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"What are you? You're no Jedi."
"We are adherents. Acolytes of the Beyond."
―Ooblamon and an Acolyte of the Beyond[2]

The Acolytes of the Beyond, also known simply as the Acolytes, were a sith cult of dark side fanatics who came to prominence during the early years of the era of the New Republic, and had developed into a network of cells across the galaxy by the time the Galactic Civil War was ending. These religious zealots were known sacrifice of sentient beings and to allegedly consult with the specters of fallen Sith.

After the death of Darth Vader during the Battle of Endor, the Acolytes of the Beyond emerged and followed the Sith religion and purchased what they believed was the fallen Dark Lord of the Sith's lightsaber, intending to return it to him in death. Two months after purchasing the lightsaber, the Acolytes staged a revolution in Coronet City on Corellia. Prior to the Battle of Jakku, Acolyte cells throughout the galaxy launched a series of coordinated attacks against New Republic enclaves and outposts on various worlds including Devaron.

The Acolytes of the Beyond had all but seamlessly disappeared sometime before 21 ABY, fading into history.

Description[]

"As are all living things. All are caught in the river of power that is the Force, trapped by its currents. Only those who wield the dark side of the Force are capable of changing those currents; they are riverbreakers. They do not surrender to fate. They are its foes."
―Kiza's thoughts about the Acolytes' beliefs[1]

Sith lightsabers were of great interest to the Acolytes.

The Acolytes of the Beyond consisted of non-Force-sensitive individuals who called themselves shadows. The shadows regarded themselves and all other living things as slaves to the Force, which they perceived as a river of power. They believed that only Force-users who wielded the dark side of the Force were capable of changing those currents. They regarded the Sith as riverbreakers who did not succumb to fate. The Acolytes worshiped fallen Sith, who had gone beyond the veil. Many Acolytes also received dreams from fallen Sith.[1]

The Acolytes were led by masters such as Yupe Tashu, who communicated with fallen Sith specters. They also revered various Sith artifacts including lightsabers and helmets since they were imbued with the power of the dark side. While the Acolytes initially stole lightsabers in order to sacrifice to the Sith "beyond," they began to keep the ancient weapons following the rise of the New Republic, and to be given a lightsaber was considered a great honor. As Sith devotees, the Acolytes opposed the new order brought by the New Republic. During the last stage of the Galactic Civil War, the Acolytes embarked on a campaign of armed resistance against the new government. The acolytes were known through as "the mark of Vader."[1]

History[]

"We are not violent. Not yet."
―An Acolyte of the Beyond[2]

During the Battle of Endor, the Dark Lord of the Sith Darth Vader was killed after sacrificing his life to kill his Sith Master: Darth Sidious, the Emperor of the Galactic Empire.[5] Several months later, the group known as the Acolytes of the Beyond came in contact with a Kubaz junk dealer named Ooblamon on the planet Taris, who claimed to possess the red-bladed lightsaber that had belonged to the Dark Lord. Three Acolytes of the Beyond purchased the lightsaber from Ooblamon, intending to destroy it and return it to Vader in death. Ooblamon was unsure if it was Vader's lightsaber, but the transaction was carried out nonetheless.[2] Sidious' former adviser Yupe Tashu,[1] who was also currently the foremost expert on the dark side of the Force, joined the Acolytes with his partner, a Sith assassin known as Ochi of Bestoon.[6]

The Acolytes of the Beyond rampaged through the streets of Corellia.

During a revolution in Coronet City on the planet Corellia, another Acolyte, a boy who called himself Oblivion, was arrested. He was taken to a nearby station where he was freed by the Pantoran Kiza, a secret member of the organization. Together they killed all but one of the detectives in the station, cutting off his hand.[7] While the other Acolytes rampaged through the streets of Coronet City, Kiza and Remi infiltrated the archives underneath the station and stole a Sith lightsaber. Remi became the owner of the Sith lightsaber and was influenced by the dark side presence inside the object. While the Acolytes had initially stolen Sith lightsabers to sacrifice to the Sith beyond, they began to keep them as the group began to embark on a policy of armed resistance against the New Republic, the successor to the Rebel Alliance.[1]

By 5 ABY, the Acolytes of the Beyond had developed into a network of cells across the galaxy. They were led by several masters including Tashu, who worshiped fallen Sith. In the period leading up to the Battle of Jakku, the Acolytes launched a series of coordinated strikes against New Republic outposts and enclaves on various worlds. Tashu led a 24-member cell on the planet Devaron during an attack on a small New Republic outpost.[1]

Prior to the attack, Tashu gifted the mask of Viceroy Exim Panshard to Kiza. When Remi demanded the mask for himself, Tashu chastised him and handed his lightsaber to Kiza. During the attack on the New Republic outpost, the Acolytes brandished various weapons including clubs, machine shop blades, and chop-axes, which were all painted red. Kiza was possessed by the dark side presence inside her mask. When Remi tried to reclaim his lightsaber, Kiza killed him.[1] At some point before the mission to Pasaana of 21 ABY,[4] the Acolytes no longer existed, but Ochi had become a follower of the Sith Eternal under the resurrected Sidious.[6]

Behind the scenes[]

The Acolytes of the Beyond first appeared the 2015 novel Aftermath, written by Chuck Wendig.[2]

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Notes and references[]

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 Aftermath: Empire's End
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Aftermath
  3. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: The Visual Dictionary states that Temmin Wexley and Norra Wexley were reunited on Akiva 30 years before the Starkiller incident, which Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates to 34 ABY. Therefore their reunion, and the events of Aftermath, including the appearance of the Acoltyes of the Beyond, took place in 4 ABY.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "The Final Order and the Battle of Exegol" establishes that the Acolytes of the Beyond fell sometime prior to the mission to Pasaana. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: The Visual Dictionary dates the mission to thirteen years before the Starkiller Incident, which Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates to 34 ABY. Therefore, the mission must take place in 21 ABY.
  5. Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi
  6. 6.0 6.1 AltayaCite.svg "The Final Order and the Battle of Exegol" – Star Wars Encyclopedia
  7. Aftermath: Life Debt
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