Obi-Wan Kenobi (later known as Ben Kenobi) was a legendary Jedi Master who played a major role in the galaxy during the time of the Galactic Republic and the subsequent Empire. Obi-Wan was personally responsible for the death of General Grievous, bisection of Darth Maul, and the deaths of several others indirectly by training Anakin and Luke Skywalker. Obi-Wan was one of the few Jedi to survive the Great Jedi Purge.
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Padmé Amidala SkywalkerEdit
Anakin Skywalker was Obi-Wan's former apprentice, former son/brother figure, former friend, enemy. When Anakin first met his future mentor, he was the second Jedi that he had encountered but Obi-Wan, like the rest of the Jedi Council, didn't believe that Anakin should be trained. Despite this, he was willing to defy the Jedi Council's decision to respect his dying master's last wish to train Anakin as a Jedi. The first stage of their relationship was similar to that between a father and a son and Kenobi was, along with Padmé and Shmi, one of those Anakin loved the most in the galaxy. Anakin had great respect for his master and considered him an equal in wisdom only to Master Yoda. However, his righteous and prideful attitude clashed with his master's more patient and peaceful ways. They would often disagree and engage in verbal jousts about the Jedi Order and the politics of Coruscant. However, their bond was strong enough that Anakin was willing to disobey the Council's orders and go to Geonosis to rescue him when he was Count Dooku's prisoner. After the Battle of Geonosis, their relationship changed again from a father-son one to one between two brothers. The antagonism that they would show, sometimes rather violently, turned into playful bickering. During the Clone Wars, Anakin saved Obi-Wan's life at least ten times and the latter apparently did the same for him on some occasions. However, their relationship turned darker due to Anakin's opposition to the Council's decisions and their refusal to trust the Chancellor. Obi-Wan also secretly suspected of Anakin and Padmé's relationship. When Anakin fell to the dark side and became Darth Vader, Obi-Wan was heartbroken and even begged Master Yoda to send him to kill Darth Sidious in his stead as he couldn't kill his brother. When it appeared that Padmé had led Obi-Wan to him, he tried to kill them both. During their duel, Obi-Wan kept trying to find a trace of his old apprentice in the monster he had become but it was in vain and he finally accepted that Anakin was gone. However, while the latter expressed eternal hatred towards his old master, Obi-Wan wasn't able to finish Anakin off and left him to be consumed by the flames of Mustafar. After this duel, Vader became bent on revenge and spent months trying to locate Obi-Wan. He was turned away from this goal by his new Master. Along with Yoda and Bail Organa, Obi-Wan protected Vader's children by hiding them from their father. When Obi-Wan and Anakin met again on the Death Star, Obi-Wan sacrificed himself to allow Luke to escape. His spirit kept leading him so that he could defeat Vader and Sidious. When Anakin fulfilled the prophecy and destroyed Sidious, dying himself in the process, Kenobi, Yoda and Qui-Gon Jinn, who had learned how to become one with the Force, led his spirit to join the Force, completing his redemption
Powers and AbilitiesEdit
Despite his preference for diplomacy, Master Obi-Wan was one of the greatest swordsmen and Force-users in Jedi history.
As a young Jedi Padawan, Obi-Wan showed much potential, through feats such as resisting a memory wipe (being renewed) at the hands of the Syndicat, and defeating a corrupt Bruck Chun in a lightsaber duel. He accomplished the prior by placing Force barriers all around his mind, something only a Jedi Master should be able to do. This displayed not only his strength in the Force but also his strength of character.
Obi-Wan was one of the greatest lightsaber duelists of his time. A natural swordsman, Obi-Wan's ability was evident even at a young age. During his training under Qui-Gon Jinn, Obi-Wan chose to specialize in Ataru, his relatively advanced skills reinforced by his youth and stamina, which helped compensate for his relative inexperience. While he relied on the acrobatics to flank his opponents, and to facilitate his strong penchant for physical attacks, Obi-Wan largely eschewed the more impractical elements of Ataru, such as the open flourishes, favoring more simplistic and direct moves. In addition to Ataru, Obi-Wan also studied Shien, as evidenced by his accurate blast-deflections and his occasional use for the reversed grip, Niman, to develop his ability to incorporate Force abilities into his fighting form, and the martial art Tae-Jitsu, his degree of skill in the art being enough to implement into his fighting style flawlessly enough to break bones, as he did to Savage Oppress. Obi-Wan also displayed an early interest in studying Form VII, specifically Mace Windu's Vaapad variant, but Qui-Gon refused to let him study it. Ultimately, Qui-Gon Jinn's death due to Ataru's lack of defensive capabilities prompted Obi-Wan to abandon Form IV as his dominant style, but still mastered it nonetheless. Obi-Wan began studying the defensive Soresu, intending to create a hybrid between it and Ataru to compensate for Form IV's aforementioned lack of defense. Though it eventually became his primary fighting form, he did still implement elements of Ataru into his swordplay from time to time. He was also known to use a spinning attack move in combat. Ten years study into Form III resulted in an advanced skillset, and Obi-Wan became one of the most esteemed swordsmen in Jedi history. His tight defense and energy-efficient moves stood him in good stead against masterful gunslingers such as Jango Fett, or during the chaotic firefights of the Battle of Geonosis. However Obi-Wan's Soresu proved unable to effectively counter Dooku's skills during their confrontation, much to the latter's disappointment. Dooku's elegant Makashi strokes and jabs worked away at Obi-Wan's defense, many of Obi-Wan's cutting parries missing Dooku's blade entirely, while his feints confused the Jedi and forced him to retreat, ultimately bringing him down. Over the course of the Clone Wars, Obi-Wan continued to develop his techniques. His blast-deflection skills were further developed to the point where Obi-Wan could literally walk unscathed through hornet-swarms of blasterfire, single-handedly deflecting blasts from all directions simultaneously. and Thousands of hours in sparring and practice sessions considerably advanced his skills as a duelist as well. Even unarmed, Obi-Wan was a formidable opponent, evading enemy attacks and working his way inside their defense to physically assault them, as he did against Asajj Ventress and Pre Vizsla. In addition to Soresu, Obi-Wan would also master and incorporate elements of Shii-Cho and Niman into his fighting style, as well as appearing to have been well versed in the art of Jar'Kai dual-blade combat, as he demonstrated numerous times in battle, even to such an extent as defeating both Savage Oppress and Darth Maul simultaneously in battle, wielding his own and Adi Gallia's lightsabers. By the end of the war, Obi-Wan's study into Soresu had resulted in absolute mastery of the style. In his final duel with Dooku, Obi-Wan caught the Count off-guard with his advanced application, with Dooku making note of Obi-Wan's simplicity and efficiency, but also his bewildering speed and precision. Forced to retreat, Dooku only prevailed by catching Obi-Wan off guard, grasping the Jedi master with the Force and hurling him across the room. In his duel with Grievous, Kenobi provided one of the purest applications of Soresu. His blade's intricate pattern of blocks and parries moved just fast enough to subtly interfere with Grievous' multiple strikes, while his slight dodges and shifts of stance allowing him to simply evade the rest. As Grievous ramped up the intensity of his assault, Obi-Wan countered by merely altering the angle of his parries, cutting off two of Grievous' mechanical wrists. Obi-Wan proved to be one of the only Jedi able to engage Darth Vader and survive, as his Soresu mastery perfectly countered Vader's angry Form V. Obi-Wan simply gave ground before Vader's onslaught, waiting until Vader grew frustrated and overconfident, and then dismembering the hapless Sith Lord when his defense lapsed.
By the time of his rematch with Vader on the Death Star, however, Obi-Wan had gone for seventeen years without a duel, and his skills had atrophied somewhat. Despite this, he remained a formidable Form III practitioner, and was able to hold his own against Vader for a short time. However, Vader had clearly learned his lesson on Mustafar and opted for a cautious, controlled assault instead of an all-out attack. With no openings to exploit, Obi-Wan was forced to simply counter Vader's blows. Due to his age, lack of practice, and the sheer physical force of Vader's attacks, Obi-Wan quickly tired. Rather than continue the fight, he opted to sacrifice his physical self and become one with the Force. In this way, he taught both of his Skywalker students one final lesson.
Though Obi-Wan focused largely on lightsaber combat he was also very skilled and powerful in use of the Force. He was trained in use of the Mind trick, Force persuasion and the more advanced Dominate Mind skill. As instructed by Qui-Gon Jinn's Force ghost, Obi-Wan eventually learned the ability to become a spirit after death, like his former Master. He would later put this skill to good use, guiding and counseling Luke Skywalker during the Rebellion.
Obi-Wan was also capable of a very powerful Force Push, which he used consistently throughout the Clone Wars and against Grievous during their final duel in 19 BBY. He later displayed his mastery of Force Push during his duel with Darth Vader on Mustafar, as neither of them were able to overpower the other while simultaneously using the ability. The two struggled against each other for a short time, and though Obi-Wan was clearly giving ground, they both ended up being hurled in opposite directions across the room they were in. The fact that Vader's connection to the Force was, at the time, stronger than any known Force user in history further exemplifies Obi-Wan's mastery of the technique. Obi-Wan was capable of other telekinetic feats and could use the Force to increase his body's endurance and agility, amplifying his speed to such an extent that he could literally disappear from sight in a blur, either to avoid attacks or to strike first with his own. Obi-Wan was also capable of using the Force to perform extensive acrobatics, allowing him to leap huge distances and cover much more ground in a much shorter amount of time. Obi-wan was adept at the saber throw, as demonstrated during the Clone Wars to destroy a droideka.
Apart from these impressive applications of the Force, Kenobi was known to be incredibly adept in the use of Animal friendship, allowing him to exert considerable influence over otherwise untamable beasts, indeed, during the Battle of Ryloth, the Jedi Master was able to calm and control a large group of starved, vicious and attacking gutkurrs. It is also possible that Obi-Wan used this power to create a connection between him and Boga, during the Battle of Utapau, which would account for the high level of loyalty the creature displayed towards him.
In addition, Obi-Wan was able to use Force deflection as well as Force repulse to a remarkable degree. This was best seen during his fight with the bounty hunter Durge on Muunilinst. Deprived of his lightsaber, he was forced to deflect blasts from both a rapid-firing dart launcher and a flamethrower using only the Force. This is all the more impressive considering that flamethrowers were so difficult to counter with the Force that they were considered a favorite among Jedi hunters. He later demonstrated the ability to deflect blaster bolts from a Destroyer Droid with the Force. During that same battle, he was absorbed into Durge's body, but managed to use Force Repulse (or some variation of it), to destroy the bounty hunter's body from within. And although largely unused on anything other than droids, the Jedi Council member showed a masterful proficiency with the Force crush ability, a technique he used to dispatch pairs of assassin droids. Kenobi was also known to have some knowledge of Force absorption in his repertoire. To exactly what extent is unknown, but he was able to absorb several types of energy.
Obi-Wan was also able to imitate sounds using the Force, like when he imitated a Krayt Dragon's roar scaring off the Tusken Raiders who were attacking Luke.
Obi-Wan proved himself to be a great military strategist, which resulted in his attaining the rank of High General along with Mace Windu during the Clone Wars. He personally led his troops to many famous victories on worlds such as. Raxus Prime, Muunilinst and Utapau, as well as countless others. His persuasive demeanor earned him the moniker of "The Negotiator," and his tactical skills allowed the Republic to minimize Clone casualties during many of their battles. His use of Advanced Recon Commandos and Lance Troopers on Muunilinst were key elements to the victory of the Republic.
His strategic ability was also shown in his lightsaber combat. Applying the principles of Soresu and Sokan, he often took advantage of his superior defensive capabilities and position on the battlefield to win his battles with as little effort exhausted as possible. He used this particular strategy to tire his former Padawan out and sever his legs and left arm on Mustafar.
Despite his dislike of flying, Obi-Wan was an excellent pilot. As a Padawan, he was known as one of the greatest pilots in the Jedi Order, expressing great interest in the early Jedi starfighter program. During the Clone Wars, he led many attacks from the cockpit of his Jedi starfighter or his Jedi interceptor, often designated as Red Leader. He could repair all kinds of craft and machines as well as use computers to enhance his various skills. Constantly monitoring the hyperdrive generator of the Naboo Royal Starship, Obi-Wan readied the core for repairs. Obi-Wan then used his technical expertise to repair the hyperdrive on Queen Amidala's vessel.
Obi-Wan also seemed to be a skilled hand to hand combatant. Trained at the Jedi Temple and having undergone extensive sparring matches with Masters Jinn and Windu, he developed a considerable level of skill in unarmed combat, enough so to outclass Pre Vizsla, leader of the Death Watch, in both their bouts of the lightsaber as well as their fists. During his duel with Jango Fett on Kamino, Obi-Wan was briefly deprived of his lightsaber, and fought the bounty hunter in unarmed combat.
In his later years, Obi-Wan apparently learned to understand Shyriiwook, and other alien languages.
As mentor to the first Jedi of the new order and one of the earliest heroes of the Rebel Alliance, Obi-Wan's legacy would continue long after his death. When Luke lost his lightsaber in the duel with Darth Vader on Bespin, he returned to Obi-Wan's hut on Tatooine to construct a new one from instructions left in Obi-Wan's journals. Obi-Wan's spartan hovel was actually a treasure trove of Jedi information, one of the very few repositories left after the Great Jedi Purge. The information contained there would be a great help to Luke in his reconstruction of the Order.
His name was commemorated with the Obi-Wan, first of the Nebula-class Star Destroyers. As well as the lightsaber crystal Obi-Wan's Legacy.
Obi-Wan's Jedi legacy also continued in his namesake Ben Skywalker, the grandson of his first apprentice Anakin Skywalker and the son of his second apprentice Luke Skywalker.
Tacticians, both from the Galactic Empire and Rebel Alliance would pay homage to the General through the study of the Kenobi Offensive, a starship maneuver developed by Obi-Wan during the Clone Wars. Rebel pilots would also strive to be awarded the Kenobi Medallion, named after the Jedi Master.
Obi-Wan's lightsaber was inside Vader's TIE Advanced during the Battle of Yavin. Apparently, the weapon was later recovered by the Empire but a group of Jedi including Tionne Solusar, Ikrit, Anakin Solo, Tahiri Veila, R2-D2 and Uldir Lochett discovered the blade at Vader's fortress of Bast Castle's on Vjun in 22 ABY. They encountered "Mage" Orloc and his henchmen during the expedition though they managed to escape with the blade and an ancient Jedi holocron.
However, Uldir Lochett, a classmate of Anakin Solo, stole the lightsaber believing that it would make him a great Jedi. He then went to find Orloc since he believed that Orloc possessed great powers and found him at Exis Station. However, Uldir would later learn that Orloc was actually a fraud since he possessed no Force powers at all. Luckily for Uldir, his Jedi companions came to his rescue and defeated Orloc. The weapon and the holocron were recovered and returned to the Jedi Praxeum.
The Sith cult known as the Jensaarai, which taught that the Jedi had fallen to the dark side and that the Sith knew the truth, believed that the roles of Darth Vader and Obi-Wan were reversed, as they saw Obi-Wan as the monster. This was corrected when the cult was integrated into the greater Jedi Order by Luke Skywalker.
Luke Skywalker finally met with his master, one last time, after the Liberation of Coruscant in 29 ABY.
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