Back in the days when the only Star Wars movies we had were the original trilogy, there were stories that Darth Vader had a castle on a lake of lava, this castle was apparently considered for Return of the Jedi at one point but never went any further.
Then, of course, we had the prequels and we see Anakin Skywalker defeated by Obi-Wan Kenobi on the molten planet of Mustafar, by virtue of having the high ground, which as we all know, instantly gives you a victory in any fight, right?
Then in Rogue One we actually got to see Vader’s Castle built on the lake of lava and it was indeed Mustafar from Revenge of the Sith. We wondered what Vader did all day in his castle, was he particularly fond of roasted marshmallows, or did he just like the ambiance of the constant geological shifts and poisonous atmosphere?
Well, now we know thanks to Marvel’s Darth Vader #22 from writers Charles Soule and Giuseppe Camuncoli.
Apparently, Vader comes across a Sith artist (whatever one of those is) and this character called Momin, (who is dead but speaking with Vader through the Force and some old helmet of his) gives Vader some ideas. The artist formerly known as Sith tells Vader that he can tune into the afterlife and see his beloved Padme again. He then provides Vader with designs, and it’s these designs that end up becoming Vader’s castle on Mustafar.
The design apparently looks like a tuning fork because it is one and that Vader is trying to punch through something called the Locus to peer into the afterlife and be reunited with his deceased wife. It’s an interesting idea and it seems appropriate that Vader would continue to obsess over the lost love of his life despite the fact his actions are what killed her in the first place.
I have not read the issue and instead picked up the story from CBR, who have speculated that perhaps Vader will succeed in communicating with the dead Padme Skywalker. I can already think of one reason why this may well not work, and that’s the fact that unbeknownst to Vader, Padme did not die on Mustafar. If you remember she died later during the birth of Luke and Leia, however, the Emperor simply told Anakin that in his anger he had killed his wife and their unborn child. Perhaps Vader is trying to communicate with Padme in the wrong place?
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Could this new detail be something which affects the upcoming Star Wars movies? That seems unlikely, but it is an interesting detail nonetheless.
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