The Coruscant Jedi Temple was built with to be a meditative retreat and a work of art, yet the builders also kept in mind the functionary needs that would keep it running and well maintained. Running parallel to some halls and chambers, through walls, and under floors, were bare softly lit service corridors used by the Temple employees to move supplies and machinery around the Temple unnoticed.
Built along with the Temple, the service corridors were finished for the most part circa 1,000 BBY with minor expansions later in its history. While primarily used by the Temple's many non-Jedi employees, all Padawans were expected to know the Temple inside and out. Therefore, sometimes young Jedi would slip through the corridors in an attempt to make it on time to a class, or to avoid an instructor in the Temple's main halls.
In 44 BBY, the Temple came under attack from within, beginning with a series of robberies and vandalism within its halls. Padawans Bant Eerin and Obi-Wan Kenobi were walking through the Lake Level while the Temple was on lock-down when a horizontal turbolift car malfunctioned and threatened to plummet several stories down into the lake. Noting that the service turbolift was unresponsive, Kenobi navigated the hidden service staircase up to the tech service level. Walking down a long tunnel of doors, he accessed the one he felt would bring him closest to the turbolift. Walking out amidst the maze of catwalks, Kenobi sliced into the lift tube and assisted Master Ali-Alann and the members of the youngling clan traveling with him out of the car.
From the tech center, Master Qui-Gon Jinn coordinated the search team for the intruder in the Temple. Master Tahl would lead groups of security officers through the tunnels and try and intercept the wayward Padawan Bruck Chun and the Dark Jedi manipulating him, Xanatos. It was then that Padawan Eerin reported that she though the intruders might be using the water service tunnels that ran from the lake, as well as the other places that the attacks had occured, such as the room of a Thousand Fountains. Following this lead, Jinn, Kenobi, and Eerin made their way through the tunnel at the base of the lake and swam into a large open tunnel. Using this as a starting point, the Jedi team made their way down tunnel after tunnel, surveying the landing platforms that ran along its edges for clues to Xanatos' movements. Finally, in the tunnel that serviced the water purification systems, Jinn noticed a door which led to the catwalk servicing the purification tanks. High above the water, the Jedi watched as the water parted to reveal the black-robed Xanatos.After a brief duel, Xanatos flung himself back into the water and disappeared before Temple security arrived. Searching the area, the Jedi found an airspeeder tucked away along a passage that ran to the outside. Security confiscated the speeder and the Jedi continued their search for Xanatos.
Years later, during the Clone Wars, bounty hunter Cad Bane accessed the service walkway hidden in the Temple's enormous architecture. Accessing one of several ray shield protected ventilation shafts, Bane descended down into the Temple Library, assisted by Cato Parasitti in avoiding the security measures in place.
Governor Wilhuff Tarkin brought the young Boba Fett to the Temple, as he was to act as envoy to the Supreme Chancellor and relay very import information he had gathered on Raxus Prime. However, the armored Fett had a secondary agenda, kill Master Mace Windu, the man who killed his father. Leaving his temporary quarters, Fett crept along a service tunnel which led up to the Council Members' living quarters in the High Council Tower. Entering out into the main hall, he opened the door to Windu's quarters and was shocked to see him gone. Angry, Fett leapt out the window and used his jetpack to fly to the Senate Building.
At the end of the Clone Wars, Supreme Chancellor Palpatine was revealed to be the Dark Lord of the Sith Darth Sidious and quickly used his executive authority over the Grand Army of the Republic to lay siege to the Temple. With the majority of the Jedi unaware of Palpatine's duplicity, the Temple was caught off-guard by the assault and most Jedi and Temple staff were killed when Darth Vader attacked. While damaged during the raid, most of the service halls went unscathed in comparison to the primary halls. Fleeing the 501st Legion's wrath, Knight Sha Koon fled through passages taught to her by fellow Knight Jin-Lo Rayce as a Padawan. Not long after, Koon would return to the Temple via these tunnels where she would confront Vader once more, falling victim to his superior skill.
Breaking in through one of the Council Towers ex-Jedi Ferus Olin and his friend, Trever Flume, accessed a debris-strewn service hall once used to transfer droids throughout the complex. Following the tunnel, the pair made their way into what used to be a service turbolift lobby only to find it completely ruined. Exiting the halls they made their way out into the main corridor and eventually down as far as the Storage Level before being forced to flee. A short time later the pair made their way back inside the Temple, this time through a service turbolift erected during the Clone Wars.
The Temple was eventually completely abandoned and was leveled during the tumult of the Yuuzhan Vong War; though some of the tunnels under the Temple survived. When the Galactic Alliance liberated the planet, Chief of State Cal Omas quickly began overseeing the recovery effort. As a sign of appreciation and union between the Alliance and the reformed Jedi Order, Omas commissioned the Reconstruction Authority to rebuild the Temple; using old blueprints, the Temple Ziggurat was restored to pre-Empire specifications with few additions, including a new transparisteel exterior. Along the newly rerouted service tunnels were evacuation routes installed in the case of fire or invasion. Using the Great Jedi Purge as a grim reminder of the dangers facing the Order, extendable platforms were erected at the end of the halls so that fleeing Jedi could cross the great chasms between city blocs.
During the Second Galactic Civil War Grand Master Luke Skywalker questioned the suitability of the Master-Padawan relationship of Jacen Solo and Ben Skywalker and decided to separate them for observation. Keeping young Skywalker at the Temple, the Grand Master hoped to see what Solo had been teaching the boy. Solo was in fact plotting to turn Padawan Skywalker to the dark side and had the Apprentice Seha Dorvald slip a message to the young man after a training bout in the Sparring Arena. Skywalker made his way to a fourth level locker room per instruction and down a laundry chute to the lower levels. Apprentice Dorvald had turned off all security mechanisms and the ride down the chute was easy, ending in a nondescript corridor. Using the hallway, Skywalker accessed a security door which revealed another hall terminating in exterior access. Using the telescoping platform there, Skywalker escaped the Temple undetected.
Several years later the Office of the Chief of State was filled by Natasi Daala, who began a legal campaign against the Order. Following the Mandalorian siege of the Temple, High Council member Octa Ramis led a group of Jedi into the service tunnels in an attempt to find a way out of the Temple. Eventually, deep within the Temple's bowels, Ramis discovered that and unknown outsider was sending in medical supplies on the back of rats capable of entering through tiny crevices.
Layout and useEdit
A complicated labyrinth of halls and tunnels, the service corridors and chambers were designed to be out of sight, out of mind. Confusing to navigate, the halls were tight and undecorated, bare curving walls were illuminated with sparsely positioned blue glowrods. Some halls were used specifically for droid or parts transportation and were connected with the Temple Tech Center. Others serviced the main halls for use by the Temple employees tasked with cleaning and maintaining the Temple. Because the Temple was destroyed and rebuilt several times, the hallways were changed several times to adjust to the reconstruction efforts. Rerouted several times, old halls were filled in or collapsed and were never cleared. A dedicated turbolift ran from the Halls of Healing to the Republic Central Medcenter.
Following the rebuilding of the Temple the evacuation corridors added to the structure led from the center of the building down and out into the traffic lanes that ran through the crevices dividing the city blocs in the Temple Precinct. Blast doors were positioned throughout these halls so that intruders could not enter the Temple from the outside and as they opened Temple Security was notified. On each door a sign read: "EMERGENCY EVACUATION ACCESS. USE ONLY IN TIMES OF EMERGENCY. TEMPLE SECURITY WILL BE ALERTED." Beyond these doors were manually operated telescoping platforms that ran parallel to the Temple's exterior wall. These platforms could be maneuvered up, down, and sideways along the Temple and even extend outward into the traffic lanes.
The laundry systems of the Jedi Temple were designed to bring all dirty articles of clothes down to the main laundry facility underneath the Temple proper. Chutes leading from changing rooms and living areas brought the bagged clothes deep into the complex and deposited them onto the floor of a service corridor. Silver-white droids were tasked with collecting the bags and delivering them to the main laundry facility for cleaning and redistribution. Rumor among the children had it that it was impossible to descend through a chute, though they never claimed to know exactly how this was prevented. In reality, several density sensors were placed in the chute; if something as dense as a living being passed by, waves from a repulsor pad pushed the subject through a concealed door into a holding chamber in the Detention Center.
While the Temple was largely self-sufficient, some things needed to be imported into the complex. Transport shafts from the lower level hangars brought food to the refectories, while other supplies went to the Storage Level. Specialized air-lifts brought the canned food up to the kitchens upon summons from computers stored there. During the Clone Wars a new service turbolift shaft was constructed along the southern wall, leading from the base of the Temple to the dormitories and the hangars in the Tower of Reconciliation.
Aside from the hallways that crisscrossed the Temple, catwalks spanned the ceilings of many of the specialized rooms, such as the Lake Level and the Room of a Thousand Fountains. These catwalks were accessible by disguised service stairs that led into door-filled tunnels. The catwalks were designed to service the lighting banks in the specific rooms, allowing quick access to faulty lights.
The waterways of the Temple were serviced by Coruscant public water. Large pipes ran through the Temple, supplying water into the many reflecting pools, ponds, waterfalls, and fountains. The main water ways were constructed with landing platforms every thousand meters. At the end of the main water passages was the massive purification system; behind the massive doors, water fell over a wall into the purification machines.
- Jedi Apprentice: The Captive Temple
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Holocron Heist"
- Boba Fett: Pursuit
- Star Wars Purge: Seconds to Die
- The Last of the Jedi: Underworld
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ Star Wars: Complete Locations
- ↑ Dark Nest I: The Joiner King
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 The Last of the Jedi: Underworld
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 Allies
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 Star Wars Battlefront: Renegade Squadron
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 Jedi Apprentice: The Captive Temple
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Holocron Heist"
- ↑ Boba Fett: Pursuit
- ↑ Star Wars Purge: Seconds to Die
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 11.2 Exile
- ↑ " The Clone Wars Campaign Guide "