Star Wars reveals 5 new details on Palpatine’s backstory

A Star Wars tie-in revealed five new details about Palpatine’s backstory. A thousand years before the prequel trilogy, Darth Bane reformed the Sith under the Rule of Two. Where before there had been thousands of Sith, there would now be only two, a master and an apprentice: one to crave power and the other to wield it. The Sith would allow the Jedi Order to believe they were extinct and would operate from the shadows, making sure that as little as possible was known about them.

There is a sense in which Darth Sidious, the last Dark Lord of the Sith, is emblematic of their secrecy. Although he became Chancellor of the Republic and ultimately Emperor of the Galactic Empire, his true history is shrouded in secrecy. A Machiavellian manipulator, he carefully controlled information about himself, mixing truth with lies to get what he wanted. The Expanded Universe originally told the story of Palpatine’s origins in James Luceno’s novel Darth Plagueis, but Disney declared these books non-canon when it acquired Lucasfilm in 2012. Since then, however, new tie-ins that are considered 100% canon – of equal significance to the lore of the movies and TV shows themselves – have begun to reveal themselves. some details on the plans and purposes of Emperor Palpatine.


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by Lucasfilm Secrets of the Sith is presumably a collection of Palpatine’s notes on the dark side of the Force. The main focus is on the Sith lore, but on several occasions Palpatine reveals hints of his backstory, details that were not previously known. Also includes the Star Wars first image of Darth Plagueis, Palpatine’s master, whom he killed in order to ascend to the position of Sith Lord. Here are all the new revelations contained in the book.

Palpatine was a Sith apprentice when he became a senator

Ian McDiarmid as Palpatine and Natalie Portman as Padme Amidala in Star Wars The Phantom Menace

As seen in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, Palpatine’s political career brought him to the Senate as a representative of the planet Naboo. While it’s not really a surprise, Secrets of the Sith confirms that Palpatine’s apprenticeship with Darth Plagueis began long before his political career. “As a dark apprentice, I felt the Galactic Republic was in disarray,“Palpatine reflects in the book.”Its delegates had no interest in the common good. They would be easy targets for my influence. By serving as a senator, I manipulated their greed in my favor. With each new piece of legislation, I have climbed their ranks. Total control of the galaxy’s governing body was getting closer and closer.“From the start, Palpatine’s Machiavellian interest in power was evident, as confirmed by Secrets of the Sith.

Darth Plagueis attempted to create a force dyad with Palpatine

Star Wars Palpatine Plagueis

The Sith have always been fascinated by what they call the “Doctrine of the Dyad,“a phenomenon that binds two beings together in the Force to create a power that is stronger than life itself. Darth Plagueis was particularly interested in this as a means of achieving immortality, leading him to try to create such a Dyad.”My teacher, Darth Plagueis, attempted to create such a bond with me,“Palpatine Record”.Though he was wise in the ways of the Force, he proved himself unworthy of the task.“It is characteristic of the Emperor’s arrogance that he never wondered if the problem lay with the whole approach. The Sith had never been able to create a Dyad, because it requires both the light and the dark side of the Force. .

Palpatine killed Darth Plagueis before the phantom threat

Palpatine announces to Padmé that he has been proposed for the role of Supreme Chancellor in the phantom menace

Secrets of the Sith reveals that Palpatine killed his master Darth Plagueis sometime before the events of Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace. “Ascension to the Senate would be enough,“remembered the emperor.”My Master, Darth Plagueis, had served his purpose. I hit him, claiming his place as the only true Sith master. Under my rule, our Order would return to its just glory.“Although Palpatine does not admit it, it is likely that it was motivated in part by Darth Plagueis’ growing knowledge of the Force. Palpatine was not lying when he said that Plagueis had learned to bring others back to life from the dead, and that he would fear that the his master was close to discovering how to conquer death for himself as well. Darth Sidious killed his master before it was too late.

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Palpatine learned immortality based on the techniques of Darth Plagueis

Emperor Palpatine in Star Wars Rebels and The Rise of Skywalker

Palpatine shared Darth Plagueis’ obsession with immortality and continued experimenting with his master’s techniques, building on them until he really learned how to survive death. He has learned an art called Essence Transfer, which allows a dying Sith to bind their spirit to an object, a specific geographic location, or even possess a person’s body. The latter of these options is only possible if the person nearby makes a killing blow in anger, thus vulnerable to the dark side. This is why Palpatine would eventually prove unable to possess Darth Vader when his apprentice betrayed him, because Vader’s act was one of redeeming love.

Palpatine never learned all the secrets of the Sith

Star Wars Korriban Moraband

Curiously, Secrets of the Sith also reveals that Palpatine never learned every aspect of the Sith lore – nor, in fact, did he even attempt to do so. The Emperor collected countless Sith and Holocron artifacts, possessing many even before becoming Chancellor and adding a considerable number to his collection when he had his agents create the secret Bogan Collection of the Jedi after Order 66. In addition, he visited countless worlds immersed in the dark side of the Force, meditating there and learning from the spirits of the Sith Lords who had preceded him. It seems he never went to Moraband, the birthplace of the Sith Order. He apparently felt the dark side calling him there, but he never took the time to go to Moraband, preferring instead to direct his studies in other directions.

This particular revelation is clever on Lucasfilm’s part, because it gives them a lot of leeway to reveal further aspects of the Sith without causing contradictions. Secrets of the Sith it can truly serve as a complete record of Palpatine’s knowledge of the dark side, with more twists added to it Star Wars the lore being simply secrets of the Sith who never had time to learn.

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