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Jedi commit sai cha only when battle is at its most dangerous and threatening, or when an opponent is considered extremely dangerous even for a fully trained Jedi.—Cin Drallig, Jedi vs. Sith: The Essential Guide to the Force
In lightsaber combat, a sai cha was the rare instance when a Jedi beheaded his or her opponent. In general, sai cha was reserved for either biological opponents that presented a great danger—any opponent a Jedi could not afford to keep alive—or droids.
Do you think you'll still be able to call on the Force after I've seperated your head from your body?.
Droids were regarded by most Force-sensitives as neither honorable nor dishonorable, with the exception of a few heroic notables. For example, Obi-Wan Kenobi beheaded General Grievous's MagnaGuards onboard the Invisible Hand and during the Battle of Utapau.
In 37 BBY, Qui-Gon Jinn was forced to apply the sai cha against Baroness Omnino of Vena, as she was in possession of a phychic augmenter, a sophisticated device that enabled her to control the minds of others. Jinn was forced to decapitate her to save the lives of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Supreme Chancellor Finis Valorum, and knocking the Baroness unconscious was not an option, as her dangerous mind may have remained active.
Several Jedi were forced to employ sai cha during the Great Jedi Purge. These include Roan Shryne, who performed sai cha upon Commander Appo in the Battle of Kashyyyk (Imperial Period), and Jedi Master Tsui Choi, who applied it against a clone commander in 19 BBY.
Grand Master Luke Skywalker applied sai cha' during his final confrontation with Shimmra Jamaane, Supreme Overlord of the Yuuzhan Vong. Skywalker beheaded Jamaane with the crossed blades of both his and his nephew Anakin's lightsaber, much like how his father beheaded Count Dooku nearly fifty years before.
Behind the scenesEdit
Beheading of opponents is normally not available in Star Wars computer games, because of censorship and rating issues. However, in Star Wars: Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast and Star Wars: Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy, beheadings and general dismemberment are possible using the "Saber Realistic Combat" function which is accessible through a cheat code. In some cases you didn't even need to attack your opponent if they are running right at you, all you needed to do was turn in their direction.
- Tales of the Jedi: The Freedon Nadd Uprising 1
- Darth Bane: Path of Destruction
- Darth Bane: Rule of Two
- Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
- Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
- Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
- Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith junior novel
- The Last of the Jedi: A Tangled Web
- Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (First appearance)
- Star Wars 80: Ellie
- Star Wars: Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast
- Star Wars: Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy
- Inferno (Mentioned only)
- Jedi vs. Sith: The Essential Guide to the Force
- Star Wars Galaxies Trading Card Game: Champions of the Force
Notes & ReferencesEdit
- ↑ Tales of the Jedi: The Freedon Nadd Uprising 1
- ↑ Darth Bane: Path of Destruction
- ↑ Darth Bane: Rule of Two
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader
- ↑ Dark Forces: Soldier for the Empire
- ↑ Dark Forces: Rebel Agent
- ↑ Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II
- ↑ The Unifying Force
- ↑ Tempest
- ↑ Sacrifice (novel)
- ↑ Fury (novel)
- ↑ Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (novelization)