The Darksaber was an ancient black-bladed lightsaber. It had a unique blade that was shorter than that of most lightsabers, and shaped like a traditional sword. Its overall profile was distinctly Mandalorian with an angular pommel, hand guard, and slit-shaped blade emitter. The sound emitted by its blade was also higher pitched than other lightsabers. The Darksaber had a crystal which served as a conduit for Force energy.
The wielder’s thoughts and actions guided the blade’s current of power, with the blade often producing an electrical effect in response to a heightened emotional state. The Darksaber was also capable of parrying a blow from a lightsaber, with the blades being drawn to each other in an almost magnetic pull. Like other typical lightsabers, the darksaber could not cut through beskar. It was respected by the Mandalorians as a symbol for the leadership of House Vizsla, and later Death Watch.
According to Mandalorian custom, one could only obtain the Darksaber by defeating the previous owner in combat. Should they have claimed it any other way, their claim was considered illegitimate. However, Bo-Katan received the Darksaber from Sabine Wren without the fight and was accepted by other clans
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