The New Jedi Order

The New Jedi Order was the restored and reformed Jedi organization, in the wake of the Great Jedi Purge and subsequent fall of the Galactic Empire. The Jedi Knights, reduced in number to only a handful, were slowly restored, primarily under the leadership of Luke Skywalker, son of the former Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker.

Slow in developing, it existed for a number of years as a disparate group of Force-sensitives with various degrees of training. After a first attempt to train new Knights was foiled by the Reborn Emperor, Luke Skywalker initiated the first formal training school for Jedi in decades, the Jedi Praxeum on Yavin 4. Starting with an initial group of 12 students, the Order slowly grew in numbers and stature, becoming a core part of the New Republic that sponsored it.

After the cloned Emperor’s defeat, Luke approached the New Republic for permission to establish a Jedi Academy. During his travels, he had discovered a number of Force-sensitives and finally felt ready to begin to train new Jedi. Permission was granted and a site on the historic moon Yavin 4 was selected. This first class consisted of twelve pupils with Luke as their teacher.

Despite many setbacks, the Jedi Order continued to grow and to serve the galaxy. The Order was also supplemented by recruits from other Force traditions such as the Iron Knights, the Jensaarai,the Matukai, and students from the School of Hidden Wisdom. Other students were recruited in manifold ways.

The teachings of the New Jedi Order differed from those of the Old in several ways, and were closer to those practiced by the Jedi before the Great Sith War.

In the New Jedi Order emphasis was placed on learning through experience. While formal classes were held, students were also asked to establish their own training programs, developing their own individual approaches to the Force. Luke Skywalker oversaw the teaching, but did also delegate teaching responsibilities to students so-called Jedi trainers who were specifically skilled at certain areas.

Jedi were allowed to marry and have families, and each Jedi Master could train multiple apprentices. Jedi were allowed to use conventional weapons and armor besides their lightsabers, and the wearing of the Jedi robes, while popular, was no longer mandatory. For a long time, the Order was also much less centrally controlled, with each Jedi being given much greater personal freedom and responsibility.

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