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In Star Wars, everything means something, no matter how small and insignificant they seem to be. And if that's not an excuse to pick through every single tiny hint about Star Wars Episode VIII, I don't know what is. The clue-du-jour proves that we shouldn't underestimate anything — new info on birds native to Luke Skywalker's island of Ahch-To tie into Star Wars: Rebels, revealing ancient Force lore. As Yoda says, "size matters not", and the tiny Convoree birds might just solve one of Star Wars biggest mysteries.

Yep, that's right, birds. Birds are the most important thing about Star Wars 8 right now (apart from Rey's journey, of course). Thanks to insider reports from the production, MakingStarWars have revealed that Convoree birds will play a small, but significant role in Episode 8. So what exactly are they, and how are they connected to the Force?

Avatar Of The Force

The Convoree birds have appeared in key moments in the Star Wars animated series, specifically during Ahsoka Tano's arc as she became more powerful in the Force. Ahsoka was the Jedi apprentice of Anakin Skywalker, and she's the most popular character from the animated shows (with good reason — she's awesome).

A Convoree heralds Ahsoka's entrance to 'Rebels', appears on a post-Season 2 Ahsoka trading card. [Credit: Disney XD]
A Convoree heralds Ahsoka's entrance to 'Rebels', appears on a post-Season 2 Ahsoka trading card. [Credit: Disney XD]

After the Season 2 finale, showrunner — and big deal in the Lucasfilm story group — Dave Feloni explained the significance of the little Convorees when speaking to IGN.

"You know me by now – it’s not accidental that it’s there, and it’s not accidental that it’s bizarrely on this completely different world at the end of that episode. It definitely has a meaning for me. It deepens the lore of the whole thing and you go, 'Okay, there are things at work here that are beyond our reckoning.' I could say that it’s a messenger, it’s an observer. And I would suggest that whatever that thing is an avatar of has actually appeared in the animated Star Wars universe before."

So basically, the Convorees are connected to the Force, as messengers, observers, and avatars of... something.

Concept art for the Convoree bird. [Disney XD/Lucasfilm]
Concept art for the Convoree bird. [Disney XD/Lucasfilm]

Ever since this clue was dropped last year, fans have been trying to guess what the Convorees are an avatar of, from a witness for the Shaman of the Whills to being one of the shape-shifting Force Priestesses — who, interestingly, taught Yoda and Obi Wan how to become Force ghosts.

What Does This Mean For Episode VIII?

Either of these guesses has huge significance for Star Wars Episode 8. If the Convoree birds are connected to how people become Force ghosts, that would explain a lot about their appearances in Clone Wars and Rebels — especially the Rebels Season 2 finale, as one popped up just after Ahsoka's vicious, and possibly fatal, showdown with Darth Vader.

If the Convorees also appear on Ahch-To, they could herald the entrance of Force ghosts like Obi Wan, Yoda, and Anakin Skywalker — which ties into rumors that all three characters may appear as Force ghosts in Star Wars 8. But the second option, that the Convorees are connected to the Whills, seems much more likely.

The Whills are an interesting part of Star Wars lore. They are observer-like aliens, detailing the ways of the Force in journals that have been included in the novelizations of A New Hope and The Force Awakens. Shamans of the Whills appeared in Clone Wars to again advise Obi Wan on how to become one with the Force after death.

We have never seen the Whills themselves, but we know they understand the Force differently to the classic light-dark division that suffuses the Star Wars story. To the Whills, the Force is the power of all creatures — and that's also how the Guardians of the Whills understand the Force. shone a light on the Whills, introducing Chirrut Imwe and Baze Melbus as the Guardians of the Whills, a religious sect guarding the Kyber crystals on Jedha.

Chirrut and Baze at the Guardians of the Whills in 'Rogue One'. [Lucasfilm]
Chirrut and Baze at the Guardians of the Whills in 'Rogue One'. [Lucasfilm]

Now that Rogue One has introduced the Whills to the moviegoing audience, it could be that the Star Wars story group are looking to bring parts of the canon closer together — and connecting the Convorees to the Whills in Star Wars 8 would be a fantastic way to do this.

Considering we've never seen the Whills in person, it could be that the Convorees are indeed an avatar for this mysterious alien race. We already know that Star Wars 8 will delve into Force mythology — and possibly even its origin — as Luke Skywalker trains Rey to be a Jedi. Having the Whills appear in the form of Convorees to help Rey on her journey would add an intriguing depth to the movie, while solving a decades-old mystery from the Star Wars extended media.

Or maybe they're just cute birds.


What do you think the Convorees are?

[Source: MakingStarWars, IGN, Skyforum]


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