Disney: Should Star Wars Legends be Canon?


Star Wars Legends

“Did you ever hear the tragedy of Darth Plagueis the Wise?” – Darth Sidious/ Emperor Palpatine.

Star Wars Legends, also know to many as the Extended Universe, is any work of Star Wars that is based outside the original six films, The Clone Wars series, Episodes VII to IX, Rogue One: A Star Wars story, Solo: a Star Wars story, and anything created before April 25, 2014. But what about the rest of the Star Wars history? What became of the Sith Triumvirate? Mara Jade Skywalker? The life, and tragedy, of Darth Plagueis the Wise? All of these stories are no longer canon. That effectively erases a large part of the history that made up the Star Wars universe. Without them, it’d be the equivalent of erasing the American Civil War and events leading to it. The Triumvirate made up of Darth Traya, lord of Betrayal; Darth Nilihus, lord of Hunger; and Darth Sion, lord of Pain. This would lead to the eventual rise of Darth Bane and his dynasty of Evil.

What happened when Disney created its own version of Star Wars cannon was some of the most important characters and stories in the Star Wars universe were destroyed. Consider this short list as evidence.

  • Mara Jade Skywalker, the wife of Luke Skywalker and mother to Ben Skywalker. During different times in her life, she was an Emperor’s Hand (assassin), a smuggler, and later a highly force attuned Jedi Master who sat upon the Jedi High Council. She is legends since canon revolves around the original six movies and the newly releasing sequel trilogy. In the films, specifically episode seven and eight, the was a grave on Ahch-To. The planet that Luke’s hideaway is located on. It is never revealed in the films that Luke had married Mara Jade, but the timeline doesn’t work out by a factor of 6 years. Star Wars episodes 7 and 8 take place 34 ABY (After the Battle of Yavin) while Mara Jade Skywalker died in 40 ABY. Therefore, either Disney doesn’t know their own timelines, or it was a random grave that Luke was supposedly mourning over.
  • Next, is the legendary Sith Triumvirate being made up of three figures. Darth Traya, lord of Betrayal and leader of the group. She was a Jedi known as Kreia and she even taught Revan. After Revan’s actions against the Jedi, she was blamed for his actions and then exiled from the Jedi temple. She left to Malachor V where she learned and taught herself some very dark secrets of the sith. From that she gained the title “Traya, Lord of Betrayal.”
  • Darth Traya was the founder of the Triumvirate, followed by a renegade jedi that would eventually grow to be known as Darth Nihilus, Lord of Hunger. He was a part of the Mandalorian Wars, a war fought by the Galactic Republic. He managed to somehow survive a blast from the Republic’s Mass Shadow Generator, which ravaged his body and destroyed his mind. After he found his way to Traya on Malachor V, where he learned to secrets to the dark side and developed his power as a wound in the force his power grew so immense that he began to consume the living force itself. Force sensitive people, force enhanced objects, and entire planets that flowed with the force. That power led to his body to kill itself, in turn, making him die and he had to bind his spirit to his iconic white mask and cloak. From there he met the next member of the Triumvirate.
  • Darth Sion, Lord of Pain. He was a sith marauder that fought during Exar Kun’s Sith Empire until his death. But, instead of dying, he called upon the power of his anger, rage, and hatred for the jedi that his body lived again. This power lead to immortality at the cost of eternal agony, forever in pain, growing in power every day. But in addition to that pain, his mind and body began to deteriorate, his skin turned gray and cracked all over.
  • All three on these Sith were so powerful that the galaxy feared them. Nihilus and Sion became so powerful that they overthrew Traya by betrayal. Yes, the Lord of Betrayal was betrayed by the other lords. Just like what happened in Rome. These three sith formed one of the strongest and deadliest alliances in the Star Wars universe but destroyed it because none could agree on what to do with their rule. This led to several civil wars that ravaged numerous planets up to 3951 BBY, led to the largest Jedi-Sith civil war to ever spread across the galaxies, additionally led to the eventual creation of our next topic…
  • Darth Bane. A man born 1026 BBY under the name of Dessel who eventually rose through the ranks of the sith to become the Sith’ari (Overlord) and then Dark Lord of the Sith. His prowess in the force was so powerful that no sith could match him and he was able to reestablish command among the ranks of the dark side. By creating the iconic, and canon, Rule of Two. Darth Bane was featured in a recent BookLight that more information can be acessed. The law of the sith that there can only be two; a master who gives knowledge, and an apprentice to take the knowledge. Darth Bane’s rule was immense and harsh. He was unquestioned in his rule and his apprentices never were able to defeat him to take his mantle. His rule was long lived with his first apprentice Zannah, but ultimately, she killed him in a duel on the sith home planet of Korriban. Without his rule, there would be no rules and likely no sith. It can be compared to Hitler gassing the Germans instead of the Jewish people.

These events and characters are all important to the canon history of Star Wars. Their events, rule, and deaths all lead to important events in the Star Wars universe. Without Mara Jade-Skywalker there would Skywalker family tree to spread peace across the entirety of the universe. Without Traya, Nihilus, or Sion there would be no Jedi-Sith civil war which lead to the rebuild of a large part of the galaxy. Without Darth Bane there would be no sith, no evil for the Jedi to fight. There would be peace.

Creators of the “Legends” stories and timelines have no clue as to what they are talking about. Taking Legends out of Canon is equivalent to taking crucial events out of American History and saying, “let them do it.” Legends is important, Canon is important. Separating the two is a mistake that Disney cannot realize to save themselves. Without any of this, many events and Canon storylines would not exist.