Dark Lord of the Sith. Ajunta Pall was one of the first great Sith Lords. He was one of
the Jedi that first rebelled against the old Light Side teachings in favor of the Dark Side.
They rebelled against their Jedi Masters and were eventually driven off into hiding. It was
then that the outcast Jedi encountered the Sith race and began building their empire.
He was famed to have created a sword of terrible Dark Side power. The sword is rumored to
still lie within his tomb on Korriban.
Satal Keto's cousin, and partner in the overthrowing of the Tetan monarchy just prior to
the Sith War. She and Satal Keto learned much from their tutors, but became curious about
the Sith magic during a trip to Coruscant. They stole a book of Sith lore from a museum on
the planet, and returned to the Empress Teta System. From the book, they learned many ways
to harness the power of the Dark Side of the Force through the Sith incantations. Aleema
soon discovered that she was adept at the creation of illusions. She was instrumental in
bringing down the Lord Keto and his supporters, tricking them with horrible images of
Adegan Eels and terrible lizards. She later put her powers to a grander scale, creating
illusions of space grazers to fool the combined Jedi-Republic forces during their battle
to recover the Tetan system. She was mortally wounded, however, when Nomi Sunrider detected
the use of the Dark Side and tried to stop her. She recovered from these wounds, to help
her cousin continue the Krath struggle for power. She eventually became the mistress of
Ulic Qel-Droma, seducing him as he was seduced by the Dark Side of the Force. Ulic's
desire for power and glory overshadowed Aleema's attentions, and she was scorned by him
when he launched his attack on Coruscant. She then turned the ancient Mandalore warriors
to the Krath, but they too left her to fight along side Ulic. Near the end of the Great
Sith War, Aleema and Crado tried to destroy the combined Old Republic and Jedi fleets in
the Cron Cluster. Her knowledge of the Sith lore was augmented by the use of certain Sith
weapons, one of which was the ancient starship used by Naga Sadow when he eluded the Old
Republic in the Denarii System. She attempted to use Sadow's crystals to rip the core from
a star and hurl it at the fleet. Although she succeeded in destroying most of the
starships, she failed to control the power she wielded. The liberated solar core ignited
the cores of the surrounding suns, and created an intense, multi-star supernova. The
supernova engulfed three Auril Systems and the planet Ossus. It also killed Aleema and
Crado, along with Dace Diath, Shoaneb Culu, and Qrrrl Toq.
(Tales of the Jedi: Dark Lords of the Sith, Tales of the Jedi: The Sith War,
The Dark Side Sourcebook)
Battle of Ruusan
this struggle took place roughly 1,000 years before the Battle of Yavin, during the latter stages of the Great Sith War. It was a prime example of the Old Republic's ability to pacify a recalcitrant group which disregarded the Republic's authority. In a series of seven titantic battles, the Jedi Knights - led by Lord Hoth and the Army of Light - defeated Lord Kaan and the Brotherhood of Darkness five times. The Sith forces were decimated, and Lord Kaan and his followers created a thought bomb as a last-ditch effort to destroy the Jedi. In the resulting explosion, every single warrior on Ruusan was obliterated except one. That lone survivor was the Sith Lord, Darth Bane.
Beast Wars of Onderon
series of battles that spanned nearly 350 years prior to the first Old Republic contact with Onderon. The battles were fought between the citizens of the city of Iziz and its outcasts, the Beast Masters. Iziz managed to survive because of its superior technology and its link to the Dark Side of the Force. The ancient Jedi Knights, under the direction of Arca Jeth and the command of Ulic Qel-Droma, interceded and brought the wars to an end.
(Tales of the Jedi)
Brotherhood of Darkness
this band of twenty thousand Sith warriors followed Lord Kaan into battle, in an effort to subjugate the galaxy in the name of the Sith. In the final battle for Ruusan, the Sith unleashed a thought bomb, which obliterated every member of the Brotherhood except Darth Bane.
Brotherhood of the Sith
formed by Exar Kun, these were disillusioned Jedi Knights who chose to learn the dark lore of the Sith.
(DA, Champions of the Force)
this was the name used to describe the small, black patrol droids used by the Sith shortly before the Clone Wars. Each eye had a pair of camera lenses and a communications package, along with a compact repulsor drive. Weaponry could be mounted in a number of configurations. In many respects, the Sith dark eye was a predecessor to the Imperial probe droid used during the Galactic Civil War. In addition to the basic probe droid package, the dark eye was plated with energy-absorbing stealth armor, which allowed it evade most sensor scans. These droids were armed with a laser cannon, a stun blaster, and a dart gun.
(SW1,IG1,The Dark Side Sourcebook)
term used to refer to those Jedi Knights who have fallen from the Light Side and become seduced by the power and ease of the Dark Side of the Force. Many of them were Sith masters as well, drawing strength from both sets of lore.
(Tales of the Jedi: Dark Lords of the Sith,DE1,HTTE,TLC)
Dark Lords of the Sith
any of the most powerful students of the Sith teachings were candidates to become Dark Lords of the Sith, the equivalent of an all-powerful Jedi Master. The original Dark Lords descended from true Jedi Knights many millennia before the Great Sith War. They were cast out for their forays into the use of Dark Side magic, and exiled on the planet Korriban. There, they interbred with the native Sith race, growing stronger and more powerful as a result of the genetic combination. They expanded their realm into several nearby systems, and individual factions grew out of the isolation. The laws of the Sith dictate that only one Dark Lord can rule at any time. A ritual of ascension was performed, with the candidate being subjected to the bites of three deadly insectoids. If the candidate survived - through the use of intense Sith magic - they were declared the next Dark Lord of the Sith. They were forever marked by the bites, with a flaming sun scar on their forehead. Naga Sadow was one of the first Dark Lords to break away from the established ascension rituals, claiming himself Dark Lord after the death of Marka Ragnos without the consent of the other ruling Lords. Several centuries later, Freedon Nadd was unlucky enough to begin learning the Sith teaching under a young Dark Lord, and yearned to take the position from him. It is for this reason that Nadd went to Onderon. The ancient remains of the Dark Lords before Exar Kun were entombed on Korriban. Darth Vader is thought to have been the last of the Dark Lords.
(SW, Tales of the Jedi, Tales of the Jedi: Dark Lords of the Sith, Tales of the Jedi: The Sith War, Tales of the Jedi: The Golden Age of the Sith)
Dark Side Adepts
the reborn Emperor's New Imperial Council is made up of several of his fellow Dark Side followers. These individuals are known as the Dark Side Adepts, and they served the reborn Emperor in many ways. He planned to have them dispersed throughout the galaxy, to spread his new regime.
Dark Side Compendium
the reborn Emperor's book of Dark Side lore, it was supposed to have hundreds of volumes when completed. Only 3 volumes completed when the reborn Emperor was defeated by Luke Skywalker.
Dark Side Familiar
any creature which has a basic touch with the Dark Side of the Force but is too limited to use it, these beasts often accompany those beings who wish to use the Dark Side of the Force in some way. A powerful Sith Lord could have a familiar, as could a lowly crime lord. The familiar acts as a channel for the Dark Side energies.
(Tales of the Jedi)
Dark Side Nexus
any point in the spatial continuum that contains a great deal of Dark Side energy. These places were often guarded by Jedi Knights, so that the energies did not seduce passersby. Such a nexus was located on Dagobah, and Yoda forced Luke Skywalker into it, to confront his heritage.
Dark Side of the Force
The Force, being an energy field, has opposing sides which normally balance each other. The Dark Side of the Force is the more seductive of the two, for its power and strength are easily obtained by the apprentice. However, the Dark Side is a cruel master, for in return for its ease of initiation, it continually drains its servants' life-energy. Among the highest achievements in the mastery of the Dark Side is the succession from student to master. While this is also true of the Light Side, the Dark Side requires that the student utterly destroy his master to prove his abilities.
Lord of the Sith. "Like most of Malak's followers, Bandon was once a student of the Jedi. But though the Force flowed through him, Bandon could never accept the Jedi teachings. Powerful emotions like anger and hate raged within him, and they fueled his strength. When the Sith rose to power, Bandon rejected his old Master and fled to the Sith Academy on Korriban. There he embraced the dark side and the way of the Sith with every fiber of his being. His great strength in the Force, his natural cruelty and his absolute ruthlessness in his quest for power soon set him apart from his fellow students, and drew the calculating eye of Lord Malak himself. In the tradition of their order, Malak sought a single pupil from among his many followers to become his chosen apprentice: one who could learn the terrible secrets of the Sith and use them to destroy the Jedi and the Republic. So far, Darth Bandon has proven himself to be an excellent choice. Many Jedi have fallen beneath the blade of his lightsaber, and he has yet to meet his equal in combat. In time, Bandon may even challenge Malak for the mantle of Dark Lord, for this is the way of the Sith: the strong must rule, and when the apprentice surpasses the Master, the Master must fall. But such ambitions are for the future. For now, Bandon is focused on the destruction of the Republic and the slaughter and extinction of the entire Jedi Order."
this ancient Sith Lord was the last of his kind to survive the Battle of Ruusan, a catastrophic struggle that consumed his order some 2,000 years before the Battle of Yavin. Bane was a tall, bald man with heavy muscles and an intimidating gaze. He had trained under Lord Qordis, but never actually completed his training. He was an evil man, and gathered strength from killing young children before their parents' eyes, then murdering the parents. During the Battle of Ruusan, Darth Bane had not agreed with Lord Kaan's to use a thought bomb. He managed to escape its devasation and flee to Onderon's moon, Dxun, haunted by the specters of his former master as Lord Kaan. On Dxun, he discovered Exar Kun's Sith holocron, which he secured after being beset and infected by orbalisks . The orbalisks saved him from the attack of a skreev, while Bane's own strength in the Dark Side of the Force allowed him to control it. He later used the skreev to escape to Onderon. 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.
(Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, ECH, Star Wars Gamer: Issue 3, JVS)
Following the Sith War and the fall of Exar Kun, the Republic was at its most vulnerable state. Sensing this weakness, the warlike Mandalorians began a series of brutal attacks against worlds throughout the Outer Rim. In desperation, the Republic turned to the Jedi Council for aid. The learned Masters wanted to proceed with customary caution and due care before embarking on a long and destructive military campaign; however, more immediate help came in the form of two young Jedi Knights named Revan and Malak. Ignoring the dictates of the Jedi Council, the charismatic pair recruited many to their cause, rallying the impulsive youth of the Order with cries of victory and glory. With Revan and Malak at the head of their great fleet, the Republic set forth to drive the invaders back. The Mandalorian Wars were long and bloody, and many Jedi perished in the struggle. Yet, at its end, the Republic emerged triumphant, and Revan and Malak were hailed as heroes. But the heroes did not leave the war untouched; something about the Outer Rim worlds twisted and corrupted them. On Korriban, Revan uncovered the lost secrets of the Sith and became the heir to an ancient and evil legacy. Succumbing to the lure of the dark side, the fallen Jedi assumed the title of Darth Revan, Lord of the Sith. Malak was chosen as the Dark Lord's apprentice, and the great fleet under their control abandoned the Republic and swore fealty to their new Sith masters. With their army of followers, Revan and Malak returned not as saviors, but as conquerors. For two years battles raged on the perimeters of Republic space. The Sith gained victory after victory, until the Jedi set a trap to capture Revan and Malak. But during the chaos of battle, Malak turned on his master and tried to destroy both Revan and the Jedi, but his plan failed. Revan was captured by the Jedi, while Malak escaped and proclaimed himself the new Dark Lord, swearing revenge on the Jedi and Revan. But the Jedi had other plans. They used the brain-washed Revan to help track down Malak. On the ancient Star Forge station, Master and former-apprentice faced off one last time, ending in Malak's defeat.
Darth Maul was a weapon forged by the hateful energies of the dark side to ensure the victory of the Sith over the Jedi order. A creature of pure evil, Maul had no personality beyond his ultimate devotion to his master, Darth Sidious. His goal was singular -- to exact vengeance upon the Jedi for the decimation of the Sith ranks. The Republic first came to know of Maul only as a mysterious attacker. While Qui-Gon Jinn was escorting the fugitive Queen Amidala from Tatooine to Coruscant, Darth Maul swept down from above, lunging at Qui-Gon from his rocketing Sith speeder. Maul's attack was relentless; he hammered down lightsaber strikes against the accomplished Jedi Master, forcing him back time and again. It was only the timely interception of Qui-Gon by the Queen's Royal Starship that spared him. Qui-Gon was utterly surprised and unprepared for such an attack. The Sith, everyone knew, were extinct, disappeared from the galaxy for a millennium. Yet the evidence was there -- a dark attacker, trained in the Jedi arts, brandishing a lightsaber no less. Maul was dispatched by Darth Sidious to track down the Queen, a feat he accomplished through mysterious yet effective means. Traveling aboard his sleek Sith Infiltrator, Maul scouted the galaxy for the missing monarch, and reported his findings to his master. When Amidala returned to Naboo, Maul was there, waiting to face the Jedi once more. As an undeniable example of his skill and devotion, Maul plunged headlong into battle against two Jedi warriors. Using his double-bladed lightsaber, Maul held off both Obi-Wan Kenobi and Qui-Gon Jinn in the heart of the Theed Royal Palace. When the Jedi became separated, Maul killed Qui-Gon with a well-placed saber strike. Kenobi, enraged, attacked Maul. This barrage was deflected by Maul who used Obi-Wan's touching of the dark side as a conduit for a Force attack; using the Force, Maul pushed Obi-Wan into a deep mining pit. Kenobi held onto an outcropping for dear life. Calming himself by calling upon the light side of the Force, Kenobi was able to surprise Maul, and cleave him in half with his saber. A pained look of bewilderment crossed Maul's tattooed face as death overtook him. His body fell into the melting pit, splitting in two as it tumbled into oblivion. It was only a matter of time before Sidious acquired a new apprentice.
(Star Wars Databank)
No one is quite sure how Darth Sidious came across his young and deadly apprentice. He was raised from an early age to be a weapon, tempered by harsh, abusive training to become an incredible warrior. Once a Zabrak from Iridonia, Maul abandoned all trace of his former identity when he took on his Sith name. So complete was his devotion that he even endured the agony of having intricate Sith tattoos applied to his entire body. In the interests of concealing the Sith presence from the Jedi, all of Maul's missions were executed from the shadows. Though Maul longed to reveal the Sith menace to the Jedi, his devotion to his master was absolute so as not to question Sidious' timing. Maul had assassinated a number of enemies whose activities encroached on the growing Sith agenda. The dark warrior even infiltrated the heart of the galaxy's biggest criminal organization, Black Sun, killed, and escaped unscathed. Maul had a wide array of tools to help him in his missions. His Sith Infiltrator is a modified star courier vessel equipped with a cloaking device. His Sith speeder is lean and unarmed, pared down to the bare essentials to deliver maximum speed. In the past, he has even employed a modified protocol droid as an assassin, C-3PX.
(Star Wars Databank)
this Sith Dark Lord was a member of the Zabrak species, and was the apprentice of Darth Sidious, the mysterious force behind the Trade Federation's blockade of Naboo. Sidious explained to Maul that he found him as a baby on the planet Iridonia, and took him in when his parents disappeared. Note that other sources describe him as an Iridonian . Over the years, Sidious discovered that Maul's inner self was full of anger and fury, and trained the youth in the ways of the Sith. Sidious used sensory deprivation and other unusual punishments to harden Maul's anger into a solid core that grew stronger when it touched the Dark Side of the Force. Whenever Maul failed to remain alert, or showed any kind of mercy, Darth Sidious punished him severely. Maul later consrtucted his own two-bladed lightsaber much like Exar Kun did some 3,950 years earlier, although 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. In his first true mission without his Master's help, Darth Maul was sent to Dorvalla to destroy both Lommite Limited and InterGalactic Ores, in an effort to obtain access to the lommite mines for the Trade Federation. After Hath Monchar fled the Federation in an effort to sell information on the Federation's plans to blockade Naboo, Maul tracked the Neimoidian down and executed him, cutting off any chance of the information reaching the Senate. Sidious later 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. Darth Maul was acted by Ray Park and voiced by Peter Serafinowicz in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace.
(SW1, IG1, JDM, SWK, DMS, DMSH, OWS)
Lord of the Sith. Plagueis was Darth Sidious' Master
this ancient Sith Lord built a fortress on the planet Almas, despite its inhospitable atmosphere. He created the kaluthin grass to modify the planet's landscape and atmosphere, and managed to survive for many decades on the planet before being driven off Almas by the Jedi Knights during the Sith Wars. He later perished in the Battle of Ruusan. Analysis of the fortress performed shortly after the Battle of Naboo revealed that the dome on the fortress was well over 1,000 years old, indicating that Rivan himself was of a very advanced age at the time of its construction. This led many Jedi scholars to believe that Rivan was not of human origin.
Darth Sidious/Emperor Palpatine
Palpatine was a gnarled, old man. An ancient-looking human, he had pale skin, and searing, sickly yellow eyes. He wore a heavy dark cloak, and carried a glossy black cane. No one is quite sure how Palpatine was first introduced to the power of the dark side. He is the most powerful practitioner of theSith ways in modern times. He studied the ancient ruins on the Sith mausoleum world of Korriban. He unlocked secrets of the Force from a captured Jedi Holocron. The dark side energies flowing through Palpatine's body were so intense, that they ravaged his mortal frame. The very source of Palpatine's strength was killing him. To counter the dark side's consumption, Palpatine turned to a bizarre combination of technology and Sith magic. Palpatine used Spaarti cloning cylinders to create a store of younger bodies, and employed an ancient Sith technique to transfer his consciousness into a waiting clone. Thus, Palpatine could avoid death indefinitely -- as long as his supply of clones remained intact. He would change his form again and again, prolonging his life. Palpatine constructed a secret throne-world deep within the galaxy's core, on a shadowy world called Byss. Here, he kept his clones safe, protected by a loyal cadre of Dark Side Adepts. Although Palpatine called for the extermination of the Jedi and any Force-sensitives who could conceivably challenge him, he did keep a few loyal agents who were trained in the Force. Darth Vader was chief among them, as his primary lieutenant and Sith apprentice. Palpatine also had a string of loyal, deadly agents referred to as his "Hands." Mara Jade was foremost among these dedicated enforcers. At the Battle of Endor, Palpatine found himself facing death yet again. Betrayed by Vader, Palpatine's body was destroyed aboard the second Death Star. Separated from his clones, Palpatine was forced to survive in the maddening, bodiless existence of the void. Through sheer will he retained his identity, crossing the gulf of space to again take residence in his clone body. He barely survived Darth Vader's treachery. Palpatine remained sequestered at Byss while he rebuilt his strength, and his Empire. Palpatine's rule was so absolute that his apparent death at Endor fragmentedthe Empire. With no obvious heir, opportunistic moffs and warlords set out to carve their own private fiefdoms where they could. Years of infighting worked to the advantage of the fledgling New Republic, who proceeded to reclaim three-fourths of the galaxy. One warlord who succeeded where imitators failed was Grand Admiral Thrawn, the only non-human to hold that rank. His cunning tactics and unerring strategies brought the Empire to the brink of victory five years after the Battle of Endor. Only a last minute betrayal spelled his defeat. Spurred on by Thrawn's victories, the remaining Inner Circle of Imperial warlords staged a devastating attack on Coruscant. Whereas Thrawn sought to take the capital world intact, these Imperials attacked without compunction. Much of Imperial City was laid waste by the fighting, and the New Republic was forced to evacuate. Once on the surface, the Imperials splintered yet again, and skirmishes dragged on in amongst the ruined skyscrapers. It was then that the resurrected Palpatine struck. Using his dark powers to invoke a Force storm of great magnitude, Palpatine swept Jedi Master Luke Skywalker to Byss. There, he revealed himself to Skywalker, and unveiled the true strength of the dark side. Faced with an immortal enemy, Skywalker did the unthinkable -- in order to defeat the dark side from within, Skywalker knelt before Palpatine, and declared himself his new apprentice. In these dark times, it seemed the Emperor had finally won. Skywalker was too enmeshed in darkness to successfully rebel against his master. Although he sabotaged some of Palpatine's military ventures -- namely those involving immense war factories called World Devastators -- he still could do not draw himself from the pall of the dark side. It was only his sister, Leia Organa Solo, that gave him the extra strength he needed. With her presence, the two Skywalker twins were able to temporarily repulse Palpatine. Unabated, the Emperor continued his scourge. Armed with an incredible new superweapon, the Galaxy Gun, Palpatine forced numerous New Republic worlds to capitulate to Imperial rule. Despite his growing Empire, Palpatine was again growing frail. His clones were failing him. He needed new blood. Palpatine targeted Leia's newborn son, Anakin Solo, as the next receptacle for his dark spirit. During an attempt to possess the child, Han Solo shot the ailing Palpatine in the back. Before his soul could enter Anakin's body, Palpatine was intercepted by a newfound Jedi, Empatojayos Brand. Cut off from a host body, Palpatine's essence dissipated, to be consumed by the madness that is the dark side. After so many years of bloodshed, the Emperor was truly dead.
(Star Wars Databank)
this Dark Lord of the Sith was the driving force behind the Trade Federation, during the time it tried to subjugate the world of Naboo. He had control of specific elements of the Galactic Senate, and put in motion an intricate set of schemes to take control of the galaxy. He had trained his apprentice, Darth Maul, and was ready to bring his plans to fruition when Chancellor Valorum dispatched two Jedi Knights to Naboo to negotiate a settlement. Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi thwarted his initial plans, and forced him to send Darth Maul after the pair. Meanwhile, Sidious continued to manipulate the Neimoidians, pushing the situation at Naboo as far as he could. When Queen Amidala returned to Naboo to deal with the situation herself, Sidious saw his carefully laid plans fall apart as the Neimoidians were defeated and the planet freed of its blockade, and Darth Maul was killed in battle by Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Palpatine was the supreme ruler of the most powerful tyrannical regime the galaxy had ever witnessed, yet his roots are extremely humble, traced back to the peaceful world of Naboo . Before his rise to power, Palpatine was an unassuming yet ambitious Senator in the Galactic Republic . Palpatine saw the Republic crumbling about him, torn apart by partisan bickering and corruption. All too common were those unscrupulous Senators taking advantage of the system, growing fat and wealthy on a bureaucracy too slow to catch them. Palpatine's moment of opportunity came as a result of a trade embargo. The Trade Federation, in protest of government measures that would tax their outlying trade routes, blockaded and invaded Naboo. Naboo's planetary leader, Queen Amidala, rushed to Coruscant for Palpatine's aid. Together, the two pleaded to the Senate for intervention, only to see their request stalemated by Trade Federation filibustering. Frustrated by the government's inability to do anything, Queen Amidala acted upon Palpatine's suggestion, and called for a Vote of No Confidence in the Republic's leadership. Chancellor Valorum was voted out of office, and Palpatine was soon nominated to succeed him. The crisis on Naboo created a strong sympathy vote, and Palpatine became Chancellor. He promised to reunite the disaffected, and bring order and justice to the government. Despite his promises, the Republic continued to be mired in strife and chaos. A decade after his nomination, Palpatine's Chancellery was faced with the challenge of a popular Separatist movement led by the charismatic leader, Count Dooku . Many in the galaxy feared that the conflict would escalate to full-scale warfare, but Palpatine was adamant that the crisis could be resolved by negotiation. The Separatists didn't agree. Upon the discovery of a secret army of droids, it became apparent that the Separatists were on the verge of declaring war against the Republic. To counter this, the Republic needed a military, and Palpatine required the authority to activate the Republic's newly forged army of clones. To that end, Senators loyal to Palpatine motioned that the Chancellor be given emergency powers to deal with the Separatist threat. With spoken regrets, Palpatine accepted the new mantle of power. He promised to return his absolute authority to the Senate after emergency subsided. What no one realized was that the galaxy would undergo further upheaval, and that a state of crisis would ensure Palpatine's authority for decades. Palpatine instituted a military build-up unprecedented in galactic history. He created the New Order, a Galactic Empire that ruled by tyranny. The Jedi Knights, his biggest threat, were extinguished by his greatest dark side pupil: Anakin Skywalker, who had become Darth Vader . During the Galactic Civil War, Palpatine ruled with an iron fist. He disbanded the Imperial Senate, and passed control down to the regional governors and the military. During the Hoth campaign, Palpatine expressed to Vader his concerns over Luke Skywalker , a young Rebel powerful in the Force. Vader suggested that the two convert the youth to the dark side of the Force, an idea the Emperor seconded. The Emperor was a scheming ruler, planning events far in the future, using the Force to foresee the results. Palpatine allowed Rebel spies to learn of the location of the second Death Star, and foresaw their strike team and fleet assault. Palpatine crafted an elaborate trap that was to be the end of the Rebellion. He also concentrated on converting Luke Skywalker to the dark side of the Force, even at the expense of sacrificing Vader. In the Death Star, high above the Battle of Endor , Luke refused the Emperor's newfound dark side power, and so Palpatine used his deadly Force lightning to attack the young Jedi. Luke almost died in the assault, but his father, Darth Vader, returned to the light side of the Force, and hurled the Emperor into the Death Star's reactor core, killing him.
(Star Wars Databank)
Lord of the Sith. "A twisted wreck, Darth Sion is a Sith Lord held together only by sheer force of will. Every bone in his body has been shattered and rebuilt, turning his skeleton and his flesh into a patchwork mass of bruises and scraping bone. He is in constant pain, and only his hatred and the power of the Dark Side keeps him alive."
Darth Tyranus/Count Dooku
Dooku had studied the ways of the Force for almost eight decades, becoming one of its most powerful practitioners, though his ultimate loyalty was not to the structured protocols of the Jedi order, but rather to his own intuitions and ideals. His strong sense of independence concerned many, and even his mentor, Yoda, had difficulty reining him in. Despite such stubbornness, the Jedi Archives record Dooku as being a formidable Jedi. He settled numerous disputes on scattered worlds and was unequaled in a classical form of lightsaber combat. Dooku was a man of remarkable character and remarkable lineage. His birthright as the Count of Serenno also afforded him incredible wealth, which he used in his political career as Separatist leader. After leaving the Jedi order, Dooku disappeared for years. He first reemerged on Raxus Prime, complete with a fiery rhetoric lambasting the Senate and the Jedi order's complacency in the visible erosion of morals and ideals of the Republic. Since that time, his base of operations became mobile, as he traveled from world to world, fomenting secession and leading the Separatist movement that soon developed an alarming cohesion. It is yet unknown when exactly Dooku abandoned himself to the dark side of the Force, though he had apparently experimented with forbidden lore in the past. Rumors abound that Dooku was familiar with Sith teachings stored within a dark Holocron kept in the Jedi Archives. With the Clone Wars in full effect, Count Dooku -- now Darth Tyranus -- fully embraced the ancient teachings of the Sith. One of his first campaigns of the war was the unleashing of an ancient Sith weapon against the forces of the Republic and the Jedi Knights.
(Star Wars Databank)
this was the Sith title given to Count Dooku. Very few beings knew of this relationship, although Jango Fett understood it. Under the name of Dath Tyranus, the Count worked with Jedi Master Sifo-Dyas to recruit Jango Fett, on the moons of Bogden, to serve as the genetic basis for their clone army.
It was a great blow to the Jedi order when Count Dooku voluntarily renounced his commission. A strong-minded man, Dooku's ideas were often out of step with those of the Jedi Council, despite the fact that his former mentor, Yoda, held a lofty position in that governing body. His challenging views were often echoed by his former Padawan, Qui-Gon Jinn, another Jedi who would on occasion defy the Council. Dooku was a political idealist. He felt that the Jedi weakened themselves by serving an institution as corrupt as the Republic. After his departure, he disappeared for years, re-emerging as a political firebrand fanning the flames of rebellion in the galaxy. In an alarmingly short time, Dooku rallied thousands of systems to his cause, building a growing Separatist movement that threatened to split the Republic. Opportunists working in Dooku's name would start flashpoints of violence, and it was all the Jedi could do to maintain order in these turbulent times. For all the strife, the Jedi Council refused to believe that Dooku was personally responsible for the worst of the conflicts, believing that his Jedi training elevated him above such acts. But the Jedi didn't realize Dooku's secret. Behind a veneer of elegant charisma and well-tabled political arguments, Dooku had been corrupted by the power of the dark side. After his departure from the Jedi order, Dooku was seduced to the dark side by Darth Sidious, the Dark Lord of the Sith. By Sith tradition, Dooku adopted the name Darth Tyranus and added deceit and treachery to his already formidable array of weapons. In both guises, Dooku began recruiting agents for what would eventually amount to the death of the Old Republic. As Tyranus, he contacted the notorious bounty hunter Jango Fett to become the template for a hidden clone army on Kamino. As Dooku, he appealed to the greed of the galaxy's most powerful commerce barons to consolidate their forces to challenge the Republic. Deep within the mighty spires of Geonosis, Dooku chaired a meeting of the minds to formally create the Confederacy of Independent Systems. Separatist Senators alongside representatives from the Commerce Guild, the Trade Federation, the Corporate Alliance, the InterGalactic Banking Clan and the Techno Union pooled their resources together to form the largest military force in the galaxy. The Separatists were ready for war. The Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi discovered the treasonous meeting and warned the Republic, but not without being captured. Dooku met with Kenobi in the Geonosian dungeons, and revealed to Obi-Wan the truth about the Republic -- that it was, in fact, becoming increasingly under the control of Darth Sidious. Distrusting of Dooku's words, Obi-Wan refused to believe and refused to join Dooku in rooting out the corruption. Kenobi was soon joined by Anakin Skywalker and Padmé Amidala, who had come to Geonosis in an ill-fated attempt to rescue him. Dooku placed the three captive heroes in an execution arena, but their deaths were staved off by the timely arrival of Jedi reinforcements. The droid armies of the Separatists engaged the Jedi, and later the newly crafted Clone Army of the Republic. Dooku attempted to escape but was intercepted by Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi. The two Jedi challenged Dooku to a lightsaber duel, but Dooku's masterful skills in old-style lightsaber combat made short work of the younger combatants. As they lay wounded, another Jedi entered into Dooku's secret hangar. The Jedi Master Yoda confronted Dooku. The two engaged in a titanic struggle of Force powers, neither besting the other. It came down to a contest of lightsabers. In a blurring tangle of speed and light, the two masters of the Force dueled. Unable to find an advantage, Dooku distracted Yoda by endangering Kenobi and Skywalker with a toppling crane. As Yoda used the Force to save his fellow Jedi, Dooku fled. Dooku escaped, with the Jedi aware of his succumbing to the dark side, but yet still unaware of his Sith allegiance. Aboard his exotic interstellar sail ship, Dooku traveled to a decrepit warehouse district on Coruscant. There, he met with his master, Darth Sidious, and delivered the good news. The Clone Wars had begun.
(Star Wars Databank)
When Anakin Skywalker came under the tutelage of Senator Palpatine, he was led down the path to the Dark Side of The Force. Despite the teachings of his friend, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin felt that the teachings of Palpatine led to quicker realization of the powers of The Force. This forced Kenobi to confront Anakin, and in a lightsaber duel, Kenobi forced Anakin into a pit of molten rock. It was at this point that Anakin Skywalker was consumed by the Dark Side. He was rescued from the fire by the descendants of the Sith, and reborn as Darth Vader. In order for the Sith to keep Anakin alive, they had to create a life support system that encased his entire body. It had to recreate certain limbs, as well as keep his lungs functioning. At the Emperor's direction, the Sith made the life-support suit as evil-looking as they could. The all-black body armor became Vader's main weapon, as it instilled fear in all who saw it. The Sith also began training Vader in the ancient Sith lore, and Vader became the last of the Sith Dark Lords. As such, he became even more Palpatine's tool, able to create fear just by the mention of his name and the mysterious Sith teachings behind it. Palpatine sent Vader to support Grand Moff Tarkin during the time when the first Death Star was being readied for use. Vader oversaw the mission to recover the stolen plans, but was unable to get Princess Leia to divulge their location. He used the Millennium Falcon as a guide, and followed the fleeing ship to Yavin 4, only to lose the Death Star to the Alliance. Vader's ship was disabled during the battle, but he regained control. When the Emperor heard of the destruction of the first Death Star, he removed Vader's living right hand as punishment, and replaced it with a cybernetic prosthesis. Shortly thereafter, Vader went to Circarpous V to investigate the appearance of Leia Organa on the planet, as well as to locate the Kaiburr crystal. In an amazing duel with Luke Skywalker, Vader was hard-pressed to defeat Luke. Luke succeeded in defeating Vader, and even cut off the Dark Lord's right arm with his own lightsaber. In his dazed state, Vader fell into a sacrificial weel on the Temple of Pomojema and was lost. He survived, however, drawing on the Dark Side of the Force for support and strength. Once Palpatine was aware that Anakin Skywalker's son had survived and posed a possible threat to the Empire, he told Vader of the existence of Luke Skywalker, in an effort to completely gain control of any vestiges of Anakin Skywalker and convert them to Darth Vader. However, this plan backfired on Palpatine, as the remnants of Anakin began to surface. Following the relevation of Luke's relationship to Anakin, and the loss of Luke at Cloud City, Palpatine began to give Vader menial tasks, and tried to keep him away from Luke. He could not, however, and the part of Vader that was still Anakin continued to assert itself. The Battle of Endor was a turning point for Darth Vader. It was then that Luke Skywalker surrendered to Vader, and began to try and turn the Dark Lord back to the Light Side. The darker parts of Vader resisted, but Luke's love and devotion to his father strengthened the spirit of Anakin. When the Emperor was forced to kill Luke, Anakin was awakened, and with Vader's mechanized strength, he threw the Emperor into a power shaft, destroying Palpatine and the Empire. Darth Vader also ceased to exist at this point, as Anakin was able to return from the Dark Side. However, the struggle with the Emperor left the life support systems inoperable, and Anakin died before Luke could save him. Darth Vader was portrayed by David Prowse, and Vader's voice was provided by James Earl Jones, in all three Star Wars films. Darth Vader was also portrayed by Brock Peters for the Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back Radio Dramas on National Public Radio.
Darth Vader, Dark Lord of the Sith , was the scourge of the Jedi, a master of the dark side of the Force, and one of the Emperor's most trusted servants. He wasn't always a fearsome enforcer, however. He began life as Anakin Skywalker, a young slave from Tatooine skilled in piloting and strong in the Force. Once discovered by maverick Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn , Anakin was taken before the Jedi Council to be trained. There was some controversy on the subject -- despite Jinn's adamant assurances that Skywalker was the chosen one spoken of in an ancient Jedi prophecy, the council was hesitant to allow his training at the age of nine. Finally, the council agreed that Anakin should be trained, and he was assigned to Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi. Kenobi recklessly thought that he could be as skillful a master as Yoda . His mistakes had dire consequences for the galaxy. Skywalker was seduced by the dark side of the Force. Fueled by rage and discontent with the pace of Obi-Wan's training, Anakin challenged his master to a duel. Despite newfound power bestowed by the dark side of the Force, which added to his already formidable abilities, Anakin was grievously wounded in the fight. His burning anger kept him alive, and he was forever scarred not only by his wounds but also by betrayal. He abandoned his former identity. When metal coupled with flesh in the form of cyborg implants and enhancements required to sustain him, Skywalker's transformation was complete. He was no longer Anakin. He was Darth Vader. At the time of his transformation, Vader never knew he was due to be the father of twins. Obi-Wan Kenobi hid the children from the Dark Lord and Vader's master, Emperor Palpatine. Vader somehow discovered that he had a son, Luke Skywalker, but never suspected he had a daughter, Leia, who was secretly taken to be raised by Bail Organa, Viceroy and First Chairman of Alderaan . In the chaos that accompanied Palpatine's rise to power, Vader became one of the Emperor's most loyal servants. The Emperor entrusted him with the elimination of the Jedi Knights. During these dark times, Vader and his agents destroyed the Jedi order. When the Galactic Civil War raged across the Empire, Darth Vader was tasked with discovering the location of the Rebel Alliance's secret base. Vader captured Rebel operative Princess Leia Organa and had her tortured to reveal the location of the hidden fortress. Vader also sought technical plans stolen by the Rebels. These plans carried the complete schematics of the Empire's most powerful weapon, the Death Star battle station. When a rescue team successfully liberated the princess, Vader found himself face to face with his former master, Obi-Wan Kenobi. Vader defeated the aged Jedi Knight in a lightsaber duel. Using the stolen plans to pinpoint the Death Star's weakness, Rebel forces launched a starfighter attack on the station. Entering the battle, Vader piloted his own specially modified fighter. He managed to destroy the most Rebel pilots in the battle, but was forced out of the conflict when his own vessel was crippled by the Millennium Falcon. Three years after the destruction of the Death Star, Vader led an elite squadron of Star Destroyers headed by his flagship, the Super Star Destroyer Executor. He was to seek out and capture the Rebels responsible for the Death Star's demise. Eventually, Vader tracked the Rebels down to the ice-world of Hoth. There, he launched a ground attack destroying the base. His quarry, the Millennium Falcon, escaped. During the Hoth campaign, the Emperor commanded Vader to track down the "son of Skywalker," and have Vader turn him to the dark side of the Force. Vader planned to use Skywalker's friends as bait to lure him into a trap. He hired a motley gang of bounty hunters to track down the Falcon, and drew Luke to Bespin's Cloud City. He and Luke clashed in a lightsaber duel that Vader won by ruthlessly severing Luke's sword-hand. Vader then revealed to the broken young Jedi that he was his father, and that they would rule the galaxy as father and son. Luke refused to succumb to the dark side, and escaped his father. Vader was left empty-handed. After these incidents, Palpatine reassigned Vader from the Imperial fleet, and instead put him in charge of overseeing the new Death Star operation. The Emperor began to distrust his once loyal servant. Vader's contact with his son sparked something within him, something the Emperor did not like. Palpatine was scheduled to arrive at the second Death Star . The Emperor foresaw that Skywalker would come before the two, and then they would seduce young Luke to the dark side, just as Anakin had been drawn to its power decades earlier. When Luke surrendered, and was taken before the Emperor, Palpatine pitted father and son in a lightsaber duel. Skywalker refused to fight and give into the temptation of the dark side. Vader, probing his mind, learned of his daughter, Leia Organa. He threatened to turn her to the dark side. At this threat, Luke gave into his hatred and attacked his father. In the ferocious assault that followed, young Skywalker nearly killed Vader. Horrified by what he had become, Luke abandoned his new found dark side rage, and refused Palpatine's offers of power. "I am a Jedi, like my father before me," Skywalker proudly claimed. Palpatine unleashed a deadly barrage of dark side energy on the young Jedi. Lightning bolts spawned from pure evil tore into Luke's body with searing pain. Vader stood helplessly, watching his son writhe in agony from torture delivered by his master. Unable to watch anymore, Vader turned against his master. He grabbed a surprised Palpatine from behind, hoisted him above his head, and tossed his evil master down a bottomless reactor shaft. Vader was bombarded by the Emperor's Force lightning, mortally wounding him. As he lay dying, Vader ceased to be. Anakin Skywalker returned. He asked his son to remove the cumbersome, fearsome mask that had concealed his face for decades. His mask and life support removed, Anakin looked upon Luke for the first and last time. He then died, his body disappearing into the light side of the Force. Luke burned the dark armor that had encased Anakin's crippled body in a quiet funeral pyre on the forest moon of Endor that night.
(Star Wars Databank)
As an agent of the Sith, Vader was a merciless killer. He brought about the extinction of the Jedi, personally slaying or crippling such notable knights as Halagad Ventor and Empatojayos Brand. The slaughter of the Jedi was widespread, but several Force-sensitive individuals were spared. Select agents of the Emperor were allowed to keep their knowledge of the Force, as long as they used it as the Emperor commanded. Others hid, as Vima-Da-Boda did in the slums of Nar Shaddaa, or Obi-Wan Kenobi did in the deserts of Tatooine. As Palpatine grew in political power, so too did Vader's star rise. On Coruscant, an immense palace was awarded to the Dark Lord. Another such monument, Bast Castle, existed on the distant world of Vjun. The Emperor allowed Vader to train a precious few in the Force to act as agents, such as Lord Hethrir and Vost Tyne. Vader, never much of a statesman, eschewed politics in favor of a more martial role in the Imperial command structure. Many in the Imperial hierarchy resented Vader's position of privilege. Vader's capriciousness was legendary. He would often kill veteran officers for moments of incompetence. For his chilling managerial style, Vader had to weather a treasonous revolt from a handful of Imperial officers who tried to do away with the Dark Lord. Their assassination attempt failed, and Vader was none too amused. Still possessing Anakin Skywalker's amazing piloting and engineering skills, Vader oversaw the initial designs for the Sienar Fleet Systems TIE Advanced starfighter. His position in the Imperial ranks gave him the first prototype model, the x1, as an exclusive fighter. The modified craft's compact hyperdrive came in handy when Vader found himself in the depths of space following the destruction of the Death Star. Returning to the Empire, Vader was formally reprimanded for his failure 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 Death Star's killer, Luke Skywalker. Equipped with this information, Vader orchestrated a number of plans to capture the young Rebel. He involved the House of Tagge family of nobles in a plot to capture Skywalker on the world of Monastery. He used an actor posing as Obi-Wan Kenobi to lure Skywalker to the planet Aridus. When Governor Bin Essada learned that Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia Organa were on Circarpous V, he contacted the Dark Lord. Vader traveled to the jungle world, and faced the Rebels in the abandoned Temple of Pomojema. Guided by the spirit of Obi-Wan, Luke severed Vader's prosthetic right arm in combat. Vader, amazingly, survived the wound, and was ready to continue. The Dark Lord toppled into a sacrificial well as the fight resumed, and the Rebels escaped. After the Battle of Hoth, Vader found himself in a complex game of strategy against the scheming criminal mastermind, Prince Xizor. The prince, who had long hated Vader due to a planetary bombardment ordered by the Dark Lord on Xizor's homeworld of Falleen, was attempting to discredit Vader in the sickly yellow eyes of the Emperor. Xizor had long been a rival for the Emperor's attentions. He sought to foil Vader's plan to capture Skywalker for the Emperor by having Luke assassinated first. Vader discovered Xizor's plot, and killed him in an assault high over Coruscant.
(Star Wars Databank)
Before Vader, before Maul, before Sidious... there was a Dark Lord of the Sith that cast a shadow of terror and destruction across the galaxy. The ancient forces of the Republic and the Jedi banded together to stop the torrent of the dark side, and bring an end to Exar Kun's rule. He began as a simple student, studying under the revered Jedi Master Vodo-Siosk Baas. Like the dark apprentices that would follow throughout history, a basic impatience undermined all of Kun's training. His pride did not have the boundaries that his instruction did. Eager to ascend beyond his Jedi abilities, Kun abandoned his master and journeyed to the strife-torn world of Onderon. There, he encountered the spirit of Freedon Nadd, an ancient Sith who gave him further instruction. Through Nadd's disembodied commands, Kun voyaged to the Sith mausoleum world of Korriban. There, ancient Sith spirits tried Kun's resolve. His body was crushed in a cave-in of tons of rocks, and Kun could not call upon the Force to help himself. Yet, the dark side offered what the Force couldn't. By giving into his fear and rage, Kun was able to heal himself and clear the obstacles. He emerged from the caverns transformed, fueled by the dark side of the Force. Following examples of ancient Sith Lords that preceded him, Kun came to the long forgotten Sith temples of Yavin 4. In Sith tradition, he took on an apprentice, the fallen Jedi Ulic Qel-Droma, and the two unleashed a scourge that would forever scar a galaxy. In the ages before Darth Bane's restrictions, Kun and Qel-Droma were able to recruit more Jedi into their ranks. Many young Jedi turned against their masters and slew them. Kun himself extinguished the life of Master Baas Baas in the halls of Coruscant's Senate chambers. It was a dark time indeed. Kun was fixated in unleashing pure, unbridled power through ancient Sith means. He practiced Sith magic and alchemy, crafting horrific creatures on the moon of Yavin 4. He brandished a Sith lightsaber with twin blades that increased the potent weapon's lethality. His followers triggered ancient technologies that detonated the stars of the Cron Cluster, wiping out entire worlds and searing the surface of Ossus. Finally, a joint Republic and Jedi taskforce came to Yavin 4 to capture Exar Kun. He knew he could not survive the attack, so he summoned his dark side energies and trapped his consciousness into the temples his Massassi warriors had built for him. For four millennia, Kun's disembodied spirit slumbered. The presence of a dozen Force-sensitives stirred his consciousness. It was now several years after the Battle of Endor, and Jedi Master Luke Skywalker had begun training Jedi at an academy on Yavin 4. Exar Kun's spirit sought to corrupt Skywalker's students and bring about a dark side reign again. He controlled Luke's most powerful student, Kyp Durron, but in the end, Luke's students united and were able to finally dispel Kun's spirit.
(Star Wars Databank)
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.
(DA, DLS, TSW, COTF, IJ)
this ancient student of the Force was amazingly open and willing to touch the Force when he was first trained on Ossus. However, he was completely unprepared for his first true test, shortly after the Jedi Masters passed him over for promotion to a full Jedi Knight. In his anger at not being given the title of Jedi Knight, Nadd struck down Matta Tremayne and succumbed to the Dark Side of the Force and the teachings 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, hoping to establish his own Sith Empire, 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.
(Tales of the Jedi: The Freedon Nadd Uprising,Tales of the Jedi,Tales of the Jedi: Dark Lords of the Sith,Tales of the Jedi Companion,The Dark Side Sourcebook)
Freedon Nadd Uprisings
a series of revolts which occurred on Onderon prior to the Great Sith War. They were initiated by the followers of Freedon Nadd's Dark Side teachings, and furthered by the rise in Dark Side energies on the planet. The uprisings ended just after the death of the Onderonian King Ommin.
(Tales of the Jedi: The Freedon Nadd Uprising)
a descendant of the original colonists on Eol Sha, Gantoris was said to be sensitive to impending earthquakes, and was used by the colony to predict them. When an avalanche occurred during his childhood, many of the children and adults with him were killed while he remained safe from harm. Gantoris was later elected the leader of the colonists on Eol Sha. He was sought out by Luke Skywalker as a potential Jedi for his remarkable past. Gantoris tested Luke's motives and found them truthful, and agreed to go with Luke to Yavin 4 for training as a Jedi Knight. He was often at odds with Corran Horn, who was studying the Force under the alias of Kieran Halcyon. While there, Gantoris was approached by the spirit of Exar Kun. Kun showed Gantoris how to construct a lightsaber well ahead of the training Luke was providing, and also goaded Gantoris by telling him that there was more to learn the Luke's Light-Side prattle. Gantoris resisted Kun's mental grip, and was killed by Kun's spirit.
(JS, DA, IJ)
Glove of Darth Vader
when Luke Skywalker battled Darth Vader aboard the second Death Star, Luke severed Vader's right hand in a lightsaber duel. It was thought that the hand was lost, flung into deep space when the Death Star exploded near Endor. The Prophets of the Dark Side foretold that it would be found by the next ruler of the galaxy. It was also beleived that the glove wsa indestructible. Captain Dunwell later found the glove in a piece of Death Star wreckage on Calamari. It was believed by Trioculus that the glove also gave the wearer the power to choke a victim without actually touching them, although this was proved false when Trioculus couldn't do it. Emdee-5 then modified the glove to perform a similar duty when Trioculus aimed it, to cover up Trioculus' lack of Force sensitivity.
Great Sith War
a battle in which Exar Kun rallied his Brotherhood of the Sith against the Jedi Knights. The Jedi won the battle, but at a great cost. They had to unite as a single force, and wipe out much of the jungle on Yavin 4 in order to destroy Kun's body. Kun, however, managed to escape to the spiritual plane by draining the life-energy from the enslaved Massassi.
(DA, Tales of the Jedi: Dark Lords of the Sith, Tales of the Jedi: The Sith War)
this seven-foot-tall man was a member of the Prophets of the Dark Side. Jedgar served as the High Prophet, and acted as the groups' emissary to visitors to Scardia station. He was a balding man who presented an imposing figure to other beings. Little was known of Jedgar's past, but it was discovered that he had trained at the Jedi Temple on Coruscant during the years leading up to the Clone Wars, often dreaming of the events of the Clone Wars and the Jedi Purge. His visions frightened the other students and worried his teachers, and Jedgar was never taken as a padawan . A series of visions led Jedgar to Kadaan, under whom he apprenticed in learning the ways of the Dark Side of the Force. Jedgar also served as Kadann's bodyguard, but that was more for show than actual defense, since Kadann was quite powerful in the ways of the Dark Side. When the Prophets of the Dark Side were formed under Emperor Palpatine, Jedgar became Kadann's second-in-command, and his support of Kadann's visions - even after Palpatine dismissed them - ran deep.
(Lost City of the Jedi,The Dark Side Sourcebook)
this Sith Lord was one of the few Sith who survived the internal violence which tore the Sith order apart, some 2,000 years before the Battle of Yavin. Lord Kaan gathered some twenty thousand Sith devotees and set out to take control of the galaxy. He made his stand against the Jedi on the planet Ruusan, where he was opposed by the Jedi Master, Lord Hoth, and his Army of Light. Lord Kaan's tactics of fighting the Jedi in individual battles did not sit well with many other of the Sith Lords, especially Darth Bane, who believed that the Sith had to unite in the Dark Side of the Force in order to defeat the Jedi. It was rumored that Kaan even tried to poison Darth Bane, on an effort to eliminate any opposition to his command. Lord Kaan and his followers planned to unleash a thought bomb on the planet Ruusan, where the two sides had been fighting. Lord Kaan, and virtually every warrior in the battle, was obliterated when the thought bomb was set off.
a black-bearded dwarf, Kadann was the Supreme Prophet who led the Prophets of the Dark Side. Kadann was approached by Darth Sidious shortly before the Jedi Purge was initiated, and Kadann was asked to join the Empire to serve as a seer. When Kadann predicted that the Empire would be shaken if it allowed the Battle of Endor to take place, Palpatine dismissed him and his prophecies. Kadann gathered the other Prophets and fled Coruscant, taking up residence on Scardia Station. He was later responsible for the prophecy that whoever wears the Glove of Darth Vader will be the next Emperor of the galaxy, which is contained in a series of four-line, non-rhyming verses. The leaders of the remnants of the Empire strive to obtain his blessing to make their rulership of the galaxy legitimate. Kadann drinks a strange tea brewed from the fungus-infested bark of an Endorian tree, which is rumored to allow him to see into the future. He is also a collector of the galaxy's finest artifacts, which he displays throughout Scardia's halls.
(Lost City of the Jedi,The Dark Side Sourcebook)
this huge, rocky world was the site of Naga Sadow's decoy base, during the power struggle which erupted following the death of Marka Ragnos.
(Tales of the Jedi: The Golden Age of the Sith)
this moon of Khar Delba was tide-locked in its orbit around the planet. Thus, one side was perpetually turned away from the planet. It was on this moon that Naga Sadow had built his primary fortress.
(Tales of the Jedi: The Golden Age of the Sith)
this remote planet was the seat of the ancient Sith race. Located across the galaxy from Cinnagar and Koros Minor, it was unknown to the Old Republic before the rise of Naga Sadow. It was to Korriban that the ancient Dark Jedi fled, after they were exiled by the Jedi Knights. Korriban was a desolate world which, under the pall of Sith magic, became more hellish and dangerous. The native life there was twisted by the Dark Side, and the ghosts of Sith Dark Lords roamed everywhere. The Sith Lords erected huge palaces and burial complexes, which honored not only the dead Lords but the current magicians as well. Exar Kun was led here by Freedon Nadd's spirit, in an effort to recover certain Sith manuscripts. The Emperor Palpatine often visited Korriban, to help him center himself in the Dark Side of the Force.
(Tales of the Jedi: Dark Lords of the Sith,EE)
a society of Tetan Elite led by Satal Keto and Aleema, it was based on the Dark Side teachings of the Sith.
(Tales of the Jedi: The Freedon Nadd Uprising,Tales of the Jedi: Dark Lords of the Sith)
Krath Death Witch
this was a term used to describe a Force-wielding woman who followed the Sith teachings of the ancient Krath.
Satal Keto's luxurious Tetan yacht, it was destroyed when Keto and Aleema tried to land on Onderon during the Old Republic's seige there against the Naddists.
(Tales of the Jedi: The Freedon Nadd Uprising)
a native of Deyer, Kyp was taken prisoner by the Empire when his parents were arrested for speaking out against the destruction of Alderaan. Kyp was shipped off to Kessel, and forced to work the spice mines. When Han Solo and Chewbacca are shot down over Kessel and also forced to work the mines, Kyp becomes friends with Han, and together they escape the mines, only to discover the Maw Installation. Upon returning to Coruscant, Kyp is asked by Luke Skywalker to join his new Jedi Academy, for Kyp shows a great deal of Force sensitivity. Kyp agrees, and begins training on Yavin 4. Following Gantoris' death, Exar Kun's spirit then takes control of Kyp's will. Kun shows Kyp the power of the Dark Side, but Kyp's basic nature twists the knowledge. He believes that, even though the power stems from the Dark Side, it can still be used against the Empire. Kun's spirit does nothing to alter this perception, and assists Kyp in retrieving the Sun Crusher from Yavin's gas core and allows Kyp to draw on his power as Kyp begins destroying Imperial worlds. It is when Kyp destroys the Caridan system that Han finally catches up with Kyp, and convinces the young man to return to Yavin 4. Luke then worked with Kyp to return him to the true nature of the Force. As his powers grew, Kyp became a respected member of the Jedi Knights. He befriended Dorsk 82 when the young alien traveled to Yavin 4 for training, and the pair were dispatched to Corbos when the miners there unearthed an ancient creature. Kyp managed to defeat a small Leviathan, but the creature's death awakened an even larger one. The combined efforts of Kyp, Dorsk 82, Kirana Ti, and Streen managed to defeat it. He soon became one of Skywalker's new Jedi Masters, but began to question Skywalker's training methods and philosophy. Kyp believed the Jedi were above the common being, and could roam the galaxy and dispense justice as they saw fit. He continued this philosophy with his first student, Miko Reglia, when the formed the Dozen-and-Two Avengers. However, the Avengers were unprepared for the onslaught of the Yuuzhan Vong, and the small squadron was nearly destroyed at Helska. Only Kyp remained, and he vowed to exact a suitable retribution on the alien invaders. In this endeavor, Kyp found himself again at odds with Master Skywalker, who refused to condone Kyp's vigilante plans. Kyp set out again on his own, forming Kyp's Dozen. They tried to rescue Wurth Skidder from the Yuuzhan Vong clustership Creche', but arrived too later to save him. Kyp destroyed the immature yammosk which was controlling the ship, leaving it for dead in orbit around Fondor. Shortly after the Battle of Duro, Kyp approached Jaina Solo to become his student, after Mara Jade Skywalker became pregnant. Jaina said she would consider the offer, but distanced herself from Kyp after he misled her - and Rogue Squadron - on the nature of the shipwomb that had been growing near Sernpidal.
(JS, DA, COTF, JAL, VP, JE, EVR)
Self-proclaimed Dark Lord of the Sith. Born on the Deyer colony of the Anoat system. Kyp's parents were outspoken polititians who openly protested the Ghorman Massacre and the destruction of Alderaan. One night stormtroopers barged into their house and sent Kyp and his parents to the prison colony on Kessel, and sent his brother Zeth to the Imperial Stormtrooper Academy on Caridia. Kyp's parents were executed when Moruth Doole took over the Kessel facilities. Kyp survived and met a fellow inmate, Vima-Da-Boda, who taught him the basics about the Force. Later, Kyp escaped from Kessel with the help of Han Solo and managed to be captured again by Admiral Daala while fleeing into the Maw. Narrowly avoiding a death sentence from Daala, Kyp escaped again with Solo and the scientist Qwi Xux. While training at Luke Skywalker's newly established Jedi Academy, Kyp encountered the spirit of the long-dead Exar Kun and began gaining power through the Dark Side and ancient Sith teachings. Pissed off at the Empire for all the pain it has cause him and his family, Kyp furiously waged a one-man war against the Empire using the Sun Crusher and his newly acquired Sith powers. While visiting the site of Darth Vader's funeral pyre on Endor, Kyp claimed the title of The Dark Lord Of The Sith (he was able to claim this since no other known Sith existed to challenge him, although in my opinion Kyp had not reached a high enough level to rightfully claim the title). Kyp eventually returned to the Light Side after Kun's spirit was destroyed by the other Jedi trainies and thus was no longer under Kun's influence.
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 coerece one of his own starship captains to ram Kressh's flagship, destroying the ship and killing Kressh in the explosion.
(Tales of the Jedi: The Golden Age of the Sith, Tales of the Jedi: The Fall of the Sith Empire)
when the Imperial operative Shira Elan Colla Brie was trained in the ways of the Dark Side of the Force by Darth Vader, she shed her old name and became the Dark Jedi Lumiya. Shira had infiltrated the Alliance at Vader's orders, in an effort to capture Luke Skywalker. Luke shot Shira's TIE Fighter down, and Shira barely survived. After being fitted with cybernetic implants and healing in a bacta tank, she emerged as the woman known as Lumiya. Lumiya's weapon of choice was not the lightsaber, though, but a new weapon known as the lightwhip. She discovered the lightwhip while searching through an ancient Sith tome during the Battle of Endor. Vader tried to keep her training a secret from Emperor Palpatine, but eventually had to reveal her existence. In order to keep favor with Palpatine, Vader presented Lumiya to the Emperor as a candidate to be one of the Emperor's Hands. This mysterious woman was the leader of a group of Imperial soldiers on Herdessa, where she revealed herself as a Dark Side adept. Following the death of the Empire, Lumiya tried to defeat the New Republic with the help of the alien race known as the Nagai, after training her band on the planet Kinooine. She also tried to use their enemies, the Tofs, in a similar effort. Each time, she was defeated and left for dead, but her incredible strength and cunning allowed her to escape and survive. She was a force that skirted the New Republic, striking when it pleases her against remote locations. She had control of a small fleet of warships, and was supported by a contingent of crimson-armored stormtroopers. It was later discovered that Lumiya had trained the likes of Flint and Carnor Jax, developing their dark powers much the same way Darth Bane trained his progeny: with just two Sith magicians, a master and an apprentice.
(Star Wars Galaxy magazine,Star Wars Gamer: Issue 5,MC,SWDB)
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 before he finally died, but expanded the Sith Empire very little during his tenure. Ragnos knew of, and feared, the power of the Old Republic, and chose to protect the Sith by keeping them isolated. After he 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.
(Tales of the Jedi: The Golden Age of the Sith,The Dark Side Sourcebook)
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 Denarii 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 Lightsabers and Dark Lords of the Sith 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.
(Tales of the Jedi: Dark Lords of the Sith,L,Tales of the Jedi: The Golden Age of the Sith,Tales of the Jedi: The Fall of the Sith Empire)
this planet is the primary planet in the Japreal system of three planets. It has a temperate climate, and was home to a primitive race of humanoids. It has four moons. The primary moon, Dxun, orbitted very close to the planet millenia ago, and the various Dxun beasts jumped to the planet. The Onderonians struggled against the beasts, eventually gathering new technologies and building a huge walled city to protect themselves from the beasts. The Onderonians then threw their criminal out into the wilderness without any protection from the beasts. The outcasts soon learned to defend themselves, and a second civilization grew out of the outcasts. They two groups remained at war with each other for many years, and the Old Republic asked the Jedi to watch over the world. When Master Arca took over its watch and assigned Ulic Qel-Droma to the planet, the war was ended when the Onderonian princess Galia married the Beastprince. Onderon was also the planet on which Freedon Nadd tried to set up his Sith Kingdom. Like many other fringe worlds, the Onderonians have a distrust of aliens.
(Tales of the Jedi: The Freedon Nadd Uprising,Tales of the Jedi: Dark Lords of the Sith,Tales of the Jedi Companion)
this was the version of the Galactic Standard language spoken by the natives of the planet Onderon, during the era of the Sith War which occurred when Satal and Aleema Keto took control of the planet.
(The Dark Side Sourcebook)
Onderonian War Machine
this was a modified form of Akin-Dower Groundborer, augmented with four medium blasters for use as a combat vehicle by the ancient followers of Freedon Nadd.
(Tales of the Jedi Companion,Tales of the Jedi: The Freedon Nadd Uprising)
Prophets of the Dark Side
this was the name of a secretly-operating group of Imperial Intelligence agents who are continually spying on the galaxy's activities. The Prophets were all trained in the use of the Dark Side of the Force, and used its power to delve into the possible future outcomes of any event. They are led by Kadann, the Supreme Prophet. The prophets are all black-bearded individuals who wear gleaming black robes, and who have obtained a great deal of power within the remnants of the Empire, and who have made some bold predictions. Among them, the Prophets supposedly predicted the exact time and palce for the destruction of both Death Stars by the Alliance. They are continually working to make sure their prophecies come true, at any cost, in order to retain their power.
(Lost City of the Jedi,The Dark Side Sourcebook)
this ancient Sith Lord existed only as a spirit avatar when the Brotherhood of Darkness was destroyed on Ruusan. Lord Qordis had been part of the command structure put in plance by Lord Kaan, and had died in the explosion of the thought bomb that killed everyone on Ruusan - except his student, Darth Bane. Qordis appeared to Darth Bane shortly afterward, aboard the Valcyn, belittling Bane and calling him a coward for having survived the detonation of Lord Kaan's thought bomb. Darth Bane refused to be baited by Qordis' spirit, however, so Qordis extended one last time beyond the grave and severely damaged the Valcyn , shortly before it arrived on Dxun. Qordis hoped to make Darth Bane's life a living hell, for having survived Ruusan.
(Star Wars Gamer: Issue 3)
this planet was the site of the decisive battle between Lord Kaan and the Brotherhood of Darkness and Lord Hoth and the Army of Light. The struggle, known as the Battle of Ruusan, ended with both armies being obliterated by the Sith thought bomb. Only one being survived, the Sith Lord Darth Bane.
a member of the Tetan Elite, Satal Keto and his cousin, Aleema, were drawn to the Dark Side energies that were present in the galaxy some 4,000 years before the Galactic Civil War. They formed the Dark Side worshippers known as the Krath. They were drawn to the Dark Side so fully that they crossed the galaxy to Coruscant, where they entered the Galactic Museum and stole a number of Sith manuscripts and artifacts. They then traveled to Onderon, in an effort to learn more about the artifacts from the Naddists there. Satal was shown how to use the Sith artifacts by King Ommin, who was later killed by the spirit of Freedon Nadd. Nadd's spirit then chose Satal and Aleema to be his new living emmissaries, providing them with Sith swords. The two returned to the Tetan star system, where they overthrew the Carbonite Mining Guild with help from the Dark Jedi and the military just before the Great Sith War. He and Aleema froze their parents in carbonite after they overtook the guild. When Ulic Qel-Droma infiltrated the Krath in an effort to eradicate the Sith warriors, Satal poisoned him with Sith drugs in order to keep the Jedi from turning on the Krath. However, the poison only focused Ulic's powers, and in a pitched lightsaber duel, Aleema tells Ulic that it was Satal who ordered the attack on Deneba which killed Master Arca. Ulic's fury rose even higher, and he killed Satal before turning on the Jedi.
(Tales of the Jedi: The Freedon Nadd Uprising,DA,Tales of the Jedi: Dark Lords of the Sith)
Secrets of The Dark Side
High Prophet Jedgar's hand-written volume, chronicling all of Kadann's dark prophecies.
Dark Lord of the Sith. Marka Ragons defeated Simus and became the next Dark Lord
this ancient brotherhood of Jedi Knights split from the ranks of the "lightsiders" when access to the ancient Sith lore was forbidden. The Jedi Council feared that the knowledge of harnessing the Dark Side of the Force would be twisted and used to perform many evil acts. The Sith brotherhood was founded some 2,000 years before the Battle of Yavin by a rogue Jedi Knight who yearned to learn more of the Dark Side of the Force. Together with about 50 followers, this rogue fled the Old Republic and established his own Sith order. With galactic domination on their agenda, these new Sith Lords quickly became distrustful of each other and abusive of their dark side powers. In a short time, they had nearly wiped themselves out again. One Sith Lord remained, a man by the name of Darth Bane. He swore that the Sith would never again vanish from the galaxy, but also made certain that they never grew beyond their means. He established a rigid code by which there could only be a single Sith Lord and a single Sith apprentice. When the Lord finally expired, his current apprentice was promoted and allowed to take his own student. This pairing continued for the next several centuries until Darth Sidious rose to power as the Sith Lord. Sidious eventually took Darth Maul as his apprentice, and hoped to take control of the galaxy by bringing the Old Republic down from the inside. However, Maul was destroyed by Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Sidious' plans were thwarted. Decades later, Emperor Palpatine established Darth Vader as the last Dark Lord through the rigorous training he gave Vader. Following the deaths of Vader and Palpatine at the Battle of Endor, and with the destruction of Palpatine's clones on Byss, the order of the Sith was exterminated.
(SW,SW1,Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace,The Dark Side Sourcebook)
Sith was the name used to describe any creature which had been altered by Sith rituals and magicks into something hideous and terrifying. These creatures were bred from naturally-evolved stock, but were heavily tainted by the Dark Side of the Force.
(Tales of the Jedi Companion)
Sith were an ancient race of insect-like humanoids was characterized by its dark, red skin, cranial horns, and long bony chins. There were several subspecies of Sith, each with its own place in their society. Some were slaves, other were warriors, and the highest caste of all were the magicians. They lived in a remote sector of the ancient galaxy, and were unknown to most until a group of Jedi Knights discovered their existence. The early Sith regarded the Dark Jedi as gods. The Force-sensitive Sith magicians proved to have control over the Dark Side of the Force, and the Jedi took many of their tomes and teachings back to study. They hoped to determine ways to avoid the Dark Side, but a group of Jedi found the allure of the Dark Side and the Sith teachings too powerful. They rose up against their Masters, but were not yet powerful enough to defeat them. The Dark Jedi were banished from the Old Republic, and chose to flee across the galaxy to the worlds of the true Sith. Over the millennia, the two groups intermingled, until very little pure Sith blood remained. One of the early Dark Lords of the Sith was Marka Ragnos, who was succeeded by Naga Sadow. Freedon Nadd was a later Dark Lord who was caught by the Jedi Knights on Onderon and entombed there. Nadd's spirit invaded the body and mind of Exar Kun, who eventually became a Dark Lord himself. They developed a rigid hierarchy of magicians and warriors, with the leadership of the brotherhood falling to the current Dark Lord of the Sith. The Sith wrote expansive volumes on the control and use of the Dark Side, and described incredible manifestations of power. Later, they were able to created amulets and weaponry that could assist the user in controlling the Dark Side. These devices amplified the Dark Side, making the user incredibly powerful. Much of the Sith lore was hidden on various worlds when the ancient Jedi Knights first sought to eradicate the Sith. Some was stored on Korriban, some on the moon of Yavin 4. The last remained true-blooded Sith were wiped out by Exar Kun during the Great Sith War, when he stole their life energy in an effort to defend his fortress on Yavin 4 against the forces of the Old Republic.
(SW,DA,Tales of the Jedi: The Freedon Nadd Uprising,Tales of the Jedi: Dark Lords of the Sith,Tales of the Jedi: The Sith War,Tales of the Jedi: The Golden Age of the Sith,Tales of the Jedi: The Fall of the Sith Empire)
this hidden storehouse of knowledge was the repository of all information known to the Sith. It was formed shortly after Darth Bane established the Sith brotherhood.
Sith Battle Cruiser
this immense, 215-meter-long warship was developed by the ancient Sith Empire to serve as the flagship of its naval fleets. Each Battle Cruiser was armed with six blaster cannons and three concussion missile launchers, and required a crew of 25 officers and gunners to operate. It could transport up tp 850 troopers and 5,000 metric tons of cargo, and was equipped with a Class-4 hyperdrive.
(The Dark Side Sourcebook)
Sith Elite Warbot
these combat droids were developed by the ancient Sith to serve as part of their ground-based armies. Individual Elite warbots were used for both training and active combat, with stun blaster and stun batons used on training versions. Full combat versions were armed with a blaster pistol mounted on each arm, and carried a Sith sword as a melee weapon. The armor of the Elite warbot was alchemically treated, giving it additional protection in combat. Unfortunately, they were very expensive to produce, and never found widespread use in the army. Like most other ancient Sith droids, most of the Elite warbots disappeared after the Great Hyperspace War.
(Star Wars Gamer: Issue 5)
this 75-meter-long attack craft was the primary warship of the ancient Sith naval fleet. Armed with six autoblasters can capable of carrying 30 troops into battle, the Sith Gunship was built for speed and maneuverability. These ships required a dedicated crewof eighteen Sith warriors, can could also carry up to 250 metric tons of cargo.
(Star Wars Gamer: Issue 5)
this section of the ancient Galactic Museum on Coruscant contained a wealth of artifacts and texts which were used by the Sith Empire. These artifacts were created by the original Sith species, many of which died out after the fall of the Sith Empire 1,000 years before the Great Sith War.
(Tales of the Jedi Companion)
this mutated canine was developed by the ancient Sith warriors from stock native to the planet Korriban. These hounds were alchemically enhanced, giving them increased size and strength, as well as a collection of horns and vicious teeth. The brain of the Sith Hound was also increased in size and intelligence, and they were rumored to have had the ability to speak limited amounts of the ancient Sith languages.
(The Dark Side Sourcebook)
one of Sienar Advanced Projects Laboratories' prototype designs, this ship was eventually modified for use by Darth Maul. Originally designed from the Star Courier platform, the 26.5-meter-long Infiltrator was given advanced weaponry, propulsion systems, and a full-effect stygium-based cloaking device for invisibility on command. The sublight engines were X-C 2 ion arrays, while the hyperdrive was an SSDS 11-A powerplant. Weapons included six prototype laser cannons. The craft had a long, main fuselage to which was attached the ball-shaped control center aft. The wings of the craft were used to radiator the intense heat of its engines, and could be folded down during landings. The designs of the control center and the wings were later incorporated into the TIE Advanced prototype produced for Darth Vader.
(X1,The Dark Side Sourcebook)
this immense beast was developed by the ancient Sith as a warbeast. Sith warriors rode atop the huge beasts, to be carried into battle.
(Star Wars Gamer: Issue 5)
Sith Personnel Carrier
this ancient craft was developed by the Sith Empire, more than 5,000 years before the Battle of Yavin, to carry troops and smaller craft into battle. Very few of these ships survived the Great Hyperspace War, and those that did were quickly outdated. The 215-meter-long Personnel Carrier was armed with eight light laser cannons, and normal hull plating and shielding, with most of its protection coming from the Sith magic of its operators. It could transport up to 360 troops or 24 Sith Mammoths, and had space for 1,000 metric tons of war materiel. Each of these ships required a command crew of twelve Sith officers. When deploying troops or vehicles, the Personnel Carrier hovered in the atmosphere, using massive chains to lower troop containers to the ground. It was during the delivery or pick-up of troops that the Personnel Carrier was most vulnerable. Each of these troop containers could accommodate 60 troops, a Sith Slayer, or a War Behemoth.
(Star Wars Gamer: Issue 5)
this was one of the more popular mixed drinks served at The Glow Dome, on Adarlon, and was set afire before being served.
during the last decades of the Old Republic, this was the term used by the Jedi Council to describe the small groups of beings who tried to emulate the ancient Sith brotherhoods. Most of the members of these Sith Sects were not attuned in any way to the Force, but their anger and frustration with the galaxy led them to search out the Sith teachings.
these ancient droids were developed for use in the Sith army as security guards and sentries, replacing organic beings. Each Sith Sentry was armed with an arm-mounted blaster rifle, and was often deployed in groups of six droids.
(Star Wars Gamer: Issue 5)
this ancient Sith war droid was essentially a tank with a droid brain, although it was alchemically created by Sith magicians. The average Slayer was costly to produce, requiring a wealth of magical elements and alchemy techniques which were arduously molded over a long period of time. Measuring over twelve meters in height, the Sith Slayer was armed with two shoulder-mounted blaster cannons, and two spinning blades mounted on each arm. Like the Sith Elite warbot, the Slayer was protected by magical armor, giving it a measure of invulnerability which was lacking in organic warbeasts like the Sith Mammoth.
(Star Wars Gamer: Issue 5)
this was a specialized, circular, one-man speeder developed for use by Darth Maul. Designed to be compact and fast, this speeder resembled a circle with the upper arc removed. The rider sat in the concave section of the speeder, and had hand and foot controls with which to maneuver the speeder. This speeder was unarmed, something that was not a deficit for its rider due to their skills in the Dark Side of the Force. This speeder was also easily stored in the forward section of Maul's Infiltrator starship.
these bulbous fighters were developed for use in the ancient Sith naval fleet. Like the more modern TIE Fighter, the Sith Starfighter lacked a hyperdrive. It was armed with a triple blaster cannon, and was highly maneuverable.
(Star Wars Gamer: Issue 5)
this was a form of organic lifeform which was twisted by Sith alchemies to perform a specific role for the armies of the ancient Sith. Most of these warbirds were naturally-occurring avians which stood more than six meters in height, and which had been altered to submit to the control of a Sith master. These creatures were fitted with a special harness that provided a saddle for a Sith warrior and a mounted blaster cannon as weaponry. A small fusion generator was also mounted on the harness to power the cannon.
(Star Wars Gamer: Issue 5)
originally created by Naga Sadow, this immense reptilian insect lived in a subterranean lair on the moon of Yavin 4. The ancient Massassi worshipped it as a god, until Exar Kun killed the beast in an effort to prove his worth to Freedon Nadd. The Sith Wyrm was originally an infant space slug which was captured and altered using Sith alchemy. The slug had attached itself to Naga Sadow's personal starship, and Sadow chose to keep the beast alive and use it in experiments in magical alteration of physical forms. Jedi historians believed that there was only one Sith Wyrm, as there was no record of another space slug being captured and altered in any way.
(The Dark Side Sourcebook)
this weapon, first devised and last used by Lord Kaan and the Brotherhood of Darkness, was essentially a seething collection of Dark Side energies. The ancient Sith discovered that the Dark Side of the Force could be extracted and mentally bound into an explosive sphere. When set off, in the final struggle of the Battle of Ruusan, the thought bomb obliterated the physical bodies of both the Sith and the Jedi, trapping their spirits in an unbreakable forcefield for all eternity. The natives of Ruusan believed that their imprisonment would last until another Force user came and disrupted the natural order of the Valley.
Dark Lord of the Sith. Perhaps the greatest Sith swordmaster ever. Very little else is known of Tulak Hord, only that this tomb is located in the Valley of the Dark Lords on Korriban. His tomb is guarded by a pack of tuk'ata beasts
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. His mother was a Jedi Knight. 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. Ten years later, Ulic fled to Rhen Var in an effort to isolate himself from the galaxy and to find peace. He thought to let himself die in a storm, but the spirit of Master Arca urged him to survive. He was unprepared for the arrival of Vima Sunrider, who wanted him to teach her the ways of the Jedi. Despite his misgivings, Ulic realized that this was why Master Arca had urged him to live. He took Vima under his tutelage, and trained her to the best of his abilities. He even tried to be civil when Nomi arrived on Rhen Var to recover her daughter. However, shortly after Nomi's arrival, Sylvar came to the planet and challenged him to a duel. Sylvar had the advantage of contact with the Force, but Ulic fought bravely in an effort to return Sylvar to the Light Side of the Force. Sylvar came to her senses, but was too focused on herself to notice that Hoggon had followed her. Hoggon shot Ulic in the back with his blaster, believing that he had killed the greatest traitor of the Jedi order. Despite the fact that Ulic no longer had contact with the Force, his lifeless body nonetheless disappeared and became part of the Force.
(TOJ, FNU, DA, DE1, DLS, TSW, EGC, TOJC, TOJR)
Valley of the Dark Lords
this valley, located on the planet Korriban, is the site of the tombs of the ancient Dark Lords of the Sith. It was dominated by huge funereal temples and tombs, with an ornate altar at the far end.
(Tales of the Jedi: The Golden Age of the Sith)
this cold, icy world is dominated by rocky mountains and fierce storms. Much of the planet's crust is imbedded with ice. In ancient times, this planet was part of the Sith Empire, and was used as a base by Ludo Kressh and his faction. Luke Skywalker was able to track the Massassi night beast to this planet, after it was freed from its temple on Yavin 4. It was later discovered that Darth Vader trained the Dark Jedi Lumiya here.
(Tales of the Jedi: The Golden Age of the Sith, The Star Wars Essential Guide to Alien Species, SWDB)