This article is about a Sith Lord during the Old Republic Era. You may be looking for a Sith during the Legacy era, Darth Ruyn.
"There is no passion…there is solely obsession.
There is no knowledge. There is solely conviction.
There is no purpose. There is solely will.
There is nothing…
Only me.
―The creed of ruin[src]

Darth Ruin, born as Phanius,[1] was an Umbaran Jedi Master who left the Jedi Order and then became a Dark Lord of the Sith who lived over two millennia before the Battle of Yavin.


New Sith WarEdit


Darth Ruin, Dark Lord of the Sith

An intelligent and charismatic renegade Jedi Master, Phanius was known for the disturbing tone of his philosophy, which included elements of moral nihilism and solipsism, similar in certain aspects to the much later Potentium sect.

Phanius abandoned his oath and left the Order to pursue prohibited teachings, becoming one of the first of what would eventually become known as the Lost Twenty. He secretly united the numerous Sith clans, possibly left over from the Old Sith Wars or Vitiate's Empire, and founded a new Sith Empire. In an event known as the Fourth Great Schism, fifty Jedi Knights soon followed him and pledged themselves to him, his new Sith Order and to the dark side of the Force.

The newly rechristened Darth Ruin and his followers initiated the New Sith Wars against the Jedi and the Galactic Republic, but Ruin's Sith Order quickly disintegrated. Ruin's single-mindedness and ambitions led to hatred and betrayal by his followers, who later killed him.


In 40 ABY after the formation of the New Jedi Order, information about Darth Ruin was found and compiled by Chief Librarian Tionne Solusar. Bodo Baas's spirit shed little light on the history of Ruin.[1]

Behind the scenesEdit

"Ruin is the definition of pure evil, as I conceive of him and it. I'd say he is in the Darth Traya mold, only Ruin broke the mold and then murdered the mold-maker."
Abel G. Peña[src]

The character of Darth Ruin was created by George Lucas as part of the backstory for the prequel trilogy, although the name "Darth Ruin" was created by Abel G. Peña.[2] In Lucas's notes, Ruin is an unnamed Jedi Knight who fell to the dark side with fifty followers 2000 years prior to the film saga, founding the Sith. Since the Sith have been well established in other C-canon works for thousands of years, this "foundation" was degraded to be only a schism, after three previous ones. All other information on him was created by Abel G. Peña.

According to Peña, due to the Jedi placing Phanius in the Lost Twenty, they probably did not know his identity of Darth Ruin. When naming him, Peña also considered the names Reaper, Fatalis, Necro, Mortalis, Eradicus, Execute, and Solipsis. He also considered giving him a number of "Sithly" professions such as necromancer, sorcerer, warlock, and archmage.



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