Tales of the Jedi - The Golden Age of the Sith 3 is the third issue of the Star Wars Legends comic book miniseries Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi — The Golden Age of the Sith. It was written by Kevin J. Anderson, illustrated by Dario Carrasco, Jr., and first published on December 11, 1996 by Dark Horse Comics.

The issue features the story "The Fabric of an Empire," in which Naga Sadow frees the Daragon siblings and becomes the new Dark Lord of the Sith.

Publisher's summary[]

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 summary[]

Opening crawl[]

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…

Prisoners of the Empire[]

On the Sith Empire's throne world of 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 that they are precursors to an invasion and that they should be executed. Sadow argues passionately for an invasion of the Galactic Republic but is unable to win support from the other Sith Lords.

In the end, Simus goes to Gav and Jori's cold, underground prison and informs them that they are to be killed. He adds that the Sith will decide the disposition of their ship Starbreaker 12 at the next session. The distraught siblings comfort each other with Jori wishing that they could go home.

Naga Sadow's conspiracy[]

Naga Sadow does not give up so easily, however. He sends one of his Massassi to retrieve a Republic blaster from the Starbreaker 12. At his Naga Sadow's citadel on the moon Khar Shian, the Sith Lord resolves to use the Daragons as part of his plot to expand the Sith Empire. He orders his commanders to summon his loyal Massassi, gather weapons and prepare for an attack on Ziost.

Sadow and his Massassi warriors attack the Ziost prison fortress, killing several guards. Meanwhile, Gav tells his sister Jori that at least their parents accomplished something by delivering supplies to Empress Teta's forces during the Unification War. He wishes that he had continued his Jedi training and regrets their "bad luck." Jori hears some footsteps.

The two are greeted by Naga Sadow, who tells them that he is here to rescue them. He tells the Daragons to follow his Massassi warriors to his ship. Before leaving, Sadow kills Simus and his servant before leaving the blaster behind to disguise all of it as an attack from the Republic.

Dark Lord of the Sith[]

After bringing Gav and Jori to his fortress on Khar Shian, Sadow heads back to the Sith Council, which has convened an emergency meeting in response to the attack on the Ziost fortress and the murder of Simus. Based on the planted evidence, Sadow claims that Gav and Jori were spies who were serving as the advance guard for a Republic attack.

Exploiting the outrage from the apparent Republic "incursion", Sadow 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. They also pledge their ships and factions to their new Dark Lord.



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