What is a Kyber Crystal

New explanation: That's why the Sith lightsabers in "Star Wars" are red
By Tobias Mayer - 10/20/2016 at 12:05 pm

Red is an aggressive color and therefore very suitable for the lightsabers used by aggressive villains like Darth Vader. If this explanation is not enough for you, you will now receive a new one, which has something to do with bleeding crystals ...

“Star Wars” belonged to the “Space Fantasy” genre from the start, in which no claim is made to physical correctness and certainly not to explain all the technology that occurs. Nevertheless, a lot has been explained over the years, mostly outside of the films in books and comics - e.g. the construction of a lightsaber. The essential components of these weapons are the crystals in the handle, which give the blade its color. Jedi mostly use blue or green swords, Sith like Darth Vader and Darth Maul red ones, depending on the stones used. Previously it was said that the Jedi used natural crystals and the Sith artificial, red ones - but now there is a different explanation. And it's more brutal.

In 2014, Lucasfilm belonged to Disney for almost two years, all previously published "Star Wars" stories outside of the films and series were officially declared as non-canonical (although there were contradictions beforehand and in case of doubt George Lucas did what he wanted anyway). The new stories - they are part of the official canon - sometimes differ significantly from the old ones, including the explanation of the red lightsaber color. In the new novel "Ahsoka", a well-known student of Anakins from the series "The Clone Wars", the red color is explained in this way (via Wookieepedia):

The Kyber crystals are power-sensitive and are attracted to the light side - however, they defend themselves against the dark side. So if a Sith or other user of the evil power wants the crystals for his sword, he has to force the stones to obey his will. In doing so, they turn red, as if they were bleeding.

In the next “Star Wars” film “Rogue One” lightsabers will only appear marginally, if at all. However - small spoiler - Kyber crystals will play a role because they generate the death star's super laser and the spin-off is about capturing the plans for this battle station. “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” starts on December 15, 2016 in our cinemas.

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