Star Wars Weapons Lore - Asajj Ventress' Lightsabers
Asajj Ventress wielded many lightsabers throughout her lifetime, though none could quite compare to the sabers she received as the apprentice of Count Dooku. Similar to that of her master’s weapon, each red blade protruded from a curved hilt. However, the handles could combine to form a double-bladed lightsaber, adding an extra layer to the Dathomirian’s offence. As a cunning, swift and tempered Sith apprentice, Ventress used her sabers throughout the Clone Wars to terrorise the Galactic Republic…
As a result of the built in locking mechanism and fibrecord, Asajj Ventress’ hilts could connect to one another to create a saberstaff. However, due to the curved nature or each handle, the weapon was somewhat more difficult to wield, especially when combined with the precision demand of the Makashi combat form. But the modification was not built for Ventress, rather Dooku’s earlier apprentice Komari Vosa. The Jedi Padawan fell to the dark side during her tenure with the Bando Gora cult, and wielded the weapons until her death in 32 BBY at the hands of Jango Fett and her master. When Ventress fell to the dark side herself, she adopted both blades. And in her first test with them, she nearly killed Jedi Master Sora Bulq. Later, Asajj cut down Tauht on the frozen planet Khorm, before duelling Kit Fisto.
Near the beginning of the Clone Wars, Asajj Ventress boarded the Venator-class Star Destroyer Tranquility in order to free Nute Gunray. However, she faced resistance from Jedi Master Luminara Unduli and Jedi Padawan Ahsoka Tano. Amidst the battle of Sullust, the Sith apprentice briefly lost one of her lightsabers after crossing blades with Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi. During the skirmish above Raydonia, one of Ventress’ sabers was used by Kenobi in an attempt to regain his own from Darth Maul. Later, Asajj turned on Dooku after his failed attempt on her life, though she could never best her former master in lightsaber combat. Following the Bombing of the Jedi Temple, the Dathomirian once more duelled Tano, who was wrongfully blamed for the terror attack. Feeling some remorse, the former Sith apprentice agreed to clear Ahsoka’s name. However, Ventress was later attacked by the actual perpetrator, Barriss Offee. After a brief duel, the fallen Jedi managed to knock out Asajj. After picking up the pair of red-bladed sabers, Offee duelled Tano and later Skywalker, before facing arrest. Left without her deadly weapons, Ventress purchased a yellow lightsaber on the black market, which she used during her time with Quinlan Vos in their attempt to assassinate Count Dooku…
Now it’s time for this week’s question: whose lightsabers would you prefer: Count Dooku’s or Asajj Ventress’? Let me know in the comments below.