Sith Emblem

The symbol of the Dark Lords of the Sith.

The Sith must be ruled by a single leader, the very embodiment of the strength and power of the dark side. If the leader grows weak another must rise to seize the mantle.

Darth Revan's holocron, Darth Bane: Path of Destruction

The title of Dark Lord of the Sith, or Jen'ari in the Sith language, originally referred to the ruler of the Sith Empire, and later was taken by the recognized leader of the Order of the Sith Lords. Before Kaan, there was only one Dark Lord of the Sith at a time, who was the head of the Order—in more recent periods, it was a title shared by multiple individuals simultaneously. The term referred to individuals of both sexes, though Lumiya claimed the title of Dark Lady of the Sith.

The title Dark Lord of the Sith is often thought to be synonymous with the title Darth. Contrary to this, however, is the fact that Sith apprentices have been known to carry the title as well. Two examples would be Darth Malak as Darth Revan's apprentice, and Darth Vader as Darth Sidious's. Many Sith Lords have used the Darth title, but there is no evidence as to the synonymic relationship of these two appellations.

The title of Dark Lord was possibly comparable to that of a Jedi Grand Master.

History of the titleEdit

I now complete your initiation to the power of the dark side…so that you may bring to pass the great destiny foretold…Exar Kun, because of you the Sith will NEVER die…you have rightly earned the title of—DARK LORD OF THE SITH!

Marka Ragnos bestows upon Exar Kun the title of Dark Lord of the Sith, Tales of the Jedi: Dark Lords of the Sith 6: Jedi Assault

The first Dark Lord of the Sith was the leader of the exiled Dark Jedi who, after their defeat in the Hundred Year Darkness conquered the Sith species and ruled over them as gods.

Xendor, believed to be the first Dark Jedi, is possibly the predecessor of the Dark Lords of the Sith, though he himself was never a Sith Lord (although he may have returned from the dead to take the position as the Dark Underlord many millennia later).

After the fall of the Sith Empire, Naga Sadow gave the title to his apprentice, Freedon Nadd. The spirit of the dead Dark Lord Marka Ragnos then declared Nadd's apprentice, Exar Kun, Dark Lord of the Sith. 3,000 years later, Lord Kaan began the practice of giving the title to all members of the Order, thus making it a title shared by many Sith for the first time in their long history. After the institution of the Rule of Two, the title was naturally held by only two members at a time, one being the Sith Master and the other being the Sith apprentice.

Dark Lords of the SithEdit

From the Hundred-Year Darkness to the New Sith WarsEdit

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Darth Revan and Darth Malak, during the Jedi Civil War.

From the rise of Kaan to the Seventh Battle of RuusanEdit


Lord Kaan, last of the Dark Lords to rule alone.

From this point on, the tradition of a sole "Dark Lord of the Sith" ended. At the time of the Ruusan campaign there were a total of twenty-six[citation needed] Sith Lords who held the title in conjunction with their leader, Kaan. Among them were:

Darth Bane's Reformed OrderEdit


Darth Sidious, who brought the Sith out of hiding and established the Galactic Empire.

In Bane's reformed order, two Sith held the title at the time, the only two living members of the order in the entire galaxy: a Master and an apprentice. In addition to Darth Bane, known members of this order included:


After the Battle of Endor, the title Dark Lady of the Sith was claimed by an Emperor's Hand, Lumiya. It was an uncertain time for the Sith, and though several beings proclaimed themselves Sith Lords, it would be years before a cohesive Sith Order was rebuilt.


Darth Caedus, the Dark Lord of the Sith in 40 ABY.

Legacy EraEdit

With the re-emergence of Lumiya, after the devastating Yuuzhan Vong War, she began to forge the Sith remnants into a new, cohesive order. After her death, the mantle was inherited by her final apprentice and Vader's grandson, Darth Caedus. Months later, Caedus had his own apprentice as well: Tahiri Veila. The Sith would culminate in the rise of Darth Krayt in 130 ABY. After secretly electrocuting Krayt to death in 137 ABY, Darth Wyyrlok III, acting as Regent, would be crowned the new Dark Lord.

Yet-to-be-known EraEdit


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