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12.02.2013 , 06:09 AM | #12
Quote: Originally Posted by Kacynski View Post
I knew about Cortosis, but I always wondered if there is an in-lore explanation for this. If you can dig up something it would be appreciated.
I believe it creates some kind of disruption which effectively causes the blade to short circuit...

EDIT: Aha here we go:

"I never knew the proper name for the stuff. (...) I gather that if your lightsaber has dimetris circuits anywhere in the activation loop, hitting the rock starts a feedback crash running through the system that takes only a fraction of a second to shut the whole thing down."
―Mara Jade Skywalker commenting on the cortosis ore's lightsaber-disabling property