Star Wars Unveils the Sith Weapon That Should Have Killed Palpatine

Contains a preview of Star Wars: Hidden Empire #2!The new Star Wars trilogy detailing Crimson Dawn’s war against the Empire reaches its final chapter in the upcoming Hidden Empire, and it’s about to reveal the Fermata Cage – a Sith weapon which had the potential to destroy Emperor Palpatine, and which was used against him by Qi’ra.

Star Wars has no lack of super-weapons. From the canon Death Stars and Starkiller Base to non-canon Legends examples like the Sun Crusher and World Devastators. Now, a new superweapon looks to be in the hands of a surprising character. Best known for her role in Solo: A Star Wars Story, Qi’ra is an old flame of Han Solo who’s become the leader of the criminal syndicate Crimson Dawn after the death of Darth Maul. Since then, she’s appeared in the War of the Bounty Hunters crossover and Crimson Reign events, both written by Charles Soule. Her latest appearance, Star Wars: Hidden Empire, by Soule and Steven Cummings, is the end of the trilogy, as she faces down the forces of Palpatine and the Empire. What’s most mysterious about this newest appearance is that Palpatine seems to actually be afraid of what Qi’ra is doing.

Newly released solicit info for Star Wars: Hidden Empire #2 by Soule and Cummings apparently reveals why, as it mentions a Dark Side weapon Qi’ra intends to use to destroy the Sith. While fans know she ultimately fails from the movies, it’s fascinating that a weapon with such staggering potential is being introduced into original trilogy-era canon, especially given its potential to reappear in other eras. Considering her apprenticeship under Darth Maul, Qi’ra’s knowledge of Dark Side secrets isn’t surprising, especially given the hatred of the Sith he developed after his defeated by Obi-Wan Kenobi.

The plans of LADY QI’RA to use an ancient Dark Side weapon known as the FERMATA CAGE to destroy the Sith are falling apart, and she has lost many of her primary resources and allies, with DARTH VADER drawing ever nearer. Can she salvage victory from certain defeat?

In music notation, a fermata is a symbol above a musical note that signals that the note should be held for longer than usual and is also known as a hold or pause. If the Fermata Cage is an allusion to this idea, perhaps it could be a device intended to hold people or planets in a form of stasis for a length of time – the Force equivalent of Carbonite. This would also explain why it’s called a ‘cage.’ This would also fit with previously seen uses of the Dark Side. Star Wars is full of examples of beings held in stasis, or given elongated lives via the force, including the legend of Darth Plagueis the Wise, or Celeste Morn, the stasis-locked Jedi from Legends canon.

The other possible namesake for this weapon is the mathematician and theorist Pierre de Fermat. Fermat is famous for various equations and theories, notably Fermat’s Theorem, which explains that light moves via the shortest possible nearby path it can, and also outlines various rules regarding how light refracts. This suggests that perhaps the Fermata Cage could either use light as a weapon (maybe turning Palpatine’s Force lightning against him), or could perhaps even not be a literal weapon, but instead be a theoretical one – some calculation or discovery that would give Crimson Dawn a technological or strategic advantage over the Empire.

Whatever the Fermata Cage turns out to do, as Qi’ra gets her hands on Star Wars’ new anti-Sith superweapon, Palpatine and the whole Empire better watch out.

Star Wars: Hidden Empire #2 is coming December 7 from Marvel Comics.

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