Title: Ahch-To and the First Jedi Temple Author(s): Penguin_Sith Timeframe: Between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens (but after the fall of Ben Solo) Characters: Luke Skywalker, established characters mentioned, some original characters mentioned Summary: Luke reaches the first Jedi temple on Ahch-To, only to discover a secret that changes his entire view of the Force. ----Part 1---- Luke sat in what used to be a grand library, flipping through well preserved paper manuscripts. The first temple was primitive in its technology, but being built into a mountainside made it sturdy and it passed the tests of time. It was apparent Luke wasn't the only visitor to come to the temple since its abandonment. He could see makeshift camps, discarded blasters, and the occasional skeleton within its rooms. As he flipped through looking for official documents he came across a holocron on a shelf. He opened his bag and pulled out a datapad journal belonging to Ben Kenobi, and scrolled to the page talking about a holocron he had retrieved from the old Jedi Temple on Coruscant when the Jedi were massacred. Heeding the instructions of his old master, Luke reached out through the Force, prying the holocron for a way to open it. With a hissing crack the corners of the cube rotated and the holocron began hovering behind the table Luke has placed it on. It opened and projected a one-meter-tall hologram of a Twi'lek with one lekku having been cut off near his shoulder and a large scar going up the left side of his face. The gatekeeper flickered to life, as if awoken from a slumber. Luke moved the table and sat in a chair, unsure of what to expect. "Greetings, I am Jedi Master Silus Kor, constructor and gatekeeper of this holocron. With whom am I speaking?" the Twi'lek said in a low voice. "I am Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight. I'm hoping to learn the origins of the Force and learn more of its secrets." "If one is to grow in knowledge of the mystery that is the Force, one must study all facets available to them. You've certainly come to the right place, and to continue, I have but two requirements. There is a locked datapad that is stored with this holocron, only those with knowledge of the Force can access it. You must provide some information documenting your visit to the temple. At the end of your time here you must store the datapad with the holocron, neither must leave this temple. Return when you have finished." Within a second of the last word being said, the hologram shut off and the holocron returned to its passive state, resting on the floor. Returning to the shelf, Luke picked up the old datapad that had sat behind the cube. He blew on it, removing the dust, and turned it on. His mind raced as he scrolled through the names. He couldn't believe what he was reading, a list of Jedi and Sith alike who had all come to this temple before him, searching out the true nature of the Force and its beginnings as he was. The names were mostly Jedi, but every couple of centuries a name with a Darth title would appear in the list. Each had a gap of about one hundred years in between each visitor. That is until he reached the first name he recognized, Qui-Gon Jinn. Luke thought back to the journal, 'Ben wrote about him, Jinn was his old master before Yoda... Why would a Jedi Master of the Order come here?' He shook the thought and continued down the list until he came across a pair of names, the most recent visitors. His gut wrenched as he read them, "Darth Sidious and Darth Vader". A tear formed in his eye as he missed his father and the man he wish he had known, but he calmed himself and quickly returned to the list. He entered in his information and turned off the datapad, placing it on the table and opened the holocron again. "Welcome back. I assume you entered in the information?" "Yes," Luke answered, "but I was wondering if I could learn about a few visitors." "Of course, but we must not dawdle, we have much to discuss. Did someone in particular peak your interests?" "The first is Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn.", Luke said, becoming more comfortable with the gatekeeper. "Qui-Gon Jinn." the gatekeeper paused, "Jinn was a Jedi Master who came to this temple after having visions where he believed the Living Force spoke audibly to him, and he felt guided to come here. Though he had just taken on an apprentice, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Jinn came alone, and I spent about two weeks teaching him. Of all the Force users to visit, Jinn was one of the most accepting of my teachings, taking them on as self-doctrine even though they collided with the current Jedi Code he was to follow." "Very well, I just want to know about two more." Luke swallowed and spoke, "Darth Sidious and Darth Vader. These two visited here together and were the most recent." "Ah yes, these were Sith." Kor said, crossing his arms, "They were the first to visit in a long time that carried the title of Darth. This pair was toxic, and learned nothing from me. They dismissed everything about using the Force in a balanced way, and Sidious often argued about the Dark Side being the true nature of the Force. Vader rarely spoke, but I'm doubtful he took any of my lessons as truth." Luke's head bowed, "That's all for now, I want to start the lessons." "Very well." the Twi'lek continued, "Being a Jedi, your first lesson is to embrace the Dark Side. Your fears, your anger, your emotions, embrace them all and feed them, while also feeding the Light Side." Luke's expression changed abruptly. Before Kor could continue Luke interrupted, "Embrace the Dark Side?! My apologies, Master, but I don't understand. Jedi are to stay calm, be at peace, and you want me to delve into everything that aids the Dark Side?" "Luke, you speak the truth about the Light and the Dark Sides, but you must learn that alone, neither are the correct way to use the Force. If you want to use the Force in a fluid and natural way, you must incorporate all aspects. This will be hard at first, but once you feel the balance, it is worth it." "Master Kor, I don't understand, but I will tr-," he paused, reminded of Yoda's teachings, "I will." Luke sat up, bringing his back to perfect posture, and began meditating. He felt the conflict in his subconscious, it didn't want the Dark Side to be let in, but he knew he had to. He sat in this meditation for several hours, the gatekeeper keeping watch over him. Then, with a sharp jolt, he felt it. He felt the balance, like his soul was in perfect harmony with the Force. He felt it in his veins as if a warm stim had been injected. "Good," Kor said, seeing the facial expression of Luke change, "The way you feel is how all Force users should feel. Embracing the Light and the Dark is the only way to achieve true balance within yourself and the Force. The Dark Side can be too much to handle, and so with that I will teach you to control the Dark Side while you study and dive deeper into its mysteries. You have much to learn. This was a dangerous and demanding challenge, so we will continue after you get some rest." Luke shut the holocron off and it landed softly on the ground. He grabbed it, stood up, and began setting up his quarters. Since his confrontation with Vader, he felt like he was finally understanding the Force, but once again he felt much confusion. He welcomed this confusion, hoping it would drive him to learn more. He knew he would be here much longer than he anticipated.