- "I chose to pass my knowledge on to only one. I created a legacy so resilient that now, you come before me."
- ―An illusion of Darth Bane, to Yoda
Darth Zannah was a Dark Lord of the Sith and the Sith apprentice of Darth Bane, who was trained to carry their master's teachings and the Rule of Two forward after a war between the Sith Order and the Jedi Order.
Approximately one thousand years prior to the Invasion of Naboo, the Sith Lord Darth Bane enacted the Rule of Two. This teaching mandated that there would only be two Sith at any given time; a master to embody power, and an apprentice to crave it. As part of the Rule of Two, Bane took on an apprentice, Darth Zannah, upon whom he passed his teachings.
Zannah escaped the notice of the Jedi. After Bane's defeat, his apprentice carried on the Rule of Two, which allowed the Sith to survive in secret while the Jedi falsely believed that the Sith had become extinct. Although the historical records were not accurate about the identity of Bane's apprentice or how Bane died, he supposedly died in a duel with Zannah on the Inner Rim world of Ambria, a pattern which would be repeated by almost all Sith thereafter.
Behind the scenesEdit
Darth Bane's apprentice was first mentioned in Terry Brooks' novelization for Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace and was male. Brooks' novel was based on backstory notes by Star Wars creator George Lucas.
- Star Wars Helmet Collection 2 (Databank A-Z: Alzoc III—Antilles) (First identified as Darth Zannah)
- Star Wars: The Dark Side
- (Indirect mention only)