BLACK SPIRE 101: Everything You Need to Know About Savi’s Workshop in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
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Everything You Need to Know: Savi’s Workshop
Tucked away in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is a place where you might be drawn if you are one with the Force. If you make your way through the Black Spire Outpost, you may seek out Savi’s Workshop, the covert outpost of the Gatherers.
WHO: The Gatherers
The Gatherers are a group of men and women who have dedicated their lives to restoring balance in the galaxy by passing on their knowledge of the Force and the ancient ways of the Jedi. They guide those who seek their assistance in creating their own unique, customized lightsaber.
The Gatherers have amassed a great collection of stories, kyber crystals, and other saber parts from around the galaxy. As “keepers of the Force,” they have passed down their knowledge from generation to generation, striving to keep the flame of hope alive.
WHERE: Savi’s Workshop
Savi was one of the original Gatherers and a friend to Lor San Tekka (whom we met briefly at the beginning of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”). Like Lor, Savi was a believer in the ideals of the Jedi Order and helped to pass on his knowledge of Jedi lore. He created a salvage business as a front to hide his clandestine mission of guiding the next generation of Force wielders and helping them create their unique lightsabers.
Those ready to learn this knowledge will find a symbol displayed on the front of the workshop indicating that they are in the correct location and they must give the secret phrase to the Gatherers to enter inside.
Once inside the workshop, the Builders will be surrounded by various odds and ends, pieces and objects. These pieces become key elements in the building and refinement of their lightsabers. At the center of the room is the Builder’s Table, a large oval-shaped table assembled from ancient pieces salvaged from across the galaxy that can accommodate up to 14 builders at a time to choose their crystal and craft their lightsaber.
In April, we got a sneak peak of some of the dialogue that might be used during this experience. The introduction and brief backstory from the Gatherer helping the Builders helps immerse guests into the overall interaction:
“Welcome! My name is Kembe and I’m part of small group known as the Gatherers. It is our purpose to search the galaxy for ancient relics… and what we find, we bring here to our workshop. What you see here may look like old junk… but let me assure you… some of it is new junk. We do this to hide our findings… so those who would do us harm see only worthless clutter—those who know, see priceless history.
And in these troubled times, preserving our past may ensure our future. And that is why you are here. To build a lightsaber. The lightsaber has been wielded by some of our greatest heroes, and darkest enemies. It is elegant, and enigmatic. The saber is a reflection of its builder, with the Force flowing between them. Today, you will feel that connection. But enough of me talking. Let us begin.”
WHAT: Build Your Own Lightsabers
Kyber Crystals are what fuel a lightsaber. These Force-attuned crystals are scattered across the galaxy and as part of their training to become a Jedi, the younglings would often go out and mine their own crystals to build their own lightsaber.
Each Kyber Crystal is unique in cut and color. Guests will not know the exact cut or kind of crystal until they open the small vile.
Holocrons are ancient containers of knowledge, which can only be accessed by those in touch with the Force. Jedi’s would use them in order to record and preserve their teachings. This created a record for the next generations of Padawans and Jedi Masters alike to learn and understand the Force.
Once the Builder has selected their desired crystal, it will be inserted into a holocron. Influential Jedi’s or Sith’s will whisper to the Builder, relaying mysteries of the Force. This could sway how the Builder chooses how to next construct their lightsaber.
There are four different themes of lightsabers that can be built, depending on the Builder’s desired path:
Peace and Justice
Salvaged from fallen Jedi temples and crashed starships, these lightsaber pieces were created for Force wielders of the Republic era. The simple designs reflect the commitment to the devout life of those whom they were created by – the Jedi Order – the once guardians of peace and justice in the galaxy.
Power and Control
Reclaimed from the ashes of the rumored Sith homeworld and abandoned Sith temples, these lightsaber pieces were originally forged by the Sith of their time. Characterized by sharp and strong forms, these pieces showcase the brutality and relentlessness of the Sith’s insatiable desire for power and control.
As we have been told, The Force is an energy field created by all living things; it surrounds us, penetrates us and binds the galaxy together. These lightsaber pieces are born of that same Force. They are as unique as the user and as the elements of nature: the wood as strong as metal from a Brylark tree, a bone of the Cartusion whale or even a tooth from a Rancor.
Protection and Defense
Cultivated from a time forgotten, these earliest lightsaber pieces contain designs and inscriptions that are shrouded in mystery. Believed to be created for protection and defense, conferring anonymity and symbolizing emotional detachment, a lightsaber made from these pieces reconnects the user with the most ancient wellspring of the Force.
Each lightsaber will be presented to the Builder in pieces, and with the help of the Gatherers, will be able to assemble their own custom lightsaber. Upon hilt completion, the unused parts will be collected by the Gatherers and returned to Savi’s inventory. These are not included with your lightsaber package. Finally, the Gatherers will masterfully connect your hilt to a 36” lightsaber blade so you’re ready for anything the galaxy puts in your path!
If desired, full-length padded carrying cases will be available for those who purchase optional blades.
If you’re looking for a specific character’s unique lightsaber, don’t worry. A series of 10 legacy lightsabers based on Star Wars canon will also be sold at Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities.
The experience area is limited to the builder and one Guest—at least one person in the party must be age 14 or older
Custom lightsabers are nonrefundable and are not eligible for Annual Passholder or other discounts
Disney has made a point to say that the Savi’s Workshop – Handbuilt Lightsabers experience is subject to availability and reservations may be required at some point, depending on demand. If reservations are required, late arrivals may not be accommodated.
Now Padawan, are you better prepared to craft and wield your own lightsaber?