This was a Jedi weapon constructed by Anakin Skywalker and passed down to his son, Luke, and later to the scavenger Rey. Kylo Ren, the grandson of Anakin Skywalker, claimed that the lightsaber belonged to him. Obi-Wan Kenobi and Maz Kanata harbored the lightsaber, in turn, before passing it on to Luke and Rey, respectively. However, as Rey initially rejected the offer, Kanata gave the lightsaber to the renegade stormtrooper Finn, who wielded it against the First Order for a time.
With the loss of his first lightsaber on Geonosis, Anakin built a new lightsaber that would serve as his weapon throughout the Clone Wars. After Anakin's fall to the dark side of the Force, the newly-anointed Sith Lord Darth Vader retained the lightsaber during his attack on the Jedi Temple where he used it to kill his former comrades, including Jedi younglings. Vader also used the lightsaber during his mission to Mustafar where he executed the members of the Separatist Council, but then lost the weapon in a duel with his former Master, Obi-Wan Kenobi.
For two decades, Kenobi kept his fallen apprentice's lightsaber before passing it down to Anakin's son, Luke Skywalker, who accepted the family heirloom along with the opportunity to become a Jedi Knight like his father before him. Luke would make use of the lightsaber, both as a Rebel freedom fighter and Jedi trainee, until he lost it during an encounter with his father on Bespin. Approximately thirty years after the end of the Galactic Civil War, it had fallen into the possession of Maz Kanata, who kept the weapon hidden in her castle prior to the Battle of Takodana.
Though she initially rejected Skywalker's lightsaber, Rey ultimately used it to defeat an injured Kylo Ren during the assault on Starkiller Base. In the aftermath of the Resistance victory, Rey sought out the last Jedi, Luke Skywalker—who had chosen a life of exile on the planet Ahch-To as a result of his nephew's fall to the dark side and the failure to restore the Jedi Order—and presented him with his father's lightsaber.
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