When one thinks of the existing double lightsabers in Star Wars, Darth Maul's is the first one that comes to mind. Indeed, appearing for the first time in Episode 1: The Phantom Menace, the antagonist wields this totally new weapon in its conception with excellent control. Its two blades make it as original as it is destructive!
Fascinating many Earthlings, Darth Maul's double lightsaber could not but deserve a dedicated article. We discovered that in addition to being terribly classy, this double-bladed saber has other information unknown to the general public...
It turns out, for example, that the origin of this double lightsaber has been well documented in the non-canon universe of Star Wars. But you really have to want it to find this kind of nugget. Don't worry, we've taken care of it for you.
DARK MAUL'S DOUBLE LIGHTSABER PRESENTATION
As for its appearance, Darth Maul's double lightsaber is particularly long and is mostly silver in color. It also has a few touches of black and red. As for the 2 lasers, they are red since Maul is a Sith Lord. Moreover, he has the possibility to emit only one of the blades if he wishes, because the hilt is a set of 2 sabers that Maul has welded himself.
To the recurring question: Does Darth Maul's lightsaber have 2 kyber crystals? The answer is yes, since the weapon is composed of 2 independent sabers that have been coupled together. All the parts are therefore in duplicate. It should also be noted that there is a weapon invented by the Zabraks that is very similar to this one: the Zhaboka. Maul's species had already created a weapon with 2 blades before...
Although his lightsaber appears to be flawless, it is difficult to master one that spouts two blades. Maul's genius in battle has allowed him to become familiar with it, but it is an amazing saber that few would be able to wield the way he does.
WHAT IS THE ORIGIN OF DARK MAUL'S DOUBLE-BLADED LIGHTSABER?
As we suggested at the beginning of this article, the origin of this mysterious weapon has indeed been revealed. In Volume 10 of the Star Wars Tales comic book, the short story "Nameless" features Maul training alongside Darth Sidious. At the time, the Sith apprentice possessed only a traditional lightsaber and was sent by his master to execute Siolo Ur Manka in the Jentares system. Confident, Maul tried to attack the Jedi Master by surprise but failed and was defeated in no time by his opponent who used a simple wooden staff...
The future Dathomirian Sith Lord left the planet where he had been defeated, already thinking about his next counterattack. Once he returned, he began to fashion the dual lightsaber we know today based on blueprints passed down to him by his mentor Sidious. He customized the standard lightsaber he had been using as a first half. Then he connected a second identical lightsaber to it.
After creating the ultimate weapon and devising a most Machiavellian ploy, he returned to the meditating Jedi on his home planet to complete his mission once and for all. Facing Manka, Maul held up only one of the two lasers, hoping to surprise his opponent with the other end, and finish him off at the same time. It worked perfectly, and the Jedi died from the second laser activated behind his back...
The Sith apprentice will tell Sidious that just like his role with his master, his new double lightsaber is just a nameless killing tool, nothing more... Hence the title of this adventure: "Nameless".
WHAT KIND OF LIGHTSABER FIGHTING DOES MAUL PERFORM?
In his dual lightsaber battles, Maul uses form VII, also known as "Juyo" or "Way of the Vornskr". It is the form of ferocity that has other variations such as the Vaapad performed by Mace Windu's lightsaber. This corrupted fighting style is extremely complicated to master and is guided by a controlled release of destructive emotions. Indeed, learning to tame one's feelings (no matter how bad they may be) as well as having a great knowledge of the Dark Side of the Force are indispensable.
This very offensive form of fighting is characterized by fast, chained and often devious blows! Usually, this style is criticized for being powerful in duels, at the expense of a neglected defense. Nevertheless, the particularity of Darth Maul's weapon ideally compensates for this flaw.
THE GREATEST FIGHTS IN WHICH DARK MAUL FOUGHT WITH A DOUBLE LIGHTSABER
It's unthinkable to talk about lightsabers without mentioning the battles these weapons are the first witnesses of. Maul's double lightsaber offers both epic and original confrontations, here are the 3 best in our opinion...
DARK MAUL VERSUS OBI-WAN KENOBI AND QUI-GON JINN
Certainly the most famous, this fight takes place in Star Wars, Episode 1: The Phantom Menace on the planet Naboo. It features the actor Ray Park as Maul facing the Jedi Knight Qui-Gon Jinn and his Padawan, Obi-Wan. This "1 vs 2" is revealing of the effectiveness of the weapon since the Sith Lord will manage to stand up to them for a long time, to the point of piercing and thus killing Qui-Gon Jinn.
Following this, the final confrontation between Obi-Wan and Maul will push the Jedi apprentice to fight with all his soul, until he slices in two the 2 blades lightsaber. The Sith will use the functional half against the young Kenobi's lightsaber. Although still armed, he will be defeated in turn by surprise thanks to an unpredictable use of the Force by his opponent. Our antagonist survives this defeat.
DARK MAUL VERSUS THE INQUISITORS
After losing his previous battle, Maul rebuilt a second version of his double red lightsaber. In the last episode of season 2 of Star Wars Rebels, he uses it against the Inquisitors, who also have their own modified double-bladed lightsaber. The particularity of their double lightsaber is the fact that it is rotating.
In this clip, we see Maul dominating several duels in a row with dexterity. But also showing that among these several dual lightsaber wielders, he is the best!
DARK MAUL VERSUS AHSOKA TANO
During the siege of Mandalore, in episode 10 of season 7 of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, one of the most impressive battles rages. That of Ahsoka Tano against Darth Maul. The fact that Ahsoka fights with 2 lightsabers against the Sith and her double lightsaber allowed fans to discover a duel that is very out of the ordinary.
Even though this is one of Maul's most incredible fights, he will lose this one by being thrown off the beam on which the video passage concluded. The Togruta Ahsoka will save Maul from the void, who will have his weapon seized by her allies...
ARE THERE ANY OTHER DUAL LIGHTSABER USERS BESIDES DARK MAUL?
Although he is the best known dual lightsaber wielder in Star Wars, the Sith Lord is by no means the only one to wield such an intimidating weapon. The fallen Jedi Knight Exar Kun was the very first person known to have made this type of dual lightsaber. Other characters such as Savage Opress (Maul's brother) and Pong Krell also carry one or more double-bladed lightsabers.
Variations of the weapon may have emerged such as the two-bladed rotating lightsabers of the Inquisitors, especially for flying while spinning, the interlocking lightsabers of Asajj Ventress or the lightsaber spike of the Jedi Temple guards.
The character of Darth Maul has conquered the hearts of the saga's fanatics thanks to his famous double lightsaber. Moreover, we know that the Sith also had the chance to wield another terrible weapon, the Darksaber! The success of this antagonist certainly comes from the legendary lightsabers that he knew how to handle with talent...
We know that when a lightsaber is different from the ones we're used to seeing, the fight is likely to be very enjoyable to watch. Of course, the Zabrak is no exception to the rule. For this, Star Wars has decided to give more content to the audience enjoying Maul. Notably by making people discover the origin of his weapon in comics, and by offering a sequel in the animated series.
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