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Star Wars Madness Day Two: Duelists Square Off

In Sci-Fi on March 19, 2013 at 9:30 am

Dark Side:  Darth Maul vs. Asajj Ventress

Darth Maul trained directly under Darth Sidious but was relegated to the ranks of a Sith assassin instead of being accepted as a full Sith lord. Maul is a Dathomirian zabrak, a race attuned to the dark side. Maul, like other zabraks, is naturally arrogant.  Maul, who excels in numerous forms of lightsaber fighting, wields a double-bladed staff to devastating effect.  While he uses various force techniques, Maul is primarily a physical fighter with viciously strong attacks.

Sidious sent Maul after Queen Amidala. In the process, Maul combined his unconventional saberstaff and training in several obscure combat forms to best Qui-Gon Jinn.  He then proceeded to underestimate Jinn’s apprentice, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and got sliced in half for it.

Asajj Ventress came from the Night Sisterhood on Dathomir, practitioners of Sith magic.  Ventress trained under Jedi Knight Ky Narec until his death. She gave into her rage and grief, turned to the dark side and became a feared warlord. Though Count Dooku refused to acknowledge her as a Sith, Ventress trained under him and became infamous for her raw command of the force as well as her skill with the lightsaber.  She fought the deadly Kenobi-Skywalker team several times and lived to tell and/or brood about it.

Verdict:

asajj ventress, sith assassin, sith apprentice, saberstaff, dark jediAfter a heated fight, Ventress bests Maul!  While Maul has mastery of multiple combat forms as well as the ability to use a saberstaff, he would not be able to use either to his advantage against Ventress.  Ventress is an underdog who uses twin lightsabers that join to make a curved saberstaff. She not only possesses a raw talent for combat and manipulating the force, she has also seen a lot.  Remember, she fought her way to the top of the heap on Rattatak against powerful warlords, took over the planet and dared to fight Dooku himself (she lost).

Also, she might be able to whip up some wicked Sith magic to her advantage during the fight. Don’t underestimate her!

 Light Side: Qui-Gon Jinn vs. Obi-Wan Kenobi

Qui-Gon Jinn trained under Count Dooku who later succumbed to the dark side of the force. It must have been a hard training, but Jinn emerged as one of the most promising Jedi knights in the galaxy with excellent swordsmanship, mind-mettling skills and a masterful sense of the living force. His first apprentice, however, turned to the dark side, and Jinn refused to take another padawan until he met the headstrong Obi-Wan Kenobi.

Kenobi, a promising student, was sent away from the Jedi Temple after Jinn’s initial reluctance to accept him as a padawan. The two kept meeting up on surprisingly similar missions, however. Kenobi learned to tame his temper while Jinn learned that Kenobi’s spirits were not an indicator that he would turn to the dark side.

In his middle years, Kenobi took Anakin Skywalker on as his padawan. The two traveled the galaxy putting down Sith lords and apprentices during the Clone Wars.  The duo escaped dark side practitioners such as Asajj Ventress on numerous occasions, and Kenobi came to master Soresu, the defensive form of lightsaber combat.  By the time he faced down Darth Vader on Mustafar, Kenobi was pretty much boss.  He would have defeated Vader even without the high ground.

Verdict:

jedi master, obi wan, old ben kenobi, jedi master kenobiKenobi defeats Jinn! True, Jinn was mightily in tune with the living force, but that same power made him compassionate. His resolve is weakened as he has to face what I would assume is yet another fallen apprentice, and Jinn finds himself unable to commit to the kill. In this instance, his powers of persuasion are no use against the well-trained Kenobi who took Jinn’s lessons to heart and then perfected them.  Whatever caused the rift between them, Kenobi’s literal mastery of Soresu would enable him to best his former master.  I predict Kenobi to emerge from the duel with most emotional trauma than physical damage.

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