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"I took him, and a dozen students, and began a training temple."
―Luke Skywalker, to Rey[src]

Luke Skywalker's Jedi academy was a Jedi temple 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 Ben Solo with a powerful lightning storm.

Description[edit | edit source]

Luke Skywalker founded the training temple for a new generation of Jedi.

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 Order.[6] 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.[7]

History[edit | edit source]

New generation[edit | edit source]

During the New Republic Era, Luke Skywalker traveled through the galaxy to research the original Jedi Order.[6] His sister, Senator Leia Organa, had a young son named Ben Solo who was strong with the Force, and she realized he was in danger from the mysterious dark side wielder Snoke.[8] Organa entrusted Solo to her brother Skywalker, hoping to keep him in the light side as a Jedi.[4][9] Solo became Skywalker's first apprentice when he was ten years old[9] and journeyed with him to collect Jedi history and artifacts.[1] In their travels, Skywalker gathered disciples who would become his students alongside Solo and built a training temple.[5][6] He also took any Jedi relics or lore that they found and locked it up in the temple.[1] Here, he passed on his teachings to his nephew Ben Solo and other apprentices, including Hennix, Tai and Voe.[7]

Destruction[edit | edit source]

Ben Solo was thrown back by the explosion of the temple.

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.[4] Believing his uncle dead, Solo left the ruins of his room, confused and consumed with despair and rage at the betrayal.[7]

Overcome with his emotions, Solo pointed his lightsaber at the temple before a powerful lightning storm set it ablaze and killed the Jedi inside.[7] Though the outcome shocked him,[7] Solo had destroyed the temple.[5][9] 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 into space and sought Snoke. Hennix, Tai and Voe resolved to find Solo in order to find out what happened.[7] In the resulting confrontations, Solo inadvertently killed Hennix,[5] the leader of the Knights of Ren known as "Ren" killed Tai, and Solo killed Voe.[10]

Legacy[edit | edit source]

Skywalker's hope of restoring the Jedi Order was all but lost with the burning of his temple and the deaths of his students.

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.[4] Skywalker incorrectly believed Solo had slaughtered those who wouldn't turn to the dark side and recruited the others to leave with him.[11] 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. Skywalker believed that the Jedi legacy was one of failure and cut himself off from the Force.[4]

Having turned to the dark side, Solo adopted the persona of Kylo Ren and became Supreme Leader Snoke's apprentice[12] 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.[3]

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,[9] 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.[13] 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.[4]

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

Luke Skywalker in front of the Jedi Praxeum, as depicted in Star Wars Legends

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.[3] Although the location was not identified in the movie itself, the official screenplay describes that building as a temple,[14] as does the movie's novelization.[15]

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. [16] Skywalker's Jedi temple and the Luke/Rey storyline ultimately made it into the flashback sequences of Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi.[17]

In Star Wars Legends, the Jedi Temple Luke Skywalker used for training the new generation of Jedi was the Jedi Praxeum[18] on Yavin 4.[19]

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