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- "Now we shall see if you can overcome the weight of Malachor, and silence the echoes that beat from its heart."
- ―Darth Traya
Behind the destruction were Meetra Surik and her former lieutenant, Bao-Dur, the inventor of the Mass Shadow Generator, which had been previously used by Surik in the Battle of Malachor V to crush the Mandalorian fleet.
Shortly after the Battle of Telos IV, Admiral Carth Onasi appointed an audience for Surik. Having recognized her as one of Revan's generals and her ship, the Ebon Hawk, as Revan's former ship, he asked Surik to find Revan and bring him a simple message that Carth was following his orders to keep the Galactic Republic safe.
After that, Surik departed to Malachor V, the last known location of Revan, as she also had her own business on the planet—she was to reach Kreia, who threatened to sacrifice herself and kill Surik as well through their Force bond, resulting perhaps even in the death of the Force.
Upon arrival at Malachor V, the Ebon Hawk crashed into part of a canyon area and was suspended far above an abyss, falling into the abyss shortly after Surik's departure into the Trayus Academy. And as Surik was descending into the depths of the Academy, one of Surik's companions, a bounty hunter named Mira fought and defeated Hanharr, whom she had previously fought, and healed by Kreia before being sent after Mira on Nar Shaddaa, and Bao-Dur sent his remote on a mission—which activated via a pre-recorded hologram. It turned out that the droid's primary objective was reactivating the Mass Shadow Generator and undoing the damage done to Malachor nine years earlier by destroying the planet itself.
Once inside the academy, Surik faced off against all of Kreia's dark forces, killing them, then finally confronted Darth Sion. As they dueled, the Lord of Pain believed that Kreia would accept him back as her apprentice once Surik is destroyed. But despite his abilities to regain consciousness with the dark side, Surik defeated Sion and explained that Kreia was only using him to get to her. Knowing this to be true, Sion confessed that he "hated" her because of her beauty and became one with the Force.
Bao-Dur's remote succeeded in powering the generator from crashed Republic ships. However, it was intercepted by G0-T0, who was interested in Malachor staying intact, believing it would help him and Surik bring stability to the galaxy.
Following the battle with Sion, Surik confronted Kreia, having again assumed the mantle of Darth Traya, in the Trayus core. After a verbal exchange, Kreia refused Surik's offer of redemption, insisting instead that the apprentice must kill the master. After Kreia and Surik dueled, Surik severed Traya's hand, but refused to kill her, in which Kreia then used the force to make three purple lightsabers float in the air and attack Surik.
Surik defeated all of them, but killed Traya in the process. Mortally wounded, Kreia declared Surik to be her greatest pupil of all, and after revealing to Surik the future of her companions, died with Malachor.
On the surface, the remote succeeded in activating the Mass Shadow Generator, and the damaged Ebon Hawk was piloted out of the core and arrived to save Surik from the collapsing Trayus Core. Malachor disintegrates, freed from the mass shadows, finally silencing the echo of the Mandalorian Wars and ending the first ever Sith Triumvirate as Surik and her allies escaped the exploding planet.
The fragments of the planet became an asteroid field, and centuries later, small pockets of life were discovered among the pieces of the world.
Behind the scenesEdit
Destruction of Malachor V was the grand finale event of the 2004 Obsidian Entertainment video game, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords.
In the alternate dark side ending, Malachor V is not destroyed and the death of Hanharr is not seen.
Among the cut content of the game, there were several scenes from this event that were not included into the final product. During the G0-T0 and remote battle, HK-47 was supposed to arrive with 3 HK-50 droids that he recruited from the HK Manufacturing Plant to destroy G0-T0 and allow the remote to complete its task; however, this scene was cut because of the game's short development timetable. This was later made canon in The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia.
- Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords (First appearance)
- Star Wars: The Old Republic (Codex entry)
- The New Essential Guide to Droids
- The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia (First identified as Battle of Malachor)
- Star Wars: Imperial Handbook: A Commander's Guide