Star Wars: The Old Republic – A condensed history of the Sith Empire
To be perfectly honest, I don’t want to serve the Sith Empire. To me, it seems like the entire point of the Sith Empire is to destroy the Republic and once that’s done, it’ll probably fall apart as infighting and so forth tears it up from the inside. Let’s take a closer, but abbreviated, look at the history of the Sith Empire, shall we?
The Sith civilization was once a race of red-skinned people living on the planet of Korriban. The most famous of these original Sith was Adas, who ruled his empire for approximately 300 years. At his hand, his people were freed from the Rakatan Infinite Empire that we see the last vestiges of in the game Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. After King Adas’ death fighting off the Rakata, the civilization fell into civil war and regressed into a much more primitive standing. This civil war reduced Korriban to ruins (which it seems to stay in for the rest of time). For the record, King Adas passed away approximately 27,700 years BBY (Before the Battle of Yavin, the fight that occurs at the end of Star Wars: A New Hope).
Approximately 6,900 years BBY, exiled fallen Jedi fleeing a battle with their light side counterparts, land on Korriban and immediately subjugate the people there. Thanks to their considerable training in using the Force, the Sith are awed by these newcomers and elevate their new rulers to god-like status. Over the next 2,000 years, interbreeding between these fallen Jedi and the Sith through Sith alchemy allowed for the term “Sith” to be used to define the rulers and the species. Ziost became the capital of this newer Sith Empire and Korriban became a sacred world (mostly thanks to its tombs).
About 5,000 years BBY, the Sith Empire spanned over 100 worlds and still the Republic had no idea where it was (pretty easy to not notice, actually, given the span of the universe). At this time, two Republic explorers stumble upon Korriban on accident. This particular incident and the fallout are covered in the Tales of the Jedi comic series. Essentially what happens is that the Sith backtrace the hyperroute the explorers used to attack the Republic. The Republic manages to counterattack and drive them all the way back to their Empire where they proceed to bomb them into oblivion. Remnants of this Empire hid out on Yavin 4, Dromund Kaas, and other worlds while they waited for the Republic to forget about them. Meanwhile, the Jedi worked to systematically destroy whatever remained of the Sith artifacts, temples, and holocrons in an effort to prevent their use by Dark Jedi or students who could possibly be influenced.
Fast forward to about 4,000 BBY and Exar Kun decided he would be ruler of a New Sith Empire. That delusion lasted about 4 years. He was killed on Yavin 4 in 3,996. His empire was constructed by the Jedi that he managed to convince to join his Brotherhood of Darkness and a Sith cult known as the Krath. Not much of an empire.
A few years down the road in 3,976 BBY, the Mandalorian Wars were all over the place. The Jedi Council refused to participate in the war and so a small group of Jedi, led by Revan and Malak, defied orders and fought on the side of the Republic. After the Mandalorians were defeated in 3,960 BBY, Revan was turned to the dark side and with the aid of his apprentice Malak, proceeded to create his own Sith Empire by use of the Star Forge (an ancient creation of the Rakatan Infinite Empire). These details are covered by the game Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, but long story short, this Sith Empire failed too when Revan was turned back to the light (this is canon) and defeated his former apprentice.
Over the next few years (covered by Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II – The Sith Lords) the Jedi Order is practically destroyed by Sith Assassins and the like. This activity is eventually stopped by the enigmatic Exile.
In 3,681, the ACTUAL remnants of the Old Sith Empire finally come back to the fore and attack the Republic. In this Great Galactic War, the capital of Coruscant was sacked and the Jedi were forced to seek refuge on the core planet of Tython (where the Jedi got their start). This war ends in 3,653 BBY with the Treaty of Coruscant (which forces the Republic to give up certain worlds to the Sith).
Where the game Star Wars: The Old Republic picks up, there is a cold war between the Sith Empire and the Republic. Conflicts are sparking all over the universe. Things are degrading and this uneasy “peace” will probably not hold much longer.
Until next time!
P.S. I used Wookieepedia to help me get my facts straight (dates, event order, etc) and I highly recommend that you check it out for yourself to get all the information you can. I put links to everything in my article.
P.P.S. “Three centuries after the death of Darth Malak and the end of the Jedi Civil War, the True Sith Empire returned from deep space – attacking the Republic. They began a war unlike any other in the galaxy’s history. The Great Galactic War dragged on for decades. Thousands of Jedi and Sith were slain. Countless star systems were ravaged.” – Jedi Master Gnost-Dural