The Lore & History Behind the Yellow Lightsaber
It’s no secret that there are a variety of lightsaber colors—and it’s likely that more will be revealed to us in the future—but it’s also true that the different shades do not occur in the same proportions. You tend to see a lot of blue (Jedi) and red (Sith) lightsabers. Green, the color of Luke Skywalker’s saber, appears fairly often as well.
Beyond those frequently occurring colors, though, you start getting into some relatively esoteric areas of Star Wars mythology. The yellow lightsaber occupies one of these obscure niches. It’s a quite uncommon blade color, and these kinds of sabers have a tinge of mystery about them, as not everything is known about their history. Here we’ll examine what we do know about the yellow lightsaber, and why you may wish to add this eye-catching weapon to your collection.
Yellow Lightsabers and the Jedi Sentinel
Who uses a yellow lightsaber? They’re most commonly associated with the Jedi Sentinel (but not exclusively—more on that later). As you may know already, the Sentinels form one of the three “schools” of the Jedi Order, constituting a sort of middle way between the Consulars and the Guardians. While Consulars emphasized the power of diplomacy and the Guardians developed incomparable fighting ability, Sentinels tried to combine the best of both worlds.
They also attempted to acquire practical skills outside the purview of the Force. For instance, Sentinels often became expert spies, trackers, and technicians. They understood that the Force couldn’t be relied on to solve every problem they might face.
Sentinels could be found in a number of distinct roles, but they’re probably most renowned as the anonymous security team that composed the Jedi Temple Guard. In this role, Sentinels used yellow double-bladed lightsaber pikes to aid them in safeguarding the Jedi Temple on Coruscant. These impressive-looking pikes were connected to the role, not the individual—that is, they were used to perform the duties of this specific position, and were not considered the personal property of the guards using them.
The yellow lightsaber is strongly linked with the Jedi Temple Guard, but this is not the only place where these weapons have been found. It is known that the bounty hunter Asajj Ventress stumbled upon a yellow lightsaber for sale on the black market, and she was able to wield it ably for the remainder of her life. Ventress’s weapon looked like a standard lightsaber, rather than the double-bladed pikes of the Jedi Temple Guard. Where it came from, and how it ended up on the black market, remains a mystery.
Ahsoka Tano is reported to have used a yellow lightsaber in conjunction with a green lightsaber during the Clone Wars.
Why the Yellow Lightsaber Is So Uncommon
Yellow lightsaber wielders are seldom seen in the Star Wars universe. Part of this scarcity is due to the scarcity of the Jedi Sentinel themselves. There aren’t that many Sentinels, and the few out there usually keep themselves occupied with clandestine or non-combat duties where they have few opportunities to deploy their sabers. On the occasions when a yellow lightsaber does make an appearance, though, whoever is on the wrong side of it is probably in for a bad time.
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