The Reess Kairn lightsaber is a single-bladed lightsaber wielded by Reess Kairn in Star Wars Legends. Reess Kairn is a Rise of the Empire era Twi’lek male Jedi Knight who falls to the dark side and becomes a pirate. Some time after leaving the Jedi Order, Kairn undergoes surgery to alter his species and gender to become a human female. Bounty hunter Aurra Sing ultimately tracks down and kills Reess Kairn.
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Reess Kairn Lightsaber in Star Wars Legends
Reess Kairn ascends to the rank of Jedi Knight during the waning years of the Galactic Republic. Kairn falls in love with a female on Ryloth. Kairn secretly marries her in defiance of the Jedi Code. During one of his periodic visits to Ryloth, Kairn finds his wife with another male. In a fit of rage, Kairn kills them both and burns down the house.
Fearing punishment for his actions, Reess Kairn falls to the dark side of the Force, leaves the Jedi Order and begins a new life as a pirate. Kairn assembles a pirate crew and the group enacts raids throughout the Mid Rim. He and his crew raid priceless artifacts from the Order of the Ffib, a theocratic sect on the planet Lohrans and kill several priests. Kairn wields his lightsaber during the raid.
Following the raid on Lohrans, Kairn disbands his crew and everyone goes into hiding. Kairn hires three shapeshifters to impersonate him and he undergoes surgery to alter his species and gender to become a human female. Kairn joins the Order of the Ffib and becomes a priestess. The priestess hires bounty hunter Aurra Sing to hunt down three imposters ostensibly to help the Order of the Ffib find justice. Kairn deceives Sing, claiming one of the three is real Kairn. Meanwhile, Kairn hires mercenaries to kill Sing after she finishes the job.
Sing tracks down and kills all three imposters before discovering the ruse and locating the true Reess Kairn. Aurra Sing kills Kairn.
Behind the Scenes
The Reess Kairn lightsaber first appears in the comic book Star Wars: The Bounty Hunters: Aurra Sing (1999). The comic book also marks the first appearance of the Aurra Sing lightsaber.
Since the comic book’s flashback sequences depicting the Reess Kairn lightsaber use low color contrast, it’s unclear if the lightsaber emits a white blade or a different blade color. Around the time that Aurra Sing tracks down and kills Kairn, the lightsaber appears to emit a red blade.
Although the fate of the Reess Kairn lightsaber is unknown Kairn’s killer, Aurra Sing, has a reputation for killing Jedi and taking their lightsabers as trophies.
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