- “Wing commanders, form up. We’re going in.“
- ―Saesee Tiin during the Battle of Lola Sayu
Blockade of Naboo & the Separatist Crisis
A male Iktotchi born on the moon Iktotch, Saesee Tiin was eventually promoted to the rank of Jedi Master and appointed to a seat on the Jedi High Council prior to the blockade of Naboo by the Trade Federation.
Tiin was a participant in the Battle of Geonosis, the first battle in the Clone Wars, against Count Dooku and the newly-formed Confederacy of Independent Systems. Tiin, unlike many others in the battle, survived.
During the Clone Wars, Tiin was present at the Jedi Temple when Delta Squad brought back the bodies of Jedi Master Halsey and his apprentice Knox who were killed in the massacre on Devaron. Adi Gallia suspected it was the work of presumed dead Asajj Ventress, however Plo Koon suspected it was a newly appointed Sith Lord. Obi-Wan Kenobi, on the other hand, suspected it was the work of a monstrous animal. The mysterious killer was revealed to be the Nightbrother Savage Opress, which surprised Kenobi as Opress appeared similar to Darth Maul who he had supposedly beaten on Naboo years before.
Tiin took part in the rescue of Even Piell, Wilhuff Tarkin and his men from the Citadel prison, due to the fact they were carrying vital information of hyperspace coordinates that could change the scale of the war to the faction in possession of said information. Tiin alongside Masters Adi Gallia, Plo Koon and Kit Fisto, rescued the team and returned to Coruscant.
Kit Fisto, Anakin Skywalker, and all other Republic troops were trapped in a losing battle against their opposition’s superior strength provided by the Quarren and Aqua droids. Kit Fisto and the others managed to contact the Jedi Temple with a faint signal, yet it was too weak and within moments collapsed. Master Mace Windu understood the broken communication as a sign of the Republic’s impending defeat, however noting that it would take a considerable time to train any new SCUBA troopers, the situation was dire. On this topic, Yoda recommended that they should ask help from a suitable ally of the Republic. Master Tiin suggested they contact the Gungan who was an amphibious species with a standing army and planet located near Mon Cala.
Battle of Umbara
Anakin Skywalker, Pong Krell, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Saesee Tiin were all present during the Battle of Umbara with Pong Krell and Saesee Tiin’s troops were supporting Kenobi’s troops in the south.
The council’s plot
Tiin was present during the funeral of Obi-Wan Kenobi, which was, in fact, a plot created by the Council to infiltrate the ranks of bounty hunters and discover a plan created by Count Dooku to capture the Chancellor.
Tiin was present at the funeral for the victims of the bombing of the Jedi Temple, where in fact the culprit of the bombing was hiding among the present Jedi, Admirals and political figures.
Tiin also partook in deciding the expulsion of Jedi fugitive Ahsoka Tano after the bombing, where he, along with Masters Windu and Ki-Adi-Mundi, did not believe Tano was innocent of the crime. Tiin noted that Tano had been found with nano-droid explosives, the same devices used in the bombing, which he felt alone was enough for her to be convicted. In the end, however, Tano’s name was cleared after Barriss Offee, the actual bomber was uncovered by Anakin Skywalker. Tano was offered a place back in the Order but refused.
Later during the war, Tiin was present when Master Yoda felt he was hearing a voice from beyond the grave, but the combined power of all of the Council members could not find anything. Yoda left Coruscant after this without the Council’s express permission. On the planet, Dagobah Yoda had a vision that Tiin engaged in a lightsaber duel with Darth Sidious and was killed when Sidious stabbed him.
He was one of four masters sent to arrest Supreme Chancellor Palpatine, revealed by Anakin Skywalker to be the powerful Sith Lord Darth Sidious, along with Kit Fisto, Agen Kolar and Mace Windu. Sidious, however, resisted his arrest, instead of pulling out his red lightsaber and engaging the group of Jedi in combat. Despite the skills of the Jedi Masters, the Sith Lord quickly cut down Kolar and Tiin before engaging Windu and Fisto in a brief duel, killing Fisto and leaving only Windu to continue the fight, who was later slain.
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