|Position||Member of the Jedi Order|
The Jedi Knight Bultar Swan was one of the members of the Jedi Order selected to join a hastily assembled rescue party. Their target: Geonosis, where Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi had fallen into Separatist hands.
Bultar Swan was a female Human who trained with and served the Jedi Order during the final decades of the Galactic Republic. As a Padawan of Jedi Master Micah Giiett, Swan excelled at martial arts, and she later complemented her fighting techniques with a strong lightsaber defense under the tutelage of Jedi Master Plo Koon. Dedicated to her beliefs, she was respected within the Order for her record of never having killed an opponent prior to the outbreak of the Clone Wars. After becoming a Jedi Knight, Swan was routinely sent on peace missions, including one to the Fondor system to investigate the alleged reappearance of an ancient starship and to mediate a dispute over salvage rights to the vessel.
22 years before the Battle of Yavin Swan was dispatched to the Sepan system to negotiate the cessation of a decades-long civil war, and later in the year, she joined a massive Jedi strike team that was sent to the planet Geonosis to rescue two Jedi and a Republic Senator, who were due to be executed by the Confederacy of Independent Systems. The ensuing battle launched a three-year galactic conflict known as the Clone Wars, during which Swan served the Republic as a Jedi General. She led Republic forces into battle on worlds such as Aargonar and Amaltanna; a battle on the latter world saw all of her troops die at the hands of the Separatist Droid Army. Three years into the war, she helped defend the Republic's capital, Coruscant, from the invading Confederate Navy.
Fall of the Republic
Shortly after the Confederacy fled Coruscant, the Republic's Supreme Chancellor Palpatine brought an end to the war and ordered Republic troops to kill their Jedi Generals. Swan escaped the initial stages of the Great Jedi Purge, and she was soon contacted by fellow survivor Luminara Unduli, who invited her to a meeting on Stygeon Prime. Several Jedi also responded to Unduli's call, but this was actually a trap set up by the Sith-Apprentice Darth Vader, serving Emperor Palpatine of the reorganized Galactic Empire, in order to lure unsuspecting Jedi to their doom. The Jedi that stood alongside Bultar thought that they could defeat Vader, but they were no match for the Sith. Bultar at one point in the duel had an opportunity to kill Vader but she didn't because Swan refused to kill a unarmed opponent, her fellow Jedi were determined to finish their foe. But Vader seized Swan's lightsaber, stabbing her with it in the process and ending her life.
Personality and Traits
Prior to the Clone Wars, Bultar Swan was respected within the Jedi Order for having never killed an opponent, but Swan saw it as an objective statistic rather than a point of pride. She hoped to never have to kill anyone, but if forced to, her goal was to make her opponent's death quick and painless. Although Plo Koon surmised that she would one day sit on the Jedi Council, Swan believed that she was nowhere near ready. Until she knew how she would react to murdering someone, she felt that she was unfit to sit in any kind of judgment over other Jedi. Swan felt that Micah Giiett, her deceased Master, would have been proud of her accomplishments. During the Clone Wars, Swan reacted pragmatically to the realities of the war and left the Separatist commander Edi Wedd to die in his sealed fortress.
Swan was respectful of other Jedi, and she sought the advice of her higher-ranked brethren while on the battlefield. She was honored to have trained under esteemed Jedi Masters. Tactful, she left it to Obi-Wan Kenobi to share details of their mission to Fondor with his Padawan if he so wished, but she was insistent that he share every detail with Masters Windu and Fisto. Swan was stern with Padawan Skywalker when he questioned the wisdom of Kenobi, and she was not eager to deal with the Padawan's personal problems, insisting that he was better off asking his own Master for advice. She saw Skywalker as both an especially difficult puzzle and a dangerous creature. Not always serious, Swan found Margravine Quenelle's and Princess Calvaria's desires to marry Kenobi to be quite funny and openly made a wisecrack about it while alone with Kenobi.
When action needed to be taken, Swan felt that further discussion was a waste of time. She was willing to fight for the things in which she believed, and she believed that revenge and anger were not the path of the Jedi. During the Great Jedi Purge, she refused to kill an unarmed opponent. In the Fondor system, Swan made averting a civil war and protecting the lives of innocent civilians her highest priorities, and she took the brunt of an electrically-charged spider attack in an effort to protect Klay Firewell, an innocent boy.
Although born on Kuat, Swan thought of Coruscant's Jedi Temple as her home. When sleeping or meditating, Swan visualized wide-open spaces and fields of color, and when dark clouds appeared, she envisioned a wind to drive them back. The experience was very calming for her, and she found it an effective way to resist the dark side of the Force.
Powers and Abilities
The Force: Swan was a skilled Jedi Knight whose ability to use the Force was spotted at an early age. Swan was skilled with various uses of the Force, such as deflecting blaster shots with a bare hand. After visiting the location of Micah Giiett's death, she was able to sense that he had been at peace at the moment of his passing.
- Lightsaber Skills: When Giiett was murdered and Swan's training continued under Plo Koon, the Kel Dor Jedi Master taught her to blend her style with a strong lightsaber defense. Under Koon's guidance, Swan developed a fluid and acrobatic combat style. In combat, she would use her lightsaber to block attacks while seeking an opportunity to disarm her foe. She would then rain punches and kicks on her unarmed opponent until they surrendered. Her methods in lightsaber combat were greatly influenced by her profound interest in martial arts.
- Master Hand-To-Hand Combatant: She developed an interest in unarmed combat techniques early in her Jedi training, and under the direction of Micah Giiett soon excelled in a unique fighting style that blended Teräs Käsi and the Verdanaian "Sliding Hands" method. Her style required her to maintain physical contact with her foes in order to allow her to judge their next move, and her mastery of the two disciplines allowed her to defeat opponents with ease without having to kill them. Prior to the Clone Wars, Swan had never taken a life despite having been involved in a dozen combat encounters. When fighting an opponent, Swan would remain still and entice her foe to attack. She would then strike forward with awesome speed, blurring her complex routine of moves into a whirl of motion.
- Pilot: Swan also had some piloting skills.
Weapons and Equipment
Bultar's valued weapon and possession was her lightsaber.