- "We must always strive for peace, but also justice. Peace without justice is flawed, hollow at its core. It is peace provided by tyranny."
- ―Yarael Poof
Yarael Poof was a male Quermian Jedi Master who served on the Jedi High Council during the High Republic Era through to the final years of the Galactic Republic. He was both an expert practitioner of Jedi mind tricks and illusions and a skilled diplomat and teacher. Following the Great Hyperspace Disaster, Poof was enlisted by Chancellor Lina Soh to help determine the cause of the incident and prevent it from happening again. After the seeming destruction of the Nihil marauders that had been manipulated into causing the disaster by Marchion Ro, he accompanied Soh to the opening of Starlight Beacon. Two centuries later, 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.
The High Republic
- "We can say that these events do not seem to be the result of direct action by Force users. We are not all-knowing, but as of now we have no evidence along those lines."
- ―Poof reports to Chancellor Soh that Force users did not seem to have been involved in causing the Great Disaster
Originally from the Outer Rim world of Quermia, the male Quermian Yarael Poof was a revered Jedi Master who, by the year 232 BBY, had become a member of the Jedi High Council, the ruling body of the Jedi Order. A celebrated diplomat and teacher, he was among those summoned by Supreme Chancellor Lina Soh to Monument Plaza, a green space located on the Galactic Republic's capital world of Coruscant, in the aftermath of the Great Hyperspace Disaster. There, Poof informed the Chancellor that the Council did not believe the event was the result of direct action by Force users. While he clarified that the Jedi were not all-knowing, Poof asserted that there was no evidence of that being the case, a claim supported by fellow Council member Jora Malli. Soh assigned everyone present at the meeting, including Poof, to determine the cause of the disaster and prevent it from happening again. The Council then assigned Master Avar Kriss to lead the Jedi response to the Emergences, a series of events that occurred in the aftermath of the Great Disaster throughout the Outer Rim.
Poof was later present at a Council meeting to discuss Soh's request for the Jedi to work with the Republic Defense Coalition to hunt down and imprison or destroy the Nihil, a group of Outer Rim-based marauders that had been unknowingly manipulated into causing the Great Disaster by the Eye of the Nihil, Marchion Ro. Poof refuted fellow Council member Rana Kant's claim that the galaxy was far from being at war and expressed his belief that the Jedi were the guardians of two ideals that sometimes came into conflict: justice and peace. Ultimately, the Council voted to grant the Chancellor's request for Jedi aid. After the Nihil were believed destroyed with their defeat at the Battle of Kur, Poof accompanied Soh to the dedication of Starlight Beacon, a space station located in the center of the Outer Rim's dark zones to assist with navigation through the dangerous and difficult to navigate area of space.
Nearly a year afterwards, Poof participated by hologram in a High Council meeting after a devastating Nihil attack on the Republic Fair on Valo. When Grand Master Pra-Tre Veter noted that Master Kriss was engaged in battle against the Drengir on Mulita, Master Teri Rosason criticized her for thinking she could do what she wanted. Poof countered that Kriss was operating within the parameters the Council had afforded her, and Adampo added that she was acting in direct response to the Chancellor's request. The Quermian further commented that no one, including Kriss, had known what was occurring on Valo until the journalist Rhil Dairo had managed to get a distress signal out.
- 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."
- Cordova: "A Jedi temple?"
- 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.
The Chosen One
Shortly before the Battle of Naboo in 32 BBY, by which point he was the most senior of the four Quermians enrolled in the order, 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.
Death and legacy
Poof sat on the council until he perished on a mission shortly before the beginning of the Clone Wars in 22 BBY. He was replaced on the Council by the Vurk Jedi Master Coleman Trebor. Around 12 BBY, shortly after the Battle of Fortress Vader, Darth Vader, Skywalker's Sith identity, 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.
Personality and traits
- "Yes, but we are the guardians of two ideas, are we not? Sometimes, unfortunately, they come into conflict."
- ―Poof, on peace and justice.
Yarael Poof was a male Quermian who stood at 2.64 meters tall and had pasty white skin and red eyes. Like other members of his species, Poof possessed two sets of arms and two brains, one in his head and the other in his chest.
Poof was regarded as a noble thinker among the Jedi High Council. However, although appearing as a serene thinker among the Council members, Poof also had a mischievous side and enjoyed playing mind tricks on colleagues. He believed that, while there sometimes existed conflict between peace and justice, Jedi must always strive to protect both ideals.
Powers and abilities
Skilled in teaching and diplomacy, Poof was an expert practitioner of illusions and Jedi mind tricks, 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.
Behind the scenes
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. 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.
According to multiple sources, Poof died prior to the outbreak of the Clone Wars. 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. 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.
- The High Republic: Light of the Jedi
- The High Republic: Light of the Jedi audiobook
- The High Republic: The Rising Storm (Appears in hologram) (as Yareal Poof)
- The High Republic: The Rising Storm audiobook (Appears in hologram)
- The High Republic: Out of the Shadows
- The High Republic: Out of the Shadows audiobook
- Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace (First appearance)
- Star Wars Journeys: The Phantom Menace
- Star Wars: The Prequel Trilogy – A Graphic Novel
- Star Wars: The Phantom Menace Graphic Novel Adaptation
- Jedi of the Republic – Mace Windu 5 (Anachronistic appearance)
- Jedi Fallen Order - Dark Temple 1 (In flashback(s))
- Darth Vader (2017) 25 (Vision to Darth Vader)
Notes and references
- Ultimate Star Wars
- According to Savage Spirits, Yarael Poof died shortly before the Clone Wars. As Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates the beginning of the Clone Wars to the year 22 BBY, it can be determined that Poof died around 22 BBY.
- Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace
- Star Wars: Galactic Atlas
- The Star Wars Book dates the launch of the Starlight Beacon to 232 years before the events of Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, which corresponds to 232 BBY in the dating system established by Star Wars: Galactic Atlas. As The High Republic: Light of the Jedi depicts the Beacon's launch, its events must take place in that year.
- The High Republic: Light of the Jedi
- Star Wars (2020) 2
- The High Republic: The Rising Storm
- Jedi Fallen Order - Dark Temple 1
- Savage Spirits
- Star Wars: The Visual Encyclopedia
- Star Wars Character Encyclopedia: Updated and Expanded
- Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: The Visual Dictionary states that Fortress Vader was built forty-six years before the Starkiller Incident, which Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates to 34 ABY, therefore dating the construction to 12 BBY. Since the events of issues 23–25 of the Star Wars: Darth Vader (2017) comic-book series take place during and shortly after the construction of the fortress, the Battle of Fortress Vader must also occur around 12 BBY.
- Darth Vader (2017) 25
- Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know
- Star Wars Super Graphic: A Visual Guide to a Galaxy Far, Far Away
- Jedi of the Republic – Mace Windu 5