Star Wars Retcons The Sith Rule Of Two

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker's junior novelization retcons the Sith's Rule of Two and explains what that means behind it truly is.

Star Wars has retconned the Sith's Rule of Two, which had been the way in which the darkish facet order operated for millennia. The Sith emerged from the shadows in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, when Darth Maul killed Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn earlier than himself being defeated by Obi-Wan Kenobi. “Always two there are,” Yoda noticed ominously at Qui-Gon's funeral. “No extra… no, much less. A grasp and an apprentice.

The prequel trilogy adopted this format to the letter. Darth Sidious was the Master, and he went by means of apprentices at a fairly exceptional fee; he appears to have already been coaching Dooku earlier than Maul was believed killed, however even the Count of Serenno was little greater than a place-filler. Palpatine had set his eyes upon Anakin Skywalker, the Chosen One, and he gladly sacrificed Dooku in his profitable try and seduce Anakin to the darkish facet of the Force.

But the Star Wars sequel trilogy has not adopted that system. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker revealed the Sith redoubt of Exegol, a legendary world hidden within the depths of the Unknown Regions. There, Sith cultists flourished beneath the rule of a resurrected Darth Sidious. The recently-released junior novelization of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker makes an attempt to resolve this difficulty with a sensible retcon; it seems the Jedi had misinterpreted the Rule of Two, as Rey discovers when she reads a historic textual content contrasting the Sith and the Jedi.

In the prequel trilogy, the Jedi believed the Sith operated beneath the Rule of Two; that there have been solely ever two Sith, a Master and an Apprentice. No doubt Darth Sidious was eager to encourage this error, retaining the existence of Exegol a carefully guarded secret. In actuality, the Sith are Ruled by Two. The Sith Lord sits upon the traditional throne on the coronary heart of Exegol, with an apprentice who will in the future take their place – until, like Palpatine, stated Sith Lord masters the energy of Essence Transfer.

This is a brilliant retcon; it preserves the guts of the Rule of Two whereas neatly explaining the existence of a whole military of Sith cultists and legions of Sith Stormtroopers. It even suits the actual fact Darths Sidious and Vader had been collectively known as the “Lords of the Sith” – as a result of that, fairly actually, is what they had been. Presumably, the Sith cultists had been inspired to compete for the eye of the Lords of the Sith, and generally, a Sith Lord would select an apprentice from amongst their quantity in the event that they proved significantly sturdy within the Force.

That would additionally clarify one other oddity within the historical past of Star Wars; why the Jedi by no means found the continued existence of the Sith when these sinister beings had been concerned in galactic affairs. If there have been certain occasions the Jedi got here near studying the reality, the Sith might retreat again to Exegol for a time, and a Sith Master might even select a neighborhood resident as an apprentice reasonably than comb the galaxy for somebody appropriate. Thus the Sith remained within the shadows, biding their time – till Palpatine.

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