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- "This isn't glamorous work. We're sanitation workers—we clean up after the military and the Sith and do the jobs no one else will. Without us, though, the Empire falls apart. So we do whatever is necessary—even if it's thankless and ugly."
- ―Keeper, to Cipher Nine
Republic counterintelligence believed he was once posted inside the Imperial Navy, but that he had lost any military idealism.
The man codenamed "Keeper" was the ultimate spymaster in the Empire. Charged with overseeing the Operations Division of Imperial Intelligence, Keeper approved every infiltration into enemy territory, every execution of an enemy of the state. He was responsible for the actions of his agents. If he failed in the eyes of the Minister of Intelligence or the Sith on the Dark Council, he could have been swiftly replaced. Having held his post for almost a decade, the Keeper was suspected of overseeing Projects "Operation Morning Crest" and "Operation Starbender."
In 3,643 BBY, Keeper dispatched a talented agent to Nal Hutta to infiltrate Suudaa Nem'ro's organization, under the alias of the infamous pirate known as the Red Blade and convince the Hutt to align with the Empire. Keeper believed that they may have a sympathizer in Karrels Javis, Nem'ro's lieutenant. Unfortunately, he later learned that Javis' sons made a mistake of crossing a Sith. One son was killed while the other was crippled. Thus, he ordered his agent to assassinate Javis and place the blame on Nem'ro's rival, Voontara Fa'athra. Subsequently, Keeper also hired the services of Kaliyo Djannis, one of Nem'ro's hirelings and a known anarchist.
After successfully gaining Nem'ro's allegiance, Keeper recalled the agent and Kaliyo to Dromund Kaas to deal with a rising terrorist movement. However, Keeper had to deal uncomfortably with Darth Jadus, a member of the Dark Council, who acknowledged his agent's talent. Keeper then transferred his position as the agent's liaison to Watcher Two, as the agent traveled about to stop the terrorists. Though the agent was able to thwart their plan to cause a blackout in Kaas City, the terrorists destroyed, Jadus' flagship, the Dominator. Keeper then promoted the agent to the rank of Cipher Nine to track down the terrorist cells.
Minister of IntelligenceEdit
After the defeat of Darth Jadus, Keeper was promoted to the position of Minister of Intelligence, thus letting Watcher Two replace him as Keeper. His wife said that the new position suited him. However, his position was limited, as he could barely make a move without being hassled by a Dark Lord. One of the hardest parts of his career was ordering Cipher Nine's brainwashing program to avoid executing the agent for opposing Jadus. Nine later breaks the brainwashing with aid from Watcher X.
As war reignited between the Republic and Empire, Intelligence became preoccupied trying to discover the identity of a mysterious third party, later revealed to be the Star Cabal. In their attempts to expose the conspiracy, the Star Cabal reacted by first incapacitating Intelligence's e Watchers and later dissolving the Operations branch, its agents drafted into the armies of various Sith Lords.
Using the last of his authority, the Minister gathered the remains of Intelligence to strike at the Star Cabal. Though Cipher Nine managed to kill the inner circle of conspirators and acquired the Black Codex, the Minister states that Intelligence is not being rebuilt. As for himself, if the Dark Council show leniency, he may be able to retire, otherwise he'd be executed.
Personality and traitsEdit
- "You were soft, agent. There's no room for inefficiency here—we're not on missions of mercy."
- ―The Keeper lectures an agent on Imperial principles.
The "Keeper" was an efficient leader of Imperial Intelligence. He was described as being merciless in his eliminating of the agents that he saw as weak or inefficient. He maintained his power by knowing when to obey orders and when to take initiative. Nonetheless, he disliked overt cruelty and did show concern for the well-being of his agents.
The Keeper never took kindly to "missions of mercy." He did not like seeing his agents taking "unnecessary risks in order to avoid violence." However, this is mostly due to concern about the psychological well-being of agents and wishing to avoid having them traumatized by their work.
Keeper believed that many of his questionable actions would make the Empire a better place. But when war reignited, he acknowledged that he had failed.
Behind the scenesEdit
On the Keeper's biography page on the official website, there are several phrases in Aurebesh. When translated, they read "Watcher, Minder, Fixer, Cipher", "SIS note: higher ambitions?", and "strained Sith relations".
The Minister's dialogue at the end of Chapter III of the Imperial Agent's story will differ depending on what the player does with the Black Codex:
- If Cipher Nine gives the Black Codex to the Minister, he offers his agent the chance to erase all record of their identity, a ghost agent who still serves the Empire. The player can choose whether or not accept his offer.
- If Cipher Nine gives the Black Codex to Ardun Kothe, the Minister would condemn the the decision, stating that the Empire would perceive Nine as a renegade.
- If Cipher Nine gives the Black Codex to the Dark Council, the Minister condemns the decision, for he is unsure that the Sith would use the information wisely. He also mentions to Nine that there may be a place for them in the new Sith Intelligence.
- Star Wars: The Old Republic (First appearance)