All of us knew that Ahsoka would choose up plotlines from Star Wars: Clone Wars and Rebels. However I didn’t anticipate its finale to reprise essentially the most baffling piece of cinematic Star Wars media I’ve ever consumed.
Nonetheless, right here we’re: With an owl and a few statues, Ahsoka mentioned “It’s gods of Mortis time, child!”
The gods of Mortis are a trio of Star Wars characters pitched to the Star Wars: Clone Wars writing room by George Lucas, and it’s exhausting to clarify precisely what they’re within Star Wars canon, due to how vaguely Clone Wars elucidates them. They’re secretive beings of nice and largely unknown energy, who’re shrouded in legend — they will remodel their very own shapes, seize lightsabers by the blade prefer it ain’t no thang, manipulate Drive visions, and one in all them loves homicide. Are they full on celestial beings? Or are they simply highly effective Drive-users? It’s ambiguous.
Outdoors of the fiction, they learn as Lucas utilizing the construction of fable to depict an countless cycle of wrestle between Jedi and Sith. The Mortis “gods” kind a pantheon of three: The selfless, life-bringing Daughter; the egocentric, violent Son; and the Father who seeks to maintain every of them from dominating the opposite. To this finish, the Father sequesters all of them in a dreamlike realm referred to as Mortis (which can, or might not, or might solely typically, have a set location in precise area) the place the panorama itself represents the battle of the Son and Daughter’s natures, with seasons altering as rapidly because the hour.
Although photos of the Mortis gods seem in Rebels’ closing season, there’s actually just one Mortis gods story: A 3-part arc within the third season of Clone Wars, together with the episodes “Overlords,” “Altar of Mortis,” and “Ghosts of Mortis.” Obi-Wan, Anakin, and Ahsoka comply with an historical Jedi misery sign to an enormous crystal floating in area, which promptly yanks their shuttlecraft inside it, the place they meet the Daughter, the Son, and the Father. The Father introduced them right here as a result of he has heard Anakin may be the Chosen One who may take his place as his kids’s jailer/referee.
From there, the story proceeds feverishly. It’s not good, however it’s a fascinatingly bizarre expertise, like listening to a pal describe a sprawling nightmare. I can’t suggest it, however on the similar time I would love extra individuals I do know to look at it in order that, like a bizarre dream, I’ve somebody to speak to about it.
[Ed. note: The rest of this piece contains spoilers for the Mortis gods episodes, on the off chance I’ve already convinced you to watch them.]
Listed here are some issues that occur within the Mortis gods arc: Ahsoka dies. Like, a baby straight-up dies on-screen. Later, the Daughter pours her dying life drive into Ahsoka to deliver her again. The Son provides Anakin a real imaginative and prescient of his future as Darth Vader. Horrified by the information that he’ll ultimately flip to the Darkish Facet, Anakin responds by instantly turning to the Darkish Facet. Later, the Father wipes his reminiscence of the imaginative and prescient so he can return to regular.
On the finish of the episode, Obi-Wan, Anakin, and Ahsoka get up on their shuttlecraft in area solely moments after they apparently left, as if it was all a dream. But it surely wasn’t. Ahsoka seems to hold some facet of the Daughter along with her — by means of to the ultimate scenes of Ahsoka season 1.
Since Rebels, Ahsoka’s presence in a narrative has typically coincided with the looks of a owl-like hen with plumage the identical colour because the Daughter’s character design. Ahsoka herself appears to imagine that the hen, which she calls Morai, represents the Daughter.
How does this hook up with Ahsoka season 2 and the owl?
The gods of Mortis are very rooted within the sort of normal mythopoeic concepts that Lucas has at all times cited as his inspiration for Star Wars’ metaphysics — however they’re nonetheless very bizarre!
In any case, “an indefinable manifestation of life that surrounds and binds all matter within the universe and that some attuned people might be educated to harness for good or evil” is a completely totally different understanding of the Drive than “The Darkish Facet is profitable proper now as a result of the god of the Darkish Facet killed his sister, the goddess of the Gentle Facet.”
But it surely’s precisely this type of predestined everlasting battle — just like the Norse Gods and Ragnarok, or the Greek gods and the Titans — that echoes Baylan Skoll’s conviction to finish the millennia-long cycle of Sith and Jedi. And final we see him, he’s standing atop a statue of the Father, the Mortis god of steadiness between Darkish and Gentle. Morai the convor hen additionally visits Ahsoka within the present’s closing moments.
To attempt to say something extra — about how statues of the Mortis gods got here to be in one other galaxy, or how the “Drive magic” of the Witches of Dathomir match into all of this — can be pure hypothesis. Which, I might wager, is precisely what the Star Wars fandom shall be doing till these components return in a future TV collection.