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Re: What We May Be

PostAuthor: Seku [Doneeta-]Luroon » Tue Sep 01, 2015 6:43 pm

Seku smiled at Tiki's comment, it was always reassuring to know that you wern't the only,one with obstacles to overcome and that many others had overcome similar obstacles.

"It proceeds well I think. So far I've managed to avoid anything worse than a few,cuts and bruises, which I'm told is a good sign. Oh and Master Branvere says that, with a bit of luck, I should be ready to start learning Jar'Kai in a couple of weeks.

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Re: What We May Be

PostAuthor: Unifying Force » Tue Sep 01, 2015 10:18 pm

"Excellent. Many of the older students have trouble catching up, as it were. Harder to shed the years of experience relying on animal reflexes in favor of the Force's guidance." Tiki set aside another book and turned to face Seku, looking at her with tilted head for a long moment of silence before she continued. "That is a very demanding technique, Jar'Kai. It requires a great deal of focus and practice... and could very well demand it at the detriment of your other studies. Is this a technique that you desired, or one your master is guiding you to? I ask only because I was under the impression that your aptitudes leaned more toward the academic and esoteric."
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Re: What We May Be

PostAuthor: Seku [Doneeta-]Luroon » Thu Sep 03, 2015 7:05 am

"You are right master my talents do tend more towards the academic side of things. But I was taught that incorporating a second blade would help to compensate for the weaknesses associated with Niman. Though of course you know more about lightsabre combat than I do, and I'd greatly appreciate your advice if you think I'm making a mistake by doing this."

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Re: What We May Be

PostAuthor: Unifying Force » Thu Sep 03, 2015 5:15 pm

"Niman has no weaknesses, that's its strength. Niman also has no strengths, and that's its weakness. As a technique in use, it reflects the user. It is sufficient for a Jedi who has little interest in using their lightsaber to resolve obstacles in the pursuit of their duties and interests, thus why it is known as the diplomat's form. But used as such it is also one of the weakest forms and the lack of focus will show against a more dedicated swordsman of any style. If you are physically weak, but quick, your Niman will be physically weak but quick. And so on. Adding another blade is adding another facet, yes, but it is a facet that just like Niman will only be as strong as your dedication to mastering it."

Tiki leaned against the table, going into academic mode. "The choice is yours, of course. If Niman and Jar'Kai fulfill the need you expect them to, then by all means pursue it with as much or as little dedication as you deem necessary."[b] She touched the younger female's hand reassuringly. [b]"Don't let me make you uncertain, I was merely curious. My knowledge of the forms is... honestly, almost second hand. I studied them like anyone else but my student, Kaziki Halcyon, that I mentioned earlier has made it something of a lifelong project and I valued the lessons he's passed along. All knowledge can be of value, under the right circumstances."
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Re: What We May Be

PostAuthor: Seku [Doneeta-]Luroon » Sun Sep 06, 2015 8:48 pm

"That's certainly given me something to think about. Still, I have a bit of time before I need to make any firm decision, so hopefully I can find an answer before then."

In the meantime she pondered over Master Tiki's speech, yes it did seem like the Diplomat's Form was best suited to her. Afterball she fervently hoped never to have to draw her lightsabre in anger. But then there was the question of hoping for the best and preparing for the worst; leaving her to decide just how much time and effort needed to be spent preparing for the worst, and how much should be spent on the equally important, but less dangerous, tasks that she was much better at. Fortunately she would not have to make this decision alone, she could rely on the guidance of many, her own Master Branvere, Master Tiki with whom she was now conversing and any number of specialist instructors.

Mentally the young Twi'lek wondered whether she should seek out this Knight Halcyon; it would probably be worth it for his knowledge of lightsabre combat alone, but it sounded like he also knew his way around a vast assortment of other disciplines as well.

Seku sighed softly "I'll think it over," she said, "I trust that the Force will help me to make the right choice."

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Re: What We May Be

PostAuthor: Unifying Force » Sun Sep 06, 2015 10:26 pm

"Due consideration is never wasted effort," Tiki reassured and agreed with Seku's acknowledgement of the situation. Wisdom was often realized by acknowledging that one had forgotten to think before being pulled along a path. Not that doing so was always a bad thing, but it wasn't necessarily the Jedi way either. "And, of course, there are always alternatives to increasing your personal combat skill. I've had my time as a capable swordswoman, but as I get later in life I've personally discovered it is sometimes wiser to surround myself with beings better suited to the tasks I find I have trouble with. Physically gifted apprentices for carrying large stacks of books, more capable swordsmen when journeying into hostile scenarios. That sort of thing."

Tiki touched one of the books in her slowly shrinking to read pile. "Hm, yes. Seeking answers in the flow of the Force can be quite enlightening as well. But don't be discouraged if you don't find what you're looking for there, sometimes the answer is: you are to choose for yourself."
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Re: What We May Be

PostAuthor: Seku [Doneeta-]Luroon » Tue Sep 08, 2015 5:27 pm

Seku was reassured by Master Tiki's agreement, she didn't seem to be getting things too badly wrong as she had feared and plus she was learning a lot from this conversation. Her ears, and lekku, pricked up at the mention of alternatives to fighting. It was definatley an interesting avenue of research, and was probably a technique that would play to her strengths. She listened intentenly to the words of the Jedi Master, trying to absorb as much information as she could.

Seku supressed the urge to giggle at the latter part of Tiki's speech, but listened carefully to her advice nonetheless. When Master Tiki concluded her speech Seku found herself nodding in a mixture of agreement and pensiveness as she sifted through yet more datapads.

"Yes master." Seku acknowledged Tiki's advice on both matters, "I will think, and meditate, on it." she said before tentatively following up with "But does not the Force itself dictate, or at the very least influence our actions, particularly if they are actions to be taken in It's service?"

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Re: What We May Be

PostAuthor: Unifying Force » Tue Sep 08, 2015 6:24 pm

Tiki looked off into the distance with her question, considering her answer deeply. It was a difficult thing to admit to a student, that she no longer felt confident in the answer she'd lived most of her life by. "I don't know anymore. There was a time when I believed exactly that. That the Force guided us through life in pursuit of some grand scheme or at the very least in an attempt to maintain balance or harmony. But, I've learned things since then. I've been shown an alternative perspective that... resonates with me and makes me wonder, makes me question."

Tiki smiled, or rather gave her species' version of one, as she turned back to Seku. "But that's a good thing, a Jedi shouldn't stop questioning even the things she supposedly knows to be true. I'm grateful in that regard. However, I'll present to you the same question I was asked when I first realized I was taking my perception of the Force for granted." Tiki folded her tiny furry hands in her lap and watched Seku as she prepared her question. "When you defend yourself with a lightsaber, is the Force guiding you because it wants to protect you or because you wish to protect yourself?"
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Re: What We May Be

PostAuthor: Seku [Doneeta-]Luroon » Wed Sep 09, 2015 7:01 pm

Seku stopped her work and thought for a while before answering. " Now that I think about it I'm not entirely sure. Most of my instincts seem to say that it would be because I wished to protect myself, but I'm not sure that I can accept that the Force would have nothing to do with it. After all if we are required to draw our lightsabre's would we not do so only under the guidance of the Jedi Code, a Code designed to implement the will of the Force?"

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Re: What We May Be

PostAuthor: Unifying Force » Wed Sep 09, 2015 9:44 pm

"And now you know how the questioning begins. Is that really what the Jedi Code does? Or have we presumed our ends and our means are aligned without it being so? Is the Force really an entity or merely a fact of nature like gravity or thrust? Are we at its whim, or is it at ours? And here we find ourselves asking the questions whose answers define the difference between the philosophies of the Living Force and the Unifying Force. The Living Force has been the standard for the Jedi Order since before Palpatine's purge, but there have always been those proponents of the alternative."
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