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Who Are The Nightsisters In Star Wars?

Nightsisters, Star Wars

It was long rumoured that Morgan Elsbeth was a Nightsister, and the speculation was true. So, for this post, we wanted to explain briefly who the Nightsisters are and how they work in the more expansive Star Wars universe. Since the reveal was confirmed in Ahsoka, we will speculate on how Morgan became a Nightsister, as she is human and not a Zabrak.

We will use canon information, briefly explaining where the Nightsisters first popped up in Star Wars.

Let’s begin with the most straightforward question: Who are the Nightsisters?

Who Are The Nightsisters?

The Nightsisters are a sect of women who reside on the dark-side-aligned planet of Dathomir. They use the dark side magick to do their thing. The group are primarily from Dathomir, mainly of the Zabrak race, which, for those who mightn’t know, is Darth Maul’s species, which we’ll get to in a moment.

They were found by a woman named Allya, a Jedi who had been exiled to Dathomir. She taught her followers to hate the Jedi. Allya also wrote the Book of Law.

Mother Talzin And The Razoring

The Nightsisters were led by a woman known as Mother Talzin. She had three sons; one, Maul, would become the Dark Side apprentice of Sheev Palpatine, a position Talzin wanted. She forged a clan, and there was peace with the other clans for a long time. Talzin’s other sons were Savage Opress and Feral. Feral died upon Maul’s return to Dathomir, and Savage became Maul’s apprentice but was killed during a duel with Darth Sidious on Mandalore.

General Grievous essentially wiped out the Nightsisters during 19BBY. One of the only survivors was Merrin, a Nightsister who became the partner of Cal Kestis, a Jedi Knight who survived Order 66.

When The Nightsisters First Appeared In Star Wars

The concept of the Nightsisters had been around for a while before The Clone Wars series. The organisation first appeared in Star Wars in the Legends novel, The Courtship of Princess Leia.

How Is Morgan Elsbeth A Nightsister?

To finish this post, we must ask how Morgan Elsbeth is a Nightsister when the species is essentially Zabrak. There is no set species for a Nightsister. Little is known about Allya’s species in Canon, but she was a human in Legends.

With Morgan, since she can do the Nightsister magick, she may be Force-sensitive to some degree. Though it is never specified whether to be a Nightsister, you must be Force-sensitive. Finally, we’ve seen it described that Nightsister’s magick is just another way to use the Force.

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C.J. Hawkings has written for the now-defunct Entertainment website, Movie Pilot and the still functioning WhatCulture and ScreenRant. She prides herself as a truth seeker and will do (almost) anything for coffee or Coke No Sugar. Oh! And food!

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