Hello and welcome to day eight of my Star Wars challenge! For the next 31 days, I’ll be posting once a day with a Star Wars themed post. Some days I’ll be talking about just one thing, other days it’ll be about 5 things based on the prompt of the day.
The challenge is open to everyone and can be completed at any time. I thought that May, being home to May the 4th, sounded like the perfect time. If you’d like to join me this month then please do! You can find all the details over here.
DAY 8 – Sith
It’s time to delve into the dark side today as I respond to today’s prompt ‘Sith’. There are considerably less Sith characters in the Star Wars universe due to the Rule of Two created by Darth Bane so this was easier to widdle down to just 5!
Please enjoy reading about my 5 favourite Dark Lords of the Sith from the Star Wars universe!
I’m going to be absolutely blunt here; I had zero respect for Palpatine until the new Trilogy. Yep, I said it. Up until Rise of Skywalker, I saw Palpatine as just another power-hungry Sith who greedily snatched power and as all Sith do completely underestimated his opponents. Luke even warns him against doing as such in Return of the Jedi. Yet Palpatine had a backup plan and boy did it come back to bite everyone on the ass. Not only did he get revenge but he waited patiently to do so.
Sure enough, that is what Darth Sidious does. He planned, plotted and hid in plain sight by befriending the Jedi Council, all the while manipulating everything. Part of this is due to the sheer power he commands within the Force itself and his knowledge of dark side magic and alchemy. But let’s be honest; it takes a lot of balls to walk right up to a Jedi and lie to his face. Sidious let nothing stand in his way, ruthlessly killing his Master in his sleep rather than facing him as an equal, and just as easily moving from one apprentice to another as soon as a more powerful replacement came along.
His exceptional gift of foresight means that he is a terrifying adversary, and letting everyone believe he was dead, allowing them to hope and then crushing them when they realised that they had never actually defeated him was the most brutal stroke of his master plan. It left them doubting themselves and wondering for just how long he had been in the shadows, watching, whispering. In Rise of Skywalker Darth Sidious reminded us just how downright scary Sith Lords can be.
One of the members of the Sith Council in the MMORPG Star Wars: The Old Republic, Darth Marr is the only member who seems to have his head on straight. While most of his fellow Council members are cruel and basically insane, Marr sees the bigger picture and even if that means working with the Jedi to do what it takes to stop the Sith Emperor from eradicating all life in the galaxy. Don’t be fooled into thinking he’s more lenient though; he’s still a Dark Lord of the Sith and just as treacherous and brutal.
Like many people I watched in amazement as Darth Maul turned on his twin-bladed lightsaber in The Phantom Menace and Ray Park proceeded to wow us with his skills. The mysterious Sith apprentice’s time on our screens was to be bitterly short though, and it was a great relief to me when they brought him back in The Clone Wars. The character started out as such a simple premise, a throw-away character to show the audience and the Jedi that the Sith were back. Instead he turned out to be something so much more and so much more complicated.
I’ve yet to finish The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels so I’ve no idea how Maul’s story finishes, but I know it’s going to be one hell of a ride.
Several hundreds a years after the events of A New Hope, the Legacy comic series follows Luke Skywalker’s descendant, Cade. The Sith are no longer in hiding and there is a new Sith Emperor, and Darth Talon is one of his closest followers. She stands out from her fellow Sith not just in gorgeous vibrancy on pages of the comic, but in power, intelligence and skill. She’s a formidable opponent to the comic’s protagonist Cade, and absolutely devoted to the Emperor which makes her even more dangerous.
In the Star Wars universe there are many grey Jedi, however, not so many grey Sith. Lana is an NPC and companion in Star Wars: The Old Republic and a Sith that ends up working closely with players regardless of their faction. Despite being a Sith and wielding the dark side of the Force she is not unnecessarily cruel. She’s pragmatic, and passionate, using her emotions to fuel and strengthen her without losing herself completely to the dark side.
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The one thing that stands out about these 5 Sith is that each one is unique and carved their own path. There are an awful lot of Sith characters that have a similar style or follow the same path. I especially noticed that in Star Wars: The Old Republic where they were either completely off their rocker or manipulative bastards. Too many fall to the dark side due to anger and lose all sense of anything else, whereas these Sith always seemed to have a deeper purpose other than revenge or destruction. Even Darth Sidious started out wanting to make the Galaxy a better place with his dreams of an Empire, but as Obi-Wan said the Sith only deal in absolutes and that dream was only ever going to end in tyranny for everyone else.
Who is your favourite Sith? What makes a great Sith character? I’d love to hear your answers in the comments 🙂
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