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Rants, ruminations, and rambling remarks from my mad, muddled, meandering mind.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Blaugust the 17th: A Good Blaster

One thing that I always loved about the original Star Wars trilogy was that the Force did not turn its wielders into superheroes (or villains). Much has been made in the Extended Universe (now Legends) about "Battle Meditation" and "Form x Lightsaber Combat." But despite claims otherwise, "the ability to destroy a planet is" actually still pretty significant. Which brings us to this exchange in Star Wars: the Old Republic:
You will drop your weapons and surrender to me.
(As a wise man once said, "The Force can have a strong influence on the weak-minded." The key of course being, "weak-minded," which good ol' Silverleaf is not.)
You will realize what a complete idiot you are.
In the SWTOR Universe, Force wielders not only are not superheroes, they do get bested by "ordinary folk" on a fairly regular basis. Granted, it would suck to be an Agent, Hunter, Trooper or Smuggler if the Jedi and Sith were the OP characters they are sometimes made out to be in the Legends. But it's still awesome to have a bad-ass moment for my Bounty Hunter, just before he takes down a man who allegedly killed a hundred Mandalorians during the Sacking of Coruscant. Unfortunately, in a moment of Light-side weakness (Mako wouldn't have liked the alternative), Silverleaf let the padawan go, a decision that will come back to haunt him.

Captain Solo was right, though. Sometimes "hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side, kid."
If you're interested in joining the madness (Vloggers are welcome, too!), Belghast has a set of rules for qualifying for any prizes at the end. Your second stop should be the Blaugust Nook, where Bel is keeping track of everything and community members are sharing encouragement and ideas.
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