Warning: This post contains spoilers for Obi-Wan Kenobi Episode 4.
One would think that the headquarters of one of the Galactic Empire’s most dangerous and feared organizations would be the most secure in the galaxy.
However, that is not the case.
As a matter of fact, Fortress Inquisitorius, which is based on the water moon of Nur in the Mustafar System and houses the Empire’s Inquisitors, former Jedi strong in the Dark Side of the Force, has been infiltrated not once, but twice by three Jedi.
In the fourth episode of Obi-Wan Kenobi, the titular Jedi Master (portrayed by Ewan McGreggor) mounts a desperate mission to rescue Princess Leia (portrayed by Vivien Lyra Blair) who is being held captive at at the hands of the Third Sister, Reva (portrayed by Moses Ingram).
After being healed in a bacta tank on the planet Jabiim after his battle against Darth Vader (portrayed by Hayden Christensen) on Mapuzo, Obi-Wan is informed of the fortress by the Path, a network aimed at hiding Jedi and Force-sensitive children from the Empire. While Kenobi learns that the Fortress is unshielded, Roken, the leader of the Path, tells him that “no one would be stupid enough to attack” the Imperial stronghold.
One of the members of the Path also states that the fortress is impenetrable.
Nonetheless, Obi-Wan and former Imperial Officer and Path member, Tala Durith (portrayed by Indira Varma) successfully break into the fortress and recuse Leia. Although they escape the triangular edifice, it was not without a casualty of one of the Path members who bravely fought off Reva with his T-47 Speeder.
However, Obi-Wan was not the first Jedi to successfully infiltrate the fortress and lived to tell about it. Little did the Jedi Master know, five years prior, Jedi Knight Cal Kestis (portrayed by Cameron Monaghan) and his informal Jedi Master Cere Junda (portrayed by Debra Renee Wilson) had also accomplished the nearly impossible task of stepping foot into the fortress.
In the game, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, Kestis and Junda’s mission was to retrieve a Jedi Holocron so that they can use it to rebuild the Jedi Order and take the fight against the Empire. However, the holocron ends up in the hands of the Second Sister who was revealed to be Junda’s former apprentice Trilla. This would force Cal and Cere to head to the fortress so that they could get the holocron back.
The task was an emotional and traumatizing hurdle for Cere who had memories of abandoning Trilla while on the run from the Empire. After the events of Order 66, Cere was taken to the fortress and tortured by the Imperials. The Jedi Master would witness her former apprentice’s transformation into the Second Sister. As a result, Cere tapped into the Dark Side and killed all the Imperials, except for Trilla and escaped the fortress.
The experience caused Junda to cut herself away from the Force and forsake the way of the Jedi. However, with encouragement from Kestis, Junda volunteered to go with him to infiltrate the building. The two Jedi also had a confrontation with Darth Vader but they would barely escape the fortress.
Ultimately, the Inquisitors would disappear by the time the Battles of Scarif and Yavin took place. After the deaths of several Inquisitors at the hands of Kanan Jarrus and the former Sith Lord Maul, Darth Vader would be the only known Imperial enforcer to use the Force. Like the Jedi that preceded them, the Inquisitors would fade into obscurity as tools used by Emperor Palpatine.
Obi-Wan Kenobi is currently streaming on the Disney + platform and Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is available on most video game platforms.
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