- «When assembled, this particular lightsaber could be used in one of two modes: crescent or disc. In crescent setting, it would produce a single blade. When used as a disc, a second blade would appear—and do tremendous damage if spun around at any speed. It was a terrifying weapon when it was intact.»
- ―Dok-Ondar, to Karr Nuq Sin on a broken Inquisitor lightsaber he owned
The double-bladed spinning lightsaber, also known as the Inquisitorius lightsaber, or simply as the Inquisitor lightsaber, was a specially-designed lightsaber model used by the Inquisitorius, a group of dark side adepts who enforced the will of the Galactic Empire. It was capable of both single and double blades, and was capable of spinning in a circular motion when both blades were emitted. Known wielders of this model included the Grand Inquisitor, the Second Sister, the Third Sister, the Fourth Sister, the Fifth Brother, the Sixth Brother, the Seventh Sister, the Eighth Brother, the Ninth Sister, and Jerserra.
Mechanics and specifications
The lightsaber's overall design hardly made it any bigger than a single-emitter lightsaber, a stark contrast to the design of dual-bladed weapons previously used by warriors such as Darth Maul. Another unique feature of this weapon is that the blade emitters would spin along tracks in the disc while the hilt would remain stationary in relation, allowing for more emphasis on the attack whilst maintaining a better degree of control over the weapon.
Some versions of the lightsaber also contained a rotating wheel of sharp razor blades which could intimidate an enemy or be used as an alternative way of slicing through opponents. Ezra Bridger's hand was almost sliced off when the Eighth Brother used this feature.
It could also be used to fly, but only by Force-sensitives, combining micro repulsorlifts with the blades' spinning in a propeller-like motion to lift the wielder off the ground. This was often used as a method of escape, particularly from combat.
As was custom with the Jedi and Sith, the lightsabers used by the Inquisitorius thus far have shown variation in the weapon's design while maintaining core features. The rings of the blades featured some variation in their shape between the different Inquisitors. Some also featured Aurebesh writing on their rings.
The weapon suffered from a number of design flaws: if given the opening, an opponent could cut through the disc from the inside or outside of the ring, causing the weapon to fly apart if spinning. The ringed emitter also presented a larger target for a disarming move, and should the emitter be damaged it affected the lightsaber's ability to function properly. This was demonstrated by the Fifth and Eighth Brothers when facing Ahsoka Tano, Kanan Jarrus, and Maul in a confrontation on Malachor; both times, their opponents targeted the emitter and damaged it, which led to both their deaths shortly afterwards.
Notable Lightsabers and wielders
- The Grand Inquisitor's lightsaber was the lightsaber of the Grand Inquisitor.
- Second Sister's lightsaber was the lightsaber of the Second Sister.
- Third Sister's lightsaber was the lightsaber of the Third Sister.
- Fourth Sister's lightsaber was the lightsaber of the Fourth Sister.
- Fifth Brother's lightsaber was the lightsaber of the Fifth Brother.
- Sixth Brother's lightsaber was the lightsaber of the Sixth Brother. It was used by Ahsoka Tano in the construction of her own lightsabers.
- Seventh Sister's lightsaber was the lightsaber of the Seventh Sister It was distinct because of its curved hooks and ornate engravings.
- Eighth Brother's lightsaber was the lightsaber of the Eighth Brother Its ring could unfold its sections and function as a buzzsaw.
- Ninth Sister's lightsaber was the lightsaber of the Ninth Sister.
- Maul's lightsaber was the lightsaber of former Sith Lord Maul and was built out of an unknown Double-bladed spinning lightsaber.
- Jerserra's inquisitor master and later Jerserra herself wielded a Double-bladed spinning lightsaber.
- Inquisitor Lightsaber belonging to Unidentified red-skinned Inquisitor
- Inquisitor Lightsaber belonging to Unidentified Twi'lek Inquisitor
- Tenth Brother's two red shoto Inquisitor lightsabers share heavy design elements with the Double-bladed spinning lightsaber, however they were never shown locked together or spinning.
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Notes and references
- Star Wars Rebels: The Visual Guide
- Ultimate Star Wars
- Force Collector
- Dawn of Rebellion
- Star Wars Rebels – "Rise of the Old Masters"
- Star Wars Rebels – "Always Two There Are"
- Star Wars Rebels – "Twilight of the Apprentice"
- Ghosts of Dathomir
- Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace
- Obi-Wan Kenobi – "Part V"
- Star Wars: The Lightsaber Collection
- Star Wars Rebels – "Fire Across the Galaxy"
- Jedi Fallen Order - Dark Temple 1
- Obi-Wan Kenobi – "Part I"
- Obi-Wan Kenobi – "Part II"
- Darth Vader (2017) 6
- Star Wars: The Mini Book of Lightsabers