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“Balance of The Force is neccesary for the universe. Without balance, everything falls apart…we are charged with maintaining this balance, which is why we realize the truth: there is no light and dark side of the force, just the force itself…”—Dade Leviathan
The Gray Jedi were a branch of the Jedi that broke off from the Jedi Order in 132 BBY to form their own order. They originally sympathized with The Potentium Jedi, however their views were much different. The Gray Jedi believed in balance, not only in the Force, but in every other aspect of the galaxy as well. Just like Jedi, they wielded lightsabers and used both light and dark sides of the Force. They believed that there was no light side or dark side to the force. The believed there was just the force and that to use both light and dark powers was the basis for true balance in oneself.
“There is no dark without light, there is no good without evil. Such is the way of the world. There is no dark side, nor is there light side, there is only the force. Thus the Gray Jedi believe, and such shall we live…”—Leor Danal
In 132 ABY, two groups broke off of the Jedi, The Potentium and the Gray Jedi. Both groups were similar, but also somewhat different. Both groups believed that there was no light side or dark side to the Force, but that was where the similarities ended. The Potentium Jedi believed that there was no such thing as evil, whereas the Gray Jedi knew it existed. The Gray Jedi, however, believed that evil was necessary to a certain degree. If evil was exterminated, then the Jedi would have nothing to fight. They would grow complacent and and dormant in their abilities. This would allow evil to come back even stronger and completely wipe out the Jedi. However, if evil was allowed to win, then the galaxy would be plunged into darkness. The Gray Jedi couldn't allow either of these outcomes to happen. Thus their solution was to make sure that both sides stayed on a level playing field with each other.
At the beginning, there were only about six Gray Jedi. They included Jedi Knight Jonah Kass, Jedi Master Derak Ja'huni, Jedi Padawan Arla Kress, Jedi Knight Tera Byysta, Jedi Knight Arlac Thene and Jedi Master Leor Danal. Because of their views, they were ostracized from the Jedi and in 132 BBY, they left Coruscant and the Jedi for good. Together, they sought out Dade Leviathan who was a self-exiled Jedi Master. They knew him through Leor Hal, who was the one of the leaders of the Potentium movement at the time. Finding Dade Leviathan on Dagobah, they began to explain their beliefs of the force. They soon found out that they shared the same belief with Master Leviathan, and there and then, they decided to form an order of their own, with Dade at the head. However, Dade refused to be the leader for an unknown reason. Instead, he nominated Leor Danal to be at the head of the order. Thus, Leor Danal became the first Kage of the Gray Jedi.
“A living breathing planet…I find it unbelievable, but at the same time it explains how this planet is able to move about the galaxy at will…”—Derak Ja'huni
After travelling the galaxy as nomads, the Gray Jedi chose Zonama Sekot as the homeworld of their order in 128 BBY. upon arrival, the six other Jedi did not believe Dade when he said that the planet itself was a sentient being. They quickly discovered that they were very wrong. The planet's sentient mind, which called itself Sekot, spoke to the Gray Jedi, telling them that it also believed that same things they did about the force. It showed them how the planet itself had amazing, if unrefined, force powers and how the planet could build living, breathing ships. Without a second thought, the Gray Jedi chose to make the planet their permanent home.
Traveling to the mountains of the planet, Leviathan and the Gray Jedi decided to make camp in the mountains. They found a large cave that extended down into a glacier. The natives simply called it the Dragon Cave. The Gray Jedi would later use this cave as the location of the trials that a Gray Jedi Genin would be required to complete in order to reach the rank of Knight.
Upon gaining the respect of the native residents, the Ferroans and the Langhesi, the Gray Jedi were able to get their help to build a secret temple in the valley behind the large mountain range. The temple was simple, yet elegant. While lacking the grandeur of the Jedi temple on Coruscant, the Gray Jedi Temple was beautiful in its own right. It was built of completely natural elements from the planet itself. These elements made it so the temple was a living organism as well as a building. This allowed great security for the Gray Jedi, as they could make sure that none but their allies would be able to enter.
Rise of the Force GuardiansEdit
The Gray Jedi started as one big group. However, many believed that they could do more good with different sects that had different tasks. Thus, in 68 BBY, about 15 Gray Jedi formed the first subdivision of the Gray Jedi, the Force Guardians. The Force Guardians dedicated themselves to studying the Force in all its splendour and figuring out new ways to use the power of the Force.
The Force Guardians became the first sages of the Gray Jedi, contemplating on the force almost all of their time. For all questions regarding the force, the rest of the Gray Jedi began relying the Force Guardians more and more. Finally in 50 BBY, the Force Guardians became an official sect of the Gray Jedi.
The formation of the Force Guardians spurred other members to create different sects. In 28 BBY, a group broke off and made what they called the Inner Flame. The Inner Flame was a sect of Gray Jedi that believed the strongest way in combat was with raw power and what they called the inner fire. The inner fire was a mixture of anger, calm and passion. They believed a balance of these three allowed a Jedi to become the strongest warrior alive. In 26 BBY, the Inner Flame was made an official sect of the Gray Jedi and they changed their name to the Fire Warriors.
Four years later in 22 BBY, another sect began. Founding its beliefs on the principle that a warrior should be as flexible as water and just as unyieldling, the Water Warriors were born. They believed that to be the best warrior, a Jedi did not draw on their inner fire, but on their inner calmness. Making one's mind like the moon or water, meaning to observe everything around you and reflect back. They believed a good warrior should counter an opponent's attacks perfectly, because the perfect warrior could see their opponent's attacks coming before they hit.
At the same time, the Force Guardians had broken in half. One half wanted to be the perfect balance between intellect and power, whereas the other half wanted to study the force one hundred percent of the time. They broke into the two sects, the Wind Sages who focused on unarmed combat and a perfect mastery of the force and the Ice Sages who focused on perfect mastery of the force, but didn't delve into combat very much. All three sects, the Water Warriors, Wind Sages and Ice Sages became official in 20 BBY. This would be the system that the Gray Jedi would use for the remainder of their existence.
“And thus, Genin of mine, I confer upon thee the rank of Gray Knight, first level of the Gray Jedi Knights. Rise, Arla Kress, Knight of the Gray Jedi.”—Leor Danal to Arla Kress after she completed the Gray Jedi Knight Trials
Around the time of their initial incarnation, the Gray Jedi decided that they needed to further set themselves apart from the Jedi. They proceeded to come up with an almost completely different ranking system. While theJedi had only three ranks, the Gray Jedi had six. The Gray Jedi deemed that each rank should be broken down into two seperate ranks, thus making it so that a recipient of a rank was deserving of their title. Even the names of the ranks differed from the Jedi. Over the years, the Gray Jedi gained the reputation of having a tougher and more involved training regime than the Jedi themselves.
Genin was the title given to the lowest ranking of Gray Jedi. A Genin would learn from a master as soon as they were old enough to begin training. Whereas the Jedi trainined younglings in larger classes called clans, the Gray Jedi believed that one on one teaching from an early age fostered greater respect, and mastery of skills. Also, the Gray Jedi prized companionship above many other things, and having a master since the days of being a youngling would easily foster a close bond between the Genin and their master.
Gray Knight was the first level of knight, and given to a Genin who had successfully completed the Gray Jedi Knight Trials. A Gray Knight was one of two levels of Gray Jedi Knights, and was almost an introductory rank into the full rank of Knight. A Gray Knight could not go on missions alone, as they had to be accompanied by another Gray Jedi of the same rank, or higher. After two years of training and missions, a Gray Knight would be able to take the test to attain the full title of knight, which was called a Silver Knight.
A Silver Knight was allowed to go on missions by him or herself, and they showed completely mastery over the skills they had been taught during their time as Genin. After about 5 years as a Silver Knight and a reasonable amount of missions, they would be eligable to take the test to raise to the first level of master.
Chunin was a variant of either a Gray Jedi Master or a Silver Knight. The Chunin took on the responsibility of a Genin, training him or her until they were able to take the Gray Jedi Knight Trials. To become a Chunin one had to show amazing mastery of their skills, and good technique at teaching skills. Only the best Silver Knights and Masters became Chunins.
A Gray Jedi Master was the first level of the rank of Master. When Silver Knights had served for at least five years and gone on a reasonable amount of missions by themselves, they were eligable to take the test to pass from Knight to Master. The Gray Jedi Master Trial was very similar to the Knight Trial, however it involved a lot more skill to complete. If the Silver Knight passed the trial, he was granted the rank of Gray Jedi Master. This was the first rank of master. Those who were exemplary masters were allowed the honour to take the test to become a Jonin.
Jonin was the highest level of master that you could reach. Only Jonins were allowed a seat on the Council, and they were regarded with the utmost respect. The only person in all of the Gray Jedi that got more respect than a Jonin was the Kage, or Grand Master.
Kage was the term that the Gray Jedi used for the Grand Master. They believed Grand Master was too god-like in terms, and they decided to use a different term for the most powerful and revered member of their order. The Kage was reffered to simply as "The Kage, or just simply "Kage." Unlike the Jedi the Kage didn't stay Kage for life. Instead, he served a ten year term and then had to apply for re-election.
A Force GenocideEdit
“A young Jedi named Darth Vader, who was a pupil of mine until he turned to evil, helped the Empire hunt down and destroy the Jedi Knights. He betrayed and murdered your father. Now the Jedi are all but extinct.”—Obi-Wan Kenobi, speaking of Anakin Skywalker to Luke Skywalker
In 19 ABY, the Empire was formed underneath Supreme Chancellor Palpatine which was the disguise of Dark Lord of the Sith Darth Sidious. Using his apprentice, Darth Vader, he almost totally wiped out all of the Jedi.
The Gray Jedi were not exempt from this extermination. While it was much harder to find them, many Gray Jedi fell under the blade of Vader as well. The Gray Jedi were forced to fire up the massive hyperdrive on Zonama Sekot and blast off into un-known territories of space.
In The ShadowsEdit
The Gray Jedi were forced to operate in secret for the next 19 years, until the Battle of Yavin. Once the Battle of Yavin was over and the first Death Star was destroyed, the Gray Jedi deemed it was safe to start reappearing. However, they didn't fully reappear openly until around 14 ABY during the Disciples of Ragnos crisis. Coming in and out of the woodwork of the galaxy, they added just enough help to the Jedi for them to triumph over the disciples and destroy the cult.
For the next 150 years, the Gray Jedi operated from inside the shadows, with very little people knowing of their existance. Even Luke Skywalker didn't know of their existance, although he heard whispers and had encounters of his own that suggested of their existance. However, the first Jedi to know of the truth of the Gray Jedi's existance was Kol Skywalker in 130 ABY when Dade Leviathan helped fight off Sith during the Massacre at Ossus. Dade, however, was clothed in silver and blue robes with a black mask that resembled a Krayt Dragon's skull. Kol Didn't find out that it was the legendary Gray Jedi until Dade's mask got ripped off in a duel with one of the Sith lords right before Kol was killed.
Because of Kol's death, none of the other Jedi knew of the Gray Jedi's existance. Dade Leviathan quickly reattached his mask after defeating the Sith, and went on his way. Cade Skywalker was now out of his reach and Kol Skywalker was now dead. He had no business left on Ossus.
The Sith-Imperial WarEdit
During the Sith-Imperial War, the Gray Jedi was extremely active. The balance had been destroyed because of the combined efforts of the Sith and the Imperial Remnant. The Gray Jedi were determined to get this balance back.
It was partly because of their efforts that eventually the Empire under the starwars:Sith was destroyed and democracy once again reigned supreme.
Legacy of the Gray JediEdit
It was 179 ABY and the Sith were now led by a beautiful, yet deadly Dark Lady of the Sith who called herself The Dragon's Eye. She seemed content to have the Sith be nothing more than petty criminals. At least that's what she portrayed them to be. However, the Sith were much more than that in actual reality. In secret, they were searching for anything in the galaxy that could bring them more power. They kept extremely quiet about it, because they knew that if the Gray Jedi found out they were searching for more power or the Jedi found out, they would be attacked on both sides. For the Gray Jedi would view it as a disturbance to the balance, and the Jedi would view it as an act of agression.
The Sith continued their search until 200 ABY, when they fell upon what they had been looking for all along. Far in the outer-most reaches of space, they found the remains of something big, something huge. Upon inspection, this turned out to be nothing less than the remains of the Star Forge. Using the original designs of the Star Forge along with the technical expertise of The Dragon's Eye herself, they were able to reconstruct the technical horror. Using the power of the star forge, they began manufacturing ships at an enourmous rate. Withing two years, the Sith armada had gone from 5 capital ships to 500, and from 200 fighters to over 2000. They were now close to being able to challenge the Galactic Alliance itself.
The Third Sith WarsEdit
It was during this time, in the years of 205 ABY to 210 ABY that the Gray Jedi began getting whispers of something evil that the Sith were doing. Spurred by a horrific vision in which the Sith slaughtered the whole galaxy, two Gray Jedi by the names of Guido Sunrider and Kev-Mas Colcha investigated the Sith world of Korriban. They found nothing in the space around the planet or anywhere on the surface. However, upon entering a secret cave while under-cover, they discovered something horrible: Around the planet of Lehon, they had rebuilt the Star Forge!
Upon arriving on Lehon, their ship was pulled from the sky by some unseen force. It was apparent that the Sith had figured out how to get into the ancient temple and activate the disrupter field which caused Dade's ship to short circuit and they crashed on the beach of one of the larger islands on the planet.
They made their way to a large building near the base of a cliff near the island and there they were confronted by four Sith, The new Dark Lord, Darth Alastor, Darth Shadow, Darth Verus and Darth Iniquitous. The Dragon's Eye had mysteriously disappeared, leaving Darth Alastor in charge. Darth Alastor challenged Dade Leviathan to a one on one duel, and The Kage accepted. The Sith and Gray Jedi engaged in an extremely heated duel, with both exhibiting a tremendous amount of power. However, experience and wisdom was on Dade Leviathan's side and in the end, Darth Alastor retreated, badly injured. Almost all of his bones were broken because of a tremendous force throw that Dade Leviathan had performed on him, and he used all of his force power to keep himself upright while the other three Sith carried him away from the duel swiftly.
However, Dade Leviathan was not without injury. A few of his ribs were broken and his leg had been shattered. The Gray Jedi with him carried him to the ship and as he healed himself with Force heal and Midichlorian manipulation, they scouted for parts to repair their ship. Thus the Gray Jedi left the world of Lehon without being able to stop the Sith in their use of the Star Forge.
The Second Battle of the Star ForgeEdit
The Third Sith Wars lasted for four years, from 210 ABY until 214 ABY. In 214 ABY that last battle of the Third Sith Wars was fought: the Second Battle of the Star Forge. During the battle, the Galactic Alliance fleet, led by the Gray Jedi attacked the enourmous Sith fleet which was stationed at the Star Forge.
A team of 50 Gray Jedi infiltrated the starwars:Star Forge and engaged Darth Alastor and Darth Verus as well as many Sith Warriors. Most of the Sith and most of the Gray Jedi died in the confrontation, leaving only Darth Alastor, and Darth Verus on the Sith side and Dade Leviathan, Ralem Jin-Qua and Kev-Mas Colcha on the Gray Jedi side.
Ralem was busy in putting the self-destruct sequence into the computers of the Star Forge while Dade and Kev-Mas engaged Darth Alastor and Darth Verus. The two Sith eventually retreated when they realized that the Star Forge was beginning to self destruct and the two Gray Jedi did the same. The three remaining Gray Jedi barely made it to their ships in time and flew from the Star Forge just as it exploded. The Sith had escaped to their fleet and jumped into hyperspace, thus fleeing the attack and retreating. As the Gray Jedi returned to the Galactic Alliance fleet, they took the rest of the Gray Jedi fleet and returned to Zonama Sekot in victory. Thus ended the Third Sith War.
The Force WarsEdit
For 125 years, there was peace in the galaxy. However, it was not to last. In 339 ABY, The Sith succeded in electing a Supreme Chancellor that was loyal to the Sith. The new chancellor succeded in passing laws that gave more and more power to Darth Alastor and Sith, including control over the Galactic fleet, and Galactic Army. And in 345 ABY, the Sith succeded in actually getting Darth Alastor in the Supreme Chancellor's seat. The Dark Lord declared himself emperor soon after, and declared the beginning of the new Sith empire. All the worlds that tried to rebell against the new order were met with swift, and vicious punishment. The Sith had once again established an Empire over the whole galaxy.
One by one, worlds fell to the enourmous Sith Fleet and vast army. The Gray Jedi decided that something must be done. In 346 ABY they signed a treaty with the Jedi and then in 347 ABY they officially declared war against the Empire of Darkness, thus starting the First Grey War.
However, only 2 months later, they came back and attacked Coruscant in the Fifth Battle of Coruscant. This became the first battle of the Second Grey War. The Second Grey War lasted for another five years, from 351 ABY to 356 ABY. One of the most famous battles, The First Battle of Zonama Sekot, was marked by the surprise the Sith encountered when the planet itself attacked them. As the war raged on, many lost their lives, especially during the First Battle of Korriban, where over half of the whole Jedi order lost their lives in the gigantic battle. However, the Sith retreated, thus ending the Second Grey War. Many thought this the end of the war and rejoiced, however only 6 months later, the Sith returned and attacked with new vigour, thus beginning the Korriban War. For five years, battles raged across the planet of Korriban, with both sides losing many lives. However, in the end, it was the Jedi's turn to retreat, along with the Gray Jedi. This ended the third war in the series of The Force Wars.
The Thirty Five Years WarEdit
Only 6 months later, the Gray Jedi and Jedi forces, this time led by Gray Jedi Kage Dade Leviathan, attacked the Sith once again on Lok, in the Second Battle of Lok. They had no idea, that this time, the war would last for over thirty five years.
The Thirty five years war eventually ended with the utter destruction and annihilation of the Jedi. In the Sixteenth Battle of Dantooine, almost all of the Sith, Jedi, and Gray Jedi were slain. Among the still living combatants, were Gray Jedi Kage Dade Leviathan and Darth Alastor. After a duel that lasted over almost 6 days in length over almost the whole planet, Dade Leviathan finally bested the Dark Lord. With one swift strike of his lightsaber, he beheaded Alastor, thus finally ending the Thirty Five Years War in 387 ABY.
An Order DestroyedEdit
After the Thirty Five Years War, the Gray Jedi were in tatters. The only had three members left: Dade Leviathan, Arta Starkiller and Kev-Mas Colcha. Dade Leviathan then left for the Gray Jedi homeplanet of Zonama Sekot where he and the other two remaining Gray Jedi used the planet's hyperdrive to move the planet into an unknown section of space.
The Gray Jedi were almost totally destroyed during the Sixteenth Battle of Dantooine and many good Gray Jedi had died during the thirty five years war, including Ralem Jin-Qua, Guido Sunrider, Lilly Capari, Greyst De'nali, and Revan Lightwalker just to name a few. It was because of this that the three remaining Gray Jedi went into the unknown regions using the hyperdrive on their planet of Zonama Sekot. They began rebuilding the order, and finally in 400 ABY, the Gray Jedi reappeared in the galaxy.
A New OrderEdit
The New Order of the Gray Jedi was very much the same as the old. They strived to guard the balance of the galaxy, except for the New Order of the Gray Jedi the past was somber. Dade Leviathan, Kev-Mas Colcha and Arta Starkiller were the only remaining masters of the old order. They had lost all of their friends in The Force Wars and Kev-Mas had even lost his wife during the Thirty Five Years War. For them, it would never be the same without their old friends, such as Guido Sunrider, or Ralem Jin-Qua.
However, they trudged on and further proved to the galaxy that they were the three most powerful Gray Jedi to ever live. In later centuries they became known as The Ultimate Masters or The Gray Triumvirate because of not only how powerful they were, but how they saved the order from being utterly destroyed.