This is a thread with a singular purpose: [image=http://i63.photobucket.com/albums/h125/Ulicus/SOD.jpg] To see the original Darth, DARTH VADER, restored to his rightful place as one of the most powerful, cunning and feared Sith Lords to ever stalk the space lanes of the Galaxy Far, Far Away. It seems that ever since George Lucas let slip that Darth Vader was "80% of the Emperor" and the revelation that he was unable to generate Force lightning, a significant portion of the EU authorship have resolved to write Vader as though he wasn't the "SCOURGE OF THE JEDI". As though the greater part of his reputation were exaggerated, even lies. I - for one - have had enough of it, and I know I'm not alone. Darth Vader is, and always has been, the most iconic character of the Star Wars franchise and, in my opinion, it is about time he was once again frequently written with the respect he is due. 4/5ths of the black hole creating, death-defying, demidivine EMPEROR PALPATINE is nothing to sniff at. SOD's Law Here's just a few of the things that Darth Vader should be: [ul][li]Acknowledged as more powerful and skilled than Anakin Skywalker ever was.[/li] - "When I left you, I was but the learner" Doesn't translate as: "I'm not as good as I used to be." [li]An expert swordsman who can finish a fight without being nicked, scratched, cut or maimed in any way[/li] - Luke should be the exception, not the rule. [li]A masterful tactician and strategist[/li] - When the Empire struck back and scattered those rebel scum, who was in command? [li]In possession of a fierce intelligence, cunning and wit[/li] - Darth Vader is NOT a mindless brute. [li]Sure of his devotion to the dark side and EVIL for cryin' out loud![/li] - Emo Vader is bad, mmmkay? [li]Unconcerned with asteroids[/li] - He wants that ship, not excuses [/ul]So, in the words of the great Dark Lord himself: "We would be honoured if you would join us" in SAVE OUR DARTH (hard to resist that acronym), a thread inspired by the eternal SAVE OUR SKYWALKER and devoted to discussing the past, present and future of the one and only Darth Vader, the fulcrum on which the Star Wars Saga turns. Whenever Vader appears in an EU source, I encourage people to post their thoughts on the way he was portrayed here. I expect the thread will also examine and evaluate his previous appearances throughout the EU. [image=http://i63.photobucket.com/albums/h125/Ulicus/10EMPI1L.jpg] With our combined strength, we can END this destructive characterisation and bring DARTH VADER back to the galaxy!