History of the Sith
In The Beginning
Twenty five millennia before the time of Darth Vader, about the time the Galactic Republic formed, a group of Force-sensitive individuals came together to form the Jedi order. Over time they studied the Force, learned from it, and refined the order into what it is today. The Jedi order served the Republic as advisors and peacekeepers. They understood the dangers of the Dark Side and stayed primarily to the Light. But not all were content with the Light Side. Although forbidden to do so, a few individuals chose to secretly study the Dark Side of the Force; Studying the magics of anger and chaos. Their numbers grew until the inevitable confrontation between the Light and the Dark. This came to be known as the Great Schism; Jedi against Jedi, brother against brother. The Dark Jedi, finally defeated after a century of bloodshed, took their battered ships into exile, crossing the galaxy into the unknown. There the vanquished Dark Jedi found a primitive civilization, a new people to dominate, the Sith. With unlimited resources and willing slaves, the Jedi exiles forged the Sith civilization into a powerful Empire.
The Golden Age of the Sith
After many centuries the Sith Empire grew to a vast, rich realm spanning several star systems. This was the Golden Age of the Sith. The Empire was led by many Sith Lords and one supreme ruler, the Dark Lord of the Sith. This title was passed from one generation to the next, with only one Dark Lord at a time. Although little is known of the first several Dark Lords, 5,200 years ago Marka Ragnos defeated Simus for the title and ruled during the pinnacle of the Golden Age. The Sith Lords built huge stone temples to house the remains of their Dark Lords, and used their magic to create creatures of unspeakable horror to guard the tombs. The Sith Lords crafted many things on the backs of the Sith people, many architectural wonders. The Sith Lords also created many artifacts in this time, items infused with their malevolent Sith power. Some enhanced the wielders power in the Dark Side, others were made to focus Sith energy into a certain effect. The Sith people and the Sith Lords intermarried, and some of pure Sith blood gained the status of Sith Lord.
The Great Hyperspace War
Two hundred years later, at the funeral ceremony of Marka Ragnos, the title of Dark Lord was once again in dispute. This time it was between Naga Sadow and his arch rival Ludo Kressh. Sadow was part of the elite priesthood of pure Sith blood and said that the Sith had grown too complacent, and that they should expand their empire and conquer new territory. Content with the current glory of the Sith Empire, Kressh vehemently opposed Sadow and accused him of practicing forbidden magic. The confrontation escalated into a duel, but the ghost of Marka Ragnos intervened; the shade told the Sith Lords to choose their fights wisely and be weary of the coming times. Naga Sadow and Ludo Kressh agreed on a temporary truce, but were interrupted by the arrival of Gav and Jori Daragon, hapless hyperspace explorers who showed up in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Mistaken as spies, Gav and Jori Daragon were taken prisoner by the Sith. The Sith Lords convened to discuss Gav and Jori's fate. Ludo Kressh argued that they were precursors to an invasion and should be killed immediately; Naga Sadow believed they could lead the Sith to the Republic, for their own invasion. Later, Sadow staged a jail-break to look like the Republic had arrived and attacked the prison. Outraged, the Sith Lords demanded swift action and elected Naga Sadow Dark Lord of the Sith. Ludo Kressh openly opposed this and refused to accept Sadow as the next Dark Lord. With Gav and Jori hidden away in his fortress, Sadow staged another attack to retrieve their impounded ship and again made it look like the Republic did it. But Ludo Kressh found the evidence that Sadow had intentionally left that implicated him. Fearing that Sadow's treasonous actions would lead to the fall of the Sith Empire, Kressh attacked Sadow's fortress. However, Kressh had attacked a decoy fortress and waltzed right into Sadow's trap, barely escaping with his life. But during the attack, Sadow had tricked Jori into escaping and fleeing back to the Republic for help. Unbeknownst to her, Sadow had place a tracking device on her ship that would lead the Sith right to the Republic. While Sadow was gathering the Sith forces for the invasion of the Republic, Kressh mounted another attack, this time on Sadow's real fortress. But Sadow destroyed Kressh's ship by remotely activating it's self destruct mechanism. Following the tracking device, the Sith fleet headed for the Republic. The ensuing conflict would later be known as the Great Hyperspace War.
Without warning, the Sith invasion force launched a multi-pronged attack that included Koros Major and Kirrek in the Empress Teta system and Coruscant, capital of the Galactic Republic. Unprepared for an invasion, most of the Republic struggled to withstand the onslaught of the Sith forces. The only one who heeded Jori Daragon's warning of a Sith invasion was the Empress Teta. Ready for the invasion, her immense forces were nearly all that stood between the Sith and control of the Republic. During his captivity, Gav had been tutored by Naga Sadow in the ways of the Dark Side. At Sadow's request Gav had reluctantly accepted command of the Sith invasion force. But now, seeing all the death and destruction, Gav had a change of heart. Confronting Sadow at Primus Gould, Gav disabled Sadow's meditation sphere. Without Naga Sadow using his Sith powers to control his armies, the tide began turning and the Sith forces were pushed back. Regrouping his forces at Primus Gould, Sadow drew the Republic forces there for a trap that resulted in the supernova of Primus Gould, an already unstable star. Gav warned the Republic forces and allowed them to escape, but was himself doomed to die aboard the damaged meditation sphere as the star went supernova. Fleeing back to Sith territory, Sadow's fleet was met by Ludo Kressh, who had somehow managed to survive their last confrontation. While Sadow was away invading the Republic, Kressh had rallied the forces that were left behind in Sith territory and now led them against Sadow's already battered fleet. But Naga Sadow managed to defeat Ludo Kressh once again by ordering a damaged capital ship to ram Kressh's flagship, finally killing Ludo Kressh. With not a moment to rest, Sadow was immediately assailed by the Republic fleet that had followed him. In a last ditch effort, Sadow fled in his one remaining battleship between two binary stars; Using powerful Sith magic, Sadow caused huge solar flares to explode between the stars, destroying his pursuers and masking his escape. With his fleet destroyed and the Sith Empire in ruins Naga Sadow fled to an isolated star system called Yavin. There on the fourth planet of the Yavin System he established a new base. Sadow commanded his loyal Sith followers to build great Sith temples. For over a hundred years he ruled as Dark Lord over the sole remaining outpost of the Sith Empire.
The Feedon Nadd Uprising
Over the next millennia the Sith Lords all died out, the Sith civilization on Yavin 4 fell into disrepair, and the remaining Sith people were mutated by Naga Sadow's magic into primitive, beast-like creatures that would guard the temples forever. But in that time, almost six hundred years after Sadow's arrival on Yavin 4, A Sith Lord by the name of Freedon Nadd couldn't wait to become Dark Lord of the Sith. Not wanting to challenge the reigning Dark Lord, Nadd left to start his own Empire. His search led him to the backwater planet of Onderon, bringing with him the dark power of the Sith. For centuries after his death, the ruling family of Onderon was tainted by Sith magic.
Four Thousand years before the Galactic Civil War, three Jedi knights, including Ulic Qel-Droma, were dispatched to Onderon to put an end to the Beast Wars that had been raging for fifty years. The Jedi were successful and brought peace to Onderon, but discovered that Queen Amanoa had been influenced by the ghost of the dead Sith Lord.
Shortly following the end of the Beast Wars, loyalists to Freedon Nadd rebelled and threatened to retake Onderon in the name of the Sith Lord. Nadd's reign of darkness was brought to an end when the Jedi interceded and quelled the Freedon Nadd uprising. His sarcophagus was eventually moved to Dxun, removing the remaining source of Nadd's power from Onderon.
The Saga Of Exar Kun
Four millennia before the Rebel base on Yavin 4, the Sith Empire would be reborn at the hands of Exar Kun. Kun was a young Jedi, arrogant and powerful. he was fascinated by things of the Dark Side, and against his master's wishes went to learn all he could of the ancient Sith. His research took him to the Dxun moon, where rested the remains of Freedon Nadd. The spirit of Freedon Nadd appeared to Kun, and gave him a gift. Under the corpse of Nadd rested two scrolls, which told the location of the Sith homeworld, Korriban. Wanting to learn all he could, Kun immediately set out for Korriban.
Unknown to Kun, their were other Sith workings in the air. Two young aristocrats from the Empress Teta System had traveled to Onderon just before it was purged of the Dark Side. There they were taught many Sith teachings, and returned home with this dangerous knowledge. There they and several other aristocrats formed a secret group called the Krath, and soon they assassinated their royal parents with Sith powers, and took control of the entire system. The Jedi Masters learned of this, and sent a task force led by Ulic Qel-Droma and Nomi Sunrider to destroy the Krath. Using Sith illusions, the Krath drove the fleet and the Jedi temporarily away.
Kun, meanwhile reached Korriban and stood in awe at the temples of the Sith. He entered into the shrines of the dead Dark Lords of the Sith. The Spirit of Freedon Nadd again appeared to him and offered him unimaginable power if he would give himself over to the Dark Side. Exar Kun's idealistic plans to learn the Sith teachings without going to the Dark Side were crushed along with his mortal body in a cave-in caused by Nadd. With Nadd's treachery, Kun was forced to give in to the Dark Side, to let it heal him, and heal him it did, but it desecrated his soul. Deeper into the catacombs the Dark Lords tested Kun, forcing him to fend off several viscous beasts, but finding his light side powers blocked he was once again forced to rely on his anger and the Dark Side to destroy them, and the Dark Lords approved. Freedon Nadd then told Kun of Naga Sadow, a Sith Lord from the Golden Age who was an expert alchemist, and that Sadow had fled with his followers to the fourth moon of Yavin. His followers had degenerated into a people called the Massassi, but they were of Sith blood, and many artifacts and teachings remained there. Nadd instructed Kun to go there.
The Krath had not been idle. They had sent several assassin droids to a large meeting of the Jedi on Deneba. The Jedi Masters and Knights easily destroyed the droids, but not before at least one Jedi Master was slain. This event caused the Jedi to realize that there were darker things than they had ever known going on in the galaxy. With Ulic Qel-Droma's master slain, he vowed to infiltrate the Krath and destroy it from the inside.
Kun arrived on the forth moon of Yavin, only to be captured by the Massassi. He saw that they were linked to the Dark Side, and the Massassi sensed that Kun was a chosen Dark Lord. The Massassi took him to the temple of fire, where Kun faced several alchemical monstrosities created by the long-dead Naga Sadow. He commandeerd a powerful Sith Amulet, and used it to enhance his powers and destroyed the creatures. The Massassi proclaimed Exar Kun their ruler and bowed down to him. The spirit of Nadd urged Kun into the laboratory of Naga Sadow, but Kun realized that Nadd had been using him in hopes that Sadow had perfected the art of giving flesh back to the dead, and Nadd very much wanted to live again, to conquer, again. Kun then turned on the spirit, and using the Amulet, destroyed him utterly. But Nadd had just enough time to get a message to the Krath, telling them to fear Exar kun, and that he was a pretender to the Sith legacy, that they were the true heirs.
Setting his plan in motion Ulic Qel-Droma gained the trust of the Krath by saving them during a citizen revolt that took place at a public execution. While Aleema was more than willing to have Ulic join them, Satal Keto still did not trust him. When Nomi Sunrider arrived in Cinnagar looking for Ulic she was taken prisoner and brought before them. Testing Ulic's commitment, Satal commanded him to execute Nomi, who Ulic was in love with. Not wanting to blow his cover, Ulic postponed the execution to the following morning and tried to get a message to Nomi telling her his real situation. Satal intercepted this message and sent an assassin to kill Ulic. The assassin failed, Nomi escaped, and Ulic killed Satal in a moment of rage in revenge for his master. This act started Ulic Qel-Droma down the path of the Dark Side.
Out to destroy his competition, Exar Kun traveled to Cinnagar to find the Krath. Aleema's lust for Ulic blinded her to his treachery and she still chose to give him a Sith amulet, which would unwittingly allowed Exar Kun to find him. Drawn together by powerful magic, the Sith amulets when brought together released a message from the long dead Sith Lords. The Sith Lord commanded them not to fight each other and proclaimed that Kun would lead the Sith to glory as the new Dark Lord with Ulic as his apprentice. This partnership would lead to one of the bloodiest conflicts in galactic history, the Sith War.
The Great Sith War
The former enemies now joined forces in a common goal of recreating the Golden Age of the Sith. Through his dabbling in forbidden teachings, Exar Kun had fallen completely under the spell of the ancient Sith ways, and he knew he needed to gain additional disciples to fan the flames of his planned victory. His search led him to Ossus, site of the great Jedi Library and a ripe training ground for Jedi apprentices. There Kun deceived several Jedi into following his cause, to gain great power through Sith teachings forbidden by the weak Jedi Masters. Meanwhile Ulic was busy commanding the Sith fleet, assaulting planets and shipyards to increase their own fleet size. Aleema assisted with powerful Sith illusions of an attacking fleet much greater than it actually was; This shadow-play panicked the defenders and gave the Sith the advantage. In the Empress Teta system the Sith fleet was confronted by Mandalore the Indomitable and his warriors. Fought to a standstill, Ulic agreed to fight one-on-one with Mandalore, with the vanquished pledging his allegiance to the victor. On the open plains of Harkul, Ulic defeated Mandalore and added the great Mandalorian warriors to the already vast Sith military.
Following planted clues to the whereabouts of the Sith fleet, the Republic fleet headed out to intercept them, but instead only succeeded in leaving Coruscant open to an attack by the Sith. Ulic was taken prisoner by the Jedi when Aleema treacherously left him behind and withdrew the Sith forces. Ulic was to be tried for high treason against the Republic, but the proceedings were interrupted by Exar Kun. Mesmerized by powerful Sith magic, the entire assembly in the senate hall could do nothing but watch as Kun proclaimed the coming Golden Age of the Sith. Confronting his fallen apprentice, Master Vodo challenged Exar Kun, but was killed, proving that Kun had gained much power with the Dark Side. Kun had also instructed his other Jedi followers to strike down their own Jedi Masters, to make room for the new age. Many Jedi Masters fell at the hands of their former apprentices.
To secretly punish her treachery, Exar Kun sent Aleema to the Cron System with a powerful Sith weapon to assault the Republic fleet. The weapon ripped the core from one of the ten stars in the Cron Cluster and hurled it at the Republic ships, incinerating all life aboard them with intense radiation. Aleema failed to realize that the star was now unstable, collapsing in upon itself and going supernova. The explosion triggered the other stars in the Cron Cluster to go as well, vaporizing Aleema and her ship.
The shockwave from the multiple supernovas churned across space like a tidal wave of doom at the speed of light, heading directly for the nearby Jedi archive world of Ossus. As the evacuation bagan, Ulic and Exar Kun rushed to claim the precious artifacts before the firestorm arrived. While there, Ulic ran into his brother, Cay, who confronted him and tried to bring him back to the Light Side. In a fit of Dark Side anger Ulic killed his own brother, but was then horror stricken when he realized what he had done. Nomi Sunrider, seeing her friend killed by the man she once loved, was devastated by the twisted workings of the Dark Side. In desperation, she used a Force-blocking technique on Ulic that would blind him to the Force . . . forever. With the Sith fleet getting pounded, Exar Kun retreated to Yavin 4 where he gathered all the Massassi to the main temple. Using ancient Sith alchemy, Kun drained the life-force from thousands of Massassi sacrifices and used it to entomb his spirit in the temple so that he could survive . . . even as his mortal body was destroyed in the firestorm rained down by the orbiting Republic/Jedi fleet, defeating the Sith once again.
The Mandalorian Wars
"Four thousand years before the rise of the Galactic Empire, the Republic was at its most vulnerable state. A devastating war against the fallen Jedi Exar Kun had shaken the galaxy to its very core, and left the Republic's defenses crippled. 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.
During the Mandalorian War, the secret Jedi Covenant assassinated a class of Jedi Padawans who they, according to Force visions, believed would bring about the resurgence of the Sith. The one surviving Padawan, Zayne Carrick, had many adventures while on the run from the Jedi Masters chasing him.
Jedi Civil War / War of the Star Forge
But the heroes of the Mandalorian Wars 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, but Malak escaped and proclaimed himself the new Dark Lord, swearing revenge on the Jedi and Revan. Revan, stripped of his memory and former identity, became a pawn of the Jedi in an attempt to track down Malak. With the aid of the Jedi Bastilla, the brainwashed Revan relearned the ways of the Jedi while on a mission from the Jedi Council to find Malak, completely unaware of having a previous identity. Revan finally caught up with his former apprentice on the ancient Star Forge station. In that final confrontation, the traitorous Malak was defeated. Contradictory records have been uncovered on what happened to Revan after that, so his true fate is unknown.
The Great War
Following the defeat during the Great Hyperspace War, the remnants of the original Sith Empire had fled to the Unknown Regions and was slowly rebuilding itself. About 200 years after the defeat of Darth Revan, the old Sith Empire returned to challenge the Republic. This hundred year war resulted in thousands of Jedi and Sith dead. With neither side clearly winning, a treaty was signed that gave the Sith Empire a firm foothold in the galaxy. A Cold War between the Old Republic and the Sith Empire began.
New Sith War / Second Sith Civil War, The Story of Darth Bane
It would not be for another two centuries before the Sith would rise again. Jedi Master Phanius (later taking the name Darth Ruin) became interested in the Dark Side of the Force and the Sith. Failing to gain approval for his beliefs from the Council, he had broken with the order, departing with his knowledge and his skills, swearing in secret that he could bring down those who had dismissed him. He was alone at first, but others from the Jedi order who believed as he did and who had followed him in his study of the dark side soon came over. Others were recruited, and soon the ranks of the Sith swelled to more than fifty in number. Disdaining the concepts of cooperation and consensus, relying on the belief that acquisition of power in any form lends strength and yields control, the Sith began to build their cult in opposition of the Jedi. Theirs was not an order created to serve; theirs was an order created to dominate. This event became known as the Fourth Great Schism, which began the New Sith War.
Their war with the Jedi was vengeful and furious and ultimately doomed. With power as the ultimate goal of the Sith, loyalty and honor existed only when convenient. In the end, the internal strife between the Sith Lords would be their undoing. A thousand years after the reestablishment of the Sith order, the war between Jedi and Sith came to a climactic end. On the planet Ruusan the Jedi and Sith armies clashed, with heavy losses on both sides. When outright battle would not win the war, Darth Bane brought the Sith Lords together for a Dark Side meld. While lowly Sith minions engaged the Jedi in battle, the Sith Lords combined their Dark Side powers and began to annihilate the battlefield with Dark Side energy. However, Kaan had other ideas. Breaking the meld and insulting Bane, Kaan took the other Sith Lords to ambush the Jedi while they were recovering from the Dark Side energy assault, wanting to kill the Jedi with their own hands. Jedi reinforcements arrived just as the Sith Lords attacked and drove off the Sith. Beaten yet again, Kaan desperately decided to work together with the other Sith Lords (as long as HE was leading them) and planed to detonate a thought bomb. Delusional of their own power, Kaan thought that the Sith were strong enough to withstand the detonation of the bomb. As the Jedi army cornered the Sith Lords in a cavern, Kaan detonated the thought bomb, killing all the Jedi and Sith... save one, Darth Bane. The thought bomb's explosion pulled in the spirits of killed Jedi and Sith and trapped them inside a powerful crystal. The site of this final battle of the New Sith War became known as the Valley of the Jedi.
After Ruusan, Bane went to Dxun, a moon of Onderon... site of a strong concentration of Dark Side energy. There he stayed several years using the Dark Side energy to strengthen himself. When the Jedi believed all of the Sith destroyed, Darth Bane emerged form his concealment. Bane began training his apprentice, but there would only be two Sith at any one time. There would be no repetition of the mistakes of the old cult. Their common enemy was the Jedi, not each other. It was for their war with the Jedi they must save themselves.
Darth Sidious and Darth Maul
The Sith remained in hiding for a long time, continuing their traditions, biding their time for revenge. 32 years before the destruction of Alderaan that time came. Since the time of Darth Bane the position of Sith master and apprentice had been passed from one generation to the next. The passing of the title was not always amiable, but was often violent as the apprentice could not wait for his own turn to be master. Eventually the title of Sith Master passed to Palpatine. The circumstances of Palpatine's becoming a Sith Lord are still unknown, but he later took on Darth Maul as his apprentice. A native of the planet Naboo, Palpatine was already a prominent senator with significant influence in the government. As Sith Lord he took the alias Darth Sidious and began amassing power on the other side of the law. Secretly building his own personal empire. Darth Maul was young when Darth Sidious took him on as his apprentice and spent the rest of his life dedicated to the Sith; mastering the Force, utilizing the Dark Side, and training to be one of the most fearsome fighters with a lightsaber.
Like all Sith, Darth Sidious thirsted for galactic domination. His goal came one giant step closer with the invasion of Naboo. Disgruntled with the Republic's taxation of trade routes, the Trade Federation was easily persuaded by Darth Sidious to blockade the planet of Naboo. Outraged, the Galactic Senate sent two Jedi ambassadors, Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi, to negotiate with the Trade Federation. Fearing the Jedi would interfere with his plans, Sidious ordered the Jedi killed and instructed the Trade Federation to begin invading Naboo. The Jedi, however, easily outwitted the battle droids sent to kill them and escaped in a troop transport down to the planet's surface. The Trade Federation droid army quickly subdued the Naboo people and captured Queen Amidala. But before they could incarcerate her, the Jedi rescued her and escaped in the queen's personal ship. In their flight from Naboo their hyperdrive was damaged and they were forced to land on the nearby planet of Tatooine for repairs. The Trade Federation needed the queen to sign a treaty to make their invasion legal. Annoyed at the Trade Federation's ineptitude, Darth Sidious sent his apprentice Darth Maul to track down the Queen. He found her on Tatooine, but was forced to fight Qui-Gon as the queen escaped in her ship. Fearing for her planet's safety, Queen Amidala went to Coruscant to plead her case before the Galactic Senate. Palpatine represented Naboo in the Senate and assisted Amidala in the Senate Proceedings. What no one knew was that Palpatine, in the guise of Darth Sidious, was himself responsible for the invasion. Disappointed in the Senates lack of action, Queen Amidala called for a no-confidance vote in Supreme Chancellor Valorum. Not waiting for the Senate to do anything, Amidala returned to Naboo to free her people herself. With the aid of the Gungans, Amidala organized an attack that resulted in the Trade Federation Viceroy's capture and the destruction of the droid control ship. The battle was won with the help of a young boy from Tatooine, Anakin Skywalker. He was the one who flew into the droid control ship and destroyed the main generator. However, during the battle on the planet Darth Maul, Qui-Gon Jinn, and Obi-Wan Kenobi engaged in a monumental duel the ended in both Qui-Gon and Maul's deaths.
Naboo was once again free, the Trade Federation was defeated, and Senator Palpatine was elected to be the new Supreme Chancellor. In the tradition of the Sith, Palpatine's devious plans actually worked. The invasion of Naboo that he instigated was of no concern to him whether it succeeded or failed. It was merely a ploy to get himself elected to Supreme Chancellor of the Galactic Republic, the highest position in the government. Now he was poised to make great changes in the Republic. Changes to his benefit of course.
The Clone Wars Begin
10 years have passed since the Trade Federation's attack on Naboo. Training under his master, Obi-wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker has quickly become one of the most promising, and powerful Jedi padawans in all the Jedi Order. Sharing many adventures in their service to the Jedi, Anakin and Obi-wan have become close friends... but Anakin's strong will concerns Obi-wan, and other Jedi masters, since all know how dangerous a powerful Jedi can be when turned to the Dark Side.
Unsatisfied with how ponderous and bureaucratic the Republic has become, many star systems have broken off and formed the Separatist Movement. Led by a fallen Jedi, Count Dooku, the Separatists pull star systems from the Republic by promising unilateral free trade and local, independent governing systems. As the number of systems seceding rises, concern grows in the Republic of a possible civil war between the Separatists and the Republic. Strongly debated on both sides, the Military Creation Act would establish a standing army for the Republic. Proponents of peace strongly oppose the Act, most vocal of which is Senator Amidala, recently retired from ruling Naboo as its queen. Others support the Act so strongly that they have put out a contract on Amidala.
After a failed assassination attempt on Senator Amidala at a Coruscant landing pad, the Jedi Order assigns Obi-wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker to protect her. Even after 10 years, Anakin's affection for Padme has only grown. Padme at first hides any such feelings, knowing the consequences of such a relationship between two people of their positions. Following a second foiled assassination attempt, Kenobi and Skywalker chase the assassin, Zam Wessel, through the underworld of Coruscant, nabbing her only moments before Jango Fett kills her with a toxic saberdart. Before they could give chase, Jango rockets off and disappears. The increasing danger to Senator Amidala prompts the Jedi Council to order Amidala to go into hiding. Accompanied by Anakin, Padme returns to Naboo. Among the beautiful landscapes of Naboo, Anakin and Padme's love grows. Anakin's inhibitions already fallen... and Padme's slowly crumbling.
Meanwhile, Obi-wan tracked Jango Fett to an unmarked planet, Kamino. There, he finds out that the Kaminos have been hard at work for the last 10 years building a clone army for the Republic. Acting without the Jedi Council's knowledge, a man claiming to be Jedi Master Sifo Dyas ordered a clone army made. However, Sifo Dyas died around that time, so the Republic never found out about its clone army. While on Kamino, Kenobi also met Jango Fett. Spooked by the presence of a Jedi, Jango fled the planet, but not before a fight with Kenobi. The fight ended in a draw... after which Kenobi placed a homing beacon on Fett's ship, Slave 1. Obi-wan's continued pursuit of Jango Fett led to the planet Geonosis. There Obi-wan learned of the Separatist's plan to attack the Republic. The Geonisians themselves had been producing thousands upon thousands of battle droids. Soon the Separatists would have an army strong enough to overthrow the Republic. Just after sending word to the Jedi Council of the clone army and the Separatist's plans, Kenobi was captured by the Geonosians, ending his holo-transmission. While a prisoner of the Geonosians, Kenobi is confronted by Count Dooku, who reveals to him that Chancellor Palpatine is a Dark Lord of the Sith. Not believing him, Kenobi refuses to join Dooku, and resigns himself to his death sentence.
Haunted by dreams of his mother, Anakin disobeyed orders and went to Tatooine to help her. Accompanied by Padme, Anakin found out that Watto had sold his mother to a moisture farmer by the name of Cliegg Lars. Upon reaching the Lars homestead, they learned that Shmi hand been captured by Tusken Raiders just a week before. Full of anger, Anakin raced off into the desert to find her. Following the Force, Anakin finds his mother in a Tusken camp. Sneaking into the camp, Anakin finds her... only moments before her life slips away. Beset with rage, Skywalker bursts our of the tent and kills the entire Tusken camp... men, women, and children alike.
Alarmed by the news, the Jedi Council immediately sent a small Jedi force to Geonosis to rescue Kenobi and do what they could to disrupt the Separatists. Concurrently, the Galactic Senate voted emergency powers to Supreme Chancellor Palpatine to deal with the Separatist threat. Palpatines first act was to activate the clone army and crush the rebellion.
Also concerned with Kenobi's capture, Anakin and Padme race to his aide and reach Geonosis before the Jedi strike force. Not long after their arrival, they too are captured. Just before being brought out into the execution arena, Padme admits her love for Anakin. Their life together seeming to to short lived, Anakin and Padme fight for their lives along with Obi-wan in the arena against monstrous beasts. Moments before all seems hopeless, the Jedi strike force attacks to rescue the three captives. Anticipating the rescue attempt, battle droids are unleashed against the Jedi. Destroying droid after droid, the Jedi are slowly defeated by sheer numbers. When all seems hopeless, Count Dooku halts the battle and offers the Jedi a choice: join them or die. The Jedi refuse to join, but moments before the battle droids open fire for the last time, Master Yoda arrives with the Republic's new clone army. Massive battle ensues, spreading from the arena out to the surface of Geonosis. The Republic and Separatist armies clash, in what will become the first battle of the Clone Wars.
As the tide turns in the Republic's favor, Count Dooku flees to the docking bay to escape. Before he can board his spacecraft, Anakin and Kenobi confront Dooku with lightsabers blazing. One of the best swordfighters ever to come out of the Jedi Order, Dooku easily disables both attackers. Anakin not only looses his pride, but his hind. This time, Count Dooku's escape is interrupted by Master Yoda. After a brief battle of Force powers, the two duel with lightsabers. Tirelessly, they both attack and defend, equally matched sword masters. Dooku's only chance for escape comes when he distracts Yoda with a falling pillar... aimed right for the unconscious Kenobi and Skywalker.
Count Dooku escaped, and returned to his master, Darth Sidious. Unbeknownst to all but master and apprentice, the civil war just begun was masterminded by the Sith, and put them one step further in their plans for Galactic domination. The Clone War would rage for months, with both sides winning small battles, but the outcome of the war was ever in doubt. Count Dooku enlisted the aid of the Dark Side warrior Asajj Ventress and the bounty hunter Durge, who's presence would ultimately turn the tide in many battles. Both Asajj and Durge would prove to be very large thorns in the side of the Jedi and the Republic.
Birth of an Empire
Towards the end of the War, the Separatist army, now lead by the cyborg General Grievous, attacked the capital of the Republic, Coruscant. Confused with the Separatist's brashness at attacking the heavily defended Coruscant, it was later discovered that the attack was merely a cover to kidnap Chancellor Palpatine. The kidnapping was carried out by Grievous himself, unawares that Palpatine was in fact his own master, Darth Sidious. Palpatine staged his own kidnapping to draw out Anakin Skywalker, and with him, Obi-Wan Kenobi. It was on Grievous' flagship that Anakin and Obi-Wan fought Grievous to a stalemate, then later while rescuing the Chancellor, faced Count Dooku again. Torn between the Jedi value on life and eliminating a very dangerous foe, Anakin killed the "disarmed" Dooku. Anakin and Obi-Wan safely returned Palpatine to Coruscant's surface and the Separatist forces retreated.
On his return to Coruscant, Anakin met with his secret wife, Padme, and discovered that she was pregnant. But Anakin's joy was mixed with apprehension since he had been having nightmares about Padme dying in childbirth.
Knowing that the Jedi Council distrusted him, Palpatine requested that Anakin Skywalker be put on the Jedi Council as his official spokesperson, and told Anakin of the Council's distrust and to be his spy. The council accepted this, but refused to make Anakin a Jedi Master, despite his seat on the Council. Unofficially, Obi-Wan also requested Anakin to spy on Palpatine for the Council. Being played by both sides, Anakin began questioning his own faith in the Jedi by his being requested to act as a spy, in his mind a very un-Jedi like thing. Anakin would later bring up his doubts about the Jedi with Palpatine and his feelings that he is being held back by not only Obi-Wan, but by the entire Jedi establishment. Palpatine reaffirmed his doubts and revealed the Jedi's shortsightedness in the Force, that one can only truly master the Force by learning about all sides... Light AND Dark. Palpatine also related a tale about Darth Plagueis, a Lord of the Sith, that through the Force could control the midi-chlorians themselves, and through that, create and preserve life itself. Plagueis, unfortunately, could not save his own life as he was killed by his own Sith apprentice.
Learning of a secret Separatist base on Utapau, and that Grievous himself was there, Kenobi led a strike force to flush them out. Kenobi located the separatist base and confronted Grievous, which lead to a long and furious duel that ended in Grievous' death. During the duel, the Clone strike force arrived and engaged the Separatists, who were defeated.
While discussing the failings of the Jedi with Palpatine, Anakin surmised that Palpatine was Darth Sidious, for he had more knowledge of the Dark Side than anyone but a Sith should know. Anakin's friendship with the Chancellor, his curiosity about the immense power of the Dark Side, and his own doubts about the Jedi kept him from striking down Palpatine/Sidious right there. Palpatine also suggested that the Jedi were plotting to overthrow him and take control of the Republic themselves. Still true to the Jedi, Anakin revealed Palpatine's true identity to the Jedi Council, who went to arrest Palpatine. Being more powerful than a frail chancellor, Palpatine's mastery of the Dark Side and the lightsaber quickly dispatched three of the four Jedi that confronted him. Mace Windu finally defeated Palpatine, and was ready to rid the galaxy of the Sith when Anakin Skywalker arrived. Not having seen the furious lightsaber battle that preceded that moment, Anakin insisted that the lowly Chancellor should not be killed and that he will stand trial for his crimes. Mace, knowing that Sidious controlled the Senate and would not convict him, was about to kill Sidious when Anakin cut off Mace's saber hand, thinking that Mace's aggression stemmed from the Jedi plot. Stunned at Anakin's actions, Mace was caught off guard for Sidious' Force lighting attack that threw Mace out the window, to his death. Mace's attempt to kill Palpatine was the last straw that convinced Anakin that the Jedi were power-hungry and rebellious, and that the only way he could save Padme was through the great powers of the Dark Side. Anakin became Sidous' apprentice, and took the name Darth Vader.
With the Jedi attempt on his life, Palpatine transmitted a secret command to the Clone Army... to kill the rebellious Jedi. Anakin led a death squad into the Jedi Temple and killed all that were there. Across the galaxy, Jedi were slaughtered by Clone troopers that turned on them. Very few Jedi survived, but Obi-Wan and Yoda escaped and went into hiding. In a final stroke to defeat the Separatists, Palpatine, who was also Darth Sidious and knew the hiding place of the Separatist ruling council, sent Anakin to Mustafar to dispatch them. With the deaths of the remaining Separatist leaders, the Clone War was finally at an end.
Concerned with Anakin's fall to the Dark Side, Obi-Wan went to Padme to discover his whereabouts. Despite Kenobi knowing Anakin and Padme's secret marriage and that she was pregnant, Padme would not accept Kenobi's insistence that Anakin needed help and would not reveal his location. Nonetheless, Kenobi stowed away on Padme's ship as she went in search of Anakin on Mustafar. Padme confronted Anakin and finally saw the Darkness in him. To further drive her away from him, Anakin concluded that Kenobi's presence meant that she was on Kenobi's side against him. Anakin and Kenobi's differing views of the Force and how the galaxy should be run came to a head as their argument inevitably led to lightsabers. The duel would end in Anakin badly wounded and burned, and Obi-Wan leaving him for dead, not wanting to deliver the killing blow. Not long after Kenobi's departure, Anakin was found by Darth Sidious and "repaired" with numerous mechanical replacement parts and Darth Vader's infamous black suit.
Padme gave birth to the twins Luke and Leia, but died in childbirth. Leia was adopted by Bail Organa to be raised on Alderaan, and Kenobi delivered Luke to his step-uncle, Owen Lars, on Tatooine.
With the defeat of the Separatists and the Jedi now labeled as enemies, Palpatine rallied the war-torn Republic and formed a new and glorious Empire, with himself as Emperor. Tired of the antiquated and bureaucratic Republic that led to the Clone Wars, the Senate blindly accepted this new Empire.
Galactic Civil War
Abhorrence of Palpatine's Empire would spawn rebellion amongst the general populace. At first it was just an annoyance, but the rebels would eventually get organized. Vader trained a secret apprentice, Starkiller (Galen Marek), to hunt down Jedi that had survived Order 66. After his first betrayal at the hands of Vader, Starkiller was sent on a mission to distract Vader's enemies by starting a rebellion. But this "rebellion" was a way for Vader to capture all the opposition leaders at once. After this second betrayal by Vader, Galen Marek finally joined the newly formed rebellion and confronted Vader and the Emperor. Galen defeated Vader and nearly defeated the Emperor, but had to give his life to give the Rebel leaders a chance to escape.
The Rebel Alliance grew and became a formidable opponent, carrying on guerilla attacks and fomenting rebellion on Imperial held planets. Palpatine put Vader in charge of eliminating this Rebellion that they had created. Alderaan, a planet that preached peace, was secretly a large supporter of the Alliance with Bail Organa as one of its leaders. In an effort to preempt any official political actions against his rule, Palpatine disbanded the Imperial Senate and gave local rule to the regional governors, all loyal officers in the Imperial military. The Empire became ruled with the "Tarkin doctrine." It said that fear of military reprisal would keep the local governments in order. This was taken to the extreme when Grand Moff Tarkin himself had the Deathstar constructed, a space station the size of a small moon built around a super-laser that could destroy an entire planet. During its construction the plans were stolen by Kyle Katarn, a mercenary hired by the Rebellion. The plans eventually came into the hands of Leia Organa, youngest member on the Senate before it was disbanded. Like her foster father, Leia was also a member of the Rebel Alliance. Darth Vader tracked Leia and the Deathstar plans to Tatooine, capturing her ship the Tantive IV. Leia was taken prisoner, but not before she hid the plans in R2D2 who fled in an escape pod with C-3P0 to the planet's surface. The droids came into the hands of Luke Skywalker who later joined up with Obi-Wan Kenobi. They evaded Imperial search parties in the Millennium Falcon with Han Solo and Chewbacca. Meanwhile, Leia resisted all interrogation methods and protected the location of the stolen plans and any knowledge of the Rebellion. Loosing patience, Tarkin ordered Leia to give up the location of the secret Rebel base or he would destroy her home planet of Alderaan. She said the base was on Dantooine which was not entirely false since it recently was there but was now deserted. Deciding that Dantooine was too out of the way for a proper demonstration of the Deathstar's power, Tarkin had Alderaan blown up anyway. While trying to get the Deathstar plans to Rebel leaders on Alderaan, the Falcon ran into the debris field that was Alderaan and were pulled into the Deathstar by a tractor beam. The gang managed to rescue Princess Leia and escape the Deathstar. As they were about to leave, Obi-Wan Kenobi confronted his fallen apprentice, Darth Vader. A lightsaber duel ensued and Kenobi was slain, vowing that "if you strike me down I will become more powerful than you can possibly imagine." Unbeknownst to them, a tracking device had been placed on the Falcon that led the Imperials right to the hidden Rebel base on Yavin 4. At the battle of Yavin the Deathstar was destroyed and Tarkin along with it. Darth Vader survived because he was in a fighter that went out of control and flew clear of the explosion. The Rebel Alliance had won a great victory against the Empire but still had a long way to go.
In the following months the Imperial Navy swooped down on the Alliance with everything they could muster. The Rebels were forced to flee Yavin 4 and eventually established another base on Hoth. Luke, Leia, and Han were becoming legends in the Rebel Alliance while Darth Vader tried relentlessly to destroy the Rebellion. Hundreds of probe droids were sent out to the farthest reaches of the galaxy to find the Rebel base. One short-lived probe droid revealed their base on Hoth and allowed the Imperial Navy to assault the base. Most of the Rebels escaped under the covering fire of a huge ion-cannon, but many were captured trying to get through the screen of Imperial ships. Sensing Luke's strong Force abilities, the Emperor instructed Vader to find Luke and either turn him to the Dark Side . . . or kill him. Using Leia, Han, and Chewie as bait, Vader lured Luke to Cloud City. In their confrontation, Vader gave Luke the ultimatum and revealed that he was his father. The duel ended when Vader chopped off Luke's hand. Vader's Sith heritage showed through when he told Luke that the two of them could join forces and overthrow the Emperor. Luke refused to believe that Vader was his father and fell down the central shaft of Cloud City. He was then rescued by Leia, Chewie, and Lando in the Falcon. Vader would not rest in his quest to turn Luke to the Dark Side.
The following year, Emperor Palpatine ordered the construction of a second Deathstar. It was nearly completed when the Rebels learned of its secret location orbiting the forest moon of Endor. What the Rebels did not know was that Palpatine had allowed the Deathstar plans to be stolen and set a trap for when the Rebel fleet arrived. During a commando operation to Endor to disable the shield generator, Luke gave himself up to the Imperials, accepting the inevitable confrontation between him, Vader, and the Emperor. Luke, now a Jedi Knight, implored his father to return to the Light Side claiming that the Dark Side had not driven fully from him what he once was. Vader denied it and brought Luke before the Emperor. In an attempt to end the Emperor's tyranny, Luke struck at the Emperor with his lightsaber but was intercepted by Vader's own saber. In their duel, Luke tried not to fight back, not wanting to kill his father. But Vader riled up Luke by saying that he would instead bring his sister, Leia, to the Dark Side. Luke snapped and attacked Vader in anger, beating him back until he lopped off Vader's hand. Stopping to consider the irony of both father and son losing their hand, Luke made a final defiant stand against the Emperor by throwing away his lightsaber and declaring he would never turn to the Dark Side. Dismayed at the news, Palpatine attacked Luke with Force lightning. Writhing in agony, Luke called to his father for help. persuaded by fatherly instinct and the Light Side, Vader came to his son's aid and threw Palpatine into the reactor core shaft. In the action, Vader was himself struck by the Force lightning, frying the life-support system in his suit and causing irreparable damage to his body. Meanwhile the Rebels had destroyed the shield generator, attacked the Deathstar, and set off a chain reaction that caused it to explode. Luke escaped with his dying father in a shuttle right before the Deathstar blew up. Luke had succeeded in bringing Anakin Skywalker back to the Light Side, but his wounds were too severe and Anakin passed away.
Emperor Palpatine's Clones
Six years after he was thought to be destroyed, Emperor Palpatine reemerged in a clone body. Once again he made his bid for galactic domination. Palpatine had had the foresight to secretly clone himself for just such an eventuality. As his mortal body was hurled into the reactor core of the second Death Star by Darth Vader, the Emperor transferred his spirit into one of the clones, a very painful and traumatic Dark Side process. Thought to be dead, Palpatine spent the next six years secretly rebuilding his Empire. More superweapons, like the World Devastators, were constructed. Drawn through the Force, Luke Skywalker, now a powerful Jedi, confronted the Emperor on Byss. Torn between the Light Side and the desire to strike down the Emperor, Luke was left with only one solution: join the Emperor. He would challenge the Dark Side from within, penetrate the power of the Dark Side and learn its secrets. Luke took command of the Imperial fleet, controlling and coordinating them through Dark Side Force meditation as Darth Vader had done.
With the New Republic forces fighting a losing battle against the World Devastators on Mon Calamari, Han Solo and Leia tracked down Luke hoping to bring him back to the Light Side . . . or kill him. They found him on Byss but were promptly taken prisoner. Knowing that Leia was pregnant, the Emperor hoped to bring her to the Dark Side as well as enter her child in his next incarnation. Headstrong and defiant, Leia escaped from the Emperor and encountered Luke; He convinced Leia that he was no longer under the control of the Dark Side, that it was her presence that helped him break it's influence. With the master control codes to the World Devastators in R2D2's memory they all escaped . . . all but Luke. He had stayed behind to kill the Emperor and all of his clones, but was bested by the last remaining clone. With Luke once again at his side, the Emperor sought out Leia and her unborn child. While trying to control a huge Force storm to destroy the Republic fleet, Palpatine was caught off guard by Luke and Leia's combined Light Side Force attack. Palpatine lost control of the Force storm and was consumed by it, ending the Emperor's reign of terror once again.
Long before the cloned Emperor's demise, the evil ruler initiated an elite corps of seven warriors whom he empowered with the Dark Side of the Force. These "dark jedi," as he called them, were authorized to put into action his master plan to retake the Galaxy: Operation Shadow Hand. In the Emperor's brief absence before returning in another clone body, his most promising Darkside Warrior, Executor Sedriss, ruthlessly continued Palpatine's plans.
Unaware of the Emperor's return, the leaders of the New Republic planned to intercept a cargo of advanced Imperial war droids and use them to attack the Emperor's citadel on Byss. Meanwhile, Luke Skywalker and Kam Solusar, a Jedi Knight Luke helped bring back to the Light Side, had gone in search of more Jedi. Their search led them to Ossus: site of the Great Jedi Library. Still obsessed with turning Luke back to the Dark Side, Palpatine sent Darkside Warriors Sedriss and Goir to Ossus to capture Luke and Kam. They failed.
The Republic assault on Byss using the war droids was thwarted by the Emperor's war beasts, genetically altered monsters bred for war. The Republic assault force was able to retreat with the aid of nearby smugglers that were sympathetic to the Republic's cause. Angered at the insolence of the Rebels, the Emperor fired his latest superweapon, the Galaxy Gun, at their hidden base on the Pinnacle Moon. The entire moon was destroyed, but the Rebels had relocated their base to Nespis VIII shortly before. Han and Leia's children, strong in the Force, had been raised on the secret planet of New Alderaan to protect them from the Dark Side. Unfortunately, Palpatine learned of the planet's location and sent yet more Darkside Warriors to capture the Solo children. Again they were defeated by Luke and the others.
Fear of the Emperor's new Galaxy Gun swiftly brought many star systems under his control. Upon learning of the new Rebel base the Emperor fired his Galaxy Gun at it, but the shot was a dud. In the short time that it took to launch another projectile the Rebels managed to evacuate Nespis VIII just before it was destroyed by the second shot. With his imperfect clone body rapidly decaying under the strain of the Dark Side, Palpatine went to Korriban to get help from the long dead Sith Lords. They would not help him, but told him where he could find Leia's youngest child, Palpatine's last hope for a new body. He found her on Onderon, secluded in the Kira Fortress, seemingly safe. Luke and the others arrived at the fortress just as Palpatine was reaching for the child. In this monumental confrontation between Light and Dark, the Emperor was mortally wounded. As his spirit tried to reach Leia's child it was intercepted by Empatojayos Brand, a Jedi Knight they had found amongst a civilization cut off from the rest of the galaxy in an interstellar gas cloud. As Brand died from his own wounds he took the Emperor's spirit with him to the nothingness that is beyond. Palpatine would no longer return in another clone body, his spirit was gone forever. Besieged by Rebel ships, the Emperor's flagship fled from Onderon into hyperspace. It exited hyperspace exactly where R2D2 had instructed it to, on a collision course with the Galaxy Gun orbiting Byss. As the ship collided, the Gun fired off and caused Byss itself to be destroyed.
The Ghost Of Exar Kun
Eleven years after the battle of Yavin, the spirit of Exar Kun, still trapped within the Sith temples on Yavin 4, made another attempt at galactic domination. Recognizing the need for a new group of Jedi to act as peacekeepers in the New Republic, Luke Skywalker established his Jedi Academy on Yavin 4. A remote, primitive, back-water planet, Yavin 4 seemed like a good place for the academy. But the seemingly abandoned Sith temples were not entirely empty. Awakened from four centuries of solitude, Exar Kun's spirit promptly proceeded to sway one of Luke's apprentices to the Dark Side. Gantoris, a headstrong and impatient apprentice, was an easy target. Of the opinion that Luke wasn't teaching him fast enough, Gantoris gladly accepted instruction from Exar Kun, not knowing it was the Dark Side that he was learning. Luke felt that building a lightsaber was too advanced for any of his students at the time, but with Kun's instruction Gantoris built his own lightsaber. Then he challenged Luke to a "friendly" duel. Unskilled at using a lightsaber, Gantoris was easily disarmed, but during the fight Luke sensed moments of anger in him. A sign of Dark intentions. Luke warned him about the Dark Side but Gantoris just blew him off. Feeling superior to Exar Kun because he was mortal and Kun was just a ghost, Gantoris confronted Exar Kun. Even in death, the Sith Lord was powerful and burned Gantoris to a crisp.
After losing one candidate, Kun moved on to another student to try and sway him to the Dark Side. But Gantoris' death alerted Luke that something was going on. With a lifetime of anger toward the Empire for what it did to his family, Kyp Durron was another easy target for Kun. Wanting the quickest path to becoming a powerful Jedi to exact revenge on the Empire, Kyp accepted Kun's teachings. Under the Dark Lord's influence, Kyp did indeed grow powerful. With their combined Force strength they ripped Luke's spirit from his body into the same realm that Kun inhabited. Kyp then stole the Suncrusher and fled Yavin 4 to get his revenge from the Empire. While Kyp was on his rampage against the Empire, Kun tried unsuccessfully to trick Luke's other students into destroying their master's body, so that he too would be stuck in that nether-world forever. In the end, all of Luke's students joined together and with the help of Luke himself engulfed Exar Kun with their combined Light Side power and destroyed him forever. Without Kun's interference, Luke managed to get back into his body. Also no longer under the Sith Lord's influence, Kyp came to his senses and stopped his rampage and turned himself in to the New Republic. Kyp continued his studies at Luke's Jedi Academy, but a bit more apprehensively since he knew first hand about the dangers of the Dark Side.
Legacy of the Force
During the Yuzahn Vong invasion the Republic crumbled, but from it's ashes formed the Galactic Alliance which joined with the Imperial Remnant to defeat the Vong. But peace would be short lived. The Dark Nest Crisis had the Killik race instigating war with the Chiss that threatened to spill over into galactic domination. The Killiks were ultimately defeated, but many Jedi that survived the war had changed, including Jacen Solo who began to see the inherent problems with how the galaxy functioned.
Not long after the defeat of the Killiks, the Correlians became unhappy with Galactic Alliance policies and seceded, starting another war. Jacen Solo was given the opportunity to lead the Galactic Alliance Guard, who's task was to safeguard the internal activities of the Galactic Alliance. Seeing it as an opportunity to make a difference in how the Alliance (and the galaxy) operated, Jacen wholeheartedly embraced his new position. But his rise to power in the Alliance was also paralleled by his path to becoming a Sith Lord. Jacen Solo became acquainted with the Dark Lady Lumiya who convinced him that the best way to reform the galaxy into a peaceful entity was by first becoming a Sith Lord and taking over the galaxy himself, from which point he could mold the galaxy from the top down. On his path to becoming a Sith Lord he would kill the Jedi Nelani and his own aunt, Mara Jade Skywalker, in order to keep his secret. Jacen's mentor, Lumiya, was killed by Luke Skywalker, but not before Jacen fully became a Sith Lord. Despite what he kept telling himself, Jacen Solo, now calling himself Darth Caedus, was becoming more and more like his violent grandfather, Darth Vader. Caudus' life would spiral out of control as he amassed more power as head of the GAG, tortured his own cousin Ben Skywalker, tirelessly waged a war against the secessionist systems, staged a coup, and estranged his own daughter. Recognizing that Jacen was becoming more of a problem for the galaxy than a help, the Jedi Council, now branded an enemy of the Galactic Alliance, concluded that Jacen must be forcibly removed from power. As the Sword of the Jedi, Jacen's sister, Jaina, trained obsessively with her fellow Jedi and even with Boba Fett. In her final confrontation with Darth Caedus she managed to kill him, but only a moment before the last lightsaber strike landed she realized that Jacen still had some good in him. With Jacen out of power the warring factions were able to agree to a truce and to work things out politically.
The Skywalker Legacy
Following the war, the Remnant once more proclaimed itself the Empire, but with more peaceful intentions. Meanwhile, a new Sith Order secretly formed on Korriban. Covertly building their power and biding their time.
Over a century later, the Sith legions emerged from hiding and allied themselves with the New Empire, with Moff Nyna Calixte and Grand Admiral Morlish Veed as their primary accomplices in the Empire. Together they manufactured an incident that tore the Galactic Alliance apart. In the ensuing war, the Empire once more became the dominant power in the galaxy. The Jedi Temple on Coruscant fell, followed by the Academy on Ossus. Cade Skywalker, descendant of the famed Luke Skywalker watched his father die in the defense of Ossus. Feeling he failed his father, Cade left the Jedi Order and began a life as a bounty hunter.
Once the Galactic Alliance had fallen and the Empire ruled the galaxy, Darth Krayt took the Imperial Throne by force and proclaimed himself Emperor. 125 years after the Battle of Yavin, once more the Sith ruled the galaxy. However, Emperor Roan Fel escaped and went into hiding, foreseeing Krayt's betrayal and arranging for a double to sit in his place when Krayt attacked. Knowing that some Imperials are still loyal to Roan Fel, Krayt ordered Darth Talon to track him down, by any means necessary. Seven years after Krayt become Emperor, Roan Fel returned to Bastion to take his resistance movement out of the shadows.
In an attempt to lure Roan Fel out of hiding, Krayt ordered Darth Talon to pursue Fel';s daughter, Marasiah Fel. In her flight, Marasiah and her protectors contracted Cade Skywalker and his pirate friends for transport. Unfortunately, the Sith caught up with them on Vendaxa and Cade was forced to reveal his Jedi powers. Outed as the last remaining Skywalker, both Darth Maladi and Nyna Calixte sent operatives to track down Cade. While in hiding on Ossus, Cade resumed his Jedi training with Jedi Master Sazen. But his training would be short, for he soon left to undo one of his past mistakes, turning in the Jedi Hosk Trey'lis to the Sith. Cade returned to the former Jedi temple on Corsucant, now the Sith temple, to rescue Hosk from his Sith captors who tortured him for information. Distracted by his roiling anger, Cade was defeated and captured by Darth Talon and Darth Nihl. Darth Krayt would try to turn Cade to the Dark Side in hopes that Cade would use his Force healing powers to finally defeat the Vong infection that was consuming Krayt's body. Despite the torture and torment, Cade still refused to become a Sith. This led to a heated lightsaber confrontation that resulted in Darth Talon's death, Darth Nihl losing a hand, and Darth Krayt becoming enraged. The fight was cut short as Morrigan Corde (an Imperial operative and Cade's mother) busted in and helped Cade escape.
Meanwhile, Darth Kruhl infiltrated Bastion in a failed attempt to assassinate the deposed Emperor Roan Fel. And Darth Azard led the Sith/Imperial fleet in an attempt to capture the rogue Republic Admiral Stazi and his fleet. But Stazi was expecting a trap and cunningly outwitted the Sith. As retribution for Stazi's victory Darth Krayt ordered mass executions of the Mon Calamari and imprisonment of all the rest.
Anxious for revenge, Cade convinces three Imperial Knights and a fellow Jedi to help him assassinate Emperor Darth Krayt. Their plan starts with infiltrating the Imperial Stronhold on Had Abbadon, but their plans are interrupted when they encounter an ancient Star Destroyer captained by Celeste Morne, holder of the dreaded Muur Talisman. She agrees to join them in their assassination attempt. However, the spirit of Karness Muur, encased within the Muur Talisman, overpowers Celeste's willpower and manipulates her into betraying Cade Skywalker to the Sith. When Darth Krayt arrives, a fierce three-way battle ensues. Celeste struggles against both Karness Muur and Darth Krayt, ultimately harnessing the Dark Side powers of the Muur Talisman to defeat Krayt and fling him over a cliff. Celeste's last act against the Sith is to let Cade take her life, releasing the Muur Talisman and allowing it to attach to Cade. But Karness Muur's successful merging with Cade is cut short as he uses the Force to destroy the talisman, and Karness Muur with it. Meanwhile, Darth Wyyrlok retrieves the shattered body of Darth Krayt, only to find he is still barely alive. But in true Sith fashion, Wyyrlok kills the near-dead Krayt and becomes the new leader of the Sith.
While Darth Wyyrlok took control of the Sith (and the Empire), Roan Fel's Imperial loyalists, the Republic, and the remaining Jedi form an uneasy alliance to oppose the Sith. Together the combined Republic and Imperial Loyalist fleets held off the Sith fleet at Dac while evacuating the population, but only saved 20% of the world's population from a Sith-created plague meant to exterminate all life on the planet. But the Loyalist and Republic fleets were nowhere to be found when the Sith ordered the extermination of the planet Da Soocha. Meanwhile, Darth Maladi attempted to sway Cade Skywalker to the Dark Side yet again by poisoning the love of his life, Deliah Blue. But Maladi's attempts backfired and made Cade's hate for the Sith even stronger.
Even death could not defeat Darth Krayt, for with the help of Darth Talon he was able to resurrect himself. He returned even more powerful and revealed his secret plans for the Sith's ultimate victory. As part of Cade's new vendetta against the Sith he tracked down Vul Isen, the Sith scientist responsible for the destruction of Dac and Da Soocha. He tracked him down on Utapau and killed him, saving that planet from certain destruction by Isen's plague. But in Cade's moment of victory he had a Force vision... that his destiny was to face Darth Krayt once again.
last updated: 11/14/10