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Explaining The Mandalorian Ruler And Jedi Behind The Darksaber

By Ishita Chatterjee
January 31,2022

Warning: Spoilers ahead for The Book of Boba Fett episode 5!

The Darksaber is a black-bladed sword, and we saw it in multiple key The Clone Wars and Rebels storylines. We first saw the saber in live-action in The Mandalorian.

We know by now that the Darksaber is a symbol of Mandalorian culture, and it represents the right to rule all Mandalorian clans. As such, the wielder of the saber is called Mand’alor.

In episode 5 of The Book of Boba Fett titled “Chapter 5: Return of the Mandalorian,” we get to see the differences between the Mandalorian and Jedi philosophy.

This emphasizes the contradictory personality of Tarre Vizsla.

The First Vizsla And Connection To Boba Fett

Tor Vizsla

Tor Vizsla

The first Star Wars character called Vizsla was seen in the Legends timeline. He was in the comic book series Jango Fett: Open Seasons. The Mandalorian called Vizsla was later known as Tor Vizsla, who rejected the Supercommando Codex.

It was the code of honor of Jaster Mereel that Mandalorian warriors followed. It broke off from the true Mandalorians to create the Death Watch. This was an organized crime group that used legendary fighting styles and Mandalorian weaponry for violence and conquest.

It was the Death Watch and Vizsla who influenced young Jango Fett to join Jaster Mereel and his creed. Fett eventually became the Mand’alor after Mereel and killed Vizsla.

This black saber is unique to the Star Wars canon universe. In Legends, there are other black blade options. For example, in Star Wars: The Old Republic and the Force Unleashed games, there are black blades. However, there isn’t a counterpart to the canon Darksaber.

Lightsabers in both canon and Legends are connected to the light or dark side of the Force. Thus, making them difficult to wield for the non-Force-users. After all, these swords respond to the thoughts and emotions of the bearers.

Who Was The First Mandalorian Jedi?

Tarre Vizsla

Tarre Vizsla

Tarre Vizsla was the first Mandalorian Jedi. However, we don’t have much information about him. He might have joined the Jedi order older than most Jedi did since he was steeped in Mandalorian culture.

Another theory is that he joined the Jedi order as a baby like most Jedi. But sometime after initiation, he embraced his Mandalorian culture. Whatever the case might be, Vizsla made the Darksaber a thin, short, and black blade.

It was a fitting weapon for one of the unorthodox members of the Jedi Order. During Vizsla’s lifetime, he was a Mandalorian Jedi Knight and a Mand’alor too. So he was a revered and respected leader in the eyes of the Mandalorians.

What Happened After Tarre Vizsla’s Death? 

Din Djarin with the Darksaber in The Book of Boba Fett

Din Djarin with the Darksaber in The Book of Boba Fett

After Vizsla’s death, the Order kept the Darksaber in the Jedi Temple. But it was stolen by Vizsla’s descendants during one of the Mandalorian Wars with the Jedi.

After this, the legendary weapon gained its renowned symbolic status of deciding Mandalore’s ruler. It also has a history of being passed from one wielder to the other through combat.

In The Clone Wars, we saw Maul get the weapon by killing Pre Vizsla. But Sabine Wren and Bo-Katan Kryze broke that tradition and got it without defeating its previous wielder.

Currently, Din Djarin getting the weapon through Moff Gideon’s defeat has put him at odds with Kryze. And this is most likely a storyline that The Mandalorian will explore more in season 3.

Why Hasn’t There Been A Second Mandalorian Jedi? 

Luke Skywalker

Luke Skywalker

In episode 5, when Din is talking to the Armorer, he mentions the differences between the Mandalorians and the Jedi. And in doing so, he questioned the compatibility of the two faction’s ideologies.

The Order is all about emotional suppression and non-attachment. But on the other hand, Mandalorians are defined by their emotional connections and attachments to locations/people.

Due to this, another Mandalorian Jedi is unlikely to appear in the galaxy far far away. As said before, we don’t know much about Tarre Vizsla’s Jedi life. But it’s likely that he was able to balance the two ideologies.

He probably formed attachments but didn’t get controlled by them. This would make him like the Legends version of Luke Skywalker and his New Order philosophies.

As said in The Book of Boba Fett, Mandalorian Jedi Tarre Vizsla got his legendary status by not just making the Darksaber but also combining both the Mandalorian and Jedi cultures.

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