Last week we saw the final Nik-Nak's Workshop as I had run out of source material to write a full column's worth about. This week I will be stepping down completely from reporting which also means that A Guide to the Stars will also cease after this week. I have had a great year working alongside the great staff here on this site and I am sure they will keep up the great work in my absence.
 
It got me thinking though: what would you like to see more of on this site in the form of a column? While we try to keep the variation mixed and bring in an in-character sense of news reporting, there might be something we haven't thought of covering or an area you would like to see expanded on. Do you find these columns a useful source of information and use them to your advantage for in-character knowledge?
 
With this week's Force Reflection lets put our heads together and perhaps get a sense of how to fill the void I will inevitably leave in my departure. What would you like to see a column about? What articles would you like to see more of? Lets hear your thoughts.
Vaanthe a You will be missed, Zash. Thanks for all your hard work here, and lovely pieces!
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Kashira Farewell Zash! You'll be missed! I would love to see a column that has a poll. I feel like that would be an intera...
 
Welcome to Nik-Nak's Workshop. First of all we would like to thank all our readers for supporting our work! This week will be our final insight of a jawa's view of the world of tech! This week we're taking a look at two of the nastiest melee weapons out there: electrostaffs and force pikes!
 
The force pike—also referred to as a stun pole—is the name given to several similar weapons that have evolved independently between races and civilizations throughout the galaxy. The distinguishing feature they all have in common is the on the tip of the pole; a vibro-edged head with a stun module. It is said that these stun modules are so powerful that they can even knock out a full-grown wookiee. To achieve this, the force pike uses a concentrated nerve impulse, similar to that featured in the stun setting of a blaster rifle. Also, despite the name force pike, they have no relation to the Force, but it isn't unheard of for Force users to wield these formidable weapons.
 
At their lowest setting, a force pike can deliver an excruciating electrical shock; the higher settings tend to result in paralysis or death. At their highest settings, a force pike can slice through everything from  flesh and bone to thin durasteel plating. Due to the vibro-edged head, with enough strength behind an attack, it can easily cleave through most things with very little effort. Generally, these are employed as defensive weapons. Due to their size and strength, they can easily parry attacks from a lightsaber as well as withstanding the blow. It has been known that due to their lower level settings that force pikes have also been used as torture weapons in interrogations.
Kashira ((It's sad to see this column come up a close! It's been awesome to read it, you've covered so much! I h...
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Welcome to Nik-Nak's Workshop. Each week we will be providing you with a jawa's insight into the world of tech! This week we're taking a look at a variation of the lightsaber: the lightwhip!

Also known as an energy whip or a laser whip, the lightwhip is a rare variation of the lightsaber. They generally function on the same principles and mechanics of a lightsaber, emitting coherent beams of energy that are used as a weapon. The main difference is the blade; rather than the straight meter long blades emitted by standard lightsabers, lightwhips feature long, flexible blades that can often extend several meters in length. To achieve this, rather than making use of one large crystal the way lightsabers do, lightwhips use multiple small crystals and the plasma in the blade has no cell barriers to keep it straight.

Just like lightsabers, the lightwhips blade can come in a variety of colors and shades based on the crystals it uses. They are mostly designed to emit a single blade—just like a standard lightsaber—though it isn't unheard of that some alterations can be made to allow the lightwhips to produce multiple tassels. These weapons are still rare and exotic weapons and they remain an unfamiliar occurrence among traditional duelists. Due to this, lightwhip wielders can usually enjoy a considerable amount of leverage over their opponents
 
Welcome to Nik-Nak's Workshop. Each week we will be providing you with a jawa's insight into the world of tech! This week we're taking a look at Slugthrowers and Scatterguns!
 
Slugthrowers are weapons that use an explosive chemical to launch a solid projectile at high velocity. The projectile, known as a "slug," is what gives these primitive weapons their name, slugthrower. While they may be less fashionable and more primitive over common blaster rifles and pistols, slugthrowers do have some advantages. The maintenance of a slugthrower is much easier than that of a blaster. It is a simple case of keeping them relatively clean on the inside and well oiled. It makes them more favourable weapons in unsuitable terrain such as thick jungles and swamps where the atmosphere alone can cause blaster malfunctions.
 
A typical slugthrower pistol has an effective range of around sixty meters, while on a rifle this range can be extended up to three hundred meters. In the hands of an expert, sniper rifles have been known to pick off enemies from up to a mile away. However, slugthrowers are extremely hard to handle and even harder to truly master. Their firing rate varies immensely with some being single shot weapons without external detachable magazines while others can fire thousands of slugs in a minute. This is also affected by the firing mechanism on each slugthrower. These range from pump, lever, revolver, bolt, as well as hundreds of others.
@Falamee537 Kal can always be seen toating around a revolver that he breaks out on special occasions, normally when he needs a quick...
TheScythe Both very practical weapons for hunting. -JC
 
Welcome to Nik-Nak's Workshop. Each week we will be providing you with a jawa's insight into the world of tech! This week we're taking a look at the use of carbonite with weapons!
 
A few weeks back, we did a brief special on the effects of carbonite freezing, and this week we're going to touch on the subject a bit more as well as give you some examples of how carbonite has been weaponized for battle. 

Carbonite is a metal alloy that is made from carbon. Mixed with tibanna gas, compressed and then flash-frozen, it creates blocks which are used to safely transport anything or anyone that has been frozen within. The main source of carbonite comes from the Empress Teta system with a major mining stronghold on Koros Major. As a result, it has become a very prosperous and powerful world from the export of carbonite.
 
While it was originally designed for transporting cargo securely, technology to freeze living things was quickly developed and put into production, despite the dangers. One simple miscalculation can lead to death. Using freezing chambers, living beings are sealed within carbonite in a matter of seconds; this process uses molten carbonite which is released into the chamber and then flash frozen. Within the chamber there is tibanna gas which is suspended inside the chamber. This cools the carbonite as it is introduced into the chamber which causes the flash freeze effect. There are dangers to the unfreezing process as well, as hibernation sickness is quite common as a result of being released from carbonite.
Joshmaul ((Some have questioned the prevalence of carbon freezing prior to it being done to Han Solo in ESB. If carbon-freezing a...
 
Welcome to Nik-Nak's Workshop. Each week we will be providing you with a jawa's insight into the world of tech! This week we're taking a look at a droid that seems to be rising in popularity over the last few weeks: the Power Droid!

Power droids, sometimes called Gonk Droids due to the low honking nose they make that sounds like the word "gonk," are small boxy droids with either two or four legs. Their main function is essentially being mobile batteries or power generators, capable of powering a variety of machinery and vehicles. This versatility makes them a very common sight around the galaxy and can be found from starships to the wastelands of Tatooine. The low honking noise they make is in fact a form of droid-speak which is referred to as Gonkian.
 
With a very simple artificial intelligence, power droids are able to understand rudimentary commands. Most commonly they are used on under-developed worlds that do not have an expansive power grid. This doesn't mean they aren't useful for other purposes as well. Many starships and mobile military operations use them as back up generators if things should go bad. The interior of some models of power droids is filled out with fusion generators; powerful generators able to power large assault weapons and small starships. The exterior of the power droids is heavily armored to protect the contents within.


Welcome to Nik-Nak's Workshop. Each week we will be providing you with a jawa's insight into the world of tech! This week we're taking a look at some of the tools employed by some of the most infamous bounty hunters in the galaxy!

Bounty hunters are mercenaries for hire who track down and capture or kill anyone with a price on their head. In this line of work, they usually have a small arsenal of weapons and tools at their disposal to get the job done. This week we're taking a look at some of the most commonly used tools and what makes them tick. Without a doubt, the flamethrower has become one of the most signature weapons for bounty hunters everywhere; powerful weapons that are able to fire a burning steam of liquid or gas and best used in close-quarters combat due to their limited range. Equipped into either the gauntlet or a component around the wrist, the simple point and shoot function makes these weapons one of the most useful tools for combat.

After the Mandalorian Wars, many Mandalorians turned to the life of being a mercenary and in turn became bounty hunters. With their signature beskar armor—also referred to as Mandalorian iron—getting around and chasing down their targets might seem like quite a bit of effort, right? The majority of such armor is usually outfitted with a jetpack to compensate for the weight and mobility of the armor. Most jetpacks are only equipped with a limited amount of fuel which allows for short controlled bursts. Such short bursts can propel the user up to one hundred meters horizontally or seventy meters vertically, but continuous use would only last about one minute on most models before running out of fuel.


Welcome to a special edition of Nik-Nak's Workshop. Each week we provide you with a jawa's insight into the world of tech! In today's special we're looking at two new tools which have just come on to the market for the general population: Seeker Droids and Macrobinoculars!

So at this point you might find yourself asking, "just what are macrobinoculars?"  Well, this handy little device allows a person to scan objects from a long distance and can uncover some interesting details about them. Already, hundreds of scavengers and treasure hunters have taken up the call with a set of macrobinoculars and are searching high and low for such hidden items scattered all over the galaxy.

As for the seeker droid, although they don't need to be used with the macrobinoculars, they still have a similar function. Seeker droids are programmed to notify their users when hidden objects are located underground. There are even rumors of treasure hunters unearthing what could possibly be dangerous sith artifacts. The galaxy is a big place and you'll need all your wits to find the most valuable artifacts hidden away out there. Good luck treasure hunters!

That's all the time we've got for you today. Be sure to keep an eye out for another special issue of Nik-Nak's Workshop. Bringing you the best in tech, because you deserve it.

Nik-Nak's Workshop Special | Macrobinocular and Seeker Droid Edition
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Welcome to Nik-Nak's Workshop. Each week we will be providing you with a jawa's insight into the world of tech! This week we're taking a look at one of the most iconic ships in the known galaxy: the Hammerhead-Class Cruiser!

The Hammerhead-Class cruisers are a type of warship that have been in service of the Republic Navy since the Old Sith Wars and saw service through the Mandalorian Wars as well. This ship was a cruiser and a successor design to the smaller Praetorian-class frigate, also manufactured by Rendili Hyperworks. Serving on the line in fleet engagements as a courier and as a command ship of large fleets, it became a common sight near Republic-controlled worlds. The Hammerhead-class was able to enter atmospheres and land on planetary surfaces and was able to handle independent operations without the use of a supporting fleet.

With four ion engines and a class two hyperdrive, the Hammerhead-class could build up quite a lot of speed for its size. Armed with four dual heavy turbolasers cannons, two regular turbolaser cannons and two quad laser cannons, it isn't surprising why a support fleet wasn't needed for some operations. It also held a compliment of up to twelve aurek tactical strikefighters, two ministry-class orbital shuttles and various different types of support craft. The average size of a crew for this type of ship was three hundred and it still had room for up to four hundred passengers and a cargo capacity of four thousand tons. 


Welcome to Nik-Nak's Workshop. Each week we will be providing you with a jawa's insight into the world of tech! This week we're taking a look at one of Core Galaxy Systems' finest ships: the Dynamic-class Freighter!

The Dynamic-class was quite a rare sight at the time of their main construction. Core Galaxy Systems limited construction to one vessel at a time. Core Galaxy Systems are one of the major starship manufacturers around, along with Alderaan Royal Engineers, Rendili StarDrive, and Corellian Engineering Corps. While they have produced a stunning array of starships, the Dynamic-class freighter has the spotlight this week as it was this model of starship that became most famous for being the model of the Ebon Hawk.

Around the time of the Jedi Civil War, it was said the Ebon Hawk was the Dynamic-class freighter that was used by the Jedi Revan. From an outside appearance, the ship still appeared to be that of factory standards. However it is believed that as the Ebon Hawk changed ownership over the years, it was heavily modified to suit the new users' needs and that of the crew. At the time, it was said that this ship was one of the top ten fastest ships in the galaxy. At the very least, it was the fastest ship within the Outer Rim Territories at the time.
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