Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi – Dark Lords of the Sith/Topps Special Ashcan Edition
September 1994
16ppg, $0.00

Writer: Tom Veitch
Penciller: Chris Gossett
Inker: Bob Wiacek
Cover Artist: Hugh Fleming
Editor: Dan Thorsland

Black and white 12 page preview of issue #1 of Dark Lords of the Sith. Also includes a sketch for the cover of issue #1, and issue #2 by Chris Gossett, and sketches of the Sith Lords Exar Kun and Ulic Qel Droma by Gossett and Mike Barreiro.

This issue was packaged with Star Wars Galaxy Magazine #1, a quarterly publication by Topps.
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.

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