Shaak Ti was a female Togruta Jedi Master hailing from the planet Shili. Shaak Ti replaced Yaddle as a member of the Jedi High Council in 26 BBY, in which she served as a High General. Shaak Ti served as one of the last members of the Jedi High Council before the Great Jedi Purge.
Jedi Master Shaak Ti was a revered and legendary member of the Jedi Council. The Togruta Jedi was involved in many epic conflicts during the Clone Wars, including planning and engaging in the opening salvo on Geonosis, where she traveled with 212 Jedi to rescue Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker, and Padmé Amidala from the clutches of the Separatists and Count Dooku.
Shaak Ti was later able to escape Order 66, despite being in the Jedi Temple at the time of Darth Vader’s attack. She fled Coruscant and traveled from world to world until finally landing on Felucia. Along the way, Shaak Ti found an orphaned Maris Brood and immediately sensed through the Force that Brood was a lost soul living on the edge of the dark side. Once on Felucia, Shaak Ti trained Maris Brood and the local Force-sensitive Felucians for an inevitable confrontation with the Dark Lord of the Sith.
Mace Windu once described Shaak Ti “as beautiful as a flower, yet as deadly as a viper.” A compassionate woman; she always knew when a friendly word was needed to assuage fear or grief from another’s mind. A talented swordswoman and combatant, she was a prominent figure within the Jedi Order. Shaak Ti was a close friend to Council members Obi-Wan, Plo Koon, and Kit Fisto and to fellow Jedi Luminara Unduli, Aayla Secura, and Quinlan Vos.
After attaining the rank of Jedi Knight, Shaak Ti trained two Padawan learners. During their training, she took each of them to her homeworld where she trained them in the Jedi arts among the vast, dry scrublands. There, her Padawans experienced a sort of communion with nature, but very little in the way of actual practical application. Unfortunately for the Jedi, both of her apprentices were killed by criminals shortly after the completion of the training. Her Jedi sense of detachment allowed her to understand, and cope with her pain caused by the death of one of her Padawans, who was murdered by vicious killers just after passing the trials. One of those students was Fe Sun, who met an untimely end at the hands of the Zeltron criminal Lyshaa. Lyshaa confessed that she killed Fe Sun as a matter of being respected therefore killing a Jedi would gain her reputation as someone dangerous. While the Jedi Council respected Shaak Ti’s technique, they felt reluctant of assigning her another Padawan.
In 24 BBY, Shaak Ti, along with fellow Jedi Master Coleman Trebor, helped defend Supreme Chancellor Palpatine from an assassination attempt ordered by Granta Omega. During the Separatist Crisis, she made a public statement regarding the conclusion of the Gotal hostage standoff, supporting fellow Jedi Sarissa Jeng’s actions in preventing further loss of life.
She was among the Jedi sent to rescue Obi-Wan Kenobi on Geonosis which led to the Battle of Geonosis and the start of the Clone Wars. Shaak Ti survived the onslaught of Separatist battle droids and went on to command the forces of the Grand Army of the Republic.
Later in the Clone Wars, Shaak Ti participated in countless other battles. After a successful mission on Ando, she was given recognition by Supreme Chancellor Palpatine along with Jedi Masters Mace Windu and Plo Koon. Palpatine awarded Jedi Master Shaak Ti a grove of ch’hala trees, in recognition of honorable deeds done in protection of the Galactic Republic. Shaak Ti donated the grove to the Jedi Temple, where it was set up in a prominent location for all Jedi to appreciate. She also became one of the eighty-two Jedi with bounties put on their heads by Dooku’s apprentice, Asajj Ventress
Shaak Ti was a notable exception to her communal species, preferring to operate alone whenever possible, despite the wishes and assistance of her fellow Jedi. Unlike most members of her communal species, she was solitary by nature; though, she fought at her best when in large groups. Shaak Ti felt on a primal level that training was more important than experience. The Jedi Council bore the responsibility of deciding whether a Jedi applied it well in actual practice. This mentality illustrated her pack hunting heritage -those who cannot run with the pack are left to die. According to Shaak Ti, this is the way of nature, and therefore the will of the Force.
Shaak Ti had an unusual training style for a Jedi Master who seemed to be more interested in talking than in battle. This reflected the way of a Jedi Guardian more than the one of a Jedi Consular. Despite her seemingly unfeeling demeanor, Shaak Ti had a subtle sense of humor. Her natural patterning could be quite startling when Shaak Ti moved. Shaak Ti used her species’ reputation to its full advantage when it was convenient to do so, frequently stealing up behind a person before speaking to them or baring her sharp incisors in a grotesque approximation of a human smile, though she was entirely capable of managing a perfectly ordinary smile.
Shaak Ti was one of the Jedi known to have doubted Anakin Skywalker’s powers. Shaak Ti was also an exellent commander and strategist, as she was a cunning Jedi often bringing up useful ideas. She also proved to be a natural leader often being a lead Jedi in many missions. These characteristics were evident both during the Battle of Brentaal IV, and in the Battle of Kamino. She tended though, to fail some of her missions. She failed to train well both of her Padawans, she failed to protect Chancellor Palpatine from the clutches of Grievous, and she failed to defend the Jedi Temple against the 501st Legion.
Shaak Ti was very reflective and contemplative. When the Clone Wars came, she would meditate on war and reflect about its effect on Jedi. She had many questions and increasingly no time to ponder on them. It was her nature to find an answer, to find a way but in that she was having trouble.