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Friends, roleplayers, random people, lend me your screens! For today I show you something of monumental potential benefit to the SWTOR roleplaying community!

How many of you have wanted at some point to make your character pose with their hands clasped behind their backs, probably looking out of a giant viewport on a space station or ship (like header image)? Don't lie; I will give you a thousand credits if you haven't had this desire (if you are online on Voss on The Ebon Hawk server when I am online within 15 seconds of reading this for the first time). Well, I have recently...two days ago...made a suggestion on the SWTOR suggestions forum area that would potentially allow just that. To merely highlight it, the suggestion is called STANCES.

What this would do is provide two new categories of emotes. These emotes offer a number of purely cosmetic poses, one category for weapon drawn, the other for without. Any Jedi Counselors out there who wanted their lightsaber to be in an Ataru form pose rather than the back and behind default stance, this is for you. Actually, everyone, this is for you. Stances would allow one to have their characters strike a different pose when walking or standing still and not attacking. Like a Soresu saber form pose, or a smuggler's pistol remaining in its holster with the smuggler's hand right next to it, waiting for a quick draw.

Details are in this link right here (warning, it is a long and detailed suggestion, so read it all), and I implore you all to post on it and give it your support. I don't know how the developers pick the suggestions they will take from there, but I believe it very well could be affected by popularity and support from the player base. Which is why I request your support.

JOIN ME IN GAINING THE ABILITY TO PUT OUR HANDS BEHIND OUR BACKS! And together, we can rule the galaxy in roleplay!

- Cruallassar

James It's about time. I love the way FFXIV allows you to change stances using /changepose, it's different for each race/sex, ...

The time has come once more. The reconstructed Jedi Temple on Tython is hosting a tournament of martial skill! This is a chance for students of all levels of ability to sharpen their skills, and witness new and unfamiliar techniques. The Tournament seeks to honour the purity of lightsaber combat; all are welcome to watch, or to enter and take part according to the ancient rules of the tournament!

There are only two days to go and you can still apply to enter or judge the competition! So come along, test your skills and join in with the fun or simply spectate and enjoy the show! Check out the forum thread here for more information!

Location: Training Arenas, Jedi Temple, Tython. The Progenitor server. 

Time and Date: Saturday, October 11th, 1900 BST

(Judges and Entrants arrive at 1820-1830 BST)

To apply to enter or judge the competition, contact Alen via PM or reply to the thread here

Alen There's still time to get involved. Let me know!

Jedi and Sith often have a rather single-minded approach when it comes to weapons: their trusty lightsabers. Everyone else has a rather less restricted approach: that does not include lightsabers. 

Everyone has their weapon of choice, whether it be a lightsaber, the blaster they made when they were in the military academy, or the biggest piece of firepower they can illegally get their hands on. 

Luke Skywalker wasn't so bad a shot before he decided he liked glowing swords, but Han Solo would likely never think about abandoning blasters for anything. 

So the question is, what weapon/s does your character call his favorite? Or for those smugglers out there, what is your Flashy the blaster? For the Force-users, do you restrict yourselves to only lightsabers?
User x Well, my favourite weapon, is weaponless, (Bruce Lee eat your hear out) always has been the frilly necked lizard mounive ...
Mordio Surely the most dangerous weapon in the galaxy at the point of that image is the Death Star? ^^ Anyway, did you see tha ...
Adhock42 Most of my characters are fairly versatile in their weapons of choice, ranging from blades to explosives and everything ...

Power can easily go to a person's head. They can abuse it in a single moment. This is common among politicians and Sith. A Sith could easily use their lightsaber and Force powers to threaten someone in order to get what they want. A politician—well, that's very obvious as it happens sometimes in real life as well.

If given power, would you character be able to handle it? For this question, lets use characters which don't have a lot of power in the first place. Perhaps low-ranking troopers or bounty hunters with low reputation.

Of course, it could work with Jedi too. Perhaps your Jedi was given the chance to kill the one whom they sought revenge on all their life? Would your character even think twice about killing this person?
Sky In short - yes. But since most of her management skills comes from experience with Black Sun and currently Hutt Cartel, ...
Adhock42 I think Adhock is pretty much the only one who could but she has kind of a "Been there, done that" attitude ab ...
Cruallassar My trooper wouldn't know what to do with it all. So it would depend. My bounty hunter would use it to become the best bo ...

Ilum was once considered a secret and sacred world to the Jedi Order. The planet housed a rich source of crystals which the Jedi used mostly for the construction of their chosen weapon: the lightsaber. 

After the devastating blow to the Galactic Republic with the Sacking of Coruscant, the Sith Empire learned of Ilum's available resources. The few Jedi teams that held the planet were no match for the invading Imperial forces, and there began a long fight for control of the planet. 

It is believed that the Empire's plans for the crystals involved stealth technology; something that the Republic wishes to prevent. The battle for the planet between Jedi and Sith continues. 

Keyt Saren | CBNS Reporter
DiscoveryNet: The Battle for Ilum

Star Wars was released in 1977 and still today is one of the most popular sci-fi and space themed franchise out there. The question is, even though Star Wars is set a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, will anything that is in the franchise actually exist in the future?

There are several things which are already in development and created, such as robots, spaceships, and other grand inventions of today. Do you think there will ever be hologram messages or things such as datacrons or even lightsabers in the future?

Sure, there are some flaws in the creation of some of the technology which just wouldn't work due to physics and whatnot. Though, it doesn't hurt to dream. If there was one thing in Star Wars that you would like to see in the future, what would it be? I mean, who wouldn't want to own a lightsaber?
User x Jeez, that's a curly one, the sexy/sexist in me says that awesome bikini armour, not just Leia's lame outfit (if we are ...
D'aax Considering they've already made a Photon Collider ( ...
Saraani Nah. If the future is going to look like any setting, my money's on Mass Effect minus the Prothean/Reaper stuff. So we ...
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Where lights burn brightest and liquor flows freest, emotions run at light speed. HoloGossip had the pleasure of meeting one of the most outspoken droid'ed up cyborgs this side of Balmorra at the Slippery Slopes Cantina on Nar Shaddaa. This Synthetic Siren wasn't all just talk. She had a lot to say about her business and how she felt about the future of droid technology. Here's the scoop:

Our Synthetic Siren is one of the owner/operators of SyntheTek: a business specializing in droids, artificial intelligence, and prototype weaponry. "Although we're trying to phase out the weapons," the Synthetic Siren said, "But I'm not supposed to say that publicly." Don't worry lady, your secret's safe with us. SyntheTek specializes in a heuristic system with its artificial intelligence, meaning that basically (as one of the company models pointed out) their AI can achieve sentience by simply doing tasks. We don't know if that's legal, but whatever pays the bills, right?

Our Synthetic Siren tried to downplay her part in SyntheTek's power structure by saying she's just a programmer, but by throwing around words like "heuristic" (which we admit we had to look up), we figure this is a programmer worth her space-sauce. HoloGossip is 100% behind SyntheTek shutting down its weapons program. Who wants a sentient blaster, or a saber that learns with you? Last thing anyone wants is a blaster that shoots back, or a lightsaber in a bad mood. So remember, treat your droids with respect. They might be having a bad day, and that could be the end of you, buddy.

Mai Cash | HoloGossip
Slippery Slopes Cantina - Nar Shaddaa
[Based on in-game RP with Cnids on The Ebon Hawk]
Cnids ((I just discovered this; thanks for writing me up, Mai! )) ...
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Where lights burn brightest and liquor flows freest, emotions run at light speed. HoloGossip caught word at local cantinas throughout the galaxy of a number of Jedi and other Republic Force users having to flee from attacks on them by Sith, sometimes in the most unlikely of places. One was attacked on Corellia while on a routine diplomatic mission (Jedi have those you know), and another Force user was attacked while exiting her ship at Deucalon Spaceport on Nar Shaddaa. Here's the scoop:

While both goody-two-shoes seem to have escaped, neither seemed to be able to do it without their pride in-tact. The Corellian Hero has been heard saying that he barely escaped with his life, and he's wondering where the attacking Sith is now, while the Wandering Force User lost her lightsaber during the assault in her hangar. Coincidence? Maybe. Who knows? The Sith have been known to be pretty brazen before, and who knows what those guys are up to on Dromund Kaas in their very own Sanctum.

War is war after all, and some people just don't like each other. Sith and Jedi certainly have it out for each other, for sure. While HoloGossip is not about to go poking our nose into smelly Sith business, we're curious about whether other Republic Force users or Jedi have been attacked by single Sith assailants, and lived. If you have, feel free to contact us via the HNN. Curiosity may have killed the manka cat, but we always get our scoop, and we want to follow this story to the end. So remember, if you're playing with your lightsaber in open air, keep your hands on it. It might just get snatched up by some Sith bandit.

Mai Cash | HoloGossip
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[Based on an in-game storyline ongoing on The Ebon Hawk]

Player-written backstories, personalities, and ethics are quite often, for want of a better word, spectacular. Some are even better than the (also spectacular) class stories written for us by BioWare, which highlight the personalities and quirks typical of the eight classes we get to choose from. But here is today's question: how similar are the two genres? How like your class is your character?

Is your Jedi Knight a brave knight of the Jedi Order, or is he not even a Jedi, just an exile with a lightsaber or a provost with a sword? Your smuggler; a cocky pilot or a soldier in the Republic army? Is your bounty hunter actually a Mandalorian, or does he walk a different path, perhaps that of a heroic game hunter? Is your Sith actually a Lord of the Sith, or is she a rebel to her cause? Let us know.
Nebu'la Totally, aside from Nebbs is both Smuggler and Bounty Hunter (RPed that out over time) but mainly smuggler which she now ...
TehCelt Balitima is /nothing/ like her class. 1) Skills - Balitima is a Sith Sorcerer utilizing the spells and incantations as w ...
123 Overall I'd say very little- the classes and their mechanics only adds to the concept and the general atmosphere of what ...

Everyone is a hero. Or a smuggler, or a member of infantry, or a bounty hunter, or a Jedi. The run of the mill types of characters who make the galaxy really go ‘round tend to be played by NPC’s.  The bartenders are droids, the armor and weapons vendors are generic folks that are simply there.  As they're NPC’s, we can’t really interact with them, nor is it with the effort to make up an interaction with them. Once in a while there will be a character that makes a living trading on the galactic markets as a hobby. But surely, the galaxy doesn’t run off heroes. 

Where are the mechanics that are just mechanics? The journalists who have to hire protection? Where are the dancers, the bartenders, the chefs? Where are the common people that make the galaxy go ‘round? In our roleplay, they are simply presumed (like using the ‘fresher) to be jobs done by NPC’s so that we can go on our merry little way to becoming the heroes that the galaxy deserves. Surely, there’s not an infinite amount of credits to be made by thrilling heroics. Our characters didn’t just pick up a blaster or a lightsaber and become who they are today. Everyone, including the Emperor, has to start someplace. 

This has me wondering: where did your character start? What menial jobs did your character do? What jobs do they do now? Is your character just a hero? Or is their taste of weaponry a hobby? What professions would you like to see in roleplay? Where do your character's credits come from?
Frost Stolen funds of her old corporation, money from IC sold projects, fees for her IC medical attention, underworld deals ma ...
Henerkin Piracy, smuggling, bounties.
Tenatren I've had trouble deciding what my character does for credits, though it's always on my mind. He used to be a jedi and i' ...
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