Star Wars: The Legacy of Some Other Guys
The Jedi Order
There is no emotion, there is peace.
There is no ignorance, there is knowledge.
There is no passion, there is serenity.
There is no chaos, there is harmony.
There is no death, there is the Force.
-The Jedi Code
The most venerable and historically accessible mystical tradition in the galaxy, Jedi adhere to a lifestyle of asceticism, forgoing most possessions, attachments, and relationships – any ties with the world outside the order.
They see themselves as the guardians of peace and order within the galaxy, and have enjoyed elevated status as advisers and guardians of both the old and new republics. Historically, Jedi have been respected, revered, and seen as an objective force for good in the universe.
This is not the common perception today.
Years of galactic conflict – often with Jedi at the head of things, whispering in the ears of political forces, telling them who their enemies are – have left the galactic community extremely wary of the Jedi Order.
Jedi are often perceived as meddling, and wishing nothing more than to steer galactic events in a direction most favorable to them, and their values. Not least among this is the prevailing thought that the Jedi Council will stop at nothing, absolutely nothing, to continue in their holy war against their ancient religious enemies, the Sith.
The council has done little to dispel this notion.
As such, the Jedi are in an unfamiliar position: they are not hunted, striking in secrecy against an obvious evil; neither are they the trusted sages, advisers, and arbiters that they once were.
The galaxy isn’t hunting them down, it simply doesn’t care what they have to say. And the Jedi order simply has no idea what to do with that.