The Dark Acolytes were a loose group of Dark Jedi who fought during the Clone Wars. They were brought together by the Sith Lord Count Dooku. The Acolytes served the Republic as the opposite of the Jedi Order. The Acolytes worked as assasins, spies and military commanders. They were mostly Dooku's enforcers. Most of the Dark Acolytes fell during the Clone Wars and the group was dissolved after Dooku's death.
BeliefsEditThe Dark Acolytes had no formal ideology nor philosophical teachings. They were mostly motivated by "simple" opposition to the Separatist's Jedi Order. The only thing the Dark Acolytes wanted was the overthrow of the Republic because it's senate's increasing corruption.
The Dark Acolytes, however, were strongly influence by mainly Sith teachings and philosophy, which was deeply rooted in the Dark Side of the Force.
| Artel Darc |
Artel Darc commanded the CIS forces on Dagu, where he enslaved the Rybet inhabitants. His activities drew the attention of the Republic, and a military force led by Shaak Ti attacked Dagu. Darc led his forces against the Republic, and battled Shaak Ti blade-to-blade on the battlefield, but was ultimately cut down by the Jedi Master.
| Asajj Ventress|
Asajj Ventress was arguably the most prominant member of the Dark Acolytes, even receiving an introduction to Darth Sidious. A Dathomirian sold to Rattataki slavers, Ventress became a powerful warlord on the blood-soaked world. When Count Dooku arrived onplanet during the weeks preceding the Clone Wars, Ventress challenged him, impressing him with her lightsaber skills despite being soundly beaten. She operated primarily as a military commander and even an administrator, being frequently teamed with Durge and leading military campaigns on Ohma-D'un and Teth, to name a few, as well as being given control of the Swamp gas production facility on Queyta, though her primary vocation was that of assassin and spy.
| Eeth Koth|
Eeth Koth was a sinsiter Sith Master that destroyed various Jedi and wounded Jedi General Grievous for no known reason. He helps Dooku bring the Jedi down and sometimes, Adi Gallia helped him when necessary.
| Doppelgänger of Dooku|
It is unknown how these replicas of Dooku came into being, whether as a Cloning experiment or a Force-based construct/illusion, but they served as members of the true Dooku's acolytes. Compared to the genuine article, these replicas served largely mundane purposes, one being assigned to guard Wat Tambor's C-B3 cortosis battle droid factory on Metalorn, while another was stationed at Dooku's homeworld of Serenno. Both were slain by Anakin Skywalker, who eventually killed the real Dooku.
| Kadrian Sey|
When the Clone Wars began, the Jedi Kadrian Sey essentially vanished, failing to report to Coruscant following the First Battle of Geonosis. One of Dooku's earliest known recruits, Sey served as a personal bodyguard for the Count, alongside Tol Skorr. She and Skorr enjoyed a tense relationship, being set against one another by Dooku, but both would unite against a perceived threat to their position.
Alongside his twin brother, Vinoc, Karoc was one of Count Dooku's servants. He and his sibling evidently had a low rank within the organization, and were assigned the relatively mundane duty of guarding the C-B3 cortosis battle droid factory on Metalorn. Unfortunately for Karoc and his twin, they were confronted by Anakin Skywalker, who killed both in the ensuing lightsaber duel.
| Nikkos Tyris|
An Anzati, Nikkos Tyris was a former Jedi Knight believed lost on Baltizaar during a battle against the Bando Gora. In truth, Tyris and his followers traveled to Susevfi, where they began experimenting with Sith techniques and knowledge away from the prying eyes of the Jedi. These Darksiders would call themselves the "Jensaarai", the "hidden followers of truth" in the ancient Sith language. During the Clone Wars, Tyris was approached by Dooku, who offered to provide him with access to a Sith holocron stolen from the Jedi Temple in exchange for his services.
| Quinlan Vos|
Quinlan Vos was dispatched by the Jedi to infiltrate the Dark Acolytes as a double agent, and while he was accepted with open arms, he was relegated to more mundane assignments and minor errands due to Dooku's lack of trust in him. Vos confronted the Count over this, and was rewarded with renewed favor and lessons in the Dark Side. Vos was part of Dooku's retinue of Acolytes that accompanied him to Kiffu to negotiate with Sheyf Tinté Vos, exposing himself as a double-agent to protect his aunt when Dooku ordered her assassination. Dooku momentarily incapacitated him before revealing that he had known of Vos' role all along, before further revealing Tinté' involvement in the death of Quinlan's parents. Quinlan Vos butchered his aunt in a violent rage, genuinely turning to the Dark Side, and was fully accepted into the fold.
Saato was a Dathomiri witch recruited by Dooku. While offered a limited military command, Saato's primary role appeared to be counter-intelligence, as shown by her apprehension of Republic spy Raala Ponchar on Tatooine. She had no qualms about hiring bounty hunters, using Aurra Sing to help capture Anakin Skywalker when he was sent to rescue Ponchar. Skywalker and Ponchar escaped, and Saato pursued the former to the Great Pit of Carkoon, but was bested in a lightsaber duel.
| Savage Opress|
Effectively recruited as a replacement for Asajj Ventress after Darth Sidious ordered her execution, Savage Opress was a Zabrak born into the Dathomiri Nightbrothers, essentially as a slave to the Nightsisters. Reinforced by Nightsister "Shadow Magic", Opress was presented to Dooku ostensibly as a new apprentice, but in truth as an agent of the vengeful Asajj Ventress. Opress' initial assignment was the seizure of the Devaron Temple of Eedit, a task Opress completed with brutal efficiency. Greatly satisfied with Opress, Dooku immediately took him under his wing, training him as a true Sith apprentice.
Sev'rance Tann was a Chiss female who left Chiss Space to become a Dark Acolyte and general in the Separatist Droid Army during the Clone Wars. Hailing from Csilla in the Unknown Regions, she became one of few Chiss to leave her people during her time, along with her lover Vandalor, both becoming agents of Count Dooku and the Confederacy of Independent Systems shortly before the outbreak of the Clone Wars in 22 BBY. Dooku taught Tann the use of the dark side of the Force, and she became one of his most trusted underlings. A military genius, Tann served primarily as a military commander.
Thought dead during the Battle of Geonosis, Sora Bulq emerged accompanying Tholme to Bakura. There, they both confronted Dooku, himself having just fled Geonosis and fresh from an engagement with Yoda. Despite the advanced skills of both Jedi, they were overcome. Taken and treated for his injuries by Dooku, Bulq was swayed to his cause and recruited into the Acolytes. He rescued the wounded Tholme and returned to the Jedi Temple as an enemy agent, and was tasked with creating a schism within the Jedi Order. The scheme was exposed by Mace Windu, squandering Bulq's potential as a double-agent, though this allowed him to become one of the most prominent and capable of the Dark Acolyte's. Sora Bulq was often at Dooku's side during the war, acting as bodyguard and advisor, though he was occasionally trusted with high-level administration and government positions.
A former Jedi, Tol Skorr was shot down by pirates above Korriban, but was rescued by Dooku. Developing a strong loyalty to his savior, Skorr followed Dooku unquestioningly ever since, even leaving the Jedi Order and defecting to the CIS. A loyal member of the Acolytes, Skorr served primarily as one of Dooku's bodyguards, alongside Kadrian Sey. Set against one another by Dooku, the two enjoyed a tense relationship, though as Tholme noted, they would unite against a perceived threat to their positions. After Kadrian Sey's death, Quinlan Vos became Skorr's primary nemesis within the Acolytes, the two jockeying for position in Dooku's eyes.
The Dark Acolyte known as Trenox was involved in the Coruscant Insurrection, helping Dooku command the CIS forces during the battle. Encountering Anakin Skywalker, Trenox fled from him into the Coruscant underlevels. He encountered and threatened Dexter Jettster, though the Besalisk managed to evade him, and Trenox was again confronted by Skywalker within a Club. After a brief duel, Trenox opted to flee again, escaping on a speeder bike. Trenox accompanied Dooku into the Jedi Temple, and again was confronted by Anakin Skywalker. This time, Trenox stood his ground, and the two fought long against one another. However, Trenox was ultimately cut down.
The twin brother of Karoc, Vinoc also numbered among Dooku's Acolytes. The siblings appeared to prefer operating in partnership with one another, and shared duties. They evidently were of low standing within the organization and were assigned with the relatively mundane duty of guarding guarding the C-B3 cortosis battle droid factory on Metalorn. Vinoc died alongside his brother in a lightsaber duel with Anakin Skywalker.
Retainers and AssociatesEdit
The Gen'Dai Bounty hunter Durge was driven by a fanatical hatred of Mandalorians, and joined with the CIS for the opportunity to slaughter the Republic's clone army, based off of the Mandalorian Jango Fett. While he would occasionally work alone, he was often teamed with Asajj Ventress. Like Grievous, Durge was also a Jedi hunter of great repute.
Despite her shared hatred of the Jedi, Bounty hunter Aurra Sing never joined the CIS, though she would frequently take Separatist contracts on Jedi, and worked with Saato on Tatooine, aiding her against Anakin Skywalker. However, Sing's involvement with the Dark Acolytes was fairly minimal.