Sometimes we're capable of some very remarkable and heroic deeds. Whether it be part of your job description or something that happens in the heat of the moment, your actions may be seen by others as courageous and epic. Police Officers, Fire Fighters, Paramedics, Medical Staff and Military Personnel are just a few examples of people who put their own lives at risk to protect others, as well as displaying gallantry. However, any ordinary individual is more than capable of such an act. People can surprise themselves and others by mustering the strength to achieve greatness in the face of fear.

What good would a character be in Star Wars if they'd never accomplished anything remarkable or heroic? Luke Skywalker would not have been as interesting if he hadn't achieved some of the remarkable things he'd done, such as blowing up the Death Star, defeating the Emperor or making out with his sister. Hmm, no; that was awkward. As roleplayers, our characters for The Old Republic will need a story. It is the foundation of roleplaying and without a story, we'd be regular players exchanging words and slander without purpose.

What we'd like to know in today's Friday Focus is what your character for the The Old Republic has done that can be considered remarkable or heroic. Has your character defeated an impossible enemy? Perhaps a decision they've made has saved -- or if you're playing the devil's advocate, killed -- thousands of people? Or maybe they've destroyed a Jedi Temple? No, scrap that, unless you want to be shunned for roleplayer elites. Lacking a story to tell? Here's another opportunity to add to your character's history. Get creative people and post your stories in the comments section.

YA BOI CatharMando I have been remarkably selfish before
Elderday Kellarov Elderday's everyday life either consists of excessive drinking, sitting around being grumpy, fighting, or, maybe on...
Iknayid Jerumasel Most of my characters tend to be villains, so little to no heroism around. Been some fun times at least.

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. 

Watcher_Hevilas Crimsèn: He's an imperial agent, and couldn't really find much on the lore where agents are trained, so...
Emoral Heliolite Emoral was trained to Knighthood on Ilum, a part of the relatively few Jedi Enclaves permanently present there since the...
The P.B.G Cori'Senteye, my character has one of the strangest trainings for a Jedi ever. Born into a family of entertainers a...

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...

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...
There are only a few instances in life where the gift of choice is taken from us. You can choose your friends, your line of work, the games you play, and the websites you follow. In all the countless choices that we're faced with on a day-to-day basis, there is one choice that we cannot make, and that is the choosing of our family. They are our blood, and they are our life long-companions that we will be connected with till the day we or they die, no matter how much we despise them. 
In Star Wars, the concept of family is very much alive. Luke Skywalker lived with his aunt and uncle at their moister farm on Tatooine. Anakin Skywalker lived with his mother until he was taken away by Qui-Gon Jinn, beginning his long and epic journey of becoming a Jedi. In Anakin's case, you get to see the effect family has on an individual. His anger and hatred was unparalleled when he learned of his mother's death. He went on a murderous rampage, killing an entire encampment of Tusken Raiders, including the children. 
In today's Force Reflection, tell us what the situation of your character's family is during The Old Republic. Do you have brothers or sisters? Are your parents still around? Did they have a significant influence on your characters and their development? Or are you running with the standard bad-boy rundown where your parents have been viciously murdered and you're now seeking revenge? Whatever the situation may be, post your answers in the comments section. 
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PSDuckie My two main RP characters, K'iri and K'ora, are sisters. They do argue a lot (what siblings don't?) but ...
Iradox Very dynamic and complicated...
Kelsi Raenkri My original character, Zharaji went through 2 years of gameplay with both parents and siblings alive and well. It was on...

The path of the Jedi is a difficult and treacherous one. It is filled with obstacles based on the rules of philosophy and morals, as well as requiring immense discipline. The Jedi Code must be followed at all times, lightsaber combat techniques must be at a competent level, and a Jedi must be able to connect mind, body and soul through a number of different and intricate meditative techniques. Not only does a Jedi have to pass a number of trials to excel within the Jedi Order, but they must do it selflessly. They must also resist the constant temptation of the dark side of the Force. A Jedi will make many decisions throughout their selfless career, and the utmost care must be taken to ensure a Jedi doesn't slip through the cracks to plunder to the fiery depths of the dark side.

A Jedi isn't without help. Neither are roleplayers who wish to take the reigns of a character based on such immense and deep lore. The Jedi Path, written by Daniel Wallace, is a book written from the perspective of some of the most formidable Jedi throughout history. The book is filled with comments by Luke Skywalker, Yoda, Count Dooku, Qui-Gon Jinn, Darth Sidious, and more. The book is written to address a Jedi in training. It is a great resources for any Jedi roleplayer in training as well. If you're struggling with certain aspects of Jedi lore, or if you wish to further your knowledge on probably the most renowned aspect of Star Wars in its entirety, be sure to check out The Jedi Path.

With SWTOR-RP hosting a Jedi-themed Force Reflection week, we thought it appropriate to educate our members on all things Jedi, bringing you the best bits from the book written by Daniel Wallace. In today's edition of The Jedi Path: Teachings of the Jedi Order, we'll be discussing the Jedi Code, the history of the Order itself, as well as some of the duties and trials faced by a Jedi Initiate in training to become a Jedi Padawan. Be sure to stay tuned at SWTOR-RP for further knowledge of the Jedi, taken straight from The Jedi Path. But for now, lets kick off Part I.
Oraeni I bought that book a couple weeks ago, it is amazing. I love the Bergruufta Clan!
Bielduwyn Not a bad read, some choices made are pretty peculiar, and a LOT of the character comments and notes are downright chees...
Gezmondo With this, and the Essential guide to the Force, it's like I could start my own Jedi Academy!

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...

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! 

Stache We all know it's the Emperor's Wrath. The only one acknowledged by the Emperor on Yavin. Then on Ziost, an Imp...
The Hat Every part of me wants it to be the scoundrel, simply because giveing an outlander signiture nutkick to all the Zakuul a...
Magenta Sparrow Innovations Wrath and/or the Hero of Tython. Both have a personal connection with the Emperor, both are the most talented lightsaber...
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