- "Moffs, Generals. We are an empire at war to reclaim our rightful place in the galaxy. We cannot afford to be the same empire we were before we returned to this space. We must be strong, determined, and above all free to do what is necessary to claim victory."
- ―Darth Nox during Silencer project
Darth Nox, formerly known as Kallig, also known by the call sign Rage, and by the titles Heir of Tulak Hord and Kallig and Master of the Dead, and worshiped as the Great Dragon by the Cult of the Screaming Blade, was a powerful Dark Lord of the Sith that served the Sith Empire during the Cold War and Galactic War. The heir of ancient Sith Lord Aloysius Kallig, Nox sought to restore the Kallig bloodline to greatness.
Discovered as a slave of the Sith, the future Darth Nox started at the bottom of the ladder when the slave was chosen to be trained as an acolyte at the academy on Korriban. As the future Darth Nox succeeded in overcoming all of the trials imposed by the academy's masters and instructors, the heir of Kallig rose in the hierarchy, embracing the way of the Sith Inquisitor.
During their rise to power, the future Nox developed a bitter rivalry with Darth Thanaton, a powerful Dark Lord of the Sith and a member of the Empire's Dark Council. The antagonism between the two Sith was brought to an end when the Inquisitor defeated Thanaton on the very floor of the Council chambers, occupying his seat on the Dark Council as the head of the Sphere of Ancient Knowledge.
- "Now, go. Return to Harkun and nurture your hatred for him, and use your fear of him to grow stronger. He may raise his fist to strike, but it is Lord Zash who will determine where the blow will land."
- ―Spindrall's advice to the young Acolyte
Discovered as a slave, the acolyte was brought to Korriban for training as a Sith, as the acolyte's Force-sensitivity impressed those who discovered them. This was a time in which the Sith Order had decided to accept non-Imperials to be trained as Sith Inquisitors. Upon arrival at the academy on Korriban, the newly-dubbed acolyte was assigned to Overseer Harkun, who was instructing other non-Imperial Sith, whom he held in contempt, especially former slaves. The overseer made no attempt to hide his disdain as he openly discriminated against the acolyte in favor of another acolyte in the group, a pureblooded Sith named Ffon Althe. After a brief introduction upon the acolytes' arrival, Harkun assigned the acolyte their first quest: to travel into Ajunta Pall's tomb and be tested by Lord Spindrall.
After killing some K'lor'slugs and tomb looters along the way, the acolyte finally reached Spindrall, who tested the young acolyte by sending his own six acolytes to attack. They swiftly defeated them all, passing the test and leaving the tomb thereafter. Successful, the acolyte returned to Harkun, who was awaiting them in the Sith Academy, but not without first meeting an assistant overseer called Markan, who introduced the acolyte to some core Sith tenets before redirecting him to Lord Samus for further training.
Back in Harkun's office, Harkun executed an acolyte, Kory, for her weakness and not living up to her potential before assigning the acolyte to a quest in the academy's jails, which Lord Zash herself had requested for him. In the jail, Inquisitor Zyn told the acolyte to interrogate a weak acolyte named Alif; they succeeded, getting the answer that Zyn wanted from Alif. Harkun then proceeded to assign both the acolyte and Ffon to different trials of intellect. While Ffon's task was less dangerous, merely having to translate some ancient texts, the acolyte's task was to travel to Marka Ragnos's tomb and recover an ancient holocron. The acolyte fought through hordes of Tuk'ata and Shyracks to reach the objective but succeeded nonetheless, retrieving the holocron through the use of Force lightning.
Upon returning to Harkun, he was both surprised and displeased that the Acolyte had survived and was quick to send the acolyte on another difficult task. At the same time, the acolyte was gaining renowned praise for the feats they performed in the tombs.
The Dashade and final trials
- "Your final trial will be to retrieve an ancient map from the innermost chamber of Naga Sadow's tomb—which has never been breached in thousands of years."
- ―Overseer Harkun
The acolyte was sent by Harkun, at Lord Zash's request, to recover a text in Tulak Hord's tomb as part of Zash's research on the ancient Dark Lord's artifacts. As before, they succeeded in this task, retrieving the archived text. Upon returning to the academy, the acolyte was met by Lord Zash herself, who complimented their success. She told the young acolyte that she had great hopes and that the acolyte was likely to become the apprentice she was looking for.
The acolyte then met Harkun and delivered the artifact to him in his office. The overseer refused to believe that they had met Zash and sent them to the academy's training facility. Upon arriving in the facility, the acolyte was met by two of Harkun's other students who had been assigned to slay them in exchange for permission to leave and go home. The acolyte, however, was far too strong and easily killed the other two.
Realizing the assignment had been a trap, the acolyte returned to Harkun, who then assigned their final trial. He wanted the acolyte to retrieve an ancient map from Naga Sadow's tomb, which first required releasing a sentient beast called a dashade. Zash interrupted the conversation and gave the acolyte the translated text that was previously retrieved from Tulak Hord's tomb. This information, which was vital to reach the ancient map, gave the acolyte a great advantage over Harkun's favored student, Ffon.
The acolyte breached the tomb, destroying the droid guardians protecting it, and released the dashade. They soon learned that the dashade was Tulak Hord's renowned, ancient shadow assassin named Khem Val. Upon release, the powerful creature immediately attacked the acolyte, but was ultimately defeated. In accordance with dashade tradition, he pledged loyalty to the one who had bested him, giving the acolyte a powerful servant and companion. They continued on, defeating many droids in their path and even an ancient beast called a terentatek before recovering the ancient map.
The acolyte delivered the ancient map to Harkun, who had been arguing with Ffon that getting the map was impossible. The overseer was quick to snatch the map out of the acolyte's hands and give it to Ffon just as Lord Zash appeared. Zash, seeing the map now in Ffon's hands but knowing it wasn't he who recovered it, asked him to tell the truth. Ffon, fearing the consequences of lying to a Sith Lord, told Zash the truth and she killed him with Force lightning, and instructing the acolyte (Harkun's last surviving charge) to meet her at her office. The acolyte complied and Lord Zash accepted them as her new apprentice, telling the young Sith to meet her next at the Empire's capital of Kaas City on the planet of Dromund Kaas. Here, her new apprentice could develop their skills further. Firstly, however, she gave the young apprentice her old lightsaber as a gift.
Apprenticeship to Zash
While preparing to leave the academy and travel to the capital, the apprentice was met by another Sith apprentice, Ortosin, who brought an ultimatum from his master, Darth Skotia, Zash's superior. The apprentice refused to answer the ultimatum and a duel ensued, in which the apprentice killed Ortosin and the two thugs that accompanied him. The apprentice then departed to the Imperial Navy's headquarters, a massive space station called Vaiken Spacedock. There the apprentice met Overseer Kryos who helped the new apprentice decide which path to take: the Sith sorcerer or the Sith assassin.
Defeating Darth Skotia
- "Mindless... you don't know what Zash can do. Think—think of how many years she must have spent plotting my death. She will kill you. Just like... she's killed... me."
- ―Darth Skotia
Upon their arrival to Dromund Kaas, the apprentice was received by Darth Skotia himself and his two Trandoshan bodyguards, who threatened the young apprentice yet again, also telling the young apprentice to warn Zash that he holds the key. After leaving the spaceport the Apprentice completed several tasks assigned by Imperial officers who were having numerous troubles with slave rebels, deserters and the planet's own creatures.
The apprentice then reached Kaas City, the capital, and traveled to the Imperial Citadel where Zash awaited the Apprentice at her office. The apprentice immediately told her about Skotia's warnings and she revealed her plan to have the apprentice assassinate the cyborg Sith Lord by first exploiting his cybernetics' weaknesses. She then told the apprentice that the first step was to discover what Skotia was hiding and sent the apprentice on a mission to investigate and extract information from Skotia's former slaves who had now rebelled.
The apprentice succeeded and then infiltrated Darth Skotia's bunker. There, the Apprentice slew Skotia's guard including many Sith and even one Sith Lord, Ogathu, before retrieving a relic that controlled Skotia's Trandoshan bodyguards.
The Apprentice then returned to the Citadel and gave the relic to Lord Zash. Zash, knowing controlling the Trandoshans wouldn't be enough to defeat Skotia, sent the Apprentice on one more mission to retrieve a weapon that could destroy cybernetics noting that Skotia was mostly a cyborg and it would be effective against him. The weapon had been created by a scientist named Dorotsech who was being held captive by the rogue Sith Lord Grathan.
The Apprentice infiltrated Grathan's base and after killing everyone that stood in the Apprentice's path, the young Sith discovered Dorotsech who gave the Apprentice the weapon's location. The Apprentice then retrieved the weapon but not without killing Dorotsech first, leaving no witnesses for what had happened in Grathan's estate. When the Apprentice returned to Zash she decided her apprentice was ready and finally assigned the young Sith to kill Darth Skotia.
The Apprentice met Darth Skotia in his office. Knowing that they needed to get close enough to use the anti-cyborg weapon, the Apprentice used the Trandoshan relic to turn Skotia's bodyguards on him but Skotia easily killed them, stating that they were only for show. Darth Skotia then proceeded to attack the Apprentice, but the latter used the Cybernetics weapon on him. The weapon didn't kill Skotia but weakened him enough for the Apprentice to engage him in a duel. With his dying breath, Skotia warned the Apprentice that Zash would turn on them too. As the cyborg collapsed on the floor, the Apprentice promised to face Zash when the time came.
The Apprentice then went to the cantina, where Lord Zash was contacted by Darth Thanaton who accused her of slaying Skotia. Zash, having a concrete alibi, refused such accusations and was promoted to the Darth title in front of the Apprentice. The Apprentice then returned to Skotia's -- now Zash's -- former office, where Lords Kirnon and Calaverous were investigating the scene of the murder. The Apprentice was asked how Darth Zash had slain Skotia; the Apprentice replied that she didn't, the young Sith had done it themselves. No one believed them, however.
The search for Tulak Hord's artifacts
Eventually sent to the Dark Temple on Dromund Kaas by Zash, the Sith apprentice discovered ancient roots to a Sith Lord, a one-time friend and greatest enemy of the ancient Dark Lord Tulak Hord, Aloysius Kallig. The ghost of Kallig recognized the Inquisitor to be of his bloodline and the means to restore his family name to greatness. He warned the Inquisitor that the Sith play an endless game of treachery, a game his heir must win. He advises to beware the master and apprentice and never to be taken by surprise.
Also while at the temple, the Apprentice found a relic of Tulak Hord captured millennia earlier by Kallig before his death. After learning of the Apprentice's ancestry and recovering the artifact, they ventured back to Darth Zash and learned that many other such artifacts were hidden around the galaxy. The Apprentice was then given the task of finding these artifacts on Balmorra, Nar Shaddaa, Tatooine, and Alderaan.
Darth Zash instructed the Apprentice to recover an artifact sealed in Vault 305 on Balmorra. The contact on Balmorra was Major Bessiker. He and his assistant revealed that the vault was converted to a toxic waste storage facility and was overrun by colicoids. The Apprentice had to synthesize a colicoid serum which provided immunity to the toxic waste inside Vault 305. The first step was searching the records of Balmorran scientists who engineered the colicoids to be resistant to the toxic waste and that allowed them to even feed on it. After learning the data that described how to create the serum, Apprentice had to find Iannos Tyrek, who was the only person with expertise to produce it. After Tyrek was brought back to base, Bessiker refused to produce the serum unless the Apprentice first helped him free his son Hiran who was recently captured by the Republic. The Apprentice didn't take the extortion lightly but eventually agreed to help him. When storming the prison on Gorinth Plateau, Hiran was found in one of the cells. He was a Sith himself and revealed that he obtained some sort of weapon. The Apprentice wanted the weapon and killed the fellow Sith as a result. Upon returning to the base, Major Bessiker was furious and attacked the Apprentice. The Apprentice was forced to kill the Major and promote his assistant to his position. The assistant ordered Tyrek to produce the serum which was used to give immunity to toxins inside the vault. As a result the Apprentice successfully recovered the artifact.
The third artifact was held by a Sith Lord named Paladius on Nar Shaddaa. Paladius manipulated and exploited the poverty of the Nar Shaddaa population to form a personal cult. The Apprentice first met with Destris Veran and Rylee Dray, former followers of the cult who were promised to be given control of the cult in exchange for their assistance. The Apprentice decided that the best way to weaken Paladius was to draw his followers away from him. The first step was to build up the Apprentice's reputation by eliminating the notorious Krayts leaders. The next step was to demonstrate the Apprentice's "immense powers" to Paladius' followers which would sway them away from him. The plan was to produce quakes beneath the ground by an explosion. The detonator was obtained from Gord Madel. After that, the Apprentice showed up at Meridian Hall where Paladius rallied his followers and was giving them a speech by hologram. During the speech, the Apprentice mocked Paladius and told the gathered followers to witness the Apprentice's own miraculous abilities, using the detonator to produce an enormous groundquake. The followers started to worship the Apprentice, despite Paladius' attempts to convince them that it was a fraud. Shortly afterwards, Paladius contacted the Apprentice and offered the artifact in exchange of leaving him in control of the cult. They met in his headquarters where he tried a double-cross by stripping the Apprentice of the ability to use the Force. Nevertheless he was defeated in lightsaber combat. The Apprentice then recovered the artifact and took over the control of his cult.
During the search for the artifacts, Kallig interrupted his descendant. He was suspicious of Zash's intentions and wanted the Apprentice to be prepared. Recently, he discovered that his old Sith mask was in the possession of Lord Khreusis. He tasked the Apprentice to recover it. The Apprentice found Lord Khreusis on Korriban and slew him to take the mask as their own.
The next artifact was in hands of pirates who found a refuge on Tatooine. The Apprentice was tasked to find Andronikos Revel, who was the leader of the pirate crew before his first mate, Sylas Wilkes, betrayed him and took his favorite blasters. Seeking revenge, Andronikos helped the apprentice find his old first mate through his former girlfriend Casey Rix, who was also part of the crew. They found out that Wilkes too was betrayed by the crew, who then took the artifact, as well as Andronikos' blasters, and went into the dune sea. The Apprentice followed them and found logs which indicated that the pirate crew was driven insane by the artifact's power. The artifact was recovered from the body of one of the pirates. At that point, Andronikos joined the Apprentice's crew.
The last artifact was in possession of House Organa on Alderaan. The Apprentice met with Elana Thul who was helping during the mission on Alderaan. By gathering some information, it was revealed that the artifact was secured in Elysium vaults and the key to the vault was in the hands of Jedi Master Nomar Organa. By breaking into House Alde's library and searching through old records, the apprentice discovered that he and Rehanna of House Rist were once in love but Nomar cancelled the marriage to become a Jedi. By manipulating Rehanna, the Apprentice managed to lure Nomar into coming to Alderaan where he was killed. The key was taken from his body and the artifact was stolen from the Organa's in the Elysium.
Kallig contacted his descendant once again. This time, he wanted the Apprentice to claim his old lightsaber, which was given to Jonas Escalus for keeping. The last descendant of Escalus at that time was Mila Escalus, who was working on Nar Shaddaa. The Apprentice tracked her down to one of the casinos. She revealed that her late father gambled the lightsaber to a criminal named Gyl Rosen. The Apprentice went to meet with Gyl but he refused to give away the lightsaber. He was then killed and the lightsaber was reclaimed.
- "Listen, apprentice. Various Force rituals have helped me maintain my appearance and some of my vitality. But inevitably, life fades. I'm dying, apprentice. My will, my intellect, my spirit are as lively as ever, but this body is dying."
- ―Darth Zash
After acquiring all of Tulak Hord's artifacts, Darth Zash asked the Inquisitor to return to the Dark Temple on Dromund Kaas to begin the ritual.
Taking Khem back to the Dark Temple, the Inquisitor discovered that Zash had aged rapidly from increased exposure to the dark side, barely kept at bay by her rituals. Now, she sought to use Hord's artifacts to forcibly take her apprentice's body. But before she could complete the ritual, Khem interrupted. Though her body died, Zash's spirit wound up in Khem's body. Furious at her apprentice's betrayal, Zash threatened to use Khem to exact her revenge. However, Zash discovered that because of the Dashade's bond to his master, she too was bound to serve her own apprentice. Worse, she had to fight Khem for dominance of his body.
Shortly afterward, Darth Zash's apprentices, including Corrin and Kaal, arrived and noticed the body of their master. Kaal accused the Inquisitor of murdering Zash and attacked. Corrin quickly broke up the fight and explained that Zash had a dream that consisted of the Inquisitor killing the master and leading the Sith to glory. Zash's apprentices then dedicated their loyalty to the new Sith Lord and bowed.
Lord of the Sith
- "You are Lord Kallig now. It was once a glorious name, use it well."
- ―Aloysius Kallig
- "Behold, the heir of Kallig, slayer of Zash, successor of Tulak Hord, Lord of the Sith. Now, bow!"
- ―Khem Val announcing the rise of Lord Kallig to Zash's followers
Despite inheriting Zash's power base and the title of Sith Lord, the victory was not to last. Darth Thanaton, an emissary to the Dark Council and a staunch traditionalist, sent Lord Kallig into the tomb of Darth Andru, expecting his foe to become the deceased Sith Lord's latest victim. Only Aloysius's timely intervention prevented that. To gain more power to defeat Thanaton, Aloysius instructed Kallig to go to the tomb of the Sith Lord Ergast to learn the Force walk, a ritual that can bind Force ghosts and draw on their power. After binding both Ergast and Andru's spirits, Kallig returned to face Thanaton, but the Dark Lord still proved more powerful and seemingly killed Kallig. Luckily, the two ghosts kept Kallig from dying and Zash's other apprentices saved their new Master before Kallig's body was disposed of.
Requiring more power before facing Thanaton, Kallig headed to Taris to find another ghost, Kalatosh Zavros. After acquiring the ghost, as well as a new apprentice named Ashara Zavros, Kallig picked up a distress call from Quesh, as Zash's apprentices had stolen the key to Thanaton's private meditation chamber. Kallig managed to gain the key but failed to save the apprentices. On Zash's suggestion, Kallig returned to Korriban to select a new apprentice, to maintain their standing in Sith society. Kallig chose to observe the latest slave group being handled by Harkun. Kallig had high hopes for the Kaleesh, whom Harkun called Xalek.
Kallig headed to Hoth after Andronikos Revel told Kallig that there were rumors of a ghost on the frozen planet. After arriving on Hoth, Kallig met with Imperial Reclamation Service officer Talos Drellik. When the Sith Lord met him, Drellik was searching for a rumored hidden temple in The Bitter End. After encountering a force ghost of Horak-mul, who was using the body of an Ortolan, Kallig was ordered to desecrate the temple Talos Drellik had been looking for, a temple of Naga Sadow. Despite Drellik's pleas not to destroy everything in the temple, Kallig destroyed every last artifact. Approvingly, Horak-Mul told Kallig to find him in the Star of Coruscant, which had crashed in the Starship Graveyard. Refusing to sign a pact of blood with Horak-Mul, Kallig was attacked by Kaleesh assassins. However, Kallig proved too strong, and once Kallig had overpowered the Kaleesh, Kallig bound Horak-Mul.
Confronting Darth Thanaton
Kallig then returned to Dromund Kaas to face Thanaton in his private meditation chamber. Kallig killed Thanaton's apprentice Rolan, but as the Lord turned to face Thanaton, the power of four ghosts suddenly went out of Kallig's control. Kallig's body started failing and the ghosts threatened to drive the young Sith insane.
Locating a cure
Invading Thanaton's private library
After returning to the ship, Zash went on a search to find a cure for her master. Shortly thereafter, she realized that Thanaton made a switch to the journals of Darth Iratus and Darth Vilus as they had suffered similar problems. Kallig then invaded Thanaton's Private Library, used Force persuasion on the guard captain, and recovered the real journals. The Sith learned that Iratus went to Belsavis and Vilus to Voss to find a cure, but both had failed in their search. As Zash and Ashara began researching the planets, Kallig went to Korriban to check up on Harkun. The overseer put his credits on the Gran acolyte, though Kallig still favored Xalek.
On Belsavis, Kallig retraced Iratus' steps in the attempt to heal the decaying body. There Kallig managed to find an ancient Rakata Mother Machine and, in exchange for Kallig's DNA, the Rakatan Warden Gorshaa, helped recreate Kallig's body so that he can withstand the physical strain of using the ghosts.
A new ally
Upon returning to the ship, Kallig received a call from Moff Valion Pyron, who offered to ally with the young Sith against Thanaton. He explained that to win other Moffs to Kallig's cause, they need to prove that Kallig is more worthy of leading the Empire than Thanaton. His solution was a fleet-killing superweapon, codename Silencer, a project which Thanaton scrapped, claiming that the Force was superior to any new technology. What was left to complete the weapon was a CN-12 chip, which was constructed on Nar Shaddaa. He suggested that Kallig reach out to the Cult of the Screaming Blade, whose allegiance Kallig won as Zash's apprentice, in hopes of obtaining the CN-12.
Returning to Nar Shaddaa, Kallig learned from the cultists that the CN-12 was being held by a trio of cyborgs called the Veil and they only wished to speak with the Sith. Upon learning this, Kallig met with the Veil, who attempted to bargain the chip for control of the cult. However, Kallig used a mind trick to compel them to join the cult.
Kallig returned to their ship to report the success to Pyron, who then informed the Sith that Thanaton has ascended to the Dark Council, his predecessor dying under mysterious circumstances. This pleased Kallig, who knows that finally killing Thanaton will also earn his seat. Pyron added that the Dark Council shouldn't know and warned that the other Moffs may not be so eager to oppose a Dark Councilor. Kallig then asked Pyron as to his motives for opposing Thanaton. The Moff stated Sith tradition has held the Empire from crushing the Republic and he believes that Kallig would be far more suited to accomplish this than Thanaton. As Pyron signed off, promising to complete the Silencer, Ashara approached Kallig, reminding her Master that they cannot face Thanaton with the ghosts out of control and suggested they go to Voss.
Mysteries of Voss
Though Kallig's body was healed, the young Sith's mind was not. Upon docking at the Voss space station, the ghosts began mocking Kallig for thinking that an imaginary ritual could subdue them. Ignoring them, Kallig listened to Zash describing the planet Voss. It was apparently a utopia, ruled by the Voss Mystics, who perceive the Force as a conduit of healing and visions. Healing rituals were rare and often forbidden. But before Zash could explain more, Khem regained control. Kallig then decided to meet with an Imperial emissary, Athelis Kallis, in Voss-Ka.
Upon boarding the station to get transport to the surface, Kallig was approached by a Voss emissary named Sor-Nak, who said that the Mystic Alor-Wan had foreseen that Kallig would destroy the Voss way of life and demanded that the Sith Lord turn back. Kallig refused to turn back after suffering so much hardship, so Sor-Nak left, saying that Alor-Wan has seen that he will not use force and promises that he will find another means of persuasion.
Kallig met with Kallis and her partner, Rul Jophen, at the Imperial embassy. After being advised to avoid upsetting the Voss, Kallig elaborated on their mission to Kallis, who suggested that the Sith Lord seek out the outcast dream-walker cult.
Kallig later arrived at the cult's enclave and, with the permission of their leader, Asa-Ku, undertook their initiation ritual in order to learn their mind-healing ritual. The ritual caused Kallig to go into the dream world, where the ghosts masqueraded as familiar people in Kallig's life, whom the Sith Lord had to fight. Upon returning to the waking world, Asa-Ku told Kallig to go to the Shrine of Healing, providing an insignia that would grant the Sith Lord entry into the cult's chambers where the mind-healing ritual could be learned.
Upon entering the Shrine, Kallig was addressed by a disembodied voice, another Force ghost, this time a Voss called Mar-Da, who was the first and last dream-walker, who stated that the mind-healing ritual was forbidden. As punishment for the ghost's defiance, Kallig bound Mar-Da and forced him to reveal that a dream-rock in the Nightmare Lands could defeat the ghosts bound to Kallig by turning them to flesh and blood, but only a Gormak could use it.
Subsequently, Kallig received a holocall from Kallis, announcing that a pair of Voss commandos was tearing apart her office. After returning to Voss-Ka and disposing of the interlopers, Kallig then had Kallis consult her research, confirming that the closest the Gormak had to Force-users were dream-walking shamans.
Journeying into Gorma-Koss, Kallig used dream-walking to communicate with a sympathetic Gormak named Hadrik, who was tired of the fighting between Voss and Gormak. As the shaman was imprisoned by the Gormak king, Jokull, for speaking out against him, Kallig rescued him in reality. Hadrik agreed to perform the ritual in exchange for passage offworld. They then traveled into the Nightmare Lands and dream-walked, where they found the dream-rock, containing the spirit of a Voss named Dal-Rin. Dal-Rin instructed Hadrik to use the rock on the "ghosts", whom he referred to as nightmares, in order to defeat the ghosts and heal Kallig's mind. The pair proceeded to use the rock to strip away the ghosts' disguises and bested them in combat one-by-one. Once all the ghosts were defeated, Kallig used the rock and was healed.
Upon returning to the space station, Kallig and Hadrik found Sor-Nak waiting for them, who declared that by taking a Gormak off Voss, his people will reject the Empire. To preserve Imperial interests, Kallig used a mind trick to make Sor-Nak forget Hadrik.
The second apprentice
Harkun then contacted Kallig that the slave acolytes were in their final trial. Returning to Korriban to await the acolytes during their final trial, Kallig maintained high hopes for Xalek. At first the Twi'lek Seferiss arrived with a tablet in hand, however Xalek turned up and proceeded to kill Seferiss. This blatant disregard for Sith tradition upset Harkun, who decides to pass up Xalek for the next group. However, Kallig decided to make an exception for Xalek and used Force lightning to kill Harkun, taking in Xalek as their new apprentice.
Testing the Silencer
Kallig then rendezvoused with Pyron's flagship, the Doombringer, on which the Silencer was mounted. Arriving on the bridge, Pyron proclaimed to Moffs Dolus and Graham that Kallig is the future of the Empire. Dolus expressed hesitancy to ally with Kallig, fearing that Thanaton will have their heads. Graham, on the other hand, was willing to whittle away the ancient Sith traditions which had yet to win them the war. Kallig promised that Thanaton would be dead soon, but Dolus said he would not be moved until that happens.
Pyron ordered Dolus to be silent, as the Doombringer jumped into hyperspace and Pyron explained their plan to use the Silencer. They then emerged out of hyperspace as a lone Harrower-class dreadnought was fighting off a small Republic fleet, which they would target with their superweapon as a test. He then turned to Kallig, who gave a speech to the Moffs about how the Empire had to change if they were to win the war. But, as they readied the Silencer to fire, they received a distress call from Darth Achelon aboard the Carnage, requesting immediate aid. Graham identified Achelon as a minion of Thanaton and advised firing the Silencer at him. Dolus warned that purposely firing on an Imperial vessel was as good as treason. Pyron argued that the Republic would destroy the Carnage and not using the Silencer will result in their destruction too, but deferred command to Kallig.
Therefore, Kallig chose to aid Achelon and fired the Silencer after letting him get to safety, saving Achelon's ship and destroying the Republic fleet. This showed the Moffs that the Empire was more important to Kallig than his power struggle with Thanaton. Impressed, Dolus and Graham agreed to an alliance with Kallig. In turn, Kallig instructed Pyron to see that their new allies receive a Silencer for their capital ships.
- "By order of the Dark Council and in light of your reputation as a master of the dark side, you are now Darth Nox."
- ―Darth Marr
With Nox's victory and newly made allies in the Imperial military, Kallig now had a formidable powerbase Thanaton was forced to acknowledge. Thanaton soon called for a Kaggath on Corellia, an opportunity for one another to silence their foe once and for all. Thanaton put many resources towards shutting down Kallig's base of operations and fought the lower-level Sith Lord as much as the Republic defenders. However, Kallig still managed to get ahead using knowledge and power to avert disaster.
Thanaton finally challenged Kallig to a duel on Corellia, but when it became apparent that he would lose, Thanaton fled to Korriban to plead to the Dark Council for the former slave's execution. Unfortunately for Thanaton, the Sith Lord interrupted his speech before he could convince anyone. Curious to see why Thanaton was unable to destroy Kallig himself, the Dark Council allowed the two to duel again in front of them.
After one last struggle, Kallig proved they were the stronger Sith and unleashed the power of the Force ghosts to overcome Thanaton's Lightning Storm and brought Thanaton to his knees with the power of the Force. Beaten, Thanaton crawled to his fellow Dark Councilors, pleading for their aid, but Darth Mortis reached out with the Force and snapped Thanaton's neck, killing him instantly for breaking the rules of the Kaggath. With Thanaton's seat on the Council now open, Mortis offered his position to the young Sith. Darth Ravage protested, stating that Kallig, as merely a Lord, could not sit on the Dark Council, but Darth Marr silenced his protests, stating that Kallig had earned the right. In light of the reputation earned as a dark side master, Marr bestowed Lord Kallig with the title of Darth Nox, head of the Sphere of Ancient Knowledge, one of the twelve power-bases of the Sith Empire.
Afterwards, the newly christened Darth Nox returned to Dromund Kaas to enforce dominion upon those formerly of the Sphere under Darth Thanaton and gain their allegiance. As soon as they were all dismissed, the ghosts pleaded to be freed, but Nox chose to keep them under bondage.
- Brontes: "Once, we desired an empire. Now, with the death of Lord Styrak, we are growing mad."
- Calphayus: "The wound must be healed. Our union requires a sixth—or there will be only chaos."
- Raptus: "You of all Sith know power and darkness and secret terror. Once a wretched slave, you became a being worthy of worship. Now you will join us and we will feast upon your dreams as we grow strong together."
- Nox: "You can promise power—but I will never be a slave again. And you cannot defy me forever."
- ―The Dread Masters tempt Nox to join them[src]
Quest for immortality
Eventually, as the war went on and new threats arose, Nox traveled to Rishi. The threat of the Revanites had drawn both Nox's attention to the planet and ire upon the Revanites. However, in the midst of ruining the Revanites' efforts, Nox was contacted by Moff Pyron. Pyron had been with searching for Revanite infiltrators within Nox's power base and was giving the Dark Lord an update on the search. Along with this, Pyron reported several situations that Nox needed to choose, including the status of the Silencer weapon and the recruitment of the Alzarians.
Lastly, Pyron realized Nox was on Rishi, and told the Dark Lord of their servant, Lord Veijel, who had been seeking an audience. Nox and their companion, Talos Drellik, met with Veijel, who had been sent to Rishi thirty years ago by Darth Arctis and tasked with finding the secret of immortality. Veijel told Nox that he had built arrays that were supposed to communicate with others in the Rishi dwarf galaxy and that the arrays had received messages from other beings, supposedly Sith, Rakata, and Gree ancients. Veijel inquired that the arrays and beings were waiting for Nox due to their messages relating to the Dark Lord's past. Per Veijel's request, Nox set out and examined each of the arrays.
At each machine, the phrase, "The Dark Lord's lifespan increases by one solar cycle" was repeated. When Nox reported this to Veijel he became enthusiastic. Veijel told how Thanaton and Arctis believed the Rishi Maze held the secret to immortality but he himself doubted. The Sith Lord asked for fleets and scientists and forces so that he could explore the dwarf galaxy and find the secret to immortality. Drellik reminded Nox that the search for immortality was never successful, emphasizing Zash's failed plan. Drellik also told Nox that the Dark Lord's resources should be used to help the Empire rather than this quest. However, despite Talos' warning, Nox granted Veijel's request in pursuit of everlasting glory and immortality.
During the Revanite crisis, Marr admitted to Nox that no majority council vote would not be needed for military action, just theirs. After the battle with Revan, Darth Marr stated that Nox was the only Dark Council member that he could trust. This effectively meant that Marr was sharing his control over the Empire with them until Marr's death and Nox's disappearance.
The Eternal Empire conquest
Around 3632 BBY, when the Eternal Empire conquered the galaxy, Darth Nox was still considered missing. In their absence, Nox's crew was dismantled and separated, going off on their own. Talos Drellik returned to the Reclamation Service and was sent to investigate an ancient power on Yavin IV. Xalek was promoted to Sith Lord, but when his father's burial site on Ilum was disturbed by Republic miners, he vowed revenge, believing that his father would no longer be able to attain godhood. Ashara was condemned by the Jedi and couldn't trust the Sith, so she spent the years travelling the galaxy to aid others. When Darth Nox went missing, Andronikos spent his time searching for Nox by raiding ships, and at some point was almost killed by Vaylin during her time as Empress. Khem Val moved from planet to planet devouring any Force-sensitives he found, eventually settling on Ossus.
Personality and traits
- "If you think this is bad, you should meet my other personality."
- ―Kallig to Darth Skotia
Manipulative, cunning and ambitious, Darth Nox used treachery to break both allies and enemies. An example of Nox's manipulation mastery was when Nox successfully manipulated Ashara Zavros into opening a Sith holocron that began her transition into a Dark Jedi, her abandonment of the Jedi Order and her choice to become Nox's follower. Nox delved deep into experimenting with long forbidden powers and didn't hesitate to develop dangerous yet scientifically advanced weapons of mass destruction in order to increase influence and seize authority. This shows that Nox wasn't afraid to defy tradition, believing that the Sith Empire had to change methods and tactics to achieve victory, which made Nox a dangerous and hated enemy not only to traditionalists like Darth Thanaton but also to the Jedi and the Republic.
Darth Nox took great pleasure in the feeling of subterfuge during their political maneuverings, the very suffering of others and would often torture weak minions, prisoners and opponents for simple amusement. The Sith Lord electrocuted those who were defiant, and also killed a member of Nox's converted Cult of the Screaming Blade for just approaching the Sith Lord. Darth Nox also did not take kindly when being talked down to because of their history as a former slave or their quick rise to power, yet this same history and power did impress some like Darth Decimus, the feared Dread Masters and even the spirit of Revan.
Even though Darth Nox was corrupted, the Sith Lord also showed respect to some individuals and cultures such as Nox's apprentice Xivhkalrainik and the Kaleesh. When Xivhkalrainik told Nox of his culture, Nox showed interest in it and asked questions about the culture. As such, Darth Nox cared little about one's standing in terms of one's species, valuing and respecting those who were useful and loyal to the young Sith Lord and to the Empire, a trait that was rare in the Sith Empire and was shared by Darth Nox's ally, Darth Marr.
Despite Darth Nox's amoral nature and ambition to achieve power, Darth Marr and others note that while the young Sith's methods are unorthodox, they serve the Empire's interests, not just Nox's. As stated by Darth Marr, they "serve the Empire in their own way" and has done far more than any other member of the Dark Council would have done in Nox's time on the Council. They are also capable of kindness and compassion as they could choose to spare someone rather than torture or kill them.
Powers and abilities
- "From slavery rises the most powerful Sith in generations. Darth Thanaton is right to fear you."
- ―Darth Decimus to Darth Nox
Darth Nox was able to channel the Force and adapt it in ways that suited a variety of needs, including subduing, stunning or killing of foes. Nox was also an astonishingly proficient user of Force lightning. The young Sith was a proficient lightsaber duelist, utilizing either a standard lightsaber or a double-bladed lightsaber in combat.
Proof of Darth Nox's power was demonstrated when Khem Val, the former servant of Tulak Hord, became one of their companions despite many powerful Dark Lords avoiding Khem Val while imprisoned in stasis due to the Dashade's Force immunity and record for killing and devouring even some of the most powerful Force-sensitives.
The immediate aspiration for the young, powerful Sith apprentice, and eventually Sith Lord, ascended Nox to the Dark Council. Nox's strength in the dark side was enough to completely overpower a Dark Council member of Darth Thanaton's caliber. During their duel with Thanaton, Nox demonstrated the ability to use Force deflection to fend off Force lightning, such as when Nox effortlessly swatted aside Thanaton's lightning attacks. Telekinesis was among the young Sith's talents, such as when Nox threw Thanaton clear across the Dark Council chamber. Nox's telekinesis was also able to halt Darth Thanaton's lightsaber strike and force the experienced Dark Lord to his knees. Nox was capable of utilizing Force choke.
Darth Nox was immensely proficient in the "innate gift" of Sith sorcery, particularly the long forgotten Force walk ritual to draw strength from multiple Sith spirits in order to explosively augment their power in the dark side. Their tremendously increased powers through the use of Force Walk was enough to overpower a Sith Lord as strong as Darth Thanaton. As explained by Aloysius Kallig, Nox has a rare "pull among ghosts", enabling them to sense their presence from a distance and invoke long hidden emotions. Nox was also a proficient user of the Force Storm, using it in combat against a variety of enemies and attackers. The young Sith was also capable of using Force drain and used it to drain opponents while invigorating the young Sith and allies.
Much like the Emperor's Wrath, Darth Nox was extraordinarily strong willed as the young Sith was able to resist the spirits' attempts to drive the Sith Lord mad, the fear-inducing powers of the Dread Masters, and even the dominating abilities of the Sith Emperor himself.
Darth Nox was well-versed in many galactic languages beyond Basic. Having communicated with individuals from a wide array of species, the young Sith was fluent in Dashadi, Binary, Huttese, Twi'leki, Ortolan, and Rodian.
Behind the scenes
This article represents the character story of the Sith Inquisitor player class in Star Wars: The Old Republic, a video game from LucasArts and BioWare. As a result of being player determined, no canonical description of this individual is currently available; therefore, the article presents the subject's gender as neutral. When being given the choice of advancing to Sith assassin or Sith sorcerer, it is up to the player to decide. The default species options for Kallig are Human, Cyborg, Zabrak, Sith Pureblood, Twi'lek (the only Imperial class this species is available for), and Rattataki. Kallig will face anti-alien prejudice if not a Human, Cyborg, or Sith Pureblood, but this has minimal impact on the storyline.
At the end of the main storyline for the Sith Inquisitor class, which culminates in the player defeating Darth Thanaton, the player is granted the title of Darth by Darth Marr. The name accompanying the title is based on the player's alignment: If the player has a reputation as a master of the dark side, they are called Darth Nox; an "inscrutable reputation" (neutral) results in Darth Occlus; a reputation for serving the Empire (light side) marks the player as Darth Imperius. Regardless of which title is granted for the storyline, the Darth title precedes the character's chosen name should the player choose to display it as their in-game title. The Inquisitor will generally be referred to as "Dark Lord", and occasionally by the name granted by Darth Marr, in dialogue.[source?]
If the player starts the Sith Inquisitor class at level 60 and skips the preceding story quests, they will automatically be referred to as Darth Imperius.
- Star Wars: The Old Republic (First appearance)
- Star Wars: The Old Republic: Rise of the Hutt Cartel
- Star Wars: The Old Republic: Galactic Starfighter
- Star Wars: The Old Republic: Galactic Strongholds
- Star Wars: The Old Republic: Shadow of Revan
- Star Wars: The Old Republic: Knights of the Fallen Empire (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars: The Old Republic: Onslaught (Mentioned only)
Notes and references