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Lit the Role of a Padawan

Discussion in 'Literature' started by Delpheas, Nov 22, 2023.

  1. Delpheas

    Delpheas Jedi Padawan star 1

    Aug 23, 2023
    So I'm curious what role does a Padawan play in their Master's life? Or is supposed to by Temple expectations?

    In The Clone Wars it is stated a few times that Ahsoka’s job is to "watch Anakin’s back" and "keep an eye on him."

    Which in context seems to be about ensuring his safety and keeping him reminded of the Code.

    Now, my Wife is reading the Jedi Quest books rn, and those are so far very centered on Anakin learning by doing/watching Obi-Wan and other Knights.

    But like, would a Padawan ever have to fetch their Master's caf, or iron their robes for them?
    It isn't uncommon for real world Apprentices to have to fulfill mundane tasks for their Master's, is there any indication in Canon or Legends that the Padawan may play a bit of an assistant role at times?
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  2. Sarge

    Sarge Chosen One star 10

    Oct 4, 1998
    I don't know if they ironed robes or fetched caf, but I would absolutely expect padawans to help their masters with mundane aspects of the profession. When I was training as an aircraft mechanic, I absorbed a lot of knowledge while holding the flashlight for my instructor and handing him tools. Learning to fly, there was a lot I learned by watching the instructor pilot at the controls while I monitored the fuel consumption, filled out the maintenance and flight logs, calculated cargo loads, etc.

    It wouldn't surprise me a bit if there was also some aspect of "I had to do these things for my master so now my padawan needs to do them for me." That's just life.
  3. HMTE

    HMTE Jedi Knight star 1

    Feb 7, 2021
    Being an apprentice, I think, is meant to be a lot different from the training one might receive as an Initiate. Initiate classes would have been standardized to cover the basics. As a result, going into being a Padawan every new apprentice would probably have the same skill sets and the same common knowledge.

    But one on one apprenticeships seemed to be much more tailored to the individual Master's experiences. And Masters themselves seemed to have pretty wide latitude in how they taught their apprentices. For instance, in the novel Rise of the Red Blade, Iskat the apprentice is basically treated like an unpaid intern/research assistant by her Master.

    In the game Jedi Fallen Order Jaro Tapal is more of a drill instructor from what we can see of him, and has his apprentice Cal focusing more on physical training.

    Despite the differences we see in how Padawans are trained, one common viewpoint seems to persist; you learn on the job.

    Being a Padawan seems to be a sort of sink or swim type of learning environment. Your time in the Temple, nice and safe, is over and done with for the most part. You have to go out, get your hands dirty, and gain some practical experience.

    That practical experience takes on several forms; be it fighting criminals, resolving disputes, or simply doing research in the field. The idea is to watch and learn by example. Gain an understanding of the varied environments and people's you might have to work with as a full Jedi.

    I base this partially on the notion raised in the novel Into the Dark, where Master Jora Malli acts as though her apprentice Reath Silas's unwillingness to work on the frontier will stunt his development. You could theoretically stay in the temple and pass your trials, but you'd be doing a disservice to yourself.

    And, I assume, part of that training would be self reliance. How to mend your clothes in the field. How to prepare your own food. How to administer first aid. Running the occasional errand might not be universal as a teaching method, but it might be a way for a Master to start small in teaching an apprentice how to handle small issues before working them up to bigger problem solving.
  4. ConservativeJedi321

    ConservativeJedi321 Force Ghost star 6

    Mar 19, 2016
    Given humility is a key cornerstone of a Jedi's life I doubt Masters are expected to give their Padawan's mindless busy work.
    We've never seen a Master ask their Padawan to do something that wasn't an immediate and direct learning experience as far as I am aware.
    I'm pretty sure Master and Apprentice makes mention of Padawan's having homework so there still seems to be an academic side to the Jedi training.
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  5. Delpheas

    Delpheas Jedi Padawan star 1

    Aug 23, 2023
    M&A also mentions that Obi-Wan has to care for Qui-gon's boots!