Young Yoda by Marco Teixeira
Fan Fiction Backstory:
The truth of Yoda’s past is much darker then one would assume from his ancient demeanor. This is the beginning of Yoda.
Yoda’s species is one of which is remarkably force-sensitive and at the time of his birth, a great disturbance in the force was felt due to the fact that Yoda was most force-sensitive being in the galaxy. By the time Yoda was discovered by the Jedi as a young adult, he appeared to have independently become force-adept, an incredible rarity to behold in one who has not been trained by Jedi or Sith alike.
Upon discovery of the nature of his abilities,Yoda immediately enlisted to be trained as a Jedi. At the time, while this went against the ancient practices of the Jedi to train an adult, there was no historical precedent for one of Yoda’s immensely innate power, and he was accepted despite the reservations of the Jedi Consulars who believe Yoda was too dangerous. The Jedi Guardians overruled them believing instead his power was too great to ignore and would provide them with a critical ally, once trained, in the struggle against the dark side.
This action quickly proved to be folly. Yoda was far too arrogant and headstrong to make a good student, and was spoiled by abilities that exceed most of his trainers, he seemed to promote dark qualities in those in his vicinity such as jealousy and anger and as a result he was alienated by all the other students and even his trainers, who turned a blind eye to systemic bullying which Yoda suffered at the hands of the other students.
This came to an apex when Yoda’s mental resilience was finally broken by the provocation of a particularly malicious Padawan whom had previously been the best student prior to Yoda’s arrival. In a bitter and petty exchange, Yoda accidentally killed his antagonist. The death sparked outrage in the Jedi counsel, and Yoda was exiled from the Jedi and left to fend for himself on the dilapidated swamp planet of Dagoba.
Watching afar from the shadows, the Sith emerge on news of Yoda’s exile and an agent was sent to Dagoba. Posing as a recent exile as well, Yoda was unwittingly allied to the Sith, where he then gained full measure of the force whilst having his anger and hatred channeled into powerful new abilities.
Jedi scouts sensed a new disturbance in the force and the dark side activity on Dagoba. Fearing the apparent conversion of Yoda, the counsel acted quickly and harshly against the Sith machinations. Believing him to now be a Sith Lord, a large group of Jedi knights was dispatched to capture Yoda in order restore balance to the force before he became too strong.
After witnessing the Jedi slay his only friend, the exile, Yoda ruthlessly murdered the all of his Jedi pursuers. Being so outraged by the preemptive actions of the counsel against him, he led a lone assault against the high counsel, using their own knowledge and tactics against them. He managed to wipe out half of the highest Jedi masters before he was finally confronted by Master Minch, a native of Yoda’s species. Minch revealed that he was crucial in securing Yoda’s recruitment into the Jedi and that it was he who was to blame for all this. He apologized to Yoda and attempted to console him by lamenting of his own failures in the past to abide by the Jedi way, but Yoda would not hear it.
Knowing Minch was a formidable opponent with a lightsaber, Yoda challenged him to a one-on-one duel. Minch rejected the challenge but Yoda attacked anyway, forcing his hand. After a spectacular fight, it was a draw. Standing face to face, Minch tossed his lightsaber aside leaving him defenseless and spoke something to Yoda in their native language and bowed his head. Before Yoda could ponder the true meaning of Minch’s words or the act of pacifism, he was overcome by his dark inhibitions and struck down the defenseless Minch. Yoda stood there silently, in the heart of the Jedi counsel, for a long time. What remained of the Jedi counsel emerged around him, and one finally spoke, informing Yoda that they were unable to defeat him and that they surrendered.
Yoda waited a long time before responding slowly. “Unnecessary, that will be… however… To atone for this, you must allow me.”
"How so?" Asked one of the survivors.
"Finish my training as a Jedi, I will." Yoda uttered. "Prevent this from happening again, I must."
The eldest counsel member now spoke. “Restoring the balance will take a long time… hundreds of years perhaps.”
"Prepared, I am." Replied Yoda solemnly.
And thus, the remaining counsel, sensing that Yoda’s anger and hate had finally been broken, agreed to accepted him back so that he may correct for his actions. So began the long journey of Yoda’s redemption.