Lost Legends

The Acolyte Could Bring Back a Sith Weapon that Rivals the Lightsaber

An uncivilized weapon for a civilized age.

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The Acolyte will show the Star Wars universe in an old light. Set in the “last days of the High Republic,” which is about a century before the prequel trilogy, the upcoming Disney+ series depicts the Jedi at the peak of their power, when they protected the galaxy with (seemingly) infallible grace and benevolence.

There are many reasons that environment is different from the Star Wars most fans know, but one of the most intriguing comes from the different combat styles that will apparently be on display. Now, as a sinister Sith plot unfolds, we may also see an ancient Sith artifact enter canon, and do its best to hold up against a lightsaber.

In a recent Acolyte preview clip, we see assassin Mae (Amandla Stenberg) face off against Jedi Master Indara (Carrie-Ann Moss). While Indara resists taking out her saber until her life is threatened, Mae’s daggers and Force skills are a problem she can’t ignore. Just what makes Mae such an even match? The secret may actually lie in the daggers themselves.

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Mae faces off against Jedi Master Indara with a small blade — but is there more to it than meets the eye?


In the now non-canon era of the Old Republic, millennia before the events of the Star Wars movies, Sith often fought with bladed weapons over sabers. These weren’t just any blades, but Sith swords imbued with Dark Side energy. They were developed by the ancient Sith (the species, not the Dark Side users) and were later adopted by the Jedi exiles who would become the Sith (the Dark Side users, not the species) and incorporate lightsaber combat elements in their use.

Sith blades occasionally popped up in the old canon, especially in the Old Republic era, but they soon fell out of favor over the more powerful (and more iconic) lightsabers. However, they’re quite powerful in their own right: because of the Force powers involved, Sith swords can fend off lightsabers and deflect blaster bolts, just like Beskar. And when attacked with Force lightning, these blades can store the electric energy and transfer it with a blow.

While Sith swords are usually larger, often ceremonial weapons, there is precedence for Sith daggers. Kowakian monkey-lizard Dark Jedi Picaroon C. Boodle from the video game Star Wars: Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II used a Sith dagger to fit his diminutive nature. Yes, that is a real character.

Ahsoka’s Blade of Talzin is another magic-imbued sword in Star Wars canon.


Could Mae’s dagger be imbued with Sith energy? There has been an effort to include more alternatives to lightsabers in modern-day canon; Ahsoka introduced the ominous green Blade of Talzin, given to Morgan Elsbeth by the Great Mothers of the Nightsisters. While not technically a Sith sword, as it’s imbued with a different kind of magic, there’s definitely room for more evil magic weaponry in the Star Wars universe.

Perhaps Mae is just so fearsome with a tiny blade that she can take on a lightsaber-wielding Jedi Master by herself, but there’s nothing wrong with getting a little help from the Force. The Acolyte is already breaking new ground by going deep into the past and showing us unexplored elements of Sith lore. If there’s a chance to also introduce a new weapon that mixes up the way Star Wars duels are fought, the series should seize it.

The Acolyte premieres June 4, 2024 on Disney+.

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