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Obi-Wan’s Mercy Unintentionally Spawned A Sith Lord Greater Than Darth Vader

By Alankar Nayak
December 15,2021

Several Force mysteries were revealed to Obi-Wan during his exile on Tatooine. He even faced A’Sharad Hett, a Tusken Raider sith, in Legends.

Every Star Wars fan is looking forward to Ewan McGregor’s comeback as Obi-Wan Kenobi in Disney’s Kenobi show; yet, most fans are unaware that in Star Wars Legends, he faces more than Darth Maul and Darth Vader. Obi-stay Wan’s on Tatooine remains a mystery, despite Disney’s emphasis on critical scenes in comics and cartoons. On the other hand, dark Horse’s Star Wars comics shed more light on this time, particularly his encounter with A’Sharad Hett, a Tusken Raider with the Dark Side of the Force who would become a Sith greater than even Vader.

Obi-Wan Kenobi

Obi-Wan Kenobi

The indigenous Tusken Raiders, or the “Sand People” of Tatooine, remain one of the most obscure characters in the galaxy. According to Timothy Truman and Al Rio’s Star Wars #11 from 1998, Tusken Raiders are a genuine species; however, they occasionally adopt or abduct the orphans of other humanoids. One of the rare human Sand People is A’Sharad Hett, the son of Sharad Hett and K’Sheek. K’Sheek is forever lost in a sandstorm immediately after birth. During his adolescence, Aurra Sing murders his father, prompting Ki-Adi-Mundi to adopt A’Sharad as his padawan.

Rather than killing A’Sharad Hett, Obi-Wan advises him to leave Tatooine and never return. Obi-Wan then removes Hett’s mask, outlawed among the Tusken Raiders (like Din Djarin’s Mandalorian clan—Children of the Watch). Hett knew the Tusken Raiders would expel him from their tribes if he saw this, so he flees Tatooine. Obi-Wan believes that Hett may one day return to his Jedi ways, but this is not the case, as Hett eventually becomes Darth Krayt. As Krayt, he would transform into a terrible horror, easily mastering force lightning and annihilating entire squadrons of warriors.

Although this long-forgotten fight is no longer canon, several other Legends figures have returned. Thrawn, for example, reappeared in Star Wars: Rebels. Furthermore, after the KOTOR remaster, Darth Revan, Bastila Shan, and all other Knights of the Old Republic characters may recover canon status. There are countless hits and misses in both Legends and canon Star Wars. It would only make sense for Disney to adapt the finest stories from the smart and creative minds behind Star Wars Legends, like Obi-duel Wan’s with A’Sharad Hett.