Shadow of the Sith is one of the best and most important Star Wars books to be published in years, and there’s a ton that we learned from it. One cool tidbit is that, for the first time in the new canon, we know the actual location of Luke Skywalker’s Jedi Temple!
It comes early on in the novel (written by Adam Christopher), and it comes through the chapter headings that identify where the events are taking place, since the story jumps around a bit. The first time in the novel we meet the great Jedi Master, the heading reads: “The Jedi Temple of Master Luke Skywalker, Ossus.”
In other words, the Temple is located on Ossus.
It’s not the first time we’ve seen the Temple, but it’s the first time that it’s location has been identified. It first appeared in The Force Awakens via flashback, and again in The Last Jedi, centered around Ben Solo’s rebellion. That same event was told more fully in Charles Soule’s The Rise of Kylo Ren comic, and other written material (primarily the Visual Dictionaries) mention that Luke’s Temple was secret, known only to a select few individuals. We then saw the very beginnings of the Temple being built in The Book of Boba Fett, and got confirmation that it was indeed the same location. And now, we know that the planet is Ossus.
The location was actually determined for The Book of Boba Fett, first appearing in the show’s script, but Shadow of the Sith is the first thing to make that public. It’s always cool to see how projects work together like this, which is a strength of Star Wars storytelling. When these stories feel connected, it just adds to the experience for those of us who follow all of it.
Ossus is one of the most ancient and sacred worlds for the Jedi and is a planet strong with the Force – such that some scholars even speculated that it might have been the origin point of the Order (wrongly, we might add, as that honor belongs to Ahch-To). It contained a great many artifacts of the Jedi and the Force, including one of the sacred Jedi texts, the Rammahgon, which Luke found while exploring the subterranean depths of the planet. He eventually settled on the world being the location of his new Temple. It’s a world familiar to Star Wars fans, one that had a significant history in Legends material as well – including as the location Luke Skywalker chose for the initial Temple of his New Jedi Order in the New Republic era. So in both Legends and Canon, it is not only a massively important world for the Jedi, but particularly for Luke’s Jedi Order.