Did you ever hear "The Tragedy of Darth Plagueis the Wise?"
Star Wars: The Tragedy is an Alternative Star Wars Saga fan fiction story written by Brandon Rhea. Set nineteen years before the novel Star Wars: Episode I - The Chosen One, the story focuses on the events surrounding the murder of Darth Plagueis the Wise and the ascension of his apprentice to the Sith throne, as well as the new Dark Lord's desire to prevent the birth of Annikin Skywalker. The story also emphasizes the end of the former friendship of Ussej Padric Bac and Plagueis—formerly Jedi Grandmaster Damien Nightblade.
The story was first published on Star Wars Fanon, the Star Wars wiki of fan invention, on February 28, 2010. This release was the result of Rhea removing the original version of the story from the prologue of The Chosen One, as he believed that it did not properly fit with the rest of the novel's story. An extended version of the short story was released nearly a month later on March 20, featuring new scenes and an expanded exploration of the characters. The work was edited by Alternative Saga contributor Susan "Solus" Donnam, who also provided the cover art. Reviews for The Tragedy have been favorable, and it was voted to featured work status on Star Wars Fanon.
- First edition; February 28, 2010, nine page e-book
- Final edition; March 20, 2010, thirteen page e-book
On the eve of the Apocalypse, one Dark Lord of the Sith must make a fateful choice: listen to the pleas of the Shaman of the Whills and defeat his apprentice in combat, or allow his apprentice to take the throne of the Sith—and bring forth the end of days.
Nineteen years before the start of the Clone Wars, Darth Plagueis the Wise—known as Jedi Grandmaster Damien Nightblade before falling to the dark side of the Force—and his apprentice reside in an ancient Sith academy on Dathomir. The immortal Plagueis realizes that his time as Dark Lord of the Sith is coming to an end. Despite his immortality, he can still be killed, and he suspects that his apprentice is plotting to kill him as dictated by the Rule of Two. Despite this, he is satisfied that his apprentice does not have all the knowledge Plagueis has, such as the secrets of immortality.
As Plagueis contemplates his death, his old friend Ussej Padric Bac appears in an attempt to convince him to stop his apprentice from killing him. The Shaman of the Order of the Whills reminds Plagueis that if his apprentice kills him and becomes the Dark Lord, the Apocalypse will begin. Bac believes that Plagueis can stop this, as Plagueis is the shatterpoint for the galaxy-ending event. Nevertheless, Plagueis is adamant in allowing his apprentice to kill him, as he is tired and no longer wishes to be the Dark Lord of the Sith. Bac begrudgingly leaves, believing he is powerless to stop Plagueis from meeting his ultimate destiny.
Under the cover of darkness as Plagueis sleeps, his apprentice sneaks into his chambers and stabs him, delivering a killing blow that would become a legend—one that is later recorded in the Journal of the Whills—in the years that followed. As Plagueis dies, his apprentice becomes the new Dark Lord of the Sith.
Taking up the mantle as leader of the Order of the Sith Lords, the new Dark Lord sits upon his throne. In his throne room, he is greeted by Maul, who will soon become his apprentice. Maul's test to prove his worth is to travel to a desert world in the Outer Rim Territories, where the Dark Lord orders him to kill a pregnant woman before her unborn child can be born and become the one who will destroy the Sith.
After the Dark Lord and Maul speak, Bac returns to Plagueis' chambers and collects the fallen Sith Lord's body. Before disappearing with it, the shaman says goodbye not to Plagueis, but to his old friend Damien Nightblade.
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Star Wars: The Tragedy was released as an e-book by author Brandon Rhea on February 28, 2010 on Star Wars Fanon, the Star Wars wiki of fan invention, as well as on TheStarWarsRP.Com. Prior to being released as a short story, the work was part of the prologue for Rhea's novel Star Wars: Episode I - The Chosen One. However, he came to feel that the sequence did not work well in the prologue; according to Rhea, The Chosen One was written in a way that would make readers wonder as to whether or not the Sith still exist. Because the prologue did not leave any guesses as to whether the Sith were still active, Rhea removed the scene as he felt that it ruined the Sith mystery. Instead of discarding the scene, however, he worked it into the short story that became The Tragedy.
On March 20, 2010, Rhea re-released the story, also in e-book form, with re-written segments and additional scenes added to the story. With this re-release, Rhea added elements such as the identity of Darth Plagueis, an appearance by Alternative Saga character Ussej Padric Bac, an expanded psychological exploration of Darth Plagueis, and additional connections to the lore of The Chosen One and TheStarWarsRP.Com. A cover created by Susan "Solus" Donnam was also released. Rhea nominated the story for recognition as a featured work on Star Wars Fanon shortly after re-releasing it. The Tragedy received featured work status on March 31, 2010.
The Tragedy was nominated for three categories—Best Movie Era Short Story, Best Drama, and Best Short Story—in the Summer 2010 Star Wars Fanon Short Story Contest. It won Best Movie Era and came in second for Best Short Story.