Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi – Dark Lords of the Sith, Book One #1
October 1994
"Masters and Students of the Force", 26ppg, $2.50

Writer: Tom Veitch
Writer: Kevin J. Anderson
Penciller: Chris Gossett
Inker: Mike Barreiro
Letterer: Willie Schubert
Colorist: Pamela Rambo
Cover Artist: Hugh Fleming
Editor: Dan Thorsland
Book Design: Scott Tice

CHARACTER
Featured
Exar Kun, Nomi Sunrider, Ulic Qel-Droma

Supporting
Tott Doneeta, Qrrrl Toq, Arca Jeth, Oss Wilum, Shoaneb Culu, Cay Qel-Droma, Krath member 1 (blonde hair, green robe), Krath member 2 (brown hair), Korus (dies), Krath member 3 (blonde hair, blue robe), Sith servant (supplicant to Sadow), Republic pilot (dies), Republic captain (dies), Bearus (Carbonite Guild chairman; presumed dead), Lord Keto (dies), Lady Keto (dies), Vodo-Siosk Baas, Guild traffic controller, Crado, Sylvar

Guest
Oron Kira

Villain
Aleema, Satal Keto, Freedon Nadd (as spirit)

Other
Minister Halkans (deceased; as head only)

Cameo
Naga Sadow (in flashback in Holocron)

CREATURE
Tetan canine, Dxun Beasts (referred to as Warbeasts of Onderon), Adegan eel

DROID
T-12 (service droid)

LOCATION
Denarii Nova, Onderon, Dantooine, Empress Teta System, Carbonite Guild Outpost

ORGANIZATION
The Krath, Tetan Royal Protectors

STARSHIP
Sith corsair, Republic warships, Tetan Royal starship

TECHNOLOGY
holocron

COMMENTS
As with other issues of the Tales of the Jedi series, the first page is a "opening crawl" describing the events, briefly, from the previous mini-series, plus it gives a brief introduction to Exar Kun, a new character to the series.

This series was touted as 2-part series that would be 12 issues. As the indicia on these issues indicates, this series was to be Book One. The second series was renamed The Sith War instead, but still appears to be the remaining 6-issues in the overall tale.

This issue was polybagged and contained a promotional Star Wars Galaxy preview card. The card was from 1994, numbered DH1 and it features the Droid Battle from Dark Empire II by Cam Kennedy.
SYNOPSIS
Using the Jedi Holocron of Master Vodo-Siosk Baas, Exar Kun watches the story of Naga Sadow. He witnesses the destructive power of the Sith magician as he destroys the binary Denarii suns just to avoid pursuit by the Republic warships. Sadow escaped to continue his revolt against the fallen Jedi who called themselves Dark Lords of the Sith.

The Holocron also relates an introduction of Freedon Nadd, an impatient dark Jedi that sought his own world to dominate, rather than wait to be the disciple of a reigning Dark Lord. Master Baas interrupts Kun's history lesson to warn him of the dangers of the dark side. Exar argues that he should be allowed to learn about the Sith, as he has almost finished his lightsaber training. Master Baas informs him that a Jedi's training is never complete.

Aboard the Carbonite Mining Guild outpost in the Empress Teta System, Chairman Bearus is giving a tour to Lord and Lady Keto, the systems reigning monarchs. An unscheduled Royal shuttle docks with tutor Korus and six of his students. The students are in fact members of The Krath, a secret society of Tetan students studying the ancient Sith teachings, led by Satal Keto and his cousin Aleema. When Lord Keto questions Korus about interrupting the royal inspection, Korus responds by vomiting a live Adegan eel from his mouth.

Chairman Bearus reaches from the security alarm, but Aleema who in studying Sith lore as become a master of the Sith Illusion, turns the alarm into a wide mouthed creature that chomps down on Bearus' arm. Lord Keto calls for his protectors to defend them but Aleema uses her magic to turn their swords into snakes. These serpents scare the Tetan guards to death as the Krath lead the royalty to their death by dipping each in turn, into a vat of carbonite. Thus, the political coup of the Krath bring the young Tetans into power.

Having taken control of the entire system, Satal and Aleema relax in the royal palace. Their tutor Korus enters, having had his lips sewn shut and being reduced to a servant, he delivers some wine which he proceeds to drop. Aleema uses her powers to incinerate him without a second thought. Somewhere in the studies, these would-be Sith have crossed the line from dabblers in the dark arts, to full blown dark side magicians.

Elsewhere, on Onderon, Master Arca and his Jedi are loading Onderonian Beasts onto a space freighter in anticipation of a strike against the worlds of the Empress Teta system. Tott Doneeta lets the assembly know of Satal and Aleema and their sudden rise to power. Arca sends a group of Jedi to Ossus to inform the joint Jedi/Republic forces about what they have discovered on Onderon, while Ulic, Nomi and Arca will fly to the Tetan system.

Cay suggests that they check out some of King Ommin's Sith items to see what they may learn. While looking at an amulet, the spirit of Freedon Nadd speaks to Ulic, and warns him that the Sith will rise again and there is nothing he can do to prevent it. In fact, he will be one of the great ones, but there is one even greater!

While on Dantooine, Crado and Exar Kun spar. Crado is defeated and Sylvar picks up her lightsaber to defend his honor. It a fit of rage Kun makes for the killing blow, but is halted by master Baas. Kun fights with Master Baas to prove his skill, lightsaber against staff. After many blows, Baas' staff breaks. He informs Kun that he is a formidable student, but he senses something missing in him. Kun replies that only he knows his heart.


Related Issues
Tales of the Jedi – Dark Lords of the Sith/Topps Special Ashcan Edition Dark Horse Insider, Volume 2 #33 Dark Horse Insider, Volume 2 #34 Dark Lords of the Sith #2 Dark Lords of the Sith #3 Dark Lords of the Sith #4 Dark Lords of the Sith #5 Dark Lords of the Sith #6


Trade Paperbacks and Alternate Covers
Star Wars Omnibus: Tales of The Jedi #2 Tales of the Jedi – Dark Lords of the Sith Trade Paperback