Star Wars 7: The Force Awakens Lore Revealed in New Book

Why Kylo Ren's lightsaber has a cross-guard and more.


Star Wars Episode VII has broken numerous records over the past week, but viewers may not know a lot of the backstories within The Force Awakens. For fans looking to dig deeper into the movie's lore, there's a new book that may prove useful.

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The Star Wars universe is a big place and it's not uncommon for books, video games, and television shows to cover stuff the movies may have missed. Star Wars: The Force Awakens Visual Dictionary reveals key points about certain characters, weapons, and more. The following section contains spoilers:

A big question about Kylo Ren's lightsaber was why the sword-like, cross-guard sabers were necessary. The visual dictionary discloses that Ren's lightsaber is based on ancient designs and utilizes a cracked kyber crystal, rendering it unstable. The cross-guard vents are there to distribute the excess energy (via Geek).

Another interesting tidbit involves the chromed-out Stormtrooper commander Captain Phasma. She believes that the First Order should drop simulation training for Stormtroopers earlier, getting them into the real world sooner.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Visual Dictionary is available now on Amazon.

You can check out GameSpot's spoiler-filled discussion of Star Wars Episode VII and find out what our three biggest unanswered questions for The Force Awakens are. But if you still haven't seen the new Star Wars movie, you can check out GameSpot's spoiler-free review right here.

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