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The BattleZone Winner's Bracket Match 5: Ulic Qel-Droma vs. Plo Koon

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The BattleZone Winner's Bracket Match 5: Ulic Qel-Droma vs. Plo Koon

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Aurbere
03.16.2014 , 03:23 PM | #1
Welcome to The BattleZone! In this massive tournament, we pit legendary Jedi and Sith against each other to find out who the deadliest master of the Force is! In our previous match in the Winner's Bracket, Jedi Master Kit Fisto was overpowered by Savage Opress. In this match, Ulic Qel-Droma engages Jedi Master Plo Koon in single combat. Only in The BattleZone!

Character Bios:

Ulic Qel-Droma:

Once one of the most promising Jedi of his era, Ulic Qel-Droma fell to the Dark Side and served as the Supreme Commander of the Krath and Mandalorian armies, as well as the Sith Apprentice of the Dark Lord of the Sith Exar Kun, during the Great Sith War. Ulic led the Sith crusade as the face of the threat to the Republic and masterminded many campaigns against the Republic, even striking Coruscant itself.

During the attack on the Jedi Library World of Ossus, Ulic engaged and murdered his own brother in single combat. Overcome by grief and cut off from the Force by Nomi Sunrider, Ulic Qel-Droma turned on his Sith Master and led the Republic to Kun’s stronghold on Yavin IV.

Ulic was eventually killed by a spacer looking to make a name for himself.

Plo Koon:

The student of legendary Jedi Master Tyvokka and hero of the Stark Hyperspace War, Jedi Master Plo Koon was a long-time member of the Jedi Order and Senior Jedi General during the Clone Wars. Plo Koon was tasked with several vital campaigns during the war, including the hunt for Separatist superweapon The Malevolence, securing the vital and incredibly powerful super-resource Agrocite, capturing the Rendili system, and securing Brentaal IV. As the Republic pushed back the Separatists, Plo Koon joined Ki-Adi Mundi in securing the New Territories and vital Separatist worlds. He smashed the Separatist defense force at Ywllanda to allow Master Mundi to attack Mygeeto.

In the final stages of the Clone Wars, Plo Koon was tasked with the final assault of Cato Neimoidia, where he was killed by his clone soldiers in accordance with contingency Order 66.

Lightsaber Skill:

Ulic Qel-Droma:

Ulic Qel-Droma was a highly skilled lightsaber duelist, and master of Form V, Djem So/Shien. As expected, his offense and defense were very strong. Ulic also eliminated Form V’s mobility weakness through Force-based physical augmentation to increase his agility. His skill with the blade was such that he was able to hold his own against the incredibly skilled Exar Kun during their brief duel. He has even engaged other Jedi even when cut off from the Force. Most notably he engaged the enraged Cathar Jedi Sylvar, a highly skilled duelist in her own right.

Plo Koon:

Jedi Master Plo Koon was renowned as one of the most skilled lightsaber duelists of his time, with Qui-Gon Jinn recognizing him as an expert swordsman and Darth Maul considering him a true test for his skills. He was a master of Form V- Shien/Djem So, and was trained in Ataru. Over his long career, Plo Koon developed a fighting style that allowed him to deal with any combat situation he could encounter.

Plo Koon has had few actual lightsaber duels, but the duels he has engaged in are indicative of impressive skill. His first duel was with Asajj Ventress on Khorm, where he engaged and defeated her while suffering from a broken arm. His second duel was with Savage Opress. His defeat in this case was only caused by the loss of his breath mask, a move Savage could only accomplish when Plo Koon was distracted and his guard was lowered.

Edge: They share similar skill sets, and similar levels of skill. However, Plo Koon has shown greater adaptability as a duelist. He has proven that he can deal with more agile opponents, and incredible physical force being brought down on him. If Savage Opress couldn’t break Koon’s defense Ulic Qel-Droma can’t, but can Plo Koon break Ulic’s defense? It is difficult to say. They have both gone down separate paths and philosophies in Form V. Unlike the great Form V masters of his time, Plo Koon is the personification of the maxim ‘peace through superior firepower’, whereas Ulic deals in the maxim of dominating the fight through overwhelming strength. Plo Koon’s passivity should not be mistaken for weakness, however. In the end, they effectively stalemate each other in what they bring to the table.

Physicality:

Ulic Qel-Droma:

Ulic Qel-Droma is a human male in his physical prime. He is incredibly strong and incredibly tough. Ulic Qel-Droma suffered from torture at the hands of the Krath Cult for a prolonged period of time, and his stamina was incredible.

Ulic’s only real detriment is a shrapnel wound he suffered. The wound can start to bleed out depending on the amount of stress his body is under, but it is not incredibly debilitating, and he has engaged in lightsaber combat despite the wound bleeding out.

Plo Koon:

Plo Koon is an old Jedi Master well past his prime. Despite being at such an advanced age, Plo Koon was still incredibly strong and tough. Kel Dor warriors are noted for their physical capabilities at such an age, even being able to take on much younger Jedi Knights. Without Force-based physical augmentation, Plo Koon’s body is not particularly durable. As he notes: “Bones brittle with the passing of ages” after breaking his arm in an avalanche. However, Force based physical augmentation greatly increased his physical capabilities. He was more than capable of staggering Savage Opress through sheer strength, and he was more than capable of weathering Savage’s immense strength. Plo Koon’s actions on Khorm also demonstrated an incredible tolerance for pain. When his arm was broken by an avalanche caused by Asajj Ventress, he barely acknowledges his broken arm, and he hardly flinches at his broken arm being attacked during his duel with Ventress.

Plo Koon’s only physical weakness is his antiox breath mask which, when removed, would cause him to die a slow and painful death due to asphyxiation.

Edge: While Ulic Qel-Droma’s strength and durability are impressive, Plo Koon more than matches him in those areas, and it is unlikely they could overwhelm the other in such a way. In the end, it comes down to physical weaknesses. While it is questionable whether or not Ulic could exploit Plo Koon’s weakness, it is still a greater weakness. Ulic Qel-Droma gets the edge.

Mentality:

Ulic Qel-Droma:

Ulic Qel-Droma was a gifted tactician on and off the battlefield. During Exar Kun’s Sith War, Qel-Droma planned several campaigns and manipulated the Republic into taking actions that would leave it open to attack in other areas, most notably the Coruscant attack. In single combat, Qel-Droma was experienced in recognizing the weaknesses of an enemy and exploiting them, as well as using the terrain as an advantage.

Plo Koon:

Jedi Master Plo Koon was an expert tactician on and off the battlefield. He was excellent in adapting to his situation and quickly devising new strategies to make the most of any situation he finds himself in. During the Clone Wars, he masterminded several vital campaigns, serving with distinction of Khorm, Brentaal and many other worlds.

Plo Koon was an expert in recognizing and exploiting enemy weaknesses. He was also a highly capable Dun Moch user.

Edge: Neither really gets an edge here because they have very similar tactical views and Plo Koon’s Dun Moch is unlikely to benefit him in any real way.

Force Abilities:

Ulic Qel-Droma:

Ulic Qel-Droma was a very powerful Sith Lord. He was a very powerful user of telekinesis, and bouts of Force Rage increased this ability to the point that he could telekinetically thrash other Force users with ease. He also developed a proclivity for using Force Choke.

He was also high skilled in the Jedi Mind Trick, even advancing it to outright mind control.

Plo Koon:

Descendant from a long line of Kel Dor Jedi, Plo Koon inherited a powerful connection to the Force. He was a master of a variety of abilities, basic and esoteric.

He was a powerful telepath, able to infiltrate the minds of others and communicate or read the thoughts of others with little difficulty. He has even used telepathy to mentally assault others. As a defense against mental intrusion, Plo Koon was a practitioner of the anya-seff technique of the Baran Do Sages. He was also a powerful practitioner of the Jedi Mind Trick, which he could use to manipulate potentially dozens of subjects at a time.

Plo Koon was a renowned master of telekinesis, and he had little difficulty manipulating small of incredibly large objects. He has even used the Force to collapse the entrance to a mountain while on the run with ease. More notably, he has used powerful Force Pushes and Waves to assault enemies, even breaching the Force defenses of opposing Force users with little difficulty.

Plo Koon was also skilled in the usage of Force Shields to defend himself against physical attacks. He was also a master of Alter Environment, due to his extensive knowledge of the physical sciences.

However, possibly his most infamous ability was his usage of Force lightning, which he called Electric Judgment. While he has only used this ability once, he has mastered the ability and believes that it would be a useful combative tool.

Edge: Ulic Qel-Droma is a powerful Sith Lord, but he lacks variety in his applications. He is a powerful user of telekinesis and telepathic abilities such as Mind Trick, but that is as far as it goes. Plo Koon, on the other hand, is a more powerful user of telekinesis and telepathic abilities, and he has a broader variety of abilities to call upon in battle. And finally, Plo Koon is more willing to use his abilities in combat, whereas Ulic Qel-Droma’s usage of combative Force abilities is rare. Plo Koon gets the edge.

So who will win? Who is truly superior?
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cs_zoltan
03.16.2014 , 05:35 PM | #2
Plo, because Alter Environment
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Aurbere
03.17.2014 , 02:17 PM | #3
Quote: Originally Posted by cs_zoltan View Post
Plo, because Alter Environment
I don't think Plo Koon will get the time to use it. I don't see Ulic letting up enough for him to try it.
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cs_zoltan
03.17.2014 , 04:00 PM | #4
How?
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One would assume such an ability would heavily drain the user, yes? No. This ability requires very little energy. Instead, the user harnesses the innate energy of the object that they intend to manipulate for their own purposes. This results in a Jedi creating massive environmental phenomenons while expending little to no energy. However, such phenomenons require precise control to prevent catastrophies.
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I see no real drawbacks of this power as it requires little energy from the user. With the proper control, a Jedi could turn the environment against their enemies with ease.
Takes concentration? Yes. But Plo's lightsaber defense + his natural affinity of it and knowledge of physics could provide the opportunity to use it for some degree to tip the balance of the duel on his favour. They are so alike, Alter Environment could lead to Plo's victory over a stalemate.
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Aurbere
03.17.2014 , 04:08 PM | #5
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How?

Takes concentration? Yes. But Plo's lightsaber defense + his natural affinity of it and knowledge of physics could provide the opportunity to use it for some degree to tip the balance of the duel on his favour. They are so alike, Alter Environment could lead to Plo's victory over a stalemate.
While true, it still takes some concentration to use. Ulic is an uncompromising duelist. Unless Plo Koon can get away from Ulic, it's unlikely to happen.
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Selenial
03.17.2014 , 04:32 PM | #6
Quote: Originally Posted by Aurbere View Post
While true, it still takes some concentration to use. Ulic is an uncompromising duelist. Unless Plo Koon can get away from Ulic, it's unlikely to happen.
If I remember correctly, Koons electric Judgement was purely subconcious, though he himself Induced it. He controlled it without even having to think, even though he chose to use it.

Same could be done here, he could use Electric Judgement whilst altering the Environment, sure it would drain him a bit more than usual, but would still be one devastating attack.
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03.17.2014 , 04:50 PM | #7
Quote: Originally Posted by Selenial View Post
If I remember correctly, Koons electric Judgement was purely subconcious, though he himself Induced it. He controlled it without even having to think, even though he chose to use it.

Same could be done here, he could use Electric Judgement whilst altering the Environment, sure it would drain him a bit more than usual, but would still be one devastating attack.
It would probably not be very energy efficient. We would likely see him exhausted like when Koro Ziil did the same to Luke.

That would look pretty sick, though.
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Beniboybling
03.18.2014 , 12:53 PM | #8
*shrug* these guys are so alike that its difficult to say. Ultimately though Droma is the superior Force User, and maybe even the better lightsaber duelist. So basically he wins.

Don't worry Zannah, you'll get your revenge next time.

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Aurbere
03.18.2014 , 02:20 PM | #9
Quote: Originally Posted by Beniboybling View Post
*shrug* these guys are so alike that its difficult to say. Ultimately though Droma is the superior Force User, and maybe even the better lightsaber duelist. So basically he wins.

Don't worry Zannah, you'll get your revenge next time.
Going to have to elaborate.
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03.18.2014 , 02:22 PM | #10
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Going to have to elaborate.
Djem So is strength orientated, so I'd say being stronger in the Force is basically going to make his blows hit harder, and his defense more staunch. It will end up being a war of attrition, and Ulic is better geared in this respect.