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"To drive the darkness away, it seems, the light will have to perish with it!"

The Ruusan campaign was the last campaign of the New Sith Wars. The campaign also was referred to simply as the Battle of Ruusan, although that was also used to describe the seventh battle. They consisted of seven battles and a number of minor skirmishes on the planet Ruusan that were stretched over a two year span from 1002 BBY to 1000 BBY.

During the campaign, the Galactic Republic's Army of Light was commanded by Jedi Lord Hoth, and the Brotherhood of Darkness was led by Skere Kaan, Dark Lord of the Sith. Throughout the course of the battles, additional reinforcements attempted to land on Ruusan, though many Jedi forces were destroyed by an orbiting Sith blockade and many Sith reinforcements were destroyed by the Republic Navy en route to Ruusan. Four of the seven battles were won by the Army of Light, although the first battle of Ruusan was an absolute victory for the Sith; the Republic's forces were utterly destroyed and not a single Republic soldier escaped that battle alive.

The final battle led to the destruction of both the Brotherhood of Darkness and after thousands in the initial battle, a final hundred Jedi, who sacrificed themselves to force Lord Kaan to detonate his final superweapon, the thought bomb, underground in the caverns on Ruusan, taking himself and all Sith lords with him. This controversial decision and the enormous damage caused to the planet by the ongoing space, air and ground battles with ever changing fortune and the ecological aftereffects of the thought bomb lead to the Ruusan Reformation of Supreme Chancellor Tarsus Valorum and the Rule of Two of Darth Bane, who secretly arranged these course of events to wipe out the Brotherhood of Darkness and so start again with only his apprentice, to now conquer by stealth and deception.



The end of the Ruusan campaign.

Behind the scenes[]

"Here we fought seven terrible battles... Battles in which thousands of Jedi died. In spite of their superior numbers, in spite of their brutality, in spite of their willingness to invoke the dark side of the Force, the Brotherhood of Darkness lost all but two of those engagements."
―Lord Hoth to Tal[5]

The Campaign and the series of seven battles are first mentioned in the novella Dark Forces: Jedi Knight. According to Hoth's words, experienced in a vision to Kyle Katarn, the Brotherhood won only two of those battles, whereas in Darth Bane: Path of Destruction mentions that the Sith won the First, the Second and the Fourth.[2]



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(20001100 BBY)
Fourth Great Schism · Uba IV · Malrev IV · King's Galquek
Corphelion · Gap Nine · Mizra · Almas · Sictis Wars
Early Republic
Dark Age
(11001010 BBY)
First Aquilaris · Operation Influx: · Oranessan · Chelloa
Nilash III · First Darkknell · Gazzari · Jutrand · Bactranate · Byllura
Syned · Aquilaris campaign · Second Darkknell · First Skarpos
Sarrassia · Second Skarpos · Vanahame
Sith infighting · Duel (Kas'im and Na'daz)
Light and
Darkness War
(10101002 BBY)
Unidentified (Wud Mortull) · Korriban · Hoth · Dromund Kaas
Ando · Bomis Koori · Castell · Corsin · Denon
Dorin · Druckenwell · Enarc · Gizer · Gyndine · Jabiim · Mindor
Monastery · Ord Mantell · Pax · Sanrafsix · Sy Myrth
Kashyyyk · Hsskhor · Phaseera
Alaris Prime · Harpori · Balowa · Ambria · Bespin · Sullust
Taanab · Corulag · Chandrila · Brentaal IV · Lehon
Ruusan campaign
(10021000 BBY)
First Ruusan · Second Ruusan · Third Ruusan · Fourth Ruusan
Fifth Ruusan · Sixth Ruusan · Seventh Ruusan
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