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History of the Jedi, lesson 2

Wed Sep 09, 2009 12:10 pm by Scotland

History of Jedi Order, Lesson 2

Early history(continued.)

From the ashes of these wars arose the early Jedi, and their Jedi Forge initiation ceremony, which led to the eventual invention of lightsabers after they faced threats from beyond Tython.

Through the use of advanced off-world technology, the Jedi were able to "freeze" a laser beam, resulting in the birth of the …

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The Force...

Thu Sep 24, 2009 1:16 am by Saiana

The Force was a metaphysical, binding, and ubiquitous power that held enormous importance for both the Jedi and Sith monastic orders. The Force was viewed in many different aspects, including, but not limited to, the light side, the dark side, the Unifying Force, and the Living Force. The first two aspects were concerned with the moral compass of the Force in its various manifestations. The light …

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The Lightsaber

Fri Sep 25, 2009 1:48 pm by Saiana

"This was the formal weapon of a Jedi Knight. Not as clumsy or random as a blaster. More skill than simple sight was required for its use. An elegant weapon. It was a symbol as well. Anyone can use a blaster or a fusioncutter—but to use a lightsaber well was a mark of someone a cut above the ordinary."
―Obi-Wan Kenobi

Designed as much for elegance in combat as for ceremony, the …

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Post  Scotland Wed Sep 09, 2009 12:10 pm

History of Jedi Order, Lesson 2

Early history(continued.)

From the ashes of these wars arose the early Jedi, and their Jedi Forge initiation ceremony, which led to the eventual invention of lightsabers after they faced threats from beyond Tython.

Through the use of advanced off-world technology, the Jedi were able to "freeze" a laser beam, resulting in the birth of the lightsaber.

A proactive group left Tython to liberate other worlds, becoming the Jedi Knights. They founded a philosophical school on Ossus, defining the light side and dark side of the Force (equivalent, respectively, to the ancient Ashla and Bogan) as well as the Living Force and Unifying Force.

Around 25,053 BBY, the Galactic Republic formed. Within a century, the Jedi swore fealty to the young government.

The Republic mapped the Perlemian Trade Route, which linked Coruscant with Ossus, and the Jedi fortified themselves there to defend the Republic from external threats.

In the event historians now know as the First Great Schism, dissidents who used the Bogan eventually arose again.

The Dark Jedi General Xendor and his Legions of Lettow allied with a master of Teräs Käsi, Arden Lyn, and her Followers of Palawa from Bunduki.

In a climactic battle, Xendor was slain, Jedi Master Awdrysta Pina stopped Arden's heart with morichro, and Lyn killed Pina with the Kashi Mer talisman.

The Galatic Republic

The Galactic Republic was the galactic government prior to the establishment of the Galactic Empire in 19 BBY.

Although it was commonly known as the Old Republic, this was not so until the establishment of the Empire; its name when it existed was the Galactic Republic, or simply the Republic. Rarely, it was referred to as the First Republic. At times, the term Old Order was used to describe it.

The Republic, led by a Supreme Chancellor, had a supposedly democratic government that was able to sustain itself for over twenty-five thousand years. It is said that its complete history would "fill a thousand libraries".

In its latest years, it was a benevolent—though ineffectual—government tied up in layers of bureaucracy.

"The Old Republic was the Republic of legend, greater than distance or time. No need to note where it was or whence it came, only to know that… it was the Republic."
―From the Journal of the Whills

The Perlemian Trade Route

The Perlemian Trade Route was a vital trade hyperroute that ran through the galaxy. Along with the Corellian Run, it was one of the two routes that made up the border of The Slice. It was founded c. 25,000 BBY, linking the young Galactic Republic with Ossus. The forces of the Republic and of the Tion Hegemony used the route extensively in their conflict.

It began at Coruscant and passed the worlds of Anaxes, Corulag, Brentaal IV, Carida, Nak Shimor, Taanab, Kulthis, Rhen Var, Sorjus, Vaynai, Makem Te, Ter Abbes, and terminated just past Quermia. It also passed the Roche Asteroids, The Wheel, and the Cron Drift.

The First Great Schism War

The First Great Schism was the origin of the first split between the Light and Dark Jedi. It occurred around 24,500 BBY.

The Legions of Lettow was first established by dissident Jedi who believed that true power was achieved not through pensive meditation, as taught by their Jedi Masters, but through emotion.

The tension between the Jedi and these dissident fallen Jedi, led by General Xendor and his lover Arden Lyn, grew until conflict erupted.

They ended when Xendor was slain and Awdrysta Pina stopped Arden Lyn's heart.(I will go into more detail about this later.)

The Legions of Lettow(Also known as the Minions of Xendor)

Legions of Lettow was the name given to the earliest organization following the Dark Side of the Force.

These Legions adopted the ancient Jar'Kai fighting art, calling it Niman, after the triumvirate of Kashi gods.

They were founded and led by Xendor, the first Dark Jedi, and then, after his death, by Arden Lyn.

The Ancient Jar'Kai fighting art(see also Niman fighting art)

Jar'Kai was originally a style of swordplay that utilized dual-blades, developed by the Yovshin Swordsmen.

The Jar'Kai style developed by the Yovshin Swordsmen was named for a city on Atrisia.

The city of Jar'Kai was also the site where the original Jar'Kai dueling sabers were crafted. These weapons were utilized by the Yovshin and were designed for the express purpose of being dual-wielded.

Dual-blade fighters, whether classical Niman duelists or individuals applying the Jar'Kai tactic, were able to maintain a strong offense, as the speed of attack that two blades allowed overwhelmed most opponents.

A typical maneuver was to continually attack with one blade whilst relying on the other for defensive purposes, such as parrying. However, it was common that both blades be used for offensive purposes, keeping up a constant wave front of attack.

Another advantage of Jar'Kai was that the two blades made it easier to hold off multiple opponents, as one had more blades to parry with.

Dual-blades could also be used as a defensive or compensative measure when engaging another opponent who utilized multiple blades in combat.

Known Jar'Kai techniques and maneuvers include the "Rising Whirlwind", which consisted of a duelist swinging his dual-blades about his body, creating a "whirlwind" of deadly attacks, and the "Twin Strike", in which both blades were swung in an arc towards the opponent in a deadly power attack.

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Despite the advantages offered, Jar'Kai was not without it's drawbacks.

Firstly, as both hands held individual lightsabers, two-handed blows were impossible, and the duelist was unable to put all his or her weight behind blocks, weakening the defensive capabilities.

Thusly, an enemy with a single hilt could simply assault a Jar'Kai practitioners defense with brute force, battering away until the dual-blade duelists guard gave way, as shown during Anakin Skywalker's duel with Asajj Ventress on Yavin IV.

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A similar dual-blade technique referred to as Niman was developed by the Royale Macheteros of the Kashi Mer monarchy. Niman was adopted by the Dark Sider group known as the Legions of Lettow during the First Great Schism, as well as the Jedi Order itself.

Niman was developed into the sixth form of Lightsaber combat, retaining its name, while Jar'Kai became something of a blanket term for dual-blade combat.

It should be noted that the fourth form of Lightsaber combat; Ataru; was also known to employ dual-blades as part of its training regime.

"Perhaps you would like to learn something before you die. The use of two blades, one to support the other, can be traced back thousands of years and was common to both of our species. The invention of lightsabers has done nothing to lessen the effectiveness of this strategy—as you are about to learn."
―Bocas'eca to Kyle Katarn


Kashi was a planet in the Kashi system, rimward of Corva Sector, and apparently near Belderone Sector.

The Kashi Mer Dynasty, an isolationist Human civilization located in the Phellem Sector, reached its height in 29,000 BBY as the culture discovered ways in which to control and manipulate "the Breath," also known as the Force. The mystic Force organization that manipulated the Force was known as the Guardians of the Breath.

The culture was wiped out when the primary star supporting the planet Kashi went supernova in 25,000 BBY, and the entire system was destroyed. Prior to this, the Kashi Mer talisman was stolen from the planet, and the supernova occurred shortly after the thief, Reda Jalooz returned to the planet seeking forgiveness. The Orixon Nebula's black halo is the remnant of the planet.

The monarchy was guarded by the Royale Macheteros.


Morichro was a powerful, but potentially dangerous technique of the Force.

Similar to a Force trance, Morichro suspended biological functions, including breathing and heart rate.

A trained Morichro user could turn the technique upon himself, surviving without food, water, or even air for periods of over a year at a time, though it would not protect against vacuum.

But unlike a Force trance, it could also be turned on others, making it an effective way of subduing enemies.

However, failure to monitor a targeted opponent could render them permanently unconcious or cause them to die of dehydration or starvation.

Despite its deadly potential, Morichro was not practiced by those who used the dark side, as it required a mastery of a less malicious use of the Force than most darksiders traditionally employed.

"A Force technique, it is. The body functions of targets, it rapidly slows. Most effective for subduing opponents this is. Yet dangerous, too. Constantly monitored, a target must be. Fail to reverse the process should the Jedi, indefinite the unconsciousness can be.

Die of dehydration or starvation, can an untended target. Realized this, the ancient Jedi did. Much research into history have I done. Known to use this technique dark side Force-users are not. Not malevolent is Morichro. To master Morichro, less malevolent uses of the Force must a student master first."

The Kashi Mer talisman

The Kashi Mer talisman was a Force artifact from the ancient Kashi Mer monarchy.

It was used by Arden Lyn, the consort of Xendor, to preserve her body for thousands of years before she was restored. It was later sought after by the Dark Jedi Durrei, in competition with the Rebel Alliance.

The talisman was a prism-shaped piece of gray rock, measuring approximately 20 by 10 centimeters.

The artifact was endowed with dark side powers and radiated an aura of evil. The rock was cool to the touch, and conveyed a sense of power to its holder, endowing them with the knowledge of the relic's full potential. This was believed to be the ability to tap directly into the dark side.

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"I knew this relic was important."
―New Republic officer Naren Bluuis

The Unifying Force

The concept of the Unifying Force found less supporters within the Jedi Order than the Living Force.

The concept of the Unifying Force was that the Force is a single entity and has neither a light nor the dark side. The Unifying Force was viewed as a deity that neither had sides nor chose them, treating all being equally.

Followers of the Unifying Force always kept their eyes for future possibilities. In the end, in resulted in them trying to fulfill a destiny rather than focusing on here and now, as the Living Force supporter would do.

Visions of the future were of particular significance to Unifying Force supporters, such as Yoda, who was one of the most adamant proponents of this belief.

Many other Jedi were followers of the Unifying Force, and focused on the flow of time as a whole, ignoring primary use of the Living Force.

Voices for the latter espoused a philosophy of "live for the moment" and heavily relied on their instincts. This viewpoint might have allowed the Jedi Order to stave off the conflict that gave rise to the Galactic Empire, as its members lost themselves in looking forward rather than analyzing the unfolding events before them.

Ironically for those Jedi, Emperor Palpatine, also known as Darth Sidious, also supported this belief. He claimed that there was only one Force: the only difference worthy of note was that the Sith saw the Force as a means to an end while the Jedi saw it as an end in itself.

This view was also supported by Vergere, who taught Jacen Solo that there was no light side or dark side of the Force—only the Unifying Force. Vergere also told Solo, "the Force was everything, and everything was the Force"; that the Force did not have sides and never took sides.

"The reality is that there is only the Force. It is above such petty concepts as positive and negative, black and white, good and evil."
―Darth Sidious

The Living Force

"It's an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us, penetrates us, and binds the galaxy together."
―Obi-Wan Kenobi —

The Living Force was a view on the Force, accepted by the majority of Jedi throughout ages.

The Living Force was thought to be present in most living beings, surrounding and penetrating them, thus making all living things connected by it.

The Jedi believing in Living Force relied on their instincts and were attuned to other living being around them. They were mindful of the future and the possible consequences of their actions, but remained focused on the present.

The Living Force was viewed as having both the Light and the Dark side.

The Jedi always had to be mindful of their actions to avoid the temptations of the Dark side.

Through following the Living Force, several Jedi were able to retain their identities after their physical death, becoming one with the Force and able to manifest themselves as Force ghosts.

History of the Jedi, lesson 2 PowerFromWithin

Proponents of the Living Force view, such as Qui-Gon Jinn, espoused a philosophy of "living in the moment," relied heavily on their instincts and concentrated more on sensitivity to living things, rather than fulfilling destiny.

"The ways of the Living Force are beyond our understanding... But fear not. You are in the hands of something much greater and much better than you can imagine."
―Qui-Gon Jinn

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