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16 June 2007 @ 06:02 pm
I recently watched Return of the Jedi and became interested in what had caused the two deep scars we see on Vader's head, one on top and one on the side of his face. We all know how badly he was burned but this particular scarring seems different. Has anything been said in anything considered "canon" how he acquired these and what was their cause?

I remember reading somewhere, haven't a clue where, that they may have been caused by efforts to keep him alive on his transportation from Mustafar. I have no idea if this was a reliable source or mere speculation or what type of resusitation techniques could have caused the injuries. And if I'm not mistaken, when the mask is lowered onto his face near the end of Revenge of the Sith, the scar across his face/cheek is not there, only burns.
Does anyone have any ideas? It's just a little puzzle that's nagged at me for a while.
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23 May 2007 @ 08:12 pm
Hey everyone! My name is Lori. I'm 22 & I live in Birmingham, AL (but I'm not a hick nor redneck, I promise!) :)

I ♥ the entire Star Wars collection but was more partial to the originals for quite a long time. I have just always loved Vader & I guess that might be bizarre but he's just a bad ass. That's all there is too it.

And if you think I'm not being real, I promise I will get you guys pictures. I have a personalized tag on my Jeep Liberty that says "Vader"

LMAO. Dork, I know. They all call me Vader @ work!

I hope I can meet some cool new people here ♥
Have a good one :D
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Okay, what powers the Vader suit?

I couldn't think of a satisfactory answer to this, so I omitted the reference from my current story, but I was left with the burning question. It has to be batteries, and the Ultimate Vader Guide points out a location of a power cell in the helmet, but then how does he recharge them?

At first I though of a pacemaker battery, which does last several years, but a pacemaker is only putting out a small electrical impulse. That type of battery could power the light array on the chestplate, but probably not the actual life support mechanisms and the computerized display in the helmet. Think of how many times a day you have to charge your laptop battery. And then there's that ventilator running 24/7; that's got to require a big power source.

So, one of those mysteries like lightspeed that's best left unexamined? On the other hand, what opponent ever dreamt that the simplest way to defeat Darth Vader was to let his batteries run out?
21 April 2007 @ 11:20 pm
Hi, jedinemo here to give you my introduction and another Vader question for discussion.

I have a different perspective than many of you in that I'm old enough to remember standing in line for the OT for its original releases ( high school for ANH, college for ESB.) Of course I loved the OT, but in the intervening years before the PT, I was not particularly active in SW fandom. Sure, I read many of the EU books and collected a few things, like my Revenge of the Jedi sweatshirt, but that was about the extent of it. I eagerly awaited the release of the PT, and after AOTC, I wrote an outline for a story telling the events of the OT, but from Vader's perspective. The notes got filed away, and I forgot about them until the release of ROTS when, like everyone else, I was set on fire by that movie.

I think what struck me hardest about Anakin's fall was how young he was when it happened. Having grown up with the OT, I always envisioned Vader's move to the Dark Side as a conscious, rational decision made by a mature(30+) person, not as a emotional, inadvertent choice made by a young person. It totally changed my idea of who Vader was, and I became completely fascinated by the character. Instead of coldly calculating, he was fiery and passionate; instead of being a machine, he was all too human. I began to write Vader stories that integrated the two trilogies, and that's still my favorite type of SW story to read.

As for my Vader question, I just spent twenty minutes fruitlessly combing through Dark Lord for a quote that I know I read in an official piece of fiction. Anyways, the quote basically said that Vader's Force vision abilities were burnt out on Mustafar. Certainly it's been stated in many places that his injuries and artificial limbs decreased his ability to use the Force, and that some skills, such as Force lightning, became completely impossible for him. I'm interested to hear how you all view this issue, and how his access to the Force was changed by his injuries. C'mon, don't you think he should have been able to fold his arm and shoot Force lightning out of his left elbow? :)
18 April 2007 @ 01:38 pm
As it was discussed in commentary of the previous post, the injuries of Darth Vader clearly indicates some kind of cybernetic implant at the base of his skull, which lead most of us to think that Vader is essentially a quadriplegic. (That and the fact that Luke has to drag his father to the shuttle after the duel.)

My hypothesis is: what if he's not?

One idea that Lucas was purported to consider was that Palpatine could control Vader in a quite literal physical sense. The idea was that Palpatine had, at the time of Vader's reconstruction, placed an implant at the base of his skull in order to do so. There was no practical way of demonstrating this bit of trivia in the course of the reconstruction scene, as it would be superfluous to the rest of the story. However, that doesn't mean some EU author won't come across it and run with it at a future date.

Also, it might be of interest to note that hyperbaric chambers are in use today for burn victims. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBO therapy or HBOT) is helpful for treating people exposed to smoke inhalation, soft tissue infections and radiation. The treatment of burn victims seems to still be antidotal, although it is frequently used for those who undergo skin grafts.

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First off I have to say great community -- I found it on jedi_news and thought it seemed perfect for feeding my ongoing Star Wars addiction. :D

I was a very late bloomer when it comes to our favourite movies, however. My dad first tried to introduce me to them when I was twelve, and let's just say it didn't go terribly well. I watched A New Hope and went, "Umm ... why exactly is this supposed to interest me?" and then left the room. Needless to say, I wasn't interested.

Then the prequel films came out. My dad wanted to take my brother to see it, and in the spirit of making this a "family outing" he dragged me kicking and screaming into the theater. And surprisingly ... it wasn't bad. I got into it the way I had never been able to with the Original Trilogy. My Star Wars fandomship was only truly fixed when Episode III came out, though. What a spectacular movie that was.

My question for you fine people is thus: how do you think Vader uses the washroom? I've read several theories, and there was an extended, albeit unscientific, explanation in Rise of the Dark Lord, but I'm wondering what you guys have to say on the subject, as surely this has to be one of the most puzzling questions about Vader.
14 April 2007 @ 01:57 am
Hi, I'm tartanshell. I'm female, American (from the midwest), and in my mid-20s. In real life, I do a lot of things, but the occupation I'm happiest to own up to is that I'm a YA fantasy writer.

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It's going to take me awhile to write out a description of my version of Vader, but I wanted to introduce myself and encourage you all to do the same. So, instead of an essay on Vader as I see him, how about a discussion topic?

Can Vader get wet? If so, how wet? (Going out in the rain, walking through a puddle, going wading, going swimming...?) If not, why not?

My answer is yes, sort of. I like to think that the Vadersuit is designed to be at least somewhat waterproof on the exterior, so that Vader won't get electrocuted or have anything short out if it starts to rain. I think he could walk through shallow water (ankle-deep, maybe a bit higher) with no problems. Any deeper than that, though, and I'm not sure. I think submerging his prosthetic limbs (clothed or not) might be a problem, and I definitely think submerging the control box on his chest is right out. Going swimming, in my opinion, is impossible. Breathing issues aside, I think he's so heavy that he'd sink!
13 April 2007 @ 07:22 pm
After thinking about it for awhile today, I edited the community guidelines on the userinfo page, and I wanted to give you guys a heads-up.

While the primary purpose of darthvader101 is to discuss Vader's physical condition, I don't want the focus to be so narrow that people feel restricted when writing essays/asking questions.

So, I added this to the community info page:

"What about Vader's personality?

Characterization issues can certainly be discussed, especially if they relate to physical issues in some way. (For instance, "Do you think Vader is mean because the suit is uncomfortable?") If you want to discuss why Anakin Skywalker went to the dark side, however, that's not really on topic. think_anakin would be a better place for that."

In other words, if your question/essay deals in some way with Darth Vader as a whole, both his mind and his body, it is definitely on topic. :)
13 April 2007 @ 01:56 am
Welcome to Darth Vader 101! I'm excited at the prospect of discussing the nitty-gritty details of Vader with other fans. I hope this community will be both a fun place to discuss Darth Vader and also, eventually, a good resource for fanficcers who want to write him.

An explanation about what this community is (and isn't) and some posting guidelines can be found on the community info page.

To start the ball rolling, after you join the comm, please post and introduce yourself. Also, if you want to, please tell us a little bit (or a lot!) about your personal version of Vader.

Again, welcome! May the dark side of the Force be with us. :)
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