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« on: June 18, 2009, 10:41:25 AM »

Jedi Counseling 113
Jedi Mind Tricks: Let's You and Him Fight!

By Gary M. Sarli

Welcome to the 113th installment of "Jedi Counseling," our regular column in which we answer your rules questions about the Star Wars Miniatures Game and the Star Wars Roleplaying Game. If you have a question, send it in through the link at the end of this column, and check back here for the official answer.
Star Wars Roleplaying Game Saga Edition

Q: This question is about the "make an otherwise unpalatable suggestion seem completely reasonable" aspect of mind trick. If the heroes are facing multiple enemies, can a Force-user use mind trick to cause one of the enemies to attack another enemy?

A: One of the limitations of using mind trick to make a suggestion is that it can't obviously endanger the target's life. For this reason, telling an enemy to attack another enemy usually won't work. For example, a stormtrooper who turns around and attacks other stormtroopers would expect them to shoot back. Even if he survives, he would still expect to be court-martialed and executed for treason.

Still, this doesn't mean it's impossible to get someone to attack someone else with a carefully worded mind trick, but it would be an indirect effect. For example, a mind trick could plant a suggestion that would make attacking another character a logical (and perhaps safe) choice. For example, you might use mind trick to tell a stormtrooper the following: "That bounty hunter is actually a Rebel terrorist, and he's carrying a bomb!" This would almost certainly prompt a stormtrooper to attempt to capture or kill the target right away.

That same suggestion wouldn't prompt a stormtrooper to attack another stormtrooper because he'd still expect to be court-martialed, but it could lead him to start investigating the "Rebel" and perhaps report his suspicions to a superior. None of that would do any good in the middle of a combat encounter, though.

Q: Can a character who has the Ter

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