Admittedly, writing a piece about “the fate of Master Sinube” is a rather straightforward endeavor. Barring some freak accident or a natural death, Tera Sinube – the elderly Jedi Master who assists young Ahsoka Tano track down lightsaber in The Clone Wars episode “Lightsaber Lost” – most certainly died during the Jedi Purge, his fate sealed when Order 66 was put into effect. In fact, we can probably be even more specific and say that he died in the Jedi Temple, perhaps shot by clone troopers or struck down by the blade of Darth Vader. True, he may have escaped the Temple on that fateful day, much like Jocasta Nu, perhaps fleeing individually or with other Jedi, but that also seems unlikely. No, I believe it is safe to say that Master Sinube encountered the same fate as most of the Jedi that day, meeting his end in a tragically violent way.
While we may surmise that Sinube met his end on that fateful day, a question never-the-less persists in my mind: what were his final moments like? Where in the Temple was the elder Jedi and, like others in the Temple, did he put up any form of resistance? Personally, I like to believe he did. Elderly he may have been, his actions in “Lightsaber Lost” demonstrate that he was far from needing geriatric care. Master Tera Sinube most certainly did not go down without an act of resistance. In fact, we might take this thought a step further, extending the faculties of the imagination with a bold suggestion: on that horrible day, Master Tera Sinube stood his ground first against clone troopers, and then against Darth Vader.
Wisdom of a Jedi Elder
It is easy for me to believe that as the Temple came under attack, Sinube took it upon himself to safeguard Jedi younglings against the onslaught, perhaps even rallying a handful of Knights to lead the younglings away from the fray. I can picture Sinube giving orders, demanding that these Knights seek out one of Sinube’s contacts in Coruscants criminal underworld. Master Sinube was, after all, an expert on the underworld, and surely would have known a contact willing to help the Jedi flee the world. Implored by the younglings and Knights to join them, Master Sinube would have been reassuring but firm: “The Cosmic Force beckons me to return home. Go, I will hold off your pursuers.”
Clearly, there are any number of ways to imagine how Sinube’s final moments of life played out. Even as I write these words, the possibilities abound, the imagination running in numerous directions. But what my heart tells me is this: Master Tera Sinube did not even draw his lightsaber, instead leaving it confined in his cane. Wouldn’t this very contradict what I said in a paragraph about, that Sinube most certainly resisted the clones and Vader? Only if we assume that resistance must involve violence.
A wellspring of Jedi wisdom and knowledge, thoughtful and patient in his actions (as we see in “Lightsaber Lost”), I believe Tera Sinube confronted his clone attackers that fateful day with only the Force as his ally. As the clones burst into the room, DC-15 blasters blazing away at an easy target, Sinube would move quickly, not harming but disarming his assailants. With care and precision, fully attuned to the Force, the Jedi Master systematically incapacitated the clone soldiers, debilitating but not killing, doing so with the gentle touch of the Light Side.
Unable to break through the stalwart defense of their elderly opponent, comrades falling left and right – some getting back up to rejoin the struggle only to be knocked down again – eventually the word would spread through the Temple that the clones needed reinforcements to break through Sinube’s defense. And a reinforcement would arrive, not in the form of more clone squadrons, but the shadowy figure of a Dark Lord of the Sith.
Undoubtedly, Master Sinube could sense the Dark presence within the Temple from the very beginning of the attack. Now, as the clone assault on his position waivered once again, he felt the Dark figure moving towards him, and was about to enter the room. But Sinube, I am certain, also knew from the very beginning that the Dark Lord in question was, only recently, a Jedi. When the Sith entered the room, Sinube was calm and unsurprised – he knew he was about to see the face of Anakin Skywalker.
Vader’s blue blade already ignited, the two stood for a moment looking at the other. Suddenly, the blade was extinguished and Vader moved forward until he was but a foot or two from the elder Jedi. Extending his right arm, the Sith wrapped his hand around Sinube’s neck. But before he could squeeze, Master Tera Sinube looked into the eyes of his destroyer and, with peace in his voice, uttered his final words:
“I forgive you, Anakin.”
I like your predictions and behind-the scenes possibilities in these stories. Lots of Jedi could still be hiding. Maybe more than Luke might appear in the next Star Wars movie.
On Fri, Nov 30, 2018 at 6:19 AM The Imperial Talker wrote:
> Imperial Talker posted: “Admittedly, writing a piece about “the fate of > Master Sinube” is a rather straightforward endeavor. Barring some freak > accident or a natural death, Tera Sinube – the elderly Jedi Master who > assists young Ahsoka Tano track down lightsaber in The Clone Wars” >
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I absolutely loved meeting Master Sinube in the “Lightsaber Lost” episode. I 100% agree with your prediction. Everything from the flawless disarmament of the Clone troopers to his final words just screams the gentle but fierce spirit that was Master Sinube.
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Nice job I love these backstory on Jedi keep it up
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Many thanks! I like to play around with different characters, especially the Jedi. I’ve got a handful of new posts about different Jedi in the world so be sure to check back in from time to time!
I’m running a Star Wars RPG campaign with my kids where Master Sinube was on Ilum with a Clan of younglings for their Gathering rite to obtain their lightsaber crystals when Order 66 went out. He and his new padawans fend off bounty hunters, stormtroopers and imperial inquisitors until he finally falls to Vader while giving his students a chance to escape.
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That is really cool! I love it! Seems we had similar ideas for Sinube’s fate. I like the idea of him being on Ilum when things went down. In fact, the purge on Ilum would be a fascinating story in general.
Hope your kids are enjoying the campaign and thanks for sharing!
Confirmed dead on this week’s episode of Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Indeed he was. And just as intriguing, the fact that he was one of the Jedi entombed for display. It would be fascinating to know more about which Jedi the Inquisitors choose to display in their gallery.