Wayfinders were ancient pieces of technology created by both the Jedi and Sith as a means of navigating challenging stretches of space. They were created through the study of the brains of purrgils, space-faring megafauna who could travel through hyperspace by biological means.
Both religions chose to imbue their wayfinders with the Force, requiring a Force-user to activate the Wayfinder, so that secrecy and safety was ensured. Jedi star compasses were designed similarly to wayfinders.
In 35 ABY, Kylo Ren came into the possession of Darth Vader's Sith wayfinder after his assault on Mustafar. Days later, Rey used Sith inscriptions on Ochi's blade to track a second wayfinder to the wreckage of the Death Star II upon Kef Bir, the Ocean Moon of Endor. In The Emperor's personal vault in the ruins of the his throne room, Rey discovered the Emperor's wayfinder. While in this chamber, she confronted a vision of herself, yet corrupted and mangled by the dark side. Rey obtained the wayfinder from a hovering position in a cut out portion of a pillar, with green light shimmering around it. Upon exiting the chamber, Kylo Ren stole the second Wayfinder from Rey in the Throne Room and destroyed it, claiming that the only way that Rey would reach Exegol would be with him.
Wayfinders, once activated, had the ability to connect to technology and flight systems as the method of navigation. The Wayfinders appeared multiple times in the ancient Jedi texts, making the Wayfinders themselves thousands of years old.
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