A Jedi has the ability to block a blaster bolt, and from the novels I get the impression that this sort of thing is second nature. Lots of blaster bolts may be difficult, but it would be uber lame to get killed by some street punk with a blaster.
Yet I was going over Drew's RoT and a non force using Twi'lek manages to out-duel an actual Jedi! I was shocked when I read it originally, and I have read nothing further that explains such an event.
Why does the force user not simply apply the technique that they use for blocking blaster bolts (very fast) to blocking a sword? Why do they not use the technique to exploit the non force user's defence?
Well, if they could they would, so I am asking for a description of the technique used for blocking blaster bolts.
Qui Gon claims that Jedi can see things before they happen, but is this true? Or is it a typical Jedi metaphor/lie?
Re: How can a non force user duel with a force user?
I dont think Qui gon was lying the jedi have precognition they see whats going to happen before it happens and react accordingly so it makes them looks fast (am not sure jedi are fast enough to deflect blaster shots without the force). How a street punk non force user beats a jedi in a duel i dont know, we do know that a good fighter like the fetts can kill jedi so if this twi lek was really good it's possible.
Poison and many other nasty non direct attacks....Kotor 2 good old atton killed plenty.
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i agree with this one completely. i was reading the beginning of this thread, and i was going to mention grievous, and how it makes absolutely NO SENSE that he killed four jedi with two sabers in LOE. But You already made my point for me. It just doesn't make sense.
Also: speaking of bounty hunters and such: from Jedi Twilight:
"No ordinary humanoid could contend with a jedi one on one and expect to win. Even a true teras kasi adept, harnessing his own inner enrgy and drawing on decades of honed skill, could hope , at best for a draw, and there weren't more than a handful of those in the galaxy."
that's pretty good indication that the fetts had to be flukes.
Perception and motor skills as we know them only go so far in humans, but how about other species? Even humans whose brains are able to acquire more skills, move the body faster, learn easier etc. A Jedi can only block so much, parry so many times. Their bodies get tired too. And it's abundently clear that they can only "forsee" so much and so far. Otherwise any Jedi would be able to block everything, always. They're more capable beings, not Gods. They can be overwhelmed and out-matched by another more capable, more skilled opponent.
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Your point about other species is well taken. I have considered it myself often enough when playing through a game or reading one of the novels.
As for Jedi not being God like, I would say that they actually should appear God like, with the ability to easily block blaster bolts.
I suppose games like KOTOR fuel the idea that non-Jedi (Mandalorians) can compete against a Jedi, even if there is no specific Canon example of, say, a Jedi being out dueled by non force enhanced skill.
Meh, most of the EU I have been exposed to comes before ROTJ - I am not too fond of the storyline after it. I have heard odd rumors (bounty hunters dueling Vader, for example) but have not bothered to follow them up.