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Revan—renowned as the Revanchist, honored as the Revan, reviled as Revan the Butcher, dreaded as the Dark Lord of the Sith Darth Revan, and praised as the Prodigal Knight—was a Human male who played pivotal roles as both Jedi and Sith in the Mandalorian Wars and the Jedi Civil War. Believed to have been born in the Outer Rim Territories, the man later known as Revan was born around the year 3994 BBY and studied under a number of different Jedi Masters as a Padawan of the Jedi Order. Becoming fast friends with a fellow student named Alek, the young man became a Jedi Knight and was a vocal and charismatic critic of the Order’s inactivity in the ongoing Mandalorian Wars between the Galactic Republic and the Mandalorian warrior clans. Leading the Revanchist movement in defiance of the Jedi Council’s wishes and taking on the name of Revan, the Knight donned the mask of a fallen Mandalorian as he joined the Republic Military’s fight and was appointed Supreme Commander. However, when Revan defeated the Mandalorian leader Mandalore the Ultimate at the Battle of Malachor V in 3960 BBY, Revan and his friend Alek, now known as Malak, followed the trail of a mysterious Sith influence on the Mandalorian Wars to the Unknown Regions, where the two discovered a reconstituted Sith Empire and were turned to the dark side of the Force by the Sith Emperor. This was, until, he was stripped of his Sith persona via a mind wipe, so he returned to the crumbling Jedi Order and helped defeat the Sith Empire he had established during his brace with evil. Revan became a legend himself, having walked the line between Jedi and Sith, and truly becoming one with the force.

weareduelist  asked:

Thoughts on Revan, the Jedi-turned-Sith-turned-gray-Jedi?

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(gray jedi are not a thing and Revan was not one.)

Revan is…I have a lot of opinions on Revan at different points in their life. If the KotOR series is a mirror to the films, then Revan is a stand in for Anakin in a different time and place. Insanely strong with the Force, a paragon of heroism who fell to darkness and wore an obscuring mask and armor that would become so integral to their legacy that it cannot be removed, much like how Vader is synonymous with his breath and skull like mask. Revan is like a Sun in the skein of fate, and when they fall, everything in their galaxy shakes as a result. Again, much like how Anakin’s fall turned the galaxy to a period of darkness, Revan brought about era of war that brought everything out of balance and even for all their strength, it would take more than their own will to set it all right again. It would take Luke’s parallel in the KotOR series, the Exile, to see that quest fully done.

But it’s a mistake to look at Revan as only a force of nature. They were human, and they did terrible things, and no matter how righteous their intention, evil was done on their command. Even before they publically turned Sith, they utilized torture of the mind, warcrimes on a massive scale, and spent the lives under their command not with the intent of restoring peace to the Galaxy but to grant themselves more power. Malachor was orchestrated intentionally to purge his army of Jedi and soldiers loyal to the Order and Republic. Sacrificed so nothing would stand in their way when they left to build the foundation of their Sith Empire.

They were trapped in darkness of their own making. It took them losing their memory and going on a quest of rediscovery to find themselves again to witness what their actions had wrought. When the truth inevitably came out, they had a choice to make. Some still question the validity of that choice, for hadn’t their memories been taken from them? Were they still really Revan or just the new personality programmed into them?

In the end, my belief in the importance of choice leads me to decide on the former. Revan’s choice was ultimately not one made with loyalty to either the Dark or Light, for there are powers beyond that of the Force in that far away galaxy. “I believe in the power of redemption” they said at the end of their initial journey.” For one so marked by the Force and destiny, that was a powerful thing to declare. That betterment and absolution was a greater power than the source of all their might. I like to think of that moment as Revan as their truest self in that moment, their apex not as Jedi Crusader or Sith Lord, but prodigal knight, trying to be their better self.

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Darth Revan / Revan:

Revan—renowned as the Revanchist, honored as the Revan, reviled as Revan the Butcher, dreaded as the Dark Lord of the Sith Darth Revan, and praised as the Prodigal Knight—was a Human male who played pivotal roles as both Jedi and Sith in the Mandalorian Wars and the Jedi Civil War. Believed to have been born in the Outer Rim Territories, the man later known as Revan was born around the year 3994 BBY and studied under a number of different Jedi Masters as a Padawan of the Jedi Order. Becoming fast friends with a fellow student named Alek, the young man became a Jedi Knight and was a vocal and charismatic critic of the Order’s inactivity in the ongoing Mandalorian Wars between the Galactic Republic and the Mandalorian warrior clans. Leading the Revanchist movement in defiance of the Jedi Council’s wishes and taking on the name of Revan, the Knight donned the mask of a fallen Mandalorian as he joined the Republic Military’s fight and was appointed Supreme Commander.

However, when Revan defeated the Mandalorian leader Mandalore the Ultimate at the Battle of Malachor V in 3960 BBY, Revan and his friend Alek, now known as Malak, followed the trail of a mysterious Sith influence on the Mandalorian Wars to the Unknown Regions, where the two discovered a reconstituted Sith Empire and were turned to the dark side of the Force by the Sith Emperor. Sent back to the Republic as advance agents, the newly anointed Dark Lords of the Sith Darth Revan and Darth Malak broke free of the Emperor’s mental control and established their own empire with the Star Forge, an ancient space station of great power that had been built by the Rakata species. Using the Star Forge to construct a military fleet and weapons, Revan and Malak waged war against the Republic in the resultant Jedi Civil War. However, Revan was betrayed by his Sith apprentice Malak and captured by the Jedi Knight Bastila Shan, who saved Revan and formed a Force bond with her captive.


With his mind wiped, Revan was given a new identity as a Republic soldier by the Jedi Council and stationed aboard the Republic warship Endar Spire. However, when Malak attacked the Spire above the planet Taris in a failed attempt to capture Bastila Shan, Revan joined forces with the Republic officer Carth Onasi and a number of other individuals on Taris to locate Shan and escape the world before Malak destroyed the planet’s surface. Revan and his friends traveled to the planet Dantooine’s Jedi Enclave, where he was retrained as a Jedi Padawan. Sent on a mission to locate the Star Maps, Rakatan artifacts that would lead the way to the Star Forge, Revan gained new allies and grew close with Shan during their travels. However, when the group was captured by Malak, Revan’s true identity was revealed and Shan was captured, forcing Revan and his crew to find the final Map and locate the Star Forge on their own. Aboard the Star Forge, Revan brought a fallen Shan back to the light side of the Force with his love and defeated Malak, earning the Cross of Glory and the title of Prodigal Knight.


Revan married Shan and sank into obscurity for several years until his resurfacing memories led him to leave his wife and unborn child behind in a search for answers in the Unknown Regions. Captured by the Sith, he was imprisoned for three years until a former lieutenant of his named Meetra Surik rescued him with the help of the Sith Lord Scourge. The trio’s attempt to eliminate the Sith Emperor failed, and Revan was held captive by the Emperor for three hundred years until he was finally freed by Republic forces. Taking control of the Rakatan Foundry, Revan attempted to construct an army of extermination droids to destroy the Empire, but the Jedi Master died when he was defeated by an Imperial strike team.


However, the torture that he experienced at the hands of the Emperor had splintered Revan’s mind, and though part of him attempted to become one with the Force, the rest rejected death and clung to life, embracing the dark side. Taking control of the fanatical Order of Revan, he sought to destroy the Sith Emperor once and for all by bringing the Sith ruler back to a physical form and killing him, but both the Empire and the Republic joined together in an effort to stop him. Revan’s light side was unable to pass on and aided the coalition in defeating the dark Revan, and though the Emperor was able to regain his strength, the two halves of Revan merged and were able to die a final death. His legacy, however, would live on; the Sith Lord Darth Rivan, who lived during the thousand-year-conflict known as the New Sith Wars, chose his Sith name after reading a damaged manuscript about Revan, and the Sith Lord Darth Bane discovered Revan’s Sith holocron on the planet Lehon and used Revan’s teachings to develop the Rule of Two philosophy.

Kylo Ren didn't activate the lightsaber...

…during his confrontation with Han Solo. They’re shown both holding on to Ren’s lightsaber, as if fighting for control of it, much like struggling with a loaded gun and having it go off.

The simplest possibility was mere accident prompted it to activate the way it did. However, another possibility is that Han was attempting some kind of gambit on Ren and deliberately sacrificed his life in the process. By allowing Kylo Ren to kill him, after Han promised he would do anything to help him, it may create a bond of trust that balking at his request might have destroyed, in addition to leaving Kylo a chance at redemption by taking it out of his hands since Kylo killing Han willingly would have ensured his complete and total allegiance to the Dark Side.

Dovetailing with this is Han’s well-known reputation as a smuggler and a gambler - two professions that require the ability to accurately read people. He goes into the confrontation in all earnestness, but as soon as Kylo Ren shows his face and seemingly goes along with him, Han knows he’s lying. His gambit failed, he is left with no choice but the aforementioned Heroic Sacrifice

In future episodes, we may see Ren having visions or hallucinations, since a Force Ghost is highly unlikely, of his father, Han. It may even act as a Good Angel, Bad Angel scenario, since the actor is confirmed to return in Episode VIII.

 And if they want to reference the knight of the republic games, they could make this a great moment for Han. In the original Kot OR, Malak attempts to have Bastila kill someone she loves, in this case a redeemed Revan, to extinguish the light within her. If Luke happened to tell Han the old Jedi legend of the Prodigal Knight, he would have known about that and possibly sacrificed himself to prevent his son from being able to go through with performing the same kind of atrocity, thus leaving a spark within Ben for Luke and Rey to try to ignite.]]


 ^To the anon that submitted the above: I’m in agreement that Kylo will more than likely suffer from some sort of hallucination in Episode VIII, and that Han’s death served a much greater purpose than simple narrative tension (and Ford’s desire to leave the franchise).