- "Leia trusted me with her son. I took him, and a dozen students, and began a training temple. By the time I realized I was no match for the darkness rising in him, it was too late."
- ―Luke Skywalker, to Rey
The Jedi Temple of Luke Skywalker was a Jedi temple at a secret location used by Jedi Master Luke Skywalker to train a new generation of Jedi during the New Republic Era. Following a confrontation between Skywalker and Ben Solo, his apprentice and nephew, the temple was destroyed by Solo with a powerful lightning storm.
Jedi Master Luke Skywalker's training temple consisted of a jar-shaped structure and several wooden huts. Its location was a secret known only among the Jedi Order. These structures were destroyed by Ben Solo when he raged over his confrontation with Skywalker, causing a lightning storm to burn the temple and kill many of Skywalker's Jedi apprentices. The temple also had a designated area where starships, such as the Verity and the Grimtaash, could be stored.
A Jedi's quest
- "And why exactly are we doing this?"
"Because in the lab in the heart of that base is something the Emperor stole a long time ago. We're taking it back."
- ―Shara Bey and Luke Skywalker
After the Battle of Endor, Luke Skywaker was the last remaining Jedi Knight in the galaxy. Skywalker wished for his twin sister, Leia Organa, to become his first student in the ways of the Force. He began training his sister on the moon of Ajan Kloss. Organa proceeded to build her own lightsaber and even bested Luke in some of her sparring sessions. During her last training session, Organa had a vision of her unborn son, Ben Solo, dying at the end of her Jedi path. This vision sparked her choice to end her training, though she also desired to continue serving the galaxy in ways she could not pursue while isolated in training.
During the New Republic Era, Luke Skywalker traveled throughout the galaxy to research the original Jedi Order. Before Skywalker began a new era of Jedi, he wished to understand the Jedi Order's fragmented history and find answers to his questions. He spent years collecting and studying their ancient relics and texts, a quest made more difficult by the Galactic Empire's purge of the Jedi Order and its history.
In an observatory on Pillio where Darth Sidious had hoarded such relics, Skywalker found a compass which contained a supraluminite lodestone attuned to hyperspace vectors. He took it with him rather than let Inferno Squad agent Del Meeko destroy it along with the observatory as part of the Emperor's contingency plan, Operation: Cinder. Lieutenant Shara Bey of the Rebel Alliance assisted Skywalker in recovering from Vetine two small uneti trees, the only remains of the Great Tree that once grew within the training ground of the Jedi Temple on Coruscant. Following the Battle of Jakku, Skywalker was committed to his long quest. He was assisted in his endeavours by the scholar and explorer Lor San Tekka. With San Tekka's help, along with key findings from his own studies of the spread of uneti saplings, Skywalker pieced together the location of the First Jedi Temple on Ahch-To. He did not, however, reveal this discovery.
A new generation
Leia Organa, who had become a senator of the New Republic, realized her son was in danger from the mysterious dark side wielder Snoke. Ben Solo was strong in the Force, but untrained, and his destructive outbursts led to many hushed conversations between Organa and his father, Han Solo. When Solo was ten years old, Organa entrusted her son to his uncle in the hopes of keeping him in the light side as a Jedi.
Luke Skywalker and Ben Solo journeyed together to collect Jedi history and artifacts, with Solo taking a particular interest in ancient weaponry and dismissing other items as old junk. The items that Skywalker found were locked up at his temple, a decision that Solo privately disagreed with in his secret telepathic conversations with Snoke. On one particular expedition, Lor San Tekka led them to the former Jedi outpost on Elphrona, where they found a treasure trove of Jedi relics and encountered the Knights of Ren for the first time. Items that Skywalker found on his quest included eight books and scrolls forming a collection of sacred texts, a Jedi Crusader pendant, Jedi holocrons, and the contents of a cache hidden by Jocasta Nu, former Chief Librarian of the Jedi Archives.
During his travels, Skywalker gathered disciples who would become his students alongside Solo when he began his training temple. At the temple, Skywalker passed on his teachings to Solo and several other apprentices, including Hennix, Tai and Voe. In his lessons on the nature of the Force, he described how the Force flowed everywhere and all things were equal in the Force. Though some like Solo would find it easier to let the Force flow through them, that did not make any being stronger than another. Skywalker taught them Jedi techniques and traditions such as telekinesis, meditation, and the use and construction of lightsabers.
At times during Solo's training, Skywalker sensed darkness growing within his nephew, but believed that he could contain it and keep Solo on the path of the light. Solo, however, suspected his uncle was jealous of his power. He kept secrets from his uncle and from his fellow Padawans until it was too late.
- "When I came to, the temple was burning. He had vanished with a handful of my students. And slaughtered the rest."
- ―Luke Skywalker, to Rey
One night in 28 ABY, Skywalker's concerns for Solo had reached the point where he decided he must go to his nephew's room and confront him. While peering into the mind of his sleeping nephew, Skywalker sensed a growing darkness and the machinations of Snoke. Instinctively, Skywalker ignited his lightsaber. However, it was a fleeting moment and Skywalker was soon overcome by shame and regret. Waking to find his uncle standing over him with lightsaber drawn, Solo believed he meant to kill him and fought Skywalker, destroying his own dwelling with the Force in the process.
Believing his uncle dead, Solo left the ruins of his room, confused and consumed with despair and rage at the betrayal. Led by his fear and anger, Solo destroyed the temple and its students with a powerful lightning storm from the sky that set the temple ablaze and killed the Jedi inside. Although he had caused the destruction, he was shocked by the outcome. Hennix, Tai, and Voe returned in their starship Verity while the temple still burned. Sensing only Solo's presence, they confronted their fellow pupil, who told them that Skywalker had tried to kill him. Skeptical of Solo's account and wary of his perceived arrogance, they tried to detain him, but he escaped in his starship and sought Snoke on a space station. Hennix, Tai, and Voe resolved to find Solo in order to find out what happened. In the resulting confrontations, Solo inadvertently killed Hennix, the leader of the Knights of Ren known as "Ren" killed Tai, and Solo killed Voe.
- "Leia blamed Snoke, but it was me. I failed. Because I was Luke Skywalker. Jedi Master. A legend."
- ―Luke Skywalker, to Rey
The destruction of Luke Skywalker's Jedi temple would have substantial repercussions for both Skywalker and Ben Solo. When Skywalker awoke, he found his Jedi Temple engulfed in flames and knew that Solo had destroyed the Temple and caused the deaths of his fellow pupils. Skywalker incorrectly believed Solo had slaughtered those who wouldn't turn to the dark side and recruited the others to leave with him. Overcome by grief and despair at his failure to rebuild the Jedi Order, Skywalker retreated to the planet Ahch-To in the Unknown Regions, the site of the first Jedi Temple, and brought the remaining Jedi relics with him. Skywalker believed that the Jedi legacy was one of failure and cut himself off from the Force.
Having turned to the dark side, Solo adopted the persona of Kylo Ren and became Supreme Leader Snoke's apprentice as well as a First Order warlord and master of the Knights of Ren. Prior to the Battle of Takodana, the young Force-sensitive scavenger named Rey had a vision that included glimpses of Skywalker and his astromech droid R2-D2 watching the burning temple in the background.
Ren and Rey shared a unique connection through the Force. As their connection manifested into a powerful bond capable of bridging their minds across the galaxy, Ren shared his account of the night he destroyed the temple, revealing to Rey his belief that Skywalker attempted to murder him and contradicting Skywalker's earlier description to Rey. When Rey confronted Skywalker, he revealed further details of the encounter that preceded the temple's destruction, along with his beliefs about what occurred in the aftermath. This led Rey to hope Ren could be turned back to the light side.
Behind the scenes
The burning ruins of Luke Skywalker's Jedi temple were briefly seen in the 2015 film Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens, during Rey's vision. Although the location was not identified in the movie itself, the official screenplay describes that building as a temple, as does the movie's novelization. In the 2017 film Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi, Skywalker called it a training temple. Although it is most often referred to as a temple out-of-universe and always as such in-universe, several out-of-universe sources refer to it as an "academy," such as the Star Wars: Card Trader card "The Fall of Luke's Jedi Academy."
During the early development of The Force Awakens, one of the many ideas that George Lucas envisioned for the Star Wars sequel trilogy involved Luke training his new disciple Kira (renamed Rey in the finished version of the film) at a Jedi temple located at the planet which ultimately became Ahch-To. Artwork from this period is included in The Art of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Skywalker's Jedi temple and the Luke/Rey storyline ultimately made it into the flashback sequences of Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi.
- The Rise of Kylo Ren 1 (First identified as Jedi Temple of Luke Skywalker)
- The Rise of Kylo Ren 2 (Mentioned only) (In flashback(s))
- The Rise of Kylo Ren 3 (In flashback(s))
- The Rise of Kylo Ren 4 (Mentioned only; in the opening crawl)
- Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens (First appearance) (Vision to Rey)
- Star Wars: The Force Awakens novelization (Vision to Rey)
- Star Wars: The Force Awakens audiobook (Vision to Rey)
- Star Wars: The Force Awakens: A Junior Novel (Vision to Rey)
- Star Wars: The Force Awakens: A Junior Novel audiobook (Vision to Rey)
- Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi (In flashback(s))
- Star Wars: The Last Jedi: Expanded Edition (In flashback(s))
- Star Wars: The Last Jedi: Expanded Edition audiobook (In flashback(s))
- Star Wars: The Last Jedi: A Junior Novel (In flashback(s))
- Star Wars: The Last Jedi: A Junior Novel audiobook (In flashback(s))
- The Last Jedi Adaptation 3 (Mentioned only)
Notes and references
- The Rise of Kylo Ren 2
- The Star Wars Book dates the destruction to 28 years after the events of Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope. Since Star Wars: Galactic Atlas establishes that A New Hope begins in 0 BBY, the temple's destruction must have taken place in 28 ABY.
- Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens
- Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi
- The Rise of Kylo Ren 3
- Star Wars: The Last Jedi: The Visual Dictionary
- The Rise of Kylo Ren 1
- Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: The Visual Dictionary
- Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: Expanded Edition
- Star Wars Battlefront II
- Shattered Empire 4
- Star Wars: The Force Awakens novelization
- Star Wars: The Last Jedi: Expanded Edition
- Darth Vader (2017) 10
- Master & Apprentice
- Star Wars: Age of Resistance: The Official Collector's Edition
- The Rise of Kylo Ren 4
- Star Wars: The Secrets of the Jedi
- Star Wars: The Force Awakens: The Visual Dictionary
- Star Wars: The Last Jedi: Expanded Edition
- Star Wars: The Force Awakens Ending Details And More Revealed In Official Screenplay
- Our Only Look at George Lucas' Vision for the 'Star Wars' Sequel Trilogy at /Film
- The Art of Star Wars: The Last Jedi
- Dark Apprentice
- Jedi Search