anyone have theories on why aotc begins by stating that there are only a limited number of jedi? i mean why are there a limited number to begin with? is this just a statement of fact, or has something reduced the number of jedi? is the dark side gaining so much strength that palpatine is hiding more potential padawans beneath a veil, so that the jedi have a difficult time locating them? i ask this because it is obviously very important to the plot line. and on a side note many jedi are killed in aotc,(many in lame situations, i might add) leaving even fewer behind. this obviously is key to ep III.