Name: Double-bladed spinning lightsaber
Type: Melee Weapon
Skill: Lightsaber; Double-bladed spinning lightsaber
Cost: Unavailable for sale
Availability: 4, X
Difficulty: Difficult (+1D to Attack skill rolls)
Description: The double-bladed spinning lightsaber, also known simply as the Inquisitor lightsaber, was a specially-designed lightsaber model used by the Inquisitorius, a group of Dark Side Adepts who enforced the will of the Galactic Empire. It was capable of both single and double blades, and was capable of spinning in a circular motion when both blades were emitted. Known wielders of this model included the Grand Inquisitor, the Fifth Brother, the Sixth Brother, the Seventh Sister and the Eighth Brother. As was custom with the Jedi and Sith, the lightsabers used by the Inquisitorius thus far have shown variation in the weapon's design while maintaining core features.
The lightsaber's overall design hardly made it any bigger than a single-emitter lightsaber, a stark contrast to the design of dual-blade weapons previously used by warriors such as Darth Maul. Another unique feature of this weapon is that the blade emitters would spin along tracks in the disc while the hilt would remain stationary in relation, allowing for more emphasis on the attack whilst maintaining a better degree of control over the weapon.
Some versions of the lightsaber also contained a rotating wheel of sharp razor blades which could intimidate an enemy or be used as an alternative way of slicing through opponents. Ezra Bridger's hand was almost sliced off when the Eighth Brother used this feature.
The weapon suffered from a number of design flaws: if given the opening, an opponent could cut through the disc from the inside or outside of the ring, causing the weapon to fly apart if spinning. The ringed emitter also presented a larger target for a disarming move, and should the emitter be damaged it affected the lightsaber's ability to function properly. This was demonstrated by the Fifth and Eighth Brothers when facing Ahsoka Tano, Kanan Jarrus and Maul in a confrontation on Malachor; both times, their opponents targeted the emitter and damaged it, which led to both their deaths shortly afterwards.
It could also be used to fly, spinning in a propeller-like motion strong enough to lift the wielder off the ground. This was often used as a way to escape.
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Posted by hellstormer1
Would the spinning ability grant a better parry/defense action against other lightsabers and melee weapons in general? Perhaps even count as a potential directional shield against blaster fire? (That way, less focus needed for that part of Lightsaber Combat, consistent defense in one direction/fire arc at the expense of not being able to redirect blaster shots. Of note, this expansion to defense could be too powerful or complex, and a simple bonus to Lightsaber skills for parrying would work too).
Admittedly, it's been some time since I've seen the Inquisitors at work. I'm remembering the spinning lightsaber looking difficult to get through, but I don't remember how it was in offensive attacks. I remember the main Inquisitor guy cutting the heck out of a lot of stuff, doing some damage, but don't remember the details. I need to watch it again.
Posted by Freddy
When I did Darth Mauls double bladed lightsaber from Phantom Menace, I figured it allowed him to parry more sucessfully, somewhat accounting for him being able to battle two opponents at once.
So when I was doing this I didn't want it to be exactly the same, so I figured the spinning blades wouldn't be as predictable as a normal blade, striking with greater speed, so would add to the wielders attack skill.
Looking at it in the light of day though I figure that it can be used in three ways. With a single blade ignited, as a normal lightsaber, with the two blades ignited, as a double bladed lightsaber, and with the two blades spinning, as above.
I think I might go back and add this, making it an extremely versatile weapon.
Posted by asikari
Producer: "The Inquisitor needs to look impressive, mean, a real bad-ass."
CGI Artist: "I could give him a double-bladed lightsaber."
Producer: "No, Lucas did that with Darth Maul. We need to kick it up a notch."
CGI Artist: "Okay, how about this?"
Producer: "A double-bladed lightsaber that spins? Brilliant!"
:Dripping sarcasm: I just love impractical weapons :end dripping sarcasm:
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