Damask Holdings was a clandestine financial group closely allied to the InterGalactic Banking Clan, which also acted as a lobbying and political pressure organization that involved itself in the affairs of many planets, both to exploit local resources—such as plasma—for financial gain, and to gain influence on a galactic scale as part of the secret Sith Grand Plan to topple the Galactic Republic. It also operated as a secret society, bringing together the galaxy's most influential beings for the yearly Gatherings on Sojourn, and also presiding over the steering committee. Damask Holdings was owned and run by Magister Hego Damask, a Muun of the Damask clan who was secretly the Sith Lord Darth Plagueis. A dozen Muuns, including operating officer Larsh Hill, made up the group.
In 67 BBY, during that year's Gathering, members of the Subtext Mining corporation revealed to Damask that a massive plasma reserve had been discovered beneath the city of Theed on Naboo. Damask personally traveled to Naboo, seeking to establish a foothold on the world by striking a deal with the reformist party of monarchical candidate Bon Tapalo in the heated election season. He sought out the young noble who had released sensitive information to the Tapalo group: Palpatine, heir of House Palpatine, one of the conservative clans. Damask recruited the young Human as a spy, and later trained as his Sith apprentice, bestowing upon him the name "Darth Sidious."
Hego Damask continued to run the company until 52 BBY, when all members except for Damask himself were killed in an attack at the Lodge of the Order of the Canted Circle during Larsh Hill's initiation ceremony. The group was not re-formed, and Damask removed himself from galactic affairs to devote his time to the manipulation of midi-chlorians in his Aborah laboratory, although Gatherings continued to be hosted until 43 BBY.
In 32 BBY, Palpatine murdered Damask in his Coruscant penthouse; it is unknown what happened to his substantial holdings, as the Banking Clan refused to release the relevant information. The fruits of Plagueis's clandestine labor under the banner of Damask Holdings were usurped by Palpatine, and used in his gradual transformation of the Republic into the Galactic Empire after his election to the office of the Chancellor.
- Darth Plagueis (First appearance)
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 Darth Plagueis
- ↑ Star Wars: Darth Plagueis reveals that, by 67 BBY, "for more than fifty years, Damask Holdings had occupied one of Harnaidan's most magnificent superspires" (p. 106). Elsewhere in the novel, Plagueis tells Palpatine that "Damask Holdings was in its infancy" in the twenty-fifth year of his apprenticeship, which, according to Mission to Lianna (p. 3), has to take place after Kerred Santhe's takeover of Sienar Fleet Systems c. 99 BBY. Therefore, it can safely be assumed that the company was founded shortly before it acquired the superspire.