History of the Jedi
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History of the Jedi

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History of the Jedi
"There is no emotion, there is peace."

If you have the sort of mind that can’t help but wonder how things got to be the way they are—who was the first to do something, who first explored a place, or any number of other people and events that influenced everything that followed—then the Star Wars universe offers plenty of tantalizing threads to pull. 

In building a universe that was both completely original and “lived in,” George Lucas didn’t hesitate to make references to things that made sense to his characters but left the inquisitive among us with questions.

Clone Wars? Senate? Republic? Why are there only two Sith Lords at one time? For that matter, where did the Jedi and Sith come from in the first place?

In some cases, our patience is rewarded on screen. The Prequel Trilogy shows us the Senate and the Republic that the Emperor discards, and—along with an entire animated series—the Clone Wars that Ben Kenobi and Luke Skywalker first obliquely mention in 1977.

In other cases, our answers lie in books in comics, and the Expanded Universe lives up to its name by expanding on these enticing references peppered throughout the franchise. In books, we get a fuller understanding of the depths of Palpatine’s machinations, and we even learn why “only two there are” when it comes to Sith Lords. 

The Expanded Universe also delivers when it comes to the earliest roots of the Jedi and Sith. Starting more than 25,000 years before the rise and fall(s) of Palpatine, books and comics explore the time before the galaxy’s Force-users fractured into opposing light and dark side camps, and then go on to explore some of the earliest conflicts that set the stage for millennia of galactic history.

If you’ve ever wondered about the roots of the endless conflict between light and dark that shapes the Star Wars universe, here are the titles that show you where it all began.

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Legends
Legends
Graphic Novel

Tales of the Jedi: Knights of the Old Republic

Written by
Tom Vietch
Artwork by
Chris Gossett
Set 4000 years before A New Hope, Tom Veitch and Dark Horse Comics launched an all-new era of Star Wars storytelling that would inspire some of the greats like the beloved game Knights of the Old Republic. The first story arc sees three Jedi apprentices on a mission to the planet of Onderon to solve a dispute between the royal family and the rebellious Beast Riders from the moon, Dxun. Their adventure leads them to an encounter with the evil spirit of Freedon Nadd and sets in motion events that would change the galaxy, and Star Wars history, forever.
Legends
Legends
Graphic Novel

Tales of the Jedi: Dark Lords of the Sith

Written by
Tom Vietch, Kevin Anderson
Artwork by
Chris Gossett, Art Wetherell
A Jedi named Exar Kun gets a little over-competitive and eager for forbidden knowledge, poses as a Jedi archaeologist and is overcome by the spirit of none other than the ancient Sith Lord Freedon Nadd. Exar Kun gets delusions of grandeur, sets up a Sith empire on Yavin IV, enslaves the Massassi natives, and goes to war with Ulic Qel Droma. Ulic gets the great idea that the only way to defeat the Sith is by joining them. . This volume follows Tales of the Jedi: Knights of the Old Republic.
Legends
Legends
Graphic Novel

Tales of the Jedi: The Sith War

Written by
Kevin Anderson
Artwork by
Dario Carrasco Jr.
Former enemies Ulic Qel-Droma and Exar Kun have now united to usher in a new Golden Age of the Sith. In order to do so, they take control of a fierce army of Mandalorians! This volume is part of Dark Horse’s deep dive into the ancient history of the Jedi and the Sith (published several years before the Prequels!) and is best read after Tales of the Jedi: Knights of the Old Republic, The Freedon Nadd Uprising, and Dark Lords of the Sith. These issues can be found in Star Wars Omnibus: Tales of the Jedi, Volume 2.
Legends
Legends
Graphic Novel

Tales of the Jedi: The Golden Age of the Sith

Written by
Kevin Anderson
Artwork by
Dario Carrasco, Jr.
A thousand years before the story of Ulic Qel-Droma, the Sith warred with one another on their homeworld of Ziost. Marka Ragnos is dead and a new Dark Lord must rise to take his place. But the potential successors, Ludo Kresh and Naga Sadow, have vastly different visions for what it means to take up the dark mantle. The fate of the galaxy hinges on the victor.
Legends
Legends
Graphic Novel

Tales of the Jedi: The Freedon Nadd Uprising

Written by
Tom Vietch
Artwork by
Tony Akins
Jedi Master Arca tries to relocate Freedon Nadd’s sarcophagus to Dxun, but it is captured by Nadd’s dark disciples. We learn that Princess Galia’s father, King Omin, isn’t dead after all, but is being kept alive unnaturally by the spirit of Freedon Nadd. He easily defeats the Jedi and captures Master Arca. Nadd plans to do the good-ole Sith essence transfer into a powerful Jedi body to have UNLIMITED POWER. Jedi reinforcements arrive, including new Jedi heroine Nomi Sunrider, who must help free Arca, defeat Omin, and restore peace to Onderon.
Legends
Legends
Graphic Novel

Tales of the Jedi: The Fall of the Sith Empire

Written by
Kevin Anderson
Artwork by
Dario Carrasco, Jr.
An ancient Legends story of mythic proportions, The Fall of the Sith Empire is the sequel to the Golden Age of the Sith and the prequel to Tales of the Jedi: Knights of the Old Republic. The warring Sith factions spread their evils to the Republic and it's up to the Jedi to restore the galaxy to rest.
Legends
Legends
Graphic Novel

Tales of the Jedi: Redemption

Written by
Kevin Anderson
Artwork by
Chris Gossett
Set ten years after The Sith War, we return to the characters of Ulic Qel-Droma, now a lonely old hermit, and Nomi Sunrider, who is fraught with trying to rebuild the Jedi Order. Their stories intertwine on a level of epic and heartbreaking proportions!
Legends
Legends
Graphic Novel

Dawn of the Jedi Volume 1

Written by
John Ostrander
Artwork by
Jan Duursema, Dan Parsons, Michael Heisler, Wes Dzioba, Gonzalo Flores
In this first installment of the Dawn of the Jedi series, John Ostrander takes us back to a time before lightsabers, before the Jedi and Sith. An earlier order, the Je’daii, have spent 10,000 years studying the Force on the planet Tython and keeping the peace in the surrounding system. Learning that the Force-sensitive world reacts violently to imbalances in the Force, the Order’s philosophy focuses on balancing the light and dark sides. A mysterious visitor changes all that when he crashes on Tython during a mission to find Force-rich worlds, and populations, for the Rakata Infinite Empire. The Je’daii successfully subdue the storms and find the strange Force-wielder, but their challenges are only beginning.
Legends
Legends
Adult Novel

Dawn of the Jedi: Into the Void

Written by
Tim Lebbon
Artwork by
“For over a thousand generations, the Jedi Knights were the guardians of peace and justices in the Old Republic.” A thousand generations is a long time, and in Dawn of the Jedi: Into the Void, Tim Lebbon takes us all the way back—more than 25,000 years before the events we see on the big screen. Before the Skywalkers, before lightsabers. Even before the Jedi Order as we know it. Instead, on the Force-rich planet Tython, we find the Je’daii Order. We meet young Lanoree Brock, one of the Order’s Rangers who keep the peace throughout the system. But a threat looms, as a group of fanatics pursues a project that threatens to unleash an interplanetary cataclysm. Much to her surprise, the Je’daii council tasks Brock to stop the group and its leader, who turns out to be the very brother she had long presumed dead.
Legends
Legends
Graphic Novel

Dawn of the Jedi Volume 2

Written by
John Ostrander
Artwork by
Jan Duursema, Dan Parsons, Michael Heisler, Wes Dzioba, David Michael Beck
After crashing on Tython and sparking a savage Force Storm that engulfed the planet, Xesh, a Force Hound of the Rakata Infinite Empire, has been exiled to the moon of Bogan by the Je’daii Order in order to find balance in the Force. There, he encounters fellow exile Daegon Lok – a Je’daii who had been exiled after having gone insane from a vision of dark warriors wielding blazing sabers, which turn out to be Forcesabers, weapons of the Force Hounds. The two exiles team up to escape the moon, and the Je’daii are soon in pursuit. While other Je’daii investigate Xesh’s crashed ship and learn more about his masters, another Force Hound arrives. With the Infinite Empire on its way, the Je’Daii Order prepares for war in John Ostrander’s second look into the ancient history of the galaxy far, far away.
Legends
Legends
Graphic Novel

Dawn of the Jedi Volume 3

Written by
John Ostrander
Artwork by
Jan Duursema, Dan Parsons, Michael Heisler, Wes Dzioba, David Michael Beck
In the epic finale of John Ostrander’s series, the Rakata invade the Tython system in their tireless quest to find and enslave Force-sensitive beings to fuel their conquest of the galaxy. The Je’daii Order, progenitors of the legendary Jedi Knights, rise to the challenge and defend their home as they have over the past ten millennia. But in order to defeat these powerful enemies, the Je’daii draw on weapons and techniques that draw heavily on the dark side of the Force and sacrifice the balance they worked so hard to cultivate over the generations. With the help of the Force and the mysterious ships that brought their ancestors to Tython, the Je’daii succeed in driving off the foe. But in the aftermath of the battle one group of Je’daii refuse to renounce to renounce the dark side weapons and powers, setting the stage for conflict between light and dark side Force users that would dominate the galaxy for over a thousand generations.
Legends
Legends
Adult Novel

Dawn of the Jedi: Into the Void

Written by
Tim Lebbon
Artwork by
“For over a thousand generations, the Jedi Knights were the guardians of peace and justices in the Old Republic.” A thousand generations is a long time, and in Dawn of the Jedi: Into the Void, Tim Lebbon takes us all the way back—more than 25,000 years before the events we see on the big screen. Before the Skywalkers, before lightsabers. Even before the Jedi Order as we know it. Instead, on the Force-rich planet Tython, we find the Je’daii Order. We meet young Lanoree Brock, one of the Order’s Rangers who keep the peace throughout the system. But a threat looms, as a group of fanatics pursues a project that threatens to unleash an interplanetary cataclysm. Much to her surprise, the Je’daii council tasks Brock to stop the group and its leader, who turns out to be the very brother she had long presumed dead.
Legends
Legends
Graphic Novel

Dawn of the Jedi Volume 1

Written by
John Ostrander
Artwork by
Jan Duursema, Dan Parsons, Michael Heisler, Wes Dzioba, Gonzalo Flores
In this first installment of the Dawn of the Jedi series, John Ostrander takes us back to a time before lightsabers, before the Jedi and Sith. An earlier order, the Je’daii, have spent 10,000 years studying the Force on the planet Tython and keeping the peace in the surrounding system. Learning that the Force-sensitive world reacts violently to imbalances in the Force, the Order’s philosophy focuses on balancing the light and dark sides. A mysterious visitor changes all that when he crashes on Tython during a mission to find Force-rich worlds, and populations, for the Rakata Infinite Empire. The Je’daii successfully subdue the storms and find the strange Force-wielder, but their challenges are only beginning.
Legends
Legends
Graphic Novel

Dawn of the Jedi Volume 2

Written by
John Ostrander
Artwork by
Jan Duursema, Dan Parsons, Michael Heisler, Wes Dzioba, David Michael Beck
After crashing on Tython and sparking a savage Force Storm that engulfed the planet, Xesh, a Force Hound of the Rakata Infinite Empire, has been exiled to the moon of Bogan by the Je’daii Order in order to find balance in the Force. There, he encounters fellow exile Daegon Lok – a Je’daii who had been exiled after having gone insane from a vision of dark warriors wielding blazing sabers, which turn out to be Forcesabers, weapons of the Force Hounds. The two exiles team up to escape the moon, and the Je’daii are soon in pursuit. While other Je’daii investigate Xesh’s crashed ship and learn more about his masters, another Force Hound arrives. With the Infinite Empire on its way, the Je’Daii Order prepares for war in John Ostrander’s second look into the ancient history of the galaxy far, far away.
Legends
Legends
Graphic Novel

Dawn of the Jedi Volume 3

Written by
John Ostrander
Artwork by
Jan Duursema, Dan Parsons, Michael Heisler, Wes Dzioba, David Michael Beck
In the epic finale of John Ostrander’s series, the Rakata invade the Tython system in their tireless quest to find and enslave Force-sensitive beings to fuel their conquest of the galaxy. The Je’daii Order, progenitors of the legendary Jedi Knights, rise to the challenge and defend their home as they have over the past ten millennia. But in order to defeat these powerful enemies, the Je’daii draw on weapons and techniques that draw heavily on the dark side of the Force and sacrifice the balance they worked so hard to cultivate over the generations. With the help of the Force and the mysterious ships that brought their ancestors to Tython, the Je’daii succeed in driving off the foe. But in the aftermath of the battle one group of Je’daii refuse to renounce to renounce the dark side weapons and powers, setting the stage for conflict between light and dark side Force users that would dominate the galaxy for over a thousand generations.
Legends
Legends
Graphic Novel

Tales of the Jedi: The Fall of the Sith Empire

Written by
Kevin Anderson
Artwork by
Dario Carrasco, Jr.
An ancient Legends story of mythic proportions, The Fall of the Sith Empire is the sequel to the Golden Age of the Sith and the prequel to Tales of the Jedi: Knights of the Old Republic. The warring Sith factions spread their evils to the Republic and it's up to the Jedi to restore the galaxy to rest.
Legends
Legends
Graphic Novel

Tales of the Jedi: Knights of the Old Republic

Written by
Tom Vietch
Artwork by
Chris Gossett
Set 4000 years before A New Hope, Tom Veitch and Dark Horse Comics launched an all-new era of Star Wars storytelling that would inspire some of the greats like the beloved game Knights of the Old Republic. The first story arc sees three Jedi apprentices on a mission to the planet of Onderon to solve a dispute between the royal family and the rebellious Beast Riders from the moon, Dxun. Their adventure leads them to an encounter with the evil spirit of Freedon Nadd and sets in motion events that would change the galaxy, and Star Wars history, forever.
Legends
Legends
Graphic Novel

Tales of the Jedi: The Golden Age of the Sith

Written by
Kevin Anderson
Artwork by
Dario Carrasco, Jr.
A thousand years before the story of Ulic Qel-Droma, the Sith warred with one another on their homeworld of Ziost. Marka Ragnos is dead and a new Dark Lord must rise to take his place. But the potential successors, Ludo Kresh and Naga Sadow, have vastly different visions for what it means to take up the dark mantle. The fate of the galaxy hinges on the victor.
Legends
Legends
Graphic Novel

Tales of the Jedi: The Freedon Nadd Uprising

Written by
Tom Vietch
Artwork by
Tony Akins
Jedi Master Arca tries to relocate Freedon Nadd’s sarcophagus to Dxun, but it is captured by Nadd’s dark disciples. We learn that Princess Galia’s father, King Omin, isn’t dead after all, but is being kept alive unnaturally by the spirit of Freedon Nadd. He easily defeats the Jedi and captures Master Arca. Nadd plans to do the good-ole Sith essence transfer into a powerful Jedi body to have UNLIMITED POWER. Jedi reinforcements arrive, including new Jedi heroine Nomi Sunrider, who must help free Arca, defeat Omin, and restore peace to Onderon.
Legends
Legends
Graphic Novel

Tales of the Jedi: Dark Lords of the Sith

Written by
Tom Vietch, Kevin Anderson
Artwork by
Chris Gossett, Art Wetherell
A Jedi named Exar Kun gets a little over-competitive and eager for forbidden knowledge, poses as a Jedi archaeologist and is overcome by the spirit of none other than the ancient Sith Lord Freedon Nadd. Exar Kun gets delusions of grandeur, sets up a Sith empire on Yavin IV, enslaves the Massassi natives, and goes to war with Ulic Qel Droma. Ulic gets the great idea that the only way to defeat the Sith is by joining them. . This volume follows Tales of the Jedi: Knights of the Old Republic.
Legends
Legends
Graphic Novel

Tales of the Jedi: The Sith War

Written by
Kevin Anderson
Artwork by
Dario Carrasco Jr.
Former enemies Ulic Qel-Droma and Exar Kun have now united to usher in a new Golden Age of the Sith. In order to do so, they take control of a fierce army of Mandalorians! This volume is part of Dark Horse’s deep dive into the ancient history of the Jedi and the Sith (published several years before the Prequels!) and is best read after Tales of the Jedi: Knights of the Old Republic, The Freedon Nadd Uprising, and Dark Lords of the Sith. These issues can be found in Star Wars Omnibus: Tales of the Jedi, Volume 2.
Legends
Legends
Graphic Novel

Tales of the Jedi: Redemption

Written by
Kevin Anderson
Artwork by
Chris Gossett
Set ten years after The Sith War, we return to the characters of Ulic Qel-Droma, now a lonely old hermit, and Nomi Sunrider, who is fraught with trying to rebuild the Jedi Order. Their stories intertwine on a level of epic and heartbreaking proportions!
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