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Darth Maul and his Lightsaber

Or, What's scarier than a Sith Lord with a single-bladed Lightsaber?

Darth Maul

Darth Maul and his two bladed lightsaber

He's the baddest of the siths. Jedi-killer. Demon warrior. The Terminator of the Star Wars underworld. He can lay you out with a sidekick while drinking his morning coffee and scratching at his groin. Rile him up and he might even come at you with his demonic double-bladed lightsaber. Then your really in for it.

Darth Maul is arguably the coolest character in the Star Wars universe. He took the "Coolest Bad-ass" title from Boba Fett and never looked back until his upper and lower torso started tumbling away from one another. What a waste of a great villain.

Regardless, there is little known about Darth Maul. He was, of course, apprentice to Darth Sidious, who eventually became (spoiler alert, ha ha) the evil Emperor. What you might not have known is that Sidious actually kidnapped Maul from his home planet of Iridonia and raised him as dog-fighters tend to raise pit bulls.

Sidious was strict and sometimes brutal to his apprentice, training him in the Dark arts of the Force and preparing him to go out unto the world and kill lots of Jedi.

Maul was skilled at everything there is to be skilled at, except possibly dining room ettique. He was a master martial artist (teräs käsi), a wizard with the Force, an ingenious mechanic, and an unparelleled saber fighter, specializing in two-lightsaber combat (Jar'Kai). He used his knack for mechanics to build many things, including his ship, the Sith Infiltrator (which was called the Scimitar). He also built robotic spy probes, and a kick-ass hover-scooter called the Bloodfin. But one of his most masterful creations was his double-bladed lightsaber.

Darth Maul's Lightsaber was actually inspired by an earlier Jedi named Exar Kun. Exar Kun was a powerful Jedi that delved too deeply in the knowledge of the sith arts and turned to the dark side (sound familiar?). Exar was the first person to ever carry a double-bladed lightsaber. Maul may have seen a little of himself in the arogant, powerful Exar Kun, and possibly took up the double-bladed lightsaber in tribute.

There is much speculation as to Darth Maul's real name, but common consensus seems to hold that his birth name was either Khameir Sarin or Manuel Gonzalez. Most sources lean toward the former.

Lastly, a final bit of trivia from Wikipedia: Darth Maul apparently blinks only once in the entire movie The Phantom Menace. That blink occurs just after Obi Wan Kenobi cuts him in half. Now that's a tough bastard.

Lightsabers in General

Lightsabers are probably the oldest of the known sword types. Yes, that's right, oldest. They were, after all, created a long time ago, in a gala... ahem. Well, you get the point (please excuse that last sentence and what was, perhaps, the worst pun ever jotted down onto this website).

As far as the history goes, if you don't know, then I fear it's hopeless. Go rent some movies.

Oh alright, I'll try. Lightsabers are the chosen weapon of the Jedi, a powerful order of knights in the six Star Wars movies created by George Lucas.

As far as the history goes, if you don't know, then I fear it's hopeless. Go rent some movies.

Oh alright, I'll try. Lightsabers are the chosen weapon of the Jedi, a powerful order of knights in the six Star Wars movies created by George Lucas.

The lightsaber consisted of a sturdy hilt with no crossguards and a short beam of laser energy that could cut through almost anything it struck. The beams were created using a focused blast of powerful energy. This energy was focused by a crystal embedded in the hilt of the weapon. The color of this crystal determined the color of the lightsaber's beam (and, occasionally, the sexual orientation of the weilder. Most notably, the pink lightsaber of Russell the Gentle, the slightly gay yet powerful Jedi of Gantoris. Russell the Gentle, in addition to his pink lightsaber, was known for designing most of the outfits for the Jedi and convincing Yoda that "a nice taupe color scheme would be delicious in the council chambers. Oh, and more plants, Yoda baby, more plants.")

The colors of the lightsaber said much about a jedi. Each color had its own symbolism. Anakin Skywalker started his career with a blue lightsaber. When he turned to the Dark Side, he switched to the red blade that only Siths use.

Jedis are supposed to build their own lightsabers when they come of age, and use this lightsaber for the rest of their days, or until someone cut their hand off and the lightsaber was lost, which seemed inevitable for most Jedis at one time or another.

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