“Data Splice” Saber – Inspired by Echo – Mystery Box Saber 3

EDIT: VOTING CLOSED AT 00:00 HRS (GMT) 1ST JUNE SO I HAVE THE TIME TO TYPE UP THE NEXT REVEAL POST WHICH WILL PUBLISH AT 00:00HRS (GMT) SATURDAY MORNING!

Hello Everybody….everybody…..body…..Is there an Echo in here? Wow! I can’t believe I am halfway through this collection of hilts already. As you know in previous weeks I have shown you the hilts I designed for Hunter and Wrecker of Clone Force 99 – aka The Bad Batch. Today at the request of The Atomic Mage we will see the hilt I made for cadet CT-21-0408 who is a former Republic era Clone Trooper that has had a hard life. CT-21-0408 or “Echo” as he was nicknamed was created on the planet Kamino and belonged to a group known as “Domino Squad”. This squad was evaluated by the Jedi and the Kaminoans cloning experts because the DNA used to create these troopers was believed to be deteriorating and dangerous to use any more. After the evaluations Echo managed to pass and joined the ranks of clone troopers. He fought in a battle to save Kamino, then he was promoted to the 501st Legion commanded by Anakin Skywalker. But during a mission to rescue a captive Jedi Master from the Separatists – Echo was involved in an explosion that led his comrades to believe he was dead. This wasn’t the end of his story though and so I have designed a hilt for him and I call it (as I will explain later) “Data Splice”…

This I think is a very unique looking hilt and really represents Echo. You see, Echo wasn’t killed in the explosion during the rescue mission but seriously injured and taken captive. Worse yet was that he was sold to another faction known as the Techno Unionists, a group that specialised in high tech weaponry and technology (they were involved in the design/construction of the first Death Star). The Techno Union and a character named Wat Tambor kept Echo alive albeit in an unconscious state and turned him into a cyborg, who they connected to a massive Droid Control System. They hoped Echo’s knowledge and memories could be tapped into and used to gain an advantage in the war against the Republic Clone Army. Captain Rex later suspected his friend was still alive when a mysterious code kept repeating in a data stream intercepted from a Droid Control Centre on the planet Skako Minor. The code? CT-1409….CT1409….CT-1409. Again I will explain the code later, but here is gallery two….

This saber has an unusual emitter which looks like a cylindrical coil antenna and has windows cut into it to allow the blade to shine through between each coil. The emitter is mounted on an elegant Thin Neck connected to the main handgrip which has an illuminated activation switch on top and a Clone Force 99 logo on the underside. The pommel features a distinct two-toned spike shaped cone that also doubles as a computer terminal probe, used when Echo needs to remotely access a computer. He can insert the lightsaber into the terminal and use the saber as a relay transmitter. Finally the handgrip has some symbols embossed onto it…the Aurabesh symbols….CT-1409. This number is the trooper number Echo was given when he graduated to the Republic Army!

Upon learning of the Droid Control Centre and this mystery code Anakin Skywalker, Rex and a group known as The Bad Batch launched a mission to shut down the Centre and defeat Admiral Trench, the Techno Unionist commanding the droid offensive. The mission was a success but a bitter sweet discovery was made – Captain Rex’s hunch was proven correct that Echo was indeed alive and he managed to rescue his fallen friend. But his friend was more machine than man, however Echo was a survivor and after emergency surgery and rehabilitation was brought back from the edge of death. If you haven’t seen The Bad Batch, Echo looks like this..

Echo has suffered but has also survived. Hunter as leader of the Bad Batch invited Echo to join with them as he was an outsider too. Echo accepted and helped many times in their subsequent missions. You will notice Echo has many cybernetic appendages and look closely at his hand – that is a SCOMP connector used to interface with computer terminals (like Artoo Detoo can) allowing him to “splice” into any data system and communicate with it. Hence I called his saber “Data Splice” – Echo can communicate with the saber wirelessly enabling him to be in “two” places at the same time. Neat!

So I hope this saber suitably represents the heroic Echo…Echo….Echo….Sorry I couldn’t help myself 🤣 Seriously though this wraps up the Data Splice, I hope you liked it. That leaves two hilts left in the collection to be revealed and again I leave the decision up to you which will be next by leaving a vote and comment below. Last week I only got one vote from The Atomic Mage so please leave a vote – you have till midnight (GMT) on Thursday 1st.

EDIT: VOTING CLOSED AT 00:00 HRS (GMT) 1ST JUNE SO I HAVE THE TIME TO TYPE UP THE NEXT REVEAL POST WHICH WILL PUBLISH AT 00:00HRS (GMT) SATURDAY MORNING!

Thanks for checking this saber out and for visiting FTSabersite today. Whether it’s your first visit or you regularly call back it is most appreciated. I still have the two remaining hilts in this collection and I have a saber for a blacksmith coming soon so please call back to see these and more in future posts. Till next time….

“Data Splice” Saber is a For Tyeth Editions design inspired by the character “Echo” from “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” and “The Bad Batch”. The design was modelled, and rendered by For Tyeth and are ©Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2016-2021. “Star Wars” , “The Bad Batch” and all other names, logos, images and related material are Trademark/© Copyright of Disney/Lucasfilm.

2 thoughts on ““Data Splice” Saber – Inspired by Echo – Mystery Box Saber 3”

  1. Hello hello (Ello) Well I’d say This survivor deserves a saber for all he’s been through (been through). The hand transmitter ability sounds pretty cool!

    1. Hello EF, you are so right, Echo’s lifestory has been the one that tugged the heartstrings the most I think. The amazing thing is, he managed to keep hold of his humanity through all of it.
      Regards the transmitter function, I remember watching the tv show (and playing the video game) named ALIAS with Jennifer Garner and the characters in that show patched into a lot of computer systems and I thought Echo should be able to do that too. Thanks as always for checking this saber out, only two (maybe three?) left to go.

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