THE DARTH BANE TRILOGY by Drew Karphyshyn
“Always two there are. No more, no less.” Yoda’s words in The Phantom Menace are heard and likely soon forgotten by viewers; I, for one, never thought to question why there are always and must only be two Sith, a master and an apprentice.
The Darth Bane trilogy explains exactly that. The rise of Darth Bane brought down the Sith Order and established the Rule of Two, which is that there must always only be a Sith master and a Sith apprentice. The events of this trilogy are distanced from the events of the films by some thousands of years, so it is unlikely that anything would need to be changed for the benefit of the saga. In addition, the canon status of Darth Bane was confirmed in The Clone Wars by the appearance of the Sith Master in an illusion meant to test Master Yoda.
While we await an officially canon story detailing the life and work of Bane, it is worth going back and reading the lore that has already been established, for it might well be that the Legend is the truth.
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