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"I found it years ago. When I was no older than you are now. I found it in the River of Light on my home planet."
―Qui-Gon Jinn, handing Obi-Wan Kenobi a stone from the River of Light[src]

A terrestrial planet was the homeworld of Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn. Though he left the world as an infant to become a Jedi, he returned to visit it later in life. The planet had liquid surface water and an atmosphere that was suitable for Humans. A type of Force-sensitive stone, one of which Jinn obtained from the River of Light and kept as a memento, was found on the world.

DescriptionEdit

The planet was terrestrial[1] and had a Type I atmosphere[2] that could support Human life. The world had liquid surface water, as exemplified by the River of Light. A type of stone sensitive to the Force was found in the River of Light. It was shiny black in color, with veins of deep red visible when viewed in bright light. The stone was warm to the touch and emitted crystalline glow in the dark.[1]

HistoryEdit

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Qui-Gon Jinn, a native of the planet

In 92 BBY,[3] the Human male Qui-Gon Jinn was born on the planet. Not long after, the Jedi Order discovered Jinn's Force-sensitivity, and he was taken to the Galactic Republic capital of Coruscant to receive Jedi training.[4] Though most Jedi of the era left their old lives completely behind once they were accepted into the Order,[5] Jinn kept some ties with his planet of birth. During a visit there[1] around 79 BBY[6] at age thirteen, he obtained a Force-sensitive stone from the River of Light. Keeping it for over thirty years as a reminder of his homeworld, Jinn, by then a Jedi Master, eventually handed the stone to his apprentice, Obi-Wan Kenobi, when he turned thirteen[1] in 44 BBY.[7] Kenobi in turn gave the stone to his apprentice, Anakin Skywalker, on his thirteenth birthday[8] in 29 BBY.[9] Knowledge of the existence of Force-sensitive river stones survived into the days of the New Jedi Order;[10] following the end of the Yuuzhan Vong War in 29 ABY,[11] Jedi Knight Tam Azur-Jamin mentioned them in his essay Droids, Technology and the Force: A Clash of Phenomena, which discussed the emergence of the Force in inanimate objects and technological devices.[10]

Behind the scenesEdit

Qui-Gon Jinn's homeworld was first mentioned in The Hidden Past, the third installment in the Jedi Apprentice series. Written by Jude Watson and published in 1999, the young reader novel contains the only in-universe reference to the planet in the Star Wars Legends continuity.[1] Jinn's homeworld has since been mentioned in the reference books The New Essential Guide to Characters (2002)[4] and The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia (2008).[12] The planet has not been officially named; both The New Essential Guide to Characters[4] and the 2011 book Star Wars: Mysteries of the Jedi[13] list Jinn's homeworld as "unknown," as did StarWars.com's original Databank encyclopedia.[14]

The 2005 Hyperspace-exclusive article Droids, Technology and the Force: A Clash of Phenomena, written by Abel G. Peña, mentions the Force being found in "lifeless rocks like river stones."[10] In the article endnotes published on his StarWars.com blog, Peña specified that this was meant as a reference to the stones found on Qui-Gon Jinn's homeworld.[15]

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Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Jedi Apprentice: The Hidden Past
  2. 2.0 2.1 Jedi Apprentice: The Hidden Past establishes that the planet is suitable for Humans. In Planets of the Galaxy, Volume One, p. 15, an atmosphere with appropriate levels of oxygen and other gases that Humans can breathe comfortably is labeled as a "Type I" atmosphere.
  3. Jedi vs. Sith: The Essential Guide to the Force, p. xx (Time Line)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 The New Essential Guide to Characters (Qui-Gon Jinn entry)
  5. Jedi vs. Sith: The Essential Guide to the Force, p. 57
  6. Based on Qui-Gon Jinn's birth year of 92 BBY given in Jedi vs. Sith: The Essential Guide to the Force, it can be concluded that he was thirteen around 79 BBY.
  7. According to The Essential Reader's Companion, p. 32, the events of Jedi Apprentice: The Hidden Past take place in 44 BBY.
  8. Jedi Quest: The Way of the Apprentice
  9. According to the Holocron continuity database administrator Leland Chee (StarWarsDotComBlogsLogoStacked "Major Character Birth Years" – Keeper of the Holocron's Blog, Leland Chee's StarWars.com Blog (content now obsolete; backup link on Archive.org)), Anakin Skywalker's birth year is 41.9 BBY; therefore, his thirteenth birthday can be placed at 28.9 BBY.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 HyperspaceIcon "Droids, Technology and the Force: A Clash of Phenomena" on Hyperspace (article) (content removed from StarWars.com and unavailable)
  11. The New Essential Chronology, p. 225 (The Recapture of Coruscant (29 A.B.Y.))
  12. The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, Vol. III, p. 102 ("River of Light")
  13. Star Wars: Mysteries of the Jedi
  14. Databank title Qui-Gon Jinn in the Databank (content now obsolete; backup link)
  15. StarWarsDotComBlogsLogoStacked "Endnotes for Droids and the Force, Part 1" – Only Sith Deal In Absolutes!, Abel G. Peña's StarWars.com Blog (content now obsolete; backup link on Archive.org)

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