The Jaro Tapal lightsaber, sometimes referred to as the Cal Kestis lightsaber, is a double-bladed blue lightsaber wielded by Jedi Master Jaro Tapal in Star Wars Canon. Jaro Tapol, a Clone Wars era Lasat male Jedi Maste, takes on Cal Kestis as a Jedi apprentice. Cal Kestis acquires the Jaro Tapal lightsaber after the weapon is damaged and only capable of emitting a single blue blade.
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Jaro Tapal Lightsaber in Star Wars Canon
The Jaro Tapal double-bladed lightsaber is comprised of a cylindrical metal hilt. The Jedi lightsaber, which features dual emitter shrouds on either end, is mostly metallic silver in color with a black grip section in the middle. The lightsaber emits two blue blades (as a double-bladed lightsaber) and later only one blue blade (as a broken lightsaber).
Jedi Master Jaro Tapal serves as a Jedi General during the Clone Wars, commanding the 13th Battalion. During the final days of the Clone Wars, Tapal and his apprentice Cal Kestis are onboard the Venator-class Star Destroyer Albedo Bravo along with the 13th Battalion clone troopers. As the Sith Lord Darth Sidious enacts Order 66, Tapal senses danger. Tapal ignites his double-bladed lightsaber and strikes down the adjacent clone commander.
Tapal and Kestis flee, seeking to evacuate the ship with an escape pod. Taking separate routes, Tapal and Kestis reunite at the escape pods. Approaching clone troopers strike Jaro Tapal multiple times with blaster fire. The blaster fire damages the lightsaber, bisecting the hilt in the middle. Tapal and Kestis narrowly escape together in a pod. Tapal, weakened from his blaster wounds, gives his broken lightsaber to Kestis. “Remember,” Tapal says. “trust only in the Force.” The Jedi Master dies.
Cal Kestis Wields the Broken Lightsaber
Cal Kestis keeps the Jaro Tapal for the five years he living in hiding on the planet Bracca. After brief lightsaber skirmish with Second Sister, a Jedi-hunting Inquisitor, Kestis joins the crew of the Stinger Mantis. Kestis continues to wield the lightsaber until it is further damaged on the planet Dathomir. Kestis salvages the weapon and integrates parts from the lightsaber into his new lightsaber. He constructs the new lightsaber on the planet Illum.
Behind the Scenes
The Jaro Tapal lightsaber first appears in the video game Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order (2019). Although according to Star Wars Canon, the lightsaber emits blue blades, players in the game may optionally configure the lightsaber to emit alternative blade colors (See also Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order Lightsaber Blade Colors Explained). Players may customize the hilt appearance in various ways as well.
Electronic Arts (EA) released an official Cal Kestis / Jaro Tapal replica lightsaber prop in 2019. The extremely rare prop replica was exclusively available as part of a press kit distributed to select online influencers.
COVER IMAGE CREDIT Electronic Arts (EA)/Disney
Image depicts Jaro Tapal and the Jaro Tapal lightsaber
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