One of the greatest villains of the last Star Wars Republic was General Grievous, the Separatist cyborg who collected Jedi lightsabers that he killed for sport. He ended up dying in combat with Obi-Wan Kenobi during the events of Revenge of the Sith, but one of his best in-canon stories appears in the one-shot Star Wars: Age of the Republic – General Grievous by Jody Houser and Luke Ross. .
In the issue, Grievous entered an ancient Jedi temple, where he was greeted by the voice of a powerful Force entity. His cybernetics were stripped away, revealing the person he once was, someone who had much more in common with the Jedi than he ever wanted to admit.
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The voice noted that Grievous was « steeped » with destruction. Revealing himself as a powerful Force-linked entity – if not the embodiment of the Living Force itself – the voice returned Grievous to his pre-cyborg appearance, when he was a Kaleesh warrior named Qymaen jai Sheelal, and with his next words suggested that it might once have even been Force-sensitive: « You have brought destruction upon yourself. You seek to destroy a power you do not understand. You have removed your own connection to it. You have replaced it with parts whose force you understand. But your understanding does not. it is strength. It is small. You are small. «
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Humbled and terrified at seeing his own insignificance exposed, Grievous fought this fact. For the first time, he faced the true power of the Force with which he had tried to « shed [su] own connection. « Travis Lanham’s lyrics do an excellent job of showing the unknowable enormity of the presence that resonates in the void as the letters pulsed and bent with different colors. As Grievous’ additional metal limbs were pulled away from him, he clung desperately to them, only to grasp the flesh, flesh he had tried to substitute for metal but could never erase from existence.
It is not yet known if Grievous originally had Force powers, but all beings are connected to the living Force in some way. He waged war not only on the Jedi, but also on the Force. To oppose his connection to all life, he tried to become non-living and thus alienated from the Force, substituting every part of his body except his organs with a droid-type exoskeleton. Interestingly, the technology employed to keep him alive would later be used to make Darth Vader’s new metal body and, much later, allow two cyborg twins, Aiolin and Morit Astarte, to replicate the powers of the Force without actually having sensitivity to force. herself. Paradoxically, it is possible that Grievous hoped that his technological apotheosis would allow him to replicate the abilities of the Jedi. If so, that would suggest that his hatred of them is fueled by the loss of his own connection to the Force.
The last panel of the scene showed a brain, eyes and other organs floating in the void, representing all that was left of the original body of the separatist. So, he was thrown back through the waterfall and into the temple. Furious at what he had been forced to face, the general carried out one last act of destruction, ordering his ship to bombard the temple from orbit, ensuring that he would never have to face these uncomfortable truths again.