Marka Ragnos Respect Thread

For my 100th blog, I will create a respect thread for a character I once had little admiration for, but one which I now admire greatly. Credit to I_Like_Swords for the scans and DarthAnt66 for Overseer Tremel's quote about the Beast of Marka Ragnos.

If you found this respect thread interesting, check out my Naga Sadow and Ludo Kressh respect threads.

Respect Marka Ragnos, Lord of all the Ancient Sith:

"The chains of the grave cannot hold a Dark Lord of the Sith…"

Power

Marka Ragnos is stated to be "the most powerful of the most powerful", placing him above the likes of Ludo Kressh and Naga Sadow:

Marka Ragnos ruled the galaxy with an iron fist. He was the Dark Lord of the Sith — the most powerful of the most powerful. But now he is dead.

Source: Tales of the Jedi: The Golden Age of the Sith 2: Funeral for a Dark Lord

Marka Ragnos is the greatest Dark Lord of the Sith in Old Republic times:

Meanwhile, on the far side of the galaxy, the Sith Empire has grown powerful through centuries of dark Force wielding and magic and the hundred-year rule of the greatest Dark Lord of the Sith, MARKA RAGNOS.

Source: Chronicles of the Old Republic

He is one of the most powerful and legendary Sith Lords in Old Republic history:

Sith acolytes spill blood and prove their strength in the mausoleums of history's most powerful and legendary Sith Lords.

Source: The Old Republic Encyclopedia

Marka Ragnos is one of the most powerful Sith Lords in history:

The most powerful Sith Lords possess a talent for the dark alchemy of the Sith. The Emperor, like Naga Sadow and Exar Kun long before him, became a master of manipulating the genetic building blocks of living creatures through the dark side.

Source: The Dark Side Sourcebook

Marka Ragnos is a master of the dark side of the Force:

The ruling Dark Lord of the Sith is a master of the dark side of the Force.

Source: Knights of the Old Republic Campaign Guide

Finally, a Sith Lord arose who exemplified the virtues of the Sith. Marka Ragnos was an imposing, merciless figure, a master of the Force and the arts of war.

Source: The Old Republic Encyclopedia

Ragnos's rule as a Dark Lord was marked by power, strength and strategy:

Strength, power and strategy marked the rule of Marka Ragnos.

Source: The Old Republic: Codex Entry: The Tomb of Marka Ragnos

Ragnos possesses a frightening grasp of the dark side of the Force:

Ragnos was a half-breed Sith, a warlord of tremendous physical power and a frightening grasp of the dark side of the Force.

Source: The Dark Side Sourcebook

Marka Ragnos possesses immense strength in the Force. The game dialogue files also show that Kreia is in awe of his power:

“Before you is the tomb of the great Sith Lord Marka Ragnos, a half-breed who possessed tremendous strength, both physically and in the Force."

Source: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords

Even when weakened, Marka Ragnos's spirit grants Tavion Axmis incredible power upon possessing her body:

Jedi student Jaden Korr confronted Axmis on Korriban, where she had used an ancient Sith artifact to reawaken the spirit of Marka Ragnos. Briefly possessed by Ragnos, Axmis wielded incredible power, yet she was still defeated by Korr.

Source: The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia

Marka Ragnos is repeatedly listed as a powerful Sith Lord:

Five thousand years before Emperor Palpatine ordered the construction of the first Death Star, the Sith Empire was ruled by a powerful Sith named Marka Ragnos, who held the exalted title Dark Lord of the Sith.

Source: The Dark Side Sourcebook

A powerful Dark Lord of the Sith who ruled the Sith Empire for over a century, until his death some 5,000 years before the battle of Yavin.

Source: The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia

The spirits of powerful Sith Lords such as Marka Ragnos, Freedon Nadd, and Karness Muur influenced galactic events and inspired others to do evil long after their physical deaths.

Source: The Old Republic Encyclopedia

Marka Ragnos is compared to the likes of Freedon Nadd and Karness Muur in Force power:

The spirits of powerful Sith Lords such as Marka Ragnos, Freedon Nadd, and Karness Muur influenced galactic events and inspired others to do evil long after their physical deaths.

Source: The Old Republic Encyclopedia

Ludo Kressh claims that Marka Ragnos can crush Naga Sadow:

"I am vindicated! The great Dark Lord has come to crush you for your sacrilege, Naga Sadow."

Source: Tales of the Jedi: The Golden Age of the Sith 2: Funeral for a Dark Lord

Marka Ragnos is so powerful that Ludo Kressh and Naga Sadow bow subserviently before his spirit:

Ragnos's mere appearance as a Force Ghost causes tremors in the Force that can be sensed by Odan-Urr, who promptly receives a nightmarish Force Vision of Ragnos and the Sith on Korriban:

Emperor Vitiate regards Marka Ragnos's spirit as powerful enough to pose a threat to him when he returns to the known galaxy:

The Emperor knew the spirits of the ancient Sith Lords could be a threat to his power when he returned to the known galaxy a century later…

Source: Timeline 7: Peace for the Republic?

Dark Rage/Force Protection/Speed

Dark Rage is a Force power that allows a dark sider to increase his strength, speed, resiliency, and resolve. 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.

Marka Ragnos's physical strength is immense, as with his strength in the Force:

“Before you is the tomb of the great Sith Lord Marka Ragnos, a half-breed who possessed tremendous strength, both physically and in the Force."

Source: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords

Marka Ragnos possesses tremendous physical power:

Five thousand years before Emperor Palpatine ordered the construction of the first Death Star, the Sith Empire was ruled by a powerful Sith named Marka Ragnos, who held the exalted title Dark Lord of the Sith. Ragnos was a half-breed Sith, a warlord of tremendous physical power and a frightening grasp of the dark side of the Force.

Source: The Dark Side Sourcebook

Ragnos's physical strength is such that he can beat his pet terentatek nightly bare-handed:

Left to guard the tomb serving as the resting place for its master, Marka Ragnos, the beast has dwelled in darkness for centuries. Legend tells that Ragnos beat his pet nightly, warping it with the Force until it was a creature of pure hate and anguish.

Source: The Old Republic: Codex Entry: The Beast of Marka Ragnos

Telekinesis

Telekinesis is a common Force ability than affords the user the ability to alter and distort reality around them.

Marka Ragnos's spirit is able to hurl back the likes of Darth Nox, even when the latter is strengthened by a nexus as potent as the likes of Yavin IV:

Drain

Force Drain is a Force power enabling one to siphon the life energies and Force energies of the target(s).

Ragnos is capable of siphoning the life energiess of others:

[Marka Ragnos is] able to draw life energy from living beings, gradually absorbing it [himself].

Source: The Dark Side Sourcebook

As a member of the ancient Sith, Ragnos mastered the ability to drain a being of its life force. It is additionally implied that Ragnos knew a ritual similar to the one the Sith Emperor used to devastate Nathema:

Through their focus on these elements of the Force, the Sith have developed terrifying powers, such as the ability to drain a being of its life force, or unleash their hatred as crackling bolts of energy. The Sith Emperor, history's most powerful dark side master, performed a ritual of incredible scope to consume the life energy of every being on his homeworld. Ancient Sith were also masters of these arts - Lord Naga Sadow was able to affect the stars themselves, and caused the red supergiant Primus Goluud to go nova.

Source: The Old Republic Encyclopedia

Lightning

Force Lightning is the ability to unleash deadly crackles of electrical energy that cause excruciating pain and weaken life.

Ragnos is able to unleash his hatred as "crackling bolts of energy", which is likely Force Lightning:

Through their focus on these elements of the Force, the Sith have developed terrifying powers, such as the ability to drain a being of its life force, or unleash their hatred as crackling bolts of energy. The Sith Emperor, history's most powerful dark side master, performed a ritual of incredible scope to consume the life energy of every being on his homeworld. Ancient Sith were also masters of these arts - Lord Naga Sadow was able to affect the stars themselves, and caused the red supergiant Primus Goluud to go nova.

Source: The Old Republic Encyclopedia

Force Sense

Force Sense is a basic power allowing Force sensitives to sense their surroundings, feel determine the thoughts or feelings of others, feel ripples in the Force signifying important events of the presence of the dark side, or even the future.

Marka Ragnos senses Vitiate's power and potential:

With all of Medriaas under his power, Tenebrae traveled to Korriban and met Sith lord Marka Ragnos, ruler of all Sith. Marka Ragnos recognized Tenebrae's incredible power and named the young boy Lord Vitiate.

Source: The Old Republic Encyclopedia

Farsight

Farsight is an extensive application of precognition which allows a Force user to gain distant glimpses of the past or future, or the present in another location in the galaxy.

Marka Ragnos foretells that Naga Sadow will usher in a new Golden Age of the Sith:

Someday he would usher in a new Sith golden age, just as Dark Lord Marka Ragnos had foretold.

Source: The Dark Side Sourcebook

Essence Transfer

Essence Transfer is a Force power enabling one to manipulate his essence or those of others, and transfer it into another body.

Marka Ragnos possesses Tavion Axmis, overriding her conscious willpower and identity:

Force Corruption

Force Corruption is a dark-sided variant of telepathy that involves corrupting the mind and will of others to serve the user, often tainting them with the dark side. This can be applied on individuals, but also on locations, corrupting and tainting entire environments, eventually turning them into nexuses of dark side energy.

Despite Ragnos not being at full power, he was so powerful that Tavion Axmis's body proved too weak to withstand his corruption, resulting in her body being disintegrated upon Ragnos's spirit leaving:

“Dead. Ragnos had possessed her. Her body couldn’t withstand the corruption. When I destroyed the scepter and Ragnos left her body, there was nothing left.”

Source: Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy

Force Ghost

Force Ghost is an esoteric technique allowing one to maintain their identity and consciousness in the afterlife in the form of a spirit, which allows them to influence the material world without being a physical entity.

Marka Ragnos learnt the Force Ghost technique, enabling him to manifest himself before many of his successors:

In the Golden Age of the Sith, dark side spirits such as the ghost of Sith Lord Marka Ragnos regularly advised and threatened their successors.

Source: The Dark Side Sourcebook

The spirits of powerful Sith Lords such as Marka Ragnos, Freedon Nadd, and Karness Muur influenced galactic events and inspired others to do evil long after their physical deaths.

Source: The Old Republic Encyclopedia

Marka Ragnos first appears as a Force Ghost during his funeral, interrupting Naga Sadow and Ludo Kressh's duel for dominance, and they both bow subserviently to Ragnos:

Soon after his demise, his ghostly visage appeared before Ludo Kressh and Naga Sadow, who were engaged in a duel to determine who would succeed Ragnos; the spirit urged the two aspiring Dark Lords to make peace in order to advance the Empire.

Source: The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia

Dark Lord of the Sith Marka Ragnos, for example, appeared to two Sith Lords battling for his throne Ludo Kressh and Naga Sadow-and warned them to fight the right battles lest the Sith Empire fall.

Source: The Dark Side Sourcebook

Their combat was fierce but short for the spirit of Marka Ragnos appeared to them, telling them of their ancient ties to the Republic and the Jedi Knights and warning them to make their decisions for the future wisely.

Source: The Dark Side Sourcebook

Ragnos's emergence as a Force Ghost also creates tremors in the Force, causing Odan-Urr to simultaneously receive a Force Vision of the event:

The shade of Marka Ragnos appears a millennium later before Exar Kun and Ulic Qel-Droma, interrupting their duel to bestow the mark of a Dark Lord on Exar Kun, and to decree Qel-Droma as his apprentice. The power bestowed upon them is greater than anything Alema Keto has to offer:

Their battle might have gone on for hours but for the macabre manifestation of a host of Sith spirits, led by the shade of Marka Ragnos. Ragnos told Ulic and Exar Kun that they would restore the Sith Empire to its former glory, proclaiming Exar Kun the new Dark Lord of the Sith, and Ulic Qel-Droma his first apprentice.

Source: The Dark Side Sourcebook

He and Ulic fought for supremacy, but their battle was cut short by the appearance of a group of Sith spirits led by none other than Marka Ragnos-Naga Sadow's predecessor. Ragnos declared that Exar Kun would be the new Dark Lord of the Sith, and that Ulic Qel-Droma would be his first apprentice.

Source: The Dark Side Sourcebook

Both Kun and the corrupted Jedi Ulic Qel-Droma were made Sith Lords by the thousand-year-old spirit of Marka Ragnos, who ruled as Dark Lord of the Sith before Sadow or Kressh.

Source: The Dark Side Sourcebook

A thousand years later, the spirit of Marka Ragnos and several other Sith Lords appeared before Ulic Qel-Droma and Exar Kun during the Great Sith War. Ragnos, the reigning Dark Lord of the Sith, bestowed the prestigious title upon Kun, while Qel-Droma was chosen to be Kun’s first and foremost apprentice. The ephemeral form of Ragnos emblazoned marks of the Sith on their foreheads.

Source: The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia

Ragnos's spirit unleashes a burst of dark side power that, upon touching the player character, both knocks them back and leaves an echo of that power within them. This echo of power proves to be a necessary in order to harm the Ancient Threat:

You have been touched by the Force and an echo of that power remains within you.

Source: The Old Republic: Shadow of Revan

Marka Ragnos's apparition emerges before Darth Plagueis and challenges his claim to the title of Dark Lord of the Sith. The apparition then vanishes, leading Plagueis to believe that it simply played out in his head:

I was ready to conclude that the tales are merely diversions for the credulous, but as I boarded my ship in the Valley of the Dark Lords, I beheld a vision of the Sith Lord Marka Ragnos. The apparition challenged my claim to the Sith title and railed against my plan to dismantle the traditions of Korriban. But the vision of Ragnos would not answer my questions nor my delineated inquiries. He snarled and disappeared in a whirl of smoke. It is possible that the entire episode simply played out in my mind.

Source: Book of Sith: Secrets from the Dark Side

Sith Sorcery

Sith Sorcery or Sith Magic is a Force-oriented practice that involves a wide spectrum of arcane and esoteric powers.

Marka Ragnos can channel the spirits of deceased Sith Lords to supplement his own power, but at the risk of becoming their puppet (however, he was evidently able to prevent this from being the case):

[Marka Ragnos has] the ability to channel the spirits of deceased Sith lords, using their power to supplement [his] own - but at the risk of becoming their puppet.

Source: The Dark Side Sourcebook

Enchanted with dark side sorcery, Marka Ragnos's gauntlets pulse with dark power:

Ancient but still intact, these gloves appear to be made of black scales; they pulse with a dark power.

Source: Knights of the Old Republic

Marka Ragnos possesses numerous powerful dark artifacts:

Sith Lords such as Tulak Hord and Marka Ragnos were entombed within, along with their powerful dark artifacts - protected by vicious traps and deadly guardians.

Source: The Old Republic Encyclopedia

Marka Ragnos enchanted a talisman with Sith Sorcery such that those who touched it immediately suffered extensive migraines (likely causing insanity to those too weak to resist it) and were then flung into the air. As the player character who touches the talisman can be Darth Nox, this is a remarkably impressive feat:

Marka Ragnos created and enchanted the weapon known as the Scepter of Marka Ragnos, an immensely powerful artifact of dark side energy. The Scepter is able to siphon entire Force nexuses:

"But the area around the temple felt strange, like its dark side aura was gone.”

Source: Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy

“The Disciples of Ragnos are getting bold. They’ve managed to siphon Force energy from every site that was mentioned in my journal. We still don’t know what it is they’re planning to do with the energy though.”

Source: Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy

Subsequently, it can be used to empower other beings, including non-Force sensitive individuals, with dark power. However, when the Scepter is destroyed, those individuals lose all their newfound power:

“If the scepter can store the Force, maybe it can release it too. Tavion could be using it to empower her followers.”

Source: Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy

“It seems they lost their powers when the scepter was destroyed.”

Source: Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy

The Scepter is considered too powerful to be left intact:

“But the scepter is too powerful. We must find Jaden and destroy it.”

Source: Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy

The Scepter is more powerful than Tavion Axmis herself:

“The scepter of Ragnos is too powerful to be left in the hands of someone as weak as Tavion.”

Source: Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy

A single blast from the Scepter can easily blow a hole in a thick stone wall:

Tavion Axmis is able to use the Scepter to resurrect the spirit of Marka Ragnos:

In the dark side version of the game, the Scepter also incapacitates Kyle with a single burst, then collapses a mass of boulders onto him:

Sith Alchemy

Sith Alchemy is a Force-oriented practice allowing one to alter physical features of himself or other living beings.

Marka Ragnos alchemically twisted his pet terentatek into a creature of the dark side, known as a Sithspawn. Its strength is such that the strongest Sith can feel its presence, which unnerves them:

Known as the beast of Marka Ragnos, this ferocious terentatek was warped into a Sithspawn eons ago by Marka Ragnos.

Source: The Old Republic Encyclopedia

Left to guard the tomb serving as the resting place for its master, Marka Ragnos, the beast has dwelled in darkness for centuries. Legend tells that Ragnos beat his pet nightly, warping it with the Force until it was a creature of pure hate and anguish. Starved for unthinkable periods of time and then fed only blood, it is said to be filled with an unquenchable thirst for more. Since the death of its master and its seclusion in the tomb, no one has seen the beast and lived to tell the tale. But the strongest Sith can feel its unnerving presence.

Source: The Old Republic: Codex Entry: The Beast of Marka Ragnos

The Beast is so powerful it is in fact a nexus of dark side energy (considered great even on Korriban, where there are numerous tombs of ancient Dark Lords), and its death causes a tremor in the Force that Darth Baras is able to sense:

"The beast of Marka Ragnos was a great source of dark energy here on Korriban. When it was slain, there was a tremor in the Force. Darth Baras felt that termor and has become aware of you. He demands an audience."

Source: The Old Republic

Combat Skill

Marka Ragnos is a master of the arts of war:

Finally, a Sith Lord arose who exemplified the virtues of the Sith. Marka Ragnos was an imposing, merciless figure, a master of the Force and the arts of war.

Source: The Old Republic Encyclopedia

He is adept at blocking incoming attacks with his blade:

[Marka Ragnos is] adept at blocking incoming attacks with an alchemically sharpened Sith sword.

Source: The Dark Side Sourcebook

Sith Juggernauts of Vitiate's Sith Empire follow the teachings of Marka Ragnos, highlighting the fact that his skills as a swordfighter were renowned, even millennia after his death:

A stalwart defender of the Sith Empire, the Juggernaut embodies the teachings of Marka Ragnos, charging into enemies with heavy armor and pure rage.

Source: http://www.swtor.com/holonet/classes/sith-warrior/juggernaut

Marka Ragnos is among the ancient Sith Lords, whom Kreia claims are vastly superior swordfighters to the Jedi and Sith of her age. Specifically, she claimed that the Exile (at the time, at least) and herself were "children playing with toys compared to the prowess of the old masters". Chris Avellone, lead writer of KotOR II, has confirmed the authenticity of this quote and that "Kreia's predictions were accurate":

"If you were to face an ancient Sith Lord in combat, you would learn that we are as children playing with toys compared to the prowess of the old masters."

Source: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords

Tactical Intellect/Cunning

Strategy marked Marka Ragnos's rule, as he pitted his competitors against each other to eliminate them before they could challenge him:

Strength, power and strategy marked the rule of Marka Ragnos. Descended from the original Sith inhabitants of Korriban and the Dark Jedi exiles who interbred with them, Marka Ragnos was destined for greatness. He conquered his competitors in a series of quick, ruthless campaigns and became Dark Lord of all Sith, a title he would hold for more than a century. The reign of Marka Ragnos might have been short-lived had he not displayed great strategic discipline. Instead of clashing directly with Sith challengers who hungered for his power, he pitted his enemies against each other to weaken and destroy them.

Source: The Old Republic: Codex Entry: The Tomb of Marka Ragnos

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Naga Sadow Respect Thread

Naga Sadow is one of my favorite Sith and an interesting character. He's generally simply regarded as featless or too ambiguous to be used in the battle threads, and this thread will be dedicated to disproving such a notion. If you found this respect thread interesting, check out my Marka Ragnos and Ludo Kressh respect threads. Credit to I_Like_Swords for the scans.

Respect Naga Sadow:

"Here in my Meditation Chamber I can see the galaxy in my mind's eye…I can visualize vast armies, powerful fleets, invincible warriors…and with Sith arts, my imagination can make them real!"

Power

Naga Sadow possesses awesome Force power:

The sphere allowed him to control and focus his awesome powers throughout the chaotic battles that followed his invasion of the Old Republic.

Source: StarWars.com

Naga Sadow was one of the most powerful Sith Lords of the Old Republic era:

Their goal was to investigate the final resting place of Naga Sadow – one of the most powerful Sith Lords who ever lived.

Source: Timeline 7: Peace for the Republic?

Sith acolytes spill blood and prove their strength in the mausoleums of history's most powerful and legendary Sith Lords.

Source: The Old Republic Encyclopedia

Naga Sadow is one of the most powerful Sith Lords in history:

The most powerful Sith Lords possess a talent for the dark alchemy of the Sith. The Emperor, like Naga Sadow and Exar Kun long before him, became a master of manipulating the genetic building blocks of living creatures through the dark side.

Source: The Dark Side Sourcebook

Naga Sadow is continually listed as a powerful Sith Lord:

Powerful Sith Lords Naga Sadow and Ludo Kressh battle for the right to rule the Sith Empire on Korriban more than a millennium ago.

Source: The Old Republic Encyclopedia

The Sith Lord Naga Sadow was a powerful sorcerer and a cunning strategist, who lived on Korriban before the rise of the Emperor more than a thousand years ago.

Source: The Old Republic Encyclopedia

When Marka Ragnos, the Dark Lord of the Sith, finally expired after a century of iron-fisted rule, two powerful Sith Lords were in a position to claim his title as supreme ruler of the Sith Empire.

Source: The Dark Side Sourcebook

Factions have arisen, and two powerful Sith Lords vie for control of the stagnating Empire. Naga Sadow and Ludo Kressh, rivals for the coveted title of Dark Lord of the Sith, gather supporters and prepare to launch a civil war that could very well destroy the Empire.

Source: The Dark Side Sourcebook

Naga Sadow is, along with Ludo Kressh, the strongest of the Sith Lords who attempted to gain power after Marka Ragnos's death, despite the fact that all of the Sith Lords were powerful:

Many powerful Sith seek to gain control of the Empire. The strongest of these are Ludo Kressh and Naga Sadow, who both command impressive bands of followers from among the Sith.

Source: The Dark Side Sourcebook

Various other Sith Lords regard Naga Sadow as the strongest of the Sith Lords after Marka Ragnos's demise:

"The strongest of the Sith Lords! The bloodline is strong in Naga Sadow!"

Upon becoming the Dark Lord, Sadow becomes the most powerful being in the entire galaxy, and used this power to corrupt Gav Daragon:

Sadow underwent the ancient ritual to become the new Dark Lord of the Sith. On Ziost, he was exposed to the ancient Dark Force of the Sith, gaining power unmatched by any in the whole galaxy.

Using this new power, Sadow quickly corrupted Gav Daragon, teaching him some ways of the Sith while at the same time gleaning all of his knowledge about the Old Republic.

Source: Galaxy Guide 14: Dark Side

Naga Sadow's mere presence was so powerful it imbued his personal weapons with a taint of the dark side. This included his Sith sword, which became so tainted by Sadow's dark presence that it became a poisoned sword:

The mere presence of Dark Lord Naga Sadow would come to imbue his personal weapons with the taint he carried, poisoned as his spirit was.

Source: Knights of the Old Republic

Uthar Wynn claims that Naga Sadow is the greatest of the ancient Sith Lords whose tombs were on Korriban:

"It is a tomb that belonged to an ancient Sith Lord... the greatest of Korriban's Sith Lords, in fact."

Source: Knights of the Old Republic

Naga Sadow is regarded as a great and powerful Sith Lord by Darth Bane, and is compared to Exar Kun and Darth Revan:

Naga Sadow, Exar Kun, Darth Revan: each had been powerful.

Source: Path of Destruction

"I’m sorry for abandoning you," he said softly. "I was blinded by dreams of past glory. Naga Sadow, Exar Kun, Darth Revan-I lusted after the power of the great Dark Lords of the past."

Source: Path of Destruction

Sadow is so powerful that he leaves behind dark side energies in his tomb, over a millennium after his death. Most impressive is the fact that over a thousand years later, these lingering dark energies are still capable of driving Barel Ovair half-insane. Ovair is powerful enough to conceal his dark side presence and Sith heritage from the Jedi Order, and stand in the Jedi Council Chamber with his dark self undetected:

There, they encountered the dark energies still lingering in Naga Sadow’s tomb.

Source: Timeline 7: Peace for the Republic?

Weeks later, Master Ovair returned to the Jedi temple on Coruscant alone, wounded and half-insane from the tortures he had endured. After a lengthy recovery, Master Ovair told a tale of the horrors he faced, and of Gynt’s tragic death.

Source: Timeline 7: Peace for the Republic?

When possessed by Naga Sadow, Eison Gynt is stated to have obtained formidable borrowed powers:

Gynt’s borrowed powers were formidable, but Master Ovair won the day.

Source: Timeline 7: Peace for the Republic?

Emperor Vitiate regards Naga Sadow's spirit as powerful enough to pose a threat to him when he returns to the known galaxy:

The Emperor knew the spirits of the ancient Sith Lords could be a threat to his power when he returned to the known galaxy a century later…

Source: Timeline 7: Peace for the Republic?

Sadow is one of the most notable Sith Inquisitors in history:

A description of Inquisitors, among which Naga Sadow was one of the most prominent:

To be a Sith requires strength, confidence and sheer power. But to become a Sith inquisitor, one must embrace the dark side and wield its destructive power with unparalleled cunning. While other Sith might fight among themselves, inquisitors survey the battlefield, devise sinister plans to seize power, and manipulate their enemies into warring with each other. Masters of political scheming, backstabbing, and deceit, inquisitors play a deadly sparring match for power and influence. And when politics fail, inquisitors stride into battle and humble all who oppose them with dreadful, awe-inspiring displays of dark side sorcery.

Source: The Old Republic Encyclopedia

The Empire is ruled, dominated and manipulated by Sith inquisitors. Those who refuse to worship or obey are broken by these masters of the dark side.

Source: The Old Republic Encyclopedia

Dark Rage/Force Protection/Speed

Dark Rage is a Force power that allows a dark sider to increase his strength, speed, resiliency, and resolve. 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.

Sadow is implied to have been capable of dual-wielding. As Sith in his day wielded heavy Sith Swords rather than lightsabers, being able to wield two at once, one in each hand, is a fairly respectable demonstration of physical strength:

Entrusted with the task of destroying the Empire’s enemies, the dual-wielding Marauder embodies the teachings of Naga Sadow. Never hesitating, never faltering, there is no swifter bringer of pain in the galaxy.

Source: http://www.swtor.com/holonet/classes/sith-warrior/marauder

The swords are heavy and require two hands to wield, except for the most mammoth of the Massassi, who can handle them with one hand.

Source: Book of Sith: Secrets from the Dark Side

Ludo Kressh was capable of shattering a Sith sword by smashing it onto a surface. Because Sith swords are durable enough to withstand lightsaber strikes without fracturing or breaking, this is an impressive feat. Naga Sadow displayed the ability to clash blades with Ludo Kressh with equal force:

Sadow generates afterimages of his Sith Sword:

Naga Sadow displays impressive pain tolerance when being christened as the new Dark Lord of the Sith, resisting the bites of various Sith insects:

Force Knowledge

Naga Sadow possessed tremendous knowledge of the Force, the dark side, and Sith sorcery.

Sadow possesses knowledge of all Force powers ever displayed by Jedi or Sith during Tales of the Jedi, as well as all Force powers presented in supplementary Tales of the Jedi sources. In addition to this, he possesses even more knowledge, hidden in ancient holocrons and tomes.

Naga Sadow has knowledge of all Jedi and Sith Force powers presented within ToTJ as well as those abilities still hidden in ancient Holocrons and tomes.

Source: Galaxy Guide 14: Dark Side

Kun used one of Naga Sadow's many ancient techniques to steal the life force of every Massassi warrior at his disposal in order to become one with the Dark Side. This shows that Sadow also knew this technique and more:

There, where he first won their loyalty by slaying the wyrm, Kun used Sadow's ancient techniques and the life energy of every Massassi to leave his body and become one with the dark side. In the end, the Massassi died exactly as they lived, in absolute and unquestioning service to evil.

Source: The Dark Side Sourcebook

Sadow possesses knowledge unmatched by any other in the galaxy, knowledge that was never found by Jedi Shadows or the Jedi Council:

He was forever tainted by the Dark Side...Freedon Nadd had given him the knowledge unmatched by any in the galaxy. Knowledge the Jedi Council was unable to uncover... Knowledge the Jedi Shadows never found... knowledge of the last great Dark Lord of the Sith...NAGA SADOW.

Source: Galaxy Guide 14: Dark Side

Additional sources confirm Sadow's knowledge stretched far beyond that of the Jedi's understanding:

"Freedon Nadd said that Naga Sadow was a Sith alchemist…he knew secrets beyond the powers of the Jedi."

Source: Tales of the Jedi: Dark Lords of the Sith: Death of a Dark Jedi

Sadow showed him the dark side of the Force and taught him skills the other Jedi Knights had not seen in centuries. With these new powers and weapons, Nadd left Yavin 4 and traveled to the primitive planet of Onderon.

Source: The Dark Side Sourcebook

Sadow had such vast knowledge and such a vast amount of Sith artifacts that he required numerous treasure vaults in order to house them all:

Awakening Sadow's dark spirit, Freedon Nadd learned all that he could about Sith sorcery, plundering Sadow's treasure vaults for whatever Sith artifacts and teachings he could haul away.

Source: The Dark Side Sourcebook

Telekinesis

Telekinesis is a common Force ability than affords the user the ability to alter and distort reality around them.

Naga Sadow hurls a brick at Ludo Kressh's head as they duel, knocking him down and causing his head to bleed later:

Sadow's spirit is able to unleash a wave of dark power which sends the player character in The Old Republic flying. As this character can include Darth Nox, a very respectably powerful Force user, this is a rather impressive display of Force power:

Telepathy

Telepathy is the power to sense, communicate and manipulate thoughts.

Naga Sadow can control the minds of others:

Force Corruption

Force Corruption is a dark-sided variant of telepathy that involves corrupting the mind and will of others to serve the user, often tainting them with the dark side. This can be applied on individuals, but also on locations, corrupting and tainting entire environments, eventually turning them into nexuses of dark side energy.

Sadow corrupts Gav Daragon, luring him to the dark side:

Using this new power, Sadow quickly corrupted Gav Daragon, teaching him some ways of the Sith while at the same time gleaning all of his knowledge about the Old Republic.

Source: Galaxy Guide 14: Dark Side

Gav Daragon was drawn by Sadow to the Dark Side, while Kressh began to amass a force to crush Sadow, whom he suspected as the mastermind behind the prisoners' escape.

Source: Chronicles of the Old Republic

Sadow corrupts various Jedi who visit his tomb over the years, including Freedon Nadd:

Naga Sadow’s spirit, however, survived to pass on Sith teachings, planting the seed of corruption among his Jedi enemies.

Source: The Old Republic: Codex Entry: Tomb of Naga Sadow

Sadow is also partly the reason for Yavin IV becoming an immensely powerful dark side nexus over the millennia:

For well over a thousand years now, the dark side of the Force has flowed through Yavin 4 in an ever-increasing magnitude.

Source: The Old Republic: Codex Entry: Yavin IV

The first corruption of Yavin’s fourth moon by the dark side that we know of corresponds with the arrival of Dark Lord Naga Sadow some fourteen hundred years ago. I’m not entirely sure whether Sadow was drawn here by the dark side or if he himself planted the first seed of its presence.

Source: The Old Republic: Codex Entry: The Dark Legacy of Yavin 4: Part 1

Sadow focuses great dark side energies through the temples constructed by his Massassi servants, creating numerous nexuses of dark side energy that would be manipulated by shamanistic dark side priests in the future:

There, his Massassi crew helped build stone temples to focus the energies of the dark side (conveniently hiding Sadow's Sith battleship).

Source: The Dark Side Sourcebook

In reverent tribute, shamanistic dark side priests manipulated the residual energies of Sadow's temples.

Source: The Dark Side Sourcebook

The Massassi built huge temples of ancient Sith design to focus great dark side energies.

Source: The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia

Freedon Nadd himself regards the dark side energies there as "great", and great enough for him to manifest as a dark side spirit:

"Great power is locked in these temples."

Source: Tales of the Jedi: Dark Lords of the Sith

The dark side energies lingering within the temples is referred to as tremendous:

Tremendous energies are concentrated in these half-ruined temples.

Source: Tales of the Jedi: Dark Lords of the Sith 4: Death of a Dark Jedi

These dark side nexuses were so powerful that they allowed Exar Kun to maintain his identity after he ascended to spiritual form:

Exar Kun-who didn't technically die so much as merge with the dark side and retain his identity-resisted the dissolution of his spirit by drawing on the remarkable focusing energies of the Massassi temples on Yavin 4.

Source: The Dark Side Sourcebook

Sadow's physical death at the hands of Freedon Nadd served to further imbue his temples with even greater dark side power:

And just as Nadd killed his lord Sadow, Kun destroyed Nadd’s spirit here on Yavin 4. These notable deaths likely served to further imbue the moon’s temples with dark power, further fueling the barbaric Massassi–as well as the succession of Dark Lords who would later reside here.

Source: The Old Republic: Codex Entry: The Dark Legacy of Yavin 4: Part 3

Barel Ovair is driven half-insane either from lingering in the presence of Naga Sadow's tomb's dark side energies for a protracted amount of time, or by direct intervention from Sadow himself:

There, they encountered the dark energies still lingering in Naga Sadow’s tomb.

Source: Timeline 7: Peace for the Republic?

Weeks later, Master Ovair returned to the Jedi temple on Coruscant alone, wounded and half-insane from the tortures he had endured. After a lengthy recovery, Master Ovair told a tale of the horrors he faced, and of Gynt’s tragic death.

Source: Timeline 7: Peace for the Republic?

Millennia after Sadow's death, and after Yavin IV was inhabited by various other Dark Lords who also perished, Satele Shan claims that the dark side permeates everything on the moon, and that the power of the nexus on Yavin IV was "on another level entirely" compared to Oricon, which has been described as "immeasurably strong in the dark side":

"The dark side permeates everything here. Saturates it. I've been to Oricon, this is another level entirely."

Source: The Old Republic: Shadow of Revan

Located in an unremarkable system well off the Hydian Way, Oricon seems an almost arbitrary choice for the Dread Masters’ home. But anyone with an affinity for the Force can sense that the rocky Outer Rim moon is immeasurably strong with the dark side.

Source: The Old Republic: Codex Entry: Oricon

Illusion

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), or create actual apparitions.

Sadow is a master of Force Illusions:

Even with his mastery of Force illusions, the Republic outmatched the Sith.

Source: The Old Republic: Codex Entry: Tomb of Naga Sadow

While in his Meditation Sphere, Naga Sadow uses Battle Meditation to strengthen Sith forces whilst simultaneously summoning illusory armies, so realistic that they cannot be discerned by the Jedi:

While Imperial fleets attacked Republic forces on multiple fronts, Sadow orchestrated the attack from his meditation sphere over the Star Primus Goluud. His powerful battle meditation strengthened Imperial forces. Sadow also used the Force to create illusions, bolstering the Empire’s fleets with imaginary numbers of unstoppable magnitude. The Republic despaired and scrambled to defend itself against the unexpected onslaught.

Source: The Old Republic: Encyclopedia

He used a meditation sphere, a rare form of starship infused with Sith technology, to project illusions of terrifying monsters and endless armies into the minds of his enemies.

Source: The Old Republic Encyclopedia

Battle Meditation

Battle Meditation is a power enabling an individual to boost the morale and physical performance of his allies, erode enemies' wills to fight and hinder their physical performances, or even both at once.

Whilst in his Meditation Sphere, Naga Sadow uses his Battle Meditation to strengthen his Sith forces whilst simultaneously casting illusionary armies:

Strengthened by Naga Sadow’s battle meditation, the Sith wage a fearsome battle against the Jedi for control of Corsucant.

Source: The Old Republic Encyclopedia

While Imperial fleets attacked Republic forces on multiple fronts, Sadow orchestrated the attack from his meditation sphere over the Star Primus Goluud. His powerful battle meditation strengthened Imperial forces. Sadow also used the Force to create illusions, bolstering the Empire’s fleets with imaginary numbers of unstoppable magnitude. The Republic despaired and scrambled to defend itself against the unexpected onslaught.

Source: The Old Republic Encyclopedia

Sith Alchemy

Sith Alchemy is a Force-oriented practice allowing one to alter physical features of himself or other living beings.

Naga Sadow is a master of manipulating the genetic building blocks of living creatures via dark side Alchemy:

The most powerful Sith Lords possess a talent for the dark alchemy of the Sith. The Emperor, like Naga Sadow and Exar Kun long before him, became a master of manipulating the genetic building blocks of living creatures through the dark side.

Source: The Dark Side Sourcebook

Trained in the alchemical arts of the dark side, Naga Sadow is capable of using arcane formulae and ancient Sith equipment to alter the molecular composition of living beings, allowing him to create mutants. He is also capable of reshaping inanimate matter, allowing him to make his weapons and armor sharper and stronger:

[Naga Sadow is] trained in the dark side's alchemical arts. [Naga Sadow] may use ancient Sith equipment, along with arcane formulae, to alter the molecular composition of living beings, creating mutants steeped in the dark side-and bound to [his] will. [Naga Sadow] can also reshape inanimate matter, making it sharper or stronger, as the ancient Sith frequently did with their weapons and armor.

Source: The Dark Side Sourcebook

Exar Kun recalls Freedon Nadd noting that Naga Sadow knew secrets beyond the powers of the Jedi, as a result of his Sith alchemy:

"Freedon Nadd said that Naga Sadow was a Sith alchemist…he knew secrets beyond the powers of the Jedi."

Source: Tales of the Jedi: Dark Lords of the Sith: Death of a Dark Jedi

A skilled alchemist, Naga Sadow uses Alchemy to twist Massassi warriors into enhanced, dark-side wielding mutants:

Sadow, a skilled alchemist, hid his vessel deep underneath the newly built Sith Temple of Fire. Using his Sith magic and alchemy, Sadow created the mutated Massassi warriors from descendents of his Sith crew. These Massassi guarded the new Sith temples they erected. As Sadow passed on, the Massassi continued, developing into a proud tribal culture that used the dark side of the Force to augment their archaic weapons.

Source: StarWars.com

Having fled the Great Hyperspace War, the Sith Lord Naga Sadow hid in the jungles of Yavin 4 alongside mutated Sith warriors called the Massassi. Sith alchemical experimentations further mutated the Massassi, turning them into dark side-wielding savages.

Source: StarWars.com

The Massassi originated as a Sith sub-species, forming the backbone of the earliest Sith armies. But Naga Sadow subjected his Massassi followers to heinous experiments – turning them into dark Force-wielding monsters.

Source: Timeline 7: Peace for the Republic?

When Sadow was eventually defeated, he fled to the jungle planet of Yavin IV, where he used Sith alchemy and experimentation to mutate his servants, the primitive Massassi who once dwelled on Korriban, into deadly warriors.

Source: The Old Republic: Encyclopedia

Sadow was a gifted alchemist who turned his Massassi followers into powerful, violent animals who worshipped and served Sadow.

Source: The Old Republic: Codex Entry: The Dark Legacy of Yavin 4: Part 1

These Massassi warriors prove so skilled and powerful that they defeated the team of Barel Ovair and Eison Gynt, both highly gifted swordsmen:

Gynt and Master Ovair fought bravely against the Massassi, but they were defeated and forced to flee deep into the temple.

Source: Timeline 7: Peace for the Republic?

Sadow not only genetically altered his Massassi warriors, but also created other monstrous creatures, including the massive Sith wyrm:

For decades, Sadow practiced his Sith alchemy undisturbed. He created monstrous creatures, such as the gargantuan Sith wyrm, and twisted his Massassi into primitive, bestial guardians for his dark spirit.

Source: The Dark Side Sourcebook

There, a Massassi shaman named Zythmnr offered Kun to a creature they thought of as a god: a Sith wyrm. The monster was an absolutely enormous reptile/insect hybrid Naga Sadow had created centuries earlier.

Source: The Dark Side Sourcebook

Sadow possesses numerous Sith artifacts, including instruments used for Sith Alchemy. Exar Kun would later use these to transform his Massassi warriors into even mightier fighters:

Now the master of the Massassi rather than their captive, Exar Kun sought out the ancient relics Naga Sadow brought to Yavin 4 and discovered among theirs the instruments of Sith alchemy. Turning these devices on his now-loyal Massassi subjects, Exar Kun transformed them into mighty warriors, then set out in Naga Sadow's ancient battleship to track down others who Kun sensed had the dark side training to usurp his power.

Source: The Dark Side Sourcebook

The Sith disciple also continued the fiendish work of the alchemist Naga Sadow. Using Sadow's ancient apparatus, he began to further mutate the Massassi into armored monsters bred for pure violence.

Source: The Dark Side Sourcebook

Sadow is able to use Alchemy to produce weapons and armor that are impervious to all other weapons. He is also able to create poisons that can mind control "even the noblest of beings". He is also, as already revealed, able to create mutant warriors steeped in the dark side and bound to his will:

"As you are already aware, Sith alchemy gives one the power to alter the molecular composition of living beings and reshape inanimate matter. First, you will learn how to construct the equipment required to create such alterations. I will then teach you how to produce weapons and armor that are impervious to all others, and poisons that will convert the noblest of beings to your dark causes. Finally, you will create mutants steeped in the dark side and bound to your will."

Source: Jedi vs Sith: The Essential Guide to the Force

Naga Sadow is highly knowledgeable on alchemy and poisons, composing many treatises on them:

Over his lifetime, Sadow wrote many treatises on alchemy and poisons. He later compiled his knowledge into a Holocron, the date within would inspire generations of Sith after him.

Source: The Old Republic: Encyclopedia

Yesterday he had finally completed a rather long and detailed treatise by an ancient Sith Lord named Naga Sadow on the uses of alchemy and poisons.

Source: Path of Destruction

Sadow's Holocron explores Sith alchemy:

"Holocron of Naga Sadow, which explores the secrets of Sith alchemy"

"Ask me of my heritage, and I shall tell you. Ask me of my ambitions, and you shall know them. Ask me for my hand in battle, and I shall likely lend you both.

But ask me the secrets of Sith alchemy, and I would ask you for three measures of blood: one from a person you love, one from a person you hate, and one from yourself. A triangle do these measures form, and a powerful triangle it is, so long as your own bloodline is strong with dark side energy and not rife with foreign impurities. If your bloodline reveals that you are merely a spy or a pretender to Sith knowledge, may my words reach out to tear your eyes and tongue from your head, and may you drown in your loved one's blood while your enemies look upon your wretched form and laugh.

Because you have not already succumbed to the defenses that guard this record, I will assume you have already prepared a triangle of blood. Now fill the triangle with the sacred words, and brace yourself for death.

You know the sacred words. Welcome, my apprentice. Yes, I shall grant you knowledge despite your imperfections, for you have passed my test, but barely.

As you are already aware, Sith alchemy gives one the power to alter the molecular composition of living beings and reshape inanimate matter. First, you will learn how to construct the equipment required to create such alterations. I will then teach you how to produce weapons and armor that are impervious to all others, and poisons that will convert the noblest of beings to your dark causes. Finally, you will create mutants steeped in the dark side and bound to your will.

Let us begin..."

Source: Jedi vs Sith: The Essential Guide to the Force

Sith Sorcery

Sith Sorcery or Sith Magic is a Force-oriented practice that involves a wide spectrum of arcane and esoteric powers.

Naga Sadow is a great dark side magician:

Visited the Ghost of a great Dark Side Magician on Yavin 4.

Source: The Old Republic: Shadow of Revan

Sadow is a powerful Sith Sorcerer, enabling him to mend wounds and shield worthy allies, or dominate his foes with a storm of Force Lightning:

The Sith Lord Naga Sadow was a powerful sorcerer and a cunning strategist, who lived on Korriban before the rise of the Emperor more than a thousand years ago.

Source: The Old Republic Encyclopedia

Sorcerers wield the power of the dark side to lay waste to their enemies. By bending the Force to their will, sorcerers also use the dark side to mend wounds and shield worthy allies. Whether cutting down a foe with a lightsaber or dominating them with a storm of Force lightning, a Sith sorcerer displays terrifying power on and off the battlefield.

Source: The Old Republic Encyclopedia

Sadow can channel the spirits of deceased Sith Lords to supplement his own power, but at the risk of becoming their puppet (however, he was evidently able to prevent this from being the case):

[Naga Sadow has] the ability to channel the spirits of deceased Sith lords, using their power to supplement [his] own-but at the risk of becoming their puppet.

Source: The Dark Side Sourcebook

Using the technology aboard the Corsair along with his own Sorcery, Naga Sadow obliterates the star of Primus Goluud, triggering its supernova:

Recognizing his imminent defeat, the Sith Lord abandoned his forces and started a chain of events to destroy the nearby star and everything in its vicinity.

Source: Timeline 12: The Great Hyperspace War

To annihilate his pursuers and cover his escape, Naga Sadow set in motion a chain of events that imploded the star of Primus Goluud. His apprentice died in the destruction as Naga Sadow fled back to Korriban.

Source: The Old Republic Encyclopedia

Ancient Sith were also masters of these arts - Lord Naga Sadow was able to affect the stars themselves, and caused the red supergiant Primus Goluud to go nova.

Source: The Old Republic Encyclopedia

Naga Sadow was using his Sith magic to ignite the star...forcing it to go supernova and wiping out thousands of Republic systems in the process.

Source: Galaxy Guide 14: Dark Side

In a similar circumstance, Naga Sadow causes solar flares and explosions from the Denarii Nova:

The outdated depiction of the latter feat in Dark Lords of the Sith:

Sadow uses Sorcery along with Alchemy to transform his Massassi warriors into enhanced, dark-side-wielding warriors:

Sadow, a skilled alchemist, hid his vessel deep underneath the newly built Sith Temple of Fire. Using his Sith magic and alchemy, Sadow created the mutated Massassi warriors from descendents of his Sith crew. These Massassi guarded the new Sith temples they erected. As Sadow passed on, the Massassi continued, developing into a proud tribal culture that used the dark side of the Force to augment their archaic weapons.

Source: StarWars.com

Sadow utilizes Sorcery along with Sith technology to place himself in Stasis:

Naga Sadow escaped destruction, however. He went into hiding on the jungle moon of Yavin, where his loyal Massassi built great temples in his honor. Sadow used Sith technology and sorcery to place himself in suspended animation. Someday he would usher in a new Sith golden age, just as Dark Lord Marka Ragnos had foretold.

Source: The Dark Side Sourcebook

Here on YAVIN 4, Sadow drew on Sith technology and sorcery to cocoon himself in suspended animation until awakened at a future Golden Age.

Source: Chronicles of the Old Republic

Sadow was even powerful enough to stave off the inevitable. He placed himself in a near-death slumber, which he remained in for hundreds of years, waiting until someone would come to take his place….

Source: The Old Republic: Codex Entry: The Dark Legacy of Yavin 4: Part 1

Sadow teaches Freedon Nadd the arts of Sith Sorcery, showing him skills that Jedi Knights had not seen for centuries:

After a brief struggle with the primitive Massassi guarding the area, Nadd discovered the focusing chamber of the primary temple. After awakening the spirit of Naga Sadow, he asked the Dark Lord to teach him his sorcerous ways. Sadow showed him the dark side of the Force and taught him skills the other Jedi Knights had not seen in centuries. With these new powers and weapons, Nadd left Yavin 4 and traveled to the primitive planet of Onderon.

Source: The Dark Side Sourcebook

Sadow possesses Sith weapons and abilities that no Jedi Knight can withstand:

Sadow taught Nadd dark twistings of the Force, offering him Sith weapons and abilities no other Jedi Knight could withstand.

Source: Chronicles of the Old Republic

Sadow possessed entire vaults of Sith artifacts and teachings about Sith Sorcery:

Awakening Sadow's dark spirit, Freedon Nadd learned all that he could about Sith sorcery, plundering Sadow's treasure vaults for whatever Sith artifacts and teachings he could haul away.

Source: The Dark Side Sourcebook

Sadow possesses numerous powerful Sith artifacts that Exar Kun would later arm himself with:

Now armed with powerful Sith artifacts and accompanied by a force of Massassi warriors, Exar Kun battled his way into the royal palace of Cinnagar, where Ulic and Aleema had just repulsed the Jedi group.

Source: The Dark Side Sourcebook

This new visitor was Jedi Knight Exar Kun, who, guided by the dark spirit of Freedon Nadd, would reclaim the ancient artifacts Naga Sallow left behind and subjugate the descendants of Sadow's original Massassi, now devolved into barbaric savages.

Source: The Dark Side Sourcebook

Among these artifacts is the Focus of Naga Sadow, an artifact of immense power:

He had gained much power...and he had gained an artifact of immense power - the Focus of Naga Sadow.

Source: Galaxy Guide 14: Dark Side

Also among these artifacts is an amulet that Exar Kun used to kill the Massassi wyrm, and later to destroy the immensely powerful spirit of Freedon Nadd, Naga Sadow's successor as Dark Lord of the Sith:

Captured there by the primitive descendants of Sadow's Massassi warriors, Exar Kun escaped his own execution and seized a dark side amulet from among Sadow's treasures, using it to escape the gargantuan dark side beast that the Massassi brought forth to devour him. He then turned the weapon on Freedon Nadd, destroying the dark side spirit forever.

Source: The Dark Side Sourcebook

When Kun destroyed the creature with an ancient Sith amulet, he won the approval of Nadd, the full strength of the dark side, and the worship of the Massassi. Kun set the Massassi to work, expanding the remaining temples.

Source: The Dark Side Sourcebook

Exar Kun later used the same amulet to possess the Supreme Chancellor of the Republic:

The entire Galactic Senate... the ENTIRE JEDI COUNCIL...were powerless to stop them. Exar Kun walked right up to the Grand Chancellor of the Galactic Senate. Using the Sith amulet of Naga Sadow, he gave his own speech to the Council using the Grand Chancellor as his vessel:

Source: Galaxy Guide 14: Dark Side

Mere minor amulets, can, when destroyed, kill all life in a ten-meter circle around them, as well as form protective shields, sharpen battle focus, energize weakened muscles, or knit injured flesh. Sadow's amulet is clearly a "great amulet", meaning it can not only do all of the above, but also cause insanity in those too weak to resist it:

Minor amulets can create protective shields, knit injured flesh, sharpen battle focus, or energize weakened muscles. However, great amulets are priceless and often unique. users must first overcome the amulet's seductive song. For if they can't, they will be forever lose to dark side insanity. I have acquired many of these prizes for myself, but I remain restless knowing that many more lie locked in the tombs of Korriban.

Source: Book of Sith: Secrets from the Dark Side

Minor amulets: Destroying one will release a wave of energy, killing all life in a ten-meter circle.

Source: Book of Sith: Secrets from the Dark Side

Sadow possesses numerous other Sith artifacts, including instruments used for Sith Alchemy. Exar Kun would later use these to transform his Massassi warriors into even mightier fighters:

Now the master of the Massassi rather than their captive, Exar Kun sought out the ancient relics Naga Sadow brought to Yavin 4 and discovered among theirs the instruments of Sith alchemy. Turning these devices on his now-loyal Massassi subjects, Exar Kun transformed them into mighty warriors, then set out in Naga Sadow's ancient battleship to track down others who Kun sensed had the dark side training to usurp his power.

Source: The Dark Side Sourcebook

The Sith disciple also continued the fiendish work of the alchemist Naga Sadow. Using Sadow's ancient apparatus, he began to further mutate the Massassi into armored monsters bred for pure violence.

Source: The Dark Side Sourcebook

Sadow cast a spell on his holocron to guard it, causing all inadequately powerful or "pretender" Sith of impure blood reading the record to have their eyes and tongue torn out:

"If your bloodline reveals that you are merely a spy or a pretender to Sith knowledge, may my words reach out to tear your eyes and tongue from your head, and may you drown in your loved one's blood while your enemies look upon your wretched form and laugh.

Because you have not already succumbed to the defenses that guard this record, I will assume you have already prepared a triangle of blood."

Source: Jedi vs Sith: The Essential Guide to the Force

Sadow's holocron is one of the most notable relics of Old Republic Sith history:

Sadow's spirit unleashes a burst of dark side power that, upon touching the player character, both knocks them back and leaves an echo of that power within them. This echo of power proves to be a necessary in order to harm the Ancient Threat:

You have been touched by the Force and an echo of that power remains within you.

Source: The Old Republic: Shadow of Revan

Naga Sadow enchanted a talisman with Sith Sorcery such that those who touched it immediately suffered extensive migraines (likely causing insanity to those too weak to resist it) and were then flung into the air. As the player character who touches the talisman can be Darth Nox, this is a remarkably impressive feat:

Stasis

Stasis is a Force power enabling a Force user to place himself or another in suspended animation.

Sadow uses a combination of Sith technology and sorcery in order to place himself in suspended animation:

Naga Sadow escaped destruction, however. He went into hiding on the jungle moon of Yavin, where his loyal Massassi built great temples in his honor. Sadow used Sith technology and sorcery to place himself in suspended animation. Someday he would usher in a new Sith golden age, just as Dark Lord Marka Ragnos had foretold.

Source: The Dark Side Sourcebook

Here on YAVIN 4, Sadow drew on Sith technology and sorcery to cocoon himself in suspended animation until awakened at a future Golden Age.

Source: Chronicles of the Old Republic

Sadow was even powerful enough to stave off the inevitable. He placed himself in a near-death slumber, which he remained in for hundreds of years, waiting until someone would come to take his place….

Source: The Old Republic: Codex Entry: The Dark Legacy of Yavin 4: Part 1

Lightning

Force Lightning is the ability to unleash deadly crackles of electrical energy that cause excruciating pain and weaken life.

Sadow is able to unleash his hatred as "crackling bolts of energy", which is likely Force Lightning:

Through their focus on these elements of the Force, the Sith have developed terrifying powers, such as the ability to drain a being of its life force, or unleash their hatred as crackling bolts of energy. The Sith Emperor, history's most powerful dark side master, performed a ritual of incredible scope to consume the life energy of every being on his homeworld. Ancient Sith were also masters of these arts - Lord Naga Sadow was able to affect the stars themselves, and caused the red supergiant Primus Goluud to go nova.

Source: The Old Republic Encyclopedia

Sadow displays terrifying power on and off the battlefield, capable of dominating his enemies with a storm of Force Lightning:

Whether cutting down a foe with a lightsaber or dominating them with a storm of Force lightning, a Sith sorcerer displays terrifying power on and off the battlefield.

Source: The Old Republic Encyclopedia

Drain

Force Drain is a Force power enabling one to siphon the life energies and Force energies of the target(s).

Naga Sadow knows Force Drain:

[Naga Sadow is] able to draw life energy from living beings, gradually absorbing it [himself].

Source: The Dark Side Sourcebook

As a member of the ancient Sith, Sadow mastered the ability to drain a being of its life force. It is additionally implied that Sadow knew a ritual similar to the one the Sith Emperor used to devastate Nathema:

Through their focus on these elements of the Force, the Sith have developed terrifying powers, such as the ability to drain a being of its life force, or unleash their hatred as crackling bolts of energy. The Sith Emperor, history's most powerful dark side master, performed a ritual of incredible scope to consume the life energy of every being on his homeworld. Ancient Sith were also masters of these arts - Lord Naga Sadow was able to affect the stars themselves, and caused the red supergiant Primus Goluud to go nova.

Source: The Old Republic Encyclopedia

Exar Kun's famed ritual where he drained the life forces of his Massassi warriors in order to ascend to a higher plane of existence, was, in fact, one of Sadow's ancient techniques:

There, where he first won their loyalty by slaying the wyrm, Kun used Sadow's ancient techniques and the life energy of every Massassi to leave his body and become one with the dark side. In the end, the Massassi died exactly as they lived, in absolute and unquestioning service to evil.

Source: The Dark Side Sourcebook

Healing

Healing is a Force technique involving the acceleration of bodily regeneration and the mending of wounds.

Sadow can mend wounds to heal himself and others:

By bending the Force to their will, sorcerers also use the dark side to mend wounds and shield worthy allies.

Source: The Old Republic Encyclopedia

Protection Bubble

Protection Bubble is a protective Force power which allows a Force user to create a sphere of Force energy around them to negate incoming attacks.

Sadow can shield "worthy allies" and presumably himself:

By bending the Force to their will, sorcerers also use the dark side to mend wounds and shield worthy allies.

Source: The Old Republic Encyclopedia

Battlemind

Battlemind is similar to Battle Meditation, in that it enhances morale and fighting capability, but affects the individual rather than entire armies.

Sadow knows Battlemind:

Force Ghost

Force Ghost is an esoteric technique allowing one to maintain their identity and consciousness in the afterlife in the form of a spirit, which allows them to influence the material world without being a physical entity:

Naga Sadow's spirit survives after his physical death, to pass Sith teachings onto Freedon Nadd:

Naga Sadow’s spirit, however, survived to pass on Sith teachings, planting the seed of corruption among his Jedi enemies.

Source: The Old Republic: Codex Entry: Tomb of Naga Sadow

After a brief struggle with the primitive Massassi guarding the area, Nadd discovered the focusing chamber of the primary temple. After awakening the spirit of Naga Sadow, he asked the Dark Lord to teach him his sorcerous ways. Sadow showed him the dark side of the Force and taught him skills the other Jedi Knights had not seen in centuries. With these new powers and weapons, Nadd left Yavin 4 and traveled to the primi-tive planet of Onderon.

Source: The Dark Side Sourcebook

Awakening Sadow's dark spirit, Freedon Nadd learned all that he could about Sith sorcery, plundering Sadow's treasure vaults for whatever Sith artifacts and teachings he could haul away.

Source: The Dark Side Sourcebook

Sadow's Ghost is able to use telekinesis and grant other beings an echo of his power:

You have been touched by the Force and an echo of that power remains within you.

Source: The Old Republic: Shadow of Revan

Essence Transfer

Essence Transfer is a Force power enabling one to manipulate his essence or those of others, and transfer it into another body.

Sadow's spirit possesses Eison Gynt:

Possessed by the dark spirit of Naga Sadow, Gynt attacked his former master in broad daylight. The brutal battle between the two was staged with all of the Republic watching.

Source: Timeline 7: Peace for the Republic?

Combat Skill

Naga Sadow duels evenly with Ludo Kressh:

Sadow is adept at blocking incoming attacks with an alchemically sharpened Sith Sword:

[Naga Sadow is] adept at blocking incoming attacks with an alchemically sharpened Sith Sword.

Source: The Dark Side Sourcebook

While possessing Eison Gynt's body, Naga Sadow attacks Barel Ovair in an intense duel, challenging the latter. Ultimately, Sadow loses, but this is likely because of his inexperience with lightsabers, which he was wielding, and inexperience with or against double-bladed lightsabers in particular, which he was facing. In addition to this, he was out of practice for over a thousand years, and by sources, this is implicitly only a fraction of him, not his essence in its entirety:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ds1Ly-dUtiE

Sadow is among the ancient Sith Lords, whom Kreia claims are vastly superior swordfighters to the Jedi and Sith of her age. Specifically, she claimed that the Exile (at the time, at least) and herself were "children playing with toys compared to the prowess of the old masters". Chris Avellone, lead writer of KotOR II, has confirmed the authenticity of this quote and that "Kreia's predictions were accurate":

"If you were to face an ancient Sith Lord in combat, you would learn that we are as children playing with toys compared to the prowess of the old masters."

Source: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords

Sith Marauders of Vitiate's Sith Empire follow the teachings of Naga Sadow, highlighting the fact that his skills as a swordfighter were renowned, even millennia after his death. Additionally, this suggests that Naga Sadow was capable of dual-wielding and using Jar'Kai fighting techniques:

Entrusted with the task of destroying the Empire’s enemies, the dual-wielding Marauder embodies the teachings of Naga Sadow. Never hesitating, never faltering, there is no swifter bringer of pain in the galaxy.

Source: http://www.swtor.com/holonet/classes/sith-warrior/marauder

Tactical Skill

Naga Sadow is a cunning strategist:

The Sith Lord Naga Sadow was a powerful sorcerer and a cunning strategist, who lived on Korriban before the rise of the Emperor more than a thousand years ago.

Source: The Old Republic: Encyclopedia

Naga Sadow is a superior strategist than Ludo Kressh, allowing him to kill Ludo Kressh and destroy his flagship, despite being ambushed and having a badly damaged fleet:

When Sadow's badly damaged battle fleet returned, Kressh was waiting. His ships devastated Sadow's ships, but Sallow was the better strategist. Sallow ordered one of his own damaged ships to ram Kressh's new flagship. Both ships were destroyed, along with Ludo Kressh's dreams of ruling the Sith Empire.

Source: The Dark Side Sourcebook
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Jade Emperor Respect Thread

As a follow-up to my Three Pure Ones respect thread, I decided to make one for the supreme ruler of the gods in Chinese mythology - the Jade Emperor. What must be recognized is that the Jade Emperor is inconsistent throughout various sources - he is worshiped as a just, omnipotent deity, and is portrayed as such by some sources, yet other sources directly contradict this. Similarly, he is generally regarded as inferior to the Three Pure Ones, despite being above all other deities, however, in some instances, the Jade Emperor is confused or synonymously portrayed with the Jade Pure One as the Creator God.

Respect the Jade Emperor:

The Jade Emperor is the highest of deities, with only the Three Pure Ones being a superior force. He is also the supreme ruler of the Heavens, Underworld (Hades) and Earth. In non-Taoist Chinese mythology, the Jade Emperor is also the Creator of the universe. On rare occasions, the Jade Emperor and the Jade Pure One are identified synonymously, although most sources keep them distinguished from one another:

The Jade Emperor is believed to be the highest deity ruling the universe, lower only to the Three Purities, parallel to the emperor in the human world.

Source: http://www.china.org.cn/english/daodejingforum/208124.htm

The Jade Emperor is the supreme ruler of Heavens, the hades and the protector of mankind according to Chinese folklore religion and the highest ranking deity of the Taoist pantheon.

Source: http://www.taoistsecret.com/taoistgod.html#1

The Jade Emperor (玉帝 - pinyin: Yù Dì) is de facto day to day ruler of Heaven and all realms of existence below it - including the "Middle-Earth" of Mankind and the Underworld - and is head of a "celestial bureaucracy" of gods, in the same way as the Chinese Emperor ruleed China with the help of a large civil service.

Source: http://www.goldendragontruro.co.uk/index.php/cult-deities-jade-emperor-e

Supreme God of Chinese folk religion, the Jade Emperor is Ruler of all Heavens (of which the Chinese have over 30), Earth and the Underworld/ Hell, Creator of the Universe, later the Emperor of the Universe, and Lord of the Imperial Court.

Source: http://www.nationsonline.org/oneworld/Chinese_Customs/Jade_Emperor.htm

The Jade Emperor rules all Heaven, Earth and the Underworld/ Hell with a vast company of civil servants and bureaucrats who assist him.

Source: http://www.nationsonline.org/oneworld/Chinese_Customs/Jade_Emperor.htm

The Jade Emperor (Chinese: 玉皇; pinyin: Yù Huáng or 玉帝, Yù Dì) in Chinese folk culture, is the ruler of Heaven and all realms of existence below including that of Man and Hell, according to a version of Taoist mythology.

Source: http://english.visitbeijing.com.cn/play/entertainment/n214782057.shtml

The Jade Emperor is omnipotent:

The Jade Emperor is considered the omnipotent ruler of Heaven and Earth as well as the spirit world.

Source: http://www.easytourchina.com/scene-v910-jade-emperor-pavilion

Heaven, Shangdi and the Jade Emperor were different renditions of this omnipotent god in Chinese mythology.

Source: The China Factor in Modern Japanese Thought

The Jade Emperor is the Chinese equivalent to the Supreme Being: omnipotent, just, good, a law giver, and a sustainer.

Source: World Religions in Brief

The Jade Emperor is omniscient and is regarded as the ultimate judge of a person's deeds:

In the popular religious realm of the Chinese people, while the Jade Emperor is revered as the omniscient Heavenly Lord and the ultimate judge of one's deeds...

Source: Encyclopedia of Global Religion

The Jade Emperor is omnipresent:

Although the Jade Emperor is an omnipresent, benevolent God in this book, the Monkey King is a larrikin who creates havoc in heaven.

Source: http://spaceshipchina.com/2015/02/12/the-jade-emperor/

Based on one account, upon birth, the Jade Emperor released a bright light that filled the entire Kingdom of Majestic Heavenly Lights and Ornaments:

Based on one account the Jade Emperor was originally the crown prince of the kingdom of Majestic Heavenly Lights and Ornaments. At birth he emitted a bright light that filled the entire kingdom.

Source: http://www.taoistsecret.com/taoistgod.html#1

The Jade Emperor cultivated his Tao for 1,750 trials, each trial lasting 120, 976 years, in order to obtain Golden Immortality. This is a total of 211708000 years. He then cultivated for another one hundred million years to become the Jade Emperor. In total, this is 311708000 years:

He made sure that everyone in his kingdom found peace and contentment, after that he told his ministers that he wished to cultivate Dao in a mountain cave and cultivate. After 1,750 trials, each trial lasting for 120,976 years, he attained Immortality. After another a hundred million years of cultivation, he finally became the Jade Emperor.

Source: http://www.taoistsecret.com/taoistgod.html#1

In another version of the myth, the Jade Emperor cultivates his Tao by passing 3,200 trials, each lasting 3,000,000 years, a total of 9600000000 years. A powerful demon later also attempts to cultivate his Tao as well, but only passes 3,000 trials, each lasting the same length of time. This is a total of 9000000000 years. It then gathered an army of demons and attacked Heaven, attacking the Immortals in particular. However, as the demon started cultivating after the Jade Emperor, the Jade Emperor was able to finish his longer cultivation in the midst of the war. Ascending to Heaven, the Jade Emperor fought the demon in a battle that shook mountains and toppled seas and rivers. Ultimately, the Jade Emperor's additional 200 trials proved sufficient for him to defeat his demon adversary:

He decided to retreat in a mountain cave and cultivate his Tao. He passed 3,200 trials, each trial lasting about 3 million years.

Unfortunately, a powerful, evil entity—a demon of sorts, which dwelt on earth—had the ambition to conquer the immortals and gods in heaven and proclaim sovereignty over the entire universe. This evil entity also went into retreat and meditation to expand its power, though later than the Jade Emperor. He passed through 3,000 trials, each trial lasting for about 3 million years too. After it passed its final trial, it felt confident that no one could defeat it anymore. It re-entered the world again, and recruited an army of demons with the purpose of attacking heaven.

The immortals, being aware of the threat, gathered themselves and prepared for war. The gods were unable to stop the powerful demon and it defeated them all.

Fortunately, the Jade Emperor finished his cultivation in the midst of this war. He was changing the land to make it more liveable for men and repelling all kinds of monstrous beasts. Suddenly, he saw an evil glow emitting from heaven and knew something was amiss. He ascended and saw that a war was going on, he saw that the demon was too powerful to be stopped by any of the gods present. He went up and challenged the demon, and a battle ensued between them. Mountains shook and rivers and seas toppled; however, the Jade Emperor stood victorious due to his deeper and wiser cultivation, not for might but for benevolence. After defeating the demon, all the other demons were scattered by the gods and immortals.

Source: http://english.visitbeijing.com.cn/play/entertainment/n214782057.shtml

With one stroke of the hand, the Jade Emperor formed the Milky Way by creating a river across the sky to bar his daughter from visiting her husband:

The Emperor was as stern as he had been kind. When he found out what was happening, his anger was terrible to behold. In one stroke of his hand, he opened up the heavenly meadows and through them he made a cut: a great, impassable river of shimmering silver. Then he decreed that the young couple would be parted, one on either side of the Silver River, and that they would have to work apart forever after.

Source: http://www.vietnamsvisa.net/the-legend-of-the-milky-way

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Three Pure Ones Respect Thread

Recently, I created a respect thread for the Ones of Mortis, a trio of godlike Force-wielders who essentially are embodiments of the Force in Star Wars, personifying the light and dark sides as well as the balance of the Force. The Three Pure Ones are a similar triad of divine entities in Taoist mythology, who are also the respective highest and most powerful members of said mythology. I originally decided to cancel all plans for Chinese mythology respect threads because of the scarcity of translations and my belief, at the time, that the knowledge of Chinese mythology is mostly identified through tradition rather than actual sourcebooks. Still, given my partially Chinese heritage, I decided to give it another go. I've realized now that there are some sourcebooks and plenty of online sources for Chinese mythology with perfectly adequate translations. Just for reference, the Three Pure Ones are also known as the Three Pristine Ones, the Three Clarities, the Three Purities, the Three Pellucid Ones, and the Three Divine Teachers.

With that, respect the Three Pure Ones:

The Three Pure Ones are avatars of Taoism:

The Three Pure Ones are known as the avatar of Taoism.

Source: A Simple Approach to Taoism

The Three Pure Ones are emanations of Tao, and are both omnipresent and supreme:

According to Taoism, they are emanations of Tao, omnipresent and supreme.

Source: http://www.china.org.cn/english/daodejingforum/208124.htm

The Three Purities are suggested as having created Heaven and Earth, along with man and all other living creatures, as well as various other miscellaneous entities totaling 10, 000. However, these 10, 000 things cannot exist unless the Three Pure Ones exist, suggesting that they are necessary to sustain life and existence in general:

Yùqīng or The Jade Pure One is also often credited with creating the Heavens, Earth, Mankind and all the other living creatures on the earth, although this seems to sit less well with Laozi’s philosophical text, which suggests that it’s the Three who create the 10,000 things (viz. Earth, the Heavens and their inhabitants.) Or in other words, the 10,000 things cannot be created until the Three themselves exist.

Source: http://www.goldendragontruro.co.uk/index.php/cult-deities-three-purities-e

While the Three Pure Ones are depicted in artworks as humanoid rulers, like other deities, this is merely for the sake of physical interpretation/mortal comprehension. In reality, the Three Pure Ones are formless spirits or intelligences, pure, limitless and eternal:

However, religious Daoism recognises that these are not in fact personages in any physical sense. While they are represented in pictures as humanoid rulers (like other Chinese gods) they are in fact understood to be pure and limitless eternal spirits or intelligences with no actual physical form.

Source: http://www.goldendragontruro.co.uk/index.php/cult-deities-three-purities-e

The Three Pure Ones are all-powerful, eternal, supreme gods:

...as Taoists that the world is governed by a trinity of supreme gods, personal, all-powerful and eternal, the Three Pure Ones...

Source: Asiatic Mythology: A Detailed Description and Explanation of the Mythologies of All the Great Nations of Asia

The Three Pure Ones actually transcend the hierarchy of deities in Taoism, and as such no other gods can be reasonably compared to them:

“The Three Pure Ones” transcend the entire hierarchy of Taoist deities.

Source: http://www.taoistsecret.com/taoistgod.html#1

All deities in Taoist mythology are beneath the Three Pure Ones:

Below the Three Purities, the emanations of Tao are a mass of deities such as the Jade Emperor, the Four Heavenly Emperors and the Five Emperors of the Five Directions, and the immortals who humans can become through self-cultivation.

Source: http://www.china.org.cn/english/daodejingforum/208124.htm

The Three Pure Ones are indicated as having their own Heavens, which is generally an inseparable part of their existence, so the personifications and Heavens are a single continuum. The Jade Pure One's Heaven is "The Holy Realm of Jade Purity", whereas the Supreme Pure One's Heaven is "The Perfect Realm of Highest Purity", and the Grand Pure One's Heaven is "The Immortal Realm of the Greatest Purity":

Although the Three Pure Ones are typically pictured together, mainstream Taoism indicates that they each have their own Heaven. Sometimes the Heaven is seen as a place where they exist and sometimes it is seen as an inseparable part of their existence itself, as if the personage and the Heaven were a single continuum.

The Jade Pure One’s Heaven is Yuqing Shengjing (玉清聖境 - "The Holy Realm of Jade Purity") – sometimes called Qingwei Tian (清微天 - "Pure Subtlety" Heaven.) This is found in the Jade Mountain and is entered through the "Golden Door."

The Supreme Pure One's Heaven is Shangqing Zhenjing (上清真境 - "The Perfect Realm of the Highest Purity") or Yuyu Tian (禹餘天 - "Sorrowless" Heaven.)

And the Great Pure One’s Heaven is Taiqing Xianjing (太清仙境 - "The Immortal Realm of the Greatest Purity") or Dachi (大赤天 - "Great Red" Heaven)

Source: http://www.goldendragontruro.co.uk/index.php/cult-deities-three-purities-e

These Heavens are said to be the highest celestial realms:

The rule over the highest three celestial realms of Jade Purity, Highest Purity, and Great Purity.

Source: http://www.china.org.cn/english/daodejingforum/208124.htm

The Jade Pure One

Respect the Jade Pure One:

Yuqing, the Jade Pure One, is also known as Yuanshi Tianzun (the Celestial Worthy or Lord of Primordial Beginning, or the Honoured Lord of Origin) and the creator of the universe.

The Jade Pure One is the highest and ultimate deity of Taoism:

In the middle is the ultimate highest deity of Taoism, the Primordial Heavenly Worthy.

Source: http://www.taoistsecret.com/taoistgod.html#1

The Jade Pure One is the supreme beginning, and the limitless and eternal creator of Heaven and Earth:

Yuan-shi tian-zun is said to be the supreme beginning, the limitless and eternal creator of Heaven and Earth, who picked the Jade Emperor as his personal successor.

Source: http://www.nationsonline.org/oneworld/Chinese_Customs/Jade_Emperor.htm

The Jade Pure One is universal or heavenly Chi, which includes the energy of all planets, stars, constellations and "the energy of God", which is the force of creation and universal love:

The idea that the third Pure One Tàiqīng is an embodiment of, or symbol for, Qi, while the others are symbolic of the Dao itself and the balanced forces of Yin and Yang is generally a coherent one, but unfortunately the concept gets muddied by some schools of Daoism (particularly those concerned with Daoist alchemy) where all three of the Pure Ones are seen as different types of Qi. According to Wikipedia: "The first pure one is universal or heavenly Qi... Heavenly Qi includes the Qi or energy of all the planets, stars and constellations as well as the energy of God (the force of creation and universal love).

Source: http://www.goldendragontruro.co.uk/index.php/cult-deities-three-purities-e

The Jade Pure One is the source of all truth, just as the sun is the source of all light:

He is seen as "the source of all truth, as the sun is the source of all light".

Source: http://www.goldendragontruro.co.uk/index.php/cult-deities-three-purities-e

The Jade Pure One came into being before the creation of the universe, when it was still in a state of nothingness. The Jade Pure One then creates the universe:

Yùqīng comes into being at a time before Creation started, when the Universe was in a state of either nothingness or meaningless flux. He then oversees the genesis of the Universe and can therefore be seen as "the Creator" – although there is a sense that it is not his own will to do this: he is, himself, an inevitable part of the process of Creation, as shown in another one his names: Dàobăo (道寶 - the "Treasure of the Dao" - remembering that "Dao" actually means "the Way," which in itself implies the kind of inevitability of a process or journey.)

Source: http://www.goldendragontruro.co.uk/index.php/cult-deities-three-purities-e

The Jade Pure One is generally regarded as having created Heaven, Earth, mankind and all other living creatures:

Yùqīng or The Jade Pure One is also often credited with creating the Heavens, Earth, Mankind and all the other living creatures on the earth, although this seems to sit less well with Laozi’s philosophical text, which suggests that it’s the Three who create the 10,000 things (viz. Earth, the Heavens and their inhabitants.)

Source: http://www.goldendragontruro.co.uk/index.php/cult-deities-three-purities-e

The Jade Pure One created the Supreme Pure One (One creates Two):

In the next stage of the development generally agreed by Daoist theologians – the One produces Two: the Jade Pure One, Yùqīng, produces or manifests the second of the Three Pure Ones: Shàngqīng (上清 the Supreme Pure One or, more formally, Lingbao Tianzun (靈寶天尊 - the "Celestial Worthy of Numinous (Divine) Treasure," otherwise called Taishang Dadao Jun, 太上大道君 "Lord of the Great Way of the Highest Loftiness.")

Source. http://www.goldendragontruro.co.uk/index.php/cult-deities-three-purities-e

Eventually later he forms another divine being, Spiritual Heavenly Worthy or Reverend Ling Bao of Shang Qing.

Source: http://www.taoistsecret.com/taoistgod.html#1

The Jade Pure One is often identified with Pangu, because he also existed before everything else. As the universe had no substance or dimension at the time and was just a void, the Jade Pure One had no physical dimension but still filled out all of the imaginable space:

It is the Jade Pure One (Yuanshi Tianwang or Yúanshǐ Tīanzūn) who is usually identified with Pangu as the creator of the universe out from the shapeless mysterious dark. Both had existed before other things came into being, and as part of the void (xu - 虛) they themselves had no dimension (wuji - 無極) but nevertheless filled out the whole imaginable space (taiji - 太極).

Source: http://www.goldendragontruro.co.uk/index.php/cult-deities-three-purities-e

The Jade Pure One created the first writing system, by replicating shifting patterns of energy and casting them in gold onto jade tablets:

According to legend, he observed the shifting patterns of energy and created the first writing system from them by casting the patterns in gold onto jade tablets.

Source: http://www2.kenyon.edu/Depts/Religion/Fac/Adler/Reln472/Purities.htm

The Jade Pure One is the source of all learning and the first author of Taoist scriptures:

Consequently, he is seen as both the source of all learning and the first author of Daoist scriptures.

Source: http://www2.kenyon.edu/Depts/Religion/Fac/Adler/Reln472/Purities.htm

The first and highest section of Taoist canon is dedicated to the Jade Pure One:

The first and loftiest section of the Daoist Canon is dedicated to him.

Source: http://www2.kenyon.edu/Depts/Religion/Fac/Adler/Reln472/Purities.htm

The Jade Pure One's spiritual energy radiates outward in an eddy of swirling colors:

His spiritual energy radiates outward in a mandorla of swirling colors.

Source: http://www2.kenyon.edu/Depts/Religion/Fac/Adler/Reln472/Purities.htm

Because the Supreme Pure One is often described as the Jade Pure One's attendant, the latter is likely more powerful than the former:

He is often described as the attendant of the Celestial Worthy of Primordial Beginning, who gives him the task of revealing the scriptures to lesser gods and humans.

Source: http://www2.kenyon.edu/Depts/Religion/Fac/Adler/Reln472/Purities.htm

The Jade Pure One is higher than the Grand Pure One:

During the Southern Liang dynasty, T'ao Hung-ching, who was the first to draw up a hierarchical chart of the Taoist pantheon, elevated Yuan-shih T'ien-tsun ("Heavenly Venerable of the Original Beginning") to the top of all the gods, even higher than Lao-tzu.

Source: The A to Z of Taoism

The Supreme Pure One

Respect the Supreme Pure One:

Shangqing is the Supreme Pure One, and is also known as Lingbao Tianzun (the Celestial Worthy or Lord of Numinous Treasures or the Universally Honoured One of Divinities and Treasures). He is associated with divine treasures, time, and the yin and yang. He is also the guardian of the sacred scroll/book.

The Supreme Pure One is human plane Chi, which is the energy that exists on the surface of the world, sustaining human life:

The idea that the third Pure One Tàiqīng is an embodiment of, or symbol for, Qi, while the others are symbolic of the Dao itself and the balanced forces of Yin and Yang is generally a coherent one, but unfortunately the concept gets muddied by some schools of Daoism (particularly those concerned with Daoist alchemy) where all three of the Pure Ones are seen as different types of Qi. According to Wikipedia:

"...The second pure one is human plane Qi... Human plane Qi is the energy that exists on the surface of our planet and sustains human life..."

Source: http://www.goldendragontruro.co.uk/index.php/cult-deities-three-purities-e

The Supreme Pure One is responsible for separating the Ying and Yang (or the clear from the unclear), as well as classifying the elements and setting things "how they are meant to be", creating balance:

The second of the Pure Ones, Shàngqīng, is the "god" said to have been responsible for separating Yang from Ying (or the "clear" from the opaque.) He is also said to be responsible for classifying the elements into their rightful groups and setting how things are "meant to be," when all is in balance.

Source: http://www.goldendragontruro.co.uk/index.php/cult-deities-three-purities-e

The Supreme Pure One created time and divided it into different epochs:

Shangqing is also seen as the creator of Time (out of the previous state of eternal timelessness.) He is said to have calculated time and divided it into different epochs.

Source: http://www.goldendragontruro.co.uk/index.php/cult-deities-three-purities-e

Shangqing created a celestial layer, consisting of various regions stretching from the world to the heavens above, which would later be populated by various divinities:

According to academic Livia Kohn he is also associated with the creation of the Heavens and subordinate gods in a "celestial layer" of Creation: "This celestial layer consisted of several different regions, located both in the far reaches of the world and in the stars, and imagined along the lines of the ancient paradises Penglai and Kunlun. It was populated by various divine figures: pure gods of the Tao who were emanations of original cosmic Qi."

Source: http://www.goldendragontruro.co.uk/index.php/cult-deities-three-purities-e

Shangqing may have had the ability to grant wishes, as he had a wish-granting ornament:

Eventually later he forms another divine being, Spiritual Heavenly Worthy or Reverend Ling Bao of Shang Qing. At this point of time there are two forces called the "Yin" and "Yang" represented as "Tai Chi" myriads things can be formed by these forces. Therefore Spiritual Heavenly Worthy or Reverend Ling Bao of Shang Qing holds a "Ru Yi", a wish fulfilling ornament.

Source: http://www.taoistsecret.com/taoistgod.html#1

The Supreme Pure One created the Grand Pure One (Two creates Three):

In the third phase of Creation, the Third of the Three Pure ones is also brought into existence in emulation of Laozi’s "the Two produced the Three."

Source: http://www.goldendragontruro.co.uk/index.php/cult-deities-three-purities-e

Like the Jade Pure One, the Supreme Pure One is considered to be a source of Taoist knowledge and scripture:

Like the Celestial Worthy of Primordial Beginning, he is considered a source of Daoist knowledge and scripture.

Source: http://www2.kenyon.edu/Depts/Religion/Fac/Adler/Reln472/Purities.htm

The Supreme Pure One is the principal spreader of Taoist teachings:

As such, he is the principal disseminator of Taoist teachings.

Source: http://www2.kenyon.edu/Depts/Religion/Fac/Adler/Reln472/Purities.htm

The Supreme Pure One is clearly and emphatically superior to his two divine attendants:

The hierarchic scale of his two attendants emphasizes the superiority of this lofty god.

Source: http://www2.kenyon.edu/Depts/Religion/Fac/Adler/Reln472/Purities.htm

The Grand Pure One

Respect the Grand Pure One:

Taiqing, the Grand Pure One, is also known as Daode Tianzun (the Celestial Worthy or Lord of of the Way and its Virtue or the Honored Lord of the Tao and its Virtue). He is identified by various other titles such as "Lord of Man" or "Highest Elder Lord", and is considered responsible for founding Taoism and spreading it to and across mankind. Unlike the other Pure Ones, the Grand Pure One manifests himself to humans in various different incarnations in order to teach humans about Taoism. The most famous of these is Laozi.

The Grand Pure One is earthly Chi, which includes all of the forces of and inside the world, as well as the five elemental forces:

The idea that the third Pure One Tàiqīng is an embodiment of, or symbol for, Qi, while the others are symbolic of the Dao itself and the balanced forces of Yin and Yang is generally a coherent one, but unfortunately the concept gets muddied by some schools of Daoism (particularly those concerned with Daoist alchemy) where all three of the Pure Ones are seen as different types of Qi. According to Wikipedia:

..and the third pure one is earthly Qi...and the earth force includes all of the forces inside the planet as well as the five elemental forces (wuqing.)

Source: http://www.goldendragontruro.co.uk/index.php/cult-deities-three-purities-e

However, in certain sources, the Grand Pure One is Chi in general, rather than a specific type of Chi:

The idea that the third Pure One Tàiqīng is an embodiment of, or symbol for, Qi...

...In this way, he is indeed analogous to the concept of Qi...

Source: http://www.goldendragontruro.co.uk/index.php/cult-deities-three-purities-e

The Grand Pure One distributes and communicates Taoist knowledge to humans, spreading civilization and the ethics of behaviour as well as the Laws of Nature (that were set by the Supreme Pure One) to all living beings:

In many ways Tàiqīng is the most interesting of the Three Pure Ones and his plethora of names indicates that he was viewed as the most "accessible" of the three. This is because Tàiqīng has the role of distributing or communicating knowledge of the Tao. He is an educator who brings civilization, awareness of the ethics of behaviour and who preaches the Laws Of Nature (how things are "meant” to be) to all living beings.

Source: http://www.goldendragontruro.co.uk/index.php/cult-deities-three-purities-e

The Grand Pure One is clearly and emphatically superior to his two divine attendants:

Here, he sits on a throne in his celestial kingdom, attended by two figures whose lesser stature serves to emphasize his magnificence.

Source: http://www2.kenyon.edu/Depts/Religion/Fac/Adler/Reln472/Purities.htm

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The Ones of Mortis Respect Thread

First off, I'm aware that the Internet already has some of these. However, they mostly only refer to the Ones in total, or each of the Ones has independent respect threads. I'm attempting to make a combined respect thread that reflects them in totality, as well as them all individually, but all in one thread. This is a tie-in to my Abeloth respect thread, and she is a character that will be mentioned several times in this thread so check out her thread if you're interested in this or if you would like to see the power level of Force users comparable to the Ones. All GIFs from MakeaGIF.com are credited to WollfMyth209. I claim credit for everything else.

Having said that, respect the Ones:

"A family in balance—the light and the dark. Day with night. Destruction replaced by creation."

Power

The Father claims that he and his children can wield the Force like no other:

"My children and I can manipulate the Force like no other."

Source: The Clone Wars: Overlords

The Ones of Mortis are said to be all-powerful:

The three all powerful beings of Mortis can assume strange shapes and exemplify the dark side, the light side, and the principle of balance.

Source: Book of Sith: Secrets from the Dark Side: The Science of Creating Life

The Ones are more powerful than anything any Jedi has ever seen before:

There, they discover three beings more powerful with the Force than any Jedi have seen before.

Source: The Clone Wars: Altar of Mortis

Worshiped by the Nightsisters, the Son and Daughter are said to be the Winged Goddess and the Fanged God who bestow the passive and aggressive energies that allow beings to live:

Our abilities were bestowed by the spirits. The Winged Goddess and the Fanged God bestow the passive and aggressive energies that animate every creature and allow each to draw breath.

Source: Book of Sith: Secrets from the Dark Side: Wild Power

The Ones are unspeakably powerful Force-users whom are said to be god-like Force wielders:

During the Clone Wars, an immense monolith appeared in the Chrelythiumn system, broadcasting an ancient Jedi distress code. Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Ahsoka Tano investigated the kilometers-wide artifact, and were drawn into a paradise realm inhabited by unspeakably powerful Force-wielders. These god-like beings were locked in an eternal struggle for dominance, which made Mortis the fulcrum of the entire galaxy and the Force.

Source: StarWars.Com

The Ones are immensely powerful ancient Force-wielders:

Here they encounter the Ones, a trio of immensely powerful and ancient Force-users.

Source: The Ultimate Visual Guide: Updated and Expanded

The Ones retreated to Mortis to avoid ruining the galaxy with their Force powers:

"My children and I can manipulate the Force like no other. Therefore, it was necessary to withdraw from the temporal world and live here as anchorites."

"As a sanctuary?"

"And a prison. You cannot imagine what pain it is to have such love for your children… and realize that they could tear the very fabric of our universe."

Source: The Clone Wars: Overlords

Long ago, the Ones withdrew from the galaxy to avoid ruining it with their Force powers.

Source: The Ultimate Visual Guide: Updated and Expanded

Normal Force-users cannot wield the Force like the Ones can:

In the mysterious realm of Mortis there exists a trio of beings able to wield the Force in ways no known mortals of the galaxy can.

Source: Star Wars Databank

The Ones are said to be Celestials:

"It does." Raynar turned back to Thuruht and asked, "What are these three beings? Celestials?"

Thuruht shivered her antennae. "Celestials are in the Force," she said. "The Ones are what Celestials become. "

Source: Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse

The Father

Respect the Father:

"You have a very simple view of the Universe. I am neither Sith nor Jedi. I am much more, and so are you."

Power

The Father is the most powerful Force-user in history, according to Leland Chee:

https://twitter.com/HolocronKeeper/status/352618406517809153

The Father is implied to have beaten Abeloth, as she had already seemingly defeated the Daughter and the Son, and the Father left her stranded on the world afterwards:

The third panel depicted the arcade complex again, this time with a much-changed Abeloth standing in the heart of a stormy courtyard. Her hair had grown coarse and long, her nose had flattened until it was practically gone, and her sparkling eyes had grown so sunken and dark that all that could be seen of them were the twinkles. She was raising her arms toward a cowering Daughter and a glowering Son, with long tentacles lashing from where her fingers should have been. Stepping forward to shield them was a furious Father, one hand pointing toward the swamp at the open end of the temple, the other reaching out to intercept her tentacled fingers.

Source: Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse

The Father maintained the balance between the Son and Daughter, two immensely powerful Force users:

In the mysterious realm of Mortis there exists a trio of beings able to wield the Force in ways no known mortals of the galaxy can. The Father maintained balance between his Daughter and his Son, who expressed affinity to the light and dark side of the Force, respectively.

Source: Star Wars Databank

The Son embodies the dark side and is opposed by his light-side sister, the Daughter, while the Father keeps his struggling children in balance.

Source: The Ultimate Visual Guide: Updated and Expanded

"It is only here that I can control them. A family in balance. The light and the dark. Day with night. Destruction, replaced by creation."

Source: The Clone Wars: Overlords

Force Lightning

Force Lightning is a Force power enabling a Force user to cast electrifying bolts of energy from their fingertips causing intense pain and draining life.

The Father hurls Force Lightning at his children:

The first panel showed an aged Abeloth sneaking a drink from the Font of Power, while the Father hurled Force lightning at both the Son and Daughter.

Source: Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse

Telekinesis

Telekinesis is a basic Force power that can alter the fabric of reality around oneself.

The Father, the Son and the Daughter gesture as a result of their argument, which causes tree ferns, boulders, and several rancor-sized hexapedal lizards to whirl around them:

In the center, near the Font of Power, the Father was having a heated argument with the Son and the Daughter. All three were gesturing wildly, and in the air around them whirled uprooted tree ferns, boulders, and even a couple of six-legged lizards the size of rancors.

Source: Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse

The Father lifts Abeloth out of the Pool of Knowledge:

In the second panel, a much younger-looking Abeloth swam in the Pool of Knowledge, looking sly and defiant as she smiled up at the Father, who stood at the edge of the basin. His hands were raised and extended toward Abeloth, as though he were using the Force to pull her from the pool, and his expression was as sorrowful as it was angry.

Source: Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse

The Father hurls his (distracted) children with the Force:

Force Absorption

Force Absorption, Absorb Energy, Negate Energy, or Tutaminis is a power that can absorb and harness various forms of energies. Force Lightning was particularly difficult to absorb, as it was said to be a challenge for even the most powerful Force users (The Ultimate Visual Guide: Updated and Expanded).

The Father casually grabs Anakin's lightsaber with no ill effects before pushing the blade back into its hilt:

After being weakened, the Father was still capable of utilizing Absorption to negate the Son's Lightning, but only for a time, and was eventually overwhelmed:

Shapeshifting

The Father can take various forms, embodying the reflection of the life force around him:

"We can take many forms. The shapes we embody are merely a reflection of the life force around us."

Source: The Clone Wars: Overlords

Flight

The Father did not utilize alternate forms to travel like his children, but could grow wings to fly and glide at will.

Several instances of the Father flying down to his children:

Force Healing

Force Healing is a Force power than accelerate bodily healing processes, restore failing health, heal wounds or dull pain. The Father was so powerful he could literally resurrect people with this technique.

The Father channels the dying Daughter's Force power through Anakin and into the dead Ahsoka, reviving her and cleansing her of the Son's dark taint:

As the Daughter dies, the Force beings to fall out of balance. Using her last strength, the Daughter serves as a channel for the Force, releasing her ebbing life energies to revive Ahsoka and remove the dark side's stain.

Source: The Ultimate Visual Guide: Updated and Expanded

Fold Space

Fold Space is a Force power enabling a Force wielder to warp the fabric of space, thus teleporting themselves, others, or objects.

The Father teleports, from standing beside Anakin to being far above him:

Memory Rub

Memory Rub is a Force power enabling someone to remove select memories from another person.

The Father erases Anakin's memory of the vision the Son showed him:

To stop the power-craving Son, the Father erases Anakin's memory of his vision, then weakens the Son by stabbing himself with the Dagger of Mortis.

Source: The Ultimate Visual Guide: Updated and Expanded

The Son

Respect the Son:

"Join me, and together we will destroy this Emperor you see in your visions. Then, we shall end war, corruption, and suffering throughout the galaxy."

Power

The Father claims that his children can tear the very fabric of the universe:

"You cannot imagine what pain it is to have such love for your children… and realize that they could tear the very fabric of our universe."

Source: The Clone Wars: Overlords

The Son is the embodiment of the Dark Side:

The personification of the dark side, the Son plots to kill the Father, and is held in check only by the Daughter and the Father's determination to preserve the Balance.

Source: The Ultimate Visual Guide: Updated and Expanded

The Son's mere presence causes lethal thunderstorms and causes plants to die:

"And look! Everything's dying."

...

"The storms here are quite lethal. If you want to live, I suggest you find shelter."

Source: The Clone Wars: Overlords

Gargoyle Form

The Son has access to the Gargoyle form:

Their strength with the Force allows the Son and the Daughter to assume the form of a gargoyle and a griffin.

Source: The Ultimate Visual Guide: Updated and Expanded

The Son's Gargoyle Form is more powerful than the Daughter's Griffin form, overpowering it in a contest of physical strength:

The Fanged God

The Son is worshiped as the Fanged God of Nightsister myth:

The Fanged God appears as a night-black gargoyle in the spirit realm. He governs virility and the hunt. he also communicates smells, sounds and tastes. he is the counterpart to the Winged Goddess and is equally important to the governance of the spirit realm. As Nightsisters, you draw from both pools and thus keep universal energies in balance.

The magic of the Ganged God is so powerful that channeling it can burst minor blood vessels in our physical bodies, raising telltale bruises on the cheeks and around the eyes. These marks were once considered scars of shame by the passive witches who revered the Book of Law. Yet they are brands of honor. Our tradition of facial tattooing reclaims this history for ourselves and announces to the galaxy that we are Nightsisters. And while our Nightbrothers are kept separated, they are marked as our kin and our warriors by the tattooing on their chests and faces.

It is the Fanged God who conjures up the Wild Hunt each year, when the moons are at their brightest and the snows have vanished from the slopes of the Shattered Ridge. I have seen the dark figures with glowing pale eyes as they gallop through the forest. I have heard their hunt-calls as they carry those who cross in their path back to the abode of the ethereal riders.

The Fanged God is close to you at all times. He seeps through the borders separating the two realms and does not require as much effort to channel. Every time you fight or feat or bleed, you are communing with the Fanged God.

As girls you learned to speak with our planet's native rancors and to ride them. The realm beyond shadows contains a single ur-spirit for each of the galaxy's animal species. And just as you did with rancors, so can you do with the ur-spirits. Once you acquire the tongue of a particular ur-spirit, you can understand any creature of that type. Once you can communicate with the creature, you can calm it. Once you can can calm it, you can control it. The most skilled Nightsisters who study this art hold the title of beastwarden.

Because the Fanged God governs the hunt, he is present during tracking, sacrifice, and the drinking of blood. he can sharpen your perceptions to set you on the path of the most elusive prey even when you are far from Dathomir. It is he who gifts us with the blood trail, a technique in which you place a drop of your own blood on your target and use that link to track your quarry across the stars. It is a technique known only to the Nightsisters.

Source: Book of Sith: Secrets From the Dark Side: Wild Power

Shapeshifting

The Son can take many forms, reflecting the life force around him:

"We can take many forms. The shapes we embody are merely a reflection of the life force around us."

Source: The Clone Wars: Overlords

He masquerades as Shimi Skywalker to try to win Anakin's allegiance :

The Son tries to win Anakin's allegiance by masquerading as Shimi Skywalker, then by possessing Ahsoka, and finally by showing Anakin a vision of what he will do as Darth Vader.

Source: The Ultimate Visual Guide: Updated and Expanded

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c97d9HrZBDA

Force Lightning

Force Lightning is a Force power enabling a Force user to cast electrifying bolts of energy from their fingertips causing intense pain and draining life.

The Son knocks the Daughter down with Force Lightning:

He shocks the Daughter with Force Lightning, briefly stunning her:

The Son's Lightning and the Daughter's Absorption prove to be equally powerful:

The Son overpowers a weakened Father with his Force Lightning:

The Son knocks Obi-Wan down with Force Lightning:

Force Visions

Force Visions are powerful visions of the future, past, or present in another location, granted by the Force. The Son was capable of showing others Force Visions, implying that he could already see the future.

The Son shows Anakin a Vision of what he will be like as Darth Vader:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RD16oerX2CY

Force Deflection

Force Deflection is a Force power that a Force user can use to deflect various attacks, though it requires great skill.

The Son easily repels multiple lightsaber strikes from Anakin with his bare hands:

Telekinesis

Telekinesis is a basic Force power that can alter the fabric of reality around oneself.

The Father, the Son and the Daughter gesture as a result of their argument, which causes tree ferns, boulders, and several rancor-sized hexapedal lizards to whirl around them:

In the center, near the Font of Power, the Father was having a heated argument with the Son and the Daughter. All three were gesturing wildly, and in the air around them whirled uprooted tree ferns, boulders, and even a couple of six-legged lizards the size of rancors.

Source: Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse

The Son effortlessly hurls and knocks down an enraged Anakin:

The Son effortlessly deactivates Obi-Wan and Ahsoka's lightsabers:

He deactivates Obi-Wan and Ahsoka's lightsabers again and takes their lightsabers, before flooring them both with the Force:

Force Drain

Force Drain or Drain Life is a Dark Side-aligned Force power enabling one to siphon the life energies of another.

The Son instantly kills Ahsoka with a touch:

The Daughter

Respect the Daughter:

"It is in my nature to do what is selfless. My brother's will always be to do what is selfish."

Power

The Father claims that his children can tear the very fabric of the universe:

"You cannot imagine what pain it is to have such love for your children… and realize that they could tear the very fabric of our universe."

Source: The Clone Wars: Overlords

The Daughter is the embodiment of the light side and suppresses the Son's efforts to escape Mortis:

The incarnation of the light side of the Force, the Daughter serves as a suppressor on the Son, thwarting his efforts to escape from Mortis and battling him for dominance.

Source: The Ultimate Visual Guide: Updated and Expanded

The Daughter keeps the Son in check:

The personification of the dark side, the Son plots to kill the Father, and is held in check only by the Daughter and the Father's determination to preserve the Balance.

Source: The Ultimate Visual Guide: Updated and Expanded

As the embodiment of the light side, the Daughter is so powerful that that the Force itself begins to fall out of balance with her death. Even at near-death, she is powerful enough for her bodily power to be channeled into a dead Ahsoka, reviving her and removing the Son's corruption:

As the Daughter dies, the Force beings to fall out of balance. Using her last strength, the Daughter serves as a channel for the Force, releasing her ebbing life energies to revive Ahsoka and remove the dark side's stain.

Source: The Ultimate Visual Guide: Updated and Expanded

Griffin Form

The Daughter has access to the Griffin form:

Their strength with the Force allows the Son and the Daughter to assume the form of a gargoyle and a griffin.

Source: The Ultimate Visual Guide: Updated and Expanded

The Daughter's Griffin Form is able to charge through the Son's Force Lightning and overpower him:

The Winged Goddess

The Daughter is worshiped as the Winged Goddess of Nightsister myth:

In the spirit realm, the Winged Goddess appears as a blinding-white gryphon. It is she who governs fertility and growth, and she who acts as a mediator to reconcile wounded parties. She knows everything that has occurred and everything that is yet to come.

Channeling the Winged Goddess brings forth great quantities of spirit ichor into the physical realm. This ichor appears as green smoke, but it can be given physical shape and mass as well as be manipulated in spellcasting by a gifted shaman such as myself.

A skilled shaman may conjure objects from raw spirit ichor. The conjured object is everlasting and can take many forms such as a hunting lance or a goblet of boiled blackroot. Divination and scrying are achieved by shaping the spirit ichor into a sphere and peering into its depths. Through scrying, a shaman can view events occurring anywhere int he galaxy. Divination or heartshadow, calls forth visions of possible futures. Through this art, I have learned the fall of empires yet to come and how to protect the Nightsisters from those who would seek to exploit us.

In spellcasting, spirit ichor can become the waters of life and be used to heal wounds or restore memories. When used in conjunction with crafters chanting incantations, I can channel the ichor to rejuvenate the near-dead by coaxing the injured spirit to emerge from hibernation.

Mesmerism is another gift provided by the spirit ichor. This power allows a shaman to override the thoughts of those weaker than oneself - particularly men and offworlders. A tap of the fingertip to the victim's head will induce a trancelike state and make the victim powerless to refuse your commands.

Another form of control is achieved by crafting a small statue of the victim, combining a strand of hair and a roiling caldron brimming with the waters of life. The crude figure may then be stabbed with wooden needles or weakened with a breath of miasma. Any harm done to the totem will be felt by the victim it resembles. But nothing comes without a cost. The effort required of the shaman to summon such quantities of ichor can prove exhausting.

I do not wish to disturb the Winged Goddess with endless supplications, but in times of severe distress, I have used the shaman's connection to directly inooke the spirits. When the call succeeds, the specters of long-ago warriors will glow into view. Heralded by a rush of wind, they will charge a target while uttering a shriek that emanates from every direction at once.

Source: Book of Sith: Secrets from the Dark Side: Wild Power

Shapeshifting

The Daughter can assume many forms, with her embodiments being reflections of the life force around her:

"We can take many forms. The shapes we embody are merely a reflection of the life force around us."

Source: The Clone Wars: Overlords

Telekinesis

Telekinesis is a basic Force power that can alter the fabric of reality around oneself.

The Father, the Son and the Daughter gesture as a result of their argument, which causes tree ferns, boulders, and several rancor-sized hexapedal lizards to whirl around them:

In the center, near the Font of Power, the Father was having a heated argument with the Son and the Daughter. All three were gesturing wildly, and in the air around them whirled uprooted tree ferns, boulders, and even a couple of six-legged lizards the size of rancors.

Source: Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse

The Daughter levitates the Son before slamming him into the ground:

After hitting the Son with one of his own Deflected Lightning bursts, the Daughter suspends him in the air:

The Daughter sends the Son's Gargoyle Form flying, knocking him back into his normal form:

Force Deflection

Force Deflection is a Force power that a Force user can use to deflect various attacks, though it requires great skill. Force Lightning was particularly difficult to Deflect, as it was said to be a challenge for even the most powerful Force users (The Ultimate Visual Guide: Updated and Expanded).

The Daughter manages to Deflect various bursts of Force Lightning from the Son, even hurling one back at the Son and hitting him with it:

Force Absorption

Force Absorption, Absorb Energy, Negate Energy, or Tutaminis is a power that can absorb and harness various forms of energies. Force Lightning was particularly difficult to absorb, as it was said to be a challenge for even the most powerful Force users (The Ultimate Visual Guide: Updated and Expanded).

The Daughter's Absorption is equally powerful as the Son's Force Lightning:

Force Shield

Force Shield or Barrier is a Force ability enabling one to make a shield or wall of Force energy, typically for defensive purposes.

The Daughter uses a Force Shield to prevent the Son's Fiend Form from leaping onto the Father's back:

Behind him stood the Daughter, using a Force shield to prevent the Son's fiend aspect from leaping on the Father's back.

Source: Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse

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Ranking The James Bond Actors

I've ranked both the Bond films and gunbarrels (and soon I'll rank the title songs), and I've discussed the James Bond actors several times now. It should only be natural that I have to "rank them". They're all good, and I like them all in their own way - each of them bringing a different style of Bond that was either enjoyable for me or the public at the time. This isn't a ranking of who is my favorite Bond, but who I consider the best Bond, in order.

Note: I am not including any non-canon entries, so performances both the unofficial Casino Royale's and Never Say Never Again will not be counted. And so, actors like Barry Nelson and David Niven will not be considered. Also please note that this is my opinion, and just my opinion.

And so here I rank the Bonds, in order from worst to best (though just keep in mind that I still do like them all, and that I do consider them all good).

6. George Lazenby

While I am Australian, and Lazenby happens to be the only Australian who played Bond, I really can't give him points for this. Lazenby's single outing as Bond in On Her Majesty's Secret Service happens to be one of the best, but it's mostly because of other elements in the film, such as plot or characterization and performance of characters like Blofeld and Tracy, rather than Lazenby's own performance as Bond. Which is sad to say, really, because he was a good Bond - he brought a more vulnerable side to Bond, a more human element which made him a more realistic character than Connery's. But ultimately, Bond is a fictional character - he doesn't need realism to be a good fictional character.

Apart from the more realistic approach to Bond, Lazenby didn't bring much else. The action scenes were good, owing to Lazenby's good physical fitness and martial ability, but he was a fashion model, not an actor, and he had never acted before. This wasn't just his first Bond film - it was his first film ever. He had only done commercials up to this - it's evident that you'd have to expect the others (who are mostly classically experienced actors) to give more convincing performances. And the rest of the cast in OHMSS also happened to be experienced actors in some way, so Lazenby's inexperience showed - and his delivery of the lines unfortunately couldn't match his physical displays. Had he continued to go on to play Bond, I'd say he could have been higher on my list. But really, this is his one outing before he voluntarily retired from the role. So it's clear his general performance of Bond is mostly not as convincing as that of the other Bonds. His action scenes are good, his more romantic/emotional scenes are surprisingly good - but that's all I can say. There are no more compliments to be given about him as Bond, though there is much to say about On Her Majesty's Secret Service. But I can't just use a film as a basis for an actor, especially when the film is largely so good only because of other elements.

5. Pierce Brosnan

I grew up with Brosnan, and he was the first Bond I saw, so it's honestly pretty painful for me to have him to be so low on this list. But it's not that he wasn't a good Bond, because he was, but it's more the fact that I just liked the other Bonds better. As I said, Pierce being this low doesn't mean that he's bad, just that there's others I would rank over him. I still like him very much as Bond.

Pierce Brosnan is arguably the reason that Bond continues to survive now - because GoldenEye was a huge success, and Brosnan was the one who brought Bond out of the Cold War and into the modern era, when many thought Bond couldn't survive anymore. But he did. That's quite the accomplishment, and it can't be overlooked. Brosnan's also a likeable Bond, but probably most notably is the fact that he's an attempt at a complete package, a combination of all the Bonds before him - he has the charm and wit of Roger Moore and Sean Connery, but also the more human side of George Lazenby (it's pretty minor, but it's there) and the intensity of Dalton. The closest comparison would be Sean Connery, who also has a myriad of characteristics. I've always felt that Brosnan was trying to bring Connery into the 1990's, into a new era of Bond where his very survival was threatened, especially since Dalton's films weren't even that well-received. Brosnan outright saved the franchise, and for that, I think he has to be commended.

But there's drawbacks to everything - including trying to be all the Bonds of the past. While GoldenEye involved an excellent portrayal of Bond by Brosnan, his following performances end up being unstable and inconsistent, but he mostly ended up teetering towards a similar path as Roger Moore - only he was, if anything, even more delicate as Bond at times. The only time the dark intensity really comes back is when he kills Elektra King. Otherwise, I'd argue that Brosnan's Bond, good as it was, ended up collapsing under the weight of trying to support all the different types of Bonds at once instead of focusing on any in particular. Still, I will always have a soft spot for Brosnan in my heart, and he is probably one of the first people who'd come to my mind when I think of James Bond.

4. Daniel Craig

Pierce Brosnan is generally considered the modern Bond - because of his gadgets, and technological Bond, as well as the fact that he brought Bond into the 1990's and out of the Cold War (and technically into the 21st Century as well, but not in a good way). Daniel Craig is considered a modern James Bond as well, alongside Brosnan. But not because he's a techno-Bond, because he's definitely not. It's only because he's the current Bond. If anything, he's the exact opposite of a techno-Bond. After the disastrous peak of CGI and it replacing of the beloved daring stunts, it was decided that the new Bond would have to change dramatically. In a sense, continue what Dalton did, and in similar circumstances - after something else had gone overboard and reached ridiculous levels. They dumped overblown CGI for hard-hitting practical effects. And the man they chose to embody this change? Enter Daniel Craig.

People complained about Daniel Craig's height and eyes and hair and brutish appearance and whatever else. But they were all shut up when Casino Royale came out and blew the critics away. This should tell you something. While Daniel Craig never immediately comes to my mind when I think about Bond, the fact that he isn't a very definitive Bond doesn't mean he isn't a very good one. Daniel Craig's films are beginning to attract a larger base of fans, fitting perfectly with the way films are made in the 21st Century, and thus delivering when it comes to the box office. I won't speak too much of Craig, since he's still the current Bond and I'd recommend that you watch his films, but if you're a fan of physical action and intensity, with great practical effects cleverly combined with CGI in reasonable amounts, you won't get much better than Craig. And it's not as if he's not as emotionally or mentally intense as the other Bonds, either. Still, Daniel Craig's Bond is one best understood by watching his films, rather than being told about him. So I would encourage people to rewatch Casino Royale, to watch Skyfall if they haven't already, and watch the upcoming Spectre (which may alter my placement of Craig as well).

3. Timothy Dalton

I've always preferred Timothy Dalton's grittier Bond than Craig's. Maybe because there were still a touch of one-liners/gadgets in his films, even if they were sparse, and maybe those elements simply rubbed off on me after watching all the other ones. But to be fair, I also have to say that I believe Dalton played truer to Bond's original roots, in Ian Fleming's novels. I've only read some of them, but I can already tell that the reports of Dalton actually reading them on-set to attune his Bond to that style of character must be true. The melding of physical and emotional/mental intensity and darkness in Dalton's films is just amazing.

Dalton's Bond is probably my favorite. He's mostly poorly received by the general population/critics at the time, because they had just come out of Roger Moore's era of what was probably the exact opposite Bond of Dalton's. And so Timothy Dalton seemingly appeared to be an "unsuccessful" Bond, because the audience didn't like him. But Dalton's Bond remains watchable today, whereas Moore's films have weathered in quality over the years. Moore's Bond was suited solely for his time, whereas Dalton's Bond was suited for only one thing - his interpretation of Bond, nothing else. That's why the changing of audiences hasn't weathered away Dalton's Bond films. If anything, Craig's newer films, of a similar dark class as Dalton's, are mostly beginning to remind people of Dalton and hold him in a higher light.

So why is Craig praised so much for the same things that Dalton was lambasted for? It's simple. Dalton was simply ahead of his time. If he played Bond now, he'd be accepted as Bond. If it wasn't Roger Moore who proceeded him, and the 70's and early 80's weren't full of ridiculousness, he'd probably be accepted as well. And I'll bet that part of why Daniel Craig's Bond is praised so much now is because Dalton's films served as a precursor, to slightly smoothen the ride for Craig.

I really could rant a whole lot more on Dalton and why he wasn't as accepted as Bond, but I don't think it'd be best to do that here. Maybe I'll make a blog for him in particular sometime in the future. Generally speaking, I'd recommend watching Dalton's films after, say, Craig's films, rather than Roger Moore's, so they can be understood in better context and not have such strong contrasts that might make the films seem less impressive.

2. Roger Moore

The love for Roger Moore is mostly non-existent on the internet. He appealed mostly to those of the generations of the early 1970's - mid 1980's, and not so much to the people of today, unlike Connery. So online, it's hard to find many Moore supporters in comparison to the others. But there has to be a reason for why he played Bond the most times, in seven films for over a decade, despite the fact that he was the oldest person to even begin playing Bond (he was 45 in his debut in Live and Let Die). Today, Roger Moore is mostly remembered as a silly, campy, witty, perhaps even a wimpy Bond. But even though I wasn't alive during his reign as Bond, I think it's pretty evident that in his time, people really did accept him as Bond. He might not have been Connery, but as soon as he said "My Name's Bond, James Bond" he owned the role for a dozen years. He had to have been an accepted, appreciated Bond. And it's clear that appreciation for a more humorous Bond is clearly almost non-existent now, decades after Moore relinquished his Walther and tuxedo.

But I'll say this - Moore was the Bond of his time. Connery is generally imagined of as the classic Bond of the sixties, the original. Brosnan is remembered as the post-Cold War Bond, the modern Bond. Craig is the Bond for the most recent generation. A heavy focus on physical action and intensity and stunts rather than sharp, witty remarks. But just as Lazenby was forced to toil in Connery's shadow, Dalton, as good of a Bond as he is, is largely overshadowed by the more popular Roger Moore. He wasn't even that popular in his time. Why? Because Dalton wasn't very good as Bond? No, not at all. Because people missed Roger Moore. They missed his comedic quips and raised eyebrows and winks at the screen. Roger Moore was the Bond of his time, of his generation (or rather, generations) which means from the early 70's, all the way to the mid 80's. He has to be commended for this. Connery was unable to properly adapt to the newer decades of the 70's and 80's - in both decades, Moore proved the more popular, beating Connery out in both Diamonds Are Forever and Never Say Never Again (though, to be fair, they're considered the worst of Connery's performances and far below his performances in the 60's). Dalton mostly ended up being a more forgettable Bond, in Moore's shadow, just as Lazenby's Bond was largely forgotten in Connery's vastly larger shadow. The only reason he's no longer considered favorable today except by those of his time who still carry nostalgia with them is because his Bond, as I said, is focused on fitting with his temporal context, which means he is now quite dated.

If anything, I actually do like Moore's comedic approach - he strays very far from Ian Fleming's interpretation, but Bond in film is different from Bond in literature. They're from different times, and have different audiences. And Moore, being watched by over a billion people as Bond, is more popular than the literature Bond. So that has to say something. As for why I like Moore, he makes me laugh, and he brings a real sense of fun to the series, while it always somehow still seems like Bond - certainly not if you compare his films to Dalton's, but he still seemed like Bond, probably because he owned Bond in his two prominent decades. And if Roger Moore could secure a spot alongside Connery as one of the classic Bonds, then he should be able to secure a spot alongside Connery here as well, as one of the best Bonds. Culturally relevant today? Probably not, he is indeed quite outdated. But then again, he never had plans to be one of the most revered Bonds more than forty years after his debut. This list isn't about who is more relevant as Bond today, though - it's about which Bond performed the best. And in that area, Roger Moore was a very solid performer up to For Your Eyes Only, with the exception of Moonraker.

1. Sean Connery

Most would probably have expected Connery at number 1. Sean's considered the best Bond, but even I find him overrated, with nostalgia and respect playing a large role in why he's generally hyped up to number 1. So why do I still have him as no. 1? Well, the simple answer is that he really does legitimately deserve the title. The first Bond, not irrefutably the best, as some like to claim, but still the best in my mind. He was a most suave Bond, the smoothest in all of his actions, but he was also capable of being a dark or dirty killer when necessary. He's the one who created the James Bond archetypal character, and when he says "Bond, James Bond" you really believe it. He has witty charm and humor, but doesn't go overboard with it. He can kill people in the nastiest and dirtiest ways if necessary. He's smooth in all he does. And most of all, he's a woman's man. Charming, sophisticated. Connery is the norm against which all other Bonds are compared, and in having set a tremendously high benchmark, things will probably always remain this way. Even the other Bonds have all commended Connery and praised him. While it's not an irrefutable fact, in my mind, Sean Connery is the James Bond.

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Top 10 Most Powerful Sith Lords

This is a revised edition of my previous Top 10 Sith where I made personal rankings of the Sith Lords. I didn't keep it up to date so it got messy. My new lists will be separate blogs each, staring with this ranking of various Sith Lords' Force power. Each of the top ten Sith Lords have a respect thread on this site, except for Caedus and Nox. Some of the others will also have respect threads. Click on the names to get to their respect threads.

Also, as with the previous thread, this thread is not infallible, and neither am I. I will be open to other opinions as long as they are based on canonical evidence.

Note: I will not be including Revan in this list.

1. Emperor Palpatine/Darth Sidious

Was there ever any doubt? There really shouldn't have been. Palpatine has been listed by sources as the most powerful Sith Lord in history for decades now, and has always held that title. Technically, in more recent times it's not exactly as clear since Palpatine hasn't had these sorts of accolades in the new decade with the introduction of Vitiate and so on, but there hasn't been any sort of quote to oppose this, so honestly, it's not a stretch to continue to believe this, especially since feats still support that notion.

Feats - Using Wormholes to destroy fleets and ravage the surfaces of planets and moons, utilizing multiple Wormholes across several different star systems, telepathically subjugating the twenty-billion populace of Byss and leeching their life force passively across galactic distances, Mind Controlling Jedi into serving him, forming Weather Storms through his holographic transmission, overpowering the limits of Yoda's Force Absorption with Force Lightning, reading the minds of Darth Maul, Count Dooku, and Darth Vader, killing Jedi instantly with Lightning whilst severely weakened, ragdolling Darth Maul/Savage Opress, being powerful enough to literally be a nexus, forming a small nexus of dark side energy upon physical death, escaping Chaos by virtue of sheer willpower, being able to destroy his office and the entire building complex with a thought, passively repelling mental scans from Shaak Ti and Vima-Da-Boda, passively repelling mental scans from Darth Plagueis without being trained in the Force, telepathically manipulate Plagueis's mind for years, possibly mastering every single Force power, inventing new Force powers on a whim, etc.

Accolades - Being the most powerful practitioner of the Dark Side up to and of his time, being the most powerful Dark Sider in history, being the most powerful Sith Lord in history, being the most powerful expression of the Dark Side, being vastly more powerful than Darth Maul, being more powerful than anybody Yoda has ever encountered, being described by Darth Tyranus as a "black hole of the Force", etc.

2. Vitiate

While I've never been part of the Vitiate is no. 1 campaign, I am still willing to give him credit for the accolades and showings that he does possess, and despite the fact that prep, help, and nexuses influence a vast majority of his feats, Vitiate should be comparable to all iterations of Palpatine from RotS onward (except probably DE Sidious), and more powerful than his younger TPM incarnation. The general depiction of Vitiate alone makes me willing to place him just a couple of notches ahead of Plagueis as well. At least, Vitiate isn't an obscure character filled with accolades - he does have his share of quality feats to bring to the table, and for that, he should definitely make it to the top three in my opinion. He possesses absolutely titanic Force power, and is repeatedly suggested to be far and away superior to Revan, who is similar to the likes of Darth Vader in Force power.

Feats - Making Scourge shiver uncontrollably by just brushing minds, overpowering the limits on Revan's Force Absorption with Force Lightning, mentally enslaving a fallen Revan and Malak, mentally enslaving the defeated Jedi strike team, overpowering the Jedi strike team with Lightning, knocking down the company on Yavin IV (such as Revan, Satele Shan, protagonists, Darth Marr, etc.) and seemingly briefly incapacitating them, annihilating the Dark Council, forming illusory copies of himself, collapsing the Dark Temple via earthquakes after being mortally wounded, causing Servant Two's mind to become twisted as a result of repeatedly being in his (Vitiate's) presence, etc.

Accolades - Being the most powerful Dark Sider up to and of his time, being the most powerful Force user up to and of his time (disregarding the Ones), being far more powerful than Revan and company on Yavin, etc.

3. Darth Plagueis

If we do take the novel blurb that states that Plagueis is the most powerful Sith Lord who ever lived up to and of his time, then he should be above Vitiate. The problem is, though, that blurbs aren't reliable and Vitiate does have newer content, as well as the fact that when I compare their showings side-by-side, I just have the urge to claim that Vitiate is more powerful - not by much, but still, more powerful. My opinion regarding Plagueis and Vitiate may constantly shift, but I've locked them both into the top three along with Palpatine.

Feats - Atomizing a dozen assassins whilst severely injured, holding back and years from his prime, shaking the floor with enough force to knock people off their feet with a thought under the same circumstances, unleashing Lightning that leaves behind residual sparks, unleashing Lightning that lifts Wandau to the ceiling and turns his bones to dust, supporting collapsing cave/mine rubble and calling down separate rubble on Tenebrous so quickly the latter almost didn't even notice what hit him, lifting and stacking slabs of rock to build a mount high enough for him to jump out of a cave (he can jump ten meters vertically), displaying telekinesis on a microscopic scale, creating Illusions of himself to deceive Palpatine, hiding his Force presence from Palpatine, causing the coldest winter on Naboo ever experienced merely with his presence, releasing a planetary tremor upon death, etc.

Accolades - Being listed as the most powerful Sith Lord up to and of his time by novel blurbs (which are, admittedly, dubious in canonical value)

4. Darth Caedus

The consensus is generally that Plagueis is more powerful than Caedus, and Caedus is more skilled/durable. I have hopped on this bandwagon for a rather extensive period of time, and I still continue to support this. While I have no doubt in my mind that Caedus is more powerful than Vader in the Force, I'd argue that Vader is still solidly comparable. On the other hand, I can only see Vader being loosely comparable to Plagueis, in the sense that Vader is in his remote region and not immensely outclassed in telekinetic proficiency, but still considerably subservient. So I just have Caedus in the middle of Vader and Plagueis.

Feats - Manipulating 40m ships, effortlessly demolishing Y-Wings, incapacitating Ben Skywalker with Lightning, blinding enemies' Force senses, destroying Beskar with a tap through Shatterpoint, blasting Alema Rar and Jaina Solo across rooms on separate occasions via Lightning, learning various obscure powers such as Phase/Fold Space, Absorbing turbolasers, dispelling Lumiya's Illusions, utilizing Deflection against torrents of fire from multiple ships, casually hurling GAG speeders mid-duel, etc.

Accolades - Being listed by novel blurbs as being superior to Darth Vader, being one of the most powerful Sith Lords in history, etc.

5. Darth Vader

In terms of sheer telekinetic proficiency, Vader is an absolute monstrosity. Almost nobody has the feats to compare to the mammoth showings that Vader dishes out on a regular basis. And Vader does always generate the vibe of sheer power, with his mere presence. He's also extremely capable in various other Force-generated skills, such as Deflection, Absorption, Telepathy (Fear, Drain Knowledge), Alter Environment, and so on. With Force power of such a titanic class, one would have to be pretty insane not to have Vader in the top ten, and he should pretty much decisively

Feats - Collapsing cathedrals, calling down massive trees, blasting aside numerous gigantic beasts, Crushing gargantuan droids, ragdolling Ferus Olin, hurling everything in a room of the Jedi Council at Ferus, melting durasteel in his rage, using Alter Environment to control winds to blow Jedi away, repelling lightsaber attacks with his bare hands via Deflection, causing fear in Imperials, penetrating Luke's mind via telepathy, causing portions of ceilings to crumble merely from being angry, telekinetically collapsing/levitating several large platforms, etc.

Accolades - Being one of the most powerful Sith Lords in history, being one of the most powerful individuals in the galaxy, being the most powerful Force user that many have had the honor of meeting, being powerful enough for Ferus to inadvertently shrink back, being said to have Force mastery rivaling that of the most powerful Jedi, etc.

6. Exar Kun

Just short of Malgus, and a bit ambiguous as a character in terms of general power levels. Still, I want to rank him, and I'd put him just a sliver behind Traya. Exar is the most powerful Sith Lord up to and of his time, and among the most powerful in history, with certain feats to support this, such as decimating Odan-Urr with telekinesis, hypnotizing the Senate, incapacitating Freedon Nadd's spirit, etc. Exar is remarkably powerful, though a portion of his power and general feats come from his gauntlets. That's why I'd depict him as just a hair beneath Traya in sheer, personal Force power.

However, TOR's new Shadow of Revan expansion has his spirit knocking back the player character, potentially (and likely) being Nox. His Sith Sorcery-enchanted talisman also causes migraines and then knocks the player character upward, again likely being Nox. The reason it's likely Nox is because there isn't a reason for spirits to be appearing before non-Force sensitives, nor for them to be gifted with Force power or talismans. Nox, having consumed several Sith spirits before, as well as being the head of the Sphere of Ancient Knowledge, is by far the most likely to be the character in question, since the Wrath is not keen on spirits or talismans and has other duties. Provided that it is Nox, these are incredible feats.

Feats - Using Sith Sorcery to hypnotize the entire Senate, casually killing Odan-Urr, obliterating Freedon Nadd's spirit, one-shotting Alema Keto without effort, casually hurling Sylvar, sensing Ulic Qel-Droma as a rival to him, reverting dark energies making Massassi warriors loyal to Naga Sadow, making said Massassi loyal to him instead, unleashing Force Screams that can be heard across the galaxy, using his rage, a dark side nexus, and his dark side artifacts to produce a blast killing a Sith wyrm, several Massassi, and destroying portions of a temple, and then growing in power, etc.

Spirit feats - Showing various Force Visions to Jedi, casually incinerating Gantoris, invading Luke's dreams, resurrecting the Sun Crusher (with Kyp Durron), incapacitating Luke and separating his spirit from his body (with Kyp Durron), influencing Streen to attack Luke, telekinetically ragdolling Corran Horn, controlling Sithspawn to attack Luke, Choking a group of NJO Jedi including Streen, Jacen and Jaina, Cilghal, Kam Solusar, Dorsk 81, and so on (although they were all before their prime), etc.

Accolades - Being the most powerful Dark Lord of the Sith up to and of his time, being one of the most powerful Sith Lords in history, etc.

7. Darth Traya

While Kreia may not have much content about her, it's very evident that she's one of the most powerful Force-wielders in history. She literally radiates confidence as she effortlessly destroys the various people around her with the Force, be it telekinetically, mentally, or through taking their life force. She only ever appears desperate or strained twice - the first time against Sion, prior to reaching her prime, and in suspect circumstances. The second time is her flashback of being dogpiled by Nihilus and Sion, which is a rather devastating combination in any case. Apart from that and obviously the end fight with the Exile, Traya always appears to be in control of the situation.

Feats - Using the Force to make Jedi Masters from across the galaxy "forget her", telepathically communicating with Atris across the galaxy, causing Mical to forget what he has learned and remember it "when the time is right", literally vanishing from eyesight/seemingly teleporting, killing Vrook Lamar, Kavar and Zez-Kai Ell with Drain, instantly killing almost a dozen Sith assassins without the need to gesture, using telepathy to discern information she isn't told about, destroying Sion with the Force, etc.

Accolades - Being more powerful than the Exile.

8. Darth Malgus

Just to clarify, I'm using Deceived Malgus, just because of my discord with his rather inconsistent False Emperor showings. If we take False Emperor Malgus's feats literally and seriously, I see him being somewhere around Vader's level. Still, even with just Deceived, Malgus is devastating in terms of sheer Force power. The potency of his telekinesis and Force Lightning is astounding, and Malgus is every bit deserving of his place in the top ten.

Feats - Unleashing telekinetic waves that lurch the transport he is traveling on and sending doors and bodies flying in every direction, killing several Jedi via Lightning, overpowering Adraas with Lightning, sending Aryn Leneer flying across a hangar with telekinesis, killing Jedi with Choke, blasting away several tons of rubble that had once been part of two buildings, sending Jedi skidding across halls with telekinesis, etc.

Accolades - Being one of the most powerful Sith Lords of his age.

9. Darth Tyranus

Not as environmentally devastating compared to most on this list, the Count is a rather conservative Force user, but when he does exercise the Force in great amounts, it's usually an eye-catching spectacle. Tyranus is basically the most powerful Force user of his age second only to Anakin, barring Sidious, Yoda and the Ones (top-tier Force wielders). To me, Dooku also happens to be in the exact middle between Vader and Maul in terms of Force power, and funnily enough, he's in the exact middle between Vader and Maul on this list too.

Feats - Deflecting Lightning, dominating the likes of Tiplee, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Quinlan Vos and Asajj Ventress with the Force on separate occasions, lifting several obelisks, causally calling down a large bridge, subduing Savage Opress with Lightning, incapacitating Sora Bulq with Lightning, using Lightning and Telekinesis together to incapacitate Anakin Skywalker, causally collapsing portions of metal balconies, Choking an pre-prime Savage Opress, etc.

Accolades - Being one of the most powerful Jedi in history, becoming more powerful as a Sith, being one of the most powerful Force-users in history, etc.

10. Darth Krayt

I'll be ranking the Legacy comics Krayt, not Apocalypse Krayt. Apocalypse Krayt does seem remarkably powerful, as per successfully harming Abeloth with Drain and various other attacks along with Luke, but it's not exactly consistent with what has been displayed in other appearances. My rationale for that is that Krayt got weaker when he reached the Legacy era. Abeloth inflicted terrible injuries on both Luke and Krayt's Force essences, and in the following novel Crucible (which I haven't read yet but have been told about) Luke is significantly weaker than his previous self. It should stand to reason then that Krayt also grew weaker after the encounter with Abeloth, and, despite improving later, would still never reach that level of power again. That's the only realistic in-universe explanation I can find, although if anything it's just another stupid inconsistency.

Still, Krayt in the Legacy comics is still one of the most powerful Sith Lords by virtue of both accolades and feats, having displayed a wide range of powers himself. He's powerful enough to round out the top ten list.

Feats - Krayt has showings from two different eras:

Apocalypse feats - Using Drain on Abeloth and Luke, inflicting injuries on Abeloth along with Luke, etc.

Later Legacy Era - Using Dark Transfer/Shatterpoint to kill/revive Cade Skywalker, Deflecting Lightning, resisting Wyyrlok's Memory Walk, displaying superior proficiency in telekinesis than Wyyrlok, killing Vong/rakghouls with bursts of Lightning, ragdolling Nihl and Maladi, making all the Sith across the galaxy feel his presence, etc.

Accolades - Being one of the most powerful Sith Lords in history.

Honorable Mentions

The following Sith Lords are very close to making it to the list, but not quite there yet.

Darth Nox - Darth Nox is basically a walking paradox. He or she will be the only TOR protagonist on this list, but rightfully so, because Nox is a powerful Force practitioner with ancient Sith spirits trapped within him or her, which empowers Nox to incredible levels. Essentially a less extreme version of Vitiate, if you will.

Feats - Sending Thanaton flying, resisting an extremely sustained burst of Lightning from Thanaton, telekinetically forcing Thanaton to bow down, crippling Thanaton to a moribund state with Lightning, obliterating stone with Force Lightning, being more powerful than and defeating each of his or her consumed spirits, Mind Controlling Force-sensitives, etc.

Accolades - Being one of the most powerful Sith Lords of the era, various praises ranging from Darth Marr to Khem Val, etc.

Darth Malak - He's listed as one of the most powerful Sith Lords in history, and for good reason, because between freezing Bastila and Carth in place via Stasis and then fighting Revan, later placing him in Whirlwind and sealing a pair of blast doors shut with telekinesis all at once is a very impressive showing. Eventually, he even places Revan (pre-prime, of course) in Stasis, although he is forced to relinquish his control over everything else to do so. Still, it's a remarkable feat, and it does land him a solid mention in the honorable mentions list. He's probably only a notch or two below Nox in terms of sheer power.

Darth Maul (TCW) - ILS will hate me for this. LOL. Honestly, though, I did have plans for Maul to be in the 8-10 range, except I managed to think up of so many names that Maul had to keep sliding down to here. Still, Maul has his share of impressive feats. For instance, Choking and hurling Obi-Wan, collapsing large portions of caves, causing small landslides, blasting back a battalion of troops with Savage's help, calling down 20m shuttles under negative circumstances, etc.

Darth Bane - I know plenty of people would be expecting Bane in the top ten, but let's face it - Bane is one of the most widely overrated characters in SW, and he just isn't part of the SW pantheon. The Sith'ari title is meaningless because the one power-related tenet is the one that Bane doesn't fulfill, and that's really it. Still, Bane deserves some credit, at least. He has accolades to place him as one of the most powerful Sith Lords in history, and just one of the most powerful individuals in general. His Lightning is powerful enough to disintegrate stone and incinerate soldiers, his telekinesis is enough to casually kill Qordis without a second glance, decades before his prime, and his telepathy is sufficient to extract information from an unwilling Darth Andeddu simulacrum via Drain Knowledge, Mind Control drexls, and resist Kaan's attempts to affect him, also decades before his prime. His Barrier is sufficient to render him unharmed by half a dozen concussion grenades. Generally speaking, Bane's sheer Force power is at least loosely approachable to everybody in the above list until we get to the likes of Vader, but Bane is also extremely overrated.

Ulic Qel-Droma - Qel-Droma is generally controversial, and actually doesn't have too many actual showings "in his prime" to validate his varying levels of praise. He was powerful enough to be detected by Exar Kun as something of a rival, and he is listed as one of the most powerful Sith Lords in history, as well as "equal for the mightiest Jedi masters". He's additionally stated to be more powerful than Alema Keto. For showings, Ulic has displayed Barrier sufficient to repel blasts from a Basilisk War Droid's laser cannon, shielded himself from the dark powers of Warb Null and Ommin, knocked away Cay Qel-Droma and Tott Doneeta (when enraged), etc.

Too Obscure

The following all have the potential to be on the list or the honorable mentions, but for lack of content or conflicting content, I prefer to avoid ranking them.

Dathka Graush - A very powerful Sith Lord, and one of the most powerful in history by both accolades and feats, but he is still just too ambiguous. He has no living appearances, and far more sourcebook/off-panel quotes than his single appearance as a Sith spirit. Very few people are even aware of him - doesn't really make sense to rank him on the list, even if he's potentially powerful enough to make it there, or at least the honorable mentions.

Karness Muur - If anything, most of the Exiles, or at least Sorzus Syn and Ajunta Pall, could potentially make the honorable mentions, at least, but Karness Muur is just tremendously powerful. Despite that, he has no real living appearances and the full extent of his power still appears undisclosed. That being said, he's pretty much certainly in the top ten if we had to rank his Force power.

Tulak Hord - When inspecting the remains of the Endar Spire, Khem Val notes that Tulak Hord once pulled a ship of similar size from the sky. Taken literally, it would definitely put him in the top ten, however, I'm simply unsure about how reliable a source Khem Val is. He did, however, also place Tulak Hord in Stasis, and TOR's new Shadow of Revan expansion has his spirit knocking back the player character, potentially (and likely) being Nox. His Sith Sorcery-enchanted talisman also causes migraines and then knocks the player character upward, again likely being Nox.

Marka Ragnos - With both Ludo Kressh and Naga Sadow clearly in awe of him, Marka Ragnos should be a part of this top ten list. However, losing to Jaden Korr (he might not have been at a full-power state, but I don't recall a source stating this) and just not having enough content in general prevents me from placing him there. Implicit power does suggest he's one of the most powerful Sith Lords in all of history, though. TOR's new Shadow of Revan expansion has his spirit knocking back the player character, potentially (and likely) being Nox. His Sith Sorcery-enchanted talisman also causes migraines and then knocks the player character upward, again likely being Nox.

Naga Sadow - Naga Sadow is slightly ambiguous because his most renowned feats involve his usage of the Corsair or his Meditation Sphere. He is, however, listed as one of the most powerful Sith Lords in history, and his displays of Sorcery and Alchemy are very impressive. He's confirmed to be more powerful than Ludo Kressh, who was able to craft the ridiculously powerful Gauntlet of Kressh, and he's suggested to be more powerful than even Ragnos and Hord. His tomb is also a more powerful nexus than any of others, being one of the most powerful nexuses in history and being able to drive half-insane Sith inquisitors who were able to masquerade as Jedi and hide their dark side heritage from the entire Jedi Order.

TOR's new Shadow of Revan expansion has his spirit knocking back the player character, potentially (and likely) being Nox. His Sith Sorcery-enchanted talisman also causes migraines and then knocks the player character upward, again likely being Nox. As with Ragnos and Hord, this is a feat that would pretty easily propel him to top ten, but as with most ancient Sith Lords, Sadow is still somewhat ambiguous, so I'd avoid actually ranking him there for now.

Ludo Kressh - Destroying a large statue rather casually just by getting angry is sufficient to get you up there, but Ludo doesn't have much else. It's hard to judge his sheer power. To be fair, though, being a rival for Naga Sadow would suggest a high level of Force power, probably at least enough to land him in the honorable mentions. But again, Kressh is just too much of an unknown. He did, however, create the Gauntlet of Kressh, which is an immensely powerful

Freedon Nadd - We know he eventually surpassed Naga Sadow (although the new retcon with TOR may suggest otherwise), and he has impressive feats as a spirit (such as shattering Kun's bones and then restoring them) and being the power source of Ommin and Amanoa. If anything, Nadd is pretty much decisively top ten material, definitely well above somebody like Tyranus and Malgus, but he's still ambiguous enough for me to not rank him just yet.

Darth Nihilus - Draining all life on Katarr, Concealing himself from being Sensed by Katarr, Stunning the Exile, Visas and Mandalore, and stomping the living daylights out of Sion with a combination of Lightning, Drain and telekinesis should pretty solidly place him in the top ten, if not nearly top five. However, I'm just not as sold on his Ravager showing, which is highly circumstantial/off-panel. His Drain feat does appear to involve capital ship bombardment prior to that, though, which is suggested by The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia. So it's both difficult and controversial to judge Nihilus.

Darth Tenebrous - His displayed feats (using TK to support rubble, weaving Force Shields that can repel mine-destroying explosions, firing Lightning that leaves behind residual sparks long after the initial discharge, being implied to have been manipulating Plagueis's mind with TP) are generally top ten material, but he just doesn't have enough content and is far too controversial to rank.

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Rebellion Era Luke Skywalker Respect Thread

After finishing my series of Palpatine respect threads, I'll begin the much larger task of a Luke respect thread, also divided into a series of eras. Of course, since Luke has so much material, I'll only be doing his Rebellion era respect thread and later his New Jedi Order era respect thread - another user, @jkbart, will do the New Republic and Legacy era threads.

With that out of the way, respect Luke Skywalker:

"I am a Jedi, like my father before me."

Power/Potential

As the son of Chosen One, Luke wields both tremendous strength in the Force and even more tremendous potential.

George Lucas notes that Luke could become what his father could have been, having the potential to become more powerful than the Emperor:

He tries it with anybody he thinks might be more powerful, which is what the Emperor was looking for in the first place: somebody who would be more powerful than he was and could help him rule the universe. But Obi-Wan screwed that up by cutting of his arms and legs and burning him up. From then on, he wasn't as strong as the Emperor—he was like Darth Maul or Count Dooku. He wasn't what he was supposed to become. But the son could become that.

Source: Rolling Stone #375 (credit to Silver2467)

Luke's potential is greater than the Emperor's and Vader's:

And the Emperor was right. Luke had much power in him. It was raw, unchanneled and untrained, but it was vast. His potential was larger than the Emperor's, larger than Vader's.

Source: Shadows of the Empire

Vader considers Luke to be the strongest of the Jedi and considers him an equal, with a duel between the two being "the duel of a lifetime":

A warrior needed to contend with equals. Obi-Wan was gone, and the other Jedi were all extinct, save one, who was the strongest of them all. His own son. He had told the Emperor that Luke Skywalker would join them or die. The real truth was only slightly different: Luke would join Darth Vader or die. It would be something to look forward to. That would be the duel of a lifetime. This wasn’t even exercise.

Source: Shadows of the Empire

Vader notes the possibility of Luke's strength/potential in the Force being greater than that of Anakin's:

He would never go back to what he had been mentally. Weak, foolish, idealistic. Anakin had been much like Luke Skywalker was now. Mere...potential. Yes, the Force was strong in Luke, perhaps stronger than it had been in Anakin. But the boy needed to embrace the dark side, to learn where the real power was, to achieve his true promise. If he did not, the Emperor would destroy Luke. Vader did not want that.

Source: Shadows of the Empire

Luke perceives that the Emperor is afraid of Luke's power and potential:

Luke paused, for he saw something else, as well; something he hadn’t seen before in the Emperor. Fear.

Luke saw fear in the Emperor—fear of Luke. Fear of Luke’s power, fear that this power could be turned on him—on the Emperor—in the same way Vader had turned it on Obi-Wan Kenobi. Luke saw this fear in the Emperor—and he knew, now, the odds had shifted slightly. He had glimpsed the Emperor’s nakedest self.

Source: Return of the Jedi

Vader is astounded at the difference between Luke's strength in the Force compared to that of his previous encounter, noting that Luke is stronger and more powerful than he had imagined. This provokes surprise and fear in the Dark Lord:

Vader watched Luke. His boy was powerful, stronger than he’d imagined. And still pliable. Not lost yet—either to the sickening, weakly side of the Force, that had to beg for everything it received; or to the Emperor, who feared Luke with reason. There was yet time to take Luke for his own—to retake him. To join with him in dark majesty. To rule the galaxy together. It would only take patience and a little wizardry, to show Luke the exquisite satisfactions of the dark way and to pry him from the Emperor’s terrified clutch. Vader knew Luke had seen it too—the Emperor’s fear. He was a clever boy, young Luke. Vader smile grimly to himself. He was his father’s son.

Source: Return of the Jedi

For the first time, the thought entered Vader’s consciousness that his son might best him. He was astounded by the strength Luke had acquired since their last duel, in the Cloud City—not to mention the boy’s timing, which was honed to a thought’s-breadth. This was an unexpected circumstance. Unexpected and unwelcome. Vader felt humiliation crawling in on the tail of his first reaction, which was surprise, and his second, which was fear. And then the edge of the humiliation curled up, to reveal bald anger. And now he wanted revenge.

Source: Return of the Jedi

Luke's body houses more power than either the Emperor or Vader:

A body more powerful in the Force than Vader, potentially more powerful even than Palpatine. The body of a true hero, beloved by all right-thinking citizens in the galaxy as the very symbol of truth and justice...

Source: Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor

Force Valor/Protection/Speed

Force Valor is a light-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.

Luke moves imperceptibly fast:

He moved faster than S’ybll could keep track of him, and jumped over and behind a fragment of a broken lintel.

Source: A New Hope: The Life of Luke Skywalker (credit to Silver2467)

Before receiving proper Jedi instruction, Luke displays sufficient reaction time to react to and defend against strikes from trained Force-sensitives like Celeste Morne:

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He displays decent strength and endurance as he engages the champion of Coway in unarmed combat:

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Luke sees TIE fighters (which were flying at sub-light speeds) at sub-light speeds in slow-motion:

Luke reached out. The Force was here, as it was everywhere, and it was no harder to touch deep in space than it was in the swamps on Dagobah. He let it fill him. The TIE fighters suddenly seemed to be moving slower. Luke’s hands flew over the controls; he moved the stick with sharp and precise movements. Swung to his starboard and lit the lasers, double-tapped the fire button.

Lines of fire lanced out and shattered one, two of the four TIE fighters. The explosion spat a hard spray of wreckage at him as Luke looped away. Shards of the destroyed TIEs sleeted against the X-wing’s transparisteel canopy, a meal and plastic hail.

Source: Shadows of the Empire

Luke deflects blaster fire from over a dozen shooters, weaving a curtain of hard light out of his blade:

When a man comes at you with a blaster spewing, you don't stand there asking stupid questions. Luke snatched his lightsaber from his belt, lit it, and whipped it up in a right inward block as he slid to the side. A blaster bolt splashed from the blade in a shower of red and orange sparks. The air stank suddenly of ozone. The techs were unarmed, and Luke saw two of them take hits and go down. The others scrambled for cover.

Koth Melan produced a small weapon and returned fire, hitting the lead attacker right between the eyes. The attacker fell backward. There were more behind him, boiling through the shattered doorway. Luke leaped forward, circled his lightsaber into a horizontal slash, and took down the next man through the door. Melan fired. The bolt sizzled past Luke's left ear and hit the third man incoming.

Beyond that, Luke saw, there were at least a dozen more shooters crowding toward the doorway. Maybe more. It wasn't as if he had time to do a precise count here—

More energy beams cooked the air, scorching past Luke and spearing computer consoles and technicians alike.

"Too many of them!" Melan yelled. "This way!"

Luke wove a curtain of hard light with his blade, deflecting blaster bolts and driving the attackers back temporarily.

Source: Shadows of the Empire

Again, he deflects blaster fire from around a dozen shooters (Bounty Hunters), this time weaving a tapestry of light out of his blade:

A horizontal hail of energy bolts stabbed at Luke—The Force let him move faster than he thought possible, and he wove a defensive tapestry with his lightsaber that turned the hard rain away. Ricocheting beams hit and pierced walls, bounty hunters, the floor, the ceiling. It was dangerous to be here, no matter where you stood.

Amazed as he was at his speed and skill, Luke knew it couldn't continue. He had to miss only one block and he would be a goner. Sooner or later, they'd get him. He ran forward down the hall, and the shooters ahead of him gave way against their own reflected firepower. There was a lot of yelling going on with the blasting:

"—look out, you fool—!”

"—there he is, get him—!"

"—watch it, watch it—!"

"—I'm hit—!"

He didn't know how far he had to go to get to the exit. He had a good idea that if it wasn't pretty close, he wasn't going to make it. But Luke went with the flow of the Force, continued to cut and block, to parry bolts and flesh and bones as the bounty hunters tried to stop him. There wasn't a lot of choice; he couldn't exactly stop to think about things. Ahead and to his left, the wall suddenly shattered and imploded.

Smoking debris spattered in all directions. Some of the bounty hunters were blown down by the implosion; others fled. Smoke roiled and filled the corridor; acrid vapor burned Luke's nostrils.

Source: Shadows of the Empire

Luke moves his lightsaber imperceptibly fast:

Vader swung at Luke, but Luke blocked and swung back, and soon their lightsabers were sweeping and clashing faster than the eye could follow.

The duel had just begun.

Source: The Empire Strikes Back Junior Novelization

He cuts through Boba's blaster before the bounty hunter can fire:

As Chewbacca untied Han's bonds, Fett flew over the pit, landed on the prisoners' skiff, and brought his blaster rifle up fast. But before he could fire, Luke spun with his lightsaber and hacked off the blaster's barrel.

Source: Return of the Jedi Junior Novelization

He ignites his lightsaber before several deck gunners can shoot, and a moment later, he kills them all:

The deck gunners on the barge were lining up this human chain in their sights for the coup de grace, when Luke stepped in front of them, laughing like a pirate king. He lit his lightsaber before they could squeeze off a shot; a moment later they were smoking corpses.

Source: Return of the Jedi

He deflects blaster fire from a scout trooper, then sidesteps his speeder traveling at maximum speed (listed in sources as 500 km/hr) and cuts it neatly:

Luke stumbled out of the bushes as the speeder was bearing down on him full throttle, laser cannon firing. Luke ignited his lightsaber and stood his ground. His weapon deflected every bolt the scout fired at Luke; but the bike kept coming. In a few moments, the two would meet; the bike accelerated even more, intent on bodily slicing the young Jedi in half. At the last moment, though, Luke stepped aside - with perfect timing, like a master matador facing a rocket-powered bull - and chopped off the bike's steering vanes with a single mighty slash of his lightsaber.

Source: Return of the Jedi

The scout kept shooting and aimed his bike straight for Luke. Luke batted away more laserbolts. When the scout's bike was almost on top of him, he stepped aside and swung at the bike's steering vanes, slicing them off. The scout's shattered bike hurtled forward then began pitching and rolling as it slammed directly into a tree. In a fiery explosion, the last scout was gone.

Source: Return of the Jedi Junior Novelization

Luke's reaction speeds and timing are noted by Vader as being within the span of thought:

For the first time, the thought entered Vader’s consciousness that his son might best him. He was astounded by the strength Luke had acquired since their last duel, in the Cloud City—not to mention the boy’s timing, which was honed to a thought’s-breadth.

Source: Return of the Jedi

With his lightsaber deactivated, Luke reacts to Vader swinging his lightsaber and ignites his own weapon in time to block Vader's attacks:

When Vader was almost beside Luke, he said, "You are unwise to lower your defenses." He brought his lightsaber up fast, but Luke ignited his own lightsaber in time and blocked the attack.

Source: Return of the Jedi Junior Novelization

Luke jumps to avoid Darth Vader's lightsaber, which was swinging in a blur:

Vader broke the contact and swung hard at Luke, but Luke evaded the red blur of his opponent's weapon and jumped backward, landing in a duty post that was encircled by eight illuminated control consoles.

Source: Return of the Jedi Junior Novelization

He deflects blaster fire from a company of troops, moving his lightsaber in invisibly fast arcs:

A slight sideways tilt of his head invited Vastor to look around, which he did. Which was when he saw the full company of black-armored stormtroopers on a ring ledge about three meters above him, all with weapons aimed at his gigantic chest.

...

He snatched his pistol out of Luke's hand and popped to his feet as blasters opened up on all sides to rain plasma upon them in a roaring flood. Luke's lightsaber flared to life and lashed out in invisibly fast arcs that sent bolts out and away in a fan, blasting into the rock of the shaft walls. Choking red-black smoke billowed out from the points of impact, shrouding them in gloom so dense that the Falcon's exterior floodlights only gave off a yellow-brown glow.

"Stick close." Luke's voice was tight with concentration. "I'm not used to having to cover somebody else."

"Don't have to tell me twice." Han squeezed himself into a substantially less-than-Han-sized space at Luke's back and had barely time to wish that he knew a Jedi who was just a little taller before the Falcon bucked as if it had been kicked. The ship bounced off the shaft wall hard enough that Han had to grab Luke's shoulder to stay upright. "Chewie, dammit!"

"Not his fault," Luke said tightly, still carving smoke with his blade to catch stray blaster bolts. "The ship didn't move. The shaft did. The mountain's breaking up."

"Oh, great! Any more good news?"

"Yes," Luke said. "We're being boarded."

Dark shapes hurtled down at them through the gloom-storm-troopers jumping off the ring ledge. Han snarled something wordless that expressed vividly how he felt about having Imperial boots touch his ship and slipped his blaster over Luke's shoulder, snapping off a pair of double taps that caught two troopers while they were still in the air. The bursts blew them backward far enough that they fell short and tumbled into the shaft below, but dozens made it onto the hull. There were plenty more where they'd come from, and Han had a strong feeling that a stand-up fight against a hundred-some stormtroopers was a losing proposition under the best of circumstances. Which these circumstances weren't.

"Make for the hatch!" Han fired twice more, dropping one dark silhouette and knocking another spinning off the rim of the hull, while Luke fanned away a flood of return fire. "Let's see how these sons of monkey-lizards like open space and hard vacuum!"

"You first," Luke said.

"T'hat's another thing you won't have to cell me twice." Red-glowing spheres sailed in through the smoke: thermal detonators. Some bounced away, but four or five maglocked themselves to the hull. "Uh, Luke?"

"I've got them." With his left hand, Luke swung his lightsaber in a dazzling flourish to spray blaster bolts randomly through the smoke, while his right hand stretched out toward the dets. All of them suddenly jerked themselves loose and flipped over the edge of the ship. Multiple detonations bounced the ship off the wall again. "Go, Han! Go now!"

Han took three steps, then threw himself into a flat dive that became a belly flop and sent him skidding and scraping over the lip of the hatch. He pulled himself in with his free hand and pivoted around his grip to land on his feet on the deck below. "I'm in! Luke, come on!"

More dets went off and lit the smoke with bloody flame, and there came no sign that Luke had any intention of following him. Han scrambled back up the gangway. "Luke, don't be an idiot!"

"I'm going after Vastor." Luke leaned into the gale of blasterfire as he worked his way toward the ship's edge. "Go. Save Leia! Don't wait for me."

Source: Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor

A company is listed as consisting of 128 troops:

Company (128 troopers): A company consists of four platoons, led by a captain.

Source: The Essential Guide to Warfare

Luke kicks Nick in less than an eyeflick:

The Force stabbed Luke with an instant overpowering Move-or-die ; in less than an eyeflick his foot lashed out to slam Nick back deeper under the hull and he sprang into the air back-flipping away

Source: Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor

He spins around in time to catch the butt of a blaster carbine that a Stormtrooper swung at him:

The Force whispered a warning, and Luke whirled in time to catch the oncoming butt of the blaster carbine in the palm of his flesh hand and hold it fast.

Source: Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor

He leaps across rocks so quickly he practically flies, traversing two kilometers in just two minutes:

Luke watched the battle end while he was on his way. Using the Force to leap from rock to rock so swiftly he practically flew also relieved him of the need to watch his footing. He covered the two kilometers in about two minutes.

Source: Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor

Examples of Luke Skywalker generating afterimages of his lightsaber:

Credit to Silver2467 for the latter two scans

He performs a handstand for two hours:

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Performing a fingerstand:

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Luke enhances his strength, allowing his hand to casually crush the stock of a military-grade blaster carbine just by tightening his grip on it:

The astonished stormtrooper tried to yank his carbine free, but instead Luke tightened his grip and let the Force add strength to his arm; a twist of the wrist shattered the carbine's stock to plastite splinters.

Source: Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor

He breaks through metallic restraints:

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Luke's physical strength matches that of Vader's:

Although Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker are equally strong in the Force, their duels are more than just about physical strength.

Source: Beware the Sith

Luke kicks Vader down a staircase:

Luke drove Vader back to the stairway that descended to the turbolifts, then kicked out with his left leg, knocking Vader from the upper platform. Vader groaned as he flipped over backward and landed on the metal floor below.

Source: Return of the Jedi Junior Novelization

Telekinesis

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

Luke supports an AT-ST:

Luke manipulates multiple machines across Cloud City:

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Luke displays Lightsaber Throw:

Luke flung the saber in a long spinning arc. The big brown Ssi-ruu fell headless as the saber spun back into Luke's hand.

Source: The Truce at Bakura

Luke displays Saber Throw once again, this time with much greater accuracy:

The pedestal collapsed into a spreading pile of slimy goo, and Nick found himself sitting on Luke Skywalker's chest. Without pausing to consider how ridiculous they both must look, Nick triggered the chromostring canister against Luke's neck. Given the chromostring's ability to enhance systemic absorption of the vivatherin, Nick figured Skywalker would be jumping back to life any second now, which wouldn't be a second too soon, because the pedestal's collapse left Nick and Luke down on the floor with the goocovered piles of Pawns, who were now climbing over each other to claw at Nick's ankles and knees and pull him down and drag themselves up him like slashrats chewing down a turkroot trunk, ripping away his robes and gouging at his skin, and they were pushing him deeper and deeper into the muck, which was starting to flow up over his ears and into his eyes, and the more he struggled the more they piled onto him, until he heard what was, for a man in the midst of getting ripped to shreds by a pack of dark-sider controlled zombies, the sweetest sound in the history of the galaxy:

spssshmmmm

The hum got louder, and took on a strange whop-whop-whop rhythm like some kind of mechanical toy, a kid's gyrothopter or something. The Pawns stopped clawing at him and started falling limp, and Nick began to wonder if maybe he'd underestimated Skywalker's own bloodthirstiness until he was able to push himself up to a sitting position and get a look at what Skywalker was actually doing.

Make that: what Skywalker's lightsaber was actually doing.

It whirled through the air with no hand to guide it, spinning very much like the blades of a toy gyrothopter after all, and as it passed any Pawn it would dip and cant for a shaved second, just long enough to strike, and another Pawn would fall limp. Though they weren't even injured.

Because the blade struck only each Pawn's Crown.

A quick slash or two and a Crown would fall in smoking pieces, which folded each and every Pawn like a losing sabacc hand. Nick twisted to look at Skywalker.

"Shh." Luke sat just behind him, eyes closed in a frown of concentration, right hand lifted, palm outward. He was coated head-to-toe with a black oily sheen of liquefied meltmassif. "This isn't as easy as it looks."

The shining emerald blade whirled through a last few revolutions; the last couple of Crowns fell to pieces, the last couple of Pawns collapsed, and the lightsaber flipped back to Luke's hand before its blade shrank away.

Source: Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor

He shuts the Millennium Falcon's hatch with an exertion of the Force:

He reached out with the Force and slammed shut the Falcon's hatch just as the Vastor body lurched to its feet and reached Luke in one lightning bound.

Source: Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor

Luke manipulates several proton bombs, altering their trajectories by a degree or two apiece:

Luke focused on nothing until he could feel everything. Nick's chatter, his own fatigue, the battle outside, and the doom lowering upon Leia all flowed into him and out again like water, leaving no trace behind. He let himself become clear as a crystal bell, so that he could chime with one pure note. That note was a tiny twist of intention that the Force channeled high into the atmosphere to gently-very gently-nudge the falling proton bombs. This very gentle nudge altered their trajectories by no more than a degree or two apiece, giving each a bit of an outward curve, so that instead of landing in a precise ring one hundred meters in diameter with the Falcon at its centerpoint, they landed in an equally precise ring four hundred meters in diameter, which meant that their overlapping blast radii did not so much crumple the ship as give it a very, very firm squeeze, much like how one might squeeze a rakmelon pip between one's fingers. And very much like this metaphoric rakmelon pip, the Falcon squirted free with considerable force.

Straight down.

Source: Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor

Telepathy/Empathy

Telepathy is the power to sense, communicate and manipulate thoughts, whereas Empathy is the power to sense, communicate and manipulate emotions.

Luke Mind Controls an Imperial Officer:

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Luke projects an astral image of himself to implant a suggestion into somebody else:

Miniature alien fighters had almost surrounded Wedge and his squadron, trapping them inside an escape-proof globe of energy shields and firepower. Luke fought down panic and funneled his emotional energy into the Force around and inside him.

He stretched out his own point of presence toward the tiny alien ship dead ahead of Wedge’s X-Wing. Touching it, he clearly sensed two almost-human presences on board the small fighter. Shutting out the nauseating sense of twistedness, Luke brushed each presence. One controlled shields, the other, all remaining shipboard functions. Luke focused on the second, driving Force energy into its center. Though weak and faint, it resisted with tortured strength. Its misery goaded him toward despair: No one deserved to live free, its whole being declared. By its reckoning, Luke could do nothing for Wedge—and nothing to save himself—and nothing to save either human aboard the alien fighter. All were doomed.

Luke struggled to see through the stranger’s vision. The entire sphere of space opened around him. It overloaded his senses. He had to narrow his field of view to find Wedge’s X-Wing. On either side of his projected presence, another pyramid hovered apparently motionless, flying in formation. From the center of each triangular face, a scanner/sensor cluster peered back like a compound eye. Laser cannon bristled at each corner.

Fear, anger, aggression: the dark side are they. Yoda had taught him that his methods were as critical as his motives. If he used dark power, even in self-defense, the cost to his soul might be disastrous. He relaxed into the Force. Clinging to control for the sake of his soul and his sanity, he amplified the pitiful will. Its sense of humanity peaked, hopeless victory for a tortured spirit. It had lived once—free. With all the intensity of the doomed, it longed to go on living.

Luke planted a suggestion in reply. But a good death is better than a life enslaved to hatred, and peace is better than anguish.

With suddenness that startled him, the alien ship altered course directly for one of its squadron mates. It accelerated to ram. Luke wrenched free of the other human’s will and sat gasping and swallowing.

Source: The Truce at Bakura

Luke scans the thoughts and emotions of forty to fifty people:

Luke opened himself to listen through the Force. A babble surrounded him, the textures of forty or fifty nervous minds. Narrowing his focus, he reached straight across the chamber toward a massive repulsor chair, all gold and purples except for two banks of controls on the armrests. Wilek Nereus must have caught a faster shuttle. He sat there already, with his double-mindedness coming through as strongly as ever. Luke let his attention drift leftward, observing the senators’ reactions to Leia. He sensed curiosity tinged with hostility, but a dark undercurrent of fear also pervaded the chamber. This world was under attack.

Source: The Truce at Bakura

Luke resists Bluescale's hypnotic eye, then uses the Force to add a persuasive edge to his words:

“Back,” Luke ordered. The alien’s head turned. A deep black eye focused in his direction, and the nose-tongues flicked toward him. He channeled Force energy into his words. “Get away from her.” The eye seemed to swirl like a dark storm, beckoning for attention, sucking at his will. Unquestionably this one, or another like him, kept Dev Sibwarra leashed.

Source: The Truce at Bakura

He reverses Dev's brainwashing, then restores his memories:

Now, urged his inner sense. He reached deep into the Force and felt for the hypnotic control that twisted Dev Sibwarra to the aliens’ will. The shadow of something enormous darkened most of Dev’s memories. The boy had tremendous strength in the Force, though. Luke wrapped his will around the dark, roiling blockage and blasted it with light. Dev tottered backward against another table. In an instant, his mind had flooded with horrific recollections. His anger coalesced, small and stunted but as fierce as a P’w’eck invasion army. Disoriented, he blinked. The monstrous Skywalker had suddenly become fellow human. He didn’t feel depressed, just furious. He couldn’t need renewal...unless...

He stared up at Skywalker, who still stood on the tabletop, and caught a glint of keen eyes and the grim set of his chin. Dev strokes hid throbbing, clumsy left hand, remembering how he’d injured it. Firwirrung! His master had bound him with tender loyalty over years of abusive manipulation. Dev opened his eyes wide to the world, forsaking his squint. He’d never felt such agony or regret, yet so glad to be human. Despite everything they had done...had done...he was battered but whole.

“Are you all right?” whistled Bluscale.

A shiver took him. He remembered everything now, including the speech habits he’d picked up during his imprisonment. “I’m all right. Are you, Elder?”

“Tell the Jedi to hurry along with us. Promise anything.”

Realization flashed through him: The Ssi-ruuk meant to reduce humankind to breeding animals and energy sources. They would lie, ill, torture, and maim to achieve domination. They deserved nothing but hatred. Luke Skywalker called down from the tabletop, “Hate is of the dark side. Don’t give into it.”

Had the Jedi plunged him through depression into total release?

“What?” asked Master Firwirrung. “What is he saying to you?”

Confused, Dev answered automatically. “He apologized for killing one of our kind, Master.”

“Tell him to precede us outside. He must hurry.”

Dev looked back up. In human speech, he said, “They want you to—“ A piercing siren echoed through the cantina. Abruptly Dev remembered the most terrible moment of his childhood, a civil defense scramble alarm. Invasion under way. He snapped back to the present and started at his masters, stricken. Had Admiral Ivpikkis attacked the orbiting ships after all? He’d promised that the Ssi-ruuk would withdraw if Skywalker came with them. One more link in their twisted chain of lies!

Source: The Truce at Bakura

Luke creates the illusion of a blood scent, using it to misdirect parasites:

Curled up in the darkness, Luke could think of only one thing to try. He breathed slowly and focused his attention on the pinpoints of living instinct inside his chest. He touched one. Neurologically primitive, its only response was to flinch and go on eating. They were obviously parasites. He senses their ravenous hunger. As panic threatened to immobilize him, he thought of the smell of fresh blood: sweet, warm, faintly metallic. He extended the thinnest thread of a probe toward one creature. Recognition: Some minuscule awareness understood. He imagined mouthparts pulling free and a head turning toward him. It was desperately hard to project the smell while judging its effect on a primitive, alien awareness. He brushed the second creature with the scent.

All around his point of consciousness, his own heart thudded. He swirled the scent-illusion away from them a few millimeters, tempting them to follow. One awareness dimmed out and forgot the scent. He brushed it again with the tempting odor of life. It hummed recognition. It drew closer. He couldn’t concentrate on both individuals. His body waited to cough, and within seconds, something was definitely in the way. He inhaled cautiously and then exploded, hacking. Something spewed out of his mouth. One wasn’t enough. Virtually exhausted, he crafted the scent-illusion again and stroked the remaining creature. Its attention flickered for an instant, then faded. He thrust again into its perception.

This time, he snagged it. Slowly, slowly, he led it along a dark bronchial tunnel. It radiated hunger. He tried not to gag or choke—or swallow. Slowly he slipped a deep breath around the creature, inhaling until his aching lungs strained. Then he let go, retching and coughing. This creature caught on his teeth. I squirmed, making a gruesome mouthful. He spit it out and then flailed blindly for it in the dark cabin. Something squashed.

Source: The Truce at Bakura

Force Sense

Force Sense is a basic power allowing Force sensitives to sense their surroundings, feel determine the thoughts or feelings of others, feel ripples in the Force signifying important events of the presence of the dark side, or even the future.

Luke senses the presence of Obi-Wan's spirit:

His last feelings of hope were nearly gone when he sensed the presence.

But it was not the presence of the white giant that dominated this gorge.

Rather, it was that soothing spiritual presence which occasionally visited Luke in moments of stress or danger. The presence that had first come to him only after old Ben, once again in his Jedi role of Obi-Wan Kenobi, vanished into a crumple of his own dark robes after being cut down by Darth Vader's lightsaber. The presence that was sometimes like a familiar voice, an almost silent whisper that spoke directly to Luke's mind.

Source: The Empire Strikes Back

He senses Yoda's kindly nature:

For the moment, Luke could not decide whether to be frightened or to laugh. But when he gazed into those bulbous eyes and sensed the being's kindly nature, he relaxed.

Source: The Empire Strikes Back

Luke senses the dark side aura emanated by the Dark Side Cave:

But Luke was suddenly distracted. He sensed something dangerous, something evil. 'Something's not right,' he said to Yoda. 'I feel danger... death.'

Source: The Empire Strikes Back

He feels Vader's presence in the same room as him:

The room was deathly quiet, except for the hissing of steam escaping some of the pipes in the room. It appeared to Luke that he was the only living creature in this chamber of strange machinery and chemical containers, but he sensed that he was not alone.

'Vader..."

He spoke the name to himself as he looked around the chamber.

'Lord Vader. I feel your presence. Show yourself,' Luke taunted his unseen enemy, 'or do you fear me?'

While Luke spoke, the escaping steam began to billow out in great clouds.

Then, unaffected by the searing heat, Vader appeared and strode through the hissing vapors, stepping onto the narrow walkway above the chamber, his black cloak trailing behind him.

Source: The Empire Strikes Back

He senses Vader's approach:

And Luke sensed it, too. Quietly he gazed out, knowing that Vader was near, that his victory over the weakened Jedi would soon be complete. His body was battered, was exhausted; his spirit was prepared to succumb to his fate. There was no reason to fight any more - there was nothing left to believe in.

Source: The Empire Strikes Back

Luke senses the meaning behind Obi-Wan's words:

Ben shook his head remorsefully. 'I also thought he could be turned back to the good side. It couldn't be done. He is more machine, now, than man - twisted, and evil.'

Luke sensed the underlying meaning in Kenobi's statement, he heard the words as a command. He shook his head back at the vision. 'I can't kill my own father.'

Source: Return of the Jedi

Luke senses Vader's presence on Endor:

Luke hesitated, then said, "Vader is here... now, on this moon."

"How do you know?" Leia asked with alarm.

"I felt his presence," Luke answered, lowering his gaze to stare at a plank on the walkway. "He's come for me. He can feel when I'm near. That's why I have to go."

Source: Return of the Jedi Junior Novelization

Force Sight

Force Sight is a concentrated application of sensory powers that enables one to see without using one's physical eyes. It also allows one to see things that cannot normally be perceived.

Luke uses the Force to allow him to "see" a black hole:

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Healing

Force Healing is a Force power enabling one to accelerate bodily regeneration and heal wounds or numb pains.

Luke lessens pain in Wedge's hands:

“What’s the chance you could Jedi me a little nerve blockage? This hurts like crazy.” Wedge’s voice sounded weaker. He pulled in his knees and braced to push off.

At moments like these, moisture farming for Uncle Owen back on Tatooine didn’t sound too bad. “I’ll try,” said Luke. “Show me the crystals. Look at them closely.”

“Ho-kay.” Wedge pulled around to stare into the hatchway. Letting the lightsaber drift, Luke felt for Wedge’s friendly presence. He trusted Wedge not to resist this, to let him...

Through Wedge’s eyes, and fighting the excruciating pain in Wedge’s hands, Luke glimpsed a pair of round, multifaceted jewels—one inside his palm, the other crushing inward at the end of a spring mechanism from the back of his hand. Fist-sized, they reflected pale golden sparks of saber light out of the hatch onto Wedge’s orange suit. Luke didn’t think the flight glove alone would keep them apart, or he’d’ve simply told Wedge to slip out of it. Brief depressurization didn’t damage extremities much.

If Wedge jumped, Luke would have a second at most to slice one crystal free, and only a little longer before Wedge fainted. Wedge was tethered and he’d be able to keep breathing, but he could lose a lot of blood. The glimpse blurred at the edges.

Luke tweaked Wedge’s pain perception.

Too much to juggle. Luke’s own aches began to ooze up from under control. “Got it,” he grunted.

Source: The Truce at Bakura

Luke enters a hibernation trance:

Luke groaned. Somehow he'd have to persuade the medical committee to release him, and then convince Admiral Ackbar to give him the assignment. He would promise to rest and heal himself in hyperspace, if he could figure out how.

Luke’s initial elation over being given command had already faded. It was one thing to fly a fighter under someone else’s orders, with the Force as his ally. Strategy was something else. He carried responsibility for every life and every ship. Still, he’d been studying strategic and tactical texts. And now—well, to tell the truth, he was almost looking forward to it...

Whoops. Abruptly his knuckles stung. He heard or remembered Yoda’s soft laughter. Frowning, he shut his eyes and relaxed. Everything still hurt, but he’d promised Too-Onebee that he’d rest and self-heal. He wished he felt better.

“Hyperdrive stations,” called Manchisco. “Commander, you might want to strap down.”

Luke glanced around the spartan hexagonal bridge: three stations besides his command seat, an array of battle boards now darkened for transit, and a single R2 droid socket occupied by the Virgillians’ own unit. He buckled in, wondering what “disaster” waited at Bakura unless he dealt with it personally.

Star streaks shrank on Luke’s triangular forward viewscreen as the Flurry and her seven escorts dropped out of hyperspace. Once he’d checked deflector shields, he swung his chair to get the master computer’s insystem status report, while Captain Manchisco’s communications officer scanned standard Imperial hailing frequencies. Luke felt better, so long as he moved slowly.

Source: The Truce at Bakura

Beast Control

Beast Control, Beast Trick or Animal Friendship is an ability that allows Force users to control beasts.

Luke controls a Dragonsnake:

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Luke uses the Force to either send away or silence a snarling creature(s):

A strange insect flew at him from out of a cluster of hanging vines, fluttered madly about his head, and vanished. In the undergrowth, something snarled. Luke concentrated momentarily. The snarling stopped. Luke walked on.

Source: Return of the Jedi

Force Deflection

Force Deflection is an ability that enables a Force-user to deflect various forms of attacks.

Luke deflects objects thrown at him by Darth Vader:

A second piece of machinery sped toward the youth, and he again used the Force to deflect it. The weighty object bounced away as if it had struck an unseen shield.

Source: The Empire Strikes Back

Luke briefly deflects Force Lightning from Palpatine. Whilst Palpatine was obviously holding back, deflecting Lightning in the first place is considered "a challenge for even the most powerful Jedi Masters" according to The Ultimate Visual Guide: Updated and Expanded:

Palpatine raised his spidery arms toward Luke: blinding white bolts of energy coruscated from his fingers, shot across the room like sorcerous lightning, and tore through the boy’s insides, looking for ground. The young Jedi was all at once confounded and in agony—he’d never heard of such a power, such a corruption of the Force, let alone experienced it. But if it was Force-generated, it could be Force-repelled. Luke raised his arms to deflect the bolts. Initially, he was successful—the lightning rebounded from his touch, harmlessly into the walls. Soon, though, the shocks came with such speed and power, they coursed over and into him, and he could only shrink before them, convulsed with pain, his knees buckling, his powers at ebb.

Source: Return of the Jedi

Force Absorption

Absorption, or Tutaminis, or Negate/Absorb/Dissipate Energy, is a Force ability enabling one to absorb various forms of energy and channel it for personal use.

Luke absorbs five blaster bolts in the palm of his hand:

The other stormtrooper swore and triggered an autoburst from his carbine. Luke's other hand, the prosthetic hand that had replaced the one his father had taken, came up in an arc that precisely followed the motions of the carbine's muzzle and caught all five bolts squarely in its palm.

"Please don't shoot me, either." He turned the palm upward in a friendly shrug and let the astonished troopers stare at the only effect of the Force-blunted blasterfire: a faint curl of steam that trailed upward from his unmarked palm. "Let's try to end the day with nobody else dying, shall we?"

Source: Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor

Combat Skill

Before having met Yoda (in other words, having received virtually no lightsaber training other than basic blaster bolt deflection) Luke is able to successfully deflect several of Celeste Morne's strikes:

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Despite his minimal training, Luke is capable of challenging Vader during their first duel on Bespin:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-DeI3ohVbY

Although he had been only briefly instructed by Yoda, Luke Skywalker showed great ability in the Force during his duel with Darth Vader on Bespin. He had enough strength to challenge Vader, but Luke was far too hasty.

Source: Lightsabers: A Guide to the Weapons of the Force

During their rematch, Luke improves in skill to an astonishing degree, allowing to him to mirror Vader's lightsaber form and match him perfectly in combat. When provoked by Vader, Luke enters a state of Force Rage and ultimately defeats him. Sources note that his advancement in lightsaber skill, without a master, would be naturally impossible for most and capable of astonishing even a Jedi Master. This is due to his intrinsic and instinctive skill and ability, as he has the greatest intrinsic lightsaber aptitude of any Jedi:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_RFYoZ7H67A

By the time of the Battle of Endor, Luke Skywalker has studied some lightsaber technique from Obi-Wan's journal and and greatly advanced his abilities. Without a Master, such advancement would have been impossible for most, but Skywalker's unparalleled aptitude makes him a match for Darth Vader in their fateful duel onboard the second Death Star. Both are limited, Vader by his cybernetic body parts and Skywalker by his relative lack of experience dueling. But Skywalker's skill at blaster deflection is highly refined, and his lightsaber technique so superb that he is able to duel the Dark Lord on even footing - and finally able to defeat a man who is a powerful living product of the ancient Jedi sword traditions from time immemorial. Such an achievement with little formal training is a testament to Skywalker's innate abilities and instinctive skill. Tremendously strong with the Force, Skywalker never crosses the line into Sith hatefulness and ceases his attack immediately upon rendering his foe helpless - an even more impressive demonstration of self-mastery than his lightsaber skills.

Source: Insider #62: Fightsaber

In his final assault on Vader, Luke Skywalker mirrors Vader's own Form V technique and responds with a furious demonstration of Form V's raw strength. An observing Jedi Master would be astonished at such instantaneous learning in battle.

Source: Insider #62: Fightsaber

The fight this time was far more balanced. Vader discovered that Luke was his match, and, once again, the Sith Lord found his thoughts straying to an alliance between them against the Emperor.

Luke had indeed grown powerful since Bespin, and he was an equal match for his father.

Source: The Official Star Wars Fact File #111

Sources even mention that Luke obtained the advantage over Vader at some points in their duel:

On the Death Star, Luke and Darth Vader were engaged in a duel that was even more vicious than their battle on Cloud City. Luke had grown stronger since their last encounter, and his skill with his lightsaber had improved greatly. As they swung at each other in the Emperor's throne room, Luke sensed the advantage had shifted to him.

Source: Return of the Jedi Junior Novelization

Vader himself, somebody who is hardly known for his humbleness, is astounded at Luke's increased strength and skill and actively considers the possibility of losing to him in a duel. He admits to himself that he feels surprise and fear:

For the first time, the thought entered Vader’s consciousness that his son might best him. He was astounded by the strength Luke had acquired since their last duel, in the Cloud City—not to mention the boy’s timing, which was honed to a thought’s-breadth. This was an unexpected circumstance. Unexpected and unwelcome. Vader felt humiliation crawling in on the tail of his first reaction, which was surprise, and his second, which was fear. And then the edge of the humiliation curled up, to reveal bald anger. And now he wanted revenge.

Source: Return of the Jedi

Luke Skywalker vs Lumiya, Round 1 - Luke is completely inexperienced in dealing with lightwhips, especially one as unorthodox as Lumiya's. He puts up a good fight but loses.

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Luke Skywalker vs Lumiya, Round 2 - Luke, no longer unfamiliar with lightwhips, and dual-wielding a shoto and lightsaber to counter Lumiya's lightwhip, defeats her:

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Luke fights evenly with Flint even though he was evidently holding back out of not desiring a fight:

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James Bond (Roger Moore) Respect Thread

A follow-up to my first James Bond respect thread, this respect thread will be for the oldest and longest-serving Bond in history - Roger Moore.

Respect Bond... James Bond:

Strength

Bond throws Chang across a table and into several glass containers with enough force to completely destroy them, as well as knock off Chang's helmet:

After enduring a beating, Bond smashes a man's head into a mirror with enough force to shatter the glass completely:

An injured Bond drives a man into standup wall dividers, knocking them down:

He knocks out a man with a kick:

Bond breaks out of a bear hug from Jaws:

He breaks a small table on a stunned Jaws, then kicks him in the groin, and finally kicks him out of a train window:

Bond manages to headbutt Jaws (though painfully) with results:

Durability

An injured Bond is unaffected by somebody breaking a glass bottle on him, proceeding to fight normally:

Bond jumps and lands from a tremendous height:

Bond is pushed through a window, falling a moderate distance onto a bed littered with glass, then bounces off the bed and onto the floor. Despite this, he recovers immediately and continues fighting:

Examples of fights where Bond is pounded on and hit with multiple punches/kicks but continues fighting and defeating his enemy:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L8VdrmJo5qc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6I0EmYJyCX0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLcXO8eCPV8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zD0JqFmCrCs

Speed

While sitting down, Bond dodges a knife being thrown at him, then before his opponent can throw another one, Bond throws the knife back at his chest, killing him:

Bond runs across several crocodiles' backs in quick succession in order to get across crocodile-infested water:

Stunts

Bond runs across several crocodiles' backs in quick succession in order to get across crocodile-infested water:

Bond accelerates up a makeshift ramp and does a 360 flip with a car:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I6iksKTURlA

Bond's famous jump off Mount Asgard, completed using a parachute, descending a total of 914 meters (3000 feet):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qw77HagbeHM

After pushing a skydiver villain with a parachute off a plane in mid-flight, Bond is pushed off the plane by Jaws, without a parachute. He descends (in free fall) to the skydiver, wrestles the parachute off him, and descends safely:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4G4zT2X8MT0

Bond jumps onto the back of a plane, holding on as the plane ascends. Kamal Khan later flips the plane in an attempt to throw Bond off, only for him to continue clinging onto it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4pOlBSLt5cg

Gadgets

Bond has a magnetic wristwatch:

He also has a wristwatch that can shoot cyanide-coated darts through nerve impulses in the wrist:

It can also fire armor-piercing darts:

He has a rifle-concealing ski pole:

Bond's gondola has both a propelling engine and an inflatable lower portion which allows it to turn into a hovercraft:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KWlmUHjuQRo

Bond has access to a Lotus Esperit S1 which can convert into a submarine and back. It contains numerous hidden gadgets such as a concrete/black dye slick spray (for land and underwater use, respectively), underwater torpedoes and mines, and a surface-to-air missile:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iaitu0WOqBw

He also had a Lotus Turbo Esperit which contains an anti-theft self-destruct feature:

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DE Palpatine/Darth Sidious Respect Thread

My final Palpatine respect thread, the final part of my series of Darth Sidious respect threads. The other threads were for Palpatine's TPM, RotS and RotJ incarnations. The incarnation in Dark Empire is the final and the most powerful of all his incarnations.

Note: As I do not currently own the Dark Empire, Dark Empire II and Empire's End comics, these comic scans are mostly taken from Silver2467, with only a few of them (which I've already posted before or found on the internet) being my own.

Respect the Emperor reborn:

"Now you will experience my full potency… I live as energy… I am the dark side!"

Power

Sidious is the most powerful Sith Lord in modern history:

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"He is the most powerful practitioner of the Sith ways in modern times."

Palpatine is the most powerful member of the Order of the Sith Lords:

The Sith have waited millennium for the birth of one who is powerful enough to return them from hiding. Darth Sidious is that one—the Sith's revenge on the Jedi order for having nearly eradicated the practitioners of the dark side of the Force.

Source: The Complete Visual Dictionary

The Sith Order, in hiding for a millennium, had awaited the birth of one who was powerful enough to return the Order to prominence. Darth Sidious was the fulfillment of that prophecy, capable of exacting the Sith's revenge on the Jedi for having nearly eradicated the practitioners of the dark side of the Force.

Source: The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia

Darth Sidious proved to be the grim culmination of a thousand years of Sith philosophy and teachings.

Source: Jedi vs Sith: The Essential Guide to the Force

When the Sith finally emerged from a thousand years of watching and waiting, they numbered—in accordance with the tradition set down by Darth Bane—only two. The most powerful of these was Darth Sidious, an ice-cold, diabolically calculating genius equipped with the strength of the dark side of the Force, as well as an enormous wealth of Sith artifacts, equipment, and knowledge.

Source: The Dark Side Sourcebook

Palpatine is the most powerful Sith Lord in history:

Yoda went after Palpatine in the empty Senate chamber, but could not defeat the most powerful Sith Lord in history.

Source: The New Essential Chronology

Beyond the vision of the Jedi Knights, somewhere within the darkness, the greatest master of evil ever to use Sith power bides his time. As his strength grows, his plans begin to shape the course of the galaxy, and his snares await the unsuspecting.

Source: The Complete Visual Dictionary

When Yoda crosses sabers with the movie's arch-villain, he doesn't launch into a pinwheeling display of acrobatics, as he did against Count Dooku in Episode II. Instead, Yoda faces the dark side's fury, channeled by the most powerful Sith Lord in history. "Rob Coleman wanted Yoda to feel the power of his enemy," says Wheless, "like a force he's never dealt with before."

Source: Insider #86: Yoda's Right Arm

Vader imagined the power that could be his if he crushed Palpatine and established his own rule over the Empire. But first, he would need his own apprentice. By himself, he could not hope to defeat the most powerful Sith Lord the galaxy had ever known.

Source: Vader: The Ultimate Guide

When the most powerful Jedi battled against the most powerful Sith, the two sides of the Force clashed in spectacular style.

Source: Jedi Battles

Sidious is the most powerful practitioner of the dark side of the Force:

Inside the spacious interior of the Galactic Senate chamber, Yoda challenged the Emperor. The two engaged in a spectacular duel—a contest between the most powerful practitioners of the Force’s light and dark sides.

Source: The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia

Even Ulic Qel-Droma would be envious of Palpatine. He had succeeded where all others had failed in taming the Dark Side.

Source: The Dark Side Sourcebook

It quickly became clear to Luke that this decrepit and seemingly defenseless old man was masterfully adept in the ways of the Dark Side of the Force. Indeed, as Vader had warned, the Emperor had become the Dark Side's most powerful expression.

Source: Dark Empire Endnotes

Maul senses Palpatine's presence and arrival on Mandalore, seeing him as a dark sun blazing with simultaneously hypnotizing and terrifying power:

The feeling had begun as a faint stirring in the Force, like the tiniest ripple of something moving slowly through deep water, far away but drawing steadily closer. It intensified, until it felt like the Force itself was roiling, heaving like the sea in the grip of an enormous storm.

“I sense a presence,” Maul warned Savage. “A presence I haven’t felt since...”

And then Maul knew.

“Master,” he said, leaning forward on the throne.

The commandos guarding the royal chamber reached for their throats. As Maul watched, an unseen forced lifted them high in the air, then slammed them to the floor, where they lay motionless in their red-and-black armor. The doors opened, then closed behind a figure in dark robes. A deep cowl hid most of the face, leaving only a pale chin and a downturned mouth visible. To most eyes the man in those simple robes of rough cloth was unremarkable, just another being making his way in the universe. But to those who could feel the Force he was anything but ordinary. To them, he was a dark sun blazing with power that was simultaneously hypnotizing and terrifying to behold.

Darth Sidious, the reigning Dark Lord of the Sith, had come to Mandalore.

Source: Darth Maul: Shadow Conspiracy

Sidious is much more powerful than Darth Maul:

Yeah, I think that’s pretty literal at that point. I think that what you understand about Maul is that he is still not nearly as powerful as Sidious.

Source: Dave Filoni (Death Watch/Darth Maul Arc & Casualties Along the Way)

When Dooku perceives Palpatine through the Force, he sees that he is "beyond power", a "black hole of the Force", "darkness beyond darkness", and an "event horizon":

And then there was Palpatine, of course: he was beyond power. He showed nothing of what might be within. Though seen with the eyes of the dark side itself, Palpatine was an event horizon. Beneath his entirely ordinary surface was absolute, perfect nothingness. Darkness beyond darkness.

A black hole of the Force.

Source: Revenge of the Sith

Palpatine is stronger than any dark sider Yoda has faced (ie. Count Dooku, Asajj Ventress):

Never had Yoda faced one so strong in the dark side.

Source: Revenge of the Sith Junior Novelization

Instead, Yoda faces the dark side's fury, channeled by the most powerful Sith Lord in history. "Rob Coleman wanted Yoda to feel the power of his enemy," says Wheless, "like a force he's never dealt with before."

Source: Insider #86: Yoda's Right Arm

Leia is numbed with fear upon meeting the Emperor:

I'd meant to confront Palpatine and tell him what I thought of his xenophobic Empire, but as he approached me in the reception line, I was struck numb with fear. I remember thinking it was as if he were pitch-black inside.

Source: Jedi vs Sith: The Essential Guide to the Force

The Emperor is more powerful than any of his minions, including Darth Vader:

Unknown to the Rebels, the Emperor had already laid the groundwork for the perpetual rule of his New Order. He had turned a Jedi into his new dark apprentice, the terrifying Darth Vader. Vader himself trained apprentices. And the Emperor created a corps of loyal, Force-skilled minions to maintain his rule. Most powerful of all, of course, was the Emperor himself.

Source: The Dark Side Sourcebook

The Emperor's power is so great that he leaves behind a small Force nexus upon his death over Endor:

Any unusual localization, or vergence, of dark side Force energy. These strange locales emanated the dark side of the Force, and were considered focal points of power for dark side users. As such, they were often guarded by Jedi Knights to prevent their discovery and exploitation. Known dark side nexuses included the twisted tree-cave on Dagobah, Halagad Ventor's hermitage on Trinta, and a "stain" of dark side energy that hovered over Endor following the defeat of the Emperor.

Source: The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia

Palpatine becomes more powerful after his death over Endor:

Resurrected in a youthful clone body, Palpatine does not reveal himself immediately. Studying the dark side of the Force to become more powerful, his education results in three manifestos: The Book of Anger, The Weakness of Inferiors, and The Creation of Monsters.

Source: The Ultimate Visual Guide: Updated and Expanded

Soon he was ready to strike. Fully healed and in greater control of the Dark Side than ever, he finally acted to end the Mutiny.

Source: Dark Empire Sourcebook

"You've grown very strong in the Force since we last met… But then, so have I!"

Source: Dark Empire

Sidious is so powerful that his bodies do not easily support his power. Many of them physically and mentally wither under his influence:

"Flesh does not easily support this great power."

Source: Dark Empire

Palpatine is so powerful that he is a dark side nexus himself:

The key to Luke's turning is the moment when he and Leia realize the Emperor is no longer defined by his physical form, but has become a chaotic nexus of dark energies that swell and burst open the fabric of space, tearing apart everything in the vicinity, human and machine.

Source: Dark Empire Endnotes

Eager to meet his captor, Luke learned that the dark side nexus he had sensed was none other than the cloned reincarnation of Emperor Palpatine himself.

Source: The New Essential Chronology

Force Knowledge

Palpatine has seemingly learned all known Force powers, and invented new ones at a whim:

Palpatine has spent decades studying the most arcane and esoteric Jedi disciplines. It is believed that he has mastered nearly all the known powers, previously unknown powers, and devises new ones at his pleasure.

Source: Dark Empire Sourcebook

Dark Rage/Protection/Speed

Dark Rage is a dark-sided power enabling a Sith to enhance his 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.

Sidious is unharmed and unaffected by Leia dropping a cooling unit on him, unflinchingly shrugging off the crushing impact of a ton of machinery:

When Leia tried to kill the Emperor by dropping a cooling unit on him, Palpatine shrugged off the crushing impact of a ton of machinery.

Source: Handbook Volume Three: Dark Empire

Palpatine and Luke fight so fast that Leia can hardly see them, despite the fact that Palpatine was already weakened by Leia/Anakin's Force Harmony:

Be careful, Luke! The Emperor is so strong... They’re both moving so fast, I can hardly see them.

Source: Dark Empire Audio Drama

Sense/Sight/Precognition/Farsight

Force Sense is a basic power that enables a Force user to feel or sense events, people, and objects. Force Sight is a power that enables one to see through the Force, either in supplementation with or compensation for their physical sight. Precognition allows one to foresee the future, but often on a very limited and short-term scale. Farsight allows a Force user to identify events that occur in other places or other times, or both.

Palpatine senses Luke's indecision:

The Emperor foresees his meeting with Luke on Byss:

Sidious perceives Luke's treachery:

Palpatine senses Luke's presence in his laboratory:

Sidious foresees that the Millennium Falcon's destination is the planet Onderon:

It is of no consequence. I have foreseen their destination. That is where my new body awaits me. Set your course for the planet Onderon!

Source: Empire's End Audio Drama

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.

Palpatine telepathically communicates with Mara Jade across the galaxy, projecting an astral image of himself:

At the time of his death on Endor, Palpatine communicates with Mara, telling her to kill Luke Skywalker:

Vima Da-Boda is immediately repulsed by the darkness in Sidious's mind when she tries to deceive him by pretending to be Leia:

Sidious and Luke touch minds, even though Sidious is on Byss and Luke on Coruscant:

Sidious gains hold over Luke's mind, almost compelling him into joining the dark side:

Luke tries to communicate with Leia via Force vision, only for Palpatine to override him and speak to Leia in his place, causing her to lose consciousness:

Palpatine mentally twists Kam Solusar, forcing him to become a Dark Side Adept in place of a Jedi:

Luke: I sense your old life. Before the dark side ensnared you. When the Force flowed through you.

Kam: No! No! No! (Sound of lightsaber turning off.) My life is forfeit, Jedi. Kill me.

Luke: I do not take life unless I must. Yours I give back to you.

Kam: Why? When I lured you here...I would have made this derelict space station your grave. The tomb of the last Jedi Master.

Luke: Instead, I will make it the place of your rebirth. You were a Dark Jedi once. But only because you fell under the Emperor's spell. Now that spell is broken! (Sound of the Force being used. Kam screams.) Kam Solusar, I give you back your life. I give you your freedom. I give you the power that is already yours—the power of the Jedi. (Sound of the Force fades.)

Kam: I...Skywalker...I'm free.

Luke: The Force is strong in you.

Kam: My old life...I remember it now. I...my father was a Jedi. I was a Jedi.

Luke: You are a Jedi, Kam Solusar.

Kam: I...I owe you my life.

Source: Dark Empire Audio Drama

Lightning

Force Lightning is the ability to unleash deadly crackles of electrical energy that cause excruciating pain and weaken life.

Palpatine uses Lightning to knock Luke down, disarming him:

Whilst weakened through genetic sabotage, Sidious incapacitates Leia with Lightning:

Still weakened, Palpatine fatally wounds Empatojayos Brand with Sith Lightning. Brand can survive on the hottest and coldest worlds in the galaxy and survive in vacuum without eating for a year:

This "droid suit" is a sophisticated survival system. It can keep me alive on the hottest, or the coldest, planet in the galaxy. I could live for a year in the vacuum of space...without eating.

Source: Dark Empire II Audio Drama

Again, while weakened, Palpatine instantly kills Rayf Ysanna with Force Lightning:

Force Storm

Force Storm is an ability where a Force user tears the fabric of space and time, forming a Wormhole which possesses tremendous destructive ability, whilst also being capable of transporting objects and individuals through space and time.

Several sourcebook entries regarding Force Storms:

This is perhaps the single most destructive Force power known. This power allows the Jedi to twist the space-time continuum to create vast storms of force. The power also allows limited control of these storms. Capable of creating annihilating vortices, the storms can swallow whole fleets of spaceships or tear the surfaces off worlds.

Source: Dark Empire Sourcebook

"The Force Storm is truly an awe-inspiring demonstration of pure natural energy. After using the Force to open a hyperspace wormhole, tremendous shockwaves will ripple through the fabric of space. Due to the Force Storm's potential for abuse, the Council has recently classified it as a dark side power."

Source: The Jedi Path: A Manual for Students of the Force

Vast energy storms that connect wildly disparate spots across the galaxy, hyperspace wormholes are unpredictable and devastating. It was to the Rebel Alliance's detriment that Emperor Palpatine was able to not only control these storms, but to create them.

Source: Handbook Volume 3: Dark Empire

While on Byss, Palpatine creates a Force Storm on Coruscant which devastates the world and transports Luke unharmed to Byss:

6 years on, Coruscant has yet to fully recover from the effects of Palpatine's Force Storm:

The shore of the western sea had been a glittering playground, a gay and glorious world that never slept, before the clone Emperor's Force storm had ravaged Coruscant. It had yet to fully recover.

Source: Black Fleet Crisis: Before the Storm

Palpatine summons multiple Force Storms in different star systems at the same time as the one that devastates Coruscant and takes Luke Skywalker:

The energy storm that took Commander Skywalker, this is not an isolated event. Similar Storms have been detected in several systems.

Source: Dark Empire Audio Drama

Sidious (without visible exertion or effort) summons a vastly more powerful Force Storm to destroy the moon Da Soocha V. It additionally consumes the New Republic base and a fleet of ships, before Luke, Leia and the unborn Anakin combine their powers in a Force Harmony to cause the Emperor to lose control of his Storm. The Wormhole then destroys the Eclipse, killing Palpatine:

Luke: He's created another energy storm.

Leia: It’s descending on Pinnacle Base, consuming all the ships in its path. (Sound of comlink activating.) Mon Mothma, can you hear me?

Mon Mothma: Princess Leia. There’s an energy storm. It’s suddenly taken over the planet! We have twelve ships lost already. All our hands are being lost. We’re being wiped out!

Han: Leia, Leia! (Sound of comlink deactivating.)

Leia: You’re going to slaughter all those people.

Palpatine: Yes. Did I not warn you? I’ve played along with your Jedi dueling games long enough. Now, you will experience my full potency. I live as energy. I am the dark side!

Source: Dark Empire Audio Drama

"One of the Emperor's Force Storms destroyed the Alliance base on the moon of Da Soocha and the entire fleet above it. Every day I'm reminded how lucky we are that Palpatine is lost to Chaos forever."

Source: Book of Sith: Secrets from the Dark Side

He summoned up a huge Force storm, far more powerful than the one that had swept Coruscant. But this time, when Skywalker and his sister turned their combined resistance against him, Palpatine could no longer control what he had unleashed.

Source: The Essential Chronology

Essence Transfer

Essence Transfer is a Force power enabling one to manipulate his essence or those of others, and transfer it into another body.

Sidious can channel Sith spirits:

Chancellor Palpatine spent many years studying ancient Holocrons to learn the secrets of the Sith. The Holocrons enabled him to channel Sith spirits, who taught him how to harness dark-side energy and release lethal bolts of lightning.

Source: The Ultimate Visual Guide: Updated and Expanded

The Emperor claims he can possess anybody, including Leia's unborn child:

Sidious threatens to possess Luke before possessing one of his clones:

Palpatine's essence wanders across space for months as a disembodied spirit, before traveling back to Byss, following his death at the hands of his own Force Storm over Da Soocha V:

Sidious is able to retain his identity and escape the void through sheer force of will:

Palpatine's body was destroyed. Separated from his clones, Palpatine was forced to survive in the maddening, bodiless existence of the void. Through sheer will he retained his identity, crossing the gulf of space to again take up residence in his clone body.

Source: The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia

Palpatine is finally killed when Empatajayos Brand holds his spirit and then dies, taking the Emperor with him into the netherworld of the Force, where every single Jedi who existed holds Sidious captive:

Combat Skill

Palpatine kills Arden Lyn, although it is not directly confirmed that this was accomplished through lightsaber combat:

Arden Lyn defected from Imperial service and started training her own students. She even tried to help rogue Admiral Zaarin kidnap Palpatine, but Inquisitor Tremayne thwarted the attempt. Arden Lyn fled, hoping to locate an ancient Kashi Mer talisman that would bring her power enough to defeat the Empire. She was eventually hunted down and killed by Palpatine himself.

Source: The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia

Palpatine swiftly outduels and disarms Luke:

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