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The TV series Star Wars: The Clone Wars introduced a new (but ancient) lightsaber known as Darksaber.

According to [canon] legend, this one of a kind lightsabder was allegedly created by and belonged to the the first ever Mandalorian to join the Jedi Order.

The Darksaber was an ancient and unique black-bladed lightsaber created by Tarre Vizsla, the first Mandalorian ever inducted into the Jedi Order, prior to 1019 BBY. The weapon was kept in the Jedi Temple after Vizsla's passing, but members of House Vizsla stole the saber in a conflict with the Jedi during the fall of the Old Republic. The Darksaber was passed down, generation to generation, by the ancestors of Pre Vizsla, who held onto the weapon even after the pacifist ideals of the New Mandalorians replaced the warrior ways of Mandalore.

However, after Terre Vizsla's death the Darksaber was kept by the Jedi, until it was stolen by House Vizla.

I have not seen much of The Clone Wars TV series and the Wookieepedia entry does not seem to say much about this conflict between the Jedi and Mandalorians of this era or how and/or why Vizla was killed, but I was wondering if there are ANY explanations given as to why the Jedi would of kept the weapon and/or have not just freely of given it to House Vizla?


To better understand the context of my question, The Darksaber shows up again not only in Star Wars: Rebels and Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir, but also

The Mandalorian!

This prompts me to more deeply consider the weapon's abilities and if it's kyber crystal could ever be aligned with the dark side of the Force, as

The Mandalorian has potential to fill in *some of the sequel trilogy's backstory, most noticeably the resurrection of Darth Sidious and/or the >! return of the Sith.

Now perhaps it a "neutral" kyber crystal and anyone can use it, but I just feel like there is a lot of missing information in its backstory that seems to feed into a conflict between The Jedi (who normally do not hold onto objects, as Jedi are often encouraged or expected to make their own lightsabers at some point. In fact it's more likley for a Sith to steal and corrupt another's object) and the Mandalorians/House Vizla (as lightsabers are NOT traditional Mandalorian weapons, even though Mandalorians have used the Darksaber to conquer Mandalore during the Clone Wars).

Everything in the Darksaber backstory is dancing around the contention of a Mandalorian vs being a Jedi and what this Darksaber actually is/does, which goes hand in hand with other aspects of The Mandalorian 1.08...

The Armorer tells Djarin that he must teach The Child and be his father, but eventually, he must also find The Child's creed in either it's species or The Jedi. The Child is then on a trajectory similar to Terre Vizla being caught between the creed of the Mandalorian and The Force (The Jedi/The Sith).

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    I would be surprised if the Darksaber were aligned with the dark side, because (a) it's established that using the dark side to corrupt a kyber crystal changes its color to red, not black, which is why every dark side user in canon has a red lightsaber if they have one at all (b) in Legends it was created by a Jedi, not a Sith, (c) it didn't seem to have any negative effect on non-dark-side Force users to be around it or maybe even use it. – Obie 2.0 Dec 28 '19 at 18:08
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    It seems more probable that it is either (a) the effect of the unique personality of a Mandalorian Jedi, much as Mace Windu's purple color or the yellow color of Jedi temple guards indicated a certain state of mind, or (b) ancient Mandalorian technology used to create a lightsaber analogue without using the Force. – Obie 2.0 Dec 28 '19 at 18:11
  • Maybe it's neutral (equal in the light and the dark), meaning you don't have to corrupt it to use it? But I feel like it was given this name intentionally and so far I have not found evidence explaining some of these missing pieces from it's backstory. I mean the Jedi also could of just destroyed it---unless it's been undestroyable (since when do they keep lightsabers and don't push for new force users making their own?)---but I think to bring into this story with this particular character, suggest something is going on here.... – Darth Locke Dec 28 '19 at 18:55
  • I mean were the Mandos mad at the Jedi simply for not giving the saber to them or is this conflict about the Mandos believing that Vizla was corrupted by the Jedi or the kyber crystal? Why did they want it, since it is not a traditional Mandalorian weapon? Why was there a conflict? What happened to Vizla? But it seems like it's all interrelated. – Darth Locke Dec 28 '19 at 18:58

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