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"A young Jedi named Darth Vader, who was a pupil of mine until he turned to evil, helped the Empire hunt down and destroy the Jedi Knights. He betrayed and murdered your father. Now the Jedi are all but extinct."
―Obi-Wan Kenobi, to Luke Skywalker[12]

The Great Jedi Purge (19 BBY3 BBY), also known as the war against the Jedi, was the sixteen year—long genocide that saw the survivors of the Jedi Order hunted down by the Galactic Empire after the initial execution of Order 66, in which clone troopers slaughtered the Jedi upon the Sith Lord Darth Sidious' command. After the Imperial Inquisitorius erased all traces of the Jedi Order they could find from existence, their objective was completed and the Jedi were all but extinct, the Inquisitors themselves seamlessly vanishing as well.

The genocide against the Jedi traced its origins to the ancient wars between the Jedi and the Sith, who were nearly eliminated around 1032 BBY. The Sith in fact continued operating in secret, plotting their eventual destruction of the Jedi. A millennium after the defeat of the Sith, Darth Sidious, using his public persona of senator and then Supreme Chancellor Sheev Palpatine, manipulated and deceived the galaxy into the Clone Wars as a pretext for gaining emergency executive power over the Galactic Republic. He used the war to manipulate and deceive the Galactic Senate into giving his office virtually unchecked executive power in the name of security. In addition, the clone army that provided the Republic with its military force had secretly been implanted with bio-chips by its Sith creators that, upon activation, would trigger total compliance and force the clones into killing their Jedi leaders.

The Great Jedi Purge began at the end of the Clone Wars. Anakin Skywalker, a Jedi Knight believed to be the Chosen One destined to destroy the Sith, discovered that Palpatine was Darth Sidious and informed Jedi Master Mace Windu. In what Sidious would publicly label the "Jedi rebellion," Windu and three other Masters confronted the Chancellor, who killed the three Masters and engaged Windu in a lightsaber duel. Skywalker, who sought power from Sidious in order to save his wife, Padmé Amidala, from death, betrayed and incapacitated Windu before the Jedi Master could kill the Sith Lord. Sidious then killed Windu, and Skywalker became the Sith Lord Darth Vader and led Operation: Knightfall, killing everyone inside it. While Vader carried out the assault, Sidious initiated Order 66, with the latter causing the clones' biochips to brainwash them into betraying and slaughtering the Jedi, ultimately leading to the Jedi Order being destroyed. With the Jedi branded traitors and the Clone Wars at an end, Sidious declared himself Emperor and transformed the Republic into the Galactic Empire.

The Age of the Empire saw the continued hunting of the Jedi survivors who were either not involved with the clones or escaped the trap survived and vex the Empire in years after. Vader commanded a number of Inquisitors, that was revealed following the formation of the Empire, whose job was to hunt any Jedi survivors. The Grand Inquisitor, a former Jedi Temple Guard from Utapau, hunted a group of rebels on the planet Lothal who were led by a former Padawan, Kanan Jarrus. These rebels ultimately helped create the Alliance to Restore the Republic, which fought against the Empire during the Galactic Civil War. The final act of the purge came on Malachor, during which the former Sith Lord Maul resurfaced, and Vader dueled his former Padawan, Ahsoka Tano—who assumed dead allowed the Great Jedi Purge to end.


"At last, we will reveal ourselves to the Jedi. At last, we will have revenge."
―Darth Maul — (audio) Listen (file info)[31]

Many thousands of years before the Invasion of Naboo, a rogue Jedi began using the dark side of the Force, believing that it was the dark side where the true potential of the powers of the Force lied. While this caused him to be expelled from the Jedi Order, he gained followers and formed a new order[32] that eventually became the Sith. Soon, the Jedi and Sith became bitter enemies and waged many wars against each other. Ultimately, the Sith's greed for power led to infighting within their order, which the Jedi took advantage of, defeating and nearly destroying the Sith. Following their victory, the Jedi believed that the Sith were extinct. However, one Sith Lord, Darth Bane, survived and plotted his revenge by enacting the Great Plan[33] and the Rule of Two, which allowed the Sith to operate in secret without anyone, particularly the Jedi, knowing. They would number two at any given time—a master and an apprentice—and henceforth used cunning and conspiracy rather than brute force to carry out their plans to destroy the Jedi Order and eventually rise again to subjugate the galaxy.[34]

The Sith operated in secret for centuries. In the years before the Invasion of Naboo, Sheev Palpatine of Naboo became the apprentice of Darth Plagueis and took on the name Darth Sidious. As a Sith, Sidious betrayed and killed his master and became a Dark Lord of the Sith. In his public persona of Senator Palpatine of Naboo, Sidious carried out his plans to gain power over the Galactic Republic. He planned to deceive and destroy the Jedi and Republic, then usher in a Sith dominion over the galaxy, with himself as sovereign ruler over an empire that would allow him to cast the galaxy into darkness and unlock the ancient secrets of the Sith and the dark side of the Force. In doing so, Sidious believed he could remake the universe in his own designs.[35] Infiltrating the Galactic Senate, Republic and Jedi, allowed him to carry out his plans.


After a thousand years in hiding, the Sith revealed themselves to the Jedi during the final years of the Galactic Republic.

Sidious orchestrated the Invasion of Naboo, in which the Sith—through his apprentice, Darth Maul, before Maul was defeated—revealed themselves to the Jedi, as a means of gaining power. As Senator Palpatine, he urged Naboo's ruler, Queen Padmé Amidala, to call for a Vote of No Confidence in the leadership of Supreme Chancellor Finis Valorum. Palpatine was nominated to succeed Valorum and ultimately won the election, placing him in charge of the Republic.[31] Around the same time, Jedi Master Sifo-Dyas, a member of the Jedi Council who believed that a galactic war was imminent, secretly ordered the creation of a clone army on Kamino. Sifo-Dyas, who was killed at the behest of fallen Jedi Master Count Dooku, who became Sidious' apprentice after Maul was assumed dead on Naboo, intended the army to be used for the Republic.[36] Dooku, as Darth Tyranus, secretly took over the project, and the Sith saw to it that bio-chips were added to each clone trooper. These chips contained Order 66, a command that when executed, would forcibly brainwash the clone troopers into believing that the Jedi were traitors to the Republic that needed to be executed, causing the clones to execute the Jedi.[37]

The years that followed the Naboo Crisis saw the advent of the Separatist Crisis, in which thousands of star systems seceded from the Republic and joined the Confederacy of Independent Systems. This period of political tension and the calls for war were orchestrated by the Sith, as a means for Sidious to gain further control over the galaxy. In order to allow for Chancellor Palpatine to adopt the clone army to respond to what the Republic saw as the threat of the Separatist Alliance, Junior Representative Jar Jar Binks of Naboo called on the Galactic Senate to give the Chancellor emergency executive power. The Senate granted the Chancellor the power, the clone army was commissioned as the Grand Army of the Republic, and the Clone Wars began shortly thereafter during the First Battle of Geonosis.[38]

Yoda vision of the Jedi Purge

Grand Master Yoda beheld the impending Jedi Purge through a Force vision.

The Jedi Order was placed in charge of the war effort, with Jedi serving as Generals and Commanders in the military. After several years of war, many of the galaxy's citizens turned against the conflict and blamed the Jedi leaders for the prolonged and devastating war. Public opinion, therefore, began to turn against the Jedi, with many in the public viewing the Jedi Order as synonymous with the Clone Wars.[39] Padawan Barriss Offee, a member of the Order, also viewed the Jedi as having become complicit in a mistaken war, leading her to bomb the Jedi Temple on Coruscant.[40] Other Jedi also shared her views; Jedi Master Depa Billaba believed it was a mistake for the Jedi to lead the Clone Wars.[41] Grand Master Yoda, after setting out on a spiritual path to learn the secrets of eternal consciousness within the Force, saw a vision on Dagobah of Jedi fighting clone troopers and being killed by Darth Sidious.[42] Through his journey, he came to believe that the Jedi Order may have lost the Clone Wars simply by fighting in it. He suspected that the Jedi would lose the war, but ultimately be victorious in the fight against the Sith.[43]

At some point during the Clone Wars, the Jedi Master Eno Cordova entered the Zeffo vault on Bogano and experienced a vision depicting the Jedi's destruction and the subsequent spread of the Dark Side across the galaxy. He thus raced back to Coruscant and presented his findings to the Jedi Council, only to be met with skepticism and disbelief. The only one who seemed to put faith in his vision was his old confidant Jocasta Nu. Nu subsequently entrusted into Cordova's care a holocron containing a secret list of youngling Force sensitives across the galaxy.[1]

Towards the end of the war, the clone conspiracy was nearly uncovered when clone trooper Tup suffered from a premature activation of Order 66. He betrayed and murdered Jedi Master Tiplar during the Battle of Ringo Vinda.[44] After Tup's death, his friend and fellow trooper, Fives, investigated what happened and learned about the bio-chip and the Order 66 conspiracy. He confronted the Chancellor, who revealed his involvement before staging an assassination attempt against himself for which Fives was framed. Fives told two of his commanders, Jedi General Anakin Skywalker, a Knight of the Jedi Order[45] who was believed to be the Chosen One,[31] and Clone Captain Rex, about the conspiracy, but they did not believe him. Fives was killed by a fellow clone after being viewed as a threat, and the official story of what happened to Tup was that he was exposed to a parasite that made him violent.[45] The Jedi later learned that the Sith were involved in the creation of the clone army, but they did not learn of the conspiracy and continued to use the clones as their only means of combating the Separatist Alliance.[36]

The Jedi Purge[]

The "Jedi rebellion"[]

"In the name of the Galactic Senate of the Republic, you're under arrest, Chancellor."
"Are you threatening me, Master Jedi?"
―Mace Windu and Sheev Palpatine[5]

The final days of the Clone Wars saw Chancellor Palpatine amassing more central authority, and the Jedi Council becoming increasingly distrustful of the Chancellor and his growing power. They felt that the dark side of the Force surrounded the Chancellor, though they did not yet know that he was the Dark Lord they had been searching for the entire war. The Battle of Coruscant which was orchestrated by Sidious, saw Dooku being betrayed by Sidious, and then killed by Anakin at the behest of Palpatine. With Dooku dead, the Chancellor promised a swift end to the war once General Grievous, the leader of the Separatist Droid Army, was killed. The Jedi Council, wary of the Chancellor's claims that he would give up his executive power, privately discussed removing the Chancellor from office if he did not give up his power upon Grievous' death.[5]

It was in the war's last days when Anakin Skywalker began having visions of his wife, now-Senator Amidala, dying in childbirth. Determined to save his wife and their unborn child—the couple was unaware that they were expecting twins—Skywalker began searching for the power to save his family. Palpatine regaled him with the Tragedy of Darth Plagueis the Wise, which he described as an old Sith legend, and explained that Plagueis was a Dark Lord of the Sith who had unlocked the secrets of immortality. Shortly thereafter, the Chancellor revealed to the errant Jedi Knight that he was indeed Darth Sidious and that he could help Skywalker save Amidala's life. Skywalker initially rejected the opportunity and informed Jedi Master Mace Windu, a member of the Jedi Council, about the Chancellor's identity and deception.[5]


The confrontation in the Chancellor's office sparked the beginning of the Great Jedi Purge.

Knowing the Chancellor's deception and true identity, and with Palpatine having not yet given up his executive power despite the death of General Grievous during the Battle of Utapau, Windu assembled a team of three other Jedi Masters—Kit Fisto, Agen Kolar, and Saesee Tiin—to arrest the Chancellor. The Jedi Masters confronted the Chancellor in his office, and Sidious lashed out at them, killing the three other Jedi Masters and engaging Windu in a lightsaber duel. The duel moved throughout the Chancellor's office until Windu disarmed the Dark Lord, at which point Skywalker arrived to witness what Sidious claimed was the Jedi trying to take over the Republic. Because he needed Sidious to survive in order to save Amidala's life, Skywalker betrayed Windu by cutting off his hand, before Windu could kill Sidious. Sidious used the opportunity to unleash a torrent of Force lightning on the Jedi Master, sending Windu out the window and to his death. Having betrayed and turned against the Jedi Order, Skywalker pledged himself to Darth Sidious and became the Sith Lord known as Darth Vader.[5]

Fall of the Jedi[]

"This is Master Obi-Wan Kenobi. I regret to report that both our Jedi Order and the Republic have fallen, with the dark shadow of the Empire rising to take their place. This message is a warning and a reminder for any surviving Jedi: trust in the Force. Do not return to the Temple. That time has passed, and our future is uncertain. Avoid Coruscant. Avoid detection. Be secret—but be strong. We will each be challenged: our trust, our faith, our friendships. But we must persevere and, in time, I believe a new hope will emerge. May the Force be with you always."
―Obi-Wan Kenobi, to all surviving Jedi[16]

On the orders of Darth Sidious, Darth Vader and the 501st Legion marched on the Jedi Temple.

Windu's attempt on Sidious' life gave the Dark Lord the justification he needed to brand the Jedi as traitors and destroy the Jedi Order. He ordered Vader to go to the Jedi Temple and kill every Jedi who was inside, and then execute the Separatist Council. Vader brought with him a battalion of clone troopers, ones loyal to the Sith as a result of Sidious' activation of Protocol 66. While Vader and the 501st Legion participated in Operation: Knightfall, Sidious ordered clone commanders across the galaxy to begin executing Order 66. With Sidious issuing order 66, the bio-chips set off and brainwashed the clones into believing that the Jedi were traitors to the Republic that needed to be executed. On worlds such as Mygeeto, Felucia, Cato Neimoidia, Saleucami,[5] and Kaller,[16] clone forces killed their Jedi commanders. The Jedi were caught off-guard by their clone troopers' sudden betrayal. Some Jedi, including Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi on Utapau, Master Luminara Unduli and Grand Master Yoda on Kashyyyk,[5] Padawan Caleb Dume on Kaller,[16] Padawan Cal Kestis over Bracca,[1] former Padawan Ahsoka Tano aboard[15] the Tribunal,[46] and Grogu on Coruscant,[47] managed to escape.[5]

Surprisingly, not every Jedi was marked for immediate execution. Certain Jedi, such as Jedi Knight Iskat Akaris, were spared from the immediate onslaught of Order 66. Some Jedi who held doubts in the Jedi Order were watched and influenced by spies placed in the Jedi Temple by Darth Sidious. Their goal was to encourage and grow doubts and disillusion in the Order within these troubled Jedi, making them more susceptible to the idea of leaving the Order or embracing the Dark side. When the order came and the purge began, these Jedi were spared from the onslaught. The clones who normally should have raised blasters, instead raised a hologram of Sidious himself to them, who offered them a chance to live, as long as they revoked their Jedi ways and pledged their allegiance to him. These Jedi would soon become the first Inquisitors of the Inquisitorius.[19]

Nevertheless, most Jedi died. This included in the Jedi Temple, where almost everyone, including younglings, were killed by Vader and his clone forces. Hoping to lure more Jedi to their deaths, Vader activated a beacon inside the Jedi Temple that broadcast an emergency message requesting all Jedi to return to the Temple.[5] Around the time of Order 66, Master Tobar Ka-Teen was presumed to have been killed on Auratera by several squads of clone troopers.[48] In what would be remembered as the last stand of the Jedi Order, one group of survivors took up a defensive position within a mountain fortress, which was attacked by Republic clone troopers. Reportedly it was the Republic officer Hodnar Borrum who marshaled the clones for the final charge, which ended with the defeat of the Jedi. That battle may have been fought on Madar or Morad.[18]

With the Jedi Order effectively destroyed, Sidious called a special session of the Senate in order to mark the end of the Galactic Republic. The Sith Lord presented himself as a brutally wounded victim of an attempted Jedi coup that he referred to as the "Jedi rebellion." He pledged that the remaining Jedi traitors would be eliminated. He further used the instability wrought by the Clone Wars to transform the Republic into the Galactic Empire, a proclamation that was met with enthusiastic congressional support. After his attack on the temple, Vader proceeded to Mustafar to eliminate the Separatist Council. Earlier, Sidious had tricked the Council into believing that Vader would protect them. Vader slaughtered the council upon his arrival, which was then followed by him following Sidious's third order by shutting down the Droid army, thus ending the war.[5]

Birth of the Empire[]

Rise of Darth Vader[]

"At last, the Jedi are no more."
―Darth Sidious, to Yoda[5]

While Sidious proclaimed himself Emperor of the galaxy, Kenobi and Yoda infiltrated the Jedi Temple and found the destruction left in Vader's wake. Kenobi altered the Jedi beacon to warn the Jedi to avoid Coruscant, and soon saw a holographic recording that showed him the truth: Darth Vader, the man responsible for the deaths in the Jedi Temple, was his former apprentice Anakin Skywalker, as well as that the Chancellor is Sidious and Vader's master. The two Jedi resolved to destroy the Sith, with Yoda confronting the Emperor while Kenobi would track down and kill his former friend.[5] Kenobi's message managed to save an undetermined number of Jedi survivors[49] and made it to Dume just as he entered the Coruscant system.[16] After a brief skirmish against a group of ARC-170s, Dume escaped back to Kaller.[50]


Obi-Wan Kenobi claims the high ground in his duel with Darth Vader

Kenobi tracked Vader to the volcanic world of Mustafar by stowing away aboard Amidala's ship, after the senator chose to travel to Mustafar in search of her husband. Vader, who slaughtered the Separatist Council on Mustafar and brought an end of the Clone Wars, became enraged when he saw his former master, believing that he and Amidala were conspiring against him. Vader attacked Amidala and left her unconscious, while he and Kenobi engaged in a lightsaber duel throughout the Separatist complex and above the lava rivers. Yoda, meanwhile, confronted the Emperor and also engaged him in a lightsaber duel. While neither conquered the other, Yoda ultimately fled after being unable to defeat the Emperor and was rescued by Senator Bail Organa of Alderaan, the latter being an ally of the Jedi Order. On Mustafar, Kenobi cut off three of Vader's limbs and left the Sith Lord to burn to death on the banks of a lava river, while Kenobi rescued Amidala and left Mustafar. The Emperor soon arrived on Mustafar and found his battered apprentice. They returned to Coruscant, where Vader was given a suit of life-supporting armor that he would be forced to wear for the rest of his life.[5]

Kenobi rendezvoused with Yoda and Organa on the asteroid colony of Polis Massa, where Amidala gave birth to her twins, Luke and Leia, before dying. The Jedi Masters knew that if they had any hope of ever defeating the Sith, they would need to keep Anakin's children hidden and safe. Leia was taken to Alderaan, where she was raised by Organa and his wife, Queen Breha Organa, as Princess Leia Organa. Luke was taken to live with Anakin's stepbrother, Owen Lars, and Owen's wife, Beru, on Tatooine. Kenobi went into exile on Tatooine to watch over the boy, while Yoda returned to Dagobah in seclusion.[5]

In the immediate aftermath of Order 66 and on the steps of the Jedi Temple, the Imperial Grand Vizier, Mas Amedda, led a public rally celebrating the extermination of the Jedi. Amedda stated that the galactic population was now free from the supposed threat of the Jedi thanks to the new Galactic Emperor. He further claimed that the Jedi had been responsible for Separatist plots and told numerous lies, but that Palpatine had seen through these supposed ploys and survived their assassination attempt. The main event was the incineration of a number of lightsabers, taken from the dead Force-sensitives. The Imperials had also recovered Yoda's lightsaber, with Amedda personally throwing the hilt into the furnace. The Kyber crystals in the lightsabers soon reacted to the heat, exploding into a blast of blue light that pushed Amedda and several clones back.[51]

Darth Vader's first hunts[]


The Inquisitorius was comprised of fallen Jedi who turned to the dark side as a result of the Great Jedi Purge.

The Age of the Empire saw the continued hunting of Jedi survivors across the galaxy. Darth Vader, ordered by his master to retrieve a new Kyber crystal for a lightsaber to replace the blade lost on Mustafar, traveled to the site of a sacred Jedi monastery on the river moon of Al'doleem. There he faced Jedi Master Kirak Infil'a and despite losing in their first duel and taking massive damage[52] he defeated him and took his lightsaber as his own.[53]

In order to hunt them down and eliminate them, the Emperor ordered Vader to train a group called the Inquisitorius made up of former Jedi. Their past as Jedi meant the Inquisitors were weak in the dark side of the Force and defensive, unused to attacking. Vader noticed this when he began training them and decided to train them in a purely offensive style.[17] Vader tasked the Grand Inquisitor with studying the records of the Jedi Order to familiarize himself with their enemies and hunt them more efficiently.[17] The Inquisitors were given a hit list of Jedi unaccounted for after the purge including Jedi such as Yoda, Quinlan Vos, Ahsoka Tano and Jocasta Nu.[17]

Nu, the former Chief Librarian of the Jedi Order, was given special importance. She was attempting to preserve the order by creating a new hidden school alongside her assistant Gar. To do this she needed students and in pursuit of this goal she used a secret tunnel back in to the temple to find a holocron with a list of every Force-sensitive child catalogued prior to Order 66.[17] While she successfully sneaked in to the temple and retrieved the holocron from a secret vault, her escape was not so easy. While escaping she saw the Grand Inquisitor reading and discarding her books which sent her into a frenzy causing her to attack him.[54]

After a brief lightsaber duel against the Grand Inquisitor, she was bested, and only Vader's intervention saved her life. Vader demanded she be taken alive causing an argument between him and the Inquisitor which allowed Nu to escape. She retreated to a computer access room in the Library retrieving a special weapon and initiating the deletion of the archive files.[55] After failing to kill him with the weapon and ruining her lightsaber in the process, Nu attempted to kill Vader by self-destructing it, but he redirected it so that it blew a hole in the Temple's outer wall. Grabbing a green-bladed lightsaber from a shelf, Nu took the opportunity to escape out the gap, but was forced to fight off several Coruscant Guard shock troopers led by Commander Fox, who also fired on Vader by mistake due to Fox neglecting to provide a description of the Sith Lord.[56]

Snapping the clone commander's neck, Vader ordered the troopers to take Nu alive, stopping her with the Force after she attempted to commit suicide in order to deny them the information she held. Restrained and confined aboard a patrol transport, Nu was forced to watch as Vader accessed the coveted information: the Kyber memory crystal, containing a list of all known Force-sensitive children in the galaxy. When Nu inquired what her fate would be, Vader ignited his lightsaber but met no resistance from Nu, who accepted her death. The list of names was then destroyed by Vader, to ensure that his master could not use it to find and train other Sith apprentices.[56]

Executions continue on[]

Following these events the hunt for Jedi continued resulting in the capture and eventual death of Jedi Master Luminara Unduli in the Spire, a heavily fortified former Separatist prison on Stygeon Prime. Her bones were kept as they still contained traces of her Force signature even after her death and could lure other Jedi survivors to their deaths by making them believe that she was still alive. This strategy proved effective, with Jedi survivors such as Caleb Dume making for Stygeon Prime only to be caught in a trap.[7] The Empire also offered rewards to those who turned in Jedi survivors.[1]

Order 66 remained in effect throughout Imperial rule, with it being ordered that any suspected or known Jedi had to be shot on sight.[57] Order 66 subsection Codicil Nine made it illegal to keep Sith artifacts.[58] During the Purge, Vader personally contacted the clone CC-5052 "Bly" to help him capture two rebellious Padawans. Vader selected Bly due to his experience with the two Padawans in question, which made him the ideal candidate for the task. Vader and Bly were ultimately successful in killing the Jedi.[59]

Having escaped execution on Kaller and above Coruscant, Dume continued to run from the Empire and joined the crew of smuggler Janus Kasmir. The two managed to escape clone trooper officers CC-10/994 "Grey" and "Styles" by leaving each of their smuggling jobs right away after getting paid. However, they were finally caught on the planet Lahn,[60] only for Styles to take Dume in alive so he could enjoy executing the Padawan who had caused them so much trouble, much to the anger of Grey who simply wanted the supposed traitor dead. As their Gozanti-class cruiser entered the Kaller system, Dume managed to break Grey out of the trance of Order 66 by reminding him of his friendship with Master Billaba. After Dume escaped out the airlock to join Kasmir and his other allies in a battle against the clones' cruiser, Grey gave his own life to ensure the Padawan escaped by destroying his ship's controls, leaving the Gozanti to explode with him and Styles aboard.[61]

Early resistance[]

Uprisings on Mon Cala and Raada[]
"Execute Order 66."
"Don't you dare, you stupid clones! We're Inquisitors, not—"
―Ferren Barr and the Tenth Brother, as the former tricked nearby Purge Troopers to turn against the Inquisitors[62]
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Darth Vader dueled Ferren Barr on Mon Cala.

By 18 BBY,[63] former Padawan Ferren Barr[64] had begun influencing king Lee-Char of Mon Cala into open rebellion against the Empire. In retaliation to this, the Emperor sent Vader, along with three Inquisitors, Tenth Brother, Ninth Sister, and Sixth Brother, to the water world to learn the truth about what was happening on Mon Cala and if Jedi were present, then Vader was to destroy them.[20] During the ensuing conflict, Vader captured Lee-Char and killed Ferren Barr, but Barr's acolyte Verla escaped after he told her to find another surviving Jedi such as Quinlan Vos or Yoda to finish her training.[62]

In the same year,[65] the Sixth Brother was sent to Thabeska to hunt for a possible Force-sensitive. Unbeknownst to him, this is where Ahsoka Tano had been in hiding. After discovering the Inquisitor's presence, Ahsoka fled to Raada and eventually started an early rebel movement. During the Raada Uprising, she fought the Sixth Brother. She used the Force to cause the Inquisitor's lightsaber to explode, killing him. She later used the now-purified kyber crystals from his saber to build her own lightsabers.[21] Later, while living within a farm village, Tano encountered another Inquisitor but quickly dispatched him.[22]

Hunt for Eeth Koth[]
"To one less Jedi in the galaxy."
Tualon Yaluna, toasting to the death of Eeth Koth[2]

Eventually, Darth Vader and the Inquisitorius located the former Jedi Master Eeth Koth, who had left the Order during the Clone Wars. Vader found Koth with his wife, who had just given birth. Sending[2] Thirteenth Sister[19] to secure the child, Vader engaged Koth in a lightsaber duel. Once the child was secured, Vader stabbed Koth in the back, killing him.[2]

Mission to rebuild the Jedi Order[]
"We seek a dangerous fugitive. This is no common anarchist but a devotee of the treasonous Jedi Order. Failure to turn over this traitor will result in a charge of sedition. Turn yourself in or everyone present shall face summary execution."
―The Second Sister, to a group of workers on Bracca[1]
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The surviving Jedi Cal Kestis rose up against the Empire and tried to rebuild the Jedi Order.

In 14 BBY,[66] the Inquisitorius discovered a Jedi, the Padawan Cal Kestis, hidden on Bracca. The Second Sister and Ninth Sister were sent to kill him, but Kestis managed to escape. The Ninth Sister was defeated by Kestis on Kashyyyk, and the Second Sister met her death in Nur after being defeated by Kestis and moving away from the dark side of the Force, having reconciled with her former Jedi master, Cere Junda, whom Kestis joined and consecrated him a Jedi Knight. Darth Vader arrived in time to see the Second Sister's betrayal and execute her with his lightsaber. Vader tried to kill Kestis and Junda, but both narrowly escaped.[1]

Having seen a Force vision that predicted his potential Jedi academy would be found and destroyed, Kestis decided to destroy Eno Cordova's holocron, which contained a list of Force-sensitive children across the galaxy that Kestis and Junda intended to use to rebuild the Jedi Order, which had been retrieved on Nur. Kestis felt that the children's fate should be entrusted to the Force. Afterward, he asked what they should do next.[1]

Hunt for Kenobi and the Hidden Path[]

Reva Sevander joined the Inquisitorius to get closer to Darth Vader and wait for the right moment to take revenge on the Sith Lord.

One Inquisitor, the "Third Sister" Reva Sevander, was secretly working to kill Vader[24] so as to avenge her fellow Jedi younglings he killed during Order 66.[67] Unknown to her, Vader was aware of her plan. So as to get close to Vader, Sevander worked to continue the hunt for Obi-Wan Kenobi despite a lack of leads on the case.[24] Meanwhile, the Inquisitorius was also carrying out a hunt for the Hidden Path network,[25] which worked to smuggle Force-sensitives to safety away from the Empire's eyes.[30] One of its members was the con artist Haja Estree, who pretended to be a Jedi on the crime ridden planet Daiyu: while Estree did indeed scam people for credits, he did ensure those who came to him for help got it.[68]

Uncovering a link between Senator Bail Organa and Kenobi, Sevander dispatched a team of criminals led by Vect Nokru to ambush and kidnap Organa's adoptive daughter Leia. Meanwhile, Sevander was part of a hunt for the surviving Jedi Nari that took herself, the Grand Inquisitor, and the Fifth Brother to Tatooine, where Nari found an emotionally broken Kenobi who refused to help him. Ultimately, Nari would be killed. At the urging of Organa, Kenobi, traveled offworld[26] and rescued Leia on Daiyu. Uncovering the Third Sister's plot, the Grand Inquisitor, Fifth Brother, and Fourth Sister also traveled to Daiyu with their stormtrooper forces to reprimand Sevander and capture Kenobi without her. With Estree's help, Kenobi and Organa managed to escape the planet, but not before a run-in with the Third Sister: she stabbed the Grand Inquisitor to get him out of her way and revealed to Kenobi that Vader was alive.[68]

Journeying to the mining planet Mapuzo in the Mid Rim, Kenobi and Organa reached a Path safehouse operated by undercover Imperial captain Tala Durith and the droid NED-B. However, Vader himself arrived with the Inquisitors and handily bested Kenobi[30] in the battle on Mapuzo.[69] While Durith managed to get Kenobi out alive and bring him to the Path base of operations on the planet Jabiim,[25] Organa was captured by the Third Sister[30] and brought to the Fortress Inquisitorius for questioning. Kenobi and Durith infiltrated the base, rescued Organa, and escaped. Pointed to Jabiim by a tracking device hidden within Organa's droid L0-LA59,[25] Sevander, promoted to the rank of Grand Inquisitor by Vader, led an Imperial assault on the Path base, where Durith gave her life to hold back the Empire.[24]


The second rematch between Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader on a barren moon.

Kenobi, who put together that Sevander was working against Vader, deduced how his former disciple would think by distracting him with an empty transport. Kenobi, Organa, and the rest of the Path soon escaped aboard Roken's freight transport, while Sevander made her move against Vader, who handily defeated her before revealing the Grand Inquisitor's survival. Both left[24] to pursue the fleeing transport aboard the Devastator, while Sevander made her way to Tatooine[67] after discovering the existence of Luke Skywalker from a holoprojector Kenobi dropped in the chaos.[24] Knowing Vader was more interested in him than the Path as a whole, Kenobi drew the Devastator off the transport's trail by heading to a barren moon, where Kenobi found faith in the future through his experiences with Luke and Leia. Kenobi defeated Vader in the lightsaber duel and left Vader beaten. Kenobi then returned to Tatooine, where he had felt Skywalker was in danger; Sevander attacked the Lars Homestead in an effort to kill the boy but ultimately was unable to go through with the act. Assured by Kenobi that re-embracing the light was better for the memory of her lost friends, Sevander rejected her station as an Inquisitor.[67]

After his failure to capture Kenobi, Vader dispatched probe droids to find the Jedi Master and reported his progress to Sidious, who ordered Vader to stop so as to not let his past define him. Organa was returned home to Alderaan and bid goodbye to Kenobi, who also promised to help battle the growing power of the Empire if he was needed, when he visited. With his hope restored, Kenobi also finally saw the Force spirit of his former master, Qui-Gon Jinn.[67]

A refuge for those persecuted by the Empire[]
"Tanalorr's a fortress. We should use it for the Hidden Path. Gather allies. Train. They'd never see us coming."
―Cal Kestis[70]
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Kestis intended to make Tanalorr a haven for those persecuted by the Empire, including Force-users.

Over the five years following the holocron's destruction, Kestis has become an extremely important target for the Empire, having attracted the attention of not only the Inquisitorius, but the ISB as well. In 9 BBY, on the planet Koboh, Kestis encountered something from the Jedi's golden age. Kestis encountered the Jedi Dagan Gera, who has been preserved in bacta since the days of the High Republic. Kestis freed the old Jedi and asked for his help in his fight against the Empire. However, Gera fell out with the Jedi Order, who he believed had betrayed him because the Jedi had given up on Tanalorr, a hard-to-reach world Dagan had become obsessed with, after an attack by the Nihil. Gera fell to the dark side and bled the kyber crystal from his lightsaber, starting a duel with Kestis afterwards. Dagan escaped with the help of his old ally, the Gen'Dai Rayvis, and intended to return to Tanalorr and create an army led by Force-users trained by himself to fight the Empire. However, due to the clouded view of Gera by the dark side, Kestis opposed his plan. Along with Bode Akuna, Kestis killed Dagan and obtained the compass that would guide them to Tanalorr, a place that Kestis intended to transform into a refuge for those persecuted by the Empire.[70]

Funeral on Tanalorr

After the funeral, Kestis promised to honor Cere's legacy by building something that would outlast the Empire.

However, the compass was stolen by Akuna, who was an ISB's spy and a survivor of the Jedi Purge. Akuna intended to flee to Tanalorr with he daughter so that they could live free from the Empire forever, which, in he opinion, Kestis' intentions for Tanalorr jeopardized. Kestis followed Akuna to Tanalorr, and along with his ally, the Nightsister Merrin, slew him. Kestis and his friends took in Bode's daughter and held a Jedi funeral for Akuna, Cere Junda, and Eno Cordova, who were trying to restore knowledge from the Jedi archives and were killed due to Akuna stealing the compass. With the compass to cross the deadly Koboh Abyss nebula, Kestis and his allies began to prepare Tanalorr for use by the Hidden Path.[70]

Uprising on Lothal[]
"The Emperor has foreseen a new threat rising against him: the children of the Force. They must not become Jedi."
"Yes, Lord Vader."
"Hunt down this new enemy, and if they will not serve the Empire, eliminate them along with any surviving Jedi who would train them. This is my master's command."
―Darth Vader and the Grand Inquisitor[71]

As the Empire expanded throughout the galaxy, and the Sith increased their hold over the cosmos, the Emperor sensed a new threat that could potentially rise against him. This threat, which Darth Vader referred to as the "children of the Force," came in the form of young Force-sensitives who the Emperor feared would rise up against the Empire. The Inquisitors were ordered to either turn these individuals to the dark side or eliminate them, along with any Jedi who could potentially train them. To that end, the Inquisitors carried out an operation known as Project Harvester to capture these young Force-sensitive beings.[72] These individuals were recruited from such facilities as the Imperial Academy on the Outer Rim world of Lothal or were taken from their parents as infants.[73]

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Knight Kanan Jarrus and Padawan Ezra Bridger emerged as enemies of the Empire and, eventually, the Sith during the Imperial Era.

The Age of the Empire also led to a number of rebel cells operating throughout the galaxy in opposition of the Empire. One such cell was the Spectres rebel cell that based on Lothal, and was was led by Captain Hera Syndulla of the starship Ghost, as well as Caleb Dume,[71] who took on the name Kanan Jarrus in order to evade Imperial execution.[74] The cell came to the attention of the Empire after Jarrus revealed himself as a Jedi while freeing Wookiee slaves from the spice mines of the planet Kessel.[71] The Empire tracked down Jarrus and Ezra Bridger, who had become Jarrus's Padawan apprentice, and they too were lured into the Spire, but they managed to escape before they were killed.[7]

Later, the Spectres sabotaged the Empire Day celebrations at Lothal's Capital City in 4 BBY and rescued the Rodian Imperial Information Office employee Tseebo. The Grand Inquisitor pursued the Spectres, but they escaped into hyperspace aboard the Ghost.[75] However, the Grand Inquisitor tracked down the Spectres using an XX-23 S-thread tracker attacked to the auxiliary shuttle Phantom. While the other crew members spirited Tseebo away into hiding, Bridger and Jarrus led the Grand Inquisitor to Fort Anaxes on PM-1203. Following a brief duel, the two Jedi escaped the Inquisitor. However, Bridger tapped into the dark side in a moment of fear.[76]

Due to the failure of the Inquisitor and other Imperial agents to capture the Spectres and their Jedi "leader," Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin arrived on Lothal and chastised them for their failings. Working with the Imperial Security Bureau Agent Kallus and Tarkin, the Grand Inquisitor trapped the Spectres at the Imperial Communications Center near Jalath. The Inquisitor bested Jarrus in combat and captured the Jedi. However, the other Spectres escaped and used a computer spike to hijack the communications tower and broadcast Bridger's message of rebellion.[77] After the Grand Inquisitor and Kallus proved unable to break Jarrus, Tarkin advocated transferring the Jedi to Mustafar, a place "where the Jedi went to die."[78]

Above Mustafar, the Grand Inquisitor continued interrogating Jarrus aboard Tarkin's Imperial Star Destroyer Sovereign; taunting Jarrus about the death of his master Billaba. However, Jarrus' comrades infiltrated the Sovereign, and Bridger rescued his master. Jarrus then defeated the Grand Inquisitor in a duel aboard the Star Destroyer's reactor core. Rather than face the penalty for his failure, the Grand Inquisitor committed suicide by plunging into the malfunctioning reactor. The Spectres escaped Tarkin's stricken Star Destroyer with the help of Phoenix Cell, a larger rebel cell. They were also greeted by Tano, who revealed herself as the rebel spymaster Fulcrum.[8]

Galactic Civil War[]

Hunt for the rebel Jedi[]

Shortly afterward, the Emperor sent Darth Vader to deal with the rebel threat, as the rebels began working with the larger rebel movement led by Senator Organa and Tano,[8] the former Padawan of Anakin Skywalker. Following a botched mission to rescue Minister Maketh Tua, Vader ambushed the Spectres at the Imperial Complex on Lothal. Despite besting Jarrus and Bridger in lightsaber combat, the Spectres managed to escape back to the Phoenix fleet. However, Vader pursued them in his TIE Advanced x1 and crippled the rebel flagship Phoenix Home. During the dogfight, Tano and Vader sensed each other's presence in the Force. This encounter confirmed her survival to Vader, while Tano later denied knowing who Vader was. After the Phoenix Squadron escaped with the Jedi fugitives, the Emperor ordered his apprentice to send another Inquisitor to deal with the situation.[27]

During the Assault on Seelos, Admiral Kassius Konstantine was ordered to rendezvous with the Fifth Brother in space. While Konstantine was concerned that this rendezvous had compromised the Imperial Security Bureau Agent Kallus' mission on Seelos, the Fifth Brother was unperturbed and vowed to succeed where Konstantine and Kallus had failed.[79]

Later, the Seventh Sister and the Fifth Brother ambushed members of the Spectres rebel cell at an abandoned Republic Haven-class medical station in space. One of the Spectres was Bridger, who clashed with both the Seventh Sister and the Fifth Brother in lightsaber combat. Following a brief skirmish, the Spectres escaped back to Phoenix Group on the Phantom. Bridger related his encounter to Jarrus, who was shocked that there was more than one Inquisitor.[80]

The Seventh Sister and the Fifth Brother then embarked on a campaign to abduct Force-sensitive children for the Empire and kidnapped baby Alora from her grandmother Darja. Tano learned about the Inquisitors' secondary mission and enlisted Jarrus and Bridger's help in stopping them. Tracking the Inquisitor's coordinates, Jarrus, Bridger, Garazeb Orrelios, and Chopper traveled to the planet Takobo. They managed to rescue the Ithorian baby Pypey from the Inquisitors but were unable to match them in combat. Tano came to their rescue and the Jedi and rebels escaped aboard the Phantom. With the Jedi Order gone, Tano, Jarrus, and Bridger resolved to protect Force-sensitive children from the Empire.[81]

Acting on information obtained by one of the Seventh Sister's ID9 seeker droids, the Seventh Sister and Fifth Brother later joined forces with Agent Kallus and Admiral Konstantine to hunt down and destroy the Phoenix Squadron, which was hiding on the planet Garel. The two Inquisitors caught up with Bridger and Jarrus but the Spectres escaped aboard the Ghost into space.[82]

For the next several months, the Seventh Sister and the Fifth Brother continued their hunt for Bridger and Jarrus, undermining their efforts to help Phoenix Squadron find a new base on Oosalon. In desperation, Bridger, Jarrus, and Tano visited the Lothal Jedi Temple to seek out wisdom in this hour of crisis. There, Bridger communed with Yoda, who told the young Padawan to find Malachor. Meanwhile, Jarrus completed his Jedi Trials and emerged a Jedi Knight while Tano confronted her suspicion that Skywalker and Vader were one and the same. The trio escaped the Lothal Jedi Temple before the Fifth Brother and Seventh Sister forced their way into the temple. The two Inquisitors then informed Vader about their finding.[83]

End of the purge[]
"There are no Jedi! You and your Inquisitors have seen to that. […] I am no Jedi."
―Ahsoka Tano, to Darth Vader[28]

After helping Phoenix Squadron to establish Chopper Base on the planet Atollon, Jarrus and Bridger accompanied Tano to the planet Malachor, intent on finding the secrets to destroying the Sith. There, they were attacked by the Eighth Brother. Ezra was separated from Jarrus and Tano and encountered the former Sith apprentice Maul, who offered to help him obtain the secrets inside the Malachor Sith Temple. After Maul helped the Jedi and Tano to fight off the Eighth Brother, Seventh Sister, and Fifth Brother, they reluctantly teamed up with Maul to obtain the temple's secrets. While Bridger was convinced that Maul was an ally, Jarrus and Tano distrusted the former Sith.[28]

Master versus the apprentice

Though Ahsoka Tano no longer considered herself a Jedi, she was nonetheless marked for death under Order 66.

Maul convinced Bridger to place the Sith holocron they had recovered inside the Sith temple's obelisk. After killing the Inquisitors, Maul then turned on Jarrus and Tano, blinding the former. Meanwhile, Bridger learned that the Sith temple was an ancient battle station capable of destroying all life and refused to harness the Temple's dark-side powers. However, Vader arrived and fought Bridger, only to be confronted by Tano; denying his request to join him and hunt any surviving Jedi, going so far as to say Vader and his Inquisitors had destroyed the last of the Order, Tano affirmed she was not a Jedi and battled Vader in the name of avenging Anakin Skywalker. Bridger and his blinded master managed to escape with Chopper aboard the Phantom while Tano stayed behind to hold back Vader. After the Sith temple imploded, Vader departed while Tano headed inside the temple.[28] With Tano assumed dead, the Great Jedi Purge came to its end.[11]


Fall of Maul[]

"Tell me… Is it the Chosen One?"
"He is."
"He… will… avenge us."
―Maul's final words with Obi-Wan Kenobi, referencing Luke Skywalker[84]

Later, Maul captured the Spectres to force Bridger and Jarrus to bring the Sith holocron from Malachor and the latter's Jedi holocron to him. After learning an individual with a red lightsaber was behind the capture, Bridger initially speculated that another Inquisitor was responsible, though they soon learned it was Maul.[85] Maul later manipulated Bridger into helping him find Obi-Wan Kenobi on Tatooine. After Kenobi sent Bridger away and Maul deduced that Kenobi was protecting someone on the planet, the Jedi Master and his old enemy engaged in one final duel, which Kenobi quickly ended by fatally striking the former Sith. As Maul died in his nemesis's arms, he asked if the person Kenobi was guarding, secretly Anakin Skywalker's son Luke, was the Chosen One. Kenobi believed this was the case, and Maul died hoping the young Skywalker would avenge them.[84]

The children of the Force final stand[]

"Hmm, the Jedi once numbered in the thousands. What's left are a scattered, frightened lot, mostly beaten and in hiding, or poorly trained children, like yourself."
―Grand Admiral Thrawn, to Ezra Bridger[86]

During the mission to Batuu, Darth Vader reflected on how the war against the Jedi Order had been won.[87] Still, even as the Empire and the consolidated Rebel forces that had come to be known as the Rebel Alliance fought, several Jedi had survived the purge. Among these survivors were Jarrus and Bridger, but, after the Spectres' return to Lothal, the former gave his life to protect Bridger, fellow rebel Sabine Wren, and his lover, the now-General Syndulla.[88]


Kanan Jarrus sacrificed himself to protect his family.

Shortly afterward, the Spectres launched a mission to the Lothal Jedi Temple, leading to Bridger entering the World Between Worlds through a portal, which enabled him to reach through time and save Tano from Vader on Malachor. The two were interrupted by Darth Sidious, who tried to use Bridger to access the World Between Worlds, which would have given the Galactic Emperor control of the universe itself. The two escaped Palpatine, and Tano returned to her own point in time, though she promised Bridger she would find him again, while Bridger returned to his friends outside the portal. The Lothal Jedi Temple collapsed, thus destroying the gateway into the World Between Worlds.[89]

A short time later, Bridger, the other Spectres, and their assorted allies launched an attempt to liberate Lothal, during which the Jedi Padawan was captured and taken to Grand Admiral Thrawn on the Chimaera. During their conversation, Bridger and Thrawn discussed the Jedi, with the Imperial officer noting that the majority of the Order's members were either in hiding or "poorly trained children." Thrawn took the Force-sensitive before Sidious, who spoke to Bridger via a hologram. Through a surviving part of the Lothal temple he had ordered be brought aboard the Star Destroyer, the Sith Lord offered the young man a chance to reunite with his parents. The Jedi Padawan ultimately refused the potential future and destroyed the temple fragment, again denying Sidious access to the World Between Worlds.[86]

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Ezra Bridger made a final stand to liberate his home planet.

Escaping three Royal Guards and a trio of stormtroopers, Bridger made his way to the Chimaera's bridge, where he confronted Thrawn. Thanks to a pod of Purrgil he had asked the young rebel Mart Mattin to summon, the Seventh Fleet was defeated, and the Chimaera, including Bridger, Thrawn, and all others aboard, was taken away into hyperspace by the creatures. With the Imperial fleet gone, the Spectres and their allies, having lured all Imperial forces into the structure with a false Protocol 13, destroyed the Empire's command "dome," fulfilling Bridger's wish that his homeworld be freed from Imperial oppression.[86]

Redemption of Anakin Skywalker[]

"That boy is our last hope."
"No, there is another."
―Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda, about Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa[90]

Luke Skywalker began his Jedi training in a time when the Jedi were all but extinct.

Elsewhere in the galaxy, Kenobi and Yoda were also alive.[91] Luke Skywalker began his Jedi training under Kenobi, before the Jedi Master was killed by Darth Vader.[12] Skywalker received guidance from Kenobi's spirit, and after a number of years the departed Jedi Master sent Skywalker to Dagobah, where he received more extensive Jedi training from Yoda.[90]

Skywalker cut his training short in order to rescue his friends Han Solo and Princess Leia, the latter of whom he did not yet know was his sister, from Vader on Bespin. Skywalker soon learned this was a trap, as Vader wanted to capture Skywalker and train him as his new apprentice, and the two engaged in a lightsaber duel. During the duel, Skywalker learned that Vader was his father, and he fled the fight and was rescued by his friends.[90] A year later, Skywalker proclaimed himself a Jedi Knight and returned to Dagobah, where he found a weary and dying Yoda. Before death, Yoda imparted final wisdom onto his apprentice and confirmed that Vader was his father. He also urged Skywalker to pass on his Jedi training to others. Upon Yoda's death, Skywalker became the last of the Jedi.[91]


The deaths of Sidious and Vader marked the end of the Sith lineage, while the Jedi legacy survived through Skywalker.

Having sensed the goodness in his father, the last vestiges of Anakin Skywalker, Luke surrendered himself to Vader during the Battle of Endor and was brought before the Emperor. Skywalker and Vader engaged in a final lightsaber duel, and Skywalker nearly turned to the dark side after lashing out at Vader in anger. After defeating his father, Sidious betrayed Vader by ordering Luke to finish him off, but Luke composed himself and tossed his lightsaber aside, refusing to fight any further. The furious Emperor attempted to kill Skywalker with his Force lightning, but the sight of his son in agony led to Vader's redemption. Once again Anakin Skywalker, the redeemed Jedi sacrificed himself to kill the Emperor and save his son. Their deaths and the Empire's defeat during the battle ended the era of Sith rule over the galaxy.[91]


"At the end of the Clone Wars, when Emperor Palpatine took power, he declared the entire Jedi Order to be traitors. He issued Order 66, and most of the Jedi died that very day. Not just full Knights either. Padawans, younglings. That was the purge. Order 66 still stands. Jedi are to be killed on sight. Even people who might be Jedi. People like me. That's why I ran when you first saw me. The Empire sent out powerful Force-users, dark side adepts, to hunt down any Jedi survivors. They were called the Inquisitorius. But their boss... he was worse than any of them. And he's still out there. The monster of monsters. Pure, true evil. Darth Vader."
―Verla, to Luke Skywalker[57]
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Skywalker's efforts to restore the Jedi Order ended with the deaths of his students.

The death of the Emperor, made possible by the return of the Jedi, left the Galactic Empire leaderless. The Empire fractured into competing sects,[92] while the Rebel Alliance reformed itself into the New Republic.[93] Following the Empire's defeat in the Battle of Jakku,[94] Sabine Wren and Ahsoka Tano launched a search to find Ezra Bridger, who was still alive,[95] and bring him home to Lothal.[86]

Heeding Yoda's advice, Luke Skywalker set out to rebuild the Jedi Order and established a training temple. He gathered a group of at least a dozen students which included Ben Solo, who was the son of Han Solo and Luke's sister, Leia Organa. Skywalker sensed the darkness in his nephew, however, and went to confront him one night. Peering into his nephew's mind, Skywalker saw the terror that his nephew would bring to the galaxy, and in a moment of instinct, ignited his lightsaber. Skywalker quickly came to his senses and was overcome with shame, but Solo woke up and brought down his hut with the Force, collapsing it in on his uncle.[96] He then destroyed the temple and the Jedi Order[29] with a storm.[97]

Solo had been seduced to the dark side of the Force by the mysterious Snoke, the Supreme Leader of the First Order.[98] Solo joined the Knights of Ren, taking on the name Kylo Ren, and became Snoke's apprentice. Meanwhile, Skywalker went into self-exile at the First Jedi Temple on Ahch-To,[98] only to be brought back into the fold later by the Force-sensitive orphaned scavenger Rey, who became the last Jedi after Skywalker sacrificed himself at the Battle of Crait to save the Resistance.[96]


"The Jedi are a threat to be eradicated wherever they are found."
―Fourth Sister[99]

A few Jedi survived Order 66 and went into hiding. Some succeeded in avoiding the Empire; however, others were tracked down and killed by Vader and the Inquisitorius.

  • Ahmar: Survived Order 66 and was offered the chance to become an Inquisitor. He refused and subsequently tried to break out of the Fortress Inquisitorius. He was killed by the Grand Inquisitor while trying to escape Nur.[105]
  • Master Kirak Infil'a: Killed by Darth Vader on the river moon Al'doleem[53] in 19 BBY.[106]
  • Chief Librarian Jocasta Nu: Killed by Darth Vader during a hunt for her on Coruscant in 19 BBY.[56]
  • Master Luminara Unduli: Captured and imprisoned by the Galactic Empire at the Spire on Stygeon Prime[7] where she was later executed by the Grand Inquisitor between 19 and 18 BBY.[107]
  • Former Padawan Ferren Barr: Fell to the dark side of the Force[29] and was killed by Darth Vader on Mon Cala during the invasion of Mon Cala[62] in 18 BBY.[63]
  • A Zeltron Jedi: Survived the initial execution of Order 66 during Operation: Knightfall, but was later captured by pirates and imprisoned on the Sith world Firrhana. Shortly afterwards, she was killed by the Thirteenth Sister.[19]
  • Knight Charlin Plaka: Survived the initial execution of Order 66 during Operation: Knightfall, but was later captured by pirates and imprisoned on the Sith world Firrhana. Shortly afterwards, she was killed by the Thirteenth Sister.[19]
  • Master Klefan Opus: Survived the initial execution of Order 66 during Operation: Knightfall, but was later captured by pirates and imprisoned on the Sith world Firrhana. Shortly afterwards, he was killed by the Thirteenth Sister.[19]
  • Former Master Eeth Koth: Killed by Darth Vader on a desert planet during a hunt for him in[2] 14 BBY.[108]
  • Velerie Tide: Survived the first wave of the purge by blending in with the locals of Athio III. She was later discovered to be a Jedi and was killed by the Inquisitors.[109][25]
  • Master Coleman Kcaj: Presumed to be alive by the Inquisitorius. Later found entombed in the Fortress Inquisitorius by 9 BBY.[2][25][110]
  • Master Tera Sinube: Presumed to be alive by the Inquisitorius. Later found entombed in the Fortress Inquisitorius by 9 BBY.[25][111]
  • Former Knight Dagan Gera: Survived by being in a stasis tank on Koboh from the era of the High Republic until the rise of the Empire. Awakened from his slumber by Cal Kestis, and later killed by Kestis in 9 BBY.[112]
  • Nari: Killed by the Inquisitorius on Tatooine.[26]
  • Master Eno Cordova: Initially survived the purge by hiding in the Unknown Regions, he later reunited with his old padawan and formed a new Jedi cache with her. He was later killed by Bode Akuna on Jedha in 9 BBY.[112]
  • Master Cere Junda: Survived the initial wave from her clone troopers but was captured by the Galactic Empire and imprisoned and tortured. She later escaped and forfeited her Jedi identity. She later founded a secret Jedi cache on Jedha alongside her master. She was killed by Darth Vader on Jedha.[1][112]
  • Former Knight Bode Akuna: Survived the initial purge and went into hiding. He later met a woman with whom he had a daughter, Kata. He later fell to the dark side and brokered a deal with ISB officer Denvik to keep him and his daughter safe from Inquisitors as long as Bode served as an Imperial spy. He was killed by Cal Kestis on Tanalorr.[112]
  • Zubain Ankonori: Killed by an Inquisitor on Mataou.[113]
  • Khandra: Killed by an Inquisitor on Burnin Konn.[113]
  • Mususiel: Killed by an Inquisitor on Anoat.[113]
  • Nuhj: Killed by an Inquisitor on Burnin Konn.[113]

Members of the Inquisitorius killed during the Purge:

  • Dante: Survived Order 66 and was given the chance to become an Inquisitor. He was killed by Barriss Offee during their trial to become Inquisitors.[105]
  • Former Padawan Heezo: Once a Padawan of the Jedi Order, Heezo failed the Jedi Trials and was reassigned as a Temple staff technician by the Council of Reassignment of the Jedi Order. Growing dissatisfied and tired of the Jedi Council, Heezo secretly became a spy for Darth Sidious inside the Jedi Temple, helping turn other Jedi to the Dark Side. Later on, he managed to survive Order 66 and became an agent of the Inquisitorius operating on their headquarters on Coruscant. He was killed a few months later by the newly appointed Thirteenth Sister.[19]
  • Master Prosset Dibs: Survived Order 66 and joined the Inquisitorius, although he had already shown a rebellious attitude towards the Jedi Order prior to his descent to the Dark Side. He was killed by Purge Troopers that had their inhibitor chips activated by fugitive Padawan Ferren Barr while being chased by the Inquisitors and Vader on Mon Cala.[62]
  • Bil Valen: Survived Order 66 and joined the Inquisitorius. He was defeated and killed one year after the purge by Ahsoka Tano on the moon Raada.[21]
  • An Inquisitor was killed by Ahsoka.[22][114]
  • Knight Iskat Akaris: Survived Order 66 and joined the Inquisitorius, becoming the Thirteenth Sister. She was killed by Darth Vader in 14 BBY.[19][2]
  • Knight Tualon Yaluna: Survived Order 66 and joined the Inquisitorius. He was killed by Darth Vader in 14 BBY.[19][2]
  • Padawan Trilla Suduri: Survived until she was discovered by the Empire and turned into an Inquisitor. She was later killed by Darth Vader during the mission to Nur in[1] 14 BBY.[66]
  • Knight Masana Tide: Survived Order 66 and was locked away in isolation until she finally surrendered to the Dark Side and joined the Inquisitorius. She was killed by Cal Kestis on Coruscant in 9 BBY.[1][112]
  • An unidentified Inquisitor became the master of Jerserra whilst on Dathomir. She was killed by her apprentice between 18 BBY and 5 ABY.[115][116]

Known survivors[]

Several Jedi or former Jedi eluded capture or death during the Purge and survived, though several were killed after its conclusion.

Order 66 survivors with unknown fates[]

Many Jedi survived Order 66, however, it is unknown if they survived the entirety of the Purge until its end in 3 BBY.

  • Master Kelleran Beq: Survived Operation: Knightfall with the help of the Royal Naboo Security Forces and fled Coruscant with Grogu.[104]
  • Master Taron Malicos: Survived the initial wave of the Purge when his clone troopers betrayed him. He escaped and crashed his ship on Dathomir where he fell to the dark side of the Force. Eventually, he was buried alive by Nightsister Merrin.[1]
  • Master Oppo Rancisis: Presumed to be alive by the Inquisitorius.[2]
  • Master Uvell: Survived the first wave of the Purge.[124]
  • Master Quinlan Vos: Survived and helped a group smuggle Force-sensitive younglings into safety from the Empire.[30]
  • Knight Cal Kestis: Initially a Padawan, survived the skirmish above Bracca against the 13th Battalion before being found by fellow Knight Cere Junda and chased by the Second Sister and the Ninth Sister.[1]
  • Padawan Gungi: Survived Order 66, but was later captured by the Vanguard Axis while trying to get back to Kashyyyk. He was later aided by Clone Force 99 in his quest to reach, settle on, and protect his homeworld.[125]
  • Youngling Reva Sevander: Survived the Siege on the Jedi Temple and joined the Inquisitorius. She would later abandon her life as an Inquisitor in search of solace.[24][67]
  • Former Knight Barriss Offee: Survived Order 66 by being imprisoned in the Imperial Inspectorate HQ for crimes against the Republic. She briefly joined the Inquisitorius, before she quit after a mission and became a healer. She was hunted down and fatally wounded by the Fourth Sister, before she helped Barriss out of the cave they were fighting in by carrying her out.[126]
  • A human Jedi: Survived Order 66 and was hunted down by the Fourth Sister and Barriss Offee. In the end, Offee betrayed the Inquisitorius and helped the Jedi live.[99]
  • A Rodian Jedi youngling: Survived in hiding with Cere Junda and Trilla Suduri.[1]
  • Selrahc Eluos: Presumed to be alive by the Inquisitorius.[2]
  • Ka-Moon Kholi: Presumed to be alive by the Inquisitorius.[2]
  • Lyn Rakish: Survived Order 66 and joined the Inquisitorius. She later redeemed herself after stabbing Barriss Offee and aiding her afterwards, abandoning her life as an Inquisitor.[68][126]

In the Star Wars: Visions short film "Tatooine Rhapsody," the character Jay survived Order 66, and hid by joining a band called Star Waver. It is unknown if he survived the Purge.[127]


Non-canon appearances[]


Notes and references[]

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  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 EAFavicon-Logo STAR WARS: Jedi Survivor on Electronic Arts' official website (backup link)
  4. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars — "The Phantom Apprentice"
  5. 5.00 5.01 5.02 5.03 5.04 5.05 5.06 5.07 5.08 5.09 5.10 5.11 5.12 5.13 5.14 5.15 5.16 5.17 5.18 5.19 5.20 5.21 5.22 5.23 5.24 5.25 5.26 5.27 5.28 5.29 5.30 5.31 5.32 5.33 5.34 5.35 5.36 5.37 5.38 5.39 5.40 5.41 5.42 Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
  6. Star Wars: The Rebel Files
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels — "Rise of the Old Masters"
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels — "Fire Across the Galaxy"
  9. 9.0 9.1 Star Wars: Galactic Atlas
  10. Star Wars Super Graphic: A Visual Guide to a Galaxy Far, Far Away states that Ahsoka Tano fought Darth Vader on Malachor three years before the events of Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, which Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates to 0 BBY. Therefore, the Mission to Malachor took place in 3 BBY.
  11. 11.0 11.1 The Odyssey of Star Wars: An Epic Poem
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope
  13. Helmet Collection logo small Star Wars Helmet Collection 26 (Databank A-Z: Imperial Future Council–Inquisitorius)
  14. AltayaCite "Republic and Separatist Ships" — Star Wars Encyclopedia
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars — "Shattered"
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 16.4 16.5 Kanan 2
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 17.3 17.4 17.5 Darth Vader (2017) 7
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 Aftermath: Life Debt
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 19.3 19.4 19.5 19.6 19.7 19.8 19.9 Inquisitor: Rise of the Red Blade
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 20.3 Darth Vader (2017) 13
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 21.3 21.4 Ahsoka
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 Tales of the Jedi logo Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi — "Resolve"
  23. StarWars The Hunt for Jedi Is on in Marvel's Star Wars: Inquisitors - Exclusive Reveal on StarWars.com (April 16, 2024) (backup link)
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 24.3 24.4 24.5 24.6 Obi-Wan Kenobi new series logo Obi-Wan Kenobi — "Part V"
  25. 25.0 25.1 25.2 25.3 25.4 25.5 25.6 25.7 Obi-Wan Kenobi new series logo Obi-Wan Kenobi — "Part IV"
  26. 26.0 26.1 26.2 26.3 26.4 Obi-Wan Kenobi new series logo Obi-Wan Kenobi — "Part I"
  27. 27.0 27.1 27.2 27.3 Star Wars Rebels: The Siege of Lothal
  28. 28.0 28.1 28.2 28.3 28.4 28.5 28.6 Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels — "Twilight of the Apprentice"
  29. 29.0 29.1 29.2 The Star Wars Book
  30. 30.0 30.1 30.2 30.3 30.4 Obi-Wan Kenobi new series logo Obi-Wan Kenobi — "Part III"
  31. 31.0 31.1 31.2 Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace
  32. StarWars Sith in the Encyclopedia (content now obsolete; backup link)
  33. Helmet Collection logo small Star Wars Helmet Collection 2 (Databank A-Z: Alzoc III—Antilles)
  34. StarWars-DatabankII Darth Bane in the Databank (backup link)
  35. Tarkin
  36. 36.0 36.1 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars — "The Lost One"
  37. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars — "Fugitive"
  38. Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones
  39. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars — "Sabotage"
  40. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars — "The Wrong Jedi"
  41. Kanan 1
  42. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars — "Voices"
  43. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars — "Sacrifice"
  44. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars — "The Unknown"
  45. 45.0 45.1 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars — "Orders"
  46. Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Character Encyclopedia - Join the Battle!
  47. 47.0 47.1 The-Mandalorian-logo The Mandalorian — "Chapter 13: The Jedi"
  48. Nexus of Power
  49. The Star Wars Book
  50. Kanan 3
  51. Darth Vader (2017) 1
  52. Darth Vader (2017) 3
  53. 53.0 53.1 Darth Vader (2017) 4
  54. Darth Vader (2017) 8
  55. Darth Vader (2017) 9
  56. 56.0 56.1 56.2 Darth Vader (2017) 10
  57. 57.0 57.1 Star Wars (2020) 5
  58. Crimson Reign 3
  59. AltayaCite "The Grand Army of the Republic" — Star Wars Encyclopedia
  60. Kanan 4
  61. Kanan 5
  62. 62.0 62.1 62.2 62.3 Darth Vader (2017) 17
  63. 63.0 63.1 According to Ultimate Star Wars, New Edition, the invasion of Mon Cala took place a year into the Emperor's rule. Since Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates the beginning of Imperial rule to 19 BBY, the occupation of Mon Cala, seen in Darth Vader: Darth Lord of the Sith 16, took place in 18 BBY.
  64. 64.0 64.1 Darth Vader (2017) 16
  65. According to Ultimate Star Wars, New Edition, the invasion of Mon Cala took place a year into the Emperor's rule. Since Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates the beginning of Imperial rule to 19 BBY, the occupation of Mon Cala, seen in Darth Vader: Darth Lord of the Sith 16, took place in 18 BBY. Ahsoka takes place a year after the Clone Wars ended, which Star Wars: Galactic Atlas states ended in 19 BBY. Therefore Ahsoka takes place in 18 BBY. Since both stories take place in 18 BBY, they must take place during the same year.
  66. 66.0 66.1 Star Wars: Timelines dates the events of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order to 14 BBY.
  67. 67.0 67.1 67.2 67.3 67.4 Obi-Wan Kenobi new series logo Obi-Wan Kenobi — "Part VI"
  68. 68.0 68.1 68.2 Obi-Wan Kenobi new series logo Obi-Wan Kenobi — "Part II"
  69. SWInsider "Decoding Darth Vader" — Star Wars Insider 214
  70. 70.0 70.1 70.2 Star Wars Jedi: Survivor
  71. 71.0 71.1 71.2 Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion
  72. Servants of the Empire: Rebel in the Ranks
  73. Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels — "Breaking Ranks"
  74. A New Dawn
  75. Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels — "Empire Day"
  76. Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels — "Gathering Forces"
  77. Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels — "Call to Action"
  78. Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels — "Rebel Resolve"
  79. Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels — "Relics of the Old Republic"
  80. Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels — "Always Two There Are"
  81. Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels — "The Future of the Force"
  82. Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels — "Legacy"
  83. Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels — "Shroud of Darkness"
  84. 84.0 84.1 Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels — "Twin Suns"
  85. Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels — "The Holocrons of Fate"
  86. 86.0 86.1 86.2 86.3 Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels — "Family Reunion – and Farewell"
  87. Thrawn: Alliances
  88. 88.0 88.1 Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels — "Jedi Night"
  89. Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels — "A World Between Worlds"
  90. 90.0 90.1 90.2 Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back
  91. 91.0 91.1 91.2 91.3 Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi
  92. PreviewsWorldLogo Shattered Empire Lays Groundwork For New Star Wars Film on the official Previews World website (backup link)
  93. Aftermath
  94. 94.0 94.1 94.2 94.3 94.4 Ultimate Star Wars, New Edition
  95. Star Wars: Women of the Galaxy
  96. 96.0 96.1 Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi
  97. The Rise of Kylo Ren 1
  98. 98.0 98.1 Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens
  99. 99.0 99.1 TalesoftheEmpire-logo Star Wars: Tales of the Empire — "Realization"
  100. Nexus of Power
  101. Heir to the Jedi
  102. 102.0 102.1 Force Collector
  103. Helmet Collection logo small Star Wars Helmet Collection 31 (Databank A-Z: Kaminoians–King Katuunko)
  104. 104.0 104.1 The-Mandalorian-logo The Mandalorian — "Chapter 20: The Foundling"
  105. 105.0 105.1 TalesoftheEmpire-logo Star Wars: Tales of the Empire — "Devoted"
  106. Kirak Infil'a's death occurs durign the Mission to Al'doleem, which occurs during Darth Vader 4. Darth Vader 4 takes place shortly after Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith, which Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates to 19 BBY. Therefore it can be deduced that Kirak Infil'a died in 19 BBY as well.
  107. Star Wars Rebels: Dave Filoni on the Luminara Twist in "Rise of the Old Masters" on www.ign.com (archived from the original on May 9, 2020)
  108. SWInsider "A Seat on the Council" — Star Wars Insider 199 states that Eeth Koth was killed approximately five years after Order 66, which Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates to 19 BBY. Therefore, Koth must have died around 14 BBY.
  109. StarWars SDCC 2023: 10 Reveals from the Lucasfilm Publishing Panel on StarWars.com (backup link)
  110. StarWars Part IV Episode Guide | Obi-Wan Kenobi on StarWars.com (backup link)
  111. TwitterLogo Star Wars (@starwars) on Twitter: "@sskyguyy We had to commemorate a fallen Jedi Master💔" (backup link)
  112. 112.0 112.1 112.2 112.3 112.4 Star Wars Jedi: Survivor
  113. 113.0 113.1 113.2 113.3 Star Wars: Uprising
  114. The death of the Inquisitor featured in "Resolve" can be dated to occur in or after 18 BBY. Ahsoka establishes that the Sixth Brother was the first Inquisitor Ahsoka Tano ever encountered. As Ahsoka dates itself to be a year into the Imperial Era, which started in 19 BBY according Star Wars: Galactic Atlas, the events of the novel must occur in 18 BBY. As such, the events of "Resolve" must take place during or after that year because it features Tano encountering a different Inquisitor. It also takes place before Tano actively became part of the Rebellion by the events of "Out of Darkness," which The Official Star Wars Fact File Part 84 (5 BBY 27–30, Out of darkness) dates to 5 BBY.
  115. Ghosts of Dathomir
  116. Jerserra's master discovered Jerserra plural "years" (meaning more than one year) after the Battle of Dathomir, which took place in 20 BBY, as stated in Ghosts of Dathomir. Therefore, the events occurred during or after 18 BBY, two years after. We also know that the events of Ghosts of Dathomir took place during the reign of the Empire, as stated as much, so before or during 5 ABY.
  117. VisionsCite Star Wars: Visions — "T0-B1"
  118. VisionsCite Star Wars: Visions — "The Bandits of Golak"
  119. 119.0 119.1 Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple
  120. The trivia guide for Star Wars Rebels: Heroes of Mandalore states that Bo-Katan Kryze was redesigned to advance the character's age by "18 years or so." As she was last seen in The Lawless, which was dated to 19 BBY by Star Wars: Galactic Atlas, it can be assumed that the events of Heroes of Mandalore take place in approximately 1 BBY.
  121. "Star Wars World Exclusive! Ahsoka". Empire Magazine July 2023. Empire, July 2023.
  122. 122.0 122.1 Hyperspace Stories 4
  123. "The Orphanage" — Dark Legends
  124. SWInsider "The End of History" — Star Wars Insider 154
  125. TBBtemplate Star Wars: The Bad Batch — "Tribe"
  126. 126.0 126.1 TalesoftheEmpire-logo Star Wars: Tales of the Empire — "The Way Out"
  127. VisionsCite Star Wars: Visions — "Tatooine Rhapsody"