The crossguard lightsaber was an ancient lightsaber variant with three blades: a primary blade and two vents just below it called quillons. It was once common among Makashi practitioners by the time of the Great Scourge of Malachor. The Sith Lord Darth Atrius wielded a pair of such lightsabers imbued with his anger. Later, during the High Republic Era, Jedi Master Stellan Gios wielded a crossguard lightsaber with an additional, folding physical crossguard which supported the quillon blades. First Order warlord and later Supreme Leader Kylo Ren wielded a lightsaber where the quillons served an additional function as vents to balance out an unstable, cracked kyber crystal.
Crossguard lightsabers were similar in size to normal single-bladed lightsabers, but possessed two small vents below the primary blade, positioned opposite each other on the hilt. These vents, called quillons, projected two smaller blades, which were tributaries of the main blade crated using an array of focusing crystal activators to split the energy from the kyber crystal inside. Emitter shrouds were used to protect the wielder's hands from injury. An ancient design, it was once common among practitioners of the lightsaber combat Form II, also known as Makashi.
The crossguard lightsaber was an ancient lightsaber variant. It proved especially popular among practitioners of the lightsaber combat style known as Makashi, or Form II, and many of them fought at the Great Scourge of Malachor.
Darth Atrius owned a pair of crossguard lightsabers during a time when the Sith were plentiful and powerful. Imbued with the Sith Lord's anger, the lightsabers survived long after the perceived downfall of the Sith, capable of driving their wielders insane with anger. They were eventually destroyed by Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader during the Imperial Era.
During the High Republic Era, Jedi Master Stellan Gios owned a lightsaber with a retractable physical crossguard, the arms of which would fold up when the weapon was inactive. When the lightsaber was ignited, the arms would fold out and support the two quillon beams, providing an additional layer of hand protection.
During the Galactic Civil War, Ezra Bridger found an ancient green-bladed crossguard lightsaber on Malachor. When he picked it up and activated it, 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. At the end of his time as a Knight of Ren, Kylo flung his weapon into the sea on the moon Kef Bir as a sign of renunciation of his commitment to the dark side of the Force.
Behind the scenes
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. Crossguard hilted lightsabers with metallic quillons first appeared in Star Wars: The Old Republic when the "Dauntless Avenger's" and "Indomitable Vanquisher's" lightsabers were released in patch 2.6.0 on February 4th, 2014.
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