Ri-Lee Howell Lightsaber | Lightsaber Profile
The Ri-Lee Howell lightsaber is a single-bladed yellow lightsaber wielded by Jedi Master Ri-Lee Howell. Ri-Lee Howell is an human male Jedi Master and historian of the Jedi. Although Jedi Master Howell is mentioned in Star Wars Canon, no image of the Jedi or his lightsaber is currently part of canon.
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Ri-Lee Howell in Star Wars Canon
Jedi Master Ri-Lee Howell serves the Jedi Order during ancient times as a dedicated historian. He compiles Aionomica, a two-volume collection of sacred Jedi texts. Aionomica compiles early accounts and explorations of the Force. The texts are eventually stored in the tree library on the planet Ahch-To. Jedi Master Luke Skywalker comes into the possession of the texts. Rey eventually acquires the texts in 34 ABY.
Behind the Scenes
Ri-Lee Howell is first mentioned in the reference book Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: The Visual Dictionary (2019). Lucasfilm named the character Ri-Lee Howell in honor of Riley Howell, a University of North Carolina at Charlotte student and long-time Star Wars fan. Howell tackled the gunman during a 2019 school shooting. His actions helped other students escape. Howell and one other student died during the shooting.
There are currently no official images of Ri-Lee Howell of his lightsaber. Artist Shafi Adam created unofficial/non-Canon artwork of Ri-Lee Howell, however. In the piece, Jedi Master Ri-Lee Howell wields a yellow-bladed lightsaber in one hand, while clutching a book in the other. The artist created the piece for the Riley Howell Foundation in late 2020.
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