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  1. Grievous2003

    Grievous2003 Jedi Padawan star 1

    Jan 31, 2019
    When I am saying how powerful, I am just referring to overall mastery of the Force. I am not referring to specific force techniques or abilities but just overall strength in the Force. I look at power levels in terms of "could this guy beat this guy". To explain, I will use weightlifting as an example. Two guys lifting weights and one guy being able to lift more than the other demonstrates that he is the stronger one. Similarly, two Force users use the Force to move stones; the one who is able to lift the larger stone demonstrates that he has more mastery and control over the Force than the other, making him the more powerful. I know that is a pretty simple way of looking at it and there are other factors in a fight, but that is what I am looking at in terms of power.

    I know in fanficitions that characters can be as powerful as the storyteller wants them to be, but I just wanted the power level of the characters to be reasonable and in agreement with the canon. I am not going to make Grievous the most powerful Force user in the galaxy because that would be out of place, and I am not going to give him the ability to use Force lightning because I know that requires living flesh hands to pull it off. I was just looking for opinions of how powerful certain characters would be under certain circumstances. I know there is no definitive answers but I was looking for other opinions of what reasonable power levels would be in order to get an idea of how to approach it. Anyway, I appreciate your input.
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  2. darkspine10

    darkspine10 Chosen One star 7

    Dec 7, 2014
    Also, question, but is Savage actually Talzin's son? She never treats him reverentially, the way she does with Maul in Son of Dathomir for instance. She seems perfectly happy using him as a stepping stone to get Maul back.

    She also has no qualms about the death of Feral, Savage's other brother, which is what led me to the idea that the three must share a father instead, with only Maul being the child of Talzin.
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  3. Grievous2003

    Grievous2003 Jedi Padawan star 1

    Jan 31, 2019
    Well originally Maul and Savage's mother was the Nightsister Kycina, but after Disney bought Star Wars and cancelled the Clone Wars they changed the mother to Talzin.
  4. Lady_Misty

    Lady_Misty Jedi Grand Master star 4

    Mar 21, 2007
    How do I know if something is a little too risque for the Forums? I know what the rules are and I am trying to make sure I follow them for this one scene and allude to certain things but what is too much? If I'm worried should I send the scene to a Mod for feedback?

    Never mind; I thought of a way to convey everything in a Board Friendly way in the middle of the night.
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  5. Gamiel

    Gamiel Force Ghost star 8

    Dec 16, 2012
    What do you call it when you have a VIP visiting and you have soldiers/similar standing beside the gangplank/such and a group of your own VIP:s meating the gal/guy?
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  6. pronker

    pronker Jedi Grand Master star 4

    Jan 28, 2007
    I'd call it a delegation.
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  7. Mechalich

    Mechalich Jedi Master star 4

    Feb 2, 2010
    The event would probably be called a 'field reception' or something like that. The VIPs would be part of a delegation or mission. The soldiers would be an Honor Guard and might be part of a specific unit with special training and uniforms specifically for such events. Most modern militaries and many large law enforcement agencies have Honor Guard units, they do things like attend ceremonies, show up at funerals, and stand outside important buildings (in the current and former territories of the British Empire they have a distressing fondness for bagpipes).
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  8. gaarastar58

    gaarastar58 Jedi Master star 3

    Dec 19, 2010
    Since this is your fic you get to choose the rules of how to establish a character's power level, however I would like to offer an alternate viewpoint.

    Giving a character a specific power level as if power is some kind of "Top Trumps" or video game seems bizarre to me, particularly in a Star Wars fanfiction. By this logic, Obi-Wan Kenobi should have been beaten by Anakin since he is stated as being stronger with the Force, yet he is defeated. I could point to many other examples within the Star Wars canon (at least in the OT and PT when things seemed to make sense!).

    Although Savage may have more raw power than other sith, his rage and inexperience results in him loosing to several opponents, so I think the most important question to ask yourself when working out how strong Grievous could be is to consider not how "powerful" he is, but what his strengths and weaknesses are. He is a strong tactition, which he can use to his advantage to defeat suprior opponents. On the other hand he is consistently portrayed as being a coward, and highly insecure, which also has an impact on his tactical ability.

    As I say, this is your fic and you can define your characters power level any way that you see fit, but I think that there are many other ways to consider what makes one character more powerful than another.
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  9. Bel505

    Bel505 Jedi Master star 1

    Jul 4, 2006
    So, fans of the Clone Wars/people who are more knowledgeable about the prequel era than me, I could use some help. I need a character who could have been a teacher of Stormtroopers or commando tactics at Carida or Anaxes around 10 BBY until 10 ABY, someone who ideally has a solid moral compass (not just an Imperial fanatic). For reference, I am in particular interested in someone who might have taught multiple generations of students, including General Madine. I'm happy to share more, but I'd rather not do so publicly for fear of spoiling what I intend to do with this character (this is for Interregnum although really in that story it would just be a side mention, I want to keep a door open for future use). I've seen much of the Clone Wars show but it's been a while, and I haven't seen the most recent season (I'm not currently paying for Disney+). I'm okay inventing a character for the role, but it might be more fun to find someone appropriate.

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  10. pronker

    pronker Jedi Grand Master star 4

    Jan 28, 2007
    Would El-Les and Bric fit for you? They both were mean DIs, with El-Les being marginally nicer.

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