Satisfied, Magnus turned his back on Niluwu and crossed the room to a rack of terminals tucked in a corner of the lower level.
"I know less about the Chiss than I should like," he confessed. "But I am aware of your rather...hostile cultural views towards the Force. Fear, anger, scorn - you treat those who can wield the Force with suspicion, and instead of using them to strengthen your people who reject or exile them and force them to live in fear of their gifts. This view is a poison in your mind, one which we must purge immediately. To deny the Force is to deny your own purpose - you must learn to embrace your gifts. I can sense you're innately familiar with some of the Force's gifts - perhaps you have moments where you find yourself running faster or jumping higher, or else people's thoughts and emotions are open for you to read. I will teach you to accept these talents, and to do that, I shall teach you of the philosophies of the Force. Many cultures have different views - but there are only three with any manner of truth or relevance.
"We will start with the theory of the Living Force. Tell me - what is your understanding, if any, of the Light and the Dark Sides of the Force?"
She scoffed inwardly at the question that he asked. He had already answered it himself, and the fool didn't notice. "You've answered your own question, Master. My people don't take kindly to the Force. Even the study of the force is frowned upon. As a member of a rising family, I couldn't risk it, nor did I see it any differently than the rest. I know only the basics of the Force." she said, crossing her arms.
Magnus clucked his tongue. "A shame," he remarked. "I was hoping for a remotely educated student, but if your cultural bigotry is so persuasive so as to not know the difference between your Sith allies and your Jedi enemies I have little choice but to educate you myself."
The Sith clicked his fingers, and the screens began to display a series of images - individuals in white and brown meditating among forests, figures in black standing above stormy landscapes, various scenes of the two engaged in battle.
"The Living Force theory has dominated the course of galactic history. It holds that there are two sides to the Force: Light, and Dark. The Jedi draw their strength from the Light Side - we Sith are bolstered by the Dark. Do not let their names fool you - Light and Dark do not mean Good and Evil. The Jedi believe that they can gain strength by letting the Force control them and 'meditating' over it. Nothing could be further from the truth - the Sith understand that by commanding the Force to do their bidding they gain overwhelming power. Light and Dark are merely monikers given by the Jedi - we have simply chosen to adopt them as our own. We are not afraid of the dark, we use it to conceal ourselves and draw from it our strength. The Jedi believe that by standing in the light fearing the shadows they cast they can pretend they can match us - their fear and ignorance fuels the Dark Side, and with the Dark Side we have returned to challenge the Jedi, time and time again.
"'Light' is the way of weakness - passiveness, contemplativeness, allowing events to simply 'happen'. The Jedi believe that 'inner peace' and 'serenity' are the keys to enlightenment. The Sith understand the true nature of the galaxy - it is a savage place, one that demands aggressive and control. We embrace our emotions, let our passions fuel us, and through them, we gain the strength to control the galaxy and strike down our enemies. The Jedi call this belief 'Dark' - and we call the Light cowardly. Such has been the belief of both Jedi and Sith for thousands of years, until Darth Xaos transcended our regular understanding and showed our Brotherhood the true nature of the Force. But that we will discuss soon."
He looked at her pointedly, giving her the opportunity to ask questions - and perhaps even expecting them of her.
She could understand the necessity of aggresions and brutality, but as a politician, she knew there were times that staying calm and controlling one's emotions would be advantageous, and said so. "But surely there are times that the Light side is a better choice? Nothing is so powerful as to counter every situation, even if one may believe it so." she said, looking him in the eyes.
"You underestimate the power of the Force," Magnus replied. "The power of the Sith, the power of the Dark Side, is beyond any comprehension. Dark Lords have made suns explode into supernovae, projected entire phantom fleets from their minds. A Sith can stop a heart as easily as they stop a blaster bolt - others have cheated death itself! No, Nirn'iluw'utthie - with the Force at his command, there is no situation a Sith cannot control."
He waved away her other questions, and went on.
"The Living Force has been the dominant belief for much of history, but it is not the only one. Of the many other myriad views, the Unifying Force philosophy is perhaps the only other one worth mentioning. The Unifying Force holds that the Force has no sides and takes no sides - that it is an omnipotent deity devoid of light and dark, treating all its adherents equally regardless of their power and righteousness. It is perhaps closer to the truth than the Living Force belief, though still greatly lacking. The Jedi themselves have embraced a variant of this belief - perhaps it is a sign they are growing wiser at last. Regardless, the Unifying Force's great failing is that it disregards the moment - its adherents often find themselves attempting to fulfill a greater purpose or working only to shape the futures they glimpse in myriad visions.
"This is incompatible with our ways. Your passions, the fires of emotions burning in the moment and the actions they drive you to take - these are what define a Sith."
She nodded. She cold understand what he meant, but she had doubts. Surely there were times to keep your emotions in check? Or had all her teachings been wrong? She had been taught hndreds of times to control her emotions by her peers, but she was still one of the more passionate Chiss, her emotions not always so well hidden. Perhaps the Sith were right, and the Chiss were wrong? No! The Chiss raised her and gave her a life. She wouldn't turn her back on them so easily.
"And so we come to the truth. It was Darth Xaos, with the wisdom of his five thousand year lifetime, who finally understood the true nature of the Force, and the Sith's role in the galaxy." He paused, and waved his hand. The image on the monitors changed - Niluwu had already seen Xaos' visage a dozen times, plastered on the walls of New Bethrezen, and in holos during her time as Ambassador. Now she saw him delivering speeches of government, overlooking the training of apprentices, clashing with a green-bladed Jedi.
"The truth is simple. The Force has a will, and the Sith are its chosen. It has decreed that we are to dominate the galaxy, and anointed us a single emissary to understand and share its will. Darth Xaos was the first, as he realised the Force's true nature - with his passing, the mantle of Dark Lord, the living conduit for the will of the Force, has passed to Darth Lucifer. As Darth Lucifer is bestowed with and understands the Force's will and intentions, so do we serve and carry out the Dark Lord's orders. Through him, we understand the Force, and through us, the Force's will is carried out. Its will is simple: that the Sith rule."
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