Designed to be used by Force users to train themselves in the art of lightsaber combat, the G-547b Balin Training Droid achieves this goal with great success. It was created by Muir Robotics at their Arkania facility in late 15 ABY, early 16 ABY and was put into production shortly afterwards. Designed in part by Erik Muir, the droid has been programmed with a wide variety of different lightsaber combat techniques.
It knows all of the basic forms of lightsaber combat forms. Furthermore, for specific forms, the droid will switch out programming chips to give it a greater mastery over the form to be able to teach the user better. Because of one of the designer's love and mastery of Form III: Soresu, the droid has a particular strength in that form. It resorts to that technique in its programming if the user doesn't specify a different form.
This is a tongue in cheek action on Erik Muir's behalf.
Because of the location of the production facility, a large percentage of Balin droids utilize Arkanian diamonds for their lightsaber blades. This gives the droid its distinctive silver colored blade, only mimicked by Durindfire diamonds. Others utilize created synthetic crystals. Still others utilize normal Adegan crystals.
The droid was built to be able to take a beating before being put out of commission. In order to facilitate those who would test out various powers, the droid has a built in resistance to electricity, though it is not that great of a resistance. It has storage banks that it drains the electricity into. It stores it there and when the duel is over and the droid is put into its recharge socket, it puts the energy back into the grid.
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