"This was the formal weapon of a Jedi Knight. Not as clumsy or random as a blaster. More skill than simple sight was required for its use. An elegant weapon. It was a symbol as well. Anyone can use a blaster or a fusioncutter — but to use a lightsaber well was a mark of someone cut above the ordinary."
―Obi-Wan Kenobi

Designed as much for elegance in combat as for ceremony, the lightsaber was a distinctive weapon, the very image of which was inextricably bound with the mythos of the Jedi and the Sith.

It is a blade of pure energy emitted from a hilt most often crafted by the wielder to match their own needs, preferences, and style. Because of the unique balance of the saber, with all its weight in the hilt, and a strong gyroscopic effect it is very difficult for the untrained to wield. In the hands of an expert in tune with the Force, such as the Jedi or their fallen brethren, the Sith, the lightsaber is a weapon to be greatly respected, even feared. To wield a lightsaber is to demonstrate incredible skill and confidence, as well as masterful dexterity and attunement to the Force.

Through the millennia of their use, the lightsaber became synonymous with the Jedi and their values to uphold peace and justice throughout the galaxy. This perception has endured despite the many early conflicts with Sith and Dark Jedi who also wielded what the general populace often called laser swords.

The construction of a lightsaber is one of the important tasks that is completed before or during the Jedi Trials. This is not a simple task and like the wielding of a lightsaber, Lightsaber Construction can also be quite difficult.

Type: Melee Weapon
Scale: Character
Skill: Lightsaber
Cost: Unavailable for Sale
Availability: 4,X
Difficulty: Difficult
Damage: 5D
Game Notes:

  • If an attacking character misses the difficulty number by more than 10 points (the base difficulty; not their opponent's parry total), the character has injured himself with the lightsaber blade. Apply normal damage to the character wielding the lightsaber.

Source: Page 228, Star Wars Roleplaying Game, Second Edition, Revised and Expanded
Special Campaign Rules: Base damage can vary dependant on the type of crystal used (see Tales of the Jedi Companion page 142 for the most common varients).

Constructing a lightsaber has special rules (see above link).

For campaign approved variants: Lightsaber Variable Creation Options

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