Star Wars FAQ – How Were Padawans Assigned Masters? (Legends)
Nathaniel asks: how were Padawans assigned to Jedi Masters or Knights? Well, let’s find out! Welcome to Star Wars FAQ.
The selection of Padawans changed throughout the history of the Jedi Order. But, during peacetime, the Jedi Temple held an annual tournament, where students who had passed the Initiate Trials could demonstrate either their lightsaber or Force skills to those seeking an apprentice. Furthermore, masters often consulted Jedi instructors for recommendations, hoping to find a student proficient in scholarly as well as combat. However, on occasion, a master would develop a strong bond with a student and request to become their master, which would then be validated or not by the Jedi Council. Council members preferred to not involve themselves with the selection process, but if they foresaw the destiny of a student, or to ensure the fulfilment of one’s prophecy, they would happily assign a student to a master. In accordance with their cultural beliefs, Mirialan Jedi were only permitted to train under masters of the same species.
While we’re on the topic of Padawans, have you ever wondered what happened to those whose masters fell to the dark side or died in battle? Well, wonder no more! The Padawans were simply sent back to the Jedi Temple, where they awaited a new master. An example of this occurs during the novel Yoda: Dark Rendezvous. After Chankar Kim fell in the Battle of Geonosis, her Padawan, Tallisibeth Enwandung-Esterhazy, spent three years at the Jedi Temple seeking another master. Jai Maruk, after he lost a bet to Yoda no less, took Tallisibeth under his wing, only to die on their first mission together. She then stayed at the Jedi Temple once more until Order 66. Talk about bad luck!
So there we have it, Jedi learners were assigned masters either through an annual tournament, a reference or close relationships. With that being said, let me know in the comments below who you would Padawant to be your Jedi Master.