Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi – Dark Lords of the Sith, Book One #5
February 1995
"Sith Secrets", 24ppg, $2.50

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


DROID
torture droid

LOCATION
Yavin 4, Cinnagar, Empress Teta System

SPECIES
Massassi

STARSHIP
Sith starship, Escape pod

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 issue.
SYNOPSIS
Deep beneath Cinnagar, the ruling capitol of the Empress Teta system, Aleema and Satal have imprisoned Jedi Ulic Qel-Droma in a torture droid to test the validity of his claims. Satal does not believe that he is a fallen Jedi, and that he has been sent to destroy them, and so injects him with a Sith toxin. This attack pulls Ulic out of his fugue state and creates a blast that destroys the torture droid and frees the Jedi. Aleema tends to him and begins a plan to use the Jedi to help expand their power across the galaxy.

On Yavin IV, having lifted the curse of Naga Sadow from the jungle moon, Exar Kun, now the leader of the Massassi, has ordered them to rebuild the temples to better focus the dark side energies. While the alien followers work, Kun investigates the moon for artifacts from Naga Sadow. Descending under the Great Temple, Kun discovers the starship that originally brought Sadow to Yavin IV, along with a treasure trove of Sith artifacts.

In orbit above Cinnagar, Nomi, Cay and Tott Doneeta formulate a plan in which Nomi will land on the planet and try to secretly make contact with Ulic to see what he has learned of the Krath. Entering the city she determines her best way into the Iron Palace where Ulic is, is to have herself captured, which proves far easier than she originally expected.

In the Krath war room, Ulic is giving their members a lesson on modern warfare, when Satal informs him that another Jedi has been captured. Not wishing to give himself away, Ulic says he knows the woman and asks Nomi why she has followed him. She does not respond and under Satal's forcing, Ulic orders her death the next morning.

Meanwhile, Exar Kun begins using the Sith alchemy found on Sadow's ship to perform experiments on the local Massassi, starting with the priest, Zythmnr.

Using a serving droid, Ulic records a message for Nomi trying to explain his plans. Aleema finds him and the two share an intimate moment together. Elsewhere, Satal and his servant Norgar discover the message the droid carries and orders the Jedi woman brought to him and Qel-Droma assassinated.

Tetan warriors enter the cell that holds Nomi, but she uses her Jedi skills to cause them to attack each other. She grabs a comlink and calls for Tott to come and rescue here as she escapes from the prison.

After sharing an intimate moment with Aleema, a Krath assassin sent by Satal bursts into Ulic's chamber and is quickly dispatched. He realizes that Satal is dangerous and departs. Else where Cay and Tott find Nomi and head towards the citadel to rescue Ulic.

Ulic appears on the balcony next to Satal, attacking the Krath for killing his master. But Ulic's anger has ignited the Sith poison injected into him when he first arrived. He kills Satal and turns on his former friends with an explosion of Sith energies. The Jedi depart, saddened, fearing that Ulic is lost.

On the moon of Yavin, Exar Kun has revived the ancient ship provided by Naga Sadow and heads towards the Empress Teta system to destroy the remaining students of Nadd's teachings.


Related Issues
Dark Lords of the Sith #1 Dark Lords of the Sith #2 Dark Lords of the Sith #3 Dark Lords of the Sith #4 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



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