Ancient Force-Imbued Blade Review (SWTOR)

  • This weapon seems to have been designed to go with the new Je’daii Warrior set, and both seem to take inspiration from a time long before the Old republic, before lightsabers existed.
  • This blade has a lot of beautiful features on it, the most noticeable being the glowing runes which read “PEACE – KNOWLEDGE – SERENITY- HARMONY” in ancient jedi runes lights up when you pull the blade out and the color of the runes is controlled by your color crystals, your actual color crystal shows up on your back and glows even when your weapon is shethed, and this is the first bladed weapon that comes with a sheath tha sats on your back even when you draw your weapon.
  • The individual parts of this nightsaber also have a lot of detail on them, including the wrapped hilt and blade, and the sheath itself.
  • If you’re planning to get this, and clipping is something that bothers you, be very aware that this sword has a tendency to clip. For example here’s my female body type one character running around with the sword chopping up the bottom half of her armor,and I thought this blade would go great with another recent set the Exiled Padawan set, until I tried both on and could barely see the cool new sheath on my back. So if the sheath showing is something important to you, make sure to preview your items together before buying them, as they will show up pretty accurately in the preview window when your character is standing still. Your sheath will also not show up in cutscenes as far as I can tell.
  • If you are a Jedi Consular Shadow of a Sith Inquisitor Assassin you’ll get the double-bladed version which does not have a sheath, but still rests on the back and the crystal is instead tied to the hilt, and you’ll probably still have clipping issues.
  • If you’re on a Sith Warrior Marauder or a Jedi Knight Sentinel you can wield two and they cross over on your back, but they’ll still have clipping issues.
  • Here’s what it sounds like in battle with the volume all the way up.
  • This weapon was designed and created by Tanner Hartman, Prop Artist at BioWare, who said: “I was very excited to make this weapon as I really wanted to create the antitheses of the Ancient Sith Lord’s Warblade. I wanted to hearken back to a time when the user had to imbue the force into a blade; it was loosely inspired by The Force Wars. All art was overseen and critiqued by the Art Director, Carrie Meade, and Lead Monetization Artist, Brad Lewis.”
  • The way the color crystal interacts with this weapon is very interesting. As far as I can tell, the color that would be in the center of a lightsaber blade normally is the color of the ancient runes, in this case yellow. What would normally be the “glow” part of the lightsaber is what makes up the color of the “glow” around the runes, in this case blue. In between is the third color of your crystal, which creates the outline of the runes, in this case orange-red. If you want to see how this blade might interact with your favorite crystal you can use the preview window, the color distribution seems to line up just be aware the colors are often lighter and less “glowy” in the preview window.
  • The rest of this video is just going to be me trying out different color crystals and see how they look! Let me know in the comments if this is an item you plan on picking up for your Jedi, or if you are skipping it in favor of a more traditional lightsaber.

 

Je’d’aii Armor & Sword



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