Tales of the Jedi: The Golden Age of the Sith 3: The Fabric of an Empire is the third (not counting the prologue issue) issue in the Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi — The Golden Age of the Sith story arc in the Tales of the Jedi series of comics. It was published by Dark Horse Comics on December 1, 1996.

Opening CrawlEdit

The Fabric of an Empire
A thousand years before the Great Sith War and the defeat of Exar Kun, two impetuous young hyperspace explorers, the brother and sister team of Gav and Jori Daragon, launch themselves into the unknown. Fleeing from a chain of bad decisions in the Republic worlds controlled by Empress Teta, they set a distant course at random - and land in the middle of the fabled Sith Empire!

Their ship, Starbreaker 12, appears over the mausoleum world of Korriban, where a funeral procession of Sith Lords has come to inter their ruler, the Dark Lord Marka Ragnos. On the steps of a monumental tomb, glimpses of an underlying power struggle appear: two of the most powerful Sith Lords vie for the new title of Dark Lord and control of an empire.

Ludo Kressh wishes to follow in the footsteps of his predecessor, to keep the Sith Empire stable and prosperous, not to overextend their resources but to maintain a tight grip on the Sith people, whom they have dominated for millennia. His rival Naga Sadow feels the ancient empire is growing stagnant and needs to extend its boundaries, to conquer new worlds and bring new blood into their grasp. Only moments after the dead Dark Lord is entombed, Sadow and Kressh engage in a vicious duel - but their battle is halted by the spectral image of Marka Ragnos rising from the crypt to warn them that the fate of the entire empire is in their hands.

Just then, Gav and Jori land among them, innocent explorers hoping to make their fortunes by establishing trade. But the gathered Sith Lords see the strangers' arrival as clear evidence of Ragnos' warning. Gav and Jori are captured, about to become pawns in a power struggle that will span two empires . . .

Publisher's summaryEdit

When Gav and Jori Daragon set off to map the uncharted regions of hyperspace, they knew they were risking their lives. But they thought it would be an unsuspected cluster of debris that would take them out of the game, not their successful discovery of a series of hyperspace "short cuts." The Sith Empire wants to know where these routes are — wants to hold the only map to these routes — so that it can maintain an iron grip on the galaxy. And the lives of a couple of explorers mean very little to these masters of the dark side of the Force.

Plot summaryEdit

On Ziost, the Sith Lords debate over what to do with their new prisoners, Gav and Jori Daragon. Naga Sadow argues that they can be used to expand the Sith Empire, but Ludo Kressh believes they should be executed. In the end, Simus goes to Gav and Jori's cold, underground prison and informs them that they are to be killed.

Naga Sadow does not give up so easily, however. He sends one of his Massassi to retrieve a Republic blaster from the Starbreaker 12, which is then used in an attack on the Ziost prison; an attack carried out by Sadow and his Massassi, brutally killing all of the guards and Simus in the process. Sadow frees Gav and Jori and sends them to his fortress on Khar Shian, leaving the blaster behind to disguise all of it as an attack from the Republic.

Sadow heads back to the Sith Council, and demands to be crowned Dark Lord, so he can defend the Empire from this threat. Much to the chagrin of Ludo Kressh, the Sith Lords agree, and Sadow is named the new Dark Lord of the Sith.


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External linksEdit

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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