Department of General History
History of the Sith Empire III
1 – Introduction
Welcome once again, students. In the past two courses you learned about the history of the Sith Empire from its formation to the end of the Triumvirate. This, my friends, is where we pick up in this third and final course.
1.A – Civil War
It is first important to explain to you that before the Triumvirate went through killing Jedi, there was a Sith Civil War around 3,956 BBY. Several higher ranking Sith tried to take what they thought they deserved from Korriban after Darth Malak was killed and the Second Sith War ended. Of course, the lower Sith fought back and this led to a civil war that almost wiped the Sith out.
Years later, when the Jedi would finally travel to Korriban to hunt down the remaining Sith, they would find it empty. The only thing left was the temples and tombs. It is in this state that the Jedi Exile discovered the planet when she was searching for the Jedi Council members.
2 – The Fourth Great Schism [2,000 BBY]
Over the next two thousand years the Sith remained in the shadows. The Republic rebuilt itself and the Jedi Order returned to prominence. The years 4,000 BBY to 3,950 BBY had been full of constant war and struggle in the Republic. From the Great Sith War to Sith Civil Wars to the Triumvirate and Jedi Civil War, it was probably the hardest fifty years in Republic history up to that point. Then, there was peace, or at least peace from the Sith.
As usual, though, all things must come to an end. In 2,000 BBY, the fourth and final schism of the Jedi Order would occur. After falling to the Dark Side, a Jedi split from the Jedi Order and he took the name of Darth Ruin. Joined by fifty followers, he created a new Sith Order. However, his attacks on the Republic failed and his followers turned on him and destroyed him.
3 – New Sith War [2,000 BBY – 1,000 BBY]
By 1,020 BBY, the Sith Empire was virtually gone. The few followers that remained were forced to retreat from Jedi hunts as the Republic regained the Mid and Outer-Rim systems. The New Sith Wars occurred from 2,000 BBY to 1,000 BBY. However, the Wars in the nine hundred-year period known as the Draggulch Period consisted of small battles between the Jedi and Sith. The final one hundred years engulfed the galaxy in the Dark Age of the Republic. It was during this latter period that Jedi exile Lord Kaan reorganized the remaining Sith forces into the Brotherhood of Darkness, a group of over 20,000 Sith.
These new Sith fought against Lord Hoth’s Army of Light. By 1,002 BBY, the Brotherhood of Darkness was less than two thousand in number. The entire war ended with a two-year campaign on Ruusan, made up of seven separate battles. The Army of Light and Brotherhood of Darkness fought each other repeatedly on the planet, continually decreasing their numbers. The seventh battle was understood as the one that would decide the overall victor.
Lord Kaan, as he was now called, had become all but desperate to win the “Light vs. Dark” war on Ruusan. His troops were losing the enthusiasm they once had and many had started to lose faith in their “leader,” despite the belief that the Brotherhood of Darkness had no leaders.
Darth Bane took this opportunity to push his plan forward. After leaving the Sith Academy and traveling to the Lehon, otherwise known as the Unknown Planet, Bane discovered a lost holocron of Revan. Once the holocron’s secrets were unlocked, Bane absorbed the vast information sealed within. It was during this time that he formed all of the ideas he would use to keep the Sith alive. These ideas had already been forming in his mind, but until he found the holocronm they had been but questions that no one in the Brotherhood of Darkness could answer. Revan answered them, and Revan decided that the Brotherhood was corrupt, and needed to be eliminated.
It is here that he formed his plan. Revan had taught him how to create the thought bomb, an ultimate weapon of dark side energy that sucked the souls of all those within range to live forever in a void. He sent these instructions to Kaan. At first, Kaan was not sure if he should use the weapon. He knew how powerful it was, but after another battle he decided that it was the only option left. He and his followers fled to the caves, where most of the Jedi followed. Here, they activated the thought bomb. Unlike what Kaan had thought, both Sith and Jedi were killed instantly. A group of Jedi survived, but only because they had been out of range. Bane, who was on the planet, also survived, but only because he had intentionally stayed out of range. He knew they would die, and had played them all like fools. It was also on Ruusan that Bane found his first apprentice, Darth Rain. It was here that he created the new Sith Order, one that would stay hiding in the shadows until the events leading up to the Clone Wars.
The Sith were believed to have been annihilated once again and the Republic and Jedi thought they would never have to deal with them again. The Republic and Jedi Order once again rebuilt and peace ensued. There would be no major war in the Republic for another thousand years with the eruption of the Clone Wars.
4 – The Rule of Two
Darth Bane was smart, learning from the Sith’s previous mistakes. They caused civil wars and death from within and he understood that such a practice was not successful. Thus, he knew that to ensure the Sith Empire’s survival, he had to change the Sith practice and thus formulated the Rule of Two. This rule stated: “Two there should be. No more, no less. One to embody power, the other to crave it.”
However, where Darth Bane came up with this concept is another story. Hundreds of years before, during the Jedi Civil War, Darth Revan had used an early version of this rule by only training Malak. Other Sith Lords usually held two or three apprentices at once, which was the problem. While Bane was exploring Rakata Prime, he came upon one of Revan’s temples he had built to hold Jedi captives. Here he found a holocron created by Revan that explained his ideas and views. It is also believed that the rule came also from Jedi customs of having only one master and apprentice at a time, since he had seen how this rule had kept the Jedi Order alive despite so many attacks against them. Overall, Bane understood the problems of the Sith Empire and knew how to fix them.
Darth Bane’s new Sith Empire was much different from the past ones. Apart from the Rule of Two, the master and the student were both given the title of Dark Lord of the Sith, and thus both were known as Darth. These new Sith were also very cunning, strong, smart, and, above all, patient. The one thing Bane knew was that now was not the time to attack the Republic, nor would it be anytime soon. This is why he had patience, and knowing the right time to strike, one of the key skills of the new Sith Empire.
Over the next 1,000 years, the Sith secretly went about their business, staying alive but out of sight, constantly planning. Each and every time, more or less, the apprentice would rise up, kill the master, and then become the master and take on his or her own student. This was how Bane had envisioned it and planned it. Everything had worked out exactly as he had wanted it to.
5 – The Phantom Menace [52 BBY – 32 BBY]
The rule of Darth Sidious, one of the most patient and greatest strategists in Sith history, begins with Darth Plagueis. It is unknown who exactly trained Darth Plagueis, or how he found Palpatine, the man who became Darth Sidious. Nonetheless, Plagueis knew he had found one strong enough to carry out the p