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While looking into details about Ahsoka Tano, it seems there was a plot slated for the end of the season 8 of The Clone Wars TV series (which was never produced), wherein she leads a Clone battalion during the Siege of Mandalore. This event was later referenced in Rebels TV series as well as the Ahsoka novel, so it's fairly canon.

My question is: why was she involved in this event at all, particularly in a leadership role? Being a Jedi Padawan gave her the military rank equivalent of Commander, but this took place after she had officially left the Jedi order (which came after her being officially expelled from the Jedi order). Is there any canonical reason given as to why she still had the authority to command a Republic battalion, or who gave her the mission to hunt down Maul, and why she was involved at all?

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    I don't think there is an answer to this currently (but I haven't read the novel), but we do know that Ahsoka had some communication with Anakin after she left the Order. It's possible she took up some sort of position of power in a non-Jedi capacity. I speculate that the Republic would be willing to give her a position of power because they'd rather not have another Count Dooku on their hands. – ncalmbeblpaicr0011 Nov 10 '16 at 19:03
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It's not entirely clear, but it seems like her ties to the Order were strengthening

Dave Filoni discussed his intentions for the unfinished episodes in a 2016 interview with IGN:

What was significant about that was that it was the story that was really going to draw her possibly back into the Jedi Order, because the motivation around this conflict with Maul was her knowing the personal history between Maul and Obi Wan

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[Ahsoka] was actually planning with Obi Wan and Anakin the capture and attack that would get them Maul, because she had figured out where he was towards the end of the Clone War. But before they can go through with this plan together, Obi Wan and at one Anakin get called away to Coruscant to save the Chancellor, which leaves her with Rex – and some other exciting characters – to basically go and deal with Darth Maul, once and for all.

So, according to Filoni, Ahsoka's involvement went something like this:

  • While out doing her own thing in the galaxy, Ahsoka somehow uncovers intelligence on Maul's whereabouts
  • She reaches out to Anakin and/or Obi-Wan with her information
  • For some unknown reason, the Jedi involve Ahsoka in the plan
  • Anakin and Obi-Wan are called away on more urgent business1
  • Ahsoka carries out the mission alone (albeit with Rex and a bunch of clones)

Some of this was incorporated into the canon novel Ahsoka (emphasis mine):

She'd walked away from the Jedi Temple with nothing but the clothes on her back and had struggled for a long time to find a new place in the galaxy. When she had found a mission, when she had reached out to her former master for help, he had reached back and given her the Jedi weapons to do the job.

Ahsoka

If Filoni's plans are to be taken as canon, the most likely explanation is that Ahsoka was given authority over a contingent of clones (including Rex) as part of a soft return to the Jedi Order; perhaps the Council wanted to draw her back into the fold.

What is clear, however, is that Ahsoka had no formal position in the Grand Army of the Republic; this is mentioned explicitly in the novel:

She wasn't a commander anymore, even though the battalion still treated her with the same courtesy they always had, because of her reputation.

Ahsoka


1 Wookieepedia speculates that this was the mission in the prologue to Revenge of the Sith; I'm not sure if that's substantiated but, given the timeframe (Order 66 occurs while Ahsoka is fighting Maul on Mandalore), it seems plausible.

  • An excellent answer with solid sources. Glad it was at least addressed. – Mwr247 Nov 13 '16 at 20:34
  • "Obi Wan and at one Anakin get called away to Coruscant to save the Chancellor" - What else would this be if not the prologue of RotS? – Rogue Jedi Jun 18 '17 at 23:16
  • @RogueJedi "Anakin and Obi-Wan save the Chancellor" is the plot of at least one episode of The Clone Wars that I can remember; it doesn't seem implausible that there could be other incidents like that – Jason Baker Jun 19 '17 at 22:19

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