This is a discussion on the Force itself- ideas on its nature, and how we portray it or characterize it in our fics. Now, it might seem odd to "characterize" the Force, as often times its simply treated as a tool or weapon, but time and time again, we hear our Jedi and Sith characters say things like "let the Force flow through you", or "the Force will guide us", or "it is the will of the Force"... well, I pose this question: In your fics, does the Force have a will? How do your characters view the Force and respond to it in kind? How do you portray the Force? Is there a sort of philosophy you have stapled to it? [blockquote]In my most recent fic, the Force does have a will of its own. The characters have conflicting views of the Force, with old-school Characters like Obi-Wan, Siri and Sidious maintaining the traditional view of Light Side // Dark Side, but the younger characters believe in moral relativity and see the Force as single entity with a will (a la Unifying Force). The main character, in particular, adopts the view of the Insidious Force and hates the Force for predestining him to adopt the mantle of Dark Lord of the Sith.[/blockquote] The idea of the [link=http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/The_force#The_Insidious_Force]Insidious Force[/link] is something that I'm particularly interested, because it stands as a polar opposite to the other "grey" Force philosophy, the [link=http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/The_force#Potentium_and_the_Unifying_Force]Unifying Force[/link]. While both are "neutral" when compared to the traditional Light Side // Dark Side spectrum, the Insidious theory believes the Force is essentially malicious or indifferent to life while the Unifying theory sees the Force's will as good. What's also interesting is that while the Unifying theory has many believers, [link=http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Kreia]Darth Traya[/link] is the only known cannon believer in the Insidious theory, and its possible that the belief died out completely with her.