- "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…
- ―The creed of Ruin
The Fourth Great Schism was the final Great Schism of the Jedi Order. It occurred in 2000 BBY when Phanius fell to the dark side to become Darth Ruin, leaving the Order to establish a new Sith Empire. Fifty Jedi Knights followed him, resulting in the New Sith Wars.
Behind the scenesEdit
Originally, in George Lucas's notes for the prequel trilogy, in which he described the backstory of the Sith, the unnamed-Ruin was the first Sith Lord. There had been C-canon sources already that dealt with Sith Lords before 2,000 BBY, so this "foundation" was degraded into yet another "Great Schism"—the fourth one.
- Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace novelization (First mentioned)
- The New Essential Chronology (First identified as Fourth Great Schism)
- Jedi vs. Sith: The Essential Guide to the Force