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The Jedi Academy Trilogy is a set of books in the Star Wars Legends. The three books, Jedi Search, Dark Apprentice and Champions of the Force, were written by Kevin J. Anderson starting in 1994. In 1995, Anderson also wrote Darksaber, a semi-sequel to the Jedi Academy Trilogy, which we talk about over here.

The Jedi Academy Trilogy deals with Luke Skywalker and a couple of quasi-Jedi, with training even more incomplete than his, setting up a Jedi Academy on Yavin IV, seeking to train a selection of Force-Sensitives including, most promisingly, a prideful leader from a dying world, who rants about a "dark man", attacks Luke, is not reprimanded, and then is found burned to death in his room.

Meanwhile, Han and Chewbacca are sent to the prison world Kessel, where they pick up a lucky, prideful young man named Kyp Durron, escape with him, and find their way to the Maw, a secret Imperial installation where superweapons were designed and made. There they steal the Sun Crusher, a tiny indestructible ship that can blow up stars, and break out, in the meantime cluing in the Maw's carefully isolated defensive armadas to the fact that the Rebellion has won. The leader of the Maw's forces is Natasi Daala, characterized by being a rare woman in the Imperial military, by being prideful, by getting as far as she did by being Tarkin's lover, and by being wildly incompetent.

While Daala wages war, Kyp is brought to Yavin to pitch the Sun Crusher into a gas giant, and it turns out he is Force-Sensitive. Extremely so, in fact. The dark man begins training him. Turns out the dark man is the long-dead spirit of Exar Kun, Dark Lord of the Sith, who has been trapped on Yavin for four thousand years. After snapping at a student who is filking about one of Exar Kun's Jedi opponents and generally being a jerk, Kyp waits until Mara Jade swings by, steals her ship, yanks the Sun Crusher out of its gas giant, and flies away in it, supposedly to fight Daala, destroying entire systems in the process. At some point Luke is put into a sort of coma, able to astral-project but not able to speak to anyone.

Kyp, looking for his brother, swings by the Imperial training academy, a world with twenty-five million inhabitants, and makes its star go supernova when they tell him his brother is dead. Turns out his brother was still alive, was being the operative word, as the supernova weapon is irreversible and Kyp's brother got caught in the blast seconds before Kyp could save him. Oops.

Han Solo tracks Kyp down and Kyp threatens him while Exar Kun moves openly, influencing one of the students to try to kill Luke. The other students stop him, then apparently destroy Exar Kun. With Kun's influence removed, Kyp suddenly realizes how far off the deep end he's gone. Kyp surrenders to Han, then they go to the Maw and pitch the Sun Crusher into a black hole where it really can't be retrieved, drawing the Death Star prototype into the same black hole in the process. Then Kyp is shuttled back to the Jedi Academy to continue his training.

The trilogy was revisited by Michael A. Stackpole in 1998 with the standalone novel I, Jedi, whose first act is an Adaptation Distillation of Dark Apprentice and Champions of the Force from the point of view of Corran Horn, protagonist of Stackpole's entries in the X-Wing Series, who attends the Jedi Praxeum as one of the students whose identity Anderson had deliberately left blank so later authors could fill in their own candidates.

These books provide examples of:

  • Amusingly Awful Aim: When the prototype Death Star finally leaves the Maw Installation, it is flown by a mixture of scientists and petty politicians, none of whom have the relevant skill to use it (they could probably do a decent job of redesigning the station from scratch, but they're hopeless at flying it). Their first test shot with the superlaser misses the targeted planet, destroying its moon instead. The senior administrator brushes it off as an unimportant detail.
  • Artistic License – Space: Given how much of Yavin 4's sky Yavin fills, Four has to be tidally locked. So there should be only "Twi-night" on that side, and only ever "Truenight" on the far side.
  • "Ass" in Ambassador: Furgan. He poisoned Republic Chief-Of-State Mon Mothma, sabotaged Admiral Ackbar's shuttle so that it crashed into a centuries old crystal cathedral and killed dozens of Vors, and tried to kidnap the infant Anakin Solo. When caught by the good guys in the kidnapping attempt, he threatened to snap the baby's neck.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: In-universe. Double-barreled blasters of the kind Skynxkex uses when trying to kill Han in Jedi Search fire two beams at slightly intersecting angles; when these reach other, they merge and diffract into a spreading burst of bolts each ten times stronger than a normal blaster shot. However, while potentially very deadly, these blasters are functionally impossible to aim due to the projectile swarms being sent out randomly, and few people actually bother using them.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: The trilogy has three unconnected primary villains:
    • Imperial Admiral Natasi Daala escapes from the Maw Installation with three Star Destroyers and goes on a (brief and ineffectual) rampage across the galaxy.
    • Ambassador Furgan of Carida poisons New Republic Chief of State Mon Mothma and plots to kidnap the infant Anakin Solo to raise him to be a replacement Emperor.
    • Exar Kun, the 4000-year-old ghost of an ancient Sith Lord, attempts to corrupt Luke's students in hopes of founding a new Sith Order.
  • Blob Monster: A humorous variant. The equivalent of horse races on the planet Umgul are run using specially-bred racing blobs compared to living lumps of phlegm in appearance. The race itself consists of a "blobstacle course" where the racers must slide down greased chutes, squeeze themselves through mesh gratings and swing between hanging rings while avoiding dangers such as patches of desiccant or accidentally colliding and melding together.
  • Bodyguard Crush: Wedge Antilles was Qwi Xux's bodyguard. (Yes, for some reason a general was the bodyguard of a high-ranking ex-Imperial scientist.) He rapidly develops feelings for her. Of course, when Kyp Durron decided to traumatically destroy Qwi's memories, Wedge wasn't able to stop him. They break up at the start of Aaron Allston's Starfighters of Adumar, with Wedge later marrying Iella.
  • Caught in the Bad Part of Town: There is one part where toddlers Jacen and Jaina Solo wind up in the dark underbelly of Coruscant, where they encounter malfunctioning worker droids, cannibalistic street wraiths and various other unsavory types. Luckily they're picked up by a slightly loopy but benign underhive gang leader who Would Not Hurt A Child and promptly returns them to their parents. This gang leader explains that he and others in his gang were former Imperial bureaucrats who were forced into hiding after making mistakes that the Empire would kill them for.
  • Conspiracy Theorist: The fact that Luke doesn't suppress the knowledge of Kyp Durron's investiture gives the anti-Jedi crowd a huge propaganda coup. Daala's also convinced everyone she encounters is secretly with the Rebellion, no matter what.
  • Continuity Nod: This exchange between Leia and Ackbar in Dark Apprentice.
    [Following an order from Ackbar to leave the shipyards entirely undefended]
    Leia: Is that wise, Admiral?
    Ackbar: No, it is a trap.
  • Convection, Schmonvection:
    • Luke walks through lava to get a prospective student to believe in his power. He's using the Force to direct the heat away from him, at least.
    • The Sun Crusher survives being buried in a gas giant, without being crushed, due to its impenetrable armor; fair enough. However, the temperature at the core of a gas giant should have utterly ruined anything resembling electronics or any other onboard systems. Instead, the text is clear that Kyp doesn't just yank it out and repair it; all he has to do is use the Force to change the ship's instructions, and it flies itself out, apparently unharmed.
  • The Corrupter: Lacking a physical form and therefore very limited in his ability to influence the outside world, Exar Kun acts as this in order to manipulate other Force-sensitives toward the Dark Side so they can act as his pawns.
  • Deadly Escape Mechanism: Moruth Doole, when cornered, uses an escape hatch to flee into the spice mines but is eaten by giant spiders in under two minutes.
  • Death of a Child: Luke meets Gantoris while trying to rescue two children from an earthquake, but finds one of them dead already. Even more tragically, the survivor presumably dies when Daala massacres the community after their move to Dantooine.
  • Designer Babies: Done by the Khommites, who believed their society was perfect, and froze it by cloning themselves for a thousand years. This changed when the 81st clone of Dorsk was found to be Force-sensitive and left to become a Jedi, eventually bringing Khomm into the galactic war they had avoided up to that point due to their planet's isolation and lack of resources that anybody else cared about. Also they are described as being genderless, something they "forsook" when taking up cloning, though only referred to by male pronouns (it appears they mean Khommites have no biological sex, so this wouldn't preclude them identifying that way socially).
  • Earth-Shattering Kaboom: The Empire's training academy world, Carida, gets blasted into its component atoms courtesy of a supernova induced by the Sun Crusher. The Death Star Prototype later tries to do this to Kessel, but its targeting system is so badly screwed up that it actually ends up destroying the planet's moon.
  • Emotion Eater: In addition to manipulating them into doing his bidding, part of the reason Exar Kun's spirit corrupts people to the Dark Side is that he is strengthened by their negative emotions.
    Kun: Anger is a most sweet nectar. Despair will also suffice.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: As a Sith Lord, Exar Kun wields enormous power even 4,000 years after his death, enough that he was even able to defeat Luke Skywalker. However, it never occurs to him that while he might be far stronger than an individual Jedi, a group of them in harmony with each other can cumulatively wield a power that far surpasses his, even if many of those Jedi are still little more than students. This proves his undoing.
  • Evil Is Hammy: Exar Kun is basically a Dastardly Whiplash villain and is prone to long-winded speechifying about how evil is stronger than good.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: You know, when you title the last novel in your trilogy Champions of the Force, it tends to remove some of the suspense from the story.
  • General Failure: Admiral Daala, whose sole achievements are killing a few dozen refugees on Dantooine, and destroying a floating city on the Mon Calamari homeworld. Not only does this massively pale compared to what Grand Admiral Thrawn managed to achieve with only slightly more resources, even other characters with no military training whatsoever (such as Kyp Durron and Tol Sivron) manage to cause more mass-destruction in this very storyline. This went through several retcons in later material by way of explanation: The Callista Trilogy states that she was a brilliant ground combat tactician, but Tarkin made her a naval officer in order to help hide their affair from his wife, while Death Star states she suffered a traumatic brain injury during a Rebel attack on the Death Star's construction site (damage so severe she doesn't even remember most of the preceding year, including the attack itself).
  • General Ripper: Daala is a sort of hybrid of this and Colonel Kilgore. She's both a paranoid fanatic who lashes out at every little starship or planet she runs into (because they're obviously part of the Rebellion!), and a crazy sadist who just loves blowing things up.
  • The Good Chancellor: Supreme Chancellors Mon Mothma and Leia Solo.
  • Good Is Impotent: Inverted. This series is the first time anytime in Star Wars that a reason for the Light Side being stronger than the Dark Side is given. Jedi are at their most powerful when they are at harmony with themselves and the universe; as such Jedi are at harmony with other Jedi, therefore a group of Jedi can work together and become far more powerful than any of them individually. A Sith, who is focused on personal power and achievement, can't do this. Therefore Exar Kun is destroyed for good by Luke's students. Furthermore, besides the fact they typically have a serious case of Chronic Backstabbing Disorder, Dark-Siders tend to shoot themselves in the foot whenever they get too powerful: because the Force derives from life, killing off enemies actually weakens them.
  • Grand Theft Prototype: Kyp with the Sun Crusher, complete with dealing with its designer.
  • Helpless Window Death: Admiral Ackbar's ship is sabotaged to turn a landing into a crash —specifically, a crash into the Cathedral of Winds, a cultural monument made of glass and full of people. Despite his best efforts, he can't override the controls, but he does manage to eject his passenger Leia to safety, where she watches helplessly as the structure comes crashing down amid hundreds of screams. Ackbar himself remains on board, but activates a crash shield around the vessel, giving him an equally helpless front row seat to the carnage. Upon returning to Coruscant, he promptly resigns in shame.
  • Hidden Depths: The companion sourcebook reveals a lot of interesting tidbits about some of the Maw Installation soldiers and scientists who aren't fleshed out much in the books.
    • Spear Carrier stormtrooper General Odosk only planned to stay at the base for a year or two to cap off his career before retiring to live with his daughter and grandchildren, but having to stay there for over a decade and go through repetitive and empty training exercises has robbed him of his ability to enjoy imagining a peaceful retirement.
    • The bureaucratic Yemm, head of the administrative division, is bored by his duties and tries to mitigate this by organizing clubs like a saabac league or musical groups. He also changes his office every few months so he can have a different view, something which often inconveniences his subordinates (with Yemm making this up to them by keeping Sivron from riding them too hard).
    • Snarky and grumpy artillery engineer Golanda's bitterness is because she was forced to come to the Maw Installation in the first place after being happy at a university think tank, and because the black hole's effect on gravity makes most of the experiments she was brought there to do pointless anyway. She is also the only high-ranking scientist to mingle much with the military personnel, and plays cards with them during her free time.
  • Homeworld Evacuation: In the third book, a nova-inducing super weapon doom the Imperial warlord planet Carida, leading to a hasty evacuation that saves a portion of the locals and soldiers, who depart in a The Elites Jump Ship order of priority.
  • Hurl It into the Sun: What the New Republic decides to do with the Sun Crusher, although they picked a gas giant instead of a sun. At the end of the trilogy, Kyp hurls it into a black hole, where it cannot be retrieved from (and is presumed to be actually destroyed). The fairly lame suggestion by the New Republic Council that a gas giant would be good enough seemed to be deliberately implying that at least some of them were hoping that someday they'd be able to retrieve the Sun Crusher and use it against the Empire once political opposition to using an Imperial superweapon died down.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick:In the third book, the commander of the stormtroopers Daala left behind at the Maw Installation serves this role to Tol Sivron and the other scientific leaders who he takes orders from. He is the only one who actually has any idea how to fly the Death Star protoype, and often makes reasonable tactical suggestions when the others have no idea what to do.
  • Informed Ability: General Failure Daala's supposedly magnificent military strategies that caught the eye of Tarkin in the past. Handwaved in two ways: she was a brilliant ground commander, so her abilities don't necessarily translate into naval command, and the Death Star novel has her suffer some brain damage during a Rebel attack.
  • Karma Houdini:
    • Kyp Durron is forgiven for Star Killing in Champions of the Force and welcomed back to the Jedi Order by Luke Skywalker. This is one of the most oft-criticized elements of the trilogy, and later works universally turn him into The Atoner.
    • Daala, to a lesser extent. Despite losing most of her troops and ships, at the end of the trilogy she remains at large. Later reappearances will show that she practically lives this trope.
  • King of the Homeless: Dark Apprentice features Jacen and Jaina wondering into an area of hte city with booby traps and secuirity cameras, inhabited by people who went into hiding from the Empire and never learned of its collapse. Their leader, the best-fed and clothed of the group, says that being king of his little band suits him better than being a bank clerk (All There in the Manual sources say he went on the run to avoid execution after making a typo that put Palpatine's name on a public list of loan defaulters) and he'd rather stay there. That being said, he is nice to Jacen and Jaina and returns them to their mother without any trouble.
  • Lava Adds Awesome: Luke Skywalker spontaneously develops the ability to walk on lava in the first book.
  • Lethal Lava Land: The planet Eol Sha, where Gantoris originates.
  • Made of Indestructium: The Sun Crusher's hull is armored in a material that is, quite literally, indestructible. It's rammed through the bridge tower of an Imperial Star Destroyer and tossed into the heart of a gas giant with zero ill effects. A glancing hit from a partially charged prototype Death Star superlaser seriously damages it, though, and one of the Maw's black holes finishes the job.
  • A Million Is a Statistic:
    • Kyp Durron used the Sun Crusher to kill a lot of people. But one of those was his brother, he feels bad about that, Han talked him out of being evil, and he almost died sticking the Sun Crusher into a black hole, so... let's bring him back to the Jedi Academy and work on that temper! In I, Jedi, this is what finally drives Corran Horn to quit. Pretty much every other book in the EU to have Kyp has his Karma Houdini brought up, and Kyp himself becomes The Atoner.
    • Since Carida was an Imperial planet and a major Stormtrooper training center, it explains why many in the New Republic weren't all that dismayed by its destruction. Particularly given that the Caridan ambassador had just shortly before attempted to assassinate the New Republic Chief of State (though they did not know that at the time). However, since the Jedi felt the deaths of the planet's millions of inhabitants in excruciating detail, including all the civilian population, some of them were less inclined to be so forgiving. It isn't like everyone on an entire planet is involved with stormtrooper training, after all.
  • Mind Rape: Kyp does this to Qwi. Despite the trauma, she actually ends up seeing it as a good thing, because it erases her knowledge of superweapons like the Death Star, ensuring that she can never be forced to design another one.
  • More than Mind Control: Kyp isn't possessed or fully controlled by Exar Kun, but his mind is definitely warped and heavily influenced by him. When Kun is wiped out for good, Kyp is described as dropping like a puppet with its strings cut.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Lampshaded by Han when Qwi Xux attempts to claim that the Death Star and World Devastators were designed for peaceful applications, like asteroid mining. Han points out that if that were the case, they probably wouldn't have had words like "death" or "devastator" in their names. Corran also points this out to Wedge in I, Jedi, doubting that Qui was quite as clueless as she claims.
  • Never My Fault: Doole wants to enslave and torture Han for causing Jabba to send assassins after Doole, who left him half-blind, due to Han losing spice he was transporting between Jabba and Doole. This completely disregards both how Han already suffered by being chased by bounty hunters and frozen in carbonite and how Doole caused that situation by selling Han out in the first place.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero:
    • Exar Kun wasn't dormant, precisely, since he bred monsters, but an academy of semi-trained Jedi was exactly what the pharmacist prescribed to get him back into intergalactic affairs.
    • Luke should have kept Kyp Durron's investiture as quiet as possible; the Jedi might have had a few more allies when the Vong came along.
  • No Adequate Punishment: When Kyp surrenders to the New Republic the council debates how to punish Kyp for his genocidal activities before Mon Mothma steps in and states the council is not qualified to decide Kyp's fate. She orders Han to take the young man back to Yavin so that Luke can decide his fate. Which is to allow Kyp to resume his training and leads to a fair amount of trouble for Luke and the new order down the road.
  • No Plans, No Prototype, No Backup:
  • Nothing Is Scarier: When an energy spider is first encountered in Jedi Search, it's in the pitch blackness of the deep mines of Kessel. The characters are only aware that there's something big in the darkness with them, something fast and dangerous that's picking them off one by one, but cannot even begin to guess what it is until Han, who has secured a set of infrared goggles, gets a quick glimpse — and even then, all he sees are the silhouetted shapes of several long, slender legs around the warm body of the creature's victim.
  • Once Done, Never Forgotten: Kyp Durron, a powerful young Jedi who once got either possessed or heavily influenced by an ancient and very evil ghost, and who then fished out an indestructible superweapon that had been dropped into the heart of a gas giant and proceeded to use it to cause a supernova that destroyed a rather populated planet. He was then very quickly and easily brought back into the light and put the superweapon into a black hole, then got off basically scot-free in the trilogy where he originally featured. Basically every book to feature him since then has called him on it, and paint Kyp as the perpetual Atoner, having it and his lack of punishment constantly brought up. And to make it worse, from New Jedi Order onward, Kyp is a Jerkass who's no longer interested in atoning for his sins.
  • Orbital Bombardment: In Dark Apprentice Daala uses her three remaining ISDs for a terror attack on Mon Calamari before a gambit by Admiral Ackbar costs her a second Star Destroyer and forces her to retreat.
  • Our Manticores Are Different: In Dark Apprentice, the Holographic Zoo of Extinct Animals includes an exhibit on manticores, depicted as creatures with humanoid heads, venomous fangs, feline bodies, and scorpion tails, and living in a desert environment. Threepio is surprised at their inclusion, stating that the creatures had been proved to just be a jumble of mismatched fossils.
  • Pride: You may have noticed that many of the characters introduced for the trilogy are prideful.
  • Posthumous Character: Exar Kun's been dead for 4,000 years. But that doesn't stop him from causing trouble for Luke and his students.
  • Ramming Always Works:
    • The method used by Han Solo, once he has stolen the Sun Crusher, to deal with one of Daala's Imperial Star Destroyers, that is blocking their escape path of the Maw.
    • How Ackbar fends off an attack on Mon Calamari by Daala, using the (unmanned and barely finished) new Mon Calamari cruiser Startide.
  • Reassigned to Antarctica: One interpretation of Daala being given command of the Maw Installation is that it's legitimate recognition of her command abilities. Another is that Tarkin pulled strings to give his mistress a good assignment. A third is this trope, where Tarkin, having had his fun, shuffles his now ex-mistress off to the most secret and remote posting he can find.
  • Religious and Mythological Theme Naming: Following the trend set by the Chimera, Thrawn's flagship in The Thrawn Trilogy, the Star Destroyers under Daala's command are named Gorgon, Hydra, Basilisk and Manticore.
  • Safely Secluded Science Center: The Maw Installation, a top-secret Imperial research centre for the development of new Superweapons. It's a Space Station hidden in a black hole cluster, accessible only along classified safe routes; this also keeps the more naive scientists from learning what their research projects are really being used for.
  • Sci-Fi Writers Have No Sense of Scale: When Kyp destroyed the Carida star system by causing its sun to go nova, he killed 25 million people. Even if Carida was the only inhabited body in the entire system, that's still a very small number for a planetary population above a bronze-age level. For comparison, as of 2019, New York state alone had a population of almost 20 million. While Carida is described as being quite inhospitable (this being precisely why the Empire chose it for a Stormtrooper training facility), it also had a native non-human population who presumably would be well-adapted enough to their own planet's conditions to produce a larger population than that. Originally, it was "billions" who perished, which sounds more plausible. The lower number comes from sourcebook fluff, and may have been intended to mitigate the backlash against Kyp's actions.
  • Senseless Sacrifice: A TIE fighter tries a kamikaze attack against the Sun Crusher when it's on a ramming course against the Hydra. Of course the former blows up without even scratching the latter.
  • Shattered World: Anoth was shattered by some cataclysm in the ancient past, leaving it as three distinct chunks that remain in each other's vicinity due to their gravitational pulls. Two fragments are close enough together to share an atmosphere, which is wracked by constant storms as the fragments scrape together and generate immense static discharges. The third is further off and a little more stable, enough so as to be able to host a small, compact outpost.
  • Shoot the Builder: The construction crew who built the Maw Installation think tank were thanked for their services and sent on their way … in a shuttle with a sabotaged navigation system, causing them to crash into a black hole and take the secret of the WMD-developing base with them to their graves.
  • Shout-Out: The glitterstim spice gives those who take it some measure of Psychic Powers. Mining it is very difficult and dangerous. It is only found on one planet, and is discovered to be the biological byproduct of a dangerous predator that lives only on that planet. That Kevin J Anderson would go on to co-write Dune books only makes the inspiration more obvious.
  • Sleeping Their Way to the Top: Often taken as the reason why Daala became Admiral. It's kind of confirmed in Death Star, where she's Tarkin's lover and he privately believes that the boost he gave her career is just enough to get her past the difficulties female Imperials have in the military. She takes brain damage in that novel. Even in this trilogy, it's noted that Daala and Tarkin were having an affair, and that he gave her the Maw assignment personally, either as genuine recognition of her ability, a result of this trope, or because he was done with her and wanted her as out-of-the-way as physically possible.
  • Smug Snake: Ambassador Furgan, Moruth Doole, Tol Sivron. Daala's one too.
  • Spanner in the Works: After her failure at Mon Calamari, Daala strips most of the crew and weapons from one of her remaining two Star Destroyers, intending to crash it into Coruscant. The plan never gets off the ground: Kyp Durron shows up with the Sun Crusher and blows up the star cluster she's staging in, incinerating that Star Destroyer and badly damaging Daala's flagship.
  • Tactical Superweapon Unit: The trilogy climaxes with a battle between a half-completed third Death Star (you know, because they worked out so well the last two times) and the Sun-Crusher, a starfighter with Armor of Invincibility and star-popping plasma torpedoes, and both of them fall into a black hole while ineffectually shooting at each other with neither superweapon able to harm the other.
  • Two-Part Trilogy: The cast doesn't even arrive at the eponymous "Jedi Academy" until Dark Apprentice: Jedi Search is all about Luke recruiting students ahead of opening day and establishing the existence of the Maw Installation; the old Yavin base itself is under renovation by the New Republic at the time.
  • Universal Universe Time: While safeguarding baby Anakin at a base on one of Anoth's planetary fragments, Winter insisted on keeping the clocks set to Coruscant standard time as the sky remained at nearly the same brightness all the time, which resulted in the concept of day and night not really existing on Anoth.
  • Villain Decay: Exar Kun was a far more effective villain in the Tales of the Jedi comics. The fact that he was alive in those comics probably helped.
  • Walk on Water: Exaggerated in Jedi Search. In an early scene, Luke needs to cross a lake of lava using a series of floating rocks as stepping stones to win the trust of a prospective student, but these are swept away when a lava monster attacks. After the fight, Luke finds himself stranded halfway in, and steels himself, gives his trust to the Force, and walks unharmed across the lake of molten rock.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Kyp plays this straight. He'll do anything to end the Imperial tyranny, including killing Luke and committing genocide. Exar Kun literally getting into his head and encouraging him to always take the course with the highest body count doesn't help.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Kyp Durron is a literal example: as a child his parents were killed for speaking out against the Empire and he was thrown into Kessel for life. After he escapes, he manages to steal the Sun Crusher (a starship that can cause stars to go supernova) and uses it to blow up the sun of the Carida system and destroy all the planets there.

Alternative Title(s): Jedi Search, Dark Apprentice, Champions Of The Force