Power progression and evolution of Valkorion

DISCLAIMER: The purpose of this blog is to clarify following:

1) Tenebrae's growth in power with passage of time.

2) Tenebrae's evolution with passage of time.

3) Tenebrae's shift in identity with passage of time.

This blog represents a subsection of the Valkorion Respect Thread.

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1) POWER PROGRESSION:

Tenebrae became more powerful with passage of time.

Servants of the Hand share their Master's longevity, living untouched by age for centuries under his command. In return, the Emperor draws on his servant's strength in the Force and body to feed his ever-increasing power, leaving the servants withered and frail.

From (Star Wars: The Old Republic: Encyclopedia)

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A being of unfathomable power and insatiable appetite, he transcended death multiple times, shedding his physical shells as they were discovered, defeated, and destroyed... only to return in another form.

With each rebirth, he grew stronger.

From (Star Wars: The Old Republic: Knights of the Fallen Empire: Codex Entry titled "Valkorion.")

Growth in power is visible in a chronological span of events:-

1. Capability to defeat a Sith Lord at the age of 10:

Tenebrae defeated a Sith Lord at the age of 10, in 5103 BBY.

Tenebrae broke Lord Dramath's mind, but not before revealing that he was actually his son.

From (Star Wars: The Old Republic: Encyclopedia)

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Lord Dramath intended to judge the child’s power to determine if he was worthy of serving the Sith Lord, or if he should simply be executed. But Tenebrae had no intention of serving—or of dying. When they met face-to-face, Tenebrae proved the stronger. Only ten years old, he stripped his father of his power and his mind.

From (Star Wars: The Old Republic: Revan)

2. Capability to rule over a planet at the age of 13:

Tenebrae became the ruler of planet Medriaas (his homeworld) at the age of 13, in 5100 BBY.

The child who will come to be known as the Sith Emperor is born. Black-eyed, heartless, and supremely strong in the dark side of the Force, the boy seizes control of his homeworld by the age of 13 and earns the title Lord Vitiate. He amasses an army of Sith followers and turns his back on Imperial politics to hone his skills in the dark side.

From (Star Wars: The Old Republic: Encyclopedia)

3. Growth in power via a ritual:

Tenebrae orchestrated an ambitious ritual in 4999 BBY that granted him corporeal immortality at the expense of other participants and enhanced his strength in the Force to the extent that he became stronger than any ancient Sith who had existed earlier.

Lord Vitiate takes command of the Sith Empire, now in shambles following the Great Hyperspace War. He executes the Sith Council and consumes the life force of thousands of Sith Lords in a terrifying ritual that extends his life and vastly increases his capacity as a practitioner of the Force.

From (Star Wars: The Old Republic: Encyclopedia)

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But the ritual was not confined to the doomed Sith Lords. They were but the eye of the storm; the center of a vortex that spread across the entire planet. Every man, woman, and child on Nathema died that day. Every beast, bird, and fish; all the insects and plants; every living being touched by the Force was consumed. When the ritual ended, Nathema was no longer a world. It was a husk sucked dry. Lord Vitiate sacrificed millions, stealing their life force to make himself immortal. Their deaths also made him stronger than any Sith who had come before, and he ceased to be known as Lord Vitiate. On that day, the Emperor was truly born.

From (Darth Nyriss, Star Wars: The Old Republic: Revan)

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The ritual had obviously destroyed Nathema, snuffing out all life on the world. Lord Vitiate had offered his people hope, and instead had brought them a fate worse than death—utter eradication of life, existence, and even the Force.

Meetra was no expert on dark side sorcery, but it was safe to assume Vitiate not only survived the ritual, but emerged more powerful than ever.

And with the destruction of everyone on Nathema—including his research team—he alone would have known the location of Dromund Kaas.

The plan was both horrifying and brilliant. In addition to becoming more powerful than Meetra could imagine, Vitiate could blame the extinction of his homeworld on the Jedi, further panicking the remaining Sith worlds.

From (Star Wars: The Old Republic: Revan)

NOTE: Tenebrae, at this point, emerged stronger than any ancient Sith in history including Ajunta Pall, Karness Muur, Sorzus Syn, XoXaan, Remulus Dreypa, Tulak Hord, Naga Sadow, and Marka Ragnos.

4. Capability to corrupt the environment of a planet:

After setting foot on planet Dromund Kaas, Tenebrae honed his Alter Environment abilities to perfection with passage of time and altered the environment of Dromund Kaas as a consequence. Tenebrae corrupted the atmosphere of Dromund Kaas initially, a development that engulfed the entire planet in darkness and thunder storms.

Power hungry, the Emperor spent great energy discovering and perfecting esoteric rites of darkness – rituals that wrecked the atmosphere of Dromund Kaas, transforming the ionosphere into a swirling electric storm.

From (Star Wars: The Old Republic: Holonet)

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Storms were common here on Dromund Kaas; dark clouds perpetually blocked out the sun, rendering terms like day and night meaningless.

From (Star Wars: The Old Republic: Revan)

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MEETRA FOUGHT TO KEEP the Ebon Hawk steady on its descent through the fierce storms raging in the skies above Kaas City spaceport. She knew the storm-ravaged world had to be the world Canderous had spoken of; the one Revan had seen in his dreams. The dark side was powerful here.

From (Star Wars: The Old Republic: Revan)

5. Capability to create a powerful nexus of dark side energy:

In connection with revelation no. 4 above, Tenebrae created a powerful nexus of dark side energy on planet Dromund Kaas by virtue of his dark activities.

Burial place, prison, and reliquary, the Dark Temple was built on the orders of the Emperor to seal away powerful artifacts and the Emperor's enemies, both alive and dead. The temple became a nexus of dark side energy as the Emperor performed rituals within, drawing strength and knowledge from his captives.

From (Star Wars: The Old Republic: Encyclopedia)

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Hundreds of years ago, the Sith Emperor ordered the construction of the Dark Temple as a burial place for his dead and defeated enemies, “to aid them in becoming one with the Force.” Little is known of what rituals the Emperor performed there, but the Dark Temple has become a nexus of powerful dark side energy, and a place where ancient weapons and ancient secrets of the Sith lay sealed away in cavernous chambers. Although the Dark Temple grounds have always been a dangerous place for the weak-willed (the expansion of the Kaas City power grid into tunnels beneath the temple drove a thousand slaves mad), the temple itself remained sealed until recently, when an expedition of power-hungry Sith Lords and their servants breached the gateway. The Dark Council did not sanction this intrusion, nor did it punish the rogue Sith; no one returned from the expedition to punish. Violent electrical storms surrounded the temple for the first week after it was opened, and since then, additional expeditions have been sent by the council to determine the temple’s status. Their reports have not been made public.

From (Star Wars: The Old Republic: Codex Entry titled "The Dark Temple")

5. Capability to defeat Strike Teams of powerful Force-users in single combat:

Tenebrae's growth in power began to reflect on his combat prowess as well since he managed to subdue entire Strike Teams of powerful Force-users in confrontations. First known event of this magnitude occurred during the era of Darth Lokess.

Example 1 - Tenebrae defeated a Sith Strike Team led by Darth Lokess (representing an entire rebellious Dark Council) with his powers.

He allowed their plan to play out, but when they gathered to confront the Emperor, his punishment was swift and devastating. Eleven members of the Dark Council died in a sudden flash on the steps of the Citadel. The last member Darth Lokess, disappeared forever, though for some centuries some claimed her screams could be heard from the bowels of the Citadel.

From (Star Wars: The Old Republic: Encyclopedia)

Example 2 - Tenebrae eliminated 9 members of another Dark Council in his throne room with his powers as narrated by Sith Lord Scourge:

"It wasn't just Nyriss who was attacked. The Emperor killed them all."

"The files you showed me listed five current members of the Dark Council plotting against him,"

Meetra said, looking to clarify. "Are you saying the Emperor's Guard wiped out all five in the space of a single day?"

"I said he killed them all," Scourge replied. Revan asked. "He attacked a dozen of the most powerful Sith Lords in their seats of power simultaneously? How many troops does he have?"

"All twelve members of the Dark Council—even those who weren't part of the conspiracy. He wanted to send a message no one would ever forget."

"How is that possible?"

"The Imperial Guard were only unleashed on Nyriss and two others. The Emperor must have assumed they were the ones least likely to answer his summons. The other nine were called together in the hours before the attack to meet with the Emperor at his citadel. None of them left alive."

From (Lord Scourge, Star Wars: The Old Republic: Revan)

Example 3 - Tenebrae subdued the duo of legendary warriors Revan and Malak with barely an effort.

Over 300 years ago, the great Jedi heroes Revan and Malak stumbled upon long-hidden Sith Empire's capital of Dromund Kaas, and its ruler - a mysterious, almost godlike avatar of the dark side. They argued briefly over whether to alert the Republic and Jedi Council, but Revan was already too consumed by arrogance and anger to consider the possibility of defeat. By the time Revan and Malak approached the Emperor in his throne room, they were already at the precipice of the dark side. It took only a fraction of the Emperor's loathsome power to complete their fall. The Jedi succumbed utterly to the Sith leader's domination and returned to the Republic to spark a new conflict: the Jedi Civil War.

From (Star Wars: The Old Republic: Encyclopedia)

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The legendary Jedi Revan and Malak confront the Sith Emperor in his throne room on Dromund Kaas. In mere moments, the Jedi lay defeated and consumed by the dark side of the Force.

From (Star Wars: The Old Republic: Encyclopedia)

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Realizing this Empire was the true threat to the Republic, Revan and Malak faced the Sith Emperor himself, intending to cut off the serpent's head--but the Emperor was too powerful. Overwhelmed by the Emperor's dark presence, they pledged themselves to his service.

From (Star Wars: The Old Republic: Codex Entry titled "Galactic History 74: Revan and Malak Fall.")

Example 4 - Tenebrae easily defeated a Jed Strike Team led by Master Tol Braga with his powers.

With Grand Master Satele Shan's support, Master Braga assembles a strike team of the strongest and most resolute Jedi in the order. Their goal is to pinpoint the Emperor's hidden fortress, capture the Sith leader alive, and turn him to the light side. The Jedi do not realize that they have underestimated the true extent of the Emperor's power. It is an error that will cost them dearly.

From (Star Wars: The Old Republic: Encyclopedia)

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The plan to invade the Emperor's fortress succeeds beyond Master Braga's greatest ambitions. However, the Jedi find more than they bargained for when they finally confront the Sith leader in his lair. The Emperor is more than a man - he is the living embodiment of the dark side. Armed with incalculable powers of corruption, the Emperor easily defeats the Knight, Master Braga, and their fellow Jedi, twisting them all to the dark side.

From (Star Wars: The Old Republic: Encyclopeda)

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NOTE 1: Revan's assessment of growing strength of Tenebrae in 3950 BBY:

"Nathema was just the beginning," Scourge agreed. "He will destroy world after world, his power and madness growing in concert until he alone is left, Emperor over an empty and lifeless galaxy."

Meetra stared at the two in horror.

"You've been to Nathema," Scourge said. "You felt the Void. You know what the Emperor is capable of."

"She understands," Revan said, reading her expression more accurately than Scourge. "That's not it."

"He's quarantined Dromund Kaas," Meetra said, trying to lead them to the same conclusion. "What if he’s preparing to do the same thing here that he did on Nathema?”

Scourge hadn't considered that possibility, and it chilled him to his core.

"Is that possible?" he asked. "Nyriss told me the ritual on Nathema took days, if not weeks. And the Emperor had to trick hundreds of other powerful Sith into working with him so he could draw on their power."

"He's stronger now," Revan said. "But even if it's possible, I don't think he'll go that far. At least not yet. He is too patient, too careful. Dromund Kaas is the heart of his Empire and the seat of his power. He has too many valuable resources here to throw it all away. But once he is ready, there will be nothing left to stop him from launching his invasion of the Republic."

From (Star Wars: The Old Republic: Revan)

NOTE 2: Tenebrae's powers transcended that of any mortal at some point. He became more powerful than the ancient Rakatan entity Soa and legendary Sith Lords such as Exar Kun and Darth Nihilus.

The Sith Emperor has mastered the dark side's power to become the most dominating Force-user the galaxy has ever seen.

From (Star Wars: The Old Republic: Codex Entry titled "The Emperor's Fallen Jedi (Knight).")

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The Sith Emperor is the most powerful Force-user who has ever existed. Unless this implacable enemy can be defeated, the Jedi Order is doomed.

From (Star Wars: The Old Republic: Encyclopedia)

DID YOU KNOW?

SWTOR sources acknowledge the existence of Celestials.

Although the Republic has existed for millennia, there is evidence to suggest that long before its founding, a highly advanced race ruled the galaxy. Referred to as the “Architects” or “Celestials” by scholars, these beings possessed remarkable technology capable of constructing or realigning solar systems. The Corellia system, for example, appears to have been artificially constructed. These claims would seem extraordinary, but many of the Architects’ machines survived the ages. The Vultar system was home to an immense “Cosmic Turbine” that could only have been Architect technology, before misuse destroyed both the turbine and the Vultar system itself. The fabled Centerpoint Station is thought to be an Architect installation, though many species have claimed it as the work of their own people. In addition to their engineering marvels, it is believed that the Architects seeded the Core Worlds with life–particularly humans–though some attribute this to the Rakata’s Infinite Empire. Despite the proof of their achievements, however, there is little evidence to suggest where the Architects came from or what eventually became of them.

From (Star Wars: The Old Republic: Codex Entry titled "The Architects.")

6. Capability to expand footprint across the galaxy:

Tenebrae, at some point in history, began to spread his influence on galactic scale by creating Children who served as his eyes, ears, and minions on many planets and locales.

By drawing on his incredible dark powers, the Emperor imprinted his consciousness onto unwitting pawns who would serve as vessels for carrying out his will. Through the eyes and ears of these "children," he would uncover threats in both the Empire and Republic while they were still nothing but whispers. And should the need arise, the Emperor could seize control of his children and instruct them to crush any plot that dared defy his will.

From (Star Wars: The Old Republic: Encyclopedia)

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Despite the Jedi Council's best efforts, only a little is known of the so-called Children of the Emperor. Infants of all species taken before the Sith Emperor, the children are infused with the Emperor's strength, sharing some measure of his thoughts and power for the rest of their lives. They become the Emperor's eyes and ears, and–should the Emperor focus his presence upon them–his puppets. It is believed that the children have some way to hide their dark presence from Jedi senses, meaning they can exist undetected within the Republic.

From (Star Wars: The Old Republic: Encyclopedia)

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The Jedi remained blind to the Emperor's children due to the presence of the First Son, the being who was first imprinted with the Emperor's power. While the First Son lived, the Emperor's secret army remained hidden and undetected beneath the Republic's nose. By the time of the Great War, hundreds of the Emperor's Children were embedded within the Republic. Devoted Jedi, loyal soldiers, and influential politicians all unknowingly served as the Emperor's spies and, when the Emperor willed I, acted to tear down the Republic they held so dear.

From (Star Wars: The Old Republic: Encyclopedia)

7. Capability to create beings of pure Dark Sid energy at will:

Tenebrae, at some point in history, acquired the ability to create beings of pure Dark Sid energy. He demonstrated this capability in 3640 BBY.

Given enough intellect, knowledge, fortitude and power, Sith alchemy can be used to achieve the seemingly impossible, such as transforming flesh and bone to form vicious Sithspawn such as the imposing Massassi and the unstoppable Terentatek. But Monoliths are something beyond Sithspawn: they are everlasting monstrosities built not on a foundation of living tissue but of dark side energy itself. Enduring and merciless and quite possibly unkillable, Monoliths plainly illustrate the immeasurable power of their creator and are best avoided at all costs.

From (Star Wars: The Old Republic: Rise of the Emperor)

Depiction of Monolith, a being of pure dark side energy:

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8. Capability to unleash destructive powers of apocalyptic proportions:

Tenebrae, at some point in history, became capable of inflicting devastation of apocalyptic proportions with his powers, apparent from his actions on planet Ziost during 3640 BBY. Revan's assessment in this regard have been validated.

Global cataclysms are not unheard of. Whole worlds teeming with life have been rendered lifeless by meteorites, broken apart by instability in the planet's own core--even atomized by the destructive force of a supernova. But the eerie calm of a world stripped of life yet left otherwise intact is another matter altogether. Whispered rumors have persisted of planets snuffed out through intricate Sith rituals or by way of deadly, arcane machines--such as the device Revan sought to employ on Yavin 4--but Ziost represents a clear display of the corrosive power of the dark side of the Force taken to its extreme.

From (Star Wars: The Old Republic: Rise of the Emperor)

NOTE: Associated footage of Ziost's devastation below:

9. Acknowledged as a threat to the entire galaxy; impossible to stop using conventional methods and/or by a single individual:

Tenebrae eventually became a Galactic threat.

"No one person - not even Revan - can truly destroy the Emperor. He will destroy Revan, then move on to the rest of us. In time, he will consume all life in the galaxy."

From (Darth Marr, Star Wars: The Old Republic: Shadow of Revan)

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"Something went awry with the communications platform. I had intended to commend you for your work thus far, but I have just received word that your breakthrough against Vitiate is only temporary.

This is most distressing. Vitiate may be more powerful then any of us assumed. And as he does not appear to have any manner of physical form, he cannot be restrained or destroyed by conventional means.

The order to evacuate Ziost in priority sequence have been approved. I will contact you again if anything changes."

From (Darth Marr, Star Wars: The Old Republic: Rise of the Emperor)

NOTE: Evidence of the aforementioned revelation:

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2) EVOLUTION:

Tenebrae heavily focused on overcoming the shortcomings of mortality. And in doing so, overcame the challenges of aging and vulnerability against external threats to great extent.

In his relentless pursuit of immortality, the Emperor explored the most sinister, uncharted depths of the dark side.

From (Star Wars: The Old Republic: Encyclopedia)

1. MORTALITY

Tenebrae was born a mortal, but had extraordinary affinity with the Dark Side.

Born to farmers on the planet Medriaas, Tenebrae entered the galaxy without shedding a tear. He regarded his parents with cold pitiless eyes. As years passed Tenebrae manifested Force powers and honed his mastery of the dark side.

From (Star Wars: The Old Republic: Encyclopedia)

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Long before assuming his current form, Valkorion was a Sith pureblood named Vitiate born on the lush and vibrant world of Medriaas. Vitiate rose to become Emperor of the Sith and ruled for over a thousand years--but only after extracting a terrible price.

From (Star Wars: The Old Republic: Knights of the Eternal Throne: Codex Entry titled "Nathema.")

2. CORPOREAL IMMORTALITY

Tenebrae utilized Sith Sorcery to attain corporeal immortality.

“But the ritual was not confined to the doomed Sith Lords. They were but the eye of the storm; the center of a vortex that spread across the entire planet. Every man, woman, and child on Nathema died that day. Every beast, bird, and fish; all the insects and plants; every living being touched by the Force was consumed. When the ritual ended, Nathema was no longer a world. It was a husk sucked dry. Lord Vitiate sacrificed millions, stealing their life force to make himself immortal. Their deaths also made him stronger than any Sith who had come before, and he ceased to be known as Lord Vitiate. On that day, the Emperor was truly born.”

From (Darth Nyriss, Star Wars: The Old Republic: Revan)

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The Emperor was no longer a member of the Sith species; his power and immortality had transformed him into a being unique in the galaxy.

From (Star Wars: The Old Republic: Revan)

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Servants of the Hand share their Master's longevity, living untouched by age for centuries under his command.

From (Star Wars: The Old Republic: Encyclopedia)

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Emperor has lived more than 1,300 years

From (Star Wars: The Old Republic: Holonet)

3. ENTITY (VOICES)

After Revan's second assassination attempt, Tenebrae - in his effort to overcome the shortcomings of mortality - developed the ability to retain his presence without a corporeal form and began to shift his essence into other living beings (one at a time) in an effort to increase his safeguard, evolving further in the matters of immortality.

The Emperor created his first Voice after the legendary Jedi named Revan attempted to assassinate him on Dromund Kaas. Though Revan's plot failed, he approached within striking distance of the Emperor. To guard against further vulnerability, the Emperor created the Voice to deliver his orders while distancing himself from the forces that conspired against him. Centuries later, this very safeguard would save the Emperor once more.

From (Star Wars: The Old Republic: Encyclopedia)

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For centuries, the Emperor’s Voice has delivered the Sith leader’s commandments to his servants. In fact, to converse with the Emperor’s Voice is to have an audience with the Emperor himself, whose power and consciousness have been placed within the Voice’s body. Although the audible voice never changes, the physical individual who does the speaking has assumed many forms–various accounts describe the Emperor’s Voice as anyone from a young human female to an elderly full-blooded Sith male. Regardless of physical appearance, however, the Emperor’s Voice can always be identified by its emotionless, precise and controlled manner of speaking. Some have privately described conversations with this entity as extremely disturbing; there is often the sense that the Emperor’s Voice is listening to another conversation even when he or she is speaking.

From (Star Wars: The Old Republic: Codex Entry titled "Voice of the Emperor (Warrior).")

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4. ENTITY (INTANGIBLE PRESENCE)

Tenebrae could manifest as an intangible presence for indefinite period.

"Something went awry with the communications platform. I had intended to commend you for your work thus far, but I have just received word that your breakthrough against Vitiate is only temporary.

This is most distressing. Vitiate may be more powerful then any of us assumed. And as he does not appear to have any manner of physical form, he cannot be restrained or destroyed by conventional means.

The order to evacuate Ziost in priority sequence have been approved. I will contact you again if anything changes."

From (Darth Marr, Star Wars: The Old Republic: Rise of the Emperor)

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3) SHIFT in IDENTITY:

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At some point in history, Tenebrae deemed the philosophy of Sith as archaic and embraced a new identity (i.e. Valkorion) after possessing the original warrior of same name on Zakuul, pioneering a new Force-using order and Empire in secrecy much like his earlier endeavor.

Valkorion is an ancient Sith entity with the power to possess and control the bodies of others, using them as puppets to enforce his will on the galaxy. The Immortal Emperor is his latest mask and Zakuul his greatest, most ambitious endeavor: an idealistic playground where he can shed his past and experience a new life unburdened by archaic Sith teachings. A manipulative survivor, Valkorion pinpoints the weaknesses of both friends and enemies alike, twisting them to serve his purpose. He believes the entire galaxy is his to shape and will stop at nothing to reach his goals.

From (Star Wars: The Old Republic: Knights of the Fallen Empire: Codex Entry titled "Valkorion.")

Tenebrae permanently shed his Sith identity in 3637 BBY.

In another time, it might have been cause for celebration. It might have emboldened the Empire, breathing new life into their efforts to crush the Republic. But with the Sith Emperor’s apparent reawakening comes the common knowledge that he is no longer interested in ruling over the galaxy. Instead, he seeks to consume it. The Empire’s highest ranking officers and dignitaries are now in a state of heightened alert, and the Dark Council has assembled a contingent of powerful Sith seers to get a fix on the Emperor’s presence.

From (Star Wars: The Old Republic: Rise of the Emperor: Codex Entry titled "The Emperor's Return.")

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Similarly, word has filtered through the Sith Empire that the Dark Council is actively hunting their former Emperor while also working with renowned Sith alchemists on a plan to destroy the one they call Vitiate for good.

From (Star Wars: The Old Republic: Rise of the Emperor: Codex Entry titled "Death of a World.")

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