Theed Power Generator Technician Harvey Argala recovered one full lightsaber and one partial lightsaber from the Theed Plasma Refinery Complex during a routine maintenance sweep yesterday afternoon.
The technician, a Plasma Refinery Complex employee of 14 years, spotted the lightsabers lodged in adjacent cooling vents near the bottom of the melting pit.
Argala said it’s not uncommon to find lost or discarded items in and around the melting pit.
“Over the years, I’ve found plenty of strange things down there during maintenance sweeps,” Argala said, “A gold hoop earring, an N-1 pilot helmet and more comlinks than you’d expect. But lightsabers? Never in all my years!”
Argala said he’s not sure how the lightsabers or any of the other objects end up in or near the melting pit. “That area [by the melting pit] is dangerous,” Argala said. “It’s not open to the public.”
The full lightsaber, tested by Theed officials and determined to be fully functional, is currently en route to the Jedi Temple on Coruscant aboard Chancellor Palpatine’s personal transport. The Chancellor, who had been home on Naboo meeting with local labor groups, volunteered to hand-deliver the lightsaber to the Jedi Temple on his return trip to Coruscant.
“It’s the least I could do for our Jedi heroes,” Chancellor Palpatine said, “The Jedi do so much good for our galaxy.”
The partial lightsaber, determined to be non-functional and a public safety hazard, will remain on Naboo and is scheduled to be obliterated and discarded later in the week.
“It kind of makes you think, doesn’t it?” Argala said, referring to the partial lightsaber. “I mean, where’s the other half?”