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Aldrex Zare

Species: Human
Homeworld: Earth

A Spacebattler formerly known as Rictus and the perspective character, he woke up as a slave in a cortosis mine on an unknown world. Once his Force Sensitivity came to light, he was shipped to the Sith Academy on Korriban for training.


  • Achievements in Ignorance: Aldrex accidentally created an actual Sith sword without realizing it.
  • Affably Evil: While his internal narration often contains a great deal of snark about some of the more stupid actions of the Sith around him, Aldrex typically remains unfailingly polite in conversation. In his words, it's mostly from pragmatism.
  • Animal Motif: Spiders. Aldrex has cybernetics across his face which leads to him being called 'Spider'. His tendency to make connections to put himself in a more powerful position is likened to a spider catching things in its webs. He later makes Dark Armor that can create webbings.
  • Badass Bookworm: Aldrex reads as many tomes as he can to increase his knowledge and power, referring to the academy archives as one of his greatest friends. This has not stopped him from tearing his way through his enemies in the slightest.
  • Beastmaster: Aldrex makes extensive use of Beast Control, often using it to force local wildlife to act as a distraction. During his battle with Castor, he used it to drive a k'lor'slug nest into attacking the sorcerer's undead horde.
  • Benevolent Boss: While not actually their boss, Aldrex is looked on favorably by members of the local troopers for actually giving a damn about their existence and helping out. This results in the former getting to call in favors with the latter occasionally, one of which is smuggling Qiv offworld in a supply shipment.
  • The Berserker: Though he tries to avoid it, Aldrex does occasionally fall into a blood rage when seriously injured or desperate. When Castor melts half his face with a lightsaber, he literally tears the older acolyte to pieces with his bare hands, despite the power difference.
  • Black Magic: While he has extended his research to other subjects, much of Aldrex's time is spent studying Sith Alchemy and Sith Magic.
  • Body Horror: Even a grazing hit with a lightsaber does horrifying things to skin. After his fight with Castor Vol, the right side of Aldrex's face is a half-melted mess and his right ear is simply gone. Until he got it repaired with cybernetics and synthflesh, he couldn't close his mouth due to the muscles in his jaw being severed.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Instead of relying solely on his sword and the Force, Aldrex uses blasters, grenades, and anything nearby when applicable. He also assembles and augments a suit of armor to protect himself. If it helps him survive, he will use any tactic he can think of, no matter how dirty.
  • Double Jump: Aldrex uses well-times telekinetic pushes to accomplish this, allowing him to maneuver in mid-air to avoid incoming attacks.
  • Evil Sorcerer: While he hasn't skimped on his physical training, Aldrex has spent the majority of his free time pursuing the more esoteric paths of the Sith.
  • Evil Weapon: Due to a mistranslation of some alchemy notes, Aldrex's sword is alive. It would be a Cool Sword...except for the fact that it drinks blood a little too eagerly and really likes it when he kills people, putting it firmly into the evil category. Due to its origins, he has little idea of the full capabilities that he accidentally imbued in it. So far, it has resisted lightsabers (like his armor) and absorbed Sith anesthetics
  • Feel No Pain: One of the utility powers that Aldrex has developed is Crucitorn, otherwise known as the ability to dull crippling pain in oneself. He used it in place of anesthetics during the operation to install his cybernetics.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: After taking a lightsaber strike to the face during the battle with Castor Vol, nearly half of the right side of Aldrex's face has been replaced by web-like cybernetics that enable him to move his jaw. It has lead to Olia referring to him as "Spider".
  • Heart Is an Awesome Power: When not studying Sith Alchemy or Magic, Aldrex spent time accruing proficiency in several more utilitarian powers, such as Beast Control and Force Sight. Both have proven to be instrumental on several occasions.
  • The Heretic: As an adherent to the Code of Ruin, Aldrex is this by default as its tenets run in opposition to the standard Sith Code. As a result, it's not something he brings up in casual conversation.
  • Improvised Weapon: Aldrex will use anything and everything as a weapon given the chance, usually by launching it at subsonic speeds with telekinesis.
  • Metaphorically True: Aldrex never outright lies, preferring to make use of Exact Words and truths from a certain point of view. It's what lets him go free after being questioned by Darth Thanaton on whether or not he "killed" Lord Renning.
  • Mind over Matter: Telekinesis was the first power Aldrex discovered. Between then and when he was found out, he trained in only that power. While he has since started shifting to Sith lightning as his primary offensive power, he still uses telekinesis extensively for utility purposes.
  • Mundane Utility: Aldrex will often use telekinesis to levitate objects to his hands from across the room rather than get up to go get them.
    • He has also contemplated using Sith Alchemy to enhance his surgical tools so he doesn't have to keep replacing them.
  • Perception Filter: Alrex's version of Force Stealth, inspired by Kreia. Using a variant of the Jedi Mind Trick, he convinces people to overlook his presence or to not consider him significant. He has tested it on other acolytes, but hasn't dared attempt it on anyone stronger.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Aldrex prefers pragmatism over unnecessary cruelty. He also avoids many of the normal pitfalls of potential Sith, such as avoiding delving into Sith Alchemy and Magic until he has a teacher to show him how not to accidentally kill himself.
  • Red Baron: Unknown to Aldrex, some people have been referring to him as the Spider, due to the weblike cybernetics on his face.
  • Refuge in Audacity: Aldrex relies on the absurdity of a student killing a full blown Sith Lord to keep people from suspecting him.
  • Sanity Has Advantages: Because Aldrex believes strongly in this trope, he is trying hard to avoid going Drunk on the Dark Side. That said, he does slip occasionally and he is beginning to show signs of Dark Side Corruption in the form of yellow eyes and pale skin.
  • Squishy Wizard: Aldrex puts most of his focus on learning alchemy and rituals or in improving his Force abilities. As such, his swordsmanship leaves something to be desired. He has noticed this weakness and is trying to overcome it.
  • Villain Protagonist: As a Sith potential, Aldrex is this by default.
  • You Have Got to Be Kidding Me!: His reaction to learning that his final trial is to hunt a Leviathan.

Gaarurra

Species: Wookiee
Homeworld: Kashyyyk

A Wookiee slave turned Sith Acolyte.


  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Having been starved of any manner of kindness for nearly fifty years, Gaarurra seems to have formed Undying Loyalty to Aldrex simply for the fact that the latter actually treated him with something approaching decency and respect.
  • The Berserker: Occasionally goes into blood rages in the middle of combat, which only makes him more dangerous.
  • The Big Guy: He is this both physically and literally. He stands nearly 8 feet tall, is physically stronger than the entire cast, and is extremely strong in the Force.
  • The Brute: Gaarurra relies purely on his immense physical strength in combat. Actually averted as he can be a lot more subtle than his appearance suggests.
  • Damn You, Muscle Memory!: Gaarurra has the potential to be the strongest acolyte in the group in terms of raw power bar none and was said to have a Force presence that can be felt across the academy. However, Word of God says that he is held back by nearly two hundred years worth of muscle memory that tell him to reach for a weapon rather than the Force.
    • However, he can push past this if sufficiently motivated. When Aldrex went missing, he crushed the Force defenses of five other acolytes simultaneously to pin them against a wall with telekinesis while he interrogated the sixth.
  • Fan Nickname: Gaarurra has gotten the nickname Wookiebro due to being Aldrex's loyal sidekick.
  • Older Sidekick: Serves in this role to Aldrex.
  • Older Than They Look: As a Wookiee, Gaarurra is much older than most of the cast at somewhere around 200 years old.
  • Smarter Than You Look: People look at him, and think that he's just Dumb Muscle. What they forget is that Wookiees are also skilled hunters, something Gaarurra proves when he demonstrates his skill with Force Stealth.
  • Undying Loyalty: Gaarurra regularly goes out of his way to defend Aldrex from threats he either doesn't notice or can't deal with. If Aldrex goes somewhere, the Wookiee isn't usually far behind, if not stuck to his side.

Olia Fen

Species: Human
Homeworld: Corellia

A former Jedi Padawan turned Sith Acolyte.


  • Adventurer Archaeologist: Moreso than the other acolytes, she eagerly delves into the tombs to seek out power for herself.
  • Combat Parkour: In the scenes she is shown fighting, she makes extensive use of this.
  • Fallen Hero: Olia used to be a Jedi, fighting for the Republic in the war and helping refugees alongside her Master. However, the combination of her Master's death and the reveal of what he really did for the Jedi Order caused her to view the entire order as hypocrites. In emotional turmoil, she fled and buried herself on Nar Shaddaa, where she embraced the darker side of herself that she had been fighting against for years. Thanks to the Sack of Coruscant, she managed to avoid any potential pursuers. Mere months later, she was found by the Sith and brought to the Korriban Academy.
  • Femme Fatale: Was this after leaving the Jedi, using her charms and powers to manipulate criminals on Nar Shaddaa.
  • The Heavy: As a former Jedi, she has the most training out of the other acolytes. Word of God has said that should could easily take on any one or two of the others by herself.
  • Heel–Face Turn: She went from faithful Jedi Padawan to Sith Acolyte.
  • Hidden Depths: While Olia Fenn portrays herself as the confident big dog to the other acolytes, her interlude reveals that she is a mess mentally. The cavalcade of events that lead to her fall almost makes one feel sorry for the poor girl.
  • Proud Beauty: She's beautiful and she knows it.
  • The Rival: Sees herself as this to Aldrex. At first, it was merely for her own amusement, but became more serious after Aldrex started to catch up with her.
  • Stalker Without a Crush: Towards Aldrex, though it's ambiguous whether it's this trope or Stalker with a Crush. Given she's a potential Sith, it could be both.

Garsh

Species: Quarren
Homeworld: ???

A Quarren acolyte that has attached himself to Aldrex's group after the First Trial.


  • Cthulhumanoid: His species look like humanoid squids.
  • Combat Parkour: Is implied to be a practitioner of Form IV (Ataru) due to his focus on acrobatics.
  • The Quiet One: Garsh doesn't speak all that much. The number of times he's actually spoken to Aldrex and Gaarurra can be counted on one hand. Because of that, not much is known about his past.

Qiv Brellan

Species: Nautolan
Homeworld: Nal Hutta

A Nautolan mechanic that got drafted into the academy.


  • Dirty Coward: Qiv spent most of his brief career at the academy hiding from the other acolytes, only coming out for food and trials.
  • Fish People: Nautolans are an aquatic species that can breathe underwater and have thick tentacles for hair.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Has a natural talent with machinery and Force powers relating to it. He used it to construct or repair a small army of combat droids to defend himself with, as well as subvert a protocol droid to try and assassinate Aldrex.
  • The Klutz: Claims to have dropped his hydrospanner on his foot three times in one day. The same foot each time. He shudders to think what he'd do with a lightsaber.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Qiv is a lot more devious than he lets on. While he is cowardly, he plays it up to make himself seem more harmless and bumbling.
  • Screw This, I'm Out of Here!: Makes a deal with Aldrex to have the Second Platoon smuggle him off Korriban in exchange for information on his abilities.

Terrak

Species: Zabrak
Homeworld: Dromund Kaas

A Zabrak slave forcibly drafted into the Korriban Academy. Twin brother of Ianna.


  • An Arm and a Leg: Lost his right arm during his first trial. It has since been replaced with a skeletal prosthetic.
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: After spending time with the Followers of Palawa, he has adopted this as his fighting style, taking advantage of the durable nature of his artificial arm to use as an improvised weapon.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Is the Blue to Ianna's Red. He is usually much more calm than his twin and takes the time to think things through.
  • Twin Telepathy: Terrak and Ianna have a form of this stemming from their Force bond. While they can usually only sense the emotions of the other, coherent thoughts and images can be passed between them when they need to. Because they've had the bond from birth, the twins are incredibly emotionally dependent on each other.

Ianna

Species: Zabrak
Homeworld: Dromund Kaas

A Zabrak slave forcibly drafted into the Korriban Academy. Twin sister of Terrak.


  • Laughing Mad: Indulges in this after killing a pack of Tu'kata by giving them terror-induced heart attacks with the Force.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: She is the Red to Terrak's Blue. Ianna is much more emotional and fearful than her brother, occasionally needing him to calm her before she has an emotional breakdown.
  • Sanity Slippage: As of the interlude "Terror Etched In Stone," she's showing more than a few signs of this after being trapped and nearly killed by a pack of Tu'kata.
  • Terror Hero: While not much of a hero, she has unlocked the ability to project and magnify her fear onto others, to the point of inducing heart attacks.
  • Twin Telepathy: Terrak and Ianna have a form of this stemming from their Force bond. While they can usually only sense the emotions of the other, coherent thoughts and images can be passed between them when they need to. Because they've had the bond from birth, the twins are incredibly emotionally dependent on each other.

Kalista

Species: Twi'lek
Homeworld: Tatooine

A Twi'lek former slave from Tatooine, captured from a Republic-aligned crime lord and drafted into the academy.


  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Though still just as prickly around the members of her training group, she has started lowering her guard around Caleb.
  • Never Learned to Read: This is thanks to being a slave since she was young. This means she can't use the libraries to get further knowledge and strength in the Force.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Kalista hates everything and everyone around her and she's not afraid to show it. Her perpetual scowl is noted as the one marr on her flawless beauty.
  • Proud Beauty: Averted. She knows she's beautiful and she hates it since it resulted in her spending most of her life as a pleasure slave. However, she's still willing to use her looks to her own ends if it means surviving the academy.
  • Rescue Romance: Has this with Caleb after he rescued her from a trio of acolytes. It's mostly a physical relationship, but implied to slowly be becoming a Lady and Knight relationship.

    Overseers 

Iren

A Sith Pureblood with tremendous power, he is the Overseer of Aldrex's class of Acolytes.
  • Almighty Janitor: While he is an Overseer, Iren is far stronger than his low position would imply. Aldrex suspects he's deliberately staying as an Overseer to influence students that pass through the academy and duck the notice of greater powers.
  • Bald of Evil: He's a Sith and he doesn't have a hair on his head.
  • The Chessmaster: Though he is a fair and impartial instructor, Aldrex suspects that Iren is using his students to carry out missions that serve his own ends.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Unlike other Overseers, Iren is not deliberately trying to kill off most of the class, as he views it as a waste of resources given the rarity of Force Sensitives in the galaxy.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: He is completely fair in his treatment of the acolytes, neither helping nor hindering them in their trials. He will not give one an advantage over another that they have no earned themselves.
  • The Stoic: It is incredibly difficult to determine what Iren is thinking or feeling most times. What expressions he does show are usually very restrained.
    • Iren showing terrified shock tipped Aldrex off that the scarred Sith that's been following him around is a lot more terrifying than first assumed.

Ragate

A Sith seer who administered the ritual of blood and bone.
  • Affably Evil: She acts very politely when talking with Aldrex.
  • Manipulative Bastard: She helps Qiv avoid other acolytes and later points Aldrex at Qiv's direction.
  • Never Mess with Granny: She is an elderly woman who survived for decades as a Sith. This speaks volumes about her power and cunning.
  • Seers: She is a powerful precognitive.
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    Other Acolytes 

Castor Vol

A third year acolyte who rebelled and escaped into the tombs, injuring other acolytes and even an overseer in the process. Killing him was Aldrex's Second Trial.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Aldrex rips both of his arms off while in a Dark Side induced berserk state.
  • Evil Sorcerer: He specialized in using Sith Magic.

Caleb

A Sith Acolyte from another class, Caleb and Aldrex met in the medical ward after the latter was let out of solitary confinement.
  • Blood Knight: As a Sith Marauder, he's both this and The Berserker. If he hasn't killed something recently, he considers it a slow day.
  • Covered in Scars: As a side effect of his berserker rages, he often ignores injuries in the middle of battle, up to and including broken bones. This has resulted in his body being littered with scars, large and small.
  • Friendly Rivalry: While not exactly rivals, Caleb has hinted that more than a few of the other Marauders are looking to fight Aldrex after he wrecked fifty training droids by himself. Caleb included. In the meantime, he cracks jokes and is friendly in general.
  • Power Tattoo: Caleb's chest and face are covered with tribal tattoos. According to him, they were believed to increase a warrior's rage and power. While they don't actually grant any powers, they are popular among Sith warriors that keep to the old ways.
  • Rags to Riches: Is implied to have been born a commoner in the Empire with the way he talks about the more aristocratic Sith. Because of that, becoming a Sith will vastly increase his social standing.
  • Rescue Romance: Has this with Kalista after rescuing her from a trio of acolytes. It's mostly a physical relationship, but implied to slowly be becoming a Lady and Knight relationship.
  • Violent Glaswegian: The first thing that Aldrex noticed about him was his heavy Scottish accent.

    Korriban Sith 

Lord Renning

A Sith researcher staying on Korriban, he obsesses over the native Tu'kata.
  • Bad Boss: Renning has very little regard for the soldiers assisting him, murdering them for things such as defending themselves against an escaped specimen. It's why they're so eager to help Aldrex assassinate him.
  • Fat Bastard: He's a portly fellow and a particularly callous Sith.
  • Hate Sink: He's one in-universe. Very few people shed a tear when he was killed.
  • Irony: Spent years obsessing over the possibilities of Tu'kata and experimenting on them, only to be killed by one.
  • Surpassed the Teacher: Using trickery, Aldrex assassinated Renning using his own tools and a live Tu'kata to make it look like an accident after learning what he needed from the Sith.

Tyrene

A Sith apprentice Aldrex met in the trial grounds for the Rite of Blood and Bone.
  • Armor Is Useless: Averted. Her armor comes in handy several times, absorbing the impact from getting thrown into a wall by Hakagram Graush.
  • Blood Knight: As a Sith Warrior, this is her default state of mind, though she is capable of reigning it in to stay alive.
  • Book Dumb: Comes across as this due to her lack of interest in subjects that don't involve stabbing. For example, she had no idea what a Terentatek was, only that it was a big, spiky monster.
    • Word of God has stated this status is changing very quickly thanks to Aldrex's influence.
  • Cannon Fodder: Her Master has very little regard for her life or those of her fellow apprentices. Aldrex met her during a mission to kill a Terentatek, a monster with a reputation for eating powerful Force Users.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: Though her hyperfocus on combat training has made her into a dangerous combatant, it has also left her under-equipped to deal with more esoteric threats. She is moving to correct this mistake after meeting Aldrex.
  • Hidden Depths: Despite her Book Dumb tendencies, she has shown to be able to quickly adapt in the face of new information. Once she sees a weakness in herself, she immediately moves to fix it.
  • Sheltered Aristocrat: She has lived a very privileged life, to the point where she was surprised enough by Aldrex (a former slave) talking back to her that he was able to get the upper hand in their conversation and weasel a favor out of her. However, her attitude on the matter changed drastically by the time they meet again, making it unlikely to work again.

Darth Scriver

A mountain of a man, he is Tyrene's Master.
  • Adventurer Archaeologist: While most Sith are this on some level, Scriver is a specialist in dealing with Sith Tombs.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Once his apprentices and Aldrex were out of the way, he absolutely thrashed the ghost of Hakagram Graush, though it left him heavily injured in the process.
  • The Dreaded: If the end of Chapter 48 is any indication, he's starting to become this for Hakagram Graush.
  • Eye Scream: Lost his left eye to the Force Ghost of Hakagram Graush.
  • Genius Bruiser: Despite his brutish exterior, Scriver is both an accomplished Sith Sorcerer and Warrior capable of thrashing opponents with his lightsaber and his spells.
  • Implacable Man: Nothing Hakagram Graush does to him puts him down, only momentarily slowing him.
  • Large and in Charge: Scriver towers over the people he commands.
  • Made of Iron: After going one-on-one with Hakagram Graush, he lost an eye and a lot of blood. He immediately came charging back for seconds.

The Scarred Sith

A nameless Sith that started appearing after Aldrex killed Castor Vol, though he only realized he was there after the training hall incident.
  • Covered in Scars: Gets his nickname from the absolutely ludicrous number of scars on his body. There are enough that hair doesn't even grow on most of his exposed skin. Simply smiling is a horrendous sight.
  • The Dreaded: The Scarred Sith immediately became this when Aldrex finally noticed him after finding a work-around to the memory-wiping.
    • The Scarred Sith is also the only one to get a reaction of visible fear out of Overseer Iren.
  • Fan Nickname: The Spacebattles story thread coined the name "Darth Mindfuck."
  • The Spook: Due to the Scarred Sith wiping his memory every time he appears, Aldrex didn't know he had been in the training hall until after he reviewed camera footage.

    Sith Spirits (Spoilers) 

Marka Ragnos

One of the greatest Dark Lord of the Sith to ever exist.
  • The Chessmaster: Using guile, he remained unchallenged for the entirety of his century-long rule of the Sith by playing his enemies against each other. Because of this, he managed the rare feat of dying of old age.
    • It's implied that he's up to his old games again when Olia is show to have retrieved a pair of gauntlets from the ancient Sith Lord's tomb.
  • The Chooser of The One: Brands Aldrex with his mark, designating him as his agent to do his bidding in the galaxy. Having been a slave for a time, Aldrex was not happy with this.
  • Cutting the Knot: Heartily advocates this as opposed to relying on overly complicated plans. This eventually leads to Aldrex simply assassinating Lord Renning.
  • Evil Old Folks: Appears before Aldrex in the form of a withered old man.
  • Genius Bruiser: In his prime, he was an unparalleled warrior and sorcerer.

Hakagram Graush

The last King of the Sith.
  • Best Served Cold: He was killed well over two thousand years before the start of the story. He's still holding a grudge against the Dark Jedi Exiles and everything they built.
  • BFS: Wields a massive Sith Sword and is able to use it with a grace a weapon that size should not be capable of.
  • Black Magic: As Sith King, Graush was among the strongest Sith Sorcerers of his era.
  • Defeat as Backstory: He is most well-known for his death at the hands of the Jedi Exiles, particularly Ajunta Pall, who decapitated Graush with his own weapon.
  • Genius Bruiser: Like Darth Scriver, Graush was both a powerful sorcerer and a skilled warrior. He proves this by simultaneously defeating Scriver, Aldrex, Ortan, and Tyrene when they entered his tomb. However, Scriver manages to defeat him later.
  • In the Back: He turned his attention away from Aldrex to fight Darth Scriver, which ultimately cost him dearly.
  • It's Personal: He took his execution at the hands of the Jedi Exiles and his second-in-command very poorly. He takes a particular interest in brutally murdering Aldrex due to his usage of Ajunta Pall's alchemical techniques.
  • Wrong Assumption: He assumed Aldrex was Ajunta Pall's Shadow Hand (apprentice) due to using Sith alchemy techniques derived from Ajunta's treatise.

Xoxaan

One of the original Dark Jedi.
  • Artifact of Doom: She uses her own holocron as the anchor for her spirit.
  • Childhood Friends: Offhandedly mentions that she and some of the other Dark Jedi had been this, though it didn't stop any from turning on each other. She cites it as a possible reason why Sorzus Syn left her alive in her quest to seize the mantle of Dark Lord of the Sith.
  • Evil Mentor: Serves as this to Olia after the acolyte is drawn to her tomb.
  • Evil Sorcerer: Was one of these, though she freely admits that she was surpassed at this within her lifetime.
  • Good Powers, Bad People: In opposition to the usual abilities of the Sith, she was renowned for her skill at Force healing. She's still just as evil as any other Sith.
  • Renowned Selective Mentor: Xoxaan is extremely picky when choosing her students, requiring them to fulfill three requirements:
    • 1) They must be former Jedi that found the Light empty. 2) They must have found the galaxy lacking. 3) They must have known great anger, hate, and despair.
  • Spirit Advisor: Though she can be easily mistaken for a Virtual Ghost due to using her holocron as her anchor, it is her actual ghost that is interacting with Olia.
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