Luke Skywalker's Jedi Temple is an unnamed Jedi Temple located on an unknown planet, sometime after the end of the Galactic Civil War. Luke used this Jedi Temple to train a new generation of Jedi Knights, in order to restore the Jedi Order to its former glory. Unfortunately, during the night Ben Solo fell to the dark side, the Jedi Temple was destroyed by a lightning storm which kills all the students that were inside it.

The Jedi Temple is seen during flashbacks in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Star Wars: The Last Jedi films, and also in Star Wars: The Rise of Kylo Ren comic book.

History

Sometime after the Battle of Jakku, Jedi Master Luke Skywalker discovered or built this Jedi Temple on an unknown planet to serve as a Jedi academy and train a new generation of Jedi Knights, establishing a New Jedi Order. 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.

Among Luke's students was his nephew, Ben Solo, and various other Force-users. Unfortunately, Ben fell to the dark side when he discovered that his uncle wanted to kill him, because Luke becomes afraid of how strong his nephew's connection to the dark side of the Force is. Ben attacks Luke in self-defense, and collapses the hut they were in. Ben then apparently massacred most of Luke's apprentices. Unbeknownst to everyone, Ben did not actually massacre all his fellow apprentices.

Upon coming out from under the rubble of the hut, Ben Solo feels betrayed, enraged and confused, but is then surprised when he witnesses clouds that suddenly appear in the sky before a violent lightning storm strikes the Jedi Temple, setting it on fire and killing all the students inside. Horrified, Ben runs towards the temple to try to save his fellow apprentices, but he is drawn away by a blast of the exploding Jedi Temple. As Ben mourns and blames himself for the death of the students, by stating that he never wanted this to happen, a voice in his head (either Palpatine or Snoke) communicates with him through the Force and tries to comfort him by saying that it is the Jedi's and Skywalker's fault, not Ben's.

The three survivors that were not in the Temple when the storm happened pursued Ben Solo for attacking their master Luke. One is later accidentally killed by his own lightsaber while confronting Ben, one is murdered by "Ren" (the leader of the Knights of Ren), and the last one is killed by Kylo Ren, the new persona of Ben Solo as a warrior of the dark side.

Luke was in horror for being unable to stop the death of his apprentices, as he and his astromech droid R2-D2 watched the Jedi Temple burning. Luke went in search of the First Jedi Temple, as he was guilt ridden over his students' deaths and Ben's fall to the dark side. Luke decided that he would remain in hiding on Ahch-To until the time of his death, so that the Jedi would end with him.

Trivia

  • While narrating his version of the events in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Luke states that Ben had taken half of the students of the Jedi Temple when he left, which caused many fans to believe that these students later became the Knights of Ren. However, this version of the story is disproven by the comics that shows Ben leaving alone after the destruction while he is running away from the three students who survived, and these students all die during the following events without turning to the dark side.
  • The origin of the lightning storm that destroyed Luke's Jedi Temple is not clear in the comics and it is still very debated among readers. However, the fact that Palpatine or Supreme Leader Snoke communicate with Ben Solo through the Force immediately after the destruction, causes many readers to conclude that they may have destroyed the Jedi Temple as a way to lure Ben to the dark side.
    • Despite this, most Star Wars material other than the comics still claim that Ben Solo was the responsible for the event, though none of them specify that he destroyed the Jedi Temple by creating a lightning storm. For example, the Star Wars databank still claims that Ben not only killed the students but also left with several of Luke's apprentices,[1][2] similar as Luke had stated in The Last Jedi, thus showing that there are continuity errors in the canon sources of the story. These sources also seem to be disconnected from what happens in the comics as details of the event, such as the lightning storm, and details about the three students who survived, such as who they were and their fates, are not mentioned in them.
    • In the recent Star Wars book called Skywalker: A Family at War, the lightning storm and the events of the comic are finally addressed. The book simply states that the meteorological reports support that the cause of the Temple's destruction was a dry-lightning storm as seen in the comic. Then, the book goes even further to explain about the three students that survived, stating that none of them were killed by Ben's lightsaber blade. According to the book, the last and only student that was shown to be intentionally killed by Ben in the comic, was in reality murdered by Kylo Ren, as Ben Solo had already fully given himself to the dark side at that point and was not a Jedi anymore. The book links Ben's turn to the death of this last student and never mentions him as the one responsible for the Temple's destruction.

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