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- "Remember the first and only reality of the Sith: There can only be two, and you are no longer my apprentice."
- ―Darth Sidious to his former apprentice Darth Maul
Sith, derived from the name of a red-skinned species native to the planet Korriban were a secretive order devoted to mastering the dark side of the force. Sith culture was influenced by the centuries of conflict between the dark side worshipping order and the Jedi, the defenders of the Republic. During the Clone Wars, there were known to be only two, a master and an apprentice, a practice created after the New Sith War by Darth Bane. Before the the Great Sith War era the Sith order, like its Jedi counterpart, had hundreds of thousands of members. However, after the devastation visited upon the order by Republic forces, Bane, one of the last survivors of this period, devised this Rule of Two. The Rule stated that there could be no more than two true members of the Sith order the master and his apprentice, no more no less, this doctrine allowed the order to strengthen and hide Republic for centuries until there existence was revealed during the Invasion of Naboo.
It would be during this Invasion that Qui-Gon Jinn and Darth Maul would do battle and ultimately die as the Trade Federation influenced by Maul's master Sidious fought against Republic taxation policies. After Maul's apparent death former Jedi Master Dooku became Sidious' new apprentice gathering the unhappy corporate forces in the Republic into a Separatist Confederacy which launched a war for galactic dominance.