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"I serve for life, but I don't serve for long."
―Unofficial motto of the Horizon Guard[src]

The Horizon Guard was an elite unit of Force-sensitives warriors created by Eternal Empress Vaylin after assuming the throne, the ranks of the Horizon Guard were handpicked by the Empress from the Knights of Zakuul ranks. The Guard served as the Empress personal guard.

HistoryEdit

"Empress Vaylin. The Eternal Empire has taken Voss."
―Horizon Guard Captain[src]

In 3631 BBY,[10] after Eternal Emperor Arcann was defeated by the Commander of the Alliance, his sister High Justice Vaylin assumed the control of the throne and of the Eternal Empire.[11] One of Vaylin's first acts as an Empress was the purge of the entire cadre of Zakuul Knights that were in charge of protecting the Emperor, after the purge Vaylin created the Horizon Guard an elite unit handpicked from the remaining Knights of Zakuul. The unofficial motto "I serve for life, but I don't serve for long" was created by the Horizon Guards ranks, since they were likely to fall victims to Vaylin erratic temper."[6]

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Horizon Guards during Empress Vaylin's festival.

In 3630 BBY,[9] during the Eternal Empire invasion of Voss, Empress Vaylin commanding from the Spire on Zakuul, ordered several Horizon Guards to led the invansion and to report the progress of the battle to her. During the invasion several Horizon Guards and skytroopers assaulted the Tower of Prophecy where an improvised command center for the Alliance's forces was located, but they were defeated by the Alliance Commander and its companions.[1] Some time after the Invasion of Voss, Horizon Guards accompanied Empress Vaylin and SCORPIO on a mission to infiltrate and capture the Gravestone, after successfully capturing the ship and its crew the ship's captain Koth Vortena contacted the Alliance asking for assistance. The Alliance's forces arrived to rescue the vessel and the Commander infiltrated the vessel to meet with Koth Vortena, during their effort to retake control of the ship two Horizon Guards, Tragus Rova and Vella Zarkot, intercepted them in order to capture them and deliver them to Vaylin, but both of them were defeated by the Outlander.[3]

During the Grand Festival of Empress Vaylin, Horizon Guards were tasked with guarding strategic points throughout the Palace of the Eternal Dragon. When Arcann and his loyalists as well the Commander, Theron Shan and Zakuulan insurgents ambushed the party in an attempt to stop Vaylin, Horizon Guards fought against the invaders while the Empress tried to escaped from palace. After Vaylin reached her personal flagship and fled to Nathema where she hoped to remove her mental conditioning that didn't allowed her to use all her potential with the Force,[12] once on Nathema, she tooks several Guards with her to the surface and ordered them to remain and protect the entrance to the Sanitarium. Shortly after Vaylin's arrival, the Guards were killed by the Alliance Commander and Lana Beniko who were trying to stop Vaylin from breaking her mental conditioning.[13]

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The Horizon Guard armor

Once Vaylin successfully broke free from her mental conditioning she launched an attack on Odessen, several Horizon Guards such as Imperator Sunfell participated on the assault providing help on the front lines and other contigent escorted Vaylin and her prisoner to the Alliance base were she would confront the Commander, but ultimately would lead to the Guards and Vaylin's deaths.[5] After the fall of the Eternal Empire,[8] the remaining Guards scattered across the galaxy. Former Horizon Guard Scout Captain Sterla joined Battalion Commander Tassar in an effort to build a new Star Fortress on Rakata Prime, but ultimately their plans were stopped by the Eternal Alliance's forces.[4] Another former Guard Vinn Atrius, started a campaign that was determined to destroy the Alliance by using Zildrog, an ancient superweapon from Iokath. Atrius established a base of operations on an Abandoned Listening Post and began seeking allies to join his secret Order of Zildrog. Atrius' plans were eventually stopped after Theron Shan infiltrated the order and allowed the Commander to locate him on Nathema and capture him.[2]

EquipmentEdit

The Horizon Guards used lightsaber pikes and lightsabers as their prefered weapon.[1] Horizon Guards usually wore a black and gray armor,[1] but a white variation was also known.[3]

Behind the scenesEdit

The Horizon Guard first appeared in the 2016 digital expansion Knights of the Eternal Throne for BioWare's MMORPG Star Wars: The Old Republic.[14] The Horizon Guard armor can be bought by players from the in-game store, which they can customize and wear.[15]

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Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 SWTOR mini Star Wars: The Old Republic: Knights of the Eternal Throne—Chapter I: Wrath and Ruin
  2. 2.0 2.1 SWTOR mini Star Wars: The Old Republic—Flashpoint: "The Nathema Conspiracy"
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 SWTOR mini Star Wars: The Old Republic: Knights of the Eternal Throne—Chapter III: Dark Reunions
  4. 4.0 4.1 SWTOR mini Star Wars: The Old Republic: Knights of the Eternal Throne—Flashpoint: "Uprising: Landing Party"
  5. 5.0 5.1 SWTOR mini Star Wars: The Old Republic: Knights of the Eternal Throne—Chapter VIII: End Times
  6. 6.0 6.1 SWTOR mini Star Wars: The Old Republic—Codex Entry: "Horizon Guard"
  7. According to SWTOR mini Star Wars: The Old Republic—Codex Entry: "Horizon Guard", the creation of the Horizon Guard was one of the first acts of Vaylin as Empress, since Vaylin took the throne on 3631 BBY the article assumes that the Guard was created around that year.
  8. 8.0 8.1 SWTOR mini Star Wars: The Old Republic: Knights of the Eternal Throne—Chapter IX: The Eternal Throne
  9. 9.0 9.1 According to Star Wars: The Old Republic's lead designer Charles Boyd (screenshot), the events depicted in post-launch Game Updates can be assumed to occur in a timeline matching that of their real-time release. Therefore, the later chapters of the Digital Expansion Star Wars: The Old Republic: Knights of the Fallen Empire occur in 3631 BBY. Boyd also confirmed that the sequel, Star Wars: The Old Republic: Knights of the Eternal Throne, is set six to eight months after the end of Fallen Empire, so the events of Eternal Throne can be placed in approximately 3630 BBY.
  10. According to Star Wars: The Old Republic's lead designer Charles Boyd (screenshot), the events depicted in post-launch Game Updates can be assumed to occur in a timeline matching that of their real-time release. Additionally, details from the Digital Expansion Star Wars: The Old Republic: Knights of the Fallen Empire place Chapters II-IX of that game in 3632 BBY. Therefore, the events of Game Update 4.7: The Battle of Odessen can be placed in approximately 3631 BBY, as it was released the year after the launch of Fallen Empire.
  11. SWTOR mini Star Wars: The Old Republic: Knights of the Fallen Empire—Chapter XVI: The Battle of Odessen
  12. SWTOR mini Star Wars: The Old Republic: Knights of the Eternal Throne—Chapter VI: The Dragon's Maw
  13. SWTOR mini Star Wars: The Old Republic: Knights of the Eternal Throne—Chapter VII: Into the Void
  14. SWTOR mini 'Betrayed' Cinematic Trailer Reveals Epic New Story In The Next Digital Expansion To Star Wars™: The Old Republic on The Old Republic's official website (backup link)
  15. SWTOR mini Cartel Market Specials: Week of September 26, 2017 on The Old Republic's official website (backup link)
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