It’s been A Day, so… a bit more insanity.
Some backstory to this idea. Cho Gonou and his sister Cho Kanan (Saiyuki Kanan, not SW Rebels!) were twins, Jedi Healers, and both apprenticed under T’raa Saa for a while. Unfortunately Jedi not being real family types did not quite get the bond between siblings, especially fraternal twins. The pair worked well together, almost like one person, why mess with it?
Right. Granted most of the time the “no attachments” bit of the Jedi needs a hammer taken to it. But with the Cho twins? There was a serious problem there.
So… bunnies say they were sent into some of the early bits of the Clone War, where Kanan was kidnapped, tortured, and killed. Suddenly lacking the Force bond he’d had all his life, Gonou promptly snapped and murdered the villagers who turned her over and pretty much the whole Separatist clan responsible.
Also, the bunnies say while Sanzo sucks at Force Manipulation? Cho Gonou (later Hakkai) is very, very good at it.
…Yes, that scares me too.
Gojyo was the smuggler and gambler who picked up a very bloody guy, possibly just ahead of a raging mob. If there was anyone left to rage.
On yet another Council “Can we get them out of our hair this time?” mission, Sanzo and Goku showed up to take Gonou back to the Temple. There was, of course, violence.
(That’s why they sent Sanzo. For one thing, he can’t use Force Manipulation, but he’s also damn good at No Selling it….)
After certain misunderstandings were ironed out, in part involving his face and someone’s knuckles, or maybe vice-versa, Gojyo came along with the other three to both bring a cargo to Coruscant and see what happened.
Bunnies say it may have been T’raa who gave Hakkai his new name, because no one had realized how much of Gonou’s identity was tangled up with his twin, to the point that when she died, he fragmented.
…And then Sanzo ended up needing help to go hunt down bad guys, so by use of some creative slicing he snuck Hakkai out and they’ve been together ever since. Bunnies honestly suspect Hakkai may have bonded to Sanzo as “person to keep me stable”. Which makes Sanzo argh. A lot.
Bunnies also say that the limiters Hakkai wears are meant to damp down his contact with the Force, so he has an easier time not using the Dark Side. This… sometimes works better than others.
Sanzo’s style is Ataru, the acrobatic one (fits what we’ve seen of him fighting canon) and he has the Energy Absorption trick. Meaning he can catch a lightsaber blade, if he wants. Usually he’s not that crazy. Usually.
I suspect Hakkai’s style, when he’s not using lightning, is Soresu. You know, the one that looks so quiet until it tangles you up and decapitates you….
Kryal also added the image of Goku plus kid Rebels!Kanan (Caleb Dume). “Sanzo maintains that the broken Temple roof is not his fault.”