The Guardians of the Breath were the ancient Kashi mystics who were able to control the Force. However, as the Kashi believed it was blasphemy to keep records and journals of these skills in written form, they were instead kept in oral traditions: in the "Breath."
While many tens of thousands of Kashi sought to join the order each year, only a handful were selected for training. Increasing levels of ability and training granted the Guardians higher and higher "Levels of Attainment."
Offworlders who petitioned for membership almost always were imprisoned for life in the dark prisons of the Kashi Mer Dynasty.
The Guardians specialized in uses of the Force that promoted the cell growth of crops and healing, and were considered to be blessed with a strong connection to the Living Force. They also used the "Breath" to grant them precognitive visions.
From time to time, the Guardians exiled members of their order from Kashi. Some of these Guardians fell to the dark side. Xendor, the first Dark Jedi, may have been among these, one of the survivors of the supernova which wiped out the Kashi Mer culture circa 25,000 BBY. The Guardians still existed by the time of the Ruusan Reformation, though they were scattered across the galaxy.
Behind the scenes
The Tales of the Jedi Companion describes the Guardians as still extant, with their world in 4000 BBY, a fact which is contradicted in later sources. Although, it's possible these could be descendants of those same exiled members.
- Tales of the Jedi Companion
- The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia
- The Essential Atlas
- The Jedi Path: A Manual for Students of the Force
- The Essential Guide to Warfare