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Darth Krayt
Power without purpose is meaningless. The galaxy is chaotic. Order must be imposed because it will never be chosen. . . The Jedi will not do it. A new order of Sith must be created in secret.

One of the most imaginative and powerful Sith Lords to ever ignite a crimson blade, Darth Krayt endured from the Clone Wars to outlast the likes of Palpatine, Vader, and Luke Skywalker. He awakened from stasis in order to establish his own order of Sith and conquer the galaxy. 

What other Sith Lord can claim to have fought against Obi-Wan Kenobi, alongside Luke Skywalker, and against Luke’s descendent, Cade Skywalker? In many ways, Darth Krayt is the epitome of Legends continuity at its finest. 

Very few villains have backstories as deeply explored as that of Krayt. On the one hand, the Clone Wars comics from Dark Horse featured his father, Sharad Hett, as the sworn rival of Aurra Sing, who is featured in a number of adventures. On the other hand, Krayt’s backstory is explored in a number of flashbacks throughout the Legacy comics, Claws of the Dragon in particular. 

His journey to Sith mastery is the stuff Legends are made of, to be sure. He began life living among the Tusken Raiders on Tatooine and even slayed a Krayt dragon after his father’s demise was taken in by Jedi Council member Ki-Adi-Mundi, under whom he apprenticed. He was even faced with the decision of whether or not to enact vengeance on his father’s killer, choosing the high road like a good Jedi should. 

Hett befriended Anakin Skywalker during a mission during the Clone Wars, taking him under his wing when Kenobi wasn’t around. Eventually the two came to a confrontation over Anakin’s hatred of Tusken Raiders. 

How, then, did A’Sharad Hett, Tusken Raider Jedi and friend of Anakin Skywalker, reestablish a Sith Empire? Obi-wan wasn’t the only Jedi to have the bright idea to hide out on Tatooine after Order 66. 

Hett, however, believed himself to be the lone survivor of the Jedi Purge. Thus his eventual confrontation with Kenobi at the border of the Lars homestead came as quite the surprise. Hoping to reclaim his heritage and raise up an army of warriors to take on the Empire, Hett united the disparate Tusken Raider clans under his banner of war. 

They waged a campaign against the human moisture farmers who had invaded their land, eventually leading them to cross paths with Kenobi and the galaxy’s last hope he had promised to protect.

Following his humiliating defeat at the hands of Kenobi, Hett wandered the galaxy as a bounty hunter. This eventually led him to Korriban, where he found a Sith holocron. Initially intending to enact revenge against Palpatine and Vader for the destruction of the Jedi, Hett’s journey down the dark path was paved with good intentions. 

Unfortunately his Sith training on Korriban was more time-consuming than he realized. Once he resurfaced in order to put his new skills to the test, he came to realize that he was too late. Palpatine and Vader were no more.

Disillusioned and aimless, Hett wandered into the Unknown Regions. There, his story takes another wild turn. 

Captured by Vergere, former Jedi emissary to the Yuuzhan Vong-turned-Sith, Hett was subjected to the Embrace of Pain. There, he came to the realization that only a singularly dominant will could restore order to the galaxy; neither the ways of Bane’s Sith Order nor the Jedi could accomplish his new vision for the galaxy. 

After escaping from Vergere, armed and inflicted with bio-implants that threatened to consume him, Hett was reborn as Darth Krayt, master of the One Sith. 

Krayt used the Second Galactic Civil War and the threat posed by Darth Caedus to escape notice of Luke Skywalker and his new Jedi Order. Hiding out on Korriban and surviving an unnaturally long time through the use of Force stasis, Krayt recruited and raised up an army of Sith, biding his time until he could conquer the galaxy. 

That about covers it! Of course, from there, Krayt waged war against Emperor Roan Fel and his Imperial Knights, taking the throne but having one last Skywalker to eliminate. . . and save him from Vergere’s implants with his healing abilities. That story is found in John Ostrander and Jan Duursema’s truly epic Legacy series, set about 100 years after the events of the Original Trilogy. 

Luckily, you don’t have to hide in the tombs of Korriban, find an ancient holocron, or enter into Force stasis in order to get your chance to learn about Darth Krayt! Every single issue of Legacy is available in three volumes of Marvel’s Epic Collections. 

Beyond that, his Old Republic Tusken Raider Jedi stories can be found in Outlander, Emissaries to Malastare, The Siege of Selucemi, and The Hunt for Aurra Sing. His father’s backstory is in Last Stand on Jabiim. 

Will you be convinced of Krayt’s ultimate vision to unite the galaxy under his leadership? Or should Kenobi have ended him on Tatooine? You’ve got plenty of reading ahead in order to forge your own opinion!

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Books in this Collection

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Legends
Legends
Graphic Novel

Republic: Outlander

Written by
Timothy Truman
Artwork by
Various
Jedi-turned-Tusken Raider Sharad Hett is hunted by Jedi-killing bounty hunter Aurra Sing for uniting the Tusken clans into a powerful army. Jedi Council Member Ki-Adi-Mundi is also summoned to resolve the conflict, only to discover he’s been set up by gang lord Jabba the Hutt! All of this culminates in a showdown in the den of a legendary Krayt Dragon. . .
Legends
Legends
Graphic Novel

Republic: Emissaries to Malastare

Written by
Timothy Truman
Artwork by
Various
Set in between Episodes I and II, this story arc of the Republic comics sees key members of the Jedi Council such as Ki-Adi-Mundi, Mace Windu, and Adi Gallia to the Podracing planet of Malastare to assist in negotiating a treaty between the Lanniks and the Gran. Little do they know that they are being hunted themselves! Tusken Raider Jedi Padawan A’Sharad Hett befriends Anakin Skywalker, Sebulba makes a comeback, and the Jedi journey to Nar Shadaa. The story serves as an early backstory for Mace Windu. Plus he fights Rancors!
Legends
Legends
Graphic Novel

Republic: The Hunt for Aurra Sing

Written by
Timothy Truman
Artwork by
Davidé Fabbri, Christian Dalla Vecchia, Steve Dutro, Dave McCaig, Andrew Robinson
Tusken Raider Jedi A’Sharad Hett is tasked with finding his father’s killer, Jed-trained and Jedi-hating bounty Hunter Aurra Sing. This culminates in a massive battle that tests Hett’s Jedi convictions at their core.
Legends
Legends
Graphic Novel

Clone Wars Volume 3: Last Stand on Jabiim

Written by
Haden Blackman, John Ostrander
Artwork by
Brian Ching, Jan Duursema
Obi-Wan and Anakin command a battalion of clone troopers in a losing battlefront of the Clone Wars. Anakin teams up with a crew of masterless Padawans whose Jedi mentors have died in battle, as well as with A'Sharad Hett, who took Anakin under his wing to help him come to grips with the reality of death. This backfires tremendously of course, because Anakin hates Tusken Raiders. It showcases the brutality and realism of the darker side of war in a way that only the Dark Horse Republic comics could achieve.
Legends
Legends
Graphic Novel

Clone Wars Volume 8: The Last Siege, The Final Truth (2006)

Written by
John Ostrander
Artwork by
Jan Duursema
Very Good
8.8
8.8
8.8
Consisting of the Trackdown and Siege of Saleucemi story arcs, this volume of the Clone Wars series sees Oppo Rancisis and Quinlin Vos taking out a Separatist cloning facility controlled by the Techno Union. Aayla Secura faces off against a Dark Jedi. And A’Sharad Hett attains the rank of Jedi Master due to his heroics!
Very Good
8.8
8.8
8.8
Legends
Legends
Adult Novel

Apocalypse

Written by
Troy Denning
Artwork by
Very Good
8.1
8.1
8.1
In the explosive finale to the Fate of the Jedi series, the Jedi secretly arrive on Coruscant to discover that the Lost Tribe of the Sith have invaded the planet on every level of society. The Jedi and Sith face off in a climactic battle of epic proportions and Abeloth's conquest comes to a head in a shockingly mythological twist. . .
Very Good
8.1
8.1
8.1
Legends
Legends
Adult Novel

Kenobi

Written by
John Jackson Miller
Artwork by
Masterpiece
9.8
9.8
9.8

Following Order 66, General Obi Wan Kenobi vanished from the galaxy along with all the other Jedi. Years later, he re-emerged as a crazy old hermit by the name of Ben to play a hand in the fate of the galaxy. However, much more happened in the preceding years than one might expect. Even on a backwater planet like Tatooine, there is conflict, and soon Ben finds himself wrapped up in a decades-long feud between the moisture farmers and their arch nemeses, the Tusken Raiders. Ben must find a way to get to the bottom of an ever-deepening mystery that lies beneath the conflict while also keeping his identity—and his true purpose on Tatooine—a secret.

Kenobi is hands down one of the best books in the Expanded Universe. John Jackson Miller crafted a well-written, easy-to-read piece that not only focuses on one of the most beloved characters in all of Star Wars, but also manages to fill in a crucial gap in the story between movie trilogies. It takes the Western influences in Star Wars and runs with them to create not only an engaging story, but an essential one.

Masterpiece
9.8
9.8
9.8
Legends
Legends
Omnibus

Legends Epic Collection: Legacy Vol. 1

Written by
John Ostrander, Jan Duursema
Artwork by
Adam DeKraker, Jan Duursema, Colin Wilson
Part of the
Epic Collection
Set 100 years after the events of the Original Trilogy, the galaxy looks quite different. A benevolent ruler, Emperor Roan Fel, maintains order and peace with his lightsaber-wielding Imperial Knights. An Ancient Sith threat strikes from obscurity, taking out Jedi Master Col Skywalker and threatening Fel’s reign. The last hope of the galaxy is Cade Skywalker, strung out street rat, who has rejected his family lineage and taken up a less respectable path. From legendary comics duo John Ostrander and Jan Dursema, Legacy is a bold, original, and imaginative rein visioning of the characters and themes of Star Wars and is one of the most successful stories in Legends.
Legends
Legends
Omnibus

Legends Epic Collection: Legacy Vol. 2

Written by
John Ostrander, Jan Duursema
Artwork by
Omar Francia, Alan Robinson, Kajo Baldisimo
Part of the
Epic Collection
After Darth Krayt had seized control of the galaxy and declared himself Emperor, strife and infighting threatens to collapse his empire from within. But Rogue Squadron and Galactic Alliance forces won’t go down without a fight. Cade Skywalker has a chance encounter with an obscure sect of ancient Jedi, where they are attacked by Fel’s band of Imperial Knights! Plus, a return to the Mon Cal homeworld, the massive Vector crossover event, and so so much Force lightning!
Legends
Legends
Omnibus

Legends Epic Collection: Legacy Vol. 3

Written by
Various Authors
Artwork by
Various
Part of the
Epic Collection
The epic battle between Cade Skywalker and Darth Krayt comes to a climactic conclusion in the third volume of Marvel’s Legends Epic Collection of Ostrander and Dursema’s Legacy run for Dark Horse Comics. The only way for Krayt to defy death that threatens to rob him of his empire is to harness the healing abilities of Anakin and Luke Skywalker’s descendent, Cade. Cade wants nothing to do with his family’s Jedi business, however, but finds himself locked in a duel of fates with one of the most powerful Sith Lords to wreck havoc upon the galaxy. This time, Cade travels back to where it all began—the Skywalker homeward of Tatooine—where he’s confronted by the Force ghost of Luke Skywalker himself! From there, Cade’s crew confronts his own demons on the infamous home to Palpatine’s ancient vaults (and the setting for Timothy Zahn’s The Last Command) on the world of Wayland. There’s a three-way battle between Jedi, Sith, and Imperial Knights, and ultimately the final showdown between Skywalker and the dying, crazed Sith Emperor Darth Krayt.
Legends
Legends
Omnibus

Legends Epic Collection: Legacy Vol. 1

Written by
John Ostrander, Jan Duursema
Artwork by
Adam DeKraker, Jan Duursema, Colin Wilson
Part of the
Epic Collection
Set 100 years after the events of the Original Trilogy, the galaxy looks quite different. A benevolent ruler, Emperor Roan Fel, maintains order and peace with his lightsaber-wielding Imperial Knights. An Ancient Sith threat strikes from obscurity, taking out Jedi Master Col Skywalker and threatening Fel’s reign. The last hope of the galaxy is Cade Skywalker, strung out street rat, who has rejected his family lineage and taken up a less respectable path. From legendary comics duo John Ostrander and Jan Dursema, Legacy is a bold, original, and imaginative rein visioning of the characters and themes of Star Wars and is one of the most successful stories in Legends.
Legends
Legends
Omnibus

Legends Epic Collection: Legacy Vol. 2

Written by
John Ostrander, Jan Duursema
Artwork by
Omar Francia, Alan Robinson, Kajo Baldisimo
Part of the
Epic Collection
After Darth Krayt had seized control of the galaxy and declared himself Emperor, strife and infighting threatens to collapse his empire from within. But Rogue Squadron and Galactic Alliance forces won’t go down without a fight. Cade Skywalker has a chance encounter with an obscure sect of ancient Jedi, where they are attacked by Fel’s band of Imperial Knights! Plus, a return to the Mon Cal homeworld, the massive Vector crossover event, and so so much Force lightning!
Legends
Legends
Omnibus

Legends Epic Collection: Legacy Vol. 3

Written by
Various Authors
Artwork by
Various
Part of the
Epic Collection
The epic battle between Cade Skywalker and Darth Krayt comes to a climactic conclusion in the third volume of Marvel’s Legends Epic Collection of Ostrander and Dursema’s Legacy run for Dark Horse Comics. The only way for Krayt to defy death that threatens to rob him of his empire is to harness the healing abilities of Anakin and Luke Skywalker’s descendent, Cade. Cade wants nothing to do with his family’s Jedi business, however, but finds himself locked in a duel of fates with one of the most powerful Sith Lords to wreck havoc upon the galaxy. This time, Cade travels back to where it all began—the Skywalker homeward of Tatooine—where he’s confronted by the Force ghost of Luke Skywalker himself! From there, Cade’s crew confronts his own demons on the infamous home to Palpatine’s ancient vaults (and the setting for Timothy Zahn’s The Last Command) on the world of Wayland. There’s a three-way battle between Jedi, Sith, and Imperial Knights, and ultimately the final showdown between Skywalker and the dying, crazed Sith Emperor Darth Krayt.
Legends
Legends
Adult Novel

Apocalypse

Written by
Troy Denning
Artwork by
Very Good
8.1
8.1
8.1
In the explosive finale to the Fate of the Jedi series, the Jedi secretly arrive on Coruscant to discover that the Lost Tribe of the Sith have invaded the planet on every level of society. The Jedi and Sith face off in a climactic battle of epic proportions and Abeloth's conquest comes to a head in a shockingly mythological twist. . .
Very Good
8.1
8.1
8.1
Legends
Legends
Graphic Novel

Clone Wars Volume 3: Last Stand on Jabiim

Written by
Haden Blackman, John Ostrander
Artwork by
Brian Ching, Jan Duursema
Obi-Wan and Anakin command a battalion of clone troopers in a losing battlefront of the Clone Wars. Anakin teams up with a crew of masterless Padawans whose Jedi mentors have died in battle, as well as with A'Sharad Hett, who took Anakin under his wing to help him come to grips with the reality of death. This backfires tremendously of course, because Anakin hates Tusken Raiders. It showcases the brutality and realism of the darker side of war in a way that only the Dark Horse Republic comics could achieve.
Legends
Legends
Graphic Novel

Republic: Emissaries to Malastare

Written by
Timothy Truman
Artwork by
Various
Set in between Episodes I and II, this story arc of the Republic comics sees key members of the Jedi Council such as Ki-Adi-Mundi, Mace Windu, and Adi Gallia to the Podracing planet of Malastare to assist in negotiating a treaty between the Lanniks and the Gran. Little do they know that they are being hunted themselves! Tusken Raider Jedi Padawan A’Sharad Hett befriends Anakin Skywalker, Sebulba makes a comeback, and the Jedi journey to Nar Shadaa. The story serves as an early backstory for Mace Windu. Plus he fights Rancors!
Legends
Legends
Graphic Novel

Republic: Outlander

Written by
Timothy Truman
Artwork by
Various
Jedi-turned-Tusken Raider Sharad Hett is hunted by Jedi-killing bounty hunter Aurra Sing for uniting the Tusken clans into a powerful army. Jedi Council Member Ki-Adi-Mundi is also summoned to resolve the conflict, only to discover he’s been set up by gang lord Jabba the Hutt! All of this culminates in a showdown in the den of a legendary Krayt Dragon. . .
Legends
Legends
Graphic Novel

Clone Wars Volume 8: The Last Siege, The Final Truth (2006)

Written by
John Ostrander
Artwork by
Jan Duursema
Very Good
8.8
8.8
8.8
Consisting of the Trackdown and Siege of Saleucemi story arcs, this volume of the Clone Wars series sees Oppo Rancisis and Quinlin Vos taking out a Separatist cloning facility controlled by the Techno Union. Aayla Secura faces off against a Dark Jedi. And A’Sharad Hett attains the rank of Jedi Master due to his heroics!
Very Good
8.8
8.8
8.8
Legends
Legends
Graphic Novel

Republic: The Hunt for Aurra Sing

Written by
Timothy Truman
Artwork by
Davidé Fabbri, Christian Dalla Vecchia, Steve Dutro, Dave McCaig, Andrew Robinson
Tusken Raider Jedi A’Sharad Hett is tasked with finding his father’s killer, Jed-trained and Jedi-hating bounty Hunter Aurra Sing. This culminates in a massive battle that tests Hett’s Jedi convictions at their core.
Legends
Legends
Adult Novel

Kenobi

Written by
John Jackson Miller
Artwork by
Masterpiece
9.8
9.8
9.8

Following Order 66, General Obi Wan Kenobi vanished from the galaxy along with all the other Jedi. Years later, he re-emerged as a crazy old hermit by the name of Ben to play a hand in the fate of the galaxy. However, much more happened in the preceding years than one might expect. Even on a backwater planet like Tatooine, there is conflict, and soon Ben finds himself wrapped up in a decades-long feud between the moisture farmers and their arch nemeses, the Tusken Raiders. Ben must find a way to get to the bottom of an ever-deepening mystery that lies beneath the conflict while also keeping his identity—and his true purpose on Tatooine—a secret.

Kenobi is hands down one of the best books in the Expanded Universe. John Jackson Miller crafted a well-written, easy-to-read piece that not only focuses on one of the most beloved characters in all of Star Wars, but also manages to fill in a crucial gap in the story between movie trilogies. It takes the Western influences in Star Wars and runs with them to create not only an engaging story, but an essential one.

Masterpiece
9.8
9.8
9.8
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