This is an excerpt from Light of the Jedi, towards the end of the book. Avar Kriss and Elzar Mann, Jedi Knights, are walking through an arboretum on the space station Starlight Beacon. They had come up through the Order together, were Padawans together, and had just spent a good portion of the book together on a mission. Avar had achieved the rank of Master several years ago, but Elzar–well, he’s a bit different. Sort of a lone wolf-type Jedi, always experimenting with the Force, and the Council had always been a little wary of him, reluctant to make him a Master. But after the events of the book, they decide to give him the promotion to Master. Here’s some of their conversation:
This passage is very illuminating, and tells me several things at once: that Avar and Elzar had a romantic past as Padawans, and that such a relationship was tolerated in the Order. Romance, however, was expected to be left behind once a Padawan became a Knight.
This, of course, is very different than what we see in the prequel era. Prequel-era Jedi are supposed to deny themselves any sort of romantic entanglements or feelings. No attachments whatsoever, even as Padawans. When you think about it, that sort of rule seems unwise, even foolish. Teenagers, as we all know, are a walking collection of hormones and emotions, and it might be a better idea to let them explore these feelings and get it out of their systems, as well as let them them become aware of what they’re giving up when they do become Jedi Knights. To forbid these sorts of feelings and attachments from Day One seems destined for failure. And so it piques my curiosity as to why the Jedi resorted to these more strict rules; I think the forthcoming books are going to explore that question and what happened to make the Jedi change.
I’m also wondering about Avar and Elzar themselves; it seems there’s some unfinished business between them. Or rather, some lingering feelings of attachment. They’re friends, that much is clear, but there’s more. And perhaps there always will be more. How will that play out in the future novels? I can’t wait to find out!
Have you read Light of the Jedi? What do you think of Elzar and Avar’s Padawan past? Let me know in the comments and we’ll talk about it!
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