Ben Skywalker was a Human male Jedi Knight from Coruscant, active during the Second Galactic Civil War and the period afterward. The son of former Emperor's Hand and Jedi Master Mara Jade Skywalkerand legendary Rebel hero and Jedi Grand Master Luke Skywalker, Ben was born amidst the turmoil of the devastating Yuuzhan Vong War, where an extra-galactic species known as the Yuuzhan Vonginvaded the galaxy, laying waste to dozens of planets. As both of his parents were Jedi, they were unable to spend time with him as they fought in the war, so Skywalker was taken care of by his aunt and uncle, former New Republic Chief of State Leia Organa Solo and ex-smuggler and Rebel General Han Solo. He was subsequently moved to the Shelter in the Maw, where many other young Jedi stayed. The Yuuzhan Vong were eventually repelled and a ceasefire was negotiated, but young Skywalker felt the pain of war through the Force, overwhelming him and causing him to close himself off from the Force for several years.
In 35 ABY, Skywalker, now eight years old, became involved in another galactic crisis. Skywalker became partially joined to the Gorog Killik nest, otherwise known as the Dark Nest. The Killiks had recently been discovered in the Unknown Regions of the galaxy, when a group of Jedi Knights heard theirtelepathic call and followed it to the Unknown Regions. Skywalker had an owner-pet relationship with one of the Gorog Killiks, who was actually trying to turn him against his mother. Eventually his parents discovered the Killik's plan and captured it. During this time, Skywalker was taken under the wing of his cousin Jacen Solo, who became his informal Jedi Master. Solo, who had just returned to the New Jedi Order after a five-year journey to learn more about the Force, was able to help Skywalker open himself up to the Force gradually. Skywalker was still apprehensive about the Force for a while, and it would take him years to become fully adjusted to the Force. With Solo's guidance, Skywalker was able to grow confident in his usage of the Force and become a powerful Jedi.