Thanks for the links lazykybys! And I'll have to check out your fics, I've been enjoying Fires of Rebellion. You're right Kyn How could I forget the Dark Empire series! And who could resist defeating the Sith by first hand knowledge Very interesting question LLL about the origins of Palpatine. I have Apprentice Sidious so firmly rooted in my brain that it will probably take me awhile to come up with another answer. But there are so many possibilities and I'm looking forward to reading. In Apprentice Sidious, Palpatine's mother is inadvertantly killed by a Jedi (who is not portrayed in a good light) And Palpatine is taken on by a Sith teacher. I could see him being trained at a young age, and I think the teacher would be cruel, much crueler than in Apprentice to make him what he is and without remorse. He probably did not know love at all growing up, it was all power and become what you are capable of. Probably very abusive, is how I see it, probably some way the Sith have of training their young apprentices. Anyway, excellent question LLL, and I'm enjoying reading your takes on this.