Senya Tirall Respect Thread

OK, I'm hoping this RT will be at least as good as the others I've made. It took me long enough (did all the editing and everything in one sitting because who the hell needs a life right?) Credit for the videos go to the various youtubers whose gameplay I used. But anyway, with that out of the way, respect Senya Tirall.

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Accolades:

Senya was a member of Emperor Valkorion's personal guard, implying a level of skill above most of Zakuul's Knights.

“We met after I earned a place in his elite guard, I never hesitated to speak my mind, which caught his attention I suppose.”

- Senya in Knights of the Fallen Empire

Valkorion praises Senya as a skilled warrior and exceptional person.

“Intelligent, skilled, confident, and fearless. She does not give in."

- Knights of the Fallen Empire

Senya is a seasoned warrior with decades of experience.

“Reflexes and instincts honed over thirty years of training allowed Senya to keep the killing blow at bay… but only barely. She ducked and darted to the left, leaping over one of the raging walls of fire crisscrossing the camp.”

- Knights of the Eternal Throne: A Mother's Hope

Lightsaber/Combat Skills:

Senya contends with Vaylin a lightsaber duel, performing incredibly well despite Vaylin's augmentation being far stronger than her own.

“Senya was close enough to stare into Vaylin's eyes. They burned with hate, pure and savage; all trace of the child that had once clung to her mother's side was gone. Shocked by the intensity of her daughter's vicious loathing, Senya was forced to look away. In that instant Vaylin dropped down into a crouch, swinging her pike in a wide, sweeping arc meant to cut her mother's legs out from under her. But Senya had already sprung clear with a graceful backflip, landing in a defensive stance to meet Vaylin's next assault.

"Afraid to stand and fight me, Mother?" Vaylin asked with a sly smile. The flames burning all around them cast strange, flickering shadows across her face.

Instead of replying, Senya braced herself for the coming charge, quietly confident in her own skills. They'd clashed once before, and Senya had prevailed: her daughter might be stronger in the Force, but Senya had spent decades mastering the art of hand-to-hand combat. If Vaylin wanted to fight her, the outcome was inevitable.

As expected, Vaylin rushed at her with unrestrained fury, the pike becoming a spinning, whirling instrument of death in her nimble hands. Senya parried the initial flurry, redirecting each blow with subtle counters and deflections that allowed her to slow the momentum of Vaylin's charge. Then she switched from defense to offense, retaliating with her own sequence of quick cuts and thrusts meant not to kill, but to drive her daughter back, keeping her off balance and in perpetual retreat.

But instead of giving ground, Vaylin countered with another vicious assault, putting Senya on the defensive again. Surprised, the older woman staggered back, ducking to the side as the pike skimmed past her cheek close enough for her to feel the heat of the glowing blade. It clipped the tip of her shoulder, carving a small chunk from her armor.

The next blow nearly took her leg below the knee – at the very last instant Senya snatched her foot clear. But though she'd spared her limb, she was off balance and out of position. Vaylin pounced, hacking and slashing at her mother; what she lacked in technique she more than made up for in speed and relentless aggression.

Reflexes and instincts honed over thirty years of training allowed Senya to keep the killing blow at bay… but only barely. She ducked and darted to the left, leaping over one of the raging walls of fire crisscrossing the camp.

She's stronger now. Faster. More confident.

But there were still flaws in Vaylin's form. Now that she had measured her opponent, Senya saw subtle imperfections she could exploit.

Her daughter leaped over the wall of fire between them and charged again. She was pressing the action, trying to overwhelm Senya and go for the quick kill. On the next pass, Senya let the tip of her lightsaber dip, offering a brief opening. As expected, Vaylin seized on the sudden vulnerability. But Senya was ready; anticipating her daughter's strike she sidestepped the blow and got in close enough to throw an elbow into Vaylin's chest, staggering her back.

Vaylin caught her footing a step before she stumbled into the nearby flames. Enraged, she rushed her mother again, redoubling her efforts. Senya continued to feint and bait her opponent, using her own aggression against her to control the battle. She could sense her daughter's frustration mounting as the battle dragged on – her attacks became more desperate, more frenzied. Time and time again Vaylin saw what she thought was an opportunity to end the battle in a single blow, only to have it snatched away at the last instant by her elusive foe.

Fatigue began to take its toll. The blinding speed of Vaylin's attacks slowed ever so slightly as her muscles began to ache. She was lunging and flailing, off balance and out of sorts. Both combatants were breathing heavily, but unlike her daughter, Senya had been pacing herself, holding something in reserve.

"You still fight with too much raw emotion," Senya grunted as she parried another blow, hoping there was still some part of the little girl she had raised inside the savage creature in front of her. "It clouds your mind."

"You sound like SCORPIO," Vaylin sneered, swiping ineffectually at the air where her target had been a split second before. "Always talking about logic and reason."

"Is that who you take orders from now?" Senya pressed. "A machine?"

Vaylin flicked her wrist, hurtling Senya through the air to slam against the hull of one of the broken vessels surrounding the camp. Senya crumpled to the ground, momentarily stunned.

"SCORPIO is not the Empress!" Vaylin snarled, striding towards her fallen opponent. "She commands the GEMINI fleet, but they all answer to me. I am the one who sits on the Eternal Throne!"

Shaking her head to clear the fog, Senya rose to one knee. A few meters away on either side, twin rows of flames blazed, the acrid smoke stinging her eyes and nostrils.

She can't defeat me in hand-to-hand combat, but she could still kill me anytime she likes. She's been toying with me this whole time.

"Why does the throne even matter to you?" she asked her daughter, still trying to reason with her.

Her question froze Vaylin in her tracks, giving Senya enough time to get back up on her feet.

"Your brother always wanted to be the Emperor," Senya reminded her. "But you never used to care about that."

"Zakuul needs a strong ruler," Vaylin replied, speaking slowly. "And the throne is mine, by birth and by right."

"Those sound like SCORPIO's words," Senya told her. "But I don't believe that's what you really want."

For several seconds Vaylin didn't answer, the silence broken only by the crackling flames.

"You know what I want mother—to kill you!"

Vaylin hurled her lightsaber pike like a spear, looking to impale Senya against the hull of the broken shuttle. But Senya anticipated the move, and rolled out of the way. The blade sliced through the metal plates and plunged deep into the side of the vessel.

A shrill whine rose like a scream: the sound of pressurized coolant spewing from a punctured hyperdrive. Senya had just long enough to register what had happened before the damaged hyperdrive exploded.”- Senya is able to contend with a vastly more powerful opponent in Vaylin."

-A Mother's Hope

Senya easily catches Skytroopers off-guard and dispatches them.

Vaylin is incapable of besting Senya in a hand to hand/lightsabers only battle.

“She (Vaylin) can't defeat me in hand-to-hand combat, but she could still kill me anytime she likes. She's been toying with me this whole time.”

-A Mother's Hope

Senya is able to contend with Vaylin for an extended length of time with no visible fatigue, despite being at a disadvantage in augmentation.

Senya is able to easily see the flaws in Vaylin's form in their duel.

“But there were still flaws in Vaylin's form. Now that she had measured her opponent, Senya saw subtle imperfections she could exploit.”

- A Mother's Hope

Senya defeats several of Valkorion's Natheman warriors, tasked to keep watch on a young Vaylin. She defeats them with what is apparently incredible ease.

Note that Senya repeatedly activates and deactivates her lightsaber throughout the fight. This is an example of Trakata, a lightsaber form based on the ability to confuse and disorient one's opponents by doing exactly what she does in the fight.

Senya defends against Vaylin at first, then counters and locks Vaylin in a constant state retreat.

"Senya parried the initial flurry, redirecting each blow with subtle counters and deflections that allowed her to slow the momentum of Vaylin's charge. Then she switched from defense to offense, retaliating with her own sequence of quick cuts and thrusts meant not to kill, but to drive her daughter back, keeping her off balance and in perpetual retreat."

- A Mother's Hope

Senya fights and kills several of Vaylin's Knights in combat, doing so easily. (If the player follows the Dark Side path the Knights are replaced by Mandalorians.)

Senya is able to anticipate Vaylin's movements, and is ultimately able to get Vaylin to do exactly what she wants her daughter to do.

"Her daughter leaped over the wall of fire between them and charged again. She was pressing the action, trying to overwhelm Senya and go for the quick kill. On the next pass, Senya let the tip of her lightsaber dip, offering a brief opening. As expected, Vaylin seized on the sudden vulnerability. But Senya was ready; anticipating her daughter's strike she sidestepped the blow and got in close enough to throw an elbow into Vaylin's chest, staggering her back."

- A Mother's Hope

Senya, with the Outlander and Arcann, fight and defeat a now unchained Empress Vaylin. (Video shows both light AND dark endings for this part of the game.)

Vaylin's attacks come at "blinding speeds" during Senya's first duel with her. Senya is still able to keep up with her.

"Fatigue began to take its toll. The blinding speed of Vaylin's attacks slowed ever so slightly as her muscles began to ache. She was lunging and flailing, off balance and out of sorts. Both combatants were breathing heavily, but unlike her daughter, Senya had been pacing herself, holding something in reserve."

- A Mother's Hope

Senya is a master of hand to hand combat.

"Senya had spent decades mastering the art of hand-to-hand combat. If Vaylin wanted to fight her, the outcome was inevitable."

- A Mother's Hope

Senya casually defeats several Skytroopers.

Dun Moch:

Senya is able to distract Vaylin long enough to regain her footing.

"Why does the throne even matter to you?" she asked her daughter, still trying to reason with her.

Her question froze Vaylin in her tracks, giving Senya enough time to get back up on her feet."

- A Mother's Hope

Force Abilities:

Telekinesis

Senya pushes a Knight and Skytroopers into exploding barrels to kill them. She catches them off-guard, performing the feat easily.

Senya, with the help of Lana Beniko and the Outlander, is able to lift the Gravestone out of the swamp on Zakuul. While this feat could mostly be contributed to the Outlander, it's important to note that it took all three of them to achieve this; meaning Senya's contribution to the feat was in no way a small one.

Senya is able to easily pull debris and collapsed ceiling out of a doorway blocking her path to the severely wounded Arcann.

Refer back to Senya's battle with the Knights/Mandalorians in KOTET. Senya is able to unleash a blast of Force energy that repels her attackers. You can rewatch that video, or just look at this screenshot.

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Rituals/Healing:

Senya understands how to perform a Force ritual capable of healing Arcann's wounds. Though it is likely this is the only ritual Senya knows how to perform.

Telepathy:

Senya has displayed the ability to will herself into a person's mind via meditation. She does this when she enters the Outlander's mind in their attempt to defeat Valkorion before he possesses the Outlander.

Force Sense:

Senya feels Vaylin's extreme pain from over a long distance.

Physicals:

Senya's reflexes have been honed for three decades.

“Reflexes and instincts honed over thirty years of training allowed Senya to keep the killing blow at bay… but only barely. She ducked and darted to the left, leaping over one of the raging walls of fire crisscrossing the camp.”

- A Mother's Hope

Senya is a skilled hand to hand combatant

"Senya had spent decades mastering the art of hand-to-hand combat. If Vaylin wanted to fight her, the outcome was inevitable."

- A Mother's Hope

Senya is able to keep up with Vaylin's attacks at "blinding speed".

"Fatigue began to take its toll. The blinding speed of Vaylin's attacks slowed ever so slightly as her muscles began to ache. She was lunging and flailing, off balance and out of sorts. Both combatants were breathing heavily, but unlike her daughter, Senya had been pacing herself, holding something in reserve."

- A Mother's Hope

Apologies if the thread seems crowded with videos, almost all of of what Senya has appeared in is in-game cutscenes, so I didn't have any choice but to use a lot of video clips.

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