For some Jedi peering into the mists of the future, the past or the present of a planet on the far side of the galaxy is an activity as simple as reading a holobook. Some Jedi of like-minded persuasion enjoy poring over old writings and preserving the knowledge of the past. In this second Jedi Class lesson, we examine the “wizards” of SWTOR, the Jedi Consulars.
“The path of the Jedi is one of harmony, one that avoids violence and seeks to unite living beings through the peace of the Force. Jedi Guardians are needed to prevent the spread of evil, but it is the Jedi Consulars who uphold the central precepts of the Jedi Code.”
– Sabla-Mandibu, Jedi Seer
Between the three Jedi classes, Consular seems the oddest name to me. A Guardian is a defender and Sentinel seeks out evil, but what is a Consular? In ancient times a Consul was the highest magistrate in ancient Rome. In a modern sense a consul is a representative of the people to another country. I feel that these two concepts of magistrate and diplomat represent a Consular very well (consular is the adjective form of consul). After the Guardians have fought back the threats to the Republic, generally speaking the Consulars arrive to help mend whatever corruption is present, and to help mediate disputes; they eliminate threats through dialogue and compromise. Consulars make brilliant deliberators and diplomats due to their focus on mental and spiritual pursuits.
Meditation and deep contemplation are the exercises that Consulars use to feel the Force. This is the primary difference between them and the Guardians. Knowledge is central to their thought process as well as expanding their knowledge of themselves. Many travel the galaxy to learn more about what makes it work through direct experience. Some delve into matters scientific. The inner workings of stars, planetary movements and the primal forces of the universe can give great insight. Other Consulars bend their thoughts to understanding the political systems of various cultures. In this way they can better understand how a given alien species reasons and what they value. This is critical for diplomatic reasons, for cases where the Jedi are asked to mediate a dispute or get them to the negotiating table. Still others are interested in discovering the past and so become historians. They spend a lot of time translating ancient texts into modern languages, usually Basic, to keep the past alive for future generations.
However, Consulars are not confined to the laboratory, meditation chamber, or library. Some do take the time to practice their lightsaber forms. If a Consular fights, they will tend to rely on Force powers since that is where their true strengths lie. A Consular is far more likely to use mind tricks and telekinesis than a lightsaber to defeat a foe. That being said, in the annals of history there have been Consulars that were adept with their lightsabers. In The Old Republic I think the Consulars (Jedi Sage in particular) is going to use their lightsaber as a backup and for deflecting blaster bolts and other weapons.
Like the Guardians, the Consulars also have some interesting specializations:
- Jedi Seers are Consulars that receive visions from remote distances in space or time. The title of Jedi Prophet is given to those Seers who are gifted with extraordinary foreknowledge. The Jedi Seers were responsible for the prophecy of the Chosen One.
- Jedi Healers are especially adept in using the Force to heal the body. Some apply their powers in hospitals, but some do travel to warfronts and aid in curing the casualties of war.
- Jedi Researchers use their minds and their abilities to solve scientific and theoretical problems. Their fields of study include mathematics, hyperspatial physics, astronomy and biology.
- Jedi Ambassadors are impartial representatives of the Republic. Many times they might be called upon to represent the Republic to settle disputes or to deal with first contacts with alien cultures.
- Jedi Diplomats are similar to Ambassadors, but differ in that they actually sit down with both interested parties as mediators to hammer out treaties.
- Jedi Lore Keeper is a blanket term that encompasses Historians, Librarians, and Archivists. All of these Jedi scholars work hard to preserve the history and knowledge of the Jedi Order.
It has been said by some historians in our own time that one of the greatest generals of all time was Alexander the Great. He conquered a vast swath of land, but he died before he was required to govern that huge empire. His empire fell apart after his death because there was no infrastructure to hold it together. In a Star Wars sense, Consulars were needed to help establish an administration capable of governing so great an empire. Consulars that could have sat everyone down and discussed how to set up a system that could last a thousand generations.
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