The Rhad Tarn lightsaber is a single-bladed blue lightsaber constructed and wielded by Jedi Knight Rhad Tarn in Star Wars Legends. Rhad Tarn is a Clone Wars era human male Jedi Knight. He becomes disillusioned with the Republic and the Jedi Order, eventually leaving both groups.
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Rhad Tarn lightsaber in Star Wars Legends
The Rhad Tarn lightsaber is comprised of a cylindrical metal hilt with a flared emitter and grooved grip section design. The Jedi lightsaber emits a blue blade.
Rhad Tarn studies the ways of the Force under the guidance of the Jedi Order. As a Padawan, he goes on several missions to the Outer Rim and witnesses first hand many atrocities like slave labor and illegal prisons. He advances to the rank of Jedi Knight.
After initially serving the Republic and the Jedi Order, Tarn becomes disillusioned with both organizations. He comes to believe that the Republic is corrupt beyond repair and that the Jedi should serve the Force itself rather than an organization. A group of Jedi share his dissenting views. Tarn becomes the face of dissent in the Jedi Order.
Meeting with Mace Windu on Ruul
The Jedi Council becomes concerned about a potential schism. Jedi Council member Mace Windu agrees to an informal meeting on the moon Ruul with Rhad Tarn and other dissenting Jedi including Sora Bulq, K’Kruhk, Sian Jeisel, and Mira. During the meeting, Tarn voices his view that the Jedi should join the Confederacy.
The Dark Jedi Asajj Ventress attacks the Jedi with her two curved-hilt lightsabers. Unknown to the rest of the group, Sora Bulq had had turned to the dark side and orchestrated the meeting to lure Mace Windu in range of Dark Jedi Asajj Ventress. Ventress kills Mira and engages in a lightsaber duel with Rhad Tarn. Tarn becomes enraged during the battle. Ventress toys with the Jedi Knight and asks him to join her. Enraged and falling to the dark side, he agrees.
He fights fellow Jedi dissident Sian Jeisel. Jeisel pleads with him to not give into the dark side, but he is too consumed with rage to hear her. As he attempts to strike down Jeisel with a killing lightsaber blow, she extends her lightsaber first and kills him.
Behind the Scenes
The Rhad Tarn lightsaber first appears in the comic book issue Star Wars Jedi: Mace Windu (2003).
COVER IMAGE CREDIT Dark Horse Comics
Image depicts Rhad Tarn and the Rhad Tarn lightsaber
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