The Force Unchained
Force lightning was a purely offensive, energy-based attack that channeled Force energy down the user’s limbs, hurling arcing bolts of electricity from the wielder’s fingertips or palms; Force lightning could be executed with either one or two hands. Powerful discharges would branch out into dozens of smaller forks; thus, skilled practitioners could target several foes at once.
The intensity varied based on a number of factors. A skilled user could render a target unconscious with only a short burst. A single, powerful blast was sufficient to kill a person instantly.
The fact that it caused not only severe physical damage but also unbearable agony to the victim led to it being widely used as a form of torture.
Depending on the level of intensity, Force lightning could ground itself on an ignited lightsaber, with no apparent ill effect on the lightsaber’s operation. However, some of the technique’s most exceptionally powerful practitioners, were capable of producing blasts that contained enough kinetic energy to tear an ignited lightsaber from their opponent’s grasp.
Though the short-term effects of Force lightning are obvious, the sheer power invoked by its use could have insidious long-term effects, both on those subjected to its power and those who would wield it. It could deform the person being shocked and it could also lead to them being crippled for the rest of their life. It was also known to cause brain damage and blindness. Prolonged exposure to intense electrical fields (such as a sustained current of Force lightning) caused most humanoids to experience sudden and massive calcification of their skeletal system; the abrupt drop in blood minerals provoked muscular micro-seizures all over the victim’s body. Intense enough doses of Force lightning will also have the victim having his or her skeletal system being seen through the body. However, this does not impact the user if it is redirected at him or her.
Telltale symptoms included generalized muscle aches and double vision. A blood test or bioscan could be used to confirm the diagnosis.
Unless the victim received complete bed rest and appropriate medical treatment, the disorder would become chronic, lingering for years (barring timely bacta immersion).
It was thought that very intense use of Force lightning could drain the user physically, and possibly result in severe facial and body deformations.
Besides draining the user’s energy, Force lightning had the added drawback of occasionally charring the hand of the person who used it.
Very powerful blasts of Force lightning could highlight and illuminate the victim’s skeleton.
For unknown reasons, Force lightning (together with its various variants, such as Electric Judgment) was the only known Force power able to affect the Force-immune alien Yuuzhan Vong.
- Lightning: Damage – Dangerous (_ +01 Critical Range_ ), Increased Range 01 [ 25/50/100 Ft (08/15/31 M) ] – Activation 01 ( Move-Activation ), Source [ Must have Midichlorian count of 7,000 or higher. ] – 01 PP per level.