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The story of the dangerous Sith Lord Darth Maul from the Star Wars universe.
Star Wars Canon
The boy who would become known as Darth Maul was born the son of the Nightsisters Matriarch Mother Talzin on the planet Dathomir. As a Dathomirian Zabrak male, he was a Nightbrother and had two blood brothers, Feral and Savage Opress. Before his first birthday, Talzin gave Maul and his brother Opress their first tattoos. When Maul was a child, Mother Talzin became an ally of Darth Sidious, the Dark Lord of the Sith, and the two exchanged wisdom and power. Sidious eventually left Talzin, despite considering making her his apprentice, and instead took Maul once he realized the boy's potential. Once under Sidious' tutelage, Maul began training as his Sith apprentice.
For years, Maul was trained to become a weapon of the Sith. He became an acrobatic warrior, one trained to be relentless against his enemies, and learned to use a dual-bladed lightsaber. His Sith training made Maul long for revenge against the Jedi Order, which had defeated the Sith a millennium earlier. With his master, Maul hoped to destroy the Jedi and restore the Sith to galactic power. Against his master's orders and risking their secrecy, Maul killed Jedi Padawan Eldra Kaitis on the Moon of Drazkel to test his skills.
The Phantom Menace
Maul waited in secrecy next to his Master, as Sidious spoke about the trade embargo on Naboo with the Neimoidians. He was excited when he learned two Jedi had been sent to bring peace and Sidious ordered the Neimoidians to deal with them. Maul asked if they had any chance of actually killing the Jedi, knowing it was impossible for them to succeed. Sidious said they did not have the skill to do so, but they might get lucky. After learning that the Queen of Naboo had escaped the blockade, Maul was introduced to the Neimoidians and was sent to retrieve her. Maul discovered the Queen was hiding on a desert world named Tatooine. He encountered and ambushed Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn when he and a young boy named Anakin Skywalker were on their way back to the Naboo Starship. He made Qui-Gon fight him in a lightsaber duel, launching quick attacks after swings but the Jedi managed to escape the planet with Queen Amidala.
After all the people on the starship had arrived at Coruscant, the Jedi were surprised that the Sith had returned, believing them to be nonexistent for more than 2,000 years. Shortly after the Queen had planned and started an attack on the droid armies of the Trade Federation, Qui-Gon and his apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi entered the ship hangar where Nute Gunray was hiding. After the Jedi, Queen, and Republic officers had taken out the droids, Maul stood behind the blast door and drew out his double-bladed lightsaber, before engaging the two Jedi. Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon fought Maul in a long battle. He chased them into the reactor room, and after Obi-Wan was separated from his master by one of the laser walls in the security hallway, Maul quickly killed Qui-Gon. Obi-Wan was overwhelmed with despair and anger by the loss of his master, and let anger grow inside him. He delivered several vicious attacks on Maul, catching him off guard and slicing his saber in two.
With only one functional lightsaber blade, Maul fought back and knocked Obi-Wan into the shaft, and kicked the Padawan's weapon into the pit. While Obi-Wan was hanging on for his life, he remembered what his master had told him: "Be mindful of the Living Force". At that moment, the Force flowed within Obi-Wan, and he jumped up, called his master's lightsaber to his hand, and struck Maul. The Sith stood still, groaned weakly, and fell backwards into the pit, splitting in two at the waist as he fell and a dying Qui-Gon tells Obi-Wan to train Anakin as a promise before he dies. For over a decade, the Jedi Order believed Darth Maul was dead.
The Clone Wars
However, Maul survived, using his hatred and will to survive to grab onto an air vent, landing in water. He ended up in a container that brought him to the junk world of Lotho Minor and he managed to use the Force to piece together a six-legged arachnid cybernetic attachment to replace his missing lower body. On this garbage planet, Darth Maul and his new legs lived a miserable existence. Maul spent the next 12 years in the caves of Lotho Minor, where he deteriorated into a state of near-madness, losing all of his memories except Obi-Wan taking his legs, unaware of his true identity. Maul's only companion was an Anacondan named Morley, who helped him find shelter and food. He crawled around the rubbish, hunting rats for his food. The only thing keeping him alive was his hopes for future revenge against Obi-Wan. His horrible living conditions mixed with his hatred and trauma drove him into madness. He nearly forgot all about his powerful past and Sith ways. On Dathomir, his mother Talzin believed Maul was alive and in exile somewhere in the Outer Rim. After Asajj Ventress betrayed Savage Opress, Talzin informed the Nightbrother that he had a brother who could teach him to become more powerful. The witch gave Opress the task of traveling there to search for Maul with a magic compass.
Reunion with a Brother
Savage tracked Maul to the depths of Lotho Minor, a junk planet and was eventually guided to Maul, who attacked him at first. There, Maul lived as a feral creature with a broken mind. The fallen Sith Lord didn't recognize him, not knowing of his having a brother. When Opress showed him a talisman from the Nightsister witch Mother Talzin, Maul started to regain some of his memories, giving him a new focus to his existence. He remembered his need for vengeance. Savage returned with the raving Maul to Dathomir, and was treated by Talzin. The Nightsister placed Maul into a deep enchanted sleep and then subjected him to to her dark magicks with her powers restoring his mind, healing the madness that had afflicted him to normal and rebuilt his legs with a pair of magical mechanical limbs constructed from parts of the Separatist droids destroyed during the Battle of Dathomir, replacing his spider-like replacement legs. With her work complete, Talzin vanished in green smoke leaving Maul and Savage alone.
These new legs looked talon-like, which were better than the horrifying spider legs, but still strange. Maul awoke and began to recall his past and felt the Force was out of balance, before Opress told him of the Clone Wars. The Sith Lord expressed his regret that the war had started without him remembering his Master had bigger plans for him, before he was robbed of his destiny and told his brother of his life and his hatred for Obi-Wan. Savage gave Maul the half of his severed lightsaber and he said they would “start” with vengeance.
Quest for Revenge
Maul and Opress killed people on Raydonia so they would gain Obi-Wan's attention, before Maul contacted the Jedi Council as he did so, demanding that the Jedi come to him. With his brother's help, the Sith Lord knocked out Obi-Wan, but didn't kill him right then, wanting to draw out his demise. However Asajj Ventress arrived, so as to collect the bounty on Opress, and she teamed up with Obi-Wan to fight the two brothers.
|“||Your master, Qui-Gon Jinn; I gutted him while you stood helpless and watched. How did that make you feel, Obi-Wan?||„|
|~ Darth Maul taunting Obi-Wan Kenobi.|
Maul and Opress engaged them and Obi-Wan and Ventress managed to escape, but Maul said he could wait a little longer for his revenge because he had already waited for a decade. Opress said that the Jedi would soon be pursuing them, but the Sith Lord said he was counting on that fact. Maul and Opress went to Yellow Blade's Landing, where they went to a cantina full of thugs, which the Sith Lord tried to recruit. When they refused, the brothers slaughtered all the cantina patrons, after Maul reminded Opress that to survive by hiding, they needed to make sure there were no witnesses.
Terrorizing the Galaxy
After this, Maul and Opress launched a number of raids throughout the galaxy, before stopping at a space station above Cybloc. They sparred with Maul showing himself to be the superior fighter and declaring himself Opress' master. The two then headed to Florrum, where they recruited a group of Weequay pirates. They engaged Obi-Wan and another Jedi, Adi Gallia, who'd joined forces with Hondo Ohnaka, former leader of the pirates the two had recruited. After an intense brawl, Maul and Opress managed to kill Gallia, before pursuing Obi-Wan, but in the fight, the Jedi managed to sever Opress' arm, prompting Maul to decide to retreat.
The two were also forced to deal with their former minions, who'd rejoined Ohanaka, with Maul getting one of his legs shot off releasing a puff of Nightsister magic emerging from his ruined limb. They managed to get onto their ship, but its engine was shot with a rocket launcher, causing it to crash. Maul and Opress managed to escape and the Jedi Council declared them dead, but Obi-Wan felt otherwise. Maul and Opress were found by Death Watch, a Mandalorian terrorist organization, who tended to their wounds with Maul even gaining a new set of legs. Once on Zanibar, Darth Maul received yet another pair of legs. Medical droids replaced the talon legs with mechanical legs that were more human-like. These new legs returned him to his original height and made him look closer to how he had. He joined forces with Death Watch after learning they had a common enemy in Obi-Wan. The alliance then headed to Mustafar to recruit the Black Sun group. Though Maul and his allies' offer was laughed off at first by the group, the Black Sun captain of the guard, Ziton Moj, decided to joined after seeing Opress kill all of the other Black Sun leaders. Maul and the others returned to their camp where the Pykes and Lom Pyke arrived to join his alliance. The Sith Lord's next stop was the Hutt Grand Council to ask for the Hutt's allegiance.
When met with refusal, Maul and his allies killed Oruba the Hutt and Jabba the Hutt declared that the Hutts would join the Sith's coalition. Thus, Maul named his new organization the Shadow Collective. He began making plans to make the Duchess Satine Kryze of Mandalore seem weak by having the Death Watch attack Sundari, then the rest of the Shadow Collective could drive them off. But when Vizsla has no intention of continuing to follow him, Maul is imprisoned but told he'd keep to the deal of killing Kenobi. Knowing Vizsla had no intention of aiding him, Maul decides to replace him with someone he could easily control. Easily breaking free, Maul and Savage came across Satine and he told her of how he had plans for her. He also learned of the prime minister Almec, whom Satine had imprisoned for corruption.
Almec suggested Maul challenge Pre Vizsla to a duel to take over the Death Watch and Mandalore; he succeeds in killing Vizsla and then claims his former co-conspirator's darksaber. He wins the loyalty of most Death Watch members, but Bo-Katan Kryze retreats along with those loyal to their previous leader.
Afterwards, Almec took back power as Prime Minister of Mandalore while Maul secretly pulled the strings. When asked what he commands, Maul orders him to lead the people of Mandalore.
Facing his Old Master
Maul allowed Satine and members of the original Death Watch to escape, so they could get a message out to the Jedi Temple, intended for Kenobi. Shortly after her message, she was recaptured.
After Kenobi received the message, despite the fact that Mandalore was neutral, borrowed a ship called the Twilight from Anakin, and traveled to Mandalore to rescue the Duchess. Disguised as a Mandalorian Super Commando, Kenobi managed to free Satine from her cell and bring her aboard the ship, but the pursuing commandos fatally damaged and destroyed the Twilight. Having narrowly escaped the crash, Kenobi and Kryze were taken into custody by Maul and Savage. At his mercy, Kenobi attempted to reason with Maul, knowing that the decision to join the Dark Side was made by the Nightsisters, not himself. However, this only fueled Maul's anger. In an act on vengeance on Kenobi, he forced him to witness Satine's murder by stabbing her with the Darksaber, and left him in a cell to rot in his anguish.
Soon afterwards, Darth Sidious arrived to confront Maul, having learned of what his former apprentice had been up to after his actions on Florrum. Maul was shocked to see Sidious again and pleaded with him as the latter saw through this and declared Maul as his rival before he engaged Maul and Opress, who briefly managed to gain the advantage until Sidious managed to finally beat them, fatally stabbing Opress. Maul ran to his brother's side as the latter stated he was unworthy as his apprentice as he slowly died. Sidious then taunted Maul by mentioning the rules of the Sith: there could be two a master and apprentice. He stated that Maul was no longer his apprentice as he was replaced. Enraged, Maul used both his lightsaber and darksaber against Sidious' dual lightsabers and put a good fight. Despite this, Sidious overpowered him by using the force to throw Maul on the ground and into a nearby wall.
Disarmed and helpless, Maul begged Sidious for mercy but the latter stated "There is no mercy" before blasting Maul with Force lightning, defeating him. As he tormented Maul with his powers, the Dark Lord stated that he would not kill Maul, stating that he had other uses for him.
Son of Dathomir
As revealed in the comics following the events of the Clone Wars, Maul eventually escaped Sidious' clutches with aid from his Mandalorian loyalists. Maul's forces on the Mandalorian Death Watch were eventually overrun by General Grievous, and Maul was forced to retreat. When Maul faced off against Dooku and Grievous at Ord Mantell, he sought Mother Talzin's aid. Talzin told Maul to raise an army from the Shadow collective and she sent his old clan; the Nightbrothers led by Brother Viscus to aid her son. Though his use of deceit and trickery, Maul successfully captured General Grievous and Count Dooku. Maul then tempted Dooku into joining him against Sidious, hoping to lure him to Mother Talzin on Dathomir.
Upon reaching Dathomir, Maul and Talzin tried to sacrifice Dooku so that Talzin (who revealed herself to be Maul's biological mother) could return to physical form (as her previous form had been destroyed by Mace Windu). However, the arrival of Sidious and Grievous halted their plans and after a duel in which Talzin sacrificed herself using her magicks to telekinetically throw Maul to safety allowing him to escape. Grievous then slaughtered Talzin, causing her magicks to fade and her body turned to stone. With his mother dead and his plans in ruins, Maul and his lieutenants fled Dathomir, leaving the planet to its conquerors as his army was destroyed, fleeing back to Mandalore. In Sidious' eyes, Maul was no longer a threat or a Sith Lord.
A New Plan
Maul and other parts of his loyal forces returned to Mandalore and at this time, continued to rule over the organizations that remained loyal to him. Among them was forging ties with the criminal organization, Crimson Dawn, and the Pykes' spice mining operations. The Pykes hired Rafa Martez to deliver the spice, but her sister, Trace, dumped the spice into hyperspace, leading to their capture by the Syndicate. Shortly aftewards, Maul contacted the new leader, Marg Krim, who informed him of his delay in production, especially recalling that Republic forces have raided one of his bases. Maul questioned if there were Jedi involved but Krim was not sure since none of his men made it out alive. However, he warded it off and surmised the Jedi were likely involved. Mid-way through the conversation, Maul felt a presence of Ahsoka Tano, who was spying on them from below). Maul warned Krim to risk no more delays or else Crimson Dawn would take control of their operations before ending the transmission.
The Siege of Mandalore
At the close of the Clone Wars, Maul began having nightmares and visions about Sidious' plan coming to fruition, the formation of the Empire and Order 66,Maul also saw the name Skywalker as the name of Sidious' next apprentice, Maul then planned a trap with the intention of not only killing Skywalker but also finishing his vengeance on Kenobi, by intentionally leaking information to Bo-Katan that he was in Sundari, the capital of Mandalore, where she hoped to capture Maul. However Skywalker and Kenobi were distracted by General Grievous' attack on Coruscant and kidnapping of Chancellor Palpatine, so they sent former Jedi Ahsoka Tano and newly appointed Clone Commander Rex instead. When his Mandalorian warriors informed Maul of the girl's trail, he ordered them to lure her into the trap and kill her Clone Trooper escort. However, Maul did not anticipate Ahsoka to be the Jedi. He personally confronted her, and questioned why she was there instead of Kenobi. Maul suspected the absence of Skywalker and Kenobi was a sign Sidious plan was almost finished so he decided to retreat until he found out more about his new enemy and disappeared into the sewers after a quick duel.
Maul later ambushed a group of clones killing all of them except for one of them named Jesse,after dispatching Saxon to prevent the imprisoned Almec from revealing his plans, Maul interrogated Jesse extracting everything about Tano from the troopers mind. As he knew Order 66 was coming he decided to warn his subordinates from the shadow collective to go into hiding, so his powerbase could survive the impending disaster. He then gave a speech to his Mandalorian servants preapring them for battle and promising them a honorable death. Maul then secretly entered the throneroom sitting in the throne, and having his prisoner with him. When entering the throneroom Bo-Katan rushed towards him, firing blaster bolts which the former sith deflected. However, Mandalorians attack the Republic's forces and Ahsoka told Bo-Katan to handle it herself, leaving the former Jedi alone with Maul, who finally has the chance to speak with her alone. She offers to make things right by telling Maul he can help the Jedi stop Sidious'threat. However, Maul reveals that the Republic and the Jedi are over and offers Ahsoka to help him defeat Sidious, the former Padawan accepts but asks what he wants with Anakin. Maul reveals that he orchestrated the Mandalorian Civil War in hopes of luring Anakin there and kill him so he can deprive Sidious of an apprentice and tells Ahsoka how Anakin will fall to the dark side, as the whole war was about Sidious grooming Anakin to become his Sith Apprentice, causing Ahsoka to activate her lightsabers. When he realizes Ahsoka will not join him, Maul duels the young Padawan before attempting to flee, where Saxon asks him for reinforcements. However, Maul reveals he is abandoning them and to die for their cause before trying to escape. However, Ahsoka finds him as he is about to escape. During the battle, they nearly fall. Maul offers her one last chance to join him but she refuses. As he tries to kill her, Ahsoka loses her lightsabers and pushes him in self-defense but catches him with the Force. As Maul yells for Ahsoka to let him fall to his death, he shouts to his captors that they will all die for what is to come. However, Bo's and Ahsoka's men stun him, successfully capturing Maul. Maul was then put into a special container, which was made for capturing Jedi during the mandalorian war. The clones then brought Maul's container into a cell in their star cruiser.
However their victory is shortlived when Order 66 is enacted, and the clones get the orders to immediately execute Maul and Ahsoka Tano. Maul is saved by Tano and questions him, suspecting him to be behind the incident. Maul denies this and begins to put Sidious' Plan together being impressed with the genius of his former master. He then attempts to get Ahsoka to join him again which she quickly dismisses, explaining she only saved him so he can serve as a distraction and that she doesn't care whether he survives or not. Despite not being in the possession of a lightsaber, Maul proves to be a more than even match using the force to slaughter as many clones as he can before they decide to retreat, closing the door between them. Maul then forcepulls the arm of a clone through the closing door, severing it. He then uses the comlink on the arm to inform himself on the current plans of the clones. He then fpught his way to the hyperdrive reactor where he began to rip it apart with the use of the force, prompting the ship to leave the hyperspace nearby an unnamed moon. Now unable to navigate the ship found itself within the gravitional pull of the moon, which led to it entering the atmosphere and then falling down towards the surface of the moon. Through a transmission from the clones he learnt of Tano's plan to escape the falling ship through the main hangar. While Tano and the defected Clonetrooper Rex battled the clones, Maul tried to reach the remaining shuttle on the hangar, but was detected by Ahsoka who rushed towards him while he threw several objects at her, while reminding her that she had wanted this chaos. Tano reached him nonetheless and attempted to behead Maul, who managed to dodge her attack and threw her across the room. Afterwards he quickly entered the shuttle, and started it. Before he could escape the hangar, Tano used the force to shortly stop the shuttle from leaving but had to let it go in order to save her old friend Rex. Maul used this opportunity to flee, leaving the ship behind which then crashed on the moon, killing everybody on board except for Ahsoka and Rex who had found another way to escape.
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|“||Qi'ra... you and I will be working much more closely from now on.||„|
|~ Maul threatens Qi'ra after summoning her to Dathomir.|
Maul is revealed to be the master of the crime syndicate Crimson Dawn, to which crime lord Dryden Vos answers. Qi'ra tells Maul that Vos and his men were killed by Tobias Beckett and his accomplices, but neglects to name Han Solo and Chewbacca. Maul commands her to rendezvous with him on Dathomir and tells her that they will work more closely from now on, before lightining his lightsaber.
|“||The Sith. The Sith took everything from me. Ripped me from my mother's arms, murdered my brother, used me as a weapon and then cast me aside! Abandoned me! Once I had power… now I have nothing… nothing.||„|
|~ Maul shares his history with Ezra Bridger.|
Years after the collapse of Crimson Dawn, Maul stranded on the ancient planet Malachor. By then, he had given up the title of "Darth"; however, he continued to draw from the dark side of the Force. He met the Jedi Padawan Ezra Bridger shortly after the boy was separated from his master, Kanan Jarrus and Ahsoka Tano. Maul offered to help Ezra get out of the lower levels of Malachor if he shows the location of the prize that will know how to defeat the Sith. Maul introduced himself as "Old Master" while Ezra insisted on being called "Jabba." During their conversation and way to the Sith Holocron, Ezra learns that Maul was once a force-wielder and accuses him of being a Sith. However, Maul reveals it was the Sith who took his mother and brother, which caused Ezra to find common ground, revealing that he lost his family to the Empire.
Maul and Ezra then came across a stone-closed door and opened them with the Force due to the Rule of Two established by the Sith Order. It was there that Ezra revealed what his real name was and that he is in fact called Maul. They find the Sith Holocron, but at a further distance; Ezra has Maul throw him with the Force to get the holocron. He retrieves it but Maul orders for Ezra to jump nonetheless even though the temple was collapsing. Ezra nearly falls to his death but Maul uses the Force to grab Ezra and the Holocron, helping him back up on the platform. The two managed to get out of the chasm, coming to the aid of Ahsoka and Kanan and they fend off the Seventh Sister, the Fifth Brother and the Eighth Brother, causing them to retreat.
Kanan and Ahsoka were reluctant to trust Maul due to his past actions against the Jedi, but Ezra convinced them they all had to work together in order to succeed in defeating the Inquisitors and learning more about destroying the Sith. Maul and Ezra separated from Ahsoka and Kanan while taking the Sith holocron. Maul attempted to sow the heated and strained relationship between master and apprentice by seeing Ezra's potential Force abilities. They are suddenly attacked by the Seventh Sister, who engages in a duel with the Jedi Padawan and the former Sith lord. As Ezra fought the Inquisitor, Maul told the teenager to let his emotions fuel his duel with the Sister. Maul overpowered the Seventh Sister by Force-gripping the defenseless Inquisitor and goaded Ezra to strike her down. However, the boy hesitated, unable to kill a defenseless opponent. Maul shared no such qualms and took his Lightsaber and decapitated the Seventh Sister. He scolded Ezra, telling the teen Jedi that if hesitated like that again, it would cost him the lives of himself and his friends.
Maul sent Ezra the rest of the way to use the holocron to activate the temple while he went and helped Kanan and Ahsoka kill the Fifth and Eighth brother. However, Maul betrayed his Jedi Allies, immediately blinding Kanan and revealed Ezra was going to activate the Sith weapon and revealed that he intended take Ezra on as an apprentice and to use the weapon to crush his enemies. During the duel, he taunted both Ahsoka and Kanan, who ultimately bested Maul in combat and set him falling off of the cliff
Maul miraculously survived the fall and was finally able to escape the planet Malachor using one of the fallen inquisitors' fighter ships, heading to parts unknown.
Terrorizing Ezra and his Friends
Months later, Maul resurfaced. Managing to board a Hammerhead corvette, Maul interrogated one of the rebels onboard, forcing him to reveal the location of the rebel freighter, and Ezra Bridger's home, the Ghost. Shortly after, Bridger and Kanan Jarrus arrived at the transport and learned of the attack. Believing it to be the work of an Inquisitor, the pair contacted Hera Syndulla, the Ghost's pilot, and found out that Maul had taken her and the rest of the crew hostage. In exchange for their friends lives, Maul demanded the Jedi give him both the Sith holocron and the Jedi holocron, to which they agreed.
While Jarrus and Bridger returned to the planet Atollon to retrieve the Sith holocron, Maul softly demanded Syndulla give him a "tour" around the Ghost, prompting Sabine Wren to implore her not to, to which Maul replied she should trust him, for he did once rule her people. Surveying each living quarter, Maul identified Jarrus' as the dull and dour one, befitting of a Jedi. Instructing Syndulla to reveal the location of the Jedi holocron, the Twi'lek told Maul that she didn't know anything about Jarrus. Knowing this to be a lie, Maul probed her mind with the Force, and learned that it was Syndulla's idea to recruit Bridger, and that the boy once stole the holocron, which was being held in a compartment below Jarrus' bed.
While Maul struggled to open the holocron, the Ghost's crew took the opportunity to escape. Managing to use their restraints to destroy the reprogrammed tour guide droids guarding them, the rebels quietly moved down to the cargo hold, planning to magnetize it in order to immobilize Maul's robotic legs. Discovering their absence, Maul went searching for the rebels and eventually made his way to the cargo hold. Seconds later, the rebel crew's astromech droid, C1-10P, activated the magnets, causing Maul's legs to adhere to the vessel's ceiling. The rest of the rebels promptly rushed into the cargo hold and started firing at him, however Maul managed to deflect one of the bolts into the control interface, deactivating the magnets. Knocking the crew down with the Force, Maul became angry, threatening the rebels with death once their usefulness was over.
Having already informed the Jedi of their rendezvous point, the Mandalorian asteroid outpost, Maul landed the Ghost in one of its hangars and kept the rebel prisoners under the watch of his reprogrammed droids. When the Jedi arrived, they met with Maul in the hangar, where the Dathomirian instructed Bridger to follow his droids to the command center, while Jarrus came with Maul. Looking to succeed where he failed on Malachor, Maul led the Jedi to an airlock and pushed him in, proceeding to eject him into space. Believing Jarrus to be dead, Maul went to meet Bridger, quietly instructing one of his droids to execute the rebel crew.
Swapping holocrons, Maul and Bridger sat down on the floor and opened the devices, seeking to combine them and have their questions answered. After combining the holocrons, Bridger, who wanted to know the key to destroying the Sith, saw locations both familiar and unfamiliar, while Maul saw nothing. Shortly after, the Ghost crew, who had been freed by Jarrus after he managed to make his way back into the hangar, arrived at the command center, but were dazzled by the light coming from the holocrons. Bridger exclaimed that he saw "twin suns", and Jarrus implored his apprentice to look away, while Maul incited the Jedi to focus. Heeding his master's warning, Bridger closed his eyes, causing the energy from the holocrons to explode and giving Maul a chance to escape. As Maul proceeded back to his ship, he realized what he had seen in the holocrons, repeating the phrase, "He lives.", knowing that Kenobi still lived.
Some time later, because of the ritual of the Holocrons, Maul and Ezra were somehow mentally bound, which allowed Maul to find the rebel base on Atollon. He approached Kanan and Ezra who was talking with the Bendu to propose to Ezra to come with him to break the link definitively though he was reluctant. In order to fully unlock the secrets glimpsed in the Jedi and Sith holocrons, Maul took Ezra Bridger to his home planet of Dathomir. Once they arrived, Maul told a curious Ezra this was his homeworld and that he was the last survivor of his race.
The two made their way to the ancient fortress of the Nightsisters which was now used as a den for Maul. The Nightbrother concocted a potion of magick water for a spell that involved the power of the Nightsisters' altar. There, Maul used Nightsister magic to obtain the knowledge they were seeking. Both Maul and Ezra drank goblets of the potion causing their eyes to glow a radiant green. While the dark ritual proved successful breaking the bond, the spirits of the Nightsisters awoke and they demanded payment in the form of host bodies.
The Nightsister spirits took control of Kanan and Sabine who had followed Maul and Ezra, a battle fired between the two duets until Maul and Ezra attained the exit and the spirits could not follow because they had to stay close to the source of their power. Maul suggested leaving but Ezra refused, Maul exasperated by the sympathy and compassion of the young man towards his friends told him that he had disappointed him and Maul left to find his old enemy, Obi-Wan Kenobi, who was the key in destroying the Sith.
|“|| Maul: Tell me…is it the Chosen One?|
Obi-Wan: He is.
Maul: He will avenge us.
|~ Maul and Obi-Wan's final conversation together.|
Upon arriving on Tatooine, Maul wandered in search of Obi-Wan, intent on seeking his revenge. He soon became lost in the desert, wondering if it was his destiny to die in the wastes of the planet. Regaining his determination, he continued in his search. Maul then set a trap for Ezra to bring him directly to his old enemy, luring him to a canyon with a piece of the Sith Holocron. After Ezra was attacked by Tusken Raiders, destroying the young Jedi's ship, Maul secretly intervened, by slaying the Sand People before seemingly leaving Ezra alone and unharmed.
As Ezra sought a way off-world and was caught in a sandstorm, Maul followed him out of sight, knowing Kenobi would rescue him which proved correct. Obi-Wan told Ezra that the only person who gained from his arrival on the planet was Maul who promptly arrived. Seeing him, Obi-Wan had Ezra leave the planet as he faced down his old foe, whereupon Maul stated he'd see Ezra soon. Face to face with his old enemy after decades, Maul remarked on his circumstances even wondering if he should spare him. After being angered by the Jedi, he pondered as to why Obi-Wan would hide on such a planet. He then correctly deduced that Obi-Wan was really protecting someone; at the time, Obi-Wan was protecting Luke Skywalker, the son of his former apprentice and friend Anakin Skywalker, who Sidous had turned into Darth Vader.
Knowing that Maul now had to die to protect Luke, Obi-Wan then readied himself for battle as he and Maul ignited their lightsabers for one last fight. Maul then attacked, trying to use the same move that he had sucessfully used to defeat Qui-Gon Jinn many years earlier. However, Obi-Wan remembered the move and defeated the former Sith in a few quick blows, cutting Maul's lightsaber in two and simultaneously slashing Maul across the torso. Shocked at being mortally wounded so quickly, Maul fell, only to be caught by Kenobi. Maul then asked if the person Obi-Wan was guarding was indeed the one who would destroy the Sith, to which Kenobi replied yes. Satisfied by this and finally having come to terms with his fate, with his last breath Maul stated that the chosen one would avenge him and Obi-Wan both. With this, Maul died in Obi-Wan's arms, with Obi-Wan closing the fallen dark warrior's eyes out of respect for his old nemesis.
After thirty years, since the battle of Naboo, the brutal conflict between Darth Maul and Obi-Wan Kenobi was finally over and the deaths of Qui-Gon Jinn and Satine Kryze were avenged at last.
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|“||We won't be seeing Maul again.||„|
|~ Ezra Bridger, confirms that Maul is dead.|
According to Maul, he was the last survivor of the Nightbrother Clan. With his death, the Nightbrothers were extinct and their legacy forgotten.
After the defeat of the Empire, Leia Organa went to Naboo and went to the hangar in the Theed Palace where Maul had formerly killed Qui-Gon. Once inside, Leia felt cold due to the evil presence of Maul.
Star Wars Legends
Early Life and Training
The Zabrak who would become Darth Maul was born on Iridonia to Kycina, is a member of the Nightsisters, and his father was killed after his birth as per tradition. Maul was subjected to the coven's initiation ritual, covering him in black and red tattoos. He was a blood brother of Feral and Savage Opress and less than a year after he was born, Kycina met Darth Sidious, at the time the apprentice of Darth Plagueis. She managed to persuade the reluctant Sith to take and train Maul, so as to prevent him from becoming a Nightbrother, thanks to his natural connection to the Force. The Zabrak was cared for during the first few years of his life by droids on Mustafar and after a year, Sidious gained permission to train him.
However Plagueis commanded his apprentice not to teach Maul the most secret arts of the Sith, to mold him into an assassin, not a Sith Lord.
As the Zabrak was trained, he never knew anything about his master other than his name, not that he was a Dark Lord of the Sith. Maul's training was hard, with him receiving harsh punishment for any mistake or act of mercy. On one occasion, the Zabrak was brought to an icy planet for his exercise, where he ran up and down a mountain with great skill. But instead of being praised, Maul was tossed into a huge, freezing lake by Sidious, who watched and ignored his cries for help. Finally, he learned to turn his fear into rage, using this to give him the energy to swim to shore. When he turned 10, Maul was sent to the Orsis Academy to be trained as an assassin, ordered by Sidious not to use any Force abilities outside of his enhanced senses.
Upon arriving at Orsis, the Sith Lord pretended to be a blind businessman, wanting to make Maul his future bodyguard. Trezza, the headmaster of the Academy who could identify Force users, showed Maul around. Upon being introduced to the other students, the Zabrak challenged Dalok, a top student, to a fight and brutally won, even biting Dalok on the nose. After around three years, Maul befriended Kilindi Matako, who showed him great compassion for the first time in his life and told him how to fight some of Trezza's chargwrecks, which he would soon fight. Maul then lied to Trezza about how he'd managed it. Two years later, the Zabrak gained a rivalry with Fretch and Hubnutz, a pair of Rodians, during a sniping class.
Afterwards, Maul and Kilindi were put under the tutelage of Meltch Krakko, a Mandalorian Jedi hunter. During the training, the Zabrak was forced to continually be hit with blaster shots to avoid being suspected of being a Force-user. Later, Maul was being prepared for the Orsis' rite of passage with Fretch and Hubnutz under Krakko. At first, he tried to win their respect, but decided that they were attempting to kill him. Enraged, Maul forgot Sidious' orders and attacked Krakko and the Rodians by launching himself through the air with the Force. He wounded Fretch and Hubnutz, before trying to tear Krakko to shreds, only to be stopped by Trezza. Sidious was enraged at Maul's failure to follow his commands, but said that it was not totally his fault as the dark side could push the Sith to use their abilities at inopportune times.
Maul asked how long it would take for him to control these impulses and what the plan was now. Sidious said he might make the Zabrak his apprentice eventually, before giving him a lightsaber, igniting his own, and sparring and wounding with him. Soon afterwards, Maul was ordered by Sidious to destroy the Orsis Academy and everyone in it, which he did. Soon all of the teachers and cadets were dead, including Kilindi. By 17, Maul was a being of hatred, loyal to his master and with a sense of honor towards worthy opponents.
However, the time came for his ultimate test, where Maul was left on the isolated planet of Hypori, forced to survive and be hunted by assassin droids. After a month, Sidious returned to challenge the Zabrak to a duel and Maul quickly lost in his weakened state. The Sith Lord told him that he'd lost and that he'd been training a replacement apprentice. Enraged, Maul attacked Sidious, biting his hand and spitting the blood into his face, before preparing himself to die. However, the Sith Lord didn't kill the Zabrak, revealing that he'd passed his final test by showing the desire to kill his master and there hadn't been any other apprentice. Sidious named his apprentice Darth Maul, Sith Lord, and brought him to Coruscant for medical attention.
Missions for Darth Sidious
Maul was sent on numerous assassination missions for Sidious until his very appearance brought fear to the Sith's enemies. But despite this, the Sith Lord sought to crush the Jedi completely. One of Maul's earliest targets was Siolo'urmanka, one of the greatest Jedi warriors, who had retired into seclusion on Jentares. The Sith Lord managed to find Manka as he was meditating and went for an easy kill. However the Jedi counterattacked with his wooden staff and Maul was overwhelmed and disarmed. Manka let the Sith Lord retreat, but he refused to give up, knowing that he would face death for his failure. Thus, Maul created a new double bladed lightsaber for himself, inspired by the Zabrak's Zhaboka weapon.
When he challenged Manka for a second time, Maul kept the second blade hidden at first, but when he was disarmed, he caught his lightsaber and rushed Manka, pressing the other end against the Jedi's back and activated it, impaling him. On another mission, Maul went to Chryya so as to make the spice merchants there sign an agreement with the Trade Federation. While things went well at first, one merchant formed a protest, which led to a rebellion that destroyed all the spices. Not able to take on the entire population of Chryya, Maul was forced to tell Sidious he had failed, earning him a force choke until he was unconscious. Later, during the Yinchorri uprising instigated by Plagueis and Sidious, Maul was sent to secure Vilmarh “Villie” Grahk, a petty smuggler who could be useful in instigating the crisis.
The Sith Lord found him in the slums of Coruscant and activated a holocomm that transmitted an image of Sidious, who made Grahrk his offer to lead the Yinchorri. The smuggler was skeptical and asked why Maul couldn't do the job, calling him a “bad boy,” which made the Sith force choke him briefly. Grahrk agreed to do as Sidious asked and went to Yinchorri while the Sith secretly kept an eye on him. Maul asked his master what the Jedi would do in response to the uprising and Sidious told him they would have to fight the Yinchorri, meaning they would either be defeated or some of the Jedi would be killed.
As the Yinchorri attacked the Jedi Temple, Maul, having wanted to attack it himself, joined in on the attack. He then received an order from Sidious to bring Grahrk to him and he did so, though he asked his master to reconsider putting him in command of the Yinchorri. Sidious agreed with Maul, as leaving it to Grahrk was a poor choice, but told him to wait and bide his time, since they had to make sure their underlings were truly under their control. Secretly, Sidious was observing Maul, watching his pride and desire to prove himself grow. Much later, Maul was sent to Dorvalla to unite the Lommite Limited and InterGalactic Ore companies so the Trade Federation could control all the ore shipments. Maul arrive as they were fighting the Toom clan, killing the survivors of the battle, and leading to the two company leaders joining together.
Soon afterwards, Maul was ordered to throw the Black Sun organization into chaos by killing its leaders so Sidious could use it for his own goals.
The Sith Lord was given a specific order to kill them in, warned of what challenges he might face, and provided with a Sith Infiltrator, the Scimitar. Maul arrived at Vigo Darnada's hideout, where he pretended to be an assassin looking to join the Black Sun. He was allowed in, before slaying everyone in Darnada's private chamber, except Asa Naga, who Maul wanted to use to spread word that the Black Sun was fighting with itself.
The Sith Lord's next target was Vigo Morn, who tried to beg for his life by revealing all the Black Sun leaders would be meeting on Raaltiir, but Maul slew him. He headed to Raaltiir, where he sent his Dark Eye probe droids to investigate the Black Sun Fortress, while he watched via electrobinoculars. Maul found that all the remaining leaders of the Black Sun were inside, along with their bodyguards and a large number of the Black Sun's best soldiers. Sidious ordered Maul to attack and kill everyone inside and he cut a blood swath through all of the Black Sun soldiers, before heading to the grand chamber. He killed most of their bodyguards when they engaged him, before one of them managed to train a blaster on him and demanded to know who sent him. Maul said nothing and the bodyguard, an Iktotchi, tried to telepathically extract answers from him.
However, he saw only images of horror and darkness, killing him instantly and Maul headed into the grand chamber of the Black Sun leaders, slaying them all. Later, Maul was sent to deal with Silus, a Force-sensitive Drovian, whom Sidious said was a threat to their plans. Maul found him and showed him a holo-message of Sidious offering Silus to chance to replace Maul as his apprentice if he could defeat him. The two battled each other and Maul was forced to fight without his lightsaber due to a nullifier field around the arena they were in.
The Sith Lord had also been unnerved by Sidious' offer to Silus, unfocusing him to the point that the Drovian took the advantage. However Maul channeled his rage to overload the nullifier field and cut down Silus with his lightsaber. Afterwards, Sidious told him it had simply been a test for him. Maul was also sent to kill Hath Monchar and anyone he may have told of the trade embargo about to put on Naboo. He found out that Monchar was going to sell a holocron with the information to a Corellian information broker. Maul was forced to fight Jedi master, Anoon Bondara, and his Padawan, Darsha Assant, who came across and chose to protect Pavan.
Maul slew Bondara, barely surviving his speeder bike being destroyed by the Jedi before following Assant and Pavan. He dueled the Padawan, until she blew up the warehouse they were in, but Maul escaped so he could track down Pavan later.
The Corellian followed him to the space station he was sleeping on and found himself with an opportunity to shoot him. Only able to fire one kill shot or three stun shots from his blaster and worried about missing, Pavan tried shooting Maul with a stun shot, before taking his lightsaber to kill him. However the shot did not affect the Sith Lord and he cut off the Corellian's hand, before chasing him until he escaped. Maul finally managed to ambush Pavan outside his hotel room, granting him a quick death for his ability to survive.
In the non-canon Infinites Story "Old Wounds", Maul hunted Obi-Wan Kenobi for years after being cut in half on Naboo, always being but a step behind him until he discovered Owen Lars and a young Luke Skywalker. He knew threatening Luke Skywalker would bring his adversary out into the open so he attacked them. Kenobi showed up just in time and confronted Maul, whose severed lower body had been replaced by a pair of cybernetic legs and abdomen, and his cranial horns having grown to over three times their original length.
Maul was consumed with hatred for the man who had bested him and so he and Kenobi engaged in a furious duel, with the latter ultimately managing to sever Maul's right arm, also cutting the Sith's weapon in two. Maul summoned the remaining half of his weapon and turned to face Kenobi, when the revived Owen killed Maul with his damaged rifle. After his death, Maul's body was taken in the desert by Obi-Wan to be burned as Obi-Wan who promises Owen that he'd never come near them.
|“||If the hate is strong enough. We took it upon ourselves to resurrect a proper apprentice for the master.||„|
|~ The Prophets explaining about Darth Maul's explaining for appearing.|
In the comic, Darth Vader arrives to Kalakar Six to intercept information about Rebels passing information about the Death Star plans. Once there, Vader and Stormtroopers search around Kalakar to see if any Rebels activity or any valuable information about the stolen plans.
Then a hoodied, mysterious individual appears and kills all the Stormtroopers. Vader makes it through a lava area to a temple, once Vader gets to the temple, he sees one of the Stormtroopers mortally injured. When the trooper tries to speak however, he gets force choked and begs Vader to stop, even though Vader had nothing to do with it.
After the Stormtrooper died, Vader turns around and confronts three, hooded Sith Acolytes that call themselves the Prophets of the Dark Side and how there was no Rebel information, this was a trap. They explain how Vader is not a "true Bane" and is not worthy. In retaliation, Vader ignites his saber and attempts to strike them down only to be stopped by Maul, who blocked his attack before Vader could strike.
Vader, confused, asks the Prophets how it was possible for Maul to appear. The Prophets explain how they were able to resurrect and make a clone of Darth Maul, they say that he was made to kill Vader and take his place as his apprentice. The prophets ask if Vader will fight Maul.
Vader accepts the challenge and starts fighting with the doppelgänger.
During the fight, Maul constantly mocks Vader, calling him a Jedi and telling him that he's a coward who "hides behind a mask". Maul manages to strike Vader's robotic side, which in return, Vader cuts his lightsaber in two. However the lightsaber(s) still work for Maul. After a long fight, Maul manged to get Vader to his knees but right before he could get a killing blow, Vader tapped to his hatred in the dark side and manged to use the force to pick up his lightsaber to stabs himself, which also stabs Maul.
Maul looks at Vader and questions what hatred would make him kill him, in response Vader only says "Myself" before turning off the lightsaber. Fortunately for Vader, robotics was able to tank through Vader while Maul passes out and dies. His body is burned admittedly after it slipped into lava after dying.