- "Come. Stand before me, and revel in the power of the Dark Council. Allow your body to betray you. Allow your blood to boil, and your heart to slow. Everything that is not of the dark side will be purged—or it will be tainted."
- ―Jadus, Dark Lord of the Sith
Darth Jadus was a male Human Dark Lord of the Sith of the resurgent Sith Empire and a member of the Emperor's Dark Council. Speculated to be second in power to only the Emperor himself by Imperial Intelligence, Jadus asserted his influence over the Imperial Intelligence network, controlling it through various liaisons. Darth Jadus was against the anti-alien policies of the Empire and allowed aliens into Imperial Intelligence.
In 3643 BBY a new terrorist organization emerged in the Empire, the Eagle terrorist network, which simultaneously launched an attack to the Kaas City generators, failing only thanks to the efforts of a recruit of the Intelligence, and bombed the Dominator, killing the thousands of Imperial dignitaries aboard for a planned cruise across the Empire. Jadus was onboard and thus presumed dead, leading the Dark Council elected his daughter Darth Zhorrid as his replacement. Zhorrid ordered Intelligence to use all its resources to find the terrorist leader Eagle and provide her with her revenge.
Imperial Intelligence, thanks to the agent now codenamed Cipher Nine, disassembled the Eagle's entire network and in the end found and killed the Eagle himself, who was attempting to use experimental Imperial weapons known as the Eradicators to launch a devastating attack on Imperial holdings. Before dying, however, the Eagle revealed that he had a mysterious patron.
It was later discovered that Darth Jadus had faked his own death and saved the remains of the Dominator through the Force, all the while as shvash gas destroyed the rest, and that he was the real leader of the Eagle; he was ultimately bested by Cipher Nine, but his final fate remains undisclosed. One theory is that Jadus was imprisoned or exiled and removed from the Dark Council. Another possibility is that Cipher Nine ends up joining Jadus, acting as his hand to reform Imperial Intelligence from within.
Either way, Lord Jadus was known to have learned of the Emperor's plans to wipe all life from the galaxy, and left the reaches of the known galaxy in order to later return and enact his plans. If Cipher Nine joined with him, he will tell the Agent of this through one of his operatives that he intends to leave the known galaxy and leaves control of Imperial Intelligence in their hands.
Darth Jadus was listed as a potential suspect in the attempted assassination of the Alliance Commander on Iokath by Lana Beniko confirming that Jadus was alive and still in hiding from the Sith Empire.
Personality and traits
- "You really don't understand. Lord Jadus must have made preparations for his death. He was power, and fire and brilliance. The instant the master died, I promise—his contingency plans went into action. They'll bring doom to everything Lord Jadus ever touched… and I want no part of it."
- ―Vyord Yanol
A prominent yet enigmatic figure among the Sith, Darth Jadus was known for showing more self-restraint than his fellow Lords, rarely succumbing to the passions and emotions that powered the dark side of the Force. His personal motives and passions were unclear to all; he showed very little interest in concerning himself with the squabbles and power struggles so common among his people, instead focusing his influence on the Imperial Intelligence network. His enigmatic nature, coupled with his tendency to use outsiders and non-Force sensitives rather than other Sith as his favored agents, fostered a sense of unease and distrust among his peers and an almost religious fervour among his servants.
It was suggested by Imperial Intelligence employees that Darth Jadus' powers were second only to the Emperor himself. Indeed, those unfortunate enough to find themselves in his presence experienced a physical sensation of pain and suffering due to the dark side radiating from him.
Powers and abilities
As a Dark Council member, Darth Jadus was immensely powerful with the dark side of the Force capable of force stealth, force choke, force lightning, and healing with the dark side. Darth Jadus was also talented with his single-bladed sith lightsaber.
Jadus' power was acknowledged by the Emperor himself, who—in a conversation with Cipher 9—declared Jadus to be the best Sith his Empire ever produced.
Darth Jadus's power was enough to earn the respect and admiration of Dread Master Raptus who revealed to Cipher 9 that Jadus views everything in the same way the Dread Masters do.
Behind the scenes
Darth Jadus was first identified in an in-universe Holonet entry on the website for BioWare's video game Star Wars: The Old Republic. Included in this entry are Aurebesh phrases such as "Herald of a New Era," "Daughter is only known apprentice," and "Who is the hand of Jadus".
There are four alternate options to Jadus' fate: in the light side option, Cipher Nine can decide to stop the Eradicators, fight Jadus but let him escape in the end, or bargain with him before letting him go into exile and deactivate the Eradicators; in the dark side, Cipher Nine chooses to attack and arrest Jadus, thus sealing the fate of countless lives on Dromund Kaas; in another dark side option, Cipher Nine can join Jadus, earning the title "Hand of Jadus" and let him reform Intelligence to his own use. If Cipher Nine chooses to serve Jadus, during the class mission on Hoth, the agent runs into one of Jadus' servants, who assigns the agent to survey a detachment of Imperial Guardsmen on the planet. Once the mission is complete, the servant cryptically claims that Jadus has a better grasp of the Sith Emperor's plans.
Following the conclusion of Chapter 2 of the Imperial Agent story, Jadus tells Cipher Nine that he's removing himself from the war to concentrate on other plans, leaving Nine to carry out his work. He also sanctions the Minister of Intelligence's request for Nine to hunt down and destroy the Star Cabal.
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