Rey stands on the steps of ancient history.

Rey stands on the steps of historic historical past.
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Order 66 might have massacred a lot of the Jedi, however it wasn’t simply those that survived Palpatine’s purge. The Jedi existed for eons earlier than the twilight of the Republic, constructing grand temples of their Order teeming with information and perception that outlived a lot of the Sith’s wrath, offering hope to new generations of Pressure customers.

Throughout movies, comics, and books because the rebooted Star Wars canon started, we’ve seen two generations of Skywalkers head out into the galaxy in the hunt for the legacy the Jedi left behind, earlier than their hubris laid them low. Each Luke, eager to learn more about his coaching with Obi-Wan and Yoda, and Rey, discovering her own path within the Skywalker identify, have been among the most distinguished excavators of Jedi information—however they’re not the one ones.

Listed here are among the locations and relics of the Jedi’s highest highs that we’ve seen survive past the Rise of the Empire and, in some instances, even additional past its personal fall.


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Lothal

Hidden away from Lothalite civilization due to its underground passages, the Lothal temple uncovered by Kanan and Ezra in Star Wars Rebels was initially constructed because of the planet’s necessary vergence within the Pressure, a potent nexus of Pressure energies related to the planet’s hyperlinks to the World Between Worlds. You’d suppose such significance would imply Palpatine’s Pressure-hungry hoarding of any artifacts and ruins he might get his arms would have introduced him to this one sooner, however it seems pure rock formations are the Empire’s greatest blindspot, apparently.

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Picture: Jesús Saiz, Arif Prianto, Rochelle Rosenberg, and Clayton Cowles, Lucasfilm/Marvel Comics

Tempes

Not too long ago displayed within the ongoing Marvel Star Wars comedian, Tempes was residence to a Jedi temple relationship again to the fabled “Excessive Republic” interval that was, not less than in response to the upcoming transmedia occasion collection, the height of the Jedi’s idealistic powers as a power for good, serving to the nascent Republic defend and increase its borders because it ventured into the Outer Rim.

Whereas the Tempes temple was nonetheless principally standing—and housed a number of Jedi texts and artifacts, together with not less than one functioning lightsaber—the temple wasn’t essentially “unknown” to the Empire. Sooner or later Darth Vader himself had found its location, utilizing it as a entice to lure Pressure-sensitives in with the assistance of a rather haunting gatekeeper.

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Jocasta Nu’s Archive

Constructed by surviving Jedi Librarian Jocasta Nu on an unknown planet together with her assistant, Gar, the Archive was primarily a smaller recreation of what Nu had again on the Jedi temple on Coruscant. The placement housed holocrons and datalogs of Jedi texts and historical past. Though believed misplaced with each Nu’s loss of life and Gar’s personal detonation of the cave construction it was housed in, its ruins and secrets and techniques had been ultimately found by Luke as he explored the galaxy searching for fonts of Jedi information to gasoline his personal era of scholars…

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Elphrona

… a incontrovertible fact that Luke introduced as much as a younger Ben Solo whereas exploring one other Jedi facility on the planet of Elphrona, alongside Lor San Tekka. Described extra as an outpost relatively than particularly a temple, the Elphrona website housed archives much like the one saved by Nu, in addition to Jedi weaponry like lightsaber rifles. Though identified to Luke and Lor, the outpost additionally grew to become identified to the Darkish Aspect within the type of the Knights of Ren, who dueled Luke there.

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Ilum

Finally carved out by the Empire and First Order alike to first energy the Demise Star superlaser after which finally home the entirety of Starkiller Base, it’s onerous to say that Ilum was significantly saved “hidden” after the Purge. However even because the Empire (because the Jedi did earlier than them) sought its huge reserve of Kyber crystals, the previous failed to actually uncover the depths of the Jedi temple there, primarily utilizing it as a spot for younger Jedi padawans to learn to forge their very first lightsabers.

We’d—emphasis on the may—even get to go to it once more very quickly, if hypothesis in regards to the Mandalorian season two trailer seems to be correct.

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Temple of the Kyber

This one isn’t a lot a Jedi temple as a lot as it’s a Jedi-adjacent holy place for believers of the Pressure. Though Jedha was thought of a possible candidate for the Order’s first official temple because of the planet’s pure Kyber sources, the Pressure-sensitives drawn to it past the Jedi usual the temple and cities constructed there right into a polytheist haven for everybody from Jedi to the mysterious Guardians of the Whills. Though it nonetheless stood lengthy after the Empire had turned out practitioners and mined Jedha for its Kyber troves, its destiny as one of many earliest take a look at websites for the Demise Star superlaser rendered it to history.

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Eedit Temple

One other temple constructed on a Pressure vergence like Lothal’s, this facility on the planet Devaron was rediscovered by Luke when he sought out to coach his personal Jedi talents after the Battle of Yavin, and once more as soon as the Empire fell at Endor. By the point of his visits, nevertheless, the Eedit temple had fallen into disrepair; it was already barely manned by the point of the Clone Wars, and years earlier the Empire had bombarded most of its constructions.

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Ashas Ree’s Temple of the Pressure

We don’t know a lot in regards to the Jedi facility on Ashas Ree—briefly visited in Star Wars Resistance—apart from its outdoors superstructures had been cannibalized right into a buying and selling outpost by locals. Simply what remained there by the point of the New Republic/First Order chilly conflict is unknown. Nonetheless, we do understand it was constructed over the ruins of an older Sith facility to fight the Darkish Aspect energies hidden even deeper throughout the planet.

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The Nice Library of Ossus

One of many earliest and most significant Jedi areas nonetheless left…principally standing, Ossus’ services had been believed to be destroyed eons earlier than the Clone Wars and the lack of the Jedi’s predominant services pushed its existence additional into obscurity. That didn’t cease Luke from with the ability to uncover its subterranean archives, although, discovering a number of basic Jedi texts in its hidden vaults—together with the Rammahgon, a ebook of teachings exploring the basic nature of the cosmic Force.

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Ahch-To

Then, in fact, we come to the large one: discovered by Luke after swiping a wayfinder compass from the Emperor’s personal hidden caches of Jedi and Sith relics on the planet Pillio, Ahch-To was the fabled residence of the very first Jedi temple. Not solely did Luke discover the earliest origins of the Order because the galaxy would understand it for 1000’s of years, he helped flesh out its significance by including his personal assortment of texts and relics discovered from many years of exploration alongside the way in which. He saved them on the coronary heart of Temple Island in a Force-sensitive Uneti tree earlier than forcing himself into exile there.


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