"At last we will reveal ourselves to the Jedi. At last we will have revenge."
Some time in the distant past, a group of power-craving Jedi abandoned the tenets of the order and became the Sith, a fallen regime of Force-wielders who called upon the dark side of the Force in a bid to dominate and control the galaxy. Those that could not be subjugated were destroyed. The Sith abused the very essence of life, the Force itself, bending it to their will and employing its power to corrupt and kill. These dark warriors were the antithesis of the Jedi, their sworn enemies, and the battle between them brought the galaxy to war more than once.
Long thought extinct by the Jedi, the Sith survived the last great conflict and went into hiding, biding their time as careful plans were laid for their eventual, triumphant return. Only two there ever were at once, a master and an apprentice, and in this tradition the Sith endured undetected, passing their accumulated power and knowledge down through the centuries.
After a thousand years, the diabolical genius Darth Sidious became the Dark Lord to achieve their ultimate goal. Through intricate planning and dazzling adaptability, the Sith Master rose to the office of Supreme Chancellor of the Republic, engineered a war, and undermined the Jedi until he could, in one swift, masterful stroke, destroy the Jedi Order and enslave the galaxy beneath his banner as Emperor.
In the Dark Lord's plan he had many willing servants and aides. A natural compliment to his own genius, the vividly tattooed Darth Maul was a living weapon and served his master unquestioningly until his surprise defeat on Naboo. Darth Tyranus, once the noble Jedi Count Dooku, was a stately aristocrat who grew dissatisfied with what he saw as a corrupt Senate served blindly by the Jedi. Lured to the dark side through pride and lust for power, Dooku became Sidious' pawn and the leader of the manipulated Separatists.
The greatest and most tragic of the Emperor's servants, however, was Anakin Skywalker, who, by the arts of Sidious, turned against his friends and family to become the very thing he had spent his life fighting. Overwhelmed by fear of loss, the bitterness of betrayal, and hunger for power, Anakin became Darth Vader, hunter of Jedi and the destroyer of the Order. His black, masked visage became the symbol of Imperial might as he lead his master's legions across the galaxy, imposing Sith rule by gloved fist and glowing lightsabre wherever he went.
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