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Jedi heretics: the Ordu Aspectu

The Ordu Aspectu from the Aphra comics are one of the newest examples of the new canon’s thing with Myfficness. By virtue of being a Jedi splinter group, the Ordu Aspectu would have interested me in itself, but even better, their exact history and nature is subject to dispute in universe, with two main competing stories.

According to Aphra’s father (as an aside: dead mom. daddy issues.*sighs*), the Ordu Aspectu were a Jedi splinter group who seemingly left the Order peacefully to do their own thing, were into actual real non-aggression and apparently found life so sacred that they refused to kill and sought immortality - and maybe left corporeality but not before being attacked by Jedi. 

Those red saber, tho. 

But maybe Aphra’s right and we’re instead looking at a Jedi splinter group who kidnapped a bunch of poor innocents padawans to sacrifice them in a dark ritual to attain their nefarious - ah, nope, sorry; no nefarious end here, the issue is purely over means:

But there’s better: the context in which the two versions of the story are told makes it all even better - it’s fundamentally two archaeologists disagreeing on how to interpret data. And there’s a third hypothesis:

Honestly, i would kind of love for that third option to end up being the truth. It’d be hilarious. But I seriously doubt it will. It’s not very Starwarsy as storytelling goes. It being included, however? Makes me think the data both tales are built on is purely textual; there’s no known material evidence of the existence of the Ordu Aspectu (otherwise that third hypothesis would have been either ruled out or given more gravitas), and even the text attestations have to make for really slim picking (and really, even if there was a lot of textual and material evidence the exact interpretation of it would still be subject to dispute).

Also: I have no idea what an argument over the possessive infinitive (what even is that?) could be like, but it sounds a lot like something Jedi grammarians could have highly philosophical arguments about, that would be likely to influence the official doctrine about things like the quest for immortality and the policy over attachment, and possibly lead to schisms. 


Anyway, in real life, i’d be able to check the sources of these two different tales and research the context in which they appeared (who authored them, for which audience, and why) and take that into account when comparing the two versions, because both seem highly speculative. One sounds a lot like Jedi propaganda; the other… doesn’t. Those red sabers in Jedi’s hands? It’s possible they hint to how different the Jedi Order was back in the old days, but with how crystals become red in canon now it doesn’t seem very high on the probability scale - it’s way more likely to be an invention, maybe of Aphra’s father.

So - foregoing the Jedi grammarians, there’s agreement on the Ordu Aspectu being a splinter group of the Jedi Order who sought immortality; the details are muddled from there but both versions of the tale agree on the fact that it’s not the quest for immortality in itself the Jedi had an issue with. *Jedi always seek immortality* is featured in both versions; the identical phrasing is unlikely to be a coincidence. It seems very possible that at some point in their history the Jedi weren’t against trying to prolong life for oneself or for others. But by the time of the twilight of the Republic they are; it’s considered as a Dark Side practice, and it goes against the philosophy of acceptation and non-attachment. So the conflict with the Ordu Aspectu could be the reason of that change, and have had a huge impact on Jedi philosophy as a whole.