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"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]

The darksaber was an ancient, black-bladed lightsaber. The weapon once belonged to the Jedi Order, but was stolen by the Mandalorians 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.[2] 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.[3] Maul's old master, Darth Sidious, soon arrived on Mandalore to confront his former apprentice, and Maul utilized the darksaber against him. Maul was bested in combat, however,[5] and taken prisoner to the Separatist prison, the Spire, on Stygeon Prime.[6]

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.[6] Maul continued to use the darksaber in several subsequent battles, such as the battle of Ord Mantell,[7] the assault on the Mandalorian asteroid outpost,[8] and the second battle of Dathomir.[9]

After the destruction of the Shadow Collective, Maul subsequently lost possession of the Darksaber and it would not reappear until fifteen years after the Galactic Empire rose to power, coming into the ownership of Sabine Wren, a member of an early rebellion and a descendant of House Vizsla.[10]

HistoryEdit

Old RepublicEdit

In the days of the Old Republic, the Darksaber was kept at the Jedi Temple. However, it was taken by Mandalorians of Clan Vizsla who raided the Jedi temple during the Old Republic's fall. Descendants of Clan Vizsla used it kill many Jedi for many years.[2]

Clone WarsEdit

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

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Vizsla wielding the Darksaber against Kenobi

When Jedi Council member, Obi-Wan Kenobi discovered Death Watch's camp near the planet's mines, Vizsla fought Kenobi as his troops evacuated. Despite his skill with the Darksaber, Vizsla was unable to kill Kenobi before he and Duchess Satine Kryze escaped.[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 Onderonian Lux Bonteri, Vizsla used the Darksaber to kill Chieftain Pieter's granddaughter 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 was able to free herself with her droid, R2-D2's help. 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 his 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 personally used his darksaber in a staged duel against Opress and then arrested him. Thanks to his efforts, Vizsla and his Death Watch were then hailed as heroes.[3]

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Vizsla wielding the Darksaber against Maul

Vizsla then betrayed Maul and Opress and had them imprisoned. After their escape Maul then challenged Vizsla for leadership of Death Watch. Vizsla then 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.[3]

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Maul using his own and 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 then confronted by Maul's former master, Darth Sidious. Together, Maul and Opress fought Sidious. After Opress was killed, Maul attempted to continue fighting, but was unable to defeat his former master. The darksaber was then tossed aside by Sidious as he subdued Maul with Force lightning.[5]

Prime Minister Almec and the Mandalorian super commandos then 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.[6]

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.[7] 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.[8]

After Maul returned to Dathomir to help Mother Talzin regain her physical form, Maul was then confronted by Sidious and Grievous at the Nightbrothers' village. He, along with Talzin possessing Dooku, fought Sidious and Grievous. Maul was able to use the Darksaber until he tossed Grieovus aside. As Talzin fought Sidious, Maul lost the Darksaber.[9]

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