|Force Storm, Part 1|
Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi 1: Force Storm, Part 1 was the first issue in the Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi comic book series. It was set in the earliest days of the Jedi Order, beginning in 36,463 BBY, in a time before the polarization of the light and dark sides of the Force. This issue was released on February 15, 2012. It is currently the earliest setting in any Star Wars media.
On the planet Tython, in the center of the galaxy, an order of warrior monks strives to maintain peace and to balance the mysterious power known as the Force. But a stranger is coming—one who will destroy both peace and balance, and open the galaxy to exploration and conquest. This is where it all begins!
The story begins in 36,463 BBY, on the planet of Ando Prime, headquarters to the Dai Bendu, a mysterious cult that worshipped a building-shaped thing they called the Tho Yor. Suddenly, one day the Tho Yor spoke to the cultists, calling them inside and leaving the planet afterwards. Seven other Tho Yor repeated this process on many other planets including Kashyyyk, Dathomir, Manaan and Ryloth, carrying their respective natives to a common place in the center of Galaxy. The eight Tho Yor arrived at a Core planet called Tython, where a ninth larger Tho Yor awaited them. Tython received the Tho Yor with great storms and afterwards, the people left the Tho Yor, which by then had landed in several different places across the planet's surface. There, they discovered a mystical, primal energy they started calling The Force. The many species composing the Tho Yor population become the Tythans, taking residence in the planet and learning how to control the Force.
The Force presented itself with two aspects, which were given Tython's two moons' respective names, the Light Ashla and the Dark Bogan. Whenever these two manifestations fell out of balance with each other, Tython would suffer many natural cataclysms and so the force-using Tythans became the Je'daii, an order to balance the Force, studying both aspects. The non-force-sensitive Tythans were nevertheless constantly in danger by other natural dangers that Tython presented to them and the Je'daii couldn't always protect them. So a little over a thousand years after their first arrival, a second migration occurred where the Tythans who were not affiliated with the Force had to go on and occupy the other planets in the Tython system, forbidden to ever return to the dangerous Tython.
The Je'daii developed and became a prosperous organization however, almost a dozen thousand years after the Second Migration, the non-force using children of the Tythans, returned to Tython to wage war against the Je'daii. They were called the Despot Army, outnumbering the Je'daii, although they were defeated nonetheless, causing heavy casualties to the Je'daii in the process. The story then moves to 12 years later, where the powerful Je'daii Temple Master Ketu is repremending two young students for ignoring the Je'daii Code.
Meanwhile in the prosperous planet of Tatooine, the native Kumumgah had recently been conquered by an alien force-sensitive species called the Rakata, of the enormous Infinite Empire. The Rakata Predor Tul'kar tells his Force Hound, Xesh, to choose one of the native prisoners for execution and Xesh chooses a Kumumgah child. The Rakata soldiers comply with the order and immediatly execute the child. The child's father protests and threatens to avenge him but Tul'kar easily knocks him down with a burst of force lightning.
Afterwards, Tul'kar receives a courier bringing orders from his rival and superior, Predor Skal'nas, ordering him back to Byss. Tul'kar complies with the order but not without killing the courier first, knowing he had been betraying him for Skal'nas. On Byss, the two Predors meet and so do their respective Force Hounds. Skal'nas tells Tul'kar that he needs Xesh's services to help him locate a planet as his own Force Hound, Trill, can't do it herself. Trill, angered by this, promptly attacks Xesh, who defeats her with his bare hands and the use of the Force, even though she attacked him with her forcesaber enacted. Just when Xesh is about to kill Trill, Predor Skal'nas intervenes claiming that he had enough of it, force pushing both of the Hounds, separating them. Xesh then claims he can locate the planet while Predor Tul'kar rushes to proclaim right of Conquest, meaning the planet would be his to do as he likes and Skal'nas accepts it.
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