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"As Jedi, either we're players in GA politics, or we're another instrument of the elected leadership, like the fleet. If we're the latter, then we might have our opinions, but we do as the legitimate leadership directs. If we're not, then we've got no more right to start interfering with the status quo than the Monster Raving Anarchist Party."
Kyp Durron

The Jedi High Council, also known as the Jedi Masters' Council and formerly known as the Masters' Council, was the leading body of the New Jedi Order. As of 35 ABY, the Masters' Council had formed as an informal body responsible for the leadership of the Order. However, at the conclusion of the Swarm War, Grand Master Luke Skywalker formed an official Jedi High Council, from the loose collection of Jedi Masters, that mirrored the Jedi Council of the original Jedi Order. Both the Masters' Council and its successor consisted of the Order's twelve wisest and most powerful Masters.

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History of the High Council

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Masters' Council

The Masters' Council, which had twelve members, met in the Council chambers within the Jedi Praxeum on Ossus. Occasionally they would also convene within a conference chamber in the new Jedi Temple. How much control the Council had over the Knights of the Order was a matter of debate. Some Masters, such as Mara Jade Skywalker, believed that Jedi Knights should be compelled to comply with the Council, but Luke Skywalker insisted compliance should be voluntary, arguing that the council would be failing the Order if the other Jedi were not willing to listen to its requests.

It is known that during the Dark Nest Crisis there were at least twelve members on the council. Cilghal was automatic because of her skill as a healer. Kyp Durron, although he had been troublesome in the past, had been selected to offer a different perspective on the Council and Kenth Hamner was a skilled tactician. Corran Horn, Kyle Katarn, and Tresina Lobi were all strong in the Force and Saba Sebatyne had done a great amount for the Order during the War. Luke Skywalker was joined by his wife, Mara Jade Skywalker, and Kam Solusar and Tionne Solusar were needed because of their connections to the Ossus Academy. Octa Ramis would also be chosen to receive a seat.

The relationship between the Masters' Council and the Alliance government was often tense, and a matter of contention within the Council. Some Masters, such as Corran Horn and Kenth Hamner (and possibly Kyle Katarn), believed the Order was primarily responsible to serve the needs of the Alliance, which had funded the Order during the period of reconstruction following the Yuuzhan Vong War and even built the new Jedi Temple. Others, including Mara Jade Skywalker and Kyp Durron, believed that giving preference to the Alliance's interest made the Jedi nothing more than mercenaries, and that the Jedi should preserve peace without favoritism, even at the expense of the Alliance. Despite their official stance, the Galactic Alliance bureaucracy came to see the Jedi as their own private diplomatic corps and police force. Both sides were convinced that they were in the right, with some arguments coming close to being decided at saber-point, and it was only Master Skywalker's moral authority that kept the Council from splitting violently.

In 35 ABY, UnuThul sent two Jedi, whom he had converted to be Joiners with the Colony, to persuade the Masters' Council to assist the Killiks in a border conflict with the Chiss Ascendancy. The Council uncovered the existence of the Dark Nest, Gorog, which was manipulating the conflict without the knowledge of UnuThul and the rest of the Colony. Cilghal, the Jedi Master-healer, used medical experiments to reveal the true nature of the Dark Nest, which was analogous to the Colony's subconscious mind. Luke, Mara, and Saba Sebatyne were sent to reveal and destroy Gorog. They accomplished the former goal, and seemingly the latter, resolving the conflict with the help of Leia Organa Solo and a number of young Jedi Knights.

Jedi High Council

Following the end of the Swarm War, Luke decided to form a more formal, authoritative Jedi Council that would meet in a chamber identical to that of which the old Order met in, once again referred to as the Jedi High Council.[1] The High Council Chambers on Coruscant were reconstructed in reverence to the original Temple, though gaudy drapes were originally installed they were quickly removed by Master Skywalker. This formalized Council consisted of twelve members who sat in exact replicas of the stone seats such luminaries such as Mace Windu and Yoda sat upon. As a member Mara Jade Skywalker also served as secretary of the council.[2]

With the formation of the new Council Luke Skywalker continued to serve along with all other members besides the Solusars, who may or may have not continued to sit on the august body. With the deaths of two of their number, it is unknown who replaced the deceased Masters Jade Skywalker and Lobi.

40 BBY, after the Telos Holocron, a Sith artifact came in possession of the New Jedi Order, many Jedi feared that some enemies may attempt to steal it. Nearly half of the Council endorsed the idea of destroying the holocron. [3]

Several members of the Jedi High Council.

In 43 ABY, Chief of State Natasi Daala had Luke Skywalker arrested for dereliction of duty. Skywalker gained his freedom only by exiling himself from the Order and handing over his title of Grand Master; in Skywalker's stead, Council member Kenth Hamner became the acting Grand Master. It is not known who replaced Skywalker on the Council.

Long after Luke Skywalker became one with the Force, the council continued to preside over the Order’s affairs with Skywalker's descendant, Kol Skywalker, as its leader. However, with the Imperial victory at the Sith-Imperial War and the subsequent Massacre at Ossus, the Jedi Order was decimated, and the Council with it.

The High Council was later reconvened within the halls of the Order's Hidden Temple, with T'ra Saa, Tili Qua and K'Kruhk as its members. They met with the Imperial delegation to decide if the Order should ally with Roan Fel. They also heard Cade Skywalker's plan to assassinate Sith Lord Darth Krayt, believing that with him out of the way, the Sith would collapse on each other, which horrified the Masters. After meditating and discussing the matter, the Council decided to pursue an alliance with Fel, but not go along with assassination. From their point-of-view, the Sith may have a new successor or divide into more dangerous factions. Nonetheless, Cade went forth with his plan any way.

Known Members

Known leaders of the Jedi Council or the Jedi Order are listed in bold.

As of 137 ABY:

(†=confirmed death);
(ω=Also a member of original Jedi Order)

New Jedi Order Era/Early Legacy Era (35 ABY43 ABY+)

Late Legacy Era (130 ABY137 ABY+)

Appearances

Sources

  • Star Wars Legacy 0
  • Jedi vs. Sith: The Essential Guide to the Force
  • You must be a member of Star Wars Hyperspace to view this linkXim Week: The History of Xim and the Tion Cluster on Hyperspace (article)

Notes and references

  1.  "Jedi High Council Roster (NJO and beyond)" - "Keeper of the Holocron's Blog.", Leland Chee's StarWars.com Blog
  2. Bloodlines
  3. Jedi vs. Sith: The Essential Guide to the Force

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