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An in-depth look at combat: Savage Opress

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An in-depth look at combat: Savage Opress

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Beniboybling
12.22.2013 , 03:50 PM | #1
“This is not the work of a Sith Lord or a Jedi... but a reckless, impulsive animal. ~ Obi-Wan Kenobi

Height: 2.18 meters

Weight: 144.9 kilograms

Physicality: Imbued with the powerful magicks of the Nightsisters, Savage possesses incredible strength and durability. He was easily able to overwhelm accomplished lightsaber duelists through a series devastating power attacks, and he could endure considerable amounts of pain. And despite possessing a heavy build he retained a great deal of speed and agility. Savage also possessed elongated cranial horns which he could use to head-butt/impale opponents, and wore a special combat armour that was resistant to blaster bolts and caustic chemicals.

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Melee Abilities

Savage received training in lightsaber combat from the legendary Count Dooku, which was later built upon through a combination of experience and training from his brother Darth Maul, also a highly accomplished duelist. With this kind of teaching and judging from his effectiveness in battle against various high profile adversaries we can assume that he was a fairly accomplished, yet notably unrefined duelist. The exact form he wielded is unknown, but he likely did not specialise, perhaps only receiving rudimentary training in basic moves and manoeuvres from Shii-Cho and/or Niman.

However he was an obvious advocate of the strong style, a broad term for the various applications of power dueling that focused primarily on powerful strikes designed to batter down an opponents defence. This puts him in considerably good stead against single opponents who he can devote all his energy to defeating, and combined with his remarkable physical strength he is devastatingly effective in application of the style.

Lightsaber: Savage wielded a double-bladed lightsaber, his ability in which was possibly influenced by previous skill with the Zhaboka – a double-bladed sword native to the Zabrak people. The weapon gives Opress considerable reach which ties well into the broad swings and strokes of the strong style. The surface area also gives him a more than adept defence against lightsaber attacks and blaster bolts, the latter of which he was skilled at deflecting.

Savage was also highly skilled in hand-to-hand combat going toe-to-toe (though was ultimately defeated by) Asajj Ventress. Post-ritual with increased strength his potency in this field likely increased considerably thanks to his inhuman strength, agility and endurance. And he often chained physical attacks into his lightsaber sequence.

Force Abilities

Savage’s Force abilities were rather rudimentary and he received little training in this field, however by way of his immense Force power his applications were incredibly potent.

Telekinesis: Opress possessed a fairly refined ability in this field, capable of Force choking, pushing and pulling. He was also however capable of extremely potent Force wave attacks that even powerful Force Users were incapable of resisting. Such abilities would complement his style by allowing him to stun and stagger opponents.

Force Speed: Savage has acquired a natural ability to augment his speed to tremendous levels. Capable of blitzing Padawans, Knights and Master's alike through superior speed augmented with devastating strength.

Force Rage: Opress was gifted at channeling his rage into physical ability, building on his already tremendous strength, speed and endurance and altogether making him all the more dominant in combat and difficult to kill.

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Strengths

As one might imagine Savage’s greatest strength is, his strength. Not only does he possess considerably potent physical ability but he is also a very powerful Force User, imbued with Nightsister magicks - that no doubt increased his capacity for rage. Savage channels all of that power into his physical strength, making him all the more dominating. On top of that he can absorb just as much damage as he can dish out, making him the perfect power duelist. He is also fairly flexible in his attacks, often chaining both Force pushes and physical strikes into his sequence to further stun and stagger his opponents and altogether making full use of his abilities.

His speed however should not be underestimated, and Savage puts this to good use when taking on inferior duelists, using his incredible speed to bypass his opponents defenses and apply his strength directly.

Savage’s preferable tactic however remains an all out charge in an attempt to batter down his opponent. Using his endurance to sustain attack and shrug of damage, before quickly tiring out and overwhelming them.

Weaknesses

Savage’s weaknesses however are as equally potent, primarily his sloppy and often clumsy form. His abilities in lightsaber combat are far from refined and he uses very rudimentary slashing and swiping attacks, such attacks would be easily countered by his opponents and superior duelists would be able to outmanoeuvre him with little difficulty.

Furthermore Savage suffers from tunnel vision and often succumbs to baser instinct in the midst of heated combat, charging his opponents with little strategy or awareness and simply relying on his immense physical and Force-based strength to achieve victory. This only makes it easier for Savage to be outmaneuvered and outsmarted.

Counter-Strengths

In many respects these weaknesses end up of no consequence, while on one hand his attacks are easily countered, Savage isn't trying to bypass his opponent’s defences, but batter them. In such a sense it is more preferable for his opponents to intercept and block his attacks each and every time, as it increases the likelihood of them being overwhelmed by the sheer magnitude of impact. This argument can also be applied to his lack of refinement, a simply slash is all he needs to exert his ability, more complex moves and maneuvers are not required.

And in terms of his tunnel vision, this can act as a boon as much as a detriment – as it allows him to focus is rage and his power, and often in states of intense anger he can grow even more powerful and dominating.

Quotes, Clips and Scans

A demonstration of Savage’s strength, speed and agility which he uses to decimate a squadron of elite clone troopers as well as Jedi Padawan and Master.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jgMTdhahb9s

Savage disarming Count Dooku with a single strike:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABLCnso1_Ts&t=1m22s

A demonstration of the potency of Savage’s Force Rage:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MOkn3UBL51g&t=0m9s

A demonstration of Savage’s ability in blast deflection, endurance and TK:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MOkn3UBL51g&t=0m49s

Savage overwhelms Jedi High Council member and the master of Soresu with ease:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNmbtaIZHqo&t=0m45s

A demonstration of Savage’s lack of respect for battle droids:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MOkn3UBL51g&t=0m21s

Thoughts: in comparison with other powerful Force wielders, Savage matches up remarkably well and at the fullest extent of his ability he would likely have become very powerful. Altogether he is not to be underestimated as he is among the most dominating, if not the most dominating, power-duelist currently in existence in Star Wars mythos.

If you’ve got any suggestions for future in-depths or any quotes, clips or scans to add feel free to post below. And as always thoughts and opinions are welcome. Also check out my previous installments in the index!

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Aurbere
12.22.2013 , 04:18 PM | #2
Something that I've written into Savage's BattleZone analysis is that he may not be technically skilled, but he doesn't need to be when he can just break you down in a few strikes.
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Wolfninjajedi
12.22.2013 , 04:56 PM | #3
Not that I don't mind Opress, but I feel like TCW just kinda threw him together just to have another Force User in the show. He just kinda rubs on me like that kinda thing.

I kinda hope they don't do that with Rebels, ya the Inquistor is gonna be the big bad dude and everything but I mean aside from him.
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Aurbere
12.22.2013 , 04:57 PM | #4
Quote: Originally Posted by Wolfninjajedi View Post
Not that I don't mind Opress, but I feel like TCW just kinda threw him together just to have another Force User in the show. He just kinda rubs on me like that kinda thing.
I don't mind him, I just don't care for his name. A bit too cartoony, in my opinion.
Added Chapter 66 to The Shadows Fall
"Your only hope to survive is to give in to the rage boiling within you, to acknowledge the Dark Side you deny, and tap into it!"--Darth Tyranus

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Beniboybling
12.22.2013 , 05:04 PM | #5
Quote: Originally Posted by Aurbere View Post
I don't mind him, I just don't care for his name. A bit too cartoony, in my opinion.
Well considering we have a Nightbrother called "Maul" and another called "Feral" I assume that the Nightsisters gave them these kinds of names. A tradition of sorts.

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Wolfninjajedi
12.22.2013 , 05:14 PM | #6
Quote: Originally Posted by Beniboybling View Post
Well considering we have a Nightbrother called "Maul" and another called "Feral" I assume that the Nightsisters gave them these kinds of names. A tradition of sorts.
Maybe it's just me or perhaps I missed something with TCW, but I never really understood why they had Maul connected with the Nightsisters. That just seemed kinda like an unnecessary thing, unless it was to introduce Savage?....But even so, I just didn't really see the need for it.
"There is one lesson you've yet to learn. How to become one with the Force!"
―Cin Drallig to Darth Vader

Maucs the Tauntaun King, former SWG player.

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Beniboybling
12.22.2013 , 05:18 PM | #7
Quote: Originally Posted by Wolfninjajedi View Post
Maybe it's just me or perhaps I missed something with TCW, but I never really understood why they had Maul connected with the Nightsisters. That just seemed kinda like an unnecessary thing, unless it was to introduce Savage?....But even so, I just didn't really see the need for it.
The Nightsisters played a crucial role in the stories of Maul and Savage, so you can see why it would be important.

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Aurbere
12.22.2013 , 05:31 PM | #8
Quote: Originally Posted by Beniboybling View Post
Well considering we have a Nightbrother called "Maul" and another called "Feral" I assume that the Nightsisters gave them these kinds of names. A tradition of sorts.
Yeah, I guess.
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Wolfninjajedi
12.22.2013 , 05:32 PM | #9
Quote: Originally Posted by Beniboybling View Post
The Nightsisters played a crucial role in the stories of Maul and Savage, so you can see why it would be important.
I mean before that. But I see the point now.
"There is one lesson you've yet to learn. How to become one with the Force!"
―Cin Drallig to Darth Vader

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Beniboybling
12.23.2013 , 10:07 AM | #10
Lol, Savage Opress is now the Star Wars Character of the Week.