Tenocron Codex (Ten-o-cron Co-dex)
It's a legend among Force orders, like the Sith, that tamper with the Dark Side... ... and a warning that there are perhaps dark corners to the Force that should not be explored.
Sith holocrons. Sith spellbooks. Artifacts of dark power and knowledge. Ever since the Lost Twelve left the ancient Jedi Order, the Sith understood that knowledge is power and so they’ve hunted for it ever since. Along the way, they recorded their lessons, their dark studies, to pass on what they learned of the Dark Side of the Force.
The Tenocron Codex is one of those dark volumes. Perhaps the most dangerous of them all.
According to legend, the Codex was assembled by Darth Tenock. Tenock was a Sith alchemist that appeared during the height of the ancient Sith Empire, just at the dawn of the old Galactic Republic.
Late afternoon desert wind blew south into Port Etmar from the Gahvey Crater Badlands. Errol Vondromas glanced down at his datapad once more and sighed.
The conversation over email with Jedi Knight Vanya Ysadora went about as he expected: poorly. He pursed his lips, then frowned at the sunset. A door chime broke his light meditation.
His voice command unlocked the door. It slipped open with a dull hiss.
Errol smirked before he turned around.
“Derma. What brings you here? Isn’t this your evening ‘orchid hour’? I’m surprised you didn’t send Trenloe if you wanted to know something.”
Derma the Hutt chuckled while he slithered his bulk inside.
“Some things are too interesting to leave to others.” The hutt paused inside the door. “Errol, you look troubled.”
“No, only frustrated.” He waved the datapad in Derma’s direction. “Email is a terrible medium for communication. It guts the intent out of the message. Jedi Ysadora asked me a few questions, and the result was garbled at best. In hindsight, I should have said ‘I have no idea, but I’ll find out’ and left it at that.”
Derma let out a deep, guttural laugh while he continued into the room.
“She asked about something, so you fed her what little you knew in hopes it would help?” The hutt shook his head. “I’ve told you before, you need to learn to hold your sabbacc cards close to your chest. I thought you Sith Lords were all about secrets?”
Errol dropped the datapad on a table by the balcony, then walked over to clasp hands with Derma.
“You forgot the ‘former’ part of Sith Lord.”
Errol shot the hutt a deadpan look. Derma chuckled again.
“So, I deduced where Palpetine hid a backup of his notes on ‘Evil for Fun and Profit’, then got you a copy. I’m curious. Did you find what you were looking for?”
Errol gestured to an open workstation on the same desk as the datapad.
“About the Tenocron Codex? I did. It’s always interesting to learn about a twisted, self-aware piece of Sith technology that has nothing better to do than to make trouble.”
Derma’s amber-yellow eyes widened.
“Self-aware? What was its purpose?”
Errol tapped a few keystrokes to bring up an image of a charcoal, hard bound book on the holoscreen.
“Oh, the usual. Store interesting knowledge, mostly Sith formulas and teachings, and kill anyone that tried to access it in the most elaborate way possible. The usual Sith philosophy is that if the person accessing it survived, they earned the right to learn what was there… or die trying.”
Burdened with a Dark Purpose
Anyone who studies the Codex long enough encounters the rumors and myth that surround the actual reason why Darth Tenock created the Codex.
The most plausible is that Darth Tenock planned to use the Codex as a lure, and a death trap. A clever means to assassinate the current masters of the Sith Order of the age. Once dead, Tenock would ‘reluctantly’ assume control of the Sith Order, to “maintain stability”.
There are older, darker myths.
Two of the oldest, and most persistent, myths surround Darth Tenock himself.
One myth is that Darth Tenock intended to deliver copies of Codex pages to rulers of the galactic governments of the time, such as the Queen of the Republic, to plant a seed of the Dark Side in each recipient. Once that seed was planted, Darth Tenock could use the Codex to further tempt each ruler to the Dark Side, if not outright control them.
Another myth is that the Codex itself is a tool designed to allow Darth Tenock immortal life through manipulation of the Force. In this story, the Codex siphons off the Force from each user who reads the Codex. Then, once the Codex has returned to Darth Tenock’s resting place, it would clone a new body for him through Sith alchemy and the stolen power of the Force. Tenock would then inhabit this newly created body to continue his work.