Dark Lord of the Sith

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Sith Emblem

The symbol of the Dark Lords of the Sith.

"The Sith must be ruled by a single leader, the very embodiment of the strength and power of the dark side. If the leader grows weak, another must rise to seize the mantle."
Darth Revan's Sith Holocron[src]

The title of Dark Lord of the Sith, or Jen'ari in the Sith language, originally referred to the ruler of the Sith Empire, and later was taken by the recognized leader of the Order of the Sith Lords. Before Skere Kaan, there was only one Dark Lord of the Sith at a time, who was the head of the Order, with the exception of the members of the Dark Council of the Sith Emperor Vitiate's Sith Empire who held the title of Dark Lord at the same time. In more recent periods, it was a title shared by multiple individuals simultaneously. The term referred to individuals of both sexes, though Lumiya claimed the title of Dark Lady of the Sith.

The title Dark Lord of the Sith is often thought to be synonymous with the title Darth. Contrary to this, however, is the fact that Sith apprentices have been known to carry the title as well. Two examples would be Darth Malak as Darth Revan's apprentice, and Darth Vader as Darth Sidious'. Many Sith Lords have used the Darth title, but there is no evidence as to the synonymic relationship of these two appellations.

History of the title

"I now complete your initiation to the power of the dark side…so that you may bring to pass the great destiny foretold…Exar Kun, because of you, the Sith will never die…you have rightly earned the title of—Dark Lord of the Sith!"
―Marka Ragnos bestows upon Exar Kun the title of Dark Lord of the Sith[src]

Naga Sadow receives his mark of Lordship.

The first Dark Lord of the Sith was Ajunta Pall, the leader of the exiled Dark Jedi who, after their defeat in the Hundred-Year Darkness conquered the Sith species and ruled over them as gods.

Xendor, believed to be the first Dark Jedi, is possibly the predecessor of the Dark Lords of the Sith, though he himself was never a Sith Lord (although he may have returned from the dead to take the position as the Dark Underlord many millennia later).

After the fall of the Sith Empire, Naga Sadow gave the title to his apprentice, Freedon Nadd. The spirit of the dead Dark Lord Marka Ragnos then declared Nadd's apprentice, Exar Kun, Dark Lord of the Sith. 3,000 years later, Lord Kaan began the practice of giving the title to all members of the Order, thus making it a title shared by many Sith for the first time in their long history. After the institution of the Rule of Two, the title was naturally held by only two members at a time, one being the Sith Master and the other being the Sith apprentice.

Dark Lords of the Sith

From the Hundred-Year Darkness to the Great Hyperspace War

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From Freedon Nadd to Darth Nihilus

Reformed Sith Empire

From Darth Desolous to the rise of Kaan

From the rise of Kaan to the Seventh Battle of Ruusan


Skere Kaan, last of the Dark Lords to rule alone.

From this point on, the tradition of a sole "Dark Lord of the Sith" ended. At the time of the Ruusan campaign there were a total of twenty-six[source?] Sith Lords who held the title in conjunction with their leader, Kaan. Among them were:

Darth Bane's Reformed Order


In Bane's reformed order, two Sith held the title at the time, the only two living members of the order in the entire galaxy: a Master and an apprentice. Known members of this order included:


After the Battle of Endor, the title Dark Lady of the Sith was claimed by an Emperor's Hand, Lumiya. It was an uncertain time for the Sith, and though several beings proclaimed themselves Sith Lords, it would be years before a cohesive Sith Order was rebuilt.


Darth Caedus, the Dark Lord of the Sith in 40 ABY.

Legacy Era

With the re-emergence of Lumiya, after the devastating Yuuzhan Vong War, she began to forge the Sith remnants into a new, cohesive order. After her death, the mantle was inherited by her final apprentice and Vader's grandson, Darth Caedus. Months later, Caedus had his own apprentice as well: Tahiri Veila. The Sith would culminate in the rise of Darth Krayt in 130 ABY. Krayt "died" by electrocution 137 ABY at the hands of Darth Wyyrlok III, leaving the position of Dark Lord temporarily under the control of Darth Wyyrlok III, who technically never claimed the title himself. Krayt was then able to successfully resurrect himself. In 138 ABY Darth Krayt died a final death, after which Darth Nihl assumed command of the remaining Sith, though it is uncertain if he claimed to be Dark Lord.


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Non-canonical appearance


Notes and references

  1. Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor
  2. WizardsoftheCoast Korriban: Planet of Lost Souls on (original article link, backup links on
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Jedi vs. Sith: The Essential Guide to the Force
  5. Star Wars Encyclopedia
  6. 6.0 6.1 Tales of the Jedi: The Golden Age of the Sith
  7. Tales of the Jedi: The Fall of the Sith Empire
  8. Tales of the Jedi: Knights of the Old Republic
  9. 9.0 9.1 Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 HyperspaceIcon Evil Never Dies: The Sith Dynasties on Hyperspace (article) (content removed from and unavailable)
  11. 11.00 11.01 11.02 11.03 11.04 11.05 11.06 11.07 11.08 11.09 11.10 11.11 11.12 11.13 11.14 11.15 Star Wars: The Old Republic
  12. Star Wars: The Old Republic: Fatal Alliance
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 Star Wars: The Old Republic: Revan
  14. SWTOR icon Darth Jadus on The Old Republic Holonet
  15. Star Wars: The Old Republic, Blood of the Empire
  16. Star Wars: The Old Republic 8: The Lost Suns, Part 2
  17. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (video game)
  18. 18.0 18.1 Vader: The Ultimate Guide
  19. Darth Bane: Rule of Two
  20. 20.00 20.01 20.02 20.03 20.04 20.05 20.06 20.07 20.08 20.09 20.10 20.11 20.12 20.13 Darth Bane: Path of Destruction
  21. Bane of the Sith
  22. Betrayal
  23. 23.0 23.1 23.2 23.3 23.4 23.5 Star Wars: Darth Plagueis
  24. Labyrinth of Evil
  25. Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
  26. Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
  27. Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
  28. Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
  29. Star Wars 88: Figurehead
  30. SWGsmall "The Emperor's Pawns"—Star Wars Gamer 5
  31. Dark Apprentice
  32. The Glove of Darth Vader
  33. Sacrifice
  34. Star Wars: Legacy 1: Broken, Part 1

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