Spoilers ahead for those who haven’t seen the first two episodes of Ahsoka.

In the second chapter of Ahsoka, Baylan Skoll (played by the late Ray Stevenson) mentions a group called the children of the Jedi. He speaks of them in relation to the fairytale of Peridea. It’s in a conversation he has with Morgan Elsbeth (Diana Lee Inosanto), an enigmatic Nightsister.

While Baylan doesn’t elaborate, those familiar with the Star Wars expanded universe (now called Legends) will have a good idea what he might mean. Back in the mid-90s, Barbara Hambly published a novel titled Children of the Jedi. It was the first of an unofficial trilogy, followed successively by Kevin J. Anderson’s Darksaber and Hambly’s Planet of Twilight.

In the book, a group of Force users and adepts are discovered on the planet Belsavis. They’ve been living there since before the Empire was formed, having escaped a disastrous moment called the Great Jedi Purge. (This was before George Lucas revisited Star Wars and created the prequels and Order 66.) Although this group, dubbed the children of the Jedi, fled from the Core, the Emperor sent forces to pursue them, including a great weapon called the Eye of Palpatine.

Are They the Same Children?

Baylan Skoll in Ahsoka

Undoubtedly Ahsoka creator Dave Filoni has something more up his sleeve than a simple redux of a nearly 30 year old novel. Especially considering how many readers in the fandom consider Hambly’s book to be in the lower echelon in the EU. Still, there are characters and ideas within that novel that could prove constructive. For example, if Baylan were a member, it would mean he’s not only a survivor but part of a group — a network — that may run deeper than a simple master and apprentice. In other words, he and Shin Hati (Ivanna Sakhno) might not be alone. There may be other orange-lightsaber-wielding Force sensitives out there.

In the book, the main protector of Belsavis was a Jedi Knight named Callista Ming. She ends up sacrificing herself to save the others — a possible route for Baylan. More importantly, she and Luke Skywalker end up forming a bond. A weird one, no doubt, since she’s a computer program at that point. (She was a live Jedi when the original attack on Belsavis took place.) In Ahsoka, however, this interaction could be transferred to Baylan as well, perhaps foretelling a connection between him and Ahsoka. Which might sound odd at first but after hearing Baylan’s dismay at having to fight Ahsoka near the end of chapter two, perhaps not so unbelievable.

The Broader Picture

Grand Admiral Thrawn in Ahsoka

Hambly’s book is definitely from an outdated era. It was made irrelevant the moment Revenge of the Sith came out. Yet, the setup is awfully familiar. One that could allow for an influx of new Jedi and Force sensitives into the current timeline without all the piecemeal exceptions currently taking place. And, much like the Katana fleet from the original Thrawn trilogy, the existence of the children of the Jedi would give the Republic and the Empire a jewel to fight over. After all, that kind of power could easily turn the tide in the coming war.

More personally, a return to the Clone Wars-era would stir up feelings for Ahsoka. Feelings she’s been trying to bury for some time now. It would immediately take her back to the Jedi Temple bombing, her exoneration, and then what followed. Her walking out on Anakin Skywalker, Order 66, Anakin’s turn to the Dark Side, and the Jedi Temple massacre. None of which would be helpful in her search for Ezra Bridger and an inevitable confrontation with Grand Admiral Thrawn.

This piece was written during the 2023 WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes. Without the labor of the writers and actors currently on strike, the TV series being covered here wouldn’t exist.

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