Say! Master Dreadwar! I just had a thought WHAT IF Darth Plagueis decided to NOT take a Sith Apprentice and decided to do all the work by HIMSELF - what do you reckon? Could Palpatine still have rose to a position of Power or had it not been for Darth Plagueis's help one way or another he would never had had the chance? I mean so imagine instead of Palpatine - DARTH PLAGUEIS replaces his role - I mean surely if you think about it Darth Plagueis too manipulated Palpatine when he was young AND until his death Darth Plagueis did mentor BUT also directed the manipulation in the long run eh?