Anakin Skywalker became the most feared warrior in the galaxy after donning his black cloak and armor but a Star wars character from the franchise’s past took things a step further. Now out of continuity, Sith Lord Warb Null actually channeled the dark side through his magical armor.
From that moment the first Star wars film was released, the story of A Galaxy Far, Far Away was expanded into other media. After the original trilogy concluded with the release of Return of the Jedi in 1983, the only place fans could get something new Star wars stories were themselves about the “expanded universe” of novels, comics, and the like. It didn’t take long for these stories to extend into the franchise’s past, and in 1993 Dark Horse Comics began exploring the early days of the Jedi with Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi. Taking place thousands of years before the OT, the series chronicled both the Great Hyperspace War and the Sith War, and presented a much more classic take on the Jedi Knights of the Old Republic.
Sith Lord Warb Null was introduced in Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi – The Freedon Nadd Rebellion #1, written by Tom Veitch and art by Tony Akins and Dennis Rodier. Null began life as a metallurgist named Shas Dovos on Onderon, a planet with a long history of Sith loyalty. Dovos ended up discovering an ancient tome that contained a Sith spirit, which subtly influenced him to forge a fearsome suit of armor. The metal used by Dovos was treated with “Sith magic”, allowing him to channel the dark side through it. Dubbing himself Warb Null, the Sith Lord, even greater than Vader, led a cult of Dark Siders in a rebellion on his homeworld in the service of Freedon Nadd, a long-dead Sith Lord whose spirit continued to rule from beyond the grave. Null was eventually killed by the Jedi Ulic Qel-Droma, but his spirit lived on through his armor, which became cursed and would turn others to the dark side after his death.
Warb Null channels the dark side through his magical armor
It is interesting to consider Warb Null’s history in relation to Anakin Skywalker. Both were seduced by the Dark Side and donned fearsome suits of armor shortly after being turned. In its own way, Warb Null’s story ended up foreshadowing Vader’s – a Sith trapped in his own armor, which is later used to help brainwash his grandson Kylo Ren to the dark side. Taken from that particular point of view, it’s possible that Anakin was just living out the latest version of a repeated Sith fate.
Of course, after the sale of Lucasfilm to Disney in 2012, the slate was wiped clean and almost all Expanded Universe media was shuffled out of continuity and renamed “Legends”. Although Warb Null is no longer in official continuity, his story remains an interesting part of Star wars lore ponders what happens next with Anakin Skywalker.
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