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A Sith Cultist ready for action on Korriban.

"Come get me, Jedi!"
―- The signature taunt of the cultists[src]

A Sith Cultist was a member of any Sith cult. More specifically, "Sith Cultist" was used with reference to the members of Tavion Axmis's Sith cult, the Disciples of Ragnos.

Background and AbilitiesEdit

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A Sith Cultist

Members of the cult had been empowered with the Force by Tavion's Scepter of Ragnos and wore different color battle suits depending on their abilities. Some of Tavion's Sith cultists were Force-users, carrying no weapons and instead specialized in using offensive powers such as Force Grip and Force lightning as well as in acrobatics, and a few were armed with a blaster rifle and had basic knowledge of several dark side powers. However, most were trained in the basics of lightsaber combat. These cultists wore an orange battle suit and were able to defeat ordinary enemies fairly easily, though they were not usually skilled or disciplined enough to defeat an average Jedi from Luke Skywalker's Jedi Praxeum, normally only having the rudimentary knowledge of just one lightsaber style. These cultists had little skill in Force powers, but all were trained to use Force jump and to employ Force push defensively. To a Jedi, they only posed a threat when confronted in groups. In combat, the cultists usually made frequent use of Dun Möch to offset their lack of saber skills, taunting their opponents arrogantly.

Lightsabers with slightly shorter blades, modeled on Tavion's, were mass produced using synthetic crystals for the lightsaber-wielding cultists, as there were so many cultists it would have taken too long to create individual lightsabers for the members. It was also very likely that the cultists were not skilled enough to create their own lightsabers. The difference in the blade length did not seem to have much of an effect on its performance. Generally cultists operated in pairs or small groups, typically with one lightsaber-using cultist backed up by a Force-user to maximize their abilities.

Other Cult Members and AccomplishmentsEdit

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A cultist battles a Jedi

The more powerful of Tavion's cultists were called the New Reborn, as they were recruited among the surviving members of Desann's army of Reborn and their skills were superior to the cultists . The lower members of the Disciples of Ragnos were simply called "Sith cultists" or just "cultists." They were mainly deployed in operations relating to Tavion's hunt for more Force energy, more often that not working alongside Imperial Remnant or mercenaries. Wherever the mission was, however, there would always be a lot of cultists working to achieve their goals and they would fight with zealous fury, regardless of the odds.

The cultists and New Reborn congregated in force on Korriban and fought the Jedi furiously to try and prevent them from reaching Ragnos' tomb and halting Tavion's resurrection of the ancient Sith Lord. After some fast but intensive skirmishes they managed to take a toll on the Jedi and hold most of them back due to their advantage in numbers but Jaden Korr penetrated their defenses, gaining access to Ragnos' tomb. Many of the cultists and New Reborn were slain by Jaden Korr on Korriban and on his various adventures and the fates of those who survived the fall of Tavion are unknown, since once the Scepter of Ragnos was destroyed they lost their powers.

Behind the scenesEdit

In Star Wars: Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy, the Cultists are the only enemies that wield slightly shorter lightsabers. All of the other enemies, such as the New Reborn have normal length lightsabers. Also, all lightsaber enemies in the game, except Alora, Reborn Master and duel or double bladed sabers wielders have the same black, basic lightsaber hilt.

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