Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn

The Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn (played by Liam Neeson) was a maverick among theobi wan lightsaber ranks of the Jedi. His outspoken views prevented him from being a member of the Jedi Council, and were often a cause for concern among his fellow Jedi. Qui-Gon learned his outspoken ways from his Jedi Master Count Dooku. Dooku too had often disagreed with the Jedi council on matters of great importance.

When Qui-Gon and his Padawan learner, Obi-Wan Kenobi, were despatched to the planet Naboo to settle a trade dispute bwteen the peaceful planet and the powerful Trade Federation, they were attacked aboard a Trade Federation starship, and were forced to escape to Naboo's surface.

Once there the two Jedi rescued a native Gungan outcast called Jar Jar Binks. Using him as a guide they travelled to Naboo's capital, Theed, where they freed Queen Amidala and fled the planet in her Royal Starship.

Qui-Gon Jinn's plan was to take Queen Amidala to the Galactic capital, Coruscant, but during the voyage the ship was forced to put down for repairs on the desert world of Tatooine. While he was on Tatooine Qui-Gon came across a young slave boy named Anakin Skywalker. Sensing the boy's strong connection with the living Force Qui-Gon freed him from slavery with the intention of taking him back to the Jedi Academy and training him as a Jedi.

As they were about to leave Tatooine Qui-Gon was suddenly attacked by a powerful opponent wielding a double-bladed lightsaber. His attacker was a Siith warrior named Darth Maul, and despite his considerable skills Qui-Gon barely managed to escape the fight with his life.

Arriving back on Coruscant Qui-Gon Jinn approached the Jedi Council to request that he be allowed to train Anakin. The Council refused, concerned that the boy's future was clouded with uncertainty. Qui-Gon reluctantly accepted the Council's decision, but kept Anakin with him when he returned to Naboo.

Back in Theed Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan encountered Darth Maul for a second time. The Sith Lord was highly skilled and fought both Jedi simultaneously. As the duel continued Qui-Gon became separated from his apprentice, and Obi-Wan could do nothing but watch as Darth Maul wore his opponent down and finally ran Qui-Gon Jinn through with his lightsaber.

Obi-Wan ultimately defeated Darth Maul, but was too late to save his master. With his dying breath Qui-Gon asked his apprentice to train young Anakin Obi-Wan, and Obi-Wan agreed.

Qui-Gon Jinn was cremated at a funeral attended by many mourners, including Obi-Wan, Anakin, Jar Jar Binks and Jedi Master Yoda.

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