Department of Philosophy:
Greetings students, and welcome to my classroom. Everyone knows about the major Force-using groups: the Jedi, Sith, and even the Krath have an air of notoriety around them. Today, through, you will be enlightened to the many other groups that have used the Force as their weapon through the universe, but are not as well known.
Note: This course deals with the use of the Force, it is recommended that you also look at Force Philosophy to gain a better understanding.
In the time after the Seventh Battle of Ruusan, there lived a Sith known as Darth Millennial, a three eyed mutant, who disagreed with the Rule of Two, but thought Kaan’s way better. Due to this, a rift quickly established itself between him and his master, Darth Cognus. He left his master, apparently severely wounded, and fled to Dromund Kaas, a planet originally colonized by the Old Sith Empire. He formed Dark Force, a Dark side religion that dealt primarily with the prophecies. Those who belonged to this faith were known as Prophets of the Dark Side and were hidden from the galaxy for many years, living in the Dark Force temple.
Approximately 60 BBY, a Jedi named Kadann left the Jedi Order. For a time he wandered the galaxy, until finally he came upon Jedgar, a Jedi youngling. The two travelled to Dromund Kaas where they joined Dark Force.
At some point before the Great Jedi Purge, Darth Sidious discovered the Prophets and, intrigued, journeyed to Dromund Kaas. He appointed Kadann Supreme Prophet, after which Kadann and his followers travelled to Coruscant and became the Emperor’s Magi. After the fall of the Republic, the Magi grew in power and were among the Emperor’s most trusted servants. Their primary job was to sift through the currents of the Force and report anything disturbing, but they were also used to confirm the Emperor’s visions. It was during this time that Dark Force also became known as the Secret Order of the Empire.
Many of the Emperor’s adepts, including Cronal, were sent to Dromund Kaas for training by the Prophets. Agents of Dark Force were scattered among the galaxy hunting for force sensitive to train. Those worthy were initiated and trained. They would then carry on with their normal jobs, and if the Secret Order needed an agent in the area, for whatever reason, they would contact that person.
When Kadann had a vision of Palpatine’s downfall and the restoration of balance to the Force, he and the prophets chose to flee Coruscant, though some, such as Cronal, stayed with the Emperor. Those that stayed went on to form the Church of the Dark Side, though it was nothing more than a propaganda machine led by an imposter Kadann and Jedgar.
The real Jedgar was of course furious and was itching to go and annihilate the pretenders. He was held back from actively fighting the Church but he began to train Force users he came across and kill those who refused him.
Dark Force abandoned Dromund Kaas and moved to Bosthirda, where they continued to train users in the Force, or kill them if they refused. Their end came when Azrakel, an experiment of Dark Force, came to Bosthirda looking for revenge. He slew the prophets, including Kadann, until he was finally killed. Moments later, Lumiya and Carnor Jax arrived, destroying Dark Force completely.
3-Witches of Dathomir
Around 600 BBY, a Jedi Knight by the name of Allya was exiled from the Jedi Order. Eventually, she arrived on the planet Dathomir, and immediately rose to leadership above the human population, using the Force to tame the local rancors. She is credited with building a society on the planet, while male children would become slaves, females were trained in the ways of the Force, thus becoming witches of Dathomir. During her rule, Allya wrote a Book of Laws containing all laws, ethics, and morals she wished her daughters to follow. The last line was also her last sentence: “Never concede to evil.”
While the witches were organized into separate clans with their own rules, Allya’s rules guided them all. Women were the true source of power, with men being used only as slaves and possessions. Above all else, they enjoy combat, and clans will often battle against each other if not for anything else other than fun.
Over time, the witches faded out of history, but reappeared when the mobile Jedi Academy, the Chu’unthor, crashed on the surface of Dathomir. A Jedi team, lead by Master Yoda, was sent to retrieve it. The Jedi fought with the local witches and their rancors, eventually ending in a stalemate. When a young witch named Rell was saved by Yoda, however, it was negotiated for the Chu’unthor to be returned.
The Dathomori left soon after, taking with them all of their records. For years, Dathomir remained largely undisturbed, acting as a penal colony for the Galactic Empire for a time. The penal colony was destroyed, however, when Gethzerion and her Nightsisters tried to escape the planet. They were foiled, however, and the Nightsisters continued to grow and plot to escape the planet.
Four years after the defeat of the Empire at Endor, the chance came with the Millennium Falcon crashed on the planet. Han Solo was taken captive and tortured until Warlord Zsinj, who had seized Dathomir, negotiated for his freedom. The Nightsisters double-crossed them, however, and stole their shuttles, attempting to flee the planet. Zsinj immediately fired upon the shuttles, killing them all, and seemingly eliminating the Nightsisters. In 19 ABY, however, Brakiss would travel to Dathomir and attempt to recruit survivor Nightsisters to his Shadow Academy. This trade eventually ended after the death of Brakiss and destruction of the Second Imperium.
The Jensaarai have their origins in a manuscript written by Larad Noon, a follower of Exar Kun during the Old Sith Wars. After Kun’s supposed death, Noon fled to Susevfi, thinking the Jedi were going to follow him and kill him. They did not, however, and he spent the rest of his life studying the relationship between the light and dark side. Effectively, he came to the conclusion that dark side teachings could be used in good ways. While on Susevfi, he compiled a journal containing all of his teachings and reflections, a journal that eventually fell into the hands of the Jedi Nikkos Tyris. Though obviously bias, Tyris fell for everything in the journal, and took a group of similar thinkers and, faking their deaths, established a training base on Susevfi. Tyris named himself Saarai-Kaar, or “Keeper of the Truth”.
By following the journal, Tyris unintentionally turned himself and his followers to the dark side, studying and learning ancient Sith techniques. Sometime during the Clone Wars, Count Dooku persuaded Tyris to join him, and he became one of Dooku’s dark acolytes. In 19 BBY, a small group of Jedi discovered Tyris and two other Jensaarai and killed them. Thinking the cult extinct, they returned to the Jedi Temple to inform the council that the cult had been dealt with. Unbeknownst to them, however, the wife of one of the slain Jensaarai took the title Saarai-kaar and continued the tradition.
Under the new Saarai-kaar, the Jensaarai grew fairly harmless, constructing cortosis battle armor rather than lightsabers, and remained hidden throughout the Clone Wars. After the rise of the Empire, a few Jensaarai attempted to join them, but the Emperor replied only in force, sending J