Vernestra Rwoh’s Unique Weapon Is a New Addition to ‘The Acolyte,’ But What Is it? The Lightwhip Explained!

Vernestra Rwoh's Unique Weapon Is a New Addition to 'The Acolyte,' But What Is it? The Lightwhip Explained!

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.

The series seemingly returned to success with Episode 5, and while Episode 6 wasn’t as exciting as its predecessor, it was quite interesting and it revealed more details about one much-debated aspect of The Acolyte, namely Vernestra Rwoh’s Lightwhip, which was first seen earlier, but we finally got a better look at it in Episode 6.

The Lightwhip’s inclusion has also sparked a lot of debate among fans as some fans thought it was a non-canon inclusion, but in truth, The Acolyte is not the first Star Wars work to include it, although it is the first live-action and canon work to do so. In the paragraphs that follow, we will explain this weapon to you.

Remember when recently, we talked about how Qimir’s lightsaber was unique to the world of Star Wars, and while we had seen some similar weapons, there was not a single lightsaber like this one in the whole canon, which confused fans at the time. Well, The Acolyte just properly introduced another unique weapon – which had been foreshadowed earlier – but this one belongs to the Light Side and is even more impressive than Qimir’s lightsaber.

The weapon in question is the lightwhip, and it belongs to Jedi Master Vernestra Rwoh, who has been introduced to The Acolyte as one of the series’ most powerful characters; as things stand now, she is seemingly the only one capable of properly stopping Qimir at this point, but we’ll see what surprises the series has in store for us.

So, what is the lightwhip anyway? Well, it is actually a heavily modified version of the lightsaber, and while Master Rwoh is not its first known user, she is definitely the most famous one as far as the canon is concerned. The main difference between a lightwhip and a lightsaber in terms of functioning is that the plasma blades of a lightwhip are flexible, which allows dozens of small emitters to manifest thin and flexible blades, which can then reach several meters in length.

Due to this, the thin blades of a lightwhip are weaker and have limited cutting abilities, but they can be used to entangle and hold an opponent, which is an advantage. Still, they can be quite dangerous, which is why lightwhip users have to be careful when wielding them, as they can deal a lot of collateral damage if the user is not careful.

And that is the gist of it. It is powerful, it looks cool… and, what is most important, it is not something that The Acolyte made up, so if you don’t like the lightwhip, take it up with Disney, i.e., Marvel, as the first lightwhip seen in the series appeared in the Marvel Star Wars comics, where one was used by Lumiya.

And that is, more or less, everything you need to know. We have yet to see how the lightwhip will be utilized in the series, but it is certainly an intriguing addition. Be sure to keep following us for more updates, as we are going to keep following the development of The Acolyte‘s plot here on Fiction Horizon.

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