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The Bendu is an enormous being that is the physical embodiment of the center of the Force. As such, he is neither a practitioner of the Light or Dark sides, but sits in-between.
The Bendu is ancient and wise, and being an embodiment of the Force, incredibly knowledgeable and powerful. His voice echoes with this power and wisdom as well, adding to his mystical aura. He is shown to be eager to help the blinded Kanan Jarrus when the Jedi Knight's imbalance and inner turmoil awaken him from his slumber. The Bendu views both the Jedi and Sith impartially as two sides, although he also recognizes the potential for chaos if the two sides do not find balance with each other. The Bendu also does not see items like the Sith Holocron taken from Malachor as dangerous, as he believes an object cannot make a person good or evil, but rather the person's own desires, regardless of benevolent or malevolent intent, can make them evil.
The Bendu also believes that a person could change himself by his own hand alone. He is also highly optimistic, as even though Kanan was blind, he correctly believed that Kanan could learn to see again through use of the Force. He was not above being slightly coarse in his method of teaching, as he broke the sensor that kept the Krykna spiders away to forcibly teach Kanan how to sense and commune with them. This may also indicate that he is slightly mischievous as well.
Powers and abilities
As the focal point between the light and dark sides of the Force, the Bendu has immense abilities and control over the Force itself. Among the basic abilities the Force allows him, he can also control nature and various organisms, including the hostile Krykna of Atollon. His connection with nature allows him to observe many events without his presence, although the Bendu could also sense the presence of other Force-wielders from a distance. His power was so great that he could destroy a sensor marker with a mere flick of his hands.
Role in the Series
The Bendu first calls out to Kanan Jarrus on Atollon through the Force, causing Kanan to come looking for him. When Kanan arrives at his location to look for him, the ancient Force-wielder wastes no time in revealing himself, introducing himself to the Jedi and revealing how he sits between the Light and Dark sides of the Force. He also reveals that he was awoken by Kanan's imbalance, and can sense the Dark side energy given off by the Sith Holocron Kanan took from Ezra. However, where Kanan says the holocron is dangerous, the Bendu is less worried as he stated that objects cannot make people good or evil, but rather temptations, forbidden knowledge and even desires to do good could lead some down the path of evil. He was also adamant in his belief that while blind, Kanan could use the Force to see once again, taking the sensor array that protected him from the Krykna spiders and breaking it. He then watched and guided Kanan as he learned to sense the spiders, regaining the strength to the connection to the Force he had let atrophy in his grief and anguish and letting go of his fear. After successfully learning from the Bendu, Kanan left the Sith Holocron in the Force-wielder's care, telling him to keep it as a gift.
After the former Sith Maul kidnapped Sabine, Hera, Chopper and Zeb aboard the Ghost, Kanan and Ezra traveled on a speeder bike to the Bendu's lair in Atollon's wilderness. The two Jedi were surrounded by several krykna but the Bendu awoke and scared them away. When the Bendu asked the two Jedi whether they had come for a chat, Ezra related to the Force-wielder their predicament with Maul. Ezra and Kanan explained that Maul desired both the Sith holocron and Kanan's own Jedi holocron. While the Bendu was unfamiliar with Maul, he remarked that the convergence of the Sith and Jedi holocrons would be dangerous. When asked how such a situation could be dangerous, the Bendu corrected Ezra's view that the holocrons were merely libraries and pointed out that if both holocrons were merged, they could grant clarity of vision but also produce chaos. When Ezra reiterated that he needed the Sith holocron in order to save his friends, the Bendu stated that the object was a source of imbalance between him and his master Kanan. However, he told the boy that he needed to enter a cave inhabited by krykna in order to retrieve the Sith holocron. Before entering the cave, Kanan instructed his apprentice to leave his lightsaber behind and to use a comlink instead. When the Bendu inquired, Kanan explained that his apprentice needed to learn how to resolve problems with out a lightsaber. While the Bendu waited outside, the two Jedi ventured into the cave and managed to retrieve the Sith holocron after a trial which involved Ezra learning to overcome his fear of the krykna and forgiving himself for the events on Malachor. After Ezra and Kanan returned from the cave, the Bendu expressed satisfaction that the imbalance between master and apprentice had been resolved. However, he warned the two Jedi that their true test had just begun; since Maul was unable to open the Jedi holocron, the Bendu warned that the task would fall on one of them. When Ezra suggests they could wield the power of both holocrons, the Bendu warned him that it came with a price: he then opined that once a secret was known, he stressed that it could not be un-known.
- The Bendu gets its name from the original name concept for the Jedi; referred to in the original script as "Jedi Bendu".
- The Bendu is the fourth being in the canon Star Wars Expanded Universe to be a physical embodiment of the Force. The other three were The Father (representing order), The Son (representing the Dark side) and The Daughter (representing the Light side), all of which appeared in Star Wars: The Clone Wars. A fifth physical embodiment of the Force, Abeloth or The Mother (representing chaos) appears in the "Legends" continuity.
- The Bendu is the last known living embodiment of the Force, as The Father, Daughter, and Son were killed by the actions of Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Ahsoka Tano during the Clone Wars.