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

A Jedi temple was used by Luke Skywalker to train a new generation of Jedi[2] some time after the end of the Galactic Civil War.

DescriptionEdit

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A lightning storm destroys Skywalker's Jedi Temple

Jedi Master Luke Skywalker's Jedi Temple consisted of a jar-shaped structure and several wooden huts. These were destroyed by a mysterious lightning storm, which killed many of Skywalker's Jedi students.[3]

HistoryEdit

New generationEdit

It was in this temple that Luke Skywalker would pass on his teachings to his nephew Ben Solo, and other apprentices, including Hennix, Tai, and Voe.[3] Seeking to protect her son Ben from the mysterious dark side wielder Snoke,[4] Senator Leia Organa had entrusted Ben into the care of her brother Skywalker, hoping to keep him in the light side by training him as a Jedi.[5]

DestructionEdit

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Hennix, Tai and Voe confronting Ben Solo in the aftermath of the temple's destruction

While peering into the mind of his sleeping nephew Ben, Master 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, Ben left the ruins of his room, confused and consumed with despair and rage at the betrayal.[5]

Overcome with his emotions Solo surveyed the temple as a powerful storm brewed above and set it ablaze, killing the Jedi inside. Shortly later, Hennix, Tai, and Voe returned in their starship Verity. Sensing only Ben's presence, they confronted their fellow pupil, who told them that Skywalker had tried to kill him. Skeptical of Ben'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 Ben in order to find out what happened.[3]

LegacyEdit

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Luke Skywalker and R2-D2, kneeling before the burning temple

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. He came to believe that Ben had destroyed the Temple, killed his fellow pupils, and recruited the others. 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.[5]

By 34 ABY, Ben Solo had fallen to the dark side and joined the First Order, an Imperial remnant led by Supreme Leader Snoke. Embracing the persona of Kylo Ren, he became Snoke's apprentice and Master of the Knights of Ren.[6] 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.[2]

Later, Supreme Leader Snoke established a Force-bond between Rey and Kylo Ren. As a result of this Force bond, Rey heard Kylo's account that Skywalker had attempted to murder him. When Rey confronted Skywalker, he related his account of the Jedi Temple's destruction.[5]

Behind the scenesEdit

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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.[2] Although the location was not identified in the movie itself, the official screenplay describes that building as a temple,[7] as does the movie's novelization.[8]

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. [9] Skywalker's Jedi temple and the Luke/Rey storyline ultimately make it into the flashback sequences of Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi.[10]

In Star Wars Legends, the Jedi Temple Luke Skywalker used for the training the new generation of Jedi was the Jedi Praxeum[11] on Yavin 4.[12]

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