Warning: This article contains spoilers for Star Wars Jedi: Survivor.
Although Star Wars Jedi: Survivor takes place between the events of Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, it also ushers in an era hundreds of years in the past known as the High Republic. The High Republic was first revealed in 2020 as a publisher-only initiative, but is now gradually being integrated into other media: the Disney+ series Star Wars: Young Jedi Adventures and The Acolyte are set during this time, and now Survivor uses flashbacks and similar features a glimpse into the past. throughout the game Survivor unveils numerous High Republic characters, locations and concepts never before seen on screenSo here is an introduction to the High Republic and a summary of all the new information we have learned about this bygone era.
What is the High Republic?
The High Republic is an era of peace, prosperity and expansion for the Galactic Republic.. It ranged from 500 BBY to 100 BBY long before the events of the Skywalker saga. This was a golden age for the Jedi Order, when their numbers and resources were plentiful, as evidenced by the opulent design of their lightsabers, with colored blades ranging from teal to orange, and their luxurious gold-trimmed robes.
At that time there were no major conflicts, so fighting without wars, The Jedi and the Republic focused on exploring the galaxy. During this time, the greatest threat to the galaxy was the marauding space Vikings known as the Nihil, but even when they cause trouble, the High Republic is known as a time of relative harmony.
How the High Republic overlaps with Star Wars Jedi: Survivor
When Cal Kestis, protagonist of Star Wars Jedi: Survivor, stumbles upon an ancient High Republic Jedi meditation chamber on the planet Koboh, open a window into the past. He encounters an ancient droid named ZN-A4, also known as Zee, who was trapped in the chamber for hundreds of years. It turns out that Zee was a member of the Jedi Order of the High Republic and was caught completing a mission.
Speak with Zee and use his ability to observe a series of visions of the Force, Cal learns of the existence of High Republic Jedi Order members Santari Khri and Dagan Gera. and his tragic quest for the legendary planet of Tanalorr, hidden on the other side of the deadly Koboh Abyss nebula. Tanalorr is said to be of great importance because it is essentially a hidden utopia and Dagan had big ambitions for him.
Cal discovers a High Republic medical facility and discovers that Dagan is miraculously still alive in a bacta tank. Unfortunately for Cal, Dagan wakes up angry, bleeds the kyber crystal on his lightsaber and turns to the dark side, attempting to kill him and then flees with Rayvis, a High Republic era survivor and a devoted follower of Dagan. .
We later learn that Dagan had found a way through the Koboh Abyss and built a Republic settlement and Jedi Temple on Tanalorr with Santari. Tragedy struck when the Nihil attacked Tanalorr and the Republic made the decision to abandon settlement. Dagan felt betrayed by the Republic and angered at their lack of dedication to what had become his life’s work. Santari tried to talk sense into Dagan, but Dagan became too obsessed with Tanalorr to see reason and slapped him. In the ensuing confrontation Santari defeated Dagan by severing his arm with his lightsaber.and then he put it in a bacta tank where it was forgotten and stayed there for about 200 years.
Is Dagan Gera a Sith Lord?
Although Dagan Gera wields a red lightsaber and is the game’s main villain who wields the power, not a sith lord. The Sith went into hiding during the High Republic era, so making Dagan a disgraced Dark Jedi helps maintain that continuity. He even dyes the crystal of his lightsaber red in front of Cal, enacting a rarely seen Dark Side ritual. It is emphasized that Dagan is driven by his own manic desires rather than the philosophy of the Sith.
an age of opulence
As Cal travels the game world, High Republic relics are easily identified by their gold designs. There are golden emblems painted across the lands, golden machines that power the High Republic’s technology, and the collectible lightsaber of Santari Khri has a golden hilt. The High Republic’s seven meditation chambers, where Cal must solve complex puzzles to gain upgrades, are identified by their round golden doors.
Zee is an exception as he is silver not gold but his design is still very high because republic it’s far more eccentric and elaborate than those of standard Imperial-era protocol droids like C-3PO.
This lavish aesthetic helps distinguish elements of the High Republic the post-empire, which are much more utilitarian. It shows how different life was in the High Republic compared to the sparse and worn elements of the Star Wars universe seen in the original trilogy. There’s a sense of sadness as Cal explores these forgotten places, like the High Republic research facility on Shattered Moon, which was abandoned after a meteor crashed into the moon, shattering it in half. It’s a reminder of how powerful and untouchable the Republic and Jedi Order once appeared and how they are little more than ruins today.
Enduring characters of the High Republic
Dagan Gera and Zee have survived well past the High Republic era, but they are not the only ones. There are several Star Wars characters that lived in this era and were still around at the time of the Skywalker saga.. Yoda, for example, is hundreds of years old and was a Jedi Master during that time. Dagan and Santari mention Master Rancisis, who, like Yoda, enjoys longevity and served on the Jedi Council during the High Republic and throughout the events of the Skywalker saga; He is one of the few who survived the Jedi Purge and went into hiding, his ultimate fate unknown to this day.
Then there’s Rayvis, the leader of the Bedlam Raiders.. He belongs to an alien species called the Gen’Dai, which Star Wars fans will know as the species of the famous elusive bounty hunter Durge. Gen’Dai have similar healing abilities to Wolverine, allowing them to survive most injuries and live long, long. As we see in the second phase of the Rayvis boss fight, beneath all that armor, his anatomy is actually a mass of writhing tentacles. Rayvis served Dagan with unwavering loyalty, using his army of Bedlam Raiders to search Koboh for his lost master.
How the story ends
Cal tracks his enemies, defeats Rayvis, and then approaches Dagan to kill him in a lightsaber duel. It’s tragic that Dagan should die because he could have been a valuable Jedi ally in the fight against the Empire, but it’s especially bitter because, as far as Cal knew, was the last known living being from the time of the High Republic. There is no doubt that Dagan possessed a wealth of knowledge about the Jedi Order of the High Republic, from Force techniques to philosophical teachings, but it all died with him due to his inability to see beyond his own ambition. (Later in the timeline, Luke Skywalker “meets” a High Republic Jedi, so all is not lost in that regard.) In the end, Zee is the only High Republic character to survive the events of Star Wars Jedi: Survivor, and seems content to settle on Koboh in the Pyloon’s Saloon.