"This weapon is your life!"
An individual's arsenal can define them, whether it be a good blaster at their side, or the weapon of a Jedi Knight
; an elegant weapon of a more civilised age.
The Star Wars
universe is inundated with weapons of many different styles. It would be a fruitless task to list all the weapons available to those who dwell in the land of Star Wars
, though some weapons of note include the lightsaber, blaster rifle, the carbine, explosives such as the thermal detonator, vibroblade, vibrosword, and perhaps the most common, the blaster pistol. "So uncivilised!"
Each type of weapon has its own list of models which in turn have their own set of modifications available to them. It really does go on and on. One could sit and banter on about weaponry until they find themselves old, frail, to have lived in a manky swamp only to have become one with the Force.
What this Force Reflection asks is: what is your character's weapon of choice? The Old Republic
has its own list of weaponry, but perhaps you use them only for aesthetics and have chosen a particular model or type of weapon for your character not available in the game. We'd like to know about it. Tell us about your lightsaber and its parts and focusing crystal, or your blaster pistol and its model and modifications, or the arsenal of detonators you have lined up within your jacket. Post in the comments, as per usual!
Welcome to Nik-Nak's Workshop.
Each week we will be providing you with a jawa's insight into the world
of tech! This week we're taking a look at a variation of the lightsaber: the lightwhip!
Also known as an energy whip or a laser whip, the lightwhip is a rare variation of the lightsaber. They generally function on the same principles and mechanics of a lightsaber, emitting coherent beams of energy that are used as a weapon. The main difference is the blade; rather than the straight meter long blades emitted by standard lightsabers, lightwhips feature long, flexible blades that can often extend several meters in length. To achieve this, rather than making use of one large crystal the way lightsabers do, lightwhips use multiple small crystals and the plasma in the blade has no cell barriers to keep it straight.
Just like lightsabers, the lightwhips blade can come in a variety of colors and shades based on the crystals it uses. They are mostly designed to emit a single blade—just like a standard lightsaber—though it isn't unheard of that some alterations can be made to allow the lightwhips to produce multiple tassels. These weapons are still rare and exotic weapons and they remain an unfamiliar occurrence among traditional duelists. Due to this, lightwhip wielders can usually enjoy a considerable amount of leverage over their opponents
It's hard to imagine Star Wars
without the lightsaber
. That shimmering blade, the snap-hiss that heralds what is certain to be a fight. I doubt there is a fan alive who hasn't dreamed of owning one.
Each lightsaber has the same basic parts: crystal, emitter and hilt. While the choice for color of the blade is dependent on the crystal chosen, the style of hilt is almost endless! From the sleek, curved hilt of fencing-master Darth Tyranus
, to the simplistic hilt used by Luke Skywalker
and even to the swoop bike handlebar used by Corran Horn
, the stars are the limit for hilt designs!
Today's Force Reflection asks: what is your character's hilt design? Have you given it much thought? How many "unique" hilts does your character have? Is there one they treasure above all others? Let us know in the comments below!
Everyone has something that they treasure. It may be just a memory, or a trinket of times past, or possibly even something significant like a ship. Whatever it is, it is precious to you, something you would be loath to loose.
In Star Wars
, there is a huge collection of items like this hidden throughout the films. Luke
holds onto his father's lightsaber until he is physically incapable of retrieving it, due to it falling slowly towards the centre of a gas giant. Han Solo
has the Millennium Falcon
, and Padmé
has the little carved trinket Anakin
As is often the case, these items of personal importance can serve as a plot hook. Perhaps someone is trying to steal it, or they are part of a collection that can be pieced together to find a long lost treasure ship. Or they could simply be a memento to a time you want to remember; an heirloom from your dead grandpa, the last thing your father ever gave you before he went away, or a trophy you claimed off a hated foe.
So what do you hold precious? A ring of untold power? A weapon that was your father's? A mask that hides your misshapen face, or possibly even a planet destroying space station? Anything that you would be rather upset to loose.
It's a macabre thing to think about, demise. Yet even the most admirable of heroes in entertainment history have not let their lives slip away from them so easily without giving the audience something to remember them by. Even when some heroes are certain their lives are over, they may suddenly don this veneer of machismo and be even more alluring than before
Perhaps we've even all imagined it: the death of our favorite character. In our heads, we may play it out in several different ways. Is it heroic? Is it timely? Or is the character just a victim of circumstance? In any event, our characters are, more often than not, those who would say a few things from time to time. Even the reticent character cannot keep his or her mouth shut in every situation. Let us enter the time of your beloved character's death: her assailant walks up to her, lightsaber in hand and says those four words that mean so much in entertainment. "Any famous last words?"
This Force Reflection wonders what those famous words of your character would be. Or would there be any at all? Post your answers in the comments below!
The final form of lightsaber combat during the period of The Old Republic
is Form VI: Niman, "The Way of the Rancor," or "The Moderation Form." For a diplomat, or an individual whose specialisation is not combat, this form is for them. Niman is balanced, hence the reason for the name "Moderation." It is a combination of all the forms of lightsaber combat merged in to one, taking all the strengths of available forms and blending them together, leaving little room for weaknesses. However, there is no particular main strength of the form, leaving a large requirement and burden of creativity on the user.
Niman also houses the use of the dual-bladed lightsaber combat style, similar to that used by Darth Maul
and Exar Kun
. The use of these types of lightsabers later fell under the form name of Jar'Kai, branching off from Niman.
Other forms of lightsaber combat do exist, including Mace Windu's
creation of Vapaad: a devastating and dangerous form that brushes up against the dark side of the Force. Form Zero has been put to practice where emphasis is on avoiding combat unless absolutely necessary.
The choice of lightsaber form falls solely on the individual. The decision must be made with serious care and thought, as mastery of a particular form can take many years, or perhaps never achieved at all. If you are lacking height and prefer aggression rather than defence, then perhaps Ataru
is the fitting choice. Perhaps you seek to tire your opponent, draining them of all their energy by remaining on the defensive by utilising Soresu
? If elegance and precision are essential characteristics in your book, then Makashi
would be right for you.
The galaxy is full of them: charismatic people. People who, with a crook of the finger or a tip of the head, can change a character's entire world view. Whether these characters are Force Sensitive or not is seemingly irrelevant; charm and wit still have a lot of pull in the realms of organic beings. A character is otherwise having a normal day, and suddenly it can run along the entire saber's edge, all due to the whims of someone else. Because, after all, you only live once.
In a galaxy of Force users where the whims of others can be just a Force Persuade
away, or, with a bit of Spice and circumstance, any unwitting cantina-goer can become extremely interested in anyone else, our characters have quite the bevy of stimuli to ignore when trying to make up their own mind about what is, exactly, their own mind. That being said, sometimes the best adventures are just a few thousand credits and a quick trip to Alderaan
away. And, hey, they might actually even be doing you a favor.
So this Force Reflection wonders, how susceptible are you to the suggestions of those around you? Whether they're your friends or your enemies? Is your character particularly sensitive to any particular form of suggestion? Let us know in the comments below!
You've chosen your class. You've chosen your advanced class. Then as you level you find them. Or maybe you even make them! In The Old Republic
we have quite a few choices for weapons, there can be some surprising varieties, and there are several things to think about.
Does it have to be modifiable? Do you like the sound? Do you like the look? Does it work with your character?
It’s an important choice to make, after all. How menacing is a blood thirsty power hungry Sith if he’s got a pink (…sorry, magenta) colored lightsaber? Or maybe your reason has nothing to do at all with how it looks. Let’s face it: some Sith are scary, pink lightsaber or not! Maybe you chose what you did purely for your own aesthetic reasons. You found this weapon. You’ve used the handy dandy new preview feature in game to get a good close up look at that new blaster and by gosh, you just think that darn thing is so sexy you just have to
There’s any number of reasons one could choose a weapon in TOR
. So, you tell us! How do you decide what weapon to use in The Old Republic
Flip. Spin. Twirl. Sprint. Form IV: Ataru, "Way of the Hawk-Bat," or "The Aggression Form," relies heavily upon acrobatics and aggression. The name speaks for itself. Unlike Soresu, where the sole focus is on defence, this is its opposite. Ataru is one of the more aggressive forms where practitioners are always on the offensive, utilising Force-assisted spins, flips, and powerful strikes. It is most effective against single opponents. Attacks can soar in from any direction if the user of the form allows their body to open up to the Force, creating extra potency behind every move.
Unlike Soresu, where users of the defensive form can fight on for prolonged periods of time, practitioners of Ataru can tire quickly. Furthermore, unlike its defensive counterpart, Ataru does not perform well against blaster fire, especially when it pours in from multiple opponents. It is for this reason that users of the form must remain close to their opponents at all times, taking advantage of Force-induced speed, strength and acrobatics.
The opening stance for Ataru requires the user to hold the lightsaber with both hands to the side of the body [pictured above].
Practitioners of Ataru include Master Yoda
who achieved a mastery of the form to the highest level. You can view his use of this form in this video
[scroll through to 3:55]. You will notice the constant and speedy acrobatic movements of Yoda throughout the entire battle. He chose this form to compensate for his lack of height and reach.
Another user of the form is Qui-Gon Jinn
who fell to the blade of Darth Maul
during the battle inside the Theed Palace core. The lack of room for movement, as well as Qui-Gon's age and demanding nature of Ataru on his body caused his downfall. Other users of the form include Vandar Tokare
from the Knights of the Old Republic
series, Zez-Kai Ell
, Vrook Lamar
, Cay Qel-Droma
, Cin Drallig
, Quinlan Vos
, Aayla Secura
, and Ki-Adi-Mundi
Sometimes, there is born a man that can strangle two snakes in infancy. A man that drinks straight scotch before breast-milk. A man that can grow a beard so thick and manly it can stop a lightsaber. This is the man that all other men are measured against. In history there have been many such men. Hercules. Allan Quatermain. Chuck Norris.
Sometimes in RP you can find yourself facing up against men who believe this of themselves. Physical titans that could kill a rancor with their stare. This Force Reflection is about how you match up to them. Do you tut, and turn your head, putting their mann-erisms down to compensating for something? Do you idolize them, and aspire to be like them, or do you try to math them, competing against them through exchange of words, drink, or blows?
Or are you this man? Do you have biceps the size of Balmorra and abs the size of Alderaan? Can you beat a Wraid in an arm wrestle, or tear the ears off a Gundark? Do Wookiees let you win at Dejarik? And most importantly, do you have a manly beard?
There are many different ways a man can measure his manliness. But tell us: how manly are you?