In an era before lightsabers, before adherents of the Force were divided into light and dark, what does it mean to be a Jedi? And how did the Order first come to be?
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Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi is an ongoing comic book series from Dark Horse Comics, written by John Ostrander and pencilled by Jan Duursema. It is set in the earliest days of the Jedi Order, beginning in 36,453 BBY, in a time before the polarization of the light and dark sides of the Force. A preview Issue 0 was released on February 1, 2012, and it was followed by the series' first issue on February 15. Dawn of the Jedi will be an ongoing, but not monthly, series. A novel, Dawn of the Jedi: Into the Void
, set at the same time as the comics but starring different characters, is forthcoming.
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The stories contain the following tropes:
- Action Girl: Shae Koda and Tasha Ryo. Honestly, any female Je'daii, though they're the two most prominent.
- Always Chaotic Evil: Subverted, we see good members of the Sith species. Played essentially straight with the Rakata, though issue nine reveals via flashback how they became corrupted.
- Ancient Astronauts: Thousands of years before the Republic, Jedi, or Sith, ships called Thor Yor (which were themselves ancient) traveled to different planets across the galaxy, called to the force sensitive individuals there, and gathered them on Tython.
- Balance Between Good and Evil: As opposed to their polarized doctrinal descendants the Jedi and Sith, the Je'daii believe in this.
- Beard of Evil: Daegen Lok.
- Benevolent Precursors: the Kwa tried to be this. Unfortunately, their desire to nurture other races ended up unleashing the Rakata.
- Big Bad: Daegen Lok and Predor Skal'nas are both competing for Big Bad status with Xesh acting as TheDragon to Daegen Lok.
- Blue and Orange Morality: It's less that Xesh is evil and more that he has no idea "good" is even a thing; not only does he not understand it, he isn't even aware it's a concept. He fully expects Shae to kill and eat him while he's weak (but he gives her his blessing to eat his heart, the prize portion) and has no concept of what a "healer" is.
- The Casanova: Sek'nos Rath is really popular with da ladies.
- Continuity Snarl: Several Species depicted to have settled Tython (including but not limited to True Sith, Twi'leks, Noghri, and Wookies) are depicted elsewhere in the Extended Universe to have been confined to their respective homeworlds until much later in Galactic history, and their respective first contacts with outsiders are considered Red Letter Dates in such EU books as The Essential Chronology and The Essential Atlas.
- Possibly justified in that these species did not settle Tython on their own, and since this happened thousands of years in the past it probably wouldn't have been considered "first contact" if it was remembered at all. See Ancient Astronauts above.
- Dark Action Girl: Trill, Predor Skal'nas' "Force Hound".
- Dark Messiah: How Daegan Lok sees himself. Time will tell if he can pull it off.
- The Dragon: Xesh for Predor Tul'kar and later, Lok, Trill for Skal'nas.
- The Empire: The Rakatan Infinite Empire.
- Evil Albino: Trill has the look, though as she's apparently an Arkaniannote that coloring is normal for her species.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Xesh fully expects the Jedi to abandon each other to save their own skins. When the Jedi do the exact opposite he's completely taken aback.
- Evil Former Friend: Daegan Lok for Hawk Ryo.
- Evil Overlord: Skal'nas. The Rakatan in general to other species.
- Evil Versus Evil: Daegan Lok fully intends to take over the Je'daii and Tython system... in order to oppose the Rakata.
- The Force: Well, duh! The Jedi and Sith descendants had some odd ideas about it too.
- I'm a Rakatatarian: Rakatans have no taboo against cannibalism; in fact, this is implied to be the only way they have of dealing with their dead.
- Lack of Empathy: The Rakata don't really do empathy, and train their Force Hounds likewise. Played with by Xesh, who is mostly devoid of empathy but has the odd flare of it. Never having been trained to deal with that emotion, it's more than a little confusing for him.
- The Mole: Ore'mun is Skal'nas' spy on Tul'kar's forces.
- The Obi-Wan: Several
- Old Master: Miarta Sek and Thok Rath.
- Orcus on His Throne: Predor Skal'nas has yet to move from his command chamber.
- Powered by a Forsaken Child: The Rakatans power their ships by keeping imprisoned Force-sensitives constantly in pain, thus drawing them to the Dark Side
- Reptiles Are Abhorrent: Again the Rakatans.
- Yellow Eyes Take Warning: Daegen Lok, who has fallen to the Dark Side (Bogan). The Rakatans as well.
- The Social Darwinist: Appears to be the guiding philosophy of the Rakata.
- The Starscream: Tul'kar. In general, any given Rakata can be exptected to be this to their immediate superior.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Tul'kar is set up as potentially the Big Bad, but is killed offscreen early on. He does show up in flashbacks later, though.
- Wild Card: Xesh.
- Worthy Opponent: How Xesh sees Shae.
- You Are Number Six: Variation; Rakatan slaves (including Xesh and Trill) are named after letters of the Aurebesh alphabet.