This springs out of a series of comments that were tied to Does Darth Vader Need to Eat oh so many years ago.


Star Wars fans were introduced to midichlorians in 1999. They’re a symbiotic, microscopic life form that speaks the will of The Force to us.

Given that they are a life form, I’m given to wonder about their life cycle. Bear with me here.

If midichlorians live inside the cells of living beings, and cells have a set timespan of existence, do midichlorians reproduce/procreate within the being in which they’re living? If so, does that person see their connection to the Force wax and wane through the different life cycles they have?

We know that Vader’s connection to the Force was damaged when his body was damaged. Essentially, the antenna for the signal was broken. That means, then that the midichlorians were limited, or at least their maximum number – assuming they have a life cycle and reproductive act  of some sort – was capped because only a certain number can be achieved within a given organism.

And is it the midichlorians that act as conduit for the Jedi ghosts, coalescing like the dust motes that brought Dracula’s wives into existence in Bram Stoker’s novel?


That’s just a theory, of course. Anakin had a higher midichlorian count than any Jedi measured in history; he would have been a prime opportunity to study their life cycle.

Additionally, living things need to consume in order to sustain themselves. Were Jedi therefore hungrier, with higher metabolisms, regardless of physical activity?

Finally, when the body hosting the midichlorians died, what happened to them? If a Jedi died somewhere and their body was left to decompose, would that spot be more lush than typical?

While the body decomposed, were they trapped in some sort of midichlorian limbo, desperate to escape? Did they therefore accelerate the decomposition of the body, perhaps by consuming their own host, to speed their departure?

I don’t really need answers to these questions.

But I want them.