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Sovereign Protectors were the elite bodyguards of Sidious, the Dark Lord and Emperor who returned from death to lead a new Empire. A cadre of crimson-armored sentinels, they were considered the best soldiers in a secret army of troopers trained by the Der'kal Eternal cult.

The Sovereign Protectors were stationed on the planet Exegol—in the throne room of the Citadel—for the security of the Emperor, who, weakened after his first death, depended on an Ommin harness to survive. Rey defeated the Sovereign Protectors in the Battle of Exegol, leaving the Emperor to face Rey alone.


Sovereign Protectors served as elite bodyguards of Sidious, the reborn Emperor and Dark Lord who sought to reclaim the galaxy for a new new Empire. Stationed on the ancient planet Exegol, they were responsible for security in the Citadel—including the chamber housing the Throne —on Exegol an ancient planet in the Unknown Regions.

In 2394, the Sovereign Protectors fought against the Rey in the Battle of Exegol. Initially, the crimson bodyguards appeared to flank the risen Sith Lord while he spoke to Rey about her destiny to rule the Sith as Empress. They surrounded Rey, preventing her escape and further augmenting her to accept Palpatine's proposal. Unbeknownst to them nor the Dark Lord, Ben Solo had arrived on Exegol using a TIE scout and was racing to Rey's location. Rey then feigned agreeing to the Dark Lord's terms and followed the rituals of the ceremony up until it was time to strike down her grandfather. The Protectors remained watchful of the ritual until it was clear that the girl was not going along with the plan. Rey killed several guardsmen with a blaster before the Knights of Ren confronted her, while the guards in the throne room opened fire on Rey after she refused her grandfather's entreaty to succeed him.

As soon as Rey ignited her lightsaber in defiance to Sidious' offer, the Dark Lord retreated in his mechanics while the Protectors all at once stepped forward to kill the youth. Despite their numerical advantage, none of the Sovereign Protectors succeeded in harming Rey, whose bond with the light side augmented her powers. The apprentice defeated all but one of the guardsmen using her comman] of her powers to redirect their blaster fire at themselves and their comrades. The last Sovereign Protector was defeated by the telekinetic skills of Rey.


A military rank similar to that of the Old Empire's Royal Guard, individuals of this position acted as the personal guards of Sidious. Such a rank within the Der'kal Eternal could only have been achieved by the best of their army's red troopers.


Clad in red and black armor resembling that of a red trooper, a Sovereign Protector bore a crimson full-body cape fitted at the neck that evoked the old Imperial Royal Guard, as well as a unique two-pronged blaster rifle. The Protector's helmets were very similar to the standard red trooper's, though they were shielded above the eye slit by a lip extending from the headpiece similar to that of a wet-weather gear stormtrooper's.

Behind the scenes[]

The Der'kal Sovereign Protector is based on the Sovereign Protector from the 2019 film Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker, the third and final installment of the Star Wars sequel trilogy.