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"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[src]

Cere Junda, a Force-sensitive human female, was a former Jedi Knight and 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.

BiographyEdit

Age of the RepublicEdit

Discovered by a Seeker as an infant, Cere Junda was trained in the Jedi arts at the Jedi Temple on Coruscant.[2] 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[1] between the Fylar Freedom Fighters[4] and the local security forces.[1] During the course of the battle, Junda worked with the Fylar Freedom Fighters.[4] She eventually became a Jedi Knight serving the Order as a 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.[2]

Age of the EmpireEdit

"Trilla. No. No. NO!"
―Cere Junda, upon seeing her former apprentice as an Inquisitor[src]
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Junda's regretful decision of leaving Trilla at the start of Order 66.

Junda and 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 became an Inquisitor, taking up the name of the "Second Sister".[2]

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.[2]

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.[2]

At some point after her escape from the Empire, Junda met the pilot Greez Dritus and joined the crew on his ship, the Mantis.[2]

Attempt to rebuild the Jedi OrderEdit

"I believe that rebuilding the Order is the best chance we have against the Empire. What do you believe?"
―Cere Junda to Cal Kestis[src]

After years of living in seclusion, Junda and Dritus rescued Cal Kestis[3] on the planet Bracca,[2] 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, realising 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.[2]

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Juda tries to reconcile with her defeated ex-Padawan.

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.[2]

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.[2]

Powers and abilitiesEdit

"Yes. Strong with the dark side. I feel it inside of her."
―Darth Vader about Junda’s true power[src]

As a former Jedi Knight, Junda possessed the Force-sensitivity and skills required for such a position. While she cut herself off from the Force, shortly following the Great Jedi Purge, due to the trauma inflicted upon her by the Galactic Empire, Junda was a powerful Jedi. She possessed skill in lightsaber combat, and 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. Junda was also a fine marksman, capable of using a blaster to great effect; when using a lightsaber and a blaster side by side, Junda easily handled a multitude of Purge Troopers, soldiers trained to kill Jedi. To her own horror, however, she was also quite strong with the dark side of the Force, capable of inflicting mass destruction and killing a multitude of people when giving in to despair, fear and rage. Junda was notably capable of bringing the incredibly powerful Vader literally to his knees with the power of the dark side and hold him down for a brief period of time, something the Sith Lord was greatly impressed by.[2]

EquipmentEdit

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[1] 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.[2]

Behind the scenesEdit

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.[5] 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.[6]

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