- "At last the work of generations is complete. The great error is corrected. The day of victory is at hand. The day of revenge. The day of the Sith."
- ―Darth Sidious' message
The Final Order, also known as the Sith Eternal fleet, the Sith fleet, the Sith armada, or the Sith Empire, 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.
- "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 was the extensive world-annihilating fleet of the Sith Eternal cult led by the Sith Lord Darth Sidious. It was composed of 1,080 Xyston-class Star Destroyers, with the overall design of warships being based upon the that of the Imperial I-class Star Destroyers utilized 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 Jetpack 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 five-thousand soldiers.
- "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
Emerging from the shadows
- "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
The Final Order, also known as the Sith Empire, was created by Sith cultists as part of the Contingency of Darth Sidious—Dark Lord of the Sith and Galactic Emperor—who aimed to establish an eternal Sith rule across the galaxy. With the First Order rising to power under Darth Vader's grandson, Supreme Leader Kylo Ren, the Emperor announced his threat of revenge throughout the galaxy, prompting Ren to seek out Sidious in 35 ABY. Using a Sith wayfinder that once belonged to his grandfather, Ren discovered the legendary world of Exegol where Sidious and the Sith Eternal were located. He discovered many secrets within the Sith lair, such as the origins of his predecessor, Supreme Leader Snoke, as well as Sidious' rebirth in a cloned body and the secret heritage of the Jedi apprentice Rey. In addition to these revelations, Ren learned that he was the heir to the new Sith Empire envisioned by the cultists and their master.
Snoke had fulfilled his purpose by dying at his apprentice's hand, the Sith Eternal having created the former Supreme Leader to ensure that Ren became a worthy successor to the Sith legacy. With Ren's arrival on Exegol, Sidious unveiled the Final Order as a vast armada that would conquer the galaxy under the command of Ren as the new Emperor. Darth Sidious had a condition, however. Ren had to put an end to the legacy of the Jedi Order by killing Rey; only then would Sidious release the Final Order to the Supreme Leader's authority.
Launch of the Final Order
- "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.
- "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 fleet. The flagship of the armada, 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
- 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
Notes and references
- 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
- The Star Wars Book
- Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: Expanded Edition