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The recently released novel, Star Wars: Darth Plagueis, reveals that Darth Maul’s training under Darth Sidious was concurrent with Sidious’ own training under Darth Plagueis. The Rule of Two states that only two Sith may exist at any given time, though it had been “broken” before with Darth Cognus and Galen Marek, so there is precedents for this.
However, the rule also states that the Master and Apprentice are the two sole Dark Lords of the Sith, and in Darth Cognus’ case, he is Dark Lord of the Sith as Zannah’s apprentice, not Bane’s even though he was his apprentice, and Galen Marek was never Dark Lord of the Sith.
Thus, since the allotted slots for the position were already occupied by Sidious and Plagueis and they take priority simply because they took the mantle before Darth Maul ever entered the picture, and since Darth Maul died the same moment one slot became vacant, he never was Dark Lord of the Sith.
(With Plagueis’ death, Sidious became the Master and Maul would have naturally ascended formally to apprentice and become Dark Lord of the Sith, yet he died before this could occur.)
Note that I am not disputing that Darth Maul was a Sith or the apprentice of Darth Sidious, but rather, whether he ever held said title.
NOTE: SPOILER FOR DARTH PLAGUEIS: I may have misread, but I was reasonably certain that Plagueis dies before Maul does, which effectively makes Darth Maul the official apprentice (and therefore Dark Lord of the Sith) for those few days between Plagueis's death and the conclusion of Episode I. Taral, Dark Lord of the Sith-Just shy, not antisocial: You can talk to me!- 13:40, January 23, 2012 (UTC)
Acting in violation of the Rule of Two hardly disqualifies him as a Dark Lord of the Sith. It just means that Plagueis was as okay with ending the Rule as Bane was with starting it. Further, he's referred to in Episode I as Darth Maul (a Sith Lord Title) and I believe Lord Maul as well, but it's been a while since I watched it; and G-canon supercedes C-canon. -- DigiFluid 13:50, January 23, 2012 (UTC)