Constructing a Lightsaber

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Constructing a Lightsaber

Post by Havard » Sun Jul 14, 2019 8:28 pm

Have any of the RPG versions of Star Wars delved into this? Is it something all Jedi are able to do? Are there any rules for doing it? Are any special materials required other than Kyber Crystals? How much time is required? What about adding special features like a double saber or side guards like Kylo Ren's saber?

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Re: Constructing a Lightsaber

Post by Angel Tarragon » Sun Jul 14, 2019 9:37 pm

Did a search, came up with the following. It looks mostly fluffy and meant for FFG Force & Destiny campaign/rules.
Few things in the galaxy are as iconic of the Jedi as their primary badge of office, the lightsaber!


Unique to the Sith and Jedi Orders, few outside these two groups have the skill or knowledge to build the archaic weapons. This is primarily due to the knowledge of their creation being a tightly guarded secret, given only to those adepts that have completed their basic skills training in the Force.

Both the Sith and the Jedi understood that there were three fundamental aspects to manipulation of the energies of the Force. While many superstitions and shamanic traditions create detailed and ornate rituals to produce effects through the Force, Jedi and Sith are unique in their ability to shape the Force to their wills in whatever manner they choose. This ability to eshew materials and rituals is centered around a tri-fold idea of the Force, and these three tenets formed the three tiers of training that an Adept must pass in order to be ready to face the final Trials of their Order.

The first tenet demands a student be able to Sense the presence of the Force around her

The second tenet demands a student be able to Control the power of the Force within her

The third tenet demands a student be able to Alter the world around her with this Power

These principles are represented by the core powers of a Jedi or Sith; Sense representing the first tenet, Enhance representing the second, and Move representing the third. Inherently, all three of these disciplines must be learned and embraced in order to be successful in the construction of a lightsaber. While the components could otherwise be put together to similar effect, these laser swords are inferior to the weapon of the Jedi and Sith, and are highly unstable, their blades crackling with barely contained power, and often are as great a threat to their wielder as they are their opponent. Only the skill and knowledge the Force affords them enables a Jedi or Sith to contruct the elegant weapon known as a lightsaber.

The first step is to prepare the crystal. This is the step where you take a raw crystal and reduce it, polish it, and empower it with the Force. To accomplish this, you must make a Sense power check. At least 1 Force Point must be generated in order to attune the crystal correctly. In addition, you’ll have a series of visions through the Force, your behavior in these visions will determine the color of your lightsaber when it is constructed, as they represent the subconscious directions of your mind when preparing the crystal. A list of these visions can be found here.

The second step is to build the basic hilt. These are the simple components that form the mechanical parts of the lightsaber (sans crystal). Getting the pieces necessary requires a Streetwise check unless you have received the components already through in game actions. Once the pieces are gathered, you may make your choice of either a Mechanics or Knowledge (Lore) check. This check takes three days of solid work to complete. If you someone to instruct you (such as a mentor or holocron), this test is Average (two purple). If you do so without instruction, then you increase the difficulty to Daunting (four purple). In addition, you may make an Enhance Force Power check, adding your choice of Successes or Advantages to the roll for each Force Point generated (you must successfully generate at least one Force Point). You can spend successes, advantages, and triumphs on this roll to customize and improve your lightsaber hilt (as well reducing the time it takes to build). While it might stand to reason that you could do the above at any time, until you have completed the crystal, you don’t know what size or shape to create the crystal housing in, and thus, you won’t know how to properly fit the components until the crystal is ready. This is also the reason why existing lightsabers must be broken down into their component pieces and re-built; as each crystal has its own structure that is generated by the Jedi at the time of construction. Success on this roll means that you will not need to make a Mechanics check to install the first modification you make (usually the installation of your Kyber crystal – though you may choose to install something else instead) as it will automatically be successful.

The final step is to install the Kyber crystal you have fashioned into the housing and complete the lightsaber’s construction. This final step requires you to lift the crystal using the Move Force Power (as touching the polished crystal in any way will produce imperfections causing the lightsaber to malfunction) and insert it into the crystal housing. Only a single Force Point needs to be generated on this roll, however if you opted to use the free modification success on another component in the above step, you’ll now need to make an Average Mechanics check to successfully install the crystal in the housing.

Once a Jedi or Sith has constructed their lightsaber, they are deemed worthy to complete their training in advance Force techniques and face their final trials before attaining the title of Jedi Knight or Sith Lord.
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Re: Constructing a Lightsaber

Post by Starglim » Sun Jul 14, 2019 9:47 pm

d20 Revised Core Rulebook describes it:
  • The Jedi must possess all three base Force feats (Control, Sense and Alter).
  • The Jedi must undertake the test (which it is) between 1st and 6th level with the approval of their mentor (the latter may be an in-setting rule of the order rather than a game-mechanic requirement). Presumably a Jedi of 7th level or higher can construct lightsabers but doesn't get any special benefit unless replacing a lightsaber that they made in their apprenticeship.
  • The Jedi must acquire all the necessary parts, listed, including one to three focusing crystals. I remember later supplements and/or web enhancements went into detail about types of crystals and making artificial crystals.
  • The Jedi must prepare the crystals, expending a Force Point and succeeding in several ability checks.
  • The Jedi must assemble the lightsaber correctly with a Craft check, usable untrained and with a DC varying by level.
.. yep, much like the above.

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Re: Constructing a Lightsaber

Post by Big Mac » Sun Jul 14, 2019 10:22 pm

IGN have an article, called Star Wars School: The History of the Lightsaber that has a cut-away diagram of the current lightsaber, as well as some information on the evolution of lightsabers.

If you have Jedi PCs, who are not able to build their own lightsabers, you could give them a forcesaber or a protosaber.
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Re: Constructing a Lightsaber

Post by Big Mac » Sun Jul 14, 2019 10:46 pm

This YouTube video: Star Wars VI Return of the Jedi Deleted Scene: Luke's Lightsaber shows Luke Skywalker finishing up construction of the lightsaber he hides inside R2D2 in Return of the Jedi:
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To be honest, when I first watched Star Wars: Episode V: The Return of the Jedi it didn't even cross my mind that Luke Skywalker was using a different lightsaber to the one he lost on Bespin. (Mind you, it had been a long time since I had watched the previous movie and they didn't have DVDs out back then, so I was going on memory.)

(I suppose that cutting this scene means that viewers don't get to know that Luke Skywalker has a lightsaber before he goes to visit Jabba's palace. That makes his salute to R2D2 in the Sail Barge Assault scene both a surprise and an awesome reveal. And it also means that viewers don't know that Darth Vader is continuing to try to reach out to Luke mentally, until after he is on Endor and tells Leia that he is going to leave.)
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