The projection of oneself was the ability to seemingly appear in one place while actually being elsewhere, a feat possible through the Force. The ability allowed the user to physically interact with their surroundings, despite not being physically present. The nature of it being only a projection allowed one to appear as if performing seemingly impossible feats, such as appearing unscathed after taking a barrage of blaster bolts, or disappearing from one position and then reappearing in another. It also allowed one to project something other than their true physical appearance, such as making oneself appear younger, or appearing to have an object not currently in their possession. Despite being otherwise immaterial, they were at least capable of physical contact with others. Such an ability, while very powerful, nonetheless had severe consequences when utilized: Prolonged use of the ability would result in the user's imminent death.
In 34 ABY, Jedi Master Luke Skywalker was able to project his appearance from Ahch-To to Crait, where he confronted his nephew, Kylo Ren, during the Battle of Crait. The feat was so strenuous that the prolonged use of the Force led to Skywalker's death, after which he became one with the Force. He carried a copy of Han Solo's dice with him that he left with Leia, who left it at the old Rebel base on the planet for Kylo to find, causing it to vanish when Ren found it shortly after Skywalker had died. Shortly beforehand, although not a true demonstration of Projection, both Rey and Kylo Ren ended up subject to a similar ability that traversed astronomical distances between Ahch-To and the Supremacy, which was a side effect of a Force-bond that had been engineered by Supreme Leader Snoke. Ren initially thought Rey somehow managed to use this ability when first seeing it, but then dismissed it after remembering that such an ability was likely to be fatal.
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