Great Jedi Library of Ossus



Great Jedi Library

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The Great Jedi Library, also known as the Library of Ossus or as the Great Library of the Jedi, was a library on Ossus for Jedi students.



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Its purpose was simply to serve as the largest collection of known information in the galaxy. Its founder believed that any and all forms of knowledge would be used as a potential benefit for the Jedi Order.

Its design mirrored the architecture of the great library of the Jedi Temple on Coruscant. As such, it consisted of four towers each holding information from a different era namely; Pre-Hyperdrive, Pre-Republic, Early-Republic and Modern-Republic.



Approximately 5,000 BBY, the scholarly Jedi Knight Odan-Urr founded a center of Jedi learning on the planet Ossus, where he was trained by Ooroo.

From the days of its foundation, the Library of Ossus contained the culmination of hundreds of generations of knowledge and wisdom. Scrolls and books filled shelves, and many Jedi holocrons were stored there. Among the artifacts was a Sith holocron that Odan-Urr himself had recovered from a Sith warship in the aftermath of the Great Hyperspace War.

For over a millennium the Library of Ossus continued to grow, and soon many great Masters worked there, tending the shelves and teaching Jedi who wished to learn. One of these was the Neti Jedi Master Ood Bnar.


Destruction in the Great Sith War

Plan of the Great Jedi Library


Plan of the Great Jedi Library

Approximately 4,000 BBY, during the Great Sith War, the Library was visited by the Sith Lord Exar Kun, who seduced many young Jedi to the dark side. When he had gathered enough followers, he went to Master Odan-Urr and demanded that he turn over the Sith holocron. When the ancient Jedi refused, Kun brutally slew him and took the artifact. Thus Odan-Urr died surrounded by the books he loved so much just as his own teacher, Master Ooroo, had predicted.

Soon after, Kun’s forces used an ancient Sith weapon to unleash a cataclysm that would wreck the surface of Ossus. As the Jedi scrambled to evacuate the scrolls and artifacts, the Sith came one last time. Ood Bnar, utilizing an ability unique to his species, buried a collection of ancient lightsabers and literally “planted” himself over them, becoming a tree-like being and binding his life force to the planet’s.

This insured that the Sith would not desecrate the ancient Jedi weapons. Soon, all the Jedi had evacuated as the shock wave hit Ossus, and Master Bnar weathered the storm alone. It was thought by many that the planet had been destroyed completely but this was not the case.


Rediscovery in the Galactic Civil War

Millennia later, Okko‘s grandfather rediscovered the library, but was careful to keep the knowledge a family secret out of fear of looters.

Roughly a decade after the Battle of Yavin, Luke Skywalker and Kam Solusar traveled to Ossus to find the remains of the Great Library. There they discovered that the planet had become the home of a humanoid race called the Ysanna.

Masters Skywalker and Solusar approach the ruins of the Great Library


Masters Skywalker and Solusar approach the ruins of the Great Library

Soon after, Imperial Executor Sedriss arrived with a small force, and after a battle (in which the Jedi were aided by the Ysanna) all but Sedriss had been defeated. Luke pushed Sedriss against a tree, only to find that it wasn’t a tree at all. It was Ood Bnar. Sensing the battle, the ancient Jedi intervened, grabbing Sedriss with his limbs.

As Sedriss tried to fight Bnar through the Force, Ood reached deep into the planet’s life force and destroyed himself, taking Sedriss with him. Thus, Skywalker and Solusar were free to recover the lightsabers hidden under Ood, still working after all those millennia. Afterwards, Skywalker received permission from the tribal chief to take two Ysanna youths to train as Jedi.

Skywalker and Solusar later found the ruins of the Great Library, and found many secrets of the ancient Jedi Order. Due to this influence, in some respects, the Jedi Order Skywalker formed was possibly closer to the Jedi Order before the Great Sith War, than the later Order of his father‘s time.





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