Level System Guidlines

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Dec 22, 2017
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The Level System

SWRP uses a level system to determine the strength and capabilities of a character. A c

Levels in Combat

As previously mentioned, levels have a certain effect on a character's abilities. Each increase in level grants a character a dramatic increase in skill, stamina, and power. Most of the time, these levels correlated directly to increase in level although some exceptions do exist.

General power is tied to Level. The higher the Level achieved, the more experience the character has, and the more powerful they are... kind of. If the difference between two combatants is only one Level (Jedi Knight vs Sith Master) the difference is going to be minimal. All other things being perfectly equal, the Knight will tire faster, but that's about the extent of the issue and really shouldn't play a significant role in a fight. (As a reminder, the Force Levels are Level 0 (Padawan/Acolyte) - Level 1 (Knight/Champion) - Level 2 (Jedi/Sith Master)- Level 3 (Councilor) - Level 4 (Grandmaster/Dark Lord)

The time that the differences become more pronounced is if someone is trying to fight two or three+ level up. A Knight facing down the Eternal directly or a Padawan facing a Sith Master will likely have a very bad time and little recourse in a one-to-one fight.

So what does this all mean? Good story should still take precedent in these fights, but characters should be RPed to respect Level/Rank. An Acolyte who charges the Grandmaster is going to have a bad day, but ranks (particularly close level) should not be used to justify "haha, I win."

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See the guide below for more detailed examples of what each level is capable of:

Levels and Force Users:

Level 0

  • Characters of these levels neophytes, they are usually a Jedi Padawan or a Sith Acolyte who are in training and learning the ways of their respective orders. Although they are not completely helpless in most situations, their training is still not finished. Their force abilities are not as potent as a Knight/Champion, they tire more easily while in battle, also their swordsmanship will not be as practiced as a Knight/Champion's either. As they are still in training, their knowledge of the Force isn't wide, and are unlikely to know of or be capable of using more advanced Force Powers.
  • Examples of Level 0 Force users in canon include, Ashoka (Clone Wars Season 1) Ezra Bridger (Rebels Seasons 1-2)
  • Note: This Level is optional, it is for Padawans/Acolytes/Squires .etc
Level 1
  • Are typically defined as fully trained and competent Jedi Knights and their equivalents on the dark side of the Force. They are capable of holding their own in combat, but there are limitations to what they can do. Some examples would include lightning and tutaminis. Although possible to cast lightning, level 1s lack the power of a true master and is generally incapable of killing in a single blast and will tire a use much more quickly than many abilities. Likewise, blocking a blaster or saber with tutaminis would be exceptionally difficult if not impossible.
  • Examples of Level 1 Force users in canon include Kanan Jarrus, Shin Hati, and The Inquisitors.
Level 2
  • Level 2 Force users are typically defined as your average Jedi or Sith Master. Their abilities are potent and they have heightened stamina, but they are not as overwhelmingly powerful as one might be led to believe, possessing the power of about one and a half Level 1s. Level 2 Force users have far more control over their abilities. Blasts of Force lightning from a Level 2 Sith have the capability to produce lethal injuries, while Level 2 Jedi can produce withering blasts of telekinetic power. Level 2 Force users are additionally capable of more easily maintaining their focus in combat scenarios. Able to unleash devastating blasts in the Force, hurl large objects, and unleash powerful streams of lightning and fire, these masters are a true force to be reckoned with on the battlefield.
  • Examples of Level 2 Force users in canon include Darth Maul, Ahsoka Tano (Rebels), and Assaj Ventress (Bad Batch).
Level 3
  • Level 3 Force users are typically defined as venerable and experienced Jedi and Sith Masters. Their power is tangible, and they possess enough of it to easily overwhelm a Level 1 outright. They can split their focus in combat and still maintain potency; this includes the ability to defend themselves with the Force while also lashing out with it. Likewise, Level 3 tutaminis can catch blaster bolts along the palm without causing damage or even temporarily catch the blade of a lightsaber.
  • Level 3 Force users have much sharper senses and are able to react with powerful Force abilities at a moment's notice. In lightsaber combat, they can split their focus between several opponents with much more ease than a Level 2, as well as react fast enough to deal with attacks coming from multiple directions. They can also use the Force with much more subtle gestures and retain their potency.
  • Examples of Level 3 Force users in canon include Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Count Dooku
Level 4
  • Level 4 Force users are legendary and said to be so few that only a handful exist in a generation. They make up the most powerful beings in the galaxy and are revered, feared, or both by both the galaxy at large and their enemies. They are powerful enough to toss aside Level 1s with ease, overpower and outspeed Level 2s with little effort, and give Level 3s a run for their money. It is unwise to take these Force users on alone unless one is of a similar level. At Level 4, age does not seem to be a limitation, as even elderly Force users at this level can use multiple large-scale Force powers without tiring, including hurling large objects in rapid succession and maintaining deadly bursts of Force lightning.
  • Level 4 Force users can restrain lower level Force users with ease and can use the Force without gestures of any sort. They are also unparalleled in lightsaber combat, able to hold their own with Level 3s and easily dispatch lower levels. Like the Level 3s below them, they can also take on several opponents at once without much difficulty.
  • Examples of Level 4 Force users in canon include Yoda, Mace Windu, Darth Vader, and Darth Sidious.
Note About Independent, Self-Trained, or Untrained Force Users:

All characters level up as they are roleplayed. However, the descriptions above describe trained Force users who were trained by a Force using faction (Jedi, Sith, Nightsisters .etc). Independent Force Users without access to such training are typically not on par Jedi or Sith. need to roleplay out their character's training to overcome this and grow their strength/skill/connection in the Force. Typically, independent-character level up criteria are more stringent.

Levels and Non-Force Users:

Level 0
  • These people have varying amounts of experience in their line of work, but are not quite capable veterans. These characters are more likely to be your average foot-soldier, a cadet, a criminal just now getting their feet wet, a pilot without a whole lot of flight hours .etc There are many possibilities. Level 0 non-force sensitives are not unskilled, but don't have the experience or skill yet to keep up with more seasoned individuals. They are not totally helpless, but are more easily pressed when under heavy fire or facing strong opposition without support.
  • Note: This Level is optional.
Level 1
  • Level 1 non-Force users are typically defined as veteran soldiers or pilots of the galaxy. They can engage with common foot soldiers and overpower them with ease, and can accurately and quickly use their weapons to address enemies. They are also competent in their craft. For example, a pilot would know everything there was to know about their type of ship and would be skilled enough to engage in dangerous space missions for their employment organization. A Level 1 non-Force sensitive is skilled enough to go head-to-head with a Level 1 Force user. However, Level 1s cannot easily split their attention between multiple enemies.
  • Examples of Level 1 non-Force users in canon include Doctor Aphra, Jyn Erso, Enfys Nest, and Sabine Wren (Rebels Season 1)
Level 2
  • Level 2 non-Force users are typically defined as venerable and experienced elite soldiers and pilots. Years of fighting and honing their skills has made them more resilient, able to resist an average burst of Force lightning or mental probes, and take on Level 2 Force users, as well as get the upper hand on Level 1 Force users. Their reaction speed and reflexes are sharper, rivaling that of a trained Jedi Knight, and they are capable of engaging multiple targets in front of them. Level 2 pilots would be completely at home in their own ships and would be able to get away with more dangerous and risky maneuvers by trusting their years of experience and sharp instincts. Level 2s would also be trained and comfortable with the technology (i.e., weapons and ships) of their faction.
  • Examples of Level 2 non-Force users in canon include Din Djarin and Captain Rex.
Level 3
  • Level 3 non-Force users are recognizable by name due to the feats they can preform and are among the most skilled and deadly combatants in the galaxy. They are masters of their craft, having honed their skills for years and made a name for themselves in doing so. Even surrounded by enemies, these soldiers are capable of holding their own. Their reflexes are quick enough to outspeed and completely catch off-guard Level 1s and they are renowned as being cut above the crop among Level 2s. They are able to react with lightning speeds and are considered a bane to Force users, whom they can contend with without much issue. Level 3 pilots are deadly, capable of multi-tasking and pulling off risky or otherwise insane maneuvers, while coming out almost entirely unscathed. Level 3s would be able to pick up almost any piece of technology (i.e., weapon or ship) and use it regardless of their familiarity with it.
  • Examples of Level 3 non-Force users in canon include Poe Dameron, Jango Fett, and General Grievous.
Level 4
  • Level 4 non-Force users are as legendary as their Force-using counterparts, and nearly as rare. They are the best at what they do, easily being considered "super-elite," and are so skilled that it is questionable whether or not they can hear the voice of the Force themselves. Their reflexes are so sharp they can engage enemies without looking and move with speed and reflexes that are almost supernatural in nature. Their minds are often impenetrable fortresses and they can be scarily sharp intellectually. Level 4 pilots can outmaneuver almost any enemy, fly almost any ship, and can put their ships through maneuvers and techniques that they weren't even designed to accomplish. They can also navigate the most deadly regions of space, such as asteroid fields and gravity wells. As with Level 4 Force users, it is considered foolish to take these beings on alone or to underestimate them, as to do either would be almost suicidal.
  • Examples of Level 4 non-Force users in canon include Han Solo, Cad Bane (The Clone Wars), and Boba Fett.
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