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[This story occurs during The Old Republic era]
Events occurring between 5,000 and 67 years before the Battle of Yavin.

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Short Story
First published in
Star Wars Gamer #3:

[Star Wars Gamer - issue 3]

Bane of the Sith
Kevin J. Anderson
Wizards of the Coast
Story published as:
Short Story (2001, 2004)

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The last surviving member of the Sith Brotherhood, Darth Bane, flees the slaughter of his fellow Sith at the Battle of Ruusan. Flying off Ruusan in his ship, the 'Valcyn', Bane is taunted by the spectral image of his former master, Lord Qordis (killed in the recent battle), who accuses Bane of cowardice. Doing his best to ignore the ghost, he flies to the Onderon system, and the infamous Sith moon of Dxun. As it is about to land, Bane's ship is suddenly attacked and torn to bits by Qordis' dark side energies and crashes in the jungle. Bane pulls himself from the wreckage and hacks his way into the wilderness, fighting, and killing a panther-like animal. Suddenly another spectral image appears before him - Lord Kaan himself. Kaan's ghost leads Bane through the jungle, bringing him to the tomb of the ancient Sith Lord Freedon Nadd. Bane enters the tomb, searches through the ancient tunnels, and finally comes upon what he needs - a Sith Holocron. As he moves to take it, however, several barnacle-like things fall from the ceiling and affix themselves to his body like leeches. As Bane screams in pain, the creatures fuse themselves into his very body, forming an organic suit of armour. Qordis appears and tells him that the creatures are called orbalisks, symbiotic creatures that will eventually breed and cover his entire body. Furious with them, Bane starts to delve into the Holocron…
A long time later, Bane emerges from the Sith tomb. Bane now knows what Qordis meant - as the orbalisks spread over his body, they infuse him with adrenalin and strength. He considers the fall of his brothers at Ruusan, and decides that the Sith have been their own worst enemy - from now on, their numbers must be few (one master, one apprentice), their existence must be kept absolutely secret, and their will must be focused on one thing and one thing alone - destroying the Republic and the Jedi. From within. Wrestling and taking control of a flying Dxun beast, he flies toward nearby Onderon in search of an apprentice…

This story occurs approximately 1,003 years before the Battle of Yavin.

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