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4/25/2014

Versus Series: Galen Marek VS Obi-Wan Kenobi

VERSUS SERIES
Fight One:
Obi-Wan Kenobi
Vs.
Galen Marek "Starkiller"
Hello Everyone, I'm Jedi Master Ryan Vickers, and this is my first of many post on the versus series. Today I will be deciding who would win in a fight? Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi or Sith Assassin Galen Marek. Now I will go over biography to give you a basic understanding of the characters.
Biography:
Obi-Wan Kenobi, later known as Ben Kenobi during his exile, was a legendary Jedi Master who played a significant role in the fate of the galaxy during the waning days of the Galactic Republic. He was the mentor of both Anakin and Luke Skywalker, training both in the ways of the Force. He had a long and tumultuous career that helped shape the fate of the entire galaxy.
Born in 57 BBY on Stewjon, Kenobi was taken as the Jedi apprentice of Qui-Gon Jinn and traveled on many missions with him. During the Invasion of Naboo in 32 BBY, Kenobi became the first Jedi in approximately 1,000 years to defeat a Sith Lord in combat when he defeated Darth Maul during the Second Battle of Theed, yet lost his master in the same duel. In 22 BBY, Kenobi found the Clone army on Kamino, and he was captured and almost executed in the Petranaki arena on Geonosis, along with Skywalker and Senator Padmé Amidala. The newly arrived clone troopers rescued them, but the following battle began the galaxy-wide Clone Wars.
Kenobi fought during many battles of the Clone Wars, and was one of the last members of the Jedi High Council. Even after his apprentice became a Jedi Knight, Kenobi and Skywalker fought together many times, becoming a widely renowned pair. Kenobi earned the sobriquet "The Negotiator" through his charm and calm demeanor as well as the quiet threat of his abilities with a lightsaber. During the war, an old enemy returned to haunt Kenobi: Darth Maul, the murderer of Qui-Gon Jinn. With aid of his brother, Savage Opress, the revived Sith Lord went to create a criminal empire, all the while plotting revenge on his most despised adversary. Kenobi clashed blades with Maul on occasion across the galaxy. He was devastated as Maul slew the Jedi's past love interest, Duchess Satine Kryze of Mandalore, in cold blood, yet remained strong throughout the conflict. Later in the war, Skywalker saved his life in a battle fought over Coruscant, after which Kenobi killed General Grievous on Utapau. However, he was soon betrayed, as Commander Cody, following Order 66, opened fire on him.
Kenobi met up with his old mentor Grand Master Yoda, and the two realized that not many Jedi had survived the attacks. The two returned to the Jedi Temple, where they learned the agonizing truth: Skywalker, now lost to the dark side of the Force, had led an attack to kill all Jedi remaining in the Jedi Temple, following orders from Chancellor Palpatine, the ruler of the successor of the Republic, the Galactic Empire. Kenobi traveled to Mustafar in order to duel his former apprentice and friend, now the Sith Lord Darth Vader. Finally, Vader was taken in by a storm of lava, and Kenobi remorsefully left him to die. While Yoda, one of the few other Jedi to survive the Great Jedi Purge, went into exile, Kenobi took the son of Skywalker and Amidala, Luke Skywalker, to live with the Lars family on Tatooine. He became a friend of the young Skywalker as he grew up, but he did not tell Skywalker his actual identity.
Kenobi re-emerged in 0 BBY, shortly before the Battle of Yavin. After Leia Organa, Vader's daughter and Luke Skywalker's twin sister, was captured by the Empire, she contacted him desperately. Kenobi gave Luke his father's lightsaber and traveled with him to Alderaan in Han Solo's Millennium Falcon, only to realize that the Death Star had destroyed the planet. Kenobi entered the Death Star with Luke, Han, Chewbacca, C-3PO, and R2-D2, in order to rescue Organa, but Darth Vader sensed his presence. In a duel with his former apprentice, Kenobi gave up his life to allow Luke to escape, vanishing into the Force the moment Vader struck him down with his weapon. Three years later, his spirit returned to Luke to lead him to Dagobah in order to learn from Master Yoda. He even carried out his role as a mentor to the younger Jedi beyond his natural life through use of the Force, remaining a significant influence on Luke Skywalker's foundation of the New Jedi Order.

Galen Marek, codenamed Starkiller, was a male Human apprentice of the Sith Lord Darth Vader. A powerful Force-user who lived during the era of the Galactic Empire, Marek originated from the Wookiee home planet of Kashyyyk as the sole offspring of two Jedi Knights—Mallie and Kento Marek—who deserted the Jedi Order during the Clone Wars. Following the death of his mother, the young Marek's father was killed in battle by Darth Vader. Though only a child, Marek possessed an exceptionally strong connection to the Force that the Dark Lord of the Sith sought to exploit.
Thus, Darth Vader abducted Marek in order to train the orphan in the ways of the Sith Order. Although the Sith were limited to only two members at any given time, Vader nonetheless trained Marek as a secret apprentice during his own apprenticeship to Darth Sidious, the Sith Lord who ruled the galaxy as Emperor Palpatine. The physical and psychological trauma of Vader's unforgiving training regimen resulted in Marek's immersion within the dark side of the Force as his Master intended. With his childhood memories suppressed and his original identity forgotten, Marek only knew himself as the Dark Lord's apprentice; a Sith assassin who operated under the codename "Starkiller" and a living weapon to be deployed against the enemies of Darth Vader.
In addition to the assassination of numerous targets that included Vader's many rivals, the apprentice trained for years in preparation for the day when he would be ready to aid his Master in a confrontation with Darth Sidious. This singular goal became Starkiller's obsession as he longed to become a true Sith Lord. The pinnacle of Starkiller's training saw him deployed against Jedi targets for the first time in his life in 3 BBY and culminated in victories against the fugitive Jedi Masters Rahm Kota, Kazdan Paratus and Shaak Ti. With the death of Ti, one of the few members of the Jedi High Council who survived Order 66, Darth Vader declared that the time had come to execute their plan to overthrow the Emperor. Elated at the prospect of finally fulfilling his sole purpose in life, Starkiller rendezvoused with Vader on the Executor only to be betrayed and severely wounded by his Master who claimed that Sidious's spies had discovered the existence of the secret apprentice. Pressured by the Emperor, Vader demonstrated his loyalty by seemingly killing Starkiller. In truth, the betrayal was a ruse that allowed Vader to save his apprentice's life.
Upon Starkiller's full recovery in 2 BBY, Vader revealed his contingency plan: the creation of a full-scale rebellion against the Galactic Empire. The apprentice was instructed by his Master to assemble an army of rebels and dissidents in order to distract the Emperor's attention with a civil war, hence allowing them both another opportunity to assassinate Sidious. Though bitter and resentful toward Vader, Starkiller complied and searched several parts of the galaxy for influential contacts that would be crucial to the formation of an insurrection on a galactic-scale. Through Starkiller's efforts, three disillusioned members of the Imperial Senate—Bail Organa, Garm Bel Iblis and Mon Mothma—convened on the planet Corellia where they agreed to join their resources together in opposition to the Emperor's rule. However, the mission proved to be another deception on Vader's part; the Dark Lord betrayed Starkiller once more and captured the senators. Outraged by the discovery that his Master was unwilling to challenge Darth Sidious with Starkiller's aid, the former apprentice journeyed to the incomplete Death Star and intended to rescue his new-found allies from execution. Abandoning the persona of Starkiller, he re-embraced his Jedi heritage as Galen Marek through the partial recovery of his suppressed memories.
During the apprentice's infiltration of the nearly-complete battlestation, Galen Marek confronted and defeated his former Master in battle. Sidious hoped to claim Marek as his new apprentice and goaded him to kill Vader. Instead, Marek attacked the Emperor in a move to provide the senators with enough time to escape the Death Star. His plan succeeded, but ultimately cost the apprentice his life. Nevertheless, his sacrifice facilitated the formation of the Alliance to Restore the Republic and the outbreak of the Galactic Civil War. The early founders of the Rebellion remembered the apprentice as Galen Marek, the original architect of the Rebel Alliance, and honored his memory by adopting the Marek family crest as the official emblem of the Alliance.
Unknown to the Rebels, Darth Vader preserved his former apprentice's corpse as a genetic template for the creation of a more powerful and obedient version of the original Starkiller. But due to the inherent difficulties of cloning Force-wielders, coupled with the flaws of a modified version of the Kaminoan technique, the initial results were less than satisfactory. Vader was forced to replicate his fallen disciple on multiple occasions in a bid to gradually correct the imperfect procedure. Approximately six months after Marek's death, the Dark Lord's experiment—conducted in secret within the Timira City Cloning Facility—produced hundreds of abject failures and a rogue clone who escaped from Kamino. Despite such setbacks, Darth Vader ultimately succeeded in his goal to engineer the perfect clone of his former apprentice. A far more powerful version of Marek, the clone successfully purged himself of the emotional imprints that undermined his precursors.

Now that we have that out of the way, lets get to the challenge. We will start off by defining their physical capabilities.

Obi-Wan Kenobi was a 38 year old Human male. He has no overwhelming physical attributes due to him being a human, but he is not limited by his body. He has a high tolerance for pain, which has assisted his great defensive capabilities.

Galen Marek was a 17 year old Human male. He is in perfect condition, as he was trained to be an assassin for Darth Vader. Marek was trained by fighting training simulations of Master Jedi, including Obi-Wan Kenobi.

Edge goes to Obi-Wan Kenobi due to his training and development during the clone wars. Also he is fully developed and therefore has better thought processing skills than the 17 year old Marek.

Now we will cover their lightsaber combat skills:

Obi-Wan Kenobi: A master of Soresu, Obi-Wan Kenobi has more defense than offense. He has a notorious skill with this, giving him a perfect endurance in battle. Obi-Wan can battle a duelist who outclasses him completely, and still get away or even win due to his mastery of this style. He isn't limited by this style, as he is proficient in Ataru and Niman. You would be hard pressed to find something Obi-Wan's skills are weak against.

Galen Marek: Rasied as a Sith apprentice of Darth Vader, Galen Marek learned his skills to compliment his master's lack of mobility. Marek learned and became a master of Juyo and Shien. He used an unorthodox reversed hand grip which led to him relying more on agility than strength due to the almost unwieldy grip. He was also proficient, but not a master, at Soresu due to training simulations with a droid who imitated Obi-Wan himself!

Edge goes to Obi-Wan Kenobi: Obi-Wan is a perfect lightsaber duelist, and even if he is overwhelmed by Galen Marek's Juyo frenzy, his master of Soresu would lead him to outlast the young apprentice. If this battle went down to just lightsaber combat, the fight would go very similar to Darth Vader and Obi-Wan's fight from Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. However this is a slight edge due to Galen Marek's skill being only a bit behind the Great Negotiator himself.

Now to force abilities:

Obi-Wan Kenobi: Obi-wan was a very proficient Jedi Master who focused more on lightsaber dueling than force abilities. However he was skilled at telekinesis and the Jedi Mind Trick. He integrated all of his force abilities into his attacks, making him a worthy opponent in any situation.

Galen Marek: Marek was from the video game The Force Unleashed where he was the main protagonist. Obviously, Marek has some amazing force powers and he was even able to overwhelm Darth Vader with these abilities. He is very proficient in Force Lightening, Force Telekinesis, Force Repulse, and Force Speed/Dash. He is a jack of all trades and is very threatening, especially when he goes into a dark force rage. He can integrate all of his lightsaber combat skills with these force abilities to create unique moves such as the lightening imbued lightsaber strike. Galen Marek truly is the Force Unleashed.

The  Edge goes to Galen Marek for obvious reasons. Obi-Wan, however, has developed a skill of defeating force wielding opponents, so some of these skills would have no use against the Jedi Master, but this was the same with Darth Vader.

Now I will discuss their Armament and Weapons:

Obi-Wan Kenobi: He used a blue hued adegan crystal in his lightsaber, which led to a more efficient and proper design of his blade. Being broken several times, Kenobi keeps extra parts for his blade so he can fix it in a moments notice. He has used his force abilities to stun his foe and fix his blade at the same moment. Kenobi wore clone armor along with his Jedi robes to prevent damage like he sustained during the early years of the Clone Wars.

Galen Marek: Marek used a synthetic red hued crystal in his lightsaber, which had an exposed crystal chamber. This crystal led to more power but less maneuverability. He wore a plethora of armors and clothing. He mostly wore his training armor which had mandalorian iron embedded on his shoulders. This would have been a good choice except his fighting style demands maneuverability, and his armor and weapon nearly prevents that.

The Edge goes to Obi-Wan Kenobi due to his tactical choice of armor, unlike Marek's choice of weaponry limiting him. Kenobi's armor and wepons suit him and his styles perfectly.

Now for tactical ingenuity and brilliance:

Obi-Wan Kenobi: Due to his time as a general in the Clone Wars, Obi-Wan Kenobi has a strong tactical and militarization mind set. However, his Jedi ideals lead him to see a fight as "never a goal in itself" and that "there are always alternatives to fighting." He used his surrounding to his advantage, which in Jedi terms is called Sokan. He was dubbed the Great Negotiator due to these skills. Kenobi wasnt afraid to use any weaponry he could find, as he killed General Greivous using a blaster.

Galen Marek: Due to his betrayal at the hands of Darth Vader and his Father's death when he was young, Marek has some issues. He is also a 17 year old boy who doesn't believe he is what he is, which is a Sith Assassin turned Jedi. Galen Marek uses his rage and this usually gives his opponent an advantage over him as he becomes sloppy, but he usually overcomes this with his force abilities. When he isn't in a rage, he usually is a force to be reckoned with. This is why he was able to defeat Vader and Sidious when he needed too. However, it is believed that Sidious threw the fight, as he did the same with Mace Windu.

Edge goes to Obi-Wan Kenobi due to his maturity and tactical ingenuity. Kenobi is great against rage filled fighters, as he was able to defeat Darth Vader before he was severely crippled by Kenobi. He was able to defeat all of his opponents, until he threw the fight against Vader and died.

And Now For The Verdict:

 I believe that these two duelist are the greatest duelists in the history of lightsaber battleing, as they both never truely lost a fair fight. However, a battle between these two would be similar to the battle between Vader and Kenobi on Mustafar. Being the more agile duelist, Marek would fly into a frenzy that Kenbi would ward off like any other attack. Once he noticed that his lightsaber skilsl werent working, his force abiliites would come into play. Kenobi would use the taciacal advantage as he normally did and outlast his opponent as his youthful energy would not last as long as Kenobi and after that, Marek would be left brutally defeated by Kenobi.
  The Winner is Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi!

This is just my opinion, so don't be upset if Galen Marek is your favorite Jedi. In my next post I will give you a battle between two great lightsaber duelists: Exar Kun VERSUS Mace Windu Until then, I am Jedi Master Ryan, May The Force Be With You!






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