Baird Kantoo was a human male who lived as a Jedi Master prior to the formation of the Old Republic. Kantoo sought to craft a weapon suitable for the Jedi, so he used his knowledge of the Force to forge several kyber crystals into a single blade, creating the Kyber Saber—the galaxy's first lightsaber. The weapon magnified Kantoo's Force abilities a thousandfold, and when Kantoo realized the threat the Kyber Saber possessed, he shattered the blade into seven pieces. Kantoo gave the blade's fragments to six Jedi Knights, who hid the crystals across the galaxy.
For millennia, Kantoo's story was preserved through a holocron, which was eventually discovered in the Jedi Archives by the Sith Lord Darth Vader. Vader enlisted Naare, a Sith agent, to locate the crystals, and she began her quest on the planet Nal Kapok. During this time, Naare encountered a young, Force-sensitive boy named Rowan Freemaker, to whom the crystals called. To gain Freemaker's assistance, Naare claimed she was a Jedi on a mission to recover the Kyber Saber before Galactic Emperor Darth Sidious could. Freemaker agreed to help, and Naare soon collected the seven fragments, rebuilding the weapon. However, Freemaker learned Naare's true nature, and he destroyed the Kyber Saber on the volcanic world of Mustafar, honoring Kantoo's decision and considering the Jedi a hero.
Crafting the first lightsaber
|“||When Kantoo realized the potential danger of the Kyber Saber, he smashed his blade to pieces. He gave the Kyber Saber crystals to trusted Jedi Knights to hide in distant corners of the galaxy so that no one would ever again posses the power of the Kyber Saber.||„|
To ensure the Kyber Saber would not be used again, Kantoo smashed the blade into seven pieces, keeping the hilt and giving the remaining fragments to six Jedi Knights whom he trusted. The Knights hid the Kyber Saber crystals across the galaxy, and Kantoo's story was recorded in a holocron. Although Kantoo's weapon was unsuitable for use, the Kyber Saber signaled a landmark in the history of the Jedi, credited with being the first lightsaber. The lightsabers which followed were powered by kyber crystals, and the swords became the weapon of the Jedi.
|“||We have theories as to where Master Kantoo's Jedi hid the Kyber Saber crystals, but so does the Emperor.||„|
Through Freemaker's ability, Naare quickly found the seven crystals, and on Empire Day, the Sith agent rebuilt the Kyber Saber, wreaking havoc at the Imperial Palace on the planet Coruscant. When Freemaker learned of Naare's true intentions, he used his connection to the Kyber Saber crystals to overpower her, taking the weapon for himself. With his siblings Zander and Kordi, Freemaker traveled to the volcanic world of Mustafar, where he honored Kantoo by throwing the Kyber Saber into a river of lava, destroying the weapon.
Personality and traits
|“||…Master Kantoo was right. Nobody should have this much power. A hero knows when to lay down his weapon.||„|
|~ Rowan Freemaker|
Powers and abilities
Kantoo was a gifted Jedi Master, and when he forged the Kyber Saber, he used a Force skill known only to him. With the Kyber Saber, Kantoo's power was magnified a thousandfold, allowing him to obliterate moon-sized objects with a simple swing of the blade.
- A Hero Discovered
- The Mines of Graballa