Star Wars Revenge of the Sith on TMC: who is Darth Plagueis, the Sith Lord mentioned by Palpatine?

In Revenge of the Sith, Chancellor Palpatine tells the story of a certain Darth Plagueis to Anakin in order to draw him to the dark side. But who is this Dark Lord of the Sith he’s talking about?

“Do you know the tragic story of Darth Plagueis the Wise?”, Chancellor Palpatine asks Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars Revenge of the Sith. For the first time, fans of the saga heard about this mysterious character during one of the most important sequences of the film.

The politician continues his story, feeling that his interlocutor, always in doubt, is receptive to the dark side of the Force. “Darth Plagueis was such a powerful and wise Dark Lord of the Sith that he could use the Force to influence the midi-chlorians, and could … create life.”, explains Palpatine. “Besides, his knowledge of the dark side was such that he also managed to prevent those whose existence he cared about, from dying.”, he adds. Anakin then replies: “Do you mean he conquered death?”

“The dark side of the Force is a means of acquiring many faculties considered by some to be contrary to nature”, replies the Chancellor. “Darth Plagueis had grown so powerful that the only thing that still scared him was losing his power, which of course did happen one day. He made the mistake of teaching his young apprentice his knowledge and all his secrets. and this apprentice killed him while he was sleeping. How ironic, he had conquered death for others but his own, he could not avoid it. “

“Is it possible to acquire this power”, asks Obi-Wan’s apprentice. To which Palpatine retorts: “By no means with a Jedi”, sowing confusion in the mind of Anakin, who seeks at all costs to save Padmé from a death he believes certain. The story then moves on, without giving us more information about the history of this Darth Plagueis.

While Palpatine sows the seed of the dark side in Anakin’s heart, he also arouses heightened curiosity among franchise aficionados. But who can this Darth Plagueis be? First of all, as the Chancellor clearly suggests, Plagueis’ apprentice, it was him.

To find out more, you have to turn to the Star Wars Legends universe, and more specifically the novel Darth Plagueis, written by James Luceno (2012). The story follows the Dark Lord of the Sith and his pupil Palpatine between 67 and 32 before the Battle of Yavin, the year of The Phantom Menace. Real name Hego Damask, Plagueis has studied the dark side like no one else, unraveling its deepest secrets.

The Sith weaves his web throughout the galaxy in the company of his master, Darth Tenebrous, whom he will eventually assassinate. When he meets Plagueis, Sheev Palpatine is just a little aristocrat from the planet Naboo. He follows the apprentice legislator program to become a senator. Influenced by the Dark Side, Palpatine will be pressured by Plagueis to kill his entire family. Following the precepts of Darth Bane, creator of the famous Rule of Two, the Dark Lord takes Palpatine as an apprentice. The latter will then become Dark Sidious.

Star wars revenge of the sith on tmc: who is darth plagueis, the sith lord mentioned by palpatine?

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Together, they will plot in the shadows to overthrow the Galactic Republic, notably through the powerful financial firm Damask Holdings. Acting as a kind of Deep State, Plagueis and Palpatine will gradually create tensions within the galaxy in order to arrive at their end. Their goal: to rule the Sith in the First Galactic Empire. The whole political aspect is therefore handled by Palpatine; in parallel, the latter does not neglect his Sith training and goes to Dathomir. There he adopts a child Zabrak who will become his apprentice, Darth Maul.

In the guise of Hego Damask, Magister of the Intergalactic Banking Clan, Plagueis continues to plot to overthrow the Republic. He then meets the Jedi masters Qui Gon Jinn, Sifo-Dyas and Dooku, to convince them to help him create a great army to protect the galaxy during these troubled times. However, the Jedi Council does not approve this request.

By dint of experiments on the Force, Plagueis manages to manipulate the midi-chlorians. He then does everything in his power to become immortal. It does not succeed in achieving this ultimate goal but nevertheless manages to delay the aging of cells, heal wounds and resuscitate a dead person. This is Dark Venamis, one of the 2 apprentices of his former master Dark Tenebrous. Venamis will be Plagueis’ guinea pig for a long time on his experiences.

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Sidious and Plagueis then attempt, using their limitless powers, to shift the Force itself to the dark side. The latter having been considerably upset by the actions of the Sith, would have generated Anakin Skywalker, supposed to be the Chosen One who will restore the balance. When attacked, the Force strikes back. Damask then convinces Sifo-Dyas of the urgent need to create an army of clones (against the advice of the Jedi Council), foreseeing an imminent war. The Jedi then runs towards Kamino for this precise purpose, the Kaminoens being experts in cloning (Later, Sidious and Dooku will add Order 66 to the inhibitory chips of the clones).

It is here that the events recounted in the novel join the account of The Phantom Menace. Palpatine is about to become Supreme Chancellor, and Plagueis hears about Anakin, unearthed on Tatooine by Qui Gon Jinn. The Sith wants at all costs to meet this child seeming to be the Chosen One in order to convert him to the dark side. But it’s too late, Skywalker has already been taken to the Jedi Council by Qui Gon.

After being elected Supreme Chancellor, Darth Sidious wishes to celebrate his political victory with Plagueis. Indulging in a few glasses of Sullustean wine, the Sith will eventually fall asleep. Vulnerable, he will be killed by the Force bolts of his apprentice, whose machinations to overthrow the Republic and the Jedi Order will eventually bear fruit. In his endless treachery, Sidious will place his master’s body in a large jar near his desk on Coruscant. The desire for absolute reign of one collided with the dream of eternity of the other. Sidious will eventually succeed in luring Anakin himself to the dark side and then establish the Galactic Empire.

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