Jedi order contribution
- Padawans: Rank 0 - 1. Young apprentices in training with knights and masters, new padawans (Rank 0) are rarely sent into dangerous situations, and when they are, it is in the company of their master (and likely other Jedi as well). Senior padawans (Rank 1) are usually nearing the time of their Knight Trails, and so may be occasionally sent onto missions alone or in the company of other senior padawans.
- Knights: Rank 2 - 4. Having successfully passed their Knight Trial, the padawan becomes a Jedi knight. Knights of lower rank (Rank 2-3) are often given standing missions or duties somewhere by their superiors, but senior knights (Rank 3-4) very frequently are permitted to choose their own duty, often taking up travel as the Force guides them to where they are needed. Senior knights are often approached about taking on a padawan learner, as part of their preparation for becoming acknowledged as masters.
- Masters: Rank 5-8. Once a Jedi knight has taken a padawan, and trained their learner up through the successful completion of their Knight Trials, that Jedi is acknowledged with the title of "master" within the Order. (It is rare, but sometimes those who demonstrate great power, wisdom, and responsibility, but have never trained a padawan, are given the title of "master" by the High Council). Masters of the Order fulfill various leadership positions within the Order's far-flung initiatives, and are expected to not only accomplish what they set out to do in the Order's name, but to also guide and oversee the efforts of knights over whom they are given responsibility. Many masters foster alignments with one of the Jedi Councils during this time, focusing their efforts to the goals of that Council from this point forward.
- Councilors: Rank 9+. Masters with a proven history of service, power in the Force, and great wisdom are elevated to one of the Councils of the Jedi Order. Others may simply continue in direct service to the High Council of the Jedi Order, working with them directly. Only those of exceeding renown are ever asked to join the High Council itself.
- Praxeum Councils (Rank 9 - 10): Many masters of this rank are asked to serve as the governing Council for one of the Jedi praxea - those academies for younglings and padawans away from the Temple on Coruscant.
- Council of Reassignment (Rank 10 - 11): The Council of Reassignment focuses on governing the Jedi Service Corps, and with overseeing the re-settling of younglings and padawans who are not fit (whether due to connection to the Force or temperament) to service as Jedi.
- Council of First Knowledge (Rank 11 - 12): The Council of the Jedi responsible for overseeing the Order's great archives, support of universities and libraries across the galaxy, and governing of the training of younglings and padawans.
- Council of Reconciliation (Rank 11 - 12): The Council of the Jedi with active engagement in the processes of diplomacy and peace-making across the Galaxy.
- High Council of the Jedi Order (Rank 12+): The governing body of the Jedi.
Youngling (No Rank)
Younglings are raised by the Jedi Order, but have no standing within it. From a very early age, they are raised by Force-sensitives called Keepers, who watch closely as each child grows and develops, teaching and nurturing them, and guiding them in the development of their Force potential. They are also watched carefully for specific signs of personality and outlook.
When the child is capable of walking and talking well on its own (at about four to five years of age for human children), the child is moved from the nursery and placed in one of the Youngling Clans in the Temple or praxeum. There, they are watched over by a single Master who also begins teaching the younglings the basic skills expected of those who would one day be Jedi: knowledge, discipline, and the beginnings of harnessing the Force. These younglings also begin learning the arts of the lightsaber using training emitter-equipped lightsabers, which are incapable of inflicting injury.
Somewhere at the onset of adolescence (about twelve to fourteen in human children), these younglings are permitted to take the Padawan Trials, a test held before the High Council once every half-year or so. The Masters of each Clan nominate those in their brood they believe are ready for the Trial, which consists of demonstration of lightsaber technique, recitation of key Jedi philosophies, and demonstration of meditation and other disciplines.
Those who pass the test move on to the Gathering, a trial on the ice planet of Ilum's crystal caverns, where the young Jedi must fight past his weaknesses to hear the call of the Force, as echoed through a single khyber crystal somewhere in the cavern. There is one other step to becoming a padawan, however: being chosen by a Master.
Padawan (Rank 0 - 1)
The padawan has both passed the Padawan Trails and accomplished the Gathering, and constructed their lightsaber. They have been chosen by a Master and found fit by the High Council to serve as a learner. Only then does a youngling achieve the rank of padawan, leaving their Youngling Clan behind to serve with their new master. For their part, the padawan's master trains them in everything they know and then some, often arranging training for their padawan to receive lessons on topics and disciplines outside of their bailiwick.
- Equipment: You can requisition equipment equal to 500 credits at Rank 0, or 1500 credits at Rank 1. You can make one such requisition each downtime period.
There are two Duty Types for padawans:
- Padawan: Rank 0. Your responsibility is to learn from your master and to serve your master. You must rise to meet the challenges they put before you, and to take every opportunity to sharpen your mind, your body, and your connection to the Force. You will accompany your master almost everywhere, though they may leave you behind when undertaking truly dangerous missions.
- Senior Padawan: Rank 1. You have been with your master for at least a year, and your education is showing through. You are still beholden to obey and learn from your master, although a good padawan of this status also seeks to sharpen his own talents and foster his own skills outside of what his master teaches, demonstrating knowledge of your own strengths. You may be occasionally sent on missions of minor danger in order to prove your resourcefulness, skill in the Force, and preparedness to undertake your Knight Trials. You gain access to the Jedi Specialization, which is considered an in-Career Specialization for all Force & Destiny Careers.
Knight (Rank 2 - 4)
The knight has passed his Knight Trials, and is accorded the status of Jedi Knight. He is a full member of the Order, and no longer remains under the training and supervision of his master. He is now considered to be an agent of the Order, working to accomplish the goals of the Order. Younger knights (Rank 2) are generally given assignments, the activities and progress watched closely by the Councils, but as they prove themselves capable and worthy, the Order often permits them to take up whatever tasks they consider needful, choosing their own endeavors (though even such knights may be called upon by the Council occasionally to take up a mission that the Councils deem their skills necessary for). Knights of greater experience (Rank 3-4) may even consider taking on a padawan themselves, or in much rarer instances, may be asked to take on a padawan learner.
- Equipment: You can requisition equipment equal in 2000 credits times your Rank. You can make one such requisition each downtime period.
The Duty Types for knights include:
- Acquisitions: You work for the Acquisitions Division of the Order, dedicated to testing the young of as many species as will permit it, testing for Force-sensitivity and recruiting such young into the Jedi Order. Part scientist and part diplomat, your work requires a deft touch and an immense degree of empathy and sensitivity to the Force.
- Artist: Some Jedi do not seek "practical" applications of the Force. The Order is very clear that the Jedi who cultivate and expand the boundaries of cultural mores and philosophies add just as much to the good of the galaxy as any scientist or marshal - more, in some cases. You spend your time in contemplation of the Force, finding new ways to express your understandings of it through art, music, philosophical discourse, and a variety of other methods and mediums, drawn from a galaxy full of cultures. Your work - like the work of those before you - may often help those who come after you to understand aspects of interaction with the Force that academic explanations can never encompass.
- Bodyguard: You turn your martial prowess to the defense of important personages. Your responsibilities might be ongoing to a single influential figure that the Republic deems in need of constant protection. Or, you may be given shifting responsibilities, moved from one individual to the next as the threat around them ebbs and flows. Regardless, you are expected to be vigilant and discreet when not in battle, and to do everything in your power - including even sacrificing yourself if necessary - to keep them alive.
- Craftsman: Your technical skills in alignment with the Force have drawn the notice of the Order, who have given you an assignment to allow you to make best use of those skills. You likely work out of a facility of some kind, where you are provided with a full workshop and the materials you need to practice your craft, although you may also be given the responsibility for traveling from site to site, offering your skills up where they are needed.
- Creche Tender: Your talents and love of learning put you in good stead as a caregiver and teacher. Though knights do not teach the younglings of the clans, many such instructors get their start helping to raise and defend the young in the Jedi nurseries, caring for young Force-sensitives until they are old enough to be inducted into one of the youngling clans. You may also accompany Acquisition Jedi on their missions, along to care for the new charges brought into the Order's care.
- Diplomat: Your fitness for delicate negotiations has not gone unnoticed. You are expected to assist the Republic Diplomatic Corps primarily, though you may also be directed to assist with soothing troubled waters in any kind of chaotic situation: revolutions, hostage situations, and labor crises, just to name a few. You are expected to comport yourself with dignity and above all be as soothing and peace-seeking as possible.
- Explorer: Your skills and predilections make you ideal for exploration on the Order's behalf, likely working closely with the Exploration Corps. You might blaze hyperspace trails, pushing the boundaries of the Known Galaxy further outward each year, and seeking out undiscovered systems in the hidden pockets between known hyperspace routes. Alternately, you might seek to discover the secrets of planetary wild places, exploring and surveying worlds both new and old.
- Healer: Your compassion and sensitivity to the Living Force make you the perfect healer, applying both medical sciences and your Force talents to the noblest of task: the healing of the sick and the repair of the injured. You might be a medical researcher, following the Force's guidance to discovering new medical procedures. You might also be actively involved in the treatment of patients, either at a facility of some kind or in a traveling capacity.
- Investigator: Your talents have made you a fit for intelligence gathering of all kinds. You might be a crime investigator, seeking out criminals in situations sensitive enough to warrant the attention of a Jedi. You might be a spymaster, working with a network of spies and informants to keep abreast of whatever group you are asked to watch. You might be an infiltrator, tasked with breaking into secured areas unseen, discovering the secrets protected there, and escaping without anyone knowing you've ever been there.
- Itinerant: Your attunement to the Force requires that your responsibilities be a little less formal. You tend towards being a wanderer, traveling the space lanes and seeing distant vistas, as the Force and your own sense of responsibility direct you. You're often considered the perfect "rogue agent," with no particular specialties, but generally useful for a variety of Jedi tasks.
- Peacekeeper: You are tasked with assisting the forces of law with their work. You may be assigned to a specific area, to act as a liaison with local military or law enforcement, or you may wander the frontiers, offering to assist law-abiding, hard-working folk against the bandits and ruffians that are a constant threat in the Outer Rim.
- Recondite: You are a seeker of the Mysteries of the Force directly, investing your time and efforts to unlocking its secrets. You might be a mystic that spends time in deep states of meditation, using your own connection to the Force as your primary instrument of such exploration. You might also be one who seeks the phenomena of the Force as manifested in the galaxy itself, searching for strange artifacts, verges, Force-wielding creatures, the Force traditions of other cultures, and all the thousand-thousand shrouded revelations of the Force.
- Researcher: You apply your learning to the good of others, engaging in research in the field and out of it. You may operate out of a specific facility, providing you with labs and archives from which to do your work, or you may be called upon to venture out into the field, taking samples and observational data for your fellow scientists to use in their work.
Master (Rank 5 - 8)
Councilor (Rank 9 +)