1. Can a Sith sword, stop/deflect blaster bolts? 2. How long can a Sith sword stand up in a duel against a lightsaber. 3. Palpatine's Empire was notoriously specist. How is this reconciled with the historical existence of non-human Sith, and the fact that the Sith proper are a species who interbred with the dark jedi (and taught them much in the ways of the dark side). Is Palpatine using this hatred as a source of his own power, or is it something he personally holds? If so, how does he reconcile this with the aforementioned history of the Sith? 4. Is there any retconned reason that Vader's armor wasn't made of Corteosis weave and/or Mandalorion Iron? Granted, he wasn't fighting that many Jedi, but Mandalorion Iron is supposedly all-but-impervious to blaster fire in any case.