- "Sith wayfinders. Ancient things. There were always two. One for the Sith master, one for the apprentice."
- ―Beaumont Kin
A Sith wayfinder was a type of pyramidal wayfinder created by the Sith to guide the way to Exegol. By the time of the First Order–Resistance war, at least two such artifacts existed. One, belonging to the deceased Sith Lord Darth Vader, was located on Mustafar in the possession of the Alazmec of Winsit. The other, which belonged to the deposed Galactic Emperor Darth Sidious, was located in the wreckage of the second Death Star on the oceanic moon of Kef Bir in the Endor system.
- "That wayfinder will reveal a path to one you seek."
- ―Eye of Webbish Bog, to Kylo Ren
Sith wayfinders were shaped like Sith holocrons and were made from Kathol resin as well as Cybotaro waxen glass. Like other wayfinders and Luke Skywalker's compass, Sith wayfinders acted as hyperspatial lodestones, allowing safe passage through the Unknown Regions to Exegol, the hidden world of the Sith.
The astrogational systems of starships could be adapted to accept the binary signals emitted by the wayfinders and interpret them as hyperspace jump coordinates. Kylo Ren adapted his TIE whisper in this way to locate Exegol, and Rey later did the same to Luke Skywalker's X-wing for the same purpose.
- "Two were made. One belongs to me, Vader's grandson. This one belongs to you, heir to the power of the Sith."
- ―Kylo Ren, to Rey, about the Sith wayfinders
Two wayfinders were created by the ancient Sith, pointing the way to their secret redoubt of Exegol via the Red Honeycomb Zone in the Unknown Regions. Each wayfinder was entrusted to a Sith Lord, a title which, under Darth Bane's Rule of Two, was limited to a Sith Master and a Sith apprentice.
As the last Dark Lords of the Sith, Darth Sidious and Darth Vader were each holders of the Sith wayfinders that revealed the path to Exegol. Sidious, who ruled the Galactic Empire as Emperor Palpatine, stored his wayfinder in a secret chamber adjacent to his throne room on the DS-2 Death Star at the time of the Battle of Endor. The other wayfinder was located within Vader's castle on the volcanic world of Mustafar. After their deaths and the end of the Galactic Civil War, both wayfinders remained hidden for decades.
During the rise of the New Republic, Jedi Master Luke Skywalker searched for the Emperor's wayfinder. He chronicled his efforts to find it in the Sacred Jedi texts, while tracking down fleeting rumors of Exegol during his explorations of the galaxy. The Jedi texts contained pages of information about wayfinders, particularly in the red-covered Rammahgon, which had been annotated by Skywalker. Troves of Sith artifacts and Jedi artifacts were hoarded by the Emperor and stored in his various vaults across the galaxy. Skywalker did not want these artifacts to fall into the possession of treasure hunters, and was especially fearful someone would acquire a Sith wayfinder before he could find it. Skywalker never finished his quest, despite the aid of Landonis Balthazar Calrissian, which ultimately ended on the desert planet Pasaana.
During the war between the First Order and the Resistance, Vader's wayfinder was found by his grandson, Supreme Leader Kylo Ren, in the ruins of his castle. Before his death, Vader had entrusted his wayfinder to the safekeeping of a creature known as the Eye of Webbish Bog. In accordance with Vader's wishes, the guardian was to surrender the artifact to whomever defeated its protectors. It therefore deemed Ren worthy of claiming his inheritance after killing a group of Sith cultists. Attaching the device to his TIE/wi modified interceptor, the master of the Knights of Ren charted a safe course through the chaotic space of the Unknown Regions, discovering Exegol at the end of his journey.
The Jedi apprentice Rey learned about the Sith wayfinders while studying the Jedi texts with the help of the historian Beaumont Kin. Knowing that Ren used one of the wayfinders to locate Exegol, Rey sought to acquire the one that belonged to the Emperor. She therefore embarked on a journey to finish what Skywalker began, traveling to Pasaana, which, in turn, ultimately led her to the Death Star ruins on the oceanic moon of Kef Bir. She found the Emperor's wayfinder while exploring the wreckage, only to lose it to Ren. The dark warrior noted that only two Sith wayfinders existed, with one belonging to him as Vader's grandson, while the other, which he had also taken, was Rey's inheritance as the Emperor's granddaughter.
Ren crushed the wayfinder in his grasp, destroying it and sending Rey into a rage, which resulted in a final lightsaber duel between the two halves of the Force dyad. Despite Ren's efforts to prevent Rey from finding Exegol without him, the scavenger was still able to accomplish her goal by utilizing the last remaining Sith wayfinder, which she acquired after taking possession of Ren's personal starfighter. With it, she was able to lead the Resistance fleet to Exegol where they fought against the reborn Emperor's Sith fleet.
Behind the scenesEdit
The wayfinders appeared in the 2019 saga film Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker. Several versions of the prop were used during production, including variants containing liquid to create the strange effect within the wayfinder.
- Star Wars Battlefront II (Indirect mention only) (DLC)
- Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker (First appearance)
- Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: Expanded Edition
- Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: A Junior Novel
- The Rise of Skywalker Adaptation 1
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: The Visual Dictionary
- ↑ 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.
- ↑ 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: A Junior Novel
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: Expanded Edition
- ↑ Star Wars: The Last Jedi: The Visual Dictionary