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In the Star Wars universe, the Jedi team, also known as the Jedi Order, is a noble, ancient organization that upholds peace, justice, and balance within the Galactic Republic. They are a group of skilled warriors and scholars, capable of harnessing the mysterious energy known as The Force. The Jedi Order follows the Light side of The Force and are sworn protectors of the galaxy from the evil grasp of the Sith, who embrace the Dark side.
The Jedi Order has a hierarchical structure, which begins with the recruitment of Force-sensitive children, usually at a very young age, into the rank of Initiates. These Initiates are then trained in the ways of The Force, philosophy, and combat under the tutelage of experienced Jedi. Upon successful completion of their training, they become Padawans, the apprentice-level Jedi. Each Padawan is then paired with a Jedi Knight or Master based on their affinity, learning from them as they undertake various missions and tasks.
When a Padawan becomes skilled and wise enough, they may advance to the rank of Jedi Knight. This progression is typically marked by the completion of a trial or a significant achievement, such as constructing their own lightsaber. Jedi Knights are the backbone of the Order, serving as peacekeepers, negotiators, and warriors across the galaxy. Some Jedi Knights go on to achieve the rank of Jedi Master, a title bestowed on those who have demonstrated exceptional mastery of The Force and dedication to the Jedi Code. Jedi Masters often serve on the Jedi Council, the highest governing body in the Order, making critical decisions for the Jedi and the Galactic Republic.
The Jedi follow a strict code of conduct and ethics, which emphasizes selflessness, discipline, and a deep understanding of The Force. Their guiding principle is to achieve harmony and balance within themselves and the world around them. While the Jedi have great power, they are primarily taught to use this power to maintain peace and justice, rather than for personal benefit or glory. The Jedi Code strictly prohibits emotional attachment, as they believe it can lead to anger, jealousy, and ultimately, the Dark side.
Throughout the Star Wars saga, the Jedi have been involved in countless battles, as well as diplomatic efforts. Not only do they confront the Sith, but also various other factions and organizations that pose a threat to the galaxy. In the prequel trilogy, the ranks of the Jedi were nearly wiped out during The Clone Wars and Order 66, an event in which thousands of Jedi were betrayed and killed by the clone army under the command of the Emperor.
However, the hope prevailed in the original trilogy with the emergence of Luke Skywalker, the son of fallen Jedi Anakin Skywalker. Under the mentorship of Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi and the guidance of deceased Master Yoda, Luke gained the knowledge and skills needed to confront the Emperor and his father, who had become the Sith Lord Darth Vader. Through his actions, Luke plays a critical role in toppling the Empire, redeeming his father, and restoring balance to The Force.
Finally, in the sequel trilogy, the legacy of the Jedi is passed on to a new generation, as Jedi Master Luke Skywalker trains Rey in the ways of The Force. Although the Jedi Order never fully returns to its former strength and structure, the values and ideals of the Jedi live on through Rey and her allies in their battle against the First Order and the emerging threat of the Dark side.
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35. - (21 BBY) Clone Wars Season 2 Eps 13 and 14, Tales of the Jedi Ep 1