Sith Prophecy

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This Star Wars font is based on the writing that appears on Darth Vader's chest box.

The Sith Prophecy font is a monocase script with 26 letters with similarities to the English language including numerals and punctuation. Its uppercase and lowercase letters are identical. This font is most prominently featured on Darth Vader’s chest box throughout the Star Wars franchise.

Darth Vader has become one of the most iconic villains in modern day pop culture. Previously known as Anakin Skywalker, the Chosen One who was supposed to bring balance to the Force, Darth Vader came to be after being enticed to the Dark Side by Sith Lord Darth Sidious. Within the original trilogy, the Sith Lord aims to bring down the Rebel Alliance. He is eventually killed by Emperor Palpatine in Return of the Jedi (1983).

Darth Vader’s appearance is instantly recognizable. His costume is a black ensemble consisting of a helmet, a spacesuit and a black cape. The initial idea of the chest box, Darth Vader’s breathing apparatus, was first proposed in 1975 by George Lucas during the preproduction of the first Star Wars film. Lucas wanted to portray a tall, dark figure that looked like a “dark lord riding on the wind”. Functionally, Darth Vader would also need to survive in the vacuum of space as he would travel between spaceships. Ralph McQuarrie, concept artist who worked on the design for Darth Vader, took that direction and proposed the idea of the breathing apparatus, using further inspiration from Japanese Samurai outfits. John Mollo, the costume designer for the original trilogy, then took those concepts and sketches to create Vader’s real costume.

Darth Vader’s design has changed slightly during the Star Wars franchise. The first appearance of the Sith Prophecy font on his chest box is during The Empire Strikes Back (1980), the second installment in the original trilogy of the Star Wars franchise. The chest control box serves to regulate many of the life-support functions of Vader’s suit. There are three slots on the control box, which relate to neural systems data, respiratory systems data and circulatory systems data. The box also had two bottoms, with the blue button activating the suit’s auto control functions and the red button controlling the suit’s manual override.

The text on Vader’s chest box changes slightly in the version in The Return of the Jedi and there is no note of the text on Vader’s chest box in A New Hope (1977). Several versions of the Sith Prophecy font can be found online including one designed by erikstormtrooper.