One of the first characters you see in the Force Awakens is Lor San Tekka, played by legendary actor Max von Sydow. If, like us, you couldn’t concentrate on his conversation with Poe Dameron because you were trying to figure out who he was, then this is the post for you. Here we’re going to learn all about this short-lived character—together.
Born in the waning years of the Galactic Republic, Lor San Tekka came to have high regard for the Jedi order, though he had no ability as a Jedi himself. After the destruction of the Jedi by the Empire, Tekka became a member of the Church of the Force, an underground faith who believed in the Jedi ideals but were not force-sensitive themselves. Tekka personally uncovered a great deal of history about the Jedi despite the Empire’s attempt to hide it.
An avid and experienced explorer, after the Empire’s defeat at Endor, Tekka appeared to the fledgling New Republic to provide information regarding worlds around the galaxy. A close ally to Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia, Tekka helped Luke recover more Jedi lore the Empire had tried to destroy. He also became close to Ben Solo, who would later betray Luke and destroy the growing Jedi. Skywalker would go into exile. Years later, Lor San Tekka found a partial map to Skywalker’s location. After this, Tekka lived with the Crèche, and gained their trust; eventually they would refer to him as “the explorer.”
Entering his retirement on the planet Jakku, General Organa and the First Order both learned Tekka had the map to lead them to Skywalker. Poe Dameron reached him first, beginning the events of The Force Awakens.
A seasoned explorer, Tekka knew knowledge and wisdom from across the galaxy, specializing in hidden lore of the Jedi. Unable to stand by as darkness took over the galaxy, Tekka was instrumental in introducing Finn and Rey to the Resistance, and eventually destroying Starkiller base. Created for episode VII, Tekka is the first character created for the Church of the Force organization, which was originally dreamed up by George Lucas for the Star Wars live action TV series, which was shelved after Lucasarts was sold to Disney.
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