The path of a Jedi during their years as an Initiate and Padawan learner is difficult and demanding to say the least. In Parts I
, and III
of The Jedi Path: Teachings of the Jedi Order
, we've taken you through some of the activities that an Initiate and Padawan may have to partake in to progress through the ranks. After years of endless training and tutoring by senior peers, a Jedi Padawan must pass the Jedi Trials in order to obtain the rank of Jedi Knight. However, the learning does not end there. In The Jedi Path
, a Jedi lore guide written by Daniel Wallace
, we learn from the perspective of Grand Master Fae Coven that there are more Knights than any other rank in the Jedi Order
, and for good reason. Demands for the services of the Jedi are high, as the Order serves to protect all living beings, especially those aligned with the Galactic Republic
. The galaxy is a large place, and crime fills every corner of known space.
In Part IV of the article miniseries based on Daniel Wallace's novel aimed at students of the Jedi and the Force, we look at the different roles of a Jedi Knight. They are no different to that seen in Knights of the Old Republic
, though each role within the rank of Knight is much deeper than how it is depicted in BioWare's
RPG. The Jedi Guardian, Jedi Consular, and Jedi Sentinal are very much in existence in Jedi lore, and we now get to find out their true roles and duties within the Jedi Order. Before we get started though, know that the purpose of this article is to serve as a knowledge base for those who wish to take on the role of a Jedi in The Old Republic
. Your roleplaying endeavours should be as seamless as a battle droid conveyor belt (when R2 and 3PO aren't getting in the way of things), and if this miniseries helps you do just that, we can yell out in our best Borat impersonation voice, "Success!"
Do you ever wonder how it is that the Jedi are so ruthless and precise with their strikes, parries, and blows whilst using the unforgiving lightsaber? Not only do the Jedi have access to the almighty Force to anticipate the attack and defence strategies of their foes, but they also have access to the knowledge contained within the forms of lightsaber combat which have been studies for centuries. In Part III of this article miniseries
based on the book The Jedi Path
, we take you through the lightsaber forms used by both the Jedi and the Sith, as well as touching on sense abilities. We will then conclude the Padawan chapter of the book written for students of the Jedi by taking you through the Jedi Trials – the tests that determine whether a Padawan can be deemed ready for Knighthood within the Jedi Order
For those of you still getting familiar with Jedi lore, there are six forms of lightsaber combat, each with their own style. Form I, also known as the Determination Form or Way of the Sarlacc, is the first style of lightsaber combat taught to the Jedi Initiates and Padawan learners of the Jedi Order. As previously stated in Part I
of The Jedi Path: Teachings of the Jedi Order
, Form I aims at the major strike zones of the body, consisting of the right and left sides of the body, as well as the head and legs. Disarming or temporarily incapacitating an enemy is the main aim of Form I. It is when we move onto Form II, also known as Makashi, and the Contention Form or Way of the Ysalamiri, that we begin to move onto the more stylised forms of lightsaber combat. Makashi was predominantly used for lightsaber-on-lightsaber combat. It is the most elegant of the six forms, using light and precise strikes at its opponents. The stance of Makashi consists of having one foot in front of the other in a line, moving forward and back upon this line. Disarming strikes with spins and twirls of the lightsaber are the more natural movements of this form.
Welcome to the second edition of The Jedi Path: Teachings of the Jedi Order
. In this article mini-series, we leech onto the knowledge and lore contained with Daniel Wallace's
book, The Jedi Path
. In Part I
, we focused briefly on the Jedi Code, but we went into detail with some of the lore surrounding the teachings and day-to-day activities of a Jedi Initiate. In Part II, we take you through the lessons and requirements of a Jedi taken as a Padawan by a Jedi Knight or Jedi Master. The path is difficult, and it requires much patience. However, a successful apprenticeship will eventually take a Jedi Padawan to the Jedi Trials where the title of Jedi Knight could be granted. Let's not get ahead of ourselves though. Let's take a look at what being a Jedi Padawan is all about.
Most Jedi Initiates will be deemed ready for an apprenticeship at around the humanoid age of twelve to fourteen standard years. After passing the Initiate Trials which was outlined in Part I of the miniseries, Jedi Initiates can increase their chances of being chosen by a Jedi Knight or Jedi Master for an apprenticeship by participating in the Apprentice Tournament. The tournament consists of lightsaber contests which are viewed by the Knights and Masters of the Order
as they scope out potential Padawan learners. At times, the tournament consists of free-for-all contests, as well as battles in a zero-g chamber.
Jedi Recruiter Morrit Ch-Gally informs the students of the Jedi – the targeted audience for the book – that the most significant aspect of a Jedi Padawan's newly acquired status is the Padawan braid. The braid consists of a strand of hair behind either the left or right ear, which may one day be removed once a Jedi reaches Knighthood. Not all species have hair, however, much like the Togruta
. Other options are available to Padawans, such as woven beads or braids behind the ears, wrist, neck, or horn.
The bond between soul mates can be everlasting -- through sickness and through health, through life and death. The understanding, love and loyalty which forms through such bonds is said to be eternal. Only the harshest and most extreme circumstances, though rare, could ever destroy the attachment. In the world of Star Wars, we have seen bonds form and break. Some have rekindled and others were considered truly lost. The bond between the Jedi Exile and Kreia in the Knights of the Old Republic II, created through the force, came to a dark and epic end. Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi were separated due to Anakin's misguided thoughts and his undeniable love for Padmé. On the contrary, we have the bond between Obi-Wan Kenobi and Qui-Gon Jinn. It was not resentment or betrayal that separated the two; it was the swift blow of death that ended the living bond between Padawan and Master. Qui-Gon Jinn's life was prematurely taken from him by Darth Maul in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. Though Qui-Gon's life faltered, memories of what the two men shared lived on through the Force and in Obi-Wan Kenobi. It is those kind of memories that make the experiences shared between a Padawan and Master unforgettable. In The Old Republic, players will have the opportunity play either role. Padawan or Master? The choice is yours. This article will highlight the ways and experiences of a Jedi Padawan and Master, from the point of promotion from a Jedi Initiate, to the tests of the Jedi Trials.
Before the days of BioWare and The Old Republic, lightsaber blade colours were few. Standard colours consisted of blue and green for the so-called good guys, and red for those who require anger management.
In some parts of the Expanded Universe, particularly Knights of the Old Republic, lightsaber blade colours became relative to a Jedi's class. Blue was the colour used by Jedi Guardians whose sole focus was lightsaber combat. Yellow was the colour of the Jedi Sentinel which was seen as a balanced class. And lastly, Green was the colour of the Force-using Jedi Consulars who were masters of Force powers.
The colours could have been seen to ring somewhat true if compared to the films. Yoda is a master of all things Jedi, but arguably, he was predominantly a Force user, and his lightsaber was green. Obi-Wan and Anakin, on the other hand, relied on their skill with a lightsaber, and their sabers were blue. Vader, red. Simple.
Then came The Old Republic. Now, there are almost endless colours and shades, some of which I wish my poor, poor eyes were never exposed to.
The colour of the a lightsaber blade is dependent on the crystal used in the construction of the lightsaber, but some colours might have meaning to particular characters.
For today's Friday Focus, let us know what your lightsaber blade's colour is, and why you chose that colour.
have compiled and posted an impressive infographic detailing gameplay statistics from The Old Republic.
Over 57 million characters have been created thus far, with 17 million of those being Jedi. The Jedi Order may have filled its quota, don't you think?
1.7 billion characters have been killed in PvP, and over 4 billion non-player characters have been slain by both Force-wielders and non-Force users. That's a lot of funerals.
In total, players logged a whopping 635 million hours of gameplay.
For today's Friday Focus, let us know where you fit into all these statistics. How many (and of what class) characters do you have? Do you know how many NPCs and players you've killed? And since launch, how many hours of gameplay have you logged so far? Let us know in the comments below! We'd love to see the comparison of everyone's statistics.
For the full infographic from BioWare, check out the image below.
Standing at 5' 10, in middle-age and on the underdeveloped side for a Jedi, Alen Stanic is not immediately impressive. His robes are simple and his lightsaber unadorned and basic. But there's a measured, careful pace to his movements that suggest both thought and training, and a lightsaber scar across the left side of his face speaks of battle experience.
It is face to face that one begins to notice things. The wide smile that suggests he's happy to see you. The soft tone of voice that rarely rises, even when in difficulty. The thoughtful look that tells you he's carefully considering every word you say. And in battle, the hard, blank look of concentration that tells you no matter who you are, he's taking you deadly seriously.
But those who are sensitive to the Force get the full picture. There is power in the man, though mostly kept passive and dormant. A ferocious level of self-control and a projection of calm on his surroundings, so pronounced that inexperienced users of the Dark Side might find themselves genuinely uncomfortable in his presence.
Jevvica was born to a modest farming family on Uphrades almost eight years before the signing of the Treaty of Coruscant. She had red hair, brilliant green eyes, and a sea of freckles over her cheeks. She was an energetic toddler, always finding her way into more mischief than she could work her way out of.
It was as a toddler that Jevvica's affinity with The Force was discovered. Her parents made the infinitely difficult but necessary decision to send her to the Jedi Order for training. There she began to learn about the Light Side of The Force. She also was taught discipline and patience and studied math, science, and literature.
Jevvica resided in the Jedi Temple and was preparing to celebrate the eighth anniversary of her birth when the Sith struck Coruscant. The Jedi did their best to corral and guard the younglings, but Jevvica found herself separated from the group and from the protection it offered. A particularly vile, noxious, horrifying Sith Pure-blood found her and chose to spare her life, claiming her as a prize as the Sith departed.
Jevvica knew this Sith Lord only as Master. She tormented the child, performing unspeakable acts upon her. These memories remain repressed within Jevvica to this day. After a couple years of inflicting punishment so severe upon Jevvica that she wished she were dead, Master suddenly died of a still undetermined cause. With Master's death, Jevvica became the property of her most powerful apprentice, a sadistic Rattataki Sorceror named Teving.
Enara was born to a prominent political family on Coruscant where she grew up with her twin brother Aedan in a rather conservative yet nurturing household. She was taught from a young age the importance of family and the belief that nothing in the universe would ever come before those of her own blood. Nevertheless at the age of ten, Enara and her brother caught the attention of a Jedi diplomat that came to see her father to discuss certain political matters. At first her father flatly refused to allow his children to be taken to the academy to be trained as Jedi, however, after the Jedi questioned his loyalty to the Republic and implied certain other things that Enara failed to understand at the time he relented, but only on the terms that he would take only Enara as his only son had to carry on the family name. Enara was distraught by the decision, to be separated from her family and more importantly her twin was almost more than the young girl could bear. At the academy she was taught the importance of removing prior and potential attachments, and while outwardly she appeared to follow this advice she never forgot what she was taught, family above all.
At the academy she excelled at her studies and her highly developed analytical skills as well as persistent curiosity of the philosophical side of the force was praised, yet her impatience and wilful nature made the council question her future. Coming of age she was taken as a padawan by the very Master that had first found her upon Coruscant. Their relationship was complicated at best, yet overtime Enara grew to respect him and despite their often opposing views on matters they managed to be an effective team, appearing to balance out one another’s weaknesses. While she accompanied her Master on various diplomatic missions she had the opportunity to meet and spend time with her family, a fact to which her Master turned a blind eye to.
My story begins above the endless ocean waves of Rentor. More specifically atop one of the many glaciers that slowly traverse these freezing, dark fathoms. The city built upon this particular block of ancient ice was named Trell and dubbed the seat of my family - the Isarthi. While relatively small, we had found some prestige with our blood breeding many a fine scientists who all could tie us in with families such as the Sabosen and the Nuruodo. Or so was the plan. Everyone who got into service of the ruling families seldom came back to give us a piece of their glory. Why would they? In comparison, the Isarthi is such a small and insignificant house. And how would we ever become anything else when all we had were a number of floating glaciers on an otherwise quite worthless planet? And all those who could have made us something decided to go for warmer hearths. But I can’t really blame them. After all it was the exact same thing I wished to do when I grew up. Though things did not pan out exactly the way I thought.
Like was expected I was an exemplary child and a disciplined, studious youth. Science was my call already from young age and I dreamt of becoming involved with the military, not as a soldier but because it was the easiest way to be able to study all the strange things that existed outside the safe borders of the Ascendancy. See it first-hand. Now that we had this new alliance with an alien power, the need to gather intelligence of things before left alone grew. And I would grow up with both the right qualifications and the right amount of curiosity for such things to be admitted to further studies at one of the academies of Sposia. I had my path set, partially by myself and partially by the Ascendancy’s intentions when it came to the use of my talents. Sapientology, xenolinguistics, xenoethnology, xenobiology – all the things needed to give me the tools to try and understand the aliens we’d now, whether wanted or not, would have to deal with.