We don't need to introduce you to Darth Vader, the antagonist of the first trilogy. He has become a true icon of popular culture, undeniably contributing to the success of Star Wars. Dressed in cybernetic armor, a black cape and helmet, he has the look of the ideal villain. His red lightsaber adds an aggressive touch to the Sith Lord's panoply..
Despite the fact that every fan of the saga has seen Darth Vader's lightsaber at least once, people who know its history are rare. Indeed, the weapon is brandished several times but its past remains as dark as its owner.
The origins of Vader's lightsaber are not easy to find, you'll have to look beyond the movies and the related animation series. We invite you to rediscover Darth Vader's lightsaber with us. In addition to being terribly destructive, the Sith's weapon has a more interesting history than it seems.
The hilt of Darth Vader's lightsaber is mostly chrome and is composed of several black parts. These include the lower edges, the Kyber crystal chamber and the blade's emitter sheath. Vader's weapon was built based on his lightsaber design when he was Anakin Skywalker, before he became the Sith Lord Darth Vader. This explains some similarities between the 2 lightsabers. As for Darth Vader's lightsaber, his scarlet blade is powered by a corrupted red Kyber crystal.
Also, Vader's lightsaber can change the length of its plasma blade, like his previous weapon. We also notice that the handle and buttons are thick enough to allow Vader's robotic hands to grip it well. Finally, the Sith Lord's lightsaber will evolve over time as its wielder decides to modify it and thus improve it more and more.
Between Star Wars Episode III and IV, Anakin became Darth Vader and now wields this new red lightsaber. However, no information is given in the movies about how to obtain this weapon. In fact, you'll have to delve into the comic book Darth Vader - Dark Lord of the Sith to find out how the character got this lightsaber. The comic begins with Darth Vader as an apprentice to Darth Sidious after his rescue on Mustafar.
Palpatine explains that he now needs a new saber, a red Sith lightsaber. He then leads him to a ceremony conducted by Mas Amedda that condemns many Jedi lightsabers to be incinerated. We see Master Yoda's green lightsaber being thrown into the fire, explaining how it ended up... As the Grand Vizier makes his speech, Sidious will tell him how a Sith gets his red lightsaber :
"You must, thanks to the dark side, impregnate your crystal with your suffering. When this agony will be too strong for him, he will take a beautiful scarlet color reflecting that of your rage."
Darth Vader will first fight the Jedi's training droid named Arex and retrieve his lightsaber to confront Kirak Infil'a. Although determined to get his red lightsaber, Vader suffered his first setback against the Jedi... Shortly thereafter, the Sith will return to face the enemy who defeated him, relying on his weakness: his great benevolence. As Darth Vader endangers many innocent people, Kirak Infil'a will be forced to protect them. This jeopardizes the defense of the Jedi who will be killed by Vader. Vader retrieves his lightsaber and bleeds his crystal as he had planned.
Darth Vader not only has excellent mastery of the Force, he is also a very good lightsaber fighter. The antagonist has proven this through several remarkable battles against powerful characters. The following battles are presented in the chronological order of the Star Wars universe.
To summarize, Vader first had to get a Kyber crystal to bleed to have a Sith sword. The design of his hilt then allowed him to have a personalized and more suitable weapon. Finally, Darth Vader's lightsaber will be used against great opponents to offer us epic confrontations !
Disney has scheduled many series for the future of the Star Wars license. We may very well see Vader's lightsaber on screen again, much to our delight. It wouldn't be unrealistic to learn more about the fictional weapon...
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