The Holocron 1: Who is Kylo Ren

The Holocron 1: Who is Kylo Ren
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Welcome to the first of what I hope to be many articles of the Holocron.  Allow me to introduce the concept of the Holocron.  For those who do not know or are unfamiliar with the Star Wars Universe. A Holocron, short for holographic chronicle, was an organic crystal-lattice device which stored phenomenal quantities of data guarded by the device’s creator. Holocrons were used to hold information on force techniques and instruction manuals by force users beginning with the Sith and later the Jedi some three thousand years later[Taken from Star Wars Wiki].


These articles, are intended to be a one stop information shop for all the new characters in the new Star Wars films and will be updated regularly.


But this is really just filler before we get into the real meat of the article.

Warning The following is information that could be considered a spoiler for Episode VII.  Be warned. I will try however to avoid any major spoilers, and will stick as much as I can to background info and rumors.

This is your second warning.   *Waves hand* This is not the article you are looking for.


Last warning:


Still with me? Good.


As I am sure you know.  This is Kylo Ren.  Or Simply Kylo.




Kylo Ren is the next Star Wars bad guy.  Joining the likes of Darth Vader, Darth Maul, General Grevious, I could literally go on forever. However, J.J. Abrams has recently revealed that Kylo Ren, is not a Sith lord, therefore does not hold the title Darth.  More so that he is part of a group called “The Knights of Ren.”  Meaning that his name is Kylo, with Ren being his title.


He was born sometime after the Battle of Endor.  Making him around 30ish years old.  He is a Darth Vader fanatic.  Going so far as to retrieve his helmet from his final resting place.  Rumor has it, that he even has Darth Vader’s light saber.  Perhaps we will see a destroyed Endor.  He is apprenticed to Snoke, who is apparently a strong user of the dark side. He has created his own lightsaber, which explains the cross guard, and the ragged blade.  This brings up multiple questions about him not being a Sith lord, and him building his own saber.




Now, the rumor mill.  These are all THEORIES of some sort or another.

There is a working theory that Kylo is the son of Han Solo.  How true this is, I cannot say. But this would fit in the expanded universe plot points in which Hans son becomes a Sith Lord.  Then legally takes over half the galaxy, while Han’s daughter, goes to train under Boba Fett how to hunt and kill Jedi.  Now this has all been declared non-cannon, so this Expanded Universe story is not the real story of Star Wars.

Now if you have read the Expanded Universe, you are familiar with Revan. There are some that believe that Kylo will have something to do with the story of Revan.  Be it a decedent, a follower, worshiper, something.  Due to the fact of the similarity in the masks.

Revan is one of the greatest villains and hero’s of both the light, and dark side.  He was a mighty Sith who fell and was converted to the light side, who’s sole goal was to destroy the Sith Lords.

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Now we get to what I believe is to be one of the most interesting theories of them all.  His light saber.  Up until this point, the theories have been well known plot points of the Expanded Universe.  But this….This is a little more…let’s say, unknown.  There is a unique type of weapon, called a “Forcesaber” now these Forcesabers, were the forbearers of the lightsabers we all know and love today.  They literally harvest the force and use it to channel the force, more specifically, the darkside. These sabers, are believed to have started the divide between the light and dark sides of the force.

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This rumor comes from the images of the replica of Kylo’s saber that lacks a button to power it on.  Now this could be a easy mistake, or could Kylo have found a Forcesaber in his exploration of the darkside.  Could the reason his light saber be so ragged, is that it is literally the manifestation of the dark side?  Note: None of the concept art of Kylo have his lightsaber with a button. Just saying.

Another active theory is that the Force has gone from the universe. This is why Kylo is not a Sith. And the Knights of Ren are knights, not Sith Lords.

I hope you all enjoyed me geeking out over Star Wars. Stay tuned to the next one.  Looking forward to the next movie? Want me to do another character? Should I continue past Episode VII and go into the Expanded Universe? Let me know below!

Former competitive Halo Coach, and former Microsoft Fan Boy. He is also a self proclaimed Star Wars Guru. He can be reached either on twitter at @OhMyApollo or Apollo@MammothGamers.com