Department of Philosophy:
1 – Introduction
This course is designed to teach the ardent seeker of wisdom the basic knowledge and history of the practice of Sith Alchemy. Sith Alchemy is both a Dark Science and an Art. Countless Darksiders have practiced the discipline, and it continues to evolve and be vital to this day. This is by no means a comprehensive course, rather an introduction to the methods of Sith Alchemy designed with Dark Jedi of the Brotherhood in mind.
The Sith tradition has a distinguished history of being masters of the alchemical sciences. These powerful methods allowed the Sith to dominate the cultures that the various Dark Lords subsequently encountered.
The accomplishments of the Sith Alchemists include many things designed to aid the seeker personally, socially, economically, or militarily. Three of these alchemical disciplines are metallurgy, crystallography, and chemistry.
Interestingly enough, the Sith Cult was also able to absorb new technologies that they encountered later, such as the lightsaber. This shows the dynamic and evolving grasp of the Sith tradition.
With this basic information the seeker can recognize, become familiar with, and pursue the fearsome power of Sith Alchemy. Be warned, the Art can be gruesome and terrifying. Perusal of the knowledge in ancient holocrons can be graphic and disturbing for the weak minded.
This is not for the faint of heart or weak of stomach. This Sith Art has destroyed or driven insane many seekers of knowledge. Fortunately, we are Dark Jedi.
Are you prepared, Seeker of Knowledge? Then let us begin.
2 – History
For thousands of years the Sith Alchemists have magnified the power of the Cult. The Sith Race had a tradition of alchemy even before the encounter with the Dark Jedi who had fled the Republic some twenty five thousand (25,000) years ago. Ancient Alchemists such as Bo Vanda plumbed the depths of the Dark Lore of Alchemy millennia before the current date. Vanda actually managed to preserve her knowledge in a Sith Holocron, a topic we will discuss later. Vanda committed the most disturbing and horrific experiments upon her subjects and victims. Those who seek her knowledge in a holocron are urged to perform the most ghoulish of studies under her guidance.
Later masters of the alchemical arts included ancient disciples like Naga Sadow, Marka Ragnos and Hafa Chun. Later, Exar Kun took up where Naga Sadow had left off millennia before. Hafa Chun created such monsters as the Sith Hound for her master Dark Lord Matih Jadoku, as well as horrible mutational Battle Leviathans.
Modern alchemists like Emperor Palpatine have found ways to incorporate current scientific thought and technology into the art of alchemy. The Sith continue to experiment even now…
3 – Sith Metallurgy
The Sith had a tremendous facility with the metallurgical sciences. Sith metallurgy incorporated knowledge of subjects such as cortosis alloys, Sith swords, and Dark Armor.
Famous Sith metallurgists include Larad Noon, Ludo Kressh, Belia Darzu, and Naga Sadow. Sith metallurgy is responsible for granting the Sith cult a considerable advantage in combat. Such equipment has contributed mightily to the fearsome prowess and reputation of the Sith.
The cortosis metal is one of the most obscure inventions of the Sith. Cortosis fibers and alloys have been used primarily in armor and weaponry. They are extremely difficult to produce. This also makes cortosis exceedingly rare. Very few relics of this sort exist today.
Cortosis fibers have the ability to harmonically separate the beam of a lightsaber. This causes the beam to refract upon itself and shut down. Lesser cortosis alloys are merely resistant to lightsaber blows, and do not cause cancellation of the beam. It is rumored that the ancient Sith Warrior Larad Noon had a talismanic cortosis suit that could actually drain the power cells of an encountered lightsaber, but this is unconfirmed.
These mineral fibers are made from a black metallic alloy found only in a very few places in antiquity. These included Dxun, Ziost, Korriban, Sepros, and an unconfirmed site somewhere in the Yavin system. All of these sites have now been completely mined out.
Modern scientists working under the programs of the Empire have found technological means of reproducing cortosis alloys and fibers. However, this process is extremely time consuming and expensive, thus cortosis alloys are still terribly rare in modern times.
Emperor Palpatine trained and funded the Imperial researchers personally.
The Sith Sword is another metallurgical triumph. These bladed weapons are composed of a secret mixture of alloys and Sith chemicals. Their creators then enhanced these blades using the Dark Side of the Force. A Sith Sword retains its hardness against lightsaber attacks. The blades are also able to deflect blaster bolts and projectiles much like a lightsaber. The edge is supernaturally sharp, and becomes even more so with the increasing Force power of the wielder. Sith swords could also serve as talismanic focuses for other dark side abilities and powers. Also, Sith Swords do not require power cells to operate. Ludo Kressh was known to have created a Sith Sword of masterful workmanship.
Dark Armor has been a part of the Sith Cult since the beginning. The Sith Alchemists found ways to increase the protection of armor by incorporating various substances and chemicals. Often, this involved expensive raw materials, time, and the expenditure of Force energy by the maker. The very act of creating Dark Armor drew the alchemist deeper into the embrace of the Dark Side.
Other features could include prowess enhancing chemicals, talismanic Force powers, stealth abilities, or other technological adaptations. An excellent example is Darth Vader’s imposing black armor. The Sith Lord’s armor enhanced the Dark Lord’s physical abilities, kept his shattered body functional, protected him and incorporated advanced sensor equipment. The armor was also environmentally sealed, and contained a functional air supply. Furthermore, the armor was atmospherically controlled, resisting changes in heat, cold, pressure and ionizing radiation.
Lord Vader’s Dark Armor was burned when the Dark Lord was cremated upon the moon of Endor after his death. Much later, the possessed Jedi Kyp Durron left Yavin Four due to the whisperings of the evil spirit of Exar Kun. Durron sought remnants of the Dark Lord Vader upon the moon of Endor. Even after the cremation of Vader’s body, the remains of Lord Vader’s armor retained it’s potency as a Dark Side relic. Durron could sense it’s cold essence, even after Vader had returned to the Light when he died.
Another fearsome female Sith Alchemist of old who made similar modifications to her heavy Dark battle suit was Belia Darzu. Darzu was one of the Sith generals who kept the Cult alive before the Battle of Ruusan. Darzu’s armor alchemically boosted her strength far beyond that of a normal human, and made her reflexes supernatural in speed and reaction time. This battle suit also incorporated a sealed atmosphere, as well as functioning as a talismanic alchemical focus for the Dark Force Stealth ability. Darzu’s armor was lost, and has yet to be found until this day.
Almost every example of Dark Armor was designed and built by the wearer and taken with them to the grave. Very few examples exist today.
4 – Sith Crystallography
Crystallography is another subject that the Sith have mastered. The Sith Alchemists created synthetic crystals for many purposes. The Cult has also discovered the means of enhancing or tainting natural crystals.
One interesting aspect of the Sith tradition is the use of red lightsabers. Red is, of course, the color of blood that the Sith so dearly