Greetings! I am the Hyrvydder.
Like most modern-day nerds, I am a massive fan of Star Wars. I am in particular a fan of the Expanded Universe that focuses on the Clone Wars. The Clone Wars has a lot of moral and ethical gray areas I like to explore and muck around in: the right of the Confederacy to sovereign rule, the exploitation of clones, and other sticky issues that are common in civil wars. Star Wars: Battlefront II is one of my favorite video games in part due to its heavy reliance on the Clone Wars (although I honestly believe it has better gameplay than a lot of other games nowadays). I did follow the recent CGI TV series for the first season, but Ahsoka Tano perpetually ticks me off, and then I lost access to cable. However, I thoroughly enjoyed the dynamic between Obi-Wan and Anakin the series shows us, as well as the early parts of Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. I find the the novelization of Revenge of the Sith massively superior to the movie in nearly every way, and it is also my favorite book of all time.
I'll admit to being a Fandolorian; it's kinda hard to not become one after reading the Republic Commando series by Karen Traviss. I'm (very) slowly learning Mando'a, but my fluency is currently limited to the typical curses and a handful of other commonly-used expressions in the novels; as such I will not pretend being an expert (nor will I reward myself with an appropriate userbox, even one that is unflatteringly honest in my skills with the language).
I don't intend to contribute a lot, as my scope of the Star Wars universe is pretty limited compared to most other users here (hence "intermediary understanding" rather than "advanced" in the userboxes), but I might get involved with some community stuff here, so what the hey, might as well join and go for it, right?
- Through knowledge I find power;
- Through passion I find strength;
- Through serenity I find peace;
- Through harmony I find purpose.
I personally hold the opinion that the Code of the Sith and the Jedi Code are both equally and fundamentally flawed. My life experiences lead me to believe that passion is power: passions and attachements are natural and it is also natural to seek to preserve and protect those passions and attachments (I wouldn't go so far as to say "at any cost", but you get my point), so I agree with the Sith on that aspect. I identify closely with Qui-Gon Jinn and the Living Force in terms of living in the moment and preserving life (a rather un-Sith thought, I know), but at the same time, I see that the whole universe is nothing but connections that are impartial, so I suppose I also share some views of the Unifying Force. Like Palpatine and the Potentium, I also think that some techniques are merely tools to a certain goal, a means to an end and that it is the intent of the user that drives the user to the light or dark.
To balance thise seemingly contradictory views, I made up my own philosophy like the Jedi Code or the Code of the Sith. Detailed explanations follow:
- "Through knowledge I find power" is a very simple and universal truth: coming to a greater understanding of our universe is very real power, whether that understanding is physical (weapons like the atomic bomb) or sociopolitical (leading or being part of revolutions, for example) in nature.
- "Through passion I find strength" refers to the undeniable energy that comes from having an emotional investment in a person or cause. It invigorates and renews our will, and demands action to complete our goal.
- "Through serenity I find peace" balances the energy from the previous tenet with acceptance of events and actions beyond our control, and to enjoy the occasional quiet moments we come across in our lives.
- "Through harmony I find purpose" puts all the other tenets in perspective. Every action should strengthen the interconnectedness between all things, never tear them apart.
- 1. Bardan Jusik--Jusik was brave enough to stand up to, defy, and walk away from the Jedi because he knew they were wrong. And then he joined the Mandolorians. My hero.
- 2. Qui-Gon Jinn--Qui-Gon represented what the Jedi of his day should have been, and he was a wise and kind man who boldly walked the path of good over right.
- 3. Obi-Wan Kenobi--Obi-Wan was the perfect and ultimate Jedi of his time, the very model of what the Order stood for despite the hundreds of hells he went through, not the least of which was cutting down his best friend.
- 4. Anakin Skywalker--Anakin's goal in combat was to save everybody throughout the Clone Wars, and that most noble desire earns him my undying respect.
- 5. Yoda--I like him not because he is the Grand Master of the Jedi Order, not because he is an incredible swordsman, but because he is a teacher. He is as comfortable sharing wisdom with clone soldiers in a cave as he is with Padawans. That he can inspire confidence and loyalty in others makes him a far more dangerous foe than any Sith who rules by fear.
- Least Favorite: Mace Windu. He may be badass, but he is also just a straight-up ass as well. He's just really arrogant and standoffish and not a pleasant guy. I mean, when do you see him smile, ever? He's a powerful Jedi and an excellent duelist, perhaps, but creating Vaapad to answer his own problems with the dark side isn't confronting and solving his problems. Given more time, I wonder if he may have fallen to the dark side much like his apprentice, or perhaps like Darth Caedus, destroying the Republic in order to save it.
- Least Favorite Again: Ahsoka Tano. She was obnoxious in the movie and first season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. In many novels she is much more tolerable, even likeable, but in the series she seems to be the outrageous hyperbolization of Anakin's flaws: she is often brash and arrogant in dealing with her foes (threatening Nute Gunray, pursuing Grievous and Asajj Ventress with little to no support); she is sickeningly soft and overly trusting with new allies (like with R3-S6); she is prone to succumb to fear and panic at the worst times with a cool head and sharp reflexes are required (encountering Neebrays in the Balmorra Run).
- 1. Darth Maul--Who doesn't like Darth Maul, really? Although he's a fairly stereotypical Sith Warrior (insofar as he is completely uninterested in galactic politics/power games/extraneous Force powers), I find the blunt and honest force of Sith Warriors to be refreshing from the typical Sith Inquistor, who I always seem to see as those fawning simpering sincophants of Emperor Palpatine. Plus, Ray Park is like the coolest guy (YouTube him and you'll see what I mean).
- 2. Darth Sidious--You have to admire the complexity of how Sidious engineered his rise to power, from Senator to Chancellor to Emperor, by raising two armies over thirteen years for the express purpose of eliminating the Jedi. It's brilliant. Sidious was the perfect Sith in that regard; by creating an obvious threat to the Republic in the CIS, Sidious was permitted to spread the influence of the dark side far closer to the light than the Jedi would have normally allowed. Insidous indeed. ... Wait a minute...!
- 3. Darth Bane--You have to give him as much respect, if not more, than Palpatine/Sidious, seeing as he was able to overcome enormous odds and the opposition of the Brotherhood of Darkness in order to destroy them and remake the Sith under the Rule of Two. Sidious's rise to power and reign were literally the cumulation of Bane's work, so in that sense you could say Bane is Palps' great-great-(continued)-granddaddy.
- 4. Darth Nihl--Although there isn't a lot known about him prior to his service to Darth Krayt as his Hand, you can tell he is a skilled and practical warrior (taking great lengths to personally hunt down many Jedi).
- Least Favorite: There's a mixed bag here. I didn't feel like Darth Vader's character was consistent with Anakin's motives in any way; I mean, Anakin almost diverted from rescuing the Chancellor (closest thing he had to a friend beyond the Temple) to help clone pilots, while Vader doesn't care squat for anything beyond his Master's will and his own hunger for power. I realize Anakin went through a lot of trauma during the Purge, but for crying out loud, you don't undergo total personality changes like that. I also felt Galen Marek was ridiculously created/written, although his "imperfect" clone Starkiller was much more realistic in terms of Force powers.
- 1. Clan Skirata/the Nulls/Omega Squad/Delta Squad/the whole gang from the Republic Commando series
- 2. Pretty much all of them, methinks
- 1. The novelization of Revenge of the Sith by Matthew Stover
- 2. Republic Commando: Hard Contact
- 3. Republic Commando: Triple Zero
- 4. Republic Commando: True Colors
- 5. Republic Commando: Order 66 (except for the last section; you know what I'm referring to)