Mods, I understand that we're not supposed to double-post, but where there's no intervening post in two days, can we get a little leniency? Okay, in brief: we've heard Dave Filoni say on Rebel Force Radio that he believed (and had dialogue written to the effect) that the Priestesses considered the Ones of Mortis to have a rather LIMITED view of the Force. Now that RFR has also interviewed Christian Taylor, who wrote the episodes (and I might add that they somewhat wasted the opportunity by not asking the best possible questions; for instance, I'm not terribly interested in Taylor's work on Teen Wolf, thank you very much...), I'm getting a sense of in what ways they were less than the Priestesses. It basically comes down to two major points as of this moment: 1.) The Ones are alive; the Priestesses are not. The Ones are still somewhat tied to the realm of living things, whether they've moved into that Force conduit or not (it's apparently not the same thing as "living between the realms;" it's possibly more like people moving into a high-rise condo that's WAY above their means and station - they live in it, but they're not to the manor born, and - as the arc showed - they can't stay there forever because something's got to give). The most obvious evidence of this is that they can still be killed (with the right tool). The Daughter is stabbed by the Dagger; the Father runs himself through with the same Dagger; the Son is run through with a lightsaber from behind. Of these, only the Father disappears upon death (we'll come back to that). The Priestesses have completely surmounted this problem of mortality and can always throw at you the old sobriquet: "You can't kill me; I'm already dead." By definition, they're more advanced than the Ones for this reason alone. But there's another one: 2.) The Ones are corruptible; the Priestesses are not. This is the one that Taylor specifically brought up in the RFR interview, and the evidence for this is equally obvious. There was much to-do in the Mortis arc about the Son becoming corrupted and falling to the dark side, and that's pretty clear evidence for the potential corruptibility of ALL the Ones. But the Priestesses seem to be entirely above corruption; they are essentially gatekeepers (that was Taylor's specific word, if I remember correctly). Sure, they'll offer opportunities for YOU to become corrupted when they test you for immortality-training, but they act like all this is beneath them. And if you're incorruptible, then again, by definition, you're above those who aren't. And back to the Father for a moment: as I mentioned, he disappeared on death and the Son and Daughter did not. We must now take the next logical step. The Priestesses watch and study all who are strong in the Force in the universe; did they watch and study the Father (perhaps even before he WAS a father) at some unfathomably distant point in the past and choose him to receive the great gift himself? And were they as stingy about such gifts then as now, instructing the Father not to tell anyone else? It would account for why his Children couldn't disappear. Even if they were born and alive when - or if - this possibly happened, the Priestesses may have deemed them unworthy from the start.