The fate of former Jedi Master Eeth Koth was recently explained in canon material in the Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith comic series – and it’s a tragic story.
The comic series, written by Charles Soule and illustrated by Giuseppe Camuncoli, is a terrific look at Darth Vader’s acclimation to his new armor and new role as a Sith, beginning immediately following Vader receiving the suit (and lending a more credible version of the “no!”). It follows Vader constructing his Sith lightsaber, hunting down Jedi, and overseeing the Inquisitors. Last week, with issue #19, the series launched Book V, Fortress Vader. This book will give us an introduction to Vader’s castle on Mustafar, but in this first issue, it told us the fate of Eeth Koth.
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Eeth Koth served as a member of the Jedi High Council for many years, as he was on the Council during the Invasion of Naboo all the way through much of the Clone Wars. Koth fought in the Battle of Geonosis, which kicked off the Clone Wars, and at a later point during the war confronted General Grievous in combat and was captured. Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker, and Adi Gallia led a mission to rescue Koth, which was successful. He returned to his seat on the Jedi Council after that, but sometime shortly before the end of Clone Wars, Eeth Koth was kicked off of the Jedi Council (and replaced by Agen Kolar).
He left the Jedi Order and the Jedi ways, surviving Order 66 and marrying a female Zabrak named Mira and becoming a priest of the Church of the Ganthic Enlightenment. He and Mira had a child together, but immediately after the child was born Darth Vader and some Inquisitors showed up to confront him. Koth pleaded with the Sith to let him and his family live, offering to give Vader codes, secret contact frequencies, and other means of finding survivors of the Jedi purge.
Vader refused this offer, however, so Koth used the Force to push Vader away, buying time for Mira and the baby to escape, and drawing his lightsaber to himself Koth engaged Vader in combat. As he did so, Vader noted that Koth had fear, anger, and resentment, urging Koth to give in to those feelings and become more powerful than a Jedi. Koth responds that, “Perhaps it’s the Zabrak in me. Or perhaps… now I have something to lose.”
Meanwhile, Vader’s three Inquisitors hunt down Mira and find her. Initially appearing to let Mira escape, a female Inquisitor shocks the mother by using the Force to pull her baby out of her arms. With Mira devastated and the baby in the custody of the Inquisitors, Vader points this out to Koth – who loses focus momentarily and is run through by Vader’s lightsaber.
Having killed Eeth Koth, Vader returns to Coruscant with the baby and presents it to the Grand Inquisitor as part of Project Harvester.
Project Harvester is, of course, something that we’ve seen in Star Wars animation before. In The Clone Wars Darth Sidious hired Cad Bane to kidnap Force-sensitive children and bring them to Mustafar, and then in Rebels the Inquisitors hunted Force-sensitive children across the galaxy as well. So Vader’s delivery of Eeth Koth’s child to the Grand Inquisitor fits very much in line with these plans, and it leads us to wonder what happened to the child.
The Vader comic series has already shown us the fate of Jocasta Nu – as Vader killed her – and now has given us the fate of Eeth Koth. It is a tragic tale of a fallen Jedi Master, one who became disillusioned by the ways of the Jedi and left the Order completely, going so far as to be willing to sell out other Jedi survivors to save his family. That effort was futile, however, as Koth lost his family, saw his child kidnapped, and was killed by Vader.
It is great to see the fates of some of these noteworthy Jedi survivors in this Darth Vader comic line, as well as getting to see Vader hunt down the surviving Jedi. Hopefully the series will explore more Jedi survivors moving forward, though it’s safe to assume that if it does those survivors won’t meet favorable ends.