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Xivhkalrainik, known to others as Xalek, was a Kaleesh Sith apprentice to Kallig, the future Darth Nox, sometime following the Treaty of Coruscant. Like his master Nox, he was originally of the slave caste and was chosen as the apprentice of a Sith Lord.
- "My great-great grandfather and two of his wives led an outnumbered force to victory in the great clan wars. Our family prays at their shrine still."
- ―Xalek proudly explains his family history.
He once fought the Sith Empire along the coastline of the Jenuwaa Sea but was captured. He was to be sent into slavery, but the Empire shortly discovered that he was Force-sensitive, and instead sent him to the the Korriban Sith Academy to undergo training and make him a powerful Sith.
Xalek was the name Overseer Harkun gave the Kaleesh as the Human couldn't understand Xalek's name in his native language. Xalek was also responsible for the deaths of two fellow acolytes before they arrived, and apparently got away with it. Though his group was passed up by Darth Thanaton, Lord Kallig, the future Darth Nox, was interested in gaining a new apprentice after the previous ones were massacred by Thanaton, especially since having a Korriban acolyte was a sign of prestige. Kallig was very interested in the Kaleesh, and even betted Harkun that he would rise above the other acolytes.
Xalek passed through his trials, but when it became apparent that the Twi'lek Seferiss was going to be chosen, Xalek simply walked up and brutally punched him to death, then attempted to take credit for Seferiss' work by looting his body for an artifact and presented it to Kallig. Harkun was displeased with this, as acolytes were forbidden to kill each other and decided to pass Xalek up. Kallig, nonetheless, took Xalek anyway, and executed Harkun when he remained defiant.
Xalek was not his master's first apprentice; the former Jedi Ashara Zavros, and two deceased apprentices - Corrin and Kaal - that had served Zash, were all apprenticed to Kallig. However, Xalek was the first that Kallig trained and taught him the ways of the Sith, as all the other apprentices were already tutored by their former masters.
As Xalek served his master, he revealed a bit about his history, searched for artifacts of power, and killed Kallig's rivals. Xalek had somehow kept in contact with his father, though he passed away on Ilum during his apprenticeship to Kallig; Xalek was allowed to give his father a proper burial so he could ascend to godhood. Xalek eventually considered Kallig a living god and a "father" or "mother" and promised to serve Kallig to death and guard his master's legacy.
Personality and traitsEdit
- "There's something vaguely unsettling about bone-face. He's hardly said a word. But he's got a determined glint in his eye. Reminds me of you."
- ―Overseer Harkun to Lord Kallig
Xalek was described as a wild animal, his only comprehensive understanding of the Sith code being "kill or be killed." He enjoys fighting and killing, even against overwhelming odds, preferring to let his actions speak rather than words. Likewise, Xalek despises any form of mercy or weakness.
As a Kaleesh, Xalek felt that "honor is [his] duty". Thus, he was very determined to uphold his culture and family's legacy by becoming Kallig's apprentice, even going so forth to kill three of the other five acolytes during his training on Korriban, letting nothing stop him in achieving his goal.
He was also faithfully loyal to anyone he considered his family. When he heard his father was dying, Xalek rushed to his side and gave his father a proper burial. Xalek was also very formal to Kallig, addressing Kallig as master or lord and occasionally bowed. He often asked how he could serve his master, such as killing all of Kallig's rivals. However, despite Xalek's utter loyalty, he sometimes suggested that he would one day rise above the Master.
Xalek disliked talking and extended conversations and was very concise whenever he spoke. For instance, when Kallig questioned about his great-great grandfather having multiple wives, Xalek did not provide an explanation and simply replied "of course". Kallig commented this trait, stating that Xalek didn't "waste words".
Powers and abilitiesEdit
Like his master, Xalek was also a Sith Inquisitor and a practitioner of the Double-bladed lightsaber. In addition to his brutal melee attacks, he was an adept Force user, including Force lightning, Force bomb, and Force barrier. Unlike Kallig's other companions who were either fully offensive or defensive, Xalek specialized in both.
Behind the scenesEdit
Xalek is one of the companion players open to players who choose to play as the Sith Inquisitor Class in the Star Wars: The Old Republic. He is voiced by Tony Armatrading. In the Star Wars the Old Republic Classes app, it lists his main weapon as a polesaber, however this is just another name for a Lightsaber pike.
- Star Wars: The Old Republic (First appearance)
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