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?
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 are taking a closer look at some of the various melee weapons known as Vibroblades!
A vibroblade is a type of bladed melee weapon that uses ultrasonic vibrations to increase its cutting effectiveness. They come in many variations: swords, pikes, knives and axes which all consist of the same basic design. The weapon's hilt or handle usually contains a compact ultra sonic generator, causing the blade to vibrate at an incredible speed, making even a glancing blow become a gaping wound.
They can be fitted with cortosis weave to allow them to parry the blows of lightsabers and other energy swords. However, vibroblades can be dangerous to use against electrical weapons. As they conduct electricity, the current would potentially connect with the vibroblade's energy cell and ultrasonic vibration generator. The result would be a miniature explosion with enough force to remove a hand.
"The Resilience Form" speaks for itself. Defence is the core component of Form III: Soresu, or "Way of the Mynock." Upon its creation, Soresu's sole purpose was to defend against blaster bolts. However, as time passed on, the form transformed into an ultimate all-round defensive style. Not only can this form defend endlessly against blaster bolts, but a worthy practitioner can defend against other forms of combat such as a lightsaber duel. For those individuals who prefer a form which is graded the lowest in terms of aggressiveness, Soresu is the right choice, as the emphasis is on defence. Counterattacks may creep through from time to time in a battle, but there is not as much focus on pushing the attack as other forms, such as Ataru.
Composure and a sense of calm is essential for users of Soresu. Surroundings and other happenings cannot disturb a practitioner if mastery of the form is to be achieved. The concept is to maintain the defence and to cause the opponent to tire and expel all their energy by pressing on the attack. Once this has occurred, users of Soresu can then begin their attack and utilise a more aggressive stance. For a beginner of the style, this technique may have a reverse affect where they may tire on the defensive before the aggressor does. The idea of Soresu is to survive, not to become the victor.
The Soresu opening stance comprises of the lightsaber being pointed horizontally, towards the opponent, whilst the other arm is held parallel to the blade, and the dominant foot held back. This stance can be seen being put to practice by Obi-Wan Kenobi
in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
Elegance, gracefulness and precision are the characteristics of Form II: Makashi, "The Way of the Ysalamiri
," or "The Contention Form." Makashi focuses on one-on-one combat, particularly with lightsabers. Practitioners of this form move smoothly with rhythm, both with their feet and their hands. They utilise a special and soft grip on their lightsaber hilt, allowing the distribution of movement that is required of Makashi. Form I seeks to disarm its opponents, but the specialised grip of Makashi defends against this. Count Dooku
, one of the most notable users of Makashi, owned a lightsaber with a curved hilt, allowing his grip to manoeuvre his weapon precisely and smoothly as intended.
Makashi requires focus and level-headedness for true mastery of the form. Due to its focus on precision, this lightsaber form has one main weakness: lack of power. Makashi cannot generate enough force and might behind its attacks, leaving opportunity for users of other lightsaber forms to overpower Makashi practitioners with brutal force.
The opening stance of Makashi takes the form of a one handed grip, feet shoulder width apart, with the lightsaber pointed diagonally to the ground by the user's side. The Makashi salute, not an attack but rather a taunt, is conducted by bringing the lightsaber up vertically in front of the user's face, then swinging the blade down to the side. [This move can be seen in this video
(at about 3:50), performed by Count Dooku before his duel with Master Yoda
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 are taking a closer look at the tools of the Jedi and the Sith: the Lightsaber!
They have become a symbol for what the Jedi Orders' values uphold and equally, the ideals of the Sith Empire. Designed as much for elegance in combat as for ceremony, the hilt of each lightsaber can vary in design to reflect the wielder. They're certainly not considered to be as clumsy and random as a blaster, but equally they require a lot of talent and skill to be used effectively.
The weapon consists of a blade of pure plasma emitted from the hilt and suspended in a force containment field. The field contains the immense heat of the plasma, protecting the wield and allowing the blade to keep its shape. The weightlessness of plasma and the strong gyroscopic effect generated by it requires a great deal of strength and dexterity to wield. Generally, a new Apprentice and Padawan will be given a training sword before being allowed to wield a lightsaber due to the dangers.
Back when SWTOR-RP
first launched, I was more of a front-line Reporter rather than a behind-the-scenes editor which I am now. During my time as one of SWTOR-RP's only Reporters
, I wrote a number of editorials on lore surrounding The Old Republic
and Star Wars
. My first ever long-winded article was Form is of the Essence
: an in-depth look at the different styles of lightsaber combat. After feeling somewhat nostalgic, Form is of the Essence
has been reborn; it has been revamped, re-edited and re-collated into a number of parts for convenience. Read on as I take you through the forms of lightsaber combat that existed during the era of The Old Republic
Swing. Block. Spin. Parry. Counter-attack. Force leap over enemy. Swing. Block. Force push.
If you are of the dark side of the Force, perhaps some force lightning would be more fitting at the end of that combative combination. If you were a practitioner of a lightsaber form other than the acrobatic form of Ataru, then perhaps you would rather a more defensive style such as Soresu.
During the period of the Old Republic, the time in which The Old Republic takes place, six forms of lightsaber combat existed, adopted by both the Jedi and the Sith. Each form specialises in different aspects of movement, ranging from the fundamentals of all forms and basic attacks, to lightsaber versus lightsaber focus, tight and defensive movements, and acrobatics. The Jedi and Sith decide which form to utilise for a number of reasons, ranging from personal preference, stature, emotion, and a form which will perform well against the current enemy of either side.
Lightsaber forms are not simply a matter of choosing and practicing. Other forms of lightsaber combat were introduced over the thousands of years in which the Jedi and Sith existed. Some of these forms were merged, some were adopted by existing forms, and others became independent Additionally, movements, or "Marks of Contact," form the basis of lightsaber combat and are utilised across the board.
The six forms of lightsaber combat which existed during The Old Republic are as follows:
All across the Star Wars
universe, there are characters with alterations or impairments. The most noticeable of these are cyborgs and the Miralukan
have mechanical implants that replace or augment a natural part of the body. Miralukans are born without eyes and use the Force to see.
These aren't the only impairments one can suffer. Characters can have an amputated arm or a missing ear. Some people float around in hoverchairs due to their legs being weakened or amputated. Queen Tenel Ka
lost her arm in a lightsaber duel at a young age. She has grown into a quite capable woman who is deft at the use of one arm. As a bonus, it seems that such individuals are not looked down upon in everyday society (though this may be more true for the Republic than the Empire).
Today's Force Reflection asks: do any of your characters have an impairment or alteration? What caused it or what made them decide to get it? Tell us in the comments below.