In Star Wars Legends, red lightsaber blades were often created through synthetic lightsaber crystals. The new Star Wars canon has introduced the concept of bleeding lightsaber crystals as the new method of creating a red blade. This has been discussed since the Ahsoka book was released but the new Darth Vader comic has provided us with the first example of what actually happens when a Sith or Dark Side user bleeds a crystal. People have asked me in the past why Anakin’s blue lightsaber didn’t bleed in Revenge of the Sith. That’s because it’s not something that just happens. It has to be done with intent. It’s a process. Anakin would have had to sit down and pour the dark side into his blue crystal in order for it to change. Well, in the Darth Vader comic, after retrieving a new Jedi lightsaber crystal, we get to see this process occur. Palpatine sends Vader back to Mustafar to a nexus in the Dark Side that will help him in his quest. Kyber crystals are known to be alive in a sense, strong in the light side of the Force. Vader was called to the site of an ancient Sith sanctuary to draw upon its strength as he attempted to dominate the will of the crystal. This sanctuary would one day be the site of his fortress as seen in Rogue One. As he began to pour his anger, hatred and darkness into the crystal, something unexpected happened. The crystal fought back. It gave him a vision of the light side. In it, he defeated Palpatine, found Obi-Wan and began to make amends. He was tempted by the light side of the Force. But Vader rejected the possibility and devoted himself to the only path he believed he had left. He grasped the crystal and recalled his most painful memories. His defeat on Mustafar, the death of his mother, the loss of his wife. And in what seemed like an emotionally and physically painful experience, the lightsaber crystal turned red. And now we know a little more about the ways of the Sith. I know a lot of people have taken issue with the removal of synthetic kyber crystals, but I’m on board with the bleeding concept. This issue of Darth Vader especially sold me on it. Now I’m curious about other dark side users like the Inquisitors. Did they also have to bleed their crystals? Did Palpatine do it for them? I hope we get some answers, but that’s it for today. If you haven’t already please like this video, subscribe to the channel, follow me on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook and consider checking out my Patreon page. As always, thanks for watching and may the Force be with you.