Qimir’s Sith Lightsaber Is Dangerously Close to Breaking the Canon, But It’s Very Cool

Qimir's Sith Lightsaber Is Dangerously Close to Breaking the Canon, But It's Very Cool

Disney’s new Star Wars project, The Acolyte has been streaming on Disney+ since June 4, 2024, and despite all the controversies and review-bombing, the series is still one of the most talked about shows in the world, as the fans are going crazy over each new episode, especially after several moments in the series broke the canon. But, it seems that the series is getting back on track with Episode 5, which is still the most talked-about piece of television at this moment. The series explores various concepts, some of which are even dangerously close to breaking the canon, and The Master’s lightsaber is a thing that lies on the very border between being canon and non-canon.

This is not the first such moment for The Acolyte, as you probably remember, and we have decided to analyze the facts before us to determine what we’re actually dealing with and how The Master’s specific lightsaber fits (or doesn’t fit!) into the established Star Wars canon.

We’ll start off by saying that Qimir’s lightsaber is unique to the world of Star Wars, and while we have seen some similar weapons, there is not a single lightsaber like this one in the whole canon, which confused fans. Most people are acquainted with the classical lightsaber, but over the years, the franchise has – indeed – introduced numerous different lightsabers. Remember when Darth Maul’s lightsaber was a sensation? When we had Kylo Ren’s lightsaber, and we also saw characters who used two sabers, like Ahsoka Tano and Cal Kestis. So, the history of the lightsabers of Star Wars has been a diverse and ever-changing one.

In Qimir’s case, we can deduce, from what we saw in the series, that he has a very deceptive lightsaber, i.e., that he has a smaller lightsaber (or “lightdagger”) hidden within the hilt of his main lightsaber. This means that the smaller one is a very dangerous weapon, as we have seen when he killed Jecki Lon. In that manner, Qimir is one of the most dangerous characters in the series, but we think that the series is setting up a fight between Qimir and Vernestra Rwoh, who is also using a very special lightsaber, but more on that in some other article.

The main issue with Qimir’s lightsaber is that we don’t really know how it functions and that while we have seen similar blades – most notably Cal Kestis’ – this one seems to be unique, which is why fans are worried whether it is actually canon or not. We do think that Qimir’s lightsaber uses two kyber crystals, like Cal Kestis’, but whereas the latter’s crystals broke, Qimir’s doesn’t seem to have the same genesis; in fact, if you remember properly, using two kyber crystals is an often-seen trademark among Dark Side users, so this could probably be a reflection of that.

But, while this seems to be more or less clear, there is an issue with how Qimir uses his blade. As said, both Cal and Ahsoka use two blades, but unlike Qimir’s, they are not really hidden. In Qimir’s case, it is a blade within a blade, which means that the mechanism for maintaining such a weapon must be incredibly complex. This is different than the ones we’ve seen and while we don’t know whether it contradicts anything in the canon directly, we definitely need more details.

So, as things stand now, we cannot properly determine whether Qimir’s blade breaks canon or not, but we can, actually, give an argument in defense of the innovation. Namely, the franchise has been known for its creative approach when it comes to lightsabers. Initially, it was just the colors, but with the Prequel Trilogy, Lucas started experimenting more, which led to the creation and “canonization” of many new models and types. This is why there definitely is a lot of space for Qimir’s saber to become canon, but it needs to be explained properly.

Have something to add? Let us know in the comments below!

Notify of
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments