Lucasfilm caused quite the stir back in February when it revealed the subject matter of the mysterious Project Luminous. Together with Marvel, Del Rey Books and others, it would usher Star Wars into a new era of multi-platform storytelling with The High Republic. The new stories take place centuries before the events of 1977’s original Star Wars. Last night we got our first glimpse at some of the main characters over at starwars.com. Let us introduce to you the Jedi Knights of the High Republic.
We’re going to see a “wide variety of Jedi in this era,” says Lucasfilm Publishing creative director Michael Siglain. This time around there is also an effort to make them more “human” as opposed to perhaps the arch- and/or stereotypical Jedi we’ve seen in canon previously. These Jedi Knights “are all different,” says Siglain:
… [A]pproaching the Force in individual and unique ways and yet [they] are united with a common goal. They serve not out of unwavering dogma, but a deep passion to protect light and life. And they’re all at different stages in their individual journeys.”
Jedi Knights of the High Republic
Above and below are renderings of some of the Jedi Knights we’ll see in Star Wars: High Republic, accompanied by their official bios.
Avar Kriss (pictured above)
Avar is the brightest, most noble example of Jedi-hood. She always tries to see the good in people and situations, and never puts herself first. She is invigorated about life on the frontier and the challenges it brings, and is an inspiration for those who work with her. [Avar] is compassionate, not dogmatic, and always ready to sacrifice herself over others. Avar Kriss is the best of the best.
Loden is a Twi’lek Jedi Master, and is considered to be one of the best teachers in the Jedi Order. Strong and wise, with a good sense of humor, Loden looks at every moment as a learning experience, always trying to better himself and those around him, especially his Padawans.
Jedi Knights of the High Republic: Keeve Trennis
Keeve is a young firebrand Jedi, believed to have a great future ahead of her, if only she would believe it herself. Quick-witted and more impulsive than she should be, Keeve has only been a Jedi Knight for a few weeks and is a little starstruck around Avar, knowing many of the great things Kriss has done in the past. She is determined to prove herself to Avar and the other legendary Jedi stationed on Starlight Beacon, but first she must learn to trust in herself as much as she trusts the Force.
Stellan is an optimistic and well-respected Jedi Master. Stellan came up through the Order with Avar Kriss, and although they are often on different assignments for the Jedi or the Republic, when the two work together they are a powerhouse team of two noble heroes in action. Strong in the Force and a natural teacher, Stellan is currently stationed at one of the Jedi Temple outposts on the distant planet of Caragon-Viner.
Vern is a newly-minted Jedi Knight. Vernestra, Mirialan, was Padawan to Stellan Gios. She works hard and is devoted to the Jedi Order, more so than most others her age. At sixteen she is one of the youngest Knights in a generation. She struggles to fit in with the adults while also setting a good example for the younger Jedi.
So what do you think of these Jedi Knights of Star Wars: High Republic? Let us know in the comments below!