- "I see through her eyes. My apprentice dreams of her past under the light of a red sun."
- ―The Emperor, speaking through his Voice
A Human male was used by the Sith Emperor as his Voice, or host body, during the early years of the Great Galactic War between the Sith Empire and the Galactic Republic. Through the Human, the Emperor oversaw the creation of the agents known as the Children of the Emperor and ordered the Empire's ruling Dark Council to hunt down his traitorous Sith apprentice Exal Kressh, though the Human was eventually replaced by the time of the subsequent Cold War.
- "This is the weapon you have chosen?"
"Yes, my Emperor."
- ―The Emperor and Darth Marr
A Human male was used as the host, or Voice, of the Sith Emperor's essence during the first years of the Great Galactic War between the Sith Empire and the Galactic Republic. In 3678 BBY, the Emperor's host was present in the Imperial Citadel on the Empire's capital of Dromund Kaas when he requested that the Empire's ruling Dark Council find him someone to hunt down his wayward apprentice Exal Kressh. When Darth Marr, a member of the Empire's ruling Dark Council, brought the Sith apprentice Teneb Kel before him, the Emperor informed the boy that he would find Kressh in the Lenico system. Ignoring Kel's attempts to speak, the Human then reached out to place his fingertips upon the apprentice's forehead, causing Kel to collapse at the touch of the Emperor's mind as the Sith ruler sifted through his consciousness. The Human eventually died and was replaced sometime before the Cold War, when the Emperor took a member of the Voss species as his Voice.
Personality and traits
A bald Human with tan skin and yellow eyes, the Voice spoke with the Emperor's own emotionless voice, and his original personality was entirely wiped away by the Emperor's possession of his body.
Behind the scenes
- "The voice does not belong to mortals. To speak in its presence seems heresy."
- ―Teneb Kel's thoughts on the Voice
The Human male thought to be the Emperor first appeared in Blood of the Empire Act 1: Shades of the Sith, an issue in the webcomics relating to the video game Star Wars: The Old Republic. First published on April 23, 2010, the comic featured the first image of the Emperor, though the 2011 novel The Old Republic: Revan contradicted the issue by stating that he was a Sith Pureblood. However, the Sith Warrior class story in The Old Republic resolved this by explaining the mechanism of the Voice, and the 2012 reference guide Star Wars: The Old Republic Encyclopedia further clarified the situation by stating that the Sith Pureblood body seen in the novel was the Emperor's original body, as he only began to use Voices after the events of the novel.
- The Old Republic, Blood of the Empire Act 1: Shades of the Sith (First appearance)
Notes and references
- The Old Republic, Blood of the Empire Act 1: Shades of the Sith
- Star Wars: The Old Republic—Imperial Agent Mission: "Paying Respects" on Voss establishes that the imposter Bas-Ton has been on Voss for five years, and he was sent there to infiltrate Voss society after the Sith Empire's invasion of the planet failed. Additionally, Star Wars: The Old Republic Encyclopedia places the events of Act III, which include Voss, in approximately 3640 BBY; thus, the invasion of Voss occurred in approximately 3645 BBY. Finally, Star Wars: The Old Republic—Sith Warrior Mission: "Request An Audience" on Voss establishes that the Voss host for the Emperor was taken simultaneously with the planet's discovery.
- Star Wars: The Old Republic—Sith Warrior Mission: "The Voice of Darkness" on Voss explains that the Emperor's essence can only change bodies when his current host dies, meaning that the Voice must have died or been killed.
- Star Wars: The Old Republic Encyclopedia
- The Old Republic: Revan
- Star Wars: The Old Republic Encyclopedia establish that the Battle of Ilum and the end of Act III for the class storylines of Star Wars: The Old Republic occur in late 3640 BBY and prior to the events of The Old Republic: Annihilation, which is also set in 3640 BBY per The Essential Reader's Companion. Annihilation establishes that the Treaty of Coruscant collapsed approximately eighteen months prior, or in 3641 BBY, and as Act III occurs after the treaty's collapse, the act begins sometime between 3641 BBY and 3640 BBY. This article assumes that Voss, as the middle of Act III, takes place around the start of 3640 BBY. and