Forcesaber: Ancestor of the Lightsaber | Lightsaber Terminology
The Forcesaber, an ancestor of the lightsaber, is a Rakatan-invented melee weapon in Star Wars Legends. The Forcesaber requires the wielder to channel powerful dark side energy through a laboratory-grown Ebon crystal in order to create a vibrant, glowing energy blade. Forcesabers are wielded by Rakata, Force Hounds, and members of the Je’daii Order thousands of years before the establishment of the Old Republic.
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Forcesaber in Star Wars Legends
Some Forcesaber hilts resemble standard lightsaber hilts while others resemble lightsaber pikes. Like lightsabers, Forcesabers comes in many different colors. Known Forcesaber blade colors include: light blue, red, orange and yellow. Several Forcesabers feature an emitter section with at least two long claws.
Since the Forcesaber requires channeling high levels of dark side energy, each use of the Forcesaber puts the wielder at a high risk of succumbing to the dark side of the Force. Due to the risks, the Je’daii Order becomes conflicted over the usage of the Forcesaber. Founded on the planet Tython, the Je’daii Order is an ancient organization focused on maintaining balance in the Force. The Je’daii Order’s disagreement over the usage of the Forcesabers leads to a divide between the light side of the Force and the dark side of the Force.
The Jedi Order ultimately uses the principles of the Forcesaber in order to create ancient lightsabers (protosabers).
Behind the Scenes
The Forcesaber first appears in Star Wars Legends in the comic book series Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi: Force Storm (2012).
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