Who are all those terrified faces staring back at Obi-Wan in the Tombs of Nur from Obi-Wan Kenobi Episode 4 on Disney+? Let’s discuss! Plus, let’s talk about some (moderately) relevant comics!
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In Episode 4, Obi-Wan treks to Fortress Inquisitorius on the planet Nur, a water moon in the Mustafar system. He’s on a rescue mission to get Leia back from the clutches of the Inquisitors! Nobody knows how far below the ocean’s surface Fortress Inquisitorius extends, but through some underwater sneaking, Obi-Wan finds out. He also stumbles upon what is being hidden down there.
A tomb! Not just any tomb either, a tomb for dead Jedi! Preserved in some sort of transparent amber rock, like the mosquito from Jurassic Park, these Jedi seem frozen in time right at the moment of their death!
These types of scenes are fertile ground for Easter Eggs and cameo appearances for die hard fans like myself and probably many other fans. So, let’s dig in!
The first Jedi Kenobi encounters is male Cosian Jedi Master, Tera Sinube. Tera Sinube is a fan favorite Jedi from the Clone Wars cartoon and appeared in 11 episodes of the series. Sinube was a Jedi Master at the time of High Republic Phase 1, so we know he’s at the very least over 231 years old.
During the High Republic, he was in charge of the Jedi outpost on Derra. During Dooku’s Padawan years, he was the ward of the “Hawkbat” Youngling group who traveled to Serenno. He was a master detective and helped Ahsoka Tano recover her lightsaber from a thief in the Coruscant underworld. Sadly, it seems that he met his demise sometime shortly after the rise of the Empire and has been entombed on Nur ever since.
Tera Sinube’s first comic appearance was in the UK publication Star Wars Comic 9 in August 2014. Unfortunately, as they were designed for consumption by children, many of these magazines were torn out of their polybags, the free gift stripped from the front, and probably badly beaten around every surface of the home and neighborhood. Point being, you may have a hard time tracking one down:
In terms of readily available, stateside traditional comic format appearances, Tera Sinube first appeared in Jedi: Fallen Order Dark Temple #5 in a flashback:
When the door to the tomb first opens up, there’s a glimpse of two Jedi in the foreground. One looks distinctly like an Ongree.
Ongree are a species with their eyes on stalks besides their cheeks almost level if not below their mouth which is somewhat where a human’s nose would be:
Coleman Kcaj appeared on the Jedi Council in Revenge of the Sith.
He didn’t make an identifiable appearance in Dark Horse’s Revenge of the Sith Adaptation from the movie’s release, but he does appear in the recent Prequel Trilogy adaptation from Disney-Lucasfilm Press:
UPDATE (6/9/2022): Thanks to Qaxe‘s helpful comment down in the comments (vvvv), we realized that, based on the Jedi Council seating chart, the member we pointed out previously was likely Plo Koon and not Coleman. Coleman likely only appears as this arm behind Shaak Ti’s head. Admittedly, not much of an appearance at all.
His name also appears on a list of unaccounted for Jedi who escaped Order 66 in Darth Vader (2017) #19:
Coleman Kcaj is often confused with another Ongree Jedi, Pablo-Jill. Pablo-Jill appeared in the Attack of the Clones. Although both characters may have been intended to be the same Ongree character, behind the scenes, the CGI technology had advanced to the point where the model looked entirely different and production decided to make the new ROTS character Kcaj. Pablo-Jill has no comic appearances that I’m aware of.
I’m actually hoping this isn’t true because it would be a rather unceremonious treatment to name drop Quinlan in Episode 3, and then passingly show him deceased in a tomb during a quick cut. I hope he has a larger Disney+ future than that. However, during the same shot that we see what appears to be Coleman Kcaj, there is what appears to be a near-human (possibly Kiffar) Jedi with dreadlocks. Quinlan is all of those things, but I gotta believe there are other human or near-human Jedi in the galaxy with dreadlocks or long hair:
We discuss his comic appearances over here.
Coruscant Jedi Temple Youngling
One of the more shocking occupants of the Inquisitors’ tombs is a Youngling from the Coruscant Temple who was obviously struck down during Order 66. This Youngling even has his lightsaber training helmet on. Tragic stuff.
Unknown Jedi and Force Sensitive Corpses
Beyond that, I’m having a hard time identifying the rest of the occupants of the Inquisitors’ tombs. Some Eagle-Eyed fans might be able to help me crowd source who these could be. Also, somebody please talk me down from this guy in the distance being Mace Windu:
Of course, we all know Mace had his right hand lopped off by Anakin before toppling from a Coruscant skyscraper, so it’s highly unlikely that’s him. Also, you’d think there would be some extended screen time and a little reaction from Kenobi to seeing a former Master and teacher entombed.
UPDATE: I think I figured out who tall hat guy is.