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PostSubject: Question regarding Jacen Solo's opponent   Wed Jun 24, 2015 7:52 pm

Jacen grasped the lightsaber, feeling its comforting weight against his sweaty palms. His scalp tingled beneath its unruly tangle of brown curls as he sensed the approach of his enemy. Closer, closer . . . He drew in a slow breath and reached with one finger that trembled ever so slightly to press the button on the handle. With a buzzing hiss, the cold metal handle sprang to life, transforming into a sword of glowing energy. The deadly lightsaber pulsed and vibrated in his hands like a living thing. With a mixture of fear and excitement, Jacen's wiry frame tensed for the attack. His liquid-brown eyes fluttered shut for a moment as he visualized his opponent. Without warning, he heard the hum of a light-saber slice down from above. Jacen whirled just in time and caught the blow with his own lightsaber. The deep red of his opponent's weapon throbbed with power, filling his vision as the two glowing blades warred for dominance. 

Jacen knew he was far outmatched in size and strength, that he would need all of his wits to get out of this encounter alive. His arms ached with the strain of holding off the blow, so he took advantage of his smaller size, spinning under his opponents arm and dancing out of reach. The attacker advanced toward him, but Jacen knew better than to let him get that close again. The ruby glow flashed toward him, and he was ready. He parried the blow and then swept sideways with his own blade before dodging backward and blocking the next thrust. Attack and counterattack. Thrust. Parry. Block. Lightsabers sizzled and hissed as they clashed again and again. Though the room was cool and dank, perspiration ran down Jacen's face and into his eyes, nearly blinding him. He saw the arc of red light barely in time and ducked to avoid it. A cocky lopsided grin sprang to his lips, and he realized he was enjoying himself. Stone chips flew around him as the deadly ruby blade gouged the low ceiling just over his head. Jacen's grin faded as he tried to take a step backward and felt cold stone blocks press into his shoulder blades. He parried another thrust, sprang sideways, and fetched up against another stone wall. He was cornered. An icy fist of fear clenched his stomach, and Jacen dropped to one knee, flinging up his blade to ward off the next blow. 

A sound like thunder echoed through the chamber. Jacen opened his eyes and looked up to see his uncle Luke standing in the doorway, clearing his throat. Startled, Jacen fumbled to turn off the lightsaber and accidentally dropped the extinguished handle to the flagstones with a clatter. The sandy-haired, black-robed Jedi Master strode into the private room that served as both his office and his meditation chamber at the Jedi academy. He held his hand out toward the lightsaber, and the weapon sprang to his palm as if magnetized. Jacen gulped as Master Luke Skywalker fixed him with a solemn gaze. 

"I'm sorry, Uncle Luke," Jacen said, his words coming out in a tumbling rush.

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So, what on earth was Jacen fighting? Did he just seriously lose to his own imagination?


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PostSubject: Re: Question regarding Jacen Solo's opponent   Wed Jun 24, 2015 7:55 pm

I think the fact Luke scolds him is pretty telling (is there any more dialogue to the scene?) because it suggests Jacen was doing something wrong. Not sure play fighting really comes under that category, but if Jacen were play-fighting with real and dangerous illusions that would be actual cause for concern.

However it seems a bit purposeless if that were his imagination, I can't fathom what the author was trying to tell us if that were in fact the case.
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PostSubject: Re: Question regarding Jacen Solo's opponent   Wed Jun 24, 2015 7:57 pm

Luke goes on to lecture him that he isn't ready/old enough yet for a lightsaber. Jacen disagrees but eventually concedes. There is no further mention of the duel, to my knowledge. It's so strange...
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PostSubject: Re: Question regarding Jacen Solo's opponent   Wed Jun 24, 2015 7:58 pm

I see. Maybe
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PostSubject: Re: Question regarding Jacen Solo's opponent   Wed Jun 24, 2015 8:08 pm

Where does this take place?

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PostSubject: Re: Question regarding Jacen Solo's opponent   Wed Jun 24, 2015 8:10 pm

Jedi Academy on Yavin IV. Jacen is around 13 years old. 
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PostSubject: Re: Question regarding Jacen Solo's opponent   Wed Jun 24, 2015 8:12 pm

It is very strange. I honestly have no idea. The first idea is that it was an illusion. But it's so strange. I'm stumped. Sorry, Ant. Sad

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PostSubject: Re: Question regarding Jacen Solo's opponent   Wed Jun 24, 2015 8:16 pm

Maybe Kun left random illusions lying around that nobody can see through Huehue Huehue Huehue

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PostSubject: Re: Question regarding Jacen Solo's opponent   Wed Jun 24, 2015 8:44 pm

Having re-read the text, I think the idea that it's an illusion holds merit. As it says, Jacen visualized his opponent, and then it vanishes when Luke arrives. Could be an illusion or Jacen's imagination.

It's so strange, though. I'm rather perplexed. I'm sorry I can't be of much help here, Ant. Sad

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PostSubject: Re: Question regarding Jacen Solo's opponent   Thu Jun 25, 2015 5:32 am

Still going with a real illusion, it appeared to cut stone, made Jacen's muscles ache and even made the guy sweat. Is it possible for him to imagine the stone was cut and induce or imagine those physical responses? Let's be honest unless the guy is drugged i.e. hallucinating, has some kind of mental disorder (although I've never heard of one) or is having an extremely vivid sleep-walking dream, it's pretty much impossible.

It could also be that Jacen was just pretending those things happened i.e. play acting, make believe whatever. But the guy is 13 and he behaved in a way that indicated he believed it was real and he was not in control, so I'd rule that out as a possibility.

That leaves a Force illusion as the only possible explanation in my books, unless we are going to seriously entertain the idea Jacen is doing LSD or has mental problems.
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PostSubject: Re: Question regarding Jacen Solo's opponent   Thu Jun 25, 2015 1:30 pm

Just Jacen's imagination.

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