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The History of the Sith is a long and complex story, spanning tens of thousands of years. The Sith were a dark side organization bent on galactic conquest. The Sith Order existed in many forms and structures throughout history.
The Ancient SithEdit
A warlord named Adas managed to briefly unite the inhabitants of Korriban, becoming King, or Sith'ari, in the language of his people. During Adas's centuries-long reign, an alien race, the Rakata, attempted to conquer Korriban and enslave its people, but Adas fought them off, emerging triumphant—but at the cost of his own life. The technology for Sith holocrons originated from this first contact between the Sith and the Rakata, and King Adas crafted his own holocron before his death.
Sometime during the later history of the Sith people, the story of Adas would merge with other traditions, creating the legend of the Sith'ari, the prophesied savior of the Sith Order. According to this prophecy, the Sith'ari was a perfect being who would rise to power and bring balance to the Force. Allegedly, the Sith'ari would rise up and destroy the Sith, but in the process would return to lead the Sith and make them stronger than ever before. Many have been called Sith'ari, from Darth Revan to Darth Sidious; but none of these truly fulfulled the prophecy, with the exception of Darth Bane who arguably restructured the Sith Order into an incarnation that would ultimately lead to the temporary destruction of the Jedi.
After Adas's death, the unity of the Sith splintered, and though many would later claim his title, none would truly rule over the entire world again. Eventually, civil war had so devastated Korriban, that the focus of Sith culture moved to Ziost.
It would be here that the next era of Sith history would begin.
The First Great SchismEdit
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Once we were mighty Jedi of the Republic, brothers in the Force…but the Great Schism between the dark side and the light turned Jedi against Jedi. Our ancestors were driven off…cast out! But we turned our exile into victory, here on the far side of the galaxy. In these unblemished worlds we found the Sith people treated us as gods!—Marka Ragnos,, Tales of the Jedi: The Golden Age of the Sith
The First Great Schism, which occurred around 24,500 BBY was the name given to the original break between dark side and light side Force traditions. Xendor, who some call the first Dark Jedi, began to argue that the Jedi's focus on unemotional meditation was concealing the "true power" of the Force from them. Xendor's students, known as the Legions of Lettow or the Minions of Xendor went to war with the Jedi, but were defeated.
The Hundred-Year DarknessEdit
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Many more schisms followed in the ensuing centuries, but none would have the consequences of the Hundred-Year Darkness in 7,000 BBY, in which a sect of Jedi discovered abilities to bend life itself. They promoted intergalactic bliss and the revival of dead worlds with their powers. The other Jedi were not swayed, and giving into the dark side that they dabbled in the rouges went to war with the Jedi putting their powers to use. They created monstrosities like the Leviathans. However they were defeated at the Battle of Corbos. The Jedi then sentenced them to exile, stripping them of their weapons and packing them all into a transport that would be sent beyond the republic.
The First Sith EmpireEdit
Over time, the Dark Jedi intermarried with the Sith, and the two identities merged. The term ‘Sith’ would later come to refer to the Dark Jedi who followed the codes of these ancient Jedi, although Dark Jedi individuals and organizations outside the Sith tradition continued to exist, such as that of the Nightsisters of Dathomir. This merging of Dark Jedi and Sith led to the first use of the title Dark Lord of the Sith, originally awarded by a council of Sith Lords to their leader.
The Fall of the Sith Empire and the Freedon Nadd UprisingEdit
5,000 BBY, the Republic rediscovered the Sith and the Great Hyperspace War began. Though it ended with Dark Lord of the Sith Naga Sadow in suspended animation on Yavin 4 and his great war fleets destroyed, the Sith Empire survived. It was believed to have collapsed shortly afterward due to internecine and attacks by the Republic, but it was later discovered that the Sith Empire had retreated into the Unknown Regions, where the Lords of the Sith, now known as the True Sith, waited patiently for over a millennium for the right moment to return.
Six centuries later, a Jedi Knight named Freedon Nadd felt the calling of the dark side and journeyed to Yavin 4, where he awakened Dark Lord Naga Sadow. Sadow trained the Knight in the ways of the Sith before being killed by him in classic Sith fashion. Freedon Nadd used his newfound powers to conquer the planet Onderon, establishing himself as monarch and spreading Sith darkness in the system. The royal family of Onderon was descended from him.
The Great Sith WarEdit
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Four hundred years after Nadd's death, the Jedi Exar Kun sought out his tomb, a place strong in the dark side. He found Nadd's spirit, who corrupted Kun, but was eventually destroyed by his student. Exar Kun was pronounced the new Dark Lord of the Sith by the ghost of the ancient Dark Lord Marka Ragnos. As his first apprentice he took another fallen Jedi, Ulic Qel-Droma, and the Great Sith War began. Although several more Jedi turned to the dark side and many more were killed, Exar Kun was finally defeated when Ulic realized the error of his ways and led Republic forces to Kun's base on Yavin 4. Using the drained life energies of his Massassi warriors, Kun shed his physical body and imprisoned his spirit within the walls of Yavin 4's Massassi temples. His ghost, driven half-mad by millennia of isolation, was eventually destroyed in 11 ABY by a group of Luke Skywalker's students. Most of what remained of Kun's Sith Brotherhood by the end of the Great Sith War was hunted down by the Republic in a purge known as "the Cleansing of the Nine Houses."
Jedi Civil WarEdit
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...Bad men. Bad women, too, to be fair...—Jolee Bindo, Knights of the Old Republic
Less than four decades after the death of Exar Kun, the Jedi Knight Revan, hero of the Mandalorian Wars, discovered a deserted academy belonging to the old Sith Empire. He used the teachings there to form a new sect of Sith, taking his friend Malak as his apprentice, and declaring himself Dark Lord of the Sith. Further, the academy supposedly revealed to Revan that the silent Sith Empire still lurked in the Unknown Regions, and was likely the instigator of the Mandalorian Wars.
According to Revan's former master Kreia, this led Revan to wage war on the Republic, with the aim of either replacing it with a stronger power, or strengthening it through war, securing the galaxy against the ancient Sith. For this purpose, Revan used the remains of his Republic warfleet, along with the ancient Rakatan Star Forge (itself an artifact of the dark side), to build an immense armada. Revan was subtle enough to inflict minimal damage to the Republic's infrastructure, allowing either victor to steel itself against the old Sith. The resulting war was known as the Second Sith War, later the Jedi Civil War (and, still later, the War of the Star Forge).
Revan's conflict proved even more devastating than Exar Kun's war, as more Jedi fell to the dark side, were killed in battle, or were murdered by Sith assassins than in the past two wars combined. Revan was the greatest military genius the Jedi had ever seen. It was through his cunning alone that the Mandalorian Wars were won, as the Republic soon discovered. In light of this new information, the Jedi Council ordered several Jedi Knights, including Bastila Shan, to board his flagship and capture the Dark Lord. Engaging several Jedi in a fierce lightsaber duel, Revan held the upper hand. However, a coup by Malak resulted in the Dark Lord's near-death—turning his cruiser's guns against Revan's flagship, Bastila's strike force was able to win, but at a heavy cost. Revan's mind was nearly destroyed by this encounter, but he was re-trained in the ways of the Jedi under a new identity implanted in his mind by the Jedi Council.
Taking up the mantle of Dark Lord, Malak redoubled his empire's offenses against the Republic, with none of the delicate subtlety of Revan's plans—caring nothing about preserving his enemy's resources or sparing civilian populations.
Following a long and arduous quest for the five Star Maps that would lead him to the Sith's stronghold, the newly-reprogrammed Revan led a frontal assault on the Star Forge. He battled his way through the Forge's droid army and legions of Sith and Dark Jedi. After redeeming Malak's apprentice, Bastila Shan, he slew Malak himself in a final confrontation between the old friends, allowing the Republic to destroy the Star Forge and win the day.
Despite this great victory for the Republic, the galaxy soon grew even darker. A year after the battle, Revan departed into the Unknown Regions, leaving his friends behind. His motives for going alone to face the ancient Sith were unknown. Few Jedi remained after the Jedi Civil War, and those who did soon found their ranks thinning at an alarming rate. Everywhere Jedi congregated, they were murdered, struck down by an invisible enemy who, incredibly enough, was somehow attacking through the Force itself.
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The former Jedi Master Kreia, in search of the reason for Revan's fall, stumbled across the same academy that Revan had used. There, she was corrupted, becoming Darth Traya. Together with her students, Darth Nihilus and Darth Sion, she began a shadow war against the surviving Jedi. Despite their incredible powers, they did not believe themselves strong enough to defeat their enemy in the same kind of open warfare employed by Malak and Revan. Even though Traya had trained them in the ways of the Sith, Nihilus and Sion soon grew tired of her views, and cast her out of the Dark Lord triumvirate. They continued their crusade against the Jedi alone.
Five years after Malak's defeat on the Star Forge, the Jedi Exile who had served as a general under Revan during the Mandalorian Wars returned from the Outer Rim. Thought to be the last of the Jedi by Nihilus and Sion, the Exile was hunted mercilessly by Sith assassins from planet to planet, as the so-called "last of the Jedi" tracked down the surviving members of the Jedi Council. Darth Traya, now simply known as Kreia, bonded with the Exile and helped her along the way, only to use her to destroy her past apprentices, and make her teachings come true in a self-fulfilling prophecy.
In the end, most, if not all, of the Dantooine Jedi Council were killed, but the Exile managed to turn the tide against the insidious "shadow Sith," discovering Kreia's true identity, and slaying her together with Nihilus and Sion, thereby ending their Jedi purge, and giving the Jedi Order a chance to rebuild over the next several centuries.
In modern history texts, the Great Sith War, the Cleansing of the Nine Houses, the Mandalorian Wars, and the Jedi Civil War are often grouped together under the collective appellation of "the Old Sith Wars."
Great Galactic WarEdit
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Almost three hundred years later the True Sith revealed themselves. Under the leadership of their Emperor they invaded the Republic and a conflict known as the Great War escalated. With dark discipline and meticulous execution, the Sith's first assault on their enemies succeeded to near-perfection. They sliced through the Jedi and their defenses as if they weren’t even there. Though their aggressive advances were eventually slowed, the Sacking of Coruscant settled any questions about whether the Sith were victorious. The Republic was forced to sign the Treaty of Coruscant. The Great War ended, but a Cold War began. In the years since the treaty, the twelve-member Sith Dark Council has overseen the consolidation of the Empire's new domains and the restructuring to put practical matters in the hands of the Imperial military so the Sith Lords could plan for the future.
New Sith WarsEdit
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Slowly, over the next thousand years, the Jedi Order rebuilt itself back to its former strength.
Around 2,000 BBY yet another Jedi, Phanius, chafing under the restrictions of the Jedi Council, fell to the dark side, took the name Darth Ruin, and formed a new Sith Order, with himself as the Dark Lord. Ruin began recruiting others to his cause. This spawned a new series of conflicts, called the New Sith Wars, which lasted for a millennium. By 1,466 BBY, the Sith had conquered all of known space outside the Colonies.
However, the Sith very nearly proved to be their own undoing. Hungry for power, they turned on each other, all but destroying their order. The survivors reformed under the leadership of Lord Kaan, calling themselves the Brotherhood of Darkness. To appease his disheartened minions, Kaan abandoned the millennia-old tradition of one ruling Dark Lord and granted the title to a good number of his followers, though very few of them were deserving of it.
The final conflict of the New Sith Wars—often referred to as the Great Sith War, just as Exar Kun's war had been—came to a head in the titanic Seventh Battle of Ruusan, in which the Jedi Hoth and the Army of Light clashed with Kaan and the Brotherhood of Darkness for the last time. In the end, a deranged Kaan activated a thought bomb, an ancient Sith technique that sapped the life forces of all those Force-sensitive in the vicinity. Both armies were all but destroyed, and only one Sith Lord survived: Darth Bane.
To guard against the Sith destroying themselves or losing sight of their "ideals" once again, Bane took only one apprentice, restarting the tradition of the one master, one apprentice and that of passing the name Darth to each of his successors. Perhaps in a nod to Kaan's earlier pronouncement, both master and apprentice in Bane's Sith Order held the title Dark Lord of the Sith, making them, nominally at least, equals. The new tenets of the sinister order would become cunning, stealth, subterfuge and most of all, a virtue borrowed from their worst enemy, patience.
The Revenge of the SithEdit
Once more the Sith shall rule the galaxy!
Bane's reformed Sith Order went into hiding, though they were soon discovered by the Jedi and hunted until they were believed to be destroyed. The Sith survived, but would not resurface for almost one thousand years, awaiting the birth of one who had the power, intellect, influence, and patience required to return them from hiding. That one was Darth Sidious, who triggered his master plan with the Battle of Naboo.
Though his apprentice, Darth Maul, was slain in that battle at the hands of Jedi Padawan Obi-Wan Kenobi, the day proved an unparalleled victory for the Sith; Darth Sidious, as Senator Palpatine of Naboo, was elected to the office of Supreme Chancellor of the Galactic Republic.
More than a decade passed, during which Palpatine manipulated the Senate into granting him more and more powers. His new apprentice, Darth Tyranus, formed the Confederacy of Independent Systems, which seceded from the Galactic Republic, thus beginning a long and bloody conflict known as the Clone Wars.
When the Clone Wars ended with Darth Tyranus's death, the Jedi ranks had been thinned considerably and Palpatine's powers as Chancellor were at their highest. At last, the moment had come for the Sith to reclaim their former glory. Supreme Chancellor Palpatine—Darth Sidious—crowned himself Galactic Emperor, and replaced the ancient Republic with a "New Order"—the Galactic Empire—a galaxy-spanning dark side theocracy disguised as a dictatorship the likes of which had not been seen for millennia.
Sidious eliminated the Jedi by revealing himself to them at the proper time. When they attempted to arrest him, he made it look like an assassination attempt, giving him a legal basis to outlaw them. He then turned one of their greatest, Anakin Skywalker, into his apprentice, Darth Vader.
The Great Jedi Purge began, led by Palpatine's Dark Jedi underlings (including groups known respectively as the Inquisitorius, the Emperor's Hands, and the Prophets of the Dark Side) and Darth Vader. The Purge ensured that what few Jedi remained became even fewer, until only a handful of the original ten thousand remained.
Eventually, however, the Rebel Alliance arose to threaten the Empire. The Galactic Civil War drew many into its fold, perhaps the most notable of whom was Luke Skywalker, the son of Anakin Skywalker. Shortly after Skywalker destroyed the Empire's terrifying Death Star superweapon, the Emperor and Vader became aware of the young man's identity. Both Sith Lords hoped to corrupt Luke to the dark side, but each had a different plan for the future. Vader desired to kill the Emperor and rule the galaxy with his son, but Palpatine wished to replace Vader with the boy. Neither goal was successful, and it appeared that the Sith had finally come to an end, as originally prophesied by the Jedi. With the destruction of the second Death Star at the Battle of Endor, Darth Vader returned to the light side, slaying his master and being slain in return.
The Sith LegacyEdit
The Emperor, however, was not truly slain. Six years after the Battle of Endor Palpatine returned to threaten the New Republic. Unbeknownst to the Rebellion, the Emperor had maintained a secret supply of Spaarti cloning cylinders on the planet Byss in the Deep Core. Many years before his death at Endor, Palpatine's body had begun to decay from the ravaging dark side energies it contained and he had ordered clone bodies of himself to be produced so that he could transfer his soul into them if needed. Vader's treachery, however, had been unexpected, and Palpatine's spirit had been forced to take possession of the body of Emperor's Hand Jeng Droga. Though Droga went mad in the process, he journeyed to Byss, where Palpatine was able to take possession of a new clone. Though he and his loyal Imperial forces managed to briefly retake the galactic capital of Coruscant and wreak havoc on the Galaxy for a year, the resurrected Palpatine's bodies started dying—for the treacherous Sovereign Protector Carnor Jax tampered with their genetic material. Palpatine died a final death on the planet Onderon, when dying Jedi Knight Empatajayos Brand, a survivor of the Jedi Purge, bound Emperor Palpatine's departing life essence to his own, taking the spirit with him as he became one with the Force.
Even with Palpatine's final death, many Jedi continued to fall into darkness. Their next threat was an Emperor's Hand named Lumiya. Darth Vader had passed on to Lumiya some Sith teachings secretly from his master, and the woman adopted the title Dark Lady of the Sith upon her masters' death at Endor. She trained two apprentices: Flint, who was redeemed by Luke Skywalker, and Carnor Jax, who was killed by Palpatine loyalist Kir Kanos shortly after the Emperor's final known death on Onderon. Afterwards, Lady Lumiya went into hiding and it was thought once more that the Sith had disappeared.
Some fourteen years after the Battle of Yavin, a Sith cult rose to threaten the galaxy. Under the leadership of Tavion Axmis who had previously been involved in the Dark Jedi Desann's Reborn project, the Disciples of Ragnos sought to resurrect Marka Ragnos and take control of the galaxy. Armies of Ragnos-worshipping Sith Cultists and New Reborn Dark Jedi harried the galaxy in search for locations that were tainted by the Dark Side, trying to siphon enough Dark Side energy to resurrect the spirit of Ragnos. In an epic battle on Korriban, Luke Skywalker's New Jedi Order defeated and destroyed the cult, and Tavion was killed by the Jedi Jaden Korr.
At the start of the Yuuzhan Vong War, the Yuuzhan Vong found records of the Sith in the libraries of Obroa-skai. Reading of their hatred of the Jedi and inferring the existence of the Great Jedi Purge, the Vong hoped to find Sith still in the galaxy and forge an alliance with them (unaware that one of their advisors, Vergere, was actually a Sith). As Lumiya both fought the Yuuzhan Vong and received education from Vergere, the results of any such plans by the Vong are vague.
Following the Yuuzhan Vong invasion, Jedi Knight Kyle Katarn encountered a Force-strong Yuuzhan Vong female in the mysterious Cloak of the Sith region of the galaxy, where it was rumored that post-Palpatine Sith still lived. Powerful though she was, Katarn sensed an even darker hand behind her training. Apparently, this Yuuzhan Vong had a master, presumably Lumiya or Vergere.
In 36 ABY, the Dark Nest had been destroyed, following the Killik's defeat, the Dark Jedi, who had survived the destruction of the Second Imperium had been defeated, when both the Dark Nest Crisis and the Swarm War ended. All Sith organizations, during that year, that were originally part of the Order of the Sith Lords had perished, except for Lumiya's Sith.
Around 40 ABY, Lumiya returned to the galactic stage, convincing her departed associate and Vergere's one-time pupil, Jacen Solo, to take up the mantle of Sith Lord. By this time her order, Lumiya's Sith was the last surviving remnant of the Order of the Sith Lords. Jacen killed the Jedi who attempted to arrest her (having had visions of Lumiya's execution leading to the destruction of the Galactic Alliance), and left to find a Sith apprentice of his own. As the conflict in the galaxy spread, Jacen continued to increase in power both in the Force and in the political arena. Thanks to his role as head of the Galactic Alliance Guard Jacen was able to submit a resolution giving his secret police power to arrest the reigning head of state, Cal Omas. Following the arrest, Jacen assumed the power of the office in association with his co-conspirator, Admiral Cha Niathal. Soon after, Jacen took on his Sith name, Darth Caedus, after killing his aunt, Mara Jade Skywalker. Following this assumption, Jacen began to think again on finding a suitable apprentice. His attention turned once again to the boy he trained as a Jedi, Ben Skywalker, who his now-deceased master, Lumiya, had considered unsuitable. Due to the death of his mother, Ben attempted to murder Jacen, but was unsuccessful. The attempt, however, proved that Ben was worthy of one day inheriting Caedus's Sith legacy and Jacen began to instruct Ben using the same methods as Vergere had only to be foiled by Ben's father, the Jedi Master Luke Skywalker. Afterwards, Caedus changed his mind about Ben, and took on Tahiri Veila to be his apprentice after she killed Gilad Pellaeon when he did not want to cooperate in helping the Galactic Alliance.
However at the end of the Second Galactic Civil War in 41 ABY Darth Caedus was slain by his own sister Jaina Solo and Ben Skywalker dueled with Tahiri Veila. Rather then killing her Ben brought Tahiri back to the light side of the Force. With Tahiri brought into custody, there was no one to lead Lumiya's Sith and its remaining members rejoined the New Jedi Order. Thus bringing an end to Lumiya's Sith, (the last surviving remnant of Palpatine's Sith lineage and the Order of the Sith Lords) and its 30 year experience of sorcery, that began with Palpatine's final death in 11 ABY.
Even with the last surviving remnant of the Order of the Sith Lords destroyed, it did not result in the extinction of the Sith Order. For a Sith Lord called Darth Krayt had been hiding on Korriban since 30 ABY and with his followers created the One Sith.
Many years later, following the conclusion of the Sith-Imperial War in 130 ABY, Krayt's Order had risen to full prominence, taking the place of Darth Bane's Order and those who followed as his successors. During this time the galaxy came under rule of the Sith again, by the One Sith. As the leader of the Sith, Darth Krayt betrayed his ally, the Emperor Roan Fel of the Fel Empire whom he had helped to destroy the Galactic Alliance and made himself the new Emperor, of the newly created Darth Krayt's Galactic Empire. In the process he was also successful in destroying the Fel Empire, as well as the Galactic Alliance, however the Empire-in-exile and the Galactic Alliance Remnant, that remained of the two governments offered resistance against the New Empire. Once more a Sith ruled the galaxy as Palpatine had 150 years before. The rise of this new Sith Emperor paralleled that of the last as the new Sith Order nearly completed the entire destruction of the New Jedi Order with the survivors scattering to the far reaches of the galaxy. Though they offered resistance, Emperor Krayt was still power in 137 ABY, until he was killed on Had Abbadon by his trusted advisor Darth Wyyrlok, who took on his oath as Regent.
Unknown Points in HistoryEdit
- Darth Andeddu reigns as the Dark Lord of the Sith.
- Darth Phobos is expelled from the Sith. She forms a cult and starts assassinating Sith and Jedi. The Jedi and Sith Orders join forces and kill her.
Throught the ages the Sith have used many weapons. Although one of the first was nothing more than a sword. As many Sith liked the feel of warm blood spraying them as they slew an enemy. Later thay were replaced by cumbersome lightsabers that had to be plugged into a large power pack on their side. When the Jedi learned how to make them without having any other power source than the Force and crystal. The Sith stole the design and made it more menacing. Sith blades are almost always red because this is the only color crystal that can be found on their homeworld of Korriban and because many of the Sith constructed artificial lightsaber crystals.