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Fanfic: Star Wars Paranormalities Trilogy
A Star Wars fanfiction written by Matt "Gahmah Raan" Mosher (not to be confused with a character in-story of the same name; he actually chose the alias after him).

Shortly after the end of the war with the Yuuzhan Vong, the Galactic Alliance is struggling to rebuild the galaxy after all the damage the alien invaders had done. Now they are at war with a group known as the Valkoran Empire. Starting with a terrorist attack on the rebuilding planet Ithor, Jedi Knight Zolph Vaelor is already familiar with this group after an attack by them five years prior that left him orphaned. However, this group has a more dangerous goal in mind: the summoning of several ancient creatures - part of a group known as the Forceless Collective - that could bring an even darker age to the galaxy than the Vong did.

This series started not as a fanfiction, but a series of concept art that began in 2006. It wasn't until early 2012 that Gahmah decided to actually write it as a full-out story. This in-progress trilogy features a main cast made mostly of original characters and concepts. Such characters include - but are not limited to - the protagonist Zolph Vaelor, a Jedi Knight who has put up with the weirder aspects of the universe he lives in; Maesterus - a Force user, one of the Valkoran leaders and most prominent antagonist in Episode I; and the Forceless Collective - a group of bizarre creatures that go against the nature of The Force and a much bigger threat than the Valkoran. As light-hearted as this series is - especially with aspects like a certain character who dies repeatedly as a Running Gag, an eccentric bounty hunter, a sadistic astromech droid, and its awareness of the general tropes of fiction and Star Wars universe - it's not afraid to get really dark at times, especially when the Collective gets involved.

The trilogy has just started Episode II. It can be found on DeviantArt (where you can also find some of Gahmah's concept art for the trilogy, as well as cover art for individual chapters) and on

Provides examples of:
  • Absurdly Spacious Sewer: There is one infested with Dianogas on Sleheyron. Lampshaded by Grein.
    • Bast Castle on Vjun also has one.
  • Action Girl: Grein, Hiriss Moraana, R9-C4 and Dynn Manthis, before and after she joins the Valkoran.
  • Affably Evil: Maesterus. Others like Admiral Marx Gravlek, Dynn Manthis (when she joins them) and Arcidus also qualify. Subverted somewhat in that (most of) the Valkoran aren't necessarily evil.
    • Gahmah Raan is this as well as Laughably Evil, at least if he's working with the Valks.
    • Surprisingly among the Forceless Collective (and for someone who was part of it since birth), Fafniros is one of the only known Archfiends with a code of honor.
    • Also in the Forceless Collective, Stythanyx, who offers Zolph a chance to back out and make use of remaining days after being given a four-day death curse by the Hands.
  • All There in the Manual: Gahmah also supplies out of story material like concept art and profiles.
  • And I Must Scream:
    • Those who are possessed by Forceless are consciously aware of what their bodies are being used for and there is nothing they can do about it. The only ones who avoid this trope are those who serve the Collective willingly and those who have developed an immunity to their possession.
    • Private Will Helms almost suffers this when he gets eaten by a Sarlacc. He gets regurgitated (and killed again) not long after falling into its mouth. Unlike most examples in this story, this one is played for laughs.
    • This is what happens to those who are eaten by Valkor. They are put in a state between life and death, where they are stripped of their bodies and trapped in a void filled with millions of crystal-ball like eyes. Those eyes are the people he's eaten, the static sound is their feeble attempt at communication and most of them don't understand one another or even realize they are giant disembodied eyes.
  • An Ice Person: In addition to being able to liquefy herself, Grein can also freeze those liquefied body parts into ice blades.
  • Anti-Hero: Zolph Vaelor. He will only threaten or hurt people if they are damaging enough to deserve it (or if peaceful negotiations don't work), whether they are armed or not. Va'Za the Hutt learned this the hard way... twice. However, he doesn't do that enough to be slipping close to the Dark Side.
  • Anti-Villain: Most of the Valkoran, especially Maesterus and Dynn Manthis. They aren't interested in ruling the galaxy: they just want the galaxy to have a more efficient government. Unfortunately, they are also unwitting pawns in the Forceless Collective's plan to take over the galaxy. However, Maesterus seems to be on his way to a full Heel-Face Turn.
  • Armor Is Useless: Lampshaded by Zolph when he's wearing Valkoran Trooper armor. When he's fighting Gahmah Raan on Kratzar, he notices his armor getting sliced up by the bounty hunter's arm blades.
    Gahmah Raan: "Some armor that is!"
    Zolph Vaelor: "Yeah. Why do I get the feeling they never properly tested this armor?"
  • Artificial Limb: Zolph Vaelor gets one (with a charge punch feature) after Maesterus cuts off his right arm during a rescue mission on Kratzar.
    • Dynn Manthis got one earlier after Zolph cut her right arm off on Tatooine. Except this is one is actually a Forceless symbiote and it eventually hijacks her body as part of the Collective's plan for killing Zolph.
  • Art Evolution: In terms of the concept art.
  • Artistic License - Biology: This line from Sergeant Helms when being attacked by Seefor says it all.
  • Artistic License - Physics: Lampshaded in that the laws of physics in that universe are sometimes inconsistent.
    Zolph: And how does an engine explosion propel... you know what, forget that last one. I shouldn't bother questioning the laws of physics if they break all the time.
    • And later in the same chapter when trying to escape from the Conqueror while on its collision course.
    Zolph: Come on, physics, don't fail me now.
    • Lampshaded again by both Zolph and Arcidus in the prologue of Episode II, just after Arcidus ignites his black-bladed lightsaber.
    Zolph: Ah. If it isn't the color physics-defying laser. I've always wanted to study that thing. How does that work?
    Arcidus: How does sound travel through space?
    Zolph: Never mind.
  • Asshole Victim: Toydarian crimelord Girdretto gets possessed by a Forceless symbiote during the invasion of Sleheyron. He is killed by Grein shortly after being possessed. And he was willing to abandon his men once he was alerted to how dangerous they were.
  • Ax-Crazy:
    • Doctor Thilid is a Quarren scientist working with the Valkoran that makes a habit of eating prisoners' brains when she finds them no longer useful, not unlike the Anzati.
    • Belluzub really enjoys torturing his foes as he kills them, even if it isn't exactly practical.
    • Gestroma. He's willing to use living creatures as bombs just to watch them explode and threatened to mount Zolph's head on his wall the next time they meet.
    • Played for Laughs in R9-C4's case. She isn't as blatant as the above characters, but she tends to be sadistically creative when killing people outside the astromech socket. And she does this as a way of entertaining herself.
    • Archfiend Harphscor is about as psychotic as Belluzub.
    • Masochus deserves special mention, as he was considered insane by even Sith standards.
  • Bad Ass: Most characters qualify for different reasons.
  • Bad Boss: The Valkoran leaders mostly avert this trope, but Masochus plays this straight if Sergeant Will Helms is to be believed.
    • Belluzub also plays this straight. The first thing he does once summoned is eat and kill the acolytes who summoned him.
    • Gestroma in Episode II is like this to some of the Valkoran, despite being a mercenary working for them. Most notably during the Battle of Taris, he killed a Tuk'ata Fighter Tank's driver so he could use it for transportation after his Swoop bike was destroyed, and took one of the Skakoan Commandos aiding them hostage so he could use him as an unwitting suicide bomber later (when the Skakoan Commandos would only do such a thing on their own volition).
  • Batman Gambit: Zolph pulls one in Episode I Chapter 3. In the Mos Eisley Cantina, he openly mocks the assumption of the local criminals being even more ruthless than ever (let's not forget that this in Mos Eisley) and lets himself get mugged in a back alley shortly after, only to curbstomp them and make them give him what they know.
  • Batman Can Breathe in Space: Maesterus. Whether it's because of his armor (which can already protect him from lava) or Forceless mutations is unknown. It's most likely the latter considering he has exposed flesh (his wings and the spike bones).
  • Benevolent Boss: Most of the Valkoran leaders don't even view their troops as expendable and they aren't executed for failure or for sick kicks. In fact, doing that in Maesterus's service is likely to get you punished.
  • Berserk Button: Do not threaten or kill anyone Zolph cares about. For that matter, don't even try to trick him into killing those he cares about. Also, don't make any nasty comments about anyone dead who mattered to him.
  • Big Bad: Valkor.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Zolph is saved from being captured twice by Maesterus this way. The first time by Luke Skywalker, the second by Grein. Even he is aware of this trend of bailouts.
  • Big Damn Villains: Gahmah Raan pulls this off at least twice throughout Episode 1: Chapter 9 to prevent the other bounty hunters from killing Zolph.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Episode I. The Death Star Forge has been destroyed, Belluzub has been killed, Maesterus seems to be on his way to a Heel-Face Turn, and Zolph is to be awarded for his part at Krantisi. However, Zolph is now heartbroken from being forced to kill Dynn Manthis.
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: Two of these are some Gahmah Raan's other weapons of choice.
  • Blob Monster: The Forceless Black Matter is described as sentient black goo.
  • Blood Knight: R9-C4, Zolph's astromech droid as of Episode II, is very unusual for a droid of her programming. She enjoys combat maybe a little too much. And she's on the heroes' side!
  • Body Horror: One of the main symptoms of Forceless possession. Aside from the red eyes and sometimes jet black skin, other mutations may include Extra Eyes (usually in places they shouldn't be), extra body parts (like wings for Maesterus), extra layers of skin, or rearranging your internal organs so you will be dependent on the Forceless symbiote for survival.
    • Forceless Archfiend Hydrojus is also capable of doing this to people since most living creatures are mostly made of water. From what a few Alliance soldiers witness, it isn't pretty.
  • Bounty Hunter: They are a nuisance for Zolph in Chapter 9 of Episode I. Most notable of these is Gahmah Raan.
    • Gestroma in Episode II. He's much more brutal than the ones in Episode 9.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Gahmah Raan is an unusually eccentric mercenary that is supposedly prone to Spice-induced hallucinations, but by the end of the arc he debuts in, he has killed almost all of his competitors, captured Menbar Mun, lured Zolph to Kratzar, and evenly matched him in a duel.
    • R9-C4. Despite her psychotic tendencies, Zolph keeps her around around because she aids with his starfighter's systems, she can effectively fill in as the pilot when Zolph's on the ground, and Zolph's able to keep her from killing everyone. She can even fight outside the astromech socket.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: A heroic example comes on Zolph's part when he encounters Cinydra, the older brother of an Archfiend he killed out of story. He doesn't remember his sister because he never heard her name before and fights a lot of Archfiends, until Cinydra name calls the planet he fought her on.
  • Butt Monkey: Private Will Helms. Most of his deaths are accidents on the parts of his peers. He does get promoted to Sergeant sometime before Episode II though.
    • While not to the same extremes as Helms, Zolph Vaelor also qualifies. The galaxy doesn't seem to respect him enough. On a serious note, let's not even get into both the physical and psychological damage he receives over the course of the story.
  • Charged Attack: Gahmah Raan's pistols have this function, and it can be lethal depending on where it is applied.
    • Zolph's replacement arm has this function too. It is capable of sending Valkoran troopers flying and rendering a disruptor field generator permanently inoperable.
  • The Chew Toy: Will Helms again.
  • Clipped Wing Angel: Hydrojus is hardly a threat if it isn't making any physical contact with water.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Gahmah Raan usually comes off as one thanks to his interface with a "creator".
  • Combat Pragmatist: Zolph is willing to use weapons besides his lightsaber and The Force in battle to throw his enemies off-guard.
    • In the same vein, Arcidus and many non-Force Users are willing to be this against Zolph in turn.
  • Comedic Sociopathy:
    • This is pretty much what Private Helms exists for.
    • R9-C4. This droid pretty much defines it by ripping out Sergeant Helms' spinal cord and bludgeoning him with it.
  • Convection Schmonvection: Kratzar naturally, especially since it's an ocean of lava. Hand Waved in that it's unusually cool for a lava world. Maesterus even survives falling in lava on this planet.
  • Continuity Nod: A lot of them, especially for a mostly OC-driven Fan Fic.
  • Cool Starship: It has a few original ships considering it's mostly original content, but to name a few...
    • The Blazing Manta: a Corellian YT-3300 (basically in the same series as the Millennium Falcon) owned by Grein.
    • The Vriknash: Gahmah Raan's starship.
    • The Doomsayer: Maesterus's personal flagship and the largest ship in the Valkoran fleet.
    • Zolph Vaelor eventually gets his own before Episode II: a modified X-Wing with 6 wings.
  • The Corruption: Dynn Manthis goes through a case of this when her right arm gets replaced with what can be described as an arm-like Forceless symbiote. It gets worse from there, and eventually results in her death.
    • In fact, this could be the best way to describe the process of Forceless possession.
  • Cosmic Horror Story: It somewhat becomes this once the Forceless Collective enters the scene, although it's closer to Lovecraft Lite since the heroes don't usually have any problems defeating these things. However, they are still taken very seriously, and it's suggested they've already conquered several galaxies prior.
  • Cosmic Plaything: Will Helms again.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Where do we begin...?
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Luke Skywalker vs. Maesterus, round 2. Luke wins (and saves Zolph) by throwing Maesty through the academy walls, and this was not too long after the latter cut off the former's robotic hand previously.
  • Cyborg: Admiral Gravlek became one after the Battle of Ithor, due to barely surviving the Conqueror's crashlanding.
  • Dangerously Genre Savvy: Some of the villains Zolph encounters border on this.
  • Dark Is Evil: Forceless Collective plays with this trope. Despite their dark and sometimes demonic appearance, Forceless (or more specifically, the Black Matter) aren't really on the light-dark spectrum of The Force. They're still evil, however.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Subverted with Maesterus. He dresses like a stereotypical Sith Lord, but he is not a Dark Jedi and has noble intentions, despite how extreme his actions can be sometimes. Him killing Belluzub might be the sign of a Heel-Face Turn to come.
  • Darth Vader Clone: Maesterus qualifies in many ways aside from not being a Sith. Full set of black armor? Check. Red lightsaber? Check. Blood-relation to the hero? Check. Very protective of those related by blood? Double-check. Now all that's left is a full-circle redemption.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Zolph Vaelor, along with several other characters.
  • Deconstruction Fic: For starters, this trilogy takes place only a few months after the end of New Jedi Order. The main protagonist - Zolph Vaelor, who is also just a little older than the average Kid Hero - is an Anti-Hero at worst. The main villains - the Valkoran - are mostly Well-Intentioned Extremists or Anti-Villains who think the Galactic Alliance will only make the galaxy worse place than it already is and whose supposed leader is a mostly light-sided Force User who allegedly dresses like a Sith Lord. The true villains of the story - the Forceless Collective - aren't strictly associated with the Dark Side of the Force, but rather, they are what can be described as dead spots in the Force, and are arguably just as much of a threat as the Sith, if not more so.
  • Defector from Decadence: Grein possibly.
  • Demonic Possession: The Forceless Collective's MO. Unlike most examples of this trope, the beings possessed are consciously aware of it. However, those who serve willingly don't get body-jacked and some are just immune to it.
  • Demoted to Extra: The canon characters are pretty much on the sidelines (or name-dropped) in this story, although Luke Skywalker gets the most screentime out of all the canon characters thanks to his Mission Control status. Justified in that this story is mostly OC driven.
  • Destination Defenestration: Zolph Vaelor tries to do this to Arcidus in the prologue of Episode II. It doesn't kill him.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: Dynn in Zolph's arms.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Terraris's powers.
  • Double Weapon: Dynn Manthis's weapon of choice is a double-bladed lightsaber.
  • The Dragon: Maesterus is this to Valkor, although you might not think that at first since he's the most prominent villain in Episode I.
    • In turn, Dynn Manthis and Arcidus are this to Maesterus.
    • In the Forceless Collective, Belluzub and Facadma are Co-Dragons to Valkor.
  • Dysfunction Junction: The mental issues of the main characters become prevalent enought in Episode II that Gahmah Raan lampshades it. Ironically, he himself also contributes to the junction with his insanity.
    Gahmah Raan: You Jedi really need psychiatrists.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Forceless, or more specifically, the Black Matter and any creature (including the Warriors) made solely from it, in that they defy the nature of the living Force. According to Grein, what Force Sensitives feel from them is a perpetual Force Wound (i.e. what Obi-Wan felt when Alderaan was destroyed), and it's suggested that they are born from those wounds. In other words, they are basically dead spots in the Force. Some of the creatures they possess - especially some of the Archfiends - (and those willing to serve) may also qualify.
  • Elite Mooks: The Valkoran Black Guard. These guys are Maesterus's bodyguards and they can match Jedi in combat.
  • Enemy Mine: Zolph Vaelor forms one with Juganak to kill Archfiend Mandoculus.
  • Expy: Some of the Valkoran military units are based on pre-existing vehicles in the Star Wars universe.
  • Eyeless Face: The Pyrons of Kratzar. They don't need them. They have their smell, hearing, and a sonar.
  • Eye Scream: Admiral Gravlek gets his eyes melted out by a deflected shot from his plasma pistol during his second duel with Zolph on the Doomsayer.
    • This happens to Zolph in the cave on Dagobah when an apparition of a mutated Dynn Manthis cuts his eyelids open. Thankfully for him, this never actually happened to him.
    • A Kur'Ada warrior gets his optical sensor torn out by a Wookiee in "The Return".
  • Face-Heel Turn: Dynn Manthis does this early on as a way of infiltrating the Valkoran, but then she legitimately joins them.
  • Fan Disservice: The only time you see Dynn Manthis naked is when she is forcefully mutated and mutilated by a Forceless symbiote. If her physical appearance after the mutation wasn't unnerving enough (I would avoid clicking the link if you are sensitive to that kind of stuff), the fact that she's being physically and psychologically tortured and that there is nothing she can do about it will make you cringe.
    • Neur is an adorably optimistic Twi'lek girl (although half-human). However, you notice those head-tails? Those are cybernetic. She had her real ones lobotomized as a child and those replacements are the only thing keeping her mentally stable. If they break or malfunction, her mentality regresses to that of a violently insane child.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Some of the more characterized Forceless and Archfiends can come off like this, especially Belluzub.
    • Gestroma.
  • Fluffy the Terrible: Pipsqueak, an unusually-intelligent, cybernetically-modified Rancor that is stationed on the Doomsayer.
  • For the Evulz: Pretty much Belluzub's main motivation for everything he does.
  • Fourth Wall Observer: Gahmah Raan. Hand Waved as him having spice-induced hallucinations. It is unconfirmed as to whether this is actually true or not. However, he may not actually be aware that he is in a fanfic.
  • Gatling Good: Gestroma's weapon of choice is an assault cannon.
  • Genre Savvy: Zolph Vaelor and Grein.
    • For example, after fleeing from a battle in which Maesterus was knocked in lava, Zolph doesn't believe that Maesterus would die that easily, especially since he can fly at that point.
  • Guns Akimbo: Gahmah Raan.
  • Guns Are Useless: Averted with Zolph and Arcidus.
  • Groin Attack: Zolph Vaelor tries to do this to a Forceless Collective warrior during a fight with a trio of them in the Flying Lamp Cantina. It has little (if any) effect on it.
  • Hand Cannon: Gahmah Raan's pistols have charge shot functions, capable of making people's heads explode.
  • Healing Factor: Grein can regenerate (or more accurately, reform) lost parts through her Force Liquefaction ability, but she needs to either reassimilate her lost body parts or some more water to make it effective (since that water is part of her body mass). In other words, she can still die by normal means, but just not as easily.
    • Gahmah Raan can also regenerate as long as the wounds aren't cauterized. Otherwise, he may scrape off the cauterizations.
    • Belluzub also has this. Of course, he can't regenerate from incineration.
  • The Heartless: The Forceless Collective, of course.
  • Heroic BSOD: Zolph goes through a major one after (supposedly) killing a Forceless-hijacked Dynn Manthis.
  • Heroic Comedic Sociopath: R9-C4's unusual bloodlust for an astromech droid is Played for Laughs.
    • Gahmah Raan is also when he's working with the heroes. The narration says he and Seefor would get along just fine.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Subverted with Maesterus at the end of Episode I. He seems to be playing this straight at first when he flies out of the Death Star Forge's with Belluzub and plummet dives with him towards a sun, but he just flies away once he gets the Archfiend close enough to guarantee his death.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: Dynn Manthis and Maesterus.
  • Humongous Mecha: The Valkoran Gundark-class combat walkers. Taken Up to Eleven with the Fortress Tank, which is even bigger than an AT-AT.
  • Hurl It into the Sun: How Maesterus kills Belluzub.
  • Idiot Ball: While Zolph's usually pretty cunning and intellgent, that doesn't prevent him from occasionally having lapses in his decision-making.
  • If You Kill Him, You Will Be Just Like Him: Subverted in Chapter 15, when Belluzub is at Zolph's mercy after he pushed his Berserk Button. Zolph withdraws his blade after he catches onto Belluzub's scheme to break him (and having gone through the same crap in the previous chapter). However, Zolph knows that sparing his life would defeat the purpose of why he came there in the first place, so he just traps him in a force-field cage to be blown up with the space station instead of striking him down in anger.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Va'Za the Hutt has a habit of eating his own slave girls. This gets him killed by Zolph the next chapter after his debut appearance.
  • Implacable Man: Maesterus is very hard to kill. He has survived the following (probably because of his armor and Forceless semi-possession):
    • Force Pushed through one or more stone walls.
    • Having a chunk of a statue thrown at him and hurled out a window, and being soaked in acid rain.
    • Being shot by ship-mounted laser cannons and falling in lava.
    • The vacuum of space and flying close to a star.
  • Impossibly Cool Weapon: Lightsabers are already this, but Grein takes it up a notch with a cross-guarded lightsaber. Since it is Grein who wields it, the safety issues of wielding it (and learning how to wield it properly and effectively) are hardly a problem for her (and possibly keep potential lightsaber thieves away). Of course, she has the advantage of being the only known person to use the weapon.
    • Arcidus has not just any lightsaber, but one with a black blade (also referred to as a Darksaber and a stealth lightsaber).
  • Improvised Weapon: During the infiltration of the Doomsayer, Besh Squad member, Boltz - a Gand - used his own respiratory mask as an ammonia bomb when it got shot. Thankfully for him, this wasn't fatal, as he was actually a lungless Gand retaining his anonymity.
  • The Infiltration: Zolph pulls this twice in Episode I. Once on Kratzar and again on the Doomsayer. Too bad his disguise was seen through both times. Appropriately, the title of Chapter 12 is "Infiltration".
    • Does it again in the prologue of Episode II on Charros IV. Except this time, he got captured and was without his lightsaber until he ran into Arcidus.
  • "It" Is Dehumanizing: Forceless are rarely referred to with gender-specific pronouns. Justified in that they are hardly normal and they don't always have genders.
  • Jedi Mind Trick: Zolph uses this to trick one of Va'Za the Hutt's enforcers into giving him his location after deliberately provoking the enforcer into ambushing him.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Grein will typically make Zolph handle Archfiends and other missions on his own, as she does want him to be strong enough to battle the more dangerous Archfiends on his own, but she will step in if Zolph really does need help (or set a back-up plan into motion). She also seems somewhat emotionally detached, a trait stereotypical of the Chiss species, and occasionally warns Zolph about the dangers of emotional attachments. However, when Zolph goes on his Roaring Rampage of Revenge after being forced to fatally wound Dynn Manthis, she promises to Dynn as she lays dying that she will calm him down and let him see her one last time. She's not even afraid to beat the shavit out of Zolph to make it happen.
  • Killer Rabbit: On its own, Hydrojus is the smallest of the Forceless Archfiends. However, it can manipulate massive amounts of water, including the human body.
    • R9-C4 is an astromech droid. She's also very violent and can destroy an entire Valkoran fleet when told to. She can even tear your own spine out and then bludgeon you with it.
  • Kill It with Fire: The Valkoran are very fond of plasma weapons.
  • Kill Sat: The "Death Star Forge". It's an ancient Rakatan space station and summoning site for Belluzub that looks like the child of the Death Star and the Star Forge.
  • Knight of Cerebus: The Forceless Collective. Zolph's encounter with them via Terraris on Tatooine doesn't do them justice, but the Sleheyron arc in Episode I (Chapter 5 and 6) pretty much exemplifies how ruthless they are. Another good example would be what they do in Chapter 13 of that same episode.
    • Valkor became one as soon as we was introduced in Episode II, and probably creepier than the entirety of the Forceless Collective.
  • Lack of Empathy: So far, the more willing servants of the Forceless Collective. They have no problem robbing sentient beings of their free will, torturing the people they possess, or resorting to psychological warfare. Notable examples include Dynn's demonic arm and Belluzub.
  • Large Ham: Belluzub, especially in contrast to the previous Archfiends Zolph fought.
    • Gahmah Raan.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: Episode II pretty much spoils all the reveals of Episode I if you didn't read it first.
  • Laughably Evil: Gahmah Raan, that is when he's your enemy.
  • Lethal Lava Land: Kratzar. Almost the entire planet is an ocean of lava. Justified in that the planet is only 5,000 years old.
  • Let Us Never Speak of This Again: Zolph's reaction after escaping from a two-headed worm that swallowed him whole.
  • Lighter and Softer: Compared to every post-Return of the Jedi EU following New Jedi Order, especially with the self-aware and sometimes dark humor, but at the same time, the premise of this series is a war against a group of Anti Villains and that changes some when the Forceless Collective enters the scene.
  • Lizard Folk: Gahmah Raan, although he's actually a reptomammal.
  • Living Ship: The Forceless Collective fleet has a few of these, such as the Levioths and the Eyewings.
  • Load-Bearing Boss: Admiral Gravlek in the first chapter of Episode I. Hand Waved with bombs that react to the Admiral's vitals, and they were triggered when he got his limbs cut off.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Or rather, Zolph, Maesterus is your distant ancestor.
  • Making a Splash: Grein can turn herself (or individual parts of her) into a liquid form. She can also freeze these parts.
    • There's also Hydrojus. It can manipulate large bodies of water... including you!!
  • Mood Whiplash: As lighthearted as this story can be most of the time, it's not unheard of for it to turn dark whenever the heroes are dealing with Forceless.
    • Episode II - Chapter 2 is a freaking experiment in this trope.
  • Mook Horror Show: Zolph's Roaring Rampage of Revenge after being forced to kill Dynn Manthis can be described as such.
    • There's also Seefor's massacre during the attack on Mt. Yoda.
  • Mr. Exposition: A few characters like Luke Skywalker, Grein, and General Ven Choi. Maesterus too.
  • Mr Seahorse: Unlike most Archfiends, Belluzub is explicitly said to be male, and can give birth to smaller bug-like larvae in a matter of seconds (and they don't live very long compared to him) on his own. However, he wasn't always able to do this.
  • A Nazi by Any Other Name: The Kur'Ada Equalists are on a crusade to exterminate all Force-sensitives.
  • Nested Mouths: Belluzub, and it's several feet long. Fittingly, Belluzub does look like an overgrown demonic [[Film/Alien xenomorph]] with eyes.
  • Never Live It Down: In-universe. Almost everyone seems intent on reminding Zolph about the incident where he lost the body of a YT-series freighter while flying it. Even worse, it has become something of a meme for the galaxy as a whole.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: This happens to Zolph early in Episode I when cutting off all four of Admiral Gravlek's limbs causes his ship's engines to detonate (life-sign bombs). This gets lampshaded by both of them.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Oh Belluzub, if you hadn't taunted Zolph about his dead girlfriend you wouldn't have had your throat at Zolph's blade. He does it twice in a row (second time when trying to get Zolph to fall to the Dark Side) when he inadvertently reminds Zolph of what he's doing.
  • No Biological Sex: Aside from the creatures they possess sometimes, Forceless are decidedly genderless, especially noted that the Warriors don't have any gender-specific organs.
  • Noodle People: The best description for the build of Forceless Warriors.
  • No OSHA Compliance: Apparently, the Valkoran ship interior designers are guilty of this too, especially with the Obliterator-class Star Destroyer having corridors that lead right into the plasma cannon's firing tunnel. Naturally lampshaded by Zolph.
    • Chapter 7 of Episode I also takes the opportunity to mock the Galactic Empire's problems with this trope in Darth Vader's castle.
    Private Will Helms: (as he loses balance and falls to his death again) Careful with physical contact! There aren't any guardraiiiiilllllls!

    Zolph: (after witnessing Helms' death) By the Force! I'm really beginning to feel bad for the poor souls who worked here.
  • Not So Stoic: If Grein shows signs of this, you know shavit's about to get real.
  • Not Quite Dead: Admiral Gravlek survives the crash on Ithor, but is then rebuilt as a cyborg.
  • Obviously Evil: The Forceless Collective.
  • Older Than They Look: Grein is in her early forties. She looks like she is about twenty years younger. Justified in that Force Users age slower and that Chiss tend to be in good shape.
    • Maesterus, thanks to a combination of being a generally light-sided Force user (Dark Force users experience the inverse of this trope) and Forceless symbiosis. He's also KOTOR-era old.
  • One-Winged Angel: Maesterus goes through this twice in Episode I. First, he grows a pair of wings, and later, he grows a second pair of wings on those wings. Four-winged Angel? Of course, the wings stay on him for the rest of the story.
    • Zolph gets in on this in "The Return", where he his inherited Forceless immunity (which develops with every generation) can be used to convert Black Matter into Force energy and temporarily transform him into a creature with incredible power. Unfortunately, if he's feeling strongly emotional when he's channeling this power, he will go berserk.
  • Our Zombies Are Different: Lampshaded by Zolph when he learns of the Zombie Apocalypse on Guaymar and asks if they are viral or supernatural zombies, even going so far as to mention that he learned this from horror films in-universe.
  • Powered Armor: Admiral Gravlek uses this in the first chapter of Episode I against Zolph. It's very protective and powerful, but pretty slow in movement speed. This same type of armor later became standard-issue for the Valkoran Exo-Troopers.
  • Psycho for Hire: Belluzub voluntarily joined the Forceless Collective just so he could kill more people.
    • Gestroma. He almost always kills his targets (especially if they're human), he's willing to use Skakoans as bombs, and threatens to mount Zolph's head on his wall.
  • Psychological Horror: Zolph's experiences with the mutated Dynn Manthis and psychotic apparitions of her after her death come off as this.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: R9-C4 is a non-villainous example. Through her beeping that can be interpreted as faux mathematical equations, she will sometimes make a mischievous giggle out of them when she's about to cause some mayhem. Zolph also has to make sure she won't kill everyone. She also has a habit giving people descriptively derogatory names upon meeting them for the first time. She's more of a thrill-seeker than anything, but some of her ideas of fun include killing people in creatively sadistic ways.
    • While far from Ax-Crazy, Gahmah Raan can be violently childish when the people he's talking to ignore him, sometimes (non-fatally) shooting at them or barely missing to get their attention. And that's aside from his general eccentricity. He also cracks jokes when he's killing people sometimes. Still, he's relatively tame compared to most examples of this trope.
    • Mandoculus isn't really psychopathic, but it's being bullied into fighting the Collective's foes out of fear of possession and it can't speak properly.
    • Neur, usually a cheerful Genki Girl, is this as a result of an abusive upbringing under the Nightsisters' wing. The psychopathic part really shows when her cybernetic head-tails malfunction.
  • Punch Clock Villain: Gahmah Raan, obviously because he's a Bounty Hunter. This is even further emphasized when he just leaves Kratzar after a duel with Zolph where they were evenly matched. However, he has also worked with the Galactic Alliance during the Yuuzhan Vong War.
  • Purple Eyes: Grein, of the monochromatic variety, and this is one of her key physical traits. She is an anomaly in that her species, the Chiss, usually have red eyes. The in-universe reason for this trait has yet to be revealed. Out of universe, this was specifically to avert the Red Eyes, Take Warning trope since Forceless have red eyes already (and that the most notable of Chiss have been portrayed as villainous or working with villains).
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Zolph goes through a rather disturbing one against the Valkoran after being forced to fatally wound Dynn Manthis (who had been hijacked by a Forceless symbiote). Grein eventually talks him out of it.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Maesterus. Also the Valkoran Empire and the Forceless Collective.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: The most recurring symptom of Forceless possession, complete glowing cores that make them look like crystal balls. Word of Gahmah says that Grein (a Chiss) had her eye color changed to purple specifically to avoid this trope (that and Gahmah wanted her to be distinctive from other Chiss).
  • Samus is a Girl: It takes Zolph three months to realize that R9-C4 actually has feminine programming.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: The Forceless Archfiends. Subverted in that the "cans" are actually just hypergates for them to travel from galaxy to galaxy, and each Archfiend is at different parts of the universe.
  • Self-Deprecation: Gahmah Raan is a source of this in his appearances. First in Episode I: Chapter 9, he compares the lack of an actual fight with Bom Pintor (although, that was his own fault) to there not being a fight with Archfiend Cryosmn in the previous chapter (something he otherwise shouldn't know about). Then, in Chapter 10, he says it's been three week, while in-universe, it was actually five hours since Zolph encountered him in the last chapter. Early in Episode II: Chapter 11, he calls back to the previous instance by saying "the god of time is slacking off".
    • More on that last one: If you read the chapters when they were first posted on Deviant Art (or check the posting dates if you didn't see it the first time around), it was about three weeks between chapters. Therefore, Gahmah is also taking potshots at the author's lack of a set-in-stone schedule. Also taking into account that the author derived his pen name (and frequent online alias) from this character, it makes this even more hilarious.
  • Shapeshifter Baggage: Averted with Grein's Force Liquefaction. Losing some of the water formed from her body also takes from some of her physical mass, hence why she has to reassimilate her body parts (or some extra water if that's not possible) if she loses them.
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: Zolph tends to have this reaction when Grein assumes he and Dynn were in a relationship. At least, that was the case before Dynn's death.
  • Shipper on Deck: Grein of all people does this with Zolph and Dynn after the former explains their history.
  • Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: Dynn Manthis.
  • Sink-or-Swim Mentor: Grein is this to Zolph Vaelor.
  • Sliding Scale of Comedy and Horror
  • Smug Snake: Va'Za the Hutt and Girdretto.
    • Some of the bounty hunters in Chapter 9 of Episode I qualify, especially the Skakoan, Bom Pintor. He didn't think any of the competing hunters would dare shoot him lest they vaporize Zolph in the process. Gahmah Raan certainly did, and Zolph just contained the explosion. Oh, and to add insult to injury, Episode II confirmed him to be a former Skakoan Commando.
    • Dynn's Forceless Arm and Belluzub.
  • Starfish Alien: There are a lot of these to be found in the Forceless Collective.
  • Stupid Evil: Belluzub. He doesn't care for pragmatism as long as he gets to make his enemies' deaths painful. Lampshaded by Zolph.
  • Suicide Attack: The Skakoan Commandos are unusually courageous for their species in that not only are they willing to fight for whatever cause despite being at a major biological disadvantage off of their homeworld, they are willing to breach their pressure suits to self-destruct when they deem necessary (or for pulling a Taking You with Me ). Their enemies need to be wary of this when disposing of them. Also, they do not take being forced to be suicide bombers very well.
  • The Symbiote: Forceless are like this when possessing people, and can come in both the Mutualism and Parasitism variations. Mutualism if the host serves the Collective willingly, but Parasitism if the host doesn't.
  • Take That:
    • Episode I - Chapter 9 "Hunters": Zolph's experience with most of the people he guards kicking the bucket is one towards Escort Missions in video games.
    • Episode II - Chapter 4 "The Damaged": When Zolph is thinking of ways to distract himself from the Dark Side's influence on Korriban, one of those he thinks of is the sand. And to make it even more hilarious, Luke Skywalker was talking with his father's ghost when Zolph brought it up, and Anakin is not amused by that.
    • Episode II - Chapter 7 "The Return": When Zolph mispronounces Kashyyyk as "Kazook", Hiriss slaps him for it and tells him not to do that on planet. Even better, The Holiday Special has an in-universe counterpart as an old Imperial propaganda film. Another Take That towards the special happens when Attichitcuk is described as being not as horrifying as the costumes made him out to be.
    • Episode II - Chapter 8 "The Enforcer": To the midi-chlorian concept and the general controversy of them. When Mursama is seen trying to train some of the Kur'Ada warriors to use the Force, they attempt to complain that their shortage of midi-chlorians makes them incapable of using the Force. Mursama then tells them that their counts don't really matter, that they are a mere biological indicator that isn't always accurate and that all living things can potentially use the Force.
    • Episode II - Chapter 11 "Deranged": Gahmah Raan gives one towards the fan-based assumption that Mandalorians should only be Proud Warrior Race Guys and never pacifists.
  • Token Evil Teammate: R9-C4 for Zolph. She's basically what would happen if HK-47 were an astromech droid.
  • The Unfought: Forceless Archfiend Cryosmn. As far as we know, it is the only Archfiend Zolph has prevented from being summoned.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Belluzub goes through this twice. First, when Zolph trapped him in a force field to be blown up with the Death Star Forge after failing to play The Corrupter. The second time, when Maesterus kills him.
  • Was Once a Man: Machinus is a combat droid that used to be a Natoulan Jedi.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: The Valkoran only wish for a more efficient government (especially after the catastrophe of the Vong war), but their methods include terrorism and summoning dangerously powerful creatures. Unfortunately for them, they are mere tools for the Forceless Collective.
  • When Trees Attack: Subverted with the trees on Krishar. They don't move around, but they are Force-sensitive enough to shoot Force lightning. The Force is in all living things, remember?
  • Would Hurt a Child: The Forceless Collective aren't afraid to possess children and have them fight for them.
  • Yandere: Dynn Manthis herself isn't this trope, but the apparitions of her that Zolph experiences throughout Episode II months after her death definitely qualify.
    • Neur can be like this if her brain stops working properly.
  • You Killed My Father: And mother. Zolph's main vendetta against Maesterus and the Valkoran Empire. This eventually extends to his love interest, but he is brought to reason not too long after. With the revelation of Maesterus being one of Zolph's distant ancestors, that the deaths of Alec and Veene Vaelor weren't entirely his fault and that the Forceless Collective is far worse than he is (especially with them being behind all of it), Zolph seems to be putting this grudge aside.
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