This article is about the Star Wars Legends publishing era, from 1000 BBY to 0 BBY. You may be looking for the Star Wars: Rebellion board-game expansion Rise of the Empire.
"What I remember about the rise of the Empire is… is how quiet it was. During the waning hours of the Clone Wars, the 501st was discreetly transferred back to Coruscant. It was a silent trip; We all knew what was about to happen, what we were about to do. Did we have any doubts? Any private traitorous thoughts? Perhaps, but no one said a word. Not on the flight to Coruscant, not when Order 66 came down, and not when we marched into the Jedi Temple. Not a word."
Anonymous 501st clone trooper[src]

The Rise of the Empire era, sometimes referred to as the Prequel era, takes place between 1000 BBY (the Seventh Battle of Ruusan) and 0 BBY (the Battle of Toprawa). In other words, it encompasses the whole Golden Age of the Old Republic.

The events of Episode I The Phantom Menace, Episode II Attack of the Clones, and Episode III Revenge of the Sith take place during the twilight of this era. The events of the Clone Wars film and TV series also happen in this era.

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Jinn: "Obi-Wan. Promise…Promise me you will train the boy."
Kenobi: "Yes, Master."
Jinn: "He…is the Chosen One. He…will bring balance. Train him…"
―Jinn's dying request to Kenobi — Gnome-speakernotesListen (file info)[src]

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"She will be more than a match for young Skywalker."
"It matters not. She is merely an instrument to bring forth the eradication of the Jedi.
―Darth Tyranus and Darth Sidious on Ventress — Gnome-speakernotesListen (file info)[src]
"What I worry about is the way this war seems to be drawing out with no end in sight."
"Which it is why it is crucial that our invasion of Geonosis meets with success."
―Obi-Wan Kenobi and Ki-Adi-Mundi — Gnome-speakernotesListen (file info)[src]

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"Run, Jedi, run. You have only prolonged the inevitable."
―General Grievous — Gnome-speakernotesListen (file info)[src]

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"Now is the time to strike. Now is the time to launch our final operation."
―Darth Sidious — Gnome-speakernotesListen (file info)[src]

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"Dark Lord! Whatever you want, you won't find it here!"
―Kento Marek to Darth Vader — Gnome-speakernotesListen (file info)[src]

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"You were weak when I found you. Now your hatred has become your strength."
―Darth Vader — Gnome-speakernotesListen (file info)[src]

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"Poor boy. The Sith always betray one another. But I’m sure you’ll learn that soon enough."
―Shaak Ti to Starkiller, and her last words — Gnome-speakernotesListen (file info)[src]

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"Brought you here, the galaxy has. Your path, clearly, this is."
"You know what I'm looking for."
"Something lost. A part of yourself, perhaps. That which you seek, inside, you will find."
Galen Marek's clone met by Yoda at the entrance to the cave — Gnome-speakernotesListen (file info)[src]

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