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"The secret of the Ancient Order of the Whills, he studied."
Yoda to Obi-Wan Kenobi on Qui-Gon Jinn

The Ancient Order of the Whills was a higher order of beings deeply connected with the Force. They had holymen known as Shamans.

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History

"The ability to defy oblivion can be achieved, but only for oneself. It was accomplished by a Shaman of the Whills. It is a state acquired through compassion, not greed."
Qui-Gon Jinn to Yoda

One of their Shamans was known to have discovered the secret of eternal consciousness and later, Qui-Gon Jinn learned the secret, allowing him to interact with the living after his death.[1][2]

The Whills kept a collection of stories, called the Journal of the Whills, that chronicled the history of the galaxy.[3] A Keeper of the Whills was responsible for adding new information into it. One such Keeper was told the story of the Skywalker family's exploits during the Clone Wars and the Galactic Civil War, by the Astromech droid R2-D2 one hundred years after the Battle of Endor.[4]

Behind the scenes

In early drafts of A New Hope, the name 'Whills' is equivalent to the Force. It is probably an early incarnation of the concept of midi-chlorians.

"Originally, I was trying to have the story be told by somebody else (an immortal being known as a Whill); there was somebody watching this whole story and recording it, somebody probably wiser than the mortal players in the actual events. I eventually dropped this idea, and the concepts behind the Whills turned into the Force. But the Whills became part of this massive amount of notes, quotes, background information that I used for the scripts; the stories were actually taken from the Journal of the Whills."
George Lucas

It is a common misconception that "Whill" is the name of the unknown race of Yoda, but George Lucas has firmly denied this. Their form is totally unknown, so since the Whills were an early concept of the Force, some fans speculate that the Whills are of spiritual substance more or less like Wisties and probably immortal. However, this is unlikely to be true, as Star Wars Episode III Revenge of the Sith: Illustrated Screenplay and The Art of Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith both have Qui-Gon Jinn stating that he knew of only one Shaman who had achieved immortality.

Since the journal was composed in 104 ABY, it's possible that the events explored in the Star Wars: Legacy were not part of the narration. In fact, it is unclear to what extent the narration covered the history of the galaxy as we know it.

Appearances

  • Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (Mentioned in script, not in final film)
  • Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith novelization (Mentioned only)
  • Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith comic adaptation (Mentioned only)
  • The Last One Standing (Mentioned only)
  • The Last of the Jedi: The Desperate Mission (Mentioned only)
  • The Last of the Jedi: Dark Warning (Mentioned only)
  • Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope novelization (First mentioned)

Sources

Notes and references

  1. Star Wars Episode III Revenge of the Sith: Illustrated Screenplay
  2. The Art of Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
  3. Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (novel)
  4. The Making of Star Wars Revenge of the Sith

External links

  • You must be a member of Star Wars Hyperspace to view this linkBantha Tracks #18: Interview: Mark Hamill at Elstree: Part 1 on Hyperspace
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