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Nomi Sunrider: Tales of the Female Jedi

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Jedi Nomi Sunrider

Jedi Nomi Sunrider

Nomi Sunrider: The Dedicated Wife Turned Jedi Warrior

Nomi Sunrider has an excellent story with great character development, making her one of the most popular female Jedi ever. She was a human who served as the Grand Master of the Jedi Order in the days of the Galactic Republic.

Quick Biography of Nomi Sunrider

Prior to embracing her own Jedi powers, she met and married a Jedi, and they had a daughter. However, things did not go smoothly for the couple. They were ambushed, and her husband was killed by thugs looking to get their stash of Adegan Crystals. It was then she decided to become a Jedi under Master Thon, and she went to aid Ulic Qel-Droma with Fredon Nadd's Uprising.

Later on, she fought in the war against Exar Kun where Qel-Droma aided the dark side, forcing her to sever his connection to the Force. Her role in the order was vital, and she kept climbing the ranks until she was Grandmaster. Even after her death, she continued to be celebrated as a priceless contributor to the Jedi cause.

Below, we'll take a more detailed look at Nomi's life story.

Portrait of a middle-aged Nomi.

Portrait of a middle-aged Nomi.

Nomi Da-Boda: Dedicated Housewife

Nomi was born with the name Nomi Da-Boda. She gave up her maiden name when she married a Jedi Knight she fell in love with—Andur Sunrider. She was extremely impressed by her husband's connection to the Force, and he would constantly tell her she had the same power, much to her disbelief.

She lived with Andur on Darada, and she was always at her husband's side. It was during a trip to H'ratth that their daughter Vima was born. Andur was then sent to learn under Master Thon and given a stash of Adegan Crystals to take to him. Nomi accompanied him on this journey.

Sadly, this is when everything went sour for Nomi and Andur.

Nomi's life had some very low points.

Nomi's life had some very low points.

Loss and Depression: The Hutt Gang's Ambush

When the family left to go meet Master Thon, they made a stop at a space station, where members of Bogga the Hutt's gang overheard them talking about the Adegan Crystals. They captured the droid traveling with the family and used him as a diversion. Andur tried to protect his family, but a thug threw a gorm-worm at him, which bit him and killed him with its venom.

Nomi rushed to her husband's corpse, panicking, but he appeared to her as a Force Ghost. He said she couldn't be crying; she needed to pick up his lightsaber and defend herself and their child.

She managed to kill one of the thugs, while the others retreated in fear. Thus, her journey to Jedi Mastery began.

Nomi ascended through the ranks of the Jedi Order.

Nomi ascended through the ranks of the Jedi Order.

Nomi and Ulic Qel-Droma

Nomi Sunrider kept climbing the Jedi ranks. Eventually, she started working with Ulic Qel-Droma, his brother, and others during the Nadd revolt. Qel-Droma started to fall in love with Nomi, but he was constantly going on undercover missions; down the road, these proved to be too much for his inner balance. It all ended badly when Qel-Droma killed his own brother in front of the woman he loved.

Terrified by how far Qel-Droma had fallen, Nomi decided to do something not many ever did: She severed Ulic's connection to the Force. As the former Sith now had no powers, he was easy prey when he was later hunted down by someone seeking retribution for his past crimes.

He accepted his fate and let his opposition, fresh off a ship, charge at him. The Cathar opposing him saw this and didn't want to kill him anymore, but the pilot of the aforementioned ship wanted some Sith-killing glory and slew Qel-Droma with a blaster shot to the chest. Nomi felt the blast through her connection and wept over Qel-Droma's corpse.

An image of Nomi almost appeared in "The Clone Wars"

An image of Nomi almost appeared in "The Clone Wars"

Curious Facts About Nomi in Star Wars Media

Did you know Nomi was meant to appear in the show The Clone Wars? That's right. While the appearance was only minor, she was present—along with Ulic Qel-Droma—in some concept art for the Jedi Temple's stained glassed windows. The artwork was intended to depict Nomi severing Ulic's connection to the Force.

This stained glass window's design was revealed in the production journal for Star Wars: The Clone Wars The Complete Season Two, though the full window did not make it into the show. However, in the "Lightsaber Lost" episode, you can actually see the stained glass window—but it stops just short of the panel where Nomi was going to appear.

There was also a planned novel about Nomi called Mandorla that writer Alex Irvine was working on. It was centered around Sunrider, and it was going to be a hardcover project. Unfortunately, this project was canceled and never published.

Portrait of an old Nomi Sunrider.

Portrait of an old Nomi Sunrider.

Nomi Sunrider's Powers, Abilities and Feats

Nomi was one of the most accomplished and masterful users of Battle Meditation, and she could even make enemies kill each other. She could also destroy Sith spells and illusions, such was her mastery of the light side. She used Force Deflection and Tutaminis to deflect or even reflect blaster bolt shots, turning them against their origin.

Her iconic feat has to be severing Ulic Qel-Droma from the Force. She did not master this power enough to reverse it, though.

Finally, she was the Grandmaster and strongest Jedi of her time, able to physically conjure the light for utility or to smite down enemies. Nomi was definitely one of the strongest female Jedi to have ever lived.

Final Thoughts: Let Me Know What You Think

Who do you think was the strongest female Jedi of all time? What about who was the strongest female Force user of all time? Let me know down in the comments section. I answer all of the comments I get!

Stay tuned for more great Star Wars content, and I'll see you next time!

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