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"Weakling! You will never reach your potential if you falter at the slightest obstacle. Beyond that wall lies your destiny. Beyond that wall lies the full power of the dark side. If you do not have the strength to reach it, then you do not deserve to become a Sith sorcerer!"
―The spirit of Freedon Nadd
Naga Sadow, powerful Sith magician and Dark Lord of the Sith

A Sith sorcerer or sorceress was an individual who was proficient in the arts of Sith magic, using spells, talismans or incantations to focus the power of the dark side. They were discovered during the time of the original Sith Empire. Sith sorcerers gained their powers through intense study of Sith traditions, and applications of the dark side of Force. Occasionally, an aspiring sorcerer's powers were developed through sheer innate talent, rather than harnessing them through study, or spontaneously, or being bestowed upon them by another source. The term was synonymous with Sith magician, with females who dabbled in Sith magic being sometimes referred to as Sith witches.

Sith sorcerers were not always Sith Lords. Queen Amanoa and King Ommin were both Sith sorcerers, having been apprenticed to Freedon Nadd, but neither one attained the title of Sith Lord. On the other hand, Naga Sadow, Freedon Nadd, and Exar Kun all were Sith magicians and Sith Lords simultaneously.

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History

"The Sith have existed for well over a hundred thousand years. Over that barely imaginable space of time many Sith magicians emerged with the might of the dark side grasped firmly in their hands…"
Jedi Master Ood Bnar
Sith sorceress Aleema Keto terrorizes her subordinates with her realistic illusions.

Sith sorcerers were prevalent during the time of the Old Sith Empire. One of the most famous and earliest known sorcerers was the Dark Lord of the Sith Naga Sadow. Lord Sadow initiated at least one known apprentice in the ways of Sith sorcery, a young human male named Gav Daragon. Gav did not complete his apprenticeship however, and so never fully attained the full abilities of a Sith sorcerer.[1]

Nearly six hundred years later, Naga Sadow would find another in which to initiate the Sith teachings, a fallen Jedi and Sith Lord by the name of Freedon Nadd. Nadd took what he learned from Naga Sadow and with it conquered the world of Onderon, infusing the planet with the dark side of the Force. After his death, Freedon Nadd's own descendants ruled Onderon in the centuries thereafter, also practicing Sith sorcery and using it to maintain their rule over the planet.[2]

Four hundred years after Nadd's death, when Onderon was finally liberated of the dark side during the Freedon Nadd Uprising, it was thought that the Sith teachings had been forgotten as well. However, two young socialites, named Aleema Keto and her cousin Satal, escaped Onderon with Sith knowledge learned from King Ommin. Freedon Nadd's spirit also happened upon them on Onderon, and began to instruct the Ketos further in the Sith arts.[3]

Aleema and Satal were successful in their quest for dark side power. Now calling themselves the Krath, they used their new abilities to stage a takeover of the Empress Teta System.[4] Meanwhile, Freedon Nadd's spirit located another powerful Jedi with a hunger for the dark side named Exar Kun, and taught him extensively in the ways of harnessing Sith magic. Afterwards, the Krath magicians waged war on the Republic and the Jedi in what was known as the Krath Holy Crusade. The crusade spurred a series of events which included the defection of the Jedi Knight Ulic Qel-Droma to the Krath, the death of Satal Keto, and ended with the emergence of the Dark Lord Exar Kun.[4] As a result, Sith sorcery swept across the galaxy virtually unchecked. The Sith then combined forces and waged the Great Sith War against the Republic. The Jedi were able to finally defeat the Sith, in the climactic Battle of Yavin IV. It was thought that the galaxy was finally rid of the Sith and their magic, but this was not to be.[5]

Millennia later, Sith magic would resurface in the form of the young Sith apprentice Darth Zannah. After transcribing the ancient Sith spells locked within Freedon Nadd's Holocron, Darth Bane presented his protege Zannah with them, stating that her talents in the Force lie in the intricacies of Sith sorcery. Being an insatiable learner, Zannah engrossed herself in Nadd's teachings. As she progressed, Her ability to perform her spells became considerable, at times using simple thoughts or complex hand gestures with minimal effort. Darth Bane allowed his pupil to study Sith sorcery because he himself had no affinity for it.[6]

Appearances

  • Tales of the Jedi: The Golden Age of the Sith
  • Tales of the Jedi: The Fall of the Sith Empire
  • Light and Shadow
  • Tales of the Jedi: Knights of the Old Republic
  • Tales of the Jedi: The Freedon Nadd Uprising
  • Tales of the Jedi: Dark Lords of the Sith
  • Tales of the Jedi: The Sith War
  • Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic: Vector
  • Darth Bane: Path of Destruction (Mentioned only)
  • Darth Bane: Rule of Two
  • Darth Bane: Dynasty of Evil
  • Star Wars Dark Times: Vector
  • Star Wars Rebellion: Vector
  • X-wing Rogue Squadron: Requiem for a Rogue
  • Star Wars Legacy: Vector

Sources

Notes and references

  1. Tales of the Jedi: The Golden Age of the Sith
  2. The Essential Chronology
  3. Tales of the Jedi: The Freedon Nadd Uprising
  4. 4.0 4.1 Tales of the Jedi: Dark Lords of the Sith
  5. Tales of the Jedi: The Sith War
  6. Darth Bane: Rule of Two
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