Ahsoka: Who is Abeloth from Legends stories and her importance to Mortis?

(L-R): Baylan Skoll (Ray Stevenson) and Ahsoka Tano (Rosario Dawson) in Lucasfilm's STAR WARS: AHSOKA, exclusively on Disney+. ©2023 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All Rights Reserved.
(L-R): Baylan Skoll (Ray Stevenson) and Ahsoka Tano (Rosario Dawson) in Lucasfilm's STAR WARS: AHSOKA, exclusively on Disney+. ©2023 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All Rights Reserved. /

The season finale of Ahsoka left us with plenty of questions, but perhaps none more intriguing than Baylon standing atop a statue of the Father from the Mortis arc of The Clone Wars. The Father’s outstretched hand has been theorized to be pointing towards something and many fans are wondering if this could somehow be connected to a being from Star Wars Legends, Abeloth. But who is she and what is her connection with these Force-wielding gods?

The Mortis gods were first introduced during the third season of The Clone Wars when Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Ahsoka Tano were drawn into their realm. The Mortis gods consist of The Father, The Daughter, and The Son, each of them representing a different aspect of the Force, Balance, Light, and Dark. At the end of the arc, Anakin brings balance to the Force in their world by killing each of them, and it looks like their entire world is destroyed. They later appear again depicted in a mural outside the Lothal Jedi Temple during the fourth season of Star Wars Rebels.

Abeloth, however, has never made an appearance in the new Disney canon. She first appeared in the Fate of the Jedi series set roughly forty years after Return of the Jedi, where she was a shapeshifter and powerful Force wielder bent on taking over the galaxy. Her strength and power were like nothing ever seen before in the Star Wars galaxy.

By the end of the series, her origins were revealed. At first, she was a servant of sorts to the Mortis Gods, referred to as the Mother. She was a mortal human female who kept the peace between the Son and Daughter, eventually becoming a part of their family. But The Mother was afraid that one day her family would abandon her since she was only mortal while they would live forever. In order to become immortal she drank from The Front of Power and Bathed in The Pool of Knowledge. Not only did this make her immortal but it also twisted and corrupted her into the evil entity Abeloth.

After The Father discovered what she had done, his children enlisted the help of the Killik species to create massive space stations that would move black holes, eventually creating the Maw and imprisoning Abeloth. However, whenever the balance of the Force shifted, she would escape before eventually being imprisoned once more by the Son and Daughter. This continued until their deaths at the hands of Anakin.

Decades later, when Jacen Solo fell to the dark side, Abeloth once again began to escape. This time, she succeeded, eventually becoming Chief of State and taking the planet Coruscant. She was defeated by Luke Skywalker and Darth Kryat working together in the realm of Beyond Shadows. Despite this, Luke didn’t believe she was truly defeated and decided to locate the Mortis Dagger so that if she ever returned, the Jedi could kill her for good.

Now Ahsoka viewers speculate that Abeloth could be the power calling to Baylon, and with the Mortis Gods returning in the form of a statue, this seems quite likely. Perhaps with all three of them dead, she is finally attempting to escape from her prison, and somehow Baylon can help. Or maybe it’s something else entirely calling to him. Either way, this is one of the biggest questions from the season finale and one I am very much looking forward to seeing answered.