Star Wars: The Wild Cards
At some point before 30 ABY, a Sith known as Darth Krayt founded the One Sith or the New Sith Order on Korriban, the ancient Sith burial world. In this new Sith cult, most of the followers were trained from birth, sported a red-and-black tattooed appearance and carried lightsabers with a yorik coral-styled hilt design.
Darth Krayt is the founder and leader of this new generation of Sith Lords. Equipped with knowledge gained from Sith holocrons found on the ancient Sith burial world of Korriban he reestablished the Sith Order under his leadership, thus claiming the title Dark Lord of the Sith. Krayt’s Sith differed significantly from the previous Order of the Sith Lords in that his nascent Order would not be limited by the ancient “Rule of Two”. Instead, he introduced the “Rule of One”—a new system in which many lesser Sith served under the will of the Dark Lord.
At last, in the period of 127–130 ABY, the Sith made their presence known openly under Krayt’s leadership.
After the failure of the Ossus Project and the following war between the Galactic Alliance and the Imperial Remnant, the Imperial forces were fighting a losing battle as Emperor Fel with held his Imperial Knights from participating in the conflict. Needing a counter to the Alliance’s Jedi allies, Darth Krayt approached the Moff Council and offered assistance. The Emperor objected, but was overruled by the Council. The Sith entered the war and the tide began to turn. In three years, the Galactic Alliance was defeated and the Empire absorbed all its former holdings, even reclaiming Coruscant as the Imperial throneworld. It was a reversal of the galactic order that no one could have foreseen, or believed was possible. But despite the grandeur of this victory, it was but a stepping stone for Krayt.
With the Empire triumphant and the fall of Coruscant, the Empire’s ruler, Emperor Roan Fel, had called on the Jedi to surrender and submit to the Empire. But by now, the Jedi were aware of the Sith’s involvement in the war and refused to join them. They withdrew from Coruscant, yielding their Temple to their enemies, and holed themselves in their praxeum on Ossus. Krayt dispatched his Hand, Darth Nihl, to conduct a devastating attack against the praxeum. What followed would become known as the Massacre at Ossus, an event that decimated the Jedi order, cutting the Jedi’s numbers in half.
Soon after, Darth Krayt executed a brutal coup de tat, marching with his cohorts straight into the audience chamber of Emperor Roan Fel himself, killing the man who sat on the throne and seating himself in his place. Noting the confusion and outrage from the members of the Moff Council who were present, he laid out the facts of life for them, that Emperor Fel was never really interested in going to war. Krayt then declared himself Emperor of the galaxy, stating that a man of vision such as himself was required to reinstate intergalactic stability. Faced with little choice, the Moff Council swore loyalty to him.
For the first time in over a hundred years, a Sith Lord held the galactic seat of power.
At once he set about imposing order on a galaxy that sorely needed it, but this too was an incomplete victory. The “Emperor” he had killed had been anything but. It had to be a double, he thought; Fel was a fully trained Imperial Knight and would surely have defended himself, rather than simply and let himself be slain. Krayt made it a priority to find the real Fel, before he recruited allies among the Moffs, the military, or those Jedi who had survived.