“Dume” Saber – Inspired by Lothal’s Wolf

Hello Everybody hope you’re all doing well. Today we are returning to Star Wars Rebels and the naval shipbuilding planet of Lothal for a new saber. This saber is not based on the ships that are built on the planet but on one of it’s creatures, the Lothwolf. These mystical animals appear throughout later episodes of Rebels and are a sort of “Force Guide” or “Force Spirits” – and one has a connection to the former Jedi Kanaan Jarrus. Whenever Ezra Bridger, Kanaan’s padawan or the crew of The Ghost get into difficulties the wolves seem to appear and lend a paw to help the heroes out – and usually in a spectacular way. The Lothwolf, though rarely seen looks like this…

They are canine in appearance but are MUCH larger in size being large enough for Ezra, Hera Syndula, Sabine and Zeb to actually ride on their backs. And in one episode the heroes were stranded on one side of Lothal but needed to get to the opposite side of the planet quickly. The wolves appeared and indicated that the heroes should climb on and ride to their friend’s location. However, as the wolves began to run and gather speed, their surroundings blurred and warped causing the heroes to partially lose their senses. When they came back to full consciousness the group discovered they were in fact on the far side of the planet….apparently the wolves had carried the heroes THROUGH the planet! That is some serious Force ability! So knowing this I set to work on a saber inspired by these creatures…

These studio wireframe images show some very complex modelling on the handgrip – this was to replicate a very distinct feature of the Lothwolf. The feature was most visible on one special wolf, the leader of the pack which was named DUME and here is a gallery of images showing DUME and the saber…

The saber is a monochrome white and black to resemble Dume and the emitter shrouds are almost like “ears”, though unintentional. But I did make an effort to replicate the ridges on the bridge of his nose and his eyebrow area. These are the black oval nodules on the handgrip. To model them I created several Torus knots (a 3D knot similar to a Pretzel that forms an endless loop) and stacked them to make an object that looked like a rope. I then sized the “rope” so that it was inside the handgrip but just big enough so small lumps appeared on the outside surface. This created the ridges!

As the story continued it became known that the pack leader was named after a former Jedi known as Caleb Dume….who after the events of Order 66 and the Jedi Order’s downfall, became known as Kanaan Jarrus. This hints to the fact these creatures may be some form of Guardian Canine that appears when their “subject of care” is in danger. All very mysterious.

I hope you liked DUME and his saber, I loved how the handgrip and the “rope trick” worked out. It worked so well that it inspired a few more variants which I’ll post in upcoming articles. Yes I still have more new sabers to come as well as working on ships and containers of Coaxium! Hopefully you will return to see those and find out what I am using Coaxium for. But for now I want to thank you all for visiting and supporting me and my site, whether this is your first visit or you are a regular caller thanks so much. So Till next time….

“DUME” Saber is a For Tyeth Editions design and the 3D models and renderings are ©Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2016-2020. “Dume”, “Lothwolf” and all other Star Wars related names, images, logos and related material are Trademark/©Copyright of Disney/Lucasfilm Ltd.

6 thoughts on ““Dume” Saber – Inspired by Lothal’s Wolf”

  1. Hi, FT. That’s a really cool design. I haven’t watched any Rebels yet so I’m mostly learning from your posts. Love the concept of having a wolf character and pack in the series, with a connection to the force. And also how they can travel a vast distance in short time. As you say – mysterious.

    1. Hi TVTA, Rebels was a much better watch than I thought it would be. Some of the ideas and concepts in it weren’t traditional “Star Wars” but I guess it isn’t the original trilogy so it had to introduce new stuff. The Force Wolves were definitely cool as I always wanted a Timberwolf as a pet when I was a Youngling!

    1. Hi EF, I was really pleased how the handgrip worked out. I was originally trying to replicate a “paracord wrap” style handgrip for an Oriental themed saber but when I resized the body of the hilt I noticed the cool effect of the ridges showing through the handle. I had just watched the episode of Rebels featuring the wolves earlier in the day and the image of those facial features was still in my head and matched what I had built. My mind works in weird ways sometimes 😃
      So glad you liked it and thanks as always.

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