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"When you feel the dark side energies turned against you, you must use your Jedi abilities to take power away from an opponent, rather than to inflict harm. This technique blinds your enemy to the Force with a wall of light, a permanent blockage if you so choose, rendering him unable to use Jedi powers. It is difficult. And it is the most devastating attack possible using the powers of the light side. To block a Jedi from the Force—even a Dark Jedi—is a terrible thing."
Odan-Urr, via the Tedryn Holocron[1]

Sever Force was a non-lethal Force power by which a being's connection to the Force was temporarily interrupted, or blocked from them with a wall of light side energy afflicting the targets mind, or with more devastating versions destroyed their connection to the Force by killing the Midi-chlorians of the target. According to the ancient Jedi scholar Odan-Urr, severing an individual's Force connection was the most powerful attack a Jedi could perform.


"I imprison you in a wall of light. A fortress to block you from the Force…blind you to your Jedi powers…"
―Nomi Sunrider to Ulic Qel-Droma[3]

While intended to be an attack with usually irreversible consequences, severing an individual's Force connection was not always permanent. When the affected being had the Force restored to them, it returned as a painful and sudden rush of feelings, as the Force immediately allowed the individual to sense everything around them at once. This was the case with Jedi Ben Skywalker, who had his Force connection severed by his cousin and Sith Lord, Darth Caedus. Caedus had blocked his cousin's Force abilities while holding him captive in the Yuuzhan Vong torture device known as the Embrace of Pain.[4]

A Zabrak Force-user being severed from the Force

In the times of the ancient Jedi, severing Force connections was used as a means of punishment. In 3951 BBY, Jedi Masters Zez-Kai Ell, Kavar and Vrook Lamar attempted to use this power on Meetra Surik, but Kreia stopped them not by severing their own Force connections—rather draining them, which killed them in their inability to let go of the Force. Surik used the power unconsciously on herself to shield herself from the devastating effects to those who could sense the Force when the Mass Shadow Generator was activated on the surface of Malachor V, obliterating almost everyone and everything on the planet in the process. The severance was so utter, so complete that Surik created a wound in the Force in the process. She did not know this, and at first, thought the Jedi Council had severed her connection, and she believed that they had cut her off from the Force as a punishment for fighting in the Mandalorian Wars.[5]

According to the rumors Darth Nyriss told to Scourge, when the Sith Emperor was still a child named Tenebrae, he supposedly used an apparently dark side variant of Sever Force to strip his father Lord Dramath of both his powers and his sanity.[6]

When Darth Nihilus and his fellow Sith, Darth Sion, converged on their master Darth Traya in the center of her academy, Nihilus stripped her of the Force, casting her out of the Sith Triumvirate.[5]

After nearly falling to the dark side, Jedi Knight Kyle Katarn also severed his connection with the Force before returning to his mercenary ways. However, after his partner Jan Ors was seemingly killed by the Dark Jedi Desann and his student Tavion, Katarn was driven by revenge and sought to reestablish his Force powers by any means necessary in order to present Desann as a worthy adversary. Kyle hastily revisited the Valley of the Jedi and restored his connection to the Force, allowing him to quickly relearn powers of both the light and dark side of the Force in a relatively short amount of time--though he admitted he could have regained his powers with years of study if he had not used the Valley.[7]

During her capture by the Yuuzhan Vong, the Fosh ex-Jedi Vergere used this ability on Jacen Solo. Jacen was able to regain access to the Force by submitting to his rage towards Veregere and unleashing a barrage of Force Lightning once he learned of the depth her affiliation and apparent loyalty to the Yuuzhan Vong.[8]

In a very taxing variation of this technique usable only by those with experience in battle meditation, the Force-user could use the Force to sever a target who was heavily tainted or consumed by the dark side. This technique effectively caged the user's power within their own darkness and rendered them blind to the Force, though not dead to it.[9] Nomi Sunrider used this technique on Ulic Qel-Droma after he killed his brother Cay on Ossus.[3] Darth Plagueis was able to, over the course of his experiments, discover that this version actually functioned by killing off the midi-chlorians of the target to such a degree that they could no longer access the Force--though even while so crippled it was possible for a force user to become a Force Ghost upon their death.[10][11] A very large scale and refined known use of this power was when the living planet Yuuzhan'tar used this power to damage the bodies of all Yuuzhan Vong, leaving their species effectively permanently cut off from the Force.[12]



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