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Spock performing a Vulcan mind meld.
See also Mind Meld, a TOS novel

The Vulcan mind meld (or mind touch) was a telepathic technique employed exclusively by Vulcans in which the minds of two individuals become a single entity. In the Vulcan language, it was known as Taroon-Ifla. (LUG: The Way of Kolinahr: The Vulcans)

Typically physical contact was required for a meld, however particularly powerful melders, such as Slovaak, are capable of performing melds remotely (ST video game: Away Team). Melding was a deeply personal experience as the two minds of the medlees are entirely open to each other, however melding can be used as an interrogation technique in which case the melder can block the medlees access to their own mind. Those that learnt this discipline on Vulcan were required to take an oath that they would rather die before violating the privacy of another's consciousness against their will. (TOS novel: Mindshadow)

Melding can be dangerous, particularly so when conducted with a non-Vulcan but it can also be a useful tool, some neurological conditions can be cured by a mind meld. Further, melds often result in part of each of the participant’s knowledge and mental state being transferred to each other and are also the manor in which someone can deposit or obtain a katra.

Tolaris and T'Pol in a mind meld (Fusion)

Despite the practise of melding dating back to the time of Surak, by the mid-22nd century something of a stigma had developed around melding, those who were capable of or practiced melding were seen as an undesirable minority. As a consequence Pa'nar Syndrome, a condition contracted by melding also became taboo subject. Ironically Pa'nar Syndrome can easily be cured by a meld with an experienced melder. Fortunately following reforms on Vulcan in 2154 melding once again became socially acceptable. (Enterprise episodes: Fusion, Stigma and Kir'Shara)

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C'baoth: "Tell me, Master Skywalker, has Master Kenobi ever spoken to you of the Jedi meld?"
Skywalker: "I don't think so. What does it do?"
C'baoth: "It permits a group of Jedi to connect their minds so closely as to act as a single person."
—Jorus C'baoth and Anakin Skywalker

Force Meld, otherwise known as Jedi meld or Battle meld, was a technique where a number of Force users joined their minds together through the Force, drawing strength from each other. A refinement of battle meditation, it was known to the ancient Jedi, though dangerous. While Battle meditation could influence both the Force-sensitives and the insensitives of both sides, Force Meld concentrates on coordinating and improving the Force-sensitives of the user's side.



"I don't suppose the United Jedi Cluster-Mind has any suggestions about how to handle this one?"
Han Solo

Because the number of Force-sensitives participating in a full scale battle was usually much smaller than the insensitives, in a way the demand of Force Meld was smaller than that of battle meditation as the meld influenced a smaller number of sentient minds. As a result, Force Meld was believed to be relatively easier to master, as the number of meld practitioners in the New Jedi Order was almost half of all the known battle meditation practitioners in the old order.

Jorus C'baoth performed it at least eight times in his life. Anakin Solo redeveloped it for the New Jedi Order during the Yuuzhan Vong War, which allowed the Jedi fighting the Yuuzhan Vong to form as a single, powerful entity. Under the coordination of Jacen Solo, Force Meld played an important role during the Mission to Myrkr, boosting the efficiency of the Myrkr strike team. Later, inspired by Joruus C'baoth's legendary power during the Thrawn campaign, Jaina Solo further fine tuned Force Meld as a starfighter squadron tactic used in her Twin Suns Squadron. Shortly afterward, Madurrin applied the meld as an inter-squadron coordinating tactic, with Jacen and Luke Skywalker soon taking up such a post as well.

Prolonged use of this technique will cause the users to start finishing each other's sentences or thoughts. This power can also be seen as a form of telepathy. Obi-Wan Kenobi warned that Force Meld took a Master of great power and depth in the Force to create such a single entity state without killing or destroying the minds of everyone involved. The drawback of Force Meld was one of the elements which led to the Dark Nest Crisis.

The enhanced power brought by Force Meld would work both ways, while the entity could influence a large number of minds with much more power, a great disturbance in the Force could overwhelm the melding participants as they received the pain through their enhanced sensory. If the pain was caused by the minds the melding participants were touching, it would bring devastating effects to the participants, sometimes to such a degree that the participants would lose control of their own and become ignorant to other threats.

The majority of light side meld participants could prevent a single participant from slipping to the dark side. However, if the meld participants were so divided in thoughts and could not focus to a common objective, the meld would become a liability rather than an asset.

Behind the scenes

This force power was probably inspired by the Vulcan Mind Meld from Star Trek.



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