- "Get help. You're no match for him. He's a Sith Lord."
"Chancellor Palpatine, Sith Lords are our speciality."
- ―Sheev Palpatine and Obi-Wan Kenobi
The Old Republic
Founded by a rogue Jedi during the Hundred-Year Darkness, the Sith were an ancient order who used the dark side of the Force and fought the Jedi. During the days of the Old Republic, many individuals held the mantle of Sith Lord and fought countless wars against the Jedi Order. However, their numbers began to dwindle due to infighting, which the Jedi took advantage of, ultimately resulting the Sith being nearly destroyed by the Jedi. After Darth Bane established the Rule of Two, Sith tradition dictated that there could only be two Sith Lords—a master and an apprentice—at any given time.
Twilight of the Republic
- "He was well trained in the Jedi arts. My only conclusion can be that it was a Sith Lord."
- ―Qui-Gon Jinn, on his first duel with Darth Maul
In the years leading up to the Invasion of Naboo, the Sith Lord Darth Plagueis, who had been trained by Darth Tenebrous, was killed by his apprentice Darth Sidious, who also took on his own apprentice, Darth Maul. Sidious planted the seeds for what would become the Confederacy of Independent Systems by forming an alliance with the Trade Federation, a corporation led by Viceroy Nute Gunray and Settlement Officer Rune Haako. Sidious convinced the Trade Federation to use their army of battle droids to blockade and invade the peaceful planet of Naboo. The invasion failed and Maul was seemingly killed by Obi-Wan Kenobi, but Sidious was elected as Supreme Chancellor of the Galactic Republic.
The Sith then resurfaced ten years later. Darth Tyranus, Sidious' apprentice, met with Viceroy Gunray, and other influential magnates, on Geonosis. They supported the Confederacy of Independent Systems, leading to the start of the Clone Wars against the Republic. A number of other Sith were also active during the war, such as Sidious' former apprentice Maul, Tyranus' first apprentice Asajj Ventress, and Tyranus' second apprentice and Maul's brother Savage Opress. Due to Sidious being both Chancellor of the Republic and Tyranus' master, he was able to manipulate both sides of the war, leading to Order 66, the defeat of the Confederacy, and the establishment of the Galactic Empire.
Not too long after Tyranus was sacrificed and betrayed by Sidious, Anakin Skywalker was turned to the dark side and became the Sith Lord Darth Vader, while Sidious ruled the galaxy as Emperor. Years into the Imperial Era, Grand Moff Tarkin and Vader oversaw the deployment of the Death Star battle station. However, the Rebel Alliance destroyed it along with Tarkin during the Battle of Yavin. The Rebels then continued to defy Imperial rule for a further five years, leading to the Battle of Endor with the destruction of the DS-2 Death Star II Mobile Battle Station and the end of the thousand-year lineage stretching from Darth Bane to the last Sith Lord, Darth Vader, who renounced the dark side and died killing his master Sidious, but ended up dying as a redeemed Anakin Skywalker.
The last Sith Lord
However, Sidious was resurrected and led the Sith Eternal cult. The Dark Lord sought to restore the Sith Order through Vader's grandson, Ben Solo and then his granddaughter, Rey, who instead destroyed him for good during the Battle of Exegol.
- William Shakespeare's The Phantom of Menace: Star Wars Part the First
- Star Wars Epic Yarns: A New Hope
- Star Wars Epic Yarns: The Empire Strikes Back
- Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes
Notes and references
- Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi depicts the deaths of the two Sith Lords of that time, Darth Vader and Darth Sidious, during the Battle of Endor. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates the battle to 4 ABY. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: Expanded Edition establishes that Sidious sent his consciousness to a prepared clone body during the battle.
- Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: The Visual Dictionary dates the events of Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker as taking place one year after the Starkiller Incident, which Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates to 34 ABY. Therefore, the events of Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker must take place in 35 ABY.
- Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
- Star Wars Made Easy
- Star Wars 9
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Sacrifice"
- Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace
- Star Wars: Build the Millennium Falcon 44 (Starship Fact File: Sith Infiltrator: Scimitar)
- "Emperor Palpatine" – Star Wars Encyclopedia
- Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Monster"
- Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope
- Star Wars: Galactic Atlas
- Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi
- Star Wars: The Last Jedi: The Visual Dictionary
- Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker