- "I am the heir of Kallig and Tulak Hord, and Master of the dead."
- ―Darth Nox
Darth Nox was a Dark Lord of the Sith that served the Sith Empire during the Cold War and Second Great Galactic War. The heir of ancient Sith Lord Aloysius Kallig, Nox sought to restore the Kallig bloodline to greatness.
Upon arrival at the Academy on Korriban, the now acolyte was assigned to Overseer Harkun who was instructing other non-Imperial Sith, who he held in contempt, specially former slaves. A contempt the Overseer didn't hide as he openly descriminated the acolyte and his potential, a sentiment opposed to what Harkun felt for his favourite acolyte of the group, a pureblooded Sith named Ffon Althe. Right after the introduction that succeeded the acolytes arrival, Harkun assigned him his first quest. This quest was to travel into Ajunta Pall's tomb and be tested by Lord Spindrall.
After killing some K'lor'slugs and tomb looters along the way, the acolyte finally reached Spindrall who tested him by sending his own six acolytes against him. The acolyte defeated them all passing the test leaving the tomb thereafter. He returned to Harkun who was awaiting him in the Sith Academy but not without being meeting first, an assistant Overseer called Markan, who introduced him to some Sith concepts.
Back on Harkun's office, Harkun executed an acolyte, Jory, for her weakness and lack of potential and then assigned the acolyte to a quest in the Academy's jails which Lord Zash herself had requested for him. In the jails, Inquisitor Zyn told the acolyte to interrogate a weak acolyte named Alif, a task he succeeded in, killing Aliaf in the process. Harkun then proceeded to send both the Acolyte and Ffon in different trials of intellect. While Ffon task was less risky, the acolyte was to travel to Marka Ragnos' tomb and recover an ancient holocron. The acolyte went through hordes of Tuk'ata and Shyracks to reach his objective but succeeded nonetheless, retrieving the Holocron with some force lightning assistance.
At the same time the acolyte was gaining some renown for his feats in the tombs. When meeting Harkun, the later was both surprised and unsatisfied and was quick to send the acolyte on another hard quest.
The Dashade and final trials
The Acolyte was sent by Harkun, on Lord Zash resquest, to recover a Text on Tulak Hord's tomb which was part of Zash's research on the ancient Dark Lord's artifacts. As always, he succeeded in this task, retrieving the archives Text. On entering the Academy he was met by Lord Zash herself, who conplimented him for his followed successes. She told him she had good hopes for him and he was likely to become the apprentice she was looking for.
The acolyte then met and delievered the artifact to Harkun in his office, the later refusing to believe the acolyte had met Zash, sending him to the Academy's training facility wanting him to please the instructors. When arriving in the training facility he was met by two other of Harkun's acolytes who had been assigned to slay him granting them freedom if they succeeded. The acolyte was however too strong and easily defeated the other two.
Knowing he had been tricked, he returned to Harkun who assigned him on his final task. He wanted him to retrieve an ancient map from Naga Sadow's tomb, which could not be found without releasing a fell sentient beast called Dashade. Zash intervened in the conversation and gave him the translated text that he previously retrieved from the Tulak Hord's tomb, a piece that was needed to get the ancient map giving the acolyte a great advantage against his last acolyte opponent, Ffon. The acolyte breached the tomb, after destroying Naga Sadow's droid army and releasing the Dashade, who he then discovered that was a renowned ancient assassin of Tulak Hord named Khem Val. Upon release, the powerful creature immediatly attacked the acolyte but was defeated and so like Dashade's tradition, he pledged loyalty to the one who had bested him giving the acolyte a powerful servant and companion. They continued the task killing many droids in their path and even a fell beast called Terantatek, recovering the ancient map in the end. The acolyte delievered the ancient map to Harkun who was meanwhile arguing with Ffon how impossible it was to get the map. The Overseer was quick to steal the map from the acolyte's hands and gave it to Ffon just as Lord Zash appeared. Zash seeing the map now in Ffon's hands, knowing it wasn't he who recovered it, asked him to tell the truth. Ffon, fearing the consequences of lying to a Sith Lord, told Zash the truth and she killed him with force lightning telling the now last remaining acolyte to meet her at her office. He complied and Lord Zash congratulated him for his apprenticeship, telling him to meet her next in the Empire's capital of Dromund Kaas, where he could develop his skills but first she gave him his first lightsaber.
Apprenticeship to Zash
Voyage to Dromund Kaas
The Apprentice as he was leaving the Academy to travel to the capital, was met by another sith apprentice, Ortosin, who brought an ultimatum from his master, Darth Skotia, Zash's superior. The Apprentice reluctantly refused and a duel issued, in which he killed Ortosin and the two thugs that accompanied him. He then departed to the Imperial's Navy Headquarters, a massive space station called Vaiken Spacedock. There he met Overseer Kryos who helped the new apprentice decide which path to take: the Sith Sorcerer or the Sith Assassin. Upon arriving the station's docks, the apprentice boarded a ship called the Black Talon which would take him to Dromund Kaas.
During the travel, the Apprentice was joined by a bounty hunter, an imperial agent and Darth Baras' apprentice. The team was contacted by Grand Moff Kilran, the butcher of Coruscant, and he assigned them to take control of the Black Talon who was being commanded by a disobeying captain, and then set course to attack a republic ship called the Brentaal Star which was carrying The General and Kilran wanted him dead. Arriving on the Black Talon's bridge the team executed the captain, Orzik, and took control of the ship by killing all those who supported the former captain. When the ship reached the Brentaal Star the republic sent pods with battle and sabotage droids but they were repulsed by the team.
They were then contacted by Grand Master Satele Shan, the leader of the Jedi Order, who warned the Black Talon that a republic fleet was approaching and they were to retreat or be destroyed tainting even more the already weak peace treaty between the Sith Empire and the Galactic Republic. Nonetheless, the Black Talon continued the attack on the Brentaal Star.
The team picked a Shuttle and boarded the republic ship to eliminate The General before Satele Shan's fleet arrived. The team proceeded killing many republic soldiers in their path. When they reached the General, a jedi padawan named Yadira Ban stood in their path but was easily defeated. They then caught up with the General who tried to excuse himself telling them that he was once an imperial general who had deserted for the Empire's actions. The team however ignored him and executed him returning to the Black Talon where Kilran congratulated them for completing the mission.
Defeating Darth Skotia
Eventually sent to the Dark Temple on Dromund Kaas by Zash, the Sith apprentice discovered ancient roots to a Sith Lord and enemy of the ancient Dark Lord Tulak Hord, Aloysius Kallig. Kallig recognized that Inquisitor to be of his bloodline and the means to restore his family name to greatness. He warned the Inquisitor that the Sith play an endless game of treachery, a game his heir must win. He advises to beware the master and apprentice and never to be taken by surprise.
Also while at the temple, the individual found a relic of Tulak Hord captured millennial earlier by one of the individual's ancestors before his death. After learning of the apprentice's ancestry and recovering the artifact, they ventured back to Darth Zash and learning that many other artifacts were hidden around the galaxy, the apprentice was then given the task of finding these artifacts on Balmorra, Nar Shaddaa, Tatooine and Alderaan.
After acquiring all of Tulak Hord's artifacts, Darth Zash asks the Inquisitor to return to the Dark Temple on Dromund Kaas to begin the ritual. However, Kallig returned to warn his heir that Zash had been performing rituals to protect herself from the Force. He advised caution when facing Zash, such as bringing an ally.
Taking Khem back to the Dark Temple, the Inquisitor discovered that Zash had aged rapidly from increased exposure to the dark side, barely kept at bay by her rituals. Now, she sought to use Hord's artifacts to forcibly take her apprentice's body. But before she could complete the ritual, Khem interrupted. Though her body died, Zash's spirit wound up in Khem's body. Furious at her apprentice's betrayal, Zash threatened to use Khem to exact her revenge. However, Zash discovered that because of the Dashade's bond to his master, she too was bound to serve her own apprentice. Worse, she had to fight Khem for dominance of his body.
Lord of the Sith
- "You are Lord Kallig now. It was once a glorious name, use it well."
- ―Aloysius Kallig
Despite inheriting Zash's power base and the title of Sith Lord, the victory was not to last. Darth Thanaton, a member of the Dark Council and a staunch traditionalist, sent Lord Kallig into the tomb of Darth Andru, expecting his foe to become the deceased Sith Lord's latest victim. Only Aloysius's timely intervention prevented that. To gain more power to defeat Thanaton, Aloysius instructed Kallig to go to the tomb of the Sith Lord Ergast to learn the Force walk, a ritual that can bind Force ghosts and draw on their power. After binding both Ergast and Andru's spirits, Kallig returned to face Thanaton, but the Dark Lord still proved more powerful and seemingly killed Kallig. Luckily, the two ghosts kept Kallig from dying and Zash's other apprentices saved their new Master before their bodies were disposed of.
Requiring more power before facing Thanaton, Kallig heads to Taris to find another ghost. After acquiring the ghost, as well as a new apprentice named Ashara Zavros, Kallig picked up a distress call from Quesh, as Zash's apprentices had stolen the key to Thanaton's private meditation chamber. Kallig managed to gain the key but failed to save the apprentices.
After acquiring one last ghost on Hoth, Kallig returned to Dromund Kaas to face Thanaton. Unfortunately, the power of four ghosts proved too much to handle. Kallig's body started failing and the ghosts threatened to drive the young Sith insane. Stealing journals of Darth Iratus and Darth Vilus, Kallig figured out that they too suffered similar problems and went to Belsavis and Voss respectively to find a cure.
On Belsavis, Kallig sought a Rakatan device that stabilized their body, but Voss was a different matter. Though the Voss created a mind-healing ritual to subdue the ghosts, the Voss had foreseen that Kallig would disrupt the Voss way of life but refused to use force to convince the Sith Lord to leave. Enlisting the help of a Gormak named Hadrik, Kallig was able to successfully subdue the ghosts before smuggling the Gormak offworld for his assistance.
At the same time, Moff Valion Pyron, an enemy of Thanaton, contacted Kallig to discuss an alliance. He helped the Inquisitor build a power base. Successfully finishing a superweapon codenamed Silencer that Thanaton canceled, capable of annihilating an entire fleet, Kallig and Pyron demonstrated its effectiveness to a group of anti-Thanaton Moffs. The results were satisfactory.
Confronting Darth Thanaton
Thanaton soon called for a Kaggath on Corellia, an opportunity for one another to silence their foe once and for all. Thanaton put many resources to shutting down Kallig's base of operations and fought the lower-level Sith Lord as much as the Republic defenders. Kallig still managed to get ahead using knowledge and power to avert disaster.
Thanaton finally challenged Kallig to a duel on Corellia, but when it became apparent that he would lose, Thanaton fled to Korriban to plead to the Dark Council for the former slave's execution. Unfortunately for Thanaton, the Sith Lord interrupted his speech before he could convince anyone. Curious to see why Thanaton was unable to destroy Kallig himself, the Dark Council allowed the two to duel again in front of them.
After one last struggle, Kallig overthrew Darth Thanaton for the last time. The Dark Council, deeming Darth Thanaton unworthy, ended his life and offered his position to the young Sith. The Dark Council also elevated Kallig to the position of "Darth", bestowing the name Darth Nox. Nox was now head of the Pyramid of Ancient Knowledge, one of the twelve power-bases of the Sith Empire.
Afterwards, the newly christened Darth Nox returned to Dromund Kaas to enforce dominion upon those formally of the pyramid under Darth Thanaton and gain their allegiance. As soon as they were all dismissed, the ghosts pleaded to be freed but Nox chose to keep them under bondage.
Nox was later needed on Ilum, to assist in crippling the Republic's efforts to stand up to the Empire's invasion. As a member of the Dark Council, Nox was also present when Darth Malgus announced his "New Empire", and was one of the few individuals in the strike team to take him down.
Personality and traits
Manipulative, cunning and ambitious, Darth Nox used treachery to break both allies and enemies, delving deep into experimenting with long forbidden powers in order increase influence and seize authority.
A sadist, Darth Nox took great plesure in the suffering of others and would often torture minions and opponents for simple amusement. The Sith Lord electrocuted Ashara Zavros until she agreed to become Nox's apprentice, and killed a minion for approaching the Sith Lord.
Powers and abilities
- "I know that treachery…can break even the mightiest foe."
Kallig was able to channel the Force and adapt it in ways that suited a variety of needs, including subduing, stunning or killing of foes. Kallig was also an astonishingly proficient user of Force lightning. The young Sith was a proficient lightsaber duelist, utilizing either a standard lightsaber or a double-bladed lightsaber in combat. Kallig could combine skills with a lightsaber with mastery of the dark side, allowing Force Lightning to be channelled through Kallig's scorching lightsaber.
Proof of Kallig's power was demonstrated when Khem Val, the former servant of Tulak Hord, became one of Kallig's companions despite many powerful Dark Lords avoiding Khem Val while imprisoned in stasis due to the Dashade's Force immunity and record for killing and devouring even some of the most powerful Force sensitives.
The immediate aspiration for the young, powerful Sith apprentice and eventually Lord was ascension to the Dark Council. Kallig's strength in the dark side was enough to completely overpower a Dark Council member of Darth Thanaton's caliber. During their duel with Thanaton, Kallig demonstrated the ability to use Force deflection to fend off Force lightning, such as when Kallig effortlessly swatted aside Thanaton's Lightning attacks. Telekinesis was among the young Sith's talents, such as when Kallig threw Darth Thanaton clear across the Dark Council chamber. The Sith Inquisitor's telekinesis was also able to halt Darth Thanaton's lightsaber strike and force the experienced Sith Lord to his knees.
Kallig was immensely proficient in the use of Sith magic, particularly the long forgotten Force walk ritual to draw strength from multiple Sith spirits in order to explosively augment their power in the dark side. Their tremendously increased powers through the use of Force Walk was enough to overpower a Sith Lord as strong as Darth Thanaton. Kallig was also a proficient user of the Force Storm (weather), using it in combat against a variety of his enemies and attackers. The young Sith was also capable of using Force drain and used it to drain opponents while invigorating the young Sith and allies.
Behind the scenes
This article represents the character story of the Sith Inquisitor player class in Star Wars: The Old Republic, a video game from LucasArts and BioWare. As a result of being player determined, no canonical description of this individual is currently available; therefore, the article presents the subject's gender as neutral. When being given the choice of advancing to Sith assassin or Sith sorcerer, it is up to the player to decide.
The male Kallig is voiced by Euan Morton while the female Kallig is voiced by Xanthe Elbrick.
At the end of the main storyline for the Sith Inquisitor class, which culminates in the player defeating Darth Thanaton, the player is granted the title of Darth by Darth Marr. The name accompanying the title, however, is based on the player's alignment: "Darth Nox" for dark side; "Darth Imperius" for light side; and "Darth Occulus" for neutral.
- Star Wars: The Old Republic (First appearance)