Force Traditions

 

 

Baran Do Sages: The Kel Dor species has a long and proud Force Tradition known as the Baran Do Sages. For thousands of years before joining the Galactic Republic, the Baran Do acted as advisors and seers for the leaders of the Kel Dor. Since joining the Republic, the Baran Do swindled as the Jedi claimed the Force-Sensitive members of the species to add to their ranks. However, those who were passed over by the Jedi or discovered too late to begin Jedi training continue to train under the remaining Baran Do Sages, passing the eons-old tradition down as it was done before the coming of the Jedi. The Baran Do Sages originally began studying the ways of the force to expand their already exceptional senses as a means of predicting danger of their people; in time, everything from was to famine to natural disasters were averted thanks to the Baran Do. Their powers developed out of simple sensory expansion into the ability to foresee the future, the past, and places far away. Once the Baran Do learned how to listen to the Force as well as to their own senses, they became an invaluable resources for investigating crimes, predicting future troubles, and discovering the truth about mysterious events. The Baran Do Sages were revered as an all-seeing sect that could divine the truth from even the most complex and difficult situations. Most rulers of the Kel Dor people traditionally had at least one Baran Do advisor. In the days when the Baran Do were more numerous, many high-ranking members of Kel Dor society had Sages in their employ as well. More Governmental institutions made use of the Baran Do as part of their daily operations; a powerful Baran Do Sage would often be used as an early warning system to help the authorities predict natural disaster. Such predictions and subsequent preparations prevented the deaths of hundreds and thousands. With the introduction of the Jedi order and the Old Republic to Kel Dor society, the Baran Do faded into relatively obscurity. Mainstream Kel Dor society considers the Baran Do to be little more than wizards and prophets, but the sages themselves continue to proudly teach their old ways to students and apprentices. The Baran Do, Almost completely forgotten by most Kel Dor, no longer have the influence they once did.

 

Matukai: Many Force-users require some sort of focus to concentrate their power. The Matukai, a sect of Force-Users spread throughout the galaxy, teach how to reach out to the force using such a focus. What makes them unique is that their focus isn't an inanimate object - the Matukai have made their own bodies the primary focus for their abilities. The Matukai have their origins in the days of the Old Republic, many years before the rise of Darth Bane and the new Sith Order. In those days, the Jedi Order was at its peak, with a large membership roster and a reach that spanned even into the Outer Rim. The Jedi Council was much more lax with its views on Force-Users and did not attempt to indoctrinate Force-Sensitive children shortly after birth. Though the majority of Force-Users throughout the galaxy were Jedi, some other organisations, such as the Sorcerers of Tund, were allowed their autonomy provided they did not sink into the dark side of the Force. the first Matukai was a Human female from the world Karvoss II who discovered her ability to touch the Force while practicing a form of meditative Martial Arts. Eventually, she became a relatively strong presence in the Force and soon began teaching other Force-Sensitive students. Dutifully trained, these pupils then spread out into the galaxy to teach more. While never growing beyond 50 or 60 members at a time, the Matukai could be found almost anywhere spacefaring beings might travel. One of the unique aspects of Matukai training is that it allows any being with otherwise negligible inherent strength in the Force to develop it into something formidable using body as a focus. Through basic meditative Martial Arts, physical exercises, and somatic rituals, they fan the spark of the Force inside them, hoping the spark will one day become a flame. The Jedi Council Eventually recognized the growing power of the Matukai Tradition and sent representatives to the Matukai to discuss a possible affiliation. Most Matukai were uninterested. Some felt that the Jedi way of teaching the Force was both elitist and ineffectual. Other thought they could do a better job training students than the Jedi Order could. Since the Matukai generally drew from a pool of Force- Users that would not qualify for Jedi training in the first place, the Jedi Council was content to let the Matukai exist as an autonomous organization, provided they steered clear of the dark side. They remained little formal contact between the groups, but hostilities did not arise either.

 

Zeison Sha: If there was a sect of Force-Users built for survival under harsh conditions, it is the Zeison Sha. Nearly two millennia before the Attack on Coruscant, a group of families fleeing the wars between the Jedi and the Sith escaped to a remote Outer Rim planet known as Yanibar. The group consisted of families and friends of Jedi, who were potential target of the Sith attacks. The plan was to set up a home on the out-of-the-way world and wait for the Jedi to come from them once it was safe. However the Jedi who set up the refuge were killed in battle, and, as a result, the colony of Yanibar was left alone and forgotten. Yanibar was a harsh world of seasonal extremes-dry, blistering summers and frigid and wet winters. In the early years, the mixed group of beings struggled for survival, and thousands succumbed to an environment so extreme and fickle that most would consider the planet uninhabitable. however, the blood of the Jedi was strong among the colonists, and over the years many learned to channel their force abilities to adapt to and overcome the environmental hardships of their world. As centuries passed, the original reason for colonizing Yanibar faded into myth. The Zeison Sha, unaware that their original protectors had been killed, began to see their isolation as abandonment by the Jedi. Over the generations, the Jedi came to be viewed not as protective but as uncaring. Having already become rugged and self-sufficient in their life's trials, the Zeison Sha developed a philosophy of self-reliance and rejection the Jedi as protectors and took upon themselves to provide strength and solidarity for the inhabitants of the refuge. This philosophy, and the lessons taught by Yanibar's harsh environment, became the basis of a new Force Tradition. The Force flowed easily through many members of the society, and the Zeison Sha honed their skills to help the colony not only survive, but eventually to grow and prosper. After few centuries, the planet's isolation less-ended. It was discovered and occasionally visited by fringe traders. In time, Yanibar developed into an outpost between known space and the Unknown regions. Visits were infrequent but grew over the course of decades. What was once a small settlement eventually became a well populated fringe city and spaceport, though the inhabitants of the world still maintained a relative measure of anonymity. Some Zeison Sha, lšeaning that the wars with the Sith were over, returned to the galaxy at large. They found, however, that the Jedi were all-too-eager to snatch their Force-Sensitive children and turn them into disciples at the Jedi temple on Coruscant. many returned to Yanibar with angry stories of the Jedi, only bolstering the Zeison Sha's anti-Jedi philosophy. Those who continue to feel the need to travel the stars make sure to hide themselves from the Jedi. The Yanibar is composed of a mix of humans and non-humans, but other species included Duros, Twi'lek, and Rodians, to name few.  the diversity of species living on Yanibar increased as some colonists left the planet to explore the galaxy and made its presence known to others.