- "He's been planning his revenge. His followers have been building something for years. The largest fleet the galaxy has ever known. He calls it the Final Order. In sixteen hours, attacks on all free worlds begin. The Emperor and his fleet have been hiding in the Unknown Regions on a world called Exegol."
- ―Poe Dameron
The Final Order, also known as the Sith Eternal fleet, the Sith fleet, or the Sith armada, was a massive fleet of Xyston-class Star Destroyers secretly constructed by Sith cultists led by the Sith Lord Darth Sidious on the planet Exegol. Alongside an army of Sith troopers, the Final Order was the culmination of an agenda over a thousand years and a conspiracy decades in the making. With each Star Destroyer armed with an axial superlaser capable of destroying entire worlds, the Final Order's objective was to bring the galaxy under the perpetual reign of a new Sith Empire through military force.
As the Resistance fought against the First Order, a successor to the Galactic Empire in all but name, adherents to the Sith religion, the Sith Eternal, labored to create the largest armada in galactic history. The Final Order's existence was revealed to Supreme Leader Kylo Ren by the reborn Dark Lord Darth Sidious, who urged Darth Vader's heir to take the fleet and rule all the galaxy as the new Emperor.
Although Ren renounced the dark side of the Force, Sidious' plans continued apace with the support of Allegiant General Enric Pryde. The Derriphan, one of the many Star Destroyers comprising the Final Order, demonstrated its power to the galaxy by destroying the planet Kijimi. In order to prevent Sidious from realizing his goal of establishing a new Sith Empire, the Resistance fleet deployed to the Unknown Regions in a last-ditch effort to prevent the launching of the Final Order.
Ultimately, the Battle of Exegol was a decisive defeat for Sidious and his followers, with the Final Order utterly destroyed by the Resistance and a citizens' fleet. As a result, the First Order military was openly attacked by an uprising of people on numerous worlds across the galaxy, from Bespin, Jakku, and Endor, to Naboo, Corellia, and Coruscant.
Composition[edit | edit source]
- "Forgive me, sir, but these allies on Exegol, they sound like a cult. Conjurers and soothsayers."
"They've conjured legions of Star Destroyers. The Sith fleet will increase our resources ten thousand fold."
- ―Domaric Quinn and Enric Pryde
The Sith Eternal fleet, referred to as the Final Order by Darth Sidious, was composed of over a thousand[source?] Xyston-class Star Destroyers, which were based on the design of the older Imperial I-class Star Destroyers used by the Imperial Navy of the Galactic Empire. The Final Order also possessed AAL-2100/9.5 atmospheric assault landers and TIE/dg starfighters. However, Xyston-class Star Destroyers were larger, had red accents along the hull of their vessels, and were equipped with a large axial superlaser capable of destroying planets, which took the place of a standard Imperial-class Star Destroyer's main hangar space. These Star Destroyers housed TIE/dg starfighters, with triangular wings and red accents, which were capable of ship-to-ship combat, and Sith troopers, including their variant Sith jet troopers, which were deployed via AAL-2100/9.5 atmospheric assault landers and divided into traditional Sith legions, each of which being named after deceased Sith Lords, and were comprised of 5,000 soldiers.
Organization[edit | edit source]
History[edit | edit source]
Emerging from the shadows[edit | edit source]
- "What could you give me?"
"Everything. A new empire. The might of the Final Order will soon be ready. It will be yours… if you do as I ask. Kill the girl! End the Jedi, and become what your grandfather, Vader, could not. You will rule all the galaxy as the new Emperor."
- ―Kylo Ren and Darth Sidious
In 35 ABY, Sith cultists revealed themselves from the Unknown Regions on Exegol by broadcasting a message to the wider galaxy, which declared revenge from fallen Emperor and Dark Lord of the Sith Darth Sidious. Upon learning of this, Kylo Ren, Supreme Leader of the First Order, determined to eradicate any potential threats to his rule, acquired a Sith wayfinder owned by his grandfather, Darth Vader, and imbued by the Force that contained coordinates to a location in the Unknown Regions. Ren arrived at the Sith Citadel on Exegol, where he found the Sith Eternal and the Emperor, who divulged that he had created Snoke, the former Supreme Leader of the First Order. Revealing the fleet that his followers had constructed in secret, Sidious offered command of the Final Order to Ren, along with the promise of ruling over a new galaxy-wide Sith Empire as the new Emperor, but only if he eliminated the Jedi apprentice Rey.
Launch of the Final Order[edit | edit source]
- "The Resistance is dead. The Sith flame will burn. All worlds, surrender or die. The Final Order begins."
- ―Darth Sidious
Despite Sidious' plans for Ren, the Skywalker heir abandoned the dark side and the First Order, returning to the light side as Ben Solo. Allegiant General Enric Pryde, from his Resurgent-class Star Destroyer Steadfast, pledged his loyalty to the Emperor he once served. With the support of Pryde, Sidious determined that the time had come to launch the Final Order from Exegol. Although the First Order and the Sith Eternal were both offshoots of the Emperor's Contingency, pragmatic First Order officers found it difficult to work alongside the fanatic Sith Eternal cultists.
Acting on the Emperor's orders, General Pryde deployed a Xyston-class Star Destroyer, the Derriphan, from Exegol to destroy a planet close to the Resistance with its axial superlaser as a show of force. The target that they chose was Kijimi, and the capital ship's superlaser sent down a red laser beam to strike the surface, using red bolts of energy to hit the planet. Massive shockwaves erupted across Kijimi, and eventually, the laser beam broke through the core of the world and ripped it apart. The destruction of Kijimi was broadcast across the galaxy by the Sith Eternal, who proclaimed that the Resistance was finished and the Sith flame will burn and demanded for every world to surrender.
Downfall[edit | edit source]
- "People are rising up all over the galaxy. Poe. We did it."
"We did it."
- ―Finn and Poe Dameron
The fleet, its warships too numerous for a simultaneous exit from Exegol without a guiding navigational beacon, relied on a navigation signal to operate their initial launch from the Sith world. A navigation tower on the planet had been constructed to fulfill that purpose, although other ships were able to fulfill the same purpose in emergencies.
Despite the decades of effort that had been placed into the construction of this titanic force, the Final Order's purpose of retribution was never fulfilled. It was confronted by a small force of the Resistance fleet, led by General Poe Dameron and General Finn. Although this early token force was nearly annihilated, a "citizens' fleet" consisting of thousands of armed civilian vessels, emerged from hyperspace above the destroyers. Utilizing a weakness in the design of the Xyston-class wherein their planet-killer cannons served as a weak point, the bolstered Resistance fleet quickly routed the Sith Eternal navy. The flagship of the fleet, the Steadfast, was destroyed as well, preventing any of the destroyers from fleeing the engagement.
As a result, the Final Order was decisively defeated at the Battle of Exegol, its warships reduced to debris on Exegol's surface. With the Sith fleet destroyed, the First Order faced widespread revolts across the galaxy.
Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]
Appearances[edit | edit source]
- Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker (First appearance)
- Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: Expanded Edition
- Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: Expanded Edition audiobook
- Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: A Junior Novel
- Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: A Junior Novel audiobook
Sources[edit | edit source]
Notes and references[edit | edit source]
- Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker
- Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: The Visual Dictionary dates the events of Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker as taking place one year after the Starkiller Incident, which Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates to 34 ABY. Therefore, the events of Star Wars: Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker, including the dissolution of the Sith Eternal fleet, take place in 35 ABY.
- Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: The Visual Dictionary