Mortis / The Ones - the true motivation of Baylan Skoll in Ashoka

04 October 2023
Baylan Skoll quickly became a fan favourite, an instant Star Wars cult classic character during the Ashoka Disney + series.

Not Sith, not quite a Jedi (anymore) Skoll was perhaps one of the first truly live-action Grey Jedi that everyone argues about on the internet.

While Skoll and his apprentice Shin Hati run around the galaxy stabbing people with firely orange light sabers, as the series progressed it was slowly revealed Baylan Skoll had a bigger agenda at play than helping The Witch Elspeth to find Grand Admiral Thrawn. 

In the episode 7 of "Ahsoka," titled "Dreams and Madness," Baylan Skoll's character takes an intriguing turn that has left fans speculating about his ultimate role in the series. In this episode, Baylan Skoll parts ways with his apprentice, Shin Hati, leaving her to carry out a mission to kill Ezra Bridger and Sabine Wren on her own. Baylan tells Shin Hati, "Your ambition drives you in one direction… my path lies in another."

The season finale of Ashoka has now revealed what Baylan Skoll's true motivation is.

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Let's get into it. 

The episode concludes with a shot of Baylan Skoll staring at a light in the distance, standing amidst giant, crumbling statues. These statues appear to depict the Mortis gods, also known as the Ones—three ancient beings with deep connections to the Force.

Baylan is seen standing on the outstretched hand of the Father, who found balance between the Light Side and the Dark Side of the Force. This suggests that Baylan Skoll is on a quest that may have significant implications for the Force and the Star Wars universe at large.

Where the sister used to be is a body empty of its face, mirroring past events between Ashoka and the Ones.

Ahsoka Tano's history with the Ones dates back to the "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" animated series. In a three-episode arc known as the "Mortis Trilogy," Ahsoka, along with Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi, find themselves on Mortis, a mysterious planet that exists outside of normal time and space. 

Here, they encounter the Ones: the Father, who represents balance in the Force; the Daughter, who embodies the Light Side; and the Son, who embodies the Dark Side.

During these episodes, Ahsoka is temporarily killed by the Son but is later resurrected by the Daughter, who sacrifices her own life to save Ahsoka. This act imbues Ahsoka with a part of the Daughter's essence. From that point on, Ahsoka is often seen with a Convor, an owl-like creature named Morai, who is believed to be a manifestation of the Daughter's spirit. Morai watches over Ahsoka, symbolizing her deep connection to the Light Side of the Force and perhaps serving as a guardian angel (owl) of sorts.

In the episode 8 finale of "Ahsoka," Baylan Skoll is seen standing amidst statues of the Ones. This suggests that he is on a quest related to them, possibly seeking some form of great power mentioned in old Jedi legends. Given that he stands on the outstretched hand of the Father, who represents balance in the Force, it could imply that Skoll is seeking a form of equilibrium or a power that transcends the conventional understanding of the Force.
Interconnected Paths

The finale leaves us with a tantalizing connection between Ahsoka and Baylan Skoll. Both characters are now deeply tied to the legacy of the Ones. Ahsoka carries the Daughter within her, while Baylan seems to be on a quest that could involve the Father or even all the Ones. This sets up a potential future confrontation or alliance between the two characters, each carrying a different aspect of the Ones' legacy within them.

The presence of the Ones in both Ahsoka's and Baylan Skoll's stories opens up numerous possibilities for the future of the Star Wars narrative. It could lead to a deeper exploration of the Force itself, beyond the binary understanding of Light and Dark. Given that Ahsoka now carries the Daughter's essence, she might play a crucial role in maintaining the balance of the Force, especially if Baylan Skoll seeks to disrupt it in his quest for power.

It's likely these events will be explored in Season 2 of Ashoka given the ending of The Jedi, The Witch and the Warlock. 


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