Brotherhood of Darkness
Political information
Type of government

Theocratic Empire

Head of State

Dark Lord of the Sith

Head of Government

Dark Lord of the Sith


Dark Lord of the Sith

De facto leader

Lord Kaan

Legislative branch

Sith Council

Societal information


Official language

Galactic Basic Standard

State religious body


Historical information
Formed from

New Sith Empire

Date of establishment

c. 1,006 BBY

Date of dissolution

1,000 BBY


Old Republic era

Kaan was a traitor. He led the Brotherhood away from the teachings of the ancient Sith. He turned his back on the very essence of the dark side.

Darth Bane, Darth Bane: Rule of Two

Founded by Lord Kaan, the Brotherhood of Darkness (sometimes referred to as the Dark Army) was the last mass gathering of the Sith for nearly 1200 years. An army of over twenty thousand Sith Lords and their followers, its destruction on Ruusan heralded the beginning of a new order.


The Brotherhood of Darkness was nothing but a twisted perversion of the Jedi Order, a dark parody of the very thing we stood against.

Darth Bane, Darth Bane: Rule of Two

For nearly a thousand years, the Sith had been organized into the New Sith Empire of Darth Ruin. They had waged a centuries-long war against the Jedi and the Galactic Republic, nearly toppling both. However, as the Jedi began a counterattack, the Sith fell to infighting, their empire near collapse.

Eventually, from amongst the feuding marauders, a charismatic Sith named Lord Kaan arose. Sometime between 1,010 and 1,006 BBY he defeated all of his enemies, took the title of Dark Lord of the Sith, and reunited the Sith into the Brotherhood, with himself as supreme leader. To appease several ambitious rivals – Qordis and Kopecz being the most powerful – Kaan declared that "All are equal in the Brotherhood of Darkness", and granted the previously unique title of Dark Lord of the Sith to dozens of the highest ranked Sith. In exchange, the other Dark Lords agreed to continue to recognize him as leader. With the creed of "Rule by the Strong", Kaan and his followers set about to topple the Jedi and the Republic and create a dark side dictatorship.

Bane secretly sought the ancient Darth Revan's holocron on Lehon in order to destroy the Brotherhood and ascend as the supreme authority among the dark siders.

The Brotherhood of Darkness numbered over twenty thousand Sith at the time of Kaan's ascent. By the time of the Ruusan campaign, the Brotherhood was less than two thousand in number. Of that, by the time of the Seventh Battle of Ruusan's conclusion and the detonation of Kaan's thought bomb, only three survived: Darth Bane, Zannah, and Darovit.


Aren't we all equal in the Brotherhood of Darkness?

Kopecz., Jedi vs. Sith

Like most armies, the Brotherhood of Darkness had a very clear and defined structure, ranging from powerful Sith Lords to the lowliest infantryman.

Sith CouncilEdit

The ruling body of the Brotherhood of Darkness, the Sith Council was made up of numerous Sith Lords with Kaan as its ambiguous head. Unlike previous Sith Councils, all of the members held the title of Dark Lord of the Sith leading to an unclear chain of command.

Sith LordsEdit

Sith Lords were directly under the Sith Council in the chain of command. They were tasked with leading the armies and fighting the Jedi. Sith Lords were Force-sensitives who had shown the greatest potential and had therefore been sent to train at the Sith Academy on Korriban. They were considered by Kaan to be the greatest asset of the Brotherhood in its war against the Jedi.

Sith Adepts and AcolytesEdit

Sith adepts and Acolytes were Force-sensitive apprentices who had only just started down the dark path. They trained under more experienced Sith at the Dathomir Academy and the Iridonia Academy.

Sith Assassins and SpiesEdit

Sith Assassins and spies were Force-sensitives whose primary purpose was to kill or capture Jedi. Captured Jedi would be tortured until they either died or fell to the dark side and joined the Brotherhood. The assassins and spies were trained at the Sith Academies on Ryloth, Umbara, and Nar Shaddaa.

Sith Warriors and MaraudersEdit

Sith Warriors and Marauders were specially trained Dark Jedi who focused on combat. They were primarily used to fight the Jedi due to their fighting prowess. They were trained at the Sith Academies on Honoghr, Gentes, and Gamorr.


The infantry was made up of usually non Force-sensitive beings that formed the bulk of the army. They were divided into units composed of four squads, each containing a TC-17-equipped sniper and an interference box. They had their own officers in charge, however, they came under the overall command of a Sith Lord. One such unit was the Gloom Walkers who came under the jurisdiction of Sith Lord Kopecz.




Preceded by
New Sith Empire
Sith organization
c. 1,006-1,000 BBY
Succeeded by
Order of the Sith Lords
Preceded by
Eventually the Revanchists
Major rebellion movement
1,006 BBY-1,000 BBY
Succeeded by
Stark Commercial Combine
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