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"Once we were brothers in the Force. But from the Hundred-Year Darkness were born the Sith."
―A Jedi[src]

The Hundred-Year Darkness was a period of time that led to the formation of the Sith, who were once considered brothers in the Force with the Jedi Order. The birth of the Sith led to a number of wars over the course of galactic history.

History[edit | edit source]

The Hundred-Year Darkness[edit | edit source]

Thousands of years before the Clone Wars,[4] the Jedi Order and the individuals who became the Sith were considered brothers in the Force. This unity fractured, however, during the period of time known as the Hundred-Year Darkness,[5] when a rogue Jedi came to believe that the true power of the Force lay not through contemplation and passivity, and that only by tapping its dark side could its true potential be reached. The Jedi High Council balked at this new direction and the fallen Jedi was cast out, but he gained followers and formed a new order,[6] which eventually became the Sith.[5]

During the Hundred-Year Darkness, hellhulk stations were used,[7] and the Shadowfang Beast, a bioconstruct that generated a resonance-absorptive shield, was created.[8] The Tah'Nuhna species were neutral during the war.[9]

Legacy[edit | edit source]

"Lesson Two. Now that they're extinct, the Jedi are romanticized—deified. But if you strip away the myth and look at their deeds, from the birth of the Sith to the fall of the Republic the legacy of the Jedi is failure. Hypocrisy. Hubris."
Luke Skywalker, to Rey on the legacy of the Jedi[src]

The birth of the Sith led to countless wars between the two rival sects.[10] The Sith were believed to have been destroyed in the Jedi-Sith War, but they eventually returned to galactic prominence[11] and ushered in the Clone Wars.[12] Both sides of the war were controlled by Darth Sidious, known publicly as Supreme Chancellor Sheev Palpatine,[13] and allowed him to gain enough power over the galaxy to transform the Galactic Republic into the Galactic Empire. This led to decades of Sith rule over the galaxy,[14] which lasted until Sidious' death during the Battle of Endor.[15]

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

The Hundred-Year Darkness was a conflict originally created for Star Wars Legends, previously known as the Expanded Universe, and made its first appearance in the comic book series Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi.[16][17] The event was canonized in the 2015 comic book Star Wars 9.[5]

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Sources[edit | edit source]

Notes and references[edit | edit source]

  1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens: The Visual Dictionary
  2. Star Wars: Complete Locations
  3. Star Wars 9 establishes that the Hundred-Year Darkness resulted in the creation of the Sith. Since the Sith Empire participated in the Great Hyperspace War shortly after the Unification Wars, and since it had to have existed after the formation of the Sith, it can be deduced that the Unification Wars took place after the Hundred-Year Darkness.
  4. 4.0 4.1 The novel Tarkin established that the Sith were in existence at least five thousand years before the Clone Wars.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 Star Wars 9
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Encyclopedia Sith in the Encyclopedia (content now obsolete; backup link)
  7. Doctor Aphra 16
  8. Doctor Aphra Annual 2
  9. Allegiance 1
  10. TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Sacrifice"
  11. Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace
  12. TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Shadow Warrior"
  13. Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones
  14. Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
  15. Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi
  16. Tales of the Jedi: Dark Lords of the Sith 3: Descent to the Dark Side
  17. Tales of the Jedi: Dark Lords of the Sith 4: Death of a Dark Jedi
History of the Sith
Hundred-Year Darkness · Sith Wars · Sith war · Great Sith War · Sith Empire · Great Scourge of Malachor
Darth Momin's destruction of a city · Great Hyperspace War · Battle of Wasted Years · Era of the Sith
Battle of Takodana · Jedi-Sith War · Rule of Two
Great Plan (Oba Diah · Naboo Crisis · Separatist Crisis · Clone Wars)
Darth Maul (Drazkel · Mandalorian civil war · Campaign against the Shadow Collective)
Galactic Empire (Great Jedi Purge · Early rebellion · Galactic Civil War) · Mission to Malachor · World Between Worlds
Sith Eternal (First Order/Resistance War)
History of the Jedi
Prime Jedi · Jedi Order · Hundred-Year Darkness · Sith Wars · Sith war · Great Sith War · Great Scourge of Malachor
Entruvia Conflict · Doom of the Ordu Aspectu · Mandalorian-Jedi War · Fall of the Old Republic · Stark Hyperspace War
Darth Momin's destruction of a city · Great Hyperspace War · Battle of Takodana · Jedi-Sith War · Jedi–Zygerrian conflict
Skirmish on the moon of Drazkel · Naboo Crisis · Open-Closed War · Separatist Crisis · Clone Wars · Mandalorian civil war
Great Jedi Purge · Early rebellion against the Galactic Empire · Galactic Civil War · Destruction of the Jedi Temple
First Order/Resistance War
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