Army of Light
|Members||Calladin, Tiana, Valen Hawkwing|
To destroy the darkness through force and peace.
|Calladin Tael||High Council Member||Councilman|
|Alana Halycon||High Council Member||Councilwoman|
|Valen Hawkwing||Jedi Shadow||General|
|Crew||Ship Name||Ship Class||Ship Notes|
|Yavin IV||Jedi Temple and surrounding areas. Largely untamed jungle with encroaching plant-life.|
|Jedi Archives||Location and access to the archives in their storage place onboard a Venator-class Star Destroyer, crewed by Clones loyal to the Jedi.|
|Crystal Caves of Ermi||Known location for harvesting of Ilum Crystals.|
|Crystal Cave on Dandoran||Known location for harvesting of Damina Crystals.|
The Army of Light is just that, a group of Force Users dedicated to preserving the Light side of the Force and holding back the darkness. As such, they hold true to the Jedi Code of old. Additionally they hold that everyone is capable of walking in the Light and that even those who have begun to walk down the path to the Dark Side have the capability to correct themselves and atone for any wrong doing they may have committed.
Emotion, yet peace.
Ignorance, yet knowledge.
Passion, yet serenity.
Chaos, yet harmony.
Death, yet the Force.
You may have heard other versions of this mantra in the wording: There is no emotion, there is peace, and so on. We choose to acknowledge that all of these things: Emotion, ignorance, passion, chaos, and death, all exist. Every one of us will experience at least one of these things. Yet none of these things are permanent, none of them define us.
- Though we feel emotion, we do not cling to it; we acknowledge it and let it go, supported by our inner peace.
- Though there are many things we do not know, we will keep an open mind, be willing to gain new information, and we will not wallow in ignorance no matter how comfortable it might be and seek the illumination of knowledge.
- Though we may feel strongly and be moved passionately, we will acknowledge this feeling rather than dismiss it, then let it go that we might be like a deep, calm lake where only the surface is ruffled by the wind, and act in the serenity of our deepest selves.
- Though chaos reigns around us, we will be the center of the storm where the winds are in balance, and act in harmony like a calm breeze.
- Though our bodies may die and turn to ash and dust, yet the Force goes on, and we, one in the Force with all beings, live on in the oneness of the Force.
- Transcend Arrogance
- Jedi are required to learn that, although they are able to use the Force, they are no better than those who could not. Jedi are taught that they are only Jedi because someone took the trouble to teach them, not because they are superior to others, and that a Jedi Master is only a Jedi Master because he has disregarded his own sense of self-importance and embraced the will of the Force.
- Transcend Overconfidence
- Many young Jedi students, while learning the ways of the Force, begin to believe that they can accomplish anything. Many young Jedi die taking on tasks that are far too difficult for them, not realizing that the Force is only truly limitless to those who have limitless understanding, or those who have surrendered themselves wholly to the Force.
- Transcend Defeatism
- Young Jedi also learn that defeatism is just as dangerous as overconfidence. Although it might seem contradictory to the goals of conquering overconfidence, a Jedi must first plan for success, then for failure. Jedi who always plan for failure expected to lose, and often only use minimal effort—enough to say that they had tried. Remember the words of Master Yoda: “There is no try.”
- Transcend Stubbornness
- Jedi should always be ready to accept defeat if the cost of winning is greater than the cost of losing. Jedi are taught that it is always best to end things peacefully than to win or lose. Remember that the ends do not necessarily justify the means, and a Jedi should avoid doing evil for the sake of a greater good.
- Transcend Recklessness
- Many young Jedi lacking in self-restraint are always ready to ignite their lightsabers and plunge straight into battle. They perceive a goal and rush towards it without any consideration for unseen dangers or other options. And so Jedi are taught that speed did not necessarily lead to success. The quickest option is not always the best option.
- Transcend Curiosity
- Many inexperienced Force-sensitives use the Force to satisfy their curiosity, probing into the business of others. Intruding gives the clear message that been the Jedi feel they are above others' privacy. Jedi are taught that although using the Force to discreetly uncover the secrets of others may have been occasionally necessary during the course of a mission, it should never become a matter of course, as it causes great distrust of the Jedi in general, and can bring great distress to the people whose privacy has been breached.
- Transcend Aggression
- A sizable number of Jedi, in training, confuse the meanings of attack, defense and aggression. Thus Younglings are taught that it was possible for a Jedi to strike without aggression, so long as they act without recklessness, hatred or anger. A Jedi is permitted to kill in self-defense or in defense of the helpless, but only if there is no other option. However, Jedi instructors teach their students that killing, no matter what the circumstances, is not to become commonplace. To conquer aggression, even in combat, a Jedi must explore every other option, including surrender, before resorting to using lethal force. Jedi who depend on murder are close to the Dark side of the Force.
- Transcend Attachment
- To be a Jedi is to dedicate one's life to the people of the galaxy and to dedicate one's being to the will of the Force. Yet over the course of time, Jedi develop relationships with others: friendships, bonds between Master and Padawan, and even, in some cases, familial relationships. This is natural and in most cases healthy. However, it can be difficult, especially for younger Jedi, to navigate these relationships within the guidelines of the Code, yet it can be done. The Army of Light encourages open and honest communications regarding relationships, especially familial ones, and will provide guidance as necessary on a case-by-case basis.
- Transcend Materialism
- Jedi are strongly discouraged from keeping more than a few essential belongings. There are three reasons for this; first because they distract a Jedi from the Force, second because they can lead to excessive attachment, and third because Jedi are often required to leave for missions with extremely short notice, and so having many objects can be a burden.
- Practice Honesty
- Honesty was the first responsibility that aspiring Jedi were taught. Jedi were permitted to stretch the truth if the situation required it of them, however this was to be done as sparingly as possible. An honest Jedi was always truthful with himself, his Master, and the Council.
- Honor Your Promises
- Jedi were taught that if they made a promise, they should have always been prepared to keep it, or else to have made amends. Thus, a Jedi should never have make a promise he or she was not certain they could keep. Jedi were encouraged to consult their Master before making a promise.
- Honor Your Padawan
- A Jedi Master was required to know that he must treat his Padawan with respect. He should never reprimand his Padawan in public, nor punish his Padawan for disagreeing with him. On the other hand, a Master should praise his Padawan, especially in the presence of others. This built the Padawan's confidence, and strengthened the bond between Master and apprentice.
- Honor Your Master
- By the same token, Padawans were expected to show great respect to their Masters, especially in front of others. Padawans were taught never to disagree with their Masters to the point of argument, and that when they were in discussion with others, Padawans should only address their Masters when they had been addressed themselves. This spared the Master having to apologize for his Padawan's behavior.
- Honor the Council
- Although the High Council was the ultimate authority of the Army of Light, it was not possible for the High Councilors to be everywhere at once. Therefore, when the Council sent a Jedi on a mission, the Jedi spoke for and was a representative of the Army of Light Council. The Council was forced to answer for the Jedi's words and answers, and so the Jedi would have been careful not to put the Council in a difficult position, as to do so would be to show terrible disrespect for the Council.
- Honor The Army of Light
- Every action a Jedi made reflected on the AoL. Good deeds boosted the Army's reputation, but poor behavior sometimes caused incurable damage. Jedi were taught to remember that each person they met might not have set eyes upon a Jedi before, and that the acts of the particular Jedi that person would influence their perception of the Army of Light as a whole.
- Honor the Law
- One of the most important roles of the Jedi was to protect the peace and justice of the Republic, and so no Jedi was above the law. Jedi were expected to follow the law the same as they expected others to. Jedi were permitted to break laws, but only when it was required, and only if they were willing to suffer the consequences…
- Honor Life
- Jedi were expected never to commit murder, for any reason. However, if confronted with a life-or-death struggle, a Jedi was permitted to kill to complete their mission. This act was not encouraged, as ending life strengthened the dark side; however, if the act was justified—if it saved others' lives, or if the Jedi was acting on the will of the Force—then the light side was equally strengthened. Jedi were also expected to think of those they had killed, and to think of the suffering caused by their deaths. A Jedi who did not care about his victims was on the path to the dark side.
- Duty To The People of the Galaxy
- The Army of Light's mission is to ensure that all people of the Galaxy have the right to self-governance. Tyranny is the real enemy and it comes in many forms. Only through open discussion and the availability of government to the ordinary citizen does a society have the chance to control its own destiny. Likewise, understanding the fallibility of sentients, no Army of Light member may be elected to any public office nor serve in any role in a government in any fashion other than advisory.
- Render Aid
- Jedi were obliged to help those in need of aid whenever possible, and were expected to be able to prioritize quickly. Jedi were taught that while saving one life was important, saving many lives was even more so. This principle did not mean a Jedi had to abandon other goals in every circumstance, but merely that a Jedi must do his or her best to make sure that they aided those who were most in need of assistance.
- Defend The Weak
- Similarly, a Jedi was expected to defend the weak from those who oppressed them, ranging from small-scale suffering at the hands of an individual to large-scale enslavement of entire species. However, Jedi were taught to remember that all may not have been as it seemed, and that they should respect other cultures, even if they clashed with a Jedi's moral or ethical code. Jedi were also warned not to act in areas out of their jurisdiction, and to always consider the consequences of their actions.
- Provide Support
- At times, it was necessary for a Jedi to stand aside and let other people defend the weak, even if the Jedi felt that they could do a superior job. Jedi were taught that they should assist by word or action as required by the situation, offering advice when requested to, warning when necessary, and arguing only when reason failed. Jedi should remember that they wielded the marvelous tool of the Force, and that they should be prepared to use it only for good.
No one is perfect; either mundane or Jedi. There will be times that require intervention. The Army of Light takes the following stance when it comes to enforcing the Code.
Learning the Code
It is the responsibility of a Master to thoroughly teach the Code to his or her student. It is one of the most important aspects of a Padawan's training. If it is not, then adding a lightsaber is merely creating a monster with preternatural powers. Powers that will cause pain and destruction. If the Knight or Master is not capable of teaching the Code, then they should not take on a Padawan.
Correcting a Padawan
Except under emergency circumstances, a Padawan should be corrected by his or her Master, or, in the case of Padawans without a Master, by the Council. If the observing Jedi notes a transgression, he or she should approach the Padawan's Master in the same fashion as the "Offense" sections below.
Correcting a Peer
Life is fluid and change is the only constant. At times, a Knight or Master may encounter some unforeseen circumstance that they are unable to internally resolve and begin to drift away from the Code. In these instances, the Army of Light feels that it is the responsibility of every Jedi to help keep each other on the narrow path. To that end, there is a guideline established to help a fellow Knight or Master to approach their compatriot and lovingly apply a word of correction.
- First Offense: The observing Jedi is to approach their peer individually and encourage them to correct their behavior.
- Second Offense: The observing Jedi approaches the offender with one or two other Jedi to encourage them together, offering support and further guidance.
- Third Offensse: The offending Jedi is brought before the Army of Light Leadership Council for judgement.
*All of these corrections are to be done respectfully and with honor, thus upholding the spirit of the Code.