Set five years after the events of its predecessor, Star Wars Jedi: Survivor continues the story of Cal Kestis as his journey to discover a planet inaccessible to the Empire eventually pushes him to his breaking point, driving him to do anything for those he loves. The sequel includes characters both new and familiar, and is filled with stories that go beyond its main narrative.
Jedi: Survivor is full of interesting conversations, as long as players can resist the game’s pull to advance the narrative long enough to exhaust every NPC’s dialogue. A conversation that many fans will find most interesting is one that happens between Cal and Eno Cordova on Jedha. In a very brief and missable conversation with Eno, Cal discovers that Eno shared a close relationship with Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn.
Eno Recounts His History With Qui-Gon in a Conversation With Cal
Shortly after Cal and Merrin arrive at the Archives on Jedha, players are given the opportunity to speak with Master Eno Cordova to learn a bit about his history and receive Rumors about the locations of three Jedha ruins puzzles in the desert. It’s easy to exhaust his dialogue rather quickly; simply fast-traveling out of the Archives and returning refreshes the option to speak with Eno opens up new conversations. While Eno has many stories to tell, his brief recount of his history with Qui-Gon Jinn makes the late Jedi Master an even more beloved character in the Star Wars universe.
Cal begins this particular conversation by saying he has so many questions that he doesn’t know where to start. Eno gently and graciously replies, “With your first, young Master.” Cal proceeds to ask Eno about the Order in his day, and the first words out of Eno’s mouth are, “Well, Qui-Gon Jinn and I enjoyed a close friendship.” Of course, Cal never met Qui-Gon, and had only heard stories about him, so the respectfulness in his tone increases as he realizes he is speaking with someone who knew the Jedi Master personally.
Eno smiles as he speaks of the moment he met Qui-Gon saying, “When I first arrived on Coruscant, he was kind enough to show me around.” Eno’s first arrival on Coruscant would have meant he was likely there to begin his Jedi training, certainly making it a memorable moment from his childhood. Upon hearing this, Cal’s reply is sentimental, as though he were experiencing the memory for himself, playfully labeling Qui-Gon the “tour guide” for a young Eno on his first visit to Coruscant and likely nerve-racking audience with the Jedi Order.
“It was his home after all,” Eno replies, justifying the need for Qui-Gon as a guide. Suddenly, his tone dramatically shifts as he begins reliving obviously painful memories. “I can’t bring myself to go back there,” Eno says solemnly. “There are…too many memories.” These “memories” he speaks of are most likely tied to Anakin Skywalker’s genocidal rampage through the Jedi Temple shortly after he turned to the dark side. It’s unclear how old Eno was during that time, but it would have been around 10 years before the events of Jedi: Survivor. Cal then realizes the conversation has ventured into uncomfortable territory, so he chooses to end it by simply telling Eno that he understands.
Eno Cordova and Qui-Gon Jinn Were Close Friends
While Cal’s conversation with Eno concerning Qui-Gon Jinn is brief and largely uninformative, it does indicate they were good friends. The fact that Eno’s immediate response to Cal asking about the Order in his day is to talk about Qui-Gon Jinn is telling of just how close the two Jedi were. It is obvious that Qui-Gon had a great impact on the scholar, otherwise he may have replied with something else. Also, although Eno’s age is never disclosed, the two Jedi were likely close in age when they met, with Qui-Gon being a bit older. As it is obvious Eno looked up to Qui-Gon, the late Jedi Master may have been Eno’s unofficial mentor upon his arrival to Coruscant.
Qui-Gon Jinn was a maverick Jedi, due to his concern with the will of the Force rather than the will of the Jedi Council. In turn, his connection to the Force remained unadulterated by the oft-short-sightedness of his leaders, thus strengthening it in the process. This eventually led to his discovery of Anakin Skywalker, whom he believed to be the Chosen One, and his persistent faith in the child despite plenty of doubt from the Jedi Council. It is likely the close friendship that Eno and Qui-Gon shared was due to Qui-Gon’s sensitivity to the Force, perhaps leading him to sense something in Eno that naturally drew the two of them closer.
While this optional conversation between Cal and Eno is brief, it is obvious that he and Qui-Gon shared something special. Qui-Gon may have been a mentor to Eno, or he may have sensed a deep connection with the youngling that led to the two of them becoming close friends. Whatever the full extent of Eno and Qui-Gon’s friendship, fans will be pleased to know that the memory of one of the most beloved Star Wars characters lives on in Star Wars Jedi: Survivor.
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