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Valkor's Forceless Collective
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A faction of strange creatures of unknown origins, presumably from outside the galaxy. Unlike all other life forms and as their name implies, they are completely disconnected from the Force. They seek to control the entire universe, by possessing all life if necessary.

    In General 
  • Alien Invasion: They provide another one to the galaxy not long after the Yuuzhan Vong.
  • And I Must Scream: The fate of those who are possessed but unwilling to serve; They are trapped in their own heads and still experience everything that the symbiote is making them experience. Unless you're in a bloodline of people who've developed an immunity to it, such as Zolph Vaelor and Maesterus.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: A few of the creatures in their army, like the Nidrachas and Juggernaut Beetles.
  • Bizarre Alien Biology: In their base form, they are blob monsters. However, they can sprout random parts and sometimes display non-Euclidean geometry.
  • Body Horror: A common side effect of Forceless possession. Such changes include but are not limited to looking like a monster, having your eyes glow red, growing extra eyes (sometimes in places other than the face), etc.
  • Brainwashing: Episode III reveals that they prefer to do this to the people they possess rather than having their bodies completely taken over. That way, not only do they have access to Force users' abilities (since they require the user's willpower), they are more likely to have people truly loyal to the cause.
  • Eye Lights Out: Their Glowing Eyes of Doom stop glowing when killed.
  • Dark Is Evil: Played with. They look like they would be associated with the Dark Side of the Force, but they really aren't associated with any part of the Force. Otherwise, they play it straight. However, this doesn't apply to Forceless as a whole, as they are only as good or evil as their Heralds.
  • Demonic Possession: This is how they build up their forces.
  • The Dreaded: To Grein, in the army's first appearance on Sleheyron.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Unlike other examples, these ones are constructs. From a Force-sensitive's perspective, they are basically living Force Wounds (which is created when multiple beings die simultaneously on a massive scale), not exactly living but not really dead either. The Black Matter - the base form of Forceless - is the most direct example of this when they aren't possessing other creatures, although the Black Matter itself can take on some other bizzare forms. Some of the creatures they possess also qualify.
  • Hive Mind: The Archfiends and other high-ranking Forceless are capable of recalling the memories of lower-ranking Forceless.
  • Knight of Cerebus: The story took a turn for the dark when they showed up on Sleheyron. They are much worse than the Valkoran.
  • Lack of Empathy: They rarely show any emotions and will do anything to accomplish their goals. When they do show their personality through other beings, they are demonstrated to be incredibly sadistic.
  • Living Ship: Their navy is made up of these in addition to traditional starships provided by cultists.
  • Lovecraftian Superpower: Almost all Forceless creatures (pure Black Matter or possession host) exhibit these abilities.
  • Mix-and-Match Weapon: The warriors carry a weapon that is a cross between a blaster rifle and a Blade on a Stick.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: On Muriga, Forceless are known as Deathborne, which is appropriate since the lead symbiotes are literally born from genocides.
  • No Biological Sex: The Black Matter and all constructs made from it. This solidifies their lack of identity and sole purpose as tools of conquest.
  • Noodle People: The pure Black Matter warriors and Newborns tend to have really long limbs.
  • Obviously Evil: They're usually shadowy monsters with glowing red eyes. This doesn't always apply to Forceless symbiotes as a species outside of the Collective.
  • Orifice Invasion: Their most common method of possession.
  • Outside-Context Problem: Not even an invasion of masochistic religious zealots with organic technology could prepare the galaxy for an army of Eldritch Abominations.
  • Puppeteer Parasite: They often seek living creatures to control.
  • Scary Dogmatic Aliens: The Collective has a bit of all four types in them. They're conquerors from another galaxy aiming to take the whole universe, willing to do anything if it advances their goals of claimed universal peace, whether it be possessing other people to make their servants, brainwashing them into believing in their cause (to the point that Valkor has several cults dedicated to him), or outright killing anyone that refuses to join or is immune to possession. However, the Collective has a regimented hierarchy where Valkor, a charismatic psychopath, is the supreme leader and lowest-ranking Forceless are slaves or cannon-fodder.
  • Sentient Phlebotinum: Black Matter, the base form for symbiotes, can be this for almost any creature. When Zolph Vaelor - who is supposed to be immune to possession and mutation - absorbs Black Matter, he converts it into Force energy and can use it to transform himself. However, he can only channel this energy for a limited time (as Maesterus demonstrated by waiting for the effects to wear off), and if he's in an extreme emotional state, it can drive him insane while transformed.
    1. * The Symbiote
  • Would Hurt a Child: They are not above possessing children and weaponizing them.
  • You Are Number 6: Names are considered privileges in the Forceless Collective. Lower-ranking Forceless, cultists and slaves either don't have names yet or are brainwashed into forgetting their names if they had one before.

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Forceless Collective Leadership

    Valkor 

Emperor Valkor/Yalbdalaoth

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The recognized leader and namesake of the Valkoran Empire. However, he's using the Valkoran as a proxy cult for the Forceless Collective, his real empire.

  • A God Am I: As part of his promises to end all pointless conflict, he wants the entire universe to recognize him as the only deity it needs. Considering what he is, he could almost pass for a god. This may also stem from his creator, Hazral Vangeli, trying to pass him, or rather his symbiote, off as one of Muriga's gods, Yalbdalaoth, taking physical form.
  • Ax-Crazy: He's usually very reserved, but if he gets agitated enough and his eyes become visible, he can get rather sadistic. He even tries to torture Zolph before killing him, including trying to have Mortaqa cut his head off slowly.
  • Badass Cape: He wears a cape all the time until his robotic body is cut in half.
  • Bad Boss: After a failed attempt to execute Zolph, he snaps and threatens to eat one of his generals' family if he doesn't try to capture or kill Zolph. When said general dies trying to kill Zolph, Valkor tries to order the family to be eaten anyway, but Maesterus persuades him not to lest he lose even more popularity after killing everyone on Christophsis. After that incident, he's trying to avoid that behavior to keep his troops on his side but it's too little too late and he loses half his empire.
  • Big Bad: For the entire Paranormalities trilogy. However, the prologue of Episode III suggests that the real Valkor Vangeli is just a decoy Herald and his name is being used as an alias by an entity known as Yalbdalaoth, possibly the symbiote.
  • Bishōnen Line: Zigzagged when it comes to his form progression in the Battle of Ockla Prime. His first form is a moderately menacing robotic humanoid form that occasionally oozes Black Matter and does something gross. His second form is a grotesque, formless Blob Monster with incredibly chaotic anatomy and uses half his first form as an interactive puppet. His final form, the colossus, is a bit more elegant but still lovecratian in appearance, and with a base that takes up the entirety of the capital's lowest levels.
  • Black Hole Belly: In fact, his "stomach" seems to be another dimension entirely, where the life-forces of every person he's eaten is stored, and that falls into the millions range. In fact this stomach, the Pool of Souls, is connected to his Forceless Collective as a whole, which eats any possession victims who have died while being possessed.
  • Body Snatcher: According to Admon Onae, Valkor Vangeli is not the one really in charge of the Forceless Collective. The real Valkor is being used as a decoy Herald by Hazral Vangeli and the lead symbiote, Yalbdalaoth. In other words, all those avatars he's used were really all avatars of Yalbdalaoth.
  • Broken Pedestal: He was once heavily revered thoughout the Valkoran Empire, but after the annihilation of Christophsis, half of the Valkoran Empire defected in disgust and under Maesterus's leadership, founded what would eventually become the Seferite Order.
  • The Caligula: Subverted, as Valkor deliberately tries to avoid coming off as one, but after killing everyone on Christophsis to psychologically torment Zolph, having a Villainous Breakdown and threatening to eat one of his generals' family, he starts playing this trope almost straight. After the campaign, Maesterus advises him not to take it further lest he lose any more public approval (even lampshading his descent into madness by comparing him to Masochus), to which Valkor ultimately agrees, as he tries to avoid killing any more civilian populations when achieving victories through Mortaqa, not that it does anything to win their favor back. Suffice to say, while he is undoubtedly insane, he's still far more functional and competent than Masochus.
  • Casting a Shadow: Not exactly shadows, but the Black Matter coming from his body can work like this.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: He decides to inflict a bit of this on Zolph before trying to kill him, as Zolph has been nuisance to him for years now that it would be unsatisfying for him to just kill outright.
  • Combat Tentacles: One way he uses the Dark Matter coming from his body.
  • Combat Pragmatist: He has lightsaber-resistant claws, and he defeats General Ven Choi in a duel the General initially seems to be doing well in by simply ripping his respirator mask off his face. He's also not above attacking people while they are conversing with him or anyone else over comlink.
  • Cool Mask: He wears a helmet that loosely resembles the Valkoran flag symbol. Cina Onae reveals that this is a warrior helmet design that originates from Valkor's homeworld of Muriga.
  • The Dreaded: When he's about to show up, most people react with fear.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Don't be fooled by his initial shape. That's just a robotic shell containing his true form, which could be described as an infinitely expanding pool of Black Matter. He heavily emphasizes the Eldritch part after Maesterus cuts his shell in half and when he turns himself into a colossus. And the avatar on Ockla Prime was one for Yalbdalaoth, the lead symbiote of his Forceless Collective.
  • Eviler Than Thou: Gestroma learned this the hard way.
  • Extra Eyes: He can generate lots of these, especially outside his robotic body.
  • Fate Worse than Death: Being Eaten Alive by him and trapped in the Pool of Souls can be considered this.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He's very soft-spoken and polite, but inside, he's a remorseless sadist. For example, he tauntingly commends Zolph for resisting his attempts to bring him over the Despair Event Horizon.
  • Femme Fatalons: A male example that he weaponizes, and on a mechanical body.
  • Galactic Conqueror: He doesn't rule the main Star Wars galaxy, but he has already conquered several others in the course of a thousands of years.
  • God Guise: Valkor's symbiote, Yalbdalaoth, was named after one of Muriga's gods by Hazral Vangeli to pass off as said god taken physical form as a pretext for consolidating power.
  • Good Powers, Bad People: He is capable of resurrecting the dead as long as they were possessed by his symbiotes when they died. If he has resurrected someone, he brought them back to serve the Collective, and he might have resurrected them with symbiotes inside/attached to them or altered their anatomy to being dependent on the symbiote to make them more compliant. Because bringing back the dead sounds so tempting to people who've lost loved ones, the Galactic Alliance made counter-propaganda denying that Valkor is capable of doing this, but that gets complicated by Valkor bringing previously-killed Archfiends into battle.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: Maesterus diagonally bisects his humanoid body during the Battle of Ockla Prime. However, since said body is just a shell, it hardly fazes him.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: He may be about the size of human being, but he's capable of devouring other people his size. Unfortunately, those eaten alive by don't become one with the Force, but are kept in a pseudo-afterlife he calls the Pool of Souls. It's also suggested that he doesn't eat people for nourishment and prefers to eat them alive, when they haven't become one with the Force yet.
    Valkor: Don't give me that look, dear. It isn't cannibalism if we're not the same species.
  • Kick the Dog: He was the one who ordered Dynn Manthis's mutation. He also murders an entire planet just to psychologically torment Zolph and let him know how he's going to kill him, and he kills Maesterus in a disturbingly elaborate fashion for all on Ockla Prime to see.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch:
    • Subverted when he ordered the genocide of the Kur'Ada Equalists and then devoured their leader alive. Sure, the Kur'Ada were a group of anti-Force sensitive terrorists, but they began to realize how evil Valkor was, and what he did to Mursama is far worse than killing her. Then he tries to order Maesterus to bring the rest of the survivng Kur'Ada over to him to be eaten, including the civilians.
    • However, he plays it straight when he assimilates Gestroma into his Forceless Collective. He also plays it straight again when he places a sleeper symbiote inside of Masochus and refuses to help regenerate his body when Grein and Armogeist are about to kill him.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Even though he didn't make an appearance yet, his name being mentioned in the last chapters of Episode I makes it pretty clear that not only is Maesterus not the Big Bad, Valkor is an even bigger threat. When he first appears in "The Enforcer", he greatly demonstrated that not everyone in the Valkoran Empire is an Anti-Villain. He then takes it up a notch in "The Weapon".
  • Lovecraftian Superpower: Just having Black Matter for most of your abilities qualifies for this.
  • Malevolent Masked Man: A mask that also doubles as a face of sorts.
  • Meaningful Name: His symbiote, Yalbdalaoth, is named after Yaldabaoth, which is another name for the Demiurge or "False God". Appropriately, Yalbdalaoth was artificially created, named after one of Muriga's gods In-Universe, and paraded around as the physical incarnation of said god.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Deconstructed in-universe. Several Valkoran soldiers grow disillusioned with their loyalty to him after they witness him order the annihilation of Christophsis. Even Maesterus tells him he's crossing a line (for specifics, this is the first time the Valkoran Empire has committed planetary genocide in its four-thousand-year history), and it's confirmed one month later at the end of "Facade" that half the Valkoran Empire has defected.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!:
    • If he had just ordered Mortaqa to kill only the Galactic Alliance forces on Christophsis and not the civilian population as well and just killed Zolph quickly instead of torturing him, he wouldn't have lost half his empire's loyalty and Ockla Prime wouldn't be vulnerable to a full-scale invasion from the Alliance.
    • As Maesterus points out, had Valkor not sent him to kill his own descendants (banking on the hope that Maesterus forgot who he was over four-thousand years) and sent someone else to do the deed, Maesterus might not have actively conspired against Valkor and started a war to get the Galactic Alliance and Jedi Order's attention and get the Valkoran Empire's activity on the galactic radar.
  • Nightmare Face: Concept art shows he doesn't actually have a physical face, but rather one made from Black Matter slithering over a blank robotic head module. When he does take his mask in front of Maesterus, he's deliberately trying to invoke this.
  • Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: Suffice to say, a lot of people in-universe are scared of this guy, even without knowing exactly what he's capable of.
  • Not So Stoic: He's usually calm, but when he snaps, he can be shouting at the top of his lungs.
  • Obviously Evil: Even when most of the Valkoran are sympathetic, this guy just screams bad news from the get go.
  • Oh, Crap!: He has a very subtle one when Zolph is able to properly control his Force channeling for once and fails to stop Zolph from completing the transformation, as Zolph now has the power to destroy him.
  • One-Winged Angel: He does this twice in the Battle of Ockla Prime. First, after his robotic body gets cut in half, revealing his true form. Then, he assimilates the severed head of the Ragnirathan and a few other Forceless to turn himself into a Black Matter colossus with a base that floods the surface level of the capital.
  • Orcus on His Throne: Lampshaded by Maesterus and defied when he comes to Alpheridies. Just to note, if he ever gets off his throne, terrible things happen.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: He sometimes treats his actions like he's playing a game, which often leads him to drawing out the pain he inflicts on people. He'll only take the practical route if he realizes his own vices are causing problems for him. Also, if something doesn't go his way, he'll break his cool demeanor and lash out.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Just like most Forceless. In fact, if his eyes become visible at all... RUN!
  • Slasher Smile: Some of the Black Matter coming out of him sport these.
  • Smug Snake: He's very arrogant and condescending, but when you are commanding one of the biggest armies in the universe and are a near-unstoppable demigod, you can't blame him for being smug. This is also subverted in that he acknowledges that he can and has made mistakes before, and he acknowledges the power and resolve of certain individuals. He's also more competent than most examples of this trope.
  • The Sociopath: Lack of Empathy? Check. Self-serving? Check. Manipulative and influential of others? Check. Sadistic? Check. He's a high-functioning example of this.
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist: When he's not visibly angry, he can off as this.
  • Time Abyss: He's even older than the Infinite Empire.
  • Too Many Mouths: He doesn't have a visible mouth on his robotic body, but he can generate mouths from the Black Matter.
  • Troll: He really loves to push the buttons of any enemies he's emotionally tormented for a long time, such as his various attempts to break Zolph and treat them like something he does every day. During the Battle of Ockla Prime, he deactivates the elevator to his throne room (which is set atop the tallest building on the planet) just to make Zolph and Maesterus "tour the palace" (for the first time in four-thousand years in the latter's case).
  • Villainous Breakdown: He has a rather notable one after a failed attempt to execute Zolph Vaelor.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: According to Juganak, he has some followers that are fanatically loyal to him, especially if they were born in the Valkoran Empire. This changes after the annihilation of Christophsis, putting him between this and 0% Approval Rating and causing half the empire to defect.
  • Would Hurt a Child: He tried to have Zolph killed when he was only thirteen years old, all because he was one of the few beings in the universe to have an immunity to Forceless possession, and thus could not be forced to serve him. He also undoubtedly killed a lot of children by ordering Mortaqa to Life Drain all of Christophsis.

Forceless Archfiends

    Archfiends (General) 

Archfiends

The main generals of the Forceless Collective and Valkor.

  • Evil Is Bigger: A lot of the Archfiends Zolph fights are imposing and monstrous beings.
  • Hive Mind: Only they and Valkor can access the memories of other Forceless. However, they can't access Valkor's.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: This is how most of them earned their rank. They can range from just being capable of causing planetary calamities (directly or indirectly) to being unusually powerful Force users.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Except their cans are actually Hypergates. As such, the Valkoran summoning rituals to bring them to the galaxy is all just a bunch of cult flair.
  • Undying Loyalty: They are all willing possession hosts. With the exception of Mandoculus and Xixixix, who are really just a bullied Punch-Clock Villain and an Almighty Idiot respectively, and possibly Cinydra and Orotice.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Most of them don't last past one chapter until they're killed off. The exceptions to this rule are Belluzub and Facadma, who are around for two chapters (Facadma is an unusual case, in that she was present in Episode II - Chapter 13 through Mortaqa).

     Facadma 

Facadma

Valkor's right-hand woman and rival to Belluzub, this Force Vampire possessed Emilin, turned her into the being known as Mortaqa and consumed the life-force of everyone on Christophsis.

  • Abusive Parent: Since her children only have one-hour lifespans, she doesn't feel obligated to giving them a proper upbringing and treats them as expendable soldiers.
  • Alien Hair: Her cranial and cheek tentacles.
  • Ax-Crazy: Downplayed when compared to Belluzub, as she lacks his Stupid Evil tendencies. However, it is suggested she fed on the Rakata priests on Chilades as soon as she was summoned, prompting them to abandon the planet, strand Facadma to feed on Chilades' wildlife sparingly and betray the Forceless Collective. While she still remains as sadistic as ever, she shows a lot more self-restraint now.
  • Blatant Lies: She tries to make it look like Mortaqa has developed Stockholm Syndrome from being possessed so long. Zolph isn't convinced.
  • Body Horror: In addition to having a hollow skull with nothing but a Forceless eye crystal, she can inflict this on her hosts by making them grow telepathic inhibitor horns and embedding herself in their face as a mask. It's also implied that she once had a mouth and that it atrophied due to both Forceless possession and overuse of feeding on the living Force.
  • Cast from Hit Points: Her Force powers are powered by her own body. So she stockpiles the living Force harvested from other creatures to use instead so she doesn't waste away her own body. When she gets weakened after being lobotomized and de-limbed, it bites her in the ass and the stockpiled life Force starts to kill her slowly.
  • Co-Dragons: With Belluzub, but not on good terms with him.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: After getting all her arms cut off and weakened, all the life-force from the trillions of people she's absorbed (which are justifiably pissed since they are still sentient) starts to rip her apart from the inside, visibly cracking her body and making her scream in pain. However, this is then subverted by Zolph finishing her off with his lightsaber, because as much as she might have deserved it, subjecting her to this wouldn't make him any better than her.
  • Cyclops: A weird example. Her eye crystal is the only thing inside her skull, and it looks out through three sockets.
  • Demonic Possession: She's not just inhabited by a Forceless symbiote, she can possess other people too. She can bypass Zolph's Forceless immunity due to her body technically not being Forceless.
  • Explosive Breeder: She's capable of laying eggs instantaneously and without a mate.
  • Eye Scream: Once her eye crystal (which also functions as her brain) is shattered, she dies.
  • Faux Affably Evil: She praises Zolph for killing her rival, Belluzub, just before attacking him.
  • Foil: To Belluzub. While he's physical and Stupid Evil, Facadma is more cunning and magic based.
  • Giggling Villain: She laughs a lot, but telepathically only since she doesn't have a mouth.
  • Karmic Death: Subverted. She is almost subjected to a Cruel and Unusual Death of being slowly torn apart from the inside courtesy of the living Force she devoured, but Zolph decides to just give her a quick death because doing so would make him no better than the Forceless. However, he doesn't do it without letting her get a taste of her own victims' suffering first.
  • Kick the Dog: In addition to possessing and psychologically tormenting Emilin, she killed everyone on Christophsis.
  • Loves the Sound of Screaming: She really gets sick kicks out of psychologically tormenting Emilin and planned to do the same to Zolph.
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: She has three arms.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: While she was trapped on Chilades, she had to learn restraint when it came to feeding on the life-forces of living creatures since it would disrupt Chilades' ecosystem and ultimately deprive her of her only food source at the time.
  • Primal Stance: She actually has to walk with her arms to balance her body due to her limbs being tipped with one claw each.
  • Psycho Electro: One of her Force powers is green Force lightning powered by harvested living Force.
  • Samus Is a Girl: No one figures out that Facadma is actually female until Mortaqa confirms it.
  • Starfish Alien: She's implied to be one if theories about her pre-possession anatomy are true.
  • Stupid Evil: Subverted. She used to show signs of this as soon she was summoned by immediately feeding on the Rakata priests who summoned her. This immediately convinced the Rakata to abandon Chilades (and strand her there with limited food sources) and betray the Forceless Collective. Apparently, this mistake (and being trapped on one planet for several millennia) has taught her self-restraint.
  • Time Abyss: She is one of the Archfiends with the most seniority in the Forceless Collective, and was summoned during the reign of the Infinite Empire.
  • We Are as Mayflies: Not Facadma herself (she is nigh-immortal), but her children are an exaggerated example of this trope. They can only live for one hour due to birth defects that keep them from being able to eat physical food (not having physical mouths nor having their mother's Force-feeding powers).
  • Your Soul Is Mine: Her special talent, and possessing Force users only makes it more powerful.

    Belluzub 

Belluzub

Valkor's left-hand man, a former Golubrum despot, and an all-around sadistic brute. Summoned on the "Death Star Forge" over Krantisi.

  • Abusive Parent: He views his own children as expendable and little more than unintelligent attack drones with short life-spans.
  • A God Am I: As one of the very rare Force-sensitive Golubrum (and the Force being unheard of by them), Belluzub abused this status to pass himself off as a god-emperor among his people.
  • Aliens Speaking English: The first Archfiend discovered to be able to speak Basic. He learned it from the Collective's monitoring of the galaxy.
  • Asshole Victim: He's resurrected by Valkor with his skin still suffering from fifth-degree burns as punishment for being Stupid Evil. This is a cruel and torturous punishment, but given that Belluzub is one of the more sadistic Archfiends, it's well-deserved.
  • Ax-Crazy: He's incredibly dedicated to making his victims suffer as he kills them.
  • Back from the Dead: Episode III's prologue reveals that Valkor resurrected him about a month after his death. However, he wasn't resurrected with his skin intact so Valkor could drill the consequences of his stupidity into him.
  • Batman Can Breathe in Space: He claims he can survive space without life-support.
  • Beware My Stinger Tail: One of his natural weapons is a blade-tipped tail.
  • Body Horror: Aside from becoming a Mr. Seahorse and developing a Nested Mouth, both of his eyes have disappeared from their original sockets and moved to the tongue and his forehead. When he was resurrected by Valkor, he was resurrected with his skin still burned, and according to Dynn, they are fifth-degree burns (which would be penetrating his muscles and bones).
  • The Caligula: Even before affiliating with the Collective, Belluzub was an incredibly psychopathic dictator with a god complex.
  • Chewing the Scenery: He's a lot more talkative compared to the Archfiends Zolph fought before him.
  • Climax Boss: He's the final opponent for Zolph in Episode I, and the one that ultimately cements as Maesterus as an ally to Zolph.
  • Co-Dragons: He is this with Facadma to Valkor.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: According to Girdretto, his death wasn't as quick as being thrown into a star would normally be. Supplementary material confirms that the Golubrum come from a planet with no atmosphere and have developed a UV radiation resistance, which would mean solar flares would slowly roast them rather than quickly incinerate them. The fact that his death was so torturous was the only reason his symbiote was able to salvage him for resurrection.
  • Cruel Mercy: Zolph trapped him in a force cage after he tried to play The Corrupter on him and failed, leaving him to die in the destruction of the Death Star Forge. He eventually got out though, only to be killed by Maesterus.
  • The Corrupter: He tried to be this to Zolph when he tried to mock him over Dynn's death. It didn't work.
  • Dark Is Evil: Aside from his appearance, Force Lightning is a power often associated with the Dark Side.
  • Eyes Do Not Belong There: His eyes have disappeared from their original sockets. Now they are on his forehead and his tongue.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He's very casual for an ancient entity, but he's also incredibly sadistic. He also lectures Zolph about being willing to kill his children, while only pretending to care about them.
  • For the Evulz: Pretty much the only explanation for his sadism.
  • Healing Factor: He demonstrates this by regrowing his tongue and tail between his two encounters with Zolph.
  • Hurl It into the Sun: His death by Maesterus's hands.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: He may be big enough to swallow a man whole, but he's sapient enough to qualify. According to his backstory, he was also willing to eat his own children once they became old enough for intelligent thought.
  • Kick the Dog: During his battle with Zolph, he mocks Zolph over the very recent of Dynn in an attempt to drive him over the edge.
  • Lightning Bruiser: He is surprisingly fast for a creature of his size.
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: He has both reptilian and insectoid traits.
  • Mr. Seahorse: He's capable of instantaneously giving birth to fly-like larvae. This isn't a natural trait for Golubrum, however.
  • Nested Mouths: In addition to resembling an even more demonic xenomorph with eyes on the outside, he's also got an elongated tongue that works like a second head.
  • Oh, Crap!: When he realizes that Maesterus and Zolph are immune to Forceless possession and when Maesterus is flying him towards Krantisi's sun, he's very much kriffed.
  • Primal Stance: He usually walks on all four limbs.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: Deconstructed in his backstory. The Golubrum are stated to be a warrior race, but Belluzub is incredibly psychopathic by their standards and sold them out to the Forceless Collective.
  • Psycho for Hire: He willingly joined the Forceless Collective so he could kill more people.
  • The Quisling: According to his backstory, he sold out his own species to the Collective.
  • Rasputinian Death: Having your arms, tail and tongue cut off and then thrown into a sun definitely qualifies.
  • Shock and Awe: He reveals that he's a willing servant of the Collective by using Force Lightning on Zolph.
  • Slasher Smile: He sports one in Episode I: Ch. 15's cover art.
  • Smug Snake: A very contemptuous creature that underestimates Zolph and Maesterus.
  • The Sociopath: He takes great pleasure in watching Zolph get angry and he has no concern for his children.
  • Stupid Evil: He's not going to be pragmatic if it means he can make his victims suffer. Valkor punishes Belluzub after he resurrects him specifically for being this (which is part of the reason he died in the first place) by having him resurrected with his skin still burned.
  • Villain Ball: A two-fold version. Not only does mocking Zolph over Dynn's death nearly subject him to a brutal death, he makes the same mistake as Palpatine by trying to tell Zolph to give into his anger and strike him down, only for Zolph to catch on, back down and leave him to die in a less aggressive manner.
  • Weaponized Offspring: His instantly-birthed offspring are little more than tools to him.
  • We Have Reserves: He also cares very little about his short-lived larvae, as he can easily make more. He only pretends to care about his larvae when Zolph kills them as a way of trying to belittle him.
  • Xenomorph Xerox: He looks like a much larger one with eyes (including on his Nested Mouth), head plating with horns, and insect mandibles.
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    Terraris 

Terraris

The first Archfiend Zolph Vaelor encountered (and before he even learned about the Collective). Encountered on Tatooine and capable of terrakinesis.

  • Ambiguous Gender: He's referred to with male pronouns, but has no confirmed biological gender.
  • Back from the Dead: He is one of several Archfiends that was resurrected. However, Zolph kills him again shortly after encountering him on Blenjeel, this time making sure he can't be resurrected.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: His second death is much more brutal than his first. Zolph cuts off his mandibles, blinds him, turns his head to barely functional mush by telekinetically sandwiching it between two boulders, and cutting him to so many pieces that he won't be able to resurrect again.
  • Deader Than Dead: Zolph finishes him off the second time by cutting him into thousands of pieces, vaporizing the symbiote and almost guaranteeing the Collective won't resurrect him a second time.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: He can create sand geysers and telekinetically throw large rocks. As a powerful Force-sensitive Planara Manos, he is capable of causing earthquakes and sandstorms too.
  • Fast Tunneling: According to supplementary material, Planara Manos are strong enough to burrow through even duracrete at amazing speed.
  • King Mook: Terraris's species, the Planara Manos, have a place in the Collective's army. Terraris is just more powerful than the average Planara Manos, which is probably why he's an Archfiend.
  • Off with His Head!: How Zolph kills him.
  • Our Monsters Are Weird: His species is some kind of giant sand snake with a hand-like head, finger-like mandibles, a single eye and no mouth, and earth manipulation powers.
  • Sand Worm: He's more like a snake, but in principle is one of these.
  • Starfish Alien: The Planara Manos, while monstrous and non-humanoid in appearance, are in fact sentient.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: For Zolph. Although according to Grein, he's one of the weakest Archfiends. It just means that he needs to be careful when fighting Archfiends.
  • Worm Sign: Averted. Zolph had to rely on his Force sense to detect his movement underground.

    Cryosmn 

Cryosmn

The second Archfiend Zolph Vaelor was to stop, but he managed to prevent its summoning on Polus.

    Hydrojus 

Hydrojus

A Cranaquia capable of mass water manipulation. Summoned on Manaan.

  • Ambiguous Gender: He's referred to with masculine pronouns, but isn't explicitly confirmed to be male.
  • Ax-Crazy: Despite not having any dialogue, his behavior (killing the Valkoran who summoned him) and laughing as he tries to hurt Zolph and Grein indicates he has quite a mean streak.
  • Evil Laugh: The slightest tint of personality displayed by an otherwise silent Archfiend.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: His death at the hands of Zolph.
  • Killer Rabbit: He may be the smallest Archfiend in size, but he will crush you with your own insides if you're not careful.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: Tried to flee from Zolph once his pool was frozen. He didn't get very far.
  • Making a Splash : As a Cranaquia, he can use the Force to control any body of water he is inhabiting unless frozen. He can even chain up multiple bodies of water. And unfortunately for his victims, the water he controls can also come from living creatures' bodies. Hydrojus is also said to be powerful enough to cause tsunamis.
  • People Puppets: It uses Grein's hydromorphism against her and tries to use her to kill Zolph.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: He's the smallest Archfiend, and he can manipulate at least an entire planet's worth of water.
  • Starfish Alien: As a Cranaquia, he's basically a fish-like creature with a relatively huge brain and scorpion-like legs, making him look like the water-creature's brain.

    Mandoculus 

Mandoculus

An Archfiend encountered on Dagobah and the first Archfiend Zolph fights in Episode II. A colossal, nigh-impervious creature of unknown origin.

  • Aliens Speaking English: However, he doesn't speak it too well...
  • Anti-Villain: He only serves the Collective out of being bullied and fear of complete possession.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: He is 23 meters tall. The largest Archfiend Zolph has fought so far.
  • Back from the Dead: Subverted in Episode III. The Collective seemingly brought him back for an attack on Barsemic, but as he proves to be far more intelligent (and reliable to the Collective) than on Dagobah and Zolph remembers that his brain was vaporized by a thermal detonator (thus guaranteeing he became one with the Force), Zolph suspects that they merely cloned him from the salvaged tissue.
  • Berserk Button: Don't try to assert authority over it unless you are in a higher position, or you will be turned into red goo.
  • Butt-Monkey: Not played for laughs. He suffers the most physical and psychological abuse out of all the Archfiends so far, and he hardly gets a hit on Zolph or Juganak.
  • Demonic Possession: The symbiote eventually gets fed up with his cowardice and takes over him.
  • Dumb Muscle: Deconstructed. He's incredibly durable, but he's even less intelligent than Belluzub (whose stupidity is only really a result of his sadism) and would rather not be doing anything that would cause itself pain. The only reason it's classified as an Archfiend is it's weapon potential.
  • Eldritch Abomination: He's suggested to be one on his own just from his bizarre anatomy and the suggestion of him being the only one of his kind.
  • Eye Beams: He is able to shoot these from his central eye.
  • Eyeless Face: Rather the eyes are in other places.
  • Eyes Do Not Belong There: They are on his shoulders and tongue.
  • Feed It a Bomb: Zolph kills him by shoving a thermal detonator down his throat.
  • Go for the Eye: As dumb as Mandoculus is, he was intelligent enough not to expose the weakpoint in his throat unless attacking with a laser from his central eye, using the shoulder eyes instead. As such Zolph tries to blind them to force Mandoculus to expose his central eye. The Collective were clearly aware of this weakness when they cloned Mandoculus, as the clone in question was equipped with protective lenses over the shoulder eyes.
  • The Hedonist: He's scared of total possession, but he's also very sensitive to pain, and is only serving willingly to avoid both of those, with him begging the symbiote to give him another chance when he does something wrong.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Zolph defeats the Mandoculus clone by using the Force to collect the energy from his own eye lasers to form an energy projectile much larger than Mandoculus, then vaporizing him.
  • Hulk Speak: He has a very broken speech pattern. As soon as the symbiote completely takes over, he starts speaking with proper grammar. In Episode III, the lack of this trait is one of the things that tips off Zolph to the Mandoculus attacking Barsemic being a clone.
  • In Name Only: He's only called an Archfiend due to his nigh invulnerability. However, he's only serving willingly to avoid more pain and possession.
  • The Juggernaut: He is invulnerable everywhere (not even lightsabers can penetrate his skin) except for his insides and eyes. In fact, this is the only reason the Collective possessed and made him an Archfiend.
  • Ludicrous Gibs: His death involved being forced to swallow a grenade and then being blown to chunks.
  • Mercy Kill: Zolph is very remorseful about killing him since he was effectively forced into evil.
  • Mighty Glacier: He's incredibly powerful, but really slow.
  • No Biological Sex: He has no biological gender, to the point he was referred to with gender-neutral pronouns early on.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: He's very simple-minded with a limited speech pattern, doesn't react well to even the most minor pain, and isn't actively malicious like other Archfiends, but his typical response to being irritated is to smash the source of irritation into paste. He only tries to kill Zolph because he was told too, and whines when Zolph proves too difficult to kill.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: He's only actually a threat because the Collective's forcing him to be one.
  • Tortured Monster: He's just a hedonistic Eldritch Abomination that's only a threat because the Forceless Collective made him join.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: He was introduced as the first of a few sympathetic Archfiends.

    Cinydra 

Cinydra

An Archfiend fought and defeated on Korriban/Moraband. A large, bipedal dragon with a body that looks like a skull with three heads coming out of it. Older brother of Orotice.

    Fafniros 

Fafniros

A cybernetically-modified Archfiend that was created from birth to serve the Collective. Summoned on Dxun.

  • Affably Evil: Unlike most of the Archfiends, he would rather not fight anyone weaker than him, and will only attack if they fight back.
  • Anti-Villain: Type I. He's been loyal to the Collective since birth, but he's developed concepts such as honor.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: As far he's concerned, only those who prove themselves stronger than him are worthy of giving him commands.
  • Blood Knight: Would like nothing more than to duel a worthy opponent.
  • Body Horror: That armoring? It's been grafted on, and there's no skin underneath.
  • Child Soldier: Considering he was born specifically to serve the Collective.
  • Cyborg: He's got metal for his skin, and he has a few mechanical parts as well.
  • Demonic Possession: The symbiote inside him hijacks him once it's fed up with his morals.
  • Designer Babies: Unlike other Archfiends, he was cultivated specifically to serve the Collective. And his appearance suggests he was designed to be a cyborg dragon since birth.
  • Disney Villain Death: He falls off the deck of a battleship after he's stabbed through the chest.
  • Dying as Yourself: He's very grateful to die after being completely possessed.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Not only does he refuse to duel (or serve) anyone weaker than him unless he's attacked first, he will not strike killing blows to defenseless opponents. This gets deconstructed when this ends up pissing off the symbiote inside him.
  • Extra Eyes: Eight of them, for a total of ten.
  • Eyes Do Not Belong There: Is said to have eyes on his lower jaw.
  • Flight: Unlike Cinydra before him, who could barely fly at all. However, his wings get burned away later in a dogfight with Zolph.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: How Zolph kills him.
  • Instant Awesome: Just Add Dragons!: Cyborg alien dragon that is.
  • Jet Pack: Or more like thrusters.
  • Let's Fight Like Gentlemen: He prefers one-on-one duels regardless of who he's fighting.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: He's a cyborg demon space dragon.
  • Noble Demon: Probably the most honorable Archfiend in the Collective, even if he what he does isn't necessarily right.

    Harphscor 

Harphscor

The Archfiend of Kashyyyk. Notable for being one of the only Archfiends to be summoned before Zolph Vaelor get to his temple.

  • Animalistic Abomination: Aside from having internal organs that can change places at a moment's notice, his profile suggests he may be from a different plane of existence.
  • Ax-Crazy: His sadism is comparable to Belluzub. A change of pace from the more sympathetic Archfiends previously introduced in Episode II.
  • Bald of Evil: His head resembles that of a bald human.
  • Beware My Stinger Tail: Has one in place of legs. Said stinger can also spray and infect people with Black Matter, turning them into Forceless hosts.
  • Bizarre Alien Biology: Not only is he capable of producing Black Matter, he's able to change his heart's internal location.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Not only does he inflict these types of deaths on people, but he's on the receiving end of one of these and a Karmic Death when Zolph transforms and goes insane after converting the Black Matter he was inadvertently infected with into Force energy. As for what Zolph does to him, he cuts off his tail (his lower body), then both of his wings, and then telekinetically crushes his skull as he's begging for mercy.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Is on the receiving end of one when Zolph Force Channels.
  • Dirty Coward: Not only does he prefer to attack from distance (though that's most likely just him being smart, too) and kill people in sadistic ways, he also fled from the Battle of Rwookrrorro after he unleashed a Forceless pack to fight the Galactic Alliance and Wookiee forces and he started to beg for mercy when a Forceless-channeled Zolph started eviscerating him limb by limb until Zolph crushed his skull.
  • Eye Beams: He's capable of shooting these from the ethereal eyes in his empty sockets.
  • Extra Eyes: Played with. His main eye is in his forehead, but the human-like eye-sockets are empty and have ethereal eyes.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: It was infecting Zolph with Black Matter into his shoulder that allowed Zolph to kill him.
  • Hollywood Acid: One of his own biological weapons, preferring to melt his enemies down starting at their feet.
  • Mook Maker: He's able to self-generate Black Matter, the base form for Forceless symbiotes.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Lampshaded by Maesterus. When he tried to kill Maesterus and his men after summoning him (but failing to kill the former), he also destroyed the probe droids that were spying on Maesterus and preventing him from killing Harphscor as soon as he was summoned.
  • Poisonous Person: Instead of poisoning people with toxins, he can poison them with Black Matter, turning them into Forceless.

    Stythanyx 

Stythanyx

The Archfiend of Guaymar and the perceived namesake deity of the Stythanyst death cults. Unlike most of the others, he gets summoned even before Zolph lands on Guaymar.

  • Affably Evil: He's apparently evil, but manages to remain polite about it, even offering Zolph and his friends a chance to turn back and have a chance to enjoy the only four days they have left to live because of his death curse before fighting him.
  • A God I Am Not: Despite many cultures treating him as one due to his abilities.
  • Ancient Astronauts: Most beings who are unaware of the connection to Stythanyx believe the Hands to be the ghosts of these since they haunt a crashed Ghost Ship.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: He's loyal to the Collective, but his motivations are more or less about speeding up a natural process.
  • Brown Note: Having seen all four of the Hands can be fatal to any one for causes that are not medically clear.
  • Combat Tentacles: He's got four of them while the Hands all have two. Of note is that these tentacles have hands on the tips.
  • Death Is Cheap: The Hands CANNOT truly die, even if they've been cut in half.
  • Demonic Possession: Averted with the Hands, as they are not Forceless hosts. Due to their psychic link to Stythanyx, having them possessed is completely unnecessary. It could also be dangerous to the Collective since Forceless are hive-minded, and the Hands' four-day curse could potentially kill the entire Collective.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Being psychically linked to four other creatures and looking very strange, he is this even by Archfiend standards. He's also seen as an old god in some religions. The Hands of Stythanyx may also qualify since seeing all four of them (even through recorded images) means you will die not long after, even if you think you've gotten away from them. And they can't die, either, even after being cut to pieces.
  • Extra Eyes: Stythanyx has four while the Hands only have one.
  • Eye Scream: Aside from suffering this during his fight, his closed eyelids seem to invoke this, as they look they've had pieces of them removed. In actuality, they have a transparent membrane that allows him to see when his eyes are closed (although not perfectly).
  • Face Death with Dignity / Graceful Loser: When he's defeated, he accepts his own death in full-stride since he's been curious about what it's like.
  • Four Is Death: Really hammered in. He has four eyes, four arms, four mouths and four minions, and he's got control over death. If you see all four of the Hands at least once, you will die in four days unless Stythanyx is killed.
  • The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: In-universe, as the Hands can mark beings even through photographic recordings. Played with further in the concept art, as the image only features one of them. Matt Mosher even asks on his Twitter post, "Are you sure you want to meet the other three?"
  • Good Eyes, Evil Eyes: The Hands each have one big eye with a grey iris and a white pupil, showing that they are not Forceless hosts. Justified as only could one Forceless meeting all four of the Hands backfire on the Collective as a whole, just possessing Stythanyx - who is the body behind the Hands - would make possessing the Hands redundant.
  • Implacable Aliens: No matter what you do, the Hands of Stythanyx cannot die, even if they've been cut apart with a lightsaber. Even if you escape from them, you're doomed.
  • Necromancer: He can reanimate the dead on a planet-wide scale.
  • Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: Possibly him, but the Hands definitely qualify, given that meeting all four gets you a timed death mark, and those who've been marked suffer hallucinations and experience extreme fear when they die. Even the heroes are creeped out by the idea of these guys.
  • Resurrective Immortality: The Hands of Stythanyx benefit from this as along as Stythanyx himself is still alive. No matter how one is "killed", the corpse will disappear and come back completely intact.
  • Starfish Aliens: The Hands of Stythanyx are this regardless of their actual origins.
  • Straw Nihilist: His mentality in a nutshell, as he believes he's speeding up a natural process by having people marked for death. When he's dying, he asks Zolph why most beings decide to live despite their being no meaning. When he hears Zolph's answer, he accepts it.
  • Wall Master: The Hands attack patterns involve phasing in and out of reality and appearing right behind their prey when they're not looking.

     Xixixix 

Xixixix

Also known as the Mad God in Krishari culture, this Archfiend was summoned on Krishar during the reign of the Infinite Empire.

  • Almighty Idiot: It drove itself so insane that it's now nothing more than a feral animal. Zolph even calls it exactly this.
  • Ambiguous Gender: This or No Biological Sex, it's actually hard to tell if it even has a gender or not.
  • Ax-Crazy: For how incredibly stupid it is, it can't resist the urge to kill or eat anything that comes within close distance of it.
  • Brown Note: Its entire existence is one to those around it.
  • Catchphrase: "Xixixixixixixixixixixix!"
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Not only is it one, it turned an entire species into them.
  • The Ditz: The least intelligent of all the Archfiends so far.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Aside from being seen as a god by some of the Krishari, just having the power to drive creatures insane by being around them can make you qualify.
  • Expy: Of Azathoth. Also a tangible one of Giygas (who was also an Expy of Azathoth) based on its way of speaking.
  • Fat Bastard: Its base is just an immobile blob of flesh with a face.
  • Feed It a Bomb: Blown up from the inside by Gahmah Raan. Zolph's habit of killing some Archfiends via this trope gets lampshaded afterward.
  • Generic Doomsday Villain: Justified because it's too stupid to have any goals or motivations. This was also the reason it was summoned before most of the Archfiends (and to keep it from driving the rest of the Collective insane). Even Zolph describes it as being nothing more than a mindless bio-weapon.
  • In Name Only: Similar to Mandoculus, it's only considered an Archfiend because of its weapon potential. It's too stupid to be an effective general, and it's been disconnected from the Forceless hive mind so as not to drive the rest of the Collective insane.
  • Its Pronounced Tro Pay: A Running Gag with Zolph and Hiriss in regards to its name. After hearing it pronounced (Shick-sick-six) by Grein (even she herself isn't initially sure if its actually pronounced that way), they wonder how it's spelled.
  • Just Eat Him: It does this to Gahmah, but this comes back to bite it in the ass.
  • Large Ham: Due to it's nature of constantly shouting random gibberish.
  • Laughing Mad: As part of its random gibberish.
  • Ludicrous Gibs: Courtesy of its explosive death at Gahmah's hands.
  • Mind Rape: Some of the madness effects it inflicts on its victims can amount to this.
  • Mook Maker: It can spit out Forceless seeds.
  • More Teeth than the Osmond Family: It has a lot of teeth inside a flower-like mouth
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: Six arms, specifically.
  • No Indoor Voice: It almost always shouts every word it says.
  • Orcus on His Throne: Unlike most Archfiends, Xixixix is passively dangerous due to its insanity effects. Since its powers also turned it into a gibbering (albeit vicious) vegetable, it has never left the temple on Krishar for over 25,000 years.
  • Pokémon Speak: It's known to say the syllables of its name in one long string. However, it's possible that its name actually derived from the sound it makes.
  • Portal Cut: It can accidentally do this to its limbs if it gets distracted while they are going through quantum portals. Thankfully for it, it's only an inconvenience and can regrow its limbs.
  • Rogue Drone: Downplayed. It is the only known Archfiend to be cut off from the Collective's Hive Mind, but not because Xixixix broke free from it. Valkor cut Xixixix off because not only is it too brain-dead to actively oppose him, Xixixix's passive ability to drive individuals insane proved to be detrimental to the hive mind.
  • Time Abyss: The Forceless Collective as a whole is this, but Xixixix and Facadma were the only Archfiends that were summoned before the creation of the Valkoran Empire.
  • The Unintelligible: Subverted in that it actually has no concept of language nor does it even understand what it says. It just spouts random words based on the thoughts of the people it's passively reading.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: In addition to passively inflicting this on others, it drove itself insane too.

Other Forceless

    The Forceless Arm 

The Forceless Arm

Dynn Manthis's replacement arm during her service to the Valkoran Empire. Created from a sleeper symbiote snuck onto Dynn via a donated arm, it has a mind and personality of its own.

  • Attack of the Monster Appendage: Subverted. The appendage is the whole creature.
  • Badass Transplant: It is the transplant with a lot of unusual abilities. Unfortunately, considering that it has a mind of its own and what it does to her, Dynn doesn't like it very much.
  • Back from the Dead: It was resurrected alongside Dynn as part of a plan to further torment Zolph. Unlike its host however, its resurrection is short-lived and is amputated from Dynn's body before it can mutate her again, with Veeaba delivering the finishing shot.
  • Body Horror: Aside from being a living arm with an eye on the back of the hand, an Overly Long Tongue coming out of the palm, and teeth on the fingers, it inflicts a lot of this on Dynn - from repeatedly breaking her bones to turning her breasts into eyes - to torture both her and Zolph once it's fed up with her.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Inflicts this on Dynn on Krantisi.
  • Evil Hand: An entire arm infected with a sleeper symbiote.
  • Faux Affably Evil: It makes many taunting promises to both Zolph and Dynn while torturing both of them (both physically and psychologically).
  • Kick the Dog: It mocks both Zolph and Dynn while horrifically mutating the latter.
  • Lack of Empathy: It sure as hell doesn't have any problems exploiting Zolph's and Dynn's relationship.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Pushes it even by the Collective's standards when it takes over Dynn's body.
  • Manipulative Bastard: This thing was partially responsible for sending Zolph down a dark path.
  • Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: It does plenty of horrifying things to Dynn, and Zolph remembers them too well.
  • No Name Given: It doesn't have a name. It's only known as "The Arm" or any variation of. Possibly justified with names being privileges in the Forceless Collective, and the arm's completely expendable.
  • Sadistic Choice: Forces Zolph into one. Either he lets it kill him with Dynn's body and she lives, but as a possession host for the rest of her life, or he kills her to free her from the arm's possession.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: For little more than a sadistic minion, it managed to influence Zolph's character arc greatly, even past its death.
  • Smug Snake: It truly believes it can break Zolph regardless of the outcome of the Sadistic Choice. Even when it's dying, it still gets the last laugh.

    Bethlerot 

Bethlerot

A Py'ko'ra assigned as the warden of the Darksand Correctional Facility.

  • Break Them by Talking: He tries to pull this on the escapees by claiming they won't be able to return home to their original galaxy if they rebel. Even though he's right that their chances of getting a ship off of Muriga are slim-to-none, Dynn and the escapees elect to ignore him and continue their resistance.
  • Large and in Charge: Py'ko'ra are hulking officers for other Forceless, and Bethlerot is no exception.
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: Py'ko'ra have four arms, with their backward hanging arms capable of reaching great distances.
  • Room 101: He's in charge of one in the form of Darksand Correctional Facility, which is really just an abandoned hospital turned into a brainwashing clinic reminiscent of those found in the Soviet Union.
  • Smug Snake: He thinks he holds all the cards when it comes to dealing with the Darksand escapees, even when one of those escapees is a former Jedi, but that's also partially because Dynn still has the Forceless arm trying to impede her. He also tries to assume that he has an advantage against Admon Onae just because the latter is an old man on his last legs, once again ignoring that Admon is the Murigan equivalent of a Jedi.
  • Take That!: He is named after two particularly notorious mental health hospitals known for their poor if not cruel patient treatment: the old Bethlem Royal Hospital and the Judge Rotenberg Center.
  • This Cannot Be!: He's left in shock when Admon Onae easily takes him down, having previously underestimated him for being a dying old man.
  • Wants a Prize for Basic Decency: By his logic, because the Collective resurrected them from death, the inmates of the facility should be grateful and pledge their service to the Collective, ignoring that it killed them in the first place and collected their souls so they could be used as slaves later.

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