Star Wars The High Republic: Light of the Jedi Excerpt

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:

“I knew the Council would promote you eventually,” she said. “Was never a question.”

“Easy for you to say. You made master a few years ago.”

“Hey, the Council knows talent when they see it. When will it happen?”

“Soon, probably. I’ll need to stand before the Council, back on Coruscant. It feels like a formality, really. I can’t imagine my life will change as much as it did at the last elevation.”

“True. The jump from Padawan to Jedi Knight…that’s where it all really sinks in. The choice of it…” Her voice trailed off.

Elzar suspected they were both thinking about the same thing. Shared moments as Padawans, tolerated and understood and even common–but things to be left behind once one ascended to become an adult in the Order.

They hadn’t discussed those moments, not in a very long time, and never with more than an oblique reference, but they were never very far away from each other’s mind, especially when they were together.

Those times, many years in the past, seemed very present just then.

Avar stopped. It took Elzar a moment to realize she wasn’t keeping pace, and he turned to look back at her.

He raised an eyebrow.

She held out her hand.

He took it. Held it up, looked at it, then looked at Avar Kriss, his friend.

The look she gave him was like that sea he found inside himself, the Force, deep and endless, and impossible to fully comprehend.

You could drown in it.

“We are Jedi,” he said.

“We are,” she replied.

She looked away, and let go of his hand, and he was no longer drowning, but perhaps some part of him wished he was.

They kept walking.

–Light of the jedi, by charles soule, pgs 375-376.

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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5 thoughts on “Star Wars The High Republic: Light of the Jedi Excerpt

  1. I find it so hard to see any Jedi in love because I have been so used to the Jedi rules of the OT and the PT. That’s probably why I never really warmed to the Luke and Mara Jade relationship because to me, it was just something that didn’t happen in the cinematic universe and made very little sense to me. But it would be interesting to see how this is explored in the new Jedi era 🙂

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    1. True, but I always found it a bit strange that some Jedi WOULDN’T fall in love sometimes. They’re only human after all, and grow up together, train together, go through intense situations together. You have to be a pretty strong soul to resist something as strong as love. But I guess that’s the whole point–To sacrifice that for the greater purpose–being a Jedi.

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      1. Yeah, that is kind of how I see it but I agree with you there. Especially if those Jedi are as handsome as Ewan MacGregor, Mark Hamill and Hayden Christensen (well, when he was a good guy lol) It would be damn hard LOL

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