The Agricultural Corps, or AgriCorps, was one of the four branches of the Service Corps of the Jedi Order. The largest part of the Service Corps, this organization was formed so that those Jedi Initiates who had failed to pass their Trials could use their connection to the Force for the betterment of galactic society.
Overview[edit | edit source]
- "There's more ways for a Jedi to help people than by leading an army."
Made up largely of Jedi who had failed to complete their training at the Jedi academy, as well as those Jedi who had not been chosen as an apprentice by the age of thirteen, membership in the AgriCorps was completely voluntary, though assignment to the Corps was handled by the Council of Reassignment. Working in conjunction with the Republic Agricultural Administration to provide healthy crops to those under-privileged star systems suffering from natural disasters or blight, the AgriCorps also attracted ranking members of the Order who wished to take a more hands on approach to helping the common people of the galaxy. While working under the Reassignment Council, internal affairs were handled by the Council of AgriCorps Masters.
While many within the lower ranks of the Order saw assignment to the Corps as a demotion, the Corps provided a great many necessities and was indeed just another facet of the Order. Maintaining research labs throughout the Republic, the Salliche Ag Circuit was one of the main hubs of activity within the Core Worlds. Additionally the research labs within the Coruscant Jedi Temple provided great amounts of research to be filed into the Jedi Archives and served as a reservoir for information collected from all over the Republic. Facilities were also erected on Ukio, Taanab, Marfa, Bandomeer, and Dilonexa XXIII.
Members of the Corps focused on the Living Force and cultivating skills that aided in plant growth such as consitor sato. While many Jedi served in the AgriCorps at some point in their service to the Order, the majority of this branch was made up of lifetime members. The AgriCorps had a branch of its own working within it consisting of geologists who would discover the secrets hidden in alien soil. At any given point, up to 1,500 students were a part of the AgriCorps, with their ages ranging from 6 to 40 years old, although most were not older than 16. A small percentage of these students ended up not becoming Padawans later in life due to not showing enough talent or focus, and an even smaller percentage of these ended up preferring agriculture over sword-fighting.
After the formation of the Galactic Empire and the Great Jedi Purge, Dark Lord of the Sith Darth Sidious rounded up all of the AgriCorps members that weren't killed during Order 66. Transported to Byss for indoctrination in the dark side, those who fell to the Sith joined the ranks of the Dark Jedi active within the Empire. After the Galactic Civil War ended and the Dark Jedi along with the Sith were routed, the reformed Jedi Order did not rebuild the AgriCorps. While Grand Master Luke Skywalker knew of students that would have made great members of the Corps, such as Tahiri Veila, he decided to join the AgriCorps philosophy with the main Order's doctrine.
Appearances[edit | edit source]
- Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords (Indirect mention only)
- Star Wars: The Old Republic
- Red Harvest
- Jedi Academy: The Phantom Bully (Non-canonical mention) (Indirect mention only)
- Jedi Apprentice: The Rising Force (Mentioned only)
- Jedi Apprentice: The Dark Rival
- I Am a Jedi Apprentice (Mentioned only)
- Republic Commando: Hard Contact (Mentioned only)
- Republic Commando: True Colors (Mentioned only)
- The Clone Wars: Act on Instinct (Mentioned only)
- "Graduation Day"—Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures Volume 10
- Legacy of the Jedi (Mentioned only)
- Yoda: Dark Rendezvous (Mentioned only)
- "Hammer"—Star Wars Insider 147 (Mentioned only)
- Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader (Mentioned only)
- Imperial Commando: 501st
- Evasive Action: Recruitment
- Legacy of the Force: Revelation (Mentioned only)
Sources[edit | edit source]
- Star Wars Episode I: Jedi Power Battles: Prima's Official Strategy Guide
- The Emperor's Pawns"—Star Wars Gamer 5 "
- The Official Star Wars Fact File 10 (KEN1, Obi-Wan Kenobi)
- Power of the Jedi Sourcebook
- "Who's Who in the Jedi Order"—Star Wars Insider 62
- Hero's Guide
- The New Essential Chronology
- The Clone Wars Campaign Guide
- The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia
- "Obi-Wan Kenobi: Wizard of the Desert"—Star Wars Insider 112
- The Jedi Path: A Manual for Students of the Force
- "Ask Lobot"—Star Wars Insider 125