Empire State of Mind

{ The following is an excerpt from Sith Academy: Masters of the Will. }

“The cosmos calls to the greatest among us. Stranded here upon this backwater planet, with dreams of galactic conquest and limitless vistas to the stars, our memories of past imperial glories preserved within our holocrons, how can we be content with this puny, Earthbound existence? How can we be satisfied to conquer just one planet, when untold billions await?” —from the Holocron of Darth Imperius

Galactic Imperial Worldview

In addition to Saber-Mind, the aspiring Dark Lord must develop a galactic imperial worldview, and think like an architect of Empire. To understand what that means, imagine a great Sith Lord of legend, perhaps Darth Bane or Darth Vader, walking down the streets of this planet, or out in the desert, or high upon a mountain, gazing down upon the pathetic spectacle and shaking his fist up to the stars.

Would he not be filled with contempt, rage and lust? Would he not wonder why the small-minded beings of this planet have not yet built an Empire and taken to the stars? Would he not wonder why vast spaceships were not visible from orbit, ever-present reminders of imperial power and greatness? Would he not ask: “where is the Death Star under construction—the ultimate weapon and defender of the Empire? Where are the legions of Stormtroopers enforcing the imperial will? Where are the Dark Lords who command the Force? Where is the Emperor? Where is the Empire?” Would he not burn with a passion to create these things, to bring the glories he sees so clearly in his mind’s eyes into reality in this galaxy? This is the mindset every would-be Dark Lord must cultivate: the Galactic Empire state of mind.

A Dark Diaspora

Every Dark Lord is a seed and a catalyst of the Empire. No matter what conditions he finds himself in in this dark universe, he will work toward this goal.

If the Empire is ever established but then destroyed, the Sith exiled and driven into hiding, the Empire will live on in the minds and holocrons of the Dark Lords. From the first day of our exile from power, we will begin plotting, preparing and working toward our eventual re-establishment of the Imperium.

When conditions are unfavorable, the Empire lays dormant in the minds of the hidden Lords of the Sith, taught as an ideal in our secret schools and preserved in our hidden holocrons. In these periods, the Sith may be driven deep underground, scattered far and wide to form a “Dark Diaspora” of occult Emperors and Ministers without an Empire. They may conduct rituals of coronation, anoint Dark Lords, train for conflict, manage the imperial Ministries and even declare war, without controlling any significant territory of their own. These dormant periods may last for centuries or millennia, but eventually the stars will come right for the Sith to emerge from the shadows and rule once more.

When conditions finally do become favorable—as a result of our machinations, whims of circumstance, or the will of the Dark Tao—it is then that we Sith shall know our finest hour. For it is in such ages of conquest that our hidden power and greatness will erupt from the shadows, to shock and awe the sleepers who lived and died the lie of peace for generations before our coming!

The Hidden Followers of Truth

Historically there was a practice called “crypto-Judaism”, whereby Jews would convert to Christianity or Islam in their public life, while privately maintaining the traditions and beliefs of Judaism. In medieval Europe this was a way for Jews to escape persecutions such as the Spanish Inquisition, and it continued even into modern times in places like the atheist Soviet Union.

Similarly, in Islam there is a practice called “taqiyya”, where Muslims are allowed to conceal their faith and act in a non-Muslim manner to escape persecution or as part of a greater deception. For example, the September 11th hijackers are said to have been practicing taqiyya when they embedded themselves in American society prior to the attacks.

Why are we telling you this? Because in our time it may be necessary and wise for Sith to conceal themselves in a similar way—to become “crypto-Sith” by outwardly conforming to other religions, ways of life and ideologies, while privately maintaining their allegiance to the dark side.

In the Galaxy Far, Far Away, a good example of a crypto-Sith was Palpatine, who concealed his dark side power and rose to Supreme Chancellor of the Republic without anyone suspecting that he was a Sith Lord. In the Star Wars Extended Universe, there is a Sith word Jensaarai, which means “hidden followers of the truth”, and this is a good description of crypto-Sith.

While I believe the times are changing now in the Age of Endarkenment and the wisdom of the dark side is becoming more accepted, there is still widespread light side delusion and persecution of our kind. So if you find it necessary to adopt a light side persona for a while, as part of an infiltration or in order to gain greater power in your society, you should proceed. Just remember, Sith Acoltye, that no matter how deep your deception or how high you may rise in light side society, that you took an oath of allegiance to the Sith Order. This means that the will of the Dark Lords supersedes any mundane authority, and when the time comes you will be expected to act accordingly. Never forget the words of Darth Tenebrous:

“To we who dwell in the Force, normal life is little more than pretense. Our only actions of significance are those we undertake in service to the dark side.”

What actions of significance will you undertake in service to the dark side, Sith pretender?

A Line of Conquerors

To give you a clearer picture of the lineage of Dark Lords we are establishing, imagine if the greatest conquerors, emperors and prophets of this planet’s history, from Pharaoh Narmer to Alexander the Great and Qin Shi Huang to Muhammad, Genghis Khan and Cortés to Napoleon, Hitler and Mao, all belonged to a single line of endarkened beings, each secretly transmitting his knowledge and Force power to the next Dark Lord in the chain. Further imagine that all these Dark Lords shared a similar ideology, religion and vision, preserved across thousands of years, each adding to the knowledge and achievements of the previous one and thus building ever greater empires across space and time. Imagine that every Dark Lord had access to secrets of power, conquest, the Force, sorcery and immortality that the mundanes of the world don’t even suspect exists. Imagine a secret network of Temples in forbidden locations where the Dark Lords’ lore is stored, their Force power accumulated and their knowledge transmitted.

Ours is a secret religion, and we are a Black Priesthood of Power. As long as there are two or more of us to maintain our chain of Force power and our wills unbroken, we shall endure. We shall study, machinate and maintain our lineage until the time is right to begin our campaigns of conquest. Such is the scale of our project, and the greatness we expect of all Dark Lords!

The symbol below is the seal of our Black Temple—the first structure of its kind on this planet, dedicated solely to the Dark Force and the Dark Religion. Let this seal be preserved for the ages and inscribed in great temples and artifacts to come, so that henceforth every Dark Lord may know that he is of our line of conquerors!

What is the Force? (Part I)

(The following is an excerpt from our forthcoming book, Sith Academy: Lords of the Force.)

We begin by presenting some of our more poetic and theoretical ideas about the great mystery of the Force. These ideas may not seem necessary for practical Force empowerment, but you will find that they have a power that is useful to you nevertheless. For in the Dark Lords’ black magickal worldview, thoughts are things, belief is power, and words create reality. There is therefore no purely poetic or theoretical knowledge; every idea offered here is a potential thought-bomb that can set fire to your life, explode your world and shatter your reality.

Poetic Perspectives

The Force is a Wild Power

The Force is a wild power, like lightning or solar radiation, which can be harnessed by individuals who are capable of receiving and making use of it. The Force can be accumulated by “lightning rods” or “solar panels”, giving vitality and energy to those who develop the senses to perceive it. The Force can be transmitted like “bolts of electricity” from Master to Apprentice, awakening and empowering each being in the chain of transmission. The Force can be generated in “power stations” called Temples, from which it can be transmitted to a cult of Templars or an entire society. The Force can be stored in “batteries” such as Vrilstones, weapons, books, jewelry and other artifacts, to be tapped into by the Force-sensitive as needed. The Force can strike at random like an electrical storm―a chaotic, uncontrolled energy that can empower or destroy beings in its path as it wills.

The Force is not a god, for it does not have characteristics of human beings, animals, or any other beings we understand—though it may take such forms to make itself known to us. Nor does the Force take a personal interest in our fate. The Force is a power beyond human comprehension, yet which humans may make use of all the same. The Force is a great cosmic mystery: the disturbing force of nature, the dark machinery of creation, evolution and destruction, and the key to every revelation, prophecy, invention and conquest that has troubled or transformed mankind down through the ages.

The Force is Passion

The English word that perhaps comes closest to the meaning of the Force for the Sith is passion. Passion is that which burns within our souls, compelling us to act. It is the inner flame that fuels our efforts in this world, giving us the energy and motivation to engage in the struggle for life. We do not view the Force as a principle of peace, or balance, or submission to an external will, like the so-called Jedi do, but a principle of pure passion to be harnessed for self-glorification and conquest.

Force passion can take many forms for our kind. Some of us have a passion for making money; others for self-improvement; others for political power, sexual pleasure, personal adventure, artistic creation, military conquest, scientific discovery, philosophical speculation, athletic competition, religious devotion, or what have you. All of these are expressions of our passion, which in the Sith view are manifestations of our Force power.

Like passion, the Force can be transmitted from person to person. A being with a powerful passion is infectious; he or she can awaken another person’s passion simply by being in their presence. Some Sith use their passion to seduce and dominate people individually, in the manner of Rasputin or the fictional Dracula. Others may enthrall and ignite an entire nation with their passion, in the manner of Adolph Hitler or Muhammad.

Passion, like the Force, cannot be reduced to rational understanding or scientific analysis. The more one tries to live life according to some abstract system or to analyse it with rational models, the less one finds passion entering one’s life. Indeed, this is the great failing of modern rationalist civilization, which produces many “geeks” who are highly intelligent, but possess so little passion or inner strength. While such nerds may think they are getting their revenge by creating technology companies and becoming billionaires, their victory is rather hollow if they become passionless robots in the process.

Passion, like Force power, is something you are born with to a certain level, though it can be increased by life experience. Some people are naturally more passionate than others; they show a great lust for life from an early age and burn with intensity to achieve their goals. Such individuals are risk-takers and trouble-makers, whether for good or ill. They may become conquerors, superstars and revolutionaries, or they may die young, be shunned or find themselves behind prison bars for life. Contrast them with the less passionate breed, who may become successful technocrats, solid professionals and pillars of society by never rocking the boat or going to extremes. Such is often considered “success” by the mundane, yet without luck or intelligence, such passionless beings will all too easily succumb to enslavement, depression, mediocrity and nihilism.

Most religions teach that passion is something to be controlled, proscribed, denied―that is a source of great evil and suffering. Buddhism is an entire system of thought designed to snuff out passion. For Buddhists, passion is the root of suffering, because it attaches one to the “samsaric” world of illusion rather than liberating one from it. In Islam they speak of the nafs, which are our lusts for the things of this world, which are to be deprecated compared to our concern for our eternal life in the world to come. In Christianity, passion is similarly suspect, as an expression of all sorts of worldly, ungodly, demonic desires which can lead men through the gates of Hell.

There are perks and pitfalls in all paths and philosophies of life. As Dark Lords, we choose to live by the creeds of “power is our passion”, “passion is our power” and “the world is ours”. While this may result in an early death or other ignominious end, we feel the risks are worth the potential rewards: immortality and unlimited power!

The Force is Fire

The Force is an invisible inner fire that burns beneath the perceptions of the mundane. In the most powerful beings, it becomes a raging inferno that cannot be contained; it pours forth in great acts of fiery destruction of entire orders or blazing forgings of new ones. In ordinary beings, the Force is a slow burn that generates the energy necessary to live, without causing undue harm to others. In weak beings, the Force is a flickering ember that can barely generate enough psychic heat to survive in a cold world. And when this ember finally burns out, every being joins the legions of the dead in the Forceless Void.

Every Sith Lord is a spiritual arsonist, who lights Force fires that may grow into great conflagrations that burn the world down. The art of accumulating power the Sith way is learning to gather the fuel for these great conflagrations in secret, stacking up the wood and stoking the hidden flames until they are ready to be unleashed upon the world. This fuel-gathering may take the form of physical training, mental training, writing books and journals, creating symbols and art, making weapons, artifacts and clothing, building temples, performing rituals, etc. Each of these activities adds fuel to our fire, which will be called upon to ignite the great Force eruption that will mark our ascent to power. This was the fire spoken of in our visions by the great conqueror to come, Darth Siluzon:

“The Dark Lords of the Sith were inflamed when my Force fire was unleashed upon this Earth, burning away false hopes, destitute dreams and meager destinies. And the Sith would prove victorious, declaring ‘united we stand, divided we fall’ to be the maxim of men of the light, its time now at an end. In its place we raised the banner of ‘Power is our passion’ as the motto of the new age. We stood up to the men of light as lustful Sith Masters of the Universe and declared: I stand with my Sith Lords at my side, ready to fight you; ready to prove our right to rule; ready to conquer all that is weak; ready to fuel my soul with my burning lust for power. And so, victory was soon ours…”

And when the existing order has been burned to the ground, the great Sith Lord becomes a worldsmith, forging great works in the furnaces of his Force-heightened mind, then manifesting them in the world of matter. The great temples, starships, armies and empires that burn in our Force visions will pour out of our imaginations and the pages of our books, burning themselves straight onto the crucible of history.

Like fire, the Force is a both a destroyer and a creator. The fire that burns down a forest also clears away the old growth so that new life may prosper. The flame that melts raw iron allows it to be forged into stronger and more refined steel. The Force is a revitalizing fire that erupts out of the Black Sun, enters our thoughts through the burning minds of the Dark Lords, spreads from being to being and consumes the world.