The proto-saber was a type of ancient prototype lightsaber locked away in an Imperial base near Darth Vader's castle on Mustafar. Sometime between 2 BBY and 0 BBY, members of the Rebel Alliance undertook a mission to Mustafar, and discovered the proto-saber.
The hilt of the proto-saber had a crossguard, though without a vent, like crossguard lightsabers have, and two prongs sticking out on either side of the top. When ignited, white energy would light up between the two prongs.
During the mission to Mustafar, the Rebel Alliance undertook sometime between 2 BBY and 0 BBY, the agents discovered a container with the proto-saber inside. Their pilot, Athex, opened the box to reveal the proto-saber and scanned it to for data to be able to retrieve for the Alliance. Darth Vader, however, came in right after, and while the other agents attempted to give Athex cover by firing their blasters at Vader. Athex, who in the meantime ducked for cover, was executed by being pulled towards Vader and being stabbed through the chest, allowing Vader to recover the proto-saber. The reprogrammed droid K-2SO, flying a shuttle, crashed into the building, and shot at Vader in order to give the other agents time to escape and attempt to deliver the data to the Rebel Alliance.
Behind the scenesEdit
- "That object, we're calling it for now the proto-saber. The idea is it's kind of a prototype of a lightsaber and it may find its way into other mediums, you know, in the Star Wars universe."
- ―Secrets of the Empire writer David S. Goyer in an interview with The Star Wars Show
The protosaber first appeared in Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi — The Golden Age of the Sith, now classified as Star Wars Legends. It made its introduction into canon on Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire, a hyper-reality experience created by The Void and ILMxLab in Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida on December 16th, 2017, Disneyland in Anaheim, California on January 5th, 2018, and a limited release in London which will run from December 16th, 2017 to March 10th, 2018.
It was first identified on January 31st, 2018 in The Star Wars Show by Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire writer David S. Goyer during an interview, stating, "That object, that we're calling for now the proto-saber, the idea is sort of a prototype of lightsaber and it may find its way into other mediums in the Star Wars universe."
- Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire (First appearance)
- (First identified as Proto-saber)