The search for Tulak Hord's artifacts was a search in 3643 BBY for five artifacts that the ancient Sith Lord Tulak Hord once possessed. Darth Zash wanted to acquire these artifacts to aid her in an ancient ritual that could transfer her consciousness into a new host because she became decrepit due to her continued research into the dark side. Zash decided to have her new apprentice locate the artifacts for her while she remained on Dromund Kaas to oversee preparations for the ritual with her new apprentices, Corrin and Kaal.
Her apprentice located each artifact on different planets before the Inquisitor returned to Dromund Kaas to report to his master. But Zash had lied to them about the ritual: she wished to cheat death and used her student as a means to an end since she hoped to inhabit them. But their confrontation saw her apprentice's Dashade Khem Val intervene to save the Inquisitor. It resulted in Zash's consciousness transferring into Val instead; but Val being bound to the Inquisitor meant that Zash was forced to serve her apprentice with her plans to cheat death failing spectacularly.
- "Your work so far – in bringing back this holocron and now the text from Tulak Hord's tomb – has me intrigued. I am watching your progress eagerly. I have high hopes for you, acolyte. Sky high"
- ―Darth Zash commends Kallig
The Sith Lord Zash in her career delved into ancient rituals related to the dark side. Zash was an academic and was enthusiastic to seek out ancient knowledge and power that could further her ambitions. But this research into the dark side took an extreme toll on her since it started to deform her physical form. To that end, she maintained a Force illusion to hide her appearance as she searched for a cure to restore herself to a more appropriate and youthful visage.
Zash's studies led her to believe that a transfer essence ritual could be used to save her and she had to locate artifacts related to the ancient Sith Lord Tulak Hord since the ritual was related to him. This would enable her to transfer her consciousness into a younger host body and could ensure that she could cheat death. But Zash needed to collect several artifacts related to Hord and needed to select an able-bodied apprentice - or more accurately, a pawn - to take her spirit when the artifacts were collected. Zash also had a vision in which she saw her apprentice overcome the raging sprit that dwelt in the Dark Temple and that the student would therefore be granted Hord's knowledge and could in turn become her vessel.
To find an apprentice was crucial to Zash: she tasked the overseer Harkun to get prospective new students to acquire artifacts related to Hord. Zash was unable to do this herself since her superior Darth Skotia would become suspicious of her intentions. To that end, she also began to set in motion plans to kill Skotia so that she could ascend to his position and continue her search for artifacts with little concern of interference. But Zash did at one point fail to retrieve Hord's holocron from the tomb of the ancient Sith Lord Marka Ragnos and was denied access to the innermost chamber in the Dark Temple on Dromund Kaas because Skotia refused to grant her access in full awareness of her ambitions and devious nature, sentiments that his superior Darth Thanaton also harbored.
- "Your final trial will be to retrieve an ancient map from the innermost chamber of Naga Sadow's tomb which has never been breached in thousands of years"
- ―Harkun explains the trial to Kallig
Zash monitored the progress of one particular student (a former slave) and became impressed when he managed to retrieve Hord's holocron and also an important map from the tomb of Naga Sadow (as well as Hord's former Dashade servant Khem Val). The Sith Lord took this student as her apprentice and the two proceeded to Dromund Kaas for the next stage of her plan; it was there that she informed her apprentice about the ritual, but lied about its true nature.
The first matter to attend to was to eliminate Darth Skotia in order to provide both master and apprentice the full freedom needed to conduct their search without interference or suspicion. Zash planned Skotia's death and tasked her apprentice to acquire a device to incapacitate Skotia and a Trandoshan tablet that would ensure that Skotia's Trandoshan bodyguards would aid him in killing Skotia. The Inquisitor acquired both and was sent to confront Skotia in his bunker; the student slew the Sith Lord after the latter killed the Trandoshan guards when the tablet was used against them.
Skotia's death saw Zash made a Dark Lord and titled as a Darth. The next plan put into motion was to determine if the apprentice was the one Zash saw in her vision. Her student managed to overcome the spirit which was revealed to be the Inquisitor's ancestor Aloysius Kallig, who had served Tulak Hord before Hord killed him. Zash was astounded when this was revealed to her since it also confirmed her vision that her new apprentice was the one to take part in her ritual. Her apprentice also gave her the first artifact in their hunt which was recovered from the Dark Temple after the Inquisitor confronted their ancestor's spirit.
Kallig's first mission was to Balmorra to acquire the second artifact sealed in Hazard Vault 305; their master directed them to contact Major Bessiker to aid them in their search for it. Bessiker said that the vault was converted into a toxic waste storage site that colicoids had overrun and that a serum could be created to make them immune to the waste. But Iannos Tyrek was the only one capable enough to be able to produce it, though the major was reluctant to provide help to Kallig unless the latter helped liberate his son Hiran from a Republic prison cell. The apprentice stormed the prison on the Gorinth Plateau in search of the major's sin, but instead killed Hiran.
The furious Bessiker attacked the Inquisitor but was slain in the encounter. This left Kallig free to receive the serum from Tyrek which was used to enable Kallig to move through the waste to retrieve the artifact.
The third artifact was located on Nar Shaddaa in the possession of the Sith Lord Paladius who ran the Cult of the Screaming Blade. Kallig arrived planetside and met with the former cultists Destris Veran and Rylee Dray; Kallig managed to secure their assistance when promising them that the pair would inherit control of the cult when Paladius was dealt with. But it was soon determined that Paladius needed to be weakened in order to be defeated. The first thing to do was for Kallig to build their reputation and managed to do this after killing the leaders of the infamous Krayt Gang.
The next move was to demonstrate Kallig's powers to Paladius' followers as being superior to ensure that some would desert the Sith Lord. To do this meant to produce a groundquake beneath the ground via a controlled explosion to make it seem as if Kallig could manipulate the environment around them. Kallig obtained a detonator from Gord Madel and then showed up in the Meridian Hall where Paladius gave an address via hologram. Paladius attempted to smear Kallig as a fraud whose powers were insignificant despite the fact that the apprentice was able to demonstrate his abilities through the explosion.
Paladius contacted Kallig soon after and offered him the artifact in exchange for leaving him alone so that he could lead his cult. Veran and Dray accompanied Kallig to meet with Paladius; the elder Sith tried to double-cross Kallig but was killed in the ensuing confrontation. This left the cult in Kallig's hands and prompted the Inquisitor to run it via Veran and Dray as their proxies.
The fourth artifact was on Tatooine and in the hands of pirates who settled on that world. Zash instructed Kallig to locate the pirate Andronikos Revel but learnt from his former girlfriend Casey Rix that Revel's first mate Sylas Wilkes mutinied and stole Revel's blasters and the artifact. Rix helped Kallig locate Revel who decided to aid the apprentice in order to get revenge against Wilkes and recover his lost blasters. It was during their search that the two learnt that Wilkes was mutinied against in turn after he ousted Revel and that the crew stole the artifact and blasters before retreating deep into the harsh desert environment.
Kallig and Revel followed the trail into the Dune Sea and found logs indicating that the artifact made them go insane over time. The pair found and recovered the artifact off a dead pirate and returned to Kallig's ship before Revel announced his intention to leave Tatooine and join Kallig's crew.
The fifth and final artifact was revealed to be on Alderaan in the possession of House Organa. Zash put Kallig in contact with Elana Thul of House Thul (a vital Imperial contact) and learnt that the artifact in question was located in the Elysium Vaults. The drawback was that the key to enter was in the possession of the Jedi Master Nomar Organa. Kallig was therefore forced to break into the library of House Alde and look through the records for information that could assist their investigation. In them Kallig learnt that Rehanna of House Rist was once engaged to Organa who cancelled their marriage so that he could become a Jedi.
This revelation prompted Kallig to visit Rist and the apprentice managed to manipulate her to contact Organa and lure him to Alderaan so that he could kill him. But Organa sensed the deception and in the confrontation with Kallig was killed. This enabled for Kallig to enter the vaults and recover the artifact in question.
- "Her words smell of honey and taste of poison"
- ―Aloysius Kallig warns his heir about Zash's ambitions
Kallig's ancestor, meanwhile, visited him several times during his travels to different planets in order to warn them about Zash's activities on Dromund Kaas. He told his heir not to trust Zash and that she had taken two new apprentices, Corrin and Kaal, to aid her in preparing her ritual in the Dark Temple. He believed she would cause his heir harm and advised Kallig to prepare for betrayal and for a manner to deal with Zash when the inevitable came.
Ritual in the Dark TempleEdit
- "Listen, apprentice: various Force rituals have helped me maintain my appearance and some of my vitality. But inevitably, life fades. I'm dying, apprentice. My will, my intellect, my spirit are as lively as ever, but this body is dying"
- ―Darth Zash explains her predicament to Kallig.
Zash's preparations on Dromund Kaas for the ritual were concluded at the time her apprentice concluded their business on Alderaan. Zash summoned them at once to meet her in the Dark Temple for the culmination of their joint ventures. But Kallig remembered his ancestor's words and took the Dashade Khem Val with him. It was in the Dark Temple that Zash revealed her true motives for the ritual as being her attempt to cheat death through possessing her student and transferring their consciousness into them. Their confrontation resulted in Zash gaining the upper hand and beginning the ritual; Val intervened and attacked Zash as she concentrated on the ritual knocking her backwards into the air.
In the skirmish's aftermath Zash discovered that her consciousness had in fact been transferred into the Dashade as opposed to her apprentice. In a rage she threatened to use the creature's power to exact vengeance upon Kallig, though the apprentice reminded her that Val was bound to him and, by extension, Zash too.
- Star Wars: The Old Republic (First appearance)
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 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 Star Wars: The Old Republic
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 The Sith Inquisitor storyline is seen in the video game Star Wars: The Old Republic. This forum post from The Old Republic's lead writer, Daniel Erickson, indicates that the game takes place ten years after the signing of the Treaty of Coruscant. According to The Essential Atlas, the Treaty is signed in 3653 BBY, placing the events of the Sith Inquisitor storyline around 3643 BBY.