Star Wars' Strangest Jedi Was a Giant Floating Brain

Of all the strange and unusual species in a galaxy far, far away, perhaps the most unique Jedi in Star Wars is the Jedi Master Ooroo, and not just for his palindrome name. Well before the Great Hyperspace War against the Sith Empire, he ran the Jedi Praxeum on Ossus. And, most strikingly of all, Ooroo was a species known as a Celegian, who essentially look exactly like giant brains with tentacles.

In the grand scheme of the Star Wars saga, most of what's known about Ooroo is from Legends more so than canon. But all sources indicate Ooroo to be a most unusual Jedi and a sight that stands out in any memory.

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First introduced in 1996 in Dark Horse Comics' Tales of the Jedi: The Golden Age of the Sith, Ooroo was a rarity as a Force-sensitive Celegian, though most of his history is now exclusively Legends-status. Having been trained in the ways of the Light Side, Ooroo eventually became a Jedi Master and took over instructing at planet Ossus.

Celegians cannot breathe oxygen as the majority of the rest of the galaxy can, only cyanogen, a gas that is poisonous to all other life forms. As Ossus was an oxygen-rich planet, Ooroo outfitted himself with a cyanogen-filled crystalline life-support tank that he lived inside, essentially making him a giant floating brain in a liquid-filled tank. At a glance, his appearance was not too far-off from the iconic Brain Spiders of Jabba's Palace. Despite his tank-bound existence, Ooroo could still wield a lightsaber, though he chose to do so rarely. He even took on an apprentice, Odan-Urr, and taught him battle-meditation, a technique that went on to save many worlds in the Koros system.

While staying on Koros, Ooroo and his Padawan had matching visions of the ancient Sith Empire and saw that evil bringing an impending war against the Republic. In that vision, Ooroo watched the funeral of the Sith Lord Marka Ragnos, whose death led to a duel for power and a Sith desire to expand their territory. Though the Sith were at that time thought to have been banished and extinct for a thousand years, Ooroo heeded the urgency of the visions and brought them to the attention of the Senate and Jedi on Coruscant.

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Of course, Ooroo's vision eventually did come to pass and he and the Jedi prepared for a full-scale war. He maintained a position on the outpost Kerrick when the Sith and their forces invaded, invoking brutal combat. As the battle raged on, Odan-Urr feared the worst of his visions had come true and the battle was lost, but Ooroo had also foreseen this worst outcome and had already worked out a plan.

In the ultimate self-sacrifice, Ooroo punctured his life-sustaining tank, releasing the cyanogen within and poisoning the Sith warriors as they closed in around him. This minor defeat bought the Republic forces just enough time for help to arrive and fully secure a victory. But Ooroo's sacrifice could not be undone; as oxygen swirled into his chamber, Ooroo was dying. He told Odan-Urr he hoped his apprentice would grow old surrounded by books and knowledge, and expressed his last wish to float in the seas of his homeworld just once more. Alas, it was not to be as he died in mere moments, becoming one with the Force, but knowing he had saved hundreds of lives.

When it comes to Star Wars canon, though, much less is officially recorded about Ooroo. He's mentioned briefly only a few times post-Disney acquisition in 2016's Star Wars: Force and Destiny, describing his time a bit on Ossus. The Ossus Jedi Praxeum held artifacts, holocrons and more and was where Ooroo trained Jedi Master Odan-Urr. He also oversaw the entire facility until his vague death in the Great Hyperspace Wars. Odan-Urr is then later said to have overseen the construction of a Great Jedi Library on Ossus to honor a promise to his Master, Ooroo, sitting atop a hill in a city named for the wise Jedi himself: Ooroo Qaflyon.

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