- "Sai cha comes from the ancient words for "separate" and "head", and as you might expect it describes the act of using a lightsaber to behead an opponent."
- ―Cin Drallig
In lightsaber combat, a sai cha was a rare instance when a Jedi beheaded his or her opponent. In general, sai cha was reserved for either droids or biological opponents that presented a great danger and resisted non-lethal subduing attacks (such as cho mai). Only individuals like Simus with great strength in the Force were able to survive it, and even in his case it may have been impossible without the particular physiology of the Sith species.
Droids were regarded by most Force-sensitives as neither honorable nor dishonorable, with the exception of a few heroic notables. For example, Obi-Wan Kenobi beheaded General Grievous's MagnaGuards on board the Invisible Hand and during the Battle of Utapau.
In 37 BBY, Qui-Gon Jinn was forced to apply the sai cha against Baroness Omnino of Vena, as she was in possession of a psychic augmenter, a sophisticated device that enabled her to control the minds of others. Jinn was forced to decapitate her to save the lives of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Supreme Chancellor Finis Valorum, and knocking the Baroness unconscious was not an option, as her dangerous mind may have remained active.
Sith Lord Darth Maul performed several brutal sai cha marks: first on several villagers on Raydonia and later on the Death Watch's Secret Mandalore Pre Vizsla in the Mandalore Throne Room during their takeover of Sundari.
Anakin Skywalker applied sai cha on Count Dooku onboard the Invisible Hand. Notably, this instance was carried out using two lightsabers in a scissor movement, and was performed on an already helpless opponent.
Several Jedi were forced to employ sai cha during the Great Jedi Purge. These include Roan Shryne, who performed sai cha upon Commander Appo in the Imperial invasion of Kashyyyk, and Jedi Master Tsui Choi, who applied it against a clone commander in 19 BBY.
Jedi Master Luke Skywalker applied sai cha during his final confrontation with Shimrra Jamaane, Supreme Overlord of the Yuuzhan Vong. Skywalker beheaded Jamaane with the crossed blades of both his and his nephew Anakin's lightsaber, much like how his father beheaded Count Dooku nearly fifty years before.
Behind the scenesEdit
Beheading of opponents is normally not available in Star Wars computer games, because of censorship and rating issues. However, in Star Wars: Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast and Star Wars: Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy, beheadings and general dismemberment are possible using the "Saber Realistic Combat" function which is accessible through a cheat code. In some cases you didn't even need to attack your opponent if they are running right at you, all you need to do is turn in their direction. It is also available in Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II.
In the Star Wars: The Clone Wars episodes "Eminence" and "Shade of Reason," the Cartoon Network airings of the episodes had censored the scenes where Savage Opress and Darth Maul performed sai cha on the Black Sun leadership council and Pre Vizsla, respectively. The cut sequences were restored on the DVD/Blu Ray release.
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Notes & ReferencesEdit
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
- ↑ Crosscurrent
- ↑ Tales of the Jedi: The Freedon Nadd Uprising 1
- ↑ Star Wars: The Old Republic Encyclopedia
- ↑ Darth Bane: Path of Destruction
- ↑ Darth Bane: Rule of Two
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Revenge"
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Shades of Reason"
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader
- ↑ Dark Forces: Soldier for the Empire
- ↑ Dark Forces: Rebel Agent
- ↑ Star Wars: Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II
- ↑ The New Jedi Order: The Unifying Force
- ↑ Legacy of the Force: Tempest
- ↑ Legacy of the Force: Sacrifice
- ↑ Legacy of the Force: Fury
- ↑ Fate of the Jedi: Abyss
- ↑ Legacy 30: Vector, Part 11
- ↑ Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith novel