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"The life force of your bond…a dyad in the Force. A power over life itself. Unseen for generations."
―Darth Sidious, to Ben Solo and Rey[src]

A dyad in the Force was the pairing of two Force-sensitive beings, making them one in the Force. The power of a dyad was as strong as life itself, and the individuals who formed a dyad shared a connection that spanned across space and time.

It was foretold in a prophecy that there would be a dyad in the Force, which had been unseen for generations by the time of the New Republic Era. The prophesized dyad was realized within Kylo Ren and Rey. Although they were enemies during the war between the First Order and the Resistance, Ren and Rey shared a unique bond that featured prominently in the lore of the Sith Eternal cultists. During the battle on Exegol, the life force of their dyad was used to restore the Sith Lord Darth Sidious.

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"My mother was the daughter of Vader. Your father was the son of the Emperor. What Palpatine doesn’t know is we’re a dyad in the Force, Rey. Two that are one."
―Kylo Ren, to Rey[src]
Rey vs Kylo Ren

A unique bond existed between Kylo Ren and Rey, making them a dyad in the Force.

A "dyad" in the Force was a phenomenon that occurred when two Force-sensitive beings shared a unique Force-bond with each other, connecting their minds across space and time.[1] Physically, they were two separate individuals, but in the Force they were one.[2] This form of connection made it possible for the bonded individuals to communicate with each other across great distances.[3]

The connection between Kylo Ren and Rey could cover a range of light-years, allowing them to see and hear each other from across the galaxy.[4] Their bond also gave them a clear sense of what the other felt, such as their fears as well as feelings of abandonment and solitude.[5] In combat, when the two who formed a dyad fought as one, their abilities mirrored and amplified each other. In the case of Ren and Rey, their Force-bond grew stronger with every passing moment.[1]

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The power of twoEdit

"Don't be afraid. I feel it too."
―Kylo Ren, to Rey[src]
A Mysterious Connection

The first time that Ren sensed his connection with Rey was when they met on Takodana.

There had not been a dyad in the Force for generations by the time of the New Republic Era,[2] when the fall of the New Republic gave way to a war between the First Order and the Resistance. However, there was a prophecy that foretold the coming of a dyad in the Force, the subject of which featured prominently in the lore of the Sith Eternal cult.[1]

The prophesized dyad was formed by Kylo Ren and Rey—the grandson of Darth Vader and the granddaughter of Darth Sidious, respectively[2]—who encountered each other for the first time on Takodana[6] in 34 ABY.[7] In his mind probe of Rey, Ren felt an innate connection to the scavenger, although at the time he was unaware that they formed a dyad together. Nevertheless, their connection created an intractable bridge between their minds.[1] As a side effect of both the bond and the probe, Rey assimilated some of Ren's knowledge and Jedi training. As her latent connection to the Force manifested at an exponential rate, she was able to utilize a few techniques such as the mind trick and telekinesis. Ren, in turn, discovered details about Rey's past, including her abandonment on Jakku and the longing she felt for the parents who left her behind.[5]

Force-bond

As a dyad, Ren and Rey were the culmination of a prophecy that foretold their connection.

The bond between Ren and Rey became stronger after their duel on Ilum; their connection was so raw and powerful that it reminded Rey of touching a live wire in the wreckage of a starship.[5] At this point, they discovered their ability to see, hear and touch each other through the Force.[8] The bond allowed Rey to gain new insights into Ren,[9] who no longer attempted to hide his pain and misery from her.[5] Convinced that the light side still existed within the former Ben Solo, Rey chose to confront Ren in person, believing she could help him turn away from the dark side of the Force.[5]

Ren's dark master, Supreme Leader Snoke, was aware of his apprentice's connection to the scavenger, however.[8] He gloated in his success at having gathered Rey and Ren before him, for it proved beyond doubt that there existed a unique bond between them. Using Snoke's reliance on sensing his every thought, Ren outmaneuvered his mentor and ultimately killed him. With Snoke's unexpected death, the Elite Praetorian Guards did all they could to stop their leader's assassin, causing Ren and Rey to fight alongside each other. Their bond grew even more powerful in combat, amplifying the powers of the two.[1]

Restores the oneEdit

"And now, the power of two restores the one true Emperor."
―Darth Sidious, to Ben Solo and Rey[src]
ReyKyloVsGuards

The bond grew stronger when Ren and Rey fought as one, causing their abilities to become amplified.

Despite the sympathy that Rey developed for Ren as a result of their connection and her long isolation, she chose to withdraw from their budding relationship, unable to support Ren's actions against the Resistance and his machinations to rule the galaxy. Before his death, Snoke knew that Rey and Ren were the prophesized dyad in the Force.[1] As the new Supreme Leader of the First Order, Ren vowed to destroy Rey for rejecting him after he entreated her to rule the galaxy by his side,[8] but later confessed that he had no desire to hurt her. During the final days of the conflict, Ren was able to use their connection as a means of tracking Rey's location, first on Pasaana and later aboard his own flagship, the Resurgent-class Star Destroyer Steadfast. Having discovered that they formed a dyad in the Force, Ren shared this information with Rey as well as the fact that it remained unknown to Darth Sidious at the time.[2]

A Dyad in the Force

The prophesized dyad of Ren and Rey would restore the power of Darth Sidious.

With their combined power as a dyad, Ren believed that together they could destroy Sidious and claim the Throne of the Sith.[2] Though stung by her rejection,[1] Ren continued to pursue Rey at Sidious' behest, leading to their final confrontation on Kef Bir. As they fought in the wreckage of the Death Star II, Ren's mother, General Leia Organa, died reaching out to her son in the Force. His mother's sacrifice, combined with the memory of his father, Han Solo, led him to cast off the persona of Kylo Ren and reclaim his former identity as Ben Solo. Meanwhile, Rey resolved to confront and destroy her grandfather, Sidious, on the dark world of Exegol.[2]

While the Resistance forces and their allies engaged the forces of the Final Order in the battle of Exegol, Solo and Rey confronted Sidious in the heart of his citadel. Having failed to mold either of them into a successor, Sidious resolved to destroy them both, but in the process he discovered that their bond was as powerful as life itself. Realizing that they were a dyad in the Force, Sidious drained their combined life force in order to restore his body, reclaiming his mantle as the Galactic Emperor. Yet his triumphant return was short-lived; calling on the spirits of all the past Jedi, Rey was able to vanquish her grandfather at the cost of her life. When Solo found Rey's body, he sacrificed himself to bring her back to life. The two embraced and kissed each other before Solo died in Rey's arms, bringing an end to the bloodline of the Skywalker family.[2]

Behind the scenesEdit

The "dyad" in the Force was first mentioned in the 2019 film Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker, the third film in the Star Wars sequel trilogy directed by J.J. Abrams.[2]

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