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Exar Kun was a Dark Lord of the Sith who flourished thousands of years before Darth Sidious and his Sith apprentice Darth Maul.[2] According to the Qel-Droma Epics, Kun was a former Jedi who turned to the dark side of the Force and became a Sith Lord,[1] leading a Sith Empire with fellow fallen Jedi Ulic Qel-Droma[3] around 4000 BBY.[4]

During the Imperial Era, crime lord Dryden Vos owned a desk with an obsidian slab as its base, which he had plundered from a Sith temple. The stone was carved with the warding spells,[5] as well as an inscription reading "Our temple honouring Sith Lord Exar Kun."[6]

Behind the scenes[]

Exar Kun in the Star Wars Legends continuity

Exar Kun was first mentioned in the new Star Wars canon in Nexus of Power, a 2016 supplement to the Star Wars roleplaying products made by Fantasy Flight Games.[3] The character was created by Kevin J. Anderson and originated in the Star Wars Legends continuity, where he first appeared, albeit unnamed, in the 1994 novel Jedi Search[7] before being fully introduced in the sequel released that same year, Dark Apprentice.[8] When creating the character, Anderson was initially unsure whether Kun should be a Dark Lord of the Sith or a "Dark Jedi,"[9] finally making his decision when George Lucas voted on the former.[10]

In the 2018 reference book The Art of Solo: A Star Wars Story, Solo: A Star Wars Story set decorator Lee Sandales described the obsidian stone used as the base for crime lord Dryden Vos's desk aboard the First Light as having been plundered by Vos from the Sith temple of Exar Kun.[11]



Notes and references[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Gadgets and Gear
  2. 2.0 2.1 AltayaCite.svg "Lightsabers and Jedi Equipment" – Star Wars Encyclopedia
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Nexus of Power
  4. 4.0 4.1 According to Nexus of Power, the Qel-Droma Epics dates the destruction of Ossus to approximately 4000 years before the Imperial Era. The Epics also say that Ossus' destruction took place a one thousand years after the Great Hyperspace War, it could be calculated that the war occurred approximately 5000 years before the Imperial Era. Nexus of Power also establishes that Exar Kun was active in the millennium following the Great Hyperspace War. Therefore, Exar Kun must have been active approximately 4000 years before the Imperial Era.
  5. Solo: A Star Wars Story The Official Guide
  6. Solo: A Star Wars Story
  7. Jedi Search
  8. Dark Apprentice
  9. The Lucasfilm Fan Club Magazine 22
  10. GalaxyCite.png "ComicScan: Taken by Force"—Star Wars Galaxy Magazine 8
  11. The Art of Solo: A Star Wars Story
  12. Star Wars: The Dark Side
  13. The Star Wars Book places the supposed destruction of the Sith—which occurred at the end of the Jedi-Sith War according to Star Wars Propaganda: A History of Persuasive Art in the Galaxy— to 1,032 years before the events of Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas states that A New Hope begins in 0 BBY, meaning the Sith's defeat must have occurred in 1032 BBY. As the Star Wars: The Clone Wars episode "Sacrifice" establishes that Bane created the Rule of Two after the Jedi-Sith War, it must have been created after 1032 BBY.