Star Wars may be best known for its villains. Figures like Emperor Palpatine, Darth Maul, and, of course, Darth Vader, are among the most recognizable characters in film history. So whenever there’s a new entry into the franchise, Star Wars fans expect a bold new bad guy to be introduced along with the heroes of the new story.
The soon-to-be-released video game Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is centered around Cal Kestis, an original protagonist who is one of the last surviving Jedi after the Order fell during the events of Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. Cal will be facing a lot of Stormtroopers and Imperial baddies in Fallen Order. But just as the scrappy, red-haired Jedi portrayed by actor Cameron Monaghan appears to be a formidable new hero to join the annals of the Star Wars saga, Second Sister, his main opponent, looks just as striking. While she may seem unfamiliar to casual fans of Star Wars, the villainous member of the Jedi-hunting Inquistorius squad made her first appearance in the Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith comic books. And based on her spooky misdoings in the comics, we can tell Cal is not going to have an easy time surviving a post-Order 66 Star Wars galaxy.
Who are the Inquisitorius?
The Inquisitorius are a group of Sith-adjacent Force-wielders tasked with eradicating the remaining Jedi after the Empire took control of the Galaxy from the Republic. While we’ve not seen these foes in a movie (yet), they have appeared in ancillary Star Wars material—especially the Star Wars Rebels animated series.
Darth Vader—who, after Revenge of the Sith, becomes a mob-like enforcer for the Capo of the Empire, Darth Sidious—is obsessed with destroying the remnants of the Jedi religion in this era of Star Wars history. The Inquisitors are Vader’s chosen soldiers in the fight against the Jedi survivors. They wear black Imperial uniforms not unlike those of the technicians on the Death Star, somewhere between the armor-clad Stormtroopers and the managerial Generals of the Empire.
How many Inquisitors are there?
Between the Rebels TV show and the Vader comics, we’ve seen about seven Inquisitors so far. Aside from the Grand Inquisitor (he doesn’t seem to be appearing in Fallen Order), the team has numbered names, each of them going by “Brother” or “Sister.”
Development studio Respawn Entertainment has been pretty elusive about narrative details in the upcoming game, but we’ve seen the Ninth Sister and the Second Sister appear in promotional materials and trailers so far. Since many of the Inquisitors still seem to be active in this time period, it would not come as a surprise to see more of them appear to challenge Cal.
What are their powers?
Some of the Inquisitors, like the Ninth Sister, are actually former Jedi, so they have all the capabilities that you might expect from a Dark Sider in the Star Wars universe. They’re Force sensitive, meaning they can run super fast, jump super high, and use telekinesis in battle.
What makes these particular Force-wielders so treacherous is the fact that many are trained personally by Darth Vader. The fallen Skywalker took command of the Inquisitorius shortly after he came into power under Palpatine. Anyone trained directly by Vader is a figure to be feared, especially for young, under-trained Jedi.
How’s their lightsaber game?
This is the most exciting thing about these Sith-adjacent cult members. They each wield double-sided lightsabers, the blades of which are joined by a hilt that appears almost like a circular sword. These are no normal lightsabers, either—in Rebels, the Inquisitors are seen flying around, using their double-sided blades like helicopters. Hell yea.
While we don’t know, exactly, the identity of the Second Sister, it likely won’t matter much to Cal’s journey for survival. The Inquisitors are after him. And by the end of Fallen Order, we’re probably going to be seeing either Cal Kestis, or the Inquisitorius, or both, wiped off the face of the Galaxy. After all, we never hear of these characters in the following years covered in the Original Trilogy. One way or another, their fates will have to be settled by the end of Respawn’s new Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, which comes out November 15 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.