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Why the Jedi Master's Title should be a big deal
On Friday, Sep 28, 2018 in the topic 'swtor'

Big deal

The rank of Jedi Master, it is said in the lore, would only be achieved by very few Jedi per generation. Yet in the movies and even most of the Expanded Universe media, it seems like almost every Jedi will become a master at some point. There are already the exceptions which have not made it to Jedi Masters in their lives, which can arouse special interest, such as Jax Pavan, Jaden Korr, Anakin Skywalker or Kanan Jarrus. The inflationary title of the master is always problematic, even if you have to admit that most Star Wars stories focus on non-average characters who do not belong to the mass of simple Jedi knights. To be clear, limiting the master's title to a small number of Jedi per generation would also mean that there would be hundreds, if not thousands, of Jedi who would never have reached this rank.

The problems with the master's rank and its importance are also due to the fact that the cart was created in different phases and changed several times by official retcons or the interpretation of individual authors. Basically in the 90s, a Jedi master was there to train future Jedi knights. Jedi Master was therefore not just a rank, but a function in the comics and novels of that time. This was also based on George Lucas' original vision for Master Yoda, which he described as a being who trains Jedi Knights without being a Jedi Knight himself. In the 1990s, this idea was adapted and, especially in the Tales of the Jedi / Jedi Chronicles, Jedi masters like a Yoda were created, most of whom even appeared without lightsabers. Vodo Siosk Baas, Thon, and Ooroo followed the idea that a Jedi master doesn't need a lightsaber. Masters like Memit Nadill, Arca Jeth, Odan-Urr and finally Nomi Sunrider, however, already deviated from the Yoda type and were probably based on Obi-Wan Kenobi, to which one could also have assumed until then that Obi-Wan in fact never entered Jedi Master, but only ever been a Jedi Knight. Nadill, Jeth, Odan-Urr and Sunrider turned out to be lightsaber bearers and especially Odan-Urr and Sunrider's careers showed them in the Tales of the Jedi on their way from students to Jedi knights, who eventually even became Jedi masters.

At the same time as theories about the status of Obi-Wan Kenobi's Jedi rank were being launched in the 1990s, however, the theory was also created that Anakin Skywalker might never have made it to the Jedi. As a reminder, there were no prequels in the 90s and everything you knew about Obi-Wan and Anakin had to be taken from episode IV-VI. Accordingly, it was said Obi-Wan had presumed to train a student as a Jedi knight, who then became Darth Vader. Obi-Wan himself called Vader one of his students and pretended in Episode IV that he had murdered Anakin Skywalker. Accordingly, the Lore of the Tales of the Jedi adhered to this requirement and so Freedon Nadd became a former Jedi student who, as was the typical Jedi who became a Sith at the time, had never been promoted to Jedi Knight. Exar Kun then also became a Jedi student who acted in Nadd's tradition and had never officially risen to knight. Exar Kun went even further and mainly recruited former Jedi students for his Sith brotherhood, although some Jedi knights were among them. In any case, Kun put his rebellion under the banner of a "rebellion against the masters".

Jedi masters before the prequels were mainly mentors who, like Vodo Siosk-Baas or Arca Jeth, ran their own academies. When Luke Skywalker overcame the dark side in Dark Empire and more or less declared himself a Jedi Master, his next step was to find Jedi students as well. The founding of the Jedi Academy on Yavin 4 finally confirmed Luke's claim to be a master from now on. After the Jedi Academy trilogy, Luke still took part in a few adventures, but often only because of his role as the Master of the Jedi Order or for personal reasons. The difference to a Jedi knight was that the master pursued his teaching activity and delegated the usual Jedi missions to the knighthood. Management tasks and teaching replaced Jedi missions.

Jedi masters no longer served as fighters, but either led a Jedi academy like Luke or Odan-Urr, Vodo Siosk-Baas and Luke Skywalker, or they acted as highly respected advisers like Memit Nadill and who was called to Onderon as a Jedi guard Arca Jeth. However, the masters were almost always helped by some knights or students. Memit Nadill was able to count on the support of the young Odan-Urr. Arca Jeth trusted in his students Ulic and Cay Qel-Droma, as well as Tott Doneeta. When Arca Jeth was appointed Jedi Guardian by Onderon despite his teaching activities, he first sent his students as a kind of advance command.

The conversion of the cart took place with the prequels, which initially left some things open. Anakin Skywalker remained a Jedi Padawan until Episode II and Obi-Wan Kenobi could only call himself a Jedi Knight until Episode II. At about the same time, the comic Jedi vs. Sith, the story of the New Sith War and the rise of Darth Bane was created. This also shed light on the period of the Jedi princes, a time in which some Jedi masters employed as Jedi guardians had evolved into lords like Lord Hoth or Lord Valenthyne Farfalla. Heads of Jedi academies such as Arca Jeth or Vodo Siosk-Baas would have set up their own armies in these centuries to protect the worlds they protect from attacks by the Sith. The championship title retained its extraordinary significance until then, but the conditions of Jedi training were modified.

Up until episode I it was assumed that a Jedi master (at least in ancient times) was allowed to instruct several students at the same time. In Episode I, it was finally postulated that even Jedi masters like Qui-Gon Jinn were only allowed to instruct one active padawan at a time. However, Masters have been able to teach several padawans one after the other in their lifetime. Yoda in particular, whose life span spanned 900 years, would still have been able to train umpteen Jedi knights in this way. It was only in Episode II that Yoda established as a mentor for the youngsters, who are then assigned to individual masters from the age of 10. But even then, Obi-Wan's training from Anakin still seemed like a one-off. Anakin did not go through basic training in the temple and he learned under a completely inexperienced and just promoted Jedi Knight as a mentor.

It is quite conceivable that padawans can be assigned to a knight in order to acquire certain skills, after all, the same applies to apprenticeships. But in this earthly-real case, a master is responsible for the overall training, even if individual journeymen develop as permanent mentors. A master could train several padawans, but he would not have to teach a single one directly. In the Jedi Temple on Coruscant, a Jedi training was practiced, which in addition to the basic Jedi training provided for an internship as a squire under a knight. There were also "Jedi Masters" who preferred to leave their Padawans behind on Coruscant while they went on important missions themselves or went to the Clone Wars. Which brings us to the example of the Clone Wars and their different portrayals in The Clone Wars series and today's Star Wars Legends. Before TCW gave the impression that Jedi knights and Jedi masters had taken children and young people entrusted to them to war zones, there were all sorts of examples in the novels of the Expanded Universe after Episode II that padawans were left behind on Coruscant because of the expected dangers. However, some padawans were orphaned when their masters fell at the front. Padawans who were already of legal age were preferred in the war effort.

To come back to the example of The Old Republics, it made perfect sense to assign Kira Carsen as a padawan to a young Jedi knight. Kira became more as a partner, because established as a real student and due to the very small age difference it would have been a glimpse into their future and past for both of them. Kira was able to learn what it means to be a Jedi Knight, while the newly minted Jedi Knight was reminded that he himself was only recently a Padawan. Throughout this time, however, Jedi Master Bela Kiwiiks remained arguably the formal master of Kira Carsen. However, the responsibility of this task as a master was very small, as Kira was already close to her Jedi exam and the assignment was probably only made to free Master Kiwiiks for more important tasks. It was possibly intended to reassign Kira to her after her master's return. In a way, that would have resulted in the Jedi Knight being tested to see how well he would one day be a Jedi Master.

From Tython to Coruscant

The meaning of and obtaining the title of Jedi Master have changed significantly over the years or in-universe over the millennia. Originally, the title of Je'daii master meant that one worked under the roof of one of the Je'daii temples to train the next generation. Before that, however, you usually served as a ranger for a few years and that without a padawan. There was also no reason for the Je'daii to assign students to a ranger, since the entire training took place in the various temples on Tython. Rangers, on the other hand, lived relatively lonely and performed a wide variety of missions for the Je'daii Order. It was only when they returned to Tython that rangers were appointed masters, giving this title the role of mentor, veteran, and retiree.

Even the predecessor of the Jedi Council relied on an exclusive membership only for "masters", whereby at that time only the heads of the individual temples on Tython - the temple masters - could take a seat on the council. However, the master title was also awarded to the war hero Daegen Lok, whereby it emerged that the master title was already given by the Je'daii mainly to members who apparently embodied the ideals of the order so well that they were also given them Would entrust training to the next generation. Daegen Lok was never a member of the Jedi order and the Je'daii pursued a philosophy of balance between light and dark, which is why his great test was to infiltrate the environment of the despot king Hadiya and kill Hadiya himself. Lok was allowed to get involved in an affair with Hadiya, but the serious feelings he had for Hadiya turned into a problem that would later lead him to the dark side. Lok's loyalty to the Je'daii and his unscrupulousness in the execution of his orders could have been a source of inspiration for young Je'daii, which is why Lok was wanted as a master. But Lok got caught up in a fateful adventure, suffered from one of his dark visions of the imminence of a future threat and increasingly devoted himself to an exclusive use of the dark side - which is why he was banned. Until his deep fall, however, Lok could have acted as one of the masters in harnessing the dark side. The Je'daii were really different because they resorted to both sides of power and forbade themselves to exclude any of the two. Those who trusted the bright side too much were also banished until their behavior was corrected.

Until the fall of Ossus, the Jedi must have regarded the rank of Jedi Master as a prerequisite for entrusting a Jedi with the training of a future Jedi. For this purpose there were many different Jedi enclaves, a central academy system on Ossus and all kinds of specialized Jedi masters. There was simply no reason to ask a simple knight to train a padawan. Especially since the rank of knight was comparatively easy to achieve.

Not to be forgotten is the case of the Jedi knight Xendor, who advocated studying the dark side in the early Jedi order. Xendor asked the then incarnation of the Jedi Council to be allowed to found his own academy, for which, however, the rank of Jedi Master would have been required. Xendor's request was rejected, especially since the appointment as a master would have required that one embodied the values ​​of the order in an exemplary manner. With his request, however, Xendor deviated completely from these values, if he wanted to tie in with the philosophies of the old Je'daii or even Daegen Loks. It should also be mentioned that Daegen Lok was once a formative influence on Master Rajivari. Rajivari was a founding member of the Jedi Order who wanted to distance themselves from the Je'daii. But Rajivari was a highly problematic character, as he very likely was once the temple master of Akar Kesh (the temple of balance) before resigning from this post after the war with Queen Hadiya. Up until then, Rajivari had acted as commander in chief of the Je'daii armed forces and he took on this function again during the war with the Rakata. It was precisely this last return from retirement / self-exile that would have had a major impact on Rajivari, because in order to defeat the Rakata, the Je'daii had to defeat them with their own weapons - the dark side. The Je'daii who discovered this strategy was Daegen Lok, who was recalled from exile and installed as a general. After defeating the Rakata, Lok did not want to give up his new position of power, nor did his supporters and the dark side. This probably led to a civil war between Lok's supporters and the future Jedi. As soon as Lok was defeated and the Jedi Order was founded, it split again, because now the bright Jedi wanted nothing more to do with "balance" aka use of the two sides of power, something that Master Rajivari, as the former master of balance, is probably increasingly doing drifted to the dark side.

Rajivari and Lok had earned their masters title because they corresponded to the requirements and ideas of an ideal embodiment of their religious philosophy at the time. But later both turned out to be deviants, which should make it clear that the Jedi Council is never infallible. Often, however, those who were crowned masters only radicalized in the course of their later careers, although this can even be seen as the norm. Rajivari fell out of favor very late, as did Count Dooku and Skere Kaan. Skere Kaan aka Lord Kaan began his career as the rising star of the Jedi Order before becoming the leader of a newly formed Sith Order. The exact reasons for Kaan's change are still unknown, but they could have had something to do with his ambitions, after all, Kaan transformed the Sith into a kind of Jedi order with egalitarian claims. Kaan's Sith should all be the same, so there were no "masters" in his order. The development of the Jedi master Phanius to Darth Ruin is just as poorly documented.

In the last decades of the Old Republic in particular, the title of Jedi Master often proved to be an award from the Jedi Council, which also had political weight. The late republic tended to politicize everything, including the appointment of Jedi masters of certain races. The fact that Rohnar Kim von Naboo became, for example, a Jedi master is probably due not least to the increasing importance of his homeworld (and, associated with it, also of his father, the longtime Senator of Naboo). During this time there was at least one Jedi who gave himself the title of Jedi Master - Jorus C'baoth, whose self-promotion was accepted by the Jedi Council due to his political weight.

The new idea of ​​the prequel era

Until the real upheaval in the lorry, it was assumed that a Jedi would have to be a master in order to train a Padawan (although the title Padawan was only introduced with the prequels). But then the idea came up that you had to have trained a Padawan to become a Jedi Knight in order to become a Jedi Master. After Episode III and even up to the series The Clone Wars, this led to the question of whether Anakin Skywalker would have been entitled to the title of Jedi Master at all. Before TCW it was known that Anakin had not yet trained a Padawan (although at that time there was only a year between Anakin's accolade and Episode III) - which made his demands in Episode III completely out of the ordinary. A small disturbing detail was the naming of Qui-Gon Jinn as a master, because to be a master Obi-Wan should not have been Qui-Gon's first padawan. In the Jedi Apprentice youth novels there was a predecessor for Obi-Wan with Qui-Gons of the dark side dilapidated ex-Padawan Xanatos, but with that Qui-Gon would still not have led a Padawan to knighthood. Years later, Feemor Qui-Gon's first Jedi Padawan was introduced.

Thanks to TCW, we know that Anakin's claim to the rank of Jedi Master is not entirely out of thin air. He trained Ahsoka Tano, but Ahsoka left the order. With which Anakin would de facto never have completed Ahsoka's training. However, when Ahsoka's farewell is heard in the Jedi Council, the events surrounding her expulsion from the order have been recognized as her great Jedi trial.So Ahsoka would have actually qualified as a Jedi Knight, even as a teenager. By rejecting her accolade and not re-entering the order, however, she harms Anakin's claim to elevation to the master class, because from a legal point of view Anakin would not have led a padawan to knighthood after all. Unless the prerequisite for promotion to master is that one leads one's padawan to the great Jedi examination - whether or not he passes this is not a reason for exclusion for promotion of the mentor to Jedi master.

A perhaps somewhat obscure example of a Jedi Knight's path to the championship title is the Legends version of Quinlan Vos. In the Legends, Quinlan trained Vos Aayla Secura before they both lost their memories through the administration of a powerful drug. As a result, both had to be trained again as Jedi, but Vos was not again entrusted with Secura's training. When Vos found Secura and helped her to rediscover part of her memories, she was given to Vos former master Tholme. Tholme continued Secura's training, while Vos was now mainly used solo as a Jedi Knight. However, when Vos and Secura defeated a team of Morgukai Jedi killers in a joint mission, this was recognized as a great Jedi test for Aayla Secura. With Secura's knighthood, Vos was promoted to Jedi Master at the same time, even if he had only partially trained Secura and could no longer remember anything. In Vos defense it should be mentioned, however, that he trained Secura much longer than Tholme and that his influence on Secura was retained because Secura was able to regain at least part of her memories.

Barsen'thor vs. Hero of Tython

The Barsen'thor is an example of the Ossus practice of being appointed Jedi Master. A powerful and deserving Jedi Knight who can share significant knowledge with the Order is appointed Master and then receives his own Padawan.

The hero of Tython, on the other hand, is an example of the prequel or Coruscant practice of an appointment, which also depends on Kira Carsen having already passed her Jedi exam. Nevertheless, one has it further to the master's title than the Barsen'thor, who, however, can cite a special power technique, political-diplomatic experience and the acquaintance with several Jedi masters and council members as arguments for his promotion. The hero of Tython simply has fewer advocates, while the Barsen'thor even makes the acquaintance of several senators, as well as the supreme chancellor. Unfair? Unfair? Yes, but it can't be changed.

Only with the victory over the Sith Emperor does the hero of Tython have the attention of the Jedi Council that one needs to be appointed master. Until then, however, he was also involved in a great many secret operations under the leadership of the Republic military, instead of actually taking part in Jedi missions. Those officers who were privy to the operations of the Hero of Tython can do little to lobby for his promotion. Only with the attempted infiltration of the fortress of the Sith Emperor did the hero of Tython gain the necessary notoriety in Jedi circles, whereby the loss of three Jedi masters (one of them even a council member), the threatening vision of a Jedi colleague and time went under the influence of the emperor (with consequences of not unfounded suspicion when one thinks of the children of the emperor) cast a dark shadow on the hero's career. This kind of distrust was justified when you consider how Syo Bakarn turned out to be the mole of the Sith Emperor. And Darth Baras even had several other infiltrators on his payroll.

With the appointment as Jedi Master, you will finally be rewarded for your services in maintaining the Jedi Order and you would now be able to train a new Padawan. The fact that a Jedi Knight will later be promoted to Jedi Combat Master follows this trend, because now you would be responsible for lightsaber training within the Jedi Temple.

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