Tales of the Jedi: Golden Age of the Sith
|Tales of the Jedi: The Golden Age of the Sith|
Issue zero of the story arc
|Publishing company||Dark Horse Comics|
|No. of issues||6|
|Series||Tales of the Jedi|
|Galactic Year||5,000 BBY|
|Followed by||Tales of the Jedi: The Fall of the Sith Empire|
|Script writer||Kevin J. Anderson|
|Cover artist(s)||Russell Walks|
|Penciller(s)||Dario Carrasco, Jr.|
|Inker(s)||Mark G. Heike|
David Jacob Beckett
Tales of the Jedi: Golden Age of the Sith is a six-part story arc in the Tales of the Jedi series of comic books written by Kevin J. Anderson. The first issue was published on July 1, 1996 by Dark Horse Comics. The story is set in the Star Wars universe 5,000 years before Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
Odan-Urr is studying Jedi history when his master, Ooroo, sends him to the Koros system to help Empress Teta fight the Unification Wars and unite the seven worlds located in the system. Once he has arrived on Cinnagar he helps to conquer the last planet, Kirrek, with Battle Meditation, a technique he has learned about in his studies. But even with this technique he cannot prevent casualties from occurring; among them are two blockade runners, Hok and Timar Daragon. With their parents dead, Gav and Jori Daragon get their ship, Starbreaker 12, back from Aarrba the Hutt who was holding it back as collateral.
With the ship Gav and Jori have become hyperspace explorers, but their latest route proves less than successful; they just barely make it through. They make it back to Cinnegar, but their ship is heavily damaged. Aarrba the Hutt agrees to make the repairs, but he won't give their ship back until they have paid all the bills.
Ssk Kahorr sends one of his drone ships along the route discovered by Gav and Jori, but it is destroyed when it passes too close to Primus Goluud, a red supergiant. Ssk Kahorr isn't pleased with this and sends two bounty hunters after the two hyperspace explorers. But they are saved by two Jedi, Odan-Urr and Memit Nadill. They advise them to leave the Koros system, because it is not safe for them. Gav and Jori steal back the Starbreaker 12 and desperately flee the system with random hyperspace coordinates.
On Korriban, on the far side of the galaxy, a funeral procession is held for Marka Ragnos, a Dark Lord of the Sith. The procession is led by Sith Lord Ludo Kressh. Just when the tomb is about to be closed, however, Kressh's nemesis, Naga Sadow, arrives. A fight about who should be the next Dark Lord ensues between the two rivals, but they are stopped by the ghost of Ragnos himself, who warns them of what is to come.
Meanwhile, back in the Koros system, Odan-Urr has a premonition about the evil Jedi banished centuries ago. He tells Empress Teta about his dreams, and she promises that she will raise the matter on Coruscant.
Back on Korriban, the Starbreaker 12 arrives and Gav and Jori are captured by the Sith forces.
On Ziost, the Sith Lords discuss what to do with the prisoners. After a long debate it is decided to have Gav and Jori killed. But Naga Sadow, seeing in these prisoners a chance to expand the Sith Empire, does not give up this easily. He sends one of his Massassi warriors to retrieve the weapons on their ship. He hatches a plan to capture the prisoners for himself and use them to regain contact with the Republic.
Together with his most loyal Massassi warriors, he frees the Daragons. But to keep his identity hidden from the other Sith Lords, he has to kill everyone in his path, including his old mentor Simus. He leaves a Republic blaster behind, to let others think it was an attack by the Republic. Gav and Jori are sent to his stronghold on Khar Shian and Sadow returns to Ziost where an urgent meeting is held between the Sith Lords. The other Sith Lords are indecisive about what to do and in the confusion he claims to be named the new Dark Lord of the Sith. The other Sith Lords, except Ludo Kressh and his supporters, agree.
Sadow immediately calls upon the others to prepare their ships and warriors so they can attack the Republic first.
Empress Teta and her two Jedi advisors have arrived at Coruscant, where she addresses the Senate about Odan-Urr's premonition, but the people listening do not believe her. Even without the help of the Republic, Teta decides to prepare her own forces.
In Naga Sadow's hidden fortress on the dark side of Kar Shian, he trains Gav Daragon in the ways of the Sith.
Sadow sends his Massassi warriors to retrieve the Starbreaker 12 from Ziost and then travels to his decoy fortress on Khar Delba, where Jori Daragon is held. On Ziost, Sadow's loyal Massassi steal the Starbreaker 12, but not without leaving evidence of their Master's involvement. Ludo Kressh discovers this evidence, and together with his supporters, Horak-mul and Dor Gal-ram, he prepares to attack Sadow's fortress on Khar Delba. Meanwhile, the Starbreaker 12 arrives there.
Kressh's forces have arrived at Khar Delba and have opened fire at Sadow's apparently defenseless fortress. Sadow convinces Daragon that she must return to the Republic before the fortress is destroyed. Reluctant to leave her brother behind, she agrees. After the Starbreaker 12 has escaped to hyperspace, Sadow calls in his fleet that he had hidden on the dark side of Khar Shian. But that is not all; Massassi warriors on the ships of Horak-mul and Dol Gal-ram kill the Sith Lords and direct their fire on Kressh, who has no choice but to retreat. After this victory, Sadow prepares his forces to invade the Republic, using the tracking beacon hidden on the Starbreaker 12.
- Golden Age of the Sith: Conquest and Unification
- Golden Age of the Sith: Into the Unknown
- Golden Age of the Sith: Funeral for a Dark Lord
- Golden Age of the Sith: The Fabric of an Empire
- Golden Age of the Sith: Pawns of a Sith Lord
- Golden Age of the Sith: The Flight of Starbreaker 12
- Empress Teta; Empress of the Koros system (human female)
- Gav Daragon; Hyperspace navigator (human male)
- Jori Daragon; Hyperspace navigator (human female)
- Ludo Kressh; Sith Lord (Sith male)
- Memit Nadill; Jedi advisor (male)
- Naga Sadow; Sith Lord (Sith male)
- Odan-Urr; Jedi Apprentice (Draethos male)
- Ssk Kahorr; Trader (Cha'a male)