- "I warn you. The men are easy to acquire, hard to control."
- ―Mother Talzin
The Nightbrothers were a tribal group of Dathomirian men subservient to the Nightsisters. They lived in a village on the far side of the planet Dathomir. The infamous Darth Maul, apprentice to the Dark Lord of the Sith Darth Sidious, was born a Nightbrother.
- "A warrior's true strength lies not in muscle, but in anger."
The Nightbrothers spent most of their lives training in their village, learning to fight with axes, daggers, and spears, or even their bare hands. They were divided into several tribes, all of which were overseen by the same leading Brother—around 21 BBY, Brother Viscus held this position.
The full-body tattoos covering many Dathomirian men were considered to be the traditional markings of a warrior. The facial markings were considered the equivalent of the blemishes left by the bursting of blood vessels on the faces of the Sisters. Those who had proved their worth in the arena of the Crucible were allowed to wield powerful weapons infused with Nightsister magic, and were granted cuffs and shoulder armor.
Sometimes, the Shaman of the Nightsisters would select a gifted Nightbrother and empower him with dark energies. With the help of a full coven of crafters, the shaman injected the energies of the Spirits into the Brother's bone and muscle, turning him into a warrior behemoth. Transformed Dathomirian Zabrak were a head taller, with a broad chest, strong arms and a full crown of sharp horns.
In her instructional treatise known as Wild Power, Clan Mother Talzin wrote the Nightbrothers were powerful warriors but lacked the ability to balance the conflicting energies of the Twin Gods. According to her, males were simpler and more beastlike than females.
- "And while our Nightbrothers are kept separated, they are marked as our kin and our warriors by the tattoing on their chests and faces."
Decades prior to the start of the Clone Wars, a small group of male Zabrak were brought from Rattatak during a pirate raid. The Human Nightsisters discovered they could interbreed with those Zabraks, leading to the creation of the hybrid species known as the Dathomirians. The witches isolated their new slaves to a small area of the planet where they could draw from them at whim. While the Nightsisters had always kept "malelings" as labor units or mating partners, the Shaman of the Nightsisters Talzin restricted the use of males to the Zabrak Nightbrothers after becoming the leader of all Nightsister covens. She also thought it was best to keep them separated from the Sisters.
The Sith Lord Darth Maul was a member of the Nightbrothers before being taken by Darth Sidious to be trained as his apprentice. During the Clone Wars, the Nightsisters trained Savage Opress, who was Darth Maul's blood brother, to be Asajj Ventress' replacement as Count Dooku's apprentice.
Behind the scenesEdit
Darth Maul's full-body markings were originally Sith tattoos personally applied by Darth Sidious, but were later retconned into being a tradition of his tribe, the Nightbrothers, applied shortly after birth.
The Nightbrothers are similar to the possibly mythological Gargareans described by Strabo in the 11th book of his Geography, in that both are an isolated all-male mountain tribe used by an all-female society for reproduction.
- Star Wars: Darth Plagueis
- Restraint (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars: The Wrath of Darth Maul
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Nightsisters" (Indirect mention only)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Monster" (First appearance)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Witches of the Mist"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Brothers"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Revenge"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars: The Sith Hunters
- Star Wars: Darth Maul—Death Sentence 1
- Star Wars: Darth Maul—Death Sentence 2
- Star Wars: Darth Maul—Death Sentence 3
- Star Wars: Darth Maul—Death Sentence 4
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Darth Maul: Shadow Conspiracy
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Revival"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Eminence"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Shades of Reason"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Lawless"
- The Last Jedi (Mentioned only)
- "Launch Pad"—Star Wars Insider 122 (First mentioned)
- "Everything You Always Wanted to Know about the Nightsisters but Were Afraid to Ask"—Star Wars Insider 122
- "50 Great Reasons to Rewatch Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season Three"—Star Wars Insider 125
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars: The Complete Season Three
- Star Wars: Darth Maul, Sith Apprentice
- Book of Sith: Secrets from the Dark Side
- Totally 20: The Phantom Menace
- Star Wars: Beware the Sith
- Star Wars: The Ultimate Visual Guide: Updated and Expanded
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars Magazine 19
- Star Wars: Force Collection (Card: Darth Maul (★★))
- Star Wars: Force Collection (Card: Darth Maul (★★★★★))
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Monster"
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Book of Sith: Secrets from the Dark Side
- ↑ "Everything You Always Wanted to Know about the Nightsisters but Were Afraid to Ask"—Star Wars Insider 122
- ↑ Star Wars: Republic: Infinity's End
- ↑ Restraint
- ↑ ''Jedi vs. Sith: The Essential Guide to the Force
- ↑ ''Marked