FATE OF THE JEDI
The Jedi Order
“For over a thousand generations, the Jedi Knights were the guardians of peace and justice in the Old Republic.”
CURRENT ISSUE: Jedi are to Remain Neutral in Galactic Politics
FACE: Grand Master Veshraan
ASPECT: Ambassadors of Peace
A Jedi was a member of the Jedi Order, who studied, served and used the mystical energies of the Force; usually, the light side of the Force. The weapon of the Jedi was the lightsaber, a weapon with a blade made of pure energy. The Jedi fought for peace and justice in the Galactic Republic, usually against their mortal enemies, the Sith and Dark Jedi, who studied the dark side of the Force.
Through intricate planning and dazzling adaptability, one Sith Master (Senator Palpatine of Naboo) rose to the office of Supreme Chancellor of the Galactic Republic, engineered the Clone Wars, and undermined the Jedi until he could, in one swift, masterful stroke, destroy the Jedi Order and enslave the galaxy beneath his banner as Emperor of the new Galactic Empire. Yet, even this catastrophe failed to eradicate the Jedi completely, and, within a generation, they had returned to once again protect and nurture the galaxy with their wisdom and guidance.
After the death of the Emperor, Luke Skywalker concluded that he must train a New Jedi Order if the galaxy was ever to be free from the tyranny of Palpatine’s Empire. But he couldn’t do it alone. And more importantly he needed training facilities. Once the project was sanctioned by Chief of State Mon Mothma, Luke Skywalker asked Leia Organa Solo to come up with a location to set up the academy. Mon Mothma suggested Yavin 4 to Leia who in turn recommended it to Luke. Luke agreed that Yavin 4 was the perfect location. He decided to set it up in the Great Temple that housed the earlier Alliance base from whence he had destroyed the first Death Star.
For decades he trained new generations of Jedi as the Grandmaster of the New Order. However, their numbers were few. Force users were rare to begin with and finding them among the teaming trillions of the galaxy proved a daunting task. To aid in the search for new Jedi and to prevent all of the Jedi from being located in a single place Skywalker began establishing academies on other planets throughout the galaxy. Most notably on Coruscant, Dantooine and Ossus.
The Jedi formed a Council as a governing body made up of a dozen of the most respected Jedi Masters who in turn elected a Grandmaster to speak for them all. Luke Skywalker eventually passed away after serving as the Grandmaster for over 50 years.
After the war with the Empire ended The Jedi worked to remain neutral politically and saw merit in offering their services as diplomatic envoys. In time all the powers in the galaxy came to recognize this and accepted them as impartial arbitrators. Even the Hutts and the overly bureaucratic Corporate Sector Authority has relied on Jedi wisdom to negotiate treaties from time to time or to hunt down a dangerous criminal. However, The Empire is least likely to rely on Jedi in any capacity. Imperial policies are firmly against the use of the Force and they do not often allow Jedi to cross their borders. When they were allowed to act in Imperial space Jedi were heavily monitored by the Imperial Security Bureau. The Chiss Ascendancy is even more reluctant and does not allow Jedi to enter their space at all. The New Republic is the most cooperative and Jedi are largely free to act within its regions.
IMPENDING ISSUE: The Isolationists versus the Seekers
FACE: Master Tosh Diath
ASPECT: A House Divided
Since Grand Master Skywalker’s death the Jedi Council has become more and more conservative and isolationist. The Jedi had nearly been destroyed because they had involved themselves in galactic politics and embroiled themselves in the Clone Wars. The newly appointed Grand Master Veshraan came to believe that the best way to ensure the survival of the Jedi Order was to withdraw from the galactic stage and not get involved in politics. This Isolationist position has sparked a divide among the Order as many on the Mid and Outer Rims feel that they must rely on the Living Force and act when faced with tyranny of any kind. To them the highest calling of a Jedi is to seek Justice and protect the weak from the excesses of the strong. They soon became known as “Seekers”. The Jedi Council, whose seat of power is now located on Coruscant, continues to try to reign in the actions of the Jedi Seekers and the debate rages on within the ranks of the Jedi Order. Jedi Master Tosh Diath is the highest ranking Jedi Seeker and is an outspoken member of the Jedi Council.