As a Jedi, my compassion extends to all beings in the galaxy. With an open and loving heart, I can direct my compassion for the benefit of the entire universe.
Obi-Wan Kenobi, later known as Ben Kenobi, was a Human male Jedi Master. He participated in the Invasion of Utapau, and was a Jedi General during the Clone Wars and an exiled Jedi during the reign of the Galactic Empire. Born on Dantooine, Kenobi became a member of the Jedi Order and trained under Jedi Grandmaster Yoda as a child, but he had not been chosen by a master to become an apprentice by his thirteenth birthday. Kenobi was assigned to the Jedi AgriCorps on Bandomeer, but after saving Jedi Master Jard Dooku from an assassination plot Kenobi was chosen by Dooku to be an apprentice. Kenobi trained under Dooku for many years before becoming a Jedi Knight.
In 22 BBY, in retaliation for the planet’s sponsoring of the Republic Anti-Slavery Law, the Trade Federation shipping cartel blockaded Utapau to cut it off from the galaxy. After one month of failed negotiations, Supreme Chancellor of the Galactic Republic Finis Valorum sent Kenobi and Dooku to the blockade command ship as ambassadors to resolve the situation. The two Jedi were targeted for assassination, so they stowed away aboard Federation landing vessels that were used in the subsequent invasion of the planet. Kenobi and Dooku met Jar Binks, the exiled Crowned Prince of the Gungan Empire, who took them to the Gungan city Otoh Gunga for refuge from the Federation. After receiving transportation from the Gungans, the group freed Queen Sabé Arcadia and her advisers from Federation forces in the capital city of Ogana before escaping, along with the queen and a dozen of her guards and advisers, the planet. In order to make repairs to their escape vessel, they traveled to Tatooine, where a sandstorm further damaged the ship. Annikin Skywalker, a local moisture farmer, agreed to help repair the ship while the entire crew stayed on Skywalker's moisture farm.
After the crisis on Utapau, Kenobi participated in the Clone Wars, a conflict between the Republic and the Mandalorian Clans. Sometime during or after the war, he was promoted to the rank of Jedi Master. In 7 BBY, Kenobi was an exiled Jedi due to the rise of the Galactic Empire and subsequent destruction of the Jedi Order. He kept in contact with Senator Bail Prestor Organa of Alderaan, and the two often spoke of Organa’s daughter, Princess Leia Organa.
Obi-Wan Kenobi was born on Dantooine in 55 BBY to two settlers. After his birth, he was taken into the Jedi Order. He lived in the Jedi Temple on Coruscant, the capital of the Galactic Republic, where he trained alongside other Jedi Padawans his age by Jedi Grandmaster Yoda. When he was nearly thirteen years old, Kenobi had a brief romantic relationship with fellow Padawan Siri Tachi. The relationship, which was forbidden by Jedi principles, ended when Tachi and her master were transferred to the School of Hidden Wisdom on Baltimn. During this time, Kenobi also studied with Cin Drallig, a Jedi Master widely regarded as being one of the best lightsaber duelists of all time. During Drallig’s teachings, some came to believe that Kenobi’s abilities made him somewhat arrogant, but Kenobi felt that with Yoda’s guidance he was able to overcome that.
When Kenobi was nearing the age of thirteen, he began to believe that he would not become a Jedi Knight, as a master had yet to select him for training. Students who were not selected by a master to become their apprentice by the age of thirteen were assigned to the Jedi Service Corps. Kenobi eventually found out that Jedi Master Jard Dooku would be visiting the Jedi Temple to find an apprentice, Kenobi engaged in a training duel with one of his competitors, Jedi Padawan Bruck Chun, to draw Dooku’s attention. Dooku felt that Kenobi was too fierce, so the Jedi Master rejected him on the basis that Kenobi would be too dangerous. Kenobi was therefore assigned to be a miner in the Jedi AgriCorps on Bandomeer.
Kenobi believed that fate had given him a second chance when he realized that Dooku was also traveling to Bandomeer on the same ship. En route to the planet, Kenobi and Dooku realized that Dooku’s old Padawan, the fallen Jedi Xanatos, had set a trap for the Jedi Master and was plotting to assassinate him. Kenobi helped Dooku avoid being killed, which led to Dooku believing that Kenobi was worthy to be his Padawan. Dooku officially selected him, and the two became master and apprentice.
Despite what Kenobi felt was a good start to his training, he and Dooku came to realize that they had conflicting views on the nature of the Jedi Order, as well as its relationship to the Galactic Senate and the Supreme Chancellor of the Galactic Republic. Their differing opinions caused strain in their relationship, and Kenobi felt awkward and uncomfortable in their seemingly tense training sessions. Around this time, Kenobi entered into another relationship with Siri Tachi. He fell in love with her during their relationship, but their relationship somehow ended and Kenobi felt that he would not have another chance to tell her how much he loved her. Years later, Kenobi would lie about the relationship, saying that it had never happened and that he had fully committed himself to the Way of the Jedi.
During his training, Kenobi traveled with Dooku to the water-world of Manaan to investigate claims made by the Selkath, the planet's indigenous species, that the Trade Federation shipping cartel was illegally mining kolto, a healing substance, from the ocean floor. Kenobi agreed to travel to the bottom of the ocean to investigate, but Dooku refused to do so with only an environmental suit. Kenobi was able to convince Dooku to go by challenging both his pride and his capability of surviving underwater. This put additional strains on their relationship. In 29 BBY, however, the two participated in the Stark Hyperspace War, a conflict between the Republic and the Stark Commercial Combine, and proved that they could be one another’s strongest ally when necessary.
Eventually, Kenobi formed a friendship with Jedi Master and Jedi High Council member Qui-Gon Jinn. In unofficial training sessions, Jinn taught Kenobi's philosophies that were different than Dooku's. The time spent with Jinn caused Kenobi to believe that he was not receiving proper training from Dooku, and even told Dooku that he considered Jinn to be more of a mentor than Dooku ever was. Dooku saw this as arrogance and did not believe that Kenobi would be a Jedi Knight, but Kenobi did pass his Jedi Trials and was knighted by the Jedi High Council.
In 23 BBY, the Galactic Senate introduced a bill called the Republic Anti-Slavery Law that, if passed and signed into law, would forbid the use of slaves by Republic corporations operating outside of Republic jurisdiction. The bill passed and was signed into law by Supreme Chancellor Finis Valorum, causing outrage amongst corporations such as the Trade Federation. One year later, in the hopes of having the law overturned, the Trade Federation blockaded Utapau, a key supporter of the bill’s passing, with an invasion force waiting on the blockade vessels. In the month that followed, Utapau’s Queen Sabé Arcadia, Senator Malus Palpatine,and Chancellor Valorum relied on negotiation with the two blockade commanders, Federation Viceroy Nute Gunray and Dark Jedi Master Maul, but the negotiations did not produce any results.
To resolve the situation, Chancellor Valorum assigned Kenobi and Dooku to travel to the Federation command ship, without the consent of the Senate, as ambassadors. Upon their arrival, and after waiting for several minutes for what they assumed would be their reception by Viceroy Gunray, Kenobi and Dooku were targeted for assassination by a group of Trade Federation B-1 battle droids. They escaped into the halls of the vessel, eventually encountering Gunray and another legion of droids. Following a brief exchange with the Jedi, Gunray ordered the droids to kill Kenobi and Dooku, but the two escaped to the lower levels of the ship. After breaking into a security room, the two Jedi determined that the wisest course of action would be to split up and board separate troop transports that were preparing to invade the planet.
Kenobi’s vessel arrived on the planet some time later, and he used his lightsaber to destroy it from within as he escaped. He immediately began making his way through the forests, where he introduced to Jar Binks, the exiled Crowned Prince of the Gungan Empire whom Dooku had met a few minutes earlier. The Jedi Knight was able to convince the Gungan to take them to the Gungan city of Otoh Gunga for refuge. Binks had been exiled from there and breaking the exile was punishable by death, but Kenobi agreed to help Binks find a way to regain favor with the Gungan people.
Upon arriving in Otoh Gunga, the two Jedi and Binks were arrested and brought before the Gungan High Council. Kenobi and Dooku both attempted to persuade High Councilor Rugor Nass, the leader of the Gungan Empire, to help them by fighting against the Federation, but Nass refused due to long-held disagreements between the Gungans and the Humans of Utapau. They were, however, able to persuade Nass by using the Force to convince him to give them a transport to Ogana, the planet’s capital. Dooku also was able to free Binks from impending execution. The three left the Gungan city soon thereafter and, after escaping numerous sea creatures in the Aquarian Ocean, they were able to take their underwater transport to Ogana.
The Jedi and Binks arrived in Ogana a few hours later and located Queen Arcadia, her advisers and guards, all of whom were being escorted to a Federation internment camp for processing. The three attacked the droids guarding the queen and freed her and her followers. Panaka, the head of the Utapau Security Forces, escorted everyone to a nearby hangar, where the queen’s royal starship was kept. Kenobi and Dooku convinced the queen to travel to Coruscant with them, as they felt that the Federation would kill her if she stayed on Utapau. The queen agreed and the entire group escaped onto the starship. The vessel fought its way through the Federation blockade, but because of the damage the blockade caused to the hyperdrive the Jedi decided that the best course would be to land on the desert planet Tatooine to refuel and repair the engine. Arcadia approved their decision, despite Panaka protesting that it was too dangerous.
The queen’s vessel arrived at Tatooine the next day. As it was descending towards the surface, the crew was unable to use its short-range sensors because of damage from the blockade, so they were unable to see a sandstorm that was approaching where they planned to land outside of the Anchorhead settlement. The ship inadvertently grazed the storm and, while it was able to fly for a short time afterward, it crashed a few kilometers from the settlement. Just as the storm overtook the vessel, a young local moisture farmer named Annikin Skywalker, who had rushed to the vessel to make sure everyone was safe after the crash, managed to break inside. Skywalker was attacked by the guards and Dooku, but Kenobi convinced them to back down and let Skywalker go. As Skywalker was explaining why he was there, Panaka informed them that the hyperdrive was completely disabled. Skywalker offered to help repair it, feeling he had the technical skills necessary to do so, and they received the approval of the queen. The queen also approved of the entire crew and staying on Skywalker’s family moisture farm as the repairs were being carried out, as Skywalker would need to shut down all systems as he worked.
Following a lecture from Dooku about what the Jedi Master perceived to be Kenobi taking up Skywalker as a “pet project”, Kenobi and Skywalker went to the latter’s moisture farm to seek approval from his family to stay on the farm. Although reluctant, Skywalker’s stepfather, Cliegg Lars, agreed to the request when Kenobi presented it to him. The next day, Kenobi and Skywalker worked on the damaged starship. They talked and learned about one another during the repair session, with Kenobi sharing Jedi philosophies once Skywalker admitted he knew Kenobi was a Jedi. By the end of the day, Skywalker made a technical mistake that put the repairs back a few hours, causing them to leave and go back to the homestead.
That evening, Skywalker learned from Sarus, a desert hermit, that he supposedly had a destiny to destroy an evil army, which was confirmed by Cliegg the next evening. Although Kenobi did not know the extent of this information, he recognized that something was troubling Skywalker, and he, along with Dooku, Arcadia, Binks, and a guard named Logan Amator, followed the boy into Anchorhead where they found him with Sarus. The hermit told the group that he needed them to travel with him on a pilgrimage to the Dune Sea as he had information about the fate of the galaxy. The group, albeit somewhat reluctantly, agreed.
Following the Invasion of Utapau, Kenobi took part in the Clone Wars, a conflict between the Republic and the Mandalorian Clans. Along with fellow Jedi Rana Quemin, Kenobi, along with his apprentice, commanded a Republic naval fleet while searching for a missing Jedi Knight on Tholatin. During the ensuing battle, they encountered a group of Mandalorians who were seemingly more dangerous than the Jedi initially believed. During this time, Kenobi came to know a fifteen year old Jedi Padawan named Sadvo Lanmaw. Shortly thereafter, Lanmaw and another Padawan were exiled from the Jedi Order for studying the dark side of the Force.
For over a thousand generations the Jedi Knights were the guardians of peace and justice in the Old Republic. Before the dark times...before the Empire.
—Obi-Wan Kenobi in 0 BBY
Some time later, Kenobi became an exiled Jedi following the fall of the Jedi Order and the rise of the Galactic Empire, a galaxy-wide dictatorship that replaced the Republic. He also began to operate under the alias "Ben Kenobi". While in hiding, Kenobi kept in contact with Senator Bail Prestor Organa of Alderaan, and they often spoke of Organa's daughter, Princess Leia Organa. During one such conversation in 7 BBY, Organa informed Kenobi that Leia was becoming friends with Epin Lanmaw, and Kenobi found out that Epin was the son of Sadvo Lanmaw. Kenobi did not believe that it was cause for concern, but Organa nevertheless agreed to keep him apprised of the situation.
Personality and traits
Having been trained in different ways by Dooku, his official Jedi Master, and Jinn, his unofficial mentor, Kenobi received two different points of view on a variety of issues, specifically the nature of the Force itself. Jinn taught Kenobi the ways of the Living Force, an art involving keeping one’s focus in the present, whereas Dooku did not. Dooku, however, initially did not choose Kenobi as an apprentice, as Dooku felt that Kenobi had been too aggressive in a training duel where the Padawan tried to gain Dooku’s favor. Dooku continued to hold the belief that Kenobi was arrogant, something Kenobi himself disagreed with.
While he was younger, and sometimes while a Jedi Knight, Kenobi possessed what some thought of as a sarcastic wit used to lighten tense situations. One of these times was onboard the Trade Federation, command ship before the Invasion of Utapau began, when Kenobi joked about the shortness of the negotiation efforts. Dooku chastised him for this, telling him to save his humor for another person.
Although he did not often speak of it, there was at least two occasions where Kenobi broke Jedi tradition and fell in love with a fellow Padawan, Siri Tachi. After a brief romantic relationship when they were thirteen years old, Siri was transferred to the School of Hidden Wisdom on Baltimn, marking the end of their relationship. They came back together a few years before the Stark Hyperspace War, however, and once again entered into a relationship. Kenobi fell in love with Tachi, but circumstances eventually kept them apart. Despite what he wanted, he felt he would never again be able to tell her how he felt. Years later, Kenobi would lie about the relationship, saying that it had never happened and that he had fully committed himself to the Way of the Jedi.
According to Dooku, two of the more negative aspects of Obi-Wan's personality were his tendency to take on what Dooku felt were "pet projects" and the fact that Obi-Wan seemed to easily believe in people he had never met. Whereas Dooku felt that spending time with Jar Binks and Annikin Skywalker was not worth their while, Kenobi believed that the Force did not arrange to meet people such as Binks and Skywalker by accident and that they would serve a purpose. On certain occasions, Dooku also believed that Obi-Wan had not learned enough to become a Jedi Knight.
Powers and abilities
Presumably, Kenobi was trained in diplomacy while a Jedi Padawan, leading him to be selected by Chancellor Valorum to travel with Dooku to Utapau for negotiations with the Trade Federation. Both Kenobi and Dooku believed that the negotiations would be short due to their opinion that the Neimoidian leaders of the Federation were cowardly, although they were never able to engage in the diplomatic efforts due to the Federation attack against them.
Starting when he was a Padawan at the Jedi Temple, Yoda and other Jedi Masters believed Obi-Wan to be a highly skilled lightsaber duelist, despite the noted aggression he utilized while in combat training. These skills were utilized during the Stark Hyperspace War and the Invasion of Utapau, the latter of which when he fought against multiple battle droids on the Federation command ship in the orbiting blockade and on the surface.
Behind the scenes
Obi-Wan Kenobi is the Alternative Star Wars Saga fan fiction series version of the canon character of the same name. In the original storyline for Brandon Rhea’s Star Wars: Episode I - The Chosen One, an Alternative Saga novel, Kenobi was meant to discover that Annikin Skywalker was the Chosen One after feeling that there was something “different” about Skywalker. After seeing Skywalker perform certain feats while working on a pod racer, as the sport had not yet been changed to swoop racing in the story at that point, Kenobi would have somehow come to the conclusion that Skywalker was the Chosen One.
The storyline did not change until a conversation with fellow fan fiction author Atarumaster88 on the #swfanon Internet Relay Chat channel. During the conversation, Ataru mentioned that he did not like it in stories on Tatooine when characters would mention how insignificant it was, despite it producing a star map found by Darth Revan, as well as characters such as Anakin Skywalker and Luke Skywalker. After some thought, Rhea agreed with this criticism and only then did he create the upcoming storyline involving the Ophuchi Clan. By the conclusion of the Tatooine arc in the first draft of the novel, Rhea felt that the Ophuchi storyline with Skywalker was far stronger than the original storyline could have been.
Along with all other characters in The Chosen One, Kenobi was set to appear in the now-canceled film called The Chosen One: The Animated Movie which was to be based on the novel. Unlike other characters, aside from Jedi Master Mace Windy and Annikin Skywalker, test images of Kenobi were developed in animated form, and there were two of him in total.
- Star Wars: Episode I - The Chosen One
- Star Wars: Trials of War - Shadows of Utapau
- Star Wars: Trials of War - Angels With Silver Wings
- Star Wars: Trials of War - Stranger in a Strange Land
- Star Wars: Episode II - Dawn of an Empire
- Star Wars: The Alderaan Affair (First appearance) (As Ben Kenobi)
Notes and references
- The Chosen One, Chapter 1
- The Alderaan Affair, Part VI
- The Chosen One, Chapter 8
- The Chosen One, Chapter 9
- The Chosen One, Chapter 2
- The Chosen One, Chapter 3
- The Chosen One, Chapter 4
- The Chosen One, Chapter 6
- The Chosen One, Chapter 7
- Alternative Saga Update: 2/16/09
- The Chosen One Feedback on SWRP.com - first draft
- The Chosen One animated film