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"What do I see? What does your eye see for the Nihil?"
―Marchion Ro and the Nihil[1]

Marchion Ro was a male Evereni who held the title of Eye of the Nihil in the days of the High Republic. The son of Asgar Ro, he grew up on the Gaze Electric, his family's ship, and watched as his grandmother, Shalla, and his father developed the marauder group known as the Nihil in the Outer Rim of the galaxy. The Ros grew the Nihil into a significant disruptive force, using a unique mastery of hyperspace to conduct lightning raids, and becoming rich and influential in the process. While he was still a teenager, Ro's father was betrayed and murdered by one of the Nihil's leaders, and Ro succeeded him as the Eye of the Nihil.

In 232 BBY, as the Jedi Order and the Galactic Republic prepared to unveil their principal base in the Outer Rim, Ro dispatched a Stormship to intercept a cargo freighter known as the Legacy Run, deliberately causing them to crash into each other. The crash resulted in a hyperspace cataclysm known as the Great Disaster, as the Legacy Run tore itself apart and emerged at lightspeed to strike various astronomical objects in realspace. Profiting from the subsequent blockade of the Outer Rim's hyperlanes, the Nihil struck at several worlds, revealing their existence to the Republic. Ro solified his hold on the Nihil, and concealed their true strength from the Jedi, by sending one of its leaders, Kassav Milliko, and his Tempest fleet to be destroyed in a Republic trap. Hidden once again from their gaze, Ro continued his preparations for the future.

Working in secret, Ro collected an ancient relic from the Elders of the Path cult on Vrant Tarnum, which would allow him to control a creature from his family's past; a creature he collected from a shrine guarded by Ro relatives on the planet Rystan. A subsequent Nihil attack on the Republic Fair on Valo left thousands dead. In retaliation, the Jedi attacked a Nihil base on Grizal where Ro first unleashed the Great Leveler on the Jedi, overwhelming them with fear and turning Jedi Master Loden Greatstorm into dust. The attack on Valo and the engagement on Grizal showed the Nihil's continued strength and their possession of a weapon powerful enough to destroy the Jedi.

Using the Republic assumption that Lourna Dee was the true leader of the Nihili, Ro planned to strike at the Jedi directly, collecting several more creatures from their hidden homeworld and smuggling them onto Starlight Beacon as it orbited over the planet Eiram. Nihil operatives sabotaged the station while the Jedi were distracted by the Force-paralysing effects of Ro's creatures, and the whole galaxy watched as Starlight Beacon tore itself apart and crashed on Eiram. Dozens of Jedi died onboard Starlight Beacon and, in the aftermath, Ro revealed himself to the galaxy with a public broadcast, taking credit for his acts of destruction and challenging the Republic to stay away from the Outer Rim. He also sealed off ten sectors of the Outer Rim from the Republic's intervention, using the stormseed technology developed by scientists loyal to the Nihil to destroy the Republic Defense Coalition fleet sent to invade his territory and capture him.


Early life[]

"Do you know what he is?"
"He is my son, Mother."
"He is more than that, Asgar. All of our people who survived the galaxy's attempts to destroy our species. Our species are blades. Marchion is that blade's point. Its cutting edge sharpened over a thousand generations... of survival.[...] Marchion is our best chance to avenge our people. But he will have to battle the Republic in all its might. He must face, and kill, Jedi. As sharp as he is, you must make him even sharper, Asgar. He has survived everything just to exist. Now... he must also survive you."
"Yes, Mother."
―Marchion Ro's grandmother and father discuss his upbringing[2]

Ro became the Eye of the Nihil following his father's death.

Marchion Ro was born to a family of Evereni wanderers during the time of the High Republic. He was raised by his grandmother, Shalla Ro, and his father, Asgar Ro, aboard their family's fortress ship, the Gaze Electric. To his family, Marchion represented the ultimate end point for their plans, akin to the point of a knife, believing he would be the one to finally bring about their revenge.[2]

Marchion grew up hearing stories of his family's particular history within the wider galaxy. Centuries previously, the perpetual storm of the Evereni's homeworld, Everon, had caused their civilization's collapse, as attempts to live with the storm failed when a wind rose, so strong that their flying cities could no longer remain airborn. After this great storm which they would call the "Shear," the Evereni stopped trusting their homeworld and, as their institutions failed and war ravaged what remained of their society, they stopped trusting each other as well. Not even families trusted each other anymore. Using what technology remained after the Shear, the last faction of the Evereni, including the Ros, left Everon to survive, entering into new conflicts with the other species of the galaxy due to their inability to trust. Branded as outlaws and hunted by the other sentient species of the galaxy, the Evereni hid in the shadows.[2]


The Great Leveler

Marchion was also told of his family's history with the fabled Jedi Order, the designated protectors of the expanding Galactic Republic.[1] The Evereni's instinctive distrust[2] and the Ro family's beliefs on balance, practiced by "the faithful," ran counter to the Jedi's own beliefs on balance, precipitating conflict between them and the Ros.[6] At that time over a century prior, the Ros had confronted the Jedi, a conflict they had lost. But, during this time, they had discovered an ancient weapon which had the power to defeat even the mighty Jedi Knights and their Force powers: a race of nameless creatures, coming from an old, living world, with the power to overwhelm Force-sensitives with their mere presence. The attempt to use these creatures failed, and the Jedi suppressed knowledge of their existence as well as those who had tried to use them. Defeated, the Ros retreated into the shadows to await the day they could get their revenge.[7] In secret, the Ros had retained one of the Nameless, a creature they remembered as the Great Leveler. They trapped it on the planet Rystan, guarded by droid attendants, protected and worshipped by their own relatives.[6]

The Nihil[]

The secret[]

"Marchion isn't the only weapon we'll need. He cannot do it alone. It is time to use the Nihil the way we always intended. It is time to ride the storm"
―Asgar Ro to Shalla Ro[2]
Shalla Ro

Shalla Ro

Since their exile had begun, the Ros had been developing weapons, technology and plans for their eventual confrontation with the Jedi and the Republic. Among these weapons, Marchion's great-grandmother had gathered a band of pirates, allowing them to operate and develop in Thull's Shroud, near Belsavis.[1] The band called themselves the Nihil, and Shalla had assumed the role of the Eye of the Nihil, the group's unofficial guide as they developed. Allowing the Nihil to grow themselves, the Ros nevertheless remained in touch with the group, providing them with information and targets, and getting their cut of the takes. They also began to develop a new technology that they would use to turn the Nihil into a powerful new faction in the Outer Rim, one strong enough to challenge the Republic's expansion.[2][1]

In 252 BBY, Marchion came across another of his family's secrets: an ancient woman called Mari San Tekka, who the Ros had been holding prisoner for close to a hundred years.[2] Mari had been born into the San Tekka clan, a family of explorers who rose from humble roots to become one of the wealthiest families in the galaxy, in large part due to Mari's particular ability: she had the ability to detect paths through hyperspace. But the ways she detected were unconventional, and the technology of the time was unable to properly calculate these paths. Using Mari's ability, the San Tekkas had developped the technology to follow these paths through hyperspace, growing rich from this discovery and allowing the Core systems to begin settling the outer reaches of the galaxy. The Ros had heard of Mari's abilities, and kidnapped her to use her ability for their own purpose. Since then, they had kept her alive through the use of a medical capsule, leaving her frail and weak but alive long past her natural lifespan.[1]

Marchion instinctively befriended a confused and dazed Mari, who at first assumed he was his father, Asgar. As they spoke, his grandmother told Asgar that the instinct, one their people had developed for centuries, was what they needed to finally accomplish their goal, and instructed Asgar to refine Marchion's natural inability to trust and his instinct to use the people around him until he no longer needed them.[2] Asgar was a hard, abusive father to Marchion, following his mother's instructions to hone his instincts until he became the one they would need in their confrontation against the Jedi and the Republic. As a result of this abuse, Marchion felt nothing but hatred for his father.[6] Marchion also learned other skills from his family during this time, including learning from his grandmother the best way to keep a Jedi prisoner.[1]

The Paths[]

"How about we make a bet? My one little fighter here against yours -- as many Nihil ships as you want. Shoot it down and everything I have is yours, including the Gaze Electric. But if I win, you'll hear me out."
"You suicidal, Asgar? You wanna go out in a blaze of glory? You really miss your mom that much?"
"Oh, it won't be me up there fighting. If you want my starship as your nice big flagship -- no more living in tents -- all you have to do... is kill my son."
―Asgar Ro introduces his son to the Nihil[2]

Marchion Ro prepares to fight the Nihil using Battle Paths

Under Asgar's tutelage, Mari San Tekka had developed the ability to detect seemingly impossible Paths through hyperspace, and the Ros had created a kind of engine which could translate the Paths into navigational data.[2][1] After Marchion met with Mari San Tekka, Asgar believed that the time had come to use the Nihil as they were meant to be, but his mother disagreed. Shalla argued that Mari was not ready for such a burden, but Asgar believed that she would die from old age if they waited any longer. Tired of waiting, Asgar pushed his mother over the side of the balcony overlooking Mari's capsule as Marchion watched from below.[2]

Asgar took Marchion when he traveled to meet with the Nihil Tempest Runners, Pan Eyta and Kassav Milliko. The two had become disillusioned with Shalla's leadership and many of their members had begun to abandon the Nihil, plans Eyta and Milliko had begun to consider themselves. Arriving in a small fighter and informing them of his mother's death, Asgar told the Tempest Runners that he intended to change the way they were run. Milliko instead threatened to simply kill the remaining Ros and take the Gaze Electric for themselves, but Asgar instead persuaded them to listen to him. Suggesting a bet, he proposed that they use as many of their ships as they could to eliminate his single starfighter; should they win, he would surrender the Gaze Electric to them. But if he won, they would listen. Eyta scoffed at the idea that Asgar could defeat them all, but he told them that he would not be the one fighting: instead, he woud be pitting them against Marchion, who was still a child. Confident they would win, the Nihil threw many ships at Marchion as he prepared to fight them in orbit above the planet.[2]


Marchion watches as Asgar rallies the Nihil

Over comms, Asgar told Marchion that he would give him everything he needed to win, but also warned him that his failure would be his fault alone, and that all their family's hope would die with him. Marchion calmly assured his father that he knew that. The boy was provided with a new type of hyperspace path through his Path engine, directly from Mari San Tekka: the Battle Paths. This allowed him to briefly enter hyperspace and then reappear at another angle to attack his enemies. Marchion tore through Eyta and Milliko's fighters, demonstrating the new technology to the stunned Nihil leaders. Satisfied, Asgar told Marchion to stand down. However, the boy ignored his father and continued destroying ships, until his father threaten to cut off the Battle Paths and allow the Nihil to destroy him. Marchion obeyed through gritted teeth.[2]

With the promise of granting them access to the Paths, Asgar became the new Eye of the Nihil, remaining in the shadows and providing Paths for their raids.[1] Under Asgar's stewardship, the Nihil grew from a small, local pirate band to a major force for disruption in the Outer Rim. They quickly grew enough to expand from two Tempest fleets to three, a third which would be led by a ruthless Twi'lek named Lourna Dee.[8] As Asgar led the Nihil from the shadows, Marchion continued his studies about his family's past, studying texts that Asgar had long forgotten within the library.[6]

Eye of the Nihil[]

"Help…help me…please…Just going to stand there and watch, eh? …good boy."
―Asgar Ro to Marchion Ro, while bleeding out on the floor[2]

Asgar Ro bleeds out and dies

At one point, Asgar was left bleeding in his quarters within the Great Hall of the Nihil located in No-Space, an area of space where the Nihil operated. Ro found the man, after which Asgar begged him for help. When Ro asked who had harmed him, Asgar stated that he did not know. He then repeatedly kicked his father, and continued the act even after he died from the first few kicks. After finishing, he stood over his father's body for an hour in order to keep the scene in his memory.[6] Following Asgar's death, Ro inherited the title of Eye of the Nihil, the Gaze Electric, and the Path engines, devices that allowed ships to travel anywhere in the galaxy on paths that conventional systems rejected. Through his father's murder, which he suspected was performed by one of the Nihil Tempest Runners, Ro also inherited the family goal to achieve revenge against the Jedi Order.[1]

With his title, Ro, like his father before him, led the Nihil and delivered the routes—which were secret paths through hyperlanes that were unmapped in galactic databases—leading to No-Space—to them.[1] Ro also obtained his father's treasures, which included an artifact[6] known as the Rod of Seasons;[9] it was part of a rod that had the ability to control[6] the Nameless creatures[10] that preyed on Force-sensitives.[6] Ro supplied the marauders with the Path engines, devices that allowed the Nihil's ships to travel anywhere in the galaxy on paths that conventional systems rejected. He consulted Mari San Tekka, an old woman kept alive in a medical pod[1] who was also known as the Oracle,[6] of the San Tekka clan to request new Paths for Nihil raids and stored the new routes charted by her aboard the Gaze Electric's central database.[1]


Ro instigated the Great Disaster.

In 232 BBY,[11] Ro sent a Stormship, belonging to a Cloud in the Tempest of Dowutin Nihil Tempest Runner Pan Eyta, in hyperspace to intercept the Legacy Run freighter, and the two vessels collided that shattered the latter into several fragments in an event that was known as the Great Hyperspace Disaster. The fragments exited hyperspace at high speeds and collided with many astronomical objects in realspace, including those within the Hetzal system. Ro was present within the Great Hall during a feast by the raiders. He was seated at an empty table within the hall. Ro watched as a member of the Tempest of Twi'lek Tempest Runner Lourna Dee, Zagyar, reported to her on their attack on a convoy of Garello Technologies ships, but later looked away when a member of the crew was dragged into the vaccuum of space as one of their members, Blit, miscalculated a harpoon shot and caused the death of herself and most of Zagyar's crew.[1]

Assuming control[]

Discussing further plans[]

"I'm the Eye now. You can do whatever you want with your Tempest, but the Paths come from me. You don't like it? You want to make a play for me, try to take what I've got? Go for it. Just be aware…there's a price."
―Ro, to Milliko[1]

Ro then held a meeting with the Eyta, Dee, and the third Tempest Runner, the Weequay Kassav Milliko, within a small structure at the end of the Great Hall to discuss the threat the Jedi Order and the Galactic Republic posed to the Nihil. At that time, he also suspected that one of the Tempest Runners was responsible for his father's murder. Eyta stated that the Republic did not possess a military and was occupied with the construction of the Starlight Beacon space station. Ro responded by stating that his Republic spies informed him that they had begun to investigate the cause of the Emergences, a series of disasters that occurred in the Outer Rim Territories.[1]


Ro dispatched the Nihil to Elphrona (pictured) with the objective of kidnapping a Jedi there.

Ro also discussed the Republic's hyperspace blockade by Chancellor Lina Soh, revealing that them finding out about the Nihil would result in the marauders being hunted down and defeated as they were still not powerful enough to battle the Republic Defense Coalition. The Eye suggested that the Nihil maintain a low profile and halt new operations. He was then informed by Dee about a job to kidnap Blythe family members on the planet Elphrona and ransom them to their relatives on their homeworld of Alderaan.[1]

Although Ro was initially hesitant due to the attention it would bring to the Nihil, he approved Dee's job and agreed to supply her Tempest with the Paths necessary to reach Elphrona undetected. Unbeknownst to Dee, Ro did not see any value in kidnapping the family, instead aiming to capture a Jedi from the Jedi outpost on the planet. After Dee left, Milliko voiced his concern about approving the job and offered to share his own ideas with the Eye, but Ro reminded Milliko of that he led the Nihil and only he could supply Paths to them, adding that there was a "price" for attempting to take over what Ro owned.[1]

Traveling in hyperspace[]

"Why, Marchion, hello. Did I lose myself again? I'm sorry. You know how I get when I take us traveling. There's just so much to see, you know."
"It's all right, Mari, everything's just fine."
―Mari San Tekka and Ro[1]
CoSWTHR Mari and Marchion

Ro with Mari San Tekka in her medical pod.

Ro later traveled in hyperspace aboard the Gaze Electric on a path charted by Mari San Tekka. Ro requested that San Tekka, residing in a medical pod, alter the ship's course. When San Tekka failed to respond, Ro pressed a button on the pod's console that shocked her body. After repeated shocks, San Tekka began to suffer from a seizure that triggered an alarm, summoning Doctor Kisma Uttersond, a Chadra-Fan. When San Tekka finally recovered, Ro was informed by her of a new path between the locations Pasaana and Urber that could cut a third of the travel time.[1]

San Tekka then asked Ro if he had made any progress on his plan, to which the Eye responded that the plan was ongoing. He also informed her that the Republic was building a large network of navigational droids that would predict where pieces of the Legacy Run would emerge out of hyperspace in events called Emergences, and asked her if it was possible to do so, offering the woman her favorite dinner. When San Tekka confirmed that the action could be done, Ro began to plan out the Nihil's next strategy and made his way to the Gaze Electric's bridge.[1]

Ro contacted the three Tempest Runners and informed them that he would supply them with a list of Emergences that have yet to occur. Milliko, Eyta, and Dee would use the information to perform various operations such as looting disaster sites and ransoming the information while still avoiding Republic attention. After closing the connection, Ro ordered that San Tekka receive her dinner.[1] Afterward, Ro allowed a small grouping of Nihil to join him on the Gaze Electric[12]—which he had previously avoided doing by mainly using droids or hired help[1]—for their help in recovering the Nameless artifacts. Among those he recruited was Zagyar,[12] the same Nihil Storm who had impressed him at the Great Hall.[1]

An abrupt change of plans[]

"Change of plans, Zagyar. We must reach Trymant before it's wiped out. It may hold the answer to…everything that lies ahead."
―Ro, to Zagyar[12]

Ro orders Zagyar to alert the Gaze Electric's bridge to set course for the Trymant system.

Aboard the Gaze Electric, San Tekka learned that debris from the Great Hyperspace Disaster was entering the Trymant system, and would multiple locations within, including[12] the planet[13] Trymant IV. Uttersond, who overheard her, passed on the details to Ro, who realized that Trymant IV was one of the areas they planned to travel to[12] as he wished to acquire information from the Gran Elder Tromak there[14] regarding the location[15] of another artifact that would complete his father's rod.[6]

With that in mind, Ro informed Zagyar that they needed to reach the Trymant system before it was wiped out, adding that it may hold the answer to everything that lied ahead before ordering him to alert the ship's bridge to set course for that system. Later on, the Eye himself contacted the Nihil at the bridge via hologram. He stated that he had chosen the best of the Nihil to accompany him aboard the ship for the journey ahead, and that completing it would grant them powers that would destroy both the Republic and the Jedi.[12]

Mission to Trymant IV[]

"Elder Tromak, come with me…we must prepare for our departure."
―Ro, to Elder Tromak[14]

When Ro and the Nihil arrived at Trymant IV during the Emergence there, they attacked the planet and only allowed Tromak aboard their Spider Cruiser,[13] Squall Spider.[5] When the Jedi arrived on the planet to save its citizens and fend off the Nihil, Ro stepped out of the vehicle, ordering his marauders to kill them all.[13] While the Nihil fought with the Jedi, he approached Tromak and a boy named Krix Kamerat, the latter of whom wished to rescue his friend, Zeen Mrala. Ro pointed out that Mrala revealed herself as Force-sensitive, and that the Elders of the Path outlawed usage of the Force. As Kamerat wanted to bring Mrala aboard the Squall Spider, Ro stated that the boy would have to be left behind as well. However, Tromak defended the boy and stated Kamerat was his assistant. The Elder added that without him, Ro would be unable to obtain the information he sought regarding the artifact. Thus, Ro allowed them to stay on board.[14]


Ro and the Nihil traveled to Trymant IV in order to secure Elder Tromak for information.

Before the Spider Cruiser left, Ro spotted Jedi Grand Master Yoda. He then ordered the Nihil to continue their attack on the Jedi and prevent Yoda from infiltrating their ship, before asking Tromak to accompany him and prepare to depart Trymant IV. However, Ro was informed by Zagyar that Yoda, who had successfully boarded the ship, had disappeared from sight. After giving orders to track down the Jedi, Kamerat stated that he would join the search as well. The Squall Spider departed Trymant IV, before encountering a medical frigate and multiple Jedi Vectors. Ro ordered Zagyar to fire a full-powered blast at the ship. Once the frigate was struck, the Vectors converged on the ship to provide assistance, thus allowing the Spider Cruiser to escape into hyperspace and leave the Trymant system.[14]

Kamerat pointed out that they were leaving the system, to which Ro asked the boy if he was still worried about Mrala despite her using the Force and siding with the Jedi. The Eye blamed the girl for allowing Yoda to enter their ship with a creature, which attacked the ship's crew. When Ro asked Kamerat what the girl meant to him, the boy responded that she was no one.[14]

Making a play[]

"Go. We don't have a lot of time. Save the Nihil."
―Ro, to the Tempest Runners[1]

Using the knowledge of the Emergences provided by Ro, Milliko attempted to ransom the information to the population of the planet Eriadu, but failed to prevent a fragment of the Legacy Run from hitting it's inhabited moon. Meanwhile, Dee was present at the site of the 40th Emergence in deep space in order to prevent the Republic from retrieving the Legacy Run's flight recorder. The resulting skirmish ended in a Nihil defeat and the Republic recovering the device.[1]


Jeni Wataro

Unbeknownst to the Tempest Runners, Ro provided the information on Dee's ship to one his spies, the chief aide of Senator Izzet Noor, Jeni Wataro, who in turn passed it on the Republic. The information allowed them to intercept Dee and her Tempest in time. Ro was later informed by Wataro about Dee and Milliko's failures. He was also told that the flight recorder was damaged, thus limiting the amount of data that could be recovered from it and keeping the Nihil's location a secret. At that time, Ro believed that the moment marked a new beginning for the Nihil. Ro and the Tempest Runners later gathered in the Great Hall of the Nihil, with the Eye informing them of the consequences of their actions.[1]

Ro was also informed by Wataro about the location of a transport carrying the flight recorder, and that a battle fleet consisting of both the Republic and Eriadu population would intercept any Nihil that attempted to attack the transport. He decided to send Milliko and his Tempest there without informing them about the fleet to die in battle as a sacrifice to maintain the Nihil's secrecy, as the Republic would believe they had defeated the marauders and cease their search for them.[1]

Ro struck Milliko in the face. When the Tempest Runner attempted to retaliate with a concealed blaster, Ro launched one of his vibro-stars from his wrist that sheared Milliko's hand in two and destroyed the blaster, but Milliko continued to fight by attempting to punch Ro. The Eye caught the Tempest Runner's hand and threw him on the floor, before planting his foot on Milliko's chest and reminding him of who the Eye was. Ro then detailed his plan that would help the Nihil recover from the brink of defeat. He asked that Milliko head for the transport carrying the flight recorder destroy it, and ordered Dee to continue with the kidnapping job on Elphrona. Before the Tempest Runners left, Ro gave Milliko his severed hand.[1]

Battle of Kur[]

"I am the Eye of the Nihil, and I see the battle you're fighting. I see the Republic, trying to take away your freedom, trying to take your hard-won credits, trying to take away your way of life…they want you dead. Just for living. Just for being. Just for walking a path they don't own."
―Ro, to Milliko's Tempest[1]

The Battle of Kur

After Ro secretly ordered Milliko's Storms to kill the Tempest Runner if he tried to flee from the Republic by noting Milliko's actions at Eriadu had endangered all of the Nihil, Milliko and his Tempest traveled to the Kur Nebula in the Outer Rim to destroy the transport, but they encountered a trap when the battle fleet appeared before them. In the ensuing Battle of Kur, the Storms did not follow their orders to kill Milliko, and Ro contacted Milliko and told him to defend against the fleets while he supplied the Tempest Runner with a Path. The Eye then started a public transmission to the entire Tempest, supplying them with Battle Paths to fend off against the fleets. Suddenly, the Path engines of Milliko's Tempest's ships activated and caused them travel in and out of hyperspace at a rapid pace and colliding with Republic and Eriaduan ships.[1]

Ro then contacted Milliko on a private channel, telling the Tempest Runner that he had suspected the Weequay of murdering his father, before thanking him for his sacrifice to the Nihil and closing the transmission. The Battle of Kur ended in Milliko's Tempest being wiped out completely, as well as the death of Milliko himself.[1]

Post-Battle of Kur[]

"I didn't give your crew Paths to run that job on Elphrona to bring me a family of miners, Lourna Dee. I did it because that planet has a Jedi outpost. I figured there was at least a chance your crew might be able to bring me a Jedi. Why not try, right? Lo and behold, now I have one. Which is good, because a Jedi…is just what I need."
―Ro, to Dee[1]

After Dee and her Tempest successfully kidnapped one of the Blythe family's members, farmer Ottoh Blythe, and Jedi Master Loden Greatstorm, Ro was given the Jedi's lightsaber by Dee and began inspecting and swinging it. Dee informed the Eye of Kassav and his Tempest's defeat, an event he was already aware of. The Twi'lek, who had began to figure out Ro's true intentions for Milliko and the flight recorder, stated her thoughts to the Eye, to which he responded by detailing his plan and the effects of Milliko's Tempest's defeat. The battle on Elphrona marked the beginning of a conflict between the Jedi and the Nihil.[1]

Ro then stated that he required Dee again in the future. Approaching Blythe, he ignited the lightsaber and executed the farmer in front of Greatstorm, before explaining to Dee why he had sent her and her Tempest to Elphrona; to capture a Jedi to be used in his future plans. At the Great Hall of the Nihil, Ro displayed images of the Battle of Kur on the displays of communications droids. The Eye explained to the marauders that Milliko and his Tempest had made a heroic sacrifice to protect the Nihil, while the Republic and the Jedi slaughtered them. In his thoughts, Ro believed he had taken another step on his path. He then announced that the Nihil would be operating galaxy-wide using an archive of Paths.[1] Ro had thus declared himself the sole leader of the Nihil, with everyone beneath him, even though many rifts were created throughout the group.[16]

Confronting a Jedi[]

"What's your name? I don't want to just keep calling you Jedi."
"Loden Greatstorm."
"Loden…Greatstorm? By the Path, that's too perfect. It's truly a great pleasure to meet you, my friend. I think we will accomplish wonderful things together."
―Ro and Greatstorm[1]

Ro's planning led to the successful capture of Jedi Master Loden Greatstorm.

Ro later consulted Mari San Tekka aboard the Gaze Electric, telling her to rest as he had much work for her. Afterward, the Eye made his way to the ship's prison room, in which Greatstorm was kept. When Ro approached the Jedi, the latter attempted to use a mind trick on him, but it failed to affect the Eye. He explained to Greatstorm that his family had extensive knowledge on the Jedi and their powers, as well as how to resist them. He added that the prison was designed to keep the Jedi from calling on the Force as the cells were connected to the ship's electrical system that shocked the prisoners within and would thus cause Greatstorm to lose focus.[1]

When Greatstorm asked about Ro's motivations, the Eye stated that he had goals that he would achieve by any means necessary. He then detailed his history with the Nihil, and that all their operations were proceeding smoothly until the Republic expanded their own operations into the Eye's territory along with the construction of the Starlight Beacon. The Jedi then used the Force and pushed Ro into the ship's bulkhead. He then threatened to execute one of the prisoners if Greatstorm attempted the action again.[1]

Ro then revealed that he had orchestrated the Great Disaster and the subsequent chaos in the Hetzal system. When Greatstorm claimed the Jedi Order would come searching for the Jedi Master, Ro pulled out his father's rod and stated that he was not worried about the Jedi.[1] At some point afterward, Ro instructed the Nihil to do two things; maintain a low profile as events after the Great Disaster brought them much attention in order to bring the galaxy into a false sense of security, and to find and establish a main base. The Eye also elevated the Talpini Zeetar to a Tempest Runner to replace Milliko. Although Eyta suggested the Great Hall, the location was hardly defensible. The planetoid of Grizal was eventually chosen as the base; the prison complex there had been located by Zeetar.[6]

Following a skirmish between Nihil and Jedi on the Amaxine space station, Ro was approached by Nihil member Nan, who informed the Eye that her guardian, Hague, was killed in the event along with many others. Ro blamed their deaths on the Jedi and assured her that the Nihil would be responsible for their Order's destruction.[4] As their campaign against the Republic and Jedi carried on, Nan continued to serve the Nihil, becoming one of Ro's most trusted spies by collecting more intelligence than her fellows. To her, her actions were done in the name of the Eye, whose reputation among the Nihil rose as the conflict continued.[17]

Road to the Great Leveler[]

Preparing for the Jedi[]

"It wasn't mine! I swear! I—"
"Enough. You are in the presence of the Eye. And you concealed a holoprojector from us and then blamed Elder Tromak."
"What?! I—no!"
"An impressive little play, I must say. I respect it."
―Kamerat and Ro, regarding the transponder beacon[15]

Ro offers Kamerat a chance at redemption.

Aboard the Gaze Electric, Ro spoke with Elder Tromak to acquire the information he sought about the artifact[15] that would complete his father's rod.[6] However, the Eye learned that the information could not be disclosed to outsiders and was only limited to the Council of Elders. Disappointed, Ro ordered that both Tromak and Kamerat—whom Ro had ordered Zagyar and the droid Nihil X-10 bring to him ahead of breakfast—be escorted to the ship's battle rink, where quadrupedal creatures known as bogaranths would be ridden while following the slime runners who guided them. During an ongoing match, he entered the rink and ordered the Nihil to halt the game as he had discovered a holoprojector with a transponder beacon directly connected to Starlight Beacon, thus revealing that a traitor had given away their location to the Jedi.[15]

When Ro questioned Tromak and Kamerat about the device, the boy blamed the Elder. Although Ro was already aware that Kamerat had used the device to contact Mrala, he pretended to be convinced. After Ro ordered that Tromak be taken away to be eaten by the bogaranths, he confronted Kamerat and stated that Mrala had betrayed him again by keeping the beacon's existence a secret. Nonetheless respecting the ruthless sense of survival Kamerat had shown, Ro, joined by X-10 and Zagyar, then offered the boy a chance at redemption by helping the Nihil lure the Jedi into a trap, to which Kamerat accepted.[15]

While a diversionary Nihil force kept the Jedi occupied in space, the two travelled to the junk moon of Quantxi, after which Ro was informed that the Jedi had fallen into their trap. They were approached by a Junk Maven, who stated the Junk Mavens wanted no involvement in the Nihil's conflict with the Jedi. While Ro was distracted, another Junk Maven began running toward the communications tower on the planet. The Eye then ordered Kamerat to kill her before she could reach the tower in order to prove his worth before handing the boy a weapon.[18]

Mission half-complete[]

"The truth is…you remind me a lot of me, when I was your age."
"I do?"
"And I need someone I can trust to run this new Nihil outpost."
―Ro, to Kamerat on Vrant Tarnum[5]

Ro discovers the missing artifact.

Sometime later, the Junk Mavens began attacking the Nihil, which Ro witnessed. He ordered Zagyar to have X-10 prepare the Squall Spider to open fire on the Junk Mavens as well as for the Nihil's departure from Quantxi. Ro then boarded a vessel and headed toward Kamerat. He found the boy entangled with the Jedi, Mrala among them. The vessel fired its weapons on the Jedi, creating a distraction that allowed Ro to pick up Kamerat and pull him into the ship's ramp. The Jedi and Mrala began to pull the ship toward them, before the Squall Spider picked up the vessel and escaped into hyperspace.[5]

Having learnt the location of the artifact from Kamerat by that point, Ro travelled with Kamerat to the astronomical object of Vrant Tarnum and entered the Kharvashark Ruins, where the artifact was found. Ro, revealing to Kamerat that he reminded the Eye of his own past as a child, removed his mask and entrusted it to the boy, tasking him with overseeing the new Nihil outpost in the area.[5] At some point, Ro tasked Zeetar and his Tempest with raiding the MPO-1400 Purgill-class star cruiser Halcyon and acquiring the codes for the Chandrila Charter Company shipyards. The Tempest succeeded in their mission, but lost some of their members in the process.[19]

Mission on Rystan[]

"Are you sure this is the place? There's nothing here."
"Oh, you'll be surprised…"
―Udi Dis and Ro, while approaching Rystan[6]

At some point, Ro approached the Talortai Nihil Udi Dis and had him join his personal retinue as part of a private mission to the tidally locked planet Rystan. He sent out a message to his cousin Kufa, informing her that he was coming to Rystan. Almost a year after the Battle of Kur, Ro travelled through the Rystan Badlands aboard the Squall Spider, piloted by Dis. When the Talortai pointed out that the journey would have been easier with the use of a Path, Ro stated that doing so would mean he would not have seen Dis' piloting skills in action, adding that he was as impressive as his heritage had stated as the Talortai species had a strong connection to the Force. After Dis landed the Spider on Rystan, the two exited the Spider Cruiser and met with Kufa.[6]

After a short exchange, the three headed to the Golamaran ice flats, where the Shrine, home to a[6] Nameless[10] that Kufa called the Great Leveler, was located. They travelled there via the hoversled Open Hand, before mounting and riding large creatures known as slarga for the rest of the journey. After reaching an outcrop, they dismounted their slarga and entered the ice caves beneath Golamaran that would take them to the Shrine. During that time, Kufa asked why Ro had to visit the Shrine, since the caves were empty and the Leveler was forgotten by that time. Kufa further doubted that the entity's droid attendants still functioned. When she asked Ro if he was there to bring them hope and reopen the Hand, he stated that it was not his place and he was not a prophet.[6]

The Shrine and the Leveler[]

"This is it. The Shrine beneath Golamaran."
―Ro, at the Shrine[6]

Dis then reached out with the Force to sense a presence he felt was intensifying, before Ro asked him what he had felt. After the Talortai responded that he felt nothing, the sounds of a cobonica creature's roar echoed in the passageway the three were in. Kufa then insisted that they leave the caves if they were to survive. Ro grabbed her to prevent her from leaving and activated Greatstorm's lightsaber, preparing to fend off the incoming creature. The three then battled the cobonica, with Ro driving the lightsaber into one of the creature's eyes and cause it to flinch. The cobonica overpowered Kufa and Dis, and swallowed Ro whole. However, the Eye used the lightsaber to kill the creature from inside its body and cut himself free from its belly.[6]

Ro then took off his mask to clean its filters, before Kufa pointed out a tattoo on his face. When the Eye disregarded it as nothing of importance, Kufa stated that they both knew that was not true. The trio then continued to make their way to the Shrine. After finally reaching it, Ro noticed that Dis lost his balance and asked the Talortai if he could continue moving, but Dis replied that that he was able to. However, Dis began to hallucinate and saw his own father. Kufa pointed out that he was being cleansed with the Leveler's power. She and Ro then asked Dis to observe the chamber where the Leveler resided, guarded by four inactive droids. The droids were reactivated and began attacking the trio when Dis slipped on a patch of ice.[6]

During the fight, Dis, no longer able to utilize his connection to the Force to sense incoming threats due to the Leveler's power, was stabbed from behind by one of the droids. Ro and Kufa defeated the droids, before the former approached Dis and asked him what he he had experienced. After the Talortai failed to formulate a cohesive response, Ro marveled at the entity's power. Both he and Kufa cited a mantra, "Balance will come," before he killed Kufa with Greatstorm's lightsaber. Ro then pulled out a comlink and stated that he had found the Leveler and ordered the Nihil to follow his beacon. The Eye then thanked a dying Dis for his efforts, before bringing his foot down on the Talortai's head. The Nihil then had the Leveler frozen in ice and taken to their base on the planetoid Grizal.[6]

Unleashing the Nihil and a Nameless[]

Punishing disobedience[]

"Stop? Like you stopped the raids? Did you think I wouldn't know? That I wouldn't hear? You attacked a major shipyard in the Mid Rim. And for what? A destroyed Cloudship and over sixty Nihil dead. No one escaped your Tempest's raid. No one. It achieved nothing, except placing the Republic on high alert. After everything we have been working toward. Everything I have been working toward. You risked it all because you were impatient, because you cannot see beyond your own greed."
―Eyta and Ro, while the former suffers from electrocution[6]

Afterward, Ro travelled to Grizal and met with Zeetar, Eyta, and Dee at the base. He ignored Dee's question regarding his mission on Rystan, and instead asked about development on Path-jumper devices. Handing over his mask to Eyta, he asked the Dowutin if he had kept a low profile as he had instructed. Eyta, who had recently carried out an attack on the Mid Rim Territories planet Cyclor, was about to state that change was needed in the Nihil, before he was interrupted mid-sentence by Ro as the Eye had activated a control for his mask, still in Eyta's hands, that began electrocuting the Dowutin and causing him to convulse as a show of superiority in order to shame him into obedience. Ro chastised him for disobeying his orders while he writhed in pain, pointing out the Nihil killed in the battle and the fact that the Republic was put on high alert and leaving the room before Eyta managed to break the helmet and stop the electrocution.[6]

The three then learned about San Tekka's existence through a hologram recording of a conversation between Dis and Eyta. Aboard the Squall Spider, Ro thought about how Eyta started becoming problematic to him, and as such he pulled the electrocution trick with his mask. , and also suspected that the Dowutin was the one to murder Asgar. The Eye was then contacted by Uttersond, and the two discussed the Great Leveler. Uttersond pointed out that the creature had been refrigerated, ready to be taken to the Gaze Electric, while Ro revealed that Dis was overwhelmed byu the Leveler and did not survive the mission at Rystan. When Uttersond stated that the creature was ready for testing, Ro replied that defrosting the Leveler could harm it, before Eyta, who overheard part of the conversation, approached the two.[6]

The Nihil's next target revealed[]

"You know how this works, Pan. We all know how it works. When the time is right, I will inform you, and you will inform the Storm."
"The time is now."
―Ro and Eyta[6]

Eyta questioned Ro's decisions; what he was hiding from the rest of the Nihil. As the Dowutin spoke, Zeetar, Dee, and other Nihil began approaching the group, wishing to learn what had transpired. Ro stated that he would inform everyone when the time was right, but Eyta insisted that Ro do it at that moment. As tensions between them rose, Eyta revealed San Tekka's existence in front of the other Nihil, with Ro accidentally confirming it by stating that no one was allowed to see her without his authority.[6]


As revealed by Ro, the Nihil's next target was the Republic Fair on Valo.

When the Dowutin suggested seizing the woman and the Gaze Electric, Ro retorted; stating that while the Nihil could kill the Eye at that moment, San Tekka had been loyal to Ro's family for centuries. The Eye united the Nihil present by revealing that that their enemy, Chancellor Soh, was going to hold the Republic Fair on the planet Valo, where millions of her followers would attend, and pointed out that that was where they would attack next. As the rest of the Nihil chanted the death of Soh, Eyta had no choice but to join in. Ro later entered the ship's laboratory, where Greatstorm was held by then, and conversed with Uttersond regarding the Leveler. At some point, Ro planted a bomb aboard the Elegencia, rigged to detonate should Eyta attempt to make hyperspace jump back to Grizal.[6]

Ro was later contacted by Eyta when the latter was above Valo aboard his own ship, the Elegencia, participating in the attack on Valo. Eyta expressed annoyance at the fact that they were supposed to be maintaining communications silence, to which the Eye replied that the Dowutin was supposed to provide a field report of the battle. The Eye was informed that one of the ships at the fair, the Innovator, was destroyed and that they needed to be left to complete their tasks at hand, before Ro stated that they should scatter to the prearranged coordinates after finishing them and avoid a repeat of the attack on Cyclor. During the battle, the bomb Ro planted had been destroyed, allowing Eyta to return to Grizal safely.[6] The attack on Valo ultimately left hundreds of thousands dead, putting the Jedi on high alert.[17]

Aftermath of Valo[]

"We wanted them to realize that their so-called Spirit of Unity is a lie. And we've done it. Now no one on the frontier will sleep soundly. No one will think the Jedi can help."
"Then we should strike."
"No, you should listen."
―Ro and Eyta[6]

Following the event, Ro was informed by a spy within the Republic's Senate that Chancellor Soh was severly injured in the attack. After Eyta returned to Grizal, Ro congratulated him on leading the successful attack as the Nihil cheered. Afterward, he and the Tempest Runners entered a temporary hall, where Eyta demanded that Ro take off his helmet as the victory at Valo was Eyta and Lourna's alone and thus the Eye was to obey him, but abstained as Zeetar and Dee remained quiet. The Dowutin then demanded that they attack Cyclor again, striking the Republic while they were recovering from the attack on Valo, and potentially hit other locations such as Chandrila, Alderaan, and[6] the Republic's capital planet[20] of Coruscant. Ro explained that doing so would be suicide, as he saw the bigger picture, unlike Eyta.[6]


Much to Ro's disagreement, Eyta wished to continue more attacks around the galaxy.

The altercation between Eyta and Ro turned into a brawl when the latter ignited Greatstorm's lightsaber and pointed it at the former's throat. When Eyta grabbed Ro's arm and slammed it into a table, he swung his free hand and jabbed a needle filled with poison into the Dowutin's neck, weakening and stumbling the Tempest Runner. The Eye pointed out that Eyta was so quick to respond that he failed to see the real incoming attack, before repeateadly punching his face and stating that the Tempest Runner's ambition and thirst for glory would stop him from seeing the Republic's destruction. Ro gave an order to start a revel at Grizal before departing for the Gaze Electric.[6]

After Eyta recovered, he decided to attack Cyclor once more, but his Tempest was greatly outnumbered by both Republic and Jedi forces upon reaching the planet. Being left to die by his fellow Tempest Runners and Ro, Eyta abandoned his Tempest and escaped his ship via an escape pod.[6]

Grizal discovered[]

"Are we ready for the final test, Ro?"
"Shut up!"
"I only asked."
"We are ready when I say we are ready."
―Kisma Uttersond asks Ro about the Great Leveler, while the latter accidentally snarks at him when recalling memories of his father[6]

While aboard the Gaze Electric, above Grizal, Ro was asked by Uttersond on whether or not the final test for the Leveler was ready. In that moment, Ro recalled the memory of his father's last moments and soon after began hearing his voices, leading the Eye to unknowingly retort at Uttersond. When the confused Chadra-Fan clarified that he only asked, Ro stated that they would be ready only when he said so. He was then contacted by Dee and informed that a Republic ship, occupied by Nihil Quin Amarant and his Republic prisoner, Klerin Chekkat, was approaching Grizal, before he ordered the Twi'lek to destroy the ship. However, the ship was allowed to land after Amarant hailed his fellow Nihil at Grizal. Unbeknownst to all of them, a pair of Jedi, Indeera Stokes and Greatstorm's Padawan, Bell Zettifar, hid aboard the ship. They activated a homing beacon after the vessel had been scanned, signaling other Jedi to the Nihil outpost's location.[6]

Using his helmet's internal display, Ro watched the footage broadcast from Dee's own mask; Chekkat was dragged into Dee's chambers. He was then informed by the Twi'lek that, as was revealed by Amarant, Chekkat knew the existence of a disruptor field, possessed by the Republic, that could disable all types of energy weapons. After Zeetar ordered Lourna to kill Chekkat, Ro closed the feed. Unknown to him, however, Greatstorm had used a mind trick on Uttersond in order to have the Jedi released. In an ensuing scuffle immediately afterward, Greatstorm used to Force to send the Chadra-Fan flying through a window, right as Ro took notice of the commotion. The Eye then ignited the Jedi's own lightsaber and pointed it at him, stating there was no escape.[6]

At that moment, several Jedi arrived at Grizal in their Vectors and began attacking the base[6] in what became known as the Battle of Grizal.[21] Ro was informed of the attack before Greatstorm used the distraction as an opportunity to enter a scuffle with him. Greatstorm used the Force to hurl Ro into the equipment used to keep the Jedi trapped and regained his lightsaber when Ro dropped it as a result, before beginning his escape from the outpost. When the Eye recovered, he encountered the Jedi Master again at a hatch, stating he was unarmed and, as such, the Jedi would not harm him. Ro then feigned surrender before launching needle-sharp hypodermics from his wrists, but Greatstorm avoided the attack by letting himself fall from the hatch as Ro watched. He then immediately came under fire from a Vector, forcing him to throw himself to the deck, his armor protecting him from harm.[6]

Unleashing the Great Leveler[]

"This is why you're dead, Father, and I live. This is not the end. It is only the beginning."
―Ro, responding to a specter of his father[6]

Although the Jedi initially held the upper hand in the Battle of Grizal, the tides turned in Ro's favor when the Great Leveler was unleashed, leading to the death of Greatstorm.

Recovering afterward, Ro saw a specter of his father, who chastised him, before reaching the hatch that Greatstorm had fallen from to see the Nihil camp below in ruins. He then caught sight of Greatstorm, who had survived the fall, fighting alongside Zettifar, questioning how the Jedi Master had survived his imprisonment and why he had not been broken. The specter of Asgar pointed out that Ro should fear the Jedi, adding that they were unstoppable, before Ro pulled out both of the artifacts that would completed the rod and allow him to control the Great Leveler. Asgar's specter warned Ro that using rod would be the end of the Eye, but Ro responded that it was only the beginning. The Eye then combined the artifacts together.[6]

Ro then saw a shuttle containing Dee suspended in air by the Jedi that had used the Force, while he continued to hear Asgar's voice chastising him and telling him to fear the Jedi. Through a camera that Uttersond had installed onto the creature's back, Ro watched as the Leveler broke free from its cage and rushed past him and toward the Jedi. The creature then mentally incapacitated the Jedi. The act petrified Greatstorm in patricular, killing him. Believing that him studying his father's texts and recovering the artifacts was worth all the effort, Ro used the rod to recall the Leveler. The camp then turned silent as both the Nihil and Jedi departed Grizal.[6] In the end, the battle resulted in the deaths of many Nihil. While their scattering forces were on the run and their bases began to be attacked, the Gaze Electric remained untouched.[17] While some Nihil resented Ro's leadership as their losses continued,[8] others revered him as the lord of the pirates, with some younger Nihil viewing him as being more than a mere mortal being.[17]

Another meeting with the Runners[]

"Speaking of ships, Lourna, where is my weapon you promised me? And my promised Jedi? With the last one gone, the butcher grows anxious for test subjects. I'd hate to see him start finding volunteers in other places."
"Science takes time, Ro. We're still mapping the overlapping routes that pass through the area. And as for the Jedi, I'm on it. Politics, as you also know, are impossibly slow. But the Graf family and I have enjoyed a long and fruitful partnership. You will have your replacements."
―Ro and Dee[17]

At some point, Ro was received a tithing of coaxium from Dee. Sometime after the Battle of Grizal, he held a meeting with the Tempest Runners, also attended by multiple Nihil, including Kamerat and Nan, aboard the Gaze Electric, in which he discussed a Nihil loss on Dalna[17]—a planet in the Outer Rim[22] with a special connection to his family[6]—after hearing reports of the event. Tempest Runner Kara Xoo, who filled the position left by Eyta's disappearance, stated that it was just a ploy by the Republic to undermine their victories. When Dee pointed out that Xoo's fleet was down twenty ships, Ro wished to know who was in charge of the Dalna run, after which an Ithorian Nihil identified himself as the leader of the run. The Eye then threw a sticky charge toward the Ithorian. The charge attached to his face before exploding, killing the Nihil member and those close to him.[17]


Ro wished to have Chancey Yarrow aboard his ship, unaware that she was involved in a plan to convince him to hand over San Tekka to Dee.

Ro then moved on to discuss the replacement weapon and Jedi prisoner that Dee had promised, citing that the Leveler was growing "anxious for test subjects." The Twi'lek revealed that they were still mapping overlapping routes and citing slow politics as the reason for the lack of a replacement Jedi, before stating that Ro would eventually receive his replacements. When Ro explained that the Republic had obtained more than enough of the Nihil's Path engines and that it was only a matter of time because that government could begin understanding the technology, Dee assured him that the Gravity's Heart, a space station and gravity well projector capable of disrupting hyperspace activities located in the Berenge sector, would halt them, but reiterated that they needed to understand the routes before they could do so.[17]

Dee requested the assistance of San Tekka to speed up completion of the project, to which Ro asked what the benefit of doing so was. She then detailed that more precise mapping and improved intelligence would lead to more profitable hauls, adding that the Gravity's Heart would be powerful in an offensive against the Republic. When Dee stated that it would be disastrous to repeat Eyta's defeat at Cyclor, Ro was displeased upon hearing that and recalling the attack on Grizal. He then suggested having Dee bring her scientist, Chancey Yarrow, aboard the ship, but she stated that doing so would hamper the space station final tweaks as Yarrow would be unsettled. Ro finally agreed to let Dee borrow San Tekka before turning his attention to Nan and ordering her to protect the Oracle with her life, much to Nan's fear, as she assumed the mission was punishment for some kind of failure, and Kamerat's glee. Not taking his attention off Dee, Ro also ordered Nan to have Uttersond accompany them and prepare San Tekka for travel. After the meeting, Ro gave Nan a puzzle box that the Oracle enjoyed and would prove useful if the old woman needed to be forced to cooperate.[17]

Ro at one point contacted Yarrow regarding a task, which the scientist then shared with Nan. Unbeknownst to him, however, Dee, Yarrow, and the Graf family had already created a plan to convince the Eye to hand over San Tekka by informing him of the potential power of the Gravity's Heart so that they could utilize the Oracle's knowledge to complete their mapping data needed to build a more successful gravity well projector. During the mission in the Berenge Sector later on, which saw the destruction of the Gravity's Heart, San Tekka passed away in her pod. Telling Nan that the Gravity's Heart would never have been successful, the Grafs and Yarrow believed they had successfully deceived Ro and even convinced Nan to leave his service. Unknown to them, however,[17] the project had played into Ro's plans, as its research allowed him to begin construction of the stormseed weapons.[7]

A test for Krix[]

"If you want to come on this final leg of the journey to destroy the Republic and all its allies with me…show me that you are worthy."
―Ro, to Kamerat[23]

Ro tasks Kamerat with a mission to prove the boy was worthy.

Since their mission to Vrant Tarnum, Ro brought Kamerat into his inner circle, with the boy being in command of his own group of Nihil.[23] Following an attack on Vrant Tarnum by Republic and Jedi forces, which saw the Nihil there driven away from Kharvashark Ruins,[21] the Eye was approached by the boy aboard the Gaze Electric. He asked Ro if he could be given the artifact that they had found in the ruins, wishing to experience its power.[23]

Ro pointed out that the pain of seeing Mrala joining the Jedi still consumed the boy, and that he had elevated Kamerat above several Nihil who had been in the group for much longer and into his inner circle, and yet he was still asking for more. Ro then tasked the boy with taking what remained of his forces after the Vrant Tarnum attack and destroying the Jedi Temple on the world of Takodana and killing its guardian, Jedi Master Sav Malagán.[23] However, Kamerat and his forces failed at both tasks.[24]

Meeting in the hall[]

"Eliminate communications. Close the circle around Starlight."
―Marchion Ro[25]

Sometime shortly after the attack on Takodana, Ro met with many Nihil agents, including Nan, Krix Kamerat, Sabata Krill, who had been critical in the attack on Takodana, and Zaret, who had been previously tasked with killing the people of the planet Banchii by seeding the Drengir there, but had been thwarted. Nan asked Ro what their next move was, and Krill advocated for destroying more Jedi temples like the one that she destroyed on Takodana. Ro mentioned that Banchii was an unfinished job due to the presence of Great Hyperspace Disaster survivors at the Jedi Temple on Banchii. Thus Ro regarded the Temple as an unwanted symbol of hope for the Galactic Republic and a likely refuge for an object he was seeking. He told Zaret that he could still be useful despite his oversights and tasked him with recovering the object and destroying the Temple. Ro then killed a masked alien Nihil for a recent failure, saying that they were an imbecile and calling them useless because of a failure of theirs. Ro ordered the assembled Nihil to eliminate communications in order to close the circle around Starlight Beacon. Zaret vowed not to disappoint Ro. When Krix asked about the other temples, Nan didn't think he had needed to. Ro responded by ordering the Nihil to eliminate all of the Jedi temples.[25]

Uttersond's betrayal[]

"Follow [Uttersond]. I don't trust that mange-crusted gutter rat."
"It will be done."
"And if he's betrayed us…have him lead you to this Tarnab, then make them both suffer before you end them."
―Ro and Zagyar[26]

A hologram transmission of Ro.

At some point, hologram transmissions of Ro were intercepted by the Leresai Assembly. Although garbled, they were passed on to the Jedi Order, who in fact did not know of Ro's name or that he was the Eye of the Nihil. Without that information, the Jedi suspected that Dee, believed by them to have been killed at the Battle of Galov, instead held the title, and rumors circulated that another Eye had taken the Twi'lek's place.[27]

Ro learned that the Republic tasked two individuals, Jedi Master Emerick Caphtor and a detective, Sian Holt, with capturing the Tarnab Arathab Fal, who claimed he could sell a weapon that could destroy the Jedi Order and also killed a number of Nihil on[26] the planet[28] Vorzyd V. In No-Space, Ro contacted Uttersond via hologram and informed him of his findings, and asked the Chadra-Fan if he had seen a Tarnab lurking around recently. When Uttersond stated he had not seen any, Ro ordered him to stay alert, as the scheme could either be a fraud or a betrayal, before the latter ended communication.[26]


At No-Space, Ro orders Zagyar and the Nihil that accompanied him to keep Uttersond alive.

Ro suspected that the doctor was involved in the scheme, and as such he tasked Zagyar and X-10 with tracking down Uttersond, following him to the Tarnab if the doctor's involvement was confirmed, and making both of them suffer before killing them.[26] Indeed, Uttersond was in league with Fal.[28] Zagyar and the other Nihil member then located and boarded the ship the Chadra-Fan was on via the Squall Spider.[26]

Ro was then contacted by Zagyar and informed that the ship was attacked by Fal and no survivors were left, before the Tarnab fled to his own ship and escaped into hyperspace just as the Spider Cruiser arrived. Zagyar also pointed out that the way in which Fal's ship jumped into hyperspace led him to speculate that the Tarnab was in possession of one of the Nihil's Path engines. The pair then found Uttersond injured and unconscious, and Zagyar asked if they should kill him. Ro refused, stating that while someone within the Nihil may have betrayed them, they would not be able to learn more with Uttersond's death, and thus the Eye ordered the pair to keep the doctor alive.[26]

Mission to Planet X[]

"They are called the Nameless, and for anyone who can use the Force, they are terrifying. They make Jedi afraid, then weak…then dead. I will use the Nameless to kill Jedi. Many Jedi."
―Marchion Ro on the creatures recovered from Planet X[7]

Marchion Ro knew that only the Great Leveler could not counteract the many Jedi in the galaxy. However, he knew where to find more of the creatures due to old knowledge passed down from his ancestors. Knowing that the journey would be deadly and dangerous,[7] sometime around 230 BBY,[29] Ro organized a devoted group of Nihil into a group loyal only to him that he called the She'ar, planning to use them to retrieve more of the creatures. He told the group that they would take on a mission to a place long abandoned that would try to kill them where they would obtain a weapon to kill Jedi. Ro told them the story of his people and his homeworld, made them believe they were special, and then, using a searing hot shaped metal rod, branded their foreheads with the symbol of the Nihil, having them suffer pain together in his name.[7]


Marchion Ro and the She'ar on Planet X

Ro and the She'ar traveled in the cloudship Ikoru to the planet,[7] called Planet X,[30] where he knew he could find more creatures like the Great Leveler. Ro sent a group of Nihil scouts in strikeships ahead of them, telling them to pass through Planet X's thick tempestuous atmospheric outer layer that Ro called the veil. The veil attacked and destroyed the strikeships, but while its energy was focused on the first wave, the Ikoru slipped through the veil safely. Ro had known to do this from his father and grandmother, who had told him that the veil would let them through once they paid a price.[7]

When they landed on the planet, Ro and the She'ar found it to be a beautiful paradise world, Ro telling them that every part of the planet was alive but warning them that it would defend themselves. Ro told them that he needed to call the creatures, and did so by placing the purple gem of the Rod of Seasons into its place in the rod. The rod glowed and emitted a signal which caused all of the creatures of the planet to instantly begin to attack them. Ro and the She'ar fought the many different beasts until Nameless arrived, Ro telling the She'ar not to kill them and instead restrain them.[7]

They contained them aboard the Ikoru and then left the planet, Ro explaining that the creatures were called Nameless, and had the power to make Jedi afraid, then weak, and then kill them. He declared his intention to use them to kill many Jedi, anticipating that the Order's lack of knowledge and dependence on the Force would make them particularly susceptible. Ro explained that his family had once been a part of an attempt to use the Nameless against the Jedi long ago, but the Jedi suppressed the knowledge of them and tried to kill them all, but those who lived passed the knowledge down. One member of the She'ar said they were devoted to him, but asked him what the plan was and why he wanted to take down the Jedi and the Republic. Ro didn't tell them the truth, which was that deep down he believed that he was all that mattered, and he didn't like people he thought didn't matter telling him what to do.[7]

Tempest Runners attacked[]

"It's the Jedi! They've found us."
"Then you know what to do. Defend the Hall."
―Zeetar and Ro[31]

Ro communicates with his Tempest Runners.

Via hologram, Ro communicated with Zeetar and Dee, who were being pursued by the Jedi. The Talpini stated that they had done everything the Eye had asked, including fortifying the Great Hall, rebuilding their Storm, and testing the Leveler's power on the Jedi,[31] which Dee had done against Jedi Terec, Ceret, and Keeve Trennis on Xais sometime earlier.[32] Ro pointed out how the fortification was Dee's idea, and that it was down to Zeetar and his fellow Tempest Runners to rebuild their Storm. Zeetar angrily stated how the Eye had promised to bring the Jedi to their knees, but instead the Runners were hunted by the Jedi.[31]

When Ro asked the Talpini what he expected him to do, the latter stated that he should be present with the Tempest Runners, before the Eye asked Dee what she thought of the matter. She stated how Ro would always perform the same action; plot a his own course and abandon the Runners. A team of Jedi, aboard[31] the starcruiser Ataraxia,[1] soon jumped out of hyperspace using a Path and began attacking the ship Dee and Zeetar were on. Ro told them they knew what to do and ordered them to defend the Great Hall before closing communication. In the ensuing attack, Zeetar was killed[31] while Dee was captured.[33]

Meanwhile, Krix Kamerat and his Nihil cell were discovered by the Jedi on the planet Dol'har Hyde, leading to a battle between the Jedi and his forces on the planet during which Kamerat was captured. He was detained aboard the Star Hopper, where shortly before being interrogated by Zeen Mrala, he told himself that there was no way Ro wouldn't find out so he needed to stay quiet and let Ro's master plan on Corellia go through, hoping that when he knew Kamerat kept quiet Ro would let him back in his inner circle.[34]

Destruction of Starlight Beacon[]


"You see, we could have detonated the kind of device that would've destroyed Starlight instantly. […] Yet that would've defeated the purpose. The entire galaxy must see this. They must watch it happen. They must know the true power of the Nihil."
―Marchion Ro to Ghirra Starros[35]

On the Gaze Electric Ro had all of the Nihil stationed on the Gaze Electric transferred off of it, and had his assistant, Thaya Ferr, amass a crew of enforcer droids to run it. She gave him a report which indicated that the Jedi still believed Lourna Dee was the Eye of the Nihil, and reveled in the Jedi's false belief that they would soon defeat the Nihil. Soon after, Ro commanded simultaneous attacks on the Echerta system, Aleen, Yeksom, Japeal, and Tais Brabbo, forcing the Republic to spread their forces across the galaxy to respond to the assaults. Starlight also offered refuge to refugees from those planets and opened their hangar bays to more people so they could repair their ships, receive medical help, and be protected from the Nihil attacks, pushing Starlight to its capacity.[35]


Cale, Leyel, and Werrera sneak aboard Starlight Beacon.

Ro gathered three devoted and loyal followers of his, Cale, Werrera, and Leyel, on the Gaze Electric and prepared them for their mission to destroy Starlight Beacon. He told them to wipe all data banks and leave only false logs, before telling them he believed in them and that they would big about the Nihil's greatest victory. Then the three, under the disguise of workers, traveled to the space station in a ship claiming to hold Rathtars, but that really held seven Nameless. When they arrived, the three began to sabotage the station, according to the meticulous plan Ro had briefed them with. The contained Nameless hid their actions from the Jedi and caused the Jedi to feel disconnected from the force, as well as suffer form insomnia and nightmares, but they mainly wrote it off as stress and fear. On the station, Senator Ghirra Starros reported back to Ro on the actions of the saboteurs. Starros had been seduced by Ro into betraying the Republic and spying for him, secretly sharing information and updates on the Republic with him for quite some time.[35]

As the saboteurs continued to work, Ro ordered an attack on the Jedi temple on the planet Chespea, which was carried out by one Nihil cloud, in the hopes of showing the Jedi that their actions were about the Order. The shipment of enforcer droids also arrived on the Gaze Electric at this time, making Ro delighted and wish that the Tempest Runners were as competent and submissive as Ferr. Later, when a small ship requested permission to dock, Ro realized it was Ghirra Starros who was coming to join him, and set up a room for her near enough to his throne room that he could have sexual endeavors with her whenever he wished, but far enough that she would stay out of his way.[35]

The fall[]

"I do not wish to rule the galaxy. If I did, you would be under my boot even now. But I will take what I wish, when I wish it, and no one will stand in my way—Republic, Jedi, or anyone else. They cannot stand in my way. The Nihil have proven our power, and we will use that power however we choose. This galaxy—this galaxy is mine."
―Marchion Ro's broadcast[35]

Starlight Beacon explodes

After, the three saboteurs activated bomb within Starlight Beacon that caused it to split in half and begin falling from orbit to the planet Eiram.[35] In the chaos, Lourna Dee escaped from her cell on the Ataraxia, which had just arrived at the station, and said Ro's name as she watched the station burn from the bridge. She asked aloud if Ro had done it and had finally surpassed his father. She considered firing on the station from the Ataraxia and delivering the killing blow, but knew that Ro would not thank her and would probably just stab her in the back when he could, so she flew the ship away from the station.[36] On the station, Nan, who had been captured and detained aboard the station along with Chancey Yarrow, uncovered the saboteurs and was jealous of how special they were to Ro. After they activated the explosives, she was in complete and utter awe of Ro's plan and mind, and was determined to both bear witness to his greatest accomplishment and live to tell the tale, teaming up with Yarrow to try and escape the station.[35]

Meanwhile, Dr. Uttersond, after spending years of his life toiling for Ro, who he considered to be mad, while taking abuse from him and the other Nihil and almost getting killed by Jedi, was finally fed up. He decided to sell one of Ro's Nameless so that he would have enough money to get away from the Nihil and provide for his family.[37] Therefore, when he was assigned by Ro to bring more Nameless to wreak havoc on Starlight Beacon after the initial explosion,[10] he decided to sell them to Arathab Fal. However, he was discovered and thwarted by Jedi investigator Emerick Caphtor and Private investigator Sian Holt, who boarded and took control of his ship.[37] He revealed to them what the Nameless were, creatures that caused madness and hallucinations in Force users, and that The Eye of the Nihil, Marchion Ro, had both pieces of an ancient artifact that could control them that had been split into two.[10]

As Ghirra Starros lay in his lap after their passionate reunion, Ferr brought the news to him that an alert had been sent out indicating the Beacon's core was damaged, heralding the station's fall. He explained to Starros how he wanted it fall slowly so that the entire galaxy could see it and the true power of the Nihil. As the Beacon burned, Ro stayed in the Gaze Electric, which he brought to Eiram to watch the station fall among a crowd of ships that had arrived to watch or help. Ro and Ferr monitored a comm channel to get news about the situation. Ferr told him about the distress call sent from Starlight Beacon after the separation and destruction of the top half of the station. As the situation above Eiram was broadcast across the holonet, Ro ordered Ferr to let the rest of the Nihil know that he was responsible for it. He also ordered her to tell them not to come to Eiram and disrupt his plans. Ro and Ferr watched as Starlight Beacon crashed onto Eiram, and both agreed that there was some symbolism to the Republic's grand project crashing on a non-descript planet. Ro also ordered her to bring up the planet's holonews to they could watch the final destruction of the station.[35]

Ro mask

Marchion Ro, destroyer of Starlight Beacon

In the immediate aftermath of Starlight's fall, Marchion Ro extended invitations to all active Nihil members, with the exception of Tempest Runner Lourna Dee, to rendezvous in an unmarked star system where they could celebrate his victory with a grand feast without being disturbed by the Jedi or the Republic. He then broadcast a transmission to the Republic wherein he revealed himself as the true Eye of the Nihil and claimed responsibility for orchestrating the Nihil conflict and the destruction of Starlight Beacon. Due to Ferr's skill, he broadcast his ultimatum on the same frequencies once used by Starlight Beacon.[35]

A new storm[]

"The Republic will understand. The Jedi will know. They are not wanted. They are not welcome. Any ship which tries to use hyperspace to enter our territory without permission will be destroyed. Anyone who comes to our home…anyone who tries to take this region back…will die."
―Marchion Ro[7]

Ro also held a celebration in the Great Hall of the Nihil in No-space, standing before a crowd of Nihil and in front of the She'ar. He roused them by telling them that Nihil had brought Starlight Beacon down in a blaze of fire and pain and had destroyed many Jedi and many of the finest people of the Republic with it. He also announced that hijacked cruisers from Corellia would soon bring even more devastation upon the wreckage site. He then brought attention to the next part of his speech, in which he pointed out that they couldn't stop Starlight's fall, even though it couldn't have been a surprise since their raids and attacks had made the entire galaxy know their name, and especially the attack on Valo should have alerted them that they would come after the Starlight Beacon. While displaying a hologram of Starlight Beacon burning, Ro told the crowd that the Republic's best could not save the station, nor could the Jedi and their power, and so all of the Republic's warriors engineers, money and resources had been wasted as the Great Work of Chancellor Soh was destroyed, the signal that the Beacon once broadcasted to bring contentment replaced with his voice.[7]


The Nihil's celebration in the Great Hall of the Nihil

Recalling the question once asked to him by a member of the She'ar after his Mission to Planet X, Marchion told them that he was once asked why they were doing everything other than for glory and power, declaring that he had always known the answer and would now share it. First, was freedom, being able to live how they wanted without being beholden to the Galactic Republic that they did not choose, and had achieved that freedom with the destruction of Starlight Beacon by demonstrating to the Republic and the Jedi that their power was meaningless against the Nihil. Second, they needed a home away from the Republic that they could call their own and where everyone was Nihil, and that they now would succeed. Displaying a hologram of a device, he explained that it was called a Stormseed and had been brought to life by generations of his family's work along with Chancey Yarrow and her Gravity's Heart project.[7]

Ro deployed stormseeds through sectors of the Outer Rim[7] that became known as the Occlusion Zone.[38] The devices causing any ship that attempted to use hyperspace to enter their territory without their permission to be destroyed. The stormseeds destroyed the entire Republic Defense Coalition Outreach Fleet, which was on its way to show the people of the Outer Rim that the Republic still was behind them. Ro hoped that the stormseeds would make the Jedi and the Republic understand that they were not welcome or wanted, and that anyone who tried to come to their home or take their region back would die.[7] Despite Ro's efforts to replace the crew of the Gaze Electric with droids,[35] he would ultimately allow Nihil on his ship as guards and audience members.[39]

Finding entertainment[]

"My favorite thing, Master Jedi, is when someone who believes they are strong realizes they are weak. And the reason…is me."
―Marchion Ro, to Jedi Master Obratuk Glii[7]

Marchion Ro holds Jedi Master Obratuk Glii captive and taunts him with fear and the destruction of Starlight Beacon.

At some point, Ro brought Jedi Master Obratuk Glii into captivity onboard the Gaze Electric. He bound his wrists in cuffs and attached them to a long chain that he held from his throne. Glii found himself unable to think and unable to connect to the Force due to the effects of the Nameless, and Ro explained that Glii was feeling afraid just like the Jedi that had during the destruction of Starlight Beacon. This was the first Glii had heard of its destruction, Ro explaining that they brought the whole thing down. Glii refused to believe it, especially that it would fall to the likes of Ro, so Ro displayed a holorecording of the station's destruction and fall, insisting that he had not fabricated it and was indeed watching Chancellor Soh's greatest Great Work fall with many Jedi on board. Glii still refused to believe it, insisting it was a trick, but Ro said his belief was irrelevant because it was true that Starlight was gone, Glii's fellow Jedi were dead, and soon hijacked Corellian cruisers would rain down even more devastation on the wreckage site.[7]

Ro figured that the Jedi and Republic would be focused on how it was accomplished, through gaps in their defenses or a special weapon he devised, but Ro said that they were wasting their time. In his opinion, the how was not important because their would always be a weakness or flaw to exploit, and instead what mattered was the who. The who in this case being himself, Marchion Ro. Ro declared his victory to Glii, and taunted him by telling him that it wasn't easy and he deserved a reward for his work. For his reward, Ro activated the Rod of Seasons and explained that his favorite thing was when someone who thought they were strong realized they were weak because of him. A Nameless was called in by the rod and killed Glii by turning his body into a husk. Ro looked upon the body and smiled.[7]

Searching for a journal[]

"Only I know what it looks like. I am the only one alive who saw it all those years ago."
"All right, Vol. Prove yourself. Take charge. […] You don't have The Path behind you like before. If you can't find it…you'll have lost all value to anyone in the galaxy. No one will stand by your side. You will be worthless"
―Vol Garat and Marchion Ro, on Azlin Rell's journal[40]

Marchion Ro and Vol Garat approach the ruins of the Banchii Jedi Temple.

Following the destruction of Starlight Beacon, Ro traveled with two other Nihil to Banchii to retrieve an artifact he had been searching for,[25] a lost journal about the Nameless written by the Jedi Knight Azlin Rell after encountering the creatures during the Night of Sorrow.[40] To find the journal, Ro entered into an equal partnership with a Harch bounty hunter named Vol Garat, who had fought alongside the Path of the Open Hand during the Night of Sorrow over a century prior and had seen the journal. Garat did not trust the Eye.[40] The Nihil had just recently ravaged and attacked the planet at Ro's orders, especially raiding the Jedi Temple in search of the artifact, though the Jedi had destroyed the temple so the Nihil could not get anything from it.[25] As Nihil picked across and dug through the ruins, Ro arrived with Garat and demanded an update, only for Garat to bump into one of the Nihil and begin a fight. Ro ordered Garat to calm down, which the bounty hunter ignored, and did not respond when one of the Nihil asked the Eye whether they should get rid of the Harch.[40]

After thinking it over, Ro gave Garat command over the dig as a chance to prove himself, silencing a Nihil who protested needing to work under the bounty hunter with a glare. Although Ro understood Garat was important because he could recognize the journal, Ro declared to the bounty hunter that, if he failed to find the artifact, he would be worthless before departing aboard the Squall Spider. Soon enough, Garat and the Nihil found a box under the guard of the droid ZZ-10, who had encountered Garat in the past and decided to guard the buried journal. Although the Nihil knew their Eye was impatient to get the artifact, the curious Garat took advantage of the fact that Ro had given him command by asking the droid to take the time to explain why they were buried with the journal. Garat's decision ultimately cost the Nihil: it gave ZZ-10 time to contact their old friend Jedi Master Arkoff, who defeated Garat and arrived with Master Savina Besatrix Malagán. The two Jedi then claimed the journal.[40]

Eye of darkness[]

"Understand that this will be the fate of any Jedi caught trespassing behind the Stormwall. This is Nihil justice, swift and fair. You are all the Republic, but we are the Nihil. Underestimate us at your peril."
―Marchion Ro[39]

On the anniversary of the fall of the Starlight Beacon, Marchion Ro decided to broadcast a message for the Republic and the Jedi from the Gaze Electric: he used the Nameless to execute the captive Jedi Grand Master Pra-Tre Veter, confirming Veter's capture and the terrifying features of the Nihil.[39]


The warlord Burnium Ro shared his surname with Marchion. During the reign of the Galactic Empire, Burnium used rhetoric and imagery associated with the Nihil.[41]

Personality and traits[]

Eye of the Nihil[]

"I am the Eye of the Nihil, as was my father before me. We made this organization what it is, and I will not watch you destroy it with your selfishness, fear, and weakness. You made a mistake at Eriadu, Kassav, and it showed us your belly. You need to remember how this works, Chief. The Nihil need to stay strong. And one way that happens…is by cutting out the weak."
―Ro, to Milliko[1]

Marchion Ro had the appearance of a "predator" to the Nihil's Tempest Runners.

The man who used the name Marchion Ro was a long-limbed[1] Evereni[2] with long, dark hair, black eyes, and slate-gray skin[1] etched with silver markings,[6] along with an angular physique. Following the Battle of Kur, he had a more confident appearance[1] and later grew a light beard on his cheeks.[6] When Ro took off his mask, his physical appearance would leave the impression of a "predator" on the Tempest Runners. As the Eye of the marauders, Ro felt he was the only individual who saw the full potential of the Path engines. Before his plans were in place and the marauders were unified under his control, he was worried about the threat the Jedi Order and Republic posed to the Nihil, going so far as to suggest that the Nihil cease operations to maintain a low profile.[1] Even after becoming leader of the Nihil, Ro kept things slow for a time to not attract too much attention or overextend their hand.[6]

With his father dead and believing most of his extended family would try to stab him on sight,[6] Ro considered Mari San Tekka the closest thing he had to a family left, but also despised how much he relied on her for hyperspace routes as her death would cause the Nihil as a whole to lose their biggest advantage over ordinary marauder gangs. Thus, he was secretive about the true nature of the Paths a secret from the rest of the Nihil, including the Tempest Runners. He would go so far as to shock her in her medical pod repeatedly and cause her to have a seizure in order to receive vital information on the Paths as quickly as possible. Ro believed it was his duty to finish his family's revenge but, should Tekka die before his uses for her were over, had considered starting a new life.[1] Ro at one point considered disbanding the Tempests altogether and leading the Nihil alone if the Tempest Runners did not obey him completely.[6]

Although he came to believe, possibly without even realizing it, he was the only being in the universe who mattered,[7] he had no desire to rule over the galaxy.[35] Ro also claimed he continued to practice the rituals performed by "the faithful" among his family. In order to acquire and control the Great Leveler, which Ro viewed as a creature of great power, he killed his cousin, Kufa, whom had been overjoyed to see him again. During their reunion, he had not wanted to show her his face, which contained a tattoo that disturbed her despite his claims it meant nothing. While his face softened when she spotted the silver markings on it, Ro only ever saw her as a deluded hag who had squandered the power of the Leveler when it was in her grasp. Despite having said the Talortai was a friend, Ro also killed Udi Dis to ensure the Leveler could be unleashed, although he thanked the talented Nihil pilot for his service before murdering him. He also had scoured the galaxy for the artifact to complete his father's rod.[6]

After seeing the Leveler in action, the Eye was unable to believe what he had experienced, and was left breathless. He thought that all of the effort put into studying his father's texts and searching for that artifact had been worth the trouble.[6] When he collected more Nameless but was asked why he was forging the Nihil into a force that could destroy the Jedi and Republic, he never even considered giving the honest answer; he simply did not want individuals he saw as lesser telling him what to do, so he felt groups like the Jedi and Republic could not be allowed to exist[7] because, according to him, the version of freedom they offered constrained people like himself.[1] While he may have not known the truth himself, Ro truthfully did not fight for the thoughts like power, wealth, or revenge that sometimes crossed his mind, instead fighting to wipe out the beings who dared give out laws and orders meant to contain him.[7]


"Everything and everyone is a tool. I will use them however I need."
―Ro, to Greatstorm[1]

Marchion Ro saw himself as the most important individual in the galaxy: it was not his goal to rule the galaxy, but instead to remove any organization that saw itself fit to control the galaxy and, by extension, him.

Ro did not believe the Nihil needed to know information about his past, including information on his homeworld and original name,[1] and so he answered his fellow Nihil with few words, giving nothing away. He doubted that his family would accept him if he were ever to return to them.[6] In order to maintain the Nihil's secrecy, Ro would go so far as to sacrifice one of his Tempests, a third of the Nihil, to do so. He hid his true intentions from his subordinates until after the events he planned out had transpired. Ro also believed that the road to achieving a goal did not matter if the intended result would be achieved regardless. He viewed everyone and everything as a tool to be used to achieve that goal.[1]

Nevertheless, Ro entrusted his own mask to Krix Kamerat, who reminded the Eye of his own childhood.[5] He even elevated the boy above several longer-serving Nihil and into his inner circle.[23] As the Eye of the Nihil, he wanted to be a strong individual, unlike Uttersond, Greatstorm, or his father.[6] Although he believed it was his duty to bring about his family's revenge,[1] if Ro was able to find it in himself to reflect on what he stood for, he would have found he worked only to ensure his own freedom; his talk of giving the Nihil freedom or achieving his family's revenge were, deep down, mere claims. Ro instead fought for the simple belief that he was the only being in existence who mattered, and so no other being deserved to give him orders.[7] Indeed, he had no designs for actively ruling the galaxy and instead wanted the freedom to do whatever he personally pleased, no matter who currently stood in his way.[35]

Thoughts on others[]

"This is why you're dead, Father, and I live."
―Ro speaks to a specter of Asgar, who claimed his plots will be the end of him[6]

Ro held differing opinions for each of his Tempest Runners, and thought that the groups of Nihil they led reflected their leaders' personalities; Eyta's were precise planners, Milliko's was impulsive and chaotic, and Dee's was subtle. To Ro, Milliko felt predictable as a sunrise, believing that either the Weequay hated silence, or was focused on ensuring that people knew the Tempest Runner was present. After setting up Milliko's demise at the Battle of Kur, Ro made a martyr out of him in order to unite the Nihil.[1] Ro saw Zeetar as an obedient soldier and someone who would not follow in Eyta's footsteps as the Talpini knew his place.[6] When observing Zagyar, the Eye respected the fact that Zagyar answered Eyta directly without hiding the truth when explaining Blit's miscalculation.[1]


Marchion Ro, a man who saw himself as all that mattered

Ro viewed Eyta as a physically strong individual, and as such used his mask in order to subdue the Dowutin as a show of superiority to shame him into obedience. When being confronted by Eyta aboard the Gaze Electric, Ro was confident that the Dowutin would not attempt to kill him and was only aiming to gain attention from fellow Nihil. In another confrontation with Eyta, Ro repeatedly punched him and pointed out that the Dowutin's ambition and thirst for glory would not allow him to see the Republic's destruction. Ro also planned to make a martyr out of Eyta, like with Kassav at Kur, by planting a bomb aboard the Dowutin's ship and having it detonate should he attempt to return to Grizal. Following Eyta's defeat at the second battle at Cyclor, Ro believed that the remaining two Tempest Runners at the time, Dee and Zeetar, had fallen in line, and no one would challenge him ever again.[6]

When thinking about Asgar, Ro believed he lacked vision, and that he should have restructured the Nihil back when he led the Nihil. When Asgar, who had never treated Ro with kindness or respect, was gravely injured and begged his son for help, Ro repeatedly kicked him, continuing to do so even after the man had died as an act of gratification. He stood over his body for an hour to keep the scene in his memory, wishing to remember Asgar as a corpse rather than the man who had made Ro's life a misery. However, Ro would later be plagued with the voices of Asgar chastising him. On one instance, the voices caused him to accidentally snark at Uttersond, but decided to play along as to keep others from suspecting that Ro was speaking to dead people.[6]

Skills and abilities[]

Through planning, Marchion Ro was able to manipulate both the Nihil and the Jedi Order by causing the Great Disaster and setting off the chain of events that would help him achieve his goals. His Nihil successfully captured a Jedi after he ordered them to only kidnap a family on Elphrona, as their presence would attract Jedi from the outpost on the planet. Ro was also a skilled fighter, which he demonstrated when injuring and lecturing Milliko.[1] Ro saw Eyta as a physically strong individual, and as such he used alternative methods of subduing the Dowutin when confronting him, such as electrocuting the Tempest Runner with the Eye's own mask and injecting him with a toxin. When Ro dealt with Greatstorm unarmed, he exploited the latter's status as a Jedi by stating that the Jedi Master would not attack an unarmed individual and feigning surrender, before using the opportunity to attack Greatstorm.[6]


Clothing and armor[]


Marchion Ro in his attire

Marchion Ro wore a mask created from smoked transparisteel with a storm symbol etched onto it, along with a pattern of lines and swirls and an "eye" at the center of the mask.[1] After the events on Quantxi, Ro gave the mask to Kamerat.[5] For clothing, he wore a sleeveless white tunic and belt under a jacket, boots, and black pants.[1] Other colors of pants that Ro also wore at different points in time included green[12] and brown.[26] The Eye also donned tight leather gloves that had padded knuckles. The gloves were reinforced with acceleration compensators and armored plating that allowed him to punch a hole in a durasteel wall without suffering any pain.[1] He also wore multiple cuffs around his ears.[5]

Following the Battle of Kur, Ro wore his father's heavy fur cloak[1]Arratan wolf skin covering the shoulders[6]—which conveyed the history of the battles in which it was worn to the Nihil. He donned an ornate mask marked with a superstorm within a red circle that resembled a crown,[1] and it came with communications functionality and an internal display.[6]


Vibro-stars were stored in a sheath on his wrist.[1] His wrists also contained devices that could launch needle-sharp hypodermics filled with poison. Under one of his sleeves was an injector that protruded from a diminutive mechanical arm. For protection, Ro wore armor.[6]

After receiving Greatstorm's lightsaber, Ro hung the weapon on his belt[1] and kept it on his person, using it to threaten those who opposed him. He lost the weapon when Greatstorm himself retrieved it from him in a scuffle during the attack on Grizal.[6] Under his tunic, he kept a three hand-long rod made of stone and metal with symbols such as fire and screaming faces carved into it. The rod emanated a purple glow and grew warm when touched.[1] When it was combined with the other artifact from Kharvashark Ruins, it allowed the wielder to assume control of the Great Leveler. Ro also carried a comlink on his belt.[6]

Behind the scenes[]


"Marchion Ro has always been "Mar-k-ion" Ro amongst the Project Luminous authors, who discussed the issue extensively before deciding on Marchion."
―Leland Chee, when asked about the inconsistent pronunciation of "Marchion"[42]

Concept art of Marchion Ro

Marchion Ro was created by Charles Soule[43] for the Star Wars: The High Republic multimedia project. He was first revealed in a blog post on StarWars.com titled "Inside Star Wars: The High Republic: Meet the Villains," published on October 29, 2020.[44] The character then made his debut appearance in Soule's novel The High Republic: Light of the Jedi,[1] published on January 5, 2021.[45] In the audio drama The High Republic: Tempest Runner,[8] released on August 31, 2021,[46] Ro was voiced by Marc Thompson.[8]

Ro's first name has been inconsistently pronounced between audiobooks. When asked about this, Lucasfilm Story Group member Leland Chee pointed out multiple examples of other Star Wars subjects who have encountered a similar situation, such as Han Solo and Twi'lek, as well as the fact that there was precedent for using a hard "K" sound for names with "CH," such as Michael Giacchino. Among the High Republic authors, Ro's first name was always pronounced "Mar-k-ion." They discussed the issue before deciding on the version with the hard "K" as it "felt tougher and had more of an edge," thus falling in line with Ro's character. Chee personally preferred the "Mar-ch-ion" pronunciation, as it sounded "authoritative." In the end, room was left open for characters to use different pronunciations in-universe, with Chee further pointing out speculation that the Tempest Runners did so intentionally.[42] Editor Tom Hoeler later stated it was up to fans to decide how they personally wanted to pronounce it, citing[47] a work[48] discussion in which there was an equal number of people using "Mar-chi-on" as those using "Mar-key-on."[47]


"I think it's very unique for a Star Wars villain — [Marchion Ro] is not a like meticulous beat-by-beat planner. He takes the opportunities that arise. He's an improviser. But he's also completely unafraid to do horribly evil things in service of that goal. And if he does 100 evil things and one of them happens to be the one It moves closer to that goal he's good with that doesn't matter, that's great."
―Charles Soule describes Marchion Ro[49]

Soule described Ro as an improviser who took any opportunities that were available, further adding that Ro was not afraid to commit evil acts if it would service his goal.[49] The author wanted the character to stand alongside previous villains in Star Wars, such as Darth Vader and Kylo Ren, while avoiding familiar ground in order to make Ro feel unique as an antagonist. According to Soule, developing Ro's character was the biggest challenge in writing Light of the Jedi,[43] and he further described him as "absolutely terrifying."[50] In a short interview with Star Wars: The High Republic Show host Krystina Arielle, Soule described Ro as someone who went after something he knew he wanted without letting emotion hinder that, and as such making the character the leader of the Nihil "made perfect sense" for the story.[51] One of Soule's inspirations for the character, though in a minor capacity, was Michael Corleone from The Godfather film series.[52]

When designing Ro's helmet, the art team wished to create an iconic design that could also stand with established characters like Vader and Maul. The final design for the helmet was a combination of different designs that were unreleased.[53] Illustration manager Jeffrey Thomas wanted Ro to be a Chiss out of admiration for Timothy Zahn's Grand Admiral Thrawn during the multimedia project's development, as he was intrigued at how cold and calculating Zahn's character was, but Thomas' idea didn't pan out,[54] with Ro's species being confirmed as the Evereni in Soule's 2022 comic The High Republic: Eye of the Storm 1 instead.[2] Artist Grant Griffin did concept art for the character before his design was finalized and described him as the "Darth Vader" of The High Republic. He also noted he was not sure who came up with Ro's final character design.[55]

Back when Stories of Jedi and Sith was going to be focused on the High Republic Era alone, author Tessa Gratton hoped to write a short story about Marchion Ro, specifically his teenage years. She ultimately crafted three story proposals, but the anthology would ultimately shift away from the High Republic Era alone, leading to Gratton writing the Darth Sidious-focused short story "Masters."[56] At New York Comic Con 2023, Soule told fans to keep an eye on Ro as Phase III began.[57]



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  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 1.18 1.19 1.20 1.21 1.22 1.23 1.24 1.25 1.26 1.27 1.28 1.29 1.30 1.31 1.32 1.33 1.34 1.35 1.36 1.37 1.38 1.39 1.40 1.41 1.42 1.43 1.44 1.45 1.46 1.47 1.48 1.49 1.50 1.51 1.52 1.53 1.54 1.55 1.56 1.57 1.58 1.59 1.60 1.61 1.62 1.63 1.64 1.65 1.66 1.67 1.68 1.69 The High Republic: Light of the Jedi
  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 2.13 2.14 2.15 2.16 2.17 2.18 2.19 The High Republic: Eye of the Storm 1
  3. Star Wars: The High Republic Character Encyclopedia
  4. 4.0 4.1 The High Republic: Into the Dark
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.7 The High Republic Adventures (2021) 5
  6. 6.00 6.01 6.02 6.03 6.04 6.05 6.06 6.07 6.08 6.09 6.10 6.11 6.12 6.13 6.14 6.15 6.16 6.17 6.18 6.19 6.20 6.21 6.22 6.23 6.24 6.25 6.26 6.27 6.28 6.29 6.30 6.31 6.32 6.33 6.34 6.35 6.36 6.37 6.38 6.39 6.40 6.41 6.42 6.43 6.44 6.45 6.46 6.47 6.48 6.49 6.50 6.51 6.52 6.53 6.54 6.55 6.56 6.57 6.58 6.59 The High Republic: The Rising Storm
  7. 7.00 7.01 7.02 7.03 7.04 7.05 7.06 7.07 7.08 7.09 7.10 7.11 7.12 7.13 7.14 7.15 7.16 7.17 7.18 7.19 7.20 The High Republic: Eye of the Storm 2
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 The High Republic: Tempest Runner
  9. The High Republic: Path of Deceit
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 The High Republic: Trail of Shadows 5
  11. Star Wars: Timelines dates the events of The High Republic: Light of the Jedi to 232 BBY. As such, the events of the novel, which include Ro's appearance, must take place around that year.
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 12.5 12.6 IDWAdventures2020LogoSmaller "Tales of Villainy: The Gaze Electric" — Star Wars Adventures (2020) 6
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 The High Republic Adventures (2021) 1
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 14.4 The High Republic Adventures (2021) 2
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 15.3 15.4 The High Republic Adventures (2021) 3
  16. StarWars Star Wars Inside Intel: The Nihil Hierarchy on StarWars.com (article) (backup link)
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 17.3 17.4 17.5 17.6 17.7 17.8 17.9 The High Republic: Out of the Shadows
  18. The High Republic Adventures (2021) 4
  19. Halcyon Legacy 1
  20. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas
  21. 21.0 21.1 The High Republic: Trail of Shadows 1
  22. The High Republic: A Test of Courage
  23. 23.0 23.1 23.2 23.3 23.4 The High Republic Adventures (2021) 8
  24. The High Republic Adventures (2021) 10
  25. 25.0 25.1 25.2 25.3 The High Republic: The Edge of Balance, Vol. 2
  26. 26.0 26.1 26.2 26.3 26.4 26.5 26.6 The High Republic: Trail of Shadows 3
  27. The High Republic (2021) 9
  28. 28.0 28.1 The High Republic: Trail of Shadows 2
  29. Star Wars: Timelines dates the events of The High Republic: The Fallen Star to 230 BBY. The High Republic: Eye of the Storm 2 states that the formation of the Shear and mission to Planet X took place some months before the destruction of Starlight Beacon, which is depicted in The Fallen Star, placing them sometime around 230 BBY.
  30. EdelweissPlus-Logo Star Wars: The High Republic: Path of Vengeance on the official Edelweiss website (backup link)
  31. 31.0 31.1 31.2 31.3 31.4 The High Republic (2021) 13
  32. The High Republic (2021) 11
  33. The High Republic (2021) 14
  34. The High Republic Adventures (2021) 13
  35. 35.00 35.01 35.02 35.03 35.04 35.05 35.06 35.07 35.08 35.09 35.10 35.11 The High Republic: The Fallen Star
  36. The High Republic (2021) 15
  37. 37.0 37.1 The High Republic: Trail of Shadows 4
  38. StarWars New Concept Art and More Revealed on Star Wars: The High Republic Show on StarWars.com (backup link)
  39. 39.0 39.1 39.2 The High Republic: The Eye of Darkness
  40. 40.0 40.1 40.2 40.3 40.4 The High Republic: The Edge of Balance: Precedent
  41. Star Wars (2020) 7
  42. 42.0 42.1 HighRepublicShow Logo Star Wars: The High Republic Show: Trail of Shadows, a Tale From Last Call, and More! on the official Star Wars YouTube channel (backup link) (Posted on StarWars.com)
  43. 43.0 43.1 YouTube Charles Soule Talks Light of the Jedi and Collaborating to Create The High Republic on the Star Wars Explained YouTube channel (backup link)
  44. StarWars Inside Star Wars: The High Republic: Meet the Villains on StarWars.com (backup link)
  45. PenguinRandomHouse Star Wars: Light of the Jedi (The High Republic) on Penguin Random House's official website (backup link)
  46. PenguinRandomHouse Star Wars: Tempest Runner (The High Republic) on Penguin Random House's official website (backup link)
  47. 47.0 47.1 TwitterLogo Tom Hoeler (@DarthInternous) on Twitter: "Was just part of a conversation about #StarWarsTheHighRepublic where half the people were saying "Mar-chi-on" and half "Mar-key-on". And the universe didn't implode. So, pronounce it however you like, its all fake and in space anyway." (backup link)
  48. TwitterLogo Tom Hoeler (@DarthInternous) on Twitter: "It helps when it's for work (In response to: "Can't relate, how do you achieve these so-called "real life conversations abotu THR"")" (backup link)
  49. 49.0 49.1 Light of the Jedi author Charles Soule can finally talk about Light of the Jedi by Patches, Matt on Polygon (January 12, 2021) (archived from the original on January 13, 2021)
  50. SWInsider "Launchpad" — Star Wars Insider 205
  51. HighRepublicShow Logo Star Wars: The High Republic Show: The High Republic Anniversary Special! on the official Star Wars YouTube channel (backup link) (Posted on StarWars.com)
  52. TwitterLogo Charles Soule (@CharlesSoule) on Twitter: "A little tiny bit." (backup link) (in response to "@CharlesSoule I absolutely loved Light of the Jedi, particularly Avar Kriss, Loden Greatstorm and Marchion Ro! Just out of curiosity, was Marchion Ro at all inspired by Michael Corleone from the Godfather trilogy?")
  53. HighRepublicShow Logo Star Wars: The High Republic Show: A Step Into the Dark, Art of The High Republic, and More! on the official Star Wars YouTube channel (backup link) (Posted on StarWars.com)
  54. The Art of Star Wars: The High Republic (Phase One)
  55. TwitterLogo Grant Griffin (@ggriffinart) on Twitter: "Marchion Ro The Darth Vader of THR. 👀 my original concept of him and how he evolved. later I received a finished design for character And was asked to pose him out for hype. I'm not sure who to give the finished design credit to, but I love it and he was a blast to illustrate." (backup link)
  56. SWInsider "The Quest for Answers" — Star Wars Insider 221
  57. TwitterLogo Friends of the Force (@FriendsOfForce) on Twitter: ".@CharlesSoule adds that we should keep an eye on Marchion Ro and Porter Engle." (backup link)
  58. 58.0 58.1 "The Kill" chapter in The High Republic: Eye of the Storm 1 takes place ten years after "The Lie," which is set twenty years before the Great Disaster. Star Wars: Timelines dates the events of The High Republic: Light of the Jedi to 232 BBY. As The High Republic: Light of the Jedi features the Great Disaster, "The Lie" must be set around 252 BBY and "The Kill" around 242 BBY. In "The Lie," Asgar Ro declares himself Eye of the Nihil, before he dies in "The Kill," after which Marchion Ro assumed that title.

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The Nihil leaders (242 BBY)
Eye of the Nihil: Asgar Ro
Marchion Ro
Tempest Runners: Pan Eyta Kassav Milliko Lourna Dee
The Nihil leaders (232 BBY)
Eye of the Nihil: Marchion Ro
Tempest Runners: Pan Eyta Kassav Milliko
Lourna Dee
The Nihil leaders (231 BBY)
Eye of the Nihil: Marchion Ro
Tempest Runners: Pan Eyta
Kara Xoo
Zeetar Lourna Dee
The Nihil leaders (230 BBY)
Eye of the Nihil: Marchion Ro
Tempest Runners: Kara Xoo Zeetar Lourna Dee
The Nihil leaders (229 BBY)
Eye of the Nihil: Marchion Ro
Ministers: Ghirra Starros
(Minister of Information)
General Abediah Viess
(Minister of Protection)
Tempest Runner Baron Boolan
(Minister of Advancement)