How much of a factor does physical ability play in a duel?
I saw this pop up in the Bane & Zannah vs Kenobi and Anakin thread.
This seems to differ between Disney Canon and EU
How much of a factor does a force user's non-augmented physical ability play in duel?
Personally, I believe that the more powerful the force user, the less significant physicals become. The reasoning behind this being that a more powerful force user can afford to continually "waste" more energy passively augmenting their endurance, strength, speed, etc than a mid-low tier force user. I'm talking simply about passive biological abilities. Not bursts of speed or strength.
Why is someone as powerful as Dooku, who's described to be in better physical shape than humans half his age, inclined to maintain their physicals? To contradict what I just said a paragraph ago, the RotS novel states how Dooku was affected by his physical handicap as he was forced to lavishly spend his force reserves fending off Kenobi and Anakin.
In canon, Dooku's fight against the night-sisters left him coughing and wheezing near the end of the battle which was then exploited by Ventress. Was this due to Dooku quickly fatiguing due to his age, or was he simply exhausted as a force-user (the latter seems less-likely as we see him electrocute the trio and throw them out his window)?
Re: How much of a factor does physical ability play in a duel?
Maybe because he was injected by a Nightsister poison and had to suddenly get out of bed from sleeping? Whatever it was, it hindered him and he probably would've done better had it been in the middle of the day without getting injected.
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He pushed this aside, drawing once more upon the certain knowledge of his personal invincibility to open a channel to the Force. Power flowed into him, and the weight of his years dropped away.
Pretty clear-cut hear.
the Sith Lord spent lavishly of his reserve of the Force merely to meet these attacks without being cut in half, and Skywalker— Skywalker was getting stronger. Each parry cost Dooku more power than he'd used to throw Kenobi across the room; each block aged him a decade. He decided he'd best revise his strategy once again. He no longer even tried to strike back. Force exhaustion began to close down his perceptions, drawing his consciousness back down to his physical form
When taking the context of Dooku's physical situation into account, this too supports my claim. Each block aged him a decade; not simply exhaust him. His consciousness was drawn back to his physical form; meaning he was made aware of his physical handicap.
As for TCW fight; neither is true based on what exactly?
Dooku, like all Force users, uses Force augmentation to heighten his speed, strength, etc. to unnatural heights. Anakin is so strong that it is forcing Dooku to exert unnatural amounts of Force energy to reach a level of augmentation capable of surviving against his onslaught. Using such excess power to simply fend off every attack from Anakin is exhausting Dooku, causing him to teeter on the brink of unconsciousness. The expression "aged a decade" demonstrates how taxing this is on Dooku's body. No where, and I mean no where, is it even implied Dooku's age makes him tire unnaturally fast, nor that Dooku being brutalized is a result of a physical handicap and not Anakin's monstrous strength.
In regards to The Clone Wars fight, it is blatantly, and I mean so blatantly it does not require any intelligent thought to deduce, evident that the poison injected by Ventress is the reason for Dooku's dizziness and wheezing - not that he can't fight longer than two minutes without breaking down.
The obvious. Dooku's old. He can't just run around and do jumping jacks and cartwheels.
He needs Force augmentation - from jumping to jumping at a speed that it's effective against other hyper-fast Force-users.
This issue isn't just Dooku's, though, hence why it's irrelevant.
Every Force-user needs the Force. Even someone like Maul, who's perhaps the most physically capable Star Wars character without the Force, is still going to need vast augmentation to bring him to anywhere near the level any of these competent Jedi or Sith are fighting at in Legends; not to mention the fact that half of all Force-users, like Dooku, probably need the Force to do even do a cartwheel.
However, none of this would be an issue unless you're fighting the Chosen One, in which Anakin is forcing Dooku to a state where he's literally just an old man trying to fend off a hyper-hyper fast and strong Force-user. That's by no means indication of a physical handicap, but rather Anakin is so strong Dooku is exerting more energy than he has available to him.
Dooku has, after all, proven he's well capable of handling Grievous, Mace, or Yoda (the physical aspects of it, that is). As I said, the quote is not exclusive to Dooku - any Force-user older than, say, forty or fifty is going to have the same issue (Revan, Malgus, Bane, Yoda, Sidious, Obi-Wan, Vader, and Luke included), and than those younger as well - and the difference is marginal and irrelevant.
I don't like the word "stance" since it suggests there's a legitimate alternative stance, but yes, that's what the book is saying.
Last edited by DarthAnt66 on Nov 2nd, 2017 at 12:18 AM