- “For over a thousand generations the Jedi Knights were the guardians of peace and justice in the Old Republic. Before the dark times. Before the Empire.”
- ―Obi-Wan Kenobi
The Jedi Order, simply known as the Jedi, are a monastic spiritual organization and order comprised of light side Force-users in the Star Wars universe.
The Jedi Knights study, serve, and use a mystical power called the Force, and their traditional weapon is the lightsaber, which emits a controlled plasma flow in the shape of a sword, in order to serve and protect the Galactic Republic and the galaxy at large from conflict or governmental instability. As guardians of peace and justice in the galaxy, they mediate peace negotiations among planets and other factions and, if necessary, use their formidable powers, fighting skills, agility, and wisdom to quickly end unrest or neutralize dangerous individuals or threats. Some Jedi also took Barash vows; these Jedi took the vow as a kind of penitence; they separated themselves from everything save the Force itself until they had fulfilled the vow. Only then would they return to active duty.
The Jedi are governed by a council, consisting of some of the strongest, wisest, and most powerful members of the Jedi Order. They are bound to a code of ethics, morality, principles, and justice. The Jedi are trained to use the Force through passive meditation, practicing selflessness, and commitment to justice while at the same time rejecting emotions such as fear, anger, and hatred. Their way of life contrasts with their archenemies, the Sith, another monastic organization who use the dark side of the Force to achieve their goal of ruling the galaxy.
A notable trait among Jedi who have obtained the rank of Jedi Master, is that they are arrogant, self-righteous and short-sighted; focused almost entirely on the future, giving the present little to no thought, as well as the fact that they are not only incapable of acknowledging there mistakes, but also incapable of learning from them as well, as these traits were what eventually led to the Jedi Order's downfall, however, despite this, Qui-Gon Jinn, Anakin Skywalker, Kit Fisto and Ahsoka Tano respectively were the only known Jedi who (genuinely) never became arrogant, self-righteous and short-sighted.
Grand Master or Master of the Order, is one of the two separated titles given to the leader of the Jedi Order, and the head of the Jedi High Council.
The structure and organization of the New Jedi Order is unknown due to the death of Luke Skywalker's students. Most of his apprentices were killed by a lightning storm (possibly summoned by Sheev Palpatine) during the night Ben Solo turned to the dark side, and the three survivors were also later killed confronting Ben and the former leader of the Knights of Ren. This tragedy prevented the Jedi Master to restore the Jedi Order to its former glory.
Powers and Equipment
- Power of the Force: The Jedi are skilled in the ways of the Force; particularly the light side of the Force.
- Lightsabers: All Jedi are armed with blue, light blue, green, purple, yellow, gold, black, or white standard lightsabers, double-bladed lightsabers, dual-phase lightsabers, crossguard lightsabers, curved-hilt lightsabers, lightsaber pikes, cane lightsabers, training lightsabers, shoto lightsabers, or darksabers that allowed them to win duels quickly and easily; however, they have more difficulty defeating their opponents who are Force-sensitive individuals, particularly fully trained lightsaber duelists.
- Jedi Holocrons: All Jedi use cube shaped-like information-storage datacron devices that contains information, teachings, and messages; regarding the Jedi Order; it can only be opened by a Jedi or someone who thinks like one.
- Jedi robes: Jedi robes are white, cream, gray, light brown, dark brown, or black colored robes worn by the members of the Jedi Order (Jedi youngling, Padawan, Jedi Knight, and Jedi Master alike) their clothes usually tended to follow a pattern, consisting of an undertunic, an overtunic, an outer robe with a deep hood and wide sleeves, loose-fitting trousers, a tabard, and a broad sash tied about the waist.
Jedi High Council
The Jedi High Council, simply known as the Jedi Council, is a council comprised of some of the strongest, wisest and most powerful members of the Jedi Order, who are elected to lead and guide the Jedi. All members of the Jedi Council are those who have the rank of Jedi Master, Grand Master is a title granted to a Jedi Master who is the elected head of the Jedi High Council.
The Grand Master can overrule the decision that the other members of the Jedi Council made, regarding matters of the Jedi Order; such as expelling a member of the Jedi Order, also he/she can change the Jedi teachings or code.
The structure and organization of the New Jedi High Council is unknown due to the death of Luke Skywalker's students before the Jedi Master had the chance to restore the Jedi Order to its former glory.
The Jedi Code is a set of rules and teachings that governed the behavior of the Jedi Order. Unfortunately, some of these teachings as well as the code were flawed; as it eventually led to the Jedi Order's downfall.
When Luke Skywalker began forming the New Jedi Order, he altered some of the Jedi teachings and code; to avoid making the same mistakes as the Old Jedi Order had made.
The structure and organization of the New Jedi Code is unknown due to the death of Luke Skywalker's students before the Jedi Master had the chance to restore the Jedi Order to its former glory.
- There is no emotion, there is peace: All Jedi are taught to control their emotions, as they believe by giving into their emotions; they would fall to the dark side. Unfortunately, this code was flawed; as Jedi suppressing their emotions, particularly their rage, can lead to disastrous consequences.
- There is no ignorance, there is knowledge: Because the Jedi are the protectors of the galaxy; they gathered as much knowledge as they can.
- There is no passion, there is serenity: All Jedi are taught to connect to the Force via serenity and other peaceful emotion(s).
- There is no chaos, there is harmony: All Jedi are taught to end conflicts via peaceful ways.
- There is no death, there is the Force: All Jedi are taught to accept that death is inevitable, and that the those lost to it merely become part of the Force.
- Non-Attachment(s): All Jedi are forbidden from forming attachments such as marriage, and other specific, individual bonds such as family and romantic love. Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker, and Mace Windu are the only known Jedi to have (secretly) broken this rule on more than one occasion.
- Life is Precious: All Jedi are taught to respect all forms of life in general, as they do not believe in assassination(s), and only kill in self-defense or to save the lives of innocent individual(s).
- Mercy: All Jedi are forbidden to attack or kill unarmed opponents. Anakin Skywalker is the only known Jedi to have (secretly) broken this rule at least once; albeit Palpatine encouraged Anakin to kill Dooku on the spot, but he was uncomfortable about what he had done, as it was against the Jedi Code. Mace Windu once attempted to break this rule; when he decided that Palpatine was too dangerous to be kept alive, Mace prepared to execute the Dark Lord of the Sith, but Anakin stopped Mace by cutting off the hand wielding his lightsaber.
- One Master, one apprentice: A single Jedi Knight or Jedi Master is forbidden to have more than one Padawan at a given time.
- Age Restriction: Force-sensitives at certain ages are not allowed to join the Jedi Order as trainees, Anakin Skywalker was nine years old at the time, when Qui-Gon Jinn requested that he be trained as a Jedi; however, most members of the Jedi High Council (with the exception of Ki-Adi-Mundi and Eeth Koth) believed Anakin was too old to begin training as an apprentice, and refused to train him. However, they later reversed their decision, albeit reluctantly and with caution, by allowing Anakin to be trained by Obi-Wan Kenobi, mainly because Obi-Wan had made it clear that he intended to train Anakin with or without the approval of the Jedi High Council, as it was Qui-Gon's dying wish, but also because the Sith Order had come out of hiding and Anakin's potential made him someone who could one day defeat them.
- Jedi youngling: Jedi youngling is a rank granted to Force-sensitive children (between the ages of four and eight) who have been accepted into the Jedi Order as trainees, they underwent their training in the Force, particularly at the Coruscant Jedi Temple; they would remain under the tutelage of a Jedi instructor; until they are selected or assigned to a Jedi Knight or Jedi Master as there apprentice(s).
- Padawan: Padawan is a rank granted to Jedi younglings who have been selected or assigned to a Jedi Knight or Jedi Master as there apprentice(s), at the age of eight or in their early teenage years, they would remain under the tutelage of there mentor(s); until the Jedi High Council believes they are ready for the Jedi Trials.
- Jedi Knight: Jedi Knight is a rank granted to Padawans who have passed the Jedi Trials; the Trial of Skill, the Trial of Courage, the Trial of the Flesh, the Trial of the Spirit and the Trial of Insight, becoming full members of the Jedi Order; it is the second highest rank in the Jedi Order.
- Jedi Master: Jedi Master is a rank granted to a few Jedi Knights, depending on their experience, intelligence, wisdom, mastery of the Force and skills in lightsaber combat; it is the highest rank in the Jedi Order.
Jedi Military ranks
Although the Jedi Order is not a military organization, in times of need its members became part of the Republic Army; only if it is absolutely necessary for the Jedi to get involve into a war.
- Jedi Commander: Jedi Commander is a military rank granted to Padawans and Jedi Knights, who takes leadership positions within in the Republic Army and serve as the second-in-command to a Jedi General; it is the second highest military rank in the Republic Army that a Jedi can achieve.
- Jedi General: Jedi General is a military rank granted to Jedi Knights and Jedi Masters, who serve as generals within the Republic Army; it is the highest military rank in the Republic Army that a Jedi can achieve.
- Jedi: Jedi is a title that is granted to individuals (Jedi youngling, Padawan, Jedi Knight and Jedi Master alike) who are members of the Jedi Order.
- Jedi investigator: Jedi investigator is a title that is granted to Jedi Knights and Jedi Masters who specialize in using their intuition and connection to the Force to perform detective work, and prevent crimes, the Jedi investigators rarely use the Jedi Temple's cutting edge analysis equipment and facilities, including the Jedi Archives, decontaminated clean room analysis chambers and analysis droids to assist with their research or investigation; Tera Sinube is particularly a notable Jedi investigator.
- Chief Librarian: Chief Librarian is a title that is granted to a single Jedi Knight or Jedi Master who is elected to oversaw the vast Coruscant Jedi Temple archives and Holocron Vault; Jocasta Nu is particularly a notable Chief Librarian.
- Grand Master/Master of the Order: Grand Master, also known as Master of the Order, is a title that is granted to a Jedi Master who is the elected leader of the Jedi Order and the head of the Jedi High Council, it is usually granted to the strongest, wisest and most powerful member of the Jedi Order, it is the highest title in the Jedi Order; Mace Windu and Yoda are particularly anotable Grand Masters.
- Jedi Temple Guard: Jedi Temple Guard is a title that is granted to Jedi Knights who are elected to guard the Coruscant Jedi Temple, all Jedi Temple Guards commonly use yellow-bladed lightsaber pikes; the Grand Inquisitor was a particularly notable Jedi Temple Guard.
- Dark Jedi: Dark Jedi is an unofficial title that refers to Jedi who have gone rogue and fallen to the dark side, but are not actual Sith; Asajj Ventress, Pong Krell, Barriss Offee, the Inquisitorius and Ben Solo are particularly notable Dark Jedi.
The Jedi Order was founded in or around 6000 BBY, on Ahch-To by an individual known as the "Prime Jedi", who was the first Jedi in existence, at the dawn of their order. They were known to have taken Ilum, the planet from which they gathered the kyber crystals to power their lightsabers, as a sacred place on which they built a Jedi Temple. During an event known as the "Hundred-Year Darkness", one Jedi broke away from the light side, and founded the Sith Order, gaining many followers. With the Sith as their eternal enemies, the Jedi took up the task of protecting the galaxy from their evil. The wars between Jedi and Sith would spread across the galaxy as the centuries passed and resulted in such travesties; such as the "Great Scourge of Malachor".
At some point in time after the end of the "Great Scourge of Malachor", the Jedi Order believed they had wiped out the entire Sith Order, which was helped along by the power-hungry Sith fighting among themselves, unaware at the time that there was still one surviving Sith; Darth Bane, who decreed there should be no more than two Sith at any one time to prevent infighting, eventually, Bane was killed by the Jedi (when they learned of his survival and his new Sith philosophy; the Rule of Two). However, this victory made the Jedi arrogant; as such, this arrogance combined with their inability to acknowledge or learn from their mistakes would eventually lead to their downfall. Unbeknownst to the Jedi, Bane had (secretly) taken an apprentice and by letting himself be killed, had drawn the Jedi's attention away from the Sith, leading them to think that the Sith Order had been destroyed for good.
The Jedi then destroyed any Sith artifacts they found, but this was a mistake; had the Jedi kept the artifacts of the Sith, they may have been able to prepare for their return, but by destroying any forms of existence and legacy of their enemies, they left themselves and the galaxy itself completely unprepared.
The Jedi Order had built many Jedi Temples throughout the galaxy over the years, to serve as Jedi academies to train new generations of Jedi Knights across the galaxy; such as the Ahch-To Jedi Temple, considered to be the very first according to historians among their ranks, the Ilum Jedi Temple, the Lothal Jedi Temple, the Jedha Jedi Temple and the famous Coruscant Jedi Temple, which served as their headquarters. The Coruscant Jedi Temple was built over a Sith Shrine to contain the dark side of the force, but over time, the darkness from the shrine seeped up into the Coruscant Jedi Temple, causing the Jedi's powers to weaken; proving to be another sign of the Jedi's arrogance.
During the Clone Wars, members of the Jedi Order, particularly members of the Jedi High Council, served as Jedi Generals and Jedi Commanders of the Grand Army of the Republic, they fought bravely alongside the Clone Troopers, but it was in vain. This was due to the whole war being part of the Sith's plot to rule the galaxy once more and thus served to further weaken the Jedi, and divert their attention from their machinations.
Although the Jedi Generals, the Jedi Commanders and those who served under them were regarded as war heroes, much of the public opinion toward the Jedi had grown negative as many came to believe that the Jedi had abandoned their role as peacekeepers and massive protests were staged outside of the Coruscant Jedi Temple, as a result, politicians like Wilhuff Tarkin, felt that their Jedi code kept them from doing what was necessary to win the war.
Jedi Knight-turned-Dark Jedi Barriss Offee believed the Jedi were losing touch with their commitment of maintaining peace throughout the galaxy, and staged a bombing in the Coruscant Jedi Temple in protest, all while (briefly) framing her friend, Padawan Ahsoka Tano, for committing the act before being exposed as the true culprit by Ahsoka's mentor, Anakin, as Barriss hypocritically believed that the Jedi had become an army fighting for the dark side - while she became corrupted herself.
According to Caleb Dume, later known as Kanan Jarrus (a human boy Padawan) there were at least ten thousand Jedi Knights alive when he was fourteen years old; prior to the events of Order 66.
By the end of the Clone Wars, Sheev Palpatine/Darth Sidious, the Dark Lord of the Sith Order, initiated Order 66; ordering the clone troopers to turn against their Jedi comrades and kill them, beginning an event known as the "Great Jedi Purge".
Only a small fraction of the Jedi survived this operation and the surviving members were hunted down to the brink of extinction, some managed to survive the initial order by evading the turned clone troopers or through isolation through their Barash vows. An example being Jedi Master Kirak Infil'a, who was killed by Darth Vader, by the time the Great Jedi Purge had ended almost every member of the Jedi Order was killed. Out of arrogance, Sidious ended the purge, convinced that the few surviving Jedi were no longer a threat to him and the Galactic Empire. Adding to this, Sidious spread rumors that the Jedi were the Clone Wars' instigators, turning public opinion against them. As time passed, the Jedi, and the Force became viewed as legend/myth by the public, further shrouding them in mystery.
Many years after the Great Jedi Purge, the Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi found Luke Skywalker, the son of his former apprentice and fallen Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker. Luke was trained by Obi-Wan and later by Yoda, becoming the first of a new generation of Jedi. He would also help to redeem his father who was serving the Emperor as Darth Vader. By the end of the Galactic Civil War, most Jedi were killed or in Yoda's case, died of old age.
After Sidious' death at the hands of a redeemed Anakin Skywalker, a hidden darkness, a dark side Force-user named Snoke, appeared in the galaxy. However, the hidden darkness was actually Darth Sidious (as Snoke was his creation) as the Sith Master had resurrected himself via forbidden teachings of the dark side of the Force. He managed to transfer his spirit into an undead clone of himself years after being killed by Anakin, but he was left in a severely weakened state, as result he was no physical threat to the galaxy. Thus, he needed Snoke and the First Order to accomplish his goals as to conquer the New Republic and reinstate a new Sith Empire.
Sometime after the Battle of Endor and the Battle of Jakku, Luke Skywalker started to train a new generation of Jedi Knights. However, the Jedi teachings were believed to be lost forever until Luke, with aid from the group known as the Church of the Force, discovered the Jedi Archives on the planets of Mimban, Toola, Dathomir, Dantooine and Ossus.
Realizing that the old Jedi teachings as well as the old code were flawed and to avoid the New Jedi Order from making the same mistakes as the Old Jedi Order, Luke altered some of the Jedi teachings and code. As there were no Jedi Masters left alive to officially grant Luke the rank and title, Luke was forced to promote himself to the rank of Jedi Master and the title of Grand Master; becoming the leader of the New Jedi Order and the head of the New Jedi High Council.
Luke's twin sister, Leia Organa, was instructed by him to become a Jedi, but she later abandoned her Jedi training due to the fact that she had sensed that her son, Ben Solo, would die if she continued her path as a Jedi. Later, Luke took on his nephew and several other Force-users as his students.
Snoke, who was created by Darth Sidious to cause Ben's fall to the dark side, preyed on Ben's internal conflict. One night, when Luke went to go visit Ben in his hut, he was fast asleep, Luke probed his nephew's mind and discovered how powerful his connection to the dark side of Force was growing. Terrified of how much of a threat he would become to the galaxy in the future, Luke activates his lightsaber as he initially intended to kill his nephew to prevent him from falling to the dark side, but immediately decides against it. Unfortunately, before he has a chance to deactivate his lightsaber, Ben wakes up, and sees his uncle's lightsaber ignited. Believing that Luke was going to kill him, Ben tries to defend himself by grabing his own lightsaber and collapsing the hut they were in.
Ben then (apparently) killed most of Luke's apprentices. Unbeknownst to anyone, Ben did not actually massacre all his fellow Jedi, as they were killed by a lightning storm (possibly made by Sidious) that completely destroyed Luke Skywalker's Jedi Temple. The three survivors that were not in the Temple during the storm, pursued Ben Solo that had gone to search for the Knights of Ren. Luke's students confronted Ben for attacking their master, and they were eventually killed by Ben and "Ren", the former leader of the Knights of Ren. Ben joins the Knights of Ren and ends up killing "Ren", taking his place as the master of the Knights of Ren; he then became known as Kylo Ren.
Luke was the last Jedi that survived these events. This devastating tragedy would greatly delay his plan to restore the Jedi Order to its former glory, an after-effect of this is that any impact the Jedi might have had by this point was practically forgotten. Luke and his exploits by this time were considered to be legend and myth by the the majority of galaxy at large. Only a few, such as Lor San Tekka and his organization, the Church of the Force, knew the truth thirty years after the Battle of Endor.
In the aftermath of the death of his apprentices, Luke was deeply grieved and wracked with guilt, blaming himself for his students' deaths and Ben's turn to the dark side. Luke then mysteriously disappeared as he chose to seek out the First Jedi Temple on Ahch-To. Luke gave (for unknown reasons) two pieces of the map to the Ahch-To Jedi Temple's location, one to R2-D2, his astromech droid, and another to Lor San Tekka. Luke eventually found the Ahch-To Jedi Temple, and he wanted to remain in hiding on Ahch-To until the time of his death, so the Jedi Order would end with him.
Approximately six years after the destruction of Luke Skywalker's Jedi Temple, the First Order, under the orders of Snoke, were to find and kill Luke, since Snoke knew that as long as Luke lived, a new generation of Jedi Knights could rise again. Under Snoke's rule of the First Order, the Jedi were decreed extinct to brainwash the First Order's citizens into believing that nothing could oppose them.
The Force-sensitive human girl, Rey, eventually would find Luke on the planet of Ahch-To and present him with his father's lightsaber, showing him that he was needed once more and that he stands as the last hope in the galaxy. With Luke's return and Rey ready to train under his tutelage, the Jedi Order could set on the path to be restored, bring peace and justice to the galaxy once again.
However, Luke was not keen on training Rey in the ways of the Jedi as he was still ridden with guilt for his past mistakes and recognized the flaws in the Jedi ways, so he came to believe that the galaxy would be better without the Jedi. Despite this, after hearing an old recording of Leia from R2-D2, he reconsiders and instead, teaches her lessons about the Force and the Jedi. But when he discovers Rey contacting his nephew through their bond, he orders her to leave the island. Rey furiously confronts Luke (after what she learned from Ren) demanding to know if he tried to kill Ben on the night of he turned to the dark side, which the elderly Jedi Master (shamefully) admits to be true and states that the last thing he saw was a frightened boy who's master had failed him. Rey points out that he failed Ben in thinking that his fall to the dark side was a premeditated choice. After Luke refusing again her invitation to fight in the war for the Resistance, Rey leaves the Jedi Master stating that Ben Solo is the last hope instead of him.
Shortly after Rey leaves Ahch-To to find Kylo Ren, the spirit of Yoda appears before Luke - he states to the late Jedi Master that he would to end it all, the tree library, the Jedi texts and the Jedi Order itself - he would burn it all. However, he was unable to go through with it, Yoda then summons a thunderbolt to destroy the library - the feat that Luke was unable to bring himself to do, as he did this to make a point to the Grand Master. Unbeknownst to Luke, Rey had already taken the Jedi books when she left, after which, Yoda (in a gentle manner) scolds Luke, pointing out that failure is one of the greatest lessons that a Jedi could learn from. This causes the Grand Master to finally forgive himself for what happened to Ben and his apprentices many years ago. He also realizes that his mistake wasn't for training Ben in the ways of the Force, his mistake was for not believing in his nephew's inner goodness. Yoda states to Luke that Rey, as any student, should grow beyond and surpass him as a master, and Luke should learn with his past mistakes to become a better teacher for her.
During Ren's assault on Crait to destroy the Resistance, Luke used his Force powers to project an illusion of himself to distract his nephew long enough to allow the Resistance and Rey to escape and live to fight another day. However, the effort it took to manifest such an illusion from such a distance took a tremendous toll on his body, which proved too much to bear and caused Luke to become one with the Force. Luke died peacefully knowing that he had ignited the revival of the Jedi Order via Rey and that his sacrifice was not in vain.
One year later, Darth Sidious, who had cheated death after the Battle of Endor, announced his return to the galaxy. The citizens' fleet reinforced the Resistance in the Battle of Exegol and Rey was helped by a redeemed Ben Solo (who had dropped the Kylo Ren persona after he was touched by his parents' and Rey's love). Rey received the aid from the Jedi from the past and managed to destroy the Sith Emperor while the Resistance was victorious in defeating the remaining forces of the Sith Eternal. Although it cost Rey's life to finally kill Sidious, Ben Solo decided to sacrifice himself to bring her back from the dead and the two shared a passionate kiss before he disappeared in her arms.
After the celebrations at the Resistance base of Ajan Kloss, Rey along with BB-8 buried both the Skywalker's and Leia's lightsabers at the Lars homestead. Then, she ignited her own yellow-bladed lightsaber and with the blessing of her mentors that watched her as Force spirits, she decided to adopt the Skywalker surname and became "Rey Skywalker". Thus, she will be the one to continue the legacy of the Skywalkers and the Jedi.
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