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[LORE] Lightsaber Construction, Color Meaning, and Crystals

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[LORE] Lightsaber Construction, Color Meaning, and Crystals

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DarthRavnos
01.20.2012 , 03:18 PM | #1
Greetings -

So, I have seen a lot of posts floating around about color meanings, crystals, etc. I thought I would share this guide I put together a few years ago for a table top RPG I was running (Star Wars of course). Feel free to correct me if I am wrong on any piece of lore below. And also feel free to add to this guide.

Please keep in mind this was written a few years ago and I cleaned it up some to make sense on the forums. Lore sometimes has a way of changing on the internet.

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Quote: Originally Posted by Obi-Wan Kenobi
This was the formal weapon of a Jedi Knight. Not as clumsy or random as a blaster. More skill than simple sight was required for its use. An elegant weapon. It was a symbol as well. Anyone can use a blaster or a fusioncutteróbut to use a lightsaber well was a mark of someone cut above the ordinary.


This is a guide to Lightsaber Construction...

Quote: Originally Posted by Luke Skywalker
Luke Skywalker
Ideally, a Jedi took many months to construct a single perfect weapon that he or she would keep and use for a lifetime. Once you build it, the lightsaber will become your constant companion, your tool, and a ready means of defense.
Before placing the crystal in the lightsaber, the Jedi or Sith must imbue them with the Force. To do this, the Force-user must meditate on the crystals for several days. A double-bladed lightsaber takes almost twice as long. There are even chances of failure that would sometimes destroy the crystal being used. In the end, the builder was always attuned to the weapon through the Force. Being better with that blade then anyone who may attempt to use it.

A lightsaber, short lightsaber (shoto), or any other form of lightsaber requires 2 crystals. An exception to this is the double bladed lightsaber, which requires 4 crystals.

The creator who channels their force into the crystals imbues it with a color based on the type of force energy being used as well as how powerful that energy is. Rare crystals can be found which will automatically determine a lightsaber's beam color.

A lightsaber requires the following components (x2 for Double-Bladed):
  • A handgrip
  • An activation stud plate
  • A safety switch
  • An emitter matrix
  • A lense assembly
  • Unique power cell (requires little to no recharging)
  • Power conduit
  • Recharge Socket (for recharging if required)
  • Focus Crystal
  • Beam Crystal

Beam Colors and Meanings

Red (uncommon)
Indicates the lightsaber of a Sith or Dark Jedi. This is a characteristic that generally indicated a prominent user of the dark side of the force. The red represents blood and violence. Generally these crystals are synthetically grown.

Blue (common)
Indicates the lightsaber of a Jedi Guardian. This is a Jedi who tended to fight the Sith on a physical level.

Green (common)
Indicates the lightsaber of a Jedi Consular. This is a Jedi who preferred to ponder the mysteries of the force and fight the dark side at it's heart.

Yellow (common)
Indicates the lightsaber of a Jedi Sentinel. This is a Jedi who honed their skills in a balance of combat and scholarly pursuits.

Violet (uncommon)
This indicates the lightsaber of a Jedi who stayed closely with their knowledge of the dark side as well as the light side. They walked a thin line between both of those paths. A combination of blue and red.

Dark Red (uncommon)
Same as red, but thought to be a stronger user of the force.

Dark Blue (uncommon)
Same as blue, but thought to be a stronger user of the force.

Dark Green (uncommon)
Same as green, but thought to be a stronger user of the force.

Dark Yellow (uncommon)
Same as yellow, but thought to be a stronger user of the force.

Dark Violet (rare)
Same as violet, but thought to be a stronger user of the force.

Silver (uncommon)
This lightsaber is what is called a dual-phase saber. Meaning the length of the blade can be changed with a special switch built into the hilt. The blade can be changed from the typical 1.2 meters to 2 meters with the flick of this switch.

Bronze (uncommon)
This indicates the lightsaber of a Jedi who has mastered control over their anger above all else. It has been used in past times by wookie Jedi who have overcome their anger towards their enemies.

Brown (uncommon)
No specific meaning.

Clear (rare)
A clear beam improves the stealth of a character. This was generally used by Jedi who focused on stealth and reconnaissance missions. The only downside to this beam, is it made using the saber difficult during combat.

Crimson (common)
A lightsaber that holds this color is generally wielded by a Jedi who tended to use more unorthadox methods of battle during lightsaber duels. Never truely following any of the forms, but using a style all in their own.

Cyan (rare)
A lightsaber that holds this color generally emits a lower hum then others of different hue. Providing a bit of a bonus to stealth. The only downside is the loss in power energy drawn through the blade.

Emerald (rare)
This was generally used by an observer of the Force. Generally this person attempted to avoid combat and simply study the uses of the Force by watching others.

Light Violet (common)
A color generally used in sparring and training. This saber can only produce subdual damage.

Light Yellow (common)
A color generally used in sparring and training. This saber can only produce subdual damage.

Light Green (common)
A color generally used in sparring and training. This saber can only produce subdual damage.

Magenta (uncommon)
No specific meaning.

Orange (uncommon)
No specific meaning.

Gold (rare)
This lightsaber is generally used in the ceremony of granting a Jedi the rank of Jedi Master.

Rainbow (Shifts through the color spectrum) (rare)
This lightsaber is unique in that it changes hue based upon the mood of the wielder.

Silver-Blue (uncommon)
No specific meaning.

Teal (uncommon)
Indicates the lightsaber of a Jedi Healer. This is a Jedi who practiced great devotion, trustworthiness, and healing.

White (common)
A color only used in lightsaber deflection training. This weapon provides no damage if someone is struck with it.

Yellowish-Green (uncommon)
A blade with this color indicates a Jedi who tends to be very vain yet diverse in their training. A blade used typically by those who tread dangerously close to the dark side of the force as well as the light.

Black
A virtually impossible beam to create, the black lightsaber is convented by all dark side users. It is only a legend that such a crystal exists that would allow a dark side user to create such a beam. It's powers, unknown.[/quote]

Quote: Originally Posted by Luminara Unduli
Luminara Unduli
The crystal is the heart of the blade. The heart is the crystal of the Jedi. The Jedi is the crystal of the Force. The Force is the blade of the heart. All are intertwined: the crystal, the blade, the Jedi. You are one.
Crystals

Adegan - Green or Blue
Also known as "Ilum crystals", these rare Force-reactive stones were primarily found in the Adega system, and on the planet Ilum, but were also known to be found on the planet Halm.

Ankarres Sapphire - Teal or Violet
The Ankarres Sapphire was a crystal that possessed legendary healing powers and numerous other effects. It was one of the most potent crystals that could be used in lightsaber creation. It was also a crystal of great power and could aid a Jedi in battle.

B'nar's Sacrifice - Brown
Probably named after the legendary Jedi Master Ood Bínar. Once a Force-sensitive tuned this crystal to be used in their lightsaber, it could be used by no other.

Bane's Heart - Pink
Bane's Heart was a unique carmine lightsaber crystal given to Darth Zannah by her Master, Darth Bane, following the Seventh Battle of Ruusan. This crystal allowed a lightsaber blade to deal electrical damage and meant that the lightsaber could be used by no other user.

Barab Ore Ingot
Barab ore was a resource to Barab I. It actually lay on the planet's surface, meaning it was exposed to high doses of radiation and torrential downpours daily. When placed in a lightsaber, the ingots produced a blade that burned almost to the point of losing its cohesion.

Bondar
An asteroid in far orbit around the Alderaan system was the only known source of bondar. This crystal was capable of briefly stunning an opponent if the lightsaber scraped the flesh of an opponent.

Corusca Gem
Corusca gems were extremely rare and valuable crystals. They were produced by a combination of the extreme pressures present in the atmosphere of Yavin Prime. The way that light reflected inside a Corusca gem would make it seem as if it had a furnace within it.

Damind
The planet Daminia was the only known source of damind. When set in a lightsaber's crystal chamber, damind created a wider and longer blade than seen on a standard lightsaber.

Dragite
Dragite crystals were found on M'haeli, in the D'olop Mountain Range. The beam they created resonated loudly when it struck, inflicting a minor amount of damage.

Durindfire - Silver
The Durindfire gem was a precious crystal found on the planet Tatooine. A Durindfire gem was key in adding a distinctive silver sheen to any lightsaber blade.

Eralam - Clear
Eralam was a type of lightsaber crystal once mined on the third moon of Erai, though orbital bombardments by ancient Sith forces against the moon made them very rare. If they could be found, Eralam crystals produced a clear, superior lightsaber beam.

Firkrann
Firkrann crystals were a comparatively heavy lightsaber crystal mined on the planet of Rafa V. When placed in a lightsaber, it gives the blade an electric charge.

Heart of the Guardian - Bronze with Yellow core
The Heart of the Guardian was an ancient crystalline artifact that was rediscovered on the surface of Yavin 4 by the Rodian inventor Suvam Tan some time prior to the Jedi Civil War. When placed within a lightsaber, it altered the properties of other crystals that the lightsaber carried; this crystal created a devastating weapon that was perfect for lightsaber combat.

Hurrikaine - Violet or Dark Blue
Hurrikaine crystals were deep blue to violet lightsaber crystals from the planet Hurikane admired for their unparalleled beauty. When used in lightsabers, they created blades that were very good at penetrating defenses.

Jedi Exile's Crystal
A crystal specifically tuned to the Jedi Exile approximately 4,000 BBY. Because it was tuned specifically to the Exile, it could be used by no other. It had both light and dark side potential, and was more powerful in the extremes than in the neutral.

Jenruax
Jenruax was a type of lightsaber crystal occasionally used in lightsaber construction. A refined form of Opila, the Jenruax crystal had to be cleansed of impurities before use. When set in a lightsaber's crystal chamber, jenruax made the blade more agile.

Kaiburr - Crimson
The Kaiburr crystal was a powerful glowing Force relic located on the planet Mimban. Local legend said that the god Pomojema used the crystal to heal the wounded, but in reality it was the Force that was responsible. The Kaiburr crystal was a crimson-colored crystal, which glowed with a faint inner light. When in the presence of a Force-sensitive or in the Temple of Pomojema, the crystal shone brighter.

Kasha
The kasha was a crystal traditionally used by the Cereans as a meditation tool. They were used to clear the mind of distractions in order to create a perfect meditation environment. Patterns were scribed on each face of the crystal to harness its full energy potential, possibly created by Bi-Dar Tyunda thousands of years before.

Kathracite - White (training saber)
This form of Adegan crystal was the most plentiful, but it was discovered to be much weaker in form than the mephite crystal, making it almost unsuitable for use in the construction of a combat-ready lightsaber. Kathracite could be used in an emergency, but there was a considerable risk of an explosion due to power overload. Kathracite did have its uses, however, especially in low-powered training lightsabers.

Kenobi's Legacy - Dark Blue
Kenobi's Legacy had to be properly tuned before it could be inserted into the lightsaber and once inserted meant that the saber could be used by no other.

Krayt Dragon Pearl - Blue, Green, White, or Black
Krayt dragon pearls were lustrous, colored stones found in the last chamber of the gizzard of krayt dragons. They could be found in colors such as blue, green, white and black. Due to a refractive quality peculiar to the pearl, they could be used in a lightsaber if properly cleaned, prepared and installed, though it was a difficult task.

Lambent
Lambents were used as communication crystals or light sources, as they could be dimmed or brightened by the thoughts of whoever possessed them. The creator is "attached" to their lambent, they are able to use the crystal as a conduit to vaguely sense any Yuuzhan Vong around them.

Mustafar Crystal - Lava (yellowish-orange, blade emitted resembles a fiery blade)
This legendary crystal was taken from the massive crystal once found on the planet Mustafar. It is rumored that a person who can wield this crystal can dampen the powers of the dark side used around them. Also this weapon is rumored to drip lava from it, splashing around during it's use.

Lorrdian gemstone
They originated during the Kanz Disorders, when the enslaved Lorrdians were forced to develop kinetic communication to communicate with one another. A few Force-sensitive Lorrdians imbued certain gemstones with similar abilities. When these gems were installed in a lightsaber, the user was better able to read the actions of their opponents. This enhanced the wielder's overall defenses and ability to deflect blaster bolts.

Luxum
Luxum was a type of crystal that could be used in lightsaber construction. The crystal can be formed out of the minerals and Force energy contained in Lake Natth through long and deep meditation.

Mantle of the Force - Cyan with Silvery glow
The Mantle of the Force was a powerful crystal artifact rediscovered by Suvam Tan. When placed in a lightsaber, its properties altered depending on the other crystals the lightsaber carried; though it always enhanced force abilities.

Mephite
This form of Adegan crystal was the most common form of crystal used in the construction of lightsabers by the ancient Jedi Knights.

Nextor
Nextor was a type of crystal occasionally used in lightsaber construction. The crystal was mined in the mountains of the world M'haeli. When set in a lightsaber's crystal chamber, nextor generated a highly volatile, yet powerful blade.

Opila
Opila was a type of crystal occasionally used in lightsaber construction. The crystal was mined in an asteroid field in the Fyrth system. When set in a lightsaber's crystal chamber, opila generated an intense blade capable of cutting through most materials quickly.

Personal Crystal
Personal Crystals were lightsaber crystals that form a bond with the first to find one. The only known personal crystal in the galaxy was found in the Crystal Cave on Dantooine and was owned by the Jedi Exile. They absorb the excess Force from whoever has a bond with it, so they are aligned with whatever side of the Force the being is on. Something had to be done to the crystal for it to stay aligned with the user, something that Kreia was able to do. It was not uncommon for the crystal to take on a certain shade or perhaps a glow, which was usually aligned with the being's connection to the Force.

Phond
Phond was a strange byproduct resulting from rare impurities bonding during the making of certain alloys due to as-yet-unknown external conditions. This crystal produced a fiercely burning lightsaber beam.

Pontite - Dark Blue or Dark Green
Pontite was the rarest and most powerful type of Adegan crystal. Nearly impossible to find, it radiating a powerful aura that cooled both skin and tempers.

Qixoni
Qixoni crystals were exceedingly rare lightsaber crystals of a dark red color. These unique, powerful gems were formed when a certain planet was consumed as its star went supernova. The power of a Qixoni crystal could only be harnessed by one with great strength in the Dark side of the Force. The crystal was said to enhance one's Force abilities, in addition to enhancing the lightsaber blade's power to significant degree.

Relacite - White
This form of Adegan crystal was discovered to be weaker in form than the mephite crystal, making it less suitable for use in the construction of a combat-ready lightsaber. Relacite was only marginally stronger tham kathracite, and was often used in the construction of training lightsabers, where the power throughput was much smaller.

Rainbow gem - Rainbow
Rainbow gems were brilliant treasures that were not actually gems, but silicon-based lifeforms native to the planet Gallinore. Despite their biologic nature, rainbow gems could be used as lightsaber crystals.

Rubat
The planet Phemis was the only known source of rubat. When placed as a primary or secondary crystal in a lightsaber's crystal chamber, rubat sharpened the appearance and definition of the blade, allowing its wielder to easily track the blade and strike opponents properly.

Ruusan
Ruusan crystals come from the Mid Rim planet of the same name. While not directly affecting a lightsaber's effectiveness, they aided a Jedi in focusing the Force.

Sapith
The crystal was excreted by the now extinct Volice worm, a creature from the Ssi-ruuk homeworld Lwhekk, once every eleven standard years. When set in a lightsaber's crystal chamber, sapith generated an intense blade, easier to control than most other blades.

Sigil - Brown or Yellow
Mined in the Sigil system, the Sigil crystal is costly but worth while due to the searing effect it has once properly placed in a lightsaber. It was a brownish-yellow color in nature, and when used in a lightsaber, the beam produced did more damage as it was more potent.

Solari
Solari was one of the oldest and most powerful lightsaber crystals of the Jedi Order. It was a light orange gem that only a Jedi who was pure in spirit and an ardent follower of the light side of the Force could use. It could not be corrupted by the dark side and its owner had to always stay pure of heart for it to function. The Solari crystal could rarely be found, It was only visible in the late evening and was found on the planet Sacorria, a peacefull yet secretive planet. Although the Solari crystal was an artifact of light side power, the Heart of the Guardian and Mantle of the Force lightsaber crystals could remove the light side restriction and allow a non-lightsider to use the crystal.

Stygium
In its pure, crystal form it was known to be suitable for use as a lightsaber crystal. It was known that when refined Stygium was mounted on a personalized lightsaber and wielded by a Force-sensitive, the natural cloaking attributes of the crystal would augment the power of a stealth-minded Jedi in remaining unseen.

Sunrider's Destiny - Teal or Light Blue
Sunrider's Destiny was a unique aquamarine lightsaber crystal given to a Force-sensitive individual by Captain Sarguillo in the village of Aurilia on the planet Dathomir during the Galactic Civil War. When this crystal was properly tuned to be used in a lightsaber, only the person who tuned it could use that lightsaber.

Synthetic Lightsaber Crystal
A Synthetic lightsaber crystal, or Synth-crystal was a synthetic reconstruction of a crystal, commonly with a red shading rather than those geometric models naturally created, although they can be made in any color. They were frequently used by dark-siders, most of all the Sith.

Upari
Upari was a type of lightsaber crystal primarily encountered scattered in the orbit of forest worlds. It was brittle but versatile, and a Jedi Master could get it to produce many effects.

Ultima-Pearl - Silver
Ultima-Pearls were uncommon, silvery, lustrous, spherical pearls found on Dac. They were used as lightsaber crystals, and were extremely potent in modifying the damage dealt by a lightsaber. Yet, for all its benefits, it required considerable skill to properly install an Ultima-Pearl.

Velmorite - Yellow
Velmorite was a yellow lightsaber crystal found on the planet Velmor. When used in a lightsaber, this crystal created a fine, thin blade for wielding.

Viridian Crystal - Silvery Green
A virtually impossible beam to create. These crystals were used by ancient Jedi as a sign of honor and rank. They are now all but gone from existence. It is rumored that a person who could wield such a weapon with this crystal could control the Force in ways that have yet to be discovered.
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Durzaka
01.20.2012 , 04:05 PM | #2
care to say where your info is actually from?

As far as ANYONE knows, the colors are not specific for any type of jedi. ever.

Red =/= sith/dark jedi.

blue =/= guardian.

So on.
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sotacram
01.20.2012 , 04:16 PM | #3
Probably shouldn't have read further than the first paragraph but I stopped at

Quote:
Rainbow (Shifts through the color spectrum) (rare)
This lightsaber is unique in that it changes hue based upon the mood of the wielder.

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ToEasy
01.20.2012 , 04:23 PM | #4
Well you don't have to have a speciffic color to determine what type of jedi you are. Most jedi use what ever color they prefere or think is best. For an example a jedi consular can have a blue lightsaber. Just wanted to say that, but it is a nice post you made and accurate as far as I can see.
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Propecius
01.20.2012 , 04:23 PM | #5
Now I totally want a rainbow saber!

Very imaginative and creative. I don't think the author is expecting this to match the game or even movie canon. It seems to have been created for their own gaming purposes, and as such I say: nice job.

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DarthRavnos
01.21.2012 , 08:28 AM | #6
This lore came from various sources (star wars novels, video games such as knights of the old republic 1 and 2, etc) which I confirmed with my own eyes before writing down the information. Unfortunately since I wrote this up originally for my table top RPG group I never cited sources since only a handful of people were looking at it.

On a side note, based on what I have read in various places... I was under the impression the colors were meaningful but not so much after Vader and his dark side squad practically wiped the Jedi out into extinction. Palpatine had even outlawed lightsabers and had many of the places where they could be created destroyed / shut down.

Some of the colors though did originally come from the movies (lore being added later). For example, purple simply came from Samual L Jackson's personal request. He wanted his blade to stand out and his favorite color is purple. Lore was added later in the novels and what not to explain why it was purple.

If you watch during the films Luke uses his father's lightsaber (blue) but when he creates his own in Kenobi's hut it is green. And Luke had to use a synthetic crystal because the knowledge of the crystal gathering sites was lost to him at the time.

Quote: Originally Posted by http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Lightsaber
The resulting crystal possessed a green coloration, due to Skywalker's meditations upon it during its formation.
Toward the end of the Old Republic era they Jedi were limited to accessing crystals on Ilum, which limited them to mostly green and blue colors.

Realistically, the way BioWare handles our lightsaber stuff is fine by me. I like having my choices. And I am personally sticking to the traditional colors based on my play style. For example, my consular is green (100% lightside) but my knight is yellow (darkside, will switch to purple near end game).

I say whatever color you want to pick though. It is a game after all and meant to be fun.
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FaelanCaimbeul
02.02.2012 , 05:22 PM | #7
Quote: Originally Posted by Durzaka View Post
care to say where your info is actually from?

As far as ANYONE knows, the colors are not specific for any type of jedi. ever.

Red =/= sith/dark jedi.

blue =/= guardian.

So on.
Um yea, they are. George Lucas even said so. There are very specific reasons for the colors of the lightsabers in the movies. Watch the special features of the films and he talks about it.

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sevenex
02.02.2012 , 06:21 PM | #8
Cool little bit of homebrew you got there. Thanks for posting.

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HessuVee
02.02.2012 , 06:23 PM | #9
Nice bit of lore here OP Thanks. Some Star Wars Galaxies nostalgia there as well..!

Taking part in the discussion about the spesific colors for spesific Jedi, as some already said the color blue for a Guardian for example is indeed a tradition but by no means a rule and has never been. Many notable exceptions to this tradition can be found in the movies alone, not to mention other sources. (Agen Kolar, Eeth Koth, Qui-Gon Jinn, Saesee Tiin, all Guardians with other than blue blades.)

A Jedi has always been able to decide for themselves which color to use, as long as they could themselves provide the crystal needed. I'm not sure if KotOR games were the first source where the tradition was mentioned during the lightsaber crafting part, but that's where I heard it the first time.

As to the one comment saying red color doesn't equal a sith/dark jedi.. oh yes it does. You will not see a lightside Jedi having a red-bladed saber.

For my Guardian, I used a green blade as a result of an RP aspect: Although skilled in lightsaber combat, he's also well-versed in diplomatic relations and investigation, both more often in the comfort zone of Jedi Consulars. To tip the scale from blue to green, his eyes are the same green color as his blade.

So all in all, the lightsaber colors are very meaningful and while they might not directly show the Jedi's calling (Guardian, Consular, Sentinel), they do their part in portraying the individual Jedi's personality.

My two cents turned out to be a long drivel so I stop here For now.

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Lithy
02.02.2012 , 07:44 PM | #10
Quote: Originally Posted by HessuVee View Post
As to the one comment saying red color doesn't equal a sith/dark jedi.. oh yes it does. You will not see a lightside Jedi having a red-bladed saber.
Adi Galia (sp?) Is depicted with a red light light sabre in one of the games, and Plo Koon has an orange in the same game. I forget the name. However both i think have blue? in the movies.