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Chalice of the Sith
Sith Chalice
Production information


Type

Sith artifact[1]

Culture

Sith[1]

Owners

Palpatine[1]

Locations
Physical and technical specifications






Contents

Incense[2]

Usage and history
Purpose

Conducting meditation rituals,[2] including the Sith Fire Ritual[1]

Era(s)

Sith Chalices were items 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.

DescriptionEdit

Sith Chalices were a form of incense burners[2] used by the ancient Sith[1] in their meditation rituals,[2] one of which was the Sith Fire Ritual.[1] At least one such Chalice had the shape of a large metallic cup with a spiked lid and four fin-like appendages jutting out from the cup itself.[3]

HistoryEdit

Chalice on display

Darth Sidious put his Sith Chalice on public display.

A Sith Chalice was originally located on the fourth moon of Yavin,[2] which had been occupied by the Sith and their Massassi warriors from 5000 to 3996 BBY.[4] 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.[2] 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.[1] Although its contents were unknown to anyone but Sidious,[3] 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.[1]

Behind the scenesEdit

A Sith Chalice prop appeared in the final prequel movie Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith[5] (May 2005).[6] However, it was first seen by the public in Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith The Visual Dictionary[3] (April 2005), a reference book that was published before the movie's release.[7] The Chalice's use and backstory were later expanded upon in Star Wars: Complete Locations[2] (October 2005),[8] and Star Wars: Beware the Sith[1] (February 2012).[9]

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