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The Father of Mortis Respect Thread

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Force Abilities

Force Strength

The Father was the most powerful Force user in Star Wars.

Leeland Chee
Leeland Chee

As a Celestial, the Father had power beyond the understanding of mortal beings.

It had been theorized by Jedi and Sith alike that balance between the light and dark sides was actually under the guidance of a group of discorporate entities—the ones called the Celestials, perhaps—who had merged themselves with the Force thousands of generations earlier, and had continued to guide the fate of the galaxy ever since. In effect, a higher order of intermediaries, whose powers were beyond the understanding of mortal beings.

Darth Plagueis

"We are sorry," Thuruht said. "We do not know how to explain the Celestials any better. They are beyond the understanding of mortals."

Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse

As a Celestial, the Father was a being made of pure Force energy.

"Do you think the Ones are made of crude matter?" Thuruht replied. "The Ones are beings of the Force. The Ones take any form they desire."

Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse

As a Celestial, the Father was a being of astonishing power.

We have neither reliable records nor even legends about how the Celestial dominion came to be, but it is clear that they were beings of astonishing power.

The Essential Guide to Warfare Author's Cut- The Celestials
The Essential Guide to Warfare
The Essential Guide to Warfare

As a Celestial, the Father was a being with nearly immeasurable levels of power.

The Essential Atlas
The Essential Atlas

The Father had power on the level of a universal threat.

Unfortunately, Abeloth had been driven mad in a bid for power, and for the good of the galaxy, would have to be imprisoned. Since no known prison could hold beings of the architects’ power, the Son and Daughter were forced to construct one.

Galactic Architecture 101 and the History of Centerpoint Station

To cosmic threats, it was a prison.

Galactic Architecture 101 and the History of Centerpoint Station

The Father in his prime was powerful enough to defend his children from an incarnation of Abeloth powerful enough to overpower the Son and Daughter at once.

She was raising her arms toward a cowering Daughter and a glowering Son, with long tentacles lashing from where her fingers should have been. Stepping forward to shield them was a furious Father, one hand pointing toward the swamp at the open end of the temple, the other reaching out to intercept her tentacled fingers.

Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse

The Father as a One was an immensely powerful Force wielder.

Here they encounter the Ones, a trio of immensely powerful and ancient Force-users.

The Ultimate Visual Guide: Updated and Expanded

The Father as a One was a godlike Force wielder.

Noting similarities between the Killik legend and the ancient Jedi tale of Mortis, they postulate that Abeloth is trying to re-create a family of godlike Force-wielders.

The Essential Reader's Companion

As the story developed, Abeloth started to become more defined. In a parallel path, The Clone Wars animated series delved into godlike beings that were a part of the Force in the Mortis Trilogy (2011).

The Essential Reader's Companion
Insider #139
Insider #139

The Father had to withdraw from the rest of the Galaxy with his family to avoid ruining it with their Force powers.

Long ago, the Ones withdrew from the galaxy to avoid ruining it with their Force powers.

The Ultimate Visual Guide: Updated and Expanded

As a One, the Father could wield the Force in ways mortals couldn't.

In the mysterious realm of Mortis there exists a trio of beings able to wield the Force in ways no known mortals of the galaxy can.

Databank: Father

As a One, the Father was an unspeakably powerful godlike being whose struggles with his family made Mortis the fulcrum of the Force.

Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Ahsoka Tano investigated the kilometers-wide artifact, and were drawn into a paradise realm inhabited by unspeakably powerful Force-wielders. These god-like beings were locked in an eternal struggle for dominance, which made Mortis the fulcrum of the entire galaxy and the Force.

Databank: Mortis

The Father could manipulate the Force like no other aside from her family, and was powerful enough to tear the fabric of the Universe with his Force powers.

The Father: "My children and I can manipulate the Force like no other. Therefore, it was necessary to withdraw from the temporal world and live here as anchorites."

Anakin Skywalker: "As a sanctuary?"

The Father: "And a prison. You cannot imagine what pain it is to have such love for your children… and realize that they could tear the very fabric of our universe."

The Clone Wars: Overlords

As a One, the Father was an all-powerful being who exemplified the principle of Balance.

Book of Sith: The Science of Creating Life
Book of Sith: The Science of Creating Life

The Father and the rest of his family were more powerful with the Force than any being the Jedi had ever encountered before.

Mystery on Mortis! Sent to discover the origin of a mysterious distress call, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker, and his Padawan Ahsoka Tano are stranded on a distant planet. There, they discover three beings more powerful with the Force than any Jedi have seen before.

The Clone Wars: Altar of Mortis

The Father was powerful enough to embody the balance of the entire Force.

Encyclopedia: Father
Encyclopedia: Father

The Father was powerful enough to maintain balance between the Son and Daughter and the balance of the Force.

The Father maintained balance between his Daughter and his Son, who expressed affinity to the light and dark side of the Force, respectively.

Encyclopedia: Father

Together they provide balance to the Force, a balance maintained and channeled through their Father.

Encyclopedia: Daughter
Nexus of Power
Nexus of Power

The Father was the central figure of the power struggle on Mortis

The Son was subservient to the Father, the central figure in the balance of power on Mortis.

Encyclopedia: Father

Immortality/Ascendence

The Father could only be killed by the Dagger of Mortis.

In a proactive measure, Luke dispatches a special team of Jedi—the Ten Knights—to seek out the monolith of Mortis, where they might find the Dagger of Mortis, a legendary object capable of slaying a Force-wielder from beyond the mortal realm.

The Essential Reader's Companion

Telekinesis

The Father and his family casually uprooted trees, threw around large boulders, and threw around rancor sized lizards when in argument with each other.

In the center, near the Font of Power, the Father was having a heated argument with the Son and the Daughter. All three were gesturing wildly, and in the air around them whirled uprooted tree ferns, boulders, and even a couple of six-legged lizards the size of rancors.

Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse

The Father used telekinesis to pull Abeloth out of the Pool of Knowledge against her will.

In the next image, a much younger-looking Abeloth was swimming in the Pool of Knowledge, looking sly and defiant as the Father used the Force to pull her from the water.

Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse

The Father hurled the Son and Daughter out of a window while weakened.

The Clone Wars: Altar of Mortis
The Clone Wars: Altar of Mortis

The Father telekinetically stole the Dagger of Mortis from the Son while weakened.

The Clone Wars: Ghosts of Mortis
The Clone Wars: Ghosts of Mortis

Force Defenses/Energy Manipulation/Tutaminis

The Father grabbed Anakin's lightsaber blade and forced it back into its hilt while weakened.

The Clone Wars: Overlords
The Clone Wars: Overlords

The Father blocked the Son's lightning for a lengthy period of time while weakened.

The Clone Wars: Altar of Mortis
The Clone Wars: Altar of Mortis
The Clone Wars: Altar of Mortis
The Clone Wars: Altar of Mortis

Environmental Manipulation

The Father and the rest of his family could twist the landscape of Mortis on a whim.

Nexus of Power
Nexus of Power

The Father's reality bending/environmental manipulation powers allow him to create a monastery that defies physics by having a constantly shifting interior and an interior that is bigger than its exterior.

Nexus of Power
Nexus of Power

Teleportation

The Father teleported from one section of his monastery to another.

The Clone Wars: Overlords
The Clone Wars: Overlords

Shapeshifting

As a being made of Force energy, the Father could take any form he chooses.

"Do you think the Ones are made of crude matter?" Thuruht replied. "The Ones are beings of the Force. The Ones take any form they desire."

Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse
Nexus of Power
Nexus of Power

The Father shapeshifted to generate wings on his back and remove them.

The Clone Wars: Altar of Mortis
The Clone Wars: Altar of Mortis

Telepathy

The Father erased Anakin's memory.

Anakin: "I've seen what I become, and I cannot let that happen."

Father: "And for this, you join him? Your destiny can change just as quickly as the love in one's heart can fade. Nothing is set in stone."

Anakin: "But I will cause so much pain."

Father: "If there is to be balance, what you have seen must be forgotten."

...

Anakin: "Where am I?

Father: "I have brought you back to my monastery."

Anakin: "What happened?"

Father: "My son broke the laws of time and showed you you what you should never have seen."

Anakin: "I don't remember."

Father: "I have erased that time."

The Clone Wars: Ghosts of Mortis

Force Lightning

The Father was able to hold his children at bay in his prime with Force lightning.

Lowbacca changed the image on the datapad, to a panel that showed an elderly Abeloth sneaking a drink from the Font of Power while the Father hurled Force lightning at both the Son and Daughter.

Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse

Physical Capabilities

Strength

The Father was strong enough to intercept Abeloth's tentacles onehanded, which she was using to physically dominate the Son and Daughter.

She was raising her arms toward a cowering Daughter and a glowering Son, with long tentacles lashing from where her fingers should have been. Stepping forward to shield them was a furious Father, one hand pointing toward the swamp at the open end of the temple, the other reaching out to intercept her tentacled fingers.

Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse

The Father casually forced Anakin's blade to the side when Anakin was pointing it at his throat while weakened.

The Clone Wars: Overlords
The Clone Wars: Overlords

The Father tore furrows in the stone ground with the friction of his feet while weakened.

The Clone Wars: Altar of Mortis
The Clone Wars: Altar of Mortis

Durability

The Father tanked protracted blasts of the Son's lightning while weakened.

The Clones Wars: Altar of Mortis
The Clones Wars: Altar of Mortis
The Clone Wars: Altar of Mortis
The Clone Wars: Altar of Mortis

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Mace Windu's Lightsaber Duels Analysis Thread

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Many of our favorite Korun Jedi's duels are mired with circumstance, and as such, some find it difficult to find a placement for Mace Windu, or interpret his duels. In this blog, I seek to explore five of Mace Windu's most famous lightsaber duels, and offer my interpretation of them. So without further ado, please enjoy this blog on the various lightsaber duels Mace Windu has taken part in.

Mace Windu vs Sora Bulq

I've seen many argue that this fight suggests that Mace Windu and Sora Bulq are close as Force wielders or duelists.

First of all, Mace was emotionally unbalanced by Bulq's betrayal, which had him highly distressed.

Mace was highly distressed that his mission involved fighting his old friend and colleague Sora Bulq.

The Official Star Wars Fact File

Secondly, Windu at this point in time had not yet reached his peak as a duelist, as this duel took place before his mission to Haruun Kal, where he learned how to truly wield his own inner darkness:

There was a time when Mace Windu had feared the power of the dark; there was a time when he had feared the darkness in himself. But the Clone Wars had given him a gift of understanding: on a world called Haruun Kal, he had faced his darkness and had learned that the power of darkness is not to be feared.

Revenge of the Sith

With this in mind, the emotional unbalancing demonstrated in the first quote would've compounded the degree to which Windu could draw upon Vaapad, as was demonstrated to an excessive degree in his fight with Depa Billaba in Shatterpoint when he was similarly emotionally unbalanced, though to a greater degree, as I will elaborate on in depth later on in this blog. So suffice it to say between emotional imbalance and being pre-prime, Mace Windu was not at his peak in this fight.

Thirdly, many people point to the length of Windu's duel with Bulq as an indication that they were evenly matched, however Mace's duel with Sora Bulq lasted at the very most the same amount of time as Asajj Ventress's 1v1 with K'kruhk which was happening concurrently to Mace's duel with Bulq, and Ventress, and Ventress had already previously demonstrated that she was far ahead of K'kruhk when she matched and overpowered K'kruhk alongside two other Jedi pretty solidly:

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And people also suggest there is a telekinetic parity between Sora Bulq and Mace Windu because Sora Bulq managed to land a telekinetic blow on Mace, however a close examination of the scan reveals that Mace was not on solid footing at the time, as he seems to be leaping backwards with at least one of his feet blatantly not touching the ground.

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With Mace not on solid footing, most of his weight already backwards, his momentum backwards as he seems to be leaping backwards, and the fact that Sora Bulq's push blasting away the surface of the ground would remove any possibility of physical contact between Mace's feet and the ground, Mace was in a very bad position to defend against such a blow.

In any case, sometimes in duels, less powerful characters have gotten lucky and landed telekinetic pushes on their more powerful opponents prior to their more powerful opponents completely dominating them at the end of the duel, even without any disadvantageous positioning like Windu was in when Bulq pushed him, such as when Barriss Force pushed Anakin prior to Anakin telekinetically subduing her by grabbing her in the Force and pinning her against a tree with such dominance she was unable to free herself, or Shaak Ti pushing Galen to the ground prior to Galen unleashing an omnidirectional telekinetic attack while he was weakened that severely wounded Shaak Ti. The very same holds true for Mace and Bulq, as Mace ultimately ended the duel by nonchalantly landing a Force push on Sora that knocked him out cold, while Sora Bulq was standing in a defensive posture in a perfect position to counter such an attack.

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Ultimately, I believe this Force push reveals much more than just Mace's telekinetic superiority however. As soon as Mace sensed the trouble the other Jedi were in against Ventress, he immediately ended his fight with Bulq without any apparent strain, going so far as to say that he didn't even consider their duel the real battle, and his position on this matter is further reaffirmed by two additional sources:

Mace Windu and Bulq battled, but their personal showdown was cut short. Windu was more concerned with stopping the mysterious Ventress, so he knocked Bulq unconscious to pursue the dark side warrior.

Databank: Sora Bulq
The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia
The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia

To me, the fact that Mace ended the fight as soon as he deemed it necessary and the apparent lack of strain with which he did so suggests he could've quite possibly ended their fight at any point if he chose, and likely refrained from doing so for information, as Bulq spent the entire first part of their duel monologuing about his fall to the dark side and alliance with Dooku as well as what he had planned, and spent the second part of the duel explaining the role Ventress had to play and what exactly she was up to at the present time.

So between Mace being pre-prime, emotionally unbalanced, almost certainly not going all-out, the length of their fight lasting around as long as the mismatched duel between Ventress and K'kruhk, and Bulq only landing a lucky telekinetic push when Mace was in a bad position to receive it prior to Mace dominating Sora with telekinesis while Sora was in a defensive posture, I really don't see any way in which this fight can be used to argue Sora Bulq's parity with Mace Windu as a duelist, Force user, or all-out combatant, and the implication I take from the evidence is that Mace is pretty considerably above Bulq.

Mace Windu vs Asajj Ventress

In this fight, Mace attacked Asajj, flipped over one of her strikes, talked down to her, forced her to a hand and knee, then she admitted she wasn't a match for him and jumped off of a cliff to escape him.

And of course as in the Sora Bulq fight, Mace was emotionally unbalanced by Bulq's betrayal, which had him highly distressed.

Mace was highly distressed that his mission involved fighting his old friend and colleague Sora Bulq.

The Official Star Wars Fact File

And Windu at this point in time had not yet reached his peak as a duelist, as this duel took place before his mission to Haruun Kal, where he learned how to truly wield his own inner darkness:

There was a time when Mace Windu had feared the power of the dark; there was a time when he had feared the darkness in himself. But the Clone Wars had given him a gift of understanding: on a world called Haruun Kal, he had faced his darkness and had learned that the power of darkness is not to be feared.

Revenge of the Sith

With this in mind, the emotional unbalancing demonstrated in the first quote would've compounded the degree to which Windu could draw upon Vaapad, as was demonstrated to an excessive degree in his fight with Depa Billaba in Shatterpoint when he was similarly emotionally unbalanced, though to a greater degree, as I will elaborate on in depth later on in this blog. So suffice it to say between emotional imbalance and being pre-prime, Mace Windu was not at his peak in this mission.

Everything points to Windu being her rather vast superior, save for this single quote:

Mace Windu had to use all his skills to defeat the dark side fighter Asajj Ventress.

The Official Star Wars Fact File 108

So many people take this quote to mean that Windu had to go all-out to earn a victory over Ventress and suggest that the match-up was close, however I believe this to be an instance where the quote in question is completely and utterly inaccurate and contradicted by the source material, and by the rest of the established mythos.

Quotes should not be discounted lightly, and its a slippery slope to discount them lightly as anyone could discount any quote on the basis of personal preference, however I do believe there is enough evidence against the notion of Ventress matching him so evenly for it to be discounted.

The source material alone already discredits the notion of Mace going all-out, as the dialogue in the fight reveals that Mace was only fighting to capture, not to kill at this point, and therefore wouldn't be using the full extent of his combative ability. The notion of Windu going all-out is further discredited by his fear of his own inner darkness as of this point restricting him from going all-out in lightsaber combat. Secondly, the fact that Mace defeated her so quickly and solidly to the point where she admitted she couldn't match him and jumped off a cliff to escape him despite having suffered no blow injury or disarmament suggests that Mace had more than a little room to spare in regards to how hard he actually needed to exert himself to achieve victory over her.

Her admission of inferiority to Mace and retreat after such a brief engagement in and of itself is a very significant proof of how far beyond Ventress Mace is, given how extremely arrogant she is. The most notable example of this is Ventress's consistent arrogant belief that she can best Dooku in one on one combat despite having been absolutely demolished by him several times, such as when she challenged him on Ratatack after he oneshotted her with lightning, and when she engaged him in 1v1 combat after both the 2v1 with her and Savage where Dooku had her completely outclassed as well as the 3v1 with the nightsisters aid while Dooku was hindered where he still bested her. Other examples of her arrogance are her belief she could take on Grievous on Trenchant station even after Grievous immediately pierced her guard and smacked her across the room with an electrostaff while simultaneously fighting Durge, and when she thought she could take on Anakin and Obi-Wan at the same time after Dooku betrayed her.

With this in mind, the fact that she displayed so much humility and fear after a short bout with Windu speaks volumes as to the wideness of the gap between them.

What also speaks to the wideness of this gap however is Ventress's fights with other people after this point in time.

After this point in time she got clowned by a pre-prime General Grievous on Trenchant Station, a Grievous who later on got matched and bested by both Kit Fisto, and a pre-prime Kenobi, both of whom are confirmed to be beneath Mace as a duelist, and even when Grievous was at his peak, Dooku did not consider Grievous to be capable of defeating Mace:

Ventress was also evenly matched with Luminara for a time in their duel despite Luminara not being remotely on Mace's level:

Extremely skilled with the red-bladed weapons, Ventress fights the Jedi Master Luminara Unduli to a standstill during her assault on the attack cruiser Tranquility.

Ultimate Star Wars

Ventress was outmatched by a pre-prime Kenobi on Teth to the extent to which he was able to hold her off briefly while unarmed and was able to toy with her at a few points in the duel, with even prime Kenobi being confirmed to be beneath Windu as a duelist:

And finally there is the fact that at several points (including her peak incarnation) she gets utterly demolished by Dooku, whose noted to be a combative peer of Mace's:

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Dooku lifted that one finger, and this time he tapped it in the air, as if pushing a needle into a pincushion. Ventress crumpled to her knees. Her voice came out clotted with pain. "Please," she said. "Don't."

"It doesn't feel good, does it? Like sharp stones in your throat and chest." Dooku made another little patting motion, and Ventress slammed to the tile floor. "It's the blood vessels I hate, "Dooku said. "The way they stretch inside like balloons about to pop."

"P-p-p-please..."

"But worse anything is the memories," he said, more softly still. "They crowed around, like flies on meat. Every despicable thing, every petty vice, every little act of spite." A cruel, strange quiet stretched out as Ventress panted on the stone floor. Rain ticked against the window glass, and the Count's voice went dark and far away. "All the things you should have stopped, but didn't, and nothing will ever be right again. And the things you've done," he whispered. "By the pitless stars, the things you've done..."

The comm on Dooku's desk beeped. He shook his head, like a man waking from a dream. "The Troxan delegation is at the door."

Ventress crawled to her feet. Her face was bruised and her cheeks were wet with tears. Both pretended not to notice.

Dark Rendezvous

Yoda took a keen interest in the young Dooku. He assisted in Dooku's combat training and as a result, the Padawan became especially proficient with a lightsaber. Only Masters Yoda and Mace Windu were considered to be on equal terms with him.

Source: Insider #109

The Count's blade was quick as a viper striking. Among the other Jedi, perhaps only Mace Windu would have been his equal on neutral ground: but here on Vjun, steeped in the dark side, his bladework was malice made visible—wickedness cut in red light.

Source: Yoda: Dark Rendezvous

Despite the fact file quote, the speed with which Windu bested Ventress, the source material and surrounding continuity contradicting the notion of Mace going all-out in that fight, the uncharacteristic humility Ventress displayed with Windu, the fact that combatants substantially beneath Windu have bested or matched her in combat before, and the fact that Windu's combative peer rather regularly utterly dominates her all speaks to the exact opposite of what the fact file quote is trying to get across. While quotes should not be dismissed lightly, this one has a rather substantive orgy of evidence against it, and as such I have a very simple description for how Mace's duel with Ventress went:

Mace Windu stomped her.

Mace Windu vs Depa Billaba

The answer to his question was a lightsaber's emitter jammed against his belly.

Mace had time to think blankly: Oh. Not dead. Faking.

"Depa-?"

She screamed as she triggered her blade. And kept screaming as its green fire chewed a tunnel through Mace's guts and speared out his back. His hand seized hers instinctively, locking her blade against his body so that she could not kill him by slashing it free. His own blade ignited-But he could not strike her. Even now. Not here, so close he could kiss her instead; not while her scream spiraled up into a shriek; not while he had to look into her wide staring eyes and see no hate or rage but only stark agony.

He was going to have to do this the hard way.

He struck downward into the pit beside them, his blade slicing out a lopsided ellipse of armor plate that dropped into darkness below and clanged to an unseen floor.

"Geptun!" he roared. "NOW!"

Flashes of battle:

- shadows fleeing the bunker as swarms of screaming electric blue blaster bolts rebounding off walls shoot them to rags-- a flood of troopers spreading into a wave through the doorway, weapons gouting lightning-colored energy, Geptun in the middle of them, head down and running, datapad cradled like a baby in his arms-- a buzzing shield of silver flame that sliced through a blaster rifle so that it exploded and took with it the trooper's hands-These images burned in Mace's brain as he fought for his life against the woman who should have been his daughter.

He brought his blade back up from the pit and turned his wrist on the forehand so that his recovery stroke took her in the temple with his lightsaber's butt. Her fingers slipped off the blade's activation plate and it shrank back down through his body. She howled and punched his eyesocket with her free hand, but Mace got his foot wedged between them and he shoved her away with a powerful thrust.

At the same instant both of them backflipped into the air, landing on their feet poised in perfect mirror images, their blades whipping in identically curving slashes almost too fast to see.

Blaster bolts howled around them. The air crackled with streaks and splatters of energy. Their blades flickered and whipped and no bolt touched their flesh.

Their eyes never left each other's.

Something had torn in his guts when he did the backflip. Smoke trickled upward from the hole in his belly. He could smell it, but he felt no pain. Not yet. His blade whirred through the air.

Hers whirred faster. She advanced.

The slashes never stopped. They would never stop. They flowed one into the next with liquid precision.

This constant near-invisible weave of lethal energy is the ready-stance of Vaapad.

"Depa," Mace said desperately. "I don't want to fight you. Depa, please-"

She sprang at him, screaming without words; he couldn't know if she'd heard him. He couldn't know if language still had meaning for her.

Then she was on him. His whole world turned to green fire.

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Depa's blade was everywhere.

Mace backpedaled, parrying frantically, absorbing the shock of her attacks with bent arms and a two-handed grip. He was taller than she, with more reach and weight, and vastly more muscle in his upper body, but she drove him backward as though he were a child. Green flame struck through his guard, and only a frantic jerk of his head turned what would have been a brain-burning thrust into a line of char along his cheekbone.

Still he did not strike back.

"I will not kill you," he said. "Death is not the answer to your pain."

Her reply was a scream louder and more savage and an onslaught to match. She broke through his guard again and scorched his wrist. Another stroke burned a slice through his pants leg just above the knee.

Power roared around her, a rising storm of darkness.

Mace got it now: as each Akk Guard died, his share of pelekotan backflowed through the bonds Vaster had forged among them.

She was getting stronger.

And with each stroke of her blade, he could feel himself slipping into the shadows. He had to. She was too strong, too fast, too everything. The only way he could survive was to give more of himself to Vaapad. To give all of himself.

To sink into pelekotaris dream.

He felt it: he had reached his own shatterpoint. And he was breaking.

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Through the trace of Force connection he had with Nick, Mace felt the young Korun collapse. Something broke inside his head, and all his own wounds crashed upon him.

Every cut and bruise, every cracked bone and sprained joint, the man-bite on his shoulder and the hole through his guts: all of them blossomed into silent screams.

His lightsaber went heavy, and his arms went slow. She burned a stripe across his chest, and he staggered.

His fighting spirit wasn't destroyed. It wasn't even far away. He could feel where it had gone. He could reach out and touch it.

It was waiting for him in the dark.

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In the Force, Mace felt Geptun's despair. It felt like a gift.

Another man might even have smiled.

He took one last look at the darkness that called to him-Darkness within mirroring darkness without-And turned away.

He let his blade vanish. His arms dropped to his sides.

Depa moved in for the kill.

Mace backed away.

She leaped for him, slashing, and he slipped aside. She pressed her attack and he retreated, over bodies and through blaster-riddled wreckage of console banks, until he came hard up against a console that still had power: indicator lights flashed like droid eyes in the gloom.

The blade of green fire whirled up, poised, and struck.

He let himself collapse.

He fell to the floor at her feet, and instead of cleaving his skull, her blade slashed the console behind him in half. Cables spat blue sparks across the burned gap.

This was the console that controlled the spaceport's signal-jamming equipment.

Down in the transceiver chamber, Geptun stared at his datapad's screen with astonished reverence, conscious of having been unexpectedly granted undeserved grace.

It read: COMMAND EXECUTED.

In the skies over Pelek Baw, as the snowcap on Grandfather's Shoulder kindled with the first red rays of dawn, droid starfighters disengaged from clone-piloted ships and streaked back into the depths of space.

In the command bunker, the swirl of dark power crested, paused, and began to recede.

Mace lay on the floor. He didn't think he could get up. Depa stared down at him, her face lit jungle-green by the glow of her blade, and a single needle of light seemed to pierce the dark madness in her eyes. "Oh, Mace..."

Shatterpoint

I haven't heard this fight get brought up nearly as often as the other fights in this blog, however it still deserves a mention seeing as he was on the losing end of that fight, though it was extremely circumstantial.

The first thing that needs addressing with this fight was that Mace was extremely hindered.

First of all, the duel began with Mace getting surprise stabbed through the abdomen, which would've severely hindered him in the ensuing duel as much of a person's physical strength is generated from the core of their body:

The answer to his question was a lightsaber's emitter jammed against his belly.

Mace had time to think blankly: Oh. Not dead. Faking.

"Depa-?"

She screamed as she triggered her blade. And kept screaming as its green fire chewed a tunnel through Mace's guts and speared out his back.

Shatterpoint

And then right afterwards Windu did a backflip which damaged his already heavily injured muscles and internal organs even more:

At the same instant both of them backflipped into the air, landing on their feet poised in perfect mirror images, their blades whipping in identically curving slashes almost too fast to see.

Blaster bolts howled around them. The air crackled with streaks and splatters of energy. Their blades flickered and whipped and no bolt touched their flesh.

Their eyes never left each other's.

Something had torn in his guts when he did the backflip. Smoke trickled upward from the hole in his belly.

Also, to truly demonstrate the effect Mace's injuries would have on his physical strength, the force behind Depa's strikes near the beginning of their duel were physically overpowering him despite him being in a good position of leverage:

Mace backpedaled, parrying frantically, absorbing the shock of her attacks with bent arms and a two-handed grip. He was taller than she, with more reach and weight, and vastly more muscle in his upper body, but she drove him backward as though he were a child.

Shatterpoint

Now this is important to note because in Mace's very brief duel with Grievous on Coruscant, he was matching the General's blows without trouble, despite the fact that Grievous's blows were stated to be as forceful as any he'd ever had to counter, which would include when he was dueling Depa:

His strikes were as forceful as any Mace had ever had to counter, and his speed was astonishing.

Labyrinth of Evil

Adding onto Windu's physical hindrance, he continued to sustain a few more lightsaber injuries throughout the course of the duel, on top of already having multiple cracked bones and sprained joints as well as a bite on his shoulder prior to the beginning of the fight:

Green flame struck through his guard, and only a frantic jerk of his head turned what would have been a brain-burning thrust into a line of char along his cheekbone.

Shatterpoint

She broke through his guard again and scorched his wrist. Another stroke burned a slice through his pants leg just above the knee.

Shatterpoint

Every cut and bruise, every cracked bone and sprained joint, the man-bite on his shoulder and the hole through his guts: all of them blossomed into silent screams.

Shatterpoint

Now on top of Windu's physical hindrance, he was even more emotionally hindered by the fact that the woman he loved like a daughter was trying to slaughter him, as several quotes elucidate for us, along with the fact that he was unwilling to fight offensively against her:

His own blade ignited-But he could not strike her. Even now. Not here, so close he could kiss her instead; not while her scream spiraled up into a shriek; not while he had to look into her wide staring eyes and see no hate or rage but only stark agony.

Shatterpoint

Flashes of battle: shadows fleeing the bunker as swarms of screaming electric blue blaster bolts rebounding off walls shoot them to rags-- a flood of troopers spreading into a wave through the doorway, weapons gouting lightning-colored energy, Geptun in the middle of them, head down and running, datapad cradled like a baby in his arms-- a buzzing shield of silver flame that sliced through a blaster rifle so that it exploded and took with it the trooper's hands-These images burned in Mace's brain as he fought for his life against the woman who should have been his daughter.

Shatterpoint

"Depa," Mace said desperately. "I don't want to fight you. Depa, please-"

Shatterpoint

Green flame struck through his guard, and only a frantic jerk of his head turned what would have been a brain-burning thrust into a line of char along his cheekbone.

Still he did not strike back.

"I will not kill you," he said. "Death is not the answer to your pain."

Shatterpoint

And all throughout this duel, due to his screwed up emotional and mental state, Mace was having to struggle with falling to the dark side, which prevented him from effectively wielding Vaapad on top of everything else Mace had to deal with, which ultimately culminated in Mace literally not being able to continue to fight without falling to the Dark Side:

And with each stroke of her blade, he could feel himself slipping into the shadows.

Shatterpoint

The only way he could survive was to give more of himself to Vaapad. To give all of himself. To sink into pelekotaris dream.

Shatterpoint

His fighting spirit wasn't destroyed. It wasn't even far away. He could feel where it had gone. He could reach out and touch it. It was waiting for him in the dark.

Shatterpoint

On top of this, Depa was growing continuously stronger throughout the fight, due to the fact that she was bonded to Akk guards through the Force, and as they died during a battle that was happening concurrently with this duel, their remaining energy was transmitted through the bonds to Depa:

Power roared around her, a rising storm of darkness.

Mace got it now: as each Akk Guard died, his share of pelekotan backflowed through the bonds Vaster had forged among them.

She was getting stronger.

Shatterpoint

And despite everything going against him, Mace Windu did very well all things considered.

Firstly, Mace with a lightsaber blade plunged through his gut was able to grab Depa's wrist and lock her arm in place with one arm, which would've opened him up to strike her down with his blade if he had been willing to strike her.

She screamed as she triggered her blade. And kept screaming as its green fire chewed a tunnel through Mace's guts and speared out his back. His hand seized hers instinctively, locking her blade against his body so that she could not kill him by slashing it free. His own blade ignited-But he could not strike her. Even now. Not here, so close he could kiss her instead; not while her scream spiraled up into a shriek; not while he had to look into her wide staring eyes and see no hate or rage but only stark agony.

He was going to have to do this the hard way.

Shatterpoint

So even with a hole burned through his abdomen, he is still at this point in time physically superior to Depa, seemingly holding an edge over her in speed and strength, and it's only after his internal organs are damaged further by the strain of a backflip that Depa gains a substantive edge over Mace in strength and speed.

Mace at this point was also able to land a strike on Depa's head with the pommel of his lightsaber that could've been lethal had he used the other end of the weapon, and he hit her hard enough for her finger to slip and her blade to deactivate, then tanked a physical strike to the head from her and kicked her away from him:

He brought his blade back up from the pit and turned his wrist on the forehand so that his recovery stroke took her in the temple with his lightsaber's butt. Her fingers slipped off the blade's activation plate and it shrank back down through his body. She howled and punched his eyesocket with her free hand, but Mace got his foot wedged between them and he shoved her away with a powerful thrust.

Shatterpoint

Now for the rest of the duel Mace was fighting defensively, and despite Depa holding a pretty sizeable edge over him in speed and strength at this point, Mace being primarily an offensive duelist, and his mind being completely screwed up (and her own technical skill being pretty insane since Mace compared her bladework to his own around TPM, and since she was able to master Vaapad), he was still able to prevent her from landing a killing blow for the duration of the duel despite his wounds growing progressively worse and Depa growing progressively stronger, and was only completely defeated when his wounds had weighed down upon him and when he couldn't continue fighting without falling to the dark side.

However, once he decides to turn away from the temptation of the Dark Side and deactivates his blade, he is still able to dodge Depa's strikes while retreating:

He took one last look at the darkness that called to him-Darkness within mirroring darkness without-And turned away.

He let his blade vanish. His arms dropped to his sides.

Depa moved in for the kill.

Mace backed away.

She leaped for him, slashing, and he slipped aside. She pressed her attack and he retreated, over bodies and through blaster-riddled wreckage of console banks, until he came hard up against a console that still had power: indicator lights flashed like droid eyes in the gloom.

The blade of green fire whirled up, poised, and struck.

He let himself collapse.

He fell to the floor at her feet, and instead of cleaving his skull, her blade slashed the console behind him in half. Cables spat blue sparks across the burned gap.

Shatterpoint

So to sum this duel up, Depa stabbed Windu through the abdomen, at which point, despite having a lightsaber blade jammed through his stomach, Windu was still able to physically outmatch her at the time and could've gotten a killing blow against her. Then he hits her hard enough to deactivate her blade, he kicks her away, and they flip away from each other, at which point Mace's already wounded abdomen becomes even more damaged, providing Depa with a substantive edge in both speed and strength that would otherwise go to Mace. At this point, Mace is extremely physically hindered, unwilling to fight offensively, emotionally and mentally screwed up, and unwilling to fight as hard as he can for fear of falling to the dark side, yet despite all of this he still manages to hold Depa off despite him sustaining more injuries throughout the duel and Depa growing stronger and stronger as more Akk guards die in a concurrent fight. Then Mace only hits the point of defeat when his injuries all weigh down upon him and he becomes unable to fight without falling to the dark side, however when Mace turns away from this temptation and deactivates his blade, he's still able to evade numerous strikes from Depa before collapsing from exhaustion/injury.

I would take this fight to indicate that Mace is far above Depa in martial combat under normal circumstances, being more skilled even while hindered, and physically superior under normal circumstances.

Mace Windu vs General Grievous

Without pausing, Grievous drew two lightsabers from inside his billowing cloak. By the time they were ignited, Mace was already on and all over the cyborg, batting away at the two blades, swinging low at Grievous's artificial legs, thrusting at his skeletal face. The lightsabers thrummed and hissed, meeting one another in bursts of dazzling light. In a corner of Mace's mind he wondered to which Jedi Grievous's blades had belonged. Just as the Force was keeping Mace from being blown from the mag-lev's roof, magnetism of some sort was keeping the general fastened in place. For the cyborg, though, the coherence hindered as much as it helped, whereas Mace never remained in one place for very long. Again and again the three blades joined, in snarling attacks and parries.

As Mace already knew from Ki-Adi-Mundi and Shaak Ti, Grievous was well trained in the Jedi arts. He could recognize the hand of Dooku in the general's training and technique. His strikes were as forceful as any Mace had ever had to counter, and his speed was astonishing. But he didn't know Vaapad - - the technique of dark flirtation in which Mace excelled. To the rear of the car, where Grievous's pair of MagnaGuards had made the mistake of pitting themselves against Kit Fisto, the Nautolan's blade was a cyclone of blazing blue light. Resistant to the energy outpourings of a lightsaber, the phrik alloy staffs were potent weapons, but like any weapon they needed to find their target, and Kit simply wasn't allowing that.

In moves a Twi'lek dancer might envy, he spun around the guards, claiming a limb from both with each rotation: left legs, right arms, right legs... The speed of the train saw to the rest, ultimately whisking the droids into the canyon like insects blown from the windscreen of a speeder bike. The loss of his confederates was noted by whatever computers were slaved to Grievous's organic brain, but the loss neither distracted nor slowed him. His sole setting was attack. Successful at analyzing Mace's lightsaber style, those same computers suggested that Grievous alter his stance and posture, along with the angle of his parries, ripostes, and thrusts.

The result wasn't Vaapad, but it was close enough, and Mace wasn't interested in prolonging the contest any longer than necessary. Crouching low, he angled the blade downward and slashed, guiding it through the roof of the car, perpendicular to Grievous's stalwart advance. Mace saw by the surprised look in the cyborg's reptilian eyes that, for all his strength, dexterity, and resolve, the living part of him wasn't always in perfect sync with his alloy servos.

Clearly, Grievous - - onetime courageous commander of sentient troops - - realized what Mace had done and wanted to sidestep, where General Grievous - - current commander of droids and other war machines - - wanted nothing more than to impale Mace with lunging thrusts of the paired blades. Slipping into the gap made by Mace's saber, Grievous's left talon lost magnetic purchase on the roof, and the general faltered. Mace came out of his crouch prepared to drive his sword into Grievous's guts, but some last-instant firing of the general's cybersynapses compelled the cyborg's torso through a swift half twist that would have sent Mace's head hurtling into the canyon had the maneuver prevailed.

Instead Mace leapt backward, out of the range of the slicing blades, and Force-pushed outward, just at the instant of Grievous's single misstep. Off the side of the car the general went, twisting and turning as he fell, Mace trying to track the general's contorted plunge, but unsuccessfully.

Labyrinth of Evil

This fight is often viewed as either a fight of decent length, a stalemate, or even both. I view both of these notions as being held in error, and believe the fight to be fairly inconclusive on either side.

First of all, there is the claim that Grievous was majorly disadvantaged by his lack of mobility, however I do not believe it was as big a disadvantage as some claim.

Just as the Force was keeping Mace from being blown from the mag-lev's roof, magnetism of some sort was keeping the general fastened in place. For the cyborg, though, the coherence hindered as much as it helped, whereas Mace never remained in one place for very long.

Labyrinth of Evil

Though Grievous was stated to be hindered by the coherence between his feet and the mag-lev's roof while Mace had the freedom of agility, there are a few things that needed to be noted. First of all is that Grievous's fighting style is not generally one that relies much on agility, maneuverability, or acrobatics and is more often than not a steady advance, a steady retreat, or holding his ground while fighting from that position. Fighting from the same ground was a tactic he employed at the beginning of the fight, and he still would've been able to advance and retreat as he did near the end of the fight when Mace caused him to misstep. Another thing to consider is while Grievous's mobility may have been hindered, the narrowness of such a mag-lev would've prevented Mace from truly being able to exploit an advantage in mobility to its fullest, as it would've prevented him from flanking Grievous without putting himself at serious risk on the very edge of a mag-lev roof over a very long drop, and while Grievous could not meet Mace's attacks with lateral movement, he could still twist the upper part of his body along the lower part to meet his attacks, a capability already demonstrated in his duel with the Jedi on Hypori.

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So really the only disadvantage Grievous was at due to the magnetism of his feet is that he has a harder time angling and positioning his body on an already narrow dueling platform, and can otherwise meet Windu from any angle of attack, while Windu was incapable of flanking Grievous with an advantage in mobility because of the narrowness of the mag-lev. Another thing to consider is that while the coherence of Windu to the mag-lev was stated to not hinder him, it would've come at a cost, as Windu would've still had to expend Force energy to keep himself rooted to the mag-lev, and it would've been another task demanding some of his focus as he also held up a high intensity duel with an opponent as physically overwhelming as Grievous. And the environment would've been hazardous for someone whose adherence to such a terrain is entirely dependent on his focus rather than something automatic like magnetism. Windu would've had to specifically fight with more emphasis on keeping himself from being uprooted in any way, or otherwise risk falling to his death, and thus he very possibly would've had to fight more conservatively as well. So all in all, given the environment itself and the narrowness of the platform/environment upon which they were dueling, mobility was not an overly relevant factor in this fight.

Another factor that has convinced some people that it was an even fight or one Mace couldn't win by virtue of dueling prowess, was the fact that Windu chose to BFR Grievous with the use of telekinesis and the environment, rather than outright besting him in martial combat.

The result wasn't Vaapad, but it was close enough, and Mace wasn't interested in prolonging the contest any longer than necessary.

Labyrinth of Evil

Many take this to mean that Mace was weary of the outcome of their contest, however observing the context, it is apparent that time was an issue to be considered. While Windu was dueling Grievous, the entire planet was plunged into perhaps the largest battle of the Clone Wars, which was little more than a distraction for the separatists to kidnap Palpatine, which Windu and his colleagues had just realized prior to his engaging of Grievous.

"Those fighters could easily have derailed us with a torpedo," Shaak Ti said as Mace and Kit approached. Mace leaned partway out the window, eyes searching the canyon.

"And battle droids don't just drop from the sky. There's a third craft." Kit's bulging black eyes indicated Palpatine. "They want to take him alive."

The words had scarcely left his mouth when something hit the train with sufficient force to whip everyone from one side of the car to the other, then back again. The Red Guards were just regaining their balance when the roof began to resound with the cadence of heavy, clanging footfalls, advancing from the rear of the train.

"Grievous," Mace grumbled. Kit glanced at him. "Here we go again."

Labyrinth of Evil

It is also apparent from the excerpt above that the safety of the mag-lev was in jeopardy as well, given that the separatists could easily derail it at will. And thus, in a massive chaotic battle with the separatists trying to kidnap the chancellor and separatists all around them with considerable firepower, Windu chose to BFR Grievous rather than continue to engage him, as a matter of time efficiency rather than a desperation tactic, as there would be other factors in the defense of the chancellor that would certainly need his attention. Case in point, immediately after his duel with Grievous, the mag-lev was derailed.

Instead Mace leapt backward, out of the range of the slicing blades, and Force-pushed outward, just at the instant of Grievous's single misstep. Off the side of the car the general went, twisting and turning as he fell, Mace trying to track the general's contorted plunge, but unsuccessfully. Had he fallen into the canyon? Had he managed to dig his duranium claws into the side of the car or grab hold of the mag-lev rail itself?

Mace couldn't take the time to puzzle it out. One hundred meters away, the gunboat retracted its landing gear and rose from the roof on repulsorlift power. Reckless shots from one of the pursuing gunships obliged the Separatist craft to skew, then dive, with the gunship following close behind. Mace and Kit watched in awe as the two ships began to helix forward around the speeding mag-lev, exchanging constant fire. Climbing away from the train's sharp nose, within which the magnetic controls were housed, the gunboat made as if to bank west, only to bank east at the last instant. By then, however, the gunship - - leading its target west - - had already fired. Drilled by a swarm of deadly hyphens, the mag-lev's control system blew apart, and the entire train began to drop.

Labyrinth of Evil

And lastly and perhaps most importantly, people view this fight as significant for the portrayal of both Mace's and Grievous's abilities because some believe it to be a decently long contest of swordsmanship. On the contrary, the duel beneath Mace and Grievous really wasn't that long. The easiest part to judge the length of time of was right after Grievous adapted to Vaapad, which consisted of Mace cutting the roof, Grievous stepping forward, Mace lunging, Grievous lunging, Mace throwing himself back and TKing Grievous, and Grievous falling off of the mag-lev. So basically their fight near instantly ended after Grievous adjusted to Vaapad. How long did the fight go on before that though? Quite briefly in fact. First of all, Windu referred to Grievous adapting to his use of Vaapad after a single exchange in the Revenge of the Sith novelization.

Before Obi-Wan had left Coruscant, Mace Windu had told him of facing Grievous in single combat atop a mag-lev train during the general's daring raid to capture Palpatine. Mace had told him how the computers slaved to Grievous's brain had apparently analyzed even Mace's unconventionally lethal Vaapad and had been able to respond in kind after a single exchange.

Revenge of the Sith

So after a single exchange, Grievous adapted to Vaapad and Windu chose to BFR him. Some would argue the semantics of what constitutes a single exchange, however the word exchange itself implies brevity, and the astonishment at Grievous being able to respond in kind so quickly also implies a certain brevity. Implication is not the only thing however, as we are given reference in Labyrinth of Evil itself.

To the rear of the car, where Grievous's pair of MagnaGuards had made the mistake of pitting themselves against Kit Fisto, the Nautolan's blade was a cyclone of blazing blue light. Resistant to the energy outpourings of a lightsaber, the phrik alloy staffs were potent weapons, but like any weapon they needed to find their target, and Kit simply wasn't allowing that.

In moves a Twi'lek dancer might envy, he spun around the guards, claiming a limb from both with each rotation: left legs, right arms, right legs... The speed of the train saw to the rest, ultimately whisking the droids into the canyon like insects blown from the windscreen of a speeder bike. The loss of his confederates was noted by whatever computers were slaved to Grievous's organic brain, but the loss neither distracted nor slowed him. His sole setting was attack. Successful at analyzing Mace's lightsaber style, those same computers suggested that Grievous alter his stance and posture, along with the angle of his parries, ripostes, and thrusts.

Labyrinth of Evil

As can be seen here, the time it took for Grievous to analyze Windu's fighting style, and thus the time their exchange took, lasted just as long as Kit Fisto's fight with two of Grievous's magnaguards where he twirled around and cut one of the two guards' eight limbs off with each twirl, clearly making short work of them. And on top of this, Grievous himself refers to the fight as a brief engagement:

He had been forced to improvise when Palpatine's protectors had opted to follow an alternate route to the bunker, and he had enjoyed chasing the mag-lev - - if not the brief duel on the roof of the train car.

Labyrinth of Evil

And finally, Grievous himself seems to admit Windu's superiority to him by admitting Dooku's assessment was correct.

At Palpatine's apartment, Grievous had managed to fool everyone by placing the gunboat on display, then clandestinely transferring himself and his combat droids into the Republic gunship Lord Tyranus had promised would be waiting for them. He had been forced to improvise when Palpatine's protectors had opted to follow an alternate route to the bunker, and he had enjoyed chasing the mag-lev - - if not the brief duel on the roof of the train car. Tyranus had warned him about Mace Windu's prowess with a blade, and now he understood.

Labyrinth of Evil

With this being Dooku's warning the good general was referring to:

"Do I need to demonstrate what responses you can expect from Cin Drallig or Obi-Wan Kenobi? From Mace Windu or, stars help you, Yoda?"

He flicked his blade quickly, ridding two of the guards of their staffs, then placing the glowing tip a millimeter from Grievous's death-helmeted visage.

"Finesse. Artfulness. Economy. Otherwise, my friend, I fear that you will end up beyond the repair of even the Geonosians. Do you take my meaning?"

So in regards to this fight, the narrowness of the train saw to the fact that the hindering magnetism of Grievous's feet wasn't much of a factor, Windu and Grievous dueled very briefly, and Windu ended the duel via BFR in the interest of time efficiency when tasked with protecting the most important man in the Galaxy in the middle of a battlefield where he and his allies were surrounded by separatist firepower, after which Grievous admitted Dooku's assessment that Windu was above him to be correct.

Mace Windu vs Darth Sidious

Now this fight has been analyzed TO DEATH, on youtube, and on the forums.

Most notably in our community by @silver2467 in his blog on the subject, which analyzes and addresses the fight in more exploration and depth than I could ever muster the time or patience for. As such, I will not analyze this fight in full, as while I may find some disagreements within Silver's blog, I do agree that Sidious is greater than Windu both with a blade and the Force, and that Sidious could've won the fight with lightning if he chose, and just the general idea of Silver's blog proving that Windu is not greater than or equal to Sidious.

I would however like to argue against the notion of this fight being too circumstantial to use as any type of indication for Windu's combative prowess, and will elucidate on a few elements of Windu's duel with Sidious that paint quite the impressive picture for the Korun master.

First of all, it's worth noting that Windu wasn't amped to the extent that his power surpassed Sidious's, seeing as first of all, Sidious's lightning would've ultimately overpowered Windu's Vaapad

Lightning blasted the clouds above, and lightning blasted from Palpatine's hands, and Mace didn't have time to comprehend what Palpatine was talking about; he had time only to slip back into Vaapad and angle his blade to catch the forking arcs of pure, dazzling hatred that clawed toward him. Because Vaapad is more than a fighting style. It is a state of mind: a channel for darkness. Power passed into him and out again without touching him. And the circuit completed itself: the lightning reflected back to its source. Palpatine staggered, snarling, but the blistering energy that loured from his hands only intensified. He fed the power with his pain.

"Anakin!" Mace called. His voice sounded distant, blurred, as if it came from the bottom of a well. "Anakin, help me! This is your chance!"

He felt Anakin's leap from the office floor to the ledge, felt his approach behind—

And Palpatine was not afraid. Mace could feel it: he wasn't worried at all.

"Destroy this traitor," the Chancellor said, his voice raised aver the howl of writhing energy that joined his hands to Mace's blade. "This was never an arrest. It's an assassination!"

That was when Mace finally understood. He had it. The key to final victory. Palpatine's shatterpoint. The absolute shatterpoint of the Sith. The shatterpoint of the dark side itself. Mace thought, blankly astonished, Palpatine trusts Anakin Skywalker...

Now Anakin was at Mace's shoulder. Palpatine still made no move to defend himself from Skywalker; instead he ramped up the lightning bursting from his hands, bending the fountain of Mace's blade back toward the Korun Master's face.

Palpatine's eyes glowed with power, casting a yellow glare that burned back the rain from around them. "He is a traitor, Anakin. Destroy him."

"You're the chosen one, Anakin," Mace said, his voice going thin with strain. This was beyond Vaapad; he had no strength left to fight against his own blade. "Take him. It's your destiny."

Skywalker echoed him faintly. "Destiny..."

"Help me! I can't hold on any longer!" The yellow glare from Palpatine's eyes spread outward through his flesh. His skin flowed like oil, as though the muscle beneath was burning away, as though even the bones of his skull were softening, were bending and bulging, deforming from the heat and pressure of his electric hatred. "He is killing me, Anakin—! Please, Anaaahhh—"

Mace's blade bent so close to his face that he was choking on ozone. "Anakin, he's too strong for me—"

"Ahhh—" Palpatine's roar above the endless blast of lightning became a fading moan of despair. The lightning swallowed itself, leaving only the night and the rain, and an old man crumpled to his knees on a slippery ledge. "I... can't. I give up. I... I am too weak, in the end. Too old, and too weak. Don't kill me, Master Jedi. Please. I surrender."

Revenge of the Sith

And seeing as Mace got hit with a Force push at one point in the fight that he was only able to redirect the momentum of:

Mace disengaged from the shadow's blade and leapt for the window; he slashed away the transparisteel with a single flourish. His instant's distraction cost him: a dark surge of the Force nearly blew him right out of the gap he had just cut. Only a desperate Force-push of his own altered his path enough that he slammed into a stanchion instead of plunging half a kilometer from the ledge outside. He bounced off and the Force cleared his head and once again he gave himself to Vaapad.

Revenge of the Sith

However their power was evidently close enough for them to bladelock relatively evenly:

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So clearly Windu's power is amped to the point of being relatively even with Sidious's. What I take away from this is that to have performed as well as he did against Sidious even with the amp, Windu would've needed an at least somewhat comparable level of skill, which given who his opponent is does indeed speak volumes about Windu's level of skill as a duelist.

And lastly, Windu managed to survive a protracted blast of Sidious's lightning after having his hand severed by Anakin from 4:00-4:17 prior to being thrown out of the window. I do not believe Windu was in Vaapad for this, as he had just had his hand severed, lost his lightsaber, was howling and pain, and was being electrocuted on top of that, whereas prior to that point he was out of Vaapad after forcing Sidious to the ground and while having his blade at Sidious's throat, because he had to slip back into Vaapad to deflect the lightning:

Lightning blasted the clouds above, and lightning blasted from Palpatine's hands, and Mace didn't have time to comprehend what Palpatine was talking about; he had time only to slip back into Vaapad and angle his blade to catch the forking arcs of pure, dazzling hatred that clawed toward him.

Revenge of the Sith

And in fact, the Revenge of the Sith script, Windu was stated to have attempted Force deflection:

The full force of Palpatine's powerful bolts blasts MACE. He attempts to deflect them with his one good hand, but the force is too great. As blue rays engulf his body, he is flung out the window and falls twenty stories to his death. No more screams. No more moans. PALPATINE lowers his arm.

Revenge of the Sith script

So the fact that Mace was able to survive for that long is a great testament to his durability, barrier, and deflection abilities, all of which are related to his power in the Force.

So yes, Windu's power was circumstantially boosted as Silver explained in his blog, and yes Sidious could've overpowered him with lightning, but despite the fact that Sidious is Windu's superior, Windu possesses at least a comparable level of martial skill, and can survive Sidious's lightning for a pretty impressive length of time.

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Those were my interpretations of Mace's various fleshed out lightsaber duels, and I hope you the reader found them entertaining and informative.

A special thanks goes out to @radioactivehaggis for giving me the scans for Windu's fights with Bulq and Ventress, to @wollfmyth209 for the resources made available to me by his Mace Windu respect thread, and most importantly to @brightsteel for giving me the idea for this thread in the first place, the motivation to ultimately get it done as a late birthday present for him, and as for providing me some of the quotes regarding Mace's fight with Grievous, you guys are all awesome!

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The Daughter of Mortis Respect Thread

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Force Abilities

Force Strength

As a Celestial, the Daughter had power beyond the understanding of mortal beings.

It had been theorized by Jedi and Sith alike that balance between the light and dark sides was actually under the guidance of a group of discorporate entities—the ones called the Celestials, perhaps—who had merged themselves with the Force thousands of generations earlier, and had continued to guide the fate of the galaxy ever since. In effect, a higher order of intermediaries, whose powers were beyond the understanding of mortal beings.

Darth Plagueis

"We are sorry," Thuruht said. "We do not know how to explain the Celestials any better. They are beyond the understanding of mortals."

Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse

As a Celestial, the Daughter was a being made of pure Force energy.

"Do you think the Ones are made of crude matter?" Thuruht replied. "The Ones are beings of the Force. The Ones take any form they desire."

Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse

As a Celestial, the Daughter was powerful enough to be ageless and remain uncorrupted by the Pool of Knowledge.

"I am beginning to believe Abeloth can't be a Celestial," Tekli observed. "She is too different from the others. She grew old when they did not-and she was being changed by the Font and the Pool, while the Son and the Daughter were unaffected."

Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse

As a Celestial, the Daughter was a being of astonishing power.

We have neither reliable records nor even legends about how the Celestial dominion came to be, but it is clear that they were beings of astonishing power.

The Essential Guide to Warfare Author's Cut- The Celestials
The Essential Guide to Warfare
The Essential Guide to Warfare

As a Celestial, the Daughter was a being with nearly immeasurable levels of power.

The Essential Atlas
The Essential Atlas

The Daughter had power on the level of a universal threat.

Unfortunately, Abeloth had been driven mad in a bid for power, and for the good of the galaxy, would have to be imprisoned. Since no known prison could hold beings of the architects’ power, the Son and Daughter were forced to construct one.

Galactic Architecture 101 and the History of Centerpoint Station

To cosmic threats, it was a prison.

Galactic Architecture 101 and the History of Centerpoint Station

The Daughter as a One was an immensely powerful Force wielder.

Here they encounter the Ones, a trio of immensely powerful and ancient Force-users.

The Ultimate Visual Guide: Updated and Expanded

The Daughter as a One was a godlike Force wielder.

Noting similarities between the Killik legend and the ancient Jedi tale of Mortis, they postulate that Abeloth is trying to re-create a family of godlike Force-wielders.

The Essential Reader's Companion

As the story developed, Abeloth started to become more defined. In a parallel path, The Clone Wars animated series delved into godlike beings that were a part of the Force in the Mortis Trilogy (2011).

The Essential Reader's Companion
Insider #139
Insider #139

The Daughter had to withdraw from the rest of the Galaxy with her family to avoid ruining it with her Force powers.

Long ago, the Ones withdrew from the galaxy to avoid ruining it with their Force powers.

The Ultimate Visual Guide: Updated and Expanded

As a One, the Daughter could wield the Force in ways mortals couldn't.

In the mysterious realm of Mortis there exists a trio of beings able to wield the Force in ways no known mortals of the galaxy can.

Databank: Father

As a One, the Daughter was an unspeakably powerful godlike being whose struggles with her family made Mortis the fulcrum of the Force.

Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Ahsoka Tano investigated the kilometers-wide artifact, and were drawn into a paradise realm inhabited by unspeakably powerful Force-wielders. These god-like beings were locked in an eternal struggle for dominance, which made Mortis the fulcrum of the entire galaxy and the Force.

Databank: Mortis

Alongside her brother, the Daughter had the strength in the Force to share its power with millions of non-force sensitive beings at once to great extent.

The first panel showed a long, tubular space station still under construction. The skeletal structure was teeming with Killiks, all wearing thin suits and bubble helmets. And that was all. There were no jetpacks, no space cranes, not even any tether cables-just millions of Killiks, floating together in banks the size of small asteroids. In front of them, enormous durasteel girders appeared to be drifting into position with no visible means of propulsion.

Raynar understood what he was seeing. Thuruht had used the Force not only to assemble the station itself-which certainly had the shape of Centerpoint-but also to move themselves about in space.

When we build, we use the Force for all things, Thuruht confirmed.

She directed Raynar's attention to the next panel. It showed a band of Killiks using Force blasts to extract ore from a stony asteroid. They also seemed to be using telekinesis to move the ore into a smelting furnace, which appeared to be powered by another swarm using a ball form of Force lightning.

To mine, to move, to smelt.

Raynar understood why Thuruht needed to harness the Force. But even if he knew how to share it, he was not strong enough to share it with so many beings at once.

Thuruht was amused by his confusion. By the time we are ready to build, you will be no more, she said. The Architects will be the Ones who give us the Force then.

Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse

The Daughter could manipulate the Force like no other aside from her family, and was powerful enough to tear the fabric of the Universe with her Force powers.

The Father: "My children and I can manipulate the Force like no other. Therefore, it was necessary to withdraw from the temporal world and live here as anchorites."

Anakin Skywalker: "As a sanctuary?"

The Father: "And a prison. You cannot imagine what pain it is to have such love for your children… and realize that they could tear the very fabric of our universe."

The Clone Wars: Overlords

As a One, the Daughter was an all-powerful being who exemplified the Light Side.

Book of Sith: The Science of Creating Life
Book of Sith: The Science of Creating Life

The Daughter and the rest of her family were more powerful with the Force than any being the Jedi had ever encountered before.

Mystery on Mortis! Sent to discover the origin of a mysterious distress call, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker, and his Padawan Ahsoka Tano are stranded on a distant planet. There, they discover three beings more powerful with the Force than any Jedi have seen before.

The Clone Wars: Altar of Mortis

Conflict between the Daughter and her brother threatened to completely unbalance the Force.

Star Wars Insider #123
Star Wars Insider #123

The Daughter is the power of the Light Side.

Encyclopedia: Daughter
Encyclopedia: Daughter

The Daughter was the embodiment of the Light Side of the Force.

Joined by her Force Unleashed co-star Sam Witwer (Starkiller) as the Son who embodies of the dark side of the Force, Wilkinson plays the Daughter, an embodiment of the light side as counterbalance.

Femme of the Force: Adrienne Wilkinson

The Daughter was one of the twin deities worshipped by the Nightsisters, including the powerful Mother Talzin, and is one of the sources of their power.

Book of Sith: Wild Power
Book of Sith: Wild Power
Book of Sith: Wild Power
Book of Sith: Wild Power

Immortality/Ascendence

The Daughter bathed in the Pool of Knowledge

The next panel showed the Daughter swimming in a different pool, one located inside a grotto. The head on her shoulders was that of a luminous bird, and it was looking back toward the cave's pillar-flanked entrance with its beak gaping wide in surprise.

Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse

Which is said to grant one unlimited knowledge.

"Bathe in this pool, and you'll have the answers you seek."

Luke raised a brow. "About Jacen?" he asked. "Or about Mara?"

"About whatever you seek," Ryontarr replied. "This is the Pool of Knowledge, where you will see all that has passed and all that is to come."

"That's a bit much for one mind to comprehend, don't you think?" Luke was beginning to see their trap-and how it would have been an irresistible temptation for a troubled young Jedi Knight on a galactic search for wisdom. "Did you bring Jacen here, too?"

"Jacen did not need to be brought," Ryontarr said. "But he was here, yes."

"Have a look," Feryl urged. "You don't have to get in, but maybe you will learn what you need to know about Mara."

"And Jacen." Ryontarr extended his hand into the darkness, then added, "We all know you really have no choice, Master Skywalker. And you are the one who is always asking about time."

At that moment, Luke knew he was walking into a trap. Until now, the two Mind Walkers had done everything they could to keep him from worrying about time, to reassure him that there was no reason to be concerned about it. Yet here they were now, using time to pressure him into a dangerous decision.

Clearly, they did not expect him to resist the temptation they were offering, which suggested that Jacen had not resisted. And that, of course, meant that Luke had no choice except to enter.

Luke shrugged. "Okay, you win," he said. "Let's go."

He was hardly surprised when his two escorts motioned him through the entrance, while they themselves remained standing by the pillars. As he stepped past them, he saw that the grotto was small, and the interior was not as dark as it had seemed from outside. A soft, silvery light was rising from the mirror-like sheen of a pool in the center. Tiny crevices lined the walls, seeping wisps of yellow fume and filling the cave with a stench of brimstone. So foul was the air that, even had he needed to, Luke would not have drawn breath inside.

The desperate longing continued to pull at him, drawing him closer to the pool. He went to the edge and saw that it lay not in a shallow bowl as he had expected, but in a deep, sheer-sided basin with an edge carved in a grotesque, serpentine braid. Through an exertion of will, he stopped half a pace from the water-he assumed it was water-and stared down at his own reflection.

What Luke saw was not so much a man as the specter of one, with eyes of blue burning out of sockets as deep as wells. His flesh was yellow and haggard, so drawn and flaky that it resembled cracked leather. His lips had withered to a pair of white worms so cracked and bloody that they barely covered his teeth. The pool was not dark, he reasoned, so perhaps he was not really looking at a reflection. He raised a hand, and the specter raised one, too.

"Is that..." Luke turned toward the exit, where Ryontarr stood leaning against a shadowy pillar. "Is that me?"

"It is the truth, as you are now," Ryontarr replied. "A man worn to nothing by duty and sacrifice, a dying husk animated by the Force and willpower alone."

"What about Mara?" Luke turned back to the pool. Instead of himself, he saw the honey-haired phantom from the Font of Power, the tiny eyes burning with desire, the broad mouth showing needle-teeth from ear to ear. "Is that her?"

"If you can't tell now," Feryl said, "then there is only one way to be sure."

A stubby arm broke the surface of the pool and reached for Luke, the tentacle-fingers waving so close before his eyes that he could see the tiny slit-membranes in the bottom of their suction-cup tips. The hungry presence grew more familiar, somehow a part of Luke, and he wanted nothing more in that instant than to step forward into the pool and know the truth of her identity, to know whether this was where the afterlife began and the spirits of the dead began their journey back to the Force.

Luke wanted to know what had happened to Jacen and what had made him fall, and he wanted to know what would become of his son, whether Ben would make a good Grand Master and how long he had to prepare for that terrible burden. More than anything, Luke wanted to know whether he had succeeded in his own life, whether the spark he had struck in founding the new Jedi Order would endure and flourish, growing into the bright golden light that he had envisioned, the beacon that would always be there to guide the galaxy safely through the dark times.

And the hungry presence could give him all that knowledge and more. All Luke had to do was clasp the tentacle-hand before him and let it draw him into the warm silver waters with it, let it drown him in the liquid oblivion of absolute, infinite knowledge.

Fate of the Jedi: Abyss

The Son could only be killed by the Dagger of Mortis under normal circumstances.

In a proactive measure, Luke dispatches a special team of Jedi—the Ten Knights—to seek out the monolith of Mortis, where they might find the Dagger of Mortis, a legendary object capable of slaying a Force-wielder from beyond the mortal realm.

The Essential Reader's Companion

Force Defenses/Energy Manipulation/Tutaminis

The Daughter used a Force barrier to keep the Son in gargoyle form from leaping on the Father's back.

Behind him stood the Daughter, using a Force shield to prevent the Son's fiend aspect from leaping on the Father's back.

Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse

The Daughter deflected several blasts of the Son's lightning with the Force, and even redirected one of his blasts at him.

The Clone Wars: Altar of Mortis
The Clone Wars: Altar of Mortis

The Daughter's ability to bend energy away from herself equaled the Son's capacity for force lightning.

The Clone Wars: Altar of Mortis
The Clone Wars: Altar of Mortis

Telekinesis

The Daughter and her family uprooted trees, threw around large boulders, and threw around rancor sized lizards when in argument with each other.

In the center, near the Font of Power, the Father was having a heated argument with the Son and the Daughter. All three were gesturing wildly, and in the air around them whirled uprooted tree ferns, boulders, and even a couple of six-legged lizards the size of rancors.

Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse

With some of the Daughter's power and his guidance, the Killiks used telekinesis to fly around, move enormous pieces of machinery, and blast asteroids apart.

The first panel showed a long, tubular space station still under construction. The skeletal structure was teeming with Killiks, all wearing thin suits and bubble helmets. And that was all. There were no jetpacks, no space cranes, not even any tether cables-just millions of Killiks, floating together in banks the size of small asteroids. In front of them, enormous durasteel girders appeared to be drifting into position with no visible means of propulsion.

Raynar understood what he was seeing. Thuruht had used the Force not only to assemble the station itself-which certainly had the shape of Centerpoint-but also to move themselves about in space.

When we build, we use the Force for all things, Thuruht confirmed.

She directed Raynar's attention to the next panel. It showed a band of Killiks using Force blasts to extract ore from a stony asteroid. They also seemed to be using telekinesis to move the ore into a smelting furnace, which appeared to be powered by another swarm using a ball form of Force lightning.

Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse

The Daughter lifted the Son with the Force and slammed him into the ground.

The Clone Wars: Altar of Mortis
The Clone Wars: Altar of Mortis

The Daughter pinned the Son in place with telekinesis.

The Clone Wars: Altar of Mortis
The Clone Wars: Altar of Mortis

The Daughter hurled the Son in his gargoyle form across the room.

The Clone Wars: Altar of Mortis
The Clone Wars: Altar of Mortis

Force Empowerment

Alongside her brother, the Daughter granted power in the Force to millions of Killiks.

The first panel showed a long, tubular space station still under construction. The skeletal structure was teeming with Killiks, all wearing thin suits and bubble helmets. And that was all. There were no jetpacks, no space cranes, not even any tether cables-just millions of Killiks, floating together in banks the size of small asteroids. In front of them, enormous durasteel girders appeared to be drifting into position with no visible means of propulsion.

Raynar understood what he was seeing. Thuruht had used the Force not only to assemble the station itself-which certainly had the shape of Centerpoint-but also to move themselves about in space.

When we build, we use the Force for all things, Thuruht confirmed.

She directed Raynar's attention to the next panel. It showed a band of Killiks using Force blasts to extract ore from a stony asteroid. They also seemed to be using telekinesis to move the ore into a smelting furnace, which appeared to be powered by another swarm using a ball form of Force lightning.

To mine, to move, to smelt.

Raynar understood why Thuruht needed to harness the Force. But even if he knew how to share it, he was not strong enough to share it with so many beings at once.

Thuruht was amused by his confusion. By the time we are ready to build, you will be no more, she said. The Architects will be the Ones who give us the Force then.

Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse

The Daughter governs growth and fertility among the Nightsisters.

Book of Sith: Wild Power
Book of Sith: Wild Power

The Nightsister ability to conjure spirit ichor and shape it into everlasting objects is derived from the Daughter.

Book of Sith: Wild Power
Book of Sith: Wild Power

Force Healing/Resurrection/Necromancy

The Nightsister healing abilities are derived from the Daughter.

Book of Sith: Wild Power
Book of Sith: Wild Power

The Daughter can summon spirits of long dead warriors to attack enemies.

Book of Sith: Wild Power
Book of Sith: Wild Power

The Daughter resurrected Ahsoka Tano after the Son extinguished her life and consumed her with darkness.

As Daughter lay dying, wounded by the blade of Mortis, she transferred the last of her life force into Ahsoka, who had been killed by the Son's power.

Encyclopedia: Daughter

Telepathy

The Nightsister power of mesmerism is derived from the Daughter

Book of Sith: Wild Power
Book of Sith: Wild Power
Book of Sith: Wild Power
Book of Sith: Wild Power

The Nightsister voodoo power is derived from the Daughter.

Book of Sith: Wild Power
Book of Sith: Wild Power

Shapeshifting

As a being made of Force energy, the Daughter could take any form she chooses.

"Do you think the Ones are made of crude matter?" Thuruht replied. "The Ones are beings of the Force. The Ones take any form they desire."

Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse

The Daughter could transform into a gryphon.

The Clone Wars: Altar of Mortis
The Clone Wars: Altar of Mortis

The Daughter could transform into a massive butterfly.

The Killik stepped to the next panel, where a pair of insects stood looming over a small swarm of Killiks who seemed to be assembling some sort of oversized fusion core. The first overseer was a luminous butterfly with large oval eyes and gossamer wings. Her companion was a powerful-looking beetle with heavy wings and a craggy head adorned by two raised stripes.

Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse

Senses/Farsight/Pastsight

The Daughter is said to have knowledge of everything that has and will happen.

Book of Sith: Wild Power
Book of Sith: Wild Power

The Nightsister powers of Scrying and Divination are derived from the Daughter.

Book of Sith: Wild Power
Book of Sith: Wild Power

Environmental Manipulation

The Daughter and the rest of her family could twist the landscape of Mortis on a whim.

Nexus of Power
Nexus of Power

The Daughter's presence on Mortis generated life from a barren landscape.

Nexus of Power
Nexus of Power

Force Lightning

With some of the Daughter's power and his guidance, the Killiks were smelting ore from asteroids with balls of Force lightning.

They also seemed to be using telekinesis to move the ore into a smelting furnace, which appeared to be powered by another swarm using a ball form of Force lightning.

Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse

Force Concealment

The Daughter could remain invisible.

Nexus of Power
Nexus of Power

Physical Capabilities

Strength

The Daughter physically overpowered Obi-Wan in gryphon form.

The Clone Wars: Overlords
The Clone Wars: Overlords

The Daughter hurled the Son across the room in gryphon form.

The Clone Wars: Altar of Mortis
The Clone Wars: Altar of Mortis

Speed

The Daughter jumped in front of the Son's strike faster than he could react.

The Clone Wars: Altar of Mortis
The Clone Wars: Altar of Mortis

Durability

The Daughter tanked a blast of the Son's lightning.

The Clone Wars: Altar of Mortis
The Clone Wars: Altar of Mortis

The Daughter tanked a protracted stream of the Son's force lightning in humanoid form before powering through another stream in gryphon form.

The Clone Wars: Altar of Mortis
The Clone Wars: Altar of Mortis

The Daughter tanked being thrown into the ground by the Son's gargoyle form.

The Clone Wars: Altar of Mortis
The Clone Wars: Altar of Mortis

The Daughter tanked being hurled out of a window by the Father.

The Clone Wars: Altar of Mortis
The Clone Wars: Altar of Mortis
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Why Banite Downscaling Doesn't Work

Why Banite Downscaling Doesn't Work

-Darth Sidious, the Last Banite Master
-Darth Sidious, the Last Banite Master

It is a commonly mentioned and used fact that Banite line grew in power with each successive generation, and this should indeed be used to afford the Banite Sith masters the respect they deserve. I have however also seen this argument terribly misused, most commonly by people claiming any of Sidious's apprearacters in the PT era would defeat Bane, that Sidious's apprentices are above several of the most powerful pre-Banite Sith, and that the PT era is massively superior to various previous eras given the Sith's "evolution" and a comparison between the Sith and Jedi of the era.

As far as Banite scaling goes and whether or not it applies to Sidious's apprentices, because this is the misuse of the Banite power progression argument from which every other misuse of the argument stems, it doesn't. The entire point of the scaling is a generation surpassing the one before it, which clearly doesn't apply to Sidious's apprentices since they never came close to surpassing or overthrowing him.

Another argument people try and use to apply this scaling is by arguing the scaling proves an extremely massive power gap between Bane and the end of his line, and try to scale Bane beneath Sidious's apprentices on that scaling, but that line of reasoning falls flat for two main reasons. First of all, one cannot prove the extent of the power difference between Bane and the end of his line by any way other than using the showings of power demonstrated by Bane and those at the end of the line, and pretty much every character in the Banite line is overpowered with really no defined upper limit other than that they're beneath Sidious. Furthermore there are indications that, while Bane obviously isn't on par with Sidious, the power gap may not be as massive as some assume, considering the fact that Bane's successors in the Banite line even respected his power and regarded it as legendary even during Tenebrous's and Plagueis's reigns, he was stated to be one of Sidious's most powerful predecessors regardless, and his spirit was used to test Yoda's fear and avarice.

“What more appropriate way for us to close the circle than by mimicking the Sith’ari’s seminal efforts,” Tenebrous continued. “We weave ourselves into the warp and weft of the tapestry he created.”

Plagueis kept his thoughts to himself. The aptly named Darth Bane, who had redefined the Sith by limiting their number and operating from concealment, had mined cortosis as a youth on Apatros long before embracing the tenets of the dark side. In the thousand years since his death, Bane had become deified; the powers attributed to him, legendary. And indeed what more appropriate place for his disciples to complete the circle, Plagueis told himself, than in profound obscurity, deep within an escarpment that walled an azure expanse of Bal’demnic’s Northern Sea.

Darth Plagueis
Book of Sith: Chronicle of Sorzus Syn
Book of Sith: Chronicle of Sorzus Syn

In his quest for domination, Darth Sidious tracked down what remained of five pivotal Sith texts written by his most powerful predecessors.

Book of Sith Synopsis

Then the other half of this argument that doesn't work is the implication that there is some parity between Sheev's apprentices and the end of the Banite line, which clearly isn't the case given how casually Sidious has handled all of them before and the mountain of evidence confirming the vast extent to which Sidious is beyond his apprentices:

Darth Maul

Star Wars Fact File
Star Wars Fact File
Star Wars Fact File
Star Wars Fact File
The Clone Wars: The Lawless
The Clone Wars: The Lawless

Darth Tyranus

Physically, the Count's age was rarely a handicap. Deft as he had become with the Force-unimaginably more subtle than the boy who had watched water-skeeters in the Jedi gardens all those years ago-he wore his eighty-three standard years better than most humans half his age. He was still in superb physical shape, senses keen, health undiminished by even the memory of a cold. Only in this situation, stooped before the image of his Master, did he feel his years. Even via hologram, the flickering figure of Darth Sidious, hideous in blue and shadows, seemed to strip his false youth away, leaving his bones brittle, his joints worn thin and knotted with tension.

Dark Rendezvous

There was always a risk, talking with Sidious. Sometimes the conversation would go badly, and Dooku would fail to please somehow. It was a terrible thing, failing to please his Master.

Dark Rendezvous

Not that he would ever question the power of Darth Sidious.

Dark Rendezvous

He imagined Yoda tumbling through the air, bloody and insensible, dashing his brains out on the flagstones far below. Then it would all be mercifully over and Dooku wouldn't have to feel this strange, jumbled confusion. His hands would stop shaking and he would be dry inside and tight: dry and tight and empty as a drum, just a drum for Darth Sidious to play.

Dark Rendezvous

Dooku could only shake his head in awe. And to think that only days earlier, the Jedi had seemed so close to uncovering, even destroying, all he and his Master had worked for. But he should never have feared. His Master never lost. He would never lose. He was the definition of unbeatable.

Revenge of the Sith novelization
The Clone Wars: The Lost One
The Clone Wars: The Lost One

Darth Vader

Boarding his shuttle, he ordered the pilot to lift off. A pity, my son, he thought. You could have joined me and together...we could have destroyed the Emperor and ruled the galaxy in his place. As he stared at the severed appendage in his hands, a sudden flash of insight struck the Dark Lord, realization dawning like the sunrise of Bespin. Perhaps, if you will not be turned, little Jedi, a suitable substitute may be arranged.

Suddenly, Vader was struck to his knees by the horribly powerful voice that rolled like fiery thunder through his brain. The pilots struggled vainly to ignore the Dark Lord's...discomfort."Yes, my servant," the voice boomed in his mind, dripping raw evil. "Come to Mount Tantiss, immediately. I shall meet you there, and we will discuss my new trophy."

"Yes...my Master," Vader gasped, feeling an icy stab of dread in his soul, as the Emperor's mocking chuckle still echoed in his mind. His Master had detected his rebellious thoughts. This discussion would be most unpleasant. Most unpleasant indeed.

The Thrawn Trilogy Sourcebook: Clone B-2332-54

Vader grabbed the energy-seething Palpatine and hurled him into the Death Star reactor shaft, where the evil leader was disintegrated. The shock waves of dark power mortally wounded Vader.

The New Essential Chronology

So to sum this section up, using a power comparison via Banite scaling to prove Sidious's apprentices superiority to Bane is entirely dependent on the gap between the end of the Banite line and Sidious's apprentices being smaller than the gap between Bane and the end of the Banite line, and quite frankly the evidence doesn't support this at all.

The Training Argument

Another slightly different argument for Banite power scaling is that Sidious's apprentices being privy to knowledge and training at the end of the Banite line plus them having potential high enough to be his apprentices ensures that with a similar amount of time training in the dark side, any of them would be superior to Bane, however this argument is fallacious and dependent on unsubstantiated claims.

While it is true that the Sith archives grew substantially over time, the claim that Sidious's apprentices have more knowledge than Bane is still entirely dependent on how much of that knowledge they were privy to under Sidious's training. And this is something I would call to question considering how even Plagueis withheld quite a bit of knowledge from Sidious even, as shown several times in the Darth Plagueis novel after Sidious starts to train him in 65 BBY.

“I am pleased to see how greatly you have changed—how powerful you have become, Lord Sidious. What happened on Coruscant was meant to happen, but I take consolation in the fact that the events have shaped you into a true Sith Lord. You are indeed ready to learn the secrets I have been safeguarding.”

Darth Plagueis (52 BBY)

Sidious knew that his own powers had increased tenfold over the decades, but he couldn’t be certain he had learned all of Plagueis’s secrets—“his sorcerer’s ways,” as the Sun Guards referred to them—including the ability to prevent beings from dying. He sometimes wondered: Was he a level behind? Two levels behind?

Darth Plagueis (33/32 BBY)

“It was Hego Damask as Darth Plagueis who came to Naboo, determined to suck the planet dry of plasma and set the Trade Federation up as its overseers. It was Hego Damask as Plagueis who then set his sights on a seemingly confused young man and, with meticulous skill, manipulated him into committing patricide, matricide, fratricide. Darth Plagueis who took him as an apprentice, sharing some of his knowledge but withholding his most powerful secrets, denying the apprentice his wishes as a means of controlling him, instilling in him a sense of murderous rage, and turning him to the dark side.” Sidious stood to his full height, glaring.

Darth Plagueis (32 BBY)

And this is very important considering the fact that Plagueis trained Sidious substantially longer than Sidious trained any of his apprentices, Sidious had advanced to a greater point than they had, and Sidious had taken part in greater manipulations of the Force and applications of knowledge and power than any of his apprentices in his time under Plagueis (shifting the balance of the Force with a ritual and whatnot), with even his early training at Plagueis's hands being just as brutal if not more so than Maul's training under him. This also confirms that Sidious himself didn't have access to all of the Banite knowledge when training Maul.

And with all this in mind, I think it's very important to take into account Sidious's mindset towards his apprentices expressed in his own words several times in the Book of Sith:

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Thus it is apparent that not only is Sidious not sharing a great wealth of the Banite knowledge with his apprentices possible, it is extremely plausible.

Then on top of this fact, despite the apparently insane amount of knowledge Dooku got from the Jedi order and after a decade of training under Sidious, Dooku still found the holocron of Andeddu to possess useful enough knowledge to make him notably more powerful, while aside from essence transfer Bane already knew everything in the holocron and considered it basic rudimentary knowledge.

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For the past four days Bane had played the gatekeeper's games in an attempt to unlock the secrets of eternal life. He had delved deep into Andeddu's Holocron, accomplishing in less than a week what would have taken others months or even years. He had suffered through the tedious lessons; he had listened to the tiresome philosophical rants of the holographic image. He had learned nothing new about the Force, though the gatekeeper's words had revealed much about Darth Andeddu's personality and beliefs.

Like many of the ancient Sith, he was cruel, arrogant, self-centered, and shortsighted. His lessons mirrored those of Bane's instructors at the Sith Academy on Korriban; lessons Bane had rejected decades ago as flawed. He had moved beyond their teachings. His understanding of the dark side had evolved. In creating the Rule of Two, he had ushered in a new era for the Sith. He had transcended the limited understanding of men like Andeddu, and he was done listening to the gatekeeper's ignorant litany.

Darth Bane: Dynasty of Evil

And lastly, there's the simply fact that learning curves/power growth rates in Star Wars don't make logical coherent sense when considering factors like quality of training and time spent training, and all one needs to do to realize this is take a look at a few of the characters in Star Wars. Here is a list for example:

OT Luke Skywalker

AOTC and prior Anakin Skywalker

TFA Rey

Child Vitiate

Empire's Wrath/Darth Nox

Of everyone here, Anakin Skywalker has the lowest rate of growth in regards to the development of his abilities, yet Anakin has the highest potential in the Force of anyone here (or the mythos for that matter), access to more knowledge (the Jedi Archives), higher quality training (formal Jedi instruction in the Golden Age of the Jedi Order, and advanced lightsaber classes from a better lightsaber instructor than Yoda), and an extremely competitive streak to actually drive him towards developing his combative abilities. Yet Luke Skywalker as of ROTJ after four years of informal training that to my knowledge consisted of a single training session with Obi-Wan, less than a month of training with Yoda, and some time reading an instructional book Obi-Wan left him is noticeably superior to AOTC Anakin, who had spent a full ten years of higher quality training developing his abilities. Then of course Rey outstrips Anakin even further, having a greater learning curve than Luke, developing quite a few abilities instinctively and on her own whereas Luke needed training to do so. Vitiate as well even at his peak doesn't have Chosen-One-esque potential, yet even before a ritual where he consumed power from 9,000 Sith Lords, Vitiate starting at the age of six with no training snapped his step father's neck with telekinesis and tortured his mother, four years later stripped a planet ruling Sith Lord of his power and drove him insane, and three years after that as a thirteen year old had the world under his complete subjugation and impressed Marka Ragnos enough with his power to make him a Sith Lord. Lastly the Empire's Wrath and Darth Nox both, after only a little bit of training and with only a training lightsaber, defeated the beast of Marka Ragnos and Khem Val respectively.

So why do Anakin's abilities progress slower than many others to whom he has superior potential, superior knowledge resources, superior training, and a lengthier period of time to progress in? Because learning curves and power growths in Star Wars don't really make much logical sense.

So all in all, there is no proof for the claim that Sidious bequeathed upon his apprentices more knowledge than Bane was privy to, all indications are that Sidious thought of his apprentices as expendable tools, what specific details we have of Bane's knowledge are quite frankly more impressive than the details of the knowledge Sidious's apprentices possessed, there is a pretty notable indication that Bane's knowledge of the Dark Side surpasses Dooku's quite noticeably, and power progressions don't make any sense to begin with.

Conclusion

In conclusion, Banite power scaling is something that should only be used in regards to the Sith Masters of Bane's Order and those who actually receive scaling from them (ie. people who have shown themselves to be on the level of a Banite master or higher, and not people who have been casually pounded into submission by a Banite master), and this was something I honestly thought would be common sense. Sidious's apprentices and those who get scaling from them are not themselves the recipient of Banite scaling as Sidious's apprentices never overthrew their master, the gap between them and the masters at the end of the Banite line has not been definitively proven smaller than the gap between Bane and the masters at the end of his line, and the more recent argument that Sidious's apprentices are better than Bane due to their training is dependent on a few conditions that have not been definitively substantiated with the line of logic itself having been proven to not follow logical sense in Star Wars regardless.

I am not saying that this blog proves that Bane is above all of Sidious's apprentices (though I believe that to be the case), but rather this blog proves that "Banite Scaling" is not a sufficient enough argument to prove the opposite since they do not receive Banite scaling. If such a claim is to be made either way, it should be made on the basis of a legitimate comparison between the abilities and merits of the two combatants themselves, rather than the cop-out of trying to apply power scaling with logic based upon unfounded conditions in order to avoid a more holistic and in depth comparison.

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Intermediary Banite Sith Respect Thread

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General Overview

Force Strength

The Sith Masters in the Banite line grew more powerful with each generation. Note that this does not include those who never seized the mantle of master within the Banite line. Also note that the order of the lineage of masters in the line goes Bane, Zannah, Cognus, Vectivus, Gravid, Gean, Ramage, Tenebrous's Master, Tenebrous, Plagueis, Sidious.

For a millennium, the Sith maintained the order in secrecy, passing down their evil heritage. As they gained knowledge of the dark side of the Force, their powers increased with each generation.

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Force Knowledge

The Sith Archives were passed down from master to apprentice with each generation, which included Bane's manuscript, The Rule of Two.

Book of Sith: The Rule of Two
Book of Sith: The Rule of Two

It should be noted that in Gravid's reign he went crazy and destroyed half of the repository of Sith knowledge, including the essence transfer ability and excluding Bane's manuscript.

Barricaded within the walls of a bastion he and his Twi’lek apprentice, Gean, had constructed on Jaguada, he had attempted as much, and was thought to have destroyed more than half the repository of artifacts before Gean, demonstrating consummate will and courage, had managed to penetrate the Force fields Gravid had raised around their stronghold and intercede, killing her Master with her bare hands, though at the cost of her arm, shoulder, and the entire left side of her face and chest.

Darth Plagueis

Bane's manuscript included knowledge of a variety of Force powers.

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Book of Sith: The Rule of Two
Book of Sith: The Rule of Two
Book of Sith: The Rule of Two
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Book of Sith: The Rule of Two
Book of Sith: The Rule of Two
Book of Sith: The Rule of Two
Book of Sith: The Rule of Two
Book of Sith: The Rule of Two

Darth Vectivus

Force Strength

Vectivus was powerful enough to begin experimenting with and testing new powers with the Force prior to receiving any training at all in its ways.

"The director of that time hushed up the reports, closed down that mine-the rest of the operation in these asteroids was unaffected-and kept things tightly under wraps. He, too, was a Force-sensitive and had been experiencing things, experimenting, acquiring and testing new powers. When this asteroid belt eventually became less profitable as a mining operation, he closed it down, carefully mismanaged things so that the habitat would be left here and forgotten . . . and then, leaving it behind, he went out into the galaxy, finding the Sith, apprenticing himself, eventually becoming the Sith Master Darth Vectivus.

Legacy of the Force: Betrayal

Force Knowledge

Vectivus had been developing and acquiring Force powers prior to receiving any training in the ways of the Force.

"The director of that time hushed up the reports, closed down that mine-the rest of the operation in these asteroids was unaffected-and kept things tightly under wraps. He, too, was a Force-sensitive and had been experiencing things, experimenting, acquiring and testing new powers. When this asteroid belt eventually became less profitable as a mining operation, he closed it down, carefully mismanaged things so that the habitat would be left here and forgotten . . . and then, leaving it behind, he went out into the galaxy, finding the Sith, apprenticing himself, eventually becoming the Sith Master Darth Vectivus."

Legacy of the Force: Betrayal

Force Phantom

Darth Vectivus created the Force Phantom ability.

This ability creates and controls projections of living things through the Force that can fight and physically impact the environment and people around it.

The creature-revealed in the light of Ben's lightsaber to be a fleshy stretched wing with eyes at one end, a tail at the other, and a wet mouth toward the center of its underside, something like a mynock, flew straight at him. Ben swung, felt his blade cut into skin and meat, and was propelled back down by the impact as the two halves of the beast hurtled lifelessly past him, one to either side.

The soles of his feet hit stone again. He absorbed as much of the impact as he could with his knees and did not bounce up very far this time.

The two mynock halves were partly embedded in the stone, and as he glanced at them, they slipped beneath the stone's surface like two halves of a boat sinking. They left nothing behind-no blood, nothing.

"They're not real," Ben said.

"Projections of the Force," Nelani answered from behind. "So they can't really hurt us, right?"

"Wrong." Her tone chided him. "You know better than that. It's like saying A laser beam can't hurt me-it's only light, right?"

Legacy of the Force: Betrayal

And these phantoms can be projected from across the Galaxy.

"It seems that among the resources she inherited from Lumiya is a Force technique permitting her the projection of phantoms across space. It appears in every way to match the lost technique of Darth Vectivus."

Legacy of the Force: Fury

Each phantom is tied to the life of some living thing in the galaxy, and can actually be quite far off in the galaxy.

Now it was his turn to wave around. "Every phantom you see here, every one you encounter, is connected to something that is distinctly real, distinctly alive, though possibly far, far away. Every time you struck a mynock, a living being somewhere suffered the pain and injury you inflicted."

With his statement, a knot of sickness formed in Nelani's stomach. "You're lying."

"No, I'm not. You struck, and somewhere, some creature, perhaps a baby bantha, squealed in pain and was severed, killed before the disbelieving eyes of its mother-"

"Stop it."

"Why? It's the truth. Baby banthas are quite cute, you know. A terrible shame to see one cut in half."

Legacy of the Force: Betrayal

Even as a Force ghost, Vectivus could project several Force phantoms of mynocks at once.

"Oh, that's simple. Kill me." He took a bounding, gliding step forward. "Sweep your lightsaber blade across my neck, topple my head from my shoulders. The mynocks will go away, and you'll be able to find your way back to your friends.

Legacy of the Force: Betrayal

Vectivus shrugged. "Perhaps I did. I wouldn't know." Then he faded from sight, and as he disappeared, the susurrating noise of the mynocks wheeling overhead also vanished.

Legacy of the Force: Betrayal

Force Ghost

Darth Vectivus was able to manifest as a Force ghost after death.

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Essence Transfer

Darth Vectivus having preceded Darth Gravid in the Banite line possesses the ability of essence transfer.

In Bane’s age a Sith might have had to guard against an attempt at essence transfer by the deceased—a leap into the consciousness of the Sith who survived—but those times were long past and of no relevance; not since the teachings had been sabotaged, the technique lost. The last Sith possessed of the knowledge had been inexplicably drawn to the light side and killed, taking the secret process with him …

Darth Plagueis

Telepathy

As a Force ghost, Vectivus could control living beings to carry out his wishes.

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Sith Sorcery/Alchemy

Vectivus constructed a secret entrance opened by a Force related mechanism.

Around the rock outcropping, Jacen came face-to-face with another rock-a boulder of black stone, its surface shiny and smooth. It was unlike any other surface he'd seen while in these caverns.

And it reeked of dark side energy.

"A door," he said.

Beside him, Brisha nodded.

Jacen reached out to explore the barrier with his Force-attuned senses. The stone seemed to be resting on a pivot of pure energy. The slightest exertion would swing it to one side . . . but the exertion had to be made through the Force. Through the dark side of the Force. Perhaps a light-side exertion would swing it open as well, but he sensed that such an exertion would have to be much greater.

He shrugged, gestured, exerted himself minimally along dark paths. The boulder swung obediently to one side. There was darkness beyond.

Legacy of the Force: Betrayal

Force Senses

Vectivus managed to track down the Banite Sith in hiding that would eventually become his master.

"The director of that time hushed up the reports, closed down that mine-the rest of the operation in these asteroids was unaffected-and kept things tightly under wraps. He, too, was a Force-sensitive and had been experiencing things, experimenting, acquiring and testing new powers. When this asteroid belt eventually became less profitable as a mining operation, he closed it down, carefully mismanaged things so that the habitat would be left here and forgotten . . . and then, leaving it behind, he went out into the galaxy, finding the Sith, apprenticing himself, eventually becoming the Sith Master Darth Vectivus."

Legacy of the Force: Betrayal

Force Illumination

As a Force ghost, Darth Vectivus illuminated an area of a dark cavern in such a way that it left enough of an impression for Nelani to sense afterwards.

He gestured at Nelani-no, beyond her, and she felt a pulse of Force energy in the distance behind her.

She moved, a floating bounce that allowed her to turn but keep Vectivus in the periphery of her vision. In the distance, where Vectivus gestured, the rails that had borne Brisha's car to these depths were briefly illuminated. Even when the light faded, she could still feel them, could mark their presence in the Force as though they were living things.

Legacy of the Force: Betrayal

Strength

Darth Vectivus carried around a considerable amount of muscle.

Behind her stood a human man, dignified of bearing, his dark beard cut close in an elegant style. He was tall and a trifle overweight, but his loose-fitting black garments suggested that he was carrying around some muscle as well as fat.

Legacy of the Force: Betrayal

Darth Gravid

Telekinesis

Darth Gravid was able to erect a telekinetic barrier spanning over an entire fortress.

Barricaded within the walls of a bastion he and his Twi’lek apprentice, Gean, had constructed on Jaguada, he had attempted as much, and was thought to have destroyed more than half the repository of artifacts before Gean, demonstrating consummate will and courage, had managed to penetrate the Force fields Gravid had raised around their stronghold and intercede, killing her Master with her bare hands, though at the cost of her arm, shoulder, and the entire left side of her face and chest.

Darth Plagueis

Essence Transfer

Prior to Darth Sidious's rediscovery of the technique, Darth Gravid was the last in the Banite line who possessed the ritual of essence transfer.

In Bane’s age a Sith might have had to guard against an attempt at essence transfer by the deceased—a leap into the consciousness of the Sith who survived—but those times were long past and of no relevance; not since the teachings had been sabotaged, the technique lost. The last Sith possessed of the knowledge had been inexplicably drawn to the light side and killed, taking the secret process with him …

Darth Plagueis

Lightsaber Skill

Prior to his defeat at the hands of Darth Gean, Darth Gravid severely injured her in a duel, removing much of the left side of Gean's body, and presumably disarming her.

Barricaded within the walls of a bastion he and his Twi’lek apprentice, Gean, had constructed on Jaguada, he had attempted as much, and was thought to have destroyed more than half the repository of artifacts before Gean, demonstrating consummate will and courage, had managed to penetrate the Force fields Gravid had raised around their stronghold and intercede, killing her Master with her bare hands, though at the cost of her arm, shoulder, and the entire left side of her face and chest.

Darth Plagueis

Darth Gean

Telekinesis

Darth Gean was able to penetrate Gravid's fortress spanning Force barrier.

Barricaded within the walls of a bastion he and his Twi’lek apprentice, Gean, had constructed on Jaguada, he had attempted as much, and was thought to have destroyed more than half the repository of artifacts before Gean, demonstrating consummate will and courage, had managed to penetrate the Force fields Gravid had raised around their stronghold and intercede, killing her Master with her bare hands, though at the cost of her arm, shoulder, and the entire left side of her face and chest.

Darth Plagueis

Martial Skill

Darth Gean was able to overcome Gravid in martial combat unarmed after sustaining grievous injuries.

Barricaded within the walls of a bastion he and his Twi’lek apprentice, Gean, had constructed on Jaguada, he had attempted as much, and was thought to have destroyed more than half the repository of artifacts before Gean, demonstrating consummate will and courage, had managed to penetrate the Force fields Gravid had raised around their stronghold and intercede, killing her Master with her bare hands, though at the cost of her arm, shoulder, and the entire left side of her face and chest.

Darth Plagueis

Physical Strength

Darth Gean was able to kill Darth Gravid with her bare hands after sustaining injuries.

Barricaded within the walls of a bastion he and his Twi’lek apprentice, Gean, had constructed on Jaguada, he had attempted as much, and was thought to have destroyed more than half the repository of artifacts before Gean, demonstrating consummate will and courage, had managed to penetrate the Force fields Gravid had raised around their stronghold and intercede, killing her Master with her bare hands, though at the cost of her arm, shoulder, and the entire left side of her face and chest.

Darth Plagueis

Darth Gean acquired cybernetics, which would've undoubtedly been stronger than her natural body.

“Your thoughts betray you,” Plagueis said. “Do you think that Malak’s powers were weakened by Revan’s lightsaber? Bane by being encrusted in orbalisks? Do you think Gravid’s young apprentice was hindered by the prosthesis she was forced to wear after fighting him?”

Darth Plagueis

Durability

Darth Gean was able to fight through terrible injury to physically overpower and kill her master.

Barricaded within the walls of a bastion he and his Twi’lek apprentice, Gean, had constructed on Jaguada, he had attempted as much, and was thought to have destroyed more than half the repository of artifacts before Gean, demonstrating consummate will and courage, had managed to penetrate the Force fields Gravid had raised around their stronghold and intercede, killing her Master with her bare hands, though at the cost of her arm, shoulder, and the entire left side of her face and chest.

Darth Plagueis

Darth Gean acquired cybernetics, which would've undoubtedly been more durable than her natural body.

“Your thoughts betray you,” Plagueis said. “Do you think that Malak’s powers were weakened by Revan’s lightsaber? Bane by being encrusted in orbalisks? Do you think Gravid’s young apprentice was hindered by the prosthesis she was forced to wear after fighting him?”

Darth Plagueis

Darth Ramage

Force Strength

The power emanating from just Ramage's holocron made Jax fear it would seduce him to the dark side.

The holocron created a slight disturbance in the Force through its very existence-at least Jax could feel its subtle pull when he was near it-and he had not wanted to risk attempting to activate it.

The Last Jedi

The power contained in Ramage's holocron was enough to overwhelm the senses of a witch of dathomir, even after she used a calming spell to maintain her composure.

She considered a Force jump up onto the foredeck but backed away from such a bold move. Male he might be-stranger he might be-but he was a guest of the Matriarch. Such an act would be a breach of courtesy. So instead, she merely raised a hand and caressed the forward surface of the wing where it melted into the fuselage.

A tingle of something like dread coursed up her arm. She pulled her hand back with a sharp intake of breath.

What was that?

She glanced quickly over her shoulder at the timid ones who stood watching her. Had they felt her involuntary withdrawal? Did they read it as fear?

Clenching her teeth, Magash reached up and laid her fingertips against the shiny metal. The whisper of dark energy returned, making her suck in another breath. She murmured the words and melody of a calming spell-

"I call on thee, O Unformed.

"Let no harm befall me in times of trial.

"In moments of danger, guide my steps.

"Inspire me. Purpose me."

She kept her hand in contact with the ship's hull until she thought her every nerve would scream out with the urge to shut out that whisper of dark power. Then she withdrew it casually, as if her jaws did not hurt from the clenching of her teeth-as if she did not want to snarl with unnamable distress.

The Last Jedi

Upon partially reacting to Jax Pavan's blood, Darth Ramage's holocron released a burst of power that caused the Force within and around Jax to shudder and created a surge through the Force strong enough to almost knock a Nightsister off of her feet from across the landscape.

A drop of blood fell from Jax's wounded palm, struck the crown of the artifact, and traced a zigzag down the incised face.

The Force within and around Jax shuddered, and the holocron beat with a single sanguine pulse. The bottom corner facing Jax turned on an unseen axis.

The Last Jedi

She had gone no more than two strides when the black pinnacles across the Infinity Plain were lit by warring bursts of aqua and crimson light. The whipcord response in the Force almost knocked her from her feet, and her soul was raked by a raw wave of anguish from the Jedi.

The Last Jedi

Force Knowledge

Darth Ramage's holocron was said to contain several lost secrets of the Sith.

The droid continued, "Supposedly, it contains many lost secrets of the Sith. We had no way to find out, of course, since it can only be opened by someone who can use the Force."

Coruscant Knights I: Jedi Twilight

Darth Ramage was considered a savant.

It contained-ostensibly hidden in layers of memory below the more recent additions pertaining to Imperial strategic moves-the writings and lab notes of the Sith savant Darth Ramage.

The Last Jedi

Darth Ramage's experimentation held terrifying implications.

Some of the information was irrelevant now-the information on using pyronium to increase the yield of a dose of bota, for example-but Jax had heard rumors of the sort of experiments Darth Ramage had done, and some of them held terrifying implications.

The Last Jedi

Darth Ramage's holocron possessed knowledge that would be of great use to a Jedi.

He thrust all the questions aside. It was human nature to want to rewrite past mistakes, but that fantasy did not alter the fact that Darth Ramage's holocron was rumored to contain some information that could be of great use to a Jedi. He just had to figure out how to open it.

The Last Jedi

Jax Pavan was overwhelmed by the sheer amount of knowledge in Darth Ramage's holocron.

Jax barely felt her ministrations. His entire focus was on the open fountain of knowledge in his hand; he couldn't have looked away if he'd tried. The holocron had him, and was pouring its Force-sealed contents into his mind. A thousand lights pulsed; a thousand voices whispered, a thousand tendrils of the Force attached themselves to his spirit-to his mind.

He was drowning in the flood of knowledge, and he could not look away.

"Is it readable, Jedi?"

Duala Aidu's voice came to him as if from a great distance.

Readable? He almost laughed. The physical crystal, he had no doubt, could be inserted into a holoreader, granting the user access to some of the more mundane information it contained. But this river of knowledge was meant only for the Force-user who had opened it-a Force-user Darth Ramage would have assumed must be aligned with the dark side to even contemplate the act he believed necessary to open his cache.

The Last Jedi

The knowledge in Darth Ramage's holocron was so vast, when organized into the visual metaphor of the Jedi library, that each force technique the holocron possesses is proportionally only one scroll or datasphere in the vast expanse of bookshelves.

The place Jax Pavan stood was dark. He had the impression of a vast space and reached out with the Force to augment his eyes. Gradually, the place came to light-literally-as soft areas of multihued ambience bloomed in the darkness. These vague lights fanned out away from him on both sides in orderly rows that rose to a great height. They were too regular to be stars.

He knew-and had loved-this place. It was the great library at the Jedi Temple on Coruscant. It no longer existed.

He swept his gaze over the darkened walls with their spectral lights-lights that were growing in brilliance with every passing moment. They were the "books" lining the library shelves-datacubes, memory chips, holocrons, light scrolls, even old books composed of bound flimsi and ancient scrolls of flowing text on plant fiber.

He had been standing in the broad doorway of the vast chamber; now he stepped forward toward the center. Among the ranks of lights, some grew brighter. Here, an amber halo surrounded a datacube; there, a datascroll gleamed like a tube of palest gold. He wondered at their contents ... and found himself many meters in the stygian air, reaching for a datascroll, knowing it contained a treatise on Force projections.

Useful. He took it from the shelf, feeling its warmth-and it dissolved into his hand.

Startled, he stared at his palm. It glowed with the residual aura-almost obscuring the already healing slash that cut diagonally from the heel of his hand to the base of his fingers.

The knowledge contained on the scroll emerged into his semiconscious mind like an island rising from a retreating sea. Of course, it made sense. It would require practice and discipline, but it was a similar discipline to the Force cloaking he had already been using.

He returned his eyes to the shelves. They weren't really shelves, of course; he realized that. He wasn't really in the library. The library was gone-swept away in an orgy of horrific and senseless violence. He was in his own head, choosing the knowledge he would bring to conscious light, having chosen the metaphor through which he acquired it.

There, a bright white luminescence many tiers up. In a heartbeat he was there, looking at a datasphere that shone like a tiny moon. It was a record of Darth Ramage's experiments with energy-with pyronium, specifically.

The Last Jedi

Time Manipulation

Darth Ramage experimented with time manipulation.

Ramage was alleged to have done experiments in the manipulation of time.

The Last Jedi

Darth Ramage's talent and knowledge of time manipulation was such that the ability was considered the pinnacle of his knowledge and experimentation.

During this time, Jax was aware he was working his way toward a great, red brilliance high up on the curving wall of his mind's library. It was a holocron-a cube that pulsed with energies that told him this was the soul of Darth Ramage's work ... if the work of such a madman could be said to have a soul. He had been avoiding it, he knew, afraid of what it might tell him-what it might force him to know. Nonetheless, he found himself facing it, reaching for it, touching it. Knowing it.

It was a treatise on the manipulation of time.

The Last Jedi

As demonstrated by Jax Pavan, Ramage's manipulation of time could be used to project illusions into the future.

"It was an autonomous projection. I programmed it, I guess you could say, to do just what it did. And only what it did. Beyond that ..." He shook his head-wearily, Magash thought.

"But still, wouldn't it have required you to be projecting it while I was seeing it?"

"No, because of something else Ramage was experimenting with: manipulating time."

The Last Jedi

Jax Pavan was briefly able to utilize the power to slow time currents around him, in effect making him fast enough to move out of the way too quickly for Vader to adjust his course of action.

Jax froze for a split second, his weapon raised, then twisted out of the way of the screaming crewman. Anakin knew him too well-knew what he would and would not do.

Maybe.

With a supreme effort of will, the Jedi felt the local time currents around him, stirred them to eddies, then dropped and rolled beneath the fuselage of a small shuttle that lay between him and the Aethersprite.

Vader's next barrage of ordnance was aimed at where Jax had been, not where he had gone.

The Last Jedi

Sith Alchemy

Darth Ramage's holocron contained the knowledge of how to combine pyronium and bota to vastly increase and strengthen an individual's connection to the Force.

"You can have no conception of what you have given me," he told Jax. His tone was exultant. "The bota will purify and exponentially increase my connection to the Force, a transformation that will be maintained and strengthened by the energy latent in the pyronium. The Sith Holocron contained instructions written long ago by Darth Ramage, a Sith scientist, which would have been a useful addition to the combination, but not essential. I will simply have to divine what the connection is between these two forces."

Coruscant Knights III: Patterns of Force

Darth Ramage created a mechanism by which his holocron could only be opened by the blood of a Force user, and required a substantial amount of blood.

Blood.

Darth Ramage's holocron was sealed with blood.

The Last Jedi

How much blood does it require? Jax wondered. And what kind?

He glanced at his hastily bandaged hand. The holocron had responded to his blood, of course, but that trickle had caused only one corner closure to respond-and then only to open slightly. That hinted that a significant amount of blood was necessary. Clearly, if the adept opening the holocron was also the one whose blood facilitated its opening, the drain on his neurological processes would make it difficult, if not impossible, to wield the Force as needed to probe the artifact's arcane locks.

The Last Jedi

Not just any blood then, apparently, would appease Darth Ramage's little crimson god. It wanted the blood of a sentient. Most likely the blood of a Force-user. But the amount of blood necessary would cripple the would-be knower of Ramage's secrets so much that he would lose the ability to draw them out; the key had to be the combined application of spirit and matter.

The intent was clear: Darth Ramage intended that the seeker of his dark knowledge commit a dark act-the sacrifice of another Force-user's blood. Possibly enough blood to kill. Perhaps his intention was to make sure that no one from the light side would ever make use of his research.

The Last Jedi

Illusions/Telepathy

Darth Ramage's holocron possessed knowledge of how to project illusions.

He wondered at their contents ... and found himself many meters in the stygian air, reaching for a datascroll, knowing it contained a treatise on Force projections.

The Last Jedi

Darth Ramage's holocron contained instruction on telepathic communication.

He chose several other points of enlightenment-a treatise on healing, acquired from Jedi long dead, another on the sort of Force cloaking he'd stumbled upon when meditating on the miisai tree, another by an ancient Jedi Master on the nature of the Force, another on Force communications, yet another on something Darth Ramage called "tunneling," which allowed the Force-user to concentrate his focus so tightly that he touched nothing but the target of the focus.

The Last Jedi

Darth Ramage was known to have projected illusions of himself to fool others into thinking he was in a different place than he actually was.

He shook his head. "No. Projection. That was one of the things Darth Ramage was experimenting with-using a personal Force projection to make it seem that he was somewhere he was not. Which, I suppose, opens up all sorts of possibilities about the stories of his demise."

The Last Jedi

As demonstrated by Jax Pavan, Ramage's illusions could be programmed.

"It was an autonomous projection. I programmed it, I guess you could say, to do just what it did. And only what it did. Beyond that ..."

The Last Jedi

Darth Ramage's Force projection technique was so potent Darth Vader couldn't dispel the illusions created by Jax Pavan with this technique.

The Dark Lord swept a hand back at “Yimmon” and “Den”—still standing in the open turbolift—as if to dismiss Jax’s careful mirage. They blurred about the edges, but did not evaporate. That Vader had expected them to do so was evident only in the slightest halting of his step, the sudden tilt of his helmeted head, the twitch of his gloved fingers.

The Last Jedi

Force Heal

Darth Ramage's holocron contained instruction on Force healing.

He chose several other points of enlightenment-a treatise on healing, acquired from Jedi long dead, another on the sort of Force cloaking he'd stumbled upon when meditating on the miisai tree, another by an ancient Jedi Master on the nature of the Force, another on Force communications, yet another on something Darth Ramage called "tunneling," which allowed the Force-user to concentrate his focus so tightly that he touched nothing but the target of the focus.

Energy Based Powers

Darth Ramage experimented with energy based powers.

There, a bright white luminescence many tiers up. In a heartbeat he was there, looking at a datasphere that shone like a tiny moon. It was a record of Darth Ramage's experiments with energy-with pyronium, specifically.

The Last Jedi

Force Concealment

Darth Ramage's holocron contained instruction on Force concealment.

He chose several other points of enlightenment-a treatise on healing, acquired from Jedi long dead, another on the sort of Force cloaking he'd stumbled upon when meditating on the miisai tree, another by an ancient Jedi Master on the nature of the Force, another on Force communications, yet another on something Darth Ramage called "tunneling," which allowed the Force-user to concentrate his focus so tightly that he touched nothing but the target of the focus.

The Last Jedi

Senses

Darth Ramage's holocron contained instructions for a sensory ability called tunneling.

He chose several other points of enlightenment-a treatise on healing, acquired from Jedi long dead, another on the sort of Force cloaking he'd stumbled upon when meditating on the miisai tree, another by an ancient Jedi Master on the nature of the Force, another on Force communications, yet another on something Darth Ramage called "tunneling," which allowed the Force-user to concentrate his focus so tightly that he touched nothing but the target of the focus.

The Last Jedi

Darth Tenebrous's Master

Grand Scale Force Manipulation

Darth Tenebrous's master opened a rend in the fabric of the Force.

One hundred years earlier, Tenebrous's Twi'lek Master had opened a small rend in the fabric of the Force, allowing the dark side to be felt by the Jedi Order for the first time in more than eight hundred years. That had been the inauguration, the commencement of the revenge of the Sith. And now the time had come to enlarge that rend into a gaping hole, a gaping wound, into which the Republic and the Jedi Order would to their own hazard be drawn.

Darth Plagueis

This rend had considerable repercussions on the Jedi Order.

The rend that Tenebrous's Twi'lek Master had opened in the fabric of the Force had been felt by the Jedi, and already the Order was beginning to show signs of circumspection and languor.

Darth Plagueis

Sith Alchemy

Darth Tenebrous's master worked with Tenebrous on a targeted virus meant to cut the Jedi off from the Force.

But his apprentice carried the imperative forward, and each successive Sith Lord improved on it, Tenebrous and his Master most of all, though they wasted years attempting to create a targeted virus that could be deployed against the Jedi, separating them from the Force.

Darth Plagueis

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The Son of Mortis Respect Thread

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Force Abilities

Force Strength

As a Celestial, the Son had power beyond the understanding of mortal beings.

It had been theorized by Jedi and Sith alike that balance between the light and dark sides was actually under the guidance of a group of discorporate entities—the ones called the Celestials, perhaps—who had merged themselves with the Force thousands of generations earlier, and had continued to guide the fate of the galaxy ever since. In effect, a higher order of intermediaries, whose powers were beyond the understanding of mortal beings.

Darth Plagueis

"We are sorry," Thuruht said. "We do not know how to explain the Celestials any better. They are beyond the understanding of mortals."

Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse

As a Celestial, the Son was a being made of pure Force energy.

"Do you think the Ones are made of crude matter?" Thuruht replied. "The Ones are beings of the Force. The Ones take any form they desire."

Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse

As a Celestial, the Son was powerful enough to be ageless and remain uncorrupted by the Font of Power.

"I am beginning to believe Abeloth can't be a Celestial," Tekli observed. "She is too different from the others. She grew old when they did not-and she was being changed by the Font and the Pool, while the Son and the Daughter were unaffected."

Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse

As a Celestial, the Son was a being of astonishing power.

We have neither reliable records nor even legends about how the Celestial dominion came to be, but it is clear that they were beings of astonishing power.

The Essential Guide to Warfare Author's Cut- The Celestials
The Essential Guide to Warfare
The Essential Guide to Warfare

As a Celestial, the Son was a being with nearly immeasurable levels of power.

The Essential Atlas
The Essential Atlas

The Son had power on the level of a universal threat.

Unfortunately, Abeloth had been driven mad in a bid for power, and for the good of the galaxy, would have to be imprisoned. Since no known prison could hold beings of the architects’ power, the Son and Daughter were forced to construct one.

Galactic Architecture 101 and the History of Centerpoint Station

To cosmic threats, it was a prison.

Galactic Architecture 101 and the History of Centerpoint Station

The Son as a One was an immensely powerful Force wielder.

Here they encounter the Ones, a trio of immensely powerful and ancient Force-users.

The Ultimate Visual Guide: Updated and Expanded

The Son as a One was a godlike Force wielder.

Noting similarities between the Killik legend and the ancient Jedi tale of Mortis, they postulate that Abeloth is trying to re-create a family of godlike Force-wielders.

The Essential Reader's Companion

As the story developed, Abeloth started to become more defined. In a parallel path, The Clone Wars animated series delved into godlike beings that were a part of the Force in the Mortis Trilogy (2011).

The Essential Reader's Companion

The Son had to withdraw from the rest of the Galaxy with his family to avoid ruining it with his Force powers.

Long ago, the Ones withdrew from the galaxy to avoid ruining it with their Force powers.

The Ultimate Visual Guide: Updated and Expanded

As a One, the Son could wield the Force in ways mortals couldn't.

In the mysterious realm of Mortis there exists a trio of beings able to wield the Force in ways no known mortals of the galaxy can.

Databank: Father

As a One, the Son was an unspeakably powerful godlike being whose struggles with his family made Mortis the fulcrum of the Force.

Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Ahsoka Tano investigated the kilometers-wide artifact, and were drawn into a paradise realm inhabited by unspeakably powerful Force-wielders. These god-like beings were locked in an eternal struggle for dominance, which made Mortis the fulcrum of the entire galaxy and the Force.

Databank: Mortis

Alongside his sister, the Son had the strength in the Force to share its power with millions of non-force sensitive beings at once to great extent.

The first panel showed a long, tubular space station still under construction. The skeletal structure was teeming with Killiks, all wearing thin suits and bubble helmets. And that was all. There were no jetpacks, no space cranes, not even any tether cables-just millions of Killiks, floating together in banks the size of small asteroids. In front of them, enormous durasteel girders appeared to be drifting into position with no visible means of propulsion.

Raynar understood what he was seeing. Thuruht had used the Force not only to assemble the station itself-which certainly had the shape of Centerpoint-but also to move themselves about in space.

When we build, we use the Force for all things, Thuruht confirmed.

She directed Raynar's attention to the next panel. It showed a band of Killiks using Force blasts to extract ore from a stony asteroid. They also seemed to be using telekinesis to move the ore into a smelting furnace, which appeared to be powered by another swarm using a ball form of Force lightning.

To mine, to move, to smelt.

Raynar understood why Thuruht needed to harness the Force. But even if he knew how to share it, he was not strong enough to share it with so many beings at once.

Thuruht was amused by his confusion. By the time we are ready to build, you will be no more, she said. The Architects will be the Ones who give us the Force then.

Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse

The Son could manipulate the Force like no other aside from his family, and was powerful enough to tear the fabric of the Universe with his Force powers.

The Father: "My children and I can manipulate the Force like no other. Therefore, it was necessary to withdraw from the temporal world and live here as anchorites."

Anakin Skywalker: "As a sanctuary?"

The Father: "And a prison. You cannot imagine what pain it is to have such love for your children… and realize that they could tear the very fabric of our universe."

The Clone Wars: Overlords

Conflict between the Son and his sister threatened to completely unbalance the Force.

Star Wars Insider #123
Star Wars Insider #123

As a One, the Son was an all-powerful being who exemplified the Dark Side.

Book of Sith: The Science of Creating Life
Book of Sith: The Science of Creating Life

The Son and the rest of his family were more powerful with the Force than any being the Jedi had ever encountered before.

Mystery on Mortis! Sent to discover the origin of a mysterious distress call, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker, and his Padawan Ahsoka Tano are stranded on a distant planet. There, they discover three beings more powerful with the Force than any Jedi have seen before.

The Clone Wars: Altar of Mortis

The Daughter feared the Son may be unstoppable.

Fearing that the Son may be unstoppable, the Daughter does the forbidden by taking Obi-Wan Kenobi to the Altar of Mortis, wherein is kept the Dagger of Mortis, a weapon capable of killing a Force-wielder.

Altar of Mortis Episode Guide

The Son was the embodiment and personification of the Dark Side of the Force.

Encyclopedia: Son
Encyclopedia: Son

The Son was an embodiment of the dark side of the Force who dwelled on Mortis during the Clone Wars with his sister, the light-sider known as Daughter, and the powerful Force user known as Father, who tried to keep them in balance.

Databank: Son

The personification of the dark side, the Son plots to kill the Father, and is held in check only by the Daughter and the Father's determination to preserve the Balance.

The Visual Guide: Updated and Expanded

The Son's power exists beyond the domain of any Sith.

The Son was not a Sith -- his powers existed beyond the domain of the Sith Lords.

Encyclopedia: Son

The Son was one of the twin deities worshipped by the Nightsisters, including the powerful Mother Talzin, and is one of the sources of their power.

Book of Sith: Wild Power
Book of Sith: Wild Power
Book of Sith: Wild Power
Book of Sith: Wild Power

The magick of the Son is so powerful it caused burst blood vessels in and bruises on the Nightsister's who wield it.

Book of Sith: Wild Power
Book of Sith: Wild Power

Immortality/Ascendence

The Son drank from the Font of Power.

In the following two scenes, a walled pool had been built to catch the water from the geyser. In one panel, a fiendish-looking beast with the Son's head stood at the edge of the pool, drinking from it as the shocked faces of the Father and Daughter watched from the edge of the clearing.

Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse

Which is said to grant one unlimited power.

Then Luke was standing in a shadowy arcade, looking out on an ancient courtyard overgrown with tree ferns, club mosses, and pillars of scaled fungi. In the center of the courtyard sat the curving basin of a formal fountain, the water jet gurgling somewhere inside a pall of steam so filled with sulfur that it was more brown than yellow.

"The Font of Power," said the raspy voice.

Luke turned his head toward the speaker. He saw a skull-faced Givin-Feryl, he recalled-next to him, and he began to remember where he was... or rather, to remember the quest that had led him here, since he had no idea where here actually was. Luke was on a mission. He needed to find out why Jacen had fallen prey to the dark side. He needed to determine whether his nephew's sojourn had anything to do with the psychoses troubling so many young Jedi Knights.

Luke was still reorienting himself when a second voice-this one deep and refined-said, "If you have the courage to drink of it, you will have the power to achieve anything."

"Anything?" Luke glanced over to find the flat-faced Gotal, Ryontarr, standing to his other side. "That's a big promise."

"There is no limit to the strength that can be drawn from the Font of Power," Ryontarr replied.

Fate of the Jedi: Abyss

The Son could only be killed by the Dagger of Mortis under normal circumstances.

In a proactive measure, Luke dispatches a special team of Jedi—the Ten Knights—to seek out the monolith of Mortis, where they might find the Dagger of Mortis, a legendary object capable of slaying a Force-wielder from beyond the mortal realm.

The Essential Reader's Companion

Force Lightning

The Son could blast room sized holes into the side of a gorge with his lightning.

She even stepped in to channel the Son's destructive energies into something useful, having him use his Force lightning to blast cozy little rooms into the sides of the gorge.

Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse

With some of the Son's power and his guidance, the Killiks were smelting ore from asteroids with balls of Force lightning.

They also seemed to be using telekinesis to move the ore into a smelting furnace, which appeared to be powered by another swarm using a ball form of Force lightning.

Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse

The Son incapacitated and injured the Father with Force lightning.

The Clone Wars: Altar of Mortis
The Clone Wars: Altar of Mortis

The Son's lightning briefly incapacitated him when redirected

The Clone Wars: Altar of Mortis
The Clone Wars: Altar of Mortis

While in the Daughter's telekinetic grasp, the Son broke her grasp by blasting her to the ground with Force lightning.

The Clone Wars: Altar of Mortis
The Clone Wars: Altar of Mortis

The Son brought the Daughter to her knees with Force Lightning.

The Clone Wars: Altar of Mortis
The Clone Wars: Altar of Mortis

The Son's lightning matched the Daughter's efforts to bend it back towards him.

The Clone Wars: Altar of Mortis
The Clone Wars: Altar of Mortis

The Son overwhelmed the Father's defenses with his Force Lightning, and the Father's feet drag across the ground with such force they created furrows.

The Clone Wars: Altar of Mortis
The Clone Wars: Altar of Mortis
The Clone Wars: Altar of Mortis
The Clone Wars: Altar of Mortis

The Son brought the Father to his knees and defeated him with Force lightning.

The Clones Wars: Altar of Mortis
The Clones Wars: Altar of Mortis
The Clone Wars: Altar of Mortis
The Clone Wars: Altar of Mortis

The Son incapacitated Obi-Wan with Force lightning. It should be noted that the Son had no intention of killing him.

The Clone Wars: Ghosts of Mortis
The Clone Wars: Ghosts of Mortis

Telekinesis

The Son and his family uprooted trees, threw around large boulders, and threw around rancor sized lizards when in argument with each other.

In the center, near the Font of Power, the Father was having a heated argument with the Son and the Daughter. All three were gesturing wildly, and in the air around them whirled uprooted tree ferns, boulders, and even a couple of six-legged lizards the size of rancors.

Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse

With some of the Son's power and his guidance, the Killiks used telekinesis to fly around, move enormous pieces of machinery, and blast asteroids apart.

The first panel showed a long, tubular space station still under construction. The skeletal structure was teeming with Killiks, all wearing thin suits and bubble helmets. And that was all. There were no jetpacks, no space cranes, not even any tether cables-just millions of Killiks, floating together in banks the size of small asteroids. In front of them, enormous durasteel girders appeared to be drifting into position with no visible means of propulsion.

Raynar understood what he was seeing. Thuruht had used the Force not only to assemble the station itself-which certainly had the shape of Centerpoint-but also to move themselves about in space.

When we build, we use the Force for all things, Thuruht confirmed.

She directed Raynar's attention to the next panel. It showed a band of Killiks using Force blasts to extract ore from a stony asteroid. They also seemed to be using telekinesis to move the ore into a smelting furnace, which appeared to be powered by another swarm using a ball form of Force lightning.

Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse

When the Daughter tried to leave, the Son lifted the Daughter with telekinesis and placed her back where she was.

The Clone Wars: Altar of Mortis
The Clone Wars: Altar of Mortis

The Son used the Force to levitate towards the Father.

The Clone Wars: Altar of Mortis
The Clone Wars: Altar of Mortis

The Son casually ragdolled an enraged Anakin.

The Clone Wars: Altar of Mortis
The Clone Wars: Altar of Mortis

The Son casually disarmed Anakin with telekinesis.

The Clone Wars: Ghosts of Mortis
The Clone Wars: Ghosts of Mortis

The Son casually disarmed and ragdolled Obi-Wan and Ahsoka with telekinesis.

The Clone Wars: Ghosts of Mortis
The Clone Wars: Ghosts of Mortis

Force Defenses

The Son casually extinguished the lightsaber blades of Ahsoka and Obi-Wan.

The Clone Wars: Overlords
The Clone Wars: Overlords

The Son casually deflected Anakin's lightsaber blade with his bare arms.

The Clone Wars: Ghosts of Mortis
The Clone Wars: Ghosts of Mortis

Force Empowerment/Drain

Alongside his sister, the Son granted power in the Force to millions of Killiks.

The first panel showed a long, tubular space station still under construction. The skeletal structure was teeming with Killiks, all wearing thin suits and bubble helmets. And that was all. There were no jetpacks, no space cranes, not even any tether cables-just millions of Killiks, floating together in banks the size of small asteroids. In front of them, enormous durasteel girders appeared to be drifting into position with no visible means of propulsion.

Raynar understood what he was seeing. Thuruht had used the Force not only to assemble the station itself-which certainly had the shape of Centerpoint-but also to move themselves about in space.

When we build, we use the Force for all things, Thuruht confirmed.

She directed Raynar's attention to the next panel. It showed a band of Killiks using Force blasts to extract ore from a stony asteroid. They also seemed to be using telekinesis to move the ore into a smelting furnace, which appeared to be powered by another swarm using a ball form of Force lightning.

To mine, to move, to smelt.

Raynar understood why Thuruht needed to harness the Force. But even if he knew how to share it, he was not strong enough to share it with so many beings at once.

Thuruht was amused by his confusion. By the time we are ready to build, you will be no more, she said. The Architects will be the Ones who give us the Force then.

Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse

The Son casually drained Ahsoka to death with a tap to the head.

The Clone Wars: Altar of Mortis
The Clone Wars: Altar of Mortis

Shapeshifting

As a being made of Force energy, the Son could take any form he chooses.

"Do you think the Ones are made of crude matter?" Thuruht replied. "The Ones are beings of the Force. The Ones take any form they desire."

Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse

The Son could transform into a massive gargoyle.

The Clone Wars: Altar of Mortis
The Clone Wars: Altar of Mortis

The Son could transform into a massive beetle.

The Killik stepped to the next panel, where a pair of insects stood looming over a small swarm of Killiks who seemed to be assembling some sort of oversized fusion core. The first overseer was a luminous butterfly with large oval eyes and gossamer wings. Her companion was a powerful-looking beetle with heavy wings and a craggy head adorned by two raised stripes.

Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse

The Son adopted the appearance of Shmi Skywalker to screw with Anakin.

The Clone Wars: Overlords
The Clone Wars: Overlords

The Son could transform into a diminutive creature.

The Clone Wars: Altar of Mortis
The Clone Wars: Altar of Mortis

Senses/Farsight/Pastsight

The son governs senses and perception among the Nightsisters, as well as granting them the blood trail ability.

Book of Sith: Wild Power
Book of Sith: Wild Power
Book of Sith: Wild Power
Book of Sith: Wild Power

The Son knew Anakin's past well enough to perfectly masquerade as Anakin's mother. He also knew the role Padme would play in Anakin's future fall to the Dark Side.

The Son: "Wake up, my son. I must tell you a secret."

Anakin: "Who's there? Who's there, I said."

The Son: "It is me, Ani, your mother."

Anakin: "What kind of black arts is this? You're dead."

The Son: "Nothing ever really dies, my son. I have a secret to tell you."

Anakin: "Then tell me."

The Son: "Everything you have done, everything you have learned has led you here."

Anakin: "Whatever you are, my mother is Is dead."

The Son: "And you blame yourself. Your jedi training has served you well, Ani, but you are more than a jedi. Tell me, where is your pain, so I might take it away."

Anakin: "I was too late to save you. I failed as a jedi and I failed you."

The Son: "How so?"

Anakin: "I tasted only vengeance when I slaughtered so many to avenge your death."

The Son: "It is time you realized that your guilt does not define you, my son. You define your guilt."

Anakin: "The only love I feel in my heart is haunted by what would happen should I let go."

The Son: "Then it is not love. It is a prison."

Anakin: "But I I have a wife. You've met her. She's everything to me."

The Son: "She is not your destiny."

Anakin: "But I love her!"

The Son: "No! She is a poisoner!"

Anakin: "What are you?"

The Son: "Your fate!"

The Clone Wars: Overlords

The Son knew Anakin's future.

The Son: "I have a gift for you."

Anakin: "I've had enough of your trickery."

The Son: "But you'll like this one. I promise. What if I could show you the future?"

Anakin: "No! No! Stop it!"

The Son"Know yourself. Know what you will become!"

Anakin: "I will not look!"

Vision Sidious: "The force is strong with you."

Vision Padme: "Anakin, please!"

Vision Obi-Wan: "You were my brother, Anakin!"

Vision Sidious: "A powerful sith you will become."

Vision Vader: "I hate you!"

Anakin: "No. No. No! I will do such terrible things."

The Son "Yes."

The Clone Wars: Ghosts of Mortis

Illusions/Telepathy

The Son was a master of illusions.

Encylopedia: Son
Encylopedia: Son

The Son infiltrated Anakin's dreams to communicate with him.

The Clone Wars: Altar of Mortis
The Clone Wars: Altar of Mortis
The Clone Wars: Altar of Mortis
The Clone Wars: Altar of Mortis
The Clone Wars: Altar of Mortis
The Clone Wars: Altar of Mortis
The Clone Wars: Altar of Mortis
The Clone Wars: Altar of Mortis
The Clone Wars: Altar of Mortis
The Clone Wars: Altar of Mortis
The Clone Wars: Altar of Mortis
The Clone Wars: Altar of Mortis

The Son infected Ahsoka with the Dark Side, taking control of her mind in the process.

The Clone Wars: Altar of Mortis
The Clone Wars: Altar of Mortis
The Clone Wars: Altar of Mortis
The Clone Wars: Altar of Mortis

The Son showed Anakin the future.

The Son: "I have a gift for you."

Anakin: "I've had enough of your trickery."

The Son: "But you'll like this one. I promise. What if I could show you the future?"

Anakin: "No! No! Stop it!"

The Son"Know yourself. Know what you will become!"

Anakin: "I will not look!"

Vision Sidious: "The force is strong with you."

Vision Padme: "Anakin, please!"

Vision Obi-Wan: "You were my brother, Anakin!"

Vision Sidious: "A powerful sith you will become."

Vision Vader: "I hate you!"

Anakin: "No. No. No! I will do such terrible things."

The Son "Yes."

The Clone Wars: Ghosts of Mortis
The Clone Wars: Ghosts of Mortis
The Clone Wars: Ghosts of Mortis
The Clone Wars: Ghosts of Mortis
The Clone Wars: Ghosts of Mortis
The Clone Wars: Ghosts of Mortis
The Clone Wars: Ghosts of Mortis
The Clone Wars: Ghosts of Mortis
The Clone Wars: Ghosts of Mortis

Environmental Manipulation

The Son caused a cliff to collapse.

The Clone Wars: Overlords
The Clone Wars: Overlords

The Daughter: "That was my brother's work. You are in great danger. Wait for me. Do not leave this place."

The Clone Wars: Overlords

The Son's presence caused plantlife to die and disintegrate, as well as lethal lightning storms.

The Clone Wars: Overlords
The Clone Wars: Overlords
The Clone Wars: Overlords
The Clone Wars: Overlords

Teleportation

The Son teleported out of Anakin's room.

The Clone Wars: Overlords
The Clone Wars: Overlords

The Son teleported onto the Jedi's ship while it was flying.

The Clone Wars: Altar of Mortis
The Clone Wars: Altar of Mortis

The Son teleported into the Father's monastery.

The Clone Wars: Altar of Mortis
The Clone Wars: Altar of Mortis

Concealment

The Son snuck onto the Jedi's ship with Anakin not noticing until he heard pained sounds from Ahsoka and Obi-Wan not noticing until after the Son had already left with Ahsoka.

Obi-Wan: "If you're done napping, I could use a little help here."

Anakin: "I'm coming."

The Clone Wars: Altar of Mortis
The Clone Wars: Altar of Mortis
The Clone Wars: Altar of Mortis

The Son: "Leaving so soon? Not without this, you won't."

The Clone Wars: Altar of Mortis
The Clone Wars: Altar of Mortis
The Clone Wars: Altar of Mortis

Anakin: "Ahsoka!"

Obi-Wan: "What's going on?"

Anakin: "The son took ahsoka."

Obi-Wan: "What in the blazes are you talking about?"

Anakin: "Move. Let me fly."

The Clone Wars: Altar of Mortis

Physical Capabilities

As a Celestial, the Son was a being unconstrained by the weaknesses of a physical form as he was a being of Force energy that could assume whatever form he wished.

"Do you think the Ones are made of crude matter?" Thuruht replied. "The Ones are beings of the Force. The Ones take any form they desire."

Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse

As the Fanged God, the Son governed physical ability among the Nightsisters, and his energies could transform a Nightbrother into a being as physically strong as Savage Opress.

Book of Sith: Wild Power
Book of Sith: Wild Power
Book of Sith: Wild Power
Book of Sith: Wild Power
Book of Sith: Wild Power
Book of Sith: Wild Power

Strength

The Son physically overpowered Ahsoka in his gargoyle form, squeezing her arm hard enough to cause her pain.

The Clone Wars: Overlords
The Clone Wars: Overlords

The Son casually physically overpowered Ahsoka with one hand.

The Clone Wars: Altar of Mortis
The Clone Wars: Altar of Mortis

In the Son's gargoyle form he threw the Daughter in her griffon form across the room.

The Clone Wars: Altar of Mortis
The Clone Wars: Altar of Mortis

The Son casually blocked the Force of Anakin's strikes then casually physically overpowered him, lifted him with one hand, and casually threw him several meters behind him.

The Clone Wars: Ghosts of Mortis
The Clone Wars: Ghosts of Mortis

Speed

The Son casually outpaced Anakin in melee combat after two strikes.

The Clone Wars: Ghosts of Mortis
The Clone Wars: Ghosts of Mortis

Durability

The Son tanked a redirected blast of his own Force lightning.

The Clone Wars: Altar of Mortis
The Clone Wars: Altar of Mortis

The Son tanked being headbutted by the Daughter's griffin form.

The Clone Wars: Altar of Mortis
The Clone Wars: Altar of Mortis

The Son got right back up after being thrown a great distance out of a window and hitting the ground.

The Clone Wars: Altar of Mortis
The Clone Wars: Altar of Mortis

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Sarasu Taalon Respect Thread

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Force Powers

Force Strength

Sarasu Taalon was powerful in the Force and an extremely obvious choice by Ship for the Lost Tribe's first voyage in him.

Five of you will accompany me on this initial voyage. Come.

Murmurs of excitement arose, and then the names were placed in their minds. High Lord Sarasu Taalon. No surprise there, Vestara thought. Dark purple head held high, the Keshiri High Lord seemed unable to keep from smirking as he strode up to stand beside the Sith training sphere. Lord Ivaar Workan. Again, not unexpected. Both men, the Keshiri and the older human male, were powerful in the Force and, Vestara had heard, ruthless as well. Of course, Ship would choose them.

First Blood

Sarasu Taalon's abilities allowed him to ascend to the rank of High Lord, despite the stigma against Keshiri.

For one thing, despite the fact that the Sith were firm believers in merit over birth, there was still a stigma attached to being Keshiri. No doors were closed to them by their unfortunate birth-indeed, one of the current High Lords was Keshiri-but there were never marriages between them and the Sith, and they had a narrower window of opportunity to prove themselves.

Fate of the Jedi: Omen

The High Lords were the second level of Lost Tribe Sith leadership, after the Grand Lord, and were utter masters of the Force.

Next to him on either side were seated the High Lords, two of whom were female and actually addressed as "Lady." They wore robes that were similar to the Grand Lord's, but slightly less ornate. Less powerful manipulators of the Force than Vol, they were nonetheless utter masters of it.

Fate of the Jedi: Omen

Taalon's ascension through the ranks of the Sith Council was obvious to Faal, who believed he would ascend even further than he already had.

She had been wise to ally with Sarasu Taalon a few years ago. She had observed how his star was rising among the Circle, and had contrived to be assigned to the Black Wave. "Contrived" and "assigned," of course, meant that she had arranged for the assassination of her current competition and two other possible threats. Their bodies had never been found. It would seem that although they had been beaten back from the main cities of Kesh, the huge, aggressive rukaros were still eager to feed and continue their species.

Her insight had proven correct. Now she was here, in orbit around this backwater planet, assigned to perform a task that would specifically please the leader of this whole expedition. And once that was out of the way, she would rejoin the fleet and be part of the ultimate Sith victory. With the power Taalon would command and the Skywalkers eliminated, there was no telling how far she could—

Fate of the Jedi: Allies

Taalon is among and commands hundreds of Sith powerful in the Force.

"Let her fear us," Taalon said. "Hundreds of Sith, powerful in the Force, come to take her down. She should know fear."

Fate of the Jedi: Allies

Taalon was a powerful Force user.

Abeloth was surrounded by five powerful Force-users: Luke Skywalker, High Lord Taalon, Saber Gavar Khai, and two others Ben didn't know.

Fate of the Jedi: Allies

Taalon was a powerful Sith.

He expanded his Force awareness toward the ruins where Abeloth had died—and where his father was working with Gavar Khai and High Lord Taalon to learn more about Abeloth—and was relieved to feel only the tense wariness to be expected of a Jedi Grand Master in the company of two powerful Sith.

Fate of the Jedi: Vortex

Taalon grows vastly in power after bathing in the Pool of Knowledge.

Taalon is undergoing a bizarre transformation due to his deep exposure to the Pool of Knowledge. The Sith Lord grows in power but suffers immensely.

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After bathing in the Pool of Knowledge, Taalon's newfound power shifted the balance of the Force.

Had they flickered or shifted as Taalon moved his head, they might have been no more than reflections of the Pydyrian sun. But they remained steady, shining out from the darkness of the High Lord’s soul, and Luke knewwhy the Force was so full of portent that morning, why he could feel the Balance shifting toward shadow.

Fate of the Jedi: Vortex

After bathing in the Pool of Knowledge, Taalon's newfound power makes Luke wary.

Luke didn’t believe them for a moment, of course. But at least the negotiations would allow him to stall and learn something more about what was happening to Taalon... and how powerful the High Lord had actually become.

Fate of the Jedi: Vortex

After bathing in the Pool of Knowledge, Taalon developed powers that were impressive by Luke's standards.

The High Lord had developed some very impressive powers since his dip in the Pool of Knowledge.

Fate of the Jedi: Vortex

Taalon was powerful enough before bathing in the Pool of Knowledge to make Grand Lord Darish Vol wary of his betrayal.

Although the attractive, graying human male had been a Lord for many years, he was new to his rank of High Lord. Taalon's untimely demise had paved the way for Workan's promotion. Vol had enjoyed watching Workan step into the role as if he had been born to it. While Sith truly trusted no one but themselves and the Force, Vol nonetheless regarded Workan among those who fell on the side of less likely to betray him.

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Immortality/Ascension

Taalon bathed in the Pool of Knowledge.

A loud splash echoed through the cavern, and Ben knew he was too late. He came around with his lightsaber in both hands, at middle guard between him and Vestara. She had finally taken her own weapon in hand and stood prepared to defend herself, but she still appeared more puzzled than ready. A couple of meters to their side, Ben was vaguely aware of his own father diving toward the far side of the cavern, and the delicate clinkle of Gavar Khai’s shikkar shattering on the stone floor behind him.

Vestara tensed to spring, confused no longer. Ben sprang forward, swinging his lightsaber at her forward knee. She ignited her own blade and flipped it down to block; then a hardness came to her eyes and her parang began to rise from its sheath.

Ben was already snapping his hips around, launching a vicious roundhouse kick at her sore shoulder. “Out of my way!”

The blowcaught her high on the arm, driving her injured shoulder up toward her head. There was a loud pop, and Vestara staggered away, one arm hanging limp. Ben stepped to the edge of the pool and, belowits surface, sawTaalon’s dark-robed figure swimming underwater toward the far end.

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Which is stated to grant unlimited knowledge.

"Bathe in this pool, and you'll have the answers you seek."

Luke raised a brow. "About Jacen?" he asked. "Or about Mara?"

"About whatever you seek," Ryontarr replied. "This is the Pool of Knowledge, where you will see all that has passed and all that is to come."

"That's a bit much for one mind to comprehend, don't you think?" Luke was beginning to see their trap-and how it would have been an irresistible temptation for a troubled young Jedi Knight on a galactic search for wisdom.

Fate of the Jedi: Abyss

After bathing in the Pool of Knowledge, Taalon's newfound power shifted the balance of the Force.

Had they flickered or shifted as Taalon moved his head, they might have been no more than reflections of the Pydyrian sun. But they remained steady, shining out from the darkness of the High Lord’s soul, and Luke knew why the Force was so full of portent that morning, why he could feel the Balance shifting toward shadow.

Fate of the Jedi: Vortex

Telekinesis

Taalon used the Force to press himself against the interior of Ship as he wildly maneuvered.

Vestara and the others found themselves making use of the Force to press their bodies flat against the floor of Ship's interior as the vessel, eager for battle, dove toward his unwitting prey.

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Taalon used telekinesis to clear the air around him.

The smoke began to billow away as Taalon drew near, and Luke realized that the Sith was using the Force to clear the air around him.

Fate of the Jedi: Vortex

Taalon pushes Ben Skywalker's weapon arm to the side with telekinesis to create an opening.

He brought his own lightsaber around to block—and felt the invisible hand of the Force pushing his arm aside, leaving a clear path for the High Lord’s strike.

Fate of the Jedi: Vortex

Taalon casually lifted a large lizard and pulled it towards him before cutting it in half and throwing the two halves to the side.

Taalon tightened his lips and stepped to Luke’s side, then flicked a finger in the wyvarl’s direction. The lizard rose into the air and floated toward them, dragging with it a tangled nest of poisonous drop-brambles. Once the reptile had drawn close enough, the High Lord drew his lightsaber, then ignited it and cleaved the wyvarl down the length of the body. He continued to levitate the two halves while he inspected the interior organs to be certain it really was a lizard, then sent them tumbling into the jungle with a wave of his hand.

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For reference, the lizard was rather large.

THE TRAIL WAS A HUMAN-SIZED TUNNEL THROUGH THE UNDERGROWTH, and it ended about a kilometer into the jungle, where a large bipedal lizard had fallen prey to the poisonous barbs of a drop-bramble.

Fate of the Jedi: Vortex

After bathing in the Pool of Knowledge, Taalon blasted the collapsed entrance of a grotto into a pile of rubble.

THE FIST DESCENDED AND SENT VESTARA FLYING, COMPLETELY OUT OF the grotto and onto the rubble pile that High Lord Taalon had Force-blasted from the entrance earlier.

Fate of the Jedi: Vortex

After bathing in the Pool of Knowledge, Taalon dragged Luke out of his hiding place with telekinesis, keeping Luke in his grasp even after Luke uses the Force to right himself.

After tolerating the volley for a couple of seconds, Taalon grew weary of defending himself and crooked a finger. Luke tightened his grasp on the longblaster, expecting to feel it being ripped from his hands through the Force. Instead he found himself sliding out of his hiding place and tumbling through the air as he dropped toward the beach.

Luke tossed the longblaster aside and snatched his lightsaber, then quickly used the Force to right himself before he reached the beach. But Taalon did not hurl him into the sand, or even attempt to send him flying into Gavar Khai’s scarlet blade. He merely dropped Luke to the ground at a distance of five meters, then motioned for Khai to put his weapon away.

Fate of the Jedi: Vortex

After bathing in the Pool of Knowledge, but while exhausted and weakened Taalon casually pulled a Force sensitive telekinetically powerful enough to levitate with the Force towards him.

Taalon flicked a finger toward Akanah, drawing her back down to eye level. “I will turn the whole Fallanassi order into ghosts, if you like.”

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Telepathy

After bathing in the Pool of Knowledge, Taalon speaks in Luke's mind.

Come now, Master Skywalker. Taalon’s voice reached Luke more inside his mind than in his ears—a simple enough Force trick, but nonetheless one that sent a chill down Luke’s back. There will be time enough for that after we talk.

Luke replied in a normal speaking voice. “You expect me to come down?”

Well, you haven’t blasted me yet, Taalon countered.

Fate of the Jedi: Vortex

After bathing in the Pool of Knowledge, Taalon could read Luke's thoughts without Luke being able to stop him.

“I know what you are planning, Master Skywalker.” Taalon’s vocabulator gave the words a wispy, almost whispered quality. “And it won’t work.”

“It’s the thermal detonator, isn’t it?” Luke asked. A thermal detonator was the last thing on his mind, but he had already learned to avoid thinking about his plans in Taalon’s presence. The High Lord had developed some very impressive powers since his dip in the Pool of Knowledge. “I was wondering if I’d have time for that.”

Fate of the Jedi: Vortex

After bathing in the Pool of Knowledge, Taalon could discern Luke's plans simply by looking at him.

He turned and studied Luke for a time, no doubt calling on whatever powers of insight had been bestowed on him by his dip in the Pool of Knowledge. It was a helpless feeling, knowing that an enemy could foretell his plans simply by looking at him

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Force Lightning

After bathing in the Pool of Knowledge, Taalon slammed Luke into a wall with Force lightning and pinned him there, and Luke needed to be freed by Ben's lightsaber intercepting some of the bolts.

In the next instant his father was riding a bolt of Force lightning into the grotto wall beside him. Ben ignited his lightsaber and shoved the blade into the crackling energy, disrupting the current and freeing his father.

Fate of the Jedi: Vortex

After bathing in the Pool of Knowledge, Taalon sends Vestara flying with Force lightning. It should be noted that he was staging a ruse, so he intended for her to live and was holding back.

Vestara had been standing at the jungle’s edge for only a moment when the muffled thud of running boots sounded in the foliage behind her. She turned and, as High Lord Taalon emerged from the fronds, she began to speak in Keshiri. To Luke’s astonishment, Taalon replied with a fork of Force-lightning that caught Vestara square in the chest and sent her tumbling over the sandy bank and out of sight.

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Force Net

Taalon and his allies used a Force net to try and stifle Abeloth's powers.

Out of the corner of his eye, he could see Taalon and the other remaining Sith using the Force net technique—the technique Vestara had suggested—not to try to stifle Abeloth's powers, but to try to trap the now seriously struggling Abeloth, even as Luke was using his own mastery of the Force to destroy her.

Fate of the Jedi: Allies

After bathing in the Pool of Knowledge, Taalon trapped Ben Skywalker in a Force net that he could've used to slice him to pieces.

WHEN LUKE AWAKENED, HE WAS STILL UPRIGHT, STILL WHEEZING, AND still locked in Abeloth’s grasp. Taalon stood a couple of meters away, on the adjacent side of the sunken stage. At his feet lay Ben, caught in a crackling net of Force energy and writhing in pain.

Fate of the Jedi: Vortex

The High Lord glanced down at Ben, still writhing at his feet. The Force net began to contract, and Ben’s eyes widened in surprise. For a moment, he seemed more confused by what was happening than alarmed by it. Then his flesh began to bulge between strands, and his surprise changed to fear as it dawned on him that the net was just going to keep contracting, that the thin lines of energy would soon start cutting into his flesh and slowly ... painfully ... chop him into tiny squares of meat and bone.

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Taalon glanced down at Ben. The thin lines of blood swelled into rivers as the Force net tightened. Ben’s eyes rolled back, and he hissed between his teeth.

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Senses

Luke had to keep careful control over his feelings to keep Taalon from realizing he was aware of his deception.

Luke smiled. He kept careful control of his presence in the Force, letting go of all negative emotions connected to the fact that he had conclusive proof that Taalon's words were lies. Any irritation Taalon sensed would be ascribed to Luke's open dislike and mistrust of Sith in general, which he had never made any attempt to mitigate.

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Taalon is used to being able to sense Force users.

"I cannot sense her in the Force," Taalon said, and the admission clearly pained him.

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Taalon could sense that the Font of Power was a dark side nexus.

“I’ve kept my side of the bargain,” Taalon demanded. “What do you know of this place?”

Luke continued to look into the column of brown water. “Well, it’s a very powerful nexus of the dark side.”

“That much I can sense for myself.” Taalon’s voice grew menacing.

Fate of the Jedi: Vortex

Taalon was capable of sensing if people were lying to him.

Luke could feel the cold brush of Taalon monitoring his Force aura, trying to determine whether he was lying. He ignored the sensation and continued to watch as more vortices appeared in the sulfurous steam.

Fate of the Jedi: Vortex

Taalon would be able to sense Luke lying.

Knowing Taalon would sense a lie, Luke merely shrugged and shook his head. “Nothing we can trust,” he said. “Ben’s right. Ship is spying for

Abeloth.”

Fate of the Jedi: Vortex

Taalon sensed Ben's intent to lie before he even said anything.

Ben shrugged, trying to calm himself and still his Force aura before he answered. A dark fury came instantly to Taalon’s eyes, and Ben realized that the High Lord already knew that he intended to lie.

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Tutaminis

After bathing in the Pool of Knowledge, Taalon deflects blasterbolts with his hands.

Luke pressed the trigger and held it down—then felt his jaw drop as bolts began to ricochet off the High Lord’s palm.

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Martial Skill

Lightsaber Skill

Sarasu Taalon won most of the sparring matches he engaged in at a young age and had years of experience using weapons.

His strong hands, fingers steepled in front of him at the moment, showed calluses from years of using weapons, but had no disfiguring marks such as scars or misshapen fingers, which indicated that from a young age he usually won what sparring he engaged in.

Fate of the Jedi: Allies

Taalon and his allies cut down roots with precise lightsaber strikes.

The roots were quickly repelled with the glass parangs each Sith appeared to carry, or a quick, precise lightsaber stroke.

Fate of the Jedi: Allies

After bathing in the Pool of Knowledge Taalon was capable of contending with Luke Skywalker in lightsaber combat for a period of time, with the aid of Vestara who had a dislocated arm.

Luke was on the pair instantly, his lightsaber droning and sparking as he pounded at Taalon’s defenses. Determined to finish the High Lord while they had the advantage, Ben rushed to join his father.

On the other side of the pool, Gavar Khai’s dark figure struggled up and limped toward the fight. For an instant, Ben wondered whether he had seen Taalon strike Vestara—and whether a father’s anger might be enough to turn a Sith against his Lord.

Then Khai’s parang floated from its sheath and came spinning across the pool toward Ben. He brought his lightsaber around to block ... and only managed to slice the glass weapon in two. The hilt went tumbling away and shattered against a wall. But Khai still held the blade in his Force control, and it came swinging back toward Ben. He tried to twist away and felt the broken shard push between his ribs. His flank erupted in fiery pain, and his breath left him in an anguished gasp.

Knowing what was coming next, Ben whirled to face Khai—and found his lightsaber slicing through empty air as Khai leapt toward his father and Taalon. Ben dropped his blaster and extended his hand, intending to Force-slam Khai into the grotto wall. The Sith countered with a Force shove of his own, hurling Ben back toward the grotto entrance.

“Dad!” Ben’s voice was a raspy croak. “Behind ... you!”

He should have known better than to worry. As Khai ignited his lightsaber, Luke was already ducking and reaching up to grab a passing ankle. With a quick, circular jerk, he brought Khai smashing down on Taalon and Vestara. Then he rolled his blade around, brought it down, and sent a Sith forearm sliding across the grotto floor. Whom it had belonged to, Ben could not tell.

Fate of the Jedi: Vortex

After bathing in the Pool of Knowledge, Taalon (with cracked ribs) with the aid of Vestara Khai (with a dislocated shoulder) and Gavar Khai (with a freshly amputated arm and a few blaster wounds to the chest) would've killed Luke Skywalker and Ben Skywalker, the latter of whom had just been stabbed between the ribs by half of a parang. Ben and Gavar are roughly the same level as combatants and both are severely injured, so they cancel out. Vestara is also roughly the same level as Ben Skywalker but has a dislocated arm here. So Post Pool Taalon with cracked ribs and the aid of a duelist less talented than an uninjured Ben Skywalker would've defeated Luke.

Luke and Ben want to keep Allana’s true identity secret, which forces a fight with the Sith Lords. Both Skywalkers narrowly escape with their lives.

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After bathing in the Pool of Knowledge, Taalon drove Ben into a desperate retreat while weakened, exhausted, and having a severely wounded leg.

He found Ben near the door of the hall, somersaulting through the smoky air, his blade tracing a sapphire helix as he tumbled away from Taalon toward Vestara.

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Dun Möch

Luke Skywalker had to call upon the Force to keep himself from being angered and worried by Taalon's comments

"Very cryptic of you, Master Skywalker. You'd have made a fine Sith."

Luke took a deep breath, and Ben felt him harnessing the Force to chase away the tendrils of anger and worry, replacing those negative emotions with focus and calm. He would not rise to Taalon's bait.

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Physical Capabilities

Strength

Sarasu Taalon had strong hands.

His strong hands, fingers steepled in front of him at the moment, showed calluses from years of using weapons, but had no disfiguring marks such as scars or misshapen fingers, which indicated that from a young age he usually won what sparring he engaged in.

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Taalon elbowed Ben in the jaw with bone-crunching power that would've killed Ben had he not cartwheeled.

In the next instant Taalon’s elbow was slamming into his temple, landing with such bone-crunching power that, had Ben not used the Force to send himself cartwheeling away sideways, the fight would have ended right there.

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Sarasu Taalon held Ben's entire body in the air with one hand in a crushing grip.

Ben suddenly found himself hanging upside down, his ankle locked in the High Lord’s crushing grasp and his eyes fixed on the crimson blade that was no more than a centimeter from pushing into his chest.

Fate of the Jedi: Vortex

After bathing in the Pool of Knowledge, Taalon sent Vestara flying out of a grotto and into a pile of rubble with a punch, with enough momentum that Vestara continued to tumble over it.

THE FIST DESCENDED AND SENT VESTARA FLYING, COMPLETELY OUT OF the grotto and onto the rubble pile that High Lord Taalon had Force-blasted from the entrance earlier. She tumbled across the stones backward, tucking her chin to prevent her skull from cracking against the stones but otherwise leaving herself unprotected. Three somersaults later, she slammed into a chunk of broken pillar and finally came to a rest, her head spinning and her body aching.

Fate of the Jedi: Vortex

After bathing in the Pool of Knowledge, Taalon almost broke Vestara's jaw with his bare hand.

No!” Taalon squeezed her chin so hard that Vestara feared he intended to break her jaw after all.

Fate of the Jedi: Vortex

After bathing in the Pool of Knowledge, Taalon knocked a woman down with a punch that split her cheek and shattered her jaw.

Taalon lashed out so quickly that Luke saw nothing but the back of his gloved hand striking Eliya’s face. She went down instantly, landing at his feet with blood pouring from a split cheek.

Fate of the Jedi: Vortex

The cheek that Taalon had struck earlier was swollen and blue, her jaw obviously shattered.

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Speed

Taalon and his allies were quick with their lightsaber strikes.

The roots were quickly repelled with the glass parangs each Sith appeared to carry, or a quick, precise lightsaber stroke.

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After bathing in the Pool of Knowledge, Taalon raised his arm in a billionth of a second, moving so quickly his arm appears to teleport to Luke.

It wasn’t the deflection of blasterfire with a bare hand that shocked him—he had fought plenty of Sith capable of that trick. What amazed Luke was the speed with which Taalon had moved. In the nanosecond it had taken the first bolt to cross the distance between them, the High Lord’s hand had risen to deflect it, traveling so fast that the appendage had literally seemed to disappear from one place and reappear in another.

Fate of the Jedi: Vortex

After bathing in the Pool of Knowledge, Taalon smacked a bitch too quickly for Luke to see his arm move.

Taalon lashed out so quickly that Luke saw nothing but the back of his gloved hand striking Eliya’s face. She went down instantly, landing at his feet with blood pouring from a split cheek.

Fate of the Jedi: Vortex

After bathing in the Pool of Knowledge while exhausted and weakened, Taalon whipped out his lightsaber in the blink of an eye.

But Taalon knew the true reason Luke was moving, and the High Lord was not about to let himself be pinned against the pit. In the blink of an eye he had his lightsaber in hand and was moving to cut off his Jedi foe.

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Durability

Taalon tanked a kick that would've otherwise sent a person his size flying without budging a centimeter, causing injury to Ben's knee.

Then he continued his pivot and landed a spinning back kick square in the small of Taalon’s back and began to think he just might win this fight.

And that, of course, was a very bad mistake.

Instead of flying splay-limbed into the jungle as Ben had expected, Taalon used the Force to plant himself like a tree and did not budge a centimeter. Ben’s knee buckled, slipping, popping, and erupting in dull, aching pain.

Fate of the Jedi: Vortex

After bathing in the Pool of Knowledge, Taalon tanked two blaster shots to the neck.

On the way down, Taalon took a bolt under the collarbone and a second along his neck, but Khai simply vanished into the undergrowth.

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Willpower

Ship, designed to obey a strong will, obeyed Taalon immediately.

We must damage it so that it is forced to land for repairs, Ship replied. Command me.

Taalon, the leader of group, responded immediately. At once, Ship-designed to obey a powerful wilt-sprang into action.

First Blood

Taalon did not falter in front of others despite Abeloth having briefly assaulted him with his fears.

He knew it had been only a second that the creature who now lay dead at their feet had frozen him in order to attempt to seduce Skywalker. But it might as well have been an eternity. He had been unsettled enough by Faal's fate, though he would never admit that, and it was as if Abeloth knew it.

In that second that was a lifetime, a dozen lifetimes, she had looked inside him, violated him on a level even he, a Sith High Lord, had not imagined was possible, and beheld what it was that Sarasu Taalon feared most.

And called it forth.

He had been running, running on feet that were blistered and bleeding, running with labored breath and near-exploding heart. And they had been behind him.

All the beings whose lives he had taken, or broken, or twisted. All the friends he had betrayed, all the family members he had ordered slain, all the rivals whose loved ones he had tormented, and those loved ones as well who had not even known his face in life. As long as he succeeded, they would not touch him. As long as he won every battle, made no mistakes, spotted every foe, he would be all right.

But the minute his foot wavered—

His ankle betrayed him, and he fell, hitting the ground upon which he was running hard. Tears, shameful tears of abject terror poured down his purple face as he scrambled to rise.

They were upon him, ripping, tearing, biting; their touch freezing and burning. He realized they would not kill him, not at once. They were going to tear him apart piece by tiny piece. And even then the torment would not stop. Abeloth had shown him it wouldn't.

"High Lord?" It was Khai, looking at him searchingly.

Taalon's heart leapt within his chest. He couldn't falter. Not in front of this one. Not in front of Skywalker.

He couldn't falter, or fall, or be wrong, or make a single miscalculation.

Ever.

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Abeloth was a cosmic threat.

Throughout galactic history, Centerpoint Station has been many things to many beings. For the Killik hives, it was a religious duty. To cosmic threats, it was a prison.

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Abeloth had power on the level of the Architects, and no prison aside from the Maw could hold her.

Since no known prison could hold beings of the architects’ power, the Son and Daughter were forced to construct one.

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Abeloth is more powerful than the Lost Tribe of the Sith.

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Abeloth was almighty in the Force.

Silly child, Ship said to her. You are strong in the Force-but strong is nothing compared with almighty.

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Abeloth had power beyond human comprehension.

Abeloth was no castaway, no mere woman marooned here for thirty years. She was much more-a manifestation of an ancient power so dark and hideous it was beyond human comprehension. Against such a being, how could Lady Rhea resist being a thrall? How could anyone? The only reason Vestara was still alive, she felt certain, was that it amused Abeloth to watch her struggling to remain sane.

Fate of the Jedi: Abyss

Sith Master Xal believed the Sith Council would bathe the survivors search party in glory for discovering a being as powerful as Abeloth.

To the surprise of everyone except Lady Rhea, even Yuvar Xal had readily embraced this plan. In fact, he had proclaimed that all of the survivors would be bathed in glory when the Circle learned of Abeloth's power.

Fate of the Jedi: Abyss

Abeloth was so powerful that Luke needed every advantage possible going after her.

Luke sighed. He needed every advantage he could in going after Abeloth—that much had been made excruciatingly clear.

Fate of the Jedi: Allies

Abeloth was so powerful Luke thought it would be a better idea to have a larger number of Sith teamed up with him.

Luke said nothing. He wasn't sure if fewer Sith was a good or a bad thing. Abeloth was powerful, and she was dangerous. They might need everyone they could get.

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Mara Jade considered Abeloth powerful and dangerous.

"You couldn't have. She is ancient, and powerful, and dangerous. Very dangerous."

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Vestara Khai considers Abeloth very powerful and doesn't think the large Sith strike team and the Skywalkers can defeat her in a straight fight.

"But she's ancient, and very powerful. The only way is if we can trick her, somehow."

Fate of the Jedi: Allies

According to Jaina, Abeloth has power like a nova has light.

“They’re Sith,” Jaina reminded him. “All that matters to them is power, and Abeloth had power like a nova has light."

Fate of the Jedi: Vortex

Luke knew he and Ben would need a lot of help to defeat Abeloth.

He was fairly certain that Abeloth had gone into hiding there, and when he and Ben flushed her into the open, they were going to need help destroying her—a lot of help

Fate of the Jedi: Vortex

Abeloth had a dozen times Luke's strength in the force.

It was no good. Abeloth had a dozen times the Force strength Luke had, and he could do no more than keep her from crushing his throat.

Fate of the Jedi: Vortex

Abeloth used the Force with greater strength than Luke ever did. This notably includes Luke when in states of Oneness, DE Luke with Leia and Anakin Solo's powers when disrupting Sidious's Force Storm, and Luke when in proximity to Force boosting artifacts such as the kaiburr crystal or the codex.

"Abeloth." Luke repressed a sigh. "She's here. Somewhere. Experimenting. Using the Force with greater strength than I ever did, certainly."

Fate of the Jedi: Conviction

Abeloth's presence had a huge impact on the force and Sith winced at the pain emanating from her.

Even though it was only a comm signal, Khai felt the impact of her presence in the Force. There was rage in her eyes, rage and pain. Whatever the Jedi had done to her on Nam Chorios, clearly she was still feeling it. Khai saw some of his Sith bridge officers wincing under the power of her hurt.

Fate of the Jedi: Conviction

Abeloth was more powerful than anybody the master of the Sith Temple had ever known of. It should be noted that the Lost Tribe was brought to

“Stronger than anyone we have ever heard of.” That was quite a statement, coming from the Master of the Sith Temple. Few on Kesh had as extensive a knowledge of the Sith’s past—and now their present as they expanded across the stars—as this deceptively mild, dark-skinned, middle-aged human."

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One of the High Lords heard that Abeloth possessed powers they couldn't imagine.

“We will take her, and use her, and discard her when we are done. But for love of the dark side, let us take her first! Listen to High Lord Yur! Think what we can learn! From all that we have heard, she has powers we cannot imagine!”

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Abeloth's power was more vast than anything Sith Saber Gavar Khai had ever seen, and it was enough to make him question his otherwise fierce loyalty to the Sith.

He had always been fiercely loyal to his people, but his experiences with Abeloth had also opened his eyes to the vast power she could wield.

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Gavar Khai considered the notion that Abeloth was more powerful than the entire Lost Tribe of the Sith

Yet … this could be a good thing. If she were, indeed, more powerful than the Lost Tribe—

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Gavar Khai considered Abeloth to be far more powerful than the Jedi.

"We have dissolved our alliance with the Jedi”—Khai said the word as if it left a bad taste in his mouth—“and have allied with a far superior being."

Fate of the Jedi: Ascension

Abeloth was capable of unleashing inconceivable amounts of force energy.

Her anguish used the Force as a weapon, as she had so often before, but this time she was barely aware that she was releasing nearly inconceivable amounts of Force energy upon a city that was completely unprepared for it.

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Abeloth was powerful enough to be capable of destroying Sith Saber Gavar Khai with a thought.

She could destroy him with a thought.

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Abeloth had unimaginable power.

Abeloth was something beyond Wynn's understanding, a monster of unimaginable power and capable of unthinkable evil, and he had been a fool to think he could play her.

Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse

Thuruht believes that unless they stop Abeloth, she will cause a galactic apocalypse.

Thuruht seems convinced that the galaxy is about to perish. She keeps saying that the end of time has come.

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Raynar Thul feared Abeloth more than anything else, even becoming a Joiner again.

Second, if he stayed with Thuruht much longer, all of the counteragents and filters aboard the Long Trek would not prevent him from becoming a Joiner again-and there was only one thing in the galaxy that Raynar feared more than losing his identity to a Killik hive again. That thing was Abeloth.

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Abeloth's power was beyond the level of Sidious or Vader.

You're still thinking on a mortal scale, like Vader or Palpatine. Think bigger, like a storm or a tide. Like a living Force volcano.

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Abeloth had power almost beyond Luke's comprehension.

This thing-this entity-had powers almost beyond comprehension.

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Abeloth was nearing a point in her power progression where she could literally bend reality with her wishes.

With footings and foundations melting by the square kilometer, skytowers would fall by the thousands, tumbling into their neighbors or dissolving into the same pools of molten stone that had eaten away their bases. The fumes, superheated and filled with noxious gases, would kill hundreds of millions-and if a pyroclastic flow developed, the death toll would rise to the billions.

And the whole time, Abeloth would be feeding off the fear and anguish of the victims. She would grow into a being beyond mortal comprehension. With the dark side hers to command, she could literally reshape the galaxy in any manner she wished.

Ben shook his head, not quite able to grasp the enormity of what was happening before him. He was watching a deity being born-and she was not a benevolent one. It felt like he was caught in one of those terrible nightmares from which it was impossible to awaken, except that if this was a nightmare, it had been going on so long that it had become his life.

Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse

Abeloth's actions caused the Force to suffer.

And when the Current turns, Thuruht said, it is the Force that suffers.

Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse

Abeloth was powerful enough to make the Father step in and protect the Son and Daughter from her.

The third panel depicted the arcade complex again, this time with a much-changed Abeloth standing in the heart of a stormy courtyard. Her hair had grown coarse and long, her nose had flattened until it was practically gone, and her sparkling eyes had grown so sunken and dark that all that could be seen of them were the twinkles. She was raising her arms toward a cowering Daughter and a glowering Son, with long tentacles lashing from where her fingers should have been. Stepping forward to shield them was a furious Father, one hand pointing toward the swamp at the open end of the temple, the other reaching out to intercept her tentacled fingers.

Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse

Abeloth becomes more powerful as she assimilates more bodies.

"She has grown much in power since we discovered her, but each time we kill a part, she is weakened. So there are limits. As she grows stronger, those limits rise. And now she has three bodies."

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And in the past when she had escaped she had progressed to the point at which she had assimilated entire planets.

After hurrying through two more archways, Thuruht finally stopped before a set of panels depicting three devastated worlds. In the first, an entire city lay in ruins. There were fungi rising from the rubble, and a drove of three-eyed bipeds could be seen fleeing a horde of tentacled felines. The second relief showed scores of dazed woodland creatures struggling through a blast-flattened forest, many fighting in vain to escape the fangvines wrapped around their legs. The third scene was the most gruesome of all. It was an ocean world with flocks of seabirds hovering over floating islands of moldy flesh. Hanging in the sky of each world was a female face with a gaping, fang-filled smile that stretched from one ear to another.

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Immortality/Ascendence

Abeloth drank from the Font of Power.

The first panel showed an aged Abeloth sneaking a drink from the Font of Power, while the Father hurled Force lightning at both the Son and Daughter.

Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse

Which is said to grant one unlimited power.

Then Luke was standing in a shadowy arcade, looking out on an ancient courtyard overgrown with tree ferns, club mosses, and pillars of scaled fungi. In the center of the courtyard sat the curving basin of a formal fountain, the water jet gurgling somewhere inside a pall of steam so filled with sulfur that it was more brown than yellow.

"The Font of Power," said the raspy voice.

Luke turned his head toward the speaker. He saw a skull-faced Givin-Feryl, he recalled-next to him, and he began to remember where he was... or rather, to remember the quest that had led him here, since he had no idea where here actually was. Luke was on a mission. He needed to find out why Jacen had fallen prey to the dark side. He needed to determine whether his nephew's sojourn had anything to do with the psychoses troubling so many young Jedi Knights.

Luke was still reorienting himself when a second voice-this one deep and refined-said, "If you have the courage to drink of it, you will have the power to achieve anything."

"Anything?" Luke glanced over to find the flat-faced Gotal, Ryontarr, standing to his other side. "That's a big promise."

"There is no limit to the strength that can be drawn from the Font of Power," Ryontarr replied.

Fate of the Jedi: Abyss

Abeloth bathed in the Pool of Knowledge.

In the second panel, a much younger-looking Abeloth swam in the Pool of Knowledge, looking sly and defiant as she smiled up at the Father, who stood at the edge of the basin.

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Which is stated to grant unlimited knowledge.

"Bathe in this pool, and you'll have the answers you seek."

Luke raised a brow. "About Jacen?" he asked. "Or about Mara?"

"About whatever you seek," Ryontarr replied. "This is the Pool of Knowledge, where you will see all that has passed and all that is to come."

"That's a bit much for one mind to comprehend, don't you think?" Luke was beginning to see their trap-and how it would have been an irresistible temptation for a troubled young Jedi Knight on a galactic search for wisdom.

Fate of the Jedi: Abyss

Abeloth cannot die without the Dagger of Mortis being used to kill her, and will inevitably return after any other defeat she suffers. Even immediately after all of her bodies are killed, she is still capable of manifesting in some form.

Finally, they fought on Sinkhole Station on a mental plane of the Force, where she was ultimately defeated. However, with no way to truly kill or imprison her, it is only a matter of time before she returns.

Galactic Architecture 101 and the History of Centerpoint Station

Luke believes vestiges of Abeloth remain—her destructive rise to power is cyclical, according to legend, and Luke fears she will return, as evidence suggests the galaxy is slipping into darkness. In a proactive measure, Luke dispatches a special team of Jedi—the Ten Knights—to seek out the monolith of Mortis, where they might find the Dagger of Mortis, a legendary object capable of slaying a Force-wielder from beyond the mortal realm.

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"Jedi Knights Arelis and Saar," Barratk'l replied. "They have been working in the Outer Rim, helping the slaves build free societies, yes?"

Luke nodded. "Go on."

"Three days ago, they were attacked by a tentacle," Barratk'l explained. "It materialized out of the Force and attempted to choke Jedi Saar. When Jedi Arelis ignited his lightsaber, it released Saar and turned to attack Arelis-then just dissolved."

"Sothais said it looked like it wanted to attack," Octa Ramis added. "But it couldn't hold itself together. It vanished back into the Force."

Luke's semi-healed chest wound began to ache. "Any reports since then?"

"None," Kyle confirmed. "We think it's whatever remains of Abeloth, trying to coalesce around symbols of her hatred."

"I think you're right," Luke said. He could still feel her cold tentacle writhing in the emptiness of his chest wound, a phantom memory reminding him that an entity of the Force could never be truly killed-that in a hundred years, or a hundred thousand years, she would grow strong enough to return. "We're going to need to find a way to keep tabs on her. She may not return in our lifetime, but the Jedi Order will need to be ready."

"To do what?" Kyp asked.

"To kill her," Luke replied. He was thinking of the story of his father's trip to Mortis, of the special Force-imbued dagger that had been used to kill both the Daughter and the Father. "We need to find the Mortis monolith."

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Assimilation

Abeloth switched bodies with Dyon Stadd.

"They switched bodies," Vestara said. "I don't understand how, but they did." Ben turned his head toward her voice and found her standing next to the pyre, using the Force to levitate the corpse over which they had been fighting. The bloody shroud had been torn away during the tug-of-war, and now he could see that the corpse was not Abeloth's at all. In fact, it wasn't even female. "This isn't Abeloth," Vestara continued. She floated the corpse toward Taalon, and Ben found himself looking at a much-battered, but still recognizable male face. "It's Dyon Stadd!"

Fate of the Jedi: Vortex

Abeloth had assimilated Akanah before her meeting with Luke on Nam Choris.

Luke turned and found Akanah standing in the door of the gathering hall. Her hair was hanging loose and waving about her shoulders, as though caught by a breeze that was not blowing, and there was a darkness in her eyes that seemed to rise from the depths of time itself. Her gaze shifted from Taalon to Luke, and she smiled, revealing a mouthful of small sharp teeth.

Fate of the Jedi: Vortex

Abeloth could assimilate people, and by doing so could take on their knowledge and identities.

Luke spoke of Abeloth, her ability to absorb others whole and take on their knowledge and identities, her desire to extend her very nature throughout the galaxy, her bleakness.

Fate of the Jedi: Conviction

Abeloth assimilated Rokari Kem.

Rokari Kem. He blinked, utterly disbelieving. Surely he was still unconscious.

“Wynn Dorvan,” Roki purred. “I confess, this is a surprise. But a happy one. You have served two Chiefs of State. And, I think, others, that we do not know about. Yet.”

Still smiling, she bent down and cupped his battered face in her hand, turning his head up to face her. “You know things, don’t you? Things that may prove very useful to me. Do be sure, Wynn, that I will learn what you know, who you know, what you have seen … one way or another. I may even permit you to live … if you learn to love me.”

Her smile, beautiful and sweet and kind and an utter lie, widened.

And widened.

It stretched across her face, too large for it, nearly reaching her ears. Her skin paled, her eyes began to sink back into their sockets. Her hair turned from blue-green and shiny to pale yellow, growing long, longer, all the way down to her feet. The hand that grasped his chin in a grip that would not release became slick, tiny tentacles forcing him to stare into her eyes. Eyes that looked like tiny stars in a black hole.

And he understood the full disaster that was about to unfold.

Abeloth and the Lost Tribe of the Sith had come to Coruscant—and were running the Galactic Alliance.

Fate of the Jedi: Ascension

Abeloth assimilated Pagorski.

Then the air between the two women began to shimmer. Pagorski's eyes opened wide, and her face twisted into a mask of horror. Rokari Kem's fingers grew long and thin, and suddenly her arms dissolved into gray slimy tentacles, and in the Sith's place stood the hideous thing that Wynn had glimpsed on waking, a slender sinuate form with coarse yellow hair and a mouth so broad that it reached from ear to ear.

Abeloth.

Pagorski's jaw fell open in a wordless scream. The tentacles shot down her throat, into her ears and nostrils, and began to pulse. Horrible gagging noises erupted from her mouth. Her entire body went limp and hung, convulsing, by the ropy tendrils that had been inserted into her head.

Finally, Pagorski's expression went blank. Her complexion grew so pale and translucent that Wynn could see the tentacles throbbing inside her face, pumping something dark and viscous into her sinuses and her ears and down into her trachea.

Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse

When he had suggested that Lydea Pagorski be released to build goodwill with the Empire, the Beloved Queen of the Stars had destroyed the poor woman and taken over her body.

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Abeloth assimilated Sith High Lady Korelei, demonstrating the capacity to take possession of three bodies at once.

When he glanced back, he found Korelei's oval eyes watching him with the same cold emptiness he had often seen in those of the Beloved Queen. His stomach began to churn with a queasy terror as a pair of silver flickers appeared in the depths of her gaze. Her smile grew as wide as her face. All her teeth suddenly seemed to be fangs, and a relentless tide of despair welled up inside Wynn. He knew what he was seeing. The Beloved Queen of the Stars had taken a third body.

Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse

Abeloth assimilated the Jedi Temple Computer Core.

He spun around, already knowing what he would see... and he saw it: a face of pure radiance, the size of a bantha and as wispy as a cloud, floating out in the darkness of the computer core. She appeared vaguely human, with a long cascade of coarse yellow hair and tiny, deep-sunken eyes that shone from their sockets like stars at the bottom of a well. She had a nose so small it was almost absent, and a large, full-lipped mouth so broad that it reached from ear to ear

Abeloth.

Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse

Abeloth had assimilated at least three entire planets at one point.

After hurrying through two more archways, Thuruht finally stopped before a set of panels depicting three devastated worlds. In the first, an entire city lay in ruins. There were fungi rising from the rubble, and a drove of three-eyed bipeds could be seen fleeing a horde of tentacled felines. The second relief showed scores of dazed woodland creatures struggling through a blast-flattened forest, many fighting in vain to escape the fangvines wrapped around their legs. The third scene was the most gruesome of all. It was an ocean world with flocks of seabirds hovering over floating islands of moldy flesh. Hanging in the sky of each world was a female face with a gaping, fang-filled smile that stretched from one ear to another.

Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse

Environmental Control

Abeloth caused a fierce storm when left alone on the planet in the Maw and caused vegetation to overwhelm the courtyard.

In these reliefs, Abeloth stood alone in the courtyard, watching the Father depart with the Son and Daughter. Her face was contorted in anger, and the air around her was whirling with fronds and jungle reptiles and lightning. In the panels that followed, she looked even more deranged. The courtyard was overrun with vegetation, and a large winged lizard was struggling to escape her grasp, its eyes wide with terror, it wings straining as it struggled to pull its foot out of her hand.

Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse

Abeloth could control all of the plantlife from attacking the Sith on the planet in the Maw.

When Abeloth was near, the plants never attacked.

Fate of the Jedi: Abyss

"The world is very hostile, completely unnatural. The animals thrive by photosynthesis, and the plants prey upon them." She gave Ben and Luke a half-smile. "Keeps you on your toes."

"And Abeloth controls everything," Luke surmised.

"She does."

Fate of the Jedi: Allies

Abeloth caused plantlife to attack Vestara.

At the same moment, a thick white root, tipped with finger-length barbs, shot out of the ground. The roots, capped with a thick green spike, twisted around Vestara, then reared back like a snake about to strike. Vestara's eyes darted to the spike and she yanked in her hand, folding her arm over her chest as the spikes struck home a second time.

Fate of the Jedi: Allies

Abeloth's presence on a planet caused deadly plant life to form.

And then she heard it: the soft buphoot of a puff-fungus expelling its spores.

Vespara clamped her mouth shut and exhaled through her nose, then Force-sprang three paces backward.

She ignited her lightsaber. As she had expected, before her was a slender, knee-high mushroom with a web of sticky feeder-threads draping out of a freshly burst cap, still engulfed in its yellow cloud of paralyzing spores. Just beyond was the mouth of a tunnel about three meters high. The passage had probably been completely round before the yorik coral had taken hold, but now it was more of a lopsided oval. Two more of the deadly fungi stood just inside the tunnel mouth, their caps not yet swollen enough to explode.

Vestara spun in a slow circle, using her lightsaber to illuminate the surrounding area. She was standing on a large platform that ended at the mouth of the tunnel. In the small area that she could see, there were at least six more fungi, along with several large patches of gray moss. The mosses were probably acid mats, which enwrapped anything that stepped on them.

Lying just at the edge of the light, she saw a large gray cocoon. The half-meter-long tail of a giant slashrat trailed out of the end, and where it entered the cocoon, the flesh had been eaten to the bone. Vestara's heart sank. She had seen such things before, and she knew exactly what they meant.

Abeloth had come to Coruscant.

Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse

Abeloth's presence caused violent plantlife to grow.

As Tahiri continued to walk, the cleanliness of the tunnel began to fade. Three hundred meters in, dark spots of mildew began to appear along the walls. At four hundred meters, the plastoid had turned dark with growth, and the fungus was starting to form mounds. By five hundred meters, she was picking her way past stalks of meter-high fungi and ducking under dangling curtains of moss. Though she had never visited a world where Abeloth held sway, she had spoken to enough Jedi to know what she was seeing-and how cautious she needed to be around the strange flora.

Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse

Abeloth caused groundquakes and raised a volcano on Coruscant when angered.

"Ah-Abeloth is angry," Vestara said, following Ben's gaze. As she studied the scene, the rumble deepened and grew more audible, and Ship began to sway on its struts. She did not speak again for a second or two, then the entire reception hall started to shake and the wrecked entry began to drop rubble. "The people of Coruscant have disappointed the Beloved Queen. Now they will feel her wrath."

Ben began to have a very bad feeling about what was happening. "A groundquake?"

Vestara turned back to him, her mouth twisted into a smile that seemed more frightened than cruel. "The groundquakes are just the beginning, you fool," she said. "The volcano will be the true punishment."

Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse

Telekinesis

Abeloth pulled Vestara and several other Sith in the direction of her planet.

The thing was rooted inside her now, pulling her toward it almost physically-no, not almost. She could feel it actually drawing her into the railing, using the Force to drag her deeper into the abyss. Then a collective gasp went up from the rest of the crew, and Vestara knew they felt it, too.

Fate of the Jedi: Abyss

Abeloth casually dominated Ahri and Vestara with Telekinesis.

Suddenly Ahri was slamming into the cavern wall behind Vestara, his lightsaber no longer burning. His head struck with a sickening thud. Vestara watched in horror as he dropped twitching to the floor, then ignited her own blade and leapt to the attack.

In the next instant she found herself hanging in the darkness, holding a deactivated lightsaber and staring into a pair of large gray eyes as cold and lifeless as pearls. Suddenly Vestara had another foolish notion as to the reason Ship might have led them here-one that frightened her far more than all the others. Perhaps Ship had brought them here not to destroy the Tribe, but to free the Destructors.

The woman lowered her hand, sending Vestara crashing to the floor of the cavern.

Fate of the Jedi: Abyss

Abeloth destroyed Sinkhole Station with telekinesis.

The large, spinning cylinder ringed by a dozen attached tubes that had been Sinkhole Station was nowhere to be seen. All that was left of the enormous station, and those beings who had lived on it—if you could call Mind Walking living—was chunks of debris. Huge pieces of what were once the gray-white domes, looking like broken eggshells, hung in the icy cold of space, with flotsam and jetsam that were once vessels of all varieties. They were not close enough yet to see bodies, but bodies there would be as well.

In addition to managing his own shock, Luke attempted to send calm to the rest of the fleet even as he continued to maneuver the Shadow. He sensed the astonishment and almost—affront?—of the Sith, as if they were offended that anything would dare get in the way of their plans.

"It's—just gone," Ben said quietly, It was stating the obvious, but the shocked silence had to be broken.

"Detecting no life signs, no infrared," Luke said. "Whatever happened to it did a fine job of destroying it completely."

Fate of the Jedi: Allies

Abeloth completely froze Dyon Stadd in place.

He stood frozen in place as securely as if his feet had rooted there. He couldn't move, couldn't pull back, couldn't cry out in pain or in warning, for now he suddenly realized that this being was not what he had thought, was not what she—was it even a she?—had pretended to be.

Fate of the Jedi: Allies

Abeloth casually ragdolled Vestara.

He took his cue from his father, who lifted his lightsaber and charged the creature. Taalon and Khai, too, rushed into the fray. Ben started to join them. Vestara was right by his side.

Abeloth was still staring at Ben, and as he raced toward her, she smiled, and flicked three of the tiny tentacles that served as fingers.

Beside Ben, Vestara's eyes flew wide as something seized her by the throat, lifted her two meters off the ground, and shook her. She dropped her lightsaber, one hand going to her throat attempting to pry off the invisible fingers, the other hand outstretched, fingers splayed hard.

Fate of the Jedi: Allies

Abeloth hurled Luke, Ben, Vestara, Gavar Khai, and one other Sith with a Force wave while weakened by a Force net casted upon her by hundreds of Sith at once, managing to injure Luke with the attack.

In her arrogance and her fixation on Luke, Abeloth had discounted the hundreds of Sith scattered over the area. She had focused on him to the exclusion of almost everyone else who was physically with him, and certainly those who were not. And thus ignored, the rest of the Sith had begun their weaving.

The Dathomiri Nightsisters used the Force to create a sort of net called a control web. Working together as a team, they wove tendrils of Force energy together and extended it over an area of ground. It felt as if a ball of yarn were being tossed from one to the other as strands of energy crisscrossed and interwove. Beasts beneath this net, this web, would obey the weavers. Luke, Ben, and Vestara had all been firsthand witnesses to this web weaving on Dathomir.

Never let it be said, Luke thought, that the Sith did not learn quickly, nor that they did not know a good thing when they saw it. It had been Vestara's suggestion to have those who were not directly involved in attacking Abeloth stand by and work together.

Fate of the Jedi: Allies

The net was working. It was starting to stifle her ability to use the Force. He could see it in the terror on Abeloth's face, feel it in the wild flickering of her Force aura. And Luke was fighting as Ben had never seen him before, pain and love and duty grim on his face, darting and leaping, moving his lightsaber so swiftly it was a blur. Ben let out a shout of delight and continued to press the attack on Gavar Khai, who no longer was smirking and gloating, but instead felt genuine concern that he might not make it out of this alive.

A sudden shock wave hurled Ben into the sky. He felt paralyzed for a second, unable to use the Force to direct his fall, and landed hard. He blacked out briefly, and when he came to he heard shouting. Ben got to his feet, grabbing his lightsaber from where it had fallen.

Abeloth was gone. He realized, as everyone else did, what must have happened. She had gathered her strength to send out a powerful Force shock, to throw her attackers off her briefly, and disappeared.

"Where'd she go?" Ben cried, ignoring Khai for the moment.

Luke had recovered faster than he and didn't reply. Instead, he raced down the tunnel at full speed, even though Ben could see he had been at least slightly injured in the attack.

Fate of the Jedi: Allies

Abeloth stopped Luke's charge and stunned him with a telekinetic attack.

It was like hitting a wall of solid Force energy. One moment, he was hurling himself forward, reaching out to coordinate with Ben. The next, he was standing motionless, head spinning and ears ringing, watching Abeloth stumbling out the front door of the hall.

Fate of the Jedi: Vortex

Abeloth flew from ship to the ground, levitating herself with telekinesis.

At last, slowly, like a creature awakening from slumber, Ship’s “eye” grew transparent, and then opened. Abeloth floated out. She did not need a dais, and wore no heavy robes. She wore, indeed, seemingly very little, which somehow managed to cover her more than modestly; a diaphanous draping that caught the breeze and fluttered just so. She had chosen her golden-haired female form, with wise gray eyes, and a slight smile was on her lips. She lifted her arms and tilted her head, and the breeze played with her flowing fair locks as she floated gently to the ground.

Fate of the Jedi: Ascension

Abeloth used telekinesis to fly and levitate across a distance.

Abeloth smiled prettily, then floated—she did not even need to leap—to stand beside him.

Fate of the Jedi: Ascension

Abeloth destroyed an entire city full of Sith with inconceivable amounts of telekinetic power, decimating the Sith caught in the blast, and directing all of the shattered glass to impale Sith and melt upon contact.

Her anguish used the Force as a weapon, as she had so often before, but this time she was barely aware that she was releasing nearly inconceivable amounts of Force energy upon a city that was completely unprepared for it.

There were several dozen beings within immediate range, some sleeping quietly in their beds. Most were with their families.

They imploded. Farther away, others awoke in agony as their bodies were turned inside out and chunks were ripped from their bones.

The entire city was attacked by a wind filled with glass shards, each a shikkar driven by a single purpose—to hurt anyone, anything, living inside the City of Glass. They were the Lost Tribe—they would suffer, all of them, as their leader had made her suffer.

The shards melted as they pierced flesh, spreading white-hot, painful death. The buildings, made of metal and glass, dripped slowly toward the ground, smothering those unfortunate enough to be dwelling inside them.

None of it harmed Abeloth, though she would not have noticed if it had.

Fate of the Jedi: Ascension

Abeloth was flying through the air in her Korelei avatar.

From the back, the Sith she-voork appeared to be floating more than running, and the gruesome wound that Luke had opened did not seem to be bleeding so much as venting a dark, greasy fume that rose into the air and spread along the ceiling of the duct.

Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse

Abeloth casually ragdolled Jaina.

She ignited her lightsaber and leapt into battle with a powerful mid-body strike that she hoped would drive her foe back onto Luke's blade.

Abeloth's hand flicked, and Jaina found herself tumbling down the duct backward. She saw the dark rectangle of a stack-head flash past beneath her; she slammed down and rolled twice before she could finally use the Force to bring herself to a stop. She came up on her knees, facing back the way she had come, and saw Abeloth leaping across the pit toward her.

Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse

Abeloth casually redirected Boba Fett's full arsenal of explosives with the force.

And the mini rockets she simply Force-nudged off-course, sending them streaking past to explode harmlessly against the wall.

Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse

Abeloth casually knocked one blast boat into another.

Abeloth merely flicked her wrist. The rear blastboat tumbled into the leader's exhaust stream, and the plume of superheated ions melted through the nose armor. The Force lurched with a sudden terror, then both craft vanished inside a cloud of detonating ordnance.

Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse

Abeloth slammed Ben into a pillar hard enough to cause him to black out.

The order came to a strangled end as he felt himself flying back into the arcade. His shoulders hit a pillar dead-center, folding so far backward that both shoulder blades touched stone. Then a tremendous crack sounded inside his skull, and his head exploded into dark pain. He felt himself sliding down the pillar toward the cobblestones below, and the last thing he saw was Vestara retreating toward the Font of Power, disappearing into the yellow steam with the avatar close behind.

Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse

Force Defenses/Tutaminus/Energy Manipulation

Abeloth twisted Vestara's lightning back on her.

Blue force lightning shot from her palm to dance erratically in the air around her for a moment, not reaching its target. Then, inexorably, the blue lightning began to twist, like heated metal folding, to go back on its creator.

Fate of the Jedi: Allies

Abeloth blocked a Force blast from Luke.

Luke raised a hand, hitting her with a blast of Force energy whose only effect was to hold her back for half a second as she took her next step.

Fate of the Jedi: Vortex

Abeloth completely absorbed the explosion of a mine powerful enough to shred Sith's bodies apart with a force barrier.

Instead of shredding her and every other Sith within three meters, the blast had simply dissipated into some sort of Force shield that she had flung down.

Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse

Abeloth completely shielded herself from one of Luke's telekinetic attacks with ease.

He lit his own weapon and sprang to his feet, at the same time hitting them both with a Force blast that sent the male Keshiri tumbling back across the pit.

Korelei did not even feel it.

Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse

Abeloth caught a blasterbolt in her hand, literally redirecting it as a blasterbolt at Luke's eyes.

She remained motionless. Luke fired again.

The entity caught the bolt and held it, still burning, in her hand. There was a gaping scorch hole in her cheek where the earlier bolt had exited. Her lavender skin had faded to a blue-tinted alabaster, and when she locked gazes with Luke, her pupils had contracted to mere points of silver light. She smiled, her mouth stretching so wide that it reached from ear to ear, then her arm whipped forward and sent the blaster bolt sizzling straight at Luke's eyes, and he could deny the truth no longer.

Abeloth was here.

Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse

Abeloth blocked Boba Fett's flame throwers with the Force in a weakened avatar body.

The flames she stopped with a shield of Force energy that sent tongues of crimson fire licking in every direction but toward her.

Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse

Abeloth deflected laser cannon blasts back at blastboats.

Abeloth's left arm came up so fast that Ben did not even see it move, and the fire from the blaster cannons began to ricochet back toward her attackers.

Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse

Abeloth shielded herself from several Force attacks from Luke and Krayt without any difficulty.

Luke hurled another blast of Force energy in her direction, then braced himself to take the most devastating counterattack yet. The counterattack never came.

Instead, the Force blast rocked Abeloth up on one leg, where she hung teetering over the Lake of Apparitions for a thousand heartbeats. Luke's chest was a searing ache around a fist-sized scorch hole, and his Force essence was bleeding out from a dozen smaller wounds, leaving a crescent of twinkling light spread across the dark water. He sprang anyway.

Abeloth only seemed to sag, and it appeared that she might tumble into the water in the eternity it was taking to reach her. But that would have been too easy. Luke and the Sith stranger had been hurling Force attacks at her for a lifetime-or perhaps it was a mere eyeblink-and this was the first time she had shown any reaction.

Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse

Abeloth shielded herself from a telekinetic blast from Ben Skywalker in a state of Oneness that could've knocked a frigate out of orbit.

Ben opened himself to the Force completely, shielding himself from the Font of Power's darkness by drawing its energies through the power of all he loved in the galaxy, through his faith in the Jedi purpose and the promise of the future-through his confidence in Vestara and the sure knowledge that she would soon join him in the ranks of the Jedi Knights. The Force came pouring into Ben from all sides, irresistible and pure, a flood of light and purpose that no being in the galaxy could deny. He felt himself become the Force, a swirl of power and energy, and he focused all that he was on the approaching Keshiri, hitting her with a Force blast that would have knocked a frigate out of orbit.

The blast caught the avatar square in the chest and rocked her shoulders back at least a couple of centimeters. She paused almost noticeably before she took her next step.

Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse

In a weakened avatar body, Abeloth deactivated Saba's blade with the Force.

Fearing that her prey would attempt to retreat into the computer core, Saba grabbed at Abeloth in the Force, at the same time slashing her lightsaber through the console that separated them.

The blade suddenly died. For an instant Saba thought the pulse bomb had detonated early. She cursed her pack's lack of faith in her skill, but then Abeloth was racing toward her, coming in faster than she was being pulled, and Saba realized that her prey had extinguished the blade.

Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse

Using Force drain on Abeloth hurts the wielder.

Still, the stranger continued to drain Abeloth, and Luke realized that he was not being betrayed-the Sith was suffering as much damage from the attack as was Luke.

Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse

Abeloth absorbed Vestara Khai's lightning.

The Keshiri caught the lightning bolt in the palm of her hand, and its white-hot energy dwindled to a spark.

Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse

Abeloth was shielding herself from a Font of Power amped Vestara's force lightning enough to attack her physically with her tentacles.

The blue ball was dancing toward him now. As it drew closer, he could see that the glow was being caused by a crackling cage of Force lightning. Inside the cage, two figures were locked in hand-to-tentacle combat, one a beautiful young woman with brown eyes, the other a hideously battered thing with a mass of smashed skull and spilled brains. It looked as though a Keshiri had grown tentacles and stepped into a threshing machine.

The beautiful young woman-Vestara-was blasting away with a constant stream of Force lightning, trying to use it to hold her attacker at bay. The Keshiri mess was grasping at her with two sets of arm-tentacles, using one set to keep them bound together while the other set probed at her mouth and nostrils.

Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse

A single bolt of Font of Power amped Vestara's lightning is powerful enough to take out a Canderous-class hovertank.

Vestara had hit her with a bolt of Force lightning powerful enough to take out a Canderous-class hovertank.

Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse

Telepathy

Abeloth telepathically contacted Allana from deep within the Maw when she was on Kessel.

I can feel you.

The words crept quietly into her mind. Allana almost shrieked.

They were not from the tomb. She stared up into the pinkish sky, seeing only the distant sun and a sliver of the former garrison moon. The thought came from there.

Who is there? I felt you. Please . . . please . . . There was such a yearning desperation to the words, such a hunger, that Allana wanted to reply, wanted to reassure whoever was there. But caution and fear and a hundred lessons she had learned at her mother's knee kept her from doing so.

What is your name? The question sent a tingle of dread down Allana's spine. She had the eerie sensation that if she responded, if she offered her name, it would be snatched away and never returned, leaving her to wander forever not knowing who she was. She hugged herself for warmth and, keeping her head low, reined her senses in.

The voice did not return, and a couple of minutes later Allana no longer felt any hint of it. She breathed a sigh of relief.

Fate of the Jedi: Outcast

Abeloth created a pulse of Dark Side energy to summon Ship.

"Now," Lady Rhea continued. "We-"

It rocked through them like a wave. Vestara actually stumbled. It was at once almost overpowering and nourishing. Pure dark side energy crackled through the room, piercing their hearts, like an embrace that was welcomed but too tight to be truly comfortable. Vestara extended a hand, as if she could physically reach out and touch whatever it was that was permeating her entire being. She wanted it, ached for it, felt tears suddenly stinging her eyes-

And then a rush of joy flooded her.

Ship. He was all but singing, a devoted pet racing to his beloved master, following that call of the dark side energy.

"No!" cried Vestara. "Ship!"

She blinked, recovering as the strange pull suddenly ended. Lady Rhea was staring at her.

"Vestara, what is it doing?"

Vestara licked lips suddenly gone dry. She felt intensely, terribly bereft. Abandoned, left behind, empty. Her connection with Ship had always been acknowledged as the strongest among any of the Sith. He had contacted her first, and had maintained that level of-intimacy, almost-through the last two years. Now he had left them, left her, without even a twinge of regret or a farewell.

Fate of the Jedi: Omen

Abeloth telepathically contacted Ben Skywalker when he was two years old at the Maw.

Two-year-old Ben reached toward the Shadow with his free hand and his heart, and he sensed his mother and father reaching back. Though he was too young to know he was being touched through the Force, he stopped being afraid, until a dark tentacle of need began to slither up into the aching tear of his abandonment. He thought for an instant that he was just sad about being left behind, but the tentacle grew as real as his breath, and he began to sense in it an alien loneliness as desperate and profound as his own. It wanted to draw him close and keep him safe, to take the place of his parents and never let him be alone again.

Terrified and confused, young Ben pulled away, simultaneously drawing in on himself and yanking his hand from the grasp of the silver-haired lady who was holding it.

Fate of the Jedi: Abyss

Abeloth telepathically contacted every Sith in a search party, drawing them towards her.

Vestara reached out to Ship, opening herself to the Force and begging him to answer her call, to reveal himself not just to her but to the rest of the crew as well.

Instead of Ship, Vestara felt a dark tentacle of need slithering into the void she had created, cold and lonely and hungry for her. It wanted to draw her close and keep her safe, to protect her from Xal and her jealous rivals back on Kesh, from the crewmembers she fought on pirate raids, and from the Jedi with whom the Tribe was preparing to do battle. It wanted her to come to it inside the abyss, to join it in its ancient hiding place, where it could keep her safe... forever.

Terrified and confused, Vestara tried to pull away, drawing in on herself and trying to return her focus to the bridge of the Crusader. It was like trying to pull away from her own intestines. The thing was rooted inside her now, pulling her toward it almost physically-no, not almost. She could feel it actually drawing her into the railing, using the Force to drag her deeper into the abyss.

Then a collective gasp went up from the rest of the crew, and Vestara knew they felt it, too.

Fate of the Jedi: Abyss

Abeloth telepathically called out to Luke.

Luke sprang off the floor, then reached out in the Force to counter his angular momentum. As soon as he began to pull himself toward the far side of the chamber, a cold tentacle of longing rose up inside him, urging him to come closer, to surrender to... what? Luke had no idea, only that its presence felt ancient and powerful and somehow familiar, that it seemed to recognize him and care for him and yearn for his eternal companionship.

Fate of the Jedi: Abyss

Abeloth manipulated Luke's feelings with the force on Sinkhole station.

Immediately the tentacle inside him began to grow stronger and more distinct, filling him with a cold yearning that-alien as it was-reminded him all too much of the lonely ache that he had been living with since Mara's death.

Fate of the Jedi: Abyss

Abeloth manipulated the Sith search party's minds with the force and enthralled them to her will.

Against such a being, how could Lady Rhea resist being a thrall? How could anyone? The only reason Vestara was still alive, she felt certain, was that it amused Abeloth to watch her struggling to remain sane.

Fate of the Jedi: Abyss

Abeloth tricked Luke into thinking her presence was Mara Jade's so she could try and seduce him.

"I think we may have an edge we can use against Abeloth, though. She…seems to have a particular interest in me. I'm not sure why."

"In Jedi, or in you in particular?" Ben asked.

"Me in particular. She—have you felt any kind of a feminine presence on the ship, Ben?"

His son nodded. "Yeah…I thought it was Mom. This being her ship and all, and you and I the only ones on it for a long time. I kind of felt she was looking after us."

"I did, too," Luke said. "But I saw Mom in the Lake. And she said it wasn't her."

Ben gasped and drew back slightly. He didn't need confirmation on who it actually was. "That's…really creepy, Dad."

"I know," Luke said, and grimaced slightly.

Fate of the Jedi: Allies

Abeloth violated Taalon's mind and called forth his greatest fears.

He knew it had been only a second that the creature who now lay dead at their feet had frozen him in order to attempt to seduce Skywalker. But it might as well have been an eternity. He had been unsettled enough by Faal's fate, though he would never admit that, and it was as if Abeloth knew it.

In that second that was a lifetime, a dozen lifetimes, she had looked inside him, violated him on a level even he, a Sith High Lord, had not imagined was possible, and beheld what it was that Sarasu Taalon feared most.

And called it forth.

He had been running, running on feet that were blistered and bleeding, running with labored breath and near-exploding heart. And they had been behind him.

All the beings whose lives he had taken, or broken, or twisted. All the friends he had betrayed, all the family members he had ordered slain, all the rivals whose loved ones he had tormented, and those loved ones as well who had not even known his face in life. As long as he succeeded, they would not touch him. As long as he won every battle, made no mistakes, spotted every foe, he would be all right.

But the minute his foot wavered—

His ankle betrayed him, and he fell, hitting the ground upon which he was running hard. Tears, shameful tears of abject terror poured down his purple face as he scrambled to rise.

They were upon him, ripping, tearing, biting; their touch freezing and burning. He realized they would not kill him, not at once. They were going to tear him apart piece by tiny piece. And even then the torment would not stop. Abeloth had shown him it wouldn't.

Fate of the Jedi: Allies

Abeloth caused Force Psychosis.

“Their illness was caused by an ancient being named Abeloth,” Leia explained. “She made contact with the Jedi Knights while they were still children, when we were hiding our young ones in the Maw during the war against the Yuuzhan Vong.”-

Fate of the Jedi: Vortex

Abeloth controlled the minds of the Fallanassi with the Force.

Whether the Adepts were contributing to the illusion or just standing aside while Abeloth alone tormented the intruders, Luke could not say. But it seemed clear to him that the Fallanassi were under Abeloth’s influence, or they never would have permitted the White Current to be defiled in this way.

Fate of the Jedi: Vortex

Abeloth took control of a security station.

Luke gritted his teeth. Abeloth had somehow assumed control of that NovaGun station, a far-from-impossible task for one Force-user who could marshal others.

Fate of the Jedi: Conviction

Abeloth attacked Vol in his dreams, leaving him completely void of strength when he barely managed to escape with his life.

Vol had seen much violence, deceit, ugliness, and brutality in his day. He had seen, and sometimes committed, deeds such as evisceration of the body and torture of the mind through the power of the dark side. He had seen bodies explode into tiny fragments, watched powerfully intelligent people reduced to gibbering idiots when their minds were destroyed thought by thought.

And he shrank back in horror now at the monstrosity revealed to him.

Before him was a nightmare. Her hair was long, twining tendrils of hideousness, her eyes sunken and yet bright as tiny stars, her mouth widening, widening, until it split her face. She laughed, the tendrils reaching out both physically and in the Force.

“Silly Vol,” she said. “To imagine, even for a moment, that anything human could even conceive of the vastness that is Abeloth, let alone trap me for your own tiny-minded purposes. Now you shall die, and your world shall become mine. I shall be unto them Protector and Destructor both, and there is nothing that you or any of your little friends can do to stop me.”

The tendrils were on him now, slithering into his mouth, his ears, his nose, caressing in a strangely appealing manner even as he cringed back in loathing.

It was a dream, he knew, but it was more than a dream as well. And even in such an in-between place, Vol knew what he had to do. It terrified him, but the thought of being destroyed without a fight by this vile thing terrified him even worse.

He had to dive inside that mind.

He took a precious second to wrap the Force around him like a blanket, then unshielded his mind and opened it to Abeloth.

In her arrogant glee at the ambush she had performed, she was reckless. She surged forward, violating his mind, unaware that this was precisely what Vol wanted. She had given him entrance, and he wasted not a heartbeat in opening up to the ugliness that was within. Like a thief with the law on his heels, Vol plundered swiftly, with no care for delicacy or of discovery. And he found unexpected riches.

Anguish. Loss that ripped and tore at the heart of all that was Abeloth. Betrayal. Need—need!—for companionship, for love, for someone, anyone, anything, to adore her and to never, ever leave. To stay with her forever …

—Don’t leave me don’t leave me don’t leave me—

Something that was part of her, that she had loved with all that was in her, was gone, gone beyond finding again, and someone would pay, and she would be loved and idolized and worshipped, it was right, it was what should be, what would be—

He felt her astonishment, and then fury, and knew he was discovered. The tendrils were no longer coyly teasing and caressing. They were violent and brutal now, wrapping about his throat, invading his body. He resisted and went on the attack. There was a wound, visible as something black and bloody and infected, in what passed for a soul or a heart of this monster. And he went right for it.

No one loves you. You are ugly, and disgusting, and if you ever thought anyone did care for you, you were tricked and lied to, and they laughed at your gullibility.

A blast of Force anger buffeted him, but he rooted himself against it and continued.

You will never be loved. You will never be adored or cherished. Only feared and hated. And there is nothing you can do, no words you can speak, no one you can become to change that. Luke Skywalker was appalled at what you were, when he truly saw you. He follows you, not as a young gallant, oh no, but to kill you and put the universe out of its misery.

She convulsed, writhing in pain in the heart of the Force, reacting to his relentless attack on her wounded area as if he were ripping at an infected cut in the physical world. Her attack on him changed from a desire to harm to a desire to escape. Elation filled Vol. He only hoped he could survive long enough to deal the killing blow.

You live causing revulsion, you will die that way. You will die now—

He threw everything he had into the attack, slamming his Force self into the psychic, oozing wound as if he were punching a lacerated torso.

NO!

Her pain exploded and hurled him back, releasing him, but causing the most exquisite agony Vol had ever experienced to race through every part of his being.

Vol surged forward out of the dream so quickly that he hurled himself from his bed and landed hard on the floor, where he lay gasping, weak, so weak, sweat-soaked and terrified. He—used to manipulating objects in the Force, leaping great distances, crushing things with a thought—had not the strength of a new-hatched uvak. It was an effort to lift his head, to push himself up off the floor, and the muscles quivered from that simple strain.

Fate of the Jedi: Ascension

Abeloth enslaved Gavar Khai and several other Sith to her will.

She nodded. “I think … she was doing something to him.”

“Like with Taalon?” Luke recalled the metamorphosis of High Lord Taalon after he had drunk from the Fountain of Knowledge. He had started to become like Abeloth.

“Not that dramatic,” she said. “But … mentally. His mind—he wasn’t the way he used to be. I think that’s why I was able to win against him at all—because he wasn’t as focused. He was so proud of being Sith, so proud of what the Lost Tribe had accomplished. Now he’s—he was—blindly following Abeloth. And if my father succumbed, then I am certain the others did.” She looked away again, swallowing hard. “He was a strong man.”

Fate of the Jedi: Ascension

Abeloth manipulated the minds of the entire senate with the force.

He grinned, knowing what she would sense, knowing that she was reaching out to everyone in this huge chamber and touching them in the same fashion. Not overtly, just enough to make them believe they agreed with her.

Fate of the Jedi: Ascension

Abeloth used her powers to manipulate the minds of the Empire's citizens to substantially increase Daala's popularity.

After the trouble Abeloth had gone to in running the blockade at Boreleo, it seemed all too likely that she had formed an alliance with Daala and was using her powers to boost Daala's popularity in the Empire-and this discovery certainly supported those suspicions. But it also cast the campaign to elect the admiral in a whole new light. Tahiri could see only one reason for Abeloth to use her powers to guarantee Daala's victory, and that was because she expected the admiral to become her puppet ruler.

Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse

Force Lightning

Abeloth fended off the lightsaber strikes of five powerful force users with blasts of force lightning.

Abeloth was surrounded by five powerful Force-users: Luke Skywalker, High Lord Taalon, Saber Gavar Khai, and two others Ben didn't know. It was almost like a dance, with the combatants leaping, somersaulting in midair, tumbling aside. The cries of curses in the musical Keshiri tongue, the unique sound of the sizzle of lightsabers batting back Force lightning, the smell of sulfur all combined to unsettle Ben.

Fate of the Jedi: Allies

Abeloth immobilized Luke with Force Lightning, charring his flesh.

His entire body sizzled into the joint-crushing grip of a Force lightning strike. The agony seemed to last forever. Luke could feel his own flesh charring beneath the palm pressed to his chest; he was paralyzed by the lightning, unable to fight free or attack with a head-butt, or even flick his lightsaber blade and finish Korelei. He simply hung paralyzed, one hand clutching her arm, the other pressing the hilt to her chest, wondering how long it would take her to die.

Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse

A single bolt of Abeloth's force lightning left Corran Horn on the ground convulsing, and left residual forks of energy surrounding him.

Korelei-or whoever, whatever she was-raised an arm, and a powerful bolt of Force lightning crackled down the run. Taken by surprise, Corran screamed and went down, then lay on the duct floor convulsing and shaking, swaddled in dancing forks of blue energy and unable to free himself.

Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse

Abeloth unleashed a bolt of force lightning that blasted through Krayt and enveloped Luke's entire being.

Luke's hand dropped to his hip, automatically reaching for a lightsaber that did not exist beyond shadows. He tried to continue the motion and bring it up to deliver a blast of Force energy, but Abeloth had already launched her own attack by then, delivering a bolt of Force lightning that blasted straight through the stranger into Luke. He felt himself fly backward, consumed by pain, his entire being a column of blue, crackling Force flame.

Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse

Abeloth was capable of channeling Force lightning through her eyes in a very devastating attack.

The white points at the bottom of Abeloth's eyes flared into nests of blue lightning, which kept growing larger and flashing brighter until they finally spilled out of the sockets to engulf her whole head. Luke hurled another blast of Force energy in her direction, then braced himself to take the most devastating counterattack yet.

Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse

Illusions

Abeloth made herself appear beautiful to the Lost Tribe of the Sith and conceal her true nature.

Abeloth looked lovely and more or less human, but today her hair was brown and long instead of honey-colored and shoulder-length, as it had been when Vestara and Ahri had found her in her cave. Her nose was also a bit longer and straighter than usual, and her eyes were a bit more silver than gray, with a definite upward slant at the outer corners. Abeloth's face changed like that, seeming to take hints from the appearance of anyone with whom she spent time. And somehow it only served to make her more enchanting, as though each new detail deepened the luster of her beauty.

So enraptured by her radiance was Vestara that she did not realize Lady Rhea had begun speaking until Ahri nudged her.

Fate of the Jedi: Abyss

Luke would've had difficulty penetrating Abeloth's illusions.

Given how easily he was penetrating this illusion, it seemed unlikely to be Abeloth’s doing.

Fate of the Jedi: Vortex

Abeloth drove Gavar Khai into a raving lunatic with illusions.

As she spoke, Gavar Khai’s gaze dropped to Eliya’s cleaved body, and his eyes widened with horror. He brought his blade up and began to slash at the air, pivoting and dodging as though he were in combat. Twice, he cringed as though he had taken a blow. Each time, a deep, anguished sigh gusted from his mouth, and his movements grew less confident and energetic. He began to flinch more quickly and started to retreat, his motions becoming awkward and slow, his posture stooped and elderly.

Finally, Khai simply turned his back on the corpse and, screaming, began to totter away. Had his daughter not flicked a hand in his direction and buckled his knees with a Force blast, he might have kept going until he had left the village—and perhaps even the island. As it was, he simply covered his head and lay on the ground wailing—an embarrassment that caused his daughter to render him unconscious with a second Force blast.

Fate of the Jedi: Vortex

Abeloth drove the rest of the Sith on Pydyr insane with illusions as well, aside from Taalon and Vestara, with one of them actually committing suicide.

Before Taalon could reply, Sith all over the village began to scream and hack at the air. Sometimes they hit Fallanassi, sometimes they hit a tree

fern or a fungus-covered hut, occasionally they even hit one another—but most of the time they struck nothing at all. Still, they universally began to cringe and wince as though taking blows, and within seconds they began to retreat into defensive squares that did nothing at all to diminish their panic.

Luke glanced over at Ben and was relieved to see that Akanah had spared his son—and Vestara—from her illusion. He signaled them to come and stand with him and Taalon, who also seemed to be free of the deception. Then he withdrewhis presence from the White Current, just far enough to see the illusion to which the Sith were reacting.

It appeared the Sith were being swarmed by translucent green figures. These phantasms had ghastly, distorted faces and thin tentacles lashing from their fingertips, and every couple of seconds one of them would belch a cloud of brown vapor into the face of a warrior. The victim would age a dozen years in a heartbeat, the face wrinkling and the posture growing more stooped.

But it was the tentacles that were the most gruesome. They would shoot out from the ghost’s fingertips to lodge themselves in the eyeballs or nostrils or ears of an intruder. What looked like thumb-sized drops of dark Force energy would pulse down the tentacles, and with each globule, the phantasm seemed to growa bit more solid and real looking.

As the ghosts grew more opaque, they stopped belching brown fumes and started to spew flame. Before long, there appeared to be wildfires springing up everywhere, driving the Sith toward the edges of the village, screaming and stumbling just as Gavar Khai had done. Within seconds, the fastest Sith had reached a lowstone wall that separated part of the village from a thousand-meter plunge to the sea.

When Luke sawthe first warrior vault over the wall and drop screaming out of sight, all doubt about the woman before him vanished. No Adept of the White Current would have used her art to kill any being so casually.

Luke immersed himself within the Current again. The scene before him changed from horror to simple madness, with the Fallanassi standing pressed against their huts while the Sith flailed at empty air and rolled in the moss, trying to smother flames that did not exist.

Fate of the Jedi: Vortex

Abeloth could change her appearance at will, making herself appear beautiful to even the wisest of the Sith when he's aware of her true appearance.

Abeloth was very attractive, and most appealing. All present, even the throngs of observers crowding the capital city, knew that she was able to shift her shape. It was a fascinating ability, and Abeloth obviously enjoyed giving demonstrations of it. There were three appearances she seemed to prefer: two human, and one Keshiri. All were female, though Vol was well aware that she could also impersonate a male. She cycled through them as the need arose, judging her audience well: pretty but natural-featured Girl with Brown Hair, cultured and lovely Fair-Haired Woman, and a Keshiri who took even Lord Vol’s breath away, aged as he was and aware—thanks to the reports—of her true appearance.

Fate of the Jedi: Ascension

Abeloth used an illusion to make a spectacular entrance.

Abeloth did not simply make an entrance. She made the perfect entrance. The doors were flung open, and wind rushed in, quite literally ruffling Khai’s cape feathers and disturbing the costumes of several other Sith in the immediate vicinity. The “wind” took on form and color, swirling until it took the shape of a woman seemingly made of ice and air, glittering and beautiful, larger than an ordinary human female, regal and commanding. Her hair was gold, her gown silver, her mask the purest, glistening, icy white.

She hovered for a minute, acknowledging the applause, and floated gently as a feather to the stone floor.

Fate of the Jedi: Ascension

Foresight

Abeloth foresaw not only the Jedi attack, but their entire strategy as well.

When he had tried to trick her into playing into Admiral Bwua'tu's hands by suggesting that the Sith withdraw into the Temple, she had used her strange Force powers to anticipate the Jedi battle plan and arrange a devastating ambush.

Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse

Abeloth, in her Lady Korelei avatar, foresaw every attempt Luke and his allies made to escape her.

"But if we blow the generator early," Jaina insisted, "every gunner on this side of the Temple will be taking aim up the assault corridor!"

"Jaina, they are now." Corran's voice was gruff and impatient, a sign that he was in such bad shape himself that he didn't seem to recognize what was happening to Jaina. "When have we done anything to surprise that she-voork chasing us?"

"We haven't." Luke watched Korelei pause in the duct. Perhaps sensing the blaster in his hand, she waved several of her followers ahead of her.

Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse

Abeloth could foresee surprise attacks.

"It doesn't matter, because it wouldn't work," Dorvan said, interrupting. "Abeloth would see it coming."

Nek Bwua'tu turned in his seat to face Dorvan. "I don't see how, Wynn," he said. "I can have a baradium barrage on the Temple in sixty seconds."

"And if you did, she would have seen it coming and already be gone." Dorvan glanced over at the puzzled faces flanking him, then seemed to realize the source of his problem. "You do realize she can look into the future, right?"

Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse

Concealment

Abeloth concealed her presence from Luke Skywalker and several Sith.

"I still don't sense her at all," said Luke. "She's deliberately concealing herself."

Fate of the Jedi: Allies

Abeloth convinced Luke she was Akhana.

Certain now that he was talking to the real Akanah—and only Akanah—Luke returned his lightsaber to his belt.

Fate of the Jedi: Vortex

Force Drain

Abeloth fed on Stadd's Force essence.

Her hair sprouted, grew, undulating as it rippled to her feet, and the hands, the strong, human hands that had cupped his face so tenderly now became tiny, slimy tentacles that seemed to thrust into his skull, into his brain, and suck out what they found there.

A terrible heat, white hot, seared him there, and he smelled burning flesh. Then his heart spasmed in terror as she moved that hideous, huge mouth closer, closer, until it was touching his own.

She pulled back, and a glowing golden mist clung to her lips. The mist grew, mercifully obscuring her face as she extracted—

A deep, agonized groan was ripped from Dyon, hauled from his innermost soul, floating on that golden mist. Every limb, every centimeter, every cell of him was coming under attack. It was not like the searing, focused pain in his temple; this pain was aching and deep. The pain at his temple changed from white-hot to icy cold, and it began to enter him. As Abeloth pulled forth something—

Life energy, she's taking my life essence

—from his body, she gave in return a dreadful cold. A slithering, dark cold that wrapped around his throat, closing it, then his heart, then his entrails, then seeped implacably into the rest of him.

He could feel himself withering up, the desiccation turning him into a living corpse, dried and husk-like, as if he had been buried in the sand for centuries.

Fate of the Jedi: Allies

Fold Space

Abeloth teleported away from her opponents mid-duel.

And even as he watched, Abeloth suddenly was not there.

The ring of five enemies was now inadvertently battling one another. Gavar Khai grunted in annoyance as his red blade sliced cleanly through not the monstrous Abeloth, but one of his fellow Sith. Luke had to Force-leap straight up to avoid the blade's follow-through, landing lightly on his feet and looking about for their escaped enemy. Mocking laughter seemed to echo from all directions. They sprang apart, and then there she was again, at the far end of the courtyard, laughing as the four raced toward her.

Fate of the Jedi: Allies

Abeloth teleported away from her enemies, while weakened by a force web weaved by hundreds of Nightsisters and under Luke's ferocious assault.

Abeloth was gone. He realized, as everyone else did, what must have happened. She had gathered her strength to send out a powerful Force shock, to throw her attackers off her briefly, and disappeared.

Fate of the Jedi: Allies

Force Sever

Abeloth stripped a Sith of her powers.

A pale lavender face peered up at them. It would have been attractive, had it not been swollen with bruises and sliced with cuts. The figure, female, was bound hand and foot. A cord arched her body painfully, so that if she struggled, she would choke herself.

“Help me!” she cried. “Please!”

For a precious second, Luke was taken completely off-guard. A Keshiri Sith? Imprisoned and clearly tortured? Yet it was plain that she was the source of all this dark-side energy. What was going on? He felt almost battered by the confusion of his fellow Jedi.

“It’s got to be a trick, Uncle Luke!” Jaina cried.

“A trick,” said Luke, “or a test?” His mind was racing. If they killed this Sith without ascertaining she was their enemy, all of them—the entire Jedi Order—would have taken a huge step toward the dark side. And nothing would please Ship or Abeloth, or indeed the Lost Tribe, more.

“Please,” grunted the woman. “She took away my powers. She left me here to die …” Tears formed and slipped down her cheeks, making tracks in the dust that paled her face.

“Who are you?” Luke demanded.

“T-tola Annax,” the Keshiri woman said. “I served under Gavar Khai. I got his command when he died, but Abeloth decided she didn’t need me anymore.”

“Where is she?”

“I don’t know,” the woman cried. “Please …”

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Force Bombs

Abeloth suffuses a Sith woman with Force energy, causing her to eventually explode in a massive explosion that would've killed Luke, and even when he ran it threw him into the air. It also caused groundquakes and destroyed buildings.

A sliver of darkness appeared along her skin. For a second, Luke simply thought it another track of her tears, revealing darker skin beneath the white dust.

But then he realized what it was.

They couldn’t help Tola Annax anymore. She was already dead.

The crack widened, and more darkness was revealed—darkness that was luminous, pulsating. Abeloth had somehow managed to harness all, or close to all, the dark-side energy that permeated this world, and compress it into this one pitiable being. What had once been Tola Annax now contained unfathomable dark-side energy waiting to be released. It had been both a trick and a test. Had they attacked her, leaping into the pit and slicing her to ribbons with lightsabers, they would have been at the center of the explosion. No one would have survived—and they might yet not survive.

All this registered in a fraction of a heartbeat. “Retreat!” cried Luke, wasting no more breath on words, instead sending a shock wave of urgency in the Force and an image of their initial landing area. There was no time to comm Ben; instead Luke focused on visualizing his son and sending him the same urgent missive: Retreat. Get to safety. Get out.

Everyone responded at once, without question or hesitation, and began to race back toward the gate. The ground began to shake again, yet more violently, and Luke heard the sound of laughter—Abeloth’s laughter—following them as they ran for their very lives.

The cloud above them changed. Force lightning struck the ground, struck the ships in the air, struck the Jedi using the Force to give them added speed and distance as they ran. All around them, buildings crumbled to dust. Luke deflected a chunk of a wall hurtling toward him, directing it to slam into another boulder that was heading straight for Seha.

Saba was a few meters ahead of him as they ran. The ground cracked open a scant step in front of her. Without breaking stride, she Force-leapt easily over the suddenly manifesting chasm, landed on the other side, and kept going. Luke, Jaina, and the others did likewise.

The explosion behind them hurled them all into the air. Luke himself had to scramble so he didn’t land hard. Even as he twisted to land on his feet, he reached out in the Force and cushioned the fall for some of the less experienced Jedi Knights. He ended up facing back the way he had come, and his eyes widened at what he beheld.

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Abeloth suffused moff heads with Force energy until they were explosive, and when one exploded it sent Tahiri flying even when she used a Force barrier.

Down in the smoky genetics lab on Hagamoor 3, Tahiri had no time to call for help. Not that Fett could have offered much. A tentacle lashed up toward the workroom where Tahiri stood, and the head floating at the end-the one that looked like flabby Moff Quillan-came flying into the transparisteel viewing panel that separated the two rooms.

Instead of bursting against the panel as Tahiri had expected, the head exploded in a purple flash of Force energy. Tahiri brought her arm up, using the Force to push against the blast wave, and barely managed to keep from being shredded by the spray of metal shards that came flying her way.

Then Tahiri was flying, being drawn out through the shattered viewing panel into the searing heat of the genetics laboratory.

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Shadow-Ghoul

Abeloth could reanimate Sith's bodies into "Sith Shadow-Ghouls," and did so with enough to fill a corridor.

Saba sissed at the joke and ignited her own blade, then charged around the corner... into a corridor filled with the red eyes of Sith shadow-ghouls.

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Abeloth's Shadow-Ghouls were very hard for the Jedi to kill and were capable of wounding Jedi with their touch.

The red glow in the eyes of the shadow-ghouls faded suddenly to pink, and openings began to appear in their staggered-gauntlet formation. Saba sprang into the first gap, holding her ignited lightsaber between her and the nearest ghoul, trying to reach the body to which it was attached by a long writhing tail. The thing kept trying to slip around the blade's purple-white glow to slash at a head or shoulder or hip.

Saba advanced behind a whirling shield of blocks and slashes, cutting through a shadowy arm here, a leg there, even a neck or body. The pieces dropped away, withering into nothingness before they hit the floor, and the ghoul instantly grew a replacement. Still, the constant hacking was enough to keep the thing from touching Saba, and at last she reached the body itself. She cut the tail free of the corpse's chest, at the same time kneeling down and reaching for its face.

As quick as she was, the ghoul had already reemerged from the corpse. It came diving in at her, sinking two shadowy hands into her thigh. Saba's entire leg went numb, then erupted in icy anguish as the thing's shadowy claws began to slide through her muscle.

Saba used two fingers to close the corpse's eyes, then rose hissing and cursing and limped away. Olazon was at her side instantly, hitting the corpse with a blast from his flamegun and incinerating it. As he worked, Tahiri was already leaping past them to wave back the next shadow-ghoul. They had tried incinerating the bodies from a distance-before closing the eyes-but that had only complicated matters. The shadow-ghouls had stayed attached to the scorched remains, and it was impossible to make them go away as long as the eye sockets were uncovered.

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Abeloth's Shadow-Ghouls took out four of their hunters when they advanced fifteen meters, and could self destruct power armor.

The Void Jumper's caution was understandable. The pack had advanced only fifteen meters, and already they were down to four hunters. A shadow-ghoul had gotten inside Stomper One's power armor and caused it to self-destruct, which was why Stomper Two was now at the rear of the pack, carrying a badly dented EMP bomb. And no one was quite certain what had become of Braan, the wounded demolition man. A wave of terror had simply rolled through the Force from his direction, and then a thermal detonator had gone off.

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Physical Combat

Durability

Abeloth tanked a lightsaber strike to the shoulder with no issue.

Vestara was still struggling to comprehend what she was seeing when Ahri sprang up in front of her, his lightsaber flashing at the woman's shoulder. There came the distinctive sizzle of a superheated blade slashing through flesh and bone, then the acrid tang of scorched flesh.

Suddenly Ahri was slamming into the cavern wall behind Vestara, his lightsaber no longer burning. His head struck with a sickening thud. Vestara watched in horror as he dropped twitching to the floor, then ignited her own blade and leapt to the attack.

In the next instant she found herself hanging in the darkness, holding a deactivated lightsaber and staring into a pair of large gray eyes as cold and lifeless as pearls.

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Abeloth took a kick from Luke like a durasteel wall.

Luke was already on Abeloth, launching a vicious thrust kick. She took it like a durasteel wall, then her arm flew up to rake at his eyes.

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Abeloth survived losing an arm and a leg and being thrown in a pit of lava.

Luke raised his lightsaber and grasped the Sith in the Force, intending to bring him tumbling into an ignited blade ... then felt something catch him across the ankles. He had no time to be astonished, barely even the nanosecond required to realize Abeloth had survived her fall into the cleft. He merely felt his feet shoot away and found himself dropping face-first.

Luke tucked his chin and managed to flip to his back before he hit the stone floor. Abeloth was on top of him, her flesh blistered and smoking, her remaining leg entwining both of his, her remaining arm wrapped around the back of his neck. She drove the still-sizzling stump of her amputated arm into his throat, catching him square in the voice box and pressing hard.

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Abeloth maintained one of her Avatar bodies, even though Luke was slashing it with a lightsaber and it was burning because of the magma.

He slipped his deactivated lightsaber between their bodies and jammed the blade emitter against her stomach. He thumbed the activation slide and sawthe blade shoot out the other side.

Still Abeloth held on, clinging to him like a self-tightening cargo cable. It seemed impossible to shake her, and Luke knewthat he had to. To fail was to die, and take Ben with him. He reached out with the Force, grabbing for anything that might help him, anything to give him a second or a centimeter to counterattack.

Half a dozen loose cushions rose from the seating tiers and bounced harmlessly past. He continued to reach, felt something heavy and liquid rising from the stage floor, and a glob of molten heat arced onto them, splashing across Abeloth’s back and spattering off the floor, driving tiny pinpricks of anguish into Luke’s arm and face where it hit him.

A hundred-voiced wail erupted from Abeloth’s mouth, shrill and loud and inhuman. Plumes of greasy smoke shot from her back, and the smell of charred flesh grew sickening in the air. The heat of the magma burned through Abeloth’s body to sear him, and he heard organs sizzling inside her chest. Any normal being would have been dead by now. But Abeloth seemed to live in the Force as much as she did in a physical body, and now she was using the Force to animate a body that should have been in its death throes.

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Abeloth wasn't even affected by Luke impaling her and tearing a chasm through her torso with his lightsaber.

Her free arm rose between them, pushing off to create some space. Then she twisted away, hurling him into the duct wall and sliding off his lightsaber sideways. The act opened a gaping chasm in her torso. The wound did not even slow her down.

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Abeloth completely tanked several blasterbolts.

Luke opened fire with his blaster, managing to burn several bolts into the Korelei-thing even at a distance of over thirty meters. Of course, they barely slowed her down.

Luke had to stop the Korelei-thing-he could not bring himself to even think her true name-or the Jedi's last hope of breaching the Temple would be lost. He opened himself to the Force completely, and the energy came flooding in so fast it seemed to lift him, to carry him down the duct on a raging river of power. When he began to gain on his quarry, he fired again, this time pouring so many bolts into her legs that one actually erupted in flame.

And it made no difference.

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Abeloth tanked a blasterbolt to the face.

Luke switched to fire at his quarry's head. A bolt caught the Korelei-thing just behind the ear and went blasting out the other side, carrying with it a spray of bone and brain.

The Korelei-thing stumbled.

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Abeloth survived ripping herself open on Tahiri's lightsaber blade in a weakened avatar body.

Then Abeloth twisted away, ripping herself open on Tahiri's lightsaber blade, and was gone.

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Abeloth tanked as much blasterfire as Boba Fett could pour into her, barely flinching.

Fett was in front of the two scientists, crouching behind the large lab table that filled the middle of the room, firing everything he had at Abeloth. The blasterfire she simply took, her wounded body barely flinching as bolt after bolt burned through.

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Abeloth tanked a blaster cannon shot that should've torn off her shoulder.

The blastboats decelerated as expected, and both nose gunners began to pour blasterfire directly at Abeloth. She ignored the attacks until a bolt that should have blown off her right shoulder merely spun her around, tearing her gaze from the Galactic Justice Center-and redirecting it toward her attackers.

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Abeloth tanked a blast of force lightning from a Font of Power Amped Vestara, that would've annihilated a tank.

Even knowing what the woman was, Ben could barely believe his eyes. Vestara had hit her with a bolt of Force lightning powerful enough to take out a Canderous-class hovertank. Still, the avatar had returned to her feet the instant Vestara had been carried too far away from the Font of Power to continue drawing on its power.

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Abeloth tanked a blast of telekinetic energy from Ben Skywalker in a state of Oneness, that could've knocked a frigate out of orbit.

Ben opened himself to the Force completely, shielding himself from the Font of Power's darkness by drawing its energies through the power of all he loved in the galaxy, through his faith in the Jedi purpose and the promise of the future-through his confidence in Vestara and the sure knowledge that she would soon join him in the ranks of the Jedi Knights. The Force came pouring into Ben from all sides, irresistible and pure, a flood of light and purpose that no being in the galaxy could deny. He felt himself become the Force, a swirl of power and energy, and he focused all that he was on the approaching Keshiri, hitting her with a Force blast that would have knocked a frigate out of orbit.

The blast caught the avatar square in the chest and rocked her shoulders back at least a couple of centimeters. She paused almost noticeably before she took her next step.

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Abeloth survived having the back of her head smashed open by a large stone pillar and her skull and brains being splattered everywhere.

But the pillar kept coming, striking the back of her head with a sickening thud and sending a bloody spray of skull and brain all the way across the courtyard to splatter Ben and Vestara's legs.

The avatar did not instantly drop dead. She staggered a few steps forward, carried by the momentum of the impact, then raised her smashed head to reveal that one eye had been knocked free of the socket and was now dangling on her cheek.

The other eye fixed its gaze on Ben.

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Strength

Abeloth almost crushed Luke's throat with the stump of her arm while physically restraining the rest of his body.

Abeloth was on top of him, her flesh blistered and smoking, her remaining leg entwining both of his, her remaining arm wrapped around the back of his neck. She drove the still-sizzling stump of her amputated arm into his throat, catching him square in the voice box and pressing hard. The cartilage began to give. He pushed back with the Force, reinforcing his larynx and trying to throwher off.

It was no good. Abeloth had a dozen times the Force strength Luke had, and he could do no more than keep her from crushing his throat. He tried to bring his knee up and found his legs incapable of moving. She straightened her leg, forcing his knee to bend against the joint, and something gave with a muted pop.

Fate of the Jedi: Vortex

When Luke entered a state of Oneness, Abeloth completely physically overpowered him and slammed him to the ground with an extremely heavily wounded avatar body.

Luke opened himself more fully to the Force, using his love for Ben and his lost wife and the entire Jedi Order to draw it into him. The foul miasma of dark side energy, still swirling into Abeloth, seeped into him, filling him with greasy nausea. But the light side rushed in, flowing in from all sides, pouring through him like fire. A golden glow began to rise from his skin— cells literally bursting with the power of the Force—and Luke felt them both start upward again. Abeloth countered, hissing in anger, and they hovered a hand span above the floor.

A tremendous crack echoed down from the vaulted ceiling. They dropped again, hitting so hard that Luke’s breath left in a groan. Abeloth slammed down atop him, her single leg still wrapped around his, the stump of her arm driving harder into his throat. Something crunched in his larynx. His breath came in shallow, wheezy gasps, and the crushing hand of panic began to clench at his heart.

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Abeloth ensnared and trapped Luke in her tentacles.

Realizing that Abeloth’s change of form had been an attempt to distract him more than frighten him, he spun to counterattack against Taalon—then Abeloth was on his back, her tentacles twined about his neck and limbs almost before he felt them. She pulled hard, bending back his limbs until his elbows ached, prying the lightsaber from his hand and squeezing his already injured throat until his vision began to narrow.

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Abeloth chokes Luke into unconsciousness.

Abeloth’s hot breath hissed into his ear. “There is no escape, Luke.” She was speaking in Callista’s voice, with an edge so cold and vengeful it made his stomach sink. “Not for you ... not for your son.”

Abeloth carried him to the edge of the pit, where Akanah’s burned and broken body lay, her back grotesquely crushed. Deciding to try again, Luke used the Force to reach into the vault overhead and ... Abeloth’s tentacles tightened around his throat. He felt himself falling, and in his dream he heard the roaring clatter of a collapsing roof.

But it was only a dream, and he continued to fall ... deeper ... deeper ... deeee ...

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When Abeloth had Luke restrained, she was capable of choking him out at will.

Luke could not bear the thought of Ben dying such a horrid and anguished death, but he knewhe had very little chance of preventing it. The instant he tried to call on the Force, Abeloth would tighten her tentacle again, and he would drop into darkness. The cold tide of despair began to rise inside him, threatening to engulf him, and he felt a shudder of delight ripple through Abeloth’s tentacles.

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Abeloth sent Vestara flying across the room by punching her with a single tentacle.

In the next instant, the girl went cartwheeling across the room. The blow had been so quick that Luke did not even realize Vestara had been struck until Abeloth’s tentacle retracted and began to twine itself around his forearm.

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Abeloth completely physically restrained Tahiri with her tentacles in a severely weakened avatar body.

Tahiri jammed a hand into one of her vac suit thigh pockets and felt the reassuring smoothness of a thermal detonator-and then she was in Abeloth's grasp, wrapped in a tentacle so tightly she could hardly breathe. A second tentacle wrapped itself around Tahiri's wrist and pulled her hand out of the pocket, still holding the not-yet-armed detonator.

Abeloth spun Tahiri around, and she found herself looking into a monstrous face-a face so consumed by Force energy it barely looked human. What little flesh remained had turned as gray as ash, and it was peeling away in flakes the size of thumbnails. The nose had collapsed into open cavities, and the lips had withered into brown strips that looked like they might fall off any moment.

But the eyes were familiar-and shocking. They were the same icy blue irises that had stared at Tahiri from the witness stand as Pagorski testified-as she lied about the death of Admiral Pellaeon. But the pupils weren't Pagorski's. They were huge, and they seemed dark and bottomless, with no light except a pair of tiny silver points that seemed to be receding even as Tahiri looked into them, to be drawing her down into a cold and soulless Void from which there could be no escape.

Inside Tahiri's mind, Abeloth's wispy voice said, There is no need for explosives, child.

The tentacle squeezed Tahiri's wrist until her hand opened and the thermal detonator dropped to the floor-still unarmed.

We are going to be together a long time, you and I.

Tahiri jammed the emitter nozzle of her lightsaber into the pit of Abeloth's stomach. "Not if I can help it."

She thumbed the switch and saw the tip of her sapphire lightsaber shoot out through Abeloth's back. Guessing it would take more than a single penetrating wound to kill a Force entity, Tahiri immediately whipped her hand down, dragging the blade down through her captor's body at an angleˇ...ˇor so she had intended.

When the blade failed to move, Tahiri looked down and saw that this hand, too, was wrapped in a tentacle. She tried to pull free and found that not only was she unable to move the hand, she could no longer even feel it.

That is the thing, my child, Abeloth said. You can't help it.

A tentacle rose between them, then bent forward and began to slither up Tahiri's chin.

"What?" Tahiri gasped. A cold terror was rising inside her, and she had to fight to avoid panicking. "What are you doing?"

Did I not say? Abeloth replied. We are going to be together. The lieutenant's body is weak. Yours will be strong. Yours has felt the Force-

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Abeloth in her Korelei avatar kicked Luke hard enough to send him flying and making him struggle to draw breath afterwards.

She merely swung her lightsaber down to block Luke's slash, then planted a stomp kick square in his chest and sent him sailing down the duct backward. Luke came down five meters away, a crushing pain in his chest. He struggled to draw breath.

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Abeloth threw Luke into a wall with her arm.

Her free arm rose between them, pushing off to create some space. Then she twisted away, hurling him into the duct wall and sliding off his lightsaber sideways.

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In a body so weakened Abeloth doesn't technically even have an avatar to channel her essence through, she is still capable of generating a mouth large enough to bite through a rancor's neck with teeth sharp enough to shred blast armor. Even when her teeth are knocked in her bite still almost snaps Saba's arms.

Even with no arms left to fight with, Abeloth remained determined to take Saba's body. Her huge mouth gaped open, revealing two rows of fangs-fangs sharp enough to shred blast armor, set in jaws wide enough to bite through a rancor neck.

That was no way to fight a Barabel.

Saba brought both fists up together, jamming them into Abeloth's mouth in a Force-enhanced double punch. The blow knocked a ten-centimeter hole through both sets of fangs, and when Abeloth bit down there was nothing but toothless gum clamping Saba's scaly forearms.

Still, the pain was excruciating, and Saba came close to stopping before she felt her forearms snapping.

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Speed

Abeloth struck Vestara so quickly that Luke didn't even see it happen.

The blow had been so quick that Luke did not even realize Vestara had been struck until Abeloth’s tentacle retracted and began to twine itself around his forearm.

Fate of the Jedi: Vortex

Abeloth could process tons of information at the speed of light.

The images flashed in Abeloth’s mind at lightspeed, of peaceful protests, one single strike in the night on the seat of power that resulted in only a few dozen casualties, a new government that forbade retaliation against the Minyavish even as it joyfully celebrated the dream of freedom.

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Abeloth caught a Shikkar thrown at Wynn Dorvan by a Sith Lady with one of her tentacles.

"Those beings are Coruscanti," Wynn said, touching a finger to the transparisteel. "They're accustomed to being the masters of the galaxy, not its slaves-and if Korelei does not understand that about your subjects, she understands nothing."

Korelei's expression did not darken, nor did she hiss a curse or telegraph her attack by stepping toward Wynn. Her shikkar simply slipped from its sheath and sailed toward his belly in a glassy gleam so fast he barely had time to go cold inside.

But one of the Beloved Queen's tentacles was already curling through the air in front of him, and in the next instant Wynn was not crying out in anguish, or gasping for breath-he was, in fact, still standing on his own two feet, not even bleeding and hardly even shaking.

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Abeloth near instantly overwhelmed Luke in physical combat, with Luke only being fast enough to block her first strike and not her second.

Luke redirected the parang with little more than a thought, but by then Korelei and another Keshiri were in the air over the stack-head, their lightsabers ignited and their eyes fixed on Luke. He lit his own weapon and sprang to his feet, at the same time hitting them both with a Force blast that sent the male Keshiri tumbling back across the pit.

Korelei did not even feel it. She merely swung her lightsaber down to block Luke's slash, then planted a stomp kick square in his chest and sent him sailing down the duct backward.

Luke came down five meters away, a crushing pain in his chest. He struggled to draw breath.

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Abeloth moved faster than Ben could see.

Abeloth's left arm came up so fast that Ben did not even see it move.

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Abeloth outpaced Luke in Force combat.

He tried to continue the motion and bring it up to deliver a blast of Force energy, but Abeloth had already launched her own attack by then, delivering a bolt of Force lightning that blasted straight through the stranger into Luke.

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Miscellaneous Combat Prowess

Abeloth slaughtered several Sith Sabers while severely weakened.

The echoes of blasterfire were being replaced by the distinctive crackle of Force lightning, a counterpoint to the constant drone and snap of distant lightsabers. The Sith had reached Abeloth. She was no longer screaming. But others were, as Abeloth slew Sith.

Fate of the Jedi: Conviction

Abeloth killed Grand Lord Darish Vol in combat and decapitated him.

She held up Lord Vol’s head. The Grand Lord of the Lost Tribe had died in terror, or torment—perhaps both—it would seem, if the wide, staring eyes and gaping mouth were any indication. Unable to help himself, Workan recoiled in horror. Raw, pure terror shot through him.

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Willpower

Abeloth's willpower was beyond what Vestara could imagine.

But there was something defeated and lost in Ship's spirit, like an uvak with severed wing tendons. He was... afraid, crushed beneath a will strong beyond Vestara's ability to imagine. To obey her was to defy it, a power that had reached across space and time to summon Ship for no other reason than it was lonely. Vestara could see how hopeless it was to think she had the strength of will to break the grasp of such a being.

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Abeloth's willpower is much greater than Jaina Solo's or Vestara Khai's.

I am programmed to obey a strong will. The girl is strong, you are stronger, Sword of the Jedi, but neither of you can break the hold she has on me.

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Force Power

Force Strength

Set Harth's power in the dark side the first time he drew upon it allowed him to defeat a powerful Sith who was both a warrior and a sorcerer.

Harth began by seeking out knowledge unavailable to him through the Jedi Temple. He tracked down rumors of a Sith artifact from the battlefields of Ruusan, eventually dueling for its possession with a powerful dark side warrior in an abandoned Sith armory. During this combat, Set Harth gave in to his anger, opening himself to the dark side and completing a journey he began years before when he battled one of Sith Lord Kaan's warriors. Winning the artifact, Harth began to explore its uses, little realizing that its evil was infecting him and drawing him even farther down the dark path.

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Set Harth was powerful enough to be considered the most dangerous man in the Galaxy by a member of the Jedi Council of First Knowledge.

"Now that the Sith are extinct," Obba proclaimed, "Set Harth may be the most dangerous individual in the galaxy."

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Set Harth's strength in the Force impressed Zannah enough for her to decide to take him on as the next member of the Banite lineage.

And, most importantly, she could feel the power of the dark side raging within him as he grew more and more determined to take her out, futile though his efforts might be.

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Darth Zannah considered Set Harth strong in the Force.

"You are strong in the Force, and you have rejected the Jedi and their teachings.

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Set Harth had a powerful connection to the Dark Side, even in Darth Bane's opinion.

For an instant he thought the princess might be on board. However, when he reached out he felt a very different presence piloting the craft, someone with a powerful connection to the dark side.

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Set Harth had a strong affinity for the Force.

His affinity for the Force was strong, and he willingly embraced many of the dark side's more self-serving aspects.

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Lightsaber Throw

Set Harth had fully mastered the lightsaber throw to the extent at which it was a virtually unstoppable attack, and was skilled enough to kill five armed adversaries with a single throw.

Leaning out from behind his rock, igniting his lightsaber, he hurled it with a sidearm throw, sending it spinning horizontally on a wide, looping trajectory. It circled the room once, easily slicing through stalactites and miners before returning to Set's waiting grasp. It had taken Set years to fully master the devastating power of the lightsaber throw, but the attack was virtually unstoppable. Five of his remaining opponents had been caught in the lethal arc it traced around the room.

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Set Harth when catching Zannah off guard was almost able to kill her with a lightsaber throw, his lightsaber being described as moving faster than thought.

The attack came the instant Zannah opened her mouth to reply. It came without any warning, Set moving with the preternatural speed of the Force. The Dark Jedi's lightsaber materialized in his hand, igniting and spiraling across the room toward her faster than thought itself. Zannah barely managed to duck out of the way, the lightsaber's blade slicing off a section of her cape as she threw herself to the floor.

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Set Harth, while heavily hindered by the Huntress's Force suppression power, came within a centimeter of killing the Huntress with a lightsaber throw, despite the Huntress's considerable speed and precognitive talents.

Instead she came within a centimeter of being decapitated as his lightsaber came hurtling through the air toward her. She let herself collapse to the ground, falling awkwardly back and to the side as her legs shot out from under her. The maneuver was ungainly, but it saved her life. The deadly energy blade whistled by her ear, slicing a thumb-sized chunk out of one of her horns before circling back on a tight arc and returning to her opponent's hand.

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Telekinesis

Set Harth was capable of stomping two bouncer's with telekinesis in a variety of ways.

Set could have stopped them any number of ways. He could have used the Force to yank their weapons from their grasp, or unleashed a wave that would send the guards flying across the room.

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Set Harth casually disarmed a bartender and flung him in his direction with telekinesis.

With a flick of his wrist, Set used the Force to slap the pistol from Quano's hand. Another gesture lifted the helpless bartender off the ground and yanked him across the room, where he landed in a crumpled ball at Set's feet.

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Set Harth choked a man to death with the Force.

Set simply stood up and reached out with his free hand in Draado's direction, his fingers forming into a claw. The miner dropped his blaster, his hands flying up to his throat as he gasped for breath.

Set crossed the room, increasing the pressure on his helpless victim's windpipe. Draado collapsed to his knees, his face turning purple. The Dark Jedi stood above him, watching coldly as his life was slowly choked away.

When the miner's struggles finally stopped, Set bent down and stripped him of both the amulet and the ring.

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Set Harth could quickly fire off a shimmering wave of telekinetic energy.

Set fired out a sharp burst of dark side power in a shimmering wave designed to knock her from her feet.

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Set Harth could fling a bust at Darth Zannah with telekinesis while simultaneously somersaulting and striking at Zannah with his lightsaber.

With the Force he picked up a bronze bust on the side of the room and hurled it toward her left flank. At the same time, he dived forward into a somersault that brought him close enough to strike at her right side as he tumbled past her.

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Set Harth, under normal circumstances, was capable of unleashing a wave of concussive power capable of throwing someone twenty meters backwards.

A wave of raw energy rippled out toward his enemy, but Set knew instantly something was very wrong. Instead of the exhilarating rush of power he normally felt, there was a cramping ache in the pit of his stomach that caused him to double over. The concussive wave that should have sent the Iktotchi flying twenty meters was reduced to nothing more than a hard shove. It hit her full in the chest, but she simply absorbed the impact by falling into a backward roll that ended with her still on her feet.

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While his Force powers were heavily suppressed by the Huntress, Set Harth was capable of shielding himself from the explosion of a ship's fuel lines.

The third chop brought the lightsaber deep enough to sever one of the shuttle's fuel lines. Her opponent flung himself backward and she threw herself to the floor as a stray spark ignited the flammable liquid. Hundreds of tiny metal shards that had once been a fuel cell were sent hurtling through the air. The shuttle bucked once, its tail leaping a full meter off the ground from the force of the blast. A thick cloud of greasy black smoke curled up from the gash the lightsaber had left in the hull.

"Amazing weapons, aren't they?" the man noted as she picked herself up from the ground. "Cut through almost anything."

His face was cut and scraped from flying debris, but somehow-probably through shielding himself with the Force-he had managed to avoid the worst of the explosion.

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This is significant because such an explosion was capable of knocking the Huntress to the ground from half way across the large hangar the ships were in.

A few seconds later she heard the unmistakable sound of the lightsaber shearing through metal yet again from the far side of the hangar.

She broke into a run, heading in the direction of the noise. She was only halfway there when another explosion knocked her to the ground. When she got back to her feet she saw that a second shuttle had been disabled.

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Force Sense

Set Harth could sense when someone is holding their breath.

Set reached out and casually dropped a pair of hundred-credit chips on the counter. The Rodian tried to act nonchalant, but Set could sense that he was suddenly holding his breath.

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Set Harth could sense the power emanating from Dark Side artifacts.

Draado was standing less than ten meters from where Set was hiding, close enough that he could sense the power emanating from the talismans.

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Set Harth could sense Quano running away behind him.

Behind him, he sensed Quano making a break for freedom back up the tunnel.

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Set Harth was capable of using Force sight shortly after returning to consciousness and while restraining his use of the Force to a certain degree to keep Zannah from sensing him.

Though his eyes were still closed, Set was beginning to assemble a detailed image of his surroundings by reaching out with the Force. He was in his own bed, in his own room. But he wasn't alone. Someone else was there. The woman.

Claimed she was a Sith.

He still had no idea why she had broken into his home. He couldn't even guess why she had left him alive. But he was determined to make her regret it.

Pushing out gently with his mind, he scanned the room for his lightsaber. It was resting on his dressing table on the far side of the room. The woman was sitting in a chair at the foot of the bed, patiently waiting for him to wake up. Would he be able to use the Force to pull the lightsaber across the room and into his hand before she could react?

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Set Harth used his senses to discover and locate Darth Andeddu's holocron in the Stone Prison.

And then he felt it. Living creatures were not the only things with an affinity for the Force. Most of Set's adult life had been spent seeking out objects imbued with its power: initially on behalf of the Council of First Knowledge, then later on his own. He had become highly adept at recognizing the unique energy signatures projected by the talismans of the dark side; they called out to him more strongly than they did to most others.

That was why, despite the fact it was on the very fringes of his awareness, he was able to sense it. It was like nothing he had ever felt before; something so strong and powerful it caused him to gasp with yearning.

Andeddu's Holocron. It has to be.

Zannah had said her Master had gone to Prakith to find it. Whoever had captured Bane must have taken the Holocron for themselves.

Set opened his eyes and shook his head, collapsing his awareness back to his immediate surroundings. His looming headache was gone, replaced by an aching desire to claim the Holocron for himself

He had only a vague idea of where to find it. Once he was inside the Stone Prison, though, he was confident he'd be able to zero in on it quickly.

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Essence Transfer

Set Harth mastered the ritual of essence transfer, using it to perpetuate his life through clone bodies forever.

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Combat Skill

Lightsaber Skills

Set Harth was capable of casually deflecting blasterfire from two shooters before redirecting their own shots with great precision, noting that it was a long standing tradition for him.

Set easily caught the first round of bolts with his shimmering blade, sending them ricocheting harmlessly away. At this point a smart opponent would have made a break for the door. Quano's two thugs, on the other hand, simply kept firing, too dumb to realize the sheer futility of their attacks. Set picked off a few more shots before growing bored with the game. Using the Force to anticipate the precise location of the next two incoming bolts, he angled his lightsaber so that they deflected straight back toward their point of origin. The first miner was hit in the chest, the other in the stomach. Both died instantly. Killing his enemies with their own blaster bolts was a longstanding tradition for Set.

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Set Harth was capable of flicking his blade at Quano with enough precision to only cut him lightly.

To emphasize his point, he flicked his blade, caressing it against the Rodian's cheek for a fraction of a second. The sizzle of smoldering flesh was drowned out by Quano's scream.

"No kill, no kill!" he blubbered.

The damage was minor; a burn that would heal within a week while leaving only a faint scar.

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Set Harth was a very good duelist by Darth Zannah's standards.

This training allowed her to realize within the first few passes that Set was using a modified variation of Ataru, a style defined by quick, aggressive strikes. In only the first few moments of battle she had already evaluated her opponent, noting his speed, agility, and technique. Set was good. Very good.

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Set Harth was capable of fighting even better than he did when Zannah noted his technique to be very good by drawing on his fury, demonstrating a very impressive Ataru offensive, including several forms of acrobatics and an offensive from every conceivable angle.

His fury allowed him to call upon the dark side, making him even more dangerous as he unleashed his next series of attacks. Leaping high in the air, crouching low to the ground, lunging forward, springing back, spinning, twisting, and twirling, he came at her from every conceivable angle in a relentless barrage meant to overwhelm her defenses, only to have Zannah turn his efforts back with a cool, almost casual, efficiency.

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Set Harth's lightsaber skill impressed Zannah enough in combat for her to take him on as an apprentice.

He didn't have to beat her to succeed in Zannah's eyes; he only had to show potential. Despite his inability to penetrate her defenses, she had seen enough to satisfy her. He may have been reckless and wild with the lightsaber, but he was also imaginative and even, at times, a little unpredictable. He had shown enough cunning when they first met to make Zannah underestimate him.

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Marksmanship

Set Harth normally carried a blaster pistol and a disrupter pistol.

Typically he also carried a GSI-24D disruptor pistol holstered on his right thigh and a conventional blaster strapped to his left.

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Set Harth was easily capable of shooting down four armed miners from a distance with clean shots.

He drew out his twin pistols and took a deep breath, bracing for the confrontation. He needed the target practice anyway.

Leaping from his hiding place, he charged into the cavern with guns blazing. He dropped all four of the rifle-carrying guards before anyone had a chance to react. With the Force guiding his hand, he easily picked them off with four clean shots as he sprinted toward the cover of a large stalagmite on the far side of the cavern.

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Physical Capabilities

Strength

Set Harth was wiry (synonymous for athletic, strong and lean).

Set was thin and wiry, with long, silver hair flowing down over his shoulders.

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Set Harth had ripped biceps.

A fashionable violet band of woven veda cloth encircled each ripped bicep, and his boots, belt, and fingerless gloves were made from the finest Corellian leather

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Set Harth kicked a door down.

Gathering himself, he drew his lightsaber and raced down the hallway, leaping toward the door. He hit it square with both feet, knocking the door open as he flew into the room.

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Speed/Agility

Set Harth could've blitzed two bouncers from across the room before they could even get a shot off.

Set could have stopped them any number of ways: He could have used the Force to yank their weapons from their grasp, or unleashed a wave that would send the guards flying across the room. Given how long it was taking them; he could have leapt forward and sliced them both in half with his lightsaber before they ever fired a shot.

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Set Harth was fast enough to dodge blasterfire from half a dozen shooters.

Poking his head out, Set fired twice more, reducing the number of opponents to six before ducking back behind the safety of the stalagmite.

The sound of enemy blasterfire reverberated off the walls of the cavern. Set smiled, enjoying the glorious clamor of battle. Halfway done already. This might be easier than I thought.

Behind him, he sensed Quano making a break for freedom back up the tunnel. Set could have taken him out with a single shot in the back, but he decided to let him go. He always preferred to leave someone behind to tell the tale of his exploits, anyway.

A sharp crack suddenly echoed across the cavern. Glancing up, Set saw one of the large stalactites from the ceiling plunging down to impale him. He rolled out of the way at the last instant, the deadly rock spear exploding into fragments as it hit the unyielding cavern floor. He ducked his head as the shower of jagged stone shards washed over him, scoring the exposed skin of his neck and bare arms with hundreds of superficial, stinging cuts.

Blasterfire opened up again, but Set was already on his feet. Darting and weaving erratically, he managed to sidestep the shots as he made a mad dash for cover behind another of the prominent rock formations.

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Set Harth was capable of moving faster than thought, and was fast enough to catch Zannah off guard, though she wasn't expecting an attack.

It came without any warning, Set moving with the preternatural speed of the Force. The Dark Jedi's lightsaber materialized in his hand, igniting and spiraling across the room toward her faster than thought itself.

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Set Harth was fast enough to move out of the range of Zannah's blades before she could strike at him.

Set came in low to start, slashing at her legs. When she parried his incoming blade he spun away quickly, moving out of range before she could retaliate.

Darth Zannah was very impressed with Set Harth's speed and agility in his application of Ataru.

This training allowed her to realize within the first few passes that Set was using a modified variation of Ataru, a style defined by quick, aggressive strikes. In only the first few moments of battle she had already evaluated her opponent, noting his speed, agility, and technique. Set was good. Very good.

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Set Harth demonstrated an extraordinary use of acrobatics in his duel with Zannah.

His fury allowed him to call upon the dark side, making him even more dangerous as he unleashed his next series of attacks. Leaping high in the air, crouching low to the ground, lunging forward, springing back, spinning, twisting, and twirling, he came at her from every conceivable angle in a relentless barrage meant to overwhelm her defenses, only to have Zannah turn his efforts back with a cool, almost casual, efficiency.

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Willpower

Set Harth was capable of returning to consciousness after being placed in a coma for a few days by one of Zannah's watered down spells.

With Set, however, she did not intend to destroy him completely. Instead she enveloped him in a cloud of utter despair and hopelessness. She reached into the innermost recesses of his mind and wrapped it in the nothingness of the void.

Set's eyes went blank, his jaw hung slack, and his lightsaber slipped from nerveless fingers. He slowly slumped to the ground, his eyes closing and his body trembling slightly as he curled up into a fetal position.

This was to be his final test. A weak mind would collapse upon itself to wither and die, leaving the victim forever comatose. If Set was strong, however, his will would fight back against the horror. Little by little it would tear away at the emptiness, refusing to die, clawing its way back to the surface until consciousness finally returned.

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Consciousness returned slowly to Set Harth. It was as if his mind were swimming through a swamp, struggling to escape the murky depths of his own subconscious. Pushing up through the sludge he finally broke the surface, though the lingering memories of strange dreams and nightmares still prowled the dark corners of his mind.

On some level he was aware the nightmares had nearly driven him mad. They had been on the verge of destroying him, but Set had refused to succumb. Bit by bit he had managed to shove them back down into the hidden recesses of his mind where they belonged, separating fantasy from reality one small piece at a time.

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Valenthyne Farfalla Respect Thread

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Force Powers

Force Strength

Valenthyne Farfalla was one of the seven greatest Jedi Lords.

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Each Jedi Lord was descended from a long line of Jedi Lords who had devoted their lives to protecting regions of space from Sith Warlords. And such a title seemingly transcended the title of Jedi Master, as each Jedi Lord attracted and commanded several other Jedi.

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Force Barrier

While augmented by battle meditation, Farfalla was capable of throwing a force barrier around one of his allies to reduce a telekinetic strike from an Orbalisk encrusted Darth Bane that would've crushed and flattened her against a wall to something she could twist through the air and land back on her feet from.

Raskta was already back on her feet and flying through the air toward him. Bane spun and threw a wave of invisible dark side power at her. A Weapons Master was not skilled at defending against enemy Force attacks. The impact of the wave would have plastered her against the wall and crushed her had Farfalla not thrown up a shield to protect the Echani. Even so her muscular body was plucked from the air and hurtled backward, though she twisted and turned so she landed on her feet.

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Valenthyne Farfalla seems to have faith in his ability to repel Sith lightning with Force barriers, though this failed against lightning as powerful as Darth Bane's.

Bane unleashed a barrage of Sith lightning, gathering and releasing his power at the speed of thought. The Jedi threw up a Force barrier to shield himself, but the electricity tore right through it and arced toward him.

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Stasis Field

While augmented by battle meditation, Farfalla was capable of freezing a charging orbalisk encrusted Darth Bane in a stasis field, though only for a second.

Bane continued his retreat, circling away from Raskta's blades, then suddenly turned and ran straight toward the unarmed Ithorian standing just inside the door of the room.

Battle meditation required Master Worror's complete focus; there was no chance for him to mount any type of defense. If Bane cut him down, the others would lose the only advantage that gave them any chance of surviving the encounter.

Farfalla released the power he'd been gathering in a single concentrated burst. Bane was suddenly encased in a shimmering stasis field of light-side energy, freezing him where he stood. But his command of the dark side was too powerful for it to hold him for more than a split second.

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Telekinesis

Farfalla is capable of calling his lightsaber back into his hand.

Knowing that her lightsabers couldn't penetrate Bane's armor, she slid in from behind and scissor-kicked his legs out from under him. He toppled over backward, turning his fall into a roll that ended with him back on his feet. However, the distraction allowed Farfalla to look over and reach out with the Force, calling his weapon back into his hand.

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Martial Skill

Farfalla was one of the great champions of the Army of the Light

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Valenthyne Farfalla achieved such a victory on Kashyyyk, several tribal leaders on Kashyyyk gifted him a bed with a frame made from a wroshyr tree, and such a victory was among the most important moments in Farfalla's life.

On the far side of the room was an enormous four-poster bed, the frame fashioned from the timber of a wroshyr tree-a gift from Wookiee tribal leaders on Kashyyyk. The covers and pillows were woven from shimmering silks of yellow and red, and each of the massive bedposts was emblazoned with a hand-painted mural depicting a major event from Farfalla's life: his royal birth, his acceptance into the Jedi Order, his ascension to the rank of Master, his famous triumph over the Sith forces on Kashyyyk.

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Valenthyne Farfalla was a brave and excellent fighter.

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Farfalla had fought in nearly every confrontation on Ruusan, earning a reputation among the Sith.

Lord Valenthyne Farfalla had been one of the first Jedi Masters to join the Army of Light on Ruusan. He had fought in nearly every confrontation, and the Sith had come to know him well.

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Farfalla's skill in battle was such that Pernicar was unsure of the Jedi could hold off the Sith without him.

As soon as he was out of earshot, Pernicar spoke again. "Is that wise, my lord? Our numbers are already thin. How long do you think we can survive without him?"

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Farfalla's skill was such that he commanded one of the largest companies of Force sensitive warriors in galactic history.

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Farfalla's skills in battle were enough to earn the respect and admiration of Hoth's men, despite their initial extreme distaste for him.

Like many of Hoth's followers, he had initially regarded Lord Valenthyne as nothing but a prancing fool concerned only with brightly colored shimmersilk shirts, the long flowing curls of his golden hair, and the other trappings of garish and gaudy fashion. Yet in battle after battle against the Brotherhood of Darkness, Farfalla and his followers had proved their worth. Slowly, almost grudgingly, Johun and the rest of Hoth's troops had come to admire and even respect the man they once had scoffed at.

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Kiel Charny states that Farfalla is one of the truest Jedi he has ever known, but he would not want to incur Farfalla's wrath.

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And Kiel Charny is one of the Army of the Light's champions, strong in the Force, and a true warrior who epitomized the Jedi ideal.

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"He was handsome enough. Strong in the Force. There was an undeniable attraction."

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Farfalla defeated a wounded Kopecz in lightsaber combat.

Lord Kopecz fought valiantly despite his wounds, though he was no match for a fresh and uninjured Jedi Master. In the end, Farfalla fulfilled his promise.

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While augmented by battle meditation, Farfalla was able to process information and alter the course of his blade in a fraction of a second.

The warning caused Farfalla to notice the hook-handled light-saber of his enemy, and the unusual grip it required. This would alter the nature of his attacks, causing them to come in from odd and unfamiliar angles. In the regimented and hyperprecise world of Jedi-Sith lightsaber duels, it transformed his style into something unique and unexpected.

Valenthyne recognized, processed, and reacted to this information in a fraction of a second, allowing him to adjust his own weapon's course just enough to block a strike that otherwise would have slipped along the edge of his blade and taken his arm off at the elbow.

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Farfalla's blows were clean and elegant and his form perfect.

On her opposite side Farfalla struck with clean, elegant blows, his form perfect as he harried Bane's right flank.

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Willpower

Farfalla had the strength of will to maintain his composure amid the tortured screams of the Jedi and Sith reverberating through his head, as well as the knowledge of the suffering the spirits of the Jedi would be put through.

On the surface many kilometers away, Farfalla and the other Jedi felt the ground shake, and they knew their general was no more. A moment later their minds erupted with the tortured screams of the Jedi and Sith caught up in the blast, their life-force ripped away and sucked into the vacuum at the heart of the blast.

Many of the Jedi wept in anguish, understanding how great the sacrifice of their fallen comrades had been. The spirits of the dead were bound for all eternity, forever frozen in stasis.

Master Valenthyne Farfalla, now the leader of what remained of the Army of Light, felt the sorrow as deeply as any of them. But this was not the time for grief. With General Hoth's passing, the burden of command was his to bear, and there were things that still needed to be done.

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