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Temple of Exar Kun
General information
Constructed

3,996 BBY[1]

Destroyed

11 ABY[2]

Location

Yavin 4[3]

Builder

Massassi[3]

Usage
Era(s)
Affiliation
"This temple might be an archaeological find of great value, a monument of untold wonder, but it's also a monument to evil."
―Corran Horn

The Temple of Exar Kun, also known as the Tomb of Exar Kun or Dark Temple[5] was a Sith temple on Yavin 4.

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Design and Layout

The outer chamber of the Temple

The temple was situated on a volcanic island called the Isle of Kun in the middle of a deep lake and it could only be reached on foot by stepping stones. These were set a few centimeters beneath the surface of the water, which forced all who crossed them to approach the temple with their heads bowed, so they could watch their feet.[2]

The temple itself was made from polished black-colored obsidian that was studded with corusca gems.[3] It was etched with Sith hieroglyphics and pictographs, that translated as magic incantations to protect the temple and call doom to its defilers.[2] At its apex was a large statue of the Sith Lord Exar Kun[3] and outside, there was a small courtyard.[2]

Inside, the temple had just one chamber and catacombs beneath it. These consisted of a number of chambers, interlinked by tunnels. The last chamber contained the sarcophagus of Exar Kun, where presumably his body was intended to be placed after his death, although it is unknown if this actually happened, as he fused his spirit into the very walls of the Yavin 4 temples—possibly taking his body too.[4] The temple also had a water cistern inside of it.[3]

History

Just before he fully embraced the dark side of the Force, the fallen Jedi Exar Kun came to Yavin 4, where he enslaved the native Massassi, who saw him as a god.[6] He he had them construct temples in his honor, one of which would later become known as the Temple of Exar Kun. Kun used the temple a private retreat, where he went to further his studies of the Force.[3]

Rebel troops discover the temple

Shortly before his death at the end of the Great Sith War in 3,996 BBY, Kun drew upon the life forces of the entire Massassi population to transfer his spirit into the temple, where his spirit resided for the next four thousand years.

The temple was rediscovered during the Battle of Yavin by a Rebel naturalist called Dr'uun Unnh. He instantly realized that it was a Sith temple and was intrigued by the fact that, while all the other temples on Yavin IV were worn and ruined, this temple showed no signs of aging at all. Unnh was killed shortly after, when his speeder bike was hit by a crashed TIE/ln starfighter, but details of the temple were recovered on his data pad, by a search team.[7]

The Temple's main hallway

In 1 ABY, Professor Walter Emanus led a University of Corellia archaeological expedition to the temple and discovered a number of rare artifacts, such as the Valahorn. However, when their excavations uncovered the catacombs beneath the temple, they reawakened the spirit of Exar Kun. They became enslaved to the spirit and formed the Cult of Exar Kun. The cult based itself in the catacombs, until they were driven out by a team of spacers, sent by Professor Cornelius Wagglehorn, a colleague of Emanus from the University. Jan Dodonna and Luke Skywalker were also present at the temple at some point during the excavation and a spacer aided them with a number of tasks in evacuating the base. The spacers were sometimes halted in the temple by Rebel soldiers who were possessed by Kun's spirit.[4]

Skywalker later set up a Jedi Praxeum in the Great Temple on Yavin IV in 11 ABY.[8] On his arrival, he could sense Kun's dark presence inside the temple, something that he hadn't sensed when on Yavin IV before, when his Jedi abilities were less well developed. The spirit of Exar Kun was reawakened and set about luring his pupils to his temple, where he attempted to turn them to the dark side of the force. Gantoris and Streen traveled to the temple and while they were there, two corusca gems flaked of it's walls and landed at Gantoris's feet. This was presumably caused by Kun, and Gantoris used them in the construction of his lightsaber. Kun succeeded in turning Gantoris, but when he resisted, he destroyed him. Later, Kyp Durron and Dorsk 81 journeyed to the temple. There, Kyp put his companion to sleep while he learned from the Sith Lord. Kun wanted to kill Dorsk on a whim, as a demonstration of his power but Kyp prevented this, by asking the Dark Lord to teach him everything he knew.[3] Corran Horn also visited the temple soon after and Kun promised to help him find his missing wife, Mirax, if he became his student. Horn resisted, but Kun came close to breaking him, until Mara Jade arrived and temporarily distracted him. The Dark Lord then realized that he was just there to distract him, while the other Jedi students worked to vanquish his spirit,[2] which they succeeded in doing.[9]

The Temple's throne room

With Exar Kun destroyed, Kyp was redeemed to the light side of the Force. On Kyp's return to Yavin 4, Luke took him to the temple, to face a test similar to the experience Luke had in the Dark Side Cave on Dagobah. Instead of Vader, Kyp faced Exar Kun and passed the test, by refusing to strike him down with anger. Kun then resolved into Kyp's dead brother Zeth as a Force ghost, much as Luke had seen himself in Vader's mask. Zeth's image was probably formed through the Force powers in the temple in which he appeared to teach Kyp an important lesson, though it is impossible to say for sure.[9]

Shortly after, Corran Horn gained Luke's permission to destroy the temple, as he had seen firsthand how Sith writings had corrupted the Jensaari and he didn't want the writings in the temple to lead anyone else to the dark side. He attacked it in his X-Wing, beginning by firing proton torpedos at the statue of Exar Kun. The fragments of this rained down, with some damaging the interior of the temple, while others plummeted into the lake. He then switched to lasers and targeted the exterior of the temple, strafing it back and forth until it collapsed and heating it up so that all the writings on it were destroyed. When he had finished, almost no traces of it remained.[2]

Appearances

  • Tales of the Jedi: Dark Lords of the Sith 4: Death of a Dark Jedi (First appearance)
  • Tales of the Jedi: The Sith War 2: The Battle of Coruscant
  • Tales of the Jedi: The Sith War 3: The Trial of Ulic Qel-Droma (Mentioned only)
  • Tales of the Jedi: The Sith War 4: Jedi Holocaust
  • Tales of the Jedi: The Sith War 6: Dark Lord
  •  Star Wars Galaxies – An Empire Divided
  • Dark Apprentice
  • Champions of the Force
  • I, Jedi

Sources

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Tales of the Jedi: Dark Lords of the Sith 4: Death of a Dark Jedi
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 I, Jedi
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 Dark Apprentice
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Star Wars Galaxies
  5. The Jedi Academy Sourcebook
  6. Tales of the Jedi: Dark Lords of the Sith (audio)
  7. The Illustrated Star Wars Universe
  8. Jedi Search
  9. 9.0 9.1 Champions of the Force

External links

  • Domain of Evil on the official Star Wars Galaxies website
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Exterior sight
Strange corridor

Building caption: "As you enter this dark surprisingly massive structure, you can't help feeling something evil is watching you..."

Location:

/way yavin4 5097 5537 Temple of Exar Kun;

Badges: ...has visited the Temple of Exar K'un.

Special Features:
The temple contains the NPC's that give out the final quests of the Rebel Themepark.

Star Wars lore

The Temple of Exar Kun was one of the orginal temples built by the Massassi while enslaved by the Sith Lord Naga Sadow around 5,000 BBY.

The name of the temple is the same of the Sith Lord, Exar Kun.

Following the Battle of Yavin, some of Rebel Alliance stayed in this temple to help with the evacuation of the their forces from Yavin IV. After Luke Skywalker petitioned to start the New Jedi Order, he was given the temples as usage for training. Exar Kun's spirit was revived after sensing the the new Jedi, and tried to corrupt them. He was defeated, and Jedi Knight Corran Horn destroyed the temple.

Notes: After a few people posted an "In-Game Content Wish-List" in the public forum, one wish being "secrets" to discover in and around important places, there began a rumor that Exar Kun, or rather, his spirit could appear within the temple. This rumor began way back in 2003, and reoccurs periodically. Some have taken things as far as to photoshop screenshots to include the ghostly visage of the Sith Lord. During the changes to the Rebel Themepark, the game designers, taken aback by the popularity of this particular rumor, moved Luke Skywalker and General Dodonna outside of the temple, and filled it with Rebel soldiers possessed by Exar Kun.

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