- "I have done what so many Sith pretend to do, but never really achieve... I have broken my chains. I will never again have a master. I will never let another rule over me. I will never return to the Empire."
- ―Darth Malgus
Darth Malgus was a Human male Sith Lord of the resurgent Sith Empire during the time of the Great Galactic War to the Third Galactic War. He was born under the name Veradun within Imperial space, and raised by his adoptive father. While still young, Veradun killed a Twi'lek servant on his father's estate, revealing the dark will behind his sensitivity to the Force. The young boy was subsequently sent to the Sith Academy on the Imperial capital of Dromund Kaas, where he became a Sith Warrior and a successful commander of the Imperial Military. During a trip to the Outer Rim world of Geonosis, Veradun discovered the Twi'lek slave girl Eleena Daru and took her as his own. Although she was technically his slave, the two fell in love with one another and fought side by side in many battles during the Great Galactic War against the Galactic Republic. Veradun later eschewed his birth name and adopted the Sith moniker of Darth Malgus.
In the beginning, Malgus and his master Darth Vindican had led the victorious recapture of the Sith world Korriban, before the former struck down the latter for being injured at the hands of Jedi Master Kao Cen Darach. At the height of the war, Malgus led a surprise assault on the Core World of Alderaan; though initially successful, Malgus and his forces were defeated in a concentrated Republic counterattack led by his nemesis from Korriban, future Grand Master Satele Shan. The Sith Lord was heavily wounded during the battle, and was forced to wear a respirator for the remainder of his life. In 3653 BBY, the Empire entered into sham peace negotiations with the Republic, which were truthfully nothing more than a distraction from the Sith's true target: the Republic capital of Coruscant. Malgus was chosen by his superior, Darth Angral, to participate in the attack on Coruscant as the leader of a strike team that would invade the Jedi Temple. Malgus succeeded in killing a substantial number of Jedi defenders — including Jedi Master Ven Zallow, who has been recognized as Malgus's most notable kill — before the Sith fleet arrived to lay waste to the rest of the world. By the end of the engagement, the Sith had destroyed the Jedi Temple, killed half of the members of the Jedi High Council, and disgraced the Jedi Order in the eyes of the Republic.
Although Malgus had been under the impression that the Imperial Armada was going to raze Coruscant and destroy the Republic once and for all, the battle was ultimately used only as leverage in the peace negotiations on Alderaan. While the Alderaanian summit progressed, the Sith settled into an occupation of Coruscant. Malgus was placed in charge of orbital security, but the Sith Lord defied his orders and traveled back to Coruscant's surface to strike against the renegade Jedi Aryn Leneer, who was targeting Malgus for his murder of her Master, Ven Zallow. Although Leneer ultimately failed, the conflict caused Malgus to become disillusioned with the Empire and to review his relationship with Daru as a weakness. Thus, he was forced to kill his lover to preserve his own power, which he later used to cleanse the Empire of the politicians whom he blamed for allowing the Republic to survive. During the Cold War years that followed the successful peace negotiations, Malgus led Sith forces into the Unknown Regions, claiming previously-unknown territories for the Empire.
Towards the end of the Cold War, following the presumed death of the Sith Emperor and after serving on the Dark Council, Malgus came to the fore and declared a new Empire, one free of the infighting of the Dark Council. However, in time, he was tracked down to his secret base and was defeated by the Republic and the Empire.
Malgus made his return during the Invasion of Ossus at the start of the Third Galactic War, serving under Emperor Darth Vowrawn and the Sith Empire, becoming a military commander for them once more. However, following the Meridian Complex assault, Malgus went rogue, determined to expunge all physical and mental restraints used to keep him under control.
- "I think you'll be a great warrior, Veradun. A tremendous asset to the Empire."
- ―Veradun's adoptive father
Veradun was a Force-sensitive Human male born in the year 3700 BBY on the planet Dromund Kaas, the capital of the reconstituted Sith Empire. Veradun was raised by an adoptive father, a biologist in the Imperial Science Bureau, and the man maintained a private zoo on a planet other than Dromund Kaas with funding from the Empire where he collected and studied many different animals. As a child, Veradun tended to the creatures in the menagerie, feeding the animals and cleaning their cages. The young boy also participated in lessons on the Force with a number of instructors, all of whom recognized his great potential in the Force.
Sometime in his youth, a female Twi'lek servant on the estate of Veradun's father committed a minor offense. Although the offense itself was meaningless to Veradun, he killed the woman to prove to himself that he was capable of doing so. His father was pleased with his son's actions, and told the Sith Academy on the Imperial capital world of Dromund Kaas of his accomplishment. Veradun was to leave the estate and train at the academy to become a Sith Warrior.
The day before Veradun's departure, his adoptive father took him on a tour of the zoo to teach him three lessons on personal conduct, deception, and expectations. The lessons, which his father crafted through the use of the animals and their behavior, had a profound impact on Veradun and shaped his philosophies for later in life. The next day, Veradun was taken to Dromund Kaas, and he eventually became selected as an apprentice by the pureblood Sith Master Darth Vindican. On a trip to the Outer Rim world of Geonosis, Veradun discovered a young Twi'lek slave girl by the name of Eleena Daru. Upon seeing that Daru was abused and physically beaten by her owner, Veradun killed her master and took the Twi'lek as his own. Although she remained his slave, the two became lovers and he eventually came to treat her as a wife, despite the Empire's anti-alien and anti inter-species marriage policies.
It was thus that after being accepted as a Sith apprentice, Veradun found a new name for himself: Malgus.
The Great Galactic War
The Recapture of Korriban
- "After a thousand years, Korriban is ours again."
- ―Malgus, following the fall of Korriban
In 3681 BBY, the Empire returned from hiding and launched a series of attacks against the Galactic Republic, sparking the Great Galactic War. Vindican and his student were among those selected to participate in the Sith assault to reclaim the Sith holy world of Korriban, and during the Battle of Korriban the two took a Fury-class Imperial interceptor to board the Republic's space station above the planet. Landing in the hangar and preventing the station's crew from escaping aboard the freighter there, the two disembarked to confront the two Jedi who were entering the hangar.
While Vindican engaged the Zabrak Jedi Master Kao Cen Darach in battle, Malgus attacked Darach's Padawan Satele Shan. The Sith easily overpowered the younger Human at first, but a toss of Darach's lightsaber put Malgus on the defensive and allowed Shan to regain her footing. Malgus' master responded by unleashing a blast of lightning at Malgus' opponent, but Darach again came to his student's rescue by blasting the warrior with the Force, causing Vindican to change targets and attack the freighter nearby that belonged to a smuggler named Nico Okarr. Okarr was busy trying to start the ship so that he and the Jedi could escape, while a Republic trooper named Jace Malcom defended the freighter from the Sith's attack by launching a rocket at him.
Vindican easily deflected the rocket, but was enraged to see Darach order Shan to escape aboard the freighter. Angered that his opponent was escaping, Malgus engaged Darach alongside his master while the Zabrak Battlemaster defended himself with both his and Shan's double-bladed lightsabers. Despite the Sith's advantage of numbers, Darach easily beat back their attacks and scored a hit on Vindican's face before stabbing the Sith Master through his chest. Despite the fall of Malgus' master, the younger Sith summoned Vindican's lightsaber to his hand and charged Darach, batting aside the chunks of machinery and metal that the Jedi threw at him. Knocking Shan's lightsaber from Darach's grasp and battering down the Zabrak's defenses, Malgus brought the duel to a close when he cut down the Jedi Master.
Malgus was surprised to find that his master was still alive, and mocked Vindican for his failure to prevent the survivors' escape before decapitating the pureblood Sith as they watched the Sith armada descend on Korriban. After the battle, Malgus walked alone on Korriban's surface and experienced a Force vision in which the galaxy and the Republic burned. From then on, Malgus believed that he would be responsible for the fall of the Republic and its Jedi Order.
The Battle of Alderaan
In the years following the Battle of Korriban, Malgus was promoted to the rank of Sith Lord, and around 3667 BBY he was granted the title of Darth. Taking on the full name Darth Malgus, he was selected to personally lead Imperial forces in a surprise attack on the peaceful planet of Alderaan in the Core Worlds. Timing his attack to coincide with an Imperial feint to draw the Republic fleet far from the Core, Malgus landed thousands of assault droids and Imperial troopers accompanied by hundreds of Sith on Alderaan's surface after the Empire completed a vicious orbital bombardment. Malgus himself led the Imperials on a march across the planet, burning forests and destroying cities on a trek towards the capital city. However, members of Havoc Squad—a unit from the Republic Special Forces—launched a guerrilla counterattack as the Sith Lord marched through a valley.
Commander Jace Malcom, the same trooper who Malgus had encountered fourteen years earlier at Korriban, led his troops against the Imperials, prompting Malgus to defend himself against several Republic soldiers. Seeing the Sith Lord butchering his soldiers, Malcom launched several rockets toward the Sith Lord. Malgus was able to protect himself against the explosions, though they scarred his face, and the Sith unleashed a blast of lightning to subdue Malcom when the trooper rushed him. At Malgus' command, three Sith prepared to execute Malcom, but the arrival of Satele Shan—now a Jedi Knight—saved the soldier from death.
As she landed behind her friend, Shan unleashed a Force blast that sent the three Sith flying and drew Malgus' attention. The two enemies began to duel, with Malgus driving Shan to her knees with his powerful blows, but Shan brought a nearby tree crashing to the ground between them in order to force the Sith Lord back. As their duel continued, Malgus was able to cut Shan's lightsaber in half, forcing her to block Malgus' lightsaber with her bare hands by absorbing the weapon's energy. Malgus was interrupted when Malcom tackled the Sith Lord, wrestling with him before revealing that he was holding a grenade in his hand. The resulting explosion threw Malcom backwards, while Malgus was able to withstand the blast despite scarring to his face. Shan then chose this moment to blast Malgus with the Force, throwing him into a nearby cliffside and then unleashing a second, more powerful blast that brought down the entire cliff on top of him.
The Sith forces were on retreat, as reinforcements arrived from the Republic in the system to help the battered Republic defenders. Shan played a vital role in giving hope to the overwhelmed Republic forces on the ground.
Malgus survived the encounter and was picked up by his personal shuttle. Frustrated and enraged by the defeat, he paid little attention to his wounds. His breathing sounded like a rasp over wood. His skin stung from burns. His lungs were damaged. Lacerations and contusions made a grim mosaic on his flesh. However, Malgus felt no pain.
Revenge and the third lesson
As he departed Alderaan, Malgus sensed the presence of a Jedi within a ruined city on the planet. Desiring revenge against those who had deprived him of victory, Malgus ordered his shuttle's pilot to turn the craft around and hover over the city. Against the protests of the pilot, Malgus leaped from the craft to confront the Jedi within the city's ruined streets. Upon reaching the ground, the Sith called upon the Jedi. A Zabrak Jedi came out from one of the buildings and recognized him, igniting his two lightsabers in the process to face him — making his familiarity with Jar'Kai lightsaber combat style apparent. Malgus rushed towards the Zabrak Jedi to engage him, but was caught off guard when his opponent used the Force to bring down two buildings (made of duracrete and steel) from the either side of the street on the Sith Lord in an attempt to kill him.
Malgus was trapped under a mountain of rubble and used the Force to prevent himself from getting crushed. Dust made his already troubled breath more difficult. Malgus was so lost in his thirst for revenge that he failed to properly evaluate the power of his new Jedi opponent. With an effort of will, he contained his anger, controlled it, and made it in to a tool to sharpen his power. Using the Force, he blew tons of rubble up and away from him. It fell with a crash on adjacent buildings. Malgus jumped over the heap and landed on the street. The Zabrak Jedi was stunned. Malgus again charged towards his opponent and engaged him in a fierce lightsaber duel. Malgus unleashed a blizzard of lightsaber strikes, which prevented the Zabrak Jedi to perform any counterattack. The Jedi retreated before the offensive, desperately intercepting Malgus's blows. Malgus's lightsaber traced glittering red arcs through the air, and he continued to push towards the Jedi. His opponent continued to give space. Malgus soon realized that the Zabrak Jedi was actually baiting him.
Malgus augmented his Force sense and felt a faint sign of the presence of another Jedi nearby. This Jedi was hiding in the ruins and was using the Force to suppress his signature. Malgus unleashed a barrage of overpowering strikes on the Zabrak Jedi and performed a Force-augmented spinning side kick to knock him out of the way. He then Force gripped the second Jedi, pulled him out of the hiding, and crushed his windpipe.
The murder of the second Jedi enraged the Zabrak Jedi and he charged towards Malgus. However, the Sith Lord unleashed a powerful barrage of Force lightning, which overwhelmed the defenses of his opponent and began to burn his flesh. But the Jedi staggered towards Malgus slowly under the cover of his lightsabers taking one step at a time regardless of his burns. Malgus channeled more power and forced the Jedi to his knees, who screamed with pain. Malgus's lightning spiraled around the Jedi, blasting dark holes in his body and his lightsabers fell on the ground. The Zabrak Jedi was ruined by his attack but was still alive. The Sith Lord took a moment to observe the look of failure in the Jedi's eyes, and then impaled him. He remembered his third and final lesson from his foster father — sometimes there was just an empty cage — while rejoining his forces in retreat.
Following the battle on Alderaan, Malgus was nursed back to health by Daru, but jaw wounds he received during the battle forced him to don a respirator mask that covered his nose, mouth, and neck.
The Outer Rim
- "The strength of my scream buckled the bridge's transparisteel viewport and left the crew's ears bleeding. More gratifyingly, my raged overloaded the fuel slugs of an incoming wave of Aureks. The bright bursts of their deaths raised a smile."
- ―Darth Malgus, describing the anger that he felt after sensing the death of Darth Venemal
During the latter stages of the war, Malgus led a campaign against the Republic in the Outer Rim and he kept a record of his experiences inside a personal journal. 129 days into his campaign, Malgus's forces attacked the planet Ord Radama, and Malgus and the Sith Lord Darth Venemal supervised the landing of Sith forces on the world. Malgus and Venemal then led a group of Sith infantry in an assault on a Republic gun emplacement that was located at the base of a cliff. While Venemal and a group of commandos disabled the guns, Malgus led his remaining troops along a mountain pass, and he used the Force to roll a large boulder along the trail, to detonate a number of mines that lay in their way. Once he had reached the crest of the mountain, Malgus rejoined Venemal's team, and he congratulated the commandos after he learned that they had taken out a Republic stronghold. More Sith troops landed on Radama and a few days later, Malgus gathered together his soldiers and gave them a speech, to raise their spirits in preparation for an attack on Livien Magnus, the capital city of Ord Radama.
Malgus' forces besieged Livien Magnus, attempting to starve the city's inhabitants. A week into their attack, Lord Adraas, a rival of Malgus, was sent to Ord Radama by the Emperor's advisory Dark Council, to provide Malgus with assistance. Malgus was angered by Adraas' presence on the planet and when Adraas suggested that they send some Mark I and Mark II Sith war droids to clear a path to the city, Malgus and Venemal did nothing to dissuade him, despite doubting the droids' abilities. Under Adraas' orders, the droids attacked the city's southern gate and Malgus watched on as the droids were exterminated by the Republic defenders. However, the failure of the droids sufficiently distracted the Republic forces to allow Venemal and his commandos to enter the city and blast a whole in the wall. Livien Magnus quickly fell to Malgus' troops and Adraas subsequently tried to take all of the credit for the victory, which led Malgus to further despise his rival.
Despite their initial success, Malgus' forces were not resupplied and Malgus feared the Sith would lose control of Ord Radama. While the Ministry of Logistics was responsible for providing Malgus' troops with supplies, Malgus lack sufficient influence over Minister Shullis Khamarr, the leader of the Ministry, to compel her to help him, and instead, he sent some requests for resources to War Minister Shareis. However, Shareis did not respond and Khamarr failed to send Malgus any supplies, and the Republic eventually sent a number of Hammerhead-class cruisers and Thranta-class corvettes to attack Malgus' ships in orbit of Ord Radama. From the balcony of a palace in Livien Magnus, Malgus observed as Republic ships engaged his fleet, so he boarded his personal shuttle and flew up to assume command of the dreadnaught Lindworm. However, by the time Malgus arrived on the Lindworm's bridge, the Sith had already lost the battle, and he watched as a stricken Sith Harrower-class Dreadnaught plummeted into the atmosphere of Ord Radama and crashed into the center of Livien Magnus. Through the Force, Malgus felt the deaths of Venemal and a hundred thousand of the city's inhabitants, and he screamed out in anger. The power of his scream buckled the bridge's viewport, caused the crew's ears to bleed, and also destroyed a wave of Republic Aurek-class tactical strikefighters that were passing the vessel. Realizing that the Sith had no hope of defeating the Republic ships, Malgus ordered his remaining forces to depart the system and jump to the heart of Sith Space.
Republic advance and the fall of Serenno
- "We must now defend the heart of our own territory. I am enraged that the Dark Council allowed war to reach Ashas Ree, yet I must allow some measure of admiration for the way the Republic has outmaneuvered us."
- ―Darth Malgus
After his withdrawal to Sith Space, Malgus' forces were pursued by the Republic and a Republic fleet attacked the Sith world of Ziost. Malgus participated in the battle and the Sith failed to halt the advance of the Republic, which soon launched a strike against the planet Ashas Ree. Malgus was dispatched to help defend Ashas Ree and once he arrived on the world, he took command of a line of siege tanks and used them to hold off a series of attacks from Republic vehicles. The Sith forces were eventually victorious on Ashas Ree and in recognition of the role that Malgus played in the battle, the Dark Council informed him that he would never again have to face shortage of resources like he had at Ord Radama.
After receiving word from Imperial Intelligence that Jedi Master Ven Zallow—the commander of the Republic forces that had participated in the Battle of Ashas Ree—was headquartered on the world Serenno, Malgus activated a Cipher Agent, a high-ranking Serenno noble who worked for Imperial Intelligence, and the agent informed him the Republic was planning to move to a new forward base on the planet. In preparation for a Sith attack, another Cipher Agent was ordered to assassinate Zallow, to disrupt the Republic command structure, and Malgus planned to lead a force of warships to Serenno once the agent had completed the assignment. When Malgus received word that the agent had been successful, he ordered his fleet to jump to Serenno and he scattered a number of Republic vessels that were orbiting the planet. Malgus then secured control of the villa of House Palerma, which the Republic had been using as a command post, and he was angered to discover that Zallow had killed Malgus' infiltrator and fled the world. The Serenno families House Comprassi and House Teramo objected to the presence of the Sith on their planet and they hired a group of mercenaries to attack the villa. However, the mercenaries' attack was unsuccessful and Malgus observed from a parapet while some Sith assassins defeated the attackers.
The Reconquest of Ord Radama
- "The Sith Emperor has ordered us to recapture Ord Radama. I will lead the attack. There are rumors that some blame me for the death of Lord Venemal and the defeat suffered there. This campaign shall restore my honor and prove the fitness of the Sith Empire."
- ―Darth Malgus
A number of rumors circulated that claimed that some among the Sith blamed Malgus for the death of Darth Venemal, and when the Sith Emperor ordered Malgus to recapture Ord Radama, Malgus believed that the attack would give him an opportunity to restore his honor. Leaving nothing to chance, Malgus planned to lead a regiment of Sith Warriors in an assault on New Raido, Ord Radama's new capital city, with droids, troopers and commandos to join him once he had breached the city's defenses. The battle waged on for a number of weeks and Malgus suffered a number of setbacks as a result of the actions of the Jedi. However, he reveled in the bloodbath of the battle, despite the fact that the slow pace of the assault cost him his favor with the Dark Council. He remained certain that he would achieve victory on the world and that his triumph would earn him a place in Sith army that was gathering to attack the Republic's capital world of Coruscant. Malgus also suspected that the power source of the Dark Reaper, a superweapon used during the Great Sith War, was located on Ord Radama.
Malgus later began to assemble a task force in preparation for an assault on Republic-controlled space in the Core Worlds, and the Dark Council placed at his disposal 4 Harrower battle cruisers, 48 Fury-class Imperial interceptors and 192 ISF interceptors.
Sacking of Coruscant
In 3653 BBY, twenty-eight years after the war's beginning, the Dark Council contacted the Republic Senate, expressing their wish to negotiate an end to the conflict. While delegations from the Empire, the Senate, and the Jedi Order prepared to meet on Alderaan to form a peace agreement, the Sith made preparations for their strike on Coruscant. The high-ranking Sith Lord Darth Angral was placed in charge of the entire operation while Darth Malgus was chosen to lead an early attack on the Temple of the Jedi Order. Under the impression that the Empire would invade Coruscant and proceed to wipe it clean of life via orbital bombardment, Malgus eagerly accepted the responsibility, believing it to be the fruition of his vision on Korriban that foretold his destruction of the Republic. Malgus's attack plan involved him entering the Temple, wherein he would distract the Jedi while a force of fifty Sith Warriors infiltrated the ancient edifice and destroyed the planetary defense grid mainframe within. Although Malgus requested that he be the preliminary attack's sole leader, Angral insisted that Malgus' rival Lord Adraas, a political ally of Angral's, act as the second-in-command by overseeing the fifty-man infiltration team.
Attack on the Jedi Temple
- "You were deceived. And now, your Republic shall fall."
- ―Darth Malgus to Ven Zallow
In the months leading up to the attack, Malgus and his team diligently practiced and planned for their mission and the Sith Lord personally viewed computerized models of the assault thousands of times. When the negotiating parties began their peace summit on Alderaan, the Sith's plan was set in motion; Malgus, accompanied by Eleena Daru, arrived on Coruscant and proceeded on foot to the Jedi Temple, passing through crowded plazas filled with Coruscanti citizens unaware of the impending attack. The two used the opportunity to discuss their views on both their life of battle and the Force, sharing a passionate kiss on the way. Before reaching the Jedi Temple, Malgus received a confirmation from the Mandalorian bounty hunter Shae Vizla that Coruscant's defensive grid had been disabled in preparation for the Sith assault.
A squad of Temple security guards attempted to stop his advance, and Malgus advised Daru to not interfere before he quickly dispatched the group. Vizla, observing the sight from a recess in the face of the Temple, took this as her cue and infiltrated the Temple via a maintenance hatch as her colleagues strode in through the main entrance.
Six Jedi Knights dropped from the balconies to confront the strangers, and Jedi Master Ven Zallow joined them. As one, the seven Jedi moved towards Malgus and Eleena, and Malgus and Eleena moved towards them. The chrono on Malgus's wrist began to beep, indicating the approach of a hijacked NR2 Republic drop ship towards the Jedi Temple. The beep panicked the Jedi Knights inside; they ignited their lightsabers, backed off a step, and assumed a fighting stance. However, Zallow held his ground before Malgus. Malgus credited him for it and inclined his head in a show of respect. The drop ship finally breached the Jedi Temple's main entrance, skidded along the Temple floor, gouging stone, trailing fire, toppling columns, collapsing balconies, and crushing victims beneath it.
However, Malgus and Zallow remained motionless until it came to a halt directly behind them. The craft's hatch blew open to reveal Lord Adraas and the team of fifty Sith Warriors who proceeded to ignite their lightsabers. At that moment, Malgus recalled his vision on Korriban, smiled, and activated his lightsaber. The reinforcements joined Malgus, Daru, and the bounty hunter Vizla in attacking the Jedi and their security forces.
Zallow and his Knights leapt twenty meters backwards where several other Jedi rallied behind them. At that moment, Adraas and Sith Warriors charged towards the Jedi. Some Republic troops arrived at the scene and joined the Jedi in their struggle against the Sith. Batting aside their blaster fire Malgus was in pursuit of Zallow but was yet to meet him. His next target was a Jedi whom he struck down after a brief duel. Another Jedi, a Zabrak female, then caught his attention who was attempting to get close to Daru and kill her. Daru's skills were useless against this opponent, therefore Malgus intervened. He drew on the Force and with a Force push drove the Jedi across the hall and into one of the towering columns of stone, where she collapsed, blood leaking from her nose. The battle seemed to have turned more chaotic by this time.
Adraas suddenly leapt into the middle of a squad of Republic soldiers and punctuate his landing with an explosion of Force energy that cast the soldiers away like dry leaves. Malgus then unleashed a blast of Force lightning which engulfed two Padawans and one Jedi Knight simultaneously, killed them, and badly burned their bodies. Adraas and Malgus exchanged a mocking salute after these two impressive feats.
Daru traded fire with another bunch of Republic troops, which caught Malgus's attention. Before he could intervene, Vizla fired two rockets at the troops and killed them. She then hovered above another group of troops with her jetpacks and used her flamethrower to kill them. Malgus now realized that the tide of the battle has turned in the favor of his forces. He again attempted to locate Zallow but got swarmed by three more Jedi; one male, one female, and one Togruta female. He used his dueling abilities in conjunction with acrobatics to outwit them. The female went down to him first whom Malgus knocked out by slamming her on the floor with his Force-enhanced strength. He then jumped behind the Togruta female, countered her lightsaber strikes and drove her across the lying rubble with a Force push. Finally, he dodged a lightsaber strike of the male, grabbed him by his throat, lifted him up in the air, and suffocated him.
Malgus was now more enraged than ever before. He finally spotted Zallow, an opponent he considered to be worthy among all he has fought in a day. Zallow's dueling abilities were impressive and he cut down two Sith Warriors quickly while Malgus watched him. At that moment, Adraas landed right behind Zallow and attempted to kill him. Zallow dodged his attacks and sent him skidding across the hall backside with a Force push. Malgus then charged towards Zallow and caught attention of both Daru and Zallow in the process. Daru opened fire on Zallow to help Malgus. Zallow, without even looking at Daru, deflected her bolts with his lightsaber, and sent them back at her. Two struck her, and as she collapsed, Zallow used a blast of power to drive her body against a column.
Malgus stopped for a moment and looked at Daru. His anger overcame him. He let his anger loose and power went with it, shattering a nearby column and sending a rain of stone shards through the room. He focused his attention on Zallow again, his rage and power surging before him in a palpable wave. At this moment, another Jedi confronted Malgus. The Sith Lord without even focusing on him, simply extended a hand, pushed through the Jedi's defenses, and choked him to death, tossing his body aside as he charged towards Zallow. The Jedi Master also went for Malgus. A Sith Warrior confronted Zallow at this juncture but was cut down by him. Malgus and Zallow finally came face-to-face and halted, studying each other for a moment. A Jedi Knight interrupted Malgus by attempting to stab him. Malgus dodged and punched the Jedi, knocking him off-balance. He then landed a killer blow on the Jedi but Zallow intercepted his blade. The two locked eyes and began exchanging blows for a brief moment.
Malgus performed a Force-augmented kick on the chest of Zallow, which sent him flying backward about ten meters. Zallow landed on his feet but near two more Sith Warriors. They attacked him but he cut them both down with impressive speed. Malgus then threw his lightsaber at Zallow, guiding its trajectory with the Force. However, Zallow leaped in to air above it in an attempt to dodge the attack. While Zallow was still in the air, Malgus unleashed a blast of energy that caught the Jedi unprepared and sent him crashing downward into a pile of rubble. He lay there, prone. Malgus then jumped twenty meters high into the air towards the position of Zallow, recalling his lightsaber in the process, took a reverse two-handed grip, and prepared to pin Zallow to the Temple floor. But Zallow rolled out of the way at the last moment and Malgus's blade sank to the hilt in the stone of the Temple's floor. He leapt up and over Malgus, landed in a crouch, reactivated his lightsaber, and pelted across the floor back at Malgus.
Eschewing speed and grace for power, Zallow unleashed an impressive barrage of lightsaber strikes. Malgus countered his moves but was unable to find an opening. Zallow managed to slam the hilt of his saber into the side of Malgus's jaw, inflicting a minor wound on his adversary. Seeing an opening, Zallow stepped forward and aimed for Malgus's throat. However, Malgus was ready; he turned his blade vertical to parry the blow and spun out of the blade lock. Reversing his lightsaber during the spin, he rode it into a stab that pierced Zallow's abdomen. Zallow's expression fell, as he hung there, impaled by the lightsaber of his opponent. In his eyes, Malgus saw the flames of the burning Temple reflected and the approach of Imperial naval forces.
Imperial assault on Coruscant
The Sacking of Coruscant had begun, and while Sith forces led by Darth Angral took control of the Senate Building and killed the Republic's Supreme Chancellor Berooken, the Sith armada had begun their bombardment of the capital on the command of Adraas, who had bypassed Malgus to issue the order. Within the Temple, Malgus basked in the destruction, congratulating the surviving Sith before tending to Daru. He had Adraas send for a medical team from the Imperial medical transport Steadfast before dismissing him for his insubordination in ordering the bombardment. Malgus watched from the Temple's ruined entrance as Imperial bombers brought destruction to the city-planet, taking the opportunity to contact Darth Angral aboard the battlecruiser Darkness and inform him of the battle.
When the medical team arrived, Malgus ordered them to care for the wounded, Daru included. Despite her initial protests about leaving Malgus's side, the Twi'lek went with the medics to the Steadfast in orbit when the Sith Lord informed her that he would travel to the medical ship once he was finished on Coruscant. Adraas approached Malgus and questioned him on the fate of the Jedi's bodies; as Malgus believed that they had fought honorably, he decided to make the Temple their final resting place, using the remaining explosives in the drop ship to destroy the structure. As the remaining Sith joined Malgus twenty meters away from the Temple, he took in all the building's features before activating the detonator. The ancient symbol of the Jedi Order fell in on itself, spewing debris in every direction. Malgus and the others created a wall of Force energy that shielded them from the destruction, allowing them to watch the entire process in safety as they cheered.
- "Do you know your own Order betrayed you, Jedi? They informed us that you might be coming here."
"I no longer belong to an Order."
"Then we have more in common than anger."
- ―Darth Malgus and Aryn Leneer
As the battle across Coruscant continued to rage, Malgus's warriors returned to their orbiting warships. The Sith Lord chose to remain at the ruins of the Jedi Temple so that he could watch the orbital bombardment firsthand. After waiting for several hours and witnessing a gradual reduction of Imperial forces, Malgus contacted the Darkness's captain, Jard, demanding to know why the orbital bombardment had not yet commenced. The captain revealed to Darth Malgus that Lord Angral had ordered the Empire's forces to shift into occupational procedures, as the negotiations on Alderaan were continuing. Enraged, Malgus quickly traveled to the Senate Building, where Angral had commandeered the offices of the Republic's Supreme Chancellor, who was killed during the initial invasion. While en route, Darth Malgus learned that the Sith leaders had chosen to use the occupied Coruscant as political leverage in the negotiations instead of outright destroying the planet. In the Sith Lord's eyes, this directly contradicted both his purpose and the purpose of the Empire, and prevented his vision of destroying the Republic from coming to fruition.
Upon arrival at the Senate, Malgus was escorted to the Chancellor's office by Captain Roon Neele. Within, he quickly began to question the change of plans in an emotional outburst before his superior. Unknown to Malgus, Adraas had beaten him to Angral's command post, and the inferior Lord's presence made the meeting into a major embarrassment for Malgus. The angered Sith was unpracticed in Imperial politics unlike his two contemporaries, who hoped to use Darth Malgus's love for Eleena Daru and disapproval of the Emperor's policies as political leverage against him. As their tense conversation progressed, Adraas revealed that he had refused Daru treatment aboard the Steadfast and instead redirected her to one of the civilian hospitals on Coruscant's surface. Upon hearing his rival call Daru a "mongrel," Malgus drew his lightsaber and crossed blades with Adraas's own. Angral ended the fight and sent Malgus away to find his lover, but kept Adraas in his offices in a clear showing of where his favor lay.
Darth Malgus was provided with the location of Daru's hospital and traveled there immediately to collect his lover. The facility was overwhelmed by victims of the Sith attack, and had become so inundated that doctors, nurses, and the wounded spilled over onto the hospital's roof and the street outside. Malgus's shuttle set down in the middle of the street, where he was met by an irate mob of Coruscanti. As the citizens jeered and heckled the Sith Lord, one of the individuals in the crowd threw a chunk of duracrete at Malgus. Although he was able to crush the rock with the Force, Malgus was still enraged by the act and demanded to know who threw it. When no one came forward, the Sith Lord attempted to disperse the crowd, but instead received only pleas for assistance. In response, he emitted a wave of Force power that pushed everyone in his vicinity away from him violently, resulting in more injuries and destruction. The path cleared, Malgus entered the hospital and demanded that a nurse direct him to Daru. Upon finding his lover, Malgus removed her from the hospital and carried her back to his transport. While they traveled up to the Valor in orbit, the Sith Lord contemplated Angral and Adraas's intent to use Daru against him, and found difficulty in reconciling his love for the Twi'lek with his duty as a Sith.
He was eventually contacted by Darth Angral, who ordered him to remain in orbit aboard the Valor in order to oversee the blockade fleet. Although Malgus saw the job as menial, he complied and remained on the bridge of his cruiser while Adraas and Angral handled matters on the surface. The day after the invasion of Coruscant, the fleet intercepted a Dragonfly-class drop ship bound for the planet. The owner, bounty hunter Vrath Xizor informed Captain Jard that he was in possession of information that would be valuable to the commander of the blockade. Darth Malgus eventually consented to meet with the man, who informed the Sith that a smuggler would soon try to run the Imperial blockade with a Jedi Knight in tow. Although Malgus was skeptical of Xizor's claims, he raised the Valor's alert levels and intensified the scans of incoming Imperial supply superfreighter convoys. When an anomaly was detected within one of the incoming convoys, Malgus dispatched a flight of Imperial shuttles to conduct visual searches of the freighter's hulls. Upon discovering an XS stock light freighter attached to the aft section of the superfreighter Dromo, the shuttles moved to destroy the craft, but were prevented from doing so when the intruder remained close to the superfreighter. In an attempt to draw the XS light freighter out from cover, Darth Malgus ordered that the convoy disperse so that the Valor could get a clear shot.
During the commotion, Malgus was contacted by Darth Angral, but put off answering the communication until he was finished with the spice runner. Malgus instead hailed the intruding freighter and ordered the pilot to power down or be destroyed. When the smuggler, Zeerid Korr, refused, Malgus returned to Angral's communication. The superior Sith Lord informed him that the Imperial delegation on Alderaan had received information from their Jedi contemporaries; a Jedi woman by the name of Aryn Leneer had apparently left the negotiations without permission, and so was in danger of disrupting the imminent peace. The leader of the Jedi delegation, Master Dar'Nala, indicated to the Sith that Leneer's actions were not to be attributed to either the Order or the Republic, and that she was to be treated as an independent hostile agent.
The Cold War
Unrest during the Cold War
- "You are a mongrel, Adraas. Angral's mongrel and you and those like you have mongrelized the purity of the Empire with your pollution, trading strength for wretched peace."
- ―Darth Malgus, to Adraas
Following the signing of the Treaty of Coruscant, which officially ended the war, Malgus distanced himself from the power games being played by various Sith vying for a seat on the Empire's governing Dark Council. Instead, Malgus led Sith forces into the Unknown Regions, expanding the Empire's control into the largely-unexplored territories. Though a fierce fighter, he stood out as an oddity among the Sith of his day, often employing mercenaries of various alien species thought by the Empire to be deceitful and disloyal. Malgus learned many languages as a result. He also commissioned to the Dark Council's member Darth Mekhis a superweapon, the Emperor's Shadow.
Malgus was responsible for ordering many operations during the Cold War, such as those involving the Hammer Station and more notably, claiming the Foundry and defeating its master, Revan.
A New Empire and a New Emperor
- "Don't you see? Our survival demands a new Empire, tempered by alien alliances and strengthened by tolerance."
- ―Darth Malgus
Following the presumed death of the Sith Emperor on Dromund Kaas, Darth Arho invaded Ilum as retaliation. But his striving was thwarted by Darth Malgus who helped the Republic to defeat him in order to see his rival cast aside, including aiding in the rescue of Supreme Commander Rans. After Arho was defeated by the Republic, Malgus took his seat on the Dark Council and took over Arho's position as head of the Sphere of Military Offense. With the role, he also served as a military consultant, observing Imperial attempts to secure Adegan crystals to create an invincible stealth armada. Before and while he was on the Dark Council, Malgus advocated the need for alien alliances and reforms in the Empire, ideals that were rejected by staunch traditionalists like Grand Moff Ilyan Regus.
Unbeknownst to others, Malgus used his position on the Dark Council to seize control of Darth Arho's resources, including using the crystals to create a stealth armada, allowing him to go ahead with his future plans. Once Malgus had the crystals, he delivered a powerful speech announcing the New Empire and declared himself the new Emperor, which would be free of the infighting of the Dark Council, powered through alien alliances and tolerance. In a message to the Empire he defected from, he explained that he used the Foundry's power to create a droid army, similar to Revan's, but much more powerful.
His new, 'true' empire would purify the galaxy through unrelenting warfare. Believing that many others shared his views about the state of the Empire, Malgus invited any and all members of the current Empire to join his movement. In a short time, Malgus had established a loyal army of droids, mercenaries, soldiers and Sith of a wide variety of species. With this fledgling rebellion, Malgus planned to win minor victories to test its strength, while waiting for an ideal time to strike at the galaxy and defeat both the Republic and the Empire. Eventually Malgus formed many alliances with powerful Alien factions like the Schism Collective.
Malgus led his new empire to a number of early victories, capturing many areas in the Unknown Regions. But the greatest opportunity for the fledgling empire came when rumor spread that the Sith Emperor had been slain by a Jedi Knight. Unbeknownst to all but a few, it had in fact been only the Emperor's Voice that had been slain; but it was Malgus' best opportunity to unite the Sith under his leadership. Several other Sith that were waiting for the right time also joined him, leaving the Empire with the rumored death of the Sith Emperor. Malgus gained the allegiance of Darth Serevin, who became one of his closest allies. Malgus accumulated many more loyal Sith, mercenaries and the droids loyal to those in this time; many believed the Sith Empire was falling apart and in utter disrepair. The Collective, in return to Malgus' gifts, decided to repay his Empire with valuable scientific achievements such as incorporating the technology of the ancient Foundry into the captured space station. They also augmented the weaponry used by Malgus' forces with Rakata devices and perfected the production of Malgus' stealth fleet. He sent his ally, Darth Serevin, to Ilum in order to fulfill the invasion began by Darth Arho. But Serevin was defeated and the strike team secured a stealth command ship from the invading fleet and flew it to the coordinates of Darth Malgus's hidden stealth space station.
Cornered in his throne room, Malgus activated the station's self-destruct sequence to destroy the fleets assaulting it before dueling the strike team sent to face him. But for all that he was a brutal and skilled fighter, Malgus' resolve weakened as the battle went on. Taking advantage of this, his attackers were able to use pulse grenades, Force powers and other means to force him over the edge of the platform and down the reactor shaft to his supposed death.
Third Galactic War
Reappearance on Ossus
- "I am Darth Malgus. I speak with the full power of the Sith Empire. And I am in command, now."
- ―Darth Malgus
Despite the failure of his attempted coup, Darth Malgus managed to survive the explosion of the Emperor's Fortress, faking his supposed death above Ilum. Hidden from the public, many rumors about Malgus' survival were shared in the Empire, including one that speculated that Malgus was frozen in carbonite by the Eternal Empire, others claimed that Darth Acina managed to find him on the debris of the station and rebuild him with enhanced cybernetics and used him as an enforcer to take control of the Sith Empire. Some speculated that he had become the third Empire's Wrath. Due to his attempted coup, Empress Acina had Malgus kept on a tight "leash" and because of that, acted as the new unofficial "Empire's Wrath".
Malgus returned to the public in a 'supply drop' on a shuttle to Ossus. Darth Malora noticed the 'supply drop' and requested that it must not be opened because it could have been sent from a rival in order to undermine her operation. However, the 'supply drop' opened by itself and Malgus revealed himself to Malora, the Alliance Commander, Major Anri and the others present. Being shocked of his survival, Malora then attempted to attack him but was force pushed away by the Sith Lord, falling off the ledge into the depths of below. The Sith Lord then took command of the invasion from Malora and launched an attack on the Jedi Colony where Jedi Master Gnost-Dural was located. Malora however survived the fall and came back to see the Alliance Commander and Major Anri, revealing her thoughts that the Empress may have Malgus on a "leash", but wasn't the only one who could pull it. Eventually Malgus' survival became public for the rest of the Sith Empire and the Galactic Republic after the invasion of the planet.
Unknown to the Empire and Republic, Malgus secretly stole a tome from the Jedi Library on Ossus prior to departing to Dromund Kaas.
The Dantooine Incursion
After the Invasion of Ossus, Darth Malgus took command of an operation on Dantooine. Malgus saw Dantooine as an immediate threat due to its location at the edge of Imperial Space, making it a highly effective base of operations for the Galactic Republic and because of that problem, the once insignificant agricultural world quickly became a major supply contributor for the Republic's forces in the Outer Rim Territories following the war against Zakuul. The Empire, under the advisement of Darth Xarion, hired the pirate gang known as the Nova Blades to attack the planet. With the pirates providing a sufficient distraction, the Sith Empire inserted a small subversive task force of their own with the intent to selectively cripple infrastructure and sabotage the Republic's military response to the pirate threat. With the Nova Blades' invasion of Dantooine being swift and surprising, taking the Republic garrison completely by surprise, the Sith Empire under Malgus' leadership of the operation, succeeded in the covert infiltration of Dantooine.
The Meridian Complex
- "You are beaten. Your shipyard will be obliterated. Your Republic will crumble, and your fellow Jedi will be hunted to extinction. Your destruction is inevitable."
- ―Darth Malgus, to Tau Idair
Darth Malgus and Darth Krovos were put in charge of an operation to destroy the advanced Republic shipyard on Corellia known as the Meridian Complex, which had the capability to turn the war in the Republic's favor. Malgus and Krovos assembled a massive armada comprising of the majority of the Sith Empire's entire navy as well as Darth Nox's Silencer Fleet (now commanded by Moff Pyron) and the last of the destroyers outfitted with Isotope-5, plus an additional group of fuel ships so that the fleet could proceed to Corellia without stopping.
Malgus learned that the Republic fleet did not include any fuel ships and planned to destroy Republic reinforcements that fueled on allied or neutral worlds before those fleets could be used to ambush the Imperial Fleet on Corellia. The first target was Onderon, a known Republic world, and Darth Savik, Darth Malora's replacement on the Dark Council, was in charge of the operation. The second target was Mek-Sha, a world filled with criminal elements run by Huttbreaker, who decided to hold an auction of the Five Leaders on whether or not to sell fuel to the Republic, as such Darth Shaar was placed in charge of the operation due to her prior knowledge of the criminal underworld, aided by the Empire's long time allies: The Brothers.
Once Savik's and Shaar's objectives concluded, Malgus recalled them and their forces to Corellia to support the battle. Darth Malgus was present in a meeting with Emperor Vowrawn, Darth Krovos and Moff Pyron on the battle plan. Once the Empire's forces breached the control room of the Meridian Complex, Darth Malgus learned from Theran Cedrax that Tau-Idair, Gnost-Dural's protege, had transferred controls from the primary to the secondary control center before destroying it.
Darth Malgus battled Tau Idair and her allies, until an explosion occurred that knocked both combatants away from one another. Darth Malgus was recovered and taken to the doctor and medical droid that had placed Malgus under the control of Empress Acina, and now Emperor Vowrawn, who learned that Malgus had used his lightsaber to destroy the control chip. Malgus awoke, ignited his lightsaber and demanded the medical droid and a ship.
Mission to Dantooine
While en route to an unknown destination, Darth Malgus fell asleep and experienced a vision where he was on a Sith cruiser, defeated and wounded after fighting off Imperials and Sith and then being cornered by a Sith Warrior, Darth Krovos and Emperor Vowrawn.
Yelling out that he would not return, Vowrawn subjected him to Force lightning many times. All the while Malgus continued to state that he would not return. A final blow from Vowrawn woke Malgus up from his slumber in a frightened state. The medical droid came to Malgus and informed him that his visions and mental state were getting worse and the droid stated that it had no idea how to remove such a psychological effect on him. Thinking for a while, Malgus remembered that he knew of one such technique and ordered the droid to set course for Dantooine.
Aryn Leneer had sensed Malgus' presence coming to Dantooine. She Force Pulled her lightsaber to her hand, preparing for yet another confrontation with her Master's killer.
Darth Malgus and the medical droid made their way to the Jedi Enclave ruins on Dantooine and upon arriving at a conjuction Malgus abandoned the droid and proceeded further into the ruins. Coming upon a sealed door, Malgus cut his way through with his lightsaber and acquired a relic belonging to Darth Nul, an ancient Sith Lord whose records vanished from history. Prior to leaving, Malgus left behind an echo to deploy his trap if anyone he forged strong bonds with came in search of him alongside the Alliance Commander.
Duel on the Temple of Nul
- "This is how the Sith and Jedi maintain control. Revealing the ways of the force to some and keeping it from others. How many were left behind so that the Jedi could play God?"
- ―Malgus to Sa'har Kateen
At some point, Malgus traveled to the Temple of Nul on Elom to retrieve a special holocron, but he soon found that the Sith Empire and the Jedi Order had beaten him to it, as two Jedi and a Sith were dueling for the holocron that was inside a machine on the temple. Malgus appeared and stabbed the Sith Warrior. The Sith Warrior called him a traitor before succumbing to his wounds. He quickly engaged in a duel with Jedi Master Denolm Orr while the Jedi Padawan Sa'har Kateen went to get the holocron from a machine. The Sith renegade tried to shoot lightning at the young Padawan but she dodged it and made it to the machine, leaving Malgus to briefly duel with Master Orr.
After the two arrived at the machine, Malgus sensed the Padawan's past, where she was taken away from her home and her brother to train as a Jedi. Malgus told Sa'har that this was how the Jedi and Sith acted, leaving behind many young that they didn't deem worthy of using the Force. Orr destroyed the machine to free his padawan of the control and trapped Malgus with the rubble. Malgus soon revealed to Sa'har that the machine Orr destroyed was meant to find people that the Jedi deemed unworthy and assured her that if she gave him the holocron they could still find her brother.
While Sa'har and Orr fought for the holocron, Malgus used the Force to entangle Orr and strike him down after he freed himself from the rubble. He then grabbed the lightsaber of his recent victim and dueled Sa'har for the holocron. Malgus then pushed Sa'har and used the Force to trap the Padawan in rubble, allowing him to snatch the holocron from her. As Malgus left the Padawan to her own fate, he claimed that she needed to break free of her cage if she was ready.
- "I have revealed a truth long buried. A path to power, concealed by thrones and hidden by councils. Overshadowed by a war with no true victor. I have seen a vision of the future. A galaxy in flames. What I have begun will not end with me. This is only the beginning."
- ―Darth Malgus
While the Empire and Republic were occupied on Manaan, Darth Malgus managed to complete his hidden goal and wait for the inevitable arrival of the Alliance Commander who, alongside Lana Beniko and their reinforcements, defeated the rogue Sith Lord and imprisoned him in a special prison designed to hold someone as powerful as him.
While imprisoned and awaiting interrogation, Malgus mused at the idea that the Alliance Commander thought that the ordeal was over and revealed to them that he discovered a path to power that was concealed by thrones and hidden by councils; meanwhile, leaving the Holocron he found in Nul's Temple to be found by Sa'har Kateen. Malgus then proclaimed that he saw a vision of a galaxy in flames and that what he had started would not end with him as this was merely the beginning.
- "The excerpts from the journal of Darth Malgus kept during the Great Galactic War some thirty-six centuries ago are a prime example of how a wounded warrior can be sustained by rage. The war was an unbounded success for the era's Sith Emperor, and Malgus was one of his best soldiers."
- ―Darth Sidious
Thousands of years later, the Dark Lord of the Sith Darth Bane wrote about Darth Malgus in the book The Rule of Two. The Sith Lord Darth Sidious eventually obtained some surviving excerpts of Malgus's journals from an antiquities dealer and bound them into his Book of Sith, an anthology of Sith historical writings. Sidious found Malgus' military abilities and strength in the dark side impressive, and his apprentice Darth Vader later studied Malgus' writings and noted a degree of similarity between himself and the ancient Sith Lord. Along with Vitiate, Malgus was seen as being perhaps one of the most powerful Sith Lords in history in terms of his sheer strength, might, and influence.
Personality and traits
Ruthless Sith Warrior
- "He hurts even those he himself loves. These men and their wars. His name is Veradun, Jedi. And he would kill me if he knew I told you. But names are important."
- ―Eleena Daru, to Aryn Leneer
Darth Malgus had a distinct personality among the Sith. He was a fierce frontline warrior who often utilized alien mercenaries to do his bidding even when they were considered to be unreliable by the Sith in his time. Because of his interactions with many alien species, Malgus learned many alien languages.
Malgus had a romantic relationship with an alien female named Eleena Daru, treating her not as a slave but like a wife. Interestingly, Malgus had an understanding with Daru that their private relationship should remain hidden from the strangers. He believed that his rivals may exploit him, if they found out about the true nature of their relationship. Only Daru was privileged to call Darth Malgus by his real name, Veradun, and that too in private.
Malgus's personality justified his reputation as a fierce frontline warrior. He believed that he was born to fight and the Sith Empire was the instrument through which he realized his purpose. To him, the cost of the war did not matter regardless of how high it could be.
Malgus perceived the Force as a source of conflict. Upon questioning from his friend Daru, he pointed out that the Force has light side and dark side which supports his perception. The Jedi, in his opinion, understood the Force partially. He acknowledged that some of them were powerful in its use. However, he regarded the Jedi as fools.
Malgus did not tolerate failure at any cost. After he killed Jedi Master Kao Cen Darach and learned of Satele Shan and her comrades' escape, he felt disgusted with his Sith Master, Darth Vindican, for not assuring a total victory. Although he struck the wounded Pureblood Sith Lord down, he nonetheless savored their last victory together, which was of utmost significance. After the defeat on Alderaan, Malgus fell in to uncontrollable rage for a while, fought two Jedi regardless of his injuries, and killed them in an act of revenge before leaving.
As a confident individual, Malgus was brave and boldly entered the Jedi Temple for confrontation with the Jedi with only his friend Daru by his side. When the captured shuttle crashed through the Temple's main entrance and skidded along the walkway, Malgus held his position while the majority of the Jedi around him prepared to flee if necessary. When Jedi Master Ven Zallow remained stationary, Malgus acknowledged his lack of fear with a nod of respect. Malgus took joy in killing Republic soldiers, especially after a commando used heavy firepower against him during the Battle of Alderaan. When faced with a desire to slay someone, he was prepared to kill his own allies if no enemies remained just to satisfy his rage. In later years, Zallow has been recognized as Malgus's most notable kill.
Regardless of his contempt for the Jedi, Malgus was a man of principles. He was not accustomed to comforts and never drank wine. He always kept his promises. Jedi Knight Aryn Leneer wanted to avenge the death of her Jedi Master Ven Zallow, with whom she shared a powerful bond. She learned about the relationship between Malgus and Daru and wanted to exploit it. She decided to kill Daru to give Malgus a taste of the pain she felt because of his actions. However, Aryn controlled her emotions and let Daru live after encountering her in a Spaceport. Malgus also reached there and defeated Aryn in combat. But he spared her life in exchange of her sparing the life of Daru and gave her the option to leave Coruscant. Aryn was impressed but confused. While Aryn was leaving Coruscant, Malgus kept his promise and did not take advantage of her situation.
However, Malgus realized his worst fears and his experience with Aryn changed him for good. He realized that Daru was his weakness just like the Jedi. He could no longer afford this weakness. Therefore, he killed his only friend and freed himself from the shackles of emotions.
On Korriban, Malgus saw a vision of the Galaxy in flames; the fall of a Galaxy-spanning government (the Republic). However, Malgus was also a critic of the policy matters of the Sith Empire. After the Treaty of Coruscant, he felt disgusted with the politics of the Sith Empire and felt that the Republic was not the only system that required cleansing. Malgus especially had disagreements with his Sith rival Lord Adraas on various matters and killed him.
Malgus desired reforms in the Sith Empire after the Treaty of Coruscant which earned him contempt from certain quarters. He was not interested in the backstabbing politics of the top-ranking Sith desiring seats on the Dark Council.
Malgus was a reliable military commander and preferred to lead military expeditions into the unexplored territories with the objective of increasing the influence of the Sith Empire as a whole.
Rejecting the Sith Empire
Over the years and by the time of the Cold War, Malgus grew disillusioned with the state of the Sith Empire, believing there was too much infighting inside the Dark Council. He also grew tired of the Empire rejecting the use of aliens in order to boost their forces. After the Emperor's death, Malgus took matters into his own hands and decided to build his own Empire open to all Sith who wished to follow their passions, rejecting whatever titled they had gained which Malgus believed to be worthless.
Malgus demanded respect in his new position as self proclaimed emperor. The Sith Lord claimed that the Empire's antiquated ideals would cause the Sith to wither away and if they wanted to survive they needed to build a more tolerant network. Malgus was willing to destroy the Emperor's Fortress in order to wipe out the fleets that were attacking them, believing that the fortress was a monument to the old Empire and its sacrifice was inevitable. The Sith Lord was willing to die for his cause, saying that even if he was defeated, the Empire would be reborn.
After his return during the Invasion of Ossus, Malgus seemingly became loyal to the Sith Empire once again, but in reality he was just pretending to be while secretly collecting various Jedi and Sith artifacts behind the scenes. He also followed the trail of Darth Nul, an ancient Sith Lord whose records were apparently deleted by the Empire.
During his mission to Elom, Malgus talk to padawan Sa'har Kateen about how both Sith and Jedi maintained control over the galaxy by keeping to themselves to secrets of the force, not revealing it to those who they deem unworthy. After he was captured and imprisoned, Malgus recalled his vision of a galaxy in flames and claimed that he began something that would not ned with him.
Powers and abilities
Darth Malgus was an exceptionally talented duelist and specialized in using rage and brute strength to defeat his opponents. Aside from his overwhelming physical strength, which served him well not only in lightsaber duels but also in hand to hand combat, Malgus also often performed acrobatics to increase his effectiveness in lightsaber combat. His speed was such that a normal human found it difficult to watch his movements in his duels.
A ferocious Sith Warrior with a terrifying reputation, Darth Malgus relished engaging in combat on the front line. He was personally responsible for the deaths of several highly skilled Jedi Masters. Malgus has shown to employ Jar'Kai in various situations, such as during the retaking of Korriban where he employed this style to kill the Jedi Battlemaster Kao Cen Darach despite the latter's proficiency in the same fighting style and victory over Malgus's Master, Darth Vindican. Malgus's strength, rage, and clear focus gave him an advantage and allowed him to swiftly deprive Kao of one of his lightsabers and finally slay the Jedi Master. Years later, during the Sacking of Coruscant, Malgus managed to impale Jedi Master Ven Zallow in a short but ferocious duel. Zallow was often regarded as his most famous kill. Another brief example of this was shown during his fight against Jedi Padawan Sa'har Kateen, where Malgus used Jar'Kai after taking Denolm Orr's lightsaber. Even as he got older, Malgus still remained a fierce duelist that managed to fight against both Masters and Padawans.
- "Your instructors tell me that they've seen few with your potential in the Force."
- ―Veradun's adoptive father
Darth Malgus utilized a variety of Force powers during the Sacking of Coruscant to defeat many Jedi and Republic soldiers who stood in his path, including saber throw, Force push, choke, jump, speed and lightning. Malgus used his emotions — such as anger and distaste of others — to fuel his power of the dark side. Malgus demonstrated the skill and power to handle multiple opponents simultaneously without much effort.
In one instance, Malgus unleashed a powerful blast of Force lightning and killed 3 Jedi with it. Malgus himself could tolerate Force lightning attacks. During his duel with Lord Adraas, Malgus strode through the barrage of the Force lightning from his opponent using his lightsaber and fingers as conduit, and redirected it back towards his opponent to knock him off his feet. He perfected his application of Force lightning to a degree from which he could unleash a Force Maelstrom. During the Battle of Ilum, he demonstrated an application of tutaminis when fired at by either the Voidhound, Meteor, Hunter or Cipher Nine, absorbing the blasterfire with one hand.
Malgus also performed Force screams to make his hatred apparent to his opponents as well as destroy enemy fighters within his range. During his raid of the Jedi Temple, Malgus unleashed power with an expression of his rage which shattered a nearby column of wall and send a rain of stone shards through the room when his friend Eleena Daru was struck down by his most powerful opponent in the region; Zallow. Malgus used this ability once again during his raid of the resting place of Adraas, making his extreme hatred for him clearly visible by leaving a trail of destruction around him with it during his advance towards his powerful Sith rival.
Malgus often used Force speed to augment his physical movements. When Malgus engaged Jedi Knight Aryn Leener in a duel, an observer attempted to watch them but could not properly see their movements because of their immense speed. Later on, Malgus used this ability once again while he was rushing towards the hangar in a Spaceport to rescue Daru from a threat, leaving the troops accompanying him far behind.
Being strong in the Force, Malgus was proficient in the applications of telekinesis. Malgus could counter-push his opponents in the mid-air while they would jump towards him to knock them out in the process. During the duel with Aryn, Malgus demonstrated the ability to hurl objects as missiles towards his opponent. Malgus could also perform Force grip and Force crush.
On Alderaan, a Zabrak Jedi used the Force to collapse two buildings on Malgus in an attempt to kill him. Malgus stood under the mountain of rubble composed of building parts made of duracrete and steel preventing it from crushing him beneath with the Force. Malgus controlled his anger and sharpened his power. He blew the rubble up and away from him, sending it crashing in adjacent buildings.
Malgus also performed Force wave when he attempted to disperse a large crowd gathered outside a Medical Facility in Coruscant to check on Daru. The blast shoved everything away from him in all directions, and bodies slammed in to each other, walls, and windows. The nearby Transport lurched, and all the doors of the Medical Facility broke loose and fell to the ground.
On Alderaan, Malgus also faced Jedi Master Satele Shan and her allies in single combat and tolerated heavy firepower and Force powers from his opponents which shattered large objects around him. He was seriously injured but he survived and felt no pain.
Malgus could also hide his presence in the Force. Interestingly, a Jedi in Alderaan used this ability to suppress his Force signature when he planned to ambush Malgus but it was not effective against him. Malgus still managed to sense his presence and foiled his plans.
Behind the scenes
- "He's definitely not a hero, and he's not an anti-hero. My goal was to create a character that readers can respect but still abhor. I very much enjoy writing characters who live in a moral twilight."
- ―Paul S. Kemp, on developing Malgus for The Old Republic: Deceived
Darth Malgus first appeared as an unidentified Sith in the Deceived trailer to the upcoming video game, Star Wars: The Old Republic. In the trailer, Malgus — voiced by Jamie Glover — serves as narrator, though the character does have at least one line of dialogue, when he kills his Jedi opponent. Malgus was first identified in an entry on The Old Republic website's Holonet databank which features Aurebesh phrases such as "Friend to Mandalore," "Yablari, Trandosha, Kalee," and "First Contact." Malgus made appearances in the Hope and Return trailers, and was featured as a major character in Paul S. Kemp's novel The Old Republic: Deceived, released on March 22, 2011. Darth Malgus' armor was later released in-game as the "Sith Raider Armor", an armor set purchasable through the Cartel Market system.
The mission log text for "The Challenge of War" on Ilum refers to Malgus as a member of the Dark Council. However, the in-game dialogue does not refer to him as such, and it contradicts established details about Malgus's disinterest in serving on the Council.
During San Diego Comic Con 2015 Cantina Tour, a fan-event hosted by BioWare, a clip and several concept arts of a cut scene from Star Wars: The Old Republic: Knights of the Fallen Empire cinematic trailer Sacrifice were showing Darth Malgus in carbonite, brought by Thexan and Arcann before the Emperor of the Eternal Empire, Valkorion. However, besides being mentioned, the character never appeared in the extension, which was released later that year on October 27.
- Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes
- "The Old Republic: The Third Lesson" – Star Wars Insider 124
- Deceived (First appearance)
- The Old Republic: Deceived (First identified as Veradun, simultaneous with The Old Republic: Deceived audiobook)
- The Old Republic: Deceived audiobook
- The Old Republic—The Lost Suns 4 (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars: The Old Republic
- The Old Republic: Annihilation (Mentioned only)
- The Old Republic: Annihilation audiobook (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars: The Old Republic Cartel Market
- Star Wars: The Old Republic: Rise of the Hutt Cartel (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars: The Old Republic: Galactic Strongholds (Picture only)
- Star Wars: The Old Republic: Shadow of Revan (Mentioned only)
- Sacrifice (Appears in deleted scene(s))
- Star Wars: The Old Republic: Knights of the Fallen Empire (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars: The Old Republic: Knights of the Eternal Throne
- Star Wars: The Old Republic: Onslaught
- (In flashback(s))
- (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars: The Old Republic: Legacy of the Sith
- Onslaught at Arda I (Mentioned only)
Notes and references
- Star Wars: The Old Republic Encyclopedia
- The Old Republic: Deceived
- Star Wars: The Old Republic: Knights of the Eternal Throne—Mission: "Jedi Under Siege" on Ossus
- Star Wars: The Old Republic—Flashpoint: "The False Emperor"
- Return cinematic trailer
- The Old Republic: Annihilation
- Star Wars: The Old Republic: Rise of the Hutt Cartel—Imperial Mission: "To Pierce the Heavens" on Makeb
- "The Old Republic: The Third Lesson" – Star Wars Insider 124
- The Journal of Master Gnost-Dural
- Hope trailer
- Book of Sith: Secrets from the Dark Side
- The Old Republic, Threat of Peace Act 1: Treaty of Coruscant
- The Old Republic—The Lost Suns 4
- Star Wars: The Old Republic—Flashpoint: "The Battle of Ilum"
- Star Wars: The Old Republic: Onslaught—Flashpoint: "Secrets of the Enclave"
- Star Wars: The Old Republic: Knights of the Eternal Throne—Mission: "The Marauders of Dantooine" on Dantooine
- Star Wars: The Old Republic—Objective: Meridian
- Star Wars: The Old Republic—Imperial Mission: "Task at Hand" on Odessen
- Star Wars: The Old Republic—Republic Mission: "Task at Hand" on Odessen
- Star Wars: The Old Republic: Onslaught—The message "Darth Nul" from Master Gnost-Dural
- Star Wars: The Old Republic: Legacy of the Sith—Flashpoint: "Ruins of Nul"
- "Blaster" – Star Wars Insider 123
- "The Sacking of Coruscant" – Star Wars Insider 113
- Star Wars: The Old Republic—Imperial Mission: "The Challenge of War" on Ilum