People say killing Jedi is hard. It's not, you just have to be smart about it. No blasters, no getting close to them, no attacking them directly when you can gun down their allies instead.—Atton Rand, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords
Jedi hunter referred to a being or droid who specialized in killing Jedi.
Jedi Hunters killed for many reasons, such as profit, revenge, or mere pleasure.
Now you fall, as all Jedi must.—Asajj Ventress, Cloak of Darkness
Some hunters were Force-sensitives themselves. Most Force-using Jedi hunters were members of Dark Side cults and groups that were traditional enemies of the Jedi, the most notorious of these being the Sith. Others were former Jedi driven to the Dark Side by unfortunate, traumatic events, and, believing their former mentors responsible, decided to pursue a homicidal grudge against the Order. Examples of such beings included Asajj Ventress, Aurra Sing, or the Sith Sith Lord Darth Vader.
More machine than alive, Grievous is—though more dangerous for it.—Yoda, Labyrinth of Evil
Some Jedi hunters were ordinary beings with bodies heavily augmented by cybernetic enhancements that allowed them to compete with the Jedi on the physical level. The most prevalent example was the CIS military leader General Grievous. Grievous was equipped with computers slaved to his brain that increased his reflexes and precision to superhuman levels, and a largely mechanical body that provided him with superhuman speed, strength and stamina. Arguably, Darth Vader could be considered an example of a cyborg Jedi hunter, as his armored body suit provided him with limited resistance to lightsaber blows, and his prosthetic limbs provided him with vastly augmented strength. Another example was the Gen'Dai Bounty Hunter Durge, who originally received cybernetic implants to combat the Mandalorians, but found them to be equally effective against Jedi.
I saw an Intel report on this; I think those are Grievous' personal bodyguard droids. Prototypes built to his specifications. To fight Jedi.—Anakin Skywalker, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (novel)
There was also whole series of droids created specifically to assassinate and hunt down the Jedi, as droids could not be sensed through the Force due to their inorganic nature, and due to the speed of machines, they could demonstrate the speed and reflex necessary to compete with the Jedi. Examples of such droids included the IG-100 MagnaGuards or the Droideka, though the latter were not originally designed with Jedi hunting in mind.
The terentatek is a predator, and we Jedi are its prey.—Deesra Luur Jada, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
Most disturbingly, however, some creatures were specifically bred, and developed to hunt Jedi, such as the voxyn and terentatek. These creatures often had their aggressive tendencies greatly enhanced by brain modification and conditioning, and their bodies specifically developed to allow incredible speed or strength. Some, such as the terentatek, were genetically engineered to develop heavy armor plates that provided limited protection against lightsabers.
However, many hunters were not Force-users, heavily augmented cyborgs, droids, or genetically created/altered creatures, but were instead ordinary people. These hunters instead relied on skill and tact as opposed to sheer power to bring down Jedi. Skilled hunters realized that Jedi were very deadly against enemies using standard weapons and tactics designed to kill normal beings, so many of their tactics revolved around non-standard weapons and equipment. Slugthrowers were useful against Jedi, since bullets could not be deflected by a lightsaber, as they simply vaporized on contact with the blade. Flamethrowers also worked well, as they couldn't be blocked by lightsabers, though they could be deflected by the Force, but this took considerable effort. Sonic weapons shattered concentration, making use of Force powers impossible. Use of proper mental techniques made ambush an option. Quality poisoned darts were silent and worked too quickly for Jedi to counter. These weapons were of limited use on a large-scale battlefield, but deadly against Jedi.
Your lightsabers will make a fine addition to my collection.—Grievous, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
Lightsaber collecting was also a fairly common practice among Jedi Hunters, as being unique to each Jedi, they provided proof of kill, and were kept as trophies. The bounty hunter Boba Fett or the Mandalorian raider Sherruk were known to collect lightsabers. Some hunters would also make personal use of their collected lightsabers, such as Grievous or Aurra Sing.
No specific background was common among Jedi hunters; they came from diverse upbringings and species.
At the end of the Hundred-Year Darkness, Jedi hunters helped defeat the Dark Jedi at the Battle of Corbos. In the Mandalorian Wars, Dungeon ships were developed to move and capture Jedi prisoners, and were later reused with Universal Energy Cages in the Great Jedi Purge.
General Grievous was among the greatest and most feared Jedi hunters, personally killing numerous Jedi in lightsaber combat during the course of the Clone Wars. He was notable as a rare example of a non-Force sensitive being who nevertheless could hold his own against the Jedi in lightsaber combat.
Following the end of Clone Wars, the clone troopers of the 501st Legion were placed in the service of Darth Vader, a Jedi turned Sith, and the most famous Jedi Hunter in galactic history. Due to this, the 501st become vicious Jedi hunters in their own right, earning the nickname 'Vader's Fist'.
Following the fall of the Galactic Empire, the Jedi enjoyed a short time of peace, until the Yuuzhan Vong invaded. These extragalactic warriors swept through the galaxy taking entire worlds and waging war on the New Republic. Realizing that their biggest threat came from the Jedi themselves, and hating the fact that they controlled a mystical energy field called the Force, which the Yuuzhan Vong could not touch, and seemed to not even exist in, the invaders called for the extermination of the Jedi in exchange for an empty promise of peace. An entire faction of New Republic citizens caved, forming a group called the Peace Brigade, and began to hunt the Jedi, turning them over to the Yuuzhan Vong.
By the end of the Sith-Imperial War, many Jedi were surviving but scattered throughout the galaxy. The One Sith organization placed bounties on Jedi and for the next seven years, new Jedi hunters began snuffing out Jedi who weren't careful enough, nearly fulfilling the Sith's goal of the Jedi's extermination. Soon, all hunters had to keep their eyes out for the last Skywalker, whom the galaxy thought had ended at Ossus. The Sith Lord Darth Krayt wanted him because of his healing power.
Notable Jedi huntersEdit
- Dark Side Adepts
- Darth Nihilus
- Darth Sion
- Darth Vader
- Emperor's Hands
- Arden Lyn
- Executor Sedriss QL
- Aurra Sing
- Mara Jade
- Sith Assassin
- Galen Marek
- Antinnis Tremayne
- Asajj Ventress
- Atton Rand
- Boba Fett
- Jango Fett
- Irek Ismaren
- Del Korrot
- Atton Rand
- Handbook 3: Dark Empire
- The Essential Guide to Weapons and Technology
- The New Essential Chronology
- Star Wars Miniatures: Bounty Hunters
- Underworld: A Galaxy of Scum and Villainy
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ Dark Empire Sourcebook
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords
- ↑ Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 The Emperor's Pawns
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 Dark Side Sourcebook
- ↑ The Dark Forces Saga
- ↑ Dark Empire II
- ↑ Star Wars Republic: Outlander
- ↑ Darth Vader: Extinction
- ↑ Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
- ↑ Evasive Action: Recruitment
- ↑ 12.0 12.1 Star Wars Republic: The New Face of War
- ↑ "Clone Wars Chapter 20"
- ↑ 14.0 14.1 Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
- ↑ Star by Star
- ↑ Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader
- ↑ 17.0 17.1 Star Wars Republic: Show of Force
- ↑ Edge of Victory II: Rebirth
- ↑ 19.0 19.1 19.2 Underworld: A Galaxy of Scum and Villainy
- ↑ Revelation (novel)
- ↑ Star Wars Miniatures
- ↑ Enemy Lines II: Rebel Stand