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"Even you, master of the Knights of Ren, have never faced such a test."
―Snoke, to Kylo Ren[src]

The master of the Knights of Ren, also known as boss of the Knights of Ren, was a title affiliated with the elite Knights of Ren—a group of marauders strong with the dark side of the Force. The title belonged to Kylo Ren, the heir to the Skywalker bloodline, while he was apprenticed to the ruler of the First Order, Supreme Leader Snoke. In spite of this title, Ren was not their true master, as they were loyal to the Sith Lord Darth Sidious.

During the final days of the First Order–Resistance war, the Knights of Ren served as bodyguards for their master, who had succeeded his own master as the new Supreme Leader of the First Order. However, Kylo ultimately rejected the dark side, renouncing his titles as Supreme Leader and master of the Knights of Ren. The remaining Knights retreated to the planet Exegol, where Sidious and the Sith Eternal were based, but they were defeated in battle by Ren, who was now the redeemed Jedi Ben Solo.

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"My Knights and I are going hunting for the scavenger."
―Kylo Ren[src]

An enclave of masked warriors, the Knights of Ren served the will[4] of a leader,[3] referred to as master[1] or boss,[5] who had sole authority over them. As such, only the master could command the six[3] elite warriors[6] known as Ap'lek, Cardo, Kuruk, Trudgen, Ushar, and Vicrul.[3] Still, the Knights' true loyalty did not belong to this master, as their true leader was the Sith Lord Darth Sidious.[7]

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"But, kid, you ever want to try something a little different, learn more about your shadow…come look us up."
―Ren, to Ben Solo[src]

The Knights of Ren followed a warrior called "Ren" prior to the fall of Ben Solo.

During the reign of the New Republic,[8] a gang of marauders strong with the dark side of the Force emerged from the Unknown Regions, calling themselves the Knights of Ren.[3] Though they followed a warrior known as "Ren," he did not see them as his followers. As with Ren, the Knights were devotees of the Ren—a way of life epitomized by the lightsaber.[8] The Knights were also followers of Darth Sidious, a Sith Lord who had survived his death during the Battle of Endor thanks to a clone body his spirit inhabited.[7]

Ren's Knights were ultimately inherited by the Jedi Ben Solo after he killed Ren and fell to the dark side.[9] Though heir to the powerful Skywalker bloodline, Solo renounced his family and the Jedi Order, and desired to find his own path[10] under the chosen name of Kylo Ren.[11] The Force was exceptionally strong with Kylo,[12] who inherited his connection to the spiritual energy from his mother, Princess Leia Organa—daughter of the Sith Lord Darth Vader. After a grueling trial, Kylo was gifted command over the Knights of Ren by his dark master, Supreme Leader Snoke, who promised the fallen Jedi apprentice powerful followers if he proved worthy.[3] With his new role, Kylo adopted the title "master of the Knights of Ren."[1]

Kylo Ren was Supreme Leader's Snoke apprentice as well as the master of the Knights of Ren.

However, the Knights were absent[1] while Kylo established himself as a warlord[13] and champion of the First Order.[3] As Kylo oversaw the First Order's hunt for his exiled uncle, Jedi Master Luke Skywalker, the Supreme Leader sensed that a reunion would ensue between Kylo and his father, Captain Han Solo.[1] Though Kylo had forsaken all he once loved, at the time he did not know that a Sith trial of ascendancy required the sacrifice of a loved one.[3] Snoke warned his apprentice to prepare himself, for even the master of Knights of Ren had never faced such a challenge.[1] Through the Supreme Leader's training, Kylo believed that he would succeed where his grandfather failed.[14]

Ultimately Kylo did not succeed in his trial;[12] despite the death of his father, who was slain at the hands of his own son,[1] Kylo remained at war with himself and was lost more than ever before.[13] The experience, however, strengthened Kylo's resolve to carry on the tradition embodied by his fallen grandfather—by becoming the absolute ruler of the galaxy.[3] After killing Snoke, Kylo seized control of the First Order as the new Supreme Leader.[15]

The Knights of Ren answered only to Supreme Leader Kylo Ren, much to the displeasure of his Supreme Council.

With his new title, Kylo gained the power and independence that he long coveted after a lifetime of serving powerful masters. By freeing himself from Snoke's rule, Kylo embraced his role as a Knight of Ren once more, but this time on his own terms. He did so not only by reforging his shattered helmet, but also by summoning the Knights of Ren to act as his personal bodyguards. In this the Knights functioned in the same capacity as the Elite Praetorian Guards who served Snoke.[3]

The Knights of Ren and the First Order remained distinctly separate from each other, with Kylo serving as the only link between them. The Knights followed commands given by their master and no one else, much to the displeasure of General Armitage Hux and other members of the Supreme Council.[3] In 35 ABY[2] the Knights were tasked to hunt Rey,[16] a Resistance fighter and Jedi apprentice who vexed their master.[3] In the end, the Knights lost their master when Ben Solo re-embraced the light side of the Force, destroying the dark persona of Kylo Ren in the process.[16]

The Knights of Ren regrouped on the Sith Eternal planet Exegol. It was here that Sidious planned to launch the fleet of the Final Order against the galaxy, and, once Solo reached the planet, the six confronted their former leader in the waning hours of the First Order–Resistance war.[16] Solo initially thought that they had come to help him, but this was not the case. The fact that those he had thought brothers had always been loyal to Sidious was the final betrayal Solo faced.[7] Despite the Knights's initial success against their former "master," Solo was connected to Rey through the Force, allowing the scavenger to pass the Skywalker lightsaber to the grandson of its maker by way of their bond. Armed with the blade of his ancestor, Solo overwhelmed and defeated his former followers.[16]

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

The title "master of the Knights of Ren" first appeared through Kylo Ren in the 2015 film Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens, the first installment of the Star Wars sequel trilogy.[1]

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