We all have enemies. Life would be kind of boring if it wasn't for a little unhealthy competition, right? Our enemies take the form of people who are awfully jealous of us but could never admit it. Because they're incapable of ever achieving your level of success or happiness, they try to lower you to their bottomless pit of self-loathing and disgust. Call is basic psychology. On the other hand, perhaps your enemy is someone who beats you at every turn, being one step ahead of you every time. Your enemies could be those close to you, without you even realising. In most cases, however, your enemies are pretty apparent, as they make your life a living hell.
You'd have to be pretty clueless and ignorant not to spot the countless characters in Star Wars
that have arch enemies. In Revenge of the Sith
best friend turned against him and the two went from being soul mates to each other's nemesis in a heart beat. Rolling back the clock a few thousand years, Revan
defeated his former partner-in-crime-turned-adversary
in Knights of the Old Republic
. As we move on a few hundred years to the era of The Old Republic
, Satele Shan
and Darth Malgus
could be said to share a mutual distaste for one another.
Today's Friday Focus is a character building exercise, something which we like to do often. It is no doubt that our characters would have enemies, whether it be someone from their past or a current adversary who causes your character much grief. Let us know in the comments section who your character's greatest enemy is, whether it be an individual, an organisation or an entire faction. We don't like to be haters here at SWTOR-RP
, but lets be real: this is Star Wars
, and as roleplayers, we thrive for conflict.
Who and what we become in life is highly influenced by the teachings we received from the moment we could stand on our own two feet. Our parents kick-off our life long lessons, teaching us the dos and do nots; life 101. We then go to Kindergarten, followed by school, college and university, if we decide to take our studies that far.
Along the way, we pick up skills and personality traits from everything and everyone around us. Our teachers, family and friends all have their own influence, but amongst them all, there is usually one person, or one master, who has the most impact.
In Star Wars, it isn't that much different. Though Luke Skywalker was brought up by his uncle and aunt, Obi-Wan and Yoda left a significant imprint in Skywalker's programming when they took up the task of teaching him the ways of the Force. Obi-Wan was guided by Qui-Gon, and Anakin was instructed by Obi-Wan.
What we'd like to know today is: where did your character in The Old Republic receive their training? Was it from an academy such as that on Korriban or the temple on Tython? Or perhaps, contrary to the message in this Friday Focus, your character learnt their survival skills by venturing out on their own, learning from their own mistakes? Post your answers in the comments section below.
There are two ways we learn in life: through our experiences and through our mentors. It is said that we learn something new everyday, and we're either taught this by someone else or we figure it out for ourselves. Throughout the Star Wars
story, key characters have grown to be better beings by taking on the knowledge of someone older and wiser. Jedi and Sith alike take on the teachings of their masters, whilst soldiers of the Republic and the Empire have the knowledge of tact and battle bred into them through discipline and sweat.
was taught the ways of the Force by Obi-Wan
. The Jedi Exile
took on the teachings of the cryptic old woman we know as Kreia
taught Obi-Wan, and Darth Sidious
. The list is endless, and it is not restricted to the Jedi and Sith. Each mentor had their own ways of teaching and discipline, forging different products of the flesh. This brings us to today's Force Reflection; Who is the greatest mentor in all of Star Wars
and why? Post your answers in the comments section.
In an article miniseries based on Daniel Wallace's
instruction book for students of the Jedi Order
– The Jedi Path –
we've taken you through some of the lessons taught to Initiates and Padawans, as well as discussing some of the roles available to Jedi talented enough to make it to the rank of Jedi Knight. The Jedi Path: Teachings of the Jedi Order
has acted as a guide for roleplayers who wish to learn more about the lore covering the different ranks within the Jedi Order, exclusively on SWTOR-RP
Note that most of the knowledge extracted from the book has been of the teachings after the Ruusan Reformation – an event which occurred much later in the Star Wars
timeline than the events which take place in The Old Republic
. However, any major differences in the structure of the Order have been pointed out in Parts I through IV so far of the miniseries, with the major difference being the manner in which the Jedi Trials are carried out. The Jedi Code, teachings of Initiates and Padawans, and the different roles of the Jedi Knights discussed in Part IV
can be said to be very much the same in the era of The Old Republic
, as there is no evidence to the contrary.
In Part V, we conclude the miniseries with some additional Force powers and lightsaber techniques available for Jedi Knights to learn. We will dabble in both Jedi recruitment and a brief history of the Sith, we learn what it means to take on a Padawan learner, what it takes to become a Master and Grand Master of the Jedi Order, and at the end of a Jedi's career, becoming "one" with the Force.
Learning Alter abilities as a Jedi Knight is a part of the fundamental teachings of that rank, as Jedi Seer Sabla-Mandibu states that without the Alter abilities, a Jedi is like a "mud limpet" – perceiving the world around them but unable to touch it. Telekinesis is one of the most commonly used abilities by Jedi Knights. To learn this ability, Jedi are instructed to enter the Temple's Kuddaka chamber where the Muntuur Stones are kept. Each stone weighs several tons, and if a Jedi Knight can lift at least one of these stones, it is seen as a step in the right direction to mastery of Telekinesis. It is noted that Grand Master Fae Coven is capable of lifting all six stones after entering a deep state of meditation, whilst Yoda after 700 years of age can only lift five.
Do you ever wonder how it is that the Jedi are so ruthless and precise with their strikes, parries, and blows whilst using the unforgiving lightsaber? Not only do the Jedi have access to the almighty Force to anticipate the attack and defence strategies of their foes, but they also have access to the knowledge contained within the forms of lightsaber combat which have been studies for centuries. In Part III of this article miniseries
based on the book The Jedi Path
, we take you through the lightsaber forms used by both the Jedi and the Sith, as well as touching on sense abilities. We will then conclude the Padawan chapter of the book written for students of the Jedi by taking you through the Jedi Trials – the tests that determine whether a Padawan can be deemed ready for Knighthood within the Jedi Order
For those of you still getting familiar with Jedi lore, there are six forms of lightsaber combat, each with their own style. Form I, also known as the Determination Form or Way of the Sarlacc, is the first style of lightsaber combat taught to the Jedi Initiates and Padawan learners of the Jedi Order. As previously stated in Part I
of The Jedi Path: Teachings of the Jedi Order
, Form I aims at the major strike zones of the body, consisting of the right and left sides of the body, as well as the head and legs. Disarming or temporarily incapacitating an enemy is the main aim of Form I. It is when we move onto Form II, also known as Makashi, and the Contention Form or Way of the Ysalamiri, that we begin to move onto the more stylised forms of lightsaber combat. Makashi was predominantly used for lightsaber-on-lightsaber combat. It is the most elegant of the six forms, using light and precise strikes at its opponents. The stance of Makashi consists of having one foot in front of the other in a line, moving forward and back upon this line. Disarming strikes with spins and twirls of the lightsaber are the more natural movements of this form.
The bond between soul mates can be everlasting -- through sickness and through health, through life and death. The understanding, love and loyalty which forms through such bonds is said to be eternal. Only the harshest and most extreme circumstances, though rare, could ever destroy the attachment. In the world of Star Wars, we have seen bonds form and break. Some have rekindled and others were considered truly lost. The bond between the Jedi Exile and Kreia in the Knights of the Old Republic II, created through the force, came to a dark and epic end. Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi were separated due to Anakin's misguided thoughts and his undeniable love for Padmé. On the contrary, we have the bond between Obi-Wan Kenobi and Qui-Gon Jinn. It was not resentment or betrayal that separated the two; it was the swift blow of death that ended the living bond between Padawan and Master. Qui-Gon Jinn's life was prematurely taken from him by Darth Maul in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. Though Qui-Gon's life faltered, memories of what the two men shared lived on through the Force and in Obi-Wan Kenobi. It is those kind of memories that make the experiences shared between a Padawan and Master unforgettable. In The Old Republic, players will have the opportunity play either role. Padawan or Master? The choice is yours. This article will highlight the ways and experiences of a Jedi Padawan and Master, from the point of promotion from a Jedi Initiate, to the tests of the Jedi Trials.
A while ago, someone in the comments section said that maybe film and online RP shouldn’t be linked as closely as I often link them.
After all, one is long-form storytelling and the other is free-form. One is the (hopefully) polished work of a team of professionals and the other is a constantly evolving work in progress. Films are structured in ways that can’t easily be brought to real-time collaborative writing. The responsibility of the story falls not on one person writing all characters, but a team of people writing multiple characters. It all comes together to form a very different beast.
Despite all that, there are some crucial similarities. The dramatic question is one of them.
It can be safe to presume that the Jedi Knight class is the iconic representation of a hero and centered focus in all Star Wars stories across the numerous eras. Obi-Wan was a Jedi Knight, as was Luke Skywalker and Anakin Skywalker (before his inevitable spiraling fall to the bottomless dark and shadowy pit that is the Dark Side). More specifically to The Old Republic, Revan was a Jedi Knight too. And to top it all off, Jedi Knight is a rank in the Jedi Order. Still not convinced? Stop being such a hater you Imperial scum!
We make these points because in The Old Republic, it is the Jedi Knight who takes on the game's most formidable villain: The Emperor. BioWare also use the class in their story trailers, including one of the latest trailers for their upcoming digital expansion.
Very soon, we're going to be diving into Knights of the Fallen Empire as The Outlander, but not all of us play as a Jedi Knight. Hence, our question for this Friday Focus.
We'd like to know which class you think is most suited to being The Outlander and why. Do you think that a Bounty Hunter is just as iconic a role as a Jedi Knight? Tell us why in the comments section below!
Before the days of BioWare and The Old Republic, lightsaber blade colours were few. Standard colours consisted of blue and green for the so-called good guys, and red for those who require anger management.
In some parts of the Expanded Universe, particularly Knights of the Old Republic, lightsaber blade colours became relative to a Jedi's class. Blue was the colour used by Jedi Guardians whose sole focus was lightsaber combat. Yellow was the colour of the Jedi Sentinel which was seen as a balanced class. And lastly, Green was the colour of the Force-using Jedi Consulars who were masters of Force powers.
The colours could have been seen to ring somewhat true if compared to the films. Yoda is a master of all things Jedi, but arguably, he was predominantly a Force user, and his lightsaber was green. Obi-Wan and Anakin, on the other hand, relied on their skill with a lightsaber, and their sabers were blue. Vader, red. Simple.
Then came The Old Republic. Now, there are almost endless colours and shades, some of which I wish my poor, poor eyes were never exposed to.
The colour of the a lightsaber blade is dependent on the crystal used in the construction of the lightsaber, but some colours might have meaning to particular characters.
For today's Friday Focus, let us know what your lightsaber blade's colour is, and why you chose that colour.
"I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. I fear something terrible has happened."
- Obi-Wan Kenobi, Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
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