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"It is a decision I do not take lightly. Any incursion into Imperial space is fraught with the gravest of danger for every brave soldier who fights in our name. But there is a humanitarian crisis of the highest order on Ziost that demands our attention. When Imperial troops indiscriminately fire upon indentured slaves and helpless civilians, we cannot stand idly by. Those who cannot defend themselves—who have done no wrong yet find themselves under the thumb of the oppressive Sith Empire—must not be left to suffer. Someone must fight for them."
―An excerpt from Chancellor Saresh's address[src]

The Invasion of Ziost was a military operation in 3636 BBY during the Galactic War between the reconstituted Sith Empire and the Galactic Republic that saw the former Sith Emperor Vitiate take control of the entire planet of Ziost and, despite attempts by the Republic and Empire to break his hold, bring about a horrific cataclysm—feeding off of the planet's population, Vitiate used a ritual of Sith magic to consume all life on the world, just as he had done to his own homeworld of Nathema more than a millennium earlier.

In the aftermath of his reawakening on the moon Yavin 4, Vitiate took gradual control of Ziost's population and used them to slaughter each other to fuel his strength, and Agent Theron Shan of the Republic Strategic Information Service deployed the Sixth Line—a covert team of Jedi—to investigate, only for them to fall under Vitiate's control. As the situation worsened, Supreme Chancellor Leontyne Saresh decided to ignore the warnings of Shan and her agent Rane Kovach, and she sent the Republic Military to exploit the Empire's weakness by invading the planet for "humanitarian reasons." Saresh's forces fell under Vitiate's control just as the Imperials had, adding to his army of possessed. Shan and Sith Intelligence Minister Lana Beniko worked to free the planet's population from Vitiate using an powerful electrostatic gun in the city of New Adasta, but the effects were only temporary—only a fraction of the planet's population was evacuated before Vitiate unleashed a wave of death energy across the planet, turning all living things to ash and leaving behind a barren, gray and brown world haunted by the monstrous Sithspawn known as Monoliths that he had created.

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The Invasion of Ziost first appeared in the video game Star Wars: The Old Republic as the content added in Game Update 3.2: Rise of the Emperor. Details of the invasion differ slightly between factions, and the fate of Agent Kovach is decided by the player.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 SWTOR mini.png Star Wars: The Old Republic—Mission: "Monolithic" on Ziost
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 SWTOR mini.png Star Wars: The Old Republic—Mission: "A Presence on Ziost" on Ziost
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 SWTOR mini.png Star Wars: The Old Republic—Mission: "The End of It All" on Ziost
  4. SWTOR mini.png Star Wars: The Old Republic: Knights of the Fallen Empire—Chapter I: The Hunt
  5. According to SWTOR mini.png Forums: Dear Story Team, What Year Are We Currently In? on The Old Republic's official website (backup link) the events of Game Updates released in 2013 can be placed in 3638 BBY. Game Updates released in 2014 can be placed in 3637 BBY and Game Updates 3.1 through 3.3 can be placed in 3636 BBY. Therefore, the events of Game Update 3.2: Rise of the Emperor can be placed in 3636 BBY, just prior to Chapter I of Fallen Empire.
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Conflicts of the Galactic War
3642 BBY Balmorra · Taris · Taral V · Maelstrom · Dorin's Sky · Foundry
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
3640 BBY Ilum · First Leritor · Second Leritor · Boranall
Operation End Game:
First Ziost · Ruan · Reaver Station · Duro
3639 BBY Hutt Space · Neutral systems · Nal Hutta
Second Corellia · Denova · Asation
Operation Clean Sweep · Operation Foe-Smasher
New Cov · Bimmiel · Far Cradle · Regnant Station · Kabal Station
Ardis Outpost · Hypori · Lorta
3638 BBY Makeb · Kalsunor · Kamar · CZ-198
Dread Masters crisis:
Arcanum · Ilum · Darvannis · Oricon
36373636 BBY Kuat · Celanon
Revanite crisis: Tython/Korriban · Manaan · Lehon · Rishi · Yavin 4 · Second Ziost
Eternal Empire raids: Korriban · Eternal Fleet · Zakuul
Eternal Empire conquest
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