Since the Star Wars franchise launched with George Lucas’s original Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977), the Force has been the driving, well, force, behind a galaxy far, far away.
From Obi-Wan ‘Old Ben’ Kenobi (Alec Guinness) first explaining the Force to a young Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) in the original trilogy to Darth Sidious/Emperor Palpatine’s (Ian McDiarmid) penchant for Force lightning in the prequel trilogy to Rey (Daisy Ridley) force healing Ben Solo/Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) in the sequel trilogy to little Grogu’s intense Force abilities in The Mandalorian saga, there are few things that happen in the Star Wars galaxy that aren’t impacted by the Force.
Lucasfilm’s latest endeavor, the Star Wars: The High Republic multimedia initiative, has gone to great lengths to give Star Wars fans a deeper understanding of the Force and how it functions within the Star Wars galaxy.
For example, for the first time in the four-decade history of Star Wars, we discovered how Jedi Knights see the Force thanks to a graphic of Jedi Padawan Keeve Trennis in a High Republic comic book issue.
Now, The High Republic — and full-fledged Jedi Knight Keeve Trennis — are back with more details about the Force, that just might break the Jedi Order’s greatest secret wide open.
Although it is not exactly shocking that Jedi Temple locations are extremely strong in the Force, Star Wars is increasingly driving home the point that these sacred spots are not only strong in the light side, but the dark side as well.
As one article noted, this has been hinted at several times in past Star Wars projects, but The High Republic is now expounding on the idea in its latest comic issue:
The Jedi temple on Coruscant was built atop an ancient Sith shrine, with the Jedi actually using the dark side vergence to perform rituals of purification. The temple on Ahch-To contained a similar vergence, one that Rey was drawn to – much to Luke Skywalker’s concern. And, according to Star Wars: The High Republic #8 by Cavan Scott and Ario Anindito, even the temple constructed at Starlight Beacon was fashioned with a Bogan Vault, a repository for the dark side.
As you can see in the graphic [above], Jedi Wayseeker Orla Jareni tells Trennis and fellow Jedi Avar Kriss, “We will secure the creature in the Bogan Vault on Starlight. The Drengir will sleep once more.”
This is clear proof that Jedi Temples were, perhaps, equally strong in both sides of the Force — the dark as well as the light. While this makes sense, as both must exist in order for the galaxy to have balance, it will be fascinating to see more about the tension between these two sides of the same coin as Star Wars continues to explore the pinnacle of the Jedi Order, and expose more of the secrets of this ancient galactic religion.
Upcoming Disney+ series The Acolyte is set to explore the rise of the dark side — and maybe even the rise of Darth Sidious’s master Darth Plagueis — at the end of the High Republic era.
This show could further explain how the Jedi are connected to their darkest instincts, though few details have been revealed.
Are you interested to learn more about the dark side of the Force and how it impacted the Jedi?