Thursday, August 28, 2014

Case Study No. 1538: Jocasta Nu (Star Wars, The Clone Wars)

Clip from Clone Wars Season 2 - Season Premiere (Ahsoka and Jocasta Nu)
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Lucasfilm has been kind enough to offer us another clip of the season premiere of Clone Wars....

This clip sees Jedi Archivist Jocasta Nu (in what seems to be her first appearance since Attack of the Clones) showing young Ahsoka Tano around the Jedi Archives and the room in which they keep those holocrons that Cad Bane and Palpatine are so eager to get their hands on.
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"Holocron Heist" is the premiere episode for Season Two of the "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" television series.

At the Jedi Temple on Coruscant, Anakin and Ahsoka are before the Council for the latter's lack of foresight. The Council sends Ahsoka to Archive duty at the Temple Library, under Chief Librarian Jocasta Nu's eye. Jocasta tells Ahsoka that she has a specific duty to defend the Vault, where the Order keeps their collection of holocrons; only Council members are allowed in.

Elsewhere on Coruscant, Cad Bane is contacted by Darth Sidious, who hires him to steal a holocron from the Temple; Bane considers it suicide, as the Temple is well guarded; Sidious assures him that he will ensure that he will gains entrance; Bane demands in return a stealth ship. He then places a device in his helper droid, Todo 360, under the pretense of fixing a system crash. His partner, Cato Parasitti, a Clawdite bounty hunter, then arrives. Bane tells her to take the form of Jedi Master Ord Enisence, whose corpse is in his room, to help him gain access to the vault.

At the Temple, Yoda senses a shift in the Force and determines that thieves will arrive at the Temple. Anakin and Obi-Wan inaccurately deduces that their enemies are after their transmission codes and go to secure their location. Meanwhile, Cato infiltrates the Temple as Ord. However, he/she is barred by Ahsoka, who asks if he/she needs help; Cato tries waving her off but the Padawan's pestering results in him/her snapping at her. He/she then gains access to the Temple's schematics, telling Bane and Todo where to get in. They get through the shielding and the fans, before coming up upon a laser grid. Anakin and Obi-Wan quickly catch on when the sensors begins a blackout.

Meanwhile, Jocasta approaches Cato/Ord at his/her console, asking why he/she is working when the Temple is on heightened alert; Cato/Ord respond by knocking her out and taking her appearance. She then returns to her work, telling Bane on how to disable the lasers, while Todo drew a hole into the ventilation system. Ahsoka soon notices and engages Cato/Jocasta in a lightsaber duel.

Because of her preoccupation, Bane detonates a small charge by the grid, as the Jedi follow Todo's trail. The droid soon arrives in the communication center, at which time a beeping is heard from him. Mace Windu quickly realizes that there is a bomb inside him and Force-pushes him into the vent as he explodes; Anakin and Obi-Wan get away just in time. Ahsoka then contacts them, having learned from Cato that Bane is after the Vault. However, Bane had completed his objective and snuck out of the Temple with a holocron, disguising himself with a Jedi robe. However, Cato gives one more clue: Bolla Ropal. Windu realizes that Bane is after the missing Jedi, who could crack the holocron, which contains information all Force-sensitive children in the galaxy. Obi-Wan stays on Coruscant to search for Bane while Anakin and Ahsoka track down Ropal.



The Jedi Archives was a fathomless collection of ancient knowledge and research dating back thousands of standard years. Overseen by the Council of First Knowledge, the Archives served as a repository for journals and artifacts. Located in the First Knowledge quarter of the Jedi Temple on Coruscant, the Archives was open at all hours and were accessible to all Jedi in need of information. While Jedi were welcome to scan or copy most any data in the Stacks, removal of any material from the Archives was strictly prohibited. Remote access to the databases was near impossible, with eradicators built into the Temple's outer walls and firewalls in the database mainframes.

After the world of Ossus was devastated in 3,996 BBY and the Great Jedi Library was destroyed the Jedi fled their long time home, taking with them what they could of Jedi Master Odan-Urr's great collection. Fleeing across the galaxy, the Jedi met at Exis Station, gathering to them what they could from Ossus. Following the conclave, the Jedi largely relocated to Coruscant, in the Jedi Temple constructed by four Jedi Masters. Located several stories above the main entrance of the Temple, this small chamber served as Archives and library for several centuries.

Following the Jedi Civil War, the Temple would lie empty, as Darth Sion began the Jedi Purge of 3,954 BBY, leaving but a handful of Jedi in the galaxy. 3,951 BBY saw the end of the Purge and the beginning of a time of peace in the galaxy. The Jedi reinhabited Coruscant thanks to the efforts of an exile that defeated the ruthless Darth Nihilus. Expanding their collection of information, the Order flourished for several centuries. However the peace was transitory as the Sith Empire reappeared in 3,653 BBY, appearing from the Unknown Regions and swooping in to take Coruscant from the Jedi. Raiding the Temple, the Sith marched in and killed several key Jedi. The Temple and Archives in ruin, it would be several years before the Galactic Senate could raise enough money to restore the edifice. As the Jedi had relocated to their homeworld of Tython, the surviving members of the Jedi High Council instructed archivist Gnost-Dural to begin reconstructing the knowledge lost on Coruscant, and recounting the recent history leading up to the Order's loss of control.

While the small chambers originally used to hold the Archives was reconstructed with the Temple, it wasn't until the expansion of 2,519 BBY that the Jedi Archives and library of the modern era were constructed. Featuring long halls of holobooks and displays of ancient tablets, the new Archives chamber would remain the same until the Great Jedi Purge of 19 BBY. The old Archives room was turned into a museum of Temple history, detailing the ever-changing layout of the complex.

The Golden Age of the Republic well underway with the passage of the Ruusan Reformation and the supposed extinction of the Sith Order, the Jedi Temple was completed with the re-construction of the Council spires and Tranquillity Spire. The Council of First Knowledge focused on expanding their knowledge and erasing all remnants of the Sith from the galaxy. Founding the Exploration Corps from the remnants of the Academy of Jedi Archaeology, the Council sent Knights and Masters out into the galaxy to recover dangerous artifacts, as well as to scout unknown worlds to add to the Archives' vast wealth of information.

After over a millennia of peace in the galaxy, the Archives was tampered with following the Invasion of Naboo in 32 BBY. Jedi Master Dooku, having grown disenchanted with the Order's reliance on the corrupt Republic aligned with the Dark Lord of the Sith Darth Sidious and deleted several records from the Archives that would prevent Jedi interference in his new master's plans. He also stole secret hyperspace routes for his own purposes for the upcoming war. After Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi discovered the deletion of Kamino from the databanks, Grand Master Yoda investigated the disappearance, finding that at least 37 additional systems had been erased, including Dagobah and Dromund Kaas.

Throughout the Clone Wars, the Archives was under tightened security, with Temple Security Forces on constant patrol to ensure the safety of the data stored there. During the war, Dark Jedi Trenox attacked the Temple attempting to steal a holocron from the shelves. While Knight Anakin Skywalker was able to kill Trenox, the Jedi believed that at least one holocron was taken from the Stacks.

In 19 BBY, the conclusion of the Clone Wars saw the invasion and destruction of the Temple. During Operation: Knightfall, Sith Lord Darth Vader marched into the Archives, flanked by the clone troopers of the 501st Legion and demanded that Chief Librarian Jocasta Nu open the vaults and give him access to the Jedi beacon. Refusing to do so, Vader impaled Madame Nu, killing her. Shocked, the Jedi studying amongst the stacks ignited their lightsabers and attacked Vader and his troops. As Vader slew droves of Jedi, he ordered his troopers to secure the Archives and all its information. Outraged, the surviving Jedi turned their weapons and Force abilities on the Stacks themselves, destroying countless centuries of information. However, the Sith had the upperhand, managing to slay all the Jedi and save several shelves of data. Once the Temple was secured, Vader turned the data over to Darth Sidious, who entrusted Armand Isard to recover any valuable data from the shattered font of information and history. Sidious himself was known to wander the stacks reviewing knowledge long left inaccessible to him and his predecessors. It was during this time the Great Holocron disappeared, falling out of all memory until it resurfaced over fifty years later. Sidious would later be accused of changing great amounts of the data in the Archives to support anti-Jedi propaganda. Opened for tours, the Archives was one of the few chambers that the wealthiest of the wealthy could buy their way into.

While the Archives had always had very heavy security to prevent hacking from outsiders, the agents of the Galactic Empire failed to maintain the anti-tampering measures. Determined Jedi, such as Ekria hacked the databases from elsewhere on Coruscant and deleted all record of herself, and her fellows, Zonder and Drake Lo'gaan. Sealed behind great black doors, the Archives was now impenetrable from all but the Empire. However the Empire's security was put to the test when Darth Vader sent his secret apprentice Starkiller to the abandoned complex to complete the Jedi Trials. After getting past the heavy doors installed by the Empire, Starkiller entered a damaged hall of the Archives, slaying all the troopers stationed within. Because of the extensive damage in this wing, the assassin was forced to go through the databank room that contained the large supercomputers capable of storing the information for the holobooks. After reentering the Archives proper, Starkiller was forced to duel the Trials' program, which had taken on the guise of Darth Phobos. After she was defeated, Starkiller left the damaged hall and the Temple. When security crews returned, they quickly locked the Archives down, sealing it off to everyone but Sidious.

The Temple would than after lay in cold silence, standing as a testament to Sidious's power and cunning. A bleak monolith, the Temple survived the fall of the Empire, and the taking of the capital by New Republic forces. As the Galactic Civil War drew to a close, Luke Skywalker, founder of the New Jedi Order, ventured inside the ziggurat and wandered the long, empty halls. Returning with Jedi historian Tionne Solusar, the two Jedi began the long task of restoring the Archives, updating the catalogs and erasing the lies created by Sidious. As Coruscant fell to the Yuuzhan Vong, the Archives went with it. However, in preparation for disaster, Solusar had scanned the databanks, saving all the data to be kept safe in the space station called Shelter.


When the grounds of the Old Temple were recovered during the clean-up following the Yuuzhan Vong War, the Reconstruction Authority under the instruction of Galactic Alliance Chief of State Cal Omas began rebuilding the Temple. Following blueprints from the past structure, the new Jedi Temple was erected, and the Archives and library were fully restored to their former grandeur.

During the time leading up to the Second Galactic Civil War, Jacen Solo wandered into the depths of the stacks as a starting point when he flow-walked back to the time of the Great Jedi Purge. Wandering through the past, he watched as his grandfather, Darth Vader, slew countless Jedi. During the war, the Galactic Alliance Guard was ordered to capture the Temple as the Jedi had betrayed the Alliance at the bloody Battle of Kuat. Prepared for such an attack, the Jedi had begun evacuating the Temple. Apprentice Seha Dorvald acted quickly and scanned the Archives before fleeing the capital to meet up with her fellow Jedi.

After reoccupying the Temple soon after the war's end, Jedi Healer Cilghal accessed the stacks in order to obtain a lead on the condition plaguing Valin Horn. Searching for any mention of an illness with an unusual result on an electroencephaloscan she came across an audio recording compiled by a Jedi of the Old Republic doing research on the different species with members in the Jedi Order. The recording was of Kel Dor Master Plo Koon, who knew of a technique to negate the scan's results. Reporting this to Master Skywalker, they concluded that it was a technique developed by the Baran Do Sages of Dorin.

Later during the same year as more Jedi fell to the disease, Master Cilghal was forced to defend herself from fellow Jedi Jysella Horn, who attacked the Mon Calamari Jedi as they were researching the affliction seen in Seff Hellin and Valin Horn in the First Hall. Alerting Temple Security Forces that Jysella Horn was suffering from the disease and on the loose the Mon Cal called on other Jedi in the Archives to help, including Radd Minker and Natua Wan. Leaping over the rails of the walkways, Jysella ran to the main entrance of the Archives and sealed the door. Minker and Cilghal were forced to slowly slice through with their lightsabers, though by the time they were finished, Jysella had made it to the Processional Way.


Erected near the roof of the Temple Ziggurat, the Jedi Archives was a two story chamber consisting of holobook shelves known as the Stacks and data rooms filled with computers. Arranged into four long halls that all met in a large rotunda in the center, each of the halls had a central aisle that ran its length, with several tables topped with computer terminals that were linked to the main index catalog. The second and fourth halls, branched off into two smaller aisles as they led to the Holocron Vaults on the outer wall. Off of these main aisles were hundreds of smaller ones that divided the stacks. Each of the Stacks contained trillions of datatapes and datacards, carefully sorted and arranged into categories and subcategories. At the end of the third hall turbolifts on this level led to the analysis wing and the library several floors below. The great windows overlooking the two-stories of the Archives were filled with statues of Jedi brandishing their lightsabers, as if defending the great storehouse.

Amongst the four main aisles were Bronzium sculptures of some of the most famous Jedi Masters known to the Order; displayed at intervals along the stacks on stone pedestals. Among these busts were depictions of The Lost, the only Masters that had willingly left the Order. On each pedestal rested a plaque describing the great acts of the displayed master; although, in the cases of The Lost, they did not list a reason for leaving. Likenesses of Masters Yoda, Qui-Gon Jinn, Saesee Tiin, Chon Actrion and Dooku were only a few of the many depicted.

At the center of the Archives was the great rotunda, the access point from which any Jedi could explore the vast chamber. Foot traffic in the rotunda typically entered via the First Hall, generally accepted as the main entrance to the Archives. A massive, circular chamber, the rotunda's arching doorways stretched to the ceiling, granting anyone in the area a view of the entire Archives room. Terminals in the rotunda allowed Jedi to access any of the four halls, narrowing down their searches to a specific area. Carpeted in red, the chamber's center piece was a large database station used by the Chief Librarian to keep record of the books stored in the Stacks.

Known as the main entrance to the Archives due to the great, hand-carved wooden doors at its front, the First Hall contained great records on philosophy and manuscripts detailing the history of the Republic. Personal journals of over a billion Jedi were also held here. While on missions, Jedi such as Mace Windu and Quinlan Vos would sometimes record their thoughts and would turn them over to the Archives for review by future Jedi. Many of the more in-depth works on Force abilities were restricted to Jedi Masters; Padawans required permission from the Chief Librarian to delve into the more controversial works.

Running perpendicular to the first and third halls, the Second Hall contained data dedicated to mathematical and engineering sciences. Works related to the topics on hyperspace and how to achieve it and construct engines and vehicles capable of such feats were among the blue-glowing Stacks. Floor-plans of the galaxy's government buildings and other points of interest were found here, along with many manufacturers' weapon designs. The computer systems here had readouts on all Temple activities including a databank dedicated to the Jedi High Council's current seating arrangements. Splitting into two aisles, the hall had access ways into the two Holocron Vaults on that end of the chamber.

The Third Hall was directly opposite the first and was filled with information on the geography and culture of each and every known planet in the Galactic Republic. Including starmaps of interstellar and planetary regions, and detailed analysis on specific civilizations were updated and stored here. The ExplorCorps often contributed to this section, adding new planetary details as worlds were discovered beyond the Republic's reach.

The Fourth Hall, running on the same plane as the second was also split into two smaller wings; each dedicated to zoological research relating information on every known species of flora and fauna in the galaxy. It was within these stacks in the year 990 BBY, that Darth Zannah, disguised as Jedi apprentice Nalia Adollu, researched the crustaceous orbalisks, a task she had undertaken in order to save her master, Darth Bane's, life. With a reference disk provided by then-Chief Archivist Barra-Rona-Ban she was able to uncover the secret to their removal in a text written by Dr. Osaf Hamud. The visiting Darovit, Zannah's cousin, discovered her, and because she had found what she was looking for, she kidnapped him and fled. In her rush, she had forgotten the datadisk with all of her information, and the Jedi, led by Valenthyne Farfalla, were able to track her back to her master on Tython.

The Chief Librarian's Quarters

The Chief Librarian who oversaw the Archives night and day had their own private office off of the main halls of the great collection of knowledge. During Master Barra-Rona-Ban's time as Chief Librarian, he had a small desk covered in neat piles of notes and datacard. Along one of the walls was a viewscreen and terminal with hook-ups to the main index catalog: allowing Master Ban to reference any material at will.

The Chief Archivist, while answering directly to the Council of First Knowledge, was also responsible for briefing Jedi who were preparing for missions; gathering data beforehand and presenting it in a quick session. From their quarters they could quickly created a portfolio and transmit it to the Jedi High Council for review and to help them reach a more informed decision.

Study Halls

The Archives were equipped with private rooms used for diligent researches that went days without sleep. The Chief Archivist would also present information here for Jedi preparing for missions. Service hallways ran adjacent to all of the halls allowing members of the Temple Security Force to patrol without being seen. During the raid on the Jedi Temple by Darth Vader, the Sith Lord entered through a study hall to break into a Security station. After slaughtering the guards stationed there, Vader disabled a ray shield that inhibited his path on the way to the Tower hangars.


Overseen by the Council of First Knowledge, the Archives was directly run by the Chief Librarian. While not necessarily a Council member themselves, the Chief Librarian organized a staff of Lore Keepers to maintain the Stacks and update them with new information. Additionally, the Archives employed several JN-66 and SP-4 analysis droids. These droids wandered the Stacks in the main hall assisting those Jedi in need of direction.

The last in a long line of Chief Librarians, Madame Jocasta Nu, a former High Council ran the Archives until the night of Operation: Knightfall. Sensing the fate that would soon befall her collections, she dutifully summoned her last Padawan, Jin-Lo Rayce to secret information from the Archives offworld. Taking the tunnels out of the Temple, Rayce managed to survive, founding the Agents of Ossus as a way of protecting the information until the Order could be rebuilt.



[Anakin Skywalker and his padawan Ahsoka have arrived at the Jedi Archives]
Anakin Skywalker: Madame Jocasta Nu, this is Ahsoka Tano. She is to be your new security officer.
Ahsoka Tano: Hello, madame.
Jocasta Nu: So good to meet you. Let's show you around.
[cut to Jocasta Nu and Ahsoka walking down the hallways of the Archives]
Jocasta Nu: There is more knowledge here than anywhere else in the galaxy.
Ahsoka Tano: Master Kenobi says there are even texts here that are forbidden to be read.
Jocasta Nu: [laughs] Well, the Archives hold a great many secrets, 'tis true ...
[they stop at the entrance to a vast chamber]
Jocasta Nu: Beyond this door lies the Holocron Vault. The Holocrons contain the most closely guarded secrets of the Jedi warrior.
[Jedi master Kit Fisto enters the scene]
Jocasta Nu: Good morning, Master Fisto.
[he nods, then waves his hand in front of the doorway to gain entry]
Ahsoka Tano: Can we go inside?
Jocasta Nu: Oh, I'm afraid not, my dear. I haven't been inside myself for years. Only members of the Jedi Council are allowed access ... Guarding the Holocrons is one of the most important duties a Jedi can be given, Ahsoka. Do you think you're up to the task?
Ahsoka Tano: Definitely.


[the shape-shifting bounty hunter Cato Parasitti has taken the form of Jedi master Ord Enisence, in order to gain access to the Holocron Vault, and is speaking with fellow bounty hunter Cad Bane via com-link]
Cato Parasitti: [whispers] Okay Bane, the next part is relatively simple. Make your way down the shaft until you reach--
[Jocasta Nu suddenly walks up behind her]
Jocasta Nu: Excuse me. Uh, I don't mean to disturb you, but the whole Temple is on high alert.
Cato Parasitti: [gets up from her workstation] Thank you ...
[she knocks Jocasta Nu unconscious, then assumes her form]


[Bane and his droid Todo 360 have managed to enter the vent system above the Holocron Vault]
Cad Bane: This is it!
Todo 360: Perfect, let's go in.
Cad Bane: No ... Cato, come in. We are over the vault.
Cato Parasitti: [over the com-link, with Jocasta Nu's voice] Give me a moment to check out the security system.
Cad Bane: What's wrong with your voice?
[cut to Cato, in the guise of Jocasta Nu, returning to her workstation]
Cato Parasitti: Change of plans. I'm the librarian now.
Cad Bane: Hurry up, Cato! We can't stay hidden for long!
[cut to Anakin and Obi-Wan Kenobi outside of the entrance to the vent system]
Anakin Skywalker: Well, looks like this is where they broke in.
Obi-Wan Kenobi: Fortunately, we'll have a less troublesome time ...
[they enter the vent system, then cut to Cato/Jocasta Nu typing at the computer]
Cato Parasitti: The vault is filled with laser sensors that go in every direction. I'll try to deactivate the whole system from here.
Cad Bane: Just hurry! I can hear them. They're looking for us in the vent system.


[Ahsoka is patrolling the hallways, when her wrist communicator activates]
Yoda: [from off camera] Padawan, alert you must be! Sense deception, I do. Posing as a Jedi, the intruder is. Find Master Jocasta, you must!
[Ahsoka goes to investigate, when she hears Jocasta Nu's voice, and sneaks up behind her]
Cato Parasitti: Bane, the two Jedi have turned around, and are making their way towards you.
[Ahsoka confronts the imposter]
Ahsoka Tano: Who are you, and what have you done with Madame Jocasta?
Cato Parasitti: [slowly gets up] The same thing I'm going to do ... to you!
[she activates her lightsaber, and the two battle ... Cato eventually tries to make a run for it, but Ahsoka uses her Force powers to overturn a table in Cato's path (who does not notice it), she trips over it and falls]
Cato Parasitti: Uhh ...
[she tries to get up, but Ahsoka holds her lightsaber to Cato's throat]
Ahsoka Tano: You may have Madame Jocasta's shape, but not her skills ...
[defeated, she abandons the visage of the librairan and returns to her true form]


[Ahsoka is leading Cato away in handcuffs, when Jocasta Nu - holding her head - wanders out of the stacks]
Ahsoka Tano: Madame Librarian, are you okay?
Jocasta Nu: I, uh ... think I'm alright. We must call security.
[they head out of the Archives, as Bane - disguised in a Jedi robe - leaves in the opposite direction with a stolen Holocron]

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