Interpreting the Master and Apprentice Prophecies

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Claudia Grey’s Master and Apprentice contained a number of prophecies. In this post, I provide some possible interpretations of the prophecies. Spoilers for M&A and a minor one for Dooku: Jedi Lost.

First, let’s get the easy ones out of the way:

‘She who will be born to darkness will give birth to darkness.’

Pg 41

Almost certainly a reference to Leia. Leia was born just after her father, Anakin, became Vader and she would go onto have Ben Solo, who became Kylo Ren.

‘When the kyber that is not kyber shines forth, the time of prophecy will be at hand.’

Pg 41

This prophecy was fulfilled in the book. Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon come across a type of crystal that is very similar to Kyber in structure, but not actually Kyber. In the book’s climax, Obi-Wan’s crystal is switched for one of the faux-Kybers. Unexpectedly, it’s still capable of creating a weak lightsaber blade. Thus, the ‘not-Kyber shines forth’ fulfilling the prophecy and heralding the beginning of the age of prophecy. The events of the book (40 BBY), are about a year after Anakin is born and possibly when Dooku left the Order.

‘One will ascend to the highest of the Jedi despite the foreboding of those who would serve with him.’

Pg 93

Anakin fulfills this prophecy in Revenge of the Sith when he is appointed to the Jedi Council by Palpatine. The other members of the Council are not happy to say the least. These could in theory refer to Luke or Ben Solo, but most cleanly fit Anakin.

‘He who learns to conquer death will through his greatest student live again.’

Pg 288

Likely a reference to Claudia Grey’s From A Certain Point of View short story, also called “Master and Apprentice”. In it, Qui-Gon has learned how to manifest himself visibly after many years working with Obi-Wan.

Page 133 Prophecies

The following prophecies appear on page 133 and are perhaps the most interesting in the book. Unlike the other prophecies, they appear separate from the rest of the text and are italicized. Also unlike the other prophecies they’re much harder to map to known events.

‘Only through sacrifice of many Jedi will the Order cleanse the sin done to the nameless.’

On first glance, this prophecy seems to refer to Order 66 with the nameless being the clones. However, in Chapter 2 of Dooku: Jedi Lost, Dooku briefly mentions initiates swapped tales about the ‘nameless’ after lessons back when he was an initiate. Either the existence of the prophecy itself inspired these tales or the Jedi were responsible for something we don’t have any context for yet.

In theory, the nameless could refer to the First Order stormtroopers as they are stripped of their names. However, the fact the Jedi are specifically mentioned makes this highly unlikely as they had nothing to do with the FO troopers.

‘The danger of the past is not past, but sleeps in an egg. When the egg cracks, it will threaten the galaxy entire.’

The obvious explanation is that this refers to the return of Palpatine in The Rise of Skywalker, possibly in a way having to do with the Death Star. However, there are several issues with this interpretation. First, relative to both when the prophecy was made and when Qui-Gon read it, it’s not in the past, but the future. Palpatine is just starting his rise to power at this point. Second, although the Death Star was a sphere, its debris is most certainly not. The egg could conceivably be Vader’s helmet and ‘cracking’ is metaphorical. However, I think there’s good evidence the prophecy actually refers to something else entirely. From Empire’s End:

Before Palpatine’s demise at the hands of the rebels, the computers finished their calculations, finally finding a way through the unknown. The Emperor was convinced that something waited for him out there—some origin of the Force, some dark presence formed of malevolent substance. He said he could feel the waves of it radiating out now that the way was clear. The Emperor called it a signal—conveniently one that only he could hear. Even his greatest enforcer, Vader, seemed oblivious to it, and Vader also claimed mastery over the dark Force, did he not? Rax believed Palpatine had gone mad. What he was “receiving” was nothing more than his own precious wishes broadcast back to himself—an echo of his own devising. He believed that something lay beyond, and so that became a singular obsession. (When you believe in magic, it is easy to see all the universe as evidence of it.)

Wendig, Chuck. Empire’s End: Aftermath

I suspect this prophecy actually refers to a threat that will be introduced, but not resolved in TROS. See my previous article discussing this possibility.

‘When the Force itself sickens, past and future must split and combine.’

This is a very interesting prophecy. Not only does it suggest there can be something wrong with the Force itself, but that it wasn’t sick at the time of the prophecy. What does it mean for the Force to sicken? The chapter “Big Inside” from Legends of Luke Skywalker may shed some light on this question:

“I sense a rot in the Mist,” I said. It had been millennia since we last gazed outside the cocoon into the grand, Mist-filled universe. “There are…so many holes in the Mist. A darkness has come and corrupted it.” The pain of watching our beloved Mist so debased was wrenching.

Liu, Ken. Legends of Luke Skywalker

The speaker is part of an ancient order called ‘Mist Weavers”. She and her two companions were trapped inside a space worm millennia before and managed to preserve themselves inside a Force ‘cocoon’ which slowed the passage of time for those inside to almost a standstill. Thus we learn there is something wrong with the Force (something I’ve long speculated). The speaker observes that Luke aims to repair the ‘rot’ and she and her companions sacrifice themselves to free him from the space worm.

However, it seems likely as of Luke’s death in The Last Jedi that he has not succeeded in restoring the Force. What then, does the prophecy mean by “the past and future must combine”? I propose this prophecy actually involves a theory the Shadow Council has previously explored about Rey’s mother.

In another chapter of Legends of Luke Skywalker, Fishing in the Deluge, Luke visits a planet named ‘Lew’el’ which is home to a people who are the Force sensitive descendants of people who once dominated galactic affairs. These early Force users once participated in devastating wars for dominance that ruined entire worlds. At the conclusion of these wars, the Lew’elian people’s ancestors exiled themselves and swore never to directly influence the Force. In our theory, Luke meets a woman from Lew’el, falls in love and the two have a child – Rey.

Thus the past refers to a descendant of Force users who once dominated galactic affairs and the future refers to Luke, the son of one sired by the Force itself and the only surviving Jedi. They ‘split and combine’ to have a child who is a product of both the ‘future’ and ‘past’. Their daughter, Rey, will be instrumental in curing the Force.

A Chosen One shall come, born of no father, and through him will ultimate balance in the Force be restored.

This is the first version of the Chosen One prophecy we’ve seen. The wording of the prophecy is notable. Rather than outright stating the Chosen One will restore balance as it was framed in the Prequel Trilogy, it states it will happen through him. Since Anakin went on to have children and grandchildren, it’s quite possible the prophecy is actually referring to the Skywalker family as a whole restoring balance. Further, the term ‘Ultimate Balance’ is notable. ‘Ultimate’ implies an end state, as in once balance is restored, it will be the Force’s natural state.

How precisely the Skywalker family will do this is the question. Do they need to achieve something or will their continued existence lead to it?


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  1. […] ‘She who will be born to darkness will give birth to darkness.’ ‘When the kyber that is not kyber shines forth, the time of prophecy will be at hand.’ Pg 41 ‘When the righteous lose the light, evil once dead shall return.’ ‘One will ascend to the highest of the Jedi despite the foreboding of those who would serve with him.’ Pg 93 Only through sacrifice of many Jedi will the Order cleanse the sin done to the nameless. The danger of the past is not past, but sleeps in an egg. When the egg cracks, it will threaten the galaxy entire. When the Force itself sickens, past and future must split and combine. A Chosen One shall come, born of no father, and through him will ultimate balance in the Force be restored. Pg 133 He who learns to conquer death will through his greatest student live again. Pg 288 5/10/2019 Update: Some potential interpretations of the prophecies. […]

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    • Possibly, but as Claudia wrote a FACPOV story also named “Master and Apprentice” talking about Qui-Gon learning how to manifest through his work with Obi-Wan, I’m guessing it’s referring to that.

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