Kyle Katarn Respect Thread - Updated and Expanded

Respect Kyle Katarn, the Jedi Outcast

"The dark side? I've been there. Do your worst."

Welcome to the largest collection of Kyle Katarn's feats and accolades.

This Respect Thread serves as a major update for already existing Kyle Katarn Respect Thread by @wollfmyth209. If during the reading you find a quote that seems familiar, it's likely that you've already seen it in the Wolf's thread.

The following Respect Thread is a result of cooperation between myself and @fated_xtasy. He's been involved in the whole project just as much as I.

With all that out of the way, respect the Jedi Outcast.

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Reputation and general accolades

Kyle Katarn graduated from the Imperial Academy as one of the top 10% of his class. His brief carrier in the Imperial Military earned him the respect of General Rom Mohc and the Imperial Medal of Valor:

The next part of the ceremony was extremely important to some of the cadets - those in the top ten percent of the class - and less so to everyone else. In spite of the fact that Kyle had worked hard to make the Commandant's honor roll, he felt ambivalent about being recognized for it.

[...]

Kyle heard his name boom over the public adress system, accepted the honor baton that Mohc handed him, and was surprised to hear his name for a second time.

"And, in recognition for his valor, and bravery in the face of the enemy, the Emperor hereby presents Second Lieutenant Kyle Katarn with the Medal of Valor, as well as the Empire's heartfelt gratitude."

Dark Forces: Soldier for the Empire

Rom Mohc: “Katarn was once an impressive Imperial officer...

Dark Forces

Kyle graduated with honors, including a Medal of Valor for his part in pacification of a Rebel base.

Power of the Jedi Sourcebook

After defecting from the Empire, Kyle Katarn became an elite Rebel agent (entrusted with several vital and dangerous missions) and one of the key figures of the Galactic Civil War:

An elite Rebel agent entrusted with some of the most crucial missions of the Rebel Alliance. It was Katarn who singlehandedly infiltrated an Imperial installation on Danuta, securing the technical plans of the Empire's Death Star battle station.

The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia

He resolved to join the Rebellion. Katarn became a highly capable Rebel agent, vouched for by the respected Ors. He drew the attention of no less than Mon Mothma, leader of the Alliance, who entrusted Katarn with the fateful mission to Danuta. After the Battle of Yavin, Katarn was instrumental in quelling the threat of the Imperial Dark Trooper project.

The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia

One of the Rebellion's most successful intelligence agents, Kyle Katarn also danced on the edges of Jedi greatness for years before fully joining Luke Skywalker's New Jedi Order.

Wizards of the Coast: Kyle Katarn: Jedi Outcast

One of the key Rebel Agents of the Civil War was a former winner of the Imperial Medal of Valor, and Cadet Officer who destroyed an Alliance communications station.

The Official Star Wars Fact File #140

Kyle Katarn's first mission for the Alliance was both vital and dangerous.

The Official Star Wars Fact File #140

New Republic Chief of State Mon Mothma’s faith in the young agent paid off when he successfully stole the plans to the Empire’s new battle station, the Death Star. Kyle’s success led to more dangerous assignments.

Power of the Jedi Sourcebook

Mon Mothma, leader of the Rebel Alliance, considered Kyle Katarn's skills to be invaluable:

Mon Mothma knew at once that Kyle's skills, learned at the Imperial Academy on Carida, would prove invaluable to the Alliance.

The Official Star Wars Fact Files #140

The Rebel Alliance was very impressed by Kyle Katarn's action during his mission on Danuta:

Jan Ors: "Good job on Operation Skyhook, the Rebels were very impressed."

Dark Forces

Even before becoming a Jedi, Kyle Katarn's reputation procceded him:

Jabba the Hutt: "So this is Katarn, the one that has been a torn in Mohc's side. Your reputation travels far."

Dark Forces

Kyle Katarn took down the Dark Trooper project almost single-handedly:

Few know the details of the infamous Dark Trooper project. The files were heavily encrypted. The imperial engineers were sworn to secrecy. And the Rebels who faced the machines in combat never lived long enough to pass on any information. All except one – Kyle Katarn, commando and Jedi Knight. Katarn’s briefings to Alliance Command, coupled with classified data sliced by Bothan spies, have revealed critical facts about the Empire’s ambitious attempt to create „super stormtroopers”. Though Katarn downplays his accomplishments, it appears he nearly single-handedly derailed the entire undertaking.

The Essentail Guide to Droids

Even before becoming a Jedi, Kyle Katarn proved troublesome to the Empire:

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Kyle's exploits against the Empire resulted in a bounty on his head:

Jan Ors: "You must be making a big dent in Mohc's plans, Kyle. I got a word that he has placed a healthy death mark on you head. Every bounty hunter in the system will be out for your hide."

Dark Forces

The stormtroopers double-timed onto the far side of the platform, paused, and waited for orders. The ranking NCO had a parade ground voice and liked to use it. "All right, men - spread out and find him! There's a price on his head - so you could be rich by morning."

Dark Forces: Rebel Agent (Novela)

Both Qu Rahn and Luke Skywalker consider Kyle Katarn to be talented:

Luke Skywalker: "I think the second part of the message bears on the first. What did Katarn say? Something about a lightsaber that belonged to Rahn? The gift implies talent - talent and something more, connections that I sense but can't put into words. I believe we can trust Kyle.

Dark Forces: Rebel Agent (Novela)

Kyle Katarn's progress makes Qu Rahn proud:

Qu Rahn: "Your lessons proceed well, I’m proud of you.

Dark Forces: Rebel Agent (Audiodrama)

Yun acknowledges Kyle Katarn's capabilities:

Yun frowned. It seemed that his opponent was more capable than the first impression would have suggested. The Jedi felt the tiniest trickle of fear enter his belly.

Dark Forces: Rebel Agent (Novela)

Katarn is stated to have bested Jerec and his flock by himself:

Several of the Emperor's Dark Side Adepts, led by the Dark Jedi Jerec, had attracted corporate backers to form a warlord cabal. Their influence was limited, but Jerec had discovered the Valley of the Jedi on Ruusan, where the spirits of the the Brotherhood of Darkness and Army of Light had been trapped in limbo for a thousand years. Jerec planned to use the Valley's power to topple Isard and rule a vast new empire. Katarn single-handedly defeated Jerec and his minions before the Dark Jedi grandiose plan could come to fruition.

The New Essential Chronology

Pursued by Katarn's vengeful son, Kyle Katarn, Jerec and his Dark Jedi hurried to Ruusan. Jerec's followers held Kyle off long enough for Jerec to access the Valley's secrets and gain phenomenal Force powers. But even with his increased might, Jerec was unable to defeat Kyle or to prevent him from freeing the Valley's trapped Jedi spirits.

The Dark Side Sourcebook

On Danuta, he mowed down a base full of Stormtroopers. He went toe to toe with a phase three Dark Trooper and won, then defeated seven Dark Jedi, each one more powerful than the last.

The New Essential Guide to Characters

The fate of the galaxy was at stake during the duel between Kyle Katarn and Jerec:

Since the time of the Clone Wars, no Jedi battle loomed quite so large as this one. The fate of the galaxy sits like a rare Tumanian pressure-ruby in your hands. Jerec was already powerful enough to subjugate the other Dark Jedi to his designs; now he has tapped the power of a thousand Jedi ancients. Fortunately, you have interupted him in midusurpation.

Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II: The Official Strategy Guide

Katarn’s exploits against Jerec and his Dark Jedi impressed Luke Skywaker:

Skywalker, impressed, offered to train Katarn as a Jedi Apprentice, but the other man declined.

The New Essential Chronology

Ever since his experience at Bakura, Skywalker had grown less interested in military conquest and more interested in the spiritual understanding of the Force. Skywalker's views were reinforced when he witnessed the heroic deeds of Kyle Katarn—a Force sensitive individual who, five years earlier, had helped recover the Death Star plans, and sabotaged the Empire's Dark Trooper program. Now Katarn was realizing his own potential as a Jedi.

The New Essential Chronology

After defeating Jerec and his minions, Kyle Katarn joined the New Republic military, eventually being promoted to a captain:

Katarn refused Luke Skywalker's offer to become an apprentice, instead he joined the New Republic military, working his way up to the rank of captain.

The New Essential Guide to Characters.

Kyle Katarn's renown as a Jedi caught the attention of Mara Jade, who sought him hoping that he will be able to advance her training:

Kyle's reputation as a skilled Jedi has attracted Mara Jade - former assassin, smuggler and Dark Jedi-in-training under Emperor Palpatine. Earlier in Mara's carrier, Luke Skywalker convinced her to abandon the dark side. Hoping to complete her Jedi apprenticeship, Mara joins Kyle on the remote outpost of Altyr V.

Jedi Knight: Mysteries of the Sith Manual

It has been more than five years since Jerec was defeated at the Valley of the Jedi. Kyle Katarn, continuing his pursuit of the light side of the Force, has joined the fragile New Republic in the struggle against the remnants of the Empire.

To aid in their cause, Kyle has traveled to a remote base in the Altyr system acompanied by Mara Jade, a young smuggler who sought out Kyle in the hope that he might further her Jedi training.

Jedi Knight: Mysteries of the Sith

Kyle Katarn's exploits against Jerec and his Dark Jedi made him a "legendary hero":

Desann: "Kyle? Kyle Katarn? You are the legendary hero who destroyed Jerec at the Valley of the Jedi?"

Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast

Tavion calls Kyle Katarn a "prodigal Jedi":

Tavion Axmis: "Ah, the prodigal Jedi."

Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast

While being praised by Luke Skywalker for his exploits against the Disciples of Ragnos, Jaden Korr admits that his success wouldn't be possible without Kyle Katarn's teachings:

Luke Skywalker: "Jaden, you did more than we could have ever hoped. You’ve become a true Jedi."

Jaden Korr: "Thank you, Master Skywalker. But I couldn’t have done it without Kyle."

Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy

Kyle Katarn is one of the most renowned members of the Order:

"What about these impulses?" Kyle Katarn asked. With brown hair, brown eyes, and a tan shirt tucked into brown breeches, he looked like a farmer about to return to his fields instead of one of the Jedi order's most famous and skilled members.

Dark Nest I: The Joiner King

As a Jedi, Kyle Katarn is considered as effective as squadrons of elite soldiers:

"They would have a very hard time smuggling in squadrons of elite soldiers to damage or disable the facility. One or two infiltrators they could manage. And packing squadrons' worth of effectiveness into one or two people..."

"Means Jedi."

"Yes."

Legacy of the Force: Betrayal

Kyle Katarn has been chosen by Luke Skywalker over two other notable Jedi Masters, Corran Horn and Kyp Durron, to lead a strike team against Darth Caedus. What makes is even more impressive is that Luke outright admitted to himself the possibility of loosing to Caedus:

"Why is there some doubt as to who is going to lead it?"

Kyp hesitated a moment. "Masters Horn and Katarn have volunteered. I am also willing to lead it. But I haven't assigned a mission leader yet... because I think you should lead it."

"Absolutely not."

"Please hear me out. There's worry in the Order. It comes from not knowing where we're going. The Jedi need you to show them. They need you to lead. A mission like this shows them your goals, your heart."

If I lead this mission, I will strike at Jacen with hatred. One of us will die, and Ben will follow our mutual example and be lost to the dark side. Luke did not need the Force to show him the future to know that this was true.

He thought about it a long moment. "Here's my decision. Master Katarn will lead this mission."

Legacy of the Force: Fury

Darth Caedus considers Kyle Katarn as a threat. By consequence, Caedus holds Kyle in a higher esteem than Ben Skywalker, Leia Organa Solo, and Saba Sebatyne:

Three Jedi Knights: the younger Horn, the Falleen Mithric, the Bothan Hu'lya. He resisted the urge to snort. Separately or collectively, these Jedi Knights were no match for him.

Katarn, though, was a threat.

Legacy of the Force: Fury

Jacen could defeat his mother or Ben without trouble; Saba, with difficulties.

Legacy of the Force: Fury

Wedge Antilees believes that the group consisting of Kyle Katarn and several others is the deadliest group within five hundred light-years:

Wedge decided that the group Luke led through the Death Star wreckage was a mob, and it was perhaps the most dangerous mob within five hundred light-years. Following him and Luke were Han and Leia, Jaina and Zekk, Syal, Tycho, Saba Sebatyne and Corran Horn, Ben, and Kyle Katarn, who trailed the pack but otherwise seemed to be moving well.

Legacy of the Force: Fury

Darth Wyyrlock considers Jaden Korr to be dangerous due to his training under Kyle Katarn:

Darth Wyyrlock: “We know of him. He was apprenticed to Katarn and is, therefore, dangerous.

Crosscurrent

According to Jon Zuk, co-project lead of Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy, the reason behind the change of protagonist from Kyle Katarn to Jaden Korr was that at the end of Jedi Outcast, Kyle was a very powerful Jedi and he wouldn’t have any difficulties completing missions planed for Jedi Academy:

As we fleshed the idea out, we discovered two problems. The first was that Kyle ended Jedi Outcast as a pretty powerful Jedi. If he were to take these missions, wouldn't he just breeze through everything as a Jedi superhero? The second problem was that stand-alone missions felt a little disjointed in terms of any kind of plot progression.

Fortunately, we had solutions to both. For the first, we decided you would play as a student, new to the Jedi Academy. In keeping with the idea of letting players customize their gameplay experience, we then also wanted to allow players to customize their own characters! You may already know this, but to reiterate, you can choose your species, appearance, and clothing style. Then, to keep building on the story of the Jedi Knight series, we made Kyle Katarn integral to the game by making him your teacher at the Jedi Academy!

Jon Zuk, Co-Project Lead, Raven Software

Note: For more information regarding Jaden Korr and his feats from Jedi Academy, be sure to check out his Respect Thread by @fated_xtasy.

Kyle Katarn is much more difficult opponent than the spirit of Marka Ragnos:

After killing Tavion, Kyle tries o stop you. Kyle is much more difficult than Marka Ragnos.

Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy: Prima's Official Strategy Guide

Physical traits/Force augmentation

Kyle Katarn is ambidextrous:

Dark Forces Saga, Part 1
Dark Forces Saga, Part 1

Kyle Katarn is highly acrobatic:

Sage Edition Roleplay Statistics
Sage Edition Roleplay Statistics
Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast
Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast

Jan Ors makes note of Kyle Katarn's fitness and strength:

He looked tall and fit as he talked to the local customs agent, shook hands, and checked the Crow's landing skids. What did she like about him anyway? Besides the fact that he'd saved her life? Was it the determinated look in his eyes? The strength in his hands? Or the laugh that came so seldom she found herself working for it?

Dark Forces: Soldier for the Empire

Despite being in his late fifties at the time of Dark Nest Trilogy, Kyle Katarn is still a fit-looking man:

"Actually, they are his concern," Kyle Katarn said. He was still a slim and fit-looking man;

Dark Nest II: The Unseen Queen

Kyle Katarn knocks out several Kell dragons with his bare hands:

"Jabba the Hutt, the Fat One, the Slimy One, returns. This is not good. He’s taken my gear; all my weapons, the nava card – and Jan. I’ve got to find her after I battle some Kell dragons. I’m normally an optimistic guy, but how do you fight a Kell dragon with your bare hands?"

(...)

Into the pit you go, and this pit is really the pits. Kell dragons are formidable obstacles even with a fusion cutter in your hands – and all you have at the start of this mission are your bare hands. In short, you have to punch the lights out of five or six Kell dragons before you can get out of here. It’s no simple feat, especially when you have to box more than one at a time.

Dark Forces: Official Player's Guide

Despite lack of formal training in the Force, Kyle Katarn instinctively uses the Force to slow his perception of time:

Kyle turned, spotted four troopers on the walkway above, and flinched as a bolt singed his shoulder. Logic dictated that this was it, the end of his life, since no one could shoot that straight or fast... Unless - the thought acted like a trigger. Time slowed and his senses grew more acute. The Force was like a river that carried all before it. Those who live in harmony with its currentss were strenghtened - while those who stood in opposition were tossed like chips in a flood.

Kyle stood within an eddy, chose his target, and fired. Not a long burst, but a single, perfectly aimed shot. The bolt found its mark, as did the rest.

Dark Forces: Soldier for the Empire

The doors started to close and buzzed when Kyle used his blaster to keep them apart. They sensed the resistance, opened, and allowed him to pass. The attack came without warning as a blaster bolt drilled a hole through Kyle's shoulder. He staggered and tried to respond but felt very, very tired. The blaster seemed so heavy that he could barely lift it. The bounty hunters were little more than a blur. He backpedaled, felt his shoulder hit the door, and waited for the shot that would end his life.

A voice sounded inside his head. "Go to the place within. Nothing can touch you there. The Force will protect you."

Kyle had heard of the Force and instinctively knew that what he thought of as "the gun trick" relied on an energy source external to himself. That knowledge, plus extreme desperation, caused him to listen.

Kyle called on the Force, became one with it, and felt events start to slow. There was time now, plenty of time in which to assess the bounty hunters arrayed before him, raise his weapon, and open fire.

The Rebel felt removed somehow, like a witness to someone's life. He watched as a Rodian toppled, a Gamorrean fell, and a human collapsed.

Dark Forces: Rebel Agent (Novela)

Kyle Katarn slams a bounty hunter against a table with enough force to knock him out/kill him:

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Kyle Katarn uses 8t88's arm to block a vibro-axe strike from a Trandoshan bounty hunter:

Kyle turned ont his back and instinctively raised his hands. The vibro-axe made a clanging sound as it hit 88's arm. The Trandoshan roared, raised his weapon, and went cross -eted as Kyle kicked him between the legs.

Dark Forces: Rebel Agent (Novela)

Kyle Katarn survives blaster bolt to the shoulder and close proximity of a grenade explosion:

The doors started to close and buzzed when Kyle used his blaster to keep them apart. They sensed the resistance, opened, and allowed him to pass. The attack came without warning as a blaster bolt drilled a hole through Kyle's shoulder. He staggered and tried to respond but felt very, very tired. The blaster seemed so heavy that he could barely lift it. The bounty hunters were little more than a blur. He backpedaled, felt his shoulder hit the door, and waited for the shot that would end his life.

A voice sounded inside his head. "Go to the place within. Nothing can touch you there. The Force will protect you."

Kyle had heard of the Force and instinctively knew that what he thought of as "the gun trick" relied on an energy source external to himself. That knowledge, plus extreme desperation, caused him to listen.

Kyle called on the Force, became one with it, and felt events start to slow. There was time now, plenty of time in which to assess the bounty hunters arrayed before him, raise his weapon, and open fire.

The Rebel felt removed somehow, like a witness to someone's life. He watched as a Rodian toppled, a Gamorrean fell, and a human collapsed.

A feeling of smug invincibility settled over Kyle as his enemies fell like wheat before a scythe. No one could stand before him! No one was as smart, as powerful, as...

Suddenly, and without warning, the slow, almost dreamy battle snapped into fast forward. An energy beam sizzled past Kyle's head - and he undestood his mistake. The Force was the source oh his protection, not... A grenade exploded, the deck disappeared, and his head struck metal.

Dark Forces: Rebel Agent (Novela)

Kyle Katarn tanks Yun's telekinetic blast to the chest:

Kyle adjusted his aim and felt a sledgehammer hit his chest. Not a real sledgehammer but the one shaped from the Force, and just as effective. He backpedaled and slammed into a chair. The blaster tumbled away, and Yun shook his head.

"So, this is what the light side sends against us. No wonder we succeed." So saying, lightsaber buzzing in his hand, he strode the length of the table. Broken tile skittered away from his boots.

Kyle recognized the Jedi as one of the three he'd seen at the farm... the young one.

The Rebel raised his feet, kicked the table, and did a backward somersault. The chair crashed to floor, and the agent landed on his knees.

Dark Forces: Rebel Agent (Novela)

Yun compliments Kyle Katarn's speed:

Yun: “Oh! You are quicker than I thought!

Dark Forces: Rebel Agent (Audiodrama)

Kyle Katarn, despite lacking formal training in the Force, casually deflects blaster bolts:

Blaster bolts flashed out of the darkness and bounced away as Kyle used the lightsaber to deflect them. The action seemed natural. But it threw a scare into the stormtroopers. „Did you see that? He’s a Jedi!

Dark Forces: Rebel Agent (Novela)

An injured and stunned Kyle Katarn moves his lightsaber in a blur:

Stunned by the attack and bleeding from a half-dozen puncture wounds, Kyle staggered away.

(...)

Though slowed by the pain in his head, Kyle stil managed to pull the lightsaber from his belt and turn. The weapon blurred through the air, took the monster in the mouth, and cut off the top of its head.

Dark Forces: Rebel Agent (Novela)

An injured and stunned Kyle Katarn reacts to charging Pic and slams 8t88's head into his face, sending him flying and killing him:

Stunned by the attack and bleeding from a half-dozen puncture wounds, Kyle staggered away.

(...)

Pic had regained consciousness. The Jedi was little more than a blur. He had covered half the distance between them and was airborne by the time the Rebel started to react. There was no time to think. Instinct took over.

The head weighed a good ten kilos and was made of metal. It described an arc around Kyle's body and struck with considerable force. There was a loud cracking noise as skull hit skull, and Pic, who resembled nothing more so much as a rag doll, flew across the compartment, smashed into a bulkhead, and fell to the deck.

Dark Forces: Rebel Agent (Novela)

Kyle Katarn leaps and dashes onto a coupler:

Kyle waited for the tractor to draw abreast of his position, dashed across the intervening space, and jumped onto a coupler.

Dark Forces: Jedi Knight (Novela)

Kyle Katarn takes a hit from a charging Maw, and recovers immediately:

The answer came with terryfying speed. Something, he wasn't sure what, hit his shoulder and sent him sprawling. He rolled to his back, jumped to his feet, and lit the lightsaber.

Dark Forces: Jedi Knight (Novela)

Kyle Katarn moves his lightsaber in a blur:

The lightsaber blurred as it rose and fell. The blade entered the half-man's left shoulder, sliced through his chest, and exited through the right side of his body. There was an explosion of blood as Maw fell into two distinct pieces - and Kyle felt energy swirl around him.

Dark Forces: Jedi Knight (Novela)

Kyle Katarn tanks a Force attack from Jerec that disintigrated a ramp and knocked down a ship:

The Dark Jedi drew upon the energy that leaked out of the Valley, gave it shape, and hurled the construct at Kyle's chest. The blast threw the Rebel backward onto the loading ramp. He staggered and had just managed to reestablish his footing when a second, more powerful explosion hurled him back into the cargo ship. The lock sensed his presence, and the hatch started to close. The ramp disintegrated.

The ship tilted away, and fell toward the rocks below.

Dark Forces: Jedi Knight (Novela)

Kyle Katarn blocks Jerec's Force lightning:

The Essential Reader Companion
The Essential Reader Companion

Kyle Katarn survives a fall from a sizeable hight:

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Kyle Katarn leaps a great height:

Jedi Knight: Jedi Outcast
Jedi Knight: Jedi Outcast

In quick succession, Kyle Katarn tanks Force lightning and gets telekineticaly slammed against a pillar by Tavion Axmis, however he recovers quickly:

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Kyle Katarn survives a direct energy blast from Scepter of Ragnos, and being burried under a rubble:

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Note: This feat comes from Dark Side Ending of Jedi Academy, which is considered non-canon.

Kyle Katarn takes part in a brawl with a Yuuzhan Vong warrior:

  • Scan 1: Kyle quickly sprints towards the Vong.
  • Scan 2: Kyle tanks being choked and thrown by the Vong, unharmed.
  • Scan 3: Kyle dodges an attack from the Vong, then tanks one of his attacks, before landing a strike of his own. In retaliation, the Vong punches Kyle in the stomach.
  • Scan 4: Kyle places an explosive on the Vong's chest before kicking him so hard that the wall the Vong came in contact with completely cracked

Kyle Katarn attacks Darth Caedus with the speed of lightning:

Katarn's blade struck his, rebounded with a snap-hiss. and came around from the other side as the Jedi Master executed a lightning-fast spin.

Legacy of the Force: Fury

Kyle Katarn tanks a GAG speeder being slammed into his back:

Caedus reached out a hand as if intending to hurl Katarn away from him. The Master raised his own hand, a deflecting gesture. But Caedus exerted himself against the oncoming GAG speeder, yanking it down and toward all of them.

A moment's inattention or focus elsewhere. That's all it ever took. By the time Katarn felt the speeder coming toward him - spinning, its stern a mere two meters from his back - it was already too late for him to send a command even to Force-augmented nerves and muscles. His face changed with the awareness of danger.

Then the speeder's port quarter hit his back, hurling him forward to slam into Caedus.

Legacy of the Force: Fury

Kyle Katarn survives being stabbed in the chest by a lightsaber:

Caedus felt a rush of satisfaction, enjoyment, as Katarn's expression turned from one of surprise to pain. Katarn looked down to see Caedus's lightsaber buried to its hilt in his chest.

A noise, something halfway between a groan and a death rattle, emerged from Katarn's lips. Smiling, Caedus yanked his lightsaber free and let the stricken Jedi Master fall face-first on the pavement.

Legacy of the Force: Fury

Force abilities

Power

The Force is strong in the Katarn family:

The Force was strong in the Katarn family, something else that Morgan Katarn had kept from Kyle.

The Official Star Wars Fact File #124

Kyle Katarn is strong in the Force:

When Jedi Master Luke Skywalker began his study into how to train the new generation of Jedi Knights, the histories of two men, both very strong in the Force, did much to confuse issues. One of those men was Corran Horn, a fromer Correlian Security operative and Rogue Squadron pilot. The other was Kyle Katarn.

The Official Star Wars Fact File #124
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While pursuing Jerec and his minions, Kyle Katarn's connection to the Force has been constantly growing:

It's entirely possible to play Jedi Knight and win without using Force Powers. But both combat (especially with Dark Jedi) and exploration become far easier, not to mention more interesting, when you employ the remarkable abilities conferred upon Kyle Katarn by his ever-growing unity with the Force.

Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II: The Official Strategy Guide

Kyle Katarn has a "powerful Jedi destiny":

Morgan had the burgeoning power of the Force, but more importantly Katarn's son, Kyle, had a powerful Jedi destiny that would be revealed in time.

Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II Game Manual

This revelation led Kyle on a journey ot the hidden Valey of the Jedi, where he learned of his powerful Jedi destiny.

Jedi Knight: Jedi Outcast Game Manual

Jerec intended to recrut Kyle Katarn, correctly suspecting that he will become strong in the Force:

When the Dark Jedi had discovered Morgan Katarn had a son, he took a personal interest. Jerec was ambitious, seeking to surround himself with powerful followers, meaning at some stage to challenge Palpatine. The son of Morgan Katarn was likely to be a powerful Jedi, and Jerec promised Kyle that he would be there when the young man was ready to join those with real power.

The Official Star Wars Fact File #124

Darth Vader considers Kyle Katarn to be strong in the Force, years before he received any actual training:

Darth Vader: "This is an unfortunate setback. The Force is strong with Katarn."

Dark Forces

Boc and Gorc consider Kyle Katarn to be strong in the Force:

Someone is watching us. I can feel it.

So?” Sarris responded impatiently. „What did you expect? This is more activity than the locals have seen for a long time. We’re hard to miss.

The Force is strong in this one,” Boc continued, „and he seeks to destroy us.

Dark Forces: Rebel Agent (Novela)

Gorc: "The Force is with you, rebel!"

Dark Forces: Rebel Agent (Audiodrama)

By drawing from a single shaft of energy from the Valley of the Jedi, Jerec achieves the state of Oneness with the Force. Still, the realization of Kyle Katarn's rapid growth makes him feel fear:

Now that the Valley was under his control, Jerec was in no particular hurry. He needed time to prepare, but more than that, time in which to savor that which destiny had placed before him, much as a gourmet might linger over a rare and carefully prepared dessert. There was leakage, though - leakage that could double or even triple his ability - and whet his appetite for more.

The Jedi Master directed a thought outward, steered a circle around the cauldron of churning energy, and located a place where a steady stream of pitch-black energy had broken through the protective shell and strobed into space. Jerec chose a single shaft of negative energy, drew on its power, and felt himself expand. Bigger and bigger until his mind was everywhere, until he was one with the dark inner fabric of the Force itself, until he stood on the very brink of what he perceived as being all-powerful.

Not the state of enlightenment that so many prattled on about, but a state in which power could be accessed, shaped, and applied - all without the years of tedious meditation, study, and apprenticeship that proponents of the light side considered so necessary.

Even better was the next step, the step beyond Jedi Mastery, into which Jerec now passed. And it was there, in a state approaching all-knowingness, that he swept the ethers for signs of life.

Thousands appeared, each instantly identifiable, each distinct from all the rest. He felt the lieutenant, only meters away, frightened and eager to leave; his bodyguards, their minds blank with boredom; Sariss, seething with plans; Boc, relishing someone else's discomfort; Yun, confused and unsure; Maw, looking to express his rage; animals, following the dictates of their genetic programming; and there, closer than he would have thought, the intruders.

And not just any intruders - but Kyle Katarn! But wait - the boy had changed, had grown into more than an annoyance: a Jedi Knight! Not entirely unexpected, since Jerec had been aware of the boy's potential before he had, but surprising nonetheless.A self-taught Jedi was nearly unheard of - unless!

- and the truth flooded his mind.

The youth had a mentor: Rahn! Laughter came as if from a long way off - and Jerec felt a sudden stab of fear. He felt a desire to reach out, to crush that which opposed him, but brought the impulse under control. It was an interesting development, but not an immediate threat.

"Besides," Jerec mused, directing the thought outward, "even the best blade can be turned against those who forged it."

Dark Forces: Jedi Knight (Novela)

Kyle Katarn's was so strong in the Force that his body was barely able to contain the power:

His senses were hightened - and a thousand impressions flooded his mind. He had originally viewed the Force in the abstract, as something outside of himself, but not any longer. Now Kyle felt at one with the Force. It surged and seethed as if only barely contained. It trickled through the pores in his skin, filled each living cell, and displaced pain and fatigue. He felt, light, strong, powerful.

Dark Forces: Jedi Knight (Novela)

Kyle Katarn was part of the Jedi Academy inaugural class. Members of the class were noted for becoming more powerful with each day:

He [Luke Skywalker] located other candidates, including the clone Dorsk 81, the warrior woman Kirana Ti from Dathomir, and Corran Horn from Rogue Squadron. New Republic Commander Kyle Katarn also joined the first batch of students...

The New Essential Chronology

Luke gathered his Jedi Knights around him, sensed their growing power intertwined. They were a team, not just wild cards with powers and abilities they did not understand.

[...]

There was no telling how long it would take for him to recover, but with each passing day the apprentices grew in strength as well.

Jedi Academy III: Champions of the Force

After using the Valley of the Jedi nexus to re-establish his connection to the Force, Kyle Katarn travels to Yavin IV to re-obtain his lightsaber. He goes through a series of trials prepared by Luke Skywalker. Luke is impressed by Kyle's performance and comes to the conclusion that he had to use the power of the Valley. Kyle confirmes and compares a brief bask in the Valley's nexus to "years of re-training", while Luke express concern on what would Kyle be capable of should he fall to the dark side:

Note: Luke's concern has been proven correct in the Dark Side Ending (non-canon) of Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II, in which Kyle seizes the power of the Valley for himself and establishes himself as the new Emperor, crushing all opposition.

Desann acknowledges Kyle Katarn's power:

Desann: "I was wrong about you, Katarn. Your failure as a Jedi hasn't weakened you; it's only made you stronger."

Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast

Jaina Solo considers herself Force-wise inferior to Jedi Masters, which would include Kyle Katarn:

"I know that you Masters - and several Jedi Knights - are more skilled in both Force and lightsaber than I am. But I'm his twin sister. I'll have advantages no one else will."

Legacy of the Force: Invincible

Note: For more information about Jaina Solo, be sure to check out her Respect Thread by @shootingnova

Members of the Jedi Council, including Kyle Katarn, are the most powerful Jedi in the galaxy:

Han could only imagine how the current debate must be playing on him [Corran Horn], sitting in a room with a dozen of the most powerful Jedi in the galaxy, listening to them arguing not about how they were going to get his two sick kids out of carbonite, but about wheter they should turn two more young Jedi Knights over to the same people who had frozen Valin and Jysella.

Fate of the Jedi: Abyss

Kyle Katarn mastered the Force:

While Skywalker mastered the Force through empathy and feeling, Katarn did so through discipline and will.

Jedi Academy Training Manual

Telekinesis

Without any training in the Force, Kyle Katarn casually pulls his blaster to his side:

The blaster took on a life of its own. It slid across the wellworn surface and into Kyle's hand. The Gran blinked in quick succession. "You'll never leave here alive. Nar Shaddaa will be your grave!"

Dark Forces: Rebel Agent (Novela)

The agent forced himself to concentrate, to step outside his fear and feel the blaster in his hand. Suddenly it was there, butt-first, ready for use. He brought the weapon up out of the water and wondered if it would fire.

Dark Forces: Rebel Agent (Novela)

Kyle Katarn uses the Force to put the Moldy Crow in position:

The Crow was backlit by a distant fire. Kyle raised his arms and brought his wrists together as the ship coasted into position. The ramp whirred, and jerked to a stop. A gust of wind hit the starboard side of the hull, and Jan fought for control.

Dark Forces: Jedi Knight (Novela)

Kyle Katarn can use telekinesis to repel incoming missiles and counter the enemy's Force Grip:

Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast
Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast

Kyle Katarn punches a hole in a wall during his re-training on Yavin IV:

Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast
Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast

Kyle Katarn utterly dominates Tavion Axmis with the Force:

(13:21-14:11)

Kyle Katarn holds a large amount of debris from crushing himself and Jaden Korr during the mission to Vjun:

Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy
Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy

Note: Vjun is a dark side nexus, that both Yoda and Luke Skywalker described as "strong" and "opressive".

Kyle Katarn can dominate Jaden Korr with telekinesis, by either disarming or ragdolling him:

Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy
Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy
Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy
Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy

Plus, if he [Kyle] can't hit you with his saber, he will grab, choke, and throw you.

Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy: Prima's Official Strategy Guide

Note: While these feats can only be seen in Dark Side Ending of Jedi Academy (which is considered non-canon), Kyle's superiority over Jaden has been already confirmed by Jon Zuk (see the quote in "General reputation..." section), therefore it should still be considered as valid.

Kyle Katarn sends a large group of people and a Yuuzhan Vong back with telekinesis:

Equals & Opposites
Equals & Opposites

Kyle Katarn, with the aid of several other Jedi, builds a shell out of rocks and rubble around Luke, Mara and Jacen:

Kyle Katarn arrived in the same instant, emerging from the flotsam with half a dozen other Jedi. They quickly drove the last of the Gorog warriors away, lacing the darkness with blaster bolts and flinging thermal detonators around like confetti, using the Force to create a protective shell of rubble around the Skywalkers and Jacen.

Dark Nest III: The Swarm War

Kyle Katarn performs a lightsaber throw:

Katarn hurled his lightsaber off to the side and caught Hu'lya with both hands, preventing her from falling, prepared to pull her out of harm's way if Caedus followed through.

Caedus did not. He kept his senses on Katarn's lightsaber, and, when it vectored to fly toward him from the side, he negligently swatted it away with his own blade.

[...]

Katarn caught his returning lightsaber.

Legacy of the Force: Fury

Runner, a clone of Kyle Katarn, uses the Force to send a speeder flying onto the walls of a building which half collapses due to the sheer force of the blow, and manages to devastate a hospital with a Force wave:

Soldier felt Runner's anger spike.

"Don't," he said, and reached back to grab Runner's arm, but it was too late.

Runner made a sweeping gesture with one hand, and the Weequay's speeder looked as if it had been hit broadside with an enormous wave. It teetered on its side and slid across the street, onto the sidewalk, crushing several pedestrians, and into an adjacent building. Metal shrieked and bent. Glass shattered. The building half-collapsed with an angry rumble. One of the Weequay's speeder's engines sputtered and burst into flames. Black smoke poured into the air.

[...]

Enough of this,” Runner said. He shoved Soldier to the side, the anger bleeding from him. He held out his hands and unleashed a blast of energy that went before him in a wide arc. The triage area virtually exploded. Beds overturned; overhead lights shattered, raining glass; medical equipment toppled; and two dozen bodies—patients, security guards, doctors, and nurses, including those whose minds Soldier had bent to his will—flew across the room and slammed into the far wall. Bones shattered.

Before them, the pile of bodies, bedding, and machinery looked like the aftermath of a bomb blast. The lift doors were crumpled on their mounts; the lift control panel was shattered and spitting sparks. The alarms from medical equipment beeped plaintively. Moans and screams sounded from the wounded.

Riptide

Note: Since Katarn is Runner's genetic template, it's safe to assume that Kyle can do similar telekinetic feats.

Telepathy

Kyle Katarn knows Mind Trick:

Jedi Academy Training Manual
Jedi Academy Training Manual

Kyle Katarn can temporarly mind trick a weak willed opponent into attacking its allies:

Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast: Official Perfect Guide
Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast: Official Perfect Guide

Kyle Katarn, despite not having much formal training in the Force, resists Sariss' mental assault before countering with his own:

Kyle swallowed, knowing his opponent was more experienced than he, and then suddenly reeled under the impact of a mental attack. This battle would be fought on two planes. One mental, the other physical - just like the ones in his "dream."

The Jedi accessed the knowledge gained from the long-dead Tal, blocked the mental strike and answered with an attack of his own. He launched a head cut from the third position, flexed his wrist, and extended his arm. Though a good deal lighter than its metal counterpart, the Jedi energy weapon possessed similar characteristics. It could penetrate like a rapier and cut like a saber. A double-edged saber.

Sariss blocked the mental blow, wondered where Katarn had garnered such knowledge, and found herself under attack.

Dark Forces: Jedi Knight (Novela)

Kyle mind tricks a commando:

"Halt! Who goes there?"

Kyle extended a hand."You have seen me many times before - and are aware of my authority."

The Commando nodded."Sorry, sir - I didn't realize it was you."

Dark Forces: Jedi Knight (Novela)

Kyle Katarn uses Force Persuasion against Mara Jade:

Jedi Knight: Mysteries of the Sith
Jedi Knight: Mysteries of the Sith

Kyle Katarn mind tricks an Imperial officer into openning the door for him:

Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast
Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast

Kyle Katarn communicates telepathicaly with Jaden Korr:

Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy
Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy

Kyle Katarn communicates with the other Masters through Battle-Meld:

Next went the four Jedi—Kyp, Saba, Octa Ramis, and Kyle Katarn—in their combat-rated vac suits.

(...)

Conversing through the Jedi battle-meld if at all, Kyp and the other Masters activated their green combat lamps and used the Force to pull themselves after the war droids.

Dark Nest I: The Joiner King

Kyle Katarn touched Luke through the battle-meld, reassuring him, letting him know reinforcements were on the way.

Dark Nest III: The Swarm War

Note: According to Obi-Wan Kenobi, Battle-Meld can only be used by a Jedi Master of great power and ability:

"It permits a group of Jedi to connect their minds so closely as to act as a single person." C'baoth told him.

"It can also be very dangerous," Obi-Wan warned. "It takes a Jedi Master of great power and depth in the force to create such a state without killing or destroying the minds of everyone involved."

The Outbound Flight

Force Sense/Precognition/Farsight

During his first assingment as a team leader, Kyle Katarn, despite lacking a formal training in the Force, glimpses the future, which allows him to save the lifes of many of his soldiers:

Suddenly, without knowing how he knew, Kyle glimpsed the future. Where the well-lit corridor had been he saw only darkness and the flash of energy weapons. The words tumbled out of his mouth. "Hit the dirt! Low-crawl forward!"

The orders made no apparent sense, but if the Imperial stormtropers knew anything, it was how to obey orders, and they did so to a man. Kyle's vision, and the resulting order, saved many of their lives.

Dark Forces: Soldier for the Empire

Kyle Katarn "sees" where the stormtrooper is going to appear:

Kyle ducked into the heretofore protected area, "felt" the trooper before he actually saw him, and aimed for the spot where the Imperial would appear. The soldier obliged, staggered as if drunk, and fell facedown on the floor.

Dark Forces: Soldier for the Empire

Kyle Katarn senses that he's being followed:

Kyle walked the length of the street as quickly as he could without drawing undue attention to himself. It wasn't until he had left the main drag and entered the realtive darkness of a residential area that the Rebel knew he'd been followed. He felt the other person's presence before he actually saw her with his eyes. The Force rippled away from the tail in the same manner that oil separates itself from water.

Dark Forces: Rebel Agent (Novela)

Kyle Katarn "sees" where the TIE fighter is going to move:

Kyle watched heavily eroded cliffs flash by, hoped Jan knew what she was doing, and forced himself to let it go. The Rebel felt a tremendous sense of calm as everything seemed to slow. Now he had time to think - to concentrate. He fired, rode the burts of energy outward, and flew wide of the terget.

The agent corrected his aim, "saw" where the TIE fighter would go next, and triggered the next shot. He rode this one all the way to the transparisteel canopy that protected the Imperial pilot and felt himself dissipate against it. Though not strong enough to punch its way through, the energy bolt did manage to blister the outer surface of the windshield.

Dark Forces: Rebel Agent (Novela)

Kyle Katarn feels the presence of Luke Skywalker:

Repulsors rumbled, the walls shook, and Kyle went for his blaster. An extremely strong personality had arrived. One that sent waves through the Force and seemed to radiate strength.

Dark Forces: Rebel Agent (Novela)

Kyle Katarn feels that he's being watched:

"It looks like nobody's home - what now?"

"Looks can be deceiving," Kyle replied. "Somebody's watching - I can feel it."

Dark Forces: Jedi Knight (Novela)

Kyle Katarn feels Grif's death:

The outposter was furious now, stabbing the machine over and over, and screaming his hatred. "This is for Katie, this is for Carole, and this is for me!" The settler hit something critical, and the attack droid staggered and then accelerated away. There was a momentary flash of light as it hit the canton and fell to the rocks below.

Kyle felt Grif's death via the Force, and Jan bit her lip.

Dark Forces: Jedi Knight (Novela)

Force Healing

Kyle Katarn knows Force Healing:

Dark Forces Saga, Part 1
Dark Forces Saga, Part 1

Kyle Katarn can heal himself while moving and fighting:

Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast: Official Perfect Guide
Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast: Official Perfect Guide

Kyle Katarn re-energizes his body with the Force:

His senses were hightened - and a thousand impressions flooded his mind. He had originally viewed the Force in the abstract, as something outside of himself, but not any longer. Now Kyle felt at one with the Force. It surged and seethed as if only barely contained. It trickled through the pores in his skin, filled each living cell, and displaced pain and fatigue. He felt, light, strong, powerful.

Dark Forces: Jedi Knight (Novela)

Kyle Katarn uses Force Healing during the mission on Vjun:

Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy
Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy

Kyle Katarn knows Jedi healing trance:

Through the transparisteel of the door separating the waiting room from the infirmary proper, Luke studied Master Katarn's face and listened to the words of Valin and Cilghal.

Katarn was unconscious - whether from drugs, pain, or voluntary immersion in a Jedi healing trance, Luke couldn't say.

Legacy of the Force: Fury

Force Deflection/Absorption/Barrier

Kyle Katarn knows rebuke (a type of deflection):

Jedi Academy Training Manual
Jedi Academy Training Manual

You harmlessly absorb or deflect one Force power used against you, perhaps even turning it against its creator.

Saga Edition Core Rulebook

Kyle Katarn repels rounds from Stouker Concussion Rifle while simultaneously maintaining a Force Barrier shielding him from acid rain during the mission to Vjun:

Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy
Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy

Note: Vjun is a dark side nexus, which both Yoda and Luke Skywalker described as "strong" and "opressive".

Kyle Katarn uses Force Absorption to protect himself from Force attacks of Jaden Korr:

Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy
Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy

Note: While Kyle's use of Force Absorption can only be seen in Dark Side Ending of Jedi Academy (which is considered non-canon), the fact it's an ability that Jaden can learn (and that Kyle, being Jaden's master, would logically be the one to teach him), we can safely assume that Kyle knows this ability, especially since we can also see nameless students of the Academy using Force Absorption in the game.

Force Stealth/Concealment

Kyle Katarn knows Force Stealth:

Dark Forces Saga, Part 1
Dark Forces Saga, Part 1

Force Lightning

Kyle Katarn knows Force lightning:

Star Wars Roleplaying Game: Saga Edition Statistics
Star Wars Roleplaying Game: Saga Edition Statistics

Kyle Katarn can tag multiple targets with his Force lightning:

Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast: Official Perfect Guide
Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast: Official Perfect Guide

Kyle Katarn uses Force lightning against Mara Jade:

Jedi Knight: Mysteries of the Sith
Jedi Knight: Mysteries of the Sith

Kyle Katarn uses Force lightning against a Hazard trooper during the mission to Vjun:

Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy
Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy

Force Destruction

Kyle Katarn blasts Mara Jade with Force Destruction:

Jedi Knight: Mysteries of the Sith
Jedi Knight: Mysteries of the Sith

Darkshear

Kyle Katarn uses Darkshear against Sariss, but she's able to counter:

The Jedi accessed the knowledge gained from the long-dead Tal, blocked the mental strike and answered with an attack of his own. He launched a head cut from the third position, flexed his wrist, and extended his arm. Though a good deal lighter than its metal counterpart, the Jedi energy weapon possessed similar characteristics. It could penetrate like a rapier and cut like a saber. A double-edged saber.

Sariss blocked the mental blow, wondered where Katarn had garnered such knowledge, and found herself under attack.

Dark Forces: Jedi Knight (Novela)

Kyle Katarn kills a distracted Boc Aseca with Darkshear:

Kyle took advantage of the opportunity by summoning the Force, forging a spear of midnight black, and hurling it toward his opponent's chest.

Dark Forces: Jedi Knight (Novela)

Sever Force

Kyle Katarn, while drawing on the Valley of the Jedi, has severed Jerec from the Force:

Suddenly, Kyle knew that the number didn't matter - that the light side offered more than enough power for any task he would be called upon to do, and that knowledge was the key.

The Jedi closed his eyes, resisted the temptation to look at the light that strobed against his eyelids, and sent a series of commands. He gathered the Force around him, shaped it into a protective cocoon, and sealed Jerec within.

Jerec felt a sense of warmth and peace as the cocoon of light formed around him. It was a wonderful sensation - and one he enjoyed, until something went wrong. The Jedi fell, struggled to stay aloft, and fell again. Something, or someone, had cut his access to the dark side of the Force...

Dark Forces: Jedi Knight Novelization

Combat skills

Unarmed combat and marksmanship

Kyle Katarn is a skilled martial artist and marksman:

Dark Forces Saga, Part 1
Dark Forces Saga, Part 1

His skill in unarmed combat were sufficient enough to being appointed as unarmed combat instructor in the Academy:

“While continuing his training he also served as unarmed combat instructor.”

Power of the Jedi Sourcebook

Even before becoming a Jedi, Kyle Katarn was a highly capable fighter:

Katarn was a one-man wrecking crew, sometimes lugging five or six weapons at once.

The New Essential Guide to Characters

For his first mission for Rebel Alliance, Kyle Katarn is sent to a planet Danuta to infiltrate an Imperial research facility and steal the plans of the Death Star, a mission that he considers suicidal for himself and more suited for a commando unit. During the mission, Katarn fight his way through a base filled with stormtroopers:

"The research complex where the Death Star was designed is located on Danuta. We want you to go there, find your way into the facility and retrieve those plans. Assuming the engineers identify a weak spot, the Death Star could be destroyed."

Kyle felt his heart sink. Fighting to avenge his father was one thing, throwing his life away was another. "What you describe is little more than a suicide mission. Why not launch a commando raid instead?"

Dark Forces: Soldier for the Empire

On Danuta, he mowed down a base full of stormtroopers.

The New Essential Guide to Characters.

After the Battle of Yavin, Kyle Katarn is sent on another "impossible" mission, this time to put an end to the General Rom Mohc's Dark Trooper project. Dark troopers were highly advanced battle droids labeled as "super stormtroopers", which became even greater concern to the Alliance than the Death Star. Their destructive capabilities impressed both Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine. Even a single Phase One dark trooper was considered too much for most of mortals:

It is a period of civil war. The Rebel Alliance struggles to free the galaxy from the clutches of the evil Galactic Empire. Discovering that Imperial forces have begun developing a new type of stormtrooper, the Rebels call on mercenary Kyle Katarn. His mission: seek out and destroy the secret Imperial project called Dark Trooper. A rogue mercenary loyal to no one, Kyle Katarn has accepted a near-impossible mission to destroy the Empire's ability to develop an army of unstoppable stormtroopers known as Dark Troopers.

The Power of the Jedi Pack

Kyle delivers the plans to the Rebel Alliance. Soon afterwards, the Death Star is destroyed... But even as the Alliance celebrates this victory, another sinister plot is set in motion, that will become even greater concern for the Rebelion...

Dark Forces

The first prototypes were tested in combat. They destroyed a Rebel base on Talay in what could only be called a brutal massacre. The Emperor and Darth Vader were impressed by the results and ordered the project to continue.

The Rebelion Era Sourcebook

The Blood Moon is also where you and Kyle get your first up-close and personal look at a dark trooper. It's only a Phase One dark trooper (Phase Two is nearly complete and Phase Three is the real McCoy), but even a Phase One dark trooper is more than most mortals can handle.

Dark Forces: Official Player Guide

Kyle Katarn's exploits against the Dark Troopers earned him a praise from Darth Vader himself:

Darth Vader: “Katarn will not be as easy to deal with. He is very resourceful - more resourceful it seems, than even your Dark Troopers.

Dark Forces II: Jedi Knight

Kyle Katarn's exploits against the Dark Troopers forced General Rom Mohc to hire Boba Fett, the most dangerous bounty hunter in the galaxy and an accomplished Jedi killer. Kyle is able to fight Fett to a stand-still:

Months after the evacuation of Yavin 4, he went after General Mohc's automated Dark Troopers. Katarn followed the trail from a bombed-out rebel outpost on Talay to Mohc's ship the Arc Hammer. Along the way he rescued Crix Madine from prison and battled Boba Fett to a stand still.

The New Essential Guide to Characters

He shut down the Empire's Dark Trooper program permanently, helped General Crix Madine defect to the Rebellion, and became one of the few heroes to go toe-to-toe with Boba Fett and live to tell about it."

Power of the Jedi Sourcebook

Over the years, Boba developed a reputation as the galaxy’s deadliest bounty hunter.

Databank: Boba Fett

Note: For more information about Boba Fett, be sure to check out his Respect Thread by @i_like_swords.

After boarding the Arc Hammer manufacturing facility and fighting his way through an army of stormtroopers and combat droids (including several Dark Troopers), Kyle Katarn defeats General Rom Mohc in hand-to-hand combat. Rom Mohc was a decorated Imperial officer obsessed with personal combat. He was known for sparring regularly with various types of combat droids and having a trophy room filled with parts of the droids he defeated in one-on-one match ups:

I must be out of my mind. The Empire knows I hijacked the Executor and knows that I’m in this cargo container on my way to the Arc Hammer. It’s just me against a waiting army that knows exactly where I am and what I want to do. Is this fun or what?

Dark Forces: Official Player's Guide

A ground-pounder serving under the decorated Republic Grand Army General Locus Geen during the Clone Wars, Rom Mohc saw action in the Coruscant Insurrection of the Separatist's cortosis droid army. A cybernetics specialist obsessed with personal combat, Trooper Mohc fought the droids mano-a-mano, exploiting the weaknesses he had observed in the battle droids' designs. For his bravery, Mohc was touted as a hero all over the HoloNet.

An eccentric intelligence prone to violence, Mohc's mania for personal combat continued into his service with the Galactic Empire, earning him numerous commendations, including three Imperial Medals of Valor and the Distinguished Medal of Imperial Honor. Over the years, Mohc also set up a trophy room full of battle droids he had personally defeated in man-to-droid match ups, including a prototype IG97, a deadly ZQ infantry droid, and Mark IX-XI Executioners. It was thus during his time as a Zero-G Imperial Spacetroooper that Mohc became increasingly convinced he could build a warbot superior to anything the galaxy had ever seen. To this end, he studied the designs of mechanical soldiers throughout history, from Xim to the Sith to the Iron Knights of the Old Republic. The ultimate result was General Mohc's awesome Dark Trooper project.

Mohc at last met his match when the Imperial traitor Kyle Katarn, whom Mohc had last seen receiving the prized Medal of Valor, confronted him on the Arc Hammer. Despite donning one of the only Phase Three Dark Trooper exosuits produced aboard the massive craft, Mohc was defeated by the Rebel in hand-to-hand combat. The general was atomized along with the rest of the Dark Trooper project when Kyle destroyed the mobile production facility.

Dark Forces Saga, Part 1

Rom Mohc: "It's been a long time since I've challenged a man to battle...I'm glad my opponent is so worthy."

Dark Forces

Kyle Katarn displays his marksmanship by removing 8t88's arm with a precise shot:

The bodyguards were reaching for their weapons when Kyle fired. The energy bolt removed 88's arm with almost surgical precision. The droid watched in disbelieving horror as the now-severed limb cartwheeled through the air, spewing hydraulic fluid in every direction, and clanged on the deck.

Dark Forces: Rebel Agent (Novela)

The scale of the firefight between Kyle Katarn and Imperial garrison in Fuel City prompts Zyak into thinking that Jan Ors dropped an entire team of agents, when in reality it was just Kyle:

Zyak turned, strode over to the tech's position, and scanned his screens. He'd seen the target before. One-niner-two was back - and there was very little doubt as to why... The pilot with the nice voice had dropped a team of agents into his complex and was planning to extract them.

Dark Forces: Rebel Agent

During his encounter with Dark Jedi brothers Gorc and Pic, Kyle Katarn kills Gorc with a blaster shot:

A number of things happened at once. 8t88's head toppled from his shoulders, bounced off his lap, and rolled across the deck. The monster pounced, swallowed the tidbit whole, and looked surprised.

Kyle heard the voice and turned toward the sound. A mental shield dropped, and the shadows produced something huge. It wore a helmet, chin guard, and chest armor... But of even more importance was the enormous lightsaber that the Dark Jedi clutched in a three-fingered hand. The air crackled as the monstrous weapon scythed through the air.

Kyle frowned, wondered how a Jedi could be so stupid, and shot Gorc in the face. The giant swayed and toppled backward. He landed with a thud. His lightsaber pinwheeled through the air, hit handle-down, and turned itself off.

Dark Forces: Rebel Agent (Novela)

Lightsaber combat - technical skill and reputation

Kyle Katarn's prefered classical forms of lightsaber combat are Shii-Cho, Ataru and Djem So:

Star Wars Roleplaying Game: Saga Edition Statistics
Star Wars Roleplaying Game: Saga Edition Statistics

While never depicted using two lightsabers simultaneously, Kyle Katarn is noted for his mastery in this style:

Dark Forces Saga, Part 1
Dark Forces Saga, Part 1

Kyle Katarn is the combat instructor (i.e. Battlemaster) of the New Jedi Order:

Katarn eventually agrees to be taught by Skywalker and goes on to be an instructor at the Jedi Academy.

Jedi Academy Training Manual

Kyle became the Academy’s foremost Battlemaster, honing the skills of countless Jedi students, like Jaden Korr, and stopping the dark side berserker Jeng Droga.

Dark Forces Saga, Part 1

Note: As "the Academy's foremost Battlemaster", Kyle Katarn should be superior to his fellow Master, Kam Solusar (another Jedi Battlemaster).

As a Battlemaster, Kyle Katarn is profficient in vast amount of combat disciplines, and has knowledge and, to various degrees, mastery in all possible forms of lightsaber combat:

Dedicated to the art of war, Battlemasters are experts in more melee styles than most beings know exist.

Knights of the Old Republic Campaign Guide

Battlemasters train Initiates and Padawans in the use of Forms I through VI combat moves and cadences, and impart knowledge about Form VII to those who have earned their trust.

The Jedi Path

Note: The use of Form VII requires mastery of all the previous forms and can only be learned by the most skilled Force wielders:

Source unknown
Source unknown

"Form VII, also called Juyo, is the most difficult and demanding of all the forms. Only high-level masters of multiple forms can achieve and control this discipline, which can lead to fantastic power and skill."

Cin Drallig

Kreia: "Perhaps one of the greatest styles, learned only by the most skilled Force wielders. Impressive."

Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords

Kyle Katarn can train Jaden Korr in the use of a double-bladed lightsaber, a weapon requiring master-level skill to be used effectively:

Any Jedi Knight could wield a single-bladed lightsaber; only a master fighter could use the weapon first designed by the legendary Dark Lord Exar Kun millennia ago. Unless one was in perfect attunement with it, the weapon could be as deadly to the user as to the opponent.

Darth Maul - Shadow Hunter

Note: While Jaden's use of a double-bladed lightsaber depends solely on the player's decision, the fact that Kyle can train Jaden in the use of that weapon still speaks volumes about his swordsmanship skills.

As a Battlemaster, Kyle Katarn is by default one of the most dangerous man in the galaxy:

Since it is the traditional weapon of their Order, every Jedi has some degree of expertise with the lightsaber. Jedi Masters who focus on the use of the lightsaber to the exclusion of all else, however, are some of the deadliest indviduals in the galaxy. Few being can match their skill with an energy blade, and many a conflict has hinged upon martial prowess of such skilled Jedi Masters.

Threats of the Galaxy

Kyle Katarn is considered a legendary Jedi Battlemaster:

Over the decades, Kyle Katarn joined Luke Skywalker's Jedi praxeum, eventually becoming a legendary Jedi battlemaster and member of the High Council of the New Jedi Order.

Legacy of the Force Preview 5, Darth Krayt and Kyle Katarn, Jedi Battlemaster

As a Battlemaster, Kyle Katarn is considered the best lightsaber duelist in the Order:

The greatest master of lightsaber combat in the Jedi Order was known as the Battlemaster. This Jedi was the head instructor of lightsaber combat and sometimes live at the temple training full time. Some well-know battlemasters are Cin Drallig, Kam Solusar and Kyle Katarn, who was the last to use the title.

Jedi Academy Miniatures Preview 3

By combaining elements from different forms, Kyle Katarn creates his own personal combat style:

Katarn holds the rank of Battlemaster at the Jedi Academy on Yavin IV, a title he accepts humbly. He studies many forms of lightsaber combat, but rather than shift from one form to another, he takes elements from each and integrates them into his own style.

Jedi Academy Training Manual

Jaina Solo considers herself inferior in terms of lightsaber skills to Jedi Masters, which would include Kyle Katarn:

"I know that you Masters - and several Jedi Knights - are more skilled in both Force and lightsaber than I am. But I'm his twin sister. I'll have advantages no one else will."

Legacy of the Force: Invincible

By Luke Skywalker's admission, Kyle Katarn is "an expert swordmaster", comparable to Kyp Durron, and superior to Viun Gaalan, Cilghal and Luke as he was back on the Sinkhole Station:

Gaalan struck at Luke, high, low, a series of subtle and sophisticated blows that would have bewildered any lesser duelist. He was good; Luke gave him that. He might have been a match for an expert swordsmaster such as Kyp or Kyle Katarn. He would have been too much for a comparatively diffident duelist such as Cilghal, or even Luke as he had been back at Sinkhole Station, at low ebb in physical and mental strength.

Fate of the Jedi: Backlash

Note: Kyp Durron fought evenly with Luke in a sparring match, while Viun Gaalan managed to briefly matched Luke (to the point of countering Luke's "clear exertion of telekinetic Force power"):

Kyp advanced against Luke again, striking at Luke's ankles while Cilghal engaged the Grand Master's blade. Luke danced over the low strike and put a foot into Cilghal's torso, more of a push than a kick, before landing again. The Mon Cal staggered back a few steps, offering a nod of appreciation.

Kyp threw a succession of fast blows at Luke's shoulders, occupying him while Cilghal recovered. "Actually, it's a plan for a mission against Jacen. A capture-or-neutralize." he said, his lightsaber flashing at Luke.

"Neutralize." Luke frowned. He circled Kyp, trying to put him in the middle of their three-way exchange, but Cilghal paced him so that Luke remained in the center.

"Meaning 'kill'."

Kyp nodded, not repentant. "This isn't a mission of assassination, Luke. But if the capture isn't clean, if the choice is to run away and leave him in charge of the Alliance or finish him then and there..."

"Yeah." Luke felt Cilghal's approach behind him. He bent over backward, his lightsaber hand coming down on the landing pad surface to hold his upper body clear of it, and Cilghal's lightsaber passed through where his waist would have been. Luke instantly straightened, catching her hilt with his free hand, and stepped away, her lightsaber now in his grip. He twirled one blade at each Master. "Go on."

With an exasperated sigh, Cilghal stepped back and exerted herself toward Kyle. The man's lightsaber leapt free from his grip and flew to Cilghal's. Kyle offered no resistance. Cilghal caught it out of the air, called "Thank you," and dashed toward Corran.

Kyp looked dubiously at Luke's twin weapons and fell into a defensive posture. "The team will consist of one or two Masters, three or four Jedi Knights, and a native guide. They'll approach the Senate Building through the undercity." As Luke neared and began throwing probing attacks in quick succession, Kyp deflected them close to his body with equal speed and minimal movement. "When Jacen enters or leaves the building, they spring the trap. Coma gas and shock nets as the first wave, the Jedi making their direct assault immediately afterward." He stopped to stare intently at Luke.

Luke felt the attack-the Force, propelling numerous small objects at him. He jumped back and brought up both lightsabers as a shower of old nuts and bolts came at him with missile speed. It was like defending himself against Yuuzhan Vong thud bugs for the first time in years, but the old skill was undiminished-he calculated which objects had a chance of hitting him and incinerated only them with his blades, letting the others fly harmlessly past.

Legacy of the Force: Fury

Lord Gaalan ignited his lightsaber; the clover-like growth on the meadow glowed red in its light. The other three Sith and the Jedi ignited theirs a split second afterward. Dyon drew his twin blaster pistols.

Luke and Gaalan hurtled together, green lightsaber blade crashing on red, a blow that would have thrown any two lesser Force-users back half a dozen meters, but the two of them were unmoved. The female Sith beside Gaalan struck at Luke, but he merely adjusted the angle of his blade against Gaalan's to catch her attack. Luke kicked, forcing the woman back; she fell, rolling into a backward somersault and coming up on her feet.

[...]

Gaalan struck at Luke, high, low, a series of subtle and sophisticated blows that would have bewildered any lesser duelist. He was good; Luke gave him that. He might have been a match for an expert swordsmaster such as Kyp or Kyle Katarn. He would have been too much for a comparatively diffident duelist such as Cilghal, or even Luke as he had been back at Sinkhole Station, at low ebb in physical and mental strength.

But Luke, despite recent exertions, had had time to recover. He parried each of Gaalan's blows, and his ripostes-his blade skittering off Gaalan's and thrusting now at the Sith Lord's face, now at shoulder or knee or torso-came increasingly close to touching flesh.

Luke smiled at the man.

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Vestara took her lightsaber in hand and ran, her speed boosted by the Force.

One Sith Saber was down, dead. This still should have been a lopsided match, Gaalan matching Luke, the first female Saber matching Ben, the second Saber overmatching Dyon and almost killing the Jedi washout instantly.

But Dyon was proving hard to kill. He bobbed and weaved, backflipped and somersaulted, keeping just above or below the Saber's blows, firing at his foe in the midst of his acrobatic maneuvers. His blaster shots went wild or were caught on the woman's lightsaber blade, but they had to be reckoned with, countered.

[...]

The others sensed her presence. Luke shifted rightward, not abandoning his concentration on Gaalan but putting Vestara's angle of approach in his peripheral vision. Ben turned toward Vestara and-seeing Ben's shift-Dyon did as well.

Gaalan took that moment of adjustment to act. He backflipped straight through the open boarding hatch of the shuttle. The hatch rose. Luke hurtled forward, got his lightsaber blade into the hatchway before it entirely closed, and began burning a narrow furrow around the periphery of the hatch.

But the shuttle thrusters fired. Lord Gaalan could be seen in the cockpit, features beautiful and impassive as ever, in control of the vehicle. It skidded forward, leaving a meters-wide trench in the ground. Its nose lifted before it had traveled thirty meters, and it went airborne.

Luke reached after it, a clear exertion of telekinetic Force power, then dropped his hand. He looked rueful. "He's countering my power."

Fate of the Jedi: Backlash

Lightsaber combat - feats

As a combat instructor, Kyle Katarn slew houndreds of enemies in combat:

Unlike the Consulars, we Guardians don't put much faith in teacher-for-life, and saber instructors bear the scars that attest to hundreds of combat kills.

The Jedi Path

An inexperienced Kyle Katarn defeats Yun, a skilled Dark Jedi who has been described by Qu Rahn as "dangerous and unpredictable":

The Rebel raised his feet, kicked the table, and did a backward somersault. The chair crashed to floor, and the agent landed on his knees.

8t88 dragged his still-unwilling pet into an alcove. A durasteel door slammed down in front of him. Machinery whined as the turbolift carried him upward.

Surprised by Kyle's move and more than a little intrigued, Yun moved forward. Kyle, who was still on his knees and at a disadvantage, pulled his lightsaber. Energy crackled and the smell of ozone filled the air as the Rebel managed to raise his weapon and block the Jedi's blow.

Yun frowned. It seemed that his opponent was more capable than the first impression would have suggested. The Jedi felt the tiniest trickle of fear enter his belly.

Kyle sensed the other man's hesitation, gained his feet, and allowed his opponent to disengage. In spite of the fact that his fencing lessons had made use of a fixed blade and his duel with the sphere had been somewhat brief, the combination gave the Rebel experience from which to draw. He concentrated on the Jedi's eyes, felt the Force flow around him, and lunged to the right.

Yun saw his adversary shift position, moved to intercept, and ducked as lethal energy swept through the space where his head had been. It was close. Too close for a complete novice.

Kyle struck again. Though slightly off, his blow sliced through the upper part of Yun's arm and drew blood, which was cauterized by the weapon's heat.

A cry escaped the Jedi's lips as the lightsaber fell from his hand, and he lost his balance and skidded on his back. Kyle approached, and Yun raised his arm. He was frightened, very frightened, but determined to maintain his pride. "So, kill me, Rebel, just as I would kill you!"

It seemed like good advice, and Kyle raised his weapon. But as he was about to strike, the other man's words echoed in his head. "Just as I would kill you." Was that the kind of man he wanted to be? The kind who would kill without reason? 8t88 had the map, and the Jedi had been neutralized. Kyle took three steps backward, lowered his weapon, and turned the device off.

Dark Forces: Rebel Agent (Novela)

Qu Rahn: „Yun, a young and willing Dark Jedi, the newest addition to the cause. Brash and eager, he is ready to prove himself to his master at any cost. These elements make him a dangerous and unpredictable foe.

Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II: The Official Strategy Guide

Gorc: "You defeated our friend, Yun, in a saber combat.

Dark Forces: Rebel Agent (Audiodrama)

Kyle Katarn kills Pic and Gorc, the Dark Jedi brothers. It should be noted though, that the way in which Katarn defeated them varies depending on the medium:

Version 1 - In the game, Kyle defeats them in straigth combat, an impressive achievement considering their number advantage, their superiority to Yun, and the fact that Qu Rahn himself considered them a deadly combination:

Qu Rahn: "It is a mystery why one whould call Gorc and Pic twins. Even though one is a miniature version of the other, they look nothing alike. They also don’t battle alike. Pic is the energy, and Gorc is the power. They are clashing balance of opposites, one the voice, the other the body. This combination is deadly.

Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II: The Official Strategy Guide

"You defeated our friend Yun in saber combat. We are better than Yun."

Dark Forces: Rebel Agent (Audiodrama)

Version 2 - In the book, Kyle kills Gorc outright by shooting him in the face, and then kills Pic in a physical brawl:

Kyle heard the voice and turned toward the sound. A mental shield dropped, and the shadows produced something huge. It wore a helmet, chin guard, and chest armor... But of even more importance was the enormous lightsaber that the Dark Jedi clutched in a three-fingered hand. The air crackled as the monstrous weapon scythed through the air.

Kyle frowned, wondered how a Jedi could be so stupid, and shot Gore in the face. The giant swayed and toppled backward. He landed with a thud. His lightsaber pinwheeled through the air, hit handle-down, and turned itself off.

Kyle was still thinking about what had occured when a banshee dropped onto his back and sank razor-sharp talons into his flesh. "You killed Gorc! Now you will pay!"

Kyle attempted to shake the assailant off, felt a blade nick the side of his throat, and released the blaster. Fingers sought the agent's eyes as he reached up and back. He found a bone-thin arm and wrestled with it as he backpedaled across the room. The agent hit the bulkhead as hard as he could. There was a crunching sound.

Pic uttered a high-pitched scream, directed a blast of energy at Kyle's mind, and fell to the deck.

[...]

Pic had regained consciousness. The Jedi was little more than a blur. He had covered half the distance between them and was airborne by the time the Rebel started to react. There was no time to think. Instinct took over.

The head weighed a good ten kilos and was made of metal. It described an arc around Kyle's body and struck with considerable force. There was a loud cracking noise as skull hit skull, and Pic, who resembled nothing more so much as a rag doll, flew across the compartment, smashed into a bulkhead, and fell to the deck.

Dark Forces: Rebel Agent (Novela)

Kyle Katarn stomps Maw, a Dark Jedi described by Qu Rahn as "strong and formidable":

"I am Maw... prepare to die!"

"Maybe," Kyle replied calmly, "remembering that my friend Rahn already cut you down to size."

The effect was electrifying. Maw's face turned purple with anger, and he uttered a roar of pure, undiluted rage. He accelerated with far greater speed than Kyle had anticipated.

The Rebel fell backward, allowed the Dark Jedi to pass over him, and slashed upward. Maw bellowed with pain, lost his concentration, and hit the deck. The lightsaber sailed out of his hand, and debris rained onto his head and shoulders.

Kyle took a single step forward, eyed his opponent's back, but couldn't bring himself to do it. Maw supported himself with his fists, turned, and looked upward.

"I'm defenseless... kill me! Or do you lack the courage? As your father did before you?"

Kyle dropped his head. Anger, contained and controlled for so long, flowered within. He felt it radiate outward, seep through his body, and tingle at his fingertips. The lightsaber hummed, and his fingers wrapped and rewrapped themselves around the well-worn grip. Here was one of the people who had murdered his father - and not just his father, but hundreds, maybe thousands, more. Killing such a person would be just, yet...

Maw grinned demonically.

"Your father was on his knees, whimpering like a child, as Jerec struck him down. I placed his head on the spike where the rest of the Rebel scum could see it."

The lightsaber blurred as it rose and fell. The blade entered the half-man's left shoulder, sliced through his chest, and exited through the right side of his body. There was an explosion of blood as Maw fell into two distinct pieces - and Kyle felt energy swirl around him.

Dark Forces: Jedi Knight (Novela)

Qu Rahn: „To the one called Maw – a bitter individual who loathes all and holds loyalty to few. A strong and formidable foe. For every cord of muscle, there is hatred. It is this hate that keeps his agind body strong.

Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II: The Official Strategy Guide

After suffering from Jerec’s Force Destruction blast, and crashing of his ship, The Moldy Crow, Kyle Katarn awakens and duels the exceptional Dark Jedi, Sariss. Drawing on the knowledge of a long dead Jedi, Kyle utilizes a technique from Form V and cuts down the Dark Jedi:

Kyle awoke to pain, more pain than he had ever felt before and more pain than he wanted to feel again. So much pain that it took a moment to realize that it belonged to him - and not his alter ego, Tal. The Rebel opened his eyes, saw stars twinkling high above, and felt cold night air enter his lungs. He tried to sit. What felt like a six - centimeter-long needle passed through his skull and entered his brain.

[...]

Kyle saw Sariss turn her back in his direction, saw Yun drop the lightsaber, and used the Force to "grab" it. The weapon made a slapping sound as it hit the palm of his hand.

The Rebel pushed up through the pain, fought a wave of dizziness, and thumbed the unfamiliar switch.

Each lightsaber was as unique as the sentient who built it - and Yun's was no exception.

It came equipped with what Kyle's fencing instructor would have called a "modified pistol grip" - meaning that carefully cast projections echoed the human hand and gave his index finger a place to rest. Not only that, but the grip was made from a highly malleable "live" polymer that explored Kyle's hand and morphed into a solid, highly customized grip.

Kyle had never dreamed of such a thing but immediately fell in love with it. The Rebel raised the weapon into the traditional "on-guard" position and could almost hear the Academy's fencing instructor.

He had a squeaky, high-pitched voice: "Keep your head up, look at your opponent, and check your balance. The point should be at eye level - or slightly lower - like so..." A steel blade differs from a lightsaber, of course... but many of the same techniques apply.

Sariss turned. Her eyes burned with anger. There was more than enough time. No cut would be fatal in and of itself, but each added to all the rest would result in a painful death.

Then, after his life force had been released and his blood had mingled with the sand, she would take his head. Not that it would compensate for the pain in her arm or the ache in her heart.

Kyle swallowed, knowing his opponent was more experienced than he, and then suddenly reeled under the impact of a mental attack. This battle would be fought on two planes. One mental, the other physical - just like the ones in his "dream."

The Jedi accessed the knowledge gained from the long-dead Tal, blocked the mental strike and answered with an attack of his own. He launched a head cut from the third position, flexed his wrist, and extended his arm. Though a good deal lighter than its metal counterpart, the Jedi energy weapon possessed similar characteristics. It could penetrate like a rapier and cut like a saber. A double-edged saber.

Sariss blocked the mental blow, wondered where Katarn had garnered such knowledge, and found herself under attack. Her opponent's skill was a surprise - and reminded her that this was no ordinary Rebel. There were various ways to defend against his attack. Sariss chose parry five followed by a well-practiced riposte. Her blade passed under Katarn's, buzzed as it passed through the outer corona of the field created by his blade, and lunged toward his chest. Energy crackled and popped as the agent intercepted her blow - and disengaged.

The attack had failed, so Kyle selected another. The point-thrust was a relatively simple evolution. He dropped the point of his saber, extended his arm, and lunged. Sariss saw it coming, blocked the other Jedi's blade, and spotted an error. Katarn's wrist was too low, a little below the shoulder, opening the Rebel to a head cut.

She lunged as he pulled back, saw a thin red line appear on his right cheek, and felt a sense of satisfaction. The upstart had been lucky - but she would literally cut him down to size. Yun would be revenged.

Kyle saw a flash of color and heard the blade sizzle past his face. His nostrils were filled with the odor of burnt flesh. His own. Pain followed. Pain layered on pain. He knew the cut was a harbinger of things to come. He was tired, hurt, and less experienced.

The Dark Jedi intended to wear him down. What he needed was a quick, decisive conclusion.

The agent assumed the on-guard position and called upon Tal's knowledge. What would the ancient Master do if confronted with a similar situation?

Sariss sensed the other Jedi's hesitation, mistook it for fear, and launched a feint.

It was directed at Kyle's belly. He fell for it, saw her pull back, and knew the lunge would follow. He managed to parry, felt resistance as her saber clashed with his, and found the answer he'd been searching for... Tal had been a student of another no-less-formal school of swordsmanship that was half-physical and half-spiritual in nature. There were many evolutions, and many "cuts," but only one that "sang" with the moment. "The Flowing Water Cut" was for use when going blade-to-blade with an opponent.

Timing was everything... and as Sariss withdrew... Kyle knew that he should "expand," following with body and spirit, like water into a vessel. And there, within the calm, to cut slowly and release Sariss from her body. Action followed thought. His blade strobed through thee other Jedi's chest and the point emerged between her shoulder blades.

There was very little blood since the wound was cauterized as it was made. Sariss looked surprised. Her eyes went down toward the point of entry, up toward his, and then were gone. She fell over backward, hit the ground, and skidded on loose gravel.

Kyle just stood there, swaying slightly, struggling to absorb what had occurred.

He was alive, still alive, which both amazed and pleased him.

Dark Forces: Jedi Knight (Novela)

Qu Rahn: "Out of all the Dark Jedi I have met, Sariss is the one I can say... I fear. Powerful, strong in both the physical and mental arenas of the Force, she is a master, a perfectionist, quiet and reserved. This makes her a very dangerous foe."

Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II: The Official Strategy Guide

Despite his lack of experience against an enemy wielding two lightsabers simultaneously, Kyle Katarn holds his own against Dark Jedi Boc, noted for his speed, before killing him with the use of Darkshear:

There was a thump as the Dark Jedi jumped down off his perch, followed by the angry buzz of clashing sabers. Kyle held against the other Jedi's strength - and pushed with all his might.

Boc smiled. His teeth looked like tombstones.

"All things come to an end, Katarn - give Maw, Sariss, and Yun my best."

The words covered action, and Jan shouted a warning. "Kyle! Watch out! He has two sabers!"

The Rebel jumped backward as the second bar of energy blurred past his face. He had noticed the second weapon during the earlier confrontation and forgotten it. A stupid, possibly fatal, mistake. Kyle was afraid. Boc sensed the emotion and shuffled forward.

"Perhaps you would like to learn something before you die. The use of two blades, one to support the other, can be traced back thousands of years and was common to both our species. The invention of lightsabers has done nothing to lessen the effectiveness of this strategy - as you are about to learn."

Actually, thanks to Tal, and the old man's considerable experience, Kyle knew something about fighting with two blades, which meant he knew how dangerous such a combination could be. Not that the knowledge would help him much, given the fact that he had only one weapon at his disposal.

"One weapon only?" a voice said within his head. "What of your mind? Are you Jedi? Or something less?" The words, and the fact that Rahn was with him, brought new hope.

Boc advanced. His lightsabers seemed to dance before him. They hummed with barely contained malice and wove intricate patterns in the air. The movements had a hypnotic quality - and Kyle struggled to resist it. Energy sizzled as blade met blade. Kyle retreated as Boc launched a flurry of blows. The Dark Jedi grinned triumphantly, shuffled forward, and "felt" an additional threat. He spun toward Jan.

The Rebel threw the rocks as hard as she could - but to no avail. The missiles exploded as the sabers touched them and hurled red-hot bits of rock in every direction. Jan staggered and fell over backward as a bolt of energy hit her mind. The rock attack hadn't inflicted any damage, but it did buy some time. Kyle took advantage of the opportunity by summoning the Force, forging a spear of midnight black, and hurling it toward his opponent's chest.

Boc staggered, dropped the lightsabers, and grabbed the invisible shaft. Kyle watched, fascinated as the other Jedi struggled to remove the weapon and failed to do so. He tripped, fell, and collapsed. A statue towered above him. Newar Forrth, one-time commander of the Third Legion of Light, appeared pleased.

Dark Forces: Jedi Knight (Novela)

Qu Rahn: „I can’t abide this creature named Boc. He is one of the few whoactually uses two lightsabers in battle. He is a crude individual who lacks both tact and teth. Only a Dark Jedi can he be.

Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II: The Official Strategy Guide

He is very fast with his sabers and his feet.

Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II Game Manual

Finally, Kyle Katarn defeats Jerec. Similiarly to the fight with Gorc and Pic however, the way in which Katarn defeated the fallen Jedi Master varies depending on the medium:

Version 1 - In the game, Kyle defeats Jerec in straight combat, an insanely impressive feat considering several factors:

  • Jerec was able to easily kill Qu Rahn, someone who Yoda himself saw fit to be elevated to the rank of a Jedi Master;
  • Jerec is a master of Form II - Makashi, an ancient fencing style developed specifically for lightsaber-to-lightsaber combat;
  • Jerec at his base is powerful enough to rival Darth Vader;
  • Jerec emites an aura that weakens the opponent's connection to the Force (possibly a variant of Force Supression);
  • Jerec, according to several sources, was amplified by the Valley of the Jedi nexus.

Deeply sickened by the actions of Jedi traitors like Vader, Ventor, and Jerec, Rahn made a risky visit to Yoda on Dagobah to soothe his troubled mind. Instead, Yoda digressed cryptically about a "valley of Jedi souls," handed Rahn a gold lightsaber, and elevated him to the rank of Jedi Master, promising Rahn that one day he would understand.

Dark Forces Saga, Part 2

A former Padawan to Jedi Master Jocasta Nu, and a master of the Makashi form of lightsaber combat, Jedi Master Jerec was an archaeologist for the Order, seeking out lost knowledge.

The Official Starship & Vehicles Collection #27

His embrace of the Force's dark side gives him powers that rival Vader's.

Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II Game Manual

Qu Rahn: "His heavy brow overshadows the empty recesses that normally embrace eyes. Jerec has the uncanny power to absorb and overshadow one’s connection to the Force… like a dark cloud. A deep, empowering grasp of your will is what you need."

Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II: The Official Strategy Guide

Jerec's followers held Kyle off long enough for Jerec to access the Valley's secrets and gain phenomenal Force powers. But even with his increased might, Jerec was unable to defeat Kyle or to prevent him from freeing the Valley's trapped Jedi spirits.

Dark Side Sourcebook

Version 2 - In the book, after using the Wall of Light ability to block Jerec from the Valley of the Jedi, Kyle fights Jerec and ends the Dark Jedi with a Djem So manouver:

Kyle opened his eyes, saw the Dark Jedi fall, and knew he had taken the correct approach. By doing something positive, by protecting Jerec from evil, the battle had been won. The ground under Kyle's boots crunched as he approached the fallen Jerec. Though stunned and badly bruised, Jerec was otherwise uninjured. In spite of his blindness, the Dark Jedi knew that Kyle stood over him with lightsaber in hand. His own weapon lay ten meters away - but may as well have been on the far side of the planet. Having never shown mercy to others, Jerec sought none for himself.

"Strike me down and the power of the dark side will be yours! It was I who took your father's head... or have you forgotten?"

Kyle looked down at the man before him and felt a strange sense of pity. Here he was, physically powerless, but still hoping to bring Kyle over or, failing that, to secure a quick and painless death. The Rebel shook his head.

"No, I haven't forgotten, and I never will."

He extended his hand, felt the Dark Jedi's lightsaber strike the surface of his palm, and then threw the weapon to Jerec. Jerec rejoiced in the agent's stupidity, leaped to his feet, and thumbed the power switch. Energy crackled as he moved forward, and Kyle came to meet him. The Rebel spun on the ball of his right foot, executed what Tal called the "falling leaf" and "slashed from the sky."

Jerec stutter-stepped, brought his weapon up and across, and waited for the inevitable result. Something warm touched his side, sliced inward, and stopped just short of his spine. It took Jerec a moment to understand what it was, to realize that his life had come to an end, and to start his long, dark journey.

Dark Forces: Jedi Knight (Novela)

Kyle Katarn's achievements against Jerec and his minions are made even more impressive when we consider that Katarn, at this time, lacked formal training in the Force and experience against Force wielders:

Unlike most Jedi, who serve an apprenticeship under a Master, Kyle had been forced to work on his talents on his own, or almost on his own, since he did receive occasional guidance from the now-disembodied Jedi known as Rahn.

Dark Forces: Jedi Knight (Novela)

Jerec’s six underlings - Yun, Gorc, Pic, Maw, Sariss, and Boc the Crude proved no match for Katarn, inexperienced though he was.

The New Essential Guide to Characters

Note: For more information about Jerec and his Dark Jedi, be sure to check out their Respect Thread by @zapan871

Five years after the Valley of the Jedi incident, Kyle Katarn is approached by Mara Jade, a former Emperor's Hand, who asks him to cotinue her Jedi training. During one of their training sessions, Kyle spars evenly with Mara. However, based on Kyle's comment after the sparing and the fact that Mara sought Kyle out specifically to further her training, it can be assumed that he was her superior at the time:

Jedi Knight: Mysteries of the Sith
Jedi Knight: Mysteries of the Sith

Kyle Katarn: "Excellent, Mara. You're becoming very adept at using the Force to anticipate my actions. Someday that insight may save your life."

Jedi Knight: Mysteries of the Sith

Note: Mara Jade was trained in the art of combat alongside the Imperial Royal Guard, who, in terms of their combat prowess, are "almost a match" for Darth Vader himself. And as "the Empire's deadliest agent", Mara should logicaly scale significantly above a random Royal Guard:

But Mara trained in combat alongside the Imperial Royal Guard and was shooled in infiltartion techniques by the Emperor's spymasters. From the Emperor's advisors she learned the art of political intrigue. And from the Emperor himself, Mara Jade learned to develop her Force powers.

Dark Side Sourcebook

There, these stormtroopers honed their battle prowess so that they were almost a match for the formidable Darth Vader himself.

Dark Side Sourcebook

The Empire's deadliest agent married to the Rebel Alliance's greatest hero. The irony is thick, but many on both sides relish the symbolism.

The New Essential Guide to Characters

Kyle Katarn battles several Sith abominations on the dark side nexus of Dromund Kass, eventually succumbing to the dark side:

Kyle Katarn traveled there after learning of the witchworld in ancient inscriptions, battling a host of Sith abominations in the planet's seemingly endless bogs before succumbing to the spell of the dark side of the Force.

Dark Forces Saga, Part 5

During the Empire REborn crisis, after leading the Bespin Security Forces against the combined forces of Reelo Baruk’s thugs and the Imperial Remnant (including multiple Reborn warriors), Kyle Katarn fights and bests Tavion Axmis:

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Katarn proved to be more than a match for Desann's "Reborn" warriors.

The New Essential Chronology

An apprentice of the Dark Jedi Desann who challenged Luke Skywalker's Jedi academy after the Battle of Endor. Kyle Katarn defeated her in a lightsaber duel but chose to spare her life, demonstrating his adherence to the light side of the Force.

Databank: Tavion Axmis

Note: The Reborn, while not very powerful Force wielders, are noted for their highly developed Force defense and their lightsaber skill.

After a marathon fight through Cairn Installation and the Doomgiver, and cutting his way through scores of stormtroopers, combat droids and Reborn warriors, Kyle Katarn fights and defeats Admiral Galak Fyyar, outfitted with a special exo-suit made of corthosis, a lightsaber-resistant mineral:

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Note: High ranking Reborn warriors, such as the Reborn Bosses and the Shadow Troopers, are noted to be more skilled fighters than Tavion Axmis. What's more, Shadow Troopers wear armors corthosis-made armors, additionaly outfitted with cloaking technology.

After killing Fyyar and escaping from the Doomgiver, Kyle Katarn lands on Yavin IV and continues his combat marathon, cutting his way through Yavin's jungle, filled with the Remnant forces (including swamp troopers, AT-ST walkers and Reborn warriors) before finally reaching the Jedi Praxeum. He enters the catacombs underneath the Great Pyramid, where he finally stands face-to-face with Desann, the master of the Reborn. Using all of his Jedi skills, Katarn defeats Desann in a furious lightsaber duel.

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With help from Luke Skywalker, and Lando Calrissian, Katarn defeated Admiral Fyyar and destroyed Desann's flagship Doomgiver in the skies above Yavin 4. In a lightsaber duel on the jungle moon's surface, Katarn killed the power-mad Chistori.

The New Essential Chronology

Use all of the Jedi skills you've learned throughout the game... to defeat Desann.

Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast: Perfect Guide

Note: For more information about Desann, be sure to check out his Respect Thread by @fated_xtasy.

During the Disciples of Ragnos crisis, Kyle Katarn accompanies his student, Jaden Korr on the mission to Vjun, where they fight their way through scores of stormtroopers and Disiciples of Ragnos:

During the rise of the Cult of Ragnos -- a secret sect of dark side worshippers who were tapping nexuses of Force energy in a bid to resurrect an ancient Sith Lord -- New Republic Jedi agents Kyle Katarn and Jaden Korr discovered and chased away cultists targeting Vjun.

Databank: Vjun

Note: Vjun is a dark side nexus, which both Yoda and Luke Skywalker considered to be "strong" and "opressive".

For more information about the Reborn/Disciples of Ragnos, be sure to check out their Respect Thread by @fated_xtasy

A teenage Jaden Korr stands no chance against Kyle Katarn in a lightsaber duel:

Do not try to go toe-to-toe with the Jedi Master by crossing sabers with him, or you will die!

Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy: Prima's Official Strategy Guide

Note: While the fight between Kyle and Jaden can only be seen in Dark Side Ending of Jedi Academy (which is considered non-canon), Kyle's superiority over Jaden has been already confirmed by Jon Zuk (see the quote in "General reputation..." section), therefore it should still be considered as valid.

During the attack of the Shadow Academy on the Jedi Praxeum, Kyle Katarn defeats Jeng Droga, an Emperor's Hand noted for his mastery of the lightsaber:

The Jedi Kyle Katarn has faced and exterminated two Jar'Kai stylists: the Dark Jedi Boc and the Emperor's Hand Jeng Droga.

Dark Forces Saga, Part 4

Droga’s erratic past yielded a man of extreme emotions, manifested in his angry mastery of the lightsaber and the intensity of his perpetual solitiude.

Star Wars Gamer #5

Kyle Katarn fought in the Yuuzhan Vong Wars and lived to tell the tale:

Kyle was among the many instructors who left the academy to fight against the Yuuzhan Vong invaders.

Power of the Jedi Sourcebook

During the Dark Nest Crisis, Kyle Katarn was a member of a team which served as reinforcements for Luke Skywalker and Mara Jade during the Battle of Kr:

The Falcon's darkened air lock slid silently open. The four YVH "bugcruncher" war droids - on loan from Tendrando Arms and specially programmed to Han's specifications - jumped into the pitch-black hangar. Next went the four Jedi - Kyp, Saba, Octa Ramis, and Kyle Katarn - in their combat - rated vac suits.

[...]

Leia's arms had become deadweights fifteen minutes into the fight, and she was able to wield her lightsaber now only by virtue of the strength Saba was lending her through the Force. Han had run out of power packs - she had not noticed when - and traded his T-21 for a pair of captured assault rifles, which he had taken to firing one in each hand.

The bugcrunchers had taken so many hits that Bugs One through Three had exhausted their laminanium repair ingots. With the exception of Saba who only seemed to grow quicker, stronger, and more joyful as the battle wore on - even the Jedi Masters were slowing, if the tattered condition of their combat vac suits was any indication.

And the Gorog just kept coming, blocking the way ahead, clattering out of side passages, rumbling up the tunnel behind the rescue team. A limitless swarm.

[...]

When the rescue team followed, they found themselves entering a vast, murky vault filled with Gorog warriors. Leia could sense Luke and Mara a dozen meters above, hidden in a tangle of insects so thick and large she could not see the glow of their lightsabers.

"How about it, Saba?" Han asked. "That enough fun for you?"

Before the Barabel could answer, some of the Gorog recovered their senses and fired a volley of electrobolts. Leia's lightsaber came up automatically, as did those of Kyp, Saba, and the other Masters, but there were just too many strikes to block. She took a scalding hit in the shoulder and heard Han curse as he took one, then a pair of crumps sounded as Bug Two and Bug Three launched more detonators.

'Careful!" Kyp warned. "Master Skywalker-"

The rest was lost to a pair of earsplitting crackles, and Leia's sight flashed to white. The air shuddered as the bugcrunchers opened up with their blaster cannons. By the time her vision cleared, both droids had activated their thrusters and were shooting toward the combat tangle above. Kyp and the other Masters were close on their heels.

[...]

The largest part of the Gorog swarm had turned to face Kyp and the other Masters, but Luke and Mara were still trapped a few meters above the main combat, their lightsabers weaving brilliant snakes of color as they spun and slashed and killed.

Leia and Han were about halfway to the fight when she noticed that no Gorog were firing in their direction. Faced with a line of Jedi Masters and bugcruncher droids, apparently Leia and Han just did not seem like much of a threat.

Dark Nest I: The Joiner King

Year later, during the Swarm War, Kyle Katarn, with the aid of other Jedi, fights and drives back several Gorog warriors:

Kyle Katarn arrived in the same instant, emerging from the flotsam with half a dozen other Jedi. They quickly drove the last of the Gorog warriors away, lacing the darkness with blaster bolts and flinging thermal detonators around like confetti, using the Force to create a protective shell of rubble around the Skywalkers and Jacen.

Dark Nest III: The Swarm War

At the height of the Second Galactic Civil War, Kyle Katarn is chosen by Luke Skywalker to lead a strike team against self-proclaimed Sith Lord, Darth Caedus. While Katarn ultimately ends up defeated and injured, it should be noted that the team was able to stalemate Caedus when all combatants were relying purely on lightsabers, and since Katarn's teammates were no threat to Caedus on their own, it means that Katarn was doing the heavy lifting, while his teammates only served to close the skill gap between the Jedi Master and the Sith Lord. What's more, while Caedus was casually ragdolling Katarn's teammates with the Force, not once he tried to directly overpower Katarn, opting instead to bypass his defences alltogehter:

Katarn ignited his lightsaber as he came to a stop a few meters away. "Care to surrender, Colonel Solo?"

"Not to a traitor." Caedus looked at the other three as their Force-augmented sprints came to an end, leaving them in a semicircle before him. Three Jedi Knights: the younger Horn, the Falleen Mithric, the Bothan Hu'lya. He resisted the urge to snort. Separately or collectively, these Jedi Knights were no match for him.

Katarn, though, was a threat. Still, the Jedi had only moments before GA reinforcements would arrive. Their attack was already a failure.

He sensed Katarn's attack, threw up his blade in a block so well practiced that his muscle memory could have performed it while he slept. With his free hand, he gestured at the Bothan Jedi. She was suddenly airborne, hurtling sideways to slam into the Falleen, knocking them both down.

Katarn's blade struck his, rebounded with a snap-hiss. and came around from the other side as the Jedi Master executed a lightning-fast spin. Caedus stepped back from it. not engaging the blade. He watched the blade flash harmlessly past him.

He stepped forward again into a side kick, aimed not at Katarn but at the onrushing Valin Horn. His boot heel caught the Jedi Knight on the point of his chin, knocking Horn backward off his feet. Two seconds had passed since the attack began.

...

Only Seha's head protruded from the pavement hatch as she watched her four companions assault Colonel Solo.

In one sense, it was a beautiful and brilliant thing to see. The five combatants moved as though they'd been choreographing this event for years and had planned, all along, that the two sides would somehow be even. Each time the lightsabers came together, the resulting flash of light, slightly greater than two glows by themselves, cast the five combatants into relief. Around them, blinded GAG troopers withdrew, finding one another by touch, keeping their blasters up and at the ready, waiting for the moment when their sight would return and allow them to open fire. Above, though at a distance from the Senate Building, the trails of airspeeder lights glimmered in their passage.

And Seha still had one task to perform.

In her free hand she held a patch of black cloth. It was square, five centimeters to a side, and very soft and pliant, despite the fact that its center layer consisted of circuitry embedded in a flexible polymer.

One side was covered by a transparent layer of flimsi. With her teeth, she worried an edge of the flimsi free, then pulled the whole layer off, dropping it into the access hole she occupied. The removal of the flimsi exposed a layer of adhesive.

With her own Force powers, so much less subtle than those of her allies, she sent the cloth patch flying, centimeters above ground level, toward the fight.

But she couldn't send it on to her target, not yet. Master Katarn had been clear about that. She had to wait until things were at their most chaotic, their most distracting.

So she guided the patch ever closer to the fight, but waited, waited...

...

Ten seconds.

Caedus rolled out of Katarn's kick to his head, catching a scrape along his cheek, and swung at the Master's leg, but Kolir's blade intercepted his before it bit into flesh. His strength batted her weapon away, but she had deflected his blow and spared Katarn an amputation.

They're coordinating. Good for them. Bad for me.

Caedus heard a siren-an oncoming GAG vehicle. No, two-maybe three.

He allowed himself a certain satisfaction at their speed of response. He hadn't expected anything of the sort for another half minute.

Then, from the corner of his eye, he saw the first oncoming vehicle, an aging Sentinel-class armored shuttle. It was yellow, with spots of rust. He could not make out its markings without looking at it, but he knew it was not in GAG or Alliance colors. Entering airspace above the plaza, it began a dangerously steep and fast repulsorlift descent. Behind it came three GAG airspeeders, one of them firing a top-mounted laser at the shuttle.

Ah. So they were not responding with brilliant speed to an alarm. They were chasing the Jedi escape vehicle. Caedus swung at Horn, a blow meant not to connect but to cause the young Jedi to flinch away into the path of the Falleen, which he did. While they were interfering with each other, Caedus gestured at the Bothan Jedi, hurling her toward Katarn.

Katarn hurled his lightsaber off to the side and caught Hu'lya with both hands, preventing her from falling, prepared to pull her out of harm's way if Caedus followed through.

Caedus did not. He kept his senses on Katarn's lightsaber, and, when it vectored to fly toward him from the side, he negligently swatted it away with his own blade.

Fifteen seconds.

Caedus gave Katarn and Hu'lya a little smile. "You could save yourselves a lot of pain by telling me now where Luke has set up the new Jedi headquarters. I swear, when you are in my hands, you will answer that question."

The Bothan got her feet back under her and stood at the ready.

Katarn caught his returning lightsaber. "Meaning you will torture us to death. Are you listening to yourself, Jacen? Do you even know who you are anymore?"

"I do. It's you who have no idea who I am."

He felt Force energy growing within Mithric and Horn. He gestured, telekinetically yanking the Bothan forward, positioning her between him and them. He felt their Force exertion as it was suddenly cut off.

Katarn advanced, lightsaber at the ready. Caedus withdrew before him. With part of his awareness, he was keeping track of the four inbound vehicles, plotting their trajectories...

One of the GAG vehicles was circling ahead and to starboard of the descending shuttle. Its arc, intended to put it toward the bow of the shuttle so it could fire on the cockpit, would bring it near the combatants, just a few meters above them. The pilot's maneuver was smooth, the vehicle clearly under control. Caedus could see the Jedi barely registering its presence, since it did not figure into the combat.

Caedus reached out a hand as if intending to hurl Katarn away from him. The Master raised his own hand, a deflecting gesture. But Caedus exerted himself against the oncom-ing GAG speeder, yanking it down and toward all of them.

A moment's inattention or focus elsewhere. That's all it ever took. By the time Katarn felt the speeder coming toward him - spinning, its stern a mere two meters from his back - it was already too late for him to send a command even to Force-augmented nerves and muscles. His face changed with the awareness of danger.

Then the speeder's port quarter hit his back, hurling him forward to slam into Caedus. The speeder, continuing its out-of-control motion, slid through the location of the other Jedi, knocking Hu'lya to the permacrete, causing Horn and Mithric to leap to safety.

Katarn now stood so close to Caedus that every facial feature was visible, every scar and line in his weathered face, every hair on his brow, mustache, and beard.

Caedus felt a rush of satisfaction, enjoyment, as Katarn's expression turned from one of surprise to pain. Katarn looked down to see Caedus's lightsaber buried to its hilt in his chest.

A noise, something halfway between a groan and a death rattle, emerged from Katarn's lips. Smiling, Caedus yanked his lightsaber free and let the stricken Jedi Master fall face-first on the pavement.

Legacy of the Force: Fury

Note: For more information about Darth Caedus, be sure to check out his Respect Thread by @thevioletsaber.

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—Sincerely, @the_wspanialy and @fated_xtasy

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Letho of Gulet Respect Thread

Letho of Gulet, the Kingslayer

"But I won't kill you. I'll cut off your hands. Cut all off your hands. One man after the other. Till the end of your days, those stumps will remind you of the mistake you made."

This is the largest collection of Letho's feats and accolades. Respect the Kingslayer.

WARNING: The following Respect Thread containes spoilers for The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Consider yourself warned.

WARNING: The following Respect Thread takes into account all Letho's feats and accolades, regardless of the choices made by a player during both games.

Special thanks to @lubub55, for allowing me to finish what he had started.

Opening theme:

General information:

Letho is a witcher, a superhuman monster slayer for hire. As a child, he endured insanely hard training involving physical training, swordfight, alchemy and knowledge about monsters. He was also subjected to mutations which granted him:

  • superhuman physical capabilities,
  • hightend senses,
  • enhanced reflex,
  • immunity to sickness,
  • increased resistance to poisons
  • accelerated healing factor
  • extended lifespan

At 25th of July, 1270, in Angren, Letho was attacked by a slyzard and whould've died if not for the intervention of Geralt of Rivia, a witcher from the School of the Wolf. Wanting to repay his debt Letho, along with Serrit and Auckes (his fellow witchers from the School of the Viper), joined Geralt in his pursuit of the Wild Hunt, a spectral cavalcade of wraiths who have taken his lover Yennefer. Eventualy the witchers were able to catch up with the Hunt at the Hanged Man's Tree and they engaged them in combat. Despite their valiant efforts and skills with a sword, the witchers would be eventually overwhelmed by sheer numbers of the opponnents. Geralt decided to cut a deal with Eredin, the king of the Wild Hunt, offering himself in exchange for Yennefer. Eredin agreed without hesitation.

To honor Geralt's sacrifice, Letho decided to take care of amnesiac Yennefer, despite the fact that she proved to be a constant source of trouble for him and his fellow witchers. One day the group was caught by secret police of the Nilfgardiaan Empire. Soon after Letho was brought before the Emperor Emhyr var Emreis himself. The Emperor offerd him a mission in the Northern Kingdoms: to kill as many northern monarchs as he could and laid the blame on the Logde of Sorceresses, secret organisation of powerful and influential sorceresses. In exchange Emhyr promised to rebuild the School of the Viper. Letho agreed and together with his fellow witchers traveled to Kovir, where he offered his services to Sile de Tansarvile, one of the key members of the Lodge.

After performing few witcher jobs for Sile, the sorceress felt comfortable enough around Letho to ask him to assassinate King Demavend of Aedirn. Letho, who was already planning assasination of king Esterad Tyssen of Kovir, couldn't beleive his luck. He agreed and together with Sile planned the assassination. Not long after king Demavend lost his head. After escaping from Aedirn Letho made contact with Iorveth, the infamous leader of the Scoia'tael partisants, offering to add several more heads to that of Demavend. Iorveth accepted the offer and (without Sile's knowledge) helped Letho in organising the assassination of king Foltest of Temeria. Knowing that Foltest will attempt to free his bastard children from the monastery in La Vallett's castle, Letho infiltrated the monastery pretending to be a monk, waiting for the king to eventualy show up. He was shocked to see his old friend, Geralt of Rivia, entering the children's chamber along with the king. Geralt however, who was still suffering from amnesia, was unable to recognise Letho. Letho used that to swiftly cut Foltest's throat and escape, unintentionaly framing Geralt in the regicide.

Soon after Geralt begun to pursuit Letho, being able to drive a wadge between him and Iorveth and forcing Letho to escape. In the ruins of elven bath near the village of Flotsam they engaged in a duel which Letho won, letting Geralt live "for old times sake". Despite multiple complications Letho was ultimately successfull. With Demavend and Foltest dead and the blame laid on the sorceresses, the North descended into chaos.

Some say that Letho was killed by Geralt in the ruins of Loc Muinne. Other claims that he survived and has been recently seen in the land of Velen. His fate remains unknown...

Witcher training:

Strength:

Decapitates King Demavend with a knife.

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Stalemates and (arguably) even gains the upper hand against Geralt of Rivia in a bladelock. For Geralt's strength feats, check out Geralt of Rivia Respect Thread by lubub55.

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Letho's character sheet from The Witcher Role-Playing Game, credits him with a strength superior to Geralt's (BODY stat). Wheter it takes into the account the unspecified strength upgrade Geralt received in Blood and Wine expansion pack is unclear (though it should considering the release date of The Witcher Role-Playing Game).

Source: The Witcher Role-Playing Game
Source: The Witcher Role-Playing Game

Body (BODY): For things that require great strength, like wrestling and strength feats, or physical endurance, such as resisting disease or fatigue.

With one hand, effortlessly submerges Geralt in water and tosses him through a brick wall.

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Pierces armor of the Wild Hunt warrior and trades blows with them.

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Speed/Reflexes:

Letho's reflexes is described as "lightning" fast.

"Displaying immense self-control and lightning reflexes — not to mention a talent for acting — he murdered the king before the witcher's very eyes."

--- The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings, Letho's Journal Entry

Contradictory to his apperance, Letho can move with the speed and the grace of a cat.

"Musucular hands, a thick neck, broad chest and a thick brow are reminiscent of an ape, but that huge, bald man with a wrestler's build moves swiftly and gracefully like a cat."

--- The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Artbook

Dodges arrow at close range.

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Puts the body of the previously killed soldier between himself and the mage casting the spell.

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Blitzes a unit of Scoia'tael, elven querilla fighters. Elves in Witcherverse are fast enough to appear as a blur to Ciri who, by witcher Coen's own admission, is very fast herself. The sole survivor of the fight describes it as a massacre.

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Iorveth warns Geralt about Letho's speed.

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Speedblitzes Cedric, an ex-Scoia'tael member and an experienced warrior, and then subdues Triss Merigold (a casual arrow timer) before she can cast a spell.

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Durability/Endurance:

Survives a strike of a slyzard's tail. Geralt considers this to be a miracle.

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Survives a jump from the castle's window, completely unharmed.

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"Surviving the fall unharmed, the assassin fled with the aid of some Scoia'tael."

--- The Witcher 2: Assassins of King, Letho's Journal Entry

Despite being hit with an arrow saturated in Zanquebarian venom (one of the few poisons capable of affecting a witcher's body) Letho continues to fight.

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Survives rain of fire summoned by Triss Merigold by covering himself beneath a body of one of the Wild Hunt's soldier and appears unharmed. It's unclear though how much of this he owes to his own durability.

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Letho's character sheet from The Witcher Role-Playing Game credits him with endurance superior to Geralt's (BODY stat).

Source: The Witcher Role-Playing Game
Source: The Witcher Role-Playing Game

Body (BODY): For things that require great strength, like wrestling and strength feats, or physical endurance, such as resisting disease or fatigue.

Skills:

Letho is described as a mighty warrior.

"Letho of Gulet – a witcher, a mighty warrior also known as The Kingslayer."

--- The Witcher Battle Arena, Letho of Gulet - hero presentation

Letho has never been defeated in combat prior to his fight with Geralt of Rivia.

"Like all witchers, Letho has undergone extensive combat training. He's a highly skilled swordsman and a formidable user of witcher Signs. His physique imposing and brutish, leading his opponents to severly underestimate his intelligence, a mistake they make only once. The only opponent, known to have bested him in a fight, is the White Wolf, Geralt of Rivia."

--- The Witcher Battle Arena

Letho is considered to be Geralt's equal.

"Letho is our heros' equal both in terms of his abilities and his equipment."

--- The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Artbook

Letho's character sheet from The Witcher Role-Playing Game credits him with swordsmanship equal to Geralt's (Swordsmanship skill).

The Witcher Role-Playing Game
The Witcher Role-Playing Game

Letho, along with Geralt, Serrit and Auckes fought the Wild Hunt to a standstill. Warriors of the Wild Hunt are elite fighters (even the lowest warriors of the Hunt are considered more skilled than the most elite soldiers of either Nilfgaardian Empire or the Northern Realms), with superhuman physicals and equiped with high quality weapons and armors. For additional information regarding the Wild Hunt, check out The Wild Hunt Respect Thread by Xerolot.

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As was already mentioned in "Speed" section, Letho slaughtered a group of Scoia'tael, elven guerilla fighters. Elves in Witcherverse can live houndreds of years and thus gather great amount of combat experience. They're also fast enough to appear as a blur to Ciri who, by witcher Coen's own admission, is very fast herself. The sole survivor of the fight describes it as a massacre.

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Letho engages and defeat Geralt of Rivia in combat. It should be noted however that Letho had knowledge about Geralt's fighting style (he even makes a comment about it during the fight) and ultimately achieved victory by overpowering Geralt with magic.

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Letho was a match for Geralt.

"Finally the witcher's desire was fulfilled. Geralt and the kingslayer stood face to face and their swords clashed. Our hero had hoped to punish Foltest's killer, but he met his match."

--- The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings, "Assassins of Kings" Quest Journal Entry

Letho, along with Serrit and Auckes, slaughtered another unit of Scoia'tael. The sole survivor of the fight considers Letho to be the most terrible warrior he has ever seen. The soldiers who found him describes the scene as a bloodbath.

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Letho made a short work of a troll.

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Letho broke Triss Merigold out of the Nilfgardiaan camp, protected by a bunch of Nilfgardiaan soldiers. Their leader, Renuald aep Mattsen, described them as "the Empire's true power". Their forces consisted of knights, shield bearers, archers and even a mage.

"Triss Merigold ran to Geralt, having been freed from the Nilfgaardians' hands by Letho."

--- The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings, "Assassins of Kings" Quest Journal Entry

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In their second duel Letho gives Geralt an excellent fight, even managing to land a hit.

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At the time of their second duel, Letho and Geralt were considered to be the two finest swordsmen of the time, putting them above likes of Vesemir.

"The tale of the kingslayers had to conclude with a duel to the death between the two finest swordsmen alive at that time. And only one of them could survive."

--- The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings, "Assassins of Kings" Quest Journal Entry.

Letho clears Reardon Manor from wraiths.

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Despite being hit with an arrow saturated with Zanquebarian venom (one of the few poisons capable of affecting a witcher's body), Letho powers through the poison and kills six out of nine bounty hunters (in ten seconds) before succumbing to the poison.

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Letho, along with Geralt and Lambert, fights a unit of the Wild Hunt warriors. As was mentioned before, even the lowest warriors of the Hunt are considered more skilled than the most elite soldiers of either Nilfgaardian Empire or the Northern Realms.

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Signs:

Witcher signs are form of magic wilded by witchers. While considered primitive by actual mages, they are extremely useful in combat as casting a sign requires only concentration and a hand gesture rather than incantations.

Aard - A telekinetic blast capable of knocking opponents back, stunning them, disarming them, punching through walls et. cet.

  • Letho uses Aard frequently in combat.
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  • Letho overpowers Geralt with Aard.
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Igni - A gust of flames which Letho can shoot from his hands.

  • Letho uses Igni frequently in combat.
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Quenn - A magical shield which protects Letho from harm.

  • Letho uses Quenn frequently in combat.
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  • Letho shields himself from frost explosion capable of freezing an entire ship
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Yrden - A magical trap which stops/slows down things near it.

  • Geralt uses Yrden to trap a tentacle of keyran.
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Axii - Witcherverse equivalent for Jedi Mind Trick. A form of mind control. Makes targets susceptible to suggestion. Does not work on exceptionally strong willed opponents.

Lambert, another witcher once used Axii to convince a bandit to shoot his friend... and then comit suicide.

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While Letho was never depicted using either Yrden or Axii, there are frequently used (or mentioned to be used) by other witchers. Therefore it's reasonable to assume he can use them as well.

Equipment:

Witcher medalion - Shaped like a snake. It shakes when in the presence of monsters or magic.

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Witcher steel sword - Letho's main weapon is his witcher steel sword. Forged by dwarves, witcher swords are extremely light and sharp, capable of cutting through armors of the Wild Hunt warriors. As seen in the picture below, Letho's sword is very long and thus provides significant reach. Used for fighting humans and non-magical creatures.

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Witcher silver sword - Witcher's best friend. Allows to harm (and kill) magical creatures,

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Dual daggers - Letho carries two long daggers and has demonstrated proficiency in using them.

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Throwing knives - Letho carries a set of throwing knives, however he was never depicted using them.

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Bombs - Letho has been depicted using three sets of bombs:

Thanks for reading! If you think I missed some content, be sure to let me know. Also, since it's my first Respect Thread, I would appreciate every tips for a future you can give me. Good luck on the Path!

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