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The symbol of the Dark Lords of the Sith.
"The Sith must be ruled by a single leader, the very embodiment of the strength and power of the dark side. If the leader grows weak, another must rise to seize the mantle."
Darth Revan's holocron

The title of Dark Lord of the Sith, or Jen'ari in the Sith language, originally referred to the ruler of the Sith Empire, and later was taken by the recognized leader of the Order of the Sith Lords. Before Kaan, there was only one Dark Lord of the Sith at a time, who was the head of the Order—in more recent periods, it was a title shared by multiple individuals simultaneously. The term referred to individuals of both sexes, though Lumiya claimed the title of Dark Lady of the Sith.

The title Dark Lord of the Sith is often thought to be synonymous with the title Darth. Contrary to this, however, is the fact that Sith apprentices have been known to carry the title as well. Three examples would be Darth Malak as Darth Revan's apprentice, and Darth Maul and Darth Vader as Darth Sidious's. Many Sith Lords have used the Darth title, but there is no evidence as to the synonymic relationship of these two appellations.

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History of the title

"I now complete your initiation to the power of the dark side…so that you may bring to pass the great destiny foretold…Exar Kun, because of you, the Sith will NEVER die…you have rightly earned the title of—DARK LORD OF THE SITH!"
―Marka Ragnos bestows upon Exar Kun the title of Dark Lord of the Sith
Naga Sadow receives his mark of Lordship.

The first Dark Lord of the Sith was Ajunta Pall, the leader of the exiled Dark Jedi who, after their defeat in the Hundred Year Darkness conquered the Sith species and ruled over them as gods.

Xendor, believed to be the first Dark Jedi, is possibly the predecessor of the Dark Lords of the Sith, though he himself was never a Sith Lord (although he may have returned from the dead to take the position as the Dark Underlord many millennia later).

After the fall of the Sith Empire, Naga Sadow gave the title to his apprentice, Freedon Nadd. The spirit of the dead Dark Lord Marka Ragnos then declared Nadd's apprentice, Exar Kun, Dark Lord of the Sith. 3,000 years later, Lord Kaan began the practice of giving the title to all members of the Order, thus making it a title shared by many Sith for the first time in their long history. After the institution of the Rule of Two, the title was naturally held by only two members at a time, one being the Sith Master and the other being the Sith apprentice.

Dark Lords of the Sith

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From the Hundred-Year Darkness to the Great Hyperspace War

From Freedon Nadd to the rise of Kaan

From the rise of Kaan to the Seventh Battle of Ruusan

Lord Kaan, last of the Dark Lords to rule alone.

From this point on, the tradition of a sole "Dark Lord of the Sith" ended. At the time of the Ruusan campaign there were a total of twenty-six Sith Lords who held the title in conjunction with their leader, Kaan. Among them were:

Darth Bane's Reformed Order

Darth Sidious, who brought the Sith out of hiding and established the Galactic Empire.

In Bane's reformed order, two Sith held the title at the time, the only two living members of the order in the entire galaxy: a Master and an apprentice. In addition to Darth Bane, known members of this order included:

Post-Sidious

After the Battle of Endor, the title Dark Lady of the Sith was claimed by an Emperor's Hand, Lumiya. It was an uncertain time for the Sith, and though several beings proclaimed themselves Sith Lords, it would be years before a cohesive Sith Order was rebuilt.

Darth Caedus, the Dark Lord of the Sith in 40 ABY.

Legacy Era

With the re-emergence of Lumiya, after the devastating Yuuzhan Vong War, she began to forge the Sith remnants into a new, cohesive order. After her death, the mantle was inherited by her final apprentice and Vader's grandson, Darth Caedus. Months later, Caedus had his own apprentice as well: Tahiri Veila. The Sith would culminate in the rise of Darth Krayt in 130 ABY. Krayt died by electrocution 137 ABY at the hands of Darth Wyyrlok III, leaving the position of Dark Lord vacant.

Yet-to-be-known Era

Appearances

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  • Tales of the Jedi: Dark Lords of the Sith
  • Tales of the Jedi: Dark Lords of the Sith audio drama
  • Tales of the Jedi: The Sith War
  • Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic 48: Demon, Part 2 (Appears in flashback(s))
  • Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
  • Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic
  • Darth Bane: Path of Destruction
  • Darth Bane: Rule of Two
  • Darth Bane: Dynasty of Evil
  • Star Wars: The Rise and Fall of Darth Vader
  • Darth Maul: Saboteur
  • Cloak of Deception
  • Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter
  • Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace novel
  • Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace junior novel
  • LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game (Non-canonical appearance)
  • LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga (Non-canonical appearance)
  • Star Wars: Battlefront
  • Jedi Quest: The Trail of the Jedi (Mentioned only)
  • Jedi Quest: The Final Showdown
  • Star Wars: Jedi Starfighter (Appears in hologram)
  • Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones junior novel
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars video game
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars novel
  • Star Wars The Clone Wars 5: Slaves of the Republic - Chapter 5: A Slave now, a Slave forever
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Liberty on Ryloth" (Appears in hologram)
  • Star Wars The Clone Wars 11: Hero of the Confederacy, Part 2
  •  "Chain of Command" - Clone Wars Adventures: Volume 10
  • Yoda: Dark Rendezvous
  • Star Wars Purge: Seconds to Die
  • Star Wars: Battlefront II
  • Coruscant Nights I: Jedi Twilight
  • Coruscant Nights II: Street of Shadows
  • Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
  • The Last of the Jedi: Death on Naboo
  • The Last of the Jedi: A Tangled Web
  • The Last of the Jedi: Return of the Dark Side
  • The Last of the Jedi: Secret Weapon
  • The Last of the Jedi: Against the Empire
  • The Last of the Jedi: Master of Deception
  • The Last of the Jedi: Reckoning
  • Star Wars Dark Times 14: Blue Harvest, Part 2
  • Star Wars: The Force Unleashed video game
  • Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope novelization
  • Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (First appearance)
  • LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy (Non-canonical appearance)
  • Star Wars: Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader
  • Star Wars: Rogue Squadron III: Rebel Strike
  • Star Wars Missions 9: Revolt of the Battle Droids
  • Star Wars Rebellion: The Ahakista Gambit
  • Star Wars Battlefront: Renegade Squadron
  • "No Disintegrations, Please" - Star Wars Adventure Journal 14 (Mentioned only)
  • Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
  •  Scavenger Hunt
  • Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
  • Star Wars 88: Figurehead
  • Dark Apprentice
  • Champions of the Force
  • Legacy of the Force
  • Millennium Falcon
  • Star Wars: Legacy

Sources

Notes and references

  1.  Korriban: Planet of Lost Souls on Wizards.com (article)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Jedi vs. Sith: The Essential Guide to the Force
  4. 4.0 4.1 Tales of the Jedi: Golden Age of the Sith
  5. Tales of the Jedi: Fall of the Sith Empire
  6. Tales of the Jedi: Knights of the Old Republic
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Evil Never Dies: The Sith Dynasties
  8. Star Wars: The Old Republic
  9. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (video game)
  10. 10.0 10.1 Vader: The Ultimate Guide
  11. Darth Bane: Rule of Two
  12. 12.00 12.01 12.02 12.03 12.04 12.05 12.06 12.07 12.08 12.09 12.10 Darth Bane: Path of Destruction
  13. Bane of the Sith
  14. Jedi vs. Sith
  15. Betrayal
  16. Labyrinth of Evil
  17. Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
  18. Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
  19. Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
  20. Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
  21. Star Wars 88: Figurehead
  22. The Emperor's Pawns
  23. Dark Apprentice
  24. Sacrifice
  25. Star Wars Legacy 1: Broken, Part 1
  26. Coruscant Nights III: Patterns of Force

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External links


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"The Sith must be ruled by a single leader, the very embodiment of the strength and power of the dark side. If the leader grows weak another must rise to seize the mantle."
—Darth Revan's holocron[src]

A Dark Lord of the Sith was the highest ranking Sith title achievable. The Dark Lord of the Sith was known as the head of the Sith, whether it be under a Sith Order, the Rule of One or the Rule of Two. A Dark Lord of the Sith was supposed to be the most powerful of all Sith, hence his position in an order. All Sith under him would be considered Sith Lords, regardless whether it was one apprentice or an entire group of them. However, most Dark Lords of the Sith were eventually overthrown and somehow beaten out of power, which paved way for other Sith Lords to claim the title.

It should be noted that although there were many real Dark Lords of the Sith, many of them were self proclaimed and never actually followed the traditions of the Sith, such as overthrowing the previous Dark Lord of the Sith. The name calling varied, but some of these Sith were called Pretenders. These Sith were known as false or pretenders because they claimed the power of the Sith on their own, rather than by tradition, which, in the eyes of real Sith followers and prophecies, made them false. Originally, the Sith were a group of Dark Jedi that crash landed on Ziost and integrated with the Sith species, which led to the name "Sith."

The Sith Order grew and grew, until it was believed to have been brought down following the New Sith Wars, with the fall of the Brotherhood of Darkness. However, the Sith Lord Darth Bane survived with his apprentice, Darth Zannah, which was the beginning of the Rule of Two. It was actually Darth Revan's holocron that taught Bane the theory, which led to many years of secretive planning by the Order of the Sith Lords, which eventually led to the formation of the First Galactic Empire, by Darth Sidious and Darth Vader. When they were destroyed, they were the last of the real Sith Lords, and any who followed were in fact referred to as pretenders.

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This article uses material from the "Dark Lord of the Sith" article on the Star Wars Fanon wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

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