The Darth Desolous lightsaber is a single-bladed red lightsaber wielded by the Sith Lord Darth Desolous. Darth Desolous is an Old Republic era male Pau’an Jedi Master turned Sith Lord in Star Wars Legends. As part of his training, Darth Vader’s secret Sith apprentice, Starkiller, duels with a simulation of Darth Desolous.
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Darth Desolous Lightsaber in Star Wars Legends
The Darth Desolous lightsaber hilt, a Sith lightsaber, is comprised of a cylindrical metallic silver colored hilt with black accents and a red, rectangular switch. The lower grip section is encircled with a series of vertical black grips. The single-bladed lightsaber emits a red blade.
In his years as a Jedi Master, the man who would become Darth Desolous served the Jedi Order. A formidable warrior, he craves battle. He also voraciously studies Sith teachings, leading to his expulsion from the Jedi Order. Enraged, he takes on the Sith name Darth Desolous and vows to enact revenge on the Jedi. He trains an army of Pau’ans in his own style of martial arts, which pairs the use of melee weapons with cortosis shields (which are lightsaber resistant).
His army orchestrates many ambushes, killing nearly two thousand Jedi. Learning from the ambushes, the Jedi lure the cocky and overconfident Darth Desolous into to weak position. The Jedi surround and ambush the Sith Lord and his army with a large Jedi fleet. Desolous and his army are outnumbers and killed in the battle.
Following his death, Darth Desolous’ likeness is incorporated into the Jedi Trials, the test that Padawans must face into order to become Jedi Knights. The likeness is intended to embody a Padawan’s own weakness and challenges the Padawan control their own raw emotions. The simulation survived the Siege of the Jedi Temple at the end of the Clone Wars.
Darth Vader dispatches his secret Sith apprentice, Starkiller, to train at the Jedi Temple. Starkiller duels the Darth Desolous simulation, which is equipped with a cortosis shield and red-bladed lightsaber. Despite Desolous’ constant taunting and bragging, Starkiller defeats the simulation, throwing an ancient Sith statue on the simulation’s body.
Behind the Scenes
The Darth Desolous lightsaber first appears in Star Wars Legends in the video game The Force Unleashed (2008). Although the Darth Desolous lightsaber is not currently part of Star Wars Canon, the Darth Desolous character joins Star Wars Canon in 2019 when he was briefly mentioned in the book Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: The Visual Dictionary.
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Image depicts Darth Desolous and the Darth Desolous lightsaber
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