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Lords of Sith: (Prepared by Limbonik, Darksider Historian.)
Here you will review several replicas from ancient documents, found through holocrons and other lore from the remaining facilities of the Great Jedi Library on Ossus or datacards that were gathered through the search of Skywalker and his new Jedi Order.
The old, ancient Lords of Sith were magicians, alchemists who used the powers of the Dark Side of the Force to create their rulership over the Sith Empire - and later the galaxy about 5,000 - 4,000 years before the Galactic Civil War. The New Era of Sith was founded by failed Jedi who wished to explore the Dark Side of the Force for their own advance. With about 50 members, this group was hunted down through the Jedi Order nearly 2,000 - 1,000 years before the Dark Times. The last Order was formed by Darth Bane, who was the last remaining Dark Lord of the Sith as the Jedi eradicated the last remaining Sith in the galaxy about 1,000 years before the Battle of Yavin. However, you can only see information about the first and third Order of the Sith. The information about the second Order remains hidden from our sources, but it might only take little time until we discover it - be warned, young apprentice.
The Ancient Sith Empire
The New Era of the Order of Sith (The Reformed Order)
The Ancient Sith Empire
This ancient Dark Lord of the Sith ruled the galaxy with an iron fist some 5,000 years before the Galactic Civil War. Ragnos controlled the Sith Empire for more than a century before he finally died. Funeral preparations were underway when the Daragon siblings happened upon Korriban, and interrupted the burial ceremony. Ragnos was buried with his predecessors in the Valley of the Dark Lords, with numerous living slaves entombed to assist him in the afterlife. His death led to a great uprising among the two major Sith factions, as each of them tried to promote their candidate to the vacant position of Dark Lord. Both Ludo Kressh and Naga Sadow believed that they were the next Dark Lord, and came to blows shortly after Ragnos’ burial. Ragnos spirit - angered by the proceedings - returned from the dead to counsel them about choosing their battles wisely. Ragnos’ spirit foresaw that their battle would bring about the end of the golden age of the Sith magicians.
Xendor was a Kashi Mer Jedi around the time of the Great Schism, and was also believed to be the first Dark Jedi. He used the Dark Side of the Force to reinforce his Teräs Käsi techniques in combat, causing him to be exiled by the Jedi Order. After being banished, he gathered a large following of other Dark Jedi, known as the Minions of Xendor.
Xendor was believed killed by the Jedi Order, but his successors later conquered the Sith becoming the Sith Lords. As the first Dark Jedi, Xendor is the predecessor of the Dark Lords of the Sith, and is sometimes counted as the first. Since the Sith Empire was formed in 6,900 BBY (18,000 standard years after his death), he was never a Sith Lord. However, he played a fundamental role in the formation of the Sith Order.
This ancient Sith Lord was one of the most powerful of his era. He trained the Sith magician Naga Sadow while in his prime. However, he was defeated in battle by Marka Ragnos and fated to die. Simus had other plans, and used the Dark Side magic of the Sith to preserve himself. His head was encased in a specialized, crystalline container, and he existed this way for another century before Ragnos died. When Ludo Kressh and Sadow began fighting over the rulership of the Sith Empire, it was Simus who urged Kressh to consider the possibility that Jori and Gav Daragon were truly hyperspace mappers, and not advanced scouts for the Old Republic. When Kressh refused, Simus gave his support to his former student, Naga Sadow. This trust proved to be short-lived, for Sadow had Simus killed as part of the deception surrounding his plans to become the Dark Lord of the Sith.
An ancient Sith magician who practiced a thousand years before the Freedon Nadd uprisings, Naga Sadow was one of the strongest Sith Lords at the time Marka Ragnos died. Trained by the old mage Simus, Sadow was an intense individual who wished to bring the Sith Empire to the forefront of the galaxy, a viewpoint not held by his contemporary, Ludo Kressh. Upon Ragnos’ death, Sadow chose not to attend the huge funeral. Rather, he plotted how he could obtain the position of Dark Lord of the Sith. At the close of the procession, Sadow confronted Kressh, and the two Sith Lords battled for the position of Dark Lord of the Sith. This clash of Sith energy brought Marka Ragnos’ spirit back from the dead, and the spirit warned both of them that conflict within the ranks of the Sith would further no one’s plans. With the appearance of Jori and Gav Daragon, Sadow discovered a way to further his own goals. Ludo Kressh believed them to scouts from the Old Republic’s advanced forces, so Sadow freed them and staged a rescue attempt in which many Sith warriors were killed. Sadow claimed it was Kressh’s inability to mobilize the Sith forces that caused the deaths, and claimed himself Dark Lord of the Sith in order to guide the Sith into battle. He then took the Daragons to his two fortresses and hid them, playing upon their emotions and their latent Force abilities to gain their confidence. He built up Gav’s strength, teaching him Sith magic while manipulating him into a position where he would obey any command. Sadow recovered the Starbreaker 12 and returned it to Jori, telling her that Gav had been killed and that Sadow could no loner protect her from the other Sith Lords. Her flight provided Sadow with all the hyperspace coordinates he needed to begin attacking the Old Republic. When Kressh finally mustered his own forces to attack Sadow, he attacked at Khar Delba. This expended much of his resources, while Sadow hid on Khar Shian. From there, he launched a massive counterattack, decimating Kressh’s forces and nearly killing the rival magician. Sadow then retired to Primus Goluud, where he entered a mediation sphere and launched his attacks on the Republic, augmenting his forces with illusory warriors and monsters. When Gav Daragon disabled the sphere, Sadow’s concentration was broken. The Jedi Knights and the Republic were able to see through the illusions, and eventually defeated the Sith forces. Sadow, under attack by the Republic’s fleet at Primus Goluud, chose to rip the star apart and destroy them all. Gav was able to provide the Republic fleet with an escape vector, saving them from the conflagration but dooming himself. Sadow limped back to the Sith Empire, where he was confronted by Ludo Kressh’s restored forces. In the opening acts of the Great Hyperspace War, Sadow used the Dark Side of the Force to coerce one of his starship captains to ram Kressh’s ship, destroying his chief rival and securing his position as Dark Lord. However, this left his forces vulnerable to Empress Teta’s fleet. In a last-ditch effort, Sadow drew Teta’s forces into the Denarri Nova in hopes of destroying them all, but the Nova flared up and destroyed much of Sadow’s fleet and part of the Tetan fleet. Sadow himself managed to survive, and fled to Yavin 4 to begin rebuilding his empire. Note that some references claim Naga Sadow was an insectile beast of pure Sith blood who learned how to give life to the dead. The ruling Dark Lord of the Sith did not appreciate Sadow's bold attempts, and sentenced him to die. Sadow took his knowledge and his followers and fled to the moon Yavin 4. He was eventually hunted down by the Old Republic, who branded him an outlaw and chased him to the Denarii System. There, Sadow used the powers of the Sith to rip the cores from the two Denarii stars and fling them at the pursuing fleet. The fleet was destroyed, and the stars exploded to form the Denarii Nebula. Sadow survived the encounter, but later passed into legends. He and his followers are now extinct, but their knowledge and powers remain behind on Yavin 4.
This ancient Sith magician was Naga Sadow’s contemporary rival for the position of Dark Lord of the Sith. It was Kressh who was chosen to lead Marka Ragnos’ funeral procession. Kressh’s faction believed in maintaining the status quo within the Sith Empire, rather than attempting to expand it, as Naga Sadow thought. Their opposing viewpoints led to a skirmish at Ragnos’ funeral. The ghost of Markos Ragnos foretold of the impending downfall of the Sith Empire, should the two continue to struggle. Neither heeded the former Dark Lord’s words, and a civil war erupted within the Sith Empire. Ludo Kressh believed that Jori and Gav Daragon were advanced scouts for an Old Republic war force coming to eradicate the Sith, a position which gathers some support among the Sith lords. As Sadow took control of the Empire, Kressh rallied his supporters in an attempt to overthrow Sadow. They fled to Ziost to plan their attack. A timely discovery of the treachery with which Sadow took control of the Empire led to further support, until Kressh was ready to launch an attack on Sadow’s base on Khar Delba. However, Naga Sadow’s real base of power was on Khar Shian, and Ludo Kressh’s forces were drawn into a battle against an undefeatable foe. Kressh was believed to have been killed over Khar Delba, where Naga Sadow’s fleet destroyed Kressh’s forces. However, he managed to survive, and returned to the Sith Empire to take over as Dark Lord. Sadow would have none of this, and began his own assault on Coruscant. The inner strife between the rivals grew until it erupted into the Great Hyperspace War. Kressh and Sadow drew their starfleets into the Sith Empire and fought valiantly against each other. In the end, though, Sadow was able to use the Dark Side of the Force to coerce one of his own starship captains to ram Kressh’s flagship, destroying the ship and killing Kressh in the explosion.
A Jedi Knight who succumbed to the Dark Side of the Force and took up the teaching of the Sith. He became proficient in the use of the Dark Side Sith magic, but could progress no further than apprentice, since the reigning Dark Lord was still young (by Dark Side standards) and the Sith had declared that only one Dark Lord could rule at any time. This frustrated Freedon Nadd to the point that he rebelled against this basic Sith tenet and, desiring his own Lordship, he took a wealth of Sith artifacts with him from Korriban to Onderon. On Onderon, he began to teach the Sith lore to the Onderonians at Iziz, and he used his Sith knowledge to help the Onderonians repel the Beast Masters time and again. (This has been passed down by the Naddists in the form of a truism that Freedon defeated "the wild beasts and aborigines" of Onderon.) As his power grew, the Jedi Knights learned of his atrocities on the planet, and sent a task force out to bring his reign to an end. There was a pitched battle, and eventually Freedon Nadd was defeated. However, his Sith teachings had been accepted by the Onderonians, and Nadd's bloodlines were extended during his stay, so the power of the Dark Side has never left Onderon. Nadd himself managed to preserve his spirit, locked away with the Sith artifacts he worked to obtain. His spirit was released when Exar Kun discovered Nadd's tomb, and Nadd's spirit led Kun to Yavin 4. There, Nadd tried to use Kun as a way to progress further down the dark path. However, when Kun became the wearer of the Sith amulets hidden on the moon, Nadd's spirit was obliterated by Kun's rage.
A Jedi student of Vodo-Siosk Baas on Dantooine, Exar Kun used Vodo's holocron to learn about the ancient Sith. Exar Kun didn't like the fact that Vodo, not to mention his fellow students Crado and Sylvar, were not human, and he continually goaded them. He nearly killed Sylvar during a lightsaber training exercise, and she clawed him on the right cheek. Vodo stopped the duel before someone was killed, and challenged Kun to a duel between Kun's skill with a lightsaber and Vodo's skill with a walking stick. Vodo nearly defeated Kun, but Kun snatched another lightsaber and attacked his Master. Vodo's stick was broken, and Kun's rage passed as he felt he was victorious. Exar Kun then left Dantooine to try and obtain the Sith artifacts that had been found on Onderon. He entered the tomb of Freedon Nadd and was controlled by Nadd's evil spirit. Nadd led Kun to Korriban, where Kun discovered a pair of Sith scrolls that tantalizingly led him further down the path to the Dark Side. Kun tried to resist, but Nadd nearly killed him before offering assistance. However, the assistance required Kun to give himself to the Dark Side. Kun chose to live, and was drawn into the Dark Side's power. Then, Nadd directed Kun to go to Yavin 4, where he should complete the work of Naga Sadow. On Yavin 4, Kun again tried to renounce Nadd's teachings, and was captured by the Massassi. They tried to sacrifice Kun in a blood ceremony, during which Nadd's spirit goaded him down the Dark path. Exar Kun called out to the Dark Side in anger, and a Sith amulet was drawn to his power. It fused to his arm, and he was suddenly endowed with the power of the Sith. He took control of the Massassi, and exterminated Nadd's spirit. As the months went by, Exar Kun found Naga Sadow's works and began to gain more and more Sith power. Once he felt that he was powerful enough, he went to the Empress Teta System to defeat Aleema and Satal Keto and claim his position as Sith lord. When he arrived, Keto had already been killed by Ulic Qel-Droma, so Kun tried to defeat him in battle. The ancient Sith masters were drawn to the pair's incredible Dark Side power, and halted the battle. They named Kun the Dark Lord of the Sith, and Qel-Droma his Apprentice. They went into hiding, and continued to gain power. Kun was able to lure several young Jedi Knights to his cause, including Oss Willum and Crado. On Yavin 4, Kun showed them the Sith holocron, which he destroyed in a display of power. The shards exploded outward, piercing the young Jedi and possessing them with Sith demons. When the time was right, they exploded into the galaxy as Sith warriors. Kun ordered his young disciples to exterminate their Jedi Masters in a fiendish pogrom. Thus, the Great Sith War was started. Kun and Qel-Droma's forces killed millions in their rampages. When Qel-Droma was captured and put to trial on Coruscant, Kun and Mandalore arrived to retrieve him. In a show of power, Kun put the entire court into suspended animation, killing the Old Republic's highest official and eventually murdering Master Vodo. Kun later raided Ossus, in an attempt to steal the ancient Jedi and Sith lore stored there. This effort was cut short when Aleema destroyed the Cron System, and Kun was forced to flee back to Yavin 4 to regain his strength. The war would have continued, but the end of the war was quickened when Qel-Droma was captured on Ossus by Master Thon. He was cut off from the Force by Nomi Sunrider, and betrayed Kun by providing the location of Kun's power - the temples on Yavin 4 - to the Jedi. The Jedi then met Exar Kun on the jungle moon, where Kun drew on the Massassi spirits in an effort to gain strength and make a last stand against the Jedi. Exar Kun was defeated by the Jedi, but only his body was destroyed. Kun consumed the Massassi in an effort to lock his spirit away in the temples on Yavin 4, where it remained until Luke Skywalker started training his new Jedi Knights there more than 4000 years later. Kun tried to control the emerging Jedi Knights, but his hold was tenuous. His first attempt at controlling one of them led to the death of Gantoris. Kyp Durron was his second attempt, but Kyp used Kun's power in an attempt to destroy the Empire. In a final battle with Luke's Jedi students, Kun was defeated by the combined strength of all the students. At his final death, Kun's former teacher Vodo Siosk-Baas appeared to claim him. Several months later, after escaping from Leonia Tavira and the Jensaarai, Luke Skywalker allowed Corran Horn to destroy Kun's statue and temple with a series of proton torpedoes, utterly wiping out the primary source of dark side energy on the moon.
An ancient Jedi Knight, Ulic was very powerful in the use of The Force. He was born on Alderaan, and raised in a family of great warriors. Along with his brother, Cay, they were apprenticed to the Jedi Master Arca on Arkadia. When they had completed their training, Arca sent them - along with fellow student Tott Doneeta - to Onderon to help put an end to the fighting between the city dwellers and the beastmasters. When they tried to defend the city dwellers in Iziz, they discovered the Dark Side energies flowing there. They also discovered that the dwellers of Iziz were the real enemy, and strove to defeat Queen Amanoa. They eventually overcame the Dark Side threat, and later found the tomb of Freedon Nadd. They tried to rid the planet of Nadd's influence, but Arca was captured by the hidden King Ommin. Ulic sent for more Jedi and help from the Old Republic, and their combined forces were able to defeat Ommin and recover Arca. The Jedi then helped Iziz rebuild itself, during which time Ulic fell in love with Nomi Sunrider. When they were cleaning up the Dark Side artifacts, the spirit of Freedon Nadd reappeared and told Ulic he would become one of the greatest Sith Lords. Ulic and Nomi were assigned to assist in the retaking of the Empress Teta System from the Krath, who had declared war on the Jedi. Ulic proposed that he should join the Krath and attempt to defeat it from the inside. He made himself heard at the Great Council on Deneba. However, the Jedi Masters feared that Ulic would be drawn into the Dark Side, but during their discussions the Krath attacked. He fought bravely, only to see Master Arca killed while he was distracted. This hardened his resolve to eradicate the Krath, and he set out to discover the Dark Side of the Force first-hand. He hoped that by becoming a Dark Side follower, he could find its weaknesses and use it against the Krath. He was seduced by Aleema, and his despair at Arca's death only made him an easier target for the Dark Side and the Sith magic. His brother, Cay, and Nomi Sunrider went to Cinnagar to return Ulic to the Light Side, but their combined love for Ulic could not sway him from the Dark Side. At this time, Exar Kun intervened and severely injured Aleema while trying to overcome Ulic and recover a Sith amulet. Their combined fury released an ancient Sith spirit, who claimed both of them for the Dark Side. Exar Kun was named Dark Lord of the Sith while Ulic was named his apprentice. He became caught up in Exar Kun's plans and became a Dark Jedi himself. He joined forces with the ancient Mandalorian warriors after defeating their leader, and conquered star system after star system with the power of the Dark Side. He was captured by the Jedi and brought to trial on Coruscant, but was freed by the intervention on Exar Kun and the Mandalorians. They then travelled to Ossus, in an attempt to take possession of the Jedi and Sith knowledge stored there. Ulic was again captured by the Jedi, this time by his brother, Cay, who challenged him to a duel. In his Dark Side fury, Ulic cut down his brother in a bloody battle. Some part of the Light Side still remained, and Ulic was brought ot his knees by the import of what he had done. Nomi Sunrider, enraged by Ulic's actions, used the Force in anger and cut Ulic off from the Force. Thus weakened, Ulic felt no more need to support Exar Kun and the Sith. In the end, Ulic led the Jedi to Yavin 4, where they were able to defeat Kun and quell the Sith uprising.
The New Era of the Order of Sith (The Reformed Order)
This ancient Sith Lord was the last of his kind to survive the catastrophic struggle that consumed his order, some 2,000 years before the Battle of Yavin. Recognizing that the Sith order was doomed to fail if it became too large, Bane waited until all the other Sith were destroyed by their brethren or the Jedi Knights, then established a set of rules that were dominated by the pretense that there could only be two Sith active in the galaxy at any time: a Master and an apprentice. Eventually, Bane took his own apprentice, and set his new order in motion. Future Sith Lords were taught the virtues of patience, planning, and secrecy.
Darth Plagueis, sometimes known as Darth Plagueis the Wise, was a Dark Lord of the Sith, heir to the lineage of Darth Bane, who lived during the century leading up to the Battle of Naboo.
It was Plagueis who trained Darth Sidious in the ways of the Sith.
For all the influence he had on galactic events, very little is known about Darth Plagueis. Only his apprentice, Sidious, has said anything, and that amounted to very little. In any case, little of what Sidious said can be taken at face value. Fortunately, more objective sources have begun to shed slightly more light on the biography of this shadowy figure.
The birth name and early life of this man remains a complete mystery. What can be surmised is that at some point, he was found to be very strong in the Force by an existing Sith Lord, who at the appropriate time placed him on bended knee and took him as an apprentice, declaring that from that point onward, he would be known as Darth Plagueis.
Eventually, Plagueis became a master in his turn and sought an apprentice of his own to carry on the Sith tradition. Though the exact chain of events is unknown, it is clear that a gifted young man from Naboo named Palpatine caught his eye. Seeing his potential, Plagueis took him on as his apprentice, naming him "Darth Sidious". It is possible that Plagueis found in Sidious what the Sith Lords had long awaited, a Sith born with the power to finally implement the final stages of Darth Bane's thousand-year-old plan, and bring the revenge of the Sith to fruition.
At this point, there is no way of knowing exactly how long Sidious' apprenticeship under Plagueis lasted. It is clear that he learned much from his master. As Palpatine later claimed that his mentor (not naming him as Plagueis) taught him all about the Force, including the dark side, the possibility exists that Plagueis knew—and therefore taught Sidious—as much of the light, Jedi disciplines, as well as the dark, the ways of the Sith, as this would have been very useful knowledge in their plans to destroy the Jedi Order from within. Sidious possibly became more powerful than Plagueis. But he was also more ambitious than Plagueis anticipated, and there are strong indications that there were frictions between the two Sith Lords.
For instance, it has long been assumed that Sidious awaited the death of his master before taking on an apprentice of his own, but it has been recently discovered that Sidious raised and trained the infant Darth Maul without Plagueis' knowledge. There could be little reason for Sidious caring what Plagueis knew or did not know, unless he was doing this behind his master's back, possibly preparing a secret apprentice in anticipation of his own eventual ascension to mastery. This also indicates that Plagueis was still alive as of 60–50 BBY, since Maul was born in 54 BBY. In fact, he may have lived even longer than this.
Beyond simple ambition on Sidious' part, it is not specified what the source of this intrigue was, but it is strongly implied that a particular arcane discipline of Plagueis' drove a wedge between master and apprentice, leading eventually to that master's death.
Lord Plagueis, obsessed with the possibilities of spontaneous generation and immortality, was a practitioner of some of the deepest, darkest secrets of the Force. It is these secrets that have stirred the greatest controversy about Plagueis, for they are crucially connected with the central enigma about another young man destined to become a Sith, Anakin Skywalker.
Palpatine eventually told Skywalker that Plagueis' apprentice (not naming himself as such) killed Plagueis in his sleep. Though it is difficult to determine how much of what he said about Plagueis was real and how much was fabricated, there seems no reason for him to have lied about what would be, for Skywalker, an irrelevant point. The murder implement itself is unknown, though it likely would have been his lightsaber. It is also worth noting that, as cold and ruthless as he was, Sidious looked back on this moment of triumph, of his attainment of mastery at the cheap price of his outdated master, with a self-satisfied smile. Later, Palpatine would reflect to himself that his master had been foolish enough to sleep, something he knew never to do.
Plagueis' apprentice Darth Sidious went on to become the Sith destined to take the final steps, to walk among the Jedi unseen, to bring about their destruction and the fall of the Republic they served.
Palpatine later related the so-called Tragedy of Darth Plagueis the Wise to Anakin Skywalker, luring him to the dark side with the possibility that he could learn Plagueis' secret of saving beings from death. Skywalker, plagued by disturbing visions of the death of his wife, was soon corrupted. As Skywalker swore allegiance to him, Sidious declared that together they could rediscover Plagueis' lost secret.
Darth Sidious, the name under which Palpatine became the architect of the Galactic Empire to come, was more than just a name granted him according to an ancient tradition, more than just a face hidden by a black zeyd-cloth hood and cowl. As was the case with many Sith, this alias became his true identity. The face of his birth became his mask, under which his real face concealed itself. But the events that led from what is presumed to be a normal age of innocence to the rise of a committed agent of darkness are unknown and, perhaps, unknowable.
Palpatine was Force-sensitive, exceedingly so, but for reasons unknown, the Jedi never learned of this. And since nothing is known of his parents, there is no telling if he came from a Force-sensitive bloodline, or if his abilities simply manifested themselves spontaneously, as was sometimes the case. Whatever the true reason was, they missed him when they had the best chance to save themselves. Instead, through a course of events historians have yet to learn, this gifted and ambitious young man was discovered by the Sith Lord Darth Plagueis.
Plagueis may have somehow found out about Palpatine's great potential and tracked him down, possibly when Palpatine was only a child; or Palpatine could have developed an interest in the dark side of the Force on his own and started actively searching out information about the Sith, which led him to catch Plagueis' attention. If the latter is the case, Palpatine might have had a brief life outside of the Sith before being caught up in the cult, and there might have been a point wherein the young man’s talents could have been put to noble ends.
The point that marked Palpatine's fall to the dark side, regrettably, is one of the many facts lost to history. Whatever the cause of his fall, Darth Plagueis found him suitable and at last inducted him into the cult, declaring him to be one with the Sith Order. According to Sith tradition, Dark Lords gave a new name to their apprentices.
The forename Darth was used, the last name determined by a kind of consultation with the dark side of the Force itself. Whatever inspired Plagueis in that communion is unknown, but the name he chose would endure through history; henceforth, Palpatine would be known, now and forevermore, as Darth Sidious.
Under Plagueis' apprenticeship, the newly-minted Sidious began to gain an insiders' knowledge of the Sith and how they worked. It was here that he learned the history of the cult, of how there had once been many Sith Lords until internecine warfare, as surely as Jedi intervention, had brought them down.
He learned of the rise of Darth Bane, who had brought the cult back from near-extinction and had formulated the diktat that had established the framework of the Sith ever since: that there would only be two Sith Lords at any one time -a master and an apprentice.
What is known about Sith methods of training is that they were brutal and uncompromising. Apprentices were broken down and remade in whatever image suited the master's desires. And this was done frankly and openly. Plagueis himself told Sidious what was expected of him:
"Tell me what you regard as your greatest strength, so I will know how best to undermine you; tell me of your greatest fear, so I will know which I must force you to face; tell me what you cherish most, so I will know what to take from you; and tell me what you crave, so that I might deny you..."
- Darth Plagueis
It would seem that Plagueis did exactly what he promised. Sidious was undermined, denied, forced to lose what he most cherished and face what he most feared. Then, the vessel emptied, he was filled again, this time with a new creed, the path of the dark side of the Force, the path that would lead from power over the self to power over all:
"You must begin by gaining power over yourself; then another; then a group, an order, a world, a species, a group of species... finally, the Galaxy itself."
- Darth Plagueis
All this was to be learned in anticipation of the ultimate revenge of the Sith. Apart from Plagueis, Sidious alone knew what this revenge would involve. It had been formulated in the far-off days of Lord Bane, based on his own very instructive experiences with the Sith of old. There would be no face-to-face confrontation this time. Instead, the Jedi and the Republic they served would die not from weapons, but from sickness. The Republic was destined to fall from its own corruption; the Sith would simply accelerate this process. They would facilitate war, murder, injustice and avarice, whenever and wherever possible, to demonstrate the failure of the so-called democratic system. A secret virus would be introduced into the Republic's body politic, and it would spread from one organ to another until it disrupted its vital systems. Once crippled, once divided, it would be simple to conquer. A public that had the deficiencies of rule by the weak clearly demonstrated to them would readily submit to rule by the strong.
Plagueis proved to be an excellent mentor. Over the years Sidious grew extremely strong in the Force, and his knowledge of the ways of the Sith became exceptional. But it seems to be the case that none of this was enough for Plagueis. The old master still sought a more powerful apprentice. He would have done better to be satisfied with what he had.
Plagueis was something of a mystic. Obsessed with spontaneous generation and immortality, he is said to have delved into forbidden teachings, and possessed—or was determined to possess—knowledge that could sustain those who were dying, or even return them from death. As far as Sidious was concerned, there was nothing alarming in this; both the Jedi and the Sith had sought ways to survive death for thousands of years, though not successfully. The most powerful of the ancient Sith Lords had supposedly known the secrets, but they had been lost or, rather, misplaced. It was expected that Plagueis should pursue this ultimate mystery.
The split between master and apprentice came when Plagueis also sought to take this research to its greatest extreme, to create new life from nothing. Whether he actually learned such powers, to defy death or create life, cannot be determined with absolute certainty, but at some point Plagueis began speaking to Sidious of an experiment he had conceived, to use arcane Sith disciplines to influence the midi-chlorians to draw life directly from the wellspring of the Force itself. The child that resulted from this experiment, Plagueis insisted, would potentially possess astounding power, would be the living embodiment of the Force itself.
Sidious understood that what Plagueis was discussing with him was nothing less than his own replacement, and he would suffer no challenger to his position as Sith master-to-be. Possibly he feigned excitement at Plagueis' inventiveness. But his mind was where it should have been for a Sith—on himself. A threat existed to his power, to all he was planning. How was he to deal with it? He could just kill the "experiment", but Plagueis would keep trying, and besides, if the child proved as powerful as expected, it would be wise to keep it available for his own use. In any case, Sidious was well along in his plans, had learned all there was to learn from Plagueis, already had his own secret apprentice. He was a master in all but name. The most superfluous being in this equation was Plagueis himself. The decision was made that simply. And that coldly.
Soon after, Sidious killed Plagueis in his sleep. There is no information as to the exact murder weapon, though it was likely a lightsaber, most likely Palpatine's own. There was also, apparently, none of the elaborate plotting involved in Sidious' later schemes. He simply waited until Plagueis had gone to sleep, then made certain he did not wake up. For all his cold ruthlessless, for decades he would look back on this moment of personal triumph, of his attainment of mastery at the cheap price of his own outdated master, with a self-satisfied smile. "It's ironic," he once remarked. "He could save others from death, but not himself."
Despite Plagueis's death though, the Force-conceived child was born. Whether the process was initiated by Plagueis or Sidious remains unknown, but in 42 BBY, on an unknown world, Shmi Skywalker gave birth to a child with a Force potential greater than any other in history. More than 20,000 midi-chlorians flowed in the boy's bloodstream—the apparent product of Plagueis' vision. Sidious kept a close watch on Anakin Skywalker, patiently waiting for the day he would take him as his apprentice.
Sidious had taught himself a powerful lesson. It was not unprecedented for Sith apprentices to kill their masters to gain the mastery themselves, but he had learned it intimately, through personal experience. He would keep a close eye on his own apprentices, and tell them only the barest minimum of information about his own master; the less they knew of Plagueis and his sudden demise, the fewer ideas they would get. True, they would eventually hunger for his position, but he would forever be on his guard. Plagueis made the mistake of sleeping; he never would.
This Sith Dark Lord was the apprentice of Darth Sidious, the mysterious force behind the Trade Federation’s blockade of Naboo. Darth Maul was born as Khameir Sarin, a Zabrakian, on the planet of Iridonia. He showed great strength, power and a strong ability with the Force. When Darth Sidious was searching for a n apprentice, he discovered Sarin at the age of 12 living on his home planet Iridonia. Sidious began to train him in the ways and traditions of the ancient Sith. Sarin showed great progress and soon he was declared a Dark Lord of the Sith by his master. He took the alias Darth Maul and had his face tatooed in fearsome designs of red and black. The horns, that were trademark of his species, added greatly to his fearsome appearence. On the side, he also studied martial arts intensely so he could obtain his dream of becoming the best fighter in Sith history. As he improved his fighting skill he learned how to fight with a lightsaber after he made his own. He was a very close follower of Sith traditions but he also wanted more power. He soon built a deadly double-sided lightsaber and incorporated it into his mastered fighting skills. He soon learned to wield the double-saber with deadly accuracy and Darth Sidious was very proud of his apprentice. Maul was entirely loyal to his master, never hesitating to take on any mission assigned to him. That is why Sidious entrusted him with the mission of tracking down the runaway Queen Amidala. Maul’s lightsaber was actually two lightsabers fused together. Each had its own separate components, allowing him to use a single blade if the weapon became damaged. Darth Maul was obvious by his heavily tattooed, horn-studded face, piercing yellow eyes, and rotting teeth. Sidious dispatched Maul when he learned from the Neimoidians that two Jedi Knights had been dispatched to negotiate a settlement to the blockade. When the Jedi - Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi - fled with Queen Amidala to Tatooine, Darth Maul followed at a safe distance. He nearly defeated Qui-Gon, but was unable to control him before they fled for Coruscant. Not to be outdone, Sidious then sent Maul to capture them on Naboo. There, while Queen Amidala’s forces attempted to capture Nute Gunray, Darth Maul confronted both Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon in the Theed palace’s power generation station. In a fierce battle, the three swordsman battled to a draw before they were separated by the station’s laser defense systems. When the defenses dropped, Maul and Qui-Gon were left alone to battle, and the Sith Lord defeated the Jedi with a quick jab of his blade. However, his victory was short-lived. When Obi-Wan was able to escape the laser system, he attacked with a renewed sense of purpose. His exuberence nearly cost him his life, when Darth Maul forced the young Jedi over the edge of a power shaft. Obi-Wan recovered and, using the Force to recover Qui-Gon’s lightsaber, caught Maul off-guard. The Jedi sliced his lightsaber through Maul’s midsection. The fatally injured Sith Lord toppled into the shaft and was lost forever.
Dooku was once an esteemed Jedi Master and apprentice to Yoda, and padawan learner to Thame Cerulian, but was tempted by the power of the dark side, and became apprentice to Darth Sidious, Dark Lord of the Sith, succeeding the late, previous apprentice, Darth Maul. His bronzium bust is displayed in the Jedi Archives, along with the rest of the Lost Twenty, the only Jedi Masters ever to resign their commission from the Jedi Order. An accomplished philosopher, orator, warrior, and Force-adept, he is regarded as one of the greatest Jedi in the order for his strength of character as much as his strength in the Force. With his deep voice and seductive charisma, this political idealist and wealthy aristocrat displays elegance, class, and intelligence. Dooku had been a practitioner of the Force for nearly eight decades, and he and his student, Qui-Gon Jinn, would have surely sat on the Jedi Council if it were not for their maverick views. In addition, Dooku is a master swordsman, specializing in the ancient, seldom-used and elegant Form II art, which makes use of his special curved saber hilt. Form II is known for its efficiency in lightsaber vs. lightsaber combat. Dooku chooses the style because of his beliefs in elegance and gallantry. This fighting style probably makes him able to defeat the skilled Obi-Wan Kenobi and his apprentice, Anakin Skywalker.
Dooku leaves the order around the time of the Battle of Naboo and reclaims his family title as Count of Serenno. He is frustrated at the bureaucracy of the Galactic Senate and the unwillingness of the Jedi Council to step in and aid poor and oppressed Galactic systems. The disastrous Battle of Galidraan has already soured him towards continued service to the Republic and the death of Jinn, his favorite padawan, proves to be the final straw. Unhappy with the power of the Senate and the new Chancellor, he begins thinking on how to help the Jedi return to their true glory. Rumors suggest that he had secretly studied knowledge of the dark side, which is stored inside Sith Holocrons in the Jedi Archives. Controversially, Dooku holds that one could draw from both sides of the Force equally — light and dark — to achieve perfect balance. He believes that as long as he is not tempted to one side or another he could stay the course and harness the kind of power needed to change the galaxy for the better. It is ironic that the Chancellor would soon become his new master and mentor. Dooku communicates with his Sith master, Darth Sidious.It is unknown exactly how or when Dooku first comes into contact with Darth Sidious (Palpatine's Sith alias), the mysterious Dark Lord of the Sith (and the Master of the late Darth Maul, who slew Jinn), but Dooku falls to the dark side of the Force and becomes Sidious's second Sith apprentice, taking the Sith name Darth Tyranus. The two Sith Lords orchestrate the Clone Wars as part of a larger scheme to turn the Republic into the Galactic Empire. They plan to smash the Jedi Order and use its remnants as the basis for a new Sith Army.
The mysterious Jedi Master Sifo-Dyas, who is a friend of Dooku's in the Jedi Order, contacts the master cloners on Kamino at the request of Supreme Chancellor Palpatine, and employs them to create a Clone Army for the Galactic Republic. Darth Sidious commands Tyranus to kill Sifo-Dyas, as proof of his loyalty. Dooku obeys, and took over the project. As Tyranus, Dooku then recruits the mercenary Jango Fett to become a template for the Grand Army of the Republic's clone troopers later to be used by Chancellor Palpatine and the Republic. In the video game Star Wars: Bounty Hunter, he tests Fett by having him defeat the Bando Gora and their Dark Jedi leader, Komari Vosa, his first Jedi apprentice.
Ten years later, the Machiavellian Count Dooku comes out of hiding, appearing on Raxus Prime and heavily criticizing the Republic and the Jedi Order for their decadence, hypocrisy, and corruption. Dooku, on the orders of political mastermind Darth Sidious, publicly calls for entire systems to secede from the Republic and join the Separatist movement, culminating in the formation of the Confederacy of Independent Systems. The first meeting of the CIS is hosted on the planet Geonosis, where Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi is captured by the Geonosians and accused of espionage. Dooku cleverly claims that he has no power over the decision. Furthermore, with equal cunning, Dooku deflects suspicions of Chancellor Palpatine's plotting of all this by simply telling the truth to Obi-Wan about the conspiracy, ensuring that the hostile Jedi would never believe this allegation coming from him. There is also speculation that Dooku may in fact have been trying to acquire Obi-Wan as his own apprentice in a personal effort to wrestle power from Sidious, a common occurrence among the Sith.
Dooku almost let go of Separatist leader and aide to Passel Argente, Denaria Kee, but Passel threatens to resign if Denaria (who is secretly his lover) is dismissed. Shu Mai, President of the Commerce Guild, convinces Dooku that letting go of the Corporate Alliance leaders will cost the Separatists or the CIS leaders a considerable amount of power, so Dooku lets Denaria Kee stay on the CIS.
Later, when Anakin Skywalker and Padmé Amidala arrive to rescue Obi-Wan, they are captured and are sentenced to be eaten alive by large beasts in a Colosseum-style arena while chained to large poles. However, the executions are interrupted by the sudden arrival of Jedi reinforcements, led by Jedi Master Mace Windu. Though the Jedi are overwhelmed by the new droid army of the CIS, they are soon rescued by Jedi Master Yoda, who leads the very Clone Army Dooku helped create, forcing the Separatists to recoil.
While the clone troopers advance and obliterate the droid forces, the Separatists call for a retreat while Dooku pretends not to know how the Republic had gathered such a powerful army in such a short time. Poggle the Lesser, Archduke of Geonosis, commands a full retreat and proceeds to turn over the plans for a moon-sized superweapon (the future Death Star) to Dooku to keep the Jedi from finding them.
Darth Tyranus faces Jedi Master Yoda.Count Dooku flees to his secret hangar, but he is followed by Obi-Wan and Anakin. After injuring Obi-Wan, he duels with Anakin, who proves to be a bit more of a challenge to the aging Dark Lord. The battle ends, however, when Dooku severs Anakin's sword arm. Before he can escape, however, he is confronted by one last Jedi—his old mentor, Yoda. After a battle of Force powers, Dooku insists on settling their contest with a lightsaber duel. Realizing that he cannot defeat Yoda, Dooku uses the Force to drop a crane on the wounded Obi-Wan and Anakin to distract Yoda long enough to make his escape. Count Dooku soon arrives on Coruscant where he meets with Sidious and informs him that the Republic and the Confederacy of Independent Systems are officially at war.
During the Clone Wars, Dooku took up a few apprentices of his own, though of the non-Sith variety, in Sev'rance Tann: Asajj Ventress, Durge, and General Grievous. He also acts as the political figurehead of the CIS. Of course, even though Dooku's co-conspirators are aware that he is a Sith and serves Darth Sidious, they are unaware that they are mere puppets in a larger scheme. At the end of Star Wars: Clone Wars, Dooku has Grievous capture and imprison Palpatine to trick the Senate into believing he has been kidnapped, thus creating the sympathy necessary to give the Chancellor even greater emergency powers.
During the opening of the Revenge of the Sith, Anakin and Obi-Wan battle Dooku while trying to save Palpatine. Dooku has orders to kill Kenobi and then allow Anakin to capture him after defeating him and then turning Anakin to the dark side of the Force. Palpatine has convinced Dooku that Kenobi's death will make Anakin vulnerable to the dark side. Once turned, Dooku believes, Anakin will be the perfect commanding general of his new Sith Army.
Dooku is once more able to render Kenobi unconscious before being disarmed (literally, as both of his hands are severed) by Anakin. At the Chancellor's urging, Anakin uses his lightsaber, combined with Dooku's own, to decapitate the Count with a crossed-lightsabers, scissor-like strike, killing a shocked Dooku instantly. Sidious had promised Dooku that he would intervene in the unlikely event that Anakin won the duel, but unfortunately for Dooku he only realizes Palpatine's betrayal right before he dies. Palpatine never intended Dooku to be the true apprentice and only used him as a placeholder for his real choice; Anakin, who later becomes Darth Vader, Palpatine's third and greatest apprentice.
Ventress was a Dark Jedi, and one of Count Dooku' Force-attuned operatives. She wielded twin lightsabers given to her by Dooku himself, lightsabers which were specially modified to connect into a double-bladed lightsaber. Asajj Ventress was voiced by Grey DeLisle in the Star Wars: Clone Wars animated series.
Ventress hailed from the barbaric planet of Rattatak. She became cold-hearted and merciless from a lifetime of enduring cruel hardships that began when Osika Kirske murdered her parents while she was young. She would later come under the teaching of a Jedi named Ky Narec. The two quickly became favored by the people, until Narec was killed by Kirske before Ventress could become a full-fledged Jedi. Because of this, she was as skilled as any Jedi but was unable to control her rage, developing a hatred for the Jedi that had abandoned her mentor and had ignored the bloodshed on Rattatak.
Ventress soon became a force of authority on her lawless homeworld, defeating most of the remaining warlords and getting her revenge on Kirske. She kept Narec's lightsaber as a memento.
During the Clone Wars, Ventress appeared before Count Dooku when he arrived on Rattatak to add it to the Separatist movement. Impressed with Ventress' talents, Dooku recruited her by appealing to her disgust with the Jedi. After beating her in a sparring duel, Dooku made her commander of his Separatist forces and gave her a pair of sabers with his trademark curved hilts. She was sent to kill Anakin Skywalker, only to be nearly killed by him.
She would capture Obi-Wan Kenobi in a later battle and transport him to Rattatak for interrogation in hopes to give the broken-down Jedi to Count Dooku. However, Kenobi escaped with ARC Trooper Alpha. Before leaving, Kenobi stole Narec's lightsaber from Ventress, making the mission personal.
She also appeared on Ord Cestus, during the Bio-droid Crisis. She was behind the X'Ting criminal Trillot's dealings with Kenobi. Ventress also destroyed the Republic Cruiser carrying Barrister Doolb Snoil returning to the Republic; however, Snoil managed to survive. Ventress later challenged Kenobi and Kit Fisto to a duel. Ventress disarmed Master Fisto, but lost to Kenobi while fighting in a subterranean lake. She let loose a smoke bomb and fled back to the Confederacy and Dooku.
Ventress fell into a canyon after Skywalker overpowered her during a lightsaber battle, which she barely survived. She was sent to a planet where she was placed in a bacta tank by Count Dooku and given cybernetic modifications, which amplified her rage. When Kenobi was captured by Count Dooku, he was brought before the tank in which Ventress was contained, and was subsequently attacked by her, who detected him in her trance. She fought against both Kenobi and Skywalker, only to be abandoned by Dooku, who ordered some of General Grievous's body guards to kill her as she ran towards Dooku's shuttle. Enraged and wounded, Ventress tried to kill Kenobi as he tried to help her, only to be mortally wounded by Skywalker, who stabbed her from behind. As she lay dying, before Kenobi put her on a ship to Coruscant, she told him the location of the Separatists' next target and let go of her anger and rage.
However, Ventress did not die, placing herself in a Sith trance. While on the shuttle, she emerged from her trance and ordered the pilots to take her as far away as possible from the war, Dooku, and the Jedi.
Darth Vader was the Sith title given to Anakin Skywalker by Supreme Chancellor Palpatine after he embraced the dark side of the Force in 19 BBY after struggling against its grip for several years.
Palpatine lured Anakin to the dark side when he promised to save his wife, Padmé Amidala, from the death Skywalker had foreseen for her in his dreams. Skywalker buried all good in himself and, at the command of his new master, led the 501st Legion to the Jedi Temple, killing every single Jedi inside, including the younglings.
Darth Vader burnsVader's next mission from his master, an assignment to kill the Separatist leaders on Mustafar, was also a success. However, he was tracked to the planet by Padmé, and through her, by his former Master, Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Being with his beloved wife after doing everything he had been led to believe would only strengthen his abilities with the force, Vader believed this to be one of the greatest moments in his life. He could see clearly how powerful he was, and that his destiny was to overthrow the newly anointed Emperor. With Padme at his side, he claimed he could bring peace and justice to the Galaxy.
But his wife would have no part in his machinations. When Padmé challenged her husband about his involvement with the massacre at the Jedi Temple, and Vader saw that Kenobi had stowed away on her ship, he choked his pregnant wife into unconsciousness, and attacked Kenobi.
Vader was defeated in the ensuing duel, losing both legs and his remaining natural arm, and suffering severe burns. Left for dead by Kenobi on the banks of a river of lava, he was rescued by his new master. After extensive surgery at the Emperor Palpatine Surgical Reconstruction Center, Vader became a cyborg. Although he lived it is estimated he lost about half of the power he had had as a Jedi. After the duel, he was about 80% of the Emperor's power, therefore unable to overthrow him. He also learned that his wife had died after he attacked her, though neither Vader nor Palpatine knew that she had given birth to twins shortly before her death.
The personality of Darth Vader became even more distinctive from Anakin Skywalker due to the great physical and emotional damage that completely changed his appearance and character. As Darth Vader, Anakin became a powerful asset to the fledgling Empire, serving as an enforcer, Jedi hunter, Supreme Commander of the Imperial Fleet, and Executor of Palpatine's New Order.
Many of Vader's early missions were ordered by the Emperor himself, who did so not only to test the limits of his crippled apprentice's abilities, but to keep him from wallowing in self pity over his wife's death. These early missions included slaying a group of Jedi Knights, apprehending the dissident Senator Fang Zar on Alderaan, and a trip to the planet Kashyyyk to oversee the enslavement of the Wookiees. A notable mission was to the planet Honoghr, devastated by the Separatist toxin Trihexalophine1138 during the Clone Wars. He promised the native Noghri that the Empire would restore Honoghr's ecosystem under the condition that they serve the Emperor as assassins.
Vader piloted a black-hued Eta-2 Actis-class interceptor during some of his early missions for Palpatine as the Great Jedi Purge continued, sometimes flanked by Alpha-3 Nimbus-class V-wing starfighters. His personal command ship during this time was the Imperial I-class Star Destroyer Exactor.
Vader's most personal tasks were to find and eliminate survivors of Order 66. Among them were Empatojayos Brand, who was forced to live out the remainder of his life inside a pressure suit, An'ya Kuro, whom he knew from the Jedi Temple as "The Dark Woman", and Halagad Ventor, from whom Vader learned the location of other Jedi survivors, including Qu Rahn. However, the object of his most intense wrath, Obi-Wan Kenobi, managed to elude him.
Although in possession of great wealth and power, Vader allowed himself few comforts. Among those was a personal retreat on Coruscant and Bast Castle on Vjun. The 501st Legion, the stormtrooper squad he led in the extermination of the Jedi Order, became his personal guard, the actions they undertook in Vader's name over the course of the Civil War earning them the nickname of "Vader's Fist".
In 1 BBY, Vader and Palpatine were the targets of a group of treacherous Imperial officers led by Grand Moff Trachta. Trachta saw the Sith as foolish and archaic, and believed that the Empire should not be ruled by a two-man cult. They planned to use a batch of altered stormtroopers loyal only to them to destroy the two Sith Lords. However, their plot failed in part because of internal fighting between the co-conspirators.
Shortly before the Battle of Yavin, Vader was charged with retrieving the stolen plans for the Death Star and finding the hidden base of the Rebel Alliance. With an interrogation droid, he tortured Leia Organa and oversaw the deaths of billions during the destruction of the planet Alderaan ordered by Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin. Vader also battled the elderly Obi-Wan Kenobi, his former mentor, in their second lightsaber duel. Despite Obi-Wan's vague warning that killing him would make him "more powerful than you can possibly imagine", Vader struck him down, and Obi-Wan became a spirit in the Force who continued to guide Luke Skywalker. To determine the location of the Rebel base, Vader allowed Luke and Han Solo to rescue Princess Leia and escape with the technical readouts of the Death Star.
During the Battle of Yavin, he piloted a distinctive TIE Advanced x1 fighter and almost prevented Luke's attack on the Death Star from being successful. Vader sensed that the young pilot in his sights was Force-sensitive, putting into motion a series of events that culminated in the death of the Empire. When the Millennium Falcon shot down one of his two support craft, the other panicked and veered into Vader's fighter, sending him spinning away from the battle station. Vader soon regained control and escaped to Coruscant, where he was formally reprimanded by the Emperor for failing to stop the Rebels. He then continued his mission to find the Rebel base. His search took him to such worlds as Ultaar and Centares. He tortured a Rebel pilot that led him to discover the identity of the one who destroyed the Death Star, Luke Skywalker—the son he thought he had lost.
Vader believed that his unborn child had perished with his wife, Padmé Amidala, on Polis Massa, but Vader eventually deduced that Luke was in fact this child. The Sith Lord became obsessed with hunting down Luke, an objective which neatly coincided with his task of destroying the Rebellion.
Equipped with this information, Lord Vader engineered a number of plans to capture the young Jedi. He involved the House of Tagge family of nobles in a plan to capture Skywalker on the world of Monastery. He also used an actor posing as Obi-Wan Kenobi to attempt to lure Luke to the planet Aridus. When Governor Bin Essada learned that Skywalker and Princess Leia were on Circarpous V, he contacted the Dark Lord. Vader traveled to the jungle world, and faced the Jedi in the abandoned Temple of Pomojema. Guided by the spirit of Obi-Wan, Luke severed Vader's right arm in combat. With both arms being robotic now, the wound was unable to stop Vader from continuing his pursuit. Soon after the fight resumed though, the Sith Lord toppled into a sacrificial well and the Rebels escaped.
Vader dispatched probe droids to remote regions of the Galaxy and would eventually detect the Rebel Echo Base on Hoth.
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