Wednesday, June 19, 2024

The Skywalker Lightsaber

Model: Anakin Skywalkers 2nd Lightsaber
Type: Melee weapon
Scale: Character
Cost: Not Available For Sale
Availability: 4, X
Difficulty: Difficult
Damage: 5D (see notes)

Game Notes: If an attacking character misses the difficulty number by more than 10 points (the base difficulty; not their opponent’s parry total), the character has injured himself with the lightsaber. Apply normal damage to the character wielding the lightsaber.

Background: The Skywalker lightsaber, also known at various times as Anakin’s, Luke’s, and Rey’s lightsaber, was a blue-bladed Jedi lightsaber constructed by Anakin Skywalker—Jedi Knight and prophesied Chosen One of the Force—during the final years of the Republic Era. Built as a replacement for his first lightsaber, Anakin wielded his new weapon as a Jedi General of the Grand Army of the Republic, leading clone troopers against the Separatist Droid Army on numerous battlefronts across the galaxy-wide conflict known as the Clone Wars. He fought a variety of opponents from battle droids to Force-sensitive combatants such as Asajj Ventress, Savage Opress, Barriss Offee, and Count Dooku.

Though an instrument of the Jedi Order, the Skywalker lightsaber was used to kill Jedi in the siege of the Jedi Temple during Order 66 and the Great Jedi Purge. Darth Vader, the dark side persona of Anakin Skywalker, slaughtered a group of Jedi younglings on Coruscant before journeying to Mustafar, where he executed the Separatist Council on behalf of his new Sith Master, the Galactic Emperor Darth Sidious. Vader subsequently lost his weapon as a result of his defeat by Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi, who kept the Skywalker lightsaber for almost two decades during the Imperial Era. Kenobi ultimately gave the lightsaber to Anakin’s son, Luke Skywalker, who wielded it while training as a Jedi apprentice. It was lost on Bespin where Luke confronted his father.

The Skywalker lightsaber eventually fell into the possession of Maz Kanata, a friend of the Skywalker family who kept the Jedi weapon hidden in her castle on Takodana during the New Republic Era. Through the Force, the lightsaber called to a Force-sensitive scavenger from Jakku, Rey, who rejected it. During the Battle of Takodana, Kanata gave the lightsaber to Finn. After besting the rogue Stormtrooper, Kylo Ren—the grandson of Darth Vader—tried to claim the weapon that once belonged to his grandfather. Instead, it was taken by Rey. Despite her earlier rejection of it, the scavenger took up the Skywalker lightsaber and engaged Ren in their first lightsaber duel. Following the Battle of Starkiller Base, Rey tracked Luke Skywalker to Ahch-To, but the Jedi Master refused to take back his old lightsaber. It was later sheared in half by Ren and Rey, but the scavenger managed to repair the lightsaber. It remained in Rey’s possession until her arrival on Exegol, where she gave it to a redeemed Ben Solo, putting the Skywalker lightsaber back in the hands of a Skywalker. In the aftermath of the Battle of Exegol, Rey buried the lightsaber on Tatooine, the desert homeworld of Anakin and Luke.

PT White

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