Obi-Wan Kenobi is slowly becoming a vital addition to the lore of George Lucas’ Star Wars franchise. Now, while most of the story simply fills in the holes between Episodes III and IV, the story has also introduced us to some new characters and new concepts. Among the latter, a secret anti-Imperial organization known as the Path seems to be playing a vital role in the series. In this article, we are going to tell you what the Path actually is and who its members are.
“The Path” was the name used by certain members of an underground anti-Imperial network that operated on Mapuzo and other planets during the Great Jedi Purge of the early days of the Empire. The Path’s goal was to shelter the Jedi and other Force-sensitives from the Empire through several hidden locations across the galaxy, smuggling them to safety and giving them new identities.
In this article, we are going to bring you all the information we have on the Path and its members that have been revealed. Although it is not much, we are going to do our best to provide you with the information we have. We are also going to answer some related questions about its author and his role in the history of the franchise.
What is “The Path”?
An underground anti-Imperial network, known as “The Path”, operated on Mapuzo and other planets during the Great Jedi Purge and protected Jedi and other Force-sensitives from the Galactic Empire in various hidden locations throughout the galaxy, sneaking them to safety and giving them new identities.
Two notable members of this network were Imperial officer Tala Durith and Jedi Master Quinlan Vos. Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi and Princess Leia Organa of Alderaan were aided by this net in 9 BBY, offering Jabiim safe passage. Additional members were revealed when Obi-Wan visited Jabiim.
Who are the members of The Path?
In this section, we are going to introduce the known members of The Path:
Roken was a male human member of an underground movement that helped smuggle surviving Jedi to safety. He was once married to a Force-sensitive woman. Roken was portrayed by actor O’Shea Jackson Jr.
When Tala joined the Empire, she believed in the ideals of the New Order, but when she realized what the Empire really stood for, it was too late. Tala continued to serve as an Officer, but joined The Path, a network that aided enemies of the Empire, including fugitive Jedi. One of the Jedi Tala met was Quinlan Vos. In 9 BBY, she rescued Obi-Wan Kenobi and Leia Organa after being held at gunpoint by stormtroopers at a checkpoint.
Tala was late for the appointment but luckily had followed them. In town, she led Obi-Wan and Leia to the hallways of The Path, but when the Inquisitors and Darth Vader landed, Obi-Wan Vader tried to hold them. Leia and Tala hurried to a ship that flew to Jabiim. But Tala was worried and Leia went on alone. For example, Tala was able to help Obi-Wan after his duel against Vader. However, the Third Sister had arrived at the ship earlier and was waiting for Leia.
Tala Durith is a new character that has appeared in the third episode of Obi-Wan Kenobi. She will certainly appear in more episodes of the series and we are going to find out more details about her character. The last we saw her, she helped Obi-Wan escape Darth Vader.
Quinlan Vos was a Kiffu who was born on Kiffar. Vos was discovered by the Jedi Order and became the Padawan of Tholme. Vos grew up to be a Jedi Knight, but he wasn’t always too strict about rules and order. For example, it was known that Vos regularly took a nap in the Jedi Archives. Vos was known for a special Force trait: Psychometry. He was able to derive information via the Force from objects that had been touched by people.
This made him an excellent tracker and often found himself on missions in the Fringe world. During one of those missions, he met Aayla Secura. Vos rescued Secura on Ryloth during that mission and took her on as his Padawan. Vos had a close relationship with Secura, and after becoming a Jedi, she had to learn to let go of her master.
In 32 BBY, Vos was on Tatooine for such a mission. He noticed Qui-Gon Jinn in Mos Espa, but remained undercover. During the Clone Wars, Quinlan was paired up with Obi-Wan Kenobi in a specific mission. Although Obi-Wan liked Quinlan, he didn’t like his lack of rules and order at all. Quinlan and Obi-Wan had to track down Ziro the Hutt who had been freed by Cad Bane at the behest of the Hutt Grand Council.
The trail effectively led them to Nal Hutta where he could deduce through a drinking cup that Ziro had been inside the Council palace. Fox led Kenobi through the swamps to Mama the Hutt’s residence, and then they went to Teth where Ziro had flown. However, Quinlan and Kenobi discovered that Ziro was already dead and that it was not Cad Bane who was the culprit.
However, Bane had also followed the Jedi and the confrontation with the Duros bounty hunter did not go as planned. Quinlan lost his Lightsaber in that duel, so he had to rely on his other fighting skills for a while. Quinlan eventually knocked Bane to the ground but the Duros managed to escape in the Xanadu Blood.
At the end of the Clone Wars, Vos came into contact with Asajj Ventress who operated as a bounty hunter for a while. Vos was sent incognito by the Jedi Order to use Ventress to kill Dooku, as the Jedi saw Dooku through as the ultimate solution to ending the Clone Wars. Vos met Ventress on Pantora posing as another bounty hunter.
Ventress agreed to further train Vos in the craft. During a mission on Mustafar where they had to free a Pyke family from Black Sun, Fox admitted he was a Jedi. However, Ventress already noticed that, and then they developed feelings for each other and became lovers. Ventress persuaded Vos to gain knowledge about the Dark Side on Dathomir, lest he otherwise be able to defeat Dooku.
Vos killed a primeval beast called the Sleeper and thereby opened himself up to the Dark Side. They then went to Raxus where they wanted to trap Dooku. That plan failed and Dooku was able to separate Vos and Ventress, taking Vos to Serenno where he was tortured. Ventress called on other bounty hunters to rescue Vos, but much to her surprise, Vos just wanted to stay by Dooku’s side.
Desperate, Ventress enlisted the help of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker. Vos was freed, but doubts remained about his true nature and loyalty. In another attempt to kill Dooku, Fox convinced Ventress to let him confront Dooku alone. Vos wanted to get to the mysterious Darth Sidious via Dooku.
On Christophsis, the Jedi captured Dooku and Vos, but they managed to escape and were assisted by Ventress in doing so. Dooku then tried to kill Vos, but Ventress intervened and was mortally wounded by Force Lightning. Vos was furious and was able to defeat Dooku thanks to the Dark Side, but the moment he was able to kill him, he held back.
Dooku was rescued by Grievous, but Vos had unleashed the Dark Side. Vos took Ventress’ body to Dathomir where he buried her in the traditional way. After his severe ordeal, Vos was allowed to re-join the Jedi Order, but under supervision. Obi-Wan, among others, argued for Vos’s situation because he felt that the Jedi’s plan was not ethical according to their code. Quinlan led troops on Boz Pity and on Kashyyyk at the end of the Clone Wars, along with Yoda and Luminara Unduli. His fate after Order 66 was unknown until Obi-Wan Kenobi confirmed he was alive.
Sully was a female human member of an underground movement that helped smuggle surviving Jedi to safety. Sully joined the Anti-Imperial network sometime after the rise of the Empire to help rescue and smuggle Jedi who survived Order 66. Sully later piloted one of the T-47 airspeeders to help Obi-Wa, Tala, and Leia to escape the Inquisitors. She then witness Wade’s airspeeder get destroy by Third Sister which devastated her.