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I just finished the excellent Darth Bane book trilogy, for those who haven't read them, they're awesome, but below contains *spoilers* so read at your own risk.
According to Wookiepedia, this is the summary of Darth Bane's death.
"The two Sith Lords matched wills, each trying to push the other out and into the great void from which there was no return. Bane's body was destroyed, turned to ash by the power of the ritual. After a struggle of wills, it was over. Zannah had triumphed, and though a small portion of her master remained in her, the Dark Lord Bane, creator of the Rule of Two, was dead."
The final words of that chapter was that Darth Zannah's new apprentice, Darth Cognus, noticed Zannah's hand was twitching. In many parts of the book, Bane's hand was uncontrollably twitching. I interpreted this to mean that Bane had lost the physical battle, but won the fight of minds, taking over Zannah's body.
I returned the book to my library, so I can't look it up, but was there anything else I could have missed that confirms Wookiepedia's summary?—Unsigned comment by18.104.22.168 (talk • contribs).
Author Drew Karpyshyn confirmed Zannah's victory over Bane in his blog: . Also, please remember to sign your posts with four tildes: ~~~~ Xicer9(Combadge) 02:17, July 3, 2010 (UTC)
"why would the narrator use She to describe a He?" - Zannah's hand was shaking like Bane's was through the rest of the book. And Bane had been attempting to take over her body. --22.214.171.124 21:42, July 5, 2010 (UTC)
You don't understand what I meant. According to Mr. Karpyshyn, if he had meant for Bane to have won the battle, then the proper way to refer to the character is as a male (despite the fact that he's inside the body of a female). Frankly, even in real-life that's proper nomenclature. A person who is biologically female but identifies as a male is referred to as He, and should be treated as a man. Karpyshyn was saying that to think that a narrator who refers to a man as "she" is unreliable and poorly written. If he meant for Bane to win, he's outright said that he would have started referring to Bane-in-Zannah as He and had Bane declare his victory (after all, why wouldn't he? Wouldn't you want your apprentice to know that the stronger will prevailed?). The hand shaking was merely to show that something of him survived in her, but only a small fraction of his being, his essence. But Zannah won fair and square. Taral, Dark Lord of the Sith-Just shy, not antisocial: You can talk to me!- 12:32, July 6, 2010 (UTC)