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"Lord Malak, our preparations are nearly complete."
―Varko, to Darth Malak[src]

Varko was a Human male who served as an admiral for Dark Lord of the Sith Darth Malak's Sith Empire during the final year of the Jedi Civil War. He assumed Saul Karath's position as Malak's second-in-command when Karath was slain by Galactic Republic commander Carth Onasi and two Jedi, Bastila Shan and Revan, aboard the Leviathan, Malak's flagship. Shortly after Varko reported on the status of the Star Forge, the Rakatan space station fueling the Sith Empire's war effort, Malak was slain by the redeemed Jedi Revan, and the Empire which Varko served was defeated at Rakata Prime.


"Everyday the Star Forge adds more ships to our fleet, it is operating at nearly 300% of our projections. The fleet is assembling around the Star Forge, and awaits your instructions."
"Patience, Commander. My new apprentice is nearly ready. Once Bastila joins her Battle Meditation to our enormous fleet, we shall be invincible. Then we shall begin our final conquest of the Core Worlds, and the Republic will be crushed forever."
―Varko and Darth Malak[src]

Varko discussed the Star Forge's status as Darth Malak had his cybernetic jaw casing removed briefly.

During the Jedi Civil War, a conflict between the Sith Empire and the Galactic Republic,[2] the Human male Varko served the Sith as an officer in the Empire's Navy, rising to the rank of admiral[1] by 3956 BBY.[3]

In that year, Varko was promoted to second-in-command of the Sith armada, after his predecessor, Saul Karath, was killed by two JediRevan and Bastila Shan—and the Republic[1] commander[2] Carth Onasi aboard Dark Lord of the Sith Darth Malak's flagship the Leviathan. The position put Varko next in line to command the Empire after Malak. Sometime later aboard the Star Forge, the Rakatan space station that was fueling the Sith war effort, Varko informed Darth Malak that the superweapon was operating at 300% of the Sith's projections.[1]

After the Admiral advised Malak that the Sith fleet had regrouped to the Star Forge and was awaiting the Sith Lord's instructions, Malak revealed his plan to use Shan, whom he had captured and turned to the dark side of the Force, to focus her power with battle meditation against the Republic, eventually conquering the Core Worlds. Varko was then dismissed by the Dark Lord.[1] Shortly after that, Malak was slain by the redeemed Jedi Padawan Revan, and his Sith Empire was defeated by the Republic at Rakata Prime.[2]

Personality and traits[]

"As you wish, Lord Malak."

Varko was a Human male who, after assuming control over the Sith armada, made it a point to inform Darth Malak of the status of both the Star Forge and the fleet. During his conversation with Malak, the Dark Lord noted his impatience. Varko was momentarily startled when Malak revealed his lack of a jaw, which was normally covered by a cybernetic jaw casing. However, that did not prevent him from saluting Malak after the conversation's end. Before the events of the Sith Empire's defeat, Varko was balding; the hair that he did possess was gray in color. He had brown eyes, and was dark-skinned in appearance.[1]


Varko wore a gray Sith officer's uniform that included gray gloves with a black bandolier, black boots, and black pauldrons.[1]

Behind the scenes[]

Varko appeared in the 2003 Xbox and PC video game Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, developed by BioWare. Although not stated in-game, Varko's name was revealed if the player reads the dialogue box after the cutscene in which Varko appears. In-game, Varko is referred to as a commander by Darth Malak; however, the dialogue box showed that the character was an admiral.[1] This article treats the latter reference as the correct one.


Notes and references[]

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Knights of the Old Republic Campaign Guide
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 The New Essential Chronology establishes that the events of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic took place in 3956 BBY. During the events of the game Varko is promoted to admiral of the Sith armada following the death of Admiral Saul Karath. The Knights of the Old Republic Campaign Guide establishes that Saul Karath defected to the Sith Armada in 3958 BBY and that after the defeat of Darth Malak in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic the Sith Empire that Varko served in fragmented and collapsed.