Notes Concerning Garellan Saar
The skin grafting, reconstructive surgery and healing that I’ve done on Garellan has been successful. The scarring has been minimal. Garellan is still sore, but his cough has disappeared and he’s starting to get back into his regular routine, thank the Force. I’m surprised at his resilience. I may be a Master healer, but still. The Force is indeed preserving him.
With the preparations for the Legion’s move to Aldaraan and the healing I’ve been doing on Garellan, work has been unusual busy. We finally got time to catch up today.
Garellan had a combat lesson with my good friend, Master Zato’tsu Svyk earlier this week. When I asked him about it, he expressed discomfort at Svyk’s casualness with dismembering his enemies. He said the Juyo form felt too aggressive to him and made him feel dark. Interesting. I believe he could adjust to the Juyo form, but it does require a great deal of training and grounding in meditation techniques and calm to perform without being drawn to the Dark side.
It is curious how Zato’tsu, such an apparently calm and gentle soul, became a blade master in the most aggressive forms of lightsaber combat. It’s a dichotomy that hadn’t occurred to me until now… and also, strangely appropriate, since only one who is perfectly calm should be trusted to wield such potentially dangerous techniques. It’s been far too long since I’ve had a chance to simply talk with Zato. I’ll have to schedule time to speak with him.
As Garellan and I were speaking about combat, Soresu came up. I sense that it could be a great fit for him. When I mentioned it was the quintessential defensive form, focusing on survival, disarming and outlasting an opponent rather than attack and that a Master of this form was thought to be invincible, his eyes lit up. I look forward to going over it with him later.
I spoke of military training, as well, and of the need never to underestimate or count as weak a non-force user. I’m quite pleased to see that Garellan has no inclination toward this repugnant stigma. He admires non-force users for their ability to accomplish so much and, in many cases, find peace, without a connection to the Force.
He spoke of having attempted healing techniques and showed an interest in learning more. I’m quite pleased. I desired to see if his aptitude was as great as he indicated, so I gave him a small test with Restoration, a basic technique to remove poisons from the body. I injected myself with Ivex toxin from the Barsipodous plant here on Aldaraan. It’s a variety of weed. The toxin is only a mild irritant to most species, causing a red rash and burning, though deadly to killiks.
He was able to recognize the poison and successful hear the Forces guiding him to its nullification within approximately ten minutes – a remarkable speed, as the poison, though not deadly, is relatively complex. He may have a future as a skilled healer, if he chooses that path. I’m sending him texts on common poisons to study. I’ve found understanding a poison can help one cleanse it more quickly, leading one to its location in the body.
Garellan destroyed his old lightsaber. I worried at first he meant to give up combat altogether, but that wasn’t it. He said it was made under the tainted influence of his old master and he did not feel it was pure or worthy to wield in my presence. His words. Somehow, he managed to construct another without my knowledge. The crystal is green and shows cunning work – very precise edge, no artifacts or feathering. The blade is also exquisitely worked and engraved. I admit, I’m deeply impressed. The blade shows keen understanding, his patience and skill. And the goal to cleave to purity and askew taint is a worthy one indeed.
Garellan seems more at peace recently. It gives me great joy to see him progress so well in his studies. He may live to be a great Master one day.