Nejaa Halcyon Respect Thread

Respect Nejaa Halcyon:

“Of our Order, Nejaa Halcyon, a true Master you are.”

Combat Skill

Nejaa Halcyon spars evenly with Anakin Skywalker for an hour:

Moving with total focus and concentration, Halcyon was a pleasure to watch. Loath to interrupt him, Anakin remained on the side, waiting for him to pause.

At last Halcyon thumbed his lightsaber off and stood erect. He glanced over at Anakin and grinned.

“Anakin Skywalker! Looking for a sparring partner?”

Anakin started briefly. “You honor me,” he said with a slight bow.

Halcyon laughed. “Honor you? That means either you’re surprised I remember your name, or you’re surprised that a Jedi Master is so readily willing to spar with a Padawan he barely knows.”

“Perhaps both?” Anakin grinned back at the older man.

“Of course I remember your name. There are so few Jedi here these days, it’s easy to remember everyone. And of course I’m happy to spar with you. You’re freshly out of combat, your reactions are sharp. I’ve been sitting idle for quite a while—I need the test.” He gestured an invitation, and Anakin entered the sparring circle.

They faced each other and saluted, then took position and thumbed their lightsabers to life.

Anakin made the first move, a thrust that started high before plunging downward to dip under an anticipated high parry. The blades of the lightsabers sizzled as Halcyon easily deflected the thrust, laughing when he danced aside.

“You surprise me,” Halcyon said mock-seriously.

“That’s such a basic move. I’d have thought you’d have some new ones from being in combat.” He launched a flurry of thrusts and slices of his own; Anakin easily parried or deflected all of them.

“Master Halcyon,” Anakin said when they stepped back, “in a fight, one seldom has time to invent new maneuvers. The tried-and-true movements are usually the most effective.” He reached out with his lightsaber to touch Halcyon’s, then spun the tip of the blade in an unorthodox backhand that would have cut through Halcyon’s left shoulder had he not stopped short—and had Halcyon failed to fall back out of the way in time.

“Very good, Padawan.” Halcyon nodded with approval. “That was so close I’m not sure whether or not it counts as a touch.”

Anakin grinned. “You don’t have time to invent in a fight—but sometimes you have to improvise.”

Then they settled into serious sparring.

The two Jedis’ lightsabers flashed and sizzled when the blades struck in thrust and parry. When first one, then the other found his way through the other’s defense, the shimmering light stopped just short of striking. The two Jedis’ voices rang with pleasure at each skillful move.

After an hour of sparring, they stopped by unspoken mutual agreement. Both gleamed with sweat. Both were laughing.

“Ah, yes,” Halcyon said happily, “a sparring partner makes the workouts much, much better.” He eyed Anakin. “You’re very skillful for someone so young.”

Anakin’s eyes sparkled. “Master Halcyon, I must compliment you on your skill, which is remarkable for such an old man who has been sitting idle for so long.”

“Ungrateful pup!” Halcyon snarled, and immediately laughed. “Shall we do it again tomorrow?”

“Sounds great.”

“Same time, same place.”

“With pleasure.”

Jedi Master and Padawan saluted each other before heading their separate ways to bathe the sweat and salts from their tired bodies.

Source: Jedi Trial

Nejaa spars again with Anakin, and though the fight is close, Anakin wins. They then continue to spar with each other over the coming days, both improving and surprising each other with new moves and tricks:

Nejaa Halcyon was doing stretching exercises when Anakin Skywalker walked into the training area.

“I hope you’re ready for a workout,” Halcyon said in greeting.

“After the workout I’ve been giving my brain, I’m more than ready for a physical workout, Master Halcyon,” Anakin replied. “I feel the need to take it out on somebody.”

Halcyon laughed and gave a last stretch before drawing his lightsaber from his belt. “Before you try to take anything out on anybody, you’d better loosen up, or you’re going to be in too much pain to defend yourself.” He grinned. “Or maybe that’s what you want, to be too uncomfortable tomorrow to go back to the library.”

“I did my stretching on the way here,” Anakin said as he put his cloak aside and drew his lightsaber.

Halcyon sparred better than he had the first day, but so did Anakin. In the end, the Jedi Master bowed to the Padawan.

“You do very well. I need a sparring partner even more than I’d realized.” He shook his head sadly.

“Who would have believed that a mere Padawan could best me with a lightsaber?” Then he smiled.

“Shall we do it again tomorrow?”

“I look forward to it even more than I looked forward to today,” Anakin answered with a broad grin.

They sparred again the next day, and the next, and the day after that. Each day, each improved, and each surprised the other with new moves and tricks.

After the first few days they didn’t immediately part company when their sparring was over, but sat and talked. The next day they talked for a longer time. And the day after that, they dined together.

Source: Jedi Trial

Halcyon fights closely with Grudo without using the Force in a conspicuous manner, managing to land blows on Grudo and springing back up every time he gets knocked down:

“Halcyon seemed unwilling to use Jedi tricks”— Anakin assumed he meant the Force—“and fought like an ordinary warrior. So I used his momentum against him. Many times I flipped him to land jarringly on the hard ground. But Halcyon sprang back up every time and came right back at me.” He hooted a soft laugh. “He was fast enough to get through a few times, and he hit hard enough to bruise—including a couple of bone bruises.”

Covered in perspiration, his clothes torn in many places where Grudo had grabbed him to throw, Halcyon had pressed home his advantage of speed and dexterity while the Rodian, hurting from the many blows the Jedi Master had rained upon him, managed to keep out of Halcyon’s grasp. Each time one or the other struck a blow or made a throw, Scarlet Thranta’s crew sent up a roar of approval. Soon the ground the two fought on had been churned into a morass. Both contestants had lost any sense of time, and as the fight dragged on they began to stumble and miss opportunities as physical exhaustion began to take its toll.

Source: Jedi Trial

Force Valor/Protection/Speed

Force Valor is a light-sided power enabling a Jedi to enhance one's resolve and physical traits, such as strength, durability and speed. Force Protection is the passive (and sometimes active) enhancement of a Force sensitive's durability to varying superhuman degrees. Force Speed is the passive (and sometimes active) enhancement of a Force sensitive's speed to varying superhuman degrees.

Halcyon forms a whirl of energy out of his blade, easily deflecting blaster fire from three droids, and then destroying them before his companions could even point their blasters. He then proceeds to disposing of another three droids, and proceeds to turn an entire compartment into a junkyard within six seconds:

They came upon the battle droids just as three of them entered the crew’s compartment. Halcyon didn’t hesitate. His lightsaber flashed in a whirl of energy, easily deflecting the bolts from the droids’ laser rifles.

He slashed into them, one-two-three, and the machines disintegrated before his companions could point their blasters at the intruders. Halcyon stood flat against the bulkhead and, as the next three battle droids came through the hatch, disposed of them in turn. In six seconds he had turned the compartment into a junkyard.

Source: Jedi Trial

Grudo praises Halcyon's speed:

“Halcyon seemed unwilling to use Jedi tricks”— Anakin assumed he meant the Force—“and fought like an ordinary warrior. So I used his momentum against him. Many times I flipped him to land jarringly on the hard ground. But Halcyon sprang back up every time and came right back at me.” He hooted a soft laugh. “He was fast enough to get through a few times, and he hit hard enough to bruise—including a couple of bone bruises.”

Covered in perspiration, his clothes torn in many places where Grudo had grabbed him to throw, Halcyon had pressed home his advantage of speed and dexterity while the Rodian, hurting from the many blows the Jedi Master had rained upon him, managed to keep out of Halcyon’s grasp. Each time one or the other struck a blow or made a throw, Scarlet Thranta’s crew sent up a roar of approval. Soon the ground the two fought on had been churned into a morass. Both contestants had lost any sense of time, and as the fight dragged on they began to stumble and miss opportunities as physical exhaustion began to take its toll.

Source: Jedi Trial

Halcyon destroys a compartment full of droids in seconds after deflecting fire from all the droids:

Halcyon went through the hatch. The compartment was full of battle droids, all of which opened fire at the same time. Halcyon parried the blaster bolts with his lightsaber. Most of the bolts arced back onto the droids that had fired them. Halcyon pressed forward. The two guards followed him. In seconds the repair shop was a shambles, but the droids in it were all destroyed.

Source: Jedi Trial

Force Sense

Force Sense is a basic power allowing Force sensitives to sense their surroundings via a sixth sense of sorts. A broader, passive iteration of that power also affords a Jedi passive precognition and clairvoyance.

Nejaa Halcyon Senses a disturbance in the Force, knowing that it is caused by Anakin:

He knew the disturbance in the Force he was experiencing was a result of Anakin’s tapping into it. He knew Anakin was still alive. But there was something troubling—

Source: Jedi Trial

Telekinesis

Telekinesis is a basic Force power enabling Force users to alter and manipulate objects and beings around them with the power of their mind. As a descendant of the Halcyon family, Nejaa Halcyon was born with a natural telekinetic deficiency, requiring the absorption of energy to obtain noticeable telekinetic abilities.

Although nearly dead, Halcyon manages to absorb a lightsaber blade, granting him telekinetic powers sufficient to Crush every bone in the Dark Jedi Nikkos Tyris's body and then hurl him through into a dome and support, killing him:

I sucked the energy out of the Anzati's lightsaber and forced myself to smile as I did so. I tasted blood in my mouth, but that fact elicited no panic. It was inconsequential. More telling was the look of surprise on Tyris' face as his blue blade flickered once, then twice, then went out. I'd drained it of every last joule and let him read in my eyes that he should suddenly be very afraid.

With the energy I'd pulled in I plucked him from the ground in a giant invisible fist. He screamed, I think; at least his mouth worked as if he was screaming. I made the fist convulse once and I felt no resistance as his bones shattered. I let him hang limp in the air for a moment, then hurled him back through the tents to slam him against the dome and a support. I felt a jolt through the Force and saw a blue flash of light, but by then my energy reserves had faded.

Source: I, Jedi

Tutaminis

Tutaminis, or Force Absorption, is a Force Power that enables a Jedi to absorb energy in various forms. Being descended from the Halcyon line, Nejaa had a gift for utilizing Tutaminis.

Halcyon can absorb energy, a rare ability among Jedi:

"He also could absorb energy. I was told this was a very rare ability among Jedi."

Source: I, Jedi

Nearly dead, Nejaa Halcyon manages to absorb Nikkos Tyris's lightsaber blade with his bare hands in order to grant himself telekinetic powers and crush every single bone in Tyris's body and hurl him through tends and into a dome and support:

I sucked the energy out of the Anzati's lightsaber and forced myself to smile as I did so. I tasted blood in my mouth, but that fact elicited no panic. It was inconsequential. More telling was the look of surprise on Tyris' face as his blue blade flickered once, then twice, then went out. I'd drained it of every last joule and let him read in my eyes that he should suddenly be very afraid.

With the energy I'd pulled in I plucked him from the ground in a giant invisible fist. He screamed, I think; at least his mouth worked as if he was screaming. I made the fist convulse once and I felt no resistance as his bones shattered. I let him hang limp in the air for a moment, then hurled him back through the tents to slam him against the dome and a support. I felt a jolt through the Force and saw a blue flash of light, but by then my energy reserves had faded.

Source: I, Jedi

Crucitorn

Crucitorn is a Jedi technique allowing one to transcend the sensations of physical pain.

After being stabbed with a lightsaber and nearly dead, Nejaa Halcyon switches off his pain receptors and manages to feel no physical pain or agony, with only mental clarity and purpose left behind:

He stabbed his blade down through my chest. The azure blade melted flesh and boiled blood as it went, reducing my heart to sweet smoke and steam. On further it stabbed, exploding arteries and burning through my spine. The lower part of my body went numb, though I barely noticed because of the wave of agony surging up through me and into my brain. It threatened to overwhelm me, letting darkness nibble into my sight. I was dying and I knew it and regrets poured in with the pain.

But I was not dead yet.

I was a Halcyon. I was a Jedi.

Jedi do not know pain.

In an instant all physical agony ceased as effectively as if I'd flicked a switch and turned all my pain receptors off. All I was left with was an incredible clarity of mind and a singleness of purpose. I'd dedicated my life to the service of others, to the service of the Force. I would not go out without my duty being fulfilled. I concentrated and employed the greatest Halcyon gift against my enemy.

Source: I, Jedi

Telepathy/Illusion

Telepathy is the ability to read, manipulate or communicate with another's thoughts. Force Illusion is a Force ability stemming from a myriad of mental abilities allowing one to project images and illusions into another being(s)'s mind(s).

Nejaa Halcyon was an expert in mental projection and Illusions:

My grandfather smiled. "The Halcyons have their strengths. The mental projection you allude to was something Nejaa did very well. He also could absorb energy. I was told this was a very rare ability among Jedi."

Source: I, Jedi
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Streen Respect Thread

Respect Streen:

"I am so used to being alone that I can only stand so much in the way of company."

Telekinesis

Telekinesis is a basic, neutral Force power enabling Force-sensitives to manipulate their surroundings (often objects or individuals) via the Force.

Streen telekinetically levitates himself down from a temple:

Falling, he meditated on fear for long seconds, then made himself in his mind a creature of the air. Making his body as light as his heart, he touched down so softly near the base of the temple that the grasses barely protested. Streen took longer to arrive, descending the sun-bronzed face of the temple as though rappelling with an invisible rope.

Source: Black Fleet Crisis: Before the Storm

Telepathy/Empathy/Sense/Precognition

Telepathy is the ability to manipulate or communicate thoughts and mental impulses. Empathy is similar but relates to emotions rather than mental thoughts. Force Sense is a basic power allowing Force sensitives to sense their surroundings via a sixth sense of sorts. A broader, passive iteration of that power also affords a Jedi passive precognition and clairvoyance. Precognition is the ability to see into the future by virtue of extrasensory perception.

Streen is able to predict when gas layers rise even before having any training in the Force:

"Tell me, Streen—how do you know when a gas layer is going to rise? Where do you get your information?"

"I just…know. I can't explain it."

"Everyone can use the Force to some extent, but a few have a stronger innate talent. When I form my Jedi academy, I want to work most closely with those who already have the talent but don't know how to use it. Gantoris is one of my candidates. I think you should be another one."

Source: Jedi Search

Luke comes to recruit him for his Jedi Academy after learning that Streen has a knack for using the Force to predict when atmospheric eruptions will discharge valued tibanna gases into the upper atmosphere of Bespin.

Source: The Jedi Academy Sourcebook

Streen explains how he wants to join the Jedi because of how he senses beings around him in an extreme fashion. He automatically detects their modes and thoughts and ideas, causing him to shun people. Luke eventually teaches him how to control his extrasensory telepathic and empathic abilities:

"If you teach me how to use this... sense I have--can you also teach me how to switch it off? I want to learn how not to feel the people around me, not to be bombarded by their moods and prying thoughts and sour ideas. I'm tired of having only rawwks for company. I'd very much like to be part of the human race again."

Source: Jedi Search

Streen is able to sense Exar Kun's presence:

Streen's sensitivity in the Force allows him to detect Exar Kun's presence.

Source: The Jedi Academy Sourcebook

Beast Control

Beast Control, also known as Beast Trick or Animal Friendship, is an ability that enables one to control beasts.

Before he received training in the Force, Streen once made one of his pet rawwks do a dance for him:

"Okay, now you remember them rawwks I mentioned, how I never could teach one a trick? Well there was this one time there was one that seemed to be smarter than the others. Just a bit, not a whole lot, but a bit. And I thought he had real promise, so I tried to teach him to unfurl one wing, then the other and hop up and down in time with a tune I was whistling. I just wanted to see him dance a little, just a little."

The loneliness in Streen's voice started to squeeze my heart.

"I'm with you."

"Now I thought, maybe, somehow, I didn't know how, that if I could just convince him to do it once and reward him, he'd do it more. I was getting real frustrated and even angry. And I guess I used the Force to make him do the dance to the music. Just once. And I didn't hurt him and I gave him food and all." Streen's voice died amid a cacophony of stintaril howls. "Was I using the dark side? Was I doing evil?"

Source: I, Jedi

Force Heal

Force Heal is an ability that can be used to dull pains and heal wounds.

Streen can accelerate his bodily regeneration, control pain, reduce fatigue and reduce injury. Additionally, he knows Hibernation Trance:

Alter Environment

Alter Environment is a Force power enabling a Force user to alter the environment around them in a myriad of ways.

Streen creates a tremendous Force whirlwind/cyclone that lifts up an unconscious Luke and buffets both him and his sister Leia, who has difficulty even preventing herself from simply being ragdolled. Had Kirana Ti not tackled Streen and removed Kun's influence, both Leia and Luke would have been thrown out of the Great Temple and hurl them for thousands of feet into the jungle:

Streen!

The old Bespin hermit stood on the outskirts of the storm with his brown Jedi robe flapping around him. His wild gray hair writhed around his head as if charged with static. His lips mumbled something incomprehensible, and his eyes remained closed as if he were having a nightmare. Leia knew that even powerful Jedi could not manipulate large-scale phenomena like the weather; but they could move objects, and she realized that was what Streen did now. Not changing the weather, but simply moving the air, drawing it in from all directions, creating a self-contained but destructive tornado that struck toward Luke's body.

"No!" she shouted into the starving wind.

"Streen!"

The cyclone struck Luke, buffeted his body, and lifted it into the air.

Leia ran toward her paralyzed brother, feet barely touching the ground as the powerful winds knocked her sideways. The storm wrenched her off balance, and she found herself thrown through the air, flying like an insect toward the stone walls. She spun around and reached out, calming herself enough to use her own abilities with the Force, to nudge her body away. Instead of being crushed against the stone blocks, she slid softly to the floor.

Luke's body continued rising, tugged upward by the hurricane. His Jedi robe wound around him as the winds spun him like a corpse launched out of a star-freighter air lock into the grave of space.

Streen didn't seem aware of what he was doing.

Leia staggered to her feet again and jumped. This time she rode the circling air currents, flying around the fringe of the cyclone toward her helpless brother. She reached out to grab the tail of his robe, felt her fingers clutch rough fabric, and then burn as the robe was snatched away from her. She fell back to the floor.

Luke had been drawn up into the tornado's mouth, rising toward the skylights.

"Luke!" she cried. "Please help me."

She had no idea if he could hear her, or if he could do anything.

Gathering strength in her leg muscles, she leaped into the air again. It might be possible to use her Jedi skills of levitation for a brief moment; Luke had done it several times, although she herself had never mastered the skill.

Now, though, it mattered more than it ever had before. As Leia sprang upward, the wind caught her. She rose high enough to grab Luke's body. She wrapped her arms around his waist, twisted her legs around his ankles, holding him, hoping her weight would drag him down.

But as they started to drop, the winds picked up in intensity, howling and roaring. Leia's skin went numb from the blinding wintry cold. They shot toward the roof of the grand audience chamber, toward the widest skylight, where jagged icicles hung like javelins.

Leia suddenly knew what Streen intended to do to them, whether consciously or unconsciously. They would be sucked out of the Great Temple, tossed high into the sky, and then allowed to crash thousands of feet to the spear-pointed branches of the jungle canopy.

The turbolift door opened. Kirana Ti charged out, followed by Tionne and Kam Solusar.

"Stop Streen!" Leia shouted.

Kirana Ti reacted instantly. She wore thin but supple red armor from the scaled hides of reptiles from Dathomir. She had been a warrior on her own world, fighting with untrained and unhoned skill in the Force, but she had also fought in physical combat as well.

Kirana Ti launched herself forward on long, muscular legs, ducking her head as she charged into the cyclonic wind that surrounded Streen. The old hermit stood entranced, spinning slowly around with his arms dangling at his sides and his fingertips spread apart, as if trying to catch something.

Kirana Ti staggered as she hit the wind, but she wrenched her head aside, spread her legs, and dug the toes of her bare feet against the stone floor for traction. She shoved forward into the wind and finally shattered through into the dead zone of the storm. She tackled Streen to the flagstoned floor and locked his arms behind his back. Streen cried out, then blinked his eyes open. He looked wildly around in confusion. Instantly the wind stopped blowing. The air fell still. High up at the ceiling of the grand audience chamber Leia and Luke plunged toward the unforgiving flagstones below. Luke fell like a doll, and Leia tried to remember how to use her levitation skills, but her mind went blank with panic.

Tionne and Kam Solusar raced forward, stretching out their arms, using what they had been taught. Less than a meter above the crushing stones, Leia found herself slowed, pausing in the air beside Luke's body. They drifted gently to the floor. Leia cradled Luke against her, but her brother did not respond.

Source: Champions of the Force

Streen uses the Force to generate wind and air and cause it to flow into his (and the other Jedi's) lungs, to counter Kun's Force Choke:

Streen heard the blood sing in his ears as his body strained for oxygen. The rushing sound reminded him of blowing wind, gale-force storms. Wind. Air. He grasped the wind with his Jedi powers, moving the air itself and making it flow into his lungs, past Kun's invisible stranglehold. Cool, sweet oxygen filled him, and Streen exhaled and inhaled again.

Reaching out with his power, he did the same for all the other Jedi students, nudging air into their the lungs-helping them breathe, helping them grow stronger.

Source: Champions of the Force

It is Streen who protects the group from Kun's throat-constricting attack while they work to defeat the ancient Sith Lord.

Source: The Jedi Academy Sourcebook

Streen creates a whirlwind with the Force, which traps the shredded shadow of Exar Kun's spirit and carries it into the rooftop and out, destroying it:

With the Force, Streen touched the winds again. The air inside the grand audience chamber swirled with increasing coriolis force to form a whirlwind.

The cyclone grew tighter in an invisible knot around the shredded shadow, trapping it and carrying it up toward the rooftop and out, flinging it into the vast emptiness.

Source: Champions of the Force
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Kyp Durron Respect Thread

Respect Kyp Durron:

"I've been off saving colonies, slaying monsters, rescuing the universe…you know, the usual."

Power

Kyp is very powerful:

Durron's attunement to the Force is very powerful, and the restraint taught by his master, Luke Skywalker, could barely contain the impetuous young Jedi.

Source: Star Wars Database

Kyp is the strongest Force presence Luke had ever known since Obi-Wan and Yoda:

Back on the Rebel base on Coruscant, Luke Skywalker tested Kyp's Jedi power potential. What he discovered was the strongest presence he had known since his Masters Obi-Wan and Yoda.

Source: The Essential Guide to Characters

Kyp almost immediately proves to be the greatest of Luke's apprentices, and with only minimal training, Kyp well surpasses all the others. Corran finds Kyp's powers intimidating, whilst Luke finds it all but mesmerizing:

Kyp proved almost immediately to be the greatest of the apprentices gathered there. With only a minimum of training, he blasted on past all of us in terms of what he could do. Supporting himself on one hand only, he could balance rocks and fallen tree boles with ease. Given my lack of ability in that area, I found his skills somewhat intimidating. Master Skywalker found Kyp's abilities all but mesmerizing and devoted a lot of time to directing his studies.

Source: I, Jedi

Kyp's growth in the Force is incredible, and just after a week at the academy he surpassed everybody else by "light-years", shocking even Luke Skywalker. Corran Horn concedes that even his best was nothing compared to Kyp's:

Of course, my best was nothing compared to Kyp Durron's best. Kyp's growth in the Force was nothing shy of incredible. In just over a week he surpassed anything the rest of us where doing by light-years. Master Skywalker didn't know what to do with him, he was so good. Kyp gave us hope that reestablishing the Jedi Order could be and would be done.

Source: I, Jedi

Luke recognizes Kyp as being frighteningly powerful:

He thought about those he had trained: Kyp, so intense and so frighteningly powerful.

Source: Planet of Twilight

Kyp is skilled in the ways of the Force:

He had been the first among the Jedi to encounter the Yuuzhan Vong, and his escape from their clutches spoke volumes about his skill as a pilot and with the Force.

Source: The New Jedi Order: Dark Tide I: Onslaught

Force Valor/Protection/Speed

Force Valor is a light-sided power enabling a Jedi to enhance one's resolve and physical traits, such as strength, durability and speed. Force Protection is the passive (and sometimes active) enhancement of a Force sensitive's durability to varying superhuman degrees. Force Speed is the passive (and sometimes active) enhancement of a Force sensitive's speed to varying superhuman degrees.

Kyp telekinetically balances rocks and fallen trees whilst simultaneously hand-standing, despite him just starting his training:

Kyp's presence seemed to put a spark back into Master Skywalker-the spark that had been diminished since Gantoris' death. Kyp proved almost immediately to be the greatest of the apprentices gathered there. With only a minimum of training, he blasted on past all of us in terms of what he could do. Supporting himself on one hand only, he could balance rocks and fallen tree boles with ease. Given my lack of ability in that area, I found his skills somewhat intimidating. Master Skywalker found Kyp's abilities all but mesmerizing and devoted a lot of time to directing his studies.

Source: I, Jedi

Kyp displays enough physical resiliency to survive Crushing his own bone and then enter a Hibernation Trance to survive:

"Kyp," Han shouted. His voice cracked with astonished joy, yet he tried to hold back his hope. "Kyp!"

Somehow Kyp had crammed himself inside the small volume of the message cylinder, a vessel barely large enough to hold a child. But Kyp had managed to crush his legs, fold his arms until the bones snapped, pressed down on his rib cage until ribs cracked, compacting himself.

Han leaned closer to the ashen face. "Is he alive? He's in some kind of Jedi trance." In his final desperation Kyp had somehow found the strength to use his Jedi pain-blocking techniques, his determination, and all the knowledge Luke had taught him... to do this to himself, as his only chance for survival.

"He's slowed his functions almost to the point of suspended animation," Mara said. "He's in so deep that he might as well be dead." The message canister was airtight but had no life-support systems, no air other than the small amount that had fit around his own broken body.

Source: Champions of the Force

Kyp deflects fire from a Class 720 freighter:

They had covered half the distance between the ship's bow and the docking exit. Fen was beginning to think maybe no one would notice when Kyp started yelling."Get to the door," he called. Behind them, Fen heard the earsplitting whine of laser fire. She instinctively ducked and pushed Ghitsa forward to the entrance, but couldn't place what the ricochet sound was. Fen whirled around and, for a second, reflexes honed by years of dodging and answering blaster fire failed her. Kyp, the kid of a Jedi, was standing alone in the middle of the docking bay. Lase rfire poured from the Rook's forward guns. And like some weird children's toy, Kyp caught the green killing bolts on his lightsaber and tossed them away. "Fen!" she heard Ghitsa shout. She spun about. Her partner was under the entrance's marginal cover. "It is locked. You'll need to hold them off a few minutes." A few minutes. It was a lifetime in moments like this. She ran back to Kyp. Methodically, even calmly, he deflected each burst of fire. The blasts bounced off the lightsaber, ricocheting at crazy angles.

Source: Simple Tricks (credit to dccomicsrule2011)

Kyp and Dorsk 81 speedblitz a trio of stormtroopers, then run from a cluster of stormtroopers firing at them and doge all the blaster fire coming their way:

The stormtroopers appeared again, efficient and fast moving. "Stop this outburst immediately!" they said, blasters already drawn. "This is your second warning. Show me your work assignment and papers." Two others came up, pointing weapons at Kyp and Dorsk 81.

"Yes, yes-sure," Kyp said, patting his pocket. His mind whirled. Dorsk 81 looked as if he were about to faint, though the alien stood up straight, tense, ready to fight if necessary. Kyp knew they had no other choice. He slid a hand into the pocket of his overalls, ostensibly to remove his work assignment card-and wrapped his fingers around his lightsaber handle.

The stormtroopers were more annoyed than uneasy. Kyp would take them totally by surprise.

Admiral Daala's voice boomed out from the amplification systems like a horrible echo from Kyp's past. "You can all be proud of what you are about to do," she said.

Yes, Kyp thought in a flash, yes I am. He snatched out the lightsaber, and with a snap-hiss the energy blade sprang out. In a single sweeping arc he slashed off the stormtrooper's armored hand at the wrist, taking the blaster pistol with it, then followed through to strike down the second trooper in line. Dorsk 81 moved like a flicked whip. His own lightsaber came out ablaze as he struck down a third stormtrooper.

The audience around them recoiled in surprise and confusion. The lightsabers were unmistakable weapons of the hated Jedi Knights. The uproar spread like the shockwave from an exploding star. Spies had appeared in the rally, and the mob of dedicated Imperial defenders would demand blood.

"We've got to get out of here," Kyp shouted, hacking right and left with his lightsaber. People and alien workers spread apart like ripe grain in a strong wind, though more fled in panic than were actually cut down by the blazing lightsabers. Kyp and Dorsk 81 fought shoulder to shoulder.

"Jedi Knights!" Admiral Daala shouted from the podium. Even from her distance she could recognize the unmistakable glare of lightsabers-and now her face, dozens of meters tall and reflected over and over again on the immense videoscreens, seemed like an outraged deity demanding justice. "Kill the Jedi Knights!"

Stormtroopers clustered around them, firing blaster rifles. Dorsk 81's lightsaber deflected the first bolt high into the ceiling of the mall, while the second shot burned through the back of a fleeing Imperial lieutenant.

"Don't fight unless you have to," Kyp said. "It'll only slow us down. Run." He knew now that his partner had been right in wanting to leave earlier. They needed to get their information back to the New Republic, and if they let the Empire capture them, billions would die unwarned.

The size of the crowd worked in their favor, and as ripples of mob panic ricocheted from the walls, mass confusion swallowed all details of where and what exactly the disturbance was.

Kyp and Dorsk 81 sprinted back to where they had landed their stolen shuttle. Blaster bolts followed them down the corridors of the nexus station, spanging off wall-plates, but the shots were poorly aimed.

When Kyp and Dorsk 81 reached their ship, they rocketed off the landing pad with repulsorlifts and sublight engines at full power in a pinwheeling escape. As Dorsk 81 worked the stabilizers to straighten them, their tumbling course aided in their escape because the droid perimeter ships, attempting to lock onto them, shot repeatedly but missed.

Source: Darksaber

Telekinesis

Telekinesis is a basic, neutral Force power enabling Force-sensitives to manipulate their surroundings (often objects or individuals) via the Force.

Kyp Durron incinerates a pair of rats:

Alarmed, Kyp lost control of his anger for an instant and let fly a searing blast of power that followed the two rodents down their narrow tunnels and incinerated them as they ran. Blackened bones tumbled forward with the momentum, then slumped to dust in the stone tunnel.

Source: Dark Apprentice

Kyp telekinetically balances rocks and fallen trees whilst simultaneously hand-standing, despite him just starting his training:

Kyp's presence seemed to put a spark back into Master Skywalker-the spark that had been diminished since Gantoris' death. Kyp proved almost immediately to be the greatest of the apprentices gathered there. With only a minimum of training, he blasted on past all of us in terms of what he could do. Supporting himself on one hand only, he could balance rocks and fallen tree boles with ease. Given my lack of ability in that area, I found his skills somewhat intimidating. Master Skywalker found Kyp's abilities all but mesmerizing and devoted a lot of time to directing his studies.

Source: I, Jedi

With the aid of Exar Kun, Kyp repeatedly hurls Corran Horn across a kitchen and into a wall with minimal effort and eventually knocks out Horn with a more powerful blast:

Kyp whirled beneath my hand, his dark eyes blazing. I felt something solid hit my chest, but I'd already begun to move to my right. The Force blow he aimed at me glanced off the left side of my chest, yet was strong enough to bounce me off the corridor wall. I caught myself against the rough stones, but not before I'd slid halfway to the floor.

"You are not my master." Kyp shifted from pointing at me to pointing back toward the dining room. "He is not my master. What good is it being a Jedi if we do not act?"

"What good is it if we are Jedi that don't act responsibly?" I hauled myself upright. "Remember, Kyp, 'no-good Jedi' kicked Exar Kun's butt."

Kyp struck at me again through the Force, but I expected it this time. I relaxed and let the Force energy flow over and through me. I absorbed enough of it to let me create a shield that split the attack. The fact that I didn't end up being ground back against the wall surprised him.

"You're good, Kyp, but you're not great." I held my hands up in a non-threatening gesture. "You're involved with someone who lost a long time ago. Don't compound his error."

"And who will stop me?"

I hesitated because Kyp's words seemed to echo within themselves. It took me a second or two to figure out that the echo wasn't a purely auditory phenomenon. I was hearing Kyp's voice through my ears, but the undertones were coming to me through the Force. We were not alone, which meant Kyp's mentor had come to aid his apprentice.

"I will, if you make it necessary."

An ancient sneer of contempt twisted Kyp's features. "Puny Jedi, you are of no concern to me."

Even though I braced myself for another attack, it did no good. Kyp's previous Force blows were like light breezes compared with a full-out gale. I slammed back into the wall with a teeth-rattling impact. As my body absorbed Force energy and fed it back out, the shield I'd created grew in size. More importantly, my surprise and survival instinct opened me up to the Force and allowed it to flow into the shield. Even so, Kyp's attack jammed the shield back against the wall and I watched stone crumble beneath its rim.

The safe area I had began to shrink, and my chest became tight as it compressed my ribs. I looked Kyp straight in the eyes and tried to shoot into his brain the image of the mask of hate he wore, but the world around me went black before I could tell if I'd had any success at all.

Source: I, Jedi

With the help of Exar Kun, Kyp utilizes Electronic Manipulation and telekinesis to resurrect the Sun Crusher:

As the sphere of Yaving rose into the sky, Kyp lifted his arms, and the slick black fabric of his cape fell behind him. His hands were slender and small, the hands of a young man. But inside, power sizzled through his bones. “Exar Kun, help me,” Kyp said, closing his eyes.

He reached out with his mind, following the paths of the Force that led to every object in the universe, drawing power from the cosmic focal point of the Massassi temple. He searched, sending his thoughts like a probe deep into the storm systems of the gas giant. Behind him, Kype felt the black-ice power of Exar Kun arise, tapping into him and reinforcing his abilities. His own feeble exploratory touch suddenly plunged forward like a blaster bolt. Kyp felt larger, a part of the jungle moon, then a part of the entire planetary system, until he burrowed into the heart of the gas giant itself.

Pale orange clouds whipped past him. He sensed pressure increasing as he plummeted down, down to the incredibly dense layers near the core. He sought the tiny speck of machinery, a small, indestructible ship that had been cast away. When he reached the bottommost levels of the atmosphere, Kyp finally found the Sun Crusher. It stood out like a beacon, a bull’s-eye in the funneling field of lines of the Force. Size matters not, Master Skwalker had repeated. Kyp engulfed the Sun Crusher with his mind, surrounding it, touching it with his limitless, invisible hands. He thought about heaving it back up, dragging the Sun Crusher out of the depths of Yavin. But he discarded the thought.

Instead, with the assistance of Exar Kun, he used his innate skill to power up the controls again, to move the control levers, push buttons to alter the course stored in the Sun Crusher’s memory, bringing it out of its entombment. Kyp continued to watch the weapon’s progress, focusing on the sphere of the enormous planet as it crested the misty treetops. The Sun Crusher appeared as a silvery dot, seeming no larger than an atom as it emerged from the highest cloud layers and streaked across space toward the emerald-green moon where Kyp waited.

He stared upward and waited, opening his arms to receive the indestructible weapon. The Sun Crusher approached like a long, sharp thorn of crystalline alloy, cruising upright on its long axis. The toroidal resonance-torpedo launcher hung at the bottom of the long hook. It looked beautiful. The Sun Crusher descended through the jungle moon’s atmosphere, straight down—like a spike to impale the Great Temple. Kyp controlled it, slowed its descent, until the superweapon hovered to a stop, suspended in front of him.

As the sky brightened with planetrise, the alloy hull of the Sun Crusher seemed as pristine as a firefacet gem, scoured of all oxidation and debris by the intense temperatures and pressures at the core of Yavin. The Sun Crusher looked clean, and deadly, and ready for him.

“Thank you, Exar Kun,” Kyp whispered.

Source: Dark Apprentice

Kyp Crushes his own bones in order to fit into a small message cylinder:

"Kyp," Han shouted. His voice cracked with astonished joy, yet he tried to hold back his hope. "Kyp!"

Somehow Kyp had crammed himself inside the small volume of the message cylinder, a vessel barely large enough to hold a child. But Kyp had managed to crush his legs, fold his arms until the bones snapped, pressed down on his rib cage until ribs cracked, compacting himself.

Han leaned closer to the ashen face. "Is he alive? He's in some kind of Jedi trance." In his final desperation Kyp had somehow found the strength to use his Jedi pain-blocking techniques, his determination, and all the knowledge Luke had taught him... to do this to himself, as his only chance for survival.

Source: Champions of the Force

Kyp invented the Shadow Bomb technique, which involved a Jedi telekinetically manipulating proton torpedoes:

Kyp's squadron began to pour blue lines of laserfire into the light cruiser. More enemy corvettes accelerated toward the Dozen, abandoning their blockade stations. So far, so good; the Yuuzhan Vong seemed to think this was another rogue operation, a desperate attempt to save the doomed refugees.

A pair of proton torpedoes flashed away from the Dozen and vanished, swallowed by the cruiser's shielding system. There followed another exchange of laser bolts and plasma balls, then an unexpected spray of static as a Jedi shadow bomb exploded. Basically a variation on the tactic Kyp used to slip his proton torpedoes past enemy shielding crews, shadow bombs were proton torpedoes drained of propellant and packed with baradium instead. They were armed with standard proximity fuses and guided to their targets using the Force. The weapons were far more powerful than a standard torpedo, difficult to detect in the heat of battle, and just one of the new tricks in the Jedi arsenal.

Kyp's squadron finished off the cruiser with a pair of standard proton torpedoes, then raced through the debris and swung around as though preparing the escape route. A steady flow of refugee vessels began to leave orbit and stream toward the flight corridor. It did not take long for the blockade to collapse inward as Yuuzhan Vong picket ships rushed to respond.

Source: The New Jedi Order: Star By Star

Kyp Durron telekinetically wields a space freighter as a weapon with only moderate effort:

But Kyp no longer needed this particular missile. He ordered Octa's squadron to regroup in a defensive position around the Jedi scientist's ship.

"As the Master says, size matters not," he murmured.

He released his hold on the second missile, not caring that it was swallowed by one of the coralskipper's stuttering singularities. Reaching deep into himself, he sought resources he had not used for many years.

Once before, Kyp had seized a ship and dragged it out of the fierce heart of a gas giant. Now he reached out with the Force and took hold of the dead freighter.

It shot forward with astonishing ease, moving steadily through the vacuum of space toward the shielded coral-skipper.

But Kyp no longer needed this particular missile. He ordered Octa's squadron to regroup in a defensive position around the Jedi scientist's ship.

"As the Master says, size matters not," he murmured.

He released his hold on the second missile, not caring that it was swallowed by one of the coralskipper's stuttering singularities. Reaching deep into himself, he sought resources he had not used for many years.

Once before, Kyp had seized a ship and dragged it out of the fierce heart of a gas giant. Now he reached out with the Force and took hold of the dead freighter.

It shot forward with astonishing ease, moving steadily through the vacuum of space toward the shielded coral-skipper.

Lan Rim's dark chuckle came through the comm. "Subtle as always, Kyp! Let's not let this one get away, Dozen!" he shouted.

The lieutenant spun off in a tight turn, his two surviving pilots following closely. They darted around the big coralskipper, cutting off its retreat, taking and returning fire from the other enemy skips. Their daring maneuvers soon exacted a price-lan's ship got caught in a Yuuzhan Vong crossfire. The double blast of plasma proved too much for his shields, and the ship dissolved in a bright splatter of plasma and superheated metal.

The pilots Lan had commanded doggedly held the course he'd plotted. The XJs continued to harry the big skip, forcing it to keep up its stuttering shields as the dead freighter closed in. At the last moment, the surviving X-wings shot away toward safety.

The freighter never got close. One moment it was there; the next it simply disappeared into a void. What happened next was not exactly what Kyp had had in mind.

He'd hoped for a physical impact, or, barring that, that the freighter might overwhelm the dovin basal's capacity, leaving the big coralskipper vulnerable to attack. It had never occurred to him that the skip's multiple singularities might merge into one and fold in on the Yuuzhan Vong ship like a glove turning inside out. But suddenly, the freighter was gone. So was the coralskipper.

Source: The New Jedi Order: Dark Journey

Kyp manipulates a black hole singularity generated by a dovin basal. Though it requires all of his concentration and effort, he manages to turn the singularity around and move it in the opposite direction:

Within the Force, within the broader range of senses it gave him, he tried to feel the presence of that void. He couldn't feel the Yuuzhan Vong or their creatures, but he could feel distortions in space, hard little nuggets of wrongness where there should be nothing.

He felt many of them, but didn't know which belonged to the interdictor, which to the coralskippers, and this rarefied sensory data didn't precisely translate to exact directions and distances. A void that felt far away could be from a coralskipper close at hand.

He armed a proton torpedo and fired it. He felt its physical presence as, in a matter of seconds, it closed the distance between him and the interdictor... and was swallowed by another void.

He felt it enter the void, felt which of the many singularities it was.

And he seized upon that void, directing all his Force abilities and discipline against it.

It was like using a thin metal rod to push a grounded landspeeder. Too much pressure and it would bend, becoming useless. Too little and nothing would happen. He had to find the right pressure to budge it, to set it into motion and keep it going that way...

For a moment, the only things in the universe were him, Jaina, and the void. He moved the void, turned it around, moved it back the other direction.

Then he was himself again, in the cockpit, watching the flank of the interdictor distort. The void had moved back and touched the interdictor, and now the interdictor elongated into it, extending what looked like a pliant extrusion of what he knew to be hardened yorik coral into the singularity.

Source: The New Jedi Order: Enemy Lines I: Rebel Dream

Kyp hurls Corran Horn across a hangar with a flick of his wrist:

"It doesn't matter," Corran said. "This mission isn't authorized."

Kyp looked up. "I authorized it."

He flicked his wrist, and Corran went sailing across the hangar back toward Kenth and the other Jedi. It was a particularly insulting dismissal, since Corran could not respond in kind, having never been able to master the skill of Force telekinesis.

Source: Dark Nest II: The Unseen Queen

Kyp sends an ancient wheel flying at Luke with a gesture:

With a flick of his wrist and an exertion through the Force, he sent the ancient wheel soaring through the air toward Luke.

Luke somersaulted to the right and the wheel flew harmlessly over him. He came to his feet, igniting his lightsaber, as the wheel dropped to the landing pad surface and rolled nearly to the far edge of the roof before toppling and lying still.

Source: Legacy of the Force: Fury

Kyp sends a shower of nuts and bolts at Luke. Luke incinerates a few of them and lets others fly past, and Kyp directs them back for another attack on Luke:

Luke felt the attack-the Force, propelling numerous small objects at him. He jumped back and brought up both lightsabers as a shower of old nuts and bolts came at him with missile speed. It was like defending himself against Yuuzhan Vong thud bugs for the first time in years, but the old skill was undiminished-he calculated which objects had a chance of hitting him and incinerated only them with his blades, letting the others fly harmlessly past.

The trouble was, the ones that flew past soon curved around for another attack.

Source: Legacy of the Force: Fury

Telepathy/Empathy

Telepathy is the ability to manipulate or communicate thoughts and mental impulses. Empathy is similar but relates to emotions rather than mental thoughts.

Kyp and Exar Kun separate Luke's spirit from his body, leaving him in a coma:

Luke's face seemed curdled in an outcry of pain or fear. His eyes were squeezed shut, his lips were curled back in a grimace.

On the stone floor beside him lay his lightsaber, as if it had proved useless against whatever enemy he had fought.

Cilghal propped Luke's head up, touching his pale-brown hair. Rivulets of cold sweat glistened on his face, but she felt no warmth on his skin. She probed, using her newfound abilities in the Force, desperately searching.

"What happened to him?" Dorsk 81 said in great alarm.

"Is he alive?" Streen asked. "I can't hear him."

Cilghal probed with her sensing abilities and shook her orange and muddy- green head. "He's breathing. I can sense very little heartbeat, just the faintest pulse. But I can't find him inside. When I touch him with the Force, all I find is a great empty spot...."

She turned to look at the others with her sad round Calamarian eyes. "It's as if he has left us."

"What can we do?" Kirana Ti asked.

Cilghal cradled Luke's motionless head in her lap and blinked her huge Calamarian eyes, unable to speak for a long moment.

"We are all alone now," she finally said.

Source: Dark Apprentice

It had been a week since the trainees at the Jedi academy had found Luke Skywalker's motionless body atop the temple. They had brought him inside, done their best to care for him-but they did not know what to do. The best New Republic medics had found no physical damage. They agreed that Luke still lived, but he lay in complete stasis. He responded to none of their tests or probes.

...

Cilghal hesitated, then moved to stare down at Luke. "Master Skywalker told me I have an innate talent for healing with the Force. He had just begun to show me how to develop my skills-but I've tried all I know. He is not sick. There's nothing physically wrong with him. He seems frozen in a moment of time, as if his soul has left and his body is waiting for him to come back."

Source: Champions of the Force

Kyp creates the image of a morning-misted sun above the forest horizons of Gallinore in a man's mind, then erases the memory.

Jaina felt the older Jedi's power reach into the man's mind. Kyp formed the image of a morning-misted sun, barely visible above the forest horizons of Gallinore-- about the time, Jaina recalled, that they had landed. With smooth, cool strokes, Kyp swept away the memory from that moment to this. He eased away, like a thief creeping from a plundered home.

Source: The Apprentice

Kyp uses the Force to give a lethargic man energy and then uses the Force to compel him to tell the truth:

She watched intently as Kyp placed a hand on the man's temples. She felt the Jedi Master reach out into the prisoner's mind, felt him use the Force to peel back the shields holding him in torpor.

The big man came awake suddenly, thrashing and sputtering like a man drowning in a sea of nightmares. His eyes focused on Jaina, and he abruptly fell still and silent. Memory flickered in them, and then a searing flash of panic--hers had been the last face he'd seen before an invisible fist seized his mind and crushed it into darkness and silence.

The Hapan hauled himself to a sitting position and scuttled away, crab-walking backward as he put as much distance between himself and the young Jedi as possible. 'Why?'' he demanded in a dry, raspy tone.

Jaina knew precisely what he meant. Why had his escape from the prisons of Hapes been arranged? Why were his two compatriots allowed to continue the escape, while he was kept behind? Why had he been mind-controlled and stashed in the hold of some ship?

She sent him a reassuring smile. 'Princess Tenel Ka has issued a conditional pardon. She understands the Yuuzhan Vong implant might have prompted you to attack her. We've brought you to Gallinore to have it removed. Afterward, if you'll recant your desertion, and if a Jedi inquiry shows that you're free of any further treasonous intent, your pardon will take full effect.''

'Why?'' he repeated in a stronger tone.

'We're trying to win back deserters, especially those who might possess valuable information about the Yuuzhan Vong .Hapes needs all the good pilots it can get.''

Wary blue eyes searched her face as the man weighed her claim. 'And the other two men?The pirates who escaped with me?''

Source: The Apprentice

Electronic Manipulation

Electronic Manipulation is the power to manipulate electronic energy.

With the help of Exar Kun, Kyp uses Electronic Manipulation and telekinesis to resurrect the Sun Crusher:

As the sphere of Yaving rose into the sky, Kyp lifted his arms, and the slick black fabric of his cape fell behind him. His hands were slender and small, the hands of a young man. But inside, power sizzled through his bones. “Exar Kun, help me,” Kyp said, closing his eyes.

He reached out with his mind, following the paths of the Force that led to every object in the universe, drawing power from the cosmic focal point of the Massassi temple. He searched, sending his thoughts like a probe deep into the storm systems of the gas giant. Behind him, Kype felt the black-ice power of Exar Kun arise, tapping into him and reinforcing his abilities. His own feeble exploratory touch suddenly plunged forward like a blaster bolt. Kyp felt larger, a part of the jungle moon, then a part of the entire planetary system, until he burrowed into the heart of the gas giant itself.

Pale orange clouds whipped past him. He sensed pressure increasing as he plummeted down, down to the incredibly dense layers near the core. He sought the tiny speck of machinery, a small, indestructible ship that had been cast away. When he reached the bottommost levels of the atmosphere, Kyp finally found the Sun Crusher. It stood out like a beacon, a bull’s-eye in the funneling field of lines of the Force. Size matters not, Master Skwalker had repeated. Kyp engulfed the Sun Crusher with his mind, surrounding it, touching it with his limitless, invisible hands. He thought about heaving it back up, dragging the Sun Crusher out of the depths of Yavin. But he discarded the thought.

Instead, with the assistance of Exar Kun, he used his innate skill to power up the controls again, to move the control levers, push buttons to alter the course stored in the Sun Crusher’s memory, bringing it out of its entombment. Kyp continued to watch the weapon’s progress, focusing on the sphere of the enormous planet as it crested the misty treetops. The Sun Crusher appeared as a silvery dot, seeming no larger than an atom as it emerged from the highest cloud layers and streaked across space toward the emerald-green moon where Kyp waited.

He stared upward and waited, opening his arms to receive the indestructible weapon. The Sun Crusher approached like a long, sharp thorn of crystalline alloy, cruising upright on its long axis. The toroidal resonance-torpedo launcher hung at the bottom of the long hook. It looked beautiful. The Sun Crusher descended through the jungle moon’s atmosphere, straight down—like a spike to impale the Great Temple. Kyp controlled it, slowed its descent, until the superweapon hovered to a stop, suspended in front of him.

As the sky brightened with planetrise, the alloy hull of the Sun Crusher seemed as pristine as a firefacet gem, scoured of all oxidation and debris by the intense temperatures and pressures at the core of Yavin. The Sun Crusher looked clean, and deadly, and ready for him.

“Thank you, Exar Kun,” Kyp whispered.

Source: Dark Apprentice

Force Lightning

Force Lightning is a Dark Side power that enables a Force user to unleash crackling bolts of electricity which also weaken life.

Kyp and Exar Kun knock out Luke Skywalker with Lightning:

With the Sun Crusher looming behind him, Kyp stretched out both hands and blasted Luke with lightning bolts like black cracks in the Force. Dark tendrils rose up from gaps in the temple flagstones, fanged, illusory vipers that struck at him from all sides.

Luke cried out and tried to strike back, but the shadow of Exar Kun joined the attack, adding more deadly force. The ancient Dark Lord of the Sith lashed out with waves of blackness, driving long icicles of frozen poison into Luke's body.

He thrashed, but felt helpless. To lose control to anger and desperation would be as great a failure as if he did nothing at all. Luke called upon the powers that Yoda and Obi-Wan had taught him--but everything he did, every skillful technique, failed utterly.

Against the full might of Kyp Durron and the forbidden weapons of the long-dead spirit of Exar Kun, even a Jedi Master such as Luke Skywalker could not prevail.

The black serpentlike tentacles of evil force struck at him again and again, filling his body with a pain like lava coursing through his veins. As he screamed, his voice was swallowed by a hurricane from the dark side.

Luke cried out one last time and crumpled backward to the blessedly cool flagstones of the Great Massassi Temple, as everything turned a smothering, final black around him....

Source: Dark Apprentice

Force Healing

Force Heal is an ability that can be used to dull pains and heal wounds.

Kyp Durron knows Hibernation Trance and can control pain, reduce injury and fatigue, and accelerate the body's healing processes:

After Kyp Crushes his own bones in order to fit into a small message canister, he utilizes Hibernation Trance in order to survive. Not only is the ordeal of surviving such an impressive feat, but the fact that Kyp was able to draw upon the Force in such a manner even whilst nearly dead is also incredibly impressive:

"Kyp," Han shouted. His voice cracked with astonished joy, yet he tried to hold back his hope. "Kyp!"

Somehow Kyp had crammed himself inside the small volume of the message cylinder, a vessel barely large enough to hold a child. But Kyp had managed to crush his legs, fold his arms until the bones snapped, pressed down on his rib cage until ribs cracked, compacting himself.

Han leaned closer to the ashen face. "Is he alive? He's in some kind of Jedi trance." In his final desperation Kyp had somehow found the strength to use his Jedi pain-blocking techniques, his determination, and all the knowledge Luke had taught him... to do this to himself, as his only chance for survival.

"He's slowed his functions almost to the point of suspended animation," Mara said. "He's in so deep that he might as well be dead." The message canister was airtight but had no life-support systems, no air other than the small amount that had fit around his own broken body.

Source: Champions of the Force

Force Drain

Force Drain is a Dark Side power that enables a Force user to drain the life force of others.

Kyp Durron knows Drain Life:

Instinctive Astrogation

Instinctive Astrogation allows a Force user to find and plot routes through hyperspace through the Force.

Kyp Durron knows Instinctive Astrogation:

Alter Environment

Alter Environment is a Force power enabling a Force user to alter the environment around them in a myriad of ways.

Kyp kills a Leviathan by using Alter Environment to call down Lightning:

Lightsaber Skill

Kyp duels and kills several Yuuzhan Vong as he fights alongside Mara Jade Skywalker and Wurth Skidder:

Mara felt the Force flood through her. She'd been waiting deep in the Jedi formation, across the green strip from where Anakin had been stationed. The fighting on her side had not been fierce, so she'd not been asked to move up. As she raced along a walkway, then vaulted the balustrade to drop to the next level below, she found out why.

The Yuuzhan Vong had made a solid drive at the center of the Jedi formation. Kyp Durron and Wurth Skidder, both bleeding from numerous cuts, faced four of the warriors. Beyond them, coming down the walkway, Anakin had stopped at the top of a small rise. He'd set Daeshara'cor down and, with two lightsabers, was holding off a knot of the reptoids.

The idiots should have called for help! Mara thumbed her lightsaber to life, splashing a cold blue glow over the Yuuzhan Vong. She launched herself into a long, flying somersault, then ducked beneath the slash meant to open her from hip to hip. She stabbed her blade through the space between the Yuuzhan Vong's legs, then cocked her wrist and stroked the blade against the back of his left knee. Tugging, she came up and through the limb, severing it completely.

Snarling, the warrior began to go down. Mara leapt above the weak return slash, then came down with a heel hard on the fallen Yuuzhan Vong's wrist. Bones crunched and the amphistaff rolled free. Mara batted aside the warrior's other hand, scattering fingers, then stabbed her blade through his throat.

Mara spun as Wurth shrieked. The man reeled back, his right forearm bent where no elbow existed, and bent in a direction that no elbow could take it. His lightsaber was nowhere to be seen. His Yuuzhan Vong foe whirled the amphistaff, sending a hum through the air, and pressed his attack. With the flick of a finger, Mara send a handful of dirt from a planter flying into the warrior's face. The Yuuzhan Vong clawed at his eyes to clear them, giving Kyp Durron a chance to slash him across the belly.

That Yuuzhan Vong warrior sighed all too peacefully as he collapsed. Another warrior arced his amphistaff at Mara, opening a cut in her left shoulder. Mara parried the return slash, then spun and kicked the warrior in the chest. He pitched back, then caught his heels on his dead comrade's body. As he went down, Mara disarmed him with a cut through the wrist, then stabbed him through the chest and melted his heart.

Kyp's violet and white blade swept up in a mighty cut that sliced through the Yuuzhan Vong's chest from right hip to left shoulder. The Yuuzhan Vong spun away from the blow and staggered several steps, clutching at his ruined middle. He held the cleaved breastplate closed as if that would save him, then sat back against a wall and slid to the ground in a pool of his own blood.

Mara jabbed her lightsaber toward Wurth. "Get him out of here. I see blood - it's a compound fracture. Cauterize it with your lightsaber if you have to."

Kyp's eyes narrowed. "He'll survive. I'm not going to leave you here."

"I don't need your help, Kyp. He does. Just go on while there's still time. Do it."

He stared at her through a mask of blood flowing from a scalp wound. "I know my duty."

"Then do your duty toward your friend." She snarled as she ran toward Anakin. "Get him clear!"

Source: The New Jedi Order: Dark Tide II: Ruin

Kyp duels Jaina evenly for some time, until Jaina suddenly suffers severe pain due to a ship she is connected with being hit by a blaster bolt:

A Yuuzhan Vong fighter streamed toward her, and all others moved aside to let it pass.

Jaina reached for the energy that she had found within, that which hurled the dark lightning. She allowed it to flood her and direct her battle.

She sank deeper into the consciousness of the alien ship, losing herself in flight as she had always done. For what seemed like hours she and her challenger darted and spun, trading bolts of plasma, dodging and blocking like swordmasters. Jaina did not think - she acted.

For a while this seemed to be an effective strategy, but her identification with the living ship was too powerful. A plasma bolt slipped back the dovin basal shields and scorched along the side of the ship. Jaina jolted, screaming, as an unexpected searing pain raced down her left arm. She was surprised to see no physical damage there.

Barely conscious, she began to slide completely into the darkness. Again she fell back in time, into the terrifying duel at the Shadow Academy. Again she fought Darth Vader, but this time she could not prevail.

Her opponent stepped back and ripped off the black helmet, revealing Kyp Durron's face.

Source: The New Jedi Order: Dark Journey

Kyp spars with Luke, fighting as a near-equal:

"Funny." He advanced toward Kyp in mock menace. "Is this every Master for himself?"

Kyp shrugged and ignited his own lightsaber. "Might as well."

Luke heard snap-hisses as the other Masters lit their weapons. This friendly exercise would be horribly dangerous to anyone but a Jedi Master, but all of those present were so in tune with the Force and one another that the odds of a mishap were, as usual, almost nil.

Luke charged Kyp but then, well outside lightsaber strike range, skidded to an abrupt halt. Kyp's face had just enough time to register suspicion before Luke exerted himself through the Force, reaching upward to tree limbs that had grown out over the outpost. He yanked downward. A broad branch slapped down atop Kyp, bearing him to the landing pad surface and sending leaves swirling out all over the roof.

Kyp laughed and rolled free, coming up to his feet. "No fair."

"Tactical superiority is never fair.'"

"I mean, getting leaves and bugs in my hair."

Luke felt the approach of Cilghal from behind. He leapt up and backward, inverting as he flew, and blocked the Mon Cal Master's strike with his blade in passing. He landed behind her. A few meters away, Saba Sebatyne and Corran Horn dueled, each adopting a traditional, formalized lightsaber posture-Saba using a lightsaber in each hand, Corran with his own weapon adjusted to its second setting, its blade now three meters in length and a brilliant Purple instead of its usual silver. Octa Ramis, who had sup-plied Saba with her second weapon, was content to stand off to one side, using the Force to hurl stones, plucked from the ground far below, through the tumult of practicing Masters. Kyle Katarn stood near her, watching all the others, practicing ritualized sword forms and waiting for an opponent to come open.

Kyp advanced against Luke again, striking at Luke's ankles while Cilghal engaged the Grand Master's blade. Luke danced over the low strike and put a foot into Cilghal's torso, more of a push than a kick, before landing again. The Mon Cal staggered back a few steps, offering a nod of appreciation.

Kyp threw a succession of fast blows at Luke's shoulders, occupying him while Cilghal recovered. "Actually, it's a plan for a mission against Jacen. A capture-or-neutralize, "he said, his lightsaber flashing at Luke.

"Neutralize." Luke frowned. He circled Kyp, trying to put him in the middle of their three-way exchange, but Cilghal paced him so that Luke remained in the center. "Meaning 'kill.' "

Kyp nodded, not repentant. "This isn't a mission of assassination, Luke. But if the capture isn't clean, if the choice is to run away and leave him in charge of the Alliance or finish him then and there ..."

"Yeah." Luke felt Cilghal's approach behind him. He bent over backward, his lightsaber hand coming down on the landing pad surface to hold his upper body clear of it, and Cilghal's lightsaber passed through where his waist would have been. Luke instantly straightened, catching her hilt with his free hand, and stepped away, her lightsaber now in his grip. He twirled one blade at each Master. "Go on."

With an exasperated sigh, Cilghal stepped back and exerted herself toward Kyle. The man's lightsaber leapt free from his grip and flew to Cilghal's. Kyle offered no resistance. Cilghal caught it out of the air, called "Thank you," and dashed toward Corran.

Kyp looked dubiously at Luke's twin weapons and fell into a defensive posture. "The team will consist of one or two Masters, three or four Jedi Knights, and a native guide. They'll approach the Senate Building through the undercity." As Luke neared and began throwing probing attacks in quick succession, Kyp deflected them close to his body with equal speed and minimal movement. "When Jacen enters or leaves the building, they spring the trap. Coma gas and shock nets as the first wave, the Jedi making their direct assault immediately afterward." He stopped to stare intently at Luke.

Luke felt the attack-the Force, propelling numerous small objects at him. He jumped back and brought up both lightsabers as a shower of old nuts and bolts came at him with missile speed. It was like defending himself against Yuuzhan Vong thud bugs for the first time in years, but the old skill was undiminished-he calculated which objects had a chance of hitting him and incinerated only them with his blades, letting the others fly harmlessly past.

The trouble was, the ones that flew past soon curved around for another attack.

Meanwhile, Kyp continued, "We have a shuttle or other enclosed vehicle land for a quick extraction. But the trick is, it's an empty droid vehicle. Our group, with Jacen, their captive, actually reenters the undercity through a ground-side maintenance access hatch modified to serve as an exit. While the shuttle makes its escape run and draws off pursuit, our group goes back the way it came to the true departure point."

"Who's the team leader?"

Kyp shrugged. "Not determined yet."

Corran's and Kyle's voices rose simultaneously: "Me."

Luke, thoughtful, finished incinerating the last of the flying bolts. He switched off Cilghal's lightsaber and tossed it over his shoulder. He heard it slap down into her big webbed hand. "What about your native guide? Someone to get you through the undercity, I'm guessing. Do you trust him?"

Kyp nodded.

"Not as far as I can throw her." That was Corran, his voice punctuated by zaps as Saba advanced on him, trying to bat his longer blade aside.

Kyp made a sour face. "Horn, you can't throw anybody any distance. With the Force, anyway. This calls your judgment into question."

"Her." Luke switched off his lightsaber. "Maybe I should meet her."

Kyp deactivated his own weapon. "She's one level down. I can have her come up if you want to meet her now."

Source: Legacy of the Force: Fury

Luke Skywalker considers Viun Gaalan to be a match for either Kyp or Kyle, indicating that they are in the same tier. He also muses that the three of them would be above the tier of a duelist such as Cilghal:

He was good; Luke gave him that. He might have been a match for an expert swordsmaster such as Kyp or Kyle Katarn. He would have been too much for a comparatively diffident duelist such as Cilghal, or even Luke as he had been back at Sinkhole Station, at low ebb in physical and mental strength.

Source: Fate of the Jedi: Backlash
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Zeus (God of War) Respect Thread

Respect Zeus, King of the Gods, and Ruler of Mount Olympus:

Strength

Zeus casually lifts up and throws down a severely injured Kratos:

When a severely injured Kratos tries to stop Zeus from stabbing him, Zeus overpowers the Ghost of Sparta:

Zeus punches Kratos and they both fly upward:

Zeus casually throws Pandora about twenty meters:

Zeus violently pushes back Kratos (a being of immensely superhuman physical strength) about ten meters:

Shapeshifting

Zeus can transform into an eagle and back:

Zeus becomes super-sized:

Levitation/Flight

Zeus jumps an incredible distance and continues to fly upward and maintain his levitation:

Zeus levitates:

Teleportation

Zeus banishes the Titans to Tartarus:

Zeus teleports instantly, vanishing from his previous location:

Energy Manipulation

Zeus creates a whirlwind and unleashes Lightning on it:

Zeus unleashes a wave of energy as he obliterates all the Spartans:

Zeus encases his fists in electricity to enhance the potency of his strikes:

In his super-sized form, Zeus unleashes a torrent of Lightning from his hand:

Zeus throws a thunderbolt, blasting Gaia off Mount Olympus and injuring her by nearly knocking off one of her hands:

Zeus unleashes repeated blasts of electricity into Gaia's heart, causing her to suffer pain:

Power/Divinity Bestowal/Removal/Manipulation

Zeus (in the form of an eagle) electrocutes Kratos and makes him mortal, causing him to shrink in size:

At the same time, Zeus animates a Colossus:

Prometheus reveals that Zeus made him mortal:

As punishment, he made me mortal and condemned me to be savagely consumed every day by this cursed bird, and then, with the fall of night, I am healed.

Source: God of War II

Astral Projection

Zeus projects his astral form, trapping Kratos inside his own psyche and forcing him to relieve his memories:

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Vergere Respect Thread

Respect Vergere:

"Everything I tell you is a lie. Every question I ask is a trick. You will find no truth in me."

Dark Rage/Protection/Speed

Dark Rage is a dark-sided power enabling a Jedi to enhance one's resolve and physical traits. Force Protection is the passive (and sometimes active) enhancement of a Force sensitive's durability to varying superhuman degrees. Force Speed is the passive (and sometimes active) enhancement of a Force sensitive's speed to varying superhuman degrees.

Vergere reacts to Force Lightning, deflecting it on her blade:

Jaina sneered at the creature, then raised her hand and loosed another bolt of Force lightning.

Anakin's lightsaber snapped to life in Vergere's hand and rose to intercept the attack. Then, eyes going wide, she turned and fled into the warren, the lit blade wagging behind her like a tail.

Source: The New Jedi Order: Star by Star

Vergere jumps to avoid blaster fire:

Four blaster bolts lanced down into the mortuary pit, but Zekk's hand crashed down across Jaina's barrel and her shot went wide, burning into the ground next to Vergere's feet. The creature was already jumping to one side, Anakin's lightsaber coming around smoothly, as though she actually knew how to use it - a notion that was dispelled when she let it slip from her hand and clatter bladeless to the ground.

Source: The New Jedi Order: Star by Star

Sever Force

Sever Force is a Force Power enabling one to cut another Force user off from the Force.

Vergere uses Sever Force on Jacen Solo:

"There are no Jedi here," she said, and made a gesture, eyeflick-swift. Inside Jacen's head, a swirl of interstellar gases fell in upon itself, kindling a protostar behind his eyes. The protostar swelled, gathering power, ramping up intensity until the light inside his skull washed away the woody glow of the chamber in which he hung. In the whited-out blaze, he heard Vergere's voice, cold and precise as the light of a distant quasar.

"I am your guide through the lands of the dead."

Beyond that, he heard and saw no more. A silent supernova erupted within Jacen's brain, and blasted away the universe. Seconds or centuries passed in oblivion. Consciousness swam back into him, and he opened his eyes to find himself still hanging in the Embrace of Pain, Vergere still standing below him, on her face the same alien facsimile of cheerful mockery.

Nothing had changed. Everything had changed. The universe was empty, now.

"What?..." Jacen croaked, his throat raw as though he'd spent days screaming in his sleep. "What have you done to me?..."

"You have no business with the Force, nor it with you. Let you have the Force? The idea!

It must be some kind of human thing... you mammals are so impulsive, so reckless: infants teething on a blaster. No, no, no, little Solo. The Force is much too dangerous for children.

A great deal more dangerous than those ridiculous lightsabers you all seem to like to wave about. So I took it away from you."

The emptiness of the universe howled inside his head. There was nothing out there. Only vast interstellar vacuum. All his training, all his talent, his gift, meant nothing to the limitlessly indifferent cosmos; the Force was only the ghost of a dream from which he had now awakened. Jaina... He thrust desperately into the bond that had always been there, seeking his sister, his twin; he poured his terror and loss into the void that yawned where that bond had always been.

Only silence. Only emptiness. Only lack.

Oh, Jaina Jaina, I'm sorry... With the Force-bond between them shattered, even Jaina would think he was dead. Would know he was dead.

"You.... there's no way.... you can't possibly..."

He barely recognized this tiny, lost-in-the-dark whisper as his own voice.

"But I have. Really, this Force business, you're better off without it. If you're a good boy, I'll give it back when you grow up."

...

Jacen Solo was once more swallowed by agony. Now there is no more Force for Jacen--no more cool breath of life and sanity, no more Jaina, no more life. Where Jacen is, there is only the white.

Source: The New Jedi Order: Traitor

Force Concealment

Force Concealment is a Force power enabling a Force user to mask their presence or alignment in the Force.

Vergere vanishes from Luke's Force senses, preventing him from detecting her through the Force despite him being able to clearly see her sitting across from him:

But what Luke could not detect was Vergere. She seemed to have vanished completely from his Force-awareness, even though he could plainly see her sitting on her stool across from him.

Source: The New Jedi Order: Destiny's Way

Mara Jade and Luke discuss how they cannot Sense anything about Vergere, except what she wants to be Sensed. As thus, she is practically invisible:

"She doesn't feel anything. She's practically invisible. We only sense what she wants us to sense."

Source: The New Jedi Order: Destiny's Way

Art of the Small

Art of the Small is an extremely esoteric Force power enabling a Force user to shrink their presence in the Force to microscopic sizes, allowing them to influence things on a molecular scale.

Vergere reveals that she can shrink her mind and Force-awareness so that her opponents cannot sense her much in the same way as they cannot find one molecule amidst billions of others. She reveals that in this way, she can rearrange molecules, taking them apart or building new ones:

"I call it making myself small. I narrow my focus bit by bit until it becomes, well, microscopic. Tiny. My mind and Force-awareness I shrank to an infinitesimal size. An enemy has the same chance of finding me as his chance of finding one molecule amid billions of others."

"Your tears," Luke said. "That's how you make your tears."

"Very good, young Master," Vergere said. "Yes. In that state I can rearrange molecules, take them apart, and build new ones bit by bit. I use my tears because they are convenient, but I can accomplish the same thing with other material."

"I know a Jedi healer, Cilghal, who would delight in this technique."

"I'll try to teach her, if you and she are willing. If I'm ever permitted to leave this place."

"You can teach without leaving this room," Luke reminded her.

A sly smile drifted across Vergere's face. "I can-but will I?"

Vergere gave one of her wheezing laughs, and popped a candy into her wide mouth.

Source: The New Jedi Order: Destiny's Way

As Vergere revealed, she could utilize Art of the Small to give her tears healing properties. She used these tears to save Mara Jade Skywalker's life:

Vergere had been involved in one of the Yuuzhan Vong's first efforts to assassinate the Jedi, but she had also been the one who had given their father the healing tears that had first put Mara's illness into remission. To this day, there remained disagreement over whether Vergere was a friend or foe of the Jedi, a mere pet of the assassin or an agent in her own right.

Source: The New Jedi Order: Star by Star

Force Ghost

Vergere appears as a Force Ghost to Jacen after her death:

"You chose with your heart. And you achieved your object, did you not? Your sister lives." She looked at him solemnly. "And I achieved my object as well. You are free to pursue your destiny."

Truth struck Jacen. He looked at Vergere in shock.

"I just realized," he said. "You're dead, aren't you?"

Source: The New Jedi Order: Destiny's Way
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Compilation of Kreia's Quotes

This is a compilation of quotes I decided to make for my favorite character, Kreia, as something of a send-off now that she is apart from the current canon. I may also do similar blogs for other EU characters whose quotes I find worth compiling.

Note: Just for reference, I will not be using the quote tags for the actual quotes (just to make the quotes easier to read), and all the quotes are from Kreia's single appearance in KotOR II.

"It is such a quiet thing, to fall. But far more terrible is to admit it."

"Know that there was once a Darth Traya. And that she cast aside that role, was exiled, and found a new purpose. But there must always be a Darth Traya, one that holds the knowledge of betrayal. Who has been betrayed in their heart, and will betray in turn."

"To be united by hatred is a fragile alliance at best."

"Direct action is not always the best way. It is a far greater victory to make another see through your eyes than to close theirs forever."

"Do not see every enemy as an enemy. See them instead as an ally, whether they know it or not."

"Apathy is death."

"Be careful of charity and kindness, lest you do more harm with open hands then a clenched fist."

"From such small things, from such critical points, the universe and its masses may be moved... that is why you must be careful in all that you do, and in every choice you make."

"If you are to truly understand, then you will need the contrast, not adherence to a single idea."

"Plans are fragile things, and life often dashes expectations to the ground."

"Nothing is impossible with the Force."

"A lightsaber - any weapon - only achieves worth in how it is wielded - in the effort, the struggle of one who holds it. Such a weapon does not make a Jedi or a Sith. And at times, it makes them much, much less than they are."

"And this is why a common soldier will never triumph against a Jedi. Your military 'tactics' are nothing compared to the Force."

"Take the greatest Jedi Knight, strip away the Force, and what remains? They rely on it, depend on it, more than they know. Watch as one tries to hold a blaster, as they try to hold a lightsaber, and you will see nothing more than a woman – or a man. A child."

"To believe in an ideal, is to be willing to betray it. It is something no Sith or Jedi has ever truly learned."

"Do you think I seek the death of all living things? There is no victory in such things. I do not want to win our war like this, little Jedi. When I win, I wish it to be because I was right, my teachings true."

"Oh, not to love is no crime, or so the Jedi believe. It is their code that kills life... their adherence to the will of the Force."

"It is not the destination that matters—it is the journey."

"Perhaps Revan never fell. The difference between a fall and a sacrifice is sometimes difficult, but I feel that Revan understood that difference, more than anyone knew. The galaxy would have fallen if Revan had not gone to war."

"If you seek to aid everyone that suffers in the galaxy, you will only weaken yourself... and weaken them. It is the internal struggles, when fought and won on their own, that yield the strongest rewards."

"It (the Force) is like a cloud, a mist that drifts from living creature to creature, set in motion by currents and eddies. It is the eye of the storm, the passions of all living things turned into energy, into a chorus. It is the rising swell at the end of life, the promise of new territories and new blood, the call of new mysteries in the dark."

"The Force is a powerful thing to wield... or deny."

"Ah, but at what point does the power the Force exerts submerge any attempt at choice, or free will?"

"It (the absence of the Force) is knowing what you want to say and never finding the words. It is a chorus, replaced with silence. Hearing teachings without meaning. It is like having a beloved pupil to whom you have shared everything, sacrificed everything, and then having them turn from you... and forget all you were."

"I cannot force you to listen to reason, only hope that you will grow past these infantile delusions of right and wrong."

"It is only through interaction, through decision and choice, through confrontation, physical or mental, that the Force can grow within you."

"When one relies on sight to perceive the world, it is like trying to stare at the galaxy through a crack in the door."

"No, you simply did not learn the lesson I sought to teach. That your strength is as meaningless as the strength of my hand."

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Brahma Respect Thread

Respect Brahma, the Creator:

Brahma is eternal and omnipotent:

All the scriptures say that creation is as eternal as the omnipotent Brahma, and in this age it is both manifest and unmanifest.

Source: The Fading Light of Advaita Acarya: Three Hagiographies

Brahma is eternal, perfect, omnipresent and formless:

Saccidananda Brahma is the infinite Isvara, proclaimed in scripture to be eternally perfect. The loveliness of his body is all-pervasive and formless, like the splendor of the one sun that pervades the universe.

Source: The Fading Light of Advaita Acarya: Three Hagiographies

Brahma is immutable, meaning he cannot be changed:

For this very reason Brahma is fixed in the Vedas as immutable.

Source: The Fading Light of Advaita Acarya: Three Hagiographies

Brahma is eternal, omniscient, omnipresent, eternally satisfied and pure, and free of nature/understanding/bliss:

The triad of attributes often mentioned in the later Verdanta, Existence, Thought and Bliss (sack-chid-ananda), does not occur as a formula in Sankara's writings, it is however anticipated by his definition of Brahma as "eternal, omniscient, omnipresent, eternally satisfied, eternally pure, intelligent, and free of nature, understanding and bliss.

Source: Brahma Knowledge

Brahma is omnipotent and omniscient. He is the cause of the universe's origin, maintenance and dissolution, as well as the cause of intelligence:

Brahma is the omnipotent and omniscient cause of the origin, maintenance and dissolution of the universe, the intelligence forming the Self or true ego of every being, of which the only possible predicates are absolute being and thought.

Source: Brahma Knowledge

Brahma is omnipresent, omniscient and omnipotent:

Borrowing heavily from the major Upanishads, the writers of the Gita continued to develop the tradition of the Purusha Sukta, which had already been refined into the mystical metaphysics of the omnipresent, omnipotent and omniscient Brahma, the doctrine of karma and the transmigration of the soul in the Upanishads.

Source: Class and Religion In Ancient India

Brahma's weapon, the Brahmastra, is said to be deadliest of weapons:

As described in a number of the Puranas, Brahmastra is considered to be the very deadliest of weapons.

Source: http://www.funonthenet.in/forums/index.php?topic=156860.0;wap2

As described in a number of the Puranas, it was considered the deadliest weapon. It was said that when the Brahmastra was discharged, there was neither a counter attack nor a defense that could stop it, except by Brahmadanda, a stick also created by Brahma. The Brahmastra never missed its mark and had to be used with very specific intent against an individual enemy or army, as the target would face complete annihilation.

Source: http://greatkarna.com/2013/06/29/ancient-weapons/

The Brahmastra is said to be more powerful than many other weapons, including those that can destroy creation itself:

There are numerous descriptions of weapons created by various demigods, such as the astras and presiding deities mentioned in part one of this review: Agneyastra, Brahmastra, Chakram, Garudastra, Kaumodaki, Narayanastra, Pashupata, Shiva Dhanush, Sudarshana Chakra, Trishul, Vaishnavastra, Varunastra, and Vayavastra. Among them, the Brahmastra is considered to be the most powerful of all.

Source: http://www.funonthenet.in/forums/index.php?topic=156860.0;wap2

Atomic and planetary explosions are insignificant compared to the Brahmastra:

: "When the rays of the two brahmastras combined, a great circle of fire, like the disc of the sun, covered all outer space and the whole firmament of planets."

Purport by Srila Prabhupada: "The heat created by the flash of a brahmastra resembles the fire exhibited in the sun globe at the time of cosmic annihilation. The radiation of atomic energy is very insignificant in comparison to the heat produced by a brahmastra. The atomic bomb explosion can at utmost blow up one globe, but the heat produced by the brahmastra can destroy the whole cosmic situation. The comparison is therefore made to the heat at the time of annihilation."

Source: http://www.funonthenet.in/forums/index.php?topic=156860.0;wap2

Brahma also created the Brahmashira, which is four times more powerful than the Brahmastra:

Brahma had created a weapon even more powerful than the Brahmastra, called the Brahmashira. The Brahmashira was never used in war, as it had four times more power than the Brahmastra, i.e. Fourth power square, as the name suggests, since Brahma has Four Heads.

Source: http://greatkarna.com/2013/06/29/ancient-weapons/

One day of Brahma is 4.32 billion human years. One night of Brahma is also 4.32 billion human years. Thus, Brahma's 100 years would be equivalent to 311. 04 trillion human years:

According to the Puranas (Vedic histories), there have been innumerable creations in the course of cyclical time. The basic unit of Vedic cyclical time is the day of Brahma, which lasts 4.32 billion years. The day of Brahma (also called a kalpa) is followed by a night of Brahma, also lasting 4.32 billion years. The cycle of days and nights of Brahma toes on for Brahma's lifetime of one hundred years (36,000 nights), equivalent to 311.04 trillion of our human years.

Source: http://www.forbiddenarcheology.com/bramma.htm

Brahma is self-created:

Since he created himself, he is called Svayambhu, born (bhu) by himself (svayam).

Source: Brahma Purana

Brahma created heaven and earth, and then the skies, directions, time, language and senses. After that, Brahma created seven sages, and then another sage and a god:

He then split the egg into two and created heaven and the earth from the two parts of the egg. Skies, directions, time, language and senses were created in both heaven and earth. From the powers of his mind, Brahma gave birth to seven great sages. Their names were Marichi, Atri, Angira, Pulastya, Pulaha, Kratu and Vashishtha. Brahma also created the god Rudra and the sage Sanatkumara.

Source: Brahma Purana

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Vishnu Respect Thread

Respect Vishnu, the Preserver:

Vishnu is omnipresent:

After being cursed, Bali realised his mistake and begged for forgiveness. Prahlada too had calmed down by that time and said- "Even though Lord Vishnu is omnipresent, I cursed you being under the influence of my ignorance. My words will certainly become true but don't lose heart. Go and take refuge in Sri Hari- the supreme protector. He will liberate you from all your sorrows." After saying this, Prahlada went on his pilgrimage.

Source: Vamana Purana

As Lord Vishnu is omnipresent, similarly his illusions are also omnipresent and known with different names like Lakshmi, Uma, Shakti and Chandi. These are the powers of Lord Vishnu. Some people identify these powers with the illusions created by the Lord whereas the sages regard them as nature."

Source: Narada Purana

One day, Hiranyakashipu pulled out his sword and said---'You say that Vishnu is omnipresent. Is he present in this pillar?' Having said like this he assaulted the pillar with his sword. Suddenly to his sheer amazement, Lord Vishnu manifested himself from that pillar in the form of Nrisimha.

Source: Padma Purana

'Salutations to that Lord Vishnu who is the originator of this universe. Salutations to the omnipresent Lord Vishnu who is revered by the sages. I take the refuge of Lord Vishnu who is also known by the names of Vishveshvar, Sri Hari and Sanatan Purusha.' This way, the elephant eulogised Lord Vishnu with great devotion.

Source: Vamana Purana

We salute that Lord Vishnu who is the originator of this universe and who pervades everywhere.

In the form of Vamana, Vishnu transforms from a dwarf-sized being to a giant. His first step covers the underworld and the earth, his second the heavens, and the third step causes him to hit the top of the universe:

Bashkali then requested Vamana to go ahead and measure the land by his three steps. Suddenly, Lord Vamana transformed his physique into a giant size. His first step reached the Surya-loka and his second step touched the Dhruva-loka. He hit the top of the universe with his third step as a result of which water poured down. The water got collected and came to be known as Vaishnavi river. But, the land had still not been measured and hence Lord Vamana reminded Bashkali of his vow and ultimately the helpless Bashkali surrendered to the will of Lord Vamana and sought his refuge. Lord Vamana blessed him and sent him to Patalloka.

Source: Padma Purana

Vishnu is the originator of the universe:

We salute that Lord Vishnu who is the originator of this universe and who pervades everywhere.

Source: Markandeya Purana

Vishnu is omnipotent, and every single living being originated from parts of him. As thus, only Vishnu can foster living beings on earth. He is an eternal god, creating and fostering it, and ultimately destroying it. His four parts are Brahma, the Creator, Prajapatis, Time itself, and all living beings:

All the gods, demons, human beings, animals, birds, reptiles, in fact every living being have originated from the parts of omnipotent Lord Vishnu. Hence nobody but Lord Vishnu has the capacity to foster all the living beings on earth. That eternal God creates the world fosters it and ultimately destroys it. Thus, the Lord has four parts in the form of this entire creation. One of His parts remains unmanifested as Brahma. Second part appears like Prajapatis. Time is His third part whereas all the living beings constitute His fourth part.

Source: Vishnu Purana

More confirmation that Vishnu is omnipotent:

Omnipotent supreme power of Lord Vishnu is nothing but the three Vedas.

Source: Vishnu Purana

Vishnu's Vaishnavastra cannot be countered or nullified except by itself or its creator (ie. Vishnu):

There is only one counter for Vaishnavastra ... which is itself.

i.e , the Vaishnavastra can be nullified only by itself, or by its creator (i.e Vishnu/Narayanan) (not the invoker)

Source: http://vharicharan.blogspot.com.au/2009/12/astras-2-vaishnavastra.html

Vishnu's Vaishnavastra is among the most powerful weapons in existence:

Lord Indrajit had in his possession three of the most powerful mythological weapons ever to be known. They are Brahmastra, Pasupatastra and the Vaishnavastra.

Source: http://www.storiesofgods.com/tag/vaishnavastra/

Vishnu's ultimate weapon, the Sudarshana Chakra, is the most powerful weapon, being more powerful than Brahma's Brahmastras and all other weapons including Shiva's Pashupatastra, Brahma's Brahmashira, and even Vishnu's own Narayanastra and Vaishnavastra:

This wheel which is accepted by the Personality of Godhead (Viṣṇu or Kṛṣṇa) as His personal weapon is the most powerful weapon, greater than the brahmāstras or similar other disastrous weapons.

Source: http://www.harekrsna.de/artikel/sudarsana-chakra.htm

Vishnu is again cited to be omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent, with the entire universe being within him:

Lord Shiva told us that he was meditating upon the omnipresent, omniscient and the omnipotent Vishnu - in whom the entire universe exists.

Source: Garuda Purana

Vishnu is the Supreme Being, the Lord of Worlds, and the eternal Supreme Soul. He is infallible, eternal, and always in his prime. Once again, he is omnipotent, omnipresent and omniscient:

He is the Supreme Being, the Lord of the Worlds and also the eternal Supreme Soul. His eternal form can be seen in the spiritual world, which is the supreme abode, called Vaikuntha, the place devoid of anxiety. He is infallible, eternal and always in the prime of juvenility. Vishnu is omnipotent, omnipresent and omniscient.

Source: http://www.mahabharata.com.pl/en/278/article/304

Vishnu is the supreme almighty and the source of all creations. He is the nurturer and annihilator of the world, and beyond birth and death:

Lord Vishnu is the supreme almighty and the source of all creations. He is the nurturer of this world and the annihilator as well. Though he is beyond the bondage of birth and death yet he takes incarnations to protect the world from the tyranny of sinners.

Source: Garuda Purana

Shiva is the lord of all deities, who controls all events that occur in the universe. The universe itself only exists due to Vishnu, who is its creator, nurturer and supreme annihilator. Matter itself is but nothing except a medium through which Vishnu manifests himself:

Dwelling on length about his power, Lord Vishnu told Shiva-- 'O Rudra! I am the lord of all the deities. I am the one who controls each and every event that occurs in the Universe. I am the one whom mortals worship with the desire of attaining salvation. The universe would have ceased to exist but for me. I am the creator, the nurturer as well as the supreme annihilator. I manifest myself in the sacred mantras as well as their meanings. People meditate on me. Matter is nothing but a medium through which I manifest myself.'

Source: Garuda Purana

Brahma (the Creator) himself prays, worships, and bows before Vishnu (under the form of Narayana) once he sees him in every dust particle, and he becomes dizzy. Brahma himself submits to Vishnu, claiming that nobody can know his omnipresent appearance:

Back there, when Brahma returned after hiding the cowherds and the cattle, he was stunned to see the cowherds and cattle as usual. Brahma was feeling dizzy when lord bestowed his grace on him. Brahma saw Narayana in every dust particle. Brahma therefore bowed his head at the feet of lord and said: "O lord, I submit before you. You can be won only with devotion and not by ego. No one can know your omnipresent appearance. Thus praying and worshipping lord Narayana, Brahma returned to his abode.

Source: Vishnu Purana

Another source indicates that Brahma himself is merely an aspect of Vishnu (again, known as Lord Narayana), who is spread throughout the entire universe, and who manifests himself in various abstract qualities like consciousness (such as Brahma). Even the deities are incapable of experiencing what a man can do by having total devotion to any of his incarnations::

Prithvi, who was listening to the tales narrated by Lord Varaha with rapt attention asked him whether it was possible for anybody to see Lord Narayan with his/her mortal eyes. Lord Varaha replied - "Lord Narayan has taken ten incarnations in various forms such as Matsya (fish), Kachchap (tortoise), Varaha (boar), Narsimha (half human and half lion), Vamana (dwarf), Parshurama, Rama, Krishna, Buddha and Kalki. The last incarnation, Kalki is yet to take place. A man can realize Lord Narayan by having total devotion in any one of the ten incarnations. Even the deities are incapable of this divine experience, what to say about humans. Lord Brahma is the manifestation of all the three qualities of Sri Hari and actually it is He (Sri Hari) who creates in the form of Lord Brahma. It is He who manifests himself in various natural forms like earth, water, fire, air and sky. It is He who manifests himself in various abstract qualities like consciousness. He is omnipresent and the whole universe is pervaded by him."

Source: Vahara Purana

Under a different name, Vishnu, still omnipresent, gifts another being with "divine vision" so that they can look upon his divine form:

Then he said--I am Narayana--the omnipresent lord. I am blessing you with 'divine vision' so that you can see my divine appearance.'

Source: Vahara Purana

Narayana is omnipresent, indescribable, and incomparable:

So they decided to enlighten him on the omnipresent nature of Narayan and said- 'What do you mean by pleasing Narayan? Can't you see two Narayans standing in front of you?' But Ashvashira was unamused and unconvinced so he replied- 'I don't deny that both of you possess supernatural powers and also that all your sins have destroyed on account of the virtues attained by doing penance. But, I don't believe your claim to be Narayan.Lord Narayan is the almighty God and the supreme deity. He holds a conch, a chakra and a mace in his hands. He wears pitambar and has Garuda as his mount. His glory is indescribable and incomparable.'

Source: Vahara Purana

All deities themselves praise Narayana (and are afraid of his present form), stating he is imperceivable and that he manifests himself in each and every particle in the universe. He is omnipresent and exists even when nothing else does:

All the deities then eulogized lord Matsya and requested him to regain his original form- "O Narayan- the imperceivable lord. You manifest yourself in each and every particle of this Universe. You are omnipresent and exist even during the time of deluge when nothing else exist. O Lord! We are scared of your present form."

Source: Vahara Purana
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Thor Respect Thread

Respect Thor, the God of Thunder:

Ragnar fears no god save for Thor, as no force, human or divine, could be reasonably compared to him:

He therefore feared the might of no supernatural prowess, save of the god Thor only, to the greatness of whose force nothing human or divine could fitly be compared.

Source: Gesta Danorum

Thor swings his club (hammer) Mjölnir, shattering all the interposing shields and armors. No man could resist the force of his blows and still live, and bodily masses are helpless:

However, Thor was swinging his club with marvellous might, and shattered all interposing shields, calling as loudly on his foes to attack him as upon his friends to back him up. No kind of armour withstood his onset, no man could receive his stroke and live. Whatsoever his blow fended off it crushed; neither shield nor helm endured the weight of its dint; no greatness of body or of strength could serve.

Source: Gesta Danorum

Thor is equated to Jove (Jupiter):

That they were identic with the classic gods he is inclined to believe, but his difficulty is that in the week-days we have Jove : Thor; Mercury : Woden; whereas it is perfectly well known that Mercury is Jove's son, and also that Woden is the father of Thor—a comic "embarras".

Source: Gesta Danorum

Thor's strength and prowess exceeds that of all living things:

For this reason must he be called Allfather: because he is father of all the gods and of men, and of all that was fulfilled of him and of his might. The Earth was his daughter and his wife; on her he begot the first son, which is Ása-Thor: strength and prowess attend him, wherewith he overcometh all living things.

Source: The Prose Edda: Gylfaginning

Thor lifts the Midgard Serpent (which coils around the world) almost to heaven:

"And again he said: 'It seemed to me not less noteworthy when thou didst lift up the cat; and to tell thee truly, then all were afraid who saw how thou didst lift one foot clear of the earth. That cat was not as it appeared to thee: it was the Midgard Serpent, which lies about all the land, and scarcely does its length suffice to encompass the earth with head and tail. So high didst thou stretch up thine arms that it was then but a little way more to heaven.

Source: The Prose Edda: Gylfaginning

Thor is the strongest of all the gods and men:

Then said Gangleri: "What are the names of the other Æsir, or what is their office, or what deeds of renown have they done?" Hárr answered: "Thor is the foremost of them, he that is called Thor of the Æsir, or Öku-Thor; he is strongest of all the gods and men.

Source: The Prose Edda: Gylfaginning

When Thor receives his hammer, Mjölnir, it is revealed that he can smite anything as hard as he so desires, and the hammer will not fail him. Thor can throw Mjölnir at anything, and it would strike without fail, never missing and never flying so far that it cannot return:

Then he gave the hammer to Thor, and said that Thor might smite as hard as he desired, whatsoever might be before him, and the hammer would not fail; and if he threw it at anything, it would never miss, and never fly so far as not to return to his hand; and if be desired, he might keep it in his sark, it was so small; but indeed it was a flaw in the hammer that the fore-haft was somewhat short.

Source: The Prose Edda: Skáldskaparmál

Thor's strength is so great it threatens the universe itself:

It seems obvious that Útgarða-Loki's giants were terrified for the same reason that Hymir was: Þórr's strength is great enough to threaten the very structures which hold the universe together.

Source: https://notendur.hi.is//eybjorn/ugm/hymir/hym24.html

When Thor strikes Jörmungandr with his hammer, the earth itself shrinks as icebergs resound and caverns howl from the force of the blow:

Drew up boldly

the mighty Thor

the worm with venom glistening,

up to the side;

with his hammer struck,

on his foul head's summit,

like a rock towering,

the wolf's own brother.

The icebergs resounded,

the caverns howled,

the old earth

shrank together:

at length the fish

back into the ocean sank.

Source: The Poetic Edda: Hymiskviða

Thor is the strongest of all gods and men, quelling all things quickly, with the hammer Mjölnir, the belt of strength Megingjörð (the best of all strength belts, which increases his strength by half), and iron gloves Járngreipr (which are required to handle Mjölnir):

The daughter and wife of Odin was Earth, and of her he got Thor, him followed strength and sturdiness, thereby quells he all things quick; the strongest of all gods and men, he has also three things of great price, the hammer Mjölnir, the best of strength belts, and when he girds that about him waxes his god strength one-half, and his iron gloves that he may not miss for holding his hammer’s haft.

Source: The Völsungasaga

He has also three things of great price: one is the hammer Mjöllnir, which the Rime-Giants and the Hill-Giants know, when it is raised on high; and that is no wonder, it has bruised many a skull among their fathers or their kinsmen. He has a second costly thing, best of all: the girdle of might; and when he clasps it about him, then the godlike strength within him is increased by half. Yet a third thing he has, in which there is much virtue: his iron gloves; he cannot do without them when he uses his hammer-shaft.

Source: The Prose Edda: Gylfaginning

Thor revives his two goats Tanngrisnir and Tanngnjóstr after slaughtering them for a meal:

Thor tarried there overnight; and in the interval before day he rose up and clothed himself, took the hammer Mjöllnir, swung it up, and hallowed the goat-hides; straightway the he-goats rose up, and then one of them was lame in a hind leg. Thor discovered this, and declared that the husbandman or his household could not have dealt wisely with the bones of the goat: be knew that the thighbone was broken.

Source: The Prose Edda: Gylfaginning

Thor unleashes his wrath, burning the skies, battering the ground with hail, and practically splitting apart the earth. Mountains shake and rocks smash and heaven burns as a result of Thor:

All the hawks’ sanctuaries (skies) found themselves burning because of Ull’s stepfather (Thor), and the ground all low was battered with hail, when the goats drew the temple-power (Thor) of the easy-chariot forward to the encounter with Hrungnir. Svolnir’s widow (Jord, earth) practically split apart. Baldr’s brother (Thor) did not spare there the greedy enemy of men (Hrungnir). Mountains shook and rocks smashed; heaven above burned. I have heard that the watcher (Hrungnir) of the dark bone (rock) of the land (sea) of Haki’s carriages (ships) moved violently in opposition when he saw his warlike slayer.

Source: The Ásatrú Edda: Sacred Lore of the North

Thor creates a star out of a toe by throwing it into the sky:

A toe was sticking out, so Thor broke it off and threw it up into the sky to make the star Aurvandilstá ("Aurvandil's Toe").

Source: Norse Mythology: A Guide to Gods, Heroes, Rituals, and Beliefs

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Atum and Amun Respect Thread

Atum

Respect Atum, God of the Sun, and Finisher of the World:

Atum's name is derived from "finish" in the Egyptian language. He is, as such, the finisher of the world, and he returns it to the waters of Nu (Chaos) at the end of the creation cycle. As a creator, he is the underlying substance of the world itself, with all the gods and things in the universe either being made of his flesh or being his soul:

Atum's name is thought to be derived from the word tem which means to complete or finish. Thus he has been interpreted as being the 'complete one' and also the finisher of the world, which he returns to watery chaos at the end of the creative cycle. As creator he was seen as the underlying substance of the world, the deities and all things being made of his flesh or alternatively being his ka.

Source: Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt

Atum is the creator and father of the king:

Atum is one of the most important and frequently mentioned deities from earliest times, as evidenced by his prominence in the Pyramid Texts, where he is portrayed as both a creator and father to the king.

Source: Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt

Atum, the first god, is self-created:

In the Heliopolitan creation myth, Atum was considered to be the first god, having created himself, sitting on amound (benben) (or identified with the mound itself), from the primordial waters (Nu).

Source: Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt

Atum was a self-created deity, the first being to emerge from the darkness and endless watery abyss that girdled the world before creation.

Source: Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt

Atum creates Shu (Wind) and Tefnut (Rain) by spitting them out of his mouth:

Early myths state that Atum created the god Shu and goddess Tefnut by spitting them out of his mouth.

Source: Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt

Atum lifts the souls of dead kings from their pyramids to the starry heavens:

In the Old Kingdom the Egyptians believed that Atum lifted the dead king's soul from his pyramid to the starry heavens.

Source: Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt

Atum is the god of pre-existence and post-existence. Khepri and Atum reflect the entire solar cycle by encompassing sunrise and sunset:

Atum is the god of pre-existence and post-existence. In the binary solar cycle, the serpentine Atum is contrasted with the ram-headed scarab Khepri — the young sun god, whose name is derived from the Egyptian hpr "to come into existence". Khepri-Atum encompassed sunrise and sunset, thus reflecting the entire solar cycle.

Source: Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt

Atum created all the gods and humans in his loneliness. In myths alternate to the aforementioned ones where he creates Shu (air) and Tefnut (moisture) through his spit, he creates them through his sneeze or his semen:

A product of the energy and matter contained in this chaos, he created divine and human beings through loneliness: alone in the universe, he produced from his own sneeze, or in some accounts, semen, Shu, the god of air, and Tefnut, the goddess of moisture.

Source: Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt

Atum's tears create the human race:

The brother and sister, and husband and wife curious about the primeval waters that surrounded them went to explore the waters and disappeared into the darkness. Unable to bear his loss, Atum sent a fiery messenger to find his children. The tears of joy he shed on their return were the first human beings.

Source: Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt

Atum can assume many forms:

Sometimes he also is shown as a serpent, the form which he returns to at the end of the creative cycle, and also occasionally as a mongoose, lion, bull, lizard, or ape.

Source: Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt

Atum-Ra

As Ra merges with Atum in myths, he is known as Atum-Ra, the first being and originator of the Ennead:

Through Atum, or as Atum-Ra he was also seen as the first being and the originator of the Ennead, consisting of Shu and Tefnut, Geb and Nut, Osiris, Set, Isis and Nephthys.

Source: Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt

An explanation of Atum and Ra's merging:

Atum-Ra (or Ra-Atum) was another composite deity formed from two completely separate deities, however Ra shared more similarities with Atum than with Amun. Atum was more closely linked with the sun, and was also a creator god of the Ennead. Both Ra and Atum were regarded as the father of the deities and pharaohs, and were widely worshiped. In older myths, Atum was the creator of Tefnut and Shu, and he was born from ocean Nun.

Source: Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt

Amun

Respect Amun, the hidden god of the wind:

Amun is possibly omniscient and omnipresent, transcending the limits of the world in ways other deities could not (for instance, the "cleverest of the gods", Isis, was not omniscient, and even creator gods such as Ra could not transcend the boundaries of their created universe):

Richard H. Wilkinson, however, argues that some texts from the late New Kingdom suggest that, as beliefs about the god Amun evolved, he was thought to approach omniscience and omnipresence and to transcend the limits of the world in a way that other deities did not.

Source: Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt

Amun created himself and then his surroundings:

It was thought that Amun created himself and then his surroundings.

Source: Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt

Amun is one of the primordial gods making up the Ogdoad. Along with his consort/aspect and female counterpart Amaunet, he is the primordial concept/embodiment of air and invisibility. As thus, he becomes a wind-deity whose name means "hidden":

Amun and Amaunet formed one quarter of the ancient Ogdoad of Hermopolis, representing the primordial concept or element of air or invisibility (corresponding to Shu in the Ennead), hence Amun's later function as a wind deity, and the name Amun (written imn, pronounced Amana in ancient Egyptian), meaning "hidden".

Source: Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt

Those who pray to Amun must first confess their sins, because Amun upholds Ma'at (Law/Justice):

Since he upheld Ma'at (truth, justice, and goodness), those who prayed to Amun were required first to demonstrate that they were worthy by confessing their sins.

Source: Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt

"[Amun] who comes at the voice of the poor in distress, who gives breath to him who is wretched..You are Amun, the Lord of the silent, who comes at the voice of the poor; when I call to you in my distress You come and rescue me...Though the servant was disposed to do evil, the Lord is disposed to forgive. The Lord of Thebes spends not a whole day in anger; His wrath passes in a moment; none remains. His breath comes back to us in mercy..May your ka be kind; may you forgive; It shall not happen again."

Source: Ancient Egyptian Literature: Volume II: The New Kingdom (trans. Miriam Lichtheim)

Amun is thought to be an aspect (the name used to hide the secret name) of a larger god together with Ra and Ptah. Amun is one of the three gods that all other gods are ultimately part of:

"All gods are three: Amun, Re and Ptah, whom none equals. He who hides his name as Amun, he appears to the face as Re, his body is Ptah."

Source: Of God and Gods

Amun-Min

Amun becomes associated as a god of fertility, merging with the goddess Min:

Since rams were considered a symbol of virility, Amun also became thought of as a fertility deity, and so started to absorb the identity of Min, becoming Amun-Min.

Source: Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt

Amun-Ra

Amun-Ra is the lord of truth, father of gods, maker of men, creator of all animals, creator of the staff of life, and lord of all things that are:

"Lord of truth, father of the gods, maker of men, creator of all animals, Lord of things that are, creator of the staff of life."

Source: Hymn to Amun-Ra

An explanation of Amun and Ra's merging. Amun-Ra is associated with both the sun and the wind (he can create via breath), and is the king of the gods:

Amun was a member of the Ogdoad, representing creation energies with Amaunet, a very early patron of Thebes. He was believed to create via breath, and thus was identified with the wind rather than the sun. As the cults of Amun and Ra became increasingly popular in Upper and Lower Egypt respectively they were combined to create Amun-Ra, a solar creator god. It is hard to distinguish exactly when this combination happened, but references to Amun-Ra appeared in pyramid texts as early as the fifth dynasty. The most common belief is that Amun-Ra was invented as a new state deity by the Theban rulers of the New Kingdom to unite worshipers of Amun with the older cult of Ra around the 18th dynasty.

Amun-Ra was given the official title "king of the gods" by worshippers, and images show the combined deity as a red-eyed man with a lion's head that had a surrounding solar disk.

Source: Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt

Amun-Ra (along with Osiris) was the most widely recorded of the Egyptian gods, and came to be identified as Zeus:

With Osiris, Amun-Ra is the most widely recorded of the Egyptian gods.

As the chief deity of the Egyptian Empire, Amun-Ra also came to be worshipped outside of Egypt, in Ancient Libya and Nubia, and as Zeus Ammon came to be identified with Zeus in Ancient Greece.

Source: Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt

Amun-Ra is transcendent, a self-created creator deity of the highest rank who was the champion of the poor and troubled:

Amun-Ra in this period (16th to 11th centuries BC) held the position of transcendental, self-created creator deity "par excellence", he was the champion of the poor or troubled and central to personal piety.

Source: Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt
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