"Originally, I had had Rukh and his fellows being Sith, keying off Vader's title of Lord of the Sith. Since at that point the term hadn't been defined, I figured I was safe. But Lucasfilm was concerned that George would want to use the Sith at some future date (which, as we all know, he did) and told me to pick some other term for them." --TZ
Del Rey's Star Wars team will release a new excerpt on their Facebook page every Thursday leading up to the release of Heir to the Empire: The 20th Anniversary Edition on June 21st, 2011. Check out the first and second annotations at the related story links below.