*sighs* so, my original guess was that we will get ‘kenobi’ in may 2022, andor in september and ahsoka for christmas/new year
but since now we learned that ‘bad batch season 2′ is coming in spring 2022, as well as the lego star wars AND the celebration is on 26-29th of may, i don’t this that it will happen
they won’t release obi-wan before the celebration, no chance in hell when we don’t even have a trailer and besides they gotta milk it for the crowd. i don’t think it will come out in summer, cause... why? so that leaves the question if they will put it out in september making a competition for amazon’s lotr show or are they gonna wait when that’s over and push it to october
with that we are also moving up ‘andor’ - again i think they will put something out for holidays and i think ‘ahsoka’ will move to 2023
Alright, here’s number 16 of Magic of Friendship Grows! Happy birthday to me!
my only personality trai is being overly attached to karen miller's clone wars books
I've had better landings 😒😏
Would I let anakin choke me to death? Yeah I would and I think that's okay.
Anakin: Why are you late?
Obi-Wan: There was a biological malfunction that yielded an unforeseen surplus of unconsciousness.
Anakin: You overslept.
Obi-Wan: Yeah, I overslept.
Anakin: So anyway-
Obi-wan: Psst! *Puts hand in front of Anakins mouth*
Obi-wan: OUCH! Did you just bite my hand?
Finally a date for the Skywalker game
star wars || timelines
another one sketch from twitter :D
(inspired by @/newanon_twt)
Rex : What's the worst thing you guys have done?
Cody : Rickrolled my trainer in 4th grade.
Ahsoka : I kicked Obi wan between the legs-
Obi wan : -So I kicked Ahsoka in the shin.
Anakin: I burned a town down.
Rex : What?!
Obi wan : What the hell is wrong with you?!?
Anakin: A lot of things.
Ahsoka : No shit.
I read too many soulmate jangobi au‘s to not do my own take on it. In my defense, there are far too many good ones for me to not do that.
Well, this is driving me up the wall. I didn’t expect to get any of Maul’s perspective in this novel, but now that I have, I have thoughts. It’s a fairly short little glimpse - I’m not sure if there will be more since I haven’t completed the book yet - but even though it’s only just three pages long, there is so much to unpack.
First of all, Sidious and Maul are such a messed up relationship (for lack of a better word, since all the emotions seem one-sided from Maul’s part.)
A direct outcome of what Maul had accomplished on Dorvalla, Lommite Limited and InterGalactic Ore had merged and been taken over by the Trade Federation, which in turn had resulted in Nute Gunray’s promotion to the company’s seven-member directorate. In further conversations with the viceroy, Darth Sidious had demanded that the Neimoidians willingly sacrifice one of their Lucrehulk freighters, along with a shipment of aurodium ingots, as a means of funding an Outer Rim insurgent group known as the Nebula Front. Maul had been nonplussed by his Master’s decision to reveal himself to the group’s leader, as Darth Sidious had done in his initial communication with Gunray; then dismayed to learn that the leader—a human named Havac—had betrayed Darth Sidious by attempting to assassinate Supreme Chancellor Valorum on Coruscant. The realization that his Master could be deceived, that he wasn’t infallible, had had a curious effect on Maul. It had caused him unease, a sudden concern for his Master’s safety that had intruded on his ability to still his mind and find reassurance in the dark side. It was not fear—for fear was something alien to Maul’s makeup—but a troublesome disquiet. Disquiet for the being he had once tried to kill, and was perhaps expected to kill. All these weeks later he would still sometimes spend hours wandering through the LiMerge Building like a house pet picking up on the scent of its owner ...
More under the cut, since this got way longer than I intended.
The attachment that Maul has to Sidious is probably twisted a la the Sith way™, but it’s still upsetting to see that Maul does care about his master and outright admits to being unsettled at the thought that something might happen to Sidious - while Sidious just regards him entirely as a tool. We do get Sidious’ perspective on Maul on a few occasions (off the top of my head I can think of Shadow Hunter, but I haven’t read Wrath or Saboteur yet), and while he does acknowledge Maul’s strengths and weaknesses, it’s a very detached and clinical kind of appraisement. Something like, “Oh yes, hubris is his flaw. And he’s impetuous, it sometimes blinds him. But it’s true that he’s strong in the Dark Side, and full of rage and hate. Good stuff.” Considering Sidious took in Maul when he was less than a year old, and then abused him since Maul can remember, this kind of dynamic is chilling.
I also think it’s pretty clear (and tragic) just how warped Maul’s concept of autonomy is. We see it from his point of view throughout the books such as Lockdown, Shadow Hunter, etc.; the way he’s always motivated by a desire to succeed, not because success brings him any particular joy, but because he’ll most certainly be punished if he fails. And he’s so nonchalant at the thought of being punished! It almost makes you believe he’s not really afraid of it, because his entire attitude is, “If I fail, I’ll be punished, and I would have deserved it.” Like, to him, retribution for not succeeding is just the natural way of things. He doesn’t even realize such actions - even the threat of them - are a horrible violation of his autonomy as a person. He is so awfully and casually accepting of any violence and abuse that Sidious inflicts on him; I mean, this guy unironically likens himself to a house pet. Sniffing around for his owner. Aka Sidious. What the fuck.
And the thing is, on a subliminal level, Maul is afraid of disappointing Sidious, of the horrible punishment that will follow. He wouldn’t think about it so much otherwise. But he’s so emotionally stunted that he doesn’t register that it’s fear he’s feeling. “Fear was something alien to [his] makeup” my ass, he’s felt it every day of his life, it’s just that he can’t make heads or tails of it.
Then there’s this:
The rejection, too, had prompted questions of a novel sort. Of all the beings in the galaxy, the Dark Lord had chosen him to serve as his apprentice and eventual successor, and yet Darth Sidious had neglected to equip him with the very tools he would need to carry the Sith imperative forward. For all his attempts to familiarize himself with the political landscape and with criminal organizations—some of which were allied to Darth Sidious, others antithetical to his plans—he had a limited understanding of precisely how the galaxy worked. He grasped that the Sith’s war was with the Jedi Order rather than the Republic, but he had no real inkling as to how revenge was to be meted out.
Again. Maul thinking he means something to Sidious, that Sidious considers him his successor, someone worthy of passing down his knowledge and power to and entrusting with the future of the Sith. And Sidious does not consider him that. I’m pretty sure the Darth Plagueis novel makes it clear that Plagueis and Sidious have no intention of passing on anything to anyone. They regard themselves as the pinnacle of the Rule of Two era Sith, and their plans involve bringing themselves, and no one else, to ultimate power. It’s also explicitly stated that Maul was trained as an assassin who would do the dirty grunge work for them, not a legitimate apprentice or successor. They obtained an infant that wasn’t even a year old yet and decided they would brutally shape this baby into muscle for them to abuse, manipulate, and use. And discard, if he gets in the way! It’s... gosh.
And idk... the part about Maul not having a cohesive picture of how the galaxy works - I suppose you could say he’s naive in that regard - is disturbing. Keeping Maul “sheltered” (again, for lack of a better term) from that kind of know-how seems extremely intentional on Sidious’ part? It reminds me very unpleasantly of a grooming tactic: isolating your victim from everything else except yourself to make them totally dependent on you, keeping them from being able to think through and form their own opinions, etc. In Maul’s case, it feels like Sidious kept him ignorant of the world at large, so he could in turn keep Maul completely obedient and make sure he knew nothing outside of the life that Sidious gave him. Ick.
What, then, if—beyond contemplation—something untoward should befall his Master? Was there a contingency plan? Unlike Darth Sidious, who masqueraded as Republic Senator Palpatine and debated complex issues in the Senate, Maul lacked a secret identity. With his yellow eyes and horned head a black-and-red mask of arcane sigils, it was all he could do to prowl the fringes of The Works in the dead of night without instilling fear in nearly every being whose gaze he caught.
Once more! Maul being worried about Palpatine’s safety when we know the concern is not even remotely mutual. And yeah, I guess you could say that Maul’s anxiety at the idea of something happening to Sidious is borne of pragmatism; like, “what will happen to the Sith plan then”, and I do think he’s apprehensive of that too. But the fact that he calls the idea of Sidious being harmed “beyond contemplation”, as in, he can’t even imagine it, seems to indicate a strong level of emotional attachment. I think it makes sense - Sidious is almost all Maul has ever known. The concept of losing his entire world and the person who gives him purpose must be disconcerting to some degree. And this psychological dependence is probably exactly what Sidious was aiming for.
Maul had expected his life to change when Darth Sidious had relocated him to Coruscant. But in many ways the move struck him as a return to his days as a combat trainee on Orsis, waiting to be allowed to fight, receiving praise and rewards, only to be commanded to train harder. The occasional visits from his Master had allowed him to endure the isolation and superficiality of his existence. Only when his instruction in the Sith arts had begun, had he felt singular, purposeful ...
But he wasn’t entirely without hope.
On occasion Darth Sidious would hint at a mission of utmost importance that they would need to carry out together; one that would call on them to make use of all their powers. He had yet to provide details, even with regard to Maul’s studies. But he continued to imply that the mission was looming. And more and more, Maul sensed that it was somehow linked to his Master’s homeworld, Naboo.
Well, again I will parrot my previous point that Maul is emotionally attached to Sidious, that Sidious raised him to be emotionally attached to him, when conversely he only sees Maul as a weapon. But building on that, a lot of Maul’s attachment also seems to come from the fact that his Sith training under Sidious gives him a sense of purpose. Which makes sense. As far as he knows, he’s been raised to succeed his master and become the primary lord of the Sith, continuing their legacy. And he’s dedicated to it. So of course any (perceived) preparation for that is going to be what he looks forward to. And once again, I am going to reiterate that it’s supremely fucked up that Maul was manipulated in such a way: Sidious gave him a purpose that he never actually intended Maul to serve, made sure Maul considered his own identity and self-worth dependent on that fake purpose, and used Maul and his desire to fulfill that fake purpose (and by extension his desire to prove his identity and self-worth) to further his (and Plagueis’) plans.
Oh, and before I go to my next point, I want to emphasize real quick: Maul is ranging from a teenager to a young adult in the Darth Plagueis novel. At the very oldest, he’s twenty-two in these quotes. That’s... I can’t even begin to explain how screwed it is; that he’s that young and thinks like that, is accustomed to thinking like that. That he’s only worth anything if he can accomplish his missions. That if he fails, of course punishment should follow. That he’s like a “house pet”, searching for his “owner”. I... wow.
Moving a little into the future, I also thinks this idea of “purpose” explains why Maul has such a burning grudge against Obi-Wan after being cut in half. Of course a part of it is, you know, the pure fact that he’s been bisected. Then it’s what he was forced to endure in Lotho Minor. But more intrinsically, Maul viewed himself solely through the lens of: “I am the successor of the Sith and my master’s legacy” and “I must be useful, I must accomplish something”. When Obi-Wan defeated him, Maul lost all of that. Sidious abandons him without a second thought, destroying Maul’s self-perceived identity as his successor and the successor of the Sith. And in Maul’s mind, he failed. He was not useful. And for a long time it must have seemed like he’s never going to be useful again, because he has no legs and he has no way off of Lotho Minor.
Not to mention, his master threw him away. Didn’t come after him. Maul was forgotten and the galaxy moved on, like he never even mattered. I think that’s the crux of why Maul is so embittered: that because of his defeat at Obi-Wan’s hands, he became well and truly nothing. He lost everything that gave him purpose. And like... it’s not exactly wrong of him to be so furious? Of course, Obi-Wan was aiming to kill him. It was never his intention to make Maul suffer. But the fact remains that he did - that instead of just killing him, he did something that was, to Maul, worse: he took away all the meaning in his life. And Maul is angry and bitter and loathes him for it.
I always appreciated the depth that The Clone Wars gave Maul - it was probably the start of me liking his character. But the books take it to another level; he’s mindblowingly complex but also cohesive and you can almost see how the circumstances of his early life shaped him into the adult he became. With the context of his childhood and adolescence, all the violence he resorts to as an adult... it’s less horrifying and more tragic, in my opinion. Because I feel like there’s almost no other way he could have turned out. He had absolutely no one healthy to support him or to model himself off of. Children need stimulation and warmth and love in their earliest years, or their brain outright develops differently. Maul never had that - all he’s known since he was an infant is pain, abuse, and punishment. It’s interesting, because while I have seen lots of characters with messages like - “Being abused doesn’t give you the excuse to hurt others in turn”, which is true - Maul’s message is less about moral judgement than it is just straight up... sad. To me, it seems to simply be “What else could you possibly, rationally, have done?” It doesn’t justify his actions, far from it, but I find it hard to condemn him for being violent and hateful when he’s only known violence and hatred since he was an infant. Like, what else can you logically expect? He’s hardly going to make kindness/compassion/mercy/etc. a primary value when he’s never been shown an ounce of it in his entire life.
Random Star Wars gifs pt. 15
Patiently waiting for the kenobi series
Top 5 Favorite Clones: 1. Fox 2. Echo 3. Gregor 4. Slick 5. Howzer Top 5 Favorite OCs: 1. Knockout 2. Treeble 3. Birva 4. Cobalt 5. Talon Top 5 Favorite Ships: (platonic or otherwise) 1. Cody/Obi-wan 2. Fives/Echo 3. Fox/Riyo 4. Waxer/Boil 5. Rex/Ahsoka Top 5 Favorite Tropes: 1. Hurt/Comfort 2. Pining 3. Chaos Incarnate/Calm and Collected 4. There Was Only One Bed 5. Huddling for Warmth