Phobos was a Sith Lord who was considered ancient by the year 35 ABY. The Sith Eternal, a Sith cult operating at that time, adopted the tradition of naming its Sith trooper units after ancient Sith.
Following that practice, the 39th Legion was named after Phobos. Since the history of the Sith largely remained a secret to the rest of the galaxy, only members of the Sith Eternal were aware of the significance of the unit's name.
Behind the scenes
Phobos was first mentioned in the new Star Wars canon in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: The Visual Dictionary, a reference book for the eponymous film published on December 20, 2019. A Theelin Sith Lord named Darth Phobos had previously appeared in the Star Wars Legends continuity. In Legends, she was originally created as an exclusive character for the PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable and Wii versions of the 2008 video game Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, developed by Krome Studios and published by LucasArts.
- Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: The Visual Dictionary (First mentioned)
Notes and references
- Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: The Visual Dictionary
- Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: The Visual Dictionary dates the Resistance's discovery of the Sith Eternal and their legions of Sith troopers to one year after the Hosnian Cataclysm. Since the Hosnian Cataclysm is dated to the year 34 ABY by Star Wars: Galactic Atlas, the discovery of the Sith Eternal must therefore take place in 35 ABY.
- Star Wars: The Force Unleashed video game (PSP, PS2 and Wii versions only)