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You still do not understand. You do not see! I heard your call long ago, calling for a 'divine, beautiful and powerful' protector; it woke me from my nightmares and strengthened me."
"Who are you?"
"You do not know of me. That our family has fallen so far, that you, the daughter of my daughters, does not know the name of Kallig – A name so revered in the annals of the Sith?"
Aloysius Kallig and Louise, Chapter 19, Act I
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Star Wars: The Sith, Zero is a multi-part fanfiction saga about the adventures and misfortune of Louise de La Vallière as she tries to survive in the ruthless galaxy during a time of strife and conflict between the Sith Empire and the Galactic Republic. It is a multi-crossover, with The Protagonist from The Familiar of Zero, set in Star Wars: The Old Republic with a small element of Inheritance Cycle. The saga takes the plot line of the Sith Inquisitor class from Star Wars: The Old Republic as a base for Louise's journey, but makes many twists and turns to make it different from the original. The author also expands upon the world, making the setting seem like a real place instead of the background of a video game.

Written by Guest000, it can be found on Fanfiction.net (Sequel: Star Wars: Legacies of Old) and on SpaceBattles Forums, Sufficient Velocity. It can also be found on Archive of Our Own, however, one will not find the entire story there due to the fact the author found themselves dissatisfied with how the first book was written and has decided to rewrite it, updating the rest of the chapters on the other sites and uploading the newest chapters on Archive Of Our Own.

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Star Wars: The Sith, Zero contains, overall, examples of:

  • Ascended Extra: Alif and Quorian get extra screen time then they did in game.
  • Agony Beam: Force Lightning is not like normal lightning, it is far more painful and dangerous.
  • Action Girl: Louise and Lyira.
    • Louise is a powerful Sith Sorcerer with a creative mind, able to shape the Force in new and interesting ways to fight against her foes. Not only that, but she is skilled with many different types of weapons, whether it be a lightsaber, blaster, or even vibroblades, all due to the Gandalfr runes.
    • Lyira, while not skilled as Louise or even her sister when it comes to controlling the Force, though she certainly has raw power, she is a master with a blade, able to fight superior foes and take on armies just with her lightsaber.
  • Adaptation Expansion: Due to how Star Wars: The Old Republic is an MMO, many of the inner workings of the universe are ignored or cut by developers. Due to how this is a story with characters who need to sleep, eat, drink, bath and so on to live, many things are expanded using both Canon and Legends to help.
  • Aerith and Bob: Inverted in this fanfiction. Louise has the strange name compared to others who call themsleves Wydr, Balek, Gerr, Skotia, Ffon and so on. Lampshaded during chapter 2 with Lyira finding her name odd and spelling it "Luiiz" instead of "Louise".
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  • Affably Evil: Much of the Sith Empire. Sure, they torture, enslave and conqure, but they're still normal people in the end, with their own wants, goals, interest, hobbies and guilty pleasures.
  • Asleep for Days: Louise has this happen many times, mostly due to constantly getting into terrible situations that end with her in the medbay for a couple of days.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Sith Empire in a nutshell. The powerful rule, the weak serve.
  • Badass Boast: Louise has two.
    "I am no slave! I am Louise, Master of the Void and the Left Hand of God!"
    "I managed to survive the assassination attempt you organised and every. Single. Trial you sent my way. On top of that, I laid waste to the growing hoardes of k'lor'slugs, killed mutated tuk'ata, survived Lord Kressh's nightmares and killed a terentatek only a few minutes ago..." — Chapter X, Ways of the Dark Side.
  • Casual Interstellar Travel: Well, this is a Star Wars based fanfiction, isn't it?
  • Character Title: Lousie is the Sith, Zero.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Louise partakes in a few of these, though they are justified.
    • Louise vs Vemrin: He thinks he has the upper hand with his lightsaber, then it turns out she has one too. Not only that but being Gandalfr is basically cheating.
    • Louise vs Ffon: Louise has lightsaber, Ffon has a glorified stick. It is quite simple to see who wins.
    • Louise vs Darth Skotia: Louise won because she managed to disable roughly 80% of Skotia's body using an EMP.
    • Louise vs Desolus: in a twist, Louise is the one curb stomped due to Desolus being three-hundred years old with nothing to do but better his powers. The only reason she survives is because she used Void Magic.
  • Did Not Think This Through: Louise, when she slaps Lyria and forgetting the bone protrusions of Sith, cutting her hand as a result.
    • Jedi Master Korr did this when he told Louise that he would never try and kill her in her sleep, only to then mention that the Jedi were thinking about it.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: A person being taken from their world by magic is forced to endure cruel conditions. It's what happened to Saito, the boy Louise summoned in canon.
  • Dreaming of Times Gone By: Louise does this several times, though she is not dreaming per say, she's in a trance. These visions usually follow The Founder of Magic, Brimir, and his Elf familiar Sasha. During these visions, she learns much about the key figure in her former religion as well as learning things that had challenged her beliefs such as Elves are good and a Sith in Halkeginia.
  • Dual Wielding: Some Sith and Jedi prefer two lightsabers than one.
    • Louise takes it up to the next level using the Gandalfr runes to her advantage (see Instant Expert). Que Louise dual wielding a double-ended lightsaber in one hand and a single bladed lightsaber in the other. The simple fact she can use a double bladed weapon in one hand is enough to awe quite a few Sith.
  • Eye Colour Change: When immersed in the Dark Side of the Force, people's eye colours tend to change to reflect that. Word of God says that Louise's eyes changed several times throughout the fic, it is just that the readers aren't shown because Louise doesn't know. Such events are: During her time in Ludo Kressh's tomb; threatining Harkun and Ffon; after she killed a slave; and at various points on Dxun. See Supernatural Gold Eyes below.
  • Fantastic Racism: The Empire has this for alien races, though any alien who can prove their worth is usually exempt from this.
  • Fish out of Water: Louise. A noble girl from a fantasy medieval Europe gets flung into a galaxy filled with advanced technology and aliens.
  • Fix Fic: There are a few cases where the Author decided to "fix" canon because there are several illogical and strange moments that needed to be adressed, in her mind at least.
    • Instead of each acolyte trial being given one after the other, a deadline is set between them giving the acolytes a reasonable time to actually learn at the Sith Academy.
    • Ffon actually gets a proper trial than his canon counterpart... it just so happens to originally be the Sith Inquisitors leading to Louise being given a different trial than she should have.
    • In the game, the fifth trial (where the Inquisitor must learn some martial skill) is cut short by an assassination... and is never actually completed. We never see the Instructor nor do we learn anything, just straight onto the next trial. In this, there was actually a martial trial with an Instructor whom teaches Louise.
    • Ffon sticks around Naga Sadow's tomb a bit longer and finds Louise in the starmap chamber... with the Dashade... with the Starmap. He's not pleased but ends up dead soon enough.
    • Zash chooses to instead join Louise on her journey to Dromund Kaas instead of them both leaving at the same time on two different ships.
    • Zash makes a mention of how Louise is able to bypass Skotia's security to kill him without anyone being any wiser.
    • Thanaton interrogates Louise as well as Zash when looking into the murder of Darth Skotia.
  • For Want of a Nail: While Louise's arrival and actions haven't changed anything big, it has had an effect that will spiral as time goes on.
    • Louise's drive to learn similar powers to the magic of her homeworld causes Balek and Wydr to be awed by her skill—despite the power not being that difficult to learn, just unused by most Force Users— causing them to later turn down Harkun's assassination proposal... leading to their death.
    • Due to the above-mentioned assassination plot, Harkun sends Vemrin (Armed with a Lightsaber) to kill Louise, this backfires because Louise has a lightsaber of her own and kills the man... which leads to Lyira being the only one left in her Acolyte group leading to her early graduation.
    • Seeing as Louise already has a lightsaber by the time she becomes an apprentice, Lord Zash sees no reason to give her old lightsaber to Louise.
    • Because Lord Zash joins Louise on her travel to Dromund Kaas, Moff Kilran chooses Zash to be the one to lead the mission to capture the General... Zash subsequently gives it to Louise for educational purposes. This also leads the Zash witnessing Ortorsin's assassination attempt and Skotia's threat.
  • Functional Magic / Psychic Powers: Markay Magic (Inherent Gift), Void Magic (Inherent Gift), Spirit Magic (Theurgy), The Force (Force Magic / Psychic Powers) and Gramarye (Rule Magic). Several different types of Magic and each with their own rules and abilities.
  • Good Colors, Evil Colors: The Jedi and the Sith are colour coded for convenience. One would normally see a Jedi wearing lighter colours from browns to blues, yellows and greens, whereas the Sith wears blacks, reds and purples. Another noticeable difference is in their lightsabers, as Jedi will have the usual blue and green versus the Sith's usual red.
  • Gratuitous French: Once summoned to the Star Wars Galaxy and having the language downloaded into her brain, whenever Louise speaks in her native tongue, it comes out as French. note 
  • Heroic BSoD: Louise has had a few Heroic B.S.O.D.'s. Such examples are:
    • When Louise got verbal confirmation from Ren that she was a slave, she freaked out and tried demanding to be freed by the guards who made sure the slaves did not act up. It earned her a powerful zap from the shock collar, ending in her falling unconsious. The B.S.O.D. continued for several days, weeks, as she tried her best to adjust to her new life.
    • Another happened after Louise watched a pirate murder Ren in front of her, leading to Louise unlocking her potential within the Force, raging against the rest of the pirates with powerful Dark Side attacks and brutal kills with her plundered vibroblade.
    • Louise's latest B.S.O.D. was after unintentionally killing a slave during a Sith Alchemy ritual.
  • Instant Expert: Downplayed. Due to accidentally branding herself with the Gandalfr runes, Louise can become proficent with any weapon she holds, however, she is not a master. To become a better fighter, she has to learn like everyone else; it's just that she has a bonus.
  • Overly Long Name: Subverted. Louise Françoise le Blanc de la Vallière ends up forsaking her overly long name once she agrees to become a Sith. Now she's just Louise.
  • Plasma Cannon: Blasters and Turbo-Blasters shoot bolts of plasma.
  • Power Tattoo: While not a tattoo, Louise has the Gandalfr runes etched into the back of her left hand. Whenever she touches a weapon, they glow bright white and give her proficensy with any weapon she holds.
  • Psychoactive Powers: The Dark Side of the Force feeds off of emotions.
  • Rose-Haired Sweetie: Subverted. Louise is definitely a far cry from the All-Loving Hero, especially with her training as a Sith. The closest person who plays this trope straight is her big sister Cattleya.
  • Shock and Awe: Louise and most other Sith have the ability to shoot bolts of lightning at their opponents. Combined with Sith Sorcery and the Sith could summon entire storms to destroy their opponents.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The term Galaxy Far, Far Away is used a few times.
    • Whenever Louise summons fire, she usually does it by snapping her fingers.
      • She even burns out the eyes and tongue of someone she really hates.
      • There is a Sith Lord named Darth Paracelsus who looks remarkably like the Father from Fullmetal Alchemist.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: When a practitioner of the Dark Side of the Force submerges themselves too far into the Dark Side, their iris' turn a sickly shade of gold or sulphur with rims of red. A few people with these eyes are; Lord Renning, Lord Juyn and Louise.
  • Super Strength: Louise when Gandalfr runes are activated.
  • Talking Weapon: Derflinger.
  • The Dark Side: Well, this is a Star Wars fic. Paired with the fact that it is following Louise's journey to become Sith.
  • The Stations of the Canon: Despite making changes so it makes more sense, see Fix Fic above, and having a good dose of Adaptation Expansion, the story still resembles the Sith Inquisitors story line and so far has hit the major plot points.
  • There Are No Therapists: Louise has been tortured as a slave, entered a tomb which caused anyone how centres to be tortured by illusions and branded with a reminder of how weak she had been, yet she receives no professional help. Justified in that this is the Sith Empire we are talking about.
  • This Is Your Brain on Evil: Since using the Dark Side, things that normally would have caused Louise's stomach to churn, no longer do. And things like torture, become more acceptable than she once thought.
  • Trauma Conga Line: As this is about Louise's journey to become a Sith, it is a given. Specifically, Louise has been enslaved, tortured (repeatedly), beaten (due to Training from Hell) and branded. Her arm was broken by Darth Skotia and her entire body was broken by Darth Desolus. On the more mental side of her trauma, she watched people she knew die and experienced horrible illusions that forced her to watch her family and friends kill each other, then there was the slave child she killed on accident.
  • Warrior Monk: The Jedi Order.
  • Wizarding School: The Tristain Academy of Magic, and the Sith Academy.

    Star Wars: The Sith, Zero - Prologue 

Star Wars: The Sith, Zero - Prologue contains examples of:

  • Alien Sky: After being told by Lord Juyn that she's not on her homeworld during their dinner, Louise takes a look at the night sky only to find that the two red and blue moons she's used to having been replaced with four smaller white ones.
  • Brought Down to Normal: Louise after she was pulled into the Star Wars universe. Her only weapon, her wand, was left somewhere on a planet beyond her reach.
  • Made a Slave: Pretty much Louise's situation not long after she was found by the Empire.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Lord Juyn. He manipulates Louise during her first meeting to try and make her sympathetic to the Sith's point of view, knowing that she is a powerful Force-Sensative and it would be unwise to continue fostering any more ill-will towards her and the Empire. Later, he orchistrates a pirate attack on the slave colony, making sure that the pirates would kill everyone Louise cares about to manipulate her into using the Dark Side.
  • Slave Collar: Louise wears one during her time as a slave and experiences first hand how terrible it is.
  • Summoning Ritual: Inverted. The Summoner (Louise) gets summoned.
    Star Wars: The Sith, Zero - Ways of the Dark Side 

Star Wars: The Sith, Zero - Ways of the Dark Side contains examples of:

  • Academy of Evil: The Sith Academy. Further expanded on what the video game shows up to actually be a fairly functional school that teaches Maths, Science, History as well as Murder and Torture.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Lyira shortens Louise's name to Lou. Louise doesn't mind it, but only Lyira can call her that.
  • Ancient Tomb: Korriban is home to a multitude of tombs, most of the more famous ones residing in the aptly named 'Valley of the Dark Lords'. Notable ones include: Ajunta Pall's, Xo Xaan's, Marka Ragnos', Ludo Kressh's, Naga Sadow's and Tulak Hord's.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Ffon is one for Louise and her fellow Slave-caste Acolytes. He believes that his training as a Sith makes him better than Louise and the other Acolytes.
  • Bedmate Reveal: After a night of celebrating, a hungover Louise wakes to find herself snuggling with a nude Lyira. They didn't do anything, but for the first few moments in the morning, they thought they did. Also see What Did I Do Last Night?.
  • "Could Have Avoided This!" Plot: Louise bluntly informs Khem that if he had simply aided her in completing her trials like she asked instead of attacking her, he wouldn't have found himself bound to her.
  • Cruel Mercy: Lyira defeats Vemrin, but spares his life to humiliate him. Louise kills him later on when he tries to ambush her.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Louise threatens to burn out Harkun's tongue after the latter makes a dig at the former in Chapter 6 part II. Later on in the same chapter, Louise threatens to kill Ffon after he, by chance, calls her Zero.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Louise successfully compleats all her trials, including one that involved retrieving a holocron that had been sealed away for millennia, yet Harkun still belittles her skill. Then again, he is the Jerkass.
  • Eaten Alive: Implied to have happened by an Imperial Soldier. He and his men were tasked with clearing out an infestation of K'lor'slugs; he's one of the few survivors.
    • Louise feeds Ffon to Khem after besting him in combat.
  • Establishing Character Moment:
    • Ffon: The First onscreen interaction Louise has with Ffon, is him shoving Louise aside as she was taking in the view of Korriban. This sets the stage for his Jerkass personality, something he doesn't grow out of it during his remaining life.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Takes on a more malicious form. During her time in the Academy of Magic, Louise earned the cruel nickname of 'Zero' or 'Louise the Zero'. Later she earns the nickname, if you could even call it that, 'Slave'.
  • Evil Is Deathly Cold: Downplayed. While the Dark Side doesn't make people feel cold, Louise describes its feeling as a cool comforting embrace, contrasting the Light Sides bright and sterile feelings.
  • First Kiss: Louise has her first kiss stolen away by Lyira in a surprise kiss that broke her mind.
  • Friendship Moment: Louise and Lyira share multitudes of these, as well as one scene with Louise, Balek and Wydr in chapter 5.
  • Glass Cannon: Louise is studying to become a Sith Sorcerer, though thanks to her runes, she's just as good at lightsaber dueling as she is with force abilities. However, she's still a petite little girl with low physical prowess.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Louise bears some after her training as a Sith.
  • Handwraps of Awesome: Louise has one on her left hand which ends just below her shoulder. It purpose is mostly to hide her Mark of Shame.
  • Idiot Ball: During her last Alchemy Exam, Louise is given a slave to use for an ingredient, but instead of asking Paracelsus for another ingredient, she freezes up, missing her chance as Paracelsus soon leaves to let Louise work. This leads to the slaves death due to her inaction.
    • Kallig counts as well. He purposely pulled Louise from her home and family because he sensed distress in her and wanted to protect her... unfortunately he failed and he landed her in slavery, but even if that had succeed, she would have been in the Dark Temple in the middle of Empire territory, and most likely would have been captured anyway, putting her in the same situation. Perhaps even worse off, because she would have been put under much more scrutiny and if her void powers were found out, the author admits she would have been put on a slab. Justifiable in that, during this time, he was finding it difficult to separate memory from reality, believing himself still alive and as such, more powerful than he thought.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: When Louise asks Zash about summoning (or creating) a Sith familiar, Zash admits that she isn't... familiar with the concept. She's well aware that this trope is in effect, and she's not amused by it.
  • I'll Kill You!: Louise to Ffon. Bonus points because it's in French.
  • It Gets Easier: Louise gets used to killing quickly.
  • Loves the Sound of Screaming: Louise.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: Louise gets her arm broken in a fight with Darth Skotia and only doesn't react due to the pain numbing effects of the Gandalfr Runes
  • Mark of Shame: Lousie gets one in Chapter 6 part II, a brand down her left forearm that reads 'Zero' in Aurebesh.
  • Martial Pacifist: Louise actually likes the ceasefire between the Republic and the Empire. Justified because Louise does not wish to go to war and would much rather get her life sorted out before she was forced to take up arms against the Jedi and Republic.
  • More Dakka / Gatling Good: Discussed. In preparation to board a Republic warship, Louise is given some supplies by the ship's captian. Inside she finds some armour, ammo, grenades and a Heavy Repeating Assault Blaster (A space mini-gun). She has to physically stop herself from grabbing it, despite knowing she could use it more effectively than anyone else on the ship... Goes to the logical extream as Louise fantasises about duel wielding two HRA Bs on the battlefield.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Louise after she killed a slave.
  • Oblivious to Love: Louise just can't seem to get the hint that Lyira was interested in her. Justified by Louise's non-existant love life and that she was one of the most unpopular girls in her old school.
  • Ontological Inertia: It is inevitable as this fic takes place in a large an expansive Galaxy. Louise's presence didn't really affect anyone's plans all that much. For example, Lord Zash still wants to possess her former slave of an apprentice, and Thanaton and Skotia still think Zash is corrupt and therefore her apprentice is corrupt, so they both must die. Though this is not always the case, see For Want of a Nail above.
  • Pet the Dog: During the Black Talon mission, Louise uses guile to convince Captain Orzik and his crew to aid her in attacking the Brentaal Star without resorting to violence against them. She even thanks the captain for not making her force her hand.
  • Playing with Fire: Louise after Lord Juyn gives her some information on how to control/create fire.
  • Please Don't Leave Me: An illusion of Lyira in Chapter 10 part I.
  • Precision F-Strike:
    • The more famous of them is when Louise first meets Grand Master Satele Shan aboard the Brentaal Star:
    Satele Shan: This is Jedi Grand Master Satele Shan hailing unidentified Imperial vessel.
    Louise: *Thoughts* Putain de merde!
  • Shipper on Deck: Vette and Rayne ship Louise and Lyira.
  • Shoot the Dog: Louise shoots an insane Imperial to put him out of his misery.
  • Sword and Gun: Louise eventually picks up a blaster pistol from the corpse of an insane military man. Pair that with her Training Blade and later Lightsaber.
  • Taught by Experience: Sith training in a nutshell.
  • Tongue Trauma: Ffon's tongue gets burnt out of his mouth.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Louise. From a sheltered noble who was considered a failure of a mage, to a Sith Apprentice who enjoys the sounds of screaming.
  • Training the Gift of Magic: Louise needs to train to use the Force. She has also been enrolled in two 'Magical' Academies; One is the Tristian Academy of Magic, the other, the Sith Academy.
  • Under Statement: Louise thinks the Dashade, a being who is resistant to Force and Lightsaber attacks, who gladly eats anyone in their way, and is only held in check by a bond, which he himself points out will be broken, might be trouble.
  • Watching the Sunset: Louise and Lyira do this on the latter's final day at the Academy.
  • What Did I Do Last Night?: Louise wakes up snuggling Lyira with no recollection of what happened the night before. She ends up asking Vette and Rayne about it who informs her that she had a drinking contest and forgot she was at her friend's apartment leading to her crawling into Lyira's bed. Justified in that their apartments are practiaclly carbon copies of eachother.
    Star Wars: The Sith, Zero - Legacies of Old 

Star Wars: The Sith, Zero - Legacies of Old contains examples of:

  • Epiphany Comeback: Louise gets one during her duel with Darth Desolus during the Dxun-arch. After being brutially beaten with the Force by the Sith-pretender, Louise takes a chance and uses her dagger like a wand, casting the spell that won the fight, despite it ending in an explosion like every other spell.
  • Logical Weakness: Force Sensitive can sense and experience space, time, reality and the universe due to their connection to the Force; Markay and Void Magic rip reality apart and break the laws of the universe. With this knowledge, it's easy to see that the use of Markay or Void Magic would not end well for any Force Sensitive in proximity to the spell. [[spolier:Louise and her ancestor, Teralyn, found this out the hard way when a spell in their proximity leading to severe headaches and even unconsiousness.
  • "Reason You Suck" Speech: Louise gives one to [[spolier: Darth Desolus]] when he claims to be Sith.
    "Ashajontû kotswinot itsu nuyak. Wonoksh Qyâsik nun. You can speak Qotsisajack, but you do not live it! It's not you, just words you throw around to feel superior to everyone else. Already your mind has been marred by your time in this Temple. You were never Sith, you will never be Sith. The true Sith are more than just philosophy, they're a culture, a people! The Sith Empire would see better use for you as canon fodder, a test subject! And that's all you deserve."
    — Chapter 6, Legacies of Old.
  • You Can Barely Stand: Louise at the climax of the Dxun-arch. Lousise has been beaten brutally by Darth Desolus with the Force; thrown from walls to walls, electrocuted, and broken. The only reason she can stand, if bearly due to her shattered leg, is because of the Gandalfr runes.
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