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Force Psychosis
Historical information
Number infected

7 Jedi; several other Force-sensitives that became Mind Walkers[1]

Number killed

None[1]

Biological information
Susceptible species

All Force-sensitives[1]

Transmission type

Via the Force[1]

Incubation period

Several years[1]

Symptoms

Psychotic breakdown; paranoia resulting in the belief that all other beings that have not contracted the psychosis have been replaced by impostors[2]

Treatments

When in a Force bubble, the severity of illness decreases;[3] Mind Walkers at Sinkhole Station in the Maw have no symptoms of paranoia[1]

Chronological information
Era(s)

Legacy era[2]

This psychosis was a mental disease that began affecting several young Jedi during the time following the Second Galactic Civil War. The disease caused mental deterioration in the individual's brain which manifested itself as a paranoia resulting in the belief that everyone that the being knew—except for other affected beings—was an impostor. Several of these subjects were captured by the Jedi Order to be studied, and it was found that the Jedi who developed this psychosis were able to display rare Force powers that Jacen Solo had learned, but the affected Knights couldn't have learned themselves. However, another afflicted Knight, Bazel Warv, showed the ability to alter the density of matter, a power that Solo never possessed.

Members of the Mind Walkers—a group of Force-sensitives living at Sinkhole Station in the Maw—contracted the same disease and experienced similar symptoms before joining the group. However, after living at the station and traveling to a realm of the Force known as beyond shadows, their paranoia was replaced with a belief that nothing was real except for the Force itself.

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History

Symptoms of this mysterious, Force-related disease first began to manifest in Jedi Knight Seff Hellin.[4] Later, the Jedi Knight Valin Horn contracted the disease, and he was apprehended by the Jedi Order after a long manhunt. The Galactic Federation of Free Alliances, however, decided that Horn was too dangerous to be confined in a normal prison, so he was encased in carbonite and placed in the Armand Isard Correctional Facility. Hellin discovered Horn's presence there and attempted to rescue him, but he was instead captured by Darkmeld—an organization formed by Jaina Solo to counter Chief of State Natasi Daala's anti-Jedi policies. Jedi Master Cilghal then began to conduct a secret study of the disease in Hellin in the Jedi Temple on Coruscant.[2] Shortly after, Valin's sister, Jysella Horn, also contracted the disease, and after dueling with fellow Knights Bazel Warv and Yaqeel Saav'etu, she was captured by Galactic Alliance Security forces. Natua Wan, a Falleen Knight, was apprehended by Jedi Knight Radd Minker Solo, and Solo's mother, Leia Organa Solo. She was also brought to the Temple to be studied.[3]

After studying Hellin's brain, Cilghal discovered that he had been experiencing dreams while he was awake. It was also found that several of the affected Knights were also able to display rare Force powers that Jacen Solo had possessed and that the Knights could not have learned themselves, although Warv was able to alter the density of matter, a power which Solo never displayed.[3] Additional research found that the symptoms of the disease could be lessened if the victim was cut off or isolated from the Force for extended periods of time. This revelation led some healers to suggest that the disease may have been transmitted through the Force itself. It was noted by Cilghal that all those who were affected with the disease had been stationed on Shelter in the Maw during the Yuuzhan Vong War.[1]

After being isolated inside an ysalamir-induced Force bubble, Hellin began showing signs of recovery. Meanwhile, Saav'etu and Warv also contracted the disease, although Warv was able to recognize Organa Solo as a non-imposter for a brief time. The two Knights were captured by Jaina, Leia, Imperial Remnant Head of State Jagged Fel, and Han Solo. A Galactic Alliance Security force under the command of Captain Atar attempted vainly to arrest the two psychotic Jedi, who, along with Wan and Hellin, were later smuggled offworld to Shedu Maad in the Hapes Cluster in order to escape conviction by the Galactic Alliance. An group of Jedi and press also gained access into a Galactic Alliance Security blockhouse where the Horn siblings were being held. They found the Horns' carbonite blocks suspended over a fish tank in the executive offices of the building, garnering sympathy for the Jedi from the public.[1]

Meanwhile, exiled Jedi Grand Master Luke Skywalker and his son, Ben Skywalker, had embarked on a quest to learn more about the cause of Darth Caedus' fall to the dark side of the Force. Their journey led them to Sinkhole Station, a space station in the Maw that was home to a group of Force-sensitives known as the Mind Walkers. There, they found that Jedi Knight Qwallo Mode—who had disappeared during a mission in 42 ABY and was since presumed dead—had also been inflicted with the illness. However, he recognized the Skywalkers, rather than believing them to be impostors. They interacted with the Mind Walkers, who possessed the ability to separate their minds from their bodies in order to travel in a realm of the Force known as beyond shadows. The Skywalkers both traveled in the realm, where they encountered a mysterious, powerful being called Abeloth. Ben later developed the theory that Abeloth was causing the illness.[1]

Symptoms

The symptoms of the psychosis included a general paranoia, accompanied with the belief that everyone that the affected being knew had been replaced by impostors, except for other similarly affected beings.[2] Several Mind Walkers experienced similar symptoms before joining the group at Sinkhole Station, where they came to believe that nothing was real except for the Force. This explained the paranoia of supposed impostors, although this knowledge eased their paranoia—Mode and the other Mind Walkers did not believe the Skywalkers to be impostors.[1]

Infected Jedi

Appearances

Notes and references

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