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Darth Maul was a Dathomirian Zabrak Sith lord, the first known apprentice of Darth Sidious and Obi-Wan Kenobi's archenemy. Maul was taken by Sidious from his home and separated from his two brothers, Savage Opress and Feral, and trained to be a weapon fueled by the dark side of the Force. Before the Clone Wars, he was bisected by Obi-Wan Kenobi during the Trade Federation invasion of Naboo and presumed dead after killing Obi-Wan's master, Qui-Gon Jinn.
However, despite his bisection, Maul had survived his encounter with Kenobi and escaped to Lotho Minor, where he remained for the next ten years in exile, losing his memories as he was slowly driven mad. Years later, his brother would come to locate him, and together they caused havoc across the galaxy.
Discovery by Savage Oppress
- "You have a brother."
"A brother, but all of my kin were killed..."
"Not all of them, he lives in the Outer Rim, in exile. You'll find him, he'll teach you everything you need to learn, to become even more powerful."
- ―Mother Talzin and Savage Opress, about Maul
After Savage Opress returned to Dathomir, he told Mother Talzin would not be strong enough to defeat them all; Mother Talzin told him he would be and then told him that he had another brother other than Feral named Maul. Mother Talzin had reason to believe Maul was alive; Mother Tazin gave Savage a Nightsisters' talisman necklace to help him find his brother. Mother Talzin then sent Savage to search for his long-lost brother Darth Maul who would train him; she said that Darth Maul was living in the Outer Rim. Mother Talzin told Savage that both he and his brother had important destinies to fulfill.
- "Revenge, I must have revenge!"
- ―Maul raves on about the Jedi who took his legs
Guided by the Nightsisters' talisman necklace, Opress traveled to the Outer Rim planet of Lotho Minor, where he found his brother's dwelling among the planet's caves. But upon seeing him, Maul attacked his brother and defeated him, not recognizing him as he still did not possess a majority of his memories. But when the talisman came into Maul's presence, Savage realized it was his indeed his brother and, with this, Maul fled back to his cave.
Afterward, Opress questioned his brother what he had been through in the past years of his exile. But Maul's mind had become so twisted, what Kenobi did to him was all he could recollect. But his need for revenge fueled his soul to continue.
Quest for Revenge
- "I was apprentice to the most powerful being in the galaxy once. I was destined to become…so much more. But I was robbed of that destiny by the Jedi, by Obi-Wan Kenobi."
"Then you must have your revenge, my brother."
"Yes, we shall start with revenge""
- ―Darth Maul and Savage Opress
Savage proceeded to take his brother aboard the Turtle tanker and return to Dathomir, where he met with Mother Talzin to have Maul treated. Talzin lured Maul to her lair, where she began to restore him to his original self, creating for him new cybernetic legs from pieces of destroyed Super Battle Droids. Once the transformation was complete, she awoke Maul and departed.
Savage greeted his brother once more as Maul became accustomed to his new legs. Maul informed him of his apprenticeship to Darth Sidious and how he was robbed of his destiny of great powers by Obi-Wan Kenobi. Before leaving the planet with his long-lost brother, Opress assured him he would have his revenge on the Jedi.
Maul lured Obi-Wan to Iridonia after having slaughtered the civilians. Obi-Wan didn't recognize him at first, but Maul spoke of him killing his master and how Obi-Wan left him dead on Naboo. Maul expressed his hatred to Obi-Wan, and it was because of his hatred towards him he survived. Both Savage and Maul then knocked out Kenobi.
Maul then brought the Jedi aboard the Turtle tanker, where they began mercilessly beating him to the point of unconsciousness. Maul then stated he would ensure Kenobi would suffer as he had in past years.
However, Sith Acolyte Asajj Ventress infiltrated the ship and led Maul and Savage away. She then returned to aid Kenobi. Maul and Opress engaged them both in a lightsaber duel, Kenobi armed with one of Ventress's lightsabers. When Opress temporarily overpowered Ventress, Kenobi retrieved his lightsaber from Maul and rearmed her with her other one. During his duel with Kenobi, Maul taunted the Jedi, reminding him of how he was powerless to save his master. This caused Kenobi to become unbalanced, and he was overwhelmed once again. Conceding that they were outmatched, Kenobi told Ventress to make for the cockpit escape pod. In doing this, they only narrowly escaped the Sith brothers.
Despite Kenobi's escape, Maul employed patience and suggested to his brother that he do the same. Opress warned him that with the knowledge of his return, the Jedi would pursue them both, which was precisely what Maul anticipated.
Outer Rim Activities
- "To continue, we need one singular vision…my vision."
"Brother, let us share our strength. There is no need for dominance between us."
"Always two there are, my brother—a Master, and an apprentice. And you are the apprentice."
- ―Darth Maul and Savage Opress
After Kenobi and Ventress escaped the two brothers, Maul continued to wreak havoc in the Outer Rim. After slaying a majority of a Jedi task force organized to catch himself and Opress, Maul then raided an InterGalactic Banking Clanspace station for the wealth it contained. The brothers then used this wealth to sway Weequay pirate Jiro and others of Hondo Ohnaka's pirate gang to pledge themselves to serve Maul. Setting a course towards Hondo's base of operations Maul and Savage led an assault against Hondo's pirates. The brothers were interrupted by Jedi Masters Obi-Wan Kenobi and Adi Gallia.
After Savage killed Gallia, the brothers had forced Kenobi to retreat along with Hondo's remaining forces into the ruins of the pirate compound. Kenobi and the pirates split up, drawing the brother's attention and the rebel pirates to an ambush. Kenobi alone had engaged the brothers, weakening Savage until a lightsaber deadlock had occurred between the three that cost Savage his left arm in the process. Enraged by this action, Maul released a powerful force wave at Kenobi, which injured him and caused the area to cave in completely. Realizing his plan had failed and with Savage severely weakened, Maul took his brother and retreated.
When they reached the outside of the compound, they ordered Jiro to gather his men to prepare to flee. But his pirates had betrayed him and again returned their allegiance to Ohnaka instead. Hondo knew of the riches in Maul's stolen cargo ship and ordered his men to open fire on the brothers and take their wealth. Maul and Opress fled to their ship while being pursued by the pirates. In the ensuing chase, Maul had his left cybernetic leg blasted off, and the two were barely able to reach the ship. However, before they could take off, one of Hondo's pirates fired a rocket into the ship's left engine, resulting in the ship's plummet towards the surface. Maul and Savage narrowly escaped the crash in the ship's escape pod.
Forming the Shadow Collective
- "We are Sith."
"Do you serve Count Dooku?"
"I serve no one!"
"I thought there could only be two Sith. A master and an apprentice."
"We are brothers. The true lords of the Sith."
- ―Darth Maul and Pre Vizsla
Maul and Savage could not pilot their escape pod to any nearby system after fleeing Florrum and soon fell unconscious as its power drained.
However, they were soon discovered by the rogue Mandalorian group, Death Watch, led by Pre Vizsla, who boarded the pod and, on Vizsla's intent, transported to their base on Zanbar. There they treated the brothers as Maul regained consciousness. When he regained consciousness, Pre Vizsla asked who he was. Maul was going to attack, but Bo-Katan pointed a blaster at a Savage Opress and smiled. He explained that they were Sith but did not work for Count Dooku. When Vizsla asked what happened to their ship, Maul said that Kenobi destroyed it. Maul then agreed to help them reclaim Mandalore.
They traveled to Mustafar to make a treaty with the Black Sun for supplies. When they refused to help, Maul signaled for Savage to throw his lightsaber, decapitating the leaders in one strike. The remaining leader agreed that "after careful consideration," they would join them.
While regathering on Zanbar, another crime family joined them, The Pykes.
Their next and final target was the Hutts, on Nal Hutta. However, the bounty hunters there put up a good fight, and after the battle, they traveled to Tatooine, finally allying.
In the aftermath of the fight, Maul finally revealed the rest of his plan to Vizsla, which was to rule a crime family, using Mandalore to do it.
- "I will use my army of crime lords to attack different targets across Sundari and sow chaos to undermine the Duchess' rule. Our gangsters will make her look too weak to maintain control. Then you and your Death Watch will capture and arrest us, bringing order where Satine's weak government could not."
- ―Maul's strategy, to Pre Vizsla
Death Watch, Maul, and Savage finally moved in to reclaim Mandalore. Maul devised a plot in which he, Savage, the Black Sun, and the Pykes would attack multiple targets around the capital city, and then Death Watch would arrive and stop the criminals, being viewed as heroes.
After the strategy had been executed without flaw, Vizsla revealed to Maul that he had no interest in the other end of the bargain and threw Maul in prison with Savage.
Maul then escaped prison, appointed Almec as the new Prime Minister, and had a very intense duel with Vizsla to claim the throne. After killing him, he claimed Vizsla's Darksaber. Some members of Death Watch joined Maul, while Bo-Katan and other loyal members rebelled and fled.
Death of Satine Kryze and Dueling Sidious
- "Remember, the first and only reality of the Sith: there can only be two. And you are no longer my apprentice. You have been replaced."
- ―Sidious taunts Maul, upon Savage's death
Maul allowed Satine and members of the original Death Watch to escape to get a message out to the Jedi Temple, intended for Kenobi. Shortly after her message, she was recaptured.
After Kenobi received the message, even though Mandalore was neutral, he borrowed Anakin Skywalker's freighter, the Twilight, 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 Nightsisters, not himself decided to join the Dark Side. However, this only fueled Maul's anger. In the act of 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.
However, Kenobi was able to escape off-world with the aid of Satine's sister, Bo-Katan, and her Nite Owl renegades.
During the battle, Maul's former master, Darth Sidious, arrived in person to deal with them. While Maul claimed he built his empire in the hope of returning to his side, Sidious saw past his deception with the sight of Opress and began to duel the two brothers. With their combined strength, Maul and Opress were able to stand against him for only a short time until Sidious knocked Maul back and used his dual lightsabers to stab Savage in the abdomen. Maul's anger rose as his brother died and as Sidious reminded him that there could only be two Sith at a given time and that he had been replaced. Maul used both his lightsaber and the Darksaber simultaneously to duel him, but Sidious still overpowered him and tortured him with Force Lightning.
The former Sith Lord begged his master for mercy, but Sidious continued the onslaught, subduing but not killing him, as he still had uses for the fallen apprentice.
Fall of the Shadow Collective
Maul eventually escaped Sidious's 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. Maul then sought Mother Talzin's aid. Talzin told Maul to rally his Shadow Collective forces on Ord Mantell, sending him reinforcements from his old clan, the Nightbrothers. Through his deceit and planning, 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 Talzin (who revealed herself to be Maul's biological mother) could return to physical form. However, the arrival of Sidious and Grievous halted their plans and after a duel in which Talzin sacrificed herself to allow Maul to escape. Maul fled, his plans in ruins, his army destroyed, and, in Sidious's eyes, no longer a threat to the Sith's plan.
After losing Mother Talzin, Maul retreated to Mandalore to re-establish his forces. He convinced the Black Sun and the Pykes to rejoin the Shadow Collective and forged ties with the Crimson Dawn, led by Dryden Vos. From the shadows, he ran an operation that involved running a containment of spice by the Pykes, who hired Rafa and Trace Martez to carry out the shipment. However, during a heavy ethics debate with former Jedi Padawan Ahsoka Tano, Trace dumped the spice into hyperspace. As a result, the Pykes took the three women into custody on Oba Diah.
Shortly afterward, Maul Pyke leader Marge Krim about the lost spice shipment via hologram. Maul warned Krim that every part of his plan was important and that any more delays would jeopardize it. Through his report from Krim, Maul determined that the Jedi had gotten involved and warned Krim not to let any more delays happen. If he did, Maul would have the Crimson Dawn take the Pykes over. During the report, Maul briefly sensed someone spying on them but did not realize at the time that it was Ahsoka Tano.
Siege of Mandalore
- "I was hoping for Kenobi. Why are you here?"
- ―Maul encounters Ahsoka Tano for the first time
In the final days of the Clone Wars, Ahsoka Tano and Bo-Katan Kryze contacted the Republic about Maul's machinations. As a result, Tano and Kryze led a battalion of clone troopers, led by Commander Rex and Kryze's Mandalorian warriors. Maul encountered Tano not long after the siege of Mandalore began, noting that he had been expecting Obi-Wan Kenobi to come. Maul briefly mentioned Darth Sidious to Tano before escaping from her and her clone troopers. Maul sent his lieutenants in the Shadow Collective into hiding, noting that the Galactic Empire was about to be formed. He also interrogated a clone trooper named Jesse, using the Force to extract information from his mind.
Maul would encounter Tano again in the Mandalorian throne room. He informed her about the impending rise of the Empire and that Sidious seeks to make Anakin Skywalker, Tano's Jedi Master, his Sith apprentice. Maul further stated that he engineered the conflict on Mandalore to lure Kenobi and Skywalker there to kill the latter and offered Tano the chance to join him to stop Sidious. Tano refused to believe that Skywalker would ever betray the Jedi and dueled Maul to the scaffolding above the throne room.
Tano was able to defeat and capture Maul, preventing him from falling to his death. Maul was then imprisoned in a Mandalorian box meant to hold Force users and placed on a Republic cruiser to be taken back to Coruscant and be tried for his crimes.
- "I'm not here to team up with you. I need a diversion, and you're it. Now go cause some chaos. It's what you're good at."
"Uh, care to give me a fighting chance?"
"I'm not rooting for you. Now get going."
- ―Ahsoka Tano frees Maul
As Maul was being transported back to Coruscant, he and Tano sensed Skywalker's fall to the Dark Side of the Force and the execution of Order 66. Maul was nearly executed by two clones guarding him, but they were stopped by Tano, who escaped being executed by her troops. After Tano freed him from his prison, Maul explained that while he knew of Sidious's plan to destroy the Jedi Order, he did not know how he'd intended to do it, commenting on the brilliance of using the Jedi's army against them. Maul then offered to ally with Tano, but Tano refused, instead sending him unarmed to distract the clone troopers pursuing her.
Maul proceeded to wreak havoc across the ship, killing several clones with only the Force before damaging the ship's hyperdrive, causing it to crash on a small moon. In the chaos, Maul hijacked a shuttle and escaped, despite Tano's efforts to stop him. Maul then went into hiding as the Empire was fully established, and the Jedi, as the galaxy knew it, was all but wiped out.
- Single-bladed lightsaber (formerly)
- Darksaber (formerly)
- Double-blader Lightsaber
- "Monster" (Mentioned only)
- "Witches of the Mist" (Appears in crystal ball)
- Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars: The Sith Hunters
- "Shades of Reason"
- "The Lawless"
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- "Dangerous Debt" (Indirect mention only)
- "Together Again" (Appears in hologram)
- "Old Friends Not Forgotten"
- "The Phantom Apprentice"
- "Victory and Death"