- "He was training a new generation of Jedi. One boy, an apprentice turned against him, destroyed it all. Luke felt responsible… He walked away from everything."
- ―Han Solo
The destruction of a new generation of Jedi, trained by Jedi Master Luke Skywalker, occurred during the Cold war. It was carried out by Kylo Ren, Skywalker's nephew and one of his apprentices, whose actions left Skywalker's attempt to rebuild the Jedi Order in tatters. Skywalker, the last Jedi, went into exile for years before he was found again by a young Force-sensitive named Rey.
- "The Force runs strong in your family. Pass on what you have learned."
- ―Jedi Master Yoda, to Luke Skywalker
At the end of the Clone Wars between the Galactic Republic and the Confederacy of Independent Systems, the Sith Lord Darth Sidious—secretly the Republic's Supreme Chancellor Palpatine—took fallen Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker as his apprentice. On his master's command, Skywalker, who was given the name Darth Vader, marched on the Jedi Temple on Coruscant and began the eradication of the Jedi Order, while Sidious executed a command to the clone troopers of the Grand Army of the Republic to kill the Jedi. The Jedi were branded as traitors of the Republic, and, with the Jedi Purge leaving the Jedi unable to stop him, Sidious transformed the Republic into the Galactic Empire, with himself as its sovereign ruler.
Over two decades later, Vader's son, Luke Skywalker, trained as a Jedi. The end of the Galactic Civil War saw the redemption of Anakin Skywalker and the end of the Sith, as Anakin killed the Emperor during the Battle of Endor. Luke was the last known Jedi and, as per the wishes of his late Jedi Master Yoda, he began training a new generation of Jedi. One such Jedi was his nephew, Ben Solo, the son of Skywalker's sister Leia Organa and the smuggler Han Solo. Organa and Solo chose to send their son to Skywalker for training because he struggled with the dark side of the Force, much as his grandfather, Darth Vader, had once done.
The destruction of the Jedi
Despite Skywalker's attempts to help his nephew, Ben Solo fell under the influence of Snoke, the Supreme Leader of the First Order. Ben turned to the dark side and became Kylo Ren, killing all the Jedi that Skywalker had been training. However, Luke managed to survive the purge. This pivotal event earned Kylo the nickname of "Jedi Killer."
- "Do you know what happened to him?"
"There're a lot of rumors. Stories. The people who knew him the best think he went looking for the first Jedi temple."
- ―Finn and Han Solo, about Luke Skywalker's disappearance
The destruction of the Jedi left Skywalker's dream of rebuilding the Jedi Order in ruins. Blaming himself for what had happened, the Jedi Master went into exile and vanished from the galaxy, though those closest to him believed that he went off in search of the first Jedi temple. A partial map to his location was contained in the memory systems of his astromech droid, R2-D2, who had remained in low power mode ever since his master had disappeared. During the conflict between the First Order and General Organa's Resistance, Poe Dameron traveled to the desert planet Jakku and found the remainder of the map to Skywalker's location. The information was given to him by Lor San Tekka, a member of the Church of the Force who believed that balance could not be brought to the Force unless the Jedi Order returned. That information was placed into Dameron's astromech droid, BB-8, and was eventually brought to the Resistance.
After R2-D2 regained power and the two sections of the map were combined, Skywalker's location was discovered. Rey, a young Force-sensitive—one who had seen glimpses of the Jedi massacre's aftermath in a vision—found Skywalker on the planet Ahch-To.
Behind the scenes
The destruction of Luke Skywalker's Jedi was referenced in the 2015 film Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens. Although the event took place in the film's backstory, its aftermath was briefly seen in Rey's vision.
- A Leader Named Leia (Indirect mention only)
- Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens (First mentioned)
- Star Wars: The Force Awakens novelization (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars: The Force Awakens: A Junior Novel (Mentioned only)
- The Force Awakens: Finn's Story (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars: The Force Awakens Graphic Novel Adaptation (Mentioned only)
- The Force Awakens, Part III (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi
- Star Wars: The Force Awakens: The Visual Dictionary
- Star Wars: Galactic Atlas
- Backstories: Star Wars – Princess Leia: Royal Rebel
- Star Wars: The Visual Encyclopedia
- Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know, Updated and Expanded
Notes and references
- ↑ Bloodline
- ↑ According to the novel Bloodline Luke Skywalker's Jedi was still in existence as of 28 ABY, six years before the events of Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens.
- ↑ Before the Awakening
- ↑ Bloodline establishes that Leia Organa had still been in the habit of contacting Ben Solo and Luke Skywalker before the events of the book. Thus, Ben had not turned to the dark side yet.
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 Star Wars: The Force Awakens Ending Details And More Revealed In Official Screenplay
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 6.7 Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 Star Wars: The Force Awakens: The Visual Dictionary
- ↑ Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
- ↑ Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi
- ↑ The Force Awakens: Rey's Story