- "Why weren't you raised as a Jedi?"
"I was, actually. But I don't have their particular talent, so I found... other employment. Honestly, I'd say things have worked out just fine."
- ―Theron Shan explains his family history
Theron Shan was a Human male of the Shan family, the secret son of Jedi Grand Master Satele Shan and Supreme Commander Jace Malcom of the Republic Military. Conceived after his parents fought together in the Battle of Alderaan, Theron's mother gave him away to be raised by her former Jedi Master Ngani Zho. Theron was trained as a Jedi in his childhood, but was forced to leave the Jedi Order after Zho realized that the boy was not Force-sensitive. Theron eventually joined the Republic Strategic Information Service and became one of its top field agents. Late in the Cold War Theron and a Twi'lek criminal Teff'ith joined Ngani Zho to investigate the Vesla system, where Darth Mekhis was using the Sun Razer to construct superweapons. Captured by Imperials, Theron was able to break free and kill Mekhis, though his old Master died biding time for him and Teff'ith to escape. After the Battle of Ilum Theron was assigned to destroy the Ascendant Spear, a superweapon commanded by Mekhis' successor Darth Karrid, working alongside Jedi Master Gnost-Dural and learning that Supreme Commander Malcom was his father. Theron and Gnost-Dural infiltrated the Ascendant Spear and sabotaged it during the Battle of Duro, killing Darth Karrid and earning a Cross of Glory. For killing both her predecessors, the Dark Councillor Darth Acina dubbed the unknown Republic asset Technoplague.
Later in the Galactic War Theron assisted Republic Colonel Rian Darok in planning the Korriban Incursion. The Empire retaliated with an Assault on Tython, and suspecting that the attacks were related, Theron spied on Darok and found him to be in league with the Sith Lord Darth Arkous. On Manaan Theron met Arkous' advisor Lana Beniko, who revealed that Darok and Arkous were both members of the Order of Revan. Teaming with the Wookiee smuggler Jakarro, they tracked the conspirators to Rakata Prime, causing their deaths and learning that the Order was led by Revan himself, Theron's distant ancestor. Disavowed by the SIS, Theron went into hiding along with Lana and Jakarro, and tracked down Revan and his allies to Rishi, where they exposed the conspiracy to Satele Shan and Darth Marr. To stop Revan from resurrecting the Sith Emperor, the Grand Master and the Dark Councillor joined forces and traveled to Yavin 4, where Theron and his mother stood against Revan alongside Darth Marr, Lana Beniko, Jakarro and Shae Vizla. Though Revan was defeated, the Emperor returned to life, while Theron was reinstated in the SIS with a promotion. He sent the Jedi of the Sixth Line to investigate violence on Ziost, where they fell under Emperor Vitiate's thrall. Theron worked with Beniko to stop Vitiate and was able to shock a large number of his pawns unconscious and remove Sixth Line Master Surro from the planet's surface before Vitiate performed the ritual that wiped out all life on the planet.
Later that year, the galaxy was invaded by the Eternal Empire of Zakuul, which overwhelmed both the Republic and the Sith Empire. Angered by policies of Supreme Chancellor Leontyne Saresh, Theron quit the SIS and five years later joined the Alliance formed by Beniko that opposed Zakuul's Emperor Arcann. From the Alliance base on Odessen Theron worked to destroy Zakuulan Star Fortresses and accompanied the Alliance Commander to Zakuul to recruit the anarchist known as "Firebrand" and Republic Special Forces Havoc Squad. Theron participated in the plunder of the Gilded Star and arranged for Mandalorians led by Mandalore the Avenger to assist the Alliance with the Raid on Darvannis. He was part of the attempt to take over the Eternal Fleet, during which SCORPIO betrayed the Alliance and claimed the Eternal Throne for herself. Theron manned the Gravestone omnicannon in the following battle of Odessen, in which Emepero Arcann was defeated. Arcann's sister Vaylin allied with SCORPIO and became the new Eternal Empress, and Theron fought her army during the Invasion of Voss. He joined Lana and the Commander on a diplomatic visit to Sith Empress Acina on Dromund Kaas and led Alliance reinforcements to reclaim the Gravestone from Vaylin and her forces. When Alliance leadership got stranded on Iokath, Theron's implants proved crucial for them in obtaining the means of escaping. He joined the Commander in infiltrating the Grand Festival of Empress Vaylin and piloted the shuttle during a mission to Nathema. When Vaylin launched an assault on Odessen, Theron fought from behind the enemy lines, after which he traveled with the Alliance forces to Zakuul, where Commander claimed the Eternal Throne that controlled the Eternal Fleet.
Learning about the secretive Order of Zildrog, Theron faked his defection to the Order by luring the Commander into a trap during the War on Iokath and staged a betrayal of Lana and the Commander during a mission to Umbara. Stalling the Order with false data to buy the Alliance time, Theron helped retrieve Vitiate's holomap from the Chiss House Inrokini on Copero, which led the Order to locate the ancient machine god Zildrog on Nathema. Theron leaked those coordinates to the Alliance, revealing his true allegiance and rejoined Lana and the Commander to stop the Order's leader Vinn Atrius from awakening Zildrog. Together they prevailed, but at a heavy cost of losing both Eternal Fleet and the Gravestone in process.
- 1 Biography
- 1.1 Early childhood
- 1.2 Strategic Information Service career
- 1.3 Last year of the Galactic War
- 1.4 Opposing the Eternal Empire
- 1.5 The Order of Zildrog
- 1.6 New galactic conflict
- 2 Personality and traits
- 3 Behind the scenes
- 4 Appearances
- 5 Sources
- 6 Notes and references
- 7 External links
- "You're his mother. His name should come from you."
"Theron. His name is Theron."
- ―Ngani Zho and Satele Shan
Theron Shan was born to two heroes of the Galactic Republic during the Great Galactic War with the Sith Empire: Jedi Knight Satele Shan, descendant of the famous Jedi Bastila Shan and Revan, and Captain Jace Malcom, the commander of the Republic Special Forces unit Havoc Squad. Both Shan and Malcom participated in the Battle of Alderaan in 3667 BBY, with Shan saving the Republic trooper from execution and teaming up with him to defeat the Sith Lord Darth Malgus. The two had already met previously at the beginning of the war in 3681 BBY, when they were two of the few survivors of the Battle of Korriban, and after the battle Shan and Malcom confessed their feelings to each other and conceived a child. Shan would participate in the Battle of Rhen Var not long afterwards, but as her pregnancy continued, she was forced to seek help from her former teacher, Jedi Master Ngani Zho.
Zho informed the Jedi High Council and the leaders of the Republic Military that he sent Satele on a vital mission, while in truth she remained hidden on a remote world so that she could give birth to her child in peace. Fighting her maternal instincts, Satele decided to leave the baby in Zho's care so that she could continue serving as a Jedi, and named the infant boy Theron. Zho raised the child from birth as a Jedi initiate, though he eventually realized that despite his efforts the boy was not Force-sensitive. After Theron failed to complete a meditation exercise while the two were on the temple world of Haashimut, Zho informed the boy that his apprenticeship with the Jedi Master was at an end. Theron was ordered to travel to the nearby Jedi enclave, where he would be welcomed as a Jedi Padawan—but Shan barely completed the journey, collapsing at the enclave's gates. He was nursed back to health by the Jedi there, but after he was well-rested the Kel Dor Master Till'in was forced to inform Shan that he could not remain a member of the Order.
Strategic Information Service career
Investigating the Vesla system
- "I was there when the war started, back when the Strategic Information Service was a monitoring and decryption arm of the Senate Library. Now we're, what—the thirtieth, fortieth attempt at a Republic espionage agency?"
"Depends whose conspiracy theories you believe."
- ―Director Trant and Agent Shan
After the path of a Jedi was closed to him, Theron eventually joined the Republic Strategic Information Service, obtaining cranial cybernetic implants and becoming one of SIS Director Marcus Trant's top field agents by the later years of the Cold War. In 3643 BBY Theron was assigned by his superior to discover any slaving rings on Coruscant that were selling slaves to the Sith Empire, interrupting a meeting of several Black Sun slavers and capturing a female Twi'lek named Teff'ith. Theron demanded to know what information she had on the Sith Empire, but the Twi'lek refused to talk, and Theron left her bound on his ship until the next morning. Later, Theron was called upon to find his former Master Ngani Zho, who had turned up near Imperial space and was ideal for the Republic to get an insight into the Empire. Theron accepted the mission, dragging Teff'ith along with him.
Theron found Ngani Zho on Taris, where the old Master told the young spy of his lonely fight with the Dark Councilor and the head of the Sith Sphere of Technology Darth Mekhis. The two came under assault by Darth Mekhis' Sith Knights and managed to escape only with the help of Teff'ith. After they were safe in space aboard Theron's ship, Shan demanded to know why Zho's lightsaber failed to ignite, having witnessed it on the surveillance feed. Zho explained that he wanted to see his student's skills, before demanding that they head for the Vesla system, where he claimed Mekhis was constructing superweapons. When his Master tried reaching for the ship controls, Theron stunned him. Once Zho regained consciousness and maintained a more calm demeanor, Theron contacted Director Trant and told him about the plan to perform reconnaissance in Vesla system. After stopping at Port Nowhere to steal astrogation charts to the system, the three traveled to a planetoid within it, where they began setting up surveillance equipment. In the middle of the night they were attacked by the local predators, and in the morning, Shan surveyed Vesla Two, finding that its geography had been altered beyond recognition, and that Vesla Three was practically torn apart. Theron then noticed a giant machine built around Vesla's sun and prepared to report their findings to the SIS, but Zho insisted that they should stop Mekhis. Unfortunately, they were caught by an Imperial patrol and detained.
Darth Mekhis' superweapons
- "Darth Mekhis! Take a close look before you kill me. My name is Theron Shan."
- ―Theron to Darth Mekhis
After Shan was identified as an SIS agent, the Imperials decided to grant him the privilege of witnessing Mekhis' work. Mekhis explained that Vesla system housed a Sun Razer, her invention that allowed to leech matter and energy from a star to construct superweapons in half the time that would be ordinarily required. Mekhis then offered Shan to defect from the Republic, promising that his talents would be acknowledged by both Imperial Intelligence and Sith alike. Theron refused their offer, resulting in a rifle-butt to the back of the head, and was then moved to the same interrogation room as Zho. As Zho was begging Theron for forgiveness for leading him into a trap, the SIS agent explained that he had rebooted his cybernetic implants and gained access to prison security, which enabled them to escape. On their way to rendezvous with Teff'ith, who was still hiding aboard their ship, Shan realized that they couldn't afford to allow Mekhis' Sun Razer to be completed and had to destroy it.
As the group discussed their strategy to sabotage the Sun Razer before escaping, Zho gave Theron a lightsaber, claiming it to be his inheritance. Theron tried to refuse as he was not a Jedi, but Zho nonetheless pressed the weapon into his hands. While Zho and Teff'ith provided a distraction, Theron confronted Mekhis but was subdued by her Sith Knights. With a blaster pointed at his head, Theron revealed his identity to Mekhis. The Dark Lord walked up to him, declaring that he was no Jedi, but Theron was able to take her by surprise and inject her with one of his toxins before evading his captors. He then deactivated the Sun Razer's heat shields and escaped before the station was consumed by the sun. As he and Teff'ith made their getaway, the Twi'lek put a blaster to Shan's head, but then agreed to part ways with Theron peacefully since Zho, who died saving her, liked him.
Back on Coruscant, Shan met with Director Trant, who confirmed that Mekhis was listed as missing but that her superweapons were still at large. The Director feared that this would start another war, while Shan replied that they could not just stand by and watch and passed to the Director information on the Gauntlet superweapon before heading to Tython to inform his mother of her Master's passing, though he did not reveal his identity to her.
The Ascendant Spear
- "Light side, dark side—these are just empty words. There are only two sides I care about: us and them. Republic or Empire!"
"It was not my intention to upset you."
"Of course not. That would mean I was showing some emotion. And we all know there is no emotion, only peace. Right?"
- ―Theron and Satele speak for the first time as son and mother
During the Galactic War in 3640 BBY Theron Shan went to Nar Shaddaa to talk with Morbo the Hutt, who decided to have Teff'ith and her crew killed for violating his terms of spice smuggling in his territory. Before talking with Morbo, Theron interrupted a 3 month long SIS operation to free several Republic Military prisoners of war sold by Morbo, and although Theron freed the soldiers, the SIS operation failed. Unable to convince Morbo to back off, Theron raced to the spaceport and arrived in time to help Teff'ith kill the thugs sent by Morbo. Returning to Coruscant, Theron was escorted to SIS headquarters and chewed out by Trant for disobeying orders and causing the mission to fail. Trant reassigned Theron to the Analytics Department as a punishment and asked Theron to assist in planning Operation End Game, a new mission to destroy the last of Mekhis' weapons, the Ascendant Spear, a dangerous prototype Imperial battle cruiser under the command of Darth Karrid, a Falleen Sith Lord and Mekhis' successor on the Dark Council. Theron was chosen by Supreme Commander Malcom to lead the operation, with Jedi Master Gnost-Dural joining the group. After the meeting, Malcom invited Theron to his apartment and during the conversation revealed that he was in a relationship with Satele Shan and that Theron's birth date confirmed to Malcom that he was Theron's father. The two agreed to talk more later and parted on good terms. Theron and Master Gnost-Dural left for Ziost, where they were able to secure a black cipher from Minister Davidge's office. After the mission, Theron went to see his mother and confronted her about not revealing his father's identity.
Theron and Master Gnost-Dural left for Desevro's Jigani Port where Gorvich gave Theron a disguise to enter Reaver Station, an Imperial post where Theron intended to infiltrate the Ascendant Spear. However, he learned that the Empire attacked Ruan causing massive devastation and contacted Malcom and Trant, who acknowledged they knew the attack was coming. They also knew that the next attack would be at Duro, and planned on allowing it to go ahead since Ascendant Spear would not be there. Angered, Theron hatched a plan together with Gnost-Dural to have the Ascendant Spear take part in the attack, forcing Malcom and Trant to send a fleet against it. Gnost-Dural, aiming to force Karrid to take part in the attack, infiltrated the Ascendant Spear and intentionally let himself be defeated and taken alive. Theron meanwhile set off a simulated Republic attack, and the confusion allowed him to also get onboard of the Ascendant Spear where he began scouting the ship and hacking into its systems. Karrid decided to head for Duro, while Satele Shan and Teff'ith convinced Malcom to send a fleet to intercept the Ascendant Spear there. The Ascendant Spear faced off against the Republic fleet at Duro just as Theron had managed to slice the Ascendant Spear's systems, forcing targeting systems, shields, and sensors to go awry or completely offline. Theron then freed Gnost-Dural and they both made their way to Karrid's command pod. Karrid's three apprentices attacked Gnost-Dural, as Theron sliced in to convince the ship that it was damaged, causing Karrid to leave her command pod. The Republic fleet began to tear the Ascendant Spear apart and Moff Gelmid Lorman gave the order to abandon ship. Karrid made a run for the command pod, but Theron threw his ruined blaster inside, where it exploded, killing Karrid. Theron and Gnost-Dural were then able to get into Karrid's personal escape pod, moments before the Ascendant Spear was vaporized by a hypermatter explosion. For their actions Gnost-Dural, Teff'ith, and Theron were all awarded the Cross of Glory.
Last year of the Galactic War
Investigating Rian Darok
- "Even without the Force, I know when things don't add up. These ops, Colonel Darok... something's being buried here, I'm sure of it."
- ―Theron Shan
In 3638 BBY Theron assisted Republic Colonel Rian Darok in planning a Korriban Incursion meant to retrieve strategic data that was supposed to turn the tide of the war. Theron recruited a prominent Republic figure to lead the second wave of the attack on Korriban, and remotely assisted them throughout the mission, guiding them from the Lower Wilds all the to the Dark Council Chambers in the Sith Academy. When wave two forces returned to Carrick Station and were in the middle of reporting to Darok, Theron received an alert about an Imperial Assault on Tython and rushed to scramble Republic forces for a retaliation attack. Working with the same strike team, Theron guided them through the Imperial defenses set up across the Gnarls and the Jedi Temple. The Temple was liberated, and Theron's recruit was awarded a Medal of Valor by Darok, after which Theron subtly invited them for a drink in the Carrick Station cantina. Before the meeting, Theron checked on the whereabouts of his mother, who was off-world during the attack on Tython, serving as an emissary to the Drayvos League. Theron then shared his suspicions regarding the timing of both attacks and Darok's involvement to his new ally, promising to dig deeper into this matter and update them on any developments. Theron kept tabs on Darok and updated his Republic ally on his suspicious behavior, noting that Darok didn't turn over any of the intelligence obtained on Korriban to the SIS.
When Darok traveled in secret to Manaan, Theron followed him there under the alias "Tev Fith", and learned from a Selkath customs official Varko that Darok obtained a travel permit to the underwater Genetics Laboratory G-1. Theron urged his astromech droid T3-G2 to alert their Republic ally to come to Manaan at once, and he showed them his findings after they arrived. Theron's data revealed that Darok traveled to the same laboratory as Darth Arkous, the Sith behind the attack on Tython, and that both attacks on the Jedi Temple and the Sith Academy resulted in an Infinite Empire artifact being stolen by the attackers. Theron send his ally to investigate the laboratory, while he himself went to meet with another contact, Arkous' Sith advisor Lana Beniko, who was investigating a similar ploy on the part of Arkous. Theron alerted his associate to the location of Jakarro, a Wookiee smuggler imprisoned in the laboratory by the Selkath geneticist Gorima, and suggested to free him, also warning them about the presence of the Order of Shasa. The Wookiee and his droid companion C2-D4 agreed to join forces against Gorima, who had received Rakata technology from Arkous and Darok and was using them to build self-repairing cyborg warriors for an "Infinite Army". Arkous and Darok revealed themselves to be indeed working together and escaped in a submarine, detonating a Bomb intended to sink and flood the facility, though Theron's allies managed to make it to the surface. Meeting them together, Theron and Lana Beniko revealed their joint discovery that Arkous and Darok were both members of the Order of Revan, once believed to be a minor cult operating on Dromund Kaas, and now seeking to destroy both Republic and Empire to establish a new order. Unable to track Darok and lacking the evidence to expose him, Theron teamed up with Jakarro, who was seeking revenge for his imprisonment, in investigating the Wookiee's underworld contacts for information about other purchases of Rakata artifacts.
The Revanite Conspiracy
- "Has my ancient ancestor returned from the grave to kill us all? It doesn't seem likely, but..."
- ―Theron Shan
Continuing their collaboration, Lana Beniko uncovered several other Revanite traitors within the Republic, and Theron's slicing of their communications revealed that Arkous and Darok had a facility on Rakata Prime, the homeworld of the Rakata and the capital of their Infinite Empire. The Revanites were building their new Infinite Army there, implanting the self-repairing pieces of the Star Forge into the cyborgs, the technology which Theron recognized from SIS agent Fauler's report of The Imprisoned One on Tatooine. Traveling down to the surface in Jakarro's XS stock light freighter, Theron and Lana instructed their associate before the assault on the Temple of the Ancients, to which Jakarro volunteered to provide support. Theron and Lana remotely guided them through the hostile from the ship planet's orbit, when Theron asked Lana to leave the XS stock light freighter's cockpit and check the ship's sensors, while secretly asking his Republic ally to destroy all data on the Infinite Army cyborgs so that the Empire could not use it to replicate them. Jakarro and their ally confronted the Revanite leaders on the roof of the Temple and were forced to kill them when it became clear that they would not cooperate. Theron lamented the inability to take them alive for questioning, but then the true leader of the conspiracy was revealed to be none other than Revan himself, Theron's distant ancestor. Revan's Harrower-class dreadnought dropped out of hyperspace and bombarded the Temple of the Ancients, though Theron's allies made it out alive in Arkous' shuttle. Regrouping with his allies on Manaan, Theron learned that the SIS disavowed him as a "rogue agent" with orders to apprehend on sight, which was still was better than the death marks placed on Lana and Jakarro, prompting Theron to suspect that Director Trant had managed to lessen his punishment. Requiring to shake their pursuers to expose the conspiracy, Theron went off the grid along with Lana and Jakarro, while advising his Republic ally to avoid contacting them and continue to fight for the Republic.
Eventually, the three of them discovered that the Revanites had allied themselves with the Nova Blades pirate gang based on Rishi, having them target key hyperlanes. Requiring their ally to find out what the Revanites were up to without revealing themselves, Theron remotely sliced their ship's navicomputers so that Rishi would be their only destination, while Lana made contact with Corellian Run Scoundrels leader Kai Zykken and used a mind trick on him to spread rumors that their ally was a fearsome leader of a pirate gang. After their associate followed the trail of breadcrumbs to their safe house in Raider's Cove, Theron and Lana revealed themselves and explained that they needed to manually slice the files in the Nova Blades' base of operations while avoiding drawing the Revanites to themselves, hence the masquerade to make it look like a common pirate rivalry.
Activities on Rishi
- "The Revanites have gone to increasingly severe lengths to hunt us down since we destroyed their operations on Rakata Prime. We had to get you here to help us without leaving the trail."
- ―Theron Shan
Theron and Lana sent their ally, masquerading as the faux pirate gang leader, out to harass the Nova Blades, attacking their operations and slave camps, threatening the pirates' alliance with the Revanites. Eventually, they targeted the Blades' base at the crashed ship Aggressor, killing Commodore Dael Margok and recovering intel on Revanite agents. Theron got busy decoding the files, while Lana sent their ally to meet with a Mandalorian nicknamed Torch, whose clan was formerly allied with the Blades and Revanites, to acquire more information. Meanwhile, Lana joined Jakarro and Theron in infiltrating a Revanite safehouse in Raider's Cove, but their attempt went sour and Theron was spotted. Lana allowed Theron to be captured and restrained Jakarro from intervening and revealing them, judging that Shan could gain more information in captivity and wouldn't betray their secrets. Theron was then moved to Sky Ridge Island for interrogation by Revan himself, but he managed to escape at the same time his ally stormed the base in search of him. Finding his ally in a middle of a holoconference with Revan, Theron revealed his ancestor's plan: with the Imperial and Republic fleets rerouted to Rishi by the pirate attacks, the signal jammer built by the Nova Blades on the island would prevent the fleets from coordinating, while Revanite sleeper agents on both sides would commit sabotage so that the Revanite fleet could wipe them out. With his plan exposed, Revan set his stronghold to self-destruct, but Lana was able to remotely abort the sequence thanks to the slicing tricks she picked from Theron.
Regouping at a nearby Rishii village, Theron got to work decrypting the Revanites files, which identified the sleeper agents in both Republic and Imperial fleets. The signal jammer was protected from aerial bombardment, and Theron remotely guided his ally to it across the Razorback Island. In the middle of the Battle of Rishi the jammer was deactivated, enabling communication with the fleets and revealing to them the Revanite conspiracy. Theron uploaded the identities of the double agents, resulting in their impromptu detainment, and Grand Master Satele Shan and the Empire's de facto leader Darth Marr who commanded the fleets, agreed to meet in the Raider's Cove to discuss a temporary truce so they could deal with the threat posed by Revan. Both Republic and Imperial leaders agreed to a temporary truce to stop Revan from resurrecting the Sith Emperor, who was intending to consume all life in the galaxy. Theron revealed that Revan had fled to Yavin 4 to resurrect the Emperor believing he could destroy him, and after the fleet commanders had left the room, confronted Lana about her betrayal, figuring that she was the one responsible for his capture by the Revanites Though they both agreed to put aside their differences to focus on the problem at hand, Theron no longer put his trust in Lana.
The Yavin Coalition
- "Quite a ride, huh? Revan's down, the conspiracy's over... I even got my job back. Wonders never cease."
- ―Theron Shan
The coalition made their way to Yavin 4, where they established a staging area and were able to apprehend Imperial Guard Commandant Iven, who revealed that Revan was planning to use an articact within the Temple of Sacrifice to kill every living thing on the moon except those within the Temple. This sacrifice would bring the Emperor back to life, and Revan believed he would then be able to finally kill him. When navigating the Temple complex locks, Theron's ally encountered the Force ghost of Revan himself, suggesting they were in fact dealing with an impostor, but Theron found that improbable, as the man who interrogated him on Rishi knew too much of his personal information. After the artifact inside the Temple was neutralized, the Coalition moved to deal with Revan himself, and Theron stood side by side with his mother, Lana Beniko, Darth Marr, Jakarro and Shae Vizla, confronting his ancestor at a forgotten temple terrace. After a prolonged fight, Revan was defeated and after merging with his spiritual side, was finally able to become one with the Force. However the Sith Emperor nevertheless returned to life, feeding off the lives taken by Coalition forces during the fighting on Yavin 4. The Coalition forces prepared to depart Yavin, and Theron parted ways with Beniko, hoping never to see her again. With the threat of the Emperor let loose on the galaxy and the temporary truce between Republic and Empire over, Theron was reinstated into the SIS with a promotion and a new job title. He personally handed the Voidhound a card programmed with authorization codes from Director Trant that would grant the smuggler immunity from Republic prosecution of any kind, and placed the commanding officer of the Havoc Squad as the primary Military Advisor of the joint task force they were creating to hunt down the Emperor.
Eager to get the joint task force ready as soon as possible, Theron refused R&R upon his return to Coruscant. Most of his SIS colleagues at the Heorem Complex understood that, except for Jonas Balkar, who after some fast-talk convinced Theron to go on a drink with him at the Dealer's Den cantina. One drink turned into several, and Theron found himself involved in a sabacc game with a Houk named Bolgm and a Twi'lek Lylos Tannon. While Balkar passed out, Lylos falsely accused Theron of cheating, after which the Houk dragged Shan into the back room and restrained him. An Anomid Doctor Zeke assessed Theron's implant and prepared to remove it, at which point Balkar busted into the room with a blaster at hand. Zeke made a run for it, while Lylos unexpectedly distracted Bolgm, giving Theron a chance to free himself from the restraints and knock the Houk out. Shan and Balkar apprehended Zeke, while Lylos revealed herself to be an undercover Coruscant Security Force agent who needed to catch Zeke an the act of unlawfully removing cybernetics to prosecute him. Theron was not pleased that Jonas dragged him into the mission without explaining it first, but Tannon noted that the request with details had already been filed for him weeks ago and Theron just never bothered to read it. Theron had to settle for another drink, with which he, Balkar and Tannon toasted for the Twi'lek's promotion. Theron also took time to share a meal with Jace Malcom in Thranta's Respite, where the father and son discussed their relationship and Theron's most recent work alongside his mother on Yavin IV.
Crisis on Ziost
- "Saresh and Master Satele weren't all that excited to find out I had a team of black-ops Jedi on call without their knowledge. I'm on administrative leave - indefinitely."
- ―Theron Shan
After receiving reports from Ziost of demented Imperial soldiers firing on slaves and civilians alike, Theron covertly send the Sixth Line - a black-ops team of Jedi working for the SIS - down to the planet's surface to investigate. However, his contact with them was soon lost and Theron attempted to investigate himself, only to use a wrong security code in Ziost's orbit. Now confident that this meant the Sith Emperor has resurfaced on Ziost, Theron called for his Republic contact to come and assist him with the crisis, before his shuttle was shut down and he was forced to attempt a landing. Theron survived the crash, but was cornered by Vitiate's puppets converging on the shuttle. With only one option available, Theron overloaded his ship's engines and attempted to shield himself from the power surge, although it still scrambled half of his implants. The Emperor's puppets woke up was well but looked more dazzled than possessed. Theron made his way to the Orbital Defense Command Center where he met with his Republic contact and agent Rane Kovach, an SIS mole planted into the Sith Intelligence as an aide to the new Sith Intelligence Minister Lana Beniko. Kovach came up with a plan to free the soldiers from Vitiate's control by knocking them out with an electrical charge and departed for New Adasta. Theron then received a priority holocall from Supreme Chancellor Leontyne Saresh, who had just found out about the Sixth Line and his unauthorized mission to Ziost and admonished Theron for denying the Republic an opportunity to cripple the Empire and face Vitiate head on. Though Theron attempted to explain that Saresh should hold back the Republic fleet, he was too late, as Republic invasion forced had already arrived on Ziost, giving Vitiate more pawns to control.
After Kovach's plan to use the electrical dampeners in New Adasta failed, Lana came up with an alternative and contacted Theron for help. Reluctantly agreeing to assist her, Theron modified New Adasta's electrostatic gun designed to counter major civil uprisings to be non-lethal. Their ally taunted Vitiate over hologram, causing his puppets to swarm the People's Tower in New Adasta, where Theron shielded himself and his ally and fired the weapon, incapacitating all Vitiate's pawns except Jedi Master Surro, the Sixth Line commander. Using her as a puppet, Vitiate subdued both Lana and Theron, but was defeated by their ally, allowing the Jedi's mind to re-emerge. As Surro was reeling from the atrocities Vitiate forced her body to commit, Theron expressed remorse for failing the Sixth Line and attempted to calm her, promising to take the Jedi back to Tython to heal. However, Lana had different priorities, wanting to study Surro's brain for a possibly way to combat Vitiate's mind control. Theron protested the suggestion, knowing that the process would be invasive and most likely not produce anything worthwhile, and his ally ultimately agreed, allowing Theron to take Surro off-planet. Theron later managed to convince Saresh to make a strategic retreat from Ziost, though many Republic soldiers were still lost when Vitiate performed the ritual that consumed all life on the planet. Afterwards, Saresh and Satele put Theron on administrative leave for his unilateral actions.
Not long after Ziost, the galaxy was invaded by the Eternal Empire of Zakuul. The fight against Eternal Emperor Arcann accelerated Theron reinstatement into the SIS, but Republic still lost the war within a year and signed Zakuul–Republic treaty. Theron eventually left the SIS on his own after realizing that Saresh, who ended her term as Supreme Chancellor but was still controlling her replacement Jebevel Madon from the shadows, was obsessed with destroying the Sith Empire rather than dealing with the much more immediate threat of Zakuul.
Opposing the Eternal Empire
Joining the Alliance
- "Been a long five years. Feels like everything's changed."
- ―Theron Shan
In 3632 BBY, five years after the Eternal Empire conquest, Lana Beniko found and rescued her and Theron's ally from the Revanite crisis from imprisonment by Emperor Arcann and started an Alliance that opposed the Eternal Empire's oppression. She reached out to her multiple contacts, including Theron, who traveled to the Alliance base on Odessen and immediately started working on the big problems, being one of Lana's most trusted allies despite their past grievances. To tackle the largest issues and find potential recruits, Theron assembled a team of specialists which included former Republic Admiral Bey'wan Aygo, famous smuggler captain Hylo Visz, Hutt scientist Juvard Illip Oggurobb and a Sana-Rae of the Voss Mystics. He also suggested the Commander to retrieve a prototype battle droid M1-4X formerly used by famed Havoc Squad from a bureaucratic propaganda assignment for the Republic Press Corps on Coruscant. Relaxing in in the cantina, Theron and Lana took time to reminiscence on their past together, with Theron jokingly offering to recruit the Order of Shasa into the Alliance.
One of the first problems Theron set out to tackle was that of the Star Fortresses, massive battlestations placed by the Eternal Empire in orbits of the conquered worlds to prevent potential uprisings. Despite their massive firepower and constant ominous presence, the Star Fortresses remained a mystery to everyone outside Zakuul, with their inner workings, weaknesses and even exact number completely unknown. After the Bothawui Star Fortress vaporized the entire resistance cell on Bothawui and Bey'Wan Aygo got too busy trying to reach his fellow Bothans, the task of dealing with these stations fell to Theron, who recruited Sullustan pilot Miot Dengd and the new Alliance Commander for a reconnaissance operation on one of the Star Fortresses. Miot piloted the shuttle with the three of them to the battlestation, and the Commander infiltrated the Star Fortress and gathered information about its inner workings, while Theron provided remote assistance from the shuttle. The Commander was forced to retreat after defeating the EPHEMERIS droid that controlled the station, but the operation was still a success, allowing Theron and the Alliance to learn that each Star Fortress was commanded by one of the Exarchs of Zakuul and powered by a massive Sun Generator, while also being shielded from attack from a bunker on a planet's surface. Taking out such bunker would be a first step to neutralizing a Star Fortress, but the Alliance was still in the early stages and did not have the personnel for any large-scale operation, so Theron to suggested to recruit local support from individuals who wanted to oppose the Eternal Empire. Going through various distress calls, Theron identified six potential recruits with an interest in seeing the Star Fortress over their world go away: Choza Raabat, K'krohl, Hemdil Tre, Veeroa Denz, "Deadeye" Leyta and Rokuss. The Commander contacted worked with them to destroy the shield bunkers on their respective worlds, leading to another assault on the battlestation. This time they were able to kill the Exarch and overload the Sun Generator, which exploded and vaporized the entire Star Fortress, and repeated the same method to liberate the worlds of Alderaan, Belsavis, Hoth, Nar Shaddaa, Tatooine and Voss from their respective Star Fortresses.
Activities on Zakuul
- "I passed a portion of that data you secured from Overwatch through an SIS contact of mine. It made a convincing invitation to some prospective allies in the Republic Special Forces."
- ―Theron Shan
Investigating potential allies, Theron suggested that the Alliance should recruit "Firebrand", a known anarchist who independently operated on Zakuul for over two years. Though Koth Vortena was not keen on recruiting a terrorist, Theron and Lana both reasoned that the "Firebrand" could provide a valuable knowledge of Zakuul as well as connection to the populace, and Theron accompanied the Commander to a meeting that was arranged for them by SCORPIO with a false promise of high-yield explosives. Traveling to the Spire on Zakuul, Theron and the Commander found "Firebrand" at an abandoned tram station, attacked by Skytroopers led by Security Commander Towen Sor. After dispatching the attackers, they approached the "Firebrand", who introduced herself as Kaliyo Djannis and turned the blaster on her rescuers. Kaliyo agreed to consider the Commander's proposal in exchange for assistance with her current operation, and Theron let them go through with it, departing to meet a contact of his own. Theron made his way back to Odessen, while the Commander followed alongside with Kaliyo and provided Theron with complete schematics of the Spire that they managed to obtain during the raid on the Overwatch.
Theron passed on some of the Spire data to his former SIS colleague Jonas Balkar, who in turn provided it to Republic Special Forces Division Havoc Squad, convincing them take a leave of their official duties for a rogue operation on Zakuul. Knowing that he'd lose his connections in the SIS if Havoc was caught doing what was basically treason, Theron and the Outlander traveled to Zakuul to assist Havoc in their operation, meeting them in the Endless Swamp. Their conversation with Major Aric Jorgan was interrupted when they were discovered by Zakuulan forces, and Jorgan ordered everyone to split, pairing Theron with his second-in-command Kanner. Regrouping at the Havoc Squad's camp with a group of Zakuulan refugees in tow, Jorgan explained to everyone that their mission was to plant a wiretap on a listening post used by the Knights of Zakuul, allowing Havoc to spy on their communications. Theron agreed that the target was worth the risk and Havoc was the right unit to hit it, but they still required a big distraction for the attack. The Commander arranged for Lana Beniko, Kaliyo Djannis, Koth Vortena and Senya Tirall to join Theron on Zakuul and perform the diversion, while they proceeded with Havoc towards the main objective. Theron's group was hit hard, but was able to successfully exfiltrate once the wiretap was in place. Along with Major Jorgan and the Commander, Theron returned to Odessen, where SCORPIO combined the information from the listening post with the Spire's schematics to reveal the existence of the GEMINI frequency, the means by which Arcann controlled his Eternal Fleet.
The relay station assault
- "SCORPIO cross-referenced all the data Havoc Squad and Kaliyo stole from Zakuul. When we compared the enemy comm logs to the Spire maps, we found something unexpected."
- ―Theron Shan
The Alliance planned an attack on the hyperwave relay station hidden ten Kilometers beneath the Spire on Zakuul and connecting the Eternal Throne to the Eternal Fleet. They send the Havoc Squad and Kaliyo Djannis to clear the path, with one of them providing a diversion for the other's main objective, but unfortunately the Commander went missing and was unable to assist them personally, so the Alliance had no choice but to proceed with the mission regardless. In the process the contact with the infiltration team was lost, prompting the diversion team to attempt a rescue. At that point, the Commander returned from Odessen wilderness, explaining that they met with Theron's mother Satele Shan, who had been in exile on Odessen ever since the Republic surrendered to Eternal Empire, but now had left the planet to go elsewhere. Before Theron could ask for more, the Spire went into full lockdown with no transmissions coming in or out, making any rescue attempt all but impossible and leaving the Alliance leadership no choice but to wait.
Relaxing in the Alliance cantina, Theron engaged in a game of Holo-Sabacc with Lana Beniko, Koth Vortena and Gault Rennow, a former partner of Hylo Visz. The Devaronian approached the Alliance with a proposition to raid the Gilded Star, an Eternal Empire treasury ship hiding in the atmosphere of the gas giant Vandin. Strained for funds, the Commander agreed to the plan and accompanied Gault to Vandin along with Lana, Theron, Senya and SCORPIO. Bringing in his partner Vette and recruting an identity slicer Dretcher, Gault outlined his plan to infiltrate the ship and sabotage a warhead inside its reinforced vault, vaporizing its contents so that they could be siphoned away. The heist went mostly as planned, as Lana and Theron piloted the tanker ship and made a safe getaway, while the team aboard the Gilded Star was picked up by Hylo Visz. Returning to Odessen, Gault and Vette joined the Alliance, but the celebration was interrupted by return of Aric Jorgan and Kaliyo Djannis, who managed to escape Zakuul with a database on the GEMINI droids, although four of Havoc Squad's six members were lost in the process. Theron recommended the Commander to confine Kaliyo and Major Jorgan to the Alliance base until further notice, while Beniko ordered SCORPIO to analyze the data archive, hoping to salvage the fiasco.
Theron later journeyed to the Mestani sector, from where he participated in a holo-conference with Odessen in which SCORPIO revealed that the GEMINI droids were produced from a template called GEMINI Prime in a weapons factory on Darvannis. Obtaining the Prime could be the key to take over the GEMINI and the Eternal Fleet, but the factory had tunnels running kilometers deep and the Alliance did not yet have enough forces for a major assault. Theron responded by calling in a favor to Shae Vizla, now holding the title of Mandalore the Avenger, whose Mandalorian clan was itching for both payback against the Eternal Empire and a chance to re-arm themselves with the spoils from Darvannis factory and agreed with Theron's proposition to assault the factory for the Alliance. During the raid on Darvannis Theron managed to obtain detailed schematics of the factory, which Lana then passed over the to the Commander. Theron was back on to Odessen by the time the Commander returned with the Prime in tow.
The GEMINI plan
- "It's on to us to tear through and get control of the bridge. Take out the GEMINI captain and the Prime in her place."
- ―Theron Shan
SCORPIO analyzed the Prime's template and was able to easily crack the droid's internal protocols due to their similar design. She then explained that by plugging the Prime into the captain's console on any Eternal Fleet warship, she would be able to take control of the entire GEMINI network, and with it the Eternal Fleet. Identifying a lone warship scheduled to recharge its hyperdrive as their target, the Alliance leadership moved to intercept it. Vortena piloted the Gravestone to the location of the vesse, and SCORPIO confused its targeting systems, allowing Theron to land a shuttle in its hangar. Inside, the GEMINI captain noted their presence and separated the Commander and SCORPIO from Lana, Senya and Theron, forcing them to proceed to their rendezvous point separately. Along their way the three of them found that the ship was transporting prisoners to Arcann for interrogation - Imperial Admiral Zasha Ranken, Republic Senator Tai Cordan, and Zakuulan holostar-in-exile Malita Tal. By the time the Commander rejoined them, SCORPIO had been apparently destroyed in her attempt to override the GEMINI captain. Lana and Theron escorted the freed prisoners to the escape pods, while Senya and the Commander confronted and defeated the GEMINI captain on the bridge. However, the GEMINI revealed their sabotage to Emperor Arcann and transferred her consciousness into the GEMINI frequency, triggering the ship's self-destruct mechanism. With power fluctuating like crazy, Theron had to launch the escape pods manually one at a time, but was only able to launch two of them, while the third one exploded, killing everyone inside and devastating Theron. The Alliance leadership barely managed to escape the vessel's destruction in time and escaped into hyperspace on the Gravestone just as the Eternal Fleet arrived. SCORPIO then contacted the Alliance and revealed that she faked her death, using the GEMINI network to transport herself to Zakuul, where she took control of the Eternal Throne.
Returning to Odessen, the Alliance learned that a portion of the Eternal Fleet remained under Arcann's control and that SCORPIO revealed to him the location of the Odessen base. With Eternal Fleet on its way, the Commander left behind some forces in case of a ground assault, while taking the fight to Arcann from the Gravestone. Theron manned the omnicannon, firing on Arcann's fleet and providing diversion for the Commander, Lana, Senya and the others to infiltrate Arcann's Eternal Flagship. In the middle of the Battle of Odessen the omnicannon stopped working, and Theron along with Tora began fixing it, when he noted that the rest of the Eternal Fleet had turned on Arcann as well, targeting Arcann's flagship to eliminate both him and the Commander in one fell swoop. By the time Theron and Tora got the omnicannon back online, the Commander had already taken out Arcann, so Theron set to provide cover for his escape from the burning flagship. At that point, Senya contacted the Alliance and revealed that she was Arcann taking away in hope of redeeming him before she escaped into hyperspace aboard Arcann's personal shuttle. With little time to focus on Senya's betrayal, Theron fired the omnicannon on the Eternal Flagship, creating a massive explosion that wiped out the present portion of the Eternal Fleet. Back on Odessen, Theron noted that the Alliance would no doubt cross paths with Arcann again in the future.
The fight against Vaylin
- "Commander! Vaylin launched her attack early! We need you - now!"
- ―Theron Shan
With Arcann gone, his sister Vaylin allied with SCORPIO and proclaimed herself the new Eternal Empress, carving a path of destruction across the galaxy in search of her family. Her search led her to Voss while Theron was onworld, meeting with a contact. As the Invasion of Voss began, the contact either fled or perished, but Theron's presence allowed him to alert the Alliance in time to launch a counter-attack. Theron was caught by the attack in the capital city of Voss-Ka with several Voss commandos and witnessed as the Eternal Fleet laid fire to it, while the Commander, Lana and Torian Cadera traveled to the surface through the space battle to lead the liberation of Voss. Theron along with Sana-Rae and the other Voss took cover in the Tower of Prophecy, from where he directed the Commander and Lana to his location. Inside, they held their position against Vaylin's Horizon Guard, after which they received an unexpected holocall. Senya Tirall explained that she was at the Shrine of Healing, hoping that the Voss Mystics would heal Arcann's body and spirit, and pleaded for the Alliance's aid, believing that if redeemed Arcann would join their fight.
Suggesting to apprehend and interrogate Arcann, Theron took Commander in his shuttle to the Old Paths, from where they boarded Torian's walker Storm Rider to clear their way to the Shrine of Healing. Along the way, Theron noted how it took an outside invasion to make the native Voss and Gormak put their old hostilities aside and fight against a common enemy. Inside the Shrine, Theron and the Commander met with Senya, who again pleaded them to let Arcann be healed, while Vaylin, learning that her family was all in one place, ordered the Eternal Fleet to bombard the Shrine. Theron lamented at the state of a sacred place, to which people used to come from all over the galaxy, while the Commander collapsed a tunnel behind them to stop the pursuing skytroopers. By the time the two of them reached Senya's position, she had already ordered the Mystics to use her strength to heal Arcann in a Voss healing ritual, which let her comatose. Theron stayed to tend to Senya, while the Commander and Lana chased after Arcann, but were too late to stop his departure. At this point Vaylin has ordered the Fleet to burn her family regardless of casualties on Voss, but the battle was turned by the sudden arrival of the Imperial Navy, which turned the Eternal Fleet away.
Visiting Dromund Kaas
- "Saresh wants the Alliance, Commander. She's on Odessen as we speak."
- ―Theron Shan
Sith Empress Acina greeted the Alliance Commander and invited them to Dromund Kaas to discuss a potential alliance against Vaylin. Theron agreed to the proposition, seeing the trip as an opportunity to obtain additional intelligence on the Sith Empire in person. On Dromund Kaas the Commander, Lana and Theron were greeted by Gelmid Lorman, the new Minister of Logistics and the Moff responsible for the loss of the Ascendant Spear. Lorman escorted the Alliance representatives to Acina, who insisted on speaking with the Commander privately on her personal shuttle. The Commander agreed, leaving Lana and Theron behind to keep an eye on Lorman. While Theron took the opportunity to slice the Imperial databanks, Lorman approached them with the news that the Empress's shuttle had crashed in the wilds, concluding that both the Empress and the Commander were dead. The two advisors decided to investigate the crash site, but Lorman insisted that a hazardous storm in the vicinity of the crash would make that impossible.
As they waited impatiently, Lana and Theron were contacted by former Republic Chancellor Leontyne Saresh, who expressed her condolences and offered to take over the leadership of the Alliance. Theron pointed that he had his fill of working with Saresh and insisted that the Commander was considered missing, and not dead. After Saresh signed off, he and Lana decided to forgo the risk of traversing the storm and go search for the Commander themselves. On their way to the shuttle bay, they were informed by Bey'wan Aygo that Saresh had already arrived on Odessen, taking advantage of the disarray among the Alliance forces over the Commander's supposed demise, and Theron ordered Aygo to stall her until their return. Leaving the turbolift, he and Lana were held at blasterpoint by a trio of Imperial soldiers sent by Lorman to stop them. Lana easily took care of them, after which they answered a call from a holotransmitter on one of the troopers. On the other hand was Lorman, revealed to be working alongside Saresh and the GenoHaradan in an unsuccessful attempt to assassinate the Commander and the Empress, who by now had cornered their pursuers. After informing the Commander about Saresh's machinations, Lana and Theron quickly followed their leader to Odessen. They found Saresh making a speech in front of the Alliance personnel, and Lana apprehended the Twi'lek while the Commander ordered her imprisoned, which Theron approved of.
Escape from Iokath
- "Are you having the same creepy day I am? Knocked out by a bright light on the Gravestone, woke up alone on this weird planet?"
- ―Theron Shan
Even though Saresh was neutralized, the chaos she caused was used by SCORPIO and Vaylin to secretly board and take over the Gravestone. Koth Vortena escaped capture and provided the Alliance with his coordinates, with the Alliance fleet moving to intercept. Lana accompanied the Commander to the Gravestone, where they freed Koth's crew and ordered them to evacuate in an escape pod. Theron then landed his shuttle with Aric Jorgan, Kaliyo Djannis, Torian Cadera and Vette inside the hangar, informing the Commander that the Eternal Fleet has left the battle and jumped into hyperspace. At this point, SCORPIO took over control of the Gravestone, sending it towards an unknown location and locking the hyperdrive. Converging on the bridge, Theron and the rest of Alliance forces witnessed as the Gravestone jumped out of hyperspace in an unknown system, surrounded by the entirety of the Eternal Fleet. SCORPIO left the ship in her shuttle, and Vaylin threatened the lives of the crew again, but could do nothing before a blinding white light engulfed the ship.
Alliance members found themselves on the surface of the strange world that computers called Iokath, separated from each other and placed in scenarios that resembled combat simulations. Through luck, Theron managed to get his cybernetic implant working, contacting the Alliance members one by one and directing them to a structure called the Tributary that he felt was safe, while noting that Vaylin and every Zakuulan and the GEMINI droid from the Eternal Fleet were in a similar situation. The Commander and Torian were the last ones to arrive, and Theron explained that he was scanning the frequencies in search of the Gravestone, to no avail. Inside, Theron asked the Commander to speak with Vette, but their position in the Tributary soon came under attack from local hostile droids. Theron shut the force field console, trapping the droids outside, but forcing the Alliance to find another way out. The Commander and Vette went ahead, while the rest eventually followed, meeting them at a disabled colossus droid. There, Theron realized that even though he was unable to locate the Gravestone, he could still use his implant to remotely pilot his shuttle that was left in its hangar.
Theron landed the shuttle on the Tributary roof and picked everybody up, taking off. However, before they could escape, SCORPIO contacted the group and revealed that ARIES, the droid that controlled Iokath, raised an energy shield that would destroy any vessel attempting to leave. With ARIES re-charging the weapon that incapacitated them to begin with and promising to use it again on a lethal setting, the only way out was to stop him. SCORPIO revealed the location of the ARIES base, and Theron dropped off the Commander and Vette there to deal with ARIES, while taking the rest of the team to reclaim the Gravestone. They managed to snatch the ship right out from Vaylin's nose but were chased by the Eternal Fleet warships. SCORPIO herself arrived to help the Commander defeat ARIES, who repaid her by letting her consciousness merge with Iokath. However, the capacitors on ARIES' weapon overloaded, threatening the cover the entire world with a pulse of deadly radiation. The Gravestone just barely managed to escape to hyperspace, as did Vaylin with most of the Eternal Fleet, but Iokath remained inaccessible for the time being.
Operation Dragon's Maw
- "We're approved for landing. Indo really pulled through with our disguises. Let's suit up before we make landfall."
- ―Theron Shan
An opportunity to strike again Vaylin presented itself when Theron located an inside man on Zakuul. Indo Zal, an Alliance sympathizer and Vaylin's Magistrate of Revelry, informed the Alliance about the upcoming Grand Festival of Empress Vaylin, where the Empress planned to execute a host of Zakuulan rebels. Theron vouched for Indo, who offered to provide disguises and security clearances for the Alliance to infiltrate the party, then cause a revolt among the prisoners, causing enough chaos for the Commander to get close to Vaylin. Theron volunteered to accompany the Commander inside the Palace of the Eternal Dragon, while Lana and T7-O1 provided remote support from their getaway shuttle. Arriving on Zakuul under the guises of two Knights of Zakuul, Theron and the Commander got inside the Palace and met Indo, who provided them with Ion charges to be attached to Palace security relays, so that they could be detonated at once and disable the rebels' shock collars. Theron and Commander worked their way around Palace security, planting all six charges, when Lana informed them that Vaylin was beginning her speech.
Dropping their disguises, Theron and Commander strolled into the main hall, where the Commander used the key phrase "Kneel before the Dragon of Zakuul" provided by Valkorion to activate Vaylin's mental conditioning, making her powerless to retaliate. However, their confrontation with Vaylin was interrupted by Arcann, who arrived with a group of his loyalists, intending to reclaim the Eternal Throne from his sister. Before retreating, Vaylin dropped the rebel prisoners and Indo into the creature pit, forcing Theron and Commander to follow inside. After killing the Rancor named Junior, the Commander ordered Indo to retreat with the rebels, after which they and Theron went after Vaylin, who was fighting her brother on the balcony. Their interrupted the duel between siblings, allowing Vaylin to escape on a speeder bike. To Commander's surprise, Arcann was indeed healed on Voss and addressed them peacefully, no longer consumed by hate and anger. After Theron doubted his trustworthiness, Arcann assisted him and the Commander in the fight against the Horizon Guards who arrived to kill them. Arcann then offered to join the Alliance to atone for the blood shed under his reign, and the Commander agreed to take him in. Enraged at her brother's betrayal, Vaylin ordered the Eternal Fleet to bombard the entire Palace to rubble, and Lana arrived with the shuttle just in time to pick up the Commander, Theron and Arcann, taking them back to Odessen.
Chasing the Empress
- "You and Lana can lead the charge. I'll do more damage if I slip behind enemy lines."
- ―Theron during the assault on Odessen
The Commander soon learned from Valkorion about Nathema, a world dead in the Force where Vaylin's conditioning took place. Arcann mentioned that the planet was in the Chorlian sector and Theron recalled that the Alliance intercepted a holocall to Vaylin from that sector during the party. Figuring that Vaylin found a way to break her condition and was returning to Nathema, Lana and the Commander rushed to stop her, and Theron piloted their shuttle to the Nathema system. Immediately upon arrival Lana began feeling the effects of the Force void, which Theron admitted to feeling as well despite his lack of Force-sensitivity. Only one structure on the planet showed signs of life, the Sanitarium where Theron dropped off the Commander and Lana, keeping an eye on them from the shuttle. They were unable to stop Vaylin from breaking her bonds, who left the planet's surface long before they did, but recovered Dramath's holocron, which held the power to destroy Vitiate once and for all. Theron picked the Commander and Lana shortly before the Sanitarium fell apart and wished for a little rest before the next mission, when they learned from Bey'wan Aygo that Vaylin launched another assault on Odessen, prompting Theron to rush back home.
Returning to Odessen, they found the battle already raging on multiple fronts. Theron volunteered to sneak behind the enemy's lines, while Lana and the Commander made their way to the Gravestone. Lana was separated from the Commander, who along with Senya and Arcann confronted Vaylin at the Alliance base and was able to land a killing blow, though at the cost of one Alliance member's life. Theron lamented the loss of everyone who died defending Odessen, but the war was not over, as with Eternal Throne empty the GEMINI captains have gone rogue, bombarding the capital worlds of Coruscant, Dromund Kaas and Zakuul into rubble. With claiming the Eternal Throne as the only way to stop the destruction, the Alliance leadership departed for Zakuul on the Gravestone.
Victory over Zakuul
- "Let me guess. You saw the intelligence reports."
"The Republic's preparing for war."
"And the Sith Empire's not far behind."
- ―Theron and Lana discuss the new threats
Dropping out of hyperspace, Theron and the rest witnessed the Spire in blockade by the Eternal Fleet, though upgrades from Iokath allowed the Gravestone to breach it. Senya and Arcann volunteered to accompany Commander and the three of them traveled down to the planet's surface, where the Commander claimed the Eternal Throne and pacified the Eternal Fleet. Valkorion attempted to take over the Commander's body, but with the help of Arcann and Senya and the use of Dramath's holocron he was defeated once and for all. The Commander then proclaimed the age of the Eternal Alliance, unifying the military of Zakuul and the Eternal Fleet with the cause of the Alliance as one under the new leadership.
After the celebrations on Odessen were over, Theron approached Lana regarding the recent intelligence reports. Both Sith Empire and the Galactic Republic were preparing for war, and multiple uprisings against the Alliance have sprung throughout the galaxy. Theron identified several potential threats, assembling teams to neutralize White Maw forge-master Droub on Hoth, rogue Coruscant Security Force Commander Kallin on Coruscant and Doctor Alirra Semhess's research into RAK-5 serum on the X7-Cratus space station.
The Order of Zildrog
Setting a trap on Iokath
- "I heard rumors about the Order of Zildrog through my old underworld contacts. It took me months to even find them--and the whole time they were watching us. By the time I learned the truth about Zildrog, it was almost too late. They'd learned too much. I had to slow them down long enough for the Alliance to catch up. I had to join them--work from the inside."
- ―Theron Shan
Through his old underworld contacts, Theron Shan heard rumours about the secretive Order of Zildrog, which was behind the recent uprisings, but was unable to share his findings with anyone because the Alliance was under constant surveillance by GEMINI 16, a rogue unit who worked with the Order. On his own, Theron searched for the Order for months and eventually contacted its leader Vinn Atrius under the guise of wanting to join the Order and bring down the very Alliance he helped build. Atrius refused to listed to Shan, which led Theron to arrange a trap for the Commander to prove his dedication. By this point the radiation levels on Iokath had subsided, and Theron leaked the location of another superweapon on it to the Eternal Alliance, Sith Empire and Galactic Republic simultaneously, with all three parties showing interest in it. Lana led a team to claim the weapon for the Alliance, while Theron stayed behind on Odessen and presented to Commander a report on the political standing of the Eternal Alliance. They received Lana's status report from Iokath, which was interrupted by the arrival of Imperial and Republic forces, who engaged each other. Lana and her team escaped notice and retreated to the Fleet Spire, where they established an Alliance foothold, while the Commander summoned the Eternal Fleet to Iokath and departed there along with Theron.
When the Eternal Fleet dropped out of hyperspace, the Imperial and Republic fleets have not yet engaged each other, and a signal from the planet's surface broke the connection between the Eternal Throne and the Eternal Fleet, leaving the it dormant while the GEMINI captains looked for a workaround. Theron suggested to look for the source of the transmission on Iokath, proceeding with the Commander towards the surface in a Zakuul starfighter. They met Lana at the Fleet Spide, where she had apprehended Republic Captain Elara Dorne and Imperial Major Malavai Quinn, who had been send by Supreme Commander Malcom and Darth Acina respectively to negotiate with the Alliance. Malcom who was angry at Theron for abandoning the Republic and siding with the Alliance, and both sides laid their claims to the superweapon and urged the Commander to ally with them against their enemy. Theron advised the Commander to ally with the Republic, but supported their decision regardless. As soon as the choice of allegiance was made with one faction, the other immediately launched a retaliatory strike, marking the beginning of the War on Iokath. Theron joined the Commander in defense of their position and later ventured into a nearby weapons cache to retrieve Iokath weapons and knowledge on how to use them. While downloading the files from an ancient console, Theron learned that the superweapon was powerful enough to wipe out all organic life on Iokath in distant past, in addition to ten trillion lives on other planets. They then returned to Lana, who discovered that the information of their new ally matched the data received by the Alliance and concluded that an outside party was behind the current events, and rightfully suspecting a traitor in their ranks.
Meanwhile, the Alliance's enemy used the schematics they received to engineer a backdoor access to the superweapon. Their leader contacted the Alliance, taunting them about their inevitable victory, despite the repeated warnings about the danger of the superweapon. Theron and Commander boarded a walker and stormed their enemy's base to stop the superweapon activation but were too late. The opposing faction's leader assumed the throne, awakening the legendary Old Gods. The resulting energy surge mortally wounded them, but also disabled the signal that kept the Eternal Fleet ships in lockdown. The Commander rushed towards the superweapon complex while Theron stayed behind to delay its full activation. Inside the complex the Commander assumed another throne and faced Tyth, the first of Six Gods, just as a member of the Order sabotaged the throne. The Commander was brought to Fleet Spire to recuperate, where they discussed with Lana and Theron the best possible way to locate the traitor in their ranks. With no way to narrow down the list of suspects, Lana asked the Commander to approve full-time surveillance on the Eternal Alliance and its allies by an independent party, to which Theron strongly opposed, though he still promised to Commander that they found find the traitor.
Revelations on Umbara
- "Ever since you defeated Valkorion, everything I've done has been towards one goal... The total destruction of the Eternal Alliance."
- ―Theron fakes disillusionment in the Alliance
After the events on Iokath, Theron contacted Vinn Atrius again, insisting that his contributions were vital to the Order's success. Atrius still distrusted him and pointed out that the events on Iokath gained the Alliance a powerful ally, whose support was now denied to the Order. Theron pretended to understand his concerns and asked for a way to prove his intentions, for which Atrius asked him to secure a shipment of adegan crystals from Umbara. The crystals were transported on a hovertrain headed to the Umbara capital city and were guarded by Umbaran soldiers and Shadow Assassins. Theron arranged for a transmission from the train to be send with the same encryption algorithm that was used on Iokath, tipping the Alliance Intelligence about the traitor's whereabouts.
Theron was delivering to Commander a status report regarding the ongoing battle for Iokath and the search for the traitor when Lana approached them with the intel regarding Umbara. The three of them traveled to the shadow world in a shuttle and boarded the train to intercept and apprehend the traitor. After dealing with the opposing forces, they reached the empty cockpit of the train, where to the others' shock Theron showed himself to be the traitor. He fired a shot at Commander which hit Lana instead and another at the control panel which activated a force field, trapping Lana and Commander inside the cabin. Theron then laid out his fake motivation, presenting himself as seeking the Alliance's downfall ever since the death of Valkorion in order to finally bring peace to the galaxy. Saying goodbye to Commander, Theron detonated charges on several train rings, causing the train to collide with a nearby mountain range, and escaped on a speeder bike. The Commander and Lana bailed out before the crash and survived just as he expected, and Theron quickly contacted them again, boasting how the delay would buy him enough time to get off-world with the adegan crystals. They chased after Theron and caught up with him just as his shuttle took off, leaving them to contend with an Umbaran Spider Tank which covered his escape.
Search for the holomap
- "There it is. Of all the planets in the galaxy..."
- ―Theron learns of Zildrog's location on Nathema
Impressed with Theron's dedication to their cause, Atrius and the others reached a decision to welcome him into the Order of Zildrog. Using his unique infiltration skills, Theron was tasked with finding a holomap with coordinates to Zildrog's location and received specifications for it that he passed to Pova, a spy operating on Nar Shaddaa. Pova was able to match the specs to a device stolen by Chiss agents from the Sith Emperor decades ago as a collateral in case their deal with the Empire went south. The team was led by a Chiss Expansionary Defense Force member of House Inrokini, whose granddaughter Zenta was now the Syndic of the House on Copero. Having his lead, Theron headed to Copero and convinced Zenta to provide him refuge in exchange for providing her Alliance secrets. Zenta's brother Valss was Force-sensitive and received a vision of Theron's victory, which led him and several of Zenta's best fighters to join his cause. Theron sliced into Zenta's personal datapad to reveal the map's location and headed there with Valss and the others, abandoning the Syndic.
Theron and Valss found the holomap in the ancient ruins and activated it, revealing that Zildrog was located on Nathema, to Theron's surprise. They then destroyed the map to cover their tracks and prepared to leave, when the Commander arrived to apprehend Theron, having received his location from Zenta. Valss rushed to engage them to buy Theron time to escape, despite his protests, and perished while Theron departed in a Zakuulan shuttle. Later, Theron transmitted the coordinates to Atrius, while intentionally leaving the channel between them open so that the Alliance could intercept their talk and learn of the Order's existence. Having Zildrog's location, the Order moved its base of operations to Nathema, taking everything they could from the Abandoned Listening Post that served as their previous base of operations. Theron was tasked with wiping all data and destroying the non-movable equipment, but instead he left encrypted backups of the data and leaked a message with the word "Zildrog" to the Alliance. As intended, it was intercepted by Lana and the Commander and Lana, who personally investigated the listening post and found his message with a set of coordinates on Nathema that was encrypted with a unique method that Theron and Lana developed together on Rishi.
Endgame on Nathema
- "I stalled them with false data for as long as I could, but we don't have much time. If we act now, we can stop the Order before they activate Zildrog."
- ―Theron Shan
On Nathema, the Order uncovered Zildrog and began the preparations for the ritual needed to awaken it, while Theron slipped away and waited at his coordinates. When Lana and the Commander arrived as predicted, Theron revealed himself and laid down his weapon, explaining the situation and apologizing for the necessary deception. Though Lana still did not fully trust him, everyone agreed that the Order should be stopped, and Theron led her and the Commander towards the Emperor's Vault under an ancient Sith Temple, where Zildrog was located. Along the way, Theron apologized to Lana for deceiving her, reminding of the time she had similarly kept him in the dark on Rishi. The three of them reached the Emperor's Vault, where Vinn Atrius and GEMINI 16 were already in the process of awakening Zildrog, and Theron immediately shot Atrius. GEMINI 16 then trapped them in a force field and revealed that Zildrog was already awakened, while Zildrog then used his connection to the Dark Sanctuary to remotely take over the Gravestone which remained parked on Odessen.
Zildrog took the Gravestone into Odessen's orbit and proceeded to repeatedly fire the omnicannon at the Eternal Fleet, which sat defenseless in the absence of orders from the Eternal Throne. Theron, Lana and the Commander were unable to do anything to stop Zildrog from annihilating the entire Eternal Fleet. Zildrog then targeted Odessen itself and began to recharge before the next attack, dropping the force field and giving them an opening to engage GEMINI 16 directly. Theron, Lana and the Commander battled and destroyed the GEMINI droid, after which Theron attempted to shut Zildrog down, but was suddenly stabbed in the back with a lightsaber pike by Vinn Atrius. Lana and Commander defeated Atrius and destroyed Zildrog, but the last act also triggered the self-destruct of the Gravestone and disabled the Eternal Throne. The Commander decided Atrius' fate while Lana tended to Theron's wounds, determining that he needed immediate treatment. The Commander ordered to bring Theron home to Odessen, where after some time he became strong enough to walk and approached Lana and Commander in the hangar. He apologized for his actions and asked for forgiveness, after which the Commander welcomed him back, and Lana ensured that the three of them would face any future challenges together.
New galactic conflict
Personality and traits
- "Jedi Grand Master mom, Supreme Commander dad. Now we get why Theron’s so messed up."
Theron had a difficult family life, not knowing who his father was until well into adulthood. Though he knew that his mother was the Grand Master of the Jedi Order, he was raised since infancy by her master Ngani Zho and the two never even acknowledged their relationship during their early encounters. Theron faced another blow from fate, when he was discovered not to be Force-sensitive and abandoned by Master Zho as well, though he later remarked that things turned out surprisingly well for him. Theron was a loyal Republic patriot, refusing to entertained either a notion of defecting when offered by Darth Mekhis and almost instantly suspecting Rian Darok or working against the Republic. He formed an odd relationship with Lana Beniko, which since their first meeting on Manaan progressed between caution, open distrust, reluctant cooperation, almost complete trust, and eventually a betrayal.
Following the destruction of the Ascendant Spear, Theron was able to have some sort of semi-professional relationship with his parents, who neither really became close to him. His mistakes on Ziost, which claimed the lives of almost all Sixth Line Jedi and led to the Republic invasion weighted on him hard. Theron never trusted the Republic Chancellor Leontyne Saresh, feeling betrayed when Rane Kovach was revealed to be working for her and approving the punishment the Commander gave to her on Odessen. It was Saresh's policy that caused Theron to abandon the Republic and join the Alliance, which caused him whatever relationship he had with his father. In the Alliance Theron worked on problems from every angle, to the point that even Lana suggested he take more rest. During his initial team-up with Lana he was constantly wary of the Empire, favoring sabotage, distrust, and abuse of the momentary truce to further Republic interests. By the time he joined the Alliance five years later, he became more soft and almost never weighted towards more cruel actions.
Theron's routine included daily calibration of his cybernetic implants, reading aid requests and managing Alliance crisis reports. SIS training resulted in him being hyper-alert and constantly scanning his surroundings for possible threats. Theron's drinks of choice included morning caf to wake up and whisky that helped him sleep.
Behind the scenes
Theron Shan was first mentioned indirectly in the Holonet section of the Star Wars: The Old Republic website, which included the phrase "a secret son" written in Aurebesh next to Satele Shan. His name was later revealed in the 124th issue of Star Wars Insider magazine. Theron Shan first appeared in the comic book series Star Wars: The Old Republic—The Lost Suns, released in 2011 and set around the same time as Star Wars: The Old Republic video game. He later appeared in the 2012 novel The Old Republic: Annihilation, set between the events of the original game and its first expansion Star Wars: The Old Republic: Rise of the Hutt Cartel. Drew Karpyshyn, author of Annihilation, responded to a question via Twitter that Theron Shan was 30 during the events of the novel, meaning that Shan was born in 3670 BBY. However, the novel itself stated that Shan was conceived after the Battle of Alderaan, which occurred in 3667 BBY.
Theron Shan was later added to the Star Wars: The Old Republic video game itself, first appearing during the Forged Alliances storyline, released in April 2014. In the game he is voiced by Troy Baker, who also provided voice for Jedi Consular companion Zenith. Theron played a significant role in the Shadow of Revan, Knights of the Fallen Empire and Knights of the Eternal Throne expansions, being one of the most prominent NPC in the game alongside Lana Beniko. Theron becomes available as a companion after the completion of Fallen Empire Chapter IX: The Alliance. He also appears in several short stories released on the game's official website.
Both Imperial and Republic characters of either gender have the option to flirt with Theron during the Forged Alliances and Shadow of Revan storyline, leading to a kiss with Imperial characters on Yavin IV or a kiss and fade to back for Republic characters. During Fallen Empire Chapter IX players will have an option to flirt with him regardless of past choices, after which they can initially a full romance with either Theron, Lana Beniko or Koth Vortena. If they player chooses Theron, there will be a number of additional romance dialogue and cutscenes present during both Fallen Empire and Eternal Throne expansions. When their original romanced companion returns, players can choose to resume that romance, which leads to a break-up with Theron. During the betrayal on Umbara player can ask if their relationship was just a lie; Theron will respond that he is indeed in love with the player, but the Eternal Alliance needs to be stopped regardless. At the end of Nathema flashpoints, Theron will propose to formally marry the player.
- During the Legacy of the Rakata flashpoint, Theron will ask Republic players to overload a console to deny Infinite Army knowledge to the Empire, while also killing cyborgs in their sleep. Players can refuse for Light Side points, in which case Theron will protest that it is not the time to take chances, while the player had to kill the cyborgs anyway.
- On Yavin 4 Theron will ask Republic players to modify the sensor equipment to allowed the Republic to spy on the Imperial allies. Players can agree with him for Dark Side points or refuse for Light Side points.
- At the end of the Ziost storyline, players can either allow Theron to take Master Surro to Tython for healing as a Light Side option, let Lana take her for experiments as a Dark Side option or kill Surro on the spot, angering them both. Players can also guilt him into quitting SIS after the fiasco that he caused for Dark Side points.
- During Fallen Empire Chapter XV, Theron will become angry if the player lets Tai Cordan die in favor of saving Malita Tal and Zasha Ranken.
- During Fallen Empire Chapter XVI, if the player previously alienated Koth Vortena into abandoning the Alliance, he will return and steal the Gravestone after the Battle of Odessen, putting Theron and Tora in stun cuffs and ejecting them in an escape pod. If the player chose to open fire on Arcann's shuttle, Theron will criticize them, as this put Senya Tirall in danger as well.
- During Eternal Throne Chapter II, player can either lock Leontyne Saresh in the Alliance prison, or execute her on the spot, with Theron equally approving on both actions.
- In Eternal Throne Chapter VIII, if the player previously made Dark Side choices that resulted in Senya Tirall and Arcann being killed, Theron and Lana will accompany them through the battle instead, including the fight against Vaylin.
- During Eternal Throne Chapter IX, if Senya and Arcann were previously killed, Theron and Lana will accompany the player to the Eternal Throne instead. They will hold off the Skytroopers as the player fights Valkorion in their mind, sharing a tender moment when they believe they are making their last stand.
- During the War on Iokath, player must side with either the Empire or the Republic, possibly against the original faction, neither of which is a Light or Dark side choice. If the player sides with the Republic, Theron will once again work alongside his father Jace Malcom for the good of the Republic. If the player sides with the Empire however, Malcom will disavow his son and Theron will be forced to formulate a plan on how to beat him. In this scenario, Malcom will assume a Throne on Iokath despite Theron's pleas, which will mortally injure him. Malcom will die in his son's arms, asking Theron to tell Satele that he was sorry. Later, Lana will ask for permission to independently spy on every Eternal Alliance member, herself and Theron included, to which Theron will oppose as a paranoid overreaction. Players can either agree with Theron in a Light Side option or allow Lana to proceed in a Dark Side option.
- During the "Crisis on Umbara" flashpoint, Theron will say that either the Alliance outgrew the player if they previously claimed the Eternal Throne as a peacekeeper or claim that the player is now a tyrant if they claimed the Throne as a new Emperor. During the HoloNet address, players can either pledge one hundred Eternal Fleet warships as a peacekeeping force under Theron's command, asking him to come back home in a Light Side option, or declare him a terrorist and a madman, placing one billion credit bounty on his head in a Dark Side option.
- During "The Nathema Conspiracy" flashpoint, players can choose to leave Theron to die on Nathema in a Dark Side option. If they make the Light Side option to take him back to Odessen instead, there will be a neutral choice to welcome him back or permanently banish him from the Alliance.
- During the "Objective: Meridian" flashpoint, if the player had sided the Alliance with the Sith Empire, the player can choose the Light Side option to convince Darth Krovos to avoid civilian casualties on Corellia, resulting in Theron agreeing to give the Empire a chance. Alternatively, if the player supported Krovos' indiscriminate bombardment of the planet, Theron will state as much as he wants to trust the player, he feels that the Sith can be trusted.
- The Old Republic—The Lost Suns 1 (First appearance)
- The Old Republic—The Lost Suns 2
- The Old Republic—The Lost Suns 3
- The Old Republic—The Lost Suns 4
- The Old Republic—The Lost Suns 5
- The Old Republic: Annihilation
- Star Wars: The Old Republic: Rise of the Hutt Cartel
- Star Wars: The Old Republic: Galactic Strongholds
- Star Wars: The Old Republic: Shadow of Revan
- Star Wars: The Old Republic: Knights of the Fallen Empire
- Star Wars: The Old Republic: Knights of the Eternal Throne
- Star Wars: The Old Republic: Onslaught