Like all the Jedi of the old order, Kenobi was taken from his family as an infant to undergo training. He
knew very little of his parents or of his brother, though he would later visit them on occasion. Kenobi grew up in the Jedi Temple of Coruscant, alongside such fellow apprentices as Bant, Siri, and Bruck Chun.
Kenobi was a headstrong adolescent, who longed to become a Jedi. As is custom, when a hopeful achieves the
age of 13, he must become a Padawan. Otherwise, he is too old to proceed in his training. Washouts are instead sent to the
Agricultural Corps where their Force talents are directed to tending sick crops rather than protecting peace and justice.
For an agonizingly long time, the impatient Kenobi thought he would never be chosen as a Padawan apprentice.
The Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn, whose past tragedies had left him hesitant to take on a new apprentice, overlooked Kenobi as a Padawan on several
It was not until young Obi-Wan attempted to bring Qui-Gon's previous apprentice -- one of the few fallen Jedi of the order -- to justice that
Jinn accepted Kenobi as his student. Once partnered with Master Jinn, Obi-Wan began to explore the galaxy. He traveled to
many new worlds, and encountered new alien cultures -- an exciting prospect for a boy of 13 who had been raised in the sterile
corridors of Coruscant.
Though Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon's relationship would grow stronger during their adventures, it was not without
its trouble. On Melida/Dann, Obi-Wan nearly left the Jedi order as he joined the Young movement that strove to end a civil
war on the planet. Kenobi was ostracized for his transgression, and Qui-Gon nearly abandoned his training. When Qui-Gon decided
to continue Kenobi's training, the Padawan vowed never again to disappoint the order.
After passing the trials and achieving Knighthood, Obi-Wan's reputation and valor continued to grow unabated.
The outbreak of the Clone Wars saw him promoted to a General in the Army of the Republic, with thousands of clone troopers at his command. He and his Padawan, Anakin Skywalker, were dispatched to many missions, and both came to be regarded Republic heroes of that terrible conflict. In
one of the early engagements of the war, he led the Jedi forces in the Battle of Kamino. He would later be instrumental in stopping a Separatist chemical weapons program on Queyta, and in capturing
one of the key Confederacy leaders, San Hill, on the banking world of Muunilinst.
It is all the more tragic then that he should be responsible, in part, for the fall of the Jedi and the Republic.
He would later say it was his successes that fueled the pride that would trigger his own downfall, and the loss of his student.
Kenobi spent years in seclusion on Tatooine, meditating on the Force and carefully watching young Luke Skywalker come of age. Though Owen Lars forbade it, Kenobi would occasionally come in contact with the young farmboy, if only briefly. When a teenaged
Luke found himself stranded in the Jundland Wastes, Kenobi guided the youth back to the Lars Homestead. It was then that Kenobi wished to tell Luke of his importance, and of his gift in the Force, though Owen chased
him off the farm, ordering him never to return.
Once Kenobi became one with the Force, he managed to retain his identity and would visit Luke on occasion.
One of the most powerful of these visitations was when Luke found himself in his first lightsaber duel with Darth Vader, on the mist-shrouded world of Mimban. Though Skywalker himself was nowhere near skilled enough to fend off the deadly Dark Lord, with the help of
Obi-Wan's spirit, Luke was able to temporarily incapacitate Vader long enough to escape.
Months after the Battle of Yavin, Vader devised a devious scheme to capture Luke. Using an actor posing as Obi-Wan, Vader lured Luke to the desert
world of Aridus. Imperial surgeons and technicians altered the actor to complete the charade. To simulate the Force, technicians
hid devices on "Kenobi's" person.
This ersatz Jedi was delivered to Aridus to help the rebellion being staged by the native Chubbits. Tales
of Kenobi's exploits eventually reached Skywalker, drawing him into the trap. The actor was to lure Skywalker to the Iron
Tower, where he would confront Darth Vader. The actor, obsessed with his most challenging role to date, began to respect the
dead general, and in the end, betrayed Vader, saving Luke. The actor died in the process, but managed to destroy the Iron
Tower by invoking a power overload.
When Luke lost his lightsaber in a duel with Darth Vader, he returned to Obi-Wan's hut on Tatooine to construct
a new one. Kenobi's spartan hovel was actually a treasure trove of Jedi information -- one of the few repositories left after
Palpatine's purge of the order. Kenobi kept a journal with detailed instructions for Luke on the Jedi way.
Five years after the Battle of Endor, Kenobi began to lose his ability to retain his identity in the Force. He appeared to Luke on Coruscant, to
bid him farewell. Though Skywalker mourned the loss of his first mentor, Kenobi impressed upon him that Luke was not the last
of the Jedi, but rather the first of the new.