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"I didn't know Mandalorians developed a type of lightsaber."
"We didn't, this was one of a kind. Legend tells that it was created over a thousand years ago by Tarre Vizsla, the first Mandalorian ever inducted into the Jedi Order. After his passing, the Jedi kept the saber in their temple. That was until members of House Vizsla snuck in and liberated it. They used the saber to unify the people and strike down those who would have opposed them. One time, they ruled all of Mandalore wielding this blade. This saber is an important symbol to that house and respected by the other clans."
―Kanan Jarrus and Fenn Rau[src]

The Darksaber was an ancient and unique black-bladed lightsaber created by Tarre Vizsla, the first Mandalorian ever inducted into the Jedi Order, prior to 1032 BBY. The weapon was kept in the Jedi Temple after Vizsla's passing, but members of House Vizsla stole the saber in a conflict with the Jedi during the fall of the Old Republic. The darksaber was passed down, generation to generation, by the ancestors of Pre Vizsla, who held onto the weapon even after the pacifist ideals of the New Mandalorians replaced the warrior ways of Mandalore.

The last known Mandalorian to own the blade was Pre Vizsla, the leader of Death Watch during the Clone Wars. He used the blade during his conflicts with the New Mandalorians, including his successful coup of Mandalore. After the coup, Darth Maul killed Vizsla and took the Darksaber as his own, becoming the leader of Death Watch. Maul's old master, Darth Sidious, soon arrived on Mandalore to confront his former apprentice, and Maul used the darksaber against him. Maul was bested in combat and taken prisoner to the Separatist prison, the Spire, on Stygeon Prime.

Maul was soon rescued from the Spire at the behest of Prime Minister Almec, whom Maul had chosen as the public leader of Mandalore. After being freed, Maul returned to Zanbar, the location of a Death Watch camp, and was given back the darksaber, which had been recovered from the Sundari Royal Palace, the site of Maul's duel with Sidious. Shortly after his return, Zanbar was attacked by the Separatist Droid Army, led by General Grievous, and Maul made use of the darksaber against the cyborg general. Maul continued to use the darksaber in several subsequent battles, such as the battle of Ord Mantell, the assault on Vizsla Keep 09, and the second battle of Dathomir.

During the Age of the Empire, the Mandalorian weapons expert and rebel Sabine Wren retrieved the darksaber from the Nightsister lair on Dathomir. At the urging of Fenn Rau and her fellow Spectres, Sabine agreed to undergo training with the darksaber under the tutelage of Jedi Knight Kanan Jarrus. Later, Sabine brought the darksaber with her and her rebel companions during a mission to Krownest to seek her family's support for the rebellion. Sabine became the rightful wielder of the darksaber after defeating Viceroy Gar Saxon in a duel.

DescriptionEdit

"Anyone can hold the Darksaber. The trick is keeping it, along with your head."
Ursa Wren to Sabine Wren[src]

The darksaber was an ancient black-bladed lightsaber,[9] respected by the Mandalorians as a symbol for the leadership of House Vizsla and later Death Watch. The darksaber had a crystal which served as a conduit for Force energy. The wielder's thoughts and actions could guide the blade's power, with the blade often producing an electrical effect in response to a heightened emotional state.[3] The darksaber was also capable of parrying lightsaber blades.[10] According to Mandalorian custom, one could only obtain the Darksaber by defeating the previous owner in combat.[6]

HistoryEdit

Old RepublicEdit

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Tarre Vizsla wielding the Darksaber

In the days of the Old Republic, the darksaber was kept at the Jedi Temple[2] after the passing of its creator Tarre Vizsla—the first Mandalorian ever inducted into the Jedi Order. However, it was taken by Mandalorians of House Vizsla who raided the Jedi Temple during the Old Republic's fall[3] in 1032 BBY.[4] Descendants of House Vizsla used it to kill many Jedi[2] and rule all of Mandalore for many years.[3]

Clone WarsEdit

"This lightsaber was stolen from your Jedi Temple by my ancestors during the fall of the Old Republic. Since then many Jedi have died upon its blade. Prepare yourself to join them!"
―Pre Vizsla, to Obi-Wan Kenobi — Gnome-speakernotesListen (file info)[src]

During the Clone Wars, the darksaber came into possession of Pre Vizsla, Governor of Concordia and leader of Death Watch. Vizsla kept it on his back when he wore his armor.[2]

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Vizsla wielding the darksaber against Kenobi

During the Clone Wars, Obi-Wan Kenobi of the Jedi High Council discovered Death Watch's camp near the planet's mines. Using the darksaber, Vizsla fought Kenobi as his troops evacuated. Despite his skill in combat, Vizsla was unable to defeat Kenobi or prevent his escape with Duchess Satine Kryze.[2]

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Vizsla using the darksaber against Tano

Following Vizsla's fallout with the Separatists and Count Dooku, Vizsla and his fellow Death Watch troops made camp on Carlac. After the arrival of Senator Lux Bonteri, Vizsla attempted to murder Chieftain Pieter with the darksaber but instead struck down his granddaughter when she threw herself in front of him as his men destroyed the Ming Po's town. Vizsla then attempted to execute Bonteri's friend, Padawan Ahsoka Tano, with his darksaber. However, Tano freed herself with the help of her droid, R2-D2. She then dueled Vizsla until she slashed his jetpack, and she and Bonteri made their escape.[11]

Following the discovery of former Sith Lord Darth Maul and his brother Savage Opress near their camp on Zanbar, Vizsla agreed to an alliance between Death Watch and Maul's Shadow Collective. Vizsla used the darksaber on Nal Hutta against the Hutt Clans' Grand Council's Nikto guards. Vizsla led to the Council's leader, Jabba, to agree to join their alliance.[12]

On Mandalore, following the Shadow Collective's attacks on the police in Sundari, Vizsla and his Death Watch troopers stepped in to "protect" the Collective's forces. Vizsla used his darksaber in a staged duel against Opress and then arrested him. Thanks to his efforts, Vizsla and his Death Watch were hailed as heroes.[5]

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Vizsla wielding the darksaber against Maul

Vizsla then betrayed Maul and Opress and had them imprisoned. After their escape, Maul challenged Vizsla for leadership of Death Watch. Vizsla used the darksaber against Maul. Despite his use of his armor's numerous weapons, Vizsla was disarmed, defeated and summarily executed by Maul with the darksaber. Maul then claimed the darksaber and leadership of Death Watch, much to the chagrin of Vizsla's lieutenant, Nite Owl Bo-Katan Kryze, who refused to follow the non-Mandalorian.[5]

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Maul using his own lightsaber and the darksaber against Sidious

After Maul lured Kenobi back to Mandalore, Maul used the darksaber to kill Duchess Satine in front of Kenobi as part of his revenge against the Jedi Master. After Kenobi made his escape thanks to Bo-Katan, Maul and Opress were confronted by Maul's former master, Darth Sidious. Together, Maul and Opress fought Sidious. After Opress was killed, Maul drew the darksaber and wielded it in tandem with his red blade, but was unable to defeat his former master. Sidious tossed aside the darksaber as he subdued Maul with Force lightning.[10]

Prime Minister Almec and the Mandalorian super commandos recovered the darksaber following Maul's capture by Sidious. Maul then used the darksaber against Confederate General Grievous's forces and MagnaGuards when they came to Zanbar. Maul then fought Grievous until his forces were forced to retreat.[13]

Maul again used the saber when he boarded Grievous's dreadnought and used the darksaber to keep him in check during the attack on Ord Mantell.[14] Maul then threatened to kill Dooku with the darksaber as a means of revenge against Sidious. However, Maul freed Dooku and the two used their weapons against Kenobi's, Mace Windu's, Aayla Secura's and Tiplee's forces as they boarded the asteroid outpost. He used the darksaber against Secura and Windu whilst Dooku killed Tiplee.[15]

After Maul returned to Dathomir to help Mother Talzin regain her physical form, Maul was confronted by Sidious and Grievous at the Nightbrothers' village. He, along with Talzin possessing Dooku, fought Sidious and Grievous. Maul used the darksaber in the battle until he tossed Grievous aside.[16]

At some point prior to his journey to Malachor, Maul left the saber in the Nightsister lair, where it would remain until 2 BBY.[17]

Age of the EmpireEdit

"Is that a lightsaber?"
"Indeed, yes, but not like any you would know. If your Mandalorian friend was here, she could explain it to you."
―Ezra Bridger and Maul on the Darksaber[src]
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The darksaber on Dathomir

The darksaber was still on Dathomir during the reign of the Galactic Empire, kept by Maul in the Nightsister lair. Sabine Wren used it against Ezra Bridger while she was possessed by a Nightsister spirit. Bridger used his lightsaber and the darksaber to destroy the altar from which the spirits rose. Wren then picked up the darksaber as she, Bridger and Kanan Jarrus left the planet.[17] Upon their return from Dathomir, Wren gave the lightsaber to Jarrus for safekeeping because she was hesitant to use it herself.[3]

Sometime after, Jarrus showed the saber to Fenn Rau, who told Jarrus the legend of the saber's creation, as well as how it was used to unite House Vizsla and, eventually, all of Mandalore. Rau and Hera Syndulla convinced Sabine to learn how to use the saber, so she could attempt to use it to unite House Vizsla and get them to join the rebellion. Sabine was willing to try, but was unsure she would be successful, due to her estranged relationship with her family. Jarrus, Ezra Bridger, and Wren traveled to a secluded location on the planet Atollon to train. Ezra taught Sabine the basic lightsaber forms using wooded training sabers, and after several days, Jarrus allowed Sabine to wield the darksaber. During the duel, Kanan was able to convince Sabine to talk about why she left Mandalore. Sabine revealed she left to fight the Empire and save her planet. She felt responsible for weapons the Empire used to enslave her people. Sabine was able to process her emotions, which allowed her to decide she was worthy of wielding the saber.[3]

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Sabine Wren wielding the Darksaber

Following her trials, Sabine, along with Kanan, Ezra, Chopper and Fenn Rau, traveled with the Darksaber to Clan Wren's domain on Krownest. Their mission was to solicit Clan Wren's support for the rebellion. After crash-landing on the planet, Sabine, Kanan, and Ezra sought an audience with Sabine's mother Ursa Wren, the leader of Clan Wren. While Ursa was shocked that her daughter had obtained the Mandalorian weapon, she later disputed Sabine's claim to the weapon since she had not wrested it from Maul in single-handed combat. Later, Ursa tried to trade the Darksaber along with Kanan and Ezra to Viceroy Gar Saxon, the Emperor's Hand and the puppet ruler of Mandalore. Saxon later used the Darksaber to fight Sabine in a duel outside the Wren Stronghold. Sabine managed to defeat Saxon and retrieved the Darksaber but refused to kill him. After Ursa killed Saxon, Sabine became the rightful new owner of the Darksaber. She stayed behind with her family and Fenn Rau to reunify the Mandalorian people and find the true leader of Mandalore.[6]
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Backed by the Wrens & Nite Owls, Kryze wields the darksaber.

Sabine then gave it to Bo-Katan Kryze, who use it to rally supporters from Clan Wren and her Nite Owls.[7]

Behind the scenesEdit

The Darksaber first appeared in the Star Wars: The Clone Wars episode "The Mandalore Plot," which premiered on Cartoon Network on January 29, 2010. The Darksaber later appeared in several The Clone Wars episodes and the 2014 Dark Horse Comics mini-series Star Wars: Darth Maul—Son of Dathomir, which was based on four unproduced The Clone Wars scripts. The Darksaber was later incorporated into the storyline of the third season of the Disney XD TV series Star Wars Rebels, the successor to The Clone Wars.

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