- "Rules are for people who lack the creativity to break them."
Vaylin was a female Human who was a daughter of Valkorion, the Emperor of the Eternal Empire of the planet Zakuul, and Senya Tirall of the Knights of Zakuul, as well as the younger sister of her twin brothers, Thexan and Arcann. Following Valkorion's supposed death in 3637 BBY, Arcann effectively ruled the Eternal Empire with Vaylin as High Justice. Following her brother's defeat at the hands of the individual known as "The Outlander" and the Alliance's victory in the Odessen System, Vaylin became the new empress of Zakuul.
Incredibly powerful even as a child, Vaylin was a Force-user like her brothers Thexan and Arcann; when her mother saw that her young daughter was losing control and her morality as a child, she went to Valkorion for help, but Valkorion's "solution" was to mentally lock away Vaylin's powers, further damaging her personality. Vaylin and her brothers refused to leave their father with Tirall when she tried to take them with her. To lock away her powers, Vaylin was imprisoned at an asylum on Nathema, and experimented on by a group of Anomid scientists, who tried to find a way to control her. Eventually the scientists succeeded restraining her powers, as well as implanting a mental suggestion that renders her temporarily powerless when someone speaks the words "Kneel before the Dragon of Zakuul" in her presence ,
During the Galactic War, the Emperor was weakened after his defeat on Dromund Kaas and went into slumber, Vaylin was freed of her father's control and regained her full powers. Eventually, following her father's supposed death, in which Arcann ascended to the throne, blaming the Outlander for his death, Vaylin attained the position of High Justice, and essentially functioned as the second-in-command of the Eternal Empire.
Just after Senator Evran and Darth Vowrawn pledged their loyalty to Arcann, Vaylin sensed the Outlander's spirit watching them invisibly and ignited her yellow bladed lightsaber, though she did not tell her brother why, and stabbed the spot where the Outlander was standing.
The Outlander Escapes
In 3632 BBY, Vaylin responded to Lana Beniko's breakout of the Outlander. Upon finding the Outlander's carbonite prison thawed out, she executed the Knight who was there first. She then proceeded to wreak havoc in her attempt to recapture the Outlander, her rampage causing damage to the capitol's sun generator. When she finally cornered the Outlander and Beniko, Koth Vortena showed up and opened fire on her. Vaylin telekinetically shielded herself with a piece of debris while her squad of skytroopers were cut down. She then threw the debris at Koth's ship, damaging it, but was unable to prevent the Outlander from escaping. She later executed the carbonite prisoner's overseer for not giving a satisfying response for his failure. Outlander, Beniko and Koth later find the Gravestone, the legendary ship that singlehandedly stood up to the Eternal Fleet, and fled Zakuul, taking down more than two dozen ships in a single shot.
She questioned three Knights who claimed that the Outlander was allied with Senya, and executed them to ensure they weren't lying, and another three because she disliked odd numbers. She then reported this to Arcann. Though she wondered whether their mother was aware that their father was inhabiting the Outlander, Arcann said it didn't matter, stating that Senya would either return to them or face the consequences.
Vaylin later got a tip from a Zakuulan socialite that the Outlander had returned to Zakuul. She proceeded to inform Arcann of this development. Arcann declined to pursue the Outlander, desiring to instead pursue his foe to their hideout.
Battle of Asylum
Arcann later learned of the Outlander's hideaway on Asylum from the exiled Scion Heskal. Vaylin participated in the ensuing battle, leading the assault on the Gravestone. Facing the Outlander and Beniko once more, Vaylin claimed the former had a crush on her. Suddenly, Senya intervened and engaged Vaylin. As mother and daughter fought, Senya tried to reason with Vaylin to no avail. Eventually, Senya managed to disarm Vaylin but refused to kill her. Vaylin then revealed that Arcann killed Thexan, shocking her mother. Just then, the Gravestone was unmoored and all the insurgents fled Asylum. Vaylin then met up with her brother, who stated that Valkorion's power is diminished. She then stated that she'll kill Senya for sparing her life.
Upon returning to Zakuul, Vaylin listened to her brother grumbling over Valkorion plotting against them. She then added that Senya would likely kill him for Thexan's death, before confidently reassuring him that the Eternal Empire would keep her at bay. This made Arcann nostalgic, remarking that Thexan should be alive, ruling the Empire with them. Vaylin admitted she'd like having Thexan back, but then shrugged off the nostalgia. She then reminded Arcann that their father now favored the Outlander and planned on taking everything from Arcann. Her brother vowed to die before that happened.
Anarchy in Paradise
Vaylin later scouted five separate systems in search of the Outlander and the Gravestone to no avail. After returning to her brother to report her failure, Arcann ordered her to destroy one planet in each of the five systems, believing it would loosen some tongues. Vaylin carried out her orders, recording holos of her handiwork, only to return to hear that the Outlander attacked in her absence. Faulting the Knights, Arcann ordered them to the dueling circle in pairs to fight to the death to further motivate them. Vaylin voiced her opinion that their hunt for the Outlander would be severely hampered with half their Knights dead. Arcann ignored her concerns and when she hesitated to carry out his command, he barked at her to proceed.
Vaylin later interrupted her brother's meditation session by telekinetically snatching his lightsaber, saying that his gloomy outlook was making her sad. Arcann confessed how frustrated he was that their own father wouldn't face him. Vaylin suggested that Valkorion was upset at his son for stealing his throne. Arcann reminded that their father was always emotionless, especially after Thexan's death, though Arcann hesitated to admit to himself that he did the deed. Vaylin nostalgically recalled how good Thexan was to her for bring his war spoils from the worlds he conquered. Her brother then reminded her that he freed her from Valkorion's control, to inquire if he still had her allegiance, to which she affirmed.
The Gilded Star Raided
Vaylin later traveled to Vandin to check on the stealth treasury ship, the Gilded Star and was angered to learn that Senya had used her face to help the Alliance steal all of the Eternal Empire's galactic plunder from the vault. Upon her return to Zakuul, she began plotting her revenge against her mother, but Arcann interrupted her tirade by asking if she remembered Senya from when they were children. Vaylin bitterly stated her belief that her mother hated her for being more powerful and had to be controlled. She then asked what would happen if the rest of the galaxy learns of the heist and be inspired to revolution, Arcann assured her that their riches would be replaced and fear would keep the galaxy in line.
Battle of Darvannis
Vaylin later observed alongside her brother the Mandalorians assault their factory on Darvannis. She then advised sending the Eternal Fleet to annihilate the Mandalorians, but Arcann was confident in the factory's ability to defend itself. However, as the battle on Darvannis progressed, the Mandalorians were gaining the advantage with almost no casualties. Remarking that the Mandalorian seemed inspired by a cause they could believe in, Arcann realized the Outlander was on Darvannis and was about to send the Fleet before Vaylin reminded him that their ships would not make it in time and admonished him for not taking her earlier advice. Realizing that he had sat on his throne for too long, Arcann ordered his flagship readied so they could hunt the Outlander.
The GEMINI Deception
Vaylin later judged the Knight responsible for the Darvannis debacle and was about to execute her before Arcann informed her that the Outlander and Senya were attempting to take one of their ships; Vaylin blasted the incompetent Knight off the dais regardless. Taking a large detachment of the Eternal Fleet, they attempted to intercept the Gravestone but their enemies managed to slip through their fingers once again. Subsequently, Vaylin noted that all Eternal Fleet ships outside their current sector were not responding to their orders after SCORPIO took the Eternal Throne, but Arcann declared it irrelevant, vowing to deal with the Fleet after they finish off the Outlander and Valkorion.
- "Will you and your children stay?"
"Of course. There is much I can teach you. We can start with how to destroy our enemies."
- ―Vaylin assumes the Eternal Throne, with the support of SCORPIO
During the Battle of Odessen, Vaylin entered the bridge of the Eternal Flagship after the Outlander had nearly killed Arcann, only to find Senya there pulling him out of the wreckage. Senya, who had come to save her children from a cruel end, offered Vaylin a chance to come with her and escape the fighting. Vaylin refused, calling her mother weak and accusing her of abandoning her children, and moved to attack. However, moved by his mother's love for him, Arcann Force-pushed his sister away, leaving Vaylin feeling angry and betrayed. She was cut off from her mother and brother by collapsing debris, and somehow managed to escape the ship before it and its escort fleet were wiped out by the Gravestone.
Returning to Zakuul, Vaylin met with SCORPIO in the throne room, stating that while she couldn't care less about an "uncomfortable chair", she felt she deserved its power more than her brother. SCORPIO seemed to find in Vaylin a kindred spirit - someone with great power and potential, hindered by "lesser" beings - and admitted that she had taken the Eternal Throne not to rule Zakuul, but to allow her "children", the GEMINI droids, to have free will, as she did. Vaylin was surprised that SCORPIO did not wish to control them, but agreed that it was better to have a choice. She assumed the throne as Empress of Zakuul, with SCORPIO remaining to help her destroy their enemies.
Massacre on Ord Mantell
During her reign as Empress she destroyed several worlds in the search for her mother and brother, who both retreated into hiding from her. Eventually, she learned of several dissident Knights, terrified that Vaylin might disband or destroy their order, planning on meeting with Senya on Ord Mantell. Vaylin traveled to Ord Mantell and slaughtered the host of Knights before Senya arrived. She then made her presence known by igniting spilled rhydonium with Force lightning, before snatching her mother's lightsaber pike. Senya, using the Force, called a fallen Knight's lightsaber to her hand to defend herself. Vaylin fought viciously against her mother but Senya's combat experience and the empress's flawed techniques allowed Senya to hold her own. Senya once again tried to reason with her but Vaylin was singlemindedly driven to kill her and attempted to deliver a finishing blow, only to hit a Zakuul shuttle's damaged hyperdrive. Vaylin managed to shield herself and Senya from the resulting explosion with the Force, allowing Senya to escape. It remained unclear to Senya whether there was a part of her daughter that still cared for her or that she was a predator toying with her prey.
Personality and traits
- "Vaylin was always my favorite."
Since childhood, Vaylin had been deeply troubled. In one instance, she crippled a guard for dropping a ball she tossed. Instead of actually addressing the problem, Valkorion's only solution was to cage her mind and her powers, locking away most of who she was. During Vaylin's stay on Nathema, she suffered intense torture to the point that the pain made her laugh, and become insane by witnessing countless deaths in front of her. Following the death of Valkorion's physical form, her mind was freed from his control. Instead of striking back, however, she decided to bide her time, like a predator studying her prey. As she ruled the Eternal Empire alongside Arcann, Vaylin had become more cruel. She was willing to risk the lives of thousands of Zakuul's citizens to capture the Outlander, and executed Knights for the slightest mistakes and casually killed more for dislike of odd numbers. Her unstable outlook made Arcann wary of upsetting her. Nonetheless, she was close to her brother as they both detested the idea of destiny and seemed to resent their father for holding them back.
In spite of her overall instability, however, Vaylin had a streak of pragmatism. Notably, she objected to Arcann's order to have all the Knights duel each other to the death, pointing out that killing half their elite force would reduce their ability to deal with the Outlander. Arcann's rebuttal of her opinion led to a rare reversal of their usual positions, with Vaylin being wary of Arcann's temper for a change. Vaylin also had a brief moment of serenity, as meeting Thexan(fake) on Iokath gave her a small sense of nostalgia and surprise, open up a bit about herself. Because of the experiences on Nathema, Vaylin greatly valued freedom and her own opinion above everything else, as those two things were completely stripped from her on Nathema.
Behind the scenes
- Star Wars: The Old Republic: Knights of the Fallen Empire (First appearance)
- Star Wars: The Old Republic: Knights of the Eternal Throne
- (First mentioned)
Notes and references
- ↑ Knights of the Eternal Throne
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 E3 2015: You Are The Chosen One in SWTOR's Fallen Empire. Massively Overpowered (2015-06-23). Retrieved on June 23, 2015.
- ↑ Betrayed
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Star Wars: The Old Republic: Knights of the Fallen Empire—Chapter VII: The Lady of Sorrows
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 Star Wars: The Old Republic: Knights of the Fallen Empire—Chapter XIII: Profit and Plunder
- ↑ [[Knights of the Eternal Throne]]
- ↑ Star Wars: The Old Republic: Knights of the Fallen Empire—Chapter II: A Dream of Empire
- ↑ Star Wars: The Old Republic: Knights of the Fallen Empire—Chapter III: Outlander
- ↑ Star Wars: The Old Republic: Knights of the Fallen Empire—Chapter V: From the Grave
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 Star Wars: The Old Republic: Knights of the Fallen Empire—Chapter VI: Asylum
- ↑ Star Wars: The Old Republic: Knights of the Fallen Empire—Chapter VIII: Taking Flight
- ↑ Star Wars: The Old Republic: Knights of the Fallen Empire—Chapter IX: The Alliance
- ↑ Star Wars: The Old Republic: Knights of the Fallen Empire—Chapter X: Anarchy In Paradise
- ↑ Star Wars: The Old Republic: Knights of the Fallen Empire—Chapter XII: Visions in the Dark
- ↑ Star Wars: The Old Republic: Knights of the Fallen Empire—Chapter XIV: Mandalore's Revenge
- ↑ Star Wars: The Old Republic: Knights of the Fallen Empire—Chapter XV: The GEMINI Deception
- ↑ Star Wars: The Old Republic: Knights of the Fallen Empire—Chapter XVI: The Battle of Odessen