Designed as much for elegance in combat as for ceremony, the lightsaber, also referred to as the "laser sword" by those who were unfamiliar with it, was a distinctive weapon, the very image of which was inextricably bound with the mythos of the Jedi Order and their polar opposites, the Sith. The lightsaber also became synonymous with the Jedi Order's values to uphold peace and justice throughout the galaxy. This perception endured, despite the many conflicts with lightsaber-wielding Sith and Dark Jedi.
The weapon consisted of a blade of pure plasma emitted from the hilt and suspended in a force containment field. The field contained the immense heat of the plasma, protecting the wielder, and allowed the blade to keep its shape. The hilt was almost always self-fabricated by the wielder to match his or her specific needs, preferences and style. The hilt was also built similarly to his or her master's lightsaber as a mark of respect. Due to the weightlessness of plasma and the strong gyroscopic effect generated by it, lightsabers required a great deal of strength and dexterity to wield, and it was extremely difficult—and dangerous—for the untrained to attempt using. However, in the hands of an expert of the Force, the lightsaber was a weapon to be greatly respected and feared. To wield a lightsaber was to demonstrate incredible skill and confidence, as well as masterful dexterity and attunement to the Force. They have enough power to cut virtually any armor, making them excellent weapons. The color of lightsabers is decided by the type of focusing crystal used, and Jedi used blue and green, but the Sith have red lightsabers due to the crystals they use being artificial.
Powers and Stats
Tier: At least 9-C, Varies depending on the person
Origin: Star Wars
Type: Energy Blade
Powers and Abilities: Can be activated and deactivated, generates heat and light, the blade acts as a solid object although it has no mass, can cut through almost any material, sometimes includes settings which can change the length or density of the blade
Attack Potency: At least Street level, but cuts through most forms of armor and material with minimal resistance
Wielder(s): Jedi, Sith, several others
Material or Element: Variable, as each lightsaber is constructed individually by the Jedi or Sith that uses it. Always includes a power-cell and a focusing crystal, which can be of many different types effecting the color blade and sometimes other properties. The blade is made of plasma which is contained by an electromagnetic field surrounding it.
Needed Prerequisite for Use: Training in wielding it is required, as unlike a normal sword, the blade has no mass, therefore it is very easy to accidentally injure oneself. While often used by Force wielders, this is not a requirement.
Notable Attacks/Techniques or Alternate Forms: There are many lightsaber variations, such as the double-bladed saberstaff, shoto lightsaber, crossguard lightsaber, lightclub, lightwhip, lightsaber pike, etc (more details below)
Curved Handle Lightsaber: A saber designed with a curved hilt for a fencing style, reminiscent of rapier fighting. Known users include Count Dooku.
One Handed Lightsaber: A saber designed to be held one-handed, usually used by people who either use two blades, or have enough strength in one arm and want the other free. Known users include Darth Vader.
Underwater Lightsaber: A saber designed water tight so as to be used underwater. Known users include Kit Fisto.