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Cal Kestis is a Jedi Padawan and a protagonist of the action-adventure video game "Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order," developed by Respawn Entertainment and published by Electronic Arts. The game was officially released on November 15, 2019, and is set in the Star Wars universe, particularly in the dark times between Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Episode IV: A New Hope.
Cal Kestis was a human male who began his Jedi Training at a young age under the tutelage of Jedi Master Jaro Tapal. Throughout his Padawan years, Cal became a skilled fighter and developed a strong connection with The Force. Unfortunately, his formal education was ended prematurely due to the execution of Order 66, a sinister decree initiated by Emperor Palpatine to eradicate the Jedi Order.
In the aftermath of Order 66, Cal managed to escape with his life but was forced to watch as his Master fell victim to the Clone Troopers' attacks. He then went into hiding and assumed the identity of a scrapyards worker on the planet Bracca. To avoid detection by the Galactic Empire, Cal suppressed his connection to The Force and lived as an ordinary citizen for several years.
Events in the game force Cal to reveal his Force abilities and consequently catch the attention of the Empire. He becomes hunted by the Inquisitors, dark side warriors assigned to ensure the extinction of the Jedi Order. Cal is eventually rescued by allies Cere Junda, a former Jedi Knight, and Greez Dritus, a Latero pilot. Together, they embark on a journey to restore the Jedi Order and uncover the secrets of an ancient alien civilization.
Throughout "Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order," Cal's abilities evolve as he regains his connection with The Force and discovers new powers. He becomes proficient in multiple facets of The Force, such as telekinesis, healing, and controlling the flow of time. Additionally, Cal is an adept lightsaber wielder, demonstrating skill in various forms of combat and lightsaber customization.
Although Cal Kestis is not a character in the Star Wars films, his story adds depth to the post-Order 66 era. His journey represents the struggle Jedi survivors faced during the Empire's reign and reinforces the importance of hope even in the darkest of times. Cal's tale also explores the complexities of The Force, revealing new abilities and lore within the Star Wars universe.
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