When the Rakata came, we thought ourselves more than a match for them. We viewed them as upstart, bloodthirsty children; easy enough to defeat and resume our regular business. None of us could have predicted what followed.
—The Ethereal Emperor
The Celestial-Rakata War was a conflict taking place millennia before the foundation of the first Galactic Republic. Though the archives of the Ethereal Empire provided clarity and detail about certain aspects of the war, even they had lost to time the exact beginning and end of the conflict, and by 10 ABY, there was no known record of how or even why the war first began, leaving scholars and historians to speculate about it. The Ethereal Family, particularly the Ethereal Emperor, were very tight-lipped about the conflict in spite of being possibly the last remaining beings which were alive and present for the war.