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EVIL NEVER DIES

THE SITH DYNASTIES
BY ABEL G. PEÑA

INTRODUCTION

Over the millennia, the Sith have existed in many forms: as a people, as a religion, as a
dictatorship, as a philosophy. The Sith have been brought to the brink of extinction time
and again, yet they have always found a way to survive. Many times the title of "the last
Dark Lord" has been
erroneously applied. First the
Dark Lord Naga Sadow,
vanquished by the Galactic
Republic in the Great
Hyperspace War 5,000 years
before the Battle of Yavin, was
thought to be the last. Then a
thousand years later, the fallen
Jedi Exar Kun was considered
the last of these dark siders'
twisted kind.

Then Darth Nihilus... then Lord
Kaan... then Darth Vader. In
the words of the arcane
scholar Murk Lundi, the Sith,
though oft-vanquished,
understood and fully embraced
a fundamental concept that
was certain to assure their
survival and resurrection -- an
idea that most Jedi refused to
accept.

Simply, if the will of the Force
demands balance, then evil
can never die.

In fact. was fond of reminding his fellow Knights that the Anzati "remember the very first Sith. those that bore the elevated title of Sith Lord were became relatively common. With his alchemically forged battle-ax. King Adas was a massive. such as the expletives. and war between nations were all common in Sith culture. ultimately. 'since. but integral to it. The Sith people came to believe that King Adas was immortal and that his reign would be eternal. There was. dining on bloodsoup. Adas led the bloody unification of Korriban's disparate nations and became its undisputed world ruler. Adas demonstrated great intelligence." Beyond the anecdotal. were two of the prominent classes." -. Vol.Lecture recording from The Lundi Series. and a tremendous aptitude for Sith magic. the Sith people did not or could not differentiate one state from the other. A peculiarity of the Sith people was their innate tendency toward left-handedness. Raised from his youth as a chosen being due to the charcoal pigment of his skin. called Kissai and Massassi respectively. Pure-blooded Sith were also steadily bred out as their genes were eventually alchemically mixed with those of humanoid dark Jedi. regal being encased in majestic ebon warrior armor. 'Sithspit!' and 'Sithspawn!' [student laughter]. Volfe Karkko. This led to their creation of the lanvarok.' Sith that time -. a forearm-mounted weapon adapted strictly for left-handed use (human Sith Lords later crafted a right-handed version). the Sith only ever had one monarch overlord.since that time. Even after the genetic fusion.000 years of their existence. Priests and warriors. only existence. Sentient sacrifices to their gods.000 years before the rise of the Galactic Republic.PART ONE: Since the Beginning "It is relevant to note that the word 'Sith' can be found in Pre-Corellian lexicons as a term meaning 'due to' or more plainly. Ruling nearly 3. the blood-colored humanoid Sith people lived a superficially barbaric though surprisingly harmonious existence on their homeworld Korriban.wait. and was not always synonymous with the dark side. These barbarous practices were accepted not as contrary or antagonistic to life. 3: Origins of the Darth Dynasty. a rare Anzat Jedi known for his prolonged study of one of the Jedi Temple's rare Sith holocrons. a rigid and prejudice caste system. there is no solid evidence to support this theory. conceptually. the Sith's rigid caste system remained in place. though. Later in their history. Soundbyte Texts The term Sith was once used to describe a variety of beings. fighting prowess. War was quite literally a concept on par with peace or serenity. Originally not only a cult but a cultured species before they were subjugated by dark Jedi exiles. but in 100. that's not right [student laughter] -. Adas was almost three hundred years old and had earned the title Sith'ari . Some historians have speculated that the attitudes of the early Sith people were owed to a prehistoric encounter between their species and the vampiric beings known as the Anzati. the word has evolved with Corellian phraseology to give us highly useful expressions.

these Jen'jidai. Nadd used it to rule the planet Onderon. Never anticipating this stunning sequence of events. as the Sith called them. never be recovered -. lured the Sith monarch into their confidence and destroyed him. but the king gave his life to secure the Sith's freedom." his trusted advisor and second in command. When the Jedi eventually freed Onderon of the dark side. wars once again raged for rule of the Sith people. a proper successor to Adas seemed to come at last. or "Dark Lord" of the Sith began. with the reigning combatants arrogantly claiming the title of Sith'ari. King Adas' holocron passed to his "Shadow Hand. Eventually.under millions of tons of water on a scarcely known world called Kodai. the reign of the first Jen'ari. they gained possession of the Sith holocron and banished it to a place where it could. But the Rakata soon showed their true colors and tried to conquer the Sith people. the Sith people concluded that the dark Jedi were themselves more powerful gods than even the Sith'ari. With the help of the ruling king's Shadow Hand. But even at that ripe age. . magical device called a holocron. Without Adas' unifying influence. Known in Republic space as the Exiles.(meaning "the Lord" or "overlord") when alien invaders came to Korriban. and eventually forcing a relocation of the Sith capitol to the planet Ziost. where the teachings of King Adas helped usher in a new age of darkness. After his death. and superior technology. Bestowing the Exiles with Adas' holocron. The dark siders were defeated. The holocron was abandoned on the planet Ashas Ree until its rediscovery centuries later by the fallen Jedi Freedon Nadd. the Sith King refused to go quietly and introduced the invaders to his oversized axe and the unconquerable will of his people. The last lord of the Sith Empire to possess Adas' holocron was Lord Garu. almost two-dozen millennia after Adas' death. lightsabers. these Rakatan soldiers of the so-called Infinite Empire first attempted to lull King Adas into their confidence by teaching him how to record his essence into a pyramidal. Misshapen Force-sensitive beings. traitorous Jedi defeated in a galactic war called the Hundred-Year Darkness arrived on Korriban and cowed the Sith people with their astounding Force abilities. who died around the time of the Great Hyperspace War. presumably.

and instead they succeeded only in revealing that some Jedi schismatics had found a new home and a people to rule outside of charted Republic space. Mecrosa flourished from its castle on the planet Nyssa. a few upstart Exiles. The Mecrosa Order was the focus of the Cleansing.to the nobility of a world called Vjun. This conflict came to be grouped with a series of major Sith-related encounters that followed soon after: the Mandalorian Wars. Two thousand years later. Jedi from rival House Pelagia insisted that the order's founder. however. Vjunite . returned to Republic space believing they could revenge themselves on their Jedi enemies with their new knowledge of Sith magic. Viscountess Mireya. The order started out benevolently enough. It is believed that the virtues of the Mecrosa Order were compromised somewhere during this two century stretch. The thoroughness of the Jedi extermination efforts following this first full-scale Sith war was criticized by many as being executed with a gusto rivaling a Bothan declaration of Total War. the order also oversaw the creation of an elaborate spy network. When Mecetti High Lord Tritum XI realized there was a threat of inbreeding facing his house. gaining wealth and erecting chapter houses and fortresses on Mecetti worlds. Emerging during the Tapani sector's Dynastic Era. however. and a thousand years later.000 years before the Battle of Yavin). To assist in its crusade. he sought to introduce new noble blood. For the next two hundred years. The true scale of the Sith menace lurking in unknown space remained invisible for millennia. now self-proclaimed Sith Lords. the Mecrosa began as an order of nobles from House Mecetti who took an oath to protect the house against external attack and insurrection. The attack proved premature. a new war erupted. Tritum looked to a suitor outside the Tapani region -. was the root of Mecrosa's Sith corruption. In one of those all-too-common circumstances when politics and noble pride must be reconciled. Nevertheless. this time called the Great Sith War. approximately a quarter millennium before the Great Sith War. the Great Hyperspace War indelibly proved to the Jedi how dangerous the Sith Lords could be. Sith teachings survived. the Jedi Civil War. and the Cleansing of the Nine Houses.PART TWO: The Mecrosa Order Immediately following their conquest of the Sith people (circa 7.

for it focused Jedi attentions toward the Sith in their sector. Despite not having any Force abilities. maintaining their secret through careful member selection and their tradition of assassination. Tritum reported to his superiors his successful recovery of Adas' holocron from three very dead Jedi guardians. Sith rituals were subtly integrated into Mecrosa initiation rites and ceremonies. and soon Sith "lords" of a very different breed terrorized Tapani sector. but Sith teachings as well. when Mecrosa's most skilled agent Sir Nevil Tritum. trading the flash of Sith magic and supernatural poisons for the silence of frinka venom and martial arts. snuck his way into Pelagia's holocron library. contrary to popular belief. went even deeper underground. Only during the New Sith Wars and the Jedi Purge did the order participate in sector events more actively. It was during the Jedi Purge after the Clone Wars that King Adas' holocron fell back into the hands of Sith descendants. the Jedi didn't destroy the Mecrosa Order itself. With little option and a sense of obligation. However. respectively poisoning Sith Lady Belia Darzu for her unwanted incursions into Tapani Space and taking revenge against the Pelagian Jedi for their role in decimating Mecrosa during the Cleansing. The Great Sith War turned out to be advantageous for Tapani citizens. assassinating Tapani house leaders that appeared to threaten Mecetti power and infecting Pelagia's Jedi with Sith poisons. The humbled Mecrosa survived the next 4. the Mecrosa ceded to the Dark Lady Lumiya's demands. the Jedi collectively turned their might against the Mecrosa Order and flensed the Sith corruption in what came to be known as the Cleansing of the Nine Houses. the Mecrosa were visited in their fortress on Nyssa by a woman appearing for all the galaxy like the abominable offspring of Darth Vader. The surviving Mecrosa. . many of them non-Force-sensitive to begin with.Viscountess Mireya brought to House Mecetti not only her noble pedigree. requesting access to the order's most ancient documents and their Sith holocron. After crushing Exar Kun.000 years. Some time after the Battle of Endor.

After countless numbers of Ruin's minions died for seemingly little else than his sheer whim. in fact. which would eventually wreak galactic-scale havoc as they brought themselves to the brink of extinction in non-stop combat. convinced he'd obliterated the mental barriers that had kept him from understanding that his will superceded all things (or. Jedi historians often recall the Jedi Civil War. It wasn't long before the Sith turned the war upon themselves. But whether it is referred to as "The War of the Fittest. Phanius. took the name Darth Ruin. the Republic chancellor urged the Jedi to finally destroy the Mecrosa Order.000 years before the last Battle of Rusaan. The Old Sith Wars neutralized the Sith as an overt threat. while retired Old Republic rear-admirals name the Clone Wars. ushering in a millennium-long period of betrayal and darkness. While the Tapani dark siders were eradicated. and war with the Jedi brotherhood inevitably followed. the Sith acolytes soon came to realize that they meant nothing -. A number of Jedi joined his Sith cause.quite literally -. The only thing that was certain was that he was a bloody marauder of the first quarter of the New Sith Wars.PART THREE: The New Sith Sentients have often debated what has been the bloodiest." or "The Curse of Qalydon. was everything). his presence was clouded with rumor and Sith folklore. Others even speculated that the Dark Underlord was the spirit of the Lettow general Xendor himself. . The results were mixed. he infiltrated and united the various surviving Sith clans. the clean up job wasn't nearly as thorough this time around as it should have been. some said solipsistic. He became one of "The Lost" when he abandoned the Jedi Order to pursue "alternative" knowledge. Political concerns were already beginning to take precedence over justice within the Republic. which had terrorized the influential Tapani sector for decades. Known by the name Phanius and believed to be an Umbaran. most wasteful war in galactic history. It began when one Jedi abandoned the Knighthood 1. Sith survivors of the Great Sith War spread their evil into several distinct traditions. Known only as the Dark Underlord.within the scheme of their Dark Lord's abstract philosophy. But pressured by criticism of Jedi zeal exhibited in the aftermath of the Great Hyperspace War. morality. Some said he was called from the realm of Chaos by an inexperienced Sith acolyte who was never heard from again. and instead of hunting down the remaining members of Exar Kun's Brotherhood of the Sith. Chaos largely reigned for the next 250 years until a powerful Sith leader emerged. They conspired and destroyed Darth Ruin." the Sith invariably cite the New Sith Wars. Unknown to the order." "The Betrayal. the pale-skinned man was a charismatic and gifted Jedi Master who exhibited hints of a disturbingly relativistic. intensifying his self-centered views.

the Dark Underlord was one of the few Sith powerful enough to actively take the battle to the Jedi during this era. ending her evil. The last quarter of this bloody. The narcissistic Dark Lord Kaan ruled the Brotherhood of Darkness with an iron fist in the final days of the New Sith Wars. . the Jedi Master Murrtaggh cut a deal with Mandalorian mercenaries. they would maintain their existence a secret. though the conversions were anything but voluntary. Another sizable portion of Darzu's army was made up of her dead opponents. the major historical intermediary between Darth Rivan and the last Sith of this era. who staged a diversionary attack on the Dark Underlord's forces. Eventually the prominence of the Darth lineage was reestablished. Using the Sith power known as mechu-deru.Consolidating a large Sith group known as the Black Knights on the planetoid Malrev 4. spurned to life by Sith incantations. However. Lord Kaan and his Brotherhood of Darkness. hacking through battlefields with his twin Sith swords. While the Dark Underlord's Zeltron commander faced the Mandalorian intruders. Centuries later. rewriting the unfortunate being's genetic code until she became a undead technobeast herself. Bane reshaped the Sith Order with two rules: henceforward. This left the Dark Lord called Darth Bane the last Sith standing. the Sith would only be two in number and until such time as they revenged themselves on the Jedi. the Metanecrons. With his apprentice Darth Zannah. the tiny droids could infect their enemy. A changeling and master of monster creation. Master Murrtaggh stole into his enemy's territory and assassinated the Sith Lord. she created the frontline of her force: hulking part- creature. He commanded his Sith followers to create a Thought Bomb that wiped out both their forces and the Jedi enemies. In combat. part-machine technobeasts infested with nanogene droids. martyring himself to the dark side in the process. the Emperor's Hands Roganda Ismaren and Blackhole would use Sith scrolls preserving Darzu's secrets for their own sinister purposes. Darzu was infamous for assimilating her conquered enemies into her own army. backstabbing period saw the rise of the Dark Lord Belia Darzu. Darzu's apoptotic army was ultimately sabotaged by Mecrosa poisoners.

and how he fell to the dark side. Noon and the other Sith acolytes fled to various parts of the galaxy. One Sith cult can trace its origins back to the days of the Great Sith War. Curious. He distanced himself from the Jedi and became a recluse on the moon Susevfi." It was Noon's attempt to amalgamate his Jedi learning with his Sith experiences in order to justify the atrocities he committed and to keep himself from going insane with guilt. number of Senators prior to the election for a new Supreme Chancellor. Claiming he'd found the Saarai or "True Way. Tyris made a great effort to obtain Karkko's apocryphal teachings in which he found frequent reference to and snippets from Sith tomes. Not Force-sensitive. and were also instrumental in the Dark Lord's plans surrounding the events of the Battle of Naboo. though pivotal. From this ore he fashioned a suit of armor to protect himself against the Jedi he believed would inevitably come. There were the vague threats by dark sider Kibh Jeen at his moment of desperation during the Dark Jedi Conflict (circa 150 years before the Battle of Naboo). Noon. But not all of them. without any solid idea of Sith doctrine or even any Force-sensitivity. was forever scarred by Sith ideology and the countless deaths he caused. One of the more dangerous cults was the Thyrsian Sun Guard. although instead of ceremonial robes these Sith mercenaries were mailed in black armor from head to foot. who spouted seeming gibberish about there always being no more or less than two Sith. Consolidated in the Thyrsus system by Darth Sidious. however. . However. dooming themselves and the Sith of House Mecetti. the Jedi Volfe Karkko. including the infamous Bpfasshi marauders. an Anzat Jedi named Nikkos Tyris learned of his predecessor. Many were merely youths in rebellion. during the Clone Wars. assassinating a discreet. the Sun Guard wore helmets reminiscent of the elite Senate Guard." Tyris split from the Jedi Order. These "Sith" were disorganized and harmless for the most part. nonetheless these soldiers-for-hire were fearsome fighters. Tyris and most of his followers were slain by Jedi forces. Looking on Karkko as a role model and lured to Count Dooku by his possession of one of Karkko's most cherished Sith holocrons. after Sidious' schemes ran their course. survived only by his journal in which he wrote extensively on his theory of Jiaasjen or "integrating the shadow.though more than a few of the most fanatical Sun Guards found their way into Chancellor Palpatine's Red Guard. Some flew to the Expanse. none did. Count Dooku had most of these devotees killed by his executor Asajj Ventress -. attracting many Jedi to himself. But then the Sith cultists began emerging. When Kun and his Shadow Hand Ulic Qel-Droma were defeated.PART FOUR: Cults and Acculturation The Jedi heard next to nothing of the Sith after the Battle of Rusaan. Several of these Sith mercs guarded Sidious' Coruscant stronghold. Thousands of years later. though in actuality. Tyris was slowly seduced into the darkness. However. but few Jedi gave his mad utterances any credence. Noon died alone. Here he discovered a peculiar ore called cortosis capable of rendering lightsabers inoperative on contact. Larad Noon was one of the Jedi corrupted into the Brotherhood of the Sith by Exar Kun.

Eventually. but as such they had not been corrupted as Tyris had. didn't die. or what she perceived to be his ideals. To advance his research.Tyris was survived by only a handful of Jensaarai pupils. who made his career exploring esoteric topics. or one Quermian. one of his classroom students almost succeeded where the teacher had failed. Lundi learned of the ultimate prize. creating a communications network between the disparate Sith sects to grant himself greater accessibility to information. Tyris' primary apprentice felt it was her duty to make certain her master's ideals. Then. In peril of losing his position at the University of Coruscant. but the pupil was destroyed by one of Darth Sidious' Sun Guard mercenaries and the holocron was restored to Jedi hands. the academician delved into the trenches. A Sith holocron was buried deep beneath the oceans of the planet Kodai. and that the "evil" Jedi wouldn't triumph. The result was the creation of a Force tradition that uniquely blended Sith and Jedi teachings. She was largely unsuccessful. Sith for "Followers of the True Way. he found himself struggling in the "publish or perish" world of academia. Lundi began to explore topics outside of stale classics like Xim the Despot and the Atrisian Empire." Their training was far from complete. An excellent teacher but a mediocre researcher. the Jedi Council ultimately entrusted the Sith holocron to House Pelagia's extensive holocron library in the Tapani sector. as it were: history professor Murk Lundi. Lundi later went irrevocably insane and died a madman's death. Lundi attempted to retrieve the artifact. . she found Larad Noon's journal. but was stopped by the Jedi. but when she came to Susevfi. She took it upon herself to continue Tyris "truth" by finding what Sith texts she could. he zeroed in on a single controversial subject: the Sith. Proliferation among the Sith cults can at least in part be attributed to one man. Afterward. Meanwhile.

Occasionally. Darth Cognus. Hailing himself as a prophet chosen by the will of the Force. a Sith Shadow Hand whose instincts drove him to see more sense in Lord Kaan's cutthroat Rule by the Strong than Bane's limiting Rule of Two. Palpatine secretly gave them the duty of providing early training for some of his dark siders. Millennial fled to the planet Dromund Kaas. Merili was able to gaze into the future. or Emperor's Reach. however. Those who disagreed with the tenets of the Dark Force were labeled heretics and destroyed. as well as multitudes of naïve Sith cultists.PART FIVE: A Dark Religion The order of the Prophets of the Dark Side goes back nearly a thousand years to the three-eyed mutant Darth Millennial. Darth Sidious discovered the secret order. Gifted with the ability to foresee the future. She was thus not only able to witness coming events with uncanny . likewise they only trained one to the status of Emperor's Eyes. Like the other Prophets. However. Palpatine asked the Prophets to train a devotee to the exalted levels of Emperor's Hand. Millennial and his religion attracted many Force-users of considerable intelligence. When the Prophets were obliquely reintegrated into Darth Bane's line of the Sith. Eventually. the invaluable difference. High Prophetess Merili was one of only two Emperor's Eyes that Palpatine ever employed. at one point seducing the Jedi Kibh Jeen. but his faith lived on. Centuries passed and so did Millennial. this latter individual was one of the Prophets' own. The Emperor's Eyes were those Dark Side Adepts with a particular propensity for seeing into the Force. Millennial was often at odds with his Sith Master. There he meditated on Sith teachings and combined them with the theories of early and pre- Republic thinkers like Plaristes and Dak Ramis. Emperor's Eyes. The result was an intricate religion the dark sider called the Dark Force. and bent these Prophets of the Dark Side to his will. A former Nightsister of Dathomir. Just as the Prophets only ever trained one individual to the rank of Emperor's Reach for Palpatine. Barely escaping his Master's wrath. was that Merili's mind seemed to partially exist there.

This later empowered the fakers to actually dictate rule of the Empire. a mutant called Triclops. Orloc. on a tip from a mysterious source.helped acting-Emperor Sate Pestage set up a "Dark Side Church" on Imperial Center with a clergy of false Prophets. After Endor. these charlatans filled a tremendous spiritual need for the population and became highly idolized. the Dark Lady Lumiya and her apprentice Carnor Jax finished the job. while the Prophets were believed dead. but on rare occasion she was able to in fact manipulate them. until they were found by their most dangerous and embittered pupil. including a diminutive Bimm and a Null to impersonate the current Supreme Prophet Kadann and his High Prophet Jedgar.a Mandalorian crushgaunt which Vader had fitted around one of Lord Kaan's indestructible Sith amulets. before being permanently put down. kept concealed even from Darth Vader for a time.himself a former Prophet of the Dark Side -. The Imperial Grand Admiral Afsheen Makati eventually destroyed these prophet imposters. respectively. The Prophets of the Dark Side have always maintained their sovereign right to accept additional adherents of the Dark Force at their discretion. When Supreme Prophet Kadann adamantly disagreed with Palpatine concerning a guaranteed Imperial victory at Endor. . Azrakel." and ultimately the overarching position of Supreme Prophet (all acolytes and prophets of lesser orders are easily identifiable by their lack of a beard). Of Palpatine's other Emperor's Eye. Though the surviving Prophets thought they were now safe. Palpatine sent his Inquisitors to Dromund Kaas to reeducate Kadann's priesthood.clarity. including Supreme Prophet Kadann. former Imperial Intelligence Director Blackhole -. little is known. The Prophets were one of Palpatine's most jealously guarded secrets. with each subdivided into sub-ranks such as "Lesser Prophet" and "High Prophet. the real Prophets continued to plot from the planet Bosthirda. They determined to bestow Emperorship on whomever secured the glove of the dead Darth Vader's severed right hand -. Meanwhile. The Prophets have three ranks in their order: acolyte. causing the ecclesiastics to take flight to the secluded planet Bosthirda. As religion had been largely outlawed under Palpatine. Armed with his double-bladed lightsaber and Darth Vader's prophesied gauntlet. Azrakel managed to destroy a number of the flabbergasted Prophets. within minutes of Azrakel's death. the stresses of temporal ambiguity made Merili's hold on reality tenuous at best. followed by prophet. escaped to continue his con. Needless to say. save that Palpatine considered the being a great personal failure. though one of them. much like a skilled Jedi Master can influence the outcome of a conflict using Battle Meditation.

Some distraught guards joined the cause of Lord Shadowspawn. For many years thereafter.PART SIX: Life After Darth The problem Bane addressed when he bound the Sith to secrecy and their number to a pair was that only under such conditions could dark side ambition be checked. felt the loss deeply. He retreated to the planet Vjun where he mourned within Vader's Bast Castle. Like Flint. secretly training Sith disciples of his own so that he himself might usurp the title of Sith Master. Though they'd never seen one another. without words they came to a mutual understanding. After Palpatine's death. while others found solace in . Flint was persuaded by an old friend to turn back to the light. but Jax was handpicked from the ranks of the Blackhole's special stormtrooper unit for the Royal Guard. savvy and ambitious. Among them were Lumiya. a stormtrooper whose father was killed by General Grievous during the Clone Wars. It wasn't long before he was found there by Lumiya. taking the victor as his Shadow Hand. the dark sider Carnor Jax had ties not only to the Imperial Royal Guard. Eventually. Flint was kept in a cell of Mandalorian iron on an Alliance safeworld. and the roles of master and the apprentice were determined. A towering statue of Vader looked on as Flint ignited his lightsaber and Lumiya her Sith lightwhip. healing from the traumatic influence of the dark side. an Imperial double-agent-turned cyborg. a number of Royal Guards partook in a mass suicide. but instead of killing Skywalker. who had looked to Vader as a father. She didn't have to look far. Lumiya tasked Flint with subjugating the Phelleem sector and killing Luke Skywalker while she prepared an alien species called the Nagai (or N'Gai) for the invasion of galactic space. and Flint. Like his emperor. however. The furious battle left both warriors battered. he excelled as a stormtrooper. As the dominant black color of his robes suggests. but in the end Flint's despair was no match for Lumiya's hatred. he returned to his home planet Belderone to live out a simple life. but his father was once a Sith mercenary of the Thyrsus Sun Guard who was killed by Darth Sidious following his failure to recover King Adas' holocron. Lumiya vowed to deal with Flint when circumstances allowed and sought a new apprentice. Nothing could make Flint happier. But Emperor Palpatine eventually broke the rule of secrecy and "bent" the rule of two by keeping a multitude of dark siders in reserve. Vader had planned to pit these pupils against one another as past Dark Lords had done. Jax himself was a superior soldier. Vader also bent the rules. Flint. The Sith Lord died before that could happen.

it was easy for Jax to transfer allegiance from Palpatine to his successor Sate Pestage. and Jax set himself up as Imperial ruler. Jax convinced the Imperial Ruling Council to bribe Palpatine's physician into poisoning the clones the Emperor was using to stay alive. Palpatine died his last death as a result. The New Republic already thought Lumiya dead. Before she disappeared on this quest. As a Force-sensitive Royal Guard. Afterward. Lumiya ordered Jax to infiltrate the Empire's upper echelons and prepare. Suddenly. for the ultimate threat to the Sith legacy. . who promised the Emperor would one day return. for not only had Jax permanently eliminated Palpatine. That's when one of Palpatine's loyal former Royal Guardsmen killed him. and was not prepared to give up the power he'd accumulated. by whatever means necessary. Jax easily became part of the Reborn Emperor's elite and trusted Sovereign Protectors. Emperor Palpatine. when Isard transferred Jax and a number of other Royal Guards into the hands of Lumiya as part of a deal. however. but before his attempted betrayal. Jax was disgusted at the weakness he witnessed blind loyalty produce and resolved to have no part of it.not to rejoin her but to lure her into a trap. he'd passed on word to her of a mysterious stranger called Nom Anor who was interested in a possible alliance with the Dark Lady. dead for six years. then again to Empress Ysanne Isard. miraculously returned. Thus. Lumiya was nonetheless thankful. Jax realized what threat his master Lumiya had been referring to. With Quest's help and particular relish. Jax pursued this agenda. Lumiya offered him something altogether different than any of his previous masters: the power of the dark side.the words of the Prophets' Church of the Dark Side. Sensing the Force in Jax. That became problematic. collecting political and military allies and incriminating secrets within the Imperial Ruling Council and using Dark Side Adepts like Sarcev Quest to learn new Force powers. Ultimately. however. and the circumstances surrounding her encounter with the Emperor's Hand Mara Jade on Caprioril led the Empire to the same conclusion. he attempted to reestablish communication with Lumiya -. After giving Jax limited training. Jax was loyal only to himself. Then came the unthinkable. Jax soon had the Empire eating out of his palm. Lumiya informed her apprentice of her need to now gather the necessary elements to rebuild the Sith Order.

On the world of Korriban. this time the Dark Lord Marka Ragnos. Seven years after the Battle of Endor. Master Skywalker began to keep a formal compilation of known dark siders and to actively unearth any facts on the Sith that he could find. the Dark Lady of the Sith Lumiya watched circumstances unfolding with deep satisfaction. Three short years later. soon after the encounter with Ragnos.. when Luke Skywalker established an academy with the intention of rebuilding the Jedi Order. In the wake of these events.Brakiss or Dolph? The list of suspects was considerable. But Luke could only guess at who was pulling the strings. perhaps. a cauterized hole through his throat. the Sith seem to be an inextinguishable plague.. .Lecture recording from The Lundi Series. what makes you think they haven't already? [uneasy laughter]. Vol.PART SEVEN: Evil Lives "Will the Sith ever return? It's a probabilistically historical inescapability. some of Doctor Lundi's teachings among them. Soundbyte Texts Despite all the efforts of the Jedi and the Republic. The Force seethed with the suggestion of a grand. the lifeless body of the reformed Sith acolyte Flint was found on Belderone: an ancient Jedi lightsaber in hand. also was called back from the realm of Chaos to terrorize the galaxy. This latter event was not isolated. Some of the disciples of Ragnos had formerly been aligned with the dark sider Hethrir and his Empire Reborn." -. sinister scheme. through the ancient Sith Oracle and with King Adas' holocron now in her possession. Either the dark sider Irek Ismaren or Jaalib Brandl? One of Luke's rogue Jedi students. the spirit of the ancient Sith Lord Exar Kun returned to prevent the Jedi Brotherhood's resurrection. another Sith daemon. But. which had been defeated only a short time prior. 5: Historical Reincarnation. Worse.