The most recent Star Wars novels, the Aftermath trilogy by Chuck Wendig, have been a treasure trove of background information and clues to the events of the seven films so far.
They have already introduced the idea that collectors and cults like The Acolytes of the Beyond trade in Force artifacts and the memorabilia of famous people.
We have read that the Acolytes buy a lightsaber they believe is Darth Vader’s Sith weapon but it looks like his first lightsaber, which was passed to Luke (and eventually to Rey), may have been discovered and protected by the good guys.
The final book in the trilogy, Aftermath: Empire’s End, gives us some key scenes with a familiar face from the original films and Star Wars Explained believes he is the key to this puzzle.
In the novel, betrayer-turned-friend Lando Calrissian seems keen on returning to his iconic floating fortress, Cloud City, and restoring it to its former glory.
Now, where did we last see Luke’s lightsaber? Thats right, spinning away alongside his severed right hand after the duel with Darth Vader on Cloud City in The Empire Strikes Back.
If Calrissian does indeed rebuild his city, he is clearly the man most likely to find the Skywalker heirloom in the process.
The popular character may have finally come good for the Rebels in The Return of the Jedi, but he is also a man who unapologetically operates on the fringes of the law and rigid morality.
It’s no surprise, then, to learn that he is a long-standing friend of another well-loved character with a a suitably shadey past of her own.
Maz Kanata and Calrissian share scenes together in the LEGO Star Wars series and we even see the lord of Cloud City visit her on Takodana just before the events of The Force Awakens
Maz, as we know from the film, is the person who we discover has been holding Luke’s lightsaber in a vault beneath her castle.
It’s rather nice to think that Calrissian gave her the lightsaber for safekeeping.
Of course, it would have been more logical for the man to have given it directly to his old friends Luke or Han, but perhaps they had lost touch or he needed to hide the hugely important object quickly and as untraceably as possible?
Equally likely is the alternate theory that Kanata discovered the lightsaber through her space pirate contacts and her own affinity with the Force prompted her to take it and keep it safe.
Either way, we can’t wait to see what happens when Luke finally gets his hands on it.