During the Clone Wars, Ahsoka Tano owned a pair of lightsabers. The weapons were a single-bladed lightsaber with a green blade, which was later accompanied by a shoto lightsaber with a yellow-green blade that she built upon taking up Jar'Kai during the latter half of the war. She often wielded her weapons in an unorthodox reverse grip. She used the lightsabers in many battles, although she was separated from them on a few occasions, such as when her lightsaber was stolen by Bannamu and wound up in the hands of the thief Cassilyda Cryar, or upon her abduction by Trandoshan hunter Lo-Taren during the Second Battle of Felucia. After Tano's departure from the Jedi Order after being framed for treason, the weapons remained with the Order. Her former master Anakin Skywalker returned the weapons to her upon her return to the Galactic Republic's military to lead forces in the Siege of Mandalore near the end of the war. Tano eventually abandoned the lightsabers for good after Order 66, the means by which the Sith engineered the fall of the Jedi, in order to fake her death to the new Galactic Empire, before eventually replacing them with a pair of white lightsabers upon joining the nascent rebellion.
The primary lightsaber was a single-bladed weapon with a cylindrical silver hilt with black ornamentation. The shoto looked like a smaller, less-detailed version of the other lightsaber. Both sabers contained kyber crystals from the sacred planet of Ilum, with the primary lightsaber having a green blade and the shoto's blade being yellow-green. Both sabers were capable of being wielded underwater, as demonstrated during the Battle of Mon Cala. When the lightsabers were returned to Tano prior to the Siege of Mandalore, the blades were now blue as a result of Anakin Skywalker tinkering with the weapons.
The first lightsaberEdit
Ahsoka Tano, a Togruta Jedi youngling, built the first of her lightsabers after receiving a kyber crystal on a Gathering to the remote world of Ilum. She brought it with her when she travelled to the planet Christophsis in the first year of the Clone Wars upon being appointed the Padawan of Jedi Knight and General Anakin Skywalker, who was fighting to take the world from the Separatists with his former Master Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Tano wielded the lightsaber as she fought alongside her master in many battles, including crossing blades with the feared General Grievous on a mission to Skytop Station, fighting Count Dooku's assassin Asajj Ventress on several occasions, and using them in battles against Separatist forces on worlds like Maridun, Naboo, Felucia, and Geonosis. She also duelled with disguised Clawdite bounty hunter Cato Parasitti after the shapeshifter had disguised herself as Jedi librarian Jocasta Nu during an infiltration of the Jedi Temple, and fought her fellow Padawan Barriss Offee after the Mirialan had been infected by a Geonosian brain worm.
One mission on Coruscant had Tano waiting on watch outside a cantina in slum district G17 while Skywalker went inside to arrest arms dealer Car Affa. Tano was jostled by a crowd of people running outside as Skywalker took Affa into custody, so she didn't notice that the Patrolian thief Bannamu had taken the opportunity to swipe her lightsaber until after he had vanished into the masses. Desperate for her master not to find out about the loss, Tano teamed up with semi-retired Jedi Master Tera Sinube to track the weapon down. Bannamu sold the lightsaber to a Trandoshan assassin named Nack Movers. However, Movers was shortly murdered by his girlfriend Ione Marcy and her associate Cassilyda Cryar, so when Tano and Sinube tracked the weapon to Movers' apartment, Tano was ambushed by the Terrelian Jango Jumper when she searched the place. However, Cryar fled through the window after realizing Tano was a Jedi, as she had not yet figured out how to activate the weapon. Tano chased Cryar over the rooftops, but Sinube took the long way around. Eventually, Tano and Sinube followed Marcy and Cryar to a hovertrain station with the aid of a homing beacon, where Marcy was arrested as Cryar fled onto the train. Tano followed her, but was forced to hold off when Cryar held some civilians hostage with the stolen weapon. However, Sinube met the train at the next station and disarmed Cryar, returning Tano's weapon to her.
Tano was later sent to Mandalore by the Jedi High Council to teach cadets at the Royal Academy of Government about the dangers of corruption, following a request by Duchess Satine Kryze. However, due to what had transpired on Master Kenobi's earlier visit, Tano was required to leave her lightsaber with her master, thus helping expose the corruption of Satine's Prime Minister, Almec, with only her unarmed combat skills and the Force.
At some point after her assistance in rescuing Chi Eekway Papanoida following her abduction by Separatist forces, Tano decided to take up Jar'Kai, and journeyed to Ilum for a second kyber crystal. She built a shoto lightsaber with a yellow-green blade to accompany her primary weapon. Tano received some training from Grand Master Yoda on the dual-wielding style of combat.
Tano subsequently wielded the pair of lightsabers on occasions such as the mission to Mortis and the battle of Lola Sayu. During the Second Battle of Felucia, Tano was involved in an attack on a Separatist fortification along with Skywalker and Jedi Master Plo Koon. Tano's job was to go over the fort's back wall, along with clone troopers from Plo's 104th Battalion, including Sinker, Boost and Comet. However, after all of the troopers had ascended the wall, Tano was ambushed by the Trandoshan hunter Lo-Taren with an electrified net gun, searching for sentient prey for a sadistic bloodsport. Tano was dragged away, with her lightsabers left behind, and brought to the moon of Wasskah, where she was forced to fight for her life unarmed with several newfound allies before she could return to the Republic.
Tano was again separated from her weapons during the mission to the slaver world of Zygerria. Along with Skywalker, Kenobi, and Clone Captain Rex, Tano had gone on the mission in disguise, in her case as a slave girl, much to her disgust. The Jedi's lightsabers had all been hidden inside of the astromech droid R2-D2. When the Jedi revealed themselves at the Royal Slave Auction and attempted to capture Queen Miraj Scintel, they were overpowered, with Tano knocked unconscious by a shock collar she had been placed in as part of her disguise. The Queen subsequently kept the weapons as trophies. Eventually, Skywalker took the opportunity to free himself and Tano, reclaiming her weapons, before they left to rescue Kenobi, Rex and a large number of abducted Togruta colonists from the planet Kadavo.
While attending the Confederate–Republic peace conference on Mandalore alongside Senator Amidala, Tano was unexpectedly reunited with acquaintance Lux Bonteri of Onderon, who had come to denounce Count Dooku for murdering his mother. Sent to rescue him, Tano took him offworld, but he shocked her unconscious and turned their ship towards Carlac, hiding her lightsabers onboard while telling R2-D2 that she had fallen asleep. Upon arriving and discovering that Bonteri was working with the Mandalorian extremists Death Watch, Tano concealed her status as a Jedi, signalling R2 to continue to conceal the weapons after he had retrieved them from where they had been hidden. Tano's initial confrontation with the Death Watch ended in her defeat due to her lack of weapons, but after the droid returned them to her back at the warriors' camp, she fought her way out, crossing blades with Death Watch leader Pre Vizsla, who wielded the ancient Darksaber. Tano, Bonteri and R2-D2 were able to escape, but Bonteri chose not to return to the Republic.
Tano later used the weapons when she, Skywalker, Kenobi and Rex were sent to covertly assist in the Onderonian Civil War, where she again met Bonteri. She stayed behind on Onderon after the others' departure to monitor the Onderon rebels. Tano eventually publicly intervened at the attempted execution of rightful Onderonian king Ramsis Dendup to rescue General Tandin, who had finally had enough of the usurper Sanjay Rash and turned on him. Tano continued to fight openly as a Jedi for the remainder of the conflict.
Later, Tano led a group of younglings on a Gathering to Ilum so they could gain their own lightsaber crystals. However, the return journey was fraught with complications, starting with an attack by the pirate Hondo Ohnaka that led to Tano's capture and yet another separation from her weapons. The younglings set out to rescue Tano, but an attack by General Grievous led to everyone being forced to work together. Tano once again crossed blades with the Kaleesh cyborg briefly while covering the younglings' escape.
Parting with the bladesEdit
In 19 BBY, Tano and Skywalker were called away from fighting on Cato Neimoidia to investigate a bombing at the Jedi Temple hangar, since their absence from Coruscant at the time would make them impartial. The pair identified Letta Turmond, the wife of Jedi Temple employee Jackar Bowmani, as the bomber, having used nano-explosives to unwittingly turn him into a walking bomb to protest the Jedi's involvement in the Clone Wars. Unbeknownst to anyone, however, Turmond was actually a proxy of Tano's friend Barriss Offee, who had secretly fallen to the dark side in her unease over the war. In an attempt to get Tano to join her, Offee framed Tano for the bombing, starting by Force-choking Turmond over a sabotaged holographic recording that had no sound, making Tano's attempts to save Turmond's life look like murder. Tano was subsequently arrested, but Offee then assisted in her escape in a way that made her look guilty, including Tano finding her lightsabers on the floor right by several Coruscant Guard shock troopers who had been killed with such a weapon. During her flight, Tano lost her shoto before escaping into an underworld portal.
While on the run on Level 1313, Tano encountered Ventress, who had become a bounty hunter after being disowned by Dooku. Ventress helped Tano non-lethally fight off the clone troopers sent after her. Tano also contacted Offee, unaware of her duplicity, and was thus lured into a trap at an abandoned munitions warehouse. After parting ways with the fugitive Padawan, Ventress was ambushed by Offee, who stole her mask and lightsabers after knocking her unconscious. At the warehouse, Tano was attacked by the disguised Offee, who wore a cloak in addition to her stolen mask and weapons, leading to her capture by the Coruscant Guard. Tano was subsequently put on trial for her alleged crimes after being expelled from the Jedi Order. Skywalker, investigating, tracked down Ventress and subsequently identified Offee as the true culprit. Tano was released after Offee confessed, but chose not to return to the Jedi, leaving her lightsabers in their possession.
While the lightsabers were in the custody of the Jedi, Skywalker took the opportunity to do some tinkering with them, with the blades becoming blue as a result. Tano, during her time away from the temple, eventually allied herself with Mandalorian warrior Bo-Katan Kryze and her Nite Owls, who welcomed a Republic invasion of Mandalore as it would unseat the Sith Lord Darth Maul, who had taken over the planet, installed a puppet government and murdered Duchess Satine. Tano made the decision to call on her former Master for help, and Skywalker came to the planet with his forces. However, when Skywalker was abruptly called away to rescue the Supreme Chancellor, he left Tano with her lightsabers, Captain Rex, and part of the 501st Legion.
Tano, Rex and their allies very nearly won the subsequent Siege of Mandalore, but Chancellor Palpatine's abrupt execution of Order 66 — his plan as the Dark Lord of the Sith to destroy the Jedi — undid the victory with staggering violence. Tano escaped with Rex, who had removed his control chip beforehand and was thus not compelled to follow the order like the other clones were. In order to escape the newly-created Galactic Empire, the two chose to fake their deaths, burying another clone trooper in part of Rex's armour, with a headstone claiming they had killed each other. Tano left her lightsabers atop the grave in order to sell the deception, although it was difficult for her to do so.
Over a year after the end of the Clone Wars, Tano would build herself a new pair of lightsabers, these ones with white blades, from components she'd picked up on her travels and kyber crystals reclaimed from the lightsaber of the Imperial Inquisitor known as the Sixth Brother. She finished the weapons in time to assist in the evacuation of the population of the moon Raada from the Empire's wrath.
Behind the scenesEdit
Ahsoka's lightsaber first appeared in the Star Wars: The Clone Wars movie. The accompanying shoto first appeared in "Heroes on Both Sides". In the flashback in Ahsoka where she abandons the lightsabers after the Siege of Mandalore, the blades are described as green. However, the trailers for the Clone Wars revival depict the lightsabers as blue-bladed upon being returned to her by Anakin prior to the siege.
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- Star Wars: The Clone Wars The Complete Season Three
- Star Wars: On the Front Lines (Picture only)
- Star Wars: Forces of Destiny: Meet the Heroes
- Forces of Destiny: Tales of Hope & Courage
- Ultimate Star Wars, New Edition (First identified as Ahsoka's lightsabers)
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