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Name: Jedha
Type: Terrestrial Moon of NaJedha
Temperature: Cold
Atmosphere: Type I (Breathable) / (After 0 BBY) Type II (Breath Mask Suggested)
Hydrosphere: Dry
Gravity: Standard
Terrain: Deserts, Mesas, Rocky dustbowls, Ruptured mantle, Magma seas
Length of Day: 23 Standard Hours
Length of Year: 420 Local Days
Sapient Species: Anomid, Human, Lorrdian, Vobati
Starport: Stellar
Population: 11.3 million
Planet Function: Colony
Government: Republic / Imperial
Tech Level: Space
Trade Routes: Burke’s Trailing
Major Exports: Kyber crystals
Major Imports: Foodstuffs, water, medicine, pilgrims
Settlements: Ai-jed, Jedha City (Destroyed 0 BBY)
Points of Interest: The Archive, Catacombs of Cadera, Desiccated tablelands, Dome of Deliverance, Kyber mines, Kyber Mirrors, Narkis Highlands, Pilgrim’s Sanctuary, Second Spire, Temple of Central Isopter, Temple of the Kyber, Three Faces
Flora:
Fauna: Birds, Dune scratcher, Fantailed Laa, Hardshell, Lizards, Sand slug, Skriton, Golden Skriton, Snakefish, Spamel, Sutaban, Versimillipede

System Data

Region: Mid Rim Territories
Sector: Terrabe sector
System Name: Jedha system
Star Name:
Star Type:

Background: Jedha, also known as the Pilgrim Moon, the Cold Moon, or the Kyber Heart, formerly known as NiJedha, was a small desert moon that orbited NaJedha. Located in the Jedha system of the galaxy’s Mid Rim, the moon had a cold climate due to its lasting winter. The historical and spiritual significance of Jedha led the moon to become a world of worship for those who believed in the Force, and a holy site for pilgrims who sought spiritual guidance.

The ancient world of Jedha was home to one of the first civilizations to explore the nature of the Force and is considered a spiritual home of the Jedi Order, with many scholars believing the moon owes its name to the ancient religion. Some scholars made a case for Jedha as the location of the Jedi Order’s first Temple, alongside other candidate worlds, such as Ahch-To, Coruscant, Ossus, and Tython. As well as the Jedi, the Disciples and Guardians of the Whills represented a dominant faith on Jedha. They, along with the Church of the Force, were centered at the Temple of the Kyber, a great temple in NiJedha. This spiritual history led to Jedha becoming an important location for pilgrims of various faiths, including the Brotherhood of the Beatific Countenance, the Clan of the Toribota, and the Central Isopter.

More direct hyperspace routes were discovered as more of the galaxy was mapped. These new passages made the old, winding routes, such as those connecting with Jedha, obsolete. The once-popular Jedha became an antiquated curiosity rather than a relevant destination, a location for those who desired spiritual guidance, a deeper purpose, or simply to exile themselves from the larger galaxy. It was one of the locations mentioned in a chapter of the Rammahgon, an ancient Jedi text written by the Jedi Kli, the Elder, alongside Ossus and Xenxiar as places where the ‘seeds’ of the Jedi had been sown, which Kli contrasted to the places that the Sith had laid waste to.

At some point before 5000 BBY, by the other side of the Division Wall on the borders of Old City, New City section of the Jedha City was built. The Holy City of Jedha was once governed or in the opinions of some, “ruled” by the Jedi Order. At the time of the High Republic Era, Jedha had not been a Jedi stronghold for some time, rendering the Jedi simply one of the many groups that held the planet sacred. While the Order’s past control over the city did result in some anti-Jedi sentiment amongst the populous, most Force groups and Force-sensitives active on Jedha in the High Republic Era were ambivalent towards the Order, with some even welcoming any Jedi on Jedha in the post-stronghold era. There were sects and Forcer users who hated the Jedi, with some people on Jedha spitting at a Jedi on sight, but such anti-Jedi sentiment was manageable for Jedi on Jedha.

During the early High Republic Era, many Force religions were present in Jedha, a pilgrimage site for spiritual people across the galaxy. At that time, Jedha became home to the Convocation of the Force, which was formed around 382 BBY as an advisory body that promoted cooperation and understanding between the many different religions. The Disciples of the Whills, the Fallanassi, the Lonto, the Matukai, the Jedi Order, the Guardians of the Whills, the Church of the Force, and the Sorcerers of Tund all had a presence on Jedha at this time and had a representative in the Convocation.

Jedha had many sacred places, historical sites, and artifacts stored throughout the moon’s enclaves. A museum on Jedha at this time featured many artifacts, including the Rod of Daybreak, and was guarded and watched over by the Jedi. The kyber mirrors underneath the Dome of Deliverance were another popular reason to make the journey to the moon, with Jedi Master Silandra Sho wishing to do so to observe the Season of Light, and her Padawan Rooper Nitani was incredibly excited by the idea and wanted to visit too as she had read about the moon in the Jedi Archives on Coruscant. Eventually, Sho made the pilgrimage, but Nitani decided not to join her. The Enlightenment bar was a popular meeting place on the moon but was home to some of its seedier activity.

In 382 BBY, an Evereni member of the Path of the Open Hand cult named Marda Ro wished for the religion to have its own presence on Jedha, and wanted to be the one to go to the Convocation and spread their message. The Path believed that no one should use or manipulate the Force because they thought it would have dire consequences. Ro had heard about Jedha and knew it was home to priests, wanderers, witches, and Jedi. She discussed Jedha with Jedi Padawan Kevmo Zink, who had always wanted to visit Jedha. His friend Jedi Azlin Rell also frequented the outpost on the moon and even went to return to it after completing a mission with Zink on Tiikae, though he was called away from doing so. Zink told Ro many stories about Jedha, and she especially liked hearing about the Guardians of the Whills, as a Guardian had founded the Path. Marda Ro decided that the Path and their perspective of freedom for the Force needed to be present where the conversations were happening between Force philosophies about the Force’s role in the galaxy. Ro also decided that she would represent the Path in the Convocation.

After Zink told her that the Convocation and its groups also took in pilgrims, she decided that her cousin, Yana Ro, should accompany her. Ro and Zink playfully dreamed together about meeting Jedha one day after she moved there, with Ro even briefly considering going to Port Haileap with Zink and then going to Jedha from there, as such a trip was possible. However, when Ro presented her idea to represent the Path on Jedha, the Council of Elders and Path leader Elecia Zeveron, who the Path called ‘The Mother’, rejected the idea, explaining that Jedha would be a distraction from the Path. One Council member was also concerned that two Evereni, a species that had a notorious reputation in the galaxy, would stand out in a place like Jedha. Even though another Path leader called “The Herald” expressed that he thought it was a good idea, and Ro insisted that she could guide the Path on Jedha despite distractions and noise, The Mother told her that they didn’t want any Path presence on Jedha, and her decision was final.

However, Ro would get her wish when the Path left their home of Dalna and started trying to expand its reach across the galaxy, which included making a presence on Jedha. This decision was sparked when Path member Radicaz “Sunshine” Dobbs told her that the Rod of Daybreak in the museum on Jedha was locked in a vault and protected by the Jedi, which he had researched for her. He also planned to correspond with someone about a potential lost cousin of The Mother on Jedha, which she had him research. The Mother wanted the Rod for herself, so she told Dobbs to go to Jedha and prepare for their arrival by telling everyone about the Path of the Open Hand. Dobbs then traveled to Jedha and met with the Convocation of the Force on behalf of the cult. At the same time, a member of the Yacombe group was attempting to apply for membership in the Convocation but was antagonized by representatives of the Fallanassi and the Matukai, who believed that the Yacombe were a dark side organization. After Jedi Oliviah Zeveron assuaged the conflict, the Yacombe envoy decided they no longer wanted to apply, as they had come seeking peace and unity and found none.

In the same year, the Convocation of the Force began planning the Festival of Balance, which was expected to bring a massive influx of tourists and business to Jedha. Keth Cerepath worked as an adjunct in the Temple of the Kyber during the High Republic Era and longed for the seemingly never-changing days of Jedha to have some kind of shake-up to give him a good bar story. Therefore, he welcomed the Festival. But at the same time, artifacts started to go missing from various sacred places on Jedha. Vigilante and thief Tey Sirrek noticed this and arranged a meeting in the Shrine of Sarrav with a Sarravi woman named V’Kara who had information about the robberies, but was also not listened to by the groups she went to with her information. Before the meeting, he came across an individual named Ran Yaltan who was pretending to be a member of the Truthsayers of Bpfassh and putting on a show for a crowd in the streets of Jedha City.

Sirrek tried to calm a heckling individual who claimed to be a real Truthsayer by telling them they shouldn’t be unpleasant right before the Festival of Balance. Still, the individual believed that the Convocation didn’t have a right to force their celebration upon them. Then Jedi Padawan Matthea Cathley, stationed on Jedha alongside Zeveron, inserted herself into the conversation, allowing Sirrek to steal an object from the annoyed individual. However, Jedi Master Vildar Mac, who was with Cathley, spotted Sirrek steal and chased after him, but Sirrek managed to elude the Jedi. Mac had just arrived on Jedha hoping to find himself and make change in his life, and Cathley was introducing him to the moon and showing him around. Sirrek then went to the Shrine of Sarrav to meet with V’Kara, but discovered her dead on the shrine’s floor.

The Jedi eventually spoke with Sirrek in Enlightenment, and he explained the missing objects across the moon and everything that was going on. But after discovering a kyber starbird illegally on sale, an artifact from the Temple of Kyber, Sirrek realized something much bigger was happening on Jedha and headed with the Jedi to speak with the Guardians of the Whills in the Temple. However, before they could speak peacefully, the Guardians confronted Sirrek and the two Jedi in force.

Later, the Jedi foiled a plot to escalate the war between Eiram and E’ronoh, and thus traveled to Jedha with delegations from both planets to formally end the “Forever War” by signing of a peace treaty. Two ambassadors were sent to sign the treaty in an old temple called the Second Spire, the ceremony overseen by Jedi Master Creighton Sun and Knight Aida Forte as well as guarded by the Guardians of the Whills, but mediated by Morton San Tekka instead of a Republic official so that the Republic did not appear to be interfering too much with a summit that was already occurring on a Republic world. However, both delegations arrived with military transports and ships, which worried Sun, thinking it might send a message to the people of Jedha that they had brought the war there. The ceremony was held, but was bombed by a droid, leaving San Tekka and many others dead. Many local sects on Jedha mobilized to help the injured and the ambassadors were escorted offworld.

Worried that it might jeopardize the peace process but not wanting to investigate himself because he was too tied to the process, Master Sun enlisted Jedi Master Silandra Sho, his friend who was visiting Jedha for the Season of Light, to investigate the bombing in the hopes of proving that neither side committed the bombing. She first visited Keth Cerepath in the Church of the Force’s sector of the Temple of the Kyber because his droid had gone missing before the bombing. Still, after Cerepath proved that his droid had returned, Sho had him join her investigation since he had intimate knowledge of Jedha and its sects. They met with survivors of the explosion, who the Path of the Open Hand had been tending to, but discovered that they all saw the droid meeting with a different person from different factions before the bombing. Soon after, as the Ambassadors were starting to be escorted back to the Spire, Ambassador Cerox’s quarters and Ambassador Tintak’s shuttle were both bombed. However, both ambassadors survived due to Sun and Forte’s actions.

Meanwhile, the Guardians of the Whills attempted to bring Tey Sirrek into custody, Sirrek secretly being a former Guardian who had become a thief. He managed to escape, but the Guardians agreed to bring Vildar Mac and Matthea Cathley inside the Temple of the Kyber to speak. The two Jedi spoke to archivists and Guardians about the missing artifacts, but they did not believe them until they went to where the starbird had been stored and discovered it was missing. Sirrek then attempted to re-enter the temple to continue investigating but discovered a bomb that promptly exploded the temple, killing one of the archivists and leaving Mac severely injured.

The Convocation of the Force met soon after the bombing of the Temple of the Kyber and decided to blame it on a gas explosion rather than reveal to the public that it was a bombing to prevent a panic. They spoke of this just as the Herald of the Path of the Open Hand arrived to petition the Convocation for the Path to have membership. He also petitioned them to ban the use of the Force and claimed that using it hurt the Force and caused destruction. However, the Convocation recognized his claims as unreasonable and unfounded and refused to agree. The rejection angered the Herald and he stormed out of the chambers, into the city’s central square.

Meanwhile, Master Sho attempted to stop a masked attacker on a speeder that endangered many of the people of Jedha and caused a stir amongst them, as well as seemingly trying to kill her. She eventually lost him, and found herself in the central square, where the Herald was now standing in front of the Convocation Chambers and giving a speech. Jedi Mac, Cathley, and Zeveron were already there in the crowd and witnessed the Herald begin to speak. The Herald spouted inflammatory rhetoric about the Jedi and the Convocation, revealing that the cover story about the bombing at the Temple of the Kyber had been a lie and suggesting that both groups were lying to them in other ways and causing them hardship. Yana Ro, working with the Herald, then released the Leveler, the Path’s living weapon against Force-sensitives, into the riotous crowd, the hallucinatory and mood-altering effects of the creature on Force-sensitives compounding the tension and pushing the crowd into a full on riot as the Herald was taken into custody by the Guardians of the Whills. Tarna Miak, a Convocation member and Sorcerer of Tund who had arrived to have the Herald taken away, was greatly affected and began using his power to shoot fire into the crowd. He was eventually talked down by Master Mac, but then Master Leebon appeared, being attacked by the Lonto representative in the Convocation Susalee. She insisted that she could take care of things there and told Mac, Cathley, and Zeveron to leave and figure out what was happening. Silandra searched the crowd for the source of the uproar and came face to face with the Leveler, but was saved from death by Cerepath’s droid P3-7A, who pulled her to safety.

The riots soon engulfed the entire city, even reaching the Second Spire, where Eiram and E’ronoh were meeting again in the hopes of signing the treaty, the signing now being mediated by Tilson Graf. As the riots reached the Spire, an individual on a speeder bike drove it through the window to the meeting chamber and shot and killed E’ronoh ambassador Tintak. Blaming the Eiram delegation, after believing the individual on the speeder to have been wearing an Eirami uniform, the E’roni attacked them, and the firefight resulting from the Eirami guards returning fire, compounded with the riots, began the Battle of Jedha. Ambassador Cerox withdrew her people from the Holy City and ordered her fleet in orbit to engage the E’roni forces in space and on the ground, beginning the battle.

The Jedi and the Guardians of the Whills attempted to take down the forces of both planets as they deployed into the streets of Jedha in order to prevent civilian death. E’ronoh deployed weaponized mining loaders that caused much destruction, and Eiram deployed enforcer droids that were ordered to kill anyone in their way. Meanwhile, Cerepath and Sho, using P3-7A’s records, discovered that the dark side sect known as the Brotherhood of the Ninth Door was behind the bombings. They intended to get this information to Sun or Forte, but were stopped by the battle. Sho decided to take down some of the mining loaders while Cerepath led the citizens of Jedha to the massive and protective Dome of Deliverance so that they could be out of harms way. The Path of the Open Hand also tended to the injured in the central square, while Elder Delwin preached and blamed the Jedi’s use of the Force for the violence and peril.

When Sho went to the Dome of Deliverance, she was met with three members of the Brotherhood of the Ninth Door. They engaged in combat with her lightsaber and their electrostaffs, one named Mytion dueling Silandra in the Hall of Reflection amongst the Kyber Mirrors after she took down the other two. Mytion revealed that Tilson Graf had been the one to ask the Brothers to conduct the bombings. Unbeknownst to Sho, Graf had been directed to do so by the Mother and the Path of the Open Hand. Mytion was defeated by Cerepath, who sacrificed his own life but saved Silandra’s. Much to his joy, Cerepath had thus finally lived the adventure he always wanted. He had also died the way he lived: helping other people. Meanwhile, Jedi reinforcements arrived as the troops of Eiram and E’ronoh reached the central square. The Jedi, fearing a massacre, attempted to stop the attackers, even holding back a volley of blaster fire with the Force. Eventually, Sun managed to convince the soldiers themselves to go against their Commanders’ orders and retreat from the battle, insisting that it was not a battle that should be fought or could be won by either side. Afterward, the Republic organized a withdrawal of the troops from Jedha.

Jedi Padawan Sav Malagán and the pirate crew of pirate queen Maz Kanata fought together during the engagement, Malagán being undercover within Kanata’s pirate gang. The Battle of Jedha was remembered by “the faithful” of the Ro family as proof that the Jedi were leading the galaxy towards destruction instead of balance.

Sometime before the Great Hyperspace Disaster, the organization of marauders called the Nihil planned to perform a run on Jedha. However, they changed their plans during the disaster to focus on Trymant IV instead.

In 231 BBY, Jedi Master Stellan Gios planned to take Master Elzar Mann to the kyber mirrors underneath the Dome of Deliverance to begin the journey of helping Mann recover from using the dark side of the Force. However, they never had the chance to go. The same year, Maz Kanata and Sav Malagán reflected on how Malagán went undercover in Kanata’s crew during the Battle of Jedha as they went through old stuff. They laughed tremendously, especially at remembering Malagán’s master’s face when he discovered it.

Sometime after the fall of the Jedi Order and the Galactic Republic, its successor state—the Galactic Empire—occupied Jedha to mine its kyber crystal deposits. Unknown to all but the most high-ranking officials in the Empire, the crystals were being used as components in constructing an Imperial super laser capable of destroying entire planets.

The Imperial occupation included specialized units, due to its urban landscape and importance to the Death Star project. These units were charged with restricting access to the Temple of the Kyber and protecting kyber crystal mining operations. The streets of Jedha were patrolled by stormtroopers, scout troopers with speeder bikes, combat assault tanks, and AT-STs. The scout and tank troopers wore lighter armor for better mobility in the urban environment and were specially trained for reconnaissance and urban warfare.

With the Empire maintaining a policy of anti-Jedi sentiment, the only remnant of their faith on Jedha was its ruins and the non-Jedi who held onto the Order’s beliefs. However, many religious institutions still existed on the moon, including the Guardians of the Whills, the Disciples of the Whills, the Brotherhood of the Beatific Countenance, the Central Isopter and the Clan of the Toribota.

Despite the Empire’s presence on the moon, Jedha was part of an attempt to keep Jedi tradition alive. Former Jedi Cere Junda, a survivor of the Purge that destroyed the Jedi Order, along with her former Jedi Master, Eno Cordova, tried to restore knowledge from the archives that were in the Jedi Temple on Coruscant. The two were also connected to a network known as the Hidden Path, which aimed to help Force-sensitive beings persecuted by the Empire. Clashes with the Imperials on the moon were virtually inevitable. A friend and ally of Junda, the Nightsister Merrin, who visited Junda occasionally, assisted in these confrontations greatly, so much so that the Imperials on the moon began to call her the desert ghost.

When Jedi Knight Cal Kestis, another survivor of the Purge and a friend of Junda’s, appeared to ask for help, new hope dawned. Kestis had learned of the existence of a long-lost world, Tanalorr, a very difficult-to-reach planet. Although Junda’s archives didn’t have much useful information, Kestis and his ally Bode Akuna obtained a compass to guide them along the perilous path to Tanalorr. With Tanalorr beyond the Empire’s reach, the planet could be the perfect refuge for all those pursued by it, which allowed Kestis to convince Junda to transfer the location of the archive. However, this was not possible. Akuna revealed himself to be an Imperial Security Bureau spy and a Jedi who had survived the Purge. Akuna worked secretly for the Imperial Lank Denvik, who would keep him hidden from the rest of the Empire, especially the Inquisitorius, as long as Akuna continued to be useful. Tanalorr’s discovery caused Akuna to steal the compass so that he and his daughter could live away from the Empire forever, which he thought might not happen, as Kestis’ intention to bring so many Imperial targets there could lead to the discovery of the way into the world by Empire.

Akuna handed over the location of the archive on Jedha to the Empire, which led to an attack led by Darth Vader, destroying the archive and Junda’s death at the hands of the Sith Lord. However, Vader was considerably injured by Junda. Akuna took advantage of the attack to escape the base with the compass shortly after assassinating Cordova. Despite Kestis’ effort to stop his escape, which included chasing Bode across the desert amidst advancing Empire forces, Akuna escaped and left the moon. Kestis was knocked unconscious due to the confrontation with Akuna, which prevented him from helping his allies against the Empire. Though most of the archive’s knowledge was lost, a small portion was maintained with Kestis and the rest of Mantis crew, in addition to the Hidden Path’s contact codes. Kestis would bring justice to Junda and Cordova by killing Akuna on Tanalorr and recovering the compass, as well as welcoming Kata Akuna, Bode’s now-alone daughter, into his crew.

The Imperial occupation did not go unopposed. Under the coordination of Onderonian rebel extremist Saw Gerrera and his Partisans, an insurgency was waged, targeting the Empire’s kyber shipments. The increasing violence prompted the Empire to place the Dauntless, an Imperial I-class Star Destroyer, directly over the Holy City at the suggestion of Imperial Intelligence. Imperial Intelligence believed the presence of a single Star Destroyer would shut down the insurgency, but Gerrera’s campaign carried on anyway.

Outside of Jedha City, a hidden nomadic market where contraband goods could be sold popped up in the desert at some point and became successful. It was protected by a mercenary. During that time, amid Gerrera’s insurgency, an Imperial spy was dispatched on a mission to Jedha to secure a shipment of kyber crystals without getting the attention of the Partisans. While Gerrera escaped Imperial custody, the mission ended with the recovery of kyber shipment.

In 1 BBY, an Imperial defector named Bodhi Rook was captured by Gerrera’s rebels, claiming he had a message from Galen Erso, an Imperial scientist whose research helped create the Empire’s superweapon. Tasked with retrieving this message, Rebel Alliance soldiers Cassian Andor and Jyn Erso, the daughter of Galen, undertook a mission to Jedha to meet with Gerrera and retrieve the former Imperial pilot’s message.

Making their way through Jedha City, the pair became involved in a firefight between Imperial and insurrectionist forces but managed to escape. Minutes later, they were captured by Gerrera’s insurgents and spent the night trekking through the desert outside the city before reaching a weathered monastery known as the Catacombs of Cadera. At the same time, all Imperial forces on Jedha were ordered to evacuate immediately. Unknown to them, the Empire’s colossal, superlaser-equipped battle station, the Death Star, was moving into position above the moon. Though the Death Star project’s director, Orson Krennic, intended to destroy the entire moon, Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin ordered only the Holy City be destroyed using a single-reactor ignition blast from the station’s superlaser. After a short exchange, Gerrera revealed to Jyn the holographic message of her father.

As she watched, the Death Star moved into position over NiJedha, eclipsing the sun before firing its emerald beam and completely obliterating the city. The immense explosion caused the surrounding land to crumble, sending swaths of rubble into the air and allowing some to reach escape velocity. Before the blast could reach the Catacombs of Cadera, however, Andor, Jyn and Rook, along with two Guardians of the Whills named Chirrut Îmwe and Baze Malbus, managed to escape into hyperspace aboard a U-wing starfighter and relay the event to Alliance High Command.

To prevent word getting out about the nature of the Holy City’s destruction, the Imperial Senate on Coruscant was informed that the explosion was due to a mining disaster. During the Battle of Scarif, Jedha was used as a battle cry by several Rebel soldiers.

Following the Battle of Yavin, several of the partisans under Benthic continued to fight the Empire on what remained of Jedha. Conditions on the moon were horrible after the Empire fired on it, causing there to be a thick layer of dusty atmosphere, lava on the surface, and rocks raining from the sky. In 1 ABY, the Galactic Empire returned to Jedha to attempt to retrieve the remaining kyber crystals that survived the Death Star’s attack. Commander Befa was in charge of the effort to harvest the remaining kyber crystals from the surface. Befa, however, was unable to deliver a single shipment of kyber crystals and the Empire sent Queen Trios of Shu-Torun and Commander Kanchar to retrieve the remaining kyber crystals.

At the same time, Rebel leaders Princess Leia Organa, Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, R2-D2, and C-3PO traveled to Jedha to contact the surviving partisans and convince them to rejoin the Alliance. They rescued partisan leader Ubin Des and religious pilgrim Chulco Gi from a firefight in a sandstorm with Imperial troops and evacuated them from NaJedha. Gi was a member of the Brotherhood of the Beatific Countenance and aspired to join the Disciples of the Whills. Therefore, he traveled to Jedha to mediate for a month in the sacred temple, which was one of the requirements to join the Disciples. However, the sacred temple had been destroyed by the Empire with Jedha City. Gi told Luke that NaJedha was dying due to the the destruction of Jedha and that its seas were rebelling and the Force was sickened there.

Organa had reached an agreement with Des, who agreed to take her to the partisans’ base back on Jedha. At the base, Benthic believed that they should kill Organa and her allies but agreed to listen to her. He then agreed to accept her supplies and spoke with her about re-joining the Alliance.

Meanwhile, Kanchar issued a new edict: Jedha was now a prohibited system, and anyone left there would be a de facto rebel and be eliminated. Kanchar, with Trios’ permission, launched a drill citadel to Jedha’s surface. Together, Kanchar and Trios discovered that Gerrera and his partisans had a horde of kyber stored at the Catacombs of Cadera that Trios’s miners had discovered. Trios prepared the drill citadel and allowed Kanchar to deploy it to Jedha.

Skywalker, Gi, and Des traveled to the city Ai-jed, which was still inhabited despite the conditions. Gi explained that the ruined atmosphere meant it could be used for smuggling runs, but everyone there was incredibly poor, and there weren’t many resources to extract or gather from the moon, so not many runs were made. When they arrived in the city, they saw that the stormtroopers were incinerating people. Skywalker fought the stormtroopers, killing them all. After, Skywalker and Des regrouped with Benthic and Solo. Together, they saw the drill citadel land and planned to destroy it.

The partisans and the rebels worked to stop the citadel from damaging Jedha any more. Benthic forced one of the technicians to lower the shields so that the Partisans and the Falcon could attack the citadel. As Des distracted the gunners, Solo and Organa were then able to destroy the citadel. Despite the setback, Trios showed him the Leviathan, a Continent-class crawler, and promised it would peel Jedha’s mantle of the remaining kyber crystals.

Following the attack from the Death Star, pilgrims still came to Jedha, as The Force was still wild on the moon, except only the extremely driven ones made the journey. Primarily, members of the Cult known as the Central Isopter remained on Jedha, and they built a temple on the edge of the large crater of the moon, which would stand as long as the moon had left. The temple was a place of worship as they believed the destruction of Jedha City had been a blessing. They contemplated the abyss left where the Holy City once was from their temple, as the Temple of kyber had been obliterated. Gi had explained this to Skywalker as the two and Des had traveled to the city Ai-jed.

In the interim, after the destruction of the drill citadel, Skywalker came to the Central Isopter’s temple on the edge of Jedha’s Abyss with Chulco Gi to find answers. The temperature on the edge of Jedha closest to the chasm had a very high temperature, but more severely, the Force felt different there. Gi claimed that it was the desecration of the Force calling lose souls to the heart of darkness left on Jedha. Sand slugs were native to Jedha, and once such creature that was disturbed by the darkness attacked Skywalker and Gi despite it being a herbivore. After Skywalker slew the beast Gi told him that the Force still flowed through him, but Luke claimed that Force that he felt there it was not the Force he knew. However, two Central Isopter cult members arrived and told him that it was the true Force and urged him to join them in the shadow of death.

After bringing the two to the temple, the cultists said they had nothing to teach him and that ‘it’ was what would teach him. Skywalker started becoming more and more overwhelmed and warned him that the disturbance in the Force there got stronger as one approached the chasm. Luke became uneasy of their sayings and said he wanted to become a Jedi and not them, but Chulco told him that it was a path that could lead them where they need to be. The temple overlooked the void where the Temple of the kyber once was, and Luke stared down into the void, which they called the Abyss, but thought it was all madness. Chulco then attacked Luke and he activated his lightsaber and killed Chulco. Chulco’s last words exclaimed that the Abyss made him go mad. Luke then left the cult at the temple and went to help his friends.

At the same time, Trios and Kanchar deployed the Leviathan which began to mine up and destroy Jedha’s surface. After the rebels had a failed attempt to stop it, Chewbacca was able to recover the plans for the vessel, which allowed the rebels to feel confident enough to pull of another attack and stop the ship. The rebels managed to commandeer the vessel and put it on a trajectory to crash into Jedha and be destroyed. Eventually, the Partisans and rebels were able to work together again and destroyed the Leviathan, causing it to crash into Jedha’s surface. Organa also allied with Queen Trios, and as unbeknownst to Kanchar, she had been using their mission of Jedha as a false flag to get close to the rebels. Later, the Benthic and the partisans recognized that the moon would not survive much longer but resolved to guard the ashes of Jedha until there was nothing left, and then move on. They insisted that the dream of the partisans did not die, even when Jedha would.

In 2 ABY, General Organa returned to Jedha, seeking the help of the Partisans, who still battled Imperials attempting to mine the moon, which included exploding a Imperial Shuttle full of Imperial Officers shortly before meeting with her. Organa wanted them to help her perform an attack on Shu-Torun to cripple the Empire and take revenge on Queen Trios, who had betrayed the Alliance. He initially insisted they still needed to protect Jedha, but eventually decided that the Shu-Torun mission would hurt the Empire more. At the same time, Luke Skywalker visited the Temple of the Central Isopter, hoping to speak with the cultists about the Force, but found it empty as they had gone to Shu-Torun to witness its destruction.

During the mission, Benthic decided to make Shu-Torun look just like Jedha. He told one of the rebel besiegers that anyone who helped the Empire was complicit in what they did to Jedha, and swore to make them never forget their guilt by reminding them with fire. They secretly planned to destroy the whole planet in Jedha’s name instead of just its technological spike. He expressed his belief to Skywalker that they should make Shu-Torun Jedha’s twin, but Skywalker refused and attempted to stop them. Organa then arrived at the Spike, and Benthic attempted to appeal to her by saying that Jedha and Alderaan were alike, but Leia convinced him not to do what the Empire had done to the two planets.

Shu-Torun not being destroyed in the attack left The Central Isopter disappointed after Jedha. Meanwhile, the Rebels agreed to drop the Partisans off somewhere, and Benthic decided against going back to Jedha and instead brought them to Salobea, where Benthic resolved to change. Probe droid V0-RK looked for signs of rebel activity on Jedha before the Battle of Hoth.

Appearances: Rogue One

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