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"The question stands: why has this apprentice, this child, proved impossible for you to kill?"
"It's simple. I beat him at his own game.
―Darth Marr and Lord Kallig, regarding Darth Thanaton[src]

This duel took place during the Galactic War. It was the final confrontation between the Dark Lord of the Sith Darth Thanaton and the Sith Lord Kallig.


When Darth Zash ordered her apprentice Kallig to kill Darth Skotia, Skotia's Master, Darth Thanaton, became suspicious of Zash and her deeds. Thanaton detested Zash and soon, he saw Zash and her apprentices as vermin that needed to be cleansed from the Sith Empire. After Zash supposedly died, Kallig took her place and began serving Thanaton. However, Thanaton sought out to kill every follower of Zash and as such, tried to get rid of Kallig. This act would prove to be his undoing. Kallig survived Thanaton's many assassination attempts and managed to build a power-base to fight Thanaton's forces. Seeing that all his attempts failed even after becoming a Dark Councilor, and after losing various apprentices, Thanaton called out a Kaggath on Corellia to defeat Kallig once and for all. When it became apparent that he would lose, Thanaton fled to Korriban to ask the Dark Council for help.

The duelEdit

"I swear, if you don't silence Thanaton, I will."
"I will
not be betrayed. I will not die. And when I've killed this slave, you will all answer for it."
―Darth Ravage taunts Thanaton[src]

Darth Thanaton arrived on Korriban and went to the Dark Council Chambers to speak to his fellow Dark Councilors. Kallig arrived soon after and chased after Thanaton. After Kallig defeated Darth Enraj, who allied himself with Thanaton, Kallig entered the Chamber and confronted their nemesis. Thanaton said that Kallig and Zash were corrupt and needed to be rid of. Kallig stated that Thanaton broke the rules of Kaggath and as such is nothing better than his false words. The Dark Council stated that if Thanaton wanted to keep his reputation and honor, he had to defeat Kallig in a duel.


Thanaton's struggle against Kallig

They began fighting against each other but after various attacks, Thanaton was on the verge of defeat. Refusing to accept defeat, Thanaton unleashed bolts of Force lightning, but Kallig effortlessly deflected his attacks with but the flick of the wrist. The now desperate Sith Lord used his full powers to kill Kallig, calling Force storms upon his enemy and shooting Force lightning. This was useless against Kallig, who, thanks to the ghosts bound through the Force walk, was able to survive his attack. Thanaton attempted to conjure another Force storm, but Kallig then utilized a powerful Force push that pinned Thanaton against the opposing wall, before releasing him. As his rival looked on with crossed arms, Thanaton drew his lightsaber and charged, only to be forced to his knees by his opponent. Thanaton, heavily injured, crawled to his fellow Dark Councilors. The Dark Council saw that Thanaton was weaker than Kallig and lost the Kaggath. Darth Mortis apologized to Thanaton, before snapping his neck with the Force.


"Good riddance to him."
"He was a better Sith than you give him credit for, Ravage."
"Let us hope his successor is as worthy.
―Ravage, Marr and Mortis comment on Thanaton's defeat[src]

As Kallig proved to be the more powerful Sith, the Dark Council granted Kallig Thanaton's seat on the Dark Council. Darth Ravage voiced opposition to putting just a Sith Lord on the Council, as usually Darths attain the seat. Darth Marr advised him to be silent, stating that Kallig had earned the position. He then remedied Ravage's protest by granting Kallig the title of Darth Nox. With this act, Nox became the master of all the Sith and members of the Sphere of Ancient Knowledge, answerable, along with the rest of the Dark Council, to the Sith Emperor himself. Mortis then adjourned the meeting, advising Nox to return to Dromund Kaas to ensure the fealty of the Sphere of Ancient Knowledge and promised to inform Nox the next time the Dark Council would congregate.


Galactic War
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Conflicts of the Galactic War
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Quesh · Hoth · Hunt for the Sith Emperor · Plan Zero · Gauntlet
3641 BBY Emperor's ritual crisis · Darth Baras' coup · Hunt for the Children
Rakton campaign
: Operation Talon · A-77 · Belsavis · First Corellia
Rabaan · Javelin · Valiant · Dromund Kaas · Kalandis Seven
Unknown Regions naval operations · Ilum

Hutt Space · Neutral systems · Nal Hutta
3640 BBY Second Corellia · Denova · Asation
Operation Clean Sweep · Operation Foe-Smasher
New Cov · Bimmiel · Far Cradle · Regnant Station · Kabal Station
Ardis Outpost · Hypori · Lorta · First Leritor · Second Leritor · Boranall
Operation End Game:
First Ziost · Ruan · Reaver Station · Duro
3639 BBY Makeb · Kalsunor · Kamar · CZ-198
Dread Masters crisis:
Arcanum · Ilum · Darvannis · Oricon
3638 BBY Kuat · Celanon
Revanite crisis:
Tython/Korriban · Manaan · Lehon · Rishi · Yavin 4
36373636 BBY Second Ziost
Eternal Empire raids
: Korriban · Eternal Fleet · Zakuul
Eternal Empire conquest
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Jace Malcom · Marcus Trant · Hero of Tython · Empire's Wrath · Darth Malgus · Rycus Kilran
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