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"This Jedi ferrets out deceit and injustice, bringing it to light."
Dorak[src]

A Jedi Sentinel was the name given to one of the four distinct schools of thought of Jedi that sought a balance between two of the other branches, the Consulars and the Guardians. While they possessed considerable combat skills and had somewhat extensive knowledge of the Force, Sentinels blended both schools of teaching and amplified them with a series of non-Force skills, such as in the fields of security, computers, stealth techniques, demolitions, repair or medicine. These skills tended to take the forefront in their middle-road approach to problems; while a Guardian might bash down a locked door and a Consular simply knock, a Sentinel would instead use equipment available or ingenuity to pick the lock. While the role of the Sentinels within the Jedi Order had remained largely consistent throughout its history, the branch of study was first documented by the Sentinel Jedi recruiter Morrit Ch'gally in the text, The Jedi Path: A Manual for Students of the Force.

OverviewEdit

HistoryEdit

Within the Jedi Order, the spirit of the Jedi Sentinel had always existed, with many Guardians, Consulars, building a strong connection to the galactic public whom the Order professed to protect. These Jedi were more service-oriented, seeking out cities rather then temples; crowds over solitude. Jedi Knights pursued the Sentinel field of study as a specialization of their specific discipline, in the same way that a Consular might become a healer, or a Guardian might aspire to be a Peacekeeper.[3]

While it was unclear when the Sentinels became their own unique discipline, rather then a specialization within another school of thought, some historians described Master Morrit Ch'gally as the founder of the practical discipline. Ch'gally served as a member of the Army of Light and a Jedi recruiter with the Acquisition Division, and he believed that the differences between his line of though and the Guardians, Consulars, and Seekers, was distinct enough to warrant its own branch of study. Driven by Ch'gally's vision, Sentinels flourished in the post-war era that followed the Ruusan Reformations and spread out into the galaxy, where they became some of the Order's most recognizable members. Many served as freelance law enforcers, and were respected as Jedi that could be approached with any problem. When the Galactic Empire came to power at the end of the Clone Wars, the Sentinels suffered less then the other Jedi in service to the Order due to their avoidance of temples and their proclivity for working in city environments. However, those who did not die during the execution of Order 66 were ruthlessly hunted by the Inquisitors of the Empire. Because of the local populace's familiarity with them, the Sentinels were easily and eagerly turned over by opportunists seeking to gain credibility with the new Empire. While many died died during the Great Jedi Purge, others fled into the depths of the cities they served, becoming vigilantes in the night, working under anonymity.[3]

PhilosophyEdit

While studying all of the traditional techniques and abilities that made the Jedi who they were, the Sentinels of the Order found their isolation in the Jedi Temple to be a hindrance if they were expected to be able to work with the civilians of the galaxy. While adherents to the Force and all that it could do, Sentinels were not blinded by faith and realized that the mystical energy field did have its limitations. Typically opting for missions requiring them to stay in a single place for long periods of time, the Sentinels would take on assignments not suited to the other Jedi branches.[1]

The rarely-lit lightsabers of the Sentinels usually produced a yellow blade. Few in numbers, Sentinels had no superior titles such as Sage or Warrior Masters of the other two branches. Instead, they focused on the variety of different techniques needed to be successful as a Sentinel. Known for practicing more specialized Force-techniques, a form of Force Immunity was favored amongst those in this class. Crossing Force-based training with increased mental conditioning, this ability allowed them to better withstand outside mental influences, including Force-based attacks.[1] The most notable Jedi Sentinel serving the Galactic Republic during the Jedi Civil War was Bastila Shan, who, while still a Padawan, mastered the ancient and difficult art of Battle meditation, using it to great effect during the defeat, capture, and redemption of the fallen Jedi Revan.[4]

During the Great Galactic War, the Cold War and the Galactic War, Sentinel was used to refer to Jedi Knights who specialized in wielding dual lightsabers and using the Jar'Kai variant of Shii-Cho, Ataru and Juyo.

Though many of the other Jedi classes were hunted to extinction during the Great Jedi Purge, Darth Sidious personally suspected that many of the survivors were Sentinels due to their tendency to serve on distant worlds.Their teachings and ideals of this branch lived on in a recovered version of The Jedi Path. While the New Jedi Order did not initially reinstate the title, their roles were filled by the new Jedi filling out the Order. Grand Master Luke Skywalker considered Masters Kam Solusar and Kyle Katarn to be prime examples of what that role signified.[1] As of 137 ABY, when the Third Jedi Purge was in still in effect, the Order had begun to use the title, though many were slaughtered during the reign of Darth Krayt. The Sentinels who did survive felt personally responsible for failing to see the resurrection of the Sith scourge and began to hunt down members of the One Sith in hopes of rebuilding the galaxy and the Order.[5]

Specialized pathsEdit

Sentinels focused on a variety of fields, some with honorifics in the Order, others with skills taken up by professionals in the rest of civilization. Applying their abilities to the art of the slicer, technician, spy, and security experts, the Sentinels also take on very specific titles in the Order.[1]

Jedi ArtisanEdit

Cerean Jedi Sentinel FDCR

A Cerean Jedi artisan

Trying to understand creativity as a central aspect of the will of the Force, the craft pursued by Jedi artisans typically manifested in the construction of lightsabers and holocrons. Having an intrinsic skill with tools and machines, artisans joined their connection to the Force with their mechanical skill to guide their use of tools to create truly artistic and unique objects.[6]

Jedi InvestigatorEdit

Working as specialized trackers and even spies, the Jedi Investigators worked closely with law enforcement to track down criminals and discover the truth behind crimes. Going undercover for long stretches of time, investigators should not be confused with their Shadow cousins, as the role of an investigator focuses mainly on crime as opposed to Dark Side Adepts.[1]

Jedi RecruiterEdit

Working as members of the Acquisition Division of the Order, the Jedi recruiters honed the talents learned from Jedi Investigators to track down and identify Force-sensitives to assess whether they belonged in the Jedi Order. Republic law required all newborns undergo testing, with potential candidates' names being recorded in the Division's prized Kyber memory crystal. After the child had aged a few months, the Order would dispatch a recruiter to test the child and see if they met the qualifications to begin training on the Jedi Path.[1]

Jedi ShadowEdit

A highly respected and secretive group of Jedi, the Shadows went farther than the Investigators in their hunt for the truth. Working closely with the Council of First Knowledge, the Shadows seek and destroy all traces of the Dark side of the Force, and its adepts. While not always present at the Temple, the Shadows were based in the Temple Precinct and reported back as frequently as their mission allowed.[1]

Jedi Temple GuardEdit

Anonymous sentinels who served as security force and reported to Jedi Master Cin Drallig, who headed the Temple's security detail. They wore formal robes and identity-concealing masks, the ultimate expression of emotional detachment required in service to a higher calling. Temple Guards carried imposing lightsaber pikes—thick, double-bladed weapons that produced a rare and distinctive yellow blade.

Jedi WatchmanEdit

The Jedi Watchmen were a group of individuals who chose to work alone in the oversight of peace on a single planet or system. Focusing on bettering society and protecting the rights of a system for years at a time, they became a vital liaison between the planetary government and the Jedi High Council.[1]

Additional specializationEdit

Many Jedi Sentinels resided at the Jedi Temple, using their skills where needed and providing assistance to local law enforcement. The Technical division of the Order was staffed by tech experts who specialized in the maintenance of droids and other mechanicals, a skill rare among the generally anti-droid members of the Order. Developing a special technique known as mechu-deru, many were able to see the intuitiveness behind the complex structures that droids were comprised of.[1]

Security experts and slicers also maintained their skills at the Temple by running through practice courses devised to test their abilities and the skills of their trade. Without the Force to assist them, these two skills were largely developed through unassisted training and the gift of years of hard work. The quartermaster of the Jedi Temple worked to ensure that all Jedi equipment had been updated and that the storehouse at the Temple was always stocked with the latest technology.[1]

Behind the scenesEdit

The use of the term Jedi Sentinel, first introduced in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic as one of the Jedi starting classes, was solely created for the game, and has only recently appeared in the pen and paper Saga Edition of the Star Wars Roleplaying Game as a Talent Tree for the Jedi class. This class is mostly signified by its use of yellow lightsaber blades. In Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords, the prestige class that corresponds to Jedi Sentinel is Jedi Watchman. The dark side counterpart is Sith assassin; it should be noted that Jedi Watchman also appears in other canon works, such as the Tales of the Jedi comics and others. The class presumably became canon in the Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic comic series along with Jedi Guardian and Consular.

In the Star Wars Miniatures set Champions of the Force the Jedi Sentinel class is represented by Visas Marr. Although she was the Sith apprentice to Darth Nihilus, she was still of the Sentinel class and later redeemed, becoming an apprentice to Meetra Surik.

In Star Wars Galaxies, there are two hidden Jedi Enclaves on Yavin 4, one dark and one light. These could be used by the Jedi of Galaxies as meeting places. Each enclave was guarded by two CL 500 Jedi Sentinels, dark and light, and served as protectors for the meetings should an opposing side try to disrupt them. Since Chapter 7, the Sentinels have been removed and the enclaves serve as sites for those who want to see the ruins of both.

The Jedi Sentinel is an advanced class for the Jedi Knight class in the Star Wars: The Old Republic MMO video game.[7] This advanced class specializes in the use of dual lightsabers and dealing greater damage in battle.[8] The Imperial counterpart for this archetype is the Sith Marauder.[9]

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