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25A Weapon From A More Civilized Age

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First of all, I'm pretty sure it's against the Prime Directive to go vaporizing creatures with laser swords. And second of all, it's a laser sword. How primitive can a weapon be if it's made out of photons?

Second of all, why is a phaser suddenly the weapon that can incapacitate a

Jedi to the point where someone can steal his lightsabre? Shouldn't said Jedi be able to just wave their sword around and deflect the phaser beams, like in every Star Wars movie to date?

And while we're on the topic of lightsabers: how exactly does a lightsaber work? Like, I get how it's a laser sword, but lasers don't just arbitrarily stop at some point - they technically go on forever. How does a lightsaber make it stop at roughly a meter? Do the photos just get tired and call it quits?

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