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In Jumpers, we learn that the Paladins have been chasing and killing Jumpers "since medieval times".

Paladins' weapons use electricity to disrupt the ability of Jumpers to jump, how did they manage to catch Jumpers before the discovery of electricity (killing them is the easy part as the early part of the film demonstrates)?

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It might be worth mentioning that the Paladins were created for the film, they are not in original book. –  Oliver_C Mar 24 '13 at 10:38
    
@Oliver_C - very interesting link, thanks. The review does mention that a prequel book "Jumper: Griffin's Story", released a year before the film, introduces the Paladins. Updated the question to be clearer, asking about catching rather than killing Jumpers. –  SteB Mar 24 '13 at 14:23
    
Contrary to popular opinion, the use of electricity for technology is not something that resulted from Ben Franklin's kite episode. There is glaring evidence that "ancient" Egyptians used electricity way back in the days before 2,000 B.C. The "mainstream" education system LIES to you about everything. But the use of electricity in technology is the only thing I care to enlighten you about at this time. Granted, Jumper is a Euro-centric movie (and the European continent did suffer from "stupidia" in medieval times), so the argument of the OP is valid in that regard. –  Kelton Feb 25 at 17:47
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@Kelton While that might be true (I don't know, though), can you make that sound less like some kind of new age conspiracy theory (but maybe my "mainstream" education is just couding my judgement here)? –  Napoleon Wilson Feb 26 at 10:31
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The instrument that they use is relatively new. It's understood that not all methods have existed as long as the Paladin fellowship. Their sole purpose is not to stop jumpers using that machine, but just to catch them and kill them.

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The 3rd book: Jumper: Griffin's Story, reviewed here, released just before the film, incorporates more of the film's elements, most notably the Paladins (who weren't in the first 2 books).

This reveals that some Paladins can sense Jumpers if they're nearby when they jump.
In medieval times when towns, villages and populations were a lot smaller and without modern technology, this ability would have been crucial.

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