- "Have we landed on Weird World?"
- ―Siri Tachi
Kegan was a planet located in the Outer Rim Territories. The planet was run by the Benevolent Guides, who isolated the planet from the rest of the galaxy after having visions of the destruction of Kegan.
- "There is but one city on Kegan, and we are all its keepers."
Kegan's surface consisted of mainly rugged countryside, as well as plateaus. It was used mostly for food and animal cultivation. There was only one city on Kegan, which was divided into circles for each area of work. The Circles were large domed structures connected to each other by unpaved roads and located in a ring around the Gathering Circle, where meetings were held. Kegan did not have a currency, but relied on a barter system.
- Gathering Circle
- Dwelling Circle
- Living Circle
- Garden Circle
- Study Circle
- Communication Circle
- Tech Circle
- Animal Circle
- Medical Circle
- Advising Circle
- "We see evil cloaking our planet like a black cloud. [...] We see the Jedi surrounded by darkness. [...] The darkness comes from within them and then spreads to engulf them. Perhaps our destruction will come from an explosive device sent to destroy an entire planet without a shiver. [...] We see masked soldiers. We do not know who they are, or what they want. Only that they are evil. They will bring fear and suffering."
- ―O-Vieve and V-Tan
Originally known as Karsabeth, the planet was absorbed into Xim's empire as he expanded his borders from the Kingdom of Cron. After the fall of the empire in 25,100 BBY, it would eventually join the Galactic Republic.
From approximately 74 BBY to 44 BBY, Kegan isolated itself in accordance with the visions and dreams of V-Tan and O-Vieve, who foresaw the coming of the Galactic Empire. In their zeal to protect their homeworld from the Empire, these Benevolent Guides created a new government system made to protect the people from this threat. However, measures intended for good taken by the government caused just as much suffering as it was intended to avoid. New systems were put in place on Kegan such as universal surveillance which caused the government to become repressive. All the citizens of Kegan had a vote in government issues, however V-Tan and O-Vieve decided what they should vote on, creating only the illusion of democracy.
Under the rule of the Benevolent Guides, all Keganite children were forced to add a "V-" (for males) or "O-" (for females) before their names. Also, the Keganite children were sent away to be raised in schools. Here, they were taught and instructed to the point of brainwashing to be extremely xenophobic, through lessons that misrepresented the galaxy as much more dangerous and malignant than it actually was.
The rule of the Guides was ended in 44 BBY by the Jedi Qui-Gon Jinn, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Adi Gallia, and Siri Tachi. They exposed the cruelty brought about by the Guides' rules of isolation, including the suffering caused by diseases which the galactic community had learned the cure for during Kegan's self-imposed quarantine. When Tachi, V-Davi, and Kenobi escaped the Re-Learning Circle, the anti-isolationist movement used it to cause a public uproar that disposed of Benevolent Guides and chose to send an envoy to the Republic.
Behind the scenesEdit
Jedi Apprentice: The Fight for Truth implied that Kegan may have been used as a test run or a campaign for the Death Star. When V-Tan and O-Vieve saw the coming of the Galactic Empire in a vision, they believed they saw their destruction come from an "explosive device powerful enough to destroy a whole planet."
- Jedi Apprentice: The Fight for Truth (First appearance)
- Power of the Jedi Sourcebook
- The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia
- The Essential Atlas
- The Essential Reader's Companion