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History of the Jedi Order

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    History of the Jedi Order

    History of the Jedi Order

    The Old Jedi Order was an ancient and noble monastic peacekeeping organization unified by its belief and observance of the Force. Throughout the Galaxy the Jedi were the most famous of the various organizations that relied on the Force for their power. Wielders of a mystical energy and the vibrant signature lightsaber, the Jedi Knights were revered as august guardians. Ideal brokers of peace, Jedi took swift, decisive action, possessed a calming demeanor, and were equal parts thinker and warrior; they were the epitome of serene power, wisdom, and patience.

    The Jedi Order, with its long, involved history, saw its members come to be the protectors of the Galactic Republic over the millennia in which that democratic union rose to prominence. The sworn enemy of the Sith, the Jedi Order was virtually destroyed by them during the Great Jedi Purge, but rebuilt as the New Jedi Order during the New Republic Era.

    Initially the Jedi were a contemplative order, but over time they began to take a more direct and active role in galactic affairs. The Jedi followed the "light" side of the Force, using their power for unselfish and beneficial acts. In the ensuing millennia, the history of the Jedi was intertwined with both the Republic they served and the Sith they fought.

    The Jedi eventually formed a central political entity called the Jedi Council. The High Council was a gathering of great minds that acted as a governing body for the Order, as well as an advisory board for the Old Republic Senate. The Jedi Council could only have 12 members at a time.
    Among other tasks, the Jedi eventually became responsible for law enforcement and peacekeeping in the Galactic Republic. Many Jedi held different opinions on peacekeeping; whilst some favored diplomacy at all costs, others advocated a more direct approach, such as issuing "aggressive negotiations," with the majority striking a balance between the two extremes.

    The Jedi Council of 4,000 BBY refused to enter the Mandalorian Warsuntil they felt the "threat had been assessed", taking a more passive stance on the issue. Later, perhaps due to the Order's near extinction as a result of that decision, the Jedi that rebuilt took a slightly more aggressive stance, culminating in the New Sith Wars, where they actively ruled the Republic as a quasi-military dictatorship. During the Clone Wars, in the twilight years of the Galactic Republic, the Jedi acted as Generals, soldiers and military advisors in the conflict.

    The Great Jedi Purge and the Galactic Civil War

    At the onset of the Great Jedi Purge, the Jedi were almost completely wiped out by the clone troopers they had been commanding in the Clone Wars on the side of the Republic. This order had been issued by the newly risen Emperor Palpatine (AKA Darth Sidious). Darth Vader (formerly Anakin Skywalker) then carried out the Purge hunting down and killing the remaining Jedi with help from other Imperial agents. Obi-Wan Kenobi (Anakin's own teacher), and Yoda were among the few survivors. Other survivors of the initial Purge include Empatojayos Brand, Ferus Olin, the Dark Woman, Echuu Shen-Jon, and Vima-Da-Boda. A limited number of Jedi other than Skywalker were turned to the Dark Side and became servants of the Emperor (such as Jerec and the Inquisitors Tremayne and Malorum).

    This Purge had two initial parts. One, Order 66, was a subliminal message sent to clone troopers across the galaxy, first by Chancellor-turned-Emperor Palpatine, and then by clone commanders, that told the clone troopers to betray their Jedi leaders and kill them. The other part was Operation: Knight Fall, carried out by Darth Vader and the 501st Legion, was a surprise attack on the Jedi Temple. Gatemaster Jurokk was the first to fall, as the clones stormed the Jedi Temple and killed all that they found. The Holocaust was explained by saying that the Jedi pursued their vendetta against the Republic and kill all Senate members, and Mace Windu disfigured Palpatine's face. Windu did disfigure his face, but there was no vendetta until after the order.

    After that, Vader recruited Inquisitors and Executors, Dark Jedi hunters, from former Jedi, the Agricultural Corps, Dark Jedi, and random people strong in the Force. They hunted down and kill all the Jedi they could find. Bounty hunters played a part, and crimelords such as Jabba the Hutt even ordered some Jedi dead.

    Obi-Wan had the task to watch Luke Skywalker, Anakin's son, as he grew and teach him about the Force in order to keep the tradition alive and, perhaps, to restore the Order. Luke would become Yoda's last student, and he would come to play a pivotal role in the history of the Order.

    The Galactic Civil War was a major galactic conflict fought between the oppressive Galactic Empire and the Alliance to Restore the Republic, a rebel faction dedicated to the revival of the Galactic Republic the Empire supplanted.

    The conflict traced its origins back to dissent in the Galactic Senate during the Clone Wars against the nearly authoritarian power of Supreme Chancellor Palpatine. Armed conflict did not commence, however, until a few years after the Declaration of a New Order and the Great Jedi Purge, when Rebel and Imperial forces clashed for the first time. The war raged on for decades, with the Rebel Alliance steadily growing in power and influence and the Empire struggling to suppress its attacks.

    The decisive blow came at the Battle of Endor, when the Rebel fleet faced that of the Empire and secured victory. From there, the Empire began a slow decline, and was gradually reduced to the Imperial Remnant, a fragment of its formerly grand self. The war finally ended in 19 ABY when the remnants of the Empire signed a peace accord, though it would continue to be fully autonomous until it was absorbed into the Galactic Alliance.

    Thanks to Wookiepedia for all links and associated information.
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    History of the Jedi Order, Part II

    The Return of the Jedi - A New Generation

    After the Galactic Civil War, in which Luke Skywalker with his newly discovered Jedi abilities helped the Rebellion overthrow the Galactic Empire, Luke set out to reestablish the Jedi order by training a new generation of Jedi Knights. Because the Emperor wished to completely destroy the order, almost all of the information on the Jedi was destroyed. Only a few histories remained, and they were propaganda pieces used to paint the Jedi in an unfavorable light. Almost all of the material on instructing Jedi was eliminated except for a few documents on how to turn potential Jedi to the dark side of the Force.

    Due to Luke's lack of knowledge with the old ways of the Jedi Order, the new generation of Jedi were very unorthodox. He established an academy for teaching many students the way of the Jedi that was very different from the "one student, one master" way used by the old order. The Praxeum was established in the old temples on Yavin 4 that the Rebels once used as a base until the Battle of Yavin. He allowed his students to have personal possessions and had no rule against a Jedi having emotional attachments to friends and family, which the old order had forbade. Students were also taken in at a much older age than previously. Most members were already well in to adulthood before they began training.

    This new order grew slowly but steadily. Some Jedi from the first class Luke taught—such as Kyp Durron—became Jedi Masters. The Order eventually become large enough that Luke Skywalker considered reinstating the Jedi Council. During this period, the Solo children along with several other Force-sensitive individuals including Tahiri Veila, Uldir Lochett, Lowbacca, Tenel Ka, Raynar Thul and Zekk would join the Praxeum, thus enlarging the Order.

    Yuuzhan Vong War

    Suddenly, in 25 ABY, an extragalactic Force-absent alien species, the Yuuzhan Vong, declared war on the galaxy. Many Jedi died fighting this new threat, but the order did survive the war and continued to grow in strength. One of the Jedi casualties of this war was Anakin Solo, the youngest son of Han Solo and Leia Organa-Solo. Before his death, many felt that Anakin would eventually become one of the greatest Jedi of his generation and that he would eventually take Luke's place. Since Anakin's death, Luke Skywalker's son, Ben Skywalker, has been presumed to have the most force potential of any living being.

    After the war with the Yuuzhan Vong was over, Luke realized that the order would have to further adapt in order to survive. His experiences had led him to believe that the Force was not rigidly divided into a light and dark side. Strong emotions, including anger, were not intrinsically evil; instead, the intentions of the Force user mattered most. Luke came to believe that nearly everyone, regardless of their heritage, had some ability to touch and use the Force. He also felt that individual Jedi (and other Force users) would need to discover their own paths: some could be called to contemplative life while others would feel a need to take a more active role in galactic affairs. Because the Jedi had no single goal, he felt the Jedi order as a whole should remain carefully aloof in its allegiance to the Galactic Alliance or any succeeding government. In 29 ABY, a new Jedi Praxeumwas established on Ossus by Luke Skywalker and Kam Solusar.

    History yet to be made....

    The New Empire
    At some point, following the Second Corellian Insurrection, a divisions began to appear within the Jedi Order. Some Jedi left the order and became Imperial Knights. A Jedi offshoot loyal to Emperor of the new Empire. But the Jedi Order saw them as Gray Jedi, as they swore loyalty to the Emperor above all else, including their devotion to the will of the Force.
    By around 130 ABY, the Sith Order had returned to prominence. As a result of their manipulation the Sith-Imperial War began, and the Galactic Alliance fell apart, only surviving in the Galactic Alliance Core Forces. While widespread and numerous, Sith attacks on the Jedi Academy at Ossus and Temple at Coruscant caused the Jedi Order to fall into disarray, relatively unorganized.
    Cade Skywalkerwas one such Jedi during this era.

    Timeline of major events in Jedi history

    25,000 BBY — The Old Jedi Order is founded.
    (24,500 – 24,400 BBY) — The Great Schism
    7,000 BBY — Hundred-Year Darkness
    5,000 BBY — The Great Hyperspace War
    (4,015 – 3,951 BBY) — Old Sith Wars
    (2,000 – 1,000 BBY) — New Sith Wars
    1,000 BBY — Ruusan Reformation strips the Jedi of their military titles.
    32 BBY — The Sith resurface
    (22 – 19 BBY) — Clone Wars are fought, and many Jedi die or turn to the dark side.
    19 BBY — the beginning of the Great Jedi Purge
    19 BBY — the Sith gain control of the galaxy by the establishment of Palpatine's Galactic Empire as the result of many years of scheming by Palpatine, also known as Darth Sidious.
    4 ABY — Luke Skywalker becomes the first of the new Jedi and manages to return his father Anakin Skywalker, known as the Sith Lord Darth Vader, to the light side. Anakin's last deed as a Jedi is to destroy Darth Sidious.
    11 ABY — Luke builds his Jedi Praxeum on Yavin 4.
    (25 – 30 ABY) — Yuuzhan Vong War.
    c. 130 ABY — Sith return to prominence

    Thanks to Wookiepedia for all links and associated information.
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