- "My brethren and I invented what it means to be a Sith. Are you willing to open yourself to that truth?"
XoXaan was a humanoid female who, along with eleven other Jedi defectors, became the first Lords of the Sith. As Marchioness of the Dark Jedi's Black Legions, XoXaan fought in the cataclysmic Hundred-Year Darkness war only to be defeated and exiled from the Jedi Order following a rout on the world of Corbos. Guilty of high treason, XoXaan was among the beaten Dark Jedi that were banished from the Republic, only to discover Korriban, where they found and enslaved the aboriginal Sith species. Christened as the first of the Sith Lords, XoXaan and her contemporaries instituted a religion that centered around worship and practice of the dark side of the Force, and ruled their new Sith Empire as part of the Sith Council under Ajunta Pall, the Dark Lord of the Sith.
Although other Sith Lords possessed similar talents, XoXaan was noted amongst her peers for her skills in dark side healing. She recorded her knowledge in a holocron, which was entombed with her in Korriban's Valley of the Dark Lords. Her spirit waited thousands of years for someone to come along whom she felt was worthy of her Sith teachings, and found one such student in the ex-Jedi A'Sharad Hett around 17 BBY. From XoXaan's spirit and holocron, Hett learned the ways of the dark side and eventually created a new Sith Order. After Hett assumed the mantle of Dark Lord under the moniker Darth Krayt, he constructed a massive statue in reverence of XoXaan—who was considered his first and greatest Sith teacher—within the Temple of the Sith on the planet Coruscant.
Dissension and warfare
- "My brethren and I invented what it means to be a Sith."
A member of the Jedi Order during the Old Republic era, XoXaan was aligned to a movement within the Order of beings who sought to further delve into the Force through exploration of its dark side, and was embittered with the Order's refusal to embrace contemporary philosophy. A rift spread between the opposing schools of thought, and the proponents of the light took up arms against XoXaan and her allies in a war that spanned one hundred years. As Marchioness of the Dark Jedi's Black Legions, at the climax of the conflict XoXaan and her forces waged a final battle against the Jedi Order on the Outer Rim planet Corbos.
XoXaan fought on the surface of the world alongside fellow Dark Jedi Karness Muur and Baron Remulus Dreypa, and her forces were defeated by the Jedi, bringing the war to an end. She survived the conflict with eleven allies, among them Dreypa, Muur, Sorzus Syn, and commanding High General Ajunta Pall. Rather than execute the defeated, the Jedi Order convicted them of high treason and exiled them from the Galactic Republic into deep space, left to contemplate the error of their ways.
A newfound empire
- "There were twelve of us, including several ranking commanders: High General Ajunta Pall; Marchioness XoXaan, commander of the Black Legions; […] Other less distinguished Dark Jedi were prominent within our company only because they had not perished in the war."
- ―Sorzus Syn on the Dark Jedi Exiles, Book of Sith
Pursuing rumors of an ancient Kingdom of the Sith, XoXaan and her fellow exiles traveled into Sith Space. Along the Nache Bhelfia route, they discovered what would become the five sacred Sith worlds: Khar Delba, Krayiss, Rhelg, Ziost, and Korriban. They arrived on the last and encountered the native Sith people in 6900 BBY.
After weeks spent deciphering the native culture, they installed themselves as overlords of the Sith, with Ajunta Pall beheading the Sith ruler, Hakagram Graush, before XoXaan, Syn, and Dreypa. The exiles were worshipped as gods known as the Jen'jidai, and Pall claimed dominion as Dark Lord of the Sith; Xoxaan, along with other exiles, became his Shadow Hands and took up the mantle of Sith Lord, beginning the creation of the Sith Empire.
At the Sith citadel on the empire's capital world of Ziost, XoXaan joined those with ambition or ranks to make up the new Sith Council. In her lifetime, XoXaan developed her healing skills, and was renowned amongst the Sith for it. At one point, despite fellow Sith Lord Sorzus Syn's wish to study the Yoke of Seeming—a skin-burning armature that allowed its wearer to take on whatever appearance they desired, and one of the most powerful Sith artifacts Syn had encountered—XoXaan took the treasure for herself.
In her own chronicle, which was later assembled into the Book of Sith by Sith Lord Darth Sidious, Syn wrote of XoXaan's stubborness while recording information about the yoke. Syn also listed Marchioness XoXaan amongst the prominent Dark Jedi exiles who founded the Sith, and the chronicle included an illustration of XoXaan and her exile contemporaries triumphant over the Sith people, as well as an illustration of them at Hakagram Graush's execution.
Before XoXaan died, she recorded much of her knowledge within a Sith holocron. She was laid to rest within Korriban's Valley of the Dark Lords in her own mausoleum, along with her holocron. Although her flesh had died, XoXaan's spirit resided within her holocron and waited for one she felt had—like her—found the teachings of the light side to be lacking.
Training a Dark Lord
- "I have waited for someone like you…someone who has served the light and found it empty, who has found how lacking the galaxy is. Someone who has known anger, hate…and despair."
- ―XoXaan's spirit, to A'Sharad Hett
More than four thousand years passed, and eventually, XoXaan's wait ended around 17 BBY, Korriban with the arrival of A'Sharad Hett, a bounty hunter who had once been a Jedi Master. XoXaan sensed Hett's presence on Korriban while he tracked a bounty named Resk. After killing him, Hett felt the darkness of XoXaan calling to his own darkness from the depths of her tomb. He followed the voice and was led inside XoXaan's resting place, where he found the door to her burial chamber. After shattering it with the Force, Hett discovered XoXaan's holocron, which released her spirit upon activation. Sensing the darkness within the bounty hunter, the spirit of XoXaan introduced itself to Hett and offered to initiate him in the ways of the dark side, an offer he accepted.
As his Master, XoXaan's spirit taught Hett for years, instilling in him the traditions of the original Sith Lords and enhancing his skills through use of the dark side. However, Hett did not initially intend to fully embrace the dark side, and tried to convince himself that he could feign his status as a Sith Acolyte. He only wanted to learn enough about the dark side through XoXaan's teachings to further his own goals, which included toppling the perpetrator of the Great Jedi Purge—Darth Sidious, reigning Dark Lord of the Sith, and his apprentice, Darth Vader.
- "He created himself, then re-created the Sith Order under the guidance of XoXaan—an ancient Sith warrior—his first and greatest teacher."
- ―Darth Talon, regarding Darth Krayt
When Hett completed his training under XoXaan, he exited her tomb prepared to execute his mission against Darth Sidious, only to find that a New Republic had replaced Sidious's Galactic Empire. Dejected, Hett left known space, where he was captured in the Unknown Regions and imprisoned by scouts from the extra-galactic Yuuzhan Vong species, who also tortured and implanted their slave seeds in him. Combined with XoXaan's teachings, those experiences led to his rebirth as Darth Krayt and the formation of his One Sith Order. After Krayt conquered Coruscant, he placed a gigantic statue of XoXaan—which overlooked a fiery pit and held up a luminous ball within the new Temple of the Sith—in honor of his mentor.
By 137 ABY, the Vong implants within Krayt had ravaged his body, to the point that he felt as though his death was on the horizon. Darth Wyyrlok, Krayt's chief lieutenant, delved deep into ancient Sith lore hoping to find a way to cure his Master. He even consulted XoXaan's considerable knowledge of dark side healing for any potential secrets; however, Wyyrlok found that XoXaan's teachings proved unsatisfactory and was thus forced to search elsewhere for answers. Meanwhile, as part of Cade Skywalker's seduction and training to become a Sith, Krayt's own apprentice, Darth Talon, taught Skywalker of how Krayt came to embrace the dark side after meeting with XoXaan and later the Yuuzhan Vong.
By that same time, XoXaan's temple on Korriban had been restored to a habitable capacity, and was among other structures that were reconditioned and put to use by the One Sith. Her temple was furnished with stasis chambers and laboratories; its medical facilities would be used to rehabilitate several Sith Lords, who had all suffered grievous wounds and subsequent defeat in battle on Had Abbadon.
Personality and traits
- "I am XoXaan. I was one of the first of the Sith Lords, one of those who abandoned the Jedi Order to seek a darker path to truth."
XoXaan was a humanoid female with spindly fingers, free-flowing strands of black hair, gray eyes, and white skin. Her face sported symmetrical markings of a dark reddish-brown color, with two spots on the forehead, a pair of teardrop-like markings below the eyes, and pigments extending down from the lips and on the chin. Two streaks of pigments clung onto the humanoid's cheeks, although ornaments took the place of those markings in XoXaan's spirit form.
One of the first and most influencial Sith Lords, XoXaan was a warrior who found the way of the Jedi unsatisfying. She believed that the teachings of the Jedi were flawed and that a greater truth lay in the path of the dark side. She also felt that the galaxy was empty and that Sith-inspired rule was required to fill it. When the Dark Jedi encountered the native Sith on Korriban, XoXaan was among those who played off of their naiveté, allowing the Sith to treat them as deities.
She also adopted their customs, including the creation of holocrons, a secret that could be traced back to the ancient Sith king Adas. As a Sith Master, XoXaan reserved her teachings for those whom she believed had experienced her same disillusion with the Jedi Order, one who believed that the truth lay in the path of the dark side. Sorzus Syn criticized XoXaan as a stubborn individual after the latter took away a Sith artifact Syn had been intending to study.
Powers and abilities
- "My Lord is dying. He is being consumed. Nothing in the Sith lore helps, including the ancient knowledge of XoXaan."
- ―Darth Wyyrlok
XoXaan used the power of the dark side to conquer beings she considered inferior, such as the malleable Sith race she and her colleagues enslaved on Korriban. XoXaan was well-versed in Sith lore and stored what she knew within the recesses of her own holocron. Her knowledge included dark side healing techniques, although Darth Wyyrlok found that none of them were able to successfully remove the slave seeds from Emperor Krayt's body.
- "I had meant to study this treasure XoXaan stubbornly seized it for herself."
- ―Sorzus Syn on the Yoke of Seeming, Book of Sith
As a Dark Jedi battling on Corbos, XoXaan wielded a yellow-bladed protosaber and wore a modest set of black, gray, and white clothes. At one point on Korriban, when she appeared triumphant before the Sith people beside Karness Muur, XoXaan was clothed in a flowing white dress with arm and neck wraps. She also wore an ornamental golden vambrace with three black spikes on her right arm.
The Sith Lord wore the same clothing in her spirit form, as did the XoXaan statue at the Temple of the Sith, albeit with a hood up. In the illustrations included in Sorzus Syn's chronicle, XoXaan was depicted as a Sith Lord on Korriban wearing a white overcoat with black linings. However, those illustrations erroneously show her with white hair. XoXaan eventually possessed the Yoke of Seeming, which allowed the wearer to appear as any person or object through illusion.
Behind the scenes
XoXaan was first mentioned in the fourteenth issue of the Star Wars: Legacy series, co-written by John Ostrander and Jan Duursema and published by Dark Horse Comics on July 11, 2007. As there was no context given in the comic as to what XoXaan was—or even how the word was capitalized—questions arose on the TheForce.Net forums on who or what it meant, and what the spelling and correct pronunciation was. Duursema established that the name was capitalized as "XoXaan", and that the pronunciation was "Zoh-Zaahn." XoXaan first appeared via holocron in a flashback sequence in Legacy's seventeenth issue, co-written by Ostrander and Duursema, illustrated by the latter, and published by Dark Horse Comics on October 31, 2007.
Artwork by Aristia/Hive Studios in the 2012 reference book Book of Sith: Secrets from the Dark Side depicts XoXaan with white hair, unlike the black hair shown in other sources. Since the Book of Sith is formatted as an in-universe book, this article assumes the white hair to be erroneous.
In the 2011 BioWare video game, Star Wars: The Old Republic's Update 3.2, which was launched as part of the Shadow of Revan expansion in 2015, XoXaan's white outfit—complete with her golden vambrace—was introduced as a clothing item available for purchase in-game via the Cartel Market feature. Articles promoting the clothing set on the game's official website miscapitalize the Sith Lord's name as "Xoxaan."
- Star Wars: The Old Republic (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars: The Old Republic: Shadow of Revan (Outfit)
- Lost Tribe of the Sith—Spiral 2 (In flashback(s))
- Legacy (2006) 14 (First mentioned)
- Legacy (2006) 17 (First appearance) (Appears in holocron) (In flashback(s))
- Legacy (2006) 18 (Mentioned only)
- Legacy (2006) 30 (In flashback(s))
- The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia
- Book of Sith: Secrets from the Dark Side
- Star Wars: Build the Millennium Falcon 82 (Guide to the Galaxy: Moraband)
Notes and references
- Legacy (2006) 17
- Legacy (2006) 30
- Book of Sith: Secrets from the Dark Side
- Legacy (2006) 18
- Lost Tribe of the Sith—Spiral 2
- Tales of the Jedi – The Golden Age of the Sith 3
- Star Wars: Build the Millennium Falcon 82 (Guide to the Galaxy: Moraband)
- Jedi vs. Sith: The Essential Guide to the Force
- The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, Vol. III, p. 343 ("XoXaan")
- The Essential Reader's Companion places the flashback in The Life and Legend of Obi-Wan Kenobi that depicts A'Sharad Hett's and Obi-Wan Kenobi's confrontation to 17 BBY. In Legacy (2006) 17, Darth Talon recounts that Resk's death was after Hett's and Kenobi's duel.
- Legacy (2006) 17
- Legacy (2006) 14
- Legacy (2006) 27
- Legacy (2006) 34
- Evil Never Dies: The Sith Dynasties
- 2015 and corresponds to the Shadow of Revan expansion, according to . — XoXaan's Armor Set was introduced in Update 3.2, which was released in