The Empire's Wrath, originally known as the Emperor's Wrath, was a position created by the Emperor of the reconstituted Sith Empire. The position required that an individual serve as a personal enforcer and executioner for the Emperor, taking orders directly from and answering only to him. Unlike the rest of the Emperor's servants, who were bound to his will by a dark side ritual, the Wrath was submitted to a different ritual, which provides full autonomy, as the Emperor required that his Wrath use the full fury of their power.
The position was created for Scourge, a Sith Lord who ostensibly proved his loyalty by bringing Jedi Masters Revan and Meetra Surik before his master to be destroyed. Three centuries later, the position was given to the former apprentice of Darth Baras.
Following the Emperor's revival on Yavin 4 and his intentions to consume all life in the galaxy made clear, especially that he would save his Wrath for last, Darth Marr rechristens the Wrath as the Empire's Wrath.
History[edit | edit source]
Emperor's Wrath was a position originally created by the Sith Emperor for Lord Scourge, a Sith Lord that originally intended to overthrow the Emperor. Scourge allied himself with two Jedi seeking to protect the Republic from the Sith Empire: Meetra Surik, and redeemed Jedi Master Revan.
Scourge was sent by the Emperor to attend to Darth Nyriss, a powerful female Dark Lord and one of twelve members of the Dark Council, the Emperor's personal Sith advisers. To Scourge's knowledge, Nyriss had recently come under attack from separatist forces. After a small span of time, Nyriss informed Scourge that the leader of these forces was a human Dark Lord called Darth Xedrix. Commanded to murder the aging Sith, Scourge hunted down and executed him. Scourge then learned that Nyriss was also part of the separatist conspiracy, plotting to overthrow the Sith Emperor. Nyriss brought Scourge to Nathema, showing him the madness of their liege. Scourge learned that the Emperor was planning an attack on the Republic and its Jedi guardians. Knowing that this would spell doom for the Empire, Scourge allied with Nyriss to bring down the Emperor.
Three years passed, during this time Revan had been held captive by Scourge and Nyriss, and still no moves had been made by the separatists to destroy the Emperor. Eventually tiring of the wait and of the apparent weakness of the conspirators, Scourge made his own plans. Meetra Surik, who had been searching for Revan, arranged a meeting with Scourge to demand Revan's freedom. During his captivity, Revan established a small bond with the Sith Lord, planting seeds of doubt in his mind. Meetra, with acceptable proof, allowed herself to join forces with Scourge to free Revan from his prison. Convincing the Emperor he had unknowingly performed traitorous actions on Nyriss' behalf, Scourge had the Imperial Guard attack her stronghold. While the attack was commencing, Scourge and Meetra infiltrated the stronghold and freed Revan from his cell. Before escaping, the three of them had to destroy Darth Nyriss.
After careful planning, Revan, Meetra, Scourge, and T3-M4 infiltrated the Emperor's citadel, planning to kill him once and for all. After a heated duel, primarily between Revan and the Emperor, Scourge had a vision of the Emperor's death at the hand of an unknown Jedi Knight. This Jedi, however, was neither Revan nor Meetra. Acting on this, Scourge murdered Meetra, allowing the Emperor to overpower Revan. Scourge quickly convinced the Emperor that the two Jedi were part of a conspiracy to overthrow the Empire and that he had led them there so they may be destroyed. As a reward for his apparent loyalty, the Emperor created a position higher than even a Dark Lord on the Council: Emperor's Wrath. In an excruciating process, Scourge was made immortal like the Emperor himself, though his pain would be eternal.
During the Cold War, while the Emperor was preoccupied with mysterious goals, Darth Baras sought to take advantage of his absence by posing as his Voice. With Lord Scourge having deserted his position, the Emperor's Hands scouted the Empire for a worthy Sith to replace him. They chose a candidate in Baras' former apprentice, whom Baras attempted to kill, to be the Emperor's new Wrath. The new Wrath took on their mission to dethrone Baras as well as take revenge for his betrayal. After defeating Baras, the Dark Council formally acknowledged the new Wrath.
The new Emperor's Wrath quickly gained swift victories for the Sith Empire by destroying Darth Malgus when he claimed the title of Emperor of his new Empire then, at the behest of Darth Marr, traveled to Oricon to defeat the rogue Dread Masters. The Emperor's Wrath was then involved in the Revanite Conspiracy and lead the attack on Tython and later the reclamation of Korriban.
During the threat of Revan, the Emperor's Wrath was contacted by Dark Council member Darth Vowrawn who alerted the Wrath to the Opticron Droids that were spying on him. After dealing with the droids, the Wrath was greeted by Servant One who claimed that the Wrath was more loyal to the Empire than the Emperor. Tired of their ramblings, the Wrath severed their ties with the Sith Emperor unless he came in person.
Following the end of Revan on Yavin 4, the Sith Emperor was revived and told the Wrath that he was still precious to him so they would be the last of the Emperor's kills. The Emperor's Wrath then officially renounced the Emperor so Darth Marr acknowledged the Wrath's power, their contributions and loyalty to the Empire and therefore christened the Wrath as the "Empire's Wrath". The Wrath still held their previous power in the Empire at the behest of Darth Marr, the new leader of the Sith Empire.
The title of Emperor's Wrath officially dissolved along with the titles of Emperor's Hands, Voice of the Emperor and Children of the Emperor when Vitiate renounced the Sith Order and the Empire and ruled as Valkorion, Emperor of the Eternal Empire.
Appearances[edit | edit source]
- The Old Republic: Revan (First appearance)
- Star Wars: The Old Republic
- Star Wars: The Old Republic: Rise of the Hutt Cartel
- Star Wars: The Old Republic: Shadow of Revan
- Star Wars: The Old Republic: Knights of the Fallen Empire
- Star Wars: The Old Republic: Knights of the Eternal Throne (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars: The Old Republic: Onslaught