About the Author
Ryder Windham is the author of more than sixty Star Wars titles, including Star Wars Blueprints: The Ultimate Collection and the New York Times bestselling Star Wars: The Ultimate Visual Guide. He has written junior novelizations of Star Wars and Indiana Jones movies and scripted numerous comics. An occasional freelance cartoonist and storyboard artist, he is an instructor and Certificate Program Advisor for Comics and Sequential Art at Rhode Island School of Design Continuing Education.
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INTRODUCTION: "Episode I, The Beginning"
I. THE JEDI
Jedi History, The Jedi Council, Jedi Weapons, The Force
II. THE SITH
Darth Sidious, Darth Maul, Sith Infiltrator, The Jedi vs. the Sith
III. THE TRADE FEDERATION
Invasion Tactics, Droid Army, Transports and Weapons
IV. THE NABOO
The Queen and Her Court, Royal Security Forces, The Space Battle
V. THE GUNGANS
Warriors and Weapons, The Land Battle, Creatures of the Core
Mos Espa, Anakin Skywalker, Podracing, Boonta Classic Contestants
Pit Droids, Cam Droids, Protocol Droids, Astromechs
The Galactic Senate
IX. THE CAST
X. BEHIND THE SCENES
I. THE JEDI
Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace takes us back in time, to the very beginnings of the conflict depicted in the first three Star Wars films. In The Phantom Menace, the Jedi Knights have not yet withstood the attacks that would decimate their numbers. They are still a thriving and vital part of the galaxy.
Jedi History And Training
Founded as a philosophical study group, the ancient Jedi spent centuries contemplating the mysterious energy field called the Force. After mastering it, they chose to use their skills for good, helping those in need.
For 25,000 years, the Jedi Knights served as peacemakers for the Galactic Republic. Operating out of the Judicial Department under the office of the Chancellor, the Jedi became the guardians of freedom and justice. They battled interplanetary criminals and settled cosmic disputes, becoming legendary throughout the galaxy.
Utilizingthe Force, Jedi Knights can perform incredible feats of strength and speed. A Jedi's keen mind can see far-off places, project illusions, move objects, and hypnotize opponents.
Jedi are usually identified within the first six months of birth. At this early age, the infants begin their Jedi training. Because older children experience fear and anger, the Jedi believe it is unwise to train them in the ways of the Force. To enter Jedi training, one must be approved by the Jedi Council.
The Jedi Council
High above the metropolis of Galactic City on Coruscant stands the colossal pyramid known as the Jedi Temple. All matters concerning Jedi are governed by the twelve members of the Jedi Council.
Except for the Jedi Knight Ki-Adi-Mundi, all members of the Council are Jedi Masters. Although Qui-Gon Jinn is a Jedi Master, he prefers active duty to a seat on the Council. To become a Jedi Master, a Jedi must have successfully trained a young apprentice, known as a Padawan. To maintain balance with the Force, the Council does not permit Jedi Masters to train more than one Padawan at a time.
Republic cruisers often serve as space transport for the Jedi. The Republic cruiser Radiant VII is an unarmed diplomatic vessel and is painted red to signal its diplomatic immunity. The planet Coruscant used the Radiant VII to send Jedi and ambassadors on many missions of peace throughout the galaxy. When the planet Naboo was blockaded by the Trade Federation, Supreme Chancellor Valorum dispatched the Radiant VII to the scene, hoping to avert a war....
From the Hardcover edition.