When the trailer for Tales of the Jedi dropped, fans were shocked and excited to see one particular character from the Prequel Era. Facing off against Dooku was Master Yaddle.
Yaddle is a member of Yoda’s species, though he was twice her age making her greatly look up to and admire him as a Jedi Master. She first appeared in Episode I: The Phantom Menace as a sitting member of the Jedi High Council.
Brought to the Order as a Force-sensitive youngling, she eventually rose through the ranks of Jedi Master herself. She had a love of academics and was often found in the Jedi Archives for her studies. During the High Republic era, she taught younglings and had a fondness for them. One, in particular, was Jedi Knight Vernestra Rwoh. Vernestra bumped into Yaddle and asked for advice from her once teacher as Vernestra had been struggling with troubling visions. Soothing her worries, Yaddle advised Vernestra to follow her instincts and talk to Stellan Gios, who had been Vernestra’s master as a padawan.
Over her long time serving the Jedi Order, Yaddle took on many padawans of her own. One in was Oppo Rancisis, who also served on the Jedi Council from the High Republic Era through the Prequel Era. Oppo would actually be one of the few survivors of Order 66.
Yaddle never strayed too far from her responsibilities of teaching the next generation of Jedi. At one point before the night he became the padawan to Dooku, she found a young Qui-Gon Jinn in the padawan training rooms dueling with his lightsaber. Because of the late hour, she lightly chided him and sent him to bed.
As mentioned she was in The Phantom Menace, Yaddle was in the Council room when Qui-Gon Jinn brought forth new intel that not only was there a new Sith, Darth Maul, but also she was there to help evaluate Anakin Skywalker. It’s unknown what her thoughts were about whether or not Anakin was the Chosen One. The Council initially agreed to keep Anakin from the Order because of his age. This was later reversed after Qui-Gon’s death and Obi-Wan Kenobi swearing to train Anakin.
Afterward, Yaddle stepped down from the Council during the Clone Wars and it is relatively unknown what she did during this time.
There was one other scenario with Yaddle in the Darth Vader comics by Charles Soule. While trying to bring his wife, Padmé Amidala, back to life, Darth Vader entire a Dark Side netherworld where he saw visions of various Jedi such Plo Kloon, Mace Windu, and also Yaddle. In the vision, he slays all of the Jedi blocking his path to Padmé including Yaddle.
Yaddle’s impact reached well beyond her appearances. In the game Jedi: Fallen Order, the captain of the Stinger Mantis, Greez Dritus, recalled legendary stories of Yaddle growing up. In the reference book Star Wars: Alien Archives, an unknown traveler had sketches of Yaddle in his journal.
That’s pretty much all the information we have about Yaddle up to the point of Tales of the Jedi. Being one of the least-known characters of Star Wars, I’m excited to finally get more Yaddle content in the anthology series. With The Mandalorian and Book of Boba Fett director Bryce Dallas Howard voicing her, it’s going to be so great to see the return of Master Yaddle.
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