We know there’s been a lot of talk about Star Wars lately with the new supercut version of the Rogue One movie, but we’ve uncovered a piece of Star Wars lore any true fan will want to read about - why Sith lightsabers are red.
Yes, that’s right, with all the previous lore being swept under the carpet with the arrival of the latest movie franchise, the time was right for someone (in this case E.K. Johnston) to answer one of the longest standing Star Wars questions.
We’ll give you a clue, it’s not just because they look cool in the movies.
According to Ahsoka, the novel by Johnston, the colour of lightsabers is determined by the Kyber crystals in the weapon. These crystals are Force sensitive and actually choose their Jedi, who then influences (in a small way) the colour of their lightsaber (usually green or blue).
Sith can’t connect with Kyber crystals in the same way and the only way they can get one for their lightsabers is to steal them from Jedis. This involves the Sith in question bending the Kyber to their own will, resulting in what’s known as ‘bleeding’ and - you guessed it - the crystal turning red.
So, now that you know the answer to that burning question, you can return to your Star Wars Armada tokens and sleep easy - well as easy as you can with the release of the next movie mere months away (16 December to be precise, not that we’re counting)!
That said, we do still have to wait until 2017 for the release of Episode VIII…