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.

After the Legends decision that rebooted the Expanded Universe in April 2014, Gahmah has decided to have this story embrace itself as a legend and have some older stories be legends In-Universe as well (for example, some of those stories didn't exactly happen as they were portrayed).

So far, Episode I and II have been completed, with Episode III yet to be announced. 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 the Jedi Council Forums.

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     Tropes A-G 
  • 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 Empire.
  • 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. It's later implied that those who died while under Forceless possession or with traces of Black Matter in their bodies also get sent here.
  • An Ice Person:
  • 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.
  • Anti-Villain: Most of the Valkoran Empire, 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, half of them - under Maesterus's leadership - make a Heel-Face Turn later.
  • 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.
  • Awesome, but Impractical:
    • Grein's cross-guard lightsaber manages to make Kylo Ren's lightsaber look safe by comparison, as her cross-guard is made up of four blades instead of two and seemingly lacks the finger guards. She's only able to use it safely because she has had enough practice wielding it and she is capable of re-assimilating her severed arms if she does so (Word of God implies that she has accidentally done so when she first started wielding it).
    • The Valkoran Shadow Troopers wield mocksabers, a weapon that is essentially a lightsaber designed for use by non-Force Sensitives. However, in a galaxy that mostly uses blasters, the weapon is severely out-matched (the lightsaber's ability to deflect blaster shots comes from the user's Force connection). Even worse, they are not as stably built as a real lightsaber, as the "blade" is really just a high-powered laser sandwiched between an emitter and a receiver separated by an extendable but fragile metal rod (essentially a laser hacksaw sword, similar to the first few beam katanas in No More Heroes). As demonstrated on Taris, when Zolph severs the rod on one trooper's blade, the laser shoots through the trooper's head, and Zolph's response is to destroy the hilt to prevent more collateral damage.
    • The Valkoran Fortress Tanks. Much more imposing than the Imperial AT-AT and armed with an impressive amount of weaponry to deal with just about any form of attack against it. However, a land vehicle that size takes a lot of time and resources to build (space frigates, which the tank's size equates to, are usually built in space-bound dry docks and thus not impeded by gravity), and according to Admiral Cephal, only less than ten were ever built and they are nearly impossible to transport from planet to planet unless disassembled, relegating them to defense. They also require lots of personnel to operate and maintain against infiltrators and inertial dampeners to keep the crew from being thrown around by the stomping. They have a hypervelocity cannon for taking out orbiting capital ships, but it's too slow-moving to make the cannon mobile enough.
    • Subverted with the gravity control ship. When it's sent to Christophsis and activates the controller, it ends up crushing itself due to its own gravity shields being sabotaged. However, Machinus, its designer, reveals that it wasn't even intended to be a superweapon (it was designed to supplement the Valkoran forces fighting on worlds with unusual gravity) and was only launched by Valkor as a decoy for his real superweapon, a Force user capable of selectively killing an infinite number of people over the range of the entire planet without collateral damage.
  • 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. Notably, he takes perverse pleasure in butchering people whether he leaves them alive or not.
  • Bad Ass: Most characters qualify for different reasons.
  • Bad Ass Normal: Admiral Marx Gravlek, Besh Squad and later, Lieutenant Will Helms.
  • Bad Ass Long Coat: Zolph again. There's also Arcidus.
  • Heartbroken Badass: Zolph, after Dynn's death.
  • Bad Boss:
    • The Valkoran leaders mostly avert this trope, but Masochus is quite to prone to killing people to for the sake of his experiments or his own amusement (more than once in the case Lieutenant Helms).
    • 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).
    • Belluzub.
  • 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.
    • Episode II. The Valkoran War has ended and a split-off faction of the Valkoran Empire has allied with Galactic Alliance and Zolph has almost gotten over Dynn's death (and he has a slight bit of hope that she's alive again somewhere). Unfortunately, Maesterus is dead and the Forceless Collective is going to throw everything they have at the galaxy now that it's proven to be a powerful enemy.
  • 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, who later serves as an ally in Episode II.
    • 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 (actually, he's been driven insane by an Archfiend), 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:
  • Charged Attack:
  • 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:
    • With him dying almost every time he appears, 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 and an Expy of Slave I.
    • 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. Later named the Manthis.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Dead Man Switch: 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.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Zolph Vaelor, along with several other characters.
  • 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. However, 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 enough 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) also qualify even without being possessed.
  • 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.
    • Initially defied by the Kur'Ada Equalists. After they witness Archfiend Fafniros killing some of them, they turn on the Valkoran Empire, but still see the Galactic Alliance as enemies as evidenced during the Battle of Kashyyyk. However, after Emperor Valkor eats their leader and the Valkoran forces loyal to Maesterus secretly help some of them survive annihilation on Valkor's orders, they maintain loyalty to Maesterus and once the Valkoran Empire splits in response to the annihilation of Christophsis, it turns into a Heel-Face Turn since the Valkoran under Maesterus team up with the Galactic Alliance to take down Valkor.
  • 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.
    • Some Forceless creatures don't have eyes on their faces, but rather, places where they shouldn't be.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • Gestroma's excuse for kidnapping a Skakoan and using him as a bomb instead of just using grenades.
    • Masochus sold Emilin out to Valkor (and later cut off her breasts) not because of the ancient grudge between Sith and Jedi, but just because he wanted to torment a Jedi at one point in his life.
  • Fourth Wall Observer: Gahmah Raan. Hand Waved as him having spice-induced hallucinations It's actually revealed later to be a result of being in close proximity to Xixixix at an early age. However, he may not actually be aware that he is in a fanfic.
  • Gatling Good: Gestroma's weapon of choice is a rapid-fire assault cannon.
  • 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.

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     Tropes R-Z 
  • Reality Ensues:
    • Over the course of the story, Zolph suffers several injuries, and said injuries sometimes put him out of commission for times ranging from days to months depending on how severe the injury in question is. The more severe examples of these injuries include getting pinned to a wall, getting his arm cut off, having a hand dug into his chest and having his heart squeezed on.
    • Valkoran trooper Will Helms' treatment by his own peers in regards to his inability to stay dead. If they haven't known him long or do not know of his inability, they are shocked by both his death and resurrection (especially if done an accident). If they've known him long enough and are on generally good terms with him, they are desensitized to his deaths and sometimes have him take the bait for things that would kill anyone else permanently. On the other hand, people like Masochus will kill him over and over again for their own amusement. By the time of Episode II, Helms has learned to abuse this trait to his own advantage, but still finds getting killed annoying.
    • Episode I: Chapter 2 - Zolph tries to take on Maesterus, who had just came close to killing Luke Skywalker after cutting off his prosthetic hand. However, as Luke is the Jedi academy's headmaster and Zolph is only simple knight, Zolph doesn't fare any better against Maesterus - in fact, he fares worse, as while Luke is able to bounce back and curb-stomp Maesterus back, Zolph gets nailed to a wall.
    • Episode I: Chapter 10
      • Zolph and Gahmah Raan engage each other in an evenly matched duel that lasts 10 minutes in-universe. It ends with both of them fatigued, and hampers Zolph in two ways. Not only did the duel get every Valkoran personnel on Kratzar's attention, it puts Zolph at a disadvantage when he runs into Maesterus.
      • When Zolph loses his right arm to Maesterus, Zolph tries to invoke being a Handicapped Badass and fights back in spite of losing his sword arm. Maesterus knocks the lightsaber out of Zolph's hand with little effort and destroys it.
    • Episode I: Chapter 11 - a few members of the Galactic Alliance's Red Shirt Army have their first encounter with a Forceless Archfiend, Hydrojus. After Hydrojus demonstrates its ability to kill people by crushing them with their own insides or making them burst, the surviving Red Shirts of that mission are traumatized and ordered on leave for at least a month.
    • Episode I: Chapter 12 - Similar to his mission on Kratzar, Zolph disguises himself as a Valkoran Trooper, but carries his lightsaber in case he runs into a Force-sensitive Sensor Character like Maesterus or Dynn Manthis. He thinks he can work around the blatant giveaway by claiming it's a battlefield trophy, but not only can the sensor characters tell who he is, Admiral Gravlek is easily able to out him as a Jedi because Valkoran army procedure prohibits battlefield trophies and was having the rest of the ship's crew play dumb to lure Zolph into a trap. (Gahmah Raan was easily able to out him in Chapter 10 as well, and unlike Gravlek's case, it was the exact same lightsaber he saw a chapter earlier and Gahmah just took the time to annoy Zolph into fully exposing himself).
    • Episode I: Chapter 13-14 - Being only 18 years old, losing close friends and loved ones finally takes its toll on Zolph's psyche, especially when he's forced to Mercy Kill his girlfriend, Dynn Manthis, due to unusually horrific circumstances. In Episode II, this culminates in him not only experiencing some horrifying (and potentially lethal) PTSD episodes in places strong with the Dark Side of the Force (such as the cave on Dagobah), but also temporarily becoming a Death Seeker. Zolph goes through some psychotherapy (and is prohibited from taking missions as a personal distraction) in response to this and it helps out his mental health significantly, but no amount of therapy is going to make one's PTSD just go away. Even when the end of Episode II provides a slight glimmer of hope that Dynn may or may not be Back from the Dead but way out of reach, Zolph acknowledges that he may still be affected by her death for the rest of his life.
  • 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. They think Zolph is powerless, but severely underestimate his abilities and pay with their lives later.
    • 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]
  • 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.
    • Masochus is also this, much to the disdain of pretty much everyone else in the Valkoran Empire (including Valkor himself), being both violently insane and politically incompetent. When the Valkoran Empire splits in half and Masochus is one of the people loyal to the Empire, Valkor makes a point to keep him from needlessly killing any of the few followers he has left by threatening to have him possessed.
  • 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, some of them 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. However, they do not take being forced to be suicide bombers very well (the Galactic Empire doing this to Skakoans is what led to the Commandos being formed in the first place and joining the Rebellion), and as one of them points out, they are mercernaries first and see doing so as getting out of paying them, and some of those that Suicide Attack at the drop of a hat are clinically insane.
  • 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 both the midi-chlorian concept and the general controversy against 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. In Chapter 12, Rakan the Devourer tries to eat Zolph, thinking that eating his midi-chlorians will make him a Jedi, and Zolph has to point out how flawed his logic is.
    • 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 Nautolan 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 even the most well-intentioned members, they are mere tools for the Forceless Collective.
  • When Trees Attack: Subverted with the Thunderwood 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.

Alternative Title(s):

Star Wars Paranormalities, Paranormalities