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How Does Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Fit Into Canon?

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is a huge step for the new era of Star Wars games while EA continues to hold the license. Most notably, Fallen Order also fits into the overall Star Wars canon, or at least the current Disney approved canon.

With Disney wiping the canon slate clean before the release of Force Awakens in order to allow the company more freedom with the new direction of the series, it makes solidifying the new canon somewhat tricky. However, Fallen Order easily places itself nicely within the timeline of the new Star Wars saga, and it should be noted that this article does include SPOILERS for the game's story.

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Early on in Fallen Order, Cal Kestis and his friend Prauf find an old Jedi cruiser which starts a conversation between the two about the truth of the Empire's iron thumb and the fate of the Jedi Order. There, Cal confirms that it's been five years since The Emperor sent out the command for Order 66 and the elimination of all of the Jedi across the galaxy. This places the events of Fallen Order in 14 BBY, fourteen years before the Battle of Yavin where Luke Skywalker destroys the first Death Star.

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Given the timeline, Fallen Order takes place long before the official start of the Galactic Civil War when the Rebellion hadn't yet formed into the larger, organized force that would eventually dismantle the Empire. The inclusion of Saw Gerrera on the vegetation rich Kashyyyk in the game helps to assert where in the progression of the Rebellion this takes place. Considering that his Partisans were still in full force likely means that he hasn't even joined the Rebel Alliance yet.

Fans who are well versed in Saw's history would know why Cere and Greez are cautious of Cal's admiration of the man. Considering that the guerrilla fighter will soon earn himself a reputation for his ruthless tactics that he uses against the Empire, it wouldn't be wise for Cal to look at Saw's leadership as something to be emulated. By the time of Saw's demise in Rogue One, he had been branded a terrorist by the Rebel Alliance for his indiscriminate attacks on both Imperial Storm Troopers and citizens.

Therefore, having Saw appear as a hero of the early resistance against the Empire certainly helps to solidify his timeline as a freedom fighter who slowly turns war criminal. This also serves as proof of where in the overall timeline of the Star Wars canon Fallen Order takes place. If Saw is still revered as a hero, then the events of Fallen Order must be only a few years into the Empire's founding.

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One place where the canon does feel inconsistent is the story arc of Darth Maul's homeland Dathomir and the Nightsisters, where player's can find the Sith Lord's signature double sided lightsaber. In Fallen Order, the Nightsisters of Dathomir have all been slaughtered by someone wielding a lightsaber. It's unclear in the game whether the person was a Jedi or Sith, but the later is certainly the more likely option of the two.

This contradicts with events that transpire in Darth Maul's own timeline through Rebels as he returns home to conduct rituals with the Nightsisters and Nightmother of his home village. Dathomir is a full planet filled with members of Maul's race, but the way Nightsister Merrin states the events that transpired before Cal arrives makes it seem like she is the last of her kind.

 

However, even with the occasional inconsistency, Fallen Order does also take the time to explain some of the bigger mysteries from the larger Star Wars canon. Two of the most notable explanations includes why so few Jedi or other force sensitives were caught by the Empire for so long after Order 66, as well as what happened to all of the ships from the Clone Wars. The mystery of the ship designs is explained fairly early on, while the question of the Jedi has more to do with Fallen Order's ending. Once again, this means that SPOILERS ARE AHEAD.

At the start of Fallen Order, Cal has become a Scrapper on the engineering planet of Bracca, where the Empire has commissioned that every ship from the Clone Wars be stripped in order to build the various ships from the original trilogy. It's likely that the massive undertaking on Bracca is also gathering the parts necessary for the Death Stars that will be constructed in about a decades time. The game even goes out of its way to show a Separatist Command Ship getting scrapped in the opening minutes of Fallen Order.

The issue of other Jedi and force sensitives evading capture impacts the entire plot of Fallen Order, with the major goal of the game being to find a list of force sensitive children. At the end of the game, when Cal and his friends finally recover the holocron that holds said list, he chooses to destroy it so that the Empire can never find them. This also explains a major plot point from the latest Star Wars film, when a small child is shown to have force powers, by claiming that there have always been more potential Jedi out in the galaxy.

All in all, while the story of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order can be disjointed at times, it hits so many marks as a stellar Star Wars story that the history and attention to detail in the canon make up for any superficial blemishes. While Fallen Order might not be everyone's Game of the Year, it is easily the best Star Wars game since the liquidation of LucasArts.

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is available now on PC, PS4, and Xbox One

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