The Jedi, The Sith and the Force as presented in the Kilb-iverse and its side-quel.

created by Keith A. Kilburn and Peter C. Spahn

In the cannon of the Star Wars movies there was only one order of Jedi presented to the audience (that being the order that Obi-Wan and Yoda belonged to...) and while that was a good thing the expanded universe painted an entirely different picture of the Jedi than the movies ever did. I really blame George Lucas for this, I understand that he didn't want someone else to give us his version of the Jedi, but if he was going to be so tight fisted about the matter than he shouldn't have allowed anyone to do anything with the Jedi at all. I love that I am now reading how Luke had decided to change the order and make it more open and fluid, rather than being so formal. (This was the explanation they gave to try and explain the vast differences between the books and the movie orders) Even in the course of the expanded universe books Luke's order is greatly different than what we are shown, we're also told about a Corellian order that was drastically different than the typical order that met on Coruscant even going so far as to wear different colored robes and have different beliefs. With all of this in mind when it came time to put together an academy in the Mutt Squad game I tended to take the 'Harry Potter' approach to it and actually set about making different Jedi Orders.

Listed below are the various orders and their slight differences.

The Lucasians:
These are the Jedi that you see in the movies and the order that Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda belonged to.
The Lucasians are not permitted to have possessions of any type. They take strict vows of poverty and celibacy as well as be told they are not permitted to have friends or loved ones. This is why the Lucasians are gotten at birth (or within the first nine months, never later than that) so that they won’t form attachments of any type to anyone, including their parents as they are / were literally trained from birth. Also Lucasians strictly follow the rule of ‘One student, one master.’  The Old Jedi Order was an ancient and noble monastic peacekeeping organization unified by its belief and observance of the Force. Throughout the Galaxy the Lucasian Jedi were the most famous of the various organizations that relied on the Force for their power. Wielders of a mystical energy and the vibrant signature lightsaber, the Jedi Knights were revered as august guardians. Ideal brokers of peace, Jedi took swift, decisive action, possessed a calming demeanor, and were equal parts thinker and warrior; they were the epitome of serene power, wisdom, and patience. The Jedi Order, with its long, involved history, saw its members come to be the protectors of the Galactic Republic over the millennia in which that democratic union rose to prominence. The sworn enemy of the Sith, the Jedi Order was virtually destroyed by them during the Great Jedi Purge. Members of this order included Luke Skywalker, Mara Jade-Skywalker, Leia Organa-Solo and others trained by Luke at his two academies (Tatooine and Yavin-IV.)

L'ordine del Sorto:
This order, based on Dantooine, didn’t believe in separating the child from its parents or that a Jedi was supposed to live a monastic life, otherwise how would the Force flourish without the replenishment of the life that creates it? You could hold a job and even gather money (enough to support yourself and your family) but beyond the basic needs was generally frowned upon. While the Lucasians strictly followed the ‘One student, one master’ rule in L'ordine del Sorto it was possible to take more than one student at a time, although that was generally frowned upon. This order was virtually destroyed during the great purge as the Dantooine academy was bombarded from orbit during the execution of Order 66 was carried out. The order would have died out completely if not for the survival of Ulric Nunis, Kenzil Truett and Caleb Quint through the Jedi Purge. It was through their survival that they were able to train Akiva Rostoni, J.S. Boggins and Stromgald Caballa who in turn would go on to help train a host of new young Jedis: Otas (Tak) Sands, Shubquix Rendilli, Kae' Cabala, Jaalib Brandl, Drex Marr, Ao-Ki (Wald) Jinn, Kallistar (Kalli) Enijfer, Lady Selorna d'Anjou, Tuval and Strom Minigrod who continue on the traditions of the order and wear the distinct robes that marked the order differentiating them from the Lucasian order from Coruscant. It should be noted that sometime after the events chronicled during "The Fall of the Light" (50 years after the battle of Endor) that the Jedi Academy on Yavin-IV and the Jedi as an order seemingly died out or were driven to extinction. It was only through Oa-Ki Jinn and his apprentice Dirka Kimalamala J. Nahathmaq that the order managed to survive and returned to serve the Republic and the universe at large. Both Oa-Ki and Dirka Nahathmaq were both members of the L'ordine del Sorto.

L'ordine del Sorto by the way is Italian and means ‘The order of the Rose’ based off the old Sean Connery movie ‘The name of the Rose’, I did this because Ulric Nunis (the master who revived this order) was based off of Sean Connery.

The Corellian order:
This order (talked about in the book "I, Jedi") was never given a name, they were considered to be somewhat loners as they didn't associate much with the Coruscant based (Lucasians) order, they were also headstrong and somewhat brash. This orders robes were 'Hunter Green' in color. During the time of the Old Republic, Corellian Jedi usually remained within the Corellian Sector. They were also known for using Jedi Credits (a dozen or so of which were minted when a Jedi became a Master and were given to the Jedi's former Master, favored students, and close friends and family) and for their familial bonds, despite the Jedi Council's rules governing marriage and raising families. It was not unusual to see Corellian Jedi working alongside CorSec officers, and they often eschewed Jedi apparel for more inconspicuous street clothes. When they did wear Jedi clothing, they wore a type unique to Corellian Jedi that included emerald-sleeved tunics. They garnered a reputation among Corellia's smugglers as being cold and uncaring of anything but following their duty. Corran Horn was a member of the Corellian order and while Drex Marr was trained by the L'ordine del Sorto he often wore colors denoting his Corellian nature and eschewed the robes as soon as he became a Jedi Knight.

The Sith
The Sith were a sect of dark side Force users bent on conquering the galaxy and destroying the Jedi. They were characterized by their single-minded lust for power and the brutal methods they were willing to use in order to acquire it. The sect existed in many diverse forms throughout galactic history. Originally, the Sith were a humanoid species that interbred with a group of exiled Dark Jedi, but after the rise and fall of that people, the meaning of the term 'Sith' evolved. In time, the Sith would not be identified by their race, but by their dedication to the ancient Sith philosophy. Both Darth Valious and Darth Bane were Sith.

It should be noted: The primary difference between Sith in the Kilb-iverse and the cannon Star Wars universe is the following...In the course of the Cannon Star Wars universe (always referred to as 'The Luca-iverse'...) it was revealed that there were only ever two Sith at a time after the great Sith wars (largely chronicled in the Dark Horse Star Wars comic mini-series) and thus when Palpatine and Anakin died there were no more Sith to be found. Personally I never liked the idea that there were just two Sith roaming around the universe against an army of Jedi Knights. Obviously the Sith won a temporary victory but in the end the Jedi returned.

If you read over the Dark Empire source book you'll find a lot of Sith acolytes that were trained under the Emperor and while I have no problem with acolytes this seems to be a slight contradiction to the one master, one apprentice rule. The other problem I had with this was that rule seemed to be more of a Jedi belief. The Jedi's held it and enforced it on a regular basis and I'm to believe that the Sith would do the same?

No, I don't now or didn't then believe that the Sith would play nice and hold to one apprentice. My idea for the Sith was based on the rumor that there were thirteen Sith masters and that Palpatine happen to be the strongest. I figured that with thirteen masters came thirteen apprentices, but while there was a loose configuration of Sith, these guys wouldn't work together as a team because they really didn't like one another but they would work towards common goals with each ruling over their own little fiefdom.

All of the Sith powers were versions of the Lightside powers, twisted and made evil by the Darkside of the force. For instance 'Transfer Force' became 'Animate corpse' which allowed for some interesting and entertaining fun during one adventure.

There you have the explanation of the Kilb-iverse Sith.

The Witches of Dathomir
The Witches of Dathomir (also referred to as either Dathomirians or Dathomiri) were human Force-sensitives native to the planet Dathomir. They were also known as the Daughters of Allya in honor of the wayward Jedi Knight Allya, who was banished to the planet around 600 BBY, and who they regarded as their ancestress. By the time of the Galactic Empire, Allya's descendents had divided into female-dominated clans that were named after regional landmarks. Each clan had a unique set of rules regarding Force usage, but all the clans held one rule above all others: "Never concede to evil". Kirana Ti was the only Dathomiri in the Academy during the course of my campaign.

The Tyia
The Tyia was a faith, a philosophy, and a way of knowing the Force. It taught of holding a high regard for peace and life. It came to the planet Revyia around 30 BBY, after an independent freighter brought a missionary of the Tyia faith to the planet. Its message appealed to the indigenous Revwiens, and became widely accepted amongst them, to such a degree that the Tyia was widely seen as native to that culture.

Tyia practitioners were known as Thuwisten, taking their name from the Tyia's prime tenet that one should seek "personal harmony with one's own Tyia so that other Tyia forces may join to form a bond-circle, a joining of spirits called 'Thuwisten', complete in their utter harmony." Indeed, Thuwisten believed that individual introspection was key to knowing the ways of the universe.

Tyia-practicing Force users were taught to control their personal Force through ceremony and meditation. Their focus on their inner Force resulted in Thuwisten having a heightened awareness of the skill the Jedi knew as "Control"; however, a Thuwisten found the use of the "Alter" ability to be a more difficult and time-consuming practice than the Jedi. Nonetheless, many Thuwisten regarded the Jedi as true masters of the Tyia.  Mal-Thorin was a Revwien master of Tyia who came to live and ultimately died on the backwater planet named Earth.

Between the 'Fall of the Light' And the 'Dark Times' (Between 50 and 125 years after the events at the battle of Endor) the Jedi Order all but ceased to exist and other factions began to spring up including...The Cabalists, The Lukasians, the Traditionalists as well as the Pasha-Sith, The Sisters of Aludri,  The Sisters of Crete and The order of the Crushing Wind all of which will be further chronicled as this page is updated.