Saturday, May 5, 2012

S is for the Sith

What gaming geek hasn't been inspired by the idea, characters and story of the Sith, from George Lucas' Star Wars? What DM hasn't been tempted to throw in the line "Luke, I am your father?" This DM sure has.  But who are the Sith exactly?

The Sith were originally Jedi who turned to the dark side of the Force, fueling their powers not with logic and control of will, but with passion and anger. The Dark Jedi warred with the Jedi and were exiled accordingly. Once exiled the Dark Jedi found a planet that where they could rule over the powerful but manipulable race called the Sith.  They were worshiped as Gods and fashioned themselves the "Lord of the Sith."

After a time the Sith ruled a small portion of the galaxy that they named the Sith Empire. That empire eventually fell due to a battle for supremacy between two rival Sith Lords.  Sith Lord Darth Bane caused the destruction of every last Sith excepting himself and his apprentice Darth Zannah, creating the Rule of Two which states "Two there shall be... a master and an apprentice, one to embody power and one to crave it."

This Rule brings us to the stories of the Sith that we are all familiar with.  Darth Sidious and Darth Vader.

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