- "We will always struggle. But that is the test. It's the choice to keep fighting that makes us who we are."
- ―Cere Junda to Cal Kestis
Cere Junda, a Force-sensitive human female, was a former Jedi Knight and Jedi seeker, who mentored Padawan Cal Kestis in the ways of the Force during the rise of the Galactic Empire. At one time, she served as the Padawan of Jedi Master Eno Cordova before taking Trilla Suduri as her apprentice. In the aftermath of Order 66, Junda severed her connection to the Force and disappeared into hiding, while Suduri fell to the dark side and joined the Imperial Inquisitorius. Determined to overthrow the regime that all but annihilated her fellow Jedi, Junda dedicated herself to the secret restoration of the Jedi Order.
Age of the Republic
Discovered by a Jedi seeker as an infant, Cere Junda was trained in the Jedi arts at the Jedi Temple on Coruscant. Junda was a Padawan to Jedi Master Eno Cordova during the reign of the Galactic Republic. Junda and Cordova were later sent by the Jedi High Council to oversee an excavation of a temple located on the planet Ontotho but in the process, they were caught up in a battle between the Fylar Freedom Fighters and the local security forces. During the course of the battle, Junda worked with the Fylar Freedom Fighters. She eventually became a Jedi Knight serving the Order as a Jedi seeker, and took Trilla Suduri as her Padawan. During the Clone Wars, after Order 66 was implemented and the Jedi were declared traitors, Junda and Suduri's clone troopers turned against them but were able to take several Jedi younglings and go into hiding.
Age of the Empire
- "Trilla. No. No. NO!"
- ―Cere Junda, upon seeing her former apprentice as an Inquisitor
Junda, Suduri, and their group of Jedi younglings tried to escape from the forces of the Galactic Empire, but Junda was eventually captured in an attempt to lure the Empire away from the others. Captured and subjected to torture at the Fortress Inquisitorius on the moon Nur after leading away the Imperial forces hunting Suduri and the younglings, Junda initially held firm under the harsh questioning, even when the Dark Lord of the Sith Darth Vader became personally involved. Ultimately, though, Junda broke and gave up Suduri to the Empire, leading her to fall to the dark side of the Force under similar torture and become an Inquisitor, taking up the name of the "Second Sister."
After Suduri's transformation, she was brought into the room to mock and taunt Junda and her failed protection efforts. As she looked upon her fallen apprentice, Junda became overwhelmed with anger and regret, and tapped into the dark side in this rage, killing everyone in the room and that she came across during her escape, except Suduri herself.
Over the years, Junda decided to suppress her connection to the Force, having felt the power of the dark side and overcome with fear of falling completely into it, as well as becoming burdened by guilt over Suduri's fate.
Attempt to rebuild the Jedi Order
- "I believe that rebuilding the Order is the best chance we have against the Empire. What do you believe?"
- ―Cere Junda to Cal Kestis
After years of living in seclusion, Junda and Dritus rescued Cal Kestis on the planet Bracca, where her fallen apprentice was attempting to kill the Jedi fugitive. She took Kestis to Bogano, where an ancient vault previously visited by Cordova was located. There, Kestis discovered a droid, BD-1, who played a message from Cordova telling the viewer that he had hidden a Jedi holocron inside the vault. The holocron contained the names of Force-sensitive children across the galaxy. Junda, realizing that the holocron could be the key to rebuilding the Jedi Order, took it upon herself to mentor the former Padawan and complete his training. She and Kestis embarked on a quest to unlock the knowledge necessary to recover the holocron that took them across the galaxy. During their time together, she gave her old lightsaber to Kestis, who used it in conjunction with his first master's lightsaber (which had been damaged on one of the planets they visited) to create a weapon of his own on Ilum.
With Kestis, she infiltrated the Fortress Inquisitorius in an effort to recover a Jedi holocron containing a list of Force-sensitive children, which was in the possession of Suduri. Using Suduri's lightsaber (which Kestis had stolen during a duel on Bogano) as a weapon, she and Kestis succeeded in reacquiring the holocron. The mission brought her face-to-face with her former Padawan, who she attempted to make amends with. However, her efforts were cut short when Darth Vader murdered Trilla. Junda and Kestis made a frantic escape from the Sith Lord, including a brief duel in which Junda was thrown into an abyss and injured. Kestis almost drowned trying to save Junda before they were both rescued by Merrin.
Back on the Mantis, Junda and Kestis discussed what to do with the holocron, deciding to destroy it to prevent it falling into the Empire's hands.
During her days as Cordova's Padawan, Cere was often impulsive and rash, described by Cordova to be especially more so when it comes to judgements on her character and as such, had a tendency to escalate situations when provoked. Despite her impulsive tendencies, Cere proved herself a proactive and able Jedi. As she grew older, Cere became more wise, stern, a caring mentor figure, and proved to be a unconventional Jedi. Having a fondness for art, she spent time in the Jedi Archives during her younger years looking through different art pieces and as a Jedi seeker, enjoying encountering arts and architecture from different cultures. Cere had also begun playing the hallikset during her time as a Padawan, finding music to sooth and ease her tension.
During her lifetime, Cere experienced a moment of weakness while being interrogated by Darth Vader and tortured in a Interrogation chair when she revealed the location of her hidden apprentice and younglings and after she witnessed the cost of her mistake, used the dark side of the Force to escape imprisonment. Her guilt for her moment of weakness was surmountable, developing suicidal thoughts and eventually cut herself off from the Force for a time. She later admitted that the very idea of her using Force after that was considered dangerous. After her former apprentice stole Cordova's holocron and understood the stakes in the Emperor having a list of force sensitive children, she was able to repair her connection to the Force upon Cal's reminder of a lesson she imparted onto him.
As a unconventional Jedi, she grew to have reservations about the traditions associated with the Jedi Order and thought it to be flawed and held back by dogmatic tradition; she once revealed she found it strange for the creation of lightsabers to be a bonding activity among Jedi despite their role as a peacekeepers. She also recognized that despite Jedi being trained to disregard accolades, successful leaders like Taron Malicos still grew accustomed to fame and glory. Overtime she had gained a preference for a blaster and preferred to wear different clothing later in her life compared to Jedi robes. Despite this, she willingly led a quest to restore the Jedi Order with the intent of building a better future rather than restore the past and wished to end the tyranny of the Galactic Empire. She was also an opponent to High Human culture, disapproving of the notions that droids and non-humanoids were inferior to humans.
Powers and abilities
- "Yes. Strong with the dark side. I feel it inside of her."
- ―Darth Vader about Junda's true power
A skilled Jedi Knight, Cere possessed skill in lightsaber combat apt enough to incapacitate multiple Trandoshan warriors and Purge Troopers. She could also redirect blaster fire with her lightsaber and combine her lightsaber prowess with her skill in a blaster to a great effect in combat, proving to be a fine marksmen.
As a force user, Cere possessed tremendous power, especially in the dark side much to her own horror; she could create a Force barrier similar in appearance and potency to a ray shield, a barrier that was capable of stopping Darth Vader's lightsaber briefly, but was also rendered unconscious from the effort. With the dark side of the Force, she proved capable of inflicting mass destruction and killing a multitude of people when giving in to despair, fear and rage by involuntarily releasing a shockwave that broke her free from her interrogation chair, killing all but her fallen Padawan. Though it wasn't enough to stop him, Junda was notably capable of slowing the incredibly powerful Vader down with the power of the dark side for a few seconds, something the Sith Lord was impressed by and believed her to be a prime candidate for being an Inquisitor.
During the time of the Galactic Republic, Junda possessed Jedi robes and a lightsaber with a green blade, both of which she abandoned the use of during the first years of the Empire in favor of a DL-18 blaster pistol. During this time, she also acquired from Kestis her former apprentice Trilla's double-bladed spinning lightsaber, which she made use of in conjunction with a blaster pistol during her incursion on Nur with Kestis. She possessed a seven-string hallikset that Kestis once found and used psychometry to play.
Behind the scenes
Cere Junda is a character created for the Star Wars video game Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, released on November 15, 2019. She is portrayed by Debra Wilson. The production team originally planned on giving her physical scars a result of the Imperial torture, but ultimately decided on following the story arc of a crisis of faith.
- Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
- Jedi Fallen Order - Dark Temple 1 (First appearance) (In flashback(s))
- Jedi Fallen Order - Dark Temple 2 (In flashback(s))
- Jedi Fallen Order - Dark Temple 3 (In flashback(s))
- Jedi Fallen Order - Dark Temple 4 (In flashback(s))
- Jedi Fallen Order - Dark Temple 5 (In flashback(s))
- (First pictured)
- (Picture only)
- (First identified as Cere)
- (First identified as Junda)
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- The Art of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
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- Star Wars: The Lightsaber Collection
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