- "This is not the work of a Sith Lord or a Jedi… but a reckless, impulsive animal."
- ―Obi-Wan Kenobi, on Savage Opress' massacre on Devaron
Savage Opress was a Force-sensitive Dathomirian Nightbrother who became a Sith apprentice under Darth Tyranus and later became a Sith Lord, apprenticed to his brother Darth Maul during the Clone Wars.
Originally a tribal leader on Dathomir, Opress was handpicked by the Nightsister Asajj Ventress to become her "mate" and servant following her grueling tests of Selection, as part of her bid for revenge on her former Master, the Sith Lord Count Dooku. In accordance with their plot against Dooku, Mother Talzin and her Nightsister witches employed their dark magic to grant Opress fearsome abilities, placing him under their control. After murdering his beloved brother Feral in a display of loyalty to Ventress, Opress entered the Clone Wars as a dark acolyte, serving as an enforcer in Dooku's Confederacy of Independent Systems.
However, Opress soon saw he was being used by Ventress and betrayed both her and Dooku and fled, being guided on a quest by Mother Talzin to seek out his lost brother. Opress was led to the junkyard world of Lotho Minor, where he found his brother Maul half-mad. He brought his brother back to Talzin, who restored both his mind and his legs. She then left the pair together as Maul became reconnected with the changed world around him. He and Savage then embarked on a quest of death and chaos, seeking vengeance on Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Seeking to take everything he loved from him, Maul conquered Mandalore and killed his lover, Satine Kryze. Opress stood by his brother as he enacted his revenge, but they were soon faced by Maul's old master, Darth Sidious. Sidious fought Maul and Savage, and ultimately killed Savage Opress in battle, leaving Maul to mourn his brother's death.
The Clone WarsEdit
- "A brother? But all of my kin were killed!"
"Not all of them. He lives in the Outer Rim, in exile."
- ―Savage Opress learns of his long-lost brother Darth Maul from Mother Talzin
Born on Dathomir to Mother Talzin, Savage Opress was handpicked by the Nightsister Asajj Ventress to become her servant following her grueling tests of Selection, in which many of Opress's fellow Nightbrothers were killed, as part of Ventress's plot for revenge on her former Master, the Sith Lord Count Dooku.
In accordance with their plot against Dooku, Mother Talzin and her Nightsister witches employed their magicks to grant Opress fearsome abilities, placing him under their control. After murdering his beloved brother Feral in a display of loyalty to Ventress, Talzin offered Opress to Dooku as a dark acolyte. Dooku accepted Opress, allowing for him to enter the Clone Wars as an enforcer in Dooku's Confederacy of Independent Systems. He executed a mission against the Galactic Republic at Devaron's Temple of Eedit, slaying his first Jedi, Master Halsey and Padawan Knox, in the former campaign. Opress soon became apprenticed to Dooku, who intended to use his new acolyte to overthrow his own master, Darth Sidious, and claim control of the galaxy.
While Opress was subjected to brutal Sith training under Dooku's charge, Ventress prepared to pit the monstrous Nightbrother against Dooku. Opress was sent on a mission to Toydaria, where he killed King Katuunko. However, the assignment had been to bring the King back to Dooku alive. Yet when Ventress's plans for revenge culminated there, she and her ex-Master found that neither of them could contain Opress's impulsive nature and rage. In what became a three-way lightsaber battle, Opress overcame Ventress's spell of control and also terminated his service to Dooku, further battling his way through Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker and Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi before escaping to Dathomir. After learning from Talzin of his kinship to the former Sith apprentice Darth Maul, Opress rescued his weakened brother from the depths of Lotho Minor and brought him home to Dathomir, where Talzin restored his mind and body. Opress then became involved with Maul's pursuit of vengeance on Kenobi, who had cut him in half over a decade ago in the Theed Royal Palace, on Naboo.
Although Kenobi escaped from them with the aid of Asajj Ventress during a confrontation at Raydonia, Opress and Maul continued their plans for revenge and galactic domination, turning to the criminal underworld to achieve their needs. Opress and Maul cut a swath through the Outer Rim, battling through civilians and Jedi Knights alike who stood in their way. As part of Maul's plans, Opress became a Sith Lord, but he was forced to become the apprentice—submitting to his brother, the Master—in accordance with the Sith Rule of Two. While attempting to recruit Weequay pirates into their service on Florrum, Opress killed renowned Jedi Master Adi Gallia, though he soon thereafter lost his left arm to Kenobi's lightsaber.
The Shadow Collective and rule over MandaloreEdit
Kenobi chased Opress and Maul off Florrum, destroying their ship and leaving them stranded until they were discovered by members of the Death Watch, a group of Mandalorian warriors led by Pre Vizsla. Opress, Maul, the Mandalorians, and various criminal groups in the galaxy, including Black Sun, Pyke Syndicate, and Hutts, formed an alliance to overthrow the pacifist rulers of the planet Mandalore, and even though the operation succeeded, Vizsla and his men arrested Opress and Maul. After breaking free from prison with Mandalore's incarcerated Prime Minister, Almec, Opress and Maul seized control of Mandalore after Maul killed Vizsla in lightsaber combat.
- "Brother, I am an unworthy apprentice. I'm not like you. I never was."
- ―Savage Opress's last words, spoken to Darth Maul
The brothers' rule of Mandalore attracted unwanted attention from Maul's former Master, Darth Sidious, who saw their power as a threat to the dominance of his Sith Order. Sidious traveled to Mandalore and confronted the two. Though Opress was skilled, Sidious ultimately bested the Zabrak warrior in combat, and impaled Opress with his twin lightsabers, before flinging him from the building with the force. Ironically the way Savage died was very similar to the way Maul had killed Qui-Gon Jinn in front of Obi-Wan Kenobi over a decade earlier. In his dying breath, Opress expressed regret for never having been Maul's equal. As he died, a green mist emanated from his body and his armor disappeared. His muscles and physique reverted back to their form from before the Nightsister ritual, and Opress died as the man he had been before becoming Ventress's pawn. An enraged Maul tried to kill his former master, but was quickly defeated and captured.
- "Next you're going to tell me that you weren't planning to mention Captain Rex, Ahsoka, Ventress, Cad Bane, Savage Opress, Jar Jar, and the Mandalorians?"
"Well… I guess I could always go back and tell their stories later."
"Out of order? That's just going to confuse everybody!"
"I think they'll figure it out."
- ―A Whill and another Whill
Savage's death would continue to fuel his brother Maul's rage for the rest of his life. Fifteen years after Opress's death, Maul recalled the loss of Opress while explaining his hatred of the Sith to Ezra Bridger in an attempt to make him his new apprentice.
Powers and abilitiesEdit
- "You have no technique. Sloppy! But with the proper training, you could be a powerful warrior. You have a natural ability, but we must hone it. Are you up for the challenge of putting your hate to better use?"
- ―Count Dooku and Savage Opress
Savage Opress was a formidable Sith warrior, being trained and proficient with the use of the weapons in the Nightbrother village. He was also a skilled hand-to-hand combatant, able to fight on par with Asajj Ventress even before his transformation. After Savage was handpicked by Asajj Ventress to become her apprentice, Mother Talzin used magick to grant him fearsome abilities. Savage Opress transformed by Nightsisters magic became a terrifying opponent for the Jedi. He was a head taller, with a broad chest, strong arms and a full crown of sharp horns, increasing his strength, durability, agility, and stamina.
Savage was a proficient lightsaber duelist. Dooku began training Savage Opress, who quickly mastered the double-bladed lightsaber like his brother before him, a tricky weapon because it could be much more dangerous to its wielder than an enemy. His combat style was based on his immense strength to hammer and swiftly repel his opponents with raw kinetic power. Opress was quickly able to fight on par with skilled opponents, including several simultaneously, as seen when Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi confronted him on Toydaria and Dooku's ship. Side by side with Asajj Ventress, with his immense strength, Opress bested and disarmed Dooku, one of the greatest duelist of his time.
After joining his brother Maul, he further advanced in his Sith training. Opress's skill grow quickly, able to contend with and even defeat Jedi Council members like Obi-Wan Kenobi. He even became skilled and powerful enough to slay Adi Gallia in a duel. When fighting Darth Sidious alongside his brother Maul, he proved to be quick and skilled enough to keep up with the immensely powerful Dark Lord of the Sith, Opress fought hard alongside Maul and even threw Sidious off the balcony with a headbutt, proving to be a great foe for the Dark Lord. But when separated from his brother, his immense strength and brutality proved to be no match for Sidious' flawless swordsmanship.
In addition to being a formidable lightsaber duelist, Opress was massively powerful in the Force and strong in the Dark side of the Force. He possessed enough telekinetic power to simultaneously lift and Force choke Dooku and Asajj Ventress when enraged. He was also able to use a powerful Force wave to take down battle droids and push Kenobi and Anakin simultaneously. Opress could throw his lightsaber with lethal precision, decapitating the Black Sun members with a single stroke.
Prior to his transformation, Savage wore simple rags matching those of his Nightbrother brethren, and wielded crude archaic weaponry such as an ax. Upon his transformation, Mother Talzin gifted Savage with a specially designed suit of armor and a spear. The suit of armor was incredibly durable, capable of withstanding blaster fire and the acid rain of Lotho Minor. The armor seemingly dissipated upon Savage's death at the hands of Darth Sidious. Savage used the spear during the Devaron massacre, killing a handful of clone troopers and two members of the Jedi Order with the enchanted weapon.
At some point after the Devaron massacre, Savage began using a crimson double-bladed lightsaber in favor of the enchanted spear given to him by Talzin. Savage used his lightsaber until his death at the hands of Darth Sidious. After betraying his Sith Master, Savage was given a magic talisman by Mother Talzin. The talisman served as a compass that eventually led Opress to his long-lost brother Darth Maul.
During his apprenticeship under Darth Tyranus, Savage piloted a Punworcca 116-class interstellar sloop similar to his master's. Opress used the ship to travel to and from Devaron and Toydaria, and later escaped Tyranus's Providence-class dreadnought aboard the Solar Sailor.
For his journey to Lotho Minor, Opress piloted a hijacked Turtle Tanker. He also used the Turtle Tanker to travel to Dathomir and later Raydonia. After their duel with Kenobi and Ventress, Savage and Maul stopped using the Tanker in favor of a YV-865 Aurore-class freighter. The brothers used the YV-865 to travel to Florrum; however, it was later damaged beyond repair by the Ohnaka Gang on the planet's surface.
Behind the scenesEdit
Savage Opress was voiced by prolific voice actor Clancy Brown in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, first appearing in the episode "Monster." Savage Opress's introduction in the series was instrumental, along with George Lucas' recommendations, to bring back Darth Maul into the series following his apparent death in the 1999 film Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace.
Early plans of the Star Wars Rebels episode "Twin Suns" featured Maul experiencing Force visions of both Opress and Satine Kryze before facing Obi-Wan Kenobi on Tatooine. In contrast to Kryze, Opress nearly actually made it to design phase before Dave Filoni thought it better, feeling that in an already lengthy episode, there was no time to explain Savage's origins as they couldn't risk alienating new Star Wars fans who would be confused with Opress's sudden appearance.
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Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3
- ↑ Star Wars: Galactic Atlas
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Lawless"
- ↑ 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 4.12 4.13 4.14 4.15 4.16 4.17 4.18 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Monster"
- ↑ Although Opress's Encyclopedia entry lists his height as 1.89 meters, this is significantly lower than that of Dooku, whose height is given as 1.93 meters. Since the post-transformation Opress is portrayed as being taller than Dooku in "Monster," this article assumes that Opress's Encyclopedia height refers to his pre-transformation height.
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Eminence"
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 8.6 8.7 8.8 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Witches of the Mist"
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Revival"
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 Ultimate Star Wars
- ↑ 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Brothers"
- ↑ 13.0 13.1 13.2 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Revenge"
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Shades of Reason"
- ↑ Star Wars Rebels – "Twilight of the Apprentice"
- ↑ "Whills"—From a Certain Point of View
- ↑ Star Wars: The Dark Side
- ↑ 18.0 18.1