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

A Force dyad, also known as 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.

Those in a dyad possessed rare Force powers such as Force healing. This ability allowed them to heal wounds and even resurrect the deceased, but it required the transference of their own Force energy and was, therefore, potentially lethal to the healer. In addition, dyads were attuned to each other's senses, including what they saw, heard and felt. Their connection covered a range of light-years, allowing the dyads to interact with each other across the galaxy.

A prophecy foretold that there would be a dyad in the Force, which had been unseen for generations by the time of the New Republic Era. The prophesied dyad was realized within Ben Solo and Rey. Although they were enemies during the war between the First Order and the Resistance, Solo 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]

Force dyads were bonded to each other, allowing them to see and hear each other across the galaxy.

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.[4]

A dyad in the Force, binding two separate being together, was not an easily discernible phenomenon. The Sith Lord Darth Sidious was unaware that Ben Solo and Rey were dyads until he inadvertently siphoned a fraction of their bond's life force.[2] Supreme Leader Snoke, the dark side master of Solo's alter ego, Kylo Ren, was aware that his apprentice had an equal in the light side of the Force. However, he incorrectly presumed that it was Solo's uncle, Jedi Master Luke Skywalker, before realizing that it was, in fact, a scavenger girl from Jakku.[5]

Capabilities[edit | edit source]

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

Both halves of the Force dyad possessed the rare ability of Force healing.

Darth Sidious described the Force dyad as a "power like life itself."[2] The beings who formed a dyad in the Force possessed the uncommon power of Force healing. It was an ability that could be used to heal a wounded person or animal, although this process temporarily weakened the healer who transferred some of their Force energy. This ability was lethal to the user if they utilized it to resurrect a deceased individual for it required them to sacrifice all of their life force.[3]

The bond between Force dyads was an exceedingly rare connection[3] that made it possible for them to communicate across light-years.[6] The bond gave the dyads the ability to see and feel what the other was experiencing,[3] and also gave them a clear sense of the other's thoughts and emotions.[7] Another unique aspect about their relationship as dyads was their ability to pass objects to one another through the Force, regardless of the distance between them, as demonstrated when Rey passed Anakin Skywalker's lightsaber to Ben Solo during their final conflict against Palpatine and the Knights of Ren.[3]

The individuals in a dyad were able to sense each other's actions.

The dyad had an instinctive drive to fight back to back, defending each other when threatened by multiple enemies. Through their bond, both persons in a Force dyad could sense each other's next actions.[3] The strength of their bond became increasingly powerful when the dyads fought together—their Force powers mirroring and amplifying each other.[1]

It was possible to drain the dyad of their combined power, allowing a Force wielder to utilize the dyad's healing ability[2] while also receiving a significant increase in Force power.[3] This process would leave the dyad in a physically weakened state, to the extent of near or total paralysis.[8]

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Origins[edit | edit source]

"Always two there are. No more, no less."
Yoda, about the Rule of Two[src]

Darth Sidious tried unsuccessfully to create a dyad with Darth Vader.

A dyad in the Force was a subject that featured prominently in the lore—The Doctrine of the Dyad—of the Sith Eternal cult. A prophecy predicted the birth of a dyad, the power of which remained unseen for generations by the time of the New Republic Era, when the fall of the New Republic gave way to a war between the First Order and the Resistance.[1]

The dyad as a concept was part of the framework behind the Sith Rule of Two.[1] The Dark Lord of the Sith Darth Bane invented the Rule of Two to ensure the survival of his Order through two members, a Sith Master and a Sith apprentice.[9] Its ultimate goal was leading every subsequent master to seek out a more powerful apprentice in hopes of achieving the power, while remaining hidden from the Jedi. During the Republic Era, Darth Plagueis sought to create a dyad within himself and his apprentice Darth Sidious, but his attempt was unsuccessful. Sidious also tried and failed to create a dyad with his own apprentice, Darth Vader. It would be decades before he discovered that a dyad had formed naturally between his granddaughter and Vader's grandson, Rey and Kylo Ren.[10]

The dyad at war[edit | edit source]

"I warned my young apprentice that as he grew stronger, his equal in the light would rise."
―Snoke, to Rey[src]

Kylo Ren and Rey formed a prophesied dyad in the Force, the first in generations.

The First Order warlord Kylo Ren encountered Rey, a scavenger from Jakku, while leading a military raid on Takodana[11] in 34 ABY.[12] As he telepathically probed Rey's mind, Ren became puzzled by a strange connection that he felt with her.[6] Their innate connection that Ren felt with the scavenger intractably bridged their minds, but at the time he was unaware that they formed the prophesied dyad.[1]

Ren and Rey both possessed raw, untamed strength with the Force,[5] by virtue of their respective bloodlines as the grandson of Darth Vader and the granddaughter of Darth Sidious.[2] While searching through Rey's mind, Ren discovered that the girl could sense his thoughts and feelings as well.[6] As a side effect of their bond, Rey assimilated some of Ren's Force knowledge and Jedi training during the probe.[7] Her latent Force powers manifested at an exponential rate, allowing her to utilize a few techniques such as mind trick and telekinesis.[11] By delving into Rey's innermost thoughts, Ren not only sensed her loneliness and longing for family, but also discovered certain details about her past that Rey had subconsciously suppressed as a child.[7]

Ren and Rey discovered their ability to connect with each other across the galaxy.

The bond between Ren and Rey became stronger after their duel on Starkiller Base; their connection was so raw and powerful that it reminded Rey of touching a live wire in the wreckage of a starship.[7] At this point, they discovered their ability to see, hear and touch each other through the Force.[5] The bond allowed Rey to gain new insights into Ren,[13] who no longer attempted to hide his pain and misery from her. 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.[7]

Ren's master, Supreme Leader Snoke, was aware of his apprentice's connection to a certain entity in the light, knowing that Ren's growing strength with the dark side meant that his equal would rise in the light. He assumed it would be Luke Skywalker, Ren's previous mentor, until he discovered Rey after her awakening in the Force.[5] Snoke 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]

The dyad united[edit | edit source]

"Stand together, die together."
―Darth Sidious, to Ben Solo and Rey[src]

Ren was more determined to convert Rey after discovering their nature as a dyad.

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, due to being 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 prophesied 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,[5] 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]

With their combined power as a dyad, Ren believed that together they could destroy Sidious and claim the Throne of the Sith[2], a proposition which Rey denied. 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 DS-2 Death Star II Mobile Battle Station, 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]

Rey kissed Ben Solo after Darth Sidious' destruction, acknowledging their bond as a dyad for the first time.

While the Resistance and its allies engaged the Sith Eternal fleet 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—an acknowledgement of their bond as a dyad, and having truly found each other[10]—before Solo vanished while still in Rey's arms.[2]

Rey mourned Solo, feeling that she had lost her other half in the dyad. Solo called out to her, however, moments after becoming one with the Force. He assured Rey that he would always be with her, which gave Rey a sense of relief, believing that Solo was not truly gone.[10]

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

"Right from Episode VII, from the scene in which Rey is interrogated by Kylo Ren, it was clear that they have a connection, that they can understand each other, that they can literally read each other's minds. They're made uncomfortable by it and yet they're both drawn to each other. What we wanted to do was complicate that and say actually their connection is deeper than that. we began talking about them as a mythic concept, which is in Joseph Campbell, which is the mythic dyad--that they're two parts of the same whole."
―Chris Terrio[src]

A Force dyad first appeared in the 2015 film Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens, the first installment of the Star Wars sequel trilogy.[11] The concept was first described as a dyad in the Force in the 2019 film Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker[2] and was later identified as a Force dyad in the StarWars.com Databank entry for Emperor Palpatine/Darth Sidious.[14]

Episode IX co-writer Chris Terrio describes Kylo Ren and Rey's Force dyad as being soulmates in the Force, in which despite being enemies on opposite sides of the war, the Force acts as fate by bringing them together, allowing them to understand each other.[15]

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