CUTE BABY BADGER

I encountered this adorable video that showed a little badger named Billie, who was raised in a wildlife center in Texas. Normally, badgers are meaner than sin, but Billie was different. Because she imprinted on her human handlers from an early age, her wild instincts never developed. As a result, she could not be released into the wild. Fortunately, she gets all the love and attention she could want as well as her personal enclosure to cut loose whenever she wanted. She is best friends with another friendly badger named Polly and a French bulldog named Gertie. Now, she is an advocate for wild animals, visiting schools to interact with children. Overall, Billie is the cutest little badger anyone could meet. She reminds me of my miniature poodle because she is spoiled rotten and the world revolves around her.

NEW JEDI ORDER

With the ancient feud between the Jedi and the Sith brought to a permanent end, Rey Skywalker will have a lot of work to do to rebuild the Jedi Order. Based on what I know about the current chain of events in canon, I believe I have an idea of how Rey will accomplish this. She already has a Jedi Temple to work with on Ahch-To and she has the sacred Jedi texts filled with knowledge she can pass onto her students. Since the Ahch-To Jedi Temple is where the Jedi first began, it only makes sense that it would be the place the Jedi would be reborn. Due to her status as Palpatine’s granddaughter, she has access to Force lightning. However, she can use this infamous dark side power without turning to the dark side. For now, she may be afraid of this power, but with enough years of training, she may be able to refine this ability so it can be a weapon of the light side of the Force. This will be similar to how the New Jedi Order made frequent use of Force lightning in Legends. Rey has a Temple, the texts, and the strength to resist the pull of the dark side.

The only thing she will need next are students to train. In both The Clone Wars and the Fallen Order video game, it was revealed that the Jedi Order created a list of Force-sensitive children that were potential recruits to the Jedi ranks. Unfortunately, the Jedi were destroyed by Order 66 before they had the chance to recruit these children. The list was ultimately destroyed at the end of Fallen Order and the children remained off the grid. Those children who evaded the Empire will likely be all grown up now and have children of their own. With the Sith permanently gone, these Force-sensitive individuals are no longer in danger.

I have an idea of some individuals who are not on the list of Force-sensitive children that Rey could recruit. In Rebels, Jedi Knight Kanan Jarrus and General Hera Syndulla had a son, Jacen Syndulla, who was born around the time the first Death Star was destroyed. By Rise of Skywalker, Jacen will be all grown up and have children of his own. Jacen was likely the pilot of the Ghost during the Battle of Exegol. If either Jacen or Jacen’s children are as strong in the Force as Kanan Jarrus, Rey could potentially recruit them into the new Jedi Order.

In the end of The Last Jedi, it was revealed that at least one of the children working in the stables is Force-sensitive. It was heavily foreshadowed that the child would grow up to be a Jedi. Perhaps he will cross paths with Rey and she ends up recruiting him.

Finally, there is the newly legendary Baby Yoda. Baby Yoda is very strong in the Force and is able to use powers such as telekinesis and Force healing without training. However, because he was still and toddler and had no prior training, using the Force takes a serious toll on his body. At 50 years old, Baby Yoda is a toddler by his species’ standards. If he is alive by the Rise of Skywalker, he will be 76 years old and still a toddler by his species’ standards. With the proper training, Baby Yoda would be a powerful addition to Rey’s Jedi Order.

Overall, Rey has no shortage of potential apprentices to choose from. The problem is finding them. The galaxy is vast so finding these would-be apprentices will be like finding a needle in a haystack if Rey attempts to find them on her own. Fortunately, with the help of her friends and the resources of the new galactic government at her disposal, Rey should be able to find enough students to rebuild the Jedi Order. I look forward to Rey’s quest to restore everything her grandfather destroyed. Hopefully, they will do either a television show or book series that details how Rey restores the Jedi Order.

STAR WARS FEVER

You all may have noticed that I am posting a lot about Rise of Skywalker. After watching that movie, the Force is strong with me tonight. My brain is super-charged with Star Wars fever! As a Star Wars fanboy, my mind is overflowing with all kinds of theories about what is going to happen next in the Star Wars franchise. I haven’t felt this strongly about Star Wars in years and it is a wonderful feeling. I go to sleep tonight a happy man.

A NEW GALAXY

In Rise of Skywalker, the Resistance and the free worlds of the galaxy joined forces against the First Order. The massive fleet that appeared in the Battle of Exegol has been stated to be piloted mostly by civilians. Despite their lack of military experience, the pilots of this fleet came to Exegol declaring in one voice, “The oppression of the Sith will never return!” For the first time since the Galactic Civil War, the people of the galaxy was united against a common enemy and won! With the Sith and the Empire permanently defeated, the victorious Resistance and their allies must now strive to rebuild the galaxy. They will definitely learn from the mistakes of the New Republic. The reason the New Republic fell is because they underestimated and ignored the First Order and Imperial remnants until it was too late. Now, the new galactic government will not repeat those mistakes with the surviving remnants of the First Order. In Legends, the New Republic was replaced with the Galactic Alliance. Perhaps that is what’s going to happen in the aftermath of Rise of Skywalker.

A DARK LEGACY

In Rise of Skywalker, we saw a massive plot to resurrect the Sith try to unfold. However, their fleet, military, and cultists were all destroyed before their scheme could truly take shape. In addition, the First Order suffered a colossal defeat in the end. Still, even though the Sith are permanently gone and the First Order is crippled, there will always be ways for the dark side of the Force to rear its ugly head again. As Maz Kanata pointed out, the dark side has ways of evolving and changing. As the Galactic Empire proved, there will always be remnants of the First Order that will never surrender. Since the First Order originated in the Unknown Regions, it is very likely they have strongholds and outposts that are beyond the reach of the known galaxy. Those strongholds will likely rebuild their strength in the Unknown Regions like they did the first time and one day renew their efforts to conquer the galaxy. Since Palpatine established no Contingency plan this time, whatever remnants of the First Order that remain will not implode and will last a lot longer than the Imperial remnants. Palpatine’s Sith Eternal cult may have been destroyed in the Battle of Exegol, but the chances of them being the only dark side cult in the whole galaxy are extremely slim. When the Galactic Empire collapsed, a dark side cult called the Acolytes of the Beyond emerged. With this in mind, it is very likely that more dark side cults will rise in the aftermath of the First Order’s defeat. Even though the Sith are permanently extinct, their dark legacy will ensure a new breed of dark side practitioners will rise to replace them. The ancient Sith left artifacts saturated in the dark side across the galaxy. Several were either recovered or destroyed, but it is unlikely that they were all found, which opens the door for Sith-like Force-users to rise. Overall, Rey Skywalker’s new Jedi Order will have no shortage of enemies to fight as they recover their strength.

REY “SKYWALKER”

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When I saw Rise of Skywalker, I received a very intriguing revelation about Rey. She is the granddaughter and heir of Darth Sidious/Emperor Palpatine! That explains why she is so strong in the Force. Her grandfather was strong enough to fight a Jedi of Yoda’s caliber to a draw. In Legends, Palpatine was a dangerous Force-sensitive even before he received training and he was able to use his natural power to deadly effect when he killed his whole family and their personal guards. That power flows in Rey’s veins.

I like the thought that Rey can use her hereditary Force power for good. Rey has proven that even though evil created her and left its mark on her, evil does not rule her. The end of her story has a delicious sense of irony. The reason for this is because one Palpatine destroyed the Jedi and now another Palpatine will rebuild the Jedi. One way or another, the future of the Jedi Order rests in Rey’s hands. With Darth Sidious gone forever and no longer able to influence her future students, Rey will succeed where Luke Skywalker had failed.

Most significant of all about Rey’s ending is that she renounced her Palpatine name and Sith heritage. She did not let her bloodline define her. Darth Sidious may have been Rey’s blood relative, but he was NEVER her family. The Skywalker family (Luke, Leia, Han, and even Kylo Ren) were collectively the family she never had. Han Solo was both a mentor and father figure for Rey. Not only did Luke and Leia teach Rey the ways of the Force, but they each had their own life lessons to teach her. Luke taught Rey to face her fears and not let her heritage define her while Leia gave Rey a mother’s love and guidance. Kylo Ren/Ben Solo taught Rey to always see the good in everyone even when they are beyond saving. Along with all Jedi who came before her, Anakin Skywalker’s Force ghost encouraged Rey to take a stand against her grandfather, giving her a sense of willpower and perseverance. Rey’s interactions with the Skywalker family helped her become the person she is now. Taking the Skywalker name for herself was not just a way to honor them. It was also a way of Rey acknowledging them as her true family. When the Force ghosts of Luke and Leia appeared to Rey in the end, it was their way of adopting Rey and welcoming her into their family.

FILM REVIEW: RISE OF SKYWALKER

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I just saw The Rise of Skywalker and it far exceeded my expectations. The critics and haters can say what they will, but I thoroughly enjoyed this film. It answered countless questions and was a satisfactory conclusion to the Skywalker Saga as a whole. It also promises more forthcoming books, comics, television shows, and so on that will fill in the gaps. For a hardcore fanboy like me, that it an entertainment goldmine. Some fans think Palpatine’s return negated Anakin Skywalker’s sacrifice in Return of the Jedi, but I completely disagree. The Prophecy of the Chosen One did not say if the Sith would be destroyed permanently nor did it say how long the balance in the Force would last. As far as I’m concerned, Anakin fulfilled the prophecy even if it was for a brief time. Overall, I am more than pleased with how Rise of Skywalker turned out and I would recommend it to any Star Wars fan from any generation.

NUMEN THE SLAYER AMAZON REVIEW

Numen the Slayer got a four star review on Amazon yesterday! Check it out:

“Numen the Slayer is a great Fantasy read. It reminded me a lot of LOTR but with more of a revenge fueled protagonist. The book doesn’t shy away from dark places, diving into blood magic and cannabalism. So I’d say it’s not for the squeamish. But if you’re looking for a gritty fantasy read with engaging characters and a classic fantasy plotline, then this is the book you want to read.”

A PIOUS REBEL

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Throughout medieval history, a considerable amount of the culture was influenced by religion. Some of the more extreme zealots wore hair shirts under their clothes as a form of penance. It scrapes their skin as a constant reminder to stay focused on God. Essentially, this is the tool of a fanatic. Simon de Montfort wore a hair shirt under his clothes and his zealotry was so extreme that when he made an oath before God, he was going to see it through no matter what. This was the case when he, Henry III, and the other English barons swore an oath before God in order to abide by a set of laws and if Henry III broke those laws the penalty would be civil war. Inevitably, Henry III broke the oath and Simon responded in kind. Simon may have had God on his side, but no matter how you dress it up he was still waging war against an anointed king, which made him a traitor to the crown. Eventually, Simon’s rebellion was quelled and Simon himself was chopped into pieces. I am thinking of having one of my future fantasy characters this piece of unusual clothing. I am thinking of making this character a pious zealot and an ambitious rebel at the same time like Simon de Montfort.