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Rogue Spotlight: The Force

Discussion in 'Rogue Spotlight' started by JadeHeretic, Oct 1, 2006.

  1. JadeHeretic

    JadeHeretic OMG Member

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    Rogue Spotlight: The Force

    The Force is a metaphysical, binding, and ubiquitous power that is behind the Jedi and Sith monastic orders.

    Described by Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi as "an energy field created by all living things," the Force was thought to be the pure energy of awareness and consciousness itself. The Force touched everything. Life, the universe, and everything else existed within the Force, which supposedly originated from an ultimate and para-cosmic Will.

    Orthodox Jedi philosophy - the Light Side

    The light side of the Force, formerly known as Ashla, was the side of the Force concerned with goodness. The term "light side" never appears in any of the movies. Instead the Jedi simply refer to this as the Force. The light side of the Force was concerned with the ideals of goodness, benevolence, and healing. A follower of the light side strove to live in harmony with the world around them, acting out of wisdom and logic rather than anger and hasty judgment. In order to achieve harmony with the light side of the Force, its practitioners would often meditate to clear themselves of emotion; particularly negative emotions such as aggression, anger, and hatred, since these were thought to bring on acceptance of the dark side.

    Passion was considered dangerous, as it could lead to strong emotions that could unbalance the Jedi and lead them to the Dark Side. While the Jedi espoused a broad, all-encompassing, self-sacrificing love for all beings, love for another being — romance, a possessive love by nature — was shunned. While the passion that came with love could lead to hatred and anger — as the case of Anakin Skywalker represents — it could also lead to pity, self-sacrifice and compassion, emotions the Sith did not see as beneficial. These emotions led to Anakin's reversal at the end of his life. One might speculate that this indicates that love was the true binding factor between the light and the dark. Neither the Jedi nor the Sith accepted the views of the other, however.

    Sith Philosophy - the Dark Side

    The dark side of the Force, called Bogan by the ancient forerunners of the Jedi, was the primary tool of the Sith Lords.

    The dark side of the Force was the element aligned with the powerful negative emotions of fear, hatred, and anger; practitioners fueled their power through these passionate emotions. The dark side was extremely addictive, and almost impossible to renounce. Every time a person in tune with the Force called on the dark side, they became more and more addicted to the power it brought them.

    Throughout galactic history, the most infamous users of the dark side were the assorted iterations of the Sith, who were also the most powerful, with a bevy of talents impossible for Jedi to duplicate. The Sith embrace the dark side selfishly, prioritising themselves over the rest of the Galaxy. Sith philosophy saw no need to rationalize the destruction and conflict to which it led; they believed that using the dark side gave them enough power to take that which was rightfully theirs.

    Many dark side organizations were inherently unstable. The Master-Padawan relationship of the Jedi, for instance, was perverted under the Sith, as both the apprentice and the Master would inevitably plot against each other, and almost all of these apprenticeships end with one killing the other. The Empire was no exception: the practitioners of the dark side frequently destroyed one another, and their organizations would consume themselves through internal struggles for power.

    The Sith Lord Darth Bane considered the Force to be finite, and thus ideally restricted to the use of the Sith Lord. He eliminated the practice of having vast numbers of Sith at the same time and concentrated the dark side of the Force into two individuals: a Sith Master and an apprentice. This tradition, or "rule of two," was still in practice with the Sith Order, which underwent a small reformation by Dark Lady Lumiya after the deaths of Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine at Endor. Hence, the Sith were thought to be extinct for a millennium.

    Potentium and the Unifying Force

    It has been theorized by some that there is no such thing as a dark side, only malevolent intent in the user. The Potentium view of the Force, considered heresy by Old Republic Jedi, held that the Force and the Galaxy in general were given a master plan which was inherently good, and that there was no dark or light side to the Force.

    Padawan Jolee Bindo saw "everything gray" and left the Order, refusing to become a Jedi, and allowed emotion to guide his actions. Leor Hal and his followers were expelled by the Jedi for their belief in the Potentium in 132 BBY. This view gained greater acceptance under the New Republic, mostly due to the influence of Vergere, a surviving Jedi from the days of the Old Republic.

    Emperor Palpatine (aka Darth Sidious) claimed that there was only one Force: the only difference worthy of note was that the Sith saw the Force as a means to an end while the Jedi saw it as an end in itself. The Potentium view of the Force could possibly lead either to manipulation by the dark side, or a means to serve it. Most dark side users already had negative intentions in their being or fell victim to the temptations of absolute power and domination.

    Many Jedi were thought to be proponents of the Unifying Force, wherein they focused on the flow of time as a whole, ignoring primary use of the Living Force. Visions of the future were of particular significance to most Jedi. Yoda was one of the most adamant proponents of the Unifying Force, yet he was a staunch opponent of the Potentium.

    The Living Force

    The Living Force was thought to be present in most living beings. The Jedi had the ability to sense the Living Force inside of life forms. Sick or dying organisms had little Living Force, while healthy ones possessed a level corresponding to their midi-chlorian count. The connection to the Living Force apparently also allowed Jedi Masters to retain their identity when they became one with the Force.

    The only species known to exist without the Living Force were the extragalactic Yuuzhon Vong—the Force had no effect on them. As the Yuuzhan Vong were still living, it was thought that they once existed alongside of the Force but were stripped of it. The Yuuzhan Vong denied the existence of the Force, worshipping a pantheon of gods in its stead.

    Proponents of the Living Force view, such as Qui-Gon Jinn, espoused a philosophy of "living in the moment," relied heavily on their instincts and concentrated more on sensitivity to living things, rather than fulfilling destiny, as was what the Unifying Force was about. Had the Jedi Order adopted this stance, it might have allowed them to prevent the war that gave rise to the Galactic Empire, as many its members lost themselves in looking toward the future rather than observing the occurrences ravelling in front of them.

    Yoda may have taught Luke Skywalker in his training to avoid making this mistake again, and to focus in the moment.

    Sources: various and many articles from Wookiepedia
  2. darthnotrevan

    darthnotrevan OMG Member

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    re: Rogue Spotlight: The Force

    That's some great info Jade!
  3. Ki Adi Mundi

    Ki Adi Mundi I decimate ninjas.

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    re: Rogue Spotlight: The Force

    Very nice find, indeed, Jade!
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