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about this
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book. I want to make sure its not dangietrwoiuthbtefhoe rHe issthaorriincgal
Council.

Preface
By Darth Sidious

From the context, I believe Palpatine


assembled this volume soroonr,aoftrer
declaring himself Empe
sometime around 19-18 B.B.Y.

I have accomplished what no Sith has ever done


before. I have destroyed the Jedi and subverted
Coruscant. I sit on the throne of a new and unstoppable regime. I will shape the great Galactic Empire
according to my own design.
The Sith have dreamt of this moment since the
beginning of recorded history. I could not have
achieved this prize without treading on the backs
of those who came before. Exploiting the failures of
others is the way of the Sith.
Since my days as a young noble on Naboo, long
before I joined Darth Plagueis and began my
apprenticeship, I collected dark side lore. These rubbings of Sith tablets and untranslatable runic scrolls
were coveted and traded on the black markets by
cultists, collectors, and museum curators willing to
defy the Republics ban on Sith artifacts.

New Republic Intelligence wanndtsIetlolarIe'vveieawgtrheiesdb.ook,


and as a favor to Wedge aRI's reference.
I numbered the pages for N

The very existence of this illicit trade confirms


many vital truths: Rulers seek to control information. The powerful will do anything to hoard their
power. And if something is forbidden, it is likely a
thing worth knowing.
Getting these artifacts past the law officials and
into my quarters on Naboo provided new lessons:
True power brokers dwell in the shadows. Credits
can buy anything, even intangible concepts such as
access and silence. It is necessary to lie to achieve
anything of value. And a skilled liar is nearly impossible to detect.
Although my experience acquiring the texts provided a practical knowledge of how treasures and
secrets change hands, as well as the roles non-Force
sensitives play in keeping the galaxy running, the
actual dark side tomes deepened my knowledge of
the ancient Sith. I realized that I had all the tools I
needed to craft my own system of power, one that
fused contemporary politics with Sith ideals.

cause of the Sith. Thus I made it my goal to recover


their most famous writingsnot the revisions of
misguided chroniclers who lived hundreds of years
after them but the parchments bearing their original words and recorded by their own hands. With
the fall of the Jedi Temple, I have finally recovered
the last of these documents, though only fragments
of each have survived the centuries.
Together these pages unite one of the first
Sith Lords with he who shall be the last. Each
authors voice echoes the era in which he or she
held power, but the Sith Order has evolved over
seven thousand years. The errors made by my predecessors will not be my own. Their triumphs will
be nothing compared to my omnipotence.

At the time I wrote these words, I hoped my Empire


n
would provide limitless reach. Yet I must still rely o
sh,
others to do my bidding. And they are so often fooli
flawed, and disappointing.

Under the tutelage of Darth Plagueis, I inherited


the Sith Archivesmore than a thousand years
worth of teachings passed in secret from master
to apprentice. But what I learned was that only
a handful of figures had ever truly advanced the

The very existence of this illicit trade confirms


many vital truths: Rulers seek to control information. The powerful will do anything to hoard their
power. And if something is forbidden, it is likely a
thing worth knowing.
Getting these artifacts past the law officials and
into my quarters on Naboo provided new lessons:
True power brokers dwell in the shadows. Credits
can buy anything, even intangible concepts such as
access and silence. It is necessary to lie to achieve
anything of value. And a skilled liar is nearly impossible to detect.
Although my experience acquiring the texts provided a practical knowledge of how treasures and
secrets change hands, as well as the roles non-Force
sensitives play in keeping the galaxy running, the
actual dark side tomes deepened my knowledge of
the ancient Sith. I realized that I had all the tools I
needed to craft my own system of power, one that
fused contemporary politics with Sith ideals.

cause of the Sith. Thus I made it my goal to recover


their most famous writingsnot the revisions of
misguided chroniclers who lived hundreds of years
after them but the parchments bearing their original words and recorded by their own hands. With
the fall of the Jedi Temple, I have finally recovered
the last of these documents, though only fragments
of each have survived the centuries.
Together these pages unite one of the first
Sith Lords with he who shall be the last. Each
authors voice echoes the era in which he or she
held power, but the Sith Order has evolved over
seven thousand years. The errors made by my predecessors will not be my own. Their triumphs will
be nothing compared to my omnipotence.

At the time I wrote these words, I hoped my Empire


n
would provide limitless reach. Yet I must still rely o
sh,
others to do my bidding. And they are so often fooli
flawed, and disappointing.

Under the tutelage of Darth Plagueis, I inherited


the Sith Archivesmore than a thousand years
worth of teachings passed in secret from master
to apprentice. But what I learned was that only
a handful of figures had ever truly advanced the