‘Ahsoka’: The Sword of Talzin Explained – How Is It Connected to Mother Talzin?

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We know that the storyline of the ‘Ahsoka’ series has a lot of connections to two of Dave Filoni’s previous Star Wars projects, namely ‘The Clone Wars’ and ‘Rebels.’ In that regard, it is hard not to find connections between ‘Ahsoka’ and those shows, especially because this is the only time that Filoni could bring some of the things he introduced in his previous projects to live action. One such object is the Sword of Talzin, which also made its way to the ‘Ahsoka’ series. So, what is the Sword of Talzin, and how is it connected to Mother Talzin?

  • Article Breakdown:
  • The Sword of Talzin was a blade that Mother Talzin summoned from the ether using Nightsister Magick and wielded it to combat Jedi Master Mace Windu.
  • The Great Mothers summoned the Sword of Talzin so that Morgan Elsbeth could wield it against the Jedi in ‘Ahsoka.’

Mother Talzin once owned the sword

One of the things that we saw in the ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars’ storyline was the concept of the Nightsisters of Dathomir and their powerful yet strange ability called Magick. Often called witches, the Nightsisters were so powerful that they had abilities that even Darth Sidious feared. And the matriarch of the Nightsisters was Mother Talzin, who was also the mother of Darth Maul.

In ‘The Clone Wars,’ Talzin was once allied with Count Dooku and the Separatists but eventually betrayed him to allow Asajj Ventress to exact her revenge on her former master. Their failure to kill Dooku forced the Separatists to destroy the Nightsisters. Dooku sent General Grievous and an army of droids to destroy the witches of Dathomir, which led to the Nightsisters’ destruction. Nevertheless, Talzin survived.

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The next time that Talzin showed up was when she was looking to use the Dagoyan Masters of Bardotta to obtain the power of the Force because the Dagoyan Masters, although not strong, were capable of using the Force. With the help(?) of Jar Jar Binks, Mace Windu thwarted Talzin’s plans of siphoning the Force abilities of the Dagoyan Masters to become stronger.

This led to a duel between Windu and Talzin. To make sure that she could match the Jedi Master’s prowess in close-range combat, Mother Talzin summoned the Sword of Talzin from the ether using Nightsister Magick. The Sword of Talzin is a katana-shaped blade covered in green Nightsister Magick flames. And the sword was strong enough to actually clash with Mace Windu’s lightsaber.

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Talzin’s plans were thwarted even though Windu couldn’t decisively defeat her. The sword had not appeared since its first and only appearance in ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars.’ And because Talzin died during the Clone Wars, it seemed unlikely that her sword would ever return to make another appearance.

The Great Mothers gave Morgan the Sword of Talzin

The season 1 finale of ‘Ahsoka’ started off with a moment between Morgan Elsbeth and the Great Mothers of Peridea. The trio of witches were pleased and happy that Morgan could hear their calls from an entire galaxy away. That was how Morgan knew that Thrawn was in Peridea, as she could hear the Great Mothers and their calls for her to come and get them.

Now that Grand Admiral Thrawn and the Great Mothers can leave Peridea and make their way to the known galaxy, it was only right for the Great Mothers to reward one of their own for her services. As such, they gave her the Gift of the Shadows by allowing her to become a true Nightsister, not just in ancestry but also in terms of her power. They used their Nightsister Magick to imbue Morgan Elsbeth with the powers of a Nightsister warrior.

But they were not yet done. That’s because the Great Mothers used their Magick to summon a blade from the ether. This was none other than the Sword of Talzin, which they thought would be used well enough in the hands of a capable warrior such as Morgan Elsbeth. And with the blade in her hand, Elsbeth was now a more formidable warrior.

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During the attack of Ahsoka and her allies on the Nightsister fortress, Thrawn told Morgan to stay behind while they boarded the Chimaera. He wanted Elsbeth to delay the Jedi’s advance, and Morgan didn’t hesitate because she was doing this for the sake of her people, the Dathomirian Nightsisters. As such, she waited in the chamber just before the peak of the fortress.

After Ahsoka, Sabine, and Ezra escaped the zombie Night Troopers, they see that Morgan is attempting to delay them. Ahsoka told the younger Jedi to go on without her so that they could save time. As such, Ahsoka and Morgan fought in a rematch. This time, Elsbeth was stronger due to both the Nightsister Magick and the Sword of Talzin.

The Sword of Talzin allowed Elsbeth to fight Ahsoka on par, as the Jedi couldn’t gain an advantage over her opponent. This sword was strong enough to match the cutting power of a lightsaber, as the only other substance we’ve seen capable of doing that was Beskar steel.

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Elsbeth could even destroy one of Ahsoka’s lightsabers as she was prepared to kill the Jedi. However, the timely arrival of Sabine changed the outcome of the fight. Ahsoka could disarm Morgan and then use her lightsaber and the Sword of Talzin to kill the Nightsister.

It is unlikely that Ahsoka continued to hold on to the Sword of Talzin after temporarily using it to kill Morgan. This means that the sword was destroyed when the Chimaera bombarded the Nightsister fortress. Of course, it is also possible that the Great Mothers can still summon it at any given moment. Whatever the case may be, it was nice to see this weapon making its live-action appearance in ‘Ahsoka.’

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