The Volfe Karkko lightsaber is a single-bladed red lightsaber wielded by Volfe Karkko in Star Wars Legends. Volfe Karkko is a Rise of the Empire era Anzat male Jedi Master turned Sith magician.
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Volfe Karkko Lightsaber in Star Wars Legends
Sith Magician Volfe Karkko constructs his own red-bladed lightsaber. During lightsaber combat, Karkko wields the lightsaber with a two-handed grip, a one-handed standard grip or with a one-handed reverse grip.
Around 1000 BBY, the Jedi Order selects Volfe Karkko, an Anzat, for Jedi training when he is already over 800 years old. Some Jedi become concerned Karkko would be unable to resist the Anzat tendency for tasting the life essence of others. He ascends to the rank of Jedi Master, becoming very powerful and very arrogant in his abilities.
Volfe Karkko begins feeding on the life energy of other Jedi. The practice makes him stronger in the Force, but he becomes addicted and turns to the dark side. He comes to believe he can conqeur the galaxy. The Jedi Order confronts him and defeat him in battle on the planet Kiffex. Instead of killing him, the Jedi put Karkko and his lightsaber in separate stasis fields that only a Jedi could remove.
In 30 BBY, Jedi Padawan Aayla Secura, who is suffering from amnesia, journeys to Kiffex. One thing she does recall is that her master Quinlan Vos had killed her uncle. Karkko telepathically tempts her with dark side and persuades her to release him from stasis. He takes her as an apprentice planning to one day make her his queen.
Quinlan Vos arrives on the planet. Secura duels him briefly. He breaks Karkko’s spell on her when he refuses to continue fighting her. Seeing his spell broken, Karkko unleashes Force lightning on Secura. Vos next confronts and duels Karkko. During the duel, Karkko taunts Vos and tempts him to fall to the dark side.
Outside of the complex, Jedi Master Tholme, Jedi Master T’ra Saa, and Jedi Master Zao combine their strength in the Force to bolster Vos, giving him enough strength to break through Karkko’s spell. Quinlan Vos ultimately defeats Karkko in battle, cutting down the Sith magician.
Behind the Scenes
The Volfe Karkko lightsaber first appears in the comic book Star Wars 32: Darkness, Part 1 (2001).
COVER IMAGE CREDIT Lucasfilm/Dark Horse Comics
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