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"Yes, it bears the semblance of an academy… but where are all the students? Curious."
―Kreia comments on the Telosian Jedi Academy[src]

The Telosian Jedi Academy was founded by the Jedi Master Atris during the Jedi Civil War, in the wake of Revan's Sith Empire's attack on Dantooine that left the Jedi Enclave there in ruins. The Academy was hidden within a large plateau in the polar regions of Telos IV, which had been used to house the Telos Polar Irrigation System. The irrigation facility had been abandoned in the wake of the Bombing of Telos IV in 3958 BBY, during the early stages of the war, providing a measure of secrecy and security for the Academy. Although it never housed any students, the Academy did play host to a large number of Sith holocrons that Atris had managed to collect, along with many Jedi- and Sith-related relics. Among the collection were various materials of learning that had been saved from the Enclave on Dantooine prior to its destruction.

Five years after the end of the Jedi Civil War, the Academy still stood largely empty, save for Atris and the Echani Handmaiden Sisters who served her. That same year, Meetra Surik, who had been fleeing the Sith at Peragus II, ended up on Telos' Citadel Station aboard the Ebon Hawk. When Atris had the ship brought to the Academy, Surik, accompanied by her companions, Kreia, Atton Rand and Bao-Dur, followed the trail of evidence that pinpointed the Hawk's location, thereby discovering the Academy. Once there, Surik met with Atris to discuss current events before disembarking to find a number of other Masters who had been presumed missing.

Description[edit | edit source]

A map of the Academy

Located at the Polar Plateau on Telos IV,[2] the Jedi Academy was retrofitted from the Telos Polar Irrigation System, which was similar in appearance to the planet Coruscant's water-distribution network. The Academy was designed to be completely self-contained, having been built with every facility needed to maintain its self-sufficiency.[3] The building's entrance was located at the southern half of the Polar Plateau mesa,[2] and the building held a hangar that was large enough to accommodate a starship the size of a light freighter. The building also had storage rooms, a prison, and separate quarters for any on-site personnel, as well as a private meditation chamber for Jedi Master Atris—the Academy's founder and the Jedi Order's Jedi historian—as well as a chamber for a Jedi Council to meet. The latter was similar in style to the one seen at the Jedi Temple on Coruscant during that era.[5] in addition, the exterior resembled the Temple on the Galactic Republic's capital.[6] Four artificially-created towers rose up around the perimeter of the Academy's exterior, arranged at equal distances from each other to form a box.[3]

By around 1000 BBY, Telos was a Jedi world and a hub of information on which Jedi Consulars fulfilled their researching and teaching duties. The training academy on Telos was specialized in data collection and analysis at the time, and had input locks that were the envy of scholars, although the locks were only accessible to Jedi.[7]

History[edit | edit source]

Origins[edit | edit source]

Constructed under strictest secrecy after Telos was,[3] in 3958 BBY,[2] bombarded from orbit by forces of the Revan's Sith Empire under the command of the former Republic Navy Admiral Saul Karath, the Academy was intended to be a point of retreat for the Jedi Order should the Jedi Enclave on Dantooine ever fall. Telos was selected to host the Academy, partly in the hope that the Sith would not devastate the same world twice; however, prior to the war it had served as a place where Jedi who had failed their training would continue to serve the galaxy as farmers and laborers. Throughout the Jedi Civil War, Jedi holocrons and other materials and relics of historical value had been secretly evacuated from Dantooine to Telos.[3] However, around 3956 BBY, the Jedi Master and historian Atris also amassed a collection of Sith holocrons[8] without the knowledge of other Jedi, delving into forbidden knowledge of the dark side in hopes of finding a way to defeat the Sith from within.[3]

Jedi Masters at the Dantooine Jedi Enclave

By the time of the height of the Jedi Civil War in 3956 BBY,[9] the amnesiac ex-Dark Lord of the Sith Revan had arrived on Dantooine in the wake of the destruction of Taris. The masters of the Dantooine Enclave Council chose to retrain the former Sith Lord, eventually sending him out into the galaxy to find—and, if possible, to destroy— the Star Forge, the massive space station and weapons factory that had fueled the Sith war effort.[10] Approximately midway through Revan's quest, the Council foresaw the destruction of the Dantooine Enclave, organizing an evacuation. Unfortunately for most of the Jedi there, the warning came too late; however, a number of senior Jedi Masters and Knights were able to escape the oncoming attack by Revan's Sith Empire and help Atris spirit a number of Jedi artifacts to Telos.[3]

Administration under Atris[edit | edit source]

"You've got to be joking. What is a Jedi Academy doing out here in the middle of nowhere?"
―Atton Rand, upon arriving at the Academy[src]

During the Jedi purge that followed the war, Atris forsook the other Jedi, blaming them for their apathy and unwillingness to actively fight the threat posed by the Sith Empire.[3] In 3951 BBY,[8] most members of the Jedi Order were killed at the disastrous conclave on Katarr, when all life on the planet was consumed by Darth Nihilus. Still on Telos, Atris decided to bring about the Order's rebirth despite what she had inadvertently done to destroy it by leaking the time and location of the Katarr meeting in a bid to draw out the hidden Sith. As remnants of the Sith Empire continued to prey on Jedi, she gathered several Echani, daughters of the famed General Yusanis and collectively known as the Handmaiden Sisters, at the Academy, demanding an oath from each that they would never be trained in the ways of the Jedi, even if they themselves were sensitive to the Force; Atris then instructed them in vigorous mental exercises that were aimed at teaching them to resist Force-based influences. The Handmaidens were intended to protect the Academy from the influence of the dark side; as part of their service they were ordered to deal with any Jedi who showed signs of falling under its sway, including killing them.[3]

The Council chamber and a catwalk to the meditation chamber

Atris was the only one whom the Handmaidens absolutely trusted; she was the only Jedi who resided within the Academy. The Jedi historian never trained any apprentices in the ways of the Force while there, as almost nobody knew of the place's existence. Furthermore, Atris herself had never before taken on a Padawan, as Meetra Surik pointed out to one of the Sisters when she arrived at the Academy. While the surviving members of the Jedi Order knew of the secret training facility, they presumed that Atris had been killed and that the Academy had fallen into disrepair. The only Jedi to ever come to the Academy was Surik herself,[11] and only because she had come to retrieve the Ebon Hawk, which had been stolen by one of the Handmaidens—however, upon securing the vessel, she immediately left Telos and Atris behind. Even when the three surviving Jedi Masters, Kavar, Vrook Lamar and Zez-Kai Ell, learned that Atris was still alive and preparing to restore the Order, the Telosian Academy proved to be of little significance to them or their plans. Instead of resurrecting the Order on Telos, they decided to meet in the rebuilt Jedi Enclave on Dantooine in the hope of fighting the threat of the Sith when it was finally exposed.[3]

The Academy entrance

Atris, however, was proven to be wrong in her belief that the Sith would not attack Telos twice. Darth Nihilus arrived with his fleet above Telos in order to feed on the Force energy within the Jedi who he believed dwelled at the Academy. Nihilus's plans, however, were thwarted by Surik, who defeated the Sith Lord aboard his flagship, the Ravager, thus preserving the Academy's structural integrity. By then, as part of the training of Meetra Surik, Kreia had exposed Atris's corruption and fall to the dark side, provoking the Jedi Master into acknowledging her own dark nature before leaving for Malachor V to complete Surik's training. Soon after, fresh from her efforts to drive the Sith away, Surik arrived at the Academy and was attacked by Atris in the Academy's Council chambers. However, Atris was defeated, and, against her predictions, was spared by Meetra Surik in the wake of their duel. Seeing the flaws of her actions as a result, Atris decided to leave the Jedi, wishing to find her true self in doing so. Atris then revealed to Surik the location of Kreia, directing the exiled Jedi to confront her mentor on Malachor V whilst she herself remained within her chamber of Sith holocrons.[3]

The new Jedi Order[edit | edit source]

"Some of the civil-war–era holocrons remain on Telos, from the old Academy. I convinced Master Yoda it was time to bring the last of them to Coruscant."
―Jedi Master Tahl[src]

As instituted by Kreia, a new Jedi Order was later formed by Surik and her followers,[3] and the Telosian Academy continued to be maintained during the Cold War between the Republic and the resurgent Sith Empire.[12] At some point between 3643 and 3641 BBY,[13] an archaeological crew ventured to Telos IV to explore the secrets of the Academy, and the facility's caretakers permitted the party to study the building in return for the payment of a donation. With help from the caretakers, the crew uncovered a Jedi weapon that had been created by Atris.[12]

The last of the holocrons from the Telosian Academy were retrieved from Telos IV by Jedi Master Tahl.

By around 1000 BBY, after the end of the New Sith Wars, the structure was used by the Jedi Order as a satellite training academy that specialized in data collection and analysis. Alongside the Kamparas and Obroa-skai Jedi academies, the Telosian Academy was recommended to Jedi Initiates with an affinity for science by Jedi ace and New Sith Wars veteran Crix Sunburris in his writings in the Jedi guidebook The Jedi Path: A Manual for Students of the Force.[7] However, by 53 BBY,[14] the Telosian Jedi Academy was no longer operational; Jedi Master Tahl convinced Grand Master Yoda that the last of the holocrons from the time of the Jedi Civil War be finally brought from the "old Academy" to the Coruscant Jedi Temple.[15] Per Tahl's request, she accompanied fellow Jedi Qui-Gon Jinn on his assignment to Telos IV, where the Noorian retrieved the Telosian Academy's holocrons from an archive on the planet with temperature-controlled packing.[16] Tahl then left for the Landor system alone to rescue Stieg Wa from pirates at the behest of Master Yoda.[17]

Fall to the Sith[edit | edit source]

"The Jedi were mistaken if they thought they could hide these academy worlds, as if this very volume didn't reveal their location. My legions wiped them out, saving us a great deal of time tracking down the Jedi children."
―Darth Sidious, The Jedi Path: A Manual for Students of the Force[src]

According to the Sith Lord Darth Sidious's notes in his stolen copy of The Jedi Path: A Manual for Students of the Force, the Telosian facility was one of many that he had uncovered during the Great Jedi Purge. Sidious remarked that the book itself revealed the academy's location, saving the Galactic Empire time as they hunted Jedi younglings.[7] Later, by special arrangement with the organization, the Empire allowed members of the Bounty Hunter's Guild to train on three properties formerly used as Jedi chapter houses. The three facilities' locations were a closely guarded secret, being known only to Guild members and a select faction of Imperial officers. As annotated by bounty hunter Boba Fett in his copy of The Bounty Hunter Code, the locations were Telos, Kamparas, and Bogden 3.[4]

Inhabitants[edit | edit source]

Jedi Master Atris, the Academy's founder

Although the Jedi Master Atris wished to one day train Jedi at the Academy, it was only inhabited by herself and six young Echani warrior-women who were collectively known as the Handmaiden Sisters. It was here that Atris secluded herself after the disaster at the Conclave on Katarr, during which over a hundred of the remaining members of the Jedi Order were killed by Darth Nihilus when he sucked all life from the planet in order to feed his hunger for Force-energy. While Atris meditated with her large collection of Sith holocrons in an attempt to unlock the secrets of defeating the Sith, the Handmaiden Sisters relentlessly trained themselves both in fighting techniques and in closing their minds to Force-based influences. This resulted in them being almost Force-blind, unable to use it even if they were Force-sensitive.[3]

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

The Telosian Jedi Academy was created by Obsidian Entertainment for Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords, which was published by LucasArts in 2004. The Academy level serves to instigate the main plot and storyline for the game, where Meetra Surik encounters Atris for the first time since departing for the Mandalorian Wars. During conversations with Atris and the Handmaiden Sisters, the player learns more of what happened to the Jedi Council, and departs with the mission of finding the remaining Jedi Masters.[3]

If the player chooses the non-canonical dark side path in the game, there are different conversation choices with the Academy's denizens during the first visit, and again when Surik returns to the Academy in the wake of the Battle of Telos IV. During her battle with Atris, Surik can choose to kill the Academy founder or save her from the dark side of the Force, before learning of Kreia's intentions and departing for Malachor V.[3]

There is also some differences with the game and, hence, the fate of the Academy itself if the player chooses the non-canonical path of a male Meetra Surik. In it, prior to Surik's arrival at the Academy in the wake of the Battle of Telos IV, the former Handmaiden Sister Brianna arrives. Enraged, Atris duels her, eventually subduing the Handmaiden with Force lightning just as Surik arrives to confront the former Jedi Master. At the end of the game, Kreia still gives a number of predictions, however instead of predicting a future for Mical, she instead states that Brianna will take up Atris' post of Jedi Historian.[3]

The Telosian Jedi Academy was later mentioned in Star Wars: The Old Republic, a massively multiplayer online roleplaying game developed by BioWare and released in 2011, in which it was used as a possible location for players to assign their companions on individual quests. The mission mentioning the Academy was eventually removed from the game.[12]

Appearances[edit | edit source]

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Notes and references[edit | edit source]

  1. According to Jedi vs. Sith: The Essential Guide to the Force, the Telosian Jedi Academy was in existence around 3956 BBY. Additionally, The Sith Lords states that the Academy was constructed after the bombing of Telos IV, which is dated to 3958 BBY by Knights of the Old Republic Campaign Guide. Therefore, the Telosian Academy must have been constructed between 3958 and around 3956 BBY.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Knights of the Old Republic Campaign Guide
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 3.13 3.14 3.15 3.16 3.17 Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 The Bounty Hunter Code: From the Files of Boba Fett
  5. A cutscene in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords depicts the Coruscant Jedi Temple's High Council Chamber in a layout similar to that of the Jedi Council chamber in the Telosian Jedi Academy.
  6. Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 The Jedi Path: A Manual for Students of the Force
  8. 8.0 8.1 Jedi vs. Sith: The Essential Guide to the Force
  9. The New Essential Chronology
  10. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
  11. The New Essential Guide to Droids states that Meetra Surik was female.
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 SWTOR mini.png Star Wars: The Old Republic—Archaelogy Crew Skill Mission: "The Telosian Academy"
  13. Using comments and information from The Old Republic—The Lost Suns 2, The Old Republic: Annihilation, SWInsider.png "The Last Battle of Colonel Jace Malcom"—Star Wars Insider 137, and SWTOR mini.png Forums: Dear Story Team, What Year Are We Currently In? on The Old Republic's official website (backup link), it is possible to place the events of the Prologue and Act I for all classes in Star Wars: The Old Republic in 3643 BBY, the general events of Act II in 3642 BBY, and the events of Act III for all classes in 3641 BBY. Thus, since the Star Wars: The Old Republic mission "The Telosian Academy" could be completed during the course of the game, it must have been done at some point between 3643 and 3641 BBY.
  14. MarvelLogo.svg Star Wars: Jedi - The Dark Side (2011) #1 on Marvel Comics' official website (backup link) dates the events of Jedi—The Dark Side 1 to twenty-one years before the events in Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace, which The New Essential Chronology dates to 32 BBY. Thus, it could be found that the events of Jedi—The Dark Side 1 took place in 53 BBY.
  15. Jedi—The Dark Side 1
  16. Jedi—The Dark Side 2
  17. Jedi—The Dark Side 4
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