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Witches of Dathomir
Organizational information
Title of leader

Clan Mother

Other positions

Initiate, Mentor

Organizations

Singing Mountain Clan, Misty Falls Clan, Red Hills Clan, Dreaming River Clan, Frenzied River Clan, Great Canyon Clan

Sects

Nightsisters

Official language(s)

Paecean, Basic

Affiliated organizations/governments

New Republic, Galactic Federation of Free Alliances, Hapes Consortium, Zann Consortium, Black Sun, Confederacy of Independant Systems

Beliefs
Holy text(s)

Book of Law

Notable locations/temples

Dathomir

Holidays

Winterfest

Historical information
Date of founding

c. 600 BBY

Planet of founding

Dathomir

Founder

Allya

Other information
Notable members

Augwynne Djo, Teneniel Djo, Tenel Ka Chume Ta' Djo, Kirana Ti, Damaya, Ros Lai, Charal, Sai Sircu, Yansu Grjak, Mighella, Lomi Plo

Era(s)

Rise of the Empire era, Rebellion era, New Republic era, New Jedi Order era

"Never concede to evil."
Allya

The Witches of Dathomir (also referred to as either Dathomirians or Dathomiri) were a group of Human Force-sensitives native to the planet Dathomir. They were also known as the Daughters of Allya in honor of the wayward Jedi Knight Allya, who was banished to the planet around 600 BBY, and who they regarded as their ancestress. By the time of the Galactic Empire, Allya's descendants had divided into female-dominated clans that were named after regional landmarks. Each clan had a unique set of rules regarding Force usage, but all the clans held one rule above all others: "Never concede to evil".

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Origins

Around 600 BBY, a Jedi Knight named Allya arrived on the wilderness planet Dathomir, apparently a rogue exiled by the Jedi Council to meditate on the Force in enforced solitude. On her arrival, however, she encountered other Human exiles. Linguistic evidence suggests that elements of the planet's Human population had been largely isolated from the wider Galaxy since the days of the Paecian Empire, in 3,000 BBY or earlier, while later Dathomiri tradition claimed that the inhabitants Allya found had been exiled for producing illegal battle droids; what is not clear from available evidence is whether the earlier settlers had arrived in a single group long before Allya's time, or if in fact Dathomir had been used more continuously as a penal colony over the millennia.

One other factor in Dathomir's past that may be relevant, but seems to have been forgotten to future generations, is the existence of a Sith academy on the planet in the final years of the New Sith Wars, shortly before 1,000 BBY. This was one of the more prestigious training establishments of the Brotherhood of Darkness, ranked with the Iridonia Academy second only to the newly-founded center on the ancient capital of Korriban, and trained the Sith equivalent of Jedi Knights: but it is not known how long it lasted for, or if it left any permanent legacy on the planet.

What is clear is that by the time of Allya's arrival, the Human population had become prey for the dominant sentients at the apex of Dathomir's native food-chain: the rancors. But when Allya assumed leadership of the population, events were set in motion that would lead to the development of a unique Human culture on Dathomir, founded on the enslavement of the male population to Force-sensitive female warriors, the transformation of the rancors from predators to allies, and the authorship of the Book of Law.

Native accounts sometimes attributed the shaping of Dathomiri society entirely to Allya, presenting her as a lone woman among a rabble of helpless men, mere snacks for herds of hungry rancors until they became her willing slaves. These traditions insinuated that Allya reduced the population to willing subjugation in a single lifetime, with the few who did not follow her becoming food for the rancors; among her followers, favored slaves were offered the chance to become mates, in the knowledge that if they fathered sons, they would be fed to the rancors. The boys were raised by other slaves to become slaves themselves, whereas the daughters of Allya were raised by her and trained in the ways of the Force.

A Nightsister Kyrisa and her rancor mount

This account claims that Dathomiri society was forged in a single generation, and traces the ancestry of every Human on the planet to a single mother and her daughters—the eldest of whom was said to have been just sixteen local years old (about twenty standard years) when her Jedi mother died. But while this version was largely accepted as accurate by the New Republic, it is likely to be at least partially legendary. The linguistic influence of Paecian in the Dathomiri language shows that the Human population had been established for rather more than two millennia when Allya arrived, indicating the existence of a viable breeding population; and even under the New Republic, the Singing Mountain Clan remembered others who had not been "daughters of Allya", and who had gradually faded as distinct groups over subsequent generations.

Nevertheless, it is likely that the key event in the forging of Dathomiri society was Allya's discovery that she could tame the rancors using the Force, with the resulting symbiosis between female rider and mount dictating subsequent social patterns. The attribution of the Book of Law to Allya is probably also correct: a codification of the moral and ethical laws that she wished for her daughters to follow, written down shortly before her death. The final entry of the Book of Law was the same as Allya's last words to her daughters: "Never concede to evil".

Culture

The Nightsisters, one of the numerous Dathomiri clans.

Over time, the Dathomiri divided into a number of distinct clans, a process sometimes framed in retrospect as a power struggle between Allya's elder daughters. These clans were named after regional landmarks, and although they shared a common tradition, each clan eventually developed their own set of laws about Force usage around the common core of inherited teachings, with the text of the Book of Law diverging into several distinct clan versions. The clans raided each other for mates, with low-level conflict being entered into cheerfully by the warrior women.

The number of clans fluctuated somewhat over time: in 8 ABY there were more than a dozen clans, but by 12 ABY, the number had been reduced to nine. Perhaps the most prominent of these groups was the Singing Mountain Clan, due to the contacts it established with the New Republic and Hapes Consortium, while others were located at the Frenzied River, Misty Falls, Red Hills, Dreaming River and Great Canyon.

Each Dathomiri clan was based in a fortified village at or near its eponymous landmark. Women served as warriors and leaders, with leadership typically held by the eldest in a clan. Matriarchs aged a century or more were not uncommon, and in exceptional circumstances (as with Rell) they could be to close to 300 local years old (four centuries standard). Men were used only for breeding and slave labor, clad in nothing more than leather aprons or scanty tunics, and neither they nor the women seem to have realized that they retained latent Force potential. Typically, warriors were expected to find mates by capturing runaways or slaves from other clans, but the leading clan sisters could purchase men from each other, and if a mate could not be persuaded to love his owner, the equivalent of an amicable divorce could be enacted by selling him to another woman. The only way a man could go free was if he saved the life of a woman in his clan.

As a warrior society, the Dathomiri Witches trained daily in the art of war, and used both their muscles and the Force to aid them in combat. They wore their hair in elaborate braids (sometimes with a helmet decorated with mementos) and lizard skin armor. Over time, the Force powers of the Witches came to be largely defined in the form of "spells", where they chanted a specific set of words and the desired effect was produced.

Crimes were punished by exile, particularly the use of the dark side; this was often thought of in terms of "night spells", but punishment was also applied when a sister used anger to fuel an otherwise permissible Force power. If a warrior wished to return to the clan, she had to undergo a period of exile for purification purposes before she would be allowed back, often extending to several years; but some, known as Nightsisters, remained in exile, and these exiles sometimes banded together to form a clan of their own, or occasionally took over an existing clan, although no more than one Nightsister clan is known at any one time, and they were always opposed by the rest of Dathomir.

Recorded history

A witch with her rancor.

In 340 BBY, the Jedi training vessel Chu'unthor crashed on the surface of Dathomir. The now-numerous warrior-women attacked the vessel, and three Jedi Masters, Gra'aton, Yoda and Vulatan, were dispatched to rescue the stranded passengers. The Jedi's attempts to rescue their comrades and recover the ship were repelled with the death of fourteen of their number, but Yoda made a return visit to negotiate a settlement with a young Witch named Rell. In exchange for releasing the stranded passengers, Yoda gave Rell a box full of information on Jedi teaching methods, and told her to safeguard it until a Jedi Knight and his apprentice arrive to save Dathomir from the dark side using Witch clan calling themselves the Nightsisters.

A few years before the outbreak of the Clone Wars, a Nightsister clan which had gained access to some off-world technology attempted to activate the ancient Kwa construct known as the Infinity Gate, but this was foiled by Jedi Knight Quinlan Vos, and Dathomir subsequently remained dissociated from wider civilization until the Galactic Empire discovered the planet in the course of their war against the Drackmarians. In 0 ABY, Palpatine ordered a new penal colony to be constructed on Dathomir, but when he discovered the power of the new Nightsisters leader Gethzerion, he ordered all the prison's starships destroyed, stranding the Imperial garrison and the convicts. The Nightsisters took the stranded Imperials as slaves and plotted ways to leave the planet, although a pair of Star Destroyers prevented the arrival or departure of any spaceships.

After the Battle of Endor, the Dathomir system was seized by Warlord Zsinj, who established shipyards around its moon, Koratas. In 8 ABY, however, Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Chewbacca, Leia Organa, and Prince Isolder of Hapes arrived on the planet and helped to liberate the clans of the tyranny of the Nightsisters and the Warlord. Augwynne Djo of the Singing Mountain Clan was given legal title to the planet as nominal Queen by Han Solo, enabling her granddaughter Teneniel Djo to marry Isolder as an equal. Luke Skywalker also received from Rell the discs Yoda had left with her years earlier, and several Dathomiri later joined Skywalker's Jedi Praxeum to learn the ways of the Jedi.

Although Dathomir joined the New Republic, Imperial interests in the planet remained active. In 12 ABY an expedition under General Vit and Sigit Ranth was dispatched by the Imperial Remnant to investigate the Infinity Gate, and forged an alliance with a new Nightsister group, although they were foiled by the Jedi Academy. In around 19 ABY, the Great Canyon Clan was infiltrated by an Imperial Intelligence operation led by Brakiss, designed to transform the clan into a recruiting pool for the Shadow Academy; under Brakiss' manipulation, the women of the Great Canyon Clan declared themselves Nightsisters and—more radically—accepted their men as equals.

This latest threat was eventually ended with the defeat of the Second Imperium, but soon after, Dathomir was attacked by the invading Yuuzhan Vong, although the planet resisted the attackers, and after the Liberation of Coruscant a permanent Jedi enclave was established under the leadership of Kirana Ti, Damaya, and Streen. Jacen Solo studied under the witches of Dathomir after the Yuuzhan Vong War

Notable Dathomiri

A Nightsister Witch

Appearances

  • Star Wars: Darth Maul
  • Star Wars Republic: Infinity's End
  • Star Wars Republic: Darkness (Mentioned only)
  • Boba Fett: Hunted
  • Boba Fett: Pursuit
  • Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided
  • Star Wars: Empire At War: Forces of Corruption
  • Star Wars: Rebellion (Mentioned only)
  • Ewoks: The Battle for Endor (First appearance) (Retcon)
  • X-Wing: Solo Command (as Force witches) (Mentioned only)
  • The Courtship of Princess Leia (First identified as Witches of Dathomir)
  • Jedi Search (Mentioned only)
  • Dark Apprentice
  • Champions of the Force
  • Children of the Jedi (Mentioned only)
  • Darksaber
  • Nightsaber
  • Jedi Academy: Leviathan
  • Tyrant's Test (Mentioned only)
  • Young Jedi Knights: Heirs of the Force
  • Young Jedi Knights: Shadow Academy
  • Young Jedi Knights: The Lost Ones
  • Young Jedi Knights: Lightsabers
  • Young Jedi Knights: Darkest Knight
  • Young Jedi Knights: Jedi Under Siege
  • Young Jedi Knights: Shards of Alderaan
  • Young Jedi Knights: Diversity Alliance
  • Young Jedi Knights: Delusions of Grandeur
  • Young Jedi Knights: Jedi Bounty
  • Young Jedi Knights: The Emperor's Plague
  • Young Jedi Knights: Return to Ord Mantell
  • Young Jedi Knights: Trouble on Cloud City
  • Young Jedi Knights: Crisis at Crystal Reef
  • Agents of Chaos I: Hero's Trial
  • Agents of Chaos II: Jedi Eclipse
  • Star by Star
  • Dark Journey
  • Destiny's Way
  • The Unifying Force
  • Dark Nest I: The Joiner King
  • Dark Nest II: The Unseen Queen
  • Dark Nest III: The Swarm War
  • Tempest
  • Sacrifice
  • Inferno
  • Fury
  • Revelation
  • Backlash

Sources

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The original Witches of Dathomir, with Allya at the center.

The Witches of Dathomir was a group made up of Force-using women on Dathomir. They controlled the government and society of the planet, though they were not tyrannical and the settlers of Dathomir appreciated all they had done for the planet. The Witches of Dathomir had an unspoken understanding with the Order of the Sith Lords when the Sith arrived on Dathomir that the two groups would leave the other one alone.

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History

Centuries before the formation of the Order of the Sith Lords, a rogue Jedi Knight named Allya was banished to Dathomir by the Jedi Council. She took many followers with her and forged a friendship with the few settlers that were on the planet. She taught many of them the ways of the Force, and later she taught the ways of the Force to her own children. Centuries later, Allya was credited for transforming the settler society into one led by women who held their men as slaves. This society was dominated by Force-using women that became known as the Witches of Dathomir, and there were many occasions when their legends were used to scare children around a fire.[1]

Darth Plagueis encountered the Witches of Dathomir while he was the Dark Lord of the Sith, but there was an unspoken understanding between the Witches and the Sith where they agreed to leave each other alone and in peace. It worked out for many years before Plaugeis, so the Dark Lord had continued that. He later recounted that although he would have enjoyed having numerous seductive women under his command, the doctrine of Darth Bane clearly forbid more than two Sith. Even so, the Witches prided themselves on their autonomy, so they would not have accepted any offer by any Dark Lord of the Sith to become part of the Order of the Sith Lords.[1]

Appearances

  • Star Wars: Episode I - The Chosen One (First mentioned)

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 The Chosen One: Prologue - The Tragedy

See also


This article uses material from the "Witches of Dathomir" article on the Star Wars Fanon wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

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