Force is both a natural and mystical presence, it is an energy field
that both suffuses and binds the entire galaxy. The Force is generated
by all living things, surrounding and penetrating them with its essence.
Like most forms of energy, the Force can be manipulated and it is the knowledge
and pre-disposition to do so that empowers the Jedi Knights and the Sith
There are two sides
to the Force. The Light Side bestows great knowledge, peace, and an inner
serenity; The Dark Side is filled with fear, anger and the vilest aggression.
Both the Dark and the Light Sides of the Force are part of the natural order, balancing life and death, love and hate, creation and destruction.
There are three major Force skills: control, sense, and alter. Control is the ability of a Jedi to control his or her own inner Force. With this skill, the Jedi learns to master the functions of his or her own body. The sense skill helps the Jedi sense the Force in things beyond themselves. The alter skill allows a Jedi to change the distribution and nature of the Force to create illusions, move objects and change the perceptions of others. However, only Force-sensitive living beings can master these skills and techniques.
The Midi-Chlorians: The Jedi have identified microscopic life forms that reside within all living cells. These tiny life forms communicate with the Force and reveal its will. A high Midi-Chlorian count indicates great potential as a Jedi.
The Jedi: Founded as a philosophical study group, the ancient Jedi spent centuries contemplating the mysterious energy field called the Force. For 25,000 years the Jedi Knights served as peacemakers for the Galactic Republic. Operating out of the judicial department under the office of the Chancellor, the Jedi became the guardians of freedom and justice. They battled inter-planetary criminals and settled cosmic disputes, becoming legendary throughout the galaxy.
Enter the Sith. In the darkest days of the Empire, nearly all the Jedi Masters were hunted down and wiped out. In hiding, Few managed to survive. Of those, Yoda and Obi Wan Kenobi were influential in starting a new order of Jedi in the form of Luke Skywalker, the last Jedi of the old order and the first Jedi Master of the new order.
Using the Force
a Jedi can perform incredible feats of strength and speed, his mind can
see far-off places, Project illusions, move objects, and hypnotize opponents.
There are three levels of Jedi:
Padawan: a Jedi
apprentice or student
Jedi Knight: graduated to full Jedi-hood
Jedi Master: teacher, most fluent in the Force
Sith: Legends of the Sith go back thousands of years. A cult of
renegade Jedi who gave in to the Dark Side of the Force, the Sith embraced
the concept that power denied is power wasted. The cult was built in opposition
to the Jedi. While the Jedi Order was created to serve, the Sith only believed
For a millennium,
the Sith maintained their order in secrecy, passing down their evil heritage.
Gaining knowledge, their powers increased each generation... waiting patiently
until a weakness in the Jedi could be found.
||The Lightsaber: Essentially a blade of pure energy, the Lightsaber is capable of cutting through almost everything-- except another Lightsaber blade. These elegant weapons have been masterfully wielded by Jedi Knights for thousands of years. Part of Jedi training includes the task of building a personal Lightsaber. Although each Lightsaber is unique, the weapons' basic design remains the same. The handle 24 to 30 centimeters long, holds a power cell as well as one or more crystals-- seldom more than three. The crystals focus the energy released by the power cell into a tight blade-like beam. The blade's color depends upon the nature of the jewel it springs from. When a single Jewel is placed in the Lightsaber's handle, the blade length is fixed. But if more than one crystal is placed in the handle, the blade's length can be changed. By rotating the knob, the Jedi can adjust the focusing crystal activator, which changes the refraction pattern between the gems, resulting in a shorter or longer blade.|
Star Wars Encyclopedia by Stephen J. Sansweet
Episode I The Phantom Menace Scrapbook by Ryder Windham
I am a Jedi by Qui-Gon Jinn as told to Marc Cerasini
Episode I The Phantom Menace novelization by Terry Brooks
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