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The Rising Force

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The Rising Force

Author:
Dave Wolverton

Publisher:
Scholastic

Release date:
May 3, 1999

Series:
Jedi Apprentice (Young Reader Novels)

Star Wars Saga Timeline:
43.8 BBY

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PLOT

Twelve-year-old Obi-Wan Kenobi desperately wants to be a Jedi Knight. After years at the Jedi Temple, he knows the power of the lightsaber and the Force. But he cannot control his own anger and fear. Because of this, the Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn will not take him on as a Padawan apprentice.

Now Obi-Wan is about to have his first encounter with true evil. He must face off against unexpected enemies—and face up to his own dark wishes.

Only then can his education as a Jedi truly begin.

SUMMARY

Just before his 13th birthday, Obi-Wan Kenobi left Yoda and the other teachers at the Jedi Temple. He was not supposed to become a Padawan, rather, he was assigned to be a farmer. Trying too hard to become Qui-Gon Jinn's Padawan, Obi-Wan showed his lack of discipline, and that—in addition to Qui-Gon's mysterious past—kept them apart. But the Force kept pulling the two together: Obi-Wan resigned himself to the Jedi Agricultural Corps on barren Bandomeer, only to find that Qui-Gon was on a mission to the same planet. Traveling there on a mining ship, the two had to work together to forge a truce between the warring Hutt, Whiphid, and Arconan miners on board. The inexperienced Obi-Wan stirred up trouble but received plenty of chances to redeem himself later—after the pirates attack and after the ship crash-landed on a hostile planet with the crew still at each other's throats.

Obi-Wan sparred with another Jedi apprentice, Bruck Chun, under the supervision of Yoda. Throughout the battle, Bruck grew angrier and angrier, as did Obi-Wan, but Obi-Wan eventually emerged victorious, tiring his opponent to the point of defeat. Yoda dispensed sage advice, but neither apprentice paid attention. After their Master leaves, Bruck taunted Obi-Wan into another, unauthorized battle. Both boys fought until they were exhausted. Obi-Wan left the training area and returned to his room, but Bruck traveled up to the infirmary, muttered Obi-Wan's name, and pretended to pass out: his plan all along was to discredit Obi-Wan.

Later that evening, as Obi-Wan bandaged his wounds, his clan Master, Docent Vant, arrived with shocking news: a datapad with Obi-Wan's orders to report to the freighter Monument for transfer to the Agricultural Corps. Obi-Wan resisted the decision, claiming that he could still become a Jedi Knight, but Docent was firm, and finally Obi-Wan conceded. He packed his bags, and after a tearful encounter with his Mon Calamari friend Bant, he went to bed in a state of despondency, in a world that now lacked meaning for him.

The next morning, Obi-Wan prepared to leave. The medics healed his burns, and he traveled down to the refrectory for one last meal at the Temple. During breakfast, he said goodbye to his friends Garen Muln, and Reeft, as well as Bant. All three reassured him, but he was unaffected by their consolation. It was the taunts of Bruck Chun and his friend Aalto that struck closer to home. And although Reeft broke the mood with some timely, food-related humor, it was clear that Obi-Wan felt that there was no hope remaining.

He was wrong. On top of one of the Temple's tallest tower, in the Room of a Thousand Fountains, Yoda was arguing on his behalf. Although Mace Windu was originally skeptical, the testimony of Advanced Jedi Training Droid 6, a witness to the fight, swayed him. Yoda said that both Bruck and Obi-Wan would be allowed to spar for Qui-Gon Jinn that afternoon.

Later that afternoon, Obi-Wan and Bruck sparred. Obi-Wan was fighting well, but because this was his last chance to be claimed as a Padawan, he suddenly attacked furiously, defeating Bruck. He went to Qui-Gon Jinn, sure that now that he had proven himself, Qui-Gon would accept him as a Padawan. However, Qui-Gon disapproved of his aggressive fighting style, and rejected him, saying that Obi-Wan would be at too great risk for the dark side. Obi-Wan silently left the Temple, sadder than ever before.

Meanwhile, Qui-Gon entered the Map Room, upset by the memory of Obi-Wan's expression. Yoda approached and confronted him, saying that if he did not take Obi-Wan as a Padawan, Obi-Wan's dreams would die. Qui-Gon prevaricated, saying that perhaps he would choose a Padawan next year. Yoda chided him for his reluctance, and reminded Qui-Gon that he too fought angrily as a boy. But Qui-Gon still refused to take Obi-Wan. Yoda warned him that if he did not choose an apprentice, he might end up with one any way. Qui-Gon enquired as to Obi-Wan's assignment. Yoda replied that he was to work with the Agricultural Corps on Bandomeer, a statement that surprised Qui-Gon, who was just assigned a mission on the same planet. Yoda responded that Bandomeer is a good place for young Jedi to learn, and left Qui-Gon with the advice that he too still had more to learn.

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