Star Wars Lore – Sith Alchemy (Legends)
When it came to polar opposites in the galaxy far, far away, no fundamentally differing organisations could quite compare to the Jedi and Sith. So when a certain dark side ability was viewed upon by Jedi as an act of treason against the Force, the Sith knew they had struck gold! So, without any further ado, here is the history and significance of Sith Alchemy...
Weapon of the Sith
Practiced thousands of years prior to the Hundred-Year Darkness, yet perfected by Korriban's twelve Dark Jedi Exiles, Sith alchemy utilised the dark side of the Force to permanently alter an item or living being. For example, it was often used to enhance the strength of weapons and armour, as well as genetically engineer alien species – making them even more dangerous and docile. Even the unlikely ability of reanimating the dead was granted through Sith Alchemy, thus conjuring hordes of mindless “zombies”. The only limitation to such an ability was – well, imagination. So much so that some Sith were known to see in complete darkness, while countless others called upon Sith alchemy to craft various deadly and unyielding toxins. Either way, it was not something to be taken lightly.
Masters of Monsters
By far the most common use of Sith alchemy was the conjuring of dark side creatures. And while many believed themselves to have mastered such an ability – whether it be Naga Sadow, Exar Kun or Sorzus Syn – none were as skilled as Darth Plagueis and his Sith apprentice, Sidious. Not only was the latter responsible for the construction of such monstrosities as the Shadow Droids and chrysalis beasts, but he also penned The Creation of Monsters, as a means of voicing his love for Sith alchemy. Yet the title of “monster-maker” became attached not to Plagueis or Sidious themselves, rather Prophet of the Dark Side Cronal for his conjuring of such sithspawn as Gorc and Pic. Not to be outdone, however, Darth Maladi combined Sith alchemy with Vong shaping to create a virus so deadly that it effectively began an entire conflict: the Sith-Imperial War...
Now it's time for this week's question: out of all the abilities granted through Sith alchemy, which would you rather wield? Let us know in the comments below. As this episode 199 of Star Wars lore, I will take it upon myself to choose a topic for when a certain milestone instalment hits your subscription boxes. I say when as this series will be taking a short break. I just need a little more time to make episode 200 feel as special and worthwhile as I can. But fear not, there will be plenty of lore content in the meantime – thanks to the upcoming release of Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi.