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"Get help. You're no match for him. He's a Sith Lord."
―Sheev Palpatine, to Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker[src]

Sith Lord was a title conferred upon individuals who followed the Sith tradition. Sith Lords drew upon the dark side of the Force, using it to gain power.

The title "Darth" was given to newly christened Sith in place of their old identities. It roughly translated to simply "Sith Lord."[13]


During the days of the Old Republic, many individuals held the mantle of Sith Lord and fought countless wars against the Jedi Order. Eventually, however, their numbers dwindled due to infighting. After Darth Bane established the Rule of Two,[7] Sith tradition dictated that there could only be two Sith Lords—a master and an apprentice—at any given time.[10]

In the years leading up to the Invasion of Naboo the Sith Lord Darth Plagueis was killed by his apprentice Darth Sidious, who at the time was also training 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 able to be elected as Supreme Chancellor Of the Galactic Republic.

The Sith then resurface, ten years later, to start the Clone Wars. Darth Tyranus meets with Viceroy Gunray, San Hill of the InterGalactic Banking Clan, Wat Tambor of the Techno Union, Archduke Poggle the Lesser of the Stalgasin Hive, Shu Mai of the Commerce Guild, and Po Nudo of the Hyper-Communications Cartel, on Geonosis. They form the Confederacy of Independent Systems.

The thousand-year lineage stretching from Darth Bane to the last Sith Lord, Darth Vader, ended when Vader died destroying his master, Darth Sidious.[14]


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