The dagger thorn was a long, white, pointed melee weapon that was held in the hand. The wielder attacked foes in close range by attempting to connect with the weapon's tip, which oozed a poisonous sap that was capable of killing a Human-sized target with a single scratch.
During the Galactic Civil War, a member of the Ultaarian Greenback species wielded a dagger thorn in each of his four hands during the Big Game, a gladiatorial competition on a space station known as the Wheel. When the warrior faced the Human smuggler Han Solo in the first round of fighting, Solo hurled a power shield at the hulking contestant's feet. The four-armed fighter tripped and fell upon one of his dagger thorns, and although the poison took a moment to affect him, he died in mid-strike.
Behind the scenes
Dagger thorns feature in Star Wars (1977) 20, an issue of the Marvel Star Wars comic book series that was first published in February 1979. The issue was written by Archie Goodwin, and illustrated by Carmine Infantino and Bob Wiacek.
- Star Wars (1977) 20 (First appearance)
- (as dagger-thorn)