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We know that Dooku paid the Pyke syndicate to kill Sifo-Dyas sometime during the chancellorship of Finis Valorum. We know that because Valorum personally sent Sifo-Dyas to negotiate with the Pykes.

We also know that Darth Maul was bisected and went missing in last days of Valorum's rule, during the Naboo crisis.

Since Jedi do not kill fellow Jedi, this raises the question: did Dooku fall to the Dark Side and become the apprentice of Sidious before Maul was bisected?

P.S. In S06E10 of Clone Wars it is revealed that Dooku used his Sith name (Tyranus) to introduce himself to the Pyke syndicate when he contracted for the murder of Syfo-Dias. Since an apprentice usually gets his name from his master when he joins the Sith, this leaves even less chance that Dooku was not a Sith at that time.

To further complicate the matter, in Legends Sidious killed his master Plagueis on the night when he become chancellor, thus implying we had four Sith (instead of two) roaming about at some point in time.

  • It was known at the time that Dooku fell to the Dark Side, but it was not clear was he affiliated with the Sith or not. – TimSparrow Jun 19 '18 at 18:09
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    @TimSparrow Why would he kill Sifo-Dyas if he did not know Sith Grand Plan with Clone Army ? – rs.29 Jun 19 '18 at 18:11
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    Technically this is not possible because of the Rule of Two. Only one of them would be considered the "true" apprentice even if both were under training by Sidious at the same time. Of course, Sidious had multiple "apprentices" at varying points in time in Legends. – Null Jun 19 '18 at 18:16
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    In the now legends novel "Darth Plagueis", Sidious had a young Maul as an apprentice while he was still Plagueis' apprentice himself. It's not like the bad guys follow the rules all the time...even their own. – tilley31 Jun 19 '18 at 20:44
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    @tilley31 Yes, but that novel never mentions Dooku being apprentice at the same time. And that would be a huge thing, considering that Dooku was even more powerful then Maul. – rs.29 Jun 19 '18 at 23:09
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In Legends, Dooku did not leave the Jedi Order until after Qui-Gon's death, and while Sidious was meeting with Dooku, and presumably manipulating him, Sidious did not give Dooku the name Darth Tyranus until after Qui-Gon had gone.

From Star Wars wikia - Leaving the Order

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    This directly contradicts canon information that Dooku killed Sifo-Dyas while Valorum was still chancellor. – rs.29 Jun 19 '18 at 23:06
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No, due to the rule of two, Sidious would be unable to take 2 apprentices at one time. The rule of two stated only two Sith could be at the top of the Empire (one Sith lord and his apprentice = Sidious and Maul). Dooku left Sidious's apprenticeship before he took on Maul.

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    Do you have any evidence of such? – Edlothiad Jun 19 '18 at 19:09
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    Gosh cause baddies have never broken rules :) – Naib Jun 19 '18 at 20:02
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    Sith following rules? Yeah, right. – T.J.L. Jun 19 '18 at 20:25
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    Only a Sith deals in absolutes. – Robert Columbia Jun 19 '18 at 21:22

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