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FALL OF THE REPUBLIC


Darth Maul longed for revenge against the Jedi. He was finally unleashed by his Master, Darth Sidious, in an assassination attempt on Queen Amidala on the outskirts of Tatooine. He battled briefly with Qui-Gon Jinn, the Queen’s Jedi escort, but could not reach his target. Later, Maul waited for Amidala on Naboo, where he dueled with Qui-Gon and his apprentice, Obi-Wan Kenobi. The Sith fought with blinding speed and impressive agility, and stabbed Jinn through with his red double-bladed lightsaber; he would prove unable to best Obi-Wan, however. The young Jedi, in a surprising move, cut Maul in two and sent him tumbling down the planet core, seemingly destroyed.


Thought dead, Darth Maul survived his injuries by focusing on his hatred of Obi-Wan Kenobi, the Jedi who cut him in half. His shattered body was dumped amid the refuse of the junk planet Lotho Minor, where the once deadly warrior fell into madness, staying alive on a diet of vermin. When found by his brother Savage Opress, Maul had no memory of who he was, rambled nonsensically, and had built hideous spider-like legs in place of his severed ones.


Opress brought Maul back to his homeworld of Dathomir, where the Nightsister Mother Talzin used dark magicks to restore the fallen Sith’s mind and body. Maul reemerged, took Opress as his apprentice, and became obsessed with Kenobi. He and his brother began terrorizing worlds and allied with Death Watch, Black Sun, and the Pyke syndicate to form the Shadow Collective, a group which took over Mandalore. This led to Maul’s battle with Death Watch leader Pre Vizsla, who he dispatched violently and without mercy to assume total control of the planet. Throughout this time, Maul dueled Obi-Wan Kenobi on numerous occasions, and in an act of pure hatred, killed Obi-Wan’s former love, Duchess Satine Kryze. His revenge would prove double-edged, however, as the act created a dark side ripple sensed by his former Master, Darth Sidious. Sidious came to Mandalore where he declared the Zabrak brothers to be his rivals. The Sith Master killed Savage Opress and took Maul captive -- but not before joyfully torturing his old apprentice with Force lightning.


THE DARK TIMES


Upon the guidance of Yoda, a young Padawan named Ezra Bridger went to Malachor in search of the power to destroy the Sith. There, he found Maul, who had been stranded on the planet for years. Maul befriended the boy and together they climbed the world's Sith Temple, working in tandem and acquiring a Sith holocron. While Ezra made his way to the top of the Temple, Maul assisted the Padawan's friends, Ahsoka Tano and Kanan Jarrus -- for a time. Eventually, Maul revealed his true motivations. The Temple was, in fact, a battle station, and he would use it for revenge on all his enemies, while making Ezra his new apprentice. Maul took the first opportunity to betray the Jedi, blinding Kanan with a merciless lightsaber strike to the eyes. Kanan was not killed, however, and returned to fight Maul off. The Zabrak escaped the planet in a stolen Inquisitor ship, readying his next move.


Maul was not finished with Ezra. He returned, tracking the Padawan and his rebel friends to their ship, the Ghost. Maul took the crew hostage, forcing Bridger to unlock and combine his Jedi holocron with the Sith artifact recovered on Malachor. Both saw visions as a result of the ritual, including a planet with twin suns. Following the rite, Maul absconded to his ship, muttering "He lives!" in delirious excitement.


As a result of the ritual, Maul and Ezra became psychically linked. Ezra suffered aural hallucinations and saw visions of Maul, almost killing a rebel officer during one imagined attack. It was prophetic, however, as Maul had arrived at the rebel base on Atollon. He came to recruit the Padawan for another ritual, one that would finally reveal the answers they seek. Begrudgingly, the boy and his friends went with Maul to Dathomir, where Nightsister magick gifted them the knowledge that Obi-Wan Kenobi was alive, and he was on Tatooine.


Finally, Maul was close to his revenge. He went to Tatooine in search of Kenobi, but wandered the sands hopelessly. Then the answer came to him: he would use Bridger to draw Kenobi out. Maul manipulated Bridger into coming to Tatooine, subtley directing Ezra into the path of Tusken Raiders and the furthest reaches of Tatooine desert. Indeed, Kenobi found the boy, and in turn, Maul found Kenobi. He confronted the Jedi Master in the dead of night, ready for his final revenge. Kenobi sent Bridger away with directions to return home -- he would deal with Maul.

Quickly, Maul deduced that Obi-Wan would not be hiding on this planet for no reason; no, he was protecting something -- or someone. With this, Kenobi readied his defenses. Maul, double-bladed lightsaber in hand, charged. He delivered two quick strikes, which Kenobi met, returning his attack only once. It was enough. Maul's weapon was cut in two, as was his chest. He fell, caught by the Jedi before he hit the cold night sands. Obi-Wan cradled Maul in his final moments. "Is it the Chosen One?" Maul asked. "He is," Kenobi replied. Maul looked up, the life fading from his eyes, and uttered his last words. "He will avenge us."

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