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Star Wars: Lucasfilm Reveals First Look At Rise Of Skywalker’s Sith Eternal

By Ishita Chatterjee
November 18,2021

We saw Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker introduce Palpatine’s Sith Eternal into the canon. However, no one knew what they looked like till now.

Palpatine’s return in the movie was a great mystery that the last installment of the Sequel Trilogy didn’t explain at all. In the film, the hasty explanation given was a quote from Revenge of the Sith. It implied that he had harnessed the power of the darkness to keep his life force. And all of this could happen due to the Sith Eternal. But what do they look like? Let us find out.

What Did The Sith Eternal Do?

Sith Eternal in Rise of Skywalker

Sith Eternal in Rising of Skywalker

Now, the Empire was in ruins after the Battle of Jakku. After that, the First Order rose like a phoenix under the leadership of Supreme Leader Snoke and then Kylo Ren. The Sith Eternal stayed on Exegol in the Unknown Regions of the galaxy and continued working on successfully cloning Palpatine’s DNA. This clone would be a vessel who would let him return to his final form.

Also, the Sith Eternal created the Emperor’s Final Order. This included Xyston-class Star Destroyers. These could destroy whole planets with their Death Star-like laser beams. In The Rise of Skywalker, we only got to see wide or distant shots of the Sith Eternal. The Star Wars comics came one stop closer by showing a close-up of the characters. But they were in hoods. Thankfully, the Secrets of the Sith book has finally revealed what the Sith Eternal looks like.

The Look Of The Sith Eternal

Sith Eternal in Secrets of the Sith

Sith Eternal in Secrets of the Sith

The Sith Eternal is wrapped entirely in a linen cloth. Also, their faces are covered as well. They all look like a mummy. But we don’t know why their identities remain hidden. However, covering oneself seems to be entirely in line with the themes of the franchise. After all, most of the dark side users do hide under cloaks or masks.

The one notable exception was Count Dooku. He showed his face and, thus, his identity during the prequels. Now, as for the Sith Eternal, they are devoted to the Emperor.

Palapatine with Rey and Ben Solo

Palapatine with Rey and Ben Solo

So it makes sense that they would give up their identities and dedicate themselves to Palpatine. Also, there’s a fascinating thematic connection between them being covered from head to toe like mummies and trying to resurrect the Emperor who had died years before. Along with their unfathomable loyalty to the Emperor, the Sith Eternal also believed in the Doctrine of the Dyad.

This stated that two Force users could make a bond. And this would give them unimaginable powers. It’s something that preceded even the Rule of Two, and as per the new canon, it even governed everything that Palpatine did throughout the Skywalker saga. So it was following the Sith Eternal’s beliefs.

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