"It looks like at one time, thousands of years ago, Jedi Knights attacked the temple."
"And the Jedi won, right?"
"From what I can tell, nobody won."
―Ahsoka Tano and Ezra Bridger[src]

The Great Scourge of Malachor was a battle between the Jedi Order and the Sith Empire on the planet Malachor. During the battle, the Jedi attacked the Sith temple, a battle station and superweapon capable of destroying life. The remains of the battle, in which combatants were left petrified, remained preserved for thousands of years after the Great Scourge.


"It was here on…on this dead world…that the Jedi struck a terrible blow against the Sith. Many of our order were struck down. All because they wanted to be free."
―Darth Sidious, to Darth Maul[src]

Thousands of years before the Galactic Civil War, the Jedi Knights attacked the Sith temple on the planet Malachor. In the ensuing battle, the temple was activated, resulting in the death of everyone on the planet. The petrified bodies of the combatants were all that remained, left littered across the battlefield. The horrors of Malachor would go on to inform Jedi legends for millennia to come.[5]

While training Darth Maul, Darth Sidious brought Maul to the site of the battle to teach him about the fall of the Sith. Sidious forced Maul to breathe in the ashes of his Sith predecessors. While breathing the ashes, Maul proceeded to have visions of the deaths of thousands of Sith warriors at the hands of the Jedi.[6]

In 3 BBY,[8] the petrified remains of the battlefield were discovered by Padawan Ezra Bridger, Jedi Knight Kanan Jarrus, and the former Jedi Ahsoka Tano. Tano, remembering her Jedi teachings, recalled that a battle had been fought on Malachor. Bridger wondered if the Jedi had won, but Tano deduced from the remains of the battlefield, that nobody won. Bridger also found a green-bladed crossguard lightsaber, which he briefly activated before it shorted out. After Kanan was blinded by former Sith Lord Maul, he found a Jedi Temple Guard mask and wore it while briefly dueling with Maul on the side of the Sith temple.[5]

Behind the scenesEdit

The Great Scourge of Malachor was first referenced in the 2015 reference book Star Wars: The Force Awakens: The Visual Dictionary, which stated that the crossguard design of Kylo Ren's lightsaber was an ancient one that dated back thousands of years to the Great Scourge of Malachor. The book's author, Lucasfilm Story Group creative executive Pablo Hidalgo,[4] added the reference to the book to connect it with the battle that was ultimately referenced in "Twilight of the Apprentice," the second season finale of the animated television series Star Wars Rebels.[9]

Although the exact events of the Great Scourge have yet to be revealed, Star Wars Rebels executive producer Dave Filoni shared his thinking for what the battle was. In his mind, the battle was fought when Jedi Knights attacked the Sith temple that was being constructed by a Sith Lord, the voice of whom became the Presence in the obelisk that is activated by the Sith holocron that Ezra finds in "Twilight of the Apprentice." In this idea, the temple either fired or misfired and led to the petrified destruction that remained on the battlefield for thousands of years.[10] The episode's credits identify her only as "Presence."[5]



Notes and referencesEdit

  1. The Hundred-Year Darkness saw the formation of the Sith, meaning the Great Scourge of Malachor must have taken place after it.
  2. Star Wars Propaganda: A History of Persuasive Art in the Galaxy
  3. Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Star Wars: The Force Awakens: The Visual Dictionary
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.7 5.8 Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels – "Twilight of the Apprentice"
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Darth Maul, Part II
  7. TwitterLogo @pablohidalgo (Pablo Hidalgo) on Twitter. "it is not Traya. It's another Sith Lord who fell at Malachor."
  8. The events of "Twilight of the Apprentice," in which the referenced event appears, are set after "A Princess on Lothal," which is the first known episode to take place in the third year before the Battle of Yavin. As such, we can deduce that the referenced event takes place in the third year before the Battle of Yavin. For more information, see Wookieepedia's Timeline of Star Wars Rebels Events.
  9. TwitterLogo @pablohidalgo (Pablo Hidalgo) on Twitter. "".@pablohidalgo did you put this into the @dkpublishing TFA Visual Dictionary just to connect to #StarWarsRebels?" "@jamesjawa @dkpublishing Pretty much. :)"" (screenshot)
  10. Goldman, Eric (2016-03-30). Star Wars Rebels: Dave Filoni on Ahsoka's Fate, Maul's Return and Much More. IGN. Retrieved on March 31, 2016.
History of the Sith
Hundred-Year Darkness · Sith war · Sith Empire
Great Scourge of Malachor · Era of the Sith · Battle of Takodana
Jedi–Sith war (Battle of Coruscant · Liberation of Coruscant) · Rule of Two
Clone Wars · Galactic Empire (Jedi Purge · Galactic Civil War)
History of the Jedi Order
Hundred-Year Darkness · Great Scourge of Malachor · Entruvia Conflict
Mandalorian-Jedi War · Fall of the Old Republic · Battle of Takodana · Jedi–Sith war
Jedi–Zygerrian conflict · Clone Wars · Jedi Purge
Luke Skywalker's Jedi · Destruction of Luke Skywalker's Jedi

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