- "Let it be nothing more than what it is; an instrument of murder, and nameless."
- ―Darth Maul
When it was double-bladed, Maul used the saberstaff on countless missions for his master, Darth Sidious. With it he embarked on missions to kill Jedi and to eliminate enemies. Maul used the saberstaff to eliminate Jedi Anoon Bondara, Siolo Ur Manka, Qui-Gon Jinn and Darsha Assant. He used the lightsaber in his mission to cripple the Black Sun criminal syndicate.
After his return to the galaxy, Maul used the weapon to slaughter a village of people on Raydonia and used it to kill Jedi Bruu Jun-Fan, Ko Solok, Grohto and Finn Ertay. Maul used the lightsaber in a battle on Moorjhone and in a duel with Obi-Wan Kenobi on Florrum. In addition to this, he used it on missions to Nal Hutta and Jabba Desilijic Tiure's palace. On Mandalore, Maul used it to defeat Death Watch leader Pre Vizsla. He used it in a duel with Darth Sidious.
- 1 Origins and specifications
- 2 History
- 3 Behind the scenes
- 4 Appearances
- 5 Sources
- 6 Notes and references
Origins and specifications[edit | edit source]
- "The single blade has limitations, Master, in both offense and defense. It made sense to me to be able to strike with both ends."
- ―Darth Maul to Darth Sidious
Darth Maul fabricated his double-bladed lightsaber out of necessity. Sent to the Jentares system to assassinate the reclusive Jedi Master, Siolo Ur Manka, Maul found himself unable to physically compete with the warrior. Their initial bout ended with Maul being batted across the face with his enemy's Force-imbued staff and then disarmed. Knowing that he couldn't beat his opponent through martial prowess, Maul fell back on his strategic know-how, resolving to surprise his opponent.
Returning to his ship, Maul drew on Sith schematics he had at his disposal, fabricating two separate lightsabers. Welding the weapons together, Maul created his new lightsaber. As Maul's lightsaber was composed of two weapons with connected pommels, they both possessed identical designs. Directly below the beam emitter and projection plate of both weapons was the modulation circuitry and the activator. Next to the activator was a control lock and a small, ridged handgrip. The next control was for blade modulation, with a second set of control locks directly below it. The center of the weapon was the joint between the two lightsabers.
Maul took considerable pride in the fashioning of the crystals for his weapon. Creating a set of four synthetic lightsaber crystals in a compression furnace, he went into deep meditation for four days, using the Force to control and monitor the formation of the crystals.
History[edit | edit source]
Unveiling[edit | edit source]
- "A trick?"
"No. Simply victory."
- ―Siolo'urmanka and Darth Maul
Returning to the jungle world, Maul again approached Manka, who stood ready. Lamenting Maul's lack of honor or artistry in favor of pure skill, Manka took up a combat stance and offered Maul one last chance to flee. Maul ignited one of the blades of his weapon. Manka attacked first, charging with his staff. Maul barely managed to sidestep before countering. Seeing no point in waiting, Maul used exactly the same maneuver he used previously, allowing himself to be disarmed. As Maul caught the weapon in his left hand, Manka rushed inside the Sith Lord's guard, with Maul's extended arm and the “pommel” of his lightsaber pinned against the Jedi's own back while he held his staff to Maul's throat.
Declaring Maul beaten, as he could crush Maul's throat long before the Sith Lord could bring his lightsaber around to attack, Manka was caught utterly off-guard when Maul triggered the second blade of his weapon, igniting it through the Jedi's chest. As he died in Maul's arms, Manka asked if the Sith Lord had used some sort of trick. Maul replied that he simply achieved victory.
Darth Sidious was genuinely impressed by Maul's ingenuity, and advised Maul to name the weapon, foreseeing that it would "tell great tales". Maul decided against this, feeling that the weapon was little more than what he was, an instrument of murder.
Silus[edit | edit source]
At some point in 33 BBY, Sidious pitted Maul against the Force-sensitive Drovian Silus, sending Maul to an unknown planet in the Outer Rim. Silus was a hulking, savage brute using the Force for financial gain by pitting himself against other lesser opponents in a dueling ring. Sidious offered to take Silus on as his new apprentice should he be able to kill Maul. He found the Drovian, and after showing him a holo-message of his master containing Sidious' proposal of replacing Maul with Silus the two began to fight. A nullifier field surrounding the dueling ring prevented use of energy weapons, rendering Maul's lightsaber useless and forcing the pair into fighting using only the Force and unarmed combat tactics. Sidious' proposal of replacing Maul with Silus alarmed and unnerved his apprentice, causing a near-fatal lack of focus that allowed Silus to gain the upper hand.
Calling upon his rage, Maul prevailed in the end, using the Force to overload the field and using his lightsaber to end Silus' life. Darth Sidious then revealed to Maul that the ordeal had only been a test.
Ultimate test[edit | edit source]
Maul wielded the lightsaber during his ultimate test at the conclusion of his training. Abandoned on an isolated world in the Outer Rim, he was forced to survive alone while being hunted by hordes of assassin droids. After a month's time, Sidious returned and challenged his apprentice to a lightsaber duel.
The weak and famished Maul quickly lost. Sidious then tossed Maul's lightsaber aside and told Maul that he had failed, and revealed that he had been secretly training another apprentice to replace Maul the entire time. Rage and hatred overwhelmed Maul and, in one final act of defiance, he lunged forward and sunk his teeth into his master's hand. As he spat the blood back into his master's face in contempt, Maul realized he was no match for the Dark Lord of the Sith, and when Maul's emotions were finally spent, he prepared himself for death. Sidious struck his lightsaber down on Maul, but without killing him since it had only been a training lightsaber. Sidious then laughed. By wanting to kill his own master, Maul had in fact passed the final test. There had been no other apprentice. Sidious proclaimed him to be Darth Maul, a Dark Lord of the Sith and took him to a new home on Coruscant.
Black Sun[edit | edit source]
After a brief training bout with several of his Duelist Elite droids, Maul was dispatched by Darth Sidious to destroy the leadership of the crime syndicate, Black Sun, as the organizations influence was enough to give Sidious pause. Maul carved his way through the nine Vigos and confronted and killed the bodyguard Sinya and the Dathomiri Nightsister Mighella. Sinya, he beheaded, despite her skilled usage of her twin Guard shotos. Mighella wielded a Darksword against him, and was ultimately disarmed. Maul resisted her subsequent blast of Force lightning and cut her in two.
Longing for victory over Jedi, Maul finally got his wish when he pursued the Neimoidian Hath Monchar. While he successfully killed Monchar, the Neimiodian managed to sell sensitive information regarding the existence of Darth Sidious to information broker Lorn Pavan. Pursuing Pavan, Maul accidentally brought a pair of Jedi upon him, the disturbance in the Force his actions caused alerting them.
Things erupted into a speeder chase, Maul chasing the Jedi and Pavan on the Bloodfin. One of the Jedi, Anoon Bondara, sought to turn the tables, leaping off their speeder at Maul. The two crashed on a nearby platform, beginning a fast paced duel. Bondara ultimately ended the contest by ramming his lightsaber into the power core of Maul's bike, destroying it. Maul survived, and continued pursuing Pavan. Before he could capture him, however, Bondara's Padawan, Darsha Assant, attacked him. Unable to defeat the Sith Lord, she ended the contest as her master did, and detonated several explosive barrels.
While Maul did catch up with Pavan, slicing off his hand, Pavan escaped. However, while he did reach his goal, he only brought his information back to the original mastermind; Darth Sidious.
Naboo Crisis usage[edit | edit source]
As Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn returned to their ship from Mos Espa with Anakin Skywalker in tow, Maul attacked. Charging Jinn with his speederbike, Maul leapt off and quickly attacked. Igniting only a single blade of his weapon, Maul quickly pressed the attack, rapidly gaining ground on Jinn. He likely would have defeated the Jedi master then and there had his apprentice, Obi-Wan Kenobi, not resolved to rescue him.
Kenobi had the Queen's pilot guide the ship over towards the duel, allowing Jinn to leap aboard and escape. Maul was left fuming on the desert floor.
While Queen Amidala pleaded her case before the Senate, Palpatine's manipulations ensured that the Senate took no action. Believing that she had no other option, she returned to Naboo to lead an insurgency against the Trade Federation occupation. Maul was dispatched to Naboo to combat the Jedi.
As the Battle of Naboo raged, and the insurgency stormed the palace, aided by the Jedi, Maul revealed himself. Blocking the rebels path to the throne room from the hangar, he brandished his lightsaber. Holding it before himself as though offering it for inspection, Maul ignited both ends. Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi ignited their blades and attacked.
While the insurgents took an alternate route, Maul's duel with the Jedi tore through the hangar. Holding off his dual adversaries, Maul guided the fight towards one of the hangar exits, entering the adjacent Theed Generator Complex. As the battle raged on the narrow catwalks above the reactor floor hundreds of meters below, Maul came to realize that he could not overcome his opponents while they were together.
Resolving to separate them, Maul leapt onto one of the overhead catwalks. Engaging the Jedi above, Maul kicked Kenobi aside. Kenobi was knocked off the catwalk and fell two levels down, landing on one of the lower platforms. Jinn retaliated with a backhand swipe that in turn knocked Maul off the catwalk to a lower level. Leaping after Maul, Jinn brought his blade to the prone Sith Lord's throat, hoping to end the contest quickly. Maul kicked Jinn in the thigh and quickly regained his feet. Jinn was quick to take the initiative, driving Maul back with a resolute offense. Maul was forced to give ground, retreating into the laser gated security hall leading to one of the cooling pits as Jinn pressed the attack, with Kenobi in staunch pursuit. Their battle was brought to a brief end when the laser gates cycled on, trapping each combatant in a separate cell. Maul tested the walls with his lightsaber blade, and finding them impenetrable, extinguished the weapon.
Kenobi began patching his wounds with strips of cloth torn from his robe; Jinn knelt down in meditation; and Maul paced his cell like a caged animal. When the walls cycled open again, Jinn surged to his feet and again pressed the attack, driving Maul back to the rim of the cooling pit. However, Jinn's momentum finally played out, leaving him vulnerable, and Kenobi was still separated by the last laser gate. In the confined space of the narrow pit rim, Jinn was unable to adequately counter-attack, so Maul drove him back with a focused offense. Kenobi was forced to watch as Maul bucked Jinn in the face with his saberstaff hilt, before whirling and shoving his lightsaber into Jinn's gut.
Maul's defeat[edit | edit source]
Maul turned to Kenobi, waiting for the wall to cycle open. The two reignited their lightsabers seconds before it opened, and then Kenobi charged out in a fury. Falling on Maul in a rage-fueled frenzy, Kenobi actually caught the experienced Sith Lord off guard, rapidly gaining ground. Using an elaborate feint to trick Maul into bringing his lightsaber into a horizontal position, Kenobi slashed the weapon in half with a swift undercut, knocking the nonfunctional, lesser half of the weapon into the wall.
Knocked to the ground by Kenobi's follow-up kick, Maul held his grip on the functioning half of the weapon. Regaining his feet, Maul retreated with a series of leaping twirls, putting distance between the two to regain his composure. Wielding his single blade, Maul turned and countered with a sequence of swift strikes, following up with a kick to Kenobi's face. Deflecting Kenobi's counter and leaping over a strike at his legs, Maul again pressed the attack. After another brief series of chops and blocks, Kenobi performed a rapid overhand, locking blades with Maul. Maul broke the lock, shoving aside Kenobi's blade before blasting him in the face with a Force push. Kenobi was thrown off his feet and fell into the pit, grabbing hold of an inactive input nozzle.
Darth Maul loomed above, triumphant. Kicking the Padawan's lightsaber into the pit, and hacking at the rim with his single blade to shower Kenobi with sparks in an attempt to dislodge him. However, Maul lowered his guard, believing he had won, and giving Kenobi an opening. Kenobi threw himself up and out of the pit, summoning Qui-Gon's fallen lightsaber. Flipping above and over Maul, Kenobi cut the Sith Lord in half at the waist, eliciting a shocked and pained flinch from Darth Maul. Extinguishing his lightsaber, Maul fell back, tumbling down the pit with a muted yell.
Maul's return[edit | edit source]
Despite the severity of his injury, the functioning half of the lightsaber remained with Darth Maul during his escape to Lotho Minor via a garbage-disposal ship on Naboo. Once on Lotho Minor, Maul used the lightsaber to cut his way out of the garbage tube he had been sealed into, and used it to destroy a Fire-breather, saving the life of Morley. The lightsaber later went into storage while he was attempting to recover parts for replacements for his lost limbs. Over the course of the next twelve years however, Maul fell into a state of insanity due to long term isolation and the overwhelming humiliation of his defeat.
During the Clone Wars, Savage Opress, Maul's long lost brother, was sent on a quest in 21 BBY by Talzin of the Nightsisters to find Maul for training in the dark side. After a vicious brawl between the siblings, Opress was able to convince his brother that he was an ally and to come to Dathomir with him, retrieving Maul's lightsaber from the Sith Lord's scrap-cave before departing with him.
Skirmish above Raydonia[edit | edit source]
After Maul was brought to and mended by Talzin on Dathomir, Opress returned the lightsaber to him. Maul then plotted a trap to bring Obi-Wan Kenobi to them by means of Maul killing innocents on Raydonia in the Outer Rim.
Kenobi ventured to Raydonia where he was met by Maul and soon ambushed by both brothers. Obi-Wan was soon rendered unconscious by Opress, captured by the two and brought aboard their stolen vessel. Obi-Wan awoke and was soon tortured by the brothers until he was discovered by Asajj Ventress and freed. The two were then engaged by the brothers in lightsaber combat, soon realizing they were outmatched. Under Obi-Wan's leadership, they escaped, with Maul advising Savage to have patience.
Outer Rim massacres[edit | edit source]
Sometime later in 20 BBY, the weapon would see use against the Jedi Masters Grohto, Ko Solok and Bruu Jun-Fan on Pleem's Nexus, Paklan and Yellowblade's Landing. It also saw use against several bounty hunters. Afterwards, Maul and Opress wreaked havoc across the galaxy, engaging Jedi Masters Salmara, Judd and Padawan Dray on Moorjhone. Maul used the saber to cut off Dray's hands. Maul used the lightsaber to kill Finn Ertay at an unidentified Outer Rim spaceport.
Cybloc Transfer Station and Florrum[edit | edit source]
Sometime later, Maul used the lightsaber when he and Opress raided the Cybloc Transfer Station, using it to destroy several security droids. In a brief power struggle for the status of teacher and student, Maul used it in a brief duel against his brother. Above Florrum, Maul sought to recruit pirates and when the pirates led by Jiro believed them to be Jedi, Maul used the blade to swat aside the blaster fire to quickly end the skirmish and form an alliance. Shortly afterwards, he used it in a duel with Obi-Wan Kenobi on Florrum.
Rise to power[edit | edit source]
Later, Pre Vizsla and Bo-Katan found Maul and Opress near dead in their escape pod above Florrum. Vizsla had the two taken to their camp on Zanbar for treatment, and he kept the weapon for a short time before returning it to Maul after they formed an alliance.
Maul wielded the lightsaber alongside Opress and Vizsla on Nal Hutta against several bounty hunters set on them by Jabba Desilijic Tiure. Later, Maul used it during the takeover of the New Mandalorian capital city of Sundari, and then in a duel with Pre Vizsla. The weapon was knocked out of his hand towards the end of the duel, but Maul would use the Darksaber to decapitate his fallen opponent.
Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]
Hasbro has released a Force FX lightsaber based on Darth Maul's damaged lightsaber. Included with the lightsaber is an adapter so that the collector may combine a second battle damaged lightsaber to create the full weapon. The lightsaber is programmed with digitally recorded sounds from the movie including the power-up, idle hum, clash, and power-down. It also features power-up and power-down light effects.
The art piece entitled "Rancor," painted by artist Arantzazu Martinez for the book Star Wars Art: Visions, depicts a regally-dressed woman reaching for a lightsaber inside of a rancor pit. The woman's lightsaber, which is half-buried in the sand in the piece, appears visually identical to Darth Maul's lightsaber.
Non-canon appearances[edit | edit source]
Appearances[edit | edit source]
- Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds
- Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds: Clone Campaigns
- Darth Plagueis
- "Nameless"—Star Wars Tales 10
- Darth Maul: Saboteur
- Star Wars: Darth Maul
- "Marked"—Star Wars Tales 24
- Episode I Adventures 3: The Fury of Darth Maul
- Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter
- Star Wars: Obi-Wan
- Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace/novel/comic/game/junior novel (First appearance)
- Star Wars Episode I Journal: Darth Maul
- Darth Maul's Revenge
- End Game
- Star Wars: Episode I Obi-Wan's Adventures
- Episode I: Obi-Wan Kenobi (In flashback(s))
- Star Wars: Episode I Jedi Power Battles
- Star Wars: Invasion of Theed Adventure Game
- Jedi Quest 1 (Vision to Anakin Skywalker)
- The Wrath of Darth Maul
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Revenge"
- The Clone Wars: The Sith Hunters
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Revival"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Eminence"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Shades of Reason"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Lawless"
- "Resurrection"—Star Wars Tales 9
- "Phantom Menaces"—Star Wars Tales 17 (Appears in hologram)
Non-canon appearances[edit | edit source]
- LEGO Star Wars: The Phantom Menace
- LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game
- LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga
- LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars
- LEGO Star Wars: Darth Maul's Mission
- Old Wounds
- Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
- Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures (video game)
- Star Wars: Battlefront II
Sources[edit | edit source]
- Star Wars Episode I: I Am a Jedi
- The Official Star Wars Fact File 1 (LIG1-2, Darth Maul's Lightsaber)
- Star Wars: The Phantom Menace: The Expanded Visual Dictionary
- Battle for Naboo (Picture only)
- Star Wars: Darth Maul, Sith Apprentice
- Ultimate Sticker Collection: Star Wars: The Phantom Menace
- Star Wars: Beware the Sith
- The New Essential Guide to Characters (Picture only)
- The New Essential Guide to Weapons and Technology (Picture only)
- The New Essential Chronology (Picture only)
- Star Wars Fandex Deluxe Edition
- Star Wars: The Ultimate Visual Guide: Special Edition (Picture only)
- Jedi vs. Sith: The Essential Guide to the Force (Picture only)
- (Picture only)
- Star Wars: Villains (Picture only)
- Star Wars: The Ultimate Visual Guide: Updated and Expanded (Picture only)
- The Essential Reader's Companion
- Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi, Jedi Knight (Picture only)
- Star Wars: Force Collection (Card: Darth Maul (★★★★★)) (Picture only)
- Star Wars: Sith Wars
- Star Wars: Head-to-Head
- Star Wars Episode 1: The making of The Phantom Menace
- LEGO Star Wars: The Dark Side (Non-canonical source)