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Healing in the Star Wars universe.

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Healing in the Star Wars universe.

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Xerolyfe
12.26.2011 , 03:00 AM | #1
Let me first say that I'm not a Star Wars nerd. I've seen all 6 movies plus Spaceballs, so I know the basics, but the healing mechanic in this game seems a little weird to me. So I have some questions that maybe some of the lore experts can help me with.

1. Can the force actually heal someone? I can see it possibly healing light side users and giving them longer life... but dark side users? I see Sith Inquisitors healing and I'm like... what? Not only why would they heal but how? Seems odd to me.

2. Are blaster heals for real? I've been healed in PvP by what appear to be IA and BH blaster weapons. So they're shooting me with healing guns? Does that really happen in the Star Wars universe? That seems pretty odd to me too.

I mean I know the whole tank/healer/DPS mechanic is pretty entrenched in MMOs, so they had to find some way to include it, but does healing this way mesh with Star Wars lore or is it just the way BioWare managed to make it work in the game?

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Karkais
12.26.2011 , 03:08 AM | #2
1. Cade Skywalker healed peoplewith the force (dark side) in star wars legacy comic. But that required close contact. Also Im not sure why it was dark, but apparently itwas.

2. Never seen healing guns anywhere..
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Kayurin
12.26.2011 , 06:33 AM | #3
1: Dark Side has some impressive healing skills in lore. IIRC the final trial for Sith Sorcerers was to poison themselves with the bite of a native thing AND to deal with it through the Force.

Basically, Light and Dark side are the same thing, the difference is about the mindset you use the power with. Distance I take is relative to one skill and approach.

2: Healing Guns I never saw, but in my very first flashpoint I got healed by a small droid that hovered over me. Droid belonged to a Republic Soldier with big gun so maybe that's the case for you as well and didn't noticed the healing little?

And no, this is all of a gameplay mechanics since lore-wise healing is slower in SW-verse. The SAGA System Roleplay for one lack completely of 'battle healings' (If you use Force Healing there, you need to share HP with your assisted) aside the daily second wind that isn't really healing but more a morale boost thing.

But while in a PnP RP staying 7 days on Bacta treatment is affordable, on a MMO is different level.

But eh, it's a game not a second life simulator.

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JimG
12.26.2011 , 06:47 AM | #4
Quote: Originally Posted by Xerolyfe View Post
1. Can the force actually heal someone? I can see it possibly healing light side users and giving them longer life... but dark side users? I see Sith Inquisitors healing and I'm like... what? Not only why would they heal but how? Seems odd to me.
Yes, the Force absolutely can be used to heal. The Jedi had various professions within their ranks and "healers" were one of the areas of specialization. On the Dark Side, it was made very clear in Episode III that the Dark Side of the Force could be used to prevent death in the story that Darth Sidious tells to Anakin about Darth Plagueis.

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Krijgsheer
12.26.2011 , 06:53 AM | #5
As the posters above me clarified, there are a number of force using healers, like Darth Plagueis (Sith) and Barriss Offee (Jedi).

I don't know about healing guns, but an idea is that it's a stimulant injection shooter or something? Dunno, just trying to make some sense of it.
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MrTerrito
12.26.2011 , 09:33 AM | #6
I guess it is hard to rationalize healing bullets but if I was the developer charged with coming up with a healing system for star wars besides using the force I'd be left with few options as well.

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Kayurin
12.26.2011 , 09:36 AM | #7
Quote: Originally Posted by MrTerrito View Post
I guess it is hard to rationalize healing bullets but if I was the developer charged with coming up with a healing system for star wars besides using the force I'd be left with few options as well.
Not really that hard...

- Healing nanomachine bullets.

- Compressed Bacta\Kolto Spray

- Bacta\Kolto gel.

- Healing stimulant microwaves.

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Omnitheo
12.27.2011 , 03:12 PM | #8
healing with guns seemed perfectly natural after playing Borderlands

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Jackiechance
01.19.2012 , 04:50 AM | #9
Seeing a trooper heal is like a Team Fortress match in pvp... just wish they could make ya bulletproof too >.>

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BrianDavion
01.19.2012 , 05:01 AM | #10
game mechanics are just that, game mechanics, try not to assume every game mechanic is the same, no you can't shoot someone with a gun and heal them.

and yes force healing of the type seen on sorcs and sages doesn't quite exist (it's not quite THAT powerful, as a general rule) however a MMO without healers would suck right?