Powerful women are the heart of the Star Wars universe. Long before Palpatine, Anakin, or even Luke Skywalker walked the galaxy, a woman named Bastila Shan held it in the palm of her hands. Who was this beautiful woman? And what made her so memorable? Are you wondering about what was the story behind this irreplaceable woman?
Here’s an insight into the story of one of the strongest Force sensitives in the Star Wars universe.
The Rise of Bastila Shan
Bastila was the daughter of Helena Shan and an unknown treasure hunter. She was found to be Force sensitive at a very young age and joined the Jedi Order.
Bastila quickly rose through the ranks of the Order despite being a teenager. This was because she had mastered a special technique known as Battle Meditation. Battle meditation is a rare Force ability that boosts the morale, stamina, and overall battle prowess of an individual’s allies. The power also significantly cripples the enemy’s battalion. During the Jedi Civil War, Bastila was sent with a small crew to capture the fallen Jedi, Darth Revan.
Bastila: The Warrior
During this mission, too, you could see her immense power as she defeated hundreds of Dark Jedi in combat using her special double-bladed lightsaber. She became popular across the galaxy as a skilled duelist. This wasn’t all, her other Force proficiencies included Telekinesis, Force Slam, Force Whirlwind, and Force Choke.
Upon her capture of Revan, the Jedi Order used the Force to make him forget his past life. They gave him a new identity. Bastila fell in love with him after they spent time together on Jedi missions. Her capture of Revan is listed as her biggest achievement as the man is known as the greatest warrior of all times.
The Fall of Bastila Shan
The spell on Revan eventually wore off, and he learned his true identity. It was at this time that Revan’s former Sith apprentice, Darth Malak, captured Bastila. He tortured the Force prodigy and turned her to the dark side.
Still, in love with Revan, she tried to convince him to return to the dark side. The newly-converted Revan resisted her advances. He confronted her in battle, and she lost. Even though she lost, it is well-known that Bastila held her own. The battle was described as an extremely challenging and intense one.
After Revan struck her down, Bastila begged him to kill her. The Jedi refused and instead used the power of their love to bring her back to the light. Bastila went on to marry Revan years later, and the pair had a child. Bastila is remembered as a powerful and emotional Jedi who was strong in the Force. She was the Jedi who easily made waste of multiple Dark Jedi and ultimately took down the biggest threat to the universe.