|Master Yoda - By: KONAMI (Edit By: MaximusSupremo)|
|Position||Grand Jedi Master (Jedi Order)|
|Status||Deceased (Spirit Intact)|
Becoming a Master
Born nine hundred years before the Battle of Endor, Yoda was a member of an ancient and mysterious race. He had a strong connection to the mystical field of energy the Force, he joined the Jedi Order as a youngling. After Yoda undergone the ritual called the Gathering, Yoda had received his first kyber crystal, and Huyang helped him construct his first Lightsaber aboard the Crucible. Thereafter, he was paired up with a Jedi Master. Around the time he'd reached a hundred years of age, he was ready to pass on what he had learned. Having attained status rank of Master, he would spend the next eight hundred years training and instructing generations of Jedi. It was estimated that over his lifetime, he trained around twenty thousand Jedi.
Centuries later, Yoda would take on a Human male Dooku as his last known Padawan in the Galactic Republic period of time. During one mission to the Wookiee homeworld of Kashyyyk, the Padawan witnessed his master face off with giant and dreadful terentatek. Yoda would visit Kashyyyk several other times prior to the Battle of Kashyyyk, serving as a Jedi negotiator in many incidents involving the Wookiees and their Trandoshan neighbors. This earned him an ancient title of the "Defender of the Home Tree", as well as being made a member of the many Wookiee leaders' and all the inhabitants of Kachirho's honour families. Jedi Master Yoda also taught outside the relationship of Master and Padawan, and so he trained all Younglings prior to their teaming up with Jedi Masters, including Master Obi-Wan Kenobi. Kanan Jarrus, often heard Yoda counsel "Do, or do not. There is no try". He also taught groups of younglings in the basics of training, like in Lightsaber instruction. In the latter days of the Galactic Republic, Yoda served as the Grand Master of the Jedi Council, conferring with legendary Masters like Mace Windu and Ki-Adi-Mundi on matters important to an Old Galactic Republic.
Jedi Grand Master
Trade Crisis on Naboo
After the Trade Federation’s invasion of Naboo, Qui-Gon Jinn, who had been sent to settle the dispute, spoke before the Council. Qui-Qui-Gon Jinn revealed that he had been attacked by a dark warrior, and that he had discovered a vergence in the Force in the form of a young slave, Anakin Skywalker. Jedi Master Yoda was curious about this development, and agreed that Anakin was to be brought before the Jedi Council for evaluation. Anakin was tested by Jedi Masters, and he was seen to be unusually strong with the Force, but Yoda sensed much fear in the boy, and “Fear is the path to the Dark Side”, he told Anakin. With that, the Jedi Council refused to approve Anakin for Jedi training, much to the shock of Qui-Gon. After the death of Qui-Gon at the hands of the dark warrior, as well as heroic actions by Skywalker, the Master had informed Obi-Wan that the Council reversed their decision and would honor the fallen Jedi’s final wish, that Anakin then was to be trained, and it would fall to Obi-Wan to teach him the Jedi ways. And while Master Qui-Gon's Sith killer, Darth Maul, was defeated by Kenobi, Yoda believed the Sith was still at large. “Always two, there are, master and apprentice”.
Dawn of the Clone Wars
A decade after the Invasion of the planet Naboo, a Separatist movement led by former Jedi and Yoda's old pupil Dooku, was growing throughout the galaxy while incorporating more planets under its control. This resulted in an age of intrigue and distrust across the galaxy, as the Republic seemed to be inexorably shifting towards war. While Grand Master Yoda was instructing some of the Younglings in Lightsaber technique, he had a brief meeting with Master Obi-Wan to talk of a planet called Kamino, one that was seemingly erased from the Jedi Archives. It was an act that troubled the Jedi Master. Ultimately, Kenobi located the system and informed Yoda and the Jedi Council that a Grand Army of clones was formed there, falsely in the name of the Republic and on orders of the Jedi Council. While the truth of the Grand Army's creation was murky, Yoda led the clones in a clash against the Separatist Alliance on the world Geonosis. This fight would prove to be the first of many battles in the Clone Wars. In the climax of the battle, the Master Yoda confronted then dueled his old Padawan Count Dooku, who had joined the Dark Side of the Force as a apprentice of the mysterious Darth Sidious.
Dawn of Palpatine's Empire
During the Clone Wars, Anakin Skywalker had grown more powerful and more experienced. But Master Yoda was aware of the young Jedi’s shortcomings that still lingered from his childhood: his fear and his inability to let people close to him go. With that in mind, Yoda assigned Anakin his own Padawan learner, Ahsoka Tano. Yoda believed that by becoming a master, Anakin would grow emotionally. Yoda hoped that when it came time for Tano to go off on her own, Anakin would understand that he need not be attached and feel so protective of those he'd loved. Later on during the war, Yoda heard the voice of an old friend long gone: Qui-Gon Jinn. Jedi Master Yoda feared he was having an auditory hallucination, but all medical tests proved he was well. When he was again visited by the disembodied voice, he found that it was actually Qui-Gon, who had somehow held onto his consciousness in death. The deceased Qui-Gon Jinn sent Yoda on a journey of internal and external exploration, where he would face unsettling visions on Dagobah, confront his own Dark Side self on a Force-soaked planet deep in the heart of the galaxy, and battle Sidious in a spiritual plane on the planet Moraband.
Ultimately, the Grand Master Yoda gained a new understanding of true selflessness and of the Force, came to realize his hubris and the mistake the Jedi Order committed by becoming warriors, and unlocked the secret of a Force immortality. As the Clone Wars raged on, Anakin and Obi-Wan had become heroes of the Republic. But all was not well with Anakin, and he sought council with Yoda, asking for guidance on how to deal with premonitions of “someone’s” death, in reality that of his secret wife, Padmé Amidala. Master Yoda told Anakin to train himself to let go of everything he feared to lose, which was something that the young Jedi would prove unable to do. Later, Master Yoda had led a battle on the Wookiee home Kashyyyk, and Supreme Chancellor had revealed himself to be the Sith Lord the Jedi had been searching for. The villain executed Order 66 which ordered the slaughter of the entire Jedi ranks. Yoda felt a great disturbance in the Force as countless Jedi were killed by Clone Troopers, and managed to escape before he could be killed. By this point, it was clear Anakin turned to the Dark Side, rechristened Darth Vader and tasked to kill the Jedi for the power to save his wife.
Yoda confronted the Supreme Chancellor now the Galactic Emperor Palpatine, but failed to kill him, after this duel Yoda alongside an ally Bail Organa traveled to the asteroid Polis Massa, where Yoda conferred with the spirit of Qui-Gon, who had offered him to train him in techniques that could help him retain his identity after his death. Obi-Wan Kenobi, having defeated but not killed Vader on Mustafar, arrived soon thereafter, bringing with him the dying Senator Amidala. Amidala gave birth to her twins from Anakin Skywalker and named them Luke and Leia before her death. Sensing the power that the children had with the Force, Yoda, Kenobi and Bail decided to keep them hidden in unsuspecting locations to avoid detection by the Empire; Luke Skywalker was delivered to the Lars family on Tatooine, while Organa personally adopted his sister, Leia. After Yoda talked with Obi-Wan about training that would lead him to the path to immortality, the three of them would all go their separate ways, with Yoda choosing to return to the swamp planet Dagobah to begin is own long exile. Yoda built a home for himself and settled down to wait for the twins to grow up, and continued to study the Force.
Training a New Apprentice
During his exile on Dagobah, Yoda kept an eye on other Jedi throughout the galaxy, including those who ventured into a number of the Jedi Temples found amongst the stars. He would remain there for years, waiting for the Skywalker distant and secret offspring to rise as new hopes in the struggle against the Sith. Years after the fall of the Jedi, the spirit of now deceased Obi-Wan directed the young Luke Skywalker to Yoda's exile planet, where he was to receive guidance and be instructed in the ways of the Force. Yoda did not initially identify himself to Luke and tested his patience by presenting a comical and senile backwater individual to Luke, deliberately provoking both Luke and R2-D2. Luke is shocked when he finally realizes that this small, elderly creature is the powerful Jedi he was seeking. Finding that Luke has the same anger and recklessness which caused his father's downfall, Grand Master Yoda was reluctant to teach youthful Luke the ways of the Force, and agrees only at Kenobi's behest. Before finishing his training, however, Luke chooses to leave Dagobah in order to confront the Dark Lord of the Sith Darth Vader and save his friends from the Empire's grasp at the Cloud City.
Becoming a Force Spirit
Yoda Passes the Mantle
Before Luke departed Dagobah, Yoda and Obi-Wan warn him that he is not ready to face Vader and is being lured into a trap, but Luke Skywalker still left, promising he'd return to complete the Jedi training. Although Obi-Wan was distraught by Luke's rushed departure, Master Yoda then reminded him that there was still another child of Anakin Skywalker, Leia Organa. Yoda, having become very sick and frail, informs Luke that he has completed his training but will not be an Jedi until he confronts Darth Vader; he also confirms that Vader is Skywalker's father, something Luke had learned from Lord Vader during their last encounter. Before telling Luke their was another Skywalker, Yoda peacefully met his own physical demise at the age of nine hundred, with his body vanishing as he had become "One with the Force". the Master Kenobi would clarify that the other the Master Yoda spoke of to be his twin sister, helping Luke realize his sister was in fact Leia Organa. With his death, Yoda's body vanished and he managed to retain his consciousness by becoming a spirit thanks to techniques passed to him. Not long after his demise, Yoda used knowledge he acquired to appear to Luke Skywalker.
Three decades after his death, Rey heard Grand Master Yoda's voice describing the Force in a vision that Rey saw after she touched a Lightsaber that previously belonged to Luke and Anakin Skywalker. Sometime later, after Rey had visited Luke Skywalker on his hermit-island on Ahch-To, a disillusioned and self-loathing Luke had tried to burn down what few Jedi artifacts and writings were left in hopes that it would rid the galaxy of Jedi once and for all, who, through Luke, had failed. Luke was surprised by the sudden appearance of the Grand Master Yoda as a spirit, who not only didn't seem to mind the ancient scripts burning up, but was the one to start the fire by causing lightning to strike the tree. But unknown to Luke, Rey had taken the Jedi books when she left. During their meeting, Yoda pointed out that failure is an important lesson, if not the most important lesson, for Masters. Ultimately, Yoda helped Luke come to terms with his failed training of Ben Solo and to realize that Rey already was a powerful in her own right that didn't need his help. In reality, it was him that needed her help to forgive himself. This meeting led Luke to change his mind and save their Resistance from death.
Powers and Abilities
The Force: Despite his advanced age and small size, Yoda was very strong with the Force and a greatly skilled warrior. Yoda was capable of holding his own in combat against opponents such as the Dark Lords Darth Tyrannus and Sidious. He was also able to deflect the Force Lightning of the aforementioned Sith with his bare hands, a feat he demonstrated during both duels. He could also telekinetically toss aside metal pieces hurled at him by Tyranus, levitate stone slabs in mid-air, or move an Senate hoverpod around. In order to teach Luke Skywalker that the Force could make many things possible, Yoda levitated his student's sunken T-65B X-Wing starfighter out of the swamp of Dagobah and onto dry land. Yoda had an incredibly strong connection to the Force, which granted him numerous Force abilities. During exile on the planet Dagobah, Yoda was able to see Jedi that were active through the Force; he could not see one that had forsaken the ways of the Jedi. Yoda could keep in mental contact with the various temples across the galaxy, then telepathically converse with any Jedi that were within them. He was able to actively have visions, and was not limited to spontaneous visions. His visions led him to foresee the fall of the Jedi and even his own death, though a future was always in motion.
Lightsaber Skills: In addition to his immense connection to the Force, the Master was a master of Lightsaber combat, and was widely acknowledged as being perhaps their greatest Jedi duelist of his time despite being trained as Consular. It was said that only Mace Windu, Count Dooku and Palpatine were able to fight with him on equal terms. Although the master of all forms, his preferred style was Form IV, as it allowed him to compensate for Yoda's limited reach and height. Despite his advanced age and short stature, Master Yoda was an exceptional swordsman, displaying an amazing speed and dexterity, leaping through the air and twirling as he battered at an opponent's defenses. But, in his later years, Yoda lost a great deal of his mobility, demonstrating a pronounced limp and depending on his cane to aid him in his everyday movements. This loss of mobility was due to the fact that, in his old age, Yoda did suffer from debilitating arthritis. When possible, Grand Master Yoda preferred to use a hoverchair rather than walk at all. His mastery of the Force allowed him to increase the resolve, accuracy, and speed of himself thus permitting him to overcome physical infirmities, but due to the extremely taxing nature of this Force ability, he was only able to utilize this power for a short time prior to being tired.
Yoda's Lightsaber: Like many Jedi had done for hundreds of years, Yoda had built his own personal weapon under the guidance of Huyang, an ancient architect droid who had been with the Jedi Order since its nascent days. As a first step, Yoda acquired a kyber crystal from Ilum, a mission said to be eventful. What made Yoda's weapon unique was a scaled-down size. Aside from that particularity, the weapon had a simple design, consisting of a studded chrome handle with a black trim and an emitter shroud. The Lightsaber was put to use on the planet Geonosis, when Master Yoda was forced to confront his former apprentice Darth Tyranus while the first battle of the Clone Wars was being fought outside. In the years of the Clone Wars, the green-bladed saber served Yoda well on multiple occasions. However, Grand Master Yoda eventually lost his weapon when he dueled against the Dark Lord Darth Sidious in the Senate Building of their Old fallen Republic. When Sidious unleashed bolts of energy to disarm him, the Jedi lost his blade, which fell to the ground below.