Due to Tagge's failure, the Emperor demoted him and transferred command of the Executor and its fleet to Vader. At first, Palpatine appeared to be a compassionate, well-meaning and harmless individual. [116], After Vader killed Cylo's minions and destroyed his current body, he informed the Emperor of his success. Striking from Yavin 4, an elite Rebel Squadron, Rogue One, led by Jyn Erso and a large portion of the Rebel Alliance's fleet managed to steal a complete technological readout of the Death Star, the Empire's ultimate weapon which had been under construction for nineteen years, from an Imperial Research Facility on Scarif. [3] However, according to Luceno in an interview with StarWars.com, the name was reportedly created by George Lucas for the Star Wars: Underworld TV show that he planned to make before budget constraints, his semi-retirement and Lucasfilm Ltd.'s buyout by The Walt Disney Company prevented him to do so. [5], Shortly after Skywalker and the rebel strike team landed on Endor, the Emperor summoned his secret protégé, Admiral Gallius Rax, for a secret meeting aboard his throne room on the second Death Star. It was not unlike that which he had sensed within the moments before the Death Star's destruction. Prompting the fallen Jedi through the Force, the Dark Lord of the Sith called for Ben to claim his birthright and strike down the leader of the Knights of Ren. Chancellor Palpatine served as the judge of the trial of Ahsoka Tano, who was accused of masterminding a bombing at the Jedi Temple. [91] During the promotion however, Thrawn questioned Sidious on the practicality of the Death Star. Fulfilling his orders,[96] Thrawn brought Bridger aboard the Chimaera when, in order to stop the Chiss officer from bombarding Lothal's Capital City, the young Jedi surrendered himself to the Empire. The new Sith apprentice was kept awake for the whole procedure, feeling the pain that came with saving his life. While initially intending to live out the rest of her days in exile like Luke Skywalker due to the fear of becoming a Sith herself, Rey was convinced to desist doing so by the Force spirit of Luke Skywalker himself, who encouraged her to not let her bloodline define her legacy and actions by gifting her a lightsaber which once belonged to Leia. [172], Palpatine's height has been stated to either be 1.73 meters,[10][9] or 1.78 meters. "[149] When he was discovered on Exegol, Sidious, inhabiting a clone body, appeared to be in a putrid and decaying state. [3] Sidious also regarded Gallius Rax as a confidante and allowed Rax to address him as "Sheev. Sidious planned for Skywalker’s killing, but Vader suggested the young Jedi be converted to the dark side -- an idea that intrigued the Emperor. Skywalker, who felt insulted by that demand, regretfully agreed and began to devote his time to getting to know the Chancellor better. [20] Sidious also used Force Dash. Sidious punished the defiant Jedi while Vader could only watch as his son was slowly tortured to death. He told the Emperor that he would never turn to the dark side and that he was a Jedi, like his father before him.[5]. When it became clear that Rey would not submit to his ritual, Sidious unleashed his fury, trying to kill both her and a redeemed Ben Solo. Sidious then unleashed a torrent of Force lightning at Yoda, which he was able to redirect back on him. [20] In private, Palpatine expressed to Skywalker his confidence in him, including his belief that Skywalker's power would eventually eclipse the combined strength of the Jedi Order, including Grand Master Yoda.[12]. Bringing Amidala to his apartment for an audience, Palpatine told the queen that the senate was long past caring about the common good, while Valorum was essentially powerless against them. [143], Following the Battle of Exegol, the galaxy celebrated Sidious' death and the defeat of the Final Order, with uprisings against the weakened First Order taking place on several planets. The ship then became caught in Coruscant's gravity well and began barreling towards the surface. As the procedure ended and the Sith apprentice rose, the Emperor approached him. The Sith discovered a new threat to their reign in the form of Luke Skywalker, son of Anakin Skywalker and Jedi-to-be. [132] Shortly thereafter, a violent storm suddenly set Skywalker's Jedi temple ablaze, destroying it and killing all the students inside. Sidious's illusion faltered: the Jedi Master won. Sidious devised a plan for Palpatine to be captured and Anakin to rescue him and kill Count Dooku, in order to tempt Anakin to the Dark Side and replace Dooku as his next apprentice. Naboo[1] [5] Serving as a reminder of his own weakness and mortality, the change further fueled his hatred of the Jedi. Sidious secured his plan for the galaxy by defeating his rivals Maul and Mother Talzin. The Emperor ordered that Eli Vanto would be transferred to Thrawn's side and that they would both undergo training at the Royal Imperial Academy.[84]. Anakin was conflicted on his actions but was comforted by Palpatine, who told him that it was a simple act of revenge in return for Dooku cutting off his arm. With both the Senate and Valorum closed off to her as options, Palpatine offered her two choices: she could move for a Vote of No Confidence in Chancellor Valorum, and push for the election of a more effective leader; or she could take the matter to the courts, which would take even longer. Thus, Bridger unknowingly also stopped[97] Palpatine's future plans for Thrawn[96] from becoming a reality.[97]. Sidious had learned of Tarkin's upbringing on Eriadu, where he had been trained in harsh conditions through a brutal initiation in the wild Carrion Plateau of his homeworld. Palpatine had the vote delayed and placed the senator under the protection of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker, her old allies from the Battle of Naboo. [110][111], However, unbeknownst to the scientist, the Emperor had come to believe that Cylo had grown too powerful as a result of his involvement with the Tarkin Initiative. Although this version of Sidious appeared in the original film's novelization, it was superseded by every other appearance since which revealed Darth Sidious as the mastermind of the events of the Star Wars saga. He ordered the clones to double their search for Yoda, and that his shuttle be prepared to depart. [81], Following a savage battle, Vader managed to kill the queen; scattering the remaining lyleks. Though appearing to be a well-intentioned senator and supporter of democracy before becoming emperor, Palpatine is actually Darth Sidious, the dark lord of the Sith—a cult of practitioners of the dark side of the Force—and master of Darth Maul and Count Dooku. As a result, Mon Mothma was designated a traitor and Imperial forces were dispatched to hunt her down. [19] To that end, Sidious was also able to manipulate Nute Gunray's rise to the position of Viceroy of the Trade Federation.[28]. Supreme Chancellor Sheev Palpatine vowed to lead the Galactic Republic into a new age of peace and prosperity. [97] Likewise, when Sidious tried to motivate Luke into killing his father upon momentarily embracing the dark side of the Force, the young Skywalker desisted due to his love to his father and Jedi teachings, which led Sidious to turn on him before Vader stopped him from harming his son. They managed to get out and to a hallway, where they were then captured in a ray shield. Species Light,[1] later pale[5] [177], In the second season, Darth Sidious creates an Imperial hunter droid called M-OC, whom he tasks with hunting down Rowan. As such, he turned to the former Jedi Master Dooku to fill that role. Darth Sidious, born Sheev Palpatine and known simply as the Emperor, was a human male Dark Lord of the Sith who reigned over the galaxy as Galactic Emperor of the First Galactic Empire. Baylo confronted the Emperor, accusing the Galactic Empire of being a hostile force that had taken over the Galactic Republic. The origins of Darth Sidious were surrounded in secrets he took to his grave more than once. Sheev Palpatine cultivated the image of an honest and trustworthy politician prior to his ascension as Emperor. Vader noted with mild surprise that the Emperor appeared to have been wrong; there were only three corpses in the compartment. [20], Skywalker, although initially stunned by what he had done, ultimately viewed Windu's transgressions as the final act of hypocrisy that would be tolerated from the Jedi and knelt before the now-scarred Chancellor, agreeing to join the dark side on the condition that he was be shown how to save Amidala's life. Through the Force, Sidious sensed a tunnel a hundred meters away. The death of Darth Sidious and the destruction of the second Death Star marked the Battle of Endor as a crushing defeat for the Galactic Empire. Initially, Palpatine appeared to be an amiable politician, and a harmless but well-meaning individual. Sidious ordered Grievous to capture Palpatine and Dooku to hold him hostage. The two Sith and Senator Taa came to the Ryloth system aboard Perilous. In a desperate attempt to get free from Vader's grasp and to kill both him and the Emperor, the Twi'leks rammed the stolen starship into the Imperial shuttle, critically damaging the latter. Sidious was pleased with his apprentice's success and ordered him to find Cylo and destroy him. Height Through the dark side, Sidious was able to drain power from the dyad of Ben Solo and Rey, restoring his clone vessel to full strength. The Empire had begun construction of a new Death Star, and the Emperor made a rare visit from Coruscant to oversee its completion. [124] As Maul was thought to be killed during this movie,[1] Dooku would have therefore joined the Sith after Maul. Palpatine sought to see within the disturbance, which brought him to a vision of a boy holding a crimson lightsaber, having seemingly decapitated Palpatine's Royal guards within his very own Imperial Office. While the Republic and Separatist fleets clashed above the planet, Grievous went to the ground in order to capture Palpatine Shaak Ti and Roron Corrob, along with a clone task force were sent to protect him. With his plans threatened, Sidious, as Chancellor Palpatine, had Tup's body taken to the Grand Republic Medical Facility for autopsy. [1], The Federation's droid army proceeded with their assault. Died He also had free will, though some of his goals were still orchestrated by Sidious. As Supreme Chancellor of the Galactic Republic, Palpatine was head of the Galactic Senateand Commander in Chief of the Republic's Grand Army. Following a skirmish in the Phindar system between Imperial forces and the stolen Carrion Spike, Rancit convinced the Emperor to deploy interdictor vessels against the insurgents. However, the Federation army was defeated, Gunray was captured by Amidala's forces, and Maul met his presumed death at the hands of the Jedi Obi-Wan Kenobi, though not before striking down Qui-Gon Jinn, whose funeral Palpatine would later attend. The day he informed Vader of his punishment for his failure at the Imperial Palace on Coruscant, he also summoned Cylo for a private meeting. He believed that the Empire was a failure if it failed to ensure the survival of its Emperor. [6] With all of this Sidious had indeed cheated death, but was still far off from immortality.[17]. Maul managed to ascertain the queen's location, and assured his master that his search on the sparsely populated world would be a short one. [81], By 14 BBY,[83] Sidious had placed Moff Wilhuff Tarkin in charge of the secret Death Star project. [24] Despite this, very few people other than Vader and some Royal Guard members knew that the Emperor was a Sith, as he took great pains to hide his capabilities. Having triumphed over the lylek horde, the three Imperials found an opening at the end of the tunnel which led back to the forest.[81]. There, he laid a trap for the Rebels and Luke Skywalker; while the Death Star looked unfinished, it was actually fully operational. Based on their battle with the lyleks, master and apprentice quickly surmised that Cham and his rebels were trying to kill them to bring about the Empire's destruction. According to the story, Plagueis possessed such strength in the Force that he could use it to prevent the ones closest to him from certain death. Eventually, the duo arrived at Club Kasakar. Skywalker, who desired to kill him, went to the Jedi Council with this information.[20]. When the ship exited from the hyperspace, they found themselves in the middle of a minefield: Syndulla was waiting for them. Prior to the Galactic Empire, Darth Sidious was careful to put on a charade, presenting himself as a grandfatherly gentleman and a servant of the public good. Probing deeper within the vision, Palpatine witnessed the scene of the unmasked and unburnt Anakin Skywalker walking beneath the sight of endless Star Destroyers, walking together with a figure that seemingly resembled him as well as the looming figure of the long deceased Senator Padme Amidala, now alive once more. Skywalker and Kenobi attempted to land it, but only managed to ease the crash. Once Bridger frustrated his plans, his true malignant self was revealed as he had underestimated the boy's hatred for the Empire and devotion to the Rebellion and new-found rebel family. Male[9] He would go to any lengths to realize these goals, including harm his own progeny.[8]. [1], Ultimately, Palpatine won the election for Supreme Chancellor. Sidious fended off a horde of lyleks with Vader's help. Death was not the end for Sidious, however, as the dark side of the Force was a pathway to abilities that made his return possible. Before he could announce the verdict, however, Skywalker interrupted with Barriss Offee, who confessed to the crime. Vader Force-choked the resistance pilot of the pursuing ship through the shuttle viewport. [78][79] At some point during the Imperial Era, Sidious created an Imperial hunter droid named M-OC. Later, Palpatine expresses his displeasure to Mas Amedda, noting how the success of one individual's passionate voice can have over his power. [26], Meanwhile, Mandalorian super commandos broke Maul out of his imprisonment in the Spire on Stygeon Prime. The Council, however, decided to use this appointment as a chance to spy on Palpatine. It appeared that Darth Maul had the upper hand, but before he … This article covers an essential topic and is in need of major additions and/or work. Skin color [8] With the Supreme Leader gone, the First Order's command defaulted on Pryde, whose allegiance to Sidious was secured, officially combining the First Order's forces with those of the Sith Eternal's Final Order. The secret history of Star Wars: The art of storytelling and the making of a modern epic. Vader did as he was instructed and was told of his son, Luke Skywalker,[15] fully aware that Vader was knowledgeable of this information. Even while he managed the election on Coruscant, he made time to go over the Neimoidians' progress. [130] After wiping out most of what remained of the Imperial leadership, with several exceptions such as Armitage Hux, Snoke went to discover several truths about Sidious, such as the fact that Sidious' Contingency had always been a two-fold plan, one that involved ensuring the Empire's rebirth among the survivors of the Old Empire. 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