The Power of Darth Krayt

The Power of Darth Krayt - The Ultimate Essay

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"Sometimes, things must be broken in order to be rebuilt. As I have bent the Force to my will, so I will bend the galaxy and it will know order."

"I have been through death and conquered it. I have returned with my power multiplied. The Dark Side of the Force lives and manifests itself through me!"

"Once, I thought to bring peace and order to the galaxy through existing governments--to align the worlds to the rule of the One Sith. That cannot work. The galaxy must experience the pain of death and the rapture of rebirth as I have. I will bring chaos. It is time for war."

—Darth Krayt

Table of Contents

  1. Power Progression (this post)
  2. Physical Condition
  3. Fights and Inferiors
  4. Force Knowledge
  5. Force Powers
  6. Fighting Skill

Power Progression

To begin with, let’s look at the power progression from Jedi Master A’Sharad Hett to the Reborn Sith Emperor Darth Krayt. There are six distinct incarnations in total, and the title used for each will be referred to in other sections of this essay.

A’Sharad Hett is any time before his first travel to Korriban, which occurred a few years after Revenge of the Sith. This encompasses his time as a Jedi, a Tuskan warlord and bounty hunter.

Sith Apprentice Hett is after studying the holocron of XoXaan. He began his studies on Korriban a few years after Revenge of the Sith and ended in 25ABY, on the eve of the Yuuzhan Vong invasion.

Post-Vong Darth Krayt is the birth of Darth Krayt as a Sith Lord, after escaping his Yuuzhan Vong captors and returning to Korriban, creating the One Sith.

Apocalypse Darth Krayt is during the events of Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse.

Legacy Darth Krayt is during the events of Star Wars: Legacy #0 through #50.

Reborn Darth Krayt is during the events of Star Wars: Legacy: War, as well as his brief appearance in Legacy #50.

To give a basic understanding of A’Sharad’s capabilities, without going into the finer details until later, the former Jedi Master was able to give Obi-Wan Kenobi a close fight just two years after Revenge of the Sith.

https://imgur.com/a/ExvIN

A short time later, Hett travels to Korriban and finds the spirit and holocron of one of the original Dark Jedi Exiles, and founders of the Sith, XoXaan. He apprentices himself to her and, losing track of time, and spends nearly four decades on Korriban immersing himself in dark side lore. He gained “a great deal of strength in the Force” during this time, which I imagine is putting it quite mildly.

“I first encountered it after leaving my apprenticeship to XoXaan on Korriban.”

[...]

“When I emerged from the tombs, I discovered I had been on Korriban longer than I thought. I learned that Vader and Palpatine were both gone and that your ancestor was the instrument.”

—Darth Krayt

“He created himself, then re-created the Sith Order under the guidance of XoXaan -- an ancient Sith warrior -- his first and greatest teacher.

[...]

“My Master followed the voice he felt rather than heard… a darkness calling to his darkness until he found a sealed door. The voice came from within. Using the Force, my Master shattered the barrier to find…”

—Darth Talon

“I am XoXaan. I was one of the first of the Sith Lords, one of those who abandoned the Jedi Order to seek a darker path to truth.

[...]

“I have waited for someone like you… someone who has served the Light and found it empt/y, who has found how lacing the galaxy is. Someone who has known anger, hate… and despair. My brethren and I invented what it means to be a Sith. Are you willing to open yourself to that truth?”

—The Spirit of XoXaan

“Master… I am.”

—A’Sharad Hett

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“An ancient Sith Lord noted for her skills as a healer.

[...]

She had stored her knowledge in a holocron, which Hett discovered with help from her spirit. When Hett opened himself up to her teachings, he absorbed her knowledge and eventually became Darth Krayt.”

—The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia

“It was presumed that Hett had died during the execution of Order 66. In reality, he had taken the destruction of the Jedi Order to give in to and explore his emotions. Over time, he gained a great deal of strength in the Force, much of which came from collections of Sith lore he discovered in his travels to Korriban. Following the guidance found in an ancient Sith holocron, he eventually gave himself over to the power of the dark side, and became the Dark Lord known as Darth Krayt, a name honoring one of Tatooine’s most formidable predators.”

—The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia

“Gaining knowledge from an ancient Sith Holocron on Korriban, Hett began to adopt the ways of the Sith and customise them, abolishing the restrictive Rule of Two in favor of the Rule of One, in which the overarching Sith Order was paramount.”

—The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia

Hett was later captured by a Yuuzhan Vong scout ship. He was subjected to unimaginable torture by being placed in the Embrace of Pain, and also by being experimented on by the Vong Shapers at the same time.

The intensification of Krayt’s powers during this ordeal were far greater than his decades of study under XoXaan; it is here where he first assumes the mantle of Darth, receives his vision for an army of One Sith and where A’Sharad Hett “died.” Krayt states that under XoXaan, he had merely been pretending to be a Sith, and Talon states that Krayt “could still not see the power within the darkness until he met the Yuuzhan Vong.” Simply put, Darth Krayt is a whole other monster from A’Sharad.

“And this XoXaan made him the grancha Sith Lorda he is today, I’ll bet.”

“XoXaan opened the Dragon’s eyes, but he could still not see the power within the darkness until he met the Yuuzhan Vong. And with the scales fallen from his eyes, Darth Krayt embraced the dark side.”

—Cade Skywalker and Darth Talon

“The Vong call this the Embrace of Pain. The more you struggle to escape, the more pain it inflicts. I first encountered it after leaving my apprenticeship to XoXaan on Korriban. I told myself I had only been pretending to be a Sith acolyte. I told myself I only desired new skills -- weapons with which to avenge myself on Vader and Palpatine.”

[...]

“I awoke in an Embrace of Pain like the one that now holds you.”

—Darth Krayt

“You are a prisoner on an advance scout ship of extragalactic invaders called the Yuuzhan Vong.”

[...]

“The Force abilities you manifested intrigued them so their shapers implanted you with coral seeds as an experiment.”

[...]

“Accept your pain, allow it to feed your dark anger -- learn to invite its grip.”

—Vergere

“My existence was an endless state of pain dominated by experiments by the Shaper Caste. My body was enhanced, the better to withstand the strains put upon it. My left eye was replaced with the eye of a Vong creature.”

[...]

“Vergere taught me to use the agony of the Embrace of Pain to open myself to the Dark Side. That’s when I received my Vision.”

[...]

“You abandon me here to die?!”

[...]

“She left me. Alone, I would follow my vision for the Sith and the galaxy. I needed to live I needed to escape. And my enemies needed to die. Time passed. When the moment came, I seized it. Fire and red ruin marked my path.”

[...]

“On the eve of the Yuuzhan Vong invasion, I escaped back into the galaxy.”

—Darth Krayt

“A’Sharad died on that Vong ship. Darth Krayt was born and returned to Korriban -- first as an apprentice to Xoxaan, ready to embrace the way of the Sith -- then as a master prepared to create a new order.”

—Darth Krayt

“After the Clone Wars, he found his way in the galaxy as a bounty hunter and that led him to discover the tomb of XoXann on Korriban. It was there that he was shown the path to the dark side - a path he would not truly embrace until after he was captured and experimented upon by the Yuuzhan Vong.”

—Jan Duursema

https://imgur.com/a/PtdSD

The power disparity between Sith Apprentice Hett and post-Vong Krayt is apparent from their respective performances against the Yuuzhan Vong. While Hett is quickly overwhelmed by a group of three warriors, Krayt fights his way through an entire ship of them, “Fire and red ruin marked my path,” and he even succeeded in sabotaging the ship to explode, killing everyone aboard.

https://imgur.com/a/zI0V8

Decades later, during 44ABY (at which point, Krayt is 91 years old), Krayt aided Luke Skywalker in defeating Abeloth in Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse. The exact nature of this feat will be explained later, but to cut a long story short, at this point Krayt is immeasurably more powerful than he was as a Jedi or a student under XoXaan.

After this battle he spent most of his time in stasis leading up to the events of Legacy.

Between the wounds Krayt had sustained over the years, his age and the coral seeds continuing to kill him, Krayt is by far at his weakest physically at this time, and in terms of his overall power, he is weaker than both Apocalypse and Reborn Krayt. However, Legacy should be more powerful than Sith Apprentice and A’Sharad Hett. Krayt “killed thousands of opponents” since the Clone Wars and “perfected his combat techniques over many decades.”

“I completed training as both Jedi and Sith. I honed my skills in the Clone Wars and I’ve killed thousands of opponents since then.”

—Darth Krayt

“Krayt perfected his combat techniques over many decades and his skills with telekinesis and Sith lightning far outstripped those of any Sith of his era.”

—Star Wars Insider #113

Finally, Reborn Krayt is the height of his powers, by far. He is even more powerful than he is during the events of Apocalypse. This is due to many reasons:

  1. His coral seeds had finally been removed, so he no longer had to dedicate any Force energy to fighting off their attempts to devour his insides and consume his mind.
  2. His body was healed to its peak state, to the extent he was able to regrow a human arm after it had been cut off, whereas before his body had been subject to nearly fatal injuries on two occasions.
  3. After transcending death, Krayt’s understanding of and connection to the Force increased greatly, independent of his body being healed.

“What no one knows is that Darth Krayt is returning better than before. . .”

—Star Wars: Legacy—War #1

“I have been through death and conquered it. I have returned with my power multiplied. The Dark Side of the Force lives and manifests itself through me!”

—Darth Krayt

“I have become so much more than you can know, traitor.”

—Darth Krayt

“Death is not an ending, boy -- but it is a passageway to something greater.”

—Darth Krayt

“You fled our last fight -- and I am so much more now than I was then.”

—Darth Krayt

“The re-designing of Darth Krayt has been an interesting challenge both story wise and visually. I went through a bunch of different looks for him, but the one that appealed to me the most was a Krayt who was Yuuzhan Vong parasite free and again in control of his own body—Darth Krayt as a Sith—now at the peak of his power and willing to set the Galaxy to rights as the Force guides him.”

—Jan Duursema

“‘Legacy—War’ will fill readers in on what really happened to Krayt at the end of ‘Vector.’ I’d say that Krayt understands his power better than he ever has before and he is intent on exacting revenge for Wyyrlok’s transgressions.”

—Jan Duursema

"Darth Krayt has returned from the "dead," stronger, more evil, and more determined than ever to crush the galaxy under his heel."

—Star Wars: Legacy—War #1 Solicitation

"It's an all-out war as the Sith emperor returns from the dead-stronger, more evil, more determined, and prepared to unleash a new secret weapon upon the galaxy!"

—Star Wars: Legacy Volume 11 -- War TPB Solicitation

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As a potent demonstration of how much more powerful he is compared to Legacy Krayt, we simply need to compare their fights to Cade Skywalker. In Legacy #19, Krayt has a hard-fought duel with Cade that takes place over four comic pages, where Krayt is evidently seething with anger throughout.

https://imgur.com/a/paKz1

Contrast this to their second bout in Legacy: War #6, (37 comic issues and over a year later), where Krayt defeats Cade in one comic page plus a couple of extra panels, launching him at a wall within the opening moments of the fight. Krayt is nonchalant the whole time, insisting that Cade surrender, and easily takes him down with Dark Transfer.

https://imgur.com/a/l6HHX

So not only does Krayt win far more easily, but the most profound method of comparison is in looking at how much more powerful Cade had become between fights. As a Skywalker who, clearly, is incredibly gifted with his unparalleled healing abilities, one might guess that if he spent a year fighting Sith and overcoming numerous challenges, he might increase in power rapidly - and they would be correct.

Cade spoke with Luke Skywalker’s ghost, where he was made to confront his lack of emotional control.

“You lack control of your emotions. Your pride, anger, and pain have made you lash out against everyone. You live in a constant state of revenge. You push everyone away.”

—Luke Skywalker

https://imgur.com/a/Gpvi1

Later, he attempted to cure Deliah Blue of a poison that was so powerful he could not save her without killing her - while drawing on the dark side. For context, Cade had been able to cure himself and others of lethal doses of poison, nigh-incurable vong coral seeds and bring people from the brink of death successfully.

Yet, he was able to draw on the light side and not only cure her, but shield them from a massive explosion, walking out unscathed. Clearly, a massive increase in power and control over the Force.

“I need to draw myself deeper into the darkness!”

“No. You must use the light side, Cade.”

“Not… strong… enough! More power in the dark side.”

“That is a lie. Trust the bonds you once felt within the Force when you were my apprentice. The bonds you shared with your father, who walked firmly in the light. They are still strong in you! The Force brought me here to this place, light years from where I was, to be here with you at this moment -- How can you not trust in the power of the light side above the dark? How can you not trust in the power of the Force?”

[...]

“Let the Force flow through me into you. That Sith poison… burns bad… hate and fire… burns bad… love burns brighter, Blue.”

[...]

“Did as you said, master -- tapped into the light side. Hate to say it -- but you were right.”

“Then come back to the Jedi, Cade. Become who you should be.”

“Can’t. I know now what I am. Not Jedi. Not Sith. I am what the Force has made me… the Sith’s worst nightmare. Time to make war.”

—Cade Skywalker and Wolf Sazen

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From this point on, Cade became more focused, waging a war on the Sith, believing that the Force was guiding him to kill Krayt.

“Lightsabers flash against sulfurious skies. Cade Skywalker’s personal war against the Sith has brought him here… searching…”

—Star Wars: Legacy #48

“Cade’s been on a tear ever since he learned this Isen was the one who posioned Dac. Got something else gnawing at him too, but he ain’t told me what. It’s like he wants to kill every Sith in the galaxy all by himself.”

—Jariah Syn

“Look, Pateesas, much as we’ve shared -- you’re not Jedi. I was raised as one. Not sure I can make you understand what it feels like to touch the Force. I was in denial after Ossus, but since that day the Force has been driving me toward something. Then Krayt calls in the Force and brings it all home. Now I know what the Force has been preparing me to do -- Krayt is alive and I gotta kill him.”

—Cade Skywalker

“Cade’s been hunting down all the Sith that he can find.”

—John Ostrander

“That would be Cade. We’ve been through a lot with the guy, seen what motivates him-seen him at his weakest when dealing with addiction and at his strongest, when he decides to become a one man Sith-wrecking machine.”

—Jan Duursema

https://www.cbr.com/ostrander-and-duursema-leave-their-legacy-on-star-wars/

Cade is again able to draw on the light side when healing his mother, learning a lesson of forgiveness, further mastering his emotions.

“Healing costs me. Gone to the dark side to do it every time but one. Healed Blue in the light side -- but I love Deliah, intensely -- and she loves me… I got no love for you. Get it? To heal you I’d have to impose my will on the Force -- go to the dark side -- and I won’t do that. Not for you.”

[...]

“One of the greatest lessons of the light side is forgiveness. Through it we find redemption. Your anger hurts you, Cade, more than it has ever hurt her. Let it go.”

[...]

“I forgive you, mom.”

—Cade Skywalker and Kol Skywalker

https://imgur.com/a/U1Zms

Finally, as stated by Jan Duursema, Cade is “more sober, focused and driven” when he fights Krayt, he has a “new mastery of the Force” and Talon notes he is stronger than before.

“Cade Skywalker is more sober, focused and driven. The party is over. There is no more running and hiding. Destiny has bit him with sharp pointy teeth.”

—Jan Duursema

“When Talon witnessed Cade’s new mastery of the Force, she retreated to warn Krayt, leading Cade directly to his goal…”

—Star Wars: Legacy—War #6

“Cade is… stronger… than he was.”

—Darth Talon

In other words - the difference between Legacy and Reborn Krayt is so vast that it exceeded the growth rate of a Skywalker who was being tested to his limits over the course of a year. It was so vast that Legacy Krayt struggled against a relatively amateurish Cade, meanwhile Reborn Krayt practically stomped Cade in his prime.

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Physical Condition

In this section we’ll go over how Krayt’s physical condition developed over his century as a Sith, and how this affected his power.

To start with, during Krayt’s imprisonment under the Vong, he was tortured and experimented on extensively, and was implanted with yorik coral seeds, which would plague him for the next one hundred years. Yorik coral seeds are living organisms which the Vong use to grow their organic spaceships. When implanted into one’s body, they act as parasites, devouring the host’s flesh from the inside, breeding, expanding their domain, attempting to reduce the host to a mindless Vong creature. They are almost incurable, and even the Force provides little help. They “drained much of his strength.” Krayt also states that he “should not have survived” what the Vong did to him and needed long years of stasis to heal.

“The Force abilities you manifested intrigued them so their shapers implanted you with coral seeds as an experiment.”

—Vergere

“yorik coral A form of coral found in the Yuuzhan Vong galaxy. The Yuuzhan Vong bioengineered the coral and formed it into living spaceships, including the massive worldships. Molten yorik coral also was used to fire plasma-like discharges. When the Praetorite Vong invaded the galaxy, they planned to use the dead world of Belkadan as a yorik coral breeding ground. Yorik coral aged like any other biological organism, and by the start of the invasion some worldships had begun to die.”

—The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia

“He began building a new Sith Order, but yorik coral implants drained much of his strength.”

—The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia

“Active coral seeds can infect any species, causing painful spikes to grow from the victim’s skin. Other mutations have been documented as well. The disease is nigh incurable, though it is possible that the Yuuzhan Vong will develop a cure someday. Even the Force provides little help. Those with the disease are exiled from their communities out of fear of transmitting the symptoms and mutations to others.”

—Legacy Era Campaign Guide

“I should not have survived what the Vong did to me -- yet I endured. I needed long years of stasis to allow my body to heal, but my mind remained open to my closest disciples.”

—Darth Krayt

“However, Darth Krayt is far older than anyone suspects, and he suffers from an insidious ailment that threatens to consume him. He's in dire need of powerful healing.”

—Legacy of the Force Preview 1

“Krayt seeks someone who can heal him of the Yuuzhan Vong infection which is slowly overtaking his body. But thus far his efforts to rid himself of the Vong parasites have failed.”

—Star Wars: Legacy #0.5

That’s not all, however. Decades later, Krayt would resurface from stasis in order to battle Abeloth with Luke Skywalker. The battle, while taking place on a plane of existence separate from the physical, took a toll on Luke Skywalker’s body nonetheless. He was left on the brink of death in a coma, with little brain activity. He lost part of his ribs and lungs, and had a fist-sized hole in his chest. He had also developed a terrible infection, indicated by yellow and green ichor saturating his chest wound. It’s noted (and shown) that Krayt sustained identical wounds during this battle, so we can conclude that he too was in a near-death state.

Jaina had heard death screams many times before, on battlefields from Anthus to Zelaba, and they had one thing in common: death screams always contained as much surprise as pain, as much anger and disbelief as sorrow. It was as though men meeting a violent end could never quite believe what was happening, that they had finally met a fighter who was better and luckier than they were. Or maybe it was death itself they were cursing, angry at how it preferred to cheat great warriors of their lives rather than take them in a fair fight. Jaina couldn't be sure of the feelings behind the scream, but she knew one thing for certain-a death scream was always raw and loud.

And that was the kind of scream she had just heard from the Rude Awakening's medbay, where Luke had strapped in his body before he went beyond shadows.

[...]

The Lake of Apparitions was neither warm nor cold, still nor roiling. It simply was, beyond time and sensation, beyond fear or desire or duty. It embodied surrender and attainment, death and immortality, and Luke had never felt more ready to slip below its dark surface and join his beloved Mara, to wrap himself in her liquid embrace and let the Depths of Eternity wash away the anguish of his wounds, the ache of his lonely despair.

But something would not let him sink.

He lay on the water for a year or a minute, hurt and exhausted, watching Abeloth's pale form vanish.

[...]

And still Luke did not sink. He was too weak to rise, and he could feel nothing of himself except the aching void Abeloth had torn in his chest. It occurred to him that he might well be dying, and it was not a thought that brought him any fear. Even if his life had not been as long as Yoda's, it had been a good one filled with close friends and much-loved family. He had been of some small service, at least, to his fellow sentient beings. And in the new Jedi Order, he had rekindled a light that had once gone out in the galaxy. He had few regrets for anything he had done, and if the time had come to let another Jedi carry the torch, he was ready.

"Not yet, Skywalker."

The voice was warm and familiar, and it came from beside Luke. He turned to find Mara's face breaking the surface of the water. Then he saw a hand gripping the back of his biceps and realized that she was floating beneath him, preventing him from sinking.

"Mara, it's okay," Luke said. "I'm ready. I want to be with you."

"Too bad." He felt his upper body rising as she tried to push him upward. "I don't want to be with you-not here, not yet."

"What?" Luke asked, feeling more confused than resentful. "Mara, I'm wounded… badly. Abeloth took something out of me."

"She wounded him, too." Mara's other hand rose out of the water and pointed past Luke's head, toward the tattooed Sith who had helped Luke kill Abeloth. The stranger was on his feet, limping toward the far shore with both hands clutched to his chest. "If he can do it, so can you."

Luke forced himself to sit upright. The effort made his head spin and his whole being ache, but he refused to collapse back into the water. He had no idea of the Sith's true identity, but it did not seem wise to let him return to the physical galaxy alone.

"That's ridiculous. Their injuries may be different." This voice came from Luke's other side, sinister and cajoling...and also familiar. "Besides, Sith are stronger. They have the dark side."

[...]

The tattooed man stopped and whirled, and Luke found himself preparing to dodge a fork of Force lightning. But the stranger was in no better shape to fight than Luke. He had a gaping wound in his chest, just like Luke, and Luke could see that his entire form was shuddering. Instead of attacking, the Sith just stood staring at them, one eye shining yellow and the other an empty socket, his right arm a useless ghost of a limb.

[...]

Ben ignored the sharpness of her tone and continued on toward the medbay. He could tell by the heavy odor of antiseptic and bacta salve that his father was in bad shape. He reached out in the Force, trying to find some hint of his father's condition, and felt the lukewarm presence of a non-sentient being-or a Jedi so deep in a healing trance that he appeared to be in a coma.

Ben took a calming breath, then stepped through the hatch into a ten-bunk medical bay. As a Void Jumper assault vessel, the pinnace was outfitted for both combat and the aftereffects. His father lay secured in a bunk along the cabin's back wall, with a breathing tube down his throat and half a dozen IV catheters secured to his arms, neck, and legs. A huge bandage covered the right side of his chest, and while his skin was not dry or flaky, it had turned the color of ash. Whatever Jaina was thinking about Vestara, she was telling the truth about Ben's father. Luke Skywalker was close to death.

[...]

"I want to see the other patient first." Ben hooked the mask's retainer loops over his ears, then asked, "What's his condition?"

"Grave," the droid replied. "Unexplained coma, unclassified rapid-onset infection, and massive chest trauma-due to loss of second thoracic rib and superior lobe of the right lung."

Ben frowned. "Trauma due to the loss of a rib and a lung lobe?" he asked. "Isn't the loss of parts usually the result of trauma, not the cause?"

The droid fixed its beady photoreceptors on Ben. "Are you a physician, soldier?"

"I'm trained in field medicine," Ben replied.

"And that qualifies you to question an EmDee's diagnosis?"

"Not at all," Ben said. He was unaccustomed to dealing with this kind of droid, but he knew enough about elite-force protocol to realize he would learn nothing by backing down. "But I am qualified to know when something doesn't make sense."

"I didn't say the injury made sense." The droid stepped back, giving Ben a clear path to his father's side. "The cause of the injury appears to be the spontaneous ejection of the superior lobe. I found nothing to suggest the primary cause."

"No shrapnel wounds or internal burns?" Ben asked.

"Had I found either, I wouldn't have said 'spontaneous ejection.'" The droid stepped aside. "You may speak to the patient, but keep it short. You are in need of attention, too."

Ben went over to the bunk and grew even more alarmed. Even with the tape over the lids, it was clear that his father's eyes were sunken-in fact, the sockets looked empty. And his chest bandage was stained with circles of yellow and green ichor, which suggested an infection far nastier than any normal complication. Most worrisome of all, however, was the fist-sized basin in the center of the bandage. It looked like his father had taken a bolt from a blaster cannon, and Ben had trouble understanding what could have happened beyond shadows to cause such an injury to a physical body. He grasped the curled fingers of his father's hand, at the same time reaching out to him in the Force.

[...]

"Hey, Dad, thanks for coming after us," Ben said. It was well established that many coma patients could hear someone speaking, so Ben tried to keep the fear out of his voice. "I don't know what happened beyond shadows, but it probably saved us. Vestara and…”Suddenly his father's hand clamped down so hard Ben thought his fingers might break.

"Dad?"

His father's grasp weakened, but it did not go entirely slack.

"Dad, are you awake?

"The Emdee droid stepped to the foot of the bunk and plugged into the data socket

."I'm sorry, soldier. The patient's brain activity is still minimal."

"He squeezed my hand," Ben said. "In fact, he's still squeezing it."

"It's just motor response," the droid said. "With this level of brain inactivity-"

"I don't care what your scanner says," Ben interrupted. "This man is a Jedi Grand Master. He has capabilities you can't begin to understand."

[...]

He was interrupted by a horrible gagging noise from the bunk beside him, and his father's grasp grew so tight that Ben's knuckles popped. He looked down to see his father's eyelids fluttering and his mouth moving as he tried to speak around the breathing tube.

"He's awake!"

Ben looked for the EmDee droid and found him racing forward, interface arm already reaching for the bunk's data socket. His father made another gagging sound, and this time it grew apparent that he was trying to say a single word. The initial sounds were too wet and guttural to make out, but the final syllable sounded like ih. Ben leaned over the bunk and said, "Hold on, Dad. The EmDee will take the breathing tube out in a second, and then you can talk all day."

"That wouldn't be possible with bruised vocal cords, even if he were returning to consciousness." Leaving his interface arm in the data socket, the droid's head rotated to face Ben. "The brain activity is still minimal. I'm afraid he was just trying to swallow." "Nonsense-watch this," Ben said, not looking away from his father. "Vestara."

Again, his father tightened his grasp and made a horrible gagging sound.

[...]

Luke deactivated the medical monitors so they wouldn't alert an attendant, then removed the IV catheters from his arm. Slowly and with great effort, he got out of bed and dressed in a clean robe he found folded in a locker near his bed. His entire body ached with fever, and his atrophied legs trembled with weakness. But the greatest anguish was in his chest, where he could still feel Abeloth's balled tentacle-an empty sick heat that he thought might stay with him for the rest of his life.

[...]

"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."

—Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse

Her gaze dropped to Luke’s chest, where his robe covered a mysterious, slow-to-heal wound. He had received it the year before from an ancient being named Abeloth, who seemed to be a chaos-bringing agent of the Force itself. Luke had ultimately triumphed, but the fight had cost him a rib and part of a lung.

“I’m fine. You know the wound only bothers me when I have a Force vision.” Luke had to work to keep a civil tone, for the Masters’ concern over his health had grown tiresome over the last few months. He was the Grand Master, after all, and they insisted on coddling him.

[...]

After a few dozen steps, a golden radiance began to light the surrounding area. He looked down and discovered that his entire body had begun to glow—except where Abeloth had reached into his chest. There, Luke had a dark hole the size of his fist.

—Crucible

Fast forward 86 years. Krayt has survived with his coral seeds, artificially extended life span and injuries for all these years thanks to healing techniques and stasis, but his condition has become critical. After a brief fight with four Imperial Knights, Krayt was “badly fatigued” and confided in Wyyrlok that his body is failing. He gives himself another decade or two before the coral seeds overcome him, and he also notes that he is going to stay out of stasis in order to keep up appearances. This would no doubt exasperate his condition further.

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“My body fails me, Wyyrlok…”

“You’ve overextended yourself, my Lord. Perhaps a healing trance… or back into stasis…?”“

Perhaps a healing meditation, but I cannot go back into stasis. I am Emperor now and I must be seen -- and seen as strong.”

[...]

“How long have I fought this thing which threatens to take me over and make me not myself? How much longer can I keep it at bay. A decade or two perhaps… not more.”

—Darth Krayt and Darth Wyyrlok

“The effort to bring down Fel’s Empire, however, left him badly fatigued, and he was forced to reveal to his second-in-command, Darth Wyyrlok, that his Yuuzhan-Vong enhanced body was failing."

—The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia

Andeddu notes that Krayt is being “consumed,” and Krayt even compares the coral seeds to the orbalisk parasites which had been affixed to Darth Bane, which “feed” on his body.

“The heretic comes for the same reason it came last time. Its body is failing. It fears that which is consuming it.

—Darth Andeddu

“Lord Bane, you mastered the parasites -- the orbalisks -- that attacked you… that fed on your body as these Yuuzhan Vong life forms feed on mine. How?”

—Darth Krayt

To understand how close Krayt was to being overtaken, and how wrecked his body was, we need only compare his body while he has it under control to how it looks when his control fails; he grows massive spikes out of all areas of his body and is halfway to becoming a Vongspawn.

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Now fast forward 7 years, where Krayt has spent much less time in stasis than usual. Despite consulting all the knowledge Korriban has to offer, the holocron of XoXaan and a Jedi Healer, Wyyrlok III is unable to find any way of curing Krayt. He is described as being “consumed” and steadily “deteriorating,” and has lived far beyond his normal life span. His body is described as “disintegrating” and “ravaged.”

“No, it is for Lord Krayt that I fear. My Lord is dying. He is being consumed. Nothing in the Sith lore helps, including the ancient knowledge of XoXaan. The skills of the Jedi Healer, Hosk, have proven inadequate.”

—Darth Wyyrlok

"Darth Krayt and Darth Wyyrlok continued to delve into the ancient Sith lore, hoping to find a cure for his condition. However, not even the efforts of the Jedi healer Hosk Trey’lis could stop the steady deterioration of his body.”

—The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia

“As Darth Krayt’s health grew steadily worse, Wyyrlok explored the lore of Xoxaan, looking for clues to help combat the Sith Lord’s failing condition. Wyyrlok also brought in the Jedi healer Hosk Trey’lis, but nothing helped.”

—The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia

“An ancient Sith Lord noted for her skills as a healer.

[...]

"After establishing his new Sith Order, Darth Krayt and his chief lieutenant, Darth Wyyrlok, continued to delve into XoXaan’s teachings in an unsuccessful attempt to heal the slow deterioration of Darth Krayt’s body.”

—The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia

“However, his body suffers the effects of having lived far beyond its natural lifespan. The Yuuzhan Vong implants used to extend his life begin to consume him. Furthermore, healing trances and Force healing become less effect. Darth Krayt knows that his time is limited unless a new solution is found.”

—Legacy Era Campaign Guide

“In the year 137 after the Battle of Yavin, Darth Krayt could no longer ignore the deterioration of his ancient body.”

[...]

“Krayt found his kingdom disintegrating along with his body.”

—Star Wars Insider #113

“Emperor Darth Krayt looks on, determined to turn the last Skywalker to the dark side, as Cade’s unique healing abilities are the only cure for the Yuuzhan Vong affliction that ravages Krayt’s body.”

—Star Wars: Legacy #19

Krayt consults Cade Skywalker in an attempt to cure himself. Cade’s healing powers are so potent that he could bring people back from the brink of death, and casually heal himself of a lethal dose of poison that had been pumped into his body for a whole day. In fact, Cade was even able to cure two people at once who had been implanted with modified, rapid-growing coral seeds which were on the verge of killing them.

"After losing his father, Kol Skywalker, Cade uses an extraordinary healing power that taps into the dark side of the Force to save his dying Master, Wolf Sazen."

―Star Wars: Legacy Campaign Guide

“He brought me back, Shado, from the very edge of life and death.”

―Wolf Sazen

"You brought your own master back from the very threshold of death…”

―Luke Skywalker

“Interesting. Despite a full day of injections, your body keeps purging itself of the Ixetal Cilona.”

“Yeah, babe, got this crazy body chemistry thing going. Or maybe you’re just getting inferior product. You really need to know your supplier. Could hook you up with some quality death stick merchants.”

“I supply them. No, you use the Force to purge yourself, bending it to your will… like a Sith.”

―Darth Maladi and Cade Skywalker

“I have heard of your healing abilities. I understand you can bring the injured back from the dead. You can even purge yourself of a lethal dose of Ixetal Cilona.”

―Darth Krayt

“Darth Maladi implanted you both with latent Yuuzhan Vong coral seeds. Maladi’s genius is responsible for the mutation and sabotage of the Ossus project. Her knowledge of Vong bio-forms is profound. She had melded it with her understanding of the dark side of the Force. Fed dark energy, the seeds grow at an accelerated rate. The pain is considerably greater than normal. Their deaths… are imminent, Cade Skywalker. Nothing in the galaxy can save them… unless the rumors about you are, in fact, true.”

―Darth Krayt

“The term “Vongspawn” started as a curse word, but after the Yuuzhan Vong war it became a derisive term referring to those unfortunate individuals infected by Sith-sabotaged Yuuzhan Vong coral seeds. Dormant sabotaged seeds must be activated by a Sith using the dark side of the Force. Active coral seeds can infect any species, causing painful spikes to grow from the victim’s skin. Other mutations have been documented as well. The disease is nigh incurable, though it is possible that the Yuuzhan Vong will develop a cure someday. Even the Force provides little help. Those with the disease are exiled from their communities out of fear of transmitting the symptoms and mutations to others.”

—Legacy Era Campaign Guide

“You’re insane! I’ve never healed two people at once!”

―Cade Skywalker

“It is done. Your friends are healed.”

―Darth Krayt

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So, with his immense healing powers, how does Cade react when he looks at Krayt’s body? He tells him that the red lines he usually see’s in a body when he is healing it, inside Krayt, are too numerous and too jumbled up. Further evidence of Krayt’s awful condition.

“The growths caused by the coral seeds the Vong implanted in me continue to grow. They threaten to consume me. In order to realize my vision… I need healing.”

“I can’t. When I heal, it’s like I’m seeing inside someone. I see these red lines. They guide me. In you -- there are too many -- and they’re all jumbled together. I can’t see how to separate them… yet.”

—Darth Krayt and Cade Skywalker

Once Cade masters Shatterpoint, he can see Krayt’s condition in great detail. He notes that the coral seeds are “gnawing” and “clawing” at his guts, that they are trying to take him over, and that their duel is “costing” him.

“Enough about me. Let’s talk about you. You and my Dad opened my eyes to my abilities. I see real clear now. I can see how sick and twisted up your insides are. I can see what fighting me is costing you. Those Vong… things in your innards. Nasty little critters want to take you over real bad. What do they feel like, huh? Something gnawing your guts? Clawing at you? Tell me - do the other Sith know how sick you really are? How weak? What would they do if they knew?”

—Cade Skywalker

After fighting Cade, Krayt is left badly weakened and is forced to return to stasis.

“Cade’s escape has left the Emperor weakened, and his regime shaken.

Darth Wyyrlok, seeing the deterioration of his Master, has decided to seek another way to heal the Emperor...”

—Star Wars: Legacy #27

“Lord Krayt!”

“Get me to the stasis chamber. The battle with Skywalker has cost me.”

—Darth Krayt and Darth Wyyrlok

Later, during Vector, Krayt notes that his time is running out, and soon he will be either overtaken or killed by the seeds. Karness Muur states that he is inhabiting an “infected and failing husk” of a body, and that the seeds are “seeking to expand their domain, to consume his flesh.”

“Wyyrlok knows how these biots threaten to take over his Master’s body and leave him a mindless shell. He probed deep into his collection of ancient books of Sith Lore, seeking an answer to Krayt’s affliction in the wisdom of the past.”

—Star Wars: Legacy #27

“My time is running out, Lord Wyyrlok. I can feel it. My… control of the coral seeds the Yuuzhan Vong planted within me wanes. Soon I will be a mindless thing. Or a corpse.”

—Darth Krayt

“Together we will dominate the galaxy as you have not been able to do alone in that infected and failing husk you call a body.”

[...]

“Ye-es, yes. I sense the alien seeds within you, seeking to expand their domain, to consume your flesh. Together we must focus.”

—Karness Muur

So, by all available evidence, Krayt’s body is in a total state of disarray by this point. He’s on death’s door, and even short skirmishes can tax him greatly. His powers, then, would logically skyrocket if only he could be free of these parasites and heal his ravaged, 185 year old body which has been brought to the brink of death on two occasions.

Enter Reborn Krayt. After mastering Dark Transfer, Dark Healing and Shatterpoint, Krayt is able to overcome death, cure himself of the coral seeds, and restore his body to peak condition.

“Darth Krayt, leader of the One Sith, has been reborn from his near death at the hands of Darth Wyyrlok; he has sent ripples through the Force so that all Sith know he is alive and well.”

—Star Wars: Legacy—War #1

“I have been through death and conquered it. I have returned with my power multiplied. The Dark Side of the Force lives and manifests itself through me!”

—Darth Krayt

So powerful were his healing abilities now, he was able to grow back entire limbs, evidenced by the fact his previously severed arm, which had been replaced with a Vong appendage, had returned - fully healed and human.

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If Krayt can regrow entire limbs and heal his body from death, then it should be apparent that his body has never been in greater health - so when he says that his powers have “multiplied,” it’s evident that he should be taken at his word. Therefore, Reborn Krayt should be far more powerful than his Legacy incarnation, and also superior to his Apocalypse incarnation, as at those times his body had been ravaged by coral seeds, an unnaturally extended lifespan and near-fatal injuries.

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Fights and Inferiors

This section will cover all of Darth Krayt’s most prominent battles and gives a comprehensive overview of those Krayt is superior to, and to what extent.

Firstly, at the time of Legacy, Krayt is “the most powerful individual in the galaxy” and is the most powerful Sith in his order, Wyyrlok being second.

“Named after a ravenous dragon, Darth Krayt is the leader of the Sith Order and the most powerful individual in the galaxy.”

—The Ultimate Visual Guide Updated and Expanded

“Calm, philosophical, and skilled in diplomacy, Wyyrlok is the voice of reason within—and the public face of—the Sith order. His knowledge of the rituals and lore of the Sith is unparalleled, and his dark side abilities are surpassed only by Krayt.”

—Star Wars Insider #88

We also know that Legacy Krayt’s “skills with telekinesis and Sith lightning far outstripped those of any Sith of his era.”

“Krayt perfected his combat techniques over many decades and his skills with telekinesis and Sith lightning far outstripped those of any Sith of his era.”

—Star Wars Insider #113

Now, while I believe the obvious and honest interpretation of this quote is just within Krayt’s own Sith order, if one was to take the quote to its most literal conclusion (as some of us do), we would choose to use the official definition of “era”, which would mean the Legacy era, which begins in 40ABY. This would then encapsulate Darth Caedus, Darish Vol and Lumiya within the quote.

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Next we’ll cover Krayt and Luke Skywalker’s battle against Abeloth in the Beyond Shadows realm. There have been no shortage of misconceptions drawn about this fight, related to both the events themselves and their implications; here it will all be put to rest. The first question that must be answered is:

What is Beyond Shadows? Firstly, it is not a place where the “full potential” of a Force user is expressed. A misconception has taken seat that one’s pure “Force Essence” or “Spirit”, whatever you would like to call it, is an expression of the Force user’s full, unbridled potential power without any physical limitations. This is wrong, insofar as it refers to “full potential,” because by all available evidence, the Essence is a direct reflection of the body. The Essence of a Force user, their Spirit, is a reflection of their physical self, and grows or atrophies alongside it. This is shown numerous times, such as below where there is only a shadow where Luke’s cybernetic arm usually is.

More to the point, the Essence of a Force user is considered to be real, considered to be the “true self”, “a swirl in the living Force that animates your physical body.” In contrast, the corporeal world is an “illusion.” Luke’s cybernetic arm is “as much a shadow as flesh and bone” further emphasising that the true self is when a being adopts this luminous state of pure Essence. Luke is only tenuously tethered to his physical body, which is why it isn’t dying; a small part of him, referred to as a vestige, is remaining inside his body while the main body of his Essence explores Beyond Shadows.

Luke felt his body fall away, and then he was floating in a cloud of violet radiance, staring up into the purple glow at the heart of the chamber and tingling with cool pleasure. He raised his real hand and saw that it looked the same as it always had, then raised the artificial one and saw only a shadow in its place. He tried to touch it. His fingers vanished into the darkness, just as they would into any shadow.

"You cannot touch what is not real. Your cybernetic hand is just illusion, as much a shadow as flesh and bone." Ryontarr reached out to tap Luke's chest. "That is real."

"What, exactly, is real?" Luke asked. "My spirit?"

"Your Force presence. It's your true self, a swirl in the living Force that animates your physical body." Ryontarr tapped Luke's chest again. "This is what truly exists." He pointed over Luke's shoulder. "It gives form to that."

"That being my body," Luke clarified.

When Ryontarr dipped his tall horns in the affirmative, Luke slowly spun around and saw his body floating among a dozen others. Although it did not appear nearly as haggard and hollow-cheeked as some of those around it, the eyes were sunken, and his face looked dry and pale. To his surprise, his vac suit appeared to be mere shadow, as did all the clothes he saw. Even the walls of the meditation chamber-what little he could glimpse of them through the mass of floating Mind Walkers-appeared to be nothing but shadow.

"Our bodies appear more substantial than the inanimate material," Luke observed. "Is that because our bodies are imbued with the living Force?"

Ryontarr shook his head. "We Mind Walkers come from a great many traditions: the Disciples of Ragnos, the Fallanassi, the Jensaarai, the Potentium Heretics, the Reborn, the Far Seekers, the Inner Seers, and ten dozen more. We have all brought our own understandings of the Force-that the Force is a rainbow, that it has a dark side and light side; that it has the three aspects or four, that it has two sides and two aspects..."

Ryontarr let the sentence trail off, his voice having risen to such a level of disgust that Luke thought he might actually shout. Instead the Gotal sighed and shook his head.

"It's nonsense, all of it," he continued. "There is one Force, the Force... and many ways to see it."

Luke looked back to his body. "Then my body is more substantial than my clothes because... ?"

"It's not." Ryontarr pointed at it. "Touch it."

Luke obeyed-or tried to. When he pressed his hand to the body's face, it simply sank through the cheek. The body's eyes widened in momentary alarm, but immediately grew vacant and glassy again.

"You haven't abandoned your shadow body yet," Ryontarr said. "There's still a tiny part of you inside, because you aren't ready to give it up entirely."

"And that part is giving it form," Luke surmised. He did not accept everything Ryontarr claimed, but he was here to learn why Jacen had fallen to the dark side-not argue Force theory. He pulled his hand out of his body's face, then frowned at its sunken eyes and dry skin. "Will that vestige of me also keep my body hydrated and fed?"

—Fate of the Jedi: Abyss

To further get across my point here, an important distinction is made between Luke and Krayt’s presence in Beyond Shadows, and those of the spirits of the dead. I believe this distinction is fundamentally created by the fact Luke and Krayt are still tethered to their physical bodies, whereas the spirits of the dead have melded into the Force itself. While Luke and Krayt are projecting their core Essence into the Force, spirits and ghosts are one in the same with it. This is shown when the spirits of the dead, including Caedus and Mara Jade, are unable to provide any help for Luke when fighting Abeloth, despite there being dozens of them in attendance; if Luke and Krayt were mere spirits in this place, then they would obey the same rules as the other spirits present. That Luke and Krayt are astral projections of their physical selves is also proven by Krayt’s appearance; his severed arm is apparent, as is the fact one of his eyes has been replaced by a Vong eye, and his spiked living Vong armour is also present. This is a direct mirror of his physical characteristics at the time - he is not just a spirit.

So, what is Beyond Shadows? It’s a realm beyond the physical world where spirits can exist, but also, you can think of it as an astral plane where a physical being can project a representation of their truest self, while still remaining tied to their body. Also, because this realm is not bound by any physical laws, you will notice time appears meaningless here. So this fight is as much a reflection of their standard power level as a fight in the physical world - in fact, it should be the greatest reflection, because instead of enduring instantaneous bodily damage like in the physical world, in this realm, Force users slowly erode each other’s Essence after repeated attacks, without any environment factors to interrupt.

Luke rose out of his body with a jolt, then hung floating above it, staring at the underside of the bunk above. A week passed, or maybe it was a second-he had no idea. Time had no existence outside the body. A heartbeat lasted a week, a lifetime flashed by in an instant. But Luke Skywalker remained, a manifestation of Force essence that embodied mind and form, more real than the material husk he had left strapped in the bunk below.

He exhaled, or imagined himself exhaling, and his connection to his body grew more tenuous. There is no life, there is only the Force. It was the code of the Mind Walkers, an assertion that the corporeal was illusion, that a living being was nothing but a luminous swirl in the Force. And perhaps they were right.

Luke exhaled again, and a purple radiance appeared above, shining down through the crude matter of the upper bunk as though it were a hologram. He reached, and the light came flooding in, filling him with a calm as deep as space. He became the Force, and the Force became him, and he knew only the pure, eternal joy of existence.

Luke called to mind a lake he had once visited, a narrow mountain lake nestled between a granite dome and a boulder-strewn meadow with hummocks of knee-high moss, and he started to walk. Whether the journey took a week or an instant was impossible to say. But then he was there, standing on the shore of the Lake of Apparitions, looking across its still, black waters toward the silver mists that concealed the far end.

There was no silhouette floating in the fog, no half-hidden woman beckoning him onward. Abeloth was nowhere to be seen.

Of course she wasn't. Luke was the one looking for a fight, not Abeloth. She was too busy trying to create her divine family, to transform Ben and Vestara into a twisted version of the Son and the Daughter who had once kept the Balance in the Force. The last thing Abeloth wanted now was to face Luke in a final combat that she just might lose.

But the choice wasn't hers.

Luke stepped into the water and began to wade forward. He did not make any sloshing sounds or disturb the dark surface as he moved. Soon, the hummocks and boulders along the shore began to cast reflections not of themselves, but of the faces of the dead-Wookiees, Barabels, humans, a hundred other species. Their eyes all seemed to be watching Luke as he passed, sometimes showing disappointment when his features did not turn out to be those of a loved one, often lighting in recognition and curiosity as they realized they were looking on the Grand Master of the new Jedi Order.

Many of the faces Luke saw belonged to old friends-Ganner Rhysode, Numa Rar, Tresina Lobi, and a dozen others-but he continued by them without pause. During his four decades as a Jedi, Luke had lost a hundred good friends and more acquaintances than he could count, and he was certain they would understand if he did not have time to stop and greet them all.

Finally, he came to the face he had been looking for-a slender female face framed by auburn hair, with high cheekbones, full lips, and large green eyes. It watched Luke approach with longing, and with growing concern. He stopped beside her and squatted on his heels, waiting for her face to float to the surface, wishing that he were not in such desperate need of the help he was about to request.

As soon as her face broke the surface, she raised her brow and said, "We can't keep meeting like this, Skywalker."

Luke smiled despite himself. "Last time, I promise," he said. "Mara, I need your help."

"There's not much I can do for you anymore," Mara said, looking more disappointed than sorry. "You know that."

"Can you help me draw Abeloth out?"

Mara studied him in silence for a moment, then shook her head. "You can't kill her, Luke. She's one of the Old Ones."

"It doesn't matter what she is," Luke said, more sternly than he had intended. "She's taken Ben."

Mara's eyes went wide, but she said nothing.

Instead it was a scornful voice to Luke's left that spoke. "How did you let that happen?"

Luke turned to find Jacen Solo's gaunt face peering out of the dark waters. "We were trying to stop the cataclysm you caused."

Jacen's lip curled into a sneer. "You Jedi never tire of blaming the Dark Lord for your own failings, do you?"

"My failings have nothing to do with this," Luke said. "You're the one who set Abeloth free."

"Me?" Jacen scoffed. "I was dead."

"Thuruht says you did it when you changed the future," Luke explained. "They say that's how Abeloth is always freed."

Jacen began to look less certain of himself. "Who's Thuruht?"

"The oldest Killik hive," Luke explained. "The one that helped build Centerpoint Station and imprisoned Abeloth the last time she escaped."

"Then you should be talking to Thuruht, not Mara and me," Jacen replied, growing haughty again. "There's nothing we can do. We're dead."

Luke turned back to Mara. "I just need to know her weak points, or how to find her in the Mists of Forgetfulness," he said. "Anything that will help me stop her before she...before she does something terrible to Ben."

Mara's eyes grew glassy with sorrow. "Luke...Jacen is telling the truth this time," she said. "We can't help you."

I can. It was a voice that Luke felt rather than heard, a darkness that pulled at him from behind. And I will.

Luke turned to find the form of a shadow-wrapped human approaching from the shore by which Luke had entered the water, the same shore by which all mortals came to the Lake of Apparitions. The silhouette was tall and broad-shouldered, with a head hooded in darkness and glowing eyes that never seemed to match colors, that went from brown to orange and yellow to blue, that sometimes grew dark as ebony and seemed to be not there at all. As the silhouette drew nearer, it began to resemble a man Luke had seen many years before, a man who had appeared only in his dreams-and always shortly before he awoke feeling uneasy and frightened.

Luke glanced back at Mara, then said, "It's him."

"Who?"

"The man I kept seeing in my dreams, before Jacen turned Sith."

Mara looked confused. "But the man in your dreams was Jacen."

"I thought so," Luke replied. "Who else could it have been?"

He turned back to the figure and saw that the cloaking shadows had coalesced into a suit of dark, spiked armor. The newcomer's right arm seemed a mere ghost, as though he had only a holographic projection where there should have been a limb. And his left eye had become an empty white circle that looked more like a window into another universe than an actual organ. His face was weathered and chiseled, though-with a web of tattoos radiating outward from an angry gaze and deeply etched scowl-he could not be considered handsome. He stopped three paces away and stood staring, as though trying to decide whether to attack Luke or speak to him.

"You," Luke said. It was the man with the tattooed face-the one who had been behind Luke's team in the Manarai Heights Spaceport, and who had later disarmed Yaqeel Saav'etu near Fellowship Plaza. "Who are you?" "No one whose help you want," Jacen said. "That's the dark man I saw on the Throne of Balance."

"And the only one who can help you," the stranger said. "With the Ones gone, there is only one way to stop Abeloth...Jedi and Sith together."

—Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse

Now for the fight itself. I’ll go through it in full, as it happens, explaining it’s full context, hopefully clearing up for good any and all misconceptions.

Here is the full fight, if you'd like to read through it normally.

Luke turned to follow-and there she was, a gray silhouette just emerging from the Mists of Forgetfulness, her long saffron hair cascading almost down to the water, her tiny pinpoint eyes shining out of sockets as deep as wells.

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.

[...]

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. 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.

Then Luke was there at Abeloth's side, stomp-kicking her legs, knife-handing her throat, grabbing for her head. It was like cotton striking gauze-no popping ligaments or crunching cartilage, just Force essence pushing into Force essence. But the damage was done. Luke's foot went through Abeloth's knee; her leg buckled. His hand sank into her larynx, and she drew back wheezing.

He pivoted around behind her, swinging one arm around her shoulder and grabbing for her chin, slipping the other arm up under hers and pressing his wrist into her neck. But grappling was different beyond shadows. There were no pressure points or joint locks or choke holds, only his presence merging with hers, binding him to her in a writhing knot of energy.

Tentacles began to lash at his face, probing for his nose and ears and mouth. A pair of gray tips shot into view, blurring and growing large. Luke closed both eyes and turned away, but not quickly enough. The right eye socket exploded in pain, and everything went dark on that side of his head.

The tattooed stranger stepped in from the left, then slid to the front and drove his stiffened fingers deep into the pit of Abeloth's stomach. A black spray erupted from the wound, and she writhed in pain as the stranger probed for something to grab.

Abeloth loosed a Force blast, trying to drive the stranger off. He held tight. So did Luke, and all three went tumbling across the lake in a snarled mass of limbs and tentacles.

Then Luke felt an icy twinge between his shoulder blades. The twinge became a sting, and he began to feel something cold flowing down the center of his back. His first thought was Abeloth, that she had sunk a tentacle into his spine-until the lashing of her tentacles slowed and she began to shudder.

Luke did not understand until an eternity later, when the stranger rolled up on his feet and jerked them all to a halt. The Sith seemed to be growing stronger as Abeloth grew weaker, and there were wisps of dark fume swirling off his shoulders and head. It did not take a Jedi Grand Master to understand that Luke was being betrayed by a Force-draining technique.

Still holding Abeloth tight, Luke shifted his hips, rolling them both onto their sides, and kicked a foot through the stranger's knee. The joint buckled, and the Sith dropped onto the surface of the dark water, still on the opposite side of Abeloth from Luke.

"I'll release her!" Luke warned.

"Abeloth?" The stranger shook his head. "Never."

Despite the Sith's words, the cold stinging inside began to subside, and Luke realized the stranger was not pulling as hard. Abeloth continued to struggle, slipping a pair of tentacles around Luke's throat and trying to tear herself free. But she was growing weak faster than Luke.

The draining seemed to continue for days; then the stranger threw back his head and screamed in anguish, and it suddenly seemed that only a breath had passed. Shiny black Force energy began to pour from the Sith's wounds into the lake, spreading outward around them in an oily slick so hot the water began to steam and hiss. 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.

Abeloth whipped her chin free of Luke's hand, ripping the energy knot where they had joined and sending a sparkling line of both of their Force essences splattering across the surface of the lake. She began to roll her head around, gnashing and spitting, trying to sink her fangs into Luke's arm or the stranger's-anything she could reach.

Luke slipped his arm down around her throat and pulled hard, merging his form into hers, doing his best to keep her under control.

"Keep going," Luke urged the stranger. "Pull harder!"

[...]

Abeloth lay tangled in Luke's arms, a writhing mass of Force energy that had suddenly gone limp a second or a day ago, only to explode an hour or a nanosecond later into a flailing tempest that had sent them all rolling and bouncing across the Lake of Apparition's dark waters. The stranger was tumbling with them, his hand still buried in Abeloth's chest, now wailing in agony as gleaming black Force energy steamed from his wounds.

They bounced so close to the shore, Luke grew worried that Abeloth was trying to carry them away from the lake into some new place beyond shadows. And then what? His back hit the water again, and he spun them all around so that his feet were toward the shore. He planted his feet against a moss hummock and kicked off-and sent them all somersaulting back toward the center of the lake. Abeloth stopped struggling and seemed to shrink in his arms, and Luke dared to think that maybe, just maybe she had finally lost hope, that they had exhausted her to the point that she was no longer capable of fighting.

Then she was gone, leaving the stranger and Luke with nothing between them but twenty centimeters of space and the stump of the Sith's hand, now pointed at Luke's chest and still drawing Force energy, draining it not from Abeloth now, but directly from Luke.

They stayed like that for an eternity, a void of cold nothingness growing inside Luke as the stranger continued to hang in the air above, draining him. It seemed to Luke that the Sith's betrayal was premature, that they at least ought to make certain Abeloth was truly dead before they turned to fighting each other...but that was not the way Sith did things.

Luke started to bring his hand up, intending to hit the stranger with a Force blast. But before he could loose it, the Sith's feet dropped to the water's surface, and he raised his stump and pointed toward the far end of the lake.

"There!"

Luke craned his neck and saw Abeloth's silhouette backing into the Mists of Forgetfulness-with the stranger's wrist still protruding from her chest.

"Stop her!" Luke yelled. "If she disappears into that fog..."

Luke left the sentence unfinished as a fountain of oily black Force energy erupted from the protruding wrist. Abeloth's mouth gaped open, and her piercing shriek broke over the lake, reverberating across the water like a clap of thunder. Luke glanced over and saw the stranger standing beside him, pointing in her direction, using the Force to draw his missing hand back toward its stump.

Abeloth did not come dancing in to counterattack, did not even try to stand off defensively and weaken them with a blast of Force lightning. She did not have time for such tactics. Luke doubted she would have fled the battle in the first place if she were not already dying, and with her Force essence gushing out of her like a geyser, she had to attack now.

And she did.

In the next thought Abeloth was simply there in front of the stranger, driving a ball of tentacles deep into him. Luke sprang forward to help-and felt a blistering iciness slide deep into his own chest. His entire right side flared into cold anguish, and the tentacles began to dig and grab, tearing him apart inside in a way no lightsaber or blaster ever could.

Luke attacked anyway, driving an elbow strike into the side of her head. As before, there was no crunching, no physical sense of impact, only Force energy plowing through Force energy, sending waves of pain and damage rolling through them both. Luke sensed his elbow come free as it pushed out the other side of Abeloth's head. Then she simply fell away, her still-balled tentacles tearing free of both Luke and the stranger...each clutching a handful of dripping, pulsing Force essence.

The stranger collapsed with a gaping hole in his chest. Luke felt his own form grow limp and weak, and he sensed his mouth falling open to scream, then his whole body was falling, weak and aching for breath.

All of the following quotes are from Apocalypse.

To begin with, Abeloth blasts a hole through Krayt and into Luke using Force Lightning.

Luke turned to follow-and there she was, a gray silhouette just emerging from the Mists of Forgetfulness, her long saffron hair cascading almost down to the water, her tiny pinpoint eyes shining out of sockets as deep as wells.

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.

Saba feels this through the Force, which is also a good time to point out that Abeloth is also engaged in two other battles at the same time; one against Saba and a group of other fighters, and another against Ben Skywalker and Vestara Khai.

What Saba felt in the Force was not exactly a go-command. It was a blast of fiery anguish so intense that it lifted her scales and made her fear for Master Skywalker. Still, the message was clear. The hunt was over and the kill was at hand-even if the prey had drawn first blood.

[...]

The threat came to a crashing end, and Abeloth's tentacle tore free as she went flying backward on a bolt of Force lightning as thick as Ben's leg. He dropped to his knees, his agony fading quickly. Blood poured from his nose.

Abeloth dropped to the ground about three meters ahead, limned in blue and still pinned against the cobblestones by the Force lightning. As she writhed, her tentacles were twining around themselves, coalescing back into arms. Her long golden hair grew silky and dark, her eyes became oblong and normal, and her skin darkened into the lavender tones of a Keshiri Sith.

Vestara came up beside Ben. Her hands were still extended toward Abeloth, pouring Force lightning into the fallen Keshiri.

As noted above, Vestara blasts the avatar with Lightning while in the physical world; interestingly, in Beyond Shadows, Abeloth’s eyes flared with Lightning, growing larger until it engulfed her head; this seems like a direct nod to Vestara pouring Lightning on her, again indicating that the physical and metaphysical are directly intertwined here.

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 fires a blast at her, and notices his fist-sized chest wound, which Krayt would also have. Luke and Krayt had been firing numerous Force blasts at her, and had only just begun to elicit a reaction from her.

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.

Luke’s physical attacks, in this realm, function no differently from his Force attacks; it is just his own Force Essence mixing with Abeloth’s for superiority. In this sense, it’s the most pure, fair form of combat, the strength of one opponent matched squarely against the other, without any of the environmental factors you can expect in the physical world.

Then Luke was there at Abeloth's side, stomp-kicking her legs, knife-handing her throat, grabbing for her head. It was like cotton striking gauze-no popping ligaments or crunching cartilage, just Force essence pushing into Force essence. But the damage was done. Luke's foot went through Abeloth's knee; her leg buckled. His hand sank into her larynx, and she drew back wheezing.

He pivoted around behind her, swinging one arm around her shoulder and grabbing for her chin, slipping the other arm up under hers and pressing his wrist into her neck. But grappling was different beyond shadows. There were no pressure points or joint locks or choke holds, only his presence merging with hers, binding him to her in a writhing knot of energy.

Abeloth counters by attacking Luke with tentacles. Krayt drives his fist inside Abeloth’s Essence, causing immense pain. When she tries to Force blast him away, he roots himself, and the momentum carries all three of them through the air.

Tentacles began to lash at his face, probing for his nose and ears and mouth. A pair of gray tips shot into view, blurring and growing large. Luke closed both eyes and turned away, but not quickly enough. The right eye socket exploded in pain, and everything went dark on that side of his head.

The tattooed stranger stepped in from the left, then slid to the front and drove his stiffened fingers deep into the pit of Abeloth's stomach. A black spray erupted from the wound, and she writhed in pain as the stranger probed for something to grab.

Abeloth loosed a Force blast, trying to drive the stranger off. He held tight. So did Luke, and all three went tumbling across the lake in a snarled mass of limbs and tentacles.

Next, Krayt begins Force Draining both Abeloth and Luke, drawing their Essence into his own, weakening them and strengthening himself. Luke kicks out at Krayt, and he ceases draining him as hard. Abeloth’s strength however continued to decline rapidly.

Then Luke felt an icy twinge between his shoulder blades. The twinge became a sting, and he began to feel something cold flowing down the center of his back. His first thought was Abeloth, that she had sunk a tentacle into his spine-until the lashing of her tentacles slowed and she began to shudder.

Luke did not understand until an eternity later, when the stranger rolled up on his feet and jerked them all to a halt. The Sith seemed to be growing stronger as Abeloth grew weaker, and there were wisps of dark fume swirling off his shoulders and head. It did not take a Jedi Grand Master to understand that Luke was being betrayed by a Force-draining technique.

Still holding Abeloth tight, Luke shifted his hips, rolling them both onto their sides, and kicked a foot through the stranger's knee. The joint buckled, and the Sith dropped onto the surface of the dark water, still on the opposite side of Abeloth from Luke.

"I'll release her!" Luke warned.

"Abeloth?" The stranger shook his head. "Never."

Despite the Sith's words, the cold stinging inside began to subside, and Luke realized the stranger was not pulling as hard. Abeloth continued to struggle, slipping a pair of tentacles around Luke's throat and trying to tear herself free. But she was growing weak faster than Luke.

Now here is where another misconception can be cleared up. Krayt did not have an “easier job” than Luke by draining them both, because as it’s stated below, Krayt was screaming in pain from taking Abeloth’s Essence into his body. He was “suffering as much damage from the attack as was Luke” - where simply attacking someone causes them harm and none to yourself, by draining Abeloth, Krayt was simultaneously wounding and healing himself, and if anything, him draining Luke was merely an attempt to offset this damage.

The draining seemed to continue for days; then the stranger threw back his head and screamed in anguish, and it suddenly seemed that only a breath had passed. Shiny black Force energy began to pour from the Sith's wounds into the lake, spreading outward around them in an oily slick so hot the water began to steam and hiss. 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.

Luke then restrains Abeloth, urging Krayt on to drain her to death. If Luke merely has to hold Abeloth in place, whereas Krayt has to drain her Essence, thereby injuring himself in the process, who has the harder job? If anything, Krayt, but Luke’s also provided with an immense challenge in holding Abeloth still.

Abeloth whipped her chin free of Luke's hand, ripping the energy knot where they had joined and sending a sparkling line of both of their Force essences splattering across the surface of the lake. She began to roll her head around, gnashing and spitting, trying to sink her fangs into Luke's arm or the stranger's-anything she could reach.

Luke slipped his arm down around her throat and pulled hard, merging his form into hers, doing his best to keep her under control.

"Keep going," Luke urged the stranger. "Pull harder!"

Krayt's Drain had such a large impact that the shadow-ghouls being spawned against Saba Sebatyne became much slower and weaker, leading Saba to believe that Luke must have been succeeding in defeating Abeloth.

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.

[...]

Once Olazon had finished, his voice came over the reception bud in Saba's ear. "You're getting quicker," he said. "And only one hit that time. You okay?"

Saba put her weight on her aching leg and, when the muscle merely clinched with cold agony and did not collapse, nodded.

"Yesss, but this one is not growing quicker," she said. "They are growing slower. Keep going."

"You sure, Master Sebatyne?" This from Stomper Two, also speaking over the comm net. "I don't like the changes in their eyes-or how their formation has opened up. This feels like a trap."

The Void Jumper's caution was understandable.

[...]

But Saba suspected the change was a good sign. During their strategy meeting on Coruscant, the Jedi had realized it was possible to temporarily weaken at least one of Abeloth's avatars by killing another. Kill one, weaken the others. The theory was that Abeloth had only a single Force presence, shared by her avatars, so harming any of her avatars would make it easier to defeat all of them. Assuming that the shadow-ghouls were being animated by Abeloth-and Saba saw no other possibility-then they were growing weaker because Luke was succeeding in the Maw.

And that made it even more important to succeed here-and to succeed quickly. It would do the galaxy no good to kill Abeloth in the Maw if she survived here.

Next, Abeloth bursts free of their control, sending them all tumbling away, with Krayt’s hand buried inside her chest as he siphons her Essence, causing him to wail in agony. Luke pushes them back across the lake. Abeloth appears beaten, and disappears, and Krayt returns to draining Luke. As Luke is about to counterattack, Abeloth re-appears, with Krayt’s arm lodged inside her chest, and as Krayt draws his arm back to it’s stump, he exposes a massive wound in Abeloth’s chest, causing a fountain of Essence to pour out.

Abeloth lay tangled in Luke's arms, a writhing mass of Force energy that had suddenly gone limp a second or a day ago, only to explode an hour or a nanosecond later into a flailing tempest that had sent them all rolling and bouncing across the Lake of Apparition's dark waters. The stranger was tumbling with them, his hand still buried in Abeloth's chest, now wailing in agony as gleaming black Force energy steamed from his wounds.

They bounced so close to the shore, Luke grew worried that Abeloth was trying to carry them away from the lake into some new place beyond shadows. And then what? His back hit the water again, and he spun them all around so that his feet were toward the shore. He planted his feet against a moss hummock and kicked off-and sent them all somersaulting back toward the center of the lake. Abeloth stopped struggling and seemed to shrink in his arms, and Luke dared to think that maybe, just maybe she had finally lost hope, that they had exhausted her to the point that she was no longer capable of fighting.

Then she was gone, leaving the stranger and Luke with nothing between them but twenty centimeters of space and the stump of the Sith's hand, now pointed at Luke's chest and still drawing Force energy, draining it not from Abeloth now, but directly from Luke.

They stayed like that for an eternity, a void of cold nothingness growing inside Luke as the stranger continued to hang in the air above, draining him. It seemed to Luke that the Sith's betrayal was premature, that they at least ought to make certain Abeloth was truly dead before they turned to fighting each other...but that was not the way Sith did things.

Luke started to bring his hand up, intending to hit the stranger with a Force blast. But before he could loose it, the Sith's feet dropped to the water's surface, and he raised his stump and pointed toward the far end of the lake.

"There!"

Luke craned his neck and saw Abeloth's silhouette backing into the Mists of Forgetfulness-with the stranger's wrist still protruding from her chest.

"Stop her!" Luke yelled. "If she disappears into that fog..."

Luke left the sentence unfinished as a fountain of oily black Force energy erupted from the protruding wrist. Abeloth's mouth gaped open, and her piercing shriek broke over the lake, reverberating across the water like a clap of thunder. Luke glanced over and saw the stranger standing beside him, pointing in her direction, using the Force to draw his missing hand back toward its stump.

Knowing she is going to die, Abeloth abandons all pretence of self-preservation and goes on the attack fully. She drives a ball of tentacles deep inside Krayt, and then the same against Luke, tearing them apart from the inside “in a way no lightsaber or blaster ever could.”

Abeloth did not come dancing in to counterattack, did not even try to stand off defensively and weaken them with a blast of Force lightning. She did not have time for such tactics. Luke doubted she would have fled the battle in the first place if she were not already dying, and with her Force essence gushing out of her like a geyser, she had to attack now.

And she did.

In the next thought Abeloth was simply there in front of the stranger, driving a ball of tentacles deep into him. Luke sprang forward to help-and felt a blistering iciness slide deep into his own chest. His entire right side flared into cold anguish, and the tentacles began to dig and grab, tearing him apart inside in a way no lightsaber or blaster ever could.

They fight against her, and then Abeloth falls away defeated, leaving both Krayt and Luke incapacitated.

Luke attacked anyway, driving an elbow strike into the side of her head. As before, there was no crunching, no physical sense of impact, only Force energy plowing through Force energy, sending waves of pain and damage rolling through them both. Luke sensed his elbow come free as it pushed out the other side of Abeloth's head. Then she simply fell away, her still-balled tentacles tearing free of both Luke and the stranger...each clutching a handful of dripping, pulsing Force essence.

The stranger collapsed with a gaping hole in his chest. Luke felt his own form grow limp and weak, and he sensed his mouth falling open to scream, then his whole body was falling, weak and aching for breath.

—Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse

So overall, Luke and Krayt suffered nearly identical wounds, and both played an equally pivotal role in Abeloth’s downfall. It’s worth noting the entire fight takes place from Luke’s perspective, so naturally more emphasis will be put on his own actions, which I suspect is part of why people thought he “had the harder job” - but that has also been cleared up, as Krayt’s Force Drain against Abeloth wounded him in equal part.

Next, and perhaps most importantly, we have to examine the aftermath of the battle, which will ultimately prove that this battle represents their power in the physical world. Again, all of the following quotes are from Apocalypse unless otherwise stated.

Luke gives out a “death scream” in the physical world once the battle ends.

Jaina had heard death screams many times before, on battlefields from Anthus to Zelaba, and they had one thing in common: death screams always contained as much surprise as pain, as much anger and disbelief as sorrow. It was as though men meeting a violent end could never quite believe what was happening, that they had finally met a fighter who was better and luckier than they were. Or maybe it was death itself they were cursing, angry at how it preferred to cheat great warriors of their lives rather than take them in a fair fight. Jaina couldn't be sure of the feelings behind the scream, but she knew one thing for certain-a death scream was always raw and loud.

And that was the kind of scream she had just heard from the Rude Awakening's medbay, where Luke had strapped in his body before he went beyond shadows.

Luke and Krayt “robbed Abeloth of much of her strength,” as indicated by how the shadow-ghouls spawned by Abeloth to fight Saba lost nearly all of their strength when Abeloth’s avatar was killed by Luke and Krayt.

By the time Saba reached the air lock at the entrance to the computer core, the shadow-ghouls were barely shadows anymore. Their eyes had paled to white, and they moved so slowly that it was easy to dance past and close the eyes of their corpses. And even when one of them did make contact, there was no life draining or pain, just a sudden cold ache that passed as quickly as the ghoul was destroyed.

Clearly, Master Skywalker had robbed Abeloth of much of her strength. But Saba feared that he had also been greatly weakened, for she had not sensed him reaching out to let her know of his success-to warn her that Abeloth would now be desperate and looking to escape.

After the fight, still Beyond Shadows, Luke is ready to die. He was so badly injured that the only thing stopping him from sinking into the Lake of Apparitions was Mara Jade’s ghost pushing him back up.

The Lake of Apparitions was neither warm nor cold, still nor roiling. It simply was, beyond time and sensation, beyond fear or desire or duty. It embodied surrender and attainment, death and immortality, and Luke had never felt more ready to slip below its dark surface and join his beloved Mara, to wrap himself in her liquid embrace and let the Depths of Eternity wash away the anguish of his wounds, the ache of his lonely despair.

But something would not let him sink.

He lay on the water for a year or a minute, hurt and exhausted, watching Abeloth's pale form vanish. Her eyes were empty and dark, her tentacles curled into loose balls. Her golden hair was fanned about her head in a floating halo, and she did not seem to be sinking so much as merely shrinking. Luke continued to watch as she dwindled to the size of a thigh, a foot, a finger, then a mere sliver that seemed to hang below him, wavering and flickering, before it finally slipped from sight.

And still Luke did not sink. He was too weak to rise, and he could feel nothing of himself except the aching void Abeloth had torn in his chest. It occurred to him that he might well be dying, and it was not a thought that brought him any fear. Even if his life had not been as long as Yoda's, it had been a good one filled with close friends and much-loved family. He had been of some small service, at least, to his fellow sentient beings. And in the new Jedi Order, he had rekindled a light that had once gone out in the galaxy. He had few regrets for anything he had done, and if the time had come to let another Jedi carry the torch, he was ready.

"Not yet, Skywalker."

The voice was warm and familiar, and it came from beside Luke. He turned to find Mara's face breaking the surface of the water. Then he saw a hand gripping the back of his biceps and realized that she was floating beneath him, preventing him from sinking.

"Mara, it's okay," Luke said. "I'm ready. I want to be with you."

"Too bad." He felt his upper body rising as she tried to push him upward. "I don't want to be with you-not here, not yet."

"What?" Luke asked, feeling more confused than resentful. "Mara, I'm wounded...badly. Abeloth took something out of me."

In contrast, Krayt had already gotten to his feet and was limping away from the battle, clutching his chest. Caedus proposes that Krayt’s injuries may be “different” from Luke’s own, which he is clearly wrong about, but he rightly asserts that Sith have the dark side, and thus cling to life and thrive off of pain, unlike a Jedi. While that’s true, it does little to change the fact that Krayt survived injuries to his Force Essence which would have killed Luke had Mara not kept him afloat, indicating that they are indeed comparable Force wielders.

"She wounded him, too." Mara's other hand rose out of the water and pointed past Luke's head, toward the tattooed Sith who had helped Luke kill Abeloth. The stranger was on his feet, limping toward the far shore with both hands clutched to his chest. "If he can do it, so can you."

Luke forced himself to sit upright. The effort made his head spin and his whole being ache, but he refused to collapse back into the water. He had no idea of the Sith's true identity, but it did not seem wise to let him return to the physical galaxy alone.

"That's ridiculous. Their injuries may be different." This voice came from Luke's other side, sinister and cajoling...and also familiar. "Besides, Sith are stronger. They have the dark side."

"Who is he?" Luke asked, turning to find Jacen looking up from the water on his other side. "You know, don't you?"

"I told you," Jacen replied. "He's the one I saw sitting on the Throne of Balance."

"The dark man of your vision?" Luke asked. This was the best opportunity he would ever have to learn for certain why Jacen had turned to the dark side, and he was determined to take advantage of it. "The one you sacrificed yourself to stop?"

"I saw only one," Jacen replied. "And you're letting him win."

Luke shook his head. "He can't win, Jacen. Whatever damage you caused to the Force, you accomplished that much. The Sith will never rule the galaxy...not now."

Further emphasizing this point, Krayt and Luke share the same gaping chest wounds, and Krayt “was in no better shape to fight than Luke.”

The tattooed man stopped and whirled, and Luke found himself preparing to dodge a fork of Force lightning. But the stranger was in no better shape to fight than Luke. He had a gaping wound in his chest, just like Luke, and Luke could see that his entire form was shuddering. Instead of attacking, the Sith just stood staring at them, one eye shining yellow and the other an empty socket, his right arm a useless ghost of a limb.

Then, after an eternity that might have been a mere second, he said, "You must not be so certain of yourself, Master Skywalker. You may think you have stopped the Sith, but you know nothing of us...nothing at all."

"I know that Jacen changed the future," Luke retorted. "And you know it, too-or you wouldn't have been here to help me fight Abeloth."

The stranger dipped his chin in acknowledgment. "There is that," he said. "But can you be sure the change will last? Perhaps Caedus did not change the future. Perhaps he only delayed it."

Luke felt his energy and his determination come rushing back. "I guess that remains to be seen, doesn't it?"

A slow grin crept across the stranger's mouth. "Indeed it does." He turned and began to limp away. "And we shall see, Master Skywalker. I promise you that."

Luke returned to his feet and stood watching, until the stranger finally stepped onto the shore and vanished. The man was barely gone before Jacen spoke again, this time from the water in front of Luke.

—Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse

Now, we already established that the physical body gives form to the Essence, and that the Essence is a representation of the physical. Therefore, any damage to the body, like severed arms, will be represented by the Essence.

As it turns out, the reverse is true as well; damage sustained while Beyond Shadows manifests as damage to the physical body. This again, proves that the two realms are intertwined for all intents and purposes, providing that one is still tethered to their body. Due to the battle, Luke was in a near-death coma. He lost parts of his ribs and lungs, had an unexplained infection “far nastier than any normal complication,” and had a fist-sized hole in his chest which Ben likened to being hit by a blaster cannon. Krayt would have suffered and overcome virtually identical injuries.

Ben ignored the sharpness of her tone and continued on toward the medbay. He could tell by the heavy odor of antiseptic and bacta salve that his father was in bad shape. He reached out in the Force, trying to find some hint of his father's condition, and felt the lukewarm presence of a non-sentient being-or a Jedi so deep in a healing trance that he appeared to be in a coma.

Ben took a calming breath, then stepped through the hatch into a ten-bunk medical bay. As a Void Jumper assault vessel, the pinnace was outfitted for both combat and the aftereffects. His father lay secured in a bunk along the cabin's back wall, with a breathing tube down his throat and half a dozen IV catheters secured to his arms, neck, and legs. A huge bandage covered the right side of his chest, and while his skin was not dry or flaky, it had turned the color of ash. Whatever Jaina was thinking about Vestara, she was telling the truth about Ben's father. Luke Skywalker was close to death.

[...]

"I want to see the other patient first." Ben hooked the mask's retainer loops over his ears, then asked, "What's his condition?"

"Grave," the droid replied. "Unexplained coma, unclassified rapid-onset infection, and massive chest trauma-due to loss of second thoracic rib and superior lobe of the right lung."

Ben frowned. "Trauma due to the loss of a rib and a lung lobe?" he asked. "Isn't the loss of parts usually the result of trauma, not the cause?"

The droid fixed its beady photoreceptors on Ben. "Are you a physician, soldier?"

"I'm trained in field medicine," Ben replied.

"And that qualifies you to question an EmDee's diagnosis?"

"Not at all," Ben said. He was unaccustomed to dealing with this kind of droid, but he knew enough about elite-force protocol to realize he would learn nothing by backing down. "But I am qualified to know when something doesn't make sense."

"I didn't say the injury made sense." The droid stepped back, giving Ben a clear path to his father's side. "The cause of the injury appears to be the spontaneous ejection of the superior lobe. I found nothing to suggest the primary cause."

"No shrapnel wounds or internal burns?" Ben asked.

"Had I found either, I wouldn't have said 'spontaneous ejection.'" The droid stepped aside. "You may speak to the patient, but keep it short. You are in need of attention, too."

Ben went over to the bunk and grew even more alarmed. Even with the tape over the lids, it was clear that his father's eyes were sunken-in fact, the sockets looked empty. And his chest bandage was stained with circles of yellow and green ichor, which suggested an infection far nastier than any normal complication. Most worrisome of all, however, was the fist-sized basin in the center of the bandage. It looked like his father had taken a bolt from a blaster cannon, and Ben had trouble understanding what could have happened beyond shadows to cause such an injury to a physical body. He grasped the curled fingers of his father's hand, at the same time reaching out to him in the Force.

—Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse

Another misconception is that a wound to the Force Essence can never be healed, and that it permanently weakens the physical body or one’s Force power. This is not said anywhere, and is usually a reference to the dark hole in the chest of Luke’s Essence, which is merely an indicator of his chest wound. Like the physical body heals, so too does the Essence, as noted below where Luke states his wound is “slow-to-heal” and “only bothers him when he has a Force vision.”

Her gaze dropped to Luke’s chest, where his robe covered a mysterious, slow-to-heal wound. He had received it the year before from an ancient being named Abeloth, who seemed to be a chaos-bringing agent of the Force itself. Luke had ultimately triumphed, but the fight had cost him a rib and part of a lung.

“I’m fine. You know the wound only bothers me when I have a Force vision.” Luke had to work to keep a civil tone, for the Masters’ concern over his health had grown tiresome over the last few months. He was the Grand Master, after all, and they insisted on coddling him.

—Crucible

What we can conclude, then, is that Darth Krayt is in the highest echelon of Force users as of Apocalypse, able to perform similarly to Grandmaster Luke against a common opponent, and survive identical attacks which brought both to the brink of death. Specifically, it shows that Krayt is someone Luke Skywalker would need considerable effort to defeat, whereas in contrast, Luke can totally immobilize Darth Caedus without even needing to gesture, with no apparent effort. The only thing sparing Caedus from a quick death was Luke’s sense of decency.

"In the next instant, Caedus found himself flying across the cabin toward his observation bubble. Luke had not gestured, had not flinched, had not even shifted his gaze; he had simply grabbed Caedus in the Force and hurled him five meters into his chair.

"Don't lie." Luke started across the cabin. "I'm getting tired of it."

Caedus sprang out of the chair... or attempted to. Instead, he found himself struggling against an invisible weight. He felt as if he were accelerating to lightspeed with a faulty inertial compensator.

"Luke, you've gone mad." Caedus reached for the controls on the arm of his chair and discovered he couldn't even do that much. "You can't do this. I know you're having trouble dealing with Mara's death, but..."

"This has nothing to do with Mara," Luke said. "And you're lucky it doesn't. If she were here-if she had known what you were using Ben for-there'd be pieces of you scattered along the entire length of the Hydian Way."

The irony of the statement was far from lost on Caedus, but he was too astonished-and too frightened-to take any pleasure in it. While it was true that Luke had taken him by surprise, it was equally true that he had done so with no visible effort-and that he was continuing to hold him with no apparent exertion.

Keenly aware that all that stood between him and a quick death was Luke Skywalker's much-strained sense of decency, Caedus let a little of his very real fear seep into the Force, just enough to seem properly alarmed.

[...]

"Then I'll take it for what it's worth," Luke said. Leaving Caedus Force-pinned in his chair, he started toward the door. "I'll show myself out."

Caedus knew he would be freed as soon as Luke turned his concentration to something other than Force-pinning him-but that might take minutes, and Caedus needed to send in the Home Fleet now. Besides, he was the Chief of State of the Galactic Alliance, and he could not allow anyone, even Luke Skywalker, to humiliate him and simply leave. He had to assert some sort of authority."

—Legacy of the Force: Inferno

Now consider that while Krayt’s body was old, damaged and afflicted with coral seeds during Apocalypse, Reborn Krayt has a perfect physical condition and a heightened connection to and mastery of the Force - he is a different beast entirely even compared to his Apocalypse iteration.

Moving on to the events of Legacy, we have the first fight between Legacy Krayt and Cade Skywalker after training with the Sith. It’s fairly straight forward, Cade puts up a fight but is outmatched, and it’s worth bearing in mind Krayt has no intention of killing Cade since he needs him to heal his body.

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Next, the battle against Celeste Morne and Karness Muur, where we can clear up another misconception. It’s also important to note that Krayt’s body is at its weakest point here, per the section on his physical condition earlier.

Firstly, there is a brief clash of blades before Krayt is swarmed by rakghouls. After some time Krayt fries them with Force Lightning, which would logically leave him badly fatigued like the other times he has exerted himself. They clash blades again for a page with Muur in full control, and then Celeste reasserts control and holds off Maladi and Krayt’s Lightning. Muur notes that Celeste on her own is no match for Krayt alone, let alone both of them. The page breaks away, and Krayt is then seen dueling her again and trying to talk her into giving into the dark side and becoming his acolyte - we can only assume that Krayt relented with his Lightning in order to do this. This also shows that Celeste can draw on the Talisman’s power without fully giving herself over to Muur, so the idea that Celeste was hindered due to her attempts to resist Muur’s influence seem contradictory if she can still draw from his power at will.

Finally, Celeste draws on Muur’s full power, and acting in unison, they briefly stalemate Krayt’s Lightning before he is stabbed in the back with a lightsaber. Celeste seizes the opportunity and blasts Krayt from the cliff.

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So in conclusion? Well, very little happened. The only definitive piece of information we got was that Krayt is superior to a partially amped Celeste Morne, but other than that, there was no conclusive victory for either side unless you count Krayt being backstabbed. Due to the random nature of the battle, there was no protracted lightsaber duel or Force exchange we can use to say whether Muur-amped Celeste or Krayt is superior for definite.

Now, we need to deal with the following quote, which I find people use recklessly without any consideration to the context of the fight or Celeste’s unique state at the time. The quote is:

“On Had Abbadon, in the Deep Core, Krayt confronted Skywalker a second time. But a third Force-user possessed powers that outshone them both. Karness Muur, an ancient Sith spirit, blasted Krayt with overpowering energy, sending him over a cliff to the rocks below.”

—Star Wars Insider #113

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Does “possessed powers which outshone them” mean “Karness Muur is more powerful than Darth Krayt?” No, it doesn’t. He possessed “powers,” which, during the fight “outshone” Krayt and Cade. What could those powers be? Perhaps Muur’s ability to heal Krayt of his Vong affliction, or summon groups of Rakghouls at will? Either of those would fit the criteria quite easily. Muur's Rakghouls are considered more important than any personal power afforded to the user of his amulet, after all.

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—Jedi Academy Training Manual

In another sense, they were outshone when Muur blasted Krayt from the cliff. Muur would certainly shine more brightly than anyone else at the time of his victory, but given that his victory was the result of a cheapshot, that hardly proves he is more powerful than Krayt overall. All the quote really tells us is that Celeste and Muur came out looking better in the end, not declaring that in any context their power is superior to Krayt’s.

And perhaps the biggest oversight of all is when people assume that the combined power of Muur’s spirit and Celeste Morne is equivalent to or even weaker than Karness Muur’s power in his living body; this is based on zero evidence.

Celeste draws freely from Karness Muur’s spirit as an added source of power, whereas Karness Muur has no additional power source to draw from. They both have the amulet. The trouble is, even if you assume Muur is greater than Morne normally, Muur is not necessarily greater than a Morne who is drawing on the power of Muur’s own spirit freely: it could well be the case that this additional amp pushes Morne beyond Muur in his normal living state. In any case, there is no confirmation either way.

So, if we combine Celeste’s uniquely amplified state, Krayt’s dire physical condition, and the ambiguous nature of the fight as a whole, there is really no basis for the idea that Legacy Krayt is below Muur - and per all available evidence, Krayt in his Reborn iteration would massacre Muur, pretty easily, as his power literally multiplies after his return.

Also, just so there is no contention over this: both Muur’s spirit and his amulet are potent sources of power independent of each other, which has been stated by the Legacy Era Campaign Guide and is also apparent from the fact Force-enchanted artifiacts become Force sensitive in their own right, and Muur’s was among one of the most powerful ever crafted. It's also stated that

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All that’s left to deal with is this quote from the #31 solicitation...

“But Emperor Krayt might no longer be the most powerful Sith lord in the galaxy. Will Cade and Celeste have another Sith to defeat... or join?”

—Star Wars: Legacy #31 Solicitation

...but given that it is merely proposing a hypothetical in order to advertise the comic, rather than giving a statement of fact, it can be dismissed.

Lastly, we’ll go over Reborn Krayt’s final fights, with a brief reminder of how much more powerful he is than the previous iterations discussed.

“What no one knows is that Darth Krayt is returning better than before. . .”

—Star Wars: Legacy—War #1

“I have been through death and conquered it. I have returned with my power multiplied. The Dark Side of the Force lives and manifests itself through me!”

—Darth Krayt

“I have become so much more than you can know, traitor.”

—Darth Krayt

“Death is not an ending, boy -- but it is a passageway to something greater.”

—Darth Krayt

“You fled our last fight -- and I am so much more now than I was then.”

—Darth Krayt

“The re-designing of Darth Krayt has been an interesting challenge both story wise and visually. I went through a bunch of different looks for him, but the one that appealed to me the most was a Krayt who was Yuuzhan Vong parasite free and again in control of his own body—Darth Krayt as a Sith—now at the peak of his power and willing to set the Galaxy to rights as the Force guides him.”

—Jan Duursema

“‘Legacy—War’ will fill readers in on what really happened to Krayt at the end of ‘Vector.’ I’d say that Krayt understands his power better than he ever has before and he is intent on exacting revenge for Wyyrlok’s transgressions.”

—Jan Duursema

"Darth Krayt has returned from the "dead," stronger, more evil, and more determined than ever to crush the galaxy under his heel."

—Star Wars: Legacy—War #1 Solicitation

"It's an all-out war as the Sith emperor returns from the dead-stronger, more evil, more determined, and prepared to unleash a new secret weapon upon the galaxy!"

—Star Wars: Legacy Volume 11 -- War TPB Solicitation

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Krayt vs Wyyrlok. It’s fairly straight forward: Krayt weathers Wyyrlok’s Lightning, Telekinesis and Memory Walk easily, dominates him in lightsaber combat, and guts him. What’s important to note is that despite knowing all of Krayt’s weaknesses intimately, he wasn’t able to pose any serious threat to his mind, allowing Krayt to draw him into a trap and finish him. The panel where Krayt is depicted as withering away is clearly a fabrication of reality, since we know his armor doesn’t actually fall apart. Easy victory overall.

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Krayt vs Cade II. This fight actually appears even easier than the last, and is a testament to how ludicrously powerful Reborn Darth Krayt is. The first thing that happens is Cade is thrown through the air with telekinesis, and then held there and dragged around, as indicated by the blur leading from Krayt’s hand. This is essentially a mild version of ragdolling or Force choking, where Cade is unable to free himself from Krayt but isn’t totally out of control of his own body. Krayt shoots some Lightning, and then when we cut back to the fight, Cade is beaten in two panels. You could say his victory was accelerated by the one-touch kill of Dark Transfer, but it’s nevertheless a dominating victory over an extremely powerful Skywalker.

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Force Knowledge

In this section we will go over Darth Krayt’s knowledge of the Force.

Darth Wyyrlok I believed that Krayt may understand an aspect of the Force that was beyond his own comprehension, indicating the depth of his knowledge.

“Perhaps the Master knew the nature of Nyss's relationship to the Force, but Wyyrlok did not; it was beyond his comprehension. What he did know was that Nyss's presence, and that of his twin sister, Syll, could disrupt a Force sensitive's connection to the Force.”

—Riptide

Legacy Krayt’s holocron, despite being incomplete, is “a repository for great knowledge,” and includes secrets and lore known only to Krayt himself.

“Since Darth Krayt discovered the true extent of his body’s degradation, the Sith Lord has been crafting a holocron to store the sum total of his knowledge as well as his beliefs and philosophies. However, at the height of the Sith-Imperial War, this holocron is not yet complete. Despite this fact, the holocron is still a repository for great knowledge, including many secrets and bits of lore known only to Krayt himself.”

—Legacy Era Campaign Guide

Legacy Krayt’s resources were vast, such that he was able to find rare and ancient holocrons such as those belonging to Darths Bane, Nihilus and Andeddu. Bane’s had only ever been seen in the possession of Bane himself (and presumably those of his line), and Nihilus’ had not been seen since the SWTOR era, 4,000 years prior.

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A’Sharad Hett spent nearly four decades in apprenticeship to the spirit of XoXaan, and had also studied her holocron.

“I first encountered it after leaving my apprenticeship to XoXaan on Korriban.”

[...]

“When I emerged from the tombs, I discovered I had been on Korriban longer than I thought. I learned that Vader and Palpatine were both gone and that your ancestor was the instrument.”

—Darth Krayt

“He created himself, then re-created the Sith Order under the guidance of XoXaan -- an ancient Sith warrior -- his first and greatest teacher.

—Darth Talon

“I am XoXaan. I was one of the first of the Sith Lords, one of those who abandoned the Jedi Order to seek a darker path to truth.

[...]

“I have waited for someone like you… someone who has served the Light and found it empty, who has found how lacing the galaxy is. Someone who has known anger, hate… and despair. My brethren and I invented what it means to be a Sith. Are you willing to open yourself to that truth?”

“Master… I am.”

—The Spirit of XoXaan and A’Sharad Hett

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“An ancient Sith Lord noted for her skills as a healer.

[...]

She had stored her knowledge in a holocron, which Hett discovered with help from her spirit. When Hett opened himself up to her teachings, he absorbed her knowledge and eventually became Darth Krayt.”

—The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia

“It was presumed that Hett had died during the execution of Order 66. In reality, he had taken the destruction of the Jedi Order to give in to and explore his emotions. Over time, he gained a great deal of strength in the Force, much of which came from collections of Sith lore he discovered in his travels to Korriban. Following the guidance found in an ancient Sith holocron, he eventually gave himself over to the power of the dark side, and became the Dark Lord known as Darth Krayt, a name honoring one of Tatooine’s most formidable predators.”

—The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia

“Gaining knowledge from an ancient Sith Holocron on Korriban, Hett began to adopt the ways of the Sith and customise them, abolishing the restrictive Rule of Two in favor of the Rule of One, in which the overarching Sith Order was paramount.”

—The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia

To give an idea of how powerful XoXaan and her contemporaries are: they were among twelve who survived the Battle of Corbos against the Jedi, who fled to Korriban. There, XoXaan and a handful of others distinguished themselves as the most powerful and highest ranking of the Jedi Exiles, meanwhile any other exiles were held in high regard merely due to their survival.

They were quickly recognised as superior practitioners of the dark side to the Sith Purebloods, who themselves are a powerful Force sensitive species who have been immersed in the dark side for well over one hundred thousand years. They had maintained a warlike hierarchical society ever since. They were talented sorcerers and alchemists who had “perfected” their dark side techniques ”enabling them to create more and more complex powers once thought well beyond the grasp of mere sentients.” Despite this, the Jedi Exiles ruled over the Sith like “gods.” They telepathically “enslaved” them, turning them into “unwilling thralls.”

“The Sith have existed for well over a hundred thousand years. Over that barely imaginable space of time many Sith magicians emerged with the might of the dark side grasped firmly in their hands…”

[...]

“Though the Sith held great power, they were not united, preferring to remain in tribal “circles,” bands of Sith led by one or more sorcerers who were responsible for the safety and protection of their charges. The Sith retained such a societal structure until the arrival of a fallen Jedi who took particular interest in their techniques for drawing power from the dark side.

This dark Jedi dominated the Sith people, though his methods of doing so were not recorded in Sadow's Holocron. He turned them into unwilling thralls, stealing their knowledge of sorcery and using it against them. This Jedi proclaimed himself the Dark Lord of the Sith, making him the first in a lineage that would plague the rest of the galaxy for untold millennia.

So, the question still stands: What is the relation between the Sith and the dark side?

The Sith developed and perfected the techniques of calling on the dark side, enabling them to create more and more complex powers once thought well beyond the grasp of mere sentients. The Sith simultaneously feed on and empower the dark side in a symbiotic relationship whose ties can never be severed.”

—Ood Bnar, Tales of the Jedi Companion

“The Sith species was discovered three thousand years ago on Korriban by exiled human Dark Jedi fleeing Republic space after their defeat in a war called the Second Great Schism.”

—Star Wars The Old Republic: Sith Pureblood Codex

“In the end, the Jedi banished Ajunta Pall and his followers, exiling them to the Outer Rim–where the exiles found Korriban and a Force-wielding native species called the Sith. Ajunta Pall impressed the Sith with his power and technology, and the Sith soon revered the exiles as gods.”

—Star Wars The Old Republic: Tomb of Ajunta Pall Codex

“But we turned our exile into victory, here on the far side of the galaxy. In these unblemished worlds we found the Sith people treated us as gods!”

—Marka Ragnos, Tales of the Jedi: The Golden Age of the Sith

“These ‘Dark Jedi’ were defeated by their former allies, and fled to the far reaches of the galaxy, where they conquered a powerful but malleable species named the Sith. Treated as gods by their new subjects, the Jedi exiles proclaimed themselves the Lords of the Sith.”

—Star Wars: The Ultimate Visual Guide Updated and Expanded

“There were twelve of us, including several ranking commanders: High General Ajunta Pall; Marchioness XoXaan, commander of the Black Legions. . .”

[...]

“Other less distinguished Dark Jedi were prominent within our company only because they had not perished in the war.”

[...]

“The Sith greeted us. Despite our obvious superior powers, we were not hailed as gods when we arrived. It took weeks for us to understand the power structure of their culture, to undermine it, and to annihilate the current king.”

[...]

“Ziost has been the throneworld of the Sith Purebloods since prehistory. It is where we erected our own palaces to rule as Sith Lords. The Sith respect power, and they are content to serve us. In fact, the Sith Purebloods are marvels. They are a people driven by hunger, rage, and the dark side.”

[...]

“The Sith Purebloods are strong in the Force, but they do not outmatch us. They are rooted in primitivism, while we were once the Republic’s greatest Jedi. They have discovered many secrets, some unknown to any other beings in the galaxy. But their unshakeable caste structure instills obedience and purpose, which serve us well as their overlords.”

[...]

“They may be primitive, but the Sith Purebloods are worthy of respect—not only for their skill with the dark side but also for their hunger for war.”

[...]

“Sith purebloods are natural adepts at the dark side. This I must emphasise, for it is this trait that will make us far stronger in exile than we ever were when we held our former ranks. I have always been one to seek out rumors of esoteric worlds and their life bounty, and I do not know of another species like them.

“The Sith have had a thousand generations to perfect the dark arts.”

[...]

“Within the Nakgru Holocron, I learned the history of the Sith Purebloods in vivid detail not found through oral histories or brittle scrolls. I learned these warlike people are living proof that the smug Jedi who banished us are wrong about the dark side.

“The Sith kill, rage, and hate, yet their society does not fragment. It thrives. More than three millennia before the Republic’s founding, a prodigious Sith arose—his name was Adas.”

[...]

“Sith alchemists have had ages to perfect their art, and their knowledge is now mine.”

[...]

“Alchemy is my science, yet I have found the Sith Purebloods possess a new understanding of how to manipulate the dark side. I sought the secrets of spellcasting in my pilfered holocron, but its guardian was jealous.”

—Sorzus Syn, Book of Sith

Also, Remulus Dreypa one of XoXaan’s rivals, was capable of creating Lightning Storms which could destroy buildings.

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—Lost Tribe of the Sith: Spiral

The One Sith spent over a century immersing themselves in the dark side knowledge available on Korriban, which included numerous ancient holocrons and scrolls found in the Valley of the Dark Lords.

“Ancient and deadly, Darth Krayt has created a Sith order that is fully immersed in the dark side.

For over a hundred years, Krayt’s Sith have hidden on the planet Korriban, using the miasma of the dark side that permeates the planet to conceal themselves.”

—Star Wars: Legacy #0

“Meanwhile, a new Sith Order was secretly forming on the planet Korriban, infusing themselves with the dark knowledge found in the ancient Sith temples there, honing a plan to retake the galaxy.”

—Star Wars: Legacy #0 & #0.5

“Armed with ancient knowledge gained from holocrons found on the world of Korriban, and driven by what it believes to be a higher purpose, Krayt’s Sith order has been surreptitiously planning to bring its vision of peace and stability to the galaxy for over 100 years—and it will stop at nothing to make its vision a reality.”

—Star Wars Insider #88

Within the One Sith order, Darth Wyyrlok was the Loremaster with unparalleled knowledge of the Sith, their rituals, lore and history, however in this regard he was rivaled by Legacy Krayt. Wyyrlok is the third to take this name, and inherited two lifetimes of knowledge and teachings from his two predecessors, Wyyrlok II (his mother, and master) and Wyyrlok I (his grandfather).

“Calm, philosophical, and skilled in diplomacy, Wyyrlok is the voice of reason within—and the public face of—the Sith order. His knowledge of the rituals and lore of the Sith is unparalleled, and his dark side abilities are surpassed only by Krayt.”

—Star Wars Insider #88

"A Chagrian SIth Lord and Darth Krayt’s second in command during the rise of Krayt’s new Sith Order. Wyyrlok's knowledge of Sith lore, rituals, and history was rivalled only by that of Krayt himself. The reserved, philosophical Chagrian was the third individual to hold the title of Darth Wyyrlok, and ensured the continuation of the pattern by submitting his own daughter for training on Korriban.”

—The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia

“Darth Wyyrlok. The third of that name to serve the Lord of the One Sith -- Darth Krayt. Confidant, advisor, seer, Master of Sith lore.”

—Star Wars: Legacy #27

Wyyrlok is a master of “all the ways of the dark side.”

“Third of that name, Wyyrlok is Krayt’s most trusted lieutenant, master of ritual lore of the Sith and all the ways of the dark side.”

—Star Wars: Legacy #0

“The third Sith Master to hold this name, Wyyrlok is Krayt’s second-in-command, a master of ritual lore of the Sith and of all ways of the dark side.”

—Star Wars: Legacy #0.5

Darth Wyyrlok was a tireless scholar, one of the greatest of not only the Sith, but of the Jedi and all other Force-using traditions in the galaxy. He had access to books, scrolls, holocrons and computer records from “across the eons.” He was utterly dedicated to finding a cure for Krayt’s illness, and would go to the ends of the galaxy studying the Force in order to find it.

“Darth Krayt and Darth Wyyrlok continued to delve into the ancient Sith lore, hoping to find a cure for his condition.”

—The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia

“Known as the Loremaster of the Sith, Darth Wyyrlok is one of the greatest scholars of the Jedi, Sith, and other Force-using traditions in the galaxy. Darth Wyyrlok has access to books, scrolls, holocrons, and computer records from across the eons, which he has collected in the hopes of gaining a deeper understanding of the Force. Darth Wyyrlok is utterly dedicated to serving Darth Krayt and will go to the ends of the galaxy to find a way to restore his master’s body to its youthful form.

—Legacy Era Campaign Guide

“Wyyrlok knows how these biots threaten to take over his Master’s body and leave him a mindless shell. He probed deep into his collection of ancient books of Sith lore, seeking an answer to Krayt’s affliction in the wisdom of the past.”

—Star Wars: Legacy #27

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Darth Wyyrlok realised one of the most profound truths of the dark side; that willpower is the key to mastering the Force, and that it can allow a Sith to achieve almost anything. He “displays this in everything he does” “proving once again that the Sith are masters of bending the galaxy to their will.” This truth was also discovered, and it’s importance reiterated by both Darth Plagueis and Darth Sidious. Plagueis found that “there were no powers beyond his reach,” including flight, invisibility, teleportation and time travel, and that any could be discovered with sufficient “effort of will.” Sidious claimed that the “key to power” was anger combined with willpower.

Darth Wyyrlok believes that it is willpower that gives the Sith their strength. By sheer force of will, a Sith can achieve almost anything, and Darth Wyyrlok displays this in everything he does. He is a master of illusions, capable of using the Force to trick his enemies’ minds into seeing that that are not there. In fact, so powerful are Darth Wyyrlok's mind tricks that he manages to convince nearly a dozen lightsaber-wielding dark side cultists on Prakith that they should fight and kill one another, proving once again that the Sith are masters of bending the galaxy to their will.

—Legacy Era Campaign Guide

“What is a Sith? Over time, the beliefs have changed, but one constant has remained. The imposition of one’s will on the Force, on the environment surrounding one, on the galaxy itself. There is no substance stronger than the will of the Sith. Not durasteel, not Mandalorian beskar, not the beliefs of the Jedi. Nothing. Never question, never doubt. Those are poisons that sap your will, steal your strength, make you the prey and not the predator. It is Darth Krayt’s doubt--that he will live to see the completion of his vision, that his Sith Order will outlive him--that is killing him. Wyyrlok sees that now. That does not matter. Wyyrlok’s belief, his mission, his will are strong for himself and Krayt. Time will be made. A way will be found. A solution will be forged. It will all bend to his will.”

—Star Wars: Legacy #27

“Still in safekeeping on Aborah were texts and holocrons that recounted the deeds and abilities of Sith Masters who, so it was said and written, had been able to summon wind or rain or fracture the skies with conjured lightning. In their own words or those of their disciples, a few Dark Lords claimed to have had the ability to fly, become invisible, or transport themselves through space and time. But Plagueis had never succeeded in duplicating any of those phenomena.

From the start Tenebrous had told him that he lacked the talent for Sith sorcery, even though the inability hadn't owed to a deficiency of midi-chlorians. It's an innate gift, the Bith would say when pressed, and one that he had lacked, as well. Sorcery paled in comparison with Bith science, regardless. But Plagueis now understood that Tenebrous had been wrong about sorcery, as he had been wrong about so many things. Yes, the gift was strongest in those who, with scant effort, could allow themselves to be subsumed by the currents of the Force and become conduits for the powers of the dark side. But there was an alternative path to those abilities, and it led from a place where the circle closed on itself and sheer will substituted for selflessness. Plagueis understood, too, that there were no powers beyond his reach; none he couldn't master through an effort of will. If a Sith of equal power had preceded him, then that one had taken his or her secrets to the grave, or had locked them away in holocrons that had been destroyed or had yet to surface.”

—Darth Plagueis

“Through the principles of anger, I will structure and maintain my Empire. The writings of Darth Malgus confirm that anger, combined with will, is the key to power. When anger intensifies to rage, it is unstoppable.”

—Darth Sidious, Book of Anger (Book of Sith)

Darth Wyyrlok is a master of Sith sorcery and Illusions.

“He is a master of illusions, capable of using the Force to trick his enemies' minds into seeing things that are not there. In fact, so powerful are Darth Wyyrlok's mind tricks that he manages to convince nearly a dozen lightsaber-wielding dark side cultists on Prakith that they should fight and kill one another.”

—Legacy Era Campaign Guide

“Darth Wyyrlok is the master of Sith lore and magic in Darth Krayt's Sith order.”

—Star Wars: Legacy #27 Solicitation

https://www.darkhorse.com/Comics/15-530/Star-Wars-Legacy-27

As noted earlier, Darth Wyyrlok scoured the galaxy from end to end tirelessly in his pursuit to cure Darth Krayt, and was one of the most prolific scholars of alternate-Force using traditions. What is also stated is that Krayt’s empire is not “ignorant” “of the many other Force traditions in the galaxy.” These organisations and their members are all given a choice; to join the Sith or perish. In any event, their teachings were likely absorbed by Wyyrlok and Krayt, as in addition to their tomes being collected, “many of the Sith in Darth Krayt’s Empire are former members of other Force traditions.”

“Darth Krayt’s Empire is neither ignorant nor tolerant of the many other Force traditions in the galaxy, particularly those that might oppose the Empire’s advance or those with strong ties to the Jedi. For example, the Jensaarai, though small in comparison to the Jedi Order, is one of the first groups targeted in the wake of the Sith-Imperial War. However, the Empire is not so indiscriminate as Emperor Palpatine and his Inquisitors. Whereas the Sith of the past were simply content to eradicate the other Force-users of the galaxy, Darth Krayt at least vies members of other Force traditions a choice: They can join him and pledge their loyalty to the Sith Lord, or they can die. (Rarely does he afford a Jedi the same choice.) These traditions have a less violent history of conflict with the Sith, and as such may be more inclined to consider Darth Krayt’s “proposal.” Not surprisingly, many of the Sith in Darth Krayt’s Empire are former members of other Force traditions, among them former Jensaarai Defenders, Nightsisters, and other Force adepts who succumbed to the temptation offered to them by the Sith Lord.”

—Legacy Era Campaign Guide

“Though Darth Krayt offers members of non-Jedi Force traditions the opportunity to join his side, he is less lenient with those who are found to harbor Jedi on the run.”

—Legacy Era Campaign Guide

https://imgur.com/a/twN71

To illustrate just how far and wide Krayt’s control over the galaxy is, quotes have been provided below; in short, Krayt rules the entire galaxy, with Sith Lords present in every single planet and star system from the Deep Core to the Unknown Regions, save for a select few, and his Empire is just as powerful as Sidious’ was during the height of its power. Therefore, it’s unlikely there is a single Force using tradition Wyyrlok is ignorant of, as was stated in an earlier quote.

“In his absence, Darth Krayt’s Empire solidifies its hold on the galaxy through fear and military might. Across the galaxy, shipyards produce Imperial warships, and within a few short years the Empire becomes as powerful as it was during the height of Emperor Palpatine’s tyranny. Stormtroopers are recruited and trained, the Imperial Navy patrols the space in all parts of the galaxy, and the Sith LOrds and their Moff cronies squeeze the planets under their control.”

—Legacy Era Campaign Guide

“In the Legacy era, there is no balance to the Force. Instead, the dark side of the Force holds sway, and the influence of evil can be felt everywhere. With Lords in every sector and at the heads of Imperial space fleets, the influence of the dark side is stronger than ever, and far more visible. The Sith act overtly, making it clear that they rule the EMpire and, by extension, the galaxy. Not since the days of Darth Revan and Darth Malak have the Sith ruled so convincingly.”

—Legacy Era Campaign Guide

“The Galactic Empire rules the galaxy, imposing the same conditions that the Empire did under Emperor Palpatine and Darth Vader.

The Empire is, in turn, ruled over by the Sith. Sith Lords can be found throughout the galaxy and are feared everywhere they go.”

—Legacy Era Campaign Guide

“Few worlds, if any, are beyond the reach of the Empire ruled by Darth Krayt, and the ramifications of the Sith-Imperial War are felt from the Unknown Regions to the Deep Core.”

—Legacy Era Campaign Guide

“Known as the Loremaster of the Sith, Darth Wyyrlok is one of the greatest scholars of the Jedi, Sith, and other Force-using traditions in the galaxy. Darth Wyyrlok has access to books, scrolls, holocrons, and computer records from across the eons, which he has collected in the hopes of gaining a deeper understanding of the Force. Darth Wyyrlok is utterly dedicated to serving Darth Krayt and will go to the ends of the galaxy to find a way to restore his master’s body to its youthful form.

—Legacy Era Campaign Guide

The Malevolence is Darth Andeddu’s cult, which preserved and passed on the Sith Lord’s knowledge from one generation to the next, and as seen in the links provided, Wyyrlok absorbed all of their teachings after destroying Andeddu.

https://imgur.com/a/b9A74

https://imgur.com/a/YaJ1P

In addition to the Nightsisters and Jensaarai Defenders, the Disciples of Twilight are also present in the galaxy at this time, who are masters of using the Force to bend light, making themselves invisible in addition to other powers.

https://imgur.com/a/u8iqz

The Ember of Vahl are masters of Pyrokinesis, are all born Force sensitive and are permanently steeped in the dark side.

https://imgur.com/a/6qVgA

Darth Maladi and Darth Nihl had also studied ancient, forbidden holocrons despite being eclipsed by both Wyyrlok and Krayt in knowledge of the Sith.

“There is a holocron that speaks of creatures who caused a plague on ancient Taris…”

—Darth Maladi

“You speak of the old ways. You have been accessing the ancient holocrons--the ones that teach what is no longer taught. A dangerous path.”

“A path you have walked, Lady Maladi--if you recognise the old truths.”

—Darth Maladi and Darth Nihl

https://imgur.com/a/ay8gg

Darth Maladi is extremely skilled in Sith Alchemy, something the most powerful Sith Lords possess a talent for.

“Extremly skilled in both Sith alchemy and the manipulation of Yuuzhan Vong bioengineering, Darth Maladi is very much a student of science as well as mysticism.”

—Legacy Era Campaign Guide

“The most powerful Sith Lords possess a talent for the dark alchemy of the Sith. The Emperor, like Naga Sadow and Exar Kun long before him, became a master of manipulating the genetic building blocks of living creatures through the dark side.”

—The Dark Side Sourcebook

Darth Maladi also eclipsed Vul Isen, a dedicated Sith scientist, in the arts of science and Sith Alchemy, as shown when she develops a superior toxin to him capable of wiping out every species on Coruscant. Note, she is acting crazy in the following dialogue, but is perfectly sane in reality. He also stated that she denied him knowledge when he asked for it.

“Darth Wyyrlok suggested looking to older Sith lore--to adapt a Leviathan to undersea use. Very helpful. Not at all like that witch Maladi. She shares nothing.”

—Vul Isen

“I made forgot more toxins than that bloodworm Isen imagines! ...Vaults deep on Coruscant--hidden away… notes for deadly substance--Alpha Red. I improved I perfected! Omega Red. More complete--all species!”

—Darth Maladi

https://imgur.com/a/zTGkx

Vul Isen is so skilled with Sith Alchemy he was able to create his own Leviathan based on those first created by Sorzus Syn, and adapted it to underwater conditions. He could also imprint it with his commands, making it subservient to his will and preventing it from attacking him. He is also “steeped in the ancient secrets of the Sith Order.”

“Darth Wyyrlok suggested looking to older Sith lore--to adapt a Leviathan to undersea use. Very helpful. Not at all like that witch Maladi. She shares nothing.”

[...]

“Ah. Well, they predate the Sith Order. The Dark Jedi that would become the first Sith Lords we know today created them during the Hundred Year Darkness, over seven thousand years ago.”

—Vul Isen

“A Sith scientist, steeped in the ancient secrets of the Sith Order, has created a monstrous living weapon to wreck wholesale slaughter on the Mon Cal civilians—and the more it kills, the stronger it becomes.”

—Star Wars: Legacy #33

https://imgur.com/a/bnK0O

Sorzus Syn believes Leviathans are “nature advanced to perfection,” and takes more pride in them than the litany of other beasts she created. Sorzus also noted that performing Alchemy on living tissue is harder than non-living tissue, due to the cells (midi-chlorians) resisting, going as far as to say that creation of amulets are better suited for apprentices, while experimenting on living beings is only suited for “Masters,” and that by recasting the shape of a being repeatedly, you will eventually get a Leviathan.

“Some beasts are built to tear down enemy fortifications as my Leviathans and the chrysalides are. These Sith beasts are nature advanced to perfection.”

—Sorzus Syn, Book of Sith

“Sith alchemy is applied to both the living and the nonliving. Each is a distinct discipline of study, with the latter being better suited for new apprentices. Alchemy on the nonliving is far simpler because there are no living cells to resist you. This science is used to create amulets and enhance weapons. Any object touched with alchemical science will become Force-sensitive itself, forever retaining a mirror imprint of its forger.

Alchemy on the living is suited only for Masters. The subject’s own Force energy will fight you as you twist and shape the host. By recasting the shape again and again, you will get a Leviathan.”

—Sorzus Syn, Book of Sith

Finally, Reborn Krayt understands his power better than he ever has before, likely due to his new mastery of Shatterpoint and the ordeal of overcoming death.

“I remember a secret I learned that opened the galaxy to me anew, and made me see differently. Astride the grave, I saw the truth of things and fought my way back.”

[...]

“I remember the words spoken by Karness Muur, an ancient Sith Lord, that opened my eyes -- far more than he intended.”

—Darth Krayt

“‘Legacy—War’ will fill readers in on what really happened to Krayt at the end of ‘Vector.’ I’d say that Krayt understands his power better than he ever has before and he is intent on exacting revenge for Wyyrlok’s transgressions.”

—Jan Duursema

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Force Powers

Legacy Krayt is the most powerful individual in the galaxy, his dark side abilities second to none within the One Sith, and his skills with telekinesis and lightning far outstrip any Sith of his era.

“Named after a ravenous dragon, Darth Krayt is the leader of the Sith Order and the most powerful individual in the galaxy.”

—The Ultimate Visual Guide Updated and Expanded

“Calm, philosophical, and skilled in diplomacy, Wyyrlok is the voice of reason within—and the public face of—the Sith order. His knowledge of the rituals and lore of the Sith is unparalleled, and his dark side abilities are surpassed only by Krayt.”

—Star Wars Insider #88

“Krayt perfected his combat techniques over many decades and his skills with telekinesis and Sith lightning far outstripped those of any Sith of his era.”

—Star Wars Insider #113

Dark Transfer + Dark Healing + Shatterpoint

Killing

Cade Skywalker can kill Darth Talon and Shado Vao with dark transfer easily, by pouring excessive Force energy into the smallest areas of their bodies that are weak, broken, injured and so on. His ability to do this was greatly heightened after he learned Shatterpoint, as shown by how he can’t comprehend how to heal Krayt at first, but later can see clearly his poor physical state. Cade can also see every flaw of the lightsaber-proof Muur talisman, and reduce it to dust.

"I got this crazy healing ability. I can see the weak points in you like little broken red lines! I can see where you got wounded recently. Someone smack you during a sparring session? Bet it was Nihl. I could heal that hurt. Pour the Force into the place where the red lines intersect. Or—and here's a new idea—Maybe I could explode that point. Kill you. Interesting idea. Should we try?"

―Cade Skywalker

“The growths caused by the coral seeds the Vong implanted in me continue to grow. They threaten to consume me. In order to realize my vision… I need healing.”

“I can’t. When I heal, it’s like I’m seeing inside someone. I see these red lines. They guide me. In you -- there are too many -- and they’re all jumbled together. I can’t see how to separate them… yet.”

—Darth Krayt and Cade Skywalker

“Enough about me. Let’s talk about you. You and my Dad opened my eyes to my abilities. I see real clear now. I can see how sick and twisted up your insides are. I can see what fighting me is costing you. Those Vong… things in your innards. Nasty little critters want to take you over real bad. What do they feel like, huh? Something gnawing your guts? Clawing at you? Tell me - do the other Sith know how sick you really are? How weak? What would they do if they knew?”

—Cade Skywalker

“Second-- my father… yeah, you heard me right--showed me how to use my healing gift another way. I can see where a being is weak or broken. I can pour the Force into those “breaks” just enough to heal. Or… I can use it to tear you apart.”

―Cade Skywalker

“You think your stinkin’ Talisman’s so karking perfect, Muur? Well, it ain’t. I can see every flaw. All I have to do is pour the Force into the cracks…”

―Cade Skywalker

https://imgur.com/a/hs0k8

Healing

Cade Skywalker’s dark transfer is beyond any healing talent Luke Skywalker had ever seen.

“I don’t understand you. You have a talent to heal others that is unlike any I’ve ever known."

―Luke Skywalker

Cade heals himself of the negative effects of Death Sticks, which reduce the life span of the user with every hit, and deaden their connection to the Force.

https://imgur.com/a/MUNhe

Cade revives Wolf Sazen from the threshold of death. He heals himself of lethal doses of Ixetal Cilona. He heals Jariah Syn and Deliah Blue from the brink of death, caused by modified yorik coral seeds which grow at an accelerated rate when fed dark energy.

https://imgur.com/a/JGzH6

Cade heals Marasiah Fel from the edge of death, almost fully healing her lightsaber wound.

https://imgur.com/a/sC9NE

Cade heals himself from a lightsaber wound to the shoulder.

https://imgur.com/a/KGHOy

Cade heals himself and Azlyn Rae of the incurable Rakghoul plague.

https://imgur.com/a/WBKSk

Cade heals Deliah Blue of an incurable Vong growth so insidious that it could not be healed by the dark side, but only the light.

https://imgur.com/a/gyXBf

Cade detoxifies Morrigan Corde with the light side.

https://imgur.com/a/U1Zms

The art of Force Healing (with variations known as Dark Healing or Dark Side Healing) could be utilised by dark side practitioners. The Ancient Sith were masters of this art, able to construct amulets which knit injured flesh.

“Minor amulets can create protective shields, knit injured flesh, sharpen battle focus, or energize weakened muscles.”

―Sorzus Syn, Book of Sith

Freedon Nadd’s spirit healed Exar Kun’s body after his bones were smashed in a hundred places, nearly instantly.

“--and smashing Exar Kun’s bones in a hundred places.”

―Tales of the Jedi: Dark Lords of the Sith #3

“If you want to live, there is a power that can save you. Accept the dark side of the Force… let its fathomless energy flow into you… you must surrender to the dark side!”

[...]

“Your skeleton is shattered. There’s not much time. Do you want to live?”

[...]

“Good--then be healed.”

―Freedon Nadd

“What kind of healing can come from the dark side of the Force? Exar Kun’s fractured bones knit, and strength returns… but nothing is as it was before!”

―Tales of the Jedi: Dark Lords of the Sith #3

https://imgur.com/a/G2P3B

Karness Muur was also a master of Dark Healing, and was able to cure Darth Krayt of his yorik coral seed infection, something Cade Skywalker could not do until mastering Shatterpoint. After experiencing this power, Darth Krayt also mastered it.

“In life, I delved into the secrets of transformation and Dark Side Healing.”

―Karness Muur

“Can Muur heal me?”

“It is possible, my Lord. He was said to know the art of Dark Side Healing.”

―Darth Krayt and Darth Wyyrlok

“Ye-es. Yes. I sense the alien seeds within you seeking to expand their domain, to consume your flesh. Together we must focus.

“No! Do not interfere! It’s working! Now I understand!”

―Karness Muur and Darth Krayt

https://imgur.com/a/SDsRu

After mastering Dark Transfer, Shatterpoint and Dark Healing, Legacy Krayt brings himself back from death, cures himself of the yorik coral seeds, heals his emaciated body to a peak state and regrows his severed arm. He then kills Cade Skywalker, and either Krayt or Cade himself bring him back from death. Krayt dies again, and Cade is unconvinced even cutting off his head will kill him permanently, and opts to fly his body into the sun instead.

“Lord Krayt! You live?!”

“Used Force… to break fall. Get me… to bacta tank…! Made Muur… begin healing… in the Force… saw how to heal myself… I can survive! My vision… my dream… for One Sith… will live…!”

“It is a magnificent vision, my Lord. Sometimes for the dream to live… the dreamer must die.”

―Darth Wyyrlok and Darth Krayt

“I remember searing pain, every nerve fiber ablaze… then darkness and cold. I remember the yawning abyss of the grave waiting to suck me all the way in. I remember a secret I learned that opened the galaxy to me anew, and made me see it differently. Astride the grave, I saw the truth of things and fought my way back. I remember betrayal by one who should have been loyal above reproach. I dimly remember driving my consciousness, my life force, deep within myself, seeking safe haven, while my body served as a prop to another’s ambition. I remember healing myself with the Force, gradually becoming stronger, my body protected and trapped by the stasis field. I remember the faithful one, Talon, near enough to hear the thoughts I projected into her mind… to sense my life force and release me. Now I am back. My betrayer will know my revenge. Then I will bend the galaxy to my will.”

―Darth Krayt

“The galaxy must experience the pain of death and the rapture of rebirth as I have.”

―Darth Krayt

“Death is not an ending, boy--but it is a passageway to something greater. It is something you, too, must experience, Cade Skywalker. For I have a vision. You will bend, you will, break, and you will serve at my side. But first--you must die.”

―Darth Krayt

“I am going to kill you, monster!”

“I doubt that. You are the reason that I live.”

“No!”

“Oh yes. You see them, don’t you, Skywalker--red lines of fire--the shatterpoints of your own tenuous existence. I needed to experience death to understand how you did it, but you showed me how to use this dark transfer of energy--how to heal… and how to kill.”

―Cade Skywalker and Darth Krayt

“You are dying, boy, but that is good. Death is the only way you can understand my vision. You see it now, don’t you? It is out of this forge of fire and death-- of chaos and anger-- that you will be reborn. No longer on the edge of light and dark, but a creature of dark energy, wrapped in the shadows of the dark side. Only then will you understand your place in the galaxy.”

―Darth Krayt

“Tell me, my apprentice. Can you defeat death as I did? Can you heal yourself?”

―Darth Krayt

“Krayt’s dead?”

“Stone cold… but… I can still hear his voice--telling me that death can’t stop him… that his body will heal and life will return. He’s infecting me. He’s eating my mind. Only one way to be sure Krayt can’t come back--plunge his body into a sun. Mine too.”

―Morrigan Corde and Cade Skywalker

“You won’t do this, apprentice. If you had truly wanted me dead, you would have cut off my head.”

“Yeah? Not sure even that would work, sleemo. Vaporizing your body in the sun--that ought to do it, don’t you think?”

―Darth Krayt and Cade Skywalker

https://imgur.com/a/eZg9K

Telekinesis

Cade Skywalker, as a rookie at the beginning of Legacy, throws a massive starship at Darth Talon, sending her out of sight, into the horizon. The starship in question towered over Cade and the others, and was designed to hold groups of people.

“My parents’ ship crashed here… when I was very small. Only my… twin brother and I survived.”

―Astraal Vao

https://imgur.com/a/HzJfG

As an illustration of how powerful Cade became after this point, we can compare his fights with Darth Nihl. He stalemates him in their first.

https://imgur.com/a/RvNom

Cade Skywalker is later choked into unconsciousness by Nihl.

https://imgur.com/a/OmS1C

After receiving training from the Sith, he defeats Nihl handily.

https://imgur.com/a/wIr9I

Cade Skywalker stalemates Darth Stryfe in a telekinetic clash after this, where in contrast Saarai totally dominates Stryfe, grabbing his heart and contorting his body like a ragdoll.

https://imgur.com/a/ATuel

However, Wyyrlok states that Saarai’s power is “nascent,” compared to his own and yet Legacy Krayt “far outstrips” Darth Wyyrlok and all other One Sith in telekinetic skill. Therefore, there is an enormous gap of power between Legacy Krayt and Cade when he threw the starship.

https://imgur.com/a/1FhJf

Cade Skywalker has incapacitated Darth Talon with telekinesis on two occasions, and at his peak, totally dominated her with it.

https://imgur.com/a/vbWYd

Vul Isen finishes breaking a transparisteel window which is designed to withstand deep sea pressures, and holds back the flow of water while deep undersea long enough to say two sentences.

https://imgur.com/a/0a4bE

Legacy Krayt dominates Darth Maladi with telekinesis, and Cade Skywalker states he can Force choke her at will - a claim she appears to concede to.

https://imgur.com/a/luJyM

Reborn Krayt ragdolls Darth Nihl.

https://imgur.com/a/iQf4M

Reborn Krayt throws Cade Skywalker at a wall, and drags him through the air while they exchange dialogue - a mild version of ragdolling.

https://imgur.com/a/l6HHX

Darth Wredd and Jao Assam combine their powers to hoist a massive piece of a satellite dish and drop it on hundreds of Sith.

https://imgur.com/a/FT6tr

Darth Wredd’s master pushes a large starship over a cliff with a Force push.

https://imgur.com/a/ZeGqD

Darth Wredd is inferior to his master, who is inferior to Krayt’s inner circle of trusted Lieutenants, including his Hands, his Fist, his head Inquisitor and Wyyrlok III. Jao Assam is only an apprentice Knight, an “inexperienced greenling” much weaker than a master. Therefore, there is an enormous difference in power between even Legacy Krayt and these two Force users, and similarly enormous difference between Legacy and Reborn Krayt.

https://imgur.com/a/v5aFr

Force Lightning

Post-Vong Krayt kills Yuuzhan Vong with Lightning. Due to the fact he was disarmed of his lightsabers and had to retrieve them before fighting through the entire ship, Krayt likely killed numerous Vong with Lightning initially.

https://imgur.com/zlOcT1C

Legacy Krayt’s skills with Force Lightning “far outstrip” all Sith of his era. This includes Darth Wyyrlok.

https://imgur.com/wzYaVal

Wyyrlok kills members of the Sith cult The Malevolence with an iota of his power.

https://imgur.com/a/XKBbx

Legacy Krayt kills a dozen rakghouls.

https://imgur.com/tnsyi9y

Wyyrlok destroys Krayt’s vondcrab shell armor, which is blaster and lightsaber resistant.

https://imgur.com/a/vnG1t

Wyyrlok’s lightning shatters stone pillars.

https://imgur.com/a/Xdt8W

Tutaminis

Tra’saa and Nat Skywalker absorb the energy of an exploding starfighter and project it into space, annihilating any nearby ships. It must be noted that Tra’saa was rooted into the ground of Taivas itself and would have drawn on its energy.

https://imgur.com/a/D9aOF

Wyyrlok deflects Andeddu’s lightning casually.

https://imgur.com/a/eVLTu

Celeste Morne holds off Maladi’s lightning.

https://imgur.com/a/y7ntm

Reborn Krayt palms Wyyrlok’s lightning away.

https://imgur.com/a/Xdt8W

Barrier

Darth Talon blocks the fire produced by a starship engine.

https://imgur.com/a/U2AXN

Treis Sinde blocks an explosion.

https://imgur.com/a/h9a81

Darth Azard blocks an explosion.

https://imgur.com/a/1QueC

Cade Skywalker shields himself and Deliah Blue from the explosion of Darth Maladi’s laboratory. He does this at the heart of the explosion, while also devoting energy to healing Blue of a fatal Vong growth that was affixed to her.

https://imgur.com/a/gyXBf

Telepathy

Wyyrlok I forcibly imprints a vision into the mind of Kell Douros.

“"An opportunity has been revealed to the Master," Wyyrlok said, and took another step closer.

Kell held his ground while lightning lit up the sky. "What kind of opportunity?"

"I will show you," Wyyrlok said, and offered his fanged smile.

Concentration furrowed Wyyrlok's brow. Their daen nosi intertwined. An itch formed behind Kell's eyes, then a stabbing pain. He screamed as images exploded in his mind: an icebound moon in orbit around a blue, ringed gas giant, a night sky exploding in a rain of power.

He clutched his head and sagged as the images burned themselves into his memory. He lost control of his muscles and his feeders emerged from his face, squirmed like cut power conduits. Fighting through the pain, he wrapped his fingers around one of his vibroblades, drew it.

The mental intrusion ceased, as did the pain.”

―Crosscurrent

Wyyrlok I jumbles the mind of Kell, and causes him to lose 15 minutes from his memory.

“He checked his chrono as he walked. He had last fed only half a standard hour earlier, yet he felt the need to feed again, to recapture the certainty that feeding brought him. Wyyrlok's words had poked holes in that certainty. They always did. The Chagrian left him ill at ease.

From behind, Wyyrlok called out above the rain. "Why do you serve the Master, Kell Douro?"

The question confused Kell, halted his steps. He shook his head, his mind suddenly jumbled, his thoughts inchoate. "What? What did you say?"

"Consider the answer to that question, Anzat." Kell could see the Chagrian's fangs bared in a smile, even through the rain, and there was nothing false in it. "Then consider anew who sees reality's truths. You are not the only one who can shape perception."

Thunder boomed; lightning ripped the sky. Kell shook his head to clear it, started to answer Wyyrlok, but saw that he had gone. His head felt muddled. A headache nested at the root of his skull. Out of habit, he checked his chrono again.

He had lost a quarter of a standard hour since he'd last checked it moments ago. He had no idea how.”

―Crosscurrent

Krayt, while in Stasis, could read Wyyrlok I’s mind without him realising it.

“There was another roll of thunder. Wyyrlok ran a hand over his head, his fingers lingering on his damaged left horn. He wondered if the Master had placed a similar device in his eye and brain. But then, perhaps the Master did not need such a device for him. He often felt that the Master could read his mind directly.”

―Riptide

Legacy Krayt was able to communicate telepathically with his One Sith servants, even in a near-death state. His telepathic reach was such that Cade Skywalker and Darth Stryfe felt him in their minds constantly up until his death.

“Darth Talon is faithful. Darth Talon is obedient. Darth Talon heard my words when I whispered them in her mind and obeyed my command.”

—Darth Krayt

https://imgur.com/a/4wI8p

Darth Maladi demonstrates mastery of the Memory Walk technique, however Cade Skywalker reverses the attack on her.

https://imgur.com/a/G20LQ

Wyyrlok is able to use an illusion on dark side cultists, and have them claw out their own eyes with only an iota of his power.

https://imgur.com/a/dUdZF

Wyyrlok kills Darth Andeddu in a telepathic battle. Andeddu could convince other beings (perhaps Force sensitives, although it’s never clarified specifically) that they had died in their mind, causing a physical death, and this is how Wyyrlok defeated him.

https://imgur.com/a/equPN

Krayt speaks to Talon telepathically even near-death and hides her presence in Force from Darth Nihl.

https://imgur.com/a/0kYKr

Reborn Krayt projects a vision into the minds of all dark side aligned Force users in the galaxy, which included not only his own Sith but the likes of Antares Draco and Cade Skywalker, who were not solely dark side adherents. Krayt was potentially communicating with tens or hundreds of thousands of beings, perhaps even millions.

https://imgur.com/a/nlYWK

Reborn Krayt maintains a telepathic connection with all of his Sith Troopers (who are claimed to number in the millions but much more realistically are in the hundreds or thousands), and when he dies, they all turn insane and begin to suicide bomb Coruscant. They are slaves to his will.

https://imgur.com/a/nlYWK

Despite knowing his mental weaknesses intimately, Wyyrlok fails to cause any damage to Krayt with telepathy.

https://imgur.com/a/753df

Reborn Krayt terrorises Cade Skywalker with illusions while killing him.

https://imgur.com/a/1RaNb

Cade Skywalker, well before his prime, was unaffected by Karness Muur’s attempts to attack his mind, take over his will and tempt him to the dark side. He found such attempts laughable and at worst annoying, despite joining his mind with Muur by wearing his Talisman.

https://imgur.com/a/fN2Cb

In contrast, Cade in his prime is having his mind “eaten” and “infected” by Krayt’s spirit, and he believes the only way to stop him from consuming him is by flying both of them into the sun. This indicates a massive disparity in telepathic power between Karness Muur and Darth Krayt.

https://imgur.com/a/2iODN

Force Drain

Apocalypse Krayt uses Force Drain effectively on Luke Skywalker and Abeloth while in Beyond Shadows. The attack left Abeloth limp and weakened for a time until she exploded in a counterattack.

Then Luke felt an icy twinge between his shoulder blades. The twinge became a sting, and he began to feel something cold flowing down the center of his back. His first thought was Abeloth, that she had sunk a tentacle into his spine-until the lashing of her tentacles slowed and she began to shudder.

Luke did not understand until an eternity later, when the stranger rolled up on his feet and jerked them all to a halt. The Sith seemed to be growing stronger as Abeloth grew weaker, and there were wisps of dark fume swirling off his shoulders and head. It did not take a Jedi Grand Master to understand that Luke was being betrayed by a Force-draining technique.

Still holding Abeloth tight, Luke shifted his hips, rolling them both onto their sides, and kicked a foot through the stranger's knee. The joint buckled, and the Sith dropped onto the surface of the dark water, still on the opposite side of Abeloth from Luke.

"I'll release her!" Luke warned.

"Abeloth?" The stranger shook his head. "Never."

Despite the Sith's words, the cold stinging inside began to subside, and Luke realized the stranger was not pulling as hard. Abeloth continued to struggle, slipping a pair of tentacles around Luke's throat and trying to tear herself free. But she was growing weak faster than Luke.

[...]

The draining seemed to continue for days; then the stranger threw back his head and screamed in anguish, and it suddenly seemed that only a breath had passed. Shiny black Force energy began to pour from the Sith's wounds into the lake, spreading outward around them in an oily slick so hot the water began to steam and hiss. 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.

Abeloth whipped her chin free of Luke's hand, ripping the energy knot where they had joined and sending a sparkling line of both of their Force essences splattering across the surface of the lake. She began to roll her head around, gnashing and spitting, trying to sink her fangs into Luke's arm or the stranger's-anything she could reach.

Luke slipped his arm down around her throat and pulled hard, merging his form into hers, doing his best to keep her under control.

"Keep going," Luke urged the stranger. "Pull harder!"

[...]

Abeloth lay tangled in Luke's arms, a writhing mass of Force energy that had suddenly gone limp a second or a day ago, only to explode an hour or a nanosecond later into a flailing tempest that had sent them all rolling and bouncing across the Lake of Apparition's dark waters.

―Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse

Essence Transfer

Krayt has mastered Essence Transfer, and was threatening to take over Cade Skywalker’s body and mind after death.

“Krayt’s dead?”

“Stone cold… but… I can still hear his voice--telling me that death can’t stop him… that his body will heal and life will return. He’s infecting me. He’s eating my mind. Only one way to be sure Krayt can’t come back--plunge his body into a sun. Mine too.”

―Morrigan Corde and Cade Skywalker

“You won’t do this, apprentice. If you had truly wanted me dead, you would have cut off my head.”

“Yeah? Not sure even that would work, sleemo. Vaporizing your body in the sun--that ought to do it, don’t you think?”

“Destroy my body if you wish. I’ll live again -- through you. Lord Andeddu and Karness Muur showed me the way of Essence Transfer.”

―Darth Krayt and Cade Skywalker

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Alter Environment

Darth Krayt controlled or caused lightning storms on Korriban while resting in stasis, as indicated numerous times below, where Wyyrlok I wonders if it was Krayt’s doing when lightning repeatedly strikes at coincidental moments, such as when a profound thought crosses Wyyrlok’s mind (which Krayt can read at will).

"So you say, Darth Wyyrlok."

"So I say," Wyyrlok said. Again that smile, as if he could read Kell's mind.

Thunder rumbled. Kell felt others in the darkness around them.

[...]

"An opportunity has been revealed to the Master," Wyyrlok said, and took another step closer.

Kell held his ground while lightning lit up the sky.

―Crosscurrent

“Thunder from a storm outside vibrated the walls of the tower. Rain thumped against the windows. Lightning traced a jagged seam the length of the night sky, the flash casting the soaring tombs and spires of Korriban in silhouette.

Staring out at the storm through the large transparisteel window, Wyyrlok wondered if the Master controlled the weather on Korriban, even as he journeyed in dreams.

As if in answer, the storm growled thunder, and another bolt of lightning made glowing veins in the sky. The dark-side energy of the planet pulsed, rippled.”

[...]

The transmission was a copy of the visual stimuli received by the One Sith's Anzat agent, Kell Douro. The One Sith had attached a recorder to Douro's optic nerve and brain that could be activated or deactivated as the Master willed. The Anzat had been as much a construct as a droid. Of course, he had never known that he had been made a sentient recording device, though Wyyrlok knew that Douro had often experienced lost time, memory lapses, and religious epiphanies-side effects of the implantation. When active, the implant had transmitted the visual data back to Douro's ship, where a secret subroutine in the main computer had opened an encrypted subspace protocol and sent the data to Korriban for review.

There was another roll of thunder. Wyyrlok ran a hand over his head, his fingers lingering on his damaged left horn. He wondered if the Master had placed a similar device in his eye and brain. But then, perhaps the Master did not need such a device for him. He often felt that the Master could read his mind directly.

[...]

"Could it be?" he mused. Not for the first time, he wondered how much of recent events the Master had foreseen, how far into the future the Master's foresight extended. It was as though the Master had a recorder on the eye of fate, and through it saw and anticipated events like no one else. Despite himself, Wyyrlok felt awed by the Master's power. Outside, the rain turned to hail and pelted the exterior windows. Lightning once more drew glowing angles across the sky.

[...]

"Freeze it there," Nyss said, half-standing and staring at the screen. For a moment, he lost control of his power, and a headache flared in Wyyrlok's skull.

"Is that what I think it is?" Nyss asked. "Magnify."

Wyyrlok already knew what it was, but it pleased him that Nyss saw it and understood the implications.

He centered the image on Korr's hand and magnified.

Bolts of Force lightning extended from his fingertips, jagged green lines summoned by fear or anger.

Outside, ordinary lightning split the sky. Thunder rumbled.

[...]

After they'd gone, Wyyrlok rewound the recording back to the point at which Kell was in orbit around the moon. The recording showed a ship in the distance, a huge blade-shaped dreadnought bristling with weapons. Wyyrlok had never seen one like it. The One Sith's technicians had analyzed the images and concluded that it was a craft modeled on an ancient Sith design. Wyyrlok wondered what else had happened in the system and what had happened to the ship.

Outside, the storm raged.

―Riptide

Foresight

Wyyrlok I notes that Krayt “walks in dreams,” and “past, present and future are as one to him,” which is possibly alluding to Flow Walking. In any case, Krayt is renowned for receiving visions from the Force and predicting events well in advance, to the extent that Wyyrlok I felt awed by his power, musing that “the Master had a recorder on the eye of fate, and through it saw and anticipated events like no one else.”

"The Master walks in dreams. This you know, Kell Douro. What you achieve only when feeding, he achieves at will. Past, present, and future are as one to him. Therefore, I am his voice while he sleeps. This, too, you know."

[...]

“"An opportunity has been revealed to the Master," Wyyrlok said, and took another step closer.

Kell held his ground while lightning lit up the sky. "What kind of opportunity?"

"I will show you," Wyyrlok said, and offered his fanged smile.

Concentration furrowed Wyyrlok's brow. Their daen nosi intertwined. An itch formed behind Kell's eyes, then a stabbing pain. He screamed as images exploded in his mind: an icebound moon in orbit around a blue, ringed gas giant, a night sky exploding in a rain of power.

He clutched his head and sagged as the images burned themselves into his memory.”

[...]

Kell considered, calmed himself, and sheathed his blades. "What is the meaning of the vision?"The Chagrian gave his false smile. "That is what you will determine. The vision portends something important, Anzat. And the Master has concluded that it will begin on Fhost. There, a sign will be given to you. Perhaps even the sign you have long sought."

[...]

"You have done well, Kell Douro," Wyyrlok returned. "Therefore the Master smiles upon your efforts from his journey in dreams."

―Crosscurrent

“Not for the first time, he wondered how much of recent events the Master had foreseen, how far into the future the Master's foresight extended. It was as though the Master had a recorder on the eye of fate, and through it saw and anticipated events like no one else.

Despite himself, Wyyrlok felt awed by the Master's power.”

―Riptide

A century in advance, Darth Krayt has a vision of his One Sith army.

https://i.imgur.com/1Tq7R46.png

Reborn Krayt uses his powers of Foresight to draw all of his enemies into a trap and annihilate them. He had to ascertain exactly how the Jedi and Imperials would react to a direct attack on the Taivas Jedi Temple, and he rightly predicts that they would use it as an opportunity to flank his fleet - which he used as bait before unleashing the Sith Troopers.

https://imgur.com/a/oStXT

The powers related to the Cosmic Force, such as Foresight, are perhaps the route to the most powerful Force abilities, and are a path to power savoured only by a few. The Cosmic Force is more difficult for Force users to access than the Living Force.

https://imgur.com/a/g8UGe

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Fighting Skill

In this section, we will go over Krayt’s skill as a lightsaber duelist and martial artist.

Firstly, A'Sharad Hett is a master duelist, and a master of Teras Kasi, which is shown when he tutors the Tusken Raider Hoar to mastery of the art.

"Hett began cultivating Hoar as his successor, teaching him how to speak rudimentary Galactic Standard, and how to channel his aggression in a Force-based martial art called Teras Kasi. A master duelist, Hett also fashioned a bisected gaffi stick for Hoar, tutoring him to fight with two weapons simultaneously. Hoar proved an apt protege, and while Hett was clearly the clan chieftain, young Raiders idolized Hoar."

—starwars.com

"Channeling his Force abilities into mastering Teras Kasi, and testing his skill against the likes of Lyn’s Gamorrean and Stormtrooper pupils, Hoar became a lethal whirling dervish of fighting capability."

—starwars.com

Hett vs Aurra Sing. As a 17 year old padawan, Hett does remarkably well against Aurra Sing, who is one of the deadliest beings in the galaxy; with this fight occurring in 30BBY, it was years after Aurra Sing had held her own against Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi, albeit she was driven off by them in the end.

https://imgur.com/a/ipXlA

Hett vs Padawan Anakin. This fight occurred nearly a year and a half post-AotC, a time where Anakin was already able to pose a challenge to Count Dooku. While hallucinating about killing the Tuskan Raiders who killed his mother, Anakin enters a bloodlusted frenzy and tries to murder Hett, who at the time serves as a symbol for Anakin’s hatred, since he is wearing the mask of a Tuskan. Yet, he is able to counter and kick Anakin to the ground, before talking him down. Around this time period, Anakin also defeated Asajj Ventress.

https://imgur.com/a/qzici

Hett vs Kenobi. Two years after Revenge of the Sith, Hett duels Obi-Wan Kenobi. This feat is quite often underrated, and wrongly so. The first observation to make is that Obi-Wan is not “out of practice,” as the text notes he “had not allowed his reflexes to become dull” by continuing his practice.

Secondly, people often point out that Hett was far more experienced at fighting in the sand, and while that is a factor, it is only one of many that contribute to the battle, such as Hett’s “considerable skills” and his youth. At best it is a minor factor, as while Hett has an edge, Kenobi is in no way hampered by this, because (as posted below) Maul and Qui-Gon dueled on Tatooine’s sands and it did not hamper either of them.

Also, I’d like to point out that the original depiction of the battle came not from the novel, but from the Legacy comics, which depicts the bout across three full comic pages; if we compare this to other fights in Legacy, or others depicted by John Ostrander and Jan Duursema, you will realise it is one of the most hard fought battles they have depicted.

Finally, people often suggest that “as soon as Kenobi got serious, he won” - as if he was merely toying with Hett the whole time. This doesn’t make any sense, for a number of reasons. Firstly, just because he didn’t want to kill Hett, it does not mean he is significantly hampered; Kenobi avoids killing where possible and opts to (often literally) disarm his opponents, but that neither means he is weakened nor that he chooses to sustain punches and kicks (like the two Hett dealt him) willingly, especially with him being the eminent master of Soresu. Secondly, Kenobi remembering that he is “fighting for Luke” does not mean he wasn’t serious the whole time; this is simply what is going through his mind, and these kinds of thoughts circulate through a fighter’s mind constantly off-page, as they all have their own motivations for fighting. It is without doubt that any fighter’s thoughts jump from one subject or motivation to another, and yet we don’t use it as an excuse to claim they aren’t serious until the appropriate thoughts pops up.

Remember that Kenobi is the aggressor in this situation, and made it his mission to end Hett’s career as a warlord, so if he hadn’t come prepared to fight to the death, it makes little sense why he would challenge him in this way.

https://imgur.com/a/ExvIN

"You will have a Jedi funeral, Master Kenobi," Hett said. "That I promise."

Hett's hands dropped to his belt and the two light-sabers practically leapt into his gloved hands. He ignited both weapons at once, unleashing their identical green energy beams. He swung fast with the lightsaber in his right hand but Ben blocked it. The lightsabers sizzled loudly as they clashed.

It was fortunate for Ben that he had continued his Jedi exercises on Tatooine, that he had not allowed his reflexes to become dull. He did not think about how long it had been since he had last used his lightsaber in combat. Nor did consider that he was older than Hett by at least a decade, or Hett's considerable skills with his own weapons, and that the Tusken was far more experienced at fighting in the desert. Ben knew that any such thoughts would probably only get him killed.

As prepared as Ben was for many things, he was not ready to die. Not yet. Not today.

Hett brought his other lightsaber in at a sharp angle, forcing Ben to lurch back. Ben gripped his own weapon with both hands as he swung at Hett's legs, but Hett blocked the swipe. There was another loud sizzle as the blades dragged across each other.

Ben gasped as Hett launched a powerful kick to his midriff. The kick knocked Ben off his feet, and as he fell back through the air, Hett hurled one of his lightsabers at Ben's body. Ben clung tight to his own lightsaber as he twisted his body in midair to avoid being struck by the spinning blade of Hett's weapon. The moment Hett's lightsaber whipped past Ben's head, Hett used the Force to retrieve it, drawing it back to his waiting left hand.

As Hett caught the lightsaber, Ben rolled up from the ground and swung out again. Hett blocked the strike with his right lightsaber, then threw his left arm forward to smash his other lightsaber's handle into Ben's jaw.

Ben ignored the painful jolt to his head and reflexively brought his blade up high, forcing Hett to block the blow with his right lightsaber and leaving his own midsection briefly exposed. Before Hett could strike with his other lightsaber, Ben kicked him hard in the stomach.

Hett grunted, but he didn't go down. He lashed out again at Ben, kicking up sand as he moved in for the kill. Not one of the mounted Tuskens so much as flinched as they watched the duel, nor did they rally for their chief. They merely watched in silence, waiting for the outcome.

Ben blocked each blow, but he wasn't doing it with ease. Hett was far more experienced at fighting on the sand and in the desert heat. Ben knew that his opponent would never surrender, let alone withdraw. As much as he hoped to avoid killing Hett, he also knew that they couldn't keep fighting indefinitely.

But in the end, Ben knew he wasn't fighting for his own life. He was fighting for Luke's.

Quickly raising his left hand, Ben used the Force to push out at Hett, shoving him back through the air as Ben's lightsaber swept up and through Hett's right arm. Hett shouted as his arm fell away from his body. As Hett stumbled back, Ben used the Force to tear Hett's other lightsaber from his left hand's grip. Both of Hett's lightsabers deactivated as they sailed past Ben and landed in the sand behind him.

—The Life and Legend of Obi-Wan Kenobi

I accelerate my pace, calling on my anger to increase my power. My footwork has never been so brilliant. I use the shifting sand as resistance. My lightness and quickness will defeat this man, with his large body, his heavy movements.

But he is graceful, this Jedi. The sand doesn't see to hamper him. He is never off balance, no matter where or how I strike.

Our blows send shudders through my body. He meets my strength. Our lightsabers clash and sizzle. Dust and sand rise around us. I never lose my rhythm.

—Episode I Journal: Darth Maul

I’d estimate, with Kenobi having all of his experience from Revenge of the Sith and prior, with the epiphany-like states of detachment he reached against Grievous and Vader, and with him keeping up his reflexes, for Hett to provide such a great challenge to him he must be in Asajj Ventress or General Grievous’ range. With Krayt only being 30 years old at this time, it’s indicative of his massive potential, which again, is something people tend to wrongly underrate.

Next, we will evaluate Legacy Krayt’s skill, and to do that we will first examine the Imperial Knights, who are among the most talented and dangerous Force-users in the galaxy. They are skilled with both a lightsaber and the Force, and transform themselves into living weapons and shields.

"The Imperial Knights are among the most talented and dangerous Force-users in the galaxy. Skilled in combat, they train under the tutelage of their Imperial masters, learning all they need to know to defend Emperor Roan Fel against all those who would harm him. The Imperial Knights are skilled with both the lightsaber and with the Force, and make extensive use of combat armor, including their special cortosis gauntlets designed to stop lightsaber attacks. From the start of their training until they reach knighthood, the Imperial Knights learn how to use the Force to transform themselves into living weapons and shields."

—Legacy Era Campaign Guide

Imperial Knights are every bit as skilled as the Jedi in both combat and the Force, and their training focuses far more on combat than contemplation."Though their numbers are small, the Imperial Knights are fully trained Force-users, with all the skills and abilities of a Jedi."

—Star Wars: Legacy #0.5

"Despite opinions to the contrary, Imperial Knights are every bit as capable in the use of the Force as their Jedi counterparts, though their training has considerably more martial focus."

—Legacy Era Campaign Guide

Trained in the Jedi arts, the Imperial Knights are far more than mere bodyguards and agents. They are charged with protecting the most wanted individual in the galaxy from Darth Krayt, the self-proclaimed ruler of the Galactic Empire."

—Legacy Era Campaign Guide

Imperial Knights employ similar tactics to Jedi in combat, in addition to their own.

Tactically, Imperial Knights are similar to Jedi. They work well together, using their lightsabers redirect blaster bolts against their foes until they can close to melee range.

—Threats of the Galaxy

Imperial Knights are trained in the same lightsaber forms and fighting styles as the Jedi, and in addition have developed two unique lightsaber forms which focus on fighting as effectively in a team as possible.

"Skilled in the art of lightsaber combat, the Imperial Knights use many of the same combat training techniques as the Jedi, and have learned to fight in many of the same lightsaber dueling styles. However, the Imperial Knights are also masters of two unique lightsaber combat forms that place greater emphasis on teamwork than one's individual prowess. The more aggressive style, known as praetoria vonil, focuses on moving quickly and striking hard. The more defensive style, known as praetoria ishu, emphasizes protecting one's allies to allow them to find openings in an opponent's defences."

—Legacy Era Campaign Guide

Imperial Knights devote an equal amount of training to unarmed, vehicle and Force combat as they do with a lightsaber.

"The Imperial Knights devote as much attention to fighting barehanded, in vehicles, and with the Force as they do to fighting with lightsabers."

—Legacy Era Campaign Guide

Imperial Knights are adept in disrupting the lightsabers of Force-wielding opponents with their cortosis weave gauntlets.

"Perhaps the most interesting affectation used by the Imperial Knights were gauntlets composed of cortosis weave, which would cause any lightsaber blade that came into contact with them to become dysfunctional."

—Threats of the Galaxy“

When fighting other lightsaber-wielding Force-users, Imperial Knights attempt to use their cortosis gauntlets to deactivate their enemies' weapons for a few minutes."

—Threats of the Galaxy

Legacy Krayt stomped four of the most elite Imperial Knights in a single comic page, which is impressive for a multitude of reasons other than the fact he was too fast for them to respond to. Imperial Knights dedicate entire lightsaber forms to group combat, and also have cortosis gauntlets which they use to short-out lightsaber blades - yet, Krayt cut around their arms with ease. In addition, Morghan Fel is a cousin of Roan Fel, meaning he is of Skywalker descent, indicating that his strength in the Force is far above that of an average Jedi or Sith.

https://imgur.com/a/LzTwm

Antares Draco destroys roughly a dozen Sith with ease. Yet, he is defeated by Darth Havok after, who is one of Darth Maladi’s subordinates.

https://imgur.com/a/VpZi7

Antares Draco is the commander of the Imperial Knights, considered their greatest fighter, described as skilled, cunning, powerful and nigh-incorruptible.

"Antares Draco is the leader of the Imperial Knights, the Empire's highly trained -- and unwaveringly loyal -- answer to the Jedi Order."

—Insider 88

"The highest-ranking member of the Imperial Knights, Antares Draco is a powerful Force-user whose dedication to Roan Fel is second to none."

—Legacy Era Campaign Guide

"An accomplished pilot as well as a skilled lightsaber duelist, Draco has earned his position of command of the Imperial knights through years of hard work, discipline, and an unflinching loyalty that proves time and again that he is nearly incorruptible."

—Legacy Era Campaign Guide

"Though his personal feelings rarely interfere with his work, Antares Draco knows that listening to the Force and heeding one's insights are traits that make the Imperial Knights more than just lightsaber-toting soldiers. In the heart of Antares Draco, dedication and discipline march side-by-side with instinct and intuition, creating a warrior who is cunning, loyal, and incredibly competent."

—Legacy Era Campaign Guide

"The second in command of the Imperial Knights (after Emperor Fel), and equally formidable with a lightsaber or behind the control of a fighter, Draco would give his life for the Emperor."

—Star Wars: Legacy 0.5

"Antares Draco, Ganner Kreig. My two finest Knights. . ."

—Emperor Roan Fel

Roan Fel and Darth Kruhl, one of Maladi’s assassins, have a close fight.

https://imgur.com/a/ccJ97

Roan Fel also had a close fight with Antares Draco, indicating all of the above are of a similar level of skill.

https://imgur.com/a/yLdZO

Shado Vao and Wolf Sazen were among the few Jedi who survived nigh-constant assassinations attempts from the Sith and bounty hunters for seven years after the fall of the Jedi Temple. They routinely had to kill groups of Sith in situations where many other Jedi perished.

https://imgur.com/a/2IW3H

Darth Talon is a 3rd generation Sith groomed to become Krayt’s Hand since birth, one of the best duelists in the Order and the counterpart to Darth Nihl.

"Darth Talon grows up on Korriban, where she is taught how to use the Force and the art of lightsaber combat, and conditioned to be in top physical condition. Her training is harsh, as all Sith training is, yet she manages to survive and flourish."

—Legacy Era Campaign Guide

"Despite her relative inexperience, Darth Talon is still one of the most formidable lightsaber duelists in the Sith Order."

—Legacy Era Campaign Guide

"With her master dead by her hands, Darth Talon becomes Darth Krayt's Hand, a special agent for the Emperor and the counterpart to Darth Nihl."

—Legacy Era Campaign Guide

https://imgur.com/a/3pRlB

Talon dueled and defeated Shado and Wolf using the Force, and then later stalemates Shado.

https://imgur.com/a/ZbfGu

Darth Nihl was the greatest nagai hunter and warlord, and an expert of blades of all sizes, despite only having a latent skill with the Force.

"Melee combat, especially the use of edged weapons, is highly integrated into Nagai culture. It is a rare Nagai who does not display an expert's hand in the use of blades of all sizes."

—Legacy Era Campaign Guide

"The man who would eventually take the name Darth Nihl was once a Nagai warlord and a scourge of the Unknown Regions before joining the Sith. Darth Nihl used his latent skill with the Force to lead bands of marauders in raids all across his world, well outside of the domain of the Galactic Alliance."

—Legacy Era Campaign Guide

Greatest Nagai hunter.

Similar to Darth Krayt, Nihl would hone his connection to the dark side using the Embrace of Pain.

Embrace of Pain

Nihl is a master of the long-handle lightsaber.

"Darth Nihl is a master of the long-handle lightsaber, for which he has developed his own unique fighting style."

--Legacy Era Campaign Guide"

A weapon favored by the Sith Lord Darth Nihl, the long-handle lightsaber caters to a particular fighting style. The weapon's handle grip is several times larger than the standard lightsaber, making it easier to swing the weapon around the body using arms, legs, shoulders, hips, and other joints as fulcrums upon which the lightsaber can be levered.The fighting style used with a long-handled lightsaber takes advantage of the larger grip to allow the wielder to rotate the weapon around his body."

—Legacy Era Campaign Guide

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—Star Wars Miniatures: Legacy of the Force

Nihl's skill in battle was such that Darth Krayt offered him a place within the Sith Empire. Nihl would go on to become one of Darth Krayt's Hands.

“While rebuilding the Sith, Darth Krayt encounters Darth Nihl and offers him a place within the Sith order. Nihl agrees, undergoes the training to become a Sith Lord, and rises to the rank of Emperor's Hand after his predecessor dies under mysterious circumstances. Darth Nihl is an ambitious Sith Lord who lets nothing stand in the way of his continued ascent."

—Legacy Era Campaign Guide

The Emperor's Hand is a highly contested and sought after title within the Sith Empire. Only the best achieve such status.

"A select few Sith Lords are given the title of Emperor's Hand, a tradition that Darth Krayt has resurrected from the days of Palpatine. These Hands function as the Emperor's agents throughout the galaxy, performing secret tasks at Krayt's whim. The position of Emperor's Hand is one of great honor, and it is fought over among the Sith Lords viciously."

—Legacy Era Campaign Guide

https://imgur.com/a/HN522

Nihl is Krayt’s head-enforcer, and is chosen to lead the assault on the Jedi praxeum on Ossus. He is likely the greatest duelist in the Sith Order barring Krayt himself.

Head enforcer.

—Star Wars Legacy #0.5

"Two days after Coruscant fell to the new Empire, it was Nihl who led the assault on the Jedi praxeum on Ossus. A lot of Jedi are dead."

—Ellu Viss (Star Wars: Jedi vs Sith: The Essential Guide to the Force)

Nihl was a rival for Wyyrlok III after Krayt’s death, and after both are dead, he becomes the leader of the One Sith.

https://imgur.com/a/sXXrn

Kol Skywalker fought off torrents of Sith and Stormtroopers single handedly, among them Darth Nihl, standing upon a pile of corpses.

https://imgur.com/a/NZcDw

Cade Skywalker has destroyed Darth Talon in lightsaber combat twice.

https://imgur.com/a/OW7Fr

In contrast, Cade had more difficulty with Darth Nihl, but still defeated him clearly.

https://imgur.com/a/wIr9I

Cade is seen destroying Sith Troopers, at one point him and Nat are surrounded by 11 of them at least. Sith Troopers can easily ragdoll normal Jedi and Sith, are culled from the most powerful Force users Krayt could find, are augmented for superhuman physical condition, and are seen slaughtering all of the other Jedi defending the temple despite them being amped by Tra’saa’s battle meditation.

https://imgur.com/a/qMYW4

Legacy Krayt defeats Cade Skywalker in their first duel.

https://imgur.com/a/paKz1

Reborn Krayt defeats prime Cade Skywalker even more dominantly than in their first duel.

https://imgur.com/a/l6HHX

Based on the presented evidence, the only individuals from Legacy which Krayt would not stomp in lightsaber combat (a stomp being defined as losing in just one page) are Wyyrlok III and Cade Skywalker. Once he is Reborn, the same applies, although the disparity becomes far larger. Overall, when accounting for his strength in the Force and how much he improved since fighting Kenobi, Krayt should only find his match as a duelist among a handful of people (Luke, Sidious, Yoda, Anakin, Mace Windu). He can end a battle in one touch using Dark Transfer, something any potential opponent will be ignorant of. This is amplified by his mastery of Teras Kasi, and as demonstrated when he fought Kenobi, even if Krayt is outmatched, it's entirely possible for him to land a physical blow on his opponent, making Krayt possibly the most dangerous duelist in history.

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Oh my. I haven't read it yet but damn does it look... I barely even have words to describe.

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damn that's impressive you deserve a gold medal, How long did that take you to do.

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A valiant effort.

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Now this is evidence. I'll be studying Krayt for a little while to find a good placement for him in the top 10 Sith.

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@i_like_swords: I agree. Krayt is very underrated. So where do you Rank Cade among Prequel or Empire era Jedi/Sith?

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A masterpiece. Nothing less.

Where would you rank Krayt as one of the most powerful Sith Lords? Top 5? Top 3? Top 2?

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@dark-sith123:

In terms of raw power, I only rank Sidious (unsure of the exact iteration), possibly Knightfall Darth Vader, and Vitiate/Valkorion over him. I could see Krayt being more powerful than Plagueis. That's about it.

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Something interesting to add to the section with the Apocalypse fight is that Abeloth seems noticeably weaker to Ben and Vestara when it switches to their perspective after Krayt begins draining her IIRC.

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@killbilly: Nice catch, going to add the appropriate quotes.

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@i_like_swords:

Fair enough. I pretty much agree- though I could see Krayt>Valkorion.

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This is going to be a long read lol, but so far its a job well done!

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@necromancer76:

Not familiar enough with Taalon to say for sure, but he could be above Krayt just based on raw power. The Font is no joke.

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Wow, that's extremely extensive! It's an interesting read, especially since I haven't read the stories Krayt and co appear in.

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Very nice job. A'Sharad is one of my favorite characters in the later EU. However, I don't think the fight between him and Kenobi was that close. I thought that Kenobi obviously won that duel. ??? That said, it's obvious that Kenobi would not fair so well against Krayt.

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Damn good job. The quote about him being he lost powerful being in the galaxy at the time really helps with power scaling, as I see you’ve done well. It’s not like the quote was really needed, but you can never tell with some people.

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Nice, cogent arguments for Krayt being a top-tier character.

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Read through it all in one go. Truly eye-opening.

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Absolutely amazing work, pal.

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Great job... Impressive. Thank you for giving us far more informations about this underated character

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Fantastic work. Appreciated.

@dark-sith123 said:

@i_like_swords:

Fair enough. I pretty much agree- though I could see Krayt>Valkorion.

Are you high?

Abeloth shook Coruscant with violent tremors and volcanic eruptions whereas Valkorion ruined Ziost in a span of minutes. Darth Krayt is not in this TIER.

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@s_w_legend:

Are you suggesting Valkorion>Abeloth? Are you really?

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@dark-sith123:

No. My point is that both are firmly above Darth Krayt.

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Fantastic work. Appreciated.

@dark-sith123 said:

@i_like_swords:

Fair enough. I pretty much agree- though I could see Krayt>Valkorion.

Are you high?

Abeloth shook Coruscant with violent tremors and volcanic eruptions whereas Valkorion ruined Ziost in a span of minutes. Darth Krayt is not in this TIER.

Abeloth wasn't trying to destroy Coruscant. She was draining its population to empower herself. Abeloth > Luke > Valkorion.

Krayt had a significant impact on Abeloth and this was before decades of further growth.

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@killbilly:

I disagree with the ranking of Luke Skywalker.

Yes, Abeloth drew energy from the population of Coruscant to herself in order to erect several avatars and confront multiple opponents with them.

Darth Krayt did well in that fight but Luke afforded him sufficient window.

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@s_w_legend: I disagree with the ranking of Luke Skywalker.

You hold Valkorion above Luke?

Darth Krayt did well in that fight but Luke afforded him sufficient window.

I don't necessarily disagree with that statement.

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Sweet! By the way, Apocalypse Krayt used a Force barrier to resist Abeloth's telekinetic attack, and the way he held onto her must've required massive strength and willpower for someone of his advanced age:

Abeloth loosed a Force blast, trying to drive the stranger off. He held tight. So did Luke, and all three went tumbling across the lake in a snarled mass of limbs and tentacles.

Apocalypse

Incredible, isn't it?

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Ooh, nice. Krayt is a beast. Not sure where I'd rank him, though. He's probably a top 5 Sith, though.

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@i_like_swords: Do you know the context of this?

Luke threw up his hand, intending to strangle the stranger. But before he could unleash the attack, the feet of the Sith pierced the surface of the water, and he raised his stump to point to the other end of the lake.

--Apocalypse

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Incredible thread. Krayt is definitely in the top 5 (maybe even 3) the most powerful Sith and above Valkorion.