We all have our weaknesses. Is it that you fail to resist the undeniable urge to eat that chocolate bar that has been staring at you all day? Or perhaps it something more extreme, such as a lust for power? There are numerous characters from Star Wars that can relate to that. Darth Vader lusted the power to stop those he loved from dying and bringing back those he had already lost. Darth Sidious consummated the power to rule the known galaxy, even though it saw his eventual downfall. Literally. 

You can be the strongest and most powerful being that anyone has ever seen, but there is always something that rips you from that pedestal. Darth Malgus believed that his true potential was being deterred by his love for Eleena. Darth Vader's fall to the dark side of the Force was heavily influenced by his love for his mother Shmi and his beloved Padmé, both of which perished causing Vader to be fueled by nothing but raw rage and hatred. Darth Sidious was told by Luke Skywalker that his overconfidence was his weakness, causing Sidious to rebut by telling Luke that his weakness was his faith in his friends. 

Today's Friday Focus has been made pretty clear. What are your character's weaknesses? Does your weakness trigger a particular emotion or memory? Share your answers and ideas in the comments section. 

The Saboteur Blaster bolts seem to do the trick.
The Enigmatist Golgaron is an irredeemable ideologue to his own self-determined philosophy, and that puts him at philosophical odds wit...
LD.OOC My two police mains: Aresconson is nuts, but you probably won't see it. Ouf'usic doesn't know how to spea...

There goes another standard galactic cycle of our core world, Earth. Once again as a tradition to SWTOR-RP, we use our Force sight and peer into the year that was 2016 and highlight the greats of Star WarsThe Old Republic, and of course, SWTOR-RP. We show our appreciation for the developers from BioWare, our writers here at SWTOR-RP, and once again to Lucasfilm and Disney for bringing us another epic adventure on the big screen. 

There was so much hype for Rogue One that the excitement could have filled the inner walls of the dreaded Death Star. All year we waited for the first ever standalone film set in the galaxy far, far away that we cherish oh so dearly. Gareth Edwards did a splendid job of taking us down memory lane with plenty of easter eggs in his film. We saw and heard of characters from Star Wars Rebelssome famous characters from the original films made some impressive cameos, and once again, we saw the glorious terror of Darth Vader.

Continue below as we highlight some of the great moments here at SWTOR-RP. We give thanks to our writers and our amazing roleplaying community.

Our writing team will return on the 16th of January with new content. We have a new team and we're about as excited as a Hutt before his every meal!

Irasol Imperata This site is awesome, the sheer fact it's taught me more about the sub culture we are all part of compared to 4 yea...

Better a few faithful supporters than a wealth of false friends
- Adi Gallia, Cloak of Deception

Friends, family, loved ones. They're the Vader to our Emperor, the 3PO to our R2, Salacious to our Jabba, Jar Jar to our... The Force knows what. The point we're making is that our closest friends and loved ones in the world of Star Wars are fundamental to our stories, our battles, our successes and sometimes our failures. In The Old Republic, we're given the opportunity to form our own crew and go as far as falling in love. It's unfortunate though that some idiot and his even more idiotic sister with the world's most annoying voice after Jar Jar took over the galaxy and forced us to separate from our friends and loved ones. 

Slowly over the course of our battles against idiot and the more annoying idiot, we see the return of a few friends. I say a few because we still have enough fingers on one of our humanoid hands to count how many of our actual close friends have returned to the fold. We're all still missing our romanced characters and some of our favourite companions. 

In a recent livestream, we learnt that no companions are returning with the latest expansion. Excuse me? 

Wouldn't The Outlander make it a top priority—very close after ridding the galaxy of the idiots—to find his lover and his closest friends? I'm coming out with a blatant and very confident KRIFF YES! BioWare on the other hand have forced it upon our characters to completely disregard this. We won't be seeing our companions this expansion. 

I understand that the story behind the return of some of the companions was lackluster. I personally enjoyed them but the majority apparently cried out in a big and loud Vader-esque, "NOOOOOO!" If that was the case, fix it and bring our companions back!

Am I alone in this? I perused the official forums and opinions are mixed. But I did find some people loyal to the cause. BioWare, bring back our loved ones. Bring back my virtual wife. Bring back Doc so he can heal the emotional wounds you've inflicted upon me!

DezarasPrime The new crew's ok I guess but I want my old crew back. Or at least a decent explanation as to why they haven't...
Bambi If anyone would notice the Outlander popping back into action and starting a new alliance, it would be Mako, wouldn'...
Kurth Kanz Exactly my reaction upon reading companions were more or less dropped for this expansion... Tbh, some companions quests...

We are slowly creeping closer to covering the last few worlds from The Old Republic here at SWTOR-RP. The previous edition covered Tatooine, Taris, and Voss. This edition, the second last of the series, covers the two ice planets of The Old Republic -- Belsavis and Hoth. The former is not so well known in the Star Wars universe compared to the latter. Hoth was featured in The Empire Strikes Back where the famous ice battle took place between the Alliance to Restore the Republic and the Galactic Empire

Covered with ice, Belsavis is one of the Republic-controlled worlds for players of The Old Republic to explore. However, despite being covered by ice, Belsavis is also covered by small pockets of volcanoes. The world has two suns, three moons, and a standard day lasts 25 hours. Prior to the events of the Great Hyperspace War, Belsavis received no attention from the outside world. It was fifty years before the era of The Old Republic that Republic scientists discovered the world and the dangers that lingered underground. During the times of the Rakatan Empire, a prison was built that housed some of the most dangerous creatures and droids in the known galaxy. Due to the ancient nature of the prison, the Republic believed that the force fields that contained the prisoners would soon fail. Restoration efforts began on the prison to ensure that it remained operational, soon after being dubbed as "The Tomb."

As a result of the Great War, the prison's population grew with Sith Lords, Sith Alchemists, and even Mandalorians. It wasn't long until the Empire discovered the location of the secret prison and an all-out assault took place. It is this battle that brings us into the events in The Old Republic. Will the Republic succeed in keeping the prisoners at bay, or will the Empire see the release of the countless dangerous criminals, creatures, and droids that have been contained for centuries?

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. 

Luke Skywalker was taught the ways of the Force by Obi-Wan and Yoda. The Jedi Exile took on the teachings of the cryptic old woman we know as Kreia. Qui-Gon taught Obi-Wan, and Darth Sidious taught Vader. 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. 
Bloodletter For Jedi, I'd say Kyle Katarn. Because he doesn't have that kind of "holier than thou" tempe...
PSDuckie From the movies: Han Solo. From SWTOR: Lana Beniko.
Magenta Sparrow Innovations Meetra Surik, on account of her talking almost all her crew into becoming the Jedi who would rebuild the entire order wh...
Original art by Shobrick
Where there is life, there is death. Unfortunately, our lives have to come to an end at some point. Whether it'll be from old age, or some other cause which we won't go into, the lights will eventually turn off. Sad to say, we see numerous people pass away for a number of different reasons. Whether its someone close to us, or a mere acquaintance, death always strikes a blow. In Star Wars, it is no different. Many character have passed on into the Force, many of which have had a significant impact on the story, as well as other characters. Would Anakin Skywalker have turned into Darth Vader had his mother and Padmé not died? We will never know. 

Our characters in The Old Republic are creations of our imaginations, as is their history, personalities, and everything else that makes them what they are. Seeming as though it isn't possible to run around in BioWare's virtual world as an infant, our characters have most likely been through thick and thin to get to where they are, from the day they were born, to the days following the events of the Sacking of Coruscant. It is probably safe to say that our characters have seen many people die, some of those most likely friends. What we'd like to know in today's Force Reflection is whether your character has lost anybody, and what impacts their death had on your character. Haven't thought about it before? Well here's your chance to further develop your character. Post your answers in the comments section. 
Captain Shanks My sanity playing this game.
Serithis He likely will have had a few losses in his life, quite possibly his parents but not in a way where they were just kille...
Kendell Shar Fellow enlistees of the Empire have died before Kendell's eyes on numerous occasions, and several times those d...

Swing. Block. Spin. Parry. Counterattack. Force leap over enemy. Swing. Block. Force push.

If you are of the dark side of the force, perhaps some force lightning would be more fitting at the end of that combative combination. If you were a practitioner of a lightsaber form other than the acrobatic form, Ataru, then perhaps you would rather a more defensive style, such as Soresu.

During the period of the Old Republic, the time in which The Old Republic takes place, six forms of lightsaber combat existed, adopted by both the Jedi and the Sith. Each form specialises in different aspects of movement, ranging from the fundamentals of all forms and basic attacks, to lightsaber versus lightsaber focus, tight and defensive movements, and acrobatics. The Jedi and Sith decide which form to utilise for a number of reasons, ranging from personal preference, stature, emotion, and a form which will perform well against the current enemy of either side.

Lightsaber forms are not simply a matter of choosing and practicing. Other forms of lightsaber combat were introduced over the thousands of years in which the Jedi and Sith existed. Some of these forms were merged, some were adopted by existing forms, and others became independant. Additionally, movements, or "Marks of Contact," form the basis of lightsaber combat and are utilised across the board.

The six forms of lightsaber combat which existed during The Old Republic are as follows: 

  • Form I: Shii-Cho
  • Form II: Makashi
  • Form III: Soresu
  • Form IV: Ataru
  • Form V: Shien
  • Form VI: Niman
Alen Niman gets a bad rap, but I find it the most interesting. It's as if with Form V, lightsaber practitioners had gone...
Kathryl Oriana You mean, no source material beside Kotor II? Because Meetra Surik could learn Juyo from master Kavar and that game is a...
Othone You forgot Form VII: Juyo.

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.

Cerrabus While functionally all elements discussed are correct it doesn't specifically address the question posed. The probl...
TheScythe As a veteran story-writer for one of the games longest running RP guilds, I can confirm the contents of this article. K...
Kiyosa A real shame, this. I used to enjoy these articles, but there seems to be no end to the dung-slinging. At this point, ma...

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. 

Dwelling Play Only two of my alts have colours other than the original three: My would-be Jedi, who failed her trials, secretly const...
Karnstein RP wise, Karnstein use a Cyan-Blue one, she found the crystal in Taris while exploring the planet.
Voah Green synth crystal just like good old Luke

Lightsaber combat during the era of The Old Republic is flash. Though the lightsaber duels between Luke and Vader, and Obi-Wan and Vader are classics, the combat we've seen in SWTOR's cinematics are just as entertaining.

Lightsaber duels just aren't about wielding the glow-bat and swinging it around hoping that you ward off attacks and land a successful blow, slicing and dicing your opponent. Duels are very dependent on lightsaber-user's ability and knowledge of their chosen lightsaber form.

Each style of lightsaber combat has it's advantages and disadvantages. Soresu is a very defensive style, and it relies on creating that impenetrable defense in the hopes that the opponent tires, opening them up to an attack. Ataru, arguably one of the more popular styles, is acrobatic and offensive, though a constant onslaught could cause fatigue. We saw this happen with Qui-Gon, resulting in his demise.

Not all players of SWTOR play saber-wielding folk, but for those that do, we'd like to know which style of lightsaber combat your character uses and why. Have they mastered the style? Explain how in your answers below.

Matdor Bain Went for a more dumbed down version of the fighting employed by Exar Kun, Hybrid form with a Niman base and additions of...
Benni My character Alaar Tay specializes in soresu form although is capable to supplement it with Ataru
xI Lord Coma Ix Traykx uses a very rigid and non adapted Makashi. He's old and this is the perfect form to allow what little dexter...
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