If the Star Wars movies took place a long, long time ago in
a galaxy far, far away, The Old Republic took place a longer time ago in the
same galaxy. For most, that's where the knowledge ends. Many have played the
wonderful Knights of The Old Republic, while others think The Old Republic is
where Newt Gingrich is from. We ourselves were so confused by a few points, we
decided it was time to do a little digging to find out exactly what was going
Above: Learn, you will; informed, you will be
After a thousand years the Sith have reclaimed their home
planet Korriban. And not just reclaimed it, but did so by doing tons of cool
backflips and stuff. But where the hell were they in the first place? (Exiled.)
And who's that other Sith Lord with a respirator? (Darth Malgus.) What's wrong
with their lungs, anyway? (The black lung.) We answer the important questions
and give you a brief history (spanning 3,000 years) of the events that lead up
to Star Wars: The Old Republic.
(7003 Before the Battle of Yavin - 6900 BBY)
The Hundred Year-Darkness takes place over 3,000 years
before The Old Republic takes place, so why do you need to know about it?
Because it was due to this war that the Dark Jedi officially founded the Sith.
After decades of fighting over the right to create mutant armies, The Dark Jedi
lost, and were exiled. Eventually they landed upon Korriban.
(6900 BBY - 5000 BBY)
Above: The force is strong in this one
Everyone knows who the Sith are, but what you may not know
is that they took the name from a species native to Korriban. The Sith were
red-skinned, humanoid creatures that were remarkably Force-sensitive.
Wookiepedia tells us that they are predisposed to left-handedness, a
sensitivity to the dark side, and also mass-murder. When the Dark Jedis landed
on Korriban, the Sith welcomed them as gods.
In TOR, the pureblood Siths are a playable race. They
eventually went "extinct" from having way too much interspecies sex, and
ultimately inbred with Human Dark Jedis until they no longer existed as a
full-fledged species (though isolated colonies of Massassi and Kissai were
around for over a thousand years).
Keeping up with the
(5000 BBY - 5000 BBY)
After a great time had passed, the Sith Empire (not to be
confused with the Galactic Empire) and the Galactic Republic (not to be
confused with the Banana Republic) forgot about one another. They individually
thrived until a couple of smuggler-turds landed on Korriban, alerting the Sith
to the Galactic Republic’s presence.
Above: No, that's not Egypt, it's Korriban
This quickly unleashed a series of events that led to the
Great Hyperspace War (alternatively known as "The Quickest Ass-Kicking The
Sith Ever Received"), in which the Sith invaded the Galactic Empire, then got smacked down in less than a year. To make matters worse, they then
lost Korriban when Supreme Chancellor Pultimo ordered an invasion of Sith
Those that survived were scattered and exiled to other
The Great Sith Wars
(4000 BBY - 3998 BBY)
Unfortunately, The Galactic Republic has a nasty little
habit of losing track of mortal enemies. After a thousand years of relative
peace, The Galactic Republic had all but forgotten of the Sith. But something
dark was brewing, and a series of fallen Jedis would eventually lead one of the
most brutal wars the galaxy had ever seen, called The Great Sith Wars.
Above: Great Sith Wars are sort of awesome
The Great Sith Wars were monumental, reaching every corner
of the galaxy. It took four devastating years to finally subdue the Sith, and
the survivors (about 75% of the galaxy) were left with a war-torn galaxy.
Civilizations needed to be rebuilt, and the Supreme Chancellor urged the Jedis
to help rebuild instead of hunt down the remaining Sith, who were forced
Great idea, idiot.
During this time, the Jedi Council was reformed, a hierarchy
was instilled, and then came the Mandalorian wars.
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