Star Wars: Darth Bane: Dynasty of Evil
|Cover artist||John Jude Palencar|
|December 8, 2009|
|Preceded by||Darth Bane: Rule of Two|
|Followed by||Legacy of the Jedi|
Darth Bane: Dynasty of Evil, the sequel to the novels Darth Bane: Path of Destruction and Darth Bane: Rule of Two, is part of the Star Wars Expanded Universe. It is written by Drew Karpyshyn, and released on December 8, 2009.
Twenty years have passed since Darth Bane, reigning Dark Lord of the Sith, demolished the ancient Sith order and replaced it with the rule of two. But Bane's acolyte, Zannah, has yet to engage her Master in mortal combat and prove herself a worthy successor. Determined that the Sith dream of galactic domination will not die with him, Bane decides to learn the secret of a forgotten Dark Lord that supposedly grants immortality, to allow him time to find a new apprentice and eliminate Zannah.
A perfect opportunity arises when a Jedi emissary is assassinated on the troubled mining planet Doan, and Bane sends Zannah to find the Jedi's murderer, while Bane travels to recover the holocron of Darth Andeddu.
Meanwhile, Zannah prepares for her Master's downfall by choosing an apprentice of her own: the rogue Jedi Set, on Doan to find several dark side artifacts. Princess Serra of the Doan royal family is haunted by nightmares of Bane, who tortured her as a child and drove her father Caleb to send her away for her safety. Bent on retribution, she hires a merciless assassin, an Itochi assassin known as the Huntress, to find her tormentor—and bring him back alive to taste her wrath.
The Huntress succeeds in capturing Bane, returning him to Doan and the Princess, closely pursued by Zannah and Set. In an underground prison, Bane escapes thanks to Serra's bodyguard recognizes Bane as her former commander in the Sith army. While Bane is escaping, Zannah nearly kills him but is separated as the prison begins to collapse, and the Huntress, shortly after Set's escape, saves Bane and offers to become his new apprentice. Bane awaits Zannah near Caleb's old hut, and after an intense duel which he begins to lose, attempts to overpower Zannah's consciousness and possess her body. The outcome is unclear until Zannah declares herself the new Dark Lord, and the Huntress, renamed Darth Cognus, swears to serve as her apprentice, even as she notices Zannah clenching and unclenching her left hand the way Bane used to do.
- Darth Bane; Dark Lord of the Sith (human male)
- Darth Zannah; Sith apprentice (human female)
- The Huntress; assassin; Darth Cognus (Iktotchi female)
- Lucia; bodyguard (human female)
- Serra; princess (human female)
- Set Harth; Dark Jedi (human male)