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PostPosted: Tue Apr 02, 2019 11:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Also, I have on occasion considered allowing the amulet of the Alien Student of the Force to serve as a power focus, providing a +1D bonus to all Force skills if held in the student's hand (or leaf, in the case of the Revwien).
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 02, 2019 11:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

CRMcNeill wrote:
Just had a random thought...

Depending on how you view the Ewok movies, there is precedent for shape-shifting in the SWU. Recall that Charal - the Nightsister in Ewoks 2 - was able to shape-shift into a raven with the help of a "magic ring." There is also precedent in the SWU (Splinter of the Mind's Eye, specifically) for inanimate objects that enhance the wielder's Force power (the Kaiburr Crystal), and the Tales of the Jedi Companion mentions several Sith artifacts that impart special abilities.

I always figured the ring in Ewoks 2 was something along the lines of the Kaiburr crystal, in that it generally enhanced the wielder's Force power. The official story, however, is that the ring had a very narrow focus, and could only turn the user into a raven and back again (and Charal was trapped in raven form when the ring was destroyed).

I'm still on the fence, but if one were really interested in introducing fantasy elements to Star Wars, in many ways, the precedent for shape-shifting is already there...

I can maybe buy that a ring that enhances the Force like a Kaiburr crystal, but I still can't buy that the Force, no matter how enhanced, could turn a normal-sized adult female near-human into a raven and back. Where does the significant difference in mass go to and come from? Some feats of the Force may be mistaken as magic by the uninformed, but magic does not exist in my Star Wars universe. The Force simply can't do everything that "magic" can in a pure fantasy setting.

I always figured that the Ewok live action TV movies and animated series were just largely exaggerated stories told by Ewok years later.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 03, 2019 9:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As I said, I'm on the fence, and I have difficulty conceptualizing how the Force could be used in this fashion, as well. The closest I get would be something along the lines of forcing a portion of the character's physical mass out of phase with the physical universe, maybe something along the lines of the teleportation abilities of the Aing-Tii monks in the HoT books. It's still there, connected to the character, but is not physically present, so to speak...
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 04, 2019 10:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I created a Force compendium of sorts a few years back that covers Force abilities other Force-using traditions, like the Baran-Do, use. I listed various Dathomiri and Nightsister abilities in there, and one of them is the shapeshifting ability Charal used. I drew on the Book of Sith for that. Do a search for it, and you should find it.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 04, 2019 10:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Forceally wrote:
I created a Force compendium of sorts a few years back that covers Force abilities other Force-using traditions, like the Baran-Do, use. I listed various Dathomiri and Nightsister abilities in there, and one of them is the shapeshifting ability Charal used. I drew on the Book of Sith for that. Do a search for it, and you should find it.

Do you still have a copy of the compendium itself? If not, what key words do you suggest for a search?
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 05, 2019 8:42 pm    Post subject: Re: The Force Compendium Reply with quote

Forceally wrote:
I created a Force compendium of sorts a few years back that covers Force abilities other Force-using traditions, like the Baran-Do, use. I listed various Dathomiri and Nightsister abilities in there, and one of them is the shapeshifting ability Charal used. I drew on the Book of Sith for that. Do a search for it, and you should find it.

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