The new Ahsoka novel by E.K. Johnston has revealed a little information about about favourite Snippy Padawan, Ahsoka Tano. Read on for more, spoilery detail...
A few weeks ago on the podcast we were asked about Ahsoka's white lightsabers, where she got them and what the colour means for her character. We speculated that the colourless nature of the lightsabers indicates that she, as a character has moved away from both the Jedi and the Sith a taken a more neutral position in the Force. Now E.K. Johnston's new novel has revealed how Ahsoka got the lightsabers and hinted at why the blades are white.
The novel isn't available in the UK until January 2017, but you can preorder from the link to the right.
The idea is that Ahsoka took the Kyber crystals from the weapon a one of Darth Vader's Inquisitors, The Sixth Brother. Ashoka defeats the Sixth Brother and claims the red crystals from his double bladed lightsaber in order to craft her own, new weapons.
You'll remember that Ahsoka had two lightsabers of slightly different lengths in the Clone Wars animated TV series, one green and one yellow/green. Well her new white bladed lightsabers, as seen in Star Wars Rebels, which both had full length blades, are crystal white. This appears to have happened when Ahsoka seized the red crystals and placed them in her new weapons. It would seem that Ahsoka is so pure in the Force that she changed the very nature of the crystals.
Now I'm no expert, and I know some of the legends materials relating to this stuff has long since gone the way of the Krate Dragon, but I thought the Sith crystals were synthetic. At least the crystal in Vader's hilt was said to be synthetic and provided by Sidious for his new apprentice after Star Wars Episode III Revenge Of The Sith. So this might change everything we know about lightsaber crystals.
We know the Jedi use green, blue and purple lightsabers. I'm limiting things to the movies here, I'm aware that some characters from expanded and connective storytelling have other colours. We also know all Sith hare red. So do all the crystals change colour when selected by the Jedi/Sith?
I seem to remember an idea that Uncle George had where Anakin's blade would turn red in Star Wars as he went to the dark side, was this always the plan? It opens up a ton of questions. Did Kylo Ren's blade start out blue when Ben Solo was training with Luke? Did it go red when he turned? Does this communicate something about Luke's journey that his blade was blue in A New Hope and green by Jedi? Are green blades signifiers of a Jedi's ability? If so what's the Purple one about? Is Mace Windu more powerful than Yoda or less powerful than Qui-Gon? Does purple mean your blue mixed with red, a little closer to the dark side than your usual Jedi? See where this thought process takes us?
We need hard and fast rules here I think. What does this concept art for The Force Awakens, by Eric Tiemens tells us, if anything?
I'd love to hear your thoughts on this recent canon development. What does it mean for Star Wars that a Jedi can effect the colour of the crystal in their lightsaber simply by their "place" in the Force? Is this unique to Ahsoka, or are we to start questioning everything that's gone before? Will we see Rey's blade turn red in VIII? And is that Darth Vader's red crystal in Kylo Ren's lightsaber? Leave your thoughts in the comments below, or better yet, send your thoughts as and MPS to TalkStarWarsINFO@gmail.com, and they'll make it onto the podcast...
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