~Highly informal tone and partially-serious ranting ahead~
Bear with me but what if that “Rule of Two” bullshit never happened?
I mean, technically? It didn’t. Like at all.
Darth Bane is the one who originated the rule, about a thousand years before original-trilogy-timeline, but he spends an inordinate amount of time seeking out holocrons and talking to dead Sith which, frankly, signifies to me that he’s still socializing with other Sith even as he’s forming his dumbass rules.
So anyway he makes his Rule of Two. And what does he do? Just waltzes right ahead and takes on a second apprentice “just in case” the first one couldn’t overthrow him.
Seriously. That’s what he does. So now there’s three Sith and it’s only been like a fucking decade since he made up his own stupid rules.
Honestly if the originator of the damn rule can’t even be assed to follow it, how in the hell does he expect subsequent generations to fare? Particularly since Sith are… you know… not really inclined to follow a whole lot of arbitrary rules…?
I won’t go into the details of the line of Sith in that millennia in between, but if we skip forward to Darth Sidious’s time we have Sidious’s first apprentice Darth Maul, right? And then when he thinks Maul is dead, he picks up Darth Tyrannus. Who also trains Asajj Ventress. And then Savage Opress. Yeah yeah, you can argue ‘til you’re blue in the face that they’re not “true Sith” but what the fuck does that even mean if it walks like a duck and talks like a duck and hatched from a duck’s egg and has all of the primary duck features guess what it’s going to be in the anatidae family tree SO CALL IT WHAT IT IS.
So anyway. Then we have Maul coming back and suddenly he ain’t Sith no more? Because why? Sidious revoked his Sith library card? Can he not check out a Sith holocron from Korriban is that what that means. Come ON. Nothing about him has changed other than that he no longer needs Sidious to stand or fall on his own, which frankly in my ever so humble and contrite opinion makes him MORE Sith-y than he already is. He still values the same Sith ideals. He still adheres to the same Sith methods, practices, and driving forces. He’s still a Sith, sorry not sorry.
SO ANYWAY Maul has a habit of looking at anything that moves and calling it his new apprentice so we won’t count all of those, but Savage is the main actually-legit one. So he’s back on the list. And meanwhile a little later we have Tyrannus getting axed so Sidious takes on Darth Vader as new apprentice, and I don’t even KNOW how many apprentices Vader took on but it was A DAMN WELL LOT OF THEM and then Sidious had a couple others, and then there’s his Emperor’s Hands, and there’s all of those Inquisitors too. Now the Hands and the Inquisitors had different and/or limited training, so I’ll concede those as not-quite-Sith, but they’re still pretty damn closely connected. We could end up splitting hairs and say there’s partial-Sith and half-Sith and temp-Sith who work for hourly wages (or maybe just for holidays, is Darthmas a thing or), because honestly that’s what it looks like. I dunno man, this is getting ridiculous.
SO I MEAN. “Rule of Two” rant and rave all you want, but really it doesn’t look like it was taken seriously by the Sith themselves. Honestly I get the vibe that the entire Rule of Two was some sort of massive misdirection scheme designed to get the Jedi off the proverbial backs of the collective Sith, rather than being an Actual Thing that was intended to be adhered to by the Sith themselves.
It’s a big galaxy. I can totally see there still being entire planets full of Sith leftover from the great Sith Empire, a whole functioning remnant complete with their own private hyperspace routes (hey maybe they got some Infinity Gates to work, lol) and super-secret handshakes and backpocket handkerchiefs when they do decide to go abroad into the greater galaxy. Okay I’m getting beyond the point of ridiculous with this, BUT THE GENERAL IDEA IS NOT IMPLAUSIBLE.
Anyway tl;dr the Rule of Two is stupid and Sarc wants to play with his new Sith original characters in whatever damn timeline period he wants, kthxbye
Honestly I hope one day people will be born but not automatically assume they're straight. And I'm straight, have been for forever up until now, but tomorrow who knows?!! It's comforting to keep your options vast and your mind wide lmao
yes!!!! I hope as a society we make the change because tbh I didn’t even know that being gay was a thing until about middle school (probably due to the fact that lgbtq+ rep was and honestly still is for the most part nonexistent in media (obviously it has gotten better, but there are still faults) or maybe it was just my childhood idk) and I think kids growing up and understanding that it is normal and average will hopefully be even more accepting, tolerant, and willing to fight for rights/freedoms. As for labels I think they help people solidify their identity (even if it’s fluid n such) and put a meaning/name to the feeling which can be good when explaining it to other people or simply understanding themselves.