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Sith Lore



THE LORE OF EXAR KUN
Translated by Jedi Master Eris


"According to the Jedi Book of Records, four millenia before the rise of the Empire, on Dantooine, Exar Kun was trained by Master
Vodo Siosk-Baas. But Kun was attracted to the dark side, and used Master Siosk-Baas' holocron in secret, to learn about Sith Lords
of the past. One Lord that fascinated him was Freedon Nadd.

"The Council informally chastised him. Kun's response was to pose as a Jedi archaeologist, and travel to Onderon, Iziz, and the
Dxun moon. These places were reputed to have many Sith artifacts, among them Nadd's. Kun went so far as to record that he had
found Nadd's tomb.

"At this point the records are sketchy. According to Kun's journal, once inside Nadd's tomb he was given two scrolls by the spirit
of the Dark Lord himself. These contained Sith secrets, which are not recorded, but which apparently led Kun to Korriban. Korriban
itself is a world which is reputed to be home to a sort of 'sacred burial ground' of the Sith.

"Once there, Kun supposedly gained access to the Sith tombs with the aid of Nadd's spirit. If he found information in some more tangible
way, we have no record of it.

"According to those who survived later battles with Kun, he boasted that on Korriban, Nadd's spirit attacked him, and this prevented him
from turning his back on the dark side. He bore scars from the attack until the day he died. At that point he was apparently so near death
that he was forced to embrace the dark side in order to survive.

"According to Kun, Nadd recounted ancient tales of the Sith, especially of the ancient Sith Lord Naga Sadow. There is a very old record in
the Archives on Dantooine that Sadow had been found guilty of commiting 'experiments' that would give flesh to the 'spirits of the dead.' The
Council's records show a belief that Nadd's motivation was a desire for Kun to use Sadow's work, to give Nadd a new body.

"For some reason, perhaps to keep him from again renouncing the dark side, Kun was now attacked on Yavin 4 by the mutant offspring of
Sadow's experiments, the Massassi, who intended to sacrifice Kun-- their reasons are not stated in the record, and none of the tales says what
the blood ritual was for. Kun is reputed to have used the dark side again, to defeat the Massassi. He slaughtered all who opposed him -- the
graveyards are almost obliterated by overgrowth but they are apparently quite extensive. It is said in local folklore that among the dead was
Nadd's spirit.

"According to the records we have on the mystical sect called the Krath, Aleema and Satal Keto were the sect's founders. According to
partially recovered documents purportedly belonging to the sect, Aleem and Satal received a warning, from Nadd through the Force, that
Kun had destroyed him. Their visions, written down separately, are entirely consistent.

"A Great Temple was erected on Yavin 4 immediately following these events. The surviving Massassi are reputed to have built it at Kun's
direction. The temple is of ancient Sith design, using and focusing great dark-side energies. There are Adegan crystals throughout the stone
foundation. Though many of these have been broken, the remaining matrices make it clear that Kun continued Sadow's experiments.
It is at this time, according to local tradition, that Kun began using the Massassi to create monsters-- mutations warped through use of the
Force and the dark side, creatures of strange strengths and odd awarenesses.

"Kun then apparently left Yavin 4, went to the Empress Teta system, and destroyed the remains of Nadd's followers. The Jedi Archives has
recordings of the Jedi who gathered there to destroy the Krath. At the time, the Council believed they had succeeded. But, there were two
survivors: Aleema and the fallen Jedi Ulic Qel-Droma, who had joined the sect. These two attacked Kun. Many stories say that their energies
called forth ancient Sith Lords, whose ghostly forms proclaimed Kun a Dark Lord of the Sith, and made Qel-Droma Kun's apprentice. Together,
Kun, Qel-Droma, and Aleema then became allies, and determined to bring down the Jedi and the Republic.

"The Deneba Archives records that Master Vodo Siosk-Baas volunteered to confront Kun, and either turn him away from the dark side, or kill him.
The mission was unsuccessful. Kun overwhelmed and killed him, precipitating bloody battles. This legendary Great Sith War resulted in millions of
deaths, most of them innocent civilians. There have been other Sith Wars since that time, but none were as bloody.

"In the end, Qel-Droma betrayed Kun, revealing the base Kun had set up on Yavin 4 to the Jedi. The battle that resulted detroyed most of the temples.
It took a large (but unknown) number of Jedi to kill Exar Kun. According to local stories, before he died he tried to survive by draining the life-force from
every Massassi, an act which allowed only his spirit to survive, by remaining in the stones of the Great Temple on Yavin 4.

"The Great Temple is still standing on Yavin 4. I myself have seen it. Its dark-side energy is quiescent, but palpable to anyone sensitive and aware of it.
I also found much consistent evidence in the tales of the Empress Teeta system.

"There is a rather messianic prophecy among the peoples in the Yavin system that Kun will rise again, that the 'Son of the Son of Suns' shall
reveal him at last, and at that time the spirit of Kun shall be 'cast to the wind.'

"There is another, more extensive tale in the Niram system, about a Dark Lord of the Sith, named only 'Darth Bane' in the stories. Bane
purportedly studied the journals of Exar Kun and also built a temple which houses his spirit. The Niram system is hundreds of lightyears distant
from the Yavin system. How these people might have come across such tales remains to be seen."

~~JE

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The sworn enemies of the Jedi are the Sith -- a cult-like order bent on domination through subservience to the Force's dark side. Founded by former
Jedi, the Sith abandoned the precepts of knowledge and defense, and instead seek abandon and strength through the Force's hateful energies.
Centuries ago, the Jedi destroyed the Sith order. A dangerous complacency set it, wherein the Jedi believed the Sith extinct. Little did they know
the order would arise anew, to destroy their ranks.

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BE ADVISED, THIS IS DATA NOT MEANT FOR PADAWANS OR APPRENTICES. BEWARE.

the Philosophy of
Yaroth Sharoph
of Korriban

Being the Path from Slavery to Subjugation

existence

Be not like the beasts of the field, limiting the exercise
of one's power to the grass of the field or the fruit of
the tree. Do not the lowest of men take the nerf, and
cut its throat for nourishment? Thus must you affirm
your own existence through the death of your enemies.

The right and privilege and the law of life is existence.

Nothing is so plain, and jealously guarded, as its continuation; it is written within the
very coding that knits all flesh.

How do the creatures of the universe move upon the ladder of life? Self-assertion
and self-defense, conquest and Will.

Strive to be aware of the simple fact of your existence every waking moment. Thus
your own flesh moves at your command.

Doing all in one's power to insure one's own continued existence; this is the first
duty of all living creatures.

Those that cannot fulfill this duty do not deserve life.

No amount of compassion assures our survival; therefore keep your center within,
not without.

Whatever methods and means are chosen are justified; whoever you cut down,
whatever you destroy, all are secondary to the law of life.

Life feeds on life; therefore question not your role when taking a life to insure your
own.

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indulgence

To triumph, one takes existence by the tail.

Indulgence.

To avoid the joys and pains existence offers is to deny
existence. Those who deny their existence, lose it.

To be invincible, first practice indulgence.

The child understands the joys of existence.
The adult understands the pains of existence.
Embracing joy is easily mastered. Embracing pain is difficult to master.

The world sees this and fails to comprehend. Misunderstanding, they are easily
conquered. This is to our advantage.

Beginning with pleasure is the natural course. Like water finding its own level, our
senses turn toward that which enlivens. Just as water deserts the rocks of the high
places, that which causes pain is shunned by the ordinary man.

One must strive to become extraordinary.

Pain and pleasure are two sides of a coin. No other currency compares for the
warrior who wishes to conquer all his enemies.

Do the senses feel shock? Do the limbs feel fire? Do the teeth grind, and the eyes
retreat? Harness and embrace this! Take one's pleasure from pain as one would
take pleasure from a mate, and you have surely defeated your enemy long before
meeting him on the battlefield.

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ruthlessness

Life consists of battles. Consuming, the body itself is also
consumed. Ruthlessness.

Exercise ruthlessness in battle against your enemies, inner and outer.

If you want something, take it. Waste no time on those who cry foul. Others will try to
get there before you, impede and hinder you; they will destroy you to remove you from
the competition. They must be defeated and cast aside.

Likewise, your inner enemies must be given no quarter, no room to thrive and grow. These
enemies will likewise try to hinder you from achieving your goal. Desire for approval, need
for comfort, compassion for those who should be destroyed; these enemies are deadly.
Defeat them and cast them aside, no matter how familiar their voices.

Indulge your sense of triumph only when they are underfoot.

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knowledge

True power is acquired in the world. It is married to experience as wetness is to water.
Through indulgence and ruthlessness, the warrior grasps truth as an adamantine fist.

Knowledge.
The successful General enters the enemy's domain to see what is being planned by the
enemy. The bo-kan warrior enters the enemy's mind to seek out the enemy's weaknesses.

True knowledge provides the means to defeat the enemy without ever lifting a sabre. The
heart, the body, and the mind are easy battlefields when the territory is known. This is
the way of bo-kan : without weapons, through knowledge.

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vengeance

Keep your own wounds green, which otherwise would heal. Let not thine own pain
be comforted, for vengeance belongeth to pain.

(Kar Hardoth)

As it says in the histories of the Sith, we have lost all, not once but many times, and always
to a moment of weakness. The enemy has struck without fear of vengeance, thinking to
destroy us utterly and forever; the enemy does not hesitate to remind his own of this fact.
Be like-minded. Life being what it is, you should dream of revenge.

The disposition to endure injury with meek forbearance while maturing a plan of revenge is the surest guarantee of success.

All that has befallen thee, all that came before, the very thought of what might be, which lies in the
mind of your enemy, all of these keep close. Forget not as you pass quietly by your enemy's tents
in the dark, remember it well as you wait for the right moment in which to strike. Whether waiting
for the enemy's heartbeat to become ragged in battle, or for years to pass until he least suspects you
will raise your hand against him, keep your pain next to you.

This is the path of Vengeance.

Maim rather than wound, kill rather than maim; best of all, destroy rather than kill.

Forget not the long arm of generations to come. Is it not the long arm that has oppressed you? Therefore,
when giving one's opponent injury, make it so severe his vengeance need not be feared.


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