- "Once more the Sith will rule the galaxy, and we shall have peace."
- ―Darth Sidious, to Darth Vader
The Sith Empire was an empire that existed long before the Galactic Civil War. Similarly to other empires of the Sith, the Sith Empire built itself through the use of slave labor, a practice that the Galactic Republic outlawed during its stewardship of the galaxy. At one point, the Sith Empire's forces led by a Sith witch and Jedi Knights fought against each other at the base of the Malachor Sith Temple on the planet Malachor, resulting in the Great Scourge that killed many warriors on both sides. A notable planet ruled by the Sith Empire was Serenno, but one of the earliest members of House Serenno led a victorious charge that overthrew the Empire there. During the time the Sith controlled and governed the majority of the galaxy, gemstones were freely traded, although this caused a flooding of the market and the value of gemstones dropped until bans and limits were put in place.
Long after the fall of the ancient Sith, Darth Maul was taken to Malachor by his Master, the Sith Lord Darth Sidious. Using the history of conflict between the Sith and Jedi Order to instill a sense of hatred for the Jedi in his apprentice, the Dark Lord compelled Maul to inhale the ashes of the fallen Sith, causing the Dathomirian Zabrak to experience the Great Scourge of Malachor through a Force vision.
Ultimately, the Sith would obtain galactic dominance by the end of the Clone Wars, after Sidious abolished the Republic and proclaimed himself the Galactic Emperor. During his reign, the Emperor possessed various relics and artifacts that dated back to the Sith Empire of old.
The idea of an enormous, spacefaring, planet-destroying superweapon had dated back a millennium prior to the rise of the Empire, as in the Sith Empire, tyrants were playing with the idea of a weapon so powerful that it could destroy entire worlds. Although only a few superweapons were produced by the Empire, it wasn't until the successes of Darth Sidious and Darth Tyranus with the outbreak of the Clone Wars that the idea of the Sith Empire came to fruition.
In 4 ABY, the first death of Darth Sidious at the Battle of Endor resulted in the fragmenting of the Galactic Empire. Darth Sidious would survive by inhabiting a clone body prepared for him by Sith Eternal loyalists on the hidden Sith world of Exegol. In the 30 years after the Battle of Endor, Sidious and the Sith Eternal cultists would create the Final Order, a military comprised of thousands of Xyston-class Star Destroyers, each with a miniaturized superlaser capable of destroying planets by themselves. Sidious' intentions were to initiate a Sith ritual that would transfer his spirit from his decaying clone body into a younger and healthier vessel from which he would rule over the new Sith Empire Ultimately, the Final Order was defeated by the Resistance, and Sidious by the Jedi Rey, Sidious' own granddaughter, preventing the new Sith Empire from rising.
Behind the scenesEdit
The Sith Empire was first identified in Star Wars canon in the 2017 novel Aftermath: Empire's End by Chuck Wendig. The Sith Empire originated in the Star Wars Legends comic Tales of the Jedi — The Golden Age of the Sith 0: Conquest and Unification on July 1, 1996.
- Dooku: Jedi Lost (Mentioned only) (Appears in flashback(s))
- Dooku: Jedi Lost script (Mentioned only) (Appears in flashback(s))
- Master & Apprentice (Indirect mention only)
- Master & Apprentice audiobook (Indirect mention only)
- Darth Maul 2 (First appearance) (Vision to Darth Maul) (Appears in flashback(s))
- Darth Maul 4 (Indirect mention only)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Escape from Kadavo" (Indirect mention only)
- Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith (First mentioned) (Indirect mention only)
- Revenge of the Sith Read-Along Storybook and CD (Indirect mention only)
- Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith 24 (Indirect mention only)
- Star Wars Rebels – "Twilight of the Apprentice" (Indirect mention only)
- Aftermath: Empire's End (Mentioned only) (First identified as Sith Empire)
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Escape from Kadavo"
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Darth Maul 2
- ↑ Star Wars 9
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Star Wars: Galactic Atlas
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
- ↑ Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: The Visual Dictionary dates the events of Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker to one year after the events of Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens. As Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates the events of The Force Awakens to 34 ABY, the events of The Rise of Skywalker must occur in 35 ABY.
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 9.2 Aftermath: Empire's End
- ↑ Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 Dawn of Rebellion
- ↑ Star Wars Rebels – "Twilight of the Apprentice"
- ↑ Dooku: Jedi Lost
- ↑ Master & Apprentice
- ↑ Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: Expanded Edition