Tales of the Jedi: Dark Lords of the Sith 3: Descent to the Dark Side is the third issue in the Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi - Dark Lords of the Sith series of comics. It was published by Dark Horse Comics on December 3, 1994.

Opening crawlEdit

Descent to the Dark Side
After Jedi Knight Exar Kun, in a test of his lightsaber skills, cruelly defeats his Master Vodo Baas, he abandons his teacher and begins a search for the remnants of the ancient Sith race and their Jedi rulers, the Dark Lords of the Sith.

Elsewhere, in the Empress Teta system, Satal Keto and his cousin Aleema lead a planetary attack on Koros Major, the last Tetan planet to resist the Krath dictatorship.

Jedi and Republic joint forces, led by Ulic Qel-Droma and Nomi Sunrider, arrive over Koros Major to deal with the Tetan situation. Sorceress Aleema attempts to terrify the joint forces with Sith illusions, and Satal Keto launches suicidal Chaos attack ships against the Jedi/Republic fleet.

Nomi Sunrider sees through Aleema’s magic – but when one of the chaos fighters plows into the bridge of the Jedi/Republic command ship, Ulic Qel-Droma is seriously hurt.

Meanwhile, on the planet Onderon, Exar Kun finds two followers of Freedon Nadd who guide him to a mausoleum on the Dxun moon. There, the spirit of Freedon Nadd himself appears to Kun and orders him to exhume the Sith scrolls hidden in a Nadd’s sarcophagus.

With the scrolls to guide him, Exar Kun crosses the Galaxy to one of the lost worlds of the ancient Sith magicians and their dark Jedi rulers.

Plot summaryEdit

Due to the recent attacks and declaration of war against the Jedi by the Krath, thousands of Jedi converge on the red planet of Deneba to debate the situation. On the surface the Jedi ponder the dangers of the darkness that is the come and its relevance among the prophecies. Many of the great masters are present, but Master Vodo has yet to arrive.

Meanwhile on Korriban, Exar Kun begins his search for knowledge of the Dark Side. Led by the Spirit of Freedon Nadd, he ventures through the Valley of the Dark Lords where corpses fueled by dark side energies rise and attack. The guardian spirits, which are intended the fend off tomb robbers, force him to flee into the Great Temple. As he enters, the entrance is blocked off, and the Spirit of Freedon Nadd leads him deeper into darkness to come.

Back on Deneba, Ulic Qel-Droma addresses the crowd arguing that a full out conflict with the Krath may not be worth it. Suddenly an old man, Master Shayoto, speaks up arguing that the Krath must be dealt with now, less they risk events similar to the disasters of the past. In agreement Ulic suggest that one could infiltrate and join the Krath, and then take them down from within. This spawns more argument.

On Korriban, Nadd continues to lead Kun deeper into a Mausoleum for Vanquished Enemies. In there Nadd collapses the cave, shattering the crystals carrying the spirits of Jedi past, annihilating them and crushing Kun. Nadd tells Kun all that can save him is accepting the dark side of the Force. Exar Kun's conflict resonates through the force, alerting Vodo of his predicament. Vodo, Crado and Sylvar are approaching Deneba, and as they arrive Vodo attempts to reach Kun via meditation, but he only reaches the Spirit of Freedon Nadd whose darkness is hostile to Vodo. Alone and without help, Kun opens himself to the Dark side, and is healed. The Screams of Exar Kun's rebirth echo across the Galaxy and are heard by not only his master, but even the Jedi on Deneba.

All at once, the dark side gains ascendancy and Deneba is suddenly attacked by a barrage of thousands of Krath war droids. A massive battle breaks out as the servant droids draw weapons and attack the Jedi as well. In the chaos, Master Arca Jeth is defeated. As Ulic's beloved master dies in his arms, Exar Kun experiences rebirth.

Kun is marveled by the power of the dark side, and Nadd tells him of the feats of Naga Sadow and what Lies at Yavin 4. Suddenly Nadd takes Kun's lightsaber and Guardian Beasts attack. Through anger and the power of the dark side, he retrieves his Saber and slays the beast, passing the final test. He then begins his journey to Yavin 4.

The Battle on Deneba is over and Ulic is grieving the death of his master. Against the Judgment of others, he decides to go through with his mission of infiltrating the Krath and learning the ways of the dark side.


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The Tales of the Jedi saga
The Golden Age of the Sith: 0 · 1 · 2 · 3 · 4 · 5
The Fall of the Sith Empire: 1 · 2 · 3 · 4 · 5
Knights of the Old Republic:
Ulic Qel-Droma and the Beast Wars of Onderon: 1 · 2
The Saga of Nomi Sunrider: 3 · 4 · 5
The Freedon Nadd Uprising: 1 · 2
Dark Lords of the Sith: 0 · 1 · 2 · 3 · 4 · 5 · 6
The Sith War: 1 · 2 · 3 · 4 · 5 · 6
Redemption: 1 · 2 · 3 · 4 · 5
Other collections
Omnibus: Volume 1 · Omnibus: Volume 2 · The Collection
The Collection + The Freedon Nadd Uprising · 30th Anniversary
Guide books
Tales of the Jedi Companion
Audio books
Tales of the Jedi · Dark Lords of the Sith

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