Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is such a treat. An expansive, story-driven experience with lush planets to explore, it’s the sort of game you’ll want to revisit again and again, mastering your saber technique and uncovering the secrets of those lost to the dark side. Whether you’re in it for the post-Order 66 lore or the thematic parallels to Star Wars Rebels and Star Wars: The Last Jedi, this is a rich, authentic new story that’s sure to deepen your understanding of the Force, the Empire, and the rest of the galaxy far, far away. Here are some of the ways Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order connects to the larger world of Star Wars.
Spoiler warning: This article discusses key plot points from the game.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order’s main villains, the Second Sister and Ninth Sister, belong to the Inquisitorious — a secret group of Jedi hunters who helped Darth Vader track down the Emperor’s foes in the early days of the Empire. A number of these lightsaber-brandishing warriors are introduced in Marvel Comics’ Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith, by Charles Soule and Giuseppe Camuncoli, beginning with issue six. More Inquisitors — the Fifth Brother, Sixth Brother, Seventh Sister, Eighth Brother, and Grand Inquisitor — can also be seen in action on-screen in the first two seasons of Star Wars Rebels (now on Disney+).
Order 66 and the Fall of the Jedi
Cal Kestis’s story is that of a former Jedi Padawan in hiding, forever fearing the dark forces of the Empire. No one can find out who or what Cal truly is without endangering everyone around him and forcing him to flee his home. Once you’ve seen Order 66 play out in the tragic Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, check out Kanan: The Last Padawan on Marvel Unlimited for another tale about a lone Jedi on the run. Kanan Jarrus’s story continues in John Jackson Miller’s novel A New Dawn, which even features a the same warning message from Obi-Wan Kenobi recorded during the events of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, and seen in Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order and Star Wars Rebels.
Dathomir, homeworld of Maul, Mother Talzin, and Savage Opress, plays a key role in Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order’s story, introducing a pair of mysterious new characters — including Merrin, who’s quickly emerging as something of a fan favorite. There’s no shortage of great Nightsister content out there, but the perfect place to start is with three episodes of The Clone Wars: “Nightsisters,” “Monster,” and “Witches of the Mist.” And don’t miss the comic miniseries Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir, or Christie Golden’s novel Dark Disciple, adapted from unproduced The Clone Wars scripts by Katie Lucas.
A Ritual on Ilum
At a crucial point in the game, Cal travels to the frozen planet of Ilum, the holy site of a centuries-old Jedi ritual called the Gathering. The world was home to an old Jedi temple as well as a vast system of caves, where younglings would seek out the one unique kyber crystal that called to them. After the fall of the Republic, the Empire stripped Ilum of its precious kyber, which it used to power the Death Star’s planet-killing weapon. The planet appears in a pair of The Clone Wars episodes — “The Gathering” and “A Test of Strength” — and in E. K. Johnston’s novel Ahsoka.
Temples of the Ancients
For over a thousand generations, the Jedi were a symbol for peace across the galaxy. But like the ancient beings of the planet Zeffo, or the Sith, their numbers eventually dwindled to the point that most thought them extinct, and they became figures of legend. If you loved Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order’s exploration of long-vanished Force users, there’s a lot more fun to be had on Disney+, current animation, and in various comic books from Marvel.
Check out Darth Bane, an ancient Sith specter voiced by Mark Hamill, in The Clone Wars — The Lost Missions episode “Sacrifice”; the Sith artifact featured in the Star Wars Resistance episode “The Relic Raider”; and Marvel’s Age of Republic: Darth Maul one-shot. And be sure to read the all-new prequel comic where we first meet Cere Junda and Eno Cordova — Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order — Dark Temple.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is available now on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.
Alex Kane is a journalist based in west-central Illinois. He has written for Forbes, Polygon, the website of Rolling Stone, Variety, and other publications. Follow him on Twitter at @alexjkane.
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