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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 in progress. 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),, Archive of Our Own, and the Jedi Council Forums. Aside from DeviantArt, concept and supplementary artwork can also be found on Gahmah's Tumblr, Instagram and Newgrounds account.

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  • Absurdly Spacious Sewer:
    • There is one infested with Dianogas on Sleheyron. Lampshaded by Grein.
    • Bast Castle on Vjun also has one.
  • All Planets Are Earth-Like: Downplayed and discussed when Zolph and Hiriss visit Aut Matok in Episode III. Despite looking almost like a planet-sized space station from orbit and being solely inhabited with Mechanical Lifeforms, it has an atmosphere suitable for most organic beings. When it's revealed that Aut Matok is a living planet, Patcher immediately questions why it has a life-sustaining atmosphere, and King Auskuth answers that the atmosphere is a courtesy offered in the event that the Matoki make peace with the rest of galactic civilization. The fact that the planet hasn't taken the atmosphere away yet in spite of Forceless possession is a sign that it's fighting the possession from the inside.
  • All There in the Manual: Matt frequently supplies out of story material like concept art and profiles.
  • Ancient Conspiracy: The Valkoran Empire has been hiding and operating in the Unknown Regions for four-thousand years before challenging the Galactic Alliance. In fact, the Valkoran are also just a cult following the Forceless Collective, which has been plotting to conquer the galaxy since before the time of the Infinite Empire
  • 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 revealed that those who died while under Forceless possession or with traces of Black Matter in their bodies also get sent here, with the possibility that the Collective will resurrect them for later use. However, Dynn Manthis uses this as an opportunity to escape from them.
  • 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?"
    Gahmah Raan: "Probably because someone out there had to make the grunts easy to kill."
  • Artificial Limbs:
    • 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.
  • 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: While some Forceless-possession victims were innocent people, others not so much. The first possession victim Zolph and Grein have to kill is a crime lord.
  • 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.
  • Bedlam House: The Darksand Correctional Facility in Episode III is a conversion clinic for the Forceless Collective.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Some of the Forceless Collective's hosts are tortured and brainwashed into serving the Collective willingly and believing in their cause. One of their favorite methods is breaking them in the Pool of Souls (or a simulation of it).
  • 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.
  • Charged Attack:
  • 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.
  • Dark Is Evil: The 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. Word of God later confirmed that Forceless aren't evil by nature are only as evil as their Heralds.
  • Dark Is Not Evil:
    • Subverted with Maesterus at first. 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. This is played straight in Episode II, where he's since made a Heel–Face Turn and only continues to work with Emperor Valkor as cover for building up a rebellion in the Valkoran Empire.
    • Elscorsef, despite being a Forceless symbiote and having many of their usual unsettling traits, is the first-known Forceless symbiote to have a Jedi for her Herald. As a result of being newly-born and said Jedi being Hiriss Moraana (who among Zolph's Force-sensitive allies, has the least emotional baggage), Elsie is far more innocent.
  • Dead Man's 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.
  • Death World: In addition to some pre-established death worlds from both canon and Legends, Paranormalities features a few original to it.
    • Unlike most volcanic worlds, Kratzar — which is actually just a planet in its primordial state and not suffering from a cataclysm — is entirely covered in lava, save for a few islands. These islands are used as mining sites by both Mustafarian colonists and Valkoran forces, but are often infested with giant lava snakes that sometimes pop out of the mining siphons.
    • Krantisi was once home to some really large creatures, whose skeletons are now part of the environment. It's still infested with a lot of dangerous creatures, including giant spiky lizards, sentient cacti that drain their prey's body fluids until they're a brittle husk, and sand sharks, among others.
    • Guaymar is a planet perpetually shrouded in darkness. Its native sentient species are cannibalistic savages that worship a god of death and one of the only forests on the planet is also home to a deceptive, sedentary Planimal that is disguised among the trees. The massive, crashed starship is also haunted with four ghost-like aliens that, if they don't kill you by sucking out your blood, will cause you to die in four days from a death curse triggered from just having their prey see all four of them. It also goes through a global Zombie Apocalypse every few years (and the summoning of Stythanyx, also the aforementioned Guaymaran god of death, could create a longer lasting one).
    • Krishar has trees that fire Force lightning randomly and is home to an insane Eldritch Abomination that has driven its native sentient race into insanity as well.
    • Chilades is so cold that humans require devices that raise their own body temperature, has toxic lakes and is inhabited by mutated animals, all carnivorous.
  • 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, as Zolph predicted, it doesn't kill Arcidus.
  • Distant Prologue:
    • The prologue chapter of Episode I takes place five years before the main story, and not very long before the events of New Jedi Order.
    • The prologue chapter of Episode III takes place one month after the end of Episode I, effectively turning it into a short interquel to Episodes I and II. Episode III as a whole takes place one year after Episode II.
  • 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.
  • 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".
  • 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) with an exposed mid-section. 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.
  • 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.
  • Guns Are Useless: Averted. Even though they are Force users, both Zolph and Arcidus use blasters as effectively as their lightsabers.
  • 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.

     Tropes H-P 
  • Head-in-the-Sand Management: In Episode III, despite the fact that the Forceless Collective is openly waging war on the galaxy, much of the Galactic Alliance's political body is unwilling to acknowledge the Collective as a threat and are so determined to insist that they are still fighting the Valkoran Empire, despite the organization dropping all pretense of being an independent superpower. Leia points out that these particular politicians are just trying to present themselves as strongmen who are in reality, too frightened to do anything about yet another unfamiliar enemy just a few years after the Yuuzhan Vong invasion.
  • 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. [[spoiler: Of course, he can't regenerate from incineration. In fact, it seems all Forceless hosts have some degree of this.
    • Gestroma has this too a lesser extent, as he was able to simply reattach his severed arm. This too may be a result of the Forceless symbiote the Empire put in him.
  • The Heartless: Forceless are born as a result of wounds in the Force created from mass genocides.
  • 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 hangar 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.
    • This is played straight at the end of Episode II when Maesterus risks getting skewered by Valkor's tentacles to save Zolph from getting crushed to death. As a result, this is what ultimately kills Maesterus.
  • Humongous Mecha: The Gundark-class combat walkers are basically a Valkoran-variant of the Empire's AT-ST. Going even bigger, the Gigantoise-class Fortress Tank is even bigger than an AT-AT and as the name implies, is functionally a mobile base.
  • 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.
    • Archfiend Xixixix passively throws these to all those within proximity of itself (including itself), sometimes as a sign of them about to go insane. Not only did it turn the Krishari into a species of Cloud Cuckoolanders, Armogeist was led to believe that keeping Zolph (i.e., one of the people most experienced at killing Archfiends) away from Xixixix was the best way to kill it. A few chapters later, he admits that what he did was stupid.
  • If You Kill Him, You Will Be Just Like Him!: Subverted in Episode I: 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 just 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:
  • 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.
    • [[spoiler: However, it takes Valkor skewering him multiple times through the chest to kill him, proving that it was mostly his armor that kept him alive
  • Impossibly Cool Weapon:
    • Lightsabers are already this, but Grein takes it up a notch with a cross-guarded lightsaber (with the cross-guard being four blades). 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 (at least in the continuity this story is part of).
    • 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, some aren't even sapient, 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:
  • Kill It with Fire: The Valkoran are very fond of plasma weapons. This is also one of Arcidus's abilities.
  • 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 is 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.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: Episode II pretty much spoils all the reveals of Episode I if you didn't read it first. Episode III does the same for the entirety of what came before.
  • 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 mutant, two-headed worm (which attacks by spitting its own feces at prey) that swallowed him whole.
  • Lighter and Softer: Played with. Compared to every other post-Return of the Jedi Legends novel following New Jedi Order, it starts off relatively light-hearted, especially with the self-awareness and sometimes Black Comedy, 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.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father:
    • Maesterus reveals that he is Zolph's distant ancestor at the end of Episode I. In the same scene and just before the reveal Zolph also lampshades how this trope can be poorly executed when there are no hints dropped.
    • Grein later reveals that she is Maesterus's husband and by extension, another ancestor of Zolph's and that Zolph is part-Chiss.
  • 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!!
  • Mechanical Lifeforms: The planet Aut Matok is inhabited by mechanical beings that have formed their own ecosystem and built their own civilization. Unlike droids, the Jedi can sense that Aut Matok's local species are just as much a part of the Force as any other organic being. Unfortunately, this also makes them vulnerable to Forceless possession and they were used as a testbed for a Forceless computer virus (to use against computers and droids). Aut Matok is also a mechanical lifeform in of itself.
  • 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 an experiment in this trope. First, somewhat lighthearted action and some Comedic Sociopathy from R9-C4. At the end of the chapter? Hello, psychological horror.
  • Mook Horror Show:
  • Mr. Exposition: A few characters like Luke Skywalker, Grein, and General Ven Choi. Maesterus too.
  • Mister 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.
  • 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:
    • Similar to the Galactic Empire, 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.
    • Gestroma's hideout in Chapter 9 of Episode II (which was appropriately, an abandoned Imperial bio-weapon laboratory repurposed from a Clone War-era Separatist laboratory) has several walkways suspended over open chemical vats of questionable health safety (some of which are mutagens). Possibly justified, as not only has the laboratory fallen off the radar since the fall of the Empire (and would have been shut down immediately had it been noticed), but Gestroma is the only living being (aside from some captive mutant bio-weapons, and he himself is one) operating there and just sidesteps the issues altogether.
  • 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:
  • Older Than They Look:
  • Once Done, Never Forgotten: 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.
  • 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 until Valkor cuts them off and kills him.
    • Zolph gets in on this in "The Return", where 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 emotionally unstable 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.
  • Outside-Context Problem: Paranormalities gets its title from thriving on this trope, between the Valkoran Empire's quirky leaders to the eldritch Forceless Collective.
  • People's Republic of Tyranny: Felucia's "One United Tribe of the World" claims to represent all of the Dendroba. In truth, they are ruled by xenophobic religious zealots that often makes Human Sacrifices to a Mega Sarlacc to cleanse them of the Dark Side (which they are already ironically corrupted by) under rather flimsy excuses (meaning the sacrifices are more often than not executions). The other tribes of Felucia consider them more of a cult than a tribe.
  • 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.
  • Psychological Horror: Zolph's experiences with the mutated Dynn Manthis and psychotic apparitions of her after her death come off as this.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: When the people of the Valkoran Empire aren't Well-Intentioned Extremists or Knight Templar cultists, they are this trope at worst.

     Tropes R-Z 
  • 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.
  • Sequel Logo in Ruins: The logo for Episode I has a is fairly pristine and silver, except for the "o" in "Paranormalities" being a Forceless eye that's extending some tentacles to the other nearby letters. Later episode logos show the possession gradually spreading to other letters in the logo (and growing eyes on them), eventually spreading to the main Star Wars title.
  • 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.
  • Single-Biome Planet: This is Star Wars, so it's played straight for a lot of planets, even some of the original planets. The franchise's love for this trope is lampshaded in the prologue of Episode III. When Dynn Manthis laments that she is going to be trapped on Muriga for the rest of her life, she presumes that all of the planet is a dark and dreary desert based on what she has seen so far. Admon Onae, a native to Muriga, is a little insulted by this presumption and informs her that Darksand Wastes is only one region of the planet, and that it is not all desert.
    Dynn Manthis: It's just too bad that once it's over, we're going to die on this bleak, desert planet.
    Admon Onae: You know this is my home you’re talking about, right? If you’re sad about dying on this planet, don’t be. Darksand Wastes is just one region of Muriga, and not all of it is a desert. There are plenty of livelier and beautiful places to die, and my camp is in one of these places.
    Dynn Manthis: Really? In the galaxy I come from, usually when you see one part of a planet, you have pretty much a good idea what the rest of the planet looks like.
  • Sink or Swim Mentor: Grein is this to Zolph Vaelor.
  • Sliding Scale of Comedy and Horror: This story can be light-hearted at one point, but be incredibly horrifying at another.
  • 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 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.
    Zolph: Ugh. For the love of-! The Force does not work that way! And another thing I’d like to clarify: you’re an idiot.
    • 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.
  • Technicolor Eyes: Grein has purple eyes 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 is that purple-eyed Chiss are now an endangered species because of an interspecies race cleansing during the days of the ancient Republic. 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).
  • 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.
  • Villainous Rescue: Gahmah Raan prevents the other bounty hunters from killing Zolph on at least two occasions during Episode 1: Chapter 9.
  • 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.
  • You Killed My Father: And mother. Zolph's main vendetta against Maesterus and the Valkoran Empire in Episode I stems from this trope. 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 takes Maesterus and the bulk of the Valkoran off his list and moves his grudge to Valkor and Masochus.