Ahsoka Tano’s twin lightsabers – Debuted in Rebels – Fire Across the Galaxy (2015)
Featured prominently outside the live-action films, Ahsoka Tano was Skywalker’s apprentice during the Clone Wars. She fought Seperatist forces using two green-bladed lightsabers — one wielded in a reverse grip and the other a shorter, shoto-styled hilt. Because the Jedi believed she commited crimes she was actually framed for, Tano felt betrayed and left the Jedi Order. After Order 66, she was forced to abandon her Jedi weapons in order to fake her death.
The 2016 novel Ahsoka takes place one year later with Tano in hiding from the Empire. During the story’s climax, she kills a Jedi-hunting Inquisitor by overloading his double-bladed lightsaber with the Force. Feeling his kyber crystals calling to her, Tano Force-cleanses them, turning the red crystals white. She constructs two hilts — similar to her former ones — and inserts the crystals in them. Her new lightsabers emit bright white, a representation of her “non-affiliation” with the Jedi or the Sith.
Kylo Ren’s crossguard lightsaber – Debuted in The Force Awakens (2015)
Sparking controversy when it was teased in 2014, Kylo Ren’s lightsaber is one of the most unusual in the franchise. The distinct crossguard design is based off weapons used millennia ago during the Great Scourge of Malachor. Its origin was suggested in The Last Jedi (2017), where a similar hilt was used by Ren when he was a Jedi Padawan under Luke.
Because it draws from a “dangerously flawed kyber crystal,” the hilt requires side vents to release excess energy. Crystal activators split the emitted plasma stream into three channels, producing the crossguard blades. These side blades, or quillons, ignite after the main blade, and could also be used to hurt foes. Due to the crossguard, Ren’s lightsaber is the only one in Dok-Ondar’s inventory that includes accessory blades.
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