The Mandalorian: the story of the planet Tython

The Mandalorian: the story of the planet Tython
As we saw in The Jedi, Din Djarin's search for a Jedi who can take care of Grogu, his little friend, hasn't turned out to be an easy mission. The hope that Ahsoka Tano, the woman addressed by the Mandalorian Bo-Katan Kryze, could teach the Child the ways of the Force is broken, but for the little Jedi there is still a possibility: the planet Tython.

According to Ahsoka, there is an ancient Jedi relic on this world that could put Grogu in contact with a potential master who finishes his training. A ritual, the one planned by Ahsoka, which took place in the episode The Tragedy. Leaving aside for a moment the events of The Mandalorian, the role of Tython is not only central to the fate of the little Jedi, but has its roots in the myth of Star Wars itself, considering that it is one of the oldest Jedi planets, from many believed to be their home world.

Tython: the home planet of the Jedi

Tython's first appearance, like many elements of The Mandalorian, sinks into Legends, the complex mosaic of stories prior to the release of The Force Awakens, considered tales of an alternate universe of Star Wars compared to what is considered canon today.

In 2007, Drew Karpyshin gave birth to a trilogy of short stories, Darth Bane: The Rule of Two, in which the myth of one of the great Sith Lords was told, the one who first imposed the rule that allowed the existence of only a master and an apprentice (the Rule of Two, quoted in The Phantom Menace). Within this trilogy Tython was mentioned for the first time.

Tython was presented as the homeworld of the Jedi, the place where the Jedi Temple once stood. From this world, the Jedi Masters and Knights offered their wisdom, seeking to bring peace and balance to the galaxy. But Tython, in Legends, was not only the home planet of the Jedi, but also gave birth to a force-sensitive race, which managed to live in perfect balance between the light side and the dark side.

Millennia before the appearance of the Jedi, Tython and his two moons, Ashla and Bogan, were a place that resonated with the Force. This connection with the Force made Tython a thriving world rich in different forms of life, to which the first explorers from other worlds joined, who found the ruins of ancient civilizations, the first to colonize Tython and then mysteriously disappeared.

Over the centuries, several Force-sensitive species heard the call of Tython, which they traveled to to tap into the power of the planet. These migratory flows reached the planet via a fleet of ships known as Tho Yor, which were able to resonate with Tython; this discovery convinced the pilgrims that Tython was the world they were destined to live on, and they therefore built temples and cities, creating a real society.

It is at this stage of Tython's civilization that the connection with the Forza becomes a kind of cult, which includes the study and experimentation of this mystical energy. To this end, temples are built in correspondence with the nine Tho Yor spaceships, and from this first step a religion is created, whose adherents take the name of Je'daii.

The separation between Jedi and Sith

The Je'daii discovered that plants' connection with the Force was incredibly powerful, so much so that particularly gifted individuals could master this power to cause unpredictable cataclysms, known as Force Storms. This discovery led to the revelation of the two aspects of the Force, one bright and one darker, each with its own peculiarities. Two currents of thought were created within Je'daii: one expected to remain tied to the light side of force (Ashla), while the other wanted to tap into dark power (Bogdan). The names of the two factions are inspired by those of the moons of Tython, to represent a dualism that called for the necessary balance between the two souls of the Force.

Over the centuries, the inhabitants of Tython who were not sensitive to Froza left the planet, which represented a danger to them, leaving the world in the hands of the Je'daii, who became a beacon for Force-sensitive individuals across the galaxy. For millennia the Je'daii welcomed and instructed others in the Force vault, until they were forced to face the menacing Rakata Empire. To fight this enemy, the Je'daii learned to infuse the Force into swords, managing to win this war, but at the same time bringing out an irremediable rift within them, motivated by the desire to follow only one of the two aspects of the Force. Ashla and Bogdan, of course, were inclined to consider their choice as the most suitable, and when a solution could not be found, the Ashla split from the Je'daii and assumed the name of Jedi.

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When a Jedi betrayed his beliefs to join the Bogdan Je'daii, a fratricidal war broke out between the two factions, known as the War of the Force. The fighting rocked Tython, whose surface was devastated by storms of Force, which ceased only when the Jedi had the upper hand. The surviving Bogdan Je'daii left Tython for the Outer Rim. The Jedi, once discovered that their powers could also manifest themselves far from Tython, left this devastated world for Ossum, where they created the first Jedi Order.

The exodus from Tython coincided with the birth of the Jedi order and in the following centuries the Jedi moved from Ossum to Coruscant, the central world of the nascent Galactic Republic. With this decision, the Jedi began to become an integral part of the life of the Republic, which in the meantime had imposed control of hyperspace routes and banned access to Tython. The planet was devastated for centuries by Force storms, and only millennia later did the Jedi return to build temples, again competing for possession of the planet with the Bogdan Je'daii, who in the meantime became the Sith, who gave birth to one of the most great enemies of the Old Republic: the Sith Empire.

The clash between the Jedi and the Sith had strong repercussions in the Force, destabilizing it. As a result, Tython, who had a strong connection with the Force, was finally devastated by the Force's cataclysmic storms. Despite subsequent attempts, you know of the Jedi as of the Sith, Tython was no longer habitable, eventually disappearing from the history of the Republic, bringing the origins of the Jedi into oblivion forever.

The story of Tython has been told, all legends, from works such as the aforementioned Darth Bane Trilogy, but also in the comic series Dawn of the Jedi (by Ostrander and Duursema), in which the origins of the Jedi Order are narrated. The importance of Tython was also reaffirmed in other media, such as in video games, where the planet took on a fundamental role, as in the MMORPG Star Wars: The Old Republic, in which Tython was presented as the headquarters of the Jedi Order.

Tython in the Star Wars Canon

Tython, although born in the late Expanded Universe, had already been mentioned in the Star Wars Canon. This planet has appeared in RPG manuals inspired by the saga and in some maps, but its official entry into the Canon came thanks to a mention in the comic series Doctor Aphra, without forgetting that it is also mentioned in the Jedi texts used by Luke Skywalker and Rey in The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker.

Compared to his previous life in the Expanded Universe, Tython has not yet been particularly detailed within the new Star Wars course. The megalithic temple seen in The Tragedy could be a first step to give this central planet in Jedi history a new future, but a lot depends on how Favreau and Filoni intend to delve into the narrative structure of the saga.

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