It is no mystery that Luke Skywalker is very powerful as a Jedi. Even when fans had left him at the end of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, he was super gifted. But how much powerful has this hero become in the years since? A Star Wars novel gives fans some idea, and it is more impressive than we may have expected. Luke Skywalker is powerful enough to down a Star Destroyer using The Force.
The new novel is told from the perspective of deckhands aboard a cargo ship en route to Canto Bight, the casino planet set to debut in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The novel has many stories about Luke Skywalker told by the deckhands. Some of the stories are myths and tall-tales, but there is truth in there. In a story by Ken Liu for The Legends of Luke Skywalker, an Imperial gunner on a Star Destroyer recalls the moment.
“The bridge went dark. The overhead lights, the view screens, the blinking lights on the banks of consoles. Even the emergency lighting strips on the floor. All around us was the darkness of space…I saw that the bridge windows were rapidly filling with expanding columns of energy… A jolt, as if the entire Star Destroyer had been picked up by a giant hand and slammed against the ground. The ship slowed, drifted, stopped and then the stark, lifeless surface of Jakku swung into view, filling the windows, and we fell, we fell.”
Just before the encounter, an image of Luke Skywalker appears as a Hologram. The Star Destroyer then goes down. This is the official novels that lead up to Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and means that this is what Lucasfilm wants fans to be aware of. Even if the story is embellished, the fact that one Jedi can bring down a Star Destroyer is very intense power.
Before Disney had purchased Lucasfilm, one of the popular video games in a galaxy far, far away was Star Wars: The Force Unleashed. The game focuses on Galen Marek, aka Starkiller, who becomes the secret apprentice to Darth Vader. In the first Force Unleashed video game, Starkiller also brings down a Star Destroyer using nothing but The Force. While these games are no longer canon, the idea of a Jedi being that powerful isn’t out of the question.
Getting to see Luke Skywalker demonstrate his enhanced Jedi skills is easily one of the biggest reasons fans are excited about Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which arrives in theaters on December 15. Is Luke the man responsible for all of those wrecked Star Destroyers on Jakku? Maybe we’ll find out soon enough. In any case, this new information, courtesy of We Got This Covered, only serves to further build hype for next chapter in the Skywalker saga.