a dexterous combatant with a lightsaber and was able to perfect many incredible moves that only his spineless anatomy could allow.[2]

Equipment[edit | edit source]

Poof carried a blue-bladed lightsaber[12] and wore brown Jedi robes with a traditional Quermian cannom collar that concealed his second set of arms.[2] He also possessed a comlink.[9]

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

Early concept art of Yarael Poof, which was labeled simply "Alien Jedi"

Yarael Poof first appeared in the 1999 film Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace, in which he was portrayed by a puppet operated by Michelle Taylor. Although his name was never spoken in The Phantom Menace, it was given in the film's credits.[4] Poof was originally slated to reappear in Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones, but George Lucas was concerned that viewers would confuse him with the Kaminoans, a new species introduced in the film. As no new footage of the Jedi Council chambers were shot for Episode II, archive footage from Episode I was reused. In order to remove him from the film, Poof was digitally painted out of the footage and replaced by Coleman Trebor, a new Jedi Master designed for the movie.[13]

According to multiple sources, Poof died prior to the outbreak of the Clone Wars.[2][8][9] Despite this, he later appeared as part of the Jedi Council in Jedi of the Republic – Mace Windu 5, a story that takes place during the aforementioned conflict.[14] According to Matt Martin of the Lucasfilm Story Group, this was an error and the Council's composition should have been consistent with that previously seen in Jedi of the Republic – Mace Windu 1.[15]

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