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"But we have been a military force in the past. In fact, our predecessors waged and won the Great Sith War."
―Oppo Rancisis[4]

The Great Sith War was a conflict fought between the Jedi Order and Sith prior to the Jedi-Sith War,[2] which took place in around 1032 BBY.[3] According to Jedi Master Oppo Rancisis, the Jedi won the war.[4] In 232 BBY,[5] Rancisis cited the Jedi's victory in the war during a Jedi High Council debate over whether the Order was obliged to assist the Republic Defense Coalition in hunting down the Nihil raiders. Ultimately, the vote was narrowly decided in favor of Jedi participation, leading to the Battle of Kur.[4]

Behind the scenes[]

The Great Sith War was canonically mentioned in the 2021 novel The High Republic: Light of the Jedi, written by Charles Soule.[4] In the Star Wars Legends continuity, the Great Sith War first appeared in Tales of the Jedi 2, a comic part of the Tales of the Jedi series, published on November 16, 1993[6], written by Tom Veitch, drawn by Chris Gossett, and edited by Dan Thorsland.[7]. Although not confirmed to be the same conflict, the 2016 sourcebook for the Star Wars: Force and Destiny role-playing game, Nexus of Power includes a great number of similarities to the Legends Great Sith War, including Ulic Qel-Droma, and Exar Kun, both central figures in the Legends Great Sith War.[8][9]

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Notes and references[]

  1. Star Wars (2015) 9 states that the Sith came about from the Hundred-Year Darkness. As the name of the Great Sith War indicates that the Sith fought in it, it must have occurred after the Hundred-Year Darkness.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Ultimate Star Wars states that the Sith were nearly annihilated in the Jedi-Sith War, which drove Darth Bane, the final survivor, to create the Rule of Two, as stated in TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Sacrifice". As the Jedi-Sith War was the last major war between the Jedi and Sith, this war must have occurred prior to it.
  3. 3.0 3.1 As the Great Sith War occurs prior to the Jedi-Sith War, which ended in 1032 BBY according to The Star Wars Book, the Great Sith War must have occurred prior to 1032 BBY.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 The High Republic: Light of the Jedi
  5. The Star Wars Book dates the launch of the Starlight Beacon to 232 years before the events of Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, which corresponds to 232 BBY in the calendar system used by Star Wars: Galactic Atlas. As The High Republic: Light of the Jedi depicts the launch, its events, including Oppo Rancisis' mention of the Great Sith War, must occur in that year.
  6. MarvelLogo.svg Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi (1993) #2 on Marvel Comics' official website (backup link)
  7. SWAJsmall.jpg "Making Star Wars Comics Come Alive" – Star Wars Adventure Journal 2
  8. Nexus of Power
  9. The New Essential Chronology
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