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Sith Chalices were vases used by the ancient Sith as incense burners during certain meditation ceremonials, including the Sith Fire Ritual. One such artifact was uncovered during the archaeological Wolhanian expedition to the Massassi ruins of Yavin 4. That Chalice came into the possession of the Sith Lord Darth Sidious, whose public alter ego was none other than Supreme Chancellor Palpatine of the Galactic Republic. During the Clone Wars, Sidious kept the Chalice in the Chancellor's Suite, hidden in plain sight as a common piece of art.
Sith Chalices were a form of incense burners used by the ancient Sith in their meditation rituals, one of which was the Sith Fire Ritual. At least one such Chalice had the shape of a large metallic vase with a spiked lid and four fin-like appendages jutting out from the vase itself.
A Sith Chalice was originally located on the fourth moon of Yavin, which had been occupied by the Sith and their Massassi warriors from 5000 to 3996 BBY. Millennia after the Sith disappeared from Yavin 4, the archaeologists of the Wolhanian expedition unearthed the Chalice from a Massassi site on the moon, along with other artifacts such as the Great Hyperspace War Bas-Relief. By the time of the Clone Wars, the Yavin 4 Chalice had fallen into the hands of Darth Sidious, the reigning Dark Lord of the Sith, who led the Galactic Republic under the identity of Supreme Chancellor Palpatine. Although its contents were unknown to anyone but Sidious, that particular Chalice housed rare Korribanian incense. While anyone who had knowledge of the dark side of the Force could have been able to identify the Chalice, Sidious was sure that no one would recognize it. In an act of mockery, he put it on public display in the Chancellor's Suite on the planet Coruscant, in the corridor linking the ceremonial office to his private sanctum.
Behind the scenesEdit
A Sith Chalice prop was created for the final prequel movie Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith (May 19, 2005). However, it was first seen by the public in Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith The Visual Dictionary (April 2, 2005), a reference book that was published before the movie's release. The Chalice's use and backstory were later expanded upon in Star Wars: Complete Locations (October 17, 2005), and Star Wars: Beware the Sith (February 20, 2012).
- Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith (First appearance)
- Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith The Visual Dictionary (First mentioned)
- Star Wars: Complete Locations
- Star Wars: The Complete Visual Dictionary
- Star Wars: Beware the Sith
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: Beware the Sith
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 2.9 Star Wars: Complete Locations
- ↑ Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith The Visual Dictionary
- ↑ The Essential Chronology
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith The Visual Dictionary
- ↑ Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith