We learned in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story that Darth Vader resided in castle/fortress located on the the volcanic planet of Mustafar. I thought that was a pretty cool reveal. It’s awesome learning new things about Darth Vader and today we’ve got a fascinating bit of new info regarding a hidden secret about this castle.
We already knew that this was a place for Vader to meditate and it was previously revealed by concept artist Pablo Hidalgo that Vader’s fortress is the “Emperor’s design that Vader live in such an unforgiving environment.” It was also explained that Vader’s “stark, modern structure is built over an ancient castle full of dark secrets.”
It was then revealed by Star Wars production designer, Doug Chiang that, “One of things we landed on early was this idea of a tuning fork — a twin tower kind of look. And it was really interesting, because then that started to give Gareth a lot of ideas like, ‘Well, maybe the structure is built this way because it is like a tuning fork. It’s tuning the dark side in terms of the energy.’”
And that’s where things get really interesting. We’ve now learned that there’s an even bigger hidden secret and meaning for the castle’s existence. It was built with the design to reunite him with the spirit of his dead wife… Padme Amidala.
The big reveal comes from In Marvel Comics’ Darth Vader #22. In the story, Vader interacts with the ghost of a Sith lord named Momin. He is the individual that originally created the design for the castle. Momin calls it “the key” and CBR gives us a good rundown of this new nugget of information:
Momin reveals his schematic for the castle is shaped like a tuning fork, because it’s exactly that. This is why his spirit came to Vader and killed off his architects, as he felt insulted seeing their architectural design as something which isn’t curated for a higher calling. Momin, gloating in full, confesses his tuning fork can read the mystical pitches, as well as the various frequencies of life. This allows the structure to tune in and actually pierce the veil of death, which would now enable Vader, or Anakin Skywalker (his Jedi persona), to reunite with Queen Amidala.
That’s a pretty cool concept! Anakin Skywalker wants nothing more than to reunite with the love of his life. The thing is, I seriously doubt she’ll want to have anything to do with him after what he’s become.
Vader has yet to find Padme, but I imagine that’s what he’s trying to do with all of his spare time. It will be interesting to see if at some point over the course of Vader’s story he actually does make contact with her.
It’s such an interesting story element and character arc for the Sith to keep Darth Vader under their control and in check by promising him ways to one day reunite with Padame.
What do you all think this latest reveal regarding Darth Vader’s fortress?