Count Dooku/Darth Tyranus Respect Thread Part 2

This is the second half of my respect thread for Count Dooku, featuring his Force powers. You can read part 1 here.

Although this thread will include Legends showings, some of you may only be interested in Dooku's Canon showings. Everything from sources in the canon timeline will be distinguished accordingly.

Respect Count Dooku A.K.A. Darth Tyranus

"Soon enough, you will stop denying the truth of so very many things. And you will understand that I am not a traitor, but a visionary! Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hatred leads to suffering. But what the Jedi failed to teach you, what I have learned, is how to persevere, to pass through suffering, and achieve ultimate power!"

Force Power

Even as a Jedi, Dooku exhibited an extraordinary connection to the Force:

Yoda had taken a personal interest in Dooku for his extraordinary connection to the Force.

Source: The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia

Yoda claims that Thame Cerulian said Dooku is the most gifted Padawan he ever saw:

"Your Master, Thame Cerulian, says the most gifted Padawan he ever saw, you are. Trust in yourself, you need not. I, Yoda, great and powerful Jedi Master, will trust for you! Is it enough?"

Source: Yoda: Dark Rendezvous

Even as a Jedi, Dooku's strength in the Force is difficult for Yoda to comprehend:

Dooku's strength in the Force made him enigmatic for even Yoda.

Source: Attack of the Clones: The Ultimate Illustrated Guide

Dooku grows to become a most powerful Jedi:

With two such powerful Masters, Dooku quickly grew to become a most powerful and respected Jedi, and acknowledged master lightsaber duellist.

Source: The Official Starships and Vehicles Collection #34

Dooku is the most gifted apprentice in the Jedi Order:

On the other side of the galaxy, the Order's most gifted apprentice reached out to tap a lightsaber with the toe of his boot. Count Dooku grimaced.

Source: Yoda: Dark Rendezvous

Canon: Prior to his resignation, Dooku had been one of the most powerful Jedi in all of the Jedi Order's twenty-five thousand year history:

He was one of the most respected and powerful Jedi in the Order's twenty-five-thousand-year history, yet at the age of seventy Dooku's principles would no longer allow him to serve a Republic in which political power was for sale to the highest bidder.

Source: Revenge of the Sith

Dooku would've been a Master on par with Yoda had he not left the Order:

Dooku was a unique case in the history of the Jedi Order. Universally respected, he would have been a Master on a par with Yoda had he not abandoned the Order to join its greatest enemies.

Source: Insider #113

Dooku was one of the Order's greatest legends and losses, potentially suggesting that he was among the most powerful Jedi in history:

One of the greatest legends of the Jedi Order, and one of its greatest losses, Dooku was a revered Jedi Master until he abandoned his commission, disillusioned with the direction of both the Jedi and the Republic they served.

Source: The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia

Yoda considers Dooku to have been the Jedi's strongest and wisest student, and considers him to be most learned in the ways of the Force comparative to other Jedi:

The other three Jedi in the room glanced guiltily at Yoda. He snorted, but laugh lines crinkled around his eyes. "Mm. Thinking of students, I am. Best then I should go to battle with him in whom the Force is strongest, hmm? With young Skywalker, think you?"

"He's not polished," Ilena said.

"And too impulsive," Mace added.

"Hm." Yoda stirred again with his stick. "Then best of all would be the strongest student, yes? Wisest? Most learned in the ways of the Force?" He nodded. "Best of all, Dooku would be!" His eyes found the other Jedi, one by one: and one by one, they looked away. "Our great student!" Yoda's ears flexed, then drooped. "Our great failure."

Source: Yoda: Dark Rendezvous

Canon: Dooku's power was a factor in Palpatine choosing him to become Maul's successor as the Dark Lord's apprentice:

Aware of Dooku's power and his dark side leanings, Sidious took Dooku as his new apprentice and Darth Tyranus was born.

Source: Insider #34 (Relaunched)

Canon: Dooku is more powerful as a Sith than he was as a Jedi. According to himself, he has grown infinitely in power:

"Powerful you have become, Dooku. The dark side I sense in you."

Source: Attack of the Clones

He felt Dooku gathering power, and he bowed his head in shock and sorrow as he sensed the true source of the Count's increased ability.

Source: Attack of the Clones Junior Novelization

"I have spent the last ten years learning to use the power of the Dark Side. It gives me infinitely greater power."

Source: http://www.imsdb.com/scripts/Star-Wars-Attack-of-the-Clones.html

Count Dooku is a disillusioned former Jedi Knight who lost faith in the Republic and abandoned the Jedi Order. Dooku spent ten years in seclusion honing his Force abilities - and - as a master of the old style of fencing - wields his scimitar-handled lightsaber with consummate grace.

Source: Count Dooku - Dark Lord (Star Wars SAGA Series, 2002)

This is Dooku, Darth Tyranus, Count of Serenno:

Once a great Jedi master, now an even greater Lord of the Sith, Dooku is a dark colossus bestriding the galaxy. Nemesis of the corrupt Republic, oriflamme of the principled Confederacy of Independent Systems, he is the very personification of shock and awe.

Source: Revenge of the Sith

Not only had the Dark Lord introduced Dooku to realms of power beyond his most spectacular fantasies, but Sidious was also a political manipulator so subtle that his abilities might be considered to dwarf even the power of the dark side itself.

Source: Revenge of the Sith

Not even Dooku's Sith-enhanced powers were enough for him to defeat Yoda.

Source: http://www.starwars.com/count-dooku-biography-gallery

Dooku's use of telekinesis on Korriban appears to leave behind a pool of darkness that causes the Jedi to feel palpable disturbances in the air:

There was a disturbance in the air, as though the dark energy of the Force still pulsed around the wall of debris. As if the Sith had vanished, but left a pool of his darkness behind.

Source: Jedi Quest: The Final Showdown

Dooku is far more powerful than Obi-Wan Kenobi on Geonosis:

Kenobi moved in for the attack, but Dooku proved far too powerful.

Source: The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia

Dooku possesses an alarming degree of skill in the Force:

Displaying an alarming degree of skill with the Force, Dooku casts dark-side lightning that sends Anakin crashing against a wall.

Source: The Ultimate Visual Guide: Updated and Expanded

Yoda is incapable of beating Dooku with the Force:

"It is obvious that this contest cannot be decided by our knowledge of the Force... but by our skills with a lightsaber."

Source: Attack of the Clones

The old Master was so accomplished in every aspect of the Force that until the Battle of Geonosis he had rarely needed to resort to his weapon. When he did, he proved as masterful with it as without.

Source: http://imgur.com/84WNvvI (Star Wars Fact File)

The two Force warriors attempted to defeat each other with displays of telekinesis and other Force abilities, but they were too evenly matched.

Source: Lightsabers: A Guide to the Weapons of the Force

The two engaged in a titanic struggle of Force powers, neither besting the other.

Source: The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia

Count Dooku and Master Yoda engaging in a titanic struggle of Force powers on Geonosis.

Source: The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia

Yoda's battle with Dooku gives him a sense of how dangerous Darth Sidious is:

Yoda was not that one.

Aged, experienced, diplomatic, informative, brilliant with a lightsaber… Yes, all of these things. And not unacquainted with the power of the dark side. For that reason he understood just how dangerous this new Sith Lord was. He hadn't had a sense of that danger until he had fought Dooku on Geonosis.

Source: Labyrinth of Evil

Obi-Wan regards Dooku as "great and powerful" after their encounter on Geonosis:

"Count Dooku's fall has troubled us all," Obi-Wan acknowledged. "Now we have a great and powerful enemy." His thoughts turned to his battle with Dooku. He had never met such power in battle before. He had never come up against something that had completely overpowered him. Even meeting the Sith Lord who had killed Qui-Gon had not been the same.

Source: Legacy of the Jedi

Canon: Tyranus is a "super-powerful Force warrior":

It is Yoda who brings the newly-created Clone Army to the Battle of Genosis (22 BBY), and it is Yoda who confronts an escaping Count Dooku for a spectacular Lightsaber clash, one super-powerful Force warrior battling another.

Source: Star Wars Trading Card Game

Canon: Sir Christopher Lee claims Dooku is a man of immense power:

"I play a character called Count Dooku, a battle-scarred Jedi. He's obviously a man of immense power — mental power, and physical power."

Source: https://youtu.be/5z35FU-J1I8?t=375

Dooku's powers were increased by a Sith holocron:

Dooku had at his disposal a Sith holocron. This powerful and ancient dark side resource enhanced his own powers and helped to entice other Force users into the Separatist cause.

Source: The Official Star Wars Fact File #116

Canon: Dave Filoni, the director of The Clone Wars, claims that Dooku is incredibly powerful:

"Now, I agree wholeheartedly that Dooku is incredibly powerful."

Source: https://youtu.be/4o1fd-M3aBo?t=34

Canon: Dave Filoni claims that Dooku can kill fifteen of thirty pirates without his lightsaber:

"But the fact remains: if he gets into a fight with thirty pirates - yes, he might kill fifteen of them - but he will be shot, and he will go down."

Source: https://youtu.be/4o1fd-M3aBo?t=39

Canon: Dooku is more powerful than Karis imagined, even though Ventress had warned her that he was powerful:

"He is stronger than I imagined..."

"I warned you."

Source: The Clone Wars: Nightsisters

Canon: Darth Tyranus is said to be too strong in the dark side for Ventress and Savage to defeat him:

This was not to be, as the Sith Lord was too strong with the dark side and survived the attack.

Source: http://www.starwars.com/databank/count-dooku

Yet when the moment arose, Ventress and Opress were not powerful enough to destroy Dooku, and the monster turned against both.

Source: http://www.starwars.com/databank/asajj-ventress

But Dooku proved too strong for even their combined efforts - and Savage finally snapped under the strain of his abusive training, turning his fury on both Dooku and Ventress.

Source: http://www.starwars.com/databank/asajj-ventress-biography-gallery

Dooku's Sith mastery barely gave him the edge over his former apprentices.

Source: http://www.starwars.com/databank/savage-opress-biography-gallery

Although Opress escapes, he displeases Dooku, leading to brutal combat. Then Ventress strikes. Unable to best the powerful Dooku, the two escape...

Source: Insider #122

Canon: Dooku's abilities with the Force far surpass those of Ventress and Savage:

Asajj Ventress and Savage Opress wage a combined attack against Dooku, whose abilities with the Force far surpass those of his apprentices.

Source: http://www.starwars.com/video/dooku-vs-his-apprentices

Canon: Savage Opress regards Dooku as too powerful for him to kill:

"Kill him! Kill him, you fool!"

"I... can't. He's too... powerful."

Source: The Clone Wars: Witches of the Mist

Canon: Jeremy Barlow, writer of the Son of Dathomir series, claims that Darth Maul's Force power is not on the same level as Count Dooku's:

His power isn’t on Vader’s level, true, or even on Count Dooku’s level — but that never stops him. He stands alongside the Sith Lords only by sheer force of will.

Source: http://www.previewsworld.com/Home/1/1/71/950?articleID=145871

Canon: Dooku is more powerful than Quinlan Vos:

This man was steeped in the dark side of the Force, saturated with it, in a way that she was certain Vos, perhaps even Dooku, had never been.

Source: Dark Disciple

Dooku calls upon the Force to allow him to see through it, such that he feels that he became the axis and center of the universe itself, and that everything he perceived was through the Force:

He called upon the Force, gathering it to himself and wrapping himself within it. He breathed it in and held it whirling inside his heart, clenching down upon it until he could feel the spin of the galaxy around him.

Until he became the axis of the Universe.

This was the real power of the dark side, the power he had suspected even as a boy, had sought through his long life until Darth Sidious had shown him that it had been his all along. The dark side didn't bring him to the center of the universe. It made him the center.

He drew power into his innermost being until the Force itself existed only to serve his will. Now the scene below subtly altered, though to the physical eye there was no change. Powered by the dark side, Dooku's perception took the measure of those below him with exhilarating precision.

Kenobi was luminous, a transparent being, a window onto a sunlit meadow of the Force.

Skywalker was a storm cloud, flickering with dangerous lightning, building the rotation that threatens a tornado.

And then there was Palpatine, of course: he was beyond power. He showed nothing of what might be within. Though seen with the eyes of the dark side itself, Palpatine was an event horizon. Beneath his entirely ordinary surface was absolute, perfect nothingness. Darkness beyond darkness.

A black hole of the Force.

Source: Revenge of the Sith

Dooku is one of the most powerful Force practitioners in history:

"Dooku has become one of the Force's most powerful practitioners, though his ultimate loyalty is to Darth Sidious."

Re-live the incredible battle between two of the most powerful Jedi of all - as they fight to the finish on a Trade Federation Cruiser! Only the strongest Jedi remains—will it be the light side or the dark side of the Force?

Source: Battle Arena: Federation Cruiser

Force Knowledge

Yoda claims that Dooku is the Order's most learned student:

"Hm." Yoda stirred again with his stick. "Then best of all would be the strongest student, yes? Wisest? Most learned in the ways of the Force?" He nodded. "Best of all, Dooku would be!" His eyes found the other Jedi, one by one: and one by one, they looked away. "Our greatest student!" Yoda's ears flexed, then drooped. "Our greatest failure."

Source: Yoda: Dark Rendezvous

Dooku's understanding of the Force even as a Jedi was far beyond his peers:

The belief that he was better than the other students only seemed to gain further validation when Dooku demonstrated an understanding of the Force far beyond that of his peers.

Source: Insider #113

In preparation for his transformation into Darth Tyranus, Dooku steals and studies the Dark Holocron, the most powerful of all Sith holocrons, which contains dark side knowledge dating back some hundred thousand years:

Jealous of Dooku's fortune at having been chosen as an apprentice by Jedi Master Thame Cerulian, Nod tried to convince Dooku to access the Temple's forbidden Sith Holocron. Although Dooku was intrigued by the secrets of the Sith artifact (and would in fact steal the device decades later), he refused.

Source: The Official Star Wars Fact File #116

The most powerful Sith Holocron contained Sith teachings and histories that covered some hundred thousand years... The Dark Holocron was taken by Jedi Lorian Nod, who maintained that he saw "true evil" when he accessed the device. Motivated by Nod's claims, Dooku later used the Sith Holocron as well, unlocking its secrets in preparation for his transformation into Darth Tyranus.

Source: The New Essential Guide to Weapons & Technology

Upon joining the Dark Side, Dooku is presented with various mystic teachings "of shadowy power" by Sidious:

After Dooku pledged himself to the Sith and became Darth Tyranus, Darth Sidious supplied him with a holoprojector and cells containing mystic teachings of shadowy power.

Source: Attack of the Clones: The Expanded Visual Dictionary

Dooku embraces the ancient teachings of the Sith:

"Count Dooku, now Darth Tyranus, has fully embraced the ancient teachings of the Sith."

Within five years of joining the Sith, Dooku becomes a master of the dark side:

A simpler man, he reflected, even a master of the Dark Side like Lord Tyranus, might have tried to eliminate C'baoth directly through a genuine assassination, utilizing a more potent attack from more competent conspirators.

Source: Outbound Flight

Canon: Dooku claims to be Yoda's equal in knowing the ways of the Force:

"It is obvious that this contest cannot be decided by our knowledge of the Force... but by our skills with a lightsaber."

Source: Attack of the Clones

Dooku gives Nikkos Tyris a Sith holocron that was once studied by Volfe Karkko, providing him with knowledge that would make him a threat to the Jedi:

During the Clone Wars, an Anzati Jedi named Nikkos Tyris left the Jedi Order, allegedly after studying a Sith Holocron he may have obtained from Count Dooku.

Source: Jedi vs Sith: The Essential Guide to the Force

In exchange for his allegiance, Dooku promised Tyris access to his Sith Holocron - the same one that had been accessed by the Anzati Jedi Volfe Karkko.

Source: The Official Star Wars Fact File #116

Dooku claims that he's aware of all the "mind tricks" that Jedi use to bypass pain, and that he can circumvent each of these techniques:

"All of the mind tricks you know to control pain are known to me as well. And I know how to circumvent them."

Dooku had access to Bane's manifesto Rule of Two, and presumably knows all of the powers detailed within (this includes Blind, Convection, Crucitorn, Cryokinesis, Death Field, Drain Life, Hatred, Horror, Inertia, Mind Shard and Memory Walk):

"Darth Bane's Rule of Two was a keystone of the Sith Order for centuries. The Battle of Ruusan, nearly a millennium ago, would have ended the Sith Order had Darth Bane not reconstituted it as a diarchy operating from the shadows. His writings became part of the Sith Archives passed down from master to apprentice for generations. During the Clone Wars, my servant Count Dooku shared the book with Jedi agent Quinlan Vos in an ill-conceived effort to lure and corrupt him."

Source: Book of Sith: Secrets from the Dark Side

As a Banite Sith apprentice, Tyranus has access to the Sith Archives, which were developed over a millennium since the time of Darth Bane:

Darth Bane's Rule of Two was a keystone of the Sith Order for centuries. The Battle of Ruusan, nearly a millennium ago, would have ended the Sith Order had Darth Bane not reconstituted it as a diarchy operating from the shadows. His writings became part of the Sith Archives passed down from master to apprentice for generations.

Source: Book of Sith: Secrets from the Dark Side

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

Source: The Phantom Menace Scrapbook

The Sith had changed. The Sith had grown, had adapted, had invested a thousand years' intensive study into every aspect of not only the Force but Jedi lore itself, in preparation for exactly this day. The Sith had remade themselves.
Source: Revenge of the Sith

Dooku claims that that he has taught Asajj many secrets, who maintains that he has withheld much more and much greater knowledge of the dark side from her. Additionally, it is revealed that the Count has access to at least an entire shelf of holocrons:

"Have I not taught you many secrets, Asajj?"

"Scraps. Little devices. Lesser arts. Not nearly what you would if I were your apprentice sworn in blood, I know. I am no fool," she said angrily. As if he didn't know that. As if she needed to convince him she was deadly. "I have learned much about the Sith. Their lineage and their greatness."

"But what of their natural history?" Dooku said.

Ventress blinked. "What?"

"The Sith, considered as a species. An insect, perhaps." Asajj's thin lips got thinner. "You mock me."

"I have rarely been more serious." The Count paced over to a shelf of holocrons on the wall, plucked one out, and inserted it into the comm cube on his desk.

Source: Yoda: Dark Rendezvous

Dooku has near-unrivalled knowledge of the Force:

With a near unrivalled knowledge of the Force combined with formidable skill with a lightsaber, Dooku was virtually indomitable.

Source: Insider #109

The Count possesses vast knowledge of the Force:

Count Dooku would have to use his vast knowledge of the Force (Maul's major weakness) in order to triumph.

Source: Insider #109

Force Sense

Force Sense is a passive Force power which enables a Force user to feel physical, emotional and mental traits as well as events.

Dooku senses Ventress's presence even whilst she is masking herself with her powers:

https://youtu.be/N1Tsn9M1DWA?t=94

"Impressive. You mask your presence well. Flawless timing. Perfect control. You have great skill in infiltration. My host would applaud your abilities posthumously. However, I am not looking for a spy."

Source: Clone Wars: Chapter 6

Dooku senses fear in Ventress:

"The dark side is strong in me, for I am Sith."

"A bold claim, but you are not Sith. You wear the trappings of the Sith, you fight like the Sith, but this can be imitated, however. You lack a vital quality found in all Sith. Sith have no fear, and I sense much fear in you."

Source: Clone Wars: Chapter 7

Canon: Dooku senses Anakin's feelings of pain and loss on Tatooine:

"Ah, now I remember. This was your homeplanet, wasn't it? I sense your strong feelings. Feelings of pain. Loss."

Source: The Clone Wars

Dooku's Doppelganger senses Anakin's emotional pain and confusion caused by the death of his mother:

"What's this I sense? Confusion... sorrow. And something more... Pain. Pain over your... mother."

Source: The New Droid Army

Canon: Dooku anticipates and dodges a lightsaber attack from behind:

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Canon: From across the galaxy, Dooku can sense Savage Opress' growing power and the rise of Darth Maul:

"I can sense him, Grievous. That creature, Savage Opress, is growing stronger and stronger as each day passes. He is a threat to all of us, even the Jedi. Something is rising, something sinister..."

Source: The Clone Wars: Brothers

Canon: Dooku foresees an impromptu transmission from the Kaminoans:

https://youtu.be/-3_xAF-WEcs?t=55

"I've been expecting your transmission."

Source: The Clone Wars: Conspiracy

Canon: Corey Burton claims that Dooku can sense Anakin's connection to the dark side:

Q: Do you think Dooku knows or suspects Anakin's connection to the dark side?

A: Of course. I doubt there is much he wouldn't at least sense in the infinite matrix of the Force.

Source: Insider #122

Canon: Dooku senses great fear in Anakin Skywalker:

"I sense great fear in you, Skywalker. You have hate, you have anger, but you don’t use them."

Source: Revenge of the Sith

And even now, he was holding himself back; even now, as he landed at Dooku's flank and rained blows upon the Sith Lord's defenses, even as he drove Dooku backward step after step,

Dooku could feel how Skywalker kept his fury banked behind walls of will: walls that were hardened by some uncontrollable dread. Dread, Dooku surmised, of himself. Of what might happen if he should ever allow that furnace he used for a heart to go supercritical. Dooku slipped aside from an overhand chop and sprang backward. "I sense great fear in you. You are consumed by it. Hero With No Fear, indeed. You're a fraud, Skywalker. You are nothing but a posturing child."

Source: Revenge of the Sith

Force Sight

Force Sight is an ability allowing a Force user to see through the Force.

Canon: Drugged to physical blindness, Dooku relies on the Force to see for him, allowing him to duel Ventress and her two Nightsister aides naturally:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6s6lHLJBvE

"I do not need my eyes to see you, Jedi."

Source: The Clone Wars: Nightsisters

Dooku sees Obi-Wan and Anakin moving towards a doorway through the Force:

Dooku sighed in disappointment. They weren't hearing him. Worse, the video feed was also becoming hopelessly corrupted. More through the Force than the holocam feed he saw them moving toward the very doorway he had taken to reach the control room.

Source: Labyrinth of Evil

Dooku perceives Obi-Wan, Anakin and Palpatine through the Force:

He called upon the Force, gathering it to himself and wrapping himself within it. He breathed it in and held it whirling inside his heart, clenching down upon it until he could feel the spin of the galaxy around him.

Until he became the axis of the Universe.

This was the real power of the dark side, the power he had suspected even as a boy, had sought through his long life until Darth Sidious had shown him that it had been his all along. The dark side didn't bring him to the center of the universe. It made him the center.

He drew power into his innermost being until the Force itself existed only to serve his will. Now the scene below subtly altered, though to the physical eye there was no change. Powered by the dark side, Dooku's perception took the measure of those below him with exhilarating precision.

Kenobi was luminous, a transparent being, a window onto a sunlit meadow of the Force.

Skywalker was a storm cloud, flickering with dangerous lightning, building the rotation that threatens a tornado.

And then there was Palpatine, of course: he was beyond power. He showed nothing of what might be within. Though seen with the eyes of the dark side itself, Palpatine was an event horizon. Beneath his entirely ordinary surface was absolute, perfect nothingness. Darkness beyond darkness.

A black hole of the Force.

Source: Revenge of the Sith

Force Concealment

Force Concealment allows one to mask their physical presence or presence in the Force.

Canon: Dooku conceals dark side alignment from Obi-Wan Kenobi:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GaXHDpCe-KI

Canon: Dooku conceals his dark side alignment from all the Jedi in the Petranaki arena, including Mace Windu, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=unAu-1H-otA

Canon: Tyranus conceals his presence from both Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bz_SOvbs29Q

Canon: Dooku sneaks up on Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker without them sensing his presence, despite him calling upon the Force to Choke Silman from just metres behind them:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=juQNXhOMEUc

Dooku is able to elude the senses of Ki-Adi Mundi and Aayla Secura:

"They weren't even aware that I was there."

A master of Quey'Tek meditation, Dooku instructs Ventress in the technique to allow her to conceal her Force sensitivity from the likes of Obi-Wan Kenobi:

Despite his mastery of the Quey'tek technique for hiding oneself in the Force, they had located him!

Source: Labyrinth of Evil

For months Count Dooku had taught her the Quy’Tek meditations.

Source: The Cestus Deception

Obi-Wan knew that last voice. Suddenly, and with shocking clarity, all that had happened in the last days made terrible, and possibly terminal sense. "Asajj Ventress," he said.

She appeared out of the shadows, but it was not shadows alone that had protected her. In each hand she held a glowing red light-saber with curved handles. A dozen young X'Ting emerged from the boxes around her. Males, barely out of their adolescence, judging by the light rings of fur around their necks. They swaggered and postured, but they were callow.

"You have perfected the Quy'Tek meditations, Adept," he said. "You can shield your Force."

"From fools, yes," she said, and smiled.

Source: The Cestus Deception

Force Healing

Heal is a Force power allowing a Jedi to heal external wounds or internal afflictions.

Tyranus heals himself of the deadly Karatos plague:

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Telepathy

Telepathy is a power enabling Force sensitives to read or influence the minds of others.

Canon: Dooku is able to cloud the mind of Obi-Wan Kenobi:

Kenobi, his senses confused and clouded by the dark side, realised just how much trouble he was in.

Source: The Official Star Wars Fact File #49 (Relaunched)

Drain Knowledge

Drain Knowledge is a dark-sided telepathic ability which allows one to extract knowledge from another's mind against the latter's will.

Dooku utilizes Drain Knowledge somewhat successfully on Obi-Wan Kenobi with the aid of the fact that Kenobi had difficulty drawing upon the Force due to electrocution:

Blue-tongued bolts of lightning coursed through Obi-Wan Kenobi, gathering at his wrists and ankles before racing up and down his body in a journey surely designed to drive him to the edge of reason. He was held largely immobile, like an insect pinned to a cotton display swab, twitching as his muscles spasmed uncontrollably in a futile struggle to escape their torment. It was an odd sort of pain: an aching, prickling, numbness similar to a limb that had fallen asleep combined with the burning of muscles worked to shaky exhaustion. A sheen of cold sweat covered his pale face, the occasional bead of which rolled down his temples before disappearing into his beard.

Green-blue eyes narrowed as he surveyed his surroundings, an enterprise assisted by the fact that he was suspended a meter off the ground by a series of repulsorlifts while being constantly rotated like a nerf on a spit. The crisp, acidic smell of electricity with the faint underpinning of burnt hair wafted through the air of the cavernous chamber. Under other circumstances he might have been impressed by the millions of years of slow geological evolution required to create the red rock structure serving as his prison, but currently it was just one more obstacle between him and freedom.

How long he’d been there, he could not say. Hours certainly. He was exhausted, yet wired, his mind wandering deplorably, unable to concentrate on one thing for more than a few moments at a time.

It was an effective way to secure a Jedi, he had to admit. He could focus neither mind nor body enough to harness the energy of the Force in order to affect an escape. The static electricity emanating from the containment field felt like millions of tiny nimgnats burrowing relentlessly into his flesh. It was excruciating and disturbingly efficient.

The Jedi swallowed hard, wincing at the stale, coppery taste of blood in his mouth. Dwelling on his discomfort would benefit neither himself nor the Force he had dedicated his life to serving. He sighed and tried to center his concentration. Again. Instead all he could think about was clawing the skin from his bones.

As another static-induced tremor lit up Obi-Wan’s nervous system, he marveled at the wonderful hospitality of the Geonosians. He generally preferred to be welcomed with Corellian whiskey or even tea rather than shock treatment, but every culture had its foibles. He could only hope he was seriously running up their power bill.

He took a deep breath and released his frustration into the Force. He would wait and the Force would present him with the opportune means and time for escape. Anytime now… or now… or perhaps now… Patience was usually a skill that he had in abundance, although his own Master had long despaired that he would ever acquire it.

Qui-Gon Jinn. Dead ten years now. Grief, like the nightmares of his death, had faded in time, but the void in Obi-Wan’s life never entirely diminished. Obi-Wan ruthlessly pushed the thought from his mind. Ruminating on his Master’s murder was not going to assist him in his objective, which, he reminded himself sternly, was to find a way to center himself and discover a means of escape.

Right. Red walls. Check. Intense pain. Check. No aid from the Force. Check. He wanted to kick a control panel. Or a storage container. Or his astromech. He wondered how R4 was doing. He hoped the Geonosians wouldn’t disintegrate her. Had the little droid been able to send his last transmission? As another series of shocks racked his already battered body, he mused that perhaps deciding to report the information gleaned during his covert foray into the Geonosian stronghold before departing the planet was not his most brilliant decision.

Many of his decisions lately had been less than stellar, he admitted, as his mind drifted inwards, unconsciously seeking refuge from the pain, until he bumped rather abruptly into the unease that had been lurking just under the surface of his consciousness since before he left the Jedi Temple on this fact-finding mission.

Someone had erased the planet of Kamino from the Jedi archives. No, not just someone. A Jedi. He had seen the evidence of it himself. His breath caught in his throat as he again considered the implications of that. A Jedi had apparently contracted with the Kaminoans ten years ago to create a clone army for the Republic, presumably to fight against the Separatists, in whose hidden base of operations he now found himself imprisoned. But a decade ago the Separatists hadn’t even existed.

As Obi-Wan considered these facts, fear began to seep into his mind like water into duracrete cracks. The Galactic Republic, which had stood for a thousand years, was moving full speed ahead toward civil war. The Jedi, who had kept the peace for at least that long, were powerless to stop it. And, perhaps most frightening of all, he felt something was terribly wrong with his Padawan, the boy — now man — he had trained in the ways of the Jedi for the past ten years. Although he wasn’t entirely sure how, his feelings told him that the fates of these three things were intricately linked. Forces were at work here on Geonosis that could destroy everything he held dear.

Anakin Skywalker was not the Padawan that Obi-Wan would have chosen for himself, which was rather ironic since he was fairly confident that his own Master would have said the same of him. But there was no question that he loved his apprentice with a fierceness that often frightened him. Still, training Anakin was a bit like dodging blaster fire, always one step away from disaster. There was no doubt that the boy was one of the most powerful Jedi ever. But the essence of the Jedi was not the power, but rather what one did with it.

A Jedi may feel anger, hate, hurt, despair — they were, after all, sentient beings — but a Jedi must never allow these feelings to guide his actions. Such behavior went against the instincts of most species, which was why Jedi younglings began their training so young. The ability to circumvent one’s nature and to put unwavering trust in the guidance of the Force was not an easy thing to do. It was a choice that each Jedi had to make every day. Sometimes, every minute. But it was essential. Control was at the core of a Jedi. This was the lesson he feared he had utterly failed to teach Anakin.

His apprentice hadn’t been ready for the responsibility of the solo mission to safeguard Senator Amidala. The fact that Anakin had apparently abandoned his mandate and was on Tatooine only served to illustrate that point. When he’d expressed his concerns to Master Yoda and Master Windu, they’d brushed him off, much to his dismay. It wasn’t the first time it had happened. Lately, the Council seemed to think they knew what was best for Anakin. He felt to his bones that they were wrong. And if they were, the consequences could be catastrophic.

Don’t center on your anxiety. How many times had his Master said those words to him? More times than there were stars in the galaxy. Even now in the privacy of his own mind he heard them in Qui-Gon’s voice. He took a deep breath. Qui-Gon was right. Live in the moment. Focusing on his fears would accomplish nothing.

He wanted to rip the flesh from the back of his skull and stop the insidious itch! He summoned all his energy in an attempt to move his head, hoping for any type of relief, only to discover Count Dooku entering his cell.

“Traitor!” Obi-Wan called as a greeting, the bitter word escaping his lips before he’d had a chance to evaluate the situation. Damn, he knew better than that.

Dooku didn’t seem all that offended, however. “Oh no, my friend. This is a mistake. A terrible mistake. They’ve gone too far. This is madness.”

The appearance of the elderly human was at odds with the distress in his voice. He looked more like he was on his way to an opera, with his elegant clothing and perfectly groomed beard, than on a mission to assist a “friend” in need.

Irrationally, the fact that not a single hair on the man’s gray head was out of place made Obi-Wan want to unleash a Force storm on him.

“I thought you were the leader here, Dooku,” the Jedi replied, holding his voice as steady as possible. Leader. The thought disgusted him. Dooku had been a Jedi once. Qui-Gon’s master! How could he have come to this?

“This had nothing to do with me, I assure you,” the Count said, ignoring Obi-Wan’s accusation. “I will petition immediately to have you set free.”

While his words were reassuring enough, Obi-Wan was sickened to feel a new tingling at the corners of his consciousness. The former Jedi Master was pushing against Obi-Wan’s Jedi-trained mental defenses and attempting to access his most private thoughts. He struggled against the assault, but the pain and distraction of the electric pulses still coursing through him ensured he was fighting a losing battle. In desperation, Obi-Wan sought to distract the Count with a verbal sally. “Well, I hope it doesn’t take too long. I have work to do.”

Dooku wasn’t deterred, and sweat broke anew across Obi-Wan’s brow as he tried to retreat mentally to higher ground.

Why do you run from me, my friend? Dooku’s voice resounded in Obi-Wan’s mind, even as he walked counter the direction Obi-Wan was being rotated by the containment field, thus forcing the Jedi to keep tabs on his tormentor’s location both mentally and physically.

Dooku’s slow pace spoke of an underlying arrogance and was in sharp contrast to the briskness of his invasion into Obi-Wan’s mind. Obi-Wan bit back a gasp and fled, trying to set new mental barriers in his wake. He’d had other Force users in his mind before. Qui-Gon. Anakin. Even Master Yoda. But where their touches had been gentle, almost a caress, Dooku’s was painful and humiliating.

“May I ask why a Jedi Knight is all the way out here on Geonosis?”

The energy currents surrounding his body increased, and Obi-Wan felt his mental footing slip. He struggled not to cry out. “I’ve been tracking a bounty hunter named Jango Fett. Do you know him?” His voice sounded stilted even to his own ears.

“There are no bounty hunters here that I am aware of. The Geonosians don’t trust them,” the count said.

But you can trust me, Obi-Wan. The words oozed into his psyche, sickening in their sincerity.

Obi-Wan tried again to flee, but Dooku’s mental presence pinned him. The former Jedi Master was rooting through his memories like a Kowakian monkey-lizard scavenging through an open gut, pulling out what was useful, what could hurt him, and tossing the rest aside.

Obi-Wan’s own feelings assailed him in a maelstrom of pain and loss.

The faint smell of stale floral perfume and coarse material against tiny fingers as he clung to his mother for the last time.

He mentally pressed against the memory, finally pushing it back only to feel the sweaty fingers of a fellow Jedi and childhood rival brush past his as the boy fell to his death.

Obi-Wan recoiled from the memory, and it gave Dooku the gap he needed to open the floodgates. Memories were ripped from him in a barrage of color, sound, and smell.

… red ears, face burning with the sting of a reprimand from his Master over a missed curfew…

…the weight of Qui-Gon’s disappointment over a failed astronav exam…

…the light fading from Cerasi’s eyes as life left her. Melida/Daan’s last casualty…

… the feel of soft lips ghosting across his brow, not in promise of a deepening relationship, but in bittersweet acknowledgement of what could never be, as dictated by the Jedi Code…

… the sting of jealousy at the realization that Anakin would replace him as Qui-Gon’s Padawan…

…the torture of being trapped behind an energy field, forced to watch as Qui-Gon battled a monster, knowing his Master would not survive the encounter…

…the agony of feeling the thread of their training bond dissolve as his Master became one with the Force…

… blind panic with the comprehension that the fate of a child was in his hands…

“Well, who can blame them? But he is here, I can assure you,” Obi-Wan heard himself say, what felt like hours later, though in reality it must have been only a few seconds.

“It’s a great pity that our paths have never crossed before, Obi-Wan. Qui-Gon always spoke very highly of you. ”

Even if he wasn’t ready to take another Padawan. It was an insecurity that normally no longer held any power over him. Obi-Wan knew all too well how an unwanted Padawan could grow to be as essential a part of a Jedi as any limb. But now, with his life flung around him like an overturned rubbish bin, the words seared him. Tears burned his eyes as he was lost again in the pain of a twelve-year-old child as he watched his last hope of a Master turn his back and walk away.

“I wish he were still alive.” The Count sighed theatrically, and Obi-Wan heard the words, too bad you weren’t a little faster, knife through his mind. “I could use his help right now.”

“Qui-Gon Jinn would never join you.” The words were a shield.

“Don’t be so sure, my young Jedi. You forget that he was once my apprentice just as you were once his.”

And I was his friend. This, Obi-Wan knew to be a lie. Dooku had been Qui-Gon’s Master and his teacher, but he had never been his friend. It was a tactical error and the knowledge briefly empowered Obi-Wan.

“He knew all about the corruption in the Senate, but he would never have gone along with it if he had known the truth as I have,” Dooku said, as he continued to circle maddeningly around his captive.

“The truth?” Obi-Wan cursed himself for the curiosity reflected in his voice. Dooku now knew intimately of his disdain toward the Senate and politicians in general and wasn’t hesitating to use that knowledge against him.

“The truth…”

Dooku let the words hang there for a long moment, gathering strength, even as Obi-Wan prepared himself to disbelieve whatever came next. He could feel the Count’s amusement at his efforts. And just who do you think taught Qui-Gon that tactic?

The words deflated Obi-Wan as the pervasive haze returned, robbing him of the tiny foothold he’d managed to garner.

“What if I told you that the Republic was now under the control of the Dark Lord of the Sith?”

“No, that’s not possible. The Jedi would be aware of it,” Obi-Wan said quickly, but his voice was shadowed with doubt.

Are you so sure, my young friend? An image from his memory of the star map room, the empty space just south of the Rishi Maze, bled into his mind’s eye. He realized he was trembling and it was not entirely an effect of the containment field.

“The dark side of the Force has clouded their vision, my friend. Hundreds of Senators are now under the influence of a Sith Lord called Darth Sidious.”

Clouded vision. His own errors in judgment. The failure of the Jedi at Antar, and dozens of other missteps that had precipitated the current crisis.

“I don’t believe you.” But he did.

“The Viceroy of the Trade Federation was once in league with this Darth Sidious. But he was betrayed ten years ago by the Dark Lord…”

It is not true, Obi-Wan told himself.

“… he came to me for help. He told me everything…”

It is not true. It is not true. It is not true, Obi-Wan repeated to himself, clinging stubbornly to his defiance, using the denial as a bulwark.

He could feel Dooku quashing his efforts, fogging his mind. Pressure bore down on his psyche like a vise. He twisted and struggled, but the grip only grew tighter, leaving him sluggish and confused.

The Jedi Council would not believe him, the Count continued his accusations mentally.

It is not true. It is not true. It is not true. It is not true.

The Count continued to pace, his movements becoming agitated. I tried many times to warn them but they wouldn’t listen to me.

IT IS NOT TRUE.

But some tiny part of the Knight acknowledged that it might be. Had the Council not brushed off his concerns about his Padawan’s readiness to carry out his mission with Senator Amidala? Dooku seized the flicker of doubt and exploited it mercilessly. All Obi-Wan’s frustrations with the Council for ignoring his concerns crashed over him in a wave.

They see only what they want to see. They ignore your concerns. The words were coated in honey, soothing and seductive. How many times did Qui-Gon warn you to keep your own counsel?

It is… true. Force help him, it was true. Qui-Gon had often questioned the omnipotence of the Council. The Council had ignored his concerns about Anakin.

Dooku pounced on the admissions. Once they sense the Dark Lord’s presence, it will be too late.

Too late. The words reverberated through him. They would be too late. The Senate was corrupt. The Council was floundering. The Republic would fall. His head spun with the implications of it all. He struggled to get air into his lungs. What would his Master have done?

“You must join me, Obi-Wan, and together we will destroy the Sith.”

Destroy the Sith. Stop the Republic from obliterating itself. Save his Padawan. It sounded so simple. So tempting. Take matters into his own hands. Step away from the dictates of the Council and turn his back on the plethora of politics. Could he better serve the galaxy at Dooku’s side?

Obi-Wan stood on a precipice, the edge of a cliff over a great yawning abyss. Pebbles gave way under his feet, their scraping against the soil representing his waning resistance. He felt emptiness open up under him as he started to fall. A voice not his own grabbed him.

The very worst time is the time you must follow the Jedi Code. Cast away your doubt. Let the Force flow through you.

Qui-Gon. He clung to those words and let the truth of them rush through him. He found his footing. The ground coalesced under him. He could breathe. Relief and the luminous energy of the Force suffused him. He chose the Light. He chose the Jedi. Just as he had thousands of times in his life. Just as he would until the end of this days.

“I will never join you, Dooku,” he swore.

The Count’s shoulders slumped slightly in defeat and Obi-Wan felt the tendrils of the other’s man presence slither out of his mind. As Dooku turned to leave, he said, “It might be difficult to secure your release.”

What Dooku failed to understand was that he already had.

Source: Precipice

Beast Control

Beast Control is an ability that allows Force users to tame and control beasts.

Dooku controls a Krayt Dragon:

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Drain Resistance

An incredibly esoteric technique can be learned to protect oneself from having their life energies or Force connections siphoned by others.

Dooku was guided by the ghost of Ulic Qel-Droma, who taught him how to excavate the Force Harvester without harm. As the Force Harvester siphons the life energies of everything around it (and can drain entire armies), Dooku was obviously taught to shield himself from its effects:

The Dark Reaper had not been seen in millennia, but Count Dooku knew that some Force spirits persisted even after death. Dooku sent a Trade Federation fleet to frozen Rhen Var to secure Ulic Qel-Droma's crypt. Guided by the ancient Jedi ghost, Dooku began excavating the buried Force Harvester on Raxus Prime.

Source: The New Essential Chronology

Created by ancient Sith Lords during the Great Hyperspace War, the Dark Reaper is a Force-draining weapon rediscovered by the Krath and used in the Great Sith War. At its heart is a device known as a Force Harvester, which drains the life essence from all living things around it. When activated, the Dark Reaper drains the life forces in the surrounding area, channeling that energy to boost the power of its turbolasers. More than just a weapon of mass destruction, the Dark Reaper can defend itself using the very Force energy it steals from nearby living beings.

Source: Knights of the Old Republic Campaign Guide

Exar Kun also gave Ulic a terrible weapon–the Dark Reaper, which was capable of drawing out the life essence of an entire army. Ulic tested the Dark Reaper against Republic troops on Raxus Prime, killing hundreds.

Source: The Old Republic: Codex Entry: Galactic History 57: The Brotherhood's Power Grows

Doppelganger

Doppelganger is a Force power that allows a Force user to create an illusion of himself.

Dooku uses Doppelganger to create an illusion of himself which fools Anakin and further lures him to the dark side. Worth noting is that Anakin defeats the Count only after entering a state of rage, and surprising himself even when he does defeat "Dooku":

Tracking Dooku to the Techno Union foundries on Metalorn, Anakin valiantly faced the Count again and, to the young Jedi's surprise, seemingly defeated the Sith Lord. But it was in fact another of Tyranus' tricks. Dooku created a Doppelganger, a weaker dark side manifestation of himself, to detain Anakin and further lure him to the dark side. Count Dooku escaped once again.

Source: The Official Star Wars Fact File #116

Enraged by the indiscriminate slaughter of his staff, Count Dooku confronted Skywalker himself. Their lightsaber battle was brutal and short. Prodded to berserker fury through the Count's taunts, Anakin struck his opponent down, though he later learned that this Dooku may have only been a clone doppelganger.

Source: The New Essential Chronology

"You fight well, boy. But you could be so much more."

"I am more powerful than you know, Dooku."

"You're wrong, young one. If you were to release your anger you would discover real power."

"Your mind games won't work on me."

"What's this I sense? Confusion... sorrow. And something more... Pain. Pain over your... mother."

"Stop it now, Dooku... or I will finish you!"

"If only you had released your anger then... you might have been able to save her."

"Ahhhh!"

Source: The New Droid Army

Also of note is the fact that Doppelgangers require constant upkeep through the Force, and in terms of game statistics, possess half of the original's skill and power:

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Source: The Dark Empire Sourcebook
Source: The Dark Empire Sourcebook

Force Flight/Glide

Force Flight is a Force ability allowing one to glide or levitate using the Force.

Canon: Tyranus hovers mid-air after jumping over a sweep from Obi-Wan's lightsaber:

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Dooku rises slightly, then descends via Force Flight:

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Dooku uses the Force to glide downwards:

Dooku leaned forward, and his cloak of armorweave spread like wings; he lifted gently into the air and descended to the main level in a slow, dignified Force-glide.

Source: Revenge of the Sith

Telekinesis

Telekinesis is the movement of objects and manipulation of reality through the power of the mind.

Dooku was adept at telekinesis by the age of seven:

Adept at telekinesis by the age of seven, Dooku had a strong interest in the greater galaxy.

Source: The Official Starships and Vehicles Collection #34

Dooku ragdolls Anakin Skywalker after gathering his power:

Anakin was moving quickly, hugging the wall of the hangar. His focus was so intent that he did not sense Obi-Wan behind him. Obi-Wan noted this with alarm. How many times had he warned Anakin to never focus on the goal ahead only, but to cast his attention like a net, as far around him as he could? He should have sensed his Master. Obi-Wan quickened his pace. He felt the dark side of the Force grow and gather, and he wanted to call out to Anakin, but didn't want to give away their positions.

He needn't have worried. Whoever the Sith was, he knew exactly where Anakin was, for, to Obi-Wan's horror, his apprentice was suddenly lifted like a doll and flung into the air. Anakin's body slammed into the wreck of a cruiser. He fell to the ground.

Source: Jedi Quest: The Final Showdown

Anakin compares the power of Tyranus' telekinesis to that of an autoblaster cannon (which is designed to engage capital ships):

"Only from behind. Tall. Dressed in a black-hooded cape that trailed all the way to the ground. I didn't see his face. He didn't even turn. I felt the Force come at me like an autoblaster cannon...." Anakin struggled to his feet. "It could be a Sith."

Source: Jedi Quest: The Final Showdown

Tyranus easily hurls numerous large vehicles, including a cruiser. He then smashes the vehicles together to form a barrier that blocks the entrance to the front of the hangar:

They moved farther into the darkness.

"Keep your focus loose," Obi-Wan warned him in a low tone. "He will come from anywhere when he comes."

"This time I'll be prepared."

"Don't be so confident," Obi-Wan answered. "You probably won't be."

They were nearing the end of the hangar. He sensed it rather than saw it. The corroded vehicles were more numerous now, lined up like dark, giant phantoms.

Like phantoms..

Phantoms that move...

Obi-Wan wrenched his gaze away. He could have sworn the ancient ships were moving.

Then he knew.

"This way!" he yelled, as the first vehicle suddenly flipped over. It would have crushed them if Obi-Wan hadn't dashed to the side with Anakin on his heels. He flattened himself against the wall as another vehicle moved, its jagged wing a lethal weapon, capable of slicing them to ribbons. A cruiser suddenly zoomed toward the wall, straight at them.

"Drop!" Anakin and Obi-Wan hit the floor, hugging the stones as the cruiser passed over them and smashed into the wall.

Vehicle parts began to fall like rain. The crashes were deafening. They leaped, twisted, and dived to avoid them, using the Force to deflect them when they could. Finally they came to rest in the shadow of one of the giant statues. Obi-Wan leaned against a clawed foot and squinted into the darkness.

He could not see the Sith, but he felt the Sith's amusement, his triumph.

The vehicles now smashed into one another, creating a solid mass of screaming metal, effectively blocking them from the front of the hangar.

Anakin ran to the mountain of metal and tried to climb over it. Obi-Wan felt the dark side rise in a crest and then fall, leaving a vacuum behind.

"It's no use," he told Anakin. "The Sith is gone."

Source: Jedi Quest: The Final Showdown

He paused by the wreckage of the vehicles that the mysterious Sith had moved so easily.

Source: Jedi Quest: The Final Showdown

Canon: He utilizes telekinesis and Lightning simultaneously to knock out Anakin:

But this was no simple warrior enemy. Dooku's hand shot out toward the charging Jedi, sending forth a Force push as solid as any stone wall, and a burst of blue Force lightning, unknown to Jedi, charged all about the trapped and lifted Jedi Padawan. Anakin managed to hold onto his lightsaber as he went up into the air, held there by the power of the Count. With a wave of his hand, Dooku sent Anakin flying across the room, to crash into a distant wall, where he slumped down, dazed.

Source: Attack of the Clones
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Canon: Dooku calls down great blocks of stone ceiling on Yoda:

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Dooku clutched up at the ceiling, breaking free great blocks that tumbled down at Yoda. But small hands waved and the boulders dropped to the sides, bouncing across the floor all about the untouched Master Yoda.

Source: Attack of the Clones

Canon: Dooku uses Saber Throw:

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Canon: Dooku Crushes the base of a huge pillar to topple it, with just a gesture:

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Dooku knocks over a crane onto Anakin and Obi-Wan:

"Fought well, you have, my old Padawan," Yoda congratulated, and his lightsaber bean to move out, just a bit, forcing Dooku back.

"The battle is far from over!" Dooku stubbornly argued. "This is just the beginning!" Reaching into the Force, he took hold of one of the huge cranes within the hangar and threw it down at Obi-Wan and Anakin.

"Anakin!" Obi-Wan cried. He grabbed at the plummeting crane with the Force, and Anakin, startled awake, did so, as well. Even working together, they hadn't the strength left to stop its crushing descent.

But Yoda did.

Yoda grabbed the crane and held it fast, but in doing so, he had to release Dooku. The Count wasted no time, sprinting away, leaping up the ramp to his sail ship. As Yoda began to move the fallen crane harmlessly aside, the sail ship's engine roared to life, and all three Jedi watched helplessly as Count Dooku blasted away.

Source: Attack of the Clones

Canon: Dooku crushes the windpipes of two clones and hurls them at two Jedi:

He paused, shot both hands out in front of him, and and raised his clenched fists. The clones were lifted in the Force, dropping their blasters as their hands went to their necks to pry off invisible hands. Desh heard an awful crunch, and they both went limp. Sneering, Dooku hurled the corpses directly at Bayons and Desh.

Source: Dark Disciple

Canon: Dooku almost nonchalantly ragdolls Quinlan Vos and Asajj Ventress, incapacitating them:

He stood tall, imposing, and as Vos raced toward him, Dooku didn't flinch. He lowered his sword and extended his hand. Vos rose in the air and then Dooku shoved, sending the Jedi slamming into one of the pillars. The count turned, almost nonchalantly performing the same maneuver with Ventress. The wind was knocked out of her and she couldn't breathe. Stubbornly, using her hate the way she had taught Vos to do, she summoned energy to to push herself up to a kneeling position, still clutching her lightsaber.

Dooku's lip curled in a manner that might have been a smile or a snarl. Abruptly, Ventress found herself dangling in in the air as he whirled her around behind him and then threw her down like a spoiled child discarding a disliked toy.

The pain was excruciating, but Ventress remained conscious long enough to see that Dooku wasn't yet done. She could only watch helplessly as she slid, headfirst, into the unyielding stone of a meticulously carved bench. Then the world went white, and she knew nothing more.

Source: Dark Disciple

Canon: He casually utilizes Grip/Choke on Obi-Wan while throwing chairs and even a situation table at Anakin:

Anakin launched himself at Dooku's back—and the Count half turned, gesturing casually while holding Obi-Wan at bay with an elegant one handed bind. Chairs leapt up from the situation table and whirled toward Anakin's head. He slashed the first one in half contemptuously, but the second caught him across the knees and the third battered his shoulder and knocked him down.

He snarled to himself and reached through the Force to pick up some chairs of his own—and the situation table itself slammed into him and drove him back to crush him against the wall.

Source: Revenge of the Sith

Canon: Dooku floors Obi-Wan with the flick of his wrist after gathering Force energy:

He gathered the Force once more in a single indrawn breath that summoned power from throughout the universe; the slightest whipcrack of that power, negligent as a flick of his wrist, sent Kenobi flying backward to crash hard against the wall, but Dooku didn't have time to enjoy it.

Source: Revenge of the Sith

Canon: He floors Obi-Wan with a Force Push:

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He accelerates Kenobi's falling body to high speeds like that of a missile burning the last of its drives. Kenobi's body strikes the floor and skids along it to strike the wall with enough force that Kenobi is not only incapacitated, but the hydrofoamed permacrete collapses onto him (this happens in the RotS novel instead of the Choking and collapsing a balcony):

While Kenobi's bonelessly limp body was still tumbling toward the floor far below, Dooku sent a surge of energy through the Force. Kenobi's fall suddenly accelerated like a missile burning the last of its drives before impact. The Jedi Master struck the floor at a steep angle, skidded along it, and slammed into the wall so hard the hydrofoamed permacrete buckled and collapsed onto him.

Source: Revenge of the Sith

Canon: Tyranus Chokes Obi-Wan Kenobi while kicking Anakin backwards, then throws Kenobi across a room into a walkway and collapses a large portion of a balcony onto him:

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Count Dooku half-turned and raised a hand. A rush of dark power lifted Obi-Wan off his feet and choked the air from his lungs. He reached for the Force to counter Dooku, but the attack had been too sudden. He saw Dooku twist, kicking out at Anakin with all his weight behind it. Anakin fell backward, and Dooku hurled Obi-Wan over the edge of the balcony.

Obi-Wan dropped to the floor below and lay half-stunned. Distantly, he felt a surge in the dark side, and then a large chunk of the balcony hurtled down at him. His last thought before he lost consciousness was, It's up to Anakin now.

Source: Revenge of the Sith Junior Novelization

Dooku proved a formidable opponent. He Force-pushed Obi-Wan like a ragdoll against the wall of the quarters, knocking him unconscious.

Source: Databank: Obi-Wan Kenobi Biography Gallery

Waiting for them was Count Dooku, and unlike the impulsive and disorganized attack that had marked their last confrontation with Dooku, Obi-Wan and Anakin challenged Dooku as a team. Dooku proved a formidable opponent. He Force-pushed Obi-Wan with terrible strength, tossing the Jedi Master like a rag doll against the walls of the quarters. Kenobi was knocked unconscious.

Source: The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia

Canon: Tyranus lifts about a dozen heavy obelisk stones:

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He hurls Captain Rex, Commander Cody and Commander Fox with a mere gesture, effortlessly slams down a metal door, and proceeds to easily collapse a bridge to knock down a ship:

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Canon: When Padme attempts to shoot him with a blaster, he manipulates her arms so that she shoots Bec Lawise instead, against her own will:

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Canon: He casually hurls two Pykes off a ledge to their deaths:

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Canon: Tyranus kills two Pykes with Choke:

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Canon: He kills Silman with Choke:

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Canon: Dooku kills Miraj Scintel with Choke:

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Canon: Dooku Chokes Turk to death, but not before forcing him to shoot his companion against his will:

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The Count easily collapses boulders on Tholme, burying him, then levitates Sora Bulq's unconscious body:

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Canon: Dooku collapses several boulders from a cave ceiling:

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Canon: Tyranus Chokes an untrained Savage with ease:

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He lifts Quinaln Vos up whilst strangling him with the Force and simultaneously disarming him. Dooku then hurls Vos, exerting considerable power and control over the Kiffar:

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In a remarkable demonstration of his formidable dark-side abilities, the Jedi-turned-Sith Lord Count Dooku directs his powers toward the Jedi Quinlan Vos. Levitating his adversary and choking him in a telekinetic stranglehold, Dooku simultaneously relieves Vos of his lightsaber.

Source: The Ultimate Visual Guide: Updated and Expanded

Canon: Dooku casually catches Brother Viscus in mid-air and throws him to the ground with telekinesis, with enough force to severely injure the Nightbrother:

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Dooku casually inflicts torturous pain on Ventress through the Force, knocking her to her floor and giving her the sensation of sharp stones in her throat and chest, then slamming her into the floor and bursting a blood vessel, which causes Ventress's overall features on her face to be bruised:

"Don't patronize me," Asajj said coldly.

Dooku looked around. "Or what?"

Her face went pale.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Yoda: Dark Rendezvous

Dooku kills his former padawan Komari Vosa with Choke:

https://youtu.be/LRFISjbj2Uw?t=18

Canon: He telekinetically pushes Ventress into a wall, then drags her through the air and disarms her via the Force:

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He intercepts one of Ventress's attacks by throwing an object between them (without the need to gesture or even face the object), then telekinetically disarms Ventress and proceeds to send her flying:

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Canon: He floors about a dozen Pykes and staggers Anakin and Obi-Wan simultaneously. The feat is more impressive when you see that the Pykes are still floored several seconds later:

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Canon: The Count redirects a small sand tornado:

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Canon: Tyranus ends his fight with Anakin with a Force Push:

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Canon: The Count hurls an Anakin who was still recovering from multiple Magnaguards' electrostaffs into a wall, then strangles him with the Force, leaving him defenseless against Dooku's incoming Lightning barrage:

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Canon: He lifts chairs and cutlery and hurls them at Anakin, overwhelms Anakin's strength with telekinesis by shoving him into a wall and a chair with him, and later hurls an electrified Anakin into some columns:

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Canon: Dooku uses the Force to pull Master Tiplee into the path of his lightsaber, allowing him to fatally impale her:

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He casually hurls Grievous into some barrels:

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Force Barrier

Force Barrier is an invisible defense that Force users use to protect themselves against other attacks.

Dooku shields himself against Asajj Ventress' Force Repulse, remaining unmoved and unharmed while Obi-Wan Kenobi is thrown backwards and a nearby Magnaguard is decapitated by a shard of glass:

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Dooku shields himself against Mace Windu's Force Wave, remaining unmoved and unharmed while two Magnaguards are sent flying:

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Force Deflection

Force Deflection is an ability enabling a Force user to repel varying energy attacks.

Canon: Dooku deflects his own Lightning when Yoda sends it back at him:

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This feat is very impressive due to the fact that any Lightning burst, let alone one as powerful as that of Dooku's, has been listed as a challenge for even the most powerful Jedi Masters to deflect with the Force:

Called Sith lightning, these charges cause excruciating pain and weaken life, and it is a challenge for even the most powerful Jedi Masters to deflect such bursts.

Source: The Ultimate Visual Guide: Updated and Expanded

Force Absorption

Absorption, or Tutaminis, or Negate/Absorb/Dissipate Energy, is a Force ability enabling one to absorb various forms of energy and channel it for personal use.

Canon: Dooku absorbs his own Lightning when Yoda sends it back at him:

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Heart Stun

Heart Stun halts the beating of the heart, essentially placing it in stasis.

Dooku stops Auben's heart, killing her:

Anakin rushed forward. He checked her vitals, even though he knew she was gone. "What happened?" he asked. "There's not a mark on her."

"Her heart just stopped beating," Siri said. "It's said that the Sith were capable of stopping a heart without even touching their victim."

"The question is, what was she doing here?" Obi-Wan asked.

Source: Jedi Quest: The Final Showdown

A possible display of Heart Stun in which Dooku used his powers to keep Grievous alive after a would-be fatal ship crash:

Grievous is unaware that the ship crash that led to his cybernetic reconstruction was caused by Dooku. The Count used his powers to keep the unconscious General alive as part of his plan to recruit Grievous to the Separatist cause.

Source: The Ultimate Visual Guide: Updated and Expanded

Sith Sorcery

Sith Sorcery refers to a number of arcane practices relating to the dark side which could cause a variety of supernatural effects.

Dooku animates zombies on Korriban with the Tasiwinokka Hoyaku spell. It is likely that Dooku learnt the spell from Sorzus Syn's chronicles, which detailed Sith Sorcery in various other forms:

Then the undead came. Korriban zombies, revived by the Sith to guard the tombs. Anakin had read about them, but never thought he'd see them; the Sith must have activated them to defend Omega and the sacred Sith ground. The zombies were used to eating the flesh from the tombs; now they had living targets in mind. And they had blasters and detonators to make the kill. They came careening out of the darkness now, different species but all moving with the same odd, lurching gait... the air came alive with smoke and fire.

Source: Jedi Quest: The Final Showdown

Dooku sets several Dark Energy Traps on Korriban. One such trap cages Anakin Skywalker and several other Jedi, with Skywalker being unable to break out with his lightsaber and even admitting that Dooku was more powerful than himself:

He focused so much on his Master, on his need to catch him, that he blundered into an energy trap.

Anakin was caught. He couldn't move. Frustrated, enraged, he slashed at the invisible cage with his lightsaber. He could not free himself. He kicked. He hammered. Caught.

He had met a power greater than his. Impossible!

"Master!" he called, but Obi-Wan didn't hear him. The energy trap sucked his voice out of the air and imprisoned it.

I just need the Force. Obi-Wan said a Master can summon the Force and fight this. I am as good as a Master. I can do this.

Strange, though. He could reach out for the Force, but visions got in the way. And not visions from the dark side. Visions of what had just happened. Tru's mouth, open in a howl of anguish and disbelief. Darra, falling, eyes wide with the shock.

Darra, her head turned toward him, her cheek in the dust of the tomb.

He had seen her like this before, when she'd been wounded on Haariden. He had felt her wounding then was his fault. Unsure of her abilities, sure of his own, he had leaped to protect her and crashed into her instead. He had thought himself the better fighter, and because of that, he had pushed her into blaster fire.

She had never held it against him.

He saw her face again, so pale. The bright ribbon she always wove through her braid, trailing in the dust of the tomb.

He knew she was badly wounded. He felt it choke him. He had not gone to help Ferus. Darra had. She was lying on the ground. He tried to put those facts together to have them make sense.

Tru's lightsaber had slipped to half-power.

Anakin had never offered to check the flux aperture, just in case. He had meant to.

What is happening to me? Anakin wondered. His mind felt suddenly clear, sharp. Why didn't I help my friends? Have I changed? Am I changing? What am I becoming?

When he had first become a Padawan, he would not have hesitated. His first loyalty had been to them.

Things were more complicated now. There was more at stake.

Maybe he was changing for the better.

Control rule supremacy greatness...

Was he more mature now? A better fighter? Better able to assess a situation, move toward the goal? Was that why he had raced to confront Omega? Or had his own jealousy propelled him? How could he separate those things? Why did he have to?

Power rules by results...

Anakin shook his head. The voices would not leave him.

He thought of Darra. Tenderness filled him, and the voices went away.

Years ago, he had gone to see Darra in the med clinic, filled with remorse. She had shaken him out of his guilt with a grin. Now I have something to impress the younglings with. I've been wounded in battle.

And then he remembered something he hadn't thought of in years. He had always thought of her strength during that time. Now he remembered her fragility. He remembered her hand on the coverlet. Her fingers had so briefly touched his sleeve.

Stay with me until I fall asleep. It's lonely here.

Anakin beat at the trap again. He felt the rage rise inside him. He knew the rage was interfering with the Force, but he couldn't control it. If only... if only he could use the rage. But that was something a Jedi should not do.

The frustration boiled in him. He could not move. His Master was gone now, into the darkness.

Source: Jedi Quest: The Final Showdown

Tyranus creates illusions of Sith Lords, which is confirmed by the fact that the visions dissipate upon Dooku's retreat following the death of Granta Omega. Dooku also creates a vision of Shmi Skywalker in Anakin's head, as well as a vision of Qui-Gon in Obi-Wan's mind, although Obi-Wan realizes this:

Then the darkness came alive with visions. The Sith Lords, mighty in their armor, terrifying in their decaying, bloodied faces. They rushed at the Jedi, only to disappear in a shower of splintered shadow.

Source: Jedi Quest: The Final Showdown

Anakin saw Shmi rise and fall, rise and fall. He felt the familiar need, the familiar guilt. The feelings overwhelmed him and Obi-Wan had to leap in front of him to protect him from a detonator heading his way. Obi-Wan swiped it out of the air.

Source: Jedi Quest: The Final Showdown

Obi-Wan shouldn't have been surprised when the visions of the Sith Lords faded and he saw Qui-Gon. But he was. He should have known the Sith were capable of drawing his most painful memory from within him.

Qui-Gon, with a gaping wound in his chest where Darth Maul had struck.

"You were always so afraid of disappointing me," Qui-Gon said. "And you have."

Obi-Wan stopped. His lightsaber dangled in his hand.

It's not real. It's not real.

"You've failed me, Obi-Wan."

Not.. real.

"And you don't even know why."

Obi-Wan took a breath. He walked forward, straight at Qui-Gon. The image disappeared.

Shaken, he continued into the darkness. Now it was easier to walk past the Sith Lords, the visions who snarled and hissed and sent out grasping fingers as he walked past. He had seen the worst.

Source: Jedi Quest: The Final Showdown

Something rushed out, as if a great power had removed its protection from Omega.

The visions of the Sith Lords faded. The dark side of the Force retreated. The Sith would not be found. Obi-Wan knew he had withdrawn both his presence and his protection.

Source: Jedi Quest: The Final Showdown

Force Lightning

Force Lightning is a Force power which allows a dark sider to unleash electrical discharges from their fingertips, acting much like normal electricity but also having the property of weakening life.

Tyranus can fire powerful bursts of Force Lightning with one hand while dueling with the other:

Fighting with the skill of a consummate warrior and master of the Force - the Dark Lord battles his foes with both hands - wielding his scimitar-handled lightsaber with grace and precision while simultaneously leveling powerful bursts of Force lightning at those who challenge him.

Source: Darth Tyranus - Geonosian Escape (Star Wars SAGA Series, 2003)

Dooku forms a barrier of Lightning:

Soara cried out. Anakin felt the moment spin out into impossible time, time that froze everything, even his heart.

He saw the blue shimmersilk move like a breeze as Zan Arbor took advantage of the distraction to dash for the entrance. Blue Force-lightning erupted in the darkness, a barrier shielding her from the others, giving her space to run.

Source: Jedi Quest: The Final Showdown

Canon: Dooku utilizes telekinesis and Lightning simultaneously to knock out Anakin:

But this was no simple warrior enemy. Dooku's hand shot out toward the charging Jedi, sending forth a Force push as solid as any stone wall, and a burst of blue Force lightning, unknown to Jedi, charged all about the trapped and lifted Jedi Padawan. Anakin managed to hold onto his lightsaber as he went up into the air, held there by the power of the Count. With a wave of his hand, Dooku sent Anakin flying across the room, to crash into a distant wall, where he slumped down, dazed.

Source: Attack of the Clones
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Canon: Dooku fires Lightning that Yoda can only turn aside with difficulty:

Dooku gave a little growl and thrust forth his hand, loosing a line of blue lightning at the diminutive Master. Yoda caught it in his own hand and turned it aside, but far from easily.

Source: Attack of the Clones

Dooku instantly kills several Kiffar warriors:

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Canon: Dooku tortures Maul with Force Lightning, forcing the Zabrak Sith to scream in pain and leaving him smoking and limp afterwards:

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Canon: The Count seemingly kills multiple Nightbrothers with Force Lightning, which is a feat made more impressive by the fact that Zabraks have increased durability and pain tolerance:

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He knocks Asajj Ventress unconscious with an extended blast of Lightning:

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"How can one defend against such power?"

Source: The Clone Wars: Witches of the Mist

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Canon: Dooku subdues Ventresss with a blast of Lightning:

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Canon: While drugged, Dooku unleashes a powerful burst of Lightning that lifts three Nightsisters (including Ventress) off their feet and additionally hurls them out of a window:

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Canon: He shocks Anakin into releasing his hand while being choked by Anakin and in a saber lock:

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Canon: He knocks Anakin unconscious with Lightning after rendering him defenseless with Choke:

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Canon: A severely weakened Dooku (just after being Drained and possessed by Talzin and shocked by Sidious to exorcise Talzin) uses Lightning to assist Sidious in his Lightning duel with Talzin. Although a fresh Maul is channeling all of his power through to Talzin, Dooku's weakened Lightning gives Sidious the immediate upper hand:

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Though she drew strength from her son, she could not resist the power of Darth Sidious and Count Dooku combined.

Source: The Official Star Wars Fact File #70 (Relaunched)

Canon: Dooku downs a Jedi Knight, kills three clones and injures a fourth with Force Lightning:

In rapid succession Dooku cut down one clone escort, Force-threw Cody down the corridor and against the bulkhead, freed Vos, then blasted everyone in front of him, including Bayons, with Force Lightning. The Chagrian and the four clones went down, writhing in agony.

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Desh glanced over his shoulder. All but one of the clones lay at such unnatural angles that that it was clear they would never rise again. Cody seemed to be injured, but alive. Bayons was a little dazed, but he quickly shook his head and joined Desh in giving chase.

Source: Dark Disciple

Canon: After collapsing in pain from a blaster wound and having an injury from a ship crash reopen, Dooku fires Lightning so powerful that it kills Asajj Ventress. Obi-Wan later remarks that she sacrificed herself to save Quinlan Vos, indicating that he would've been killed had the Lightning struck him instead:

Another blaster bolt, and this time, it hit. Dooku had just made it to the threshold when he suddenly arched in pain and collapsed.

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Vos inspected the wound, then rolled Dooku’s limp form over. “There’s nothing we can do now about the blaster burn, but this injury from the crash has reopened.” Gently, Vos picked Ventress up and laid her down beside the unconscious Dooku. He took her good arm and placed it on Dooku’s injury. “Keep pressure on it,” he said.

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Vos saw Ventress’s eyes open wide. Her body went taut and she seemed to be staring at something he couldn’t see. Fear exploded in him, quivering in the pit of his belly, and he shook her, gently.

“Asajj?”

“No,” she whispered, her eyes still unfocused, frighteningly blank. Then, “No!”

Violently, she shoved Vos away, putting the Force into the movement so powerfully that he was hurled across the room. As he struck the wall, he heard a terrifyingly familiar sound: the sizzle and crackle of Force lightning.

Dooku stood, his teeth bared in a savage snarl of victory. Ventress was caught in the most violent bolts of Force lightning Vos had ever seen. They danced and crackled about her hungrily, almost like living creatures. Her body spasmed and her face contorted into a mask of absolute agony. Blood trickled from her ears, eyes, and nose.

“Asajj!” Vos cried, leaping between Ventress and Dooku. He activated his lightsaber, deflecting the Force lightning back onto Dooku. The count’s eyes widened in comprehension a split second before his own weapon turned on him, disloyal, as things of the dark always were. Dooku was flung back and lay on the ground, screaming and trembling, then lying still as the bolts faded.

Ventress lay unmoving on the floor. Her clothes—and her body itself—emitted wisps of smoke. “No,” Vos moaned. She was breathing, but her pulse was thready and she was still, so terribly still. “Asajj…no…no…!”

Fury, as intense and primal as the bolts that had nearly killed her, shuddered through him, and the world went red. Vos threw back his head and voiced his rage, whirling on the count as he lay, shivering and gasping for breath, on the stone floor.

Three strides brought Vos to Count Dooku. He pressed the humming blade close to Dooku’s neck.

“Do…it,” rasped Dooku. Impossibly, he was smiling. “The lightning wasn’t…for her. It was for you. She just…got in the way. Go on. Take…your revenge!”

Vos’s heart shook his body with its pounding, its aching, its demands. His gaze flickered to Ventress, lying so terrifyingly motionless. His vision blurred. It took him a moment to realize that tears were falling down his face in a river of pain. The dark, rage-filled tide inside him receded, leaving in his heart only the truth of the tears. The count still smiled, still anticipated the final step that would turn Vos irrevocably to the dark side.

“I am not your kind,” Vos said, his voice thick. “I do not feed off vengeance.” Truth was quiet. It did not need to shout or to demand. It simply existed. “I am a Jedi.”

Vos deactivated his lightsaber. Ventress was still alive, and hope, cruel and beautiful and agonizing, flared in his chest as he rushed to her.

“Vos.” He didn’t turn around at the sound of Kenobi’s voice. Somehow, he was unsurprised that Obi-Wan was here, at this moment. “We’ll take him from here.”

Vos simply nodded. He might still be executed. He would certainly be taken back to the Council in chains. But none of that mattered. Everything that mattered was here, right before him. He felt raw in this moment—cracked open and laid bare. His senses were heightened and he was almost painfully aware of everything: the smell of blood and scorched flesh; the steady slip of tears down his angular cheekbones, and their salty taste; the coppery tang of blood and fear in his mouth. He saw that strange patterns now decorated Ventress’s bone-white skin; traces of darker flesh that looked like lightning bolts. The Force lightning had marked her for its own.

Ventress’s breathing grew labored. He wanted to hold her, to keep her alive through the sheer force of his will, but he was afraid touching her would cause her more pain. Her beautiful, ice-blue eyes opened, and she smiled. He tried to return her smile, and failed miserably.

“Hey, handsome,” Ventress murmured.

Vos gave a shaky laugh through the tears. “Hey, yourself.”

“I won’t break, you know.” No. She would never break. Not Asajj Ventress. At the invitation, Vos gathered her as gently as possible in his arms. The movement caused her to cough violently. “I’m…”

Blood ran from her mouth, soaking his shirt. He bit back a sob. “Don’t try to speak.”

Ventress gave him a look that was so completely her, it tore him apart. “You don’t…tell me what to do, Idiot.”

A small smile surprised him. “Never could,” he admitted.

“Damn right.” Another bout of coughing racked her thin frame, and for a devastating, heart-scalding second Vos thought this would take her. But she continued. “I’m proud of you for…what you did over there. You chose loving me instead of hating him.” Her bloody-frothed lips curved in a smile. “Best choice you’ve ever made.”

Vos wept unashamedly, cradling her, stroking her face. He wanted to memorize its every curve, sear it into his memory, then realized that he had already done so. “It was,” he agreed. He swallowed hard. “Asajj…you were right. I—I did fall to the dark side. And I’ve been there this whole time. I just…I didn’t…know!”

“You lied to yourself,” Ventress whispered. “That’s…why I couldn’t tell.”

“I love you, and I’ve never stopped, not for a moment.” Here, at the end, Vos had to make sure she—

“I know,” Ventress said. “But you did stop lying.” She shuddered deeply. Vos felt his heart crack. Her fingers dug into his arm tightly and her gaze bored into his. “Remember…you always have a choice to be better. You always have a choice to…to pick the right path.” She smiled sadly. “Even if that choice comes a little late.”

No, it couldn’t be too late. Vos still had to tell her everything he’d felt. How his heart had jumped the first time she had touched him tenderly, caring for his injury on the Banshee. That seemed like a lifetime ago. When she’d asked him how she looked in the ball gown, he should have told her. And when they had first kissed—Asajj Ventress had changed everything in his world, was still changing it, right this minute. But there was too much to say, and not enough time to say it, and the words crowded his throat and choked him into silence.

With an effort, Ventress reached to touch his face, tracing the yellow tattoo, lingering over his lips. When she spoke, her voice was so faint that he had to strain to hear it. “And always remember…that I loved you, with all of my heart.”

He had known it. But he had never before heard it from her lips. Now he found he could speak, the simplest of words. “I will.”

Ventress took a shuddering breath. The tension left her body, and she relaxed into his embrace as her eyes began to close.

No.

“Asajj,” Vos begged. “Asajj. Please don’t go.”

Her eyes flickered open, and a corner of her mouth turned up. “I have to, Quinlan. It’s my time now. My sisters…are waiting.”

Fear such as he had never known seized Vos, and he tightened his arms around her, as if by holding on he could somehow prevent death from taking her. “Please…please don’t…”

“You must let me go, my love,” Ventress said, her voice so gentle, so tender, and she smiled lovingly. “It’s the Jedi way.”

And she was gone.

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“Asajj Ventress moved Vos out of harm’s way, taking the full brunt of Dooku’s Force lightning upon herself,” Kenobi said. “She sacrificed her life to save him.”

Source: Dark Disciple
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Is Count Dooku weak to brute strength?

Probably going to be my last blog before I leave, so I wanted to address something that I've felt is generally misrepresented. This will be my analysis on Dooku's oft-cited weakness to physically powerful strikes/styles, which is true in part but largely overblown on the forums. I will be addressing the three fundamental arguments used to indicate the Count's susceptibility to brute physical force (if there are any others, let me know and I'll address them here), and then establishing that Darth Tyranus' physical strength is actually among the greatest in the mythos. There will be a mix of Canon and Legends material here, but this is mostly just to prove the point is true in both. My overall argument is the same in both Canon and Legends.

Old Age

Perhaps the easiest argument to make because it doesn't require any evidence or argument — Dooku's 83 years of age. For a human, you're pretty damn frail by this age.

This argument is debunked as easily as it is made. Dooku is not an ordinary human. He's an extremely powerful Force wielder, with access to Force augmentation that makes him superhuman. This should be easily deducible from his fights, but let's establish this with a couple of quotes for good measure.

Dooku has inhuman strength:

The count twisted the arm with which Vos still clutched his humming lightsaber, squeezing down with inhuman strength on the webbing between thumb and forefinger.

Source: Dark Disciple

The Count's physically fitter than most humans half his age (ie. very early 40's):

Physically, the Count's age was rarely a handicap. Deft as he had become with the Force-unimaginably more subtle than the boy who had watched water-skeeters in the Jedi gardens all those years ago-he wore his eighty-three standard years better than most humans half his age. He was still in superb physical shape, senses keen, health undiminished by even the memory of a cold.

Source: Yoda: Dark Rendezvous

Tyranus enjoys paranormal strength and speed which he claims to be something beyond the Jedi (which strongly implies that he's actually stronger now, as an elderly Sith Lord, than he was a Jedi in his younger years):

The Sith saw no need to take on only young disciples, though they often did. Sometimes the training went smoother with disciples who had lived long enough to grow disillusioned or angry or vengeful. The Jedi, by contrast, were shackled by compassion. Their penchant for showing mercy, for granting forgiveness, for heeding the dictates of conscience, prevented them from giving themselves over to the dark side. From becoming as a force of nature itself, paranormally strong and quick, capable of conjuring Sith lightning, of exteriorizing rage, all without the need for the magic hand passes the Jedi were so fond of employing.

Source: Labyrinth of Evil

To sum up, his fitness is better than most middle-aged men, and his strength and speed are not only superhuman but beyond that of most Jedi, including Dooku's own Jedi self. His old age is not a problem. Let's move on.

Savage Opress

The first argument to be substantiated by evidence and have any sort of validity to it, this argument refers to this infamous little sequence where Savage slams his lightsaber into Dooku's, sending the Count flying into a wall with enough force to jar Dooku's lightsaber out of his hand.

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A couple of things could be said at first glance. First of all, smashing your lightsaber into someone's blade like that doesn't send them flying, no matter how powerful your blow is. If it's strong enough, it'd knock the blade out of their hand. But what happened above seems like a telekinetic attack being integrated with the lightsaber hit, which is an entirely plausible reason for why Dooku would be sent flying; he simply wasn't expecting it, and Savage is of course a telekinetic of a prodigious degree. But of course, one might say that Star Wars doesn't fully align with real-world physics, which is true.

Regardless, even if you did interpret it to be strength alone, Dooku was obviously in a poor position. Every attack that Savage sent his way up to now has been dodged, not met head-on. The only reason the Count would suddenly decide to meet this attack head-on would be if he literally could not have dodged anymore. If he was in a position such that he couldn't dodge anymore when that was all he had been doing up to now, then he's clearly in a substandard position.

We know Savage isn't capable of just sending Dooku-level characters flying. Here he leaps at Ventress just as she recovers her lightsaber and has a tremendous advantage in leverage and positioning, yet Ventress still manages to hold strong against him:

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Of course, Dooku has repeatedly shown that he's Ventress' superior as far as strength goes:

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Logic would dictate that if Savage can't just send Ventress flying by smashing his saber into hers, then he can't do it to someone who's stronger than her. Of course, it's not just Ventress — Savage has failed to send Obi-Wan or Anakin flying with the raw force of his strikes as well, and everyone else he's fought. The point should be clear. Even assuming that this is a legitimate strength feat for Savage (which it's not), it's not consistent in the slightest. The feat is invalid on the grounds of inconsistency.

There's more. Let us look at how Dooku dueled Savage just days earlier (within the same episode, no less):

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Savage's attacks are effortlessly swept aside. Now sure, Savage spent those few days training, but sources tell us that he's only gained a crude mastery of the lightsaber, not to mention that his training would've generated an increase in skill as opposed to brute strength. If the force of his blows wasn't sufficient to faze Dooku just days earlier, then it stands to reason that they wouldn't suddenly send him flying. Sure, he grew and learned to apply his strength more effectively, but in no way does that justify the insane disparity between having your blows effortlessly slapped aside and sending someone flying on blade contact.

All in all, consistency is just not on Savage's side here. An abundance of evidence exists to deny the notion that he can simply send Dooku flying on blade contact, whether that be his inability to do so to weaker characters even with significant leverage advantages, or Dooku easily slapping aside his blows earlier on in the same episode.

Conclusion: Savage is not capable of sending Dooku flying on blade contact, and that should not be used as a strength feat for him. It's possible that Savage actually made use of telekinesis at the same time as swinging his blade, which caught the Count off-guard. Even if not, Tyranus was in a poor position when that happened, and it's not something Savage has ever replicated, even against weaker opponents. Please do not use this as proof of either Savage's strength or Dooku's susceptibility to physically powerful characters.

Anakin Skywalker

Here's the other case often used to argue Tyranus' proneness to brute strength. The crux of the argument is usually this passage from the Revenge of the Sith novelization:

Skywalker was all over him.

The shining blue lightsaber whirled and spat and every overhand chop crashed against Dooku's defense with the unstoppable power of a meteor strike; the Sith Lord spent lavishly of his reserve of the Force merely to meet these attacks without being cut in half, and Skywalker-

Skywalker was getting stronger.

Each parry cost Dooku more power than he'd used to throw Kenobi across the room; each block aged him a decade.

He decided he'd best revise his strategy once again.

He no longer even tried to strike back. Force exhaustion began to close down his perceptions, drawing his consciousness back down to his physical form, trapping him within his own skull until he could barely even feel the contours of the room around him; he dimly sensed stairs at his back, stairs that led up to the entrance balcony. He retreated up them, using the higher ground for leverage, but Skywalker just kept on coming, tirelessly ferocious.

That blue blade was everywhere, flashing and whirling faster and faster until Dooku saw the room through an electric haze and now Kenobi was back in the picture: with a shout of the Force, he shot like a torpedo up the stairs behind Skywalker, and Dooku decided that under these rather extreme circumstances, it was at least arguably permissible for a gentleman to cheat.

Source: Revenge of the Sith

Relevant sections underlined.

There's no real "debunk" here; Anakin is simply that much stronger than Dooku. But let's consider the context. This instance is isolated to the RotS novel (nothing remotely of the sort happens in other versions of RotS), and in the RotS novel, even before the fight on the Invisible Hand, Anakin is depicted as literally the strongest Jedi in the Order:

This is Anakin Skywalker:

The most powerful Jedi of his generation. Perhaps of any generation. The fastest. The strongest. An unbeatable pilot. An unstoppable warrior. On the ground, in the air or sea or space, there is no one even close. He has not just power, not just skill, but dash: that rare, invaluable combination of boldness and grace.

He is the best there is at what he does. The best there has ever been. And he knows it.

Source: Revenge of the Sith

Note that the reference to Anakin being "the fastest" in the preceding sentence means that there is no room for interpretation as to what "strongest" means here; it's referring to physical strength. So Anakin is even stronger than Yoda by this timeframe. On top of that, the Force was especially strong with Anakin on this day:

He had dreamed of capturing Grievous ever since Muunilinst—and now the general was close. So close Anakin could practically smell him... and Anakin had never felt so powerful. The Force was with him today in ways more potent than he had ever experienced.

Source: Revenge of the Sith

So the Force is unusually strong with Anakin (who is Yoda+ in strength) during his fight with Dooku. There's nothing wrong with Tyranus succumbing to that level of power. In no way are we dealing with a case of the Count's physical frailty here; we're dealing with a case of someone being so insanely strong that most elite characters (Maul, Obi-Wan, etc.) would succumb to the force of his blows in much the same way as Tyranus. To quote my old friend Silver2467, "this instance is the exception, not the rule". It does not establish any sort of precedent for Dooku tiring against strong duelists.

On another note, I'd like to bring up another misinterpreted quote from the RotS novel:

And only then did Dooku understand that he'd been suckered. Skywalker's Shien ready-stance had been a ruse, as had his Ataro gymnastics; the boy was a Djem So stylist, and as fine a one as Dooku had ever seen. His own elegant Makashi simply did not generate the kinetic power to meet Djem So head-to-head. Especially not while also defending against a second attacker.

Source: Revenge of the Sith

The quote just says that Makashi lacks the kinetic power to meet Djem So head-on, and particularly in the context of Dooku vs Anakin (ie. a random joe using Djem So isn't immune to Dooku meeting their strength head-on). It is often said that this shows that Makashi has a particular weakness to kinetic power; that is never stated. The quote only says that Makashi is not a match for Djem So in kinetic power, and as Djem So is the form that produces the most kinetic power, this is to be expected. Obviously, the fluid, economic movements of Form II are not going to produce much kinetic power, but even so, every second person using a kinetic-heavy form doesn't suddenly get an advantage over Makashi.

The other cases with Anakin involve TCW, where in Season 4, Anakin demonstrates a degree of superiority to Dooku in saberlocks:

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Not much to say or deny here; TCW's just inconsistent. Later on in Season 6, Dooku pushes Anakin back in saberlocks:

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If we go by the route of using saberlocks as evidence, then Tyranus is the more favoured of the two. It's currently 3-3 for who's pushed each other back in saberlocks in TCW, but in film media (which is far more consistent than TCW), we have Dooku actually holding the advantage over Anakin in a saberlock in Revenge of the Sith, with Anakin pushing the Count back only once he becomes enraged and draws on the dark side:

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Even though there's no explicit film evidence for it, you might argue that Anakin was unsettled by Dooku's Dun Moch on account of the fact that it's portrayed that way in all the other renditions of RotS sans the comic. But even before Dooku starts talking, they're evenly matched in the saberlock; Anakin has no advantage. So that excuse, valid or not, doesn't work here.

Conclusion: Anakin in the RotS novel would've pummeled just about anybody with his strength there, including the likes of Obi-Wan and Maul, so Dooku's performance cannot be used as an indicator of his physical frailty. Citing the TCW S4 saberlocks as evidence doesn't work because later in S6 and RotS, Dooku actually gets the advantage in his saberlocks with Skywalker. Explain it however you want — Dooku holding back or underestimating Anakin in S4, Dooku improving after S4, or TCW simply being inconsistent — Tyranus has the edge in saberlock comparisons.

The Case For Tyranus

Now that we've proven that Dooku isn't physically frail by any means, we can start to compile evidence in favour of the good Count's physical strength. And there's an abundance of material in favour of Dooku. You can check out my respect thread for a full list of his strength feats, but here are some notable ones:

AotC Obi-Wan having difficulty holding against Dooku's strength, despite the fact that he was able to hold against Maul's strength ten years earlier in TPM:

He found himself hard-pressed to hold against the dark side-augmented strength of his opponent, even though his own abilities with the Force were far from slight.

Source: The Official Star Wars Fact File #49 (Relaunched)
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Dooku holding strong against the Force-enhanced strikes of Yoda, whose strength matches that of Palpatine (who has warded off the combined strength of Maul and Savage):

With a sudden burst of sheer power, Master Yoda flew forward, his blade working so mightily that its residual glow outshone even those of both of Anakin’s lightsabers when he was at the peak of his dance. Dooku held strong, though, his red blade parrying brilliantly, each block backed by the power of the Force, or else Yoda’s strikes would have driven right through.

Source: Attack of the Clones

Dooku matching Yoda in a saberlock for over ten seconds, even when diverting some of his strength to crush a crane. When he disengages, Dooku actually pushes Yoda back:

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Dooku casually repels strikes from Grievous, who has insane strength feats:

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Note that around this time, Dooku castigates Grievous for his use of power blows and that he usually does not have any trouble defeating Grievous in spars, so Grievous' strength is definitely not a problem for him:

"No, no, stop, stop," he yelled, coming to his feet and striding to the middle of the training circle, his arms extended to both sides. When he was certain that he had their attention, he swung to Grievous. "Power moves served you well on Hypori against Jedi such as Daakman Barrek and Tarr Seir. But I pity you should you have to face off against any of the Council Masters." He called into hand his courtly, curve-handled lightsaber and drew a rapid X in the air--a Makashi flourish. "Do I need to demonstrate what responses you can expect from Cin Drallig or Obi-Wan Kenobi? From Mace Windu or, stars help you, Yoda?"

He flicked his blade quickly, ridding two of the guards of their staffs, then placing the glowing tip a millimeter from Grievous's death-helmeted visage. "Finesse. Artfulness. Economy. Otherwise, my friend, I fear that you will end up beyond the repair of even the Geonosians. Do you take my meaning?"

His vertically slit eyes unfathomable, Grievous nodded.

"I take your meaning, my lord."

Dooku withdrew his blade. "Again, then. With some measure of polish, if I'm not asking for too much."

Source: Labyrinth of Evil

Grievous had been a delight to train, as well. No need to coax him to release his anger and rage, as Dooku had been forced to do during the training of his so-called Dark Jedi disciples. The Geonosians had arranged for Grievous to be nothing but anger and rage. And as to the general's combat skills, few, if any, Jedi would be capable of defeating him. There had been moments during the extensive combat sessions when even Dooku had been hard-pressed to outduel the cyborg.

Source: Labyrinth of Evil

Dooku "folds Skywalker in half" with a side-stamp and then kicks Obi-Wan (who in the RotS novel, is more durable than the interior walls of capital ships) with enough force to elicit a sharp crack analogous to the sound of a neck being broken (the novel later notes that Obi-Wan's body is "bonelessly limp"):

Before their pieces could even hit the floor Dooku was in motion, landing a spinning side-stamp that folded Skywalker in half; he used his last burst of dark power to continue his spin into a blindingly fast wheel-kick that brought his heel against the point of Kenobi's chin with a crack like the report of a huge-bore slugthrower, knocking the Jedi Master back down the stairs. Sounded like he'd broken his neck. Wouldn't that be lovely?

Source: Revenge of the Sith

Proof of Obi-Wan's insane durability in the RotS novel is seen when he suffers nothing more than a concussion from being smashed into a wall of the Invisible Hand so hard that the permacrete balcony above him buckled and collapsed onto him. It's outright said that Obi-Wan's more durable than the Invisible Hand's interior walls:

While Kenobi's bonelessly limp body was still tumbling toward the floor far below, Dooku sent a surge of energy through the Force. Kenobi's fall suddenly accelerated like a missile burning the last of its drives before impact. The Jedi Master struck the floor at a steep angle, skidded along it, and slammed into the wall so hard the hydrofoamed permacrete buckled and collapsed onto him.

...

He sprang to his feet and waved away the debris that had buried the body of his friend. Obi-Wan lay entirely still, eyes closed, dust-caked blood matting his hair where his scalp had split.

Bad as Obi-Wan looked, Anakin had stood over the bodies of too many friends on too many battlefields to be panicked by a little blood. One touch to Obi-Wan's throat confirmed the strength of his pulse, and that touch also let Anakin's Force perception flow through the whole body of his friend. His breathing was strong and regular, and no bones were broken: this was a concussion, no more.

Apparently Obi-Wan's head was somewhat harder than the cruiser's interior walls.

Source: Revenge of the Sith

Dooku knocking out RotS Obi-Wan with a single kick:

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Dooku sending Anakin flying with a backwards kick using only a fraction of his power (he's choking Obi-Wan at the same time). Anakin ends up slamming into the wall with enough force to keep him down for several long seconds (enough for Dooku to hurl Obi-Wan across the room and collapse a balcony on him):

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Dooku holds the advantage over Anakin for thirteen seconds in a bladelock, which Anakin breaks only upon becoming enraged:

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So really, it would not be much of a stretch to put Dooku above Maul's level of physical strength in a blade-to-blade sense (obviously in a melee brawl Dooku would lose). His kicks against Obi-Wan have far more devastating consequences than Maul's (even with the metal legs, though you can argue that it's where Dooku hit Obi-Wan that made the difference as opposed to how hard), and his bladelocks against Yoda and Anakin are feats that Maul simply hasn't replicated. He strains AotC Obi-Wan with his strength when even TPM Obi-Wan was able to keep up with TPM Maul's strength. He casually repels blows from pre-TCW Grievous, whose strength feats rival, if not eclipse Maul's. And he holds strong against the strength of Sidious-tier opponents in battle.

Even if he isn't stronger than Maul, it's clear that blade-to-blade, the strength of characters of that calibre — Maul, Obi-Wan, etc. — poses no outstanding bodily threat to the Count. Tyranus is fully capable of engaging them in blade-to-blade combat without being at a disadvantage because of their strength.

Above all, we need to stop having any sort of negative connotations about Dooku's physicality because of his age. Yoda and Palpatine are also old, yet they'd curb Maul or Obi-Wan in a physical contest. The Force makes them superhuman; their age plays no factor whatsoever in a fight.

Can powerful, forceful blows interrupt the rhythmic flow of Makashi and disrupt Dooku's fighting? Absolutely. But nobody bar the likes of Yoda, Sidious, Vader etc. are coming into a fight against Dooku with any sort of meaningful strength advantage.

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The Best of Anakin Skywalker (RotS) - A Legends Respect Thread [Incomplete]

As a character with such vast amounts of material, making a complete respect thread for Anakin Skywalker would not be possible. However, I am compiling a list of quotes that prove Anakin's exceptional nature. I am primarily compiling accolades, although I will consider adding in exceptional feats as well. Ideally, things will be supported by more than one quote, and preferably from more than once source, if possible. In that way, certain claims about Anakin will become irrevocably cemented as fact and will not be able to be dismissed in the forums.

Additions are welcome - tell me in the comments if I've missed anything. As suggested by the title, this will be a referring to Legends, although some of it is applicable to canon (basically anything that's supplementary to the movies). I would like to thank @darthant66 for finding much of the material below.

Note: I am generally willing to take in accolades referring to Anakin at any time, but will only be including his feats from Revenge of the Sith.

Respect Anakin Skywalker, the Chosen One:

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Power

Anakin has unprecedented power in the Force, making him the most powerful Force user in history:

This makes Anakin, in effect, a Jedi Master, a rank that Anakin, with his unprecedented power in the Force, feels has been long overdue.

Source: Star Wars Miniatures: Ultimate Missions: Revenge of the Sith

Anakin Skywalker is the most powerful Jedi in history:

This is Anakin Skywalker:

The most powerful Jedi of his generation. Perhaps of any generation. The fastest. The strongest. An unbeatable pilot. An unstoppable warrior. On the ground, in the air or sea or space, there is no one even close. He has not just power, not just skill, but dash: that rare, invaluable combination of boldness and grace.

He is the best there is at what he does. The best there has ever been. And he knows it.

Source: Revenge of the Sith

Gillard also reports that the duel will explain how Obi-Wan is able to defeat his protege, even though Anakin has been established as the most powerful Jedi who ever lived.

Source: The Making of Revenge of the Sith

"Fully defeated by just anyone, the dark side cannot be, but only by the Chosen One. And who might be this Jedi? Know I do not, but not yet born is he or she. This much, sense I can. A vessel of pure Force the Chosen One will be, more powerful than any Jedi in history."

Source: Jedi vs Sith: The Essential Guide to the Force

Even after all these months, she couldn't make herself entirely believe that actual Jedi blood ran in her veins-not only Jedi blood, but the blood of arguably the most powerful Jedi in history.

Source: Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor

Anakin is the most powerful Jedi in more than a millennium:

Anakin Skywalker is the most powerful Jedi in over a thousand years.

Source: Star Wars Miniatures: Ultimate Missions: Revenge of the Sith

Anakin is the most powerful Jedi of his time, and still growing in strength:

At nine years of age he had been an expert Podracer; by twenty-one he would have been a galactic champion. With or without Qui-Gon's or Watto's help, he would eventually have won the Boonta Eve race, and his reputation would have been made. He would have bought freedom for himself, his mother, all the slaves in Mos Espa, gone on to win the Grand Races on Malastare, been hailed in the gambling casinos on Ord Mantell and Coruscant. He wouldn't have become a Jedi--he would have been too old to train--would never have learned to wield a lightsaber. But he would have been able to fly rings around the finest of Jedi pilots, including Saesee Tiin.

And he still would have been stronger in the Force than any of them.

Source: Labyrinth of Evil

"Skywalker is arguably the most powerful Jedi alive, and he is still getting stronger."

Source: Revenge of the Sith

"We won't try, Anakin. We will do. After all, they are only Senators. Most of them couldn't hide what they're thinking from a brain-damaged blindworm, let alone the most powerful Jedi in the galaxy."

Source: Revenge of the Sith

Obi-Wan Kenobi has endured the unenviable task of training the Jedi Order's most powerful and headstrong young Jedi, Anakin Skywalker.

Source: Star Wars Miniatures: Ultimate Missions: Revenge of the Sith

One of the most powerful Jedi Knight of his time, Anakin was prophesized to bring balance to the Force. Some members of the Jedi Council distrusted his immense power and emotion.

Source: Force Collection

The Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker is the greatest hero of a Republic at war and has proved his bravery on many battlefields.

Source: The Clone Wars: Visual Guide

Anakin is one of the most powerful Jedi in history:

Anakin Skywalker's rise to power was astonishing. He went from being a slave on Tatooine to one of the most powerful Jedi ever.

Source: Force Collection

Re-live the incredible battle between two of the most powerful Jedi of all - as they fight to the finish on a Trade Federation Cruiser!

Source: Battle Arena: Federation Cruiser

Anakin Skywalker grows vastly more powerful after Ahsoka Tano leaves the Jedi Order:

But Ahsoka eventually became disillusioned and left the Jedi Order, an act which Anakin regretted.

The Clone Wars continued, and Anakin became a hero and grew vastly in power.

Source: http://www.starwars.com/databank/anakin-skywalker

Anakin is more powerful than anyone on the Jedi Council as of Revenge of the Sith - including the likes of Yoda, Mace Windu, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and so on:

Clearly Anakin was as strong in the Force as any Jedi who had ever sat on the Council.

Source: Labyrinth of Evil

"What? How can you do this? This is outrageous! It’s unfair! I’m more powerful than any of you. How can you be on the Council and not be a Master?"

"Take a seat, young Skywalker . . ."

...

Everything in his life had led to this point because Anakin Skywalker’s destiny had been subverted and warped by well-meaning but blind Masters, sending him off on a tangent to do a flawed Palpatine’s bidding instead of realizing his own full power.

I’m more powerful than any of you.

It was a boy’s expression of anger, but it was true.

Source: Legacy of the Force: Bloodlines

Darth Sidious concedes that Anakin is potentially more powerful than him:

"He is powerful. Potentially more powerful than even myself."

Source: Revenge of the Sith

Darths Sidious and Tyranus agree that Anakin Skywalker is the greatest Jedi alive:

"An embarrassment you can survive, Lord Tyranus. After all, he is the greatest Jedi alive, is he not?"

Source: Revenge of the Sith

Anakin is much more powerful than Count Dooku:

"Soon, I shall have a new apprentice. One far younger and more powerful."

Source: Revenge of the Sith

Sidious then turned his attention to Anakin Skywalker, knowing that young Skywalker was much stronger in the Force than Tyranus.

Source: The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia

Sidious bared his teeth, but only briefly. "Darth Tyranus knew what he risked, Lord Vader. If he had been stronger in the dark side, you would be dead, and he would be my right hand."

Source: Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader

Re-live the incredible battle between two of the most powerful Jedi of all - as they fight to the finish on a Trade Federation Cruiser! Only the strongest Jedi remains—will it be the light side or the dark side of the Force?

Source: Battle Arena: Federation Cruiser

Sidious is merely playing for time until he is ready to replace Tyranus with a new, more powerful apprentice, who will help him to achieve his ultimate aim: utter subjugation of the galaxy under Sith rule and the formation of a merciless new order — the Galactic Empire.

Source: Revenge of the Sith Incredible Cross-Sections

Anakin's power is compared to that of Zonama Sekot, a sentient planet:

The being projecting the image of Anakin Skywalker had all the resources of a planet behind it, yet still it radiated uncertainty. It was easy to believe that it was the child Luke's father had once been, enormously powerful, tempted by the dark side but still too young to know what was right or wrong.

Source: The New Jedi Order: Force Heretic III: Reunion

Anakin Skywalker's powers grow as he descends into the dark side:

"You have done well, my new apprentice. Do you feel your power growing?"

"Yes, my Master."

Source: Revenge of the Sith

He could feel his power growing, indeed. He had the measure of his “Master” already; not long after Palpatine shared the secret of Darth Plagueis’s discovery, their relationship would undergo a sudden … transformation.

Source: Revenge of the Sith

By this point, Anakin's Force abilities are unparalleled:

Palpatine elevated himself to the position of Emperor, and dispatched Vader as his ultimate enforcer. With his unparalleled Force abilities, Vader swept through the Jedi Temple.

Source: Databank (old): Darth Vader

Anakin Skywalker is immensely more powerful than Shaak Ti:

Shaak Ti was at the Jedi Temple when Vader attacked, and narrowly escaped death at the hands of the immensely more powerful Sith Lord.

Source: The Official Starships & Vehicles Collection #51

Anakin Skywalker's powers are boundless:

Skywalker was seduced by the dark side of the Force. His boundless abilities fueled a sense of pride that hastened his fall.

Source: http://web.archive.org/web/20110910222533/http://www.starwars.com/databank/character/darthvader/index.html

As Palpatine, he befriended Skywalker, becoming a close friend and a fatherly authority to a youthful warrior often confused by his seemingly boundless power and abilities he had at his disposal.

Source: http://web.archive.org/web/20110913045252/http://www.starwars.com/databank/character/darthsidious/index.html

Anakin's raw power is infinitely greater than even experienced Jedi Masters' expertise in the Force, even though Jedi Masters can unlock powerful secrets that few Jedi can even dream of comprehending:

The clone troopers are methodical, but Skywalker is merciless. He wields his lightsaber like a scythe, cutting down anyone foolish enough to get in his way. Even experienced Jedi Masters fall, for their expertise in the Force is nothing before the raw power Anakin can unleash.

Source: Star Wars Miniatures: Ultimate Missions: Revenge of the Sith

A deep understanding of the Force is a must, for a Jedi Master is able to unlock powerful secrets that few Jedi even dream of comprehending.

Source: Threats of the Galaxy

George Lucas claims that Anakin is "as strong as" Palpatine at this point:

"From then on, he wasn't as strong as the Emperor – he was like Darth Maul or Count Dooku. He wasn't what he was supposed to become. But the son could become that."

Source: http://www.rollingstone.com/movies/news/george-lucas-and-the-cult-of-darth-vader-20050602

Anakin Skywalker lost a considerable amount of power upon entering his cybernetic suit, implying that he is far more powerful than Darth Vader:

And you rage and scream and reach through the Force to crush the shadow who has destroyed you, but you are so far less now than what you were, you are more than half machine, you are like a painter gone blind, a composer gone deaf, you can remember where the power was but the power you can touch is only a memory, and so with all your world-destroying fury it is only droids around you that implode, and equipment, and the table on which you were strapped shatters, and in the end, you cannot touch the shadow.

Source: Revenge of the Sith

Where Darth Sidious had gained everything, Vader had lost everything, including—for the moment, at least—the self-confidence and unbridled skill he had demonstrated as Anakin Skywalker.

Source: Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader

Powered by treachery, the Sith Master–apprentice relationship was always a dangerous game. Trust was encouraged even while being sabotaged; loyalty was demanded even while betrayal was prized; suspicion was nourished even while honesty was praised.

In some sense, it was survival of the fittest.

Fundamental to Vader's growth was the desire to overthrow his Master.

Had Vader killed Obi-Wan on Mustafar, he might have attempted to kill Sidious, as well. In fact, Sidious would have been surprised if Anakin hadn't made an attempt. Now, however, incapable of so much as breathing on his own, Vader could not rise to the challenge, and Sidious understood that he would need to do everything in his power to shake Vader out of his despair, and reawaken the incredible power within him.

Even at Sidious's own peril ...

Source: Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader

With the loss of my limbs, have I also lost strength in the Force?

Vader recognized the voice of the one who posed the question as the specter of Anakin. Anakin telling him that he was not as powerful as he thought he was. The little slave boy, cowering because lie was not the master of his fate. A mere accessory in the world, owned by another, passed over.

And now newly enslaved!

He lifted his masked face to the cabin's ceiling and growled in torment. Sidious's inept med droids had done this to him! Slowed his reflexes, burdened him with armor and padding. He relished having destroyed them.

Or . . . had Sidious deliberately engineered this prison? Again, it was Anakin who asked, that small node of fear in Vader's heart.

Was this punishment for having failed at Mustafar? Or had Mustafar merely provided Sidious with an excuse to weaken him? Perhaps all along the promise of apprenticeship had been nothing more than a ploy, when, in fact, Sidious merely needed someone to command his army of stormtroopers.

Another Grievous, while Sidious reaped the real rewards of power, confident that his newest minion posed no threat to his rule.

Source: Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader

"Anakin, as Skywalker, as a human being, was going to be extremely powerful,” he says. “But he ended up losing his legs and an arm and became partly a robot. So a lot of his ability to use the Force, a lot of his powers, are curbed at this point, because, as a living form, there’s not that much of him left. So his ability to be twice as good as the Emperor disappeared, and now he’s maybe 20 percent less than him.

Source: http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2005/02/star-wars-george-lucas-story

"You got it. And when he finds out Luke is his son, his first impulse is to figure out a way of getting him to join him to kill the Emperor. That's what Siths do! He tries it with anybody he thinks might be more powerful, which is what the Emperor was looking for in the first place: somebody who would be more powerful than he was and could help him rule the universe. But Obi-Wan screwed that up by cutting off his arms and legs and burning him up. From then on, he wasn't as strong as the Emperor – he was like Darth Maul or Count Dooku. He wasn't what he was supposed to become. But the son could become that."

Source: http://www.rollingstone.com/movies/news/george-lucas-and-the-cult-of-darth-vader-20050602

Emperor Palpatine considers it perilous to reawaken the power in Lord Vader, suggesting that he recognized that Anakin's strength in the Force was a threat to him:

Powered by treachery, the Sith Master–apprentice relationship was always a dangerous game. Trust was encouraged even while being sabotaged; loyalty was demanded even while betrayal was prized; suspicion was nourished even while honesty was praised.

In some sense, it was survival of the fittest.

Fundamental to Vader's growth was the desire to overthrow his Master.

Had Vader killed Obi-Wan on Mustafar, he might have attempted to kill Sidious, as well. In fact, Sidious would have been surprised if Anakin hadn't made an attempt. Now, however, incapable of so much as breathing on his own, Vader could not rise to the challenge, and Sidious understood that he would need to do everything in his power to shake Vader out of his despair, and reawaken the incredible power within him.

Even at Sidious's own peril ...

Source: Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader

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Strength

Anakin is the strongest Jedi:

This is Anakin Skywalker:

The most powerful Jedi of his generation. Perhaps of any generation. The fastest. The strongest. An unbeatable pilot. An unstoppable warrior. On the ground, in the air or sea or space, there is no one even close. He has not just power, not just skill, but dash: that rare, invaluable combination of boldness and grace.

He is the best there is at what he does. The best there has ever been. And he knows it.

Source: Revenge of the Sith

Anakin overwhelms Count Dooku with his strength, causing Dooku to become so exhausted that he could no longer even strike back, and could barely even feel the room around him. Here he exhibits a strength unmatched by others who have failed to exhaust the Count in such a way - such as General Grievous, Mace Windu, and even Yoda himself:

Skywalker was all over him.

The shining blue lightsaber whirled and spat and every overhand chop crashed against Dooku's defense with the unstoppable power of a meteor strike; the Sith Lord spent lavishly of his reserve of the Force merely to meet these attacks without being cut in half, and Skywalker-

Skywalker was getting stronger.

Each parry cost Dooku more power than he'd used to throw Kenobi across the room; each block aged him a decade.

He decided he'd best revise his strategy once again.

He no longer even tried to strike back. Force exhaustion began to close down his perceptions, drawing his consciousness back down to his physical form, trapping him within his own skull until he could barely even feel the contours of the room around him; he dimly sensed stairs at his back, stairs that led up to the entrance balcony. He retreated up them, using the higher ground for leverage, but Skywalker just kept on coming, tirelessly ferocious.

That blue blade was everywhere, flashing and whirling faster and faster until Dooku saw the room through an electric haze and now Kenobi was back in the picture: with a shout of the Force, he shot like a torpedo up the stairs behind Skywalker, and Dooku decided that under these rather extreme circumstances, it was at least arguably permissible for a gentleman to cheat.

Source: Revenge of the Sith

Anakin comes close to breaking Obi-Wan's bones:

His hands seized Obi-Wan's wrists with impossible strength, forcing his arms wide. "I am so sick of your lectures!"

Dark power bore down with his grip.

Obi-Wan felt the bones of his forearms bending, beginning to feather toward the greenstick fractures that would come before the final breaks.

Oh, he thought. Oh, this is bad.

...

With Anakin's grip on his wrists bending his arms near to breaking, forcing both their lightsabers down in a slow but unstoppable arc, Obi-Wan let go.

Source: Revenge of the Sith

Speed

Anakin is the fastest Jedi:

This is Anakin Skywalker:

The most powerful Jedi of his generation. Perhaps of any generation. The fastest. The strongest. An unbeatable pilot. An unstoppable warrior. On the ground, in the air or sea or space, there is no one even close. He has not just power, not just skill, but dash: that rare, invaluable combination of boldness and grace.

He is the best there is at what he does. The best there has ever been. And he knows it.

Source: Revenge of the Sith

Anakin overwhelms Count Dooku with his speed, causing him to see the room through an electric haze and perceive Anakin's blue blade as being everywhere:

That blue blade was everywhere, flashing and whirling faster and faster until Dooku saw the room through an electric haze and now Kenobi was back in the picture: with a shout of the Force, he shot like a torpedo up the stairs behind Skywalker, and Dooku decided that under these rather extreme circumstances, it was at least arguably permissible for a gentleman to cheat.

Source: Revenge of the Sith

Telekinesis

Anakin hurls a boulder the size of a hut:

He saw one group rush into a hut and reached out across the way, to a large boulder in the distance. It flew to his call, soaring across the sand, smashing one fleeing Tusken down and flying on.

Anakin dropped it on the hut full of Tuskens, crushing them all.

Source: Attack of the Clones

Anakin casually hurls aside dozens of Super Battle Droids:

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Anakin tilts a Conqueror-class dreadnought into the path of several missiles:

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Some scans for the size of the dreadnought:

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Anakin hurls the wreckage of an AT-TE with enough force to make it slam into droids with the effect of a bomb going off:

The men sprinted for the door, plunging into the acrid black smoke that now filled the courtyard. It was some kind of cover for a few seconds. Anakin saw the droids, hampered by their own debris, and his eyes went to the blazing carcass of the AT-TE.

Just do it.

Adrenaline fueled him. He sent the wreckage skidding across the ground with a massive Force push. The kinetic force of the impact and the sheet of flame released when it slammed into the droid ranks had the effect of a bomb going off.

Source: The Clone Wars

Anakin rips a spider droid apart:

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Anakin hurls a giant escape pod with Durge in it into a star:

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Anakin telekinetically dominates Asajj Ventress with the Force, suspending her in the air and then coiling electric wires around her before using them to electrocute her:

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Anakin telekinetically dominates Ventress again, hurling her into a wall hard enough to crack it, then Choking her:

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Anakin telekinetically dominates Barriss Offee:

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Note: Anakin has grown vastly more powerful in the Force since all of the previous showings.

Anakin uses a Force Scream to bring down a 90 x 30 meter dome:

In the ruined archive hall of LiMerge Power's plasma facility, Count Dooku waited for Kenobi and Skywalker to arrive. The room was enormous by any standard, thirty meters high and three times that in circumference.

More droids appeared. To Dooku, this was nothing more than a game, Obi-Wan told himself. But if it was a demonstration of Force ability Dooku wanted, then Anakin was still more than willing to provide it.

"Dooku!" he howled.

With such force and wrath that the ceiling of the vast hall began to collapse.

Dragging himself out from under plasteel girders and chunks of ferrocrete, Count Dooku came shakily to his feet and gazed in astonished disbelief at the shambles of the control room. Had the containment dome been so weak that it had succumbed to flurries of ricocheting blaster bolts, or had Skywalker's voiced rage actually called the ceiling down? Had Dooku not leapt forcefully at the last moment, he might have been buried, as the two Jedi were, somewhere below, in the expanse of rubble that covered the archive room. He was certain that they had survived. But if nothing else they were trapped, which had been the intent from the start.

But Skywalker... Assuming that he had grown powerful enough to have collapsed the dome, the end result was simply further evidence that he would someday undo himself. Wasn't it? Because admitting to any alternative explanation meant accepting that Skywalker was potentially a greater threat to the Sith than anyone realized.

Source: Labyrinth of Evil

Anakin hurls Dooku:

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Anakin easily waves aside the portion of collapsed balcony that crushed Obi-Wan:

He sprang to his feet and waved away the debris that had buried the body of his friend.

Source: Revenge of the Sith

With his powers obstructed by his emotional state, Anakin smashes Obi-Wan into a wall and leaves him half-stunned. Obi-Wan only escapes certain death afterwards by using Electronic Manipulation on Anakin's mechanical hand:

A roar of the Force blasted Obi-Wan back into a wall, smashing breath from his lungs, leaving him swaying, half stunned. Anakin stepped over bodies and lifted his blade for the kill.

Source: Revenge of the Sith

Still with his powers obstructed, Anakin sends Obi-Wan crashing into a wall again:

Anakin roared and flew at him, using both the Force and his body to crash Obi-Wan back into the wall once more.Source: Revenge of the Sith

Combat Abilities

Accolades

Anakin is an unstoppable warrior, the fastest and strongest among all Jedi, and the best at what he does:

This is Anakin Skywalker:

The most powerful Jedi of his generation. Perhaps of any generation. The fastest. The strongest. An unbeatable pilot. An unstoppable warrior. On the ground, in the air or sea or space, there is no one even close. He has not just power, not just skill, but dash: that rare, invaluable combination of boldness and grace.

He is the best there is at what he does. The best there has ever been. And he knows it.

Source: Revenge of the Sith

Anakin is unbeatable and far more dangerous than anybody else in the Star Wars universe:

"Anakin's style has changed completely between Episode II and Episode III. He now no longer cares. He knows he's unbeatable. He's far more dangerous than anybody in the universe."

Source: http://www.theforce.net/episode3/story/nick_gillard_talks_rots_game_92147.asp

Anakin has grown exponentially since the events of Attack of the Clones, and has surpassed his master Obi-Wan Kenobi:

"Hayden in this film has gone up to a level nine. He's gone past Obi."

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1PAOPveZtoE

"Obi-Wan has gone up one level from Episode I to Episode III, but it’s a huge jump from one level to another. It’s not just about a style of fighting—it’s mental as well. Anakin has gone up probably four levels from Episode II to Episode III. So he’s gone beyond Obi-Wan, but he hasn’t gone beyond him mentally."

Source: http://www.theforce.net/episode3/story/nick_gillard_talks_rots_game_92147.asp

'Obi-Wan taught Anakin and Anakin has gone past him,' he notes.

Source: The Making of Revenge of the Sith

"Obi knows that Anakin is better than him, but because he taught him, he knows emotionally how he’s going to behave."

Source: http://www.theforce.net/episode3/story/nick_gillard_talks_rots_game_92147.asp

The ease with which Kenobi had taken command of the situation was frightening. More frightening was the fact that of the two, Skywalker was reportedly the greater warrior.

Source: Revenge of the Sith

He had been a superior fighter even when he had been Anakin Skywalker, and yet Obi-Wan had defeated him.

Source: Death Star

Darth Sidious claims that Anakin's skills are unmatched by any Sith before him:

"Lord Vader, your skills are unmatched by any Sith before you. Go forth, my boy. Go forth, and bring peace to our Empire."

Source: Revenge of the Sith

Anakin is a level nine warrior, on the same tier as swordmasters such as Yoda and Darth Sidious. He is thus one tier above Count Dooku, Darth Maul and Obi-Wan Kenobi, who are tier 8 duelists:

"When I started, I figured that a youngling is a level one. And somebody like Kit Fisto - seven. I did take it to eight and nine, but not many people know that. Eight and nine is cheat. So Obi-Wan is eight. Yoda is nine. Mace is eight, bordering on nine. Anakin is nine."

Source: https://youtu.be/Z2-iZNQrFBA?t=908

"Yes, but it's like a Richter scale - an earthquake - and so the difference between seven and eight and eight and nine is enormous."

Source: https://youtu.be/Z2-iZNQrFBA?t=946

"Obi-Wan has gone up one level from Episode I to Episode III, but it’s a huge jump from one level to another. It’s not just about a style of fighting—it’s mental as well. Anakin has gone up probably four levels from Episode II to Episode III. So he’s gone beyond Obi-Wan, but he hasn’t gone beyond him mentally."

Source: http://www.theforce.net/episode3/story/nick_gillard_talks_rots_game_92147.asp

"The level is not necessarily an indication of the performer's talent, but it takes a truly gifted and physically skilled actor to play a powerful Jedi combatant. 'Hayden Christensen is one of the best there is,' says Gillard. 'I've seen hundreds of sword fighters, people who do it for a living, and he leaves them all in his wake. His style has changed a bit since Episode II, when he was only a level seven. On this he's a level nine.' For the curious, Gillard does not reveal any Jedi who has achieved level ten. The highest is nine, occupied by a small number of capable sword masters, including Yoda and Darth Sidious. At so high a ranking, it comes down to individual fighting styles as well as the circumstances of the surroundings that make a difference."

Source: http://web.archive.org/web/20051202222123/http://starwars.com/episode-iii/bts/production/beacon126.html

In the Jedi levels of lightsaber fighting, Obi-Wan is an eight, while Anakin, Yoda and Darth Sidious are nines.

Source: http://www.theforce.net/episode3/jtf/palpatine.asp

"Dooku & Maul are 8, but there is a huge difference inside the numbers themselves. It's not about how well they fight, it's about how well they learned."

Source: https://i37.servimg.com/u/f37/17/73/92/12/ng10.png

Anakin is the best Djem So user that Dooku has ever seen:

Skywalker's Shien ready-stance had been a ruse, as had his Ataro gymnastics; the boy was a Djem So stylist, and as fine a one as Dooku had ever seen.

Source: Revenge of the Sith

Anakin is a better swordsmaster than anyone in the Jedi Temple during Operation Knightfall:

Even the Temple's finest swordmaster is no match for Anakin Skywalker and the stormtroopers of the 501st Legion.

Source: Revenge of the Sith Visual Dictionary

Feats

Anakin rapidly drives back Count Dooku, tiring him out and eventually defeating him effortlessly once he calls upon his rage:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eYT3ctPuVRw

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"Surrender." Kenobi's voice deepened into finality. "You will be given no further chance."

Dooku lifted an eyebrow. "Unless one of you happens to be carrying Yoda in his pocket, I hardly think I shall need one."

The Force crackled between them, and the ship pitched and bucked under a new turbolaser barrage, and Dooku decided that the time had come. He flicked a false glance over his shoulder-a hint of distraction to draw the attack-And all three of them moved at once.

The ship shuddered and the red smoke surged from Anakin's spine into his arms and legs and head and when Dooku gave the slightest glance of concern over his shoulder, distracted for half an instant, Anakin just couldn't wait anymore.

He sprang, lightsaber angled for the kill.

Obi-Wan leapt from Dooku's far side in perfect coordination-and they met in midair, for the Sith Lord was no longer between them.

Anakin looked up just in time to glimpse the bottom of Dooku's rancor-leather boot as it came down on his face and smacked him tumbling toward the floor; he reached into the Force to effortlessly right himself and touched down in perfect balance to spring again toward the lightning flares, scarlet against sky blue, that sprayed from clashing lightsabers as Dooku pressed Obi-Wan away with a succession of weaving, flourishing thrusts that drove the Jedi's blade out of line while they reached for his heart.

Anakin launched himself at Dooku's back-and the Count half turned, gesturing casually while holding Obi-Wan at bay with an elegant one-handed bind. Chairs leapt up from the situation table and whirled toward Anakin's head. He slashed the first one in half contemptuously, but the second caught him across the knees and the third battered his shoulder and knocked him down.

He snarled to himself and reached through the Force to pick up some chairs of his own-and the situation table itself slammed into him and drove him back to crush him against the wall. His lightsaber came loose from his slackening fingers and clattered across the tabletop to drop to the floor on the far side.

And Dooku barely even seemed to be paying attention to him.

Pinned, breathless, half stunned, Anakin thought, If this keeps up, I am going to get mad.

While effortlessly deflecting a rain of blue-streaking cuts from Kenobi, Dooku felt the Force shove the situation table away from the wall and send it hurtling toward his back with astonishing speed; he barely managed to lift himself enough that he could backroll over it instead of having it shatter his spine.

"My my," he said, chuckling. "The boy has some power after all."

His backroll brought him to his feet directly in front of the lad, who was charging, headlong and unarmed, after the table he had tossed, and was already thoroughly red in the face.

"I'm twice the Jedi I was last time!"

Ah, Dooku thought. Such a fragile little ego. Sidious will have to help him with that. But until then-The grip of Skywalker's blade whistled through the air to meet his hand in perfect synchrony with a sweeping slash. "My powers have doubled since we last met-"

"How lovely for you." Dooku neatly sidestepped, cutting at the boy's leg, yet Skywalker's blade met the cut as he passed and he managed to sweep his blade behind his head to slap aside the casual thrust Dooku aimed at the back of his neck-but his clumsy charge had put him in Kenobi's path, so that the Jedi Master had to Force-roll over his partner's head.

Directly at Dooku's upraised blade.

Kenobi drove a slash at the scarlet blade while he pivoted in the air, and again Dooku sidestepped so that now it was Kenobi in Skywalker's way.

"Really," Dooku said, "this is pathetic."

Oh, they were certainly energetic enough, leaping and whirling, raining blows almost at random, cutting chairs to pieces and Force-hurling them in every conceivable direction, while Dooku continued, in his gracefully methodical way, to out-maneuver them so thoroughly it was all he could to do keep from laughing out loud.

It was a simple matter of countering their tactics, which were depressingly straightforward; Skywalker was the swift one, whooshing here and there like a spastic hawk-bat-attempting a Jedi variant of neek-in-the-middle so they could come at him from both sides-while Kenobi came on in a measured Shii-Cho cadence, deliberate as a lumberdroid, moving step by step, cutting off the angles, clumsy but relentlessly dogged as he tried to chivvy Dooku into a corner.

Whereas all Dooku need do was to slip from one side to another-and occasionally flip over a head here and there-so that he could fight each of them in turn, rather than both of them at the same time. He supposed that in their own milieu, they might actually prove reasonably effective; it was clear that their style had been developed by fighting as a team against large numbers of opponents. They were not prepared to fight together against a single Force-user, certainly not one of Dooku's power; he, on the other hand, had always fought alone. It was laughably easy to keep the Jedi tripping and stumbling and getting in each other's way.

They didn't even comprehend how utterly he dominated the combat. Because they fought as they had been trained, by releasing all desire and allowing the Force to flow through them, they had no hope of countering Dooku's mastery of Sith techniques They had learned nothing since he had bested them on Geonosis.

They allowed the Force to direct them; Dooku directed the Force.

He drew their strikes to his parries, and drove his own ripostes with thrusts of dark power that subtly altered the Jedi's balance and disrupted their timing. He could have slaughtered both of them as casually as that creature Maul had destroyed the vigos of the Black Sun.

However, only one death was in his plan, and this dumb-show was becoming tiresome. Not to mention tiring. The dark power that served him went only so far, and he was, after all, not a young man.

He leaned into a thrust at Kenobi's gut that the Jedi Master deflected with a rising parry, bringing them chest-to-chest, blades flaring, locked together a handbreadth from each other's throats. "Your moves are too slow, Kenobi. Too predictable. You'll have to do better."

Kenobi's response to this friendly word was to regard him with a twinkle of gentle amusement in his eye.

"Very well, then," the Jedi said, and shot straight upward over Dooku's head so fast it seemed he'd vanished.

And in the space where Kenobi's chest had been was now only the blue lightning of Skywalker's blade driving straight for Dooku's heart.

Only a desperate whirl to one side made what would have been a smoking hole in his chest into a line of scorch through his armorweave cloak.

Dooku thought, What?

He threw himself spinning up and away from the two Jedi to land on the situation table, disengaging for a moment to recover his composure-that had been entirely too close-but by the time his boots touched down Kenobi was there to meet him, blade weaving through a defensive velocity so bewilderingly fast that Dooku dared not even try a strike; he threw a feint toward Kenobi's face, then dropped and spun in a reverse ankle-sweep-But not only did Kenobi easily overleap this attack, Dooku nearly lost his own foot to a slash from Skywalker who had again come out of nowhere and now carved through the table so that it collapsed under Dooku's weight and dumped the Sith Lord un-:eremoniously to the floor. This was not in the plan. Skywalker slammed his following strike down so hard that the shock of deflecting it buckled Dooku's elbows. Dooku threw himself into a backroll that brought him to his feet-and Kenobi's blade was there to meet his neck. Only a desperate whirling slash-block, coupled with a wheel kick that caught Kenobi on the thigh, bought him enough time to leap away again, and when he touched down-Skywalker was already there.

The first overhand chop of Skywalker's blade slid off Dooku's instinctive guard. The second bent Dooku's wrist. The third flash of blue forced Dooku's scarlet blade so far to the inside that his own lightsaber scorched his shoulder, and Dooku was forced to give ground.

Dooku felt himself blanch. Where had this come from? Skywalker came on, mechanically inexorable, impossibly powerful, a destroyer droid with a lightsaber: each step a blow and each blow a step. Dooku backed away as fast as he dared; Skywalker stayed right on top of him. Dooku's breath went short and hard. He no longer tried to block Skywalker's strikes but only to guide them slanting away; he could not meet Skywalker strength-to-strength-not only did the boy wield tremendous reserves of Force energy, but his sheer physical power was astonishing-And only then did Dooku understand that he'd been suckered.

Skywalker's Shien ready-stance had been a ruse, as had his Ataro gymnastics; the boy was a Djem So stylist, and as fine a one as Dooku had ever seen. His own elegant Makashi simply did not generate the kinetic power to meet Djem So head-to-head. Especially not while also defending against a second attacker.

It was time to alter his own tactics.

He dropped low and spun into another reverse ankle-sweep-the weakness of Djem So was its lack of mobility-that slapped Skywalker's boot sharply enough to throw the young Jedi off balance, giving Dooku the opportunity to leap away-Only to find himself again facing the wheel of blue lightning that was Kenobi's blade.

Dooku decided that the comedy had ended.

Now it was time to kill.

Kenobi's Master had been Qui-Gon Jinn, Dooku's own Padawan; Dooku had fenced Qui-Gon thousands of times, and he knew every weakness of the Ataro form, with its ridiculous acrobatics. He drove a series of flashing thrusts toward Kenobi's legs to draw the Jedi Master into a flipping overhead leap so that Dooku could burn through his spine from kidneys to shoulder blades-and this image, this plan, was so clear in Dooku's mind that he almost failed to notice that Kenobi met every one of his thrusts without so much as moving his feet, staying perfectly centered, perfectly balanced, blade never moving a millimeter more than was necessary, deflecting without effort, riposting with flickering strikes and stabs swifter than the tongue of a Garollian ghost viper, and when Dooku felt Skywalker regain his feet and stride once more toward his back, he finally registered the source of that blinding defensive velocity Kenobi had used a moment ago, and only then, belatedly, did he understand that Kenobi's Ataro and Shii-Cho had been ploys, as well.

Kenobi had become a master of Soresu.

Dooku found himself having a sudden, unexpected, overpowering, and entirely distressing bad feeling about this . . .

His farce had suddenly, inexplicably, spun from humorous to deadly serious and was tumbling rapidly toward terrifying. Realization burst through Dooku's consciousness like the blossoming fireballs of dying ships outside: this pair of Jedi fools had somehow managed to become entirely dangerous.

These clowns might-just possibly-actually be able to beat him.

No sense taking chances; even his Master would agree with that. Lord Sidious could come up with a new plan more easily than a new apprentice.

He gathered the Force once more in a single indrawn breath that summoned power from throughout the universe; the slightest whipcrack of that power, negligent as a flick of his wrist, sent Kenobi flying backward to crash hard against the wall, but Dooku didn't have time to enjoy it.

Skywalker was all over him.

The shining blue lightsaber whirled and spat and every overhand chop crashed against Dooku's defense with the unstoppable power of a meteor strike; the Sith Lord spent lavishly of his reserve of the Force merely to meet these attacks without being cut in half, and Skywalker-Skywalker was getting stronger.

Each parry cost Dooku more power than he'd used to throw Kenobi across the room; each block aged him a decade.

He decided he'd best revise his strategy once again.

He no longer even tried to strike back. Force exhaustion began to close down his perceptions, drawing his consciousness back down to his physical form, trapping him within his own skull until he could barely even feel the contours of the room around him; he dimly sensed stairs at his back, stairs that led up to the entrance balcony. He retreated up them, using the higher ground for leverage, but Skywalker just kept on coming, tirelessly ferocious.

That blue blade was everywhere, flashing and whirling faster and faster until Dooku saw the room through an electric haze and now Kenobi was back in the picture: with a shout of the Force, he shot like a torpedo up the stairs behind Skywalker, and Dooku decided that under these rather extreme circumstances, it was at least arguably permissible for a gentleman to cheat.

"Guards!" he said to the pair of super battle droids that still stood at attention to either side of the entrance. "Open fire!"

Instantly the two droids sprang forward and lifted their hands. Energy hammered out from the heavy blasters built into their arms; Skywalker whirled and his blade batted every blast back at the droids, whose mirror-polished carapace armor deflected the bolts again. Galvened particle beams screeched through the room in blinding ricochets.

Kenobi reached the top of the stairs and a single slash of his lightsaber dismantled both droids. Before their pieces could even hit the floor Dooku was in motion, landing a spinning side-stamp that folded Skywalker in half; he used his last burst of dark power to continue his spin into a blindingly fast wheel-kick that brought his heel against the point of Kenobi's chin with a crack like the report of a huge-bore slugthrower, knocking the Jedi Master back down the stairs. Sounded like he'd broken his neck.

Wouldn't that be lovely?

There was no sense in taking chances, however.

While Kenobi's bonelessly limp body was still tumbling toward the floor far below, Dooku sent a surge of energy through the Force. Kenobi's fall suddenly accelerated like a missile burning the last of its drives before impact. The Jedi Master struck the floor at a steep angle, skidded along it, and slammed into the wall so hard the hydrofoamed permacrete buckled and collapsed onto him.

This Dooku found exceedingly gratifying.

Now, as for Skywalker-Which was as far as Dooku got, because by the time his attention returned to the younger Jedi, his vision was rather completely obstructed by the sole of a boot approaching his face with something resembling terminal velocity.

The impact was a blast of white fire, and there was a second impact against his back that was the balcony rail, and then the room turned upside down and he fell toward the ceiling, but not really, of course: it only felt that way because he had flipped over the rail and he was falling headfirst toward the floor, and neither his arms nor his legs were paying any attention to what he was trying to make them do. The Force seemed to be busy elsewhere, and really, the whole process was entirely mortifying.

He was barely able to summon a last surge of dark power before what would have been a disabling impact. The Force cradled him, cushioning his fall and setting him on his feet.

He dusted himself off and fixed a supercilious gaze on Skywalker, who now stood upon the balcony looking down at him-and Dooku couldn't hold the stare; he found this reversal of their original positions oddly unsettling.

There was something troublingly appropriate about it. Seeing Skywalker standing where Dooku himself had stood only moments ago ... it was as though he was trying to remember a dream he'd never actually had . . .

He pushed this aside, drawing once more upon the certain knowledge of his personal invincibility to open a channel to the Force. Power flowed into him, and the weight of his years dropped away.

He lifted his blade, and beckoned.

Skywalker leapt from the balcony. Even as the boy hurtled downward, Dooku felt a new twist in the currents of the Force between them, and he finally understood.

He understood how Skywalker was getting stronger. Why he no longer spoke. How he had become a machine of battle. He understood why Sidious had been so interested in him for so long.

Skywalker was a natural.

There was a thermonuclear furnace where his heart should be, and it was burning through the firewalls of his Jedi training. He held the Force in the clench of a white-hot fist. He was half Sith already, and he didn't even know it.

This boy had the gift of fury.

And even now, he was holding himself back; even now, as he landed at Dooku's flank and rained blows upon the Sith Lord's defenses, even as he drove Dooku backward step after step, Dooku could feel how Skywalker kept his fury banked behind walls of will: walls that were hardened by some uncontrollable dread.

Dread, Dooku surmised, of himself. Of what might happen if he should ever allow that furnace he used for a heart to go supercritical.

Dooku slipped aside from an overhand chop and sprang backward. "I sense great fear in you. You are consumed by it. Hero With No Fear, indeed. You're a fraud, Skywalker. You are nothing but a posturing child."

He pointed his lightsaber at the young Jedi like an accusing finger. "Aren't you a little old to be afraid of the dark?"

Skywalker leapt for him again, and this time Dooku met the boy's charge easily. They stood nearly toe-to-toe, blades flashing faster than the eye could see, but Skywalker had lost his edge: a simple taunt was all that had been required to shift the focus of his attention from winning the fight to controlling his own emotions. The angrier he got, the more afraid he became, and the fear fed his anger in turn; like the proverbial Corellian multipede, now that he had started thinking about what he was doing, he could no longer walk.

Dooku allowed himself to relax; he felt that spirit of playfulness coming over him again as he and Skywalker spun 'round each other in their lethal dance. Whatever fun was to be had, he should enjoy while he could.

Then Sidious, for some reason, decided to intervene.

"Don't fear what you're feeling, Anakin, use it!" he barked in Palpatine's voice. "Call upon your fury. Focus it, and he cannot stand against you. Rage is your weapon. Strike now! Strike! Kill him!"

Dooku thought blankly, Kill me?

He and Skywalker paused for one single, final instant, blades locked together, staring at each other past a sizzling cross of scarlet against blue, and in that instant Dooku found himself wondering in bewildered astonishment if Sidious had suddenly lost his mind. Didn't he understand the advice he'd just given? Whose side was he on, anyway?

And through the cross of their blades he saw in Skywalker's eyes the promise of hell, and he felt a sickening presentiment that he already knew the answer to that question. Treachery is the way of the Sith.

***

This is the death of Count Dooku:

A starburst of clarity blossoms within Anakin Skywalker's mind, when he says to himself Oh. I get it, now and discovers that the fear within his heart can be a weapon, too.

It is that simple, and that complex.

And it is final.

Dooku is dead already. The rest is mere detail.

The play is still on; the comedy of lightsabers flashes and snaps and hisses. Dooku & Skywalker, a one-time-only command performance, for an audience of one. Jedi and Sith and Sith and Jedi, spinning, whirling, crashing together, slashing and chopping, parrying, binding, slipping and whipping and ripping the air around them with snarls of power.

And all for nothing, because a nuclear flame has consumed Anakin Skywalker's Jedi restraint, and fear becomes fury without effort, and fury is a blade that makes his lightsaber into a toy.

The play goes on, but the suspense is over. It has become mere pantomime, as intricate and as meaningless as the space-time curves that guide galactic clusters through a measureless cosmos.

Dooku's decades of combat experience are irrelevant. His mastery of swordplay is useless. His vast wealth, his political influence, impeccable breeding, immaculate manners, exquisite taste-the pursuits and points of pride to which he has devoted so much of his time and attention over the long, long years of his life-are now chains hung upon his spirit, bending his neck before the ax.

Even his knowledge of the Force has become a joke.

It is this knowledge that shows him his death, makes him handle it, turn it this way and that in his mind, examine it in detail like a black gemstone so cold it burns. Dooku's elegant farce has degenerated into bathetic melodrama, and not one shed tear will mark the passing of its hero.

But for Anakin, in the fight there is only terror, and rage.

Only he stands between death and the two men he loves best in all the world, and he can no longer afford to hold anything back. That imaginary dead-star dragon tries its best to freeze away his strength, to whisper him that Dooku has beaten him before, that Dooku has all the power of the darkness, to remind him how Dooku took his hand, how Dooku could strike down even Obi-Wan himself seemingly without effort and now Anakin is all alone and he will never be a match for any Lord of the Sith-But Palpatine's words rage is your weapon have given Anakin permission to unseal the shielding around his furnace heart, and all his fears and all his doubts shrivel in its flame.

When Count Dooku flies at him, blade flashing, Watto's fist cracks out from Anakin's childhood to knock the Sith Lord tumbling back.

When with all the power that the dark side can draw from throughout the universe, Dooku hurls a jagged fragment of the durasteel table, Shmi Skywalker's gentle murmur I knew you would come for me, Anakin smashes it aside.

His head has been filled with the smoke from his smothered heart for far too long; it has been the thunder that darkens his mind. On Aargonar, on Jabiim, in the Tusken camp on Tatooine, that smoke had clouded his mind, had blinded him and left him flailing in the dark, a mindless machine of slaughter; but here now, within this ship, this microscopic cell of life in the infinite sterile desert of space, his firewalls have opened so that the terror and the rage are out there, in the fight instead of in his head, and Anakin's mind is clear as a crystal bell.

In that pristine clarity, there is only one thing he must do.

Decide.

So he does.

He decides to win.

He decides that Dooku should lose the same hand he took. Decision is reality, here: his blade moves simultaneously with his will and blue fire vaporizes black Corellian nanosilk and disintegrates flesh and shears bone, and away falls a Sith Lord's lightsaber hand, trailing smoke that tastes of charred meat and burned hair. The hand falls with a bar of scarlet blaze still extending from its spastic death grip, and Anakin's heart sings for the fall of that red blade.

He reaches out and the Force catches it for him.

And then Anakin takes Dooku's other hand as well.

Dooku crumples to his knees, face blank, mouth slack, and his weapon whirs through the air to the victor's hand, and Anakin finds his vision of the future happening before his eyes: two blades at Count Dooku's throat.

Source: Revenge of the Sith

As Obi-Wan and Anakin ignited their lightsabers, Count Dooku jumped down from the balcony. He landed lightly, and Obi-Wan felt the dark side of the Force surging around him. “Your swords, please, Master Jedi. Let’s not make a mess of this in front of the Chancellor.”

Obi-Wan and Anakin ignored him. Lightsabers ready, they closed in. As Dooku reached for his own lightsaber, they charged. Dooku met them with a mocking smile. “Don’t assume that because there are two of you, you have the advantage,” he said.

Count Dooku deserved his reputation as a master of the old style of lightsaber fencing. Even with both Anakin and Obi-Wan pressing him, he seemed at ease. The Jedi used every trick they knew, leaping and striking from unexpected directions. Dooku blocked them all. At least he’s not having any more luck hitting us than we are hitting him, Obi-Wan thought. That’s a big improvement over last time.

Anakin seemed to be thinking along the same lines. In a lull between fierce exchanges, he gave Dooku a frightening smile and said, “My powers have doubled since we last met, Count.”

No, Anakin, Obi-Wan thought. Don’t taunt him. Anger fed the dark side; they didn’t need Dooku’s power to be any greater than it already was.

“Good,” the Count said calmly. “Twice the pride, double the fall. I have looked forward to this, Skywalker.”

Despite the Count’s confidence, the two Jedi forced him slowly backward. When the super droids got in the way, they cut them down. At last they reached the first set of stairs to the balcony. As the Count started up, Obi-Wan disengaged and ran to the second set of stairs to attack him from behind. Climbing the stairs, it cut down two of the super battle droids.

He can’t fight in two directions at once, Obi-Wan thought as he came up behind the Count. If we can —

Count Dooku half-turned and raised a hand. A rush of dark power lifted Obi-Wan off his feet and choked the air from his lungs. He reached for the Force to counter Dooku, but the attack had been too sudden. He saw Dooku twist, kicking out at Anakin with all his weight behind it. Anakin fell backward, and Dooku hurled Obi-Wan over the edge of the balcony.

Obi-Wan dropped to the floor below and lay half-stunned. Distantly, he felt a surge in the dark side, and then a large chunk of the balcony hurtled down at him. His last thought before he lost consciousness was, It’s up to Anakin now.

* * *

As the balcony collapsed atop Obi-Wan, Anakin rushed at the Count and kicked him over the edge, then followed him down. He wanted to rush to the pile of rubble burying Obi-Wan, but he knew he couldn’t. It’s up to me now. I can’t give Dooku even the smallest opening. He tried to concentrate on Dooku, but his fear for Obi-Wan was hard to ignore.

Dooku smiled, and echoed Anakin’s thoughts. “I sense great fear in you, Skywalker.” He shook his head, as if Anakin were a particularly slow student. “You have power, you have anger — but you don’t use them.”

And I’m not going to, Anakin told himself. That’s the way to the dark side. Pushing his fear aside, he tried to forget the balcony crushing Obi-Wan and the intent expression on the Chancellor’s face as he watched the battle that would decide his fate. Anakin made himself focus on the fight, and only the fight.

All of the super battle droids had been cut down; only Anakin and Dooku were left. Down the long length of the room they fought, neither one able to gain an advantage. He’s old, Anakin thought. Maybe I can just outlast him. But the power of the dark side flowed around him, denying that possibility. The dark side would keep Dooku going as long as he needed. What am I going to do? I have to beat him, or the Chancellor and Obi-Wan are dead. Not to mention me….

Behind him, he heard Chancellor Palpatine calling something, trying to be heard over the crackle and hum of the lightsabers. “Use your aggressive feelings, Anakin! Call on your rage. Focus it, or you don’t stand a chance against him.”

Anakin hesitated. The Chancellor was no Jedi; he couldn’t know about the dangers of the dark side. He only cared about getting out of there alive. And there’s only me to do it. Surely he could risk the dark side just this once, in order to save the Chancellor and Obi-Wan. He looked at Dooku and let himself feel the emotions that he had been keeping so tightly controlled.

Rage poured through him. This was the man who had belittled him, who had kidnapped Palpatine and nearly killed Obi-Wan, who had cut off Anakin’s hand and tried to have Padme put to death. Anakin used his anger the way he normally used the Force, letting it guide his lightsaber. Faster and faster he moved, and then his lightsaber came down and severed Count Dooku’s hands.

Leaning forward, Anakin caught the Count’s lightsaber as it fell. The anger still sang in his veins. He set the two lightsabers against the Count’s neck and stood panting with the effort of trying to control himself.

“Good, Anakin, good,” Palpatine said. He was smiling in relief. “I knew you could do it.” Anakin felt himself begin to relax at the sound of that gentle, familiar voice. Then Palpatine said, “Kill him. Kill him now!”

Source: Revenge of the Sith Junior Novelization

Anakin Skywalker easily cut downs Cin Drallig and Whie Malreaux with one hand, whilst simultaneously Choking Bene:

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"Stone-faced, Obi-Wan watched younglings run into the room, fleeing a storm of blasterfire; he watched Cin Drallig and a pair of teenage Padawans-was that Whie, the boy Yoda had brought to Vjun?-backing into the scene, blades whirling, cutting down the advancing clone troopers with deflected bolts. He watched a lightsaber blade flick into the shot, cutting down first one Padawan, then the other. He watched the brisk stride of a caped figure who hacked through Drallig's shoulder, then stood aside as the old Troll fell dying to let the rest of the clones blast the children to shreds."

Source: Revenge of the Sith

Drallig tried to fend off Vader with the help of two of his students, Whie and Bene, but Vader cut them down.

Source: The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia

When Darth Vader and his clone troopers attacked the Jedi Temple the night of Order 66, Vader choked Bene with one hand whilst he dueled Drallig with the other.

Source: The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia

Anakin drives Obi-Wan back across the landscape of Mustafar, fighting evenly despite a slew of circumstances (mostly against Anakin). In the end, Anakin's overconfidence causes him to mistime a leap that allows Obi-Wan to sever his organic limbs:

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Obi-Wan sighed.

He brought out his own lighstaber and angled it before him. "Then I will do what I must."

"You'll try," Anakin said, and leapt.

Obi-Wan met him in the air.

Blue blades crossed, and the volcano above echoed their lightning with a shout of fire.

***

Blade-to-blade, they were identical. After thousands of hours in lightsaber sparring, they knew each other better than brothers, more intimately than lovers; they were complementary halves of a single warrior.

In every exchange, Obi-Wan gave ground. It was his way. And he knew that to strike Anakin down would burn his own heart to ash.

Exchanges flashed. Leaps were sideslipped or met with flying kicks; ankle sweeps skipped over and punches parried. The door of the control center fell in pieces, and then they were inside among the bodies. Consoles exploded in fountains of white-hot sparks as they ripped free of their moorings and hurtled through the air. Dead hands spasmed on triggers and blaster bolts sizzled through impossibly intricate lattices of ricochet.

Obi-Wan barely caught some and flipped them at Anakin: a desperation move. Anything to distract him; anything to slow him down. Easily, contemptuously, Anakin sent them back, and the bolts flared between their blades until their galvening faded and the particles of the packeted beams dispersed into radioactive fog.

"Don't make me destroy you, Obi-Wan." Anakin's voice had gone deeper than a well and bleak as the obsidian cliffs. "You're no match for the power of the dark side."

"I've heard that before," Obi-Wan said through his teeth, parrying madly, "but I never thought I'd hear it from vow."

A roar of the Force blasted Obi-Wan back into a wall, smashing breath from his lungs, leaving him swaying, half stunned. Anakin stepped over bodies and lifted his blade for the kill.

Obi-Wan had only one trick left, one that wouldn't work twice—

But it was a very good trick.

It had, after all, worked rather splendidly on Grievous...

He twitched one finger, reaching through the Force to reverse the polarity of the electrodrivers in Anakin's mechanical hand.

Durasteel fingers sprang open, and a lightsaber tumbled free. Obi-Wan reached. Anakin's lightsaber twisted in the air and flipped into his hand. He poised both blades in a cross before him. "The flaw of power is arrogance."

"You hesitate," Anakin said. "The flaw of compassion—"

"It's not compassion," Obi-Wan said sadly. "It's reverence for life. Even yours. It's respect for the man you were."

He sighed. "It's regret for the man you should have been."

Anakin roared and flew at him, using both the Force and his body to crash Obi-Wan back into the wall once more. His hands seized Obi-Wan's wrists with impossible strength, forcing his arms wide. "I am so sick of your lectures!"

Dark power bore down with his grip.

Obi-Wan felt the bones of his forearms bending, beginning to feather toward the greenstick fractures that would come before the final breaks.

Oh, he thought. Oh, this is bad.

***

With Anakin's grip on his wrists bending his arms near to breaking, forcing both their lightsabers down in a slow but unstoppable arc, Obi-Wan let go. Of everything.

His hopes. His fears. His obligation to the Jedi, his promise to Qui-Gon, his failure with Anakin. And their lightsabers.

Startled, Anakin instinctively shifted his Force grip, releasing one wrist to reach for his blade; in that instant Obi-Wan twisted free of his other hand and with the Force caught up his own blade, reversing it along his forearm so that his swift parry of Anakin's thundering overhand not only blocked the strike but directed both blades to slice through the wall against which he stood. He slid Anakin's following thrust through the wall on the opposite side, guiding both blades again up and over his head in a circular sweep so that he could use the power of Anakin's next chop to drive himself backward through the wall, outside into the smoke and the falling cinders.

Anakin followed, constantly attacking; Obi-Wan again gave ground, retreating along a narrow balcony high above the blacksand shoreline of a lake of fire.

Mustafar hummed with death behind his back, only a moment away, somewhere out there among the rivers of molten rock. Obi-Wan let Anakin drive him toward it.

It was a place, he decided, they should reach together. Anakin forced him back and back, slamming his blade down with strength that seemed to flow from the volcano overhead. He spun and whirled and sliced razor-sharp shards of steel from the wall and shot them at Obi-Wan with the full heat of his fury. He slashed through a control panel along the walkway, and the ray shield that had held back the lava storm vanished.

Fire rained around them.

Obi-Wan backed to the end of the balcony; behind him was only a power conduit no thicker than his arm, connecting it to the main collection plant of the old lava mine, over a riverbed that flowed with white-hot molten stone. Obi-Wan stepped backward onto the conduit without hesitation, his balance flawless as he parried chop after chop.

Anakin came on. Out on the tightrope of power conduit, their blades blurred even faster than before. They chopped and slashed and parried and blocked. Lava bombs thundered to the ground below, shedding drops of burning stone that scorched their robes. Smoke shrouded the planet's star, and now the only light came from the hell-glow of the lava below them and from their blades themselves. Flares of energy crackled and spat.

This was not Sith against Jedi. This was not light against dark or good against evil; it had nothing to do with duty or philosophy, religion or morals.

It was Anakin against Obi-Wan.

Personally. Just the two of them, and the damage they had done to each other.

Obi-Wan backflipped from the conduit to a coupling nexus of the main collection plant; when Anakin flew in pursuit, Obi-Wan leapt again. They spun and whirled throughout its levels, up its stairs, and across its platforms; they battled out onto the collection panels over which the cascades of lava poured, and Obi-Wan, out on the edge of the collection panel, hunching under a curve of durasteel that splashed aside gouts of lava, deflecting Force blasts and countering strikes from this creature of rage that had been his best friend, suddenly comprehended an unexpectedly profound truth.

The man he faced was everything Obi-Wan had devoted his life to destroying: Murderer. Traitor. Fallen Jedi. Lord of the Sith. And here, and now, despite it all...

Obi-Wan still loved him.

Yoda had said it, flat-out: Allow such attachments to pass out of one's life, a Jedi must, but Obi-Wan had never let himself understand. He had argued for Anakin, made excuses, covered for him again and again and again; all the while this attachment he denied even feeling had blinded him to the dark path his best friend walked.

Obi-Wan knew there was, in the end, only one answer for attachment...

He let it go.

The lake of fire, no longer held back by the ray shield, chewed away the shore on which the plant stood, and the whole massive structure broke loose, sending both warriors skidding, scrabbling desperately for handholds down tilting durasteel slopes that were rapidly becoming cliffs; they hung from scraps of cable as the plant's superstructure floated out into the lava, sinking slowly as its lower levels melted and burned away.

Anakin kicked off from the toppling superstructure, swinging through a wide arc over the lava's boil. Obi-Wan shoved out and met him there, holding the cable with one hand and the Force, angling his blade high. Anakin flicked a Shien whipcrack at his knees. Obi-Wan yanked his legs high and slashed through the cable above Anakin's hand, and Anakin fell.

Pockets of gas boiled to the surface of the lava, gouting flame like arms reaching to gather him in.

But Anakin's momentum had already swung back toward the dissolving wreck of the collection plant, and the Force carried him within reach of another cable. Obi-Wan whipped his legs around his cable, altering its arc to bring him within reach of the one from which Anakin now dangled, but Anakin was on to this game now, and he swung cable-to-cable ahead of Obi-Wan's advance, using the Force to carry himself higher and higher, forcing Obi-Wan to counter by doing the same; on this terrain, altitude was everything.

Simultaneous surges of the Force carried them both spinning up off the cables to the slant of the toppling superstructure's crane deck. Obi-Wan barely got his feet on the metal before Anakin pounced on him and they stood almost toe-to-toe, blades whirling and crashing on all sides, while around them the collection plant's maintenance droids still tinkered mindlessly away at the doomed machinery, as they would continue to do until lava closed over them and they melted to their constituent molecules and dissolved into the flow.

A roar louder even than the volcano's eruption came from the river ahead; metal began to shriek and stretch. The river dropped away in a vertical sheet of fire that vanished into boiling clouds of smoke and gases.

The whole collection plant was being carried, inexorably, out over a vast lava-fall.

Obi-Wan decided he didn't really want to see what was at the bottom.

He turned Anakin's blade aside with a two-handed block and landed a solid kick that knocked the two apart. Before Anakin could recover his balance, Obi-Wan took a running leap that became a graceful dive headlong off the crane deck. He hurtled down past level after level, and only a few tens of meters above the lava itself the Force called a dangling cable to his hand, turning his dive into a swing that carried him high and far, to the very limit of the cable.

And he let it go.

As though jumping from a swing in the Temple playrooms, his velocity sent him flying up and out over a catenary arc that shot him toward the river's shore. Toward. Not quite to.

But the Force had led him here, and again it had not betrayed him: below, humming along a few meters above the lava river, came a big, slow old repulsorlift platform, carrying droids and equipment out toward a collection plant that its programming was not sophisticated enough to realize was about to be destroyed.

Obi-Wan flipped in the air and let the Force bring him to a catfooted landing. An adder-quick stab of his lightsaber disabled the platform's guidance system, and Obi-Wan was able to direct it back toward the shore with a simple shift of his weight.

He turned to watch as the collection plant shrieked like the damned in a Corellian hell, crumbling over the brink of the falls until it vanished into invisible destruction.

Obi-Wan lowered his head. "Good-bye, old friend." But the Force whispered a warning, and Obi-Wan lifted his head in time to see Anakin come hurtling toward him out from the boil of smoke above the falls, perched on a tiny repulsorlift droid. The little droid was vastly swifter than Obi-Wan's logy old cargo platform, and Anakin was easily able to swing around Obi-Wan and cut him off from the shore. Obi-Wan shifted weight one way, then another, but Anakin's droid was nimble as a sand panther; there was no way around, and this close to the lava, the heat was intense enough to crisp Obi-Wan's hair.

"This is the end for you, Master," he said. "I wish it were otherwise."

"Yes, Anakin, so do I," Obi-Wan said as he sprinted into a leaping dive, making a spear of his blade.

Anakin leaned aside and deflected the thrust almost contemptuously; he missed a cut at Obi-Wan's legs as the Jedi Master flew past him.

Obi-Wan turned his dive into a forward roll that left him barely teetering on the rim of a low cliff, just above the soft black sand of the riverbank. Anakin snarled a curse as he realized he'd been suckered, and leapt off his droid at Obi-Wan's back— Half a second too slow.

Obi-Wan's whirl to parry didn't meet Anakin's blade. It met his knee. Then his other knee.

And while Anakin was still in the air, burned-off lower legs only starting their topple down the cliff, Obi-Wan's recovery to guard brought his blade through Anakin's left arm above the elbow. He stepped back as Anakin fell.

Anakin dropped his lightsaber, clawing at the edge of the cliff with his mechanical hand, but his grip was too powerful for the lava bank and it crumbled, and he slid down onto the black sand. His severed legs and his severed arm rolled into the lava below him and burned to ash in sudden bursts of scarlet flame.

The same color, Obi-Wan observed distantly, as a Sith blade. Anakin scrabbled at the soft black sand, but struggling only made him slip farther. The sand itself was hot enough that digging his durasteel fingers into it burned off his glove, and his robes began to smolder.

Source: Revenge of the Sith

“Only a Sith Lord deals in absolutes, Anakin,” Obi-Wan told him, and ignited his lightsaber. Now I will do what I must.

Anakin’s face twisted as he ignited his own weapon, and the battle began.

***

As Anakin’s lightsaber hummed toward him, a calm certainty filled Obi-Wan. Anakin was going to kill him. Oh, he’d make Anakin work for it. He’d fight with everything he had. But he was positive, with the sureness that came from any Force-driven insight, that he would die at Anakin’s hands.

His lightsaber came up in an instinctive parry. They had sparred together so often that they knew each other’s favorite moves. Obi-Wan hardly had to think to counter Anakin’s attack. Lightsabers humming, they battled their way down the hall and into the control center. It felt … familiar, like another practice session, except for the exploding equipment.

He saw the same emotions reflected on Anakin’s face. “Don’t make me destroy you,” his former apprentice said again. Then his expression changed to a sneer. “You’re no match for the dark side.”

“I’ve heard that before, Anakin,” Obi-Wan said. “But I never thought I’d hear it from you.”

They were in the conference room now. There were headless and limbless bodies on the floor; Obi-Wan recognized several of the Separatist leaders. Anakin has been here before, he thought. But still his arms moved, weaving light into a deadly shield against all of Anakin’s blows.

Anakin did a back flip onto the table to gain the high ground. But Obi-Wan had been expecting something like that, and did not follow. Instead, he threw himself into a long slide, bowling Anakin over.

As he fell, Anakin lost his grip on his lightsaber. Obi-Wan caught it and stared at it in surprise. How can Anakin kill me, if he doesn’t have a lightsaber? Then Anakin charged him. Before Obi-Wan could swing his own weapon, Anakin was on him. His left hand gripped Obi-Wan’s right wrist, holding off the deadly lightsaber; the mechanical right hand fought to repossess his own weapon.

Durasteel and servomotors proved stronger than flesh and bone. Anakin wrenched his lightsaber away, and attacked once more.

Out into the hall, they fought, then onto a balcony above a river of lava. A slender pipe led from the control center to a collection plant on the far side of the river. As Anakin’s attack intensified, Obi-Wan was forced onto the pipe, where a single misstep would send him plunging into the fire.

***

Crossing the collection pipe was difficult, even for a Jedi. At one point, Obi-Wan slipped and nearly fell into the lava, but his Jedi reflexes and agility let him recover. On the far side, Anakin rushed him again, driving him back onto the collection plates.

But the collection plant had never been designed to take the weight of two men, and in the heat of the battle in the control room, they had smashed the shield controls that protected the plant from fiery lava, weakening the structure. A spray of lava from the river that melted one of the supports provided the final straw. A huge section of a collection arm broke away and fell into the lava, carrying the two Jedi with it.

Still the fight continued, even as the collection tower sank slowly into the lava. And still, neither man could gain an advantage.

But that’s not really true, Obi-Wan thought as he ducked and wove and parried. Both he and Anakin felt the anguish of their need to kill the other. But Anakin had turned to the dark side, and despair and pain strengthened the dark side. It gave him an advantage Obi-Wan could not match. Unless he let go of his own despair and let the living Force move him — the Force that bound all living things together, even Obi-Wan and this new, deadly, evil Anakin.

It was hard. It was, perhaps, the hardest thing he had ever tried to do. For in letting go of his anguish, his despair, and his pain, he would have to let go of the Anakin who was his student, his brother, and his dearest friend. He’d have to admit that this time, he could not save the man who had saved his life so many times, whose life he had saved at least as often.

Obi-Wan couldn’t do it. As the collection tower sank farther into the lava, he looked for a way to escape. A droid platform floated on air near the tower. Obi-Wan took another swipe at Anakin, then grabbed a hanging cable and swung out toward the platform. At the height of his swing, he flipped himself into the air, landing precisely.

The platform wobbled, but it held his weight. He leaned to one side, steering it away from the collection tower. Perhaps the sinking tower and the lava would do what he had been unable to finish.

But when he looked back, Anakin was standing on a worker droid, coming up fast. “Your combat skills have always been poor,” he taunted. “You’re called the Negotiator because you can’t fight!”

“I have failed you, Anakin,” Obi-Wan told him. “I was never able to teach you to think.”

Anakin nodded. “I should have known the Jedi were plotting to take over.”

“From the Sith!” Obi-Wan cried, shocked. “Anakin, Chancellor Palpatine is evil.”

“From the Jedi point of view!” Anakin retorted. “From my point of view, the Jedi are evil.”

The words stabbed at Obi-Wan, even though he knew that Anakin was speaking out of his own pain. He felt the dark side grow stronger, feeding on his despair. And then, as Anakin came close enough to swing his lightsaber once more, the Jedi in Obi-Wan rose up and at last he did the thing he hadn’t thought he could do.

He let go. Calm, centered, free — for the moment — of sorrow and despair, resting in the living Force as he had been trained to do, Obi-Wan Kenobi looked at his former friend and student, and did the unexpected. He made a soaring leap into the air and landed on the high bank of the lava river.

“It’s over, Anakin,” he said, looking down. “I have the high ground. Don’t try it.”

“You underestimate the power of the dark side!” Anakin shot back, and with the last word, he jumped.

And Obi-Wan’s lightsaber moved, slicing through Anakin’s knees and then coming up to take his remaining hand. Anakin’s lightsaber fell at Obi-Wan’s feet. What was left of Anakin fell on the burning black sand almost at the edge of the lava.

Source: Revenge of the Sith Junior Novelization

Notably, Obi-Wan himself conceded that whilst he'd make Anakin work for it, he would fall to Anakin's blade:

As Anakin’s lightsaber hummed toward him, a calm certainty filled Obi-Wan. Anakin was going to kill him. Oh, he’d make Anakin work for it. He’d fight with everything he had. But he was positive, with the sureness that came from any Force-driven insight, that he would die at Anakin’s hands.

Source: Revenge of the Sith Junior Novelization
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TFU Leia Respect Thread

Gonna go back to updating my Leia respect thread, so I'll procrastinate and make this non-canon one!

Respect Leia, the Last of the Skywalkers

"After my brother fell on Hoth, I fulfilled the destiny that he could not. Now I am a Jedi."

Force Valor/Protection/Speed

Force Valor is a light-sided power enabling a Jedi to enhance one's resolve and physical traits. Force Protection is the passive (and sometimes active) enhancement of a Force sensitive's durability to varying superhuman degrees. Force Speed is the passive (and sometimes active) enhancement of a Force sensitive's speed to varying superhuman degrees.

Leia stands up shortly after being sent flying by a point-blank explosion and Starkiller's Lightning:

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Leia withstands the effects of an exploding computer:

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Leia takes a kick to the face from Starkiller, recovering immediately:

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Leia dodges a lightsaber strike from Starkiller:

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Leia is unharmed and recovers immediately from being Force Pushed by Starkiller:

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Force Jump

Force Jump allows a Force user to leap incredible heights or cover great distances with the aid of the Force.

Leia has repeatedly shown the ability to leap great to unnatural heights:

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Telekinesis

Telekinesis is a basic, neutral Force power enabling Force-sensitives to manipulate their surroundings (often objects or individuals) via the Force.

Leia defends herself against Starkiller's telekinesis, forcing the latter to break her balance with a physical kick. This suggests that he couldn't have done so with the Force, or at least, not quickly or easily:

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Leia hurls Starkiller a considerable distance with the Force:

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Why did Meetra Surik get weaker in the Revan novel?

The subject of the disparity between the portrayed abilities of the Exile in Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords and The Old Republic: Revan has existed ever since the release of the latter source. This blog is designed to relay my thoughts on the matter. For me, there are two feasible explanations for this - an in-universe one and an out-of-universe one. I will offer both explanations - it is up to you which one you choose to take, or none at all.

In-Universe Explanation

This one is simple, and it pertains to the nature of the Exile's character in KotOR II, which is as a Wound in the Force. In the scene in the Rebuilt Jedi Enclave, the Jedi Masters reveal to her that she keeps growing more and more powerful as she kills people across planets, since she feeds on their deaths (more on that here). Otherwise, earlier in the game, Masters Vandar and Vrook muse that she's just an average student of the Force (though this is retconned by the Revan novel, where Revan claims that she always had great potential with the Force, but we'll get to that later).

"He's right. It's... all the deaths you've caused to get here. You feed on it, and you grow stronger. You're like Malachor... it's in you, it's what you are now. You must have noticed as you've fought across all these planets, killing hundreds, only to grow more and more powerful. Why do you think that was?"

Source: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords

To get a potential explanation for why she grew weaker after the game, however, we will need a quote from the dark side version of the game, where Kreia explains the nature of Drain to the Exile:

"It is something the Sith, the assassins that stalk us, can do- it is of the dark side, the ability to feed on life, the Force, the closer one comes to it. It makes them stronger - for a time."

Source: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords

I think with this, the case is pretty clear. The Wound in the Force isn't even mentioned in the novel, but it is implied in KotOR II to have been healed by the end, which would prohibit her from feeding anymore. Even if it wasn't, we can assume that after the death of Traya and the destruction of the Sith Triumvirate, Surik wouldn't have been killing anymore and thus wouldn't have been feeding anymore. It therefore stands to reason that the temporary power-ups that she gained from draining her victims would've eventually subsided after a year of not feeding on anything. She'd then revert to her base power level.

What's also missing from the novel are her Force Bonds, which are among the Exile's greatest strengths. Surik formed Bonds with her companions in KotOR II, and as a result, she was strengthened (along with her companions). Moreover, Surik's Bonds were unnaturally strong:

"Force Bonds? Yes... it is the bond that grows between master and student. Are you saying you have bonded with another? Such bonds normally grant strength to both - but not to such a degree."

Source: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords

"When heard, Force Sensitives instinctively seek out the source, are drawn to it, to try and form a connection. And when the connection is formed, both become stronger."

Source: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords

"You give others strength to act, but it is also possible to draw upon the strength of others to increase your own."

Source: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords

Because these Bonds are absent in the novel, she would be less powerful.

Then there's the subject of Force Enlightenment, which, predictably, is also absent in the novel. As per KotOR II's game files, this wasn't just a game mechanic, but an actual power:

"The holocron spoke of a way of calling upon several defensive aspects of the Force all at once, a form of sudden enlightenment - it is possible that when active, a Jedi would be almost completely shielded by the Force."

Source: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords

And this power is curiously missing when it could've been most useful (against Nyriss, which is a stupid fight in of itself, but that can be addressed in a separate blog).

Finally, it is sometimes forgotten that the Meetra's showings in Revan only take place on Dromund Kaas, an especially powerful dark side nexus. The entire planet is engulfed by dark side power that manifests itself in the form of powerful electrical storms, and this same power was capable of attracting the remnants of the Old Sith Empire from light-years away. In the centuries since, Vitiate's rituals would've only served to increase this power:

The powerful electrical storms were a physical manifestation of the dark side power that engulfed the entire planet—a power that had brought the Sith back here a millennium before, when their very survival had been in doubt.

Source: The Old Republic: Revan

Surik's fight against the Imperial Guards also takes place inside the Emperor's citadel, an especially potent focal point of dark side energy. Scourge was able to feel its power even from a substantial difference, which was great enough to sustain him throughout the brutal training sessions he went through as an acolyte:

But acolytes were not permitted inside the citadel; its secrets were reserved for those in direct service to the Emperor and the Dark Council.

The dark side power emanating from within the building was undeniable; he had felt the raw, crackling energy every day during his years as an acolyte. He had drawn on it, focusing his mind and spirit to channel the power through his own body to sustain him during the brutal training sessions.

Source: The Old Republic: Revan

It's worth noting that even Luke Skywalker and Jaina Solo were written to be weakened by the DS nexus of the Dark Temple, millennia after the events of Revan:

Luke and Jaina were fighting back-to-back. The Sith attacking them had two advantages. One was the fact that they outnumbered the two Jedi. The second was that they were being reinforced by the emanations of the dark side nexus within the temple. It surged forth like psychic sewage, clogging the Jedi's reflexes as it fueled their enemies.

Source: Fate of the Jedi: Ascension

So to sum up, most of Surik's power in the game came from the countless enemies that she had drained after felling them in battle - this power would've vanished by the time of the novel, since the gains were only temporary and Surik did not keep feeding after the events of KotOR II to sustain this. Additionally, the Force Bonds between Surik and her companions, which afforded each of them increased strength, were also missing in the novel, which would make her even weaker. Add to that the fact that Surik's Force Enlightenment was absent in the novel. Finally, all of her combat feats took place on a world that was heavily steeped in the dark side, weakening her powers further.

Out-of-Universe Explanation

Drew Karpyshyn knows nothing about KotOR II. It's really that simple. If you're asking why the Exile's ability to form Force Bonds or use Sever Force (both of which she was skilled in even prior to the Mandalorian Wars) make no appearance or mention in the novel (bar a mention of Revan and Surik forming a special bond because they fought in battle), or any mention of how Surik became a Wound in the Force (despite Malachor V receiving such note), or anything else, it's because Drew just doesn't know anything about KotOR II.

This was already hinted at in Heritage of the Sith, an article he wrote for Insider #8 back in 2006, where he claimed that:

Revan was then unleashed against Malak, hunting him across the galaxy before ultimately finding and slaying the Dark Lord.

The conflict continued for another decade as other Dark Lords tried to rise up and fill the void left by Malak and Revan. Led by Darths, Traya, Nihilus and Sion, the Jedi were hunted to extinction, and the Jedi Council was forced into hiding.

Source: Insider #88: Heritage of the Sith

And yet the very first sentence on the back cover of KotOR II (which is well after the Triumvirate was formed):

It is a time of darkness, five years after the events of the award-winning KOTOR...

Source: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords

As further proof that Drew doesn't know anything he's talking about regarding KotOR II and unintentionally retcons something just about every time he makes reference to the game, I'll draw your attention to this passage:

After Malak had been defeated, Bastila, like most other citizens of the Republic, had hoped to enjoy many decades of peace. Instead, a group of rogue Jedi had broken away from the Order, plunging the galaxy once more into civil war.

Led by a woman named Kreia, the rogue Jedi turned to the dark side teachings uncovered by Malak and Revan. Kreia took the name Darth Traya, and her followers called themselves the Sith after the long-lost species that had invaded the Republic a millennium before. They began a systemic purge of the galaxy, hunting down those who still held fast to the Jedi Code, killing them by the tens of thousands. Their relentless pursuit virtually wiped out the Order, and only those few who managed to flee or hide survived.

Source: The Old Republic: Revan

Note the two underlined portions. What? Just... what?

First, the Sith Triumvirate is just a group of rogue Jedi that splintered from the Order once Malak was defeated? Sure, it was mostly rogue Jedi, but they had splintered from the Order the moment they chose to join Revan. The Sith Triumvirate were the remnants of Revan's Empire - they were mostly Sith since Revan's time that came back together under Traya, Sion and Nihilus:

Coming to the Sith Empire's remnants as Revan's master, the remaining troopers also pledged her loyalty to her.

Source: Knights of the Old Republic Campaign Guide

The Sith Empire crumbles, and within months former Sith Lords have declared themselves the masters of much smaller domains. As the Sith squabble among themselves, fighting over the scraps of the Sith Empire, Darth Sion and Darth Nihilus engage in a campaign to wipe out the Jedi, with great success...

The skirmishes between the Sith warlords continue for nearly four years until Darth Sion Nihilus attempt to reunite the Sith under a single banner of strong leadership.

Source: Knights of the Old Republic Campaign Guide

During the Dark Wars, surviving Sith students submit to the Sith Triumvirate.

Source: Knights of the Old Republic Campaign Guide

Moreover, Darth Sion and Nihilus were renegade Jedi from the Jedi Civil War? Please. Sion was a Sith Marauder since the time of the Exar Kun War, and Nihilus was going around feeding on things ever since the cataclysm on Malachor V. He wasn't aligned with the Jedi in the slightest.

As for the Triumvirate killing "tens of thousands of Jedi" - as nice a retcon as it is for wanking the Triumvirate in the battle forums, just how on earth did Mr Karpyshyn ever come to the conclusion that there were tens of thousands of Jedi after back-to-back wars like the Exar Kun War, the Mandalorian Wars, and the Jedi Civil War? Moreover, the Exar Kun War and the Jedi Civil War divided the Jedi ranks by causing some to defect to the Sith, and they also resulted in the destruction of Jedi facilities such as the Library on Ossus and the Academy on Dantooine. It's even noted that even more Jedi fell to the lure of the dark side in the Jedi Civil War than the amount that were actually killed in battle, which was a huge number in of itself. How on earth would there still be tens of thousands of Jedi remaining? LMAO.

It's established in KotOR II (and not just by Kreia) and other source material (even some as generally inaccurate as Chronicles of the Old Republic) that only around a hundred Jedi remain after the events of KotOR:

"The Jedi Civil War destroyed the Jedi. By the war's end, barely a hundred Jedi remained. Many fell in battle... and many more were seduced by Revan's teachings."

Source: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords

Where once there were thousands, by the war's end, barely a hundred Jedi Knights remained.

Source: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords

With their numbers already thinned by the war with DARTH MALAK, the Jedi Order is reduced to less than one hundred surviving Jedi Knights.

Source: Chronicles of the Old Republic

To divine the identities of their hunters, Master Tokare meets with most of the hundred surviving Jedi on the planet Katarr.

Source: Knights of the Old Republic Campaign Guide

This isn't even going into things like Drew implying that Traya initiated the "kill all Jedi" thing, when she was exiled because she didn't want to do so and delayed Nihilus/Sion's efforts. Or the fact that Drew claimed that the Republic ships in Malachor V's orbit were sent crashing into the ground so hard that their hulls penetrated kilometers deep into the ground, even though the entirety of the Centurion-class battleship is only 1200m long, and the longest Mandalorian warships only 1360m long.

And here is the irrevocable proof that Drew shouldn't even be having the license to write the Exile. He proves here that he doesn't know the most fundamental aspect of the Exile. The passage below represents the greatest discontinuity in Star Wars:

Meetra didn't know what to expect as the Ebon Hawk dropped out of hyperspace and began the approach toward Nathema. T3-M4 had told her that the planet was deserted, but the little droid had found no apparent cause of the mass extinction. While exploring the surface on his last visit, he’d run tests that confirmed the environment was free of toxins and radiation; beyond that everything else was speculation.

As the ship drew closer to the dingy brown world she felt a growing sense of unease and discomfort. In some ways it reminded her of Malachor V—the massive and instantaneous loss of life on that doomed world had created a wound in the Force. The activation of the mass-shadow generator had obliterated two armies, shredding apart the bonds of the Force that linked all living things.

Meetra had been close enough to feel the shock wave; to survive it she had cut herself off from the Force, shielding her psyche against the horrors of what she had unleashed. Many years had passed before she regained her connection to the Force, but in the end, surviving the trauma of Malachor V had given her the strength to defeat Darth Traya and her followers.

At first she assumed some similar tragedy had occurred on Nathema; a superweapon capable of snuffing out an entire planet would leave a blanketing echo of death and darkness. As the Ebon Hawk descended through the atmosphere, however, she realized this sensation was markedly different.

It took her a few seconds to put her finger on it, her mind analyzing the problem even as her hands automatically made the necessary adjustments to bring the ship in for a landing near the coordinates T3 had given her.

The events of Malachor had left a mark on the Force; a wound that would not heal. Here, however, the Force was simply … gone. It was as if someone had ripped it away, leaving only an empty void behind.

Her discomfort grew as the ship drew closer to the surface. This world was unnatural, and her body’s instinctive reaction was one of illness and revulsion. She glanced over at T3 hovering anxiously near her in the cockpit, but the droid seemed unaffected. His lack of reaction merely reinforced the nature of her own suffering; as a droid, T3 could not sense the Force, and he wouldn’t notice if it was suddenly missing.

Through the cockpit window Meetra saw a path of destruction winding its way through the city below: the remnants of Revan’s crash landing. A massive chunk of permacrete had been smashed loose from a skyscraper passing by on the ship’s starboard side. The pavement of the street and sidewalk below had been torn up when the vessel had skipped and skidded down the thoroughfare. The mangled remnants of hovercars and speeders traced an irregular line down the street, the smaller vehicles crushed by the passage of the far more massive starship.

Meetra selected her landing spot and set the ship down carefully. The oppressiveness of the Void was bearing down on her, but she did her best to ignore it.

“Come on, Tee-Three,” she said, unbuckling herself from the pilot’s chair. “Let’s take a look around and see what we can find.”

As she stepped off the shuttle she felt like she had been punched in the gut; she doubled over, and T3 beeped in concern.

“I’m okay,” she gasped, slowly straightening up.

She had visited Malachor V years after the cataclysm of the mass-shadow generator. Traversing its surface had been agony. Mentally, she had still sensed the anguish of all who had lost their lives there. Physically, the intense gravity of the world had held her in its crushing grip, leaving her gasping for breath. It had been the most awful and horrific experience of her life … until now.

On Malachor she’d felt the echoes of unimaginable pain and suffering—but at least she’d felt something. Here on Nathema, there was only a cold emptiness. It was unnatural; abhorrent. On Malachor she had felt the echo of great destruction; here there was only the unbearable void of annihilation.

Her body reacted with a revulsion so strong she felt physically ill. Her mind briefly tried to imagine what had happened to cause such an abomination, then recoiled from the answers. Her mind went blank and her body numb.

She stood motionless for several minutes, or maybe it was several hours; time had no meaning here. But the incessant squawking of T3 eventually roused her from her stupor.

Drawing on the mental focusing techniques she had learned as a Padawan, she forced herself to concentrate on something—anything—besides the inescapable nonpresence of the Force.

...

The entire process took less than five minutes, but for Meetra it might as well have been an eternity. She had managed to keep busy up until this point, but while waiting idly by for T3 to finish she began to notice the absence of the Force once more.

She could feel the Void pressing in on her from all sides. At the same time it was pulling on her, trying to rip away the very essence of her existence. Nature abhors a vacuum; the emptiness was trying to fill itself with her energy. For an instant she felt as if she were going to become undone, her physical body discorporating into trillions of subatomic particles that would scatter across the entire surface of Nathema.

No! she screamed in her mind. The Void will not take me! I am more than just a collection of random matter and particles! I am a living being. I am Meetra Surik!

The affirmation of her own existence seemed to push the Void back, at least for the moment. But Meetra knew she couldn’t hold out against it much longer. As much as she tried to ignore what she felt—or, more precisely, didn’t feel—all around her, she knew it was only a matter of time until the horrors of Nathema stripped away her sanity.

She was just about to tell T3 it was time to go when he beeped triumphantly and retracted the probe.

“I need to get back to the ship,” she told him. “You can tell me what you found when we’re off this world.”

Once she was in motion she felt better, but she could still sense the Void hovering on the fringes of her awareness. It was like being stalked by some nameless, faceless, invisible creature. She felt it lurking around every corner, just waiting for her to let her guard down so it could take her.

She quickened her pace, trusting her droid companion to keep up, too intent on keeping a grip on herself to reply to his indignant chirps.

By the time she reached the Ebon Hawk she was running, though she wasn’t even aware of it. One single thought dominated her conscious mind: Escape!

She strapped herself into the pilot’s chair and fired up the engines just as T3, who had fallen behind, came racing up the boarding ramp.

“Hold on,” she warned as she closed the hatch and punched the engines.

The Ebon Hawk took flight, hurtling itself up toward the sky and beyond. They broke atmosphere, but Meetra didn’t slow the ship down. She kept the engines on full until they were on the very edge of the solar system. Only then, with several million kilometers between her and Nathema, did she feel safe enough to throttle back.

T3 rolled up beside her and let out a worried whistle.

“You wouldn’t understand,” she told him. “But I’m okay now. Just give me a few minutes and we’ll take a look at what you pulled from those data banks.”

Source: The Old Republic: Revan

So the Exile's mind is nearly tearing itself apart over the fact that she can't feel the Force here... even though she lived without the Force for an entire decade? In fact, if you take note of the part where Drew compares Nathema to Malachor V, he even mentions that the Exile had cut herself off from the Force. She wouldn't have felt anything then either, so why is it suddenly so overwhelmingly difficult for her to walk around in a place where doesn't feel the Force? Sure, it'd be hard for anyone connected to the Force to suddenly not feel it, but why would it threaten to tear apart the mind of someone who learned to live completely devoid of the Force for ten whole years? Just to put the nail in the coffin, there are numerous beings who have been severed and deafened to the Force, but none of them were deafened to the extent of the Exile, who Severed herself to an extent greater than any other - to the point that she became a Wound in the Force.

"In times past and in times future, there are Jedi who will stop listening to the Force, those that will try to forget it, but maintain unconscious ties. And those, as in the past just as I, who have had the force stripped from them. But no Jedi ever made the choice you did. To sever ties so completely, so utterly, that it leaves a wound in the Force."

Source: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords

The entire premise of Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords is that the Exile is the only Jedi in history who can live without the Force. It's why Kreia calls the Exile her greatest disciple at the end, because she was the only one who managed to live without the one fundamental, natural force that permeates and binds everything and everybody in Star Wars. She was the exception.

Now, there's nothing wrong with Drew introducing another exception - something else that's devoid of the Force. But why on earth would Surik suddenly get physically ill and feel as if her mind was about to be torn apart by encountering something she's already familiar with? In that very passage above, Drew even made note of her cutting herself off from the Force, yet he failed to recognize her familiarity with it when he had her explore Nathema. This is the biggest failure to grasp a character's fundamental traits in Star Wars continuity.

But I digress. I do not want this to be a hate attack on Drew Karpyshyn, nor a spiteful compilation of discrepancies between the novel and the game. I'm merely pointing out his deficiencies in knowledge of the game and the character of the Exile to justify my stance, which is that Drew simply didn't have any knowledge or intention to write the Exile as she was been portrayed in the game. As thus, when referring to the Exile in the game, I do believe it's entirely justifiable to simply dismiss anything Drew writes about her.

Rant aside, those are my explanations for why the Exile appears a lot weaker in the novel than she does in the game. Take any (or none) of them as you wish.

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Force Misconceptions - Force Drain (KotOR II)

The Force Misconceptions series was a series of blogs made by the departed user @silver2467 on the general themes of the Force that were misunderstood by many others. My expertise relating to the Force is more concentrated on Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords, particularly the concept of a Wound in the Force and the Force Drain powers derived from it.

I intend on making another blog to explain the nature of Wounds in the Force, but for now, I will be attempting to clear up two key misconceptions surrounding the nature of the Force Drain ability as it is depicted in Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords - both of which I had believed in at some point myself.

Whilst the Drain Life power is commonly dubbed "Force Drain" or just "Drain", I would like to start out this blog by pointing out the disparity between your standard Drain Life power and the Force Drain technique exhibited in KotOR II. For this reason, I will use the term "Force Drain" solely when referring to KotOR II's Drain, and "Drain Life" whenever I'm referring to your other form of Drain.

Defining Force Drain

To understand what Force Drain is, you will need to play the dark sided version of Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords. In the dark sided version of the revelation scene in the Enclave (at least with TSLRCM, which I encourage you to play with), Kreia explains the nature of Force Bonds, Force Drain, and Wounds in the Force. In particular, I want to draw your attention to the this:

"The stronger your connection to life, to the Force, the stronger these echoes can be made - and the stronger they are felt. When heard, Force Sensitives instinctively seek out the source, are drawn to it, to try and form a connection. And when the connection is formed, both become stronger. And the influence between them grows.

...

You form such bonds easily - the why of it is not important now, all that is important is that you understand that your actions affect others, strongly. Anyone can do such things, since life is connected by the Force. Sometimes the connections are faint - but in your case, they are very strong. You instinctively know how to manipulate such connections to influence others. You have seen it mirrored in those who travel with you. When you accept this, you must accept that this can occur on a larger scale. When you act, you cast echoes. Your intent is mirrored in others - your bond, in many ways, is predatory, an expression of dominance. It is your right. But when you are wounded, all those you are connected to are wounded.

You give others strength to act, but it is also possible to draw upon the strength of others to increase your own. It is similar to drawing upon the Force as Jedi do, but when it is touched by the power of the dark side... it is something else, something deadly. These Sith we face... they have learned how to do this. It is a technique that has been lost for some time, not seen in the days since the ancient Sith. They can use it to consume other Force Sensitives - and at the highest pinnacle of power, use it to consume anything that lives. They draw upon the connections in the Force, and devour it. That is why they are drawn to Jedi, why it is easy for them to find where they gather - because it is like the smell of blood to them. And they can draw upon the Jedi's own strength to kill them."

Source: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords

So what does this all mean? A strong Force user will create strong echoes in the Force - and because life is connected by the Force, any Force-sensitive can hear these echoes and is naturally drawn towards the source - that strong Force user. Upon being drawn to them, a connection is formed between the two of them - a Force Bond. The formation of this Force Bond makes both Force users stronger, but powers, emotions and pain can be channeled through such Bonds as well. But that strong Force user is likely going to be stronger than the one who was drawn to him - and so that Force user is the "dominant" Force user with respect to the Force Bond(s). Those connected to that strong Force user will naturally be dominated and instinctively follow that Force user's actions and intentions. This is evident in the case of the Exile, and her companions, who instinctively follow her actions - against their own intentions, and even against their own sense. The exception, of course, is Kreia, who is more powerful than the Exile (whether it be a stronger will or a stronger Force connection) and thus was never unconsciously dominated by the Exile's will. It is also why she is able to notice the Exile's influence in a removed context, whereas the other companions didn't even know they were being influenced.

So how does this all relate to Force Drain? As it explained by Kreia in the quote above, Force Drain is the essentially the inverse of Force Bonds. Specifically, Force Drain is the exact opposite of the positive channeling of strength through a Force connection - instead of giving strength to others through these Force connections, you take their strength through these connections, draining it, and eventually, you drain the connection itself:

"You give others strength to act, but it is also possible to draw upon the strength of others to increase your own. It is similar to drawing upon the Force as Jedi do, but when it is touched by the power of the dark side... it is something else, something deadly. These Sith we face... they have learned how to do this. It is a technique that has been lost for some time, not seen in the days since the ancient Sith. They can use it to consume other Force Sensitives - and at the highest pinnacle of power, use it to consume anything that lives. They draw upon the connections in the Force, and devour it."

Source: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords

"As much as one may use the Force to bolster the wills and strengths of others, the reverse is possible, though not often used. Instead of sending one's will through connections in the Force, instead such connections are drawn upon, fed upon, and drained completely."

Source: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords

"Let that pain be a lesson - and a reminder of what you have forgotten. Pain travels both ways along connections in the Force - it casts echoes, always - and one can learn to draw strength from such connections... and take it from others. It is a lesson you know well... and you have taught to others... at the end of the Mandalorian Wars."

Source: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords

You may notice that the first of the three quotes above mentions "devouring" connections in the Force. To explain what this "devouring" is:

"It is a technique that is almost as old as the Sith themselves... it is a means of severing connections between life, the Force, and feeding upon the death it causes. It cannot be taught... it can only be gained through instinct, through experiencing its effects, first-hand."

Source: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords

Now, note that this "severing" of connections is not the same as Sever Force. For those of you who have read Tales of the Jedi, Sever Force is a light-sided power, not a dark-sided one as Force Drain is. Sever Force simply blocks your connection to the Force with light side energy:

A powerful Jedi can block a Force-user's access to the Force, preventing them from accessing Force skills or Force feats.

Source: Jedi vs Sith: The Essential Guide to the Force

"This technique blinds your enemy to the Force with a wall of light, a permanent blockage if you so choose, rendering him unable to use Jedi powers. It is difficult. And it is the most devastating attack possible using the powers of the light side. To block a Jedi from the Force—even a Dark Jedi—is a terrible thing."

Source: Jedi vs Sith: The Essential Guide to the Force

"I imprison you in a wall of light. A fortress to block you from the Force…blind you to your Jedi powers…"

Source: Tales of the Jedi: The Sith War 5: Brother Against Brother

So Sever Force, as the Jedi use it, merely blocks one to the Force, or blinds them to it. It is never suggested that the Jedi outright sever someone's Force connection, only block it. This is a sharp contrast to Force Drain, where the victim's Force connection is actually consumed. So here, the Force connection is severed - but it isn't just "cut", per se - it's outright drained to non-existence:

"As much as one may use the Force to bolster the wills and strengths of others, the reverse is possible, though not often used. Instead of sending one's will through connections in the Force, instead such connections are drawn upon, fed upon, and drained completely."

Source: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords

Furthermore, the technique isn't just about actually devouring the Force connections outright, but also feeding upon the death that is caused. And I can draw upon many examples to prove that the Exile, Nihilus, and Malachor V - all Wounds in the Force - feed on death:

"He's right. It's... all the deaths you've caused to get here. You feed on it, and you grow stronger. You're like Malachor... it's in you, it's what you are now."

Source: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords

"This echo travels in the places where death has walked, where planets have died. Massacres fuel its power, the death of life fuels it."

Source: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords

"It is a technique that is almost as old as the Sith themselves... it is a means of severing connections between life, the Force, and feeding upon the death it causes."

Source: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords

"And he fed upon its destruction - it will sustain him, for a time."

Source: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords

"There is a place in the galaxy where the dark side of the Force runs strong. It is something of the Sith, but it was fueled by war. It corrupts all that walks on its surface, drowns them in the power of the dark side - it corrupts all life. And it feeds on death."

Source: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords

So that tells us that there is more than one application of Force Drain. You can feed upon a Force connection, but also someone's death - which is why the Exile unconsciously fed upon the deaths of the hundreds that she had killed across the galaxy during her journey in KotOR II.

It is also necessary to note the following instances may appear to contradict what I have said about Force Drain not feeding off somebody's life energy:

"These Sith are spawned of you, spawned by the Mandalorian Wars... all those deaths, all those Jedi. Their power is to feed on life, until nothing is left except a hollow galaxy, echoing with the screams of the Jedi lost to us."

Source: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords

"It is something the Sith, the assassins that stalk us, can do- it is of the dark side, the ability to feed on life, the Force, the closer one comes to it. It makes them stronger - for a time."

Source: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords

But when put in context, it is clear that these references to "feeding on life" do not refer to feeding on one's life energy, merely the lives of people, since life is connected by the Force - when you feed upon those connections, those connected will die as well, since nobody has ever survived being disconnected to the Force - except the Exile, which is the premise of Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords:

"The Mandalorian Wars were a series of massacres that masked another war, a war of conversion. Culminating a final atrocity that no Jedi could walk away from... save one. And that is what I sought to understand. How one could turn away from such power, give up the Force... and still live."

Source: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords

In summary? Force Drain isn't any one power, but an entire spectrum of powers, as Wookieepedia puts it. And they are right, in this case. Force Drain isn't any single black-and-white power that you can learn just from studying. It can drain the Force energies of others through a Force Bond, and it can drain Force connections entirely, then feed off the death that ensues.

Force Drain =/= Drain Life

It should be apparent from the above definition that Force Drain is not the same as Drain Life, but what about the differences in their applications, and more importantly, in their effects?

To begin with, let us look at brief descriptions of these powers and see where they are similar and where they are different. Drain Life is listed in Book of Sith: Secrets from the Dark Side as such:

Drain life: A delicate procedure that saps the life energy of another and funnels it directly into your own essence. It is extremely difficult to employ in combat and is derived from the teachings of Zelashiel the Blasphemer in the Holocron of Darth Revan.

Source: Book of Sith: Secrets from the Dark Side

Force Drain, as described by Darth Traya, a practitioner of the technique:

"It is a technique that is almost as old as the Sith themselves... it is a means of severing connections between life, the Force, and feeding upon the death it causes. It cannot be taught... it can only be gained through instinct, through experiencing its effects, first-hand."

Source: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords

There are two key differences to be noted here. The first is that the nature of the powers themselves are very obviously distinct. In the case of Drain Life, the user simply funnels the life energy of another into themself. It is very much what one would think of in relation to power named "Drain". As I touched upon at the end of the section above, with Force Drain, there is no direct siphoning of life energy. In fact, you don't feed on somebody's life energy at all. Instead, with Force Drain, you feed off somebody's Force connection, killing them, but most importantly, feeding upon the death that is caused as well. Drain Life doesn't feed upon the death caused, nor does it feed upon a person's Force connection. It is merely the direct transfer of life energy from A to B.

In simple terms - Drain Life feeds on somebody's life energy, whereas Force Drain feeds on somebody's Force connection (and consequently, their life as a result) and the death that is caused.

Secondly, Drain Life can clearly be conventionally learned, as my first quote shows. Bane learned it from the Holocron of Darth Revan, who, in turn, derived it from the teachings of Zelashiel the Blasphemer. Force Drain, on the other hand, cannot be conventionally learned or taught, as explained in the second quote. Instead, one must experience its effects first-hand. This is why the Jedi Masters in KotOR II make a point of how the Sith Triumvirate has learned their hunger from the Jedi Exile.

There is another point of difference between the two powers, but it is not as concrete as the two set out above. Kreia notes that there is no defense against the Force Drain technique as she recounts having it used on her by Nihilus:

"There are techniques within the Force against which there is no defense."

Source: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords

Whereas Ulic Qel-Droma was able to teach Anakin Skwalker the ability to resist the effects of the Dark Reaper, which are more analogous to Drain Life than Force Drain:

Anakin made an emergency trip to Ulic Qel-Droma's tomb on Rhen Var. There, the ancient Jedi gave the Padawan the knowledge he needed to resist the effects of the Force Harvester and to destroy the Dark Reaper.

Ulic Qel-Droma's lessons had been learned well, and Anakin had the power to resist the Harvester.

Source: The Official Star Wars Fact File #117

Of course, Kreia is not infallible nor omniscient, but there are numerous points in the game where she is basically speaking for the author. In this case, it is not clear, but it is still worth noting.

Force Drain is not an "instant kill" power

There are users who perpetuate the notion that Darth Nihilus or Darth Traya are capable of simply causing any target to die with Drain, bar the immune Exile. This is completely unsubstantiated and based on a no-limits fallacy to begin with, so I should not have to be devoting any of my time to disproving this.

Regardless, there is proof that this is not the case, and it is simple. When Nihilus and Sion Drained Traya, she survived despite them trying to kill her. Note that they are indeed using Force Drain - the same one that Nihilus would later use to consume Katarr and other worlds:

A blind Sith Lord appears. She has felt his existence like a gaping wound in the Force. The Force, she explains, fuels his hunger, and she will show him how to devour worlds. The Sith and the Force are meaningless to him, but the hunger must be appeased. Darth Traya indeed teaches the newly christened Darth Nihilus to harness his life-craving gift to radical heights – so effectively in fact, that Nihilus saps Traya's powers in a calculated double cross.

Source: Knights of the Old Republic Campaign Guide

"There is more. Darth Traya yet lives. You did not kill her, as you assumed."

Source: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords

"After all that has happened, still you live. You are difficult to kill."

Source: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords

If Nihilus was using an identical power to the one that he used to devour worlds, and he was using it to kill, then there should be no reason for Traya to survive if this power was, in fact, inherently capable of killing anyone and anything instantly. It's obvious that there's a measure of superiority to your victim(s) that is required.

In addition, many people cite Kreia's claim that there is no defense against the Force Drain technique as proof that it kills anything instantly. However, just because there is no specific counter-technique to Drain does not mean that it is an infallible power, nor does that justify the use of a no-limits fallacy in claiming that it instantly kills anything. Moreover, Kreia herself contradicts this notion of Drain simply killing anything, with such a notion only being possible for one who has reached the highest pinnacle of power with the Force Drain technique:

"You give others strength to act, but it is also possible to draw upon the strength of others to increase your own. It is similar to drawing upon the Force as Jedi do, but when it is touched by the power of the dark side... it is something else, something deadly. These Sith we face... they have learned how to do this. It is a technique that has been lost for some time, not seen in the days since the ancient Sith. They can use it to consume other Force Sensitives - and at the highest pinnacle of power, use it to consume anything that lives."

Source: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords

And Kreia goes on to claim that Nihilus has not yet actually reached this "highest pinnacle of power":

"The blind seer - her Master has harnessed this technique, and he is rapidly approaching the height of its power."

Source: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords

The conclusion? Nihilus hasn't even reached the stage where he can simply "consume anything that lives".

Just to put the nail in the coffin, the Assassins use an identical technique to Nihilus, just not as potent, yet it doesn't instakill.

"Do not think of his power as one would a weapon, or one of your warships of the Republic. It is terrible, but it is still a subtle thing. The sect of assassins that chase you feed on the Force... what he does is simply the pinnacle of what they could achieve, in time. And that is why they - and their techniques - must be wiped out. No one again must experience and learn what her master did."

Source: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords

If the technique in of itself was an instakill, then there wouldn't even need to be degrees of mastery or potency for the power - anybody who used it would kill instantly - yet that is obviously not the case with the Assassins. It is therefore evident that the power kills on the basis of the user being far more powerful than his victims, not because the technique itself instantly kills any target.

Finally, as I defined above, Force Drain is a power based on feeding off death, not life, so by definition, it isn't an instakill whatsoever.

Can you resist Force Drain?

Now, this is the part that will be speculative to a degree. We know that it is said that there is "no defense" against the Force Drain technique - no blanket blocking power, and indeed, one has not been discovered.

**IN PROGRESS**

If you have any further questions on Force Drain in KotOR II, feel free to ask. I'll be making another one of these for Wounds in the Force sometime in the future.

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Visas Marr Respect Thread

Respect Visas Marr:

"My life for yours."

Power

Trained by Darth Nihilus to be his Shadow Hand, Visas's expertise in trickery, cunning and the dark side is second only to him. This makes her more powerful than the Sith Lords under Nihilus' employ on Onderon and Dxun:

A Shadow Hand's expertise in cruelty, trickery and the dark side are second only to the Master - for now.

Source: Knights of the Old Republic Campaign Guide

Visas Marr possesses potent Force powers capable of mowing down multiple charging bomas:

Visas' potent Force powers mow down the charging bomas.

Source: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords: Prima Official Game Guide

Visas comes to terms with her grief over the devastation of Katarr by meditating in her former chambers on the Ravager. This strengthens her connection to the Force:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JfDbmUMZJlU&feature=youtu.be&t=494

"It has taken time for me to return here. I lost my way, but I've been stronger for the journey."

Source: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords

Visas has come to terms with the death of her world and calmed the hatred within herself. This has given her a stronger connection to the Force, and a bonus to her Force points.

Source: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords

Willpower

By harnessing her will and the power of the light side, Visas Marr is able to dispel and banish concentrated areas of dark side energy in the Tomb of Freedon Nadd:

Dispel or absorb the concentrated zones of dark side energy.

Source: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords: Prima Official Game Guide

The intense power lingering in the tomb sometimes gathers into a visible eruption. Examine these hot spots to exercise your affinity with the Force. Attempt to banish the evil presence for a light side bonus and a temporary stat boost, or bask in the corruption for dark side points and a free Force power or maximum force points increase.

Source: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords: Prima Official Game Guide

You feel the distinct presence of the Dark Side here. A sickly fascinating feeling tugs at your belly. Waves of anger ripple through the air.

Source: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords

[Success] You maintain your serenity through the worst of the emotional storm. The Dark Side has diminished, but is still present.Though the strain of the effort has momentarily drained you, you feel a renewed strength that you can use to defeat the evil in this Tomb.

Source: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords

[Success] You maintain your serenity through the worst of the emotional storm. There is no temptation here for you any more. You have resisted the Dark Side.

Source: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords

Healing

Visas Marr knows and is talented in Dark Healing:

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Visas Marr knows Vital Transfer:

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HK-47 notes that the Exile and her companions can recover from even the most grievous wounds quickly:

"Observation: It does seem unlikely, Master, but I have observed that you - allies included - seem to be able to recover from the most grievous injuries, and quickly as well."

Source: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords

Visas Heals Mandalore, allowing him to walk despite a mine exploding directly under his feet:

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Force Wound

Force wound is a telekinetic application which allows a Force user to directly wound another, often internally.

Visas knows Force Wound:

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[Visas can] cause spasms in the lungs of [her] target, painfully injuring them.

Source: Knights of the Old Republic Campaign Guide

Lightning

Force Lightning is a Force power which allows a dark sider to unleash electrical discharges from their fingertips, acting much like normal electricity but also having the property of weakening life.

Visas can utilize Shock others with bursts of Lightning

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Visas is capable of using Lightning to quickly end a fight with a trio of Sith Masters in the potent nexus of dark side energy that is the Tomb of Freedon Nadd:

Whether because you want to deny them Freedon Nadd's power or because you refuse to share it with anyone else, you have no choice but to fight. Once again, Visas Marr's Force Lightning ends the battle quickly.

Source: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords: Prima Official Game Guide

Visas's Force Lightning can blaze through entire hordes of Sith troops in destructive fashion:

From there, battle your way up the ramp leading to the tomb entrance; with grenades and Force Lightning, you can blaze through the hordes of enemies with destructive fury.

Source: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords: Prima Official Game Guide

By the time of the Battle of Telos IV, Visas is capable of repeatedly unleashing Storms of Force Lightning in order to eliminate entire groups of Sith commandos and elite soldiers:

Go south to battle the first group of Sith. The many commandos and elite soldiers are equipped for ranged combat and can quickly wear you down with blaster fire if you don't finish them off quickly. Force Storm, a staple of any Jedi's arsenal, is without question the fastest way of eliminating the opposition. Have Visas use this power in every battle for an easy victory—just let her Force points regenerate between skirmishes.

Source: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords: Prima Official Game Guide

Telekinesis

Telekinesis is the movement of objects and manipulation of reality through the power of the mind.

Visas can move objects and knows Force Grip:

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Telepathy

Telepathy is the ability to communicate thoughts or affect the mind of another.

When the Exile claims to be willing to become Nihilus' apprentice and strike down Visas as an act of devotion, Visas reads the Exile's intention to deceive Nihilus:

:: If I read your intentions right, exile, then it seems surprise is to be our weapon. ::

Source: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords

Force Deflection

Visas knows and is talented in Deflection:

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Force Suppression

Visas disrupts the link between Darth Nihilus and the Ravager, blocking the flow of power he absorbs from his ship. This is an effort tantamount to holding up the world. Despite this, she succeeds, inflicting great pain on her former master, stunning him for a brief period of time and weakening him:

"You're his link... to this place. Can you disrupt that link somehow?"

"I... I... will try..."

{Gameplay Programmer: Close up of Visas trying to concentrate, Nihilus roars.}{Gameplay Programmer: Nihilus collapses to one knee, clearly in pain. Game Effect: Put a stun effect on Nihilus and drop all his Force buffs.}{Like she's holding up the world}

"He... I... cannot hold him for long..."

Source: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords

For the best results, tell her to block the flow of power Nihilus absorbs from the Ravager; this stuns him for a few seconds.

Source: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords: Prima Official Game Guide

Force Stun

Force Stun allows a Force user to paralyze a target, rendering them incapable of moving.

Visas Stuns any two of the Exile's party members in the same way that Bastila does in Knights of the Old Republic:

{[After a second, she gets to her feet, and she advances toward the player, she will cast a Force Stun at the other party members - like Bastila in the first game.]}

Source: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords

Force Sight

Born physically blind, any Miraluka must rely on the Force to see their surroundings around them, granting them such perceptions to the point where they entirely see as one normally would, but through the Force. This also allows them to perceive other things such as alignments.

Visas is talented in Force perceptions:

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Visas briefly blinds the Exile:

"When Visas attacked, she did something to my eyesight."

Source: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords
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{[Gameplay Programmer: Set Visas to become hostile. When she is reduced to half hit points, she will then she will make a motion with the Force and turn on Force Sight, blinding the player.]}

Source: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords

Visas teaches the Exile Force Sight:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x27UtZ57UwQ

"If you wish to know, perhaps it is possible to show another what my people see... what I see. First, you must close your eyes... the surface of this ship, its sights will only be a distraction. Now, in your mind, reach out, listen for my breathing. Do not focus on the sound, but the life behind it. Imagine its energy, its texture, in tandem with the breathing - and then, in your mind, step back from the image, and see what remains."

Source: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords

She confirms that she can affect the sight of others:

"That sight may manifest itself in many ways, and at times, I may affect the abilities of others to see as well."

Source: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords

Force Sense

Visas senses the Exile across the galaxy as a disturbance in the Force. She in fact perceives the Exile (and many other things) with even greater clarity than her master, Darth Nihilus, who sends her to find the Exile:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eRJKdvjDycU

"I have felt it, too, my lord... a disturbance in the Force. It was difficult to make out, my lord. At first it was such a quiet thing, I did not notice it. But now I wonder if it has always been there, I merely could not hear it before.The sound built so slowly, yet when you listen for it, you can make out the strains, even over the background life of the universe."

Source: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords

"How did you find me?"

"I... felt you, heard you, through the Force. It was like a sound, at the edge of hearing. And when I heard it, I found I could not ignore it."

Source: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords

"My Master was aware of a disturbance in the Force, but was unaware of its nature, of you. The disturbance is not something one feels from a living thing. There is little my Master does not know, and that you eluded his sight for so long... is significant, but I do not know why."

Source: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords

"If your master has trouble detecting me, how are you able to do it?"

"There is much I see my Master cannot. I fear it is because of my nature, the nature of my race."

Source: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords

Farseeing

Farsight or farseeing allows a Force user to gain vague impressions of events happening at other places or times.

Visas foresees that the Exile will meet her master, Darth Nihilus:

"You will meet my master. It is inevitable, I have seen it."

Source: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords

Combat Abilities

Visas is depicted in art as striking down a HK-series assassin droid:

http://vignette1.wikia.nocookie.net/starwars/images/d/d3/Visas_and_HK.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20081012050558

As a student of Nihilus, Visas' fighting abilities were surpassed only be her rage and selfishness:

Sith students' fighting capabilities are surpassed only by their rage and selfishness.

Source: Knights of the Old Republic Campaign Guide

Through unknown means, Visas Marr incapacitates the Exile's party:

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{[Gameplay Programmer: On this node an Animated Camera Bug 1461: I'd like an animated camera of the empty corridors of the Ebon Hawk with any party members not in the player's party lying unconscious or broken in some section of the ship.]}

Source: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords

The Exile teaches Visas the various lightsaber forms that she learns:

{Form node} "I am prepared, both in mind and body, for your teachings."

Source: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords

This includes Juyo, which is gifted to only the most skilled of Force wielders and high-level masters of multiple other forms:

Only high-level masters of multiple forms can achieve and control the ultimate discipline known as Form VII.

Source: Insider #62: Fightsaber

"Perhaps one of the greatest styles, learned only by the most skilled of Force wielders."

Source: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords

Visas is potentially among a trio of the Exile's companions who must fight their way through hordes of Sith, droids and beasts outside the Tomb of Freedon Nadd. It is worth noting that Dxun is classified as an "extreme dark side site", outclassing even the likes of the Valley of the Dark Lords on Korriban and many of the Tombs of ancient Sith Lords. This is all done so quickly that Xarga must run to catch up, and after doing so, praises them for leaving the Sith camp in ruins:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56zlkZU8srU

Not every dark side site is equal, and each is rated as a minor site, major site, or extreme site. Minor sites include the tomb of an ancient Sith Lord or the lair of a particularly powerful Sith creature. Major sites include the Valley of the Dark Lords on Korriban or the Cave on Dagobah. Extreme sites are very rare and are reserved for the most horrible of places, such as the demon moon of Dxun or battlefields where thousands of innocents were slaughtered or the blood of untold Sith and Jedi mingled, such as Ruusan.

Source: The Jedi Training Academy Manual

Those connected to the light side of the Force find their powers diminished in these places, while those who wield the dark side are amazed at the strength that they gain, even as that energy overwhelms them.

Source: The Jedi Training Academy Manual

The Sith have placed a heavy guard around the ancient tomb's entrance. You must enter through a mined tunnel monitored by motion sensors, turrets, and Sith gunners. Stealth can help you bypass some of these hazards, but in the end you can't avoid a major battle.

Source: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords: Prima Official Game Guide

A full squad of Sith troops guard the tomb's entrance.

Source: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords: Prima Official Game Guide

From there, battle your way up the ramp leading to the tomb entrance; with grenades and Force Lightning, you can blaze through the hordes of enemies with destructive fury.

Source: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords: Prima Official Game Guide

A dozen more Sith await at the tomb's door.

Source: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords: Prima Official Game Guide

"I had to run to catch up with you. You made impressive progress, the Sith camp lies in ruins."

Source: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords

After this, the trio of companions must fight through hordes of Sith apprentices, droids and beasts within the Tomb of Freedon Nadd, an extremely potent dark side nexus, before finally confronting and slaying a Sith Master and his two cohorts in the heart of the tomb's nexus. Xarga becomes speechless after witnessing the party's fighting:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QPBsQRJD64

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l226J_MxrrM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=poHmsqu2HrE

"I can sense the power from this place. It's like the light abandoned it long ago. I fear the Sith shall be very strong here."

Source: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords

"I can taste the power of the dark side here. Freedon Nadd must have been truly great to leave such an impact. The echoes of his life are still here."

Source: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords

"The soldier is correct. The dark side is strong here... and it will grant its strength to the Sith."

Source: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords

"What you have done... is beyond words. You've fought like a Mandalorian."

Source: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords
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Darth Baras Respect Thread

Returning to my longtime (time-wasting) hobby on this board, making respect threads.

Respect Darth Baras:

"Baras is a serious man but a master of deception. Everything he does and says is calculated... Always take him seriously. And I mean always."

Power

Darth Baras is one of the most notable Sith Inquisitors in Old Republic history:

Notable Sith Inquisitors: Darth Jadus, Lord Vindican, Darth Baras, Naga Sadow

Source: The Old Republic Encyclopedia

Baras is a powerful Sith Lord:

Deceptive spymaster, calculating diplomat, and a powerful Sith Lord aspiring to join the Dark Council, the manipulative Darth Baras has served many vital roles in the Empire.

Source: The Old Republic Encyclopedia

After making his apprentice a lord, Baras reminds them of his superiority, claiming that where a lord is lethal, a Darth is the embodiment of death:

"There's no denying you are a master of the dark arts now. Only the most accomplished among us are named as lords among the Sith. You have more than earned the distinctions. I hereby confer the title of Sith Lord upon you. As lethal as you must be to become a lord, a Darth is the embodiment of death. Don't forget that."

Source: The Old Republic

Decades before the events of The Old Republic, Baras was already more powerful than Fulminiss, one of the greatest Sith Sorcerers in the Empire who was reputedly destroyed cities with his power. After this, Sel-Makor granted Baras even more power:

"Rewards. Power. Sel-Makor offers them to you. Like the one who came before."

"Who are you talking about? Was there someone here before Fulminiss?"

"Decades ago. A Sith. Greater than Fulminiss. Power was given."

Source: The Old Republic

Widely regarded as one of the greatest Sith sorcerers in the Empire, the enigmatic Lord Fulminiss is a master of the dark side’s most arcane and lethal aspects. The grotesque Harrower assassins are his most famous creation, but legend has it he once summoned a raging storm of pure Force energy that disintegrated a rebellious city of natives in the Imperial-conquered Jabiim system.

Source: The Old Republic: Codex Entry: Lord Fulminiss

As a member of the Dark Council, Baras is one of the most powerful Sith in the Empire:

While the undying Emperor serves as the unquestioned leader of the Empire, the twelve members of the Dark Council oversee the daily workings of their vast civilization and speak in the Emperor’s name. Each is among the most powerful Sith in the galaxy; to hold a seat on the council is the highest honor and the greatest position of influence a Sith can attain.

Source: The Old Republic: Codex Entry: The Dark Council

In the Emperor's absence, the galaxy's most domineering, powerful, brilliant, and cunning Sith lead the Empire's path to glory.

Source: The Old Republic Encyclopedia

"The Dark Council are the galaxy's most powerful Sith."

Source: The Old Republic

Darth Vowrawn claims that Baras is nearly indestructible:

"It is time for you to confront Darth Baras. Even now, Baras is near-indestructible."

Source: The Old Republic

Baras was briefly able to fool even the Dark Council (comprised of the wisest and most powerful Sith Lords) into believing that he was the true Emperor's Voice:

"Baras claims to be the Voice; this lord claims to be the Wrath. I will not provoke the Emperor. The one who lives speaks truth."

Source: The Old Republic

The Emperor's Wrath ultimately marches into the Dark Council chambers to expose Darth Baras as a fraud and a traitor who lies about speaking the Emperor's will. But to prove such a bold claim to the Dark Council, the Wrath battles Darth Baras in a fierce duel.

Source: The Old Republic Encyclopedia

This is particularly impressive as the Voice is known to wield Vitiate's true power:

The Voice also wields the Emperor's incredible power and is capable of striking down anyone who displeases him.

Source: The Old Republic Encyclopedia

In fact, to converse with the Emperor’s Voice is to have an audience with the Emperor himself, whose power and consciousness have been placed within the Voice’s body.

Source: The Old Republic: Codex Entry: The Voice of the Emperor

Dark Rage/Force Protection/Speed

Dark Rage is a Force power that allows a dark sider to increase his strength, speed, resiliency, and resolve. Force Protection is the passive (and sometimes active) enhancement of a Force sensitive's durability to varying superhuman degrees. Force Speed is the passive (and sometimes active) enhancement of a Force sensitive's speed to varying superhuman degrees.

Baras shrugs off being knifed in the back, proceeding to instantly kill his would-be assassin with Force Lightning:

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Dar'Nala hurls Baras into a wall. On the next page, Baras has recovered, engaging in a bladelock with both Satele and Dar'Nala - a testament to his physical resiliency:

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Force Sense/Farsight

Force Sense is a passive Force power which enables a Force user to feel physical, emotional and mental traits as well as events. Farsight or farseeing allows a Force user to gain vague impressions of events happening at other places or times.

Baras senses Satele's power:

"You're better than this, Satele. I sense your strength. You know what's right."

Source: The Old Republic: Threat of Peace Act 3: Uncertain Surrender

Through the Force, Baras glimpses various disturbances that are to come:

He is a man of great vision, and it is even said that the Force grants him glimpses of disturbances yet to come.

Source: The Old Republic: Codex Entry: Darth Baras

Baras senses the death of Marka Ragnos' pet terentatek, becoming aware of its killer, the acolyte who would eventually become his apprentice:

"The beast of Marka Ragnos was a great source of dark energy here on Korriban. When it was slain, there was a tremor in the Force. Darth Baras felt that tremor and has become aware of you. He demands an audience."

Source: The Old Republic

Baras senses Jaesa Willsaam using her powers from across the galaxy, and the threat that this poses to his entire power base:

"I have felt a disturbance in the Force. It leaves doom imprinted on my dreams - a grave and mysterious threat that could bring down my entire power base."

Source: The Old Republic

By merely concentrating for a moment, Baras is able to locate the precise location and even the coordinates of his missing lightsaber on Hoth, even though he was on Dromund Kaas:

"If Wyellett is on Hoth, then so is my blade. I will concentrate to locate it... Yes, there! Coordinates sent, Commander. Now go, apprentice. Find the lightsaber and the Jedi!"

Source: The Old Republic

Telekinesis

Telekinesis is the movement of objects and manipulation of reality through the power of the mind.

Baras hurls Master Dar'Nala back with a combination of telekinesis and Force Lightning:

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Baras shakes the Sith Sanctum building with his rage:

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From Dromund Kaas, Baras chokes Commander Lanklyn to death on Hoth:

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Force Lightning

Force Lightning is a Force power which allows a dark sider to unleash electrical discharges from their fingertips, acting much like normal electricity but also having the property of weakening life.

After being knifed in the back, Baras proceeds to kill a Sith assassin instantly with Lightning:

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Baras blasts Darth Angral into submission:

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Baras shocks Dar'Nala with Lightning and simultaneously hurls her backward with telekinesis:

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Baras tortures Grik Sonasan with Force Lightning, severely contorting his body:

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"I didn't know bodies could bend like that. I think I'm going to be sick!"

Source: The Old Republic

Dark Side Healing

Dark Side Healing refers to a rare spectrum of dark side powers that allow one to restore wounds and mend flesh, often painfully.

Although the Wrath thought the Lord Draagh had burned to death, Baras salvaged Draagh's body and kept him alive long enough for his cybernetic reconstruction:

"Baras's favored apprentice. But I watched you burn to death."

"You watched me burn. That's all. Baras retrieved me. He made me whole again. Made me stronger."

Source: The Old Republic

Telepathy

Telepathy is the ability to communicate thoughts or affect the mind of another.

Baras enslaves the Entity, dominating her into using her powers of precognition and farseeing to aid his ascendancy to the Dark Council and to assist him in the elimination of his political enemies. The Entity is unable to resist:

Baras dominated this centuries-dead Sith into using her powers of precognition and farseeing to aid his ascendancy onto the Dark Council while plotting the destruction of all enemies in his path. The Entity chafes at her enslavement, desperately seeking freedom from this ignoble fate.

Source: The Old Republic: Codex Entry: The Entity

"Baras. Knows. I cannot resist."

Source: The Old Republic

Drain Knowledge

Drain Knowledge is a dark-sided telepathic ability which allows one to extract knowledge from another's mind against the latter's will.

Baras continuously leeches from the Entity's power, stealing all the visions she receives of the future. As a result, Baras sees everything that the Entity does, meaning that he was aware of the Wrath and Vowrawn striking down Lord Draagh and freeing the Entity:

"He feeds off this spirit's power, stealing all her visions of the future. Everything he has built has come from her insights."

Source: The Old Republic

"Entity, is Baras aware of what transpired here?"

"Through me. The defiler. Sees all. Of this."

Source: The Old Republic

This is particularly impressive because rebellious ghosts such as the Entity will attempt to poison and corrupt those who attempt to siphon their power, which the Entity was unable to do to Baras:

However, rebellious ghosts are not easily contained and have been known to poison and corrupt any who would dare siphon their dominating power.

Source: The Old Republic Encyclopedia

Combat Abilities

Despite fighting only defensively, Baras duels Satele Shan to a draw when the latter assaults him:

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He defends himself against Darth Angral in lightsaber combat before subduing him with Force Lightning:

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Baras duels Angral to a draw before allowing himself to be disarmed:

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Baras fights Dar'Nala before Satele Shan joins in, after which Baras clashes with both of them evenly before leaping to higher ground. Dar'Nala pursues him, where they clash sabers again before Baras hurls her away with the Force:

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Baras engages the second Emperor's Wrath in a fierce duel before falling:

But to prove such a bold claim to the Dark Council, the Wrath battles Darth Baras in a fierce duel. The Wrath emerges triumphant, striking down the ruined and seething Darth Baras.

Source: The Old Republic Encyclopedia
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KotOR II: The Restoration of the Jedi Enclave

It is claimed by many (including myself) that the Jedi Masters in Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords - namely Vrook Lamar, Zez-Kai Ell & Kavar were the ones responsible for the miraculous reconstruction of the Jedi Enclave when viewed before and after the Battle of Khoonda. It has thus been used a measure of their combined telekinetic mastery, but this has proven to be a point of contention among forum users, and it is sometimes questioned if the Jedi Masters were even involved in Enclave's reconstruction. The aim of this blog will be to put to rest any notions of other groups on Dantooine rebuilding the Enclave, whilst proving that the Jedi did in fact rebuild the Enclave.

In advance, I would like to have some reference points. To make this easy, I will assume that Dantooine is the last planet that the player travels to prior to the endgame arc. As a result, they will have access to some free exploration of the planet at first, then will be inevitably involved in the Battle of Khoonda. At the end of the Battle, light-sided players will be able to ask Vrook questions, after which he teaches you a lightsaber or Force Form, then announces that he will be going to the Enclave and promptly heads there. Dark-sided players will kill Vrook in battle, unless they succeed in distracting him earlier by making him fight the mercenary camps. In that event, when Vrook returns, he will assume that the player did the best they did to stop the mercenary attack, and then it's the same as the light-sided path - he still ends up going to the Enclave.

The last time you get to see the Enclave is in your explorations of Dantooine prior to the Battle of Khoonda. As of then, it is still in ruins. After the Battle of Khoonda, and Vrook's private session with the Exile and subsequent departure to the Enclave, the player has the option of travelling to the Enclave immediately. Even at the earliest possible time that you can reach the Enclave after the Battle of Khoonda, you will find that the exterior has been miraculously restored to perfect condition. There are still blocked caverns inside that have not been fully repaired, but otherwise, the inside has also been relatively improved, especially with respect to the courtyard. I will now attempt to explain why it was Vrook and the other Jedi Masters present who were responsible for this miraculous reconstruction, as opposed to any other groups on Datooine.

Before I set out my explanation, here are two panoramic clips of the outside of the Enclave: the first is of the Enclave when it is still in ruins from Malak's assault in the original KotOR, and the second is after it's miraculously restored:

https://youtu.be/rH4QfUBsfxw?t=160

https://youtu.be/Q8gqAHAaJGk?t=13

Here are two stills of the Enclave, before and after. The upper image clearly shows a huge chunk of the Enclave's outer face missing, as well as a chunk of the Enclave's right pillar. The Enclave's surrounding wall to the left is damaged, and the wall to the right is damaged.

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The lower image shows the Rebuilt Enclave, where all of that damage has been repaired.

Now, let us consider who may have been responsible for the reconstruction of the Enclave, if the Jedi were not responsible (more on why they are responsible later). The other groups currently active on Dantooine are Khoonda, Azkhul's mercenaries, the scavengers, the Mandalorians, and wild beasts. I should hope that nobody considers it a possibility that the wild beasts reconstructed the Enclave. Now, I will set about explaining why each of the other groups could not have been involved in the rebuilding of the Enclave.

Khoonda: We'll start with Khoonda, which is the main administrative facility on Dantooine and the most logical option out of the proposed groups. However, once you look at the time in which the Enclave was repaired and the resources available to Khoonda, this is simply not a feasible option. For one, the Enclave is in ruins prior to the Battle of Khoonda, and immediately afterwards, it is rebuilt. The only possible explanation was that it was rebuilt either during the Battle, or immediately after that, in the time it would've taken for the Exile to travel from Khoonda to the Enclave (we'll assume that the Exile didn't immediately leave for the Enclave with Vrook because she said her goodbyes to Administrator Adare & co, which does involve a number of dialogue options in the story, so this is logical).

In the former event, it is simply not possible for Khoonda to have rebuilt the Enclave. There is no reason for Khoonda to want to rebuild the Enclave immediately before imminent attack from Azkhul's vastly more powerful mercenary force. The only interest of Khoonda now is defending itself - and in that regard, it is already desperate. Zherron asks the Exile to try and recruit as many men as possible, heal as many wounded as possible, reactivate as many sentry droids as possible, rewire the turrets, etc. - because Khoonda's forces in its current state are far too insufficient to repel to mercenary attack.

Zherron told you that the Militia is stretched too thin to defend the outpost from the impending Mercenary attack. Zherron wants to recruit people to defend the outpost.

Source: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords

If Khoonda's in short supply of men to even defend itself from a mercenary attack, then there is no chance that they would be able to spare any men or machinery to go to the Enclave, let alone reconstruct such substantial portions of the Enclave in such a short time.

Khoonda could not have been responsible for the reconstruction of the Enclave after the Battle, either. Administrator Adare admits that Khoonda's extremely low on resources and will require much time and effort to rebuild itself, let alone something else of a similar size.

"We are a humble community, and this conflict has greatly diminished our resources."

Source: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords

"Now if you'll excuse me, I have much work to do. Dantooine will be slow to rebuild, but I am confident now that we will one day achieve prosperity."

Source: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords

And that's without mentioning that there's no way they could've sent men over to Khoonda that could reconstruct such substantial portions of the Enclave in such limited time, and then have said men vanish by the time the Exile arrived.

To put the nail in the coffin, the people of Khoonda utterly hate the Jedi, and they want nothing to do with them. The hatred has reached the point that they're unwilling to even accept Jedi help and many of the citizens in-game refuse to speak to you if they notice that you're carrying a lightsaber.

"Their hatred makes it more difficult for Jedi to help them."

Source: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords

"Sorry for being jumpy. It's just that we hate the Jedi here."

Source: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords

So Khoonda couldn't have been involved in the repairs. Let's move on.

Azkhul's Mercenaries: This one's easy. Azkhuls' Mercenaries have no interest in the Enclave or rebuilding it, and they couldn't have done it during the Battle of Khoonda because... that's when they poured their forces into Khoonda. And they couldn't have done it after because they're destroyed in the Battle if you're LS. If you're DS, then their goal is to enforce their new rule over Khoonda. They still have no interest in the Enclave, and you see none of them there - the mercenaries only have an interest in places where you actually see some of them in. And once again, they can't reconstruct so much of the Enclave in such little time.

The Mandalorians: Why they would want to rebuild the Enclave of their hated enemy during the Mandalorian Wars (the memory of which is still fresh) is beyond me. But with only three of them, they're certainly not going to be able to rebuild such substantial parts of the Enclave, and just as certainly won't be able to do so in such a limited span of time. Next.

The Scavengers: Slightly more feasible than the above options, since there's more than a dozen of them and they regularly venture into the Enclave. But they still don't have nearly enough manpower to reconstruct any sizable part of the Enclave, and certainly not in short order. Moreover, whywould they want to rebuild the Enclave? The fact that it's in ruins means that they can scavenge the relics inside freely. They have no reason to rebuild the Enclave, since that would simply take away from their way of life.

But on the subject of the scavengers, they have sufficient line of sight to the Enclave to notice something going on there, and they make regular trips back and forth. The fact that they never note any difference means that the rebuilding of the Enclave would've been quick and subtle (in that it didn't create great noise, so using huge building machines is a no-go).

As you can see, none of these groups had the motive to reconstruct the Enclave - in fact, quite the opposite. Most of the people here hate the Jedi or get nothing from their return - rather, they'd benefit from the lack of Jedi presence on Dantooine. And even if any of these groups wanted to rebuild the Enclave, they simply lacked the manpower and means to reconstruct large portions of the Enclave in such a limited timeframe (just the Battle of Khoonda + the time it took for the Exile to travel from Khoonda to the Enclave).

Now it's time to prove why it was the Jedi who were involved. First of all, we must address motive and means. This is pretty simple - they wanted to make a suitable meeting point for themselves and the Exile. Their means would be telekinesis. That alone already makes the Jedi likely to be the ones responsible. Surely, if none of the other groups had a reason or the ability to rebuild the Enclave, it would be up to the Jedi to do so? But there's more than just logic to support this case.

When you travel to the Enclave for the first time, the south door, which leads to the upper floors of the Enclave, is caved in, blocking your entrance and preventing you from getting through. Yet, when you visit the Enclave for the second time after the Battle of Khoonda, the door opens, with nobody in sight for hundreds of meters. Nobody's behind the door, either, so it wasn't opened physically. It's also not capable of being opened through physical means because it's still caved in. It therefore stands to reason that it must have been opened by the Force:

The door to the upper level of the Enclave won't open. Judging by the damage to the exterior, it is completely caved in.

Source: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords
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A look at the Prima Guide's account of this confirms that the Jedi were involved:

Beyond them, the enclave's south door (which was sealed before) now stands open—it seems you've been expected.

Source: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords: Prima Official Game Guide

You're "expected" by nobody except the Jedi Council, who are the only people inside the Enclave waiting for you. This confirms that the Council used the Force to open the previously caved in south door, and by logical extension, the rest of the Enclave. The quote above also proves that whoever's waiting for you inside is responsible for the reconstruction:

What happens next depends on how you handled the lost Jedi Masters. If you allied with them, they await you in the Council Chamber.

Source: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords: Prima Official Game Guide

Now, as stated above, in the LS/canonical version, all three Jedi survive and are waiting for the player inside the Enclave.

You can also kill the Jedi, sparing either one, two or none of them. Regardless of how many you spare, the Enclave is still rebuilt. What this proves is that no matter which of the Jedi is kept alive, the Enclave will still be rebuilt. Therefore, you could say that each of the Jedi Masters alone had the capacity to telekinetically reassemble the Enclave (at least it's exterior, south door & inner courtyard). Our earlier Prima Guide quote confirms that whoever's expecting you is responsible for the reconstruction of the Enclave. So even if you kill any two of the Masters, the third Master will be inside expecting you, so they'd be solely responsible for the Enclave's reconstruction. Given the damage that we've seen to be repaired in the images above, it is incredibly impressive that Kavar, Zez-Kai Ell or Vrook Lamar could individually rebuild the Enclave.

If you're playing maximum DS and kill all the Jedi, then the Enclave is still rebuilt. You walk into an empty chamber, and Kreia comes in for a lengthy discussion.

If no Jedi are left alive to form a council, a short confrontation takes place with Kreia instead.

Source: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords: Prima Official Game Guide

But let us again refer to our earlier Prima Guide quote - as it suggests, it's whoever's expecting you that is responsible for the reconstruction of the Enclave. In this case, you've killed the entire Council, so they obviously couldn't be expecting you. In other words, it's Kreia who's expecting you - and thus, it's logically Kreia who unseals the door and repairs the damage to the Enclave. Unlike the Jedi, her motives for this are less clear, although it appears that she did want to recall some memories of her place here (she does this in both the LS and DS version, where she asks the player to go on whilst she sits and asks the player to "forgive her" because "it has been some time"). I'll admit that the case for Kreia rebuilding it in the DS version is much hazier (but not implausible), but it's a better alternative to simply calling it a plot hole - even though we do have examples of that in KotOR II, such as the Ravager staying intact even after Nihilus' death. Pick whichever explanation you want, but it's between Kreia rebuilding it in the DS version or it being a plain plot hole.

Finally, let us address how quickly this was done. We cannot use this as an effective, easily quantifiable showing for either the Masters or Kreia if we cannot have a rough timeframe for how long this took. Although you do have the luxury of travelling off-world and taking as long as you want before you return to the Enclave after the Battle of Khoonda, we're assuming the best possible scenario here, since the Enclave is still rebuilt by the time you find it.

In other words, the Enclave is rebuilt in the minimum time it would take for the Exile to travel from Khoonda to the Enclave. This is inferrably a short time, just because the local scavengers, who make regular trips to the Enclave and even have line of sight of the building do not notice any change, meaning that this would've had to have taken place over a short period of time. Whether or not you want to take this as meaning that the Enclave was reconstructed in hours or minutes is up to you.

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Obi-Wan Kenobi (Revenge of the Sith Video Game) Respect Thread

It's been ten years since the Revenge of the Sith video game was released and I've had fond memories of it. I've decided to make a respect thread for Obi-Wan as he appears in the game. Everything here is technically non-canon to Canon or Legends, though I personally doubt Obi-Wan (from Legends, at least) is incapable of performing these feats.

Respect Obi-Wan Kenobi:

"The power of the Force, my friend."

Force Jump

Obi-Wan has displayed numerous highly impressive jumps aided by the Force, carrying him to impossible heights and distances:

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Obi-Wan leaps over a crashing gunship to safety:

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Telekinesis

Together, Obi-Wan and Anakin lift a large starfighter and throw it into a shaft:

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Anakin and Obi-Wan casually blast aside a battalion of battle droids, along with a grapple droid:

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Obi-Wan tears a large block of electronic machinery and holds it aloft for Anakin to leap on and off it:

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Anakin and Obi-Wan are able to hold a pair of huge metal doors from closing. Obi-Wan then shows that he can hold the doors by himself:

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Obi-Wan wrecks a table by calling down a mass of electronic machinery upon it:

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Obi-Wan pushes a droid tri-fighter several meters:

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Obi-Wan uses the Force to clear debris, pushing a large fallen pillar:

Why can't Yoda move it alone?
Why can't Yoda move it alone?

Combat Skill

Obi-Wan defeats a crab droid. He later defeats an even larger crab droid:

https://youtu.be/17yZwc5r03E?t=560

https://youtu.be/6PUHtE8EAko?t=511

Obi-Wan defeats a pair of Magnaguards, even with battle droids and grapple droids interfering with their own attacks. He performs this feat twice:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6PUHtE8EAko (0:02 - 0:53 & 6:02 - 7:43)

Obi-Wan defeats General Grievous in a duel:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0SqaWjRK6V0

He destroys a Clone gunship, even with Clone Troopers firing at him:

https://youtu.be/21n24ewtQ4E?t=66

Obi-Wan defeats several Clone Assassins simultaneously:

https://youtu.be/XMMdvj3haAg?t=526

Obi-Wan duels roughly evenly with Anakin throughout the course of a protracted contest, winning when Anakin's overconfidence causes him to mistime his leap. As a result, Obi-Wan manages to sever several of Anakin's limbs:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kv7WyZmjQvo

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