Depa Billaba was a female Chalactan Jedi Master who served on the Jedi High Council prior to the Clone Wars and during it briefly, before the Blockade of Naboo, replacing the missing council member Sifo-Dyas. She later stepped down, at the end of the war.
Billaba was rescued from space pirates after they slew her parents. She was then trained by Master of the Order Mace Windu, learning and perfecting her master's lightsaber form Vaapad over many years and following her spiritual chalactan traditions in the process. She was eventually appointed to the Jedi High Council, in the years prior to the blockade of Naboo. Billaba was one of the youngest jedi ever to be elected on that august body, a fast tracked career and impressively rapid rise given her youth, similar to that of her master.
Billaba went on to serve on the council for a decade before the outbreak of the clone wars, at some point taking on initiate Caleb Dume as her padawan learner. While she was absent in the first devastating battle on Geonosis, her sister, Sar Labooda perished there. She later served as a jedi general in the clone wars, assigned to a long, brutal frontline campaign on the dark side-ravaged planet of Haruun Kal, which took its toll on the mentally-sound jedi master, who was soon lost, broken and corrupted by the dark side. Her former master Mace Windu rescued her but at a great cost. She was put under a force sleep, rendered comatose, the only way to bring her and himself back alive.
During the latter stage of the Clone Wars, Billaba regained conciousness and rejoined the high council, replacing her deceased colleague Even Piell, though she faced strong reprimand, was not permitted to use Vaapad again and was markedly absent from many meetings. She then temporarily stepped down after Anakin's appointment as the chancellor's "personal representative".
Behind the Scenes
- Depa Billaba was originally to appear in Crystal Crisis on Utapau arc in story reel form but ultimately she did not appear but her concept art was released on starwars.com.