Code of the Sith

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The Code of the Sith is a fictional mantra developed by David Gaider and BioWare for the role-playing game Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. The Code, as taught by Uthar Wynn and Yuthura Ban, is as follows:

Peace is a lie, there is only passion.
Through passion, I gain strength.
Through strength, I gain power.
Through power, I gain victory.
Through victory, my chains are broken.
The Force shall free me.

— Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

Commentaries from proponents of the Code[edit]

Peace is a lie, there is only passion[edit]

Yuthura

The Jedi would have you believe that peace is a desirable goal. That peace of the spirit is the way the Force is mastered, that a lack of conflict betters man.

We know different. It is our passion… our hate and our desire… that fuels the Force. It is conflict that improves the lot of civilization and single being both.

Conflict forces one to better oneself. It forces change, growth, adaption… evolution… or death. These are not our laws, but the universe's. Without conflict you have only stagnation.

— Yuthura Ban, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

Through passion, I gain strength[edit]

Yuthura

What fuels your power with the Force but your passion? The stronger, darker emotions. Anger, hatred, fear… these passions empower us.

— Yuthura Ban, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
Yuthura

Love is more dangerous than all those things. Love leads to anger and hatred more often that not… but it also leads to mercy, which is far worse. That, however, is a lesson for another time.

— Yuthura Ban, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
Yuthura

What keeps even the most rudimentary creature alive? Fear to run, anger to fight… without it a creature would most surely die.

— Yuthura Ban, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
Yuthura

We are far more than them [rudimentary creatures], perhaps, but in some ways we are little different. To think us creatures beyond the need of simple passions is a delusion.

— Yuthura Ban, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
Yuthura

The Force gives us all power, even the Jedi. It is our mastery of our passion that gives us the strength they lack.

— Yuthura Ban, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

Through strength, I gain power[edit]

Yuthura

It is our goal to be stronger, to achieve our potential and not rest upon our laurels. We are the seekers, not the shepherds.

— Yuthura Ban, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
Yuthura

The stronger you become in the Force, the more power you will achieve. But always must you fight for your power.

Without strife, your victory has no meaning. Without strife, you do not advance. Without strife, there is only stagnation.

— Yuthura Ban, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

Through power, I gain victory[edit]

Yuthura

How many sorts of victories can you imagine? Peaceful victory? Victory by sacrifice? A truce, an achievement?

Unless the victory is achieved by demonstrating that your power is superior, it is only an illusion. Temporary at best. We seek more.

— Yuthura Ban, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

Through victory, my chains are broken[edit]

Yuthura

This… has been argued over, and often. The chains represent our restrictions, both those placed upon us and those we place upon ourselves.

Ultimately the goal of any Sith is to free herself from such restrictions. In a way, it is so we may do whatever we wish… but it is much more than that.

One who has freed themselves from all restrictions has reached perfection. Their potential fulfilled. Perfect strength, perfect power, perfect destiny. Imagine it.

That is our ideal, at any rate. It is said in Sith legend that the "Sith'ari"… the perfect being… will one day lead us. But perhaps that is just a legend.

— Yuthura Ban, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
Yuthura

I… wonder what a being would be like. The legends say the Sith'ari will destroy us… and make us stronger than ever.

But perhaps that is just a legend. Perfection is… a goal, I think, rather than a state of being. The Jedi would argue that, no doubt.

— Yuthura Ban, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

The Force shall free me[edit]

Yuthura

The Force is our servant and our master. Our teacher and our companion. A weapon and a tool.

Know it and you know the universe. Master it and you master the universe. Strive for perfection and the Force shall reward you.

— Yuthura Ban, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

Commentaries from dissidents[edit]

Kel'eth Ur

It's a lie. Fear is a lie. Passion, a lie.

Fear gives only temporary powers, and passion is easily manipulated. Real strength in the Force comes when one is no longer afraid.

And one can purge fear when one stops grasping – after power, after things, after life itself – and allows the Force to guide them. There is only the Force.

— Kel'eth Ur, in Star Wars: The Old Republic
Yuthura

All the things I wanted to do, all the wrongs I wanted to right… I haven't done any of it. They just get farther and farther from my mind.

All I've cared about is power and… and myself. This isn't the person I was.

— Yuthura Ban, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
Yuthura

You told me I should rethink my path, and I did. You were right.

You are the one who suggested I rethink my path. And I have… and you were right.

It's been very hard to let go of all those thoughts… about power and strength and victory. I don't know if I'll ever be completely free of them.

The real irony is that, despite what the Sith Code says, I've never felt more free. I think I might… be able to find a little peace here. Finally.

— Yuthura Ban, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

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