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Can anyone provide solid evidence to back up or refute that the casting of dark side powers required the caster to feel anger or hatred first? Preferrably this would be Sith novel evidence, as no other media really describes the emotions of someone who are willing to cast dark powers. Path of destruction-readers, help! DarthMRN 11:30, 10 April 2007 (UTC)
Several WEG RPG write-ups on Dark Side powers or Sith powers state that the user has to channel their anger, hate, etc. to start the power going. Gonk(Gonk!) 17:25, 11 April 2007 (UTC)
Interesting. You got any quotes? DarthMRN 17:47, 11 April 2007 (UTC)
TOJC p. 46, "Rage" entry: "The character must tense herself completely, and allow the mindless rage of the dark side to possess her. When using this power, a character will appear lifeless. The Force-user is amplifing the negative aspects of her personality, leaving her face clenched in a rictus of horror and fear." ...There are probably others. Why is it an issue? Dark siders are always pissy about something or other. Gonk(Gonk!) 23:37, 11 April 2007 (UTC)
Ah, Rage isn't the best example. Its status as a "power" is debatable, and naturally requires emotional stimulus to "activate". You got any others?
Dark siders are always pissy about something or other.
This is the problem. Back in '77 they might have been, but nowadays darksiders are a lot more human and real. The way they think and act indicate that they aren't walking around in a perpetual state of anger, so such a requirement for casting their powers is both poorly represented in canon, and a pretty far stretch. An emotional state only lasts for so long, which means that if true, darksiders would be left powerless unless in a fight or something, which really raises a lot of strange questions. Personally I am loathe to believe such a thing is true, but it has shown to be a stubbornly held view among fans, so I decided to track down the truth, if it exists. DarthMRN 07:36, 12 April 2007 (UTC)
The dark side corrupts a user over time, and malice does "harden their heart", so to speak. Just because he wasn't spitting and snarling doesn't mean Dooku wasn't full of anger when he attacked Kenobi and Skywalker at Geonosis. The Dark Side is like a drug - over time, you grow dependent on it, and it changes you, both physically and emotionally. QuentinGeorge 06:41, 13 April 2007 (UTC)
That's all well and good, but I'm just trying to discover for a fact whether you have to feel this or that emotion to cast dark powers, or if it is possible to cast them through focus and willpower as the Jedi do their powers. DarthMRN 08:42, 13 April 2007 (UTC)