I figure seeing as I have done well with the respect threads I have made. Why not make a Star Wars one? So therefore, I shall make a respect thread about the Imperial Royal Guardsman Kir Kanos! I kinda already had made it before elsewhere, but I wanna do it here too! So without further ado
Respect Kir Kanos!
Link to Royal Guard RT: Royal Guard
These scans don't show Kir Kanos exactly, however they show what training the Imperial Guardsmen go through. The 1st scan taking note, that the Guardsmen were of the best of the best in their Stormtrooper squads and were the galaxy's most feared warriors.
The next 3 scans is Vader fighting against Burr Daind who was considered to be one of the top Guard trainees. Yes Vader did toy with Burr, but the point being it is to show that he had flawless technique in both defense and offense and even when he is defeated, he doesn't ask for mercy.
Training of the Guard took 1 year of grueling, painful work. The trainees battle eachother in countless matches, perfecting the fighting art called Echani, failure in training often meant death.
- Taken from Star Wars Handbook #2: Crimson Empire.
Failure means death in the training, meaning only the best of the best trainees are to serve as Guardsmen. Out of Kir Kanos' class only 4 survived and then only Kanos and Jax were the only 2 to make it to Guard status.
Here at the end of the training, the trainees fight before the Emperor himself as a final test to see who is worthy enough to be a Guardsman. Kanos fights against his close friend Lemmet Tauk, killing him and becoming worthy of Guard status. This also shows a Guardsman loyalty, because even if they are close friends, if their Emperor commanded them to turn on one another, they would do so.
So here, a sizable Imperial force was sent and was crushing this Rebel outpost. Then along comes Kir Kanos and this 1 man, turned around the ENTIRE battle and what's more is that the Imperial force wasn't even interested in the outpost, they were sent to capture Kanos.
Here Kanos shows enough strength to destroy Stormtrooper helmets, react fast enough to block blaster shots with his vibrostaff and accurate enough to shoot down a TIE Interceptor using it against the Imperial force causing them to retreat.
Here Kanos takes out some Stormtroopers, avoiding blaster fire and showing that he can duel wield.
Despite the fact the Imperial Officer had his blaster drawn, Kanos moves fast enough to pull out his vibrostaff and kill the officer. He then kills a group of Stormtroopers and showing more of being able to block blaster shots.
Under the guise of his bounty hunter alias(Kenix Kil), he kills some guys that were waiting in his room after being tipped off with information, avoiding their blaster fire, grabbing his staff and killing them.
Just more of Kanos taking out a group of Stormtroopers, avoiding their blaster fire, taking their weapons and so on.
So Carnor Jax sends his personal guard of Shadow Stormtroopers after Kanos, he knows that they are no match for him however. Kanos proves this as shown where he takes out the entire squad, even utilizing one of their blasters against them.
Here Kir Kanos fights against Sovereign Guard Carnor Jax, the latter being trained in using The Force as he TK smashes a large rock upon Kanos and also takes Sadeet's blaster, but despite all that Kanos kills Jax.
Here Kir Kanos fights Ennix Devian who was personally trained by Darth Vader as an assassin.
To give some better understanding, here is Ennix fighting
Here Ennix fights against Trooper Lonkin who was one of his best men and he shows that he isn't a slouch in combat either, he was also a hero.
1st scan shows Kanos being able to use blasters as a heat source with minimal detection.
2nd scan shows him rigging a blaster to blow open a door.
3rd scan shows the afore mentioned blaster, being taken off of Ennix by Kanos despite the fact he had kept his eye on him the whole time.
1st scan shows Kanos being able to spot a Rebel base, saying that it appears very obvious to him. Despite the fact, Imperial scouts fly over the location all the time.
2nd scan shows that while Kanos was gone, he rigged the place he was staying at to explode.
3rd scan shows him being able to lay low and avoid detection by Imperials.
Well there ya have it folks! Kir Kanos, Imperial Royal Guardsman! I'll just throw in that he also became the most wanted man in the galaxy.
Now this isn't EVERYTHING about Kanos, I don't have all the Crimson Empire comics, I'm just missing a few issues. But this should suffice, anyway folks I hope you enjoy the read!