Canon Character Guidelines

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Since Dark Brotherhood Canon draws heavily on the canon characters we see in movies, TV shows, and other forms of media, questions often arise in terms of how exactly these characters would fit into the DJB’s Character Sheet System. This article will look to answer these questions by showcasing example NPC Character Sheets based on popular characters that show up in Canon.

The “Main Character Buff”

Before we get started, I wanted to make a quick, general note when reviewing these sheets and the characters they represent. Characters that you see on screen or in other forms of media tend to carry what we call the “Main Character Buff”. This means that often times, a main character (Luke Skywalker, Ezra Bridger, Rey) will have a unique kind of plot armor that allows them to pull off feats of power or ability that might step outside the boundaries of what we consider normal in the DJB Character Sheet System. This means that sometimes, a character that is listed as an Equite level may pull off a Feat or technique that is usually reserved for Elders. In these cases, there are simply going to be certain times where this same “buff” doesn’t get applied to characters within the Dark Jedi Brotherhood.

In the end, all power is relative to the scenario or encounter. Good storytelling and writing will always preferable. This, combined with what is called suspension of disbelief is how we explain moments such as a Padawan (Obi-Wan Kenobi) defeating a Sith Lord (Darth Maul) that was able to defeat a Jedi Master (Qui-Gon Jinn) in a lightsaber duel. In that moment, it was not about how high Obi-Wan’s stats were. It simply came down to his righteous fury to avenge his fallen master; he takes advantage of Maul’s overconfidence and defeats him.

Titles vs. Ranks

Another thing that often comes up is the usage of terms such as "Padawan", "Jedi Knight", and "Jedi Master" in Star Wars canon. Where the Star Wars canon uses these names for honorary titles within their Order, DB Canon uses them as specific ranks. Ranks in the Brotherhood have a dual purpose of out of character and in character progression, so this can often lead to some understandable confusion. The solution, in the end, comes down to how the Voice and team assign power and ability relative to what we feel makes the most sense in the DJB Character Sheet System.

Gaps In Power

There are a lot of misconceptions of “power levels” in the Dark Jedi Brotherhood. With the way that the sheets are currently designed, however, the disparity between ranks is less important than the major milestones. These milestones are Journeyman, Equite, and Elder. At each of these milestones, members see an increase in the number of points they are able to distribute on their sheets, and also gain access to the next “tier” of proficiency.

Even with these different gaps, the real area that veteran or higher ranking members gain an advantage in is the number of Feats they have access to. So, an Elder might not be any better at dueling than an Equite, but the Elder might have more situational tricks up their sleeve to take advantage of.

Canon Character Sheets

All Character Sheets published herein have been approved by the Voice of the Brotherhood. These sheets are meant to be a guideline for members to use, and are by no means a be-all, end-all solution for gauging relative power levels.

All analysis and decisions are based on a study of canon media, and is therefore discussed and interpreted by the Voice Staff. These distinctions, of course, are largely subjective in nature. At the end of the day, the Voice makes a call, and that's what gets documented. These are also purely for member reference and serve as an attempt to help use familiar information to better supplement the DJB's fictional system. If the write-ups and explanations herein confuse you or you simply disagree and want to vent at someone, please feel free to email us at: djb-voice-staff@googlegroups.com.

Equite Level

The following characters equate to Equite level in terms of power and ability when compared to Dark Jedi Brotherhood ranks.

Force User

Examples of Equite Force Users

[Equite 4] Luke Skywalker (Return of the Jedi)

Luke Skywalker is probably one of the best examples of a character benefiting from the Main Character Buff. Simply put, he is, like his father before him, the chosen one and the main protagonist of the original Star Wars Trilogy. We see Luke go from barely being able to deflect stun-bolts from a remote control drone to using the Force to literally bend the trajectory of a set of missiles into an impassible opening over the course of what feels like a very short time. We see him grow in power under the training of Jedi Master Yoda, and to face down and hold his own against Darth Vader before losing his hand. We then jump ahead to see Luke staging a daring attack on the palace of Jabba the Hutt, claiming to be a "Jedi Knight." In the end, Luke faces down Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine, but he ultimately wins by getting electrocuted and pleading for help from his father. In the end, Luke doesn't demonstrate that he has even come close to perfecting the Jedi arts, which is why we place him at the rank of Equite 4 at the time of "Return of the Jedi". Anything after that point would see him as an Elder. The issue we face here, again, is having to deal with the disparity between a Jedi Knight/Jedi Master in Star Wars canon (honorary titles, not ranks) , and Jedi Knights/Masters in the DB's Canon (Journeyman 4/Elder 2).

LukeSkywalkerROTJ.png Name: Luke Skywalker
DB rank: EQ4
Discipline: ...
[... Character Sheet]


[Equite 4] Kanan Jarrus (Rebels)
KananJarrus.png Name: Kanan Jarrus
DB rank: EQ4
Discipline: Marauder
[... Character Sheet]


[Equite 4] Asajj Ventress (Clone Wars)
AsajjVentress.png Name: Asajj Ventress
DB rank: EQ4
Discipline: Marauder
[... Character Sheet]


Non-Force User

Examples of Equite Non-Force Users.

[Equite 1] Finn (The Force Awakens)

One of the key protagonist in The Force Awakens, Finn stands out as a model Non-Force User who exhibits a lot of flaws but an endearing drive to do the right thing. He also proves that you don't have to be a Jedi prodigy to make a difference in the fight against the First Order.

Finn.png Name: Finn
DB rank: EQ1
Discipline: Weapons Specialist
Character Sheet


[Equite 4] Poe Dameron (The Force Awakens)

Poe Dameron is one helluva pilot. In 18 seconds of screen time, he manages to take out 10 Tie-Fighters and 3 Storm troopers. Everything that we are shown and learn about Poe is that he is one of the best pilots to ever fly. With Wedge Antilles a bit of a hazy status thanks to the mashup of Canon/Legends, this most likely makes Poe the best non-Force using pilot to date.

PoeDameron.png Name: Poe Dameron
DB rank: EQ4
Discipline: Ace
[... Character Sheet]


[Equite 4] Chirrut Imwe (Rogue One)

While some may argue that he had to be a Jedi to pull of the things that he does in Rogue One, everything in the Visual Guide and Novelization points to Chirrut being a Non-Force User. This character sheet best showcases how he would fit into our system.

ChirrutImwe.png Name: Chirrut Imwe
DB rank: EQ4
Discipline: Weapons Specialist
Character Sheet


Elder Level

The following characters equate to Elder level in terms of power and ability when compared to Dark Jedi Brotherhood ranks.

Force User

[Elder 1] — Obi-Wan Kenobi (Clone Wars)
ObiWanKenobiCW.png Name: Obi-Wan Kenobi
DB rank: EL1
Discipline: ...
[... Character Sheet]


[Elder 1] — Darth Maul (Clone Wars)
DarthMaulCW.png Name: Darth Maul
DB rank: EL1
Discipline: ...
[... Character Sheet]


[Elder 2] — Count Dooku
CountDooku2.png Name: Count Dooku
DB rank: EL2
Discipline: ...
[... Character Sheet]


[Grand Master] — Darth Vader
DarthVader.png Name: Darth Vader
DB rank: GM
Discipline: ...
[... Character Sheet]


[Grand Master] — Darth Sidious
DarthSidious.png Name: Darth Sidious
DB rank: GM
Discipline: ...
[... Character Sheet]


[Grand Master] — Yoda
Yoda.png Name: Yoda
DB rank: GM
Discipline: ...
[... Character Sheet]


Non-Force User

Examples of Elder Non-Force Users.

[Elder 1] — Orson Krennic

Orson Krennic is the primary antagonist of the Rogue One movie. Where you really see the strength and appeal of this complex and driven character, however, is in the prequel novel "Catalyst". You learn about a man who accomplishes the impossible by creating the super weapon planet killer known as the Death Star. You learn how Krennic was a mixture of leader and engineer, a manipulator, schemer, and someone who ultimately delivered and executed on a project his peers (Grand Moff Tarkin, most notably) thought a fool errand. He proves everyone wrong, and his competency makes him a ripe example of an Elder 1 Non-Force User.

OrsonKrennic.png Name: Orson Krennic
DB rank: EL1
Discipline: Director
Character Sheet