The crossguard lightsaber was an ancient lightsaber design that was once common among Makashi practitioners, many of whom fought at the Great Scourge of Malachor. It typically emitted three blades, a primary blade and two raw power vents known as quillons. The quillons were tributaries of the main blade and emitter shrouds were used on each of the lateral vents to protect the wielder's hands from harm. To create the quillons an array of focusing crystal activators were used to split the energy from the lightsaber crystal.
During the early rebellion against the Galactic Empire, Ezra Bridger found a broken green-bladed crossguard lightsaber on Malachor which when he picked up and activated, it almost immediately broke and deactivated itself. Kylo Ren later built his own crossguard blade, which was unstable due to usage of a cracked kyber crystal.
Behind the scenesEdit
A crossguard lightsaber first appeared in Star Wars canon in the 2015 film Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens. The concept of a crossguard lightsaber was first introduced in Star Wars Legends. The lightsaber, which had two beams rather than three, made its first appearance in the 2004 comic book Republic 61: Dead Ends.
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