A bright light flashed and the Portal Master entered the room, pleased, happy, but most of all excited. After months of preparation and selection, months of gathering all equipment together the tournament was finally going to start- and with a truly worthy opener!
The Portal Master sat down, immediately activating his console and entering the Library of Babel database. To most mortals it would seem like a incomprehensible maze of never-ending data; to the Portal Master it was his greatest acquisition. He easily navigated through the various files until finally coming across what he was looking for; the portfolio of Azula and Galen Marek.
Smiling he opened the folders that had been made through much research from his underlings, reading them over in detail. He had a guess for the winner, however he had deliberately disabled his immense forsight for this tournament; he made this tournament for surprises, not for foreseen victories!
* New Category Added: Usage: Refers to how regularly a certain category has been used in the past, to better predict how often it would be used in the future. Ranges from Innate(power always activated no matter what) to Very High ( Main weapon/power) to very rare (once o hypothetical usage). NOTE: This only demonstrates past usage, not future occurrences. Its possible for a warrior to use even a classified "very rare" attack in battle multiple times or even "spam" it; there is nothing in theory stopping them from doing so, should the warrior judge it to be wise or in their advantage to do so.
**http://necromoprhvsfellowship.blogspot.com/2012/03/grading-scale.html That link will be very helpful in understanding grading scale.
WHY THEY WERE CHOSEN:
While these two seem like the two least powerful characters in the tournament, and two that are out of place (there is already another, more powerful Star Wars/Avatar character) they each possess traits that make them contenders for even the championship!
She is a extremely quick learner and observer, able to diagnose and describe even very subtle weaknesses in seconds. When combined with the knowledge of the Library of Babel we are looking at someone able to effectively map out and exploit these weaknesses, able to utilize psychological warfare and tactics extremely effectively. On the physical side of things she is a highly trained martial artist and master of the rare, blue fire- which is much more destructive then "regular orange" fire. While she is no pushover on the physical side of things, this character is admitedly better on mentality.
This man's inclusion is a bit less controversial but should be stated anyway. He is a trained assassin for all his life, serving as Vader's secret apprentice quite skillfully. Though mentally he does leave a bit to be desired, when it comes to force potential and ability he surpasses Darth Vader and matches even Palpatine. He can force pull Star Destroyers from the sky , use chain lightning and possesses near impeccable skill with the lightsaber.
PRINCESS AZULA OF THE FIRE NATION
Weight: 116 lbs
Grade: 5.2 Immortal
Class: Fire Nation Prodigy
If Azula's pre-battle can be described in two traits they would be perfectionism and adaptability. She is a woman who does not tolerate imperfection, and indeed I can see her taking the time to look up every fact of aspect of their opponent's life : powers, history, psychology, strengths, weaknesses and much more. She will focus on trying to either manipulate or counter all of those factors, and then take a step further and try to address some hypothetical counters to her. Being a women of extremely sound observation skills, she'll try to use that to find a flaw in a opponent's style and exploit that. I can also see her constantly training until the very last minute of the fight (warriors are magically restored to full stamina and the best state when entering the arena).
A constant for Azula is that in every battle she has ever fought, she brings a new trait to the battle a 100 percent of the time, a new trick for every fight. I don't see her stopping this
BONUS: LO AND LI
The only sort of pre-battle bonus Azula has is Lo and Li, who are her elderly advisers. Though she has already learned a lot from them they can still be of assistance giving her some tactical and battle support, as they seem to have been doing their jobs for a long time.
Its weakness is that its primary intent is not offensive, and relies on hand/feet movements.
GALEN MAREK - "STARKILLER"
Name: Galen Marek
Weight: 178 pounds
Grade: 5.6 Immortal
Class: Reformed Sith Assassin
Born to a Jedi Father on the planet Kashyyyk, Marek was kidnapped by Darth Vader in his early years. The Darth Lord sought an apprentice and personal assassin to help him dethrone the emperor one day, and thought Marek was an ideal candidate given the boys natural strength in the force. The Training was brutal and difficult, both on Lord Vader’s request and the boy’s own desire to master himself. The only reason the boy didn’t end up developing into a sociopath was thanks to his droid Proxy, who he developed a bond with (this despite Proxy cheerfully trying to kill him half the time, due to the droid’s directives).
After years in training he was sent out into the world to assassinate known dissidents of the empire, honing in on his stealth prowess as he had to avoid detection from the emperor as well. Eventually after being knighted by Darth Vader, he was sent out in the world to assassinate the few remaining jedi. Eventually his experiences with the Jedi(after he had killed two and crippled another) and the fact that his master nearly killed him on the emperor’s order caused a revision in allegiances, helped along by his love for the pilot Juno. He helped organize early alliance leaders, and personally led a mission to rescue them. After defeating both Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine in two successive duels, he willingly sacrificed his life for Juno and the alliance leaders, allowing them to get to safety. In return the Alliance emblem became the Marek family crest.
Galen Marek is one of the most powerful force users in the Star wars universe, and has gone up against two of the greatest dark lords and defeated them both in single combat. His mastery of the force rivals that of a master, being able to produce powerful streaks of force lightning, stop and fire back missiles, forcibly drag a star destroyer from space and deliver powerful force grips. As a duelist his skill is nearly impeccable, and he has a long line of successes over Jedi and Sith masters to solidify that reputation.
* The version used in this fight is right before his battle with Palpatine, meaning he carries both light and dark side characteristics.
PRE-BATTLE BONUS: PROXY:
Proxy is Marek's combat training droid and best friend, which is ironic since he is constantly trying to kill him. His main benefit is that through study and his holographic projectors he can turn into near anyone, mimicking their combat style and approach . He can also use a series of tractor beams and repulsors to mimic powers to an extent. This will allow Marek to practice fighting against his enemy before the battle actually begins!
This is certainly a large advantage, however its not without its drawbacks. Proxy is not as powerful as the person he is mimicking, and can not replicate the strength level of the opponent's powers, so in this case it would be a much weaker version of firebending. The opponent that he is mimicking will undoubtedly change some things prior to the fight, so fighting Proxy acting as Azula for example won't be the exact same as fighting the real thing in the arena.
Still PROXY is a great asset, as he'll be able to get a pretty good idea behind certain combat techniques and powers pre-fight. He's a good enough asset that if someone were to defeat Proxy would be among the items they acquire.
LONG RANGE: TELEKINESIS/SABER THROW
Range: Basic Line-of-sight -15 feet (force repulse) Type: prepared | Effect: Projectiles to Direct Damage Usage: High (averaged)
An umbrella term to describe a number of powers, Telekinesis comprises of both the basic environmental control powers and the more sinister direct kill powers. Force Push or Pull are self-explanatory, being used to push something back or else pull something closer to the caster (a great disarming tool!) .Galen Marek’s biggest feat here is literally pulling a Star Destroyer from the sky. Also self-explanatory is force throw, which picks up an object or person and hurls it in whatever direction the caster pleases. Force grip allowed Marek to grab someone and lift them in the air, whereupon he could then do what he wanted to the victim (though capable fighters could still attack) .Force Repulse was a uniquely Marek move, causing him to levitate in the air and draw loose objects and force energy to him before blasting it out in a violent ring of force push.
More sinisterly, Marek also possessed force choke and force crush. The former cuts off a person’s oxygen, choking them while the latter could be used to crush entire organs (given Marek’s conversion to the lightside, there will likely be some hesitancy to use this). In terms of usage, force push/pull/throw would score very high, while repulse/grip high and force choke moderate. Force Crush, a power that he has never used on a living person but is in theory capable of doing so, scores very rare.
While Force Grip/Choke does seem to be overwhelming, I have found four effective counters to it that a opponent might research to counter. The first is to blind the Jedi, breaking there line of sight, the second is too immediately leap away, which doesn't always give a good result. the third is to break concentration with a stream of endless attacks, while the fourth and most useful was frequently used by Boba Fett, who used his jetpack's propulsion to interfere with grip and move out of line of sight.
Range: 20 meters | Type: Prepared | Effect: Projectile Usage: Moderate
Galen was exceptionally skilled at the lightsaber throw, to the point where he could guide his lightsaber mid-air using the force(to an extent). This move has the benefit of being somewhat a surprise to his enemies, who may think themselves safe from the lightsaber at range. Generally it was thrown in a boomerang like fashion, though it could be shot straight at an opponent. The downside to this is that it leaves the user wide open to a attack, can be dodged and lightsabers have been destroyed midair, leaving its former wielder defenseless.
MID RANGE: FORCE LIGHTNING
Range: 8 meters | Type: Prepared | Effect: Shock Usage: High
Perhaps the most iconic Dark Side power, it is also arguably the most lethal of any of Marek’s power. Drawing energy from the Darkside of the Force, the user blast a beam of pure lightning at a target, either crippling them or sometimes even killing them (the longer the user can keep it cast, the greater likelihood of either). He can also augment his lightsaber with electricity at close quarters, or augment a force gripped object with electricity, causing it to explode when it hits. Galen was one of the most powerful Lightning users ever, rivaling Darth Sidious himself.
Other then the lack of range, there isn't much in the way of weaknesses for this power.
CLOSE RANGE: LIGHTSABER
Range: 3 feet | Type: Hand Weapon| Effect: Blade Usage: Very High (main weapon)
The most famous weapon in all of Star Wars, the Lightsaber is known for its extreme penetrative properties, with few types of armor being able to stand against it. He can also use it to block some types of projectiles: lasers, plasma and bullets among them. This would have been the primary weapon/technique of Marek, and his skill with it was enough to beat various foes such as Jedi master Shaak ti, Darth Vader, and even duel Emperor Palpatine. There isn't much that needs to be said about this weapon; I am sure many of you are familiar with it.
Range: ??? Type: Innate Effect: Augment Usage: Inntate
Farsight allows Marek to briefly peer into the future, examine past events and make predictions on probable future events.Farsight could also be applied to combat, allowing the practitioner to glimpse moves his opponent may make, as well as outside forces that might affect the battle.
Initially Marek struggled very hard with this power, and was frustrated by his inability to learn it. However upon his conversion to the light he seems to have finally gotten it down somewhat (note if he goes full on "dark" in one of his battles, his ability to use this skill ceases). Alone among Marek's skills and powers this is the one thing he hasn't mastered, and unlike Palpatine, who would be able to see and predict extremely well, he would be limited to brief glimpses of the future. However if he advances in the tournament i'd expect this skill to increase over time.
DEFENSE: FORCE PROTECTION AND LIGHTSABER
Marek in his original form possessed no armor, as that would have inhibited the fast paced styles of combat that he preferred. His main source of defense was the lightsaber, which could be used to block or deflect most projectiles. Should that prove insufficient Marek is capable of stopping objects mid-flight with telekinesis and redirecting them back at an enemy, though this does not apply to energy attacks. For that Marek only has one defense; used once and only once in the very end of his life against the Emperor. Force protection allowed him to absorb and redirect a massive amount of force lightning, though the strain ended up killing him. This means force protection will be an option, just not one he has fully mastered yet.
He also possesses the capability of force healing, though he can't do this under fire and it pales in comparison to the regeneration some other foes posses.
Galen's force throws usually hit, though he's rated down a bit as range is not his primary choice of battle.
Defeated Vader, many Jedi including masters, beasts of all sizes and many in between in his short time alive.
Normally would score a "6", however he can use the force to make himself stronger.
Damage Intake: 17/100 –
Galen is capable of taking more damage than most humans, as he demonstrated when he channeled Darth Sidious’s powerful lightning. His unique pain filled training and slight Force healing help him here.
Damage Resistance: 35/100 –
Though the Force protection is a powerful shield, he only used it once and in circumstances that may have aided in his death (channeling all that electricity would not have been healthy) .Galen scores somewhat high here due to telekinesis and lightsaber blocking.
Stealth: 67/100 –
Galen scores highly here as he is very versed in stealth combat, and has successfully snuck his way into installations before, assassinated someone, and then got out without anyone noticing. In fact this was pretty much a requirement, as Vader wanted his existence kept a secret, as well as to serve as his personal assassin. Thus a significant portion of his training was spent towards stealth. Again, Marek can enhance this with the Force.
Sensory: 62/100 –
Once again Galen scores very highly here, as his senses are already at their human peak. He is capable of using Force sense and his Farsight to boost his score, though he doesn’t seem to have mastered either.
Raw Speed: 19/100 –
Marek is naturally very fast and is capable of using Force speed to temporarily boost his speed, but only very briefly.
Reflexes: 46/100 –
Surprisingly Marek’s score doesn’t reach as high up as it ought, given that he’s failed to dodge some rather slow attacks before. However he is still capable of reacting to blaster bolts fast enough.
His stamina is as high as humanly possible.
Finesse: 69/100 –
Possesses a high level of finesse and the ease in which he deflects blaster bolts.He can use the force to help himself along here. Still he does make mistakes and can take blows from relatively slow opponents.
Adaptive Creativity: 75/100 –
Galen regularly uses the environment to do away with his foes, and in fact most telekinesis wielders score highly here.
Use of force to speed up his reflexes and help him get first blow.
He's certainly above the average human, however he's no genius,
His tactics work , but thats more through skill at arms then the actual effectiveness of his tactics( which are actually pretty simple and standard- carve through enemies).
Has minor force farsight to benefit him here.
Has fought on assassination missions for at least 2-3 years, though he only started fighting enemies of real note in the last month or two of his life.
Not Disciplined at all, given his psychology and the fact that Sith (which he just stopped being) encouraged use of anger in battles.
Training: 53/100 –
Though he gets lowered a bit thanks to the lack of tactical training, he still experienced the best training Vader could afford, and was wholly dedicated to his mission: serve Vader.
Audacity: 75/100 –
Galen does not back down, he pretty much had to be pried away before. Though he does feel a little doubt, it doesn't really effect him in fights.
He appears pretty normal on the outside, though his displays of power and anger are unnerving to some foes.
Psychological Warfare: 37/100
He does sometimes use taunts, however he is more of a silent assassin then someone who actively seeks to intimidate his foe.
Strength of Mind: 75/100
Powerful Jedi Mind, Palpatine would not be able to pull off the force trick.
Killer Instinct: 60/100
While normally this would be higher, his recent conversion to the lightside has lowered it very (5 points) slightly.
Psychology: 45/100 –
Easily angered or driven to rage in the middle of battles, the only person who he felt affection/love for (prior to Juno) was a robot programmed to try to kill him every few days, struggles a bit in his love for Juno, brought up in a loveless environment. TL:DR - screwed up upbringing effected him and lowered his score.
Inner Torment: 64/100
See Above, that counts as Inner Torment.
Corruption: 45/100 –
The man seriously considered viciously cutting down his old master and the Emperor, but was stopped both times by his friend’s needs (and in the second, his friend restraining him).He demonstrated Heroism when he sacrificed his life to save the early Alliance.
Energy Potential: 82/100
Like Azula, Galen Marek was trained from childhood to fight. While his training began later then Azula ( 9 compared to her 6-7) he has matched her through pure dedication, at one point deliberately chaining himself to a wall and not allowing himself to eat until he successfully constructed a lightsaber using telekinesis . He nearly starved to death. Nonetheless he spent much of his early adolescence training endlessly, and it paid off against later duels with Shaak Ti, Kota, Vader and even the Emperor.
STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES:
It has been said before and it will be said again; Marek is a immensely force talented individual, something even Palpatine, who attempted to have him replace Vader, recognized. He'll only grow in power as the tournament goes on, and can enhance some of his techniques using knowledge gained in the Library of Babel. Proxy will gain a new training module with every battle the droid sees, keeping Marek fresh (or the person who takes Proxy from Marek). Each environment he fights in will contain plenty of objects to throw around, which will help his telekinesis.
However he does possess two weaknesses to note. The first is his emotions; which are shown to fluctuate often. The second is how he straddles the fine line between Light Side and Dark Side; and how delicately he must work to maintain this. Should he go full Light Side then his use of force choke/crush and lightning will be limited at best; should he go full Dark Side then he won't be able to use Force Farsight at all.
MOTIVATION: JUNO ECLIPSE, VENGEANCE
Marek fights for two factors primarily: love and vengeance. Juno Eclipse, his fighter pilot that he fell in love with in the game, is probably his greatest motivation. This tournament would offer him the chance to protect her, bring her back from death even if need be. The second greatest motivation is vengeance- against the Emperor, the Sith, and the Empire that screwed him over. This is an opportunity that the Tournament is going to provide him more obviously then the first motivation; if he makes it all the way, he'd be able to solo the entire Galactic Empire. He many also fight for self-redemption to a slight extent- again which this tournament will provide.
- Through the Portal Master's mastery of his namesake, each time these two warriors step into the arena 1000 different realities will be run. The best battle of the winner (the person who kills the most out of a 1000) will be shown, as well as statistical information regarding the exact breakdown of kills.
- Assessment will be further broken down into timeframe assessment : Early, Middle and Late Game.
- Early onset of fighting; primarily quick and stealth kills.
-Mid Game: After a prolonged period of fighting; this period of time will contain some of the toughest fighting.
- Late Game: After a very Prolonged period of fighting this period will be marked by last resort measures.
- After every three rounds alternate endings will be shown.
- Merely shouting out a name or two sentence reasoning will result in no vote.
- Giving a pretty good but non-comprehensive vote will result in a .5 vote.
- In order to get a FULL VOTE you must evaluate each category (Pre-battle, LR,MR, CR, SP, DF, Variables or "X-factors") and give a overall winner. You do not HAVE to break down the Variables into 5 sections but you are encouraged to, nor do you have to judge common factors, strength/weaknesses and motivation, though once again you are encouraged as they could efect the overall game.
- If you feel that one factor gives "X" the win then you can say so- as long as its after a vote. There is a reason I did not attach numbers/scores to each category.
- Battles may be a little slow to put up with school and all, though rest assured I will be working on them.
- Finally Azula starts with a 1 point lead for winning on Facebook, however that does not mean Galen Marek can't win.