Pre Republic Era – Before the Dawn of the Republic

Long ago, far longer even than the legends that you know….
The Celestials lived, and the Ancients and species unknown. Among them the Kwa.
So the Kwa created and sent out the Tho Yor,ships that called to Force sensitives and carried them far away to the center of the galaxy, to a world called Tython.
The Rakata stole technology, which was powered by the Force and conquered the galaxy.
There on Tython, in the shadow of the 2 moons,Ashla and Bogan, one light and one dark, the Je’daii grew, trained, thrived, with their non sensitive offspring spreading among the systems planets.
But when the Rakatareturn the balance between light and dark is lost. The Je’daii must relearn war and they will never after be the same.
They learned, traveled and kept the peace….

The Pre Republic Era 

In the pre Republic era, the Jedi had yet to be founded, there was no schism between darkness and light, merely those who had yet to join together to grow and learn that they were not alone.

In these long gone days, the mysterious Celestials of Father, Son and Daughter were worshiped. The Kwa traveled the galaxy in amazing ships that called on the power of the Force. Great machines were built and even celestial phenomena, made not by nature but by beings.

But in their wandering in the stars, the Kwa on meeting the Rakata, unleashed a terrible evil than would terrify, enslave and conquer a galaxy. Only those who felt the call of the giant tho yor ships were spared, taking them to a secret system where their Force powers would grow and the two moons that circled the world would teach them that without balance their powers would be a deadly storm. But they will not be hidden forever. Can their Force enhanced alchemy and weaponry and skill match the challenge of the power mad Rakata? And even if it does what will it cost?

In this pre Republic era there is no guarantee that the future will come to be, of Jedi and Sith, of Republic or Empire. 

The Kwa

Infinity Gates

Their infinity gates allow them to travel vast distances. They were happy to share their tech with other species.

Pre Republic Era - Before the Dawn of the Republic
The Gree

High Tech Outer Rim Travelers

Unlike the Kwa, they didn’t share technology unless they believed a people could develop it themselves. They did help maintain what they did share for a price.

Infinite Empire

Kwa meet Rakata

Thinking introducing them to a wider galaxy would calm their savage nature, they shared technology. It drastically backfired as using technology of the Dark Side, they became conquerors.

Pre Republic Era - Before the Dawn of the Republic
Tho Yor

Kwa invent Tho Yor

Sending these to worlds with Force Sensitives who were drawn to them, they carried them off to Tython in the inner core. Their they were safe from the Rakata and became Jedaii, with their non Force sensitive heirs taming the system. They became rangers, helping keep the peace and balance with the Force.

Pre Republic Era - Before the Dawn of the Republic
The Rakata Builders


They used their new skills to conquer & make weapons, such as the Forge, the Star Forge, Star maps. They enslave or destroy most they encounter, devastating worlds. The Sith species is one of few that fought them off.

Pre Republic Era - Before the Dawn of the Republic
The Rakata find Tython

Losing their Powers

The Rakata use Force sensitives to power their dark side technology. Their own ability to use the Force was waning. So Tython seemed a rich world to conquer.

Jedaii vs Rakata

The infinite Empire attacks

The Infinite Empire sent infiltrators into the Tython system and soon war was waged across the system. They stopped the Rakata but the need to use the dark side and it’s weapons left a mark on some. Their creatures also, such as the flesh raiders, remained loose in the system.

Jedaii Schism


Some Jedaii, such as Rajivari and Lok, were warriors who had slipped deeper to the dark side than others. The details are lost to time, but it is known they battled their brethren on Tython, their ancient war droids long after caused trouble for the Jedi that served the Republic.

Dawn of the Jedi Force Storm Prisoner of Bogan Force War-rs all occur in the pre Republic era

Stories in this era:

  • Dawn of the Jedi: Into the Void (Novel)
  • Dawn of the Jedi: Force Storm (Graphic Novel/Comic)
  • Dawn of the Jedi: Prisoner of Bogan (Graphic Novel/Comic)
  • Dawn of the Jedi: Force War (Graphic Novel/Comic)

Stories that touch on this era:

  • The Clone Wars: Mortis Story Arc (TV show)
  • The Corellian Trilogy (Novels)
  • Fate of the Jedi (Novel Series)

Image Credits:

Dawn of the Jedi comics : Jan Duursema, Dan Parsons, Wes Dzioba
Dawn of the Jedi cover art: Gonzalo Flores
Dawn of the Jedi: Into the Void, novel, cover art by Torstein Nordstrand