We all know what happened in that iconic duel in Mustafar. Anakin/Darth Vader begins as a thundering force of nature attacking with devastating power, Obi Wan the quintessential Jedi, just about managing to keep him at bay. But as people well versed in the lore know and have consistently asked, why was Obi Wan able to even contend with Anakin when he got taken out by Dooku earlier on? It is well established that Anakin is a superior to Dooku and was literally making life hell for the Sith Lord in their duel aboard the Invisible Hand, thoroughly humiliating the Count before striking the final blow.
So, why was Obi Wan able to near-equal Vader, when he wasn't able to match the Count, a person who was humiliated by Anakin, before, and is inferior to an Anakin who is still an 8? Even considering stylistic differences into consideration, the margin between them is quite high, and further more stylistic edges do nothing to change other factors of dueling like strength, speed, precognition, durability augmentation, etc.
The answer is quite simple-He didn't. Or at least, that version of Obi Wan didn't.
Let's have a look at Vader's prowess. He is flat out credited to be a "tier 9", in lightsaber dueling, the highest echelon of Jedi and Sith capability there is, according to George Lucas, and Nick Gillard themselves:
"Obi-Wan has gone up one level from Episode I to Episode III, but it’s a huge jump from one level to another. It’s not just about a style of fighting—it’s mental as well. Anakin has gone up probably four levels from Episode II to Episode III. ."Credit: http://www.theforce.net/episode3/story/nick_gillard_talks_rots_game_92147.asp
We know, as we all do, that Anakin's mental state wasn't optimum in his fight with Obi Wan, but here, Nick Gillard outright says that Anakin's mental issues are there "even as he has transcended" Obi Wan's level. In other words, even on Mustafar, he is still a 9.
Of course, Anakin's level would be optimized if his mental state was optimum, but even in this state, he is a 9, and higher than his baseline self. And more powerful than ever before.
Some more sources on the matter:
"Hayden in this film has gone up to a level nine. He's gone past Obi. The difference between an 8 and a 9 really is the dark side."Credit: Nick Gillard, Ep. 3 Stunts Featurette, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1PAOPveZtoE
" -- and the difference between 8 and 9 is enormous. A Jedi can get to level 9, but that's the difference between light and dark.Credit: Dueling Jedi
There is pretty much no doubt, that even though Gillard says that Anakin suffers from emotional issues, he flat out says that even in the duel, Anakin is still a 9.
That should end the matter there, but I'd like to call your attention to one more quote:
He took Force LSD. That's what made him a 9. That's dangerous because he hasn't done it the right way.Credit:https://www.reddit.com/r/StarWars/comments/5d8ovp/nic_gillard_just_revealed_that_there_are_9_forms/?st=ivljdm4d&sh=aec87fa6
Dangerous for whom? Obviously Anakin himself. He hasn't done it the right way, meaning he will be unstable and volatile, and more prone to making arrogant mistakes, like the one that cost him his duel. "But", he is still a 9.
This is also evidenced by the changing of his fighting style as Hayden Christensen mentions, when referred to the Obi Wan-Anakin duel:
Vader's fighting style is much more aggressive than Anakin's, much more brutal.Credit: Hayden Christensen, Episode 3 Chosen One featurette
These quotes are pretty straightforward. Nick Gillard does acknowledge that Anakin has mental issues( in the Mustafar fight, where those issues would be there), but also outright says that despite those, Anakin/Vader was still a 9. Particularly the last quote.
And this makes sense. Anakin had gone over to the dark side, and as Nick Gillard has told us( and literally any EU book on Jedi and Sith) the dark side is a gateway to quick power.
Sure that kind of power works best when "optimized" and when "razor focused", elements which Anakin admittedly lacked in this fight, but there is no denying that the extra power of the dark side "would" be available to him.
Anakin even directly states that he feels his power growing, minutes before being confronted by Padme:
Darth Vader stood on the command bridge of the Mustafar control center, hand of durasteel clasping hand of flesh behind him, and gazed up through the transparisteel view wall at thegalaxy he would one day rule.He paid no attention to the litter of corpses around his feet.
He could feel his power growing, indeed.Credit: Revenge of the Sith
Another quote for Mustafar Vader being more powerful than before:
When Padmé Amidala landed on Mustafar, Darth Vader ran to meet her. , he urged her to join him and take over the galaxy.
As is obvious, he is more powerful than before which is something affirmed further by this quote:
Now that it is confirmed beyond all doubt that Mustafar Vader is indeed more powerful than every version of Anakin, except "maybe" KF Vader we can proceed.
Now, to come straight to the point, let's have a look at the initial phase of the fight:
He brought out his own lighstaber and angled it before him. "Then I will do what I must."
"You'll try," Anakin said, and leapt.
Obi-Wan met him in the air.
Blue blades crossed, and the volcano above echoed their lightning with a shout of fire.
Blade-to-blade, they were identical. After thousands of hours in lightsaber sparring, they knew each other better than brothers, more intimately than lovers; they were complementary halves of a single warrior.
In every exchange, Obi-Wan gave ground. It was his way. And he knew that to strike Anakin down would burn his own heart to ash.
Exchanges flashed. Leaps were sideslipped or met with flying kicks; ankle sweeps skipped over and punches parried. The door of the control center fell in pieces, and then they were inside among the bodies. Consoles exploded in fountains of white-hot sparks as they ripped free of their moorings and hurtled through the air. Dead hands spasmed on triggers and blaster bolts sizzled through impossibly intricate lattices of ricochet.
. , and the bolts flared between their blades until their galvening faded and the particles of the packeted beams dispersed into radioactive fog.
"Don't make me destroy you, Obi-Wan." Anakin's voice had gone deeper than a well and bleak as the obsidian cliffs. "You're no match for the power of the dark side."
, "but I never thought I'd hear it from vow."
. Anakin stepped over bodies and lifted his blade for the kill.
Obi-Wan had only one trick left, one that wouldn't work twice—
But it was a very good trick.
It had, after all, worked rather splendidly on Grievous...
He twitched one finger, reaching through the Force to reverse the polarity of the electrodrivers in Anakin's mechanical hand.
Durasteel fingers sprang open, and a lightsaber tumbled free. Obi-Wan reached. Anakin's lightsaber twisted in the air and flipped into his hand. He poised both blades in a cross before him. "The flaw of power is arrogance."
"You hesitate," Anakin said. "The flaw of compassion—"
"It's not compassion," Obi-Wan said sadly. "It's reverence for life. Even yours. It's respect for the man you were."
He sighed. "It's regret for the man you should have been."
. "I am so sick of your lectures!"
Dark power bore down with his grip.
.Credit: Revenge of the Sith
Some arguments have hinged on Obi Wan too being at a disadvantage in this fight. But, his only special disadvantage here, would be his attachment to Anakin. Which frankly speaking, wouldn't count for much, because his "". Further, as we will see, letting go of that attachment didn't make any noticeable change in Obi Wan's ability. It was letting go of "other weights" that made the difference, and which is the crux point of this entire blog.
As is obvious, Obi Wan has had a pretty significant advantage before coming to this fight. Knowing Anakin's style and form in and out. Not only this, he specializes in Soresu, a defensive based style, which has proved incredibly effective against power based duelists before, such as General Grevious( days before), or Darth Maul, both being some of the strongest beings in the mythos, easily.
Yet even his Soresu is taking a pretty horrific battering here, to the point where he resorts to cheap, desperation moves to even distract Anakin from the fight. The kind of battering Anakin gives Obi Wan here, is pretty reminiscent of the battering Zonakin/Enraged Anakin gave to Dooku, possibly even worse. And that is "despite" Obi Wan having a significant advantage in knowing Anakin's style, in and out, and his Soresu being "optimized" to fight an enemy exactly of Anakin's type, where the situation for Dooku would literally be the antithesis of this.
Anakin force blasts him to the wall, stunning him, and the fight would have ended right there, had Obi Wan not known Electronic Manipulation, and "cheap-shotted"( or took Anakin by surprise) with the attack.
It is important to note, again, that Obi Wan was in his defensive mojo for the entire fight. Being centered in Soresu, or being purely defensive is his MSP, and by far. This is him in his prime, where his legendary fighting style is renowned for and literally almost all of his legendary status as a warrior is due to his supreme mastery of the defensive form. As such, opponents have rarely, if at all, used the force on him at this juncture. As opposed to when he would go on the offensive and leave himself open to attacks( as he did with Dooku, or even Maul).
So, Anakin using telekinesis on him at this juncture, is immensely impressive indeed.
Another key point here, Obi Wan has Anakin dead-to-rights( after surprising him of course), and Anakin simply tears free of that, again blasting Obi Wan with the force( the blades were crossed at his neck, obviously Obi Wan had to be blasted before Anakin could even move), and using his arms this time to keep him pinned.
So, in short, Anakin has:
1. Battered on the defenses of Obi Wan, in a manner reminiscent of how he battered Dooku, Obi Wan's extensive knowledge of Anakin the only reason he was even alive. And Obi Wan being far more optimized to fight Anakin than Dooku was.
2. Blasted him with the force, twice, one when he was even dead-to-rights. And stunning Obi Wan in a single blast, who is one of the most durable beings in the mythos.
. This part of the fight is hugely tilted in Anakin's favor.
So, what changed this inevitable fate for Obi Wan, one where he was about to be killed and was saved via a surprise cheap-shot, twice in a very short span of time following their duel? This should make that clear:
.Credit: Revenge of the Sith
This is actually the single most important quote in this entire blog.
Obi Wan lets go. Of every single thing. All of his fears, all of his regrets, all of his past demons. As people who have picked up even a single book on Obi Wan know, Obi Wan's mental state really isn't anywhere close to being as calm and composed as he looks in the show, or in the movies.
Obi-Wan activated his lightsaber and stepped slowly forward. He'd fought Vader before, , either. As Vader drew closer, Obi-Wan thought with morbid amusement, He's taller than I remember.Credit: The Life and Legend of Obi Wan Kenobi
So, just to clarify, these are his innermost feelings and emotions, buried deep within, not on the surface. He has only one outer emotion, his attachment to Anakin. It's been made pretty clear as well, if we look at supplementary sources to this.
He hasn't really let go of his attachments, or his past regrets. He carries them around like a burden in his heart. . A Jedi, isn't supposed to keep their emotions repressed, to stew( like Anakin did). He did. Maybe not to the extent like Anakin did, but nevertheless not far off.
In this section, Obi Wan makes the most emotionally impacting decision of his entire life, he lets go of every single negative feeling, emotion, and any other dead weight he has. All of his emotional burdens which have been affecting him since his days as a padawan.
Of course, the gain power from the light side of the force, as is the theme in SW, one has to have the necessary temperament. Any negative emotions or any fears, doubts, any past horrors will only hinder a Jedi's connection to the light side. As shown here:
A single emotional turbulence, like fear makes such a game-changing difference. Obi Wan has let go of "every single emotion" plaguing him, all this while.
All, but one, of course. His attachment to Anakin, which will be expounded upon shortly.
Obi Wan has carried around the majority of these negative influences since his ascension to Jedi Knighthood. He has, for the lack of a better word, been "hindered" all this while, chained by the weight of these influences, dragging his performances and his true ability down. Only when he does let go of all of these, does he gain access to his real power. And that is what changes the game here.
The following section of this fight goes:
Startled, Anakin instinctively shifted his Force grip, releasing one wrist to reach for his blade; in that instant Obi-Wan twisted free of his other hand and with the Force caught up his own blade, reversing it along his forearm so that his swift parry of Anakin's thundering overhand not only blocked the strike but directed both blades to slice through the wall against which he stood. He slid Anakin's following thrust through the wall on the opposite side, guiding both blades again up and over his head in a circular sweep so that he could use the power of Anakin's next chop to drive himself backward through the wall, outside into the smoke and the falling cinders.
Anakin followed, constantly attacking; Obi-Wan again gave ground, retreating along a narrow balcony high above the blacksand shoreline of a lake of fire.
Mustafar hummed with death behind his back, only a moment away, somewhere out there among the rivers of molten rock. Obi-Wan let Anakin drive him toward it.
It was a place, he decided, they should reach together. Anakin forced him back and back, slamming his blade down with strength that seemed to flow from the volcano overhead. He spun and whirled and sliced razor-sharp shards of steel from the wall and shot them at Obi-Wan with the full heat of his fury. He slashed through a control panel along the walkway, and the ray shield that had held back the lava storm vanished.
Fire rained around them.
Obi-Wan backed to the end of the balcony; behind him was only a power conduit no thicker than his arm, connecting it to the main collection plant of the old lava mine, over a riverbed that flowed with white-hot molten stone. Obi-Wan stepped backward onto the conduit without hesitation, his balance flawless as he parried chop after chop.
Anakin came on. Out on the tightrope of power conduit, their blades blurred even faster than before. They chopped and slashed and parried and blocked. Lava bombs thundered to the ground below, shedding drops of burning stone that scorched their robes. Smoke shrouded the planet's star, and now the only light came from the hell-glow of the lava below them and from their blades themselves. Flares of energy crackled and spat.
This was not Sith against Jedi. This was not light against dark or good against evil; it had nothing to do with duty or philosophy, religion or morals.
It was Anakin against Obi-Wan.
Personally. Just the two of them, and the damage they had done to each other.
Obi-Wan backflipped from the conduit to a coupling nexus of the main collection plant; when Anakin flew in pursuit, Obi-Wan leapt again. They spun and whirled throughout its levels, up its stairs, and across its platforms; they battled out onto the collection panels over which the cascades of lava poured, and Obi-Wan, out on the edge of the collection panel, hunching under a curve of durasteel that splashed aside gouts of lava, deflecting Force blasts and countering strikes from this creature of rage that had been his best friend, suddenly comprehended an unexpectedly profound truth.Credit: Revenge of the Sith
There is little to no explanation needed over here. Where before he was getting battered by Anakin's power, he is flawlessly parrying Anakin's attacks here, with no strain or any hint that Anakin is overmatching him, visible. Where before he was getting blasted multiple times by Anakin's power, he is effortlessly deflecting Anakin's force blasts here, both instances being right in the middle of combat. He is, factually near-equaling Anakin over here.
This is, to keep it short, a substantial difference for Obi Wan here, if not outright vast.
This is the point of the blog. Obi Wan has attained this level, not by letting go of his attachment to Anakin( yet), but by letting go of every other emotional weight and past horrors, he has accumulated throughout his life. They would be present with him throughout, till this point, and the context of the fight has no bearing on them here. Ultimately, he has transcended his former self.
To the next part of the fight:
The man he faced was everything Obi-Wan had devoted his life to destroying: Murderer. Traitor. Fallen Jedi. Lord of the Sith. And here, and now, despite it all...
Obi-Wan still loved him.
Yoda had said it, flat-out: Allow such attachments to pass out of one's life, a Jedi must, but Obi-Wan had never let himself understand. He had argued for Anakin, made excuses, covered for him again and again and again; all the while this attachment he denied even feeling had blinded him to the dark path his best friend walked.
Obi-Wan knew there was, in the end, only one answer for attachment...
He let it go.
The lake of fire, no longer held back by the ray shield, chewed away the shore on which the plant stood, and the whole massive structure broke loose, sending both warriors skidding, scrabbling desperately for handholds down tilting durasteel slopes that were rapidly becoming cliffs; they hung from scraps of cable as the plant's superstructure floated out into the lava, sinking slowly as its lower levels melted and burned away.
Anakin kicked off from the toppling superstructure, swinging through a wide arc over the lava's boil. Obi-Wan shoved out and met him there, holding the cable with one hand and the Force, angling his blade high. Anakin flicked a Shien whipcrack at his knees. Obi-Wan yanked his legs high and slashed through the cable above Anakin's hand, and Anakin fell.
Pockets of gas boiled to the surface of the lava, gouting flame like arms reaching to gather him in.
But Anakin's momentum had already swung back toward the dissolving wreck of the collection plant, and the Force carried him within reach of another cable. Obi-Wan whipped his legs around his cable, altering its arc to bring him within reach of the one from which Anakin now dangled, but Anakin was on to this game now, and he swung cable-to-cable ahead of Obi-Wan's advance, using the Force to carry himself higher and higher, forcing Obi-Wan to counter by doing the same; on this terrain, altitude was everything.
Simultaneous surges of the Force carried them both spinning up off the cables to the slant of the toppling superstructure's crane deck. Obi-Wan barely got his feet on the metal before Anakin pounced on him and they stood almost toe-to-toe, blades whirling and crashing on all sides, while around them the collection plant's maintenance droids still tinkered mindlessly away at the doomed machinery, as they would continue to do until lava closed over them and they melted to their constituent molecules and dissolved into the flow.
A roar louder even than the volcano's eruption came from the river ahead; metal began to shriek and stretch. The river dropped away in a vertical sheet of fire that vanished into boiling clouds of smoke and gases.
The whole collection plant was being carried, inexorably, out over a vast lava-fall.
Obi-Wan decided he didn't really want to see what was at the bottom.
He turned Anakin's blade aside with a two-handed block and landed a solid kick that knocked the two apart. Before Anakin could recover his balance, Obi-Wan took a running leap that became a graceful dive headlong off the crane deck. He hurtled down past level after level, and only a few tens of meters above the lava itself the Force called a dangling cable to his hand, turning his dive into a swing that carried him high and far, to the very limit of the cable.
And he let it go.
As though jumping from a swing in the Temple playrooms, his velocity sent him flying up and out over a catenary arc that shot him toward the river's shore. Toward. Not quite to.
But the Force had led him here, and again it had not betrayed him: below, humming along a few meters above the lava river, came a big, slow old repulsorlift platform, carrying droids and equipment out toward a collection plant that its programming was not sophisticated enough to realize was about to be destroyed.
Obi-Wan flipped in the air and let the Force bring him to a catfooted landing. An adder-quick stab of his lightsaber disabled the platform's guidance system, and Obi-Wan was able to direct it back toward the shore with a simple shift of his weight.
He turned to watch as the collection plant shrieked like the damned in a Corellian hell, crumbling over the brink of the falls until it vanished into invisible destruction.
Obi-Wan lowered his head. "Good-bye, old friend." But the Force whispered a warning, and Obi-Wan lifted his head in time to see Anakin come hurtling toward him out from the boil of smoke above the falls, perched on a tiny repulsorlift droid. The little droid was vastly swifter than Obi-Wan's logy old cargo platform, and Anakin was easily able to swing around Obi-Wan and cut him off from the shore. Obi-Wan shifted weight one way, then another, but Anakin's droid was nimble as a sand panther; there was no way around, and this close to the lava, the heat was intense enough to crisp Obi-Wan's hair.
"This is the end for you, Master," he said. "I wish it were otherwise."
"Yes, Anakin, so do I," Obi-Wan said as he sprinted into a leaping dive, making a spear of his blade.
Anakin leaned aside and deflected the thrust almost contemptuously; he missed a cut at Obi-Wan's legs as the Jedi Master flew past him.
Obi-Wan turned his dive into a forward roll that left him barely teetering on the rim of a low cliff, just above the soft black sand of the riverbank. Anakin snarled a curse as he realized he'd been suckered, and leapt off his droid at Obi-Wan's back— Half a second too slow.
Obi-Wan's whirl to parry didn't meet Anakin's blade. It met his knee. Then his other knee.Credit: Revenge of the Sith
The important bit here is: Obi Wan letting go of his attachment to Anakin which is the factor pertinent in this fight, really didn't make much of a difference. Sure, a minute or small change is visible here, such as Obi Wan actually landing physical strikes in an instance, but apart from that, nothing else really. He was a near-equal to Vader before, and he is, arguably, still a near-equal to Vader now. Even if one wants to argue that he is an "equal" to Vader, that is still a small difference at best.
So, Obi Wan letting go of his attachment to Anakin, actually made, but a small difference. Nowhere even remotely close to the big jump he encountered when he "let go", in the first phase.
Which should honestly, be a lynchpin in indicating just how tremendous of a difference his "letting go" made, when he did it for the first time, to all of his emotional weights and past horrors as opposed to him letting go of his singular attachment to Anakin. .
This fight is important, not only for the buildup that has led to it, and the weight it carries, but also because, in this fight, Obi Wan has elevated himself significantly above what he formerly was.
Most importantly, let us look at the impact that "letting" go has had for Obi Wan. We know, that after the Mustafar duel, he completely loses his attachment, and faith in Anakin being the Chosen One. His "brother", who he is actually portrayed as having a severe attachment to, Obi Wan just kind of, loses that sort of feeling towards Anakin. So, the emotional changes Obi Wan has made, in the midst of the duel, have impacted him for life.
So, one can only imagine the massive impact, that him letting go at the start of the duel would have had. Because he isn't just shoving down some guilt free pills for some time. He is letting go of them for life, unburdening himself from it.
While I am at it, I am using primarily the main novel for this purpose, because it was literally edited line-by-line, word-by-word, by George Lucas, and is pretty much tantamount to the WoG himself:
Though I did not personally watch him do it, I received from LFL a Word document of Revenge of the Sith with Mr Lucas' edits, which was distinct from the edits I'd already gotten from Sue Rostoni and Howard Roffman and the rest of the LFL crew, and this document was edited in such a detailed fashion that even individual words had been struck off and his preferred replacements inserted, as well as some passages wholly excised and some dialogue replaced with the dialogue from the screenplay. If that's not line-editing, I don't know what is.
What's in that book is there because Mr. Lucas wanted it to be there. What's not in that book is not there because Mr. Lucas wanted it gone.
Period.Credit: Matthew Stover, on the ROTS Novel
As such, the novel being a part of the Legends continuity, creates a perfect focal point for GL's words to be translated into the EU, and as said, the novel is basically the WoG.
Also, to drop a few sources here, Starwars.com has both Anakin and Obi Wan being evenly matched( obviously referring to the majority of the fight, where they were indeed evenly matched), as well as a legends source:
Both powerful and evenly matched, the two former friends dueled to a stalemate until Anakin attempted to leap over his old Master, which Obi-Wan warned him not to try.Credit: Databank, Obi Wan
Obi Wan had taught Anakin well and b in strength and skill.Credit: Jedi Battles
Lastly, this is for the people concerned with stuff like "holistic portrayal" and such, and I myself though do not put much stock into it, it might be a useful point to make, Obi Wan's portrayal has been, post ROTS( while still remaining close to ROTS), his best ever, and by far.
He has the best speed and augmentation feat in the mythos right here, just "hours" after the Mustafar duel( where a lot of his reserves would simply be exhausted):
The bloodwolf alone comprehends death.
And, therefore, the sweet pungency of life . howling his mournful wisdom, into the immeasurable night, to his estranged brethren the stars.
A bloodwolf is fearless. And though the Wise Prince will fight fang-and-claw to the death, maim and kill-
He also runs.
At a dead sprint, a bloodwolf, cub in jaws, can achieve velocities of eighty kilometers per hour.
On the Smuggler's Moon, a Jedi Master with his newborn Padawan ran faster.
Was Obi-Wan flying? He didn't know.
But he knew that, this time, he was not running from the blaster fire of destroyer droids. He was not running to save his own life.
He was not even running to save Qui-Gon from the slaying fire of Darth Maul's singing blade.
He was running ... to save the child he loved.
as he blistered through the Nar Shaddaan streets. And with every impossible angle he cornered, every slow-moving raindrop he dodged, every being he spared spontaneous combustion from contact with his supernatural momentum, the Jedi Master felt his muscles, his atoms, his very essence . rebelling into pandemonium.
Obi-Wan was-factually-flying apart.Credit: Lone Wolf-A Tale of Obi Wan and Luke
I believe the feat speaks for itself. A thing to note, there is no "upper limit" placed on his feat here. 600 km/h is the speed of the podracer which is explicitly used as an example of speed, that Obi Wan "transcends". In fact, his speed was described to be supersonic:
Obi-Wan was a Master of the Jedi arts, true, but even if his fatal duel with Anakin hadn't expended him to his mental and physical limits, his failed supersonic flight from the Dark Jedi and the wound he'd suffered dueling Fomadu had depleted not just his body but his Force reserves. Even Qui-Gon had fallen to a Sith apprentice under less duress.Credit: Lone Wolf-A Tale of Obi Wan and Luke
Which is more than double of the speed of the podracer. And there is still no upper limit placed on him here.
No questioning it, for him pulling his body back from the brink of disintegration( an insane feat), and for displaying the best speed ever displayed in the mythos, this is something he has "never" shown before, or even come "remotely close" to showing.
Next, he has his best feat of "telekinesis" and by far, in the megalith feat:
As for the height of the towers, there are literally numerous expletives describing them as "too tall", or "very high". After that there are multiple quotes describing them as mountain level in height. The landscape is described as "unreal" and the towers are literally stated to climb to the sky. Forget that, the natives upon gazing into the sky compared them to the younger sun itself, which should give you a feel for the kind of height we are dealing with here, hyperbolic as it may seem, from the perspective of the Tuskens, it is something godly. Then of course, there are the towers blocking out the midday suns themselves.
What remained of the clan now hid, like the coward sun, among ; , some topped by precariously perched boulders. A maze of narrow passageways crisscrossed among the towers. Some led to caverns, some led nowhere. A clearing amid the tall rocks provided enough room for a cramped campground around a sacred well; banthas and Sand People alike clumped in the craggy stomach of the Jundland.Credit: Star Wars Kenobi
The other quotes, and indeed, and parts of the feat will have to be cut short as I do not have time or the necessity to fully elaborate on it. A discussion on the feat is for another day.
Orrin stepped amid the megaliths. It was as bizarre a natural formation as he'd seen on Tatooine-almost designed by nature to form a labyrinth.He certainly didn't lack for cover here. Getting a clean shot would be another matterCredit: Star Wars Kenobi
For the feat itself: The narration outright describes him as . Orrin runs helter-skelter amidst the towers, and first, "dust" falls on him, then small grains, and then pebbles. Which couldn't be a more obvious indication that "". It's a pretty simple thing, once you think about it.
Only "then", do chunks shear off of the towers, and begin to "". There is no ambiguity here, the whole place and environment was filled with chunks torn off of the towers and they were striking all around in the air. "At the same time". This much is made clear in the narration. Revert back to when it was stated that he caused large cracks in all of the towers Orrin observed( which was quite a lot, he literally was observing an entire section of the megalith forest). So, it is pretty evident that the amount of control he was exerting on the towers, literally extended to the entire section of the forest that Orrin observed.
Now, for some perspective. From far off, outside the tower forest, A'Yark observes a "monstrous cloud of dust" . This is pretty significant. It literally means that the amount of destruction that Obi Wan caused or the towers he wrecked, it was so huge, so enormous that the mere dust rising from that wreckage was not only enormous enough to rise above the towers which are mountain level in height, but also appear as a "monstrous cloud" to an observer "outside the stone forest".
A second observer, Annileen( Obi Wan's "sort of" love interest in the novel), too observes the dust, and wonders if an "" had caused it. Literally the dust rising "above" the towers makes people think the damage output is comparable to that of an avalanche.
Orrin continued to fire as he marched forward. He parted his hands and shot in either direction down the stony aisles-and then ahead and behind. He heard screaming from multiple quarters: the pathetic wails of frightened Tusken younglings. A bonus. All the frustration of the past months, all the worry of the last days fed through his body and the blasters in his hands.
A cracking sound emanated from above. Reflexively, Orrin pointed his blasters upward. He'd been pounced on by Kenobi before-but the man wouldn't get the drop on him again.
He ran forward, blasters still clutched in his hands but his arms bent to shield his face from the rain of dust. Pebbles came down, and then chunks sheared off, striking all around.
Orrin coughed as nuggets pelted his back. Another huge shard struck just ahead, and then another, behind.
He screamed. "What's going on?"
Orrin looked up as a shadow fell over him.Credit: Star Wars Kenobi
Annileen stopped and looked back. As the crowd of children clutched at her robes, A'Yark lowered her weapon and looked to the west. . She spoke to the children in her own language-before looking at Annileen and repeating her words in Basic. "See it, Ann-uh-leen," A'Yark said. "See Ben."
The other Tuskens had seen Ben's defense-, had seen the corpse of the krayt. There had to be some reason these powerful figures kept arriving amid the Sand People.
Annileen stared, uncomprehending, at the rising dust. She knew she was in the heart of Tusken territory, and that she should follow Veeka to the safety of the posse. But Ben was still here, and so was Orrin-and something big had happened. "?" she asked as the dust climbed. "Is Ben in trouble?"Credit: Star Wars Kenobi
For people who still have doubts, a discussion on the feat is for another day. However, it should be increasingly obvious that this is by far his best telekinetic feat regardless of how impressive you view it to be.
So, he has his best feat of "telekinesis", and his best "speed feat" and "augmentation feat"( pulling himself back from disintegrating). And all of them, by far( at the very least, the latter two, though all really).
All of them shortly after his encounter with Vader on Mustafar. So, if we want to argue his portrayal in a composite sense, or in Legends, then while he is still close to ROTS, his portrayal has been the best, of the best. Only as he gets closer to ANH, his portrayal has been that of a physically degraded warrior( though many sources still describe him as having grown in the force, especially in canon, but that is really a discussion for another day and thread).
So to summarize( in extremely short points):
1. Obi Wan was getting hammered during the initial phase of his fight with Vader/Anakin in sabers and getting blasted about with the force multiple times.
2. Obi Wan lets go of all of his emotional weight and his past horrors and obligations dragging him down. Experiencing a permanent boost. And thus, near-equaling Vader on Mustafar.
3. Obi Wan removes his temporary hindrance he has in the form of attachment to Anakin. However as we see, this makes only a small difference. Symbolizing just how big his permanent boost was, and how much of a difference did "letting go of everything" make.
4. Obi Wan has his best feats of telekinesis, and force augmentation, and speed, and by far, right after his duel with Anakin. Although I do not put much stock in "holistic portrayal" of a character as an evidence for his growth, it is not a useless point to make.
So, that will be all for this one. I apologize if the blog was too long to read or a bore. If you enjoyed it, you are welcome.
Also, this is my first blog on the site. So, any constructive criticism will be appreciated. For the same reason, try not to be too hard, if you think it is ridiculous :).