In this edition of Star Wars Insights I take a look at Kylo Ren's lightsaber and wonder where he got the Kyber Crystal at it's heart, and why it is cracked giving the blade that distinctive jagged appearance...
When Kylo Ren first stumbled into our lives and sparked up that distinctive lightsaber in the first teaser for The Force Awakens, we all started asking the same question: what's the deal with this guys blade(s)? Since the film was released, almost one year ago, we have been getting little bits of information that help us begin to form a theory or two about this weapon's origin. I'd like to take a look a few option here.
First lets look at what the Visual Dictionary for The Force Awakens tells us about Kylo Ren's lightsaber.
There is no doubt that the blade's design is intended to mirror the unstable nature of the character using it, but I'm interested in the story behind the blade. Specifically the story behind the Kyber Crystal generating it. Here are a few options based on some of the canon elements we now understand.
It Was Darth Vader's
Ok, I've been saying this for a while now, but there is a chance that Kylo Ren, being a Darth Vader fanboy, has the Kyber Crystal from Vader's lightsaber inside his own. The story The Perfect Weapon, could be detail how Vader's lightsaber was recovered on Endor, following the destruction of the second Death Star and then retrieved by Bazine Netal for her mysterious client. I speculate wildly in the video embedded, so take a look at that. I've liked this idea for a long time, but with some recent canon reveals about the nature of the Crystals, I'm beginning to think there area a few more exciting options.
Making The Crystal Bleed
The Ahsoka novel teaches us that Sith blades are red because they hijack the Kyber Crystal from a Jedi lightsaber and then bend the crystal to their will. The process is called making the Kyber Crystal bleed and gives the blade it's blood red appearance. Did Kylo Ren have to use this process on the Kyber Crystal at the heart of his weapon? Did he go too far with the process and crack the Kyber Crystal resulting in the jagged blade? If there is a chance that Kylo Ren made a crystal bleed, who was the Kyber Crystal's previous owner?
It Was Luke's
Did Luke go into exile because he was completely defeated by his former apprentice Ben Solo? Did the newly christened Kylo Ren take his master's lightsaber and bleed the Kyber Crystal to make his own Sith weapon? If this is the case then Kylo Ren is an extraordinarily powerful character and we can expect great things from his in the coming movies. Maybe Luke, as Ben's Uncle and mentor, couldn't face his student for fear of destroying him and this compassion gave Kylo Ren the upper hand. There seem to be endless possibilities where this option is concerned, but one thing is certain, Ben taking Luke's Kyber Crystal and bleeding it to make it his own, would be the final insult to his former master.
It Was His Own Kyber Crystal
The simple answer would be that the Kyber Crystal at the heart of Kylo Ren's lightsaber once sat at the heart of Jedi Padawan, Ben Solo's weapon. Initially I though this wouldn't make for a very dramatic origin for this weapon but the more I thought about what it represents, the more engrossing it seems. This would be Kylo Ren taking what's left of Ben Solo, and destroying it. Tearing the weapon the former Jedi built, presumably under the guidance of his master, Luke Skywalker, and corrupting it. It's an act of self harm, something that fits with Kylo Ren's overall demeanour. Kylo seems to be full of self loathing in The Force Awakens, especially during that final exchange with his father on Starkiller Base. Did Kylo Ren vandalise one of Ben Solo's achievements in an attempt to completely destroy his former self? Quite likely in my opinion.
Now for a long shot...
It Was Obi-Wan Kenobi's
We have all assumed that Obi-Wan Kenobi's lightsaber was destroyed when the Death Star exploded at the end of Star Wars Episode IV A New Hope, but what if it was taken somewhere safe by Darth Vader? It would be fitting, dramatically, that Vader/Anakin would take his former master's weapon and keep it, the way Obi-Wan kept Anakin's. To Obi-Wan, Anakin's lightsaber would have been a totem of sorts, the final piece of the once powerful Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker. The Chose One. A weapon to pass to the new hope, Anakin's son, in order to begin his training and ultimately defeat the Sith. For Anakin, Obi-Wan's weapon would have been more of a trophy. A symbol that had destroyed the man he had grown to resent. I suspect he would have kept that safe.
In Episode VIII, we are hearing that Kylo Ren may be wearing a cape that once belonged to Darth Vader. If Kylo Ren is so committed to surrounding himself with his grandfather's belongings, it stands to reason that one of the items first found would be Obi-Wan's lightsaber, if in fact if survived the Death Star. Wouldn't it be a fitting tribute to his grandfather to take this weapon and further disgrace Obi-Wan by bleeding the Kyber Crystal and using it in a Sith weapon? I think that is in keeping the character of Kylo Ren.
Have Your Say
I know which of these options I've accepted at being the true origin for the cracked Kyber Crystal in Kylo Ren's lightsaber, but I would be very interested in know what you think. Below is a twitter poll on the subject, cast your vote using one of the four options discussed here, or quote the tweet to add another option that you think might be more fitting.
Thank you for reading,