Posted by Liam on January 19, 2022 at 08:29 AM CST
Hey there, Rebelscum fans! This week on the site we’re looking at the exciting finale of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and the conclusive battle on the Sith planet Exegol. Make sure to read our “Expand Your Mind” article first in order to read up on why its an essential Star Wars moment, but stay tuned throughout the week for more articles, insights, videos, and merchandising information.

The history of the Sith legacy is teased by Palpatine as he draws upon generations of knowledge in order to extend his life and transfer his essence to clones. The word “Sith” isn’t even uttered in the classic trilogy, but their reputation grew in subsequent material. The prequels revealed the “Rule of Two,” and the Expanded Universe has only grown richer in its depiction of the Dark side. Oftentimes, the Dark side of the Force would draw upon mystical planets like Exegol or Morriban (originally named Korriban in the Expanded Universe).

If you want to learn more about the development of the Sith, here are some excellent novels worth checking out.

  • The Old Republic: Revan (2011) - The famous masked figure of Knights of the Old Republic is given a proper sendoff that concludes his transformation to the light side.

  • The Old Republic: Deceived (2011) - Darth Malgus grew an instant reaction from Star Wars fans after he sacked the Jedi Temple in The Old Republic cinematic trailer “Deceived,” and the novel of the same name explored the event in greater detail.

  • The Darth Bane Trilogy (2006-2009) - The founder of the Rule of Two, Darth Bane ushered in a secretive new era for the Sith by destroying the existing foundation.

  • Darth Plagueis (2012) - The secret history of the events directly prior to the prequel trilogy are explored in James Luceno’s excellent novel that shows how Palpatine’s master grew obsessed with immortal life, only to see his own cut short by his vengeful apprentice.

  • Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter (2001) - Maul orchestrated several secret missions for Palpatine in the years before The Phantom Menace as they hid out on Coruscant, and Michael Reeves’s novel explores one such mission that ties into the Coruscant Nights series.

  • Labyrinth of Evil (2005) - The Jedi Council searches for Darth Sidious’s secret identity while Anakin begins his path towards the dark side in this novel chronicling the events leading right up to Revenge of the Sith.

  • Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader (2005) - Shortly after donning the mask, Darth Vader hunts down Jedi survivors of Order 66 in the conclusion to Luceno’s Dark Lord Trilogy with Labyrinth of Evil and Revenge of the Sith.

  • The Force Unleashed (2008) and The Force Unleashed II (2010) - Darth Vader trains Galen Marek as his secret apprentice Starkiller after slaying his Jedi father, and in the sequel attempts to clone his former trainee.
What do you think, Rebelscum fans? What are some of your favorite Sith books? Who are some of your favorite Expanded Universe Sith Lords? Let us know in the forums, and as always, may the Force be with you!

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