Long ago, two great wars led to the believed extinction of the Sith: the Great Hyperspace War (5000 BBY) and the Great Galactic War (3681 BBY and 3653 BBY). The legends that arose from those ages have inspired the greatest of good and the worst of evil.
The ancient Sith emerged from the depths of obscurity when an evil cohort of exiled Jedi discovered their remote planet, Korriban. The Jedi foresaw their potential and subjected them to dark sorcery and filled them with venomous hatred. They wielded their ferocity through a long lineage of wars that earned them galactic infamy. Although the enemies of Korriban trembled at the thought of battling Korriban's fierce warriors who ravaged systems without mercy, the Sith contended with a war within their own empire- ruinous dissension.
At the height of the Golden Age of the Sith, a great rivalry catapulted the Sith forward into the Great Hyperspace War with the noble Republic. After a long conflict, the Sith proved unable to sustain their insatiable conquest. As mighty as they were, their proclivity to the dark side of the force ultimately doomed them to ruin.
When the Dark Lord of the Sith, Naga Sadow, suffered a terrible defeat at the hands of a relentless Republic, he fled from Korriban to the distant moon of Yavin IV in exile. He believed his plans and power could be preserved into perpetuity and so he encased his body in a Sith sarcophagus, awaiting the one who would awaken his power.
Without Sadow, fear and disorder erupted. An opportunity arose for a new leader to rebuild it from the ashes. Lord Vitiate, the leader of the planet Medriaas, seized the opportunity to consolidate power unto himself. He proclaimed himself Emperor and fled to the unknown regions of the galaxy with eight thousand Sith Lords, searching for the future home of his reborn Empire.
Many flocked to Vitiate as a savior, but some distrusted his rise as a destructive scheme. Vitiate became aware of their defiance and sought to end any root of dissension within the master design of his plans. Darth Xenokis, the leader of a renegade tribe, knew Vitiate's true nature would reveal itself as a hopeless fate if they waited for him to retaliate first and so Darth Xenokis made the decision to confront Vitiate on the planet of Nathema.
This surprise attack allowed Xenokis' clan to escape the clutches of Vitiate's control and the wrath of the Republic. For thousands of years, they upheld the tradition of the old Sith Empire, sparingly interbreeding to maintain the purity of their race. As time passed, the Sith colony flourished and forgot about the existence of Sith beyond their realm and the wars that ousted them from their home.
Throughout the tyrannical rule of the Galactic Empire, the galaxy believed the Sith species to be a legend of the past. Many didn't believe in their existence at all. That was until a rising power within the lost tribes of the Sith, named Seraph, ascended to the throne through ritual combat. Under his rule, he acquired historical knowledge of Korriban, the Sith exile, and the Great Hyperspace War.
Upon further investigation, he discovered his ancestral extinction and the fall of the Republic. Knowing the Empire that took its place was too powerful to be defeated, Seraph patiently waited for the perfect opportunity to strike. Through years of careful planning, he inspired the lost tribes to not forsake their birthright and purpose- to rule the galaxy as gods.
Their homeworld was stolen from them, their brethren murdered, and their history erased. Vengeance was inevitable. Seraph vowed he would make the galaxy remember the Sith once again.
With Seraph at the helm, the lost tribes of the Sith were united. As Seraph amassed overwhelming support for resurrecting and glorifying their ancient traditions, the power of the Sith grew. After word reached Seraph that the Battle of Yavin dealt a crippling blow to the Galactic Empire, he initiated the first stages of his plans for domination and ordered his forces to reinhabit and rebuild within the ruins of Korriban. No one imagined any could accomplish such a feat let alone a race believed to be the bygone of a distant era.
Without the Jedi to oppose them, Seraph's Empire stood unopposed and readied for war. As the Galactic Empire became consumed with a war against the Rebel Alliance, their military presence waned across the outskirts of the outer rim. Their declining power played into Seraph's plans to infiltrate vulnerable installations across the outer reaches of the Empire in relative secrecy. Seraph communicated the virtue of patience to his commanders during their hidden ascension and focused on building strength and biding their time until the moment was right to strike.
As the years passed, the galaxy was plagued by rumors of the return of the Sith. Many dismissed them as legends or wild tales, but those who knew the truth trembled at the thought of the ancient enemies of the Jedi returning to power.
And then, in a dashing rebel attack above the planet of Endor, the Millennium Falcon destroyed the second Death Star. The monetary resources invested into the military project now impossible to capitalize turned the Empire's currency to dust. In the days following what the rebels believed decisive victory, word spread that the Emperor and his grand enforcer, Darth Vader, were dead.
The Galactic Empire, broken and leaderless, lay ready for the taking.
Seraph launched a massive assault on the remnants of the Empire, striking at its heart and taking control of its military and resources. Most of the remaining imperial force was consumed with hatred against the rebellion for destroying their livelihood and could not refuse an oath of fidelity to the cause of the Sith. They too sought vengeance. Any militant opposition from within the fallen Galactic Empire faced the wrath of the Sith Empire. In the end, the Sith emerged victorious. The Galactic Empire was no more, and the Sith had reclaimed their place as the dominant force in the galaxy.
With the Empire defeated, the Sith set their sights on the Rebel Alliance. The rebellion had been the main force opposing the Empire and the Sith saw them as the last obstacle to their complete control of the galaxy.
As Seraph established absolute rule from the throne of resurrected Korriban, the Dark Council elected Darth Vycus to command a contingency of Imperial Forces against the heart of the Rebel Alliance.
The ancient Sith had returned.
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