- "The noblest among us, he always offered his wisdom."
- ―Naga Sadow
Simus was a Force-sensitive Sith warlord and magician who lived during the Golden Age of the Sith. Proficient in Sith magic, he trained the future Darth, Naga Sadow, and was one of the most powerful Sith Lord of his time. Over a century before Sadow's ascension to the Sith Empire's throne, Simus challenged fellow Marka Ragnos for the title of Dark Lord of the Sith. Although Simus was defeated and beheaded in a duel against Ragnos, the magician clung onto his life—relying on a Sith servant for mobility, the bodiless Simus preserved himself from death by encasing his head in a crystalline container.
Eventually, Lord Simus was made a part of the Marka Ragnos' Sith Council, becoming a respected member whose opinion was highly valued. He watched as Marka Ragnos grew in power—the ruling Dark Lord pitted his adversaries against each other and ensured that there were no threats to his throne. Simus was one of the few who survived, advising his former rival on the Sith Council. When Ragnos died, Simus' apprentice, Naga Sadow, was one of two challengers for the mantle of Dark Lord in 5000 BBY. The other, Ludo Kressh, wished to keep the Empire hidden from the Galactic Republic that controlled much of the galaxy, while Sadow wished to expand the Empire's borders. Although the Sith Council was split on the matter, Simus mediated between its clashing warlords whilst providing support for his long-time friend Sadow, backing his candidacy for the Sith throne.
In Naga Sadow's attempt to provide the other councilors with a reason to wage war against the Republic, Simus was killed by the Dark Lord–aspirant with a Republic-issue blaster. Sadow then proceeded to frame the Republic for the much-respected magician's assassination, thus achieving the late Simus and his personal desire to initiate the conquest of the galaxy. However, despite Naga Sadow's efforts and his mastery of Sith magic, the Sith Empire was repelled and defeated by the Republic. The Golden Age of the Sith came to an abrupt end, and just over a millennia later, by the time of Darth Revan, the fallen Empire held only fragmentary memories of Lord Simus.
Biography[edit | edit source]
Duel with Marka Ragnos[edit | edit source]
- "I remember when he lost his duel with Marka Ragnos… But he never gave up, never failed us."
- ―Naga Sadow
Born several centuries before 5000 BBY, Simus was a male Sith who became one of the most powerful Force-sensitives of his time. After the fall of the Sith Empire's reigning Dark Lord of the Sith prior to 5100 BBY, amongst those who contended for the throne were the Sith warlords Simus and Marka Ragnos. Powerful both physically and in the Force, Ragnos rose to prominence through a series of short, ruthless campaigns against his rivals, and was known for competing in the Kaggath, an honored Sith tradition that entailed direct confrontation of one's powerbase against another's. Thus, Marka Ragnos came to be Simus' chief competitor for the mantle Dark Lord, and Simus challenged Ragnos to battle.
The duel between Marka Ragnos and Simus left the latter scarred and bodiless—yet Simus held onto his life. As remembered by his apprentice Naga Sadow a century later, the fallen Dark Lord–contender was determined not to fail the Sith. Using Sith techniques unknown to others, Simus kept himself alive, preserving his head in a specialized crystalline container. The crystal sphere was structured by metal, with transparent orange-colored material encasing the severed head. A lightly-armored Sith served as the bearer of Simus' container, ferrying it as his beheaded master willed.
Golden Age of the Sith[edit | edit source]
- "You speak with mindless fear, Ludo Kressh. Do not be so quick to destroy an opportunity."
- ―Simus speaks to Ludo Kressh on the Sith Council
Simus was eventually offered a place on the Sith Council, an advisory body of the Sith Empire that met at the Sith Citadel on the ice-covered world of Ziost, where he sat alongside other warlords such as Ludo Kressh, Horak-mul, and Dor Gal-ram. The bodiless male watched as Marka Ragnos gained and maintained dominance over the Sith Empire, living through the assassinations of and infighting amongst detractors. Simus served faithfully for over a hundred years on the Council, advising his former rival and becoming one of the most respected Sith amongst the councilors.
Aside from attending the Sith Council, Simus took on a Sith named Naga Sadow as his apprentice. Although most Sith during Marka Ragnos' reign were ignorant of their ancient enemies—the Jedi and the Galactic Republic that governed much of the galaxy—Sadow was raised from birth to fight against purported threats of an invasion by the Republic and the replacement of Sith tenets with that of the rivalling Jedi Order's. Amidst the frequent infighting amongst the Sith, which was stirred by Ragnos to prevent his fear that further Sith expansion would result in contact with the Jedi and the Republic with disastrous effects, Sadow became viceroy of Khar Shian in Sith Space. There, Simus' apprentice ruled over a powerbase consisting of specially bred Massassi warriors and a secret fleet of warships from the moon. When Ragnos died around 5000 BBY, Simus' pupil bidded for the position of Dark Lord of the Sith along with fellow councilor Ludo Kressh. Naga Sadow was supported by his master as well as several other members of the Council in his aspiration to expand the borders of the Sith Empire, while Ludo Kressh was a conservative contender with popular support, wanting to remain unchanged in their golden age; keeping the Empire strong and stable before seeking new frontiers, and to ensure that they retained their wealth and kept firm control on the Sith people.
Simus attended the burial ritual at the funeral of Marka Ragnos. The ritual required all Sith Lords participating to space themselves evenly in a perfect circle. The ceremony regarding Marka Ragnos was conducted by twenty individuals, including Ludo Kressh, who led from the coveted sixth position, as well as Simus, who was located directly opposite Kressh, in the sixteenth position. After the procession leading to the sealing of the tomb of Marka Ragnos on the Sith burial world of Korriban, Naga Sadow confronted Ludo Kressh before the deceased Dark Lord of the Sith's tomb for Ragnos' throne. Thus, just as Marka Ragnos and Simus dueled over a century before, a duel between Sadow and Kressh ensued. The two combatants were closely matched when Ragnos' spirit appeared, telling them the existence of their ancient foes, the Jedi, and that that although it was the Golden Age of the Sith, circumstances may soon change, and warned the two Sith to choose their paths wisely.
As Simus's former rival's spirit departed, a foreign starship made landing on Korriban; after inputing random coordinates into the navigation computer of their scoutship, the Starbreaker 12, two Human hyperspace explorers from the Galactic Republic had inadvertently discovered the mausoleum planet with a direct hyperlane between the Republic's Core Worlds and Sith Space. The off-worlders, twins named Jori and Gav Daragon, proceeded to declare their intention of coming in peace, and told the Sith that they hailed from the Republic. Upon hearing this, in their fear that the two Human off-worlders' arrival was the harbinger of a full-scale attack from the Republic Marka Ragnos had warned about, the Sith Council immediately ordered the Daragons' imprisonment and convened to discuss the matter.
Dissension[edit | edit source]
- "[The Sith] must continually test their strength against each other… even if it means destroying themselves."
- ―Kreia, referring to the civil war between Naga Sadow and Ludo Kressh
The ten members of the Sith Council, including Simus, Sadow, and Kressh, held a meeting on the planet Ziost, where the Dark Lord of the Sith normally ruled from—however, a new Dark Lord had yet to be decided; the Council's warlords vied for rulership of the Empire. One of the councilors quickly claimed that the two Humans were spies sent by the Republic, and if the off-worlders were allowed to escape, the two would return with their forces to plunder all that the Sith had worked hard to build. Kressh and his conservative faction were of the opinion that they should kill the two explorers and remove all evidence that they were ever on the planet.
Lord Simus, however, served as the power-hungry councilors' mediator, telling Kressh that he was overtaken by fear and constrained by irrational prudence. The dismembered councilor told the council that this was an opportunity—one they should consider before destroying it forever. Sadow was quick to side with his old master, and told Kressh that he was not adapting his thinking to the changing world they lived in—that he was still living in the past, in the times of Marka Ragnos, and that he was afraid of change. Yet Kressh persisted, saying that if Simus was wrong, they would lose everything, while if Kressh was wrong, they would lose but the lives of two worthless Humans. Sadow responded angrily, telling the Sith Councilors that to kill the two explorers was to lose the chance to pursue glory and riches, capture thousands of new worlds, and conquer the entire galaxy. Holding Simus' gaze, Naga Sadow told the others that it was their destiny.
Death[edit | edit source]
- "There will be no turning back… the other Sith Lords will draw their own conclusions."
- ―Naga Sadow, after killing Simus
Nevertheless, many members of the Council did not share Sadow and Simus's optimism, and decided that Jori and Gav Daragon posed too great a threat to their Empire. They gave the orders for the captives' immediate execution, before resolving to discuss of their ship at the next meeting. Simus was tasked with telling the two youths of their fate, and, carried by his bodyguard, the Sith Lord traveled to the Daragons' cell within the cold depths of the Ziost Sith Citadel. The guard lifted his container up to the bars of the tiny cell, and the bodiless man told them what was to happen to them and the Sith Council's rationale. Gav Daragon protested, telling the Sith Lord they had not even provided a testimony, but Simus dismissed him, replying that their information was irrelevant to the Council's deliberations.
Despite political opposition, Sadow was determined to see out his plan, and, behind the other Councilors' backs, he had a tracer placed in the Daragons' ship. He even kept his plan secret from his friend Simus, for if it was to work, no one could get in the way. Later, Simus and his servant discovered a disruption in the cell block where Jori and Gav were being imprisoned on Ziost. The magician found his apprentice standing alone in the corridor, surrounded by dozens of Sith corpses. Simus was concerned for Sadow's well being, believing, like the other Councilors would in time, that it had been a Republic raid. Instead, Sadow turned towards his master, uttering the words "sorry, my old ally" as he fired at Simus with a Republic-issue blaster pistol taken from the Starbreaker 12, shattering the wizened Sith's head container and killing him instantly with a single blaster bolt, which also pierced through Simus' servant.
Legacy[edit | edit source]
- "I might have considered the Republic a myth… until the terrible attack that killed Lord Simus."
- ―Sith councilor Horak-mul falls for the manipulation of Naga Sadow
Leaving the weapon as an incriminating evidence against the Republic, Naga Sadow left the scene of murder. Simus's charred head was soon found by the Council, which mourned his death, angry that someone would kill such a helpless opponent. They declared the "Republic agents" monsters for having slain the veteran Council member, whom they all had great respect for, even those who did not support his ideas. Sadow then burst in, pretending to be oblivious to the goings on. Presented the remains of Simus by councilor Dor Gal-ram, Naga Sadow delivered a eulogy for his late mentor, lamenting the loss of Simus and successfully call for the Council to unite and prepare to strike at the Republic, securing his own place as the new Dark Lord of the Sith. Left with Horak-mul and Dor Gal-ram as his only supporters on the Sith Council, Ludo Kressh stormed out of the Ziost citadel in defiance of what he saw as the impending destruction of everything he knew.
Naga Sadow saw Simus's death as a necessary sacrifice, as it sparked the same opportunities the late Sith had supported. The newly-crowned Dark Lord of the Sith eventually defeated Kressh, took Gav Daragon as his own apprentice, and allowed Jori Daragon to escape back to the Republic with a hyperspace tracker in place. With the Sith Empire's forces united, Darth Naga Sadow proceeded to wage a devastating war on the Republic which crippled even its capital world of Coruscant in the Core Worlds. Crossing the fabric of hyperspace, the Sith's preemptive onslaught took the Republic by surprise, and the conflict became known as the Great Hyperspace War.
However, with the Sith's defeat at the war, the Dark Lord fled to the moon Yavin 4, where he made use of his skills at Sith magic to survive just as Simus did after being decapitated by Marka Ragnos. Naga Sadow later trained another apprentice of his own, the Jedi Freedon Nadd, although Sadow was eventually betrayed and killed by him, just as the fallen Dark Lord had killed his own master, Simus.
Ultimately, Simus' attempts to settle the discord within the ranks of the Sith Council and Sadow's use of the Daragon siblings as scapegoats for the old magician's death did not achieve the intended advancement of the Sith Empire through conquest of the galaxy. Instead, Naga Sadow's plans brought about the end of the Empire, and the group was later known abroad by Kreia, a Force-user who studied and was exiled by both the Sith and the Jedi Order, to have failed due to infighting, instigated only a century prior to the end of their Golden Age by Simus' rival, Marka Ragnos.
However, the Sith resurfaced to the greater galaxy with the rise of Darth Revan and his new Sith Empire, which revitalized a Sith training academy on Korriban. Following the fall of Revan's empire in the wake of the Jedi Civil War, remaining members of the order abandoned operating the Korriban Sith Academy, leaving only basic, automated training apparatus. During the series of assassinations waged by Darth Sion and Darth Nihilus' Sith remnant against the Jedi in 3951 BBY, a student terminal was found by Meetra Surik, an exiled Jedi under the tutelage of Kreia, within the academy. Its level one written test's question two described Marka Ragnos' funeral, testing Sith students' skills in numerical problem-solving with the positioning of Sith Lords participating in the fallen Dark Lord's burial ritual. Aside from Ludo Kressh, Simus was the only member amongst the roster of Sith Lords who was named in the question.
Simus shared his name with the Colundra sector's Simus Minor system, where the Osaji Syndicate engaged in clandestine operations under the Galactic Empire during the Imperial Period, as well as the star systems' astronomical bodies.
Personality and traits[edit | edit source]
- "Naga Sadow, old friend—what has happened here? Are you hurt? […] What… what are you doing?"
- ―Simus speaks to Naga Sadow upon reaching the latter's scene of slaughter.
Simus persevered despite his decapitation at the hands of Marka Ragnos, using his proficiency in Sith magic to allow himself to live on. Nevertheless, the Sith Lord was rendered immobile, necessitating a servant to transport himself. Thought to be wise by other Sith Council members, Simus gave unwavering trust to his apprentice, Naga Sadow, although this eventually led to the mentor's death. Whereas other Sith Councilors were skeptical and reserved, the august magician put faith in Sadow, whom he referred to as "old friend," sharing the aspirant Dark Lord of the Sith's ambition to expand the Sith Empire's territories and conquer the galaxy.
The beheaded Simus sported short dark hair, a pair of red eyes, and pale, grey-colored skin. Despite the frailty of what remained of his body and old age, the Sith Lord retained a full set of teeth and only slightly wrinkled facial features.
Powers and abilities[edit | edit source]
- "They've killed old Simus!"
"They are monsters."
- ―Dor Gal-ram and another Sith Councilor present Simus' remains to Naga Sadow
Simus was able to pose as Marka Ragnos' chief competitor in becoming the Sith Empire's Dark Lord, and challenged the powerful Ragnos to a duel for the position of Dark Lord of the Sith. Although the brawl ended with Simus' decapitation at the hands of Marka Ragnos, the defeated warlord made use of his knowledge of Sith magic to remain alive, encasing his own head in a crystal container. The beheaded Sith warlord also trained the Dark Lord Naga Sadow, who manipulated the Sith Council to support a preemtive strike against the Galactic Republic and led the Sith Empire to an attempted conquest of the galaxy that nearly took even the Republic capital world of Coruscant.
In addition, Simus was respected amongst both Ludo Kressh's conservatives and members of Sadow's faction on the Sith Council. The alleged Republic murder of the wizened and frail Councilor drew emotional reactions amongst his colleagues, inflaming wider support for attacking the Republic and leading most of the warlords of the Sith Empire to pledge their domains to Naga Sadow as their new Dark Lord of the Sith.
Equipment[edit | edit source]
The decapitated Simus made use of a yellow crystalline container from which the inset head spoke and saw. The Sith Lord relied on a servant for carrying his head container to wherever he willed.
Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]
Created for the Tales of the Jedi comic series' Golden Age of the Sith sub-series, Simus first appeared in the fourth issue of the sub-series, Tales of the Jedi: The Golden Age of the Sith 3: The Fabric of an Empire. Published on December 11, 1996 by Dark Horse Comics, the Star Wars comic issue was authored by Kevin J. Anderson and illustrated by Dario Carrasco, Jr., Mark G. Heike, Bill Black, David Jacob Beckett, and Perry McNamee.
A preliminary sketch of Simus done by Dario Carrasco, Jr. is included in the first issue of the Golden Age of the Sith series, Tales of the Jedi — The Golden Age of the Sith 0: Conquest and Unification. Unlike the character's finalized appearance in The Fabric of an Empire, Simus is depicted without a container around his head.
Appearances[edit | edit source]
- Tales of the Jedi: The Golden Age of the Sith 3: The Fabric of an Empire (First appearance)
- Tales of the Jedi: The Golden Age of the Sith 4: Pawns of a Sith Lord (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords (Mentioned only)
Sources[edit | edit source]
- The New Essential Chronology
- The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia
- The Essential Guide to Warfare (Indirect mention only)
Notes and references[edit | edit source]
- Tales of the Jedi: The Golden Age of the Sith 3: The Fabric of an Empire establishes that Simus was born several centuries before the comic's events, which, per Star Wars: The Comics Companion, occured in 5000 BBY. Therefore, Simus must have been born several centuries before 5000 BBY.
- Star Wars: The Comics Companion dates the events of Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi — The Golden Age of the Sith to 5000 BBY.
- Tales of the Jedi: The Golden Age of the Sith 3: The Fabric of an Empire
- Tales of the Jedi: The Golden Age of the Sith 3: The Fabric of an Empire establishes that following the fall of ruling Dark Lord of the Sith, Marka Ragnos ascended to the position after defeating Simus. As Simus' defeat is dated to over 5,100 years before the Battle of Yavin by The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, Vol. III, p. 152 ("Simus"), it could be found that the Dark Lord who came before Ragnos fell prior to 5100 BBY.
- The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, Vol. III, p. 152 ("Simus")
- The Dark Side Sourcebook
- Star Wars: The Old Republic—Sith Inquisitor Mission: "The Dark Council" on Korriban
- Star Wars: The Old Republic—Sith Inquisitor Mission: "First Strike" on Corellia
- The Essential Guide to Warfare
- The New Essential Chronology
- Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords
- Tales of the Jedi: The Golden Age of the Sith 2: Funeral for a Dark Lord
- Jedi vs. Sith: The Essential Guide to the Force
- Knights of the Old Republic Campaign Guide
- The Sith Lords Chronicles. GameBanshee. Archived from the original on March 1, 2005. Retrieved on January 23, 2020. dates the events of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords to 3951 BBY.
- The Old Republic: Revan
- Triplet Threat
- Tales of the Jedi — The Golden Age of the Sith 0: Conquest and Unification