Old Republic Pre Ruusan Reformations

In the days of the old Republic, before the Sith Empire returned, it was a golden age of growth and expansion as new hyperlanes were discovered and more species and worlds joined.
But when it returned, things would change.

In these ancient days lightsabers were different, Jedi did not hold hard and fast to a rule of non attachment and some even held public office.
First the Sith Empire returned but was beaten back. Then came the Mandalorian warriors, conquering world after world. The Jedi chose to stay out of the Mandalorian conflict as a group, but some joined in anyway.

Even as the Mandalorians were finally stopped, the Sith were to return. Some territories were lost. While the Jedi as a whole respected the Republic’s decision that they simply could not defend all of the galaxy, individuals went to those systems and helped fight back. Some were hit and run raids. Some led to the Jedi becoming public officials or royalty on those worlds.

But while the Jedi were defenders of the galaxy, many also feared them, or being associated with them. For no matter how good they were, their very existence was anathema to the Sith and they and all who associated would always be targets. What’s more, some of the Jedi themselves fell to the Dark Side or even became Sith themselves. Could the Jedi guardians be trusted to respect the people when they were answerable to no one? So the age ends with the Ruusan Reformations, putting the Jedi officially under control of the judiciary department.


TIMELINE

The Original Sith and Their Influence

Old Republic Pre Ruusan Reformations
Republic / Sith Golden Age

War breaks out

Two Explorers discover the Sith and trigger an all out war. The Sith lose, with the Republic forcing them from their homeworlds. One tribe ends up stranded far from the others.

Old Republic Pre Ruusan Reformations
Exar Kun’s Forbidden Path

New Sith from the Jedi

Exar Kun finds Sith teachings & becomes the new Sith. Uliq Qel-Droma, seeking revenge for his slain master, becomes his apprentice. They war with the Republic until personal disaster turns Uliq against Kun. The Jedi trap his spirit in the Yavin 4 temple.

Old Republic Pre Ruusan Reformations
Mandalorean Wars

The Mandaloreans Return.

Secretly urged on by the lost Sith Empire, they conquer worlds of the Republic. The Jedi Council refuses to intervene. But Jedi Knight Revan, his friend Alek (AKA Malek), Meetra Surik and others head into battle. They bring victory to the Republic.

Old Republic Pre Ruusan Reformations
Revan and Malek

Revan and Malek become Sith

They begin conquering the Republic and convert other Jedi to the Dark Side. Only when Revan is captured, loses his memory, and redeemed does the tide turn. But Revan goes seeking what made them turn. There are still fallen Jedi calling themselves Sith. It’s left to Meetra Surik, the Exile, to stop them so the Jedi and Republic can rebuild.

Old Republic Pre Ruusan Reformations
The Sith Empire Returns

The Reclaim the homeworlds and wage war on the Republic

This war continues until a treaty is signed. But the Sith have taken Coruscant & force concessions.

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War breaks out again

The Treaty breaks

Outright war breaks out again on all fronts, until the Sith Emperor Vitiate is struck down by the Jedi Hero of Tython. His ‘Children of the Empire’ have been fought off by the Bar’sen’thor of the Jedi Order.

Old Republic Pre Ruusan Reformations
Malgus and Hutts

Malgus tries to take over the Empire

His quest fails, apparently killing him. But some Sith are very hard to kill. The Hutts decide to get back into conquest as their ancestors did by tricking the people of Makeb into handing over mining rights to a new element to use in war machines. The Hutt’s are stopped.

Old Republic Pre Ruusan Reformations
The Captive Revan

Temporary Allies

Revan was held captive by the Sith Emperor for years. He doesn’t believe the Sith Emperor’s physical death was enough. He needs to draw his spirit back so he can finalize the process.

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Dragon of Zakuul

Vitiate is found, Zakuul conquers all.

A hero finds Vitiate is now possessing the body of Valkorian, leader of Zakuul. When he is struck down the hero finds they are possessed by (but not controlled) by the Spirit. It will be a long hard battle to free themself. And in the meantime, both Republic and Empire fall to Zakuul. Eventually the hero (now Alliance Commander) succeeds.

Old Republic Pre Ruusan Reformations
Empire & Republic war once more.

The Brotherhood and Rule of Two

Old Republic Pre Ruusan Reformations
Brotherhood of Darkness

The Sith are reinvented

Led by Lord Kaan, the Sith have tried to stop endless internal warfare by calling themselves brothers. Still they war with the Republic and the Jedi.

Old Republic Pre Ruusan Reformations
Darth Bane : the Rule of 2

Bane VS Kaan

Darth Bane tricks Kaan into using a ‘thought bomb’, an ancient Sith Weapon that destroys nearby Force Sensitives. All, Jedi and Sith alike, are sucked and trapped their on Ruusan. He institutes the rule of 2, saying one should be the Master to embody the Dark Side power. The other is the apprentice to crave it. To advance, the apprentice must kill their Master.

Darth Zannah

Apprentice kills Master

She herself takes an Apprentice and the line continues unbroken until Darth Sidious. While there were officially only 2, an acolyte usually was waiting to step into the apprenticeship when the current apprentice attained the mastery.

Stories in this era

  • Golden Age of the Sith
  • Fall of the Sith Empire
  • Lost Tribe of the Sith
  • Tales of the Jedi Knights of the Old Republic
    (Uliq Qel Droma & the Beast Riders of Onderon, The Saga of Nomi Sunrider)
  • Tales of the Jedi Dark Lords of the Sith
  • Tales of the Jedi Fall of the Sith Empire
  • Tales of the Jedi Redemption
  • Knights of the Old Republic (Comic book series)
  • Knights of the Old Republic (Video Game)
  • Knights of the Old Republic 2  The Sith Lords (Video Game)
  • The Old Republic Revan
  • Red Harvest
  • The Old Republic Fatal Alliance
  • The Old Republic Decieved
  • The Old Republic Annihilation
  • The Old Republic (Video Game)
  • The Old Republic The Lost Suns (Comic book series)
  • The Old Republic Threat of Peace
  • The Old Republic Blood of the Empire
  • Knight Errant Influx (Comic book series)
  • Knight Errant Aflame (Comic book series)
  • Knight Errant
  • Knight Errant Deluge (Comic book series)
  • Darth Bane Path of Destruction
  • Jedi VS Sith (comic)
  • Darth Bane The Rule of Two
  • Darth Bane Dynasty of Evil
Star Wars Tales of the Jedi Golden Age of the Sith
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Stories that Touch on this era:

  • Cross over Comic book series: VECTOR:
    began in KOTOR, included in Dark Times, Rebellion, Legacy Comics
  • Jedi Quest: The Final Showdown
  • Dark Empire
  • Dark Empire 2
  • Jedi Academy (Novels and Game)
  • Dark Forces Jedi Knight 2 (Game)
  • Dark Forces Rebel Agent and Jedi Knight (novella & audio based on the game)
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Dark Empire introduces the Jedi Holocron, which introduced the Tales of the Jedi stories