Every Sith Artifact In Palpatine’s Senate Office Explained

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During the star wars prequel trilogy, Palpatine had an extensive collection of Sith artifacts, many of which were on display in his luxurious office in the Galactic Senate. Before the Republic became the Empire, Palpatine’s rooms are often shown in Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, as he gradually lets Anakin Skywalker know his true identity. His collection shows that he was quite brash when he became Supreme Chancellor of the Galactic Republic.

At the start of the star wars In the era of the prequel trilogy, the Sith are a distant memory. During Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, it is revealed that a thousand years have passed since the last time a Jedi encountered a Sith. All the while, the Sith hadn’t really disappeared from the galaxy but were quietly watching and gathering strength. Maneuver themselves into positions of power and influence. Palpatine getting elected to the Galactic Senate is the result of their schemes and, in many ways, the star wars The prequel trilogy is as much about the backstory of Palpatine and his rise to power as it is about the stories of Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi.

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The fact that Palpatine, aka Darth Sidious, can show off a collection of Sith artifacts might seem like a strange thing for the Jedi Council to overlook, especially since he keeps them under their noses. However, the truth is that the Sith have been in hiding for so long that everyone has long since forgotten anything about them. By the time of Palpatine’s rise to power, the Sith are nothing but legends, with most of their artifacts nothing more than relics of ancient history. By Revenge of the Siththe Jedi suspect Palpatine of having nefarious plans, but they have no reason to believe that Palpatine’s setting is anything other than a collection held by an archeology enthusiast.


Sith Spirit Urns


The door to one of the Sith Lord’s secret chambers is flanked by two large urns, each as tall as a person, made from a black material. They are clearly seen in scenes from Revenge Of The Sith when Palpatine speaks with Anakin, and again when the Jedi arrive to confront Palpatine in an attempt to stop him. Known as spirit urns, these large ornamental vessels are part of Sith history, though their exact origin is uncertain.

Bronze statues of the four sages of Dwartii


Anakin and Palpatine, with a bronze statue in the background.

In most of the scenes set in Palpatine’s office, looming statues appear in the background. These four figures are made from bronzium and represent the four sages of Dwartii, named Sistros Nevet, Braata Danlos, Faya Rodemos and Yanjon Zelmar. The sages were a group of philosophers who influenced early galactic laws. They were also iconic figures among the Sith, for their wisdom in the dark side of the Force.


It’s possible that the Four Sages were even the inspiration for the Sith themselves. In star wars Legends, they had a reputation for enforcing ruthless laws, especially towards newcomers to the Republic, and working for selfish ends. For their devious political machinations, they were highly respected by the Sith who created numerous statues to honor them. A ring worn by Snoke in the star wars the sequel trilogy also shows them, and they may be among the statues on Exegol in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. As characters who rose to political power for their own cruel and selfish ends, they were clearly an inspiration to Palpatine.


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Bas-Relief Of The Great Hyperspace War


Anakin confronting Palpatine in front of an elaborate wall sculpture.

As Anakin realizes Palpatine’s true identity as a Sith Lord, a large bas-relief sculpture can be seen in the background. This sculpture is a depiction of the Great Hyperspace War, a conflict that occurred approximately 5,000 years earlier, as the Galactic Republic battled against the Sith Empire. This war saw the Sith Lord Naga Sadow make a full assault on the Old Republic and, according to the 2014 novel Tarkin, they even managed to invade Coruscant itself. Although the Sith ultimately lost the war itself, such an item would clearly have meaning for the man intent on conquering Coruscant from within, using a political coup.


Sith Chalice of Malachor


Anakin, with Palpatine's Sith Chalice highlighted in the background.

In the background of some scenes from Revenge of the Sith, it is possible to spot an artifact known as the Sith Chalice. This item is an incense burner used by the ancient Sith for rituals and meditation. Palpatine keeping such a Sith item on open display is a testament, not only to his boldness after becoming Chancellor, but to the fact that Sith lore has long been forgotten by the galaxy.

The Chalice was retrieved by Palpatine from the world of Malachor, a hellishly barren planet in the galaxy’s Outer Rim territories with a dark history. This planet was the site of an ancient battle known as the Great Scourge of Malachor nearly 4000 years earlier when it was home to a Sith temple. During the battle, the Sith fought against the Jedi, until the Sith unleashed a terrible weapon that turned everyone on the battlefield to stone.

The Jedi have good reason not to know anything about Malachor. In Star Wars: Rebels, Kanan Jarrus reveals that the whole world is off-limits to Jedi, and young people are quietly telling each other terrible stories about it. The Jedi had apparently hoped that any memory of the planet’s location would be forgotten, but the Sith never forgot.

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Sith Holocrons


Ezra from Star Wars Rebels, holding a Sith holocron.

A holocron in star wars is a data storage device, and Sith holocrons in particular have a distinctive pyramid shape. Prior to his rise to the Senate, Palpatine garnered plenty, maintaining an entire repository. Sith holocrons are ingeniously created so that only those who can wield the dark side of the Force can access them. Due to the terrible knowledge they contain, the Jedi Order has long considered them one of the most dangerous objects in the galaxy. Of the Sith holocrons recovered by Palpatine, one, in particular, was the crown jewel of his collection. A huge one, recovered from Moraband.

Moraband, once known as Korriban, is a desolate planet in the Outer Rim that was once home to the ancient Sith. Ancient ruins are scattered across the planet, including the Valley of the Dark Lords. It’s the final resting place of Darth Bane, the one who created the Sith Rule of Two, and the reason why, as Yoda says, there are always two Sith: Master and Apprentice. War-torn and abandoned, Moraband was once the center of a long-dead Sith Empire. A fitting place for Palpatine to visit.

Complete Palpatine Collection


Palpatine’s red-and-black desk may have been practically a Sith museum all to itself, but that wasn’t the full extent of his collection. He collected many, many more Sith curiosities, which he eventually stored in the Grand Republic Medical Center. A towering hospital on Coruscant, sick and injured, traveled here from across the galaxy for treatment. It would later become the main hospital for clone troopers during the Clone Wars, and ultimately the location where Darth Vader received his armored cyborg body.

Palpatine originally stored his collection in an old, run-down building somewhere in the Coruscant’s Works neighborhood, seen in Star Wars: Attack of the Clones. As his collection grew and he gained political power, he eventually moved his entire collection to a depot at the Grand Medical Facility. While his favorite items were kept in his office, his complete collection was extensive, with ancient Sith texts, holocrons, and other items like the Great Crystal of Aantonaii, a sacred Sith artifact.

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Palpatine’s singular goal during the star wars The prequel trilogy, of becoming ruler of the galaxy, is reflected in his favorite Sith artifacts. It’s easy to think the Jedi are to blame for not noticing such Sith antiquities, and it’s fair to say they bear their share of the blame for letting these things go unnoticed. Perhaps, after all, it is important to remember history, to prevent it from repeating itself.

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