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The majority of force users in the Galaxy do not have access to the same training methods (Jedi Temples, Jedi Masters) as they had 600 years ago. This is due to both the breakdown of information within the major force user organizations and the general downfall of that culture. This topic will outline how force users in the board's setting generally approach their powers, how they develop them and how they are perceived in the Galaxy.
Depending on what occupation the character takes up, they will find very different methods of development available to them. Within all of these, the core abilities are taught to the same level and as such there is little variation at early levels. The methods are divided as follows;The Core Remnant Republic
The Core Remnant Republic employs the force sensitive in a number of areas, not all of them combat-orientated. These pathways for force sensitive's are divided into three main categories;
The Core Remnant Strategist Program, students and graduates called Strats. Train in Precog abilities.The Viezan Confederacy
The Core Remnant Ace Program, students and graduates called Aces. Train as starfighters and pilots.
The Core Remnant Shock Program, students and graduates called Shockers. Train as shock troopers, focus on offensive abilities, healing abilities and using melee weapons.
The Viezan believe in honing what you can and using it where you will. You know, providing it benefits them in such a way that they end up with a monetary gain.
Training is bought rather than awarded, though in special cases those with lots of potential will be chosen and tutored in such a way that they may one day find themselves adding to the ranks of the Invisible Hand.
The Invisible Hand, despite their bull-headed approach to training and development are one of the few groups in the Galaxy who have access to legitimate lightsabers. Lightsabers are a limited supply and The Viezan do not possess the knowledge to repair or maintain the weapons condition, so many possess faults.The Jekore Path of Light
The Jekore, crazy as they are by the Galaxy's standards possess the greatest training process of all the groups. They focus on learning every aspect of the force based on knowledge passed down from their Prophet Jekore. The Jekorian ultimately seek balance in learning techniques and are headed by a Ternion consisting of Masters of each "path" to light.
The Jekorian, along with possessing the most knowledge of the force also know how to construct, maintain and repair a proper lightsaber. They are the one force in the Galaxy with this knowledge and jealously guard it against all outside forces.
The three paths within Jekorian tutelage are;
Jekore's Own is the central path of the Jekore. It follows the idea that the force is something that they should hold close to their heart and share not with the rest of the Galaxy. This pathway of focuses mostly on the honing of neutral techniques that have no real alignment within the Jekorian spectrum. Alongside this small ventures are often made into the lower level powers of the two other paths within the Jekorian Order.
The idea behind Jekore's Own is that at the end of the training process the Knight, or Ward depending on how they performed has achieved the ultimate goal within the Jekorian Order and become as well-rounded and knowledgeable person as Jekore himself.
Ekrel is the more aggressive path within the Jekore, it focuses on honing combat and destructive abilities. Those who lean more towards Ekrel often channel powerful emotions and focus on using the force as a weapon to be handled against those not of the Jekore path. The Ekrel believe that the Jekorian should strike out from their hideaway and bring an end to the rampant misuse of the force within the Galaxy, believing those using it for the ends of other groups wholly sacrilegious.
The End goal within the Ekrel path is to develop yourself as a strong warrior, both mentally and physically. The Ekrel believe in unifying the force-users of the Galaxy under their banner and bringing in a new era in which all are taught the ways of the Jekorian Order to the exclusion of all else. They often butt heads with Gok'Re.
Whilst the core of the Ekrel is aggressive, they do not plan to achieve their desires via mass-killings or purges of other force-sensitives. Instead they offer the Galaxy a simple choice: Become Jekore, or forfeit your rights to the usage of the force.
Gok'Re is the opposite of Ekrel. Though they believe the Jekorian should strike out into the Galaxy they adopt a more peaceful approach to this move and believe that they should aid the wounded Galaxy and help nurture the many force-sensitives following lesser paths. They believe that Jekore's intent was to share the knowledge of the Order with the rest of the Galaxy in such a way that force-sensitives are free to choose their own path.
The Gok'Re Jekorian focus on the honing of skills related to defence, mastery of healing powers and strengthening their connection to the force and how it effects the body in a productive manner. They strongly disagree with the methods of the Ekrel and see violence and conflict as a last resort.
Independent force users have little in the way of groups or masters. They often learn to master their abilities on their own and it is usually accomplished in quite an incomplete, ignorant way compared to those who have actual training. This training is usually undertaken by repetition of tasks, for example someone taking part in an underground fighting arena or something may have developed fighting techniques and powers by accident. The same can be said of a pod racer and latent sense abilities.
Though they are generally group-less, these force users can attend small classes known as "Force Clubs" which focus on training low-level powers. These powers are usually defensive/healing though the classes do often have a sparring area for development of some basic hand-to-hand and melee weapon techniques.
Families with enough money, can of course, hire outside help in the form of Force Tutors. These Tutors operate on a functionality level rather than the philosophical approach of the Jekore.
Independent force users are usually looked down upon by the more talented force users, seen as having incomplete knowledge, or not being as competent. It is a somewhat hypocritical view as few in the Galaxy are anywhere near as competent as the Jedi/Sith of old.