Every Bust in the Jedi Archives – The Lost Twenty
The Jedi Archives was the galaxy's vastest collection of history and knowledge. However, among the rare and pivotal texts stood dozens of Bronzium sculptures. While some busts bore a likeness to legendary Jedi Masters such as Saesee Tiin, “the architect of freedom” Chon Actrion, Qui-Gon Jinn and Yoda, most others depicted members of the Lost Twenty - a group of twenty Jedi who openly left the Order throughout its history. The organisation did not fault such individuals for their defection, though the statues served as a reminder of the Order's greatest failures. In essence, given the accomplishments listed below each bust, Jedi were taught to embrace failure on the pathway to success.
The most notable individual of the Lost Twenty was its twentieth member, Count Dooku. The Serenno-born Jedi Master became disillusioned with the organisation shortly after the Battle of Naboo. As a result, he peacefully left the Jedi Order, all while secretly pledging his allegiance to the Sith as Darth Tyranus. The Sith Lord, until his untimely demise in 19 BBY, went on to lead the Separatists throughout the Clone Wars. Despite this, Dooku's bust makes a brief appearance in Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones. You can spot his Bronzium complexion during Obi-Wan Kenobi and Jocasta Nu's discussion about the mysterious whereabouts of Kamino. Originally, however, both individuals were to discuss the Count's defection from the Jedi Order. As you might already know, if you managed to catch my factual video on Attack of the Clones, the scene was scripted, recorded and ultimately dropped. I'll leave a link in the description if you want to check out the deleted exchange.
Unfortunately, not much is known about many of the Lost Twenty, such as the “Finhead Jedi”. However, one of the group's earliest members, Darth Ruin, had an almost equally detailed rise to power as Count Dooku. As a Jedi Master, Phanius was known to be intelligent, charismatic, rebellious and selfish. Consequently, the Umbaran abandoned his oath and left the Order. He pursued prohibited teachings, before secretly uniting numerous Sith clans to form the New Sith Empire. So strong was his influence, that fifty Jedi Knights pledged themselves to Ruin and the dark side of the Force. With such a powerful backing, the Dark Lord led his order against both the Jedi and the Galactic Republic. Sadly, Ruin's New Sith quickly disintegrated, which ultimately led to his demise.
Given the title of this video, and the fact most of the Archive's busts are unidentifiable, let's take a look at some behind the scenes trivia. According to Pablo Helman on the DVD commentary for Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones, at least four of the Bronzium sculptures resemble members of the film's crew. Along with Pablo himself, there are depictions of Rob Coleman, John Knoll and George Lucas. Moreover, the aforementioned “Finhead Jedi” was an unused alien design.
So, who is your favourite member of the Lost Twenty? And would you like to see the group expanded upon in the EU? Let me know in the comments below.