One Week of Star Wars: Sith Saturday

Welcome to “One Week of Star Wars”, a quick series of 7 articles that will be released daily celebrating some of my favourite things in the Star Wars galaxy. Today, we’re looking at Sith Saturday

Be aware, this article may contain spoilers for the Prequel Trilogy and the animated shows

Yesterday I wrote about my love for the Jedi, so it felt only right that today was devoted to their greatest of enemies, the Sith. While we have never seen more than 2 Sith Lords at any one time in canon courtesy of Darth Bane’s Rule of Two, I have always loved the idea of hundreds of Jedi and Sith facing off against each other in combat – something heavily fuelled by the cinematic trailers for The Old Republic MMORPG.

“Two there should be; no more, no less. One to embody power, the other to crave it.” – Darth Bane, from Drew Karpyshyn’s Legends novel Darth Bane: Path of Destruction

The Sith that we have seen in canon have been fierce warriors, but aside from Savage Opress, they have rarely been savage beasts, but instead cunning individuals. From Palpatine’s machinations to secretly lead both sides in the Clone Wars in order to give him the chance to destroy the Jedi and take control of the galaxy, to Maul’s attempts to draw Obi-Wan Kenobi into the open so that he can get his revenge, the Sith have provided a great danger that has been more than a match for the Jedi.

For young Tim watching The Phantom Menace in cinemas for the first time, Darth Maul was awesome! His horns and tattoos made him look scary and the things he did with a lightsaber (the first time seeing a double-bladed one!) were amazing. I was always a little gutted that he was killed off at the end. Despite this, I was actually very hesitant once stories broker that the character has mysteriously survived and would be appearing in The Clone Wars. My fears were needless however as Sam Witwer did such a great job of voicing the character and the story was so well written that I could overlook the odd strange thing – spider legs!! – and fell in love with the character more than ever, to the point that some of his involvements in The Clone Wars and Rebels are some of my favourite moments in the show!

The Sith Code

Peace is a lie. There is only Passion.

Through Passion I gain Strength.

Through Strength I gain Power.

Through Power I gain Victory.

Through Victory my chains are Broken.

The Force shall free me.

Thanks for reading. May the Force be with you…

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