|Mace Windu, Master of the Jedi Order - By: KONAMI|
|Position||Jedi Master of the (Jedi Order)|
Mace Windu was originally from an planet of Haruun Kal born around five decades prior to the Clone-Wars. Due to his Force connection, Mace was sent to the order of the Jedi so he then could learn the Jedi way. After he'd become an Jedi-Padawan he became a Jedi-apprentice of the Master Cyslin Myr. Before the time of a Naboo invasion, Windu achieved the rank of Jedi Master and gained an seat on Jedi High Council. Mace Windu was long regarded as Jedi-Order's greatest champion, and he endeavored to maintain their order ancient traditions while the Republic declined. As an distinctive Jedi, Mace Windu crafted a unique lightsaber which emitted a plasma blade of amethyst.
Master of the Order
Approximately ten years before the Clone Wars, the Trade Federation initiated a blockade of the planet Naboo. At the request of Supreme Chancellor Finis Valorum, the Jedi Council ordered Qui-Gon Jinn and his apprentice, Obi-Wan Kenobi, to settle the dispute as emissaries of the Chancellor. Upon returning from their failed mission, the Council was made aware of a far greater threat, the ancient enemy the Sith had returned. However, neither Mace Windu nor Ki-Adi-Mundi were particularly convinced that the Jedi Order's ancient nemesis could have returned, much less avoid the awareness of the Jedi Council. Nevertheless, Windu assured them that the full resources of the Order would be utilized in order to verify the truth of Jinn's claims—and more specifically, the identity of the dark warrior who attacked him on Tatooine. It was then that Jinn revealed another significant discovery that he made during the course of his mission. Prior to his departure from Tatooine and subsequent return to Coruscant, Jinn encountered Anakin Skywalker. A young human child with the highest concentration of midi-chlorians in his cells, Anakin was the only son of Shmi Skywalker, but had no father. Jinn ultimately deduced that Anakin had been conceived by the Midi-Chlorians. Windu knew that Jinn referred to the prophecy of the the One who would restore balance to the Force by destroying the Sith Order.
Although he was skeptical of Jinn's claims, Windu instructed the maverick Jedi to bring young Skywalker to the Jedi Council Chamber where they could gauge his strength in the Force. The Council was impressed by Skywalker's ability to use the Force without any formal training, but they also sensed his emotional attachment to his mother and a great amount of fear within him. As such, they declined Jinn's request to have Anakin trained as a Jedi. Mace personally felt that the boy was too old to commit his life to the Jedi, as well as the Force, without the distraction of his attachments. The Council soon reversed its decision after the death of Jinn during the Battle of Naboo, entrusting Anakin's training to the newly-anointed Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi. Windu continued to doubt Skywalker's ability to commit himself to the Jedi way, however, and his ill-concealed distrust would put a strain on their relationship through the years as Skywalker ascended the ranks of the Jedi Order. During the funeral of Qui-Gon, Yoda and Windu realized that Jinn was right in that the Sith had survived and endured over a thousand years. Yoda quoted the Rule of Two, an ancient Sith philosophy that limited their ranks to two Sith a master and an apprentice causing Windu to ponder over which of the two was defeated. Afterward, the Jedi attended the celebration on Naboo along with the newly-elected Chancellor, Sheev Palpatine.
Prelude to the Clone Wars
In the decade that followed the Battle of Naboo, the Galactic Republic faced an existential crisis as thousands of star systems and powerful corporations threatened to secede from the ancient democratic union. The Supreme Chancellor Sheev Palpatine assured the Jedi Council that his office was seeking a peaceful resolution with the Separatists, and that he would not permit secession to divide the millennium-old Republic. Despite the Chancellor's assurances, Mace Windu advised him to consider just how vulnerable the Republic truly was—the Jedi Order lacked the sufficient manpower to defend the entire Republic in the event of war. Moreover, the Order was a force of peacekeepers rather than soldiers. As the Galactic Senate continued to debate over whether to vote for or against the Military Creation Act, Senator Padmé Amidala narrowly avoided an assassination attempt on her life. During a meeting with the Chancellor, she revealed to Windu and Yoda her suspicion that Count Dooku was involved in the attack. Although the Count had renounced his Jedi status before becoming the leader of the Separatist movement, Windu refused to believe that even a former Jedi could be involved in a plot to assassinate the Naboo Senator. Nevertheless, Windu heeded Yoda and Palpatine's warning that Amidala's life was in grave danger, regardless of whether Dooku was personally involved or not.
As such, he dispatched Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker to serve as temporary bodyguards for the Senator. After the death of Amidala's would-be assassin, Zam Wesell, Windu and the Council instructed Kenobi to track Wesell's accomplice who evaded capture. They also ordered Skywalker to accompany Amidala to her home planet of Naboo in case of another assassination attempt against her. While the Separatist Crisis worsened, Windu concurred with Yoda's belief that the dark side of the Force was responsible for the turmoil that undermined galactic peace and stability. They were especially disturbed to learn that Kenobi's investigation led him to the planet Kamino where their agent discovered the existence of a secret army consisting of hundreds of thousands of Clone Troopers, in addition to a million more units in development. Prime Minister Lama Su, the leader of the Kaminoan cloners, revealed that the army was made to serve the Galactic Republic. He also asserted that the client who commissioned the project was the late Jedi Master Sifo-Dyas, whom he presumed was alive and a leading member of the Jedi Council until Kenobi corrected his assumption. Kenobi followed the source of the clones, the bounty hunter Jango Fett, to the planet Geonosis where he reported another vital discovery to Windu and Yoda, who witnessed his transmission within the office of the Chancellor.
Dawn of the Clone Wars
After the Senate voted to empower Chancellor Palpatine with emergency wartime powers, which he quickly used to authorize the formation of the Grand Army of the Republic, Windu led a Jedi assault team to Geonosis in order to rescue Kenobi while Yoda moved to take command of the clone troopers on Kamino. Windu and the Jedi prevented the execution of Kenobi, as well as Skywalker and Amidala, both of whom traveled to Geonosis with the intention to help Kenobi, but were quickly confronted by an overwhelming force of battle droids. The Jedi fought bravely, destroying many battle droids in the process, but also sustained many casualties. During the fight, Windu swiftly killed Jango Fett with relative ease, decapitating the bounty hunter as Jango's son Boba Fett watched in horror. Overwhelmed by the droids' superior numbers, the Jedi were cornered into the center of the Geonosian Petranaki arena. Dooku demanded that the Jedi surrender themselves into Separatist custody, but Windu refused to allow himself and his allies to be taken as prisoners of war. Moments later, the arrival of Yoda and the clone army ultimately turned the tide and enabled the Jedi survivors to escape the arena. In the aftermath of the arena skirmish, the Battle of Geonosis officially commenced as thousands of Clone Troopers engaged the battle droids on the field of war.
The remaining members of Windu's assault team took to the field as well, assuming command of the clones who were trained to serve the Jedi with absolute loyalty. Reporting directly to Windu, Clone Commander CT-411, along with five special commando units accompanied the legendary Jedi champion to the forefront of the battle. Windu kept Ponds by his side during the rest of the battle. Under the Jedi's leadership, the clone army forced the Separatists into full retreat, abandoning Geonosis to Republic occupation. Windu returned to the capital, content that the first battle resulted in a Republic victory, but was also morose over the failure to capture Dooku. By then Windu came to accept that he had been wrong in his preconception of Dooku's character; his old friend had turned to the Dark Side, becoming an enemy of both the Order and the Republic. In order to preserve and defend the Galactic Republic, Windu and his fellow Jedi accepted formal command of the clone army as generals and commanders. He also learned from Kenobi about Count Dooku's assertion that a mysterious Sith by the name of Darth Sidious had hundreds of Senators under his control, but Yoda believed that the Council had no incentive to trust the word of a fallen Jedi. Windu nonetheless recommended that the Council maintain a watchful eye on the Senate, having never trusted the highly corrupt government in the first place.
Conflicts of the Clone Wars
As a senior member of the Jedi Council, Mace Windu directed the Republic war effort from the Coruscant Jedi Temple, often conferring with Grand Master Yoda and Chancellor Palpatine on matters of strategy and diplomacy. However, on occasion he also took to the field, commanding Clone Troopers and Jedi on several military campaigns with the Clone Commander CT-411 (nicknamed "Ponds") as his second-in-command. Windu's exploits on the battlefield served as a reminder of his reputation as a fierce warrior and champion of the Jedi Order. During the Clone Wars, Mace’s forays onto the battlefield showed why he was renowned as a warrior. During the Republic campaign to retake Ryloth, he led clone troopers in the assault on the city of Lessu and personally captured Wat Tambor, the Separatist emir who’d looted the planet. Though notorious for loathing politics, he proved an able diplomat, brokering an understanding between the freedom fighter Cham Syndulla and Ryloth's corrupt Senator Orn Free Taa. Mace spent much of the Clone Wars on Coruscant, directing the Jedi in their role of wartime leaders. Windu was quick to punish Jedi who did not follow orders, reassigning rebellious Padawans tasks that allowed them to reflect their mistakes. Mace guarded Jedi independence against outside interference and sought to uphold Jedi values when dealing with the military and politicians.
He opposed Malastare’s Dugs when they decided to kill the ancient creature known as the Zillo Beast, and was against Palpatine’s decision to bring the beast to Coruscant for study. During the war, Boba Fett conspired to assassinate Mace out of vengeance for the death of father, the clone template Jango Fett with aid from the fellow bounty hunters Aurra Sing, Bossk and Castas. This attempt would fail and Boba Fett along with Bossk were sent to prison by the Jedi. When rumors reached the Council that the bounty hunter Moralo Eval was planning to abduct Chancellor Palpatine despite his incarceration at the Republic Judiciary Central Detention Center, Windu, Yoda, and Kenobi conceived a plan for Kenobi to infiltrate Eval's operation by impersonating the bounty hunter Rako Hardeen. Thanks to Obi-Wan's efforts, Windu and Skywalker were able to apprehend Bane and Eval before they could escape with their prisoner. Later in the war, the Jedi began investigating the Jedi Sifo-Dyas's death after finding his Lightsaber. After discovering that it was the Sith who had orchestrated the creation of the clones, Windu noted with caution that such a revelation could easily destroy public confidence in the Jedi, the Republic and the war effort. At these words, Yoda decided that they would not tell anyone, even Chancellor Palpatine, of their new discovery, citing the need to bring the Clone Wars to a swift and decisive end.
Confronting Darth Sidious
Following the Battle of Coruscant, Windu was disturbed by Palpatine's decision to appoint Anakin as his representative on the Jedi Council. Though the Council obliged the Chancellor, hoping to use the young Jedi as a spy against him, Windu warned his colleagues that it was dangerous to pair Skywalker with Palpatine. Anakin reacted with anger to the Council's decision to withhold the status of Jedi Master from him, but was quickly put in his place by Windu. At this time, the Council grew doubtful that Palpatine would surrender his wartime powers. As such, Windu agreed that the Chancellor would have to be removed by force and further added that the Council would have to take control of the Senate in order to maintain peace during the transitional period. With the death of General Grievous during the Battle of Utapau, Windu was determined to see the Senate restored to its former position prior to the Clone Wars. By then, however, Skywalker revealed to Windu that Sheev Palpatine was in fact Darth Sidious, the mastermind behind the war and the second Sith that the Jedi had been searching for since the Naboo crisis. Knowing that the future of the Jedi Order was in grave danger, Windu and three other Jedi Masters raced to Palpatine's office and attempted to arrest the Supreme Chancellor. Their confrontation led to a duel in which Agen Kolar, Saesee Tiin and Kit Fisto were killed.
Despite the loss of his comrades, Windu continued to fight and ultimately prevailed in the duel, disarming the Dark Lord in the process. However, Skywalker, who had followed Windu despite being told to remain in the Jedi Temple, begged the Jedi Master to spare the Sith Lord's life, believing that Sidious had the power to save Padmé Amidala from death. Although Windu originally intended to arrest Sidious, the Jedi Master concluded that he was too dangerous to be left alive, given his control over the Senate and the courts. However, before Windu could deliver the killing strike, Skywalker ignited his own lightsaber and severed the Jedi Master's lightsaber hand, as he looked down with his lightsaber falling off the edge of the building, leaving him defenseless against the full power of Sidious's Force lightning. Shocked, Windu realized he had been too focused on Sidious. He had failed to sense Skywalker's shatter shatterpoint. As the Chancellor ranted, he once again unleashed his rage, blasting raw Dark Side energy through Windu's body, sending him hurtling out the window into the cityscape, where he would certainly have been killed upon hitting the surface miles below. With a single stroke, Sidious had removed one of the few Jedi who posed any threat to him and secured the allegiance of the promising Anakin Skywalker, who would now be known as Darth Vader, and the Jedi Purge began with Order 66.
Powers and Abilities
The Force: Mace Windu was a powerful Force user proficient in various forms of telekinesis, which he could utilize as both attacks and defenses. He was capable of summoning his Lightsaber, as shown on Geonosis when he reclaimed his Jedi weapon by way of the Force before Fett could prevent this. On Ryloth he used the Force to telekinetically pull battle droids in his direction, rendering them vulnerable to a fatal Lightsaber attack. He was also powerful enough to levitate individuals, such as two clone troopers whose lives he saved by using the Force to prevent them from falling to their deaths. In addition to the offensive and defensive applications of the Force, Windu could use his connection to the Force to enhance his physical capabilities, allowing him to engage in acrobatics and land jumps from high places without sustaining injuries. Windu's abilities with the Force extended to mind control, a Jedi technique that allowed the user to exert a considerable amount of influence over weak-minded beings. Against a person of greater willpower than the average being, however, Windu was forced to combine his efforts with Skywalker and Kenobi in order to combine the power of the "mind trick" to force Cad Bane's cooperation, which nearly damaged his mind in the process.
Lightsaber Skills: As a duelist, Windu favored the seventh form which was considered the most aggressive version of the art of Lightsaber combat. Though more prominent among Dark Side users, Mace Windu was able to master the form without falling to the corrupting influence of the Dark Side. In combat Windu demonstrated his skills as a duelist against Mother Talzin and even Darth Sidious, the Dark Lord. In the case of the latter, Windu not only survived Sidious' initial assault, which resulted in the deaths of three Jedi Masters, but ultimately prevailed against the Sith in the fight itself. Following an intense, but relatively short duel between the Dark Lord and the Jedi Order's champion, Windu disarmed and cornered the seemingly defeated Sidious. Windu was also highly adept at deflecting incoming blaster shots with his Lightsaber. He utilized his skills at blaster deflection against an overwhelming number of battle droids, which enabled him to survive long enough until Yoda and the clone army arrived and turned the tide of the battle in the Republic's favor. Throughout the Clone Wars, Windu continued to rely on defensive techniques when leading Republic forces on the frontlines, especially during the Ryloth campaign. In addition to blaster shots, Mace Windu could use his lightsaber to block a Force lightning attack, which he could also redirect back to its source in a superconducting loop.
Mace Windu's Lightsaber: This Lightsaber was a Jedi weapon constructed by Jedi Master Mace Windu following his appointment as a senior member of the Jedi Council. Windu constructed it after many years of experience and used the highest standards to make a superior weapon. One of the most distinctive Lightsabers throughout the Jedi Order due to its amethyst plasmablade, Windu would carry this weapon into battle on multiple occasions during the Clone Wars in which he served as a Jedi General in the Grand Army of the Republic. As one of the most notable members of the Jedi Order, Jedi Master Mace Winducarried a Lightsaber distinguished by its unique amethyst plasma blade. Its distinctive color served as warning to adversaries that the Jedi Order's greatest champion was ready to fight. In addition to a specially designed handgrip, the Lightsaber's electrum finish indicated Windu's status as a senior member of the Jedi High Council. The Lightsaber was ultimately lost during a confrontation between Windu and the Darth Sidious, who then killed the Jedi Order's champion through the use of Force Lightning.