i love the way u write jocasta nu she's like jedi professor mcgonagall. i can totally see her saying "have a biscuit, anakin."
Anakin knew better than to cry.
It didn’t ever help. It just made his eyes sting, and if the Masters saw him
they would be angry. Masters didn’t like to see you cry. It was probably bad
Or…bad for meditation, anyway.
Bad for communing with the Force, maybe. Anakin wasn’t really sure. He never
seemed to know the right words to say here.
So it was better not to let the
issue come up.
Anyway, Master Obi-Wan was busy
right now. Maybe he would be angry later, after Master Tiin told him what
Anakin had done, but that was later. So Anakin would have some time to prepare
himself, to come up with the best possible apology. Masters liked apologies, as
long as you got them exactly right. And Master Obi-Wan was much easier to
apologize to than Master Tiin. Usually, he just told Anakin to meditate. That
wasn’t so bad. He could think about whatever he wanted, and no one would ever
know the difference.
So he would apologize to Master
Obi-Wan later. If he said just the right thing, maybe Master Obi-Wan would even
smooth things over with Master Tiin. He had last week.
The massive entry of the Temple
Archives loomed suddenly before him, and Anakin almost forgot about apologies. He
stopped and stared up at the towering door. He couldn’t help it. It was huge
and ancient and inside there was more knowledge than he’d ever imagined could
be in one place. And Master Obi-Wan had said he could go there whenever he had
free time. He didn’t even have to ask.
This took a while because uni and life, but here we are, finally! Update time is go! Way later than I would’ve hoped, but at least there’s an update.
When Shaak Ti returned to Coruscant she had not expected anything remotely as dire as an explosion at the Senate—injuring several senators and staff, killing two, and leaving Master Kenobi in a critical condition—to happen. In fact, she had expected it to go much like usual: a standard in person Council meeting, sharing information that cannot be done over a channel—no matter how secure—and then ultimately returning to Kamino to keep training the troops.
She’s watching her peers, the tension in the room palpable, when her attention is drawn to the Council chamber doors opening.
“Returned, I see you have, Masters,” Master Yoda says as Kit Fisto and Plo Koon take their seats in the Council chamber.
After finishing one mission on Raxus and falling prey to an pirate ambush in orbit around Florrum, Ahsoka Tano and Obi-Wan Kenobi are faced with a dire situation. If they cannot escape the clutches of the young pirate Hondo Ohnaka, they will be sold at a slave auction on Klatooine in Hutt space. To make matters even worse, they are overcome by a mysterious wave of power and emotions in the Force! Have they just experienced the birth of Anakin Skywalker? And if so, where is he?
Did we just… was that his… birth? Ahsoka turned the idea over in her mind, reaching out to touch the Force, which was particularly ebullient and radiant.
Had Obi-Wan and Ahsoka just felt Anakin’s birth through the Force, all the way on the other side of the galaxy?
There was a sudden gust of elation and joy, like a crisp spring breeze laden with the fragrance of blooming maiden’s tears and embercages. It reminded her of the Room of a Thousand Fountains, of the moment when she chose to take the path she now found herself leading Obi-Wan down.
It reminded her of speaking to that strange Presence who had helped her through her first few months back in the past.
Has Anakin been born? Ahsoka sent the nervous, hopeful question into the glittering, effervescent void of the Force.
Yes, the Presence answered with such a calm, firm certainty that Ahsoka could find no room for doubt. Anakin Skywalker is very much alive. And quite hungry.
“Master?” Obi-Wan’s voice broke into Ahsoka’s communion with the Force spirit. “Master, are you alright?”
You had best return to your padawan, Ahsoka. He is prone to anxiety at the smallest provocation if left alone, the Presence cheerfully instructed before fading away. Ahsoka was left with the vaguest impression of a soft chuckle before she opened her eyes and looked down at Obi-Wan, who was scrubbing the tears off his cheeks in a kind of happy confusion.
“Obi-Wan,” Ahsoka exhaled, smiling at him. “You’re okay? I see you managed to unlock your restraints.”
Obi-Wan glanced down at the metal binders, his lips quirked into a half grin. “Yes, I’m not sure how but I was successful, Master. Do you know what that was? Are we in danger?”
“Oh, we’re still in danger,” Ahsoka responded with a soft laugh. “And we’ll talk about what I think that was later when we’re safe back in Republic space.”
Obi-Wan looked disappointed at that, his brows furrowed as he nodded. “Yes, Master. Now is not the most opportune moment.”
I promise, Padawan. It will all make sense one day. Ahsoka reached over to rest her forehead against Obi-Wan’s temple, ruffling his short, soft hair. You trust me, right?
Obi-Wan shyly leaned into Ahsoka’s embrace, curling a hand into the front of her robes and nodded. With my life, Master. It’s just… I have never felt anything like that before. It was so… wonderful. What do you suppose it was?
Maybe your future padawan! Ahsoka teased, the biggest, brightest smile on her face as she and Obi-Wan pulled apart.
Things are heating up a bit, I hope y’all are ready for this. Let’s go!
“I’ll be heading out for my next assignment in three days,” Mace tells the gathered Council members as they look over the galactic holomap, all current ongoing skirmishes marked out in red and all Republic fleets and troops in green.
“I’m afraid I’m a bit behind with the updates regarding other battles than those of my own fleet. What system will you be heading towards?” Plo Koon asks, eyes on the holomap, one finger idly and gently tapping against the map frame.
Could you list the pros/cons of the 7 forms of lightsaber combat? You seem very knowledgeable and I'm a pleb in need of help with this stuff for writing a story. If you don't want to that's okay just figured I'd ask. Love your blog :D
Sure thing. I’ll try and keep things concise.
Form I (Shii-Cho) is the most fundamental form of lightsaber combat. It’s the first form that all Jedi learn, and provides a framework for all the other forms to build off of. Focusing primarily on disarmament, Form I has no distinct strengths, but no true weaknesses either. Form I is a good form to fall back onto in a pinch, and can help keep you alive a little bit longer. Kit Fisto was a dedicated master of this form, which is why he managed to stay alive a few moments longer than Saesee Tiin and Agen Kolar against Darth Sidious. Form I is well-suited to engaging a large number of enemies due to its large, sweeping motions, but against a single opponent a Form I user will sometimes have a harder time.
Form II (Makashi) is a very refined and elegant style, and was developed primarily for duels between two lightsaber users. It is very similar to real-world fencing, and emphasizes clean, quick footwork and thrusting motions. The curved-hilt variation of the standard lightsaber was developed to take advantage of the movements of Form II. Makashi focuses on fluid movement and precision, requiring a great deal of concentration and focus from its user, but this is a double-edged sword: Makashi has almost no ability to generate momentum for attack or defense. Because of this, as well as the fact that Form II’s defenses rely on evasion and footwork, mean that a user of a more strength-based form can easily swat aside Form II’s meager defense and overwhelm a duelist with brute strength. In addition, since it was developed mainly for the purposes of 1-on-1 swordfighting, Form II isn’t great for deflecting blaster bolts. Because of this, Form II saw a decline in use after the New Sith Wars, since it was not considered likely that a Jedi would need to face a lightsaber-wielding opponent.
Form III (Soresu) is the most defensive form of the basic 7. It is well-suited for deflecting blaster fire, though not for directing that fire back towards a specific vector. Soresu emphasizes calm and tranquility in the mind of the Jedi, utilizing tight, often circular motions to create a nearly-unbreakable defense. However, the shortcomings of this are obvious: Form III is almost entirely defensive, and has very little offensive capabilities. It is a form for survival, not victory. If a Form III user cannot escape combat, their goal would be to maintain their defense until their opponent wears themselves down, and then switch to a more aggressive form to finish off.
Form IV (Ataru) is a highly-aggressive form. It emphasizes strong, tight bursts of energy and acrobatic moves, such as jumps and flips. It is well-suited for duelists of short stature, such as Yoda. However, Ataru users tend to wear themselves out fairly quickly, so it isn’t a form that works well over a prolonged period of time. It also isn’t very effective against blaster fire.
Form V is split into two disciplines (Shien and Djem So). Shien is very well-suited for deflecting blaster fire towards a specific vector, whereas Djem So is intended specifically for lightsaber-to-lightsaber combat. Form V is very aggressive and powerful, and because of this emphasis on power, Jedi of short stature, or those without much physical strength, often find themselves unable to make the best use of it.
Form VI (Niman) is a well-balanced and practical form, better-suited for facing down common thugs than a Sith Lord. Often criticized as undemanding, Form VI, is sometimes known as the “diplomat’s form,” as many Jedi Consulars whose personal training does not emphasize lightsaber combat tend to prefer Niman for its practicality and the ease with which one can learn it. Niman is the form most associated with blending Force abilities and bladework, as well as with the use of twin blades. Properly applied, Niman can allow a user engaged with a crowd of opponents to control the group’s movements and defeat assailants one by one. However, even so Niman is not suited to large battlefields such as those of the Clone Wars. A Form VI user can also be defeated with little difficulty by a master of a more aggressive form, such as Form II or Form V.
Form VII (Juyo) is the most aggressive form of lightsaber combat in existence, and in fact began as a Sith style. It is a vicious and brutal form which requires the user to allow themselves to be guided by their passions and emotions under controlled circumstances. Mace Windu developed a variation of Form VII known as Vaapad, which forced the user to effectively skirt the dark side of the Force. For the Jedi, the dangers of this form were obvious, and it was extremely controversial among the Order. Users risked succumbing to the dark side when using Juyo, and for this reason its study was highly restricted by the Council.