Welcome to the Official EUC Grey Jedi Fan Club. In this thread you are invited to partake in discussions based on one of the most misunderstood and ignored groups of Force Users, the Grey Jedi.To help dissuade some misconceptions and solidify what exactly we will be discussing in this thread, here is a "Frequently Asked Questions". What is a Grey Jedi? Isn't that just a Jedi who can use both the light and dark side without any consequences? There is no light or dark. Only the force. Additionally, we do use both powers that might be considered “light” or “dark”, but we exercise utmost caution with everything we do and never deny the possibility of something going wrong. The Force is very powerful, and as such sometimes the power it gives us can overcome us if we don't know how to properly control it. Good or evil may be relative, but all actions, thoughts and emotions have consequences no matter what you think of them. Every drop can cause a million ripples in a pond, each increasingly larger in size. Whenever you act upon anything you cannot avoid the possibility of something unfavorable happening, but ultimately you need to decide which consequences you are okay with facing. The path of a Grey Jedi is one of responsibility. Everything you do has the potential for great harm, no matter what. But with proper discipline, sometimes you can make the best out of the worst situations and minimize your losses. The key is moderation, self balance, and having an ultimately altruistic final goal in mind. So, you believe that the ends justify the means? Not quite. To believe that the ends justify the means would be to believe that eye for an eye is acceptable. To believe that eye for an eye is acceptable would be to believe that revenge is acceptable. Revenge is an incredibly careless act and is impossible to achieve without throwing caution to the wind. Such an irresponsible act is not the way of a Grey Jedi. When would you ever act? Rarely. The path of a Grey Jedi is one of knowledge, and study, much like the Jedaai Order of old. The Jedaai Order was what the Jedi were before the schism between Ashla (Jedi) and Bogan (Sith). However, there are a few differences between us and the Jedaai Order. First of all, we don't believe that the Force distinguishes from light or dark. Additionally, we do indeed act in certain situations, rather than remain focused on merely studying the Force. Lastly, we don't have as much of a structure as the Jedaai Order did. A Grey Jedi would only act in situations regarding the balance of the Force or when the Galaxy is in grave danger from unseen forces. In all of these situations, we would only act only from the shadows; a Grey Jedi has no need for recognition for our actions. In order to do so we make sure that we cannot be recognized and we often place the recognition in the hands of other individuals whom we have influenced in one way or another. More often than not those individuals are more traditional Jedi. An interesting thing to note, is that there are rumors that the Shaman of the Whills that taught Qui-Gon Jinn how to maintain his identity after death was actually a Grey Jedi. It is an interesting theory and does go along with our teachings (seeing how this eventually led to an imbalance in the Force correcting itself), but we can neither confirm nor deny the it's validity as it is still just a theory. How does a Grey Jedi channel the Force as compared to a Jedi or Sith? Well, where a Jedi channels the Force with a clear mind (the absence of emotions), and a Sith channels the Force with hateful, negative emotions, a Grey Jedi channels them using benevolent emotions. A Grey Jedi doesn't dismiss the use of emotion, understanding that they aren't all necessarily harmful. The most important emotion to a Grey Jedi is love. When you truly understand what love really is, you understand what it really means to be a Grey Jedi. This is reflected in our code, and all of our teachings. What is your code? There is no zealotry, there is moderation There is no pride, there is humility There is is no hate, there is love There is no good or evil; nor light or dark There is the Force So you have a code... what is the structure of your order like? Quite simply... we have none. A Grey Jedi has no need for petty things such as titles or ranks. They are the mark of the proud. They symbolize the belief that one being is worth more than another. Yes, while some Grey Jedi are stronger and wiser than others and we still train our initiates in a similar apprenticeship system to the master and padawan system the Jedi have, we hold to the belief that we are only strong because someone else helped us get to where we are. Do you have a base of operations? No. The Grey Jedi is a nomadic "order". Emphasis on "order" because it really isn't an order at all. More often than not, most Grey Jedi will never see another Grey Jedi that is not either their master or apprentice. We are many in number, but spread out thin. The more individuals of a like mind in the same place, the more you put them at risk to succumb to religious fanaticism. With that fanaticism comes pride, and with that pride comes self righteousness. With that sort of thinking, we give into intolerance and hate and become exactly what we fight so hard not to become. Okay, so how does one become a Grey Jedi? As far as in universe terms go, one does not become a Grey Jedi by their own will. Rather, viable candidates are sought out by other Grey Jedi, either after they have finished their training under a master, or after they have parted ways with an apprentice - whether it be because they finished their training or because of a tragedy that befell them in some way. However, for this thread, to join, simply say you are interested. There will be no ranks in the thread but once we do get a RPG up and running in the RPF you are welcome to choose whether to play as a Master or an Apprentice, depending upon Character Sheet approval of course. Our current members are: Kev-Mas_Colcha Hando s65horsey Cushing's Admirer For the sake of organization, we do have roles that we give to our members. You do not run for these seats, but rather you are nominated by your peers. No role is better than another and they all serve equal purpose. It is not mandatory that you take the position however and in that case you are given the option to nominate another individual not currently holding a seat, or the position will go to the next runner up without a seat. Once we have a suitable amount of members we will hold nominations, and after that they will rotate every month or individually if the current member holding that seat vacates it, either by choice or by inactivity. There are just three roles for now, but more may be added in later by necessity: Discussion Coordinator The member who holds this role is responsible for coming up with the bi-weekly discussion topics. These discussions must be on topic for the thread, of course, but as long as it does and keeps in line with the board's TOS (Terms of Service), almost anything is acceptable for discussion. Whether it be discussing Expanded Universe Material, the Star Wars movie franchise, Philosophy, you name it. As long as you can find a way to relate it to the Grey Jedi and discuss it accordingly, it's fair game. This position holds steeper activity requirements than a normal member (twice a week instead of twice a month), seeing how they need to be active enough to post a new discussion topic twice a week. Senate Representative If you're familiar with the EUC Senate, this should be fairly simple and straightforward. As a Senate Representative you will be our Senator and have a Senate seat in the EUC Senate. This role is inactive for the moment due to the current state of the senate, but it is anticipated that it will be needed in due time. Role Play Coordinator We intend to Role Play a great deal. Most of the details that go into the teachings and philosophy we follow here are unfortunately fanon, and as such we have to flesh out the stories behind it ourselves. What better way to do it than Role Play. The Role Play Coordinator will be in charge of creating new games over in the RPF, and possibly (depending on their cooperation) speaking with the Guardians of Light and the New Sith Order in order to create a more wide scale game. Additionally, to keep things civil and maintain this thread without it becoming inactive, we have some rules. Respect one another. We are all equals, and no one individual is better than another, even if that individual is a non-member just passing through. If an argument comes to a point where no one party can come to an agreement, it is advised that you simply agree to disagree and remember that each person is entitled to their opinion and they have the right to hold it without being harassed. This goes hand in hand with the TOS, but seeing how it relates to our philosophy I thought it would be important to include it here. We do have some attendance requirements, and you will be required to check in bi-monthly (at your behest). It is recommended that you take this time to participate in a currently running discussion topic, though not entirely necessary in case you don't have anything relevant to add. If you hold a role and you miss two check ins in a month, a replacement will be nominated in your stead. However, regardless of if you hold a seat or not, it is still recommended to check in and remain active in case we need you to fill a role vacated by someone else due to inactivity or other reasons. If for any reason you are unable to keep up in terms of inactivity, please post letting us know that you will be absent so we can put you on hiatus (and elect a temporary replacement for any positions you hold). Last but definitely not least, follow the Terms of Service and respect your Forum Moderators. That being said, let me give you our first discussion topic: Going forward with the new Canon Expanded Universe, do you think that they will flesh out more details about the Grey Jedi, or at the very least include like minded Force Users?