• Mattie Stu

Jedi Temple Guards - Star Wars Lore

Jedi Temple Guards were members of the Jedi Order who were dedicated in protecting the Jedi Temple on Coruscant. Carrying special lightsaber pikes, which produced yellow blades, Jedi Temple Guards became involved with many key Republic issues over the Clone Wars…

The role of Jedi Temple Guard dated back to ancient times in the Jedi Order. Having an honoured heritage, Jedi Knights were chosen to fill the post as part of their ongoing commitment to the Order. As anonymous sentinels, the Guards’ identities were lost behind the formal robes and masks. Since emotional detachment was a fundamental part of Jedi life, becoming a Jedi Temple Guard was seen as the ultimate expression of such. Each Guard reported to the head of security, Cin Drallig, and were equipped with lightsaber pikes. Speaking of which, the pikes were thick, double-bladed weapons that produced a rare and distinctive yellow blade. However, the blades were shorter than normal double-bladed lightsabers.

Around two years into the Clone Wars, six Jedi and several clone troopers were killed when the Jedi Temple’s hangar was bombed. During the follow-up investigation, a group of protestors gathered at the Temple’s steps to voice their disapproval over Jedi involvement with the war. To ensure the protests remained under control, two Jedi Temple Guards stood watch alongside Cin Drallig. Following a memorial service for the deceased, Jedi Padawan Ahsoka Tano was accused of orchestrating the attack and the murder of Letta Turmond, who was actually involved with the bombing. The Togruta was eventually captured by her Master, Anakin Skywalker, and the Republic security forces. The Guards escorted Tano to the Chamber of Judgement, where she was questioned by the Jedi High Council about the charges brought against her. When the Council expelled Tano from the Order, two Guards had to block Skywalker following his objection to the ruling and the removal of Ahsoka's Padawan braid.

As it turned out, Tano was innocent. The actual perpetrator was Jedi Barriss Offee, who Skywalker confronted in the Temple’s dormitories. Following a brief encounter, Offee tried to flee, only to be blocked by Temple Guards. When Barriss was apprehended, the Guards escorted her into custody. Later in the Clone Wars, Jedi Master Yoda underwent a deprivation ritual to identify the voice he had heard during his visions. At the order of Mace Windu, following the procedure, three Jedi Temple Guards watched over Yoda during his recovery. When Order 66 was issued, every member of the Jedi Order were deemed enemies of the Republic, meaning Temple Guards were not exempt. However, some Guards made it out alive and served the Galactic Empire, like the Grand Inquisitor, who once donned the robes as a Jedi Knight…

Now it’s time for this week’s question: Would you like to have seen Jedi Temple Guards in the prequels? Let me know in the comments below.

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