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The Jedi Order, later known as Old Jedi Order and referred to as the Holy Order of the Jedi Knights, was an ancient monastic peacekeeping organization unified by its belief and a observance of the Force, specifically of the Light Side. A noble Order of protectors noted for the Lightsabers and ability to access into the power of the Force, the Jedi served as the guardians of peace and justice within an Old Republic for more than a thousand generations, becoming perhaps the most well known of the various groups that relied upon the Force for their power. Led by the series of Jedi Councils, the Order grew over the millennia despite facing many trials, some of which were engineered by those who would follow the Dark Side. At the site of multiple Jedi Temples, hundreds upon thousands of knights studied, trained and lived within the walls of the temples, which additionally housed the Jedi archives and by extension the Order's accumulated knowledge. The training of Jedi was one of the most important traditions in the history of the Jedi Order, with Padawans learning the ways of the Force and Jedi Code from the more experienced Jedi who held the rank of Knight or Master. Over millennia, the Jedi Order had fought against the Dark Side affiliated Sith, another ancient monastic order, but one whose members harnessed their power of Dark Side of the Force, until their dark Sith Order was all but destroyed due to internal fighting.

Unknown to all Jedi at the time of the final years of the Galactic Republic, the Sith Order did survive and were governed by the Rule of Two, conspired to gain absolute power over the galaxy by overthrowing both the Jedi and the Republic. Thereafter, the Jedi served, strictly, as peacekeepers by maintaining law and order during a thousand years of peace under the rule of the Galactic Senate.During its last years, the Republic was met with political instability and social unrest, resulting in a secessionist crisis that ultimately led to the formation of the Separatist Alliance. In lacking the sufficient manpower needed to protect the galaxy, the Jedi became Commanders and Generals in the newly-formed Grand Army of the Republic. For roughly three years the Jedi led armies of clones in a conflict known as the Clone Wars, engaging the Confederacy's battle droid forces. Though the Jedi fought to preserve the Republic, the government that they served had been secretly taken over by Darth Sidious, the Dark Lord of the Sith who rose to power under the guise of Sheev Palpatine, the last Supreme Chancellor of the Republic. The chancellor's machinations culminated in the execution of Order 66, a secret protocol that turned the Jedi's clone soldiers against them, leading to an all but total extermination of the Jedi Order.

With the Jedi eliminated, Sidious supplanted a thousand years of democracy with a new government known as the Galactic Empire. In addition, Sidious succeeded in turning Anakin Skywalker, the prophesied Chosen One whom the Jedi believed would bring balance to the Force by destroying the Sith, to the Dark Side and anointed him Darth Vader. As a Sith-Lord, the former Jedi Knight served the self-proclaimed Galactic Emperor by hunting down the few surviving Jedi who dispersed into hiding across the galaxy. In spite of the Sith's efforts, however, the Jedi continued to endure. Within a generation of the Empire's rise to power, Luke Skywalker—the son of Vader was trained in the Jedi arts by Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda, both of whom survived the initial purge of the Order. Redeemed by his son's love, Anakin returned to the light and fulfilled his destiny as the Chosen One, destroying both himself and his Sith Master during the Battle of Endor. By the end of the Galactic Civil War, Luke emerged as the last of the Jedi, a status he attempted to change by training a new generation of Jedi that he would call for a time the New Jedi Order.

Members of the Order

Jedi Leadership

==== Jedi Grand Master ==== master yoda Grand Master was a title used in both the Old Jedi Orders to describe the recognized head of the Order. While separate from the title Master of the Order, which was used to describe the elected leader of the Jedi High Council, the positions were often filled by the same person. The Grand Master oversaw the High Council, a body of several Jedi Masters that oversaw and governed the activities of the Jedi Order. The function was fulfilled by the oldest and wisest living Jedi Master. The office of Grand Master was distinct from that of Master of the Order, the holder of which led the Jedi Order as a whole. The title of Grand Master had existed within the Jedi Order for much of its history, representing the elected head of the entire Order.

==== Master of the Order ====mace windu Master of the Order was a title used to denote the elected leader of the Jedi High Council during the last decades of the Galactic Republic. Even though the title was separate from the title of Grand Master, the positions were oftentimes granted to the same individual. Master of the Order was a title which had existed within the Jedi Orderfor much of its history, representing the elected head of the Jedi High Council. Appointment this position was reserved to the High Council's sitting members, with a unanimous vote needed to name a new leader. While not always the case, the Jedi Grand Master was frequently named leader of the High Council.

Standard Hierarchy

Jedi Master

The rank of Jedi Master was a title reserved for those who had shown exceptional devotion and skill as well as balance in the Force and often combat, only individuals who had been given the rank of Master could sit on the Jedi High Council. The most common path to this rank was to train several Padawans as a Knight, typically one right after the other, and have them all successfully pass their trials. If one did not wish to train several students, a Knight could choose to undergo a modified version of the Trials of Knighthood, or gain attention for their service to the Republic. Each of these feats could gain the High Council's acknowledgment and result in a promotion to the rank of Master.

Jedi Knight

Jedi Knight referred to a member of the Jedi Order, who had completed their training as a student in the  academy, in addition to one-on-one training as a Padawan and the completion of the trials. As a Knight and a full member of the Order, these individuals received assignments from the Jedi Councils and strove to find peace, and maintain order within the Galactic Republic. Making up the majority of the Order's members, the public was familiar with this title more than any other, and, thus, many addressed any Jedi as "Knight". Knights, like the Order they served, were guardians of peace and justice in the Galactic Republic, and served in key military command roles during times of extreme crisis.

Jedi Padawan

Padawan, or Jedi Apprentice, referred to a Force-Sensitive adolescent who had begun one-on-one instruction with a Jedi Knight or Master outside the academy. Having passed the Initiate Trials and ascended in rank from an Initiate, Padawans were given more responsibilities within the Jedi Order but were subject to the demands of their masters. Apprentices would often go on missions with their masters as part of this one-on-one training. Jedi were only allowed to have one Padawan as an apprentice at a time. Most Padawans were known to grow or wear Padawan braids to symbolize their rank. After one would complete the trials, a Padawan would be promoted to the rank of Jedi Knight.

Jedi Initiate

Younglings, also known as Jedi Initiates, were children recruited by the Jedi Order from various species across the galaxy. At an early age they began their initial lessons in the Jedi arts at the Jedi Temple Temple, although their training also extended to the planet Ilum where Initiates were required to undergo a sacred rite of passage where the they would clam their kyber crystal to use in their Lightsaber. In order to qualify for the rank of Padawan, Initiates had to complete a series of trials in order to become apprenticed to more experienced  Jedi such as Knights and Masters. Before the time came for a Initiate to advance to a higher degree of education, the Grand Master would serve as an instructor in the ways of the Force. clan

Specialized Ranks

Jedi Guardian

Jedi Guardian otherwise known as a Warrior Master was the name given to one of the several distinct branches of Jedi. The Jedi Guardians' skills and talents lay in battle, a Lights Side mirror of a Sith Warrior. Concentrating on martial training and combat, Guardians engaged in combat more than either of the other classes of Jedi. Focusing all their time and effort of honing their martial skills, Jedi Knights who chose to pursue the role of Guardian often wielded Lightsabers which projected a blue light, symbolizing solidarity and uniformity among this class, though it is not a requirement. These Warriors were highly necessary in the galaxy during the Republic's early years of instability and strife, thrusting them into the role as defenders.

Jedi Consular

Jedi Consular was the title of one of several distinct schools of thought which a member of the Order could decide to study under following their ascension to the rank of Jedi Knight, What other Jedi achieved through combat, Consulars achieved with words or nonviolent use of the Force. Concentrating on mental refinement through study and meditation, Consulars sought to perfect the art of diplomacy and mediation, hoping to calm a tense situation or mend hurt feelings through civil discourse, reasoning, and parley, rather than drawing their Lightsabers and cutting down an attacker. Though they tried to refrain from using them, Consulars were sensible and carried a Lightsaber, which most often generated a green glow to symbolize a commitment to peace.

Jedi Sentinels

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Jedi Healers

Military Ranks

Jedi General

Jedi General was a military rank used by members of the Jedi Order while commanding the forces of the Grand Army of the Republic. Jedi who had attained the ranks of Jedi Knight and Jedi Master served as Generals within the Republic war effort during the Clone Wars. The earliest Generals fought in the wars against Mandalorian Neo-Crusaders, with an end result being the fall of a great many Jedi to the Dark Side and the formation of a Sith Empire. Some Jedi refused to accept their new military status and left the Order, while others still chose to work undercover rather than on the battlefield.

Jedi Commander

Jedi Commander was a military rank held by Jedi Padawans who took leadership positions within the Grand Army of the Republic during the Clone Wars. Each Commander served under the command of a Jedi General, who held the rank of Jedi Knight or Jedi Master within the Jedi Order, and was also the Padawan's master. During the Clone Wars, several Commanders achieved notoriety for their bravery and courage. Others, however, fell victim to the persuasion of the Dark Side of the Force and left the Order or were otherwise stripped of their rank and cast out off the path of a Jedi.

== Jedi Councils == Jedi high council A Jedi Council was an organized body of Jedi, typically Masters, serving the Jedi Order as an administrative body that governed the Order's academies, temples, and organizations. From the Jedi Order's founding, a council of Masters governed its members. As the earliest High Council ruled for the next several centuries alone on Coruscant, three other Councils were convened to oversee more specific parts of the Order. The Councils of First Knowledge, Reassignment, and Reconciliation each dealt with aspects too specific for the High Council to run properly on top of the broad scope of other things it oversaw. All of the Coruscant Councils appointed their own members through unanimous vote, and each had a designated leader.

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The Jedi High Council, simply referred to as the Jedi Council, was the primary governing body of the Jedi Order, and was comprised of twelve Jedi Masters who discussed and contemplated all aspects of the Order. Though the Council possessed the autonomy to govern the affairs of the Jedi without interference from the political establishment, the Order's allegiance was to the Galactic Senate, the primary government of the Galactic Republic. Prior to the rise of the Galactic Empire, the Jedi served as guardians of the Republic for over a thousand years with the Council dealing directly with the office of the Senate's elected leader, the Supreme Chancellor. Though nearly all the members in history were Masters, there were a few exceptions to this rule, such as Anakin Skywalker, whom was the first and last Jedi to be appointed to the Council by the Supreme Chancellor. As the governing body of the entire Jedi Order, the High Council's decision was final and to be respected by all Jedi. 

Reconciliation Council

The Council of Reconciliation, sometimes referred to as the Reconciliation Council, was one of the four Jedi Councils of the Jedi Order in operation during the rule of the Galactic Republic. The Council of Reconciliation met in the Tower of Reconciliation located southeast of the Temple Spire atop the Jedi Temple. The Council of Reconciliation was made up of Master tasked with negotiating with political factions both inside and outside of the Galactic Senate. Meeting in the circular Council Chamber at the Jedi Temple, membership on the Council was granted through appointment after a vote of all members. Due to the nature of the Council's dealings, variety in membership was needed, so that different Masters could lend their knowledge and expertise to a specific situation. Members of the Council often serve on one of the other Councils simultaneously, or have retired from the High Council and retained their membership.

Reassignment Council

The Council of Reassignment, sometimes referred to as the Reassignment Council was one of the four Jedi Councils of the Jedi Order in operation during the rule of the Galactic Republic. The Reassignment Council met in the Reassignment Council Tower located northeast of the Temple Spire atop the Jedi Temple. The Council of Reassignment was made up of Jedi Masters tasked with organizing and leading apprentices who had not been chosen to become apprentices. If an Initiate failed to pass the Initiate Trials or the Force did not wish them to continue down the path of a Jedi Knight, the Council would step in and assign them to a different place. Membership in the Corps was often viewed as a sign of weakness or failure, but the Council would state that the work of those reassigned aided galactic society just as a Knight would, however through use of other skills than wielding a Lightsaber.

Council of First Knowledge

The Council of First Knowledge was one of the four Jedi Councils of the Jedi Order in operation during the rule of the Galactic Republic. The Council of First Knowledge met in the Tower of First Knowledge atop the northwest tower of the Jedi Temple on Coruscant. The Council of First Knowledge was made up of Masters selected to oversee the Jedi academy and the proliferation of knowledge and its storage in the Temple Archives. Additionally, the Council personally accepted the responsibility of eradicating any trace of Sith teachings and their artifacts throughout the galaxy. Meeting in the circular Council Chamber at the Jedi Temple, membership on the Council was granted through appointment after a vote of all members. Members of the Council often served on one of the other Councils simultaneously, or had retired from the High Council and retained their membership.

Jedi Organizations

Temple Security Force

This Temple Security Force was the Security Police for the Jedi Temple and the areas surrounding it at Coruscant. The group was most notably active during the times of the Old Republic and its name was traditionally and generally applied to the non-Force-Sensitive soldiers and police officers, Temple Security also included the Jedi Temple Guards that were stationed on Coruscant. The Temple Security Force, specifically those who were not Force-Sensitive, protected the Jedi Temple as well as providing police services for their citizens living in an surrounding areas. They'd fought alongside with the Jedi Order in defending their Jedi Temple during several conflicts including the invasion of Jedi Temple at the end of the Clone Wars in which many lost their lives. At the height of the Clone Wars, their Security Force was under command of chief of temple security Cin Drallig. At the end of this war, the Republic's Supreme Chancellor Palpatine issued Order 66 ordering the Grand Army of the Republic to invade the Temple and kill its occupants. Remaining loyal to the Jedi, the non-Force-users and Jedi alike fought against the 501st Legion during the attack on the Jedi Temple until their numbers almost completely diminished. During the days of an Galactic Empire, those who survived Order 66, which instructed all Jedi and associates to be killed, joined Rebel Alliance and continued the duties by aiding Jedi to escape from the purge.

Jedi Temple Guard

Jedi Temple Guards were members of the Jedi who were dedicated to protecting temples affiliated with the Jedi Order. The role of the Temple Guard was an ancient, honored heritage within the hallowed halls of their Jedi Temple, serving as part of their Jedi Temple's security force while reporting to the head of Jedi Temple's security detail. Founded in ancient times, the Jedi Temple Guard was gathered at the time of the construction of the Jedi Temple on Coruscant, tasked with securing the temple security and ensuring the continuation of the Jedi Order. Temple Guards were anonymous sentinels plucked from the ranks of the Jedi as part of a Knight's ongoing commitment to the Jedi Order. Their Jedi Temple Guard would disappear inside a formal robes and identity-concealing masks, the ultimate expression of emotional detachment required in service to the higher calling. Temple Guards carried imposing Lightsaber pikes, double-bladed weapons that produced a rare and distinctive yellow color. During the Clone Wars, this Guard would be used during the trial of Ahsoka Tano, the protests against the Jedi Temple, and their capture of Barriss Offee. When Order 66 was issued by a Sith-Lord Darth Sidious, the Temple Guard stood in defense of the Jedi Temple, but despite the efforts of the the Masters, Knights and even the Jedi Temple Guard fell to the hands of the newly appointed Sith Darth Vader and his 501st Clone Troopers.   

Jedi Service Corps

The Jedi Service Corps was a organization within the Jedi Order formed by and under the jurisdiction of the Council of Reassignment. The organization was formed as an alternative to serving in the more traditional capacity of Jedi Knights. Because it was run by their Jedi Order, all of the members of their Jedi Service Corps were all considered to be an Jedi, though many members had failed to pass their Initiate Trials and therefore could not proceed in training at the Academy. The Jedi Service Corps was considered a honorable alternative to serving in military or their mainstream Order following the defeat of the Dark Lords of the Sith. Organized under the Reassignment Council, the Service Corps was made up of a total of four branches: their Agricultural Corps, their Medical Corps, the Educational Corps, and the Exploration Corps. Membership in each was voluntary and many ranking members of the Order joined, but if an Initiate had failed the Trials, the Council took care of assigning them based off different skills and requirements. Serving the Galactic Republic in the different ways than the Knight would, the Service Corps members were no less important in their Jedi Order and helped countless star systems throughout its history. Following centuries of involvement in galactic affairs, a Service Corps was disbanded when an Supreme Chancellor, in truth Sith Lord Darth Sidious ordered that the Grand Army slaughter all Jedi.

Agricultural Corps

The Jedi Agricultural Corps, also known as AgriCorps was one of their four branches in Jedi Service Corps in the Jedi Order. This organization was formed so that those Jedi Initiates who failed to pass their Trials could use their connection to the Force for the betterment of galactic society. Members in Jedi Agricultural Corps focused on their Living Force and cultivating skills that aided in plant growth such as a consitor sato. While many Jedi Order members that did serve in the AgriCorps at some point in their service to the Order, the majority of this branch was made up of lifetime members. Their AgriCorps had a branch of its own working within it consisting of geologists who'd learn secrets hidden in alien soil. The Agricorps worked to provide the healthy crops to those under-privileged star systems suffering from natural disasters or blight, their AgriCorps also attracted Jedi who wished to take a more hands on approach to helping the common people of the galaxy. Research labs within the Jedi Temple provided great amounts of research to be filed into the Archives and served as a resevoir for information collected from all over the Galactic Republic. An small percentage of these students ended up not becoming Padawans later in life, then another percent ended up preferring agriculture over sword fighting.

Exploration Corps

The Jedi Exploration Corps, also known as ExplorCorps, was a archaeological and a research branch of Jedi Service Corps maintained by their Jedi Order and overseen by their Jedi Council for Reassignment. Originally founded to survey and chart the myriad stars and planets throughout the galaxy, their ExplorCorps was made up of seekers who used their skills in navigation, surveying, and survival to this goal. The Jedi Exploration Corps was founded early on during the Jedi Order's affiliation with the Republic, organized into a research and archaeological division of the Jedi Service Corps, the ExplorCorps was instrumental in the discovery of many of the galaxy's ancient, forgotten secrets as well as the mapping of several of the galaxy's hyperspace routes. While officially members of their Jedi Order, ExplorCorps members existed outside of the normal class and rank structure that the Order was attempting to establish early on. Made up of the small fleet of survey vessels, the seekers of ExplorCorps set out to map the galaxy, having a history of uncovering civilizations and locating new ones. After Order 66, ExplorCorps was dissolved and its members were executed, or went into hiding.

Educational Corps

The Educational Corps, also known as EduCorps, was an branch of Jedi Service Corps that was made up of teachers, scholars, and archivists. Made up of ranking and non-ranking members of their Jedi Order. Their Jedi Educational Corps had instructed a recruit in their ways of imparting knowledge, taught them not only to be effective instructors but also to show the patience and the compassion for the pupils. Above all, they did need to understand that one could not always rely on the Force to reach one's goal. The idea of forcing somebody to learn something through the Force did violate the basic doctrines of the Jedi Order. This Educational Corps provided instruction to the disadvantaged on countless worlds throughout the galaxy. Armed with the philosophy that knowledge of the universe and those who dwell in it increases an understanding of life in the galaxy, these EduCorps scholars did strive to learn all they could within the first few years of membership to prepare themselves to teach that knowledge to their future students. After the execution of Order 66 and the rise of the Galactic Empire, an Jedi EduCorps was dissolved and all its members were executed, or went into hiding.

Medical Corps

The Jedi Medical Corps, also known as MedCorps, was one of the four branches of the Jedi Service Corps of the Jedi Order. Serving in the Jedi Temple, the MedCorps maintained an infirmary there which rivaled the finest medical institutes in the galaxy. Membership at the MedCorps included those Jedi who didn't pass the Trials given to Initiates and were no longer eligible to walk the path of the Knight. Serving mainly as medical technicians or assistants to healers that roamed the halls, these individuals were often deployed onto the battlefield during conflicts within the Galactic Republic to serve as triage surgeons. Within the Jedi Order existed a group called the circle of Jedi healers, an organization of healers that operated since before the fall of a Old Galactic Republic, and this circle filled many roles, such as the organization of the Medical Corps branch of Service Corps. Membership within the circle was not restricted to Masters as Knights could be inducted into their ranks. Based on Coruscant deep within their Jedi Temple's halls, the circle consisted of some of their Order's best healers, reporting directly to the Council of Reassignment. Following the execution of a Sith plot to destroy the Jedi Order with the execution of Order 66 and the rise of a newly formed Sith controlled Galactic Empire, MedCorps was dissolved and all members were executed, or went into hiding following this mass murder of many within the Order.






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