Ahsoka Just Brought Back Star Wars: The Clone Wars’ Scariest Enemies

Thanks to Ahsoka and Lady Morgan Elsbeth, we now know that the witchy Force-wielders known as the Nightsisters of Dathomir are still alive and well in the New Republic.

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This Star Wars article contains spoilers.

When Morgan Elsbeth was first introduced in The Mandalorian, we knew that her people had been massacred during the Clone Wars. In the episode “Chapter 13: The Jedi,” Ahsoka tells Din Djarin that Elsbeth “survived, and let her anger fuel an industry which helped build the Imperial Starfleet. She plundered worlds, destroying them in the process.” Given how many planets were affected by the violence of the Clone Wars, it was easy to assume that Elsbeth’s homeworld was just one of the many nameless planets affected by the conflict. But thanks to Ahsoka, we now know that Elsbeth has a connection to one of the most intriguing groups in Star Wars lore – the Nightsisters of Dathomir.

The Nightsisters were first introduced in Dave Wolverton’s 1994 novel The Courtship of Princess Leia as part of the Legends Continuity, but weren’t fully integrated into the canon timeline until Star Wars: The Clone Wars. In Clone Wars we learn that Count Dooku’s apprentice Asajj Ventress was born on Dathomir before being sold as a child.

The Nightsisters are like Force Witches. They are able to wield the Force like Jedi and Sith, but they are also able to tap into a sort of magick that other Force-wielders can’t. Like the Force, the Nightsisters believe that their magick is a living thing that flows through Dathomir and themselves. This magick can be used to create illusions, teleport, resurrect the dead, and even create potions of invisibility. While magick involves both the dark and light side of the Force, the Nightsisters have historically been fighters for their own best interests, and that’s often involved allying with the Sith or just generally against the Jedi.


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