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"We bow only to one, the Dark Lord, the true father and ruler of the galaxy. Vader."
―A Sith cultist[src]

A Sith cultist, also referred to as a Sith loyalist, was a member of a Sith cult who generally adhered to the Sith religion and venerated the dark side of the Force. One such cult, the Acolytes of the Beyond, sought to collect Sith artifacts such as Darth Vader's lightsaber while another group, the Alazmec of Winsit, revered the Sith Lord Darth Vader as ruler of the galaxy. Though the prophecy of the Jedi Chosen One was fulfilled in the Battle of Endor, the Sith Eternal cult preserved the Sith religion on the ancient Sith world of Exegol. Led by the revived Dark Lord of the Sith Darth Sidious, the Sith Eternal labored to build a large fleet of Sith Star Destroyers, known as the Final Order, that was ready for deployment by the last days of the First Order/Resistance War.

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Early history[edit | edit source]

Early Sith cultists attempted to excavate the enormous fissures found on the Sith world of Exegol in order to reach the vergence beneath the planet's surface.[1]

New Republic Era[edit | edit source]

"Do not fear their feeble attack, my faithful. Nothing will stop the return of the Sith!"
―Darth Sidious, to the Sith Eternal[src]

The Sith Lords Darth Sidious and Darth Vader were revered by various dark side cults.

By the time of the New Republic Era, Sith cults such as the Acolytes of the Beyond venerated the last two Dark Lords of the Sith, Darth Sidious and Darth Vader.[4] The Acolytes were not Force-sensitive, yet claimed to have received dreams from deceased Sith and even to have communed with their shades. They were led by individuals, such as Yupe Tashu, who were members of the Emperor's inner circle during his reign. They sought to acquire Sith artifacts and opposed the New Republic, sometimes to the point of violence.[3] At least one member of the Acolytes, Ochi of Bestoon,[1] made contact with the resurgent Sith in the Unknown Regions and became a servant of Darth Sidious, acting as his Sith assassin.[2]

After the redemption of Darth Vader at the Battle of Endor, and Anakin Skywalker's subsequent death, cults to Vader arose on his throneworld of Mustafar. One of these cults, the Alazmec of Winsit, resided in the Corvax Fen, near the ruins of Vader's fortress and even came into possession of his Sith wayfinder.[1] Much of the cult was cut down at the behest of Kylo Ren, who was in search of Exegol in order to kill the reborn Emperor.[2]

The Sith tradition was preserved on the planet Exegol by the Sith Eternal cult.

At some unknown point, the Sith Eternal cult arose and took up residence in the Sith Citadel on Exegol. They assisted the resurrected Darth Sidious in creating Snoke—who would go on to become the Supreme Leader of the First Order—with various dark side rituals.[1] They also played a part in the creation of the Final Order, the largest fleet in galactic history[2] which was meant to ensure the perpetual reign of of a new Sith Empire throughout the galaxy.[1] However, Sidious and his followers were defeated[2] in 35 ABY[5] when the Jedi apprentice Rey, the Emperor's granddaughter, destroyed the Emperor, causing the Sith Citadel's ceiling to collapse and crush the thousands of followers present.[6]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: The Visual Dictionary
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Star Wars Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker
  3. 3.0 3.1 Aftermath: Empire's End
  4. Aftermath
  5. 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.
  6. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: Expanded Edition
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