The Book of Sith was a collection of Sith historical writings assembled into a single book by Darth Sidious. It was bound sometime around 19-18 BBY, shortly after the Sith Grand Plan succeeded at dismantling the Galactic Republic, exterminating the Jedi Order, and in placing Sidious in undisputed control of the known galaxy.
The book assembled a group of philosophical and journalistic writings by various dark siders spanning from writings by Palpatine himself, all the way back to the Second Great Schism nearly 7,000 years prior. Besides Sidious, authors included Sorzus Syn of the old Sith Empire, Darth Malgus of the reconstituted Sith Empire, founder of the Order of the Sith Lords Darth Bane, Nightsisters leader Mother Talzin, and Sidious' own master, Darth Plagueis.
History[edit | edit source]
As a result of Operation: Knightfall, which saw the Jedi Temple's occupants and stewards executed as traitors to the Republic, the Archives were opened to Sidious' exploration. It was in the ruins of the Temple that he uncovered many of these ancient documents, and compiled them into a single volume.
Each of the documents had marginal notes hand-written by the various people who held them over time. These included Yoda, Mace Windu, Quinlan Vos, Count Dooku, and Asajj Ventress. Sidious added his own marginalia after assembling the documents into the book, and Darth Vader made his own notes after being made to study the texts by Sidious.
In 24 ABY, the book was rediscovered by Luke Skywalker amid the ruins of the Emperor's storehouses of Mount Tantiss on Wayland, after stumbling upon a chamber that, until that year remained hidden.
Rather than turn it over to the New Republic Historical Council when he discovered it, Skywalker took the book into his own possession. He feared it may have contained dangerous secrets which could not be made public, and kept it for study before deciding on its fate. Besides Skywalker, the only other individuals aware of his discovery were his wife, former Emperor's Hand Mara Jade Skywalker, and his sister Leia Organa Solo. He did, however, implement page numbers into the text and put them into chronological order for the New Republic Intelligence Service's reference, as part of a favor for Wedge Antilles and his wife, Iella Wessiri Antilles of the NRI wanting to review the book.
Sections[edit | edit source]
Sorzus Syn's chronicle[edit | edit source]
Darth Malgus's war journal[edit | edit source]
During the Outer Rim campaigns in the opening years of the Great Galactic War, Darth Malgus kept a journal to record his thoughts and experiences. These pages recall some of his struggles in the first years of the war.
The Rule of Two[edit | edit source]
There is only two; one to embody the power, and the other to crave it. Some time after the end of the New Sith Wars and Darth Bane's foundation of the Rule of Two, he collected philosophies that would guide the Sith Order for the next thousand years, entitling his work The Rule of Two.
Wild Power[edit | edit source]
The Science of Creating Life[edit | edit source]
Absolute Power[edit | edit source]
Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]
Removable items location[edit | edit source]
- Note from Luke Skywalker (inside front cover)
- Scrap of a Sith burial shroud (between p44-45)
- Coruscant battle map from the Great Galactic War (between p62-63)
- Diagram detailing Palpatine's political strategies during the Clone Wars (between p148-149)
- Propaganda poster for the Galactic Empire (between p156-157)
- Sith lightsaber crystal (located beneath Book of Sith within Sith Holocron)
- Nightsister talisman (located beneath Book of Sith within Sith Holocron)
Sources[edit | edit source]
- Book of Sith: Secrets from the Dark Side
- Official Book of Sith Endnotes (part 1)
- Official Book of Sith Endnotes (part 2)
- Official Book of Sith Endnotes (part 3)
- Official Book of Sith Endnotes (part 4)
- Official Book of Sith Endnotes (part 5)
- Official Book of Sith Endnotes (part 6) - Darth Plagueis section