The idea of Sidious caring about the Sith Lord championship belt is laughable. The stakes are so much higher that the mantle seems like a consolation prize in comparison. If you want to say that Sidious has to take out Maul personally to ensure his identity remains a secret, or to protect his "Grand Plan", that's at least reasonable (though I disagree). But to claim the "mantle" of the Dark Lord means anything to Sidious is just wrong and out of character. Seriously, who cares about the title of Dark Lord? I think Maul is the only one (because he's butthurt over getting replaced), not Sidious or even Dooku or Savage care about the title. Ventress doesn't care anymore. Almost no one else outside the Jedi even knows what a Sith is. Why does Sidious so desperately need to defend some intangible title that almost no one knows exists, much less that he holds it. Sidious is SUPREME CHANCELLOR OF THE REPUBLIC and wants the title of EMPEROR, he wants to rule the galaxy, he couldn't care less about being "The Dark Lord of the Sith" or teh ultimate "Sith Master", it's beneath him at this point. What does the title grant him that he does not have without it? Nothing significant, his supporters would stay loyal to him without the title, the only one who knows anything about it is Dooku, and he's in it for the long haul. This is a guy who has played the nice old man in front of the Jedi and the entire galaxy for decades, I think his admittedly massive ego can handle Maul's challenge for title of "Dark Lord of the Sith". It's Maul's mucking things up (though I question how much Maul is really getting in the way) that he can't stand for, not Maul bragging to no one who cares that he's the "True Dark Lord of the Sith". If TCW claims that Sidious is out to defend his title like some wrestling villain, they'd be wrong. I hope they don't cite Sidious' pride as his main motivation What makes this really hard for me to swallow is: a) Maul isn't much of a threat. Seriously, this "vision" of his is incredibly short-sighted. If Maul were smart, and he's not, he'd wait and do the same thing to Sidious (and even Kenobi) that Sidious did to the Republic and the Jedi. b) Dooku, perhaps with Grievous and a boat load of battle droids to take care of the riff raff, should be able to handle Maul. But I can't depend on TCW for that.