Exar Kun: The Chronological Respect Thread (2019)

This thread will hail one of the great Dark Lords of history:

"I was the greatest Dark Lord of the Sith. I am Exar Kun."

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Dantooine: The Kun Awakens

Freedon Nadd states that even as early in their career as they were as Jedi, Kun was greater than Ulic:

"You. You will be one of the great ones and there is another greater than you."

Credit: Freedon Nadd to Ulic Qel-Droma, Tales of the Jedi Omnibus Vol.2

Yavin IV: A New Kun

Exar Kun is attacked by a Leviathan and effortlessly overcomes the song of a great Sith amulet, that of Naga Sadow's:

Minor amulets can create protective shields, knit injured flesh, sharpen battle focus, or energize weakened muscles. However, great amulets are priceless and often unique. Users must first overcome the amulet's seductive song. For if they can't, they will be forever lost to dark side insanity. I have acquired many of these prizes for myself, but I remain restless knowing that many more lie locked in the tombs of Korriban.

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NOTE: The likes of Darth Nox, the Empire's Wrath, the third Barsen'thor and the Hero of Tython as of Shadow of Revan, were overwhelmed by the same amulet:

You found a talisman on Yavin IV. It seems to have some connection to Naga Sadow.

You're frozen and cannot move.

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Exar Kun then obliterates Freedon Nadd's spirit, but not before absorbing all of his magical knowledge:

This leads him to the tomb of a long-deceased Dark Lord named Freedon Nadd, a spirit who is destroyed by Kun after all of his magical knowledge is absorbed.

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NOTE: Freedon Nadd was the greatest Sith sorcerer ever until Kun himself:

He only needed time to become the greatest Sith sorcerer that had ever existed.

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Freedon Nadd's full knowledge encompassed vast hidden knowledge:

Freedon Nadd has knowledge of all Jedi and Sith Force powers presented herein as well as those abilities still hidden in ancient Holocrons and tomes.

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Freedon Nadd himself was far more powerful than Naga Sadow:

Freedon Nadd studied avidly under Naga Sadow. Eventually, the apprentice became far more powerful than the teacher.

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Naga Sadow was alive; in suspended animation, until Nadd killed him:

And just as Nadd killed his lord Sadow, Kun destroyed Nadd’s spirit here on Yavin 4. These notable deaths likely served to further imbue the moon’s temples with dark power, further fueling the barbaric Massassi–as well as the succession of Dark Lords who would later reside here.

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Freedon Nadd grew much more powerful after this point:

As Nadd's power grew over more than 100 years of rule.

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Exar Kun replaced Freedon Nadd's spirit as a great power in the Force.

"I sense one great power has fallen and another has risen in its place."

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This means that Kun was capable of empowering Ommin and his ancestors to such a degree that they could each dominate a planet's population with his power:

King Ommin rose to power in the same manner as his ancestors of the last three centuries: by dominating the populace of Onderon with the dark side.

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The population of Onderon at this time was:

Great Sith War: 4,000,000+

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Exar Kun grows more powerful right after the fact:

"But Exar Kun had tired of Nadd's meddling and used his newfound strength to obliterate Nadd's spirit. Cowed, the Massassi bowed before Exar Kun as his slaves. Exar Kun's power grew. He ordered the Massassi to build immense temples and to seek out Naga Sadow's lost battleship."

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He's described to be an extremely powerful Force-user:

An extremely powerful figure now, Kun dabbled in dark side alchemy, creating freakish two-headed avians and hulking terentateks that thirsted after Force-rich blood. He invented a glowing golden sphere that trapped the children of the Massassi and allowed him to feed off their energies.

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He is stated to have become more powerful yet again, and more powerful than an enraged Ulic Qel-Droma:

Exar Kun's power is in the ascendance.

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Ulic unleashes a force of unruly fury at the death of Master Arca, avenging the death by defeating Keto, and taking the Krath throne by the side of Aleema. Meanwhile on Yavin 4, a more powerful EXAR KUN rests in his meditation chamber, reaching out across the galaxy and detecting other Sith practitioners with his psychic tendrils.

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Exar Kun then uses the Force to lift a 215-meter long cruiser, the Corsair, from beneath the temple of fire:

Though all of the Derriphan-class battleships were thought to be destroyed in the Great Hyperspace War, at least one survived. The ship, belonging to Naga Sadow, was buried on Yavin 4. During the Great Sith War, Exar Kun would raise the ship from the planet and put it back to service, similar to the way Darth Nihilus would raise the Ravager from the ruined surface of Malachor V.

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NOTE: The author of the guide, Abel G. Peña, has confirmed that Kun indeed used the Force, much in the same way Darths Nihilus and Sidious had done:

Q: In the Knights of the Old Republic Campaign Guide, under the Sith Battleship description it states that Exar Kun recovered his ship the Corsair in the same way Darth Nihilus recovered the Ravager on Malachor V. Does this mean that Exar Kun summoned the ship via the Force from the depths of the Massassi Temple of Sacrifice?

A: That said, looking over the text, it appears to me to be a direct analogy with the Ravager and that your interpretation is essentially correct. (Another example, though in reverse, is Emperor Palpatine using the Force to bury the Lusankya, in plain sight, beneath the surface of the planet Coruscant.)

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Cinnagar: Rogue Kun

Exar Kun travels to Cinnagar and then dominates every scanning technician in the vast city:

"Help!"

"No one will help you, no one even knows."

"But your ship! Energy blasts! Scanners!"

"All went unnoticed, my unfortunate friend. With the dark side I blinded every scanning technician in Cinnagar. They all watched me land and wipe out your little docking bay, and not one of them batted an eye!"

"Who.. are you?"

"I? Soon, I shall be the man who conquered this planet, the man who rules the galaxy. But for this moment, I am the man who murdered you."

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The population of Cinnagar was truly enormous:

Population: 310,000,000,000

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Exar Kun engages Ulic in a duel, a perfect stalemate that would've lasted for hours, meaning not a single misstep or mistake would've been made by either swordsman:

Exar Kun and Ulic fought, but they were too evenly matched for either to gain the upper hand. Their battle might have gone on for hours but for the macabre manifestation of a host of Sith spirits, led by the shade of Marka Ragnos.

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Exar Kun is now a superpower:

Now super-powerful, Exar Kun, aided by his equally infamous Brotherhood of the Sith, wages total war on the Galactic Republic and the Jedi Order that protects it.

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At some point during the war, the presence of Exar Kun and his Sith Brotherhood corrupt Thule so strongly, the very crust of the planet is infused with dark side energy:

During the height of the Great Sith War, Thule served as a base of operations for the Sith Warriors, and much of the planet's crust became imbued with the residue of the dark side of the Force.

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Thule is an enormous planet, 27,345 kilometers in diameter, 5,000 kilometers larger in diameter than Dromund Kaas which the Sith Emperor corrupted using rituals:

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)

The powerful electrical storms were a physical manifestation of the dark side power that engulfed the entire planet—a power that had brought the Sith back here a millennium before, when their very survival had been in doubt.

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The two of them spend four years expanding their powers:

Exar Kun and Ulic Qel-Droma disappeared for several years, gaining tremendous powers of the dark side.

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Ossus: The Phantom Kun

Kun; now the most powerful dark-sider in the galaxy, murders Odan-Urr, and steals the Dark Holocron:

Odan-Urr goes to the Force and the darkest power in the galaxy walks away with something that will make him even stronger.

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This alone is very impressive, as Odan-Urr was not only the Head of the Jedi Order, his revolutionary mastery had unlocked the true power of the Force and became the singular basis for all the great future Jedi doing so:

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This was the most powerful Sith Holocron in the mythos:

The most powerful Sith Holocron contained Sith teachings and histories that covered some hundred thousand years.

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This Holocron allowed Kun to rise to power even more rapidly:, indicating most of his power growth took place after this gain:

Exar Kun might not have risen to power so quickly had Odan-Urr destroyed the Sith Holocron when he’d had the chance.

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This means Exar Kun, far before his prime, was more powerful than Ulic-Qel Droma and even the Sith Emperor, an immensely powerful dark-sider who was single-handedly a far greater threat than the Star Forge:

He and Malak had found something. He couldn’t remember what it was, or where it was, but he feared it on a deep, primal level. Somehow he knew that whatever the terrible secret might be, it was a threat far greater than the Mandalorians or the Star Forge. And Revan was convinced it was still out there.

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Through this Holocron, he reinvented both his weapon and fighting style, incorporating ancient Sith lightsaber techniques developed by the Jedi Exiles:

The construction and use of the first double-bladed lightsaber is sometimes credited to Jedi-turned-Sith Exar Kun, but according to the Tedryn Holocron, Exar Kun assembled his weapon by following instructions from a Sith Holocron, possibly prepared by the Jedi Exiles themselves.

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Something he personally boasts about mid-duel:

"See how powerful the Sith teachings are. . . When they are used correctly!"

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This implies that Exar Kun's unique fighting style:

Some unique objects are invariably associated with their remarkable owners. The unusual double-bladed lightsaber of the fallen Jedi Exar Kun is one such artifact. This weapon as distinctive and dangerous as its builder, the Dark Lord of the Sith, who initiated the great Sith War and nearly toppled the Old Republic.

As the battle against the Jedi escalated, Kun altered his normal lightsaber into a more deadly and dangerous weapon. Kun added a second emitter matrix on the opposite end of the handgrip, allowing him to release two blue-white blades simultaneously. The dark Jedi wielded the saber much as he would a quarterstaff, using one blade to block incoming attacks, then quickly spinning the handgrip to use the second blade to strike a killing blow against his opponent.

Customized controls allowed him to adjust each blade's length from half a meter to one and a half meters. Panels controlled each blade's intensity: at its highest setting, a blade was like any other lightsaber, with the ability to cut through dense materials such as armor plating and durasteel with virtually no resistance. At the lowest power setting, a blade became a simple shaft of light, delivering no damage and providing no resistance against incoming lightsaber attacks. By abruptly shortening a blade or dropping it to the lowest power setting, Kun tricked his opponents into overextending themselves during attacks, giving him an opportunity for a dealy counterstrike. By coupling these tactics with his Force abilities to predict the actions of his opponents, Kun became virtually unstoppable in combat.

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Was actually the use of ancient Sith lightsaber techniques:

"This was the tomb of Tulak Hord, known as the greatest lightsaber duelist of the Sith Lords. His skill was considered remarkable even in his time, when many true lightsaber masters lived. If you were to face an ancient Sith Lord in combat, you would learn that we are as children playing with toys compared to the prowess of the old Masters."

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Coruscant: Revenge of the Kun

Kun faces Vodo-Siosk Baas, who was no match for him; despite Kun maintaining a spell that froze thousands of senators:

Ulic’s trial was interrupted by Exar Kun, who met his former Master face to face for the first time since his long descent into darkness. The two fought, and Vodo-Siosk Baas was no match for Exar Kun’s double-bladed lightsaber and deep reserve of dark side power. Vodo-Siosk perished, slain by his former apprentice.

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It has been erroneously claimed that Baas lost due to Kun's application of a saberstaff, a weapon Baas was supposedly unfamiliar with. This is the polar opposite of the reality:

The dark Jedi wielded the saber much as he would a quarterstaff, using one blade to block incoming attacks, then quickly spinning the handgrip to use the second blade to strike a killing blow against his opponent.

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Kun's saberstaff is merely a lightsaber variant of the very weapon that Baas was declared a Jedi Weapon Master for:

Master Vodo wielded a common quarterstaff in combat as effectively as most Jedi used a lightsaber.

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Ossus: Attack of the Kun

Exar Kun leads another attack on Ossus where he engages Ood Bnar, who is empowered by the planet's entire Force energy:

Ood resists Kun's attempts to steal the lightsabers by undergoing a final metamorphosis, plunging roots into the ground and driving Kun back with a blast of power drawn from the depths of Ossus.

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Kun is ultimately unphased by the attack, despite Ood Bnar being powerful enough to endure ten supernovas:

The explosion of ten suns sears the face of Ossus, like a galactic funeral pyre.

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Said to be the most destructive thing the galaxy has ever seen:

All ten stars feed a sudden inferno more devastating than anything the galaxy has ever seen.

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The destructive wave broke the planet as it burst out across the galaxy:

The shockwave burst apart across the galaxy, reaching the world of Ossus and rupturing it, destroying the Jedi library and thousands of teachings and artifacts.

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How Ossus wasn't completely destroyed is a mystery:

Ossus still bears the scars of the Cron Supernova: its surface is a seared wasteland of rock and sand. But even this degree of desolation is shockingly mild; that the planet was not rendered into a charred ball of molten rock, or even obliterated completely, is nothing short of miraculous.

Little academic work has been put forward to explain this unlikely survival; only conjecture. The initial cause of the supernova was unnatural; perhaps this explains the unnatural results? Ossus was a stronghold of the Jedi; does the inherent life force of such a place make it more resistant to destruction? Could the unique astrophysical structure of the Adega system where Ossus is found have played a role?

Regardless of the reasons, the continued survival of Ossus offers the promise that its ancient mysteries may one day be unlocked.

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Kun instead turned his sights on the Great Library of Ossus, a trove of knowledge:

Looking at all the precious artifacts his Massassi have stolen, Exar Kun knows he has more wealth and knowledge than he could ever use.

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Yavin IV Kun: A Spirit Wars Story

By the point of his death, Exar Kun is by far the most powerful Jedi of the Great Sith War:

She discovers the accounts of the Great Sith War, and learns that though Kun was far more powerful than any one other Jedi of the time, a combined force had defeated him.

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Exar Kun's spirit was too strong for the Jedi Order to defeat entirely, so they were forced to merely imprison him on the planet:

Though unable to defeat him entirely, the Jedi were able to imprison his spirit in the temples of Yavin IV.

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He's also become the most powerful and dangerous Dark Lord to date:

Kun, Exar. Once the most powerful and dangerous of the Dark Lords of the Sith, he was responsible for the deaths of millions four millennia before the rise of the Empire.

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Exar Kun is the greatest threat the galaxy has faced since the founding of the Galactic Republic:

Nearly four thousand years before the birth of Luke Skywalker, the galaxy faces its greatest threat since the founding of the Republic!

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Exar Kun's spirit withstands death, and dominates the minds of powerful Archeologists as they uncovered his antechamber 4,000 years later:

Hidden below the Temple of Exar Kun on Yavin 4 lays the tomb of this legendary Sith Lord. Exar Kun's spirit is so strong and malevolence so great, that he has withstood death for 4,000 years, waiting for an opportunity to finally obtain the godhood he so desires. A group of archeologists excavating nearby have discovered the tomb's crumbled antechamber, and as they explored deeper, have succumbed to Exar Kun's powerful will. Players must eliminate each of the now twisted but powerful archeologists on their way to finally put the spirit of Exar Kun to rest.

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It is stated that Exar Kun's spirit was as dire and powerful a force as those Luke himself had faced:

If Kyp could face this final test, Luke would know he'd passed through the fire of his testing-tempered by forces as dire and powerful as those Luke himself had endured.

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Kyp Durron attacks Corran Horn, but Horn holds his own, until Kun steps in:

The Force blow he aimed at me glanced off my chest, yet it was strong enough to bounce me off the corrider wall. I managed to catch myself against the rough stone, but not before I'd slid half-way down the wall.

"You are not my master!" Kyp pointed back toward the dining room, "He is not my master! What good is it being a Jedi if we do not act?"

"What good is it being Jedi if we don't act responsibly?" I hauled myself upright, "Remember Kyp, the 'no good Jedi' kicked Kun's butt.." Kyp struck at me again through the Force but I expected it this time, I absorbed enough of it to let me create a shield.

"You're involved with someone who lost a long time ago, don't compound his error."

"And who will stop me?" I hesitated because Kyp's words seemed to echo within themselves, we were not alone, which meant Kyp's mentor had come to aid his apprentice.

"I will, if you make it necessary." An ancient sneer of contempt twisted Kyp's features.

"Puny Jedi, you are of no concern to me." Even though I had braced myself for another attack, it did no good. Kyp's previous blows were like light breezes compared to this full-on gale. I slammed back into the wall with teeth rattling-impact.

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Corran Horn deems Exar Kun's spiritual power to be beyond his comprehension given his ability to mask the aforementioned attack from Luke Skywalker, who was fifteen meters from it:

"What happened to you?"

"Kyp didn't like the menu." I winced as a twing rang through my ribs. "We had a discussion in the hallway, you didn't feel anything?" Heads all around the hallway shook, and I felt a cold dread begin to congeal in my stomach. If Exar Kun could mask the attack on me in such a way that Master Skywalker could not feel it barely fifteen meters away, then we were up against something more powerful than I'd cared to imagine existing.

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Exar Kun and Kyp Durron attack Master Luke Skywalker from two sides. Despite using all defensive techniques he knows, they prove useless and Luke is completely overwhelmed:

Luke dropped his useless lightsaber and crouched. His every muscle suddenly coiled and tensed. He rallied all the powers of the Force around him, seeking any defensive tactic. With the Sun Crusher looming behind him, Kyp stretched out both hands and blasted Luke with lightning bolts like black cracks in the Force. Dark tendrils rose up from the gaps in the temple flagstones, fanged, illusionary vipers that struck at him from all sides. Luke cried out and tried to strike back, but the shadows of Exar Kun joined the attack, adding more deadly force. The ancient Dark Lord of the Sith lashed out with waves of blackness, driving long icicles of frozen poison into Luke’s body.

He thrashed, but felt helpless. To lose control to anger and desperation would be as great a failure as if he did nothing at all. Luke called upon the powers that Yoda and Obi-Wan had taught him—but everything he did, every skillful technique, failed utterly. Against the full might of Kyp Durron and the forbidden weapons of the long-dead spirit of Exar Kun, even a Jedi Master such as Luke Skywalker could not prevail. The black serpent-like tentacles of evil force struck at him again and again, filling his body with a pain like lava coursing through his veins. As he screamed, his voice was swallowed by a hurricane from the dark side. Luke cried out one last time and crumpled backward to the blessedly cool flagstones of the Great Massassi Temple, as everything turned a smothering, final black around him…

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Master Luke Skywalker by this point had grown far more powerful due to the events of Dark Empire:

When we had met before I had felt power in him, but now, after his experiences with the Emperor Reborn, his power had been redoubled. Physically he looked a bit haggard and worn, with the flesh around his eyes having tightened and wrinkles appearing at their corners. I knew we were the same age chronologically, but in experience he far surpassed me.

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Especially when compared to Return of the Jedi, where he was an equal of Darth Vader:

Although Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker are equally strong in the Force, their duels are more than just about physical strength.

Beware of the Sith

Father and son were now equally strong with the Force and equally skilled with their lightsabers.

Star Wars - Jedi Battles

On the Death Star, father and son grimly clash! Brutally, aggressively, Darth Vader brings his full strength and power against the younger man. But unlike the first time they dueled in the carbon-freezing chamber of Bespin's Cloud City, this is a battle of equals. The young Jedi has grown in the interim, and if there is any true advantage, it seems to have shifted to him.

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Some degree of power over Luke is clearly maintained by Exar Kun's spirit, as his destruction is the only means by which Luke's spirit could be freed and he could return to his corporeal form:

With a wheezing cough as he expelled long-trapped air from his lungs and drew in a fresh breath, Master Skywalker groaned and sat up on the stone platform.

"You've-done it!" Luke said, gaining strength from each lungful of cool, clean air. The new Jedi Knights surged toward him. "You have broken the bonds."

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Exar Kun's spirit was simultaneously controlling Kyp Durron, corrupting him beyond his will:

And then the haunting voice of Exar Kun rose to a wail in his mind, an utterly forlorn scream as if he were being torn out of this universe and exiled to another place entirely, where he could torment Kyp Durron no more. Kyp snapped backward in his control seat as if an invisible tow cable had been severed. His arms and head dangled like a puppet with suddenly snipped strings. The cool wind of freedom whistled through his mind and body. He blinked his eyes and shuddered with revulsion at what he had been about to do.

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Exar Kun is stated to be an even greater threat than a corrupted Kyp Durron could become:

His best students were going sour, getting impatient, trying to push the limits of their abilities. But he had sensed a greater, deeper menace that vibrated within the very stones of the Great Temple itself. . . evil, and well hidden.

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NOTE: Kyp Durron would become even worse than Darth Vader:

If Kyp had fallen to the dark side, he could become another Darth Vader. Perhaps even worse…

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Kyp Durron was at his fullest power at this point:

Against the full might of Kyp Durron

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The presence of Exar Kun's spirit is stated to have permeated the jungles of Yavin IV:

Complicating matters were the ancient Massassi temples on Yavin 4 — brimming with Sith history and magick — and hidden Jedi secrets. A dark presence permeated the very jungles (Luke would many years later encounter the spirit of the bygone Dark Lord Exar Kun trapped in the Great Temple)

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Exar Kun's strength at this point in time would have been a farcry from in his prime. His canonical inferior in Marka Ragnos required not only the focal points of Yavin IV's collective temples, but many sites across the galaxy, including Korriban, Endor's orbit and Byss, to restore some of his power in a spiritual form:

"But the area around the temple felt strange, like its dark side aura was gone.”

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“The Disciples of Ragnos are getting bold. They’ve managed to siphon Force energy from every site that was mentioned in my journal. We still don’t know what it is they’re planning to do with the energy though.”

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With the Scepter of Ragnos and Exar Kun's spirit, as a reference of power, Luke Skywalker estimates the entire Jedi Order would need to unite their strength to stop Marka Ragnos at full power:

"If Ragnos is resurrected, there's no telling what he might be able to do. It will take all of our strength to stop him."

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During the crisis with Kueller in 17ABY, Leia states that Kueller is more powerful than anyone she's met in years, including Luke, with the singular exemption of Exar Kun's spirit:

She [Leia] wished she had the same certainty. This Kueller had more Force capability than anyone she had encountered in years. Except Exar Kun, and he had been a spirit. Kueller was alive.

He was using these deaths to replenish his own well of hatred. The dark side ate people from within, but while it did so, it gave them too much power.

He appeared to have more power than she had. More power than Luke.

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Luke in 19ABY recalls Exar Kun's spirit as one of the strongest dark side nexuses that he'd ever known, along with the Reborn Emperor Palpatine:

There in front of him, starkly visible against the blackness of space, he could see the faint images of Emperor Palpatine and Exar Kun, two of the greatest focal points of the dark side he’d ever had to face. They were standing there before him, gazing back at him. And laughing.

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All hail the great Dark Lord, Exar Kun.

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Darth Malgus: An Examination of Power

I often times feel as if Malgus doesn't get the proper respect he deserves, given the sheer breadth of his power. As I hope to raise his stock, this blog will focus primarily on how highly he scales above the flock in his era, and as you will see, far beyond that:

First, Darth Malgus as of Return is stated to be the most dangerous dark-sider Satele Shan had ever experienced:

"There in the hangars I encountered the most dangerous embodiment of the dark side I have ever experienced-the man who would later be known as Darth Malgus."

Source: Satele Shan, The Journal of Master Gnost-Dural

Satele Shan has also met Darth Baras, who as of the Treaty of Coruscant had this under his belt as an accolade of power prior to decades of power growth:

"Rewards. Power. Sel-Makor offers them to you. Like the one who came before."

"Who are you talking about? Was there someone here before Fulminiss?"

"Decades ago. A Sith. Greater than Fulminiss. Power was given."

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Lord Fulminiss was among the Sith Emperor's favored servants:

"Lord Fulminiss. The Emperor isn't taking any chances with Voss."

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Stated to be the Empire's greatest alchemist:

"They are the only surviving work of the Empire's greatest alchemist, Lord Fulminiss. A Jedi Knight on Voss deprived us of his genius."

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"The Dread Masters' agents are burying Seeds across the galaxy. Where they will drive entire populations mad."

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He was a master of the most arcane arts of the dark-side and was suggested to be capable of summoning a storm that could disintegrate a city:

Widely regarded as one of the greatest Sith sorcerers in the Empire, the enigmatic Lord Fulminiss is a master of the dark side’s most arcane and lethal aspects. The grotesque Harrower assassins are his most famous creation, but legend has it he once summoned a raging storm of pure Force energy that disintegrated a rebellious city of natives in the Imperial-conquered Jabiim system.

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A testament to his immense skill with the dark-side was his greatest creation, the Seeds of Rage:

The Sith Order is constantly seeking ways to fuse dark side power with technology, creating new and terrifying weapons for inflicting terror and despair on the Empire’s enemies. One of the greatest practitioners of Sith alchemy, Lord Fulminiss, devoted his life to developing insidious new devices for corrupting other life forms. The subterranean machines code-named “Seeds of Rage” were Fulminiss’s crowning achievement. The Seeds use a combination of low-frequency transmissions and pure dark side power to subtly manipulate the thoughts and emotions of any living creature nearby. Over time, victims of these devices are driven homicidally insane and contaminated by dark side energy.

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Taking all of this into consideration, we can definitely say that Lord Malgus even as of the onset of the Great Galactic War was an immensely powerful and dangerous Sith. Which is why he's already considered among the Empire's greatest warriors:

Even before the Great War, Malgus was widely regarded as one of the greatest warriors in the Sith Empire.

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Malgus then spends the next twenty eight years growing constantly more powerful, becoming the Empire's greatest hero:

"What short memories you people have. Darth Malgus is the Empire's greatest hero. He led the assault on Coruscant's Jedi Temple. Killed its leaders."

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Achieving feats on the battlefield that Darth Sidious considered unequalled:

Malgus submitted utterly to the dark side, and doing so made him an exemplary warrior. His battlefield feats have never been duplicated.

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Malgus then engaged and crushed Aryn Leneer:

She did not wait for Malgus. She bounded across the hangar, her speed augmented by the Force, the lines of her blades leaving a blur of light in their wake. Malgus held his ground, blade ready.

She stabbed low with her primary blade, high with her secondary. Malgus leapt over both, flipped, landed behind her, and crosscut for her neck.

She ducked under it while spinning into a reverse leg sweep that caught his feet and tripped him. When he hit the ground, she rose, turned, raised both blades, and drove them down in a parallel overhand slash. Malgus somersaulted backward, and Aryn’s blades cut gashes in the floor of the hangar. Sparks flew.

Malgus bounced up from the somersault and loosed a telekinetic blast that lifted Aryn from her feet and blew her across the hangar. She slammed into one of the shuttle’s bulkheads, but used the Force to cushion the blow so that it did no harm. Bouncing off the cool metal, she charged Malgus. As she ran, she cast first her own lightsaber at Malgus, then Master Zallow’s, using the Force to guide both.

The attack caught Malgus unprepared, and Aryn’s blade bit into his armor. Sparks flew and Malgus winced, snarled with pain. He ducked under Master Zallow’s blade, and Aryn recalled both to her hands as she ran. The moment she had them, she cast them both at Malgus again.

But this time he was ready. Augmenting his speed with the Force, he flipped high into the air and out of the way of both. She anticipated his movement, however, bounded forward to cut him off and landed a flying kick in his chest. He used the Force to diminish the blow’s impact but it drove him back a step and she heard his breath hitch through the sound of his respirator.

He recovered, roared, raised his blade high to cut her in two, and brought it down. But she had already summoned her own blade back to her hand and interposed it in a parry.

Malgus’s strength drove her to her knees. She held out her other hand and pulled Master Zallow’s blade to her hand, stabbed for his stomach with it.

Malgus sidestepped the stab, though it skinned his armor and showered sparks. He pushed her blade to the side with his own and kicked her in the face. The strength behind the blow blew through her defenses, caused her to see stars, loosed teeth, and sent her head over heels backward. She landed on her knees, stunned, seeing double.

She rose, swayed on her feet, seeing four blades in her hands rather than two. Something was in her mouth and she spat it out—a tooth, the root forked and bloody.

“You are a child to hate,” Malgus said, his tone incongruously soft as he stalked toward her. “Your anger barely smolders. You are a fraction of what you could be.”

She needed time to recover her senses, some distance from Malgus. She backflipped high into the air and landed atop the Imperial shuttle. Her mind was beginning to clear.

“Your Master was also misguided. He thought to defeat me with calm, but failed. You thought to defeat me with anger, but carry too little, despite your loss.”

Aryn’s vision began to clear. She felt more herself.

“Be grateful for that, Jedi. Anger exacts its own price.”

Again she felt the odd sense of sympathy or pity adulterating the otherwise pure hate flowing from Malgus. His eyes went to Eleena, her body crumpled on the landing pad’s floor.

As Aryn prepared to leap at Malgus, he held forth a hand, almost casually, and lightning sizzled through the space between them. Aryn interposed her lightsabers, but the power in the lightning exceeded anything she had felt from Malgus before. It blasted through her defenses and both lightsabers flew from her hands. The lightning seized her, lifted her up, and threw her from the top of the shuttle.

As she flew toward the deck, she smelled burning flesh, heard screaming, realized that it was her flesh, her screams. She hit the ground hard and her head bounced off the ground. Sparks erupted in her brain, pain, and everything went dark.

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Leneer was capable of percieving and reacting to FTL as if it was a crawl:

Aryn did not bother to respond. She dwelled in the Force, floated in and on the warm network of lines that connected all things, one to another. Her consciousness expanded to see and feel everything near her. She focused on her perception of the passage of time, first on how it felt as she moved through it, then on spreading it, stretching it, until she could linger in a millisecond as if it were a moment, then a minute. To Zeerid it would appear that she were a blur of motion, existing simultaneously in multiple places. To her, it felt as if the universe around her had stilled. She smiled, seeing the moments that hung before her, each millisecond a long moment in which she could think, in which she could act. The effort taxed her, and she knew she could not maintain it for long.

"Watch the scanner," Zeerid said, his words a lifetime in the utterance.

She did not watch the scanner. Her body could react faster than any machine. Instead she watched the viewscreen.

.....

She remained immersed in the Force asFatman surged through hyperspace. The ordinary maddening churn slowed to a crawl of spirals and whorls, the script of the universe writ large in characters of blue, turquoise, midnight, and lavender. She fancied there might be meaning in the lines, an important revelation that hung before her, just beyond the reach of her consciousness.

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She could throw a six car tram with ease:

Aryn gestured at a cargo tram near the three men shooting at them from behind. The six cars of the tram rushed toward the men, propelled by Aryn's power.

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Malgus himself, by this point, could match the thruster power of a freighter with his telekinesis:

He reached out with the Force as Razor continued its rise, tried to take it in his mental grasp. Its ascent slowed. He held forth both of his arms, made claws of his hands, and shouted with frustration as he sought to hold back the power of the ship's thrusters.

He felt a tightness in his mind, the string of his power being drawn taut, stretching, stretching. He would not release the ship. Its thrusters began to whine. He held it, teeth gritted, sweat soaking his body, his breath a dry rattle through his respirator.

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Malgus achieves a form of Oneness with the dark-side of the Force after killing his wife Eleena Daru and dedicating his focus solely on the dark-side:

Thinking of Eleena blew oxygen on the embers of his anger. In life, Eleena had been his weakness, a tool to be exploited by rivals. In death, she had become his strength, her memory the lens of his rage.

He resided in the calm eye of a storm of hate. Power churned around him, within him. He did not feel as if he were drawing on the Force, using it. He felt as if he were the Force, as if he had merged with it.

He had evolved. Nothing split his loyalties any longer.

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Every day thereafter, for twelve years, his understanding of the Force grew daily:

He served the Force and only the Force, and his understanding of it increased daily.

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NOTE: This level of growth in the Force was replicated by Jacen Solo, who had Skywalker potential in his bloodline:

Luke realized Jacen's Force skills seemed to be getting stronger and more subtle every day, and he felt uneasy.

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He was one of the most powerful Sith Lords the Old Republic would ever know in his prime:

In Deceived, you’ll learn the story of Darth Malgus and his rise to power. Delve into the dark secrets and history that shaped one of the most powerful Sith Lords the Old Republic would ever know…

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Tenebrae's Updated Power: A Comprehensive Chronological Analysis

I am creating this for my own use, as much as I am using it to spread the lesser known feats and accolades in Valkorion's name.

As a child of ten years, Vitiate learns how to manipulate Holocrons in an advanced way:

All holocrons are based on a complex yet elegant technology: a lattice of organic crystals woven together at a microscopic level. The crystal lattice can store vast amounts of information, as well as replicate the appearance and personality of the holocron's creator as a gatekeeper who will guide students in their training.

In his youth, Valkorion--then known as Tenebrae--discovered a way to twist and pervert the lattice so it could capture the spirit of powerful Force users, locking them in a metaphysical cage. He used the weapon on Dramath, his tyrannical father, and trapped him inside the holocron for centuries.

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Surpassing Darth Bane, where he struggled to painstakingly achieve the creation of a regular Sith Holocron, despite having the blueprint of Freedon Nadd's own Holocron:

Using Freedon Nadd's Holocron as a blueprint, he had re-created the intricate matrix of lattices and vertices that were the key to storing nearly infinite amounts of knowledge in a data system small enough to fit in the palm of a hand. It had taken months to gather and fashion the rare crystal into the filaments and fibers of the interlaced network, followed by weeks of delicate and painstaking adjustments. The matrix had to fall within highly exacting specifications, and Bane had spent hundreds of hours making thousands of precise, subatomic alterations through the power of the Force to ensure that each crystalline strand was properly in place.

Once the crystal matrix inside the Holocron was ready, he had carefully transcribed the ancient symbols of Sith power onto the pyramid's surface. The markings were part of a powerful ritual that was critical to maintaining the stability of the matrix after it was infused with the energies of the dark side. Unfamiliar with the exact purpose or meaning of the arcane glyphs, Darth Bane had once again used Nadd's Holocron as his guide, studying the markings etched on the surface, then copying them exactly on his own creation.

But when he tried to activate the Holocron by channeling his power through it, the matrix imploded, collapsing in on itself and reducing the artifact to a pile of glimmering dust in a crackling white flash.

He had tried again several months later, only to be met with the exact same result. Forced to admit that the secret of crafting Holo-crons was still beyond him, Bane had begun a campaign to discover everything he could about the powerful talismans. With Zannah's aid, he accumulated a vast wealth of knowledge on the subject.

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This is prior to a century of growth and mastery:

"It took Tenebrae three more years to gain control of the rest of Nathema. Dramath's firstborn son fled rather than face his formidable half brother, but other powerful Sith sought to seize the empty throne. All fell before the dark prodigy, and with each victory he grew more powerful and more ruthless."

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Vitiate enacts the Ritual of Nathema, becoming multiple times more powerful:

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.

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This places Vitiate above Darth Nihilus, as of the completion of the Nathema Ritual. Darth Nihilus being an unquestionably more powerful being than even a powerhouse such as Galen Marek, by comparison of telekinetic feats:

Nihilus pulled the Ravager, and other ships in his fleet, out of the gravity well of Malachor V:

"This ship, is it his weakness? It should not exist, yet it cruises the darkness between the stars. He tore it from the mass shadows of Malachor, along with his fleet, that is a measure of his power."

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NOTE: The circumstances surrounding this are insane given the following:

The storms of Malachor V are enough to draw down even the strongest of ships. Once on the surface, there is little chance of escape.

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In comparison, it took Galen Marek passing out to pull an already falling ISD down to the surface of Raxus Prime:

With his legs braced firmly in the trash, he reached as deep as he had ever reached into the Force, and then went farther still, feeling as though a mighty chasm had opened up under him and his mind and will plunged down into it. The chasm filled. His mind opened. The physical existence of the Star Destroyer slid painlessly inside.

....

The apprentice ignored it all. While the illusion held, he moved his hand a very slight distance to his right. The sensation of containing a vast, million-ton machine in the tip of one finger was deeply disorienting. He felt as though every muscle fiber, nerve, and bone groaned along with the metal seams and joints of the ship. What it felt, he felt, too, and even a small acceleration had a profound effect on such a large scale. It resisted with all the momentum it possessed. Hatches swang open; rivets popped; bulkheads twisted; pipes burst.

The Star Destroyer didn’t appear to have moved much in the sky. It was still coming in low on the horizon, aiming to pass over him and strafe him from above. He shifted his hand a second time, but instead of changing its course he mistakenly gave it a slight tumble. He needed to apply the Force the right way for this to work, taking the growing forces of friction and the shifting of its center of gravity into account. A spinning Star Destroyer would do more damage than one burying itself nose-first into the cannon and its superstructure. Damage was good, when it came to destroying the Emperor’s handiwork, but too much damage could destroy him and perhaps the Rogue Shadow as well under a deadly rain of molten shrapnel.

Bring it down in one piece, he told himself. Bring it down hard.

The ship growled and squealed in metal torment. He was getting the hang of it; he could see how its course was slowly shifting. As wide across as his outstretched hand now, it was hitting the atmosphere at a steeper angle than he had intended, burning bright red and already gouting a trail of black smoke and sparkling debris. He became aware of a sound communicated through his feet: a rumbling much deeper and more sustained than the pounding of the cannon, which had fallen silent after the firing of the third projectile. The Star Destroyer’s incomplete frame was acting like a giant tube, and the atmosphere was resonating inside. His whole body sang with it.

More. The Star Destroyer was really picking up speed now. The thickening atmosphere had a slight braking effect, but nothing could prevent the inevitable. It was going to hit soon. A wild exodus of droids ran past him, fleeing the crash site. The TIE fighters it had launched raced ahead of the chaotic atmospheric waves it generated. He ignored them and concentrated on shifting ground zero as close to the cannon as he could.

Sparks danced in front of his eyes. The edges of his vision faded to black. Light and dark swirls spun around him, wraith-like. He felt momentarily faint and wondered if it was possible to dissolve into the Force. He was a speck caught in the updraft over a forest fire—yet somehow he had the audacity to try to command the fire to do his will.

Who did he think he was?

A sudden panic almost made him lose control. The Star Destroyer, now a burning, shrieking meteor, filled his entire forward vision. The hull was peeling away in fiery, golden strips, each one weighing hundreds of tons, exposing the darker skeleton beneath. It looked like a death’s-head, a ghastly mask not dissimilar to his Master’s, but one molten like lava.

....

The apprentice clutched at it with desperation, needing to regain control of the Star Destroyer lest it tear itself apart and disperse the impact. He needed to find his focus again, to ignore the feeling of dissolution eating at the edges of his self, and to tip the balance of power back toward him.

....

He gritted his teeth and snarled at the sky. The dead weight of the Star Destroyer shifted one last time, changing its angle of descent just enough to hang together those last few hundred meters, but not enough to risk bouncing. Only seconds remained before it hit and it was still getting bigger. It was impossible that the sky could contain so much metal!

Abandoning his control over the ship, knowing there was nothing now that he could do to alter its course, the apprentice staggered backward, dazed. The Force fled from him, leaving him wrung out and drained. With a sound like the world ending, the Star Destroyer completed its first and final journey. It hit the cannon, exactly as it was supposed to, and the sky turned white. The ground buckled beneath the apprentice’s feet. He pinwheeled, unable to find his balance, as a tsunami of junk and waste rose up ahead of him and blotted out the sun.

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Galen goes on to engage Emperor Palpatine in a battle of desperation for both sides:

"You fool!" snarled the Emperor, sending another wave of Sith lightning into Kota's back. "He will never be yours."

Kota fell with his arms upraised, and the apprentice knew that it wasn't over yet. The moment of truth had arrived.

Without hesitation, he stepped between Kota and the Emperor, taking the full brunt of the Sith lightning into his own body.

The pain was incredible, searing every nerve back to its individual cells, skewering each of them on white-hot needles. He had never before felt anything like this. He wanted to recoil from the source, to curl into a ball and let unconsciousness take the pain away, but somehow he stayed standing, seeing the world through a crackling blue light, and even took a step toward the Emperor.

"Go!" he hissed at Kota. "Hurry!"

The general hesitated only for a moment. He, too, had seen a glimpse of the future, the apprentice remembered. He knew that it came down to a simple choice: him and the Rebels or the apprentice and darkness forever. Gathering up the Rebels, Kola ushered them toward the descending ship.

Another staggering, painful step and the Emperor was within the apprentice's reach. With shaking fingers, he took the old man's bony shoulders in his hands and gripped them tight. The Sith lightning spread to engulf the two of them, fueled by both their desperations. The Emperor tipped back his head and howled in lascivious pain. Darkness threatened to envelop the apprentice's mind, but he clutched to consciousness with feverish will. He had to see this through. He had to.

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Darth Nihilus, however, had achieved his telekinetic feat prior to absorbing numerous planets of their Force energy:

The Ravager was hauled from the gravity well at Malachor V by its new master. He used it to escape imprisonment on Malachor V.

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Meaning, Nihilus' feat was massively pre-prime. His growth due to planet draining being immense here:

While illness cannibalizes his body, a vast emptiness devours his humanity. Then, when all seems lost, he discovers that his emptiness hungered. The first time, he fed it unconsciously. Draining another being's life is frightening, nauseating, but for a euphoric moment, the memories, the illness, the hunger disappeared.

But it proves insatiable. The more he indulges it, the shorter the satisfaction lasts and the more severe the hunger becomes. He begins feeding relentlessly, still always craving. Existence again becomes unbearable, but then hope materializes. A blind Sith Lord appears. She has felt his existence like a gaping wound in the Force. The Force, she explains, fuels his hunger, and she will show him how to devour worlds. The Sith and the Force are meaningless to him, but the hunger must be appeased.

Darth Traya indeed teaches the newly christened Darth Nihilus to harness his life-craving gift to radical heights – so effectively in fact, that Nihilus saps Traya's powers in a calculated double cross. However, as Nihilus greedily consumes entire planets' life energy, the dark side macerates him even faster. But no matter. Nothing matters except his hunger. Before it devours him totally, Nihilus uses its power to displace his persona into his robes and armor. As his useless body disintegrates, he becomes living primitive intention; at last, the whole of the galaxy becomes food – for Nihilus has become the hunger.

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Nathema, was not merely extinguished, it was rendered a Void in the Force:

Lord Vitiate orchestrated the sorcery and the planet Mediraas was consumed by the largest dark side nexus the galaxy would ever see. When the ritual ended, Lord Vitiate emerged as the only survivor. The pain, energy, and suffering of every living entity on the planet fueled his power and would prolong his life for centuries. The lifeless planet of Medriaas became a Void in the Force and was erased from history. From that moment forward, the world would forever be known as Nathema, birthplace of the one and only Sith Emperor.

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This Void in the Force was felt within the Emperor himself:

As he spoke, the dark circles of his eyes seemed to fill with a swirling red mist, and for a brief instant the Emperor gave Scourge a glimpse of his true self.

Scourge cried out in anguish as the Emperor’s mind brushed against his, then he collapsed to the floor, shaking like a child. The touch lasted less than a second, but in that time he witnessed indescribable horrors that dwarfed anything the dark side could conjure even in his worst nightmares. And beneath the formless terrors lurked the unbearable Void, the pure emptiness of total annihilation.

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The Void in question, was immediately closed upon the Emperor's true death. Indicating that Vitiate's mere existence, even as a spirit, caused the Void in the Force:

The ecological revitalization of Nathema has been nothing short of miraculous. Vibrant plant life has not only taken root but flourished, dramatically altering the planet's once-desolate landscape.

Force-users no longer experience the unsettling "wrongness" that they once felt whenever setting foot on the planet. The air has become fresher, and the weather more dynamic. That this has all occurred since the death of Valkorion cannot be a coincidence, though experts cannot agree on any precise environmental mechanism that could have brought about such an abrupt change.

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Something reiterated here:

Ironically, all of the Zealots still alive owe their survival to their master's death and the subsequent blooming of life on the planet's once-barren surface; otherwise, they would all have starved long ago.

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So as of the completion of the Nathema Ritual, we have Tenebrae becoming a Void in the Force that hungers for more and more power. Power which he gains, constantly, for a millennia after Nathema:

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.

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As of Knights of the Old Republic, Vitiate is the primary source of an imbalance in the Force that isn't seen again until the days of Emperor Krayt:

In the Legacy era, there is no balance to the Force. Instead, the dark side of the Force holds sway, and the influence of evil can be felt everywhere. With Sith Lords in every sector and at the heads of Imperial space fleets, the influence of the the dark is stronger than ever, and far more visible. The Sith act overtly, making it clear that they rule the Empire and, by extension, the galaxy. Not since the days of Darth Revan and Darth Malak have the Sith ruled so convincely. The dark side of the Force clouds everything, and the galaxy's future is harder to see than ever before.

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As an aside to this, it's stated that the dark side shrouds the galaxy so intensely that Revan and Bastila Shan couldn't sense the disturbance in the Force caused by the destruction of the Jedi Enclave on Dantooine:

"We should have felt a disturbance in the Force when the attack came. The fact that we did not is a bad sign. I fear the dark side is growing stronger, casting shadows our vision cannot pierce."

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Infact, the psychic misery of the Galactic Republic was so strong at this time, that the Sith could actually feed upon it:

The Sith seemed to have achieved the victory they had long sought. Less than one hundred Jedi, nearly all of them in hiding, survived the Sith's purge. Many citizens took this unimaginable event as proof that the Force had turned malevolent, or that cosmic balance was nothing more than a story for children. Despair was palpable, and many planets offered only halfhearted and ragged defense against Sith attackers. Planets throughout the slice surrendered, and the Sith fed on the psychic misery of a shattered Republic.

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The Emperor then captures Revan, feeding on his immense powers to fuel his own:

REVAN COULD FEEL THE EMPEROR FEEDING ON HIM, drawing on his power to sate his endless hunger.

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As well as constructing the Dark Temple, where he imprisoned powerful Sith; living and dead, which he could drain from constantly:

The temple became a nexus of dark side energy as the Emperor performed rituals within, drawing strength and knowledge from his captives.

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Vitiate, as of SWTOR, is stated to be such a supreme powerhouse, that he made the Dread Masters insignificant by comparison:

"The Dread Masters affected Oricon. Even their combined power was insignificant compared to the Emperor."

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As a matter of fact, it is outright stated by one of their own that Vitiate's power alone was enough to 'control' them, evidently speaking to them telepathically:

"The Emperor was. . . powerful. He alone was worthy. But now he is silent. None can control us."

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The Dread Masters are immensely powerful, having harnessed and perfected the Phobis Devices:

Fear is a powerful weapon, and those who wield it can rule the galaxy. The Phobis devices were constructed for just that purpose. Brimming with dark energy, their mere presence was enough to spark crippling horror in the bravest of minds. Many Sith who meditated on the devices were driven mad by their attempt. Only the lost Sith Dread Masters successfully harnessed and perfected the Phobis devices' frightening power.

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This power gave the Dread Masters the ability to terraform planets, much in the same way they'd done to Oricon:

"Our ships will deliver our devices across the galaxy; Dromund Kaas, Nar Shaddaa, Coruscant. Populations will be infected and planets overgrown."

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As well as driving everyone incurably insane:

"Our research suggests that very few members of this force are willing volunteers; most are former Republic and Imperial personnel whose minds have been irreparably dominated by the power of the Dread Masters. Efforts to question or treat captured members of the Dread Host have been entirely unsuccessful. The constant psychological manipulations of the Dread Masters have rendered their followers both completely loyal and incurably, paranoically insane."

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The depth of insanity inflicted is so severe that even non-Force sensitives would take at least ten blaster shots to the chest without feeling any pain:

"He’d passed all the psych tests, resisted every mind-altering device and chemical they could find. Plenty of qualifications... I never got to ask them how things went from bad to nightmarish; he’d spread pieces of them all over the place by the time I got there. The guards were dead, too, but just the normal, murdered kind of dead. I guess they didn’t merit the special treatment, even though they must’ve shot the kid five times apiece. He was just standing there, full of holes, smiling that same shiny kid smile he had when they first brought him in."

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The populations of the planets listed above?

Dromund Kaas:

Over the following centuries, its population grew into the millions–proud Imperials working toward the glory of the Sith and slaves submitting to Imperial will.

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Nar Shaddaa:

85,000,000,000

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Coruscant:

1,000,000,000,000

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After the Dread War, Tenebrae returns on Yavin IV due to Revan's machinations and attacks the planet of Ziost. It has been recently established that Tenebrae's death wave was not the result of a ritual. Instead, the only ritual Tenebrae ever used in the Sith throneworld's decimation was designed to absorb the death that had occurred as a result. Meaning a death wave that destroyed Ziost's surface, was something Tenebrae as an incorporeal spirit could do of his own power, after having recovered enough from his slumber on Yavin IV.

NOTE: This makes complete sense, as we've already established that Tenebrae in a massively weaker state than his prime by this point, was vastly beyond the scope of Darth Nihilus' powers.

Now fully assuming the mask of Valkorion, Immortal Emperor of Zakuul. Tenebrae is a vastly more powerful Entity than he'd ever been before:

With each rebirth, he grew stronger.

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Something Tenebrae himself reiterates:

"Ziost. The world where everything changed. For me, you... the galaxy."

They (Ziost's inhabitants) died opening my eyes to the truth. I have passed beyond death's reach. Voices... Hands... Children... I no longer require those crude vessels. At long last I am truly free."

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Meaning that every single thing you read prior to this, is vastly pre-prime.

At this point, Valkorion has achieved the power to face and handily defeat the Outlander, Vaylin and Arcann. Dominating all three, one-by-one, with apparent ease, despite them weilding an incredibly dangerous weapon:

But the same corrupted technology Valkorion used to vanquish his father could also be turned against him, permanently imprisoning his immortal spirit... or obliterating it from existence.

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Yet, upon the destruction of his spirit, he causes a shockwave in the Force that was felt by Force-users across the galaxy. So strong it threatened to black out a powerhouse such as Satele Shan:

Although each and every one of the Zealots felt Valkorion's death vividly through the Force, all of them refuse to believe that it has actually occurred.

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Satele personally notes this:

"I felt the destruction of his spirit from half a galaxy away--a shockwave in the Force that ripped through me with such power that I nearly blacked out. I've never felt anything like it before, but I knew instantly what it meant.

At first, I was afraid to believe it was true. But Darth Marr's spirit felt it, too."

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It's not too late to drop Sheev's fresh corpse and take my hand...

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