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Comic #1879

1 {scene: The swamps of Dagobah}
1 Obi-Wan's ghost: When I first knew him, your father was already a great pilot. But I was amazed how strongly the Force was with him.
2 Obi-Wan's ghost: I took it upon myself to train him as a Jedi. I thought that I could instruct him just as well as Yoda. I was wrong.
3 Qui-Gon's ghost: {appearing suddenly} Hey, Obi-Wan.
3 Obi-Wan's ghost: Qui-Gon!
3 Qui-Gon's ghost: Remember, Yoda trained Dooku, who became a Sith Lord too. You did do just as well as Yoda.
4 Qui-Gon's ghost: In fact, your Sith Lord killed his Sith Lord - so you actually trained him better than Yoda!

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There have been very few Star Wars strips since I began work on Darths & Droids. Mostly because my head is full of Star Wars anyway, so I don't want to do it so much here. But this one has been sitting in my ideas file for some time, and there was no chance it would ever get turned into a D&D strip, so here it is.

2018-11-04 Rerun commentary: It's slightly odd that Qui-Gon appears younger than Obi-Wan, when he was significantly older than Obi-Wan when they were alive. But Obi-Wan had a longer life, so his Force ghost is presumably older than Qui-Gon's.

Things like this make me wonder how afterlifes are supposed to work. Imagine a young couple, very much in love, but one of them dies at 25 and the other lives to be 90 or something, and remarries twice along the way. Is there now a 25-year-old + 90-year-old couple in the afterlife? And what about the other two spouses? Does it become a polyamorous family? What if 25-year-old doesn't want to spend eternity with a 90-year-old partner? Or if 90-year-old becomes a rejuvenated 20-something in the afterlife, what happens to 90-year-old third spouse? Or do people just not care about any of their previous relationships any more (which would be pretty awful and miserable if this was supposed to be one of those "eternal happiness" afterlifes)?

Perhaps Darths & Droids' more "scientific" take on Force ghosts is more philosophically plausible than how they are represented in the original Star Wars.

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