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The Great Sith War, also known as the Sith War, was a cataclysmic conflict that took place from 3996 BBY to 3995 BBY. This war saw the rise of Exar Kun, who proclaimed himself as the new Dark Lord of the Sith, and his apprentice, Ulic Qel-Droma. They waged a devastating war against the Galactic Republic and the Jedi Order. The war started when Exar Kun, corrupted by the spirit of the ancient Sith Lord Freedon Nadd, embarked on a quest to annihilate the Jedi Order and control the galaxy.
Ulic Qel-Droma, originally a Jedi Knight like Kun, was seduced to the dark side and became Exar Kun's first and most powerful apprentice. Together with a group of Sith worshipers known as the Krath and the roguish Mandalorian clan, the Sith targeted the Republic and the Jedi, beginning with an attack on the galactic capital, Coruscant. This sparked a conflict that would be known as the Great Sith War.
A series of conflicts followed, marking the first major galactic crisis since the Dark Jedi Conflict nearly two millennia earlier. The Sith proved formidable, with their forces, bolstered by Mandalorian warriors and Krath cultists, wreaking havoc across many systems. Their dark and destructive campaign included the destruction of the Jedi library on Ossus.
The conflict culminated in the Battle of Yavin IV, where Exar Kun met his demise. The Sith Lord, attempting a Doomsday ritual, was thwarted and his spirit was trapped in the temples of Yavin IV, effectively ending his reign and the war. In the final throes of the war, following the death of his master, Ulic Qel-Droma was redeemed by the love of his brother but was subsequently murdered by a revenge-seeking former ally.
After the war, the Galactic Republic, the Jedi Order, and the galaxy at large were left to mend their wounds. The Great Sith War had decimated the Jedi Order and left a void of power in the galaxy. This created opportunities for other Sith and dark forces to emerge, setting the stage for further conflict in the tumultuous history of the Star Wars galaxy.
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