Gray Jedi Order Core

1. Introduction

The term “Gray Jedi” refers to a diverse group of Force users who rely upon both the light and dark sides of the Force, as needed, and who often choose to remain only loosely affiliated with organized Force cults. In the Dark Jedi Brotherhood, the “Gray Jedi Order” is actually three separate orders, one for each of the Paths -- Dark, Gray, and Light -- walked by Force users. These three Gray Orders are distinct from each other in important ways, though they all share a quality of independence.

The Gray Order of the Dark Path is called the Dark Jedi Order, and is comprised of users of the dark side of the Force who do not adhere to the strictures of the Sith Order. Whereas the Sith are known for their violent, deceptive ways, for casual betrayals, and for the brutal punishment of failure or dissent, the Dark Jedi may be more forgiving, loyal, or interested in the Force for purely esoteric knowledge rather than the relentless accumulation of power.

The Gray Order of the Gray Path is called the Gray Jedi Order. Its members are Force users who dabble in both the light and dark sides of the Force. This duality makes the Gray Jedi of the Gray Path unique: no other group in the Brotherhood uses both sides of the Force. Although this group does not have the same long, organized history as the Sith and the Jedi, it has the potential to become a powerful faction in its own right.

The Gray Order of the Light Path is also called the Gray Jedi Order, though its members use only the light side of the Force. Like the Dark Jedi, the Light Path Gray Jedi have distanced themselves from -- or been cast out of -- the more rigid and dogmatic Jedi Order, and may prefer to remain unaffiliated rather than organize themselves into a structured group.

2. History

2.1 Pre-Brotherhood History

Gray Jedi have existed at least as long as there has been an organized Jedi Order, and probably longer. The first Gray Jedi were likely early Force users who successfully balanced the use of the light and dark sides of the Force. Later, following the foundation of the Jedi Order and its Council, a new breed of Gray Jedi emerged: those who chafed at the restrictions of the Jedi Code and the orders of the Jedi High Council.

One of the most famous Gray Jedi was Jolee Bindo, a Jedi Padawan who disobeyed the Jedi Council’s directive that he not train his own wife in the use of the Force. Bindo’s wife turned to the dark side during the Great Sith War, and, when faced with the chance to kill her, he allowed her to escape. She then killed a number of Jedi before finally being defeated. Rather than punish Bindo, the High Council elevated him to Jedi Knight -- but Bindo rejected this, and went into a self-imposed exile, losing faith in the wisdom of the Council. He later emerged as one of Revan’s companions in the effort to defeat Darth Malak.

Jolee Bindo

Bindo did not adhere to the Jedi Code, allowing his emotions to guide him. He was strong willed enough to harness both the light and dark sides of the Force without succumbing to the dark side.

Beyond individual Jedi who chafed or even openly rebelled against the strictures of the old republic Jedi Council, entire Force traditions developed separate from the Jedi Order. The Gray Paladins were one such group. Gray Paladins emerged from the Teepo Paladins, a subset of the Jedi Order who believed in the use of blasters in addition to lightsabers. The Paladins distanced themselves from the Jedi Order after their founder, Teepo, was censured by the Jedi Council for the use of blasters and involvement in open warfare against the Sith of the period. The Teepo Paladins remained disconnected from the larger Jedi Order, continuing to hone their skills with non-traditional weapons.

A more radical group broke off from the Teepo Paladins to form the Gray Paladins. The Gray Paladins accept the existence of the Force, but shun over reliance upon it. The group believe that one should develop skills with minimal dependence on the Force in order to allow the will of the Force to act without interference from the Paladin. The Gray Paladins trained in conventional weapons and tactics using the Force only to augment their existing skills. This made the sect far more militant that their Teepo or Jedi predecessors.

Another prominent example of an alternate Force tradition is the Jensaarai of the Suarbi system. The Jensaarai originated from a Jedi Knight named Nikkos Tyris who discovered an ancient Sith manuscript. Believing the philosophy contained in the manuscript to be that of the true Jedi, the Knight founded the Jensaarai and left the Jedi Order. After a period of struggle and nearly being wiped out by the Jedi, the Jensaarai grew into a self-sustaining sect of Force users. Because of their dual origins from Jedi and Sith teachings Jensaarai believe in being honorable and defending peace and justice while harnessing the power of aggression.

Jensaarai Armor

An example of unaffiliated sects of dark side users is the Nightsisters of Dathomir. The Nightsisters were a clan of dark side using females who were able to manipulate an ichor like energy substance which emanated from the planet’s surface. The sect adopted a shamanistic culture which viewed the Force itself as energies from their deities. While the group was allied with Darth Sidious and Count Dooku during the time of the clone wars they had their own agenda and eventually fell into conflict with both the separatists and the Jedi.

Nightsister

2.2 Brotherhood History

Within the Dark Jedi Brotherhood, the Force users of the various “Gray” Orders have a long history. Many Dark Path Force users who served the Galactic Empire or its remnants consider themselves “Dark Jedi” rather than “Sith”, preferring order and stability over accumulation of power and self-aggrandizement. They may use the dark side of the Force, but they do not adhere to the Sith Code or use violence and betrayal as casually as a Sith might.

There have also been some members of the Brotherhood who have walked the Gray Path for a long time, though they may have feared to reveal that they dabbled in the light side of the Force prior to the admittance of Jedi into the Brotherhood. The same is true for the purely-light side-using Gray Jedi.

Today, the Gray Jedi can find a home in nearly every clan of the Brotherhood, and some even hold powerful positions on the Dark Council.

3. Philosophy

Gray Jedi of the Light Path - Gray Jedi are Force users that do not ascribe to the rigid teachings of the Jedi Order or the Sith, either because they were never exposed to them prior to the Brotherhood, or simply because they do not always see eye to eye with them. Gray Jedi are not united by any binding doctrine or philosophy, though Gray Jedi of the Light Path call upon the light side of the Force. Force users of the Light Path always avoid the dark side, regardless of Order.

Gray Jedi of the Gray Path - Gray Jedi are Force users that do not ascribe to the rigid teachings of the Jedi Order or the Sith, either because they were never exposed to them prior to the Brotherhood, or simply because they do not always see eye to eye with them. Gray Jedi are not united by any binding doctrine or philosophy, though Gray Jedi of the Gray Path attempt to walk the balance between the light and dark sides of the Force. They may lean on one or the other side more, but their usage of both sides of the Force to some degree defines them as Gray Jedi.

Dark Jedi - Dark Jedi are Force users that do not ascribe to the rigid teachings of the Jedi Order or the Sith, either because they were never exposed to them prior to the Brotherhood, or simply because they do not always see eye to eye with them. Dark Jedi are not united by any binding doctrine or philosophy, though Dark Jedi of the Dark Path call upon the dark of the Force, eschewing the light side.

4. Ranks of the Gray Orders

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5. Conclusion

Gray Jedi are an ideologically diverse group within the Brotherhood whose only common thread is rejection of established Sith and Jedi dogma.

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