Exar Kun was a Jedi who found himself drawn inexorably toward the dark side of the Force. The story of the Sith Lord begins thousands of years before the Galactic Civil War, but his legacy still lives on.
Path to the Dark Side
Exar Kun began his Jedi training under Jedi Master Vodo-Siosk Baas. Clashes with his fellow students on Dantooine ended in a violent confrontation, showing hints of the dark side influencing Exar Kun's emotions even at this early stage in his training. Kun also studied the history of the Sith, Force-wielders devoted to the dark side.
Kun's impatience to learn more about the Force took him away from his studies on Dantooine. As he traveled the galaxy, he encountered the spirit of the Dark Jedi Freedon Nadd.
The spirit of Nadd exerted his influence and Exar Kun turned to the Sith and the dark side of the Force.
Freedon Nadd told Kun of Yavin 4, where an ancient Sith Lord had once conducted terrible experiments on the lifeforms inhabiting the jungle moon. On Yavin 4, Kun was attacked by the Massassi, descendants of the creatures created by the Sith Lord's experiments.
After Kun survived their attack by unleashing the power of the dark side, the Massassi accepted him as their leader. Exar Kun enslaved the abominations and forced them to construct temples of an ancient Sith design. These temples were built to focus the great energy of the dark side on Yavin 4.
One of the temples on Yavin 4 became Exar Kun's personal retreat. An imposing statue carved from black stone rested on top, towering over anyone who approached the temple.
Exar Kun studied Sith alchemy, creating horrific creatures on the moon of Yavin 4 with his experiments.
The Sith War
Exar Kun eventually left the jungle moon for Cinnagar, where he encountered the dark Jedi Ulic Qel-Droma, who became his Sith Apprentice. The master and apprentice disappeared over the next several years. Exar Kun established the Brotherhood of the Sith during this time.
The Jedi Council, concerned about this growing threat, sent Kun's former master Vodo-Siosk Baas to speak with the Sith Lord. Exar Kun struck down the Jedi Master, and Vodo-Siosk's death sparked the Sith War.
The Jedi Knights battled the Sith in one of the bloodiest wars the galaxy would ever know. The war culminated in a battle on Yavin 4, where the Jedi Knights destroyed many of Kun's temples. Exar Kun, in a last effort, drew upon the life force of every Massassi. When his physical body was destroyed, his spirit lived on in the temple.
Exar Kun's essence remains trapped in his temple on Yavin 4. The Dark Lord of the Sith is far from powerless, and he bides his time in his domain, waiting for just the right opportunity to return.
The mysteries of Exar Kun remain hidden even today as the evil buried there continues to seethe, waiting for a chance to rise once more... maybe sooner than expected. Currently, as the Galactic Civil War continues to rage, Rebel forces have moved into the Temple of Exar Kun. A team of archaeologists has been searching the remaining temples on Yavin 4 to find lost Sith artifacts.
While exploring the Temple of Exar Kun, the team stumbled upon undiscovered catacombs hidden deep underground. What will they discover in the depths of the temple? Find out in an exciting new heroic encounter coming in Chapter 9!