The Ronhar Kim lightsaber is a single-bladed blue lightsaber constructed by Jedi Master Ronhar Kim in Star Wars Legends. Ronhar Kim is a Clone Wars era human male Jedi Master and a close personal friend of Chancellor Palpatine. Palpatine deceives and betrays Kim, leading to the Jedi Master’s death during the Battle of Merson.
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Ronhar Kim Lightsaber in Star Wars Legends
The son of Galactic Senator Vidar Kim, Ronhar Kim is born on the planet Naboo. The Jedi Order identifies the infant as Force-sensitive and Kim family turns the baby over the Jedi Order.
Ronhar Kim grows up and learns the ways of the Force at the Jedi Temple on Coruscant. He constructs how blue-bladed lightsaber and ascends to the rank of Jedi Knight. Ronhar Kim returns to Naboo and meets his father following the death of the younger Kim’s mother and siblings in an airspeeder accident. The elder Kim attempts to persuade the younger Kim to leave the Jedi Order and continue the family legacy in politics. The Jedi declines, to the disappointment of his father.
When father and son reunite on Coruscant several years later, an assassin on a speeder bike attacks the pair from behind, killing Vidar Kim. Although Ronhar Kim captures the assailant, the individual kills herself before the Jedi can interrogate her. A young man named Palpatine is elected to the Senate and Vidar Kim’s place. Palpatine approaches the Jedi Kim and the two become close friends.
Ronhar Kim ascends to the rank of Jedi Master before 32 BBY. During a visit with the newly elected Chancellor Palpatine, Kim ignites his lightsaber and saves Palpatine from an assassination attempt from a pair of Senate Guards. Kim wonders if the attack is connected to his father’s assassination, but both guards perish before he can interrogate them. He selects Tap-Nar-Pal as his Padawan.
Clone Wars and Death
During the Clone Wars, Kim accepts a commission as a Jedi General. By this time, the Jedi Council believes the mysterious Sith Lord is hidden in the government of the Republic. Tap-Nar-Pal suggests testing the members of the senate to determine their midiclorian count. When Kim presents the idea to Palpatine, the Chancellor asks the two Jedi to postpone presenting the idea to the Jedi Council to a later time.
Meanwhile, Ronhar Kim and Tap-Nar-Pal undertake a routine mission to Merson to fight pirates. Unbeknownst to the two Jedi, Palpatine (i.e. Darth Sidious) commands Count Dooku to ensure no one survives the battle. Droid forces ambush and overwhelm the two Jedi and Republic forces. Tap-Nar-Pal and Kim both die in the battle.
In the aftermath of the battle, Chancellor Palpatine uses the death of the two Jedi to increase the war effort and to bolster and consolidate his power as chancellor.
Behind the Scenes
The Ronhar Kim lightsaber first appears in a flashback in the comic book Star Wars Republic 64: Bloodlines (2004).
COVER IMAGE CREDIT Lucasfilm/Dark Horse Comics
Image depicts Ronhar Kim and the blue-bladed Ronhar Kim lightsaber
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