Everything you need to know about the lore of Star Wars: The Old Republic

If the Star Wars movies took place a long, long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, The Old Republic took place a longer time ago in the same galaxy. For most, that's where the knowledge ends. Many have played the wonderful Knights of The Old Republic, while others think The Old Republic is where Newt Gingrich is from. We ourselves were so confused by a few points, we decided it was time to do a little digging to find out exactly what was going on.

Above: Learn, you will; informed, you will be

After a thousand years the Sith have reclaimed their home planet Korriban. And not just reclaimed it, but did so by doing tons of cool backflips and stuff. But where the hell were they in the first place? (Exiled.) And who's that other Sith Lord with a respirator? (Darth Malgus.) What's wrong with their lungs, anyway? (The black lung.) We answer the important questions and give you a brief history (spanning 3,000 years) of the events that lead up to Star Wars: The Old Republic.

The Hundred-Year Darkness

(7003 Before the Battle of Yavin - 6900 BBY)

The Hundred Year-Darkness takes place over 3,000 years before The Old Republic takes place, so why do you need to know about it? Because it was due to this war that the Dark Jedi officially founded the Sith. After decades of fighting over the right to create mutant armies, The Dark Jedi lost, and were exiled. Eventually they landed upon Korriban.

The Sith-uation

(6900 BBY - 5000 BBY)

Above: The force is strong in this one

Everyone knows who the Sith are, but what you may not know is that they took the name from a species native to Korriban. The Sith were red-skinned, humanoid creatures that were remarkably Force-sensitive. Wookiepedia tells us that they are predisposed to left-handedness, a sensitivity to the dark side, and also mass-murder. When the Dark Jedis landed on Korriban, the Sith welcomed them as gods.

In TOR, the pureblood Siths are a playable race. They eventually went "extinct" from having way too much interspecies sex, and ultimately inbred with Human Dark Jedis until they no longer existed as a full-fledged species (though isolated colonies of Massassi and Kissai were around for over a thousand years).

Keeping up with the Korribans

(5000 BBY - 5000 BBY)

After a great time had passed, the Sith Empire (not to be confused with the Galactic Empire) and the Galactic Republic (not to be confused with the Banana Republic) forgot about one another. They individually thrived until a couple of smuggler-turds landed on Korriban, alerting the Sith to the Galactic Republic’s presence.

Above: No, that's not Egypt, it's Korriban

This quickly unleashed a series of events that led to the Great Hyperspace War (alternatively known as "The Quickest Ass-Kicking The Sith Ever Received"), in which the Sith invaded the Galactic Empire, then got smacked down in less than a year. To make matters worse, they then lost Korriban when Supreme Chancellor Pultimo ordered an invasion of Sith Space.

Those that survived were scattered and exiled to other planets.

The Great Sith Wars

(4000 BBY - 3998 BBY)

Unfortunately, The Galactic Republic has a nasty little habit of losing track of mortal enemies. After a thousand years of relative peace, The Galactic Republic had all but forgotten of the Sith. But something dark was brewing, and a series of fallen Jedis would eventually lead one of the most brutal wars the galaxy had ever seen, called The Great Sith Wars.

Above: Great Sith Wars are sort of awesome

The Great Sith Wars were monumental, reaching every corner of the galaxy. It took four devastating years to finally subdue the Sith, and the survivors (about 75% of the galaxy) were left with a war-torn galaxy. Civilizations needed to be rebuilt, and the Supreme Chancellor urged the Jedis to help rebuild instead of hunt down the remaining Sith, who were forced underground.

Great idea, idiot.

During this time, the Jedi Council was reformed, a hierarchy was instilled, and then came the Mandalorian wars.

Check out page two for much more nerdy musings...


  • scifly - December 22, 2011 1:15 p.m.

    Great work man, I love the lore of Star Wars.
  • Kuro - December 22, 2011 5:58 a.m.

    I take pride in the fact that I knew almost every bit of this article. :D
  • HankVenture - December 22, 2011 5:42 a.m.

    So the Sith are a race.... well were... I KNEW IT. I heard that once while I was in high school and then said that to my friend, we had soo many arguments about it but I could never find any proof so I finally just thought I was misinformed
  • Noodle2104 - December 22, 2011 5:06 a.m.

    The plural of Jedi is Jedi, not Jedis.
  • Tofken85 - December 22, 2011 7:40 a.m.

    Nevermind how informative and well written the article is, this dude here^^^, though correct, couldn't wait to register just to call out the author. Get over yourself man...
  • Crabhand - December 22, 2011 12:46 a.m.

    If anyone is interested in a more detailed account of Revan's and the Exile's disappearance, you should read the new tie in book (titled Star Wars: The Old Repubic: Revan). It also reveals a great deal about Imperial society and reveals very interesting details pertaining to the game's story.
  • ColorBlind - December 22, 2011 12:26 a.m.

    Man this is really good, Great job man!
  • Jordanonfire - December 21, 2011 8:40 p.m.

    Greatly appreciate this article.
  • Elven_Star - December 21, 2011 7:40 p.m.

    Informative. I love Star Wars, but I'm not into MMOs, unfortunately... or fortunately, dunno. Also, I love your writing style Nic. Gonna make sure I read everything you write from now on, no matter what it is about. Keep up the good work, or else.
  • NicVargus - December 21, 2011 8:39 p.m.

  • ninjaemperor - December 21, 2011 7:39 p.m.

    This article is great! They really should make a game set during the Great Sith Wars!
  • Nephilim - December 22, 2011 8:38 a.m.

    OMG I totally agree. I used to daydream about a KOTOR 3 set during the Great Sith War and being able to meet Ulic Qel-Droma and Exar Kun. Ah :).

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