Discussion in 'Literature' started by Vialco, Dec 15, 2012.
Completely missed that one.
This is the weird part. The Plagueis book gave me the impression Palpatine never intended to keep Maul as his number 2. Further, it has been a bit since I read it, but I'm not sure Maul died after Plagueis, thus technically Maul may have never been a Sith Lord under the rule of two.
As for Dooku, I still don't understand how he thought things were going to work out for him. Once Palpatine restructured the Republic as an Empire, exactly what place did he expect to have in the new order. How could the former leader of the Separatists be given a high level position in the Empire under Palpatine.
I havent seen TPM in a while, but doesnt Palps say to the Nute Gunray something along the lines of "I'll be sending my apprentice, Darth Maul". Doesnt he also refer to him as Lord Maul? I think that would make Maul a legit Sith Lord...
True. However does that mean the Plagueis book potentially caused its own continuity problem?
Well, that would be your take on the Plaguies book, but I think Maul is still a legit Sith. However, I agree that the book does imply somewhat that Maul may not have been Sidious' first choice, just a convenient stepping stone... altho he was one bad*** stepping stone, if so.
I just don't remember the exact timeline and don't have my books handy. However, my understanding of the Rule of Two is that the new apprentice of the current master's apprentice would not "officially" be number two until the current master is taken down by his apprentice (or by some miracles survives to die of natural causes). Of course, the Rule of Two tends to be more of a loose guideline when talking about Palpatine, given that he essentially ignores it throughout the EU (mostly pre-PT published EU though).
How many apprentices did Vader have at one time or another? The only difference between those people and Maul is that Maul didn't know that Sidious still had a master that was among the living.
Vader had a pile of them too. Prior to the release of the PT, none of this Rule of Two business was known, thus there were Dark Side adepts, prophets, Hands, inquisitors, Dark Jedi, Sithlings, etc. trained by Vader or Palpatine running all over the place. Once the PT came out, it seems that this sort of thing was clamped down upon by EU writers and many of previous stories were retconned in one way or another.
First all apprentices are fair game, then it's all Rule of Two, now it's Rule of Two then-some. At this point I'm going with this as the official "Rule of Two":
1) The Sith Order has one rule: The Rule of Two.
2) Sith don't follow rules.
I wouldn't exactly call the two TFU games as "clamping it down."
I think the video games are given a more slack on that sort of thing. I think the plot of the novels actually brought up the issue of secret apprentices and the Rule of Two though, and how all that worked out.
Yes, but why would a Sith want to break a rule that guarantees him a monopoly on power? If anything, a Sith would want to reduce the number of apprentices he has to deal with to 0.
Well, there you go -- that would be breaking the rules!
1. Dooku knew everything except that he was going to be betrayed.
2. When Plagueis was injured by the Maladians, Sidious became "the master" and Maul became "the apprentice", while Plagueis ceased to be either. Sidious found a loophole in the Rule of Two by having a Sith who's neither the master nor the apprentice.
I always thought it was weird how in AOTC Dooku was like "how did the republic come up with an army so quickly?", and he was absolutely genuine about it, when he should have been the one who basically ordered the damn thing. I mean, wasn't Jango Fett hired by "a man named Tyranus" for the job?
Yeah it's a continuity error, not good acting on Dooku's part. The prequels are terrible.
I actually watched AOTC again the other night, and noticed something really funny for the first time. When Anakin and Padme are sitting in the starship on Tatooine getting a message from Obi-Wan where he is like "reroute this message to coruscant", Padme goes and presses this one button on the dashboard that does the job. So I'm sitting there thinking "ok that must be the 'reroute messages to coruscant' button" . . . why would a starship have a whole button dedicated to that, but fair enough. Then about 25 seconds later Padme goes to show Anakin the map of where Tatooine is in relation to Geonosis and she presses THE SAME EXACT BUTTON which has somehow become the "show the distance between Tatooine and Geonosis" button. I mean seriously is it that hard to have shot a new scene of her pressing a different button at least????
I think that's the joke, or at least it became one when Padmé presses the same button in ROTS and it's "open the door" button.
He also seemed very genuine when he told Obi-Wan that there was a Sith Lord controlling the Senate in AotC. That's always baffled me. Like, was he trying to two-time Palpy or was it some sort of reverse psychology or WHAT?
The prequels did more to confuse his character than any EU material ever did. Which is why it's no surprise to me that people are still asking questions about his basic knowledge and motives.
He told Obi-Wan the truth so he would never suspect it as such. "Lies, deceit, creating mistrust are his ways now." If Dooku says that the Sith Lord is controlling the Senate, it's definitely a lie aimed at getting Obi-Wan to switch sides.
I think that, on the long shot that Obi-Wan was receptive, Dooku really would have recruited him to take on Palpatine and become the ruling Sith Lords in his place. But Dooku could also explain it away as a simple ploy to sow confusion and distrust among the Jedi, so he could cover his ass if Sidious somehow found out about the offer.
No doubt Dooku felt an affinity for Obi-Wan as a type of "grandson," and this angle was played up by Stover in the Episode III novel. They both seem to be rather straitlaced, compared to their respective apprentices who have more in common.
I wouldn't be surprised if it was an attempt to fracture the order as well, and make the Jedi trap even more effective with Jedi vs Jedi.
Palpatine is always playing every angle, both sides against the middle, and Dooku is a smart guy that can do the same.
I don't know, I think I almost prefer it if that offer was entirely on Dooku's own initiative. It explains why he'd reveal Sidious's existence when the cons of doing so seem to so outweigh the pros. I mean, I think the Jedi would have become estranged from the Senate anyway, due to their differing philosophies on the war.
From my perspective, I don't see how Dooku could let something like that slip to Obi-Wan unless it was a deliberate attempt at passing it off as misinformation, and that Obi-Wan is intended to take it back to the Jedi so they'd disregard it. The reason why is because I don't think if Obi-Wan said he would join Dooku that Dooku would just spill the beans that the Supreme Chancellor is the Sith Lord, even if Dooku is trying to pass himself off as a "good guy" to Obi-Wan. Obi-Wan has to stay in the dark and Dooku has to pretend that he knows the Republic is being influenced by the Sith, but not specifically who, because that would eliminate the necessity to start a civil war as Dooku is doing if he can just unmask Palpatine Scooby Do style.
When you think about it, the information is truly useless because the Senate is big and how the Sith Lord is influencing it is completely unknown. It's enough to potentially motivate Obi-Wan to join Dooku, but if he doesn't it's good camouflage for Palpatine because it tells the Jedi nothing while potentially directing them away from Palpatine through distrust of what Dooku said.