When the shadow of the Bogan falls upon them, the Ashla will not desert them because in the time of greatest despair there shall come a savior, and he shall be known as the Son of the Suns.
—Sarus reciting a scripture regarding the Prophecy of the Chosen One
The Prophecy of the Chosen One, also referred to as the Prophecy of the Son of the Suns, was a prophecy that spoke of the coming of a savior who would bring balance to the Force. The only known keepers of information regarding the prophecy was the Jedi Order and the Ophuchi Clan on Tatooine. By the time of the Invasion of Utapau, the Ophuchi Clan believed that Anakin Skywalker was the one spoken of in the prophecy.
There were conflicting beliefs about the origins of the Prophecy of the Chosen One. The Ophuchi Clan suggested that it was their prophet that originally dictated it to his followers, who were the ancestors of the Ophuchi people. The Jedi Order, on the other hand, believed that the prophecy had been written by ancient Jedi philosophers. The truth of the prophecy’s origins was unknown.
Eighteen years before the Invasion of Utapau, a young virgin named Shmi Skywalker discovered that she had somehow become pregnant on Tatooine. She delivered her baby with the help of an Ophuchi named Sarus, who fought off a dark assailant who was trying to kill Shmi and her unborn child. After it was born, the baby boy was named Anakin Skywalker, and although Sarus told her that he believed Anakin was the Chosen One she sheltered her son from such a life. Around the time of his birth, a drought began on Tatooine.
Eight years later, Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn arrived on Tatooine as part of a royal delegation from Utapau. He believed that there was something special about Anakin, and after Qui-Gon Jinn, his padawan Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin and their companions traveled with Sarus to the Ophuchi Sanctuary they learned that they believed Anakin was the Chosen One. Annikin was reluctant to accept his destiny, but Sarus was able to convince him to at least accept the possibility. Annikin was later released from his family’s sharecropping contract following a successful swoop race that he had negotiated, and was taken to Coruscant where a skeptical Jedi High Council agreed to train him.
Very little was known about the Jedi interpretation of the Prophecy of the Chosen One. Most members of the Jedi Order had heard about the prophecy, as it was one of the many hundreds of supposedly obscure Jedi legends created by ancient Jedi philosophers. It described the birth of the one who would destroy the Sith and bring the Force back into the balance that it lost through use of the dark side. After the New Sith Wars and the destruction of the Sith, the prophecy was disregarded. Many prominent Jedi felt that it was an insult to the memory of those who were killed defeating the Sith to suggest that the prophecy was valid.
The text of the Prophecy of the Chosen One as recorded by the Ophuchi Clan on Tatooine was kept in a cave in the Ophuchi Sanctuary, which the Shaman of the Whills led the Ophuchi too around the time of the New Sith Wars. There were scriptures written into the wall that were supposedly written by the Ophuchi Prophet on his death bed, which said that the descendants of the original Ophuchi would locate a race called the Whills, who would keep a journal while in the light of the Ashlan Nebula. When the shadow of the Bogan, or the dark side, fell upon the Whills, the Ashla, or the light side, would not desert them and it would send a savior called the Son of the Suns in their time of greatest despair.
Another depiction of the prophecy was a cave painting in the Ophuchi Sanctuary. According to the Ophuchi interpretation, the painting showed an enslaved dove rising up and defeating a serpent that slowly tried to corrupt and destroy him to catch him as its prey. When the serpent was destroyed, rain that had not fallen in the desert for many years would fall again. The Ophuchi believed that a drought would overtake Tatooine the day that the Chosen One was born, and that he would be aided in his task by one called the Argus who would free the Chosen One from his shackles before vanquishing the serpent.
- Star Wars: Episode I - The Chosen One (First appearance)