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, attended, at times, by the full presiding body of the Holdings steering committee. Damask Holdings was owned and expertly 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 him as his Sith apprentice, bestowing upon him the name and title of "Darth Sidious."
Hego Damask continued to run the company until 52 BBY, when all of its guiding 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, who was severely maimed in the attack, removed himself from galactic affairs to devote his time to the manipulation of midi-chlorians in his Aborah laboratory, although Sojourn Gatherings continued to be hosted until 43 BBY.
In 32 BBY, Palpatine murdered Damask in his Coruscant penthouse. It remained unknown to the wider galaxy just what happened to Damask's substantial financial holdings, as the Banking Clan refused to release the relevant information. But given the apparent close-knit relationship between the two Sith Lords (apparent, at least, to Plagueis), it may, in retrospect, be rather confidently surmised that the considerable estate of the venerable Muun financial wizard Hego Damask was entrusted and, by precautionary measure (though perhaps via masked, convoluted, or untraceable means), delivered to Sidious—and, by default, to the dark, everlasting empire of the Sith (as was Plagueis' hope, at least, just as it ever was the millennial aspiration of past Sith Lords through ten centuries).
As the unfolding of galactic events banished ambiguities and brought a new perspicuity to the matter, it became clear for those with the eyes to see, that the political and financial gains of Plagueis' clandestine labors under the protective banner of Damask Holdings ultimately were exploited—utterly usurped—by Palpatine. After his election to the office of Supreme Chancellor, and his own self-anointing as Sith overlord (firmly locking into place his own vision for the Grand Plan, his own forecast and interpretation of the "Rule of Two"), Palpatine adeptly allocated and skillfully used Plagueis' vast assets in his gradual transformation of the Republic into the Galactic Empire.
- 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.