Who is Darth Plagueis?
Darth Plagueis is a Sith apprentice that was trained by Darth Tenebrous. He is credited by Darth Sidious of mastering the powers of life and death.
Real Name: Hego Damask
Alias: Darth Plagueis the Wise
Apprentices: Darth Sidious
Canon: Plagueis is mentioned as a legend by Darth Sidious / Emperor Palpatine in Episode III making him canon.
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Early Years and Training:
Darth Plagueis's master is Darth Tenebrous. Tenebrous planned and manipulated the parents of Hego Damask to fall in love and marry. He chose he parent based off their sensitivity to the force and political connections. Once Hego Damask reached the age of 5, Tenebrous came and manipulated his parents to allow him to be raised by him. Hego Damask took immediately to using the force and to the ideology of the Sith taught to him by Darth Tenebous. He took on the mantle of Darth Plagueis.
Hego Damask runs the company Damask Holdings while acting as Darth Plagueis in secret.
Tenebrous was fascinated with a plan to achieve immortality in a powerful body. He also means of defeating the Jedi and recreating the Sith Empire. Tenebrous was more scientific and less force imbued than Plagueis and came he came to rely on Plagueis to conduct his research. Tenebrous however came to view Plagueis as too weak to carry on the Sith line. He broke with the rule of two and behind Plagueis's back began training another apprentice Darth Venamis. While Plagueis was taught about the force and how to control for scientific studies, Venamis was trained to be a fierce lightsaber duelist. Plagueis began using his growing force powers to research other powers like levitation, telekinesis and force lightning. This research was done behind Darth Tenebrous's back leaving the master clueless as to how powerful Plagueis was becoming.
Eventually, Plagueis saw his chance to rid himself of his master. The pair were attacked by Assassins and Plagueis walked up to his master and snapped his kneck. Tenebrous had prepared a special virus that would infect Plagueis and move his mind into his. The virus also acted to overtake and block the force power of prophesy. While the virus was successful Tenebrous quickly rejected Plagueis's body because he foresaw his pupil's death would occur too quickly. This rejection left Tenebrous without a viable body to live in and returned to its corpse. The one lasting effect of effect of the virus is that it destroyed Plagueis's ability to see the future.
After the death of his master Plagueis was confronted by Darth Venamis whom he defeated in battle. Plagueis kept Venamis alive to experiment on. He would kill Venamis and then bring the helpless Sith back to life. Venamis had also located various other force sensitives to serve as pupils all of these were eliminated by Plagueis.
Master of Palpatine and Rise of the Empire:
Darth Plagueis begins to work to acquire valuable resources from the planet of Naboo. His company along with the Trade Federation are being thwarted by isolationist forces on the planet. The consortium finds an ally in the son of one of their opponents, a young man named Palpatine.
Palpatine begins to feed information to Hego Damask (Darth Plagueis) in exchange for political and financial powers of Damask Holdings. The two have a growing father and son relationship which disturb's Palpatine's father, who attempts to intercede. Palpatine begins to be trained by Darth Plagueis in ways of the dark side of the force. Palpatine uses these new force powers to kill off his entire family. With this action he is congratulated by Hego Damask and becomes the official apprentice of Darth Plagueis. He takes on the name, Darth Sidious.
Plagueis began to show his ability of bringing others back from death. He was unable to do this for himself. He showed Sidious this by killing Darth Venamis and bringing him back to life. While powerful Darth Plagueis began to fear that the Force could strike back at him for using his life altering powers. He became less interested in acquiring powers and more fearful about losing it.
Darth Plagueis sets in motion the cloning facilities that will lead to the Clone armies. He also helps Palpatine rise the ranks of the Imperial Senate until he is appointed Chancellor. Darth Sidious (Palpatine) felt that Plagueis had used up his usefulness, lulled the old Sith master to sleep and killed him.
Star Wars Speculation:
Is Darth Plagueis really Supreme Leader Snoke?
Plagueis is a heavily rumored candidate to be Snoke.
The reasons to believe Plagueis is Snoke are numerous.
- Snoke somewhat resembles Plagueis
- Plagueis had gained control over life and death and may have pulled himself together
- Plagueis was the last great Sith Lord before Palpatine so its more reasonable he would have survived than an older Sith.
- Plagueis is still in the Star Wars film canon due to being mentioned by name by Palpatine in the film Revenge of the Sith.
- As one of the most powerful and knowledgeable Sith it is possible he was able to trick Palpatine and elude being killed by him.
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