Darth Vader struggled to defeat the forgotten Star Wars martial art
In Star Wars: War of the Bounty Hunters # 3, the mighty Darth Vader is awed by a forgotten martial art that he struggles to defeat.
Warning: The following contains spoilers from Star Wars: War of the Bounty Hunters # 3, on sale now at Marvel Comics.
At the end of Solo: A Star Wars Story, it was revealed that Qi’ra took over the Crimson Dawn criminal organization after killing Dryden Vos. Subsequently, Qi’ra and Crimson Dawn didn’t feature much in Galactic Events, but now in Star Wars: The Bounty Hunter War # 3 (by Charles Soule, Luke Ross, David Messina, Neeraj Menon, Guru-eFX and Travis Lanham of VC), they are major players again.
After The Empire Strikes BackHan Solo’s carbonite-frozen body was the cause of all kinds of trouble. Jabba the Hutt wanted Solo’s body as a debt collection, the Empire wanted it for rebel intelligence, and Darth Vader wanted him to lure Luke Skywalker out of hiding. With all of this, Qi’ra saw an opportunity and stole Solo from Boba Fett while the bounty hunter transported him to Jabba. Then, Qi’ira invited all the major crime syndicates to Jekara to auction the frozen captain to the highest bidder. The auction was going well until Darth Vader showed up to interrupt the party.
Jabba the Hutt had just won the auction for a million credits when Vader announced that he was taking Solo for himself. After a bit of persuasive and not-so-subtle threats, Jabba relented and allowed Vader to have Solo. However, Qi’ra had something to say about all of this. She didn’t care who took Han Solo, but she wanted to be paid, and when Vader refused, she decided to do it. It might seem like a bad idea to challenge a Sith Lord, but Qi’ra has proven to be a highly skilled opponent.
She drew two electrically charged batons and attacked Vader with an ancient form of martial arts called Teras Kasai. Qi’ra fought well and Vader was rightfully impressed with her skills, calling it a shame to kill someone who used the old form of combat. However, because she had no skill in the use of force, Qi’ra was at a serious disadvantage against the Sith Lord. Vader began to suffocate him, but the skillful warrior deployed small explosives from his weapon that sent Vader flying.
Released from her grip, Qi’ra connected her two batons into one and prepared to re-engage the Sith. Unfortunately for her, Vader was done with the skirmish. He let out a force of massive repulsive force that made everyone present back down. Qi’ra crashed into Han Solo’s carbonite block, and Vader was about to kill her when he sensed Luke’s presence. While distracted, a weakened Qi’ra made him escape.
The name Teras Kasi means “hand of steel” and was a deadly form that required intense training to master. Known for his acrobatics and lethality, Teras Kasi allowed his practitioners to move at blinding speeds and, at times, anticipate enemy strikes. In fact, the form was developed as a specific way to combat the strength abilities of the Jedi, which is why Qi’ra was able to stand up to Vader as well as she did.
The martial art was not limited to hand-to-hand combat. It could also be combined with weapons, including lightsabers. In fact, Teras Kasi’s best-known practitioner was Darth Maul, who regularly incorporated style into his fights. Coincidentally, Qi’ra has a direct link with Maul’s training. The former Sith Lord taught Crimson Dawn boss Dryden Vos, and Vos taught Qi’ra, who was his main lieutenant, before she killed him. Obviously, Teras Kasi was a formidable fighting style, and Qi’ra had considerable skill with it because of his stellar instructors, but it still didn’t live up to the power of the Dark Side.
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