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  1. DARTH_MU Jedi Master

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    simple kolto drips instead of bacta dunk?

    synth cell spray?

    Using the Force to alleviate pain?

    Lightsaber cauterizing amputation (no blood?)
  2. Gamiel Force Ghost

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    Under what circumstance are talking about? Is it a field situation or do they have a real medbay or even a hospital?
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  3. Mistress_Renata Manager Emeritus

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    Yes, I think you need to define 'simple.' Battle/blaster wounds, broken bones, head colds...? And is the POV of the medical personnel, of the patient, or of an onlooker?
  4. Snocone Jedi Padawan

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    A 2-1B medic droid is a staple. Bacta is typical. As for the "simple, yet compelling," that depends on the depth of the characters and how well you've written them, I figure.

    (I'm not sure if this is acceptable--mods, please let me know if I need to take this part out!) There is a very non-graphic medical scene in the last chapter of my fanfic of Episode I, if you want inspiration and feel like reading some spoilers. The link to the whole book is in my signature; just scroll to the bottom-ish.
  5. gizkaspice Jedi Knight

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    I'm definitely trying to avoid a reliance on things like bacta dunks, although I'm not really sure what you mean by kolto drips? I'm also wondering if there are applications to kolto, such as the use of gels or pill-forms someone can use. Using the Force as pain-relief is a great idea and something I've considered using.

    It's a clinic/mini hospital I have currently situated within the Jedi Temple that offers treatment to non-Jedi peoples.

    Good point. That's exactly what I mean by simple--blaster wounds, broken bones, fever, etc, but not anything gory for example. The POV is third-person narrative, although the focus is more on the medical personnel rather than the patients.

    Oddly, I've never considered using the 2-1B medic droid as of yet. Thanks! I'll be sure to check that scene out; I could really use an example of a non-graphic medical scene to stir some inspiration.
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  6. DARTH_MU Jedi Master

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    Kolto is from the KOTOR game.
    but basically like bacta, but from 4000 years before.
    So it's a poor man's bacta. Like using bourbon before prepping a patient for surgery when you usually use morphine.
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  7. Gamiel Force Ghost

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    @gizkaspice I suggest cleaning the wond, then a bacta plaster followed by a bandage.
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  8. Darth Osnil Jedi Knight

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    Alright, so I need a bit of help. I'm looking for two outer rim planets that some folks from the Solar System could reach. Preferrably ones that Smugglers would hang out near. And Tatooine isn't going to cut it. The characters in question would most likely attempt to overthrow Jabba, and horribly fail. ANd I'd rather not rewrite the opening 30 minutes of nonsense from ROTJ. I'd really not prefer to work near Lothal yet, either.

    I've never actually established where the Solar System borders, so I'm open to crazy options.
  9. DARTH_MU Jedi Master

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    You mean our solar system?

    What about Yaga Minor and Helska IV. Yaga Minor is where Outbound Flight was sent to find life outside of galaxy And Helska IV is where Danni Quee first discovered Yuuzhan Vong incoming.
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  10. Mistress_Renata Manager Emeritus

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    Well, I treated myself to a copy of the Galactic Atlas for my birthday! :D There is a system just past Helska called Belkadan.

    At the end of the Corellian Run, just past a system called "Smuggler's Run," (which itself is just past Ryloth) there is a planet called Naos, on the edge of Wild Space. Nearby are Excarga, Pzob, and Rothana.

    And a short way off from the end of the Hydian Way, again, on the out arms and bordering Wild Space, you have Kinooine, Seoul (really!) and Mephout.

    No descriptions for any of them.
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  11. Sith-I-5 Jedi Grand Master

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    What is the steering wheel on a boat called, please?
  12. Findswoman Jedi Grand Master

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    I think it's just a "ship's wheel" or "boat's wheel" (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ship's_wheel), though it's one component of the helm, if that helps.
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  13. DARTH_MU Jedi Master

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    It's curious that none of the SW movies or books show any one "steering" the ships. I think in SW you just have buttons on consoles that do the same thing as the helm?
  14. Findswoman Jedi Grand Master

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    I feel like I've come across "steering yokes" and stick-type controls; the X-wing and TIE pilots in the ANH trench run scene are definitely moving some kind of yoke-like stick. It's true, though, that autopilot is used for a lot of things.
  15. DARTH_MU Jedi Master

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    I am looking for a joke about the ending of different cultural writing books regarding end of books.

    It goes like At the end of American novels, the protagonist get the girl
    At the End of Russian books, the protagonist doesn't get the girl?
    Then at the end of another culture books, the girl kills? the protagonist?

    Anyway, I have been trying to find the joke, but cannot. Someone help?
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  16. Findswoman Jedi Grand Master

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    Interesting! I haven't heard that one before; if I had to guess, maybe French or some other Romance nationality? (It also applies to numerous 19th-century French and Italian operas. :p )

    I have a question of my own now, and this is especially for anyone out there who may be military or former military. What are some things soldiers might do, deliberately or inadvertently, to annoy their fellow soldiers while deployed, out on a tour or duty, or otherwise away from home? Pranks, annoying habits, that sort of thing? I actually did try googling "annoying things soldiers do to each other," but that didn't turn up much for whatever reason ( :p ), so I would be glad of any suggestions. :)
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  17. Sith-I-5 Jedi Grand Master

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    Thank you, @Findswoman

    My planned in-fic sarcasm, "It's not called a steering wheel, it's a..." fell apart a bit when I didn't know what it was called either.
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  18. Tarsier Jedi Master

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    I have no military experience whatsoever, but singing/humming comes to mind. The singer may do it just to annoy others, or it may be a self-soothing mechanism.
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  19. Sith-I-5 Jedi Grand Master

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    Be so ****, that the entire platoon gets punished.

    Culture books - LGBTQ: protagonist gets something, but they are going to have to agree pronouns first.

    Welsh books: protagonist gets the sheep. Girl takes pic of them, and uploads it to her social media.
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  20. Chyntuck Force Ghost

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    EDIT: wrong thread, that'll teach me to have too many tabs open at once.
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  21. Gamiel Force Ghost

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    @Darth Osnil if you plan to use those planets and need help develop them, you can ask for help in this thread http://boards.theforce.net/threads/star-wars-planets.50039682/
  22. FireKeeper Jedi Youngling

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    So, I have 2 OCs, both Force Sensitive. I would like one to get a read on the other's mental state so that she can comprehend his motivations better( which would lead to one of the reasons why she decides to show him mercy later - she saw how much alike they actually are). However, he is a more powerful Force User than her, therefore she can't hope to see through him unless he lets his guard down? Any ways I can get that character to slip? Or any other ways the OC can get a clue on what he's up to?
  23. Sith-I-5 Jedi Grand Master

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    Body language and facial tics. There are visual clues that police look for during interviews, for instance.
  24. FireKeeper Jedi Youngling

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    I think you misunderstood just a little. What I meant is not just "This guy is fishy, I should watch out for thim. " info, but "Now I understand how you feel and why are you doing this" kind of info.
  25. Sith-I-5 Jedi Grand Master

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    I think you misunderstood just a little.

    I literally wrote for instance at the end. The police thing was an example, cos a fictional detective superintendent that I follow, keeps going on about such stuff.

    If your target has mental shields, and I think that may have more to do with strength of mind, rather than level of Force power....I was going to make a statement about Kylo Ren, but if you recall when Kylo tried to read Rey's mind, and she reads his; you could set up a scene where your guy feels the need to read her mind / do a mind meld / make mental contact to draw some pain away from her (because she tried to skateboard down some railings, or something) cos his shields are down for him to do that, she reads his mind enough to get what she needs.

    You can do it as a Chekov's Gun. The above gets done, then three chapters later, she (in her own mind) refers back to the earlier activity, and that she picked up such-and-such.


    Or your girl can phone his mum, and ask her.

    Or, hire a private investigator.

    If you are desperate enough to do a crossover, get the Criminal Minds BAU team to write up a profile for you. Does SW Wiki have an equivalent of FBI profilers anywhere?

    If your man is unconscious, are his mind shields intact, or can his mind be read?
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