To paraphrase C-3PO, the damage didn’t look as bad on Dathomir as you might have expected. Savage really didn’t get twenty paces away from his ship before he was encircled in Mother Talzin’s trademark verdant glow. I guess she really just wanted to cut Ventress loose, because on some level she did blame her for the destruction of the Nightsisters. And so she’s put her faith in Savage and Maul to avenge her people instead. She told Savage, “Dooku sent his minions to destroy us. But we will survive. We always have.” Talzin’s right! Those of you familiar with Dave Wolverton’s The Courtship of Princess Leia know that the Nightsisters are very much revived and kicking as of about four years after Return of the Jedi.
Maul didn’t seem like the best candidate to kickstart that revival, however, because he wasn’t even willing to come out of the ship. He was too busy repeating the name “Kenobi” over and over. Talzin lured him out with her magic. Maul was drawn to that green fireball like a moth to flame, or like an Ewok to anything shiny. (Yes, I went there!) Like she did with Ventress and Savage before him, she knocked him out with one touch of her bony finger to his forehead. And then she began. Enveloped in her magick, Maul got a complete makeover, including new metallic legs that Talzin had set aside just for this occasion. They fused to his body with volcanic force, smoking and fuming like he was some Sithly Phoenix being reborn from the ashes of his old life. Talzin even gave Maul’s horns a much-needed trim! And when her work here was done, she vanished.
NEXT: Maul. Reborn.