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Star Wars – Darth Bane Trilogy review

Even though the Sith are – obviously – capable of horrific deeds and the Dark Side brings destruction, the Darth Bane trilogy made me finally understand the reasoning behind the ways of the Sith and the the Rule of Two that used to confuse me. Karpyshyn explained the Dark Side in depth and managed to illustrate the inner turmoil and struggle of the followers of it.

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Darth Bane realized that the strength of numbers was a trap that had snared all the great Sith Lords who had come before. The history has proven that in greater numbers the Sith will always turn their hatred against each another. Lesser followers would unite their inferior skills to bring down a strong leader, the infighting of rivals weakening the Order. It is inevitable: it is the way of the dark side. Naga Sadow, Exar Kun, Darth Revan: each had been powerful and had unleashed an army of followers against the Jedi, yet in each case the Jedi prevailed and would always remain united, while the Sith would be weakened by infighting.

Kaan had tried to solve the problem by making all Sith equal, but his solution showed no understanding of the true nature of the dark side marked by rivarly and infighting. More than a hundred Dark Lords followed Kaan, but most were weak and inferior. The Sith numbers were greater than ever, yet they were still losing the war against the Jedi… because the power of the dark side cannot be dispersed among the masses. It must be concentrated in the few who are worthy of the honor.

If one Master would train more than one apprentice, the inferior students would unite, bring down the powerful Master and eventually fight among themselves, further weakening the Order. The only way the Sith can survive is by following the Rule of Two: one Master and one apprentice. One to embody the power of the dark side, the other to crave it. The Master will train his apprentice in the ways of the Sith until one day the apprentice must challenge him. If the apprentice proves unworthy, the Master will destroy him/her and choose a new apprentice. If (s)he proves the stronger, the Master will fall and the apprentice will become the new Dark Lord of the Sith and choose an apprentice of him/her own. The Rule of Two guarantees that each Master will be more powerful than the one who came before. It culls the weak. Only the strong survive, because only the strong deserve to.

Power isn’t measured in numbers and power alone is not enough. Patience. Cunning. Secrecy. Alliances. Infiltration. These are the tools the Sith should use to bring down the Jedi. Following the Rule of Two, generation after generation, the power and influence of the Sith would grow until one day they would destroy the Jedi and rule the galaxy.

After Des joins the Sith, becoming Darth Bane, he doesn’t allow himself to care about people from his past. He learns to survive alone and to rely on nobody but himself. Attachment to family and friends is a weakness, a chain to bind and drag you down.

Even the Code of the Sith makes more sense after this read. I always thought the Sith were sadists and slaves of their anger, but they manage to use it to their advantage, show cunning, patience and control their passions. Darth Bane had different motives to kill: increasing his personal power, surviving, revenge, reducing risk, etc. but he never killed out of pleasure and taught his apprentice not to kill ”without purpose”. Evil is a word used by the ignorant and the weak. The Dark Side is about survival, about unleashing your inner power. It glorifies the strength of the individual.

Nwul kash zo Tash, Antai kash tik Shâsot.
Pro Shâsot, Nu gauti Tyûk.
Pro Tyûk, Nu gauti Midwan.
Pro Midwan, Nu gauti Pergaleas.
Pro Pergaleas, nuyak Itsu’i aras Svistuis.
Tave Qyâsik sekleti won Nun!

Peace is a lie. There is only passion.
Through passion, I gain strength.
Through strength, I gain power.
Through power, I gain victory.
Through victory, my chains are broken.
The Force shall free me!

The character I admire most is the strong willed healer Caleb. Set Harth, the Human Dark Jedi and Githany are my favourite villains. It was interesting to read a story from the perspective of villains: Bane and Zannah are the perfect Sith duo like never seen before in the Star Wars universe. Still I have no sympathy for Bane, Zannah nor the Iktotchi Darth Cognus, aka The Huntress, even though their skills are impressive and I consider Bane as the true Sith’ari. I am very pleased with how in the third volume the stories of the characters are intertwined and the perfect ending of the trilogy.

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