- Spencer Crilly
Spotlight On: Bultar Swan
My analysis on Bultar Swan will be based on information in the following sources: The first three Star Wars Adventure novels for Episode II, Clone Wars Adventures Volume 7, The Clone Wars: The Enemy Within and Star Wars Purge. Though she appears in Attack on Clones, she primarily is featured within the Expanded Universe, and that will be my main source of information.
Bultar Swan was a human female who was born on the planet Kuat. Displaying high Force sensitivity at a young age, she was brought ino the Jedi Order to be trained. Swan was trained by Micah Giiett as his padawan. Under his guidance, Swan displayed prowess in combat. She thrived in hand to combat and even created her own style. In particular, Swan showed skill in Teras Kasi style and the Verdanaian “Sliding Hands” Method. Being skilled in these abilities allowed Swan to defend herself well, if he did not have access to her lightsaber. She would go on to be one of the most skilled martial artists of the Order. Being noted that she had never taken a life, even though she was skilled in hand to hand combat. She did not take much pride in this fact.
After her master was killed by Yinchorri extremists during the Yinchorri Uprising, she continued and ultimately finished her training under master Plo Koon. Koon was the one that helped swan better her lightsaber abilities and put more of an emphasis on lightsaber combat than her previous master.
Swan eventually entered Knighthood and continued to serve the galaxy. Shorty before 22 B.B.Y., Swan was called upon to mediate a dispute between Senator Rodd of Fondor and Margravine Quenelle of the moon of Nallastia. A Fondorian patrol ship and a Nallastian freighter had disappeared after encountering the Sun Runner, a ship that had been missing for over 4,000 years. The dispute was over who had salvaging rights to the ship. She was able to convince Rodd and Quenelle to allow further Jedi Mediation. The Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi and his Padawan Anakin Skywalker were sent to join and assist Swan.
After Kenobi and Skywalker infiltrated the Sun Runner, Kenobi informed Swan that the vessel had been a false Sun Runner. He and Skywalker destroyed it after realizing that it had been on a crash course to Fondor.
Swan would end up going on a few more adventures with the Jedi such as the encounter with the Cavern of Screaming Souls. She did learn from them as well. This gave her the experience she would need to go on peace missions for the Jedi. One of such missions was to the Sepan System with two other Jedi. Their task was to bring an end to the conflict between the neighboring planets Ripoblus and Dimok. The Jedi were ultimately successful in this mission
By 22 B.B.Y, the Separatists became more of a threat and continued to hinder the Republic. Several Thousand Star Systems declared their intention to leave the Republic and ally themselves with the Separatists who were led by Count Dooku, a former Jedi and secretly the Sith Lord Darth Tyrannus.
Obi-Wan Kenobi discovered the Confederacy were building a large droid army on the planet Geonosis. However, he was captured along with Anakin Skywalker and Padme Amidala who had attempted to rescue him. Supreme Chancellor Palpatine, after being granted emergency powers by the senate, commissioned an army for the Republic. As Master Yoda went to Kamino to recruit the Clone Troopers that Kenobi reported earlier, Mace Windu brought a Jedi strike team to Geonosis to recuse Kenobi. Swan was included in this group. She was able to defend herself with her abilities and was one of the 20 remaining survivors when the Clones arrived to bring them out of the arena. She joined her fellow Jedi in fighting the droids to remove them from the planet.
Swan became a general, like most Jedi, during the Clone Wars. She would lead Republic forces against the Separatists who were commanded by Baron Edi Wedd on Amaltanna. She also joined Ki-Adi-Mundi and led forces against the Confederacy on Aargonar. During this battle Swan and Mundi boarded LAAT gunships and fought from the air, displaying their piloting abilities.
By 19 B.B.Y, General Grievous, the leader of the droid armies, launched an attack on Coruscant. Swan was in the air in a Jedi Starfighter trying to attack Separatist Ships, though Grievous was successful in capturing Palpatine. Kenobi and Skywalker were able to board the general’s flag ship and recused the chancellor.
Swan was then transferred to a Republic meditation. While she was there, Palpatine revealed himself to be Darth Sidious to Skywalker and corrupted him to be his new apprentice, Darth Vader. Palpatine also reorganized the Republic into the first Galactic Empire and issued the order to the Clones to kill their Jedi Generals as they had been listed as traitors to the Empire. Swan managed to escape. About a month after Order 66, Swan was contacted by Jedi Master Shadday Potkin who wanted to recruit as many Jedi as possible to combat the Sith. Swan went to Kessel to rendezvous with Potkin, first recruiting
Master Tsui Choi along the way.
While meeting with the other Jedi, Potkin revealed that she had lured Darth Vader to them to get revenge, a concept, that Swan was quick to point out was not a Jedi concept. Vader arrived soon after and demanded to know Kenobi’s location thinking he would be in attendance. A lightsaber duel between Vader and the 8 present Jedi began. Swan hung back. Vader’s lightsaber was shorted out by Porkin’s cortosis blade and his sword arm was amputated by Swan. He then claimed to have surrendered. Jedi Koffi Arana suspected a trap and attempted to strike Vader down. Swan tried to stop him which prompted him to strike at Swan, killing her. Vader then used Swans saber to cut down the rest of the Jedi, including Swan’s betrayer, leaving no survivors.